‘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.

Read More by Bertena Varney

New comic book releases 8/27/14

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

Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1 Blank Cvr
Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1 Forte
Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1 Forte Vir
Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1 Roth
Bob’s Burgers (2014) #1 Roth Virgin

Flash Gordon (2014) #5 Castro
Flash Gordon (2014) #5 Haeser
Flash Gordon (2014) #5 Laming

Red Sonja (2013) #5 Frison Vir

Future Dude

Brainstorm (2014) #1

IDW Publishing

24 (2014) #5
24 (2014) #5 Subscript

7th Sword (2014) #4

Borderlands: Fall of Fyrestone (2014) #2
Borderlands: Fall of Fyrestone (2014) #2 Subscript

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War (2014) #3
Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War (2014) #3 Subscript

Ghostbusters (2013) #19
Ghostbusters (2013) #19 Subscript

Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth (2013) #15

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night (2014) #3
Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night (2014) #3 Subscript

Last Fall (2014) #2
Last Fall (2014) #2 Subscript

Last Fall (2014) #1 2nd Print

Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever (2014) #3
Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever (2014) #3 Subscript

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (2014) #3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (2014) #3 Subscript

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #2
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #2 Incentive
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #2 Subscript

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (2011) #32
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (2011) #32 Incentive
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (2011) #32 Subscript

V Wars (2014) #5
V Wars (2014) #5 Subscript

Kenzer & Company

Knights of the Dinner Table #211

Oni Press Inc.

Letter 44 (2013) #9

Sixth Gun (2010) #42

Monomyth (2014) #2

Rebellion

Brass Sun (2014) #4

Jaegir One-Shot (2014) #1

Red 5 Comics

Bad Dreams (2014) #4

Haunted (2014) #4

Super Genius

WWE (2013) #7

Titan Books

Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #2 Casagrande
Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #2 Casagra B&W
Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #2 Photo
Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #2 Zhang

Titan Distributing

Alien Legion: Uncivil War (2014) #3

Valiant Comics

Rai (2014) #1 Crain 4th
Rai (2014) #3 Crain 2nd
Rai (2014) #4 Crain
Rai (2014) #4 Valiant

X-O Manowar (2012) #28 Bernard
X-O Manowar (2012) #28 Poster 13
X-O Manowar (2012) #28 Segovia
X-O Manowar (2012) #28 Valiant

Zenescope Entertainment Inc

Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #5 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #5 B
Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #5 C

Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz (2014) #4 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz (2014) #4 B

Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz (2014) #4 C

Read More by Mark Turner

 

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

Credits: Simon & Schuster

Credits: Simon & Schuster

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.

Read More by Sara Gundell

The top 3 X-Men may surprise you

Credits: Marvel Comics

               Credits: Marvel Comics

The top 3 X-Men may surprise you

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

Credits: Wikipedia

Credits: Wikipedia

‘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.

Read More by Sara Gundell

New Comic Book Releases 7/23/2014

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

New Comic Book Releases 7/23/2014

Here we are with another release list filled with comic book goodness. With Comic Con 2014 rolling out in San Diego this week, many fans will need a well stocked stack of good reads to help get them through the long lines and wait time to gain entry to the ever coveted hall previews. So before taking that road trip, be sure to get that pull list together and head down to your local comic shop to stack up on this week’s latest. Need a few suggestions? Well, let’s take a look at a few titles that might give you a few ideas to build that perfect pull list. First up, how about a little funny with your fantasy? If you are up to that challenge, then head over to Dark Horse Comics and grab Groo VS Conan #1 (Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragones, Tom Yeates, Tom Luth). Over at DC Comics a bit of a genre mashup occurs with horror tropes meeting war story action in the pages of Star Spangled War Stories: G.I. Zombie #1 (Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Scott Hampton, Darwyn Cooke). IDW Publishing steps to the plate with a must have for this week from an industry legend and master working on this new series. Let the end begin in the pages of Ragnarok #1 (Walter Simonson)! Next OSSM Comics features a tale of angels and mankind that unfolds in the pages of Monomyth #1 (Siike Donnelly, Eric Ninaltowski). Image Comics features the reintroduction of a character as interpreted by industry master Warren Ellis on Supreme Blue Rose #1(Warren Ellis, Tula Lotay) Finally, Marvel Comics starts up a new series featuring one of their mightiest mutants and fan favorite in the pages of Storm #1 (Greg Pak, Victor Ibanez). So don’t dawdle Wednesday Warriors, casual fans and the curious alike! Get that list together and stock up on some fun reading material for what promises to be a full week for everyone. Until the next episode, stack them high and enjoy!

Marvel

100Th Anniversary Special: Avengers (2014) #1
100Th Anniversary Special: Avengers (2014) #1 Variant

All-New Doop (2014) #4

All-New Invaders (2014) #8

All-New Ultimates (2014) #5

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Daredevil (2014) #6

Deadpool (2012) #32

Deadpool vs. X-Force (2014) #2

Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet (2014) #3

Figment (2014) #1 2Nd Print

Hulk (2014) #3 2nd Print
Hulk (2014) #4 2nd Print

Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014) #1 3rd Print
Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014) #2 3rd Print

Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) #28

Mighty Avengers (2013) #12

Original Sin (2014) #5 .2
Original Sin (2014) #5 .2 Variant

Original Sins (2014) #4

Storm (2014) #1
Storm (2014) #1 Blank Cvr
Storm (2014) #1 Bianchi
Storm (2014) #1 Young Baby

Wolverine & the X-Men (2014) #6
Wolverine & the X-Men (2014) #6 Variant

Wolverine (2014) #8 2Nd Print

DC Comics

All-Star Western (2011) #33

Aquaman (2011) #33
Aquaman (2011) #33 Batman

Batman & Robin (2011) #33
Batman & Robin (2011) #33 Batman

Batman ’66 (2013) #13

Batman (2011) #33
Batman (2011) #33 Batman
Batman (2011) #33 Combo
Batman (2011) #33 Variant

Batman Eternal (2014) #16

Batman: Beyond Universe (2013) #12

Catwoman (2011) #33

Dead Boy Detectives (2013) #7

Detective Comics (1937) #27 Special Ed

Flash (2011) #33
Flash (2011) #33 Batman

He-Man & The Masters of the Universe (2013) #15

Injustice: Year Two (2014) #8

Justice League Dark (2011) #33
Justice League Dark (2011) #33 Batman

New 52 – Future’s End (2014) #12

Red Lanterns (2011) #33

Secret Origins (2014) #4

Star Spangled War Stories: GI Zombie (2014) #1

Superman (2011) #33
Superman (2011) #33 Batman
Superman (2011) #33 Combo
Superman (2011) #33 Sketch Cvr
Superman (2011) #33 Variant

Trinity of Sin: Pandora (2013) #13

Unwritten: Apocalypse (Vol. 2) (2014) #7

Wonder Woman (2011) #33
Wonder Woman (2011) #33 Batman

Dark Horse Comics

Axe Cop: American Choppers (2014) #3

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 (2014) #5 Isaacs
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 (2014) #5 Morris

Conan the Avenger (2014) #4

Dream Thief: Escape (2014) #2

Elfquest: Final Quest (2014) #4

Goon: Occasion Of Revenge (2014) #1

Groo vs. Conan (2014) #1

Halo: Escalation (2013) #8

Mass Effect: Foundation (2013) #13

Star Wars: Legacy (Vol. 2) (2013) #17

Tomb Raider (2014) #6

Image Comics

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

Dark Engine (2014) #1 Mile High

Outcast (2014) #1 2nd Print

Revival (2012) #22

Rise Of The Magi (2014) #1 E Signed

Saga (2012) #21

Savage Dragon-The Series #196

Skullkickers (2010) #29

Supreme: Blue Rose (2014) #1

Trees (2014) #3

Undertow (2014) #6 A
Undertow (2014) #6 B

Velvet (2013) #6

Zero (2013) #9

Independent Publishers

Amaze Ink

Lenore (Vol. 2) (2009) #10

Amryl Entertainment

Cavewoman: Journey (2014) #2 A
Cavewoman: Journey (2014) #2 C
Cavewoman: Journey (2014) #2 D
Cavewoman: Journey (2014) #2 E

Antarctic Press

Victorian Secret: Midwinter Special One-Shot (2014) #1

Archie Comics

Afterlife With Archie (2013) #6 Francavill
Afterlife With Archie (2013) #6 Pepoy

Betty and Veronica Annual Digest (Ongoing Series) (1980) #225

Jughead & Archie Double Digest (2014) #4

Life With Archie: Married Life (2010) #37 Chiang
Life With Archie: Married Life (2010) #37 Edwards
Life With Archie: Married Life (2010) #37 Ross
Life With Archie: Married Life (2010) #37 Simonson
Life With Archie: Married Life (2010) #37 Thompson

Aspen

Damsels in Excess (2014) #1 A
Damsels in Excess (2014) #1 B
Damsels in Excess (2014) #1 C
Damsels in Excess (2014) #1 D

Avatar Comics

Extinction Parade: War (Max Brooks) (2014) #1 Mile High

Bongo Comics

Bart Simpson Comics (2000) #91

Boom Studios Publishing

Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake (2013) #5 Heroes Con

Amazing World of Gumball (2014) #2 A
Amazing World of Gumball (2014) #2 B
Amazing World of Gumball (2014) #2 C

Bravest Warriors (2012) #22 A
Bravest Warriors (2012) #22 B

Empty Man (2014) #1 2nd Print

Evil Empire (2014) #1 Eccc

Midas Flesh (2013) #8

Peanuts (Vol. 2) (2012) #20

Regular Show: Skips (2013) #1 Eccc

Steed & Mrs. Peel: Needed (2014) #1

Cartoon Books

Tuki: Save the Humans (2014) #1

Danger Zone

Zombie Tramp (2014) #1 Gaylord
Zombie Tramp (2014) #1 Howard
Zombie Tramp (2014) #1 Mile High
Zombie Tramp (2014) #1 Tmchu
Zombie Tramp (2014) #1 Risque

DYNAMITE Entertainment

Dejah of Mars (2014) #3 Anacleto
Dejah of Mars (2014) #3 Neves
Dejah of Mars (2014) #3 Neves B&W
Dejah of Mars (2014) #3 Risque

Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives (2013) #5

Solar: Man of the Atom (2014) #4 Brown
Solar: Man of the Atom (2014) #4 Doe
Solar: Man of the Atom (2014) #4 Lau
Solar: Man of the Atom (2014) #4 Layton

Twilight Zone (2013) #7

IDW Publishing

Classic Popeye (2012) #24

Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth (2013) #14

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night (2014) #2
Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night (2014) #2 Subscript

Monster Motors One-Shot (2014) #1

My Little Pony: Friends Forever (2013) #7
My Little Pony: Friends Forever (2013) #7 Subscript

Ragnarok (2014) #1
Ragnarok (2014) #1 Subscript

Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever (2014) #2
Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever (2014) #2 Subscript

Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo (2014) #1
Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo (2014) #1 Incentive
Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo (2014) #1 Subscript

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (2013) #13
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (2013) #13 Incentive
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (2013) #13 Lego

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time (2014) #2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time (2014) #2 Subscript

Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #1
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #1 Blank Cvr
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #1 Incentive
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #1 Mile High
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014) #1 Subscript

Transformers: Windblade (2014) #4
Transformers: Windblade (2014) #4 Incentive
Transformers: Windblade (2014) #4 Subscript

Wild Blue Yonder (2013) #5
Wild Blue Yonder (2013) #5 Subscript

Winterworld (2014) #2
Winterworld (2014) #2 Subscript

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland (Joe Hill) (2013) #1 Direct Cut

X-Files Season 10 (2013) #14
X-Files Season 10 (2013) #14 Subscript

Northwest Comic News, Inc

Waste of Time (2014) #1

Oni Press Inc.

Letter 44 (2013) #8

Ossm Comics

Monomyth (2014) #1

Titan Books

Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #1 Casagrande
Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #1 Casagrab&W
Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #1 Photo
Doctor Who: 10th Doctor (2014) #1 Zhang

Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #1 Fraser
Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #1 Fraser B&W
Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #1 Photo
Doctor Who: 11th Doctor (2014) #1 Zhang

Titan Distributing

Alien Legion: Uncivil War (2014) #2

Ordinary (2014) #3

Valiant Comics

Archer & Armstrong (2012) #22 Crystal
Archer & Armstrong (2012) #22 Walsh

Armor Hunters: Bloodshot (2014) #1 Chrome
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot (2014) #1 Crain
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot (2014) #1 Hairsine
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot (2014) #1 Poster 6
Armor Hunters: Bloodshot (2014) #1 Tan

Verotik

Morella Presents: Verotika Returns Special (2009) #2

Zenescope Entertainment Inc

Bleeding Cool Magazine (2012) #11

Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #4 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #4 B
Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #4 C
Grimm Fairy Tales: Godstorm – Hercules Payne (2014) #4 D

Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing (2014) #4 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing (2014) #4 B
Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing (2014) #4 C

Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (2012) #25 A
Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (2012) #25 B
Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (2012) #25 C
Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (2012) #25 D
Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (2012) #25 E
Grimm Fairy Tales: Wonderland (2012) #25 F

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Hercules: The Thracian Wars – Official Trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy – Official Trailer #2

Big Hero 6 – Official Trailer

New comic book releases 6/18/14

Credits: DC Comics

Credits: DC Comics

New comic book releases 6/18/14

Are you ready to welcome in the first days of summer with some fun reading material? Well, you’ve come to the right place. But, with such a long list, where does one start? Let’s take a look at a few titles and maybe it will give you a few ideas on what to grab this week. Once you figure it out, be sure to head down to your local comic shop to pick all of your favorite reads and more. Now let’s get to it. Head over to Marvel Comics to check out a title that is shaping up to be a pretty interesting yarn with Original Sin #4 (Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato, Julian Totino Tedesco). Great writing + Great Art = Summer Fun! To keep things rolling let’s head around the way to the big guy on the block to take a look at the strong story telling skills of the team on DC Comics Wonder Woman #32 (Brian Azzarello, Goran Sudzuka, Cliff Chiang). Want something new and fresh then maybe you should consider checking out the start of a new series from Dark Horse Comics with this fantasy piece Eye of Newt #1 (Michael Hague). Did you check out the preview pages in the associated slideshow? Well, what are you waiting for, this one looks incredible! Finally we will wrap up with the long running Image Comics title that is exploring some new ground in Savage Dragon #195 (Erik Larsen). What better way to roll into the weekend Summer Solstice than with some great reads. So, until next week, stack them high and enjoy!

 

DC/VERTIGO
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BATMAN ETERNAL #11 $2.99
BATWOMAN #32 $2.99
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FABLES #141 $2.99
GRAPHIC INK THE DC COMICS ART OF FRANK QUITELY HC $39.99
GREEN LANTERN LIGHTS OUT HC (N52) $24.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #32 $2.99
HARLEY QUINN #7 $2.99
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PREACHER TP BOOK 04 $19.99
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WONDER WOMAN #32 $2.99

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THOR GOD OF THUNDER #23 $3.99
THUNDERBOLTS #27 $2.99
ULTIMATE FF #3 $3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #22 $3.99
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X-MEN #15 $3.99

DARK HORSE
AXE COP AMERICAN CHOPPERS #2 $3.99
BPRD HELL ON EARTH #120 $3.50
BRAIN BOY MEN FROM GESTALT #2 $2.99
BTVS SEASON 10 #4 $3.50
CHRONICLES OF KING CONAN TP VOL 08 ROAD EMPIRE $19.99
CLOWN FATALE TP $17.99
CRIMINAL MACABRE EYES OF FRANKENSTEIN TP $17.99
EYE OF NEWT #1 $3.99
NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 14 $9.99
PORTENT TP ASHES $17.99
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL SON OF DATHOMIR #2 $3.50
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IMAGE
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MPH #2 (OF 5) $2.99
SEX CRIMINALS #6 $3.50
VELVET TP VOL 01 BEFORE THE LIVING END $9.99
WICKED & DIVINE #1 $3.50

BOOM, DYNAMITE, FANTAGRAPHICS, IDW, KIDS COMICS, MANGA, AND OTHER PUBLISHERS
ADVENTURE TIME #29 $3.99
ALICE THE 101ST GN VOL 04 $12.95
ALL NEW FATHOM #7 (OF 8) $3.99
ALL NEW SOULFIRE #5 $3.99
ANDREAE SKETCHBOOK $30.00
ARCHIE #656 $2.99
ARCHIE FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DOUBLE DIGEST #6 $5.99
AUTEUR #4 $3.99
BATTLE ROYALE ANGELS BORDER GN $12.99
BELLAMY SKETCHBOOK #3 $30.00
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CINEMA RETRO #29 $11.99
CLIVE BARKER NEXT TESTAMENT #10 (OF 12) $3.99
COMICS GLOBAL HISTORY 1968 TO PRESENT SC $39.95
CRISSE SKETCHBOOK #2 $30.00
DICKS TP VOL 02 $19.99
DOODLE JUMP #1 (OF 6) $3.99
EC JOHN SEVERIN BOMB RUN HC $29.99
ESCAPO HC $24.99
FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 39 $10.99
FATHOM ANNUAL #1 $5.99
FEAR MY DEAR BILLY DOGMA EXPERIENCE HC $19.99
HARBINGER #24 CVR A LAROSA $3.99
HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT GN VOL 02 $12.95
JUDGE DREDD MEGA CITY TWO DIRECTORS CUT #1 $4.99
KILL SHAKESPEARE MASK OF NIGHT #1 (OF 4) $3.99
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LAST BROADCAST #2 $3.99
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MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #4 $3.99
MARVEL FACT FILES #10 DOCTOR DOOM COVER $6.00
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NO 6 GN VOL 07 $10.99
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PETER KUPER SYSTEM HC GN $19.95
PHOTOBOOTH A BIOGRAPHY GN $20.00
PINOCCHIO VAMPIRE SLAYER GN COMPLETE ED $24.95
POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #23 $3.99
POWERPUFF GIRLS #10 $3.99
RED SONJA #10 $3.99
RED SONJA SANCTUARY ONE SHOT $4.99
REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 $4.99
SAMURAI JACK #9 $3.99
SAY I LOVE YOU GN VOL 02 $10.99
SIMPSONS COMICS #212 $2.99
SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #2 $4.99
STAR TREK CITY O/T EDGE OF FOREVER #1 (OF 5) $3.99
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THE LONE RANGER #25 (OF 25) $3.99
THOMAS ALSOP #1 (OF 8) $3.99
TMNT ONGOING #35 $3.99
TMNT TURTLES IN TIME #1 (OF 4) $3.99
TRANSLUCID #3 (OF 6) $3.99
TWILIGHT ZONE ANNUAL 2014 $7.99
TWILIGHT ZONE TP VOL 01 $15.99
UNITY #8 (AH) $3.99
V-WARS #3 $3.99
WINTERWORLD #1 $3.99
WITZEND HC BOX SET WALLY WOOD $125.00
WOODS #1 (2ND PTG) $3.99
WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED 1979-2014 HC $29.95
XXXHOLIC OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $19.99

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