Mainstream Comic Books Have a Critical Problem

Mainstream Comic Books Have a Critical Problem

Mainstream comic books may dominate sales charts, indie books are the darlings of critics. This week, independent and creator-owned titles claimed eleven of the top twenty slots on review aggregator site ComicBookRoundup.com. The remaining nine slots fell to DC and Vertigo titles, with Marvel left completely out of the rankings. The top reviewed titles of the week were Black Mask‘s The Dregs, Image’s God Country, and Valiant’s X-O Manowar. Each received close to a 9…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Last Song #1 – Rock and Roll Heart

ADVANCE REVIEW: Last Song #1 – Rock and Roll Heart

Last Song #1 is the debut issue of a heartfelt, ambitious and definitely personal quarterly series by writer Holly Interlandi and artist Sally Cantirino. The series is about the rise and fall of a late 80s/early 90s LA rock and roll band called Ecstasy, and Interlandi and Cantirino are attempting no less an ambitious task than illustrating how music can change your life, for the better and sometimes the worse. As an opening chapter, Last…

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Black Mask Studios Launches Digital Distribution With ComiXology & Amazon

Black Mask Studios Launches Digital Distribution With ComiXology & Amazon

Black Mask Studios, comiXology and Amazon have announced a distribution agreement to release Black Mask’s digital library of comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and Amazon’s Kindle Store. Launched in 2013 by Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, Occupy Comics), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records, ANTI- Records), and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Black Mask Studios is a comics publisher and media production company devoted to supporting bold new voices and provocative stories. “Black…

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PREVIEW: SPACE RIDERS #2 from BLACK MASK

PREVIEW: SPACE RIDERS #2 from BLACK MASK

After the mind shattering events of Vortex of Madness, the Space Riders find themselves crash-landed on an unknown planet. They encounter an alien warrior tribe, as well as the beautiful and fierce Dona Barbara. Also in this issue, our heroes find themselves in the presence of a Space God. Ride along as Capitan Peligro and his crew escape from the haunted planet! Alexis Ziritt’s (The Package) insane art is both a throwback to classics like Jack Kirby,…

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REVIEW: We Can Never Go Home #2 – The Kids Aren’t Alright

REVIEW: We Can Never Go Home #2 – The Kids Aren’t Alright

Writers: Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon Artist: Josh Hood $3.99 Black Mask Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon have collaborated in the past on books like Twelve Reasons to Die, and Menu.  This time it’s for the book We Can Never Go Home, a story about two high school kids, Madison and Duncan, that each have their own unusual gifts.  Madison has the ability to increase her strength and make her eyes glow in a way that’s…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Indie Comics Picks For This Week (5/6/15)

ADVANCE SCOUT: 5 Indie Comics Picks For This Week (5/6/15)

Each week here at Capeless Crusader, we select a group of creator-owned and independent comic books which are deserving of our readers’ attention. These books represent some of the best work being offered outside of the comics mainstream. Enjoy! Arcadia #1 Checking out the debut of new creators is sometimes a tricky prospect. For every Ales Kot, there’s a dud in the making which can make readers feel as if they’ve wasted their money. From…

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Black Mask’s MAYDAY #1 Sells Out, Gets Second Printing

Black Mask’s MAYDAY #1 Sells Out, Gets Second Printing

Insurgent independent comic book publisher Black Mask announced today that the first issue of Curt Pires‘ and Chris Peterson‘s Mayday has sold out at a distributor level and is headed back to press for a second printing. The series follows the misadventures of a broken-down screenwriter on the run from people looking to collect on an advance he was given (or so it seems…) In a press release, Black Mask announced that the second printing…

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The Man Behind HEROES Wants to Bring MAYDAY to TV

The Man Behind HEROES Wants to Bring MAYDAY to TV

In the increasingly-crowded marketplace for on-screen adaptations of comic book properties, competition is extremely fierce. Black Mask Comics believes that they are up the challenge, and have recruited one of television’s heaviest hitters to bring them along. The independent publisher announced today that Tim Kring, the man behind NBC’s Heroes, would be be shepherding an adaptation of the newly-minted series Mayday.  Created by writer Chris Peterson and artist Curt Pires, Mayday is the story of…

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