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

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 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 Eric 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.