Saturday, April 30, 2016

DOOMED TO RETURN: The Revival Of Ominous Press

From Operation: Galactic Storm to Kurt Busiek and George Perez on The Avengers, I loved the 90's. However, as odd as it may seem today, not all the major moves of the decade came from earth's mightiest, nor were they all Marvel's.

Defiant, The Ultraverse, Chaos!, Crusade, Techno, AC Comics, London Night Studios - and more, the 90's was the decade where the small publisher roared.

Now one of that indie crowd has found a new set of lungs, as CBR reports living legend, Bart Sears looks to revive his Ominous Press label at HeroesCon in June, alongside friends; Tom Raney, Ron Marz and Andy Smith.

All 'Sears ideas' and new reader friendly, the debut titles of the line below were inspired by the energetic tone of flawed heroes like Conan and Doc Savage, who existed outside the super-hero genre.

PROMETHEUS (W) Ron Marz (A) Tom Raney Heroes in a fantasy world find out they're actually monsters in the real world of a dystopian future. "The Matrix" mixed with "Judge Dredd."

DEMI-GOD (W) Ron Marz (A) Andy Smith A modern slacker gets "rewarded" with the powers of a mythological god, but lacks the responsibility to use them. Over-the-top action, humor and a lead character who's a "really appealing jerk".

GIANTKILLERS (W & A Bart Sears) A big heroic guy with a big sword, tries to keep a powerful foe from crushing their sword and sorcery meets sci-fi apocalyptic world. Blade Runner meets Lord of the Rings and Mad Max: Fury Road.

This is great news. All are pros I never tire of seeing in action, especially Bart Sears. From CrossGen to X-O Manowar, his talent is always stunning to the eye. While I missed much of the original material due to a much smaller income in the 90's, fresh characters with more Conan-ish type adventures definitely has me looking forward to Giantkillers - if not all three! What do you think?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Marvel's July 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' July 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #1 An Inhuman with the ability to predict the future has helped the heroes of the Marvel Universe clamp down on crime before it can even happen. While this thwarts most criminals, one man has found a way to keep doing what he does best. Wilson Fisk has managed to stay one step ahead of the good guys and his crime enterprise is BOOMING. But what's his secret?! A gritty, street-level view of Civil War II starring the Kingpin in a world without crime! (W) Matthew Rosenberg (A), Ricardo Lopez Ortiz 40 pages

Why: It's about time the Kingpin was restored to the top of the crime ladder!

 CIVIL WAR II WATCH 
#3 This is the one everyone will be talking about! One of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe will fall! Who it is and how and why will divide fans for years to come. Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe survive the unthinkable happening? The fallout to this issue is enormous! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez 40 pages

#4 Sides are harshly divided as the Marvel Universe's trial of the century reaches its shocking verdict! Now, the abstract issues are very real for the heroes of the Marvel Universe and battle lines must be drawn. Captain Marvel or Iron Man, who will each hero stand behind? (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez 40 pages

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  THE VISION #9 Every family has its share of secrets รข€“ skeletons in the closet, kept hidden from the world at large. For the Visions, those secrets are real, actual skeletons. The thing about secrets is they always have a cost... and one of the Visions is going to pay with their life. (W) Tom King (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Deadpool v Gambit isn't in the top six, but damn that's a sweet cover!


 THE REGULAR READS

DAREDEVIL #9 Hong Kong! Hustlers!! Spider-Man!!! (W) Charles Soule (A) Goran Sudzuka

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11 During the last Civil War, Tony Stark and Captain America battled to the bitter end. Now they find themselves on the same side. Or do they? It is Steve Rogers and Tony Stark like you have never seen them before. (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Mike Deodato

What do you think? Full Marvel's June 2016 solicitations here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From DC Comics' July 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at DC Comics' July 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH  JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1 variant cover by Joe Madureira! Spinning out of the events of DC Universe: Rebirth #1, a new day dawns for Earth's greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including... Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world--and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren't so sure. (W and A) Bryan Hitch

Why: Joe Mad on DC and an awesome twist like the pre-52 Superman on the team - my wallet's open and waiting.

 THE REGULAR READS

WONDER WOMAN #2 and #3 (W) Greg Rucka #2 "Wonder Woman Year One" Chapter One: Running parallel to "The Lies," the definitive and shocking tale of Diana's first year as Earth's protector. (A) Nicola Scott #3 "The Lies," chapter two Wonder Woman must team up with one of her greatest enemies to solve a growing mystery about Themyscira! (A) Liam Sharp

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1 and #1 In the absence of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro and his fear-inducing Yellow Lantern Corps patrol the universe as its sole protectors--but deep in space, a green light still burns. Harnessing the remainder of his will, Hal Jordan must become a one-man GL Corps to defeat his greatest foe and restore freedom to the cosmos. (W) Robert Venditti (A) Ethan Van Sciver
#1 's Law" Chapter One. With no backup and only his ring and battery to keep him alive, Hal Jordan streaks toward battle with the Sinestro Corps, while his greatest foe prepares to wipe the last Green Lantern of them all out of existence! (W) Robert Venditti (A) Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona

ACTION COMICS #959 and #960 (W) Dan Jurgens (A) Tyler Kirkham #959 "Path to Doom" Chapter Three: Clark Kent gets caught in the crossfire as Doomsday crashes through the streets of Metropolis! As Lois struggles to keep young Jonathan out of the path of destruction, can former enemies Superman and Lex Luthor stop the monster that once destroyed the city and killed the Man of Steel--or does Luthor have other plans?
#960 "Path to Doom" Chapter Three Four: Wonder Woman joins the fight, but even her added might can't slow down Doomsday's rampage! As Superman comes face-to-face with the woman who once loved him, the Man of Tomorrow must also wrestle with the reappearance of Clark Kent.



 JUMP ON HERE  BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1 "Who Is Oracle" Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone's uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they're using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City...Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way.. (W) Julie Benson and Shawna Benson (A) Claire Roe

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  NEW SUPER-MAN #1 "Made In China" Chapter One: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of The Final Days of Superman, meet Kong Kenan--the New Super-Man! When the world needed a new hero, China made him! (W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Victor Bogdanovic

What do you think? For DC's full July solicits, click here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

THE COMICS' BEAT: Riddler In Aston Merrygold's 'Get Stupid'

Mondays. They are worse than Dr Doom and after a heavy one, it can be a little hard to get the drum pumping again for the week ahead. In The Comics' Beat, I chuck up a musical hit saluting comics' best.

This week, if any song of late rivals 'Uptown Funk' it is 'Get Stupid' by Aston Merrygold. 

But while you're tapping your hands on the steering wheel to it's catchy beat, did you realise he name drops one of Batman's most enduring villains - both in name and secret identity? Make with the clicky to see what I mean: