New York Comic Con 2017 RUNE WORKS Exclusives: New CYBERWAR! was written by R.J. Huneke and first published on RuneWorks.com. And yes it is true the Rune Works NYCC Booth # 1061 will have even more New York Comic Con 2017 RUNE WORKS Exclusives coming from author and artists R.J. Huneke, Fred Harper and Elizabeth Yoo.
The RUNE WORKS schedule is as follows:
There will be a prequel comic book featuring characters from R.J. Huneke’s cyberpunk noir thriller the CYBERWAR Series titled SPY WOMAN SPY.
If you could not guess it is starring two of the leading ladies, the infamous CYBERWAR Series heroines Xera Finn and Fae Yu as they live their double lives in the shadows of the Port Jefferson black market, which is always at risk of being shut down by the Cyber United States government’s local CNYPD forces.
But that is not all.
Along with the opening pages of this CYBERWAR Series prequel the graphic novel is followed by a never before released in print spy tale, a short story of William Waltz the Cyber Warrior.
This thrilling throwback to the days when Waltz hacked his way into and out of jam after perilous jam as a Cyber Warrior is titled THE CYBER WARRIOR AWAKENS and was only briefly featured as a short online on rjhuneke.com and cyberwarseries.com.
The newest book for the kickoff novel for the CYBERWAR Series is coming very soon . . . drop by for news from the author, yours truly!
There will be five incredible pieces of artwork available in limited edition archival print runs of Mr. Romero (The Joker?), an amazing tribute to the late Adam West (is that Batman and Catwoman at a 60’s shindig of a soda shop?) and The Blondes of Alfred Hitchcock: the beauties of THE BIRDS Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak!
We are talking about amazing prints that reflect the paintings (see ElizabethYoo.com.
There are three sizes of prints, so that there is an affordable $5 4x6” print of each, a $20 8x10” print (or 2 for $30), and $40 each for a 13x19” masterpiece collection piece.
But there’s more: rumor has it the TIPPI piece comes in her natural blonde or her noir blue colorations . . .
And then there will be two, only two, of these pieces that are coming in a limited edition and utterly incredible magnet ($5 only folks!).
The man, the myth, the legend, Fred Harper will be bringing MARS ATTACKS pieces and we hope a bevy of his art – check out fharper.com and fredharper.com!
More announcements are coming!
Check all of our sites and come hungry for there will be FREE candy, bookmarks, and knowledge to eat up at the booth.
“Court Of Owls At Heart Of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2?” was first published by POWkabam.com.
How dark is the DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 issue and its preceding opening into the mysterious examination of a possible Dark Multiverse dwarfing, enveloping, and in twisted ways emulating the multiverse of Superman, the Batman, and Wonder Woman? Well the Court of Owls at heart of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 clues us in.
The crazy thrill-chase of a manhunt for Batman by the Justice League crosses thirteen brilliant pages full of shocking ends.
As brutal as The Death Of Superman was and many of the other battles for earth and the universes, DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 delves deeper into DC’s myriad plots and characters to hurl intrigue and thrilling damage the likes of which the Justice League has never seen.
The vivacious visual of Superman punching straight through Batman’s bloody chest, revealed weeks before the issue came out, is one small twist of many during that manhunt.
If a Dark Multiverse can rear its head and start to rattle the entire DC Multiverse, a mountain literally emerges in the middle of Gotham during this book, than something grittier, more warped and more personal is threatening to tear apart the Justice League and their earths.
Central to the METAL storyline is uncovering Hawkman’s research into the deadly impossible: a dark alternate multiverse.
The plot to bring it to their multiverse has been around for hundreds of years, and maybe as long as mankind itself.
Batman takes it upon himself to fully uncover that mystery and save them all from something he may have unwantonly put in motion years earlier.
What is the darkest version of time and space most influenced by?
Why Bruce Wayne’s Batman, of course!
And he is the key, can literally become the doorway to bring in the heinous godlike beings of the Dark Multiverse if five metals can all combine within Bruce Wayne’s body.
Within the maze of the Court of Owls, Bruce Wayne received one of these treacherous metallic elements from the Owl’s fountain.
As the Court of Owls lay hid for countless years, nesting in the Wayne’s own properties, so have they been helping to arrange the trapping of Batman for the opening of the evil door.
Writer Scott Snyder is weaving past, present, and future into trembling yarns from which mythic Fates can entangle and snip short the lives and worlds at will.
And we are talking about every possible variation of DC Comics’ own metaphysical plane.
Dream of the Endless, Neil Gaiman’s powerful Sandman, offers advice and potential future sanctuary to the Batman amidst the chaos.
And while Batman’s Family help him to trap the League just long enough for him to reach his destination to attempt to thwart the oncoming Dark Metal Multiverse, he purposefully gets the League to intrude on and be grabbed by a pissed off Swamp Thing and then he even employs a former foe, Clayface, to impersonate himself and temporarily fool Superman and Wonder Woman.
Superman is not the Smallville sweetheart when he finds out and punches a hole straight through the Batman who becomes a mass of holey clay.
And despite the efforts of earth’s greatest detective to decipher Hawkman’s notes and sacrifice himself to save the world, while ensnaring his friends to get them out of his way, his trapping of the Justice League has only divided them when he needs them most.
Superman and Wonder Woman are blasted before the frightening foes that replace the Batman: a Batman-infused Doomsday, Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and a Joker-like creeper leading piranha tooth-like Robins on leashes.
Behind them all is a dark menacing hooded shadow.
The warped Robins ruthlessly kill the Court of Owls personnel just after they gloated over Wayne’s folly.
The Court of Owls was pivotal to the story and quite a surprise at that.
Will they seek revenge on this new threat?
Where has the Batman gone to?
Greg Capullo’s pencils and Jonathan Glapion’s inks reveal monstrous nightmares on the page.
How dark can METAL get?
I do not know, but I love it all the same!
“Court Of Owls At Heart Of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2?” was written by R.J. Huneke.
Be sure to head down to your local comic shop for DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 and the many different and brilliant covers, including the awesome shiny metal ones (see picture above) that this guy picked up at Red Shirt Comics in downtown Port Jefferson.
Spawn 276: new DARK HORROR arc is noir plus bone chilling story told as a visceral mystery with wild gore and bleak, stunning art for a scarily fun and wholly uncharted territory.
Let this sink in: Spawn 276 starts a horror and mystery story arc.
It is gritty, bloody, full of snot, shadows blacker than even the pages of Spawn are used to, and throughout a mystery needs unraveling or Al Simmon’s daughter may be lost to the horror that lurks on the edge of her sight.
Few have eyes for talent like Todd McFarlane whose own brilliant art and creations – say cape-genius in Batman, Spawn, and so many others, or just say genius because he is – have brought in the likes of Greg Capullo (pencils) years ago and now Darragh Savage (writer) and Jason Sean Alexander (art + co-writer) on Spawn’s newest twisted tale.
Issue 276 kicks off the first part of DARK HORROR with Cyan set in a starkly vivid, yet surreal, Tokyo that is neither bright nor modern-feeling.
What comes across are the grays, the resonating expressions, and the unsettling things that start happening.
Cyan sees what looks like a Japanese ghoul, a young dead woman who pulls her own heart from her chest and holds it up for Cyan in the middle of a crowd.
The journey gets more unhinged.
The ghoul literally smiles and then pulls her jaw down and off of her face in a bloody clump before dropping it to the ground.
No one else can seem to see Cyan’s horrific haunter. Her comrades see nothing. The crowd sees nill.
But Al Simmons can.
There are sheets of rain, humans caged in dog kennels, and spectacularly unsettling feelings caught in the suspenseful facial squints, strained cheeks, and wet eyes.
Action is sparse, for a while at least, but the mystery deepens.
The tension is palpable. And it is scary.
When a splash page showcases Spawn atop a building gripping a neon light that cannot make a dent in the shadows that envelop him, a truly unique and imaginative story and work of art grips the reader by the throat and will not let up or loosen for a single second until the book ends.
We, the reader, are ensnared every bit as much as Spawn is on his detective’s quest to uncover the source of the undead that most cannot see.
While the Image 25th Anniversary continues to celebrate a long period of innovative fiction and amazing original comic art in 2017, Spawn does not sit back to rehash its past but plunges forward, diving into the unknown depths of a black sea calling for us all to swim.
And the same week that this issue hit your local comic shop [like Red Shirt Comics in Port Jefferson], Spawn creator Todd McFarlane announced his partnership with Blumhouse Productions (Insidious) where he will make his directorial debut bringing Spawn to the big screen as a detective-driven story (via Spawn regular Twitch) in a Spawn world where the anti-hero and supernatural deeply affect the observant in the world at large.
"Spawn 276: New DARK HORROR Arc Is Noir Plus Bone Chilling" was written by R.J. Huneke and first posted on POWkabam.com.
Bristling out of the gate and lashing out politically at the issues of our current real world dystopia, Frank Miller has launched another bold view from the grim world of a Batman, * ENTIRE ARTICLE SPOILER ALERT * who comes out of retirement to make a police brutality statement from the opening pages of Dark Knight III: The Master Race.
Rarely have readers been so taken by surprise at the very start of a book.
A young African-American male tries to tell his friend that the "Bat" is back.
And not only that, but Batman is “on their side”.
This statement is met with disbelief.
But the stark visual story that follows does not lie.
The Gotham beat cops chase the skinny young man down, corner him, and though he is not a threat, the starkly white officers open fire on him . . . and Batman swoops down to deflect the bullets.
Batman – from the gritty, but all too realistic DKR through DK3 world – has turned another corner.
The Bat is furious and beats the hell out of the corrupt policemen, making him public enemy number one once again.
One of the most prolific writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Frank Miller has teamed up with Brian Azzarello to write this incredibly powerful graphic novel follow-up to The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and this shocking war on Gotham’s police is begun in the first issue!
Miller has brought back the brilliant coloring of Klaus Janson, and brought on a newcomer but one of the premiere Batman artists in his own right, Andy Kubert, to pencil and ink the comic book.
Miller is so happy with the work and Azzarello's writing that he is already at work on DKIV, the finale of the series.
In an interview with Mr. Miller, Newsarama asked: "Frank, when I talked to Brian [Azzarello] about DKIII, he said that although it takes place three years after the second The Dark Knight Strikes Again, it very much belongs in our current day...was that something that was important to you?"
Miller: "Yeah, at the time, I was living in Manhattan and it was overridden...you know, Dirty Harry was my favorite character in the movies...I was extremely angry. And this all kind of burst forth on the page for me. And DC Comics broke all the rules and let me take one of their known heroes in directions that gave some of them an ulcer. It was really a blessed time." [Read the entire newsarama.com interview here]
A flurry of artists are making variant covers for each issue of the historic piece as well, including Jim Lee, Jill Thompson, and Dave Gibbons, to name a few.
From the early Batman: Year One books, Frank Miller’s Batman has long been more edgy, a bit of a smarter, methodical and, at times, philosophical detective as much as he is a vigilante, but for all of that Bruce Wayne’s Bat persona is also not afraid to use action, or an onslaught of violence, to attempt to right the wrongs presented him by the world’s most unscrupulous city, Gotham.
In the first of the graphic novel trilogy, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman breaks his “one rule” by committing an act of murder, as he snaps and kills the Joker.
What brought the aged Dark Knight to that point of disparagement?
Another Joker murdering spree, dead kids, and thinking of the myriad lives lost due to the Joker being left alive to continually break out of incarceration thanks to a broken system.
The Gotham force and the US government do not look favorably on the Bat. Strife ensues.
The statement: sometimes war is brought upon you and there is no choice but to fight and end it yourself or let the system continue the cycle of innocents subjugated to murderous madness.
This directly links to the new book, Dark Knight III: The Master Race, which is truly reminiscent of the previous theme, and speaks largely of the world’s devolution thirty years after the first book was published in 1986.
Now the Gotham Police force has attempted to end violence by systematically attacking, instead of subduing, and shooting first and asking questions later, rather than assessing threats from the violent and the non-violent.
This is a gutsy statement to call out the police brutality issue at a time in America when many feel their respect for the police needs to extend to blind obedience to a police state, despite police being charged with serving and protecting all of the citizens of their state, not just the wealthy or the white.
This practice of systemic police brutality has been met with stark criticism represented in the news clips Miller brings us in the book: see the eerie resemblance to political correspondent/comedian Jon Stewart, and also the blind support from the racially biased, Caucasian, western media and public, who are also aptly represented in the “fictitious” work.
The society of Gotham is split, as many support the courageous cops, who certainly lay their lives on the line, despite their prevailing views of racism and their “shoot first” mentality.
Frank Miller’s police brutality depiction is frighteningly similar to the real world, as it is today and may, without unified calls for reform, continue into the future.
Batman sat out the fight for years, but seeing no end, he rose up to save the lives of those wrongly targeted for execution, for murder, by a brutal police force.
As Batman is finally caught, closing out the first chapter, the Bat is revealed to be none other than Carrie Kelley, Batman's former Robin.
She tells the commissioner that Bruce Wayne is dead.
Carrie is in the hands of the state now, the Master Race, and we can only fear for her going into the next book.
"Police Brutality Statement: Dark Knight III: The Master Race" was written by R.J. Huneke
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