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Jimmie Robinson’s ‘Five Weapons’ makes leap to ongoing series

five-weapons5-back-coverJimmie Robinson’s Five Weapons, the Image Comics/Shadowline miniseries whose nominal final issue was released Wednesday, will continue in January as an ongoing series.

The change was hinted in the last panel of this week’s fifth issue with the words “To Be Continued,” and then immediately confirmed on the back cover (at right), which trumpets “Back By Popular Demand! [...] The On-Going Series Begins January 2014.”

Robinson, who’s best known for his Image series Bomb Queen, addressed the upgrade in a series of tweets: “Now I have room to work. [...] I tell ya’, the 5-issue format was constricting, I’m glad that I can stretch my legs & give the story proper room. [...] I’m pleased that Image is allowing me to go forward. Now I can develop the story and art … even bigger.”

Debuting in February, Five Weapons centers on Tyler, a brilliant 13-year-old who enrolls in the School of Five Weapons, which as the name suggests isn’t just any center for learning; it’s a school exclusively for the children of the world’s wealthy assassins, where they’re given an Ivy League education as well as expert weapons training.

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Monkeybrain’s digital comics are heading to print

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Monkeybrain Comics will bring its digital titles to print beginning in June in collected editions released through IDW Publishing and Shadowline/Image. Launched in July 2012 by Monkeybrain founders Chris Roberson and Allison Barker, the digital imprint has so far distributed its creator-owned comics exclusively through comiXology.

The print editions will kick off with the IDW collection of Edison Rex, Roberson and Dennis Culver’s story about the world’s greatest villain who must figure out what to do with his life after he defeats his arch-nemesis. That will be followed in July by the Shadowline/Image collection of Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s superhero-noir anthology Masks & Mobsters. The initial wave of collections will conclude in August with the IDW release of Amelia Cole and the Unknown World, the fantasy from Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride and Nick Brokeshire. More collections announcements are promised in coming months.

“Print collections have been a main goal from the beginning and it’s really exciting to see such a major piece of the plan fall into place,” Baker said in a statement, “especially since it means even more people get to discover the amazing work of our creators!”

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Spencer, Eisma wrap Morning Glories Season 1, announce Season 2

Morning Glories #25

Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma will bring the first “season” of Image Comics’ slow-burning mystery Morning Glories to a close in March with a double-sized Issue 25, priced at $3.99, followed by a special $1 prelude to Season 2.

“It’ll be a great jumping-on point to the single issues for all the trade readers who may want to start following us monthly,” Spencer told Comic Book Resources. “Then the Season 2 premiere will hit with No. 27, which will again be double-sized and $3.99. And that will have a whole host of pretty awesome variants by some of my favorite artists. We’re moving into a big stretch of high-profile issues to get people excited about the new season.”

The series, which debuted in 2010, centers on the sinister and deadly secrets of Morning Glory Academy, a prestigious prep school that’s actually involved with the torture and murder of its students as well as investigations into the occult and supernatural phenomenon. Spencer said that, with the 44-page Issue 24, due in February, myriad story threads fall into place. “No. 24 is its own beast, but what you now see is that all the different things we threw out to you from issue #12 and the third arc overall fit together,” he said. “That’s how you want a season to end! It’s going to make for a pretty cool issue #25 too. Really issues #24 through 27 are going to be all season=ending stuff and leading into Season Two. Once we’re in the middle of that, people will see the collision points.”

Morning Glories #22 and #23 are on sale now.

Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins get their Hook into Peter Panzerfaust

Peter Panzerfaust, Vol. 2: Hooked

Peter Panzerfaust, the wartime reimagining of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins, has an irresistible hook (if you’ll pardon the expression): “Peter Pan versus the Nazis.” That’s perhaps what drew the attention of BBC Worldwide and Quality Transmedia, which are developing a motion comic based on the Shadowline/Image Comics series, with an eye toward a live-action adaptation.

However, there’s more to Peter Panzerfaust than a high-concept log line. Although the title, which debuted in February, has been characterized as historical fantasy, Wiebe and Jenkins have stripped away the fantastical elements — to date, there are no fairies or bird-nest boats — with Neverland replaced by France during the 1940 German invasion. Here, Barrie’s Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up is recast as a cocky and charismatic American teenager who rescues a group of orphans in war-torn Calais, transforming these Lost Boys into a rag-tag group of freedom fighters. They quickly added to their ranks the three Darling children, themselves orphaned in a plane crash, before joining up with Tiger Lily, Big Chief and the Braves, members of the French Resistance.

With Issue 8, in stores Jan. 9, arrives the iconic antagonist Captain Hook, whom Wiebe and Jenkins have re-envisioned as Kapitan Haken, the Nazi SS officer tasked with crushing the Resistance. Eagle-eyed readers will recall that Peter briefly crossed blades with Haken in Issue 3, stabbing the officer through the hand (presumably explaining the appearance of the trademark hook). He pledged that Peter would “live to regret this day,” and now he appears ready to follow through on that threat.

ROBOT 6 spoke with Wiebe and Jenkins about the development of Peter Panzerfaust, the decision to set the series against the backdrop of World War II, their refreshing take on Tiger Lily, and the major role for Captain Hook.

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New A Distant Soil coming in 2013

Colleen Doran shared some great news this week for fans of her long-running A Distant Soil comic–after a lengthy hiatus, the series will return to print next April with issue #39 and will continue through issue #50, which she says wraps up the story.

In addition, Image/Shadowline will re-release A Distant Soil Volume 1 next year. “This will be released with new edits, new lettering, cleaned up and restored art, and, obviously, new covers and design,” she said on her blog. Earlier this year Doran had put out the call for original art from the series for a digital restoration project. The cover for the new edition can be seen in the image above. Doran has been serializing A Distant Soil on her website for awhile, so now’s a good time to catch up on it if you haven’t read it before.

The promotional image Doran posted shows off not only Soil, but a few other Shadowline projects as well. In addition to the Dias de las Muertas miniseries by Riley Rossmo and a host of different writers (coming in January), it also showcases a new Jimmie Robinson miniseries, Five Weapons, and Miniature Jesus by Ted McKeever.

Harvest teaser #5: ‘Four out of five doctors agree …’

Image Comics wraps up the week with the fifth and final teaser for Harvest, the upcoming Shadowline miniseries from writer A.J. Lieberman (Cowboy Ninja Viking) and artist Colin Lorimer (Dark Horse Presents) set within the shadowy underworld of illegal organ trafficking. Here’s the solicitation text for the first issue:

Human traffickers.  Rogue medical teams.  Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend.  Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare.  His only way out?  Bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people.  If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST. Medical Grade Revenge.

Check out the full teaser image below. The five-issue miniseries debuts in August.

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Harvest teaser #4: ‘Your H.M.O. may not cover this’

Image Comics has unveiled the fourth teaser for Harvest, the upcoming Shadowline miniseries from writer A.J. Lieberman (Cowboy Ninja Viking) and artist Colin Lorimer (Dark Horse Presents) set within the shadowy underworld of illegal organ trafficking. Here’s the solicitation text for the first issue:

Human traffickers.  Rogue medical teams.  Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend.  Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare.  His only way out?  Bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people.  If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST. Medical Grade Revenge.

Check out the full teaser image below. The five-issue miniseries debuts in August.

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Harvest teaser: ‘Slice, dice and put it on ice’

Image Comics has released a third teaser for Harvest, the upcoming Shadowline miniseries from writer A.J. Lieberman (Cowboy Ninja Viking) and artist Colin Lorimer (Dark Horse Presents) set within the shadowy underworld of illegal organ trafficking. Here’s the solicitation text for the first issue:

Human traffickers.  Rogue medical teams.  Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend.  Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare.  His only way out?  Bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people.  If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST. Medical Grade Revenge.

Check out the full teaser image below. The five-issue miniseries debuts in August.

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Image touts ‘medical-grade revenge’ in Harvest teasers

Image Comics has wheeled out the first teasers for Harvest, the upcoming Shadowline miniseries from writer A.J. Lieberman (Cowboy Ninja Viking) and artist Colin Lorimer (Dark Horse Presents) set in the shadowy world of illegal organ trafficking as Dr. Ben Dane decides to steal back what he’s implanted.

“I had always wanted to do a really sick and twisted book and this world has always fascinated me, so it seemed like a good fit. Especially for the revenge aspect of the story, which ‘Harvest,’ at its heart, is,” Lieberman tells Comic Book Resources. “Excuse the pun. I mean, here we have a ex-surgeon who is tracking down the rich and powerful who paid for illegal organs and taking those organs back. It gets pretty sick. The illegal organ harvesting black market is now a global business onto itself — it’s massive and highly illegal and ridiculously unregulated. But here’s the thing: it makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year. If you were to suddenly make it legal, the combined worldwide profits would make it one of the most profitable businesses in the world. And that’s why it never truly goes away or can be stamped out. It’s just too profitable.”

You can see the teasers and solicitation text below, and read what Lieberman has to say about the series at CBR. Harvest debuts in August.

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WonderCon | First look at Ted McKeever’s Mondo poster

Ahead of this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California, Image Comics has provided Robot 6 with a first look at the limited-edition poster Ted McKeever will have available in Artists’ Alley (AA-022). Just 50 copies — signed and numbered — will be available of the image, which serves as the cover for the upcoming collection of McKeever’s Mondo miniseries.

Check out the full poster below. WonderCon kicks off Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Comics A.M. | FBI shuts down Megaupload file-sharing site

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Legal | The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI on Thursday shut down the popular file-sharing site Megaupload, seized $50 million in assets and charged its founder and six others with running an international enterprise based on Internet piracy that’s cost copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. The FBI has begun extradition proceedings in New Zealand to bring company founder Kim Schmitz, aka Kim DotCom, to the United States. He and three other associates are being held without bail until Monday, when they’ll receive a new hearing. Three others remain at large. They face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

News of the shutdown was met with retaliation by the hacker collective Anonymous, which attacked the websites of the Justice Department and the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Talking Comics with Tim | Charles Soule

27

During HeroesCon earlier this month, I ran into 27 writer Charles Soule. Being a big fan of music (and comics of course), I was ashamed to admit that I had not run across his series (which launched last year from Image/Shadowline), built upon the rock and roll legend about certain very brilliant musicians dying at the age of twenty-seven. With the trade paperback of the first four issues set to go on sale this Wednesday, Soule and I settled in for a quick email interview. I was intrigued to learn about Soule’s contest for readers. Also, we talk about e sure to read to the end of this interview for a mention of Vanilla Ice.

Tim O’Shea: While at the heart of the tale, the threat of death looms–and yet as you note in this November 2010 CBR interview 27‘s theme is “really creativity”. Can you talk about why you wanted to explore the concept of creativity partially through death?

Charles Soule: Jumping right into the heavy stuff, eh? Fine by me. The “hook” to 27 revolves around the many brilliant musicians and artists who have died at age twenty-seven – they’re known in rock and roll mythology as the “27 Club,” and the idea is that there’s some sort of curse that takes particularly talented individuals well before their time. In the 27 comic, Will Garland, a superstar guitar hero, turns twenty-seven and his life falls apart. His hand gets hit with a nerve disease that makes him unable to play, and all sorts of other terrible things start to occur that make him realize he’s been hit by the curse. From there, he has to try to beat the curse and live to see twenty-eight. Lots of supernatural craziness, lots of rock music lore, lots of thrills, chills and guitar fills.

But as you noted, that’s just the surface story – the carnival barker tease that gets people in the freakshow tent. The deeper theme is creativity; why do some people seem almost compelled to make art, and what does that cost them? Why are some amazing talents taken young, and, of course, is it better to burn out or fade away (to, er, re-coin a phrase)? These are big questions, and I thought they were worth exploring. Most people are creative to some extent, and the ‘why’ of it all is worth trying to unravel.

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SDCC ’09 | Image Comics hosts Image United signing event, more

Image United #1

Image United #1

Image Comics will be out in full force at the con, with several panels and a huge list of folks who will be signing all weekend — everyone from Mike Allred to Christopher Yost.

The biggest event on their schedule is a special signing event with everyone involved in their upcoming Image United book: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Whilce Portacio and Jim Valentino.

Find their full press release and schedules after the jump

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