Dark Horse teams with metal legends Slayer for comic series

“Slayer: Repentless, Vol. 1” features a story by Jon Schnepp and Guiu Vilanova.

Just in time for the holidays, Dark Horse Comics will release a three issue miniseries taking inspiration from thrash-metal band Slayer. Jon Schnepp (“Metalocalypse”) will write the series, with Guiu Vilanova providing art and Glenn Fabry and Eric Powell providing covers.

Per the press release, the comic is inspired by music videos from Slayer’s recent album, “Repentless,” specifically for the songs “Repentless” and “You Against You.”

“I think of the songs I write as stories,” Slayer’s Kerry King told Rolling Stone. “And if nothing else, they are certainly visual.”

“Slayer: Repentless, Vol. 1,” which suggest there may be more down the road, arrives in December. The band will play a concert this Thursday in San Diego and will appear at Comic-Con International at the Dark Horse booth. Check out the covers for the first issue below:

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Titans Comics and Hard Case Crime pull the trigger on comics line

In the comic news frenzy leading up to Comic-Con International, Titan Comics and book publisher Hard Case Crime have announced a new line of “gritty, sexy, violent” crime comics.

For those not familiar, Hard Case Crime publishes pulp/noir crime fiction of the new and classic varieties. They’ve published books by Stephen King, Donald E. Westlake, Michael Crichton, Jason Starr, Max Allan Collins, Ed McBain and many others.

Coming out first is “Triggerman,” written by Walter Hill, director of the cult classic film “The Warriors,” as well as “The Long Riders,” “Streets of Fire,” “48 Hours” and the more recent “Bullet to the Head.” He’ll work with French comics creators and frequent collaborators Matz and Jef. Arriving in stores Oct. 5, “Triggerman” is a Prohibition-era mini-series set in Chiacgo, where a convict “is thrown headfirst into a life of bloodshed and bullets to save the girl he left behind.” Here are a few preview pages Titan provided:

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The following week Peepland arrives, a “semi-autobiographical neo-noir mini-series with a punk edge set in the seedy Times Square peep booths of 1980s New York City.” It’s written by crime novelist and former peep show employee Christa Faust and crime and comic writer Gary Phillips, with art by Andrea Camerini. Here’s a preview page:

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Finally, Titan and Hard Case Crime are also teaming up for a new “Quarry” comic series in 2017, based on the novels by Collins. There’s no art for that one yet, but Titan did provide all the varient covers for Triggerman and Peepland, by such folks as Fay Dalton, Mack Chater, Alex Ronald, Caitlin Yarsky, Camerini, Robert Hack, Dennis Calero and Francisco Paronzini. Admittedly I thought the covers looked pretty cool, they’re the main reason I did this post. Check’em out below:

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Soule & Browne are off to see the Wizord in ‘Curse Words’

Koalas, magical assassins, hogtaurs and more, coming from Image Comics in January.

Get ready to meet Wizord, an “evil wizard in good-wizard disguise,” as Charles Soule and Ryan Browne team for “Curse Words,” winner of this week’s Best New Title for a Comic award.

Announced in the special Comic-Con edition of Entertainment Weekly, Soule (“Daredevil,” “Letter 44,” “Strongman”) and Browne (“God Hates Astronauts”) will pit Wizord and his koala against magical assassins, hogtaurs (like centaurs, but hogs) and other craziness.

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“Dumbledore’s solid. Real powerful wizard. Did some good. Gandalf too. Cool dudes, no doubt. But are they really wizards for TODAY?” Soule asked on Twitter. “That’s the question (Ryan Browne) and I asked ourselves when we started to develop our new book. Who’s the wizard we need?”

“It’s about time that two guys with silent Es at the end of their names got together and told an epic story about a Wizord and a koala,” Browne added.

Published by Image Comics, “Curse Words” is due out in January.

Image to publish Jeff Lemire’s ‘Royal City’

New comic written and drawn by Lemire comes out next March.

As noted on his blog, Jeff Lemire will write AND draw his first comic since 2013’s Trillium. Royal City, a new ongoing published by Image Comics, follows “a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up,” and has to deal with overbearing family, the vanishing town and the “ghosts” of his younger brother, who drowned decades prior.

“I have a two-season plan, about 20 issues of the comic, that will tell one decisive story about the Pike family,” Lemire told Entertainment Weekly. “But the idea of returning to this family of characters at different points in my life is really exciting to me. I think it could be something that I return to — an umbrella where I could tell other stories.”

The first issue is due out next March.

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50 artists jam together on ‘X-O Manowar’ #50 cover

Valiant shares plans for the extra-sized issue that marks Robert Venditti’s last on the title.

Via press release today, Valiant Entertainment announced the cover for “X-O Manowar” #50 will feature 50 different versions of the character drawn by 50 different artists. Check it out right here:

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Featuring colors by David Baron, the cover includes renditions of the character as drawn by:

1. Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow)
2. Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR)
3. Al Barrionuevo (The Authority)
4. Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR)
5. Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)
6. Dave Bullock (Wednesday Comics)
7. CAFU (UNITY)
8. Eric Canete (RunLoveKill)
9. Carmen Nunez Carnero (X-Factor)
10. Sean Chen (Iron Man)
11. Collen Coover (Bandette)
12. Clayton Crain (4001 A.D., RAI)
13. Jay Fabares (Valiant cover artist)
14. Tom Fowler (QUANTUM AND WOODY)
15. Manuel Garcia (BLOODSHOT)
16. Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)
17. Adam Gorham (Zero)
18. Butch Guice (BLOODSHOT REBORN)
19. Bob Hall (SHADOWMAN)
20. Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
21. Phil Jimenez (DC Universe: Rebirth)
22. J.G. Jones (Final Crisis)
23. Kano (Gotham Central)
24. Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT)
25. Bob Layton (X-O MANOWAR)
26. Mike Leeke (X-O MANOWAR)
27. Jeff Lemire (Essex County)
28. Steve Lieber (The Fix)
29. Emanuela Lupacchino (Supergirl)
30. Mike McKone (Fantastic Four)
31. Stephen Mooney (Half Past Danger)
32. Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR)
33. Pat Olliffe (Thor)
34. Pere Perez (FAITH)
35. Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men)
36. Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats)
37. Stephen Platt (Prophet)
38. Rafer Roberts (HARBINGER RENEGADES)
39. Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT)
40. Riley Rossmo (Batman)
41. Juan Joe Ryp (BRITANNIA)
42. Rafa Sandoval (X-O MANOWAR)
43. Donovan Santiago (“Valiant 8-Bit” cover artist)
44. Marguerite Sauvage (FAITH)
45. Joe St. Pierre (RAI)
46. Philip Tan (Batman & Robin)
47. Michael Walsh (The Vision)
48. Ryan Winn (DIVINITY)
49. Kevin VanHook (BLOODSHOT)
50. Ramon Villalobos (E is for Extinction)

“X-O MANOWAR #50 will be, without a doubt, the single biggest milestone ever produced by Valiant,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani said in the release. “Beginning with the incredible jam cover, this issue will stand on its own as both a tribute to the character’s vital place in the Valiant Universe and the entirety of the years-long epic that Robert Venditti – along with artists Cary Nord, Lee Garbett, Trevor Hairsine, Doug Braithwaite, Diego Bernard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gill, and Valiant’s amazing editorial team– forged into one of the greatest narrative feats of the modern era. Big moments don’t get much bigger than this.” The issue also marks Venditti’s last on the title. Look for it in September.

Oh, Canada! Government declassifies files on Supersoldier James “Logan” Howlett

Records of James "Logan" Howlett

Library and Archives Canada made a stunning announcement today: the acquisition of the declassified journals and military records of James Howlett. Howlett was the primary subject of the rumoured Canadian “Supersoldier” program. Better known as “Logan,” Howlett worked for both Canadian and United States government agencies and later, under the code-name “Wolverine,” continued freelance for various non-government organizations.

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Jarrett Williams gets hyped with ‘Hyper Force Neo’

Check out a preview of the forthcoming comic from Z2 Comics.

For your previewing pleasure … here are a few pages from Jarrett Williams’ upcoming comic from Z2 Comics, Hyper Force Neo, one of four new titles the publisher announced a few weeks back. It’s the one I’m most excited for, based on Williams’ work on Super Pro K.O.

Here are the details from the publisher:

HYPER FORCE NEO by Jarrett Williams
April, 2016

HYPER FORCE NEO, from SUPER PRO K.O.! creator Jarrett Williams, takes readers along on the adventures of Dean Masters, a 9th grader tasked with leading a group of tech-savvy teens called Hyper Force Neo. Their Mission? Save New Sigma City and their high-school from the sinister, intergalactic vagabonds known as the Dark Edge. With the use of their Hype Suits, Neo Keys, High-tech weaponry, and over-sized Neo Mechs, Dean and his friends just may get the job done. The first issue of HYPER FORCE NEO will be a super-sized 48-pages.

Jarrett Williams recently completed the third volume in his pro-wrestling/adventure series Super Pro K.O.!: Gold for Glory at Oni Press, which will be released in Summer, 2016. He is also working on a Super Pro K.O.! Special and a monthly, action/beat-em-up comic called Knuckle Up! for Oni Press. Jarrett has contributed stories for Yo Gabba Gabba: Comic Book Time at Oni Press, and covers for Adventure Time and Regular Show at Boom Studios. Jarrett was born in New Orleans, LA in 1984. He lives in Savannah, GA.

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Christine Larsen unleashes the horde in ‘Orcs #1’

A treasure hunt goes horribly awry and a legendary hero discovers a mysterious island in the first issue of the self-published comic.

A treasure hunt goes horribly awry and a legendary hero discovers a mysterious island in the first issue of the self-published Orcs by Christine Larsen, which is now available on comiXology. Or, if you prefer print, you can buy it from her online.

Larsen has been creating fun comics for a while now, from her work on covers for BOOM!’s various Cartoon Network series to Valentine with Alex De Campi for Thrillbent. Orcs looks pretty wonderful, as you can see for yourself in the preview below.

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According to an interview at Forces of Geek, Larsen has more issues planned. “Currently, I have an additional four written, but I have an outline for a larger arc if I find I feel up to it and it looks like the readership is there,” she told the site. “The current sets of stories are episodic, so anyone can pick them up at any point and read them. I’m saving the bigger arc for if I feel daring, but I also may want to move on to new worlds by then. That’s the nice thing about self publishing, I can keep the future loose and see how the project is received.”

Have I mentioned I’m excited for Rafer Roberts’ run on Archer & Armstrong?

Introducing Davey the Mackerel …

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