Bill Willingham’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure was one of this year’s best ideas, a combination of steampunk, superhero mash-up, and just plain great retro fun. Legenderry saw a parallel universe including the creation of Steve Austin–the Six Thousand Dollar Man, and alternate versions of Flash Gordon, the Green Hornet and Kato, Vampirella, the Phantom, and Red Sonja, among others. It was the ultimate new look at familiar characters that Dynamite holds the licensing rights to today.
We’re hoping for a future addition of Miss Fury to this steam-powered world, and to hear about a Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure trade edition to collect the seven-issue limited series. Until then Dynamite is branching out beyond Willingham’s story, focusing on three of the characters: Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Green Hornet, each to have their own new series.
David Avallone will write the Legenderry: Vampirella series, featuring Madam Pendragon and her path to become Vampirella. Daryl Gregory (Planet of the Apes) will write the Legenderry: Green Hornet story featuring Hornet and Kato in a Gangs of New York type setting.
Review by C.J. Bunce
Starting next Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 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. Issue #1 features cover art by Sean Chen and Ivan Nunes and a photo incentive cover featuring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
So how does Issue #1 fare?
They have the introduction right, presumably to begin each issue like an episodes of the series. As to moving the series forward in continuity of the era, the tech gets a slight–but only slight–upgrade, with walkie-talkies replaced with wireless comm-links in Jaime’s ears. Dr. Rudy Wells and Oscar Goldman are back, too. So the setting checks out.
We have a variety of previews today, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Comics. New series include a monthly based on the TV series, Bob’s Burgers. Another features a tie-in to the Alien universe, with Prometheus: Fire and Stone. A third series based on NBC’s Grimm begins this week with Grimm: Portland, Wu. And Matt Wagner’s anti-hero Grendel finds his way to 1930s New York in Grendel vs The Shadow.
Tomorrow, Dynamite is publishing the first Bob’s Burgers comic book series. Based on the animated show, it will be written by Rachel Hastings, Mike Olsen, Justin Hook, and Jeff Drake, with art by Frank Forte, Brad Rader, Bernard Derriman, and Tony Gennaro. And Grimm: Portland, Wu is a one-shot written by Marc Gaffen and Kyle McVey, with art by Daniel Govar.
From Dark Horse, Grendel vs. The Shadow features a story and art by Matt Wagner. Grendel will find its way to store shelves September 3, 2014. Also from Dark Horse, Prometheus: Fire and Stone, with a story by Paul Tobin and art by Juan Ferreyra, hits comic book stores September 10, 2014.
Check out the four previews, after the break.
Battlestar Galactica in 1880? As a graphic steampunk story? Steampunk Cylons? You bet. Today, Dynamite Comics launches its new series Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880, taking an alternate universe look at the popular 1978 and 2004 sci-fi television series characters. And for even more sci-fi fun, our favorite borg is back this month in a new issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Season Six–with some familiar “faces”.
If classic pulp noir reads are your thing, you’ll want to check out our preview of the new Dynamite Comics series Justice, Inc. The Shadow is back, this time with The Avenger and Doc Savage.
After the break, take a look at previews for each of these new books, courtesy of Dynamite Comics, available at comic book shops everywhere today.
Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880, Issue #1, features a story by Tony Lee with art by Aneke. The Six Million Dollar Man Season Six, Issue #5, is written by James Kuhoric and art by Juan Antonio Ramirez. Justice, Inc., Issue #1, has a story by Michael Uslan and artwork by Giovanni Timpano.
Dynamite Comics has several new books on the shelves today, and we have previews for two that you may want to check out, one new series, following the Jack Kirby superhero Captain Victory and one from an ongoing monthly, Flash Gordon.
It’s always interesting to see how new writers and artists will reinterpret Alex Raymond’s 1930s sci-fi/fantasy hero Flash Gordon. Flash Gordon, now in Issue #4, features a new story by Jeff Parker with art by Evan “Doc” Shaner and colors by Jordie Bellaire. There’s almost something Jonny Quest or Mark Trail about Shaner’s style here.
Kirby’s Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers gets a new monthly today. Originally from a concept from the 1980s published by Pacific Comics, writer Joe Casey and artists Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, and Ulises Farinas bring Victory back for a new audience. The art and design for Issue #1 is very, very cool.
After the break, check out previews of Flash Gordon, Issue #4, and Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Issue #1, courtesy of Dynamite Comics.
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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: