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Warren Ellis takes on James Bond. 007 Comes to Comics Courtesy of Dynamite.

Dynamite has announced that fan-favorite author Warren Ellis will be writing the James Bond 007 ongoing comic book series, the first to appear in over two decades. James Bond 007 is scheduled for release in November 2015, featuring interior artwork by Jason Masters.

The news of the high-profile author’s involvement with the James Bond 007 series follows Dynamite’s announcement of their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (IFPL), the Fleming family company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming’s published works, including his fourteen James Bond books. Under their agreement, Dynamite has been granted worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics, and graphic novels starring 007.

The first six-issue story arc in the James Bond 007 comic book series will be entitled “VARGR.” James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent… but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.

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Review: Vampirella/Army of Darkness #1

VampiAOD01-Cov-A-SeeleyIn the different worlds of supernatural within comics in general, right now seems to be a great time for the genre, as it has enjoyed a resurgence of the last few years, as some properties have lend their talents to the TV screen, i.e. Walking Dead , iZombie, True Blood and the upcoming Lucifer. It is only to be expected that comics reach back into the movie and TV worlds, and want to explore what they have to offer as well.

The comics medium offers more to character development, as they can explore different story arcs without worrying about the costs of special effects and location scouting, as the only thing an artist would have to do is research and draw what he saw. So when I heard that Dynamite decided to mash-up their two most successful horror genre comics, I was excited to see the results.

Written by Mark Rahner and illustrated by Jeff Morales, the story centers on Ash from Evil Dead fame and everyone’s favorite vampire, Vampirella. The story opens with Ash falling though another time vortex, with his “boom stick” and chainsaw, landing in another period within medieval times, as the people of this land are facing a vampire threat, they have deemed Ash, the “chosen one”. As he is picked as their savior, he stays in the king’s castle, dining with knights, where majority of the first issue takes place and his interaction with them. The action switches when one of the knights is killed mysteriously, which sets up the reader for the other part of this mashup.

Rahner deftly captures Ash’s sarcastic sense of humor within these first few pages, while transporting the reader to a time and place that would be hilariously confused by him. Morales illustrations throughout, exemplifies why he is master at his art.

Overall, it is an intriguing beginning to a comic that sure looks like it will not disappoint.

Story: Mark Rahner Art: Jeff Morales
Story: 10 Art: 8 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dynamite and VisionBooks Partner for a New Dimension Vampirella

VampiFearyTP-Cov-QuaLibre-NoParchDynamite Entertainment and digital comics studio Visionborne have partnered to produce a special edition release of Vampirella: Feary Tales. The series is featured on the Visionbooks platform in a new format that showcases movement and visual effects in every panel of the comic book.

Vampirella: Feary Tales celebrates Vampirella‘s 45th Anniversary with five issues of twisted tales, bizarre bedtime stories, and fearsome fables in the tradition of the original Warren magazines, each featuring everyone’s favorite sexy, kick-ass vampire-turned-monster hunter.

Download the first issue of the series for free on the Visionbooks app or as a single app on your tablet under the name Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 (on iPad and on Google Play).

Visionbooks revolutionizes comic book reading by transforming two-dimensional comic books into a 3D digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates a reading experience with special effects enhancements you would normally expect from blockbuster movies.

Dynamite Announces The Art of Jose Gonzalez

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that acclaimed artist Jose “Pepe” Gonzalez will be the subject of a career retrospective in the upcoming September release of The Art of Jose Gonzalez, a 250-page hardcover collection of his illustrations from fantasy and horror comic books, commercial advertising, personal commissions, and more. Narrated by author, artist, and historian David Roach, the massive tome also features an introduction by fan-favorite painter Joe Jusko.

For nearly two decades, Jose Gonzalez was hailed as the premier Vampirella artist, drawing the fiery vixen for Warren Publishing in the Seventies and Eighties. Renowned for bringing to life the most beautiful women the art world has ever seen, Gonzalez’s career spans from drawing British romance comics to movie stars, book covers to commercial advertising. For the first time ever, author David Roach covers Gonzalez’s entire career, transcending his vast body of Vampirella work to explore the full breadth of the master’s creations.

The book features artwork from all periods of Jose Gonzalez’ life and career, from his prodigious childhood drawings to the private commissions of his later years with artwork sourced from some of the world’s leading collections. His work on Vampirella is celebrated by chapters covering his legendary Frontis drawings and the best of his private commissions, most taken from the original artwork. It will also include three of his finest Vampi strips: ‘Return Trip’ and ‘Spawn of the Star Beast’ (both printed from the original art), along with the legendary lost Vampirella strip, ‘The Wrathmore Curse’, never-before-printed in America. But before finding acclaim in the United States, Gonzalez had spent the previous decade as one of the leading romance artists in Britain and the book collects together the very finest pages from this little-known and hard-to-find period. Later on, the artist turned towards illustration, creating a series of astonishing movie star portraits, book covers and personal drawings for his native Spain and across Europe. These illustrations — much of them featuring his trademarked beautiful women — reveal him to be among the very finest illustrators of his generation, ranking him alongside such American greats as Robert McGinnis, Gil Elvgren, and Coby Whitmore… and will come as a revelation to even his most devoted fans. The final chapter is a lengthy gallery section featuring unpublished artwork; it includes many of the best commissions he drew for collectors and the cream of his astonishing fine art drawings taken from his three solo exhibitions.

The Art of Jose Gonzalez will ship in September 2015.

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Dynamite Expands Swords of Sorrow with Miss Fury/Lady Rawhide and Cosplay Variant

SwordsSorrow03-Cov-I-PhotoDynamite Entertainment, in response to the public’s overly positive reaction to Gail Simone’s Swords of Sorrow crossover event, is proud to build upon the enthusiasm with an all-new one-shot special entitled Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury/Lady Rawhide, bringing together two iconic comic book heroines. Dynamite is also announcing that a special cover variant of Swords of Sorrow #3 has been created to celebrate the cosplay phenomenon, featuring four cosplayers in a reenactment of J. Scott Campbell’s cover from issue #1.

The photograph featured as the Cosplay Edition of Swords of Sorrow #3 was the brainchild of cosplayer Tabitha Lyons, who approached photographer Andrew Dobell of Creative Edge Studios with the idea to reenact the cover to Swords of Sorrow #1, as illustrated by industry superstar J. Scott Campbell. The original cover depicts four stars of the series: Red Sonja and Vampirella (two characters with long traditions of comic book adventuring), as well as literary heroine Dejah Thoris (from the Warlord of Mars novels and comics) and Jana from Frank Cho’s Jungle Girl. The photo reenactment features four lovely cosplayers: Tabitha Lyons as Red Sonja, Tasha Mackenzie as Dejah Thoris, Chiquitita Cosplay as Jungle Girl, and Mojo Jones as Vampirella. Fans and cosplay enthusiasts everywhere can look for this cover edition to hit stores on July 8th.

Slated for release in September, the Swords of Sorrow: Miss Fury/Lady Rawhide special unites the rebellious Western heroine of yesteryear with the unpredictable — perhaps dangerously so — costumed crime-fighter, whether they like it or not. Written by Mikki Kendall and illustrated by Ronilson Freire, the one-shot comes with a cover by artist Mirka Andolfo.

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Alice Cooper vs. Chaos!

Dynamite Entertainment has announcde the upcoming September launch of Alice Cooper vs. Chaos!, a five-issue miniseries pitting the world-renowned rock ‘n’ roll icon against the comic book industry’s premiere horror franchise. Tim Seeley and Jim Terry share writing duties for the event series, with Terry performing double-duty as the series artist. Joyce Chin will provide covers for the entirety of the series.

Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! follows upon the success of Dynamite’s 2014 Alice Cooper, a miniseries that reimagines the rock legend as the supernatural Lord of Nightmares, responsible for visiting the vilest men and women of the world with nocturnal horrors. In comics, no one is more vile than Evil Ernie, Chastity, and Purgatori… the fiends of the Chaos! Comics universe. Plagued by bizarre nightmares, these terrifying undead monsters put aside their personal differences and join the teen monsters known as The Chosen to hunt down the one-and-only Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper vs. Chaos! #1 will ship in September 2015.

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Dynamite Announces Homies Deal

HOMIES Dynamite deal introDynamite has announced an agreement with Surge Licensing, Inc. and Homieshop, LLC to create the first-ever officially licensed Homies publications. The deal includes rights for a History of the Homies comprehensive retrospective hardcover art book, which will feature all of the toys ever released, along with behind-the-scenes art, info, and photos on the development of the characters, brand, and merchandise, including interviews with its creator, David Gonzales, and the story of how the Homies blew up! In addition, the deal includes the right to create original comics and graphic novels in all sizes, as well as reprint existing comic material.

The Homies first began as an underground comic strip created by artist David Gonzales that ran in Lowrider Magazine in 1978 and was based on his friends and lifestyle.  The merchandising of Homies began in 1994 when trend-savvy retailer Hot Topic offered the shirts for sale, which soon became hot tees in their stores. Following on the heels of a successful T-shirt run, Homies was licensed for figurines in the vending machine toy industry, where all sales records were broken, with over 150 million figurines sold worldwide. The licensing program soon spread to products such as action figures, remote and die-cast cars, notebooks, posters, plush, Halloween masks, video games, music and more, and were carried by specialty and mass retailers, such as Walmart, K-mart, Kay-bee Toys, Spencer Gifts, Walgreens and many others. Today, the Homies are enjoying a comeback with new T-shirts, toys and more in the works.

As for the characters themselves, the Homies got started as a group of tightly knit Chicano buddies: Hollywood, Smiley, Pelon, and Bobby Loco, who grew up in the Mexican American barrio of “Quien Sabe” (“who knows”), located in East Los Angeles. Over time, the Homies have expanded their crew to over 300 characters from all different cultures, genres, and even species.

 

Dynamite Reveals the Full Creative Team for Aliens/Vampirella

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the full creative team for Aliens / Vampirella, the upcoming horror crossover between their classic comic book heroine an the Xenomorph monsters from Dark Horse Comics‘ long-running comic book, based on the renowned film series. Corinna Bechko will steer the series with her scripts, while artist Javier García-Miranda will provide the atmophere and action. Also, artist Gabriel Hardman will provide the distinctive covers worthy of the tradition of horror excellence that both long-standing terror icons represent.

As established in Aliens / Vampirella #1, humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Vampirella, a supernatural exterminator, is faced with a mystery only she can solve… and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.

Bechko has been writing comics since her horror graphic novel Heathentown was published by Image/Shadowline in 2009. Since then, she has worked for numerous comics publishers including Marvel, DC, Boom, Dark Horse, and Dynamite on titles such as Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk, and Invisible Republic. Her background is in zoology. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a small menagerie.

Javier García-Miranda is a relative newcomer to the comic book industry, but has been making waves with his work on several Dynamite horror titles. He has illustrated Aliens / Vampirella‘s raven-haired heroine before as part of the anniversary Vampirella #100 celebration. In addition, García-Miranda chronicled the fall and resurrection of Chaos! Comics’ resident bat-winged villainess in the Purgatori miniseries, and worked on Dynamite’s premier bad boy in Evil Ernie (Vol. 2) #6.

Gabriel Hardman, cover artist for the entire Aliens / Vampirella series, is a prolific creator in the comic book industry, plus a frequent contributor to the film industry. A comic book writer and artist, he has worked on such titles as Kinski, Invisible Republic, Star Wars: Legacy, Planet of the Apes, and Savage Hulk. He also served as storyboard artist for the films Inception, Interstellar, Tropic Thunder, and X2.

Aliens / Vampirella #1 will be shipping in September 2015.

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Preview: Looking for Group #4

LOOKING FOR GROUP #4

Ryan Sohmer (w)
Lar deSouza, Hawk, Ryan Dunlavey,
Ed Ryzowski (a)
Hawk, Kelly Tindall (c)
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FC l 48 pages l $4.99 l Teen+

Richard has never met a challenge he couldn’t solve with fire… and Lightning… and reanimated chipmunks… on fire. But, do Richard and the rest of our heroes have what it takes to help Cale deal with the ramifications of last issue? Rejoice, LFG fans, for very bad things are about to happen as our group pushes forward and battles elementals, demons and the biggest little threat of them all: Tiny Dick!

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Preview: Masks 2 #4 (of 8)

MASKS 2 #4 (of 8)

Cullen Bunn (w)
Eman Casallos (a)
Butch Guice, Jae Lee (c)
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FC l 32 pages l $3.99 l Teen+
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Colton Worley Exclusive art retailer incentive cover
Butch Guice B/W art retailer incentive cover
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Heroes from across time meet, the bizarre origins of the Red Death are revealed, and an insidious trap springs shut. A dangerous adventure unlike anything you might expect awaits as the masked vigilantes of three different eras! The epic team-up of The Shadow, Black Terror, Miss Fury, Peter Cannon, Green Hornet, The Spider, and more continues, courtesy of Deadpool writer Cullen Bunn.

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