Comic Book Reviews: 18 lines about 9 comics – 8/5/15

From Caleb Gerard:

18 more lines about 9 more comics… and the beat goes on…

Constantine: The Hellblazer #2 is solidly in it’s post-Convergence life. For all those mourning the demise of “Hellblazer” from Vertigo or, like me, missing the New52 “Constantine” this comic is meeting the needs of both audiences AND making me wonder if we are due for “mature readers” label for this and a couple of other mainstream DC books.

X-Men ’92 #4, a Secret Wars tie-in title. I’ve said it 3 times before and it doesn’t lose it’s potency to state the Scott Koblish truly understands the power of the digital comic format as each panel is built on the last and leads to the next sort of like those flip-page cartoons some of us would make as kids when bored showing some astronaut dealing with decompression and exploding (or was that just me?).

The Walking Dead #144. This had, for me, the biggest “holy shit” sequence in the history of this comic or even any comic in recent memory.

Inferno #3, a Secret Wars tie-in title. To be honest this issue is on this list only because of some truly inspired dialog from Dennis Hopeless like “We all have our crazy and yours is very specific” or “Illyana happened”

Civil War #1, a Secret Wars tie-in title. Charles Soule takes the divide of conscience from the Civil War event to the next logical place as the U.S. is divided in to two territories in a way that is (probably intentionally) reminiscent of Israel/Palestine.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2, a Secret Wars tie-in title. Peter Parker’s only mission in life is to make those he loves safe and sound and in this “what if” world from Dan Slott that truly hates the vigilante that would be Peter’s wife and daughter who he is willing to sacrifice his freedom and even his life for.

Batman/Superman #22 is running with the ongoing Clark Kent story in the Super-titles while integrating the new Batman status quo. Batman really comes off looking like a newbie at being a hero let alone a super one.

Lando #1, a Star Wars tie-in mini, no duh. Charles Soule makes the play list a second time this week with this heist-gone-wrong story that is worthy of a Guy Ritchie movie using most everyone’s 2nd favorite Star Wars rogue in role of lover-not-fighter in my now-favorite current Star Wars comic.

Archie #1… “Archie”??? Archie with Betty always felt righter to me than the other option and as Waid and Staples bring Riverdale in to the 21st century with this 1st person narration of the demise of their relationship I have never felt more vindicated.

Comic Book Reviews: 18 Lines About 9 Comics – 8/7/2015

From Caleb Gerard dated 8/7/2015:

This edition of 18 Lines About 9 Comics goes out to all the young lovers in the audience.

Squadron Sinister #2, a Secret Wars tie-in. Squadron Sinister be bad, they don’t take no $#!& from no Frightful Four or forget that no matter how bad@$$ they are Doom and the Thor Corps are supreme.

Saga #30 is the end of the current coda? All the hanging threads somehow get tied up to my satisfaction in just 1 issue as some of my favorites from the series are given a chance to catch their collective breath even though this reader knows that it is far from over… thank goodness.

Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #2, a Secret Wars tie-in. If someone Gerry Dugan could take just a small iota of his incredible dialog and transfer it to his plotting this could easily surpass Squadron Sinister as the dark horse of the a Secret Wars tie-ins, but as it stands this book’s clear strength that gives it re-readability and cranks the fun up to 11 is the interaction of the characters.

Doomed #2 has already moved away from it’s post-Convergence set-up to stand all on it’s own. Still the biggest pleasant surprise to come out of all the new comics from DC as our main character has no idea what is going on and all he wants to do is some good in a world that thinks he’s the villain of the piece.

Korvac Saga #2, a Secret Wars tie-in. I’m honestly not certain if this infection idea is a new one however Dan Abnett makes it feel familiar while taking time out to give the Guardians (the originals) as well as a handful of Avengers also-rans decent story-beat moments.

Armor Wars #3, a Secret Wars tie-in. Armoring up the Marvel Universe puts me in mind of the Iron-Spider period however James Robinson takes a left turn and gives us a reason WHY everyone has to wear the armor then throws in a brother-versus-brother story that underlines why Tony Stark is one of the cornerstones of the MU (in most realities) and THEN makes me chuckle after a fight sequence beautifully choreographed by Marcio Takara.

Robin: Son of Batman #2 finds our hero on day 2 of redemption for a “year of blood”. Pat Gleason steps up as the next artist-turned-artist/writer and, at least this month, nails Damian Wayne’s pacing and dialog like an old hand which probably says a lot for his editor (editors?) as well.

Black Canary #2 takes our hero and her band of… um… bandmates on the road. This is one of the few books that I’ve enjoyed more because the art is so in tune with what the book is about which is a band on the run who just happen to be fronted by a superhero, so a HUGE thank you to Annie Wu who seems to be so in writer Brenden Fletcher’s head that they could be one person.

Secret Six #4 and only 1 month after #3 (he adds as unnecessary snark). If somehow Gail Simone could live off of writing only 1 book a month I would vote for this one because it is such over-the-top fun and games that I would vote for blowing up the rodent too then slap a “mature” label on the cover.

Planet Comicon 2015 Trip

I had a great time at Planet Comicon this year, here are the pictures from the trip that I took before my phone died



Iconic Super Heroes & Super-Villains Universe is Diversifying

To Make Room for More Types of Storytelling, More Fans.

June Slate of Titles Includes Long-Awaited Return to DCU of Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis; Gene Luen Yang & Ming Doyle Join Team of Top Talent.

This summer, DC Entertainment launches a bold new direction for the DC Universe (DCU) that is even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans.  Award-winning, critically acclaimed writers are headlining the June 2015 slate of DC Comics’ new periodicals and graphic novels, including Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Hitch, Garth Ennis and Ming Doyle.

Beginning June 3rd, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 brand-new series that will begin at issue number one, as well as 25 on-going, bestselling fan favorite series that will continue without a break in the issue numbering.  The total number of periodicals in the DCU will be 49, with additional new titles debuting throughout the year.

“This heralds in a new era for the DC Universe which will allow us to publish something for everyone, be more expansive and modern in our approach and tell stories that better reflect the society around us,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio.  “Whether you’ve been a DC fan your whole life, or whether you are new to comics – there will be a book for you beginning in June.”

DC Comics will be keenly focused on going back-to-basics with its legendary characters, like BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN, while also reinventing key characters, such as BLACK CANARY, BIZARRO, CYBORG and STARFIRE, with a new contemporary tonality to ensure a diverse offering of titles.  Top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.

Depicting some of these iconic characters in a more contemporary light include National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang who will join artist John Romita Jr. in the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN.  Comic superstar artist Bryan Hitch will write and draw new tales of the world’s greatest heroes in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. The pitch perfect team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea returns to DC Comics for a limited series called SECTION EIGHT featuring characters from their popular Hitman comic.  VERTIGO creator Ming Doyle will be lending her talents to DC Comics, penning CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER along with newcomer artist Riley Rossmo.

“More than ever before, DC Comics fans are being exposed to our rich portfolio of characters through multiple sources, including an unprecedented number of highly successful TV shows, video games and upcoming major motion pictures,” said Co-Publisher Jim Lee.  “We are looking to extend that experience within publishing to ensure there is a comic book for everyone.  For example, fans of the ARROW television show may want more stories about BLACK CANARY. Now they can find modern, fresh takes on the character in the pages of her standalone series both in stores and digitally.”

Breakout star, Brenden Fletcher, co-writer behind the all new, highly successful BATGIRL book will also be  writing the new BLACK CANARY series launching in June.  Fan favorites Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be the creative team on new titles STARFIRE and HARLEY QUINN/POWER GIRL and will continue to  helm the perennially bestselling HARLEY QUINN.

“Beyond character and creators, the June slate will showcase different styles and approaches to storytelling as we add offbeat, irreverently funny titles such as BIZARRO, BAT-MITE and PREZ,” said Lee.  “Truly there will be something for everybody as we simultaneously celebrate our rich legacy while embracing new voices and concepts.”

A first look at upcoming storylines will be the focus of DC Entertainment’s Free Comic Book Day issue – DC COMICS: DIVERGENCE – available Saturday, May 2, featuring three 8-page previews for the June releases of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s BATMAN, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s launch of the Darkseid War within JUSTICE LEAGUE featuring the biggest villains in the DCU – Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, and Gene Luen Yang’s DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr on SUPERMAN.  More than half-a million free issues of the DC Entertainment sampler will be given away at comic book retailers globally.

“In this new era of storytelling, story will trump continuity as we continue to empower creators to tell the best stories in the industry,” said DiDio.

To learn more about the June DC Universe slate, visit

[PRESS] Wizard World, FansTang To Bring Comic Con Pop Culture Event To China, May 30-31-June 1, 2015

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD), FansTang To Bring Comic Con Pop Culture Event To China, May 30-31-June 1, 2015
Partnership Combines North America’s Largest Comic Con Tour With China’s Largest Localized Western Digital Content and Analytics Business; Location, Guests To Be Announced

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., February 3, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and FansTang, wholly owned by China Branding Group Limited, today announced a partnership to produce a pop culture convention May 30-June 1, 2015, in the People’s Republic of China. The event name, city location, venue, guests and additional partners will be announced as they become available.

The event will be the first venture outside of North America for Wizard World, which has scheduled 25 Comic Con events domestically in 2015.

“Producing an event in China offers limitless possibilities,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “By partnering with a power player like FansTang we are best able to introduce Wizard World to fans there by producing the best possible event, opening the doors to many more opportunities worldwide.”

“FansTang is pleased to be partnering with WizardWorld on the introduction of Comic Con events in China, which will allow a massive fan base of Chinese and global comic related film, TV, toy and other properties,” said Adam Roseman, FansTang Founder & CEO. “We are excited to work with our local media partners and leverage our extensive reach of over 100 million young Chinese consumers to quickly increase the awareness of the new events coming to China.”

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

About FansTang

FansTang, wholly owned by China Branding Group Limited, is the largest provider of localized international live events content, social media content and non-studio Hollywood and related video content into the China marketplace. FansTang also maintains the most robust international content data platform that services a growing portfolio of major clients including studios, Hollywood agencies, international ad agencies and brands.

About Wizard World

Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World also produces socialcon featuring social media stars and will be launching ConTV, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM).

Wizard World 2015 schedule available at:

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January 12, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Bad Karma Volume One, the highly anticipated hardcover anthology from such comic creators as Alex Grecian (Proof, Rasputin), Jeremy Haun (Constantine, Batwoman), B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull), and Seth Peck (X-Men, ’76, Sorrow), will be available for the first time in comic book stores and book retail chains in April 2015.
Celebrated as “a beautiful representation of collaboration at its best” by industry news site Comics Alliance, Bad Karma Volume One features 200 pages of original comic book and prose stories, plus pin-up artwork, by a huge selection of the industry’s up-and-coming creative people. At its core, Bad Karma highlights four separate, creator-owned concepts: Hellbent, by Peck & Tigh Walker; Old Dog, by Moore & Christopher Mitten; Middleton, by Grecian and Phil Hester; and Chaos Agent, by Haun and Mike Tisserand. The four aforementioned writers also collaborate on The Ninth Life of Solomon Gunn, with Jeremy Haun performing double-duty on art chores.

Additional Bad Karma contributors include Tony Harris, Ben Templesmith, Francesco Francavilla, Rebekka Isaacs, Chris Samnee, Jenny Frison, Shane White, Shaky Kane, Andrew MacLean, and many more. The first volume of this anthology series also features a fold-out gatefold by noted print-maker Mark Englert.


Each of the core Bad Karma writers summarized their experience in bringing this unique, innovative project to fruition:

  1. Clay Moore: “Bad Karmawas intended as a showcase for Jeremy Haun, Alex Grecian, Seth Peck, and me to launch new creator-owned concepts, utilizing the assistance of friends we’d always enjoyed collaborating with, or always wanted to collaborate with. Our goal was to produce as high quality a book as possible, focusing on content and design, and we did just that, from Jonathan Hickman’s hardcover design to Mark Englert’s fold-out Bad Karma print. There are five new concepts in the book, one of which the five of us created together. We also traded off on each other’s concepts, writing short stories based on the others’ concepts. Alex and I also contributed prose pieces. Everything was loosely linked together. We were lucky enough to have the support of a number of amazing talents, contributing art to the stories, as well as spot illustrations and pin-ups.”

    Seth Peck: “Working on the book was the most challenging, exciting, and satisfying experience of my career. The chance to tell any kind of story I wanted to was extremely liberating, and really let me stretch myself creatively. Having complete creative control let us design the entire book from the top down, and let us produce the work exactly as we wanted to.”

Jeremy Haun: “Cover to cover this is a book I’m truly proud of. We had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented folks in the industry. It’s not often you get to completely craft every aspect of a project. We were able to build a book that came out exactly how we wanted, from the design, to the color, to the paper stock.”


Alex Grecian: “Bad Karma never should have been as good as it is. Four headstrong creators in complete control of a project as ambitious as this one? It’s a formula for disaster. But somehow it worked. And more than worked. It’s a book I’m proud of. And I plan to keep coming back to it, to build on my creations in it and to steal my own ideas (and those of my co-creators).”
Bad Karma Volume One came to realization thanks to fan support by way of the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. Since its successful campaign, the creators connected with Dynamite Entertainment for greater distribution and marketing opportunities. B. Clay Moore says, “We successfully crowdfunded the project, and the success of the project, and the enthusiastic response from readers, helped fuel our passion for the book. We’re especially grateful to Nick Barrucci and Dynamite for helping us expand the Bad Karma audience.”

“What’s so great about Bad Karma is that it can appeal to such a diverse audience,” says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment. “Within its pages, readers will find gritty crime noir, Victorian mystery, gun-blazing Western action, tentacled monsters, mind-blowing pin-up illustrations, and more. Anyone can pick up this book and find something to love… and that’s just for starters, because the sheer high quality of this package, the considerable wealth of talent involved, will draw eyes to each and every page. We’re exceedingly proud to count Bad Karma as part of our release schedule for 2015.”


Bad Karma Volume One will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2015 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Bad Karma Volume One through their local comic book retailers, bookstores, or online retailers.

[PRESS] – Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest, August 22-23, Co-Locating With Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest, August 22-23, Co-Locating With Wizard World Comic Con Chicago

Celebration Of All Thing Groovy Moving From Original March Dates Due To Filming; Tobin Bell, Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Others To Join Campbell At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center; Event Formerly Known As ‘Horror Fest’

ROSEMONT, Ill., January 16, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) and Dangerous Entertainment today announced that Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest will co-locate with the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 22-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The event, formerly known as “Bruce Campbell’s Horror Fest,” is being moved to accommodate taping of Campbell’s new TV show, “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”

Those who had purchased admissions for the original event will receive full refunds, along with special offers. Additionally, fans with admission to Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 20-24, will also be able to attend the event with no extra admission fee. Single-day and VIP admissions will be available shortly.

“I’m very sorry for any inconvenience moving the event may cause and I appreciate your understanding,” said Campbell. “We’re excited to move the event, renamed ‘Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest’ — to highlight our groovy nature — until August so Wizard World Comic Con Chicago fans can enjoy the show too. There will be more exciting details to come in the months ahead, so stay tuned!”

In addition, all full-price Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover “The Walking Dead” comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Wizard World Presents Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Fest show hours are Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, August 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.