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Springing forth from the last few pages of Age of Ultron is The Hunger, a miniseries that sees the 616 Marvel Universe Galactus taking a trip to the Ultimate Universe, looking for a snack. Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Leonard Kirk and Jesus Aburtov, the first issue of The Hunger arrived on Wednesday. So how was the first taste? Here are a few opinions from around the web:
Dark Horse has provided Comic Book Resources with the exclusive debut of its trailer for its collection of Bloodhound, the 2004 series by Dan Jolley, Leonard Kirk and Robin Riggs.
Originally published by DC Comics, the title follows Travis “Clev” Clevenger, a brutal ex-police detective who specializes in finding superhuman criminals. Sentenced to prison for the murder of his partner romantic rival, Clev reluctantly accepts a deal from the FBI to track down a super-powered serial killer before he can strike again.
Titled Bloodhound, Vol. 1: Brass Knuckle Psychology, the 198-page collection includes issues 1-4 and 6-10; DC’s Firestorm appeared in the fifth issue, and therefore it couldn’t be part of the Dark Horse edition. Jolley suggested to Robot 6 in January, when the collection was announced, that there could be life for Bloodhound beyond this volume.
“Whether or not more Bloodhound stuff comes out depends on a number of different factors, and the public’s reaction to this collection is certainly one of them,” he said. “But no, the story is far from complete. I’ve got at least several more years’ worth of material ready to go.”
Bloodhound, Vol. 1: Brass Knuckle Psychology arrives in June.
Travis Clevinger, the lead character in Dan Jolley’s Bloodhound, is a convicted murderer with no superpowers who is released from prison at the request of the FBI so he can track down a serial killer. First published in 2004 by DC Comics, the DC Universe series, which featured art by Leonard Kirk and Robin Riggs, received good reviews but never quite found its audience and was never collected. That is, until now.
Bloodhound has found a new home at Dark Horse, which in June will publish issues 1-4 and 6-10 as a collected edition, titled Bloodhound, Vol. 1: Brass Knuckle Psychology, with 198 pages of comics plus an introduction by Kurt Busiek, an afterword by Ivan Cohen, and standalone art by Jamal Igle, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley and others. Where is Issue 5? Read our exclusive interview with Jolley to find out, and to get the backstory on Bloodhound.
Robot 6: Since it’s been a while, can you refresh us about what Bloodhound is about?
Dan Jolley: Bloodhound is about Travis “Clev” Clevenger, a huge, brutal, ex-Atlanta police detective who specializes in tracking down superhuman criminals. Clev had the city’s best record for finding and dealing with superhumans, thanks to a knack for understanding their thought processes. Unfortunately, he had also been having an on-again-off-again affair with his partner Vince’s wife, Trish, for a number of years, and when Vince found out, he attacked Clev with a crowbar. Clev killed Vince and got sentenced to prison.
When he isn’t writing and drawing, Ty Templeton teaches at the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, where the “Fit to Print” class simulates a real freelance job for a mainstream comics publisher — complete with deadlines, editorial feedback and working on pre-determined characters. And eventually, publication, in the form of an anthology that will be sold at Fan Expo Canada Aug. 25-28 and digitally (for free!) through Graphicly, DriveThruComics, My Digital Comics and The Illustrated Section.
“Our end-of-the-year project takes the form of an anthology book featuring adventures of the 21st Century descendants of Sherlock and Watson, under the title Holmes Incorporated, and the work this year is shockingly good for a group of rookies trying to get their foot in the door—they deserve a little love and attention. And to sweeten the deal we wrapped our issue up in a cover by X-Men/JSA/Supergirl artist and nice guy, Leonard Kirk — who is also an instructor at our school, so it was a matter of cornering Len in the lunch room,” Templeton said. “This year we’re making the new issue (and last year’s) available as a FREE download for anyone’s e-reader, computer, phone, iPad, etc. Between the two issues it’s 140 FREE pages of the remarkably skilled comics work of some eager and talented newcomers looking to prove themselves, and all they ask is the time it takes to look at the pages.”
After the jump you can take a look at an embedded preview, courtesy of Graphicly.
If you saw Marvel’s September solicitations yesterday you might have noticed Leonard Kirk’s name in the X-Factor listing. The artist confirms on his blog that he is working on the book now with his former Supergirl collaborator, writer Peter David. And he shares a whole bunch of sketches of the characters from the book, such as the above Madrox; head over there to check them out.
After months of teases, Marvel has officially announced a new imprint, CrossGen, as well as the first two titles and their creative teams.
Ruse #1 by Mark Waid and Mirco Pierfederici, with a cover by Butch Guice and Mike Perkins, debuts in March. Waid and Guice worked on Ruse back when it was published by the original CrossGen circa 2001. Joining Ruse is Sigil, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Leonard Kirk. Both are four-issue miniseries.
“SIGIL is epic fantasy on a colossal scale, ultimately spanning the whole of human history,” Carey told Marvel.com. “It tells the story of a young girl who has inherited a unique talent and destiny from her dead mother and has also been enlisted without her knowledge or understanding in a war that spans all of space and time. The amazing Leonard Kirk is our [artist], so when I throw around all these adjectives about huge scope and epic scale, you know I’m not kidding.”
“Simon [may be] the world’s greatest detective, but he’s overlooking a mystery that’s right under his nose: the secret that Emma is keeping would floor him,” Waid told the site. “Together, they solve impossible crimes in a series that’s a little Fantastic Four, a little Sherlock Holmes, and a lot of mystery. This may be the most fun I’ve ever had writing.”
Founded in 1998 by Florida entrepreneur Mark Alessi, CrossGen featured a line of titles in a variety of genres with a shared universe, or “Sigilverse,” with characters broadly linked by the Sigils they received. The first wave of comics launched in 2000 with Sigil, the fantasies Meridian, Mystic and Scion, and the “untold tales” anthology CrossGen Chronicles. Later additions included the Victorian detective series Ruse, the contemporary horror Route 666, the pirate adventure El Cazador, the fantasy Sojourn and the wuxia comedy Way of the Rat. CrossGen filed for bankruptcy in 2004. Later that same year, Disney bought the company’s assets for $1 million. Marvel began teasing the return of CrossGen last summer at Comic-Con International in San Diego.