04/24/14 @ 5:06 pm EST
Robert Napton - Frank, there have been different iterations of Solar, starting with the classic Gold Key character. What elements did you decide to focus on in your reboot of the series?
Frank Barbiere - We really wanted to hone in on the way that such an immense power set would affect a pretty mild-mannered scientist. I really wanted to increase the lens on that though, to think how this change would affect not only Phil, but his family as well. I love the feel and aesthetic of a lot of the classic Solar stories, and I really wanted to infuse our take with those as well.
Robert Napton - Family and the impact of Solar's transformation is a key theme to your new take. How did you arrive at that?
Frank Barbiere - I really thought that Solar had been a very insular character and story in most of its inceptions. I wanted to open up the scope of it, to see how his change would affect a family unit, rather than just Phil. I think family conflict is very relatable as well, and goes a long way to humanizing a character who has near limitless power and brings the story down to a more personal level.
Robert Napton - Lots of Science Fiction action -- what can you tell us about the setting of this new series?
Frank Barbiere - We're definitely starting a bit more grounded, but the story will be opening up to a lot of bigger, sci-fi locales. Part of the fun of having a character like Solar is the fact that we can take it to places that a lot of other superhero stories can't go--and definitely no one else in the current Gold Key universe. It has a lot of great potential for fun and exciting stories.
Robert Napton - I like that the design is very much the classic Solar. Why did you and Joe Bennett decide to keep Solar iconic?
Frank Barbiere - With Phil, (our male Solar), we wanted readers to be able to jump right in and recognize him. He's the big aesthetic of the story, the icon, and we didn't want to mess with that--at least upfront. We've revealed that we will have a new character taking the mantle of Solar, and that's a big change, but we wanted to keep the costume iconic and keep the aesthetic of the original series.
Robert Napton - Perhaps this is too serious a question, but Solar is born of a nuclear crisis in the original story. In the 60s this was very much on people's minds. Post Fukushima, nuclear meltdowns are a very real and scary proposition. Do current events inform a modern take on this character?
Frank Barbiere - Definitely. We live in a very different landscape, and nuclear power has a lot of new problems and stories attached to it. We very much do want the story to reflect the real world in that nature--and not to make light of the dangerous times we live in, but it almost re-ignites that interest…as with the 60's, this was all new territory, and now we know the all too real dangers.
Robert Napton - Anything else you'd like to tell the fans about this new reboot?
Frank Barbiere - We're taking a whole new approach to Solar and really want to bring as many people as we can on board. We're excited and thrilled to be working with such an iconic character, and I think readers are going to be very pleased with the new direction we take things in!
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 ...
08/12/14 @ 2:27 pm EST
Huge JENNIFER BLOOD Sale on Comixology
by Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring on August 11, 2014
Catch up on the Dynamite Entertainment series before the sale is over
Currently on Comixology, there's a huge sale running on the Dynamite Entertainment's bookJENNIFER BLOOD. As of right now, volumes 1-3 of this series are on sale for $4.99 and for $5.99, you can get JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD mini-series.
Jennifer Blood is a suburban wife and mom by day - and a ruthless vigilante by night! Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, naps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight. This suburban punisher is ready to be unleashed in a story that can only be told by the legendary Garth Ennis.
If buying the trades is a bit much, then the single issues of every book offered in the collections is also on sale for 99 cents a piece. In addition, the sale extends up to issue #36 of the series and the first annual issue. It's a big discount from the cover price, so this is the time to jump on if you've been interested in the series in the past.
However, the sale on these books comes to an end on 8/11 at 11PM EST, so there isn't much time left to catch up on the series. Head here to check it out for yourself!
08/12/14 @ 2:24 pm EST
Free On Bleeding Cool – Legends Of Red Sonja Vol I Part I
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dan Wickline
Hitting comic shops this month is the Legends of Red Sonja Volume One trade that collects the five-issue series written by Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Meljean Brook,Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Read More Here
08/12/14 @ 2:18 pm EST
Artist Spotlight – Mirka Andolfo Of Chaos
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Dan Wickline
Mirka Andolfo has not been in the comic industry long, but she has already done work for Aspen,Dynamite, Top Cow and Zenescope… yes, she’s done the publishing A to Z… her work is opening the eyes of fans and editors across the board. We turn the spotlight on Mirka and find out a little more about her.
BLEEDING COOL: How did you get started drawing?
MIRKA ANDOLFO: As a hobby, I started when I was a child. As a pro, I was born a colorist: during the first two years of my career (in Italy), I illustrated a couple of covers and two issue of a comic book series, but I started drawing “seriously” and with continuity more or less one and an half years ago. “Chaos,” at Dynamite, is one of my first comics as artist, and I think it’s my first comic book drawn in a “realistic” way. Well, not so realistic, but more than usual for me…
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08/11/14 @ 4:45 pm EST
Free On Bleeding Cool – Jennifer Blood #7 / Last Day For Comixology Sale
Posted on August 11, 2014 by Dan Wickline
To go with the release of Jennifer Blood: Born Again #1 by Steven Grant, Dynamite is having a big sale on Comixology and giving us the original first issue by Al Ewing and Marcos Marz.