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Battle Chasers Returns… Sort Of

Battle Chasers Anthology cover

The Battle Chasers: Nightwar Kickstarter went out an update to backers concerning the new Battle Chasers comics that were part of that fundraising effort.

Created by Joe Madureira, the series launched in April 1998 and saw the last issue published in September 2001. It ran just nine issues, and one prelude issue, and suffered extreme scheduling issues and delays which made publisher Image Comics infamous in the 90s. There was an average of about six months between issues.

Madureira penned the update of the status of the new comics and said that responsibility with his video game studio has once again delayed the series. He has come to the realization he needs a team to help him on the series to complete it, so while the comics will be written by him, with as many pages as he can manage, it won’t only be by him alone. No team has been announced yet.

Starting at the $90 tier, the Kickstarter pledge included all-new comics, issues #10, #11, and #12 as well as the video game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a soundtrack, and more.

The response online has been negative as some backed the project for the comics to be done by Madureira himself and only by him. Others see this as just a continuation of the original series’ delays.

The new issues are to pick up where the originals left off focusing on Garrison and his past relationship with Red Monika.

If you’ve never read Battle Chasers or want a new copy, the anthology is getting a reprint in an affordable softcover format. It’ll collect all nine issues as well as short stories, pinups and covers. It’ll be out in September. A giant-sized hardcover was released years ago and is not only hard to find but if you do, can be rather pricey. The hardcover anthology can easily run into triple digits.

Toy Fair 2019: DC Collectibles Shows New Statues, Figures, and Props

Toy Fair 2019 kicks off this weekend and DC Collectibles has revealed so much including Lucha Libre superhero figures, DC Prime, and DC Engines of Chaos. On top of these new lines there’s even more statues, figures and props.

Additional collectibles debuting in 2019 include a life-size Wonder Woman shield prop measuring 22 in diameter and crafted from fiberglass and polyresin, and new statues starring Batman, Harley Quinn, Red Hood and the Huntress, among others, designed by acclaimed comic book artists Greg Capullo, Greg Horn, Frank Miller, Joëlle Jones and more.

Check them out below!

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Statues

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS BY GREG CAPULLO 2ND EDITION

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS BY GREG CAPULLO 2ND EDITION

BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA

BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Mini Figures

MINI 7-PIECE BOX SET 4

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Mini Figures

BAT-FAMILY Multi-Part Statue

RED HOOD

BAT-FAMILY Multi-Part Statue

DC GALLERY

WONDER WOMAN SHIELD PROP

WONDER WOMAN SHIELD PROP

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK Statue

METAL HARLEY QUINN BY GREG HORN STATUE

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK Statue

DC DESIGNER SERIES Statue

BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE

BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE

DC COVER GIRLS Statue

HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE

HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE

DARK NIGHTS: METAL BATMAN Statues

THE RED DEATH STATUE

THE RED DEATH STATUE

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE

Preview: J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl Gallery Edition Danger Girl Pin-up Book

J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl Gallery Edition Danger Girl Pin-up Book

J. Scott Campbell (a & c)

J. Scott Campbell is renowned for his gorgeous art and stunningly realized covers. This collection (available in a standard size square bound prestige format as well as in a deluxe, oversized hardcover) features 64 pages crammed full of Campbell’s Danger Girl covers and pin-ups. As an added bonus, several notable “guest stars” are included in this collection, providing their own beautifully executed version of the Danger Girl team: Adam Hughes, Travis Charest, Joe Madureira, Arthur Adams, Joe Quesada, David Mack, and more. A fine addition to any fan of Danger Girl and the art of J. Scott Campbell!

HC • FC • 64 pages • 8” x 12” • $24.99

Preview: J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl Gallery Edition Danger Girl Pin-up Book

J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl Gallery Edition Danger Girl Pin-up Book

J. Scott Campbell (a & c)

J. Scott Campbell is renowned for his gorgeous art and stunningly realized covers. This collection (available in a standard size square bound prestige format as well as in a deluxe, oversized hardcover) features 64 pages crammed full of Campbell’s Danger Girl covers and pin-ups. As an added bonus, several notable “guest stars” are included in this collection, providing their own beautifully executed version of the Danger Girl team: Adam Hughes, Travis Charest, Joe Madureira, Arthur Adams, Joe Quesada, David Mack, and more. A fine addition to any fan of Danger Girl and the art of J. Scott Campbell!

HC • FC • 64 pages • 8” x 12” • $24.99

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Comes to the Switch in May

Airship Syndicate has announced the Switch release date for Battle Chasers: Nightwar. The game will be released on May 15th. The video game was funded through a Kickstarter and while the Switch release wasn’t part of the original campaign, it’s been approved and now has a release date.

Battle Chasers: Nightwar is based on the comic series Battle Chasers by Joe Madureira launched in 1998. The series suffered from extreme scheduling problems. Nine issues were released in four years. Originally published by WildStorm under its Cliffhange imprint, the series eventually moved to Image Comics in 2001.

The series saw nine issues released with a tenth solicited and not released. Madureira said he’ll be releasing issue #10 and two more issues. In October 2017, Madureira said the issue would be released in Spring 2018 with the new 3 issue arc focussing heavily on Garrison.

Udon Entertainment Announces Street Fighter Reloaded, Just 99 cents an Issue

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Street Fighter fighting game franchise, UDON‘s very first comic story returns this November as a value-priced 6-issue mini-series! For only 99 cents an issue, fans who’ve never read these classic tales can see how Ryu, Guile, Ken, and Chun-li first began their journeys to becoming true World Warriors!

Street Fighter Reloaded is a re-release of UDON’s original Street Fighter comic series Street Fighter (2003) #1-6. This is the series that started UDON’s venture into publishing nearly 15 years ago. Written by Ken Siu-Chong, main story artwork is provided by artists Arnold Tsang and Alvin Lee.

The series also features a cavalcade of comics’ top creators providing bonus stories and cover artwork. Street Fighter Reloaded  #1 sports both a 4-page story and cover art by comics legend Joe Madureira, while issue #2 includes a bonus story drawn by the fantastic Adam Warren and cover art by the great J. Scott Campbell. Later issues of the mini-series will include bonus stories from great talents like Kaare Andrews, Kevin Lau, and Hyung-Tae Kim.

Street Fighter Reloaded #1 and #2 arrive in stores November 2017, with the remaining issues #3-6 releasing every two weeks through December and January. Softcover trade paperback volumes collecting this story arc, and its direct continuation will begin releasing in April 2018.

Preview: Justice League: Rebirth #1

Justice League: Rebirth #1

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Bryan Hitch
Cover by: Tony S. Daniel
Variant cover by: Joe Madureira

Spinning out of the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, a new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including…Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world—and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure.

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Review: Inhuman # 3

inhuman 3 coverI must admit, I have a soft spot for Marvel‘s minority communities. I think they serve as an interesting metaphor for real world minority issues, and both their stories and complex histories offer an interesting juxtaposition between the real and fictional where oppression and integration is concerned. The new Inhumans volume puts that community in center stage following the ground breaking aftermath of the recent Infinity mega event.

Inhuman #3 follows the current  exploits of earth’s inhuman population, which has grown considerably following Black Bolt’s decision to release Terrigen into the global atmosphere. The lynchpin of this current volume, the revelation of the existence of multiple Inhuman tribes  (previously hidden among earths human population) offers a fresh and interesting status-quo for the Inhuman community, one that was previously monolithic , scarce, and reclusive.

This new tribal nuance to the inhuman state of affairs has already begun to reflect multiple and completing ideologies. Lash of Orollan appears to take a merit based view towards terrigenesis, holding to the view that only those who are “worthy” should be allowed to enjoy the benefits of terrigenesis. On the other hand, New Attilan currently ruled by Queen Medusa, holds to a more egalitarian ethos, where the free dispensing of terrigenesis has been a staple of their culture for centuries.

This is an interesting point to ponder, as it seems that the affordances of culture are directly tied to abundance of  given resources (or the lack thereof). In issue 3 we learn that Orollan only possessed 3 terrigen crystals. We know from past volumes that Attilan has always had an abundance of Terrigen. I have always wondered if Wakanda would have been as xenophobic and isolationist as it is if it didn’t enjoy all the economic and geopolitic clout that its vibranium deposits had blessed it with. We see here how history and circumstance  indelibly marks certain cultures in the Marvel U, Attilan and its emerging sister tribes appear to be no exception

Orrollan and Attilan’s forces come to a violent conflict in this issue,  a conflict  quickly  calmed by revelations of the former King Black Bolt’s overarching plan. This reveal has implications for every Inhuman on the globe and could potentially unite them all as a result.

This has been interesting series so far that as placed the inhumans on a bold new footing. It will be very interesting to see how all the Inhumans resolve their issues and their place amongst each other as well as the greater Marvel U. It will also be interesting to see where the power of balance falls between the various Inhuman tribes. There is a lot of dust to settle that should make for a very engaging series.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Joe Madureira
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5  Recommendation: Read

 

 

Final Thoughts

The Infinity event mentioned six locales/tribes where hidden Inhumans reside, it would be interesting to see if more show up later on.

Medusa’s statement to the rest of the world and the new emerging Inhumans was very reminiscent of Cyclops’ during the founding of Utopia in Dark Avengers #8.

The multi-tribal status of the Inhumans is very similar to the post schism state of the X-men

The notion of “Inhuman sovereignty” will be a tricky one to unpackage, given the now global reach of the Inhuman population and the multitude of tribes available for them to identify with.

I just have to say Medusa is so badass….I love her especially when Black Bolt is not in the picture, she really takes to the throne well, and shines.

Memorable Quotes

“Not Everyone with potential deserves it” – Lash (Inhuman #1)

“There are other tribes..You have a choice ” – Lash (Inhuman #1)

“They’re scared & they’re a powerbase, people will try to use that power “- Captain America (Inhuman #2)

“My Enemies all have one thing in common Lash….they fall ” – Medusa  (Inhuman #3)

Soule is Inhuman, Fraction is No Longer Inhuman

Marvel has announced that Charles Soule is taking over as writer for Inhuman beginning with the All-New Marvel NOW! #1. Previously Matt Fraction was announced as the writer, and this is the second recent change announced in less than a week. The comic has also moved from the original January release to April.

Soule will join the previously announced Joe Madureira to introduce the world to Marvel’s newest super hero franchise. Born out of the events of Infinity and the blockbuster Inhumanity #1, Inhuman will change the landscape — and the fate — of the entire Marvel Universe.

Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

Around the Tubes – Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving folks!

Around the Tubes

ComicBook.com – Oldboy Graphic Novel Now Available Online – Nice.

Bleeding Cool – Marvel Postpones Matt Fraction And Joe Madureira’s Inhuman #1 – Hmmm.

ICv2 – ‘Sin City’ TV Show – Could be a cool noir anthology series.

Kotaku – Thor Actor Visits Kid’s Hospital. In Armor. – This is amazing of her.

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