Comic book releases 9/10/14

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Comic book releases 9/10/14

Here we are ready for another week of great new reads that have a little something for everyone. Before you head down to your local comic shop to start that shopping spree, take a look at this week’s list so as to make the chore as efficient as possible. Don’t know where to start? Then take a peek at some of this week’s highlights to get a few ideas. First up, Dark Horse Comics touches on the wonderful world of movie properties and brings the deep space sci-fi with Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 (Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra, David Palumbo). Looking for something that the kids can get into or maybe you’d like to revisit these characters from your yesteryear? DC Comics makes for the second stop on our sequential tour with Scooby Doo Where Are You #49 (Sholly Fisch, Robert Pope, Scott McRae, Scott Jeralds). Let’s sprinkle in a bit of superhero action as well with DC Comics World’s Finest: Future’s End #1 (Paul Levitz, Yildiray Cinar, Paul Neary, Stephen Segovia). Oni Press, home of some very unique and fresh storytelling, earns a spot of this week’s peeks with Bunker #6 (Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joe Infurnari). Get your pulp on with this classic figure from the genre over at Dynamite Entertainment in The Shadow Year One #10 (Matt Wagner, Wilfredo Torres). Image Comics always is a winner with this hard hitting ongoing series, check out Invincible #114 (Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, John Rauch). To close things out, Marvel Comics brings you the continuing demise of a hero in the pages of Death Of Wolverine #2 (Charles Soule, Steve McNiven). Remember, by no means is this a complete list of all the great reads that are out there. Go out, investigate and explore and you may just find a hidden gem from the world of idie creators. So until next week, stack them high and enjoy!

Marvel

All-New Ultimates (2014) #8

All-New X-Men Vol. 5: One Down Premiere HC (2014) #1

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #6

Avengers (2012) #34 .1

Avengers Undercover (2014) #10

Captain Marvel (2014) #7

Castle: A Calm Before the Storm TPB (2014) #1

Deadpool (2012) #34
Deadpool (2012) #34 3D Motion

Death of Wolverine (2014) #2
Death of Wolverine (2014) #2 Canada Variant

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #1
Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) #1 Land

Empire of the Dead: Act Two (George A. Romero) (2014) #1
Empire of the Dead: Act Two (George A. Romero) (2014) #1 Variant

Fantastic Four (2014) #10

Fantastic Four Epic Collection: Worlds Greatest TPB (2014) #1

Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #17 2nd Print

Hawkeye (2012) #20

Inhuman (2014) #5

Magneto (2014) #9

Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine (2014) #1 Avengers
Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine (2014) #1 FF
Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine (2014) #1 Land
Marvel 75th Anniversary Magazine (2014) #1 X-Men

Marvel Masterworks New Edition: Fantastic Four (2003) #16
Marvel Masterworks New Edition: Fantastic Four (2003) #16 Deluxe

Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble (2013) #12

Ms. Marvel (2014) #8

New Avengers Vol. 2: Infinity TPB (2014) #1

New Warriors (2014) #9

Nightcrawler (2014) #6

Powers: Bureau (2013) #11 Newsstand

Rocket Raccoon (2014) #1 Lootcrate

Silver Surfer (2014) #1 3rd Print

Uncanny Avengers Vol. 4: Avenge Earth Premiere HC (2014) #1

United States of Murder, Inc. (2014) #5

Winter Soldier by Brubaker Complete Collection TPB (2014) #1

X-Force (2014) #9

DC Comics

Astro City (2013) #15

Batgirl: Future’s End (2014) #1
Batgirl: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Batman Eternal (2014) #23

Batman: Future’s End (2014) #1
Batman: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Birds of Prey: Future’s End (2014) #1
Birds of Prey: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Coffin Hill (2013) #11

Constantine: Future’s End (2014) #1
Constantine: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Green Lantern Corps: Future’s End (2014) #1
Green Lantern Corps: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Infinity Man & the Forever People: Future’s End (2014) #1
Infinity Man & the Forever People: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Injustice: Year Two (2014) #11

Justice League of America Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil HC (2014) #1

Justice League United: Future’s End (2014) #1
Justice League United: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Justice League Vol. 4: The Grid TPB (2014) #1

Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes HC (2014) #1

Legends of the Dark Knight 100-Page Super Spectacular (2013) #4

Legion of Super-Heroes: Curse TPB (2014) #1

New 52 – Future’s End (2014) #19

New Suicide Squad: Future’s End (2014) #1
New Suicide Squad: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Scooby Doo, Where Are You (2010) #49

Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot TPB (2007) #1

Smallville Season 11: Chaos (2014) #2

Superboy: Future’s End (2014) #1
Superboy: Future’s End (2014) #1 Lenticular

Superman (2011) #32 Direct Cut

Superman Unchained (2013) #8
Superman Unchained (2013) #8 Combo
Superman Unchained (2013) #8 Nguyen
Superman Unchained (2013) #8 Reis
Superman Unchained (2013) #8 Sketch Cover

Worlds Finest: Futures End (2014) #1
Worlds Finest: Futures End (2014) #1 Lenticular

DC: Vertigo Press

Y-The Last Man TPB (2014) #1

Dark Horse Comics

Abe Sapien (2013) #16

BPRD: Hell on Earth – Reign of the Black Flame TPB (2014) #1

Dark Ages (2014) #2

Legal Drug Omnibus TPB (2014) #1

Nexus Omnibus TPB (2012) #6

Prometheus: Fire & Stone (2014) #1 Palumbo
Prometheus: Fire & Stone (2014) #1 Pope

Terminator: Salvation – Final Battle (2013) #9

Whedon Three Way One-Shot (2014) #1

X (2013) #17

Image Comics

68: Homefront (2014) #1 A
68: Homefront (2014) #1 B
68: Homefront (2014) #1 C

Carbon Grey Vol. 3: Mothers of the Revolution TPB (2014) #1

Copperhead (2014) #1

Death Vigil (2014) #3

East of West (2013) #15

Five Weapons Vol. 2: Tyler’s Revenge TPB (2014) #1

Ghosted (2013) #13

Howtoons: Re-Ignition (2014) #2

Imperial (2014) #2

Invincible (2003) #114

Lazarus (2013) #11

Morning Glories (2010) #40

MPH (2014) #3 A
MPH (2014) #3 B

Outcast (2014) #1 4th Print

Prophet Strikefile (2014) #1

Sheltered (2013) #11

Spread (2014) #1 3rd Print
Spread (2014) #2 2nd Print
Spread (2014) #3

Superannuated Man (2014) #3

Velvet (2013) #7

Walking Dead (2003) #131

Zero Vol. 2: At the Heart of It All TPB (2014) #1

Independent Publishers

:01 First Second

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures HC (2014) #1

Wrenchies TPB (2014) #1

Zoo Box HC (2014) #1

Aazurn Publishing

Number One (2014) #1

Amigo Comics

Ghost Wolf (2014) #4

Rogues: Cold Ship (2014) #4

Archie Comics

Archie Giant Comics Digest TPB (2014) #1

Betty and Veronica (1987) #272
Betty and Veronica (1987) #272 Variant

Betty and Veronica Annual Digest (Ongoing Series) (1980) #226

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Animated Series TPB (2011) #1

Sonic Super Special Magazine (2011) #12

Aspen

All New Soulfire (2013) #7 A
All New Soulfire (2013) #7 B

Lola: XOXO (2014) #4 A
Lola: XOXO (2014) #4 B
Lola: XOXO (2014) #4 C
Lola: XOXO (2014) #4 D
Lola: XOXO (2014) #4 E

Avatar Comics

Caliban (2014) #6
Caliban (2014) #6 Design
Caliban (2014) #1 Shattered
Caliban (2014) #6 Terror
Caliban (2014) #6 Wraparound

Crossed: Wish You Were Here HC (2012) #4

Crossed: Wish You Were Here TPB (2012) #4

Dicks: End of Time (2014) #4
Dicks: End of Time (2014) #4 Classic
Dicks: End of Time (2014) #4 Offensive

Uber TPB (2014) #2

Birdcage Bottom Books

Cringe: An Anthology of Embarrassment TPB (2014) #1

Boom Studios Publishing

Adventure Time Annual (2014) #1 C2E2

Adventure Time TPB (2012) #5

Black Market (2014) #3

Bravest Warriors Annual (2014) #1 Wondercon

Clockwork Angels (Rush) (2014) #1 ECCC

Cyanide & Happiness: Punching Zoo TPB (2014) #1

Dead Letters (2014) #1 ECCC

Herobear & the Kid: Saving Time (2014) #1 ECCC

Hexed (2014) #2

Regular Show Vol. 1: Hydration TPB (2014) #1

Regular Show: The Machine Mini Comic (2014) #1 SDCC

Sons of Anarchy (2013) #7 ECCC

Suicide Risk (2013) #17

Teen Dog (2014) #1
Teen Dog (2014) #1 Limited Edition

Thomas Alsop (2014) #4

Translucid (2014) #1 Wondercon

Wild’s End (2014) #1
Wild’s End (2014) #1 Limited Edition

Broadway Books

Doctor Who: Blood Cell SC (2014) #1

Doctor Who: Crawling Terror SC (2014) #1

Doctor Who: Silhouette SC (2014) #1

Danger Zone

Zombie Tramp (2014) #2
Zombie Tramp (2014) #2 Risque

DYNAMITE Entertainment

Captain Action Cat (2014) #4

Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers (2014) #2
Captain Victory & the Galactic Rangers (2014) #2 Virgin Cover

Chastity (2014) #3 Lupacchino
Chastity (2014) #3 Lupacch B&W
Chastity (2014) #3 Seeley

Dawn/Vampirella (2014) #1 Linsner
Dawn/Vampirella (2014) #1 Linsner B&W
Dawn/Vampirella (2014) #1 Linsnerred
Dawn/Vampirella (2014) #1 Pure Art

Jennifer Blood: Born Again (2014) #2
Jennifer Blood: Born Again (2014) #2 B&W

Lady Zorro (2014) #3 Art Board
Lady Zorro (2014) #3 Linsner

Magnus Robot Fighter (2014) #6 Hardman
Magnus Robot Fighter (2014) #6 Hardman B&W
Magnus Robot Fighter (2014) #6 Smith
Magnus Robot Fighter (2014) #6 Smith B&W

Robotech/Voltron (2013) #5

Shadow: Year One (2013) #10 Chaykin
Shadow: Year One (2013) #10 Ross
Shadow: Year One (2013) #10 Samnee
Shadow: Year One (2013) #10 Torres
Shadow: Year One (2013) #10 Wagner

Six Million Dollar Man – Season 6 (2014) #6 Haeser
Six Million Dollar Man – Season 6 (2014) #6 Photo
Six Million Dollar Man – Season 6 (2014) #6 Ross

Splinter Cell: Echoes (Tom Clancy) (2014) #3

Terminal Hero (2014) #2

IDW Publishing

Classic Popeye (2012) #26

GI Joe (#156-Up) (2010) #206
GI Joe (#156-Up) (2010) #206 Incentive

Judge Dredd: Anderson, PSI-Division (2014) #2
Judge Dredd: Anderson, PSI-Division (2014) #2 Incentive
Judge Dredd: Anderson, PSI-Division (2014) #2 Subscript

Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland (2014) #1 2nd Print

Mars Attacks Art Gallery (2014) #1

My Little Pony: Friends Forever (2013) #9 Subscript
My Little Pony: Friends Forever (2013) #9

Powerpuff Girls Vol. 2: Monster Mash TPB (2014) #1

Rocketeer: Jet Powered Adventures TPB (2014) #1

Rocky & Bullwinkle: Moose on the Loose TPB (2014) #1

Rogue Trooper: Last Man Standing TPB (2014) #1

Rot & Ruin (2014) #1
Rot & Ruin (2014) #1 Incentive
Rot & Ruin (2014) #1 Subscript

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (2013) #15
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (2013) #15 Incentive

Transformers: Primacy (2014) #2
Transformers: Primacy (2014) #2 Incentive
Transformers: Primacy (2014) #2 Subscript

Weird Love (2014) #3

Kenzer & Company

Knights of the Dinner Table #212

Knights of the Dinner Table: Bundle of Trouble #46

Kodansha

Sherlock Bones TPB (2013) #7

Legendary Comics

Annihilator (2014) #1

Linsner.Com

Dawn Sketchbook #2014 Signed

Little, Brown and Company

Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun SC (2014) #1

Adventures of Tintin: Seven Crystal Balls SC (2014) #1

Nobrow Press

In a Sense: Lost & Found TPB (2014) #1

Oni Press Inc.

Bunker (2014) #6

Sixth Gun: Gunslinger HC (2014) #1

Stumptown (Vol. 3) (2014) #1

Wasteland (2006) #57

Pantheon Books

Shoplifter HC (2014) #1

SHH Productions

Bettie Page in Danger (2012) #0 Deluxe

Farlaine The Goblin TPB (2014) #1

Titan Books

Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #2 Fraser
Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #2 Fraser B&W
Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #2 Photo
Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #2 Zhang

Titan Distributing

Springheeled Jack HC (2014) #1

Star Wars Insider #152 PX Edition

United Plankton Pictures

Spongebob Comics (2011) #36

Valiant Comics

Archer & Armstrong (2012) #24 Henry

Armor Hunters: Harbinger (2014) #3 Cafu
Armor Hunters: Harbinger (2014) #3 Larosa
Armor Hunters: Harbinger (2014) #3 Poster 14

Harbinger Vol. 5: Death of a Renegade TPB (2014) #1

Viz Comics

Art of Princess Mononoke HC (2014) #1

Ranma 1/2 2-in-1 TPB (2014) #4

Watson-Guptill Publications

Make Comics Like The Pros SC (2014) #1

Zenescope Entertainment Inc

Grimm Fairy Tales (2005) #102 A
Grimm Fairy Tales (2005) #102 B
Grimm Fairy Tales (2005) #102 C
Grimm Fairy Tales (2005) #102 D

Grimm Fairy Tales: Goddess, Inc. (2014) #2 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Goddess, Inc. (2014) #2 B
Grimm Fairy Tales: Goddess, Inc. (2014) #2 C

Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno – Rings of Hell (2014) #2 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno – Rings of Hell (2014) #2 B
Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno – Rings of Hell (2014) #2 C
Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno – Rings of Hell (2014) #2 D

Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm War (2014) #2 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm War (2014) #2 C
Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm War (2014) #2 D
Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm War (2014) #2 E

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Legendary Hulk artist Herb Trimpe to draw story for ‘Savage Dragon’ #200

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Credits: Image comics

Legendary Hulk artist Herb Trimpe to draw story for ‘Savage Dragon’ #200

Among Image Comics’ November 2014 solicitations, was the solicit for Erik Larsen’s “Savage Dragon” #200. “Savage Dragon” is the second Image title to reach this milestone, behind only Todd McFarlane’s “Spawn,” and is celebrating the occasion with a 100 page spectacular. The 200th issue will feature back-up stories from a varied list of creators, among them being legendary “The Incredible Hulk” artist and past Philadelphia Comic-Con guest Herb Trimpe.

The solicitation copy reads:

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‘Penny Dreadful': The Saving of Monsters

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‘Penny Dreadful': The Saving of Monsters

Many times when people discuss vampires in literature they usually begin to discuss two specific time periods in literature, these may be the modern paranormal romance vampire books or those not interested in cutesy vampires may point out what many consider the “first” vampire Dracula. Both are vampires that pop culture loves, loves so much that they have worn fans out with the same story of a brooding vampire that either wants to die because of love or because of the monster within him.

But, many forget that there were stories of not only vampires but of monsters in general several decades before Bram Stoker released the wonderful “Dracula” on unsuspecting readers. These stories that came during from the 19th century Victorian England period were printed for the enjoyment of young working class males were short sensationalized readings that were sold cheaply for just one penny an issue. The story was carried out over multiple issues that were released weekly.

These stories were nicknamed “penny dreadful” because they cost only a penny and many said that the writing was dreadful. The complaints were that the stories dragged on week to week much like our dreaded soap operas of today. The penny dreadful were also called penny blood because many readers at the time thought that they were very bloody and action filled.

There were many penny dreadful stories that became famous and were either read and studied multiple times and some even had television shows and movies based on them. One of the most famous of these were “Varney the Vampire: Feast of Blood” and “The String of Pearls: A Romance” that introduced Sweeney Todd to readers. These two stories are ones that readers will reread over and over and discuss for hours about social commentary of the stories. These were the first written monsters on the Victorian Age, not Dracula or Frankenstein or those that became more famous.

But, overtime the term “penny dreadful” became synonymous with gothic horror and thus the result of the Showtime hit show, “Penny Dreadful”. The show is set in Victorian England but doesn’t feature the characters of the actual penny dreadfuls of that time period but more of the monsters and action figures of the classical literature of that time.

“Penny Dreadful” centers on the struggles of the following characters: Dorian Gray of the self-titled book, “Dorian Gray”, Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster from “Frankenstein”, and Mina Murray and Abraham Van Helsing (though both short lived) and Sir Malcolm Murray from “Dracula”.

Vanessa Ives, a childhood friend of Mina’s, Ethan Chandler, a werewolf and an American, and Sir Malcolm Murray appear to be the monster hunters of the story whose job is to keep the evil at bay. Many people have compared this story to “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” and there are many similarities but what this show is doing that the League did not do is to really bring the monsters, particularly the vampires in the show back to their roots.

The male vampires are very Nosferatu like and the female vampires are very ghostly revenant like, they definitely are not the cute vampires that we are flooded with today. They act as vampires would if they were real- like monsters that are very primal and need to survive. “Penny Dreadful” shows the pain, agony, and torture of being a monster and human living in that world that the author of that time wrote in the penny dreadfuls that were published at that time.

The monsters and the humans in the show, mirror the fear of life and death, of their souls and of their immortality or after life that even we face today. The longing for a connection to another human but the isolation of being a hunter, prostitute, sharp shooter, monster or narcissistic mad man. The show is a British- American show that was given only eight episodes but was quickly renewed for a ten season episode to air in 2015 schedule.

I will be honest, I resisted watching the show because of the unneeded sex scenes and I just assumed they characters were going to be all pretty and brooding like so many are today. But, once I watched a couple of episodes I became hooked. We fans of monsters, whether its television or literature must give credit to Penny Dreadful for bringing the monster back to its dark, grimy, and gothic literary roots. There may be hope for vampires and monsters to stay in the mainstream after all.

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New comic book releases 8/27/14

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Credits: Rebellion/2000 AD cover art Simon Coleby

Credits: Rebellion/2000 AD cover art Simon Coleby

New comic book releases 8/27/14

Here with all you need to fulfill that need for some good reads is this week’s release list. That’s right, a list jam packed with titles that tell tales of the fantastical, the shocking, the horrifying, and the inspirational. Where can you get your hands on these stories? Why your local comic shop of course. But, before you head out the door, let’s take a look at some of this week’s stand out titles to give you an idea of what is hot. Let’s head over to Dark Horse Comics where two titles roll out this week; those being Sundowners #1 (Tim Seeley, Jim Terry, Chris Brunner) with some with superhero action and sci-fi story telling in the pages of Deep Gravity #2 (Mike Richardson, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Fernando Baldo, Matthew Wilson). DC Comics has the final entry in what was a great western series featuring the iconic Jonah Hex with All Star Western #34 (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Darwyn Cooke). Rolling with the western theme, Oni Press sprinkles in a bit of the supernatural in the strong title The Sixth Gun #42 (Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt). Image Comics continues to weave tales of the fantastical with the next entry in this new series with Low #2 (Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini) and the debut of what looks to be a wonderfully creepy new title Wayward #1 (Jim Zub , Steven Cummings, John Rauch, Ross Campbell). For some dystopian future madness from across the pond check out Rebellion/2000 A.D and the one shot release of Jaegir: Strigoi, One Shot (Gordon Rennie, Simon Coleby). Now for something really special that isn’t on this week’s list. If you are in the market for some great indie work that will spark your imagination, check out Legends Pess Project: Wildfire #2 (Quinn McGowan). Currently available for digital download, this tale takes comic book conventions that we are all familar with and breathes new life into them. So, take note, Project: Wildfire is worth the read. That will do it for this week, so get that pull list together and get ready to do some epic reading. Until next week, stack them high and enjoy!

Marvel

All-New Invaders (2014) #9

All-New Ultimates (2014) #7

All-New X-Men (2012) #31
All-New X-Men (2012) #31 Variant

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1 .4
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2 2nd Print
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #3 2nd Print

Avengers (2012) #34

Avengers Undercover (2014) #9

Cyclops (2014) #4

Fantastic Four (2014) #9

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2013) #18
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2013) #18 Variant

Inhuman (2014) #4

Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) #29

Ms. Marvel (2014) #2 4th Print

Original Sin (2014) #2 2nd Print
Original Sin (2014) #5 2nd Print
Original Sin (2014) #5 .4
Original Sin (2014) #5 .1 2nd Prt
Original Sin (2014) #6 2nd Print

Savage Hulk (2014) #3

Silver Surfer (2014) #5
Silver Surfer (2014) #5 Variant

Thunderbolts (2012) #30

Uncanny Avengers (2012) #23
Uncanny Avengers (2012) #23 Variant

Wolverine & The X-Men (2014) #8

Wolverine (2014) #12

DC Comics

Adventures of Superman (2013) #16

All-Star Western (2011) #34

Aquaman (2011) #34
Aquaman (2011) #34 Selfie

Batman ’66 (2013) #14
Batman ’66 (2013) #14 Selfie

Batman Eternal (2014) #21

Batman/Superman (2013) #13
Batman/Superman (2013) #13 Batman
Batman/Superman (2013) #13 Combo
Batman/Superman (2013) #13 Variant

Batman: Beyond Universe (2013) #13

Bodies (2014) #2

Catwoman (2011) #34

Catwoman (2011) #34 Selfie

Dead Boy Detectives (2013) #8

Flash (2011) #34
Flash (2011) #34 Selfie

Harley Quinn (2013) #10
Harley Quinn (2013) #10 Variant

He-Man & The Masters of the Universe (2013) #16

Injustice: Year Two (2014) #10

Justice League Dark (2011) #34
Justice League Dark (2011) #34 Selfie

New 52 – Future’s End (2014) #17

Red Lanterns (2011) #34

Secret Origins (2014) #5

Sinestro (2014) #5

Star Spangled War Stories: GI Zombie (2014) #2

Superman (2011) #34
Superman (2011) #34 Combo
Superman (2011) #34 Selfie

Dark Horse Comics

Baltimore: Witch of Harju (2014) #2

Captain Midnight (2013) #14

Conan the Avenger (2014) #5

Deep Gravity (2014) #2

Dream Thief: Escape (2014) #3

Emily & The Strangers: Breaking the Record (2014) #3

Goon: Occasion of Revenge (2014) #2

Groo vs. Conan (2014) #2

Halo: Escalation (2013) #9

Massive (2012) #26

Mind Mgmt (2012) #25

Pariah (2014) #7

Pop (2014) #1

Star Wars: Legacy (Vol. 2) (2013) #18

Sundowners (2014) #1

Tomb Raider (2014) #7

Image Comics

Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force (2014) #1 E Signed

Black Science (2013) #8

Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo (2014) #1 2nd Print

Cowl: Chicago Organized Workers League (2014) #3 2nd Print
Cowl: Chicago Organized Workers League (2014) #4

Dream Police (2014) #4

Drumhellar (2013) #8

Genius (2014) #4
Genius (2014) #5

Low (2014) #1 2nd Print
Low (2014) #2

Manhattan Projects (2012) #23

Mice Templar Vol. 4: Legend (2013) #13 A
Mice Templar Vol. 4: Legend (2013) #13 B

Outcast (2014) #2 2nd Print
Outcast (2014) #3

Revival (2012) #23

Saga (2012) #22

Sex (2013) #15

Spawn (1992) #246
Spawn (1992) #246 B&W

Wayward (2014) #1 Cruz
Wayward (2014) #1 Cummings
Wayward (2014) #1 Phantom
Wayward (2014) #1 Phantom B&W
Wayward (2014) #1 Urusov
Wayward (2014) #1 Warren

Wildfire (2014) #3 A
Wildfire (2014) #3 B

Action Lab Entertainment

Bo Plushy Gangsta (2014) #4

Hero Cats (2014) #1
Hero Cats (2014) #1 Variant

Shinobi: Ninja Princess (2014) #1
Shinobi: Ninja Princess (2014) #1 Variant

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman: Fallen One-Shot (2014) #1 E

Archie Comics

Jughead & Archie Double Digest (2014) #5

Mega Man (2011) #40
Mega Man (2011) #40 Variant

Sonic Universe (2009) #67
Sonic Universe (2009) #67 Variant

Aspen

Damsels in Excess (2014) #2 A
Damsels in Excess (2014) #2 B
Damsels in Excess (2014) #2 C

Autism At Face Value

Face Value (2014) #1

Bongo Comics

Kang & Kodos (2014) #1

Boom Studios Publishing

Bee & Puppycat (2014) #3 A
Bee & Puppycat (2014) #3 B
Bee & Puppycat (2014) #3 C

Bravest Warriors (2012) #23 A
Bravest Warriors (2012) #23 B
Bravest Warriors (2012) #23 C

Evil Empire (2014) #4

Regular Show (2013) #14 A
Regular Show (2013) #14 B
Regular Show (2013) #14 C
Regular Show (2013) #14 Connecting

Steed & Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed (2014) #2

Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #87 Deluxe
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #87 DLX Var

Comixtribe

And Then Emily was Gone (2014) #2

Cosmic Times

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew (2014) #1

Cryptic Entertainment

Wool (Hugh Howey) (2014) #2

DYNAMITE Entertainment

Army of Darkness: Hitched (2014) #2 Francavill
Army of Darkness: Hitched (2014) #2 Franca Vir
Army of Darkness: Hitched (2014) #2 Lee
Army of Darkness: Hitched (2014) #2 Lee B&W
Army of Darkness: Hitched (2014) #2 Parrillo

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Ellen Hopkins reflects on ten years of writing YA with publication of ‘Rumble’

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Ellen Hopkins reflects on ten years of writing YA with publication of ‘Rumble’

Faith and bullying take center stage in the world of young adult literature with today’s release of Rumble, the latest book from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins.

The book follows teenage protagonist Matthew Turner, who has lost his faith in everything after bullying lead his younger brother to commit suicide. But events soon force Matthew to question everything he’s ever not believed in.

Hopkins is no stranger to tackling tough subjects when it comes to her teen novels. Her previous books have covered subjects as serious as drug addiction, sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, and suicide. But the author says it was a reader who inspired her to address the subject of faith in Rumble.

In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com, Hopkins explains: “There were a couple of mosque burnings in the news at the time, and I posted on my Facebook page, ‘We all serve one Creator,’ meaning Christians, Jews, Muslims, whomever. A young woman, 16, responded that I was ‘awfully arrogant to think she had to believe in ANYTHING.’ It struck me that when you’re a teen you should be asking big questions, rather than cutting yourself off from them. I know I did, and so the idea of lack of faith took root in my brain.”

Hopkins is eager to add, “The operative word here IS faith, not religion.”

If there’s a message teen readers take away from reading Rumble, Hopkins hopes it’s this: “That life does present us with huge questions, and it’s healthy to explore them. You might not find definitive answers, but debating possibilities is important. Cutting yourself off from possibility limits your imagination and problem solving skills.”

Rumble hits store shelves ten years after Hopkins’ first novel, Crank, was published. In that time, Hopkins’ many novels have left a lasting impression on readers – especially teen readers.

“ I get many [responses from readers] every day, thanking me for turning them away from this path, shedding light on a loved one’s addiction, or even from kids who’ve decided they want to help others by becoming counselors or psychologists,” Hopkins says. “One does stand out in my memory, though. It was from a young lady who said Crank had saved her from her own addiction, and as she was packing for college her younger brother spotted the book. Thinking it was maybe glorifying meth, he asked to read it. He and his girlfriend were both high on meth that night. They read the book in one sitting, and both quit the next day. Seeing oneself in Kristina can be a huge wake up call.”

Crank has not only impacted her readers’ lives, but it’s made a huge impact on Hopkins herself. The book was inspired by her own daughter’s addiction to meth.

“Writing the book brought a lot of necessary insight into the choices my daughter made,” Hopkins says. “Parents want to assign themselves a lot of guilt when a child takes a wrong turn, and while we can shoulder some of the blame, it’s important to realize that kids, especially once they reach adolescence, start making decisions (and not always good ones) for themselves. But telling that story also brought me to where I belong as a writer—writing books for teens that can bring them knowledge and understanding of issues touching their lives every day.”

The experience of writing about troubled teens – and hearing about the massive impact her books have had on so many young lives – is part of what lead Hopkins to another impactful moment in her life: the creation of Ventana Sierra.

The recently-founded nonprofit organization provides housing, education, and life resources to disadvantaged youth.

“In my travels I often come across young people who have big dreams, but lack the resources to go for them. Since it’s this generation that largely built my career, I feel it’s necessary to return what I can in the form of hope for a brighter future,” Hopkins says. “In the year plus since we’ve opened our first house, we’ve helped some 20 kids off the street, helped a half-dozen graduate high school and twelve into college. They haven’t all stayed, but at least we’ve given them a jumpstart.”

Ventana Sierra is always looking for donations to help support the organization – especially as it continues to grow. Right now, fans of Hopkins can contribute to a crowdfunding campaign for a filmed version of the stage adaptation of Crank, which Hopkins oversaw last year. All proceeds from the crowdfunding campaign will benefit Ventana Sierra.

Readers can contribute to the campaign here.

Rumble is in stores now.

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The top 3 X-Men may surprise you

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‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates signs on for spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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‘Harry Potter’ director David Yates signs on for spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Harry Potter director David Yates is returning to the wizarding world for the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off.

Variety reports that Yates has accepted an offer to direct the first Fantastic Beasts film, which is being written by Potter author J.K. Rowling. The Fantastic Beasts story takes place in the same world as Harry Potter, but decades prior to the events of the renowned book series.

Rowling has called the series “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.”

Warner Brothers appears to be planning on three films in the Fantastic Beasts movies, which will center on the author of the Fantastic Beasts textbook (which Harry and his friends used during their time at Hogwarts), Newt Scamander, and will take place in the early 20th century in New York.

Yates is no stranger to the world of Harry Potter, having directed the final four films in the series (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and both Deathly Hallows films). Fantastic Beasts is expected to be filmed at Leavesden Studios in London, where most of all eight Harry Potter films were made — and where Yates is currently working on his reboot of Tarzan.

Previously, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron was approached about directing Fantastic Beasts, but that did not pan out.

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