What's new from BOOM Studios this week? Click the images for previews!
What's new from BOOM Studios this week? Click the images for previews!
Horror maestro Clive Barker is set to roll out a new installment in his long-living, leather-loving, Cenobite-tastic series, Hellraiser, with BOOM! Studios. Along with co-writer Christopher Monfette and artist, Leonardo Manco, Barker will release the new ongoing series beginning in March with Hellraiser #1.
Along with Hellraiser #1 BOOM! is reissuing Pinhead's early Marvel Comics fetishistic and torturing adventures in the collection, Hellraiser: Masterworks Vol. 1 featuring work by Barker himself, Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Alex Ross and Larry Wachowski.
Hellraiser #1 will feature cover work by Tim Bradstreet and Nick Percival as well as special 1-in-50 variants signed by Barker. Read More...
"Mark was key in BOOM!'s transition from a promising upstart to top tier publisher," Ross Richie, the Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios said. "Now that we've reached this stage, Mark's made it clear to me that he's ready to take on new challenges. And we wish him the best!"
But fans of "Irredeemable" and "Incorruptable" take heart -- Waid will remain as writer on both BOOM! titles, as well as his new collaboration with comics legend Stan Lee, "The Traveler." Read More...
BOOM Studios blasts the shelves with a bunch a new titles on Wednesday December 8! Click the images for free previews!
STAN'S BACK AS THE PUBLISHING EVENT OF THE YEAR CONTINUES! Read More...
Imagine walking into your local comic shop and coming out with a free stack of brand-new comics! The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) committee makes this a reality every year -- and they have just announced their Gold sponsors and comic book titles for FCBD 2011, which is scheduled for May 7th. The Gold sponsors are:
Ape Entertainment: Kung-Fu Panda and Richie Rich Flip-Book
Check out what BOOM Studios is releasing Thursday, December 2nd! Click the covers for previews.
Roger Langridge announced on his blog today that he is stepping down from "The Muppet Show Comic Book" due to personal reasons. Langridge's Eisner-nominated run on "Muppet Show," which started in 2009, is widely acclaimed and loved by fans and critics alike. In a world where some comic adaptations of beloved TV shows fall flat, writer/artist Langridge's take on Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the rest not only did justice to their original incarnation but expanded on it.
In a post entitled "Goodbye Mr. Henson," Langridge also acknowledged that ending his run on the title was a creative decision as well, writing, "I feel like I've done about as much as I can with the Muppet characters - really, I'd rather move on while it's still fun than carry on grinding away long past the point where I'm enjoying it."
Langridge is also the Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz and Reuben Award-nominated comic book "Fred the Clown," and has also done work for 2000 AD, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics, and others. His latest, and, last Muppet Show story arc, "The Four Seasons," will finish by next year.
• This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly features a first look at the filming of the upcoming Game of Thrones HBO series. The print piece features many exclusive photos from the set, and a preview has been posted at the Entertainment Weekly website. Martin also revealed that the series re-used pieces of the set from the upcoming James Franco film Your Highness.
• A brand new anthology of short stories edited by George R. R. Martin, Songs of Love & Death, was published for the first time on November 16th by Pocket Books. The anthology compiles seventeen tales that span the genres of fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction, including stories written by such famous authors as Neil Gaiman.
• Speaking of anthologies, WILD CARDS, a collection of superhero and science fiction stories edited by George R. R. Martin is getting a new and improved re-print of the first entry into the series. WILD CARDS Volume I was originally published 1987, but this new edition will feature three brand new short stories: "Captain Cathode and the Secret Ace" by Michael Cassutt, "Powers" by David D. Levine, and "Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan" by Carrie Vaughn Read More...
Alongside the much anticipated release of the time-bending superhero saga STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER #1, comes the debut of STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER in SPLIT-SECOND MAYHEM available now in the iTunes store for the iPhone & iPod Touch and brought to you by Stan Lee, BOOM! Studios, GameSalad, and D7!
In this fast-paced puzzle game, you play as The Traveler battling against the Split-Second Men to defeat evil and save the future! Speed up or slow down time to navigate citizens through perilous traps and dangerous encounters with the Split-Second Men. Straight from the pages of STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER, SPLIT-SECOND MAYHEM makes you the hero and puts you in control of the adventure!
“Comic and game fans will have tons to enjoy with STAN LEE'S THE TRAVER in SPLIT-SECONDE MAYHEM,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “SPLIT-SECOND MAYHEM gives fans a deeper look at the latest superhero from Stan Lee while being fun, fast-paced and excitingly addicting game on its own! If you loved STAN LEE'S THE TRAVELER and you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, be sure to download this game today!” Read More...
Okay, I get it, now: this is the spin-off. About a year or so back, Mark Waid released a comic called Irredeemable, about a Superman-riff—the Plutonian—run amok, after becoming fed up with a world that wouldn’t cease its cries for his help. Incorruptible follows the Plutonian’s archenemy, supervillain Max Damage, as he chooses to become a hero after the Plutonian decides to become a mass murderer. Despite the wonkiness of naming the books so closely (it’s less clever than confusing), Incorruptible is actually a pretty damn well-crafted piece of work—¬even if this reader is coming in 12 issues and a couple of arcs in.
This issue sees Max trying to stop a white supremacist’s super weapon from taking out Max’s home city of Coalville. The public thinks Max is still a villain, he’s got a drunken, delusional teen sidekick named Headcase, and he’s pretty much public enemy number one. And how’s this for a high-concept superpower: the longer Max goes without sleep, the tougher he gets. This issue might not be the best display of all the moral underpinnings that are hinted at in the book’s summary—it contains a lot of wrap-up, after all—but it’s still solid superhero work. What I’m saying is, this isn’t a jumping-on point, but it is the kind of chapter that makes you want to go back and pick up the beginning of the arc. Read More...
I’m betting that the covers for this Kurt Busiek-created series aren’t really doing it any favors: with its Gothic Dracula looking fierce and killing dudes, the covers are selling something completely different from what’s actually between the covers. It’s less Gene Colan and more…I’m not really sure. But it’s pretty smart with its premise and writer Daryl Gregory has a real handle on the world he’s shaping based on Busiek’s concepts.
The basic premise is that corporate heavyweights Barrington Industries are victims of the financial downturn just like everyone else. Evan Barrington is the directionless heir of the family business, drafted by his uncle Conrad into a secret project involving lots of moldy Romanian texts about Vlad Tepes. Conrad’s brilliant idea is evil genius idiot plot 101: to resurrect the vampire prince and use his knowledge of sorcery to save the company from economic ruin. Evan, a milquetoast at best and a moral coward at worst assists his uncle in what at first seems like an insane experiment; when it works Evan’s sure that’s it’s probably also evil. The first 3 issues in the series bounce between historical anecdotes about the real Vlad Tepes, his present day incarceration in a locked chamber under Barrington Industries called “the wine cellar,” and to present-day Romania, where a family of vampire hunters is slowly coming around to the fact that someone in Pittsburgh is messing around with forces you don’t mess around with. Read More...
It's blood-sucker vs. blood-suckers as BOOM! Studios and Eisner Award-winning creator Kurt Busiek bring you an incredibly modern vision of the Dracula mythos in DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS Volume 1 hitting stores this January! If you've missed a single drop of the blood-chilling series, this is perfect time to get caught up for only $12.99! Don't miss the series that's revolutionizing vampire horror. Pre-order DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS Volume 1 at your local comic shop today!
“This isn't your teen-age daughter's vampire story!” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “Kurt Busiek and Daryl Gregory weave a fantastic tale full of suspense harking back to the origins of the vampire genre in a cut-throat corporate setting that is unique as it is action packed. Add to that the gorgeous kinetic art of Scott Godlewski and you have a simply amazing vampire series like nothing published in comics today!” Read More...
"The Terror That Flaps in the Night," Darkwing Duck himself has made a non-Frank-Miller-related-but-totally-quacktastic return in Disney and Boom! Studios' Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns trade paperback which hits shelves today, November 10! We met up with Darkwing writer Ian Brill and artist James Silvani to discuss the new comic's faithfulness to the animated series and the importance of keeping the humor flowing as the intensity ratchets up.
"I like to think that humor helps you care about the characters so when they've got their backs against the wall, in these do or die situations, you really care about them," said Brill. "I think if you have a good enough story, you have the balance between humor and pathos, hopefully it hits all quadrants."
Though both Brill and Silvani hold the original, animated Darkwing Duck series in high regard, comic storytelling can be quite different, "The TV show was self-contained, half hour episodes, I'm doing mostly, four-part adventures that are all in continuity in a monthly series. The show's don't connect to each other back-to-back, our issues do," Brill said. "We start things off early and make them pay off much much later." Read More...
BOOM!'s all-time bestseller STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO #1 leave you wanting more? You're in luck! Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios bring you a special sneak peek at STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO #2 hitting store shelves next Wednesday, November 17, 2010! Preview today, get your copy next week!
Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with BOOM! Studios to deliver a brand new line of superhero comics! The great innovator of our industry brings his inimitable talents back to the direct market in an explosive line of comics that nobody is prepared for! His epic superhero series with Paul Cornell (ACTION COMICS, DOCTOR WHO) and Javier Pina (SUPERMAN, BATMAN) continues in SOLDIER ZERO! Half man. Half alien. All weapon! Stewart Travers struggles to understand his Trauttmann power as he battles against an enemy alien force that has turned Earth into a battlefield!
STAN LEE'S SOLDIER ZERO #2 ships next Wednesday November 17, 2010 with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by the Trevor Hairsine and Phil Noto respectively and a 1-in-10 Trevor Hairsine undressed variant. This title caries a Diamond code of SEP100887.
Click below to view a preview of Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #2
Just when you thought the zombie genre had shambled its way into the sunset, AMC had to go and unleash the dead again in the form of an epic, television adaptation of Robert Kirkman's Image Comics series, The Walking Dead. Now, we have a feeling in our, not-yet-gutted-by-hundreds-of-reanimated-corpses guts, that the genre will continue to roam and roam and eat and roam and moan and roam some more until some badass comes along and pops it in the brain to make room for the next horror convention that'll dominate our favorite media.
But until then (which ain't happening anytime soon), BOOM! Studios has been going strong with the comic sequel/prequel of the last source of undead-interest-rekindling, 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later...yes we know, the bad guys and gals in these stories aren't technically dead or zombies or shambling or anything like that...but go with it here, man. 28 Days/Weeks Later tells the story of a rage-inducing virus that spreads far and wide, turning its victims into rage-filled, rage-aholics, who rage across London and beyond. The films were violent, scary, intense and pushed the genre into new and exciting territories. Read More...