‘Olympus’ scribe, Nathan Edmondson, teams up with newcomer, Konstantin Novosadov, for a new mini-series that breaks down the barrier between dreams and reality. A fairly original idea, the book follows an institutionalized boy named Winslow who’s unable to differentiate between waking states and sleep states, all due to his inability to function through hauntingly cryptic recurring dreams. In his dreams come the memories of what his world was made to forget, and the evil entities that will stop at nothing to erase his subconscious.
The Dream Merchant #1 kicks off the sci-fi series with a double-sized issue, generously packed with more content than expected from a first installment. Yet, even with the rapid progression of character, narrative, and mystery building cultivated by Edmondson, something about the issue falls short of greatness, and lands only a few steps above adequate. READ MORE
Ever wake up in a strange place? Your memories of the night before…a little hazy? How about waking up with a stolen mask on and some dead bodies? Don’t answer that last one. Instead, you should just read Dream Thief #1 and see what craziness a mask can bring into a person’s life. READ MORE
Justin Jordan has created a massive, insane, and brutally fun character in Luther Strode. No other comic character is ripping men in half, punching through faces, or pushing bullets out of their muscles, at least not that I know of. The Legend of Luther Strode is fantastic, engaging, and a ton of fun. Yet, up until now, the story has been sparse and the panels have been packed with action. This month, things get a little more fleshed out before the big finale. READ MORE
With such unforgettable imagery and expressive prose, To Hell You Ride #4 delivers another knockout installment. Since the first issue, I have truly enjoyed the “To Hell You Ride” series because of its epic storytelling and vibrant artwork. I can’t recommend this book enough. READ MORE
Richard Corben manages to draw out an eerie mood and spine-chilling atmosphere in his adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher. With Corben’s surrealistic artwork and storytelling, this adaptation brings about the foreboding element of Gothic horror. Literary enthusiasts should not be afraid to pick this up because Poe’s eloquent prose translates very well into the comic book medium. READ MORE
Thanks to all who participated in this one. There were a lot of good zingers, most of you going for menstrual cycle jokes. The winner for this round is CoreyJ. Congrats, you win volumes 1 and 2 of Vertigo’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. Please DM me with your address. To see his winning one-liner hit the jump. Make sure you stay tuned for more contests coming up soon! READ MORE
The “Mars Attacks” property has been undergoing quite the resurgence over the past year and they show no signs of letting up. Topps and Mantic Games have paired up in order to create a tabletop war-game based on the “Mars Attacks” series. The game will feature miniature sculpted figurines that will provide the basis for the alien invasion gameplay. The game will feature characters from the classic series as well as new characters that will be introduced in the IDW comic series. They also have plans to tie the game into the new trading cards.
The “Mars Attacks” War-Game is set for a release in early 2014. READ MORE
Black Mask Studios just sent out the “making of” video for RZA and Ghostface Killah’s new horror/crime comic series, “12 Reasons To Die” (review here). The comic book blends into the new album of the same name in order to create a transmedia storytelling experience. “12 Reasons To Die” is entirely unconventional and the video shines some light on the crazy collaborative process that goes into the book.
“12 Reasons To Die” #1 is in shops now. READ MORE
The folks at Antarctic Press are developing a zombie themed deck of cards featuring illustrations from artist Brian Denham (“Iron Man”, “Green Hornet”, “X-Files”, “Angel”). While the deck can be used to play any classic card game, they have also developed a new game to go along with the zombie theme. They have taken to Kickstarter for “The Ultimate Zombie Playing Cards Deck” to seek crowd funding and the backing options are pretty sweet. You can pick up a deck for under ten bucks, or you can go all out to get your hands on some original artwork. READ MORE
DC recently released the list of final issues coming out in August, which included all the titles mentioned in the headline. Both “Demon Knights” and “Dial H” have been sleeper hits, and it’s a sad to see them heading for the can considering they are far better than a lot of other current DC books. As for the other two, I didn’t even know they were in publication, which should tell you something about their popularity. READ MORE
You may remember I.N.J. Culbard as the artist for Veritgo’s “New Deadwardians” (my favorite book from last year). Culbard has been working away on a graphic novel adaptation of the classic H.P. Lovecraft tale, The Shadow Out Of Time. For those of you not so well-versed in Lovecraft lore, the story follows Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee, who suffers from fainting spells in 1908, only to regain his senses in 1913. The more he tries to understand those missing five years of his life, the more wild and disturbing his dreams become.
The book is set for release on June 13th from SelfMadeHero. READ MORE
Adding to Dark Horse’s horror lineup this summer is Steve Niles’ new book, Breath of Bones. Niles teams up with Matt Santoro and Dave Watcher for a new take on the classic Jewish legend of the golem. The book is set in WWII and this twisted version of the clay monster goes on a Nazi killing spree in order to protect a small Jewish village. Check out the preview below. READ MORE
Boom! Studios continues to push Clive Barker and Brandon Seifert’s Hellraiser: The Dark Watch with another wicked cover reveal. We’ve spoken at length about this series since the beginning and it really is a great read if you’ve immersed in the Hellraiser universe since day one. It has Clive Barker’s seal of approval, what more could you ask for? Hit the jump for an exclusive look at “Hellraiser: The Dark Watch” #7. READ MORE
Hell. Yes. While Frank Miller has made some more than questionable statements in recent years, you’d have to be insane to not want more RoboCop. Boom! Studios just sent out a visual press release, which affirms Miller is back on board with “RoboCop” alongside Steven Grant, Korkut Öztekin, and Declan Shalvey. No details are available as of yet on the series, but the book is expected to launch sometime in August, 2013. Stay out of trouble. READ MORE
Scott Snyder’s “American Vampire” has been on hiatus for the past couple of months, but Vertigo has some special plans for the book this summer. HeroComplex reports that Vertigo is planning to release “American Vampire Anthology” this August. The 80-page comic will feature eigth stories from DC all stars, including Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Francesco Francavilla, Declan Shalvey, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon and more. The anthology follows up the release of the “American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell” one-shot issue from Snyder and Albuquerque in June. READ MORE
No tricks, gimmicks, or skill necessary for this contest, folks. Dark Horse was kind enough to give us 20 codes that will get you a free digital copy of “X” #1. “X” is a new ultra-violent series from the minds of Duane Swierczynski and Eric Nguyen that follows the brutal exploits of the titular vigilante hero (review here).
All you have to do is head to the comments section and write “X”. The first twenty people to do so will be rewarded with a free copy. READ MORE
Clive Barker and Brandon Seifert continue to expand the Hellraiser universe next week with issue #4 of “Hellraiser: The Dark Watch”. While some Hellraiser comics in the past have been met with much scrutiny, this current series from Boom! Studios is fuelled by Barker’s masterful world building and Seifert’s wit. Some serious battles are about to go down in Hell. Check out the exclusive preview below. READ MORE
The Rocketeer has to save the day! Ka-Whack! Every hero has to save the day! BA-BAM! He has to face goons, brainwashed mobs, mecha-monsters and the truth of his feelings for his gal, Betty too. CRACKA-BOOM! All that plus using a substitute rocket to make it happen. KER-CRASH!?!? All of this and more come together in The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #4. READ MORE
Robert Kirkman’s zombie epic returns this month with an issue deep set in character development. With a definite conflict on the horizon, Kirkman has made a fantastic decision in slowing down the action this month. He takes his time to make us care about the people so that it hits even harder when we inevitably lose somewhere down the line. This character driven issue is easily the best in months. READ MORE
As each story gets better and better, readers will simply enjoy Creepy #12 and its collection of short horror tales. You will definitely get your dose of the macabre from the ghoulish host, Uncle Creepy. With a bit of scares, comedy, and gore added in each morality tale, there is definitely something here for everyone. READ MORE
Entertainment Weekly has a look at the new design for Angela, by way of Joe Quesada. A few months back we announced that Neilg Gaiman finally got the legal rights to the character and that he would be bringing her back into the Marvel Universe. After the “Age Of Ultron” series currently running, Angela will become a member of Guardians Of The Galaxy for at least a 5-issue stint. Brian Bendis and Neil Gaiman are said to be co-writing the series. READ MORE
Noir meets supernatural head on in Chin Music #1. This mash-up is becoming more and more popular in comics as creators really try to make something new out of things old and older. Top notch creators Steve Niles and Tony Harris team-up to unleash this new genre blending series from Image Comics. Is it worth investigating? Read on and discover the mysteries within… READ MORE
This is a character that screams tough and psychotic. This violent vigilante looks like a crazy SWAT team officer who wears a padlock around his neck. Actually, he could be a wrestler if killing scum bags proves too daunting a task. Who would win in this no-holds-barred match: Punisher vs. X? Here is your chance to see what our anti-hero is capable of in Dark Horse’s X #1. READ MORE
Hate it or love it, another TV series has been adapted to the comic medium, NBC’s Grimm. A tale that follows the detective Nick Burkhardt who also happens to be a Grimm, which means he has the uncanny ability to see the supernatural side of life. I’m not overly fond of this kind of adaptation to begin with and this book did little to impress at the start. However, the comic asserts itself near the end where there’s some underlying potential to be found. READ MORE