Thursday, October 26, 2017

And Happy New Year From Chapterhouse!

If the books scheduled to be released by Chapterhouse in December were treated like Christmas presents, the publisher will continue treating us into the new year.

We are happy to announce a new pricing structure for our Chapterverse range of superhero titles, with every monthly comic priced at $1.99 US, and all trade paperback collections priced at $9.99 US! 
The new $1.99 price point applies to all Chapterverse titles in 2018, including Captain Canuck, Fantomah, Freelance, and The Pitiful Human Lizard.
CEO Fadi Hakim says that the new price really makes sense for the fans. “We’ve become big enough to receive sizeable savings from our printer, and in turn, we’re passing on that savings to our retailers and readers. You can now get our entire universe for between four to six dollars a month!” 
The $1.99 initiative kicks off in January 2018 with the second seasons of two of our most acclaimed titles; Freelance, starring gay superhero Lance Valiant, and Fantomah, featuring a revival of the Golden Age horror icon. The $1.99 price also applies to the new 2018 seasons of Captain Canuck, Pitiful Human-Lizard, Fallen Suns, Northguard, and two new titles to be announced next year.

The $9.99 trade paperback price will apply to the entire Chapterverse line, including Captain Canuck: Aleph, Captain Canuck: Gauntlet, Captain Canuck: Harbinger, The Pitiful Human-Lizard: Far From Legendary, The Pitiful Human-Lizard: Still Pretty Pathetic, Freelance: Angel of the Abyss, and Fantomah: Up From The Deep.

To be entirely honest, I was far less interested in books like Freelance and Fantomah, said to be in the "Chapterverse" but not directly connected to the Captain. At that new price, I might be more likely to give them a try.

The Agents Of Pact trade paperback was not mentioned in the text above but its price is listed as $9.99 in the January solicitations as well.

Now let's impatiently wait to hear about those two news titles to be announced in 2018...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Merry Christmas From Chapterhouse!

I've done some clean-up work on some of the pages, and updated some of the graphics on right side of the page, but I haven't posted much lately simply because there's been little Captain Canuck material solicited by Chapterhouse Publishing. There have been a couple of books involving some of the supporting cast; Northguard guest-stars Steeltown Hammer, Fallen Suns features one the Equilibrium staff in Parminder Patel and what appears to be the antagonist from the Captain second series (Pharos) and Fantomah is said to take place in the Chapterverse as well.

But December brings the good Captain back in what I assume is a four-issue mini series again, like most Chapterhouse offerings. And it starts with a good jump-on point:
(W) Jay Baruchel, Kalman Andrasofszky
(A) Marcus To
(CA) David Finch 
Jay Baruchel joins Chapterhouse with an epic origin story!

If you missed FCBD, we have you covered! Captain Canuck Year One Book One is available again at $1.99 with a brand-new deluxe cover wrap featuring David Finch’s iconic image of the Captain. And on the reverse of every cover of Year One is the virgin art!
“Sur Saray” is a Year One story set during Tom Evans’ time serving in the Afghanistan war. Tom has returned to active duty after going AWOL to rescue his brother from Site ALEPH, but his unit, the PCE Squad is folded into an unscrupulous mercenary platoon.

Frustrated by the injustices he’s witnessing on a daily basis, Tom begins slipping away by night, using his new powers to right the street-level wrongs the military is too unwieldy to effectively address. 
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $1.99

Nice idea there to make this so easily accessible. The story continues later in the month:

(W) Jay Baruchel, Kalman Andrasofszky
(A) Creees Hyunsung Lee
(CA) Cary Nord 
The lost tale of how Tom Evans became the hero known as Captain Canuck continues in “Sur Saray,” the story that began in the Captain Canuck Free Comic Book Day special and co-written by Jay Baruchel (Undeclared, This is the End, Goon 2, How to Train Your Dragon)!

Tom Evans has returned to service in Afghanistan, newly empowered by his encounter at Site: Aleph, but still reeling from the ordeal. Assigned to support the notorious mercenary group Parsifal, Evans is horrified to discover the extent of their brutal subjugation of the people.

Torn between his orders and a burning need to stand against injustice, Tom must find a way to balance a soldier’s duty with a hero’s conscience. 
In Shops: Dec 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99
So if you have the week between Chrismas and New Year's off, you've got some quality reading to look forward to!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

September 2017 Chapterhouse Solicitations

Chapterhouse has announced what we can expect from them this September. Let's have a look at the Captain Canuck / Chapterverse material specifically.
(W) Ed Brisson (A/CA) George Freeman 
Canuck’s adventures in time culminate with the toughest battle he has ever faced, in any era! 
In Shops: Sep 06, 2017 
SRP: $3.99

Finally! This has been a fun book and it'll be good to finally have the story conclude. In case you missed it earlier, the book is actually available digitally on Comixology if you're not up to waiting until September (at best).

And now, a double dose of Northguard:
(W) Anthony Falcone (A) Eric Kim (A/CA) Ron Salas 
Leaping from the pages of Captain Canuck comes Northguard, Canada’s newest super-hero! His first mission: Track down The Aurora Dawn, a mysterious cult hoping to bring about the end of the world!

Chapterhouse Comics’ Captain Canuck reboot has garnered praise and critical acclaim, now see our take on another classic Canadian superhero, Marc Shainblum and Gabriel Morrisette’s Northguard! This volume collects the first four issues of the fan-favorite series and includes never before seen content! 
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $9.99
The good Captain does not appear in this book, but some of his entourage does, Kebec most prominently. Unlike some other Chapterverse books that don't have a clear connection to Captain Canuck, this one is very much connected and Northguard will appear in the Captain's second series as well. So long as he and the Captain continue to run in similar circles, Northguard will continue to be included here.

Which takes us to his second "season"!
(W) Anthony Falcone (A) Giovanni Valletta (CA) Alex Perkins 
Northguard returns with a brand new first issue!

The fan favourite super-spy returns! Still reeling from the events in Captain Canuck, Phil Wise is struggling to adapt to civilian life. But when Phil is marked for death by the deadly assassin Wolf, Northguard is thrust back into action! 
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99
Good stuff. Welcome back!

Now this last one is a bit of a surprise...
(W) Van Jensen (A) Leila del Duca, Neil Collyer (CA) Miko Maclaszek 
The alien warrior called Pharos came to our world to deliver a warning: The Bo-realis are coming. Instead he has wreaked havoc across the Earth and left death and destruction in his wake. 
Now, he awaits execution for his crimes deep in a H.A.L.O. facility. Can brilliant young Equilibrium agent Parminder Patel unravel Pharos’ history and uncover the secrets behind his dire warning, opening the way to his redemption? Can she convince him to rejoin the fight and save Earth?

Find out in Chapterhouse’s new sci-fi epic series, written by Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps, The Flash), with art by Neil Collyer (Heavy Space) and Leila Del Duca (Shutter, Afar). 
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99
This was called Northern Light when originally announced. It was believed to be a re-imagining of a 70s character who bore that name, similar to what was done with Northguard. Clearly that's not the case but rather a direct continuation of the Captain Canuck mini series that starts soon.

Can't help but feel like the Captain disappears again for a while after his own book ends, eh? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Difficult Things

In August of last year, I wrote a post about the back up stories that were intended to appear in the Chapterhouse Archives comic prior to its cancellation after only two issues.

In total, six issues had been solicited. Each would reprint an original issue of the Captain Canuck book along with a brief back-up story.  The material that had been scheduled for issues three through six has yet to be published.

But that doesn't mean that some of it isn't available.

Colourist Adam Martin has shared some of the pages on his deviantart page.  The pages below are from the second issue of the Chapterhouse Archives. Martin has some of the pages from the third issue (by artist Gibson Quarter) as well but they are unlettered.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Captain Canuck Cast Pin-Up by Scott Dutton

While looking up details on a completely unrelated comics matter, I was taken to Scott Dutton's Catspaw Dynamics page and reminded of a pin up he did of the good Captain.

According to Mr. Dutton, the art itself is from 1995 but the version below appeared in the second issue of the Captain Canuck: Unholy War mini series.

How many of those characters can you name?  Answers below. 

1) Captain Canuck (Tom Evans or Darren Oak), 2) Nu-Enoch, 3) Marcel, the monster, 4) Lowell Michaels, the monster, 5) Fen, 6) Brant, 7) Lady Elodil, 8) Rion, 9) Splatter (Manny Ferrara), 10) Officer Nyro-Ka, the alien, 11) The Alien Commander, 12) Heather Michaels, 13) Nathan Oak and the World Government, 14) Jonn, 15) Mister Gold, 16) CISO Shuttle and Boosters, 17) General Sunn, CISO, 18) Lord West, Earth Patrol, 19) Stardance, 20) Daniel Blackbird, 21) Double Whammy, 22) Jamie Oak, 23) Kebec, 24) Redcoat, 25) Bluefox.
Boy...As much as I enjoyed the Captain's books at the time, this really underscores how much Chapterhouse improved the cast. I know not everyone is into "reimagining" material but I can't think of one misstep in this case.

Speaking of Unholy War, I'm restructuring some of the pages above and that will include moving CC West to the Alternate Versions page in order to make more room to display more art, whether in the form of sketch covers or various...huh...variant covers. No ETA on that at the moment but I'm chipping away.

Also, while I was working on this post, the Captain Canuck Twitter account promised big news on Wednesday. Any chance it involves an animated series, as speculated earlier? We'll find out within 48 hours.

Edit: Incredible. I posted the above image today for the hell of it, and now I see that the Captain Canuck Fan Page also posted it on June 9th.  A coincidence, I assure you.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

August 2017 Chapterhouse Publishing Solicitations

First Comics News posted the Chapterhouse solicitations for August including what I thought was the last issue of this volume, but then it's referred to as an ongoing still, so perhaps (hopefully) not.
(W) Kalman Andrasofszky
(A) Leonard Kirk, Emmanuelle Chateauneuf
(CA) John Gallagher 
Communicating at last, Captain Canuck and the alien creature now known as Pharos must join forces to confront the power behind the sinister HALO organization. 
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The final issue of Fantomah comes out in August as well. That title will be replaced by Northern Light in September.

Now I put in a small order from Chapterhouse earlier today and I was a little disappointed to find out that the fourth issue of All-New Classic Captain Canuck was not available in print format on their online store yet since it has been available digitally for a couple of weeks on Comixology. Shouldn't be long then.

You can, however, order the Free Comic Book, if you were not able to get your hands on it earlier this month during the actual event. I'm pleased to see that along with the original cover by David Finch... can order one with the East Coast Comics Expo variant by Nick Bradshaw!

Awesome stuff. Looking forward to getting my package in the mail! Chapterhouse never disappoints with mail orders so I expect to have it around this time next week.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chapterhouse Publishing July 2017 Solicitations

First Comics News revealed Chapterhouse's July offerings early this morning. Let's have a look!
(W) Kalman Andrasofszky, Blake Northcott
(A) Federica Manfredi, Caroline Nolasco
(CA) Bella Rachlin 
Don’t miss this collected edition of Agents of P.A.C.T! With Captain Canuck missing and a new extraterrestrial menace wreaking havoc across Canada, Manon DesChamps, director of P.A.C.T., the paranormal investigation arm of CSIS, must form her own strike team of super-agents to step in and contain the disaster.

Fan-favourites Kebec and Redcoat join the newly-powered Marla Ritchie in this explosive first arc. Can this fledgling team unite and prevent further destruction, or will their own competing motivations prove too much for the Agents of P.A.C.T.? 
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $16.99
Yeah...No way in hell this book is available in July.  The second issue has yet to find its way onto shelves. Typically, Chapterhouse Books come out on the last week of the month. Even if the second issue were to come out at the end of the April, it's hard to imagine the rest of the series being completed by the time this book is scheduled to appear. And I doubt Chapterhouse would release a compilation before the original material is fully available. So see you in the fall, volume 1.
(W) Kalman Andrasofszky
(A) Leonard Kirk
(CA) John Gallagher 
The Chapterverse continues! Look out Equilibrium, Captain Canuck is back, and this time he’s fighting for P.A.C.T! But is even his power enough to stand against the rampaging alien threat that has destroyed Toronto? 
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Gallagher's images just blow my mind every time I see one.

And again, while Fantomah is said to be a Chapterverse title, I don't know how it actually ties in, but it does seem enjoyable. I might TPB that one, and it would make a good halloween release. Just sayin'.

(W) Ray Fawkes
(A) Soo Lee
(CA) Djibril Morrisette 
The Chapterverse continues!

Bodies are piling up. Rumours of The Weeping Woman are spreading. The city’s criminal element is running scared, jumping at its own shadow, and turning on itself. 
But it’s Paz Gallegos who has the most to fear. The closer she draws to the truth of her sisters’ disappearance, the farther she drifts from her own humanity and into the waiting arms of Fantomah. 
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99