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Archive for April 2015 – Page 2

An Early Preview Of Ninjak #3 By Kindt, Mann And Guice

I’m sitting here with issues #1 and #2 of Ninjak on my desk. My plan is to read them as soon as I’m done working for the day. Then I get a preview for issue #3 from Valiant. I’m starting to think they are watching me… maybe that Divinity guy is real.

Ninjak #3 is written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Clay Mann and Butch Guice. Mann is handling the modern day story while Guice is drawing the Lost Files that shows just how Colin King became Ninjak.

Ninjak went to Tokyo to destroy Weaponeer from the inside out…by claiming a seat on their secret crime council of shinobi masters, the Shadow Seven, for himself! Now, as he continues his quest to conquer the world’s most dangerous weapons dealer one member at time, Ninjak is going to require each precise tool in his arsenal…and every deadly skill he’s ever learned. Colin King is about to enter the fight he’s been training for his entire life.

Ninjak #3 features covers by Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot), Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), Rafa Sandoval (X-O Manowar), and Antonio Fuso (Cobra) and will be on sale May 20th.

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An Early Preview Of Ninjak #3 By Kindt, Mann And Guice

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 – Best Short Story

eisner_imageWelcome to the first article of many, as we slowly countdown to the Eisner awards. I’ll keep this intro short, since the subject this time around is Best Short Story. It can be easy for some to spend an entire issue, volume, or series crafting the perfect memorable story. For others, all they need is a few pages to leave a lasting impression. While no one will ever beat Ernest Hemmingway for shortest, most impactful story (For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.), the following nominees definitely left their mark while simultaneously hitting it.

Keep in mind I cannot vote for who wins (nor can you, probably), as per the rules. However, that’s not keeping me from being vocal regardless!

Who is eligible to vote?
Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists
All nominees in any category
Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
Comics historians and educators
Graphic novel librarians
Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores

Who is not eligible to vote?
Comics press or reviewers (unless they are nominees)
Non-creative publisher staff members (PR, marketing, assistants, etc.)
Fans

Before I get back to illustrating my life on a packet of sticky notes so I can be eligible for next year, let the games begin!

Best Short Story

Beginning’s End,” by Rina Ayuyang, muthamagazine.com

An autobiography of sorts, Ayuyang’s short tale begins in 2009 when she’s still pregnant with her son. Focusing on the first few years of her son’s life, she takes the reader on a humorous journey balancing motherhood with her career as a cartoonist. Illustrated with what appears to be markers and crayons, her style and storytelling has great vibes of Jeffrey Brown and a lot of heart. Many parents will probably relate to some of the universal themes of parenthood and postpartum depression.

“Corpse on the Imjin!” by Peter Kuper, in Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World (Simon & Schuster)

Review copy unavailable

“Rule Number One,” by Lee Bermejo, in Batman Black and White #3 (DC)

Taking place in the early days of Dick Grayson’s training, we follow Dick as he provides a distraction outside on the streets while Batman takes down a drug ring inside the neighboring building. While the ending is humorous when we discover what rule number one really is, it’s Bermejo’s art that’s absolutely spectacular throughout. His black and white illustrations excel the story to the next level, leaving the reader in awe and wanting to go back and reread it all over again.

“The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14 (DC)

The Joker makes his way to Metropolis, and seeks out Superman to play a game with. The game? Hide bombs all over the city and threaten to detonate them. When Superman outsmarts him, the Joker soon realizes that the joke’s on him, as he’s told never to return to Metropolis again. Turns out Batman was well aware of the situation, and Superman isn’t happy that it was all just a test. Jock’s gritty illustrations keep the reader on edge throughout, and Landis’ story is very enjoyable. Superman vs the Joker isn’t a pairing you see often, and it’s a refreshing one.

When the Darkness Presses,” by Emily Carroll, emcarroll.com

A young woman is housesitting for a family while they’re away, and at night she has strange, eerie dreams of the door in her room and something on the other side wanting to get in. Her friend spends the night and doesn’t experience anything, so it’s up to the young woman to figure out what’s going on. Primarily black and white watercolors with sequences with brilliant colors and designs, Carroll takes the reader down the rabbit hole with an interactive layout and gifs. Creepy set-up, but the ending slightly falls flat.

 

adventures_superman_14_coverWho I think should win:
“The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14 (DC)

Batman vs the Joker can get tiring, for they know each other’s every move. Superman vs the Joker? Color me intrigued. Landis does a great job exploring the dynamic between the unlikely pair, and Jock’s illustration style really helps set the tone. Tense and unpredictable, it’s very entertaining seeing Superman laugh at Joker’s barbs and reducing the Clown Prince of Crime to nothing more than a scorned loser.

One thing I really enjoyed about this story was Jock’s take on the different versions of the Joker throughout comics and cinematic history, as he tries to figure out what kind of person he is.

Who I think will win:
“The Sound of One Hand Clapping,” by Max Landis & Jock, in Adventures of Superman #14 (DC)

People like Landis’ writing, and they love Jock. It was a solid pairing of art and story.

Who I think should have been nominated:
“Banjo,” by Jordie Bellaire & Declan Shalvey, in Dark Horse Presents #2 (Dark Horse)

A little girl plays the banjo as she waits for her father to return home from the frontlines of the Civil War. She plays even after her family has received word that he was killed in battle, and yet his ghost returns home to listen to her song. Simple, creepy, and lovely art.

Who do you think should win / been nominated?

Cameron Hatheway is a reviewer and the host of Cammy’s Comic Corner, an audio podcast. You can share with him your favorite Joker pairing on Twitter @CamComicCorner.

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 - Best Short Story

Telltale’s Marvel Game Should Star This C-Tier Hero

The announced partnership between Marvel Studios and Telltale Games inevitably led to fevered speculation of what comic property The Walking Dead developers would tackle in 2017. Minds raced to some of the more obvious choices: The Punisher, Spider-Man, Daredevil. But with all due respect to Frank Castle, Peter Parker, and Matt Murdock, the under-appreciated Moon Knight would serve excellently as the subject of an episodic, dialogue-driven series while also offering new twists and possibilities for Telltale's signature storytelling formula. Allow me to explain.

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Vivisecting MULTIVERSITY: IVAN Reis On Final, Character-Filled Issue

The final chapter of THE MULTIVERSITY is unpacked and untangled with artist Ivan Reis in what he calls a Rubik's Cube of comics.

Vivisecting MULTIVERSITY: IVAN Reis On Final, Character-Filled Issue

The final chapter of THE MULTIVERSITY is unpacked and untangled with artist Ivan Reis in what he calls a Rubik's Cube of comics.

Vivisecting MULTIVERSITY: IVAN Reis On Final, Character-Filled Issue

The final chapter of THE MULTIVERSITY is unpacked and untangled with artist Ivan Reis in what he calls a Rubik's Cube of comics.

Pajamazons, Hades, And A Grim Reaper: Preview Itty Bitty Comics: Grimmiss Island #3 From Dark Horse

This is a comic that doesn’t need much sell, but written and drawn by Art Baltazar and Franco, this lush beauty of a book brings you the whole Itty Bitty ethos in a whole new series Grimmiss Island, now on its third issue releasing May 13th. This gorgeous little series features a strange avatar demon, with a skull head, adorable of course, who gets up to trickster behavior and zaniness, but is also kind of a sweetie. He’s at the behest of magical control by the shaman of Grimmiss Island, which is a kind of hybrid of a South Sea Island and a South American locale, perhaps. There’s not a panel that isn’t vibrating with activity and mad interweaving events.

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Grimmiss’s old pals the Grimm Reaper and B. L. Bubba Crisp are coming to visit the island! The boys are excited to see what Grimmiss has been up to, but time may be running out for the little skull head!

And here’s our preview of Issue #3 courtesy of Dark Horse:

GRIMIS #3 PG 01     GRIMIS #3 PG 02GRIMIS #3 PG 03GRIMIS #3 PG 04GRIMIS #3 PG 05GRIMIS #3 PG 06Itty Bitty Comics: Grimmiss Island #3 arrives in shops on May 13th, and is currently listed in Previews World with item code: MAR150036

Pajamazons, Hades, And A Grim Reaper: Preview Itty Bitty Comics: Grimmiss Island #3 From Dark Horse

The Entire Project Cars Roster Has Been Revealed

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I’ve been talking a lot about Project Cars a lot recently and honestly it’s because I am generally impressed with the noises Slightly Mad are making with the racer. Having a new face on the racing sim scene should be quite refreshing.

Car games can live or die on their car rosters though, so on that note, take a look at the full list here. It’s not the biggest list of cars ever put into a game, but it certainly won’t leave you wanting for too much. (At least at first glance)

Take a look here:

Project Cars Standard Edition

  1. Alpine A450
  2. Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged
  3. Ariel Atom 500 V8
  4. Aston Martin Rapide S Hydrogen Hybrid
  5. Aston Martin Vantage GT3
  6. Aston Martin Vantage GT4
  7. Audi R18 TDI LMP1
  8. Audi R8 LMS Ultra
  9. Audi R8 V10 Plus
  10. BAC Mono
  11. BMW 1 M CoupÈ (E82)
  12. BMW 320 Turbo Gr.5 (E21)
  13. BMW M3 Gr.A (E30)
  14. BMW M3 GT (E92)
  15. BMW M3 GT4 (E92)
  16. BMW Z4 GT3
  17. Caper Monterey Stockcar
  18. Caterham Seven Classic
  19. Caterham Superlight R500
  20. Caterham SP/300R
  21. Ford Capri Zakspeed Gr.5
  22. Ford Escort RS1600
  23. Ford Focus RS
  24. Ford Mustang Boss 302R1
  25. Ford Mustang Cobra SCCA TransAm
  26. Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Gr.A
  27. Formula Gulf 1000
  28. Ginetta G40 Junior
  29. Ginetta G55 GT3
  30. Ginetta G55 GT4
  31. Gumpert Apollo S
  32. Lotus 49 Cosworth
  33. Lotus 72D Cosworth
  34. Lotus 78 Cosworth
  35. Lotus 98T Renault
  36. Marek RP219D LMP2
  37. Marek RP339h (PM 06a) LMP1
  38. McLaren 12C
  39. McLaren 12C GT3
  40. McLaren P1
  41. Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 DTM
  42. Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.8 AMG
  43. Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
  44. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  45. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
  46. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ400
  47. Oreca 03 Nissan
  48. Pagani Huayra
  49. Pagani Zonda R
  50. Palmer Jaguar JP-LM
  51. Radical SR3 RS
  52. Radical SR8 RX
  53. Renault Clio Cup
  54. Renault MÈgane R.S. 265
  55. Ruf CTR3
  56. Ruf RGT-8
  57. Ruf RGT-8 GT3
  58. RWD P20 LMP2
  59. RWD P30 LMP1
  60. SMS Formula A
  61. SMS Formula B
  62. SMS Formula C
  63. SMS Formula Rookie
  64. SMS Kart 125cc (Kart01)
  65. SMS Superkart 250cc (Kart02)

Limited Edition Car Pack

  • Sauber C9 Mercedes
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe DTM
  • McLaren F1
  • Ford Mk. IV
  • BMW M1 Procar (E26/1)

Modified Car Pack

  • Ariel Atom Mugen
  • Ruf CTR3 SMS-R
  • Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

Free Car: W Motors Lykan HyperSport – Free Car #1

The Entire Project Cars Roster Has Been Revealed

The Line For Free Comic Book Day Has Already Begun In North Carolina

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The line for Free Comic Book Day at Acme Comics in Greensboro NC has already begun.

Trey arrived at 3:40pm today and Macy arrived a few minutes later…

Well, they do have big things planned

The Line For Free Comic Book Day Has Already Begun In North Carolina

Killer Car For Killer Villain In M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 First Look

A first look at M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 by Christopher Yost & Amilcar Pinna!