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DC Entertainment Executive Team Announced

Today DC Entertainment announced the new Executive Team and it looks like a really solid one. making Geoff Johns the Chief Creative Officer is a no-brainer and bodes well for the comics line as a whole as does making Dan and Jim Co-Publishers. What is particularly cool is that Geoff Johns will, presumably, also creatively direct all DC Entertainment endeavors and not just the comic book line. I think this entire team speaks to the commitment to the high quality and creatively interesting media we should see in the future from DCE. Looking forward to see what they do next! Stay tuned to Pop Culture Zoo as we will mine for more information at Emerald City ComiCon!

Jim Lee and Dan DiDio Named Co-Publishers DC Comics

Geoff Johns to Serve as Chief Creative Officer

John Rood Named EVP, Sales, Marketing and Business Development
Patrick Caldon Named EVP, Finance and Administration

DC Entertainment, founded in September 2009 to unleash the power of the DC Comics library of characters across all media platforms, has named its executive management team, including new co-publishers of DC Comics and a Chief Creative Officer, as well as heads of Sales/Marketing/Business Development and Finance/Administration. Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, made the announcement today.

The new senior executive team includes Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, who have been named Co-Publishers of DC Comics, and Geoff Johns, who will serve as Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Additionally, John Rood has been named Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development, and Patrick Caldon will serve as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration. Each of these executives will report directly to Nelson.

“DC Entertainment’s new executive team is a creative ‘dream team,’ with accomplishments and talent unrivaled in the business,” said Nelson. “This announcement continues and underscores DC’s legacy as the ultimate destination for creators. We’ll benefit enormously from the deep experience this team represents, while re-energizing the direction and focus of the company. I’m excited and honored to have each of them with me at the helm of DC Entertainment.”

“With this new leadership team, Diane will be able to fully and respectfully integrate DC’s brand and characters, not only as key content drivers in the film division, but across all of the businesses of Warner Bros. and Time Warner,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “I am very proud and excited about the accomplished executives who are charged with expanding this powerful library. They each have a diverse and complementary skill-set and are deeply committed to contributing to the DC Comics legacy.”

Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including “All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder,” “Batman: Hush” and “Superman: For Tomorrow.” He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the upcoming DC Universe Online massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment.

Lee is an award-winning comic book illustrator/creator/publisher who started his professional career at Marvel Comics where his work on the X-Men continues to hold the all-time sales record for single issue sales at eight million copies sold in one month. At Marvel, he also drew the Punisher and co-created many characters, the most popular being Gambit, featured in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” feature film. In 1992, he started his own production company, WildStorm Productions, and co-founded Image Comics, an independent comics company which quickly grew to become the number-three North American comics publisher. His most notable creations, “WildCats” and “Gen 13,” saw life beyond comic books as a CBS Saturday morning cartoon and as a direct-to-video animated movie distributed by Disney, respectively. In 1998, he left Image Comics and sold WildStorm to DC Comics.

DiDio most recently served as Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, DC Universe, overseeing the editorial department for the DC Universe imprint, including the ongoing adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and scores of heroes and villains. He also worked to develop new titles with the industry’s premier writers and artists. At DC Comics, DiDio has spearheaded such bestselling projects as “All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder,” “Identity Crisis,” Green Lantern, Teen Titans and The Outsiders.

Before joining DC in 2002, DiDio was with Mainframe Entertainment, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, overseeing the development, distribution, marketing and promotion of all Mainframe’s television properties. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of Children’s Programming for ABC, where he was also a publicity manager, having started his television career at CBS, working in a variety of positions.
Johns builds on his current role at DC from being one of today’s most prolific, popular and award-winning contemporary comic book writers with this new executive role. He is a New York Times bestselling author who has written highly acclaimed stories revitalizing Green Lantern, Superman, the Flash, Teen Titans, and the Justice Society of America for DC Comics.

Johns began his comics career creating and writing “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.” for DC Comics while at the same time working with film director Richard Donner. After acclaimed runs on Flash, Teen Titans and the bestselling “Infinite Crisis” mini-series, Johns co-wrote a run on Action Comics with his mentor, Donner. Johns has also written and produced for various other media, including the acclaimed “Legion” and “Absolute Justice” episodes of Warner Bros. Television’s “Smallville” and Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and “Titan Maximum.” He also wrote the story of the DC Universe Online massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment.

Rood returns to Warner Bros. after 10 years with the Disney ABC Television Group, where he most recently was Senior Vice President of Marketing, ABC Family. While at ABC, he also consulted for ABC News during the recent transitions at “Good Morning America” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Prior to Disney, Rood worked for six years at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, negotiating promotional deals with national advertisers using Warner Bros.’ properties, including the DC Comics characters. He has also worked in promotions for Equity Marketing on the Burger King account and in advertising for Leo Burnett on the McDonald’s and Miller Brewing accounts.

Caldon most recently served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations of DC Comics and MAD Magazine. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, and his other posts at DC include Vice President, Finance and Operations, and Controller, the position in which he joined the company in 1985. Prior to joining DC Comics, Caldon spent a decade at Warner Communications in corporate accounting and as Senior Vice President and CFO of the Cosmos soccer team (owned by Warner Communications at the time).
DC Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, is charged with strategically integrating the DC Comics business, brand and characters deeply into Warner Bros. and all its content and distribution businesses. DC Entertainment utilizes the expertise the Studio has in building and sustaining franchises to prioritize the DC properties as key titles and growth drivers across all of the Studio, including feature films, television, interactive entertainment, direct-to-consumer platforms and consumer products. The DC Comics publishing business is the cornerstone of DC Entertainment, releasing approximately 90 comic books through its various imprints and 30 graphic novels a month as well as continuing to build on its creative leadership in the comic book industry.

Jim Lee Brings The ‘X-Men’ To Your Door

Announce to your neighbors, friends and visitors how much you love The X-Men while showing off some seriously amazing Jim Lee art with this remastered door poster from Marvel Comics. Below is the order information so you can get your local shop to order it for you from Diamond. There’s also a look at the poster, but a JPG file does not do it justice, you really want the full size version for your door! Don’t forget to also pick up X-Men Forever Alpha #1, on sale now, and go ahead and add X-Men Forever to your pull list. Next, start pestering Marvel to get Jim Lee on the art for an X-Men book full-time. He’d be a great match up for Matt Fraction’s stories in Uncanny X-Men





Dark Horse Comics November Solicitations

Thanks to Dark Horse Comics for sending along their full list of November books.

Our first impressions?

Jeph Loeb joining the Buffy-verse will either be brilliant or tremendously confusing.  Rick Remender’s End League looks to be continuing its brilliance with the addition of the new art team of Canete & Baker.  Gigantic sounds amazing with it’s brilliant premise promisng “A robot Truman Show.”  The return of The Umbrella Academy should be interesting, especially with the promise of a Jim Lee varaint cover.

Read on for all the info.  Preview images to follow shortly!

Bryan Talbot (W/A)
Available now
b&w, 216 pages
TPB, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

Across a multitude of parallel universes, dark forces operate in the shadows, manipulating mankind’s histories throughout countless timelines. The agents of these Disruptors all work with a single purpose—the recovery and activation of Foxfire, a long-hidden doomsday device whose unspeakable power is capable of consuming the galaxy in all its incarnations. Standing in the way of the Disruptors is Luther Arkwright, a human anomaly who exists only in a single universe, a man of vast psychic powers, capable of traveling between the parallel realities to counter the Disruptor’s malign influence. But the Disruptors are aware of Arkwright and his abilities, and while Arkwright searches the myriad Earths for the location of Foxfire, the agents of darkness race to destroy Arkwright . . . and to ensure their unthinkable ends.

• In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the first publication of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, this new edition features entirely new scans from the original artwork that restore much of the lost detail from previous editions. Arkwright has never looked better.

Kentaro Miura (W/A)
On sale Jan 28
B&w, 216 pages
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Now equipped with the mystical Berserker Armor, Guts fights on against the dragon-form of Grunbeld and his legion of fanatic apostle soldiers. But the very armor that holds Guts together¬—in a nightmarishly literal sense—might be the last straw that tears his tortured mind apart. While Guts struggles to hold his own against his inner demons, monsters of a very different sort rally in Windham as the Kushan Emperor, Ganishka, and the newly reborn Griffith rally their forces in a head-to-head struggle for control of all of Midland. But when the dust finally settles, there may be little left of the kingdom to claim!

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

“Berserk is as shocking and unique as ever this far into the series. There are few titles out there that can sustain the level of intensity and relevance as this.” – AnimeOnDVD.com

B.P.R.D.: THE WARNING #5 (of 5)
Mike Mignola (W/Cover), John Arcudi (W), Guy Davis (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Kevin Nowlan (Cover Inks)
On sale Nov 12
FC, 32 pages

Abe, Johann, and Kate discover that their old enemies have joined forces, threatening to shake the very foundations of the world. Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Guy Davis, this is the explosive ending to B.P.R.D.: The Warning.

• Kevin Nowlan joins Mignola on cover duties.
• Dave Stewart won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Coloring.

Jeph Loeb (W), Eric Wight (P), Georges Jeanty (P/Cover), Andy Owens (I), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jo Chen (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 40 pages

Acclaimed comic-book writer Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) was set to executive produce, alongside Joss Whedon and animator Eric Wight, the proposed Buffy animated TV series. While Buffy fans won’t be viewing that show anytime soon, Loeb, Wight, and Whedon offer the next best thing—a comic inspired by the animated series! Jeph Loeb and Eric Wight take the reins on Buffy Season Eight with this very special one-shot joining series artist Georges Jeanty, in a twisted tale picking up from the time-traveling Buffy/Fray crossover.

• 2008 Eisner Award winner—Best New Series.
• Executive produced by series creator Joss Whedon.

Kim Sung-Jae (W) and Kim Byung-Jin (A)
On sale Jan 28
b&w, 184 pages
TPB, 5 1/8″ x 7 3/8″

Betrayed by his brother Woolpaso when he was just an infant, Chunchu lives a cursed life as a bloodthirsty fiend. Tracked by bounty hunters, thugs, and his own comrades, Chunchu’s journey is a difficult one at best, one driven by revenge and powered by the demon stone imbedded in his chest. After a bloody confrontation with a mysterious sword master, Chunchu has diminished his friend count and has made some new enemies. Meanwhile, Wollpaso’s forces begin to unfold a new plot to take control of the land and vanquish their enemy’s clan.

• Chunchu: the Genocide Fiend is another promising title from Dark Horse’s manhwa line. Full of swordplay, mystery, and dynamic, foxy characters—it’a fantastic choice for readers of dark fantasy, such as Berserk.

THE CLEANERS #1 (of 4)
Mark Wheaton (W), Joshua Hale Fialkov (W), Rahsan Ekedahl (A), and John Graef (C)
On sale Nov 12
FC, 32 pages

In the dark tradition of Los Angeles noir, The Cleaners is a terrifying new mystery series about a ragtag team of for-hire trauma-scene cleaners led by ex-surgeon Robert Bellarmine. Contracted with sanitizing some of the nastiest crime and accident scenes in the tri-county L.A. basin, the team battles against what could only be described as the grim, unknowable face of the supernatural. But by focusing on the scientific explanation, no matter how aberrant or extraordinary, they counteract centuries-old superstition to prove things are seldom what they seem . . .

In this miniseries, the cleaners crew takes on a series of gruesome tasks starting with a bloodbath that covers an entire neighborhood. This investigation leads them toward uncovering a disturbing mystery involving missing children, which dates back longer than the history of the city itself.

• Josh Fialkov is the writer behind the hit indie sensations Punks the Comic and Elk’s Run, as well as highly acclaimed runs on Friday the 13th, Vampirella, and more!

Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Frank Cho (Cover)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 40 pages

A child that Conan’s grandfather saved from death many years ago—now an old man—seeks to return the favor, but can he get to Conan and Caollan before Horsa’s warriors capture their Cimmerian prey? And what good is an old man against Aesir soldiers and the vicious witch Olva? Thorgeir the Berserker gets his second round with Conan, and Caollan shows just how tough and wily a Cimmerian woman can be in battle—even when outnumbered. Richard Corben contributes stunning flashback scenes featuring Connacht, Conan’s grandfather. In this issue, Corben brings us to a dark, seemingly hopeless time in the older Cimmerian’s life, when he was betrayed and enslaved.

Rick Remender (W), Eric Canete (A), and Naomi Baker (C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages

Black, Soldier American, and Arachnakid, the last remaining heroes on earth, are trapped between the armies of three villainous masterminds and their war for control of the planet. With the hammer of Thor finally within their grasp, one hero will obtain it, one will be proven unworthy, and another will turn against the team! Fan favorites Rick Remender and Eric Canete bring you the earth-shattering finale to the second arc, where everything is flipped upside down, giving birth to a new status quo for our small band of surviving heroes!

FEAR AGENT #27: I AGAINST I part 6 (of 6)
Rick Remender (W), Tony Moore (A/Cover), and Lee Loughridge(C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages

A cold day finds Heath Huston face to face with the last man he ever thought he’d see again. When the dust settles on planet Westx, Heath learns that his life is a lie and everyone in it a conspirator. Nothing will ever be the same. The nature of the universe and Heath Huston’s role in it is all revealed in this, the blood soaked conclusion to the “I Against I” storyline.

“Rick Remender and Tony Moore are leading the way in what I believe will be the next generation of superstar creators.” —Ron Richards, ifanboy

Saki Okuse (W) and Sankichi Meguro (A)
On sale Jan 14
b&w, 216 pages
TPB, 5″ x 7″

After a young lesbian mysteriously dies her spirit begins to haunt her lover. Who do you call when the ghost of your ex-lover keeps terrorizing you? Saiki Misaki, the albino dominatrix necromancer, of course! The highly sexualized and eerily suspenseful tale of Ghost Talker’s Daydream hits a provocative high point. Follow Saiki as she uses her powers to solve another nail-biting mystery filled with terrifying twists.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

GIGANTIC #1 (of 5)
Rick Remender (W), Eric Nguyen (P/Cover), and John Rauch (C)
On sale Nov 5
FC, 32 pages

It was a beautiful spring day in downtown San Francisco before a gigantic armored alien appeared from out of nowhere and began smashing things all to hell! Who is this invader? Why is he being attacked by strange alien beings? And why is he so GIGANTIC? A twist on The Truman Show, Gigantic focuses on a brainwashed, alien superhero deposited on Earth to be the spotlight of an intrusive, around-the-clock television program being filmed without his knowledge.

Critically acclaimed writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent, The End League) teams up with groundbreaking artist Eric Nguyen (X-Men, Sandman) in the merging of big, visually exciting art with a story examining America’s consumer-based culture. Sci-fi thrills and superhero action from the one and only Rick Remender!

On sale Feb 11
6″ tall, numbered, limited edition, with a certificate of authenticity signed by Steve Kiwus

Through a special licensing arrangement with Paramount, Dark Horse Deluxe is bringing forward a fantastically realistic sculptural treatment of the Godfather. Own a highly collectible piece of the film.

Eric Powell (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 32 pages

The war with Labrazio is reaching its boiling point as Franky faces his greatest moral dilemma. And it has nothing to do with his pants! Writer/artist Eric Powell teams with acclaimed colorist Dave Stewart for another nail-biting adventure of The Goon!

• 2008 Eisner Award winner for Best Painter and Best Writer/Artist (Humor).

KULL #1 (of 6)
Arvid Nelson (W), Will Conrad (P), José Villarrubia (C), Andy Brase (Cover), and Joe Kubert (Cover)
On sale Nov 5
FC, 32 pages

More comfortable with a sword than a scepter, Kull has recently crowned himself king and seeks to unite the once-proud and powerful land of Valusia. Only Count Areyas stands between Kull and a reunified kingdom—and the obstinate Count waits patiently in his Iron Fortress, the land’s oldest and most formidable castle. Horrors lurk in the shadows of Kull’s newly won throne, and slithering foes stalk his every move. Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) scripts this series, which will adapt Robert E. Howard’s story “The Shadow Kingdom,” with art by Will Conrad (Serenity) and José Villarrubia (Conan).

Joe Kubert (Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace) delivers a special Kull #1 cover, which—along with his Conan the Cimmerian #1 and Solomon Kane #1 covers—marks the first time Kubert’s visions of these Robert E. Howard heroes have seen print. Renowned fantasy artist Andy Brase provides regular series covers to this bracing, bloody fantasy series.

Eiji Otsuka (W), Housui Yamazaki (A), and Bunpei Yorifuji (Cover)
On sale Jan 7
b&w, 208 pages
TPB, 5″ x 7″

Shigo kekkon—marrying the dead! It’s a quaint old country custom in Japan that’s becoming the next big fad in Tokyo . . . and that makes it the business of the Corpse Delivery Service! And meanwhile back on campus, since they’re technically a college club, the kids from Kurosagi host a membership drive during the school festival! But you’ve got to like corpses, you know.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

Available now
FC, 32 pages

Bruce Campbell . . . Man. Hero. Legend. There isn’t a challenge that Bruce can’t face and conquer. Which is why he was kidnapped and brought to the town of Gold Lick to help defeat a Chinese demon by the name of Guan-Di. Unfortunately, Bruce doesn’t know that he’s not in just another monster movie—Guan-Di is REAL! Now Bruce Campbell is in for the fight of his life!

Don’t miss out on this one-shot companion to the smash-hit indie film My Name Is Bruce, starring the one and only BRUCE CAMPBELL!

Mike Baron (W), Steve Rude (P/Cover), and Paul Smith (P)
On sale Jan 7
FC, 216 pages
HC, 7″ x 10″

The landmark Nexus/Badger crossover concludes!

Horatio, Judah, and the Badger have survived their reentry of the Bowl-Shaped World. As they head from outer rim to inner city, the threat that prompted this journey worsens: the Gravity Well is nearing collapse. The Web’s population is evacuating in a panic, hoping to escape the artificialblack hole. By the time this installment of Baron and Rude’s celebrated sci-fi series comes to a close, the desperate trio will fight a powerful, fusionkasting tyrant in mortal combat, Kreed the Quatro will be sentenced to death for the Mars massacre, and Horatio will hang up the Nexus mantle once and for all!

A multiple Eisner Award–winning series that defined the careers of acclaimed creators Steve Rude and Mike Baron, Nexus is a modern classic not to be missed.

• Collecting issues 47 to 52 of Nexus Vol. Two and issue #1 of the Next Nexus miniseries, wherein we learn what the vengeful Loomis sisters have been up to.

Kazuo Koike (W) and Goseki Kojima (A)
On sale Jan 7
b&w, 304 pages
TPB, 4″ x 6″

Assassins have been cast as the sensual and shadowy villains throughout history, but their exploits have never been so fully realized as they are within the pages of Path of the Assassin. From the most intense sword fight, to a silent poisoning, no job has been too much for the infamous Hattori Hanzo. Now, the stage is set for Tokugawa Ieyasu’s destiny to be fulfilled, and with Hanzo watching his back, can anything stop him from uniting Japan?

For the past fourteen volumes Hanzo’s long walk down the tightrope of political intrigue and human melodrama has been bloody, dramatic, and awe inspiring. Every page filled with the densely researched and poignant delivery you’ve come to expect from the godfathers of samurai manga. Lone Wolf and Cub creators Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, experts of gekiga samurai manga, deliver the penultimate volume of Path of the Assassin.

• Each volume comes shrink-wrapped and carries an 18+ content advisory.

Joe R. Lansdale (W), Nathan Fox (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Jan 21
FC, 112 pages
TPB, 7″ x 10″

Master horror storyteller Joe R. Lansdale throws his scathing wit and wild, otherworldly creations into the mix as he brings Robert E. Howard’s classic tale of dark revenge to the present . . . and into the unwilling lives of the Blassenville mansion heirs, twin sisters Claire and Janet. When Griswell fled the Blassenville estate those many years ago, he couldn’t have imagined the grotesque horrors that would eclipse the ones he saw then—but they’re here, thanks to fiction legend Joe R. Lansdale, dazzling new comic-book artist Nathan Fox (DMZ), and multiple Eisner Award-winning color artist Dave Stewart (Conan, The Umbrella Academy). This fresh take on the classic Pigeons from Hell story delves deeper into the dark mansion’s past while also digging up some fresh, imaginative demons, as Claire and Janet unknowingly bring their friends into an unearthly death trap!

• Collecting the four-issue miniseries.

On sale Feb 11
11.5″ wide x 7.25″ high, numbered, limited-edition, with a certificate of authenticity

As longtime fans and current readers know, Savage Sword of Conan is one of the all-time greatest hits of the sword & sorcery comic book. And when you think of Savage Sword, along with the titular character Conan, you cannot help but recall how he was visually presented by one of the medium’s great artistic practitioners, Mr. John Buscema.

Sculptor Tony Cipriano used Buscema’s visual design of Conan as inspiration and reference, making for one of the finest mini-busts in quite some time.

SOLOMON KANE #3 (of 5)
Scott Allie (W), Mario Guevara (P), Dave Stewart (C), and John Cassaday (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages

With more dead bodies discovered around the fabled Castle of the Devil, the determined Puritan adventurer Solomon Kane and his new ally John Silent look for answers in a pile of ancient bones buried deep in the abbey beneath Baron von Staler’s fortress. The Baroness is missing, and the Baron accuses Solomon Kane. Tempers flare, and blades are drawn—but the real monster remains unseen.

• Expanding upon Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Castle of the Devil” story.

“Solomon Kane is one of the toughest Robert E. Howard heroes to adapt to the comics page, but Scott Allie and Mario Guevara have done a stunning job. Unsettling, moody and eerily beautiful, their Kane is absolutely worthy of his creator.” —Kurt Busiek

John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P), and Michael Atiyeh (C)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 40 pages

At long last, Knights of the Old Republic will conclude Zayne’s long journey as a fugitive Jedi Padawan—but not before an astounding climax that will set a brand-new path for him to follow! Zayne and his former Master, Lucien Draay, will be tempted by the dark side while the Jedi Knights war among themselves and the city-planet Coruscant burns around them. The final showdown!

STAR WARS: LEGACY #30—Vector part 11 (of 12)
John Ostrander (W), Jan Duursema (P), Dan Parsons (I), and Brad Anderson (C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 40 pages

Celeste Morne, a Jedi of the Old Republic, and Cade Skywalker, descendant of the legendary Skywalkers, have joined with a group of Imperial Knights and Cade’s bounty-hunter crew for an assassination attempt on the Sith Emperor, Darth Krayt. But Celeste has been struggling with the spirit of Sith Lord Karness Muur for over 4,000 years—there is no way to determine how much control he maintains over her actions. Can Cade’s plot succeed, or will he find himself at the mercy of another Sith?

Various (W/A)
On sale Jan 14
FC, 448 pages
TPB, 6″ x 9″

Before the name of Skywalker—or Vader—achieved fame across the galaxy, the Jedi Knights had long preserved peace and justice . . . as well as preventing the return of the Sith.

Collected in this newest Star Wars Omnibus are tales leading up to The Phantom Menace. First—previously uncollected and out of print—Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi save a sinking ship in The Aurorient Express and investigate an unexpected death in Last Stand on Ord Mantell. The origins of bounty hunter Aurra Sing are revealed in “Aurra’s Song.” Then, in Jedi Council and Prelude to Rebellion we follow two key Jedi Masters, Mace Windu and Ki-Adi-Mundi as they face new foes that will try the Jedi ways to the very limit. And finally, in Darth Maul, the terrifying Sith apprentice leaves a trail of death in his efforts to keep the secrets of his Master.

John Jackson Miller (W), Mick Harrison (W), Scott Hepburn (P), Douglas Wheatley (P), Dave Ross (P), Joe Pimentel (I), Dan Parsons (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), Dave McCaig (C), and Travis Charest (Cover)
On sale Jan 28
FC, 144 pages
TPB, 7″ x 10″

“Vector,” an event with repercussions for every era and every hero in the Star Wars galaxy begins here!

In Chapter One Knights of the Old Republic Volume Five, a terrible vision reaching far into the future alerts the secret Jedi Covenant to the importance of Taris. They activate operative Celeste Morne. She encounters a monstrous threat, an ancient Sith artifact, an army of Mandalorians, and Zayne Carrick, the Padawan accused of killing his fellow students!

Then, over 4,000 years into the future, Chapter Two of “Vector”—Volume Three of Dark Times—crosses into the period immediately following the events in Revenge of the Sith. The unfortunate misfit crew of the Uhumele is thrown into the path of Darth Vader and the now, ancient Jedi Master, Celeste! Both Sith and smugglers will not leave this meeting without grave consequences . . .

For anyone who never knew where to start with Star Wars comics, “Vector” is the perfect introduction to the entire Star Wars line!

• Collects Knights of the Old Republic #25-28 and Dark Times #11-12.

Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bá (A/Cover), Dave Stewart (C), and Jim Lee (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages

Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá return with a story as American as semiautomatic weapons.

The Umbrella Academy has saved the world, but the house they were raised in is destroyed. One member is bedridden, the side of her head held together with tape; and another has lost her voice, the source of her power. Now that they’ve fulfilled their destiny, does the Umbrella Academy have any future at all?

The Umbrella Academy returns for a second six-issue series—Dallas, where we put the term-hero-to the test.

• Variant cover by Jim Lee!
• 32 pages, no ads!
• The acclaimed series from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá returns!


B.P.R.D.: The Warning #5 • $2.99
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 (Jeanty Alternate cover) • $2.99
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #20 (Chen Regular cover) • $2.99
The Cleaners #1 • $2.99
Conan the Cimmerian #5 • $2.99
The End League #8 • $2.99
Fear Agent #27: I Against I part 6 • $2.99
Gigantic #1 • $3.50
The Goon #30 • $2.99
Kull #1 (Kubert Alternate cover) • $2.99
Kull #1 (Brase Regular cover) • $2.99
My Name is Bruce (one-shot) • $3.50
Solomon Kane #3 • $2.99
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #35—Vindication part 4 • $2.99
Star Wars: Legacy #30—Vector part 11 • $2.99
Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1 (Lee Alternate cover)• $2.99
Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1 (Bá Regular cover) • $2.99

The Adventures of Luther Arkwright 2nd Edition (trade-paperback collection) • $18.95
Berserk Volume 27 (trade-paperback collection) • $13.95
Chunchu: Genocide Fiend Volume 4 (trade-paperback collection) • $10.95
Ghost Talker’s Daydream Volume 3 (trade-paperback collection) • $10.95
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 8 (trade-paperback collection) • $10.95
Nexus Archives Volume 8 (hardcover collection) • $49.95
Path of the Assassin Volume 14: Bad Blood (trade-paperback collection) • $9.95
Pigeons from Hell (trade-paperback collection) • $13.95
Star Wars Omnibus: Rise of the Sith (trade-paperback collection) • $24.95
Star Wars: Vector Volume 1—Chapters 1 & 2 (trade-paperback collection) • $17.95

The Godfather: Vito Corleone Limited-Edition Bust • $59.99
The Savage Sword of Conan Bust #3: Conan • $59.99

SDCC 08: Ryan’s Panel Rundown

Contributing writer Ryan Ingram gives us the skinny on a few of the panels you may have overlooked at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

SPORE w/ Will Wright

The human idea-machine Will Wright made his first Comic-Con appearance to promote SPORE—a game that lets you play as George Lucas, instead of Luke Skywalker, creating everything from your own alien species, to space ships that travel through different galaxies. It’s taking the work he did on SimCity to the next logical level, but still offering something new and completely insane-looking.

There aren’t many people that can make watching videogames and a slideshow engaging, but fast-talking Wright pulled it off in spades. He began telling a convention anecdote of his own; hunting down about a rare 2001: Space Odyssey poster, that he unknowingly bought off one of the film’s actors, who then wanted to sign his pristine poster.

Wright also talked about video games as an art form, and mentioned the current Vancouver art show that features anime, manga, graphic novels and video games. He acted as curator for the video game section, and was surprised to learn that the comic book curators didn’t see video games as an art form, and implied that video games were “bottom of the barrel.” He drew a parallel between the current mainstream perception of video games to books in the 1500’s, which were first seen as satanic time-wasters that killed human interaction.

He also explained how Gilligan’s Island is the predecessor to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.

Then he showed a half-hour demo of the game, which has mind-boggling levels of detail and offers the power to customize nearly everything in the game. Within 18 days of the SPORE creature generator over 2 million unique species have been created—almost double the total known species on Earth.

There was also a new feature announced that will let players create their own comic stories and YouTube videos that will feature their characters and stories.

Highlight: With some remaining time, he gave the audience the choice between a quick Q&A and a Russian Space Minute (where he gives power point presentation on Russian Space program, a hobby of his.) The crowd chose the latter, and he gave a brief history of the life of Wernher von Braun, the creator of the V2 rocket. While it was actually a German Space Minute, he talked about the brilliant rocket scientist who ran with the Nazis, the U.S. government, and even Walt Disney.

Grade: A+

Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Comics

If the Justice League assembled in the real-world as a group of comic creators, it would probably resemble the seven artists, writers and writers/artists that met for Entertainment Weekly’s first “Visionaries” panel. (The other two EW panels included a movie and television one.)

A solid mix of (almost) veteran and newcomer creators assembled, but with Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, John Cassaday, Matt Fraction, Colleen Doran, Robert Kirkman and Grant Morrison all present they didn’t really seem to shine and the conversation seemed defensive and little awkward. The panel mostly answered questions that were variations of how comics are different from movies. This is made even lamer, since EW stuck Frank Miller on the movie panel instead of this one.

But other than that gripe, Grant Morrison loves superheroes. Jim Lee hates continuity. And an audience member complained about late comics. It didn’t seem like there was a whole lot of new discussion breached during the panel, but it was still alright.

Highlight: John Cassaday explaining a problem with the group being labeled visionaries, since most of the panelists got lost on their way to the discussion. And also Colleen Doran’s reason for getting into comics; she thought Aquaman was hot.

Grade: C+

Editorial Cartoons

I accidentally showed up to the last half of this panel, and immediately regretted not getting there earlier. It was a good example of panel reflecting the diversity that should be found in the pop culture convention. And it didn’t hurt that it was packed with some obviously opinionated and clever minds.

One cartoonist referred to the current depressing state of the newspaper industry “like living in Pompeii,” with newspapers closures and constant job cuts happening across the country. There was talk about how to make the move online, but it’s a still a sad reality that these voices are becoming closer and closer to being silenced with declining readership.

A lot of the cartoonists agreed that as long as they get read, they’re happy—even if you hate what they do. One cartoonist mentioned how the bags of hate mail continue to fuel him.

Highlight: The panel’s lone Republican’s answered a questions about why they are few Red-state editorial cartoonists (“It’s a vast left-wing conspiracy”) got a laugh from everyone in the room and on the panel. Another panelist quipped back, saying it was because they’re just not funny.

Grade: B+, although it could have been higher had I made it for the whole panel.

Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison

I saw the two of these guys on a panel years ago, and it was an all-time Comic-Con highlight. And since seeing Grant Morrison on a Friday panel—where he briefly talked about the sun’s field changing the human consciousness every 11 years—it seemed like he was just getting warmed up to bring the crazy-awesome to his Sunday panel.

There was a bit of a discussion of the similarities between Jesus, Buddha and Superman that seemed to be déjà vu-ish from the 2005 panel, but was worth it to hear Morrison ask if Superman could beat up Jesus.

The two also spent considerable time talking about “The Dark Knight.” Chopra discussed the Joker and Batman’s religious relationship as a mixing of the sacred and the profane that complete each other and “that are explicit enemies but implicit allies.” The two are needed to keep “the story” going and ask us to redeem ourselves, similar to Jesus.

Later, Morrison came back to the movie and talked about the idea of “One-Face”, a future version of consciousness where we can integrate this duality smoothly.

He also talked about how human consciousness is like separate fingers trying to kill itself—and that we need reach a level where we all make peace with “the entire hand.”
And that global warming may be an incubation period for this global awareness—In other words, he brought crazy-awesome as expected.

Highlight: Being the last panel of the day for me on Sunday, it was the perfect cure for the comic con hangover.

Grade: A-. (The bungled video footage for the Virgin comics things took up time Chopra and Morrison could have been blowing the audience’s minds.)