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News: Blade artist revealed June 24, 2006

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Tom Brevoort has announced on his Marvel blog that fan favourite Howard Chaykin will be joining Marc Guggenheim on the new ongoing Blade series. Chaykin first came to note as the artist on Marvel's 1976 Star Wars comic, and has lent his unique style to American Flagg!, The Shadow and the controversial vampire comic, Black Kiss. As Brevoort says "C'mon–a cool, sword-and-gun-wielding guy in a leather jacket–is there a better character for Chaykin to work on?"

Brevoort also unveiled Chaykin's first take on the character;

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Here at HorrorComics.co.uk, we think that's kinda cool, a good cross between the movie blade and the original character from Tomb of Dracula. Here's hoping he has wooden knifes!

News: Ash vs Dracula June 23, 2006

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It's a marketing opportunity missed. This week's Army of Darkness issue 8 sees Ash taking on old Dracula himself. Groovy yes, by why, oh why haven't we got a Ash vs Dracula flash on the cover.You wouldn't even know that Drac's onboard from most of the varient covers. Saying that, you also wouldn't know that Frankenstein's monster turns up with a bunch of mummies. Bizarre.

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Anyway, for a quick preview of the battle of the month click here and read on for the official blurb from Dynamite:

He's dismembered Deadites in every form but never faced a creature born of undead legend. Gathered from the darkest and most remote corners of the globe, the monsters have assembled under the vengeful hand of Dracula to lay siege to the new world. New York is being bled dry by a plague of vampires and Ash must battle the inner wolf, the soulless man, the curse of the ancients, and the Prince of Blood himself before they turn the city that never sleeps into a hotbed of the living dead. Only a bumbling second fiddle monster hunter and our own chainsaw wielding hero can recover the artifact with the power to destroy the vampires forever. But Ash’s disbelief in the monsters of old may be the gateway to his downfall and their ultimate victory. Grab your crucifix and the spare shotgun shells — this is one over-the-top monster mash you don't want to miss! Also features the first appearance of Dracula’s daughter — don’t miss it!

First apperance of Dracula's daughter? What about Lilith or Countess Marya Zaleska? How many daughters has the Lord of the Damned got? He's an inhuman cad that's what he is.

Look out for a review soon.

News: Dead@17 June 14, 2006

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Fans of cute girls and zombies will be creaming their coffins with the news that Josh Howard's Dead@17 will be launching an ongoing series this August from Viper Comics. Taking place in the Dead@17 universe but featuring a new cast of characters the series will be an ideal jumping on point for newbies.

Those who've not experience the series can check out a 10 page full colour preview at www.thewarbegins.com, packed full of eye-poppingly great images such as these!

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News: The Cobbler’s Monster June 13, 2006

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Beckett comics have posted a 16 page preview of The Cobbler's Monster: A Tale of Gepetto's Frankenstein, due in stores on July 12th under the Image banner. Jeff Amano has provided the writing duties with what looks like amazing art from Craig Rousseau

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The official blurb reads: 

Grieving over the death of his only son, Gepetto mixes the new science of DNA with the age-old magic of the golem to resurrect his son. But in truth, he was never very close to Victor. And the anger that burns within the heart of the monster he birthed and created, destroys everything and everyone around him. Now, Gepetto must hunt his own son. The story of a man and a monster who through unspeakable horror find their way to becoming father and son for the very first time.

News: Hellboy 2 June 7, 2006

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Guillermo Del Toro has told iFMagazine that Paramount are currently looking at Hellboy 2 since Sony have passed on it. The movie is apparently bigger in scale, if not budget and Abe Sapien is to play a much bigger part in the action.

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Most startling, the movie currently features a Barry Manilow song which surely is the most monstrous news of all.

News: Tag June 7, 2006

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A preview of Boom! Studios Tag has appeared on Newsarama. Here's the official blurb from Boom!:

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Spine-snapping horror in the tradition of the movie The Ring! When an average joe strolls down the street after a fight with his girlfriend, a random stranger TAGS him, handing off an ancient pagan curse! Now he's literally dead – and rotting – as he sees his body begin to decompose every day before his very eyes. Cursed, he must either surrender, or find the next victim to TAG… A new mini-series from white-hot Wizard Magazine favorite Keith Giffen and 30 Days of Night Bloodsucker Tales artist Kody Chamberlain!  

News: Blade is back and he’s bringing some friends June 2, 2006

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Marvel has announced that Marc (Wolverine) Guggenheim is to be the writer of the new ongoing Blade title, due to be published in September.

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In an interview on Newsarama Guggenheim is quick to insist that there is to be no links to the Spike TV series, other than Blade's appearance with has evolved over time to resemble the look of the movies. However, as with recent comics featuring the character Blade will share the Dhampir-like abilities of his cinematic counterpart. In the Marvel Universe contiunity, Blade became the Daywalker after being bitten by Morbius, the Living Vampire.

In the new title Blade will be based in Manhattan and will initially act alone. While story arcs will be developed Guggenheim has revealed that the issues will be stand-alone. In his own words Blade will be produced "not as a horror book – as Blade has been done in the past, but as a superhero book with horror elements."

No artist has been named as yet, although Marko Djurdjevic will be providing the covers for the first six issues.

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Blade is not the only 70s horror icon to be returning from Marvel. At the "Mondo Marvel" panel WizardWorld: Philadelphia, the publisher announced two new titles that will come out under Max imprint, Hellstorm: Son of Satan and Zombie. Axel Alonso has revealed that their inclusion in Marvel's imprint for older readers mean that the characters will be able to develop in ways that weren't possible in the past.

News: Deadworld comes to CD May 30, 2006

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Eagle One Media have released an official CD-Rom collecting the zombie-comic Deadworld.

The Deadworld CD-Rom collects the entire 46 issue original runs of the cult comic, plus four short stories, two spin-off mini-series and bonus extras. That's 1,700 pages scanned packed onto one $29.99 CD. Phew! UK fans of the undead saga will need to chuck on a $6 shipping charge.

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Deadworld made its shuffling debut back in the late 80s, bubbling up from the brains of scriptor Stuart Kerr and artist Vincent Lock. Fans of zombiekind recognised a world torn apart from a supernatural plague however unlike most Romero-inspired comics the zombie masses are just foot-soldiers to a breed of intellegent, highly intelligent flesh-feasters, led by a harley-riding, snark-talking king of the undead.

In the current ongoing Zombie revival it was only a matter of time before the comic underwent a resurrection. A all-new monthly Deadworld title was launched in 2005 from Image and Shockertoys are to release a line of 6-7 inch action figures.

News: Ghost Rider May 29, 2006

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The big news of our launch week is the release of the trailer for Sony Picture's Ghost Rider. Due to hit cinemas in the UK 23rd March 2007, the film has been written by Mark Steven Johnson, who was behind Marvel's surprise hit Daredevil, and if the trailer if anything to go by, Johnson will be repeating his trick of keeping fans happy by including a number of iconic Ghost Rider comic moments.

Nic Cage plays the biker Johnny Blaze who he sells his soul to the devil Mephistopheles to save his dying father. Years later Mephistopheles returns to claim his half of the deal, transforming Blaze into the Ghost Rider in order to defeat Mephistopheles' wayward son, Blackheart.

Surprisingly, the trailer shows much of Ghost Rider in action, or is that to try and stem the tide of internet gossip that the film, which has been already delayed for a year, is floundering. But what do you think. Leave a comment and let us know.

While the movie may have been pushed back, Marvel's hype-machine definitely hasn't with a new ongoing comic coming our way in July. Here's the official blurb from Marvel…

GHOST RIDER #1
Written by DANIEL WAY
Art by MARK TEXEIRA & JAVIER SALTARES
Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
Variant Cover by MARC SILVESTRI
“VICIOUS CYCLE”
Once upon a time, Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil…and to no one’s surprise but his own, he got shafted. Now trapped in hell, with the Spirit of Vengeance bonded to his immortal soul and weighing him down, Johnny may have finally found a way out. But at what cost? From the depths of Hell to the glittering spires of Heaven, the Ghost Rider rides again in his first ongoing series in nearly a decade, blazing new trails and dispensing fiery vengeance in his wake. The demonic team of Daniel Way, Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares reunite to put ol’ Flamehead back in the saddle where he belongs. Ready or not, here he comes!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99