By NC Wyeth. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]
Thunderbolts in Japan
By Kev Walker [Parkerspace]
Who’s this handsome fella? We’re not telling yet, but you can see him in action in this week’s installment of Kill All Monsters!.
*Author Arin Kambitsis emailed me to let me know that his first book, Days of Yore: Jack the Giant Killer is now available on Amazon. He describes it this way:
After killing the marauding giant Oggmagog with a devious trick, a boy named Jack is brought before the dying King Arthur who sends him on a quest to Albion, land of the giants, to retrieve his sword Excalibur and save all of Britain.
*Virtual Graphics is launching a new line of books at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France later this month. One of the comics they’ll debut is Tell, Volume 1: The Return of William Tell, “a Swiss-set sci-fi reimagining of the legend as a giant monster fighting crime and corruption.” [Bleeding Cool]
*Coming in March is Jeffrey Brown’s Incredible Change-Bots Two from Top Shelf, as well as a new printing of Volume 1.
*Not to be outdone, Marvel and Dark Horse also have giant robots coming. Marvel’s Skaar: King of the Savage Land features “giant dinosaurs, giant robots, and giant dinosaurs fighting giant robots.” Meanwhile, Hellboy fights giant robots in Dark Horse’s one-shot Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish. Both comics come out in April.
*Speaking of Monsters, Gareth Edwards, the writer/director of that film has been hired to develop and direct the new, American Godzilla movie. Based on what I’ve heard about the lack of actual, giant monsters in Monsters, I don’t know whether to be fearful that the same thing could happen with Godzilla or hopeful about the possibility of Edwards’ finally cutting loose and having some fun.
One of the things I love about the original Gojira is its use of a giant monster to talk about real issues. We’re doing something similar with Kill All Monsters!, in fact. I expect that I’d appreciate this new film doing some of that as well, so Edwards might be just what the movie needs. I just hope there’s plenty of stomping in there with the allegory.
Crave Online offers more specific advice in 10 Things the Godzilla Reboot Must Do.
*Undead Backbrain has some screen shots and video of the Hulk fighting giant monsters from the animated Planet Hulk movie.
*And a trailer featuring the giant robots of War of the Worlds: Goliath.
Chris Ryall shares Phil Hester’s cover for Godzilla #2. He also clarifies that the subtitle for the series is now Kingdom of Monsters (not Monster World, as previously announced).
Chapter One comes to a close with the first look at one of our heroes outside her Bot. With all the monster fighting that’s been going on so far, I’d sort of forgotten how much of a genius Jason is at facial expressions and body language. I’m so proud to be working with him on this thing, you don’t even know.
End the Old Year with a little monster killin’!
In case you didn’t realize, Santa left you another present on Christmas Eve: three more pages of Kill All Monsters.