Idolized is one of those series that will fall under the radar for far too many people. The series takes the American Idol formula and spins it to the super hero set with the winner getting a spot on “the” super hero team. The series follows a young girl with a secret that drives her motive in getting onto the show and winning it. The art is solid and story fantastic so far. What it really has going for it is an engaging story that has me entertained and hooked. When I went into issue #0, I thought it’d be like that other series with a similar premise, but instead, it cuts to the formula that works so well on reality television shows, driving the narrative of the show by focusing on an interesting character. It works on tv and it works for the comic so well, really breaking down what’s driven reality tv for so many years. Where the series goes and how well it can keep it up remains to be seen, but as far as books to read this week, Idolized #2 by Aspen Comics is the top of my list.
Idolized #2 – see above
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #16 –Marvel is hyping this issue which comes out one week after issue #15. Captain America/Steve Rogers is now President in a fractured United States. It should be interesting to see where this goes, but there’s so much potential.
Rachel Rising #11 – Terry Moore’s horror series has been amazing and should be on everyone’s list to read.
Higher Earth #5 – The plot and twists are predictable, but boy is it fun. The series revolves around a revolution in a world of infinite Earths. The fun is seeing what the creators come up with next.
Steed & Mrs. Peel #1 – Mark Waid is on a role, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does with these classic characters.
David Wohl – Story / Alex Lei – Art / Teo Gonzalez – Colors
Iris is back, but will she make it through the – Executive Extinction!
Following the deadly results of “The Hit List Agenda”, the Executive Assistants find themselves alone, scattered and unsure of their own collective fate. However, Iris now finds herself at the employ of perhaps the most sinister of all organized enterprises—the Central Intelligence Agency! The pulse-pounding third volume of the epic Executive Assistant: Iris series kicks off with the massive ten part series that will forever alter the lives of every Executive Assistant!
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS creator David Wohl is joined by newcomer Alex Lei and series vet Teo Gonzalez, to bring you the thrilling third volume as the “Executive Extinction” crossover event starts right now!
Executive Assistant Iris (vol 3) #1 is in stores December 19th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $3.99
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #6
Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez – Colors
The Extinction begins!
“Executive Extinction” kicks off with this all new story arc featuring Lily, one of the most popular characters in the EA Universe, as she attempts to piece together some semblance of a normal life—while fighting to protect it from those who seek to end it! Enter Mazutsu, the armed dealer mastermind who has sworn to eliminate all Executive Assistants at any cost. Yet, the biggest surprise for Lily comes as she discovers one of her trusted allies is working for those who seek to capture her!
Don’t miss the exciting first chapter of the “Executive Extinction” crossover event!
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #6 is in stores December 19th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $3.99
CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2
Vince Hernandez – Story / Emilio Lopez – Art / Jocelyn Dunn – Colors
Explore the breathtaking world of Charismagic by journeying back to its ancient origins!
Kon and his collection of magical entities learn the hard truth that saving the world means first trusting one another, as the group is divided over the inclusion of the magic-stealing Samsun. Meanwhile, The Death Princess, along with Serké, gather an army of the most capable human slaves they can muster in preparation for the group’s impending arrival at her castle—where the battle for the future of mankind will be decided!
Created and written by Aspen’s own Vince Hernandez, with stunning art by Emilio Lopez and Jocelyn Dunn, make sure to be a part of the exciting new world of CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS!
CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2 is in stores December 12th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $3.99
SOULFIRE (vol 4) #4
J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors
Michael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a new era!
Possessed by the chaotic spirit of Oris, Grace seems all but unstoppable as her reign of terror storms across the globe. Cities are being destroyed. People are dying. In the Everlands, one of Malikai’s closest friends is facing death from Grace’s violence. Can the combined power of magic and technology save them? And if so, will the result be a miracle…or an abomination?”
From veteran SOULFIRE scribe J.T. Krul, and featuring the amazing art of Michael DeBalfo along with fan favorite colorist Nei Ruffino, this is theSOULFIRE tale three volumes in the making! New and returning fans will NOT want to miss out as the biggest SOULFIRE story ever told continues right here!
SOULFIRE (vol 4) #4 is in stores December 5th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $3.99
David Schwartz – Writer / Pasquale Qualano – Art / David Curiel – Colors
Aspen Comics proudly presents their first ever super-hero series, IDOLIZED!
The IDOLIZED competition comes to a crushing head, as Joule faces off against two of her most brutal competitors in the TV show’s grand finale! Even more importantly, see what happens after the competition ends, as a furious young Joule faces off against Stasis, the man who destroyed her life, in a battle that will leave her, and the Powered Protectors, forever scarred – if they even survive!
Written and created by David Schwartz, with gorgeous art by Pasquale Qualano and David Curiel, and featuring a cover by Oliver Nome and Peter Steigerwald, plus a photo cover starring supermodel Rachel Clark, you won’t want to miss out on this innovative new series from Aspen Comics!
Writer: David Schwartz
Pencils: Micah Gunnell and Pasquale Qualano
Colors: David Curiel
Covers: Humberto Ramos and Peter Steigerwald (cover A), Rachel Clark as Joule, photographed by Michael Schwartz, with effects by Peter Steigerwald (cover B).
While trying out for the hit new TV show, “Superhero Idol”, 18-year-old Leslie Linnell (aka Joule) must compete for a spot in the crime-fighting group “The Powered Protectors”.
She must prove her courage, powers, and ability to win the hearts of millions of viewers so that she can seek vengeance for her parents tragic death at the hand of the villian, Stasis!
Brian Wood‘s The Massive is a mix of environmental disaster, political message and mystery is brilliant in every sense. The series follows the crew of a boat post ecological disaster that has devastated the world. While they try to figure out the “why” as far as the change in the environment, they’re also looking for their lost sister ship while trying to survive. This series has a message while not shoving it down our throats and it’s packaged in a thriller with an intense vibe that makes you not only want to turn the next page, but fear doing so. It’s almost a psychological thriller in a way with it’s use of pacing and how it keeps the tension throughout. If this were a movie, my jaw would be clenched and I’d be grinding my teeth. This is an absolute must read and why I’m making The Massive #3 my pick for the week.
The Massive #3 – see above
Right State – A thriller surrounding an assassination attempt on a President, yes please!
The Strain #7 – The brilliant and exciting Dark Horse vampire series.
Idolized #1 – Super heroes meet American Idol in this fantastic start to Aspen’s new series.
Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #5 – I love this Archaia fantasy series staring mice with swords…
David Schwartz Writer / Micah Gunnell Art / David Curiel – Colors
Aspen Comics proudly presents their first ever super-hero series, IDOLIZED!
What would a real world filled with superheroes look like? In this all-new series it gets ugly, as a young, girl-next door named Joule reveals her tortured past and her desperate attempt for revenge‹all while auditioning in front of the cameras and judges of the hot new TV show ³SuperHero Idol²!
IDOLIZED begins here, as we experience the initial audition that will make Joule a household name in homes across America, and we begin to learn the secrets she is hiding may lead to her shocking downfall!
Written and created by David Schwartz, with gorgeous art by Micah Gunnell and David Curiel, and featuring a cover by the legendary Art Adams, and a photo cover starring Supermodel Rachel Clark, you won¹t want to miss out on this innovative new series only from Aspen Comics!
I love Atomic Robo, that’s why my pick for the week is Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the South Pacific #1. The Atomic Robo comic book’s that I’ve read have been pure fun that’s appropriate for kids and adults alike. Its that great humor that appeals to kids and also some jokes that are there for their parents too.
The art is great and writing top notch. It’s rare that I can say parents and kids will enjoy a comic, and that comic is written in such a way to not insult either’s intelligence. If you’ve never read an Atomic Robo comic, do yourself a favor and pick up the first issue of the seventh volume of the series that hits shelves this week. And, while you’re there get more to satiate your Atomic Robo fix with Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures #3.
Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the South Pacific #1 – see above
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eyes #6 – I’ve been loving IDW’s two Transformers series that bring fun I haven’t experienced since the original cartoon.
New Deadwardians #4 – I have no idea how to describe this series that mixes a murder mystery with PBS Masterpiece Theater.
Idolized #0 – Aspen has been hyping this series and it’s enough to get me intrigued. Super heroes meet American Idol. Sounds interesting enough for me.
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12 – This series throws it all out there. I never know what to expect.
Aspen Comics is thrilled to reveal the absolutely incredible, gorgeous cover art for IDOLIZED #1, drawn by the legendary ARTHUR ADAMS.
IDOLIZED #1 will feature 3 covers:
Cover A will be the stunning piece you see here from the legendary Arthur Adams, but in full color (colors by the amazing Peter Steigerwald).
Cover B will be an equally stunning photo cover starring supermodel Rachel Clark.
Cover C, a limited-edition incentive cover, will have the Art Adams cover as you see it above, in black & white, exactly as he presented it to us.
IDOLIZED #1 will be in stores on August 8th. And, while awaiting the release of IDOLIZED #1, don’t forget to pick up your copy of IDOLIZED #0, with a cover by “Lady Mechanika”‘s JOE BENITEZ, when it hits the stands on June 27th. The special zero issue sets the stage for this thrilling new series, and includes many pages of bonus materials that flesh out the world of IDOLIZED.
What would a real world filled with superheroes look like? In this all-new series it gets ugly, as a young woman named Joule reveals her tortured past and her desperate attempt for revenge, all while auditioning in front of the cameras and judges of the hot new TV show “SuperHero Idol”. IDOLIZED begins here, as we experience the initial audition that will make Joule a household name in homes across America, and we begin to get glimpses of the dark secrets she’s hiding that will lead to her shocking downfall…
IDOLIZED is a creator-owned comic, from the writer of MELTDOWN (Image) and Fathom: Blue Descent (Aspen), with artwork by MICAH GUNNELL (“Shrugged”), colors by DAVID CURIEL (“Dead Man’s Run”) and covers by ART ADAMS, JOE BENITEZ, KERON GRANT, MICAH GUNNELL and HUMBERTO RAMOS.
I wasn’t a C2E2, but Aspen Comics hooked us up with all of the announcements they made on their panel.
The Art of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Prior to the release of the major motion picture this June, Aspen will be releasing The Art of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter hardcover featuring 128 pages of never-before-seen storyboards, concept art, costume designs, and production illustrations including sketches and notes from director Timur Bekmambetov.
Soulfire Volume 4
Artist Michael DeBalfo will be joining the Aspen crew for a run on Soulfire Volume 4 this summer, which will include for the first time in Aspen’s history a redesign of the appearance of one of Michael Turner’s principal characters Grace, to serve the epic storyline planned for the fourth volume of Soulfire. DeBalfo will also be providing variant covers for all of Aspen’s August 2012 titles, including Executive Assistant: Assassins, Fathom and their new series Homecoming.
Soulfire: Search For the Light
Starting in June and into July, Aspen will be releasing weekly a Soulfire one-shot issue, each of which will feature one of the five magical “Masters” within the Soulfire universe as they band together in order to find and rescue the Bearer of the Light, Malikai. Each issue will lead into fourth volume launching in August. The creative teams for each series below:
Soulfire Hope by JT Krul and Jose Varese
Soulfire Despair by David Schwartz and Jonathan Marks
Soulfire Faith by Amanda McMurray and Siya Oum
Soulfire Power by David Wohl and Khary Randolph
Soulfire Grace by JT Krul and Pasquale Qualano
Charismagic: The Death Princess
Aspen will be releasing an all-new three issue miniseries before the return of the second volume, Charismagic: The Death Princess in Fall 2012 written by Charismagic creator Vince Hernandez and featuring art by Emilio Lopez and Jocelyn Dunn with covers by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez.
Aspen also plans to release a special digital-exclusive Charismagic: Sparkles one-shot story over the summer by Hernandez and Siya Oum with Aspen’s proceeds going to the Make A Wish Foundation.
In August, from the legendary comic minds of Michael Turner, David Wohl and Scott Lobdell comes a new high school supernatural adventure series combining aliens with the always scare life of high school called Homecoming, featuring art by Emilio Laiso and Stefani Rennee.
Aspen’s first-ever superhero comic book is by creator/writer David Schwartz with artists Micah Gunnell and David Curiel. Idolized tells the story of girl with super-powers and a tortured past, who seeks revenge, and ultimately finds redemption, over the course of competing in a televised super-hero competition show. Including covers by the legendary Art Adams, Humberto Ramos, Keron Grant and many more.
Executive Assistant Assassins
Aspen will be releasing their first ever ONGOING series this summer in July with the release of Executive Assistant Assassins by writer Vince Hernandez and rotating art teams. The first three issue story arc is entitled “Life After Death” and features the popular Executive Assistant Lily. “Life After Death” will feature the art team of Jordan Gunderson and Teodoro Gonzalez and will include covers by Joe Benitez, Dustin Nguyen, Eduardo Francisco, Mike DeBalfo, Michael Ryan and more.
The red-hot series by Joe Benitez will have new reprinted covers released for the sold-out issues zero, one and two. The first two of which are currently in stores now.
Shrugged Volume 2
The popular action-comedy series Shrugged returns for a second volume by series creator Frank Mastromauro and will feature a special oversized zero issue upon its return.
Each day throughout the month of April Aspen will be revealing a single panel – or a glimpse at a piece of a panel – from issues 0, 1 and 2 of IDOLIZED. Fans have seen some of IDOLIZED’s covers, but none of the interior art until now. The artwork can be seen by visiting the official IDOLIZED Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/IDOLIZEDComic.
“We’ve been aching to show fans how absolutely amazing the interiors on this series look,” said Aspen’s Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez. “Micah Gunnell’s pencils on this book are beyond outstanding, and we can’t wait for the readers to see how spectacular it is.”
“IDOLIZED” is Aspen’s first-ever superhero series. It tells the story of girl with super-powers and a tortured past, who seeks revenge, and ultimately finds redemption, over the course of competing in a televised super-hero competition show. Essentially, it’s “True Grit” meets “American Idol”…with capes. The series is written by Michael’s brother David B. Schwartz (acclaimed writer of Image Comics’ “MELTDOWN”, “Aspen Showcase: Ember” and “Fathom: Blue Descent”), with explosive art by Micah Gunnell (“Shrugged”, “Executive Assistant: Orchid”, “Dellec”) and colors by David Curiel (“Executive Assistant: Orchid”). Cover artists will include ART ADAMS, JOE BENITEZ, KERON GRANT, HUMBERTO RAMOS and more of the biggest names in comics. The first issue will debut June 27th, 2012.
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!
Kiani learns the fatal cost of her actions after the battle with Thalassar and his forces, as the devastating response from Siphon and the Elite Council is all but a certainty. Meanwhile, Siphon, who until this point had held back in his decision on how to deal with Kiani, decides the only way to deal with the situation, is to confront her directly by force—a risky decision that could topple the very fabric of the Blue’s existence in the process if he fails!
Brought to you by the creative team of Vince Hernandez, Oliver Nome and John Starr, FATHOM: KIANI vol 2 #3 is a must have for any Fathom fan!
FATHOM: KIANI (vol 2) #3 is in stores June 6th, 2012!
David Schwartz – Writer / Micah Gunnell – Art / David Curiel – Colors
Aspen Comics proudly presents their first ever super-hero series, IDOLIZED!
Welcome to the mind-bending new comic book series about a TV show where super-powered teens and 20-somethings are competing for the ultimate dream-prize: a guaranteed spot in that world’s top super-group, The Powered Protectors. The chance of winning offers fame, fortune, massive endorsement deals and, of course, a chance to actually save the world. Kids who dream of being worshipped as the next great, iconic hero would be falling all over themselves to get on — and hopefully even win — the show.
Against this backdrop, IDOLIZED is the story of a girl with fledgling superpowers and a dark past, who seeks revenge, and ultimately finds redemption, over the course of competing in this televised superhero competition show. It’s True Grit meets American Idol…with capes!
Written and created by David Schwartz and featuring stunning artwork by Micah Gunnell and colorist David Curiel, this debut zero issue of IDOLIZED features a brand-new 12-page story that sets the stage for the upcoming premiere of IDOLIZED #1 coming this August! Accompanied by an additional sketchbook section and never before seen designs and art, make sure to be a part of IDOLIZED!!
IDOLIZED #0 is in stores June 27th, 2012!
FATHOM (vol 4) #7
David Wohl – Writer / Alex Konat – Pencils / Beth Sotelo – Colors
Michael Turner’s FATHOM continues on its sensational fourth volume!
Caught between warring undersea factions, Aspen Matthews must choose a side in the conflict in order to save her own life as well as the lives of her friends. But when the wrong decision could mean an apocalyptic-sized disaster both above and below the sea, Aspen realizes that in order to keep the peace, one of her closest allies must be sacrificed!
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 #7 is in stores June 13th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $3.50
DEAD MAN’S RUN #5
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!
The price of a true innocent in the land of the condemned becomes terrifying clear as the Captain mercilessly absconds with Juniper, and Sam Tinker and crew must survive their way through the horrors he releases upon them in order to save her from the City of Corruption. Yet, the true nature of evil manifests itself when Sam reveals the last bits of the map needed to break out, only to discover a more sinister surprise than he ever could have possibly imagined—even in Hell!
DEAD MAN’S RUN #5 is in stores June 13th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $3.50
SOULFIRE: PRIMER #1
Michael Turner ; Jeph Loeb ; JT Krul – Writers / Michael Turner ; Joe Benitez – Art / Peter Steigerwald – colors
Magic is no longer a myth…..
Debuting in the summer of 2004, superstar creator Michael Turner’s pulse-pounding adventure-fantasy series, SOULFIRE, is now reintroduced for new and returning fans alike! Relive the quest of the young orphan boy Malikai, along with Grace and his friends as they battle the malevolent forces of Rainier and attempt to restore the fabric of magic in a world long devoid of it. As pivotal moments from the first three epic volumes are compiled in this value-priced, all-in-one SOULFIRE: PRIMER issue, all for the unbelievable price of only $1!
It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up in preparation for this summer’s massive SOULFIRE “Search for the Light” crossover event and the coming debut of SOULFIRE volume 4!
SOULFIRE: PRIMER #1 is in stores June 20th, 2012!
FC 32 pages $1.00
SOULFIRE: HOPE #1
JT Krul – Story / Jose Varese – Art / John Starr – Colors
The epic SEARCH FOR THE LIGHT crossover event starts here!
Aspen’s first ever Soulfire summer event, “Search for the Light” takes off right HERE in the pages of this exciting first issue, SOULFIRE: HOPE! With Malikai–the Bringer of Light—missing, the Five Masters, including Grace, embark on a quest to find him and save magic from the chaos that is engulfing the world! Meanwhile, in the magical kingdom of the Everlands, Faye attempts to find a suitable replacement for the slain King Arlin, and join her in ruling over the royal city of Anantia. However, the valiant suitors to the throne present not only unexpected surprises from her past—but also a potentially dangerous heir to the fallen king, one who has his own vision for what the future of magic should be!
Don’t miss out on the first issue of the thrilling ‘Search for the Light’ crossover event that will change the face of the SOULFIRE Universe forever!