It’s Christmas day but we’ve still have lots on tap and we’ll be back in full gear tomorrow with lots of reviews! So stay tuned and here’s some comic news from around the web.
Newsarama – IDW Revitalizing a Major Property in 2019 (And Possibly More Than One) – This should be interesting and best of luck to Ryall.
Vibe – Marvel Comics Is Calling Black Minds To Breathe New Life Into Its Heroes – And you should check it out!
IDW Publishing, a division of IDW Media Holdings, announced today that its former Chief Creative Officer and Editor-In-Chief, Chris Ryall, is returning to the company as President, Publisher and Chief Creative Officer. Ryall, formerly part of the editorial division at Skybound Entertainment, will be charged with ongoing creative expansion efforts within the company, as well as continuing to work closely with partners and licensors. Greg Goldstein will be stepping down as President and Publisher.
This latest move comes after a year featuring numerous personnel shake-ups and departures at the company and turmoil behind the scenes.
Ryall originally joined IDW Publishing in 2004 as the company’s Editor-in-Chief. In 2010, he was named as the company’s first Chief Creative Officer. During his initial stint with the company, Ryall oversaw the acquisition of licensed titles such as Transformers, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and dozens of others. He also served as editor on hundreds of titles and, alongside creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, helped develop the acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning Locke & Key, currently in development as a Netflix television series.
Ryall has assumed his new duties, bringing more than 14 years of proven success to IDW Publishing. As a writer, Ryall was nominated for an Eisner Award alongside artist Ashley Wood. Together, they co-created the property Zombies vs Robots, purchased by Sony Pictures. He is also the co-creator of Onyx (with Gabriel Rodriguez); The Hollows (with Sam Kieth); The Colonized (with Drew Moss); and Groom Lake (with Ben Templesmith); the co-author of Comic Books 101 (with Scott Tipton); and writer of licensed properties such as Stephen King and Joe Hill’s Throttle; Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show; Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Transformers; Mars Attacks, Rom, Kiss; and many other titles.
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: Road Rage
Road Rage, published by IDW is an adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill‘s Throttle and Richard Matheson‘s Duel by writer Chris Ryall and artists Nelson Daniel (on Throttle) and Rafa Garres (on Duel).
Despite the collected edition of Road Rage containing two versions of essentially the same story; King and Hill’s story in this trade is itself an adaptation of Matheson’s original short story, making the two issue comic an adaptation of an adaptation – which is an interesting choice for a collection. But if you’re expecting to read the same story twice, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. King and Hill’s story focuses on a group of bikers who end up running afoul of the deadly truck, where as Matheson’s features a lone salesman desperately trying to avoid a different truck in his car. The two stories are linked by the deadly truck, but are ultimately different enough that you shouldn’t feel short changed should you happen to pick this book up.
When it comes to the quality or faithfulness of the adaptations to the original stories, well that’s not something I can comment on as I have never read the text-only stories. However, I did really enjoy both comic stories as they were presented; Ryall’s comic scripts, presumably, more than does justice to the source material as he’s able to effectively convey the tense horror and suspense of both Throttle and Duel (the latter feels more like a horror story for me than the more action tinged former), though a portion of the credit should also be given to the artists. Garras work on Duel veers between the mundane daily life of a salesman driving to the pants wetting terror and desperation to stay alive. The more afraid the protagonist becomes, the more distorted the art feels – it’s a brilliant and investing touch to the story that effectively builds upon the tensions of the script.
The collection is a great taste of horror tinged comic books, and one that despite the high profile genre names connected to the comics I had never heard of before I spotted it at the used section of my LCS. It’s the subject of today’s column because it was a fantastic read, remarkably tense and quite exhilarating. If you get the chance to read the collection or the four issues collected within, then do so. You’ll find an Underrated gem.
Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
Rom: Cold Fire, Hot War
Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Ron Joseph, Paolo Villanelli (a) Loston Wallace (c)
The evil Dire Wraiths have escaped to Earth but are hounded by a Knight of the Solstar Order, the one feared more than all others. He is Rom, the Wraith-slayer. Rom, the Spaceknight!
Having followed the Dire Wraiths across the galaxy to Earth, Rom finds they have infiltrated all levels of society, hiding in plain sight. Replacing many humans in key leadership positions, the Wraiths’ plan to dominate the planet—and everyone in it—is gaining momentum. But Rom finds resistance from the humans as well, who fear he is just another alien invader. He is joined in the battle by two other Solstar Knights… but are they here as friends or foes?
Collects all 14 issues of the series, the 2017 Annual, and the Rom: Revolution one-shot.
TPB • FC • $29.99 • 312 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-278-3
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Marvel – ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Renewed for Season 3 – Anyone surprised?
CBR – Charlize Theron Confirms Plans For Atomic Blonde Sequel – We’re behind this 100%.
ICv2 – Chris Ryall Is Bound for Skybound – This is a great get.
ICv2 – Hell High
Star Trek: New Visions: The Enemy of My Enemy
Photomontage: John Byrne
Created: Gene Roddenberry
Editor: Chris Ryall
Assistant Editor: Chase Marotz
The enemy of my enemy… is not my friend. But Kirk and Kor find themselves forced to work together against a common foe. Alliance, or a chance for deadly betrayal?
FC • 48 pages • $7.99
Sword of Ages #3
Story: Gabriel Rodríguez
Art: Gabriel Rodríguez
Color: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Cover A: Gabriel Rodríguez, Lovern Kindzierski
Cover B: Gabriel Rodríguez, Lovern Kindzierski
Retailer Incentive Cover: Gabriel Rodríguez, Lovern Kindzierski
Editor: Chris Ryall
Assistant Editor: Peter Adrian Behravesh
The Sacred Sword has been drawn! Avalon and her new companions must work against overwhelming odds to prevent all-out war! New villains are introduced, allegiances questioned, and battle joined as Gabriel Rodriguez continues his epic science-fantasy series!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
ROM: Tales of the Solstar Order #1 Special Edition
Plot and Script: Chris Ryall & Christos Gage
Art: Guy Dorian Sr
Ink: Sal Buscema
Color: Alessandra Alexakis
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Original Series Editor: Carlos Guzman, David Mariotte
Editor: Chris Ryall
“Battle Scars!” This special re-presentation of Rom comic co-creator Sal Buscema’s storied return to the character is presented in a single issue for the first time, along with bonus art, an interview with Buscema, and other cool extras!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99
This week has seen a large exodus of high profile staff at various comic publishers.
IDW Publishing‘s Chris Ryall is the highest profile of the bunch. Ryall joined the publisher in June 2004 and decided to leave under his own volition. In a message to staff and the public, he said he was taking a break from the “never-ending-deadline train” and will be seeking new challenges.
Also leaving the company is current public relations manager Steven Scott. Scott said he was leaving the publisher to focus on his comic creation and writing career.
That’s not the only shake-up with the publisher. Co-founder Ted Adams moved from publisher to CEO and Greg Goldstein moved to the publisher position.
Also leaving a comic publisher is Hunter Gorinson, Valiant Entertainment‘s VP of Marketing and Communications. This is the fourth high-profile individual to leave the company after its acquisition by DMG Entertainment in January. Also leaving the company was CCO and CEO Dinesh Shamdasani, Chairmon Peter Cuneo, and CFO Gavin Cuneo.
All of this comes after Axel Alonso was removed from his Editor-in-Chief position at Marvel back in November.
2018 is only three months in and the landscape is shifting a lot. With major announcements such as DC’s DC Zoom and DC Ink and Marvel’s “Fresh Start,” it’s clear 2018 is going to be an interesting year for the industry.
Rom, Vol. 3: The Roads to Ruin
Chris Ryall, Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Sal Buscema, Guy Dorian Sr. (a) • Drew Moss (c)
The Dire Wraiths have escaped to Earth, but one of the Knights of the Solstar Order has hounded them and kept them underground for centuries. Feared more than all others, he is Rom, the Wraithslayer. Rom now has help in his war against the Dire Wraiths in the form of additional Solstar Knights and super-powered human allies… so why is the battle going from bad to worse? The Wraiths’ master plan grows and Rom can’t even see it, let alone find any way to stop it. Collects issues #10–14.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-032-1