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Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with writer Brian wood and artist Becky Cloonan to bring Conan the Barbarian back to comics with an adaptation of “Queen of the Black Coast”. The recent film might not have done so hot, but I think fans of the character will (or should) give the new series a chance. I’ve been a big fan of Conan in all of its forms and I like that “Black Coast” shows a different time for the character, read the series description:

In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s fan-favorite “Queen of the Black Coast,” Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Belit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling. This is Conan as you’ve never seen him, with the combination of one of Robert E. Howard’s greatest tales and the most dynamic creative team in comics!

Check out Conan fighting the ocean on February 8th, 2012.

Posted on January 4th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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If you are as big of a Toy Story fan as I am, than you’ll be glad to hear about about an all new limited series from Disney and Marvel Comics which will bring us a new story with the characters we’ve fallen in love with over the film series.

Hitting news stands and comic stores in March, the four issue limited series will take us back in time a little bit to the end of the first movie when Andy got Buster, a lovable puppy. What followed for Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang?

The limited series is written by Tea Orsi, with art by Teresa Quezada-Geer and Antonello Dalena, and a cover by Marco Ghiglione and Silvano Scolari.

Between the Toy Story shorts in front of Cars 2 and The Muppets and now the characters returning in comic book format, it looks like we don’t have any end in sight for everyone’s favorite toys – and I couldn’t be happier. It’ll also be great to see characters that didn’t make it to Toy Story 3 again, like Bo Peep and Lenny (assuming they are in the series). With so much time between movies there really could be an endless supply of content for future Toy Story comics (and all new short films). Lets hope the series does well enough to warrant more of them!

Posted on December 18th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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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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Next Wednesday, August 31st Buffy the Vampire Slayer “season 9” begins with Angel & Faith #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The once rouge slayer will be teaming up with the vampire with a soul for a new 25 issue series that will see them move to England and continue their own personal fights for redemption.  On to the official description for issues number one:

Left in a near-catatonic state following the events in Buffy Season 8, Angel will need a seriously rude awakening if he’s to make amends for his ill-conceived deeds. Enter rebel Slayer with a cause–Faith Lehane. Together they’ll have full access to the Watcher files and opportunities to make amends for all they’ve done . . . and will do.

The issue is written by Christos Gage with interior art by Rebekah Isaacs, and overseen by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. I can’t wait for the new issue and to see how it will tie in with the new season of Buffy comics.

Also from Dark Horse Comics next week is The Goon #35. The official description of the issue:

Goon and Franky stumble upon a bizarre freak show at Brigadoon’s Dreamland Carnival, where the evil barker pits the Goon against a horrendous, bacon-eating behemoth, the Ten-in-One!

The Goon creator/artist Eric Powell is joined by writer Evan Dorkin. While I’m not familar with Dorkin’s work, I absolutely love Powell’s Goon artwork. You can pick up both issues next Wednesday.

I don’t fully know how I feel about DC Comics upcoming renumbering/reboot of their line. The fanboy in me that followed the DCU for years and years is disappointed, but with how bad things have gotten recently (which caused me to not bother picking up a DC title in months), I can see why they’d want to move forward and forget some of the recent past. A way to re-energize the line and fans with fresh material.

I’m just seriously disappointed by the cover to Superman #1 (below and to the right). The costume redesign looks goofy and the art is subpar. George Perez has done classic work in the past, but someone should have sent this horrible cover back and asked him to do something else. To give it another go and see how it would look. It seems lazy and lackluster for one of the books that should be at the top of DC’s line.

Action Comics #1 (above left)
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Rags Morales & Rick Bryant
Official Description: The one and only Grant Morrison returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

Superman #1 (above right)
Writer: George Perez
Artist: Jesus Merino
Official Description: The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!

Superboy #1 (above left)
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: RB Silva & Rob Lean
Official Description: They thought he was just an experiment – and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience?

Supergirl #1 (above right)
Writers: Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Official Description: Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!

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Along with the four new key Batman series (see: DC Comics Announces New Batman Titles), DC Comics has also revealed seven other Batman family books which will be part of the upcoming renumbering/reboot.

Nightwing #1 (above left)
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Eddy Barrows
Official Description: After a tenure as the Batman of Gotham, Dick Grayson resumes his mantle as Nightwing! As Dick embraces his identity, Haley’s Circus, the big top where he once performed with his family, returns to Gotham – bringing with it a history of murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront friends and enemies from his past as he searches for the source of an even greater evil.

Batgirl #1 (above right)
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Ardian Syaf & Vicente Cifuentes
Official Description: Batgirl’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as dark secrets from her past…

Catwoman #1 (above left)
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Guillem March
Official Description: Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good.

Birds of Prey #1 (above right)
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Official Description: The Birds of Prey are Gotham City’s covert ops team, taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (above left)
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Official Description: Batman’s former sidekick had put his past as The Red Hood behind him, when the reclusive Jason Todd finds himself unwillingly elected as the leader of an all-new team of outlaw vigilantes. As The Red Hood once again, Jason Todd will lead this new team of antiheroes, including Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal and Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war.

Batwing #1 (above right)
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Ben Oliver
Official Description: This September, join with us in this historic moment when the first black character to wear the Batman mantle will be the first to star in his own ongoing series.

Batwoman #1 (not pictured)
Official Description: The highly-anticipated new series from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder begins in BATWOMAN #1.

Last week DC Comics revealed the shocking news that they were rebooting the whole DC Universe of books, renumbering them all to #1 (including the two longest running titles out there Action Comics and Detective Comics), and they will be releasing the print issues and digital issues on the same date.

While I hate the idea of restarting continuity (or rewinding it? It is really unsure at this point exactly what they are doing), it could lead to some good storytelling as Marvel Comic’s Spider-Man “Brand New Day” did as it rewrote years of history.  DC has slowly started to reveal the new creative teams for some of their most popular characters. Today I want to focus on the Dark Knight…

Detective Comics #1 (above right)
Writer/Artist: Tony Daniel
Official Description: Marking the first time Batman will appear in a debut issue of Detective Comics, the series will find Bruce Wayne on the trail of a dangerous serial killer known only as the Gotham Ripper.

Batman and Robin #1 (above left)
Writer: Peter Tomasi
Artist: Pat Gleason
Official Descriotion: …will explore the family dynamic of the Caped Crusader as Bruce Wayne battles the Gotham underworld with the help of his son, Damian, in the role of Robin.

Batman: The Dark Knight #1 (above left)
Writer/Artist: David Finch
Official Description: A twisted adventure that pulls Bruce Wayne deep into the halls of the famed Arkham Asylum, a jail for Gotham City’s most dangerous and criminally deranged.

Batman #1 (above right)
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Official Description: In the series, Bruce Wayne once again becomes the only character taking on the Batman name.

What do you think about the new run of Batman titles? Is it more of the same or are you excited about the creative teams that DC has put together? Do you like the idea of the whole DC Universe starting fresh or is it finally time to give up on them?

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