Tomorrow–on Back to the Future Day–IDW Publishing is releasing the first issue of a new Back to the Future comic book series, spinning off of the films and written by trilogy writer/creator Bob Gale. Below we have a preview of the series courtesy of IDW as well as several variant covers from Issue #1 and next month’s Issue #2. All-in, the publisher is releasing 34 retailer incentive variant covers for the premiere issue. The standard covers for Issues #1-4 will form the above image.
Issue #1 provides two stories of Marty and Doc’s past. The first story in the series takes us back to October 1982, where we get to witness Marty McFly’s first encounter with Doc Brown and his dog Einstein. It’s a lighthearted and believable tale–consistent with the characters we know so well. The second story takes us farther back to Doc Brown’s past–to World War II and Doc Brown’s encounter with another famous scientist and his big project.
It’s hard to beat the black-and-white, original art style, retro-cover variant. And BacktotheFuture.com is offering its own great variant of Marty seeing Marty at the Twin Pines Mall (later Lone Pine Mall). Enough waiting! Click this link to download the preview to Issue #1:
IDW Publishing announced during this year’s San Diego Comic Con a new series spinning off from the classic Back to the Future movies, timed in honor of the series’ 30th anniversary. The original movie creator/screenwriter Bob Gale is behind the new series. Joining Gale in alternate timeline stories are IDW writers John Barber (Transformers) and Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters). The artistic duties will be split between Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) and Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters). Each subsequent issue will feature rotating artistic teams.
“We’ve subtitled this ‘Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines’ because for years, fans have asked questions about things that happened before the events of the trilogy, in between the events of the trilogy, or in our alternate realities,” said Gale in the IDW news release. “In this series, we’ll finally answer some of those questions, with our focus squarely on the characters everyone loves.”
In the first tale of the debut issue, readers are taken back to 1982 and witness the very first meeting between Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Then the story heads back even farther to 1943 with a younger Doc Brown. This first issue will feature three standard covers, by Schoening, Schoonover, and Amy Mebberson (My Little Pony). Additionally, Back to the Future #1 will join in on Artist’s Edition Month in October with an original art styled cover by Schoening. And all four standard covers form the banner image above. Check out all these great covers for Issues #1 and #2:
Today we have another big sampler of comic book previews for books hitting comic book stores everywhere tomorrow, on Comic Book Wednesday.
We have previews today with something for anyone and everyone and we’re previewing many books that have been around for a few issues in case you missed them. It’s always easy to request back issues from your local comic book shop. So look for previews below from Dynamite Comics, IDW Publishing/Archaia, BOOM! Studios, and Dark Horse Comics.
Don’t miss out on Red Sonja/Conan, Star Trek, Big Trouble in Little China, Zombies v. Robots, Transformers v G.I. Joe, Barb Wire, The Shadow, Cluster, Broken World, and Swords of Sorrow. And don’t forget to look for the Adam Hughes cover art for Barb Wire and Alex Ross cover art for Red Sonja/Conan.
Without further ado, here are this week’s previews:
Today we have a smorgasbord of comic book previews for books hitting comic book stores everywhere on this Comic Book Wednesday. Topping the list, guest artist Simone Bianchi joins writer Jason Aaron for Marvel’s Star Wars #7, a standalone issue featuring Ben Kenobi. You can only get the rare Elite Comics cover with Chewie and C-3PO (shown above) at Elite beginning today and at Kansas City Comic Con August 7-9, 2015.
We have previews today with truly something for anyone and everyone, from Star Wars to The X-Files, to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jungle Girl, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, to Deep State and Escape from New York, from Hacktivist to the latest Red Sonja, to Munchkin, Skylanders, and Transformers. Even Donald Duck and Betty and Veronica.
And don’t miss out on the preview for the first issue of the new Shrinking Man, adapted from the story that inspired the classic film The Incredible Shrinking Man–inspiration for this month’s big screen release Ant-Man.
Without further adieu, here are this week’s previews:
Who doesn’t like a good crossover series?
This month IDW Publishing, the licensee holder for Star Trek comics, and DC Comics teamed up to release the first issue of Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War. The burden of any crossover is successfully combining two well-known worlds in a way that is true to them both, while forging ahead on a combined path that makes them better together. It’s a tall order with Star Trek and Green Lantern. Yet, writer Mike Johnson and artists Angel Hernandez get this new series not only off on a good start, they created a fun read true to their source material that will keep readers around for Issue #2.
First, they made an interesting choice of players. They combined the new, Star Trek reboot crew with the classic, original lantern, Hal Jordan. We don’t get a big dose of Hal in issue #1, but the mannerisms of the crew from the 2009 movie and Star Trek Into Darkness are spot on. With Hernandez’s renderings of the actors behind each character the result is a seamless believable blend of worlds. Even better, they select one of the top five all-time best Star Trek villains for their first bad encounter.
The story begins with a Watcher from the DC Universe and a quick fantasy set-up as true to the classic Hal stories as you’d find anywhere. Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Karl Urban’s Doctor McCoy couldn’t be better–both as their new incarnations and in their play on the original 1960s versions of themselves. That sounds strange, but read it, it really works and it’s really well done. A villainous vessel, and a handful of power rings, and BAM! We have the set up for a solid series here.
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope and long before we had any guess about what might happen in the prequel trilogy, George Lucas, for good or bad, retooled all three episodes of the Star Wars trilogy into the Star Wars Special Edition theatrical release. Between January and March 1997 the world got to “see the movies again for the first time” and was reminded where the word blockbuster actually came from. Now Marvel Comics is following suit with its own look back to original Star Wars source material.
Marvel Comics is releasing two new versions of Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin’s original six-issue adaptation of the original Star Wars. This is the classic adaptation that saw its first chapter, Issue #1, released before the movie hit theaters.
The first volume is being released today: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. The OGN is for “oversized graphic novel” but the value in this book is the restoration, George Lucas style, of Howard Chaykin’s original artwork via a replacement of Marie Severin’s original 1970s colors with Chris Sotomayor’s update of the six-issue movie adaptation into a more modern color scheme. Adi Granov supplies the new cover art for this edition. Marvel said it will soon release similar editions of its adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check out a preview of the new look at a classic movie adaptation below.
IDW Publishing and Marvel Comics announced this week a second treatment of the same Star Wars comic book adaptation. The Star Wars Artist’s Edition will be consistent with past IDW “artist’s edition” offerings, showcasing the original comic book pencil and ink art behind the series in high quality color reprints of the original, giant-sized page format that the artists sketched the artwork.
So what would a Klingon do with a Green Lantern Corps power ring? We’ll find out in July when IDW Publishing, CBS Consumer Products, and DC Comics team up to present the reboot Star Trek Enterprise crew and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps in Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War.
Set in the 23rd century of the “new” Star Trek universe, the Federation and the “entire” Green Lantern Corps will team-up to protect the universe when some power rings gets in the hands of some familiar Star Trek antagonists. Boldly going where no one has gone before…in brightest day, in blackest night… IDW revealed this weekend at WonderCon in Anaheim that the six-part monthly mini-series will be written by veteran Star Trek comic writer Mike Johnson with interior art by Arrow artist Angel Hernandez.
Look for some great variant covers in the series by artists Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Rodriquez, Else Charretier, Garry Brown, Declan Shalvey, and Marc Laming.
Something old, something new, and another issue of your favorite mash-up await you this Wednesday at your local comic book store. The brilliant mini-series The X-Files: Year Zero gets a trade paperback release. The series was borg.com‘s Best TV/Movie-Tie-in on last year’s Best of 2014 List. Writer Jimmy Palmiotti, whose run on All-Star Western and his creator-owned Trigger Girl 6 rank among the top of our favorite comic book stories, has something completely new with his mini-series The Big Con Job. Has-been classic TV actors on the convention circuit decide to band together to rob San Diego Comic-Con in this quirky new series. And Issue #3 of IDW Publishing’s inspired crossover of classic Star Trek and Planet of the Apes, The Primate Directive is here.
If you’re a subscriber to the Star Trek/Apes series, check out this great cover coming your way:
First up, a look at The X-Files Year Zero trade paperback. It includes a nice cover gallery of the great pulp covers that were variant covers for the mini-series. After the break, check out all our previews:
It’s not every day a cool new mash-up comes your way. When you think comedy meets sci-fi, Spaceballs, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black or Guardians of the Galaxy may come to mind. Today IDW Publishing is releasing the first book in a new limited edition comic book series that has a new spin on sci-fi comedy, called D4VE.
D4VE (not D-A-V-E) is a robot in our future. Hey–all good robots must have a number in their name. (Ain’t that right, B-9, B-4, R2-D2, C-3PO, IG-88, and 4-LOM?) D4VE is also everyman. Or at least everyrobot. And he’s going through a mid-life crisis.
Imagine a world with a Planet of the Apes ending for mankind, but with humanoid robots left to run the show–as if that friendly android Chappie, from the coming film of the same name, is fruitful and multiplies and his kind decimate the Earth. Only in a light-hearted way.
Check out a preview of Issue #1, after the break, courtesy of IDW Publishing.
Fans of the BBC America’s Orphan Black just can’t get enough of one of the best science fiction series around. Tatiana Maslany, the series star who plays every variant of the show’s clones, has the toughest job on television, playing in nearly every scene of its first two seasons. The “Clone Club”–the name of the show’s fans–has cheered the series into its third season, returning to TV this April. Tomorrow, the Clone Club gets to pursue the further adventures of Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena and all the rest as Orphan Black, a new monthly comic book series, begins.
We’re read a review copy of Issue #1 and writers and show creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett with Jody Houser have matched the voice of Sarah perfectly with Maslany’s character on TV. In fact Issue #1 is a recap of sorts, an introduction to the characters and world of Orphan Black for those new to the series that made borg.com‘s Best of lists for 2013 and 2014.
Szymon Kudranski serves as series artist. His style is very simple, yet his take on the characters easily evokes the images of the actors behind the roles. As for variant covers, look for at least a dozen variants coming your way.
After the break, check out a preview of Issue #1, courtesy of IDW Publishing: