It’s the beginning of the end with the release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21, as Andrew Chambliss kicks off a brand new story arc that sets the stage for the season’s looming finale. With only 4 more issues left, ‘The Core, Part One’ significantly pushes the narrative forward with a new mission, and wastes no time delivering exciting (though slightly ambiguous) plot twists that will leave readers dazed, but not surprised. READ MORE
Twisted Dark Vol.1 is a collection of 13 mind-warped short comic stories from Neil Gibson and a slew of artists. Most of the stories come with surprising twist endings, that are rather refreshing. This is a collection of compelling tales that ranges from crime to horror to sci-fi. Genuinely surprising, the storytelling is quite unpredictable and the various styles of artwork capture the morbid nature. READ MORE
A triumph of high concept storytelling and raw imagery, Black Mask Studios’ 12 Reasons To Die #1 comes highly recommended. Based on the first issue alone, Ghostface Killah’s first foray into comics shouldn’t be missed and the result is pretty excellent. “12 Reasons To Die” definitely deserves to be on your pick-up list this week. READ MORE
Clive Barker’s new comic series, Next Testament, is set to begin on May 29th. This is the first universe that Barker has developed for strictly for comics. The series follows a business leader who believes he receives a message from god. While not much is known about the series, the real question is, which god is it? Right now it is set to be a 12 issue series with monthly releases. Boom! Studios has dropped an exclusive look at “Next Testament” #4 in our lap. Hit the jump for the cover reveal and solicitation. READ MORE
With the re-launch of the Dark Horse superhero universe in full swing, has now reactivated their classic masked vigilante known simply as X. The character is reborn in a brand new four-issue miniseries written by Duane Swierczynski (“Bloodshot”, “Judge Dredd”) and featuring art by Eric Nguyen (“Batman: Arkham Unhinged”, “Strange Girl”) that begins May 8th.
“X” is a shockingly violent take on the classic comic book vigilante, as a masked anti-hero attempts to clean up the greed and corruption in the streets of Arcadia. X is a one man judge, jury and executioner who warns those that dare cross the line, with a deadly mark. Cross the line again and X will mark the spot where they can find the body. X takes the brains of Batman and combines it with the Punisher’s violent desire to eliminate anything that stands in his way.
Swierczynski was kind enough to check in with Bloody-Disgusting to reveal what he has in store for Dark Horse’s most infamous one-eyed vigilante. Swierczynski talked candidly about his vision for the character, how he plans on modernizing the series, and how to guide a man with a broken moral compass. READ MORE
Kurtis J. Wiebe and Meg Dejmal have been busy teasing “Rat Queens”, the series from Shadowline that combines monster slaying and hard partying. Series co-creator Meg Dejmal has made a live action promo video featuring some of the lovely woman from the series. I’m told this is the first of many videos. Hit the jump and enjoy the peperoni-filled teaser. READ MORE
Gearing up for Pacific Rim? Well, there’s another giant monster vs. giant robot story that’s also causing some ruckus called “Kill All Monsters”. The comic book comes from the minds of Michael May (writer for Robot 6) and artist Jason Copland (“Murder Book”) and their shared love for massive monsters. The Kickstarter campaign is almost over, but there’s still time to give a last minute pledge. The first volume follows the Kill Team as they travel to Europe to investigate rumors of another group of monster fighters. Unfortunately for them, they run into the biggest, badest monsters yet. READ MORE
People flocked to local comic shops this past Saturday to get their hands on some free books, courtesy of Free Comic Book Day. Most shops limited the number of books you were allowed to take, and some people just couldn’t make it to the shop. So here are links to some of the free comics in case you missed out on the fun. Titles below include “Metaphase”, “The Steam Engines of Oz”, “Aphrodite XI”, and a few more. Bleeding Cool for also has some free embedded books that are worth checking out. READ MORE
Blackacre #6 is essentially the exposition of how Greene became the leader of the religious cult occupying the dystopian American wasteland the series is set in. Taking place two years prior to the events of the previous issues, it does a good job – though certainly not a perfect one – in showing how Greene, a sane man by any means, joins and comes to lead a group of homicidal fanatics when Hull reunites with him two years later. READ MORE
The release of Ten Grand marks the significant return of Joe’s Comics to the industry, where quality and artistry are valued over corporate agendas, and income statements are surprisingly inconsequential in terms of production process. From the same imprint that published “Rising Stars” and “Midnight Nation”, creator and writer, J. Michael Straczynski teams up with Ben Templesmith, to deliver more experimental and unmitigated storytelling in the form of a supernatural, crime noir series of lost love and revenge. Although nothing new is provided beyond what’s already been teased in previews, issue #1 manages to establish itself as a solid opener to the series. READ MORE
Writer Ed Brisson and artist Johnnie Christmas team up for a pre-apocalyptic tale this summer with their new book “Sheltered”. While people have been speculating around the web, Brisson assures that there are no zombies, walkers, or otherwise undead in the book. Instead, the menace comes from the children of Safe Haven. READ MORE
Free Comic Book Day is an annual event that takes place on the first saturday of May. Participating comic shops (which is the vast majority) give away a set grouping of comic books absolutely free. There is no catch. Whether you’ve been reading comics since you were in diapers, or you’ve never picked one up in your life, I urge you to head on down to your local shop and read some comics. These books are specially produced by each publisher, specifically for FCBD. They are written and illustrated by some of the best in the business. Check out a word from Hugh Jackman below. READ MORE
You would think this series would be more action packed given that it is filled with zombies, aliens, militia, and guns. Unfortunately, Colonized #2 is filled with talk and setup that slowly builds towards some real progression. This was a slow issue, and I hope Chris Ryall and Drew Moss can pick it up soon. READ MORE
Dean Motter’s Mister X returns this month with an ongoing tale and a stand alone story. Both stories manage to engage in a way only Motter can and I’m happy to say futuristic neo-noir is still an overwhelmingly good read. “Mister X Eviction” returns us to a different Radiant City than we’re used to. The government’s been overtaken by a coup, and it’s up to Mister X to put together just how this went down. READ MORE
The new ongoing series Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible continues this week with an issue that really begins to delve into the origin of Abe, and perhaps his destiny, in the massive event occurring in B.P.R.D. Abe’s presence has been missed, and unlike the previous issue, we really get some good ol’ Abe action this time around. Scott Allie has really taken the reins from Migonal when it comes to the “Hell on Earth” event and he is doing a fantastic job of creating a thrilling story. On the other hand, Sebastián Fiumara has not been a staple in the B.P.R.D. world, but he is really making a name for himself here. READ MORE
With a world gone dark, would you keep doing the same thing? Would heroes keep defending the helpless? Would villains continue robbing banks when water and food are more valuable? Life on Earth is redefined for everyone in this HBO-esque superhero series The Victories #1. READ MORE
With tons of zombie thrills and machete action, ’68: Jungle Jim #2 dives into the bloody goods and never looks back. The undead are about to meet their match in the sweltering heat of the jungle. In a confrontation you would never expect, a tiger takes on an army of zombies in the”’68″ series. READ MORE
With such suspenseful writing and eye-popping illustrations, Mars Attacks #10 kicks into high gear with its blazing sci-fi action. The Martians are about to learn what happens when you take on Earth’s inhabitants. As soon as they reach the last page, readers will come back for more of the “Mars Attacks” series. READ MORE
There is truth in living a lie, and there is lying to one’s self to live. All that happens on this far away planet is connected. All are brought into the light in the latest chapter of David Hine and Doug Braithwaite’s space-murder-mystery, Storm Dogs. The hunt for the mysterious Sarlat and the truth of the planet Amaranth comes closer into view in “Storm Dogs” #5. READ MORE
In Shadowman #0, Master Darque , the classic Valiant villain, finally gets a chance to steal the spotlight with an origin tale. Master Darque is one of the most infamous villains in the Valiant universe, and when dealing with a character of this magnitude it’s very easy for things to go awry, but writer Justin Jordan simply knocked this one out of the park. Shadowman #0 is one of the best issues to come out of the newly re-launched Valiant, and it is one of the best things you’ll read this month. READ MORE
Aspen Comics has released their full schedule of nation-wide events for this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day 2013. The publisher also encourages fans and new readers to pick up Aspen’s Free Comic Book Day offering, Worlds of Aspen 2013. Below is the full solicitation copy for the issue. READ MORE
Kurtis J. Wiebe has been teasing “Rat Queens” for the past few weeks and the first preview has finally landed. Wiebe teams up with Meg Dejmal and artist John Upchurch for “Rat Queens”, a fantasy tale that features a gang of lewd monster hunting women who slay beasts in order to pay for their other vices.
Wiebe had originally planned to Kickstarter the project, but it was quickly swooped up by Jim Valentino at Image’s Shadowline branch. Take your first look at the fantasy madness below. READ MORE
The concept for Dark Horse’s upcoming “Grindhouse: Doors at Midnight” is simple; tell a story that is packed with over-the-top sex and violence. Bringing the flavor of classic exploitation films to comics, “Grindhouse: Doors at Midnight” delivers four two-issue gore operas, starting with “Bee Vixens from Mars,” pitting a one-eyed Southern Latina deputy against lusty alien chicks bent on laying eggs in the entire male population! Writer Alex de Campi and artist Chris Peterson are teaming up to deliver a tale filled with aliens and small town tramps. The covers for the first issue will be provided by the brilliant Francesco Francavilla, and the variant cover is a busty rendition by Coop!
Bloody-Disgusting was given the inside scoop on “Grindhouse: Doors at Midnight” before the announcement at C2E2, and we caught up with writer Alex de Campi to discuss mutilation, sex, and evisceration. We’ve also got the exclusive preview of issue #1 below. For more on Dark Horse’s 2013 horror lineup, check out our interview with Scott Allie. READ MORE
I get a lot of press releases every day, but this one takes the cake. Valiant just sent out a preview along with a promo video of a “talking goat” for their new series “Quantum & Woody”. Apparently they have plans for talking variant covers, free Goat posters, and other promo material.
The series itself follows the strange superhero adventures of Eric and Woody Henderson. Look for issue #1 in shops this July. READ MORE