The Phenomenal World of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’

The Phenomenal World of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’

In 1895, the daily newspaper The New York World launched the first United States of America comic strip, ‘The Yellow Kid,’ with the ambition to increase the sales of the paper. Fortunately, the uncanny popularity of the comic strip was the springboard of future publications as press barons realised the potential of the comic strips as a marketing tool.

An Academic ‘Hunting For The Dark Knight,’ Batman

An Academic ‘Hunting For The Dark Knight,’ Batman

One warm summer’s night browsing the Internet for no good reason, I stumbled across some book called ‘Batman and Philosophy.’ I had just written a paper on the film ‘The Dark Knight’ but I did not consider actually investing any time or funds in the topic of Batman. Just for the novelty, though, I ordered it. But after reading it I did another basic Google search; I found another Batman book. And then another, and another.

‘Baltimore: The Red Kingdom’ twists the knife

Mike Mignola, the legendary creator of Hellboy and The New York Times bestselling novelist Christopher Golden have reunited for the epic conclusion to their comic Baltimore with ‘Baltimore: The Red Kingdom,’ a five-part comic book series from Dark Horse Comics co-written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, with illustration by award-winning children’s book illustrator Peter Bergting, colours by Michelle Madsen and stunning covers by Ben Stenbeck (known for is magnificent work on ‘Frankenstein Underground’).

Neil Gaiman uncovering three decades of ‘Violent Cases’

Three decades ago a juvenile writer and artist met in the offices of a telephone sales company. They were both novice talents in search of a way to break into the comic book medium. In this case, they were following up on reports that members of said phone firm were considering backing an exciting new anthology spotlighting fresh creators. As is often the case with such ventures, the anthology never panned out, but it did provide the occasion for the writer and artist to have a chat. They decided they would like to work together, and, after a near miss or two, produced a graphic novel. First published thirty years ago.

Ten Grand

The Artistic Rise and Fall of Ten Grand

Back in the summer of 2013, Ten Grand swiftly became one of the numerous horror oriented comics books published. It was also the inaugural offering created by Joseph Michael Straczynski, an American screenwriter, television producer and director, and comic book writer that became a prominent name in the Image Comics collective. Ten Grand was a film noir story with a wicked supernatural twist of its own.

'Black Science'

A retrospective through ‘Black Science’ otherworldly dimensions

Grant McKay once said that “there is no authority but yourself,” one of the main characters in ‘Black Science.’ As Grant McKay and the other explorers of myriad dimensions and alternate universes will soon discover, that declaration is not entirely true. Writer Rick Remender, artist Matteo Scalera, colorist Dean White, and letterer Rus Wooten drop their protagonists into surprising places and situations that help to transform their views and expectations. The world (or worlds) they interact within are turned upside down in ways expected from great science fiction yarns.

‘Seven to Eternity’ artwork by Jerome Opeña, copyrighted to Image Comics

Rick Remender reteams with Jerome Opeña for ‘Seven to Eternity’

Moments ago in Seattle at Image Expo 2016, Rick Remender announced ‘Seven to Eternity,’ a blisteringly ambitious take on the fantasy genre illustrated by Jerome Opeña and coloured by Matt Hollingsworth (Tokyo Ghost, Wytches). The project chronicles the adventures of a dying knight, Adam Osidis, who sets out to slay the insidious God of Whispers — a musical demon deity who manipulates humanity and conjures snake-wolf hybrids from the earth. Like the inhabitants of this new world, Zhal.

Dark Horse Comics publishes thrilling title, Cryptocracy

Jean Jensen — also an artist — has been intimately familiar with the writer of Cryptocracy for more than three decades, seeing as she raised him. Her son, Van Jensen, wrote this new creator-owned series after years of scripting The Flash, Green Lantern Corps and Pinocchio Vampire Slayer. In reviewing this title — a thrilling exploration of clandestine organisations, paranoia and conspiracies illustrated by Pete Woods — we could not think of a reviewer with more insight into its origins than Jean Jensen, ethics be damned.

Bloodshot

A look at Valiant Entertainment’s Bloodshot Reborn #15

Valiant Entertainment is exultant to present the first look inside Bloodshot Reborn #15. On July 13th, it is the sun, surf, and suicide missions when New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (The Valiant, Moon Knight) and Valiant Entertainment-exclusive superstar-in-the-making Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) plunge headlong into the next shocking chapter of ‘Bloodshot Island.’ As the unstoppable killing machine codenamed Deathmate hunts Bloodshot and his fellow castaways from Project Rising Spirit, all hope hinges on surviving the seemingly endless cycle of tortures that this tropical paradise turned killing field has to offer.

Swamp Thing

An incoming arboreal devastation in Swamp Thing #5

Alec Holland was an idealistic scientist who was synthesizing a top-secret chemical in his hidden lab in the marshlands. However, after a bomb in his office explodes, the young scientist is murdered… Or so it seems. Because rising in his place is the Swamp Thing, a creature made of vegetation that’s absorbed Alec Holland’s memories, personality, and grief.

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