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The Bionic Woman is back. This time, in her third comic book series in the past two years, following Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and The Six Million Dollar Man, it’s a continuation of the original television series, right where the series last left our bionic heroine.
Dynamite Comics is publishing the new series, written by Brandon Jerwa, with interior art by David T. Cabrera. The Bionic Woman: Season Four Issue #1 features cover art by Sean Chen and a photo incentive cover featuring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
Here are some preview images from Issue #1:
It’s Wednesday again, and that means the new comic books are out for the week at your local comic book store. We’ve got several previews for a whopping seven issues of new books that should have something for everyone. There’s Dark Horse Comics’ great ongoing Star Wars series, which will be wrapping up this year. Then there’s Bill Willingham’s excellent steampunk series Legenderry for Dynamite Comics, reuniting the best of classic pulp heroes with new twists, like the Six Thousand Dollar Man. We also have previews of two issues from Archie Comics–one from Archie Comics Digest and the other from the SEGA video game universe: Sonic the Hedgehog.
Also, a new Angry Birds series begins, IDW is releasing a brief history of Godzilla comics, and a preview of the next issue of the ongoing Star Trek series is here, all from IDW Publishing.
After the break, check out previews for one or all of them, courtesy of their respective comic book publishers.
In the past few years Dynamite Comics has featured several great series and stories featuring Lamont Cranston, the enigmatic Shadow of the golden age of comics. Today legendary comic book writer and artist Howard Chaykin brings another look at the character to modern audiences with The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow. Chaykin serves as both writer and artist on this series, which reflects his passion for the post-war period and golden age heroes.
And the story begins at the end of sorts, with the Shadow deciding to retire. It’s New Year’s Eve 1949, time to turn over a new leaf, and some intrigue is brewing on its own across the pond in London. Here’s the summary from Dynamite Comics:
LAMONT CRANSTON, the man the world and the underworld know all too well as THE SHADOW, has had enough. It’s time for the Mysterious Nemesis of Crime to hang up his cloak, his slouch hat, and his twin .45s, and retire from public life…
…But despite this momentous decision, MARGO LAINE and the rest of the Shadow’s AGENTS fear that mankind, teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, may not be quite ready to be bereft of the Dark Avenger.
Chaykin produces some of his best artwork here. Just check out these layouts of the opening pages of Issue #1 after the break:
When I was a kid my favorite comic book monthly was the original Star Wars series that continued the adventures of Luke, Han, Leia, and the rest of the gang beyond “A New Hope,” meandering in and out of continuity through beautiful adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. They even had an early issue before TESB called “The Empire Strikes.” They created one of the best Expanded Universe characters to come along until Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn with one of our favorite borgs, The Hunter. After years of reading I finally bought a subscription. My first issue? Issue #107.
If you are familiar with that Marvel Comics Star Wars line, you know that 107 was the final issue of the series. Along with my first issue in the mail of Star Wars came a postcard with those dreaded words for fans of comic books and a message on the cover: “Last Issue.” So much for my subscription.
Hey, why is everyone smiling?
So it was with a certain raised eyebrow that I learned this month that my favorite series, Dynamite Comics’ Miss Fury, that time travelling superheroine story with mobsters and Nazis and parallel Earths, is cancelled. Tomorrow, comic book stores around the country will be selling Miss Fury, Issue #11, wrapping up Marla Drake’s story, at least for now.
I admit that when such things happen my mind’s eye recalls a headline (over a much more serious event) from decades ago on a street corner newspaper stand from the New York Post with the simple but effective boldface headline: “Bastards!” In this case I mean this in the nicest possible way, of course. Some titles get readership, some don’t do as well. Economics determine what goes and what stays. But keep in mind Miss Fury is a character who just celebrated her 73rd birthday. As Arnie might say, “She’ll be back.”
So here is a preview from the beginning of the end, Miss Fury, Issue #11, courtesy of Dynamite Comics:
The borg.com selection for best comic book series of 2013, Dynamite’s Miss Fury, continues to be an action-filled series in 2014, full of time travel, parallel histories, and an update to a classic and nostalgic superheroine. Add to that mobsters, Nazis, the Philadelphia Experiment, atomic age scientists, and an interstellar timeship, and the result is just plain fun.
Writer Rob Williams, artist Jack Herbert, and colorist Ivan Nunes have merged the future with the past, and thrown in some new, cool, supervillains on par with Deathstroke and the pantheon of bad guys from the Arrow TV series. Stuck out of time, Marla Drake has met and killed herself, and now she is forced into continuing to be an assassin to try to save a man from her past. But violent recurring, mind-numbing headaches are catching her off-guard, the result of popping across time. Can she take control of her actions and stop the madness before her own time is up?
After the break is a preview of Miss Fury, Issue #10, courtesy of Dynamite Comics:
Number Six, the humanoid Cylon played by Tricia Helfer in the Battlestar Galactica reboot, in her now iconic red dress is probably the most memorable of the characters in the Syfy Channel series, and certainly the most unusual. Her manipulation of Gaius Baltar set the course of events for the entire world where humans set out on a last-ditch quest to find the legendary planet Earth.
Now one of our favorite borgs, Six is getting her own monthly comic book series from Dynamite Comics. Former Green Arrow scribe J.T. Krul will serve as series writer, with art by Igor Vitorino. Battlestar Galactica: Six will take a look at the origins of this next generations of Cylons, and how a robotic being can become more human.
After the break, check out this preview of Battlestar Galactica: Six, Issue #1, courtesy of Dynamite Comics:
This year I had my first comic convention experience where I didn’t get in early to be the first in line to commission sketches from some of the great artists attending the show. That was Planet Comicon, and it was simply because I was helping set up booths, working my way through four cosplay outfits, meeting celebrities, spending hours in costume with attendees in photo ops, catching up with old friends, helping artist friends sell art, manning a booth… keeping busy and having a great time doing it.
So I missed out on my regular art fix.
So I decided to fill the void by picking up some original cover art from one of my favorite artists in the business right now. That’s Mike Mayhew, who created some great covers for the Bionic Man series last year, and is currently wrapping up one of the best Star Wars works ever produced, The Star Wars, where he served as artist interpreting George Lucas’s original vision of Star Wars before it became Star Wars.
Season Two of The Six Million Dollar Man is in full gear. Issue #2 of Dynamite Comics’ newest monthly series is in comic book stores tomorrow. Oscar Goldman must tell Steve Austin that O.S.I.’s bionics division is closing its doors. What will this mean for Steve and Jamie?
An alien organism has made it to Earth’s surface.
Who is the new face-changing Steve Austin doppelganger? The menace Maskatron is back from the toy shelves of the 1970s to the ongoing story of Colonel Steve Austin.
Issue #2 includes a classic cover design by Alex Ross, with ongoing story by Jim Kuhoric and interior art by Juan Antonio Ramirez.
After the break, check out a preview for The Six Million Dollar Man Season Six, Issue #2, courtesy of Dynamite Comics:
If you’re missing the Flash Gordon of the 1980 movie then a new monthly comic book series beginning today may be for you. Following the original story elements from Alex Raymond’s original stories first laid down in 1930s comic book strips discussed previously at borg.com here and here, but updating elements to the present day, Dynamite Comics is rebooting Flash Gordon for a new audience.
Issue #1 of the new series finds Flash Gordon and sci-journalist Dale Arden a year ago, with Arden covering the last space shuttle’s decommissioning, and Flash bungee jumping. One year later at they are about to encounter the planet Mongo, and the dreaded Emperor Ming, for the first time. That is, after a slight detour to the planet Arboria, and an encounter with Prince Barin.
Like the 1980 movie, this Flash Gordon series has a confident, cocky and a bit foolhardy Flash, and a no-nonsense, sharp, and attractive Dale. It’s just brought forward a bit with the starting point–34 years updated from the film. Jeff Parker is the series writer, with art by Evan Shaner.
After the break, we have a preview of Flash Gordon, Issue #1, courtesy of Dynamite Comics:
We at borg.com have been pretty excited about Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila’s new monthly Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure. So much so that our resident author and frequent TV and movie reviewer Elizabeth C. Bunce cosplayed one of the characters at Planet Comicon last week (and Willingham said yesterday on Twitter it may be the first time anyone cosplayed one of his non-Fables characters!). Check out our earlier review of Issues #1 and #2 of the series here. Call it steampunk, steam-noir, or as Willingham prefers “steampulp,” the new series is moving full steam ahead with the Dynamite Comics arsenal of licensed characters from the past and telling their story in a fun, new way. And what’s more exciting than taking the Bionic Man in a new direction?
Last month we sneaked a peek at future marketing blurbs and knew this was coming, but the origin story of Major Steve Austin and scientist pal Oscar Goldman was even more intriguing than we could have hoped for. The opening image of Steve Austin in a wheel chair–the result of some experimental flying gone wrong and an “uncooperative autogyro”–is just plain inspired.
Austin’s first mission with his $6,000 worth of prosthetics comes about when Captain Victory’s dirigible encounters a disaster in-flight. Austin and Goldman’s chummy banter is immediately believable and true to their mirror universe 1970s incarnation.
The Six Thousand Dollar Man’s design, both in this month’s Legenderry Issue #3, and the formal look on the cover, has set up a gentlemanly steampunk hero whose exploits, whatever they come to be, could take on the best of the genre–if given a chance.
After the break, check out this preview of Legenderry, Issue #3, from Dynamite Comics, featuring the first appearance of The Six Thousand Dollar Man: