By Jon Hook
April 3, 2006 - 21:44
Alias Comics released seven new issues to shops this week, including the long awaited TWINBLADES and LULLABY: ONCE UPON A TIME...: THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN!
The popular LULLABY series, by creators Mike S. Miller, Ben Avery, and Hector Sevilla, is an all-ages romp through the fantasy worlds of children's fiction. In this make-believe world such beloved characters as Jim Hawkins, Alice, Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Pied Piper join forces to stop a dark magic that has been warping their wonderful world into its own dark image!
"Piper is only the beginning," said series co-creator, Mike S. Miller. "We plan to do 'ONCE UPON A TIME' stories with all of the Lullaby main characters, and as time goes on, perhaps delve into the other characters as well, so that we can have a library of fairytale books that appeal to not only Lullaby fans, but fans of those original stories."
LULLABY: ONCE UPON A TIME...: THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN
Written by Ben Avery, with artwork by Hector Sevilla and Imaginary Friends Studio
The creators of LULLABY take a step back in the history of the characters and re-present their original tales... with style! Characters designed by Lullaby artist and co-creator, Hector Sevilla, written by Lullaby co-writer, Ben Avery, these new visions of classic tales will make any fan of fantasy and fairy tales stand up and take notice! In the first of this series, we explore the origin of the true Pied Piper of Hamelin, and discover what twist of fate has brought him into the world of LULLABY. A must read for any fan of LULLABY, Fairy Tales, fantasy or just great stories and incredible art!
-- 48-pages, full-color, graphic novel one-shot -- $5.99/soft cover, $12.99/hard cover
Creator/Writer: Ben Avery; Artists: Randy Green, Javier Saltares, Sherwin Schwartzrock, Sergio Cariello, Mike Worley, Tom Bancroft, Phil Hester, Mario Ruiz, Gary Shipman, Darren Brady, Jesse Hamm, Darryl Cobbs, Nate Watson, and Gary Martin; Colors: Rob Schwager, Hi-Fi Colour Design, Joshua Ray and Craig Schutt
He's just an artist, a normal man who writes stories of heroics and tragedy. But now, surrounded by news of tragedy and disaster, confronted with his own limitations, and facing the lifting veil of innocence, he is forced to ask some difficult questions, starting with, “What can I do . . . I'm just one man . . .” TEMPEST is a story of hope in the face of pain; beauty in the face of evil; strength in the face of solitary weakness. Proceeds from the sale of TEMPEST will be donated to the Disaster Relief efforts of the Salvation Army. TEMPEST is written by Ben Avery (ArmorQuest, Lullaby, The Hedge Knight). Artists involved in TEMPEST include: Randy Green (Witchblade, Emma Frost), Javier Saltares (David’s Mighty Men, Wolverine, G I Joe), Sherwin Schwartzrock (ArmorQuest, Deal with the Devil), Sergio Cariello (Sojourn, Batman, Spider-Man), Tom Bancroft (Big Idea, Disney, Opposite Forces), Phil Hester (Nightwing, Green Arrow, The Wretch), Mario Ruiz (Samson, Testament), Gary Shipman (Pakkin’s Land, Amazing True Life Stories), Jesse Hamm (Bitten Apple, Savage Daisies), Gary Martin (The Moth, Nexus)!
-- 32-pages, full-color, one-shot benefit comic -- $3.50
THE LEGEND OF ISIS #8
Written by Ryan Scott Ottney, with artwork by Rove
NEW PENCILER -- ROVE from “Decoy’! Isis is powerless and held captive by an Egyptian cult known as the Council of Isis, insisting that she is their Goddess sent by Osiris to restore the Egyptian pantheon to power! Her only chance at escape is Scott and Crystal - but can they reach Isis before the Council uses her power to trigger the beginning of the end?
-- 32-pages, full-color, ongoing monthly series -- $2.99
Written by Adrian Todd; art by Ryan Odagawa; colors by Jean-Francois Beaulie; covers by Ryan Odagawa and Mike S. Miller.
The beautiful but deadly 18-year old twin sisters Bren and Bera have finished their training in the ways of war and dedicated themselves to insuring the future peace of their homeland. But how can you establish peace in a country torn by war if you can't even get along with your own sister? Will they join forces in time to stand against the malevolent Warlord who is determined to take over their homeland, and possesses weapons that are not of this world? Beautifully illustrated by former Wildstorm Studios artist, Ryan Odagawa!!!
-- 24-pages, full-color bi-monthly series -- $3.50
Written by Adrian Todd, TWIN BLADES follows the story of two young sisters who are destined to bring peace to a war-torn land from a villain with highly- advanced, sci-fi weaponry.
“Ryan is just ripping the art up -- and that's meant as a compliment,” said writer, Adrian Todd. “His artwork is incredible, and as the series progresses, he just gets better! When you see issue two art, it will knock your socks off.”
VICTORIA'S SECRET SERVICE #1
Written by Terrance Griep, with artwork by Nadir Balan
They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, and the glamorous field agents of Victoria's Secret Service put this tenant to the test when they allow their newest member, the American sneak-thief Scarlet, to take point on her first full mission: hoping to derail an imminent coronation, an unknown scoundrel has stolen the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. It's up to Lark, Raven, Brooke, and Scarlet to steal back these vibrant symbols of the monarchy they have sworn to protect. But which of her teammates is spying on Scarlet? And why? It's thief versus thief and spy versus spy in this high-impact thriller produced by creator Darren Davis who joins writer Terrance Griep and artist Nadir Balan, the creative team of Alias's sellout smash, Judo Girl.
-- 32-pages, full-color -- $2.99
Created/written by David Alvarez, with artwork by David Alvarez ,Richard Cruz and Rangely García, and colors by Ivy Beth Gladstone
Yenny and all the gang are off to Sidny World! The happiest place this side of the earth. Join us this month as Zacha crash tests every ride available, Kelso falls in love with Yenny and Yunissa complains about her ex-husband in every corner. Let's Zip-Ah- Dee-Duh...uh...zeep ah doo....AAH! YA' KNOW!!
-- 24-pages, full color -- $2.99
THE HAMMER KID #0
Created/written by Kevin Grevioux, with artwork by Jack Lawrence, and edited by Vincent S. Moore
Screenwriter/actor Kevin Grevioux , Co-Creator and Star of the blockbuster movie UNDERWORLD, makes his comic book debut as a writer in January with Alias! Somewhere over the rainbow takes on a new meaning when young Kevin Erikson finds himself pulled across Bifrost, the rainbow bridge leading to Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, only to become the heir to the most powerful weapon in the universe...the Hammer of Thor! Can a teenage boy grow up fast enough to become the hero both Earth and Asgard need? The adventure of a lifetime begins here, illustrated by fan favorite Jack ‘Lions, Tigers and Bears’ Lawrence!
-- 24-pages, full-color, quarterly limited series -- $3.50