IDW Publishing founder and Diablo House writer/co-creator Ted Adams and Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez will present an all-new interpretation of H.G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. Debuting in July, the two-part comic book tale of terror and evolution will be colored by Nelson Dániel and lettered by Robbie Robbins.
Remaining faithful to Wells’ plot, dialogue, and Victorian era setting, Adams and Rodríguez replaced Edward Prendick – the original witness protagonist – with a new creation, Ellen Prendick. Her inclusion allowed the creative team to explore a new version of one of the world’s favorite stories through the eyes of a more active character with a different and refreshing point of view on the cursed island’s horrific events.
(w) • Angel Hernandez & Ron Joseph (a) • Nelson Daniel (c)
“Your life is yours to shape.” These words form the backbone of
the Transformers’ society. But Cybertronian police officers Chromia and
Prowl learn there’s a dark underside as they investigate the murder that’s
caught Bumblebee in a web of lies and secrets.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
In anticipation of this summer’s big-screen adventure Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie with a cast led by Ryan Reynolds opening May 10, Legendary Comics announced at Emerald City Comic Con the official movie graphic novel Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Written by Brian Buccellato, with art by Nelson Dániel, it is set to debut online and in stores in Summer 2019, following the film’s release.
The graphic novel draws inspiration from the upcoming film that is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Readers are invited to follow along as lead character Tim Goodman, played in the movie by Justice Smith, journeys through Ryme City searching for his missing father. With twists and turns around every corner, nothing is more twist-y than Tim’s unexpected partner: a Pikachu with a penchant for coffee and danger, and the amazing ability to speak human language. In a city where humans and Pokémon live together in harmony, unexpected dangers surround them as they try to solve a mystery.
The Cape: Fallen #3 (of 4)
Joe Hill & Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)
Eric’s assault on the LARPers escalates, and each encounter pushes the limits of his twisted imagination. With no cellphone service to call for help, they’re trapped in the woods and at the mercy of a magical madman. Eric has transformed into the apex predator, and he’s hungry for silence. The Cape: Fallen is the sequel to the 2010 Eisner Award-nominated miniseries, crafted by the original creative team of Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard, and Nelson Daniel. Explore your dark side.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
IDW Publishing proudly announces that a brand-new Transformers series will debut in March 2019 that will explore the very moment when a glorious, peaceful Cybertron begins its downward spiral into chaos.
Available twice monthly, IDW’s Transformers comic will be written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph.
In this new Transformers comic, IDW will explore Cybertron in ways never seen by audiences before – delving into an idyllic society, peaceful for thousands of years, as it faces the most momentous event in its history: the mysterious end of a single life. Through the eyes of young Bumblebee and his friends, fans will witness conspiracies forming, harmony giving way to conflict, and the very fabric of Cybertronian civilization tearing itself apart.
The debut issue of this new Transformers comic will be available with multiple cover variants, by artists Gabriel Rodriguez, Angel Hernandez, Casey W. Coller, and Freddie E. Williams II. Issue #2, also available in March, will feature covers by Nelson Daniel, Ron Joseph, and Jeffrey Veregge.
This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Road Rage
Road Rage, published by IDW is an adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill‘s Throttle and Richard Matheson‘s Duel by writer Chris Ryall and artists Nelson Daniel (on Throttle) and Rafa Garres (on Duel).
Despite the collected edition of Road Rage containing two versions of essentially the same story; King and Hill’s story in this trade is itself an adaptation of Matheson’s original short story, making the two issue comic an adaptation of an adaptation – which is an interesting choice for a collection. But if you’re expecting to read the same story twice, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. King and Hill’s story focuses on a group of bikers who end up running afoul of the deadly truck, where as Matheson’s features a lone salesman desperately trying to avoid a different truck in his car. The two stories are linked by the deadly truck, but are ultimately different enough that you shouldn’t feel short changed should you happen to pick this book up.
When it comes to the quality or faithfulness of the adaptations to the original stories, well that’s not something I can comment on as I have never read the text-only stories. However, I did really enjoy both comic stories as they were presented; Ryall’s comic scripts, presumably, more than does justice to the source material as he’s able to effectively convey the tense horror and suspense of both Throttle and Duel (the latter feels more like a horror story for me than the more action tinged former), though a portion of the credit should also be given to the artists. Garras work on Duel veers between the mundane daily life of a salesman driving to the pants wetting terror and desperation to stay alive. The more afraid the protagonist becomes, the more distorted the art feels – it’s a brilliant and investing touch to the story that effectively builds upon the tensions of the script.
The collection is a great taste of horror tinged comic books, and one that despite the high profile genre names connected to the comics I had never heard of before I spotted it at the used section of my LCS. It’s the subject of today’s column because it was a fantastic read, remarkably tense and quite exhilarating. If you get the chance to read the collection or the four issues collected within, then do so. You’ll find an Underrated gem.
Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #25
Ian Flynn (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Freddie Williams II (c)
Leonardo tests his fledgling abilities on the astral plane only to find himself dangerously outmatched when he comes face to face with the villainous Kitsune!
FC • 32 pages • $4.99
The Cape: Fallen #2
Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)
During the original tale told in Joe Hill’s The Cape, our protagonist-turned-antisocial antagonist Eric disappeared for three days as he got comfortable with his new abilities. Where did he go? What did he do? And more importantly, who died during this time? The original creators return to tell a hyper-detailed and hyper-grim story of this oh-so-lost period….
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Joe Hill’s The Cape: Fallen #1
Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)
During the original tale told in Joe Hill’s The Cape, our protagonist-turned-antisocial antagonist Eric disappeared for three days as he got comfortable with his new abilities. Where did he go? What did he do? And more importantly, who died during this period? The original creators return to tell a hyper-detailed and hyper-grim story of this oh-so-lost period….
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Scarlett’s Strike Force
Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Nelson Daniel (a & c) • Ilias Kyriazis (a)
They’ve fought back invasions from home and afar — now, they’re back on Earth, and ready to take on the wildest, weirdest threats out there! It’s Scarlett’s G.I. JOE team, the Strike Force, against a brand-new Cobra Commander, a revitalized Cobra, and everyone else trying to conquer Earth… or destroy it! Featuring all-stars of the Hasbro line as M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and the Transformers bots join G.I. Joe in the fight against Cobra! Collects issues #1-3, the G.I. JOE First Strike one-shot, and the M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand First Strike one-shot.
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-237-0