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Preview: The King Collection

The King Collection

writers: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, Nate Cosby, Ben McCool, Brian Clevinger, Jeff Parker
artists: Richard Case, Ryan Cody, Felipe Cunha, Lee Ferguson, Tadd Galusha, Scott Godlewski, Sandy Jarrell, Marc Laming, Ivan Rodriguez, Ron Salas, Brent Schoonover, Jeremy Treece
cover: Darwyn Cooke
FC • 496 pages • $49.99 • Teen+

COLLECTS KING: FLASH GORDON #1-4, KING: MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN #1-4, KING: THE PHANTOM #1-4, KING JUNGLE JIM #1-4, AND KING: PRINCE VALIANT #1-4

When Ming the Merciless launched an all-out assault on planet Earth, the colorful band of heroes known as Kings Watch led the resistance… and triumphed! Now, across the cosmos, in the dark corners of our very planet, and even throughout time, Earth’s defenders continue the mission, separate and yet together in spirit! Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Dr. Zarkov, Mandrake the Magician, Jungle Jim, Lothar (in his identity as the new Phantom), and Prince Valiant join friends new and old to face the combined forces of Ming and the all-new, all-deadly Cobra!

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Around the Tubes

southernbastards14_CoverArtIt’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone looking forward to? Anything have you really excited? Sound off in the comments. We’ll have our picks in a few hours.

Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – The Mission: Catwoman, Darwyn Cooke’s Big Score and the Artist’s Journey – As always, Joe Illidge’s columns are worth a read.

ICv2 – Hasbro Marks “Hasbrocon” – This shouldn’t be too surprising. Combine Botcon and the GI Joe con and you’ve got a pretty big one with just those two.

Newsarama – Preacher Gets AMC After Show – People are surprised?

The Beat – Comichron: Top Seven publishers have cut their slates by 12% – Pretty sure our demographic stats predicted the slow down. I’m also predicting an uptick now.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New, All-Different Avengers #9

CBR – Batman #52

Comic Spire – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

CBR – Black Panther #2

CBR – Satellite Falling #1

Comic Attack – Southern Bastards #14

CBR – The Vision #7

Review: The Twilight Children TPB

Twilight ChildrenWhen a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a pair of CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist.

Collecting the four issue Vertigo series written by Gilbert Hernandez with art by Darwyn Cooke and colors by Dave Stewart, The Twilight Children is an interesting series that feels more like a concept than a full fleshed out story and that seems to be on purpose.

Hernandez’s story is interesting in that it presents a sci-fi(ish) story without a lot of specifics. What are the orbs? Who is Ela? None of that is really explained as much of the story is left up to the readers to interpret and explore themselves. And that’s what’s fascinating is that you can read the story multiple times and come away with something different each time. It’s a story where you notice something new, or come up with a new theory with each read. It’s the open ended nature of the series that’s one of the best draws about it.

Of course Cooke’s art is the draw. It’s damn near perfect in almost every way enhanced by Stewart’s coloring. The two together are a match made in heaven. Cooke’s designs, as with everything he has done, are unique stylized and beautiful to look at. The art is just amazing to look at and kept me engaged with the story as the narrative itself is rather slow on its own. In many ways the story is beautiful, and Cooke’s art makes that apparent and makes sure the reader notices.

If you’re looking for a story with a story completely laid out, this isn’t for you. But, if you’re looking for an interesting sci-fi story that leaves a lot for the reader to decide and piece together this one’s for you. It’s a story that leaves the reader to put together as much as what’s presented by its creative team.

Story: Gilbert Hernandez Art: Darwyn Cooke Colors: Dave Stewart
Story: 7.9 Art: 10 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics/Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE Copy for review

DC Entertainment Remembers Darwyn Cooke

Earlier today Darwyn Cooke‘s family announced the passing of the creative giant. The outpouring of support for the artistic legend began yesterday when it was announced he was battling cancer. Earlier this morning, he lost his battle with it.

DC Entertainment released the below statement honoring him and his work:

Darwyn Cooke will be remembered for his timeless designs, masterful storytelling, and his impact on the comic book world.

BURBANK, Calif. (May 14, 2016) – Darwyn Cooke had a vision of the DC Universe that was uniquely his own, yet embraced by everyone. Once you saw his timeless designs and concepts for Batman, Catwoman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern or any other character, you immediately adopted his jubilant interpretation of these heroes as your own and wanted more. His take on the most iconic heroes in the world were breathtakingly direct and elegant, powerful and cool.  His were some of the most beautiful, fun DC superhero images we have ever seen.

“Darwyn Cooke lived life like a character from a Micky Spillane novel, a throwback to a bygone era that was, more than occasionally, reflected in his work,” said DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “He was both compassionate and combative, approaching everything he did with a tenaciousness and temerity that is now unheard of in a world afraid to offend. The simplistic brilliance of his art and the natural flow of his storytelling not only elevated but enhanced all projects he touched and his passion and love of comics was reflected in every panel of every page. Working with Darwyn was not without its challenges. There were times we’d spend hours arguing over story then go months without talking, but we always found our way back, drawn together by the common bond and friendship comics creates. This is an industry-wide loss that I feel personally, but the sadness is mitigated in the knowing that the beauty and grace of his art will forever stand the test of time and be a monument to all that is great about comics.”

Darwyn was one of our medium’s true innovators. A gifted artist and master storyteller, Darwyn began his career as a magazine art director and graphic designer.  After answering an ad placed by Warner Bros animator Bruce Timm, Darwyn entered the world of animation, where he contributed to such shows as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Men In Black: The Series.  From there, Darwyn made the leap into print comics, where his character design was never more effective, enduring or entrancing. It was the look and honest simplicity of his characters for which Cooke became famous—as first seen in his breakout work Batman: Ego published over 15 years ago today and then followed up by his popular and critically acclaimed work on Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score and The Spirit.  Even after 15 years, Darwyn’s design for Catwoman is still the one used today in both comics and inspired the look for Catwoman on the hit TV show, Gotham.

An Eisner-award winning artist and accomplished writer, Darwyn has been a much-loved and respected member of the comics community.  He lent his signature retro style to all corners of the DC Universe, from Jonah Hex to Before Watchmen to Vertigo Comic’s The Twilight Children and, of course, his master work, DC: The New Frontier.  His bold, direct style, often compared to the works of Joe Kubert, Alex Toth and Jack Kirby, reflected his down to earth, no nonsense personality.  Darwyn Cooke always claimed that he was a lucky man to have such a wonderful family, friends, and such a wonderful life. He lived that life with the same brilliance and fearlessness that so permeated his work.  And for those of us who knew this one-of-a-kind and genuine soul, we were lucky as well.

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Darwyn Cooke Has Passed

Yesterday it was announced that Darwyn Cooke was battling cancer. Cooke had just turned 54 yesterday, the day the news broke of his battle. Posted on his blog:

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Darwyn is now receiving palliative care following a bout with aggressive cancer. His brother Dennis and I, along with our families appreciate the outpouring of support we have received. We ask for privacy as we go through this very difficult time.

That was followed by an outpouring of admiration and support.

This morning Cooke’s family officially announced he had passed.

We regret to inform you that Darwyn lost his battle with cancer early this morning at 1:30 AM ET. We read all of your messages of support to him throughout the day yesterday. He was filled with your love and surrounded by friends and family at his home in Florida.

DINNER-A-27A longer statement will come later today.

In honor of the great creator the family is asking for donations to be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and Hero Initiative.

Cooke entered the comic world in 1985 and since then had impacted it with his stylized art that was unmistakable.

Our thoughts are with Cooke’s friends and family.

Purchase The Sandman: Overture #6 Digitally & Get an Exclusive Preview of The Twilight Children #1

Looking forward to the launch of Vertigo‘s The Twilight Children by the legendary Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke? If you can’t wait until the official release of the first issue on October 14 (and we don’t blame you!), fans can read an exclusive black and white preview of the first issue on September 30.

The black and white preview will be included with the digital purchase of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Overture #6, which is the final issue of Gaiman’s  prequel story to The Sandman –  his magnum opus which started 25 years ago.

The Twilight Children is a surreal story wherein a woman emerges from a strange white orb that washes ashore and her presence transforms the lives of the villagers of a small fishing community in Latin America. Fans of Gilbert Hernandez’ award-winning magical realism and Darwyn Cooke’s kinetic, masterful storytelling will not be disappointed.

The Twilight Children is part of Vertigo’s new Fall slate consisting of 12 series that will release over 12 consecutive weeks starting in October.

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Baltimore Welcomes Back Conner, Cooke, Palmiotti, and Tieri in 2015!

harley quinn 15Come to Baltimore‘s Inner Harbor for the 16th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on September 2527, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center! This year the convention welcomes to the show returning guests Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Frank Tieri.

Working in the comics industry since the late 1980s, Amanda Conner got her start working for major publishers like Marvel Comics on Solo Avengers and Excalibur, and Archie Comics on Archie and The Adventures of Bayou Billy. As her career progressed, she worked for a number of noteworthy titles at smaller comics companies, including Soulsearchers and Company for Claypool and Vengeance of Vampirella at Harris. She has since had an extensive illustration career, both in and out of comics, and her latest industry work can be seen on DC Comics’ Convergence and Convergence: Action Comics covers, and on Harley Quinn, where she is providing both art and writing (with her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti).

action comics 37Last with us in 2008, Darwyn Cooke made his mark in the comics industry after working in animation such notable series as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond. His initial success at DC Comics on the graphic novel Batman: Ego parlayed into further work on Marvel’s X-Force, Wolverine/Doop, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web. He later went on to work on such noteworthy titles as DC’s Just Imagine…, Detective Comics, DC: The New Frontier, and Solo. More recently, Cooke has been the cartoonist behind IDW’s Richard Stark’s Parker series of graphic novels as well as work on a number of DC’s Before Watchmen series and variant covers for Action ComicsConvergence, and Harley Quinn.

BOOM_BigConJob_001_A_MainJimmy Palmiotti is renowned in the comics industry as a writer, artist, and editor. Originally working as an inker, he has since gone on to contribute to major titles and runs at comic companies large and small. He co-founded Event Comics in the mid-1990s, where he worked on titles such as Ash and Painkiller Jane. He later moved to Marvel Comics, working on the launch of their Marvel Knights line with the “Guardian Devil” storyline in Daredevil. In addition to co-writing DC Comics’ Harley Quinn with his wife, Amanda Conner, he also writes their Batwing: Future’s End and Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie (both with writing partner Justin Gray), and BOOM! Studios’ Palmiotti & Brady’s The Big Con Job.

red sonja black towerWriter Frank Tieri has established a strong voice in the comics industry, working for many publishers and injecting his unique style along with amusing references to popular culture. He has contributed to a broad range of titles across many publishers, including Marvel’s Iron Man, Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, and Punisher: Noir, DC’s Batman, Detective Comics, Hawkman, and Grifter, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja: The Black Tower, and Top Cow’s The Darkness. His latest work can be found in DC Comics’ Convergence: Suicide Squad, Convergence: Justice League, and Arkham Manor: Endgame, and Marvel’s AXIS: Revolutions.

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets); Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Seth Kushner (Schmuck); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); David Peterson (Mouse Guard); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Budd Root (Cavewoman); Don Rosa (Donald Duck); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman – The Man of Steel); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Mark Waid (Daredevil); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever).

Preview: King: Prince Valiant #1

King: Prince Valiant #1

Nate Cosby (w)
Ron Salas (a)
Darwyn Cooke (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
Darwyn Cooke B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Rob Liefeld Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ron Salas Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Rob Liefeld B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Ron Salas B&W Art retailer incentive cover

“I’ll dare ANY adventure!” Welcome to the KING, full of BRAWLING KNIGHTS and ARTHURIAN ADVERSARIES and MYSTICAL MEDDLING and COURAGEOUS CHIVALRY and SERPENTINE SORCERY and WITHERING VALOR and TIME-SHIFTING ADVENTURERS and CATASTROPHIC CONFIDENCE!

BRAVE THE BATTLES courtesy of NATE COSBY (Cow Boy) and RON SALAS (Spider-Man) with a connecting King cover by comic legend DARWYN COOKE!

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Preview: King: Mandrake the Magician #1

King: Mandrake the Magician #1

Roger Langridge (w)
Jeremy Treece (a)
Darwyn Cooke (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
Darwyn Cooke B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Rob Liefeld Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ron Salas Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Rob Liefeld B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Ron Salas B&W Art retailer incentive cover

“It’s time to put on a SHOW!” Welcome to the KING, full of IMPOSSIBLE TRICKERY and DEMONIC DESTRUCTION and HEARTBREAKING VILLAINY and WITCH DOCTORING and GLOBAL CATASTROPHE and SMIRKING SLEIGHT-OF-HAND and DAPPER DETERMINATION!  Witness MAGICAL MYSTERY by Eisner-Award Winner ROGER LANGRIDGE (Thor the Mighty Avenger) and JEREMY TREECE (Marvel Zombies) with a connecting King cover by comic legend DARWYN COOKE!

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Preview: King: Jungle Jim #1

King: Jungle Jim #1

Paul Tobin (w)
Sandy Jarrell (a)
Darwyn Cooke (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
FANS, ASK YOUR RETAILER FOR THE:
Darwyn Cooke B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Rob Liefeld Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Ron Salas Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Rob Liefeld B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Ron Salas B&W Art retailer incentive cover

“He IS the forest!” Welcome to the KING, full of RUSTIC WARS and BEASTIAL BLUSTER and UNFORGIVING TERRAIN and IMPOSSIBLE ORIGINS and ENIGMATIC ABILITIES and CREEPY DOMICILES and REALLY REALLY REALLY WEIRD MONKEYS!  STRAP IN for HIGH ADVENTURE from Eisner-Award Winner PAUL TOBIN (Bandette) and SANDY JARRELL (Meteor Men) with a connecting King cover by comic legend DARWYN COOKE!

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