06/20/15 @ 10:48 pm EST
Writer’s Commentary on Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler
#1 byLeah Moore.
Page 1, I wanted Woola in this bit, he’s such a cool character, and nothing says domestic bliss like the dog coming and sitting all over your feet and huffing and puffing at you. Dejah is pretty confused by the events of Swords of Sorrow #1, so I was glad she had some company and a friendly face, well, friendly for Woola anyway!
This had to be the opposite, the least barsoomian thing you could imagine, the epitome of Britishness and Jasoomian life. If I’m crossing over Dejah with Irene Adler, from the world of Sherlock Holmes, then there is no point having half measures. Houses of Parliament it is, moustaches firmly attached to stiff upper lips, cravats tucked into waistcoats, and then BAM, a great big hairy scary Banth. I think that sets out my stall for the series pretty well, right there. There is also of course, vital clues which the reader can return to once they have finished the series. At the heart of the story is a mystery, and these clues solve that mystery.
Mycroft Holmes is somebody we met in our previous series The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, so we know what he’s like, but this scene shows that he keeps a lot of plated spinning besides his relationship with his brother Sherlock. he is currently covering up the events we have just seen take place in the Houses of Parliament. We see Irene Adler is in his employ as a fixer, a special operative. She is on the Banth case now. That seems a bit much for one woman doesn’t it? Actually Irene is not just any woman. but we’ll get to that later.
This is a person we saw on pages 2/3 an MP who it seems is a huntsman, a safari enthusiast with some rather large weapons, and stuffed specimens. What could he possibly want to do with that gun? Irene is not the only one with her sights on the Banth!
Irene outwitted Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia by dressing as a young man in order to confirm Holmes’ identity, so when she has to leave the stuffy all male Diogenes club, she has to be a young man to do so. See! Its not just an excuse to make her cross dress. I have ‘reasons’ and everything.
Then we see Irene at her best, digesting everything Mycroft has given her in a super efficient display of deduction that would make the Great Detective proud. They are racing across London, with Adler on the trail of the Barsoomian beast.
We cut to our safari mad huntsman, who is also out in the foul London night, on the hunt for the beast. He is clearly used to tracking large creatures, but not usually through London. As you can see London is only temporarily a problem. Soon he is far away!
Irene Adler might look like a gentleman but she hasone final change to make before she narrows her search for the beast. She equips herself sensibly, and decides on a whim to take the mysterious blade delivered to her by The Courier in Swords of Sorrow #1. Her cabbie looks about to put up a fight, but luckily its not a bad run, just the East End, and then he and Bessie can head home. Right? I was so glad to have put Bert into the story. I would say a London Cabbie is an asset to any writer in any story. he’s the perfect foil for Irene’s smugness.
Barsoom! I loved the idea that whatever was causing people to slip between worlds might not necessarily be a nice gentle journey, so we see the Hunter has left quite an impact on Mars. Adler is from a world caught up in the great race for Africa, the stripping of foreign assets, and the colonisation of other countries, all in the name of the queen. Our Hunter is clearly a veteran of that world, and has lapsed back into it somewhat. Will his skills keep him out of trouble on the red planet? Not so much…
Irene and Bert are progressing through the east end, but slowly. The horse is tired, the driver is grumpy, but Irene wants results! What happens is not exactly what she’s expecting.
Helium has become a desert fort under siege from the British Empire’s smallest army. They have blasters, they have trasporters. they have nothing to fear, but our Hunter does not yet know this. He would be glad to know that reinforcements have arrived, in the form of Irene and Bert, but they are far away, and busy with their own issues.
Irene vs Dejah, the fun begins! Two women, evenly matched in skills and tenacity, squaring up for the fight of the century. Draw up a chair, settle down, and enjoy! Except…
…whoops. Player One has left the game!
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01/16/19 @ 8:50 pm EST
As we prepare for our 15th Anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on great series from our extensive library of characters with some of the best creators in the industry. Dynamite has never offered fans a bigger bundle! That's right, this is our biggest bundle ever!
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Not only are these offerings so incredible to reward existing readers and bring in new fans, but proceeds from the promotion will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF is a non-profit charity with a mission of protecting creators, publishers and more in the comics medium when their rights are threatened.
Humble Bundle's "Pay What You Want" structure allows readers to scale their purchase to their budget or their desired contribution to the charity. Multiple tiers offer the chance for up to 330+ issues - adding up to almost 10,000 pages!! Plus deluxe art books and other goodies. Normally all these goodies could cost readers over $1,270!
Excitingly, the bundle also offers fans previews of the just around the corner releases of RED SONJA #1 from Mark Russell & Mirko Colak and ARMY OF DARKNESS / BUBBA HO-TEP from Scott Duvall & Vincenzo Federici.
Comics included in this bundle feature the absolute greatest writers and artists of this modern era of comic books. The endless list of top tier talents includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek, Jim Starlin, Kelly Thompson and SO MANY MORE!
01/10/19 @ 10:11 pm EST
Dynamite announces an ongoing set of "Seduction" variants for every issue of the upcoming RED SONJA series from acclaimed artist Bob Q! Each cover will pit Sonja against classic mystical myths...sirens, nymphes, sorceresses, goddesses and more! As illustrated in a deadly yet seductive style, as only an artist as Bob could do it.
"Bob Q is one of the most dynamic and prolific artists in comics," says Red Sonja series editor Nate Cosby. "From THE GREEN HORNET '66 MEETS THE SPIRIT to JAMES BOND ORIGIN to THE LONE RANGER, Bob's unique art and color are a pleasure for the eyes, and his take on Red Sonja covers will be a sight to behold every month!"
Fans should ask their Local Comic Shop whether they ordered copies of Bob's cover for issue #1. Final Order Cutoff for the issue will be Monday, February 14. Fans and retailers can now order RED SONJA #2, by Mark Russell(The Flintstones) and Mirko Colak (Conan), in the March 2019 copy of Diamond's Previews.
The other stunning covers for the first issue include the incomparable works of Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), Christian Ward (Thor), Frank Cho (Wonder Woman) and a cosplay variant featuring model Jesyka Rose.
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12/20/18 @ 2:02 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new epic comic based on the hotly anticipated upcoming video game Obey Me. Depicting the adventures of Soul Huntress Vanessa Held and her loyal Hellhound companion Monty, stuck between a war of angels, demons and all those used as pawns or caught up in the crossfire. Obey Me #0 will release March 2019.
The never ending back and forth between Heaven and Hell has been chronicled across all media for centuries upon centuries. Though none have ever captured it quite likeObey Me. The comic book will feature an exciting creative team. Including writer Mario Mentasti, who is also the lead writer of the video game, making this comic an authentic companion experience. Joining him on art is comics legend Ben Herrera (X-Men) and Emmanuel Ordaz Torres. Herrera also drew two marvelous covers for this first issue.
Vanessa Held is a low-ranking lesser demon serving the Archduke of Greed, Ammon. She is tasked with serving his plans and collecting the sold souls of mortals. Join Mentasti, Herrera and Torres in following the occult quest of Vanessa and Monty.
The game is a top-down 3D action brawler, playable by one or two players published by Blowfish Studios and developed by Error 404 Game Studios. Obey Me will be available on PC and consoles. It features a variety of weapons and special abilities linked to an in-depth progression system.
Obey Me #0 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book ...
12/19/18 @ 4:37 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a full offering of Pathfinder items that will appeal to all kinds of fans. Whether they have been tabletop gaming since 1974, just picked up their first set of dice, or just appreciate stunning statues and high quality comic book storytelling – there is something here for everyone!
First and foremost is the first-ever resin statue for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The next step in the years long strong partnership between Dynamite and Paizo Inc. following years of adapting and expanding the game's lore in comic book form. The limited-edition statue depicts Seoni, one of the most popular heroes in the Pathfinder universe. She is a powerful Varisian spellcaster who was a no-brainer for a statue with her intricate tattoos and distinct clothing, hand-painted for collectors.
Seoni stands approximately a foot tall and is available in multiple variants. The "Spellcasting" version depicts Seoni harnessing her unique magic abilities with a plastic effect. A "Battle Ready" edition alternately gives her a staff and an altered pose. Offered for the first time are special "Diamond Eye" variants for both. Adding real diamonds for her pupils to make Seoni really shine and sparkle on the shelf. Only available in limited quantities, the "Diamond Eye" version is a true grail for collectors.
Also releasing are four Pathfinder: Worldscape
one-shots previously exclusive to Kickstarter. These fun crossovers bring Dynamite's flagship characters into the cross-dimensional Pathfinder universe. All with covers by Roberto Castro. Pathfinder: Worldscape - Dejah Thoris
is written by Christopher Paul Carey with art by Roberto Castro. Dejah and Tars Tarkas are investigating a gap in the memory of John Carter when they find themselves hurled across dimensions into a bloody conflict between the Council of Jungle Kings and a Technic League ...
12/19/18 @ 4:35 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars Volume 2. The hardcover collection features 280 pages of full color artwork from some of modern fantasy comics’ top illustrators. This highly anticipated follow up to the best-selling first volume includes cover art and pin-ups from Dynamite’s hugely popular Warlord of Mars and Dejah Thoris comic series. Featuring a cover by comic book legend Joe Jusko and including the talents of J. Scott Campbell, Frank Cho, Lucio Parillo, Tula Lotay, Mike McKone and many more, this magnificent tome is sure to impress.
Since the first serialized adventures in 1912 of the Martian Princess Dejah Thoris and her beloved hero, John Carter, science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts have dreamed of the faraway Red Planet (known to its inhabitants as Barsoom). Its wonderous sights and monstrous perils. In hundreds of full-color illustrations, the finest artists of modern fantasy have brought the dying world of Mars to life, depicting scenes of brutal conflict with alien beasts, quiet moments overlooking Martian wastes, and enticing visions of an exotic princess at her most intimate.
Dynamite is proud to have contributed to Dejah’s century-plus legacy with nearly a decade of fan-favorite comics starring her and John Carter. Including the just finished series by writer Amy Chu and artist Pasquale Qualano and the Barbarella/Dejah Thoris crossover miniseries from Leah Williams and Germán García launching just around the corner in January.
“Dejah Thoris has long been a core and treasured part of our comic book and merchandise lineup. We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the greatest artists working today on jaw ...
12/18/18 @ 7:00 pm EST
In life, Bettie Page was the undisputed queen of the pin-up. Her legacy has lived on through comic books for decades. In March 2019, Dynamite is celebrating with a special 32-page one-shot showcasing all the beautiful covers from the Dynamite comics.
Bettie Page is an icon and an influence the world over, not only to strong women, but also to creators including the painter Olivia, and in the comics market none so famously as Dave Stevens. Dave's influence for Betty in The Rocketeer is entirely based on Bettie Page. And Dave created a very iconic scene of Betty with a photographer for a pin-up shoot. Before, and moreso since then, Bettie has inspired comic book artists and fans all over. Since 2017, Dynamite Entertainment has brought fans the newly declassified super spy adventures of the globetrotting Bettie. Cleverly written by David Avallone (Elvira Mistress of the Dark) and a talented gang of artists including Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man) in the just launched ongoing series available now.
Though the stories and art inside of the comics are always what keep fans coming back to their favorites every month, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Fans have been gushing about the gorgeous covers that grace Dynamite’s Bettie Page issues. Such as Terry Dodson’s “reverse homage” for the first issue of the miniseries, drawing Bettie herself in the same situation as the Dave Stevens classic, ...
12/18/18 @ 7:01 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Jennifer Blood Omnibus. The first four volumes of the happy homemaker by day / violent vigilante by night collected together for the first time. The 760-page tome comes from the brilliant minds of comic icon Garth Ennis and fan-favorite writer Al Ewing and is filled with the pulse-pounding action that made this one of Dynamite’s best-selling series.
Meet Jennifer Fellows, your average suburban housewife. Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, maps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight then hopes the drugs she gave them in their dinner keep them asleep until morning. Meet Jennifer Blood, ruthless vigilante. Every night she stalks the underworld on a personal vendetta against organized crime, determined to obliterate the parasites and scum who run the city’s rackets. But, can she keep her dual life separate?
Besides Jennifer Blood, Ennis is the creator of the hit series Preacher, which is a live-action series for AMC having recently wrapped up it’s third season, and The Boyswhich is also being adapted for a television series that will start Karl Urban, Jack Quaid and Elizabeth Shue airing later in the year on Amazon Prime. When Ennis left the series, the baton was passed to The Immortal Hulkwriter, Al Ewing, who continued the characters successful run. Al also wrote the spinoff series The Ninjettes, about three college girls turned into silent killing machines. The collection also includes ...
12/18/18 @ 6:56 pm EST
Dynamite announces artist Ibrahim Moustafa (Mother Panic, The Flash) will be joining writer Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Fantastic Four) on the critically acclaimed James Bond Origin starting with issue #7. The kickoff to the "Russian Ruse" arc and the perfect jumping on point for new readers!
This next era for the series will also feature primary covers by the legendary Dan Panosian (X-Men).
Here are the solicitations details for the issue.
JAMES BOND ORIGIN #7
Rating: Teen +
Cover A: Dan Panosian
Cover B: Christian Ward
Cover C: Stephen Mooney
Cover D: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover E: Bob Q
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Page Count: 32 Pages
On Sale Date: 3/13/2019
A Norwegian supply ship carrying gold mysteriously sinks. A Russian crew claims the Nazis are responsible. Royal Navy Lieutenant James Bond suspects foul play.
Moustafa is a diehard 007 fan, having both written and drawn last year's James Bond: Solstice one-shot. Now he’s going way back in time to Bond’s early years in World War II with fan-favorite writer Jeff Parker.
"Jeff and I have been friends for years and I'm thrilled that we're finally working together,” said Moustafa. “James Bond is my favorite literary character, and to have a hand in the official Fleming canon of Bond's rise through the military ranks toward his destination of Double-0 status is nothing short of a dream come true. Our love for ...
12/18/18 @ 6:58 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a reimagining of the iconic and bionic 1970s TV sensation, The Six Million Dollar Man. Starting in March 2019, writer Christopher Hastings (Gwenpool, Deadpool, Adventure Time) and artist David Hahn (Batman ’66, Bombshells) will traverse the globe with Colonel Steve Austin – and hopefully survive the experience!
The time: the 1970s. The place: Japan. Rather than a full team of highly trained soldiers, Japanese secret agent Niko Abe is sent one single man to help her on a mission. Though Steve Austin is not any ordinary man. They must stop a nefarious plan by a madman to exact revenge on the United States for decades-old conflicts.
Things go awry when everyone’s favorite atomic powered agent immediately finds his cybernetically altered body failing him. His $6 million enhancements – $23 million adjusted for inflation in 2018 – are dwindling in value and effectiveness. Any minute now he may be the Six Thousand Dollar Man. He must fight through it though, and against both samurai AND the KGB.
The Six Million Dollar Man #1 will feature colors by Roshan Kurchiyanil and letters by Ariana Maher. As well as covers from Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), Yasmine Putri (Nightwing), Francesco Francavilla (Batman) and Denis Medri (Red Hood/Arsenal).
“I know comics is ...
12/13/18 @ 8:22 pm EST
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