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In Stores This Week

This week brings the release of Artifacts #26, the fourth and final part of “Progeny,” the Top Cow Universe crossover. The issue is by me, artist Marco Turini and colorist Andy Troy. This marks Marco’s first issue of Artifacts, as he settles in for a run after taking over art duties from Stjepan Sejic, who departs to launch Aphrodite IX as a monthly title (and to work on volume 2 of Ravine). Marco’s work shows some obvious sensibilities from his native Italy, so his art is an intriguing mix of European and American influences.

The issue brings the story threads of “Progeny” to a head, hopefully in an unexpected way, and sets the stage for ensuing issues of the title. More than that, I don’t want to say, for fear of spoiling the story.

Also released recently is the Blackburn Burrow #4, the final issue of the supernatural Civil War-era tale by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith and colorist Jordie Bellaire, based on Jay N. Levy’s screenplay for Amazon Studios. Go to the Amazon Studios blog Hollywonk, for more information, and links to read the issue as well as download it for free on Kindle:

http://hollywonk.com/post/45264984398

I also wrote an essay on “Three Rules for Writing Visually” for Hollywonk, with some thoughts on writing for comics. Have a look here:

http://hollywonk.com/post/45351125083/marz-3-rules-visual

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week sees the release of Prophecy #7, the concluding part of my crossover for Dynamite Comics. I’d like to tell you that I had every last detail of Prophecy figured out from the start, and that I knew how everything would tie together at the end, in issue #7. I’d like to tell you that … but it would be an utter fabrication.

I always had a general idea of where we were headed in Prophecy, and that it was ultimately a Red Sonja story. Because of that, the climax need to be driven by Sonja, and her enmity for Kulan Gath. I also knew that by bringing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the story early on, I’d need to pay off their involvement. Everything would have to be brought full circle: Sonja, Sherlock, all of it. It’s a juggling act, keeping all these characters in the air. But no matter how deft your juggling, if you drop everything at the end, that’s what the audience remembers. You have to catch what you’ve been juggling, and then take a bow.

I think artist Walter Geovani and I pulled it off. But, of course, the audience is the ultimate judge. A five-page preview of Prophecy #7 can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=15093

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Two new issues out this week, though only one is available in stores. The one you can get in stores is Prophecy #5, continuing the crossover event from Dynamite Comics. Prophecy has been fun to write, trying to bring together disparate characters like Red Sonja, Vampirella, Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain and even Ash from “Army of Darkness. This collection of characters probably shouldn’t work as a group, but it’s been fun trying to make it all come together. I feel like I stuck the landing in tying up all the plot threads for the finale in issue #7, but you’ll have to be the judge of that as the series barrels toward a conclusion.

My artistic collaborator, Walter Geovani, has been doing terrific work on the series, and issue #5 is no different. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14344

Also debuting this week is Blackburn Burrow #3, the book I’m doing for Amazon Studios, with my great art team of Matthew Dow Smith and Jordie Bellaire (with Brian Stelfreeze on covers). The issue is free, and available in a number of digital formats, just as the previous issues are. The Civil War-era, supernatural story is an adaptation of a screenplay optioned by Amazon Studios.

Complete information and download links here:

http://hollywonk.com/post/36812407590/blackburn-issue-3

In a rather curious coincidence, Prophecy #5 and Blackburn Burrow #3 share a character. Obviously wasn’t planned that way, and it’s certainly strange that the issues hit on the same day. But the same character — though visually different depictions — appears in both issues. Let me know if you pick up on it.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Big week this week! I have three books appearing in comic stores and digitally this week, and another on the horizon. First up, Shinku #5, from Image, finally makes its appearance after a long delay; you can read about the reasons in my CBR column, Shelf Life, this week. Issue #5 brings the concluding chapter to the first arc of the series, “Throne of Blood” (a nod to Kurosawa, of course), with Shinku breaching a vampire shrine. Hopefully you’ll think the issue is worth the wait. I love how it turned out, and how it sets up the ensuing arc, “The Hidden Fortress.”

Next is Prophecy #4, from Dynamite, continuing the time-spanning crossover bringing together a diversity of characters including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. Issue #4 introduces a new character into the mix, someone that should come as a complete surprise … unless you peeked at the preview pages seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=13911

Newsarama’s Best Shots has already reviewed the issue, giving it a 10 out of 10, and saying,

“Prophecy is helmed by a great creative team at the height of their craft, playing with ancient legend, pulp favorites, and cult classics to make a story that’s not to be missed. Don’t let the licensed characters fool you into passing on one of the best comics out there right now.”

The full review can be read here: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-mega-column-reviews.html

Next, my buddy Tom Raney and I have a story in Heavy Metal #259, a fact that would make 14-year-old me’s head explode. The story is called “Pair of Rogues,” and introduces a pair of a creator-owned characters in a fantasy world that Tom and I hope to return to often. Our plan is to create a series of short stories, published in various outlets, growing into an epic tale that can stand on its own.

Lastly, keep an eye out for Blackburn Burrow #2 from Amazon Studios, by me, Matthew Dow Smith and Jordie Bellaire, which will go live very soon. As with issue #1, Blackburn Burrow #2 will be offered by Amazon for free in a variety of digital formats. The story deepens, literally, as the enigmatic Mister and his new companion Merrin delve deep into the mine, uncovering a shocking buried secret.

Cheers,

Ron


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