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In Stores This Week

Two new issues on the stands for me this week, as both Artifacts #12 and Voodoo #4 reach stores.

Artifacts #12, the last issue in artist Jeremy Haun’s tenure on the series, brings the storyline to a head in a big way. To say much more than that would spoil the fun. The origin backup features the Thirteenth Artifact, with art by Michael Broussard. There’s a nine-page preview of the issue here:


Artifacts #13 will be in stores next Wednesday, Jan. 4, so you won’t have to wait long to see how the storyline winds up … and how the stage is set for the ongoing Artifacts series.

Voodoo #4 is also out this Wednesday. It’s my last issue on the title, for reasons that, unfortunately, are still unclear to me, beyond DC wanting a “different direction” for the book. I absolutely loved working with my art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne, and hope to work with them again soon. I’d also like to thank my immediate editors on the book. I had three editors over the course of four issues, but all of them were a pleasure to deal with: Brian Cunningham, Rex Ogle and Bobbie Chase, ably assisted by Darren Shan and Katie Kubert. Best of luck to everyone from issue #5 onward.

You can see a preview of Voodoo #4 here:




In stores this week

Voodoo #3 hits stores this week, featuring an appearance by Kyle Rayner, the Green Lantern I co-created with artist Darryl Banks. The beautiful art is again by Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne.

It’s also my penultimate issue on the title, as Voodoo #4 will be my last issue. That was DC’s choice, not mine. I’m truthfully still not sure what prompted the decision. My full comments on the situation:

“The only thing I was told was that they wanted a different direction for the book. I had a 10-minute phone call with the outgoing editor, who gave me the news. I asked what direction they wanted, but since the editor was leaving staff the next day, he didn’t really know. So that’s all the information I was given. I haven’t heard from anyone else, beyond a call from the book’s new editor to work out details on my last issue.”

“I have to admit, I was pretty surprised, since I’d been making the revisions and changes that had been requested by editorial as the book evolved. But it seems like they want something other than what I was giving them. Obviously I’m disappointed that I won’t get to continue the story we began telling, and I’ll certainly miss working with the art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne, who are doing amazing work on the series. I wish them and the new writer much success as Voodoo moves forward. I still feel like the New 52 was a very bold and positive move for DC, and for the industry as a whole, and I’m glad to have been a part of it.”

Here’s a link to the full story on Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/voodoo-writer-switch-marz-williamson-111114.html

I appreciate everyone who gave Voodoo a try while I was on it. We tried to do something a little different with the book, and still keep it firmly set in the DCU. It’s up to you to decide how successful we were.



In stores this week

Two new issues out this week. First up, Magdalena #9, with art by Nelson Blake 2nd, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. It’s the start of a new story arc, and a good jumping-on point, as we get back to a regular schedule on the book. The story is Part 1 of “The One, True Cross,” which is actually a concept suggested by my Witchblade collaborator Stjepan Sejic.

We’ve tried to maintain a globe-trotting aspect to the series, and this issue visits Romania, the Vatican and San Cristobal, Mexico, which is a town in the mountainous Chiapas region that I spent some time in a number of years ago.

There’s a Magdalena preview here: http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1110/23/imagefirsts.htm

Also out this week is Voodoo #2, with art by Sami Basri, Hendry Prasetya and Jessica Kholinne. The story follows Priscilla after her departure from the Voodoo Lounge at the end of issue #1, and gives a bit more insight into Agent Jessica Fallon.

You can see a Voodoo preview here: http://comics.ign.com/articles/121/1210396p1.html



Voodoo Part Deux

Reviews of Voodoo #1 keep rolling in, so here’s an update with more links. I’m sure I didn’t get all of them, so please forgive any, uh, missing links. But these are the ones I found, both positive and negative (though I’m pleased to say generally more positive than negative).

  1. Heretical Jargon: http://hereticaljargon.com/2011/10/01/voodoo-1-review/
  2. Talking Comic Books: http://talkingcomicbooks.com/2011/09/review-voodoo-1/#more-416
  3. My Geeky Geeky Ways: http://www.mygeekygeekyways.com/2011/10/voodoo-1-review.html
  4. Grumpy Old Fan at CBR: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/09/grumpy-old-fan-new-52-week-4-across-the-finish-line/
  5. Inside Pulse: http://insidepulse.com/2011/10/02/review-voodoo-1-by-ron-marz-and-sami-basri/
  6. Cross Hatchings at CBR: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/10/01/cross-hatchings-for-october-2011/
  7. Greg Burgas at CBR: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/10/02/greg-reviews-every-single-new-dc-comic/
  8. Read/Rant: http://readrant.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/review-voodoo-1/
  9. Graphic Policy: http://graphicpolicy.com/2011/10/02/comic-book-weekly-reviews-%E2%80%93-92811-dcnu-week-4/
  10. Eye on Comics: http://www.eyeoncomics.com/?p=2163
  11. Bureau 42: http://www.bureau42.com/view/10228/new-52-review-voodoo-1
  12. Indie Wire: http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/archives/2011/10/02/voodoo_comic_book_debuts_with_controversy_and_the_fury_of_firestorm_instant/#
  13. Multiversity Comics: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/2011/10/dcnu-weekly-review-round-up-week-four.html
  14. The Verbal Mosh: http://www.theverbalmosh.com/2011/10/digital-review-voodoo-1.html?spref=tw
  15. Cosmic Treadmill: http://cosmictreadmill.co.uk/?p=986
  16. Broken Frontier: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/reviews/p/detail/voodoo-1
  17. Pipeline at CBR: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34722



Voodoo Reviews Due

Voodoo #1 hit stores Wednesday. The hysterics about it started last week, before anyone had even read the issue. Now that it’s out, and in people’s hands, the reactions have been all over the map.

Review links are below, if you’d care to peruse. I’m really pretty fascinated by the diverse reactions: two people read the same issue, and each comes away with a drastically different view of what was just read. Doesn’t make either on right or wrong — ultimately, any of it is just one person’s opinion. We all bring our experiences and predilections to the table with us, whether we want to admit it or not.

And really, that’s fine. Not every book is for every reader, nor should it be. As I’ve said before, comics are not a one-size-fits-all medium. Thanks to everyone who picked up Voodoo and gave it a chance.

  1. IGN: http://comics.ign.com/articles/119/1196930p1.html
  2. Captain Comics: http://captaincomics.ning.com/profiles/blogs/52-reviews-52-part-four
  3. Comic Vine: http://www.comicvine.com/voodoo-/37-293584/staff-review/
  4. The Fandom Post: http://www.fandompost.com/2011/09/28/voodoo-1-review/
  5. Wildstorm Addiction: http://www.wildstormaddiction.com/2011/09/voodoo-1/
  6. The Review Sofa: http://thereviewsofa.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/comics-review-voodoo-1/
  7. Cosmic Book News: http://comics.cosmicbooknews.com/content/voodoo-1
  8. iFanboy: http://ifanboy.com/articles/reviews-dc-comics-52-pick-up-week-four/
  9. Multiversity Comics: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/2011/09/review-voodoo-1.html
  10. Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-rapid-reviews-110929.html
  11. NY Times: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/rating-the-no-1s-aquaman-flash-and-more/
  12. USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2011-09-29/Grading-Week-4-of-DC-Comics-New-52-relaunch/50607686/1
  13. Grumpy Old fan: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/09/grumpy-old-fan-new-52-week-4-across-the-finish-line/
  14. Comic Book Resources: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=3971
  15. Panels on Pages: http://panelsonpages.com/?p=43884
  16. All Things Fun vidcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzRcT0v5LjI&feature=share
  17. A Comic Book Blog: http://acomicbookblog.com/2011/09/voodoo-1-review/
  18. Major Spoliers: http://www.majorspoilers.com/new-52-review-voodoo-1
  19. Forever Geek: http://www.forevergeek.com/2011/09/the-voodoo-that-you-do/
  20. The Occult Detective: http://authorbobfreeman.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/scoring-the-final-week-of-dcs-new-52-1s/
  21. MTV Geek: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2011/09/29/new-52-reviews-all-star-western-voodoo-i-vampire-and-the-fury-of-firestorm/
  22. i09: http://io9.com/5844876/dc-relaunch-snap-judgments-week-4-alien-burlesque-and-angry-cowboys



In stores this week

Can’t remember the last time I actually had four issues hit stores on the same day, but that’s the case Wednesday: Voodoo #1, Witchblade #148, Magdalena #8, and Artifacts #10.

All the issues were actually completed in different weeks, as I recall, but the vagaries of the shipping schedule sometimes result in a week like this. I’ll be signing all four issues, plus whatever else you have, at Midtown Comics Downtown, 64 Fulton St. in NYC, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Witchblade issue is part 3 of the “Tiamat” storyline, with Stjepan Sejic on art, with an appearance by the Angelus. Magdalena is the second and final part of Keu Cha’s guest spot on art, and features a battle in the rain atop Notre Dame. Artifacts reveals more about the bearer of the mysterious 13th Artifact, with art by Jeremy Haun and Sunny Gho.

Voodoo #1

Voodoo, of course, is part of DC’s New 52 initiative, and already has sold out at distributor level (though stores should have copies on the shelves for at least a few days). A second printing is on the way. Hope you give it a try.

Witchblade #148 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9941

Magdalena #8 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9937

Artifacts #10 preview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=9893



Doing Voodoo

Despite the remnants of Hurricane Irene knocking out our power and flooding our basement, VoodooI managed to write a process series for my Shelf Life column on CBR about the impending release of Voodoo #1, my part of DC’s New 53 relaunch. The series of columns traced a set of pages from issue #1, from script through art stages to finished pages. The week culminated with an interview. Links for the entire series can be found below.

It was a welcome chance to expose a book I’m excited about, because it’s not quite like anything else in the DCU. It’s sexy, it’s violent, and hopefully it’s smart and unexpected. Because Voodoo is not quite like anything else in the DCU, I expect it might well struggle to find its audience. So I hope you’ll give it a shot when it hits comic stores and same-day digital download (legal!) on Sept. 28.

Part 1: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34150

Part 2: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34166

Part 3: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34188

Part 4: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34215

Interview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34217

My Shelf Life column runs on Comic Book Resources every two weeks. The archive of previous columns can be found here:




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