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Marvel Preview: Your New Look At Bendis and Oeming’s TAKIO!

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Your New Look At Bendis and Oeming’s TAKIO!

On March 2nd, the powerhouse creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming, take the comics industry by storm with their first all-ages graphic novel – TAKIO! When two sisters from a multiracial, adoptive family drive one another to the brink of insanity, is there anything that can bring them together? Well after a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime accident gives them real-life superpowers; the world’s first superheroes will be closer than ever! Perfect for comic fans of any age, Takio brings together Bendis’ acclaimed trademark dialog with Oeming’s fan-favorite art style for an action packed adventure like no other!

With its release right around the corner, the masterminds behind Takio are teeming with enthusiasm!

“As exciting as it was to stretch my writing muscles and help create this new modern all ages superhero world, I am most excited for people to see a new side to the entire Powers crew,” explains writer Brian Michael Bendis. “This book is so good looking.”

Artist Michael Oeming adds “This has been an exciting adventure for me, drawing and creating with my extended family has added a whole new dimension to our work. One of the best times I’ve ever had making comics”

Can these two sisters put aside their differences, save the world and be home in time for dinner? Be sure to get in on the ground floor for the graphic novel that will have everybody talking, as Takio hits stores everywhere this March!

 

TAKIO GN HC (DEC100634)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils and Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

All Ages …$9.95

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale – 3/2/11

! When two sisters from a multiracial, adoptive family drive one another to the brink of insanity, is there anything that can bring them together? Well after a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime accident gives them real-life superpowers; the world’s first superheroes will be closer than ever! Perfect for comic fans of any age, Takio brings together Bendis’ acclaimed trademark dialog with Oeming’s fan-favorite art style for an action packed adventure like no other!

With its release right around the corner, the masterminds behind Takio are teeming with enthusiasm!

“As exciting as it was to stretch my writing muscles and help create this new modern all ages superhero world, I am most excited for people to see a new side to the entire Powers crew,” explains writer Brian Michael Bendis. “This book is so good looking.”

Artist Michael Oeming adds “This has been an exciting adventure for me, drawing and creating with my extended family has added a whole new dimension to our work. One of the best times I’ve ever had making comics”

Can these two sisters put aside their differences, save the world and be home in time for dinner? Be sure to get in on the ground floor for the graphic novel that will have everybody talking, as Takio hits stores everywhere this March!

 

TAKIO GN HC (DEC100634)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils and Cover by MICHAEL AVON OEMING

All Ages …$9.95

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale – 3/2/11

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Preview: Incorruptible #14

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Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Marcio Takara
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Garry Brown
COVER B: Christian Nauck
Diamond Code: NOV100810

With the shockwaves from the events of INCORRUPTIBLE #12 and IRREDEEMABLE #19 reverberating throughout the world, Max Damage finds himself teaming up with some unexpected new partners to take down a surprising enemy. Mark Waid delivers another explosive issue that brings the events of INCORRUPTIBLE and IRREDEEMABLE closer than they’ve ever been before!

On-Sale: January 26th, 2011

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Preview: Dracula: The Company of Monsters Vol. 1 TPB

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Written by: Kurt Busiek, Daryl Gregory
Drawn by: Scott Godlewski
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $12.99
ISBN13: 9781608860449
Diamond Code: NOV100805

He’s back from the dead and starring in this premiere trade paperback collection of the new ongoing horror series from the mind of Kurt Busiek. A powerful, predatory corporation acquires a valuable asset – Dracula! They think they own him, but no one can own the Son of the Dragon. There’s a monster in their midst that puts Hannibal Lecter to shame – and he plans to gain his freedom in blood. It’s bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos. Joining Busiek is award-winning author Daryl Gregrory (PANDEMONIUM) and rising star artist Scott Godlewski (CODEBREAKERS). The epic journey starts here, so don’t miss the debut issue of DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS, the breakout ongoing series from BOOM! Studios! Featuring a cover by fan-favorite THE NOCTURNALS artist Dan Brereton.

On-Sale: January 26th, 2011

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Movie Review: Black Swan

Once upon a time, yours truly had an insatiable crush on one Natalie Portman.  I found the tempered violence crafted by Luc Besson in The Professional (1994) to be utterly ridiculous without the extremely sincere performances of Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and this 13 year old little girl who had an on-camera presence well beyond …

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Boom! Studios $1 March Amory Wars Special Edition

Press Release

BOOM! STUDIOS &
CLAUDIO SANCHEZ
MAKE IT EASIER THAN EVER
TO BREAK INTO
EPIC SCI-FI UNIVERSE OF THE
COHEED & CAMBRIA MYTHOS
WITH
THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING
SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1
$1 EDITION
COMING THIS MARCH!

JUST IN TIME FOR
THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING
SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH VOL. 2

January 20, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – If you have a dollar in your pocket then you can’t miss the chance to dive into the sensational sci-fi epic from BOOM! Studios and Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez with THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION. That’s right, for only $1 you can experience all the thrilling action and excitement that makes THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 a stunning space saga like none other in comics today!

“There’s no reason you should not pick up THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION!,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “Shake those piggy banks and scour the couch for loose change, do not pass up the chance to explore the rich and expansive story that only creative masterminds Claudio Sanchez and Peter David can bring. This could very well be the best $1 you’ll ever spend!”

If you’ve heard about the ground-breaking The Amory Wars but never had a chance to get into it, the $1 first issue is a great entry point for new readers. Claudio Kilgannon’s adventure of war and rebirth starts here, from Sanchez, Eisner Award-winner Peter David and BATMAN & ROBIN’s Chris Burnham! Hitting the shelves the same month as the second trade paperback!

THE AMORY WARS is the story of Claudio Kilgannon, son of Coheed and Cambria, the subjects of a privately developed anti-terrorist unit. The insidious Supreme Tri-mage Wilhelm Ryan, self-proclaimed ruler of Heaven’s Fence, a network of 78 planets, sets forth to decimate those that could stand in his way, including Coheed, Cambria and their children. Claudio must discover his role in this galactic turmoil and come to terms with his own growth in worlds that are always changing. THE AMORY WARS is the story behind the band Coheed and Cambria’s music, allowing fans to finally unlock the true course of events encrypted in the lyrics since the band first debuted.

THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art by Chris Burnham. This title ships in March for the price of only $1 and carries a Diamond Code of JAN111024.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) 2009 “Best Publisher” of the year, generates a wide-ranging catalog of multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic books and graphic novels featuring some of the industry’s top talent, including Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, 20th Century Fox’s 28 DAYS LATER and DIE HARD, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. This fall sees BOOM! teaming up with the legendary Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics’ characters Spider-Man, The Hulk, and The X-Men for a line of original superhero series, the legend’s first new superhero creations in nearly 20 years. BOOM!’s youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, is an undisputed industry leader publishing Disney/Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fifth anniversary.

 

About Evil Ink Comics
Evil Ink Comics is the independent publishing company of Claudio Sanchez, the lead singer of progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria, and also the creator and author of Evil Ink’s current projects, Kill Audio & The Amory Wars.

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Marvel Announces Ed McGuinness returns to HULK!

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Press Release

Ed McGuinness returns to HULK!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at HULK #30, as superstar artist Ed McGuinness returns to the book he helped create and joins red hot writer Jeff Parker for the gamma-irradiated team-up you never thought you’d see! That’s right, the Green Goliath and the rampaging Red Hulk must put aside their differences to take on a threat so massive it’ll take the both of them to put a stop to it. The Earth will shake as the COMPOUND HULK makes its shocking debut!

“Thanks to his amazing run with Jeph Loeb, Ed’s become THE definitive Hulk artist of our time,” said Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “HULK #30 is pure McGuinness madness, introducing new characters that are bound to be instant classics, and some Hulk villains that fans have been frothing for. All this and the Impossible Man, too.” 

Prepare for an action-packed, gamma-fueled beat down that only the combined might of two Hulks can deliver in HULK #30, on sale this February!

HULK #30 (DEC100576)

Written by JEFF PARKER

Pencils and Cover by ED McGUINNESS

T+…$3.99

FOC 1/24/11, On-Sale 2/16/11

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Preview: Do Angels Dream Of Electric Sheep?: Dust To Dust #8

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Written by Chris Roberson
Drawn by Robert Adler
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Connor Willumsen
Diamond Code: SEP100873

The can’t-miss last issue of the celebrated prequel to the Eisner-nominated series DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?! Can Charlie Victor and Malcolm Reed put an end to the renegade androids? Find out as Chris Roberson (I, ZOMBIE) closes another chapter of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi world that inspired BLADE RUNNER!

On-Sale: January 19th, 2011

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Preview: Thor #619

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Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY
With Ol’ One Eye seated again on the throne of Asgard, learn ye now the story of the World Tree– the birth of spacetime itself!  Speaking of Odin… guess who’s got one eye and isn’t exactly thrilled to see young Loki again? And as the refugees of nine worlds brace for the relentless invasion by the dark gods of the Tenth World, hoping against hope they’ll live to see tomorrow, two of Asgard’s most mighty ready themselves to make the ultimate sacrifice! This is it, true believers– the last moment of daylight before the skies rip open and rain down blood… and the WORLD EATERS… next stop MIDGARD!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 NOT FINAL COVER

On-Sale: January 19th, 2011

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Ikon of the Space-Knights: Dark ‘Knights: Return to glory!

Dark ‘Knights:

Return to glory!

 

By Byron Brewer, Managing Editor

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IKON – A IS SHE!

Rom was never one of my main books, but I always enjoyed the creation and mythos of the Spaceknights of Galador, and was glad to welcome them back to Marvel Cosmic in Annihilation.

Now, as we ready ourselves for a new era of wonderment by cosmic scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with the mini The Annihilators (which many of us hope will become an ongoing), a new character has popped in: Ikon, a new Spaceknight, who is ready to lead the Annihilators into battle against … what? The Dire Wraiths?

We will look forward to that discovery in March.

The Spaceknights are an elite group of cyborg humanoids from the planet Galador, created to battle the Dire Wraiths. The idea of the Spaceknights was invented by the Parker Brothers toy company as part of the background for their toy character of Rom, but it was developed by Marvel in Rom the comic book. While Rom is gone, Marvel retains ownership of the Spaceknight characters today.

Galador was located in a galaxy known only as “The Golden Galaxy” and was a paradisaical planet, with very advanced technology. Galadorians seem to be identical to normal humans but with longer lifespans. Two hundred years ago, the planet was ruled by a man known as “The Prime Director” and its scientists had already developed a class of angel-like warriors using genetic engineering. However, when it was discovered that the evil shapeshifters known as the Dire Wraiths were invading their galaxy, the Galadorian government decided that it would be necessary to create cyborg warriors to defend the planet from them.

The Prime Director himself asked the people of Galador to volunteer, promising them that their “humanity” (the body parts that would need to be removed to implant the Spaceknights’ armor) would be preserved frozen and later restored to them after the threat had passed. At first the Galadorians were hesitant, until a young man called Rom became the first volunteer. Inspired by his example, a total of 1,000 Galadorians underwent the process, and were transformed into Spaceknights — each superstrong and capable of space flight, but each having a different special power or weapon as well as an individual form and codename. Rom was given the Neutralizer, Galador’s most powerful weapon, to use.

The Spaceknights formed a ring around the planet and waited for the Wraith space fleet to reach them. After a great battle, the Spaceknights managed to repel them. Rom chased them back to their home, Wraithworld, but this caused the Wraiths to flee in all directions, infiltrating various other planets. Feeling responsible, Rom swore he would not reclaim his humanity until every Wraith in the Marvel U. had been defeated. Once again, the other Spaceknights followed his example.

Two hundred years later, Rom arrived on Earth. There he battled an Earth human who had been given the Firefall armor by the Wraiths, but who soon died in battle. The Wraiths tried to replicate the Spaceknight armor, which led to the creation of the uniforms used by The Rocketeers and the Torpedoes. While fighting The Hybrid, Rom was banished to Limbo with his own Neutralizer. There he met Karas, who helped him return to Earth with his Living Fire, and warned him of trouble in Galador. Rom returned to his homeworld, where he ended up facing Mentus, Terminator and Galactus; his humanity was apparently destroyed in the process. He was then returned to Earth.

Starshine arrived on Earth soon after, following Rom, whom she had fallen in love with, but was soon killed by a Wraith. She was buried in Clairton, West Virginia, where Rom had set up his operations, but was soon dug up by Brandy Clark, a local girl who had fallen in love with Rom, and magically given her armor by a Wraith Sorcerer called Doctor Dredd. She was transformed back to normal not long afterwards by The Hybrid.

Meanwhile, a second generation of Spaceknights had been created in Galador to protect the planet. However, these came to feel superior to normal Galadorians, and began to hunt them all down. The now-human Brandy was transported to Galador by The Beyonder since she wanted to be reunited with Rom after all the Dire Wraiths in the universe lost their powers. Rom arrived in time to save Brandy but not the human Galadorians; nor could he prevent the destruction of all the Spaceknights’ humanities. With help from the original Spaceknights, the evil ones were destroyed. Rom then found his humanity — left for him to claim by Galactus — and became human again, staying on Galador with Brandy to repopulate the planet. The other Spaceknights left to protect the planet from afar and continue fighting evil across space.

In Jim Starlin’s Spaceknights limited series, we see that Rom and Brandy have two sons, Balin and Tristan, who have become part of a new generation of Spaceknights. Note that these characters are named after two legendary knights, Sir Balin and Sir Tristan.

The six-issue miniseries Annihilation has the Spaceknights from the Starlin miniseries (including one of Rom’s sons) being led by Blastaar. They were featured most prominently (albeit still briefly) in issue #5. In issue #6, doubts about the Spaceknights’ survival were expressed.

In Annihilation: Conquest Prologue, Galadorian ships and Spaceknights appear over the Kree home world Hala where the former-and-to be Star-Lord, Peter Quill, has arranged for them to demonstrate a new defense program known as “A-ware.” The lead Spaceknight is known as Daystar and interfaces with the Kree computer War-net by downloading the defense program from his gauntlet. A scenario is then run but things go haywire as the Kree Sentinel robots begin attacking Kree ships in orbit. Quill attempts to get the War-net rebooted but is stopped by Daystar. It becomes apparent that the Spaceknights have been infected with the Technovirus and are under the control of The Phalanx. Quill kills one of the Galadorians during an escape attempt but the others survive. It is revealed that several of the Spaceknights’ “Crusade Missions” have been assimilated into the Phalanx having lost contact with their home world while in Kree Space. This causes the Galadorians to send a Spaceknight as a part of the efforts to get past the energy barrier surrounding Kree Space, along with surviving members of the Kree as well as representatives from Spartoi, Badoon and Rigel.

It will be interesting to hear Ikon’s story and see what faces our team of cosmic heavyhitters carrying out our beloved Guardians’ legacy. Here is hoping for a long, long string of space-based stories by DnA to follow. (Just itching to see the Annihilators take on the Brood!)

Annihilators #1 hits stores in March!

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Your First Look At X-MEN #8!

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Marvel is pleased to present your first look at X-Men #8! From the powerhouse creative team of writer Victor Gischler and artist Chris Bachalo, comes the X-Men’s return to New York in To Serve And Protect! The X-Men and Spider-Man have teamed up to discover the mystery of the lizard-creatures wreaking havoc in Manhattan but nothing can prepare them for the surprise villain behind everything! And that’s not all! For fans of superstar artist Chris Bachalo’s stunning interiors, there will be a Bachalo Variant for X-Men #8, X-Men #9, and X-Men #10!

 

X-MEN #8 (DEC100620)

X-MEN #8 BACHALO VARIANT (NOV108287)

Written by VICTOR GISCHLER

Penciled by CHRIS BACHALO

Cover by TERRY DODSON

Variant cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 1/31/11, On-Sale – 2/23/10

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Review: Steel #1

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STEEL #1 PREVIEW

Writer: Steve Lyons

Artist: Ed Benes

Colorist: Blond

Letterer: Pat Bosseau

Cover: Alex Garner

Editor: Matt Idelson

Publisher: DC

Release Date: January 5th, 2011

 

The “Death of Superman” will be forever etched into this reviewer’s reading experience, as I fondly recall all the build-up and hype leading to the demise of the Man of Steel. I remember reading the first appearances, albeit in a second or third printing, of the raw and awesome power that is Doomsday. As a kid, I was totally awestruck seeing this unstoppable force making his way through the world’s finest, with hardly any effort.  Issue by issue, the Kryptonian assassin’s appearance would be revealed, further adding to the tensions, mystery and excitement. From there, we would be witness to a new stock of Supermen, in the form of four super-powered mysteries.

Steve Lyons has captured the magic of the original and made this all his own with Steel #1. As seen all those years ago, Doomsday has once again become the most brutal and destructive force there is.

From the outset, Lyons gives us a story narrated by John Henry Irons, a man facing terrible odds, yet defiant as he faces the evil of Doomsday, as the hero known as Steel. Without warning, similar to all those years ago, Doomsday is on a murderous rampage with nothing to stop him from completing his quest – whatever that may be. The engine of destruction has specifically targeted this man of steel – and this does not bode well for the most human of the Supermen.

As Steel fights for his life, you can not help but feel his anguish and anticipation. Lyons writes as if you are fighting side by side with the man who chose to take up the mantle of the world’s greatest hero. Lyons involves the reader as we bear witness to what fate holds for John Henry. From the perspective of his niece, who can all but watch, we share the same helpless feeling as the nightmare that is unfolding sweeps us up.

As this Doomsday is on a new mission of murder, with that, also comes new powers and abilities. Again, similar to the events of yester-year, we are given a story full of might and mystery. Lyons has given Doomsday a much needed make-over, a fresh take on a classic villain to heroes everywhere.

The art of Ed Benes compliments Lyons’ writing exceptionally well, as he gives us page after page of super-hero filled angst, battle, bloodshed, hope and despair. The pain from the punches can be felt in the pencils and colors. The strength of the two battling titans radiates forth from the panels depicting the fierce fighting. Benes and company match the emotion of the original; in turn, giving homage to both Supermen as we see with the conclusion. Very nicely done.

Steve Lyons and Ed Benes give us a fantastic start to the “Reign of Doomsday.” The story is a heart-felt one leaving you thoroughly engrossed as to what comes next. I fear for the next hero – or villain – that crosses path with this monster – for certainly it will be his or her Doomsday!