Review – Blackout #1

Writer: Frank Barbiere
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artist: Micah Kaneshiro
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

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Cover by Micah Kaneshiro

What happens when you have a missing persons, a battle suit that can travel through parallel dimension and a government willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on it, you get Frank Barbiere’s Blackout!

Blackout starts off with the main antagonist Scott Travers describing the first time he used the suit to his friend Ash, we see that he had broken into a lab and was attacked by its security. During his explanation we also find out a man name Bob is missing, it looks as if this Bob character will have a huge impact in the story line along with a company called Avenir Microanalytics. Back in the lab Ms. Luca is going over the ordeal herself and how she was dragged through a portal by the terrorist aka Travers. Although she states that the man was not someone she had known, Luca explains that the man acted as if he was unaware of what exactly he was doing.  After leaving Ash’s house Travers decides to go his job which turns out to be Avenir Microanalytics.

One character to keep a close eye on is Cassius and his benefactor, there’s a panel where we see him watching the security footage of Travers break in and he receives a call form a mysterious person who seems to be the head man in charge, he or she tells Cassius that help will be on the way to help him find the suit.

The first issue ends with Travers using the suit to get inside the lab so he could find clues of Bob’s disappear, At the same time a group of masked man break in and are trying to steal the labs hard drives. A fight for the drives begins and we get to see just how the suit actually works, while the suit doesn’t seem to been weapon base, we do get a glimpse of just how powerful the dimensional travel abilities of the suit. When Travers uses the powers of the suit we see that when he’s in the parallel dimension the world around him is freezing cold and those how are in the present reality cannot see him. In the wrong hands this suit can do some serious damage which is why Cassius and his benefactor seem to want it so bad.

Finial thoughts: To be honest Blackout #1 is a below average first issue for the simple fact that this type of story has been written before. A guy finds a special suit made by scientist then uses it to stop a corrupt corporation who helped create the suit, Granted Blackout isn’t that simple of story it does have its similarities to stories like that. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying Blackout is terrible comic, I’m just saying the basis of the story isn’t new and refreshing, which is why I think it will hurt its appeal for some readers. Blackout does have some good things going for it, one of them being the artwork, for one it’s very consistent and nicely detailed each panel is well structured and clean making it easy to follow.

Links: Preview | BuyNow
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Story:★★☆☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★☆☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

ECCC: Elfquest gets a gallery Edition

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In 1978, Wendy and Richard Pini first published what would become one of the most revered classic-fantasy epics in comics. Today, ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, as Chief Cutter and his Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy adventure!

Dark Horse proudly presents ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition, a one-of-a-kind edition, which collects the first five issues of The Original Quest (“Fire and Flight”) in their gorgeous original glory. Each page is carefully scanned from Wendy Pini’s original art to capture every stroke and detail. At 12 1/8″ by 17″, it’s as close to holding Pini’s original art as a fan can get.

For readers looking to explore ElfQuest for the first time, there’s no better place than The Complete ElfQuest Volume 1: The Original Quest! This edition boasts 720 pages, collecting the entirety of what is now known as The Original Quest in stunning black and white, including an extensive gallery of concept art, pinups, and covers, with commentary from series creators Wendy and Richard Pini.

ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition is in comic shops October 8 and bookstores October 21.

The Complete ElfQuest Volume 1: The Original Quest is on sale August 6. Preorder your copy today!

Praise for Wendy and Richard Pini’s ElfQuest:

“If you’re looking for some engaging fantasy, don’t miss ElfQuest! It’s something special and will pull you in from the first time you read it!”—Major Spoilers

ElfQuest really isn’t like any other comics currently hitting the shelves.”—Big Comic Page

“It’s certainly worth taking a look at especially if you are interested in following the career of one of comics’ first female artists self-publishing in a male dominated medium.”—Rhymes with Geek

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Dark Horse’s Emerald City Comic Con 2014 Schedule

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Dark Horse Comics is headed to the Pacific Northwest’s foremost, fastest growing and sold out pop culture convention – Emerald City Comicon.

Join us for signings at booth #206! All signings are free. Free signing cards or comics with each signing while supplies last.

Comics featuring ECCC exclusive variant covers are $5.00 each and available in limited quantities. Ten per person each day. All proceeds from the ECCC variant of The Witcher will benefit Sharon and Stan Sakai.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

Friday, March 28

11:00 AM            MIND MGMT, STAR WARS: REBEL HEIST Matt Kindt

12:00 PM            SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND #1 EMERALD CITY COMICON VARIANT

Jenny Frison

1:00 PM            COLDER Paul Tobin

2:00 PM            DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz

NEVER ENDING Adam Knave and D. J. Kirkbride

3:30 PM            PROJECT BLACK SKY Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), Frank Barbiere (Blackout), and Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy)

4:30 PM            THE WHITE SUITS Frank Barbiere

BATTLEPUG Mike Norton

5:30 PM            MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION Tony Parker

DRAGON AGE Chad Hardin

Saturday, March 29

10:00 AM            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10, ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 9,

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Rebekah Isaacs

11:00 AM            USAGI YOJIMBO, THE WITCHER #1 EMERALD CITY COMICON VARIANT

Stan Sakai

THE WITCHER Paul Tobin

12:00 PM            STAR WARS: DARK TIMES Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley

1:00 PM            TOMB RAIDER Gail Simone

2:00 PM            VEIL, VEIL #1 EMERALD CITY COMICON VARIANT Greg Rucka

3:00 PM            EMPOWERED Adam Warren

3:00 PM            MIND MGMT, STAR WARS: REBEL HEIST Matt Kindt

4:00 PM            CITY OF ROSES Patric Reynolds

BAD HOUSES Sara Ryan

THE FIFTH BEATLE Andrew C. Robinson

5:00 PM            BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10, ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 9,

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6:00 PM            BANDETTE Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN Damon Gentry

Sunday, March 30

11:00 AM            PROJECT BLACK SKY Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), Frank Barbiere (Blackout), Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy), and Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (The Occultist)

12:00 PM            FURIOUS Bryan J. L. Glass

THE VICTORIES Michael Avon Oeming

1:00 PM            ELFQUEST Richard and Wendy Pini

2:00 PM            STAR WARS: LEGACY Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Dave Wilkins, and Brian Thies

3:00 PM            PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Paul Tobin and Ron Chan

PANEL SCHEDULE

Friday, March 28

2:00 PM             Dark Horse Builds Characters: Project Black Sky, Room TCC 301

Join Matthew Meylikhov of Multiversity Comics (MultiversityComics.com) to discuss Dark Horse superheroes with some of the industry’s top talent, including Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy), Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost), Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (The Occultist), Frank Barbiere (Blackout), and Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman).

Saturday, March 29

4:00 PM            Exploring the Mythos of Prometheus/Aliens/Predator/AVP, Room TCC 301

Join Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie and writers Josh Williamson, Chris Roberson, Paul Tobin, and Christopher Sebela as they delve into the interconnections of the upcoming Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator comics.

Sunday, March 30

2:40 PM            Dark Horse Builds Characters: Powered by Creators, Hall D (Room 602–603)

Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, along with Greg Rucka (Veil), Adam Warren (Empowered), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories), Jai Nitz (Dream Thief), Frank Barbiere (The White Suits), and Bryan J. L. Glass (Furious) for a look at some of this year’s most exciting original works!

4:00 PM            ElfQuest: The Final Quest, Room TCC 301

Join Wendy and Richard Pini for this panel celebrating the beloved alternative comic series ElfQuest and its latest generation-spanning installment, The Final Quest. Go behind the scenes, with exciting hints of what’s to come!

PARTY SCHEDULE

Friday, March 28

8:00 PM             The Big Emerald City Comicon Party, Rock Bottom Brewery (21+)

Mimimi Productions “ The Last Tinker: City of Colors” is coming this summer

Mimimi Productions Action Platformer “ The Last Tinker: City of Colors” is coming to PC and Consoles this upcoming summer. Down below  are some screenshots of the game

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“In a world where creativity has given way to conflict, a young street kid living in the slums of Colortown seeks to restore the spark of imagination to his hometown. As Koru, you must harness the power of color to defeat the Bleakness and make Colortown vibrant once again.

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Help the young boy Koru save Tinkerworld from the all-devouring Bleakness. Use the power of those colors to aggravate (red), frighten (green) and grieve (blue) your enemies as you manipulate them to solve logical puzzles and overcome various obstacles.”

Darkhorse & Bethesda team up for three Art books this May

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Bethesda to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

The first in the collection, “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, , settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960’s setting. Check out sample pages from the book on http://www.bethblog.com.

“The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” will available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.

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“The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives” follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on the game visit: www.wolfenstein.com.