Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced its plans today for this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 2nd which takes place in comic shops across North America. Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where participating direct market stores give out free comics to anyone that walks into their store.
Top Cow is participating again in the event with their Free Comic Book Day offering, Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer First Look. The issue serves as an introduction to the publisher’s summer event of the same name, which brings together the two popular teams Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer. The series and Free Comic Book Day offering is written by Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and drawn by Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage). Both teams were co-created by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and Hunter-Killer was co-created by writer Mark Waid. The teams have been absent from a regular series for several years and this marks their return to the forefront of the Top Cow Universe
Monday, April 27, 2009
Phil Smith is managing editor of Top Cow Productions, Inc. He self published a comic book 8 years ago with J.K. Woodward and thanks to Fiona Avery, Renae Geerlings and Matt Hawkins has a job in comics. Phil Smith also designs the trade paperbacks and art collections for Top Cow. He has a bachelors degree in illustration and design.
Phil will be making a writing debut in June - Witchblade/The Darkness/Angelus Trinity: Blood on the Sands.
Friday, April 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 23rd, 2009– Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the release of Berserker #1 which will be available in stores June 24th, 2009. Berserker #1 is the first full-length Top Cow comic book to be published in conjunction with DiVide Pictures, the production company co-founded by Heroes star, Milo Ventimiglia.
“Berserker is a feel good kill, this is the book I wish I read as a kid,” explained Ventimiglia.
You'll hear floor chats with Jeremy Haun, who talks about drawing the Batman: Battle For The Cowl oneshot Arkham Asylum, written by David Hine, and drawing the Top Cow series Berserker written by Rick Loverd . Haun calls the Arkham oneshot "A great horror story. I got to draw some of my favorite villains...it does focus on the events after Arkham explodes in the first issue of Battle For the Cowl...with hints of what we'll see in the future (Bat books) ."
Image Comics has released solicitation information and images for new books and products shipping in July, 2009. When you're through checking out these solicitations for new Image releases, be sure to visit CBR's Image Comics forum to discuss these titles and products with fellow readers and fans.
But what makes us human is the ability to resist the rage. In writer Rick Loverd's new Top Cow series Berserker, he introduces us to some people, who descended from Norse Viking warriors, don't have that off-switch. In fact, when switched on, nobody and nothing is safe in their immediate vicinity.
We recently spoke with Loverd about the origins of the story, how Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia might have saved it from collecting dust in a draw, and the visceral appeal of the sort of carnage he promises in this day and age.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Spiliotopoulos appears to have taken over the writing duties from original “Wanted” movie scribe Chris Morgan, who told MTV News back in November that he was working on a more “global” story for the sequel.
This game, set in the Wanted movie universe, does so many things right. It’s a shame, then, that it took less than four hours to play.
Wanted: Weapons of Fate takes place both after and before the events of the movie. The game jumps back and forth between Wesley (in the “present”) and his father, Cross (in the past), as we discover more about the international Fraternities and how Wesley came to be. If you liked the story of Wanted the movie, you’ll enjoy the story of this game quite a bit. It’s all handled well, acted well, and directed well. The cinematic sequences in the game all look like they could be scenes from another movie, though a few had really odd resolution drops, causing blocky and pixilated images to show up on screen. Other than that, this was a cool story with the same not-taking-itself-too-seriously tone, where the storyline (a basic investigation into a personal mystery) was really there in service of the action.
When Rising Stars first debuted in 1999, people hailed its fresh take on the superhero mythos, grounding the fantastic in reality. The groundbreaking series by acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor) spawned three spin-off mini-series and has influenced successful TV shows like The 4400 and Heroes.
Now, every issue of Rising Stars, from the #0 to the last issue of the last mini-series, is collected into one comprehensive softcover.
This edition includes Rising Stars #1-24, #0 issue, #½ issue, Prelude issue, Rising Stars: Bright, Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead and Rising Stars: Untouchable.
Waid will be headlining an all-star line up of the Who's Who in comics today, including Marc Guggenheim (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, GREEN LANTERN movie), Jim Mahfood (GRRL SCOUTS, CLERKS), David Wohl (co-creator of WITCHBLADE, DARKNESS) Mike Kunkel (HEROBEAR AND KID), and more! Collector's Paradise Free Comic Book Day 2009 happening will be host to a full day of events for fans of every stripe and age:
Copies of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer Free Comic Book Day First Looks will be onhand for fans to pick up!
In this week's "Wolverine: The Anniversary" one-shot from Marvel, Logan squares off against a band of terrorist hi-jackers while aboard a commercial jetliner en route to Japan on the anniversary of his lady love Mariko's death. One of two stories presented in the issue, the close action fisticuffs on display in the short tale will hopefully prove a change of pace to readers inundated with Wolvie comics in the ramp up to the X-Man's May 1st film, or so hopes writer William Harms, who landed the Marvel gig after his creator-owned vampire series "Impaler" caught the eye of editor Axel Alonso.READ MORE.
This Eisner Award-nominated artist was born in eastern Iowa, where he went on to study at the University of Iowa. His pencilling credits include Swamp Thing, Brave New World, Flinch, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, Clerks: The Lost Scene, The Crow: Waking Nightmares, The Wretch (nominated for the 1997 Eisner Award for Best New Series), Aliens: Purge, and Green Arrow.
He agreed to answer 5 Quick Questions
1) What would you say is your greatest achievement in comics?
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
CBR has an early look at Image and Top Cow solicitations including information on Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1.
While I was typing up the final segment of last week’s column, it occurred to me that there was an opportunity to flip the discussion into something that was more appropriate for my particular forum. Meaning that it would attempt to incorporate the issue without things quickly dissolving into the usual unproductive back and forth that often drowns out many of our online conversations. So instead of wasting anymore time complaining about comics that cost too much, or speculating about what this will ultimately mean for the future of the entire medium, I’m going to start focusing a bit more on comics bucking the current trend by giving us more content for less money. This will become a running theme for a little bit, similar to the “fantastic five” thing I did awhile back which was tacked on to a string of columns.
Naturally, something like this is going to favor collected editions, as the price points are often much more attractive. One of the first things I did after getting laid off was slash my weekly comic budget and switch a bunch of my regular titles over to trade, and I'm sure a lot of you are doing the same. However, all trades are not created equal and this will be reflected in the upcoming listings. And having said that, I’ll be working extra hard to comb the weekly shipping lists to find those unbeatable bargains in singles format---I’m convinced they do in fact exist. To get things properly started this week, I’m going to identify some of the best deals on comics available right this very minute. By no means comprehensive, this list is highly influenced by my own current reading habits (obviously) so feel free to point out things I missed on the thread below. Books are listed in alphabetical order, and intentionally cut across genre and publisher.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Cover Artists: Stjepan Sejic, Tim Seeley
What is going on over in New York City? Sara and Dani, the co-bearers of the Witchblade, are no longer speaking. Sara has gone bitchcakes, while Dani has a new lady friend. The Angelus is still reeling from the loss of its host and looking for a new one. The mysterious Curator is… well… being mysterious.
Maybe it’s just another day in the Top Cow universe.READ MORE.
She’s a drop-everything-and-stare beauty, but don’t let her looks fool you, she’s also a cold-blooded killer. Midgard’s best, she’s single-mindedly trained for the last ten years to control her serk outs. The first to the dojo in the morning and the last to leave at night - a total A-type.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
In this exclusive on-camera interview filmed at New York Comic Con, Ventimiglia and business parter Russ Cundiff dicuss with CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland the premise of "Berserker," the new Top Cow book written by Rick Loverd and illustrated by Jeremy Haun, and why having the powers of a norse god wouldn't be so great. Ventimiglia also discusses his great love of cars.
Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" and its DVD Halloween spinoff, has been hired to write Universal's action sequel "Wanted 2," based on a story by Chris Morgan. Like the original 2008 film, the in-development sequel is based on the comic series created by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones.
(W) Mark Waid (A) Kenneth Rocafort (Cov) Rocafort, Mike Choi & Sonia Oback
Top Cow’s technology based teams collide in a critical crossover event that will have everyone talking this summer!
The Hunter-Killer team’s directive to hunt down and detain rogue Ultra-Sapiens brings them head to head with the Cyberforce team in a brutal showdown that leaves more than one member bleeding. But who is manipulating these two teams into conflict and to what end?
The team of writer and Hunter-Killer co-creator Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage) bring you a crossover filled with epic action, intrigue, lies, and betrayal. Featuring two connected covers by series artist Rocafort and a third variant cover by Mike Choi and Sonia Oback (Uncanny X-Men, X-Force).
Cover A – Kenneth Rocafort Hunter-Killer
Cover B – Kenneth Rocafort Cyberforce
Cover C – Mike Choi & Sonia Oback
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 limited series
Expected Ship Date – July 22nd, 2009READ MORE.