6-page preview: Red Diary /Re[a]d Diary HC – flip-book!

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Image Comics Monday released a six-page preview of “Red Diary / Re[a]d Diary” flip-book written by Teddy Kristiansen and Steven T. Seagle with art by Teddy Kristiansen. “REd Diary” challenges the minds of your local comic book store on July 25th, 2012.

A BOLD EXPERIMENT IN THE GRAPHIC NOVEL! KRISTIANSEN’s European Album is newly translated to English by TEDDY KRISTIANSEN and STEVEN T. SEAGLE. But in a unique flip-novel format, the book is also ‘re-mixed’ with a completely different script devised by SEAGLE before he collaborated on the translation. Both versions – THE RED DIARY – a tale of art forgery and World War and THE RE[A]D DIARY – a tale of identity theft and lost love – comprise this unique graphic novel from SEAGLE and KRISTIANSEN – the Eisner nominated/winning team behind the acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel it’s a bird….

6-page preview: Super Dinosaur #12 Kirkman’s other book

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Image Comics Monday evening released a six-page preview of Super Dinosaur #12 written by Robert Kirkman with art by Jason Howard. Issue 12 will be in your local comic book store on July 25th, 2012.

‘ESCAPE FROM INNER-EARTH,’ Part One Derek Dynamo is a prisoner of The Exile – who has taken him deep into Inner-Earth! Super Dinosaur must assemble a team to track down The Exile and save his best friend, but along the way, he will learn the secret of Inner-Earth – something that could bring about the fall of human civilization!

3-page preview: Captain Marvel #2

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Marvel Comics Monday afternoon released a three-page preview of Captain Marvel #2 written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Dexter Soy. Marvel Comics also released the second printing covers of Avenging Spider-Man #9 and Captain Marvel #1. DeConnick’s next issue of Captain Marvel will be in your local comic book store on August 15th, 2012.

Your First Look at CAPTAIN MARVEL #2!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at Captain Marvel #2! The all-new creative team of Kelly Sue DeConnick & Dexter Soy dial it up a notch as Carol Danvers comes face to face with a challenge from her past – one she can’t walk away from! And who – or what – is the secret of the Banshee Squadron? Also, don’t miss your chance to see Marvel history in the making when Captain Marvel #1 Second Printing Variant & Avenging Spider-Man #9 Second Printing Variant fly back into comic book stores, starring the all-new smash hit superhero Captain Marvel! Dive into the high-stakes adventures of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel #2, soaring into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

Penciled by DEXTER SOY
FOC – 7/23/2012, On Sale – 8/15/2012

Penciled by DEXTER SOY
FOC – 7/30/12, ON-SALE – 8/22/12

Pencils and Cover by TERRY DODSON
FOC – 7/30/12, ON-SALE – 8/22/12

5-page preview: X-O Manowar #5 – Enter Ninjak

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Valiant Monday afternoon released a five-page preview of X-O Manowar #5 written by Robert Venditti with art by Lee Garbett. Ninjak returns to your local comic book store on September 12th, 2012.

VALIANT PREVIEW: “Enter Ninjak” Begins In X-O MANOWAR #5

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new arc pitting X-O Manowar against Ninjak and a perfect jumping-on point for new readers! Join New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and acclaimed artist Lee Garbett (Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne) as the sudden arrival of the X-O Manowar armor on Earth ignites an extraterrestrial arms race – one that Ninjak will aim to win by any means necessary.

After a failed brute force attempt on the life of Aric of Dacia, Vine agents deep within MI6 have only one option left in their gambit to retrieve the X-O Manowar armor – call in the deadly mercenary known as Ninjak! But what happens when the world’s foremost weapons specialist engages the Earth’s most powerful weapon head on? And even if Ninjak can defeat the armor’s defenses, does he stand a chance against the savage warrior that controls it?

Start reading here as Ninjak makes his shocking first appearance in X-O Manowar #5! And ask your local retailer today about how to get your hands on the X-O Manowar #5 Pullbox Exclusive Variant by chart-topping artist Philip Tan (Batman & Robin) and the X-O Manowar #5 Interlocking Variants by comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Captain America)!


Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL121254)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PHILIP TAN (JUL121255)
Interlocking Variants by PATRICK ZIRCHER (JUL121256/JUL121257)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.

Tales From the Water Cooler #74

Welcome to Tales From the Water Cooler!

Join Infinite Speech, Decapitated Dan, and the Southern Sensation each week as they gather around the water cooler of stories to talk about comics.
This week Speech and Decap are joined once again by the Clergyman to talk news from Comic Con. Then listen in as they dive into this weeks picks Revival #1, Spider-Men #3 and Blacksad: Silent Hell.

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Tales from the Water Cooler: Episode #74

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New “Man of Steel” footage

Some crafty gentleman was able to get footage from Comic Con International’s Hall H Warner Bros. panel. The bootleg footage does go in and out of focus but you do get a better look at Henry Cavill in the Superman suit. Zack Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” hits theaters June 14th, 2013. Enjoy the footage till it get’s taken down by Warner Bros.

Superman takes to the skies once more as acclaimed actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Immortals) dons the suit, cape and S-shield of the MAN OF STEEL. With an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as John and Martha Kent, Clark’s earthbound parents; Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El; The Fighter’s Amy Adams as intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane; The Matrix’s Laurence Fishburne as editor Perry White; and Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon as Superman’s otherworldly archenemy General Zod, populations from Smallville to Metropolis are psyched for Superman. With the directorial stylings of 300’s Zack Snyder and the superheroic production team behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the sky’s the limit for the last son of Krypton!

Punk Rock Jesus #1 Sean Murphy creates a book worthy of Vertigo’s Namesake

Punk Rock Jesus #1

Story and Art By Sean Murphy

Punk Rock Jesus is a book that’s extremely ambitious but never falters under the weight of any of its huge concepts. It blows away any expectations you may have and in place creates a fully realized world along with characters that are well-rounded and are fully realized already by the end of issue one.

Sean Murphy starts the issue off in the past explaining the story of one of the main characters and quickly then drops you into the center of a future that seems all too likely today. In our current society where Reality Television is still getting watched by millions of people and Snooki and The Kardashians are seen as celebrities Sean Murphy’s take on the future hits very close to home.

In this world scientist’s have managed to recreate Jesus Christ through the miracle of cloning. They try out tons of Virgin women to carry the child through the same process as American Idol and with their choice made start filming the pregnancy and eventual second coming of Jesus. I know that sounds like a crazy and ridiculous concept but in the hand of Sean Murphy it becomes a very complex and intelligent opportunity to tell a greater story. Murphy approaches his story from every possible angle. You will see the political and religious aspects played out as well as what happens when a corporation and TV Studio fund a project such as this.

Sean Murphy’s artwork had always been amazing. However his art here feel so fresh and unique. The pages are all in black and white and are printed on non glossy pulp paper. His layouts are extremely detailed and the city and world he’s created are believable because of his work. Characters all look unique and varied, and he experiments with several different styles and shading techniques throughout the book. Simply put its beautiful stuff.

Sean Murphy’s amazing artwork in Punk Rock Jesus #1


I went into Punk Rock Jesus with no expectations. I knew nothing about the story or script. After reading issue #1 I have to say I’m blown away with what I’ve read so far. The books full of nice twists and turns and already has a strong stable of characters that you care for and identify with. Vertigo was always considered a company that produced unique and amazing books. I think that’s something they put to the wayside over the last few years but with the arrival of this book I can safely say that’s the case again.  I strongly believe this has the makings to be a cult hit if not the next “Big Thing” for movie studios to bid over getting the rights to. Run out buy this book and happily read it and wait for the next issue. I know I sound completely in love with this book and it’s because I am but don’t blame me, blame Sean Murphy for setting the bar so damn high with this first issue that I had no choice but to fall in love with it.

Review Score: 10/10

Mike DeVivo

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Comic Con International 2012 Celeb photos

Here are some of the celebrities that the Comic Vault came across at Comic Con International 2012. The “Expendables 2” team was in town promoting their film. Matt Damon talked about “Elysium.” ABC and The CW talked up their new fall shows. “The Walking Dead” creator, Robert Kirkman could be spotted at several places on the show-room floor.

5-page preview: Exile on the Planet of the Apes #4

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Boom! Studios released a five-page preview of Exile on the Planet of the Ape #4 written by Corinna Sara Bechko and Gabriel Hardman with art by Marc Laming. Exile on the Planet of Apes #4 will be in your local comic book store on July 25th, 2012.

Written by Corinna Sara Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Art by Marc Laming
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Gabriel Hardman
COVER B: Declan Shalvey

In the clutches of feral humans, Timon the chimp must survive the terrors of the Forbidden Zone, while Prisca tries to seek help from the one ape that can uncover the secret behind the recent human attacks on apes! The epic from Gabriel Hardman (HULK, AGENTS OF ATLAS), Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT) and red hot artist Marc Laming (AMERICAN CENTURY, THE RINSE) continues in this jaw-dropping issue!

5-page preview: Hellraiser #16

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Boom! Studios released a five-page preview of Hellraiser #16 written by Clive Barker, Robb Humphreys, Mark Miller with art by Janusz Ordon, Stephen Thompson. Hellraiser #16 will be in your local comic book store on July 25th, 2012.

Written by Clive Barker, Robb Humphreys, Mark Miller
Drawn by Janusz Ordon, Stephen Thompson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Tim Bradstreet
COVER B: Nick Percival
COVER C: Nick Percival

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! GREAT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR NEW READERS! Captain Elliot Spencer is no longer Pinhead. He gave his power away to his sworn enemy, walked away from his Cenobite disciples, and returned to Earth with nothing. He is no longer feared — merely pitied. Everyone will soon learn that the former Pinhead is more dangerous now than ever before… As Capt. Spencer begins working towards his ultimate goal, Kirsty Cotton fights to keep the denizens of hell under control. Can she truly count on her predecessor’s former flame, the Female Cenobite? The haunting new era of Hellraiser continues into its second year of horrifying madness!

5-page preview: Planet of the Apes #16

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Boom! Studios released a five-page preview of Planet of the Apes #16 written by Daryl Gregory with art by Carlos Magno. Planet of the Ape #16 will be in your local comic book store on July 25th, 2012.

Written by Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Carlos Magno
COVER B: Damian Couceiro
COVER C: Carlos Magno

Writer Daryl Gregory and artist Carlos Magno continue their critically acclaimed run and deliver an arc-ending issue you’ll never forget! Alaya must rally her remaining forces against a threat, one even greater than Sully’s troop of rebelling humans…one that might come from the highest echelons of Ape society!

Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon goes “Die Hard” with Brian Micheal Bendis

Marvel Comics release a clip of Ultimate Spider-Man from an upcoming episode “For Your Eyes Only” written by Brian Micheal Bendis.

Grab the family and bond over this Sunday’s brand new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD! Written by Brian Michael Bendis, “For Your Eye Only” is most action-packed super spy episode yet. Plus, keep an eye out for nods to other fan favorite film franchises, shaken AND stirred throughout the episode… and this trailer!

“Total Recall” 3-boob’d-girl at Comic Con International

The three-bodied-girl from “Total Recall” made an appearance at the Sony booth at Comic Con International this year. Kaitlyn Leeb was in full costume for the fans at CCI. “Total Recall” stars Colin Farrell and will be in theaters on August 3rd, 2012.

Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy) and stop Cohaagen.

“Man of Steel” trailer (updated HD version)

Before “The Dark Knight Rises” there was a teaser trailer of “Man of Steel.” You see Clark Kent working on a fishing boat and hitchhiking before he finds his destiny. Kevin Costner is perfect as Pa Kent and his voice over makes the trailer.

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”

Will Dan Slott kill Mary Jane in Amazing Spider-Man #700?

Dan Slott mentioned at Comic Con International that Amazing spider-Man #700 is the biggest thing that he has worked on in his career and that what happens in the issue would polarize audiences. Killing MJ is the biggest thing that people over at the Comic Vault could come up with. What do you think?

Below is the cover Amazing Spider-Man #700 by French artist Mr Garcin.

Ladies of Comic Con International 2012

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Here is just a brief snap-shot of a few of the ladies that dressed up for Comic Con International 2012. CCI draws in about 200,000 fans each year and 2012 was no different. 12,000 people lined-up for 6,500 seat Hall H Saturday morning. People that got in line at 6am did not enter the building till 5pm that afternoon. CCI new name is chaos!

Nerdy Netty review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw is an action hack and slash video game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles, released on June 12, 2012. It features Juliet Starling, a cheerleader zombie hunter fighting zombies in a fictional San Romero high school. A collaboration between game designer Goichi Suda and filmmaker James Gunn, the game was published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Lollipop Chainsaw features Juliet Starling as a part-time chainsaw wielding zombie slayer, full-time cheerleader who is attempting to hold back the hordes of undead, and get the body of her boyfriend, Nick, back.

Shirt Design Done by Tee Vs Tee


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Discussions with Decapitated Dan #101: Brian Fyffe

Horror comics have scared readers for years. Is there anyone brave enough to sit down with their creators? This is Discussions with Decapitated Dan.

Listen in this week as Dan is joined by writer and artist Brian Fyffe to talk about his book Zombie Chuck and so much more.

You can find out more about Brian at http://www.fyffo.com/

You can find out more about musical guest Sybreed at http://www.sybreed.com/

The show is sponsored by CuriousGoodsandComics.com

This show runs for about 37 minutes.

Discussions #101

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Review: Saga Book Five – Looking for love in all the wrong places

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Issue: Saga Book Five
Writer: Brian K Vaughan
Pencils: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 7/18/2012

Mature Readers
The smash hit ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continues, as Prince Robot IV’s hunt for Hazel and her parents takes a deadly turn.

Story: 9/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 9/10
Well that was an unexpected ending. Brian K. Vaughan continues to give the reader first page head scratchers and last past cliffhangers. Issue five brings all three storylines together with a climactic end. In this issue there is a sense off love for each character and the reader realizes why Marko took a vow of peace and that Alana might be crazy.

I can’t tell if this issue fell flat because all three storylines are crammed into one issue or I’m just craving “Saga” Chapter Six. Vaughan does a great job creating three strong emotional moments in this issue. To where you bond with the characters and you start to feel bad about the situations that they are forced to be in. Alana and Marko are the main characters and you will always be on their side. Then there is Will, the Han Solo assassin with a heart. Vaughan even tries to soften up Prince Robot IV but he still comes off like an elitist with daddy issues.

The first and last pages by Fiona Staples are brilliant. Staples does struggle at times matching up the emotion of the dialogue with her artwork. Then she gives you four pages of sword swing action that is very fluid and detailed. There is one panel of action in this issue that I swear it moves as you read it from left to right. That panel alone is worth the $2.99.

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Dan Slott ending his run on Amazing Spider-Man after #700?

Dan Slott via Arune Singh’s IPhone told the Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic Con International Sunday afternoon that he would have to go into hiding after issue 700 of Amazing Spider-Man.

“The issue will divide fans,” Slott said.

The audience was told that the last page of 700 is a gutsy move by Slott.

“It is the biggest thing he has ever done in comics,” Slott said.

A fan pointed out that Spider-Man has been taking darker tactics to make sure that no one dies, Slott replied that Peter Parker will continue down this dark path leading up to 700. Madame Web was mentioned during the panel and Slott made it sound like she would be around for much longer.Humberto Ramos was quickly hushed when he mentioned that he was draw Carnage.

As of now Marvel Comics has only revealed information up to 50th anniversary issue where Slott introduces Alpha, Spider-Man’s new side-kick.