|Fly Into an Endless Odyssey - 10/02/2005|
|Madman releases Captain Herlock on DVD.|
Tadashi enjoyed living like a punk on the Planet of Wastes, until the day he came home to find his father dead and four possessed corpses standing over his body. As they attack Tadashi, the fearless Captain Herlock, one of the last Space Pirates, saves Tadashi's life. Seizing the opportunity to avenge his father, Tadashi joins the crew of the space battleship Arcadia as it pursues their strange enemy in an attempt to rescue the promised land - Earth!
Based on the comic "Space Pirate Captain Herlock" by Leiji Matsumoto, creator of DAFT PUNK'S INTERSTELLA 5555 with character designs by Nobuteru Yuuki (GENESHAFT, HEAT GUY J, ESCAFLOWNE) and script by Sadayuki Murai (PERFECT BLUE, MILLENIUM ACTRESS) this is the first of four volumes of CAPTAIN HERLOCK on DVD.
Visit the Captain Herlock website at http://www.madman.com.au/captainherlock/.
|Ultra-Stylish Sci-Fi Hits the Shelves - 9/02/2005|
|There's a sinister conspiracy brewing in a dazzling, futuristic world. and it could get ugly.|
PARASITE DOLLS is an OVA series that boasts stylish, near-future, techno-noir urban settings reminiscent of BLADERUNNER and GHOST IN THE SHELL. Like these cinematic masterpieces, PARASITE DOLLS deals intelligently with the themes of human-like androids that develop intelligence, personalities and possibly souls of their own, and raises the complex moral/ethical dilemmas that result from their interaction in the real world.
Beauty is only skin deep, but when you can't see beneath the skin, how can you know what you're really dealing with? In a world where perfect androids called Boomers have infiltrated every aspect of society, it's the job of Branch to maintain peace between the people and the plastic. Unfortunately, not all Boomers are perfect, and when Boomers go bad, people die. The thin blue line that separates man from machine is about to disappear in PARASITE DOLLS.
Directed by Kazuto Nakazawa (BUBBLEGUM CRISIS, FINAL FANTASY UNLIMITED) and Naoyuki Yoshinaga the Madman PARASITE DOLLS DVD contains all three episodes of the Original Video Animation (OVA).
|Marvel Returns to the Age of Apocalypse - 9/02/2005|
|Fans and retailers prepare for the second coming of the Apocalypse! Marvel celebrates the 10th anniversary of the legendary AGE OF APOCALYPSE epic in March, with the first of four trade paperback collections, a brand new one-shot, and limited series.|
Says Marvel's Director of Sales David Gabriel, "One of the things we are most proud of here, is our 'open door' relationship with the retailers and the fans. We listen...and let me tell you, day after day, there is no other story that we are asked to revisit more than AGE OF APOCALYPSE. Both for new material, and collecting the classic stuff. Currently the orders for X-MEN: THE COMPLETE AGE OF APOCALYPSE EPIC BOOK 1 TPB are phenomenal, unheard of for a classic trade, tracking right up there with Ultimate X-Men trade numbers...and this is only the first volume!"
|Madman Releases El Hazard Collection on DVD - 9/02/2005|
|Strap yourself in for an adventure of epic proportions! Our heroes are about to find themselves in an enchanted fantasy world. EL HAZARD is an irresistible story filled with laughs, romance and the battle between good and evil. This series will delight and entertain everyone.|
The discovery of ancient ruins beneath a high school becomes the adventure of a lifetime when Makoto Mizuhara along with his friends and Jinnai, his worst enemy, are transported to the magical world of El Hazard. Once there, each of them must master strange new powers and even stranger surroundings. Beautiful women, insane rivalries and man-sized bugs are everyday features in this new world that promises adventure and excitement. The safety of El Hazard is threatened when power-hungry Jinnai tries to take control of an ultimate weapon. Makoto must put a stop to Jinnai's diabolical plans as well as find a way for everyone to return to their home world.
Directed by Hiroki Hayashi (TENCHI MUYO!, BUBBLEGUM CRISIS) with animation by AIC (AH! MY GODDESS, BLUE GENDER, PARASITE DOLLS) EL HAZARD is one fans have been waiting for. Madman Entertainment's EL HAZARD OVA COLLECTION contains the entire series on 3 DVDs.
|Ed Brubaker Goes Exclusive with Marvel Comics - 9/02/2005|
|Ed Brubaker and Marvel Comics are proud to announce that they have inked a deal for the fan-favorite comics scribe to write exclusively for the House of Ideas.|
"After years and years on exclusive at the competition, I wasn't planning to be anything but freelance for a long time," reports Brubaker. "But Joe and Dan simply made me an offer that was too good to refuse." The agreement between the writer and Marvel is of a very special sort, one that Brubaker seems highly pleased with. "It offers me the chance to work on characters I've loved since childhood, as well as unprecedented freedom to finish all my prior commitments and to do creator-owned work, either at Marvel or elsewhere." Brubaker is currently penning his debut series with Marvel, CAPTAIN AMERICA.
|First Appearance of Powerful New Nemesis in Araña #2 - 6/02/2005|
|Marvel Next ongoing series ARAÑA: THE HEART OF THE SPIDER is kicking into overdrive, with the hero’s life taking a rollercoaster turn starting with issue #2.|
A scrappy teen by day, and Hunter for a mystical society by night, Araña must fight ancient enemies disturbing the peace of the world...and that threat’s about to hit way too close to home when she faces a dangerous new super villain in the last place she’d expect: High-School!
The first breakout super-villain in her expanding rogues’ gallery, Amun is an assassin with a dark goth edge and mysterious powers endowed by the Egyptian Gods...but he’s also the new transfer student in school. How do you keep your identity secret, when the boy trying to kill you sits next to you in History?! Will they face off at night in a no-holds barred magical smack-down, or during dodgeball in Gym class?
Araña’s presence in the Marvel Universe will be expanding in the months to come. She’ll be receiving some help in the near future from a certain friendly neighborhood web-slinger, and fans should also keep an eye on NEW AVENGERS and SPIDER-GIRL for some special Araña appearances. Her own monthly ongoing series is written by Fiona Avery (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), and penciled by Roger Cruz (UNCANNY X-MEN, GENERATION X).
Introduced in the pages of AMAZING FANTASY, high-school student Anya Corazon gained extraordinary spider-like powers...becoming Araña, the Hunter for an ancient society, and Marvel’s newest female hero.
|A Bag of Anteaters from SLG - 5/02/2005|
|Best friends Dave and David think that the pre-Christmas party they're going to on the beach will be a life-altering experience, the kind of thing that will usher them out of childhood and into adulthood. But expectations are made to be dashed, especially when you're a suburban teenager, and a bag of toy anteaters that Dave brings to the party triggers events that prove that the two friends are not quite ready to grow up.|
Ian Carney (Sugar Buzz!, Where's It At, Sugar Kat?) and Jonathan Edwards (Aunt Connie and the Plague of Beards, Tank Girl) create a spot-on depiction of adolescence and life in suburban England in A Bag of Anteaters, a new one-shot from SLG Publishing. "People have asked me if A Bag of Anteaters is autobiographical," said Carney. "No, it's not -- it's a work of fiction, though everything in it has happened to me, including buying a bag of toy anteaters in lieu of Christmas cards."
Edwards's art matches the authentic feel of Carney's story, bringing its setting and mood to life. "It looks beautiful," said Andi Watson, creator of the comic series Skeleton Key, Slow News Day and Love Fights, "capturing the look and feel of suburban England in the details of clothing and backgrounds. On top of that, Ian's story has the absolute ring of truth to it."
A Bag of Anteaters is a 32-page black-and-white one-shot, priced at $3.95 US. It will be in comic book stores on February 16. A preview is available at SLG Publishing's website, www.slavelabor.com.
|Phoenix Endsong Sells Out Again - Limited Edition Variant Cover of #2 on the Way - 5/02/2005|
|Marvel Comics announces that PHOENIX-ENDSONG #2 has completely sold out from Diamond Comics and that backorders once again are mounting, at the same blistering pace as issue #1...and just like that first issue, #2 will return to store shelves in the form of a new Limited Edition Variant.|
Says Marvel’s Director of Sales, David Gabriel, "This is one of those series where the story is so compelling, and the illustrations so stunning, that we couldn’t wait for the retailers and fans to see the book. Now that it’s gotten out there and blowing out of stores, it’s confirmed what we've always known internally: we had a phenomenal piece of art on our hands. Prepping variant printings of issue #1, and now issue #2, was an incredibly easy decision."
|NYX to be completed after long hiatus - 5/02/2005|
|NYX, the popular mutant series from Marvel Comics, will finally be completed after an extended break in publication. Fans hungry for new issues of the title have only to wait until July of 2005 for issue #6 and August for #7.|
Reviews for the first several issues of NYX have been decidedly positive. Comic Buyer's Guide has said that Marvel has "a solid hit on its hands" and that "character development is the key" to its success. SilverBulletComicBooks.com notes that "every character sounded real" and also that NYX is "a good story about realistic teens".
NYX details life on the streets of the Big Apple through the eyes of a band of teenagers. These are not your average teens though, but kids with some very special abilities and, yes, some regrettably all-too-common problems. NYX's violence and pathos is portrayed in a frank, street-level manner, with a dash of mutant mayhem adding to the local color. It also introduced its first breakout character in the form of X-23, the mutant clone of the X-Men's Wolverine. X-23 has gone on to be featured prominently in the sold-out Uncanny X-Men #450-#451 and in her own miniseries, which is also selling out.
Series scribe Joe Quesada, also Marvel's high-flying Editor-in-Chief, is more than proud of the book and its ability to induce passionate talk on Internet message boards. "Like my art, writing has become near and dear to me," says Quesada. "That makes it very sad for me when circumstances pile up and cause delays in getting the stories out. I take full responsibility and hope fans will still be excited to get new issues." Quesada says he has closely monitored the reviews of the initial issues. "The kick I get from feedback on the book is indescribable. My challenge on NYX is to take Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's basic concept, teens with mutant powers, and present it with today's sensibilities and in a realistic locale. If readers see something of themselves in Kiden & Tatiana and feel that it's a New York that breathes real life, then I feel like I've done my job." he adds. "The characters in this book have come to life for me, and I hope for the fans, too."
|Paranoia Agent on DVD - 5/02/2005|
|For Anime that's dark, unnerving and absolutely gripping, you can't go past Paranoia Agent, the latest chiller series from master director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers). |
A series of violent assaults on five innocent people leads police to the same description of a young attacker with a crooked baseball bat and golden in-line skates. Nicknamed "Shonen Bat", the boy targets victims who are dealing with troubling issues or are close to the point of a nervous breakdown. His first victim is a high-profile anime character designer, Tsukiko Sagi. The soft-spoken young woman comes out of the attack with a bashed leg, cuts and bruises, but is otherwise all right. It is her description of her assailant, though, that sends ripples through the very fabric of society. What kid could perpetrate such brutal attacks? And why?
More importantly, detectives assigned to the case must work out if this kid is real or a sinister phantom… in the face of a mounting media frenzy.
As he did in PERFECT BLUE, director Satoshi Kon (TOKYO GODFATHERS, MILLENIUM ACTRESS) deliberately blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy. The result is a truly unsettling psychological chiller that will keep you guessing as each episode unfolds.
With a dark gripping story, stunning visuals and a chillingly atmospheric soundtrack, PARANOIA AGENT unravels the psyche of its characters as the investigation into Shonen Bat deepens.
Directed by Satoshi Kon (PERFECT BLUE, TOKYO GODFATHERS, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS). Scripts by Seishi Minakami (BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM). Animation by Madhouse (GUNGRAVE, VAMPIRE HUNTER D). ENTER L’IL SLUGGER is Volume 1 this four volumes series. Collect them all on DVD.
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