Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sean the Barbarian!

In stores today you'll find Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword #4, which features "White Death," a nine-page story written by Pete Doree with moody, monochromatic art by our own Sean Phillips, who has been showing us preview art since October. (Search his blog for "Conan".)

Like the previous issues, the book reaches beyond the sword-and-sorcery genre to feature a wide range of the famed writer's pulp characters in new stories and classic reprints. The Dark Horse title includes sketches, the occasional illustrated prose story, and not too many ads. Published every five months, the 80-page anthology really is worth the eight-buck cover price, even for those who are, like me, only passing tourists in Howard's world.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Fatale #3, In Stores Today.

Since Image Comics' May solicitations [Comic Book Resources] points to issue #5 as the "crushing end" of the series' first arc, "Death Chases Me," we can look to Fatale #3 as the arc's midpoint.

This third issue is in stores today, and from his Twitter page, Ed Brubaker points to a some advance press.

There's an early, very positive review from Comics Bulletin, a review I'd actually recommend avoiding until after you read the issue, at least if you don't want to know too much about the plot.

The review link includes a few preview pages, and the book's five-page preview was officially released at Multiversity Comics.

With the first two issues both in multiple printings, and with Brubaker and Phillips putting their moody noir spin on supernatural horror in a tale story that isn't giving up its secrets easily, it should go without saying that you should pick up a copy (or two!) while you can.

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