Scarlett Leads In An Exciting New G.I Joe Series From IDW

I loved G.I Joe when I was a kid. While it was always very male dominated, the female characters were never just femme fatales or just there for set decoration. They were part of the team like everyone else. This new series written by author Karen Traviss promises to be a fascinating new take on the iconic series and with a team led by my favorite character, Scarlett, I will definitely be checking it out!

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Karen Traviss Leads A Bold New Series

Scarlett Leads In An Exciting New G.I Joe Series From IDW



San Diego, CA (August 27, 2014) – Acclaimed British military science-fiction author Karen Traviss reignites the G.I. JOE franchise with an all-new series. Filled with the kind of gritty realism fans of the author have come to expect, this new take on G.I. JOE is guaranteed to please followers of the classic property and comic readers experiencing it for the first time.

The world has changed and so must G.I. JOE—lead by Scarlett, the once-revered G.I. JOE team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce. Utilizing real-world dangers and politics, this is a G.I. JOE comic the likes of which has never been seen.

“Karen understands the world of men and women in the military,” says IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “She gets what their reality is like—which is why she’s held in such high regard by veterans, as well as fans of character-driven action.

Traviss guides an all-star squad of talent on this monthly series starting with fan-favorite artist Steve Kurth on interior art. With a keen eye for design, Jeffery Veregge provides striking covers to the series. The first issue will feature a subscription variant cover by Cliff Chiang.

“When John [Barber] asked me to write the series, it was one of those spooky coincidences,” said Traviss. “I’d literally just finished writing a scene for my new novel, GOING GREY, where two of the characters – vets now serving as private military contractors – discuss whether having G.I. Joe and Action Man as boys, influenced their choice of career. G.I. Joe is still that iconic after 50 years, because it’s about people, and it’s never shied away from the human reality of warfare. I’m genuinely delighted to have the chance to work on the franchise.”

Look for this new series to infiltrate comic shops this September, and follow IDW Publishing on facebook.com/idwpublishing and @idwpublishing for more news and updates!

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Max Bemis’ Evil Empire #4 – Things Spiral Out of Control

Max Bemis' Evil Empire #4 - Things Spiral Out of Control

 

Evil Empire continues this week with its fourth issue. Bemis’ vision of how a country can devolve into an evil empire with simply a few wrong turns continues to fascinate and disturb with its glimpse into uncomfortable truths about our society.

“How have we let things come this far? As the lines are being drawn on both sides and alliances are forming, who can Reese trust? The country continues to spiral out of control and nothing is as it seems.”

 

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Evil Empire #4
Writer: Bemis, Max
Artist: Getty, Ransom
Cover Artist: Shaw, Jay
On Sale August 27, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: APR140977
Price: $3.99
UPC: 84428400371100411

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Preview “Talent” Deluxe Edition Out Today from BOOM! Studios

Preview "Talent" Deluxe Edition Out Today from BOOM! StudiosChristopher Golden’s Talent is finally available in a collected edition. This miniseries was sold out everywhere when it first came out. It’s even been the subject of a five studio bidding war and has been optioned for a film. Here’s your chance to pick it up in it’s entirety.

Written by Christoper Golden (Sons of Anarchy) and Tom Sniegoski (The Goon), illustrated by a then-unknown Paul Azaceta (Outcast), and featuring a new cover by Azaceta for this edition, Talent is the story of Nicholas Dane, the miraculous sole survivor of a plane crash. As mysterious men arrive to kill him, Dane discovers he can channel the different talents of the crash victims. 

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Talent Deluxe Edition TP
Writer: Golden, Christopher
Artist: Azaceta, Paul
Cover Artist: Azaceta, Paul
On Sale August 27, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: MAY141163
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978160886450851499

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Letter 44 #9 – The Plot Thickens! The Truth is Revealed!

Letter 44 #9 - The Plot Thickens! The Truth is Revealed!LETTER 44 #9
Written by Charles Soule
Drawn by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
Colored by Dan Jackson
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press

Isobel Blades, First Lady, pays a visit to Congressman Chris Higgins, a former love interest rumored to be plotting Stephen’s impeachment. In the asteroid belt, the purpose of the Chandelier becomes clear, as it powers up for the first time. Earth’s solar system will never be the same.

 

If you’re new to Letter 44 find out what it’s all about here: Review – Letter 44 Vol 1- A Near Perfect Scifi Adventure! Then come back and check out this preview for issue #9!

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So… What are We Reading This Week? 08/27

I decided to go ’round What’cha Reading HQ and find out what’s on our pull lists. You know, For Science!

Here’s some of the books that made the cut this week:

Be sure to stop by you local comic shop and check out all of this weeks books! Let us know what you’re reading this week! Post your pull-list in the comments! (Don’t have a pull-list? go to comiXology and make one!)

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Have You Been Reading Madame Frankenstein from Image Comics?

Have You Been Reading Madame Frankenstein from Image Comics?What if the woman of your dreams, the pinnacle of your desires, was snatched from life before you could make her yours? What if when she was here she loved another? Well if you’re Vincent Krall you re-make her al la Frankenstein. That’s when things get interesting.

I’m not going to lie, the thought of re-animating the girl you couldn’t get is beyond creepy and smacks of misogynistic undertones, but that’s more than reason enough to check it out right?

So let’s get into it.

1932, Boston. The girl of his dreams, Court, was killed in a traffic accident (which seems to be the fault of her boyfriend, Krall’s hated enemy, Henry.) Vincent acquires her and continues the research he’s sure will result in bringing her back to him. But as these things go he gets more than he bargained for. “Gail” (as he renames Court) has none of her previous life’s memories, she’s a blank slate. I worried at this moment that this could go down some pretty dark paths very quickly but instead it goes in a different direction. Vincent becomes engrossed in making the “perfect” woman, and begins a strange “Pygmalion” relationship, teaching manners and posture, all the things 1932 Boston would expect of a woman. He even seems to lose interest in her as a conquest, instead seeing her as a project, an accomplishment. I don’t know what made him seem more evil, being in love with his “creation” or seeing her as just a “creation” he could perfect.

That’s probably the hardest part of this book. It takes place in 1932 and you have to remember that, so much of the interaction between Vincent and Gail is over the top sexist, not only treating her like a thing that he’s molding, but teaching her the “manners” of the day; not to order her own food, never put her napkin on her lap, pay attention when a man is speaking, it’s absurd. And it’s especially absurd to someone like me, raised primarily around women, married to my best friend, and stay at home parent to an eight year old girl who I make sure knows that the only “place” for her in this world is wherever the hell she wants it to be.

But I digress.

Where was I? Oh, Vincent has re-animated “Gail” and he’s attempting to create what he considers the perfect woman. Along with the problems of educating a fully grown adult who knows nothing of the world he also has to deal with the problems of necrosis and the superior strength creatures such as Gail tend to posses. Along with his egomaniacal need to create her in this image, he also needs to show the world just how brilliant he is. I cringed for “Gail”, trying to navigate a carnival, a speakeasy, a cocktail party, with no frame of reference and her only guide in life a myopic psycho that she is slowly falling for. Jamie Rich seems to enjoy making us squirm for this lost lamb.

Maybe I’m getting jaded or maybe it’s just that the art is so beautifully rendered by Megan Levens but the horror aspect of the book isn’t in a graphic sense, it’s in knowing that Vincent is truly mad and “Gail” is truly innocent and we’re just along for the ride, waiting for the inevitable wreck their lives are heading toward. I usually know better than to even say this but I’m really hoping Gail gets the happy ending. And Vincent get’s what he deserves.

Oh, also? Watch out for the fairies, haven’t trusted those little things since Torchwood*.

This series gets a 4 out of 5 stars, Jamie Rich has really created something worthy of the elevator pitch “My Fair Lady meets Frankenstein” it’s solid drama with great art.

Check out the issue 5 preview… Want to catch up first? (You should, issue #5 comes out Sept 3rd!) Go to comiXology now and get the first four issues!

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Madame Frankenstein #5
Writer: Rich, Jamie S.
Artist: Levens, Megan
Cover Artist: Jones, Joëlle
On Sale September 03, 2014
Publisher Image
Diamond Id: JUL140556
Format: LIMITED SERIES
Price: $2.99
UPC: 70985301630400500

*Both the Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” and Madame Frankenstein reference the Cottingley fairy photos, though they’re called The Courtney Fairies in Madame Frankenstein.

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Second Look Review – Hexed #1

It’s curious how teenaged or young adult girls have become the heroes du jour. Is it simply trying to recreate the magic of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Perhaps it’s something deeper. Those years are where we have the most potential. We haven’t yet come up with a life plan or even know what we truly want to be. In potential there is power and maybe young women and older women, like myself, appreciate stories that explore the power of that time of life in a completely different way or maybe we just like to see girls who kick ass! Luci definitely fits the bill either way.

Second Look Review - Hexed #1Lucifer “Luci” Jennifer Inacio Das Neves is a thief for hire, with a little extra. She’s got a supernatural edge that makes her better than the rest. She has a mentor who cares deeply for her and tries to channel all that power and energy in a positive direction plus keep her charge out of trouble. That is a tall order when it comes to Luci. In the first issue of her new ongoing series Luci steals a painting that is more than it seems to be. She ends up releasing a rather pissed of, though attractive, demon of some sort and that’s just the start of her troubles.

I enjoyed the Hexed collectionin its previous incarnation. I was very sorry that there was only the one. I wanted to know more about this girl and the adventures she has. I was thrilled when Boom! announced that they were relaunching it. I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed at all. Luci is still badass. She makes the dangerous situations she gets herself into look like a blast! I enjoy her interactions with her mentor and how she deals with the harsh realities of her existence. The art is good, colorful and helps immerse you in the story. I was very disappointed when I reached the last page and realized I had to wait a month for more.

I’m giving Hexed 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a great start to what looks to be a fun series. If you missed it when it came out go check it out when you pick up this week’s comics. You’ll be glad you did.

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Hexed #1
Writer: Nelson, Michael Alan
Artist: Mora, Dan
Cover Artist: Rios, Emma
On Sale August 13, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: JUN140934
Price: $3.99
UPC: 84428400403900111

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Bee and Puppycat #2 Gets a Second Printing!

The adorable and entertaining Bee and Puppycat continues its success with issue #2 selling out at the distributor level. Boom! Studios has given the go ahead for a second printing with a new cover by Buntoo.

Bee and Puppycat #2 Gets a Second Printing!From the press release:

August 26,  2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - KaBOOM!, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, is delighted to announce that, following the sellout of issue #1, Bee and PuppyCat #2 has also sold out at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing.

This quirky series from creator Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake) features Bee, the ever-unemployed twentysomething who makes a living as a magical temp worker, and her new friend PuppyCat, the mysterious little…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny!

Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Bee and PuppyCat #2 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

Written by Allegri and Garrett Jackson, and illustrated by Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat is based on the Cartoon Hangover short (which can be watched athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOG_UtLxh58) that went on to become the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. Allegri had built up a big fan-following onTumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters, Fionna and Cake, that became so popular, they were put into the show. Her newest creation, Bee and PuppyCat, is a slice-of-life story with a twist, and it has so much comedy and enchantment you can’t help but be swept up.

“Bee and PuppyCat continues to deliver stories that are charming, light-hearted, and full of quirky fun,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is exactly the type of title we need more of in the industry. Natasha, Garrett, and all the creators involved have struck a chord with their work—this second print is a testament to their talent.”
 

Praise for Bee and PuppyCat:

“Boasting an amazing creative team, a great cast of characters, and infinite possibilities for what’s to come – there is no where to go but up. A great pick for lovers of kawaii characters and chocolate bars.” - Newsarama

“The book is absolutely bonkers, an original and fantastical adventure that would be maddening if it wasn’t also so darn cute.” - IGN

“…‘Bee and PuppyCat’ #1 is a debut with great imagination and style. The tone is unusually complex, surreal, and tender with hints of joy and grief.” - Comic Book Resources

“It’s too adorable to pass up and offers the right amount of pure-hearted humour to keep you coming back for more.” - Comics: The Gathering

“Read it and share it with your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or neighbor’s kids. I cannot say enough positive things about this unique and adorable tale about friendship and adventure.” - Comic Addiction

“Really, there’s a number of reasons to check out this series. Bee and PuppyCat are both hilarious characters and Allegri’s art is downright gorgeous.” - Multiversity

“‘Bee & PuppyCat #1’ is great for both new and old fans alike, and this tale of magical girls and talking cats (dogs?) is off to an amazing, charming start, and is my new favorite thing!” - Capeless Crusader

Bee and PuppyCat #2 second print ships with a new cover by Buntoo under Diamond Order Code JUL148213 and carries a retail price of $3.99. It is anticipated to be on saleSeptember 17th.

 

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Jill Thompson, Jen Broomall & More Added To Squarriors’ Kickstarter!

Devil’s Due has added a stretch goal to the Squarriors’ Kickstarter! Go visit and contribute!

Jill Thompson, Jen Broomall & More Added To Squarriors' Kickstarter!

Beasts of Burden – Animal Rites Drawn By Jill Thompson

Jill Thompson, Tommy Castillo, Vincent Proce, Jen Broomall, Mark Nelson join Squarriors Stretch Goal!

Press release from Devil’s Due:

Hey Squarriors! It’s been a busy and exciting weekend for Devil’s Due and Team Ash, and we’ve added JILL THOMPSON & TOMMY CASTILLO to the stretch goal for a Squarriors Pin-Up Gallery in issue one. They join Vincent Proce, Jen Broomall and Mark Nelson! but only if the Campaign hits $15K!

Original Art Slots Open Up for Squarriors Pages.
Some slots for the Squarriors original art pages that were snatched up previously have opened up! 1st Come 1st Serve.

Squarriors Pin-Up Gallery Artist Samples Below

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Marguerite Bennett Delves into Spycraft in ‘Butterfly’

Marguerite Bennett Delves into Spycraft in 'Butterfly'Bennett who penned my all-time favorite Lois Lane story (Threat Level: WEDNESDAY!- First Contact, Fall of the First Family and more!!) goes deep undercover with her new series “Butterfly”. Bennett, along with Screenwriter Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco, Erased) and artist Antonio Fuso (G.I. Joe: Cobra), promise an espionage series that gets as deep into character and relationships as it does action.

If she brings the same style and story-telling to this as she has to Sleepy Hollow, Batgirl, and Lois this will be a very enjoyable series.

From the press release:

“Butterfly is one of Project Delta’s deep cover agents—no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she’s set up for a murder she didn’t commit, she’s unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Codenamed Nightingale, her father was once a member of the very same Project Delta, a spy in the violent aftermath of the Cold War, and believes they are behind her setup. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago.”

Archaia’s Butterfly #1 arrives in comic shops on September 24th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL140987. The issue ships with a card-stock cover by Phil Noto (Black Widow). Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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