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05/18/23 @ 5:25 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite



Dynamite announces a brand new chapter in the tapestry of the fantasy masterpiece Fire and Ice, coming this August!

Originally released in theaters in 1983, Fire and Ice has since become a beloved fantasy tale and a milestone in adult animation. The result of one of the greatest collaborations between creative superstars, Fire and Ice teamed up legendary animation director Ralph Bakshi (Fritz the Cat, The Lord of the Rings, Wizards), the "Godfather" of fantasy artwork, Frank Frazetta, along with screenwriters Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. Now, just in time for the 40th anniversary, key players are returning alongside new talents to add an essential prequel to the story in comics!

Before the fire waned and the ice spread across the world, before the events of the film, readers will get to meet the memorable central characters once again or for the first time ever. The beautiful princess Teegra and her powerful panther companion have not yet gone through the kidnapping attempt by the evil queen Juliana and her son Nekron. The young warrior Larn's village has not yet been destroyed. And who knows what the mysterious Darkwolf has been up to? Writer Bill Willingham and artist Leonardo Manco will chronicle the lives of these characters in parallel, leading to the genesis of the movie.



With licensing oversight and creative cooperation from both the Frazetta and Bakshi families, fellow fantasy virtuoso Bill Willingham is taking on the task of weaving a brand new story that both provides readers with a compelling standalone tale and slots seamlessly into the chronology of the classic film. Willingham has won the comics industry's prestigious Eisner Award multiple times and is critically acclaimed for his creation of the Fables mythos under DC Comics' Vertigo brand, which has been adapted and spun off into the hit video game series The Wolf Among Us, as well as a crossover with Batman. Willingham has additionally written for the titles Robin and Justice Society of America, as well as his original creations Elementals with Comico and Legenderry with Dynamite.

To follow in the footsteps of the timeless visuals of Frazetta and Bakshi, a perfect artistic fit was a must for this title. Leonardo Manco is taking the reins, following his decades of comics work in fantasy, horror, monsters, and more. He has contributed to such titles as Hellblazer, Werewolf by Night, Hellstorm, Sláine, and many others. With the world of Fire and Ice full of monsters, looming evil, heroic action, and other hallmarks of fantasy, Manco's extensive experience makes him a masterful match.

Writer Willingham shared, "I discovered both Frank Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi at an early age. My awareness of Frazetta cemented the first time someone put a Conan book into my hands. I discovered Bakshi when almost everyone did, when the film Wizards was released. I was in college at the time and working a number of jobs to be able to afford it. One of those jobs was at a local movie theater. I got to see it about a dozen times, twice a night for a week, and it ignited something profound in me. Now, 50 plus years later, there was a chance to work with these story giants. I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to work with these Giants in the Earth."



As with any project involving Frank Frazetta in its DNA, a new crop of top of the line cover artists was also absolutely necessary to channel his fantasy mastery. The first issue features stunning covers by Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants, Elektra), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Wolverine), Mahmud Asrar (Conan the Barbarian, Batman vs. Robin), Francesco Francavilla (Zorro, Captain America), interior artist Leonardo Manco, and a special presentation of Frazetta's original painting for the film's poster.

"I’ve always had the desire to explore more character and world building around the film and doing this comic series has provided just that," said Sara Frazetta. "Our team is truly out of this world. I’m so proud of everyone involved. There is so much heart and the process has been overwhelmingly positive."

“The dedication and talent has been jaw-dropping with this new series” shared Eddie Bakshi . “The Bakshi Family is honored and thrilled to be able to see fire and ice Come back to life with such creativity . what an incredible storyline addition. We are all in for this release. “




FIRE AND ICE #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2023 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August 2023. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
04/13/24 @ 12:29 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: Dynamite
Tom Hiddleston appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his returning series The Night Manager and of course the host asked him the important question, was he done playing Loki? His answer was somewhat vague, but then again, it’s rare to get a direct answer when the question involves Marvel Studios. But Hiddleston said: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. We’ve reached some sort of narrative conclusion with season 2, which feels satisfying to me.” The actor doesn’t see Loki as a villain, saying “Once upon a time he was making some misguided choices,” but has since made, “slightly more generous, loving and heroic choices.” And when Jimmy Kimmel points out that Hiddleston has been playing the role for 14 years, the actor says that blows his mind and the role completely changed the course of his life.  Loki 
04/13/24 @ 12:07 pm EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: Dynamite
Also joining Kevin Feige on stage at CinemaCon this week was Deadpool & Wolverine director Shawn Levy. And while they wanted to stress the R rating of the film and did so with Feige using the “F” word three times before bringing Levy out, the biggest surprise was they showed nine minutes of footage from the film. We get to see Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) trying to adjust to a normal life as he’s hung up the red and black suit and is focusing on being a car salesman. He talks about “aiming for the middle because then you never miss”. We then see him at home for a surprise birthday party that includes Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Peter (Rob Delaney) and many other friends from previous films. We also see Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and learn that she and Wade are no longer dating. But the party gets broken up with the TVA arrive and he is taken away to met Mr. Paradox (Matthew MacFadyen) who explains to Wade that he’s needed to save the sacred timeline. Most of this is an extended version from the trailer and we see some teaser cameos like possibly Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and we learn that he gets an upgraded suit plus adamantium katanas. I’m sure that won’t be important later. We do get other footage, this of Deadpool and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in a car where Deadpool accuses Wolverine of being a fan of the Los Angeles Rams because of the blue and yellow costume theme. Reynolds previously said that he meant this film to be like an old “Road Movie” and that is the vibe the scene gives off. The film is slated to be released in theaters on July 26th.Deadpool Wolverine 
04/13/24 @ 11:46 am EST
Source: Deadline | Categories: Dynamite
During Disney’s presentation at CinemaCon this week, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, made an appearance on the stage to talk about the upcoming slate of films. In that we saw the logos for The Fantastic Four, which is the same as we saw on the posters released recently, and we learned that it would begin filming soon. We saw a newer version of the Thunderbolts logo now with an asterisk at the end, something Feige said will be discussed once the film comes out. Perhaps the team will not be the Thunderbolts after all? And then Feige was joined by Anthony Mackie who will be reprising his role as Sam Wilson in the upcoming Captain America: Brave New World. Along with the visit there was short footage showing Sam meeting with President Ross now played by Harrison Ford. There is a moment where they acknowledge the change in actors, Ford taking over from the late William Hurt, and the president telling Sam he wants him to reform the Avengers. We also see that Danny Ramirez is back as Joaquin Torres and Carl Lumbly returns as Isaiah Bradley, both characters who were introduced into the MCU in The Flacon and the Winter Solder, the same place where Sam took over the mantle of Captain America. Captain America: Brave New World comes out on February 14, 2025.Anthony Mackie 
04/12/24 @ 8:45 pm EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: X-Men

The fall of Krakoa will go down as one of the darkest chapters in mutant history, but Cyclops refuses to allow the X-Men to be victims. The first X-Man, mutantkind’s ultimate leader, and arguably the most brilliant strategic mind in the entire Marvel Universe, Scott Summers steps up to guide his species towards a better future in Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman’s X-MEN. Announced last month, X-MEN will be the first of three flagship X-titles set in the upcoming From the Ashes era. No longer living under the protection of Krakoa, it’s a dangerous time for mutants everywhere, and dangerous times call for radical action! Cyclops gathers a group of his most trusted and reliable mutant soldiers along with the brightest of the next generation to tackle the most prevalent threats to mutantkind, including an existential new enemy that rises out of the remains of ORCHIS. Prepare for a reckoning as this team handles explosive mutant-specific issues without restraint. Humanity can hate them all they want, as long as they fear them! FROM THE ASHES! Krakoa is gone, ORCHIS has fallen...but the X-Men remain, always. Cyclops leads, because that is what he does. Beast builds, because that is what he does. And from their new home in Alaska, the X-Men raise a flag of defiance. Mutant business is their business. Join Cyclops, Beast, Magneto, Psylocke, Magik, Kid Omega, Temper, and Juggernaut as new forces in the world move into position, battling for the destiny and philosophy of the mutant species. "Taking on the X-Men is always a daunting prospect, but I'm extremely psyched to take this team of mutants back into the world with Ryan!" MacKay said. "When I first got into comics, drawing X-Men was THE job you wanted as an artist,” Stegman added. “To have the opportunity now is mind-blowing." With three flagship titles and a host of additional satellite series, the upcoming From the Ashes era will present fans with a wide range of different approaches to the X-Men’s mission statement. Gail Simone and David Marquez’ Uncanny X-Men delivers globetrotting super hero adventures as the X-Men show the world all the good mutantkind can accomplish. Eve L. Ewing and Carmen Carnero’s Exceptional X-Men focuses on the trials and training young mutants need to undergo to survive in a world against them. Meanwhile, MacKay and Stegman’s X-MEN sees mutantkind flex their strength and keep hope alive by any means necessary! Check out Cyclops’ squad on Stegman’s X-MEN #1 cover below and follow them into the deadliest places a mutant can go this July!

X-MEN (2024) #1 cover by Ryan Stegman

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04/12/24 @ 8:42 pm EST
Source: Variety | Categories: Star Trek

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS Season Begins June 15, Plus:, 53% OFF

“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” currently in production on its third season, has been renewed by Paramount+ for Season 4. Meanwhile, “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” the first animated “Star Trek” comedy, will conclude its run on the streamer with its fifth season, which will debut in the fall.“Strange New Worlds” — set in the years when Capt. Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) commanded the USS Enterprise, and featuring younger versions of several legacy characters, including Spock (Ethan Peck), Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding) and Kirk (Paul Wesley) — has been a fan favorite since it premiered on Paramount+ in 2022. Season 2 of the series, which included a musical episode and a crossover episode with “Lower Decks,” made Nielsen’s chart of the 10 most-watched streaming original series over multiple weeks.The “Star Trek” TV universe, overseen by executive producer Alex Kurtzman through his Secret Hideout production company and produced by CBS Studios, has enjoyed a robust expansion since “Star Trek: Discovery” first premiered in 2017. Along with “Strange New Worlds,” the made-for-television movie “Star Trek: Section 31” recently concluded production with star Michelle Yeoh, and the new series “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy” will begin shooting later this year. (via Variety)

04/12/24 @ 1:51 pm EST
Source: IDW Publishing | Categories: TMNT

After the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (TMNT) made their debut in a black-and-white comic by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, the Heroes in a Half Shell went on to become a global phenomenon. Over the next forty years, countless talented people across the entertainment industry worked passionately with the beloved franchise, allowing adventures with new iterations of TMNT to consistently reach new audiences. Now, brilliant TMNT creatives from different eras are joining forces to present something truly special to fans: the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: 40TH ANNIVERSARY COMICS CELEBRATION.

With several new stories and pinup art pieces inspired by different eras of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this technodrome-sized issue with more than 70 pages will feature fan-favorite creatives returning to their respective eras for all-new tales. This special one-shot issue will feature new stories and pinup art from Jim Lawson, Ciro Nieli, Tristan Jones, Paul Harmon, Steve Lavigne, Andy Suriano, Ronda Pattison, Pablo Tunica, Freddie E. Williams II, Sophie Campbell, Tom Waltz, Lloyd Goldfine, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, Dan Duncan, Erik Burnham, Sarah Myer, Luis Antonio Delgado, Chris Allan and more. Plus, the one and only Kevin Eastman will be contributing a story, too!

No TMNT anniversary celebration would be complete without the two people who created it all. This oversized issue will feature a primary cover with never-before-seen pencils from Laird that have been inked by Eastman, just for this special issue! Additional eye-catching covers will be provided by acclaimed artists Sophie Campbell, Isaac and Esau Escorza, Simon Bisley, Michael Dialynas, Vincenzo Federici, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, Michael Cho, Dave Wachter, and an IDW Exclusive cover by Ben Bishop.

"Having a childhood dream – in my case to write and draw comics for a living, is one thing – to then actually spending every minute of the next 40 years doing it, is a whole other matter altogether – humbling is the first word that comes to mind,” stated Eastman. “My co-creation of TMNT with the amazing Peter Laird has been the driving force of living that dream, and working with a number of really talented writers and artists along the way has made, and still makes, the journey the greatest shared experience I never imaged and could not be more grateful for.” The iconic comic book creator added, “From the raw beginnings of a 40-page self-published black and white ‘origin of’ comic, to the 200-page full color ‘final tale’ of the original TMNT's graphic novel, THE LAST RONIN, I want to thank the people directly responsible – our fans. Without them, I would not have had the chance to live that childhood dream."

What's amazing about the TMNT comics is just looking back over the breadth of the stories, how many creators have tapped in, and all the energy and excitement that has gone into the last four decades,” added Editor-in-Chief Jamie S. Rich. “It proves how great the original concept by Eastman & Laird was that it endures across media, across time, and the characters consistently find a new audience. This book tries to tap into as much of that as possible and bring back fan favorite creators to celebrate their contributions to the lore."

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: 40TH ANNIVERSARY COMICS CELEBRATION will leap into comic shops on July 10, 2024 for $11.99. Fans have until June 3 to pre-order at their local comic shop.

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04/12/24 @ 1:42 pm EST
Source: Marvel | Categories: Wolverine

This July, Logan bares his mind, body, and soul in LIFE OF WOLVERINE #1, a special one-shot presenting Wolverine’s incredible life story in chronological order. Originally published as a Marvel Unlimited companion comic to the X Lives of Wolverine/X Deaths of Wolverine storyline, this exploration of one of the most riveting origins and sagas in all of pop culture comes from acclaimed creators Jim Zub and Ramón F. Bachs. Hitting stands just in time for the character’s 50th anniversary, hardcore Wolverine fans and newcomers alike will walk away an expert after this action-packed trip through key moments of Wolverine’s storytelling history! Wolverine has been mindwiped, manipulated, and given false memories so many times, what is the truth of his long life? Now, as a journey into his own past becomes paramount to the survival of mutantkind, delve into the true story of Logan’s life, from his earliest days in the late 1800s, to the many wars he’s fought alongside comrades like Captain America and Sabretooth, to the Weapon X procedures that changed his life forever, his days on the X-Men and more! All in continuity, this includes some adventures and links to the past never before revealed, giving the most complete picture of Wolverine’s history ever assembled! Check out the all-new cover by Ron Lim and pick up LIFE OF WOLVERINE #1 this July.

LIFE OF WOLVERINE #1 cover by Ron Lim

04/12/24 @ 1:38 pm EST
Source: Image Comics | Categories: Image

The bestselling, contemporary classic comic book series Fatale—by multiple Eisner Award winning duo Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Criminal, Night Fever, Reckless, Where the Body Was) with colorists Elizabeth Breitweiser (Outcast by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, The Fade Out) and Eisner Award winning Dave Stewart (The Bone Orchard Mythos: Tenement, Universal Monsters: Creature From The Black Lagoon Lives!)—will be collected in its entirety in the upcoming Fatale Compendium. This complete collected paperback will include all 24 issues of the Lovecraftian-infused mystery noir story and be available in July from Image Comics.

The Fatale series first launched from Image in 2012 to instant critical acclaim and was rushed back to print several times in order to keep up with demand and was nominated for numerous Eisner Awards that year. It remains one of the most popular, consistently reordered titles in the Brubaker and Phillips oeuvre.

"Fatale was our first book at Image, and I always wished we had it in a single volume edition, because it really is meant to be read as one big epic story," said Brubaker. "The puzzle pieces of this horror-noir tale are designed to resonate off each other and make earlier scenes have more impact, so this book is actually my ideal way for our readers to discover Fatale again."

Fatale darkly blends American crime noir with unnamed Lovecraftian horrors. Readers jump from 1950s San Francisco—where crooked cops hide deeper evils—to mid-'70s Los Angeles—where burnt-out actors and ex-cult groupies are caught in a web around a Satanic snuff film—then back through the ages of time. At the center of it all is the mysterious Josephine—a curse woman with a hypnotic, supernatural power to die or kill for.

Brubaker and Phillips’ names have been stealing headlines left and right lately with The Hollywood Reporter’s buzzy scoop that Amazon has given a full series order to another of their backlist darlings, Criminal, with Brubaker co-showrunning and writing the pilot. The pair also has an upcoming graphic novel, Houses of the Unholy, set to his shelves this August.

Fatale Compendium paperback (ISBN: 9781534327658) will be available at local comic book shops on Wednesday, July 17 and independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo on Tuesday, July 30.

Fatale remains available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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04/11/24 @ 7:18 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite is excited to announce Dynamite Originals, a brand new imprint debuting first on Kickstarter with a heavy-hitting roster of creators taking on the company's flagship character — Vampirella! This new label will feature unique visions and innovative collaborations with the biggest creators in comics of today and tomorrow. It all starts on Tuesday April 16, with Vampirella: Black, White & Blood!

This prestige anthology project is a close collaboration with Arancia Studio, known for its juggernaut leader Mirka Andolfo (Sweet Paprika, Mercy, Harley Quinn). Some of the most exciting rising stars of the Italian studio join today's biggest names in American comics on this star-studded special release. The whole book sports a stunning black-and-white palette, with splashes of red to really show off the artwork in these three tantalizing tales. It's the ultimate spotlight on the character and an international team-up of the comics craft.

"I couldn't be more thrilled about this book," said creator Mirka Andolfo. "Vampirella is such an iconic character…I had the pleasure of drawing her before, but this is my first time writing her. And I really hope it's not my last, because I had a lot of fun, also because I was surrounded by phenomenal creators! You're going to see some great things...”

Andolfo's creative and business partner Davide G.G. Caci added, “When, with our friends at Dynamite, we started talking about a Black, White & Blood special for Vampirella, we knew right away that we were on the same page. It was amazing to see how everyone — their team, our team, our editor Davide Morando, and of course, all the creators — were on the same page. At Arancia, we love to create creative bridges, and this special issue is something to be proud of: extraordinary American and European artists and writers teaming up to tell some stories starring a unique character.”

Andolfo leads the way with a fascinating fable with a meta twist. In "Redefining Shadows," she and artist Greta Xella depict the most unlikely team-up for the Daughter of Drakulon. She finds in her path a group of talented female artists, writers, and creatives, setting out to redefine their approach to fiction and challenging the dominant male narratives and gaze in the comics industry. This story not only reimagines Vampirella's story, which originally broke boundaries, but emphasizes the importance of diverse voices in storytelling.

In "Undercover" by Tim Seeley (Nightwing, Hack/Slash) and Zulema Scotto Lavina the Drakulonian antiheroine is accused of a series of violent murders. To clear her name, she goes undercover, embedding herself in a gang of vicious vampire hunters. In her quest to track down the mystery killer and protect her own kind, she may discover the culprit could be someone close to her heart.

Last but certainly not least, "The Ballad of Blind Love" features the work of Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Midnighter) and Alessandro Amoruso, and depicts a love story like no other. A powerful mob boss is desperately in love with Vampirella and will do anything to win her over. Misinterpreting her character and reactions, he starts bringing increasingly heinous sacrifices to garner her affection. It will take a dark turn when she demands of him the ultimate sacrifice...

Not to be outdone by the stories within, this project demanded a set of jaw-dropping covers by top names to deliver a perfect package to fans. Mirka Andolfo of course contributes one of course for the title she and her team are driving artistically. She's joined by superstars Stjepan Šejic, Jae Lee, and Joseph Michael Linsner. Each of these covers will be available as standard covers, chrome editions, and metal editions, plus fans will have the option to get them signed or CGC graded. And there will be options to get all four covers bundled together for a special collector’s price.

Everyone who signs up for updates on the campaign ahead of time will receive a free digital download of 2019's smash-hit Vampirella #1 that kicked off the character's latest major era under writer Christopher Priest.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR UPDATES & KNOW WHEN IT LAUNCHES!

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04/11/24 @ 7:14 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Thundercats


Dynamite and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products announce an exciting spotlight issue and jumping-on point for ThunderCats fans. Writer Declan Shalvey is teaming up with artist Stephen Mooney as ThunderCats #5 turns its attention to Cheetara, for a pivotal moment in the ongoing saga.

The beloved crew of ThunderCats are led by Lion-O, destined for that role. Though he has the body of an adult, his unexpected accelerated growth has resulted in his physical strength and abilities outpacing his grasp on everything inside his head. His skills, strategies, and emotions are a continuing challenge to hone, with the goal to achieve the kind of maturity required by all great leaders.

Luckily, Lion-O is surrounded by a few seasoned veterans to help him refine his mind and body. In the epic aftermath of the Third-Earth-shattering events of the first story arc - no spoilers! - this special standalone issue serves as both a perfect highlight and chance to jump right in for new readers enticed by the glowing reviews and word of mouth on the title. "Training Day" features Cheetara putting Lion-O through the ringer, with some painful combat lessons as he learns to master his temper.

ThunderCats #5 and the focus on Cheetara not only bridges the first two big arcs of the epic, smash-hit title, but it may also be setting up even more exciting developments for the comic book series...

Superstar Stephen Mooney (The Rocketeer: The Great Race, Half Past Danger) steps in to collaborate with friend and fellow virtuoso writer/artist Declan Shalvey for this can't-miss chapter. Mooney additionally contributes a cover to the issue, showing off his artistic approach to Cheetara. He's joined with other covers by Shalvey, David Nakayama, Lucio Parrillo, Jae Lee, Ivan Tao, and an action figure variant.

"It was a thrill and a challenge to be asked to come aboard a title that's forging such a ferocious path right now," said artist Stephen Mooney. "When the Cheetara-centric story was mentioned to me, I jumped at the chance, as she was always my favourite 'Cat and I could already see several compelling ways to take her. Working with Declan is always a bonus, as we know each other so well outside of work and had plenty of opportunity to bounce ideas off one-another. He and Drew Moss have established such a compelling narrative in this book, that it was an absolute pleasure to come in and add to it."

This issue also gives regular ongoing artist Drew Moss some extra runway to execute the next major story arc at the highest level, with the same masterful artwork that kicked off the series and made him a star previously on Gargoyles.

Dynamite is additionally offering limited edition foil and line art variants of ThunderCats #1 featuring the original sold-out covers by Shalvey, Tao, and Jae Lee. These are being offered to retailers and collectors alongside #5 in the April for June Previews catalog.

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