|Oni Introduces LOLA this August - 9/06/2005|
|The supernatural takes center stage at Oni Press this August with the release of LOLA, a 72 page original graphic novel by J. Torres and R'John Bernales. Like a story 'round the campfire, LOLA packs equal parts suspense and folk tale, with plenty of ghosts, monsters, and things that go bump in the night. |
Jesse's family has always told stories about his grandmother and her visions of haunted farmhouses, man-eating ogres, and pigs possessed by the devil. For years his grandmother has used those visions to help the people living in her community in the Philippine countryside, but to Jesse the stories are just scary. When his family travels to her home for her funeral, Jesse has no choice but to face the monsters, demons, and ghosts from his grandmother's stories, because he can see them too.
Longtime Oni readers know of J. Torres' penchant for dipping into the past for inspiration, (previous graphic novels include DAYS LIKE THIS, SCANDALOUS, and THE COPYBOOK TALES), as well as his ability to create his own menaces in ALISON DARE, LITTLE MISS ADVENTURES. These elements combine in LOLA to produce a story that is both eerie and genuine.
"LOLA combines family stories about my maternal grandmother and various Filipino folk tales with a little magic realism and good old fashioned campfire storytelling," explained Torres. "I love seeing parts of my childhood illustrated in a comic. It's a lot of fun seeing this mix of fact and fiction blurred on the comic page like this."
|Kitty Pryde, Lockheed, and Secret Wars! - 9/06/2005|
|"Who wouldn't want a pet dragon?!", beams X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE - SHADOW & FLAME scribe Akira Yoshida. "It's truly an honor to be working with a master storyteller like Paul Smith on this story, especially as he's one of the artists most closely associated with Kitty and Lockheed. Seeing him breathe life into my scripts is a high I will never come down from!"|
In X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE - SHADOW & FLAME, a deadly mystery draws Kitty Pryde and Lockheed (everybody's favorite purple dragon) from the Astonishing X-Men to the shores of Japan...but ninjas and dragons will be the least of their worries!
Featuring art by legendary X-Men artist Paul Smith, the series is written by Akira Yoshida...hot off of the new Age of Apocolypse!
|Alan Davis switches his talents from Uncanny X-Men to Fantastic Four - 26/05/2005|
|The Marvel universe is his playground! Artist Alan Davis switches gears & brings his uncanny talents to a fantastic four limited series.|
There's good news and there's bad news: the bad news is that super-star artist Alan Davis is leaving UNCANNY X-MEN...the good news is that he's sealing the fates of the Fantastic Four instead!
Heading into a new, shiny future means leaving the group of heroes Davis has enjoyed working with so thoroughly, fan-favorites The X-Men. Alas, the artist puts his patented bright face on the whys and wherefores of the move. "I was playing Scrabble with my Uncle Xander when his pet hamster leapt onto the board and kicked the tiles around. It was weird . . . the letters were rearranged and spelt out 'UNC X QUIT NOW'. Well, Uncle Xander's pretty self-centered so thought the hamster intended the message for him but I knew it was for me... And you just can't ignore that kind of advice from a literate hamster."
|The Uncanny X-Men are a bunch of babies - 25/05/2005|
|Everbody's favorite inter-dimensional tub of mayhem has returned to the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN -- that's right, heeeeeere's Mojo -- and he wastes no time doing what he does best: turning the X-Men into screaming brats!|
To celebrate the UNCANNY troop's return to the infantile in UNCANNY X-MEN #461, Marvel Comics is producing a special 1-for-15 "X-Babies" Variant Cover -- as illustrated by superstar penciler Adam Kubert...
...and hey, the regular edition cover is ridiculously good as well, as rendered by SHANNA artist Frank Cho; his gift for drawing, er, curves, is greatly utilized...in his take on Mr. Mojo's portly pot belly!
Retailers may order one copy of the Kubert Variant Cover for every 15 copies ordered of the regular Cho edition. Both covers are scheduled to arrive in stores on June 15, and carry a Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) date of Thursday, May 26. The issue is written by Chris Claremont with interior pencils by Tom Raney.
|Madman releases Saiyuki on DVD - 24/05/2005|
|Revisit the classic 'Monkey-Magic' legend remixed in this magical action series. Madman releases Saiyuki on DVD.|
There was a time when demons and man lived together in harmony... until a band of rogue demonic forces sought to resurrect a diabolical monster. Dark spiritual energy began to cover the land and the demons decided that mankind was no longer friend, but food. Now it's up to a renegade priest, a monkey king, a lecherous water sprite and a sympathetic demon to stop the resurrection and return harmony to the dangerous land!
Directed by Hayato Date (NARUTO) and produced by TV Tokyo (NOIR), Dentsu and Studio Pierrot (FUSHIGI YUGI), SAIYUKI tells the time-proven story of a band of eccentric travellers bound for adventure in a land of magic and menace. The first of twelve volumes of SAIYUKI is available to add to your collection now.
|Madman Releases Please Twins! on DVD - 23/05/2005|
|Boy meets girl meets girl?! |
Madman releases Please Twins! on DVD.
Maiku grew up in an orphanage with only a childhood picture of himself and who he believes to be his twin sister. He finds the house in the photo and moves in, thinking he has finally found his home. Then one day, Miina and Karen show up on his doorstep, both claiming to be his sister.
Since there are only two kids in the picture, one of the girls must be a stranger - but how will Maiku figure out which one is telling the truth? And that's not the end of his problems. Will he be able to keep his mind on school and his programming job with two pretty girls living under the same roof with him?
The smash hit follow up series to PLEASE TEACHER! PLEASE TWINS! brings back the same brilliant production team that worked on the original series to do it all again in this bizarre comedy with a twist. This is the first of four volumes in the series - and a must in every fan's collection!
|Madman Releases Lady Death: The Motion Picture on DVD - 19/05/2005|
|Only in death does she find the will to live...|
A powerful story of innocence lost, savage betrayal and glorious rebirth, LADY DEATH begins in 15th Century Sweden. Hope, the beautiful daughter of a skilled mercenary (who is in actuality Lucifer), is accused of being the devil's consort following a hellish incident witnessed by local villagers.
During her trial by fire Lucifer visits his daughter. Unable to think clearly, she accepts her father's offer of life in Hell over a hideously painful death, the pact taking a diabolical twist as she discovers her true origins. Together with her trusted companions she is transformed into the powerful warrior Lady Death - and challenges the Lord of Lies for control of Hell itself.
The first animated feature produced by ADV Films' original content division. Lady Death has already won the acclaim of many fans by topping the best sellers list on Amazon.com.
Working closely with the creator of the LADY DEATH comics, Brian Pulido, first time director and conceptual designer Andrew Orjuela was joined by renowned writer Carl Macek (ROBOTECH , VAMPIRE HUNTER D). Together the three craft a unique vision of epic scope, now yours to own on DVD!
|Two Generations Unite For Last Hero Standing - 19/05/2005|
|June 8th is the street date for the second issue of LAST HERO STANDING -- a weekly five-part event that unites two generations of Marvel heroes!|
Says penciler Pat Olliffe's, "The huge scale of Last Hero Standing has been the thing I've really enjoyed, and I know it'll be what the readers are going to enjoy as well. Getting the chance to draw all of these characters has been a blast!"
Tom DeFalco couldn't be more thrilled to pen the series, "After writing Spider-Girl for over seven years, it is a rare pleasure to visit some of my old friends in the real Marvel Universe like Captain America, Hawkeye, the Watcher, Vision and the Scarlet Witch. I grew up with these characters and they all helped to define the word 'Hero' for me. While Last Hero Standing is a stand-alone and accessible Hoo-Ha action story, I hope it will also remind old readers why they first fell in love with Marvel Comics and also start the love affair with some new readers."
With LAST HERO STANDING, the great heroes of the Marvel Universe are vanishing without a trace -- what has happened to Spider-Man, The Thing, Captain America, and the rest of the MU's heavy hitters? Spider-Girl and the Fantastic Five must join forces with today's superstars to uncover the answer...and the trail leads to a major Avengers villain! Does the presence of the Watcher signify the end of this age of heroes?
|Legendary Neal Adams on Giant Size X-Men #3 - 19/05/2005|
|One of the most revered and influential artists in the history of sequential art once again illustrates for Marvel -- the one and only Neal Adams!|
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of 1975ís Giant-Size X-Men #1 and #2 comes GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #3 -- a colossal collection of the X-Menís greatest team-ups, featuring the X-Men tangling with the FF in FANTASTIC FOUR #28 (July 1964), the Mighty Avengers guest-starring in X-MEN #9 (January 1964) and along comes a Spider-Man in X-MEN #35 (August 1967)!
PLUS a brand-new untold tale of the All-New, All-Different X-Men written by ASTONISHING X-MEN scribe Joss Whedon teaming with the legend, NEAL ADAMS!
|Marvel Taps Jonathan Lethem to Pen new Omega the Unknown Series - 17/05/2005|
|Omega the Unknown, the enigmatic super hero first introduced by Marvel Comics in the 1970s, will be re-introduced early next year in an updated series written by Jonathan Lethem, the critically praised author best known for his novels "The Fortress of Solitude" and "Motherless Brooklyn," which won a National Book Critics Circle Award.|
The series will mark Jonathan Lethem's first comic book writing effort. The initial storyline will center on a teenage prodigy from Washington Heights, and his relationship with Omega, a mysterious and silent Super Hero from another world. The 10-issue series will launch in early 2006.
Lethem is working with artist Farel Dalrymple and colorist Paul Hornschemeier on the series.
"I'm an enormous fan of Jonathan's writing, especially his rich and emotional portrayal of Brooklyn," said Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. "While Omega the Unknown was a relatively obscure series from the 70s, Jonathan remembers it vividly from his youth, and I know that his new exploration of this hero will delight traditional comic fans and definitely appeal to a whole new audience of fans drawn to his imaginative and powerful storytelling."
Jonathan Lethem commented, "Omega the Unknown is a great character -- a kind of archetypal super hero who's also a blank slate. The original story had an uncanny power over my imagination, and seemed potentially to have the intrigue and complexity of a great novel. I've always been drawn to comics as a medium and this chance to work with Marvel -- and to revive this character and bring his story to fulfillment -- is a kind of a dream-come-true for me."
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