Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves sells out again, #1 and #3 on the way

Tough times for Image right now, with so many series heading back to the printers they’re losing presence on the shelves. The publisher just sent #3 and #1 back to printing with #2 already at the printers. Talk about some madness for sales, the recent deal with AMC to adapt the series probably didn’t help things as there has likely been a spiked interest since the announcement.

Those holding out for a new printing will have to sit tight until May 5th the same day that Thief of Thieves #4 and the third printing of #1` arrive on shelves. Kirkman of course is excited that a new property is taking off with so much success right now.

“We are bringing heist stories to readers with a new twist by showing the humanity of all of the characters, including the criminals,” said THIEF OF THIEVES creator/writer Robert Kirkman, “and we couldn’t be happier that people seem to be enjoying it as much as we are.”

The series is written by Robert Kirkman and Nick Spencer and Shawn Martinbrough mans the art station for the book. The tale itself follows a master thief who has left behind his working days for a shot at a regular life after all that time in the deep end. Hopefully we can get our hands on some of the issues to do some catch up reviews.

Justice League #4 sells out, goes back to print again

It’s a good time to be a comic publisher, DC is loving the attention as they send Justice League #4 back for a third printing to get the books out to fans. While this doesn’t top issue #1 which has made 7 trips to the printer it’s still a feat and even issues 5 and 6 are going ahead to the printers to keep the supply flowing.

It’s an important issue to the series, showing off Aquaman, introducing Cyborg’s transformation and of course… Darkseid.

May 16th marks the arrival date of this third printing so hold on tight and keep up while DC pushes to get the supplies back in order.

The Darkness, Bloodstrike and Danger Club sell out for Image Comics

Image is having a heck of a time keeping up with demand these days, at the end of the week they were pinned down with 3 books hitting the printers again to satisfy demand from the public. Joining the casualties are the following.

  • Danger Club #1
    • Distributor level sold out before it went to stores on April 4th, already in press again and should be out by May 2, just in time for fans to catch issue 2 when it arrives on May 16.
  • Extreme Relaunch Bloodstrike #26
    • The book launched March 28 and was out of  stock shortly after, the second wave will arrive on April 25th, the same day as Bloodstrike #27 so you can catch both copies if you missed out on the launch.
  • The Darkness #101
    • Hit stores on March 21, sold out and went into second printing, should be available on April 18th, the story takes up after Artifacts #13 and goes into the second half of Jackie’s arc after he’s made it this far in life.

Image is having a great time with so many popular titles coming out of their doors right now, hopefully the re-launches continue this trend, it would be great to see these thrive again.

Link: Image Comics News

Review – Resurrection (2012 Reprint – Arwen Elys Dayton)

In 2001 the world got a Sci-Fi offering from Arwen Elys Dayton, he work centering around 3 societies, 3 planets, 2 timelines and countless people involved. It sounds like something that might not blend so well but Dayton takes up the challenge in Resurrection and runs with it, Kinley Sentinel Pruit ventures on an uncertain mission of desperation with her partner Niks, facing all odds as they travel light years for hope to save their friends, their family and their entire race on Herrod from annihilation.

In 2012 we have a revised release of the book handled under the care of 47North that launches today January 24th, the revised book comes in at 442 pages although 422 of them show the story itself. Resurrection comes with revised artwork, heavy stock pages and a comforting font size. I do have to admit, I never caught the first release of the book but this will be a thorough review based on our copy. If you’re looking for detailed tidbits at a risk of knowing too much, I do suggest reading the spoiler section as I do not wish to ruin the book for anyone.

The Lucien and Kinley are opposing cultures gripped in a struggle for destruction of each other, with a past of nuclear war and plagues designed for genocide  there’s little for these cultures to feel at ease about. The Kinley face a struggle against radiation that engulfs their planet and endangers their entire future, to top that off the Lucien colonies have banded together to exterminate them in a future strike. With only legends and fables to drive their hope, the Kinley place it all on the line to recover lost artifacts that stand as their only hope of salvation. Fate would not be so kind in Dayton’s world to let this pass though, instead the path ahead of them rests in tragedy, struggle and survival against all odds.

Resurrection isn’t just a regular Sci-Fi piece, it brings in historical references to the land of Egypt and it drives a detailed experience to the reader to immerse them in this world. From the character descriptions to the bleak surrounding as Pruit passes through space in what can only be described as a test of faith in her mission. It brings cultures clashing over stories that have become legends, both sides grounded in their own hate and disgust for each other and looking only toward a final death-blow to the other group. The tensions of these two groups only bring down crushing weight upon all those involved in this mission which spans the length of the book.

When you bounce between thousands of years earlier, then present day and then flashbacks, it’s not an easy task. Dayton manages to weave these stories together from polar opposite ends of the spectrum into a single intensive story line, the lost scientists, the Kinley struggle and the Lucien thwart attempts and a bunch of Earthlings caught up in the mix all find a harmony as the acts draw together. In some moments it’s heart breaking and in other chapters it drives an urge for triumph in light of all the tragedy. No one has it easy in the universe for Resurrection, not now and not 5,000 years ago, there’s always a conflict or a desire for power and it doesn’t matter if its aliens or humans involved.

[spoiler show=”Show Plot Spoilers” hide=”Hide Plot Spoilers”]Fair warning, this does cover major spoiler areas of the story. Resurrection encompasses lost scientists from the Kinley world now referred to in ancient form, their story unfolds through the book 5,000 years ago in the land of Egypt. The team struggling to adapt to their new environment as they land just shy of the Kings of the region, struggling to show their level of authority without causing a war they struggle to work as outsiders but find themselves seen as Gods. The team has to face this issue as the challenge and abandonment from their planet eat away their existing unity and draw questions of betrayal and deception from their own ranks.The Kinley face a world on the brink of extinction, after the plague release on the Lucien’s they had to deal with their own issues of radioactive poisoning and bombings upon their cities that remained. After catching a spy the Sentinel command realizes their entire population is on the verge of absolute annihilation as the Lucien plan to eradicate them from the universe. Pruit and Niks the most trusted of their guard get sent to Earth on a last gamble to seek out the lost technology allowing for faster than light travel, if successful they might be able to move their people to safety or out class the Lucien at their own game.

The Lucien only wish for retribution for the plague, unaware their own bombs already decimated the Kinley population into near extinction they push for a final attack. Upon hearing of the Kinley recovery plan from their internal spies, they decide to send two brothers, a Kinley clone and one of their Lucien stars into pursuit of the Kinley craft to stop them and recover the technology for themselves. The chase is on to Earth where all of this rests and even then, it’s just the beginning of the hunt, betrayals and struggle for all of them.

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The only issue for some is the cinematic style of writing may wear down some readers, the details come in waves as new areas and characters enter the story. Not only are the introduced in attire but they’re often detailed down to their odor in some cases, vehicles and environments often take up the same detail to some level as well. It’s certainly helpful to see that much information but it does tax the casual crowd.

Resurrection brings many elements of storytelling into a single package, delivering an experience that will take readers down this troubled path of the Kinley race and their bleak future. It’s a detailed adventure that drags readers in and keeps them curious for more. Sci-Fi fans will no doubt find some comfort and familiarity in the read and Action/Adventure fans will find something to enjoy as well given the rules of the world don’t adhere strictly to the genre. At $10.76 in paperback on Amazon or $4.99 for the Kindle version it’s a great title to include in your personal library.

Release date: Now! [Amazon]

Optional: Tomorrow we’ll be unveiling our Resurrection launch contest to win a paperback copy of the book!

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