The Walking Dead Game Trailer

Now available is the very well reviewed first episode of The Walking Dead game, based on the hugely popular comic and TV series. Below is a trailer and all the necessary info.

Telltale Games today released an all-new trailer focusing in on the story of ‘A New Day,’ the first episode of The Walking Dead games series based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series.

Players will be able to experience the first episode of the summer-long adventure horror series, which arrived today* for download on PlayStation®Network, PC and Mac, and will release very soon on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360.

Episode one, ‘A New Day’ and the following four episodes deliver an experience tailored by the decisions that each player makes, leading to multiple paths through the story. Players take on the role of Lee Everett, a man convicted of murder, now given newfound freedom and a chance at redemption in a world devastated by the undead.  Intense life or death situations will force the player to explore the darker sides of human nature, and they will meet familiar characters and visit locations from the world created by Robert Kirkman, foreshadowing the story of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead comics.  The first episode will sell for 400 Microsoft® Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, $4.99 on PlayStation Network and on PC and Mac as a season pass covering all five episodes for $24.99 from the Telltale Online Store and other digital distribution outlets.

Telltale would like to remind fans that they can purchase the game for PC or Mac via their Telltale Online Store and via Valve’s Steam service, as well as other digital distribution services.

Telltale plans to release The Walking Dead for Apple’s iOS platform later this summer.

The Walking Dead is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language by the ESRB.

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Top Shelf and Dark Horse Digital Sale

I forgot to mention this a couple of days ago, but Top Shelf are having a huge digital sale. Make the most of it. There’s also two new, and cheap, digital comics, and to make it a hat trick, Top Shelf are also giving the curious a free sampler. Official lowdown of all these cheap and free goodies below.

To spread the joy around, we’re offering a slew of hot books in digital form at crazy-low prices — so fans who can’t make it to Portland or NYC aren’t left out, and fans who DO come to the shows can try out everything before buying signed copies this weekend!

Blue – $0.99
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland – $7.99
The Pterodactyl Hunters – $1.99
Lost Dogs – $1.99
Essex County – $4.99
Any Empire – $5.99
Swallow Me Whole – $4.99
Infinite Kung Fu – $5.99
Too Cool To Be Forgotten – $2.99
Box Office Poison – $4.99
Liar’s Kiss – $4.99
Underwire – $1.99

That’s a dozen of the industry’s greatest graphic novels for under fifty bucks! Do yourself a favor and load up — these prices are only valid through Sunday, April 29!

Digital exclusives: Rob Walton’s RAGMOP & Alex Robinson’s LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE!

Two veteran indie cartoonists have released their first ever digital-exclusive graphic novels with Top Shelf! First, Rob Walton presents the new edition of his cult favorite RAGMOP, a completely loony romp through time and space jam-packed with talking dinosaurs, evil popes, fallen angels, balsa wood spaceships, interstellar coffee corporations, rival assassins from competing global conspiracies, countless sight gags and pop-culture parodies, and debates over everything from politico-economic theory to quantum physics to the merits of mid-century animators. (whew!) It’s 422 massive pages for only $7.99!

Also, Alex Robinson returns with a sequel to his exuberant fantasy dungeon-crawl LOWER REGIONS! The new book,LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE, switches perspective to the neurotic, terrified bug-creatures assigned to guard one particular dungeon gate. Plus: a brand-new bonus story, “FIGHT!!” in which our barbarian heroine battles an undead curse! These hilarious and thrilling tales are only$1.99 for 25 pages.


FREE Digital Action Pack available now!


Savvy to digital comics and looking for something new to read? Curious about e-reading and hesitant to take the plunge? Look no further than the Top Shelf Action Pack, packed with 168 pages of our most thrilling comics, and yours for the price of ZERO!

Inside are full chapters from seven graphic novels: Infinite Kung FuThe Homeland DirectiveLost DogsFrom Hell,SuperF*ckersBighead, and Any Empire!

It’s available on Comixology and iVerse now, with more formats coming soon. Check it out!


Finally, Dark Horse are celebrating their one year digital anniversary. Details below.



Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning one year old this Friday. To thank our loyal fans, Dark Horse announces an anniversary appreciation discount.

This weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10% off all titles in the web store, with an additional coupon to newsletter subscribers and new subscribers who have signed up by this Thursday. And yes, the coupon stacks with an even greater discount off your order!

The sale starts this Friday (April 27) and ends Sunday (April 29) at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your discount on some incredible comics.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011 and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership featuring it’s most popular, best selling titles including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan and Mass Effect as well as exclusive digital only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2 & Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. We currently offer thousands of comics and are continuing to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both theAndroid (beta) and iOS apps.

Extra Sequential Podcast #89-Fave Comic Book Films

70 mins. How many movies based on comic books have there been in the last few years? Heaps. How many of them have been awesome? Far less. We offer our ten fave films, and not many of our selections feature superheroes! Also, Katrina and the Waves, and a dancing Emperor Palpatine.




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Eric Powell’s The Goon #39. Funniest superhero pardoy. Ever.

Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett is Dead #1 from Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf. A cool whodunit in space.

Joe Sacco’s journalistic comic Footnotes in Gaza.

Seizure magazine writing competition.

China Mieville’s Embassytown.

11:30 NEWS

Fox announced an Axe Cop animated series! Oh yeah.

Carla Speed McNeill’s Finder: Voice becomes LA Times’ Best Graphic Novel

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5


We choose our 5 fave films each and offer a few surprises, as well as some that almost made our lists, guilty pleasures, and the worst comic films.

The Avengers. A fun, and funny superhero epic.

American Splendor. Curmudgeon Harvey Pekar’s life.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World. A charming video game aesthetic, and many pop culture references.

Blueberry. Based on Moebius’ Wild West adventure. Also known as Renegade, and also featuring great trippy sequences.

X-Men: First Class. Groovy baby.

Ghost in the Shell anime. A Sci-fi classic. Perty too.

30 Days of Night. Thrilling, and with truly scary vampires.

Ghost World. Two girls befriend a sad Steve Buscemi.

Justice League: Doom. Animated film in which Batman betrays the Justice League. Accidentally.

Persepolis. French animated film about coming of age in Tehran.



The Avengers Review

As a DC Comics fan, at least until lately when they unnecessarily rebooted their entire line, I was always hoping to see a Justice League film on the big screen. Alas, it looks like that won’t be happening for a long time. The Avengers will do very nicely however. Effectively, it is now the template for superhero films, and more specifically superhero team films. It embraces the wonder of world ending danger, cool costumes and memorable characters with unabashed fervour. Ah, to think how far we’ve come since the first X-Men film, with their black leather outfits.

I saw this at a midnight premiere and the place was packed, including audience members resembling a female Loki, Captain America, Thor, Wasp, Black Widow and an Iron Man with a cardboard helmet. The last time I experienced such united enthusiasm in a cinema was when I saw Star Wars Episode 1. However, at least The Avengers deserves it, and exceeds the hype. There was joyful applause as the familiar Marvel logo opened the film, and when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) first arrived on the screen, there was even more applause. And the laughs. Wow. There’s more laughs in this than a Judd Apatow movie. Surprisingly, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) get the two biggest guffaws in the 140 minute film, but most other characters get their time to bring the chuckles too.

This is what a cinematic experience should be like. I think we were also amongst the first people to see the third The Dark Knight Rises trailer (it looked new to me), although it still isn’t getting me excited, but thankfully villain Bane’s distorted speech issues have been fixed and his menacing, Batman breaking tone is now crystal clear.

Writer and director Joss Whedon was made for this film, having written Marvel comics Astonishing X-Men, and Runaways over the years and as a unabashed fanboy, he knows what us comics readers are after, although The Avengers isn’t steeped in in-jokes to make it inaccessible to those who aren’t comics enthusiasts, but if you are curious about these characters, check out the first two awesome volumes of The Ultimates comics by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch.

Whedon is a master storyteller and has loyal fans for a reason. From creating and guiding Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, Whedonites will know what to expect here. There’s the aforementioned laughs, tied to some great emotional character moments, there are females who are more than just eye candy while the boys do all the fighting, and there is an end of the world threat that amps up the drama and tension. Most of the latter is initially displayed as the team is assembled. Iron Man is the central player, while Thor and Hulk show up later, but Hulk’s alter ego (played wonderfully skittishly by Ruffalo) Bruce Banner has a lot of screen time too. Whedon knows who these superheroes are and infuses the dialogue with their personalities. Captain America’s old time values, Iron Man’s witty, casual charm, Thor’s bemusement at his team-mates, and the shared history between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is handled superbly, with great emotion. It’s clear that these two non-powered heroes have an interesting intertwined past, just like in the comics.

There’s no need to see the previous so-called films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that began with 2008’s Iron Man, but you will need a basic understanding of who these characters are, and being familiar with the events of Thor will help. Captain America is the only character to receive a brief origin recap, but the rest of the team will be known to most viewers. There’s no need to see the 3D version of The Avengers. It’s incorporated nicely, but you’ll barely notice why you’re wearing the fancy glasses.

Within the opening minutes, the Chitauri alien race is revealed, as is Thor’s half brother Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) plan to use them to dominate us pesky humans as, in his demented mind, freedom is an annoying desire and we’d be much better of without it.

The whole alien race aspect is handled well, especially considering after a handful of Marvel films, the subject has never been broached, although I guess Thor’s film comes closest, with the Nine Realms concept.

The action in these films will never really match what the comics can do with an unlimited budget, but this is perhaps the closest Hollywood has come to replicating Earth’s devastation, or rather New York’s devastation. Before we get to the Chitauri vs The Avengers battle though, there are more than enough fisticuffs and gunplay. We see Hawkeye fighting Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America facing off against one another, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) versus a plane, and Hulk versus pretty much anything that moves. The action scenes are never pointless and always serve to drive the story forward. The finale is stunning, and it’s awesome to see Whedon finally unleashed on a big budget epic. There’s a singular tracking shot through the skies of New York that is truly worthy of superheroism.

There’s enough nuggets to keep Marvel fans happy, with both Stark Tower and the Helicarrier making their debuts, the obligatory Stan Lee cameo (close to the end), and the inclusion of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), and like all of the previous Marvel films, there is an extra scene after the credits. Thankfully though, this bonus appears after the brief main end credits so you don’t have to sit through 10 minutes of scrolling names. It is worth staying for, and anyone who’s familiar with Marvel’s cosmic villains will know who shows his face.

There’s also a couple of Biblical references which was nice. Thanks Whedon! This is the best version of Hulk on the big screen too. He’s genuinely menacing and as most others will say, will probably serve as the breakout character. It’s hard not to see Hulk do his thing and be taken aback by the sheer coolness of it all. Expect to see more Hulk t-shirts in the coming weeks.

It’s difficult to say anything more than, “see this film, as this is how superhero movies should be made,” as it deserves to be enjoyed as a cinematic experience. So – see this film.

Extermination from BOOM! Studios

Here’s the press release about a June launching series from BOOM! Studios, plus the variant covers, and four text-free preview pages. Looks pretty good, and intense.


This June, BOOM! Studios launches EXTERMINATION, an all-new ongoing super-hero thriller written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, CROSSED, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES) and drawn by rising star Jeffrey Edwards, with a full 22-page first issue for only $1!

WE LOST. THEY WON. In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two arch-enemies, Nox, a driven hero, and Red Reaper, a ruthless villain, form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend — but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet — and the outcome of a species?

Title ships in June with main covers by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Michael Gaydos, James Harren, and Frazer Irving, as well as James Harren and Trevor Hairsine sketch covers. There will also be a special 1:100, CGC certified 9.8 Near Mint sketch variant by legendary artist John Cassaday.

“Si Spurrier is a massive talent,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “With EXTERMINATION, he’s boldly exploring the dark crevices of the entire superhero genre. Not to be missed!”

“I love the premise of this post-apocalyptic series,“ says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “At $1 for the first full issue and with this exciting cover line-up and a killer creative team, this book is ready to catch on fire.”

EXTERMINATION is written by Simon Spurrier (X-CLUB, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT, CROSSED, WOLVERINE: DANGEROUS GAMES) and drawn by rising star Jeffrey Edwards.

Title ships in June with main covers by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Michael Gaydos, James Harren and Frazer Irving. As well as James Harren and Trevor Hairsine sketch covers, and a special 1:100, CGC certified 9.8 Near Mint variant by legendary artist John Cassaday. This title ships for $1 with a Diamond Order Code of APR120887.

Marathon Review

This was a pleasant surprise. Coming in June from First Second is this great historical adventure tale form Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnai. Here’s my rather glowing review.

Extra Sequential Podcast #88-Are Superheroes Relevant?

58 mins. We examine the role superheroes play, what stories they can tell, and how far they’ve come since their roots from the pulp era. Also, multiple Boba Fetts, and Jean-Claude Van Damme vs a pinata.




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The Shadow #1

Alabaster: Wolves #1

America’s Got Powers #1

Marathon OGN

Supanova haul, and Milk Shadow Books

The end of this very podcast as of episode 90 : (

10:12 NEWS

Comiczone moving

Free Comic Book Day

Chris Roberson quits/get fired from DC Comics


We look at how superheroes have changed from their pulp roots and talk about how superheroes are viewed, and the kinds of stories that can be told with the genre.

Grim Leaper from Image

Next month, another Image series with a high concept launches. Grim Leaper is from Kurtis J. Wiebe, the writer of the acclaimed Green Wake, and Peter Panzerfaust. The name, and cover are cool too.
GRIM LEAPER, new series from PETER PANZERFAUST creator in May
At the beginning of the new Image Comics series GRIM LEAPER, Lou Collins has died thirteen times, and he can be sure that grisly death #14 is just around the corner. This may seem like a weird way to find romance, but that’s just what Kurtis J. Wiebe (PETER PANZERFAUST, GREEN WAKE) has in store for Lou in his new series debuting in May, drawn by Aluisio Santos.
Every time he dies, Lou jumps into a stranger’s body, and just as he’s learning something about his new host, another gruesome accident sends him leaping to the next one. Lou wants to escape the violent cycle and find eternal rest — that is, until he meets another “leaper” named Ella.
“This is the gory love story you’ve been waiting for, a buckets of blood romantic comedy for the ages,” said writer Wiebe.
“Grim Leaper is a story about that person you’ve always wanted to date but never had the chance to,” added Santos. “Except now your bad luck is a killer.”
GRIM LEAPER #1 (MAR120418), published under Image Comics Shadowline imprint, will be in stores on May 30. It’s a full-color comic book for $3.50. It is available for pre-order now in the March issue of Previews.

Spike and Willow at Dark Horse Comics

They’ve been publishing the official Buffy adventures for years now, and recently created the Angel and Faith series. Now, Dark Horse Comics are giving blonde vampire Spike (in space?!), and witch Willow a new home. Both series were just announced at the C2E2 convention. Lowdown below, and covers by Jo Chen and David Mack.

Dark Horse Comics announces a brand-new Spike miniseries slated for release this summer! 

Written by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth) and drawn by Paul Lee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Devil’s Footprints), Spike promises to be the series all Joss Whedon fans will be talking about.

Spike ventures off world in his bug ship in order to get away from some personal frustration on terra firma, and winds up sucked into a demonic plot to take advantage of the absence of magic on earth.

“What I love about working with Dark Horse on Buffy-related material is that they take great care to capture the feel of the characters and stories from the television show, of which I was a huge fan. Getting my hands on the characters I’ve loved so much over the years is a dream come true,” said Gischler.

Spike #1 will be on sale August 22, 2012!

Willow gets her own miniseries!

Written by Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas) and drawn by Brian Ching (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Witchblade), Willow tells the story of the witch’s obsessive journey to recover her magic.

Willow is on a quest to bring magic back to the world, and she’ll do anything to make it happen, including forming some unhealthy alliances after cracking the code to travel to other dimensions—something thought impossible since the destruction of the Seed.

Willow #1 is on sale November 21, 2012.

Avengers, X-Men and Nightwing

Yay! Pretty pictures. First up, here’s a text-free look at next month Avengers vs X-Men extravaganza from Marvel.

Your First Look At AVX: VS #2– An AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Tie-In!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at, AVX: VS #2, the explosive, no holds barred, action packed tie-in to the smash-hit blockbuster event of the year – Avengers VS. X-Men! From acclaimed creators, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca & Steve McNiven; catch the cover to cover battles – featuring unimaginable chaos as Spider-Man takes on Colossus & Captain America faces off against the ragin’ Cajun, Gambit! Don’t miss out on all the pulse-pounding action in AVX: VS #2, available in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this May!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit

AVX: VS #2 (MAR120528)




Variant Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC –4/23/2012, ON SALE – 5/16/2012

Sticking with Marvel, there’s a bunch of new pics from the film, which we in Australia get on April 25! Woo hoo! It’s also the Anzac Day public holiday so he opening day will do gangbusters. Many more pics (43 actually) right here.

Finally, here’s a preview of this week’s Nightwing #8 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows. I’m not a fan of DC’s New 52, but I do like Dick Grayson, AKA the original Robin, AKA Nightwing, although his new red costume does remind me of Chris O’Donnell in Batman and Robin. See what I mean?

Here’s the official lowdown of the ish.

The “Night of the Owls” has begun! Following the shocking revelation (SPOILER ALERT!) that Dick Grayson was originally intended to be a Talon, Nightwing must work to save both his name and Mayor Hady from The Court of Owls’ assassin targeting him. But when Grayson arrives to City Hall only to find innocent blood has already been shed, will he have failed his mission before it’s even truly begun? And how does turn-of-the-century era Gotham factor into all of this?

Maj Monologues 2012 Finals

Last year I had the honour of being a finalist in the annual monologue competition at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth. You can read my script from last year here.

I submitted a new monologue this year for the theme Modern Gods but alas, didn’t get picked, but no-one else did from last year either by the looks of it. If you’d like to see this year’s competition, it starts at His Maj on Wednesday May 2 and ends on Saturday May 5. Get all the info you need here, and below is my submission for this year. I must say, I struggled a bit with the theme this year. Last year, it came rather easily.

The Cult of Donald

My step brother Donald once tried to start a cult. Actually, he didn’t try; he succeeded. Though I often wonder, how exactly do you measure the success of a cult? By the number of robe clad bodies the police have to put in body bags? Or maybe by the number of successful Hollywood actors who follow your teachings?

Thankfully, Donald didn’t kill anyone, or himself, but he did prove that you don’t need a good education or even a pleasant body odour to amass followers who believe whatever craziness spouts from your mouth. Apparently all you need is a mildly entertaining delusion, and no awareness of personal space. Continue reading

Freedom #1 Review

This was one of those items I saw in the Previews catalogue 2 months ago and ordered on a whim. Hopefully it benefitted from a few nice words at Bleeding Cool and Diamond, and others did the same.

Freedom is published by Potato Comics and created by Seamus Heffernan. It’s also the recipient of a grant from the lovely people at the Xeric Foundation who generously support unique voices in independent comics.

Printed in a larger format, this 76 pager is presented as a black and white relic from the era in which it’s set – the American Revolution. Visually, it’s a standout, with detailed etchings like something from a wood-cut printing, and the loose lettering and fonts used in the acknowledgements and gallery intro, also giving it an old-timey feel.

It opens in the “colony of Massachusetts” in 1779. Young Adam has just woken from a bad dream, and before he can enjoy breakfast his two brothers charge in fighting about the redcoats, with the younger Connor shouting, “Death to the king!” for all to hear. Connor takes Adam to Boston so he can learn a trade, but on the way Adam’s feisty nature gets the better of him, leading to his almost demise at the hands of soldiers before a captain notes his honour and saves him and his older brother.

The dialogue beams with authenticity, and Connor’s moral strength in contrast with Adam’s hotheadedness brings forth great scenes of familial bonding and stern guidance. Needless to say, the art does wonders too. Heffernan paces the tale well, allowing us to care easily for the two protagonists, and creates hectic motion when needed, such as during a chaotic and passionate bar fight, and he makes just two colours come alive, such as in the last few pages, with great shadow play and explosive light.

This is the first of a planned trilogy and the cliffhanger and fate of the brothers indicates that it’ll be an even wilder ride in future issues.

Thankfully there’s a lengthy preview PDF so you can see some of this wonderfully crafted and intriguing debut for yourself.

Sea Lion Books Previews

Relatively new publisher Sea Lion Books seem to be flying under the radar, which is unfortunate, as they have some good looking comics on the way. Here’s a few to show what I mean, starting with the release of this week’s Hush, Hush, which is a 120 page OGN and is described thusly…

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She”s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora”s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can”t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life!

Writer(s): Becca Fitzpatrick & Derek Ruiz

Artist(s): Jennyson Rosero, David Pinos, Mel Joy San Juan

Available in August is the OGN Mortifera.

When fighting the unhallowed legion, you give ‘em hell.

Sea Lion Books announces the publication of the graphic novel MORTIFERA, from acclaimed game designer Stephan Frost and video game concept artist Sarah Partington.

“I would rather take aid from the most feared demon in hell than allow this blood to fall into the hands of a corrupt soul, or worse. . . Kanisus.”

From the imagination of Video Game Designer and Producer, Stephan Frost comes MORTIFERA. The story follows demon hunter Catherine Gregor, her brother Ethan and the demon Durin.  The three are in pursuit of the demon Kanisus, who has stolen the power to return his fallen brethren to Earth and slaughter humanity.

The MORTIFERA are an order of knights that are venerably versed in using the dark arts against the damned.  From the green, mythical hills of Ireland, land of legend, an archaic rivalry culminates in a battle between the demon Kanisus and Elias Gregor, founder of MORTIFERA.

When Ethan and Catherine discover their slain father, not only are they faced with his death, but the knowledge that Kanisus has possession of vast quantities of demon blood. . . which will allow him to raise demons from hell.

Catherine, Ethan and Durin must wage war with the damned as well as combat earthly rivals to survive. In desperation Catherine summons Durin, an infamous demon from the Dark Ages to aide in their quest to kill Kanisus and his followers. Thus begins their quest for revenge and salvation of Europe from another demonic invasion. . .

Finally, here are two OGNs which I’d be most likely to pick up, the upcoming The Stereotypical Freaks, which is the first in a planned trilogy, and the second volume of Pariah. Although I haven’t read the first volume I am a fan of Brett Weldele’s art, as seen in The Surrogates, and The Light, and Philip Gelatt has done great work for Oni Press, with the two volumes of Labor Days, and Petrograd.

Kids who aren’t perfect, don’t get straight A’s, drive a cool car and couldn’t possibly get a date with a cheerleader or the homecoming queen.

Jacoby Nukik is an exchange student from Canada, with a spirit and wisdom well beyond his age.  Jacoby and three other, very disparate, high school seniors come together to compete in their school’s Battle of the Bands. They are The Stereotypical Freaks, and their world is coming to life in a new graphic novel from Sea Lion Books.

The main character, Jacoby was inspired by a real life teen, John Challis, says writer Howard Shapiro. “John was a teenager dying of cancer who faced his death with courage, dignity, and a never-quit attitude that changed how I went about my daily life. So much so, that I was inspired to create Jacoby to help honor John’s memory and his message of ‘Courage + Believe = Life.'”

The Stereotypical Freaks is about the Battle of the Bands that the main characters enter, but at its heart it is a story about friendship, the power of music and how we deal with loss. The power of music brings them together… the power of friendship, creativity, and determination takes them on a journey that will inspire the rest of their lives.

The story line is vividly detailed in the artwork of Joe Pekar. Artwork with “an otherworldly ability to infuse characters with feeling and emotion simply by their body language, the look in their eyes or their facial expressions.”

They’re not super powered, they’re just super smart.

In this issue, the Vitros find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned and outdated space station, any hope of them truly uniting seems lost. But when it becomes clear that the station has been rigged for destruction by some unknown foe, the Vitros must toss aside their difference and face an ever escalating series of challenges and choices if they hope to survive.

If you’ve missed the first 4 issues of Pariah.  You can now download and read them on your iPhone, iPad, or android devices from:

– iVerse

– comiXology

Some diverse projects there. You can get more info at Sea Lion’s site.

Hulk’s Live Action Looks

Now that The Avengers has had its world premiere, we are witness to the fourth live action version of the Hulk. Empire has a nifty rundown of all his film and TV incarnations so far, right here (not counting animated outings).