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Radical’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars Coming to the Big Screen

Radical Studios announced today their original graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars will be adapted as a motion picture to be co-produced by MGM Studios and Paramount Pictures. The graphic novel written by Steve Moore is an action-filled story based on the popular Ancient Greek mythology of Hercules. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and is directed by Brett RatnerHercules will be produced by Radical President Barry Levine, Beau Flynn and Brett Ratner. Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey and Radical EVP Jesse Berger will executive produce. The screenplay was adapted by Ryan Condal with script revisions by Evan Spiliotopoulos. Production is scheduled to start in early 2013.

Preview – Creator Owned Heroes #6

Creator Owned Heroes #6

Story by: Steve Niles, Jay Russell, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray Art By: Andrew Ritchie, Jerry Lando, Paul Mounts, Darwyn Cooke Cover By: Andrew Ritchie Variant Cover by: Dave Johnson
Price: $3.99

STARTING: a monthly feature featuring graphic strips and material by DARWYN COOKE.

“KILLSWITCH,” Part Two
Locked in a Peruvian Prison, Kill Switch awaits a Mexican hit squad as he tries to discover who put a bounty on his head and why. The bullets fly as our hero is led into a deadly game of death against the world’s best and most eccentric assassins, but the gloves come off when they threaten his family.

“BLACK SPARROW” Part Two
His only son is dead, tried and hung for crimes the boy may or may not have committed. Now a father waits by the graveside. All he can do is pray and hope that his only son is not the evil the townspeople claim.

Plus: Interviews, contests, art galleries, con photos, and original articles all celebrating the creator-owned spirit.

Preview – Pathfinder #3

PATHFINDER #3

40 pages FC
• $3.99 • Teen +
Written by JIM ZUB
Art by ANDREW HUERTA
Covers by MATTEO SCALERA (25%), LUCIO PARRILLO (25%), ERIK JONES (25%), TYLER WALPOLE (25%)
Fans, ask your retailer for these variant incentive covers!
• SCALERA black & white art cover retailer incentive
• SCALERA “virgin art” cover retailer incentive

Valeros and his companions have captured one of the cultists behind the strange magic that grips the goblin tribes of Varisia, but their prisoner may not be as helpless as they seem. Making matters worse, the group must cross through the haunted cemetery known as Pauper’s Grave, luring them into the paralyzing touch of flesh-eating ghouls. Paizo’s incredible award-winning fantasy world, fiction line and tabletop RPG is now the ultimate fantasy comic from Dynamite Entertainment. Includes over 5 pages of character profiles and Pathfinder RPG game statistics, plus an EXCLUSIVE removable, playable tactical map and poster.

GrayHaven Comics Goes Digital

GrayHaven Comics has announced that they are partnering with Barnes & Noble to offer their library of titles digitally for the Nook. This is the latest announcement regarding digital comics that have included new Android apps from BOOM! and Dark Horse and DC Comics digital comic expansion.

For three years GrayHaven has dedicated itself to providing up and coming creators an opportunity to have their work published, often for the first time through The Gathering anthology while also have star creators like Sterling Gates, Victor Gischler, John Jackson Miller and Gail Simone lend their talents to the books.

In the latter half of 2012 GrayHaven launched the self-contained mini-series Mother and Son and Of Wolf and Woman and will spinoff a new full color horror anthology Tales From the Abyss and in 2013 Phase Two of GrayHaven begins with the release of more self-contained series:

Chronographer by Erica Heflin, Fabio Pio, Edson Alves and Carlos Paul and Run Like Hell by Elena Andrews and George Amaru adapted from the thriller with the same name, 11:59 by Andrew Goletz and Nick Francis, Titanium Star by Victor Gischler and Sam Tung and Tomorrow by John Coker, Jason Hissong and Devin Taylor.

The publisher will be making all their comics available in both print and digital and are actually having a “more aggressive schedule lined up in 2013 and 2014 than ever before.”

Preview – Storm Dogs #1

Storm Dogs #1 (of 6)

Story by: David Hine Art By: Doug Braithwaite & Ulises Arreola Cover By: Doug Braithwaite
Price: $3.50

DAVID HINE and DOUG BRAITHWAITE are re-united for Season One of this science-fiction crime thriller. A uniquely skilled team arrives on a frontier planet to investigate a series of bizarre and violent deaths. Forced to rely on primitive technology, they soon learn what it means to be aliens in a hostile environment. If they are to unravel the mysteries of Amaranth they will also have to learn what it is to be human.

Aspen’s Charismagic: Sparkles Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation

On November 21st, Aspen ComicsCharismagic: Sparkles hits exclusively on comiXology. The special digital-exclusive 11-page short story’s proceeds goes to charity. Aspen has also pledged to donate all of their proceeds for this issue to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Featuring the harrowing origin of the popular talking cat Sparkles from the pages of Charismagic, this all-new one-shot issue is written by series creator Vince Hernandez and fully illustrated by series cover artist Siya Oum. Hernandez discussed the project further:

Our fans and new readers have been so overwhelmingly supportive of Charismagic and Aspen in general, so we wanted to give something back, and more specifically to those in need. We felt the Make-A-Wish Foundation was the perfect organization to help make this happen. Charismagic at its core is about heroic people overcoming great challenges and finding true courage in the face of adversity, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation adheres to these principles tenfold with their cause. It was a perfect fit for us. As well, artist Siya Oum is a hero in my book for taking on the entire project pro bono because she believed in the cause as much as we do. We really hope people will enjoy the magical yarn we’ve created.

Charismagic: Sparkles will arrive exclusively on Comixology on November 21st, with a sale price of $0.99, and will also be available on the Iverse Comics App with a date to be announced shortly.

New Marvel Minimates in Action!

Marvel Minimates Series 47 and TRU Series 14 are in stores, and they’re driving old-school comics fans wild! Fans of Chris Claremont‘s lengthy run on Uncanny X-Men, including the period of time in which he faked the team’s death and moved them to an abandoned town in the Australian Outback. Even in the middle of nowhere, they still managed to run afoul of numerous enemies, including their old foes, the spacefaring Brood! Series 47 includes Wolverine, Rogue, Colossus, Dazzler and Longshot in their classic looks, plus an army-building Brood, who comes with regular Wolverine as well as a rare variant Brood-infected Wolverine!

To round out the team, Havok and Storm have been included in the Toys “R” Us-exclusive Series 14, which also includes Iron Man with Rhino, Alpha Flight members Vindicator and Box, and Ultimate Captain America with the first-ever figure of the new Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales! Series 47 is only at comic shops and specialty stores, and TRU Series 14 is only at Toys “R” Us and toysrus.com, so check out the photos below and track them down today!

Review – Bedlam #1

If you’ve been on Twitter or various comic forums, you’d think Bedlam #1 was the second coming of (insert greatest comic here). The comic, written by Nick Spencer is good, a solid beginning, but nowhere matches the hype machine surrounding it.

Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who terrorized the town of Bedlam for years. Then he got better. This is what happens next.

You might know Spencer from his attempt to recreate Lost in comic book form with Morning Glories or the coolness of Bond with the first story arc of Thief of Thieves. In Bedlam #1, Spencer attempts to combine the two series, with mixed results. I want to like the first issue, but it’s disjointed story telling and attempt to be too cute with it’s plotting leaves me putting it down feeling like it was puzzle pieces shoved together, from different puzzles. What should be a straight forward story, turns into a narrative jumble like Morning Glories. Both comics suffer from “too smart for their own good’ syndrome. By attempting to be too cool, it falls short.

My issue is the jumping around in time. It’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going on, and instead feels like jump backwards, forwards and sideways without a strong flow. What’s weird is, it sets up a lot, including one of the more interesting new characters this year.

The art by Riley Rossmo is fantastic, capturing the madness of Press in a style that’s engaging. It’s a perfect example of art matching the story.

Bedlam #1 is an issue that aims high and attempts to do a lot in the first issue in an interesting way. Even with an extended issue, it just doesn’t succeed for me. I’m sure once the first arc is over, it’ll be made better by the whole, but, on it’s own I feel like it could of been so much more.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Riley Rossmo Cover: Frazer Irving

Story: 6.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided a FREE copy to Graphic Policy for review.

 

Preview – Life With Archie #24

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #24

Script: Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fernando Ruiz, Pat Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Bob Smith
Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith
Variant Cover: Fiona Staples
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 11/7
48-page, full color comic
$3.99 US.

“Archie Marries Veronica” – Change is afoot in Riverdale! After the devastating shooting of his partner, Kevin rethinks his risky career path while Clay recuperates. Kevin’s not the only one with a career shift in mind as Veronica moves on from Lodge Industries and Riverdale’s Mayor Moose contemplates making a political move to the senate. Plus, it’s the premiere of Reggie and Betty’s reality show at the Chok’lit Shoppe and Jughead is pulling out all the stops to make it a Hollywood-style event! In a night filled with excitement, Kevin has an announcement that will set the scene for many issues to come!

“Archie Marries Betty” – It’s the reunion we’ve all been waiting for as The Archies reunite to help raise money for a worthy cause. Jellybean’s unreliability comes to a head with older brother Jughead after the stress of Midge’s pregnancy takes its toll. Conflicts aside, this issue is a can’t-miss affair with Josie and the Pussycats making their Life with Archie debut as the headlining act for the grand opening of Archie’s new music club.

Around the Tubes

I’m still recovering from the election, so while I get myself together, here’s news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs

IGN – Man of Steel Will Be Released in 3DHmmm.

The Beat – iVerse to Curate Projects on Kickstarter (Updated)Uh, so not quite was first announced.

Bleeding Cool – The Presidential Election, According To The Comics IndustryThe Tweets were coming quickly last night.

Bleeding Cool – Fanboy Rampage: Ethan Van Sciver Vs Rob LiefeldAnd this is how you become not taken seriously professionally.

Techcrunch – DC Comics Announces Deals To Sell Digital Comics In Big Three E-Bookstores, Says Digital Sales Have Grown 197%Interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Deadpool #1

IGN – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Book 1

IGN – Iron Man #1

CBR – Iron Man #1

Complex – Review: “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Is The Rare Comic Book Adaptation That Actually Works

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