With the end in sight for IDW Publishing’s “Locke & Key”, let’s look back at how this simple family drama became an epic saga of supernatural horror, fantasy, and dark humor. To recover from the death of their father, three siblings move far away to KeyHouse, a mansion that screams of buried secrets and hidden corridors. Behind closed doors, there is a strangeness lurking in the shadows, waiting patiently to strike back at this dysfunctional family. READ MORE
Originally published in 1987 from Arrow Comics, “Dead World” became a cult zombie hit. Most recently IDW published a new arc in the series, and “Dead World” is regaining popularity once again. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world (obviously), but the undead wanderers are just soldiers working for the intelligent and psychotic leader zombies who are looking to have a little fun with the last remaining humans. The leader of the zombies is none other than the badass, motorcycle-riding, King Zombie.
Filmmakers Scotty Fields and Mike Skvarla have put together a short film to pay homage to the insane comic that is “Dead World”. The short uses grotesque practical effects to bring King Zombie to life. Check it out below. READ MORE
As each installment brought in tons of excitement, “Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood” #5 delivers an epic finale that has been promised since the beginning. This is The Island from “Lost” versus the classic Shakespearean characters. After reaching the last page, readers will be anxiously waiting for the next chapter in the “Kill Shakespeare” series. READ MORE
“The X-Files Season 10″ continues to emulate the best episodes of the show. Providing excellent pacing, deep mythology, and a sense of mystery this continues the perfect rebirth of the classic science fiction series. READ MORE
Godzilla returns this month in an issue driven by spectacle. Kaiju battles are the only reason to pick this book up, anyone looking for any sort of character development look elsewhere. READ MORE
Deepening its mystery, “The Crow: Curare” #2 follows up with another gripping installment. At its emotional core, the narrative is in tune to its combination of police procedural and horror. Driven in sadness and revenge, “The Crow” series continues to say so much about the perils of grief and redemption. READ MORE
We’ve been anticipating this for a while, but IDW offers some details on their new “Rogue Trooper” series. IDW has plans to release “Rogue Trooper” reprints as well as a brand new series in the coming year. The series takes place during a futuristic war on Nu-Earth in which Genetic Infantrymen are built as the ultimate weapon. These blue-skinned cybernetic soldiers were all slaughtered except for one who now seeks revenge on his makers. Check out all the details below, and you can bet this is a series we’ll be following in 2014. READ MORE
IDW announced that they will be releasing a prequel comic book series to Joe Hill’s latest novel, “NOS4A2″, which will be written by Hill himself. As Hill describes, “In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day”. I have not read “NOS4A2″ yet, but it’s been getting rave reviews and I imagine the comic will follow in its footsteps. “Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland” will be illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III. READ MORE
Hunter S. Thompson’s renowned gonzo journalism novel, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, is being adapted into a graphic novel. While IDW did not release details about the creative team during the panel, I’m curious to see how this story gets told in comic form. There is a lot of potential for some crazy drugged-out visual storytelling. We’ll keep you posted on any updates. READ MORE
To no one’s surprise, Darwyn Cooke took home an Eisner last night at SDCC for his work on “Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score”. IDW announced that Cooke’s latest adaptation of the Parker series, “Slayground”, will be released just in time for the holiday season this year. In the latest crime tale, Parker goes up against crooked cops and gangsters as he finds himself trapped in a run down amusement park. Congrats to Cooke on the Eisner win! READ MORE
I know our guy Jorge Solis will be beaming at this news. IDW Publishing announced at SDCC that Sam Kieth’s “The Maxx” is returning with fully re-mastered and re-colored printings of the original series, a hardcover collection, and Artist’s Editions. If you’ve never read the original series, this is a great opportunity to experience the madness that is “The Maxx”. READ MORE
“The X-Files” is back and the tremendous sense of familiarity that comes with it is welcomed. This comic feels like a well-oiled machine. Everything begins with a (literal) bang and doesn’t concern itself with the threads left over from last month. Instead we’re treated to the reintroduction of a familiar face, only to have it ripped from us within a page and a half. Joe Harris creates a compelling new adventure that feels like one of the best episodes of the series. READ MORE
Aliens screw up just like we do. “Colonized” #4 is the latest example of how one alien named Beemis, who inadvertently destroyed an isolated community, tries his best to save what’s left of Carbon Falls. Is it truly better late than never? READ MORE
Why IDW is publishing a “Hellboy” art book and not Dark Horse, I’m not sure. Regardless, IDW is adding Mike Mignla’s “Hellboy” to their ever growing list of Artist’s Edition releases. The book will feature high-res scans of original art in their rawest form so you can experience Mignola’s work in all it’s glory. This particular volume includes his work from the first five issues of “Hellboy in Hell”. READ MORE
Watching the History Channel or Animal Planet is a relatively safe way to watch animals from any era. “Dinosaurs Attack” #1 realized this years before these channels existed and gave readers a terrifying sci-fi / disaster / animals attack story. This is a story that was ahead of its time and now we get to see it again. READ MORE
IDW announced that they have expanded upon the free digital one-shot “Banshee: Origins” to include new content leading into the Cinemax TV series. The prewuel comic hit last January and with the new instalment, writer Jonathan Tropper and illustrator Mike Henderson dive deeper into the background of the characters and their criminal methods.
You can read “Banshee: Origins” for free right now in the IDW Comics app for Apple iOS, Comics by ComiXology apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8, the Apple iBookstore, and online at read.idwpublishing.com. READ MORE
On top of his insanely ambitious projects with 44FLOOD, menton3 is putting out a new series at IDW this October titled “The Memory Collectors”. The three-issue miniseries, written and illustrated by menton3, follows a group heroines as they come to learn that humans are being targeted by demons who want to steal their memories. The heroines must try to stave off the demons while simultaneously dealing with a bizarre new reality. Given his work on books like “TOME”, “Lust”, and “Monocyte”, put this on your list, if not for the art alone. READ MORE
Chris Ryall’s zombies vs. aliens miniseries, “The Colonized”, comes to an end this week. If you haven’t been following the series, it’s bonkers. The zombies have taken over the town and the only solution is to strap explosives to a train. The folks at IDW hooked us up with an exclusive look at issue #4 with covers from Dave Sim and Francesco Francavilla. Check it below. READ MORE
With the conclusion of Alan Robert’s zombie comedy “Killogy”, we should have known it was only a matter of time before he announced a new comic project with IDW. The announcement was originally supposed to come at Comic-Con this week, but lucky for you, the beans were spilled early (he will still be holding a panel Friday July 19th at 5pm PST). Alan Robert’s latest venture at IDW sees his take on the Angel of Death who goes off the rails after being ordered to take innocent lives. Alan Robert has been pumping out horror comics non-stop, and if this is anything like his past work, you won’t want to miss it. Check out the promo art below and details on the series. READ MORE
What was Charlie Adlard doing before his “Walking Dead” success? Back in the mid-nineties, he was busy drawing “The X-Files” comics from Topps Publishing. With the launch of “The X-Files: Season 10″ From Joe Harris and Michael Walsh, IDW is also re-printing the classic “X-Files” comics written by Stefan Petrucha with art from Charlie Adlard.
The 224-page Volume 1 drops next week and it collects issues #1–9. Head below for an exclusive look at Adlard’s take on Mulder and Scully. READ MORE
Godzilla emerges from the deep once again in a clunky attempt to bring the spectacle of big monster battles to comics. Any fan of Godzilla knows the character itself isn’t compelling enough to tell a story. Godzilla and many other large monsters are a plot point, not a character. They have no inner motivation or really any motivation outside of destroying. So therein immediately lies the problem: a lack of character. READ MORE
“The X-Files” returns this month, continuing from where the original series left off. Joe Harris jumps in with an engrossing story, terrific dialogue, and a plot that’s equally dangerous and mysterious. A lot has happened in the eleven years since “The X-Files” has been off the air. Most notable of which is the passing of the colonization date: December 22, 2012. This season propels the series to a current timeline. So it seems skipping this date would be a grave misstep. Yet, it is the issue’s biggest strength. “The X-Files” is back in a big way. READ MORE
Every page of the crime/horror comic, Killogy, just roars with tough-guy dialogue, Tarantino-esque storytelling, and eye-popping visuals (we’re currently running a killer contest for it). Locked in a jail cell together, Sally Sno-Cones, Summer Rhoades, and Cole Edwards have no idea what’s really going on outside. They don’t know that the whole world has gone to Hell. In an interesting experiment, writer/artist Alan Robert uses the likeness of Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone, and Brea Grant to portray his anti-heroes.
I spoke with Alan Robert about how the concept for “Killogy” came about, the challenges of doing an experiment like this, and his upcoming projects. READ MORE
Special Agents Mulder and Scully are finally back this week as IDW Publishing launches the first issue of “X-Files” Season 10 from writer Joe Harris and artist Michael Walsh. The “X-Files” is one of the most beloved sci-fi TV series of all time, so you can imagine the pressure hanging over Harris and Walsh right now, but rest assured these two are just as big of fans as anyone else.
I spoke to series writer Joe Harris about some of their plans for Season 10, working with Chris Carter, and the plans for a new season after a decade off air. READ MORE