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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for?

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Kotaku – Transformers Pens Are More Than Meets The Eye – I want! That Nemesis Prime one is so cool.

CBR – “Constantine” Scheduled for Late October Debut – Around Halloween, and pretty sure that’s when Grimm debuted last year.

The Beat – Legendary Comics teams with Penguin Random House for three more titles – Where is my Pacific Rim ongoing!!!!

Complex Popculture – Shut Yo’ Mouth: “Shaft” Is Returning As A Comic Book – I can dig it.

 

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ScienceFiction.com – Avengers #30

CBR – Harbinger #23

CBR – Ms. Marvel #4

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NYCC 2012 – Tim Bradstreet cover image for The Tower Chronicles Revealed at Legendary Comics

Tim Bradstreet has entered the fray as the third world famous comic book artist to create a cover for Legendary Comics The Tower Chronicles. The cover was revealed for the first time yesterday at Legendary’s New York Comic Con panel.

With a lead character created by Legendary founder Thomas Tull and developed by Tull and Matt Wagner, The Tower Chronicles creates a new mythology on familiar worlds through a unique take on the bounty hunter storyline.

The first volume in the series, The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk, hit stores at the end of last month. The book featured a cover by Jim Lee. The second volume, which is due to hit stores in November, has a cover drawn by Alex Ross.

NYCC 2012 – Guillermo del Toro and Grant Morrison Announce New Projects for Legendary Comics

Film Director Guillermo del Toro and comic creator Grant Morrison were on hand at Legendary Comics’ pre-New York Comic-Con media event to announce two all-new projects for the comics division of Legendary Entertainment. The announcements come on the heels of the launch of the first volume of The Tower Chronicles, Legendary’s first original IP release written by Matt Wagner and drawn by Simon Bisley.

With these two projects added to the slate, Legendary is poised for an impressive 2013 with projects also being released by Mark Waid, Max Brooks, and Shane Davis and J. Michael Straczynski as well as further releases from The Tower Chronicles.

Pacific Rim Graphic Novel

As fans continue to soak in all new details regarding Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures upcoming motion picture release Pacific Rim, del Toro used New York Comic-Con to announce the Pacific Rim graphic novel. A must-read for anyone who wants to see the movie, the graphic novel will serve as a prequel, providing important details on the characters and the lead up to the story arc of the movie. Written by the film’s writer Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), the graphic novel is written in three distinct parts – covering the in-world history from the first attack up to just before the movie,

Each part tells a complete episode of that history, dipping selectively in and out of character backstories and sometimes focusing on new characters who aren’t necessarily in the movie. The idea is to expand the universe and explore how this war has affected not only our heroes, but the world beyond the film. That said, Stacker Pentecost’s origin will figure into all three parts, tracking his journey to high-ranking commander.

Annihilator

Morrison brings to the pages a thrilling story starring wild-living screenwriter Ray Spass, who has one last chance to save his career as he struggles to write a new studio tent-pole movie, Annihilator.

The film centers around the incredible adventures of Max Nomax; a sci-fi rebel anti-hero who’s condemned to a haunted prison orbiting a supermassive black hole, following an epic struggle against the all-knowing, all–powerful artificial life form VADA and his squad of deadly Annihilators. Found guilty of the Greatest Crime in History, Nomax has vowed to clear his name by discovering a Cure for Death itself and resurrecting his lost love.

But with deadlines looming and a recently-diagnosed brain tumor, Spass is running out of time and inspiration – until the real Max Nomax mysteriously appears in the world of 21st century Los Angeles with no memory of how he got there, only a terrifying warning of imminent destruction and a mission for Ray Spass.

Ray’s tumor is the key—it contains all the information of Nomax’s adventures, uploaded into Ray’s head before Nomax made his great escape.  Now, Ray has to finish his screenplay in order to get the information out of his head and shrink the tumor. Nomax needs Ray to finish the screenplay so he can remember how to defeat VADA and ultimately save the universe from extinction – if Makro, the unstoppable rogue Annihilator, doesn’t kill get to them first, that is.

But who or what is Max Nomax really?  And why is it the more we learn, the less we want to know?  A heart-stopping suspense thriller. A love story. An impossible mystery. A tale of vengeance and defiance – bargains and consequences – life and death – good and evil.

SDCC 2012 – Legendary Comics Debuts The Tower Chronicles Exclusively on comiXology

Legendary Comics today debuted their new comic The Tower Chronicles exclusively on comiXology. This is the first preview of the first twelve pages of The Tower Chronicles. Legendary’s latest comic book series co-created by Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull and written by Matt Wagner, with art by Simon Bisley. And for those fans attending San Diego Comic-Con, you can stop by the Legendary booth, #3920, and experience The Tower Chronicles Preview on LG mobiles devices through the comiXology app.

The Tower Chronicles Preview is available for free download today.

Launching this September, The Tower Chronicles explores the history and adventures of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter with a grim and secretive past. Written by Matt Wagner, the creator of Grendel and Mage, and co-created with Thomas Tull, Executive Producer of 300 & The Dark Knight, featuring stunning art by acclaimed 2000 AD & Lobo artist Simon Bisley, The Tower Chronicles sets a new standard in supernatural action/adventure.

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The weekend is here!  Yay!

Around the Blogs:

The Beat – Waid launches Thrillbent digital comics portalInteresting to see how this does.

Bleeding Cool – Simon Bisley, Matt Wagner And Jim Lee Are Legendary In SeptemberInteresting….

The Beat – C2E2 Day One: like an antReally should have gone to this.

Bleeding Cool – Diamond Chicago Retailer Summit: One On One With The PublishersInteresting write up.

Comics Alliance – Marvel’s Kevin Feige Confirms ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Movie DevelopmentCan’t wait to see this.

Bleeding Cool – C2E2: The Kickstarter Panel – Turning It Into A LivingDespite some issues, I still have high hopes.

News4Jax – 9-year-old with Aspergers develops comic bookFantastic to see stuff like this.

 

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ICv2 – A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 HC

CBR – Saucer Country #2

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It’s Tuesday and I’ve barely covered from New York Comic Con.  You’ll start seeing my coverage of the show starting today, along with a lot of reviews I wrote on my way to and back from the show.  In the mean time, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – So, What Makes Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 So Ultimate?Wait for the next one which will be “super colossal”…

Kotaku – Here’s What You Need to Know About Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s Heroes and Heralds ModeYou also need to know you’ll lose to a 6 year old online…

Kotaku – Activision Promises Amazing Spider-Man Will Have More Web-Slinging than Its PredecessorsIsn’t this said every Spidey game?

Marketwatch – General Mills and DC Entertainment Join Forces to Promote Reading Among Children – Anything to get the kids reading….

Con Coverage:

Think Progress – New York Comic Con Report: PBS’s Great-Looking Upcoming Superhero Documentary

ICv2 – NYCC Friday Photos, Part 2

ICv2 – NYCC Friday Photos, Part 1

Comicvine – New York Comic Con 2011 Cosplay Gallery

Spandexless – NYCC Aftermath: Signal to Noise in the midst of Spandex

The Beat – NYCC drew 105,000

MTV Geek – Is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo A Superhero? NYCC Panelists Debate

CBR – NYCC: Vertigo Envisions Its 2012 Lineup

MTV Geek – VIZ NYCC Announcements: Loveless, Voltron, Naruto, Jiu Jiu, And More!

Spandexless – Unauthorized Dispatches, New York Comic Con: First Pants, Then Shoes

CBR – NYCC: Kirkman is Skybound in New York

MTV Geek – New York Comic Con Gets Legendary With Frank Miller and More – Panel Recap

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Major Spoilers – Grimm Fairy Tales – Inferno One-Shot

Major Spoilers – Salem’s Daughter – The Haunting #2

NYCC 11 – Legendary Comics Panel Brings Never Before Seen Artwork, Surprise Guests and More to New York Comic Con 2011

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Legendary Comics Panel Brings Never Before Seen Artwork, Surprise Guests and More to New York Comic Con 2011

Burbank, CA – October 15, 2011 – Legendary Comics today introduced a slew of never before seen artwork from the company’s upcoming slate, surprise guests, new projects, and a gathering of top-tier, iconic comic talent to eager fans at New York Comic Con.

Comic authority Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist) moderated the panel which consisted of Frank Miller, who just recently launched Holy Terror with Legendary Comics and whose other esteemed works include Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, as well as Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief, Bob Schreck, Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel, Sandman), Paul Pope (Batman Year 100, Heavy Liquid) and special, surprise guest Michael Kaluta (Sandman, The Shadow).

Among some of the offerings Legendary had to offer fans was the announcement that Legendary Comics will be releasing a re-issue of Paul Pope’s One Trick Rip Off in spring 2012. As part of the announcement, Legendary revealed that this will be the first time One Trick Rip Off will be released in color and with new material. Legendary also showcased new art for Paul Pope’s book, PulpHope coming this November, and Matt Wagner’s special process of writing scripts for his works. Wagner is also writing the The Tower Chronicles, coming from Legendary summer 2012, with artist Simon Bisley and developed with Legendary’s Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull. In addition, Kaluta, who was a surprise guest at the event, unveiled renderings for his Paradise Lost graphic novel based on the epic poem by 17th-century English poet John Milton.

Legendary Comics will release more art from One Trick Rip Off and PulpHope on the company’s Facebook page next week.

Legendary Entertainment (Booth #530) is hosting numerous giveaways throughout New York Comic Con and has added a special signing with Michael Kaluta on Sunday October 16, 2011 from 1-2 PM.

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About Legendary Comics

Legendary Comics is a division of Legendary Entertainment, a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment. Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Paradise Lost directed by Alex Proyas; Seventh Son directed by Sergei Bodrov; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. With partner Warner Bros., Legendary’s productions include the upcoming Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro, the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), 300 ($456 million worldwide), The Hangover ($467 million worldwide), and the recent smash hit, The Hangover Part II ($575 million worldwide), which holds the distinction of posting the highest opening weekend gross ever for a comedy film.

Legendary Comics Premieres Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

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Legendary Comics Premieres Frank Miller’s Holy Terror

Holy Terror Releases September 28th, 2011

(Burbank, CA – September 28, 2011) – Legendary Comics announced today that their inaugural release, Frank Miller’s (Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns) Holy Terror (ISBN:978-1937278007), exploded into stores today. The book follows hard-boiled hero “The Fixer” and his cat burglar love interest, Natalie Stack, as they try to save Empire City from zealots determined to commit a horrific crime against humanity. The 120-page hardcover is Miller’s provocative commentary on how society views its heroes in the era of modern terrorism.

Miller commented, “I’m thrilled to partner with Legendary Comics to help bring this project which I have worked on for so long to fans around the globe. This is a story that redefines and explores terror in its truest form, forcing all of us – including myself – to think about our heroes differently.”

Years in the making, fan interest in this highly anticipated release has reached a fever pitch with over 75,000 views of the trailer online and a standing room only crowd at the Legendary Comics panel featuring Holy Terror at San Diego Comic Con. The book is available online at www.bn.com and www.amazon.com as well as comic shops and bookstores nationwide.

“This has been a long time coming,” stated Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Schreck, “but certainly well worth the wait. Frank continues to push the limits of what comics storytelling can do while delivering yet another epic tale that challenges the reader to think while also forcing them to feel.”

Join Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief Chief, Bob Schreck, and Frank Miller at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City on Friday, October 14 from 7-9pm for a signing and discussion. Autographed copies of Holy Terror will be available for purchase on site.

Keep an eye on Legendary’s Facebook page for more details on panels and signings at the New York Comic Con with Legendary artists including Frank Miller, Paul Pope (Heavy Liquid, Batman: Year 100) and some surprise guests!

Friend Legendary on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LegendaryEnt
Follow Legendary on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/LegendaryNews
Find Legendary on the Web: http://www.legendary.com/comics/

About Legendary Comics

Legendary Comics is a division of Legendary Entertainment, a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment. Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro; Paradise Lost directed by Alex Proyas; Seventh Son directed by Sergei Bodrov; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. With partner Warner Bros., Legendary’s productions include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), 300 ($456 million worldwide), The Hangover ($467 million worldwide), and the recent smash hit, The Hangover Part II ($575 million worldwide), which holds the distinction of posting the highest opening weekend gross ever for a comedy film.

Review – Holy Terror

Frank Miller Holy TerrorIt’s so hard to write the review for Holy Terror for multiple reasons.  The fact is, no matter his politics, Frank Miller is a legend.  The second is, the comic is a jumble mess.  In fact it’s a holy mess that will only inspire terror in the readers.  Five years in the making this hateful, revenge fantasy, propagandist comic was originally envisioned as Batman vs. Al Qaeda.  An interesting concept there.  But, instead, replace Batman with The Fixer, who really is just a racist (he calls all Muslims Mohammed).  A character who is clearly Catwoman references the fact it’s good she has nine lives.  Which shows another problem with this graphic novel.  It was supposed to be Batman vs. Al Qaeda, that idea lingered in the back of my head the entire time.  I couldn’t help but read it through that lens and Miller either just doesn’t give a shit anymore, or no one stood up to tell him he probably should take out references that only make sense in that setting.

The story is simple, while doing his normal thing protecting Empire City from Natalie Stack (not-Catwoman, no really, ignore the nine lives line) a female suicide bomber sets herself off and numerous other explosions follow.  This leads into a twisted tale of revenge porn as The Fixer wages a war against Al Qaeda.  Al Qaeda’s plot against the city is because they see it as too decadent, as if the real world motivation is that simple.  Religious and racial slurs fly as The Fixer unleashes revenge wrapped up in fascist glee upon those he deems to be evil, aka all Muslims.

I can drone on about the constant bashing of Islam, referring to it’s beliefs as those of the Dark Ages, and what Miller doesn’t address is, like many other religions, Islam does have nuance and not all those who practice are evil terrorists.

The plot has numerous issues, throwing it’s two main protagonists into scenario after scenario that conveniently features items needed for plot points.  A helicopter is met with Stinger missiles as if they’re magically in the right area.  A headquarters just randomly is thrown into the mix along with three other characters that make no sense.  Terrorist some how have jets to blow up this version of the Statue of Liberty which is supposed to be Lady Justice.  The irony being The Fixer forgoing justice and killing anyone he thinks involved, even a cop that he has no proof, only a hint, is involved.

Throughout the book Miller attempts to contrast Muslims and the non-Muslim world.  A child watches a robot cartoon show, Muslims stone a woman.  Through those panels stereotypical drawings abound crossing the line into racist caricature.

And that brings us to the art.  It’s a mixed bag, and at some times I enjoy the rough drawing with what looks like splashes of paint.  But, it also reminds you at times this book used to involve Batman.  You can almost see where ears had to be erased.

There’s nothing new here, in fact others have done a similar story and much better.  In fact this comic only makes me think how far Frank Miller has fallen.  Instead of remembering him for his fantastic works of the past, I’m only left with a nasty taste in my mouth from the present.  That taste is the bile that built up while reading this, matching the dark place this filth spewed up from.

Story: 3 Art: 7 Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Legendary Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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I’m actually looking forward to Holy Terror, Frank Miller‘s 9/11 “revenge fantasy” comic book coming out from Legendary Comics on September 14, 2011.

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