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Mark Isham to Score Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

The upcoming series Cloak and Dagger, which will air on Freeform, is based on the Marvel Comic characters of the same name. The series follows the story of two teenagers from very different backgrounds who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love.

It has been announced that Oscar and Grammy winner Mark Isham will score the series. Isham has created critically acclaimed scores for over 100 films, including Crash, 42, Nell, and A River Runs Through It, for which he received a Best Original Score Oscar nomination.

In 2013, Isham was recognized with the Distinguished Film Composer Award at the inaugural Middleburg Film Festival along with a concert by the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra of his memorable scores. His self-titled album, Mark Isham, earned him a Grammy Award. Mark Isham’s accolades also include an Emmy award, a Golden Globe nomination and the Henry Mancini award for Career Achievement from ASCAP. Isham currently scores John Ridley’s critically acclaimed event series American Crime and the Emmy-nominated series Once Upon a Time, both for ABC. Isham’s recent films include the Ben Affleck action drama The Accountant and the upcoming film projects include Christopher Jenkins’ Duck Duck Goose, an adaptation of Lauren Kate’s #1 New York Times bestseller Fallen and Megan Leavy.

Which Archie Character Faces Death?

*Warning Spoilers Ahead*

The final pages of Archie #20 change everything for the residents of Riverdale – and one of Archie Comics’ most popular characters will face death as the epic “Over the Edge” storyline heads towards June’s can’t-miss Archie #21.

As revealed in the closing moments of the first chapter of “Over the Edge” by Mark Waid and Pete Woods, the dangerous street race between Archie Andrews and Reggie Mantle crashed into an unexpected bump in the road as Betty Cooper drove towards the two in an attempt to stop them. All three vehicles were sent careening over the edge as the issue leaving the fate of Riverdale’s favorite teenagers hanging in the balance.

Writer Mark Waid promises that “Over the Edge” will have lasting changes to the series in the months to come and that the effects of the storyline will change the dynamics between the cast.

While tragedy may strike Riverdale, the overall tone of the book will stay true to its core, merging the classic slapstick humor with modern teenage drama and romance.

The 3-part “Over the Edge” event launched in Archie #20. In June, a life-changing phone call will leave Riverdale’s citizens in shock and readers will discover the fate of their favorite characters in Archie #21. July’s Archie #22 will serve as a heartfelt and emotional coda to the event and set up the cast for the future of the series.

ARCHIE #21

A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE #22

The end has come for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents. This is one you’re going to want to buy, keep, and re-read over the years, because we promise it will never leave you.

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Cover: Thomas Pitilli, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 7/19
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Underrated: Great Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 Sellers For April

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Great comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for April.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find six(ish) comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher (although there may be a future Underrated on specific publishers in the future, that’s not the point of this one).

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions but that’s also had the adverse effect of shortening this list more than I’d like in the past, so you may see some recurring series month to month, although I’ll try to avoid that as much as possible.

The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for Marchs comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

uncle scrooge 25Uncle Scrooge #25 (IDW)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 296 /4,359

Sometimes you don’t want a comic to be anything more than a pleasant diversion for a few minutes, and that’s exactly what this series is. Yes, it’s a Disney comic, but so what? It’s fun, and sometimes that’s exactly the kind of read you want.
Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #18 (Marvel)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 214 /7,966

There’s something incredible about this series. Whether you picked it up for the T-Rex in New York aspect, or the fantastic Moon Girl, there is so much here to love about this comic.

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 (Valiant)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 189 /10,218

Almost completely to the contrary of the above we have Valiant’s sequel to Britannia. A brutal story set in Ancient Rome centering around a man who is essentially a Bruce Wayne level detective in a world of superstition and monsters. Ultimately this isn’t going to be for everybody, and will likely end up with a more cult level following, but that’s exactly why it’s on this  list.

Kill Or Be Killed #8 (Image)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #110 /19,616


This barely qualifies for this issue of Underrated, seeing as how it’s only ten places out of the hundred, but it’s a solid series with a much more realistic take on how a vigilante would operate in today’s world (assuming he made a deal with the devil). Fantastically gripping stuff with some truly awesome artwork.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Ghost City Comics Competition Launches May 20

Ghost City Comics is launching a comic competition on May 20. Founded by Michael Ruiz-Unger and Tucker Tot the contest was inspired after the two created their own comics and found it difficult to be seen by a publisher or facing the difficult work of building their own fan base.

The hope is through this competition, indie creators will have a new way to “get their work out there,” and a “chance to have their comics read by industry professionals, win some cool prizes, and get reviewed and promoted across the internet.”

This is the first year for the competition and there’s three categories “1 Page Comic,” “Short Story,” and “Single Issue.” There’s also awards for “Best Writing,” “Best Artist,” “Best Colorist,” and “Best Lettering.” Prizes include cash prizes, gift cards, and reviews from publishers and comic creators.

You can find more details on their website and good luck to all of those entering!

 

Mezco and One:12 Collective Reveals Doctor Strange

Dr. Stephen Strange, MD was once a prominent but egotistical surgeon. Following a tragic automobile accident, he searched the world for a way to heal his badly damaged hands. After becoming a student of the Ancient One, Strange not only mastered the martial arts but the mystical arts as well. He now serves as Sorcerer Supreme and from his base in the Sanctum Sanctorum he guards the world from mystical and magical threats. Doctor Strange joins the One:12 collective with a comprehensively detailed outfit and unique character specific accessories.

The Doctor Strange One:12 Collective figure features:

  • One (1) newly developed head portrait
  • One:12 Collective body with  over 28 points of articulation
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Over 16cm tall
  • Six (6) interchangeable hands including
    – One (1) pair of fists (L & R)
    – One (1) pair posing hands style A (L & R)
    – One (1) pair of posing hands style B (L & R)

Costume:

  • Two (2) interchangeable Eye Of Agamotto (open and closed)
  • Sculpted gloves on each hand
  • Cloak Of Levitation with integrated wire for dynamic posing
  • Intricately tailored cloth  outfit

Accessories:

  • One (1) Astral form projection (attaches to posing post)
  • Spell effect- defensive  (attaches to forearm)
  • Spell effect- offensive (attaches to forearm)
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Doctor Strange figure is packaged in a deluxe, collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind there are no twist ties for easy in and out of package display.
It’s expected to ship some time November-January.

 

 

 

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Mondo and Z2 Comics Announce A Limited Edition Murder Ballads Original Soundtrack and Graphic Novel

Mondo and acclaimed indie publisher Z2 Comics are releasing a limited edition Murder Ballads graphic novel and original soundtrack 10″ vinyl record release by bluesman Robert Finley and Grammy-Award winner Dan Auerbach. The Murder Ballads Original Soundtrack includes Finley and Auerbach’s cover of the classic Leadbelly song “In the Pines” and four original songs created specifically by Finley and Auerbach to accompany the upcoming graphic novel release Murder Ballads, the highly anticipated rock’n’roll noir graphic novel about the music industry and redemption by writer Gabe Soria and artists Paul Reinwand and Chris Hunt. The standard edition Murder Ballads graphic novel will be released by Z2 Comics this July for $24.95 and will include downloadable codes to the original soundtrack. The Limited Edition Murder Ballads Original Soundtrack and Graphic Novel from Mondo will retail for $200 when it opens for pre-order on May 24th, and will feature original album cover art by Jon Langford, the acclaimed visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country and rock music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

The Murder Ballads Original Soundtrack contains “In the Pines”, the iconic blues song performed by Leadbelly and four songs: “Bang Bang,”“Butter Sandwich”, “The Empty Arms” and “Three Jumpers.”

Z2 Comics also announced today that the Murder Ballads graphic novel will be written by Soria, with Paul Reinwand illustrating Side A and Chris Hunt illustrating Side B.

A meditation on music, obsession and how far someone will go to see their vision become real, Murder Ballads follows the fall and reinvention of Nate Theodore, the dead-broke and deadbeat owner of a failing record label who is on a cross-country drive in the dead of winter, fleeing the wreckage of his business and trying to save his crumbling marriage. Nate is given an unexpected chance to reverse his fortunes when, during a stop in a desolate rust belt town, he “discovers” Donny and Marvell Fontweathers, two African-American brothers who play a raucous brand of doom-laden country blues.

Toil and Trouble hits the Deep South in Redlands from Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey

First announced at Emerald City Comic Con, the new ongoing series Redlands—created by the all-female team of bestselling, Eisner award-winning Jordie Bellaire and critically-acclaimed Vanesa R. del Rey—will launch this August.

Redlands introduces readers to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida where the police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned community and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them.

Marrying the sexy, witchy-goodness of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick and Melissa de la Cruz’s beloved Witches of East End with the deep-South atmosphere of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards and American Horror Story: Coven, Redlands is set to be the horror series of the summer.

Redlands #1 (Diamond Code JUN170621) will hit stores on Wednesday, August 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, July 17th.

ABC Gives Us More Details about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans

Today was ABC‘s Upfronts where the network presents what we can expect this coming television season. That includes first looks at shows and the announcements of when things will air.

We’ve already been told that Marvel’s Inhumans will debut on IMAX September 1 and then ABC in the fall. We now know the show will air Fridays at 9pm. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Fridays at 9pm later in the season.

We got a first look at Inhumans beyond the teaser trailer already revealed and this show looks epic capturing the vibe and characters of the classic comic series. It looks full of action and drama and much better than the teaser image already released. We also get to see Lockjaw in action… hells yes!

Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere a version of the first two episodes in IMAX theatres for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

Geoff Johns Gives the Scoop on Watchmen, Superman, and Doomsday Clock

With the finale chapter of “The Button” hitting shelves this Wednesday, writer Geoff Johns is lifting the veil as to what’s next for the DC Universe and Watchmen. It all comes full circle this November with Doomsday Clock.

The standalone miniseries will be written by Johns with art by Gary Frank and continues the mystery that began in DC Universe Rebirth Special #1.

As we can see with the teaser it blends together Superman, the classic Watchmen clock (without the blood) and Superman’s nemesis Doomsday is invoked in the title. That character appeared in the first Rebirth arc of Action Comics. At the end of that arc, the mysterious Oz had captured Doomsday and the Oz seems to be tied into Watchmen somehow. Interestingly, the story doesn’t involve Doomsday though.

Johns says this is “Watchmen colliding with the DC Universe” and sets up a Doctor Manhattan/Superman story exploring a character who has lost his humanity and an alien who embodies humanity.

The story is focused on the miniseries without tie-ins or crossovers, but it will impact the entire DC Universe and “affect everything moving forward and everything that has come before.”

Johns had been working on the story for some time but was influenced by the recent US Presidential election, but it’s more than about that. Johns will explore the attitude of people and the extremes that seem to be everywhere as well as the anger and frustration. Rebirth brought back hope to the DC Universe and the concept is whether Watchmen’s grime can infect it.

How far can Superman fall? We’re going to find out in Doomsday Clock.

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