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San Andreas Tops the Box-Office

san andreasDwayne Johnson body-slammed the competition and ruled the box-office the past weekend. San Andreas opened in the top spot earning $53.2 million over the weekend. The film was predicted to earn $40 million, so its total was a pleasant surprise for its studio Warner Bros. It’s the best opening for Johnson as not part of an ensemble film.

The film also opened in 60 markets overseas was in the top spot in 55 of those markets. Overseas it earned an estimated $60 million. This film has brought in over $113.2 million worldwide its first week.

Pitch Perfect 2 was on key for a third week. The film earned an additional $14.4 million this past weekend. Domestically the film has earned $147.5 million and $80.7 million overseas for a total of $228.24 million.

Tomorrowland dropped to third in its second week, adding $13.8 million to its domestic total. Mad Max: Fury Road was just a bit under that adding $13.625 million in its third week. The film has earned $280.9 million worldwide so far.

Avengers: Age of Ultron came in fifth for the week. The film added $10.9 million domestically. Domestically the film has earned $427.1 million and $894.2 million in foreign markets. Its total is $1.321 billion. The film is in the top spot for domestic earnings in 2015, but lags far behind Furious 7‘s $1.5 billion.

In other comic movie news, Kingsman: The Secret Service added $106,000 to its total. The film has earned $403.6 million worldwide.

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Tomorrowland Wins the Blah Weekend Box-Office

Tomorrowland_posterTomorrowland was at top of the domestic box-office this past weekend, earning $32.97 million. The weekend was rather drowsy as a whole with two major new movies opening. The film earned an additional $26.7 million internationally.

In second place was last weekend’s box-office champ, Pitch Perfect 2 which earned $30.8 million, and following that in third was Mad Max: Fury Road which earned $24.8 million. Pitch Perfect 2 has earned $179 million worldwide but Mad Max: Fury Road has earned $219.84 million so far.

The other major film to open, Poltergeist earned $22.6 million in its first weekend, about what was expected.

Avengers: Age of Ultron continued to earn and do well, adding $21.7 million domestically. The film has earned $1.18 billion worldwide so far, but Furious 7 continues to be the global leader as far as earnings so far in 2015.

A Short History of Turning Disney Rides Into Fiction

Tower_of_Terror_VideoCoverOne of the common criticisms of modern media is that people have run out of ideas, and that everything that we see is a repetition of something that came before. While this is a contentious enough claim based partially in an over-analysis of tropes and truisms, it is true that those looking to create popular culture stories for movies have looked elsewhere for inspiration in recent years. There have been movies based on blogs for instance, which is a form of media copying another.

In terms of media, many people don’t consider theme park rides to be a form of media, but under certain circumstances they can be. Of courses roller coasters are not really a form of media, but some rides are. After all at Disney World and Disney Land many of the rides consist of a moving vessel which undergoes some mild thrills in the form of chutes or slides, and a story of sorts being told through the depiction of various themes.  In short it serves as a sort of moving theater without a real plot, and is thus is kind of its own form of media (or at least a weird version of theater).

Country_bearsWith the crossover of almost all forms of media from on into another, it thus stands to reason that eventually that someone at Disney would get the idea to base some stories on their own rides, which doubled as extra incentive to take children to the theme parks (if they actually needed more incentive). Surprisingly though, with one notable exception, the transfer to other forms of media has been pretty mediocre, yet recent developments with Disney and Marvel might indicate the path forward for these ventures.

The first movie in this short history of Disney attractions is the Tower of Terror, released in 1997. Featuring Disney staple Steve Guttenberg and pre-Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, this is the only film of this kind that was released directly to television. It is also notable for its use of the actual ride as a set for the filming as opposed to the other movies which have relied on different settings. This features a fairly typical ghost story and was filmed for a younger audience as it originally appeared on the Wonderful World of Disney.

The second movie in the sequence is the Country Bears, a film based on the ride/show Country Bear Jamboree. This film was released in 2002 and mixed animatronics with real life actors to tell the story of one of the youngest of the Country Bears who discovers his true destiny after being raised by human parents. This was another Disney movie aimed at a younger crowd as it contained rehearsed dance numbers by children and a silly enough premise. Not surprisingly the film grossed back less than half of its budget in ticket sales.

piratesOut of two mediocre films that were either failures or forgettable came Disney’s greatest success. Although it might have seemed absurd at the time, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a film which ventured well past what was offered in the ride. Although the plot was perhaps a little basic in certain respects, it was equally a movie that was full of a lot of elements that make a movie exciting. Special effects provided a realistic enough supernatural element, but the movie is tied mostly to the over-the-top role played by Johnny Depp, which resulted in an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Additionally the movie helped to make stars out of its other two leads, Oralndo Bloom and Keira Knightley, who while already known well enough in Hollywood, had not yet been considered to be proper A-list actors. The 2003 film was followed by sequels in 2006, 2007 and 2011 with another sequel expected in 2017, with the latter to each featuring one half of the married couple of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.  It is by far the most successful of the Disney rides turned into movies, with gross ticket sales surpassing $3.5 billion.

haunted mansionAfter the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, some thought that Disney might be entering into a period of success for these adaptations, but the follow-up to its big hit was another poorly received movie as the Haunted Mansion failed to gain critical success, even if its box office draw was not as bad as the others. Starring Eddie Murphy in a story that was once again loosely based on the ride, many criticized it for now being scary enough, or funny enough considering that Eddie Murphy was involved. Despite its lackluster final product interest rests in retelling the story by Guillermo del Toro, who might be able to realize a stronger concept considering some of his previous works.

In a bit of a twist, the next movie in the Disney catalog, is not one based on a ride specifically, but rather an entire section of the park, known as Tomorrowland. Although it is still unreleased, it holds a great deal of promise, telling a broader story as Pirates of the Caribbean did, and it doesn’t hurt either that big names like George Clooney and Brad Bird are associated. While there are also rumours of a movie based on “It’s a Small World” (which would presumably be somewhat Carmen Sandiego-like), this is maybe not the way forward for Disney films.

big thunderSince 2009 Disney has owned Marvel Comics, and while speculated on what that might mean for the future of Marvel, it has mostly remained unchanged in terms of the Marvel universe of superheroes. What is in interesting possibility though is the new miniseries Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. After the hit-and-miss (though mostly miss) run of fiction based on rides, this is a chance for Disney to test ideas in a safer market without investing millions of dollars into an idea that might make back less than half of the money invested.  If this is the case, Marvel could also act as an incubator for movie ideas which Disney thinks might fail on the big screen, and this could be a place to see if they could succeed and to fine tune the idea before putting it into production.  Thus maybe if there is to be a “It’s a Small World” movie, it might show up at Marvel first.

Preview: Tomorrowland #3

Tomorrowland #3

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Alti Firmansyah, Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs
32pp
FC
$3.99
Publisher: Titan Comics
On sale: 25/09/2013
Synopsis

The music-driven ride of your life continues, from Paul Jenkins, the Eisner award-winning writer of Wolverine: Origin and The Darkness!

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJs at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival, have been chosen as the Keepers of Creativity. Ranged against the Destructive forces of the Nameless One, they only have a year to come up with an event that will recharge the creative batteries of the whole universe – and with demons, monsters and the forces of Fate in the way, it’s going to be a tall order. These DJs no longer have to make just music – at this year’s festival, they need to make history!

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Preview: Tomorrowland #2

Tomorrowland #2

Issue Number #2 (OF 4)
Full Color
Publisher:  Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 28, 2013

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist/s: Stellar Labs

 The music-led adventure from the Eisner award-winning writer of Wolverine: Origin and The Darkness continues!

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJs at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival, have been pulled into an eternal war between the forces of creation and destruction. Can they turn the tide in favour of creativity over the course of just one festival – even with William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and hundreds of creators from throughout history on their side?!

Buckle in for a fantasy ride like no other!

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Review: A1 #3, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2, Lenore #8, Tomorrrowland #1, Numbercruncher #1

A1 #3

A1_03_CoverB_Back_webFrankenstein’s Monster is in the Weir and the angry mob greeting him with pitchforks and flaming torches are Mice, Weasels and Rabbits.

From World War 2 to Iraq, you’ll always find Blazing Glory in the thick of it. But after 60 years of combat he’s starting to question what he’s doing and why.

An extremely out-of-shape video game freak assembles his own army of gamers and plans a hit on a well-loved politician.
The reason? Said politician made a really disparaging comment on the nutfreak’s favorite game. Carpediem vs an army of vengeful nerds!

That’s the three stories you’ll find in Titan Comics‘ amazing anthology. Each is totally different in style and story, but they’re all amazingly good. There really is something for everyone, and that something is quality. The three stories, Carpediem, Odyssey, and Weirding Willows are each entertaining in their own way. All are familiar, with similar stories out there, but each have a spin and look that make them stand out from the rest.

Carpediem is the most original of the bunch following a team of super-agents, each named after a day of the week and each with their own “theme” and ability. There’s some great continuing jokes through the series that gets me to laugh with each issue. It’s just mad fun to read.

Odyssey might look like a certain character from another certain company, but it’s standing on its own with a beautiful style and action that keeps you entertained.

Weirding Willows is a mash-up comic taking characters from literary past. You’ll recognize the characters in a whole new way and so far the comic really stands out from all of the other similar comics out there with it’s focus, pacing and amazing art.

Titan Comics is making a case with each issue that A1 could be “the” anthology comic of the year. It’s that damn good.

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2

Chron_Comm_02cover_webNazi saboteurs have overrun Chronos Command, and made off with a Chronosphere core – a priceless piece of Allied technology that could change the course of the Time War!

Can the Sarge, his crack squad depleted after the white-knuckle events of #1, mount a daring recovery mission into the past with a unit of rookies? You’d better hope so — because all of history rides on the outcome!

First, lets talk about the art from Stuart Jennett who pulls double duty as the writer. The painted art is jaw dropping and so cool looking. There’s only a few artists who can pull this off and Jennett is up there with a style that makes each character unique and stand out, something some artists of this style have issues with. The art alone makes it a “buy.”

Next is the story which continues the pulpy B-movie fun involving time travel, dinosaurs and Nazis. That combination, how can it not be enjoyable? But, like the first issue, the characters are cookie-cutter and fill their role as the adventure moves along. You have the grizzled leader, the scientist who isn’t a soldier, and the red-shirts that you know will die at some point. They all have their role and fill it well.

The comic is just a lot of fun, it feels like a pulp movie. Rarely does a comic deliver exactly what you expect and does so with as much fun. We’re two issues in and I still think this is one of the most fun comics of the summer.

Story: Stuart Jennett Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

It Came! #1

IT CAME! CoverWitness a very British invasion!

Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this hilarious B-movie romp, a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget SF cinema – in comic book form!

An enormous alien robot lays waste to the English countryside, annihilating bunting, villages and diagonally-sliced sandwiches alike! Only the pipe-chomping space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his assistant Doris Night (a lady) stand a chance of stopping it from marching all the way to London – but can they possibly escape the grasp of GRURK and get the might of the British Army on their side?!

Keep your upper lips stiff, your ties immaculately knotted, and your notions of gender equality dialled back sixty years – for the sake of the planet!

It Came! feels like a lost classic movie, in this case from Pinetree Studios, filled with advertisements that draw you further into the time this might have come out.

Writer and artist Dan Boultwood continues Titan Comics’ dominance of the B-movie done in comic form with a story that not only feels like a B-movie plot wise, but also pulls from the sexism and misogyny of that time. You’re sucked in and at no point is Boultwood breaking character to update the tale.

Comics are supposed to be fun and Boultwood clearly understands that. This is a great debut and another example why Titan Comics is a publisher to keep an eye on.

Story: Dan Boultwood Art: Dan Boultwood
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lenore #8

Lenore#8-coveraWhen a film crew from the “Ghosty Toasty” TV show: “Where we toast that ghost!” turns up at Lenore’s mansion in search of ‘ghosts and ghouls’… they get more than they bargained for, much, much more!

Issue #8 of Lenore marks the beginning of the end for one of Lenore’s main characters; with the start of a four-issue story-arc that will culminate in a fight-to-the-death between two of the comic’s most beloved characters. But who will stand victorious – and who will die, never to live again..?

Each of the four issues will also reveal the shocking truth behind the mask of Taxidermy (perhaps Lenore’s most mysterious and sinister character) and reveal his incredible history, which started back in the days of ancient Egypt!

It’s been a long time since I picked up an issue of Lenore, but even after all these years, creator Roman Dirge has continued the cute and twisted series in exactly the same messed up way I remember. The comic is hilarious, to the point I was laughing out loud numerous times and had people staring at me trying to figure out what I was reading and why it was so funny.

The cute beginning, the skewering of the “ghost hunting” shows that’s on television, and all in a package that moves along Lenore’s story. It all works together in a fun and twisted way.

I got to the end and felt like it’s been too long since I picked up a copy of Lenore. I’ve clearly been depriving myself and need to go back and find out what I’ve been missing all these years.

Story: Roman Dirge Art: Roman Dirge
Story 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Tomorrrowland #1

TomorrowLand (Atomeka)From the Eisner award-winning writer of Spider-ManWolverine: OriginThe Inhumans and The Darkness comes a music-led adventure like no other!

Meet Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, two young DJs – and the public faces of the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival – as they are drawn into an impossible adventure to save the vital spark of creativity!

Over the course of this retina-blasting fantasy adventure, the pair find themselves sucked into an eternal war between two worlds, a battle waged between the forces of creation and destruction for the energy we all carry inside us. It’s a war we’re rapidly losing, but can two DJs turn the tide over the course of just one festival?

I went into this comic with no idea what to expect. I’ve seen the build up and the previews and other than it taking place at some music festival, I was in the dark. The comic is best described as a modern fantasy with music acting as magic and full of the types of characters and monsters you’d expect in that type of story.

The characters are interesting too, I’m still not quite sure if I’m totally bought in and like the two protagonists. I’m not bought in that I’m cheering for them right now. Something just doesn’t sit right yet. Maybe it’s because I’m long disconnected from the type of world and environment they live in?

The art though is fantastic, with a great look and feel about it, that’s a major draw to the comic. The look is amazing.

The first issue was enough for me to come back for the second. It’s interesting and unique enough to stand out. We’ll see though what the second issue has in store and if that’ll keep my interest and enjoyment more than just something pretty to look at.

Story: Paul Jenkins Art: Stellar Labs
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Numbercruncher #1

Numbercruncher_#1_FinalCoverLayout_lowNumbercruncher is an  off-the-wall romance mixing time-travel, life-after-death and coal-black comedy is by Si Spurrier and  P.J. Holden.

Utterly unusual, vaguely insane, and unexpectedly heart-warming, Numbercruncher follows a brilliant mathematician who dies young, enters the afterlife and discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated within the lifespan of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such bailiff – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

Numbercruncher was originally serialized in black & white in Judge Dredd Megazine in the UK. The series is now being newly colored and expanded for the first time by Titan Comics. And that coloring is something that stands out to me, because it’s not the entire comic, instead just specific panels and parts. It’s a look that’s very cool and really catches the eye.

Overall the story is highly entertaining with a concept I haven’t quite seen before. The concept is an interesting one with a new spin in life after death and a main character in Bastard Zane who you can’t quite cheer for. But, at the same time, he’s entertaining, hell the whole world is really entertaining.

The fact that this comic is a reprint doesn’t phase me at all, it’s all new material in my eyes. And it’s material that I find engrossing and creative. I want to see what comes next and where this all goes. If you’ve never read the series before, absolutely check this one out. Another example why Titan Comics is a titan in the industry.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: PJ Holden
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Tomorrowland #1

Tomorrowland #1

 Writer(s): Paul Jenkins
Artist Name(s): Stellar Labs
Issue Number: 1 (of 4)
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 24, 2013

From the Eisner award-winning writer of Spider-ManWolverine: OriginThe Inhumans and The Darkness comes a music-led adventure like no other!

Meet Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, two young DJs – and the public faces of the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival – as they are drawn into an impossible adventure to save the vital spark of creativity!

Over the course of this retina-blasting fantasy adventure, the pair find themselves sucked into an eternal war between two worlds – a battle waged between the forces of creation and destruction for the energy we all carry inside us. It’s a war we’re rapidly losing – but can two DJs turn the tide over the course of just one festival?

There’s only one way to find out!

TomorrowLand (Atomeka)

Titan Comics in September 2013

MARADA THE SHE-WOLF

Writer(s): Chris Claremont
Artist Name(s): John Bolton
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 112pp
Retail Price: $24.99
Street Date: November 12, 2013

THE FANTASY CLASSIC COLLECTED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! FULLY REMASTERED, AND FULLY RESTORED!

From comics legends Chris Claremont (The Uncanny X-Men; Excalibur; Captain Britain; Fantastic Four; Gen 13) and John Bolton (Man-Bat; Harlequin Valentine; Books of Magic) comes the shield-shattering saga of Marada The She-Wolf – white-haired, blood-soaked swordswoman and mercenary, object of unearthly desire and descendant of Julius Caesar!

Featuring beautiful fully restored artwork by John Bolton, interviews with and commentaries from the creators, and never-before-seen sketches and artwork, this is the ultimate vision of the ultimate fighting fantasy female!

Check out the teaser trailer here

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code:  JUL131283

MARADA THE SHE-WOLF

Wallace and Gromit Newspaper Strips Vol.1

Writer(s): Richy K. Chandler, David Leach, Steve White and more
Artist Name(s): Mychalio Kazybird, John Burns
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 136pp
Retail Price: $14.99
Street Date: October 1, 2013

Spawned from the three-time, Oscar-winning animation shorts, Grand Day Out, Close Shave and the feature-length, Curse of the Were-rabbit, the Wallace & Gromit Omnibus chronicles the adventures of that quintessentially British inventor, Wallace and his ever-helpful canine companion, Gromit.

The strip, which appears daily in The Sun, the UK’s most popular daily newspaper, is read by an audience of 2.3 million readers. The full-colour strip features a self-contained, weekly-continuity that sees our plucky, bald inventor race from one hair-brained invention to the next with gusto, extreme silliness and more puns than you can shake a stick at!

Collecting the first 52 weeks and 311 Wallace & Gromit strips that appeared daily from May 2010 to May 2011.

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code: JUL131286

WALLACE AND GROMIT NEWSPAPER STRIPS VOL.1

DEATH SENTENCE #2

Writer(s): Monty Nero
Artist Name(s): Mike Dowling
Issue Number: 2
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 6
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: November 13, 2013

The clock is ticking – and three powerful lives are running out!

Given incredible superpowers – and six months to live – by the sexually-transmitted G+ Virus, three Londoners kick back against the spectre of death with everything they’ve got.

Washed-up indie guitarist Weasel tries to make amends for a life that’s totally f*****d – but changing the direction of a lifetime can be murder! Comedian and media personality Monty tests the limits of his new powers of persuasion, with horrifying results… and, after her explosive activation, Verity is on the run from the government – but can her nascent abilities keep her one step ahead of a crack team of GCHQ operatives?

Don’t miss the chance to get on board this critical smash-hit right now – it’s the future of superpowered storytelling!

Check out the trailer here

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code: JUL131281

DEATH SENTENCE #2

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #5

Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett
Issue Number: 5
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 5
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: November 6, 2013

It’s the slam-bang conclusion of the first Chronos Commandos miniseries, as the Sarge and his Nazi nemesis, Richter, beat the crap outta each other for the stolen Chronosphere core – and only one of them is making it home!

Plus, there’s still the safety of Time, Space and the Universe to worry about, as two Einsteins grapple to fix an overheating time reactor – and the laws of Causality – before reality itself collapses! Will the Sarge make it back alive? When the dust clears, will any Commandos remain? And which last-minute twists will rock your world forever?!

Don’t miss the stunning conclusion, as the first season of Chronos Commandos goes out with an epic bang!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code: JUL131280

CHRONOS COMMANDOS DAWN PATROL #5

Tomorrowland #4

Writer(s): Paul Jenkins
Artist Name(s):  Alti Firmansyah, Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 16, 2013

 The end of the first mini-series end with 32 pages of story!

The award winning brothers, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, are back together again, but this time they are facing each other head-to-head on the main stage of the Tomorrowland festival itself.  The Nameless One has turned Mike to the dark side and only his brother can stop him with help from friends like Nervo, Steve Aoki, Thomas Gold, Zatox, Sander Van Doom and many more.

 AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code: JUL131287

TOMORROWLAND #4

It Came #4

Writer(s): Dan Boultwood
Artist Name(s): Dan Boultwood
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: November 6th, 2013

Dan Boultwood’s thrilling tale of SF B-movie derring-do brews to a fiery finale, as the first full movie from Pinetree Studios is rescued from the archives!

Dr. Boy Brett and his lady assistant Doris Night hurry to London in pursuit of the monstrous robot GRURK, now smashing a wave of destruction through the capital, in the face of the beleaguered and ineffectual military might of the British Empire. All seems lost… but does DORIS hold the key to the undoing of this otherworldly invasion?

A must-read for fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this is a gorgeously-illustrated, deeply-funny adventure!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code: JUL131282

IT CAME #4

A1 #6

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcelius
Issue Number: 6
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: On-going
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: November 6, 2013

 The last issue of the first series of the new A1 anthology draws to a close but it won’t be the end for these characters…

CARPE DIEM: When an endless horde of volcanic monsters march to destroy everything humanity holds dear, not even the CARPEDIEM agents can stop it. It’s the end of the world as they know it and the only one who can stop it is… SIR MONDAY??!

ODYSSEY: Blazing Glory’s show-down with SHARKY in Zuccotti Park raises questions in the White House and President Obama is forced to make a decision that will come back to haunt him

WEIRDING WILLOWS: There is a WEREWOLF loose in the house of Dr Moreau and she may be too much for even Frankenstein’s Monster to handle.  Maybe Mowgli might have better luck.

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM JULY PREVIEWS
Order Code: JUL131279

A1 #6 CARPE DIEM A1 #6 ODYSSEY A1 #6 WEIRDING WILLOWS

Titan Comics in August 2013

DEATH SENTENCE #1

Writer(s): Monty Nero
Artist Name(s): Mike Dowling
Issue Number: 1
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 6
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 9, 2013

 

What would you do with superpowers – and six months to live? 

That’s the dilemma facing three people who’ve contracted the G+ Virus, a terrifying new STD.

What can graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time they have left? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory?

By turns funny, dark, sad and spectacular, Death Sentence is an emotional thrill ride through celebrity, loss, passion and creativity. It’s the jaw-dropping next stage in superpowered storytelling!

Packed with unforgettable shocks, quotable dialogue and the character finds of a generation, this is an unmissable debut by two striking and confident new voices!

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THE FIRST KINGDOM VOL 1: THE BIRTH OF TUNDRAN

Writer(s): Jack Katz
Artist Name(s): Jack Katz
Format: Hardcover Collection
Volumes in Series: Vol.1 out of 6
Page Count: 208pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: B&W
Retail Price: $24.99
Street Date: September 24, 2013

An unforgettable epic, the work of a lifetime, is finally collected in an ultimate, six-part library!

Visionary. Maverick. Rebel. Master storyteller. Iconoclast. Genius. Jack Katz has been called all of these things since he began his illustrated magnum opus in 1974, creating a tale that follows in the vein of a futuristic, post-civilization The Odyssey or The Iliad!

Now, exclusively from Titan Comics, comes this long-lost treasure from a golden age in comics creation – as it’s never been seen before. Remastered and packed with exclusive features, this sumptuous volume collects the first part of a tale for which the term ‘epic’ was invented!

After nuclear armageddon devastates the Earth, the survivors become playthings of resurgent ‘gods’. As civilisations rise and fall, as loves and lives are lost, the future of humanity will be won by uncovering the secrets of the past.

The First Kingdom is presented here in a complete collectors’ library for the first time, replete with cleaned and restored art taken from high-resolution scans of the original art pages, and completely relettered throughout.

Comprising six volumes in total, each book also includes features on the history of the strip, as well as all-new introductions by Jack Katz and his many industry fans!

First Kingdom Vol 1 cover

RAZORJACK

Writer(s):  John Higgins
Artist Name(s):  John Higgins
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 104pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: B&W
Retail Price: $19.95
Street Date: September 18, 2013

FULLY REMASTERED WITH RESTORED ART, ALL-NEW SCRIPT AND TWO BRAND-NEW SHORT STORIES OF JOHN HIGGINS ORIGINAL SELF PUBLISHED TALE! RAZORJACK AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!

FROM THE COLORIST OF WATCHMEN • BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE

The Twist: an infernal dimension of molten pain, terror and screaming torment. Ruling over this dark domain is the queen of carnage: Razorjack, she who would bring extinction to the Human race!

All that stands in the path of her apocalyptic ambitions is a pair of rogue cops. Their investigations into a series of horrific serial murders uncover Razorjack’s horrific machinations, forcing the cracks ever wider between Earth and The Twist – and the death of Humanity ever closer!

This is the ultimate edition of RAZORJACK: restored, remastered and reworked for a whole new audience!

Razorjack Cover

THRUD THE BARBARIAN

Writer(s):  Carl Critchlow
Artist Name(s): Carl Critchlow
Format: Hardcover Collection
Page Count: 144pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $19.99
Street Date: September 24, 2013

The Eagle-Award-Winning Barbarian comedy series is collected at last!

Thrud: big of muscle, tiny of head, which is fine for Thrud as you only need a big brain if you need to talk your way out of trouble. Instead, he lets his axe speak for him!

In the first collected volume of this hugely popular cult, er, hero, Thrud faces down the necromancer To-Me Ku-Pa (FWAP! THWOK!); protects his beer supplies from fierce Frost Giants (KRISH! KER-THUNK!); faces his arch-nemesis (THUNKTHUNKTHUNK!); assumes the stately role of the king he accidentally killed (GAK! POK!) and gets his pint spilled on a mission into the depths of a primeval jungle (ARRGGLE! SPLUTCH!)!

A hilarious, timeless parody of Conan The Barbarian and his musclebound ilk!

Thrud the Barbarian cover

Numbercruncher #4

Writer(s): Si Spurrier
Artist Name(s): P.J. Holden
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 16, 2013

The shock conclusion of the critically acclaimed temporal afterlife adventure! 

An epic battle of wits, wills and divine accountancy has twisted across decades and multiple lifetimes, and now the clash between Bastard Zane and the reincarnating Mathematician is coming to a head.

Who gets what they want? Who loses everything forever? And, when all the cunning plans and clever tricks have been resolved… is there still one last card to play?

Don’t miss the epic finish to the miniseries everybody is talking about!

Numbercruncher #4

Solid State Tank Girl #4

Writer(s): Alan Martin
Artist Name(s): Warwick Johnson Cadwell
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 18, 2013

Tank Girl VS. Anti Tank Girl, for all the marbles!

Spawned in darkness, trained in secret, brewed in a bollock, Anti Tank Girl is the worst nemesis Tank Girl has ever been pitted agains!

A towering edifice of pink blondeness, she emits uncontrollable rays of rainbows, love and ponies wherever she goes – and is out to replace Tank Girl for good! There’s no way that Tank Girl and her gang of misfits are going to stand for THAT.

It’s the ultimate battle for women’s suffrage in the slam-bang, riotously unexpected conclusion to the most insane Tank Girl adventure yet!

Solid State Tank Girl #4

It Came #3

Writer(s): Dan Boultwood
Artist Name(s): Dan Boultwood
Issue Number: 3
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 2, 2013

Director Dan Boultwood’s long-lost SF B-movie ratchets towards its jaw-dropping climax!

After the terrifying discoveries made in our last astonishing issue, space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his lady assistant Doris Night are now trapped inside an honest-to-goodness flying saucer, along with a robot that aims to capture them alive!

What role does this monstrous, monosyllabic automaton play in the extra-terrestrial invasion plan? And what do drooping upper lips have to do with the fate of Britain – AND THE WORLD?!

A must-read for fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this is a beautifully illustrated, laugh-out-loud pastiche!

It Came #3

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #4

Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett
Issue Number: 4
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 5
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 2, 2013

The Sarge and his team battle a vicious Nazi time squad who’ll do anything to turn the Allied heroes into fossilised raptor-chow! Plus – the rules of time travel are pushed to the limit, as Einstein crosses his own timeline in order to prevent the extinction of the universe, when a Chronosphere goes critical at the Commandos’ base!

Don’t miss the high-class, high-stakes, fully painted pulp action, as Chronos Commandos cranks up a gear!

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #4

Tomorrowland #3

Writer(s): Paul Jenkins
Artist Name(s):  Alti Firmansyah, Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs
Issue Number: 3
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 4
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 18, 2013

The music-driven ride of your life continues, from Paul Jenkins, the Eisner award-winning writer of Wolverine: Origin and The Darkness!

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJs at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival, have been chosen as the Keepers of Creativity. Ranged against the Destructive forces of the Nameless One, they only have a year to come up with an event that will recharge the creative batteries of the whole universe – and with demons, monsters and the forces of Fate in the way, it’s going to be a tall order. These DJs no longer have to make just music – at this year’s festival, they need to make history!

Tomorrowland #3

A1 #5 

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcelius
Issue Number: 5
Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: On-going
Page Count: 32pp
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: October 2, 2013

WEIRDING WILLOWS: At last, a hint of what lies beneath the Weir. The secret of talking animals and dimensional portals revealed. Plus one of our cast dies and we promise you, they will never return.

ODYSSEY: SHARKY’s back! He leads a SWAT team against… A group of protestors on Wall Street?! Only one man dares stand in their way.

CARPEDIEM: YELLOW TIDE
When saving the world, the CARPEDIEM agents prefer to ride in their state-of-the-art, nuclear-powered, phallic-shaped-but-not- overcompensating…. by-much, copyright-infringing “Yellow Submarine”. But one day the submarine is missing. Someone stole it straight from under their noses inside their secret HQ. So join them, under a sky of blue and sea of green, as they hunt for their yellow submarine.

A1 #5 (Carpe DIEm) A1 #5 (Odyssey) A1 #5 (Weirding Willows)

Titan Comics in July 2013

A1 Annual

Writer(s): Ron Marz, Matt Wagner, Dave Johnson, Tom Raney, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Kuhn, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, W.H. Rauf and more…
Artist Name(s): Jim Steranko, Dave Wilkins, Sami Basri, Alex Horley, Tom Raney, Brian Smith, D’Israeli, Garrie Gastonny, Mark A. Nelson, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Garry Leach, Dave Johnson, Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Dave Dorman, Steve White, Kai Lim, Andy Kuhn, Philip Tan, Rhoald Marcellius, Michael T. Gilbert, Sunny Gho, Doug Braithwaite and more…
Covers: Comes with two covers to collect, including a special Diamond exclusive cover by Jim Steranko and Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau!
Page Count: 176pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $22.99
Street Date: October 9, 2013

A1 has always been a laboratory for creators to experiment and innovate, to break away from corporate creations and unleash their own ideas. Already proving a success with the new monthly comic book, this first all-new A1 Annual marks the thrilling return of the award-winning graphic anthology series to bookshelves everywhere!

Inside these oversized pages, a Who’s Who of comics’ talent – past, present and future – spread their imaginative wings across a gripping selection of all-new short stories. Which ones will be the breakout, creator-owned characters of tomorrow?!

  • Island in the Sky – written by JOE SIMON, penciled by JACK KIRBY and inked by AL WILLIAMSON.
  • Tales of Old Fennario – written and drawn by SANDY PLUNKETT
  • Terror of the Lesbian Nudist Colony – written by SCOTT HAMPTON and MARK KNEECE and illustrated by SCOTT HAMPTON
  • The Riddle of the Recalcitrant Refuse – written by ALAN MOORE and illustrated by MICHAEL T. GILBERT with WILLIAM LOEBS and DARCY & KEVIN HORN.
  • Emily Almost – written and drawn by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
  • A Question of Priorities – written by DAVE ELLIOTT, drawn by TOBY CYPRESS and color by SAKTI YUWONO
  • Solid Gold Death Mask – written and drawn by RUFUS DAYGLO
  • The Boston Metaphysical Society – written by MADELEINE HOLLY-ROSING and illustrated by EMILY HU
  • The Odd Ball – written with layouts and color by NORMAN FELCHE and illustrated by ALEX SHEIKMAN.
  • Where The Gods Are – written and illustrated by MARK A. NELSON.
  • Origin of Evil – written by DAVE ELLIOTT and illustrated by BARNABY BAGENDA and JESSICA KHOLINNE
  • Raging Rod – written and drawn by DAVE JOHNSON
  • Little Star – written and illustrated by DOMINIC REGAN

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM MAY PREVIEWS
Order Code Regular Edition: MAY131271
Order Code Previews Exclusive Edition: MAY131272

A1 Annual A1 Annual Exclusive Diamond cover

Numbercruncher #3

Writer(s): Si Spurrier
Artist Name(s): P.J. Holden
Cover Artist(s): P.J. Holden
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Number of Issues in Series: 4
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Page Count: 32pp
Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 11, 2013

Bastard Zane is hot on the Mathematician’s heels, as the reincarnating schemer dives back through time and lifetimes to be with the woman he loves, again and again, across a hundred different incarnations!

The Divine Calculator wants the Mathematician’s mind under his contract, and Zane wants his freedom from the fulfilment of the same… so it’s time to warm up his maths-driven accident gun – and kill the bloody genius as many bloody times as he can bloody reincarnate!

But when you’re dealing with a dead man as smart as this one, things are never going to go smoothly!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM MAY PREVIEWS
Order Code: MAY131275

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #3

Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett
Cover Artist(s): Stuart Jennett
Number of Issues in Series: 5
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Page Count: 32pp
Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 4, 2013

Trapped in the past, surrounded by starving velociraptors, and liberally daubed in blood, the Sarge and his squad are in their tightest spot yet!

But there’s no time to linger on their slim chance of escape – they’re sharing the Cretaceous with the Nazi time crew who’ve stolen an Allied Chronosphere – a piece of tech that could tilt the Time War in the Nazis’ favor! It’s up to the Sarge to take it back – or die trying!

Pulse-pounding painted pulpcore action, just like Mama always made!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM MAY PREVIEWS
Order Code: MAY131273

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #3

IT CAME! #2

Writer(s): Dan Boultwood
Artist Name(s): Dan Boultwood
Number of Issues in Series: 4
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Page Count: 32pp
Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 4, 2013

Director Dan Boultwood contains his lost B-movie SF ‘classic’!

The alien robot known as GRURK has been temporarily waylaid by industrial quantities of bunting, but its inexorable march towards London cannot be stopped! In the village of Trumpington Abbey, space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his lady-assistant Doris Night (a lady) welcome the arrival of the British Army – but do the soldiers herald a heightened level of competence… or a right royal Carry On? And what part does a field-full of mouldy turnips have to play in the enfolding cosmic drama?!

A blast for fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and classic low-budget science fiction, this gorgeous, affectionate pastiche will keep you guessing – and laughing – throughout!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM MAY PREVIEWS
Order Code: MAY131274

It Came #2

Tomorrowland #2

Writer(s): Paul Jenkins
Artist Name(s): Alti Firmansyah, Beny Maulana of Stellar Labs
Number of Issues in Series: 4
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Page Count: 32pp
Price: $3.99
Street Date: August 21, 2013

The music-led adventure from the Eisner award-winning writer of Wolverine: Origin and The Darkness continues!

Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJs at the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival, have been pulled into an eternal war between the forces of creation and destruction. Can they turn the tide in favour of creativity over the course of just one festival – even with William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and hundreds of creators from throughout history on their side?!

Buckle in for a fantasy ride like no other!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM MAY PREVIEWS
Order Code: MAY131276

Tomorrowland #2

A1 #4

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Cover Artist(s): 3 covers to collect – Sami Basri and Sakti Yuwono (Weirding Willows), Garrie Gastonny and Sakti Yuwono (Odyssey), Rhoald Marcellius and Sakti Yuwono (Carpe Diem)
Number of Issues in Series: 6 (monthly)
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Page Count: 36pp
Price: $3.99
Street Date: September 4, 2013

WEIRDING WILLOWS: There’s a dinosaur from Hollow Earth loose in the Weir and she’s eating Farmer McGregor’s sheep! Can Alice and Frankenstein’s Monster stop her – before McGregor puts down this purple T-rex for good?!

What do you get when you cross soldiers, superheroes, supervillains with a truckload of guns, in a children’s hospital in Iraq?! This month’s ODYSSEY, that’s what!

CARPEDIEM: NINE IRON

Grab your woods and irons, and join the CarpeDIEm agents as they battle a haunted putt-putt golf arena – where deadly surprises wait in every hole!

AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM MAY PREVIEWS
Order Code: MAY131270

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