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Warren Ellis’ Project Superpowers Epic, Blackcross, Welcomes Colton Worley and more!

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the full creative team for Project Superpowers: Blackcross, a supernatural thriller written by comic book luminary Warren Ellis. Colton Worley, the fan-favorite Dynamite mainstay whose previous works include The Shadow Now and The Complete Dracula, will lend his atmospheric, hyper-realistic art style to the project. The March 2015 debut of Blackcross will be supported by a generous helping of variant covers from industry superstars and previous Ellis collaborators, including Jae Lee, Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey, Jason Howard, Gabriel Hardman, and interior artist Colton Worley himself.

In the all-new Project Superpowers series, Warren Ellis and Colton Worley take readers on a sinister journey away from the brightly clad heroes of the Golden Age, and into the small town of Blackcross, nestled in the Pacific Northwest.  All small towns have secrets, but Blackcross has more secrets than most… it’s a lonesome place, haunted by something truly impossible. Project Superpowers: Blackcross is a ghost story about something reaching out from the other side of the night, through the forest and mist of a remote town, to grasp at the hearts of its unsuspecting residents — victims who won’t know that they’re the targets of a strange killer until it’s much, much too late.

Dynamite first announced Ellis’ participation in a Project Superpowers series in April 2014.

Alongside a handful of Dynamite’s most beloved cover artists, Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 will showcase a number of artists from Warren Ellis’ most popular recent releases, including Declan Shalvey (from Ellis’ acclaimed run on Marvel’s Moon Knight), Tula Lotay of the Image Comics title, Supreme: Blue Rose, and Jason Howard of Trees. Jae Lee, the superstar artist of Batman/Superman, has a long history of providing highly sought-after cover editions for Dynamite Entertainment titles, as have Gabriel Hardman (Magnus: Robot Fighter) and, of course, Colton Worley.

Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2015 Previews catalog for release in March. Project Superpowers: Blackcross will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms.

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #5

Supreme: Blue Rose #5

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Cover By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140768
Published: December 10, 2014

We could like to introduce you to Doctor Colonel Rex Ellingwood Richards III. He likes people to call him Doc Rocket. He’s from an entirely different stream of history, and he is delighted and frankly relieved to meet you.

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Preview: Trees #7

Trees #7

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: ICSEP140758
Published: November 26, 2014

Chenglei’s life is changing so quickly, under the shadow of the tree over Shu, that he doesn’t know if he can keep up with it. He’s worried that he’s running headlong into something awful. He has no idea what’s really waiting for him in the dark at the end of the line.

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Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! Who’s going to go see the new Hunger Games film?

Around the Tubes

CBR – Bruckheimer to Helm TV Adaptation of Ellis’ “Global Frequency” – Oh look, another comic coming to tv!

Kotaku – Batman Has Some Stupid Weapons – Very cool figure.

Charlotte Observer – Graphic novel teaching history at Leflore schools – Great to see!

Bleeding Cool – Dynamite Buys The Atlas Comics Trademark From Jeffrey Stevens – Well that explains what happened to that company.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

IGN – The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

Comic Vine – Spider-Woman #1

Talking Comics – Spider-Woman #1

IGN – Teen Titans: Earth One HC

Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #4

Supreme: Blue Rose #4

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Totay
Cover By: Tula Totay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140685
Published: October 15, 2014

People are disappearing from the world. People who may not have belonged in the world at all. Secret protocols are being activated. Diana Dane is on a lost highway. Nothing is what it seems.

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Preview: Trees #6

Trees #6

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140687
Published: October 15, 2014

Blindhail Station is a research post on Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean, where observers have been watching a Tree since it landed ten years earlier. Out here, out of sight of the world, something is changing. And it’s going to change everything.

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Review: Trees #5

Trees, a new Image series from Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, has been nothing short of interesting to follow thus far. I am not just referring to the unique story about seemingly banal trees that attached themselves to Earth from outer space, causing mass hysteria, but also to the ups and downs in quality. The series started out incredibly strong, poetically pulling one in through engrossing storytelling, and then the second issue came off as rather dull, for examples. Issue #5 is a good issue with especially captivating updates on threads that focus on individuals but sometimes boring beats on the larger picture.

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The best piece of Trees continues to be the escapades of the sheepish young artist, and this issue is his best showing yet. He finds himself in a shocking situation that allows the book to expertly display the fascinating culture Ellis has developed throughout that setting. Another highlight of the issue centers upon a young woman and her attempts to learn proper combat skills, compelling for similar reasons. The old man mentoring her comes off as a great combination of creepy, noble and intelligent, offering solid characterization. The small, intimate looks at specific characters are where this book shines.

While important for forming the larger narrative at hand, the parts of this issue that instead decide to use characters as a window into bigger concepts find themselves as less enjoyable. Things get harder to understand, feeling borderline confusing at times. It all serves for the main storyline in a way that makes sense, but it just isn’t exciting either. While certainly always interesting, when there isn’t some confusion there is bound to be some boredom.

The art work is completely free of boredom, this issue providing the strongest showing since the debut. The biggest improvement found in this issue in regards to the visuals is the more interesting playing around with colors. Certain pages towards the end find themselves drenched in a certain color, making for a cooler comic to look at. As always, the scratchy, rough composition lends itself to the gloom of the situation while the slight hint of stylistic cuteness keeps things partially light and fun.

What readers are left with is a good comic that adds to an incredibly intriguing comic book. The one thing that can definitely be said of Trees is that one never knows what to expect, in terms of quality and content. This fifth issue comes out a winner, but not a gold medalist.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #3

Supreme: Blue Rose #3

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140580
Published: September 17, 2014

Ethan Crane is missing. Emergency procedures have been activated. Nothing makes sense. We are all in danger.

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Preview: Trees #5

Trees #5

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140584
Published: September 17, 2014

Luca has a plan for Eligia. It is not the plan she thinks it is. She is his knife now.

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Preview: Trees #4

Trees #4

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140584
Published: August 20, 2014

Chenglei is starting to find himself in Shu, the Chinese city built under a Tree: but things are starting to find him, too. There’s a storm coming, and the pressure is starting to be felt all over the world.

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