The time has finally come. Our very first issue is now here! And on Christmas Day, to boot. Click on the link below to view, or download it. It’s 57 pages and a total file size of 9.9mb. Come January, we’ll also be making it available for reading on-line. on our official non-blog site. Any feedback is welcome and we hope you enjoy our humble beginnings. There’s articles on the new Hulk, Clockwork Girl, B.P.M, Street Fighter and a lot more, all with glorious full colour pictures.
Comic shops get their new stock every Wednesday in the US, and a day or two later in the rest of the world. This is the complete list of new issues, and collections, otherwise known as Trade Paper Backs, on sale on Christmas Eve, from Marvel and DC, the two largest American comic book publishers. If you’re a new comics reader I’d recommend Marvel’s Hulk #9 for its beautiful art and simple story (with lots of fighting), or Vigilante #1 from DC as it’s the start of an action packed new series. Wherever you see Variant, that simply means it’s the same comic, but with a cover by a different artist, so you can pick your fave.
On sale today are numerous titles from Top Cow, including Cyblade #2 and The Darkness #9 (which some may remember as a recent freaky console game). Both issues have “Previously…” pages for new readers, and are geared for mature audiences.
In the time before she became a member of Cyberforce, Dominique, a.k.a. Cyblade, is still on the hunt for her former trainer, Stephen Rashell, who has been revealed to be a double agent! With her new mentor at Cyberdata determined to turn Dominique into the killer she’s destined to become, the superpowered teenager must make a hard decision from which there is no turning back. Cyblade #2 is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Rick Mays, Lee Ferguson and Afua Richardson.
Jackie Estacado is in Hell…literally! Jackie’s soul has been condemned to eternal damnation and his assigned tormentor happens to be an ages-old enemy who bears a centuries-long grudge against The Darkness. But this enemy has a proposition for Jackie, a bargain that may prove more terrible than Hell itself. Meet The Sovereign, a powerful, new nemesis who may prove to be Jackie’s undoing. The Darkness #9 is written by Phil Hester, with Jorge Lucas supplying the art.
Preview both of these issues at the link below.
In our forthcoming first issue we have a feature on Udon Entertainment’s excellent Street Fighter comics, based on the classic video game franchise. Tying into that, below is a Christmas gift for you – a look at the first four minutes of February 3rd’s Street Fighter Round One: Fight! animated DVD, from Eagle One Media. The film makes the most of the beautiful artwork from Udon and utilises motion, dialogue and sound effects to make an intriguing viewing experience. As an added bonus, I’ll throw in the trailer for the new Street Fighter IV next-gen game heading our way too for those that haven’t seen it. The official Eagle One Media press release is after the two videos.
The initial Street Fighter animated comic DVD, titled Street Fighter: Round One – FIGHT! will be released on February 3, 2009, ahead of the worldwide theatrical release of the live action motion picture Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li on February 27 and the highly anticipated Street Fighter IV video game February 17th.
In the universe of Street Fighter, fighters collide in a global battle for supremacy. From every corner of the world, fighters of every conceivable sort perform superhuman acts in their willing (or unwilling) participation in the Street Fighter Tournament-the contest being hosted by M. Bison, the sadistic dictator and leader of the underground Shadaloo criminal organization. Street Fighter, the legendary franchise by CAPCOM that revolutionized gaming and entertained players and fans for over a decade with its unforgettable cast of World Warriors, comes to DVD based on the bestselling comic series. A unique DVD series that will carry every pulse-pounding Dragon Punch and bone-crushing Sonic Boom intact, just like it was meant to be!
Street Fighter: Round One – FIGHT!: Ryu and Ken set out to investigate the murder of their martial arts master. Their search for answers takes them to Japan where M. Bison and his assorted minions including Cammy, Vega, and Sagat keep a close eye on Ryu for reasons unknown. This draws the attention of up and coming Hong Kong Interpol agent Chun-Li and US Special Ops officer Guile who each bears their own personal grudge against the evil Shadaloo syndicate.
Courtesy of Marvel, you can now view four new clips from the new Hulk Vs animated DVD right here. The film features the savage Hulk beating on Wolverine and a separate feature, in which he beats on the norse god, Thor. It’s released on January 27.
Hulk Vs Wolverine is a 33 minute short film and Hulk Versus Thor is 45 minutes long. It’s considered to be a prequel to the upcoming Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon, and I have to say it’s more bloody than I thought it would be. I might just pick this one up, especially as it has Loki, Frost Giants, Deadpool and Omega Red in it too.
In case you’re desperately thinking for ideas for the last person on your Christmas list, why not give them a year’s subscription to Marvel’s Digital Comics Unlimited service. This will allow them access to thousands of old and new comics on-line. Check out all the details here. By the way, despite what the picture below may be telling you, never put your warm coffee near a snowman. They don’t like it.