Extinction Parade Optioned By Legendary for TV

MaxBrooks1Max Brooks and Avatar Press have announced Legendary Television and Digital optioned the New York Times Bestselling Author Brooks’ Extinction Parade as an original property for development as a new television series. Brooks is closely tied to the development of the project and will be writing the Pilot episode.

“I only brought the idea to one company, Legendary, because they do the kind of quality work of which any writer would be proud.” stated Brooks. “Max Brooks is a visionary with an incredible ability to tell stories that deliver a fresh approach to the horrors that haunt extinction-parade-2our nightmares. His work on Extinction Parade has been a stunningly rich tapestry of cultures in decline and a biting indictment of the perils of privilege. It will make the perfect television series to appeal to fans who have until now settled for thinly veiled soap operas parading as horror,” said William Christensen, Publisher of Avatar Press.

Legendary is the studio behind recent blockbuster film extinction-parade-3300: Rise of an Empire and the upcoming release of Godzilla this spring. Their slate of film projects has firmly targeted the pop culture and comic book reading community and provided some of the best blockbuster genre movies ever created. They bring the ideal approach to adapting a hit property like Extinction Parade into a successful television series.

Brooks is known for his meticulously researched zombie fiction and is the author of the bestselling novels World extinction-parade-4War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide. Recently World War Z was adapted into one of the biggest theatrical horror releases of 2013 and now Extinction Parade is set to follow suit as an upcoming television series.

“While the comic series from Avatar continues, I am thrilled to be working with Legendary to develop Extinction Parade into an innovative new series for television,” stated Brooks.
As these two fan favorite undead species prepare to make ExtinctionParade-vol-1 (2)their television debut under the direction of Brooks’ definitive vision joining programs like The Walking Dead and Hannibal as the best horror on television, the first chapter of the Extinction Parade graphic novel series is set to premiere this coming July. The trade paperback collection offers a unique opportunity to step into the world of zombies vs vampires and experience a terrifying new chapter in horror.

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Uber #11 Reveals Powerful Changes in War

Uber11_regIn comic shops and on ComiXology today, Kieron Gillen’s brutal enhanced soldier World War II title Uber reveals massive events in the unfolding epic.  Hitler’s master plan of launching Battelship Sieglinde into the heart of England causes the startling deaths of two principle players in the Uber11_Propagandawar.  This is a major turning point in the series as the events lead to the fall of heroes and the rise of villains in a horrific new world order.

Fans have hailed Uber as an incredible story and made it one of the best comics published in the last two years thanks to its unique and unyielding presentation of the Uber11_blitzkrieghorrors of war.  The Battleship Ubers have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of soldiers from many nations.  But in two acts they completely change the war and the series.  If you have been reading Uber from the start, make sure issue #11 is on the top of your reading pile this week as it will leave you speechless.

Uber11_wrapFans that want to experience Uber can find the first volume trade paperback at their local comic book shops or on Amazon.

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Avatar Press New to ComiXology 4/23/14

New Avatar Press new titles to ComiXology Wednesday 4/23/14:

Same Day As Print:

Crossed 2014 Annual

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Crossed scribe SIMON SPURRIER teams up with artist CrossedAnn2014_RegRAFAEL ORTIZ to unleash this vile tale of misery and mischief in the all-new over-sized Crossed 2014 Annual! Ah, the English countryside! Tweeting birds, friendly vicars, crumpets and jam: the peaceful rural idyll. The cow’s in the dairy, the dog’s in his bed and there’s a fat asthmatic kid hiding up the old tower. Also: a mob of Crossed lurking near the duckpond – quaint and friendly sadists who want nothing but to eat your face off and violate your skull – and nobody but the withered old farmer’s wife to stop them. Problem is, she’s Crossed too. And insane. Can old Wheezy play them all off against each other long enough to escape? SUCH JOLLY LARKS.

 

Crossed: Badlands #52

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: For over five years fans have followed GARTH ENNIS’ Crossed-52-regularmasterful horror series wondering how it all began. Now in an underground bunker, the remains of the British government must try to work that out themselves. How far has it spread? And how? In this world full of monsters, there is no help.

 

 

 

 

Gravel: Combat Magician #3

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: On a clandestine mission to Tokyo to clean up the mess Gravel03_Regcreated by another British Combat Magician, Gravel must find the rogue madman or risk an international incident. But once he comes face-to-face with his occult-powered foe, the seasoned veteran will find that the green trainee has brought something with him from England, something which makes him impervious to harm. In the underground subway of magical horrors, Gravel’s only hope is to use his head, which has never been one of his strong points, and even if he survives, a far greater threat to his life awaits in the darkness!

 

 

Uber #11

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The explosive end of the second arc turns everything you Uber11_regknow upside down! This issue is what this has all been building towards – Hitler’s secret plan, Churchill’s massive new Ubers, and a stunning assault that threatens to change the face of the war. Prepare for one jaw-dropping shock after another as Kieron Gillen’s masterpiece rockets into high-gear!

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out the Living Dead sale this week to save up to 55% off exclusive digital bundles:  https://www.comixology.com/Save-On-Avatar-Living-Dead-Bundles/page/1381

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Avatar Press New in Comic Shops 4/23/14

New Avatar Press new titles in comic shops Wednesday 4/23/14:

Crossed 2014 Annual

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  Crossed scribe SIMON SPURRIER  teams up with artist CrossedAnn2014_RegRAFAEL ORTIZ to unleash this vile tale of misery and mischief in the all-new over-sized Crossed 2014 Annual!  Ah, the English countryside! Tweeting birds, friendly vicars, crumpets and jam: the peaceful rural idyll. The cow’s in the dairy, the dog’s in his bed and there’s a fat asthmatic CrossedAnn2014_Torturekid hiding up the old tower. Also: a mob of Crossed lurking near the duckpond – quaint and friendly sadists who want nothing but to eat your face off and violate your skull – and nobody but the withered old farmer’s wife to stop them. Problem is, she’s Crossed too. And insane. Can old Wheezy play them all off against each other long enough to escape? SUCH JOLLY LARKS. Available with Regular cover by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound by Rafa Ortiz, Torture cover by Gabriel Andrade and special Red Crossed Incentive cover also by Burrows.
Crossed: Badlands #52

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: For over five years fans have followed GARTH ENNIS’ Crossed-52-regularmasterful horror series wondering how it all began.  Now in an underground bunker, the remains of the British government must try to work that out themselves.  How far has is spread?  And how?   In this world full of monsters, Crossed-52-fatal-fantasythere is no help.  There is only the Crossed.  Available with Regular, Wraparound and Red Crossed Incentive covers by Christian Zanier a Fatale Fantasy cover by Rafael Ortiz and a Torture cover by Jacen Burrows.

 

 

Gravel: Combat Magician #3

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  On a clandestine mission to Tokyo to clean up the mess Gravel03_Regcreated by another British Combat Magician, Gravel must find the rogue madman or risk an international incident. But once he comes face-to-face with his occult-powered foe, the seasoned veteran will find that the green trainee has Gravel03_Horrorbrought something with him from England, something which makes him impervious to harm. In the underground subway of magical horrors, Gravel’s only hope is to use his head, which has never been one of his strong point, and even if he survives, a far greater threat to his life awaits in the darkness!  Available with Regular cover by Caanan White and Wraparound, Horror, and a Black Magic Order Incentive cover by Mike Wolfer.

Uber #11

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  The explosive end of the second arc turns everything you Uber11_regknow upside down!  This issue is what this has all been building towards – Hitler’s secret plan, Churchill’s massive new Ubers, and a stunning assault that threatens to change the face of the war.  Prepare for one jaw-dropping shock Uber11_wrapafter another as Kieron Gillen’s masterpiece rockets into high-gear!  Available with Regular or Wraparound cover by Caanan White, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover by Caanan White

 

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Warren Ellis Digital Sale

Warren Ellis, the master scribe behind some of the biggest comics and graphic novels of the past twenty years, has a massive library of titles from Avatar Press.  This week, in celebration of the innovation and creativity of his comics, there is a special digital bundle sale at ComiXology where you can save up to 44% off normal prices for Gravel and Wolfskin.

https://www.comixology.com/Save-On-Avatar-Warren-Ellis-Bundles/page/1380

Gravel #0-21 (22 comics bundle) $24.99

Product Description:  Magic. The kind of magic that can strip the skin from a screaming gravel 15man’s skull, or direct the path of a shrieking bullet through a maze of city streets, striking its target between the eyes with pin-point accuracy. This is not just magic… This is Combat Magic, wielded by Sergeant Major William Gravel, Warren Ellis’ cult-hit sensation from the pages of STRANGE KISS and STRANGE KILLINGS, now in his own full-color series! From war-torn Afghanistan to the deceptively mundane streets of London, this special introductory chapter sets the stage for a tale so dark, twisted and disturbing that it could only have sprung from the mind of Warren Ellis. SAS soldier Gravel has returned home, only to find that another has taken his place in the mysterious enclave of Britain’s seven Occult Detectives. Worse, the seven are now in possession of the legendary Sigsand Manuscript, a supernatural device that could bestow its keepers with a most vile and terrifying power. Gravel has a new mission, one that will be filled with his own unflinching brand of horrific and bloody violence.

Wolfskin #1-3, Annual, Hundreth Dream #1-6  (10 comics bundle) $9.99

Product description:  From the time before history began: from the time when the Wolfskincontinents were still connected by land: from the harsh climes at the top of the world, a Northish soldier wrapped in a cape of wolfpelts walks south, into the forests of the High Midlands that are now Europe, to find a village cut in two by travelers from the East. Soon, he too is torn – between duty to the lives he has ruined just by finding them, and duty to the hideous murder-god of the Northish wastes and the berserker drugs that are his sacrament… Warren Ellis cuts loose to unleash his take on the genre fans demanded he assault with full color art from Juan Jose Ryp! WOLFSKIN fuses heroic fantasy in the mode of CONAN, the Viking sagas, and samurai fiction into a single story of weird history and apocalyptic violence.

Better hurry – sale ends Sunday 4/20!

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Caliban Tops Creepy Critique With 5 Out of 5 Rating!

CALIBAN_01_page_16 copy (2)Horror aficionado Decapitated Dan has written about scary tales from all corners of the comic book world.  This week he reviews Garth Ennis’ Caliban #1 and gives it the highest praise you can give – 5 out of 5!

Ennis has created a story that fits seamlessly into the hopeless worlds of theatrical classics like Alien and Event Horizon.  Facundo Percio delivers visuals that build the CALIBAN_01_page_17 copy (2)dread and deliver a slow burn horror bonanza in this first issue.  Aboard the mining vessel Caliban a skeleton crew of maintenance personnel keep the juggernaut on its solitary mission among the stars while hundreds of miners sleep in their stasis pods.  But when the ship merges with an alien hulk while hurling through hyperspace, a new terror among the stars starts to CALIBAN_01_page_13 copy (2)take place.

This is the perfect horror comic to give you those nightmares of helplessness and hopelessness that must be the order of the day in space.  Billions of miles from the life you knew on earth, in space no one will be there to help you.  No one.

You can read Decapitated Dan’s full review here: http://www.decapitateddan.com/2014/04/creepy-critique-caliban-1.html

Garth Ennis’ Caliban #1 is available at local comic shops, on ComiXology, and from http://www.comcav.net/products/caliban-1.

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Avatar Press New in Comic Shops 4/16/14

New Avatar Press new titles in comic shops Wednesday 4/16/14:

God is Dead #11

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  Albert accomplished his goal of drawing more deities into thegod-is-dead-11 world…and now the Earth will burn.  Man’s hubris truly does know no bounds.  Can the human race find a way to co-exist with gods walking among them?  Or will this be the final chapter in the book of Armageddon?  MIKE COSTA god-is-dead-11-iconicdelivers the intensity and darkness in the ongoing tale of humanity at the brink of destruction.  Available with not only a Regular cover but also an End of Days cover, Iconic, and Gilded Order Incentive copies by Jacen Burrows and a special Carnage Wraparound by German Nobile.

 

Rover Red Charlie #5

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:  Long gone are the days of treats and dog parks.  Rover, Red, RRC5_Regand Charlie near the end of their canine odyssey as they discover the trail to their final destiny.  As the feeders’ world collapses around them, these three best friends continue to search for the new path in this post-apocalyptic world.  And with the very forces of nature seemingly against them, the trio must find a way to the Big Splash.  GARTH ENNIS, the master of original horror, has crafted RRC5_Wraparounda story that eloquently reveals the best and worst in human nature through the actions of man’s best friend.  Available with a Regular, Wraparound, and a Dog Days Order Incentive cover by series artist Michael Dipascale.

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Coming Next Week: Rover Red Charlie #5

Garth Ennis is known for his imaginative characters and incredible dialogue.  But no one suspected that a series about dogs at the end of the world would be as moving as Rover RRC5_RegRed Charlie turned out to be.  It is the story of three canine best friends as they attempt to live and learn how to survive in a world without keepers.  Dog lovers and comic book fans everywhere have latched onto these three friends and are watching with anticipation to see where RRC5_Wraparoundtheir journey takes them.

Ennis has perfectly captured the voice of these dogs in a way that was both unexpected and admired.  So many fans now say that when they hear a dog barking they immediately think “I’m a dog! I’m a dog! I’m a dog!” as the dogs in the series exclaim with each bark and howl.  The art of Michael Dipascale has shown an incredible range of emotion and expression from these dogs making them seem even more like the animals that we keep as pets and  parts of our own families.  And as the journey from the dying city to the bigger RRC5_Dog_Dayssplash nears its end, people are hailing the series as one of the freshest comics of the year.  This week Rover Red Charlie #5 will be out in comic shops and the final issue will arrive in just about one month.  Enjoy the journey these friends take and be ready for the final revelations to come.

Rover Red Charlie is a monthly six issue series from Avatar Press.

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Final Chapters of Crossed “Thin Red Line” in April Previews

Crossed56-regular (2)Crossed fans everywhere have been following the story unfolding in Garth Ennis’ C-Day event that began with Badlands #50.  In the pages of each issue we see the first hours of the Crossed plague unfolding and the pieces being put together about how the infection spread so quickly Crossed55-regular (2)across the globe.  As the survivors attempt to understand what is happening they stumble upon several factors that point toward some kind of coordinated attack.  And the Crossed disease itself continues to develop and become the rage driven horror that readers have come to recognize.

Garth Ennis is letting fans walk in the footsteps of the world Crossed55-Torture (2)as the end of civilization is introduced to an unsuspecting world.  How far will the revelations go?  Will we understand the nature of the virus and how it began?  Will we find out if there is no cure?  The answers await…in the pages of the last two issues of the “Thin Red Line” story arc in Crossed: Badlands #55 & 56 on sale in June.  Ask your local comic shop to reserve copies of these crucial issues for you.

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Caliban #1 Draws Rave Reviews

Caliban-1Last week the premiere issue of Garth Ennis’ new space horror series, Caliban #1 debuted in comic shops and digitally on ComiXology.  The book has been described by Ennis as his homage to Ridley Scott’s ultimate space terrror Caliban-1-wrapfilm, Alien.  And it lives up to that hype beginning a terrifying slow burn chiller that will make even the most die hard of comic fans sit up and take notice.

The series launch met with high praise from several respected sources:

Bloody Disgusting – “4.5 out of 5 Skulls” - http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3287031/review-garth-ennis-caliban-1/

Multiversity Comics – “8.9 out of 10″ - http://multiversitycomics.com/reviews/review-caliban-1/

Comic Addiction – “5 out of 5″ - http://comicaddiction.net/2014/04/04/review-caliban-1/

Caliban-1-terrorCheck with your local comic book shop about reserving a copy of the first issue today.  Or stop by ComiXology to find a digital copy - https://www.comixology.com/Caliban-1/digital-comic/85635.

 

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