Friday, January 19, 2018

Captain Canuck: Year One, Book Three

The Chapterhouse Publishing April 2018 solicitations include the conclusions of seasons two of Fantomah and Freelance, as well as the third book in the "Year One" Captain Canuck mini.
Story by Jay Baruchel
Art by Creees Hyunsung Lee
Cover by Creees Hyunsung Lee and Vaneda Vireak 
Continuing the lost tale of how Tom Evans became the hero known as Captain Canuck
Assigned to support the notorious mercenary group Parsifal, Tom Evans has used his powers to covertly sabotage their nefarious efforts. Now exposed, Tom is all that stands in Parsifal’s way, unless he can get a little help from everyone’s favourite sniper, Kebec!

$1.99 | 6.25/10.18 | Full Color 

While I normally view solicitations on First comics News first, this time, Newsarama was the first to carry them (as far as I could tell).

The colouring of that cover reminds me of the 3D gimmick from the late 80s or so. I can't imagine Chapterhouse is going down that road so I suspect that the final product will be a lot tighter.

Monday, January 15, 2018

AOP4 Variant

Chapterhouse announced earlier today that several of their books were hitting stores next Wednesday.

That's not huge news in and of itself; these are all books that were solicited quite some time ago. They're all late to various degrees but it's an impressive job of catching up. In a bit more than a week, we're getting...
  • Captain Canuck, Season 3, Issue #2
  • Northguard, Season 2, Issues # 1 and 2
  • Fallen Suns, Season 1, Issues #2 and 3
  • Fantomah, Season 1, Issue #4
  • Agents of PACT, Season 1, Issue #4
It's that last one that drew my eye to the announcement. Chapterhouse displays covers to all the book above on Instagram. I may simply be forgetting it, but an alternative cover to Agents of PACT #4 was shown and I dig it quite a bit. I thought it was worth displaying here since at the moment at least, it isn't even included on Chapterhouse's own website, that I can see.

Quite sharp, but anything that features Kebec instantly grades high...

Three of those should be hitting my mailbox in the coming days. I've been waiting for Agents Of Pact #4 to be available before reading the first issue of season three of Captain Canuck. It can't get here fast enough.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

All-New Classic Captain Canuck #5

Collecting the All-New Classic Captain Canuck mini-series was more of a marathon than a sprint. Based on digital release dates posted on Comixology, issue one came out in April 2016 and issue four finally became available in May 2017. And that's digitally; I'm not sure that the print version reached stores until the fall.

I'd neglected to add info about the fourth issue to the page above specific to the series. While looking for a better quality version of the cover images I'd saved, I located a solicitation for a fifth issue that has not (to the best of my knowledge) been released and likely never will.
All-New Classic Captain Canuck #5 
(W) Ed Brisson (A) George Freeman (CA) Gisele Lagace 
Because you demanded it! The Sonic Squad get their very own issue!

Everybody's favourite team of villains are set to pull off the heist of the century. What could possibly go wrong?

Brought to you by the dream team on The Violent, Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham give you a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and cold hard cash

The original publishing date was supposed to be August 31st, 2016, so I think we can pretty well forget about this one. To be honest, I don't even recall seeing a solicitation for it, but perhaps I missed them that month. Still neat, though.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CSIS Agent: Captain Canuck

I've spent the early part of my evening updating the "season 3" and "con variants" pages and while looking for material to add to those pages, I came across a relatively recent image of an alternate version of the Captain.  Specifically, it's from March 2016.

I say it is "relatively recent" because work on this project has always progressed at a pace glaciers would envy. However, in this case, any pace might be positive news.

The project is (or was, it's always hard to tell) spearheaded by Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely's son, Christian. I believed that the emergence of Chapterhouse's version pretty well spelled the end of the CSIS Agent variety above (because I'd basically been told that very thing) but Chapterhouse was well into its publishing by March 2016 and Christian was still talking about it.  Here's what he had to say about the image when he posted it on Facebook.
I am working on it, keep an eye on the FB page that is where i will be updating as i go. I work full time not doing comics, so it is slow going but me and my writing partner have come up with some really good stuff!
Since Richard Comely still appears to be involved with Chapterhouse on some level, then perhaps Christian's version of the Captain could see the light of day at some point. Alternate reality? Back-up story?

Unlikely, but not impossible. It was cool to stumble into new (to me) art regardless and I hope Christian is encouraged to continue with the project. His design for Bluefox is copied below.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chapterhouse Invades 2018

I'd been keeping an ear to the ground for Chapterhouse Publishing's March solicitations and while we didn't quite get those, what we got was pretty cool. This spring, the Captain and his entourage attempt to fight off an invasion.
Invasion is Chapterhouse’s first major event, taking place in the pages of Captain Canuck Season Four throughout the summer of 2017 and bringing together heroes of the Chapterverse – Fantomah, Freelance, Pitiful Human-Lizard, Northguard, Agents of P.A.C.T., and Fallen Suns – against the threat of alien race, the Borealis. 
Having observed Earth from afar, the Borealis arrive to pass judgement on humankind – a failure, too dangerous to be allowed to live. However, despite our flaws, Captain Canuck and the heroes of the Chapterverse still believe humans are worth saving. This action-packed Chapterverse crossover event will also look back at the story of the Chapterverse so far, so new readers are not left out of the action. 
"I've been counting the days to Invasion since we released Captain Canuck on Free Comic Book Day in 2015,” says Chapterhouse founder Fadi Hakim. “Having the story come full circle for Free Comic Book Day 2018 is simply the best thing ever!” 
Chapterhouse’s Free Comic Book Invasion prologue features the debut of the Captain Canuck Season Four writing team – Jay Baruchel and Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps, The Flash). Leonard Kirk (Batman, Supergirl, JSA, X-Factor) provides the artwork plus a cover by John Gallagher (Riverdale, Supergirl, The Flash). 
"This is big, blockbuster, summer entertainment,” Baruchel explains. “It's got monsters, superheroes, space ships, big explosions, and Donald Trump being subjugated by aliens - pretty much all you could ask for in a comic book. Exciting stuff that's going to take heads off."
The last few months have predictably felt like Chapterhouse had hit the reset button. Jay Baruchel was named Chief Creative Officer this past summer, for one thing, but while the publisher's agreement with Diamond Books at around the same time didn't generate the same amount of attention, it was still very impactful.  Chapterhouse products were to become more widely available throughout North America and Europe and many books were resolicited accordingly.

Invasion may have been in the planning stages for years, but its announcement feels symbolic of Chapterhouse having adapted to its new normal and preparing to take off again. This could be a big year for the publisher.

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 (edit: incorrectly) 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!