Tag Archives: michael avon oeming

Magnetic Press announces Black Box Chronicles, a new sci-fi anthology

Magnetic Press has announced the upcoming premiere of their first original production in partnership with Horrible FutureBlack Box Chronicles, a science-fiction anthology that spans multiple generations in mankind’s expansion into space and beyond the stars. Developed by Horrible Future founders Mark Schey and Chris Northrop, the anthology serves as an introduction to the sprawling drama and high-concept fiction that will be explored in a multi-media plan that includes print, digital, audio, video, and interactive elements.

Black Box Chronicles is set in the future age known as The Great Outward Expansion wherein mankind has not only left earth to colonize other planets but other star systems as well. Humanity’s natural instinct to explore is given free reign through exponentially advancing technology, reaching new plateaus of knowledge faster than anyone could have imagined. But regardless of how much data and processing power civilization achieves, there remains one barrier that can only be crossed in one direction: the one separating life and death. But one Scavenger believes he may be able to solve life’s biggest mystery by assembling scraps of data from a variety of Black Boxes recovered from several centuries’ worth of spacecraft that all share a secret connection, one that may answer the question of what happens in our final moments when we pass into “The Great Dark.”

Told by a creative team of some of the comic industry’s most talented artists and writers, this collection of 15 interconnected short stories set the historical groundwork for the Black Box Universe. Horrible Future founders Mark Schey and Chris Northrop have gathered a roster of seasoned talent from around the world, including David Mack, Michael Avon OemingZach HowardEryk DonovanMarco Fodera, Gavin Smith, Toru Terada, David Messina, Giovanni Rigano, Drew Moss, Christian Dibari, Taki Soma, and Mario Alberti.
In addition to the anthology, a world-building Art Book entitled Black Box Design Space will be released featuring an encyclopedic look at the various devices, locations, and technologies that make up this new future setting. Fully illustrated by concept artist Shane Molinathis supplemental volume will further immerse readers into the world of Black Box through rich cutaway schematics and lore that add further dimension and layers to the mysteries explored in the anthology.

In addition to the anthology and encyclopedia, additional supplementary content is in development, including original music by one of the fictional characters, longform prose short stories, and tabletop roleplaying materials using Magnetic’s D6MV System based on the classic D6 System by West End Games.

Black Box Chronicles will debut on Kickstarter on Tuesday May 16th with special limited hardcover editions of both the anthology and the Design Space art book. The campaign-exclusive hardcover edition of the anthology will feature artwork by David Mack, while the general trade paperback edition will feature artwork by Shane Molina. A limited, deluxe slipcase set will feature both hardcover books inside a blue foil-laden slipcase with magnetic closure. Other campaign exclusives will include resin miniatures of some of the ships and drones featured in the series, a deck of premium playing cards featuring design motifs and artwork from inside the universe, and other unlockable bonus items that will be revealed at launch.

Mother Russia and more from CEX Publishing in June 2023


Written & Illustrated by JEFF MCCOMSEY
Retailer Price: $4.99
On Sale 07/26

One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies! As a zombie apocalypse breaks out in WWII, a Soviet sniper risks her life to protect an innocent baby boy. From Jeff McCommsey, the creator behind the hit MOTHER RUSSIA: WINTER SPECIAL and introducing rising star guest cover artist Ugis Berzins!

Don’t miss the 1-in-10 incentive cover by Michael Avon Oeming!

Lunar Product Codes 0423CX244 /  0423CX245 /  0423CX246

Cover A: 79394597460300111
Cover B: 79394597460300121
Cover C: 79394597460300131


Written & Illustrated by JOSEPH SCHMALKE
Retailer Price: $4.99
On Sale 07/26

Months have passed since the massacre at the Academy of Black Magic where seven children lost their lives. Now someone is sabotaging other students leading to deadly results. A mysterious and disturbed class member, Zero, is under suspicion as the possible saboteur while Matthew and the other apprentice mages prepare to be tested and placed into one of five houses.

Featuring a 1:10 variant cover by horror-Meister Richard Pace!

Lunar Product Codes 0423CX247 /  0423CX248 /  0423CX249

Cover A: 79394597454200311
Cover B: 79394597454200321
Cover C: 79394597454200331



Retailer Price: $22.95
On Sale 07/26

In the Vikingverse, the Norse rule the stars with restless fleets and an iron will. But when the thralls rebel, turning to the artifice of Norns to help them escape their bondage, the natural order is thrown into chaos.

ISBN 978-1-954255-16-6

Blue Book #1 is a bumpy start

Blue Book #1

I’m a bit of a sucker for “true stories” of alien contact and abductions. There’s a campiness about them that’s fun mixed with a “is it real or not” aspect. Blue Book #1 promises a “nonfiction comic book experience depicting true stories of UFO abductions with an eye to capturing the strange essence of those encounters.” And it’s start is intriguing but a bit of a letdown at the same time.

Written by James Tynion IV, Blue Book #1 follows the infamous Betty and Barney Hill abduction. In an “Unsolved Mysteries” sort of way, the comic first sets out to make it clear that Betty and Barney are two upstanding and outstanding individuals. These aren’t cranks or conspiracy theorists, they’re two very ordinary individuals with fantastic jobs. It lays out its case as to why we should believe their story. From there, it follows their journey home and an encounter with a strange object. It’s the setup… unfortunately it’s a bit slow and lacks tension to really make it stand out.

Part of that issue is the art from Michael Avon Oeming. While it’s good. There’s something that doesn’t quite click building up the eventual encounter. You don’t get a sense of worry from Betty or Barney. There’s lack of fear that it really might be something else that might really harm them. Overall, it’s two people driving that see something weird in the sky. And by the end of this particular chapter, the build up visually feels like it doesn’t surprise or hook you. Part of that is Oeming shows the object and shows it often. The reader knows what it is before they do so the “reveal” has already happened taking away the vital aspect for the story.

The backup story features Tynion with art by Klaus Janson. Aditya Bidikar provides lettering for both. It takes us to Coney Island and some of the oddities featured there and its history. It has a Ripley’s Believe it or Not aspect to it that slightly undermines the nonfiction aspect of the main story. It also has nothing to do with aliens but is just “True Weird”. While it’s entertaining in its weird history, it feels like it clashes a bit with the featured story. As part of “weird tales” anthology, it’d be great, but here, it feels a little out of place.

Blue Book #1 is an interesting start but doesn’t quite abduct me and take me away in the mothership. The main story’s rather abrupt ending is a bit jarring and the build up, while good, is a bit too slow to leave things where they’re at. This might be one that’s a bit more enjoyable when the you can read it all at once.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Michael Avon Oeming, Klaus Janson Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Dark Horse presents a “Blue Book: evening with James Tynion IV and Michael Avon Oeming at the Hollywood Theatre

Dark Horse presents a special event at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon celebrating James Tynion IV and Michael Avon Oeming’s upcoming “true weird” series, Blue Book! On March 15, 2023, explore the strange and supernatural with a screening of Spielberg’s classic film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, followed by a discussion of the new comic series Blue Book with creators Tynion and Oeming, hosted by David F. Walker

A special event-exclusive variant of Blue Book #2 will be available, featuring a unique cover by Oeming. Fans can pre-order up to five copies of this exclusive comic with ticket purchase or buy them at the event (limit 5 per person overall). This special variant is limited to just 500 copies total, available for purchase from Dark Horse and Things From Another World only as part of this event.

Event details: On March 15, doors at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97212) will open at 6 pm, followed by the film beginning at 7 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served. Following the showing of Close Encounters, comic creators James Tynion IV and Michael Avon Oeming will be joined by David F. Walker on stage for a live Q&A session about their comic series, Blue Book.

Tickets can be purchased at thehollywoodtheatre.org.

Blue Book #2 variant cover

Director Stanley Bowman faked the Moon landing! Find out the truth in Project Monarch in September

Michael Avon Oeming and Victor Santos are ready to get you to believe in anything in their newest graphic novel, Project Monarch! Oeming and Santos team up for a new action satire pitted in the world of conspiracy theories with the two sharing work on art and coloring and Michael Avon Oeming writing the story.

Legendary film director Stanley Bowman has been indoctrinated into a Faustian deal that has ruined his life. He faked the moon landing, manipulated viral celebrity meltdowns, and filmed dozens of conspiracies to serve the goals of the Illuminati. But his loyalty gets called into question when he is forced to create an occult film so powerful the public will fall under complete control. Only his adopted child-star assassins can save him, his family, and expose the truth.

Project Monarch TPB will be available in bookstores September 26, 2023 and in comic shops September 27, 2023. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop and bookstore.

Project Monarch TPB

James Tynion IV is launching a new comic line at Dark Horse

James Tynion IV has always been fascinated by horror and what he calls “true weird,” or the cousin to true crime—strange and unusual events like supernatural and alien encounters—especially after publishing stories like Something is Killing the Children, The Nice House on the Lake, and The Department of Truth. Now, Tynion, Tiny Onion Studios, and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to bring deeply weird non-fiction and high concept coming-of-age monster stories to print in a new line! Featuring new and previously published creator-owned work from the mind of James Tynion IV, the new line begins with Blue Book in February 2023 and The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos in June 2023. Both were originally published on Substack, but will soon be available in print for the first time.

In Blue Book, Tynion explores strange but true stories of aliens and the supernatural. The first series details Betty and Barney Hill’s abduction encounter, also known as the first widely-publicized abduction that went on to shape and influence all future encounter stories. Teaming up with Tynion on this tale are artist Michael Avon Oeming and letterer Aditya Bidikar. Included at the end of every issue will be a short comic called “True Weird,” the first of which is called True Weird: Coney Island by Tynion, Klaus Janson, and Bidikar.

The next series to be published will be The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos, an LGBTQ+ horror-hero coming-of-age series that’s Invincible meets Doom Patrol. The concept was created by James Tynion IV and written by Tate Brombal with art by Isaac Goodhart, colors by Kurt Michael Russell, and letters by Aditya Bidikar.

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos focuses on the lonely teenage mad scientist, Christopher Chaos. When the cute boy at high school turns out to be a deadly creature, Christopher finds himself pitted in a world of monsters, heroes, and a cult of hunters out to kill them all.

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1

Blue Book #1 (of 5) will be available in print starting February 22, 2023 and will include three variant covers: a foil variant by Michael Avon Oeming and variants by Dave Johnson and Jill ThompsonThe Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1 (of 5) will be available June 7, 2023.

Comics 420: Bluntman and Chronic, the heroes weed deserves

Bluntman and Chronic
Bluntman and Chronic TPB cover

Growing up in the 90’s meant Jay and Silent Bob were going to be around one way or another. As a kid who listened to grunge (mostly thanks to my brother), saw weird movies, and went to schools that were basically encased in giant clouds of marihuana smoke, Kevin Smith’s own Jersey stoners were a kind of guide through the ganja mists. They taught me not to demonize weed and not to judge those who partook in it, to ignore the exaggerated fears politicians manufactured for campaigning purposes. They taught me how to wade through the bullshit.

Alas, I never became a weed smoker nor a master roller of blunts (for reasons entirely my own) which might make me the wrong person to write about Jay and Silent Bob. Regardless, I do want to celebrate them this 4/20 for their contributions in making me be at ease around marihuana enthusiasts at a young age, for helping me to never discriminate against righteous stoners who freely exercised their right to get high. Weed’s dynamic duo would make sure I became lifelong friends with them and, for the most part, I can gladly say I still am. They also got me to enjoy the raunchiest of jokes, in any situation (no matter how sacrilegious).

In comes Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back movie tie-in comic, Bluntman and Chronic, a comic that can do for many what the movies did for me.

Published by Image Comics in 2001 (the same year Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back had its theatrical run), Bluntman and Chronic was written by Smith and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming with a backup story drawn by Michael Allred (who designed Jay and Silent Bob’s superhero costumes). Well, in reality they were written and illustrated by Banky Edwards and Holden McNeil, if you’re in the know (meaning you’ve seen the movies). Chasing Amy fans will know this to be correct, but that’s a debate for another time.

Bluntman and Chronic

The comic follows Jay and Silent Bob’s transformation into the titular superheroes and their subsequent encounter with the evil League of Shitters, composed of the duo’s rogues gallery. Among those villains is Cock-Knocker (played by Mark Hamill in Strike Back), the Joker to Jay and Silent Bob’s Batman and Robin.

Initially, Chronic (Jay) decides he can use his new vigilante status to steal industrial amounts of Viagra and limited edition copies of valuable comics to sell on Ebay while Bluntman (Silent Bob) tags along in disbelief and confusion. The rogues find their origin stories here, in these acts of “vigilantism.” Their supervillain identities are owed to accidental brushes with the duo in which conveniently placed vats of acid change their bodies and give them some kind of penis power or an annoying internet blogger-related appendage to enact their dark and horny intentions. Dickhead, for instance, is a villain that got his head turned into a dick after falling into one such vat. He can get too excited and erupt, like any god-fearing penis is supposed to.

I can go on forever picking apart all the details behind this while enjoying every minute of it, but I won’t. You’re probably on your fourth, fifth, sixth (and beyond) blunt by now and the munchies must be hitting hard. I’ll get to the point.


In issue #1 of the comic, Jay and Silent Bob are put through a gauntlet of potential origin stories that are taken straight out of Marvel and DC Comics. They range from Jay ignoring the ring of a dead Green Lantern to Jay killing a radioactive spider that was on its way to give Silent Bob powers that required some kind of responsibility, or whatever. After going through a few of them, they land on a drug trial for the creation of super soldiers. Here’s where stuff gets interesting.

Jay and Silent Bob, eager to get all of $10 for their participation in the trials, realize the drug comes only in the form of an injection. In other words, it can’t be smoked. That’s not good. The serum doesn’t really mesh with their preferred form of bliss and, on top of that, you can’t roll it into a joint.

It is at this moment that Jay makes one of the most important statements in comic book history, perhaps in all of fiction. “We’re stoners. We get lit. We don’t shoot shit. Losers are users, and users are losers. We’re just saying ‘no,’ yo. Later for you, ya fucking dope fiends.”

Simple but oh so fucking powerful. Weed’s not bad, and it’s definitely not worse than shooting up poison into your veins. There’s a line to be drawn in the enjoyment of highness and dope is where the buck stops. The answers lie in the smoke, in the puff that comes from within after taking a hit from a freshly rolled blunt. It that moment, Jay and Silent Bob became Bluntman and Chronic. The rest is up in smoke, off to the land of myths and legends.

In a sense, Jay and Silent Bob have always represented the infinite powers of weed, their mind-altering abilities. Not unlike Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agammoto, a source of mystical power capable of making stoners into wizards of the real and the unreal. Or just something that turns a regular hangout into a funnier one. And isn’t that enough?


Because of scenes like these in the comics and in the movies, Jay and Silent Bob turned something potentially scary into something mystical to be either enjoyed directly or peripherally (in my case). They do the opposite of demonization. Instead, they open the door to acceptance, to embracing the gift of nature’s own version of ambrosia for mortals. Do not fear the blunt. Become the blunt. Or at the very least, support it.

Preview: World of Krypton #5

World of Krypton #5

Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming

As Kryptonians suffer the effects of the planet’s deterioration, they lose faith in their leaders. But taking to the streets in protest puts them in Zod’s crosshairs. With his own people as his enemy, will he curb his brutality? Meanwhile, Jor-El is distracted by matters of a more personal nature!

World of Krypton #5

Doug Moench’s Aztec Ace Will be Collected for the First Time

Aztec Ace, the cult classic from the mind of comics legend Doug Moench, is reprinted for the first time in Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection. A collaboration between Dark Horse Comics and IT’S ALIVE!Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection is an archival hardcover that restores all 500+ pages of Moench’s fan-favorite time travel adventure series.

First published by Eclipse Comics in 1984, Aztec Ace is an action-packed, intellectual, time-travel adventure starring Caza (AKA Ace) as he travels between the Aztec Empire and his home in the 23rd century. Ace, along with his pupil Bridget Chronopolis and his navigator Head (the floating disembodied head of Sigmund Freud), struggles to save his dimension from time paradoxes created by his enemy, the mysterious Nine-Crocodile.

Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection hardcover collects the full fifteen-issue run for the first time, and includes a bonus Aztec Ace short story by Moench and Tim Sale, a pin-up gallery featuring new artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz, ChrisCross, Dan Day, Jeff Lemire, Joe Staton, Jok, Kelley Jones, Matt Kindt, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Wm Kaluta, Paul Gulacy, Paul Pope, Ron Harris, and more!

Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection hardcover will be available at comic shops on July 20, 2022, and from bookstores August 2, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection hardcover will retail for $79.99.

Aztec Ace
« Older Entries