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Preview: Flash Gordon #5


Jeff Parker (w)
Sandy Jarrell, Richard Case, Evan Shaner, Jordie Bellaire(a)
Marc Laming (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

BRAND NEW ARC! SAME CREATIVE DREAM TEAM!!!! JEFF PARKER (Batman ’66, Aquaman), EVAN “DOC” SHANER (Adventures Of Superman) & JORDIE BELLAIRE (Moon Knight) take Flash to Sky City, as The Man From Earth battles against the Hawkmen under rule of Ming The Merciless! How’s one man supposed to save a galaxy? Simple…punch stuff and keep smiling!


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Preview: Bob’s Burgers #1


Rachel Hastings, Mike Olsen, Justin Hook, Jeff Drake (w)
Frank Forte, Brad Rader, Bernard Derriman, Tony Gennaro, Liza Epps, Tyler Garrison, Kimball Shirley, Anthony Aguinaldo, Hector Reynoso (a)
Devin Roth (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ •

A new series from the hit TV show “Bob’s Burgers,” created by Loren Bouchard! All right! The very first Bob’s Burgers comic book, a new series from the creator of the hit TV show, created by Loren Bouchard! Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) in brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show’s producers, writers and animators creating all original stories appearing exclusively in this comics series. Each comic includes hilarious installments of: “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries,” “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction,” “A Gene Belcher Original Musical,” “Letters Written by Linda” and “Bob’s Burgers of the Day.” Bob’s Burgers is an American animated sitcom that airs on Fox television with other hits such as The Simpsons and Family Guy!

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Review: Grimm: Portland, Wu

GrimmPortland-CoverA missing girl. A femme fatale. A dark family secret. What starts as  an unofficial investigation into his neighbor’s disappearance drags Sgt. Wu deep into a world of Wesen  intrigue.  In the vein of classic film  noir tales, Wu unravels a case that could not only cost him his job, but  his life.

There has been somewhat of a resurgence in the past few years in the interest in fairy tales, including two relatively successful television shows, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. The problem with a comic book version of these television stories is fairly obvious though. The stories of Grimm are still rooted somewhat in the television world as opposed to the comic world. Thus while people who enjoy television more might be stuck with Grimm or Once Upon a Time, comic fans have a lot more variety. Between Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope (which has a lot of bad, but also some good) and Fables and Fairest from Vertigo, there is a lot of choice for fairy tales in comics.

Having never seen the series, this lack of originality in a fairy tale world is where this story falters. While in a sense it is a perfectly serviceable collection of two stories based in this world, this world is relatively lackluster compared to that of the other publishers. In trying to bite off a piece of the fairy tale pie, the people behind the scenes at Dynamite seem to have gone for the wrong piece. It is a shame that Dynamite also has the series Dagrimmmsels, but doesn’t put it out very often. It had a fairly fresh take on fairy tales and would have been a lot better to throw their collective efforts behind. This collection on the other hand lacks a lot of originality and in many parts feels like the two concepts of cop show and fairy tale world are simply shoehorned together with a noticeable divide among the reality and the fantasy.

Fans of the show might disagree with me and argue that the stories successfully capture the essence of the original source, but as a first time reader of the series and being introduced to the setting for the first time as well, it would seem as though the end result is not ideal. It might be that Dynamite sees a future here, trying to siphon off fans of the show, but from a first reading, they might better choose a different show or different world. Fairy tale comic fans know better and probably won’t keep Grimm alive for long.

Story: Marc Gaffen and Kyle McVey Art: Daniel Govar
Story: 6.3 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.3  Recommendation: Pass

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Whither the Circumstellar Habitable Zone?

sweetspotDynamite’s Flash Gordon is the most recent in the many attempts to revive the character and the franchise from its early days of pulp science fiction.  Although there have been other recent attempts at resurrection, this is the first attempt from Dynamite which has been so successful with a number of public domain properties. The jury is still out on how the series will progress as it is only one story arc in, but perhaps there are some aspects of the pulp past which can be left behind.

The pulp period of science fiction and comics was one of great imagination, and helped give rise in large part to the medium of comics as we know it today.  One of the problems with the early years of science fiction was that it was a lot more fiction than it was science. As we as a civilization were still decades away from reaching outer space, no one really knew what that entailed, and so the scientific rules of outer space were replaced by the made-up rules of the imagination of the writers. While this gave birth to some amazing concepts and stories, it also resulted in a lot of material which is often unreadable by modern standards, unless one is after only camp and not really after what passes for modern science fiction. A setting such as Flash Gordon’s is a little difficult to operate within because of this, as the modern science fiction reader expects a bit more realism, but it equally has to pay homage to the past.

Flash01-Cov-ShalveyAn obvious example of this is in the newest issue to hit the market, issue #5 (set to be released on August 27). After escaping the planet of Arboria, the trio of heroes is on the way to find Sky Planet. Dale Arden suggests to the professor and Flash that they need to find the sweet spot around the sun where they might find Sky World. This “sweet spot” is better known in astronomy and astrobiology as the Circumstellar Habitable Zone, and serves as the main area in which real life humans search for planets in outer space which might support life or our own race. The zone is a bit tricky to define, and that we only have one example of a planet in the Habitable Zone (that being Earth) does not help us much. Some astronomers have suggested conditions which might include Venus in this list, but Venus is very much not ready at all for any kind of habitation by any type of living creature.

As a scientific concept though it makes sense that they would look there for another planet, and this is an aspect of the good science behind this idea. What follows next is not so good. Flash states that they will use small Q-Jumps to follow the around through the habitable zone in the hopes that they catch up with the supposed planet. While this logic kind of holds in one sense it very much falters in another. Any planet which is that close to the center of the solar system is going to be reflecting light, a lot of light. Take for example Venus, it is easily the third brightest object in the sky, behind the sun and the moon, so much so that when it is at its brightest that it will outshine even the brightest star. Venus is equally visible from almost anywhere in the inner solar system providing of course that it is not directly in front of us or if it is behind the sun. This becomes the problem of being a planet chaser though and where this issue becomes pulpier than it is scientific.  The easiest way to find such a planet would be to fly above the orbitals plane and to look downwards. One Q-Jump might get them closer to a planet that was rapidly speeding away from them (the Earth for instance travels 108,000 kilometers per hour) but one Q-Jump above the plane would allow them to look down on the plane and to spot any planets easily based on their albido. That Dale is the one to figure this out is out-of-place as well, as the doctor knows much about science and Flash knows much about navigating in space. Presumably between the two of them, they would figure that the easiest way to find this planet would be to think in the three dimensions of outer space.

This is perhaps the biggest problem which writers face in writing both extraordinary and engaging science fiction. There are bigger filters on in the modern day for these observations and they have to balanced against the fantastical nature of these voyages.

Preview: The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6 #5


Jim Kuhoric (w)
Juan Antonio Ramirez (a)
Alex Ross, Ken Haeser (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Alex Ross Rare “Gold Signature Series” retailer incentive cover

The world is falling apart around Steve Austin.  Maskatron is out of control and appears to be unstoppable.  Oscar Goldman’s carefully crafted OSI kingdom is in shambles.  And with his bionics failing and the entire NASA program transformed into an alien landscape, the Six Million Dollar Man could be heading for the scrapheap.  The key to Steve’s survival may rest with the one person closest to him, Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman!   Join the ranks of bionic fans in this official continuation of the classic Six Million Dollar Man television series!


Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #3


Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Jae Lee Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ken Haeser “Li’l Spektor” Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
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MARK WAID(Daredevil) & NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four) bring the The GOLD KEY universe closer to unlocking! Why is a Master Of The Occult forced to deal with a Robot Fighter, a Dinosaur Hunter, and a Man Of The Atom!?


Preview: Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #1 (of 4)


Tony Lee (w)
Aneke (a)
Ardian Syaf, Sergio Fernandez Davila (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Welcome to the world of Battlestar Galactica as never seen before, as #1 NYT Bestselling Author Tony Lee gives it a Steampunk spin! After Professor Baltar’s clockwork Cylonics destroy the Colonial Empire, Arch Duke Adama learns that his son Apollo is missing! It’s up to Lady Athena to travel to the Sky Pirate world of the Rising Star and ask for help from the only hope she has – the disgraced Captain Starbuck and his humanoid / Daggit copilot Muffit…


Preview: Vampirella Bites TP


Mark Rahner (w)
Randy Valiente, Cezar Razek, Ilias Kyriazis (a)
Joseph Michael Linsner (c)
FC • 120 pages • $15.99 • Teen+

In this collection of Vampirella’s excursions into other vampire and horror worlds of pop culture, Vampi attends a festival in a Pacific Northwest town that’s the setting for a popular sparkly vampire series. Plus, she squares off against “Fluffy the Vampire Killer,” uncovers the grotesque secrets of a southern town whose vampire residents subsist on “Nu Blood,” and crosses paths with a serial-killer-with-a-code named “Baxter.” Collecting Vampirella Annual #2, Vampirella vs. Fluffy, Vampirella: NuBlood, and Vampirella Annual 2013 written by Mark Rahner, and illustrated by Cezar Razek, Ilias Kyriazis, and Randy Valiente.


Dynamite Goes DRM Free and Raises Money for the CBLDF

Dynamite10thAnnivImageDynamite Entertainment is going DRM-free with comics available in PDF file format. All of this is part of the publisher’s 10th anniversary celebration.

The program launches today with an available selection of over 80 individual comic books, which includes creator-owned and licensed titles from Dynamite’s massive library. The debut selection represents a wide variety of titles:.

  • Cryptozoic Man by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson
  • Blood Queen by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
  • The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robinson
  • Captain Action Cat by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Chris Smits
  • Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and more
  • Chaos! by Tim Seely and Mirka Andolfo
  • Chastity by Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta
  • American Flagg by Howard Chaykin
  • The Devilers by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Triano
  • Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snider and Jason Craig
  • Garth Ennis’ Red Team by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak
  • Jennifer Blood: Born Again by Steven Grant and Kewber Baal
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Carlos Gomez
  • Jungle Girl by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, and Adriano Batista
  • Justice, Inc. by Michael Uslan and Giovanni Timpano
  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
  • Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
  • Miss Fury by Rob Williams and Jack Herbert
  • The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar
  • The Ninjettes by Al Ewing and Eman Casallos
  • Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
  • Project Superpowers by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, and Carlos Paul
  • Red Sonja by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
  • Red Sonja: Blue by Peter Brett and Walter Geovani
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Chase Conley
  • The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin
  • Terminal Hero by Peter Milligan and Piotr Kowalski
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aaron Campbell
  • Vampirella by Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter
  • Vampirella Master Series by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, and more
  • Vampirella vs. Fluffy by Mark Rahner and Cezar Razek

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Dynamite will offer ten of its comic books at 10 cents apiece, introducing new readers to Dynamite’s most accessible and successful titles at a great value. The introductory-priced comic books include:

  • Blood Queen #1
  • The Boys #1
  • Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil #1
  • Jungle Girl #0
  • Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1
  • Miss Fury #1
  • The Mocking Dead #1
  • Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1
  • Vampirella #1

cbldfDynamite will also offer ten (10) free wallpapers to consumers featuring The Boys, Cryptozoic Man, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper’s The Last Temptation, Red Sonja, and Vampirella. These wallpapers can be downloaded from Dynamite’s digital DRM-free page for a limited time.

Following today’s launch, Dynamite plans to release its DRM-free comics on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, with new offerings announced via the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and website as they are made available for download. There will be a slow, focused roll-out over time that will grow the available titles to reflect the vast majority of Dynamite’s library.

Throughout its first month of operation, Dynamite will donate ten percent of all sales to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

Preview: Justice, Inc. #1 (of 6)

JUSTICE, INC. #1 (of 6)

Michael Uslan (w)
Giovanni Timpano (a)
Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla,
Gabriel Hardman, Ardian Syaf, Stephen Segovia (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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An airliner vanishes en route without a trace! It’s the crisis that brings together, in a historic team-up for the first time ever, Street & Smith’s super-star trinity: The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger!  This historic cross-over is 75 years in the making, JUSTICE, INC. begins here, spawned by a horrific tragedy of death and destruction secretly orchestrated by some of the most powerful and unexpected villains in the history of the pulps! Chapter 1 (of 6): “The Time Machine!”


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