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Ultron Unleashed In Your New Look at AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN!

Ultron Unleashed In Your New Look at AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN!

Superstars Rick Remender & Jerome Opena Reunite For Epic Original Graphic Novel


 Two generations of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes rise to the challenge and come face-to-face with the Avengers greatest villain in AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON, the can’t miss original graphic novel coming to comic shops and book stores this April! New York Times bestselling writer Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force) re-teams with critically acclaimed artists and frequent collaborator Jerome Opeña (Avengers, Uncanny X-Force) to take heroes old and new to the brink of destruction in a story that will redefine Ultron and have long reaching effects for the Avengers!

Time and again, Ultron has reformed himself. Each time more vicious and destructive than the last. Today, he has returned, unleashing his destructive fury upon Saturn’s moon Titan – home of the superpowered race of Eternals and birthplace of Thanos the Mad. With the Eternals decimated, and Ultron gaining complete control over Titan’s central computer core, there is nothing to stop Planet Ultron!

“The Avengers mostly contend either with the foes of their individual members, such as Loki, or teams of villains such as the Masters of Evil,” says SVP, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “But as a group, they have only two discrete villains of note: Kang and Ultron. So whenever you embark on a story featuring either of them, it needs to be a very strong and important story indeed. AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON is such a story, both going back to the formative days of Ultron’s existence, and also transforming him in a manner that can’t help but impact upon future stories. Plus, he’s a whole planet!”

With an entire planet bending to his will, nothing will stand in his quest to obliterate the Earth and his makers. What hope do the Avengers stand against an entire planet of Ultron robots? Even with the aid of Starfox and the Eternals, the battle is still all but lost.

Only Ultron’s creator Hank Pym holds the secret to defeating his unhinged creation. A secret that dates back to the Avengers of a bygone era. A secret that comes with a terrible price…

Debuting in a high-end, oversized format, Avengers: Rage of Ultron marks another entry in Marvel’s stunning OGN line, featuring the world’s most popular characters brought to life by the best creators in the industry. You will not want to miss one of the biggest, boldest stories of the year when AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN explodes into comic shops this April!

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FOC – 01/05/15, On-Sale – 04/01/15


January 7, 2015 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ultron Unleashed In Your New Look at AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN!

Relive the Original Marvel STAR WARS™ Adaptations With Remastered Graphic Novels in 2015!

Relive the Original Marvel STAR WARS™ Adaptations
With Remastered Graphic Novels in 2015!

​With their Marvel Masterworks collections and their digital comics online​ Marvel recolors much of their art.  Now the original Star Wars movie adaptations are getting the same treatment!  You can read all the details from Marvel below:



 Next year, the original Marvel Comic adaptations of the iconic Star Wars trilogy return for new, oversized graphic novels with remastered coloring! It all starts this May as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn for the modern age as STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV  A NEW HOPE makes it’s triumphant return to comic shops!

Weeks before George Lucas’ first STAR WARS film hit theatres, Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Over 30 years later, you know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen it before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen! Written by Roy Thomas with art by Howard Chaykin, this iconic story has been remastered for the modern age all-new coloring by Chris Sotomayor.

“When Star Wars took the world by storm in 1977, Marvel Comics was right there with exciting comic adaptations and new stories set in a galaxy far, far away,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “With new Star Wars comics being published by Marvel in 2015, we’re proud to look back on this exciting remastered adaptation of the original film, with remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later in 2015.

Debuting in an oversized hardcover format with sophisticated packaging and a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov,  relive the original Marvel Comics adventure of Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the villainous Darth Vader again – or for the very first time. It’s six against an entire galaxy – one that’s far, far away and a long time ago!

May the Force be with you, and in the mighty Marvel manner this May when the remastered STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV  A NEW HOPE OGN HC comes to comic shops and bookstores in 2015!


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December 16, 2014 Posted by | Comic Books, Movies, News, Star Wars | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Relive the Original Marvel STAR WARS™ Adaptations With Remastered Graphic Novels in 2015!

Review: Discord Graphic Novel by Paul J. Salamoff

Discord Cover

Discord may be less than the sum of its parts.

While DC reboots their entire universe to bring in new readers, and Marvel continually announces their “Next Big Thing”, it seems that superhero comic books have remained relatively stagnant for years.  Marvel will kill off a character, or have a new character inherit a hero’s mantle, but everyone knows it’s a matter of time before the status quo is returned.  DC is owned by Warner Brothers, Marvel by Disney, both large corporations with a bottom line to meet.  Superhero comics, at least from the big two publishers, have to by definition “play it safe”.

This is why it is so refreshing to see independent and alternative takes on the superhero genre that play with the tropes in a way that isn’t safe–the grandaddy of them all being Alan Moore’s Watchmen.

I couldn’t help but think of Watchmen as I read Discord, the graphic novel from writer Paul J. Salamoff (Logan’s Run: Last Day) and artist Giuseppe D’Elia (Lazarus Ledd).

Discord introduces us to a world immediately familiar to fans of superhero comics.  The first pages introduce the superheroes of Team War Hammer fighting their old enemy Sinew.  Salamoff’s writing immediately let me know that, though these are all original characters, I knew this team.  They are the Justice League of America, they are the Avengers.  In seven, action-packed pages the characters were introduced and I was comfortable in this world.  And once it is established that this is a reality that easily parallels that of the DC or Marvel universes, Salamoff shakes it up by killing all the heroes in a ship crash.

Strange aliens reconstruct the dismembered body parts into a single being.  This revived hero has the mind of Chromatic, Team War Hammer’s  second-in-command, but the body is a mish-mash of parts.  Each of Chromatic’s limbs are from a different person killed in the crash, including one of Sinew’s tendril-like arms.

Discord Back on Earth

Even in a hoodie Chromatic cannot pass for a normal human.

Upon returning to earth, Chromatic must try to come to terms with his new body parts, his new powers, and even his new half-feminine face.  Matters are complicated when Chromatic’s girlfriend, Team War Hammer leader Moiré, has trouble coping.  In addition to Chromatic’s new body, according to all medical scans he is still deceased–the flying dead.  Further, some superheroes aren’t exactly happy to see the involuntary organ donations made by deceased War Hammer members.

While the graphic novel has the exciting fight scenes that are the hallmark of superhero comics, the focus of the story is emotional and character-driven.  That is why Watchmen came to mind–I haven’t seen such a maudlin depiction of superheroes since Alan Moore’s deconstruction of their mental issues and sexual hang-ups.  This makes Discord an engaging and entertaining read.

Salamoff’s story is aided greatly by D’Elia’s visuals.  His art maintains a consistent feel throughout, but changes tones and hues based on the emotional state of our main character.  Every panel helps to sell the emotional state of Chromatic.  D’Elia is equally able to draw tender, quiet scenes as well as large, detailed battles.   From alien worlds to city streets, his art was always beautiful in service of the story.

Additionally, Chromatic’s make-shift body could easily have been done as a knock-off of Marvel villain Super-Skrull–with each limb representing a different person, a different power.  It is a real risk the story took, and it’s on D’Elia to drive that silly comparative from our minds.  He does so superbly.  Instead of Super-Skrull, the art of remade Chromatic reminded me of John Carpenter’s The Thing–an organic creature shifting itself in ways nature never intended.  Instead of comical, D’Elia sells it as grotesque and tragic, which is a true achievement.

Unfortunately the plot’s resolution is not as satisfying as its build-up.  Salamoff takes on an ambitious tale, but this story required more room to breathe.  The graphic novel is broken into four chapters.  The first three chapters are each the length of a comic book, and the fourth is “super-sized” with 10 extra pages.  With this little space in which to play, Salamoff introduces a few characters too many.    Major developments to Chromatic’s mental state hinge on minor characters that were not clearly set-up or introduced.  It seems like too much is taken on for a single graphic novel.    I understand and completely respect Salamoff’s desire to tell the full story, not holding back for a sequel which may never come.   But it seems like too much is taken on–some of the subplots would have been better saved for a future tale of our hero.

Discord Ship Crash

We meet Team War Hammer--and watch them burn.

I also feel the story has one villain too many.  Opening baddie Sinew becomes a part of Chromatic, but then a new threat emerges late in the book.  This new threat never felt organic to the story.  While it made sense for this new enemy to be part of the universe Salamoff has created, he seems to forget that this universe is familiar to us but we really don’t know these characters.  More, Chromatic never seemed to have any specific problems that part of his body was made up of an old enemy.  This could have been changed to make the story tighter and work in the space allotted.

But these pacing problems never detracted from the story’s heart, and that is the concept of what defines a person.  In addition to tweaking the superhero genre, the story provokes the real-world analogue of the new face-transplant surgery doctors have successfully tested, and the psychological effects on the patients who don’t recognize the face in the mirror.  These concepts are some that linger on, long after I’ve put down the graphic novel.

For anyone who, like me, was raised on a diet of comic book superheroes, I recommend Discord — a new look at the superhero genre.

Discord will be in stores Wednesday, Sept 14th.

Paul J. Salamoff will be holding signings of Discord in the Los Angeles area.  Check his website for specific dates and locations.

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September 13, 2011 Posted by | Comic Books, Reviews | , , , , , | 3 Comments