Mark Kidwell returns to ‘68: Jungle Jim with a four issue sequel to his 2011 original one-shot, only instead of Nate Van Dyke on pencils, Jeff Zornow takes over with fantastically explosive results. Action and horror infused into one, the first installment accelerates at warp-speed through a world where the Vietnam War plays second fiddle to a Zombie apocalypse. READ MORE
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark are teaming up for a new sci-fi dystopian series from Image called Lazarus. The title is set in a society where the wealthy control every aspect of the world, and the lower class are their laborers. The upper class also have what are being called “Lazarus,” lethal protectors of these families.
The world Rucka and Lark have created is nothing short of bizarre, but it’s evident from the preview that they’ve spent a countless amount of time world building. Check out the four-page prelude comic after the break. “Lazarus” #1 will be in stores on June 26th, 2013. READ MORE
Ultraviolence is always a eye-catching way to start a chapter. Secret government projects are always fun too. It’s hard to miss when you throw in guns ablazing, father-son time on a macro scale, ultimatums, and truths into the spotlight in Clone #5. READ MORE
Just before its penultimate conclusion, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #5 delivers a fantastic read filled with monsters, black magic, and femme fatales. As always with the “Witch Doctor” series, readers will find tons of hilarious one-liners, surprising twists, and nonstop action. You’re missing out on all the bloody fun if you’re not reading this comic. READ MORE
There is no turning back now as Hack/Slash #25 hits its readers with this last issue. The slasher slayers make their last stand towards a somber and perfectly fitting conclusion. Longtime fans of the “Hack/Slash” series should be prepared for their favorite characters to meet some misery. READ MORE
Jonathan Hickman’s newest book East of West is an impressive blend of genres: a Sci Fi Western about the four horseman of the apocalypse. Hickman has struck gold again, creating a wildly original tale with incredible art, which manages to introduce a new take on American dystopia. The engrossing story he begins to weave here will surely become one of the most epic titles on the shelves by years end. READ MORE
As the slasher slayers reach their final issue today, the timing is right to reflect on the Hack/Slash series. For horror fans, this comic is a fun-filled tribute to the slasher genre. These unstoppable slashers were suddenly facing a masked giant holding a machete and the final girl carried a baseball bat wrapped in bared wire. READ MORE
After a really strong issue last month, Revival comes back with a fairly mediocre one. It’s a necessary issue that lays the groundwork for events to unfold later and – most importantly – serves to develop some ancillary characters. But by and large, there’s nothing particularly gripping about “Revival” #8, in large part due to a lack of focus on any one particular plotline. READ MORE
Saga steamrolls back onto into the scene this week with a heart wrenching issue that’ll have you feeling some serious empathy. As always BKV and Fiona Staples use their skills to create an amazing comic, the amount of talent it takes to pull this book off is beyond measure. After every issue, I let myself believe that there is no way the book can be topped, until I pick up the following issue…This month is no different. READ MORE
The mystery on the planet Amaranth takes a breather this month as fighting ensues. There’s also torturing, big plot jumps out of nowhere, and treading water. Storm Dogs #4 shotgun-blasts its story all over the place. READ MORE
While providing an entertaining and fast-paced tale, Hoax Hunters #8 concludes with tons of surprising twists and turns in its latest mystery. The “Hoax Hunters” series takes an unexpected direction in the last pages. If you are a fan of horror, government conspiracies, and paranormal stuff, get on board with the Hoax Hunters. READ MORE
Top Cow enthusiastically announced that they will be launching another universe-changing crossover, Progeny, that brings together their mainstay titles, “Artifacts”, “Witchblade”, and “The Darkness” for a four-issue event. Since the Top Cow Rebirth, all the titles have been building to this moment that will see the artifact wielders united once again in an attempt to overthrow Jackie Estacado and The Darkness.
Ron Marz, Stjepan Sejic, Marco Turini, Tim Seeley, Diego Bernard, David Hine and Jeremy Haun will be the leading creators for the event which kicks off in “Artifact” #25. READ MORE
Acceleration. Motivation. Intimidation. All that with pirates and a nuclear bomb. The story definitely moves into a higher gear in Great Pacific #5. This issue pushes the premise through its initial hook and mutates into something bigger and unpredictable yet logical at the same time. READ MORE
Blackacre #4 continues the travails of Hull as things go from bad to worse. Having escaped the forces of the military industrial complex he once served, he finds himself faced with an altogether more depraved, vile enemy; Jesus freaks. This issue is the calm before the storm for this arc, with the finale coming in next issue, but it’s still got the quality story, characters and art that you’ve come to expect from “Blackacre” by now. READ MORE
Just the title alone is a pretty good reason to get hooked with Sex #1. As subtlety is thrown out the window, a lot of effort has been made to keep the storytelling on point. This is an interesting psychological drama about an emotionally-flawed man searching for a missing connection in the gritty cityscape. READ MORE
I heard about this rumor a while back from a very reliable source, but I chose not to report it for fear of starting some sort of debacle among creators (and to not be a jerk to said source). But it seems the cat is now out of the bag. Riley Rossmo is taking leave from “Bedlam” due to creative differences with the series writer, Nick Spencer. READ MORE
Charlie Adlard, Ryan Ottley, Brandon Seifert, and Joshua Williamson sat on the Skybound Comics panel. The biggest news to come from the panel was the announcement of Joshua Williamson’s new series called, “Ghosted”, which is described as “Oceans 11, but in a haunted house”. It’s a crime ghost-hunting story, and it sounds awesome, you can get some extra details below. The panel also offered minimal details on upcoming issues of “The Walking Dead”. READ MORE
The concept behind Five Weapons #1 reads like male teenage wish-fulfillment 101; boy is drafted into a prestigious school for assassins where he can choose what he’ll specialize in, only he doesn’t have to specialize in anything because his wits are too much for anyone. It’s a pretty juvenile fantasy, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be executed well. Unfortunately, “Five Weapons” is not executed well, with an irritating protagonist, empty characters and no sense of gravity to its proceedings. READ MORE
Hack/Slash #24 has the right amount of action to keep readers excited. As the slasher slayers make their last stand, no one will be left unscathed from battle. With just one issue left, horror fans should give the “Hack/Slash” series a look. READ MORE
Another terrific installment, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #4 is a worthwhile read loaded with black humor, action, and surprise twists. Characters deliver their hilarious one-liners and there are always monsters creeping in the background. READ MORE
Image Comics proudly announced that they are officially reviving the Joe’s Comics imprint, along with the first title under the Joe banner, “Ten Grand”. Straczynski said about the relaunch that their aim is to tell “Stories that could be dark, funny, deeply personal but also played out on a large stage in terms of action.”
“Ten Grand” is written by Straczynski, and will feature artwork from Ben Templesmith, with variant covers from Bill Sienkiewicz. The first issue of “Ten Grand” is set fo release on May 1st, 2013. READ MORE
At times, the horror genre sets up a chain of copycats, but at its best, it has something original to say. From Image Comics, Severed has already become a cult classic that boasts thought-provoking motifs and vivid imagery. Writers Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, along with artist Attila Futaki, have crafted a horror story that transcends the genre itself and speaks loudly about human nature. 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.
Saga continues its incredible pace and adds a tear jerking element to this week’s issue as this current story arc comes to a climatic head. Every issue of “Saga” has given the story extra levels of depth that showcase BKV’s incredible writing skills and imagination. This issue brings us back to Marko, Alana, and the gang as The Will and Gwendoyln close in on their position. READ MORE