New Doctor Who Diary! 50th anniversary PREVIEWS exclusive!

(BALTIMORE, MD) – (April 22, 2014)- Learn the secret adventures of the time traveling Doctor Who with the special 50th anniversary PREVIEWS exclusive 2015 Doctor Who Diary from Mallon Publishers. The Diary goes through the timeline of the various characters who have been the Doctor, showing how they step into their new roles traveling through time to come to the aid of those in need. The Diary can be pre-ordered now at your local comic book specialty shop, and is scheduled to release in early October, 2014.

New Doctor Who Diary! 50th anniversary PREVIEWS exclusive!

The adventures of Doctor Who in his time traveling blue police box have been recorded in the 2015 Doctor Who Diary (Item Code: APR141558, SRP $18.99, page 401). Read through 120 pages of Doctor Who history as each character and his journeys are explained and broken down to include, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor and, The Time of the Doctor. The Night of the Doctor shows the regeneration of the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) into the War Doctor (John Hurt). The Day of the Doctor sees the reappearance of David Tennant and Tom Baker as 10th and 4th Doctors and is full of allusions to the history of the series-‘a love letter to fans.’ The Time of the Doctor, the 800th episode of the series, features the final appearance of Matt Smith and the formal introduction of Peter Capaldi, as the new Doctor.

The diary includes the Doctors adventures, photos of the 12th Doctor in his new role, and exclusively for fans in these regions, the author has included holidays celebrated by the US and Canada that the Doctor celebrates.

The Doctor Who Diary is featured in the April PREVIEWS catalog on page 901 and is scheduled to be released exclusively in book stores and comic book specialty shops across the US and Canada in early October, 2014. To pre-order this time traveling collectible, find a local comic shop at www.comicshoplocator.com.

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John Barrowman – Boston Comic Con – August 2014!

So… I just heard a collective cheer from all levels of fandom! This should be one hell of a convention!

The BCC Welcomes JOHN BARROWMAN!

John Barrowman - Boston Comic Con - August 2014! 
BCC 2014: August 8, 9 & 10, 2014.  The Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
 
John Barrowman is man of many talents with several roles on stage and screen. His most famous role is undoubtedly that of sci-fi hero Captain Jack Harkness, whose first appearance in the revamped Doctor Who created such an impact that he was given his own spinoff series, Torchwood. He currently has a recurring role as the villainous Malcolm Merlyn (aka The Dark Archer) on the CW’s superhero drama Arrow, based on the Green Arrow comics. Additionally he has appeared on television in Scandal and Desperate Housewives as well as films including Zero Dark Thirty, De-Lovely, and The Producers.
Boston Comic Con is excited to bring John to our show alongside Torchwood co-star Eve Myles to meet the fans!

Tickets are on sale now at Boston Comic Con 2014 Tickets.

   

‘Nuff Said.

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Umbral Graphic Novel This May! Image Comics!

The first six issues of Umbral are being collected and released in graphic novel form this May from Image!

From the press release:

GET LOST IN THE SHADOWS IN UMBRAL

A dark fantasy epic begins in new graphic novel

Umbral Graphic Novel This May! Image Comics!

These are dark times in Strakhelm, but almost none of the realm’s subjects know that they are living under a shadow. The royal family has been slaughtered by shapeshifting nightmare creatures called the Umbral, and the only witness is a young girl — a thief named Rascal. In UMBRAL VOLUME ONE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, coming from Image Comics in May, the monsters of legend have risen and Rascal’s only hope to save Strakhelm just may lie in the forbidden practice of spellcasting and magic.
Writer Antony Johnston (THE FUSE, Wasteland) and artist Christopher Mitten (Wasteland) create a fully realized world in UMBRAL — from the palace perched atop a sheer cliff, to the haunts of drunks and smugglers, to the caves of Strakhelm’s labyrinthine underworld. The scope of UMBRAL is set to broaden, too, as Rascal and her friends — a foul-mouthed female smuggler, a doubting scholar, and a mysterious wizard — embark on a desperate mission across the realm to destroy the source of the Umbral’s power, even as the monsters close in on them.
UMBRAL’s richly painted art, engaging characters, and masterful world-building create a story that fans of dark fantasy stories like The Dark Crystal will lose themselves in. Its first volume, OUT OF THE SHADOWS, collects the first six issues and will be in comic book stores on May 28 and bookstores on UMBRAL VOLUME ONE: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Antony Johnston, Christopher Mitten, John Rauch, and Jordan Boyd

Umbral Vol. 1 Out of the Shadows
Writer: Johnston, Antony
Artist: Mitten, Christopher
Cover Artist: Mitten, Christopher
Publisher: Image Comics
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-60706-974-4
168 pages, full color, paperback
In comic book stores, in bookstores on June 10
Collects issues #1-6 of UMBRAL

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Justice, Inc.! From Dynamite, Michael Uslan, & Giovanni Timpano!

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BEFORE THERE WAS A JUSTICE LEAGUE… BEFORE THERE WAS A JUSTICE SOCIETY…

THERE WAS . . . . . . .

JUSTICE, INC.!

JUSTICE, INC. #1! WRITTEN BY MICHAEL USLAN!

A DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION SET FOR AUGUST RELEASE!

April 19th, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: An event 75 years in the making!  Stretched across time, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Avenger meet for the first time in Justice, Inc. #1! With the stakes this high, it will take three heroes to fight together as the Justice, Inc.! In time Justice, Inc.! From Dynamite, Michael Uslan, & Giovanni Timpano!for Dynamite’s 10th Anniversary celebration, Justice, Inc. #1 will be released in August 2014 and is written by Michael Uslan with interiors by Giovanni Timpano.  The Original Avenger has been the star of his own Justice, Inc. series and previously drawn by some of the greatest artists in comics: Jack Kirby! Joe Kubert! Kyle Baker! And now joining those illustrious ranks of illustrators, come covers by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Stephen Segovia, Ardian Syaf and Gabriel Hardman!

“Doc Savage inspired the creation of Superman. The Shadow directly inspired the creation of Batman. The Avenger sparked the creation of a multitude of… Well… Avengers! What an honor to write a story starring them all! It’s always been beyond my comprehension how Street & Smith pulp magazines and comics never ever in 75 years teamed the three of them up! Can you imagine if up till now DC had never crossed/over Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman? Could you grasp Marvel never teaming up Captain America, Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch? I love history! And THIS, fellow fan-boys, IS history! I am so excited that this task has fallen to me. I love these characters and knew Walter Gibson, creative force behind The Shadow. I feel a personal obligation to him to do the very best job I can, and I’m grateful to Nick Barrucci and the Dynamite team for making this happen at last!” – Michal Uslan, writer of Justice, Inc.

“Michael is one of the most inspired and versatile writers in the industry with his experience in comics, JusticeIncAlexRossfilm and prose,” says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Michael doesn’t write many series due to his schedule, but when he does, he puts all of his energy and a passion that few can bring to a series, and it shows.  This IS a historic cross-over, and we couldn’t be more pleased that Michael is the person spearheading the series.  And the best part is that Michael will use his PR machine to help promote the series every issue in stores for retailers to help them have higher sell through as more fans will know of the series.  And nothing is more exciting than having a series reach as many readers as possible.”

In Justice, Inc. #1,an airliner vanishes without a trace! It’s the crisis that brings together, in a historic team-up for the first time ever, Street & Smith’s super-star trinity: The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! 75 years in the making, JUSTICE, INC. begins here, spawned by a horrific tragedy of death and destruction secretly orchestrated by some of the most powerful and unexpected villains in the history of the pulps! Chapter 1 (of 6): “The Time Machine!”

Justice, Inc. #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Justice, Inc. #1 with their local comic book retailers.  Justice, Inc. #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Michael Uslan is the originator and Executive Producer of the Batman/Dark Knight movie franchise. Most recently, Uslan wrote the critically-acclaimed story, “Silent Knight, Unholy Knight” in BATMAN BLACK & WHITE, as well as Dynamite Comics’ “The Shadow/ Green Hornet: Dark Nights.”

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Gail Simone’s Take On “Write What You Know…”

Gail Simone's Take On "Write What You Know..."

Writer (and What’cha Reading favorite) Gail Simone has this great tumblr she calls “Ape in a Cape” where she’s been known to discuss pretty much every topic under the sun. Some of her most interesting posts are when she answers questions. On April 19th a reader/fan sent in this question…

hythrain asked: The other day I saw your tweets about how a lot of the female empowerment message is mediated through guys. I agree with this completely, but I’m also concerned. Why? Well, I’m a guy myself and I want to be a writer. For years I’ve been improving on my writing of female characters and trying to make empowered female characters and spread that message. What are things I should avoid to make the message come out more properly and not filtered?

Gail’s response wasn’t surprising (to me) or controversial (well actually it kind of was), she took the time to walk through what she feels are the “qualifications” (?) for writing strong female characters. And it was refreshing, to say the least…

I often get this nagging feeling that because I am talking about women and female characters and female creators so much, people might think I automatically have something against male creators.

I don’t. Every new writer is a blank slate to me, everyone gets a fair shot. Everyone is capable of doing good work until they show otherwise.

The gender someone calls themselves doesn’t bestow any magic powers or insight or ability. Some of the best writers of female characters identify as male and some of the worst do not. I would rather read a Greg Rucka female than a female by a merely average female author.

And what could follow that great Rucka shout out? How about a few stereo-types to avoid? Take notes fellow writers, she really spells this stuff out well…

Some things I hope people watch out for…

1) The Perfect Everything. Often, we see guys write female characters as without flaws. This isn’t really what we want…look at the books that have huge female audiences. We do not tend to embrace the perfect woman who never makes a mistake. You can make your females have flaws, just be honest about it and avoid making them similar to stereotypes of the past.

2) The Character With No Steering Wheel. Even more often, we see women who have no agency and no direction or motive of their own. These characters are solely dependent on following a man. I am not saying never write this person, but keep in mind if that is a character YOU would enjoy reading about.

3) The Mystery Of Woman is Bullshit. I hate this trope, the woman who is supposed to represent what mysterious, sexy, tantalizing but unknowable creatures women are. It’s a staple of noir fiction, and it always sucks. Women aren’t treasure maps.

I don’t often see advice like this, reasonable suggestions to take the time to try to understand the characters you’re writing for and avoid the pitfalls of those who came before. When the author of The Secret Six, the series with some of the most realistic and relateable characters (no small trick considering they were all super villains) takes the time to talk about this stuff, it’s definitely information worth sharing.

Go follow Gail on tumblr and twitter and go buy her comics!

All quotes attributed to Gail Simone taken from Ape in a Cape (April 19th 2014)

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IDW’s The Other Dead: President Obama will save us from the zombie animal apocalypse.

The moral of the story in Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch’s The Other Dead is simple: If you’re going to perform a black magic rite to make your band famous, GET THAT STUFF RIGHT. Az – short for Azrael – and his band mates screw it up, and two days later, animals start rising from the dead, and they are PISSED. Don’t even think that a head-shot is going to save you, because these aren’t Romero zombies, Walking Dead zombies, or any other zombies you’ve come across.

IDW's The Other Dead: President Obama will save us from the zombie

You know that cute YouTube video of the bunny stampede that went viral a few weeks ago? Imagine how cute they would be if they covered in gore and entrails, and coming after you. This is essentially what The Other Dead is – hordes of undead, angry animals coming after humans. The contagion seems contained within the animal community; no bites have affected humans (yet – there’s a sequel coming), but they are savage and will kill you.

At the same time, there’s a Hurricane Katrina-level storm coming that will level the Southern US, so President Barack Obama gets on a plane to be with the people there in their time of need, despite warnings from his staff. An animal attack sets the President and some of his men on the run, where they end up meeting Az, his stripper girlfriend Justina Abelinda, and his sick younger brother, Tommy. The group ends up holing up with Chet, a survivalist who may or may not be a conservative racist, and face both the oncoming storm and zombie animal attack together.

President Obama is an action hero in this book, dropping quotes like, “I only said [guns] should properly be regulated… And I never said I couldn’t shoot one”, bashing zombie zebras, bears, and wolves right and left, and fielding questions like, “What did you have to do to get into the Illuminati?”

This is not a comic that is going to keep you up nights, worrying about character development, so Chet’s leaping back and forth between someone who seems to have a pretty good handle on what’s going on, despite not liking the President’s politics, to someone who asks the President about masturbating into coffins to join the Illuminati and who keeps a picture of Stephen Colbert with his Reagan and Rush pictures to be “enigmatic” is likely not going to rankle many people.

The overall storyline is an interesting one – what happens when the zombie apocalypse hits the animal world? Imagine the family outings turned bloodbaths as zoos and preserves, beaches, circuses, even something as innocent as a dog run in a city park, suddenly become overrun with undead, unkillable, rage-filled animals. Throw in the fact that the old zombie trope of shooting them in the head doesn’t appear to work, and you’ve got a dilemma.

Qing Ping Mui’s art is perfect for this comic, with all the gore and rotting flesh that goes with the zombie genre. Since the best zombie stories are really more about the survivors, Mui makes sure to include many close-up reaction pieces, with flared eyes and mouths agape in horror and disbelief. If  you’re at all squeamish, this isn’t your book.

The Other Dead hits bookshelves on April 29th. If you’re looking for a new take on the zombie genre, consider picking this book up. I give it a 3 out of 5 shambles.

THE OTHER DEAD
Writer/Co-Creator:  Joshua Ortega
Co-Creator: Digger T. Mesch
Artist: Qing Ping Mui
Creative Consultant: Kevin Eastman
Publisher: IDW
Price: $24.99
On-Sale: April 29th
ISBN: 9781613778890

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What’cha Watching? – Spring Anime 2014 Survival Guide!

With all the new anime coming out this season that seemed fairly interesting, I went through quite a few of the new series and decided to write a review of the bigger ones. Of course, there are many more that you can watch. For example, the third part of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and the second season of Mushi-shi. This is just a rundown of a couple of the other anime that stuck out to me.

What'cha Watching? - Spring Anime 2014 Survival Guide!

Sidonia no Kishi, literally Knights of Sidonia

This is an anime based on a fairly popular series of anime by the same name, currently being translated in the US by Vertical. However, I wasn’t impressed by the first episode of the anime. Perhaps it’s partially because I have yet to read the manga (though it has been on my list of things to read for quite some time), but I was fairly disinterested by the events of the first episode. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, and I still don’t entirely know – which isn’t a complaint, necessarily, the only piece that I found annoying was that the scenes were short and rather choppy. It felt like they were trying to cram a lot of information and scenes into one episode, and I couldn’t find myself becoming interested with any of the characters and their problems. The main character, an amalgamation of various clichés, is introduced in a scene that involves him in falling into a giant hole while he’s trying to steal some rice, being nearly packaged with the rice, breaking two of his fingers – and then, when he finally gets away, he ends up slamming his head, full force, on a piece of wall that was jutting out from the side. He just seems generally awkward, which makes sense, considering he’s supposed to have spent his whole life underground with just his grandfather – but in every scene when I felt like I was getting closer to the main character it was cut short as soon as I got interested in it. The animation style of the show doesn’t help; they use a three-dimensional animation, with the lights casting strange shadows over the characters. There were various things in it that interested me – but I feel like I would rather read the manga than try to discern what’s going on from the anime. While I am planning on trying to keep up with it for a bit, in a season full of mecha anime, this one is not the one that I’ll be waiting to see, if the rest of the episodes end up like the first.

Two out of five stars!

                        Sidonia no Kishi premieres every Friday night!

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Isshukan Friends., literally translated into One-Week Friends.

This particular anime is one of the more interesting anime coming out; being one of the only non-mecha anime of the season, it caught my eye. The show itself is about a boy who decides to become friends with a girl – in spite of the fact that, every week, she forgets all of her good memories and all the friends she made in that past week. She resets, and forgets all of those good times. As I read the summary, I immediately gave it the title of “the Crying Anime”. After watching the first episode, I can confirm that it truly is the crying anime. The main character, Hase Yuki, is too cute to even describe, with his friend providing the non-caring attitude that he needs to stabilize him. He spends the entire week trying to befriend this seemingly cold-hearted/tsundere girl – only to find out that she wants to befriend him as well, but, come Monday of the following week, she would forget about him. The writing appears top-notch, evoking emotions and making me start to tear up as early as forty seconds into the episode. The only concern I have is that it is a fairly typical plot; we’ve seen various movies come out with similar concepts. And it could be a boring concept, if not expanded upon in later episodes/ended quickly. But, from the feel of the first episode, it felt like it could be very well done. With the preview for the next episode making me want more, this is definitely one show that I’ll be keeping on my list.

Four out of five stars!

Isshukan Friends. airs each week on Sunday; hopefully you won’t lose your memories of the previous week’s episode!

 

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I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Having been made aware of it a while ago, I ended up waiting patiently for the premiere date. This was the first show that I saw of the new season – and then I watched it again. The main character’s father was an astronaut who died in space – and the main character, a few months before that, had met a boy with mystical powers, and a girl who appeared to live in a giant bubble. After his father died, he leaves his hometown – not coming back until the day before the summer vacation of his second year of high school. Long story short, much as one would expect, he ends up piloting a robot into outer space. The main character, Daichi, is one of the more interesting things about the series; he appears disillusioned with school, finding safety in playing video games because he simply doesn’t care about the work that his school gives him. His father’s death has clearly affected him – but, at his core, he’s still a 15 or 16-year-old high-school kid, something that shines through every once in a while, which gives the show a lot of heart. Being done by the same people who brought us Star Driver, the show could really be a hit or a miss; from the first episode, I say it is very promising. Many other people call it a mix of Star Driver and Eureka Seven. Personally, I’m just waiting for the next episode to air.

Four out of five stars!

                        Captain Earth airs every week on Saturday night! You can watch it on Crunchyroll.53b523a5bb9fbea7ced5129bc4595c531388035835_full

 

Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun, literally translated into Dai-Shogun: Great Revolution

Where do I even begin with this particular show. For one, it was very sexually charged; one of the first scenes is of a girl trying to give herself to the main character, also offered to him because she had enormous breasts. The main male characters were very perverted, and the dialogue was very raunchy. The main character was a typical shounen protagonist, unable to really deal with women – instead he’s very dismissive of them, almost acting ignorant of their advances because he wants to fight. And there are a lot of advances. Honestly, the depiction of females in this first episode was really…sexist, being sexualized and not actually being used as characters. The show calls itself a mecha show as well, but the mecha didn’t come in until the last few minutes. It completely came out of left field, especially being an alternate history anime. I don’t know if I’ll be keeping up with this show – they seem to have more fun making sex jokes than actually working on the plot.

One out of five stars!

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Mekakucity Actors

This anime caught my eye from the beginning – I really do enjoy Shaft’s animation, neck-breaking head-tilts and all. And the character designs looked really nice. So I had to give it a shot. When I did, I was not disappointed. The show is about a boy, Shintaro Kisaragi, who has been a shut-in for the past two years; he hasn’t gone out, or even really left his house, just played on the computer with a cyber girl named Ene, who he received in an email attachment. In the present day, he ends up being forced to go out to replace his keyboard, and it’s very amusing for a while – and then things go downhill when he gets to the store and it gets taken over by terrorists and he’s held hostage, along with the other shoppers. Without saying anything more than that, it’s just a generally great episode, making me want to watch the next one right now. Definitely gonna be keeping up with this one.

            Four out of five stars!

                        Mekakucity Actors airs every week on Saturday! You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

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Black Bullet

I decided to watch this just to see how it ended up, and it honestly met my expectations – it was a very typical shounen/seinen show, in my opinion, with the whole idea of the main character being a male when seemingly everyone else is female, and with his choice of various female characters to choose from – while fighting this evil creature. In this case, the evil creature is actually a plague, which causes people to grow into giant monsters. If the monster attacks you, you become infected, and become a monster yourself. Set many years after humanity’s fall, they say that the rest of humanity is within a set of borders, with the borders helping to keep the monsters out by using a certain type of metal that the monsters hate. Meanwhile, they have to make sure to keep the infection down to a minimum inside. There are two people; an Initiator and a Promoter, which go around hunting these things down for money. Very typical in many ways, in my opinion. To be fair, according to the summary of the show, the main plot hasn’t kicked in yet, but I found myself slightly bored and waiting for the end of the episode. It could get better, but now, it’s nothing to write home about.

Three out of five stars!

                        Black Bullet airs every week on Tuesday! You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

 

What about you? What new anime have you seen that looks promising? I’m personally also waiting for M3, which is coming out near the end of the month, and I think I’m going to end up sticking with Captain Earth, Mekakucity Actors, and Isshukan Friends definitely, with a few others in my “maybe” pile. Let us know in the comments!

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The Art of The Venture Bros! Coming in October!

This is one of those books that will definitely be on my Christmas list! I’ve been a huge fan of the show since it began and if they present the art in the book as beautifully as the cells have looked in the past I’ll be spending a lot of time staring at this book!
As soon as we see pages we’ll pass them on to you!

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH THE ART OF THE VENTURE BROS.

HIT CARTOON SERIES GOES BEHIND THE SCENES!

 The Art of The Venture Bros! Coming in October!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANAHEIM, CA—As rumored at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Dark Horse Books proudly announces it will publish The Art of The Venture Bros.!

This massive coffee table book includes original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and props from every episode of The Venture Bros. to date, with accompanying commentary on the development of the series from co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer!

Check out the earliest sketches of all your favorite Venture Bros. characters and the genesis of the ideas that became some of the show’s funniest episodes.

To top it off, comedian Patton Oswalt pens a very special foreword!

The Art of The Venture Bros. is on sale October 22! Preorder your copy today!

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The Case That Started It All: X-Files: Year Zero from IDW!

I am psyched about the resurgence of X-Files in the comics world. Now, IDW gives me another reason to get excited: X-Files Year Zero. Let’s go back to the very beginning, shall we?

The Case That Started It All: X-Files: Year Zero from IDW!

From IDW:

In its first year at IDW, The X-Files Season 10 has pitted FBI special agents Mulder and Scully against monsters, cults, conspiracies, and more, and now the duo will unravel a mystery that dates back to the very beginning of “the X-Files.” The brand-new five-issue miniseries, The X-Files: Year Zero, debuts this July with an original tale suited for both X-Files diehards and mystery fans alike!

In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as “Mr. Xero” directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as “X-Files,” which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar “Mr. Zero” in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases.

The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel (FF, Superboy) makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) and Greg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack (Doctor Who) and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavillafor the first installment.

“The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we’re proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s,” says editor Denton J. Tipton. “I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes and Doggett.”

“I’ve always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows— what I like to think of as ‘UFO Noir.’” said Kesel from an undisclosed location. “Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors— Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio— well, the truth is it’s all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn’t it?”

With an upcoming board game from IDW Games, the ongoing Season 10 series, and now this new adventure into the past, IDW is the essential stop for fans of The X-Files! Stay up to date at facebook.com/idwpublishing!

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Image collects Remender and Scalera’s Black Science in trade paperback!

Do you like pulp sci fi, like old-school Flash Gordon? With a little splash of noir for extra goodness? Then check out Image’s Black Science, coming to trade paperback on May 28th.

Image collects Remender and Scalera's Black Science in trade paperback!

Check out the scoop from Image:

In a string of big releases from Image Comics over the past year, BLACK SCIENCE was one of the biggest. The atmospheric pulp sci-fi adventure by Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, Captain America) and Matteo Scalera (DEAD BODY ROAD, Secret Avengers) debuted in November and has had multiple printings of every issue released, garnering praise from critics and professionals alike. The first six issues are now being collected into BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME ONE: HOW TO FALL FOREVER, arriving in comic book stores on May 28 and bookstores on June 10.

Anarchist scientist Grant McKay has defied conventions and done the impossible, using a device called the Pillar to punch a hole between dimensions that allows him to travel through all possible universes. But now Grant and his team are storm-tossed on an infinite ocean of alien worlds and long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. With no clear route home, the only way is forward, through the madness of the lightning sea-swamp and a futurepast trenchworld, where the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka wage never-ending war on the savages of Europe!

With an intense, mind-warping story in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft, action-adventure thrills à la Edgar Rice Burroughs, and fantastic Frank Frazetta-inspired visuals by the art team of Scalera and colorist Dean White, BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME ONE is a must-have for any lover of classic science fiction and fantasy.

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