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Some of the GP team have the day off but we’re still keeping busy with a day filled with lots of news! While you wait for things to get rolling, here’s comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.


SyFy – At Indigenous Comic Con, Native American geeks have a con to call their own – This sounds fantastic.

The Beat – Bob Schreck is no longer at Legendary Comics – Ruh roh for Legendary Comics.



CBR – Batman: Lost #1

Talking Comics – Master of Kung-Fu #126

The Beat – Stages of Rot

Legendary Comic Announces Cursed from John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman & Erika Lewis

Legendary Comics announced during its Awesome Con panel that actor John Barrowman has teamed with his sister and writing partner Carole Barrowman and graphic novelist and television writer Erika Lewis to co-create Cursed: an exciting new comic book series that sees Celtic lore masterfully collide with a modern day anti-hero.

Cursed is part of Legendary Comics’ ongoing commitment to bringing distinctive voices into the comics’ medium by delivering bold new stories to fans around the globe.

Do you believe in curses? Charlie Stewart certainly does.

On the eve of his 40th birthday, he seemed to have it all: the big house, the fast car, the beautiful family, and a high-power career at a leading criminal law firm. Charlie was a 21st century success story, riding high on his own ego. But when he falls victim to an ancient Celtic curse, everything spirals out of control as his perfect life becomes a disaster zone of chaos and calamity. Every decision he makes, every relationship he has, every choice he’s given is doomed to fail spectacularly, no matter what he does.

Embarking on a quest for the truth behind the supernatural forces re-writing his destiny, he discovers that his ancient ancestor is Bonnie Prince Charlie, who made a deal with the ruthless Celtic God of War, Bregon. In return for the Bonnie Prince’s victory, Bregon demanded the prince steal three magical talismans from Bregon’s own sisters. These sisters cursed the entire bloodline and now Charlie must settle a centuries-long family squabble among gods in order to get his own family back.  Real life and ancient legend collide in unexpected ways as Charlie battles across this world and opens up realms of time and mystery that no mortal was ever meant to see.

A unique fusion of mythic storytelling and modern urban angst, this thrilling and imaginative new title from Legendary Comics is written by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman and Erika Lewis.  Art team to be announced at a later date.

Get ready to be Cursed!

Review: Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift #1


If you’ve spoken to me in person, seen even a glimpse of my social media presence, or followed me on my journey through the Godzilla in Hell series, you know that the kaiju genre is one of my favorite things. I was first in line on opening day for Pacific Rim, and this series is something I’ve been hoping for since we found out ages ago that Guillermo del Toro planned to continue developing the franchise between films. The Tales from Year Zero collection is still safely shrink-wrapped in my room, carefully guarded by my twenty-something kaiju figures, and now at long last I have a copy of Tales from the Drift to kick off my next series of kaiju-related comic book reviews. So, how does Tales hold up compared to the decades-long history of kaiju stories that have come before it? Let’s find out.

Travis Beacham wrote the screenplay for Pacific Rim, as well as the Tales from Year Zero prequel, and he returns to write Tales from the Drift joined by Joshua Hale Fialkov and cements his position as the man who makes this world work. Marcos Marz and Marcelo Maiolo provide illustrations and color, respectively, creating a gorgeous world of massive jaegers and hulking kaiju. Both kaiju and jaegers are drawn with bold lines and bright, solid backgrounds to make them really stand out, making for dynamic and easy to follow fight scenes. In the early stages of the series it isn’t entirely clear where the focus lies – we don’t know much about the human pilots we’re seeing aside from they met when one of the first kaiju exited the Breach and attacked a submarine, and now they’re a married couple taking on alien monsters together. Many kaiju stories leave the humans as relatively undeveloped characters, basic ciphers that hit the plot points they’re required to hit so the story can progress and we can get back to kaiju action, but in these early stages I’m not sure which way Tales is going to go. The first issue opens with an introduction to the married couple who pilot Tacit Ronin, one of the very first jaeger, and spends quite a lot of time on flashbacks explaining how they first met.

The flashbacks are interspersed with present-day monster action but while both timelines are interesting, I found myself wishing the comic would focus on one and stick with it. The problem with exploring a story by alternating timelines is that when in the present day, characters are in danger of drowning, sometimes it’s hard not to think “Do you really have time for a flashback right now?” And then there’s the risk that if the flashbacks don’t make a viewer care about the characters in question, they’ll feel like a waste of time.

At this point, Tales from the Drift is in such an early state that it’s impossible to tell how in-depth it will go when it comes to human character development. Whether we’ll see favorite characters like Mako Mori or Newton Geiszler as the comic progresses is anybody’s guess, given the time jumps we see in the first issue, but the kaiju-versus-robot action is well worth the price of admission and hopefully the human drama will either be just as interesting or mercifully short. Pacific Rim is at its best when a balance between human drama and monster action is found, and if this team can manage that in the comic book series as well then Tales From the Drift will be in great shape.

Story: Travis Beacham, Joshua Hale Fialkov Art: Marcos Maz, Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for?

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Kotaku – Transformers Pens Are More Than Meets The Eye – I want! That Nemesis Prime one is so cool.

CBR – “Constantine” Scheduled for Late October Debut – Around Halloween, and pretty sure that’s when Grimm debuted last year.

The Beat – Legendary Comics teams with Penguin Random House for three more titles – Where is my Pacific Rim ongoing!!!!

Complex Popculture – Shut Yo’ Mouth: “Shaft” Is Returning As A Comic Book – I can dig it.


Around the Tubes Reviews

ScienceFiction.com – Avengers #30

CBR – Harbinger #23

CBR – Ms. Marvel #4

NYCC 2012 – Tim Bradstreet cover image for The Tower Chronicles Revealed at Legendary Comics

Tim Bradstreet has entered the fray as the third world famous comic book artist to create a cover for Legendary Comics The Tower Chronicles. The cover was revealed for the first time yesterday at Legendary’s New York Comic Con panel.

With a lead character created by Legendary founder Thomas Tull and developed by Tull and Matt Wagner, The Tower Chronicles creates a new mythology on familiar worlds through a unique take on the bounty hunter storyline.

The first volume in the series, The Tower Chronicles: Geisthawk, hit stores at the end of last month. The book featured a cover by Jim Lee. The second volume, which is due to hit stores in November, has a cover drawn by Alex Ross.

NYCC 2012 – Guillermo del Toro and Grant Morrison Announce New Projects for Legendary Comics

Film Director Guillermo del Toro and comic creator Grant Morrison were on hand at Legendary Comics’ pre-New York Comic-Con media event to announce two all-new projects for the comics division of Legendary Entertainment. The announcements come on the heels of the launch of the first volume of The Tower Chronicles, Legendary’s first original IP release written by Matt Wagner and drawn by Simon Bisley.

With these two projects added to the slate, Legendary is poised for an impressive 2013 with projects also being released by Mark Waid, Max Brooks, and Shane Davis and J. Michael Straczynski as well as further releases from The Tower Chronicles.

Pacific Rim Graphic Novel

As fans continue to soak in all new details regarding Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures upcoming motion picture release Pacific Rim, del Toro used New York Comic-Con to announce the Pacific Rim graphic novel. A must-read for anyone who wants to see the movie, the graphic novel will serve as a prequel, providing important details on the characters and the lead up to the story arc of the movie. Written by the film’s writer Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), the graphic novel is written in three distinct parts – covering the in-world history from the first attack up to just before the movie,

Each part tells a complete episode of that history, dipping selectively in and out of character backstories and sometimes focusing on new characters who aren’t necessarily in the movie. The idea is to expand the universe and explore how this war has affected not only our heroes, but the world beyond the film. That said, Stacker Pentecost’s origin will figure into all three parts, tracking his journey to high-ranking commander.


Morrison brings to the pages a thrilling story starring wild-living screenwriter Ray Spass, who has one last chance to save his career as he struggles to write a new studio tent-pole movie, Annihilator.

The film centers around the incredible adventures of Max Nomax; a sci-fi rebel anti-hero who’s condemned to a haunted prison orbiting a supermassive black hole, following an epic struggle against the all-knowing, all–powerful artificial life form VADA and his squad of deadly Annihilators. Found guilty of the Greatest Crime in History, Nomax has vowed to clear his name by discovering a Cure for Death itself and resurrecting his lost love.

But with deadlines looming and a recently-diagnosed brain tumor, Spass is running out of time and inspiration – until the real Max Nomax mysteriously appears in the world of 21st century Los Angeles with no memory of how he got there, only a terrifying warning of imminent destruction and a mission for Ray Spass.

Ray’s tumor is the key—it contains all the information of Nomax’s adventures, uploaded into Ray’s head before Nomax made his great escape.  Now, Ray has to finish his screenplay in order to get the information out of his head and shrink the tumor. Nomax needs Ray to finish the screenplay so he can remember how to defeat VADA and ultimately save the universe from extinction – if Makro, the unstoppable rogue Annihilator, doesn’t kill get to them first, that is.

But who or what is Max Nomax really?  And why is it the more we learn, the less we want to know?  A heart-stopping suspense thriller. A love story. An impossible mystery. A tale of vengeance and defiance – bargains and consequences – life and death – good and evil.

SDCC 2012 – Legendary Comics Debuts The Tower Chronicles Exclusively on comiXology

Legendary Comics today debuted their new comic The Tower Chronicles exclusively on comiXology. This is the first preview of the first twelve pages of The Tower Chronicles. Legendary’s latest comic book series co-created by Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull and written by Matt Wagner, with art by Simon Bisley. And for those fans attending San Diego Comic-Con, you can stop by the Legendary booth, #3920, and experience The Tower Chronicles Preview on LG mobiles devices through the comiXology app.

The Tower Chronicles Preview is available for free download today.

Launching this September, The Tower Chronicles explores the history and adventures of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter with a grim and secretive past. Written by Matt Wagner, the creator of Grendel and Mage, and co-created with Thomas Tull, Executive Producer of 300 & The Dark Knight, featuring stunning art by acclaimed 2000 AD & Lobo artist Simon Bisley, The Tower Chronicles sets a new standard in supernatural action/adventure.

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The weekend is here!  Yay!

Around the Blogs:

The Beat – Waid launches Thrillbent digital comics portalInteresting to see how this does.

Bleeding Cool – Simon Bisley, Matt Wagner And Jim Lee Are Legendary In SeptemberInteresting….

The Beat – C2E2 Day One: like an antReally should have gone to this.

Bleeding Cool – Diamond Chicago Retailer Summit: One On One With The PublishersInteresting write up.

Comics Alliance – Marvel’s Kevin Feige Confirms ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Movie DevelopmentCan’t wait to see this.

Bleeding Cool – C2E2: The Kickstarter Panel – Turning It Into A LivingDespite some issues, I still have high hopes.

News4Jax – 9-year-old with Aspergers develops comic bookFantastic to see stuff like this.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

ICv2 – A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1 HC

CBR – Saucer Country #2

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It’s Tuesday and I’ve barely covered from New York Comic Con.  You’ll start seeing my coverage of the show starting today, along with a lot of reviews I wrote on my way to and back from the show.  In the mean time, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – So, What Makes Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 So Ultimate?Wait for the next one which will be “super colossal”…

Kotaku – Here’s What You Need to Know About Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’s Heroes and Heralds ModeYou also need to know you’ll lose to a 6 year old online…

Kotaku – Activision Promises Amazing Spider-Man Will Have More Web-Slinging than Its PredecessorsIsn’t this said every Spidey game?

Marketwatch – General Mills and DC Entertainment Join Forces to Promote Reading Among Children – Anything to get the kids reading….

Con Coverage:

Think Progress – New York Comic Con Report: PBS’s Great-Looking Upcoming Superhero Documentary

ICv2 – NYCC Friday Photos, Part 2

ICv2 – NYCC Friday Photos, Part 1

Comicvine – New York Comic Con 2011 Cosplay Gallery

Spandexless – NYCC Aftermath: Signal to Noise in the midst of Spandex

The Beat – NYCC drew 105,000

MTV Geek – Is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo A Superhero? NYCC Panelists Debate

CBR – NYCC: Vertigo Envisions Its 2012 Lineup

MTV Geek – VIZ NYCC Announcements: Loveless, Voltron, Naruto, Jiu Jiu, And More!

Spandexless – Unauthorized Dispatches, New York Comic Con: First Pants, Then Shoes

CBR – NYCC: Kirkman is Skybound in New York

MTV Geek – New York Comic Con Gets Legendary With Frank Miller and More – Panel Recap

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Major Spoilers – Grimm Fairy Tales – Inferno One-Shot

Major Spoilers – Salem’s Daughter – The Haunting #2

NYCC 11 – Legendary Comics Panel Brings Never Before Seen Artwork, Surprise Guests and More to New York Comic Con 2011

Official Press Release

Legendary Comics Panel Brings Never Before Seen Artwork, Surprise Guests and More to New York Comic Con 2011

Burbank, CA – October 15, 2011 – Legendary Comics today introduced a slew of never before seen artwork from the company’s upcoming slate, surprise guests, new projects, and a gathering of top-tier, iconic comic talent to eager fans at New York Comic Con.

Comic authority Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist) moderated the panel which consisted of Frank Miller, who just recently launched Holy Terror with Legendary Comics and whose other esteemed works include Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, as well as Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief, Bob Schreck, Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel, Sandman), Paul Pope (Batman Year 100, Heavy Liquid) and special, surprise guest Michael Kaluta (Sandman, The Shadow).

Among some of the offerings Legendary had to offer fans was the announcement that Legendary Comics will be releasing a re-issue of Paul Pope’s One Trick Rip Off in spring 2012. As part of the announcement, Legendary revealed that this will be the first time One Trick Rip Off will be released in color and with new material. Legendary also showcased new art for Paul Pope’s book, PulpHope coming this November, and Matt Wagner’s special process of writing scripts for his works. Wagner is also writing the The Tower Chronicles, coming from Legendary summer 2012, with artist Simon Bisley and developed with Legendary’s Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull. In addition, Kaluta, who was a surprise guest at the event, unveiled renderings for his Paradise Lost graphic novel based on the epic poem by 17th-century English poet John Milton.

Legendary Comics will release more art from One Trick Rip Off and PulpHope on the company’s Facebook page next week.

Legendary Entertainment (Booth #530) is hosting numerous giveaways throughout New York Comic Con and has added a special signing with Michael Kaluta on Sunday October 16, 2011 from 1-2 PM.

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About Legendary Comics

Legendary Comics is a division of Legendary Entertainment, a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment. Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Paradise Lost directed by Alex Proyas; Seventh Son directed by Sergei Bodrov; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. With partner Warner Bros., Legendary’s productions include the upcoming Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro, the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), 300 ($456 million worldwide), The Hangover ($467 million worldwide), and the recent smash hit, The Hangover Part II ($575 million worldwide), which holds the distinction of posting the highest opening weekend gross ever for a comedy film.

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