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Preview: Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash #6 (of 6)

ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. HACK/SLASH #6 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Daniel Leister (a)
Stefano Caselli, Tim Seeley, Ben Templesmith (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

FINAL ISSUE!!! Cassie and Ash have managed to work together for a whole 5 issues, but now the former partners are at odds, in a war through time for possession of the Necronomicon!

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44Flood & IDW Publishing Introduce Libretto Volume 1: Vampirism

44Flood’s first project developed with IDW Publishing is Libretto, a 9×12” anthology presenting emerging and world-class artists as they explore a single theme using diverse mediums such as comics, oil painting, photography, sculpting and more.

The libretto refers to the part of an opera or a musical that is the words or lyrics, and is distinct from the music. 44Flood’s Libretto will be the “text” to the “music” that is a central theme, starting with Libretto Volume 1: Vampirism coming this April.

Libretto Volume 1 is curated/edited by Kasra Ghanbari and has the theme vampirism, being the misuse of power, as well as the objectification and exploitation of others. Featured contributors give their unique perspectives on this theme, with many sections including an interview of the contributor conducted by another artist.

This 200-page softcover will feature contributors that include Ben Templesmith, David Stoupakis, Riley Rossmo, Christopher Mitten, George Pratt, menton3, and many, many more.  Several of the artists also give a rare look at the techniques and processes they used to create pieces for the book.  This is your rare opportunity to explore the dark world of vampirism as seen in an artist’s mind.

Preview: Army of Darkness Vs. Hack/Slash #4 (of 6)

ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. HACK/SLASH #4 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Daniel Leister (a)
Stefano Caselli (not shown), Tim Seeley, Ben Templesmith (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Ash and Cassie head to Connecticut to stop a heavy metal wizard intent on reviving a long dead witch! But the fires built for human sacrifices might not be the only heat between our heroes!

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Preview: Ash and the Army of Darkness #2

ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #2

Steve Niles (w)
Dennis Calero (a)
Ben Templesmith (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

A mysterious fighter comes to Ash’s aid and helps him get away from Wiseman and the Deadites. There’s a new wrinkle in the action though. Ash figures out that a key item has gone missing and if he survives the City of the Dead, he might be able to get home in one piece. Two at the most.

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Ten Grand Vol. 1 Out January 15

In Joe Fitzgerald’s world, mobsters are nothing compared to demons. In Ten Grand, Vol. 1, created by J. Michael Straczynski, Ben Templesmith and CP Smith, a former mob enforcer, Joe, dabbles in demonology and soon finds himself caught in the middle of a struggle between the forces of light and dark with the fate of the world resting on his shoulders.

A twist on the classic Miltonian tale of Heaven and Hell at war with one another, Ten Grand, Vol. 1 collects issues 1-6 of the series and provides fans with the first story arc just in time to jump in on the second half of the adventure starting with issue #7 in January.

Ten Grand, Vol. 1 is a dark and epic tale of one man’s journey to Hell and back and arrives in stores on 1/15 and is available for $12.99.

Final orders are due from retailers on 12/2. Ten Grand, Vol. 1 TP can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code SEP130560.

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Preview: Army of Darkness Vs Hack/Slash #3 (of 6)

ARMY OF DARKNESS/HACK/SLASH #3 (of 6)

Tim Seeley (w)
Daniel Leister (a)
Stefano Caselli, Tim Seeley, Ben Templesmith (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Cassie and Ash are hunted by an elite squad of mercenaries known as The Dead Soldiers. But these aren’t just any old killers… they’re half-deadite! How will our heroes survive? How about a gory Wild West showdown, full of creative uses for mini-Ashes and tiny-Cassies?

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Review: Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein #2

20131106-082613.jpgThose that already miss Halloween need not fret, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten have preserved the comedic horror of the supernatural in their well drawn, well written four part series Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein. Plagued by two mysteries, L.A.’s shrinking ghoul population and his own respiratory illness, occult detective Cal McDonald is hoping for a small win by finding a new set of eyes for a recently rescued Frankenstein monster. He must begrudgingly visit Jason Hemlock, a wealthy surgeon and self-proclaimed supernatural expert, who might be able to solve both the ocular issue and that of the dying ghouls.

It is remarkable to see how Steve Niles can transition from his emotionally poignant Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem to the dry, bloody humor of Cal’s macabre world. Some comics, at times, can be consumed by jokes and witty dialogue (cough-Quantum and Woody-cough), but Niles expertly balances morbid banter with paranormal plot lines to keep the story moving. Though he has been oft compared to DC’s Constantine, it is fair to say that after more than two decades in print, Cal McDonald has solidified himself as an entirely unique and different character.

Christopher Mitten‘s illustrations, though supremely different from Ben Templesmith‘s work on Criminal, are unique in it of themselves. The scratchy lines and sunken eye sockets add to the moody atmosphere of an unknowing Los Angeles fraught with undead dilemmas. Although Mitten could still afford to add more panels of a cloudy L.A. skyline or seedy side streets to expand the reader’s view of the city.

This four book series is a great starting point for Niles’ long-running noir horror detective series and will leave readers wanting more of the pill-popping, degenerate protagonist. If Eyes of Frankenstein isn’t bloody enough, look no further than the Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night crossover trade that came out in September. Either way, for those dreading the Thanksgiving gourds and Christmas commercials, the ghoulish haunts of Halloween don’t have to go anywhere.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Ash and the Army of Darkness #1

ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #1

Steve Niles (w)
Dennis Calero (a)
Ben Templesmith (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The battle has been fought and won. Ash battled and defeated the Deadite image of himself and saved the world. Now all he wants to do is get home and have a normal life. Too bad he messed up the Book of the Dead incantation. New series. New start. Will Ash ever escape the land of the Deadites? Will he ever find his girl? Will he ever remember the last part of the incantation? Now an army of unbelievable horrors rules the land and only Ash can annoy them.

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NYCC 2013: IDW and 44FLOOD Announce Partnership!

The artist collective known as 44FLOOD has, in its short history, acquired a reputation for producing exemplary art books. Today, IDW Publishing has announced that going forward, 44FLOOD books will be joining the IDW family!

Based in Chicago, 44FLOOD was formed by  Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith, and menton3. Together, 44FLOOD has produced the multi-media, star-studded anthology Tome, which was followed up with the supplemental hardcover collection Explictus Est Liber, and the goal-smashing Kickstarter project Lust by Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, and menton3.

Beginning immediately 44FLOOD will join IDW, who will publish many of the collective’s upcoming projects.

Preview: Liberator #3

Liberator #3

Writer: Matt Miner
Pencils/Inks: Javier Sanchez Aranda
Colors: Joaquin Pereyra
Editor/Letterer: Vito Delsante
Cover Artist: Ben Templesmith

Liberator races toward its first mini-series conclusion as Damon and Jeanette delve deeper into the conspiracy.

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