FF #21 Preview

Below is a text-free preview of August’s issue of FF, the monthly series focused on the Fantastic Four. I love the layouts, and Black Bolt’s expression on the last page. Keeping it family focused, here’s a look at writer Jonathan Hickman’s infographic from his stint on the series.

Your First Look at FF #21!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at FF #21, brought to you by the superstar creative team of writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Nick Dragotta! In a stunning move that surprises everyone, Black Bolt makes the decision to return with his Inhumans back to Earth! What are his motives behind this decision? What will it mean for Marvel’s First Family, and for the Inhumans? Find out this August, in FF #21, hitting comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop.

FF #21 (JUN120658)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Penciled by NICK DRAGOTTA

Cover by MIKE CHOI

FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 Review

Out now is the debut issue of Darth Maul’s new mini-series. Yes, he’s back in the land of the living. Here’s my review.

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14 Preview

Text-free preview pages below of the Ultimates Universe version of The Avengers.

The Ultimates Are Back in Action in ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #14!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14 – Divided We Fall tie-in! With America still in turmoil from the City’s attack, someone is mysteriously working behind the scenes to keep it that way – but who? Can even the newly reunited team of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor discover the identity of their foe and hold together the country at the same time? The red-hot creative team of writer Sam Humphries, and artist Billy Tan & Timothy Green II bring you the answers inUltimate Comics Ultimates #14, assembling in comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shopthis August.

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #14 (JUN120635)

Written by SAM HUMPHRIES

Penciled by BILLY TAN & TIMOTHY GREEN II

Cover by MICHAEL KOMARCK

FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

 

Daredevil #17 Preview

How could I not share this? Mike Allred, he of the kooky and unmistakable visual style, is drawing August’s issue of the award winning Daredevil monthly series, with weird villain Stilt-Man included for no extra charge. A few pages below.

Eisner Winning Artist Mike Allred Makes His Return To Marvel in DAREDEVIL #17

“It’s the issue Mike Allred was born to draw” – Marvel Senior Editor, Stephen Wacker

Prepare for non-stop action as not one, not two, but THREE, Eisner Award winning creators present your first look at Daredevil #17! Courtesy of Mark Waid and special guest artist Michael Allred & colorist Laura Allred, this pulse-pounding adventure pits the Man Without Fear against an old foe…Stilt-Man! Can Daredevil make it out of this grudge match in one piece? Find out inDaredevil #17, hitting comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

DAREDEVIL #17 (JUN120656)

Written by MARK WAID

Pencils and Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

Colors by LAURA ALLRED

On Sale – 8/15/2012

 

The Dark Knight Rises Review

“The Dark Knight Rises is certainly an epic film, and enjoyable in parts. It’s that rare film that actually manages, at times, to capture the intense battles and overblown dialogue that superhero comics can do so well, but if it focused on Batman, Bane and Catwoman, there’d be a greater depth at work.”

Catch my full review of the film right here and an excellent analysis of all the plot holes and frustrations here.

Cyber Force Returns

Let’s be honest, there were some pretty bland superhero comics when Image launched in 1992, but at least Cyber Force and its characters have had some recent success, which looks to continue. Details below.

INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE IN CYBER FORCE
Marc Silvestri’s top-selling series returns in October with five free issues

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are excited to announce the highly anticipated return of CYBER FORCE, in celebration of the title’s twentieth anniversary, in October 2012. Comics legend and Top Cow founder Marc Silvestrireturns to the property that helped launch his company and Image Comics as co-writer, art director, and cover artist, spearheading his unique vision for the new series.

And now, CYBER FORCE is embarking on a new path, using 21st century social media to make the first five issues (to be published monthly) available for free, both digitally and in print. A Kickstarter campaign launched on July 17, taking advantage of the year-long build-up of excitement for Image and Top Cow’s 20th anniversary.

Rewards for backers of the Kickstarter campaign, which has a goal of $75,000, include exclusive variant covers, a signed print, a hardcover edition of the collected first five issues, a smartphone case, original art, and one-on-one sessions with Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri. There are also several special rewards for comic book retailers who pledge — including exclusive signings by Marc Silvestri! The funding will not only go toward paying the art team but also toward offsetting print costs, thus ensuring the first five issues are available for free.

Excitement has been building for events marking Image and Top Cow’s 20th anniversary since the beginning of the year, including Top Cow’s REBIRTH initiative and exciting new projects from top tier industry talent. With an entire generation of fans who grew up on the series and new fans discovering Image and Top Cow every week, creator and Top Cow CEO Silvestri knew the time was right for CYBER FORCE to return.

“My obsession growing up was sci-fi and fantasy and the concept of Cyber Force has always been ripe for mining those genres,” said Silvestri. “The best sci-fi has its soul anchored in social commentary and the human condition and then goes nuts with the concepts. Comic books are unique in that they can add to that the thrill of wish fulfillment,” he added. “Mash those ideas together add a healthy dose of 21st century paranoia, and voila! You’ve got Cyber Force.”

Silvestri describes CYBER FORCE as an exploration of the consequences when technology — the product of humanity’s own intelligence — has interfered with the order of natural development. “We’re creating a world our species can’t survive in,” Silvestri said. “The end is coming and Mega Corporation Cyber Data Industries knows this when it happens. And now, a young girl named Velocity knows too.”

Joining Silvestri on the new series is interior artist Khoi Pham. Hot off of top-selling Marvel Comics titles including AvengersDaredevil, The Mighty Thor, and X-Men, Pham’s art will bring to life this bold new vision of CYBER FORCE.

The new series will appeal to fans of the original, as well as reach out to a wider audience by creating a cutting-edge world based on real technology. Co-writer and Top Cow President Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK, THE TEST) will utilize his background in science to lead the series in a never-before-seen direction.

While staying true to the core concept of CYBER FORCE, cybernetically-enhanced resistance fighters on the run from a monolithic international conglomerate, the visual aesthetic of the new series will be updated for a modern audience coined “bio-cybernetic steampunk”.

Seeds to Become Animated Film

Out of all the major announcements that came from San Diego Comic-Con last weekend regarding comic book films, this one may have slipped by, but it’s one to get excited about. Seeds is an engrossing, and real, OGN based on creator Ross Mackintosh’s own experiences with his father’s cancer. Mackintosh’s debut book came out last year and at first glance it may look simple, but there’s a real heart that’s easy to connect with. It’s obvious that every page is real, and not desperately trying to be that way. Now, the tale is being turned into an animated film. Persepolis has shown that animation can definitely work for stories based on dramatic sequential storytelling, so I’m rather curious to see Seeds on screen. Below is the press release.

SEEDS by Ross Mackintosh has been garnering critical acclaim in the US and UK since its release in 2011. It tells the story of a man’s relationship with his terminally ill father.

Space Age Films producer Robert Chandler said of the book:

“This is comics at its best. This is the death of Superman, the agony of Batman, the quest of Wolverine. And it’s all here in this simply illustrated book about a man losing his father to cancer.”

Benjamin Shahrabani from Com.X spoke of the film’s ambition to sit up there alongside serious animated fare such as WALTZ WITH BASHIR and PERSEPOLIS:

“Animation and comics can tackle any subject in the world. Ross’s book walks the same line as Harvey Pekar’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR series and Aneurin Wright’s THINGS TO DO IN A RETIREMENT HOME TRAILER PARK, works that look candidly and personally at life, family and death.”

The LA Times described Seeds as:

“A tribute to every father-son relationship. Seeds is an honest, inquisitive and candid memoir.”

Further information about the writer-director team behind the project, as well as pre-production artwork, will be issued soon.

The film is to be released Spring 2014.

In July 2009, Ross Mackintosh learned that his father had cancer. Seeds is the autobiographical story of one man’s experience of family, life, love and death. Beginning with the diagnosis, then taking us through the journey of his father’s eventual decline, it is a powerful account combining humour, philosophy and honesty.

Robert Chandler is an award-winning producer, currently producing the animated feature film OSCAR WILDE’S THE CANTERVILLE GHOST with Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Freddie Highmore.

Com.x is the UK’s most exciting comics house. Its releases include classics such as THE LAST AMERICAN and CLA$$WAR, and new cult favorites 45, BLUESPEAR and MONSTER MYTHS.