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Irredeemable cover artist Dan Panosian shares the upcoming cover to issue #18, which features the return of a character we met in the first few pages of the first issue, as the Plutonian killed his whole family. “And you thought the Hornet was dead!” Panosian writes. “Well, he is, this cover is a flashback. Seems he was up to some shenanigans before he passed! The Plutonion’s mighty ears must still be burning.” The Hornet also appeared in a flashback story in the Irredeemable Special.
Following up on their announcement yesterday that they’d launched their own application for the iPad and iPhone, BOOM! Studios announced today via press release that they plan to make their entire back-catalog of BOOM! Studios titles available through several digital distributors by the end of the summer.
Per the release, comiXology, iVerse, Graphic.ly and Panelfly will offer BOOM!’s “frontlist and backlist for digital download spanning the mobile, portable and desktop space, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, laptop and desktop computers.” All BOOM! Studios single-issue digital comics are priced at $1.99 with the first half of each series’ first issue available to download for free from all four vendors.
Check out the complete press release after the jump, and check back shortly for my interview with Chip Mosher, BOOM!’s marketing director, about their digital strategy, release schedules and more.
BOOM! Studios is working with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab to launch a line of fragrances based on Mark Waid’s Irredeemable comic. If you’ve wondered what the Plutonian smells like, now’s your chance to find out.
This isn’t the first time Black Phoenix has brought a sense of smell to the printed page … they’ve previously developed scents based on Peter David and George Perez’s Sachs & Violens, as well as several Neil Gaiman books, including Stardust and American Gods.
The line will debut at the Irredeemable First Birthday Party at Challenger Comics + Conversation in Chicago on April 16 during C2E2. The complete press release can be found after the jump.
In April the regular Irredeemable title takes a break as BOOM! releases Irredeemable Special #1, a collection of three different stories by Mark Waid and three different artists. Today BOOM! sent over three pages from the book by legendary artist Howard Chaykin, which you can take a look at right after the jump …
Next Wednesday, December 16, BOOM! is launching a brand new series, Incorruptible–written by BOOM! Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid and drawn by Jean Diaz. As described at the BOOM! site: “Last April BOOM! Studios showed the world that MARK WAID IS EVIL with the smash-hit series IRREDEEMABLE. This December, BOOM! shows the world that Mark Waid is now… INCORRUPTIBLE! Super villain Max Damage had an epiphany the day The Plutonian destroyed Sky City. When The Plutonian turned his back on humanity, Max Damage decided to step up. Now Max Damage has changed his name to Max Daring and turned from his formerly selfish ways to become… INCORRUPTIBLE.” So Waid has gone from IRREDEEMABLE to INCORRUPTIBLE–meanwhile the whole time he has also been BUSY, but not too busy to answer a few questions about the new series.
Tim O’Shea: Did anyone in BOOM! management (yourself included) try to talk you out of naming Max Daring’s female underage sidekick, Jailbait?
Mark Waid: Thankfully, no. They know a good idea when they hear it. I like the name because it pretty well instantly conveys what kind of a lowlife the pre-reform Max was.
O’Shea: A guy going from evil to good, in terms of character dynamics you can’t just flip a switch and become a permanent do-gooder. Will his struggle to do right rather than wrong be a frequent theme in the stories?
Waid: Max is a little more resolute than that, and VERY taciturn, so it’s not so much a constant “The Temptation of Max Daring” going on (or if it is, he’s not telling us). Yes, he will be tempted to stray from the heroic path, but the recurring theme is more about how hard it is to live a black-and-white life in a world full of grays.