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Press Release - Dark Horse and Dynamite Entertainment Announce and Epic Crossover Event!




New York Comic Con kicks off with news of an all-new Matt Wagner series ‘The Shadow vs. Grendel!’

NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 7–Days before the doors open on one of the year’s largest events in pop culture, Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment announce the first in a series of upcoming crossovers. Matt Wagner will write and draw an all-new Grendel story steeped in the pulp-noir world of The Shadow!

The Shadow is one of the most renowned and enduring pop-culture creations of all time, a multi-media character that established the original archetype of the modern super-hero. Grendel, Matt Wagner’s epic saga of dark aggression, has been a trailblazing powerhouse of independent comics for over thirty years and, for many fans, the elegant and deadly Hunter Rose is the quintessential version of the character. Combined, these legendary and iconic characters represent over a century of publishing history!

Best-selling author Hunter Rose is secretly the masked assassin and criminal overlord known only as Grendel. When an arcane artifact comes into his possession, Grendel finds himself thrust into a world for which he seems destined, where style and violence intersect to form a dazzling golden age. He will soon discover that this New York also has a fearsome protector—a dark and mysterious avenger whose name is spoken in hushed whispers, The Shadow!

“Ever since the smash success of my two previous crossover events (with Batman), I’ve had many offers over the years to see Grendel cross blades with a varied host of other characters,” comments Grendel creator, Matt Wagner. “But none of those opportunities ever excited me as much as this possibility. I’ve been a huge fan of The Shadow for many, many years and my love of the character finally saw fruition when I got the chance to literally re-define his origins by writing The Shadow: Year One for Dynamite. To have the chance to both write and draw The Shadow facing my own creation is something of a dream come true! It's also adds yet another instant classic to my long legacy of Grendel projects with Dark Horse Comics.”

“I'm looking forward to this project for many reasons, not the least of which is Matt Wagner's return as both writer and artist of Grendel” said Dark Horse president and publisher, Mike Richardson. “The fact that I share Matt's enthusiasm for one of the greatest fictional characters of all time, The Shadow, makes it all the more exciting. Dark Horse and Dynamite are proud to announce this great comic series from one of comics' premier creators.”

“Matt Wagner truly is a living legend. I’ve personally known and been a fan of Matt’s since Grendel first appeared in the early ‘80’s, and one of the first prestige comics I bought was the Terminator by Matt with James Robinson from Dark Horse. Matt’s an incredible story teller and has written three series for Dynamite, including The Shadow: Year One” said Dynamite publisher, Nick Barucci. “When the idea for a Shadow/Grendel cross-over was suggested, and Matt stated that he would write it AND illustrate the series in a Prestige format, let’s just say that you can’t quantify the excitement in our offices. This is such an incredible series, and the first of more projects that Dynamite and Dark Horse are announcing.”

This exciting new three issue series will be released in three 48 page prestige format issues in 2014! Look for more details in the months to come, and check out this exclusive interview on Comic Book Resources!

Press Release - Dark Horse and Dynamite Entertainment Announce and Epic Crossover Event!

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 21, 2011

I didn't pick up many comics this week. However, the guys at the comic store know of my love of all things Lovecraft and stuck a couple of older Lovecraft comics in  my folder.

The new comic I picked up this week is from Dynamite Entertainment.

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called #5. I love this cover.

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 21, 2011
Mercy Thompson is a walker, a last-of-her-kind being who transforms magically into a coyote at. Living between the dark world of werewolves, vampires, and fae and the daylight world of humans, she walks her own solitary path, seeking only peace.

But now everything she loves is under attack by a baffling conspiracy. Friends have been kidnapped, captured, and killed.

Out-numbered, out-muscled and out of time, there is just one thing Mercy knows for certain.

She is going to stop them. Dynamite Entertainment

The Lovecraft comics placed in my folder are from Adventure Comics. They were published in the early 1990s. They look great. I received a limited edition copy of Issue 1 and and a copy of Issue 3. I've purchased Issue 1 (regular), Issue 2 and Issue 4 from eBay. I'll scan them when they arrive and share them.

Here are scans of the covers of the two issues that I have:

The Lurking Fear
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 21, 2011

The Tomb
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 21, 2011

Issue 2 is Beyond the Wall of Sleep.  Issue 4 is The Alchemist.

The Lurking Fear was written in 1922 and The Tomb in 1917. Beyond the Wall of Sleep was written in 1919. The Alchemist was written in 1908. You can read Lovecraft's stories by clicking on the name, if you are so inclined.

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 7, 2011

I picked up my new comics late today so have not had time to read them. I'll share my favorite covers though, which are both by Brett Booth.

Both of these are from Dynamite Entertainment.

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Fool Moon #1

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 7, 2011
Harry Dresden`s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he`s mobster Johnny Marcone`s supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren`t enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City. But as is always the case when it comes to the creatures of the Nevernever, there`s far more going on than meets the eye. Before it`s all over, Harry will find himself caught between friends, enemies, and arcane forces bent on his destruction. Is it any wonder he can`t find a date?

Expanding on Book Two of Jim Butcher's NY Times bestselling saga, and featuring writer Mark Powers and artist Brett Booth, Fool Moon starts with a bang and doesn't let up! Dynamite Entertaiment 
L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress: The Hidden Darkness #3
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - April 7, 2011
Book 3 - Bygones to Blood: From the looks of all things gruesome, it appears that the Neterus' and the Neteru Guardians' old nemeses are back. They can't be sure, as the murders of fellow Guardians have been weird and self-inflicted--but then again, Carlos and Damali have found something at the site of one of the more tragic death scenes that leads them to a new demonic lair. However, the question is, will this new discovery injure the newly pregnant Damali and the twins she is carrying?

Written by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author LA Banks, The Vampire Huntress Legends: The Hidden Darkness is an original story that takes place after the epilogue in the 12th and final book in the Vampire Huntress series of novels and should not be missed by her fans or anyone who enjoys great paranormal fantasy! Dynamite Entertainment

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

It was a great comics week for me, but I'm only going to share a couple of the many comics I picked up.

I'm going to start of with Issue 5 of the Warlord of Mars from Dynamite Entertainment. Issue 5 has 7 covers: 4 regular covers and 3 Retailer Incentive (RI) covers.

Cover A - Joe Jusko (50%)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

Cover B - Lucio Parrillo (50%)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

Cover C - Patrick Berkenkotter (1-in-10)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

Cover D - Stephen Sadowski (1-in-15)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

"Martian Red" RI Cover - Stephen Sadowski
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

"Black & White Art" Retailer Incentive Cover - Joe Jusko
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011
"Virgin Art" Retailer Incentive Cover - Lucio Parrillo
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

John Carter is falling for Dejah Thoris. They are being held captive by the Green Men of Mars. Carter does not understand Martian tradition and insults Dejah. A Green Man challenges Carter. Dejah thinks that Carter has been killed.

From Moonstone Comics... Kolchak: The Night Stalker Files, Issue 2. I love Kolchak. I adore the TV Show and the TV movies.

Cover A - Woodrow Hinton III (75%)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011

Cover B - Jaime Martinez (25%)
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Cover C: Dave Ulanski & Ken Wolak (less than 10%)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - March 17, 2011
Things are looking up for night stalking reporter Carl Kolchak - he's got a new job in sunny South Florida with a fat paycheck and an editor who loves him. But deep in the heart of the Everglades, something inhuman is on the prowl; a terrifying creature with a taste for human flesh. Moonstone

I find that I gravitate toward comics that are somehow related to books or shows I loved from years ago.  These comics are special to me. What pulls you to a particular comic?

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

Here are my favorites from this week's comics.

BOOM! Studios

Dracula: The Company of Monsters, #7

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011
It’s bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Kurt Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos. The enemy of my enemy is…my ally? With Dracula's forces fully amassed, Evan and vampire hunter Marta must team-up to bring down the king of monsters before he brings our world under his dominion! The ongoing horror series from the mind of Kurt Busiek continues! BOOM! Studios

Dynamite Entertainment

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Vol. 2, #3

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011
While Randal Six desperately tries to solve the puzzle of his escape and Deucalion's advice is sought in the pursuit of the rogue Detective Harker, Victor returns home to discover his telekinetic experiment Karloff dead. Victor first suspects Karloff has gotten around his programming regarding self-termination, but that's not what his video surveillance reveals... the tension is upped in the latest issue of Dean Koontz' FRANKENSTEIN!
From the masterly pen of New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz-and featuring an adaptation by legendary comic book writer Chuck Dixon-Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is a story filled with fast-paced action, gripping horror, and thrilling adventure. Dynamite Entertainment

IDW Publishing

True Blood: Tainted Love, Issue 1

As you know if you read this blog I collected all the availble covers of True Blood, Vol. 1. See here and here.  Yesterday marked the release of Volume 2 of the True Blood comic. It's subtitled "Tainted Love." There are 7 covers for Issue 1.

Cover A (art by J. Scott Campbell)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

Cover B (art by Joe Corroney)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011
Our friends in Bon Temps just can’t seem to catch a break these days. Sookie Stackhouse's world is turned upside down when contaminated bottles of Tru Blood cause the Southern Vampire population to go berserk! Looks like those growing human/vampire tensions aren’t going to simmer down anytime soon! But who (or what) is behind the bad "Blood"? And Hoyt plans to do what for Jessica?! The latest "head-turning" story arc of the True Blood comic series starts here! IDW Publishing

Retail Incentive Covers A & B
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

In addition there are variant covers by Dynamic Forces, Hastings, and Jetpack Comics.

American Vampire, #12

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

In this lost tale of Skinner Sweet, it's 1924 when the first American vampire crosses paths with a Wild West show featuring some old pals and enemies from his outlaw days – and he is not happy. From the dying West to flying biplanes, we see how Skinner adjusts to life in the 20th century. Featuring stunning art by Danijel Zezelj (NORTHLANDERS, LUNA PARK).  Vertigo
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