Wednesday, September 17, 2003
IMAGE COMICS FOR DECEMBER
Image Comics has released its solicitation information for December.
For a complete rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.
HEDGE KNIGHT STAYS AT IMAGE
In a joint statement, Image Comics and Roaring Studios have announced that, despite rumors to the contrary, Image will continue to publish George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight.
Following last week's announcement that Roaring Studios would be producing the all-new Dragon Lance for Devil's Due, there were reports that The Hedge Knight would be moved as well.
"We will be continuing The Hedge Knight with Image," said Roaring Studios' Les Dabel. "I feel bad about any negative comments that might have been made on any message boards. After speaking with Jim (Valention) and Eric (Stephenson) on Friday evening, I can honestly say we have an open line of communication, and if something is wrong, they'll do their best to rectify the situation."
"As I stated online, I have always loved the ideals of Image," said Hedge Knight penciler Mike S. Miller. "I may have said some things online out of frustration that may have hurt people's feelings, if so, then I apologize as publicly as I made the statements. I look forward to working with my friends at Image more closely, to ensure a greater and more profitable relationship between our two companies in the time to come."
"Possibly the most confusing aspect of this entire episode was the
misconception that Roaring Studios was 'leaving' Image," said Stephenson, Image's director of marketing. "Dragon Lance was never an
Image title, and any Image creator is always free to do work for other
publishers, whether it's creator-owned work or otherwise. There's
absolutely nothing to prevent Dragon Lance from being published by
Devil's Due while George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight continues at
Marvel Comics has announced that production of JLA/Avengers #1 for shipment to the direct market is more than 200,000 copies.
"I knew JLA/Avengers was going to do well," said writer Kurt Busiek, "but to have it do this well is just amazing. I'm delighted retailers had so much faith in the project, and I'm delighted readers bought 'em all up and sent the retailers back for more. And the reaction we're getting on the series is terrific - it seems like people thought it was well worth the wait, and I'm very glad to have been a part of it."
"This is great news for everyone in our industry," said Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, "...from readers and creators to retailers and publishers. And the even better news is projects like JLA/Avengers won't be just the occasional random spike we've seen on the sales charts over the last few years.
"Marvel has been working tirelessly to raise the bar for the industry and today we can finally see the seeds of those labors bearing fruit. It seems like almost every month the sales ceiling on top-selling titles is being raised and with Ultimate Fantastic Four and Marc Silvestri's return to the X-Men upcoming, we're sure to see more of the same. I fully expect that in the near future the 300K mark is just around the corner."
Marvel has released to The Continuum a preview of George Perez's cover to JLA/Avengers #3, which goes on sale on Nov. 26. Click on the image above for a larger image.
RISING STARS: UNTOUCHABLES RESCHEDULED
Top Cow's Rising Stars: Untouchables, a five-issue series originally solicited bi- monthly to start in September, is being resolicited as a monthly title to start in April 2004.
Artist Brent Anderson is splitting his time between pencilling this title and Astro City, and the rescheduling will allow him to complete several issues of this series in advance to ensure a timely shipping schedule.
"Rather than put out issue #1 now and have fans wait months until the next issue is ready, we figured we’d wait, give Brent plenty of time to do several issues, and resolicit it so fans can follow it on a monthly basis," said editor Renae Geerlings.
Written by Fiona Avery with story edits by J. Michael Stracynzski, Rising Stars: Untouchables tells the story of Laurel Darkhaven, one of the 113 Specials from Peterson, Illinois.
While her telekinetic power seemed unimpressive while she grew up, the CIA recruited her with the promise of serving her country. Instead, she was forced into wetwork operations and turned against the Agency to find the employer responsible for her missions. The series chronicles her life from high school graduation to the moment she dies in Poet’s arms.
PUNISHER #33 PREVIEW
Marvel Comics has provided The Continuum with a five-page preview of October's Punisher #33.
Here's how Marvel describes the book:
"...Marvel's big-guns Spider-Man, Daredevil and Wolverine get together to share their personal Punisher horror stories and decide to form a posse to bring Frank Castle's killing spree to an end once and for all.
"Later featuring an appearance by the Hulk (but whose side is he on??), what follows is the 5-part story arc, 'Confederacy of Dunces,' Garth Ennis' final tour de force, Marvel Universe-blowout story arc before the writer launches the Mature Readers, Punihser MAX ongoing series in January 2004."
Punisher #33 is penciled by John McCrea and has a cover by Tim Bradstreet. The book goes on sale on Oct. 10 and costs $2.99.
FIRST LOOK: SCION #39
Scion #39 will arrive in stores on Wednesday from CrossGen Entertainment. The issue is written by Ron Marz, penciled by Jim Cheung and colored by Jason Keith.
"I'd had the idea of a Hal Foster-inspired issue for quite a while, and we were just waiting for the right time, and the right story, to do it," said Marz. "When Jim and I agreed that #39 was going to be the last issue for both of us, it seemed like a natural fit. Part of the inspiration for Scion was Foster's Prince Valiant, and I looked at this as a way to pay homage, but also a way for us to doing something a little different. I like to play with format where it's appropriate, and I couldn't be happier with the way this turned out."
Here's how CrossGen describes the issue:
"A special stand-alone, all double-page spread issue. Told in the tradition of Hal Foster's legendary Prince Valiant Sunday pages, this issue's amazingly detailed double-page spreads will bring to breathtaking life the story of Prince Ethan and the techno-medieval world of Avalon."
Scion #39 will be 32 pages and will cost $2.95.
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