Thursday, September 03, 2015

EXIT LIGHT ENTER NIGHT: Shadowman To Return In 'Ninjak'

It was really hard when Valiant stopped both Harbinger and Shadowman

While Harbinger was soon followed by Imperium, which follows the madness of Toyo Harada (which will no doubt lead back into a new Harbinger #1), that break eased the foot off a gass pedal which had otherwise been foot-to-the-floor on a monthly basis.

Hardest hit were us Shadowman fans, as the sensational work of writer Peter Milligan, came to an end in the 2014 mini series ShadowMan: End Times, where the hero killed his father and eventually became slave to arch-enemy Master Darque, lost in the Deadside dimension.

Then nothing (commence fan screaming).

Now reaccelarating with a distinct new vision, comes word that Jack Boniface - Shadowman (one of the companies most profitable franchises in its previous incarnations), is on his way back, starting in Ninjak's next story-arc Operation Deadside. 

A four part sci-fi tale that sees the ultimate martial artist (and magig non-beliver) venture into the supernatural / voodoo relm where the Shadowman and the evil spirit loa within him that he struggles to control was lost, to find weapons and a covert military team also AWOL in the same darkened abyss.

With the Shadowman's edgy occult oracle, Punk Mambo at his MI-6 side, the Valiant team tells Entertainment Weekly the arc will start in December's Ninjak #10, by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite, with each issue of the survival story upping the spook factor with glow in the dark covers.

 What do you think? 

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

TO ME MY ETCH A SKETCH Avengers Drawn In Retro Wonder

I was never an Etch A Sketch kid. Not that I didn't try, but after a few twists and turns of the dial my inner Hulk / Etrigan / Violator (depending on your publisher of choice), was roaring to get out and smash the tiny artistic console to smithereens.

Christoph Brown thankfully, is not one of those peeps. In fact he's mastered the said retro device and used it to produce amazing images of Iron Man, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Thor, Spider-Man, and Hulk. What's more he did it on a Pocket Etch A Sketch. Click play to see it in action.

Monday, August 31, 2015

R.I.P. WES CRAVEN: 1939-2015

If I said 'I learnt to count from the skipping rhyme in A Nightmare on Elm Street, it would'nt be far wrong. I grew up on 80's horror and no film (even to this day) has ever spooked me like Wes Craven's sleep-depriving masterpiece. So I was saddened today to read he had passed away from brain cancer, aged 76.

Sure, he also was the brains behind the Scream trilogy, and tried his hand with DC's Swamp Thing, but his greatest creation will always be Freddy Krueger. He may never meet Wolverine claw to claw, or Sandman dream to dream, but he'll be keeping future generations jumping at shadows and sleeping with the light on long after I'm gone too. That I'm sure of.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


One of the challenging things about writing this website in the first country to see the sun, is in the timezones. Do I write for the day it is here in New Zealand, or do I write for the day it is in the United States?

Case in point - today's post celebrating the birthday of Jack Kirby.

So many characters on this page from the DC Super Powers series that I would have killed to see 'The King' do an expanded run on - Flash, Firestorm and Dr Fate amongst them - it really is an awesome spread, and one that shows how dynamic Jack could even make a room full of talking capes seem.

While I never understood a lot of his work as a kid, now I don't think I travel many places without taking something of his with me. From a pocket digest of his Captain America, to the amazing KIRBY coffee table book, his legacy is a huge driver, and I look forward to seeing how the comics community celebrates 100 years of Kirby in two years time.

 What do you think?  For more great splash pages, click here.