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Marvel Comics – Keeping Up With The Teases

Marvel just sent us their latest teaser image and it’s accompanying tagline as seen below. At first glance it would appear Ultimate X is a blond Wolverine, but I’m guessing Jeph Loeb and Arthur Adams have something a little more complicated up their sleeves. Also, previously it’s been mentioned that Ultimate X is a title that collectively explores many characters in the Ultimate Comics Universe, so I suspect this Wolverine-ish character is but the tip of the iceberg. Check out the title later this year to find out!

“Who Or What Is Ultimate X?”

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!

THE ADVENTURES OF LUTHER ARKWRIGHT 2ND EDITION
Bryan Talbot (W/A)
Available now
b&w, 216 pages
$18.95
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.

BERSERK VOLUME 27
Kentaro Miura (W/A)
On sale Jan 28
B&w, 216 pages
$13.95
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
$2.99
Miniseries

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.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #20
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
$2.99
Ongoing

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.

CHUNCHU: GENOCIDE FIEND VOLUME 4
Kim Sung-Jae (W) and Kim Byung-Jin (A)
On sale Jan 28
b&w, 184 pages
$10.95
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
$2.99
Miniseries

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!

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #5
Timothy Truman (W), Tomás Giorello (P), Richard Corben (P), José Villarrubia (C), and Frank Cho (Cover)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

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.

THE END LEAGUE #8
Rick Remender (W), Eric Canete (A), and Naomi Baker (C)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

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
$2.99
Ongoing

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

GHOST TALKER’S DAYDREAM VOLUME 3
Saki Okuse (W) and Sankichi Meguro (A)
On sale Jan 14
b&w, 216 pages
$10.95
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
$3.50
Miniseries

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!

THE GODFATHER: VITO CORLEONE LIMITED EDITION BUST
On sale Feb 11
6″ tall, numbered, limited edition, with a certificate of authenticity signed by Steve Kiwus
$59.99

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.

THE GOON #30
Eric Powell (W/A) and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

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
$2.99
Miniseries

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.

THE KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE VOLUME 8
Eiji Otsuka (W), Housui Yamazaki (A), and Bunpei Yorifuji (Cover)
On sale Jan 7
b&w, 208 pages
$10.95
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.

MY NAME IS BRUCE
MILTON FREEWATER, JR. (W), CLIFF RICHARDS (A), and BART SEARS (Cover)
Available now
FC, 32 pages
$3.50
One-shot

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!

NEXUS ARCHIVES VOLUME 8
Mike Baron (W), Steve Rude (P/Cover), and Paul Smith (P)
On sale Jan 7
FC, 216 pages
$49.95
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.

PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOLUME 14: BAD BLOOD
Kazuo Koike (W) and Goseki Kojima (A)
On sale Jan 7
b&w, 304 pages
$9.95
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.

PIGEONS FROM HELL
Joe R. Lansdale (W), Nathan Fox (A), and Dave Stewart (C)
On sale Jan 21
FC, 112 pages
$13.95
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.

THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN BUST #3: CONAN
On sale Feb 11
11.5″ wide x 7.25″ high, numbered, limited-edition, with a certificate of authenticity
$59.99

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
$2.99
Miniseries

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

STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #35—VINDICATION part 4 (of 4)
John Jackson Miller (W), Brian Ching (P), and Michael Atiyeh (C)
On sale Nov 19
FC, 40 pages
$2.99
Ongoing

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
$2.99
Ongoing

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?

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: RISE OF THE SITH
Various (W/A)
On sale Jan 14
FC, 448 pages
$24.95
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.

STAR WARS: VECTOR VOLUME 1—CHAPTERS 1 & 2
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
$17.95
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.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS #1 (of 6)
Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Bá (A/Cover), Dave Stewart (C), and Jim Lee (Cover)
On sale Nov 26
FC, 32 pages
$2.99
Miniseries

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!

NOVEMBER CHECKLIST

COMICS
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

TRADE PAPERBACKS AND HARDCOVERS
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

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

SDCC 08: The ‘Heroes’ Panel

The cavernous Hall H quickly reached its 6500 person capacity for a panel premiering the entire first episode of Heroes’ third season.

Jeph Loeb brought out the entire cast (I think that curly-haired kid was the only one not there) before bringing Heroes creator Tim Kring to the stage. Kring showed the audience an attaché, which held a copy of the new episode inside.

After apologizing for Season 2, the series is looking to getting back to the first season in every possible way—especially the plot.

Chapter One is titled “The Second Coming,” and looks like it will follow our ragtag ensemble of powers as they try to prevent a catastrophic future timeline. Again.

Also, Sylar’s back to his skull-busting ways and one of the main cast-members gets a first-hand taste.

After the episode screened, the cast came back to answer some mostly painful audience Q &A.

Asked to explain the season is a word, Kring replied “adrenaline” – teasing Dr. Suresh’s new discovery that looks to change the mythology of the Heroes-verse.

The episode was a packed 40-plus minutes that set up the year’s individual storylines for our players—for better or worse.

Expect a more in-depth PCZ review of the episode after our con-hangover.

ECCC ’08: Interview With Tim Sale

If you are a fan of comics, you know Tim Sale. If you are a fan of the television show Heroes, you know Tim Sale. For more than a decade, Sale has been part of the creative force behind some of the most widely-acclaimed comic books, including Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman For All Seasons and Daredevil: Yellow. Already a mainstay among comic fans, Sale was introduced to the rest of the world in 2006 as the artist who generated the clairvoyant paintings for the character Isaac Mendez on the CBS series Heroes. Since then, he has become a very busy man. We were able to sit down with Tim Sale at this year’s Emerald City ComiCon and ask a few questions about his work on Heroes, the effects of comics on mainstream media and his storied partnership with writer Jeph Loeb.

PCZ: You spoke a bit in your panel about the impact that your work on Heroes has had on your career, as well as introducing you to a different medium in television. Is that something that satisfied a creative need to work outside of comics?

TS: Well, I didn’t get involved with Heroes because I needed more ways to express myself outside of comics. So, I guess the answer is yes. I kind of fell into it and I don’t really have any ambitions to go further, which does not mean that I wouldn’t enjoy whatever might come up. I’m not pursuing it and Heroes was not done because I pursued it and wasn’t fulfilled somehow in comics.

PCZ: That was more of a product of Jeph Loeb coming to you with the project, right?

TS: Yeah… to have fun. That’s really what it was. I thought I’d be good for it and it turned out that they thought I’d be good for it too. So, that’s always really nice when that happens. I do get offers, not necessarily from TV, but for advertising or something where I’m clearly not a fit. Where I don’t know why they came to me, its not any fun… that kind of thing.

PCZ: Do you think that your work with Heroes has made both your stuff and comics in general more accessible to a larger audience of people who wouldn’t normally open a comic book or walk into a comic shop?

TS: I don’t have a sense of that. In the same way that I don’t really have a sense that if somebody likes the Spider-Man movie, they’re going to run down to their local comic book store and see what’s going on… which may or may not be a good thing. For me personally, its been great but I’m not really sure about a broader scale.

PCZ: You made the comment in your panel that comics are kind of an isolated industry. That if someone is raised with comics, the books become easier and more accessible than if they weren’t.

TS: I think that was referring to my interest and the way that I like to do comics. It’s partly because I’m interested in reaching people that do not grow up in that insulated comic book reading world. I remember when my parents first started reading my work, God bless them… they had no other reason to than that I was their son, they didn’t know to go from right to left and top to bottom. If you don’t know that basic thing, and they are very literate people, it was like “What are those balloons, which balloon do I read next?” If the layout of the page is crazy and full of stuff, it ends up to be too much work for people. So, ironically the stuff that is often praised with an amazing sense of energy just turns most people off. It’s too much. And that’s more what I was talking about, not that the industry was isolated, because increasingly it’s not.

PCZ: With the recent success of comic-based movies, or even comic themes finding their way into television shows like Heroes, it seems like the line that divided comics from the rest of the entertainment industry has been blurred, if not completely erased.

TS: That’s true, although I think it mostly goes from comics to other media. It doesn’t feed back to comics very much.

PCZ: Not yet at least.

TS: Well, I’d be surprised if it did. Marvel is doing much more than DC but it’s still a very insulated world, what they do. The most that either company looks to bring movies or other pop culture stuff back into comics is with tie-ins, stuff like that… which usually blow. But, the other way around, the movies and TV (industry) has discovered all this talent who are dying to be in movies… just really talented writers. They are influenced by the art. I’m told that The Long Halloween has influenced the recent (director Christopher) Nolan Batman movie. Its not as though Jeph and I are involved in the movies or that there is something from those movies that would affect us. Really, pretty much 99% of it goes from comics to movies. What is true, and I absolutely agree with you, is what has been blurred is the stigma that has made movie and TV people not be interested in comics. They realize its a gold mine, both in terms of talent and in terms of money.

PCZ: Yeah, and I was speaking more towards talent rather than money, though money is always a part of it. With the amount of talent in the comic industry, both with the artists and writers, its amazing how much of it is influencing mainstream entertainment. I think it is pretty great that guys like you and your work have been able to get the type of wide-scale exposure that comes with being involved in a film or television project.

TS: My thing (with Heroes) is very… there’s nothing else like it, which is why I sort of fell into it. It’s nothing I created, but to my knowledge there’s no other show that involves art driving the plot, or movies where the art drove the plot. But it’s cool.

PCZ: You have mentioned in the past that you aren’t certain if your artwork from Heroes will ever be released commercially by the studios.

TS: I know I have no control over it and it hasn’t happened yet. I don’t get it. That’s money on the table.

PCZ: Will some of your Heroes pieces be in the new edition of Tim Sale: Black and White?

TS: There is some Heroes work in there. We’re trying to downplay it a little bit. I’m not putting out a book and saying “Hey, this is Heroes art!” There is some Heroes work in there but there’s also some Marvel and DC work in it as well. There is no ‘Art of Heroes’ book…

PCZ: It seems like that would be a no-brainer.

TS: Yeah, I don’t get it. There is a fair amount of merchandise but not beyond the level of like, coffee mugs and t-shirts. Not taking advantage of the uniqueness (of the show). There was that really cool hardcover book (Heroes Volume 1) that collected all the web comics. My art was in that as well.

PCZ: Apparently you are going to be doing the cover of this year’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive Heroes comic?

TS: I just learned that yesterday. I don’t know it officially… Richard Starkings told me in the panel.

PCZ: It has been confirmed that you will have new artwork in the upcoming season of Heroes. Are you hoping to continue your relationship with the show long-term or are you taking more of a wait-and-see approach?

TS: Well, I’d like it to be long-term but it is absolutely wait-and-see. I’m part of the crew… I kind of do what they tell me to do.

PCZ: How much of your artwork for Heroes influences how a particular scene in the show is constructed?

TS: No, its the other way around. Its in the script first absolutely and then I do what they tell me to do. There is some interpretation if the script isn’t really that detailed. Because, they aren’t writing a comic script that is describing every detail of the scene. Its mostly dialog and brief bits of description of the action. That’s a TV and movie script. So, something that is written as “character is flying around a wall” needs more information. What wall and where? What time of day is it? What is the character wearing? That type of stuff.

PCZ: Your newest project with Jeph Loeb is Captain America: White. What first brought you and Jeph together and what has the process been like working with him over your many projects?

TS: Well, that’s a very big question. We met at San Diego Comic Con around 1988. But, we were put together by Barbara Randall, who was the editor of DC. She had been working with Jeph to try and find an artist for Challengers of the Unknown. Jeph had been hired by Jeanette Kahn, who was the president and head of DC at the time, and she wanted to reach out to movies and television. To try and get people involved and begin what’s happening now… way back then. She knew that Jeph was involved in the very early stages of a Flash movie that was turned into a Flash television show. Anyway, he was decided that he was going to be the writer on Challengers in reviving that title.

PCZ: That was a good book.

TS: (laughs) Well, thank you. Diplomatically, I choose not to debate you on that. So, that’s how (Jeph and I) met. I took a portfolio to San Diego and showed it to a bunch of people… Matt Wagner, Diana Schutz, Bob Schreck and Barbara Randall. And from that one Con, I really had my career. They’re working with me focused on Bob, Diana and Matt. I did some early stuff for Dark Horse, some Grendel and some other odd jobs for them. I met Jeph through that. We kind of hammered away at each other for a while about what was the best way to work together. It took a while. He’s a really funny, interesting, smart man. We got along great, we’re very different but we got along really well. That made it easer for us to figure things out. It was always a very close working relationship. He wouldn’t just send me a script and not answer the phone… which is pretty common (in the industry).

PCZ: Do the two of you work together to decide which characters to work on?

TS: Yeah, we talk about it. One of us will ask “What do you want to do next?” But its always a combination of creative and financial concerns for both of us. What makes sense at the time… should it be once a month? Is there a movie coming out about the character? That kind of thing. We wouldn’t do it just to do it.

PCZ: Are there any characters that you haven’t done yet that you would like to tackle?

TS: Not really. I’m always happy to go back to Batman and Superman. I’d kind of like to try Spiderman again because I feel like I never really got it before. Characters like that. I love the Hulk, that was a lot of fun to do. Through that I had thought about doing Iron Man but now he’s blowing up. I loved drawing Iron Man in the tin can. But I don’t really think that way. If something seems to make sense at one point, then I’ll work on it. I’ve sort of done all the iconic characters, so there aren’t many left. I’ve got a couple original ideas that I’d like to work on, more creator-owned.

PCZ: Are the creator-owned projects something that you are hoping to produce more of long-term?

TS: Yeah, it just really makes sense. I’m not comfortable writing, so that’s been a big hurdle for me. I’m still hammering away at my own self and trying to figure that out. There’s something called The Killing Floor that I want to do. I’ve had it in my head for a long time. Its a noir series of stories that is tragic and romantic. I love drawing that stuff.

We’d like to thank Mr. Sale for taking time out of a very busy convention schedule to talk with us. You can chat with Tim over on the message boards at his official site.