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SDCC 2014: Darby Pop Announces Dead Squad

At San Diego Comic-Con, Darby Pop Publishing announced plans for a brand new series, their fifth, to launch in October. Dead Squad is written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and will be distributed by IDW Publishing. While the duo of Federman and Scaia is relatively new to comics, their work is well-known to genre fans as they have written and produced for a number of “cult” television series including Jericho, Warehouse 13, and DC’s Human Target. Additionally, the pair is responsible for two high-profile features in development, Y: The Last Man (with New Line) and Ghost Recon (with Michael Bay/Ubisoft/Warner Brothers).

Dead Squad spins the tale of three U.S. military operatives who discover that their commanding officer has gone rogue, meaning that they are now considered traitors as well. Unfortunately, this realization comes only moments before their years of service are rewarded with a swarm of snipers’ bullets. Since the trio’s early deaths would make for a very truncated series, however, each is granted a reprieve thanks to advanced nanotech and a government intent on interrogating them mercilessly.  But the stay of execution is a limited one, as the Dead Squad learns that the “biotic” serum reanimating them is only a “beta” version with a 30 hour life span. Living on borrowed time, the Dead Squad must track down their betrayer and retrieve the one thing that can keep them alive — knowing all the while that a very different “after-life” awaits each of them.

The “Dead Squad” creative cadre is rounded out by the art team of Kirk Van Wormer, Michael Montenat, and Doug Sirois. And their artwork will be brought to life by colorist Sirois, who’s contributing to his third Darby Pop Publishing title.

Cover duties for the debut issue are being handled by Top Cow alum Steve Firchow, with the legendary Howard Chaykin contributing both a subscription cover and a convention-exclusive sketch variant.

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Preview: The Fallen #2 (of 8)

The Fallen #2 (of 8)

Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Artist: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letter: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 16
Rating: 17+

After narrowly escaping the horde of sleepers in Lincoln, Sam, Liz and Ray are on the move yet again, crossing a country of ashes and bones while Sam is haunted by the man responsible for the desolation through which they ride.

Sam isn’t the only former superhero who can’t let go of the past. In Oklahoma, an alcoholic bounty hunter who once used violence to protect the innocent now uses it because he knows nothing else. With a head full of rage, a stomach full of whiskey, and a mask and costume in his backpack, John knows that all he has ahead of him is more violence. And that’s just fine with him.

While the superheroes may now be just survivors, a group of murderous supervillains emerges from the shadows with visions of a bloody crusade against a world that hates and fears them.

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Preview: The Fallen #1

The Fallen #1

Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Art: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 17+

Of course the superheroes would save the world. That’s what superheroes do. But then came the day when they didn’t, when the Pulse killed billions and turned the planet into a devastated wasteland.

Eight years later, one man in a mask and cape has decided that the human race has limped on long enough: either the remaining superpowered people rise up as gods, or all of mankind is finally put out of its misery.

But where there are villains, there are heroes. And where there are those who fly, there are those who fall.

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Preview – Spirit of the Law #2

Spirit of the Law #2

Story: Brandon Seifert
Art: Michael Montenat
Colors: Ron Riley
$.99 – Ages 17+

In the conclusion of the noir/pulp mashup, Sammy Workman’s back is to the wall, his fellow hitmen dying left and right — and their killer is a woman he put in the ground himself! What’s the mystery behind the paranormal vigilante called the Spirit of the Law — and is there anything Workman can do to stop her? Written by Brandon Seifert (WITCH DOCTOR, DOCTOR WHO, HELLRAISER) and drawn by Michael Montenat (HELLRAISER, PILOT SEASON: ANONYMOUS).

Preview – Spirit of the Law #1 of 2

Spirit of the Law #1 of 2

Writer: Brandon Seifert
Artist: Michael Montenat
Colors: Ron Riley
$.99 – Ages 17+

It’s the Great Depression, and Sammy Workman is lucky to have a job — even as a mob hitman! But when a hit goes wrong, Workman and his men find themselves stalked by the paranormal vigilante they’ve accidentally created! You’ve seen plenty of superhero origins– now, see one from the villains’ point of view! Part one of a new two-part noir/pulp mashup from Brandon Seifert, creator of WITCH DOCTOR and writer of DOCTOR WHO, and Michael Montenat, artist of HELLRAISER and PILOT SEASON: ANONYMOUS.

Monkeybrain And comiXology Team Up

This Independence Day, New York Times bestselling comic book creator Chris Roberson is celebrating “Independents Day.” That’s because his new venture with Allison Baker, MonkeyBrain Comics, launches. MonkeyBrain Comics will also debut digitally first on comiXology through a exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies.

Joining Chris under the Monkeybrain Comics umbrella with their own independent titles will be a who’s who line up of creators, including; Grace Allison, Nick Brokenshire, J. Bone, Chad Bowers, Wook-Jin Clark, Colleen Coover, Kevin Church, Dennis Culver, Matt Digges, Ming Doyle, Curt O. Franklin, Ken Garing, Chris Haley, David Hahn, Phil Hester, Joe Keatinge, D.J. Kirkbride, Adam Knave, Axel Medellin, Jennifer L. Meyer, Michael Montenat, Ananth Panagariya, Thomas Perkins, Adam Rosenlund, Chris Schweitzer, Brandon Seifert, Chris Sims, Matthew Dow Smith, Paul Tobin, J. Torres, Josh Williamson and Bill Willingham, among others.

More creative teams with new titles will be announced next week at Comic-Con International during the Monkeybrain Comics panel on Friday, July 13th at 7PM.

 “MonkeyBrain Comics was born out of a desire to directly explore what opportunities there were in the newly expanding digital marketplace for creator owned material,” said Chris Roberson, co-publisher of Monkeybrain Comics. “We knew from the get go that we’d want to work exclusively with comiXology, who have become the undisputed leader in the digital comics field with their platforms’ unparalleled reading and shopping experience. And we’re pleased to have so many of our close creator friends along for the ride. I can’t wait to see what fans around the world think about our first batch of releases!”

Available exclusively worldwide via comiXology’s digital platform across starting July 4th, the initial Monkey Brain Launch titles are:

  • Aesop’s Ark by J. Torres and Jennifer L. Meyer
  • Amelia Cole and the Unknown World by Adam P. Knave, DJ Kirkbride and Nick Brokenshire
  • Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Edison Rex by Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver
  • October Girl by Matthew Dow Smith
  • Wander by Kevin Church and Grace Allison

MonkeyBrain Comics is a new comics imprint of Roberson and Baker’s long-running publishing company MonkeyBrain Books. Over the past decade, MonkeyBrain Books has published a line of prose novels by authors such as Phillip Jose Farmer, Michael Moorcock, Rudy Rucker, Paul Cornell and genre collections edited by such notables as Joe R. Lansdale, Lou Anders and others.

Launching their first titles on July 4th with the slogan “Independents Day” exclusively on the comiXology digital platform, Monkeybrain Comics are currently exploring following up their digital releases with trade paperback collections.

Preview – Hellraiser Annual #1

HELLRAISER ANNUAL #1

Written by Clive Barker, Mark Miller & Brandon Seifert
Drawn by Jesus Hervas & Michael Montenat
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Tim Bradstreet
COVER B: Nick Percival
COVER C: Tim Bradstreet
Diamond Code: JAN120939

The secrets of the Cenobite War revealed! The first year of Clive Barker’s long-awaited return to Hellraiser has been full of jaw-dropping events and new characters, forever changing the landscape of the classic horror universe. Now, only in this annual, learn the shocking secrets behind those seismic shocks to the Cenobites, the Cottons, and the hierarchy of Hell! This all new story will give clues to future storylines, so no Hellraiser fan can miss it!