Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - Soon Van
Jack of Fables #1; written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges, art by Tony Akins and Andrey Pepoy, James Jean cover
It's the tale of tales to run off with not only the money from the kitty but the dogs of all the secrets and misadventures of the group that makes the deal that more golden.
Everyone's favorite trickster is back -- now in his own monthly series. After stealing money from Fabletown and pissing off all the wrong people, Jack of the Tales -- who is at once every Jack of legend -- was booted out of the Fables community. But for Jack, there was no better way to strike back than starring in his own series.
Last seen hitchhiking from Hollywood after releasing a trilogy of films (about himself) that made him an international superstar, the series follows Jack's immediate adventures as a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. His extreme road stories and encounters with other notorious, renegade Fables are just a few of the situations in store for this fan-favorite character of the Fables series.
Jack of Fables #1
There's a head on with Top Cow and Mazda bringing Revved: The Beginning
. Hanging out in the back seat, Jeremy Hall and David Nakayama.
Taken from the anniversary hard cover of Image Comics, Savage Dragon #0
. From the massive hands of Erik Larsen it's the origin of the fin-head like probably seen before.
Also from the Big I and Larsen, with artist Francesco, She Dragon
. Events spilling from this lead directly into Savage Dragon meeting up with the crew of Wanted
On the highway of IDW Publishing, there are brains and savage Orwellian monstrosities ahead. For the mature readers (kids, get away from that section) music video director Todd Lincoln and Martin Schenk take readers on a Road To Hell
There ain't no JJ Walker here, but it is double Dynamite. Xena
comes fly kicking through the stands with John Layman and Fabiano Neves handling honours.
And there can be only one before the one (unless there are negatives) with Highlander #0
. Brandon Jerwa and Michael Avon Oeming, with art by Lee Moder, open a neck that squirts from the events of the first movie starring Raiden.
Make mayhem Marvel as Zeb Wells and Stefano Caselli power crunch Civil War: Young Avengers And Runaways
. Whose side is the right side?
Tuesday, January 3, 2006 - Soon Van
The Exterminators #1; written by Simon Oliver, art by Tony Moore, cover by Philip Bond
One day the insects, creepy crawlies, bugs and arachnids will rise and reclaim the Earth. Until such time, there are people out there looking to gas, wash and douse them in poison. These people are so-called exterminators. Jerry Seinfeld would have you know they're removalists and relocation experts.
Either way, it's a billion to one ratio in their favour, and odds always say house always wins. In the end.
The Exterminators centres on a dysfunctional group of bug killers prowling the barrios and bungalows of Los Angeles - the thinnest point on the shaky borderline between civilization and the violent chaos of nature.
Henry James, the newest exterminator, sees the job as a means to cleanse the sins of his dark past. He has a hard time getting his view across to his careerist girlfriend, sociopathic partner, and the general bunch of freaks he calls co-workers. But what the "bug brothers" of Bug-Bee-Gone Co. don't understand is that human beings may be the true pests - and bugs could be the real exterminators.
Featuring creepy-crawly covers by Philip Bond (Vimanarama), The Exterminators mixes disturbing characters, killer cockroaches and sinister secrets into a unique and unsettling series that branches out from the underbelly of L.A. into the heart of an ancient mystery, a sacred scarab beetle and a weirdly ominous locked box. It's a bug's world. We just live in it.
Ah, bugs, the kind of things you seen running around night and during the day. Be quick, blink and you'll miss them and the chance to squish them good.
Masters of Horror
from IDW Publishing runs up on the television series of the same name. A move to make the bowels shiver them fingers down the bowl and drain.
"Intense superspy heroics" in the pages of Sable & Fortune
from Marvel Comics as the merc without a skirt returns. And without a headband for sweat's sake!
Mystery, murder and pretty much a cheap tour of Scandinavia as you can get from Marlene
, out from the people at Slave Labor Graphics.
First and not the first, the Doc Samson
mini from Marvel. Appears to not appear for all appearances to be the first appearance of a solo. It's like yeh, but no, but yeh.
Sunday, January 16, 2005 - Soon Van
District X: Mr M - Written by David Hine, pencils by David Yardin
Twaddling the printers and hitting the memory button to flash back, the battle continues between the two giants, DC and Marvel. At such Marvel induced times of rush releasing trades before or one the last issue of a mini-series or arc, questioning the single issue status itself, there was an eyebrow in the air as news hit the rounds on reprints.
The DC mini-series Identity Crisis
is set to walk another round on the bases one last time. Reprinting for one more show
, the issues to each part of the seven-part parter will stay on shelves for until they are no more. Fans and the curious sitting back over on the sidelines watched as the finale opened itself and let out the secrets. Now the question is whether or not the flavour will hold on a repeat or if it will turn like that jug of milk left in the spa from last week that was over from the night's shopping.
Days later, the Vertigo imprint of DC announce a taster pack
of their long percolating library of titles such as Transmetropolitan
and Swamp Thing
. Ranking high in terms of what it means to eat an array of rice crackers dipped in all sorts of food colouring, the intent is to build an interest not unlike the plate of fudge squares and bacon bits in the supermarket.
With fresh and as-yet-to-hit-the-shelf reprints of late rocketing like a stick of cheese up that sleepy room-mate's nose, the game looks set to roll over. Hiccoughs that had been signalling a death of current monthlies and ancient olds doing nothing to make sense in a fashion catwalk.
(If there is sense to be made, it isn't here.)
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