ComiXology just announced the option to give gift cards, and just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Before this users could buy comics using iTunes gift cards or credit cards, but now they can give or receive gift cards specifically tailored to ComiXology in amounts arranging from $10-$500. This is perfect because I know personally I’m hard to shop for because of my taste in expensive comics. With the gift card option I can read those specific stories, while costing family and friends hardly anything at all. Everyone is happy.
The graphic novel Enormous – published originally under Image’s Shadowline imprint – is a story that takes place after civilization is hit with an ecological cataclysmic event that changes everything. Giant beasts overrun the landscape and mankind finds itself at the bottom of the food chain. Now, after a year of waiting ,Enormous will finally see the light of day as a 10 minute pilot based on the graphic novel is being produced by Machinima.
Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #116 hits stores tomorrow. This issue is the 2nd of 12 issues in the intense “All Out War” arc. Intense is the best way to describe it. Kirkman has told us time and time again, “No one is safe,” and after some of the things that have happened so far, I (along with others) am starting to believe him. Though we can’t get our hands on the full story until tomorrow, we are fortunate enough to have these 6 pages.
Manifest Destiny is a new historical fiction comic from Image’s Skybound imprint. Mixing history, monsters, and demons, it takes its reader on a romp across the western frontier complete with a visual smorgasbord of re-imagined history. The secrets of the Lewis & Clark expedition that were never told in school are revealed in this tale.
Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White have teamed up for a new creator-owned series with Image Comics: Black Science. It follows a team of lost scientists as they attempt to find their way through chaotic alien worlds. And if there’s anything that sci-fi thrillers taught me, it’s that the unknown can be terrifying. (See: Aliens, Event Horizon, Pitch Black, etc.)
What’s left to do with the Western? It’s a genre that was once very nearly the dominant form of American entertainment – and one of the few true American genres in general – but lately, Westerns just don’t have that much cultural cache left. And as much as I might enjoy some and outright love others, I rarely really look forward to new ones. It’s a genre that’s been pretty thoroughly explored. Or so I thought, at least. Try as I might, however, I can’t really think of another Western that so thoroughly blends fairy tale mysticism with old west pragmatism and a dash of lyrical poetry. Pretty Deadly, Image’s most intriguing new oddity, is worth getting excited about.
Many talented artists attended Wizard World this weekend and among them was Peter Panzerfaust‘s Tyler Jenkins. Jenkins has worked on the book since it’s conception and has provided nothing but stunning art for it. I had the opportunity to chat with Tyler one-on-one this weekend about Peter Panzerfaust. SPOILERS to follow.
Three has been on the radar since Kieron Gillen first announced he was working on this comic. Along with Gillen, Ryan Kelly of Local and Saucer County fame, take us on possibly one of the more unflinching takes on Sparta I’ve seen. Gillen uses The 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, as noted in his essay at the end of the comic,Three takes place just about 100 years after the 300. Three focuses on the servants of Sparta, The Helots, and is a story that from the start you can tell was well researched, reading Gillen’s essay is especially enlightening. Knowing enough about Gillen’s writing, there’s a level of surprise to what any given writer can and will throw at you, Three is surprising on many levels. A layered comic that isn’t pretty, but definitely is a worthy one,Three is an unflinching look into Sparta that once read will never be forgotten. Especially by this reviewer.
After I didn’t think you could have a weirder superpower than Goldballs, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky bring the ultimate funk.
Two people find out they both have the power to stop time when they have sex. By accident. I swear.
Though The Walking Dead isn’t set to release until October 13th, all of those in the fandom with walker withdrawals will be able to get their fix today with The Oath, a webseries set in the world.
As a fan of a good alien invasion flick, writer James Robinson and artist J. Bone have my eye with their December release of The Saviors from Image Comics. It all starts with normal joe Tomas Ramirez working quietly at a gas station, a nice place for him to work and live. His wonderful world is turned upside down when he happens upon a plan that involves a massive conspiracy that involves an alien invasion and quickly upends Tomas’s quiet life.
If you haven’t heard already, October 14th marks the beginning of the free eight-week MOOC, titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead,” from the University of California on CanvasNet.com.
The official syllabus for the class has been released and the issue of spoilers has come to the forefront. And while it’s not required to watch the show (but really, why wouldn’t you?) the weekly modules of the class will contain information related to the show. And it wouldn’t be fair to a person like myself who’s behind on their WD viewing or for someone who lives in a country, where episodes have yet to air. But don’t worry my fellow zombie supporters, there will be preventative measures put in place.
It’s finally here! For months now zombie-crazed readers have been awaiting release of The Walking Dead‘s 12 issue arc “All Out War”. Well folks, Kirkman just sounded the battle horn. The war is set begin October 9th and TWD will be released bi-weekly instead of monthly for the whole 12 issue arc. The Walking Dead #115′s solicitation summed up this arc very well: ”It’s Rick versus Negan with a little help from everyone else!”
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’s creator-owned project Pretty Deadly will be hitting the shelves of discerning comic shops everywhere on October 23rd. The pair describe their comic as a ”dark faerie tale”, influenced by spaghetti westerns and old samurai cinema – specifically the works of Sergio Leone and Masaki Kobayashi. I am preemptively describing it as “awesome” and the best Image series of the year, and after hearing what they had to say about Pretty Deadly in a recent interview – and checking out the preview pages provided – I’m sure you’ll agree.
Riley Rossmo is no stranger to horror comics. You’ve probably seen his recognizable artwork in horror comics like Green Wake, Bedlam and Rebel Blood. This November, Rossmo is bringing his unique, frenetic art style to a new series for Image Comics. Rossmo and Rebel Blood co-writer Alex Link are teaming up again for Drumhellar. Originally titled Strangeways (changed for legal reasons), Drumhellar is less gory horror and more paranormal thriller-adventure, filled with “werewolves, demons and his ex-girlfriend.” Rossmo talked to Comics Crux about the collaboration process with Link, which movies and TV shows influenced Drumhellar, and other genres he’d like to explore in future stories.