In celebration of Top Cow Productions and Image Comics’ 30th anniversary,Cyberforce is being collected in a special action-packed 664 page hardcover collection of the original stories that launched the Top Cow Universe. The original Cyberforce run features the work of legendary creators Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Walter Simonson, David Finch, Joe Chiodo, Scott Williams, Brian Haberlin, Joe Benitez, and Michael Turner which has not been reprinted in any format since 1994. Top Cow is inviting fans to take part in the excitement and push how far the campaigns exclusives can be go via Kickstarter stretch goals.
This exclusive Cyberforce Complete Collection Vol. 1 Hardcover Kickstarter collection will feature the cover art by the original series creator and founder of Top Cow and Image Comics, Marc Silvestri with fan favorite colorist Bryan Valenza. In addition, every physical backer will receive a special edition bookplate signed by Marc Silvestri and Kickstarter exclusive dust jacket!
This Kickstarter will just be one of many projects that Top Cow will launch to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Top Cow and Image Comics as they “bring back the ’90s”! Fans should take this once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in Cyberforce Complete Collection Vol. 1 Kickstarter and stay tuned for more news coming soon.
Cyberforce is about a group of cybernetically enhanced resistance fighters on the run from the monolithic multi-national conglomerate CYBERDATA that created them. All the big action, larger-than-life characters you loved return in this gorgeously rendered and assembled first volume of Cyberforce absolute collected editions!
CYBERFORCE #0, CYBERFORCE TIN MEN OF WAR #1-4, THE KILLER INSTINCT CROSSOVER WITH WILDCATS #5-7, CYBERFORCE VOLUME 2 #1-13, CYBERFORCE ORIGINS: #1 CYBLADE, CYBERFORCE ORIGINS #2 STRYKER and the CYBERFORCE ANNUAL #1.
Artist Sal Abbinanti and writer Andrew Dabb are bringing their cult classic comic Atomika: God is Redto Kickstarter, with an all-new, massive omnibus edition that includes rare and never-before-seen art by legendary illustrators Tim Bradstreet, Claudio Castellini, Gene Colan, Darwyn Cooke, Glenn Fabry, David Mack, Eric Powell, John Romita Sr., Alex Ross, Steve Rude, Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Turner, and more! Originally self-published between 2005 and 2011, the cold war era sci-fi superhero comicfeatures Atomika, the modern god of the 20th Century Soviet Union, battling the old mythological gods of Slavic Russia. The Atomika: God is Red Omnibus Editionfeatures more than 75 pages of new art, the entire 12 issue series, and a stunning wraparound cover by award-winning artist Alex Ross.
Atomika: God is Redis written by Andrew Dabb, a writer for CW’s Supernatural and Netflix’s upcoming Resident Evil series, and was dreamed up and illustrated by Sal Abbinanti, a Chicago native and the art rep for comic book superstars Alex Ross and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Abbinanti began working on Atomika more than a decade ago in his spare time, in airports, and at comic book conventions where he met many of the most celebrated artists in the industry, including Simone Bianchi, Simon Bisley, Tim Bradstreet, Claudio Castellini, Travis Charest, Gene Colan, Glenn Fabry, Gary Gianni, David Mack, Angel Medina, Eddy Newell, Alex Nino, Lucio Parrillo, Eric Powell, John Romita Sr., Steve Rude, Arthur Suydam, and Michael Turner, each of whom contributed pin-ups or covers to the series which can be seen in the book’s gallery.
In Atomika: God is Red, Atomika is the first man-made deity—the God of Technology and the 21st Century. One-by-one, the nations of the world have fallen before him. Now, with the Red Empire spanning the globe, Atomika has turned his attention to the ancient gods of his Russian homeland, the very beings he seeks to replace. Despite his multiple victories, Atomika begins to have doubts about his mission.
With the entire world broken at his feet, Atomika stands at the center of a global red empire, loved and worshipped by billions. But danger lurks in the shadows. Some believe Atomika has outlived his usefulness—that he’s a danger to the new world order—and they’ll stop at nothing to destroy him. Atomika has defeated gods, armies and nations, but now he faces his most dangerous enemies…those closest to him. His friends, his family and for the first time, Atomika is forced to wonder: Is he truly a God or monster?
TheAtomika: God is Red Omnibus crowdfunding campaign is live now with pledge tiers ranging from a digital edition to a signed print edition, those with original artwork by Abbinanti to a tier including a collectible trading card set featuring Atomika covers by classic Silver Age artists including Claudio Castellini, Ernie Chan, Gene Colan, Gary Gianni, Alex Nino, John Romita Sr., and Sanjulian to tiers featuring limited edition 7×10 prints showcasing artwork by many of the most celebrated artists in the industry including Alex Ross, Glen Fabry, Michael Turner, Darwyn Cooke, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Tim Bradstreet.
Written by Candace Schuler Art by Misao Hoshiai Purchase
Tara Charming is a beautiful actress who often plays the role of seductress and is labeled as the industry’s femme fatale. She can endure the rumors to get her name out to the public, but she can’t stand being misunderstood by a colleague! She finally earns an opportunity to be the lead actress in a highly anticipated film by the famous Kingston family, but she can’t focus on her acting after the cameraman, Gage Kingston, misjudges her. Since Gage believes what the tabloids write about her, he assumes Tara is a seductress who tries to sleep with every male costar, and he wants to keep her away from his brother and the lead actor, Pierce Kingston. Seeing Tara in a love scene with Pierce irritates Gage, and Tara can’t concentrate with Gage staring at her… Could this be the start of their romance?
Spider-Man Family: Untold Team-Ups
Written by Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Kevin Grevioux, Jeff Parker Art by Rick Burchett, Chris Eliopoulos, Chris Giarrusso, Leonard Kirk Cover by Mike Wieringo Purchase
Collects Spider-Man Family (2007) #4-6.
A heaping helping of timeless tales of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! Peter Parker has a wonderful evening lined up for Mary Jane that starts with a horse-carriage ride to a popular Broadway show. But then the stage magic becomes terrifyingly real and it’s Spider-Man who has a date – with the secret super team known as the Agents of Atlas! The action continues with an all-new untold tale featuring Spidey and that magical master, Dr. Strange! The good Doc ain’t feeling so well, so here’s hoping ol’ Web Head can cure what ails him in time to fight off EVERY mystical demon in the universe! And finally, (ribbit) it’s time for a team-up, Spidey! (ribbit) Let’s see…Iron Man’s busy (ribbit), Captain America’s a little under the weather (ribbit), the FF are doing their own (ribbit) thing…who’s not busy this month? (ribbit) FROG THOR!!!!!!!! Plus: an all-new Mini Marvel tale and a backup story featuring Man-Wolf!
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 1
Written by Sean McKeever Art by Norman Lee, Takeshi Miyazawa Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa Purchase
Collects Mary Jane #1-4, Mary Jane: Homecoming #1-4, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #1-5.
Whether she’s going to school or hanging out with her friends at the Coffee Bean, Mary Jane Watson is always the center of attention. But what no one knows is that this gorgeous redhead’s exuberant personality is a shell designed to make her forget about life’s harsh realities. From her social life to her undying interest in becoming an actress to her crush on that costumed crime-fighter who swings along the New York City rooftops, it’s clear Mary Jane just wants to escape. Join MJ, Harry Osborn, Liz Allen, Flash Thompson and Harry’s nerdy friend, Peter Parker, as they experience the thrilling highs and the crushing lows of high-school existence in this electric teen drama!
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Collection Vol. 2
Written by Sean McKeever Art by Valentine De Landro, David Hahn, Takeshi Miyazawa Cover by Takeshi Miyazawa Purchase
Collects Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #6-20.
There’s a new girl at Midtown High. Her name’s Gwen Stacy, and she has her sights set on Peter Parker! What’s a lovesick Mary Jane to do? Plus: Mary Jane Watson wasn’t always the girl she is today. How did she become the sort of person to push her problems away rather than face them? And how is it that Peter Parker, Spider-Man and Spidey’s origin itself all play pivotal roles? See the birth of the greatest modern super hero like you’ve never seen it before! Then, take a look at Mary Jane through the eyes of her supporting cast. What do they think of her, especially now that she’s…changed? And what does this change mean for her relationship with Peter Parker? Plus: Gwen Stacy has a problem with Peter, and MJ has a secret. And what’s the story between Mary Jane and Peter in the aftermath of recent shocking revelations? Between Peter and Gwen? Between Liz and – Oh, who CARES?! Is that FIRESTAR?! What’s the second most awesome redhead in the world got planned for Spidey this time? Well, we’re sure not gonna tell you here!
Star Brand Classic Vol. 1
Written by Jim Shooter Art by John Romita Jr. Cover by John Romita Jr. Purchase
Collects Starbrand #1-7.
A New Universe is born as Pittsburgh mechanic Ken Connell is gifted with the strange superhuman abilities of the Star Brand! As he struggles to come to grips with his newfound powers in an all-too-real world without super heroes, Ken battles terrorists and paranormals, survives a point-blank nuclear explosion, blows up a mountain on the moon…and single-handedly attacks Libya!
Written by Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson Art by Phil Briones Cover by Michael Turner Purchase
Collects Sub-Mariner (2007) #1-6.
The King has returned! Fresh off of his key appearances in CIVIL WAR and WOLVERINE, Marvel’s first mutant returns in his own series that will forever change the way we look at Namor and Atlantis. A horrendous terrorist attack has struck the U.S., and all clues point to an Atlantean sleeper cell’s involvement. Now, Namor and Atlantis find themselves in the crosshairs of S.H.I.E.L.D. But is Namor to blame for the attack? Or is this just the first strike in a dark coup orchestrated by those within Atlantis who would see Namor stripped of his title and his kingdom? The half-human, half-Atlantean son of two worlds must now race between the sea and the surface to track down those responsible for the attack before Tony Stark, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – a.k.a. Iron Man – takes him down! Written by Matt Cherniss and Peter Johnson (POWERLESS) with art by the internationally acclaimed Phil Briones (WHITE TIGER)!
The Spaniard’s Inconvenient Wife Vol. 1: The Alcolar Family
Written by Kate Walker Art by Nanao Hidaka Purchase
In a bid to fix up Estrella’s damaged reputation, her father decides to marry her off to the highest bidder. He makes a deal with Ramon, a successful Spaniard who is only interested in buying the family’s company. Estrella won’t be forced into anything…yet she finds herself falling for Ramon. Will he fall for her, too, or does he only care about acquiring her father’s company?
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Aspen Comics has launched a Kickstarter campaign focused on their founder and superstar artist, the late Michael Turner. Michael Turner Creations is Aspen’s most ambitious publication to date.
Michael Turner Creations is a prestige format oversized hardcover with slipcase collecting all of Michael Turner’s iconic Aspen Comics work, highlighted by his flagship creations Fathom and Soulfire, as well as his work on the EkosPreview. This 600-plus page hardcover will include the entirety of Fathom and Soulfire volume one, the best-selling volumes of each respective series. In addition to the aforementioned material, the publisher is including a foreword by Michael Turner’s mother, Grace Crick, along with the founder of Marvel Studios’ David Maisel, the chief architect of the Turner-verse, the planned feature film slate by Mythos Studios based upon Turner’s work.
Aspen has brought on some of their best-selling cover artists such as Siya Oum, Alex Konat, Jordan Gunderson, Talent Caldwell, and Tyler Kirkham, in addition to high-profile artists such as David Mack and Kendrick Lim for their first-ever Aspen covers, a variety of Michael Turner Creations dust jackets available exclusively in the Kickstarter campaign. Plus, the publisher will be offering a special signed dust jacket by legendary artist Alex Ross.
For the first time in Aspen’s history, the publisher is opening up their vaulted Michael Turner original art collection from his personal sketchbook and offering a selection of original layouts, sketches and fully illustrated pieces drawn by Turner across multiple reward tiers. This selection of original art and sketches dates back to Turner’s classic Witchblade run and into his Fathom and Soulfire work, then into his later years on the iconic Marvel and DC Comics titles such as Civil War and Identity Crisis. Aspen strongly encourages interested Michael Turner Original Art buyers to finalize and select the reward tier of their choice as early as possible before they sell out.
The publisher is also debuting several new Aspen Comics merchandise including featured items such as a “Grace” from Soulfire plush doll, new Aspen Comics Fathom and Soulfire acrylic figures, Kickstarter exclusive comics, and several new Michael Turner related items and products for purchase as add-ons.
writer: Erik Burnham artist: Jonathan Lau covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Alé Garza (C), Kunkka (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (E) Derrick Chew #4 Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Derrick Chew Monochromatic #4 Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Lucio Parrillo (RI/BW), Alan Quah “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: Adam Hughes (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Michael Turner (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
Red Sonja, paired with the half-vampire Chastity, is on the path to setting things right, restoring the timeline and hopefully saving humanity in the process. But Chastity isn’t the only strange visitor from another time; Jade, Evil Ernie, and Purgatori have all come to Hyboria as well, and they’ve taken a shine to the savage world as an easy place to indulge their dangerous natures. They may not take so well to the notion of going home. (Plus, Ernie gets to ride a dragon, which is almost impossible where he comes from.) The She-Devil’s adventure in the Age of Chaos continues here!
A Facebook page name was the first tip-off but it’s official! DC Collectibles, known for its iconic lines of collectibles, statues and action figures, directly from the source, is returning to the name on which it was founded, DC Direct. The move cements the focus of the line of collectibles as committed to DC material and authenticity of being truly “from the source.”
During New York Toy Fair, DC Direct will display its striking new 2020 action figures and statues in its booth. This year’s lineup will feature an all-new statue line based on The Joker, a revamped Artist Alley line, and additions to expand its best-selling action figure and statue lines including DC Essentials, Batman Black & White,Harley Quinn Red, White & Black,DC Designer Series, DC Bombshells, and more.
The Batman Black & White and Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statue series lines have been a success so it’s only fitting that The Joker gets his own statue line to be based on the iconic images of the Super-Villain from the DC Comics pages. The series will appropriately be named The Joker Clown Prince of Crime. The inaugural figure is based on the iconic image of The Joker by Brian Bolland. Follow Bolland will be statues by Jim Lee with a classic comic Joker design that really portrays how creepy the jokester is with oversized features such as hands and feet and Lee Bermejo, perhaps one of the most popular comic illustrators associated with The Joker. Bermejo has designed a statue that will look amazing on any shelf as its displayed in hues of purple and green.
The highly collectible DC Artists Alley line will also undergo a revamp. The line will feature more premium format designs and figures. First out of the gate, The Joker by Brandt Peters. Peters uses his design talents to bring The Joker to life by combining his antique, Victorian style for a truly unique take on the villain. Additional artists joining the DC Artists Alley line include, Brittney Lee, a popular artist who used her talent in paper-craft-style art to create a new take on the famous villainess Catwoman, Patrick Ballesteros, who uses childlike nostalgia and imagination, to bring one back to their younger years will provide his take on the Bat Family including Deathstroke and Robin, and Zach Heffelfinger will provide his take on the Dark Knight. As a character designer for Nickelodeon on SpongeBob SquarePants, Heffelfinger brings about a sense of nostalgia with his stylistic art.
Additional statues and figures debuting at the show include Deadshot, the last character in the Batman Rogues Gallery Multi-Part Statue; A DC Bombshells: Poison Ivy Holiday Variant; new Batman Black & White and Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statues and DC Essentials and Batman The Adventures Continueaction figures.
For the complete list of DC Direct’s items to be on display at New York Toy Fair, see below:
The Joker Clown Prince of Crime Statue Line:
The Joker by Brian Bolland (NY Toy Fair reveal)
The Joker by Jim Lee (NY Toy Fair reveal)
The Joker by Lee Bermejo (NY Toy Fair reveal)
DC Artists Alley Designer Vinyl Figures
The Joker by Brandt Peters (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Catwoman by Brittney Lee (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batman by Zach Heffelfinger (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Bat-Family by Patrick Ballesteros (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batman Rogues Gallery Multi-Part Statue:
Deadshot (NY Toy Fair reveal)
DC Cover Girls Statue Line:
Batgirl by Frank Cho Statue
Supergirl by Frank Cho Statue
Harley Quinn by Frank Cho Statue
Poison Ivy by Frank Cho Statue
Batman Black & White Statue Line:
Batman by Todd McFarlane Statue
Armored Batman by Frank Miller Statue
Batman by Jim Lee Statue
Batmonster by Greg Capullo Statue
Batman by Brian Bolland Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batman Gotham by Gaslight by Mike MignolaStatue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batman by Freddie E. Williams IIIStatue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
DC Essentials Action Figures:
Batman Rebirth Version 2 Action Figure
The Flash Speedforce Action Figure
New 52 Nightwing Action Figure
Superman The Return of Superman Action Figure
DCeased Batman Action Figure
DCeased The Joker Action Figure
DCeased Aquaman Action Figure
DCeased Green Lantern Action Figure
DCeased Harley Quinn Action Figure
DCeased Superman Action Figure
DCeased The Flash Action Figure
DCeased Supergirl Action Figure
Justice League Action Figure 6-Pack (NY Toy Fair reveal)
DC Designer Series Statue Line:
Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Mini Statue
Nightwing by Jim Lee Mini Statue
Batman by Mike Mignola Mini Statue
Batman by Alex Ross Deluxe Statue
Supergirl by Michael Turner Mini Statue
The Batman Who Laughs by Greg Capullo Statue
Catwoman by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau Statue
Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm Mini Statue
Superman vs. The Flash Racing Statue 2nd Edition
Batman vs The Batman Who Laughs Battle Statue
DCeased Batman Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batman The Adventures Continue Action Figures:
The Batman Who Laughs
Talon (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Thomas Wayne Batman (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batgirl (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Robin (Tim Drake) (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Batman The Animates Series Action Figures:
Christmas with The Joker (Metallic Variant) (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Harley Quinn Red, White & Black Statue Line:
Harley Quinn by Steve Pugh
Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner Statue
Harley Quinn by Stanley Lau Statue
Harley Quinn by J. Scott Campbell Statue (NY Toy Fair reveal)
Mythos Studios has announced the creative teams that will be overseeing three films that are in pre-production, two of which are based on comic creator Michael Turner‘s work.
Fathom and Soulfire are both in production and are being worked on together with a focus on a shared universe including crossover events and sequels. Kevin Adams and Joe Ksander will handle both films.
Kristin Fore will be writing the screenplay for Fathom. The story is about Aspen Mathews who’s a marine biologist and discovers she’s a member of an underwater species. The comic was first published in 1998.
Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt will adapt the screenplay for Soulfire. That series debuted in 2003. The story follows Malikai, an orphan who discovers he’s the link to a forgotten age of magic and goes on a quest to restore magic with the help of Grace, a winged goddess.
Mythos Studios was founded by Marvel Studios’ founding chairman David Maisel as well as Scooter Braun, a former manager of such musicians as Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande. The company in March 2018 invested 50% in the comic publisher Aspen Studios who are the ones behind Fathom and Soulfire.
Aspen Comics has recently announced they will be streamlining their 2019 publishing schedule and focusing on their core titles beginning this Spring and Summer. The publisher will be releasing Michael Turner’s Soulfire Volume 8 #1 this summer with an all-new artistic team, beginning with the first issue release on June 26th.
Following the summer kick-off of their first major release, Michael Turner’s Fathom, on May 15th with the new creative team and retailer-friendly ordering of their special edition variants, the release of Michael Turner’s Soulfire the following month. Both of the aforementioned titles will feature special edition variants for retailers to order with zero restrictions on the ordering quantity.
Veteran Soulfire scribe J.T. Krul returns to team up with rising star newcomers Raffaele Forté and colorist Valentina Taddeo. This new volume will feature direct edition covers by Forté and Soulfire creator, the late Michael Turner. Also, more covers will be available from artists such as Jordan Gunderson, Alex Konat and more to be revealed.
The publisher has announced they will be offering Soulfire #1 Retailer Special Edition variant covers with no restrictions on order quantity by creator Michael Turner and more. This is the first time Aspen has provided retailers the chance to order their incentive variants with no restrictions and encourages fans to check with their local comic book store to pre-order.
On the heels of their partnership with Mythos Studios to develop the animated feature film forMichael Turner’s Fathom, as well as the ambitious fifteen-year anniversary campaign last year, Aspen Comics will be releasing Fathom #1 this summer with an all new creative team on May 15th.
The publisher is streamlining their release of titles in 2019 to feature their core and flagship series in an effort to maintain the standard of quality the publisher is known for throughout the industry.
This summer kicks off their first major release, Michael Turner’s Fathom, on May 15th with the brand-new creative team and implementing retailer-friendly ordering of their special edition variants.
Fathom: Kiani writer Vince Hernandez takes the helm of the principle Fathomseries for Volume 8 along with rising star newcomer Mauricio Campetella with colors by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. This new volume will feature direct edition covers by Campetella and creator, the late Michael Turner.
The publisher has announced they will be offering Fathom #1 Retailer Special Edition variant covers with no restrictions on order quantity by creator Michael Turner and superstar artist Siya Oum. This is the first time Aspen has provided retailers the chance to order their incentive variants with no restrictions and encourages fans to check with their local comic book store to pre-order.
Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, and Aspen Comics? Scooter Braun has managed some of the biggest names in music and now he has set his sights on comics and movies. Partnering with David Maisel (who helped found Marvel Studios) the two have formed Mythos Studios. Their goal is to make their own hit comic book movie franchises, both live action and animated.
Mythos is looking to mine Aspen Comics‘ world of characters to build its franchises. The company has a 50 percent stake in the comic publisher which was founded by Michael Turner who passed away in 2008.
This isn’t the first time Braun has been involved in movies, he was an executive producer on The Giver and Burden, as well as documentaries about his musical talent. Maisel helped launched Marvel Studios getting the company to self-finance their own films which now dominate theaters worldwide and was an executive producer for the first five films. After he left, he continued his success developing such films as The Angry Birds which earned $350 million worldwide. Braun will fund Mythos’s development costs for multiple years through his holding company, Ithaca. Braun also brings with him his connection to talent while Maisel brings the movie know-how.
Currently there’s several projects being adapted including Soulfire and Fathom. The latter had a rumored film that never happened starring Megan Fox. Mythos is also looking towards original material as well as projects in the public domain.