Preview Shutter #6 — The First Arc Finale!

Preview Shutter #6 — The First Arc Finale!

Have you been reading Joe Keating and Leila DeLuca’s “Shutter”? It’s the story of Kate Kristopher, a once globe trotting child explorer who turned away from her life of adventure. Now she must dive back in when a family secret threatens everything she spent her life protecting. Sound good? Of course it does! Check out the preview…

 

 

 

Shutter06_Page1-2

Shutter06_Page3 Shutter06_Page4 Shutter06_Page5

So what do you think? Are you/will you buy this one? Let us know in the comments!

Shutter #6
Writer: Keatinge, Joe
Artist: Del Duca, Leila
Cover Artist: Del Duca, Leila
On Sale: September 17, 2014
Publisher: Image
Diamond Id: JUL140574
Price: $3.50
UPC: 70985301600700600

Posted in Comics, Reviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Review Cyanide & Happiness’s Punching Zoo — The Right Amount of Wrong

punching_zoo_mockup_mediumIf you’ve been on the internet in the last ten years or so, you are probably no stranger to Cyanide & Happiness. (Hint: it’s the comic with the stick figures doing really wrong things that your friends are always posting to Facebook or Tumblr, or their Blogspot.com blogs back in the day.) Like all good webcomics, you can catch a new C&H comic daily over at explosm.net…

Review Cyanide & Happiness's Punching Zoo — The Right Amount of Wrong
Cyanide & Happiness @ Read more at Explosm.net

…but if you’re tired of clicking “Previous” or “Next,” spare yourself some trouble and check out their new trade paperback, “Punching Zoo,” available as of September 10 through BOOM! Box.

It’s the C&H crew’s third book, but while some webcomics are content to just put out a book of old content, “Punching Zoo” gives you some greatest hits and then adds 30 new comics and a “Chew Your Own Adventure” called “The Hot Date.” (It’s way better than those Choose Your Own Adventure books you remember from childhood, because it’s got that twisted C&H sense of humor.) It’s also got a forward from one of the founders of reddit, Alexis Ohanian, which talks about the sad state of mainstream newspaper comics these days and envisions C&H as a Far Side without censors. I think C&H pushes the envelope way farther than Larsen did, but then again I never got to see what Gary Larsen wrote before his editors got their hands on it.

Will you like it? If you’re not easily offended (the humor gets pretty raw sometimes, but that’s always been my favorite part) and not dead, I think you will. I did, and I’m giving it 4 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.

Get it at your local bookseller, local comic shop, or direct from Explosm.net!

Posted in Comics, Reviews, Webcomic | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Lady Demon is Back! More Chaos from Dynamite!

My husband and I were huge Chaos! fans back in the ’90s, so this resurgence of Chaos! titles under the Dynamite umbrella has made us both very happy. We’ve got Evil Ernie, Chastity, even Purgatori is back – but there’s been one character missing. And we’re getting her, folks – well… we’re getting one facet of her.

Lady Demon is Back! More Chaos from Dynamite!

That’s right, folks. Lady Demon is coming back. LADY FREAKING DEMON. Excuse me while I go savage my longboxes and pull out my old Chaos! books. Here while I do that, read what Dynamite! has to say:

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to re-introduce comic book fans to Lady Demon, the vivacious and vicious hellraiser who served as a cornerstone of the Chaos! Comics horror universe. Marking her first appearance in fifteen years, the fan-favorite character will star in her own self-titled comic series, written by Aaron Gillespie and illustrated by Mirka Andolfo. Lady Demon #1 is scheduled for a December release, and will feature a wealth of comic book cover options, including those by artists Joyce Chin, Mirka Andolfo, Allison Sohn, Cat Staggs, Cedric Poulat, and Mike Mayhew.

The original Lady Demon won legions of fans with her spitfire attitude and sultry looks in the original line of Chaos! Comics titles during the 1990s. Now, as Dynamite Entertainment revives the brand with a bold new look and attitude (with such bestselling comic series as Chaos, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Chastity, and more), Lady Demon debuts her new incarnation in her very own title. The solicitation for Lady Demon #1 sets the stage: “On the run from Lucifer’s hit squad, Lady Demon rides a newly arrived soul back to earth. Little does she know, the soul is attached to a woman in the middle of a dark conspiracy. That suits Lady Demon just fine… because it means she gets to kill a whole lot of people.”

“Lady Demon is the natural choice for the next Dynamite / Chaos! character,” says Aaron Gillespie, whose Lady Demon series runs concurrently alongside his in-universe Purgatori series. “She brings the same delightfully nasty attitude and alluring visual aesthetic as the other Chaos mainstays, but she adds an action element that will be unique to her book. While the other Chaos books dealt with world-ending battles and intricate plots, the Lady Demon miniseries focuses on the woman Lady Demon possessed. I am using Lady Demon to tell a violent, sexy, and still very human story of revenge and redemption.”

“Fans have been asking about Lady Demon since before our first Chaos! book even hit shelves,” says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. “We knew from the start that we had to bring her back in a special way, and now the time has finally arrived. We’ve been so pleased with the work that our many Chaos! contributors have done, Aaron Gillespie and Mirka Andolfo included. Aaron’s been delivering month after month on Purgatori, and Mirka’s artwork on the world-building (and world-destroying) Chaos miniseries was spectacular. We can’t wait for fans to see what these two have planned for Lady Demon.”

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

GET THIS ON YOUR PULL LISTS. You know this baby is selling out. Check out other covers, right here:

LadyDemon01-Cov-A-Chin LadyDemon01-Cov-B-Andolfo LadyDemon01-Cov-C-Sohn

LadyDemon01-Cov-D-Staggs LadyDemon01-Cov-E-PoulatPoulat

Posted in Comics, Press Release, Teaser | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Preview Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1

Preview Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1

Archaia brings us a brand new Fairytale written and drawn beautifully by S.M. Vidaurri. Layed out like a classic storybook. The story was good, a solid tale, but the true beauty is in the amazingly crafted presentation, take a look…

StorytellerWitches01_PRESS-3 StorytellerWitches01_PRESS-4 StorytellerWitches01_PRESS-5

StorytellerWitches01_PRESS-6 StorytellerWitches01_PRESS-7 StorytellerWitches01_PRESS-8

StorytellerWitches01_coverB

Jim Hensons Storyteller Witches #1
Writer: Vidaurri, Shane-Michael
Artist: Vidaurri, Shane-Michael
Cover Artist: Vidaurri, Shane-Michael
On Sale: September 17, 2014
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: JUL140984
Price: $3.99
UPC: 84428400409100100

Posted in Comics, Previews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Preview/Review Sirens #1 The New Miniseries from George Perez

There’s always excitement when a big name artist and/or writer has something new coming out. Especially someone of the caliber of George Perez. His runs on Wonder Woman and The New Teen Titans certainly solidified him in my mind as someone whose work I enjoyed consistently. With this in mind I greatly looked forward to his new series, Sirens, from Boom! Studios. I am sad to say it did not live up to my expectations.

Preview/Review Sirens #1 The New Miniseries from George Perez

The Sirens appear to be a sisterhood of warrior women scattered throughout time and space. We seem them in Iceland in the 1100s, in Rome at the start of the Christian era, late 1800s western America and various other shorter stops along the way. In between the time hops there is a rescue mission going on. A woman called Highness is imprisoned and being sold to the highest bidder for their pleasures. All of the timelines coalesce as the rescue mission is implemented. It is then that we get some sense of who the Sirens are.

I wanted to love this book, I really did. Time traveling, warrior women? This is totally my kind of thing, but while the premise is good the execution is less so. I found it muddled in every sense of the word. It took me about halfway through the book to get a comfortable grip on what was going on and even then I was not sure how it all fit. I found the art added to my confusion. Was I looking at one character across all these timelines or many? Frankly, I’m still not sure. There was too much going on in each page for my liking and the coloring seemed to mute the lines a bit too much. Making the art seem as muddled as the story. In fairness, a time travel story is always something tough to jump into. Especially with pitches back and forth between timelines. Once the story becomes more linear it may well improve, certainly the plot is interesting enough to work with.

I’m giving Sirens #1 2.5 out of 5 stars. I’m hopeful we’ll get to the meat of the story and things will improve but for now I’m disappointed.

Here’s a peak inside:

Sirens_001_PRESS-3 Sirens_001_PRESS-4 Sirens_001_PRESS-5

Sirens_001_PRESS-6 Sirens_001_PRESS-7

George Perez Sirens #1
Writer: Perez, George
Artist: Perez, George
Cover Artist: Perez, George
On Sale: September 17, 2014
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: JUL140949
Price: $3.99
UPC: 84428400408400100

Posted in Comics, Previews, Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Comic Series Set to Debut Oct. 15

'Sleepy Hollow' Comic Series Set to Debut Oct. 15

Sleepy Hollow #1 Cover A by Phil Noto

Attention all Sleepyheads: just in case the season premiere of Sleepy Hollow on Monday isn’t enough to get your pulse racing, here are some more details on BOOM!s Sleepy Hollow comic book series. Extra adventures with Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills? Sign me up. Here’s what BOOM! has to say:

With the second season of Fox’s hit series “Sleepy Hollow” set to premiere next Monday, September 22, we want to let you know our tie-in comic book miniseries will be launching next month on October 15th. Writer Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, Batman: Joker’s Daughter) and artist Jorge Coelho (Polarity) dive into the mysterious town of Sleepy Hollow, New York, with new, original stories for Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison in the show) and Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Featuring multi-layered characters and creepy storylines, our four-issue Sleepy Hollow comic is perfect for “Sleepyheads” (self-described fans of the show) and newcomers alike. As an added bonus, each issue will feature a short backup story written and illustrated by Sleepy Hollow megafan Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes).

Sleepy Hollow #1 Cover B by Jorge Coelho

Sleepy Hollow #1 Cover B by Jorge Coelho

Here is the synopsis for Sleepy Hollow #1:

After dying on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His resurrection is tied to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Realizing it is his mission to help stop the end of the world, Ichabod teams with the SHPD’s Lt. Abbie Mills to meet each evil threat head-on. When minor miracles start to sweep the town, they’re glad something good seems to be happening for once. No decapitations, no headless horseman, no worries, right? But as one by one the miracles start to backfire, more and more violently, Abbie and Ichabod must find time between saving the world to save the citizens of Sleepy Hollow…

Sleepy Hollow #1 arrives in comic shops on October 15th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code AUG141139 with a main cover illustrated by Phil Noto and a retailer incentive cover (1 in 15) by Jorge Coelho. (See below for the images.) The final order cut-off date for issue #1 is, by coincidence, also on Sept. 22—it is the last day retailers have to place their orders, so fans should let their local comic shop know before then that they’d like to order it. We’ve set up a Tumblr post that contains an order form for fans to print, fill out, and give to their local comic shop at this link:

http://boomstudios.tumblr.com/post/95866339049/sleepyhollowcomic

Posted in Comics, Movies, Television, and Video, Press Release, Teaser | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview Warren Ellis’ Trees #5!

Preview Warren Ellis' Trees #5!

Warren Ellis’ new sci-fi classic continues, the Russians have a plan but the Plants don’t seem to care very much. Luca has a plan for Eligia. It is not the plan she thinks it is. She is his knife now.

Trees05_Page1 Trees05_Page2 Trees05_Page3

Trees05_Page4 Trees05_Page5

Trees #5
Writer: Ellis, Warren
Artist: Howard, Jason
Cover Artist: Howard, Jason
On Sale: September 17, 2014
Publisher: Image
Diamond Id: JUL140584
Price: $2.99
UPC: 70985301628100500

Posted in Comics, Previews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Preview/Review Image Comics Oddly Normal, It’s Anything But!

OddlyNormal01_Cover

Meet Oddly, an average 10 year old, well that’s not exactly the case. She’s got green hair and pointy ears. And her mother is a witch (yes a real one). School is just so much fun for her…

OddlyNormal01_Page1 OddlyNormal01_Page2 OddlyNormal01_Page3

OddlyNormal01_Page4 OddlyNormal01_Page5 OddlyNormal01_Page6

Things at home aren’t much easier, and after the latest little situation things just got much more interesting. Otis Frampton has an interesting beginning here, he can really take it in any direction. Oddly obviously has a story to tell and issue one scratches the surface, the “fictitious” world he’s built has deep roots in some of our favorite stories, I can’t wait to see where he takes her.

Pick up issue 1 on 09/17 at your local comic shop and get ready for an adventure comic set in our world (kind of) but where it’s heading? Looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun…

Oddly Normal #1
Writer: Frampton, Otis
Artist: Frampton, Otis
Cover Artist: Frampton, Otis
On Sale: September 17, 2014
Publisher: Image
Diamond Id: JUL140443
Price: $2.99
UPC: 70985301703500100

 

Posted in Comics, Previews, Reviews | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Sons of Anarchy Vol. 1 Trade Edition from Boom! Studios

Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_coverChristopher Golden’s run on the Sons of Anarchy comic was so popular it propelled the book from mini series to an ongoing monthly book. Now Boom! has collected those first six issues into a trade paper edition. Collecting this story that lies outside the lines, but comfortably within the show’s continuity.

The story is a something of a redemption tale for Tig. After the loss of his daughter he is adrift and in a very volatile state. Into this difficult time comes the daughter of a deceased Son. She’s in a precarious position and needs help. As much as she hates the Sons for the man they made her father she knows they can give her the protection she needs. Tig makes it his mission to get her where she needs to be safely. No matter how many bodies he leaves in his wake.

Golden captures the essence and voice of the Sons of Anarchy show perfectly in these issues. Tig is exactly as we know him and his actions all flow perfectly. The other Sons who appear are also their familiar selves. The story is easy to imagine happening between seasons as it fits nicely in the continuity without having any ramifications on the story the show tells. The art is good for a tie-in book. Everyone looks like themselves. I really enjoyed this arc. If you haven’t read it yet and are a Sons of Anarchy fan, pick up the collection. It’s an enjoyable and satisfying read.

I’m giving 4.5 out of 5 starts to the six issue collection. All you want from a tie-in book is familiarity and good storytelling. This fulfills both requirements and then some.

Here’s a peek inside:

Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-6 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-7 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-8

Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-9 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-10 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-11

Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-12 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-13 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-14

Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-15 Sons_of_Anarchy_v1_PRESS-16

Sons of Anarchy Vol. 1 TP (MR)
Writer: Golden, Christopher
Artist: Couceiro, Damian
Cover Artist: Brown, Garry
Release Date: 09/17/14
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: JUL140980
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978160886402752000

Posted in Comics, Previews, Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Daredevil Updates! “Man Without Fear” Monday!

Daredevil Updates! "Man Without Fear" Monday!

image ©marvel.com

For those of you familiar with What’cha Reading, you know we enjoy our television just as much as we enjoy our comic books.  So you could be sure that when we learn of a new television series based on a comic book, we all start to embrace our inner child just a bit more.  We are very enthusiastic about Marvel’s newest project, “Daredevil”, currently in production.  And while we wait for its premiere, we eagerly anticipate any bit of news that releases  before May 2015.

Last week saw the release of a few important details regarding Netflix’s upcoming series, “Daredevil.”  On Thursday, September 11th, Marvel Entertainment proudly announced that the cast and crew of “Daredevil” will be at New York Comic Con.  There will be a panel for the show on Saturday, October 11 where Jeph Loeb and Steven S. DeKnight, for the first time, introduce their cast and partnership with Netflix publicly.  This will undoubtedly be a highlight this year for not only Marvel, but also New York Comic Con itself. “New York City is home to Marvel and some of the greatest fans in the world, so we ensured that Marvel Television brought its biggest panels ever to this NYCC,” Loeb said in a Marvel/NYCC press release. “Not only will fans get to experience our incredible partnership with Netflix as we introduce the cast of ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ for the first time, but they’ll get to see the world premiere of a new ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ episode and their first look at the future of all their favorite super heroes courtesy of Marvel Animation.”

For anyone that has a twitter account, “Daredevil” showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight is someone you should be following.  Not only is he massively talented (creator of the hit “Spartacus”) he’s also open with fans, known for being quite candid on his current work.  We have learned, straight from the horse’s mouth, that in a current interview with Paste Magazine, that “with this version of Daredevil, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the s*** beat out of him. That’s one thing that makes him a great character. He’s not super strong. He’s not invulnerable. In every aspect, he’s a man that’s just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he’s one of the most morally grey of the heroes.”  Regarding violence, in response to a question on Twitter, DeKnight went on to say “Less than Spartacus, more than [Agents of] SHIELD.

As a fan of the “Daredevil” comic books, and having been a huge fan of the Frank Miller run (collected beautifully in three volumes entitled “Daredevil Visionaries”) if asked, I would say that Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin of Crime is one of the most fiercest opponents of The Man Without Fear. Having been a fan of Vincent D’Onofrio for quite some time (“Strange Days” anyone?) I couldn’t be more thrilled with him playing Wilson Fisk.  He seems to get the importance of the role and, in speaking with Screen Crush, has revealed ““I think – it’s not just me, by the way, it’s the writer. It’s Steven DeKnight, it’s Jeph Loeb at Marvel, it’s the scripts, and it’s me. I think it’s gonna be the… I hope – I should say – I hope it’s gonna be the new way to look at Wilson Fisk. I think there will be no other Wilson Fisk but this one after we’re done with it. That’s what we’re hoping for.

That about covers it for this “Man Without Fear” update. We will strive to constantly keep you up to date on all the current news regarding ‘Ol Hornhead.  Until then, take our dare to have a MARVELous Monday!

*Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is executive produced by DeKnight and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), who is writing the first two episodes of the series along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

 

 

Posted in Movies, Television, and Video, Previews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment