Commanders in Crisis, a new and different superhero comic series coming up

Commanders in Crisis will reach comic shelves this October, a new ongoing superhero series from writer Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Doom Patrol: Milk Wars, Martian Manhunter) and artist Davide Tinto (Marvel Action: Spider-Man, 2000 A.D).

Under the Image Comics publishing banner, this new series promises to be “an intense, weird action thriller will remind readers of the importance of compassion and hope in the present moment—all while putting fists to faces along the way!”

The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, Commanders in Crisis follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself…This is ideacide!

“Commanders in Crisis is all the energy and creativity I’ve served for the past five years, now completely unchained!” said Orlando in a recent press release. “No rules, no restraints, the type of strange and passionate ideas that brought me into the medium in the first place. Comics should be bold, comics should be big, and comics should be badass. This is my first freelance launch since 2015, and we’re taking a nuclear shot across the bow. No vanilla vengeance here! This is a fight for comics as they need to be.”

Tinto added: “I am really happy about being onboard for Commanders In Crisis. Steve is a great guy and a fantastic writer and publishing with Image Comics, which put out Invincible, my favorite superhero comic, is a dream come true. I am very thankful for the opportunity.”

Commanders in Crisis #1 will be available in print at comic book shops , and through popular digital comics apps on Wednesday, October 14.

Flaming Carrot returns to print in Omnibus form, from Dark Horse this summer

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Bob Burden’s Flaming Carrot is coming back to print, from Dark Horse Comics as a large Omnibus volume. This critically-acclaimed yet absurd classic comics parody will arrive in mid-September. This Omnibus volume will be a 416-page paperback and collect Flaming Carrot #1-2, 4-11, 25-27 and retail for a mere $24.99.

The original news release from Dark Horse Comics says it best…Propagating dreamlike surrealism, disturbing violence, sexual adventurism, bar-hopping, and a bizarre and nightmarish costume, the world’s first postmodern super-man battled Road Hogs From Outer Space, went on drinking binges with Death, teamed up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to save the “Umpire State Building”, bounced around on a nuclear powered pogo stick, and ordered some of that new Brussels sprout flavored ice cream that wasn’t even on the menu yet. Now, when the industry needs it the most: The world’s first surrealist superhero comic returns! The pied piper of fun! The poor man’s H-Bomb! The one-man Madis Gras! The further adventures of the strangest man alive! Fresh as cracked wheat! Doctor recommended. Maximum strength formula. New hope for a nation suffocating in the swill of its own mediocrity!

Flaming Carrot Comics Omnibus arrives on September 18, 2019, in comic stores and better retail book stores everywhere.

Dark Horse Comics sets Black Hammer: Age of Doom down for 2018

Dark Horse Comics has announced the return of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston’s creator-owned Black Hammer superhero saga, with a new ongoing series, Black Hammer: Age of Doom, coming in 2018. The new ongoing series will continue to chronicle the adventures of the forgotten champions of Spiral City, following the events of the cliffhanger ending of issue thirteen of Black Hammer.

“One thing Black Hammer has always done is comment on the history of superhero comics and we live in a world where superhero universes seem to be rebooted, relaunched, and rebirthed every year,” said Lemire. “It felt like we needed to play around with that idea, but put a Black Hammer spin on it. So, starting in April, Dean, Dave Stewart, Todd Klein, and I will continue the story and the mystery of Black Hammer farm in Black Hammer: Age of Doom! It’s a new series, but everything you love will stay intact and we’ll deliver the next chapter in the story of Golden Gail, Abraham Slam, Barbalien and the rest of the gang.”

“Black Hammer ends with a major, game-changing revelation,” said Ormston. “Readers are super keen to find out how our heroes are stuck on the farm and more answers, twists, and turns are coming in Black Hammer: Age of Doom.”

Meanwhile, the Black Hammer universe will spin off with a few mini-series, featuring the work of different artists. On October 18, Dark Horse Comics will lift off Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín (Ether). The highly anticipated four-issue series follows Lucy Weber—the daughter of the Black Hammer and an investigative reporter for the Global Planet—as she uncovers the dark secret origins of some of her father’s greatest foes.

“Black Hammer has grown beyond what Dean Ormston and I could ever have hoped for,” said Lemire. “We’ve fallen in love with the world of Black Hammer and the characters that live there and we have a lot of stories left to tell. This ending is just the beginning.”

Each issue of the new Black Hammer ongoing series will be featuring a variant cover by an acclaimed artist, starting with the first issue variant cover by Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland) and an issue 2 variant cover by Fábio Moon (Two Brothers) with a homage to Frank Miller’s icon Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cover.

Black Hammer: Age of Doom arrives sometime in the month of April 2018.

Here is that Skottie Young variant cover:

Image Comics re-releases Donny Cates’ BUZZKILL, a tale of substance abuse and superheroics

This September, Image Comics will re-release Buzzkill, a critically-acclaimed miniseries from writers Donny Cates (God Country, Redneck), Mark Reznicek, and artists Geoff Shaw (God Country), Lauren Affe, originally published by Dark Horse Comics back in 2013.  Buzzkill will come back complete, in a new printing as a trade paperback.

Buzzkill follows Ruben, an unconventional superhero who gets his powers through the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs. On one fateful day, facing a world-ending threat, Reuben drank so much that he blacked out. He saved the world…but he has no idea how or why. Now, he’s in recovery, trying to get sober and piece together not only the events of the night in question, but the broken parts of his life as an alcoholic and an addict.

5-PAGE PREVIEW BELOW!!

Buzzkill trade paperback will hit stores on Wednesday, September 27th.

 

New comic preview – BLACKHAND IRONHEAD #1, from PanelSyndicate

BLACKHAND IRONHEAD  #1

  • Writer and Artist: David López, Colorist: Nayoung Kim
  • Published by: PanelSyndicate, Publication Date: April 25, 2017
  • Notes: New series, digital exclusive to panelsyndicate.com. Price is up to you!

Blackhand Ironhead is a new series by David López, artist of books including All-new Wolverine, Captain Marvel, X-men, Catwoman!

Alexia wants to be the greatest hero of all time, but she’s got a problem, her father already IS the greatest hero of all time. And she’s about to discover she’s got an even BIGGER problem…A comedy about family, with superheroes, not about superheroes available at panelsyndicate.com. Name your price and show David your love!

Preview Pages (click on each for full-size image and slide options):

 

Special thanks to PanelSyndicate for providing access to the preview pages. You may follow them for more info and other great books on their official site panelsyndicate.com.

Dynamite Ent. brings back MIGHTY MOUSE to comics, this June

This June, Dynamite Entertainment will bring back Mighty Mouse to new comics shelves everywhere.

After a long absence of over 30 years from Comics, the original Terrytoons’ animated superhero will return, continuing his adventures since his first appearance in 1942 (as a parody to the famed Man of Steel, created by Paul Terry and Ralph Bakashi). This also marks his 75th anniversary, as a familiar character in pop-culture through multiple animated programs and merchandise. His catch phrase still echoes through the many generations, “Here I come to save the Day!

The new series simply titled Mighty Mouse is now written by Sholly Fisch, illustrated by Igor Lima. The character is under license by CBS.

The concept and story follow:

“Imagine that the world’s greatest hero has been exiled to another dimension — an alien world, where not even the laws of physics work the way they should. The only person who even believes the hero exists is a young kid whom no one will listen to. And yet, the hero — who just happens to be a cartoon mouse — remains the shining light that this drab, cynical world needs to restore its color and life. Here comes Mighty Mouse to save the day in his most unexpected adventure yet… right here, in the real world!.”

“One of my favorite things about writing comics is getting the chance to play with characters I’ve loved all my life,” says writer Sholly Fisch. “And what’s not to love about Mighty Mouse? Not only is he funny, but of all the superheroes you can name, there aren’t many who dedicate themselves quite so literally to fighting for the (ahem) little guy. When I was a kid, my sister and I used to get up early to watch Mighty Mouse cartoons on TV and, in those prehistoric pre-DVR, pre-streaming days, we’d tide ourselves over between shows by listening to our Mighty Mouse record (yes, on vinyl. I said it was prehistoric.) Decades later, I fell in love with the character all over again, thanks to Ralph Bakshi’s brilliantly insane Mighty Mouse TV series. Now, I get to contribute yet another unique spin on Mighty Mouse, as we bring him rocketing out of Mouseville and into the real world… and couldn’t we all really use someone to come save the day? It’s all pretty cool, and I’m having enormous fun with the series. Hopefully, everyone else will, too! Oh, and did I mention that I can still sing the entire Mighty Mouse theme song by heart? Don’t get me started!”

Mighty Mouse is one of the greatest standout creations in the history of animation,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “Mighty Mouse was a huge part of my childhood and has been an influence for many characters since most famously Osamu Tezuka’ Astro Boy. It’s hard to believe a character so ready-made for comics has been gone from the medium for almost 30 years. I’m thrilled that Dynamite will introduce this American icon to a whole new generation of fans!”

The launch includes variant covers with featured artwork by comic artist legends Alex Ross and Neal Adams.

Cover art preview:

 

Also available as limited retailer incentives are Black and White, Coloring and Blank coveeditions. Contact your comic store retailer for more information.

Mighty Mouse #1 will release in June 2017 by Dynamite Entertainment to comic book retailers and many popular digital comics apps.

Favorite Comic Covers this Week 5/6/15

My choice favorite covers for comic books released this week…

Featured below…

 Dead Drop #1 (Valiant Comics), by Adam Gorham

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Afterlife with Archie #8 (Archie Comics) by Francesco Francavilla

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Afterlife with Archie #8 variant cover (Archie Comics) by Francesco Francavilla

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Bandette #10 (MonkeyBrain Comics), by Colleen Coover

Bandette 10

Arcadia #1 Cover D variant cover (Boom! Studios) by Scott Pfeiffer

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Convergence: Superman #2 (DC Comics) by  Brad Anderson

Convergence: Superman #2

Feathers #5 (Boom!) by Jorge Corona

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Halogen #3 (Boom Studios) by Afu Chan

HALOGEN 3

Angel and Faith: Season 10 #14 (Dark Horse Comics) by Scott Fischer

Angel and Faith: Season 10 #14

Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1 (Dark Horse Comics) by Ben Stenbeck

Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1

Names #9 (DC Vertigo) by Christine Duart Peter

Names #9

Punisher #18 (Marvel) by Mitch Gerads

Punisher #18

Kanan: Last Padawan #2 (Marvel Comics) by Mark Brooks

Kanan: Last Padawan #2

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics) by Steve Pugh

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2

Special thanks goes to the r/comicbooks Reddit board, originally featured some of these covers sans titles and other text. Link to more textless comic covers here.

Check out your local comic stores and digital outlets for the great stories inside!

– Orion T

COVER ART: Greater Comic Cover Art of Dec. 2014

Here is some favorite comic book cover art, published in the past month of December 2014.

Also, special thanks goes to the r/comicbooks Reddit board for originally posting many of these covers sans titles and other text).

Now, on with the show…

Grayson #5 (DC Comics), by Mikel Janin

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Drifter #2 (Image Comics), by Nic Klein

Drifter 2

Rocket Raccoon #6 (Marvel Comics), by Skottie Young

Rocket Raccoon 6

Secret Six #1 (DC Comics), by Dale Eaglesham

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Wolf Moon #1 (DC Comics, Vertigo imprint), by Jae Lee

Wolf Moon 1

Catwoman Annual #2 (DC Comics), by Gary Brown

Catwoman Annual 2

All New X-Men Annual 1 (Marvel Comics), by Andrea Sorrentino

All New X-Men Annual 1

Trinity of Sin #3 variant (DC Comics), by Cully Hamner

Trinity of Sin 3 (variant)

Green Lantern Corps #37 (DC Comics), by Bernard Chang

Green Lantern Corp 37

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #3 (IDW) by Gabriel Rodriguez

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– Orion T