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Pull List Preview — “Escape from New York #1” (BOOM! Studios)


Cover by Riley Rossmo

Cover by Riley Rossmo

After the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series BOOM! Studios has continued their partnership with John Carpenter to bring another one of his iconic characters back to comics.

Escape from New York #1 picks up mere seconds from the close of the film which finds Snake Plissken public enemy number one after humiliating the President and effectively derailing the peace process in the midst of World War Three.  With the United States Police Force on his ass Snake is on the run … to Florida.  Apparently Florida seceded from the United States and has a heavily fortified border along with a bunch of Soviet nukes courtesy of Cuba.

I really enjoyed reading the “new” adventures of Snake Plissken again as the last time we saw Snake in comic book form was back in 2003 when a four issue miniseries was published by CrossGen/Hurricane Entertainment.  Here’s to hoping that this will ignore the events from Escape from LA entirely.  Regardless of your feelings regarding that not-so-good sequel Escape from New York #1 is on sale December 3rd at comic shops everywhere.

Check out a five-page preview courtesy of my friends at BOOM! Studios.

Arm Chair NYCC ’14: New ‘Secret Wars’, Star Wars Black & Cosplayers

ArmchairnNYCC14Being a blogger of all things nerdy, it would seem inappropriate blow past the fact that New York Comic Con is well underway right now.  There have been quite a few reveals from the preview night on Thursday and it is really kicking into high gear this afternoon.  NYCC is quickly becoming the premier show on the East Coast and attracts an equal amount of media and fan attention as San Diego Comic Con.

If any of my readers happen to be up there, get in touch with me and let me know what you’re seeing on the show floor!

COMICS — Marvel announced that there will be a new Secret Wars event kicking off in May 2015.  Jonathan Hickman is scripting with art by Esad Ribic building on their current “Time Runs Out” arc on Avengers and New Avengers.   The implications will be far reaching across the Marvel Universe and to further whet the fan’s appetite the iconic Alex Ross painted a rather epic teaser -[via Popcritica]



COLLECTIBLES — Hasbro revealed upcoming figures in their 6″ and 3.75″ Star Wars Black series.  Notables characters Included in the next wave are Emperor Palpatine, Leia as Boush, Clone Commander Cody, and IG-88.  The line finally seems to be getting decent distribution and I will be very excited to pick up  a few of these. [via Topless Robot]


COSPLAY — ReedPOP, the folks who actually run New York Comic Con, enacted a very strong anti-harrassment policy for ALL attendees.  In recent history there have been far too many instances of unacceptable behavior directed towards female cosplayers, which started that “cosplay is not consent” campaign.  If you have been at a convention you have probably seen evidence of this which is unacceptable.  ReedPOP has enacted a zero tolerance policy and have gone so far as integrating a reporting function into their official app. Bravo! [via Comics Alliance]


Baltimore Comic Con ’14 — Harvey Awards, ‘Princess Leia’ and Robocop Cosplay

Baltimore Comic Con traditionally boasts a huge lineup of some of the biggest names in the comic industry and the 2014 edition did not disappoint.  Over the last three days downtown Baltimore was inundated with a huge dose of geek culture tempered only slightly by the opening of the NFL regular season.  Here’s a quick hit list of some of my favorite news bits to come out of the weekend.

Artist Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk) received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award during the Harvey Awards ceremony on Saturday night.  I had the opportunity to meet Trimpe at Baltimore Comic Con back in 2009 and found him to be a genuinely great guy and consummate professional. Congratulations Mr. Trimpe. [via Comics Beat]

During the Marvel Universe panel Mark Waid talked about his upcoming Princess Leia mini-series which takes place after the destruction of Alderann.  Waid said she could be the “princess of nothing” or do her duty to find a home for her remaining people out in the galaxy.  With the recent eradication of the greater Star Wars Expanded Universe, these new titles are all part of the new-canon as overseen by LucasFilm and Disney [via Bleeding Cool]

My Interweb buddy Brad snapped some great shots of cosplayers at Baltimore Comic Con and my absolute favorite has to be this Robocop.  Check out his Instagram feed for more from the convention floor. [via @mouthdork on Instagram]



Four Potential Premises For ‘The Walking Dead’ Spin-Off

Well it appears that AMC has officially announced a pilot order for the companion series to its ratings juggernaut ‘The Walking Dead’.  There is literally nothing known about the cast or the setting of this series; however some are lead to believe that it will be a prequel of sorts.  Additionally, creator Robert Kirkman has stated that it won’t be based in Georgia nor will it pull from the comic series.  No one has any idea what is going on but let’s run down a few possibilities that are fueled by nothing more than speculation and nerd rage.


The Walking Dead: WWZ 2

At this point in the series we know nothing about the zombie outbreak, other than a few scattered descriptions during the series’ first season.  Is it possible that we will see something akin to World War Z with governmental agencies attempting to stop the apocalypse?  This is a safe play and I have a hard time believing that AMC would go this route as they are essentially in control of the gold standard of the zombie at this time.  Odds 100:1

The Walking Dead: Omaha

Even though The Walking Dead is a veritable cash cow for AMC, they would be silly to revisit the zombie apocalypse in another major metropolitan market and squander this opportunity. By taking the narrative to a rural setting in the Midwest they can tell a story that is more of a gradual apocalypse.  You’d have farmers and ranchers dealing with a sudden influx of refugees from an infection that has only been heard about on the television and radio. The midwest is hot right now just thing FX’s Fargo … but with zombies and less Billy Bob Thornton. Odds: 50:1

The Walking Dead: Hawaii UH-OH

In most zombie fiction islands tend to fare pretty well (with the exception of Dead Island of course).  What if we find our new protagonists in a society that has survived due to their geographic location and isolation from major population centers?  Would the have an obligation to help out the dwindling number of survivors left on the main land or would they just say ‘fuck it’ and gorge on pineapple and poi?  Odds 35:1

The Walking Dead: BRAAAAAAINS

An hour-long drama told exclusively from the perspective of the undead.  Imagine the horrifically kinetic scenes as the infected begin to turn and start craving the flesh of the living.  I am thinking they could shoot a lot of this from a “first player shooter” perspective with just nonstop corn-syrup blood spurting and screams of agony.  It’ll be relatively cheap, you could have mostly extras and stunt people in make up.  This show would just print money!  Odds 750:1

As outlandish as these premises may be, I’ll leave you with a quote from Robert Kirkman lifted right from the AMC press release:

“There are many corners of ‘The Walking Dead’ universe that remain unseen in the shadows. Being given the opportunity to shine a light into those corners and see what lurks out there is an absolute thrill.  

via [/Film]

BOOM! Studios Is Planning Another Escape with Snake Plissken

It looks as though that BOOM! Studios is expanding their relationship with Director John Carpenter after the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series and adding a new Snake Plissken title to their catalog.


Expect more details later this week when BOOM! Studios has their big panel on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 7/26/14
12:30–1:30 We Are BOOM!—Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios, highlighted by the release of our first feature film 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and we launched our newest imprint,BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, President of DevelopmentStephen Christy, and creators Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, DEATHMATCH), Frank Gibson (THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL), Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES), along with some special guests as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us. Room 24ABC


Pull List Preview – Big Trouble in Little China #2 from BOOM! Studios


Big Trouble in Little China #2 Incentive Cover

Tomorrow BOOM! Studios will be treating us to the further adventures of Jack Burton as he looks to save his friend Wang Chi from the clutches of yet another evil immortal Chinese spirit.  Jack Burton must travel the Midnight Road and recover the souls of the Three Storms in order to settle the score.

Big Trouble in Little China #2 is another fun episode into the ongoing adventures of America’s favorite long haul trucker.  My favorite part of this series so far is how we get insights into Burton’s past.  In this issue we find out that Burton was married to a stripper that may or may not have been a vampire.

With Egg Shen and Six Demon Bag in tow it remains to be seen whether or not Burton will survive the Midnight Road and save Wang Chi before time runs out.  Now that we are finally getting a “sequel” to Big Trouble in Little China I can only hope that the good people at BOOM! Studios see fit to expand this title past its current four-issue series arc.

Check out a five page preview of Big Trouble in Little China #2 courtesy of BOOM! Studios after the jump.


Pull List Preview – Big Trouble in Little China #1 from BOOM! Studios

Eric Powell's cover for Big Trouble in Little China #1 from BOOM! Studios

Next week BOOM! Studios will be releasing the highly anticipated Big Trouble in Little China #1 which will serve as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic film.  I’ve had an opportunity to preview the first issue and as an ardent fan of all things Jack Burton I was definitely more than pleased with the end result.

Eric Powell (Bone) worked on the story with John Carpenter and that collaboration really allows the continuing adventures of Jack Burton to dovetail nicely with the ending of the film.  Have you ever wondered what happened to the Chinese Wild Man that stowed away in the Pork Chop Express?  You won’t have to wait long for that question to be answered.

Ancient Chinese Mysticism, The Wing Kong, and Jack Burton being …. Jack Burton.  Big Trouble in Little China #1 is everything you could possibly want in a sequel to what is arguably one of the best action comedies of all time.

Check out a five-page preview of Big Trouble in Little China #1 courtesy of BOOM! Studios after the jump.


BOOM! Studios Renders All Other Variant Covers Obsolete with Big Trouble In Little China #1

This June you will be able to fill your six demon bag with a bevy of variant covers that BOOM! Studios has planned for Big Trouble in Little China #1.  We’ve covered their previous offerings, but the latest reveal is for a retailer incentive cover by Emi Yonemura Brown that focuses on Jack Burton’s iconic tank top … and is entirely too cool.

BTiLC_eCVRAnd what’s more is that we now have an official synopsis for the series by Eric Powell (The Goon) and Brian Churilla (The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun).:

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on  his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!

It looks as though we will finally get an answer to the closing frames of the film when the Chinese Wildman is found to have stowed away in The Pork Chop Express.  The fact that we are getting an ongoing comic based on Big Trouble in Little China with the blessing of John Carpenter is simply incredible.  My enthusiasm for this series will only increase as we approached the June 4th release date.


Pull List Preview — The Woods #1 from BOOM! Studios

James Tynion IV & Micheael Dialynas

James Tynion IV & Micheael Dialynas

This Wednesday sees the release of The Woods #1 from BOOM! Studios, a title that I’ve been anticipating for quite some time.  This supernatural horror tale can be described as Stephen King by way of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, as high school students find themselves transported to the edge of the known universe surrounded by an eerie wilderness full of strange creatures that want to eat them.

The Woods is the first original comic by James Tynion IV whom you may know from his work on Batman Eternal and Red Hood & The Outlaws.  Tynion wastes no time with needless exposition, and sets up an otherworldly mystery that readers will be eager to find the answers to.  After months of teasing The Woods is finally here and is most definitely worthy of a spot on your pull list this Wednesday.

BOOM! Studios has been on a tear of late and their reputation as a creator-friendly publisher is only part of the reason they have a landed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox.

Check out a five-page preview of The Woods #1 courtesy of BOOM! Studios after the jump!


What Are You Waiting For? It’s Free Comic Book Day!!!

It’s the first Saturday in May and that can only mean one thing … it’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Across the nation, comic book stores are giving away comics to anyone and everyone who steps foot in their stores.

fcbd_hdrThis years’ offerings come from all of the major publishers like Marvel Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, and Image Comics.  Over the last few years the publishers have used these issues as great jumping on points for readers of all ages.  What are you waiting for? Go ahead and find a comic shop participating in Free Comic Book Day near you!


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