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Preview: Giantkillers #0

Giantkillers #0

Bart Sears & Ron Marz (w) • Bart Sears & Tom Raney (a) • Bart Sears (c)

The foundation for the epic Bart Sears GIANTKILLERS saga starts here! This special double-sized issue presents a pair of short stories written and drawn by master storyteller Bart Sears, as well as writer Ron Marz and artist Tom Raney teaming up for the pivotal lead feature. Fantasy and science fiction clash head on as the grizzled warrior Arkon the Giantkiller must protect the young Auoro, destined to battle the evil Dread Lord Omin… if she can survive! More than 40 pages of stunning art and compelling story for the price of a single issue!

FC • 48 pages • $3.99

Beasts of the Black Hand Graphic Novel from Paul Harding, Ron Marz, and Matthew Dow Smith

Beasts of the Black Hand is a horror/adventure tale set in the waning days of the first World War, when dieselpunk technology is making for a very different world. The 64-page hardcover graphic novel, created by sculptor Paul Harding, written by Ron Marz, drawn by Matthew Dow Smith, and colored by Neeraj Menon, will debut early in 2018, laying the groundwork for an epic multi-volume story.

The time is December, 1916. War rages across Europe, some empires collapsing, others being born. In snow-covered St. Petersburg, Russia, the mad monk, Rasputin, is invited to dinner at Moika Palace by Prince Felix Yusupov. Among the dinner guests is a British secret agent named Oswald Rayner. This much is historical fact.

Despite the monk’s supernatural might, Rayner succeeds in assassinating Rasputin. But his death only presages far darker events. The secret cabal known as the Black Hand is plotting to unleash otherworldly horrors upon Europe.

It falls to Rayner to stop the Black Hand’s insidious plot. But standing in his way is Maria Rasputin, daughter of the mad monk and agent for the Black Hand. Their paths cross with near-fatal results in St. Petersburg…

…and then again in 1919 Paris, as world peace hangs in the balance at the Versailles Conference. Joined by allies like his aide Biffy Dunderdale and American war hero Henry Johnson, Rayner again must face Maria Rasputin, leading to confrontation that yields shocking revelations and deadly consequences. If Oswald Rayner fails, the Beasts will be unleashed.

Currently running on Kickstarter the project is looking for $24,000 to be fully funded and the campaign ends November 30.

Paul Harding is best known for his work as a sculptor of statues and action figures for clients including DC Collectibles, Gentle Giant, and Sideshow, Harding is giving full vent to his imagination as the creator and concept artist of Beasts of the Black Hand.

Ron Marz is a veteran of the comics industry, writer Ron Marz has worked for every major publisher, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and Image. He’s penned acclaimed runs on Green Lantern, Silver Surfer, and Witchblade, among others.

Dual threat Mathew Dow Smith is known as both an artist and writer. As an artist, he has amassed credits at Marvel, DC, IDW and Dark Horse, including Batman and Wonder Woman tales, and lengthy runs on Doctor Who and X-Files.

A concept artist and colorist, Neeraj Menon has worked for publishers including Image, Dynamite, IDW, Disney India, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. His unique palette has graced many titles, including The Protectors from AthlitaComics.

Preview: Dread Gods #2

Dread Gods #2

Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney (a & c)

The Ominous Press launch continues in DREAD GODS, as a pristine fantasy landscape collides with post-apocalyptic reality! The Promethean gods begin to realize they are mere pawns, trapped in dream. Their only hope for escape rests in the hands of a disabled outcast who can’t even reach them. Writer Ron Marz and artist Tom Raney are unleashed in an epic world!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Dread Gods #1

Dread Gods #1

Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney, Bart Sears(a) • Tom Raney (c)

Ominous Press launches with the first of three limited series set in a science-fiction/fantasy universe of epic heroes and insidious villains. In DREAD GODS, gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Acclaimed creators Ron Marz and Tom Raney join with art master Bart Sears to usher in adventure like no other! Includes a backup tale by Bart Sears, and a wealth of added content.

FC • 48 pages • $3.99

IDW Partners with Ominous Press

IDW Publishing has announced a partnership with Ominous Press to bring a new line of epic adventure comics to the market. The brainchild of comic art master Bart Sears, Ominous Press will tell stories of larger-than-life heroes and villains in fantasy and science-fiction settings.

Ominous Press had a brief, initial life in the mid-’90s, before the crash of the comic market brought down so many fledgling publishers. Now Ominous Press returns, releasing all-new material through IDW beginning in July. Ominous Press is comprised of Chief Creative Officer Bart Sears, Publisher Sean HusVar, Editor-in-Chief Ron Marz, and Art Director Andy Smith.

The initial lineup of Ominous Press titles is: Dread Gods, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Tom Raney, in which gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic hell;  Giantkillers, written and drawn by Bart Sears, telling the story of a broken warrior who must protect a child destined to be the universe’s last hope against the ultimate villain; and Demi-God, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Andy Smith, about a fame-seeking hero gaining great power, but forgetting the great responsibility part.

Each title will initially launch as a four-issue mini-series. Each series stands alone, intended to be read independently, but with connecting plot threads that create a larger canvas.

Dread Gods will be the first title, with issue #1 debuting in July. Dread Gods #1 will have a standard cover by series artist Tom Raney, a wraparound cover by Bart Sears, and incentive covers by Kenneth Rocafort (1-in-10) and the legendary Neal Adams (1-in-25). Dread Gods #1 will be an oversize 48-page issue, including the lead feature by Marz and Raney, a backup story by Bart Sears, and a wealth of additional content, all for $3.99. Giantkillers and then Demi-God will follow.

The marriage of Ominous Press and IDW was spearheaded by IDW Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock.

Ominous Press will have a presence with IDW at July’s Comic-Con International as the publishing line launches.

Preview: Skylanders: Dive, Dive, Dive

Skylanders: Dive, Dive, Dive

Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez (w) • Jack Lawrence, Fico Ossio, Craig Bruyn, Robert Duenas (a) • Robert Duenas (c)

The race is on as undead driver (and mariachi musician) Fiesta roars into the spotlight! It’s definitely going to be “Party Time” when Fiesta and his Crypt Crusher take on a robot army bent on destructing Skylands. Plus, it’s underwater adventure as Dive-Clops and his aquatic battle tank, Dive Bomber, take on mysterious denizens of the deep who are threatening to submerge everything! Collects issues #4–6.

HC • FC • $12.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-710-9


Ominous Press Returns with World Premiere #1

Ominous Press created a splash in the comics market two decades ago, telling epic tales of powerful heroes and vile villains. Now Ominous Press has returned, preparing to launch three new titles in 2017: Giantkillers, written and drawn by Bart Sears; Prometheus, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Tom Raney; and Demi-God, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Andy Smith.

All three titles are previewed in the first Ominous offering, Ominous Press World Premiere. Meant as an introduction to the characters and concepts of the Ominous Universe, the 24-page issue features short preview stories for each title, as well as a wealth of background information.

Giantkillers is a sword and sorcery epic set in a cyber-noir landscape. Prometheus tells the tale of heroes in a mythic fantasy who suddenly find themselves in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. And Demi-God is a contemporary superhero tale like no other, as an irresponsible slacker gets the power of a god.

The Ominous Press World Premiere is available with a standard cover, blank sketch covers, and three limited, wraparound variant covers by Bart Sears and colorist Nanjan Jamberi. Sears, the Chief Creative Officer at Ominous, is excited to finally be bringing his creations to life.

The Ominous Press World Premiere is available online via the Ominous Press website in both signed and unsigned versions.

Preview: Skylanders: Secret Agent Secrets

Skylanders: Secret Agent Secrets

Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez (w) • Fico Ossio, Jack Lawrence (a) • Fico Ossio (c)

Secrets revealed! With the world crashing down around them, a new team of Skylanders called the Superchargers take center stage to try and stop an insidious evil poised to takes over all of Skylands! Who is this new malevolent force and what exactly do they have to do with the long missing Skylanders Elite Squad of Boomer, Voodood, and Ghost Roaster?! Another full-throttle, action-adventure Skylanders story is here!

HC • FC • $12.99 • 80 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-581-5


Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars Vol. 2

John Carter: Warlord of Mars Vol. 2

writer: Ron Marz, Ian Edgington
artist: Ariel Medel
cover: Abhishek Malsuni
FC • 224 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

John Carter, a hero of the American Civil War now at home on Mars, has survived the Kahori invasion alongside his beloved princess, Dejah Thoris. As the capital city of Helium rebuilds, the loving couple leave for the outlands to recuperate… but rest and relaxation are not in their future. All across Barsoom, sinister forces conspire against them. From savage Warhoon raiding parties to the artificial (and lovelorn) beast known as the Hormad, from the god-like sand spirit Jartak to the last of the world-conquering White Martians, the most evil creatures to ever walk the Red Planet stalk forth from the shadows to challenge the Warlord of Mars!


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