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  “The most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced. I really, really care about the people in this story… And I can pretty much guarantee you will too.” – From the introduction by Damon Lindelof (LOST, Star Trek, Prometheus)

“With The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire has created a moving, brilliant, and fiercely original work about loss, longing, and love. Full of piercing moments that will stay with you for long after you’ve finished reading, The Underwater Welder is a testament to the basic truth that down in the depths or up on land, there’s nothing more haunting and wondrous than the human heart. A masterpiece of visual storytelling.” – Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire)

WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE.

As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.

Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.

A 224-page softcover with French flaps, 6.88″ x 10.44″.

SHIPPING IN AUGUST 2012!

via Top Shelf Productions

We’ve gotten our hands on a review copy, so check back to see what the FP staff thinks of it!

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When an airborne virus consumes the planet, turning a tenth of the human population into flesh devouring monsters, life as everyone had known it was over.  Family members turned on each other.  People killed themselves in masses, and the world fell to the sick and the dead.

Watch the infection spread as the falls apart following the dead in …LIVES OF THE DEAD.

The Plagued is a new series brought to you by Forbidden Panel.  Created, written, and drawn by Daniel Whitfield with cover art by Camille Alaras, this series follows the Zombie Apocalypse from the view point of the Zombies themselves.  Follow the infection as it is transferred from person to person, 1 bite at a time.

The Plagued will debut at Wondercon on March 16-18th.  Come visit the creator at the Forbidden Panel booth and pick up your copy.

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SUPURBIA #1
Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120927

 

What goes down when the capes come off? Meet the “Real Housewives” of Earth’s greatest super-team, the Meta Legion! It’s the egos, the tantrums, and the betrayals of the super set. Find out what happens behind the masks as superhero families are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life – and then some! From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new artist Russell Dauterman, this series takes the familiar super-team and turns it on its head with a scandalous, TMZ-fueled look at what it’s like to live with a superhero!


 

EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 (A)
EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 (B)
Written by Corinna Sara Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120955
From the team that brought you BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES comes an all new Apes saga! Gabriel Hardman (HULK, AGENTS OF ATLAS) and Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT) team up with red hot artist Marc Laming (AMERICAN CENTURY, THE RINSE) to take the fan-favorite franchise to all new heights in this can’t-miss mini-series. With ape society gripped in uncertainty, Doctor Zaius must find a way to unite the warring factions before they rip the city apart. It’s up to one lowly chimp to seek out the famed, disgraced General Aleron deep in the heart of the Forbidden Zone, with a secret that might help — or destroy!


HELLRAISER ANNUAL #1 (A)
HELLRAISER ANNUAL #1 (B)
Written by Clive Barker & Various
Drawn by Janusz Ordon
SC, 3224 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120939
The secrets of the Cenobite War revealed! The first year of Clive Barker’s long-awaited return to Hellraiser has been full of jaw-dropping events and new characters, forever changing the landscape of the classic horror universe. Now, only in this annual, learn the shocking secrets behind those seismic shocks to the Cenobites, the Cottons, and the hierarchy of Hell! This all new story will give clues to future storylines, so no Hellraiser fan can miss it!


 

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #9 (A)
ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #9 (B)
Written by Chris Roberson
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120937
BRAND-NEW ARC! GREAT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR NEW READERS! The source of the imbalance of Law and Chaos that’s been assaulting the Multiverse is revealed, and it will leave Moorcock fans reeling! Finally, all incarnations of the Eternal Champion will have to join together to fight against forces bigger than Law and Chaos, for the very survival of existence itself! Legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock and New York Times bestseller Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, STAN LEE’S STARBORN) bring Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum back to comics in this critically acclaimed series!


HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #9
Written by Erik Saltzgaber, Larry Wachowski
Drawn by Denys Cowan, Jackson Guice
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120941
Another bi-monthly dose of classic Hellraiser high strangeness comes your way! We have the next two epic installments of “The Devil’s Brigade,” with Erik Saltzgaber and Jackson Guice delivering “No Loss to the Community,” followed by “Black & White,” written by Larry Wachowski, of The Matrix fame, with art by Denys Cowan.


HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES #10
Written by Nicolas Vince, Peter Akins
Drawn by Sam Kieth, Dave Dorman
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120942
With Chapter 11 of “The Devil’s Brigade,” the epic tale of Leviathan’s most fearsome soldiers, Nicholas Vince and Sam Kieth team up to bring you “Believe the Sinners.” Next, in “Songs of Metal and Flesh” by Peter Akins and Dave Dorman, will even the blind be spared the hooks of the Cenobites? From the darkest depths of the underworld comes another thrilling installment of HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES!


INCORRUPTIBLE #28 (A)
INCORRUPTIBLE #28 (B)
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Marcio Takara
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120943
 

Since her apparent betrayal, Alana Patel has been on Max Damage’s long list of enemies. But when Alana is in danger and Max is called upon to save her, can he find the heart of a true superhero within himself and finally forgive the sins of the one person who forgave his? An unforgettable arc in the companion to Mark Waid’s Eisner-nominated superhero series, IRREDEEMABLE!


IRREDEEMABLE #35 (A)
IRREDEEMABLE #35 (B)
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Diego Barreto
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120950
THE FALLOUT FROM THE REVELATION OF THE PLUTONIAN’S ORIGIN CONTINUES! As the Plutonian struggles with his past, the world is on the brink of nuclear apocalypse. Is there anything on earth that can save the human race now? Or will that savior come from…somewhere else? A gripping installment of Mark Waid’s Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated superhero saga.


PLANET OF THE APES #12 (A)
PLANET OF THE APES #12 (B)
Written by Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120952
When the Lawgiver was assassinated by a human freedom fighter, the world plunged into chaos. Sullivan, now free from Alaya’s clutches, takes humanity’s fight for freedom to the next level, in a devastating gambit for ape and human alike! Writer Daryl Gregory and artist Carlos Magno continue their critically acclaimed run and end this arc on a cliffhanger that you have to read to believe!


TERROR ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #2
Written by Doug Moench
Drawn by Mike Ploog
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120957
By popular demand, the classic Apes reprints continue! In 1974, mighty Marvel Comics published the bone-breaking PLANET OF THE APES MAGAZINE featuring a fan-loved, all-new original story written by Moon Knight co-creator Doug Moench and drawn by Ghost Rider co-creator Mike Ploog: TERROR ON THE PLANET OF THE APES! We heard you at conventions, we read your tweets, and we smiled at your wall posts! This issue features “The Forbidden Zone of Forgotten Horrors!” and “Lick the Sky Crimson.”



STEED AND MRS. PEEL #3
Written by Grant Morrison
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120958
From the one and only Grant Morrison — the conclusion of “The Golden Game!” Psychedelic secret agents John Steed and Emma Peel search for Tara King as she leads them to a secret society obsessed with deadly games. Will our heroes survive The Leopard People? Featuring artwork by Ian Gibson, best known for his work with Alan Moore on “The Ballad of Halo Jones.” The original British TV series The Avengers helped define the “Spy-Fi” genre and now Grant Morrison is serving up a science fiction/spy fiction mash-up with two of TV’s most iconic heroes!


 

VALEN THE OUTCAST #4 (A)
VALEN THE OUTCAST #4 (B)
Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Matteo Scalera
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120964
The King is dead — long live the DEAD KING! King Valen Brand was a just ruler and a great warrior until he was killed in battle by the necromancer Korrus Null and resurrected as one of the walking dead. Now he’s considered an abomination in his own realm, an outcast with only one purpose: to restore his lost soul… The quest continues as Valen has reached the treacherous sea that acts as a border to Korrus Null’s deadly kingdom, Wraithendal. But when one of his companions is abducted by a seedy guild of thieves and murderers, will Valen even make it to the boat alive? Don’t miss this visceral new ongoing series from fan-favorite writer Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, ROBERT E. HOWARD’S HAWKS OF OUTREMER) and rising star DEADPOOL artist Matteo Scalera!



TANPOPO COLLECTION VOLUME 1 HC 
Written by Camilla d’Errico
Drawn by Camilla d’Errico
SC, 176 pgs, FC, SRP: $24.99
ISBN13: 9781608862542
Diamond Code: JAN120963
Celebrated creator Camilla d’Errico delivers a stunning visual journey exploring emotion, self-discovery/innocence and what it means to be human. TANPOPO is superhumanly intelligent and inhumanly emotionless. Attached to a mysterious machine and ruled by her vast knowledge, one day her heart rises up to struggle against her ruling mind. Torn and confused, she now seeks humanity, longing to feel what other humans feel. Each chapter of TANPOPO is inspired by a classic piece of literature or poetry, woven into its own epic story, and contained in this beautiful hardcover edition.



INCORRUPTIBLE VOL.6 TPB 
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Marcio Takara
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $16.99
ISBN13: 9781608860845
Diamond Code: JAN120944
THE FIGHT READERS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! Max Damage, a terrifying supervillain turned superhero, is alone, thanks to the strain of the Plutonian’s return to earth. He’s excommunicated all of his allies, and he doesn’t even know about the new sidekick he inspired, a former supervillian who calls herself Hatecrime. All Max knows is that the Plutonian has finally come for him. And it’s a fight he’s ready for… Don’t miss this pivotal volume of Mark Waid’s superhero redemption series!



KEY OF Z TPB
Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Drawn by Aaron Kuder
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
ISBN13: 9781608861019
Diamond Code: JAN120951
New York City is down but not out – the zombie apocalypse has destroyed much of the city, but hard-boiled humanity hangs on. But with the survivors divided into warring factions, and the undead hiding behind every corner, only one man can walk the streets alone: Nick Ewing. His murdered wife and child, from the grave, give him the strength to continue his vendetta against the king of Yankee Stadium. The complete collected hit series from Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, hot new talent Aaron Kuder, and cover artist Nathan Fox.



THE TRAVELER VOLUME 3
Written by Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Drawn by Chad Hardin
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
ISBN13: 9781608860630
Diamond Code: JAN120960
Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with comic luminary Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, KINGDOM COME) and fan-favorite Tom Peyer, with art from the acclaimed Chad Hardin (AGE OF HEROES, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) to bring you the further adventures of the man out of time! A mysterious affliction has begun to spread over the world: strange temporal ghosts of the past and future come to the present to wreak havoc! With Soldier Zero on his tail, believing Traveler responsible for the temporal disruptions, Traveler must find a way to convince Soldier Zero of his innocence, while he investigates the connection between his past and the current destruction…


 


ADVENTURE TIME #2 (A)
ADVENTURE TIME #2 (B)
Written by Ryan North
Drawn by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUL110961
IT’S TOTALLY MATHEMATICAL! Join Finn, Jake, and all of their friends in this second issue of the ongoing comic book series showcasing all-new adventures through the magical Land of Ooo. The boys have embarked on another crazy-cool adventure, and this one will be their longest, most exciting yet! The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! The Adventure is just beginning, so don’t miss out on this exploding phenomenon—this is an issue that will go FAST!



ROGER LANGRIDGE’S SNARKED #6

Written by Roger Langridge
Drawn by Roger Langridge
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120981
The adventure continues as Roger Langridge — the Harvey Award winner behind THE MUPPET SHOW and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER — brings you the next chapter of his critically acclaimed side-splitting series! Having thwarted the dastardly crocodile Big Norman, the crew of the Snarkhunter is faced with their biggest threat yet — a pirate attack by some very familiar Lewis Carroll characters! Don’t be late! Don’t be late! Join Princess Scarlett, baby Rusty, the Walrus and the Carpenter for this very important date!


PEANUTS #3
Written by Charles Schulz, Vicki Scott, Shane Houghton
Drawn by Charles Schulz, Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Matt Whitlock
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120978
From the newspaper strips to the animated specials, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang have held a special place in America’s heart since first appearing in 1950. Let that young reader in your household discover these beloved characters like they were brand new! Peppermint Patty and Marcy join the series in “School Daze,” and Charlie Brown dons his Manager’s cap for another year of Spring Training. Includes classic Sunday strips from Charles Schulz and a special Linus 1st appearance variant cover!



ICE AGE: PLAYING FAVORITES
Written by Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
ISBN13: 9781608862535
Diamond Code: JAN120977
Before the spring thaw, KaBOOM! is serving up a mammoth heap of ICE AGE! Join the bumbling Sid the Sloth, the practical Manny the Mammoth, the cunning Diego the Saber-tooth Tiger, and the hilarious saber-toothed squirrel Scrat in an exciting all-new frozen adventure! Featuring wacky, beloved characters from the hit film series!




PETE AND MIRIAM 
Written by Rich Tommaso
Drawn by Rich Tommaso
SC, 112pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
ISBN13: 9781608860999
Diamond Code: JAN120970
In his first full graphic novel since his Eisner Award-winning performance on SATCHEL PAIGE: STRIKING OUT JIM CROW, Rich Tommaso delivers another gem with PETE AND MIRIAM. From the trouble caused by youthful impulses to exploring the seedier side of what life has to offer outside their suburban confines, Peter and Miriam forge their friendship through the odyssey of coming of age in America. This hot item at Angouleme is now available in the U.S. for the first time!

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From Dark Horizons

Marvel Studios has released more new photos from “The Avengers”, including hi-res versions of some shots from the EW pictorial last week along with a couple of new stills with several characters. Check them all out below:

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Some rumors were milling about the last couple days about a collector’s edition for the upcoming “Batman: Arkham City.” Well, it turns out the $99 price-point was accurate, and thanks to an announcement from Warner Bros. this morning, we get our first look at the premium package’s content. It doesn’t include a plastic Batarang, but there’s plenty of great stuff inside.

 

If you’re willing to pay the premium cost, the “Batman: Arkham City” collector’s edition is packed full of stuff that should please both fans of the videogame franchise and the comics.

First, there’s the collectible Batman statue, designed by Japanese toy company Kotobukiya. I wish the image released by Warner Bros. today had a more detailed close-up of the sculpture, but given Kotobukiya’s usually high-quality craftsmanship, I’m willing to bet this will look great next to all your other gaming paraphernalia.

The collector’s edition also comes with an art book, a copy of the DC animated-film “Batman: Gotham Knight,” early access to the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map, a “Dark Knight Returns” skin, and four collectible cards. Also included is an “Arkham City” album from “hit artists.” There’s no indication who these “hit artists” are, but it doesn’t appear that this is a soundtrack, either. Weird.

The press release this morning also noted that the collector’s edition will be available in “limited quantities,” so if this is something you’re interested in, now may be a good time to visit your favorite retailer. “Batman: Arkham City” releases to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 18.

 

Thanks to MTV

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From Comingsoon

New Line Cinema and MGM have released the first photo of Jed Brophy as Nori, Adam Brown as Ori and Mark Hadlow as Dori in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal. Dori, Nori and Ori are intensely loyal to each other – and whilst they are perfectly happy fighting amongst themselves, woe-betide any anyone who means harm to one of these brothers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 14, 2012.

Click the image for a bigger version!

Read more: First Look at Dori, Nori and Ori in The Hobbit – ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=79486#ixzz1RXMCKjgZ

 

 

 

 

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RED 5 COMICS “CUBICLES” BRINGS INSANE TO THE MUNDANE PART “OFFICE”, PART “FLASH GORDON”.

AVAILABLE NOW ON COMIXOLOGY.

July 6, 2011. Calgary, AB — With a mandate to bring off-beat, fresh-talent, eclectic stories of pure fun to the digital comic storefront, Red 5 Comics’ “Digital First” line could find no more perfect story than “Cubicles: The Graphic Novel” by writer / illustrator Walter Ostlie.

“Cubicles” stars Wally and Ost — two ordinary guys with ordinary desk jobs, complete with monotony, tension relief, horrible bosses and office crushes. But the pair’s tedium is about to be shattered by galactic pirates, savage aliens, and space squid all wanting to destroy their company. Can Wally and Ost save the day? Get the girl? Maybe even get a raise?

“Cubicles is a joy ride,” explains Ostlie. “Every plot point was devised by asking, ‘What would be the most fun or crazy thing to do?’ It was great just to throw Wally and Ost into a horrible situation and try to devise how two normal guys, with no special powers, would be able to get out of it.”

Early reviewers unanimously had a great time with “Cubicles”. Comics Should be Good says Ostlie has “a good sense of humor and his comic delivery is strong” with an “impressive art style”. Comic Buzz gives the book a 9/10, and was “especially fond of the tone of the characters. As sardonic, slightly sarcastic dialogue goes the book pretty much nails it.” DC author Caanan Grall “laughed out loud quite a bit”.

“Cubicles” is told in seven chapters, but the digital graphic novel collects the entire 84-page story for just $3.99 — the price of some single comic issues. If that doesn’t convince you, the first chapter is available for free for a limited time.

“Cubicles” debuts today and is available now on the web, iOS and Android devices through comiXology (comic.comixology.com) digital platform. It will available this summer through digital partners iVerse, Graphicly and Panelfly as well.

 

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READ THE
ELRIC FREE ONLINE PRELUDE
AT WWW.ELRICCOMIC.COM

BUY ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 IN PRINT OR DIGITALLY TODAY

THE PIONEERS OF “DAY-AND-DATE”
KEEP LEADING THE FIELD
July 6, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Today BOOM! Studios launches their latest epic series ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 with a historic day-and-date release of print and digital, making this new series available through your local comic shop and online exclusively through the BOOM! Studios Comics App and the Comics by comiXology App at the same time! Paired with this epic promotion, BOOM! also gives comic fans a chance to try out ELRIC absolutely free through their web browser with the ELRIC FREE ONLINE PRELUDE available at www.elriccomic.com. That’s right! Three ways to try the all-new epic series ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST written by New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by white-hot artist Francesco Biagini (DINGO) based on Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy creation. Pick up or download your copy today!

BOOM! Studios pioneered day-and-date releases in the comic industry back in January of 2008 with the debut of the NORTH WIND series and continued this innovative promotion with HEXED a year later. With ELRIC, BOOM! enters its third year as the cutting-edge leader of “day-and-date” release.

“We were the first to do day-and-date back in 2008 and now we’re doing it again with Elric! We’re pumped to offer ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST in both print and digital on the same day partnered with a new website, www.elriccomic.com, that hosts an original 10-page story.  If you love Elric or are new to the character, the website will introduce you to the series and leads directly into the new issue for sale in print or digital!” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Chris Roberson and Francesco Biagini take Michael Moorcock’s seminal fantasy character to the next level with such an epic scope from the very first page that it’ll be hard to put down!”

“Jumping aboard an all-new comic series has never been this easy!” says BOOM! Studios Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher. “With so many ways to check out ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST, you’d be crazy to not take advantage of these great promotions. And be sure to let your friends know that they too can check out the exciting prelude to the ELRIC series, absolutely free at www.elriccomic.com!”

“With ELRIC, we’re not only focusing on print and mobile devices exclusively, but getting out onto internet browsers that billions of people use every day,” says Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher. “While there are only 25 million iPads out in the marketplace, there are billions of potential readers that have the ability to find comic books through their internet browsers. With our ELRIC microsite at www.elriccomic.com we’ve not only included a complete prelude for free, but information on how and where to buy our comics both in print and digital — linking to both print, mobile vendors, and the lesser-known web-based option where you can buy and read through the browser as well.”

Comic fans, be sure to visit your local comic shop today to pick up your copy of ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1. Not sure where there’s a comic shop near you? Visit http://www.elriccomic.com/local-comic-shop to find out! And for all you folks that love digital comics, you can download ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 from the BOOM! Studios Comics App or Comics by comiXology App today!

Created by Michael Moorcock, Elric has thrilled comic fans for more than 40 years beginning with an appearance in Marvel Comics’ CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15 in 1972. Neil Gaiman called Michael Moorcock “my model for what a writer was” while Warren Ellis said he is one of the “eight core sites in my creative genome” — now, the godfather of the Multiverse concept brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art with BOOM! Studios’ ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST!

And if you’ve never heard of ELRIC, you’re in luck! BOOM! Studios is offering the ELRIC FREE ONLINE PRELUDE for anyone to read online at www.elriccomic.com! Showcasing an original complete 10-page story not found in the first issue, along with artist bios and a brief history of Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion ELRIC!

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST features the return of Michael Moorcock’s legendary Multiverse, featuring some of the greatest fantasy characters of all time: Elric of Melniboné, Corum of the Scarlet Robe, and Dorian Hawkmoon in a brand-new story that will test the courage of the Eternal Champion! In this new series, the workings of Fate are being tampered with across the Multiverse, upsetting the Cosmic Balance. Elric of Melniboné must preserve the Balance and save the entire Multiverse from ruin. But no sooner has his journey begun than he is waylaid by dark forces and lost on the Moonbeam Roads. Elric finds himself stranded on a world where Chaos holds sway and where change is the only constant. Heroes are forced into action far and wide, but will they fight on the side of Law or Chaos?

With both the BOOM! Studios Comics App on the iOS platform and the Comics by comiXology App on iOS and Android devices, you can buy ELRIC on either your iPhone, iPad or Android device and enjoy it on that device. When you buy a comic on one of these mobile platforms, you can also enjoy reading the comic through the comics.comixology.com website. If you do not own a mobile device and want to read the comic digitally, all you have to do is go to comics.comixology.com to buy ELRIC to read on your PC or Mac through your browser. Utilizing www.elriccomic.com as an introduction and a portal gives comic book readers an easy way to enjoy the free prelude, then buy the first issue in print at their local comic shop, on their mobile device or on their browser.

In late August, comic book retailers everywhere will be able to participate in the sales of BOOM! Studios digital comics as BOOM! Studios and comiXology roll out retailer digital store fronts.

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 debuts in print and digitally today, July 6, 2011, and is written by Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE, SUPERMAN) and drawn by Francesco Biagini (DINGO) and includes an afterword by Neil Gaiman. This title ships with A & B covers in a 50/50 split with art by Francesco Mattina and Francesco Biagini respectively, as well as a 1-in-10 incentive cover by Dennis Calero and a 1-in-25 incentive cover by Tim Bradstreet. This premiere issue can be purchased at your local comic shop, through the BOOM! Studios Comics App, Comics by comiXology App and the web at comics.comixology.com for $3.99. ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1 carries a Diamond Code of MAY110918.

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