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Marvel to launch new Daredevil Infinite Series in 2014 from Mark Waid
Marvel’s Infinite comics have gone from strength to strength in 2013 with titles like Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, Ironman: Fatal Frontier and Guardians of the Galaxy. With big name creators like Brian Bendis, Kieron Gillen and Jonathan Hickman writing A-list characters, the Infinite comics are now much more than just a novelty. That trend is set to continue in 2014 with news that Mark Waid and Peter Krause are set to produce an Infinite version of Daredevil in the new year with the series Daredevil: Road Warrior.
Launching in February, Road Warrior is set to debut after the climactic events of Daredevil #36 which will see Waid’s run on the series come to an end. “Matt’s beginning a whole new chapter in his life following the events of Daredevil #36, and he’s excited but apprehensive at the same time,” Waid said in an interview with Marvel.com. “You can be a Man Without Fear and still be a little worried about where the next paycheck is coming from. Daredevil: Road Warrior is a coast-to-coast adventure/chase with thrills aplenty.”
Daredevil Road Warrior sees Waid unite on Daredevil with longtime collaborator Peter Krause with whom he produces the series Insufferable for Waid’s digital only imprint Thrillbent. With the wealth of experience that both men have in producing cutting edge digital comics this should be the first must-read digital comic of 2014.
Madefire are the app-based brainchild of former Marvel UK artist Liam Sharp, graphic designer Ben Wolstenholme and comics legend Dave Gibbons. Their brand of digital titles known as motion books are truly the cutting edge of digital comics, packed with a stunning mix of artwork and sound that blur the lines between comics and animation. This week Madefire have launched two exciting new titles that could not contrast more, but both push boundaries in their own ways.
First is a new original Madefire comic ‘War in Heaven’ from writer Ricardo Pinto and artist Adrian Smith. Based loosely on Milton’s Paradise Lost it is a bleak gothic tale that Liam Sharp describes as “Post-rock-art, epic and unapologetic.” All 6 issues of Made in Heaven are available to download for free from the Madefire app which is available for the iPad and iPhone, or can be viewed online at Madefire’s website.
At the other end of the creative spectrum is Madefire’s first day-and-date digital release - My Little Pony Annual 2013. Released as part of their deal with IDW Pubishing that see’s licensed titles like Star Trek, Transformers and My Little Pony translated into Madefire’s motion book platform, My Little Pony Annual 2013 is available from the Madefire app on the same day that it is released on to the newsstands, a first for titles released on this platform. With it’s sugar-sweet artwork and story, the My Little Pony characters truly come to life in the motion book format, and this over-sized Annual edition is available via the free to download Madefire app for £5.49.
With it having been Halloween last week we have chosen some seriously spooky digital comics for you to check out this week:
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is one of the most critically acclaimed and influential comic books of the last 25 years, and this week Gaiman returns to The Endless after a 10 year break to bring us this epic prologue. With art from J.H. Williams III, Overture is set to reveal the story behind how Dream of the Endless ends up being held captive at the beginning of in the first issue of the Sandman, as well as touching on the creation of the universe and the both of the Endless - nothing like a modest sense of scale and scope then! With any book like this, the hype surrounding it has set expectations unnecessarily high but Gaiman rarely disappoints and with Overture he continues that trend. We may only be able to truly judge this series once all 6 issues have been published, but on first impressions this is a fantastic return to the wondrous world of the Sandman with all the characters you would hope to see - and with better quality colouring and digital reproduction as well - making it an essential read!
Silver #1 and #2 (Dark Planet Comics)
By day Stephan Franck is the director of bright and fluffy animated films like Smurfs - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but he has a dark side which he channels in the moody monochromatic world of his self-published comic series Silver published by Dark Planet Comics. Silver #2 is released this week on ComiXology and is a vampire/heist comic, set in the 1930s where conman and thief James Finnegan is looking for answers about the shiny trinket which he stole from the basements of the Harker foundation in issue #1. In this second installment he seeks out Rosalynd ‘Sledge’ Van Helsing to help seek answers for the mystery and also continue her grandfather’s work tackling the forces of the undead. With constant references to the classic Dracula mythos, but with a smart ‘pulp-era’ attitude, Silver is a refreshingly original take on what is often an over-saturated genre.
Silver is available from ComiXology for £1.49/$1.99
If you fancy something with a slightly lighter tone then Plants vs. Zombies Lawnmageddon is the book for you. Dark Horse’s adaptation of the hit iPad and iPhone game sees plucky youngsters Patrice and Nate take on the hordes of undead who are determined to ruin the tranquility of the quiet town on Neighborville with the help of Patrice’s uncle ‘Crazy’ Dave. With all your favourite plants and zombies on show, writer Paul Tobin and artist Ron Chan are clearly loving getting to play in this universe and do a brilliant job of perfectly capturing the quirky nature of the game but instilling enough plot and character to ensure that it is a comic worth reading not just a series of set pieces based around levels from the game. Rushing through the adventure at break-neck speed with plenty of action and humour, this is an essential read for Plants vs Zombies fans of all ages.
All 6 issues can be purchase individually via the Plants vs. Zombies comic app for £0.69/$0.99 each