Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Aspen’S Shrugged #1 sells over 32K copies, personalized retailer exclusive covers revealed

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Aspen is pleased to announce that the second release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Shrugged #1, has ordered in excess of over 32,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:

“As the writer and co-creator of the series, I couldn’t be happier with the great response we’ve had to the long awaited return of Shrugged. After having it on the schedule for several years, seeing it come back as one of the ‘10 for 10’ launch titles is a complete thrill. This volume was born with an idea Michael Turner had for the sequel to our first volume of the series, and I couldn’t be more proud bringing to life for everyone!”

Aspen Comics May 2013 Solicitations

Charismagic #1

CHARISMAGIC #1
Vince Hernandez – Story / Vincenzo Cucca – Art / Emilio Lopez - Colors

CHARISMAGIC returns as Aspen’s newest ‘10 for 10’ debut!

Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving the world from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudana and his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of dark magic has arrived in his own realm—our world! Now, the trio must attempt to put an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apart under the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!

Joined by the sensational artwork of Vincenzo Cucca, CHARISMAGIC creator Vince Hernandez and colorist Emilio Lopez are ready to take you on an amazing ride in this newest volume of the acclaimed hit series. Be prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!

CHARISMAGIC #1 is in stores May 1st, 2013!

FC 32 pages $1.00

Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Nocturnals Carnival of Beasts

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Nocturnals Carnival of Beast is an one-shot from Dan Brereton's Nocturnals series. This book collects the stories Beasts, The Scrimshaw Crown and Night of the Candy Butchers.

In this book Dan Brereton takes this motley crew and puts them in character centric stories. Here Doc Horror, Halloween Girl and Starfish get a chance to shine.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2

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LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2

David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr – Colors

What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN?

The Himuras believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. Richard Himura inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Himura now discovers that this attack was not random, and that he and his family are anything but ordinary–they are members of an ancient and powerful ninja family known as the Shadowclan. But now that their secret has been discovered, they realize they are ALL in great danger!

Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1

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Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 mark the beginning of a Star Wars series by Star Wars set in a new era, free from continuity restraints.

From Dark Horse's site:

Here begins the tale of the dawn of the Jedi, the Star Wars of 25,000 years ago—before lightsabers, before hyperspace travel, before the Jedi spread throughout the galaxy, when connections to the Force were new. 
On the planet Tython, a group of beings—scientists, philosophers, and warriors—strive to maintain peace and to balance the mystifying power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming, one who will disrupt the balance with his arrival and his own connection to the Force. Everything in their system is about to change . . . The doors to the galaxy have been opened! Collects Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—Force Storm #1–#5.

First look of Aspen Comics Jirni #1


Aspen's newest 10 for 10 series debut!

Discover a whole new world of adventure! Trekking through a violent and dangerous frontier of savage barbarians, devious thieves, and wild creatures, a warrior-princess named Ara searches for her mother, who was stolen away from her kingdom by a mysterious sorcerer with the help of his powerful D'jinn. What great and terrible secrets await her in the distant horizon? Prepare to experience an epic tale of fantasy and wonder without boundaries. This is Ara's quest. This is Ara's destiny. This is Ara's ... JIRNI.

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Aspen’s “10 for 10” Continues at Emerald City Con


Aspen Comics heads north to Seattle on March 1st – 3rd for the Emerald City Comicon 2013 and will be continuing their huge push for their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative at the show. Creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Awaken Skies/Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Siya Oum (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Iris) and David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #2206.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Dungeons & Dragons Volume 1 Shadowplague

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Dungeons & Dragons Volume 1 Shadowplague marks the beginning of a new D&D inspired fantasy adventure from IDW.

This book follows a band of heroes while they quest for the source of a mysterious dark force that is creating havoc in the world. They must get get to the bottom of the Shadowplague in order to more darkness from spilling into their world.

Orcs, Elves, swords and sorcery, ancient magic and trans-world struggle for power are just a few of the aspects found in this first Volume.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shelf Avengers got a new team mate - Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket
What do you get when you bring together comic book mythos, Eaglemoss and Planeta DeAgostini? Lots of cool figurines at an affordable price.

My Yellowjacket finally arrived this week.

Its a cool little figurine, with the classic yellow and black uniform, with the big black shoulder wings and a tiny Wasp in the left shoulder wing. The Wasp adds a cool detail that brings a touch of originality to this figurine.

PAPA @Kickstarter

Vera Greentea started another adventure in Kickstarter to fund the book PAPA. The book is written by Vera and the art is left at the capable hands of artists Ben Jelter, Lizzy John and Joseph Lacroix.

PAPA is a 50 page collection of 3 dark fantasy stories PAPA, The Princess and the Robot and Nightbirds.

Vera started the incentive rewards at $0 with some very cool free stuff in the comment section. That's right, you don't need to give anything to get something in return. But check out the incentive rewards, its a very rewarding project.

PAPA

Friday, February 15, 2013

Review: Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold

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When J. Michael Sraczynski first joined DC Comics he was put in charge of The Brave and the Bold book. Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold collects the first 7 issues written by JMS for that book. Those are issues #27 of #33 of The Brave and the Bold.

In this collection JMS explores different story dynamics with different characters in one issue long story arcs that has little to no restraints from continuity.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Popular Magical Series Charismagic Returns For Aspen’s Fourth “10 for 10” Release

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Aspen Comics has revealed more info on their fourth release in their successful “10 for 10” anniversary initiative that has been met with both critical and commercial success, with both issue #1’s of their first two releases, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged, exceeding 30,000 copies. For their fourth release on May 1st, the week of Free Comic Book Day, Aspen will be offering the return of the acclaimed magical series Charismagic, by creator and writer Vince Hernandez (Executive Assistant: Assassins, Fathom: Kiani) with art by Vincenzo Cucca (She-Hulk) and Emilio Lopez (Charismagic: The Death Princess). The solicitation for the all-new Charismagic reads:

Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving the world from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudana and his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of dark magic has arrived in his own realm—our world! Now, the trio must attempt to put an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apart under the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War

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Zayne Carrick, being the unluckiest man in the Universe, finds himself in the middle of the Republic/Mandalorian War. He doesn't want to kill or hurt anyone so being in the battle field is a major problem.

In Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War Zayne has to serve the Republic under a totalitarian Captain that as no concern about human life and little respect for his men. What will happen when they get ambushed by the Mandalorians in an outer rim planet far away from any backup?

Zayne will try to keep his brothers in arms save while at the same time he refusing to take up arms, even to defend himself.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories

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Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories collects a group of stories written by Zack Whedon that flesh out the Dr. Horrible Universe.

In this book you can read about Dr. Horrible's and Moist's origin story, Penny's love life, Captain Hammer being his usual arrogant jackass and what happened that day in the park with Johnny Snow.

This is a great opportunity to see the Evil League of Evil in action. And boy... are they EVIL!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Help Aspen Comics Decide New Series

Aweken Skies

To celebrate the upcoming launch of their August release in their “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics will be giving their fans and readers the opportunity to decide that month’s all new series. The choice will be offered between the following two properties:

Awaken Skies - Coping with high school is difficult enough, but when a young girl named Hilary makes the startling discovery that she has the ability of flight, her normal life suddenly takes on an all-new meaning. But, there are others who know of Hilary’s unique abilities, and they will stop at nothing to possess her in their pursuit of shifting the world’s power balance of mankind itself. High school doesn’t seem so difficult anymore.

Overtaken
Overtaken - Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what’s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or dies trying.

Both all new properties are created and will be written by Frank Mastromauro, co-creator of Shrugged and Dellec, and will feature the “10 for 10” incentives package including a $1 first issue price, an Aspen Reserved Edition cover, original hand drawn covers, Aspen Retailer Exclusive covers, and future covers by J. Scott Campbell, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and more.

Review:Prophet Volume 1 Remission

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Prophet Volume 1 Remission narrates the story of John Prophet.

Prophet was created by Rob Liefeld and was published alongside Youngblood and in its own series between 1992 and 2000. This book relaunches the story of John Prophet, a enhanced human preserved through time, waiting the day when the Earth Empire shall rise again.

Prophere Volume 1 Remission is credited to collect issues #21 to #26 of the ongoing series. Just to clarify these are the first issues of the 2012 relaunch series.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Family Troll @Kickstarter

The Family Troll
The Family Troll is a heart warming tale of an abandon young troll that blesses the lives of a young couple in the most amazing way!

Jill and Tyler Kirkham write and draw this tale of love based on their own pursuit of offspring. This book is about a problem that unfortunely more and more couples are having trouble conceiving nowadays.

The art in very beautiful, the packaging looks great and the subject of the book is something very close to my heart.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Skullkickers Volume 1 1000 Opas and a Dead Body


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Skullkickers Volume 1 1000 Opas and a Dead Body is a fantasy action-comedy book published by Image and written by Jim Zub with art by Chris Stevens and Edwin Huang. It has a bit Tolkien and a bit  D&D in it, mixed with a good chunk of action and a lots of humor. Shake everything and you'll have a light, fun, action packed story that embraces many fantasy cliches and gives them new, and often humorous, twists.

Shorty and Baldy are the Skullkickers. Shorty is a foulmouthed,  short-tempered, ax wielder, red-headed dwarf. Baldy is a calm(er), hulking like, pistol shooting, bald man. Together they steal, kill, maim, protect and any other job that will get them paid.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review: Wolverine Snikt!

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One day Wolverine is minding his own business when suddenly a creepy looking little girl appears and  teleports him away. He ends up in a near future where he's confronted with a post-apocalyptic world, where humankind is almost extinct.

The little girl went to the past to search for the only person that could help her in the fight against the creatures that now rule over the Earth. These creatures are called Mandates. To kill a Mandate its necessary to destroy its Orb Core. However, only adamantium can breach a Orb Core. Thus the importance of Wolverine.

Wolverine Snikt! is written and drawn by manga artist Tsotomu Nihei.

Review: Batman/Judge Dredd Collection

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Batman and Judge Dredd team up in this book to fight crime and evildoers. There is no hiding from them, not in Gotham, not in Mega-City One. The Main Man Lobo also gets to dance the crossover tango with Mega-City One's favorite street Judge.

DC Comics and 2000AD presents us with this fantastic collection where heroes and villain cross Universes and star in these five stories

This book collects the following stories Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham, Vendetta in Gotham, The Ultimate Riddle and Die Laughing. It also collects Lobo/Judge Dredd: Psycho Bikers vs. The Mutants from Hell.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #8

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #8
Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors

Will anyone survive the Extinction?

Executive Assistant Lotus as Rose discover that trying to ambush a professional assassin in her home is easier said than done. When the arrival of Iris, Lily, Orchid and Aster creates an impossible situation for Rose, she must face the consequences of her actions, including torture at the hands of her once-close friends. Yet, the biggest threat still awaits the group of EA’s, as they learn that they are not the only assassins in search of Rose!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #8 is in stores February 20th, 2013!

Book Of Da @ Kickstarter

The inspiration
The Book of Da is a B&W graphic novel by Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan about a deep sea Diver that finds the Da, the embodiment of the sea's emotions.

At first Da seems to be benevolent, but soon reveals its true colors and the Diver must deal with the sea not welcoming him anymore.

Another Kickstarter comic book project that emanates a good vibe and shows great potential.

This project presents a low risk factor. The financial goal is very small ($3.000) and, according to the authors, the book is ready to go to the printers and the project is only for printing the physical book. Also the rewards for backing this project seem very cool.