I started picking up this book because I so loved the previous Thunderbolts comic. By keeping the same title, Marvel has played upon the goodwill that they previously built up to get me to give this one a chance. But, for good or ill, this is not the Thunderbolts that you remember. Has Marvel leveraged the Thunderbolts brand to introduce me to a new book that I’ll enjoy, or have they trod its good name into the mud, forever tainting the happy memories I associated with it?
February will bring with it a special Valentine to readers of Michael Allred’s IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS. Chynna Clugston-Flores, creator of Blue Monday, is teaming up with series writer Jamie S. Rich for a standalone issue about a fan-favorite character from the MADMAN universe, Mr. Gum.
Or – “It’s Always Good To See The Madman Gang…”
This year has, in my area, seen a huge influx of cicadas and whooping cough, two things that tend to cycle through every few years. The comics industry has similar cycles, as you can set your clock by the every three years return of Youngblood, or the bi-annual “Return Of An X-Man From The Dead.” Likewise, every few years you can count on the return of Mike Allred’s Madman or related characters for a few issues, but what happens when both Madman and Mike are out of the picture? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Mike Allred’s MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS wrapped up in 2009 with issue #17, with Madman and Adam Balm on a universe-wide tour with their band, leaving the rest of the Atomics back on Earth. This is when writer Jamie S. Rich (Spell Checkers, You Have Killed Me) started dreaming up a plan for It Girl, Luna Romy, who can take on the properties of anything she touches.
This is THE BIG ONE! This December, 20 years after Michael Allred’s independent comics icon was introduced to the world, a celebration of all things Madman will take the form of a gigantic 11 x 17 hardcover! The MADMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY MONSTER HC will include an all-new MADMAN story from Allred, as well as contributions from an impressive list of industry giants such as Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, and Erik Larsen.
Hardcore fans of Mike Allred’s Madman Atomic Comics title character will probably be fighting like cats and dogs over this limited edition, 100 piece, 12-inch figure from French toy designer Thierry Raynaud.
Each figure comes with a signed certificate of authenticity by Mike Allred, and if you can afford the 200 Euros, you might be able to add this figure to your shelf of pride.
MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS comes to an end this August as creator Mike Allred wraps up an entire series’ worth of stories in a final blockbuster issue and his new album, THE GEAR: LEFT OF CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, both featuring the return of characters from his highly praised hit RED ROCKET 7.
Image Comics’ newest superhero debut, JERSEY GODS, gains a new member of their creative pantheon as writer Glen Brunswick and illustrator Dan McDaid are joined by new permanent series cover artist, MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS’ Mike Allred!
26 November 2008 (Berkeley, CA) – This February, after over a year in the making,Â Image Comics will debut JERSEY GODS, the superhero epic by THE GRAY AREA writer Glen Brunswick and DOCTOR WHO artist Dan McDaid.
“JERSEY GODS represents a lifetime spent dreaming of superheroes,” said Brunswick. “Ever since I was young, the seeds of what would become JERSEY GODS were kicking around. JERSEY GODS is to me what SAVAGE DRAGON is for Erik Larsen or INVINCIBLE is for Robert Kirkman – it’s the superhero series I want to tell without an end; one I hope will keep readers coming back for years and years to come. Working with an artist as talented and versatile as Dan makes this a real dream come true.”
As originally previewed in Robert Kirkman’s INVINCIBLE, JERSEY GODS starsÂ Barock, a superhero from another planet, and Zoe, a high maintenance Jersey girl, soon after they’re married. However, it’s only a matter of time before Barock’s previous life threatens to tear their world apart. Each issue of JERSEY GODS features covers by some of comics hottest names, including MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS’s Mike Allred, DC: NEW FRONTIER’s Darwyn Cooke, HEAVY LIQUID’s Paul Pope and SAVAGE DRAGON’s Erik Larsen with many more to come. A limited-edition variant by McDaid is also available.
JERSEY GODS #1 (DEC082237), a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be available February 4th, 2009.
Or – “I Just Noticed That…”
When I was a kid, I used to get irritated when I would read the Defenders because the Valkyrie never got to actually use her way cool sword.Â It’s an inherent problem with sword-wielding characters, from the Black Knight to the Swordsman to the Grim Ghost, that they can’t just go dismembering people at random.Â And now, this book has not one, but TWO sword-characters at the same time.Â I haven’t really been paying too much attention to whether they get to chop up the bad guys, but it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.
DJ Coffman’s website is mysteriously silent on the announcement that DJ Coffman has weighed in on the announcement Platinum Studios has struck a deal with IM Global to turn Hero By Night into a live action television series.
Under the agreement, IM Global will handle worldwide distribution for the project and will produce Hero By Night through their IM Global Television banner run by television veteran Gavin Reardon, who brokered the deal along with the Rigberg Entertainment Group.
Hero By Night, created by 2006 Comic Book ChallengeÂ® winner, DJ Coffman, tells the story of young landlord, Jack King, who uncovers the lair of the legendary Hero by Night . Determined to make a little extra cash, Jack auctions the Heroâ€™s journal on eBay. His plans backfire when he attracts the attention of Hero by Nightâ€™s old arch-enemy. Jack must now embrace a buried legacy to stop a madman from completing his diabolical schemes.
I liked Hero By NIght when it debuted a couple of years ago, and respected what DJ Coffman was doing with his series.Â With all the smack talk he’s been spreading about Platinum Studios, I don’t know if he’ll gain financially, but at least it will get his name out there for any other project he is working on.
With IM Global behind the deal, we might actually see this series be made.Â But, we have to be somewhat realistic about any television series announcement.Â The IM Global could market this oversees only, or the show will fall into syndication hell, where it will be near impossible for the average viewer to find.
15 September, 2008 (Berkeley, CA) â€“ In their only public appearance this year, MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS’ Mike and Laura Allred will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their RED ROCKET 7 graphic novel at San Francisco’s Neon Monster on Saturday, October 4th!