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New Frank Miller Presents Details Revealed

Ronin by Philip Tan and Daniel Henriques
Ronin by Philip Tan and Daniel Henriques

One of the more intriguing announcements of the year is the new publisher Frank Miller Presents. Founded by comic legend Frank Miller, the publisher is looking to both the past and future to chart its course. During the announcement it was revealed that some of Miller’s older properties would return while brand new ones would debut. Joining Miller in the venture is Dan DiDio as Editor in Chief and president and Silenn Thomas as COO. DiDio will spill some of those at this weekend’s Megacon but ahead of the convention some have been revealed.

Ronin was originally published by DC in 1983 and 84 and was a samurai story set in a dark future. Philip Tan and inker Daniel Henriques will be the team behind a sequel featuring layouts by Miller. The story will explore the life of Casey McKenna, a security officer pursuing the nameless Ronin and who had a child with him.

Sin City returns with Sin City 1858 that will be written and drawn by Miller. Set in the Wild West, the series will feature familiar names. The once only black and white series will get a one-issue special in color featuring artist Milo Manara.

New projects include Ancient Enemies created and designed by Danilo Beyruth and Didio and others created by Miller. DiDio will write the series. It focuses on an old war between alien races.

Pandora is a sci-fi fantasy story written by Anthony Maranville and Chris Silvestri and drawn by Emma Kubert. It’s described as a “fairy tale-like beauty and a genuine spookiness”.

Recently, it was announced that Frank Miller Presents had inked an exclusive distribution deal with Diamond. It’s expected to release 2 to 4 titles a year with the first being released later in 2022.

(via New York Times)

Frank Miller Launches an Independent Publishing Company with Dan DiDio as publisher

Frank Miller Presents

In rather unexpected news, Frank Miller is launching a new publishing banner called Frank Miller Presents. Miller will act as president and editor-in-chief with a focus on a curated line of comics that captures Miller’s style from a range of talent. In the works for months, the line will launch with new Sin City and Ronin.

Dan DiDio will join the venture as publisher while Silenn Thomas, the CEO of Frank Miller Ink, will serve as COO of FMP. DiDio was formerly co-publisher of DC comics from 2010 to 2020

The line’s goal is to publisher two to four titles a year which will be a mix of Miller’s creations as well as new works.

Announced so far is Sin City 1858 which takes Sin City and places it in a Western tale as well as Ronin Book Two, a follow-up to the six issue mini-series that was originally published by DC in 1983 and 1984 and focused on a ronin reincarnated in a bleak future. New titles announced include Pandora and Ancient Enemies.

No details have been released as to the creative teams on the projects.

The first release is expected later this year with Miller’s back catalog remaining with their original publishers.

(via THR)

Marvel, Pandora, and SiriusXM Celebrate Marvel’s Birthday with Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000

During Marvel’s 80th anniversary panel at D23 Expo 2019, Marvel, SiriusXM, and Pandora announced plans to launch an all-new exclusive music station and limited-time channel: Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000 to celebrate 80 years of Marvel. The Pandora station and limited-time SiriusXM channel 4, and SiriusXM On Demand, starting Thursday, August 29.

Released just two days before Marvel’s birthday, Marvel’s 80th: The Road to Marvel Comics #1000 will take listeners on a journey through eight decades of music, pop culture, and the Marvel Universe, starting in 1939, the historic year that featured the debut of the Human Torch and marked the birth of the sprawling Marvel Universe that fans know today.

Host Mike Rubens, known for his comedic work with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, will guide listeners year to year with lively commentary tying each song to some of the most defining events in the Marvel Universe – along with the real-life history that happened right outside our windows.

The celebratory music programming, specially curated by Marvel with Pandora, and SiriusXM, features some of the most iconic songs through the ages, including classics from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley; era-defining songs from The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, and Prince; and explosive chart-topping hits from Eminem, Kanye West, The Weeknd, and more from the most popular music artists across generations.

Marvel Comics #1000 goes on sale August 28 at comic shops everywhere.

Review: Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

Trinity-of-Sin_Pandora_1_Full-665x1024-300x461Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 by Ray Fawkes and a huge host of artists (Zander Cannon, Daniel Sampere, Victor Cifuentes, and Patrick Zircher) poses a lot of questions, but also fittingly sums up who and what Pandora is. So if her 73 appearances in the New 52 have had you wondering, maybe in silent frustration, or if the fact the she, oh, I don’t know, merged three different universes has you curiosity, then you have to read this book. Not to mention it’s key to understanding the soon-to-begin Trinity War cross-over event, which has been building in books across the New 52 in highly complex ways, but Pandora’s story will also no doubt effect much of the DC Universe in the War’s aftermath. Or one can only hope that major events will have lasting and major consequences, but with comics these days, who knows…

Ray Fawkes’ narratives weaves throughout history, and in general it does not disappoint, as Pandora unleashes the Seven Deadly Sins in “Prehistoric Macdeonia. About 8000 B.C.E.” to the modern day, where she’s overcome the trauma of bringing evil into the world and totes around two pistols, prepared to bring down her sinful children. Pandora’s story is certainly compelling, but Fawkes’ writing isn’t anything spectacular or noteworthy; he’s more of a large-scale narrative maker than an impressive author. But to belabor the point a bit, Pandora’s touching song which she sings throughout the ages following the traumatic death of her entire family is “We are strong, we are strong, sing our song, sing our song”—I don’t even think that rhymes in Ancient Macedonian! Fawkes has to be credited, however, with doing his historical research, as he attributes moments throughout Biblical, Classical, and more recent history to various of Pandora’s Seven Deadly Sins, and among comic nerds I believe historical references are much appreciated.

My greatest complaints fall rather harshly on the art, or rather, the over populating of this book with such diverse talent. This can be a good thing, where different artists provide the art for different stories. Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 doesn’t necessarily suffer from the artistic turnovers from pages 1-7, 8-15, and 16-20, but it seems unnecessary. It’s not narratively purposeful, it doesn’t add anything to the story, and, yes, the styles across the artists are not largely varied, but I think the atmosphere of this book would have been better suited to the team of Cannon, Sampere, and Cifuentes alone.

That said, I really wasn’t a fan of Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 for several reasons. The story is off-kilter: Pandora, a seemingly innocent young Macedonian, picks up a shiny object that’s glowing a strange color, and BAM! all the world goes to hell, with sin run rampant, and the Gods (? I can only assume the group that punished her were gods…) condemn her for eternity. Secondly, the premise that things which are bad come from a single person’s doing (picking up a golden skull, by the way) 10,000 years ago is just naïve. It means that people—villains or heroes—aren’t to blame for anything, but that they are plagued, goaded on by invisible do-badders, and that’s utterly silly. It also assumes that goodness is the human default, and the qualities like anger or greed or pride are inhuman.  Finally, Pandora’s character design looks like something taken from a high school drawing contest with instructions to “Draw something that reminds people of Harry Potter and Underworld simultaneously!”

I usually don’t say a lot bad about a book, but I think it’s important to point out that, if this is supposed to prepare readers for Trinity War, and in theory supposed to be a major book—and character—in the DC Universe, Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 could have been better executed and thought out. And while I’m excitedly looking forward to the Justice League books, and have no doubt that they will deliver, I fear that Trinity of Sin: Pandora is an awkward addition to the DC roster and will become quickly forgotten.

DC Comics aficionados will have to at least read this book, hence my suggestion, but it might be an issue worth collecting; who knows the role this book might play in things to come.

Story: Ray Fawkes  Art: Zander Cannon, Daniel Sampere, Victor Cifuentes, Patrick Zircher
Story: 7  Art: 7  Overall: 6.5  Recommendation: Read

Around the Tubes

Did you stay up all night to watch the Iowa Caucus results!?  Ok, that might have just been me… well, here’s the comic book news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – The Goon Dies, Relaunches, Turns Gay, Racebends, Gets Religion And Goes Socialist In An Attempt To Get Your Hard Earned DollarToo funny not to link to.

The Beat – DC’s red hood lady gets a name: PandoraLike the music streaming service?

CBLDF – ACLU Asks Missouri Library to Stop Censoring Websites – Yay!

MTV Geek – B-List Breakouts: 12 Characters Primed for the Spotlight In 2012 – Not sure all these are really B-list.

The Wall Street Journal – Tibet Goes KABOOM! – An article covering the “Hero, Villain, Yeti” exhibit.

 

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Swamp of Boredom – The Unwritten Volumes 2, 3 & 4

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