Irredeemable Movie In Development

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May 7, 2016.

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the film rights to BOOM! Studios 37-issue series Irredeemable, by writer Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause.

Irredeemable centered on Plutonian who was once the world’s greatest superhero. He eventually snapped, took control of the Earth, and ruled it with an iron and bloody fist. Plutonian’s former super team called the Paradigm is the only force remaining willing to put a stop to his madness. In their desperation, the Paradigm turns to one of the world’s most notorious villains for help.

Tommy Wirkola (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) is set to write the film, with Adam McKay (Ant-Man) set to direct.

BOOM! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce the film alongside McKay, Gary Sanchez, and Kevin Messick.

Source- Deadline

New Adventure Time Series Announced By Kaboom!

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on April 20, 2016.

Kaboom!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios has announced a new ongoing Adventure Time comic series, continuing one of the most popular franchises that the publisher has had in recent years.

Adventure Time Comics will be an anthology book featuring multiple short stories in each issue made by a rotating creative team which so far includes Katie Cook, Tony Millionaire, Art Baltazar, Jeffrey Brown, Terry Moore, Kelly Thompson, and Box Brown.

Adventure Time Comics #1

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Tony Millionaire, Katie Cook, Art Baltazar
Artists: Tony Millionaire, Katie Cook, Art Baltazar

Cover artists:
Main Cover: Erin Hunting
Subscription Cover: Derek Kirk Kim
Incentive Cover 1: Salty
Incentive Cover 2: Nick Pitarra
Incentive Cover 3: Tony Millionaire

Format: 32 pages, full color

On sale: July 27, 2016

Oh My Glob! We’ve unleashed some of the industry’s best cartoonists loose in the Land of Ooo to share their most algebraic stories in their own voices! The first issue is so math thanks to Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), and Art Baltazar (Patrick the Wolf Boy). You’re lumping welcome! This ongoing series will feature radical stories from Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms), Box Brown (Andre The Giant), and more!

Source- AV Club

The Empty Man Optioned By Fox

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on February 10, 2016.

20th Century Fox is adding another comic book film adaptation to their list of projects in the form of BOOM! Studios limited-run horror series, The Empty Man.

According to Deadline, Fox has optioned the 2014 six-issue series of The Empty Man, written by Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, for a feature film adaption. Up and coming director David Prior, who is most well-known for an array of DVD documentary work for major films, including David Fincher’s Zodiac, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is attached to write and helm the adaptation.

The official description for The Empty Man series is:

“It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.”

The film will be produced by BOOM! Studios CEO and founder Ross Richie as well as Stephen Christy, the president of development. Adam Yoelin will co-produce along with Fox’s Mark Roybal and Ryan Jones.

The Empty Man joins a growing roster of Boom! Studios film projects in development at Fox, including James Wan’s Malignant Man, The Foundation, Imagine Agents, and Lumberjanes.

Source- Deadline

Darkwing Duck Returns to Comics

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on January 22, 2016.

Several months ago, an article circulated on the net promising a new Darkwing Duck animated series that would have both the “same energy and bumbling crime-fighting spirit” while also being a darker re-imagining of the character. It was eventually discovered that the article was merely an April Fools joke. While it is disappointing to hear that Darkwing Duck won’t be returning to television anytime soon, it appears as though we will at least be seeing him once again in the form of comics instead.

This April, Joe Books will be publishing a new Darkwing Duck ongoing series with writer Aaron Sparrow and artist James Silvani at the helm, both of whom have worked on the previous Darkwing Duck comic book that was published by Boom! Studios in 2011. Andrew Dalhouse, Deron Bennett, and Jesse Post will also be on the creative team.

The original Darkwing Duck animated series was a spin-off of DuckTales that aired from 1991-1992 on the Disney Channel before moving over to ABC. It featured the adventures of mild-mannered Drake Mallard who fought crime by night as the caped vigilante Darkwing Duck along with his sidekicks Gosalyn and Launchpad McQuac. The series was created by Tad Stones, who envisioned Darkwing Duck as a parody of several classic pulp heroes like Batman, the Shadow, the Sandman, Doc Savage, and the Lone Ranger.

Expect to see the new Darkwing Duck ongoing comic book series on shelves sometime in April, 2016.

Source- Bleeding Cool

REVIEW: Welcome Back #2

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on November 9, 2015.

Welcome Back #2 by writer Christopher Sebela and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, continues from where the last issue ended with Mali starting to awaken and regain all of the memories that she acquired from her previous incarnations. Now that she is aware of the century spanning unending war that is going on around her, Mali goes on the run to rejoin her ancient order with some help from her step-dad who was reincarnated as a little girl, while Voss now known as Tessa, is closing in on Mali to continue the cycle of death and rebirth that these two rivals constantly undergo.

Since we’re now on the second issue, most of the questions which were given to us have been answered, with some still left to be dealt with in future issues. We get to see how Mali manages to adjust to her new life as a solider after being asleep much longer than she should have been, leaving her old life behind. While remembering who she has been over the past few centuries, she still remembers who she is now and struggles to accept her fate as once again being a part of a ridiculous war. Her reincarnated step-father is a perfect example to the readers of how the whole live-die-live-again cycle works for these beings. While he may not psychically be the same person that she knew before, he still cares for Mali as his daughter and seems to work behind the scenes to help her out whenever he can.

We also get to see a little bit more of Tessa in this issue but I still can’t quite get a read on this character. She has obviously been awake a lot longer in this current life than Mali, and appears to have been in quite a good numbers of fights over the past couple of years. I’m not really sure if Sebela’s plan for the story is to show how the two opposing enemies start from point A and then show them both get to point B with them eventually doing battle in the end or if Tessa is going to do something different this time around and maybe team up with Mali to try to escape their inevitable fate? Like I said, pretty hard to tell, and I do like a story that can keep me guessing.

As with the last issue of Welcome Back, this one also suffers from a little too much narration and exposition. However, we are given a lot of important information pertaining to this “war” and how the characters fit into it. This is critical, as we are now at the halfway point of the series so we need to get all of the important stuff in before reaching the conclusion.

The art by Sawyer is absolutely perfect for the story. I really love the small touches during the fight scenes when a character is seen fighting and the shadows of their past lives are visible in mid-attack. This really helps convey both how long the character has been in this game as well as where and when they learned particular moves. Several of the pages towards the end were actually drawn by Claire Roe instead of Sawyer. While the two art styles don’t differ by that much and both styles are by no means terrible, it just seems kind of jarring to see the sudden shift in style from Sawyer toRoe’s work which kind of takes away from the immersion of the story a bit.

VERDICT

Welcome Back #2 continues to exceed expectations with its engaging storytelling, beautiful artwork, and intriguing characters. It’s only real flaws come from a little too much exposition and a slight change of art style on the last few pages. It’s a shame there are only two more issues left in this series. There’s so much material here which could easily work for an ongoing over a miniseries and I’m not even sure how they plan to end this whole thing with all that was set up yet. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing how the other half of this engaging story turns out.

FINAL SCORE: 8 out of 10

REVIEW: Welcome Back #1

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on September 2, 2015.

What happens when you mix Highlander, Assassins Creed, and any slice of life story? You get BOOM! Studios newest series, Welcome Back.

Welcome Back by writer Christopher Sebela and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, centers on Mali Quinn, a troubled 26-year-old woman who is just out of college, has little money, no job, suffers depression, has relationship trouble, is being stalked, is harassed constantly by “fanboys” of her deceased stepdad who was a serial killer, and is plagued by dreams from her past reincarnated lives. Mali is a “solider” a person who has been constantly reincarnated over the centuries to be a warrior to fight in some kind of war that we know nothing about so far. She is not the only one like this since in all of her past lives, she was always killed in battle by her nemesis named Miss Voss this time who is currently hunting her down again since fate always seems to pit these two together.

This is a pretty solid first issue. The lore and back story that we have received so far about Mali, Voss, and their previous incarnations is really fascinating and makes me curious about what else there is to their history like, “why are these two always so drawn to each other and are they going to kill each other again, or, will things be different this time around”? It just raises too many questions that I am now eager to know the answers.

Mali herself is a pretty relatable character and has all the right angst for all the right reasons. She is out of school, unemployed, and has some bad relationships. Her problems feel like real concerns that someone around that age range would have and it does not come off as annoying. I feel this especially speaks to someone like me, since I’m also in the same place in my life as her right now. Although the fact that she gets mail from creepy people who like her just for being related to a serial killer doesn’t really help her outlook on life. Speaking of that part, I personally would have preferred it if they had showed us something about that piece of her back story instead of just telling us about it several times. I also didn’t like how exposition heavy the story could be at some points. Aside from those things and my nitpicks, I like Mali so far and I look forward to seeing how her character evolves throughout the series.

The art complements the story perfectly. All of the characters including the animals, all have a unique look to them especially Mali who is a really detailed looking character. Not only does the modern setting look incredible, but the opening scene with the two samurai preparing to do battle in feudal Japan and the splash pages showing the brief history of several of Mali’s and Voss’s past lives from various time periods all look gorgeous and shows just how much artistic range Sawyer has in a mostly modern setting.

REVIEW: Welcome Back #1

VERDICT

Welcome Back #1 may not be all that much of an original concept but it manages to execute everything so well in its first outing. The lore, characters, art, and story make it really stand out and does a great job of getting the readers interested in what is going to happen next. Definitely a great start to a promising looking series.

Welcome Back #1 earns 8.5 out of 10

BOOM! Renews Distribution Agreement with DIAMOND

Originally posted on Capeless Crusader on May, 31 2015.

It looks like we’ll be seeing an explosion of new content from BOOM! Studios thanks to a renewal agreement from Diamond.

According to Diamond’s website, the comic distributing giant has announced that BOOM! Studios has renewed its distribution agreement with the company. This new agreement will allow BOOM! Studios additional opportunities to have their growing library of titles reach comic book specialty, hobby and gaming markets, as well as international book markets worldwide (excluding the UK and Ireland) through Diamond’s book market wing, Diamond Book Distributors.

“We’re happy to have renewed our distribution agreement with Diamond,” said BOOM! Studios CEO and Founder, Ross Richie. “Diamond is, and has been, one of our most critical partners for the first decade of our business and this newest agreement is a great reinforcement of Diamond’s continued support of our growth in the direct market and beyond.”

Since it creation back in 2005, BOOM! Studios has continued to create a vast library of best-selling and award winning titles such as Adventure Time, Mouse Guard, The Woods, Big Trouble in Little China, Lumberjanes and many more through its BOOM!, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia imprints. BOOM! Studios was recognized with a Diamond GEM Award as Best Publisher-Under 4% Market Share for 2014, and has won the award 5 of the past 6 years.

“Diamond is pleased to continue its association with BOOM! Studios,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing, John Wurzer. “We look forward to working with the entire BOOM! team on maximizing their sales and marketing efforts to reach comic book readers worldwide.”

Source-Diamond Comic Distributors