Friday, July 29, 2016
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
from the GOODREADS summary . . . . . . . .
Our review of PRESSURE . . . . . . . . . . .
Keene is a skilled writer who knows how to build suspense and ramp it up to nerve-breaking levels.
The ocean floor is collapsing near the island of Mauritius, and the cause is linked to a new undersea terror, a giant monster that is an enhanced amalgam of sea creatures. Carrie Anderson, the main character and a globally known free diver, gets a taste of the threat on a routine dive. She has several encounters after that, each one more deadly and terrifying. Keene's descriptions of the attacks are brutal, graphic and bloody, causing the reader to fear for the characters. Keene's insights help endear all of them and bring them to life.
In the latter part of the novel, the threat seems to be abated and the story takes a different turn into the realm of thriller, as the main characters attempt to uncover the evil plans of a large multi-national bio-tech corporation. It's a threat of a different type and just as dangerous.
I'm disappointed by the two-page epilogue that ends predictably. We've all seen this kind of ending too many times. It's not even necessary. The book could have ended without it. It's the only thing that kept me from giving this a five-star rating. I still recommend it to fans of beastly horror and thrillers.
Since debuting in 1992, X-O Manowar has sold more than 8 million copies and featured work by a distinguished roster of comics luminaries including current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and comics legends Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton.
Two decades later, as the lead title of "THE SUMMER OF VALIANT" relaunch in 2012, X-O MANOWAR #1 by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord firmly established the Valiant resurgence with four sold-out printings and the single highest sales for any new comics publisher in more than a decade. With a single run totaling 56 issues, X-O MANOWAR has gone on to become one of the longest running superhero series of the modern era, earn a multitude of awards, nominations and critical accolades from some of the industry's most prestigious outlets, and form the backbone of Valiant's superhero universe along the way. Now, join one of the greatest legends in comic book history as Aric of Dacia faces his deadliest test yet…in the colossal X-O MANOWAR #50anniversary milestone!
For centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations?
First: the seismic final story arc, “LONG LIVE THE KING,” goes out in a world-shaking blaze of glory with longtime scribe Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps) and extraordinary artists Joe Bennett (52) and Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil) manning the front line, alongside an all-star battalion of artists from across X-O MANOWAR‘s landmark 56-issue run: Cary Nord (Conan), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Diego Bernard (NINJAK), Rafa Sandoval (Green Lantern), and Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)!
Chronicling X-O Manowar’s five-year-long impact on the people of Earth, and setting the stage for galaxy-spanning adventures yet to come in 2017 and beyond, no comic book fan can afford to miss the ultimate cosmic battle for the fate of Valiant’s most powerful hero!
Plus: Valiant is marking 50 epic issues with a formidable line-up of covers from an all-star cast of comics greats! Leading the charge is the X-O MANOWAR #50 All-Star Jam Cover – the biggest-ever jam cover in comics history, featuring 50 major comics talents in celebration of 50 issues for Valiant’s flagship series! Debuting as X-O MANOWAR #50's standard shelf cover, this never-before-attempted comics breakthrough features a breathtaking collection of top talents as they each deliver an all-new take on Valiant’s leading hero in their own signature style.
On September 28th, get a front row seat as comics legend Colleen Doran joins a staggering celebration of the past and future of Valiant’s most powerful hero in the 64-page X-O MANOWAR #50anniversary milestone – also featuring covers by Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT), Marko Djurdjevic(Avengers), Marcos Martin (The Private Eye), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Pere Perez (FAITH), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), Philip Tan (Batman & Robin), Kaare Andrews (Astonishing X-Men), and Phil Jimenez (DC Universe: Rebirth)!
Contact your local comic shop to reserve your copy today!
Finally, celebrate X-O Manowar’s landmark issue #50 finale with the X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY, running through each issue of "LONG LIVE THE KING"! For no extra cost, each issue of “LONG LIVE THE KING” will come bagged with one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the one and only X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents – or full-blown, beautifully rendered original artwork randomly inserted in each issue! The X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY will continue all summer long across all issues of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – including the oversized, blockbuster issue #50 finale!
X-O MANOWAR #50 (64 PAGES!)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with JODY HOUSER, MATT KINDT, and PHILIP TAN
Art by JOE BENNETT and ROBERTO DE LA TORRE with DIEGO BERNARD, DOUG BRAITHWAITE, ROBERT GILL, TOMAS GIORELLO, CARY NORD, JAVIER PULIDO, PHILIP TAN, and RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A (All-Star Jam) by CARY NORD, BOB LAYTON, BRANDON PETERSON, STEPHEN PLATT and 46 MORE X-O ALL-STARS!
Cover B by PAOLO RIVERA
Cover C by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Cover D by MARCOS MARTIN
Cover E by MICO SUAYAN
Cover F by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
Cover G by SHANE DAVIS
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PEREZ
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS
$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | Coming in SEPTEMBER!
X-O MANOWAR #50 – Jam Cover A by 50 X-O All-Stars
X-O MANOWAR #50 – Cover B by Paolo Rivera
X-O MANOWAR #50 – Cover C by Marko Djurdjevic
X-O MANOWAR #50 – Variant Cover by Colleen Doran
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
from the Goodreads summary . . . . . . .
X-Files: The Truth Is Out There
Every single story could easily serve as the script for an episode of the series. Mulder and Scully remain in character throughout, and the anthology wisely covers the early days, middle period, and later days of the series. Eight of the 15 stories (53%) are premium quality and worth a second reading, while another three stories (20%) almost reached the same level. Those 11 stories account for 73% of the anthology content, making this a legitimate 2016 contender for year's best awards.
The absolute stand-out, must read, story in this collection is "Dead Ringer" by Kelly Armstrong -- a touching and heartfelt tale of the Fae taking over the murdered bodies of children. In close contention is "Drive Time" by Jon McGowan in a clever spin on time travel and multiple murders.
Also worth that second reading are "Heart" by Kendare Blake (transplanted body parts influence the recipient); "Snowman" by Sarah Stegall in which Mulder discovers a Sasquatch tomb in the Mt. Rainier glacier; "Voice Of Experience" by Rachel Caine (suspicious suicide); "XXX " by Glenn Greenberg (exploding heads of male porno stars); "Foundling" by Tim Waggoner (disappearing town); and "When The Cows Come Home" by David Farland (ufos, crop circles, and cows).
The two other memorable stories that nearly reached similar plateaus as the above-mentioned are "Phase Shift" by Bev Vincent (a locked house mystery); and "Male Privilege" by Hank Schwaeble (witches providing protection from a dragon).
The remaining stories are still worthwhile and cover the subjects of Mulder's first encounter with the Cigarette Smoking Man (Kami Garcia), inherited paintings containing a math puzzle (Hank Phillippi Ryan), using Egyptian methods to revive bodies (Greg Cox), alien communication in multiple languages (David Sakmuster), and a time traveler with videos from the future (David Liss).
Monday, July 25, 2016
San Diego, CA (July 25, 2016) – IDW and Top Shelf celebrated two award wins, plus one shared award, at Friday night’s Eisner Award ceremony held annually at Comic Con International in San Diego! With 10 nominations, IDW, Top Shelf Productions, Yoe! Books, and The Library of American Comics would like to thank the judges and the voters of this year’s awards.
Winning the award for Best Reality-Based Work was the widely acclaimed second volume of Congressman John Lewis’ memoir, March Book Two. This Eisner award recognizes the entire team of Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell!
Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales edited by Craig Yoe was awarded Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books from Yoe! Books with a lavish look at the legendary artist’s wondrous work.
“Craig is one of comics’ leading archeologists and we are thrilled for him to win this much deserved Eisner,” says Greg Goldstein, IDW’s President and COO. “The Yoe! Books imprint at IDW continues to yield some of the most interesting and important archival books in this category, and Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales is an outstanding example of Craig’s passion for comic book history.”
Once again receiving recognition for her work across the industry is Jordie Bellaire for Best Coloring including her work on The X-Files.
“Being nominated for Eisners is always such an honor in itself, and sitting in a ballroom full of amazing creators during the ceremony is even more inspiring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “So to leave the awards show with three Eisner Awards is a welcome bonus in that regard, as well as a nice testament to the creativity of all involved.”
Thank you once again, to the judges and congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at this year’s awards!
Friday, July 22, 2016
In stores and online now at http://www.bcwsupplies.com/1-BX-SHORT-ART-VAL From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Ninjak and Faith, Valiant’s greatest heroes are leaping out your comics collection and into an awe-inspiring new line of solid, sturdy and eye-grabbing comics storage boxes from BCW!
Valiant is proud to present an all-new collaboration with BCW — the world’s leading hobby supplies manufacturer — for all-new Valiant Universe Short Comic Boxes! For the first time ever, the Valiant Universe’s award-winning roster of characters surround BCW’s trusted comic book short storages boxes with an awe-inspiring wraparound design illustrated by blockbuster artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR, NINJAK) – complete with an eye-catching print of Valiant’s iconic logo on the top storage lid!
Looming at 10.75 inches high, 15.75 inches long, and 7.5 inches wide, these specially printed short boxes can contain a universe’s worth of adventures with a capacity of 150-175 comics! And with double-walled, corrugated cardboard material as strong as the X-O Manowar armor itself, the Valiant Universe Short Comic Box will keep your comics collection safe from threats looming in this world, the Deadside, or realms beyond! These boxes are also as stackable as they are strong, letting any fan keep their growing Valiant comic book collection organized and compact with easy to transport handles! Don’t miss BCW’s full list of features, including:
- Officially licensed artwork from Valiant Comics
- Double thickness walls, handles, and bottom
- Completely stackable
- Holds 150-175 Comics
- Exterior Dimensions (WxHxD): 7 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 15 3/4
- Weighs 1.33 lbs
BCW provides the best boxes, bags, sleeves, cases, and other supplies to protect, store, and display your collectibles. BCW products are available at hobby shops, web retailers, and directly from the manufacturer at http://www.bcwsupplies.com.
About Valiant Entertainment:
Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This Wednesday, July 27 the August edition of PREVIEWS arrives in comic shops. This is your opportunity to help your local comic shop bring the best books (the ones that you want to read) into their store two months from now. Hey, this is the business model that comic shops have to use. Won’t you do your part and give them a little hint at what you expect them to carry for you? Pick it up and browse. You can count on us to highlight some picks in order to help you make those decisions. Here’s a sneak peek at the next edition’s covers, courtesy of Diamond Distributors.
San Diego, CA (July 20, 2016) – It’s Alive! Like a bolt of lighting, a new publishing deal has struck and IDW Publishing is excited to present the most electrifying new imprint of the year, It’s Alive!
IDW’s newest publishing partner, Drew Ford, brings with him first-rate taste and years of experience putting together dozens of graphic novel and comic book reprint collections for Dover Publications. He left his post there to launch his own imprint It’s Alive! with plans to continue his mission of saving the history of comics, one collection at a time.
That goal has led Ford to acquire reprint rights to several exciting graphic novel and comic book projects, and has now signed with IDW to solicit and distribute the titles produced by his new imprint, making those collections much more accessible to a larger audience. Ford has utilized Kickstarter in order to fully fund the restoration that each of these new collections deserves, with the campaign for Red Rangeby Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman being a recent success having raised nearly $20,000. This will be the first title published under the new imprint followed by Trina Robbins’ Dope, which launches its Kickstarter campaign this week.
"We've long been impressed by the books Drew has produced in the past," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer. "He's beautifully packaged very worthwhile but long-out-of-print material into amazing artifacts. We're all very excited to partner with Drew to help him continue to bring back into print such essential works that could otherwise be lost to history."
"This partnership with IDW ensures that the books I produce through my It's Alive! imprint will reach the widest audience possible,” said Drew Ford. “Beyond that, IDW continually produces work at the forefront of comics publishing, and I am grateful and excited to be working with them."
It’s Alive! joins other notable imprint partners that have come to define IDW’s diverse award-winning content including Top Shelf Publications, Yoe! Books, and the Library of American Comics. It’s Alive! Plans to publish 5-6 titles in 2017 with each title raising its money for publication via Kickstarter.