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!
AGENTS OF PACT TP, VOL 01, FLEURS DE CONFLIT
(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.
CAPTAIN CANUCK #3
(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
Destroyed?

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'.

FANTOMAH #3
(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


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Re-Enter The Crime Stopper

Of course, I came across this little bit of news mere minutes after completing the "odds and ends" post from last night...

The following is an excerpt from a website called Convenience Store Decisions. Odd source for comic book news, I know, but it paid off big.
CSD spoke with Sean Sportun, ICPS manager, security & loss prevention for Mac’s Convenience Stores, about the many initiatives the chain is using to combat crime, and how a Harvard Business Study is assisting its efforts. 
... 
CSD: In (January) 2016 Mac’s offered a free comic book about fighting crime. What was the intention behind the comic book and what results did you see? Any plans for more? 
SS: Captain Canuck is a very popular superhero in Canada. We are working with Crime Stoppers to develop a second edition of the “Captain Canuck meets Crime Stopper” comic book, which was a huge success last year. The purpose of the initiative was to generate awareness about the Crime Stoppers program into the many communities across Canada. Through our Mac’s locations, we provided 50 comic books in each one of our stores to promote the initiative, at no charge to our customers and within 2-3 days we were out of them.
Nice news right there. The creative team did a very nice job with this book.
Writer: Richard Comely
Penciller: Tom Grummett
Inker: George Freeman
Colourist: George Freeman, Laurie E. Smith
Editor: Fadi Hakim
Don't try too hard to squeeze this one in continuity; Judging from the uniform, we are reading "classic" Canuck, however Kebec and Redcoat are the modern version. If you must, tell yourself that it takes place prior to issue #1 and therefore prior to the Captain acquiring the armour.

Any Captain is good Captain but The Crime Stopper character himself is a pleasant surprise.  For starring in a promotional item for the Crime Stoppers program (and yes there are times when it reads like a commercial, inevitably), the character is laid out quite well. We know what drives him and we know why he's a good candidate for street-level crime fighting. A lot is accomplished in only a few pages.

The first issue is still available as part of a collector set on chapterhouse.ca if you missed it. And it sounds like you'll need to act quickly if you want to avoid missing the second issue, too, so heads up.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Odds And Ends

While we wait for the Chapterhouse Publishing July solicitations to made available (and likely first posted on First Comics News, as usual), let's go over a few minor news items that I've gathered over social media.

Whatever Happened To ANCCC #4?

Remember this book? The first two issues came out relatively punctually, if I recall correctly, then the third was delayed by several months. I got my copy of the third issue in early January, I believe, and it had already been out a few weeks by then.

Yet, as I write this, the concluding fourth issue isn't even available for pre-order on the Chapterhouse website. So what gives?

Well, thankfully this isn't one of those situations like when Moonstone Books cancelled Northern Guard after two issues out of three (yep, still bitter).

The material is completed and the series will be collected in a trade paperback, not surprisingly. But apparently the fourth issue will still be released on its own at some point with additional material. I doubt it'll show up in the July solicitations, that's not why I brought it up, but hopefully some time by the end of the year.

Now for that matter...

Whatever Happened To The Prometheus Protocol?

We had a teaser for the Captain's second animated series, and the first episode was released as well. Briefly. It was pulled and Chapterhouse went rather quiet about the whole thing.


So what's going on? Well, potentially something very, very good. Here's how the Captain responded to a fan on Twitter recently about that very thing.


What? Don't sound apologetic! That would be awesome! Awesome enough to be worth the wait if it falls through. I can live with "just" comics and novels in the meantime, believe me.

Speaking of awesome...

Eric Kim Sketch Cover 

Get an eyeful of this thing:


Kim acknowledges a famous Mike Zeck cover as his inspiration here, for those who are not familiar with the original image. It is from a Captain America annual from 1986.


Great idea and execution. If you are unfamiliar with Erick Kim, you can view more of his work on his website.

I guess that'll about do it for now. Let's go back to waiting for July books to be announced.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chapterhouse Comics June 2017 Solicitations

As usual, first shared by First Comics News, although if you ever miss them there, you will get them a few days later by joining Chapterhouse's newsletter.
CAPTAIN CANUCK #2
(W) Kalman Andrasofszky (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) John Gallagher 
The Chapterverse continues! The mysterious alien menace continues to tear through random locations around the globe and the casualty count is high. Is there a pattern to the havoc? With Kebec and Northguard taken off the board, who can stop it? 
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99
Collections seem to be appear in these solicitations frequently. I believe in this case the reason is that this is a hardcover whereas the previous versions are trade paperback. The content appears to be the same, but releasing it right around the country's 150th birthday just makes sense. 
CAPTAIN CANUCK COMPENDIUM HC
(W) Richard Comely, George Freeman (A) Claude St Aubin (A/CA) Richard Comely, George Freeman 
In celebration of Canada’s 150th-anniversary, Captain Canuck is back in Chapterhouse Comics’ hardcover Compendium line. This 366 page compendium features all of the issues from the 1975-81 series, including issue #15 in full-color. Never-seen before art and extras by Richard Comely, George Freeman, and Claude St. Aubin make this a collector’s item a must have for fans of the Captain, new and old! (Foreword) by Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely! 
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $34.95

I'll include the following two books as well though their connection to the Captain is still a mystery to me. They are said to take place in the "universe" so that continues to be good enough.
FANTOMAH #2
(W) Ray Fawkes (A) Soo Lee (CA) Djibril Morrisette 
Shaken by the traumatic events of last issue, Paz Gallegos, now the dreaded Fantomah, must race against the clock to track down her missing sisters. But as her powers continue to manifest, Fantomah finds herself pulled in new and deadly directions, sending her down a dangerous spiral from which she may never recover. 
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99
FREELANCE TP VOL 01 ANGEL OF THE ABYSS
(W) Jim Zub, Andrew Wheeler (A) Vaneda Vireak, Cindy Leong (CA) Alex Perkins 
Lance Valiant, John Cabot, and Tasha Kolchak are fearless explorers who delve into hidden secrets of our world and protect us from threats beyond imagination, but the greatest secret of all may be Lance’s own mysterious past! Pulse-pounding action, wit, intrigue, and globe-trotting romance as one of Canada’s original heroes is reborn for the Chapterhouse era by writers Andrew Wheeler (Another Castle) and Jim Zub (Thunderbolts), and artist Vaneda Vireak (51Hundred)! 
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $16.99

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

May 2017 Chapterhouse Publishing Solicitations

As always, these are Captain-centric. And that Captain is back in late May!
CAPTAIN CANUCK 2017 ONGOING #1(W) Kalman Andrasofszky
(A) Leonard Kirk
(CA) John Gallagher 
The Chapterverse continues! Captain Canuck returns with a brand new first issue!

Tom Evans has walked away from Equilibrium, his brother Michael, and the mantle of Captain Canuck, choosing to return instead to a simple life on the reservation near Flin Flon where he grew up. What a terrible time for an extraterrestrial incursion! 
In Shops: May 31, 2017
SRP: $3.99
But then, is there ever a GOOD time for an extraterrestrial incursion?

If you have yet to give it a good look, blow up that cover, children. It's fantastic.

So this book is specified as being the 2017 ongoing. Could just be a wording thing, but I take that to mean that the type of hiatus we've had will become the norm. If so, so be it, so long as other books take its place and continue the Chapterverse stories and the break enables regular a regular publishing schedule, that sounds like a solid structure to me.

What else can we look forward to...
FANTOMAH #1(W) Ray Fawkes
(A) Soo Lee
(CA) Djibril Morrisette 
The Chapterverse continues with this brand new series!

24-year old Paz Gallegos has been holding her family together for years. But when her two sisters go missing and her life begins to unravel, Paz finds herself thrown into a world of gangs, guns… and ghosts. Because something spectral is lurking just below the surface of Paz’s nightmares. Something not afraid to leave a trail of bodies in its wake.

Fantomah’s story begins here, in a pulse-pounding first issue brought to you by Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee. 
In Shops: May 31, 2017
SRP: $3.99
Another amazing cover. Said to be a Chapterverse book, yet doesn't seem to have a significant connection to Captain Canuck, PACT, etc. At least not on the surface. Easy creative team to put your faith behind, mind you.

That would leave a Northguard return and Northern Light for late September, perhaps October if delays set in (Agents of PACT and Freelance were already a couple of weeks late, so those seem inevitable). First Comics News' Martin Boruta shared an advertisement for the Northern Light in a recent article and I include it below.


You might recognize the gigantic creature in the background from some of the Captain Canuck material that's already been shown so this series seems to be more connected to the Captain's book than the other Chapterverse titles. And almost, if not fully, completely removed from the original book to bear its name, on the other hand. We'll see, but in the meantime, let's check out some Fantomah. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

April 2017: "Freelance and Agents of PACT each come to an explosive conclusion!"

Chapterhouse released their April solicitations and, not particularly surprisingly, they remain Captain-free as Agents of P.A.C.T. shines a spotlight on some of his supporting cast.
AGENTS OF P.A.C.T. #4
Kebec makes the ultimate sacrifice to give her allies a shot at taking down their alien enemy once and for all, leaving Marla Ritchie to face the extraterrestrial monster alone. Does she have what it takes to stand alongside legends like Redcoat, Kebec, and Fleur De Lys?

Written by Kalman Andrasofszky & Blake Northcott
Illustrated by Federica Manfredi | Cover by Bella Rachlin 
$3.99 | 32 pages | Full Color
Diamond Order# FEB171453

FREELANCE #4
This is it! Witness the final showdown between Lance and Apollyon as they battle for control of not only the world, but Lance's very humanity! Learn the terrible secrets of Lance's origin! Trust us, you do not want to miss the final issue of our first season!

Pulse-pounding action, wit, intrigue and globe-trotting romance - One of Canada's original heroes is reborn for the Chapterhouse era by writers Andrew Wheeler (Another Castle) and Jim Zub (Thunderbolts), and artist Vaneda Vireak (51Hundred)!

Written by Jim Zub and Andrew Wheeler
Illustrated by Vaneda Vireak | Cover by Alex Perkins

$3.99 | 32 pages | Full Color
Diamond Order# FEB171456
I kind of dig Steeltown Hammer. He's a good addition to the cast that is not a reimagined version of a character from the original series. He's nowhere near as principled as the good Captain by any stretch but loyal and obedient and therefore the perfect right hand man to Michael Evans (pun intended, if you know Michael Evans at all). Mike Evans has a tendency to strain the bonds of loyalty though so we'll see how long that lasts.

We should now be starting to see signs of the next batch of Chapterverse books that had been promised this past summer, probably also in the form of 4-issue mini-series. I'm particularly eager to see a book about The Northern Light character from the 70s though at this point I don't know for certain if he's part of the upcoming bunch of releases. Last I saw him, he was meant to appear in a much-delayed anthology book called One Tribe.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Coming "soon", Classic Captain Canuck Sculptures!

Sculptor Richard Nowak shared the image below on Instagram earlier today.

I just finished six reproductions of my Classic Captain Canuck sculpture. Each handpainted by me. For sale soon through www.Chapterhouse.ca. This sculpture was based on the very first appearance of Captain Canuck released in 1975. The author and artist Richard Comely provided me with original hand drawn reference material for this project. It has been over a year of work to get to this stage.
"Over a year" is no exaggeration. Nowak posted a picture on Instagram of the sketch he would work from to build the sculpture. That was 73 weeks ago.

It's a little difficult to tell due to the angle on that picture, but the base is a map of Canada. Nice way to build on the cover from the character's first issue in 1975.

Of course, as a fan, the best news is that these will be available to the general public, at least on a limited basis. While we wait for their availability to be announced, and brace ourselves for the revelation of the price, check out more of Richard's work on his website, including a modern version of the Captain that I believe won a fan art contest a couple of years ago.

To see the step-by-step process and gradual progress made on creating the sculpture above, go to Richard's Instagram account, linked at the top of the page. Thankfully, Richard is not the type to post pictures of his breakfasts so it's easy to follow this sculpture's coming to life.