Fraction and Zdarsky unveil their Sex Criminals

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are collaborating on a new Image ongoing about two people who can stop time when they have sex. We’ll have more of the nitty gritty from Fraction and Zdarsky in a bit. but here’s the SFW preview released by Image.




Preview: The Hit #1 by Bryce Carlson and Vanesa R. Del Rey

A few days ago, some art from the upcoming title HIT by Bryce Carlson and Vanesa R. Del Rey stormed the internet. Published by Boom! Studios, it’s described as a tale in the vein of classic Los Angeles pulp noir, a dark crime tale filled with nasty criminals and the men who hunt them down.

HIT is set in 1955, and here’s a NEW preview of Del Rey’s art that shows why she’s got the smoky, sultry look down pat.

Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy fans, this is for you.

The colors are by Archie Van Buren.

HIT #1 is on sale September 11.





Preview: Love and Rockets New Stories #6


What was that we were saying about Fall shaping up? Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 is coming out in October, and will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Pre-orders from the above link get two special Los. Bros mini-comics. Since relaunching Love and Rockets with New Stories, a single thick volume released yearly, the Hernandez Bros. have been producing some of the best work of their careers. According to the blurb, the new issue centers on two newer caracter that Gilbert and Jaime are exploring, Killer and Tonta.

The cover shows Gilbert’s new star Killer in a pose and milieu that will bring back memories for long-time fans — imitating the hammer-wielding Luba in her adopted Palomar. That’s because Killer has discovered that her great-grandmother Maria (Luba’s mother) starred in a late 1950s crime movie, and begins to delve into the details of her family’s twisted history. Complicating things is the fact that Luba’s half-sister Fritz played Maria in an amped-up bio-pic version of her life, creating a postmodern alternate version of the classic “Poison River” which originally told Maria’s story (in a tie-in release, see the graphic novel version of this movie, Maria M. Book One)! In the other half of the book, Jaime continues to explore his intriguing new character Tonta: In “Fuck Summer,” Tonta is talked into joining the summer swim team but can’t figure out why the brand new swim coach knows her — so, with help from friends, she sets out to find the answer. Meanwhile, something far more sinister is brewing behind the scenes…

A 10-page preview was released which you can read below:

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Hot stuff: Farel Dalrymple is Delusional


Oh, Adhouse, why must you torture me so? The publishers of fine comics and art material have been on a streak of fire recently, releasing quality book after quality book. And now here’s another to add to your ‘buy’ list: a stunning  hardcover collection of art and comics from Farel Dalrymple ( Pop Gun War, It Will All Hurt, Omega the Unknown, Prophet). [Read more…]

Preview: Jeffrey Brown’s A Matter of Life

Jeffrey Brown been busy in the past year or so with his best selling Star Wars cartoon books—Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess—and an indie film based on his work—Save the Date— but he’s coming back to the genre that made his name with June’s A Matter of Life, a full-color exploration of three generations of men: Brown, his minister father and his son, Oscar. You can pre-order the book now. meanwhile here’s a sneak peek:

Preview: Hawkeye #9 by Fraction and Aja

Hawkeye by Fraction and Aja continues to be the most stylish and offbeat superhero comic on the stands. In this issue, enter the women: Black Widow, Mockingbird, Spider-Woman and Kate Bishop try to figure out who’s trying to kill Clint Barton.

Can the Girlfriend, the Work-Wife, the Ex-Wife and the protégé find out who’s behind Hawkeye’s headache before it too late? There’s only one way to find out – preorder Hawkeye #9 now, bro.

 HAWKEYE #9 (JAN130720)
Art & Cover by DAVID AJA
FOC – 3/18/13, ON-SALE – 4/10/13



Advance Review: Viva Lost Vegas #1 (spoiler-free!)

Reuniting the team behind the Eisner award winning Return of the Dapper Men, Lost Vegas is a fun mix of science fiction space play and hustler inspired shenanigans  Oh, and it is very, very pretty.

Lost Vegas #1

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Interview and Exclusive Preview: Peyo’s BENNY BREAKIRON with Jim Salicrup of Papercutz

Following a multi-volume and ongoing celebrated run of bringing Peyo’s original SMURFS comics to English-speaking reader, all ages comics publisher Papercutz is poised to release the first volume of another Peyo classic, BENNY BREAKIRON on May 7th, 2013. Papercutz, headed by former Marvel editor and all round comics ambassador Jim Salicrup, has been kind enough to furnish The Beat with an exclusive preview from the never before seen heart of the book and also with some deep thoughts about Peyo’s BENNY from Salicrup himself.


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Preview: Phabula #1


Monkeybrain Comics, the digital comics imprint, has been rolling along since its launch last July, and they have a new book debuting on comiXology today: PHABULA #1 by Dalton Rose (SACRIFICE, THEREMIN) and it looks pretty spectacular.

The pitch: A young girl travels across a dangerous landscape of sorcerers and monsters in search of a means to lift a curse, and along the way she will have to challenge the greatest forces of her world.

And here’s the preview!





Preview: Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

With 2013 barreling along, it’s time to start looking at some of books that are going to make it a notable year, and here’s one that has flown mostly under the radar until now: Who is AC? by Hope Larson with art by Tintin Pantoja, to be published by Atheneum on April 16th. It’s Larson’s first original GN since Mercury, she she describes it thusly:
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Preview of the Legend of Zelda: HYRULE HISTORIA

A few months ago Dark Horse announced they were publishing The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, an authorized art book of the storied video game franchise. Such was the excitement for this book that it knocked off Shades of Grey from the Amazon best seller list for a while, and money from The Beat’s Amazon affiliate link paid for all our Christmas presents.

Offering never-before-seen concept art, behind-the-scenes commentary and an exclusive comic by Zelda manga-ka Akira Himekawa, Zelda fans of all ages are sure to be gaga for this book.

The book comes out on the 29th of January, and Dark Horse promises a beautiful package with an introduction by legendary producer and video-game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. It’s also, with over 100,000 copies sold through Amazon alone, guaranteed to be one of the biggest selling books of the year from a comics publisher.

And here’s a little preview. Crank up the ocarina and enjoy.

HYPE AND PREVIEW: Joe Palooka #1

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The venerable comics strip character Joe Palooka has been remade into a modern day MMA fighter in JOE PALOOKA #1 on sale today from IDW and here’s an exclusive preview. The comic already has support from the UFC and other MMA fans—as we’ve pointed out several times, MMA and comics are a natural combo, with many of the fighters big comics readers, and comics well suited to showing…well, fights.

Joe Palooka # 1 (of 6)
Mike Bullock & Matt Triano (w) • Fernando Peniche (a) • Jace McTier (c)

The legendary Joe Palooka name returns in this all-new version, as Joe fights for his freedom and for his life around the world. Set in the violent and dangerous world of top- tier mixed martial arts, this series will get you in its grip and not let go until you tap out.  Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Nick Davis flees a police manhunt, picks up the name Joe Palooka in a Tijuana tough-man contest and then travels the world seeking to clear his name while making a name for himself at the same time.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Disclosure: I was a consultant on this project.


First Still from THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug and more 2013 movie previews

Warner Bros dumped a bunch of stills from 2013 movies the other day, including this first look at The Hobbit II: The Desolation of Smaug that shows Martin Freeman as Bilbo lounging about on Smaug’s gold hoard. That can’t end well.



Because the other photos include Ryan Gosling, Henry Cavill and a very troubling looking Sylvester Stallone, here are the rest of the photos: [Read more…]

Home of the Brave – a six-page preview

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In case you’ve been wondering about the contents of the Kickstarter project we’ve been analyzing, Home of the Brave by Spencer Toyama and Jon Lewis. Here’s a six page preview of the 30 page preview available in full here. As you can see, this is not just another cookie cutter vampire werewolf story but a topic that deserves attention delivered in a thought provoking style.

The short pitch: What if the smartest person on Earth was born into poverty & slavery? Meet Aria Monfort, from the world’s poorest nation: America

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Paul Pope’s Ghost Variant Saga #7 Cover and preview


Paul Pope has done the above variant cover for SAGA #7, which will only be available via a select group of retailers who belong to a shadowy cabal that has never been sighted in public. Only the variant covers prove its existence.

And also here’s a six-page preview of the issue, on sale today—the first issue of SAGA after a two-month break for the trade.

First Look: FF #1 by Fraction and Allred

Here’s a look at a book that a lot of people will want to look at, the wacky new take on the FF by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred. The first issue ships 11/28 — and all issues will have special Marvel AR content.

With the Fantastic Four embarking on an epic journey, an all-new substitute Four, handpicked by original members – Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Miss Thing – stand ready to guard and protect Earth and the Future Foundation for four minutes! What could possibly go wrong?

FF #1 (SEP120593)
FOC – 11/5/2012, On Sale – 11/28/2012