The Shadow #1 Comic Book Review

The Shadow #1 Comic Book Review

The Shadow #1 Dynamite Entertainment

The Shadow is just one of those characters that I’ve been waiting years to see a revival of. The most recently released products were simply reprints of the pulp series and before that it was items related to the 1994 film. In 2006 we were given hope that The Shadow would be coming back as it was announced that a new film version of The Shadow was being worked on, but that was six years ago and we still have yet to hear any concrete updates regarding that project.

So last year in August Dynamite Entertainment announced that they would be creating a new comic book series based on The Shadow. Obviously this is a big deal for fans of The Shadow. Continue reading

Dynamite Entertaiment Previews 8/31/11 Releases

Dynamite Entertaiment Previews 8/31/11 Releases

The kind folks over at Dynamite have provided us with a look at what they have releasing in comic shops this week!

WARLORD OF MARS: FALL OF BARSOOM #2
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by ROBERT PLACE NAPTON
Art by ROBERTO CASTRO
Covers by JOE JUSKO (main), FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (1-in-10)
“Black & White” Retailer incentive cover by JOE JUSKO
“Virgin Art” Retailer incentive cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Scientist Tak Nan Lee resumes work on the desperately needed Atmosphere Plant as he tries to befriend the Red Martian woman he rescued from the Green Horde. Meanwhile, thousands of Greens march on the White Martian city of Thark! The story that tells the fall of Barsoom 100,000 years before John Carter continues!






KATO ORIGINS #11: THE HELLFIRE CLUB
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by JAI NITZ
Art by COLTON WORLEY
Covers by COLTON WORLEY (main) & FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (1-in-10)
The conclusion of the whodunit murder mystery comes to a shocking end. Everyone is disguised and everyone is hiding something, even Kato! Can the masked master of martial arts bring justice to society’s elite? Or will it get pinned on the butler? Final issue of the series!!






RED SONJA #57
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by ERIC TRAUTMANN
Art by NOAH SALONGA
Covers by FABIANO NEVES (50%) & WALTER GEOVANI (50%)
Red Sonja’s wanderings have brought her to Koth and a gathering blood feud amongst that kingdom’s ruling families. With deception lurking in every shadow, and the fate of a nation at stake, what better place is there for a sword for hire?






VAMPIRELLA #9
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by ERIC TRAUTMANN
Art by FABIANO NEVES
Covers by PAUL RENAUD (25%), FABIANO NEVES (25%), ALÉ GARZA (25%), Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic (25%)
“Black & White” Retailer incentive cover by FABIANO NEVES
“Blood Red” Retailer incentive cover by PAUL RENAUD
On a lonely stretch of highway, Vampirella faces off against her most murderous foes yet: a trio of demonic assassins, drunk on newfound freedom and bloodlust and intent on making the vampiric heroine’s death something special…






ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #2 (of 12)
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by MATT WAGNER
Art by ESTEVE POLLS
Cover by MATT WAGNER
“Black & White” Retailer incentive cover by MATT WAGNER
Matt Wagner’s return to Zorro continues! This storyline introduces some
major new characters but also represents significant and catastrophic changes in Zorro’s world—events that cause him to call question everything he does and everything for which he stands. There’re thrilling times ahead as ZORRO RIDES AGAIN!






Dynamite Entertainment Ressurects FLASH GORDON!

Dynamite Entertainment Ressurects FLASH GORDON!

The iconic legend Flash Gordon is making his dynamic splash back into comics with Dynamite Entertainment this November! Flash Gordon – Zeitgeist #1 is written by Eric Trautmann (Vampirella, Red Sonja), from a story and designs by Alex Ross (Project: Superpowers, Kingdom Come, Marvels), and illustrated by Daniel Lindro!

As Flash Gordon’s story begins, it is a time of two-fisted swashbuckling, of fearsome threats and wild adventure-and of ever-growing threats on the horizon. Three valiant humans — Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov — are plucked from the Earth, traveling to the distant planet Mongo. Their exploits are legendary, battling the machinations and terror schemes of the dreaded emperor Ming, the All-Seeing Ruler of Mongo. But they did not fight alone! And coming up, witness a startling meeting with Ming the Merciless! With the fate of our world helpless, can even Flash Gordon save us?

Alex Ross had this to say about Flash Gordon – Zeitgeist, “Finally, after all this time, I’m working on a Flash Gordon series that brings the best I have to contribute to this legendary character and forerunner of all comic books!”

“I couldn’t be happier about this project,” stated writer Eric Trautmann. “It is a genuine treat to be able to let my inner ‘pulpster’ out, and write in an idiom I rarely get to play in, which has a rich core of optimism and innocence. We’re very much approaching the comic as if it were the Flash Gordon movie we’d all want to see. Add to that, I’ve adored Flash Gordon for as long as I’ve been reading, and the opportunity to play with Alex Raymond’s material — in a way I don’t think has been done before — is truly exciting. The Raymond strips were just so plot-dense, with a sense of ‘anything goes’ that I look for — often unsuccessfully — in contemporary comics. And, of course, several times a week, I check my e-mail, and find a dozen amazing pieces of artwork from Alex Ross; I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has a greater understanding of the characters, or who harbors more affection for them, than Alex. He has laser-like clarity about the look and feel of the characters, the setting, the story, technology, making it all look new, and at the same time quite familiar. He’s an exceptional ‘vision holder’ for our tale.”

“Dynamite has added another classic character to our growing library of comics,” says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Eric has put together an amazing story and all Flash Gordon fans will fall in love with this book, just as I have!”

Dynamite Entertainment is definitely on a roll this year with only a couple weeks ago announcing that they are working on The Shadow and The Spider comic books.

Dynamite Entertaiment Previews 8/24/11 Releases

Dynamite Entertaiment Previews 8/24/11 Releases

Comic day is almost here. REJOICE!!! Here is a look at what will be arriving in stores from Dynamite Entertainment.

(Also, click HERE for a list of all the other releases and look for my weekly review of 8/24/11’s releases coming at the end of the week)

THE BIONIC MAN #1
40 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by KEVIN SMITH w/ PHIL HESTER  •  Art by JONATHAN LAU
Covers by ALEX ROSS (main), PAUL RENAUD (1-in-10), STEPHEN SEGOVIA (1-in-15)­­, JONATHAN LAU (1-in-20)
“Sketch Art” Retailer Incentive  cover by ALEX ROSS
“Bionic Blue” Retailer Incentive  cover by PAUL RENAUD
“Black & White” Retailer Incentive  cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
“Negative Effect Art” Retailer Incentive  cover by ALEX ROSS
Steve Austin is back and acclaimed film maker Kevin Smith unleashes his high octane vision in this new series from Dynamite.  Featuring 28 pages of story/art in an action-packed first issue!  Kevin Smith is joined by Phil Hester, artist Jonathan Lau, and cover artist/character designer Alex Ross (the team who
brought you The MAIN Green Hornet series), Smith unleashes Bionic Man into the 21st century as only he can. Based on the Universal Television series “The Six Million Dollar Man.”



HACK SLASH / EVA: MONSTER’S BALL #3 (of 4)
32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by BRANDON JERWA
Art by CEZAR RAZEK
Cover by TIM SEELEY
“Black & White” Retailer incentive cover by TIM
?SEELEY
Dr. Praetorious has joined forces with Mary Shelley Lovecraft, and they’re looking to make some changes around here. (Note: by “around here” we mean “across our entire reality” – which is NOT A GOOD THING!) Meanwhile, our heroes are doing their best to stay alive on the mean streets of Detroit…which happen to be crawling with freaks, weirdos and monster hit-squads!

 

 


QUEEN SONJA #19
32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by ARVID NELSON
Art by EDGAR?SALAZAR
Covers by FABIANO NEVES (50%) & CARLOS RAFAEL (50%)
Things are reaching a breaking point for Sonja and her one-time ally, the Cimmerian mercenary Ryakin. Meanwhile, Thulsa Doom continues working to free his dark god, Set, from his imprisonment. Set is hiding something from Thulsa, but not to worry – Thulsa is hiding something from Set, too! A desperate battle in the wilderness and an unexpected reversal of fortunes – and loyalties – awaits in the blood-and-guts packed penultimate issue of Son of Set.

 

 

WAREHOUSE 13 #1
32 pages FC  • $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by BEN RAAB & DERIC A. HUGHES
Art by BEN MORSE
Covesr by BEN MORSE (50%), PHOTO (50%)
Enter a world of endless wonder as Syfy’s smash-hit dramedy makes its comic book debut!  When a series of sudden, unexplained sinkholes appear beneath the streets of Rio de Janeiro, the Warehouse team heads down to Brazil in the middle of Carnival to uncover the cause. What they discover is that someone is using an ancient artifact to move massive chunks of earth and mine huge, underground gold deposits.  With the ground becoming increasingly unstable, our heroes find themselves in a race to retrieve the artifact before the entire city collapses!  Written by the writers of WAREHOUSE 13, this thrilling 5-issue action-adventure/mystery series promises to snag, bag and tag fans of the show and new readers alike!

Dynamite Entertainment Resurrects The Spider

Dynamite Entertainment Resurrects The Spider

Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of another classic character, The Spider! The Spider will be written by acclaimed comics writer and novelist (Man Without Fear: Black Panther/The Ethical Assassin), David Liss!

“Pulp fiction is full of big characters, but few come bigger than the Spider – a rugged, daring, self-sacrificing character who would take any risk to face down enemies of New York and the nation,” says writer David Liss. “And what enemies they were. The villains that filled the pages of the Spider killed thousands, destroyed whole portions of the city, infected people by the hundreds, released vermin, hypnotized, zombified and otherwise transformed anyone who came into their path. Partly it’s the sheer scale of the Spider’s world that makes him so compelling, but it is also his own quiet, determined dignity in the face of villainous bombast, his rock-steady sanity as he confronts an insane world. So when the chance came along to take this historically important character – one of the most significant sources of the early comic book superheroes, especially Batman – and bring him into the modern world, I couldn’t resist. The Spider is firmly rooted in the Depression era, but he also has qualities that seem timeless, in no small part because those qualities have influenced so many characters that have come after him. This is the kind of character who inhabits stories that are both archetypal and inspiring as well as full throttle fun.”

The Spider cover artist and character designer Alex Ross says, “I always found it fascinating that there was a spider-based hero in the pulp era of the ’40s who first wore a webbed cape and mask in the movie serials.”

“Dynamite plans to give The Spider the same quality care that we have given to all of our properties. With David (Liss) being the incredible writer he is, and Alex bringing The Spider showcasing a look reflective of his early days, with covers by Alex (Ross), John Cassaday, and additional high profile artists, this is going to be a great read, with incredible art and visuals by Colton Worley,” says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding The Spider!”

The Spider was created by Harry Steeger at Popular Publications in 1933. He fought crime by donning a black fedora, a black cape, a trademark ring and a brace of .45 automatics to terrorize the criminal underworld, while driving in his sleek black specially outfitted Daimler.

The Spider novels were mainly written by Norvell W. Page, who filled them with danger, impending doom, fantastic villains, and great action!