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 #1
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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chapterverse Moves Forward In Chapterhouse March 2017 Solicitations

Let's see what we can look forward to in the spring!
AGENTS OF PACT #3
JAN171565 
(W) Kalman Andrasofszky, Blake Northcott (A) Federica Manfredi (CA) Bella Rachlin
The Chapterverse continues! Hot on the trail of the extra-dimensional invader, the Agents are led right into the belly of the beast: Equilibrium HQ! And Michael Evans is anything but happy to see them. 
Caught between two deadly threats, all seems lost until the secret fifth member of PACT reveals herself! 
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99
Err...Would that secret member happen to be on this cover? Because from the beginning I wondered if Bluefox was going to appear in this book, being a prominent female member of the cast and all.
FREELANCE #3
JAN171566 
(W) Jim Zub, Andrew Wheeler (A) Vaneda Vireak (CA) Alexander Perkins 
The Chapterverse continues! Terror on the racetrack! 
In the penultimate issue of the series, Apollyon has activated the Breach Key in Istanbul, and only Lance and his team stand in the way of total destruction. But when one member gets kidnapped, Lance must outrace the clock if he hopes to save the world – and his friend. 
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $3.99
Still no real evidence of Chapterverse participation as such besides, obviously, the mention in the solicitation text. I don't expect a Captain Canuck appearance or anything, but a mention of Equilibrium, PACT, something.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chapterhouse Reveals Free Comic Book Day Offering

Good to see this on several levels.
Jay Baruchel (Goon, Goon-Last of the Enforcers, This is the End, Man Seeking Woman, How to Train Your Dragon) joins the Captain Canuck team to co-write the Free Comic Book Day edition of Captain Canuck: Year One for Chapterhouse Comics with Editor in Chief and series writer Kalman Andrasofszky.  
“Captain Canuck is a true Canadian icon and it is a humble honour to be involved in helping to shape the next generation of Canuck sagas for a new generation of readers and fans, as well as the die-hards that have followed Cap on his journey from the beginning”, says Baruchel. “Chapterhouse is doing very awesome stuff as they breathe new life into the world of Canadian comics. I am proud to be joining their ranks in this incredible adventure as we work hard to bring exciting stories and classic heroes to life for readers across Canada.” 
“The Captain’s ranks keep growing” says Fadi Hakim, President of Chapterhouse and Captain Canuck Incorporated, “and we’re simply overjoyed to have a consummate talent and Canadian like Jay on board as we march forward!” 
Canuck creator Richard Comely echoes Hakim’s sentiment: “Jay is one of the most prolific, well-spoken people I’ve met in this industry- I know the Captain is in good hands!” 
The first of the three part series is drawn by Canadian superstar Marcus To (The Flash, Red Robin, Joyride) and features a cover by David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight, Avengers, Ultimate X-Men).  
The issue also includes an 8-page backup story- Die Kitty Die: Summer Beach Party created, written and illustrated by Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz of Archie Comics fame. 

I'm a little bit behind on my Captain material at the moment but plan to catch up over the holidays. Solicitation text for other books seems to indicate that the Captain will be M.I.A. for a while, hence the focus on the women of Agents of PACT and some of the other Chapterverse books that are coming soon. Doing a Year One story while we wait for his glorious return, rather than leaving him on the sidelines, just makes sense.

Full March 2017 solicitations should be available soon.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chapterhouse February 2017 Solicitations

As usual, First Comics News lives up to its name and is the first site to make the Chapterhouse solicitations available. If someone else does it any faster, by all means draw my attention to it, but I have yet to find another site that does.

Now then...What's going on...

ALL NEW CLASSIC CAPTAIN CANUCK VOL 01 TIME CHASE
DEC161505
(W) Ed Brisson (A/CA) George Freeman 
The Classic series continues will all new adventures of Captain Canuck! Lost in time, Captain Canuck must face aliens, cavemen, Mr Gold, and the new threat of Criterion as he tries to return home.

Ed Brisson (The Violent) teams up with Canuck veteran George Freeman (JLA, Star Wars) to bring you what Graphic Policy calls “A great collection that’s worth the price of admission!” 
Collects All New Classic Captain Canuck #0-4. 
In Shops: Feb 22, 2017
SRP: $19.99
Nice. The third issue of ANCCC was released last week, I believe. Chapterhouse must be fairly confident that they'll get the fourth issue out soon if they are planning to release the trade paperback.

That will be it for Classic Canuck, at least for the time being, sadly. But the supporting cast of the current version will continue to be featured in...

AGENTS OF PACT #2
DEC161502
(W) Kalman Andrasofszky, Blake Northcott (A) Federica Manfredi (CA) Bella Rachlin 
The Chapterverse continues! Barely functioning as a team yet, and the Agents are already outnumbered and outgunned by an army of souped-up Equilibrium agents headed by the Steeltown Hammer! 
Who can even the score? Spoilers: it’s Kebec. 
In Shops: Feb 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99
When I first saw that cover, I believed it was fan art. I may have even referred to it as such on social media, which makes me feel like a dumbass now. Ah well. How the hell was I supposed to know? Unless it started that way and Chapterhouse chose to use it.

In any event, for those of you perhaps newer to this little universe, that would be Fleur De Lys on the left, of Northguard fame. A character by the same name (Manon Deschamps, that is) appears in the Northguard but is significantly older. So there are two possibilities:

1) The cover is not at all indicative of the interior content and simply a pinup. That could well be, artist Bella Rachlin used the pinup hashtag in her Instagram post displaying that same image.

2) Someone else is wearing the suit. The Northguard guard character is significantly different than the original character, the same could be true of Fleur De Lys. And Chapterhouse leaves precious little material unused. So this is something to look forward to.

And finally, we have Freelance...

FREELANCE #2
DEC161503
(W) Jim Zub, Andrew Wheeler (A) Vaneda Vireak (CA) Alexander Perkins 
The Chapterverse continues! 
On the trail of the murderous Apollyon, Lance and his team are led on a journey that takes them from beyond the Nanisivik Rift to the rooftops of Istanbul. 
Debuting in this issue: the mysterious Sidika! But is she friend, foe, or something else entirely? 
Pulse-pounding action, wit, intrigue, and globe-trotting romance as one of Canada’s original heroes is reborn for the Chapterhouse era! 
In Shops: Feb 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99
I admit that I'm not quite into this book. I know that its connection with the other Chapterverse titles will be revealed over time, and hopefully grow, but so far it doesn't grab me. I also personally detest this art style (preview page below copied from, of course, First Comics News).


Not saying it's bad work, just not what I personally enjoy and not what I was expecting.  Nonetheless, I'll get the book and hope to be pleasantly surprised.

My concern now is that when the Chapterverse was announced, it was promoted as being a whole universe for $8 a month. That's OK, but it would suggest that we're not getting any version of Captain Canuck until May at the earliest. That's a long way to go without your flagship character, but we cna look forward to his triumphant return. Hell, we've waited much longer between Canuck books in the past, haven't we?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

See You In The Funny Papers, Captain!

A little over two years ago, I stumbled into scans of a six-part Captain Canuck series of newspaper strips shared by a gentleman on Facebook. I shared them on the "They Stand On Guard" blog at the time but this seems like an appropriate place to store them as well. Have a look below.





As was the case at the time, I take absolutely no credit for these. They were originally found on David E. McLains's Graphyc Rythmic Productions group though I failed to find them again just prior to writing this post. I was hoping to get an exact date as to when they were shared and whatever other details Mr. McLain had provided at the time. Parts four through six are posted on the newspaper strip page found just under the banner.

Pretty sweet to have additional Richard Comely / George Freeman material to enjoy. According to Mr. McLain, these are from 1980 so they would feature the original version of the character.

IDW Publishing's "Complete Edition" of Captain Canuck included a few strips as well, from 1995, written and drawn by Richard Comely. That Captain Canuck was the Darren Oak version from the short-lived "Reborn" era.

I'm in the process of gathering information about publishing dates and additional details for these. Whatever I manage to locate will find its way onto the page above.