Mezco Reveals New 6 Inch Cloth Clothed Figures! Batman! Judge Dredd!

Press Release Mezco Toys: Mezco Reveals The One:12 Collective


New York- (July 22nd, 2014) – Mezco Toyz today announced The One:12 Collective, a new line of high end 6″ scale collectable figures.

Mezco Reveals New 6 Inch Cloth Clothed Figures! Batman! Judge Dredd!

Redesigning the 6″ scale figure category by combining posable action figures with real cloth outfitting, in a similar fashion to the 1/6th scale and larger collectables. Mezco’s One:12 Collective line will present a multitude of different characters from numerous brands.

Combining superior sculpting with an abundance of articulation, the One:12 Collective figures feature over 32 points of articulation, capable of over 40,000 possible poses: combining form and function to create a remarkably realistic aesthetic. Digitally sculpted by the industry’s finest artists and painstakingly engineered by Mezco’s production team is a state of the art collectable that holds up to real play.

The costuming is meticulously tailored and uses specially selected materials to create the highest standard of outfitting and drapery at the 6″ scale. Fabrication, color, drapery, comparative scale and mobility are all closely considered to bring the finest attire achievable


Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a “real world” look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.

Currently planned for the One:12 Collective are characters from The DC Universe, Judge Dredd, Classic Universal Monsters, and some other surprises to be announced in the future.

Mezco President, Mez Markowitz declared “We are all very excited with the One:12 Collective line. I think we are offering a fantastic product that both satisfies the customers desire for articulation as well as the ability to hide it all in a extremely realistic way. Another great aspect to the line is that we are striving to present high quality product that is in line with 1/6th scale (12″ figure) collectables while taking up far less display space and at a much more reasonable price point. Our Dark Knight Returns Batman figure is really a fantastic piece and we cannot wait to show what is up next. Mezco plans on releasing several items a year from this line and it is a long term initiative for our team, really a dream come true for all of us here.”

The One:12 Collective “The Dark Knight Returns” Batman figure is set to be publicly revealed at San Diego Comic Con at Mezco booth # 3445 and shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

*Photo Credit: Peter Keehn

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Review – Letter 44 Vol 1- A Near Perfect Scifi Adventure!

Review - Letter 44 Vol 1- A Near Perfect Scifi Adventure!Stephen Blades is in the process of taking over the Office of The President of The United States, a transition that is never easy for any President-elect, but he’s just read the letter from his predecessor. Things will never be the same…

Conspiracy theories are always interesting (and sometimes a little creepy), did we land on the moon, who really killed Kennedy, who shot Jr, well Letter 44 launches straight into a gigantic conspiracy and as you get entwined in the details it easy to see why some things may be better kept unsaid.

Someone (something?) is building a device out in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, we don’t know who, we don’t know why. We do know they aren’t from Earth and their tech is far beyond anything we’ve ever seen. Tell the people of Earth? Sure and risk mass hysteria and global panic. Instead the previous President kept the situation under wraps, and sent a manned mission to investigate, 7 years have passed since they left home and they’re closing in on their target.

Villains? Explorers? Scientist? Do they have plans for us? Do they even know we’re here?

Letter 44 vol 1 collects issues 1 through 6 and is chock full of excellent art, a great story and most importantly characters who drive the plot. Charles Soule has crafted and engaging, interesting, completely plausible story. His pacing between the President and the manned mission’s storylines really works well. And level of involvement he gives us in these characters lives is perfect, not too much or too little. Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque’s art is just plain great. His characters are full of emotion and the tech looks superb. After reading this trade I don’t get why issue #7 only came in at #263 for the month (sales figures Top 300 Comics Actual–June 2014), more people should be reading this.

5 burning questions out of 5!

The trade hits on July 30, find it at you local comic shop, bookstores or through Oni Press or if you’re so inclined you can pre-order at amazon.

I’m about to dive into issues #7 and #8, I can’t wait to see where this story goes…

Letter 44 – Vol. 1 – Escape Velocity TP
Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Alburquerque, Alberto
Cover Artist: Alburquerque, Alberto
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978162010133951999
On Sale July 30, 2014
Publisher Oni Press
Diamond Id: MAR141301

In other Letter 44 news we have this…

LETTER44_1_COLOR_4x6_COMP_WEB“LETTER 44 Makes the Voyage to Television!
Series Based on the Hit Comic in Development at SyFy
Oni Press is thrilled to announce that Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque’s hit ongoing series LETTER 44, has been picked up for development for television by SyFy!

“As I see it, we’re in the midst of a golden age for serialized television drama, and I could not be more thrilled at the prospect of seeing Letter 44 translated into another medium,” said Soule. “Seeing President Blades and the crew of the Clarke brought to life, and watching their respective journeys unfold, will be a truly amazing thing. Go space!”

Produced by Oni Press’ sister company, Closed on Mondays, SyFy’s LETTER 44 will be a Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions co-production Executive Produced by Showrunner René Echevarria (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Castle, The 4400) and by the pilot’s Director and Screenwriter, Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U-571). Closed on Mondays’s Eric Gitter will serve as an Executive Producer and James Lucas Jones, and Joe Nozemack are also set to produce. More details on this science-fiction epic-in-the-making are expected to be revealed in the coming months.

In the meantime, LETTER 44 #6 hits stores on June 25th, and a collection of the series’ first story arc, LETTER 44 VOLUME 1: ESCAPE VELOCITY, is due to make landfall on July 30th; ensuring there’ll be plenty for eager fans to read while awaiting its television debut!”

And let me just say that if they stay true to the tone this will make a great series. Let’s hope SyFy allows for some real production value (like they used to), we don’t need another SHARKNADO.

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Preview Afterlife With Archie #6 – Witch in the Dream House!

Here’s a dose of what’s in store in issue 6! I love this series, it deserves all the critical acclaim it receives. This is one of those books that you should be reading.

Preview Afterlife With Archie #6 - Witch in the Dream House!

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I said it in my review of issue 4 and it still rings true; “This is a truly great series for serious horror fans. This issue was gut-wrenching. The choices made, the horrors to endure. Somehow in making this comic they found the heart that most horror movies miss. I believe these people are hurting, I believe they’re afraid. This is one hell of a great book.”

Here’s the blurb from Archie Comics…

“Witch in the Dream House”
The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues!

Definitely NOT for all ages!

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.


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Boom! Studios Name Drops on Their Final Pre-SDCC Announcement

Boom! Studios’ latest announcement in their 15 day build up to San Diego Comic Con is a visual one but it seems they’ve left the best for last.

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Valiant wants you to punk your Chucks! (No, not our editor monkey.)

Valiant just announced their new merchandising partnership with Punk Your Chucks to create custom-painted sneakers! My question – when do I get my Quantum & Woody Goat Chucks, guys?

Valiant wants you to punk your Chucks! (No, not our editor monkey.)

From Valiant:

Valiant is proud to announce a new exclusive partnership with custom-painted apparel company Punk Your Chucks – the number one destination for unique, custom hand-painted Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, Vans, Nike Air Force Ones, tote bags, and more on the web!

Beginning this July, Punk Your Chucks will offer a wide array of made-to-order footwear and accessories featuring Valiant’s award-winning library of comic book characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Rai and many more. Made on-site at Punk Your Chucks’ New York studio, each item is painted by hand and completely one of a kind. Submit your order today at

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Punk Your Chucks was founded by owner and artist “AKA MAG”, an urban graffiti artist originally from New York City. MAG started his love for painting, sculpting, and sketching in the cultural chaos of 1970s New York, where his playground was the city’s subways, parks, rooftops, alleys, museums, zoos, and rivers. Valiant marks the latest addition to Punk Your Chucks extensive roster of licensors and celebrity clients, which currently includes Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Marky Ramone, Black Label Society, and more.

“It is an amazing honor to have this opportunity to collaborate with Valiant Comics on many upcoming projects,” said MAG. “As an apparel artist, I can’t think of a bigger thrill than to be asked to work with such an outstanding organization. It’s going to be really cool to hit the fans with some awesome custom and production Valiant merch. Stay tuned!”

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“Valiant is proud to be Punk Your Chuck’s first exclusive partner in the comic book category,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. “With an array of exciting, high-quality products in the works, the combination of Valiant’s heroes and MAG’s craftsmanship is something fans should look forward to.”

For more information or to submit your order, visit

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at
For Valiant merchandise and more, visit Valiant Entertainment
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,750 characters, including X-OManowar, Bloodshot,Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continueto be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year.About Punk Your Chucks
Custom apparel company, Punk Your Chucks, and custom sneaker artist, MAG, have created custom freehand painted apparel for some of the top celebrities and bands in the world. The list is extensive and includes Motley Crue, Thin Lizzy, Will Smith, Chad Szeliga from Breaking Benjamin, Nickelback, Alexa Ray Joel, Peter Facinelli, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, 3 Doors Down, Eddie Money, Marky Ramone, Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed from Guns and Roses, Kelly Clarkson, and many more! See more of their work at and

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Helheim returns with BRIDES OF HELHEIM

Back in March, I reviewed Cullen Bunn’s HELHEIM, which goes down as one of my favorite comics of the year (because I didn’t get a chance to get the singular issues last year). This book was fantastic, and I was slavering for more when I turned the last page.

I have gotten my wish. Cullen Bunn posted to his Tumblr today, asking readers to show their interest in the next Helheim installment, BRIDES OF HELHEIM, by filling out a pre-order slip and taking it to our local comic book stores, assuring that we’ll get our books on time. Message received, I’ve already printed mine out and will drop it off when I hit Royal Collectibles tomorrow, to pick up my weekly stash.

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Then I checked out Cullen Bunn’s website, hoping to find more about Brides of Helheim, and lo and behold, THIS:

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Release date: October 2014

Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones, and Nick Filardi return to their smash hit Viking horror/fantasy series Helheim! Alone in the wilderness and living in seclusion, the Viking warrior Rikard is confronted once again by black magic and arcane monstrosities. But this time, Rikard seeks vengeance against the warlock who was once master to the witches who wove our undying hero’s bloody fate.

This date is going on my calendar. It’s not up in Comixology’s Pull List site yet, but I’ve got my pre-order ready. All hail Helheim!

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Oni Press Rocks San Diego Comic Con! Exclusives! Varaints! Panels! Signings!

Oni Press Rocks San Diego Comic Con! Exclusives! Varaints! Panels! Signings!

Oni Press Announces Plans and Exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2014!
Portland, OR (July 11, 2014) – Another San Diego Comic-Con is upon us and as such, so is another avalanche of awesome Oni Press wares! We’re proud to present a list of the exclusive and debut books and merchandise as well as a packed signing and event schedule!

As always, it’s a party and everybody’s invited to the Oni Press booth, #1833!

Exclusives and Debuts
09e5e204-bea2-42ef-af45-7cbaa700f1dbSCOTT PILGRIM VOLUME 5

By Bryan Lee O’Malley

EVIL EDITION: $40 – The penultimate Scott Pilgrim full color hardcover edition is here! There are many questions in Scott Pilgrim’s terrible little life. First of all, why did he have to turn twenty-four? Secondly, why do robots keep trying to kill him? And why is Sex Bob-omb falling apart? Why is Ramona acting so weird? And finally, why won’t these brilliant and deadly Japanese twins leave him alone? Scott Pilgrim will find the answers to these questions… or die trying! Featuring exclusive bonus content and previously unpublished extras you won’t find anywhere else in the Universe!

-5 prints
-10 vinyl stickers
-1 code for a digital copy of the book via ComiXology
-1 signed card
-2 scout-style patches


$60 – Become a stylish subspace courier with the very first ever OFFICIAL Ramona Flowers bag! It’s got a number of pockets, an epic inner lining of Scott Pilgrim art, and a heavy metal pull of Ramona’s hammer!

See below for a very special Preview Night promotion!
828c5c83-75bc-46f5-85f8-ff9199e3c1faI WAS THE CAT (HARDCOVER)
Written by Paul Tobin
Illustrated by Benjamin Dewey

$24.99 – Allison Breaking is a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay, so when she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it’s an offer she can’t refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison’s ever known – because he’s a cat. And this cat has stories to tell about how he (over the course of a few lifetimes) has shaped the world – and another, darker story that Allison must risk all to uncover… a story of what this particular cat has been doing with the LAST of his 140703-26547nine lives.

Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey will be signing! See schedule below for details.

Attendees that purchase I WAS THE CAT during SDCC will receive a free 11 x 17″ copy of Benjamin Dewey’s incredible “I WAS WHAT KIND OF CAT?” infographic flowchart!

We’ll also be giving away masks of Burma, I WAS THE CAT’s shadowy feline co-lead all weekend long!


bb937093-8cea-4076-bafe-b6f39ed7e24eLETTER 44 VOLUME 1:
Written by Charles Soule
Drawn by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
Colored by Guy Major and Dan Jackson
Lettered by Shawn DePasquale

$19.99 – On Inauguration Day, newly elected President Stephen Blades hoped to tackle the most critical issues facing the nation: war, the economy, and a failing health care system. But in a letter penned by the outgoing President, Blades learns the truth that redefines “critical”: seven years ago, NASA discovered alien presence in the asteroid belt, and kept it a secret from the world. A stealth mission crewed by nine astronauts was sent to make contact, and they’re getting close–assuming they survive the long journey to reach their destination.

Today, President-elect Blades has become the most powerful man on the planet. This planet.

Issues #1-6 of the acclaimed creator-owned sci-fi series are collected in this trade paperback with a futuristic holofoil cover!

Charles Soule will be signing! See schedule below for details.

LETTER 44 #8
Written by Charles Soule
Illustrated by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
Colored by Dan Jackson
Lettered by Crank!


Six months into the presidency, President Blades has deployed sci-fi superweapons to end wars in the Middle East, opening him to attacks from all sides, including a Congressman once romantically linked with the First Lady. Meanwhile, in space, as construction on the alien Chandelier is finally completed, the crew of the Clarke will truly understand what they’re facing.

Charles Soule and Gabo will be Signing! See schedule below for details.

Proceeds from the sales of this issue are being donated to NASA!
e659fec0-79e2-42e9-a3f0-80160adc886aLETTER 44 MISSION PATCH

$5 – Become a crew member of the USS Clarke with this high-quality, spaceworthy mission patch! Iron it on wherever you like, but pro tip: it looks great on a spacesuit.

Patches will be FREE while supplies last to fans who purchase LETTER 44 VOLUME ONE during Charles Soule’s signings! See below for details.


Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated by Joe Infurnari

$19.99 – On their way to bury a time capsule, five friends – Grady, Heidi, Natasha, Daniel, and Billy – uncover a metal bunker buried deep in the woods. Inside, they find letters addressed to each of them… from their future selves. Told they will destroy the world in the very near future, the friends find, over the next few days, growing further and further apart. Though they’ve been warned against making the wrong choices, how do they know what the right ones are? Can the future really be changed, or will an even darker fate engulf the world? Collects the first four issues of the ongoing series.

Joshua Hale Fialkov will be signing! See schedule below for details.

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated by Joe Infurnari


Battle lines are being drawn, as Grady begins his ascent, and truth of his actions hits the other friends. But, can they confront him and change his path?

Joshua Hale Fialkov will be signing! See schedule below for details.


$2 – Represent your side of the post-apocalypse and your love of Fialkov and Infurnari’s THE BUNKER with these ominous 1 1/4″ buttons!

Button sets will be FREE while supplies last to fans who purchase THE BUNKER VOLUME 1 during Joshua Hale Fialkov’s signings! See below for details.




b4ee601b-1e7a-49ca-9439-ccb1087821a4THE PEOPLE INSIDE

By Ray Fawkes

$24.99 – A new original graphic novel from the Eisner-nominated cartoonist of ONE SOUL! This ground-breaking new book looks at the lives and relationships of 24 individuals in a way only the medium of sequential art could. Relationships change, grow, and end but the one thing that always remains is the people inside who define both ourselves and our liaisons.

This edition of THE PEOPLE INSIDE will include a special, convention-only bookplate fans can get signed by the creator! Ray Fawkes will be signing! See schedule below for details.
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A new series from Courtney Crumrin’s Ted Naifeh! Within the fairy-tale kingdom of Atraesca lies the prestigious Princess Academy, where young royals from all the five kingdoms come to get their education. But they’ve never before seen the like of Princess Ülga of Grimmeria. Armed with axe and sword, riding her war mammoth through the city gates, Ülga has come in search of schooling. But this barbarian princess might just end up schooling the people of Atraesca before that happens!

Ted Naifeh will be signing! See schedule below for details.

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Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated by Gabo
Cover by Joe Infurnari


In an infinite city built on infinite sadness, there is one man capable of breaking free. He will go through Heaven and Hell to save us all. Literally. A fantastical coming of age journey through the afterlife and beyond from Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE BUNKER, THE ULTIMATES) and breakout artist Gabo!

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo will be signing! See schedule below for details.

Signing Schedule – Booth #1833


11:00 – Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones – Princess Ugg, Courtney Crumrin, Helheim

12:30 – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo – The Life After, The Bunker

2:00 – Chris Sims and Joe Harris – Down Set Fight, Wars in Toyland, Ghost Projekt

3:30 – Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey – I Was the Cat

5:00 – Charles Soule and Ray Fawkes – Letter 44 and The People Inside


11:00 – Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey – I Was the Cat

12:30 – Charles Soule and Ray Fawkes – Letter 44 and The People Inside

2:00 – Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones – Princess Ugg, Courtney Crumrin, Helheim

3:30 – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo – The Life After, The Bunker

5:00 – Chris Sims and Joe Harris – Down Set Fight, Wars in Toyland, Ghost Projekt


11:00 – Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones – Princess Ugg, Courtney Crumrin, Helheim

12:30 – Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey – I Was the Cat

2:00 – Charles Soule and Ray Fawkes – Letter 44 and The People Inside

3:30 – Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, and Jackie Lewis – Play Ball, Lost and Found, Avalon Chronicles

5:00 – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo – The Life After, The Bunker


11:00 – Joshua Williamson – Sketch Monsters

1:00 – Ted Naifeh and Joëlle Jones – Princess Ugg, Courtney Crumrin, Helheim

2:30 – Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey – I Was the Cat

4:00 – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo – The Life After, The Bunker


Color Me RADD
Thursday, 7/24/14, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9

We wanna color you up! You’ll never look at color comics the same way again! Join Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones and rockstar colorists Lee Loughridge, Ryan Hill, along with more special guests, for a discussion on the role of colorists in storytelling and the processes behind their particular brands of eye-melting magic.

The Oni Press Comicstravaganza: All Cats Go to Purgatory!
Saturday, 7/26/14, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 9

Join I WAS THE CAT creators Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey for a hilarious presentation about their new graphic novel and the finer points of feline world domination. After that, it’s Hemingway or the Highway when Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo as present a LIVE table read of THE LIFE AFTER #1! Come for the freebies, stay for the detailed descriptions of a future cat war, adventures in purgatory, and news and announcements about future Oni Press comics!

Monsterpalooza with Oni Press and Friends!
Sunday, 7/27/14, 11:00a.m., Room 32AB

Three artists go head-to-head in a timed drawing competition! Join Oni Press’s Associate Editor Robin Herrera and Zander Cannon (Heck, Double Barrel) along with two other artists as they take YOUR suggestions and turn them into terrifying–or sometimes, adorable–monsters! Kids of all ages are welcome, with free comics available to attendees!

Special Events

Ramona Flowers Preview Night Extravaganza!
Attendees that purchase the Ramona Flowers Bag on Preview Night, Wednesday, July 23rd, will receive TWO FREE enameled metal charms; one of Scott, and one of Ramona!*
Princess Ugg Barbarian Makeover
During Ted Naifeh’s signings, bring the kids by for a free, fearsome warrior makeover that will fill any child with the barbarian spirit!*
Kids’ Coloring Contest!
We’ll be giving away free comics throughout the convention to kids who color in any of our Mermin, Bad Machinery, Crogan’s, and/or Courtney Crumrin coloring pages in our Kids’ section, and every entry will go up on the “Fridge” for everyone to see!
Letter 44 / Penny4NASA
We’ll be donating proceeds from every copy of the Letter 44 #8 Convention Variant sold to Penny4NASA. In the words of series creator Charles Soule, “Go Space!”
The Bunker Time Capsule
Throughout the entire convention, bring by an item to put into our Bunker time capsule and receive a special item from the Oni Press Time Capsule like t-shirts, stickers, comics, books, posters, and more!

*While Supplies Last
We can’t wait to see everyone in San Diego!

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Review – Criminal Macabre – The Eyes of Frankenstein Trade Paperback

Lately I’ve been leaning more heavily toward trades. It comes down to a few simple things, trades are more economical, usually you get a full story (or at least a full arc), my children give me little time and focus so sitting down and reading an entire book is on some perverse way easier than trying to keep up month after month.

Review - Criminal Macabre - The Eyes of Frankenstein Trade Paperback

That being said I still have a pull list ay my local comic shop (Royal Collectables in Forest Hills NY), 3 or 4 titles a month and a few characters that my buddy Diane automatically put on the side (she knows me so well!), because the fact is the bulk of the comics market relies on monthly ordering, only in the last few years has the straight to graphic novel market become a thing for your average creator (thank you kickstarter! ).

So last Wednesday at Royal I was treated to a trade in my file. Eyes of Frankenstein was a mini I started when it first released and loved it, but for some reason I just didn’t keep up. I’m a big fan of Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten’s Cal McDonald stories so I was psyched to buy the trade. And I was right to be, what a great afternoon read.

Cal has just “ended” the great supernatural war, or as he puts it “what amounted to a street fight between the vampires and the ghouls” but as we all know there’s no sleep for the wicked.

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Mo’lock, Cal’s friend and assistant/friend requests his help once again. Ghouls are dying, mysteriously, quickly, and from a sickness no one can explain. That story alone, coupled with Cal’s changing nature, is he human, ghoul, something completely new, this would be enough for a great book but as the title suggests our old friend Frankenstein (Frankenstein’s monster? The Monster? Adam?) needs Cal’s help and he isn’t one to turn down a friend.

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Steve Niles has done what many writers attempt but few master, he writes a witty, believable character who exists in a world that would seem silly if not for how naturally it’s treated by those who inhabit it.

I hate elevator pitches allow me this one slip, Buffy/Angel meets Jim Rockford, in the best way possible.

5 out of 5, buy this book.

Criminal Macabre – Eyes of Frankenstein TP
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Justin Erickson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror, Humor
Publication Date: June 18, 2014
Format: FC, 112 pages; TP, 7” x 10”
Price: $17.99
Age range: 16
ISBN-10: 1-61655-303-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-61655-303-6

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Groo vs. Conan #1 – The Time Has Come.

Groo the Wanderer. Conan the Barbarian, Cimmerian, King. Two worlds collide as the two warriors (stop laughing) meet for a once in a lifetime matchup. I first wrote about this matchup a couple of weeks ago, when Dark Horse sent around a preview. Well, the time has come – Groo vs. Conan #1 hits shelves this comic book Wednesday. Rejoice and be glad!

The story starts off with Conan rescuing a damsel in distress. As he does. While he spirits her away from her captor, he passes an odd-looking  group of townsfolk who fawn over Conan. What a champion!

Cut to modern day. Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones are walking together and brainstorming an idea for a crossover. Mark thinks Conan vs. Groo is a great idea; Sergio isn’t so sure. As they happen upon their local comic store, they discover that it’s under siege from a real estate developer, who wants to put the store out of business to create a strip mall. One protest broken up by a slightly ambitious police force later, Sergio is in the hospital, being drugged right and left. And thus begins his fever dream…

This issue is packed. There are two emerging storylines, as you can guess – the Groo/Conan story, and the Mark/Sergio story. Both promise a lot of laughs in the next few issues of this 4-issue run. Written by Aragones and Evanier, the writers aren’t afraid to make themselves the butt (quite literally) of a few jokes. They manage to keep Conan and Groo in their own worlds, even as they speed toward a confrontation. Groo is as clueless as ever, and Conan likes his sword, his ale, and his women.

I love what Aragones and Conan artist Thomas Yeates have done with the art in this issue. Each character retains his own artwork, so Groo’s world collides with Conan’s in more ways than one – a fact noted even by one of the townsfolk in the issue. I love little fourth wall moments like that, and this issue has a few of them. The stories are just fun – remember when comics were fun?

I can’t wait for more. Get this one on your pull list. It’s going to be awesome. Five out of five scimitars.

Writers: Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
Artists: Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates
Publisher: Dark Horse
On-Sale: July 23, 2014
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB120046

Here’s the Dark Horse preview one more time. Enjoy the sneak peek at Groo vs. Conan!

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Cullen Bunn Takes on Masks II – Dynamite’s Company-Wide Event!

If you’re one of the few who haven’t experienced Cullen Bunn’s writing I highly recommend picking up any issue of his series The Sixth Gun. If he tackles Masks II with the same brilliant wit and style this series will rock.



Cullen Bunn Takes on Masks II - Dynamite's Company-Wide Event!July 21, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that comic book writer Cullen Bunn (Deadpool, Magneto) will tackle their wide cast of company-owned and licensed pulp heroes in Masks II.  Following upon the success of the bestselling 2012 Masks miniseries, Masks II will unite iconic crime-fighters of singular purpose (if not diverse ideologies and techniques) in an epic miniseries event designed to appeal to both longtime fans and fresh newcomers. Dynamite plans to launch Masks II in late 2014.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be working on Masks II,” says Bunn.  “I’ve always loved these great classic characters that I will have the privilege of working with, and I’m striving to keep the tone of the pulps that have always been a big inspiration for me. I’ll admit, this project is a little intimidating, because I’ve put together a very ambitious team-up story that readers will have to see to believe!”

Masks08CovIncenRossVirgThe original Masks series launched in 2012 with industry fanfare, with its #1 issue ranking among the bestselling independent comic books of the year and selling over 70,000 copies.  Drawn to the premise by the work of superstar painter Alex Ross, writer Chris Roberson, and artist Dennis Calero, readers thrilled to an adventure that united classic characters like The Shadow, The Spider, The Green Hornet, and Kato against a cadre of corrupt politicians and their fascist police state.  Masks II promises to follow the themes established within that first series, but in a way that’s perfect for new readers.

Bunn recently released his debut work with Dynamite Entertainment, a standalone tale presented in The Shadow #0 that teamed the supernatural vigilante with legendary escape artist Harry Houdini.  Masks II marks his first foray into the long-form comic story for Dynamite.
Cullen Bunn is a freelance writer perhaps best known for Marvel Comics’ popular Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and Magneto series, as well as the Oni Press series The Damned and The Sixth Gun. He is also a short story writer and novelist; his major publications outside of the comic book sphere include Crooked Hills and Creeping Stones & Other Stories. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (2012), the Eisner Award (2012), and the Ghastly Awards (2011), and is the winner of Broken Frontier’s “Best Writer Independent” Award (2011).

“Since Day One we’ve strived to deliver high-octane action on Masks,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The fresh style that Cullen brings to comics is exactly what Masks03covVirgincenmakes him the perfect choice to fit the bill.  He’s our absolute top choice for a project of this caliber!”

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


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