Tuesday, August 31, 2010

7th Dimension Tuesday

The Brightonomicon (5 of 13) Click here to listen.
"The Lark of the Lansdowne Lioness". Rune and Rizla collect the tea-flavoured tears of a magical statue. With David Warner.

The Fall of the House of Usher (2 of 2) Click here to listen.
As his behaviour starts to change, Roderick Usher reveals his terrible secret.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

The XX - Live at Eurosonic

From January.
Some wonderful person has posted all of the set.

Enjoy!















Monday, August 30, 2010

7th Dimension Monday

The Brightonomicon (4 of 13) Click here to listen.
"The Monstrous Mystery of the Moulsecoomb Crab". Hugo Rune and Rizla uncover an alien plot on the Sussex Downs. With David Warner.

The Fall of the House of Usher (1 of 2) Click here to listen.
What power does the family's ancestral home hold over Roderick and Madeline Usher?

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Movie Night: Alien (1979)

I bought all the Alien and Predator movies on DVD Friday and I'm now in the middle of an Alien/Predator movie marathon.

I just finished watching the first film in the line-up, Alien, and thought I would share some thoughts on it.

First of all... Alien, directed by the now very well known Ridley Scott, is a sci-fi classic that could not be rated less than five out of five stars, or ten out of ten stars. If there's a ranking system going on, it's at the top of it. This movie set the standard for all space thrillers that came after.

Little did we know when this trailer descended upon the theater-going public in 1979 what exactly we were in for.



Was it a space-chicken? What's up with the cat? Why is everyone flailing around like madmen?

Well, what we get is an interesting space horror film with a mix of Lifeboat and a bit of slasher-film antics.

We meet seven folks traveling aboard the Nostromo, a freighter vessel carrying cargo back to Earth. Not the least of which is Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver.

Their ship is designed to travel in auto-pilot while en-route to their home planet. The ship, which has a mild artificial intelligence, follows programming built into it and stops their trip short when it receives what appears to be a distress call. "Mother", as she is called, is not as advanced as HAL of 2001 but she does still manage to piss the humans off.

I must say every time I see the cat eating at the table after the crew wakes up, I think of the cat from AMERICAN FLAGG. I forget his name now...

One thing I love the most about this film is the ambiance. The opening scene with the distress call being received and the ship coming to life is one of my favorite parts. At one time I even searched for the sounds of the computer in that scene so I could use it for my Windows start-up sound.

There are a lot more bits like this where the sounds are kept rather soft and large areas appear on the screen for an extended amount of time just to set a mood. It did a great job of setting up the suspense and getting the audience into the movie.

Even with all the ambiance and beautiful cinematography, the part of the film most viewers would be more familiar with is going to be the "chestbursting" scene.

That brings us to the alien, itself, which was designed by H.R. Giger. His work on Alien garnered him an Oscar for Best Achievement for Visual Effects.
You hardly ever see the alien's full body on the screen and when you do it's not for very long. This was a technique used to make it look even more real by giving it less screen-time to be analyzed. You don't really get a prolonged look at the alien until the end of the film when it's going for it's space walk on a leash.

Something else that occurred to me is that Alien proves that not all people die from smoking as several of the characters smoke (on the spaceship, even!) and ultimately meet their ends. But not from smoking.

After watching the movie again, for some reason, Captain Dallas reminded me of Commander Rann from Marvel Comics' MICRONAUTS: THE NEW VOYAGES. Kelley Jones' art in that series really grabbed me and portrayed space and alien beings very well. Hmmmm... I think I may pull those back out and read them.

Wednesday Comics Grabs Harvey Award

Over the weekend DC Comics' WEDNESDAY COMICS received a Harvey Award for Best Anthology.

Woohoo! I hope this means we'll see a sequel or more books like POOD.

2000 AD and Judge Dredd Online Releases

Recent 2000 AD ebooks released through Clickwheel.

2000 AD

PROG #1696
KNOW YOUR ENEMY -- Savage undercover in the Volgan stronghold -- Featuring Judge Dredd, The Red Seas, Sinister Dexter, Savage and Strontium Dog -- Only $2.99 US (retails for $3.75 US).

PROG #1697
CARD SHARKS! -- Has Croak cashed in Dexter's chips? -- Featuring Judge Dredd, The Red Seas, Sinister Dexter, Savage and Strontium Dog -- only $2.99 US (retails for $3.75 US).

PROG #1698
GRAVE SECRETS -- What lies beneath in Strontium Dog? -- Featuring Judge Dredd, The Red Seas, Sinister Dexter, Savage and Strontium Dog -- only $2.99 US (retails for $3.75 US).

JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE

MEG #300
BUMPER 300TH ISSUE -- Featuring Judge Dredd, Lilly MacKenzie, Armitage, Hondo-City Justice, Anderson AND MORE! -- Includes FREE Armageddon Graphic Novel! Over 150 pages in total! -- $3.99 US (retails $10.99 US)

(2000 AD and JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE are published by 2000 AD/Rebellion.)

7th Dimension Sunday

The Darker Side of the Border (3 of 3) Click here to listen.
"The Brownie of the Black Haggs". Bossy Lady Wheelhope becomes strangely obsessed with a mysterious servant.

Legacy (2 of 2) Click here to listen.
Searching for his grandmother's legacy lands Harry in deep trouble. Can Jules rescue him?

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

io9 Explains Sc-Fi


io9, which tends to focus on science fiction, has begun a feature called sci-fi101.

There's eight articles so far and you can find them all here.

All things from books to movies and television to even artwork is discussed. I found it quite interesting.

Things to Come...

Here's the solicits for comics coming in November (via Comics Continuum and Newsarama):

DC Comics
Marvel Comics
Image Comics
Dark Horse Comics
Moonstone Books
Dynamite Entertainment

Comics Order For October

Finally! I decided on what to order...
Here's what I'm getting for October 2010:

ADVENTURE COMICS #519
Written by PAUL LEVITZ Co-feature written by JEFF LEMIRE Art by KEVIN SHARPE & MARLO ALQUIZA Co-feature art by MAHMUD ASRAR & JOHN DELL Cover by SCOTT CLARK & DAVID BEATY.
In the latest 'Superboy and the Legion: The Early Years,' the Legion travels to the 20th century to visit Smallville rather than have Superboy head into the future. But what they find on the Kent farm is something that will haunt not only their own lives, but that of Superboy! And in the second feature, the Colony's attacks on the Atom get even more personal! On sale OCTOBER 13 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
(DC Comics)

BEDTIME STORIES FOR IMPRESSIONABLE CHILDREN #1
(W/A) Various.
A brand new horror anthology in the spirit of the classics! Meet Alonzo Del Vecchio, a former construction work forced by the tough economic times to become, much to just about everyone's regret, a babysitter. Modern horror masters James Kuhoric, Robert Tinnell, Mark Wheatley and J.C. Vaughn provide a series of terrifying tales the babysitter probably should have left at home.
(Moonstone)

DOOM PATROL #15
Written by KEITH GIFFEN Art by MATTHEW CLARK with RON RANDALL Cover by MATTHEW CLARK.
Ever wonder what would happen if the Doom Patrol went up against Superman? Well, keep wondering...but we've got the next best thing! On sale OCTOBER 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
(DC Comics)





FABLES #100
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM and MARK BUCKINGHAM Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, BILL WILLINGHAM, CHRISSIE ZULLO, JOAO RUAS and STEVE LEIALOHA Cover by JOAO RUAS.
In this fantastic 100-page issue, it's time to put an end to Mister Dark once and for all, and time for the Fables to return home to Fabletown. For that to happen, one of the Fables agrees to take on the Dark Man in single combat! It's big, it's epic, and if you live in New York City, you may want to take a quick vacation when this issue comes out, because things are going to get wrecked! In addition to the larger-than-life main story, we have a FABLES prose story written by Mark Buckingham and illustrated by Bill Willingham! We have an All-Star Burning Questions section that will knock your socks off (seriously, innocent people are going to lose some socks here). We have a puppet theatre created by the unstoppably creative Mark Buckingham, a FABLES board game, sequential stories painted by Chrissie Zullo and Joao Ruas, and even more surprises in this square-bound behemoth celebrating this award-winning Vertigo series! On sale NOVEMBER 24 • 100 pg, FC, $9.99 US MATURE READERS
(DC Comics/Vertigo)

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6
Written by PAUL LEVITZ Art and cover by YILDIRAY CINAR & WAYNE FAUCHER 1:10 Variant cover by JIM LEE & SCOTT WILLIAMS.
The first storyline ends here after issue #5's shocking last page! (Didn't see that one coming, didja?) Legion leader Cosmic Boy makes a drastic decision, that will affect the next year's worth of LEGION stories. And the quest to build up the 31st century Green Lantern Corps continues! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale OCTOBER 20 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
(DC Comics)

OUTBOUND #2 (DCBS Direct)
Head back to the stars with Outbound #2 the science fiction anthology from River Bird Studios. This book is packed with 12 ongoing comic stories and a three part prose story illustrated by Furman as well as a beautiful painted cover from Marcelo Buchelli. 5.5 x 8.5", 72 Pages, BW, Sci-Fi (River Bird Studios)







WARLORD OF MARS #1
Written by ARVID NELSON Art by STEPHEN SADOWSKI Covers by ALEX ROSS (30%), J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (30%), JOE JUSKO (30%) & LUCIO PARRILLO (10%) * 'Black & White' retailer incentive cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL * 'Sketch' retailer incentive cover by JOE JUSKO * 'Virgin Art' retailer incentive cover by JOE JUSKO * 'Negative Art' retailer incentive cover by ALEX ROSS * 'Negative Art' retailer incentive cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL.
The original warrior of Mars returns from Dynamite! Warlord of Mars, an enhancement of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, Princess of Mars! If you thought you knew the story, think again! This series will capture the grit and action of the original while expanding on it with new elements. The story is about John Carter, an ex-cavalry officer in the Confederate Army who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars! Joining him in his adventures there are Tars Tarkas, his Martian comrade, and Dejah Thoris, a Martin Princess. This series is written by Arvid Nelson and is illustrated by Stephen (Avengers/Invaders) Sadowski and Lui Antonio, and features covers by Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, J. Scott Campbell and Lucio Parrillo! 32 pages FC • $1.00 • Teen +
(Dynamite Entertainment)

STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT AFLAME #1 (OF 5)

John Jackson Miller (W), Federico Dallocchio (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), Joe Quinones (Cover), Mark Kenna (I), and Dave Ross (Cover).
More than one thousand years before Luke Skywalker, a dark age grips the galaxy as an ineffectual Republic abandons entire systems to Sith control. A newly knighted Jedi on her first mission, eighteen-year-old Kerra Holt has joined a band of Jedi volunteers traveling deep behind enemy lines, with no support from the Republic and little chance of survival. She thinks she is prepared for anything. She's wrong. o A new series in a new era, introducing a new female hero to Star Wars! o John Jackson Miller is also writing a Knight Errant novel for Del Rey starring Kerra Holt in an original adventure! See her here first! On sale Oct 13 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Miniseries
(Dark Horse Comics)

STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC #4 (OF 6)

New story! New characters! New creative team! STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC #4-BLOOD OF THE EMPIRE Part 1 (of 3) Alexander Freed (W), Dave Ross (P), Mark McKenna (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Benjamin Carré (Cover) On sale Oct 6 FC, 40 pages $2.99 Ongoing.
After hundreds of years, the Sith Empire has returned to the galaxy, determined to crush the Republic that sent them into exile. For young Sith Teneb Kel, it is his only chance to rise above his lowly beginnings as a slave and prove his worth to the Dark Council. Yet their mission for him is unexpected. He will not hunt Jedi, but rather, a fellow Sith-the Emperor's apprentice! o Based on the highly anticipated MMOG from LucasArts and BioWare! o Written by senior game writer Alexander Freed! o The newest Star Wars era begins here!
(Dark Horse Comics)

JIM BUTCHER DRESDEN FILES FOOL MOON #1

Written by JIM BUTCHER & MARK POWERS • Art & cover by BRETT BOOTH.
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! 32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
(Dynamite Entertainment)

JOHN MOORE PRESENTS DEAD SOLDIER #2 (OF 4)

Written by JOHN MOORE & RICHIE SMITH Art by DEAN HYRAPIET & LIQUID COMICS Covers by ROMEK DELIMATA.
Just as young Lieutenant Thomas Brightwater meets Colonel John Donner in a remote and secret outpost at the edge of desert and gets a brief glimpse of his dark backstory, the terrifying being breaks free and havoc is unleashed. Meanwhile, armed with what they do know as well as a regional conflict in the Middle East quickly spinning out of control, higher ups in Washington mobilize a twisted plan to ensnare the whole region in a final and decisive battle royal. Or so they think. Because they could have never predicted how the biggest menace of all is of their own ilk and with the potential to terrorize their forces in a way no terrorist ever could. 32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
(Dynamite Entertainment)

PATRICIA BRIGGS MERCY THOMPSON MOON CALLED #2

Written by PATRICIA BRIGGS w. DAVID LAWRENCE • Art by AMELIA WOO Cover by TBD * 'NEGATIVE ART' retailer incentive cover by BRETT BOOTH.
Coyote shape-shifter Mercy Thompson has just killed a raging werewolf in hand-to-hand - or is it fang-to-claw?! - combat. But now new dangers come from all directions. The dead wolf's friends, the local wolf pack, even the boy she fought to save are all closing in. Can Mercy survive long enough to get to the bottom of a mind-boggling mystery… or has she bitten off more than she can chew? 32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
(Dynamite Entertainment)

IZOMBIE #6

Written by CHRIS ROBERSON Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED.
Spot, the were-terrier, is hands-down the sensational character of the year! A mild-mannered computer technician by day, under a full moon he transforms into a monster with the lusts and appetites of a well-behaved house pet! But who is he really, and what is his connection to Mister Chimps? Here, at long last, the amazing secret origin of Spot is revealed, in a story we just had to call 'I, Were-Terrier'! On sale OCTOBER 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
(DC Comics/Vertigo)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

If I Had the Money...


DOCTOR WHO 11 DOCTOR AF COLLECTOR SET

Imported from the UK! For nearly fifty years audiences around the world have watched with rapt attention as the Time Lord known as the Doctor has battled monsters through space and time. Eleven actors have portrayed the Doctor; due to his Gallifreyan biology, when his body nears death it 'regenerates' to heal itself, and he takes on a new form - and often, a new personality. This boxed set features 5'' figures of the eleven men to portray the Doctor in the BBC series, with new costumes and new sculpts. Window box packaging.

Retails for $119.99.

7th Dimension Saturday

The Routemasters (1 of 4) Click here to listen.
"Taking the Michelangelo". When Bernie catches the wrong bus, he's transported back to 16th century Rome.

Last Days of Shandakor (2 of 2) Click here to listen.
Fear turns to admiration, as anthropologist Jon learns about his alien captors.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Ear Candy













Friday, August 27, 2010

7th Dimension Friday

The Brightonomicon (3 of 13) Click here to listen.
"The Curious Case of the Centenary Centaur". Hugo Rune and Rizla cause a riot at a new-age seminar. With David Warner.

Brian Aldiss - Song of the Silencer Click here to listen.
Will the creation of the Ultimate Machine wreak havoc on the universe?

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Thursday, August 26, 2010

7th Dimension Thursday

The Brightonomicon (2 of 13) Click here to listen.
"The Hound of the Hangletons". Hugo Rune and Rizla attempt to solve the missing spaniel mystery. With David Warner.

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 (4 of 4) Click here to listen.
Billy Pilgrim arrives in Dresden on the eve of its destruction by Allied bombing.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

IGN Ranks the Best Comics


The folks at IGN have made a few top ten lists of the best comics out there at the moment.
Here are what they came up with:
Marvel Comics
DC Comics
Vertigo
Indies

I may have to consider a few of these when I make my order (which I still need to do).

Batman's New Look



Probably better than Wonder Woman's new duds... But I can't help but keep thinking he's a member of the X-Men now when I see this.

7th Dimension Wednesday

Bringing back my coverage of BBC Radio 7's 7th Dimension.

The Brightonomicon (1 of 13) Click here to listen.
The Incredible Encounter with Hugo Rune. A young man is mysteriously saved from drowning in 1960s Brighton. With David Warner.

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5 (3 of 4) Click here to listen.
Anti-hero Billy Pilgrim starts to relish his life in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mark Millar Goes GQ


Mark Millar got interviewed by GQ about the upcoming Clint Magazine. Millar says Kick Ass was "the biggest-selling creator-owned book for decades" and tells us what to expect from his the new mag.
Read the interview here.

Walking Dead Trailer


AMC starting October 31st.

Digital Decisions


I've taken 2000 AD off of my DCBS order list.

I've decided to instead go digital with it through Clickwheel. While it would have only been $15 through DCBS, it's $12 at Clickwheel and I can use the extra $3 to pick up the Judge Dredd Megazine each month, too.
Another plus is that if I go the DCBS route and I miss a month of ordering I lose out on four issues that cannot be found in the states. With Clickwheel I will never miss an issue and can purchase each one as I read them.

Only downside for me is that I'm on a netbook and I wish I could see the whole page at once. Maybe one day I'll have an iPad...

If you go there, also check out Droid Life Christmas (free), 2000 AD Origins (the first issue is free), Judge Dredd: Fifty Year Man (free), Judge Dredd: Metro Strips (free) and Ten Seconders: The American Dream (free).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Driftwood pdf Preview


I just uploaded the first three pages over at Clickwheel in a handy pdf format.
The full story will be there when it's completed.
Go here to find it.

Something Else on My Cool List


SMOKE SIGNAL, published by Desert Island. It's a free all-comics newspaper. I love newspaper format with comics. You can view the first two issues online and issues 3 and 5 are available for $3 each (shipping).

I'm betting issue 4 sold out because of the Alf cover and hopefully it will be online soon.

I've been wanting to pick these up but it keeps slipping my mind. I sure wouldn't mind contributing to it, as well. May look into that...

Jaime Hernandez's "The Ghoul Man"


From 2002- Jaime Hernandez did "The Ghoul Man" in a mini-comic called DEATH TALES. You can view the whole story here.

Preview- Robert Kirkman's SCIENCE DOG #1


Newsarama has an 8-page preview up of Image Comics' SCIENCE DOG #1 by Robert Kirkman (WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE).
Go check it out here.
I really dig the cover.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Online Comics Worth Checking

Once upon a time I used to keep up with a lot of online comics...

Right now these are two that interest me.


Moon Prince by Kevin Fraser

Really good story so far about a couple of kids and an oppressed society. The kids start off as something of slaves and end up seeking a way to free themselves of their circumstances.
Read the story here.


True Swamp by Jon Lewis

I just discovered this one through Coverless. I like the duotone look and what I've read so far is quite nice. I will be watching this one.
Go here to check it out.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Welcome to Driftwood, Page 3


We meet Captain Ross and Trina.
From the forthcoming 'NUTHER WORLD COMICS MEGAMIX #1.

October 2010 Highlights

Gonna try this again. My last attempt was going to end up taking a week to get done.
With this one I tried to narrow it down to around twenty-four titles. I will be choosing from these when I make my order this week.

I discovered that DCBS is offering some alternative comics for direct sale and they all made the cut. These items may not be found in the PREVIEWS and are tagged "DCBS Direct".
Go over to DCBS to order any of these books.

2000 AD PACK OCT 2010
(W/A) Various Irreverent, satirical, and full of pulse-pounding action, 2000 AD is the UK's cult SF anthology title, featuring some of the best writers and artists in the business. Russian revolutionary Nikolai Dante faces down an old enemy in 'The Master of Kronstadt'; a new criminal organisation is ruling the streets of the Big Meg in 'Low Life: Hostile Takeover'; the Tower of London is besieged by undead hordes in 'Defoe: A Murder of Angels'; and Rowan is running for her life in a werewolf-haunted city in 'Age of the Wolf.' (Rebellion/2000 AD)

ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN GN (DCBS Direct)
(W) Erich Origen, Gan Golan (A) Various.
In this hilarious, poignant, and action-packed story, Unemployed Man and his sidekick, Plan B, team up with other down-but-not-out superheroes as they search for work and battle such dastardly villains as The Human Resource, Toxic Debt Blob, and The Invisible Hand. A rich parody of superhero comics, this brilliantly colorful book is as funny as it is timely. It features art by comics legends Ramona Fradon, Rick Veitch, Michael Netzer, Benton Jew, Josef Rubinstein, Terry Beatty, Clem Robins, and Lee Loughridge.
(Little Brown and Company)

ADVENTURE COMICS #519
Written by PAUL LEVITZ Co-feature written by JEFF LEMIRE Art by KEVIN SHARPE & MARLO ALQUIZA Co-feature art by MAHMUD ASRAR & JOHN DELL Cover by SCOTT CLARK & DAVID BEATY.
In the latest 'Superboy and the Legion: The Early Years,' the Legion travels to the 20th century to visit Smallville rather than have Superboy head into the future. But what they find on the Kent farm is something that will haunt not only their own lives, but that of Superboy! And in the second feature, the Colony's attacks on the Atom get even more personal! On sale OCTOBER 13 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
(DC Comics)

ANIMAL CONTROL SPECIAL CREATURES UNIT #1 (DCBS Direct)
Breakthroughs in transgenic science have made patchwork, designer animals commonplace. The spread of hybrid animals -- from Panda Dogs to 'Gator-Snakes -- has made Animal Control a very dangerous occupation. Follow rookie officer Marita Vasquez and her legendary (but recently demoted) partner, Al Kaminski, as they contend with Komodo Dragon/Bird hybrids and creatures bred to look like mythological Gryphons! This issue contains 3 complete stories: "Feral"; "Breeding Stock"; and "Girl Trouble." (Panda Dog Press)

ARCHIE FIRSTS HC VOL 01
On sale Dec 1 FC, 160 pages $24.99 HC, 7' x 10' Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, and all the other kids at Riverdale High-they're more than zany teenagers. They're the flagship characters for one of the most beloved and long-running series in comics history! This first-ever Archie archive edition is a survey of the first appearance of each major character in the Archie universe, made available at a special low price to appeal to readers from every corner of fandom. Whether you found your Archies at the supermarket checkout or at the first 'real' comic-book shop in your hometown, everyone reads and loves Archie comics! o Archie's first issues, first appearances, and other milestones, collected for the first time in one hardcover volume! o Collects the first Archie story from Pep Comics #1, all of the Archie stories from Archie #1, all the Betty and Veronica stories from Betty and Veronica #1, the first Reggie story from Jackpot Comics #5, all the Reggie stories from Reggie #1, and all the Jughead stories from Jughead #1. ™ & © 2010 Archie Comic Publications, Inc. (Dark Horse Comics)

ARTHUR THE LEGEND CONTINUES #1-3 (DCBS Direct)
"Arthur: The Legend Continues" brings the legend of King Arthur to a post-apocalyptic future. Issue 1 takes the legendary king from his "death" on an ancient battlefield to a village on the brink of destruction hundreds of years in our future. 48 pages - Black & White with a Color Cover (Cosmic Times)





BEDTIME STORIES FOR IMPRESSIONABLE CHILDREN #1
(W/A) Various.
A brand new horror anthology in the spirit of the classics! Meet Alonzo Del Vecchio, a former construction work forced by the tough economic times to become, much to just about everyone's regret, a babysitter. Modern horror masters James Kuhoric, Robert Tinnell, Mark Wheatley and J.C. Vaughn provide a series of terrifying tales the babysitter probably should have left at home.
(Moonstone)

CLINT #1 and #2
(W/A) Various.
Once in every generation something special happens. British comics makes an evolutionary jump. In the fifties it was The Eagle. In the seventies it was 2000AD. Now the most important comic-book event in over thirty years takes place with CLiNT as best-selling writer Mark Millar and industry legend John Romita Jr bring you the sequel to their movie Kick-Ass with Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall. Harnessing the biggest names in British television with the most exciting figures in US comics, Mark Millar is writing and editing a revolutionary new book that covers superheroes, vampires, super-villains and science fiction combined with some of the best journalists from film magazines Empire and SFX. Get in on the ground floor now and be a part of comic-book history. A collectors item must-have!
(Titan Comics)

DECISIONS #1 (DCBS Direct)
If you could turn right instead of left … would you? The first issue of Decisions features two separate stores that examine the choices we make everyday and how they affect our lives and the lives of others. The first story follows a teenage girl who is about to make a choice that will lead her down a path that will force her deal with issues that she just isn’t ready to face. The second story loosely carries over the narrative from the first one as we are introduced to a man at the end of his rope. He is about to make a very final decision when a strange yet familiar visitor from his future shows up to guide him down a different path. 24 pages - Black & White with a Color Cover (Cosmic Times)

DOOM PATROL #15
Written by KEITH GIFFEN Art by MATTHEW CLARK with RON RANDALL Cover by MATTHEW CLARK.
Ever wonder what would happen if the Doom Patrol went up against Superman? Well, keep wondering...but we've got the next best thing! On sale OCTOBER 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
(DC Comics)





EDGE OF DOOM #1
Discover the true meaning of terror as fright-masters Steve Niles and Kelley Jones bring this all-new series to life! In this issue, we watch as a very sad and lonely man reaches the end of his rope, only to discover he's in way deeper than he ever imagined. It seems there's an army of little demons in his garden, and he's their next sacrifice! (IDW)





FABLES #100
Written by BILL WILLINGHAM and MARK BUCKINGHAM Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, BILL WILLINGHAM, CHRISSIE ZULLO, JOAO RUAS and STEVE LEIALOHA Cover by JOAO RUAS.
In this fantastic 100-page issue, it's time to put an end to Mister Dark once and for all, and time for the Fables to return home to Fabletown. For that to happen, one of the Fables agrees to take on the Dark Man in single combat! It's big, it's epic, and if you live in New York City, you may want to take a quick vacation when this issue comes out, because things are going to get wrecked! In addition to the larger-than-life main story, we have a FABLES prose story written by Mark Buckingham and illustrated by Bill Willingham! We have an All-Star Burning Questions section that will knock your socks off (seriously, innocent people are going to lose some socks here). We have a puppet theatre created by the unstoppably creative Mark Buckingham, a FABLES board game, sequential stories painted by Chrissie Zullo and Joao Ruas, and even more surprises in this square-bound behemoth celebrating this award-winning Vertigo series! On sale NOVEMBER 24 • 100 pg, FC, $9.99 US MATURE READERS
(DC Comics/Vertigo)

FEROCIOUS QUARTERLY #1 (DCBS Direct)
Ferocious Quarterly is a curated, quarterly publication that collects illustrators, graphic artists, short fiction authors and written text. Issue No.1 features 31 published and unpublished collaborators from all over the world including Jez Burrows, Lilli Carré, Micah Lidberg, Aaron Minier, Ryan Snook and Tom Whalen. The piece is offset printed in full color and perfect bound. Cover is printed on uncoated 120lb. paper in blue and silver ink. Contributions from: Matt Beers, Luke Bott, Josh Brill, Stephen Bryden, Jez Burrows, Lilli Carré, Daniel Dienelt, Fission Beach, David Huyck, Mike Kerr, Scott Kirkpatrick, Drew Kora, Laszlito Kovacs, Micah Lidberg, Shaun Malinowski, Alex Mathers, Jeremy McFarren, Aaron Minier, Jennifer Neal, Steve Pepple, Jason Roemer, Jake Sauer, Brandon Schaefer, Ryan Snook, Eric Stine, Jared Stumpenhorst, Matt Taylor, Bryan Utesch, Nate Utesch, Tom Whalen (Ferocious Quarterly)

FORLORN FUNNIES GN VOL 01
(W/A) Paul Hornschemeier $8.99 / SC / 48 pgs / FC.
Sci-Fi to surrealism, period pieces to the modern quotidian. Forlorn Funnies is an ongoing collection of stories, experiments and gags by one of our most skillful and prolific cartoonists. The centerpiece of this volume is Act One of 'Obvious Amenities,' the story of traveling salesman Edward Molson and his harrowing journey through the wilds of America.
(Fantagraphics)



IMAGE FIRSTS MADMAN
story MIKE ALLRED art & cover MIKE ALLRED OCTOBER 13 32 PAGES / FC $1.00 (Image Comics)











KING (DCBS Direct)
Get set for a “hunka’ hunka’ burnin’ fun” as KING! does what he does best: kill monsters! The former pro wrestler-turned-bounty hunter bears more than a striking resemblance to a certain “King of Rock ‘n Roll.” All he wants is a whole day of nuthin’. All he gets is a talkin’ heart in the mail... and the tale the heart tells is nothing short of epic! Can KING! simultaneously save the local Blubber Tubber Burger joint from an undead infestation and satisfy his hunger for a peanut butter banana burrito with bacon? The latest project from R-13 creators Thomas Hall and Daniel Bradford explodes onto the scene like a TV set blown to bits by a shotgun! Includes a bonus back-up tale that adds to the KING! mythos plus a thrilling, fully painted pin-up by fan-favorite Jeff Slemons! (Blacklist Studios)

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #6
Written by PAUL LEVITZ Art and cover by YILDIRAY CINAR & WAYNE FAUCHER 1:10 Variant cover by JIM LEE & SCOTT WILLIAMS.
The first storyline ends here after issue #5's shocking last page! (Didn't see that one coming, didja?) Legion leader Cosmic Boy makes a drastic decision, that will affect the next year's worth of LEGION stories. And the quest to build up the 31st century Green Lantern Corps continues! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale OCTOBER 20 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
(DC Comics)

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD #1 (OF 5)
(W) Mike Wolfer, John Russo (A) Tomas Aira (C) Paul Duffield, Raulo Caceres, Matt Martin.
Fans have demanded it, the most unprecedented and horrifying night in American history continues as the next chapter of Night of the Living Dead is revealed at last! Set on that fateful evening in 1968, shocking reports from rural areas continue to flood the airwaves with accounts of the recently deceased rising up to kill the living. Now government officials begin counter-measures to calm an increasingly panic-stricken public. Questioning whether or not the unbelievable stories are truth or simply an elaborate hoax perpetrated by militants opposed to the Vietnam War, the attention of the nation's Capitol is focused on a threat more believable, as thousands of protesters converge on Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to the War. But with National Guard forces spread impossibly-thin to deal with civil unrest, Washington D.C. is completely unprepared for an event that will forever change the course of the country, and perhaps the world, as an unstoppable army of the undead begins to flood the city, bringing their blood-thirsty reign of terror to the very steps of the White House! Written by the smash duo of Mike Wolfer and John Russo, the original film co-writer, this blood-drenched five-issue series features new artist Tomas Aira. Don't miss all the terrifying covers, Paul (Freakangels) Duffield provides the Regular edition, Raulo (Cpt Swing) Caceres melts eyeballs with the Wraparound cover, and twisted Matt Martin splatters the Gore covers all over the page. Also, retailers can get a ultra-rare Classic B&W cover as an order incentive. MATURE THEMES
(Avatar Press)

OUTBOUND #2 (DCBS Direct)
Head back to the stars with Outbound #2 the science fiction anthology from River Bird Studios. This book is packed with 12 ongoing comic stories and a three part prose story illustrated by Furman as well as a beautiful painted cover from Marcelo Buchelli. 5.5 x 8.5", 72 Pages, BW, Sci-Fi (River Bird Studios)







RAMBO 3.5 (DCBS Direct)
Ever wonder how Rambo felt on 9/11? He helped the Taliban rid Afghanistan of Soviets in Rambo 3, only to feel the sting of betrayal when they teamed up with Osama bin Laden. The answers can be found in Rambo 3.5! B&W mini (Jim Rugg)






THE BACK IN TIME MACHINE (DCBS Direct)
What happens when kids have unlimited access to a time machine? Find out in the first issue of The Back in Time Machine! MINICOMIC (Kyle Theobald)





THE TROLL AND THE GIANT (DCBS Direct)
Let's face it. Many of the popular comic book films out there are … not so good. And there's one group of people in particular who get especially vocal about said films by way of blogs and Internet message boards. These creatures are called Trolls, and when the Troll of this particular story sees his favorite hero, Liberty Man, destroyed on the silver screen, he decides to confront the greedy film Giant responsible. (Matt Gross)



WARLORD OF MARS #1
Written by ARVID NELSON Art by STEPHEN SADOWSKI Covers by ALEX ROSS (30%), J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (30%), JOE JUSKO (30%) & LUCIO PARRILLO (10%) * 'Black & White' retailer incentive cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL * 'Sketch' retailer incentive cover by JOE JUSKO * 'Virgin Art' retailer incentive cover by JOE JUSKO * 'Negative Art' retailer incentive cover by ALEX ROSS * 'Negative Art' retailer incentive cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL.
The original warrior of Mars returns from Dynamite! Warlord of Mars, an enhancement of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, Princess of Mars! If you thought you knew the story, think again! This series will capture the grit and action of the original while expanding on it with new elements. The story is about John Carter, an ex-cavalry officer in the Confederate Army who finds himself mysteriously transported to Mars! Joining him in his adventures there are Tars Tarkas, his Martian comrade, and Dejah Thoris, a Martin Princess. This series is written by Arvid Nelson and is illustrated by Stephen (Avengers/Invaders) Sadowski and Lui Antonio, and features covers by Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, J. Scott Campbell and Lucio Parrillo! 32 pages FC • $1.00 • Teen +
(Dynamite Entertainment)

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #1
(W) Dan Parent, George Gladir (A).
Various Special Christmas Edition! 'You Sleigh Me' is no joke when Riverdale's entire Santa Claus crew falls ill all at once! Can Archie come up with a plan keep the Christmas spirit alive? Then, Miss Grundy ponders over 'The Presents' and reminisces about memorable Christmases past with Archie and his friends.
(Archie Comics)