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Preview – Broken Pieces #5

BROKEN PIECES #5

Mark Roslan— Writer/ Cory Smith— Art/ Beth Sotelo— Colors/ Josh Reed— Letters

Aspen Comics’ newest original series, Broken Pieces, reaches its stunning finale!

Every moment following that fateful accident within the Trinion Corporation’s laboratory has led to this pulse-pounding conclusion! The monstrous creation of their doing is finally in their possession, but Ludas and his power-hungry conglomerate struggle to contain his mindless, destructive rage until Ludas evens the odds by unleashing his most frightening creation yet! Meanwhile, Richard and Gabriella’s heart-wrenching fate reaches its shocking culmination, as Richard must choose between the love of his life or the end of civilization altogether!

BROKEN PIECES #5 is in stores December 19th, 2012!

FC 32 pages $3.50

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Preview – Broken Pieces #4

BROKEN PIECES #4

Mark Roslan – Writer / Cory Smith – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

What is lost in life is found in…death!

Aspen Comic’s newest original series, BROKEN PIECES, continues!

The fight between mortal and monster could very well shatter the pieces of their existence altogether! As Gabriella attempts to regain any semblance of focus after the heart-wrenching loss of her husband following the accident inside their lab, her work within Trinion dutifully presses on. Meanwhile, Trinion director Damon Ludas has his own sights set on putting an end to the unrestrained amalgamation of a man wreaking havoc on his security forces. And Ludas’ plan calls for unleashing his own form of pain and punishment upon the monster—the ruthless mercenary known as Harrick, and an ensuing clash that only one can possibly survive!

Written and created by Aspen’s own Mark Roslan, BROKEN PIECES will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

BROKEN PIECES #4 is in stores October 3rd, 2012!

 

Preview – Broken Pieces #3

BROKEN PIECES #3

Mark Roslan – Writer / Cory Smith – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

What is lost in life is found in…death!

Aspen Comic’s newest original series, BROKEN PIECES, continues!

The broken pieces of Dr. Richard Adam’s present begin to come together, revealing the tragic reality of his impending future! Meanwhile, Adams begins to discover the disastrous and horrific conditions of the world and people outside the boundaries of Trinion’s control, as his wife Gabriella must make a reluctant decision to continue working on her research for Ludas, and the nefarious corporation. Plus, the arrival of Trinion’s Elite Soldier force complicates matters even more—as collateral damage and bloodshed follows their destructive mission objective!

Written and created by Aspen’s own Mark Roslan and featuring stunning artwork by newcomer Cory Smith and colorist Beth Sotelo, BROKEN PIECES will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

BROKEN PIECES #3 is in stores July 11, 2012!

Aspen Comics in July

THE ART OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

Art by Timur Bekmambetov and various

President by day, Hunter by night.

He’s one of the most famous and revered men in all of American History. The 16th President of the United States. Abraham Lincoln. And he’s a vampire hunter!

In anticipation of the release of the summer blockbuster from Timur Bekmambetov, Bazelevs and Aspen Comics proudly presents, “The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” This deluxe edition contains never-before-seen storyboards,concept art, production illustrations, costume designs, as well as drawings from visionary director Timur Bekmambetov.

This behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the hit film also features commentary by Bekmambetov, along with several others who helped bring this extraordinary film to life. Don’t miss out on this rare behind the scenes look into the creation of one of the most talked about new movies of the year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

 EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #1

Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez – Colors

Aspen’s first-ever ongoing series begins right here!

They are raised and trained to protect and serve their masters with discipline, loyalty and often violence if necessary—they are the Executive Assistants. Yet, what tales of corruption and depravity, aggression and fatal destinies await them on each of their collective paths? Find out in this fresh jumping-on point showcasing new and deadly Executive Assistants each and every month! Kicking off this exciting debut release is the beginning of a three-part story, “Life After Death”, featuring the popular Executive Assistant, Lily, and her attempts to piece together a life after losing her master along with her allies. She will learn the price of freedom is often as costly—and fatal—as a life of servitude! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS starts now!!!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #1 is in stores July 5th, 2012!

SOULFIRE: DESPAIR #1

David Schwartz – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art

Aspen’s first ever Soulfire summer event, “Search for the Light” reaches its next exciting chapter, SOULFIRE: DESPAIR!

“The Search for the Light” continues as Faye, the Queen of Anantia and the magical realm of the Everlands, attempts to forge a new legacy for the absent crown left by the slain King Arlin. Staging a fierce competition between the kingdom’s greatest warriors, she is reluctantly obliged to allow the contest’s winner to take up the mantle of the lost King. But the choice between warriors, including Sarlin, the estranged and self-righteous son of Arlin, as well as a significant, mysterious person from her past, will force the kingdom’s future into a fate they may never be able to escape!

Don’t miss out on the thrilling ‘Search for the Light’ crossover event that will change the face of the SOULFIRE Universe forever!

SOULFIRE: DESPAIR #1 is in stores July 5th, 2012!

SOULFIRE: FAITH #1

Amanda McMurray – Story / Siya Oum – Art

Aspen’s first ever Soulfire summer event, “Search for the Light” reaches its next exciting chapter, SOULFIRE: FAITH!

As the disappearance of Malikai, the Bringer of Light, threatens the world of magic as well as the world itself, dire consequences arise in this continuation of “The Search for the Light”. While Pili continues to search for any sign of the Samusara, her situation could not be any worse as her eyesight has been lost to her. Yet, the malevolent visions within her own head will threaten to tear her apart—and any hope for finding and saving Malikai along with it!

Don’t miss out on the thrilling ‘Search for the Light’ crossover event that will change the face of the SOULFIRE Universe forever!

SOULFIRE: FAITH #1 is in stores July 11th, 2012!

FC 32 pages $3.99

SOULFIRE: POWER #1

David Wohl – Story / Khary Randolph – Art / Emilio Lopez – Colors

Aspen’s first ever Soulfire summer event, “Search for the Light” reaches its next exciting chapter, SOULFIRE: POWER!

The enigmatic master and trainer known as Ren returns as “The Search for the Light” continues! In the absence of Malikai, the Bearer of Light, and in a forced meditative state, Ren soon becomes a conduit for all of the uncontrollable magic pulsing throughout the world. Only, such a mighty force of magic soon becomes a destructive wave of disaster that Benoist and his tech-savvy allies in Tokyo must stop, before it destroys everything in its path—perhaps even the world itself!

Don’t miss out on the thrilling ‘Search for the Light’ crossover event that will change the face of the SOULFIRE Universe forever!

SOULFIRE: POWER #1 is in stores July 18th, 2012!

SOULFIRE: GRACE #1

J.T. Krul – Story / Pasquale Qualano – Art / John Starr – Colors

Aspen’s first ever Soulfire summer event, “Search for the Light” reaches its thrilling conclusion in, SOULFIRE: GRACE!

The moment Soulfire fans have been eagerly awaiting is finally here as the Five Masters of magic must unite as one in order to find and rescue Malikai and restore order to the world! However, if the Masters fail at the task at hand, their lives and perhaps the lives of everyone will be forfeit. The cosmic scope of magic is breathtakingly revealed in this thrilling conclusion to “The Search for the Light” as fates will be decided—and legacies lost– in this finale issue that will forever alter the course of Soulfire!

Don’t miss out on the thrilling ‘Search for the Light’ crossover event that will change the face of the SOULFIRE Universe forever!

SOULFIRE: GRACE #1 is in stores July 25th, 2012!

FATHOM: KIANI (vol 2) #4

Vince Hernandez – writer / Oliver Nome – art / John Starr – colors

The Blue’s fiercest warrior returns as FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 concludes!

It is civil war amongst the Blue under the surface and no one may survive in this Fathom Universe-shattering conclusion! Kiani and her dissidents find themselves with only one option left in their campaign against Siphon and the Elite Council—they must battle his immeasurable forces for their survival…or die! Yet, the tragedy of events leading to this regrettable war between their own-kind will pale to the shocking actions taken by those who Kiani once trusted! Alliances will be broken, cities will fall and the world of Fathom will never be the same again!

Brought to you by the creative team of Vince Hernandez, Oliver Nome and John Starr, FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 #4 is a must have for any Fathom fan!

FATHOM: KIANI (vol 2) #4 is in stores July 11th, 2012!

BROKEN PIECES #4

Mark Roslan – Writer / Cory Smith – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

What is lost in life is found in…death!

Aspen Comic’s newest original series, BROKEN PIECES, continues!

The fight between mortal and monster could very well shatter the pieces of their existence altogether! As Gabriella attempts to regain any semblance of focus after the heart-wrenching loss of her husband following the accident inside their lab, her work within Trinion dutifully presses on. Meanwhile, Trinion director Damon Ludas has his own sights set on putting an end to the unrestrained amalgamation of a man wreaking havoc on his security forces. And Ludas’ plan calls for unleashing his own form of pain and punishment upon the monster—the ruthless mercenary known as Harrick, and an ensuing clash that only one can possibly survive!

Written and created by Aspen’s own Mark Roslan, BROKEN PIECES will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

BROKEN PIECES #4 is in stores July 18th, 2012!

DEAD MAN’S RUN #6

Greg Pak – Writer / Tony Parker – Art / David Curiel – Colors

From acclaimed “Hulk” writer Greg Pak, legendary “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, comes the biggest blockbuster series of the year – DEAD MAN’S RUN!

The finale to the critically revered journey through hell ushers Sam Tinker and his allies straight into the heart of darkness! As the Warden finally makes her true intentions known to the shocked group, they must decide whether they can trust their fate to her actions—as it might be their only option to remain alive. However, their present comes brutally crashing down on them in the City of Corruption, as the Captain also makes his purpose devastatingly clear to the group, at the cost of several of their lives! Don’t miss the mind-blowing conclusion to this year’s most depraved action adventure series!

DEAD MAN’S RUN #6 is in stores July 25th, 2012!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS Vol 2 TPB

David Wohl – Story / Ryan Odagawa; Eduardo Francisco – Art / Teo Gonzalez – Colors

Iris is back!

The thrilling second volume to the critically acclaimed series EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS is available now in one action-packed collection! Following the death of her master Mr. Ching, Iris is nowhere to be found. Yet, the industry of EA’s presses on without her under the corporate domination of a new threat to world security—the billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Villone. His strategy for control of not only the Executive Assistant’s bodies, but also their minds sends ripples across multiple continents in this unrelenting tale of espionage and global conspiracy! Featuring appearances by popular EA’s Rose, Lily, Lotus, Orchid and Violet, this is one trade paperback fans of EA, and new readers looking to join the fold, will not want to miss!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS vol 2 TPB is in stores July 5th, 2012!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: THE HIT LIST AGENDA TPB

Vince Hernandez; Scott Lobdell; Marc Andreyko – Story / Oliver Nome; Micah Gunnell; Pop Mhan – Art / Emilio Lopez; David Curiel; John Starr – Colors

The Hit List Agenda returns with its sites set on you!

Aspen’s sold-out summer crossover event is finally packaged together in one masterpiece collection for Executive Assistant fans! Join Lotus, Orchid and Violet in their own respective journeys as the “Hit List Agenda” storyline binds them all together to eventually face the global threat of corporate mastermind Duncan Villone and his massive network of power and corruption. Featuring the talents of over a dozen of the industry’s top artists and creators, this pulse-pounding storyline sets the stage for the acclaimed second volume of Executive Assistant: Iris! Don’t miss out!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: THE HIT LIST AGENDA TPB is in stores July 5th, 2012!

Aspen Comics in May 2012

FATHOM: KIANI (vol 2) #2

Vince Hernandez – writer / Oliver Nome – art / John Starr – colors

The Blue’s fiercest warrior returns as FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 continues!

In Volume One, she discovered her true identity. Later, she was labeled a dissident by her own people. Finally, she was killed by Aspen Matthews…

Now, Kiani is back—and she’s pissed!

Following the destruction of the recently built Blue and Human cooperative research facility, Kiani finds herself back in Marielle, the underwater city she once naively called home, to establish a new base of operations for her team. Meanwhile, tensions between the Elite Council led by Siphon and Saba’s commander Thallassar have reached a boiling point as Saba’s citizens begin to flee the war-torn city to join Kiani’s cause, leaving Saba’s leader grasping for control. And when Thalassar decides to take matters into his own hands, Kiani is forced to make a difficult choice of whether or not to battle her former soldier in arms, and seal her confirmation as an enemy of the state!

Brought to you by the creative team of Vince Hernandez, Oliver Nome and John Starr, FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 #2 is a must have for any Fathom fan!

FATHOM: KIANI (vol 2) #2 is in stores May 9th, 2012!

 BROKEN PIECES #3

Mark Roslan – Writer / Cory Smith – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

What is lost in life is found in…death!

Aspen Comic’s newest original series, BROKEN PIECES, continues!

The broken pieces of Dr. Richard Adam’s present begin to come together, revealing the tragic reality of his impending future! Meanwhile, Adams begins to discover the disastrous and horrific conditions of the world and people outside the boundaries of Trinion’s control, as his wife Gabriella must make a reluctant decision to continue working on her research for Ludas, and the nefarious corporation. Plus, the arrival of Trinion’s Elite Soldier force complicates matters even more—as collateral damage and bloodshed follows their destructive mission objective!

Written and created by Aspen’s own Mark Roslan and featuring stunning artwork by newcomer Cory Smith and colorist Beth Sotelo, BROKEN PIECES will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

BROKEN PIECES #3 is in stores May 23rd, 2012!

CHARISMAGIC #6

Vince Hernandez – Story / Khary Randolph – Art / Emilio Lopez – Colors

Everything you thought you knew about magic will…

Vanish.

The valiant quest to save the world from catastrophe and the treacherous clutches of dark magic reaches its pulse-pounding conclusion with this epic finale issue! Hank, Sudana and Sparkles must find a way to save the banished wizard Kon and make one final stand against Samsun’s vile and powerful magic or risk losing everything—including the return of the entire human population and their close allies Hector and Alle, who could find themselves trapped in the evil shadows of the Void Realm forever if they fail!

Created and written by Aspen’s own Vince Hernandez, with stunning art by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, make sure to be a part of the exciting new world of CHARISMAGIC!

CHARISMAGIC #6 is in stores May 2nd, 2012!

DEAD MAN’S RUN #4

Greg Pak – Writer / Tony Parker – Art / David Curiel – Colors

From acclaimed “Hulk” writer Greg Pak, legendary “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, comes the biggest blockbuster series of the new year – DEAD MAN’S RUN!

Cartographer Sam Tinker is willing to risk everything, including his own soul, to rescue his innocent sister from the horrific prison we call Hell. But as he leads his team of villains and madmen through the depths of the underworld, he encounters an enemy he never could have imagined. Because Hell, after all, is for children. Don’t miss the next thrilling installment of the series Comic Book Resource lauds for its “sheer audacity” and Comic Bastards calls “so damn good.”

DEAD MAN’S RUN #4 is in stores May 16th, 2012!

Preview – Broken Pieces #2

BROKEN PIECES #2

Mark Roslan – Writer / Micah Kaneshiro – Art

What is lost in life is found in…death!

Aspen Comic’s newest original series, BROKEN PIECES, continues!

Dr. Richard Adams’ life has been torn apart by a horrible discovery made by his wife Gabriella. However, the astounding breakthrough they made in the science of bio-rejuvenation has left Richard with a small shred of humanity to cling to, as everything else crumbles around him. With the odds of survival diminishing by the second—Richard will be forced to make the most consequential decision of his life, one which will effect the future of mankind itself!

Written and created by Aspen’s own Mark Roslan and featuring stunning artwork by newcomer and series artist Micah Kaneshiro, BROKEN PIECES will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

In stores February 22nd!

Aspen Comics in February 2012

Official Press Release

SHRUGGED (vol 2) #0

Frank Mastromauro – writer / Micah Gunnell ; Kelsey Shannon – art

The little voices return as SHRUGGED vol 2 begins!

From visionary Michael Turner, the same great creative force that brought you the acclaimed hits Fathom and Soulfire, comes this unique tale of the human intellect, the hearts desires, and the reason behind your every decision! However, these ‘reasons’ aren’t just in your head, they’re REAL, and they’re planning their way out all over again!

But, if you thought you knew anything about the world of SHRUGGED, you better think twice! Or three times even, because everything you know is about to be turned upside down, and those little voices inside your head are about to get MUCH louder!

Brought to you by Frank Mastromauro and artists Micah Gunnell and Kelsey Shannon, this debut zero issue features a brand-new 16-page story that sets the stage for next month’s upcoming premiere of SHRUGGED vol 2 #1. Accompanied by an additional sketchbook section and never before seen character designs and art, make sure to listen to the little voices inside of your head and pick up, SHRUGGED!!

SHRUGGED (vol 2) #0 is in stores February 1st, 2012!

DEAD MAN’S RUN #2

Greg Pak – Writer / Tony Parker – Art

From acclaimed “Hulk” writer Greg Pak, legendary “Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, comes the biggest blockbuster series of the new year – DEAD MAN’S RUN!

What does a dead man do when he discovers that Hell is the world’s most horrific maximum-security prison on the planet? If you’re cartographer Sam Tinker, you plan your escape — by pulling together a team of Hell’s most terrifying inmates. Discover how far a good man will go to save his innocent sister, and get ready for an unbelievable supernatural action-packed thriller, as Aspen Comics proudly presents its newest hit series, DEAD MAN’S RUN!

DEAD MAN’S RUN #2 is in stores February 15th, 2012!

BROKEN PIECES #3

Mark Roslan – Writer / Micah Kaneshiro – Art

What is lost in life is found in…death!

Aspen Comic’s newest original series, BROKEN PIECES, continues!

The broken pieces of Dr. Richard Adam’s present begin to come together, revealing the tragic reality of his impending future! Meanwhile, Adams begins to discover the disastrous and horrific conditions of the world and people outside the boundaries of Trinion’s control, as his wife Gabriella must make a reluctant decision to continue working on her research for Ludas, and the nefarious corporation. Plus, the arrival of Trinion’s Elite Soldier force complicates matters even more—as collateral damage and bloodshed follows their destructive mission objective!

Written and created by Aspen’s own Mark Roslan and featuring stunning artwork by newcomer and series artist Micah Kaneshiro, BROKEN PIECES will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

BROKEN PIECES #3 is in stores February 8th, 2012!

HAUNTED CITY #4

Chap Taylor & Peter Johnson – Writers / Michael Ryan – Art

Welcome to New York City. The biggest haunted house in the world.

Volume one of HAUNTED CITY reaches it’s shattering climax as Tom and the team fight for their lives against the evil that surrounds them on all sides, culminating in a pitched battle against resurrected 19th-century gangsters that rages from the Stygian depths of Manhattan Island to the pinnacle of the Empire State Building. Secrets are revealed and questions are answered as Internal Affairs, Vic Cerberus’ werewolf gangsters and an entirely new threat test our heroes as never before… and one member of the team pays the ultimate price.

Teaming up with producer and director McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision, Aspen Comics proudly brings to you HAUNTED CITY, an all-new story that’s set to take comics and Hollywood by storm!

HAUNTED CITY #4 is in stores February 29th, 2012!

FATHOM (vol 4) #5

Scott Lobdell – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Michael Turner’s FATHOM continues on its sensational fourth volume!

Aspen Matthews stands alone against the mysterious Church of the Eternal Depths — while her new alley Galit works to destroy the undersea order at its source: an ancient factions within the Japanese government! Since the opening pages of the epic story of Aspen Matthews, those factions have been waiting to unleash the myriad of weapons they have adapted from the Blue’s technology. But, if they were counting on facing the underwater wallflower from her earliest adventures, her enemies couldn’t possibly understand the true power that is Aspen!

For the legions of FATHOM fans who have been waiting to see Aspen in her element and taking control of her life, now is the time to jump on in—the water’s just fine!

FATHOM #5 is in stores February 22nd, 2012!

SOULFIRE (vol 3) #8

J.T. Krul – Writer / Jason Fabok – Art / John Starr – Colors

The magic has returned! But, this time…the light has grown dark.

As the war of ages between the Sethoru and the Rahtumi rages on to its climactic finish, Malikai must confront a deeply startling revelation – the malevolent chaos creatures that have been tormenting the world–are actually part of his own soul!  How can the Bearer of the Light possibly defeat an evil that grows within himself? And what means can he possibly turn to in order to contain a darkness that feeds on the very light of the living? Don’t miss out on the shocking conclusion to the epic third volume of SOULFIRE!

New adversaries, exotic locations, and a fresh cast of exciting characters, including some from the Soulfire Universe’s long forgotten past, reign supreme in this finale to the epic third SOULFIRE volume!

SOULFIRE (VOL 3) #8 is in stores February 22nd, 2012!

NYCC 11 – Aspen Comics Heads to NYCC With Tons of Creators and Exclusives

Official Press Release

The Aspen Comics team will be attending this year’s New York Comic Con on October 13th – 16th, and will feature a host of exciting talent and NYCC exclusives for show attendees. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Joe Benitez, David Wohl, Greg Pak, J.T. Krul, Chap Taylor, Jason Fabok, Micah Gunnell, Oliver Nome, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez and more guests will be on hand at the Aspen Comics Booth #1246 throughout the con weekend.

In association with legendary film producer Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures, Aspen will be launching an all-new series, Dead Man’s Run, at the show with the release of an exclusive Dead Man’s Run #0 New York Comic Con 2011 cover by series artist Tony Parker and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 500 copies. Dead Man’s Run takes readers into an entirely different vision of Hell from the mind of superstar comic book scribe Greg Pak with art by the talented Parker and Steigerwald.

Aspen and director McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision have teamed up to launch an all new horror series, Haunted City, by writers Chap Taylor and Peter Johnson with art by Michael Ryan and Kelsey Shannon. Aspen will be celebrating the release with an exclusive Haunted City #1 New York Comic Con 2011 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald. Haunted City is Aspen’s latest foray into the horror genre as readers will see the Big Apple like they’ve never seen before, as it is truly the biggest haunted house in the world.

In addition to the launches of Dead Man’s Run and Haunted City, Aspen will also feature a special NYCC 2011 exclusive cover to their all new action sci-fi release Broken Pieces #1 by creator Mark Roslan and artist Micah Kaneshiro limited to 500 copies. Broken Pieces tells the tale of a future torn apart by a catastrophic virus while in the midst of this disaster, one man must rebuild not only his life, but everything he holds dear in order to save humanity.

Aspen will also be offering an exclusive Fathom #2 New York Comic Con 2011 by Jason Fabok and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 500 copies and only available at the Aspen Comics Booth #1246.

Each day of the Comic Con, Aspen will be releasing a different, all-new art print featuring Aspen’s most popular covers, with each daily print highly-limited to only 30 editions each. Aspen strongly encourages fans and collectors to arrive early at the Aspen Booth #1246 as quantities of the Aspen daily prints are expected to sell out. Aspen will also be releasing an all-new series of their industry-leading art prints, featuring popular art from Fathom, Soulfire, Lady Mechanika and more.

The official Aspen Comics Panel will take place on Saturday from 10:45am – 11:45am in room 1A23. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Joe Benitez, Greg Pak, David Wohl, JT Krul, Chap Taylor, Jason Fabok, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, Oliver Nome and Micah Gunnell will answer fans questions directly and preview Aspen’s exciting plans for 2012 including new titles Dead Man’s Run, Haunted City, Broken Pieces, Idolized, Shrugged Volume 2, Homecoming, Fathom: Kiani Volume 2 and more. All fans in attendance will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics.

For more information on the New York Comic Con, please check www.newyorkcomiccon.com and for more information on Aspen Comics please check www.aspencomics.com and www.aspenstore.com

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Aspen Comics Review – Broken Pieces #1, Exective Assistant: Lotus #3, Fathom (vol 4) #2 and Soulfire (vol 3) #4

It’s another week and that means a whole bunch of releases from Aspen Comics.  The books are varied ranging from fantasy to horror, political thriller featuring assassins to one featuring water creatures.  The quality is a bit mixed too, but there’s a little something for everyone.

Broken Pieces #1

BROKEN_PIECES-01a-KaneshiroMark Roslan – Writer / Micah Kaneshiro – Art

I decided to reread the #0 issue along with this first issue in the new series from Aspen Comics.  Overall, I have to say the book is pretty solid.  It’s the future and what seems like a terrorist attack has destroyed the Gulf Coast and launched a disease that seems to do some funky stuff as far as your skin and organs.

The story begins as a corporation comes to a promising doctor who may hold the key to stopping the disease, but what’s everyone’s goals?  Is it to stop it, is it to just fix people affected?  Also, the area of infection is moving northwards and refugees line along the Virginia and North Carolina border.  There’s a bit of a political tone along with the horror vibe of the comic.

Then the end of the first issue comes around and everything gets flipped.  The first issue is all set up, and what this comic seems to be about, or at least it’s focus, doesn’t really reveal itself until the end of that first issue.  The comic is solid overall and kept me on my toes.  What I thought the direction of the comic would be, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  It’s a solid first issue and definitely worth the look.

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: LOTUS #3

Vince Hernandez – Story / Oliver Nome – Art / Emilio Lopez – Colors

Do you like hot chicks with swords and guns kicking the crap out of each other?  How about deadly assassins fighting to, well, the death?  This is the last issue of Lotus’s chapter in Aspen’s event, The Hit List Agenda.  Lotus takes on Virat who has betrayed her and sicked his students on her.  There’s lots of fighting and some kick ass scenes, and that’s really what the comic is and some times you need that.

While the three issues for this series has been entertaining, it really is a piece of the bigger event puzzle.  I’ve read it all now, so get a the big picture, for the most part, and I don’t know how enjoyable the series might be on it’s own.  I liked it though, but can’t really separate the limited series from the bigger picture.

Overall The Hitlist Agenda has been entertaining mixing a lot of action, with some intrigue and a lot of machinations and maneuvering usually saved for political thrillers.  I’m still not quite totally clear as to what the end game is, but the end of Lotus is a great bookend to it’s beginning.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Fathom (vol. 4) #2

Scott Lobdell – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Four volumes in and this is the first issue I’ve ever read of Fathom.  I always had it in the back of my head that this was Michael Turner’s Aquaman, but with a hot chick.  I also came in on this issue worried that with four volumes and one issue behind it, I might be a bit lost, that quickly went away.

The story is pretty cool.  An underwater race have been plotting to kill the President and Vice President and are posing as their Secret Service detail.  Aspen must rush to save the Vice President.  There’s a lot of action here, but the pacing is damn perfect with a great countdown feel to it.  I had no idea what the result would be.  Will she get there in time?

The art is beautiful here and I had no idea picking up what was going on, who everyone was, and some of what came before.  It might be a second issue, but it was still an easy entry point.  I can see myself really getting into this one, and looking forward to what’s to come.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Soulfire (vol. 3) #4

J.T. Krul – Writer / Jason Fabok – Art / John Starr – Colors

This is my second issue into the series, and I still don’t quite get it.  The teaser for this issue promised, “This is THE issue Soulfire fans will not want to miss as long-burning questions will finally be illuminated!”  I read it and couldn’t tell you what that is.  There’s some decent art, but this series just isn’t for me.

I’m still trying to figure out the reason.  It might be that I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy, which this leans towards.  There’s a lot of history here, and I don’t know any of it.  It relies heavily on that continuity, again I’m behind the eight ball with that.

It’s very possible if I went back to the beginning and started to read the series, my opinion might be different, but this issue like the last, just isn’t clicking with me.

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Pass

Aspen Comics provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of these issues for FREE for review.

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