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IMAGE COMICS DREAMS OF DARKCHYLDE

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IMAGE COMICS DREAMS OF DARKCHYLDE

Berkeley, CA – 20 June 2011 – Soon, DARKCHYLDE fans new and old will be able to catch up with the accursed teen Ariel Chylde in DREAMS OF DARKCHYLDE VOL.1 from Image Comics. The Dreams series is collected for the first time with new art and cover by Randy Queen, and a special forward by legendary master of horror John Carpenter, who is on board to direct the film adaptation.

Ariel Chylde is a sweet-tempered girl with a terrifying secret: She can become the horrendous creatures from her many recurring nightmares. In DREAMS OF DARKCHYLDE VOL. 1, we go deeper into the real world ghosts that haunt her psychological terrain, when a fallen childhood friend returns as an angry poltergeist seeking Ariel’s blood in a mad hunger for misguided revenge.

“2011 marks the 15th anniversary of Ariel Chylde,” says creator and artist Randy Queen. “So, it is with great joy this rare collection of Darkchylde material is made available for the first time in America with Image, and I’m thrilled to have John Carpenter’s words open the volume. If you’re an older fan, or newer fan, you’ll find something fresh to discover in these haunted tales of the teen who can become the creatures from her nightmares!”

DREAMS  OF DARKCHYLDE VOL.1 (APR110419), a 136-page full-color trade paperback, will be in stores on June 15th, for $16.99. Get the latest updates on DARKCHYLDE at www.darkchylde.com.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.




The Last Phantom #7 Review

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The Last Phantom #7

Rating: 2/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher Website: www.dynamiteentertainment.com/

Writer: Scott Beatty
Pencils: Eduardo Ferigato
Inks: Eduardo Ferigato
Colors: Vinicius Andrade
Number of Pages: 32
Price: .99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Following the conclusion of the harrowing “Ghost Walk,” a new era begins for The Phantom! Injured and on the run from both sides of the law, Kit Walker makes plans for his future while reflecting on his brutal training to carry on the legacy of The Ghost Who Walks. Witness Kit’s debut adventure as The Phantom-in-training in a tale uniting father and son as heroes for the FIRST and LAST time!

Reviewer’s Comments:
I feel I should preface this review by saying that I have never read any of the previous issues of The Last Phantom. For this reason there may be details in the story that I have missed that would have affected my enjoyment of this issue. On other hand, if you are reading this review it is probable that you have never read any issue of this series either. This review will be based with this in mind.

Overall, I did not enjoy this issue. It was not terrible by any stretch, but I found it difficult to be drawn into it.
The dialogue in many places felt clunky. Such as when a pedestrian shouts, “say cheese purple dude!” I realize that the line is meant to be humorous, but it felt flat. Similarly, the line “I won’t make that mistake twice,” being said when Peter touches a hot doorknob, feels silly because shouldn’t he have known not to do that prior to adulthood? If the reader wishes to get a mental picture of what Peter is like as a villain, think Zanatos from Gargoyles. His cadence and mannerisms seem to reflect that character. Sort of Lex Lutherish as well, except for the sinister aspect.

It is also difficult for my to discern the character of the Last Phantom. In the flashback scenes, his personality seems akin to Dick Grayson/Nightwing. A little serious, a little rogueish. Likeable. I do get the sense that the current characterization of the Phantom is meant to be more serious and dry. The problem is that, in this issue, the Last Phantom has very little to do. For this reason, the character is difficult to connect with.

I will give kudos for how the flashback scene is presented. The penciler and colorist both use a style that makes those scenes look as if they are existing on the pages of an old comic book. The pencils are a lot more simple, giving it a 50’s type of feel. The colors are also more muted as well. It contrasts very well with the sleek, highly detailed pages that represent present day. Unfortunately, these scenes are blemished as well, due to a lot of logical errors. Primarily in the form of where characters get shot, and the reprecussions of this. To give details would be to ruin the story. It is possible, however, that since I have not been reading the series, the Phantoms have some amazing power to which I am not aware. Maybe they heal fast?

As far as the art goes, I will also give it kudos, especially for the flashback scenes. The present day scenes do have a realistic and vibrant look to it. The pencils and the colors combine well to creative a Gotham type atmosphere.

Overall though, this issue was not a grabber. If every issue should be written as if there is a reader experiencing its world for the first time, then this issue does not provide for those readers successfully. I would be very interested to hear the comments about this review from those who have been keeping up with the series.




MARVEL COMICS On-Sale 6/22/11

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MARVEL COMICS On-Sale 6/22/11

Marvel Comics On-Sale 6/22/11

Hey there True Believers, here’s your official list of comic books, collections and posters arriving in comic stores on June 22nd, 2011. For more information on any of these titles, and on upcoming mighty Marvel releases, please visit Marvel.Com or contact your local comic book retailer at 1-888-comicbook. Stay tuned each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you’ll never miss your favorite heroes in action!

Comics On-Sale:

BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #520

CAPTAIN AMERICA #619

CAPTAIN AMERICA #619 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT

CARNAGE #5

DEADPOOL #39

DEADPOOL #39 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT

DISNEY*PIXAR PRESENTS: CARS 2 #1

FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LAST STAND #1

FEAR ITSELF #2 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)

INCREDIBLE HULKS #631

IRON MAN 2.0 #6 (FI)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #622 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #623 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (FI)

MARVEL ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL #2

MOON KNIGHT #1 2ND PRINTING VARIANT

MYSTERY MEN #2

NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT #11

NEW MUTANTS #26

SECRET AVENGERS #14 (FI)

SECRET AVENGERS #14 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT

SIGIL #4

SILVER SURFER #5

SPIDER-MAN #15

THE MIGHTY THOR #1 2ND PRINTING VARIANT

THE MIGHTY THOR #3

THE MIGHTY THOR #3 I AM CAPTAIN AMERICA VARIANT

THUNDERBOLTS #159 (FI)

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #5

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #5 CHO VARIANT

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 BLANK COVER VARIANT

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 KALUTA VARIANT

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 QUESADA SKETCH VARIANT

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 QUESADA VARIANT

VENOM #1 3RD PRINTING VARIANT

WOLVERINE #11

X-MEN LEGACY #251

Collections On-Sale:

AVENGERS VS. PET AVENGERS GN-TPB

BLACK WIDOW: THE NAME OF THE ROSE TPB

DEADPOOL VOL. 1 HC

DOCTOR STRANGE: INTO THE DARK DIMENSION PREMIERE HC & DM VARIANT

IMPOSSIBLE MAN TPB

MYSTIQUE BY SEAN MCKEEVER ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB

NYX: WANNABE TPB

RUNAWAYS VOL. 6: PARENTAL GUIDANCE DIGEST

SECRET AVENGERS VOL. 2: EYES OF THE DRAGON PREMIERE HC

THING: LIBERTY LEGION PREMIERE HC & DM VARIANT

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN: DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN PRELUDE PREMIERE HC KORMARCK COVER & DM VARIANT

X-FACTOR VOL. 11: HAPPENINGS IN VEGAS TPB

X-MEN: AGE OF X HC

X-MEN: SECOND COMING REVELATIONS TPB

X-MEN: SECOND COMING TPB

X-MEN: WITH GREAT POWER PREMIERE HC

Posters On-Sale:

CAPTAIN AMERICA BY STEVE MCNIVEN POSTER

Key:

FI = Fear Itself  Tie-In




ARCHIE COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2011

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ARCHIE COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2011

ARCHIE # 625
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz
COVER: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 9/14/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/28/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST # 222
“FANTASY TIME,” PARADE REST”
Archie and Dilton share a love of reading in “FANTASY TIME” but Archie will have to leave his head in the books instead of in dreams if they’re are going to come true. After Veronica is named Homecoming Queen, she enlists her friends to build the biggest, most spectacular parade float Riverdale has ever seen. Their work is a success but they’re too tired to enjoy it in “PARADE REST.”
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ARTIST: Stan Goldberg
COVER: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 9/7/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:9/21/11
Newsstands: Week of/2011
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST # 9
“DINNER FOR ONE”
Betty dons her Superteen costume and goes head to head with the consumer, only to find his appetite is too much for her. About to admit defeat, Jughead comes to her rescue and challenges the evil Consumer to a battle of the stomachs. Can Riverdale’s bottomless pit defeat the insatiable Consumer? Find out in the conclusion of “DINNER FOR ONE.”
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Dan DeCarlo
COVER: Dan DeCarlo
Shipping Date: 9/14/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:9/28/11
Newsstands: Week of/2011
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

BETTY #194
“HOW SWEET IT WAS”
All of Betty’s dreams come true when Archie asks her to be his date at the dance. But she’s forced to wake up when she can’t afford to buy a new dress. Never one to sulk, Betty gets a job and with Archie at her side. She may not dance the night away, but she still gets Archie in the hilarious conclusion. In the second feature, KATY KEENE, Skipper Mason goes on a monkey chase and gets more than he bargained for. LIL JINX makes an appearance in “SOUNDS FISHY,” and Archie goes classic in “ERRANT BOY” FROM 1957. Finally, everyone’s favorite witch shows up in SABRINA “STRANGE LOVE.”
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz
COVER: Dan DeCarlo
On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/14/11
Newsstands: Week 9/28/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

B&V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST # 218
“MY BROTHER’S KEEPER”
In “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” Betty tries to show Veronica the error of her superficial ways by helping those in need. Too bad Betty just proves Veronica right and gets left in the rain. Maybe Veronica will learn one day, but that won’t be any time soon for the spoiled Ms. Lodge.
SCRIPT: Frank Doyle
ARTIST: Fernando Ruiz
COVER: Dan DeCarlo
Shipping Date: 9/21/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:10/5/11
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #174
“THE DARK SAGA,” LET’S GO GEO”
When Gladys tells Jughead he looks like teen vampire heartthrob, Basil Loverton, he wants to know more about the new movie craze. Taking it as a compliment, he plays into it on his date with her the next night. Unfortunately, Gladys isn’t the only one who thinks Jughead looks like her idol and a mob of fans swarm poor Juggie like wild animals. He manages to get away but must end his tortured romance before it even begins – just like a teen vampire. In “LET’S GO GEO,” Dilton shows Archie and Jughead a new internet scavenger hunt. Leave it to Jughead to find a way to include food and follow along as “Geo Snacking” is born.
SCRIPT: George Gladir
ARTIST: Pat Kennedy
COVER: Fernando Ruiz
Shipping Date: 9/21/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:10/5/11
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

KEVIN KELLER #3
“KEVIN KELLER in LET’S GET IT STARTED…”
Kevin Keller is the new kid in Riverdale and the gang has made him feel right at home. When Wit Masters, a trivia game show for rival high schools comes around, Dilton and the crew want Kevin to represent them for the win. Too bad Kevin has a fear of public speaking. Will he pull it off and get Riverdale the winning championship for the third year in a row or will he choke in front of the big lights? Follow along as Kevin, his family and everyone you know and love from the Archie Universe face this challenge together.
SCRIPT: Dan Parent
ARTIST: Dan Parent
COVER: Dan Parent
Shipping Date: 9/28/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 10/12/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

MEGA MAN #6
“TIME KEEPS SLIPPING” Part Two: Dr. Wily has vanished! Roll has been kidnapped! Dr. Light is in federal custody! What’s Mega Man to do?! The blue bomber teams up with Cut Man and Ice Man to investigate the ruins of Wily’s castle and search for clues, but what dangers await within? And who are these two, new, powered-up Robot Masters?!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Chad Thomas, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Shipping Date: 9/28/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 10/12/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #229
“GENESIS” Part Four: Our 20th Anniversary of Sonic celebration ends with this blockbuster issue! Sonic tackles the treacherous Metropolis Zone alone, while Sally leads her friends through the perils of the Oil Ocean Zone! At the end of the gauntlet lies the Death Egg and an epic battle! Will the world ever be the same again?!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Tracy Yardley!, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Shipping Date: 9/21/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 10/5/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

SONIC UNIVERSE #32
“INSIDE JOB” Part Four: The explosive finale to the Scourge Arc! Sonic’s evil twin is running with the Destructix, and they’re fighting for their lives to escape Zone Jail! If the rioting prisoners don’t get them, the Zone Cops will! In the mad dash for freedom, who will escape – and who will be left behind?
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Phil Felix and Steve Downer
COVER: Tracy Yardley! & Ben Hunzeker
Shipping Date: 9/7/11
On Sale at Comic Shops: 9/21/11
Comic, 32 pages, 40 lb. glossy stock, Full-Color
$2.99 US

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST # 11
“WHAT THE DO DID,” “THE ULTIMATE PEP TALK”
Pop tells the boys women change their hair after traumatic events and after breaking a date with Betty for another girl, Archie’s guilt gets the better of him when he’s sees her with a new hairstyle. He invites her to a night on the town but it all backfires for poor Betty when Archie enlists the help of a specialist for her supposed depression. Betty won’t be changing her hair again anytime soon after this fiasco in “WHAT THE DO DID.” On the eve of his 25th anniversary at Riverdale High School, Coach Kleats recounts some of the highs and lows of his career only to reveal that obstacles often come from within.
SCRIPT: Craig Boldman
ARTIST: Stan Godlberg
COVER: Fernando Ruiz
Shipping Date: 9/28/11
On Sale at Comic Shops:10/12/11
Newsstands: Week of/2011
Digest, 160 pgs, 30 lb newsprint, Full-Color
$3.99 US

GRAPHIC NOVELS:

ARCHIE FRESHMAN YEAR BOOK 2
Archie and his friends have forever been chronicled in the latter portion of their high school journey, but after many long years, the story of how “the gang” all met up was finally told in the first volume of Archie Freshman Year Book 1: The High School Chronicles. But that wasn’t the whole story!
In this second volume, Eisner-winning writer Batton Lash answers more questions that fans have been asking for decades about the early years of life at Riverdale High. See what happens when Jughead and his family move, Betty and Veronica become internet celebrities, and Reggie breaks out and finds himself a new group of “Pals ‘n’ Gals.” Catch Chuck’s first real foray into the world of comics and find out whatever happened to Pencilneck G.
SCRIPT: Batton Lash
ARTIST: Bill Galvan, Al Milgrom
COLORS: Glenn Whitmore
Direct Market On-sale: 9/7/2011
6 x 9” Trade Paperback 128 pgs
978-1-8797-9471-9
$9.95 US

ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE BOOK 1
This giant graphic novel collects from Life with Archie Magazine 1-6 the most critically acclaimed storyline in Archie Comics history, following two separate paths for Archie as a newlywed if he had married Betty Cooper or if he had married Veronica Lodge. Archie Marries Betty features the newlyweds as they move to the city to pursue their dreams and are faced with seemingly endless disasters engineered by a sinister figure from the past, and also includes the moving story of the death of their former teacher Miss Grundy. Archie Marries Veronica showcases the newlywed couple struggling to balance business and conscience while trying to keep Mr. Lodge’s sensibilities from destroying their ideals, their hometown – and their marriage. Find out what happens to all of your favorite Riverdale characters! Based on an outline by Emmy® award-winning Batman producer Michael Uslan, written by comic book veteran Paul Kupperberg and featuring the fluid and lush artwork of longtime Batman artist Norm Breyfogle.
SCRIPT: Michael Uslan, Paul Kupperberg
ARTIST: Norm Breyfogle, Andrew Pepoy, Joe Rubenstein
COLORS: Glenn Whitmore
Direct Market On-sale: 9/14/2011
6 5/8 x 10 3/16” Trade Paperback 320 pgs
978-1-9369-7501-3
$19.99 US

BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS DELUXE EDITION
This gigantic 432-page hardcover edition is an essential introduction to new readers and a must-have companion for longtime Archie fans, featuring the best Archie tales in a beautiful full-size volume. Includes classic tales covering every decade of Archie’s history from some of the biggest creative names in the company’s history, including Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Samm Schwartz, Stan Goldberg, Dan Parent and more. Hand-picked by Archie historians and experts, the stories collected in The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition take readers on a veritable pop culture tour of America, from the World War II era to the swingin’ 60s to the present – including anecdotes, memories, historical highlights, exclusive content and more from Archie creators. This large hardcover deluxe edition is printed on quality paper and contains an additional 16 pages of extras not found in the smaller digest paperback version. The Best of Archie Comics Deluxe Edition is the flagship title of Archie’s 70th anniversary and will receive intense publicity, marketing and sales support through 2012.
Various authors/illustrators
Direct Market On-sale: 9/28/2011
6 5/8 x 10 3/16” Hardcover 432 pgs
978-1-9369-7502-0
$29.99 US

MEGA MAN – VOLUME ONE “LET THE GAMES BEGIN”
MEGA MAN is the hit new action-adventure series from Archie Comics! Dr. Light wanted to build a better tomorrow with his new Robot Masters, but the evil Dr. Wily reprogrammed them to take over the world! Now it’s up to one little robot to save us all – MEGA MAN! Don’t miss the first heroic adventures of Rock, a simple helper robot who takes up the fight for the greater good! This volume contains Rock’s transformation into Mega Man, his first battles with the famous Robot Masters, and his titanic clash with Dr. Wily!
MEGA MAN VOL. 1 collects MEGA MAN #1-4 plus variant covers, exclusive sketches and special features!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, Chad Thomas, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Rick Bryant, Gary Martin, John Workman and Matt Herms
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
Direct Market On-sale: 9/14/2011
978-1-8797-9485-6
5 x 7 3/8” Trade Paperback 112 pgs
$11.95 US

SONIC ARCHIVES VOL.16
The best-selling SONIC ARCHIVES graphic novel series continues! The hunt for the evil Ixis Naugus goes into full swing as Sonic and his best friend Tails continue the World Tour Saga! Can the power of friendship overrule the wills of interdimensional machine-gods? What is the sinister secret of Sand Blast City? And are those duck-bill platypus warriors riding crododiles?! You won’t want to miss all of the first time appearances for characters like the Iron King and Queen, Jack Rabbit and his Sand Blast Freedom Fighters, and the debut of the Secret Service!
SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 16 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #59-62 featuring digitally re-mastered art and special features!
SCRIPT AND ARTIST: Various
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-8797-9479-9
5 x 7 3/8” Trade Paperback 112 pgs
$7.95 US

SONIC UNIVERSE – VOLUME ONE
“THE SHADOW SAGA”
Enter the SONIC UNIVERSE with the first ever Graphic Novel collection of the new hit comic series! SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG, the dark and grim Ultimate Lifeform, embarks on his first mission for the Guardian Units of the Nation! He will travel across time and space, fighting deadly killer robots and facing down beings of god-like power! SONIC UNIVERSE VOL. 1 collects the entire “Shadow Saga” storyline from Sonic Universe #1-4 plus exclusive sketches and special features!
SCRIPT: Ian Flynn
ARTIST: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson and Jason Jensen
COVER: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
978-1-8797-9486-3
5 x 7 3/8” Trade Paperback 112 pgs
$11.95 US



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Comic Book Storytellers #1

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If you’re a fan of art, writing, comic books, or just good stories .. than this video series is for you. Compiled interviews with comic book artists, writers, legends, and newbies. Covering a range of topics, advice, tips, stories, dreams, and how they broke into comics. Terry Moore, George Perez, Ron Frenz, Talent Caldwell, Pat Olliffe, Chris Yamber . . . and more!






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