01/31/14 @ 11:58 am EST
Five years after Ronald Moore's critically-acclaimed revision of Battlestar Galactica went off the air, Dynamite Entertainment is about to reveal that the Cylons still have a plan with the announcement of an all-new spin-off series, Battlestar Galactica: Six. A new five issue series set before the Syfy series, Six sees writer J.T. Krul and artist Igor Vitornio tell the origin story of the franchise's central Cylon (played by Tricia Helfer on the show), as she is taught to both understand humanity -- and work towards their eventual annihilation.
"I think the psychological aspect of the Cylons as they try to understand what it means to be 'human' rests at the very heart and soul of the show," Krul told THR. "You have the last humans fighting for survival and trying to maintain their humanity in the process -- while at the same time, you have the Cylons hunting after them become more and more human as their exposure continues. The line between human and Cylon gets blurred rather quickly and it made for one hell of a drama. Seriously, Ronald Moore created one of the best television shows of the past two decades. The minute Nick and people at Dynamite started making Battlestar Galactica comics I wanted to be a part of it."
Dynamite has been publishing Battlestar Galactica for eight years, although more recently, the publisher has focused on the original incarnation of the franchise with a series by fan-favorites Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Six marks the first reboot-era BSG title for the publisher since 2009's The Final Five mini-series, something Krul hopes to make worth the wait.
The writer promises that Six and her fellow next generation Cylons may surprise fans of the show in this series. "If you think about it, the original designs flee into outer space -- wandering the solar system for years as they work to create this next evolution of Cylon -- one that looks and acts human," he said. "They are trying to create what they think is a human being. The physical characteristics are pretty straight forward, but the psychological aspects -- those are so complex and nuanced. I mean, I think humans in real life have trouble coping with our own existence, so why wouldn't a Cylon have the same issues?"
Although the series goes deep into the BSG mythology, Krul said that the focus is on Six's psychological development. In order to complete her mission, he explained, the Cylon has to comprehend human emotion, but also the human fear of death -- something that the Cylons, with their downloads at the moment of termination, can't entirely comprehend.
"In a weird way, Cylons are almost like humans with a complete and absolute faith in the concept of reincarnation. They know that if something happens to their body, they will wake up again in another one just the same. The body or the shell doesn't really matter. Their existence will be saved, transmitted - their soul will transcend," he said. "If only we could all have that blessing of certainty."
There's more to the series -- and to Six's development -- than simply understanding her creators, however. "She must also come to the proper conclusion regarding the conflict between the Cylons and the human." Krul teased, suggesting that that conclusion may include grappling with the idea that the Cylons "should and must destroy all humanity, both as retribution and as a means of self-defense. In order to reach the next level, the Cylons must kill their own creator gods."
If this sounds like heady stuff, it's something that Krul -- whose comic work includes Green Arrow and Captain Atom for DC, as well as Fathom for Top Cow -- enjoys writing. "I am huge Dystopian fiction fan," he admitted, citing Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World as influences. "I love these kinds of stories because, while they create rich and engaging worlds, they are still essentially telling stories about the human condition - with the search for love and true human connection almost always at the forefront. It's definitely given me the bug to keep telling stories along this kind of vibe."
Battlestar Galactica: Six launches in April. If you can't wait until then, below are the covers to the first issue, as well as some preview art from series artist Vitornio.
01/28/15 @ 9:22 am EST
Dynamite; $3.99 According to Thomas Wolfe, “You can’t go home again.” But Mr. Wolfe didn’t mention anything about going home to your past. In the first issue of Twilight Zone a successful writer flies back to his hometown for a book signing. What he finds is more than he anticipated when he finds himself face to face with his younger self. Upon encountering his younger self, he must decide if he should help the troubled, abused boy or leave him to suffer knowing what the future holds after that suffering is endured. The story written by Mark Rahner is very interesting both for its philosophical and ethical quandary. The question posed to this man is one anybody would struggle to answer. On top of that is the eerie, unsettling feeling leading up to these moments. The weight of the title is enough to warn readers that this plane ride will not be the usual trip. Edu Menna’s art aides the story by drawing characters with haggard visages, setting the tone for a story both complicated and thought provoking. This first issue comes with covers by Guiu Vilanova, Francesco Francavilla, Jay Shaw, and Jonathan Lau.
01/20/15 @ 1:51 pm EST
Lots of Dynamite/Dynamic Forces news: Art sales, Reanimator returns, Looking for Group and Jungle Girl by Frank Cho 01/19/2015 by Heidi MacDonald Leave a Comment
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Dynamite and Dynamic Forces have been making a lot of announcements, and there isn’t even a con coming. Here’s the round-up: • Dynamic Forces CEO Nick Barrucci is selling art from his personal collection by Tom Raney, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna, and Patrick Zircher from books like The Outsiders, The Punisher, Uncanny X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Order, Robin, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the CBLDF. Barrucci owns hundreds of pages of art, and fans can order by artist: orders will be filled randomly for $75 a page. Here are the links to the pages: Part One Part Two Part Three
“Art collecting has been a passion of mine for years,” Barrucci explained. “For the past 30 years, I have been picking up pieces from my favorite artists whenever I can. I look at my collection on a regular basis, as I love to appreciate the form, ...
01/20/15 @ 11:04 am EST
is proud to announce that industry sensation Frank Cho
will return to Jungle Girl
, the comic book series that showcases Jana, a primal heroine in a prehistoric Lost World. Co-written by Doug Murray
) and illustrated by Jack Jadson
(The Savage Hawkman
), Jungle Girl: Season Three
will debut with a new #1 issue in April 2015, featuring an explosive cover by Frank Cho.Jungle Girl: Season Three
picks up where the previous series left off, following Jana's escape from an underwater city and a gigantic, otherworldly creature. However, her father soon reveals that those actions have doomed the Lost World in which they all live, as a wormhole appears in the sky and flaming debris begins to fall through. As the jungle burns, Jana and her friends must contend with stampeding behemoths and displaced, murderous natives. Furthermore, the rift presents a new, fearsome threat, for the fire from an alien dimension was not the only thing to come through.
"I'm delighted to be back with my co-creator, Doug Murray, and finish out the final story arc of Jungle Girl
," says Frank Cho, one of today's most recognizable names in comic book illustration. Cho began his career with a cartoon strip called University2
, published in the Diamondback
student newspaper at the University of Maryland, College Park. The series evolved into the nationally syndicated comic strip Liberty Meadows
, later published and expanded in monthly comic books. Cho became the go-to artist for high-profile comic book projects, including Mighty Avengers
, X-Men: Schism
, Savage Wolverine
, and many more. Over the years, he has garnered numerous awards including an Emmy Award for the Frank Cho's World
documentary, the National Cartoonists Society's Awards for Best Comic Book and Book Illustration, the Eagle Award, the Charles M. ...
01/20/15 @ 10:42 am EST
We have an exclusive first look at the solicitations and covers for Dynamite’s Legendery
comics, Legenderry: Green Hornet
#3, Legenderry: Red Sonja
#3 and Legenderry: Vampirella
#3. LEGENDERRY: GREEN HORNET #3 (OF 5)
Cover: Sergio Fernandez Davila Writer: Daryl Gregory Art: Brent Peeples
ON SALE DATE: April 22 Will our heroes escape from Tik-Tok’s clockwork deathtrap? (Probably. It’s only issue 3.) They should hurry, though, because waiting in the wings is the mastermind behind the gang war… The Brass Hornet! Catch an issue full of hot Hornet on Hornet action. LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA #3 (OF 5)
Cover: Sergio Fernandez Davila Writer: Marc Andreyko Art: Aneke
ON SALE DATE: April 15 Sonja always fancied herself a pirate extraordinaire… until now! As she and her newest ally sail the high seas in pursuit of a madman bent on defying death, Red comes face to face with one of the most, ahem, legendary pirates of all time! The question is: whose side is he on? The adventure exploring the outer reaches of the LEGENDERRY world continues! LEGENDERRY: VAMPIRELLA #3 (OF 5)
Cover: Sergio Fernandez Davila Writer: David Avallone Art: David Cabrera
ON SALE DATE: April 8 Alliterative action, as Vampirella faces and fights corruption with Kurtz, romance with Rassendyll and violence with Van Helsing. Hentzau’s plot is in motion, Vampirella’s secrets are revealed and the moral of the story is never let Dr. Moreau give you a haircut.
08/13/14 @ 4:10 pm EST
“We Were Part Of An Email Tree, So I Always Knew Who Was Writing What” – Nancy A Collins On Collaborating For Legends Of Red Sonja
Posted on August 13, 2014 by Dan Wickline
With this week’s release of Legends Of Red Sonja trade, we get to see the She-Devil with a Sword written by some of the top talent in the industry. Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella) had a story in the first issue of the series and she talks to Kevin Pearl about her involvement in the project.
KEVIN PEARL: What about the Red Sonja character most appeals to you?
NANCY A COLLINS: That she’s a no-nonsense kind of gal who knows how to get things done, and ...