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This July, IDW Publishing resurrects the spirit of vengeance with an all new The Crow series from John Shirley, the writer of the original Brandon Lee starring 1994 dark thriller. Shirley also wrote the 2009 movie The Tomb with Wes Bentley and Michael Madsen, and episodes of BraveStarr, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and others.

The Crow was last seen in comic book format in 1999 when it was published by Image Comics and lasted 10 issues. Movie wise, three sequels followed the 94 film with the last being The Crow: Wicked Prayer starring Edward Furlong as the title character. A television series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven followed the last movie, but was short lived. You can check it out over on Hulu.

This new series come hot off recent news of a Crow “reinvention” movie being in the works from Relativity Media and Dimension Films, to be written by Jesse Wigutow and directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Wigutow wrote a 2006 TV movie The Prince with Amber Heard, while Gutiérrez directed the 2008 Spanish film Before the Fall.

THE CROW #1
“Death and Rebirth,” Part 1. THE CROW is reborn—in Tokyo. Can a dark spirit fight for the light? THE CROW has always done just that—striking from the shadows, a kind of shadow himself. The spirit of the Crow is back, transfiguring Jamie Osterberg, an American studying in Tokyo and deeply in love with his Japanese girlfriend, Yumi… until the love of his life is stolen. The Crow must once more make the wrong thing right—but this time he might have to do it by killing his own true love…

THE CROW #2
“Death, My Revelation.” The Crow has been reborn in blood and loss through something that may be worse than death. Displaced spirits, torn from their living bodies, wander Tokyo as the mystery deepens. The Crow is on a mission of vengeance, his samurai sword splashing blood… but he must also uncover hidden truths as he penetrates level after level of secrets within the shadowy corridors of Biotrope… and the dark recesses of a mysterious island off the coast of Japan.

The series features art by Kevin Colden. Issue #1 comes out in July while issue #2 comes out in August. Hopefully this series will have longer legs than the last attempt at an ongoing title.

I’m not sure if it is all of the resurfaced talk about a Ghostbusters 3 movie going into production or just font memories of The Real Ghostbusters (anyone know where I can watch that online?), but I have been itching for new Ghostbusters story.  Enter IDW with an all new Ghostbusters ongoing comic series! Written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening, the series will hit stands on September 28th, 2011.

IDW’s official description:

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream… Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocaplypse, or just a little indigestion? These questions and more are raised in the first issue of the all-new, ongoing Ghostbusters!

Posted on September 5th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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GI Joe Preview

IDW Publishing presents an all new issue of G.I. Joe. In the new issue, Scarlett and a team of Fobbits make a jump to a tropical island that is a Cobra base.   They are lead by none other than classic Joe member Ripcord.  Will they be able to defeat Cobra and take over the island or will the evil organization do everything in its power to keep it in their hands. Elsewhere, Shipwreck and his crew heads into action against the Dreadnaught, aka Cobra’s gigantic submarinecruiser.

From the art above, it looks like the new G.I. Joe series is taking some influence from last summer’s movie adaptation.  I don’t think that is a bad thing per say, I’m actually one of the people who enjoyed the Stephen Sommers film. I think it was entertaining and fun, what more can you ask for from a summer popcorn flick?  In the film version, Marlon Wayans portrayed Ripcord (looks similar to the pic also) and Rachel Nichols was Scarlett. The film version also had them get together romantically. Will the comic follow suit?

G.I. Joe #20
Official Description: Ripcord joins the series as he leads Scarlett and a team of Fobbits on a jump to a faraway tropical island. But it’s no day at the beach because Cobra owns this little slice of paradise and means to keep it. Also, Shipwreck and his crew of pirates in action against the Dreadnaught; Cobra;s gigantic submarine-cruiser. It’s a perfect storm of action and suspense!

The issue comes out on July 8th. Have you been following the past 20 issues? Are you excited to see Ripcord at last? Did you enjoy the movie like I did?

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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