Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio have a new horror science-fiction series inspired by Ridley Scott’s Alien and Prometheus set for release this April (check out our interview with Ennis here). The series follows the crew of the Caliban space ship as they suddenly encounter a seemingly abandoned alien vessel. When they realize they are not alone, the real nightmare begins to unfold. It sounds a lot like Alien, but I imagine Ennis will pull the rug from under us as the series evolves. Check out the unlettered interior pages for “Caliban” #1 below.
Garth Ennis never seems to rest. He’s constantly developing new projects, and this spring Garth will debut his latest offering, the horror/science-fiction epic, “Caliban”, with artist Facundo Percio (“Anna Mercury”, “Fashion Beast”) for the warped folks over at Avatar Press.
“Caliban” is the story of a deep space mining vessel that stumbles onto an alien life form. The crew of the “Caliban” are thrust into a position where they are the frontlines for humanity, establishing contact with this new found species and deciphering if they are friend or a foe. “Caliban” plays out like Garth Ennis’ personal love letter to Ridley Scott’s Alien as he explores the depths of extraterrestrial horror.
Ennis took the time to answer a few questions about “Caliban” for Bloody-Disgusting and spoke about how the series was initially inspired by last year’s Prometheus, what it’s like working with artist Facundo Percio, and what fans can expect when the series finally launches. READ MORE
“Gravel” is one of Avatar Press’ longest running series, with multiple mini-series dating back to 1999 and an ongoing series that lasted for 21 issues. The character was created by writer Warren Ellis and with artist Mike Wolfer. Gravel is a British secret operative that handles all the cases that involve the supernatural and arcane arts. Gravel himself has magical abilities that he uses to his advantage whenever needed including telekinesis, pyrokinesis, levitation and invisibility amongst other. READ MORE
“God is Dead” begins anew. The second coming has laid waste to the planet and a strange new status quo has been established around the one “true” God, Gaia. The world is torn asunder and new beliefs have polluted minds. Mike Costa’s script provides a somber post script to the events of the first arc that hints at the salvation of humanity. READ MORE
A frightening vision of the apocalypse, “The Extinction Parade” #5 is a terrifying read that doesn’t hold back on its shocks and scares. With vampires on one side and zombies on the other, two opposing forces are about to meet in an unforgettable collision. Each issue keeps getting better and better, and “The Extinction Parade” series continues to give readers a disturbing tale that crosses vampires and zombies. READ MORE
Garth Ennis stepped away from the “Crossed” series for a bit, but is returning to the book in March with the release of the monumental “Crossed: Badlands” #50. In true violent fashion, Garth is set to take fans back to the beginning where it all began and the “Crossed” virus was unleashed.
Joining Garth for this upcoming arc is artist Christian Zanier, who illustrated Christos Gage’s Crossed arc, which told the harrowing tale of Oliver, a traitorous human only interested in his own survival. Gage and Zanier also introduced us to the villainous alpha Crossed – Smokey, who brought a new horrifying element to the book; intelligence.
Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Christian Zanier to discuss his work on “Crossed” and offered some insight into what fans can expect from the upcoming seven part “Crossed” epic known as “Patient Zero”. READ MORE
“God is Dead” ends its first arc by changing everything. A new status quo begins and the battle for the dark age of faith is settled. This new direction may pose more trouble than it has solved but proves incredibly interesting for the future. Jonathan Hickman & Mike Costa churn out a script that manages to completely evolve their premise, while Di Amorim brings the final conflict to life with trademark gut wrenching displays of gore. READ MORE
Much like the supersoldiers on its pages “Uber” exists in a league of its own. The depth of research involved in telling the story makes Kieron Gillen’s script a supernatural primary document. All of which is disgustingly brought to life by Caanan White’s brutal artwork. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, but the brave will find a riveting look into the horrors of World War II.
Issue nine pick up in the Eastern front. Where the ubermensch program doesn’t adhere to the rigorous testing it did elsewhere resulting in a harrowing look at the USSR’s desperation inside this conflict. Once again Gillen hits it out of the park. READ MORE
With lots of bloody gore and excessive violence thrown in, “Crossed: Badlands” #46 is unafraid to intensify the shock value. From the mind of Garth Ennis, this is an unflinching and gruesome take on the survival of the fittest. If you want to prove to yourself that you have a strong stomach, then go right ahead and pick up the “Crossed” series. READ MORE
“God is Dead” # 5 is the most important issue of the series. The plot progresses to a point of no return and a major battle takes place. Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa wrap a plot tighter than they ever have before. This is the bursting point of the first arc and Di Amorim magnificently brings it to life. If you’ve been following this series you absolutely cannot miss this issue, you’ll be holding your breath until you read the last words. READ MORE
Avatar Press is re-launching the series in January with “Gravel: Combat Magician” #0 with horror veteran Mike Wolfer taking over the writing duties from Warren Ellis, and Italian artist Gabriel Rearte handling the visuals. Issue #0 is a great jumping on point for new readers, as we find Gravel picking up the pieces after a battle to the death with blood-thirsty serial killer and he’s targeted by Combat Magic-fueled assassins who hope to take him out once and for all.
“Gravel: Combat Magician” is the perfect mixture of mythology, ultra-violent black magic, and blood dripping horror.
Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Wolfer to discuss all the launch of this new ongoing book, the possibility of a movie adaptation, and where Gravel’s paranormal investigations are set to take him in the coming months. READ MORE
Avatar Press is known in the comics world for pushing the envelope. They are increasingly able to attract some of comics top talent because they encourage creators to tell powerful uncompromised stories.
In September Avatar launched “God is Dead” from Jonathan Hickman, Mike Costa, and Di Amorim. Pitched as a modern day “Clash of the Titans” the comic looks at what happens to the world when all the mythological Gods of old arrive and divvy up the world as they see fit.
The planet falls into disarray almost immediately. Worldwide chaos breaks out and science begins to die. The narrative follows humanity’s last bastion of scientists and the Gods at the center of the conflict. The scientists try desperately to find a solution to this God problem but wildly different ideologies cause characters to clash. It’s comic book storytelling at its finest. The story embraces the full potential of the medium. Insane earth shattering battles, larger than life locales, and powerful thought provoking themes are regular fare in “God is Dead.”
With the upcoming issue 7 of the series the book is going bi-weekly and co-writer Mike Costa is taking over the reigns of the series. So he took some time to chat with Bloody-Disgusting about the nature of Gods, creation myths, and the freedom of working for Avatar Press. READ MORE
Garth Ennis stepped away from his series for a bit, letting other writers tell their violent tales of madness. Now, he returns to tell his Patient Zero story in “Crossed: Badlands” #50 in March. In celebration of the 50th issue, Avatar will also be releasing the latest trade collection and a new T-shirt.
Check out all of the variant cover art below and all the solicitations. READ MORE
Because the party never ends for them, Laila and her immortal sister are living recklessly, having a wild and fun time. As they drown themselves in blood, the vampire sisters do not realize the upcoming apocalypse is heading towards them. The zombie plague is spreading and their human food supply is slowly running low. From Avatar Press, get ready for the all-out war between zombies and vampires in Max Brooks’ “The Extinction Parade.”
During the New York Comic Con, I spoke with the “World War Z” author about how the comic came about, doing research on the Malaysia setting, and how the zombie plague would affect vampires. READ MORE
Avatar Press and ComiXology have worked out a distribution agreement at last. Avatar was probably the biggest company left who was not putting their material up for grabs on the digital comics site. The launch begins with 50 issues from creators such as Alan Moore, Max Brooks, and Garth Ennis, available now. READ MORE
Jacen Burrows is one of the most gruesome artist working comics today. Burrows is known for developing the grotesque world of “Crossed” with writer Garth Ennis, and for his terrifying take on the Cthulhu mythos in “Neonomicon” with Alan Moore. His artwork is insanely detailed and he has a keen ability for embellishing the details of some of the most disturbing depictions of brutal violence.
Normally Burrows is the one turning reader’s stomachs, but Bloody-Disgusting was able to find out what horror comics left the biggest impression on him. Burrows kindly sat down and gave us his Top 5 most memorable horror comics. READ MORE
Garth Ennis is one of the most twisted minds writing comics today. His work on books like “Preacher”, “The Boys”, and “The Punisher”, has consistently pushed the boundaries of storytelling in the comics world, while forcing readers to examine the harsh realities of war, violence, sex and religion.
In 2008 Ennis launched his now infamous horror series “Crossed” with Avatar Press. The series follows a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus has turned the majority of the population into murdering sadistic monsters. Once infected by the virus they are completely stripped of their moral inhibitions and are now out to rape, torture, and kill anything they cross paths with. Nothing is off limits when it comes to the world of “Crossed” and the series has given audiences terrifyingly tales of rape, incest, and extreme torture, that have forced readers to run screaming for confession. “Crossed” is quite simply not for the faint of heart, and is one of the most extreme books out there in the market. What makes “Crossed” so fascinating is not the stomach curdling depictions of violence or the scenes of torture, but the extreme measures that the survivors will take in order to guarantee their own safety.
Bloody-Disgusting was fortunate to get the opportunity to talk to Ennis about everything that he has planned for “Crossed” in the coming months, Eincluding the live-action webisodes, his criteria for selecting writers, and what he has planned for the landmark “Crossed: Badlands” issue #50. READ MORE
New York Times best-selling author Max Brooks is taking no breaks from the zombie subgenre after seeing his “World War Z” novel adapted onto the big screen. Now, hes ready for war. Brooks is back with a new 12-issue Avatar Press series called “The Extinction Parade”, featuring the stunning artwork of Raulo Caceres (“Crossed: Badlands”).
In the pages of “The Extinction Parade”, vampires have come out of the shadows to search for the last of their remaining human food supply. The world has been infected by the zombie plague, and now vampires find themselves going from being the hunter to the hunted. Vampires are forced into a position where they’ve become the prey for the first time in their species existence and they must find a way to avoid becoming the zombies next meal.
With ‘The Extinction Parade’ issue #2 hitting comic shops this week, Bloody-Disgusting was fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down with Brooks at this year’s FanExpo to talk about “The Extinction Parade” and his thoughts on the movie adaptation of “World War Z”. READ MORE
With the monstrous success of Game of Thrones, author is George R.R. Martin is currently red hot. His books are flying off the shelves of book stores and Avatar Press was smart enough to scoop up the comic book rights to his gory werewolf novel. Using Martin’s prose novel “The Skin Trade” as the source material, Avatar has tasked writer Daniel Abraham and artist Mike Wolfer with adapting “Skin Trade” into sequential form. READ MORE
Comic books are notoriously difficult to make scary. They don’t have the advantage of sound to build atmosphere, and there is no possibility of jump-scares. Creators must rely on storytelling, mood, and still images alone. It takes a talented team to create a horror comic book that gets inside your head, and stays long after reading. As Bloody-Disgusting continues to highlight the very best that the horror genre has to offer, the staff put together a look a list of the comics that we feel will truly terrify readers. READ MORE
In case you forgot, Max Brooks’ new vampire/zombie crossover tale, “Extinction Parade”, kicks off tomorrow with issue #1 from Avatar Press. Brooks put years of planning and research into this project in order to offer a in-depth look at the ultimate undead war. The book takes place as vampires realize their food supply is quickly running low, and they are forced to face off with the hungry hoards of the living dead. Check out the preview below, this is not a book to miss out on. READ MORE
Avatar Press has released another short video of zombie expert Max Brooks chatting about his new series,“Extinction Parade” . The series offers an in depth look at the ultimate undead war: zombies vs. vampires. While there have been several zombie vs. vampire books to come out in the last year, something tells me this one is going to take the cake (maybe it’s the fact that Brooks seems to do nothing other thank think about the undead and write about them). Check out the video below along with the special edition leather cover for issue #1. READ MORE
It may be a little early to speculate on this, but I think it’s safe to say that Jonathan Hickman will be in the runnings for creator of the year. He’s killing it on both of his “Avengers” titles, his new series “East of West” is a hit, and Bleeding Cool has just announced that he has yet another original series called “God is Dead” from Avatar Press. Taking a page from Nietzsche, the books follows the journey of God as he returns to a modern day Earth to deal with all the crap that has gone down in his absence. Unfortunately, he’s got to deal with the people who don’t want him back. READ MORE
Avatar Press just uploaded a couple videos of Max Brooks, World War Z writer, chatting about zombies and his new comic, “The Extinction Parade”, that shows the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of vampires. He’s an intelligent dude with some unique views about the undead. You should really check out these videos. You may learn something. READ MORE