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Hail to the King! Bubba Ho-Tep Gets a Prequel Comic

Hail to the King, baby! Prior to the events of the original Bubba Ho-Tep cult story, Elvis was enlisted by President Nixon to defeat an alien threat unlike anything he’s faced before. IDW Publishing and award-winning writer Joe R. Lansdale present Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!

In adapting this acclaimed work for comics, Lansdale will be joined by writer Joshua Jabcuga and artist Tadd Galusha, to help bring the story to terrifying life. Part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians, Elvis Presley and a group of hardcore warriors set out to save the world from an invasion of hive-minded, shape-shifting, vampire-like creatures from a dark dimension.

Issue one arrives this March with covers by Galusha, Baldemar Rivas, and Timothy Truman.

Preview: Airboy Archives, Vol. 5

Airboy Archives, Vol. 5 

Chuck Dixon (w) • Stan Woch, Ernie Colón, Alberto Maldonado, Brent Anderson, Enrique Villagran, Jim Longstreth, Mark Johnson, Andy Kubert (a) • Timothy Truman (c)

Volume 5 concludes the complete run of the Eclipse Comics Airboy series! Collects issues #41–50, the second three-issue mini-series featuring Valkyrie, the one-shot Airboy vs the Air Maidens, and a never-before-printed 8-page Skywolf backup story.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 336 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-810-6

King Conan Returns for a Final Battle

Dark Horse Comics announces the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team: Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to expand on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves beyond the Border” tale!

King Conan grows weary of the crown. When an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure!

King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border #1 (of 4) is in stores December 23, 2015.

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Three Thors! Three Blockbuster Creative Teams! Your First Look at Thor Annual #1!

This February, star-studded creators unite to bring you three thunderous stories that should not be missed in Thor Annual #1! Marvel has released a first look inside this highly anticipated issue featuring the can’t miss lineup of CM Punk, Rob Guillory, Noelle Stevenson, Marguerite Sauvage, Jason Aaron and Timothy Truman!

First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside Chew artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his attempt to beat the devil at his own game – by drinking him under the table!

Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret, but the Warriors Three are determined to find out!

Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and legendary artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?

Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual.

THOR ANNUAL #1 (DEC140896)
Written by CM PUNK, NOELLE STEVENSON & JASON AARON
Art by ROB GUILLORY, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE & TIMOTHY TRUMAN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Variant Covers by ROB GUILLORY (DEC140897) & MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC140898)
FOC – 02/02/15, On Sale – 02/25/15

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CM Punk, Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson & More Headline Thor Annual #1!

This February, star-studded creators from all corners of comics and entertainment unite for three thunderous stories in Thor Annual #1! Uniting wrestler CM Punk, blockbuster writer Jason Aaron, rising star Noelle Stevenson, Rob Guillory and more, this can’t miss lineup brings you three stories featuring three Thors of three eras!

First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his genius idea to prove himself worthy to wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir – by drinking all of Asgard and Midgard under the table!

In an interview with Marvel.com, CM Punk said:

The idea was, let’s do a story about young Thor as this kind of brash bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer’. ’I don’t know why I’m not worthy of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.

Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret!

Stevenson added at Marvel.com:

It’s a fun challenge both as a fan of the classic character, but also to be working with a new character who readers haven’t seen much of yet. I have the old mythology to work with, but I can also help contribute a little bit of new mythology as well!

Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and fan-favorite artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?

Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual. No fan can afford to miss the explosive Thor Annual #1 – on sale this February!

THOR ANNUAL #1
Written by CM PUNK, NOELLE STEVENSON & JASON AARON
Art by ROB GUILLORY, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE & TIMOTHY TRUMAN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Variant Covers by ROB GUILLORY & MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
On Sale in February!

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Review: Itty Bitty Hellboy #1, King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #4, Mind MGMT #14, The Massive #15

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

23936A ghost named Rasputin has been spotted! And Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are going to find out what he’s up to.

Who is Hellboy anyway? Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for? Who’s weirder, him or his friends? What is the B.P.R.D.? And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it? This and more answered in the debut issue, where BIG things happen to itty bitty Hellboy!

You know what I haven’t been thinking? That Hellboy needs a version for the kiddies. But, Art Baltazar and Franco bring their magic to this five issue mini-series and make the case that this is in fact exactly what we needed in this first issue that brings humor and fun for the whole family to the horror franchise.

You might know this dynamic creative duo from Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures, and Aw Yeah Comics, but they’re taking their talents and much like they spun previous DC characters, re-imagining Mike Mignola‘s creations with a younger bent.

Made up of a few short comics, the stories are funny, cut and quite entertaining. I’ve never read their previous work of this type, so I had no idea what to expect when I dove in, but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are distilled to their basic selves, exaggerating their interests and motivations. Battles over forts is broken up by other shorts that usually spotlight some feature of a character.

Overall, this is a great all-ages comic, fantastic for both adults and kids. There’s great humor which is matched by awesome artwork.

When your child that’s too young demands to start reading your Hellboy comics, put this in front of them instead, they’ll probably leave you alone at that point and choose this instead.

Story: Art Baltazar, Franco Art: Art Baltazar
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #4

22194Betrayed, deposed, and in hiding, Conan rides for his old capital of Tarantia with bloody vengeance in his heart—but the devious wizard Xaltotun has spies in the sky and soldiers on the ground. The solitary barbarian is forced to seek counsel from an unlikely ally . . . who has a few beastly servants of her own!

I’m fairly new to the whole Conan universe. I’ve watched the cheesy 80s movies, but have never read a book with the character or a comic until Brian Wood took over. So, with my enjoying Wood’s series, I dove into this mini-series also by Dark Horse and four issues in, I can only say “holy crap is it good” and I’m quickly becoming a Conan fan.

This series has an old and tired Conan reflecting on his great adventure where he lost and had to fight back to regain his crown. Yes, this Conan is a king, settled down with a land of people of his own, and ones he feels responsible for. Its fantastic writing with the voice of the young and old Conan being slightly different as you’d expect with the gain of wisdom through age.

The action is fierce and pacing fantastic as Conan battles the onslaught thrown at him, and even the quietest moments are filled with tension and suspense. And with two more issues to go, I have no idea how the series will wrap up in the end.

On top of the fantastic writing by Timothy Truman, there’s the art by Tomás Giorello which is breathtaking, but he has help by colorist José Villarrubia whose use of colors matches the pencils they’re laid over. The comic story wise is exciting, and it’s matched in that excitement by the art. It’s a fantastic pairing of writer and artists.

While I consider myself still new to Conan, between this and Dark Horse’s ongoing series, I’m quickly becoming a fan. So much so, I’m deciding where to start when it comes to finding out what I’ve been missing.

Story: Timothy Truman Art: Tomás Giorello
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #14

23542What you don’t know about Meru could just about fit in this issue!

Are you reading Mind MGMT? The bigger question is, if you’re not why aren’t you? Matt Kindt continues to show off why he’s one of the best writer/artists out there right now, pulling double duty with each issue.

The series gets back to focus on Meru and the mystery of her past and what happened in Zanzibar. And that’s part of the enjoyment of the series, you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. This is an ever twisting mystery full of crazy characters with amazing powers, each more unique than the next. At this point, I’m not even sure who really is a good guy and who is the bad guy. Kindt has kept us on the edge giving us twists and turns with each issue that makes you question what comes before.

This is more than a comic, it’s a mind bending tale where you don’t know what’s real and what’s not.

Kindt’s art is amazing with his beautiful water-color like style. It evokes something I’d expect out of the 60s or 70s, and is unique and a signature of his. It reminds me of Aha’s Take on Me Video, and that’s a massive compliment.

This issue dives right back into the our main storyline barreling towards something, I’m not sure what. As a reader I’m constantly evaluating every detail, from words chosen, the art on the page, to the details around the pages in the margins. I feel like everything has a hint as to what’s real and what’s not in this series. It really engages me as a reader.

Overall Mind MGMT is one of the crown jewels in Dark Horse’s cap and a maxi-series unlike any other. This should be on everyone’s list to read and I fully expect it to top numerous best of lists when the year ends.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

The Massive #15

22507Ninth Wave’s presence within the United States’ now-sunken borders has caused a disruption that a rogue US Navy battle group plans to end. Mismatched and outnumbered by a fleet of larger ships, the crew of Kapital must rely on the unexpected aid of a rogue member of Ninth Wave in the explosive conclusion to Brian Wood’s comic book return to New York City.

Americana has given us a glimpse of just a bit of what’s happened to America post collapse and all of that was wrapped in a tale involving nuclear brinkmanship in a game of cat and mouse.

I’ll admit, I’m still sorting through that ending, but the build up to it, I had no idea what was going to happen in a world already in meltdown. I’m pretty sure Wood was willing to drive it further into chaos the way this chapter was going. But even with that focus on the tense stand-off between the US’s rogue Navy battle group, Ninth Wave and a nuclear sub, the focus is still on the crew of the Kaptial.

Throughout this entire series so far, the most amazing thing is the myriad and unique characters Wood has come up with. His series has shown us motivation, drive, ambition, interactions really do differ with every character, especially when they have such a varied background. And when it’s all over, the machinations and maneuvering that’s been leading up to this issue are only going to get worse. Everyone seems to have a secret here and willing to hold those over each other.

The ending of this issue is a little muddled and confusing, but everything leading up to it was absolutely amazing and intense. This continues to be one of the best comics out there by any publisher.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown
Story: 8 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Review: King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #3

20130726-201608.jpg Dark Horse‘s latest run of our well known barbarian hero is a worthy homage to the original 1932 Weird Tales magazine and of series past. Narrated by an aged King Conan to his scribe, The Hour of the Dragon tells the tale of how he met his beloved-and now deceased-queen Zenobia. After a group of second string royalty and a not-so-high priest awaken a long dead wizard, Conan is dethroned and imprisoned. In the bowels of a castle he meets a ravishing servant of the king who does anything and everything to help him escape. Despite her efforts he can’t help but think, is this too good to be true?

Where a recently released Red Sonja misses the mark, Timothy Truman is right on point. Oftentimes historical fantasy tales are plagued by clunky, awkward dialogue (e.g. “me thinketh that thy sayeth…”). Truman, however, interjects the right amount of old world slang to give it a historical feel without bogging down the narration. That being said, there are a handful of pages (and this might apply more to issues #1 and #2) that, due to sheer volume, draw my eyes to the captions before the artwork. Whether these can be compressed without detracting from the storyline is debatable.

Along with awkward dialogue, for me, clean lines and bright colors can bring down a historical fantasy story. Fortunately, penciler Tomas Giorello and colorist Jose Villarrubia give King Conan a gritty, almost faded appearance. There are times Conan is staring straight forward and an eye or part of his face is completely shaded, giving him an asymmetric look that completely works. It isn’t without it’s flaws though. The dungeon-dwelling primate dressed in armor that attacks Conan looked like a bizarre Planet of the Apes reference.

Three issues in and I feel like we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. I hope that Truman and Giorello continue to explore the land and people while remaining true to the Conan bloodline. They do that, and I’m on board.

Story: Timothy Truman Art: Tomas Giorello
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dark Horse To Publish King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon!

Dark Horse Comics has announced the return of a fan-favorite Conan creative team.  Writer Timothy Truman, artist Tomás Giorello, and colorist José Villarrubia are set to adapt Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel in two six-issue miniseries.

The first series, titled The Hour of the Dragon will run through October 2013 and continue in a second arc titled King Conan: The Conqueror starting in February 2014.

More about The Hour of the Dragon:  King Conan has faced many threats to his throne in Aquilonia—but none more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, at whose command mountains crumble!

With The Legend of Conan announced for 2014, King Conan is essential reading!

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Timothy Truman Brings the Weird West to 2011 Baltimore Comic-Con

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Timothy Truman Brings the Weird West to 2011 Baltimore Comic-Con
 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 27, 2011 – Legendary comics artist and writer Timothy Truman will give East Coast fans an exclusive first look at artwork, covers, and designs for Hawken, his highly-anticipated western horror series, at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con , August 20-21, 2011, at the Baltimore Convention Center , 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.Hawken

Co-created with his 28-year-old son, writer Benjamin Truman, the new project tells the tale of ghost-haunted pistolero Kitchell Hawken and his blood-drenched vendetta against the men who scalped and tortured him then left him for dead. The first issue ships in November from IDW Publishing.

Renowned for his work on such titles as hard-hitting action titles as Grimjack, Scout, Wilderness, Hawkworld, Turok, Jonah Hex, and Dark Horse Comics’ Conan, Timothy is hardly a stranger to the BCC. “Baltimore is by far my favorite convention every year,” Truman says. “I attended my first show several years ago, after I decided to take the day off and check it out as a ‘civilian.’ I was immediately impressed. Baltimore Comic-Con made me feel like a ‘fan’ again. I haven’t missed a show since.” To mark the Baltimore preview, Tim and Ben are preparing limited edition HawkenBCC t-shirts and prints especially for the appearance.

In his featured blog for the pop-culture site The Morton Report , journalist Bill Baker  gave readers a taste of what to expect from the new tale:

“Over the course of his long and storied career, writer-artist Timothy Truman has had brushes with all manner of killers and antiheroes. But his latest encounter with the darker side of humanity, in the supernaturally-charged Western miniseries features Hawken, a character that he freely admits is perhaps the worst of the lot.

“According to Truman, the titular character, Kitchell Hawken ‘has been many things in his day: Scout, tracker, trader, scalp-hunter, raider, hired gun…. But mostly, he’s been a nasty son-of-a-bitch.’

“Each issue of the six-part tale follows the aged Hawken as he wreaks bloody vengeance upon the very men he used to work for, a cartel of corrupt politicians and arms merchants called the Tucson Ring. Along the way readers learn more about Hawken’s reason for turning on his former employers and the many horrors that the haunted gunman has committed over the course of a blood-soaked life.

“And just to be clear, ‘haunted’ literally describes Hawken’s situation, as the remorseless killer’s accompanied throughout his vendetta by the ghost of every person he’s killed, all unwilling companions forced by a curse to assist the gunslinger with his vengeance.

“Truman, who’s become known for his ability to portray unlikable loners in convincing manner, freely admits, ‘Folks would be hard-pressed to find a character as ruthless as Kit Hawken. He has good reasons for his rampage, and believe me, a rampage it is. For once, the bad guys have truly messed with the wrong man.’

“And while anyone might be hard-pressed to describe the proceedings as family fare, it is, in fact, a family affair. That’s because Tim Truman’s creative partner on this project is none other than Ben Truman, his son.

“Ben, who’s scripting the series, works as a teacher in Tucson, AZ. As he describes it, the character and his sordid tale arose almost by chance during one of his parents’ visits to the area last year. The younger Truman recalled that ‘while driving through Crater Park I asked Dad if he’s ever seen any accounts where a man had survived a scalping. Somehow, that kicked it off.

“‘Hawken grew out of the landscapes of each new place we visited: His name in Flagstaff, his past in Bisbee, the curse in Tempe, his vendetta in Tombstone. By the time we left San Xavier Mission, the first issue was plotted.’

“The elder Truman gained widespread notoriety with his first two major efforts, Scout and .Grimjack These comics were some of the most critically lauded independent comics of the ’80s, fan-favorites that catapulted Truman and his various creative partners into the upper echelons of the mainstream comics industry.”

Each of the six issues of Hawken will cost $3.99 and contain 32 pages printed in antiqued duo-tone. The book joins such popular IDW titles as 30 Days of Night, Hasbro’s Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek, Toho’s Godzilla, HBO’s True Blood, and the BBC’s Dr. Who.

For more information, visit Tim’s website or visit IDWPublishing.com.

Don’t forget, individual Stan Lee Autographs and Photo Ops, as well as VIP Packages, are still available for pre-purchase by visiting baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet one of comics’ Living Legends!

Confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Mike Gold (former DC Editor); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O’Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Marc Hempel (Sandman: The Kindly Ones); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian, Hawken); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); Mark Wheatley (Blood of the Innocent, Mars); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

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In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org