A summary of independent comics news stories from June 8th – 10th, 2013!
JMS’ “Joe’s Comics” imprint launches “Sidekick” and more!
J. Michael Straczynski, best known for creating “Babylon 5” after writing for several animated series in the 1980’s, has spent many years writing for the “big two”, enjoying long runs on “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Thor” as well as shorter runs on “Superman” and “Wonder Woman”. He has since opened up his own imprint with Image Comics called “Joe’s Comics” with which he has begun debuting his own creator owned series. This is a “back to the future” option for him, as some of his previous creator owned comics – “Rising Stars” and “Midnight Nation” – were originally published by Top Cow, one of Image’s best known imprints.
The first of these projects was announced back in April, and is called “Ten Grand”, a supernatural mystery drawn and co-created by Ben Templesmith. It revolves around a murdered man who decides to become an agent of heaven in exchange for five minutes with his dead wife once missions are completed. It has since gone on to sell some 70,000 copies. The second of these will debut in August, and is called “Sidekick”. Drawn and co-created by Tom Mandrake, the series follows a titular sidekick, Flyboy, who struggles to cope with both life and a superhero career after the death (or murder) of his mentor, the Red Cowl. Eager to combine modern sensibilities with some Silver Age concepts in terms of art and story, this is presumably another deconstruction of the superhero archetype.
The series, much like “Ten Grand”, will begin as a twelve issue maxi series and continue afterward as whims and profits allow. It will continue Image Comics’ recent resurgence as the premiere site of creator owned comics offering a variety of stories and takes on genres. While Image’s share of the market isn’t as high as it was in the 90’s, it’s only increased within the past year due to such resurgence.
“BubbleGun” from Mark Roslan at Aspen Comics!
Longtime inker and letterer Mark Roslan has found his home at Aspen Comics, the publishing company founded by the late Michael Turner a decade ago. He has since gone on to become a director of design and production as well as a writer for the company. To kick off their ten year anniversary, Aspen has decided to launch a “10 for 10” initiative; to release ten “#1 issues” of ten new series for a dollar each. To this end, Roslan has created “BubbleGun” alongside artist Mike Bowden and colorist David Curiel.
Set in the year 2084, it is a cyberpunk series but is a rarity in that the tone is upbeat and adventurous rather than grim and gritty. Described as “Mission Impossible meets Blade Runner”, it follows a squad of technologically equipped mercenaries who venture forth on over the top missions for thrill and profit. While there are dark enemies and themes in the series, Roslan promises a more upbeat take at the genre than usual. The titular weapon, a “bubble-gun”, is utilized by Molli, the youngest of the team and kid sister to the lead, Devyn. The massive Roman and the tech-savvy Kyo complete the team, who battle against corrupt and all powerful corporations as well as rival mercenaries in a day’s work.
The first issue, with a price tag of a dollar, hits the comic book shelves this Wednesday.
Latest “Grimm Fairy Tales” mini takes on death!
“Grimm Fairy Tales”, one of the better known series published by Zenescope Entertainment, is about to release its latest mini series. Called “Grimm Fairy Tales: No Tomorrow” is written by Raven Gregory and features an as yet unnamed family man who decides to take on Keres, the avatar of death itself. The series begins in August and will run five issues, and feature multiple covers.