Dark Horse announces a Richardson & Sakai partnership for 47 Ronin

Mike Richardson president of Dark Horse and Stan Sakai the decorated Eisner Award vet are partnering up for 47 Ronin to tell the legendary tale in a new twist. The tale plans to follow the Samurai of Daimyo, a feudal lord who took his own life in seppuku and set these Samurai to avenge his death.

It’s not a project that came on a whim though, Richardson has been at work trying to put together just the right team for this venture and it’s now official. Although it’s a nice twist to see that after all of his travels his ideal setup was already in his home at Dark Horse.

 “I’ve been fascinated with this story from the earliest days of Dark Horse, visiting the significant locations and doing research during my trips to Japan. For years I’ve been looking for just the right artist and it finally dawned on me that he was right here at Dark Horse,” said Mike Richardson. “Stan Sakai is a master storyteller who knows the material, and his artistic interpretation is perfect for the story. What’s more, my friend, legendary manga writer Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub), has served as editorial consultant for the project.”

The project plans to go deep into the roots of the era with Stan Sakai even looking to mirror the stylized artwork from the woodblock prints that were so popular in the time, the use of it will be a huge compliment to the story told through the book. Sakai is confident in the project though as noted below.

 “I have known the 47 Ronin story about all my life, and I paid a pilgrimage to their gravesite when I was in Japan in 2009. This is a significant event in Japanese history, and when Mike asked me to illustrate the story I jumped at the chance. I’m known for the research I do, but I was amazed at the research and knowledge Mike already had. I’m having a blast with this,” said Stan Sakai.

The story and art are already in progress and Dark Horse is aiming to have the series kick off in November 2012. Given the enthusiasm there’s no doubt we’ll see more about this project as it comes along.

WonderCon 2012: Once Upon A Time Panel with Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis

At Sunday’s WonderCon panel Once Upon A Time fans were in for a real treat, a screening of the newest episode, “Heart Of Darkness”, and a Q&A with show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. The episode was very Snow and Charming centered, getting very large reactions from the crowd. The episode was all about love, both having and lacking it and the repercussions of both scenarios.

After the screening Horowitz and Kitsis came on stage and took questions from the audience, being very open and revealing in their answers. They talked about their wish list for show characters, an eclectic list including Peter Pan, Ariel, Rapunzel and Mulan. They did say to not expect to see Winnie The Pooh or Pluto but they don’t want to close any doors and cheekily said that those characters “may show up in season 9.” When asked about the Lost Easter eggs (both Horowitz and Kitsis worked on the epic Lost) they pointed out the many they have already hidden, a clock set to 8:15, Geronimo Jackson shout-outs, Regina’s 108 address, an Apollo bar and they revealed a hint to a future surprise cryptically stating “look up in the air.” They also revealed that they would love to work with all of the Lost actors again but specifically mentioned Jorge Garcia.

Near the end of the panel Horowitz and Kitsis made some big reveals, The Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) will be back in the finale (which they were flying to Canada to film immediately after the panel ended), by the end of the season everything we want to know about August and “two things we don’t” will be revealed, Barbara Hershey will be appearing as the Queen’s mother and finally. who Dr. Whale’s fairytale land counterpart is (this won’t be revealed in this season but when they finally do, it will be met with an “aha”).

Once Upon A Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC

Review – Kult #4

Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Artist: Iwan Nazif
Colorist: Micheal Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Jake Murray
Published By: Dark Horse Comics

Kult#4 is here! Let us jump into the latest twists. Tomas is now attune to the truth’s of the world, and with his full potential awakened, he understands that he alone can change of the future. As Herzog and Claws Of The Hidden Hand look on anxiously, Tomas tells Astaroth that he understands how the reality machine works and can feel it inside him as they fight. Tomas also mentions that the Demiurge wasn’t the warden of reality prison but was the artist and that Astaroths actions knock the machine off course, for that, his actions will not go unpunished. Herzog and Claws Of The Hidden Hand comment on how the plan they had in course is now in ruins due to Herzog inference, when he awakens Tomas mind. Astaroth then tells Tomas that he’d been looking for the demiurge, and planned to over throw him and take his claim as god. Stating that many have attempt to save humanity and all have failed-died by his hands.  When the battle reaches it’s climax and Tomas cleary the victor, he teleports them to the original city of Metropolis which is now a hellish dwelling for the dammed, with his demise certain Astaroth tries to persuade the creatures to join him but to no avail. Now an arrogant Tomas announces to Astaroth that the demiurge is at the bottom of the abyss, and he’s more then welcome to join him there.

With Astaroth defeated and no one to stand against him, Cassie expresses the concerns Claws of the hidden hand have for the future and that they had devoted their lives to see the day humanity is free from enslavement. Tomas tells Cassie he see’s no reason to change the future, mankind needs order someone to suppress man’s darkest impulse’s. After hearing Tomas’s plans for the world, they attack him but are quickly apprehended, that’s when Cassie asks “Why are you doing this to us” and Tomas replys “Because I’m the Demiurge” That’s when you see the true nature of Tomas Zank.

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed the Kult series and thought it was solid read, the story was not overly complicated nor was it cramped with unnecessary characters. It’s a very simple story straight forward to the point you will not get lost if you miss an issue or two-But if you’re a reader who’s into crazy plots and twist then I suggest you leave this one alone.  The story as well as characters are lacking depth, the writing doesn’t  really grasp your attention. With that said the artist does do a good job capturing what the writing didn’t, Iwan Nazif  Illustration gives the reader a smooth transition for template to template it’s not clustered or overly detail. So, if you’re a casual comic reader then you would enjoy Kult but if you’re a hard reader then some of its faults my turn you away..

 

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

 

Review – Kult #3

Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Artist: Iwan Nazif
Colorist: Micheal Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Jake Murray
Published By: Dark Horse Comics

 

In the last issue,  Herzog opened Tomas’ mind to truth of the world as it is, the human race as slaves, and that he has the power to change the future. After a using his new abilities Tomas and new traveling companion Cassie Boyer narrowly escape death. Worried about the safety of his daughters, they teleport to Lillyvine Hospital the where Tomas children are staying.

Issue #3 –  Tomas and Cassie  are making their way through the hospital to see if Mary & Agnes are safe, on the way they run into Mark someone Tomas helped awhile back with his aid they reached the children’s ward only to find that all the children including Tomas daughters are in a comatose state, this cause’s Tomas to break down and leaves him open for an attack by Astaroth who’s disgusted as Cassie, once again Tomas has stumble into another life or death situation and must use his new-found powers to survive ……..

In a comic where there are  multiple realities, I have to say Atiyeh and Nazif’s transition from each world goes along admirably. Throughout  the issue Nazif’s Artwork along with Atiyeh’s coloring is first-rate, the reader should have now problem telling the difference between each reality, the Kult team deserves recognition for how great the series is coming together.

Like I said I’m interested on seeing how the Kult world evolves, I recommend Dark Horse’s Kult # 3 which is out now! So go check it out…….

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

 

 

Review: Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

Green River Killer A True Detective Story
Writer: Jeff Jensen
Artist: Jonathan Case
Publisher: Dark Horse

Green River Killer A True Detective Story offers a very interesting take on a subject matter that seems to enthrall many of us, serial killers.  This subject matter is very disturbing to some (as it should be) but never ceases to draw us in because of the heinousness of these people and the crimes they commit.  I think theses stories are so attractive because the majority of us can never can fully understand why people do the things they do.  Green River Killer is not disturbing or graphic, rather, it is just interesting.  It shows that one can tell a story without having to be so explicit and shocking (think torture horror) and still tell a complex, engaging tale.  For lack of a better word, this is a quaint way to tell a gruesome tale.

Green River Killer is broken up into “days”, five of them.  Jumping back and forth in time from when the crimes were occurring to present day questioning of The Green River Killer.  The characters are done well, as they should be, the writer Jeff Jensen is the son of one of the main detectives, Tom Jensen, that was on the actual case and is obviously the main character.  The art, all done in black and white, is very good.  There is a stylized  feel to it and it really adds something extra to the story.

This is a really nice tribute from a son to his father.  It also gives a third party perspective to an event that the author was living through but still on the outside looking in.  My only gripe with the book is the constant message banging you over the head about “smoking is bad.”  We all know this, it was unnecessary and actually took away from the story a little bit.  One or two references to it would have been fine, we did not need thirty!

Release date: August 31, 2011
Price: $24.99

 

Review – Kult #2

KULT #2

Release Date: September 07, 2011

  • Writer: Jeremy Barlow
  • Artist: Iwan Nazif
  • Colorist:Michael Atiyeh
  • Cover Artist: Jake Murra

Kult has already achieved legendary status in the Roleplaying world, now trying to make a name for its self in the comic book world. Kult#2  gives us a glimpse of what  to come in the future for Tomas Zenk

This issue of Kult #2 Tomas Zenk is left in a endless labyrinth and trying disparately to escape, confused and disorient Zank meet’s a wonder Herzog who takes him to safety. There herzog  proceeds to tell him about the evil that has complete dominance over the world he’s trapped in..and that only he has the power to change all of that, unsettled Tomas leaves herzog camp only to fall right back into a bad situation which forces him to use his abilities to survive…

Iwan Nazif Visual storytelling  of the Kult world is solid, Jeremy Barlow writing compliments the  clean artwork by Nazif all and all everything flows pretty well.

Here’s what I think about Kult #2. After reading a few pages I kind of got the feeling I knew this  story, then it hit me “The matrix! I’m not going to say it’s exactly like matrix but I can see the similarities in the story so far. You can say that it’s simplistic, and that nothing really jumps out at you but it’s well written, sometimes It does seem like the story is rushed, only cause how it flows. Overall  if they take time and not rush it Kult has some potential….I’ll just say I’m interested on seeing how the Kult world unfolds.