ADVENTURE TIME #1 Gets A Second Printing

BOOM! Studios announced that the first issue of ADVENTURE TIME has sold out at the distributors and a second print has been ordered. The book doesn't hit shelves until February 8!

The second printing will feature an all-new cover drawn by Chris Houghton, and will be available for retailers to order immediately.  ADVENTURE TIME is written by Ryan North (DINOSAUR COMICS) with cover art and interiors drawn by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (THE MUPPET SHOW, ICE AGE: ICED IN) with a back-up story by Aaron Renier (THE UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN) and alternate covers by Jeffrey Brown and Chris Houghton.

Sneak Peeks: Image Comics February 1, 2012

The Fellowship has obtained sneak peeks for comics from Image that will come out February 1...


Fatale #2 (MR)
Story by: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Colored By: Dave Stewart

The second issue of the hottest new series of 2012 is here! In modern times, Nicholas Lash searches for answers about the mysterious woman who ruined his life, while in the mid-1950s, reporter Dominic Raines is drawn down that same murderous path... The award-winning team of Brubaker and Phillips keeps the heat on high in this epic horror noir.




Invincible #88 (MR)

Story by: Robert Kirkman
Art By: Ryan Ottley & John Rauch

Invincible versus Young Omni-Man!

WHAT?!!







Sneak Peeks: DC - The New 52 Comics February 1, 2012

The Fellowship has obtained sneak peeks for comics from DC Comics that will come out February 1...

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #6
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by MARCO CASTIELLO
Cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND

The JLI managed to survive their first mission on a wing and a prayer. Now, in the aftermath of Peraxxus’s near destruction of the planet Earth, our heroes gather together to decide the fate of their team.





GREEN ARROW #6
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN JURGENS
Art by IGNACIO CALERO and RAY McCARTHY
Cover by HOWARD PORTER and RAY McCARTHY

The secret of Blood Rose revealed! The mystery woman plaguing Green Arrow’s life is exposed, but the shocker isn’t who she is – it’s what she is! Plus: The final battle with Midas, the monstrous half-man whose touch can melt anything – including Green Arrow!




Image Expo Announces Special Guest Ed Brubaker

Official Press Release

Berkeley, CA – 30 January 2012 – IMAGE EXPO, the one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics and showcasing creator-owned comics, has announced that Ed Brubaker, writer of FATALE, will be the latest independent comics star to be added the impressive list of special guests. At Image Expo for a limited appearance on Saturday, February 25, Brubaker will be joining the Image Comics partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, Image founders Rob Liefeld and Whilce Portacio, and a who's who of other creator-owned comics stars!

Brubaker will be part of a panel on writing comics on Saturday at 12 p.m., where he and fellow writers Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan will discuss the art of crafting scripts and stories.

FATALE, Image Comics' hit new ongoing series drawn by Sean Phillips and colored by Dave Stewart, has been a runaway best-seller, with issue one selling out multiple printings and issue two getting a reprint before it even hits stores.

Previously announced guests include:

Joe Casey (Ben 10, BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER, HAUNT)
Jay Faerber (Ringer, DYNAMO 5, NEAR DEATH)
Jonathan Hickman (THE NIGHTLY NEWS, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS)
Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE)
Fiona Staples (SAGA)
Richard Starkings (Comicraft, ELEPHANTMEN)
Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, SAGA)

IMAGE EXPO, a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center, is Northern California's premier comic con experience in 2012. Berkeley-based Image Comics will be filling the demand for a 2012 Bay Area comic book convention that arose when WonderCon announced their temporary relocation to Anaheim, California. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.

Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!

To purchase tickets and find more information about the show, visit www.imagecomicexpo.com.

Teaser For THE AVENGERS Super Bowl Commercial


Marvel has released a 10 second teaser for THE AVENGERS commercial that will run during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. Check it out and let us know what you think...

 

DC's Captain Marvel To Be Referred To Shazam

In an interview with Newsarama, Geoff Johns announced that Captain Marvel would no longer be going by that name. The reason?

"One is that everybody thinks he's called Shazam already, outside of comics. It's also, for all sorts of reasons, calling him Shazam just made sense for us. And, you know, every comic book he's in right now has Shazam on the cover. So I think just by embracing that and calling him Shazam.

And you'll see it actually make sense in story, why he's called Shazam rather than Captain Marvel. That's just what he's going to be called for us from now on."

Captain Marvel first appeared in WHIZ COMICS back in 1940.  Fawcett (his publisher) stop doing his comics in 1953, due in part to a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics alleging that Captain Marvel was an illegal infringement of Superman. DC acquired the Fawcett characters in the 1970s, but by then Marvel had been publishing their own Captain Marvel. So the books were called SHAZAM after the wizard that gave Billy Batson the ability to turn into the hero. The character was promoted and marketed under the Shazam name instead of Captain Marvel. 

Thoughts?

FATALE #2 Gets Second Print, #1 Gets Third

Image has announced the FATALE #2 has sold out at the distributors before the book has even been released, so a second printing has been ordered. Issue #1 is going for a third print!

Issue #2 and the second printing of #1 of the horror crime noir by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips hit stores February 1. The second printing of #2 and third printing of #1 will be available February 22.

FATALE tells the story of Nicolas Lash, a modern-day reporter who stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable… to a seductive woman named Jo. She’s been on the run since 1935, entangled with a mobster who may be a monstrous immortal demon. As the stories of all the doomed men who have encountered Jo rise to the surface, Lash realizes that he too is caught in a deadly web. In addition to a riveting epic that blends noir and horror, each issue of FATALE also includes an essay on the history of horror of by renowned literary historian Jess Nevins.

Sneak Peeks: BOOM Studios Comics February 1, 2012

The Fellowship has obtained sneak peeks for comics from BOOM Studios that will come out February 1...

BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #4
Written by Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman
Drawn by Gabriel Hardman
COVER A: Gabriel Hardman
COVER B: Declan Shalvey

Hot on the heels of BOOM!’s sold-out, bestselling PLANET OF THE APES ongoing series comes a brand new four issue mini co-written and drawn by Gabriel Hardman. Best known for his series-defining work on HULK and AGENTS OF ATLAS and his storyboard work on such hit films as Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION, Hardman and writer Corinna Sara Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT) bring you BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES! Taking place during the continuity of the original, seminal fan-favorite film! Now on the run, the feared and respected General Aleron must find the one ally in Ape government that can stem the tide of carnage about to crest — for human and ape alike! The conclusion to the not-to-be-missed mini-series with story and art that is sure to make you go…ape!


HELLRAISER #10
Written by Clive Barker, Robb Humphreys & Mark Miller
Drawn by Stephen Thompson, Janusz Ordon
COVER A: Nick Percival
COVER B: Tim Bradstreet
COVER C: Nick Percival

Witness Clive Barker’s long-awaited return to tell new chapters in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites…and Pinhead! In this issue…the startling new chapter in the Hellraiser mythos continues! The whole game has changed…and there can only be one victor! Clive Barker’s new take on Hell and the Cenobites continues here, delivering scares like the one and only horror legend can! This is required reading for Barker fans!


DC's Creative Changes Continues UPDATE

UPDATE: Lemire is leaving FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.  and Matt Kindt (Lemire's collaborators on SWEET TOOTH and apparently FRANKENSTEIN) will take over the title starting with issue #10.

Last week, something popped up about a project for Jeff Lemire (ANIMAL MAN, SWEET TOOTH) for DC. The company responded by saying an official announcement would be made this week. Well, today DC announced that Lemire is taking over JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK with issue #9. Current writer Peter Milligan will move over to STORMWATCH.

“This is my dream gig at DC Comics, no doubt about it. The characters in Justice League Dark are my absolute favorite in the DC Comics stable, and I can’t believe I’m actually getting a chance to write John Constantine, Zatanna and Deadman (as well as a few new team members!)," said Lemire. "I obviously have my own ideas for the title as well, and can’t wait to share them with readers. One of the things I’m anxious to explore is just why the name “Justice League” is in the title of this book? I want to explore and create new connections between this team of mystical misfits and Geoff and Jim’s big guns in The Justice League. On that note, Geoff and I have had many discussions on how to link our two books and make the Justice League franchises connect in new and unexpected ways."

“Stormwatch has the craziness, the paranoia and the occasional bursts of odd humor that really grab me," said Milligan. "This is my kind of book. In other words, when I re-read Paul Cornell’s excellent first series with a view to taking over the writing duties I was really excited. And I’m excited too by what I have planned, from Stormwatch facing a ferocious character from the Red Lantern Corps, to hidden secrets being revealed about the origin of Stormwatch, and some shocking revelations about the mysterious Shadow Lords. It’s going to be a very intense ride."

The switch happens in May, coincidentally when the six new titles start.

Avengers Parodies Coming From BOOM Studios!

This April BOOM! Studios team up with Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston for four one-shots that parodies the Avengers and the big three (Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor).They will be released weekly up until the team's movie debut on May 4. Each issue will have a variant by the great Fred Hembeck!

"Rich Johnston takes us on a raucous ride through politics, fanaticism and the healing power of Hollywood and no one is spared," says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. "Expect his typical irreverent personality, along with a big dollop of black humor and some scathing satire. This one's not for the feint of heart!"

"It's very flattering when someone calls you up and asks you to write for them. It's even better when they actually let you write. And when you go past your deadline, not to start screaming," Rich Johnston said. "Many people ask me how to break into comics. Now I can tell them, write a gossip column about comics for twenty years and then they'll let you write four of them. I don't know what BOOM! is thinking. My only conclusion is that they think by employing me, I'll drop that story about Ross Richie being found unconscious in the backroom of a Tijuana strip joint with three budgerigars that had to be removed surgically. Come to think of it, it might actually work."

"I don't want to have anything to do with this," said Matt Gagnon, BOOM!'s Editor-in-Chief.

Topps Announces MARS ATTACKS Heritage Card Set

Official Press Release

Since its initial release in 1962, MARS ATTACKS has made an indelible impression on pop culture, inspiring legions of fans around the world. Now, Topps is proud to announce MARS ATTACKS' triumphant return to its trading card roots. Coinciding this summer with the landmark half-century milestone the company is pulling out all the stops for collectors to re-connect with the cult classic while ushering in a whole new generation of fans.

The commemorative trading card set, currently in development for release in July, is a cornerstone of the 50th anniversary campaign. In addition to reprinting the 55 iconic cards which comprised theoriginal series, Topps is adding 25 never-before-seen subjects.

Ten cards, painted by Jason Edmiston, are based on storyboarded sketches from original series pencillers Wally Wood and Bob Powell that did not originally appear in the 1962 card set. Edmiston’s finished works pay homage to the pulp sci-fi style of Norm Saunders, the master painter who first gave MARS ATTACKS its signature look. Fifteen all-new cards are provided by Eisner award-winning comic book artist John McCrea, the acclaimed illustrator of IDW’s forthcoming MARS ATTACKS comic book series. McCrea is known to comics fans as the co-creator of Hitman (in collaboration with writer Garth Ennis), among numerous other high-profile assignments. His new, powerful imagery for the card set will provide fans with added insights to the comics as well as to the all-new MARS ATTACKS universe.

Teaser: Patience

The Fellowship has received this teaser from Image Comics...


The image appears to be Omni-Man, the father of Invincible. Stay Tuned...

Gaiman, McFarlane SPAWN Legal Suit Settled

According to Minnesota Public Radio, Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane have settled their decade-long suit. Gaiman claimed part ownership of characters that were created during his time writing the book, including Angela and Medieval Spawn.

Although terms were not disclosed, the deal was for a 50/50 split between the two for SPAWN "issues 9 and 26, the first three issues of a spin-off series on the angels and the issues' contents."

How this will impact the mess that is the Marvelman/Miracleman ownership is uncertain.

Meet the Arcana’s Intrinsic Team!


Arcana Comics is debuting a new book on Free Comic Book Day, INTRINSIC, featuring some new characters, but it also includes the familiar faces of KADE, DR. ISHMAEL STONE, CANDICE CROW, and KORE. Want to learn more about the characters? Keep reading!


CHARACTER NAME: KADE
FIRST APPEARANCE: KADE ORIGINAL SUN

DESCRIPTION: From a blade separating flesh to a warm embrace, Kade is unable to feel. Kade is the enigmatic warrior who embarks on an adventure to remove the Dark Veil and the demon behind the darkness. Kade must uncover the secrets of the Black Sun while struggling with his physical limitations and his concept of being a hero.




CHARACTER NAME: DR. ISHMAEL STONE
FIRST APPEARANCE: PHILOSOPHER REX GN

DESCRIPTION: Meet DR. ISHMAEL STONE, Philosopher, detective, monster-hunter, primes inter pares of a shadowy network of supernatural guardians sworn to shelter the world from the Infernal Orders. Stone's mission is aided by his daughter, half-ghost, half-witch AMARA STONE; a master of mystic weapons WILBUR BRANCH; the mysterious monster-detector known as BLIND JACK; and the smooth-talking mentalist MARTIN PRIEST.


CHARACTER NAME: CANDICE CROW
FIRST APPEARANCE: CANDICE CROW GN

DESCRIPTION: Candice Crowe's just your average American teenager until the death of her mother and the stress of her best friend's alleged suicide causes her previously dormant powers to surface. Telepathy. Telekinesis. Extreme strength and agility. Everything a girl could ask for, really. Gifts like these always come with a price, however, and for Candice it means she's forced to wear a special suit every few hours to keep her skin from necrotizing from the inside out. Still, she's determined not to let that put a damper on either her love life or her dreams of being a rockstar.



CHARACTER NAME: KORE
FIRST APPEARANCE: KORE GN

DESCRIPTION: When down on his luck slacker Alex Crane decides to steal ancient relics from his local museum to pay off gambling debts, he suddenly finds himself on the run from powerful magical forces. Transformed into the monstrous Mantikore, Alex is taken to Abaddon: A fantasy world where magic has run dry, and elves, dwarves, fairies and goblins live in a modern society

Sneak Peeks: Dark Horse Comics February 1, 2012

The Fellowship has obtained sneak peeks for comics from Dark Horse that will come out February 1...

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #8
Writer: John Arcudi, Brian Wood, Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Al Gordon, MJ Butler, Beau Smith, Tony Puryear
Artist: Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, Andi Watson, Duncan Fegredo, Geof Darrow, Kristian Donaldson, Thomas Yeates, Mark Wheatley, Eduardo Barreto, Tony Puryear
Cover Artist: Duncan Fegredo

A brand-new B.P.R.D. story, the beginning of Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson's The Massive, new Skeleton Key, and the conclusion of Howard Chaykin's Marked Man?

Join the legendary anthology as Dark Horse Presents commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan with Thomas Yeates, unravels the mysteries surrounding Neal Adams's Blood, Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden returns, and more great comics!


CONAN VOLUME 11: ROAD OF KINGS HARDCOVER
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Mike Hawthorne
Inker: John Lucas, Jason Gorder
Colorist: Dave Stewart, Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Doug Wheatley

The journey down the legendary Road of Kings is no walk in the park. Being a skilled fighter will only get you so far; you'll also need plenty of gold to keep you going. Luckily, Conan and his companions are skilled at separating the wealthy from their spare treasure! But they'll have to brave monsters, pursuing guards, and the sword-handed Gamesh if they're to reach their final destination. Collects Conan: Road of Kings #1-#6.