Tank Girl returns to comic shelves this Fall, under new publishing

Credit: Albatross Funnybooks

Tank Girl is back, this time under Eric Powell’s (best known for The Goon) own indie company, Albatross Funnybooks. This time, as ‘King Tank Girl!

This is latest phase since the original subculture post-apocalyptic punk icon, co-created by Jamie Hewlett (pre Gorillaz’ fame) and Alan Martin, took on comics story form in the British magazine Deadline from 1988 to 1995. Afterwards, Tank Girl bounced through various publishers including DC, Image, IDW, Titans with many other artists and writers taking on new stories, along with a the 1990’s film, and possibly a new reboot in the works starring Margot Robbie.

The news was released early though though ComicBook.com, where Eric Powel planned the unveiling of her new publishers this year’s recently cancelled San Diego Comic Con. The reason now, being the modern day taking a very apocalyptic turn, seems like a good time to surprise fans.

Credit: Albatross Funnybooks

So now, the donkey is out of the bag, and here we go with ‘King Tank Girl. This time, with original co-creator Alan Martin writing, and Brett Parson on the art, a team that worked well together on previous Tank Girl comics for Titan Publishing. This next storyline will focus on the early years of Tank Girl.

King Tank Girl is planned launch in the fall, if we make it that far.

Raw post-apocalyptic sci-fi comic series The Protector, coming soon

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Pulled from a recent press release from Image Comics…

Bestselling writer Simon Roy (Prophet) and Sideways Award-winning author Daniel M. Bensen (Junction) team up with artists Artyom Trakhanov (Turncoat), Jason Wordie (God Country), and Hassan Otsmane-elhaou (Red Sonja) for the forthcoming series Protector. This all-new science-fiction adventure will launch from Image Comics in January 2020.

“Protector is an idea that can’t be pinned down to any one brain. Simon took the first step when he made a project about godlike aliens assisting in a post-apocalypse archaeological dig. I asked Simon questions about the world, which started a conversation that also included the speculative shaman-king C.M. Kosemen.” said Benson

“Between us, we started evolving a story,” adds Bensen. “Simon sketched that scene out, and it floated around on the internet until Artyom got a hold of it and blasted it into the next dimension! I doubt anything would have come of Protector without Artyom’s frenetic woodprint-like chunks of black and white. There’s this image of ‘the slave girl’ (we didn’t know her name at that point) riding on this awful cyborg cyclops as it claws its way out of the ruins of the old world…we knew we had to finish this story.”

Equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse, Protector is set in far-future North America. Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally.

Roy added: “I’ve always been a big fan of Artyom’s work, and when we started talking about some sort of collaboration, I immediately thought of the Far-Future Iron-age adventure Daniel and I had been workshopping years earlier. Once we actually started work on the project, choosing Jason—who I had met and collaborated with, back in art school, and who had already started working with Artyom on Turncoat—for colors was a perfect fit!”

Protector #1 will be available at comic book shops and popular digital platforms on Wednesday, January 29.

Phillip Sevy’s sets a bold new sci-fi comic mini-series, with Triage

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Triage, a bold new sci-fi post-apocalyptic mini-series written and illustrated by veteran creator Phillip Sevy (The Freeze, The House, Tomb Raider) is set for coming comic book stands, this summer from Dark Horse publishing. Triage is the idea of its creator, on of how we measure up when standing beside heroes and legends.

The story. as revealed in a recent post from Darkhorse.com..

Evie Pierce – a dedicated nurse – awakens to an unfamiliar world alongside two strangers—one, a young and snarky superhero; the other, a hardened rebel military commander of a post-apocalyptic world. When a mysterious figure begins to hunt them down, the three women must work together to survive, discover why they were assembled, and how their survival is the key to saving all existence.

Phillip Sevy adds, “For my first creator-owned book, I wanted to try and the deliver the biggest, boldest, and craziest story I could through the lens of one singular vision. In Triage, I wanted to go as big and as personal as possible. From writing to penciling to inking to coloring (with amazing letters by Frank Cvetkovic), I’ve been killing myself to deliver a story that is exciting, fun, audacious, and human. Evie has become one of my favorite characters I’ve got to work with. At its core, Triage is about discovering your identity amidst the chaos and enormities of the world around you.”

Triage #1 (of five) will arrive in comic stores and popular digital comic platforms on September 4, 2019.

New Comic Series Preview: Little Bird #1

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Coming this March, Image Comics will unleash Little Bird, a new comic mini-series from indie film director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest (Corvus, The Orchard). Poelgeest’s storytelling will be backed with artist Ian Bertram (House of Penance) in this new tale with a dark post-apocalyptic setting.

With the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of Akira—Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

See a five-page preview below

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird is really just Ian and I sitting down and creating a comic we really want to read, inhabited with characters we genuinely love,” said Van Poelgeest. “It’s been an exciting and emotional journey creating this book, and I can’t wait for others to join us on that journey.”

Bertram burst onto the scene with his haunting, macabre collaboration with Peter J. Tomasi on House of Penance, the eerie, unsettling comic series about the Winchester haunted house. He brings a similarly intricate inking style to the pages of Little Bird.

Little Bird #1 will be available in print at comic stores, and digitally through popular comics apps on Wednesday, March 13.

Preview here:

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Comic Reading Recommendation: Extremity Vol. 1: Artist

Extremity Vol. 1: Artist

  • Writer, Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
  • Colorist: Mike Spicer
  • Published by: Image Comics  Publish Date: September 6, 2017
  • Notes: Softcover format. Collects the original monthly issues of  #1-6.

Synopsis:

“Thea dreams. Not of a better life, but of revenge on the clan that ruined her family. With ferocious battles between man, machines, and monsters ahead…who knows where her quest for vengeance will take her? Creator DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Space Mullet) and colorist MIKE SPICER present a bold new vision, where the beauty and imagination of Studio Ghibli meet the intensity of Mad Max, in this all-new Skybound Original. Collects EXTREMITY #1-6”

Personal Review:

Extremity is an interesting series for those seeking something different in their post-apocalyptic style hybrid of fantasy and science fiction.  But more so, Extremity is an interesting journey of a family forever changed by oppression and violent conflict.

This first volume focuses on the story of a father (Jerome) and his two offspring (Rollo and Thea), living in a strange world of floating lands, odd technology and beasts. Their livesa changed, after losing the mother’s life and home to a rival tribe. The family is affected greatly by this cruelty, and we see the changes and developments in character. The father takes his surviving children in a new direction, pushing them forward as soldiers, encouraging ruthlessness with no mercy for the enemy. The two children react differently, leading to some surprising twists and interesting character developments.

The overall world-building is awesome, with some interesting ideas on technology, environment, and creatures. It’s a lot like Star Wars but set in a strange world. The character designs are a mix of cyberpunk, tribal and feudal era Japan, with some emphasis on badass styles borrowed from each. The action sequences bring out bigger panels, with some moments taking on an epic grandeur with much detail and clever angle of a cinematic approach to this epic family journey. The smaller character developments have excellent pacing with tearful moments, and changes that feel perfectly timed, not forced.

I also really enjoy the style inking and coloring of Extremity, providing the right kind of balance in the atmosphere that feels hard-edged, but not too gritty in the presentation. With the stylish art and strange concepts, this feels like a great adventure for those who enjoy ridiculous over-the-top visuals, yet developed enough in character direction to feel more involved on that the visuals are featuring. Also, big cheers to the sound effects used…

The first volume feels like the first act of a long epic drama, where we get to know the players and setting. Each chapter takes a good time with its pacing while hitting the eyes with hard-hitting action sequences. There are moments with heavy and graphic violence,  though presented to show brutality and seriousness of some very dark situations. the reactions of each, are the big payoff, towards what makes Extremity riveting.

If you enjoy older school fantasy western animated classics like Naussica: Valley of the Wind, Heavy Metal, Trigun, or the Max Max: Fury Road movie, check out Extremity. If you want something new and inventive that leads on character development, also check out Extremity: Volume 1. This read gives the right combination of storytelling, creative setting, and the excitement of a changing world where rules matter less. After finishing volume 1, you will likely find yourself wanting more.

Image series EXTREMITY: Volume 1 collected TP, announced for September

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment just announced its release for the trade paperback mass release of its hit monthly series, Extremity.

Extremity: Volume 1  will collect the first six issues of the gritty, emotive dystopian series, by cartoonist Daniel Warren Johnson (SpaceMullet), with colorist Mike Spicer (Shirtless Bear-Fighter). The story is a mix of high imaginative fantasy action drama, with a post-apocalyptic edge.

Thea dreams. Not of a better life, but of revenge on the clan that ruined her family. With ferocious battles between man, machines, and monsters ahead…who knows where her quest for vengeance will take her?

Extremity is a book I’ve been working on for over three years, putting everything I had into making it special,” said Johnson. “It was a tremendous joy to write and draw, and I think that shows on the pages. I hope the characters speak to you as much as they did to me!”

Extremity: Volume 1  arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, September 6th, and bookstores Tuesday, September 12th.

SW Captain’s note: I highly enjoy this series, and much recommend it.

THE REALM will bring fresh post-apocalyptic world grit to the comic shelves

 

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth: orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors that threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight tooth and nail to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem.

Coming in September from Image Comics –  The Realm, is a new ongoing series diving into the grit and chaos of a post-apocalyptic world, from co-creators Seth M. Peck (X-Men) and Jeremy Haun (The Beauty) team up with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer.

“Creator-owned comics are the only place you can tell stories like The Realm exactly as you want them to be told,” said Peck. “You can have an F-14 take on a dragon in the skies over Chicago, or have a horde of orcs lay siege to the White House without worrying about special effects or budgets. At the same time, you can tell very intimate, emotional, and human stories and develop complicated, meaningful characters over the course of time. With The Realm, Jeremy and I wanted to blend all the genres we enjoy, mix in plenty of action, and give readers something unique and exciting to look forward to each month.”

The Realm will have two covers, Cover A by Jeremy Haun and Nick Filardi and Cover B by Tony Moore.

The Realm is the book I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” said Haun. “It’s the perfect mash of everything I love to draw. Post-apocalyptic landscapes, dark magical citadels, machine gun-toting barbarians, unnamable horrors, DRAGONS—it doesn’t get more fun than this.”

The Realm #1 will launch on Wednesday, September 13th.

Short Film Find: BIOPUNK, a concept short set in dystopian London

BIOPUNK

 

  • Director and story: Liam Garvo, Screenplay: Andrew Harmer
    Producer: James Heath
  • Published: Sunday, June 5, 2017 on vimeo.com
  • Source: dresdenpictures.com
  • Time: 6:19
  • Note: Biopunk began as a Kickstarter project, funded successfully. Details here.

Synopsis:

Set in a dystopian London in 2054, the world has been ravaged by a virus that has killed billions and caused part of the remaining population to mutate into something other than human. BIOPUNK is a proof of concept short for a feature film. Starring Katie Sheridan as Resha, Charlie Jones as Edwin, Benjamin Tuttlebee as Kio, Robert Nairne as the Preacher and Kristian Nairn as Bob.

Personal Thoughts: 

Damn it, that video was too short. I enjoyed the visual cinematics and editing, and especially the story. I want more of this story and more of this kind post-apocalyptic telling of small-scale living and social commentary. While there is a hint of horror and action, I felt more engaged with the good and bad habits of humanity remaining constant, and the survivalist elements intact. I hope there will be a BIOPUNK full-length feature film for at least as a short-release indie title, with much of the cast here involved.

Short Animated Film Find: CLEANER by Sung Hwan Lee

CLEANER

 

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  • Director: Sung Hwan Lee
  • Music: Justin Oh
  • Artwork:  Choo Soo Hyun, Kim Do Hyung
  • Published: Sunday, April 5th 2017 on youtube.com
  • Produced by Studio Shelter, South Korea facebook.com/studioshelter

Synopsis: ““The future of the flood due to the overflow of waste and environmental pollution. Machine robots that try to eliminate human beings who are responsible for pollution. A lonely hero, ‘cleaner,’ who lives for survivors.”

Personal Thoughts: 

Very over the top, and enjoyable as a short action piece. I also like the music. Yet, something more with the sort of parody of hero-worship here, suggests the olympian feats are just the outer later. Beneath, is complexity and want to maintain youthfulness in a world gone harsh and emptied. There is strange joy in not being lonely after losing his loved ones, with possible hallucinations in the weird talking things, and eventually another human. The cleaning equipment is cool in use as silly playthings. I like the idea of robots hunting humans for the crimes of pollution, as it is they who also see themselves as “cleaners.” It all works out, strangely.