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Radical Publishing Releases Driver for the Dead in Trade Paperback

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Radical Publishing Releases Driver for the Dead in Trade Paperback

September 13, 2011, Los Angeles, CA—Radical Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of the entire Driver for the Dead miniseries, now collected in trade paperback edition for the first time, this Wednesday, September 14, 2011. This new edition contains the entire three-issue miniseries along with interviews and extra features, including exclusive character and concept art, from the book’s writer and artist.

Written by John Heffernan and illustrated by Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer), Driver for the Dead is a rollicking adventure through the heart of the Deep South. The series follows Alabaster Graves, a special driver whose task it is to transport the dead to their final resting places; specifically, the dead no one else could handle. Vampires, zombies and the supernatural at large are Graves’ specialty, and with a veritable arsenal of weapons and a souped-up hearse called “Black Betty,” he is well equipped to deal with trouble. So when a much-beloved voodoo priest, Moses Freeman, is killed, Graves is called to ensure the body reaches its grave safely—and stays there. Accompanied by Freeman’s granddaughter, Graves embarks on a mission to transport Freeman’s body from Shreveport, Louisiana to New Orleans; however, unbeknownst to Graves, Fallow, an evil necromancer whose powers come from stolen body parts, has set his sights on the corpse of the powerful voodoo priest—and he
will stop at nothing to get it.

You can learn more about Driver for the Dead through Radical’s website (radicalpublishing.com/titles/driver-for-the-dead/), R News features (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1bRRO_ol1U), or video trailers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xzcgWod7sI). Be sure to keep up with us on Facebook (facebook.com/radicalpublishing), Twitter (twitter.com/radicalcomics) or YouTube (youtube.com/radicalpublishing)!

About Radical Publishing: Radical Publishing is a division of Radical Studios, a leading multimedia company producing award-winning print, digital, and motion picture content, including Hercules, Last Days of American Crime, and Legends. The company was founded in 2007 by Barry Levine and Jesse Berger.  For more information, visit www.radicalstudios.com.

Teaser – Driver For The Dead #2 (2 of 3)

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DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #2 (2 of 3)

Creator and Writer JOHN HEFFERNAN
Artist LEONARDO MANCO
Cover Artist LEONARDO MANCO

On Sale: Sept 29th, 2010
Price: $4.99
Page Count: 56
Format: Full Color

After successfully retrieving the body of Mose Freeman, Alabaster Graves and Mose’s great-grandaughter Marissa Freeman are headed back to New Orleans to give the renowned witch doctor a proper burial. Unfortunately for them, the undead patchwork necromancer Uriah Fallow is hot on their trail and he’s after Mose’s most protected secret. When Fallow captures Marissa, it’s up to Graves to get her back, and the only ally he’s got is the mysterious magic of Grandma Hattie. But what is Mose’s secret and how will Graves rescue Marissa?

Driver for the Dead #2 cover Manco

Review and Win with Radical

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REVIEW AND WIN WITH RADICAL

Sept 22nd, 2010, Los Angeles, CA – If you’re a Facebook fan of Radical Publishing, you could easily win free signed comics from both Rick Remender and Clint Langley. All you have to do is read and post a review on Radical Publishing’s Facebook Fan page for DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #2, on sale September 29th. The reviewer with the greatest number of both “likes” and “comments” will win:

–       One copy of THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME #1 signed by Rick Remender

–       One copy of HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH #1 signed by Clint Langley

Created and written by John Heffernan with illustrations from Leonardo Manco, DRIVER FOR THE DEAD has already received overwhelming praise since the first issue hit the stands.

“If you’re looking for a fun ride, look no further. DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #1 literally puts the pedal to the metal, plows through anyone (or anything) in its way and never looks back.” – Fangoria

“… Writing and visuals that are virtually cinematic in caliber and scope.” – Philadelphia Daily News

“Hang onto your seats because DRIVER FOR THE DEAD promises to take you on a helluva ride.” – Buzz Focus

“… A fun story and kick-ass art. Simply put, it’s one cool comic.” – Player Affinity

Each Facebook account is limited to one review and the deadline for reviews is 12:00 A.M. PST on October 5th. Contact your local comic book retailer to reserve your copy of Driver for the Dead #2 and inspire your network of friends to help you win.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged, Earp: Saints for Sinners and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and entrepreneur Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged and Earp: Saints for Sinners).

For their quality and excellence in 2008, Radical Publishing was granted the Gem Award for “Best New Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling, and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market and currently has production deals with Spyglass Entertainment and Peter Berg’s Film 44 for Hercules, with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil for Caliber, New Regency and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions for Freedom Formula, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment for Legends, Dreamworks, Sam Raimi’s Star Road Entertainment and Mandeville Films for Earp: Saints for Sinners as well as Walt Disney Pictures for Oblivion. For more information, visit www.radicalpublishing.com.

Review – Driver for the Dead #1


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Driver for the Dead #1 is fantastic.  I’m just going to outright say, this is a must buy for the week.  Written by John Heffernan and art by Leonard Manco the story has two parts.  The first part focuses on a voodoo priest and the second half a driver for a funeral home who does a bit more than just move dead bodies around.

Alabaster Graves is a driver for the dead. As a veteran of funeral homes, mortuaries, and coroners’ offices across the Deep South, Graves chauffeurs hundreds of bodies to their final resting places. But now, Alabaster must cover the distance from Shreveport to New Orleans to retrieve the remains of Mose Freeman, renown voodoo priest, with Freeman’s sultry granddaughter riding shotgun. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being pursued by a resurrectionist named Fallow – a necromancer who gets his power from stealing body parts… and for whom the corpse of Mose Freeman would be the ultimate prize.

The story, art, setting all comes together to set the perfect mood.  This is great synergy on the comic page.  The story takes place in a post-Katrina Louisiana.  A lot is played off of the state’s history of supernatural and ties to voodoo and hoodoo.

The first part focusing on Freeman just sets the tone and builds that supernatural tension, and in the end sets the standard that anything can happen.  The quick transition to the main focus on Alabaster gives us a picture of who our hero is quickly.

I’m not the biggest fan of horror as a genre, but this is a series I can get behind and can’t wait for the next issue to come.  It’s just so solid and entertaining.  If you haven’t picked up a comic from Radical Publishing, this is a great series to start with.

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It’s a Radical Week for Releases

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Radical dropped seven (yes seven) new comics on us all coming out this week.  Below is what you can expect and many of them look very cool.  Expect reviews as we make our way through them over the next few days.

TIME BOMB #1 (1 of 3)

Creators and Writers JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY

Artist PAUL GULACY

Colorist RAIN BEREDO

Cover Artist PAUL GULACY & RAIN BEREDO

Mature Readers

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

From Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), with interior illustrations from multi-award winning industry veteran Paul Gulacy!

When a hidden city is discovered beneath the streets of Berlin, Hitler’s ultimate doomsday weapon – an Omega bomb designed to wipe out the human race – is accidently activated. Now, crews of specialists with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment must travel back in time to stop the bomb from going off. However, they soon discover that, rather than going back in time as intended, they’ve been sent back into the heart of Hitler’s Germany.

DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #1 (1 of 3)

Creator and Writer JOHN HEFFERNAN

Artist LEONARDO MANCO

Cover Artist LEONARDO MANCO

Mature Readers

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

Radical introduces a new supernatural horror set in the heart of Louisiana, from John Heffernan and illustrator Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer).

Alabaster Graves is a driver for the dead. As a veteran of funeral homes, mortuaries, and coroners’ offices across the Deep South, Graves chauffeurs hundreds of bodies to their final resting places. But now, Alabaster must cover the distance from Shreveport to New Orleans to retrieve the remains of Mose Freeman, renown voodoo priest, with Freeman’s sultry granddaughter riding shotgun. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being pursued by a resurrectionist named Fallow – a necromancer who gets his power from stealing body parts… and for whom the corpse of Mose Freeman would be the ultimate prize.

HOTWIRE: DEEP CUT #1 (1 of 3)

Created by STEVE PUGH and WARREN ELLIS

Writer and Illustrator STEVE PUGH

Letterer STEVE PUGH

Cover Artist STEVE PUGH

Price: $3.50

Page Count: 32

Format: Full Color

Detective Exorcist Alice Hotwire is back! After the events of Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, the city’s only supernatural investigator is taking some much needed R&R. But when a Blue Light from her colored past appears in front of her door, it sparks a series of events that lead Hotwire and Mobey across the city attempting to stop the results of a secret government project from turning the city into another living nightmare. With backup from Coroner Love and Metro Police, can Hotwire and Mobey save the day one more time? Join groundbreaking creator/writer/illustrator Steve Pugh for a glimpse into Alice Hotwire’s past and peer through a gateway into her future.

AFTER DARK #1 (1 of 3)

Creators ANTOINE FUQUA and WESLEY SNIPES

Writer PETER MILLIGAN

Artist JEFF NENTRUP

Additional Art by SARA BIDDLE

Cover Artist FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA

Mature Readers

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

From celebrated director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Training Day), acclaimed actor Wesley Snipes (Blade) and award-winning writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Skreemer) comes the post-apocalyptic saga of After Dark!

Guided by an amoral drifter, a crew of jaded mercenaries must travel into the dark places of the ruined planet, and the even darker places of their own pasts, on a journey to find a woman who might just save the world. But maybe the world is past saving. And maybe the people who still inhabit that world aren’t worth saving. After Dark is a story of hidden demons and the passion for survival, set in a future that could very well be ours.

SHRAPNEL: HUBRIS #2 (2 of 3)

Creator MARK LONG & NICK SAGAN

Writer NICK SAGAN & CLINNETTE MINNIS

Artist CONCEPT ART HOUSE

Cover STEPHAN MARTINIERE

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

Consumed with advancing their War of Unity on multiple fronts, the Solar Alliance may be vulnerable to an audacious, high-risk assault on one of their most valued possessions.  So rests the hopes of oppressed Helots across the System as a plot against the oldest extraplanetary colony moves forward.  Once loyal marines now turned freedom fighters, Captain Narayan, Colonel Rossi and their troops have a golden chance to slow down the enemy war machine…but at what cost?

RADICAL PREMIERE: THE RISING

Creator and Writer E. MAX FRYE

Artist J.P. TARGETE

Cover Artist J.P. TARGETE

Price: $1.00

Page Count: 32

Format: Full Color

Creator/Writer E. Max Frye (HBO’s Band of Brothers) and artist J.P. Targete (illustrator for Pixar’s John Carter of Mars film adaptation) present a very special $1.00 introduction to launch the upcoming miniseries.

After years of war, economic chaos, and mankind, itself, teetering on the verge of thermonuclear extinction, an alien force invades the planet.  When a deadly virus is released, this militaristic empire massacres the world’s defense forces and most of the human population. The survivors are forced into slavery, helpless as they watch this new enemy plunder the remaining natural resources of Earth. Jarrett Jakes, chosen to fight and die as a gladiator, escapes from Zone R.X. 84 (formerly New York City) to lead a ragged band of guerrilla warriors in hopes of inspiring a downtrodden world to rise up against their alien oppressors.

RADICAL PREMIERE: RYDER ON THE STORM

Writer DAVID HINE

Artist WAYNE NICHOLS

Cover Artist FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA

Mature Readers

Price: $1.00

Page Count: 16, No ads.

Format: Full Color

From the team that brought you FVZA, a special $1.00 preview comic for the upcoming 3-issue, bi-monthly, miniseries, brimming with elements of H.P. Lovecraft, mixed into a noir mystery.

Ryder on the Storm follows Ryder, a private eye hired by the beautiful femme fatale Katrina Petruska to investigate the horrifically bizarre suicide of her lover, Michael Hudson. Ryder’s journey to solve the case and finish Hudson’s work leads him to discover a truth more sinister and terrifying than he could ever have imagined – daemons walk among us. Now, he must team up with the last daemon hunter, Charles Monk, to take down the cabal of ancient evil controlling the city while struggling to reconcile the dark side of his own nature.