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Preview: Smash Into a First Look at the All-New She-Hulk #1!

Lawyer. Avenger. Hero. Friend. Jennifer Walters has been called many things – but to most, she’s known only as the She-Hulk! Today, Marvel has released a first look at She-Hulk #1 – the all-new ongoing series written by rising star Charles Soule and drawn by fan-favorite artist Javier Pulido!  Savior of the world on more than one occasion, Jennifer Walters is embarking on a brand new, and no less dangerous mission – opening a new law practice!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Soule said:

One of the big themes I’m going to play with is how in the world Jennifer is supposed to do everything she’s supposed to do. We don’t want things to be easy for our heroes—we want to see them overcome great difficulties. She-Hulk will battle one of the greatest villains of all: scheduling.

But She-Hulk will fight her share of giant robots and irradiated monsters, I promise.

But juggling her caseload and kicking bad guy butt might be a bit more complicated than she imagines. Not to mention the growing number of supervillains she’s making personal enemies of. Sure she can knock The Thing out in one punch, but this time she may have bit off more than she can chew! And that’s just the start of it. Don’t miss a new beginning for the jade champion of justice when She-Hulk #1 smashes into comic shops this February!

SHE-HULK #1 (DEC130634)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JAVIER PULIDO
Cover by KEVIN WADA
Variant Covers by MILO MANARA, RYAN STEGMAN, SIYA OYUM, and SKOTTIE YOUNG Also Available!
FOC 1/20/14, ON-SALE 2/12/14

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Preview: Answer the Call – Your First Look at Avengers World #1!

This January, the Avengers will be tested like never before – and it all starts in the exciting Avengers World #1 – an all-new series from the star studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli!

Following the events of Infinity, our heroes have returned from the stars to find a very different Earth. New threats have emerged on the world they left behind, and new measures have risen up to deal with them. Earth has been marked an “Avengers World”, safely under the protection of Earth’s Mightiest.

But how will the nations and governments of the world respond to their claim – and what happens when it’s denied?

Editor Tom Brevoort in an interview elaborated:

The premise of the book is that it’s the Avengers, doing big things, because it’s an Avengers World now. But while we’ll field the same potential lineup of 18+ Avengers in WORLD, we’ll specifically be looking to give greater screen time to some of the newer Avengers, like Hyperion, Smasher, Cannonball, Shang-Chi, Starbrand and Sunspot.

Witness the beginning of a new globe-spanning epic of empires and armies – and the few heroes that stand between them and us this January in the blockbuster Avengers World #1!

AVENGERS WORLD (NOV130569)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER
Art by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Wraparound Variant by ART ADAMS
Variant Covers by MILO MANARA & SKOTTIE YOUNG
Animal Variant & Deadpool Variant Also Available
FOC 12/09/13, ON-SALE 1/08/14

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It’s Time! Your First Look At X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1!

Marvel has released a first look at X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1! From the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, David Lopez and Giuseppe Camuncoli, comes an event  so exhilarating,  and so groundbreaking that fans will be talking about it for years to come!

Hank McCoy brought the original X-Men into the present in the hopes of changing the course of history and stopping Scott Summer’s mutant revolution before it even begins. But as the young and confused X-Men try to cope with their devastating futures, the team begins to unravel from the inside. And just as mutant civil war is about to hit its boiling point, an unexpected third party comes in to change the game—the future X-Men! They’ve traveled back in time with a warning—the original X-Men need to go back to their rightful time or they will be the final nail in mutantkind’s coffin. They risked everything to come to the past and won’t leave until the All-New X-Men are back in the past.

Beginning in September and ending in October, no fan can miss this 10-part weekly event:

  • Part 1: X-Men Battle of the Atom #1
  • Part 2: All-New X-Men #16
  • Part 3: X-Men #5
  • Part 4: Uncanny X-Men #12
  • Part 5: Wolverine & The X-Men #36
  • Part 6: All-New X-Men #17
  • Part 7: X-Men # 6
  • Part 8: Uncanny X-Men #13
  • Part 9: Wolverine & The X-Men #37
  • Part 10: X-Men: Battle of The Atom #2

Three X-Men universes collide in the biggest war mutantkind has ever seen, and you won’t believe how it all plays out. One thing’s for sure—no reader will come out unscathed!

Who will become unlikely allies? What is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s master plan? What are the consequences for altering time and space? Most importantly, what will determine the fate of our favorite superheroes?

It’s monumental! It’s earth-shattering! It’s X-Men: Battle of the Atom!

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1 (JUL130658) X-MEN #5 (JUL130666)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art by FRANK CHO Art by DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Wraparound Variant by FRANK CHO Variant by TERRY DODSON
Variant Cover by JOE MADUREIRA FOC – 8/19/2013, On Sale – 9/11/2013
FOC – 8/12/2013, On Sale – 9/4/2013
ALL-NEW X-MEN #16 (JUL130663) UNCANNY X-MEN #12 (JUL130670)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by STUART IMMONEN Art by CHRISTOPHER BACHALO
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Variant by STUART IMMONEN Variant by CHRISTOPHER BACHALO
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV Emma Frost Variant by MILO MANARA
FOC – 8/12/2013, On Sale – 9/4/2013 FOC – 8/26/2013, On Sale – 9/18/2013

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Angela Hits Her Mark On Milo Manara’s Variant Cover To Guardians of the Galaxy #5!

She’s one of the biggest new characters to debut in the Marvel Universe and today Marvel is proud to unveil your first look at Milo Manara’s jaw dropping variant cover to Guardians of The Galaxy #5, featuring Angela! Starting this July, Neil Gaiman teams with blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis and fan favorite artist Sara Pichelli to take the angelic bounty hunter to the outer limits of the Marvel Universe in an all new arc starting in Guardians Of The Galaxy #5! Alongside Star-Lord, Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora & Groot – Angela must help the Guardians take down threats putting the galaxy at risk, showing why she’s one of the most feared women in the Marvel Universe!

The arrival of Angela to the Marvel Universe marks one of the most important moments in comics history! With a major player like the fearless warrior making her presence known – no fan can miss how her debut impacts the Marvel Universe and beyond!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 (MAY130589)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 ANGELA VARIANT (MAY130591)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by SARA PICHELLI
Variant Cover by MILO MANARA
FOC – 7/8/13, ON SALE – 7/31/13

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Celebrate 50 Years of X-Men with X-Men: Battle of the Atom!

This September, celebrate the X-Men’s 50th anniversary with the first major X-Men crossover event in over three years—X-Men: Battle of the Atom! From the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Chris Bachalo, David Lopez and Giuseppe Camuncoli, comes an event  so exhilarating,  and so groundbreaking that fans will be talking about this for years to come! Three X-Men universes collide in the biggest war mutantkind has ever seen, and you won’t believe how it all plays out.

Editor Nick Lowe described the event this way:

If All-New X-Men #1 was the shot heard round the world, X-Men Battle Of The Atom is Valley Forge. And there’s no group of creators I’d rather go to war with than Brian, Jason and Brian. And that doesn’t even mention the murderer’s row of artists.

Hank McCoy brought the original X-Men into the present in the hopes of changing the course of history and stopping Scott Summer’s mutant revolution before it even begins. But as the young and confused X-Men try to cope with their devastating futures, the team begins to unravel from the inside. And just as mutant civil war is about to hit it’s boiling point, an unexpected third party comes in to change the game—the future X-Men! They’ve traveled back in time with a warning—the original X-Men need to go back to their rightful time or they will be the final nail in mutantkind’s coffin. They risked everything to come to the past and won’t leave until the All-New X-Men are back in the past.

Beginning in September and ending in October, this 10-part weekly event is not one any fan can miss:

  •  Part 1: X-Men Battle of the Atom #1
  • Part 2: All-New X-Men #16
  • Part 3: X-Men #5
  • Part 4: Uncanny X-Men #12
  • Part 5: Wolverine & The X-Men #36
  • Part 6: All-New X-Men #17
  • Part 7: X-Men # 6
  • Part 8: Uncanny X-Men #13
  • Part 9: Wolverine & The X-Men #37
  • Part 10: X-Men: Battle of The Atom #2

Don’t miss out on the event of the season! Who will become unlikely allies? What is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s master plan? What are the consequences for altering time and space? Most importantly, what will determine the fate of our favorite superheroes?

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by FRANK CHO
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Wraparound Variant by FRANK CHO
Variant Cover by JOE MADUREIRA
FOC – 8/12/2013, On Sale – 9/4/2013

ALL-NEW X-MEN #16
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by STUART IMMONEN
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Variant by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV
FOC – 8/12/2013, On Sale – 9/4/2013

X-MEN #5
Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art by DAVID LOPEZ
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Variant by TERRY DODSON
FOC – 8/19/2013, On Sale – 9/11/2013

UNCANNY X-MEN #12
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by CHRISTOPHER BACHALO
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Variant by CHRISTOPHER BACHALO
Emma Frost Variant by MILO MANARA
FOC – 8/26/2013, On Sale – 9/18/2013

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #36
Written by JASON AARON
Art by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Variant by KRIS ANKA
FOC – 9/2/2013, On Sale – 9/25/2013

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Tom Sniegoski Returns to Vampirella!

Writer Tom Sniegoski returns with all new series – Vampirella Strikes!  Tom is one of the most successful fan favorite writers coming back to Vampirella, having previously written multiple Vampirella series including the long running Vengeance of Vampirella #1- #25Vampirella Strikes #1 features covers by the late, great Michael Turner, all-star artist David Finch, as well as Milo Manara, and a cover by series artist Johnny D. And, for the first time, Dynamite is offering each cover as each own item to allow fans and retailers to order their favorite cover!

Also available is the Vampirella Strikes #1 Subscription Special Limited Edition Photo Cover!  Limited to initial orders only, this is for the comic fans who subscribe with their local retailer and only available as a limited edition subscription order.

In Vampirella Strikes #1, Fearful that her monstrous nature is taking control, Vampirella takes solace in some extreme violence, and conversation, all topped off with a nice glass of Merlot, in a Boston tavern overrun by the demonic in the first part of this six issue story.  Living in a world of growing supernatural threats, Vampirella never knows what she will be facing from one moment to the next, but what she finds waiting for her in her Boston Brownstone when she returns from a night of hunting is the most unexpected of all.  Angels of Heaven sent by God . . . and they want Vampirella to work for them.

Uncanny Avengers #2 Milo Manara Variant Cover Unveiled

Marvel is pleased to present our first look at the jaw dropping Uncanny Avengers #2 Manara Variant from legendary artist Milo Manara!

From the ashes of Avengers VS. X-Men an all-new, all-different Avengers assemble – enter the Uncanny Avengers! From the blockbuster creative team of Rick Remender & John Cassaday, Captain America and Wolverine begin a quest to create a sanctioned Avengers unit cast from the ranks of the Avengers and the X-Men. This November in Uncanny Avengers #2, the Red Skull makes a movie that transforms him into the most powerful man on Earth! And with anti-mutant sentiment at an all-time high, it will be up to Captain America, Wolverine, Havok, Thor, Rogue, and the Scarlet Witch to take down the Skull and his S-Men!

Each issue of Uncanny Avengers includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Additionally, each issue of Uncanny Avengers features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 (SEP120538)
UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 MANARA VARIANT (SEP120539)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
ON SALE THIS NOVEMBER!

Dark Horse Comics Eisner Nominees Announced!

April 5, MILWAUKIE, OR–Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2012!

Dark Horse Comics has 11 nominations, including two each for the anthology Dark Horse Presents, Jeff Jensen’s Green River Killer, and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo.

The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from nursery rhymes and World War II battles to high school angst and pulp fiction.

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are in their twenty-fourth year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.

 

EISNER AWARD NOMINEES 2012

Best Short Story

“The Speaker,” by Brandon Graham, in Dark Horse Presents #7

 

Best Continuing Series

Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai

 

Best Anthology

Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson

 

Best Humor Publication

The Art of Doug Sneyd: A Collection of Playboy Cartoons

Chimichanga, by Eric Powell

Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin

 

Best Reality-Based Work

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

 

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt

 

Best Writer

Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

 

Best Lettering

Tom Orzechowski, Manara Library, with L. Lois Buhalis

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo

 

Ballots with this year’s nominees will be going out in mid-April to comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers. A downloadable PDF of the ballot is available online, and a special website has been set up for online voting: www.eisnervote.com. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 13, at Comic-Con International.

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the BarbarianMass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

Milo Manara Selling Like Hotcakes!

Official Press Release

MILO MANARA SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES!

DISTRIBUTOR SOLD OUT OF VOLUME 1! 

November 16, MILWAUKIE, OR – Demand for the controversial and critically acclaimed collection from the legendary Milo Manara has driven distributors to a sell out of Volume 1!   This library marks the first comprehensive North American hardcover collection of Italian comics legend Milo Manara’s work.

The first of nine volumes, The Manara Library Volume 1 collects two of Manara’s seminal works in a magnificently appointed, deluxe hardcover edition. The sweeping epic Indian Summer, a collaboration with celebrated creator Hugo Pratt, is collected here along with Manara’s The Paper Man, both translated by Euro comics expert Kim Thompson.  It also features a fantastic foreword by Frank Miller!

In February, Dark Horse will publish Volume 2 of The Milo Manara Library! This deluxe hardcover features the newly translated, sweeping historical epic El Gaucho, the second of Manara’s storied collaborations with his mentor Hugo Pratt, author of the internationally acclaimed Corto Maltese. Rounding out this volume is Trial by Jury, a series of shorts, never before published in the US, in which some of history’s most notorious figures undergo a mock trial.

This is the first and only comprehensive English collection of Manara’s work, so head to your local comic retailer and pick up a copy before the first printing is gone for good!

“In the hand of Milo Manara, the Old West is a generous, delicious feast for the eyes.” -Frank Miller on Manara

“Beautiful historical work with gorgeous people and really erotic undertones.” -Neil Gaiman on Manara

Manara Library Volume 1 is on sale now and is scheduled for a reprint!

Manara Library Volume 2 is on sale February 8th, 2012!

http://www.darkhorse.com/Books/17-388/The-Manara-Library-Volume-1-hardcover-collection

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the BarbarianMass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

Review: X-Women #1

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Marvel just came out with the one-shot X-Women, which sounds cool at first glance, since it’s a one-shot dedicated to the women of the X-Men Universe. The artist commissioned for it is erotic artist Milo Manara. The comic is worse than I expected when I first heard about it. It is a wall-to-wall objectification of women as sexual objects. Marvel women are usually scantily clad, but this one takes it to a new level, showing more pointless angles of women’s body parts than in a year of a usual Marvel series. Throughout the comic, women (and occasionally men) are in various stages of undress well beyond what fits the story. Or a PG-13 rating. The women’s faces are all homogonized to a point you can only tell them apart by their clothes and hairstyles. They are frequently shown with their faces in poses that are clearly sexual in nature. They are in bondage, gagged, in “catfights,” and, most egregiously, apparently always on the verge of having sex with each other. There are no fewer than 28 shots of women embracing or caressing each other — all of the the familiar X-women characters who are not lesbians and from whom the behavior makes no sense in any context. Some of the embraces are almost explicitly sexual, including a shot of Kitty’s head moving between Rogue’s legs and Kitty and Storm embracing in a position usually designated with a number just under 70.

You can see some of the worst images here.

I think maybe the worst part of this is that the characters involved here are some of the strongest and most well-written women characters in superhero comic books. Storm and Kitty are among my all-time favorite characters. Storm is literally a Queen at this point. And Kitty is probably one of the characters that has had the greatest growth arcs of any character I’ve ever read, starting out as an awkward teenager with one of the weakest power-sets of any character growing to one of the smartest and powerful characters in the X-books. Seems like it was just a few months ago that Kitty single-handedly saved the Earth in Astonishing X-men and now she’s nothing more than another interchangeable woman filling out the perceived fantasies of adolescent boys.
And extra shame on Chris Claremont for being a part of this. He’s really fallen in my esteem. He wrote some of the greatest super-hero stories ever in the late 70s, early 80s, but his recent stuff has been horrible. In X-Men Forever, he betrayed everything he put into the character of Storm by making her inexplicably evil, then replacing her with a child version of herself. Literal infantilization of women (and notably the only black woman in his series).

It’s amazing that there is some really good work going on at Marvel and, at the same time, this horrible crap.

Plot: It’s not a horrible plot, as Claremont still has the ability to write good stories, but this is closer to the bottom in terms of quality Claremont stories than th etop. Rating: 4

Art: The art isn’t terrible and parts of it are quite good, but it is significantly sexist and treats women as identical, regardless of race. Rating: 2

Overall: Nothing here really works, even as erotica, this is a wasted opportunity for Marvel to highlight the women of the X-Men comics. Overall rating: 3

Recommendation: Do not buy

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