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Following a renowned writer like Roy Thomas was no easy task, but J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League, Spider-Man, Moonshadow) found himself fit for the job when he became Conan the Barbarian's next regular writer with Conan #118! This volume continues the period when DeMatteis worked with legendary artist John Buscema, collecting five of their regular series issues, as well as Conan Annuals 4 and 5, which were created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Ernie Chan! Enjoy the continuing story lines, growing cast of characters, and increasingly strange sorcerers and monsters in the regular series segments, while getting a look at an older Conan's fight for his throne and queen in the unbeatable Thomas/Buscema/Chan Conan Annual collaborations: "The Return of the Conqueror" and "Bride of the Conqueror"! * Volume 16 features a foreword by J.M. DeMatteis and an afterword by Roy Thomas! * Features a portion of J.M. DeMatteis's first year as a regular writer on Conan and two riveting Conan Annual stories written by Roy Thomas! * Beautifully remastered in breathtaking new color!
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The incomparable Gil Kane (Green Lantern, Amazing SpiderMan, Blackmark) is featured in this special 240page Chronicles of Conan volumeour thickest offering yet! Joining storyteller J.M. DeMatteis on Conan the Barbarian #127, Gil Kane's short but stellar Conan run in 1981 and 1982 thrust readers into a new era of magical quests, strange creatures, and inventive fantasy adventures. In Chronicles of Conan: The Creation Quest and Other Stories, Kane collaborates with DeMatteis, Bruce Jones, and longtime colleague Roy Thomas. In addition to a DeMatteis introduction an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at his years working on Conan, Roy Thomas provides another insightful afterword, as he discusses working with Gil Kane on their 38page "King of the Forgotten People!" collaboration. In addition to the "Creation Quest" story arc, readers will enjoy the meticulously restored color pages found in "The Ring of Rhax," "A Hitch in Time," and the heartbreaking "Snow Haired Woman of the Wastes" where Robert E. Howard's mighty barbarian finds himself unraveling horrific mysteries and testing his thresholds of pain and mental fortitude! * Special 240page Gil Kane collection!
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Full Color | Part 1 of 5 Written by J.M. DeMatteis Art by Mike Ploog Twelve year old Cody DiMaro's best friend is Paul Brightfield and Paul Brightfield isn't human: He's the last of The Old Ones, ancient elemental beings from The Time Before when no man walked the Earth and magic was a given and Cody is the only one in all the world who knows Paul's secret. One October night, Paul vanishes...at the same moment that a massive cocoon burrows up out of the earth: Within the cocoon lies a hate-filled creature that will soon destroy Cody's life and everyone he loves...
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The Bwa-ha-hilarity continues! Featuring Giffen and DeMatteis doing a full-blown Justice League-styled super team their way, with characters entirely of their own creation! The Brigade comes together to stop a globe-threatening villain, only to break into smaller sub-divided teams on sub-missions fighting smaller threats. Piecing together a larger puzzle, in this issue everything begins to come together and make sense, as the Planetary Brigade begins to answer this question: why won't Harry Cutter die? Bonus: a pin-up by the legendary Silver Age great, Sal Buscema!
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More Giffen and DeMatteis Bwaha-ha-ha hilarity. A sister book to HeroSquared. The Planetary Brigade is a group of heroes fronted by Squared's Captain Valor and Grim Knight. Meet Mr. Brilliant - earth has never met a smarter, or more smug, hero. Earth Goddess - by day, she's a sweet, unassuming wallflower, but when the Earth needs her, she turns into a gargantuan guardian of the planet. Purring Pussycat -sweet, sexy... what's she hiding? The Third Eye - spiritual mystic. The Mauve Visitor - strange visitor from another world, or cute little Smurf-like dude? Together, there're in a league all their own.
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Captain Valor! The Grim Knight! Mauve Visitor! Mr. Brilliant! Earth Goddess! And introducing The Fighting Man! Now it can be told for the first time - how the Planetary Brigade formed! A three issue mini-series telling three different stories from three different eras of the Brigade, but featuring one single villain, the nefarious MISTER MASTER! In this issue - a Brigade formed! In this issue - a Brigadeer quits! Man, that was fast, huh? More Bwah-ha-hilarity from Giffen and DeMatteis, a follow-up to the sold-out critical fan favorite Planetary Brigade mini-series!
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The "Bwah-haha" is back! Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis bring their patented brand of super-hero humor over from Atomeka to Boom Studios! Milo is a slacker in this world, but the next parallel world over, he's the super-hero, Captain Valor! Valor's world has been destroyed, and now he's moved in with Milo. How is Captain Valor going to fit in to a world that doesn't have super-heroes? And how is Milo going to deal with finding out that Valor's girlfriend Steffie is the super-villain, Caliginous? And what happens when Caliginous makes a romantic play... for Milo?
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The fantastically-foxy finale IS HERE in Freak Magnet pt 5: "Future's End"! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO's Bored to Death) is joined by acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (Abadazad, Justice League 3000) to conclude the "Freak Magnet" saga of the pulp-style hero The Fox! Our hero has won the day and defeated his evil adversaries, so why does he now find himself trapped 70 years in the past, side-by-side with the legendary hero of WW2 known as THE SHIELD?! And what does the Shield's arctic battle-royale have to do with the diamond realm?! And will SOMEONE please tell The Fox, aka Paul Patton Jr., why he can't just have the simple, freak-free life he wants?? Don't miss the finale to end-em-all!
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The return of Mister Master! In a nod to the "Go-Go Checks" era of a certain Distinguished Competition, we catch up to the Brigade years after issue #1, as Mister Master returns... with an army of deadly gophers? And he's madder than ever! How can the Brigadeers be the same team - but composed of totally different members? A self-contained snapshot of an era of Brigade history that builds off the story elements of issue #1! More insanity from the Bwah-ha-ha Boys, Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis, showcasing their distinct brand of comedy now exclusively at Boom! Studios!
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NEW RED CIRCLE SERIES! From the world of the New Crusaders, comes the high-flying FOX! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO's Bored to Death) and Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) continue the saga of the legendary, pulp-style hero The Fox in FREAK MAGNET Part Two: "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"! When the beautiful Queen of Diamonds enlists our hero to save the diamond realm from the deadly Druid, the FOX faces a whole new dimension's worth of pitfalls, peril and—familiar faces?! Then, acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (Abadazad, Justice League 3000) and Eisner-award nominated artist Mike Cavallaro (Parade (with Fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28) take us back in time for an ALL-NEW story featuring the world's first patriotic super hero and leader of the New Crusaders: THE SHIELD! What connection does Shield's top-secret mission in the arctic have to do with the Fox's diamond-studded adventure? And what ultra-powerful villains have arrived to wreak havoc?? Read on, dear reader—The Fox and the Shield have their work cut out for them!
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