Jonathan Hickman’s New Image Series

This is a surprise. I thought the days of writer Jonathan Hickman unveiling a new creation were long gone, since his now busy days writing for Marvel. Hickman made his name as writer and artist with the awesome The Nightly News, which is perfect for comic newbies, graphic designers and anyone who likes to see experimental sequential art. Since then, he’s hardly done much art and has focused on his mad writing skills, particularly for Marvel. Now, he’s back with Image with a brand new concept. Expect this series to sell out quickly, probably before it hits shelves in July.
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Jonathan Hickman Debuts New Creator-Owned Series at Image in July

No one can ever claim Jonathan Hickman is lazy. Not content with helming head-turning runs on Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors and S.H.I.E.L.D., not to mention re-imagining the FF for his most recent hit, The Future Foundation, Hickman returns to Image this summer with an all-new creator-owned miniseries, THE RED WING.
“We’re all pretty excited for this one,” Hickman explained. “We believe we not only have a solid concept for an engaging new series, but even at this early stage, THE RED WING has that lightning in a bottle feel to it. I think people are really going to like it.”
Written by Hickman, with art by amazing newcomer Nick Pitarra and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, THE RED WING marks Hickman’s first creator owned work since the conclusion of the critically acclaimed A RED MASS FOR MARS.
“Nick is going to really surprise some people,” Hickman said. “When the art for this starts hitting the web, and then when the finished product shows up in stores, many of them are going to wonder where this guy has been hiding. Nick’s a very hungry, special, special talent. I consider myself fortunate to be working with him.”
Set in a future where the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to master their craft and perfect their skills, the heroes of THE RED WING also have to learn how to navigate through time. Described by Hickman as “the greatest battle in the history of the history of three worlds,” the four-issue miniseries is but the first concept to be mined by Hickman & Pitarra as part of Hickman’s ongoing “PLUS!” project.
“Well, I’ve been promising I’d get to this for over a year, so now it’s time,” Hickman said. “We’ll start with THE RED WING, and then I’ll be writing and drawing something called, FEEL BETTER NOW, before Nick and I move on to our next exciting project. We have a busy, aggressive slate of exciting stories to tell, and, like I said before, it’s time.”
“It’s a real privilege to be working with Jonathan and the incredible team he’s assembled for THE RED WING,” added Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Since his comics debut with THE NIGHTLY NEWS, Jonathan has been one of the most unique and visionary voices in contemporary comics, and after hearing what he has planned for THE RED WING and the rest of the PLUS! series, I can guarantee you he’s not planning to rest on his laurels anytime soon!”
THE RED WING #1 (of 4), a 32-page full color comic with a cover price of $3.50, will be available for order now in the May issue of Previews and will go on sale July 6.

Ultimate Comics Thor #1 Preview

Sure, the prevalence of Ultimates titles (initially introduced for a more streamilned approach to the Marvel Universe) makes things as daunting as their regular Universe counterparts, but they are still a line of some very entertaining comics. The latest is an intriguing mix of creators and may be writer Jonathan Hickman’s most accessible superhero series to date. Text-free preview below. Ultimate Comics Thor #1 goes on sale on October 6.

Your First Look At Ultimate Comics Thor #1!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Ultimate Comics Thor #1 from the red hot creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco! The origin of Ultimate Thor is finally revealed! Go back to the beginning and witness the debut of the Odinson and the Warriors Three as they combat a shadowy threat masterminded by the dreaded Baron Zemo. Will the legendary Asgardian thwart the looming Ragnarok? Find out in Ultimate Comics Thor #1!

ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #1 (AUG100550)

ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #1 VILLAIN VARIANT (AUG100551)

ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #1 CAMPBELL VARIANT (JUL108028)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Pencils & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

Villain Variant by MIKE CHOI

Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/16/10, On-Sale – 10/6/10

Free Mobile Comics Mag Debuts

This really is exciting, and now I get to share it. I’ve been writing for comics site Broken Frontier for a while now, and the last few months have seen it brought to another level (thanks to my fellow BFers who are  a lot more technically minded than me) and now we’ve just unleashed the FIRST free comics magazine for mobile devices. The press release is below, but fear not – if you’re like me and have yet to step into the iPad world, you can still grab the PDF from the Broken Frontier site.

On a related note, I recently interviewed writer extraordinaire Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News, Fantastic Four, Shield) for the mag. It was my first ever phone interview and we talked for almost an hour. It was pretty awesome, I gotta say and he’s a very interesting guy. Well, my article stemming from that interview can now be read  in the digital pages of the brand new, first issue of The Frontiersman. Oh yeah.

Broken Frontier Launches The Frontiersman, the First Mobile Comics Magazine Free magazine debuts on iPad, goes weekly on May 4

Premier comic book news site Broken Frontier (www.brokenfrontier.com) proudly unveils The Frontiersman, the world’s first digital comics magazine for mobile devices. The magazine makes its debut on iPad with The Frontiersman #1, with new issues to be released weekly on Tuesdays as of May 4, 2010.

“We’re thrilled to offer comic fans a new way to experience the richness and diversity of the comics industry,” Broken Frontier’s Editor in Chief Frederik Hautain says. The Frontiersman will act as a digital companion to the main Broken Frontier website, where readers will still find their daily dose of comics news, reviews, blogging, previews and columns.

“BF isn’t going anywhere, on the contrary,” Hautain clarifies. “What we’re doing, is presenting our more in-depth articles and interviews in a format that allows you to enjoy them at your leisure without getting lost amid the boatloads of content that the web throws at you every day.”

The Frontiersman magazine app is available for free via iTunes. While the magazine can be optimally enjoyed on iPad, it can also be downloaded free of charge in PDF on the Broken Frontier website. The Frontiersman is developed in association withNetlash, the web development partner of Broken Frontier.

The first issue features interviews with Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. on Kick-Ass, Paul Gravett on Tove Jansson’s Moominexhibition, and Jonathan Hickman on S.H.I.E.L.D., its history and political relevance. The Frontiersman #1 also dives into the storied history of The Green Hornet and spotlights this week’s top comics.

The Frontiersman, Exploring the Comics Universe. Go mobile and download The Frontiersman #1 right now on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frontiersman/id368550228?mt=8) or as a PDF at www.brokenfrontier.com.

Comics On Comics With Jonathan Hickman

Good news everyone! The appropriately titled Comics on Comics show is back with Jonathan Hickman, the creator of The Nightly News and current writer of Fantastic Four. Here’s the skinny.

Comics on Comics returns with a vengeance with its first-ever show at Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park!

Host Juan-Manuel Rocha welcomes rising comics superstar Jonathan Hickman (The Nightly News, Pax Romana, Secret Warriors, Fantastic Four) along with comedians Ed Salazar (Tournament of Nerds, Portland Comedy Festival), Paul Cibis (TheAtrox.com) and Geekscape.net founder Jonathan London for another unforgettable round of comics & comedy!

After the show, Hickman will meet and greet fans in his first-ever Southern California signing appearance!

It all goes down Saturday, August 29 at Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park! The show begins at 1 p.m. and admission is FREE! Hickman’s autograph session will begin at 3pm.

Also, be sure to check out our video teaser for this event!

You can RSVP for this event on facebook or you can find us online at ComicsOnComics.com

Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave. in Canoga Park, CA.

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Secret Warriors #6 Preview

SecretWarriors_06_CoverJonathan Hickman (he of The Nightly News fame) is now firmly entrenched at Marvel, and that’s a very good thing. He brings a great dramatic and creative flair to his work. The latest issue of his new Secret Warriors series hits shelves on July 29,a nd is co-written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Stefano Caselli. Here’s what Marvel say about the issue:

 

Nick Fury and his Secret Warriors have launched their offensive against Norman Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R., but the foot on Fury’s throat might be a sign that things won’t end well! Marvel’s most acclaimed new series of the year continues in Secret Warriors #6, as red-hot scribes Brian Michael Bendis (Dark Avengers) & Jonathan Hickman (upcoming Fantastic Four), team with Young Gun artist Stefano Caselli for the next shocking chapter in Nick Fury’s war against the Dark Reign! What role does HYDRA play in this battle? What are Stonewall’s powers? And just what does Fury have up his sleeve? Strap in for answers—and a shocking conclusion that rocks Marvel’s world of subterfuge to its core! Plus, don’t miss an exciting variant cover by Tomm Coker, celebrating the sexy 70s!

and here’s some text-free preview pages.

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Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1 Peek

 

darkreign_ff_01_70thanniversaryvariantcoverIt’s a brand new, dark day in the Marvel Universe, and it’s creeping onto the footsteps of Marvel’s First Family.

Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1 hits shelves on March 4. Writer Jonathan Hickman (Pax Romana, The Nightly News) and artist Sean Chen launch the new series as the FF find themselves battling H.A.M.M.E.R agents invading their home – the Baxter Building.

The series’ first issue has a gorgeous cover by Simone Bianchi (Astonishing X-Men) and a variant cover featuring Thing by Marko Djurdjevic.

See below for some text-free preview pages of this issue.

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The Core Review

Jonathan Hickman is the flavour of the month year. As he should be. Like David Mack, he seems to approach sequential art with wide eyed optimism. Perhaps he’s grown up reading superheroes his whole life like most other creators, but he doesn’t bring a stifling love affair of superhero conventions with him. What he does bring is a sense of bold experimentation to every project he works on that seems to push comics into a new realm.

Image Comics’ Nightly News is the prime example. Granted, it took me a while to adjust to its unique two-tone design and conspiracy laden journalistic themes, but it was different enough to be noticed. In his other books since, such as Transhuman and Red Mass for Mars, he has restricted himself to one credit – that of writer and has left the art duties to others, which has been hit and miss. But Hickman as either writer or artist is a hard act to follow. Even when he’s not creating the look of the interior pages, its obvious his intelligent eye is behind it. The Core is Hickman’s best looking book in which he has been scribe only. His collaborator here is Kenneth Rocafort, best known from his work with Paul Dini on Madame Mirage, also from Top Cow.

The Core is part of the Cow’s second Pilot Season event, in which fans are presented with 6 one-shots to choose from. The most popular two, as voted by fans on Top Cow’s MySpace page (complete with previews), are then given their own series. It’s a great idea for the fans and a wise one from the publisher, as it lessens the risk of publishing multiple titles somewhat. Twilight Guardian, Alibi, Lady Pendragon, Genius and Urban Myths are the other choices. I would expect Myths and The Core to win, but you never know.

The Core is seemingly familiar territory to Hickman fans. Thrown straight in to a galactic battle, a young human soldier becomes the next elite member of a Special Forces team. The tale is told primarily from his point of view as he relates his adventures to his father, upon whom a nice twist centres on in the last few pages. Hickman reminds me of George Lucas, except he’s a much better writer. The guy doesn’t know how to write small – his ideas are grandiose and there’s no better form of expression for big ideas than sequential art. Voting is now open for Pilot Season and the first five pages of The Core are below, in case you’re not sure of which way to vote. Rocafort isn’t afraid to use plenty of white and use eye catching layouts. His alien race and ship designs are also pleasing to the ocular cavities. See for yourself.

Jonathan Hickman’s official site

Top Cow’s Pilot Season

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