REVIEW: The NINJAK #0 transitional issue

NINJAK #0  (Valiant Entertainment, September 13 release date)  Writer:  Matt Kindt.  Pencils: Francis Portela.  Colors:  Andrew Dalhouse. Letters: Dave Lanphear.  Flashback sequences art by MJ Kim, Khari Evans, Roberto De La Torre, Sija Hong, Juan Jose Ryp. Prelude To Ninja-K series written by Christos Gage with art by Tomas Giorello.  Covers by David Mack, Clayton Henry & Brian Weber, Yama Orce, Peter Bagge, Javier Pulido. 40 pages.  Rated T+. Ninjak #0 serves as a fitting conclusion to Matt Kindt’s legendary run on the title and sets the reader up for the new Ninja-K series by Christos Gage debuting on November 15.       Rather than devote the issue to a major summary of Ninjak’s history to date, the focus is on what makes him unique, particularly how he manages to survive the incredibly risky assignments he takes on. Kindt sums up Ninjak’s method quite succinctly. As a jumping on point for new readers, it’s not going to satisfy entirely, but will certainly provide a taste of the…

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE finale features Wrightson art

Kelley Jones to contribute partial art on final issue of IDW series
San Diego, CA (October 18, 2017) – The fourth and concluding issue of Steve Niles & Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein, Alive, Alive will be released in January of 2018. Exploring the further adventures of Mary Shelley’s monster, this gothic horror story will be the final chapter of legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein works. 

“Bernie was more than a brilliant artist and collaborator to me,” said writer Niles, “he was a dear friend. I am so happy to see this final issue finished by Kelley, an artist whose work Bernie greatly respected.”

Prior to his tragic passing, Wrightson had completed several pages and laid out the entire fourth issue. Acclaimed artist Kelley Jones, a lifelong Wrightson devotee, has agreed to step in and work from the layouts to finish the project.

"When Bernie realized he wouldn't be able to complete the series we began discussing his options, and his first choice was to have Ke…

Free Digital Preview of new QUANTUM AND WOODY series

Valiant Presents QUANTUM AND WOODY! #0.0001½ – A Free Digital-First Prelude Debuting Today on and the Official Valiant App!

Valiant is proud to present QUANTUM AND WOODY! #0.0001½ – a special, digital-first and entirely FREE introduction to the ALL-NEW and UNTRUSTWORTHY ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and explosive artist Kano (Daredevil), available to read right now on and the official Valiant Entertainment mobile app for iOS!Want to read to QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 before it hits store shelves on December 20th? Well…you can’t! Not yet, anyway. Wait, please don’t leave – we have something that’s kinda sorta better! Right now, exclusively on ( and …

Harry Potter, Halloween & Aftershock Comics activities at Captain Blue Hen

Family-Friendly Event on October 22
EDITOR'S NOTE: Local Comic Store CAPTAIN BLUE HEN has become very active lately in hosting events.  Here’s a quick sampler (courtesy of CBH) of what’s coming up  . . . . . . .NEW Harry Potter at Captain Blue Hen Comics

"Readers are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this book uncovering thousands of
years of magical history."
In the wizarding mood but you've read all of your Harry Potter books? Well you're in luck. Captain Blue Hen's got your back. Now you can learn about the inspiration behind J.K. Rowling's beloved series of Harry Potter books! Joe, the Captain himself, previews and reviews the book in a video here on our Facebook page:
"The book is more fun than I expected.  You learn a lot about the evolution, inspiration and background of your favorite Potter characters and set pieces …

TRUNK OR TREAT event in Newark, DE on Oct 22

Family-Friendly Event on October 22
EDITOR'S NOTE:  Here’s a different way to celebrate Halloween at a local comic book shop.  Like Snickers bars and Super-Heroes. Hey, what could be better?Trunk or Treat at Captain Blue Hen Comics

Captain Blue Hen Comics and Superdojo Martial Arts are TEAMING UP for an afternoon of fun as we Trunk or Treat and show off our costumes!

Why are we doing something this? Because getting cool people together that care about their community and keeping kids safe is PRIORITY!

What do you have to do? First of all, SOME families go all out and make their trunks look RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME.Other families just want to help out and make kids happy, so they throw some pumpkins in and create low-budget trunk set ups. Both are fantastic ways to get involved. We'll park our cars, pop open the trunk and hand out candy.

There will be PRIZES for the families that have the coolest trunk decoration (but, again, you don't have to shoot for 1st place, it's awesome i…

Preview of CHLOE VOL 2 coming in November

CHLOE VOL. 2: "The Queen of High School"In stores November 28th! EDITOR’S NOTE:  More news on what’s happening at Papercutz, courtesy of our friend Michelle Hart, Marketing Coordinator . . . . . . .Happy Monday! This fall we began "Phase 2" of our CHARMZ imprint with the release of all-new series like ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE and THE SCARLET ROSE. Now we're getting ready to show off some sequels to the first round of series, starting with the wildly popular CHLOE. Chloe Brin, the protagonist, desires popularity and we're sure she'd be thrilled to know that her book series is so well-liked!Whether it’s starting up her own blog, or being whisked away for a family ski vacation, Chloe Blin is always finding new friends and worrying about how to hold on to old ones. Will Alex, her boyfriend, stay true even when he’s at another school?For fans of Archie and The Babysitters ClubChloe continues to delight readers with realistic tween struggles and gentle humor.…

New Comic Wednesday Review: WAR MOTHER #3 from Valiant

WAR MOTHER #3 OF 4  (Valiant Entertainment, October 18 release date)  Writer:  Fred Van Lente.  Artists: Stephen Segovia and Roberto De La Torre.  Color Artist:  Andrew Dalhouse.  Letterer: Dave Sharpe.    Background: Last year (in the 4001 A.D. limited series and one-shots) we were introduced to Ana a.k.a. War Mother, who served as chief warrior and resource collector for The Grove, a communal village established in the aftermath of the 4001 A.D. devastation. Ana is assisted in her endeavors by Flaco, a huge symbiotic sentient rifle that holds conversations with her and acts as unofficial advisor.      Issue #3 maintains the action-oriented pace of Issue #2, ramping up the fight scenes  even more. The difference is the inclusion of further developments in the more “human” relationships.  Ana’s sons learn the truth about their mother, and the relationship between Ana and her husband Ignacio. They get a glimpse of their father’s true feelings - which both disturbs and further prompts t…

Sneak Peek at X-O MANOWAR "Visigoth" story arc

Valiant’s X-O MANOWAR #11 Unleashes “VISIGOTH” with Matt Kindt & Ryan Bodenheim – Beginning in January!
The Year’s Biggest Independent Series Begins 2018 With a Savage New Jumping-On PointValiant is proud to announce X-O MANOWAR (2017) #11 – the FIRST ISSUE of “VISIGOTH,” an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the unrelenting science-fiction juggernaut from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Mind MGMT) and spectacular artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead)! On January 24th, the best-selling new series of 2017 from any independent publisher begins the new year with a crippling new turning point in Aric of Dacia’s yearlong rise from "SOLDIER" to "GENERAL" to "EMPEROR"… Now, exiled from the empire he once conquered and hunted by a band of cold-blooded mercenaries with a price on his head, X-O Manowar’s fall from grace is about to begin with punishing force!Aric of Dacia’s bone-crushing climb to the throne of an alien world earned …

Review: PUNISHER: THE PLATOON from Marvel

PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #1 (Marvel Comics/MAX Comics, October 4 release date) Garth Ennis, writer.  Goran Parlov, Artist.  Jordie Bellaire, colorist.  Rob Steen, Letterer. Goran Parlov & Jordie Bellaire, main cover.  EXPLICIT CONTENT     When I picked up this book, I was expecting more adult-themed and edgy content than the regular Marvel comic provides. I guess it was the MAX logo on the cover and the “explicit content” warning that set up my expectations. Considering that Garth Ennis, former scripter of some of the most violent and graphic Punisher stories ever told, was at the helm my presumptions seem justified. A book about Frank Castle’s time in the Vietnam war seemed alive with possibilities.      However, with one exception, Issue #1 could be an all-ages book.  There is no graphic violence (just a few panels showing an air strike aftermath), no sex, and no filthy language.  It is essentially a set-up issue, laying the groundwork for the story yet to be told. There are plenty…