07/27/14 @ 10:10 pm EST
Solar: Man Of The Atom #6
is coming up and Byron Brewer
sat down with series writer Frank Barbiere
to talk about the series and what the writer has in mind for the future.BYRON BREWER: Frank, how has it felt to be a part of returning an old, favored comic book universe to the pages of modern reader-dom? Seems like all the fans are climbing on board.FRANK BARBIERE:
It’s been an absolute honor to write such an established character. I’m very excited to see people embracing our new take, but certainly careful to revere what’s come before and try to stick to what made the original stories work so well.BB: The Erica/Ghost Dad combo hero has been an adjustment, I will admit. I thought the daughter was only a temporary plot device, but it seems to be for the long haul, correct?FB:
Yes, Erica is here with us to stay. We certainly didn’t want to take Phil completely off the table, and I think we’ve found a really fun balance that strikes true to our theme of family. Erica will be getting a new all-white costume to help differentiate her from Phil as well…we’re really making her her own character.BB: Frank, as a writer, you certainly have sewn a lot of choice seeds to be picked up on in future tales, not the least of which is that we have two protagonists instead of the one I expected. Does this make writing the book more of a challenge?FB:
It makes it a lot more enjoyable, to be honest. There is just so much room for fun stories here and knowing we have room to stretch are legs has helped build a really fun long form story that will be paying off in issues far on the horizon, as well as arc by arc. There is a lot of careful outlining and decision making, but ultimately it just makes the book feel bigger and more organic.BB: I very much enjoy your lettering! Who came up with that visible formula format when Solar uses his/her/their powers?FB:
I had talked with Nate (Cosby, the Gold Key line editor) about trying to work in a unique way to show Solar using math. I thought of how when Dr. Strange would use his powers in the Marvel books they would list the spell, and thought “Hey, we should show the equations he’s using!” It’s been a lot of fun working with Christopher Preece, a science teacher and Solar fan I met, to come up with realistic equations and keep the fun balance between fact and fiction.BB: With smart characters (Iron Man, Batman, Reed Richards), sometimes a writer will forget to utilize this “ability” as opposed to clobberin’. But that has not been the case in Solar, as Dad has used his brains quite a bit since #1. Difficult?FB:
It’s a challenge to try to think like this character who is supposed to be brilliant, but the extra work is worth it. There’s no better feeling than coming up with a unique solution to a story problem…it’s ultimately so much more satisfying and true to the character. As well as Phil we have Erica who is not a brawler and more of an artists—the real fun part has been thinking of how she would approach her power set and work differently from Phil.BB: I love how the bizarreness of alien life was woven into the even more bizarre situation we have with the Solars. Are the aliens you are utilizing in #6 from a former iteration of Solar or are these FB originals? Can you tell us any more about the race(s) than has been hinted at?FB:
These are all new aliens I’ve come up with. Phil and Erica will be venturing to a few different worlds so we’ve been playing with different races and really giving it all a very fun sci-fi feel.BB: What does Jonathan Lau bring to your book?FB:
Jonathan’s work is absolutely stunning. He has jumped right in headfirst and done some knock-out pages, particularly the opening splash to #5 which has a bunch of aliens chasing our father and daughter pair. Jonathan has a really beautiful sense of layout and elegance to his work that is really just amazing—it’s an honor to be able to collaborate with him.BB: Frank, where do father and daughter go from here?FB:
We’ll be seeing Phil and Erica travel across the universe trying to solve impossible problems, prevent an alien war, and not kill each other in the process! It’s going to be a lot of fun and bring in some great cosmic elements—I can’t wait for readers to join us!
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…
Read More Here
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.