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BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICK MAKER #5 Review

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BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICK MAKER #5

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Comics
Writer: Garth Ennis
Pencils: Darick Robertson
Inks: (Letters by) Simon Bowland
Colors: Tony Aviña
Number of Pages: 24
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: MAX – EXPLICIT CONTENT – 18 years old.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Colonel Mallory finds our hero rotting in solitary confinement, at his lowest ebb after the dreadful events of last issue. An offer of employment may provide respite – but will taking a job like this one mean slamming the door forever on any hope of redemption?

Reviewer’s Comments:
First W.B. Yeats, Joyce, Beckett…Now Ireland has a new badass writer to reckon with. Holy cow. Garth Ennis awesome. It’s hard to describe that feeling when you hold a comic in your hands and you know that the writer is more powerful than you. You can sit back, let your eyes wander, and the comic turns the pages by itself. Autonomous storytelling. This comic is exactly that. It’s controlled with precision. It’s economical. Each image leaps off the page, and in this case, gouges your eyes out.

Ennis’ command of language and comic-turgy is just fantastic. There’s stuff in here that breaks narrative form, handwritten letters within the story, you know what I mean, the good shit. You won’t be sorry. There’s one moment when Butcher asks a question, and the next panel is ilke a film jump-cut. His fingers are pressed deep into the cop’s eyesocket. It’s so centered and sharp and Kubrickian. It blew my mind.

The story is simple, Butcher is held in a jail cell, and is taken in by a mysterious man who offers him an opportunity to catch and kill the man that violated his wife Becky. This issue features one of his first kills during his training.

Let’s be nice while we’re talking and throw out some props to Mr. Darick Robertson. His art really sucks you into this dark and eerie world. He’s surely part of the reason this comic works so well.

I always get a bit nervous when I read issue number #5 or something coming into the comic series in the middle without having read the first issues, and in this case, without having read even The Boys, which is the whole series that Ennis spawned this comic from. But truthfully, good comics should be able to hook you from any issue. And this does.

And to be more honest here, I haven’t yet read Preacher, which I just found out IGN called the other best Vertigo series besides Swamp Thing and Sandman. So now that I feel like a complete comic-dumbass, let me tell you, dear reader, that I’m about to crack open a new bottle of Jameson and get tipsy and catch up on the world of Garth Ennis, cuz this guy is a force, and I’m friggin ashamed that I haven’t found out about him sooner.

That’s all for now, kiddies. You best go back and start at #1, cuz that’s what I’m about to do.




PETER PANZERFAUST MAKES A GRAND ENTRANCE

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PETER PANZERFAUST MAKES A GRAND ENTRANCE

Berkeley, CA – 16 November 2011 — This February, Image Comics and Shadowline will proudly present a new ongoing series from Kurtis Wiebe, the writer of the critically acclaimed GREEN WAKE and THE INTREPIDS, and artist Tyler Jenkins. PETER PANZERFAUST is a high energy action story with heart, blending the unlikely combination of the wartime camaraderie in films like Red Dawn with themes from the beloved classic children’s story Peter Pan.

To get a sneak peek of the first five pages of this exciting new series, readers need look no further than in the back of Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma’s MORNING GLORIES #14, which goes on sale in stores today.

“Peter Panzerfaust is a story Tyler and I have been wanting to tell for years,” explained Wiebe. ” It’s an action series set during World War II that blends in a fresh take on the Peter Pan mythology. There’s a real rich setting we’ve developed in this series and I’m thrilled to share it with everyone.”

“We are basically creating a book here that is a 200 proof concoction of our interests and loves,” added Jenkins. “World War II, brave heroes, mystery, romance…ADVENTURE in the old-school, old-fashioned, turn of the century, sense of the word.”

PETER PANZERFAUST is set in the city of Calais, the first city in France to fall to the Germans in the spring of 1940. A mysterious American boy named Peter rallies a handful of plucky French orphans, and they must work together to survive Europe’s darkest hour!

PETER PANZERFAUST #1, a 32-page full-color action and adventure comic book for $3.50, will be on sale in stores and on digital platforms on February 15, and will be available for order now in the December issue of Previews.

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.



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New Books, Awesome Conventions, Back on the Road!

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… And it’s all starting to all wind down, but not until after the SUPER SHOW this weekend!!

Just to catch ya’ll up, we’ve been in Austin Texas for Wizard World over the past weekend, as well as at the NJ Comic Book Expo in Teaneck, New Jersey. Both shows were a lot of fun! For the first time ever, we had Peter and Angie Mayhew signing with us at our booth promoting their children’s books! Both the illustrators were there as well. Dawn DuJour and Terry Naughton were signing their books, Growing up Giant and My Favorite Giant (respectively). For those who don’t know, Terry is actually a former 20 year Walt Disney Animation Artist, and he is now beginning some conceptual work on a comic book that we will be publishing within the next year. It is completely new and different, and just to tease it a little, it will involve gears and stuff!

Also in Texas on the talent side of things was our CEO and main man from the Wasteland Brimstone and our Lead Inker Allen Chickering. Helping keep the ball rolling you had Jerry Cates, Kim Crockett, and yours truly Etan Wish. Check out some of the video we have up, make sure you subscribe to our Youtube Channel and check out our video page to see everything we put up!

Jersey was graced with Lead Writer Marcello Carnevali, artist Mina Sanwald, and everyone’s favorite character Luscious! Also we debuted one of our brand new comics, The Protector! Not only did we have book available to buy, but both creators were there signing! Writer Chris R. Notarile and the artist, his father, Chris Notarile were signing books and talking up a storm!

This coming weekend will be off the hook!!! We will be in super force at The Great Allentown Comic Con!! Not only will your ‘regulars’ (Brim, Mina, Luscious, Marcello, Etan) be there, but so will Sajad Shah, Terry Naughton, Peter and Angie Mayhew, Low-Ki, Erica Schultz, and the Notariles! You have to check out If you are anywhere near the East Coast, you have to come down! The show itself was awesome last time we went, and now it’s been expanded to two days! Tickets start as low as $8.50, but you can get a Star Wars OR Star Trek pass for $45! Details on their page!

Erica Schultz is a new kid on our block with her comic M3. This is an awesome book, take a look inside by clicking on an issue and flipping through the pages!

Check out M3 and The Protector along with all our other products HERE.

Also, it’s Novembeard, and we are helping raise some money for two amazing charities! Check out the details and hair growth HERE!

And since we love Project Fanboy, we have a contest going on with them right now where you can win the first four issues of Brimstone and the Borderhounds, signed!!

So keep up with us! See you soon!




Your First Look At VENOM #11!

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Your First Look At VENOM #11!

Venom is on the run from his country and he’ll have to turn to the one person he despises the most for help in your first look at Venom #11! From critically acclaimed writer Rick Remender and red-hot artist Lan Medina, Venom has nowhere left to go and when he’s able to finally find some help…it may be the worst decision he’s made yet. That’s right, it’s the team-up you never thought you’d see as Venom teams with JACK-O-LANTERN! How bad can things be that Flash Thompson has to side with his archenemy? Find out this December, in Venom #11!

VENOM #11 (OCT110635)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Pencils by LAN MEDINA
Colors by MARTE GRACIA
Cover by TONY MOORE
FOC – 11/28/11, ON SALE – 12/21/11




BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 Is A Hit!

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BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 Is A Hit!

November 16, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – The critics have spoken: BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a commercial and critical hit! THE INCREDIBLE HULK and AGENTS OF ATLAS’ Gabriel Hardman teams with FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT’s Corinna Bechko on one of the most critically-lauded miniseries launches of the year. The first of four issues, issue #1 has started the miniseries off with a bang.

“We do a fair amount of comics here at BOOM!,” says BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, “And we’ve been pretty blown away by the excitement that this one is causing. Daryl Gregory, Carlos Magno and crew have been tearing it up for fans on the PLANET OF THE APES ongoing series, so it’s kind of an embarrassment of riches to have Hardman and Bechko come in and really deliver on a new miniseries. ”

While the main, ongoing PLANET OF THE APES series takes place hundreds of years before the original movie, BETRAYAL starts just twenty years before the arrival of Colonel Taylor in the first film. Taking place during the continuity of the original, seminal fan-favorite film, the feared and respected General Aleron finds himself at the center of a conspiracy that could transform ape and human relations. Along the way, his journey puts him face to face with…Dr. Zaius!

The first issue is already available at your local comic shop and BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #2 ships on December 7th, 2011.

Here’s what critics have had to say about the first issue:

“Get your damn hands on Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes… I’ll definitely be getting my damn dirty hands on issue two.” — MTV Geek

“Science fiction at its smartest… 5 out of 5 stars” — iFanboy

“I suspect it will be a worthy — and possibly shining — installment in a legendary brand by its completion because the creative team’s passion for the world bleeds through. Do not miss out on this.” — Comics Bulletin

“I liked it so much I read it three times in one day” — Comic Impact

“Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes should be added to your pull list immediately.” — Direct Geek

“An irresistible story that’s not just for Apes fans.” — Pop Culture Network

“if you’re not a fan, this will make you one! 9/10” — Paradox Comics

“4 / 5 Stars” — Fandomania

“Hardman’s art is spectacular.” — My Comic Blog

“[a] fast-moving, smart thriller. It manages to pack more into a single issue than I’ve seen from complete story arcs from other publishers.” — Horror Talk.com

“Gabriel Hardman’s art with Jordie Bellaire’s colors are a sight to be seen… a welcome surprise” — Comic Vine

“What makes this book so great is that it’s a logical predecessor to the original film.” — Primary Ignition

“Another intriguing ride for PLANET OF THE APES fans” — The Scoop

“the story is great and worthy of the original movies” — Pendragon’s Post

About BOOM! Studios

Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios, an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.




‘THE BOONDOCK SAINTS’ Graphic Novel To Launch On Nov. 21st

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LOS ANGELES, California—November 8, 2011

TROY DUFFY and J.B. LOVE – the writers behind The BOONDOCK SAINTS’ initial foray into comics will be signing the collected GRAPHIC NOVEL edition at BARNES & NOBLE in LOS ANGELES and they’re bringing DAVID DELLA ROCCO as well!

TROY DUFFY’s original BOONDOCK SAINTS film is one of the most successful independent movies of all time, with a fiercely devoted fan base – with nearly 5 million online followers of the franchise. With the hit comic series “IN NOMINE PATRIS”, creator/writer/director TROY DUFFY launched the first “Saints” story to take place outside the iconic films. Written by Duffy and comic scribe J.B. LOVE, the comic series is the perfect companion to the films.

The story masterfully interweaves the events of the BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY with brand new material to reveal the secret history of the original saint, NOAH MACMANUS (IL DUCE) as he wages a bloody war against 1960’s New York’s Underground Crime world. The storyline is intercut with brand new adventures of the BROTHERS MACMANUS (The Boondock Saints) doing what they do best; doling out their special brand of justice to those that deserve it. “In Nomine Patris” brings a new chapter of the Saints saga to life while revealing the family legacy that created this trio of “Shepherds”.

Featuring a forward by Connor MacManus himself – actor, SEAN PATRICK FLANERY – Join Troy Duffy and his comics team in this thrilling new Saints Adventure by pre-ordering the collected edition. This special trade paperback collects all six comic issues, never before seen art, a cover gallery, behind the scenes sketches and more. This is the collection the fans have been waiting for!

BARNES & NOBLE will HOST the first signing of the Graphic Novel before it’s available in stores! The FIRST 200 Guests will Receive a FREE COPY of the Exclusive Comic, “THE LOST GIG” starring fan favorite, ROCCO. The FIRST 100 GUESTS will also receive a FREE BOONDOCK SAINTS POSTER.

The Signing is November 21st at 7pm at the BARNES & NOBLE at THE GROVE at Farmers Market (189 Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The Store Phone Number is 323-525-0270.) For Additional Event Information please visit http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/74348

About BOONDOCK SAINTS
Boondock Saints, LLC is the official marketing, promotion and communication arm for all things “Boondock.” The company creates and produces special events for the growing community of Boondock Saints fans worldwide, manages media inquiries and requests for personal appearances and operates two websites: www.boondocksaints.com and www.boondockstore.com to provide the public with a dynamic interactive forum for discussion and user-generated content along with instant access to updated information about the films (The Boondock Saints and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day,) related music, merchandise and a variety of other creative developments in progress. Follow the Boondock Saints on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/boondocksaintsfans

About INNFUSION
INNFUSION is a creative ideas company. Founded by Eben Matthews in 1997, the company creates, develops and produces a wide variety of content across multiple platforms and delivery systems. The companies current focus is largely in the entertainment industry the production of The Boondock Saints comic series, pioneering the Motion Comics arena (as half owner of production company, M2) and developing and producing original entertainment properties designed for exploitation across multiple mediums. Additionally INNFUSION’s creative services division designs and creates branding, advertising and interactive media for companies such as Nike, Met Life, Konami, Disney, THQ, Target and many others. For more information please visit www.INNFUSION.com or email Hello@INNFUSION.com

About the Publisher
12-Gauge Comics was founded by Keven Gardner in 2004 and currently publishes some of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic books in the marketplace today. 12-Gauge members Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully Hamner, and Doug Wagner are creating new and innovative multi-media concepts for the company, including Pearson’s run-away hit BODY BAGS and THE RIDE, which was the top-selling black and white debut comic of the year in 2004. 12-Gauge solidified its position as a force to be reckoned with by packaging THE O.C.T. (Occult Crimes Taskforce), an original comic book concept co-created and starring actress ROSARIO DAWSON. THE O.C.T. has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Access Hollywood,” and in many other media outlets. In 2009 12-Gauge began publishing under its own banner (prior titles were through Image Comics), starting with the company’s first licensed property, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: The Comic Series — which made a major splash. The all-new stories by series creator/director TROY DUFFY exposed the 12-Gauge brand to an all-new audience. 12-Gauge then moved into the untapped market of country music with superstar recording artist TRACE ADKINS. In LUKE MC BAIN, Adkins lends his likeness to a hard-as-nails character in an adventure story of revenge and redemption. Trace went on a wide publicity tour for the comics; highlights being a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and a feature story in “USA Today”. Recently, 12-Gauge launched the high-concept series MAGUS, R.P.M. (from NYT #1 Bestselling author MICK FOLEY), the border drama ICE, and the critically acclaimed southern-crime-romance, LOOSE ENDS. For more information, please visit www.12gaugecomics.com or email info@12gaugecomics.com.




VIZ MEDIA OFFERS IDEAL ANIME HOLIDAY GIFT SELECTIONS

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VIZ MEDIA OFFERS IDEAL ANIME HOLIDAY GIFT SELECTIONS

San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, offers fans and holiday shoppers a variety of new anime releases for some of the company’s hottest properties.

Holiday wish lists and shopping guides won’t be complete without BLEACH THE MOVIE: FADE TO BLACK (also offered in Blu-ray edition), NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS (Blu-ray also available), and VAMPIRE KNIGHT GUILTY: THE COMPLETE SERIES, as well as the newest episodic DVD releases for each of these popular series.

Kids and the young at heart can also look forward to VIZ Media’s launch of PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE ETERNAL DIVA, based on the popular video game, as well as the new POKÉMON – ZOROARK: MASTER OF ILLUSIONS feature film and the latest Pokemon DP Galactic Battles Gift Set.

BLEACH THE MOVIE: FADE TO BLACK · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $19.98 for DVD (U.S. / CAN) & $24.98 for Blu-ray (U.S / CAN) · Available Now!
A strange disturbance in the World of the Living sends Ichigo and Kon to the Soul Society, where the Seireitei has been devastated by an explosion of reishi and Rukia is missing. Stranger still, none of the Soul Reapers remember Ichigo, and they think he’s the one responsible for the destruction. Now on the run, Ichigo is forced into a lonely battle in order to find Rukia and stop the real culprits!

BLEACH UNCUT DVD BOX SET, Vol. 11 · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / CAN · Available December 13th
Ichigo and Rukia take responsibility for looking after Rurichiyo, a girl of noble birth who one day appears in the World of the Living. She and her two bodyguards transfer into Ichigo’s class at school, and Rukia decides to show her how to have fun. But the fun stops when first Rurichiyo disappears and then a group of assassins arrives and challenges Ichigo and friends to a fight!

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN UNCUT DVD BOX SET, Vol. 8 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $43.24 CAN ·
Available Now!
Naruto’s new jutsuRasen Shuriken is unbelievably powerful—but because of the risks to the user, Tsunade forbids Naruto to use it! When Jiraiya returns to the village, Naruto seeks his guidance, and the two head off to a hot springs resort to work on a solution. Meanwhile, Kakashi leads a team in search of Orochimaru’s hideout, and when Naruto hears about it, he begs to join them. Set includes special “Kakashi Chronicles” story, featuring a young Kakashi on one of his early missions!

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $19.98 for DVD (U.S. / CAN) & $24.98 for Blu-ray (U.S / CAN)· Available Now!
A group of mysterious flying ninja have arrived from overseas to launch a sudden attack against the Hidden Leaf Village, leaving behind a wake of destruction. The group is revealed to be the “Sky Ninja” from the Land of Sky, a nation thought to have been destroyed by the Hidden Leaf Village long ago. To save their village, Naruto and his friends set out to stop this new threat. During the course of the mission, Naruto crosses paths with Sasuke, his friend who has parted ways from the Leaf Village.

POKEMON – ZOROARK: MASTER OF ILLUSIONS · Rated “A” for All Ages · MSRP: $19.88 U.S. / CAN · Available Now!
As Ash and his friends journey to Crown City to join the crowds watching the Pokémon Baccer World Cup, mysterious forces are in motion that could bring untold misfortune to them all! What secrets does Zorua, a Pokémon they befriend along the way, hide? Why is the powerful Zoroark rampaging through the city, and what does the appearance of the Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune mean? What has brought Celebi back to the city at this precise moment in time for the first time in 20 years? And what will happen when the paths of all of them come together in one time and place?

POKEMON DP GALACTIC BATTLES GIFT SET, Vol. 4 · Rated “A” for All Ages · MSRP: $24.97 U.S. / $24.98 CAN · Available November 22nd
When it comes to Pokémon, the more, the merrier: two new friends have joined Ash, Dawn, and Brock on their Sinnoh journey! Together, they’ll chase a rogue Gible and face off in a tag battle. Before long, however, things take a turn for the worse as Team Galactic and Pokémon Hunter J return with a vengeance. Now Team Galactic is poised to achieve its ultimate goal: summoning the Legendary Dialga and Palkia in order to destroy the world! Are Ash and his friends ready to face the biggest Galactic battle of all? Set contains PokÉmon DP Galactic Battles Vols. 7-8!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT GUILTY: THE COMPLETE SERIES · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 U.S. / $43.24 CAN · Available Now!
Zero is accused of Shizuka Hio’s murder and becomes the target of the Senate. When Kaname refuses to attest to Zero’s innocence, Yuki’s loyalties are torn between the two. Then Yuki meets a mysterious little boy whose seemingly innocent kiss on the cheek draws her deeper into the world of vampires. Zero, seeing Yuki struggle to recall her past, tries to help. Do the archives of the Hunter’s Society headquarters hold the key that will unlock Yuki’s memories? Set contains episodes 1-13, original & uncut!

For more information on VIZ Media anime titles, please visit: www.VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like Naruto, Bleach and InuYasha, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.






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