Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Brodie Brockie relaunches DAZZLER

After a painful split from her longtime boyfriend, Longshot, Allison Blaire wants to get away from being a superhero and freedom fighter and concentrate on her first and greatest passion: music. Dazzler hits up her old connections in the music biz but finds all of them either gone, out of touch, or disinterested in giving her a second chance. Allison starts again from the bottom, singing in clubs and trying to make things work on her own. She tries to put a band together with no success. Things just aren't working out.

Finally, after performing at an open mic night, she's approached by someone representing Rampart Records. They're willing to put together a band for her, give them a record contract, and foot the bill for a worldwide tour. However, there are some serious strings attached...

Rampart Records is a front for S.H.I.E.L.D., and while Dazzler and her band will genuinely be playing concerts and recording music, to do so they'll also have to go on missions in every city they visit - infiltrating anarchist organizations, busting drug rings, catching super-tech dealers, etc.

Therefore the band Rampart has put together is all made of super-powered ladies, each of whom has their own reason for accepting S.H.I.E.L.D.'s deal. They are:

Real Name: Mary MacPherson
Band Role: bass guitar
Power: super strength
Her Deal: Once a meek pushover (and high school orchestra bass player), Mary was granted super strength by Dr. Doom during the first Secret War. She thought it was the answer to her prayers, hooked up with super villain The Absorbing Man, and took to a life of crime. She wasn't any happier than she used to be, repeatedly busted by the likes of Spider-Man an She Hulk. Finally sic of both The Absorbing Man and the life of crime, Titania wants to go straight. She sells out The Absorbing Man to S.H.I.E.L.D. and agrees to join the band in exchange for her criminal record being expunged. Because of her checkered past, Titania's place in the band is probationary, and comes with a top-secret additional catch. Unbeknownst to Titania, she's been tagged with a micro-tether. Should she get more than three miles away from the rest of the band, her powers will immediately go away, and she'll be small and weak again. Oh, and the Absorbing Man? I wouldn't expect that guy to stay locked up forever.

Real Name: Eva King
Band Role: lead guitar, backing vocals
Power: Shockwave blasts
Her Deal: A mutant with vibration powers, Eva is also a single mother whose son's powers just kicked in. Raising a kid on your own is tough enough, but when that can't control his sudden bursts of super speed, things get really tough. Eva wants to enroll him in the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, but can't afford the tuition. That's where Rampart steps in. Agree to perform as Dazzler's right hand on stage and in the field, and the kid gets a full ride scholarship. How could a loving mother refuse? She hates to be away from her kid, but can't help but also love this opportunity to finally really rock.

Real Name: Tina Marusa
Band Role: drummer
Power: The ability to anticipate other's actions
Her Deal: With her mutant power to anticipate other people's immediate intentions, Cadence is both the perfect fighter, and the perfect drummer. In a brawl or on the stage, Tina can always find the rhythm -
unfortunately, she's never been able to settle into a rhythm in her life. Bounced around from school to school, Cadence eventually bounced out of school all together, she's tried to fit in in bands and gangs but instead
of finding her place, she's just found trouble. For Tina, Rampart's offer is the most simple and straightforward of all: here's a place you can finally use your abilities to contribute, and hopefully fit in.

Put together by design, it's now up to Dazzler and the Refractions to figure out how to work together - how to gel on stage and how to rely on one another offstage. They're off on a tour into every seedy corner of the Marvel Universe, and tasked with saving the world one dive bar at a time.

Dazzler created by Tom DeFalco, Lousie Simonson, John Romita Jr and Roger Stern. Read more...
Brodie Brockie's website: http://www.brodiehbrockie.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Alejandro Bruzzese relaunches YEAR X

Alejandro says: Thrill-seeker Trevor Fitzroy's natural ability to step in and out of the time stream has both given him unique perspective and the opportunity to exploit his knowledge of history for personal gain. His story begins in 2104, as he uses his abilities and influence to gain a spot in the X-Men, which have long surpassed the Avengers as the world's most effective and respected protectors from extraordinary threats. He soon finds out that, in reality, the X-Men have become a corrupt militaristic political movement whose representatives govern most of the Americas.

Upon this discovery Fitzroy immediately realizes when things went wrong: The day, nearly a century before, when Cyclops and Wolverine decided to split the X-Men into factions. Fitzroy decides that, even though he's never taken a life, he must travel to 2012 to assassinate Cyclops in order to ensure that the X-Men remain a force for good.

Alejandro's websites: http://alejandrobruzzese.net/ | http://www.flickr.com/photos/thegreatcube/

Trevor Fitzroy was created by Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio. Read more...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


gElm says: Walt Disney's Comics and Stories relaunched as a distinctly Lovecraftian horror comic. In the first issue: "Beneath the Money Bin" - After seeing Scrooge McDuck lift a drunk vagrant into a limousine, a curious Huey, Dewey and Louie, follow and investigate. They soon discover the true source of their uncle's wealth and power. But will they survive it? (Answer: Probably not.) Backup story: "Madness Beyond the Farthest Stars" - Gyro Gearloose invents a machine that allows him to cast his mind deep into the terrifying void of the universe.

About gElm: http://stoicdecay.blogspot.com

Uncle Scrooge and most of the citizens of Duckburg were created by Carl Barks.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dave Windett relaunches JONNI THUNDER

Dave says:Whilst visiting her father (Professor Thunder) on an archaeological dig at a Badhnesiaian temple, Jonni is caught in a terrifying earthquake.

The floor of the temple splits open and Jonni falls into an undiscovered cavern far underground.
Searching for a way out she accidentally breaks a small golden statue which releases the Thunderbolt, a Geni like spirit which bonds itself to her service!

Dave Windett is a professional comics artist and illustrator, his work has been published in Britain, Europe and America.

He has drawn comics featuring numerous licensed characters, including Inspector Gadget, Eek the Cat, Ace Ventura, Daffy Duck and Korky the Cat . For the Scandinavian market he has illustrated educational books, business manuals and comics. He has also designed original characters for a variety of publications and provided illustrations for everything from magazines and websites to mobile phones, games, and children's shoes.

Samples of his work can be seen on his website at - http://www.davewindett.com/ and on his blog at - http://www.davewindett.com/blog/

Jonni Thunder was created by Roy Thomas.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WATCHMEN-TOO: John Bishop relaunches WATCHMEN

John says: Dr. Manhattan has finally returned from his six month mission, sending 7,777 versions of himself to explore the vast multiverse of parallel dimensions, spending only a few hours per dimension. One version of Earth interests him particularly. He christens it 'Earth-2'. The Watchmen of Earth-2 are versions of himself and his teammates, slightly different origins and powers, but remarkably familiar. A sinister force uses Dr. Manhattan's power to transport his team to Earth-2, and tricks them into battling this strange new team, but they finally join forces to fight the menace, known as Darkseid! This is the start of the massive story arc 'The Watchmen Crisis', which will spin off into the two new series 'The Watchmen League' and 'Young Watchmen'!

See more of John's work at www.eyemelt.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WATCHMEN-TOO: Zephan Osiris and Stevie Garvin relaunch MOTHMAN

By Zephan Osiris and Stevie Garvin

Here comes Part 2: Who Kills the Killer Moth?!

This is what happens when you cage up two moths! They battle! But after MothMan's squirmish with Killer Moth ends in blood, MothMan becomes the prime suspect in Killer Moth's murder. Did MothMan Kill Killer Moth? You'll have to read it to find out. And when is Batman going to show up already?!


Monday, February 27, 2012

WATCHMEN-TOO: Eric Esquivel and Javier Hernandez relaunch THE NEW FRONTIERSMAN

Eric says:
Javi, as you may know, is a popular cartoonist from the magical land of California.  The comic book he's most famous for, El Muerto, was adapted as a film & starred That 70's Shows' Wilmer Valderrama.

Eric's website:  www.emeComics.com
Jav's website: www.Javzilla.com

At the end of Watchmen we discover that Rorschach mailed a copy of his journal to The New Frontiersmen, an ultra-conservative publication dedicated to exposing corruption.

Our sequel assumes that said journal was published in The New Frontiersmen, and that it was generally dismissed as the last crazy ramblings of a mentally disturbed, paranoid-schizophrenic sociopath.

Our protagonists (as pictured on the cover) are a motley crew of young (13-21 years old) anarchists, punk rock kids, and loudmouthed libertarians who read Walter Kovak's last words, and believed every word. Not just his record of events...but also his violent, subjectivist philosophy.

They are The 1%, rallied around a martyr who is equal parts Batman and Che Guevera—and whose righteous, youthful rage (and sheer numbers) make them more of a threat to Ozymandias' utopia than Rorschach ever was.