by Brian LeTendre
I’ve been a fan of Painkiller Jane since the 2006 limited series that was published through Dynamite. While she was created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in the mid-1990s.
For me, the character and the series has always been one part Punisher, one part Wolverine and one part The Shield. Jane, with her super healing factor, works with her detective friend Maureen to do the work that the cops aren’t willing to or can’t do themselves. Maureen feeds Jane the jobs, and Jane takes care of business. The concept is pretty simple, but as usual, it’s Palmiotti’s great characterization, pacing and dialogue that make Jane stand out from other characters that came from that era of comics.
This new series at Icon is a great jumping on point, for a few reasons., First, the story in issue one introduces you to the major players and sets up a clear, action-packed storyline. Juan Santacruz and Paul Mounts handle both the action and the quieter moments with ease, and their style matches Palmiotti’s perfectly.
My favorite thing about the issue are the extras, though. Not only do you get a backup story (with art by Sam Lofti) that provides some history for Jane and Maureen, but you get a great welcome back letter from Jimmy as well as a history of the character in print from Patrick Wedge.
All in all, this comic is well worth the $3.99 cover price, and offers a great introduction for those who are new to the character. Those already familiar with Jane will be happy to see her back in action, picking up right where she left off.
4.5 out of 5 Welcome Backs
As most of you know, Brian and I love our hockey; the game, the teams and of course, the jerseys. In fact Brian and I can usually be seen at a comic show (in the fall / winter months) wearing a hockey jersey. So what if you combines a cool hockey jersey with the geekiest stuff like Star Wars, horror movies, video games and Doctor Who?
Geeky Jerseys (www.geekyjerseys.com) is the coolest place where clothing meets geek style! There is something cool about hockey jerseys and something even cooler about a custom made jerseys that bring to life the stuff we love. So if you are rocking the sandy colored Tusken Raiders # 77 (the year Star Wars came out), the green 'Army of Darkness' Boomstick # 92 or the Pokemon # 24 (no idea why 24. The Pokedex lists the not so popular Arbok)
So check out the website and make your order! I'm looking at the Doctor Who TARRDIS jersey customized with MATMAN # 9 on the back? Why number nine? It's my number! Plus, how cool would I look writing my Doctor Who book wearing this crazy cool jersey?
Press ReleaseBOOM! Studios is happy to announce several sale promotions in its webstore for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Mondayto kick off the 2013 holiday shopping season! The BOOM! Studios webstore can be found at boom-studios.com.
The promotions are as follows:
ALL WEEKEND LONG (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Monday, Dec. 2, 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Every order over $25.00 qualifies for free domestic shipping
· All trade paperbacks of licensed titles (i.e. ADVENTURE TIME, ROBOCOP, PEANUTS, BRAVEST WARRIORS, PLANET OF THE APES, and more) in stock are 15% off
· Several bundle packs will be discounted (check the site for details)
BLACK FRIDAY (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Friday, Nov. 29, 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Get 25% off all orders from $60.00 to $99.99
· Get 35% off all orders from $100.00 and up
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov. 30, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· All leather-bound Archaia editions in stock are 50% off
· All other Archaia items in stock are 25% off
BONUS BOOM! SUNDAY (Dec. 1, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· All trade paperbacks of licensed titles* in stock jump to 25% off (*Excludes ADVENTURE TIME products)
CYBER MONDAY (Dec. 2, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Free mystery gift packed with every order
· Buy one, get one free for all main covers (A or B) to single issues in stock
· Any order over $50.00 is automatically entered into a raffle to win THE ULTIMATE GIFT PACK, featuring one copy of every single issue** BOOM! Studios and KaBOOM! has released in 2013 to date (**Some issues may be filled with variant covers)
BOOM! Studios wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
For those not familiar, every year on Black Friday, Dark Horse Digital sells a gigantic bundle of Star Wars comics at a hugely discounted price. Here's the presss release for this year's sale, which will go live at midnight Friday:Dark Horse Comics is rocking Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer for its digital-comics readers . . .
Feast your optic sensors on this year’s Black Friday MegaBundle. For one weekend only, you can get over 150 digital Star Wars comics for the crazy-low price of only $100.
Get classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Get a taste of Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Star Wars series. Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with Darth Maul and Darth Vader series, plus the latest series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Your favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is here, plus the Imperial spy comic Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, travel to hundreds of years after the films end with Legacy, and more!
Over 3,500 pages of Star Wars goodness! This sale goes live at midnight (PST), Friday, November 29, and runs through midnight, Sunday, December 1.
Get this MegaBundle here: http://goo.gl/bZwZpM, before Chewie punches it, and it jumps to hyperspace!
The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.
Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more!NOTE: The link to the deal will not be live until Friday, but you can access everything in the Dark Horse Digital store at www.digital.darkhorse.com.
Fifty years ago today, the first episode of Doctor Who appeared on the BBC. In 1963, four million viewers witnessed the birth of what would become one of the longest and most beloved TV series of all time.
"An Unearthly Child" introduced William Hartnell as the First Doctor, his time traveling TARDIS, and his desire for companionship. Here is a paragraph from my upcoming book "The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion" to set the mood...
"The world was not a very happy or stable place in the autumn of 1963! Some thirteen months before, American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy stood up to the Soviet Union and Communism on the world stage during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During October of 1962, the Irish / Catholic president became a symbol of freedom by almost single handedly averted a world ending nuclear holocaust. Sadly President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on the 22nd of November in 1963. Due to his immense popularity, charm and appeal, this tragic event had an impact felt all over the world, especially in the United Kingdom where JFK and his wife Jacqueline was a beloved figure. The following day television history was made in the UK, but not too many people felt like doing anything let alone watching the ‘telly’. Still, on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:15 PM, four million plus viewers got their introduction to the incredible and amazing world of Doctor Who."
So are you ready for the 50th Annaversary episode, "The Day Of The Doctor" that is happening tonight? It will air on BBC America in the states so check your guide for times and channel.
Get ready folks! It all changes after tonight!
Prior to its release, Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's JUPITER'S LEGACY was speculated to be the comics event of 2013. Now, three issues and a tremendous shift in status quo later, the inevitable has happened!
Quitely and Millar's tale of what happens when the first wave of superheroes grow old while their children enjoy a life of celebrity, sex, and drugs has seen record-breaking sales, enthusiastic reactions from fans, and fascinating speculation on where this maxi-series could go next. In light of the overwhelming success of JUPITER'S LEGACY, Image Comics is honored to present 64
pages of content for only $3.99 in JUPITER'S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1, a collection of the first three issues of one of the biggest series of 2013.
Releasing December 26th, JUPITER'S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1 is the perfect opportunity for readers to get in on the ground floor of this series in time for the release of the fourth issue in January 2014. After the shocking and
unprecedented events in JUPITER'S LEGACY #3, everything we know is wrong. The story can go anywhere, the cast can do anything, and, depending on their point of view, the world is either their prison...or their oyster. Who lives? Who dies? Who will save us all from the superhero revolution?
JUPITER’S LEGACY has garnered rave reviews from the press and cultivated a cult following readership. A taste of the praise for JUPITER'S LEGACY:
“Together, Millar and Quitely have constructed a world as rich and vibrant as our own.” --Melissa Grey, IGN
"Jupiter's Legacy #1 is a strong debut… this is a book to be proud of.” --Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources
“I wish more creators were willing to push the boundaries of the genre in such a compelling way.” --Patrick Hume, Newsarama
Shake off the post-holiday slump with JUPITER’S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1, featuring 64 pages of hard-hitting comics from two of the finest creators working in comics today. Available on 12/26, JUPITER'S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED
EDITION #1 features a cover by legendary comics artist John Cassaday and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT138155.
JUPITER’S LEGACY #4 will be available with three different covers at a price point of $2.99. Cover A features art by series artist Frank Quietly (Diamond Code AUG130699), cover B features art by Bryan Hitch (Diamond Code AUG130700), and
cover C features art by Ian McQue (Diamond Code OCT138154). JUPITER'S LEGACY #4 will be in stores on 1/1.
Press ReleaseAction Lab Entertainment, the company taking the comics industry by storm returns to it’s roots. Fracture, a series that began as a successful Kickstarter campaign and launch pad for the company itself returns in an all-new miniseries. Created by writer Shawn Gabborin (Snowed in, Angry Gnome Comics) and artist Chad Cicconi (NFL Rush Zone, Baby Boomers), Fracture Volume 2 is a follow up to the critically acclaimed story of Superheroes, Supervillians and multiple personalities.
The City of Lower Triton is a city of heroes with the highflying Virtue first and foremost among them. However, for every hero there must be a villain and Malice, the technological terror, reigns supreme. But what happens when a normal guy named Jeff discovers he’s both?
Now, Jeff tries to move on with his normal, humdrum life, leaving the newly cloned Virtue, with his personality in place to become a full time hero. Virtue tries to protect Lower Triton while Jeff tries to keep his Malice personality at bay, which isn’t easy when he can’t get the drugs he needs! But life in Lower Triton is not normal by a long shot. Who is the newest villain on the scene, Vice? Who are the Croc men? And just how fractured is Jeff’s mind?
All of these answers and more can be found in the pages of Fracture, Volume 2 issue 1, featuring a variant cover by Molly Danger creator Jamal Igle.
Fracture #1 hits shelves on December 18th at comic shops everywhere.For more info, head over to www.actionlabcomics.com.
Fans of Serenity and Firefly are constantly crying for more. After all, one season of shows and a full length movie were not enough!
Thanks to Dark Horse, fans are getting a chance to see life after the movie.
"Serenity: Leaves On The Wind" # 1 will continue the Wash-less saga as the crew try to put loss behind them and continue to try to make an existence while on the run.
Written by Zack Whedon, pencils by Georges Jeanty and inks by Carl Story, this book could be just as successful at continuing a cancelled TV series like 'Buffy' was, also from Dark Horse. Not to mention the series will be produced by Joss Whedon.
"I cannot wait for this series," Matman had to add! "Firefly was one of my all time favorite shows and to get the further adventures from a great company like Dark Horse is something special."
'Serenity - Leaves In The Wind', a six issue series begins on January 29th, 2014.
Creator Joe Badon reached out to us this week with a Kickstarter project that should appeal to fans of Creepy, Eerie and other anthology comics of that ilk. It's called Memoirs of the Mysterious, and bills itself as a collection of tales in the vein of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.
You can watch the video pitch below and then head over to the official Kickstarter page for a list of the reward tiers.
Recently, Chris Giarrusso came back from a con appearance with some gifts he wanted to share with me... Doctor Who sketches by a young artist named Aris. Chris thought they would look great in my book and he is right. But as I found out more about this artist, I found out about her families business, 'Wyrd Sisters Photography and Crafts."
"My sister, Anna, and I were raised nerds and have fully embraced our Geek Flags our whole lives and we're equally raising our children the same way," said Christa. "A little over a year ago, my sister started making Doctor Who crafts at her home, not realizing that I had been knitting Who crafts in my home for awhile also."
And from that (along with a bunch of other amazing circumstances and events), a business was born! Wyrd Sisters makes handmade and customized Tardis', Daleks, and superheroes that are unique, real cool looking and make awesome gifts!
You can see by the pictures how amazing these toys look! And in a few weeks, Brian and I will be discussing them on the show because we are getting some sent to us!
To find out more, go to their Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/WyrdSistersCrafts and be ready to be impressed!