ADVANCE REVIEW: Turok #1 – Engaging Characters, Familiar Action

ADVANCE REVIEW: Turok #1 – Engaging Characters, Familiar Action

When Dynamite Entertainment launched its “Sovereign” line of titles recently, featuring characters licensed from the old Gold Key comics, they opted for a bold and risky strategy. “The Sovereigns” title would debut first, and it and subsequent titles would feature back-up stories that would introduce readers to the assorted characters soon to be heading up their own titles. It was bold move, and Turok #1 shows both the benefit and the drawbacks of that strategy….

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Dynamite & Halfbrick to Release Series Based on “Fruit Ninja” Mobile Game

Dynamite & Halfbrick to Release Series Based on “Fruit Ninja” Mobile Game

Dynamite Entertainment, in partnership with game development company Halfbrick, announced today plans to release a new series based on the hugely popular and successful mobile game Fruit Ninja. The series will be written by Eisner and Harvey nominee Nate Cosby (“Cow Boy,” “Buddy Cops,” “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller”)  with art by Scott Brown (“Nightfall”) and Ruairi Coleman (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures”). Per the press release from Dynamite, the series will revolve around the Fruit…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Magnus #1: Magnus, Robot….Healer?

ADVANCE REVIEW: Magnus #1: Magnus, Robot….Healer?

Way back in 1963, Gold Key Comics debuted a new science-fiction/super-hero series called Magnus, Robot Fighter. Created by Russ Manning, Magnus has always had his fans, being a character that leaned more heavily towards pulpy sci-fi concepts than straight-ahead super hero action. Magnus #1, the latest iteration of the property by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes, follows in that tradition with a debut issue that establishes an intriguing and rich classic science fiction concept and…

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Dynamite Reveals “James Bond: Moneypenny” Creative Team

Dynamite Reveals “James Bond: Moneypenny” Creative Team

Dynamite Entertainment has revealed the creative team for the first ever comic title dedicated to 007’s faithful support staff, Miss Moneypenny. The publisher revealed yesterday that the James Bond: Moneypenny One-Shot will be written by acclaimed writer Jody Houser, the first time a woman has written the Bond universe in the comics medium. The one-shot sees Moneypenny assigned to a routine protection assignment that soon becomes more than she initially bargained for as she uncovers…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Service One-Shot – A Timely But Basic Thriller

ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Service One-Shot – A Timely But Basic Thriller

I like to check in with Dynamite‘s James Bond line of titles, because so far they’ve been very good at attracting top notch talent to their collection of books following the adventures of Ian Fleming’s 007 and his allies. Some of the stories have impressed me, others less so, but overall the line of books have demonstrated an effective and coherent approach to telling Bond stories in the modern age that don’t copy the Eon…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Sovereigns #1 – Jump On To A Universe Reimagined

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Sovereigns #1 – Jump On To A Universe Reimagined

It’s easy to forget that there have almost always been super heroic alternatives to the universes of DC and Marvel, whether that was the Golden Age Captain Marvel, the Charlton Heroes or Archie Comics’ stabs at the genre. One of the most fondly remembered, if perpetually struggling, examples were Gold Key Comics’ roster of suers-hero and adventure titles. Now, those properties are licensed to Dynamite Entertainment, and the publisher is currently making a big push…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Hammerhead TPB – Sleek, Cool and Ruthless

ADVANCE REVIEW: James Bond: Hammerhead TPB – Sleek, Cool and Ruthless

A character as iconic as Ian Fleming’s Agent 007, James Bond, absolutely is worthy of being adapted to the comics book medium. There have been stabs over the years, some more successful as others, but Dynamite’s approach once they acquired the license to the property has produced some pretty intriguing successes, and none more so than James Bond: Hammerhead. This trade collects the six issue miniseries by writer Andy Diggle and artist Luca Casalanguida, and…

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REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

Batman/The Shadow #1 may not be the first time that the Dark Knight has met his more direct literary antecedent, but it may be the flashiest and most high-profile team-up of the two legendary characters. It boasts a script by two of DC’s top writers in Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, with evocative art by Riley Rossmo. The opening issue certainly proves that the creative team knows what has made these two properties so resonant with…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Greatest Adventure #1: A Ship Too Overloaded to Fly?

You can’t fault Dynamite, writer Bill Willingham, or artist Cezar Razek for their boldness. The Greatest Adventure #1 centres around the ambitious idea of bringing together a host of classic characters created by prolific pulp writer Edgar Rice Burroughs and sending them off on an grand expedition against a seemingly implacable foe. It’s a big concept on a large, apocalyptic scale, to be sure. And while I give the team points for its pulpy ambitions,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2: The Plot Thickens

Writer/Artist/Letterer Francesco Francavilla continues to deliver the goods with The Spirit – The Corpse-Makers #2, proving that Will Eisner‘s most famous creation packs his boldest punch when there’s a singular creative vision at the helm. The issue opens with what is probably Raymond Chandler’s definitive quote, “The streets were dark with something more than night…” and utilizing that quote and that writer should tell you the kind of Spirit story Francavilla is telling. After last…

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