Dynamite Entertainment continued it’s strong 2014 with a bunch of announcements at the Diamond REtailer Summit this weekend. Here’s a digest version:
• The long buzzed about Bob’s Burgers comic is finally coming, with stories by the TV show’s writers, animators, and producers. Dynamite joins the ranksof companies with contemporary cartoon comics, and so far these books have been very successful so smart move. The stories in the first issue are titled: “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries,” “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction,” “A Gene Belcher Original Musical,” “Letters Written by Linda” and “Bob’s Burgers of the Day.” And it’s due in August.
“If you like Bob’s Burgers and you like comic books then you may feel like you’re living in one of the greatest times in human history because Bob’s Burgers and comic books are coming together in the form of the Bob’s Burgers Comic Book. But of course we could really mess it up. Then you’d feel like you were living in one of the worst times in human history. Either way, we hope you’ll check out the first few issues. We tried to make something that’s true to the show and true to the form without being a sad knock-off of either,” said creator Loren Bouchard in a statement.
• Joe Casey and Nathan Fox are taking on Captain Victory, the character created by Jack Kirby late in his career. SOLD! Dynamite is now joining the ranks of the modern-superhero revisionist tale, and I cant’ think of better people than Casey and Fox to take on The King. Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1, launching in August 2014 will have interior art by Jim Rugg and Ulises Farinas, with a cover by Fox. SOLD SOLD!
In Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1, Captain Victory is launched into an epic adventure that spans both space and time! All your favorites are here — as well as all-new enemies to face! Your new favorite cosmic comic book has finally arrived!
“As a fan, this was the first Kirby creation I was in on the ground floor of… so to be writing this series is a big deal and a huge honor,” says writer Joe Casey. “And we’ve got some of the best artists in the business — a lot of my favorite artists, in fact — to turn this thing into a jam of cosmic proportions. And just like Kirby always did, we’re going to be pushing the envelope in all sorts of cool ways.”
• Peter Milligan is back with a new creator–driven comics, TERMINAL HERO, with art by Piotr Kowalski (SEX).
In Terminal Hero #1, Rory Fletcher is a good man. The problem is, he’s dying of an inoperable brain tumor. And then his best friend introduces him to the mysterious Treatment Q. This strange and forbidden therapy might just save Rory’s life, but its nightmarish side effects could make him question just how good he really is, and just how much he really wants to live.
“Terminal Hero is the book I had to write, right now,” says Terminal Hero writer Peter Milligan. “It’s simply unlike anything I’ve ever written–or read. This book laughs in the face of fear. The journey is dark, the road is littered with horrors, but it’s one hell of a ride.”
To help retailers get over their fear of a new property, the first issue will be returnable, and all issues will be priced at $2.99. In addition the first issue will have covers by Jae Lee.
• Battlestar Galactica is getting a steampunk reimagining with Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880! by Tony Lee, with art by Aneke and covers by Ardian Syaf and Sergio Fernandez Davilla.
Welcome to the world of Battlestar Galactica, as never seen before, in Steampunk Battlestar Galactica: 1880, where #1 NYT Bestselling Author Tony Lee gives it a Steampunk spin! After Professor Baltar’s clockwork Cylonics destroy the Colonial Empire, Arch Duke Adama learns that his son Apollo is missing! It’s up to Lady Athena to travel to the Sky Pirate world of the Rising Star and ask for help from the only hope she has – the disgraced Captain Starbuck and his humanoid / Daggit copilot Muffit…
• A SECOND volume of Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Artist edition is coming in August. This will be an oversized reprinting of the actual storyboard artwork from the first six issues of the acclaimed 1977 Red Sonja comic book series, scanned in high resolution.
Frank Thorne began his comic career in 1948, penciling romance comics for Standard Comics. He drew the Perry Mason newspaper strip for King Features, plus a multitude of stories for Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, The Green Hornet, and many more. Thorne’s name would become synonymous with Red Sonja, the iconic swordswoman from the Robert E. Howard’s Conan mythos, when his stint illustrating her adventures in the Marvel Feature comic book series led to a successful ongoing Red Sonja solo series, a celebrated run of comics from 1976 through 1979. He established her characteristic image as a ferocious and beautiful female barbarian wearing a chainmail bikini, which later became a popular fantasy literature archetype. The process of creating the oversized Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition involves high-resolution color scanning of original storyboard artwork, capturing the look of the artwork as originally illustrated, with all blue lines, corrections, editorial notes, and other distinctive creative elements intact. Each scan is then printed on heavy stock paper to give readers a more realistic experience of what it would be like to hold actual storyboard pages. To ensure the unique nature of this art collectible, Dynamite will limit Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition to a single first printing, restricted to initial orders and not to exceed a “mintage” of 1,973 units to commemorate the character’s first year of appearance.
§ Steven Grant is writing Jennifer Blood: Born Again!, a revival of the character created by Garth Ennis. Kewber Baal draws the insides and Stephen Segovia does the covers. Jennifer Blood is an ordinary housewife by day and a crusader devoted to stamping out the mob by night. In the new series:
In Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1, the streets of Lalaland run red when Jennifer Blood returns to declare a new war on the mobs. Or does she? As a low level hood plots to leverage her in a bid to take over the Los Angeles underworld, her war attracts some very dangerous attention and unexpectedly sets a lethal international chain of events in motion. A deadly new direction from writer Steven Grant, the well-known writer of classic The Punisher stories as well as the creator and writer of Boom!’s 2 Guns!
“I don’t play with other people’s toys much anymore, but Jennifer Blood was too juicy a prospect to pass up. As one of Garth’s greatest creations, she was pure psychopulp, that’s what I love about her, and the psychopulp is what we’re going for as we bring her back from the precipice after she has lost everything, and give her a new focus, a new home and a new direction. She used to be crazy, with a thick veneer of sane hiding it. Now she’s chillingly sane, but it’s crazy-sane. She has been a lot of fun.” – Steven Grant
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