05/01/14 @ 11:38 am EST
A DYNAMITE.COM EXCLUSIVE!
J.T. KRUL TALKS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SIX!
Marc Gaffen Kyle McVey writers of the Grimm comic book AND TV series were kind enough to interview J.T. Krul about his Battlestar Galactica: Six series, which came out this week from Dynamite Entertainment! http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513021546801011
And also be sure to pick up Grimm #12 the extra-sized finale of this official companion to the Grimm TV show! http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513020463901211 Marc Gaffen/ Kyle McVey:
We're guessing answer is "yes" but were you a fan of the new Battlestar Galactica TV series before you got this gig? J.T. Krul -
Absolutely. It's probably tied with The Wire as my favorite show of the last five-ten years. It was so smart and engaging and epic. Ron Moore and the team explored the very essence of what it means to be human - scientifically, psychologically, and even spiritually through the eyes of machines. MG/ KM:
Did you find yourself trying to strike a balance between keeping the comic faithful to the source material while making it appetizing to comic readers who may not have been familiar with the show? J.T. -
Exactly. Whenever you are working within an already established world, whether its a TV show, movie, or existing comic book, as a writer you want to stay true to the source material, but you also need to make it accessible to people just discovering it. The danger lies in having the story get bogged down with tons of recap and exposition to get new readers up to speed. Luckily, part of the point of the story of Number Six is about exploring the origins of the Cylons, if not terms of their physical creation, at least their development in terms of purpose and destiny.
The structure of this book actually helps make this easier because it is essentially a mystery story. We open up with a version of Number Six called Eve. She's a patient in a mental institution with no recent memories, but she is haunted by visions of a life that cannot possibly be her own - of a life from another planet. It's a tale of self-discovery, and the reader is right there along for the ride.
I guess you could say I'm trying to channel my inner Philip K. Dick. MG/ KM:
What drew you to Six's story? Why did you think it was worth being told? J.T. -
The humanoid cylons of Battlestar Galactica are such an intriguing...species. Can I call them that? Species. They are much more than machines. And the question could be asked - are they considered to be "alive?" That's what I found so compelling about them. They aren't human from a purely physiological and biological point of view, but they are very human-eqsue. And then there is the fact that they seem to want to exterminate the human race, the very creatures they are so trying to emulate.
And in terms of the show, Number Six is such a focal point of the BSG world. Tricia Helfer really captured that inquisitive and somewhat detached scientific aspect of the cylon, while also bringing this deep spiritual center that grappled with the larger issues and ramifications of not only what she was, but also why she was.
That's what I wanted to explore. In the story, she will discover not only the origin of her being, but also the machinations behind the reason for her existence. For, while you could argue that humanity exists because of some random cosmic cesspool of evolution, the cylons have a very real and very direct purpose. And let's not forget, they have a plan. MG/ KM:
Does this book play out in a specific part of the Battlestar timeline? What part? J.T. -
It takes place in the time leading up to the events played out in the beginning of the television show, just before they cylons make their big move. This story will take us right up to nearly that point. MG/ KM:
What new things to fan of the TV series have to look forward to? J.T. -
They'll get a peek under the hood, so to speak, and we peel back the layers of Number Six, looking at the programming and experiences that all went into making her the cylon we know from the series.
07/18/14 @ 11:41 pm EST
Review: Vampirella #1 (Collins)
Writer: Nancy Collins,
Pencils: Patrick Berkenkotter,
Inks: Dennis Chrisotomo,
Colors: Jorge Sutil,
Letterer: Rob Steen,
Cover: Terry Dodson,
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 4, 2014
Vampirella gets a new start and a new #1 as this veteran character shows she can still star in one hell of a yarn.
With horror writer Nancy Collins at the helm, this is a particularly strong issue for everyone’s favorite dark mistress. There has been a kidnapping and Vampirella has been called in by the Vatican itself to investigate. All she has to hear is that Ethan Shroud is someone connected and off we go!
I was expecting a bit more of a horror vent in this one, but what Collins spins out instead is a bone-chilling detective novelette, complete with mysteries, victims and red herrings. And while we do get a bit of the mystic here, Vampirella’s strong suit as a dark detective really comes through.
And a cliffhanger that makes NOT wanting to read issue #2 impossible!
All in all, one of the strongest beginnings for Vampirella in her long, long history.
07/18/14 @ 5:51 pm EST
Writer: Brian Buccellato,
Art: Ronan Cliquet,
Colors: Viviane Souza,
Letterer: Rob Steen,
Cover: Jae Lee,
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 4, 2014
Coming up fast on its conclusion (and sadly this book’s final issue), this most excellent and noir chronicling of the adventures of the Black Bat hits its stride with #11. Full of answers to questions posed since issue #1 and nefarious reveals, writer Brian Buccellato begins to put a bow onto one of his most brilliant pieces of pulp writing.
Our boy Tony now knows Cameron Tell, not Oliver Snade, is the true mastermind behind pulling the strings, and as he battles for redemption there is a possibility the hero may have to violate one of his most sacred vows. Will the vigilante turn to murder, even as the cops and press had feared?
For such a character-driven yarn, #11 is also very action-packed. Artist Ronan Cliquet has already proven his mastery of cinematic tenseness with the fabled “truck issue” of Black Bat, and here too we see that same sense of urgency that carries this tale through to its final page.
Anyone who is not utterly shocked by the conclusion of #11 has not been following this series, and if you missed it you really missed it.
07/16/14 @ 3:17 pm EST
Questions for Joseph Michael Linsner @ Dawn/Vampirella #1
Congratulations are in order on the occasion of Dawn's 25th anniversary, and those are congrats to you as creator. How does it feel to have created a character with such a legacy?
Thanks. It feels fantastic -- like a rebirth! I'm at the beginning of another 25 years and can't wait to get started. My epitaph is going to be "Joe Linsner -- The Dawn Guy", which I can deal with if that's my legacy. I'm very proud of the work I've done with Dawn on her 3 graphic novels. I'll be honest though, in 1989 when she first appeared in Cry For Dawn #1, I had no idea I'd still be drawing her 25 years later.
To my mind, I believe this is Dawn's first crossover with ANY character. But crossing over with a Dynamite signature character like Vampirella ... was there any added pressure there?
I have nothing but the greatest love and admiration for Vampi. She was designed by my favorite artist, Frank Frazetta! So that was an extra kick in the rear to make sure that I give this project my all. I'd be lying if I tried to say that Vampirella wasn't an influence on Dawn. I grew up loving Vampirella. Having the two of them meet for Dawn's 25th is bringing things full circle.
Instead of just handling the writing and covers, I now hear ...
06/12/14 @ 3:27 pm EST
Steve Grant Talks Jennifer Blood - From Bleeding Cool
Steven Grant is probably best known for his run on The Punisher as well as his recent story-turned-film, 2 Guns. Now he is tackling the Jennifer Blood character created by Garth Ennis. Byron Brewer caught up with the writer to talk about how the new series came about and why he likes working for different companies. BYRON BREWER:
Steve, how does it feel to be working with Dynamite Comics for the very first time? And on such a special project! STEVEN GRANT:
It’s interesting. I like working with different comics companies, to get an idea of how they’re similar & different & get a view of how different approaches work creatively. Being published by Dynamite was something I felt was worth doing. So far so good. BB:
Can you tell us a little bit about how this mini-series came about and how you became a part of it? SG:
In the wake of the 2 Guns film last summer, when things momentarily appeared nice and relaxed, I ran into Nick at the San Diego con. We’d loosely chatted about doing something for years, we’ve know each other for decades now. I told him to throw anything at me for a limited series, his choice. He took it under advisement. A couple months later he dropped me an email saying he’d really like me to resurrect Garth’s Jennifer Blood. All he had to do was say Garth Ennis, one of the most consistently interesting comics writers working today. I was pretty relieved, really. I realized after I’d said “anything” that John Carter was potentially on the table. Edgar Rice Burroughs is not my thing. But Jen made ...
06/09/14 @ 2:11 pm EST
Dynamite's Vampirella sale ends today on Monday, June 11th at 11 PM EST! All periodicals are priced at only 99 cents and collections are also incredibly discounted with prices ranging from $3.99 to $8.99!http://tinyurl.com/kfpm22s
Make sure to take advantage of this incredible sale!