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Bleeding Cool Reports…
I was talking to a senior Marvel executive at San Diego Comic Con about the increase of the 100% Returnable promotion as a way to launch new comic books.
It’s not an approach that Marvel was taking, and the executive expressed worries that retailers will order increasing amounts of titles and not be able to cope, will forget to return titles, will be stung by the pennies charge for each comic that gets returned. or that it will overload the system.
I expressed my doubts, noting that accepting returnability was used as a punishment for publishers not abiding by distributor guidelines, Brian Hibbs launched a class action suit against Marvel to make them abide by those terms, that it’s a way for retailers to find levels of ordering for future issues and to combat the inherent conservative ordering nature of retailers.
DC Comics led the way, making the launch of the New 52 fully returnable, though they received very few returns. Image have launched series after series with full returnability, letting East Of West, Saga, Jupiter’s Legacy and more reach ordering levels that otherwise they would not have acheived. A number of other publishers such as Valiant and DC/Vertigo have embraced it as well, and the latest appears to be from Dynamite.
Dynamite is making the first issue of ‘Ash and the Army of Darkness’, the reboot of the Army of Darkness franchise by Steve Niles and Dennis Calero returnable if retailers order large amounts. This should make the comic a little easier to find when it launches and Dynamite start t promote it as the direct sequel to the Army of Darkness movie.
Who knows, maybe Marvel will start using it soon.
Dynamite is pumping out another “Vampirella” storyline. This time they’re bringing the vampire seductress to the deep American South for a tale of dark magic and demon hunting. This five-part series is written by Eisner Award nominee Nate Cosby, with illustrations from Jose Luis. I’m shocked more horror comics aren’t set in the American South, but I feel this is the beginning of a new trend.
Issue #1 of “Vampirella: Southern Gothic” Is slated for release in August from Dynamite Entertainment. READ MORE
The third issue of Vampirella Strikes is another step in the right direction for one of comics’ longest running female protagonists. The creative team of Sniegoski and Desjardins are starting to develop some chemistry as the story continues to build towards a big pay off. READ MORE
When it comes to promoting his creator owned books there is nobody that works harder that writer Jim Zub. He is constantly beating the drum for his Image Comics series Skullkickers trying to reach new audiences.
“Skullkickers” is one of the most criminally underrated books being published by Image today. Zub packs each issue with tons of action, adventure, comedy and off-the-wall fantasy elements that make “Skullkickers” one of the funnest books to read each and every month. The series follows two hard-headed mercenaries kill monsters and cause havoc in their search for money, fame and adventure. Along the way, they’ll gore goblins, smash skeletons, punch plant people and whomp werewolves.
Despite earning its fair share of critical acclaim from the likes of MTV Geek (who named one of “Best Series of 2011″), Ain’t It Cool News, Bleeding Cool, and the rest of the comic critics community, Skullkickers has been flying under fans’ and retailers’ radar as it’s overshadowed by countless crossovers, reboots and re-launches.
Zub caught up with Bloody-Disgusting to chat about “Uncanny Skullkickers” #1 which hits store shelves this week, his online outreach to find new readers, and his sarcastic approach to the re-boot of his fantasy epic.
Vampirella is one of the characters that has been consistently plagued by terrible writing. During the 90s Vampirella was at the forefront of the “Bad Girl” craze that featured female protagonists using their sexuality as a weapon. The story was typically secondary to the artwork, which often featured Vampirella striking a series of cheesecake sexual poses for fanboys to drool over. READ MORE
The First Prize winner for this week is miradotheblack (please DM me your US mailing address) you get a copy of the “Shadowman” Black Retailer Exclusive, of which only 500 copies were printed! Check here for the winning caption, handpicked by Valiant staff members.
This week we’ve got a big contest with Dynamite Comics for their relaunch of Evil Ernie. The first prize winner will receive a complete set of 1st print #1s and #1 incentive covers signed by writer Jesse Blaze Snider. Head inside for the runner up prize details and the image to caption. (NOTE: this is separate from the film caption contest that is currently running). READ MORE
The re-launch of CHAOS Comics flagship character, Evil Ernie, hits comics shops on October 10th, 2012 from Dynamite Entertainment. The series is written by Jesse Blaze Snider (“Muppets”, “Toy Story”) with some amazing artwork from Jason Craig (“ReAnimator”, “Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash”). We’ve been excited about the launch of this book for some time and we’re eager to get our filthy hands on the first issue.
Dynamite Entertainment was kind enough to give Bloody-Disgusting readers an advance preview of issue #1. Check out the awesome preview pages after the jump. READ MORE
The first story arc of The Spider concludes in issue #5, as the pulpy anti-hero attempts to save the girl and the city from the zombie gas of the villainess Anput. Yes, you read that right. Zombie gas. For those of you who have not been following “The Spider,” it follows Richard Wentworth, ex-soldier, as he wages a one-man war on crime in New York City. Surrounded by a colorful cast of characters, his alter-ego – basically, Rorschach meets Spider-Man – now faces an Egyptian terrorist who may have ties to his father, who manufactures chemical weapons and other nasty things. It’s another excellent issue of one of the many pleasant surprises to come from Dynamite this year. READ MORE
The Shadow returns, sans Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell, in this “Annual” issue to face an ancient enemy of the higher power he serves. Independent of the current arc in pre-World War II China, this issue of “The Shadow” unfortunately fails to meet the standards of Ennis and Campbell’s current run. The artwork by Dennis Calero shows promise in certain areas, but leaves a lot to be desired in others. Tom Sniegoski’s dialogue is generic, and his script brings nothing new to the character. This is a subpar issue in an otherwise excellent series. READ MORE
Our weapon enhanced heroine, Sara Pezzini, is back on the case in Dynamite’s Witchblade: Demon Reborn #2, as her troubled past rears its ugly head. Fans of the series understand that as with many “Witchblade” books, this one combines realistic artwork, excessive gore, and a supernatural powered hot chick. While it’s all fun and games, it doesn’t add much to the story that was building up in issue #1. READ MORE
If anything can be said about Dynamite Publishing it is that they are really taking things with their newly acquired “VAMPIRELLA” property very seriously. Hot off the heels of the the news that has been rushing in all Summer long the publisher announced today that popular illustrator Joe Mad will be donating his own variant cover to the series that drops its first issue this November. Beyond the break you can check out the full press release and get all the info. Read on for the skinny.
This Thursday another film director will make the leap from Hollywood to comics as John Moore (“BEHIND ENEMY LINES”, “THE OMEN”, “MAX PAYNE”) will release his newest work of fiction entitled “DEAD SOLDIER” partnered with Richie Smith and publishers Dynamite and Liquid Comics. The first issue in the series looks as if it will deliver in classic Moore fashion, and if you need proof then make the jump to check out the electrifying 5 page preview as well as the detailed synopsis. Read on for the skinny.
Today newly named “VAMPIRELLA” publisher Dynamite Publishing delivered what is quite possibly the biggest and best bit of news that fans of the titular (coughcough) character have gotten in years, and all they did was give us some pictures. Though there has been much controversy over where the character has been taken in years past, and at one point people considered the character all but dead, however if this preview is any way of gauging what we can expect from Trautmann and company then I would say that fans can relax just a bit. Read on for the skinny.
Earlier this year “THE BOYS” publisher Dynamite announced that it had acquired the rights to cult classic character “VAMPIRELLA”. Well since then details on the move have been pretty slim, but today the publisher released the first information on their plans for the character since the acquisition, including the naming of the writer that will pen the new series this November. Read on for all the details!
So far the “ROBOCOP” series from Dynamite Publishing has been very successful for the publisher, and therefore those of you who are following the title will be rewarded with another arc after the first one concludes with today’s issue. Inside you can read the first 5 pages of the issue and get all the details. Read on for the skinny.
This week marks a very special release for the world of comics as legendary pulp and cult noir comic book writer/illustrator Howard Chaykin’s collected edition of his “BLACK KISS” story will be released from Dynamite Publishing. The story itself is one that carries a lot of controversy for its unabashed look into the life of a down-on-his-luck jazz player named Cass Pollack as he spirals further into a world of sex and the macabre. The story was originally published by the now defunct Canadian publisher Vortex Comics in 1980, and it is credited with opening up many doors for more ‘adult’ story-telling in the illustrated realm. Inside you can read the 10 page selection from the 12 issue collection that drops this Wednesday, and find out Why You Should Care. Read on for the skinny. (Please Note That This Preview Does Contain Adult Content)
Between the ever controversial “CROSSED” and his other brainchild, “THE BOYS”, I think that it is safe to say that Garth Ennis (“PREACHER”) isn’t afraid to push the envelope. Fortunately for us the writer continues to thrive as a story teller, being one of the boldest, and most entertaining voices in the genre. Inside you can read the first 6 pages of the newest issue in his award nominated “THE BOYS” series and get all the details. Read on for the skinny.
Garth Ennis has been accused of being nothing but a ‘shock’ writer lately. After all, this is the same Garth Ennis who brought readers the most deplorable piece of comic fiction with “CROSSED”. I say the guy can do what he wants. He has earned that much since beginning his career all the way back in 1989 “TROUBLED SOULS”. No, if there is ANY writer who isn’t affraid to push buttons it is good ol’ Garth. (“CROSSED” had a character who named ‘Horse Cock’ who beat people with, well, a horse cock for God’s sake) So with rumors circulating that “THE BOYS” is on its way to an end, and with Samuel Bayer expressing interest in the movie adaptation, and ‘Horse Cock’ aside, I present to you fine readers the first five slur filled pages of “THE BOYS” issue #41. Read on for the skinny.
You can’t keep a good crime fighting, superhuman, bionic cyborg-police officer down. This Wednesday readers will get the next installment in Dynamite Publishing’s ongoing “ROBOCOP” monthly that looks to deliver plenty of the patented violence and language that fans of the series have come to expect. Inside you can get a 5 page sneak peak of the third issue that drops this Wednesday. Read on for the skinny.
Talk about cult icons in comics, ‘VAMPIRELLA’ has been steaming up the covers of comic book covers since her first appearance all the way back in 1969 in Warren Publishing’s “VAMPIRELLA #1″, and has stood alongside such comic great as ‘UNCLE CREEPY’ and ‘COUSIN EERIE’. It has been a long, winding, tumultuous, and kinky journey for the scantily clad lady of the night, and today it was announced that the rights to the character would again be changing hands, this time to “THE BOYS” publisher Dynamite. Read on for the details.
Well chalk this one up to the “we totally saw that coming” list of news so far in 2010. Today Dynamite Publishing announced their acquisition of the first Charlaine Harris comic book adaptation titled “GRAVE SIGHT”. What is interesting, and not something anyone saw coming, is the fact that Dynamite was the publisher to snatch up the ubber popular “TRUE BLOOD” scribe. For the full press release read on and then give us your thoughts on the move.