Thursday, April 19, 2018

Captain Canuck, Season 4, Book 1, Arrives in July!

Or at least, things are being planned that way, after a Captain-free June.
(W) Jay Baruchel, Van Jensen
(A) Zachariah Roane
(CA) John Gallagher 
The biggest event to hit the Chapterverse has arrived! After a global invasion by the extra-terrestrial Borealis, Tom Evans aka Captain Canuck leads a team of Canada’s greatest superheroes to save the world. But what’s a bigger threat to their success: the aliens, or the schemes of Tom’s reckless brother, Michael?

Canada’s premiere superhero returns in a new series written by Van Jensen (The Flash, Fallen Suns) with art by Zachariah EM Roane (Tales of the Black Devil)! 
In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
SRP: $1.99

I was not familiar with artist Zachariah EM Roane but his Instagram account provides some cause for optimism.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Captain Canuck, Year One, Book Four

A quiet month is in store for Chapterhouse this coming May as the fourth issue of Captain Canuck: Year One is one of few books released.
(W) Jay Baruchel (A) Creees Hyunsung Lee (CA) Danny Zabbal 
The lost tale of how Tom Evans became the hero known as Captain Canuck continues! 
The villainous Cronje is out for revenge on Tom and Yvette after they took down Parsifal’s operation. But how deep and dubious their plans were have remained to be seen. How far will Tom Evans’ have to go to bring a stop to Parsifal’s final weapon, The Panzerklagge? And exactly what does his brother Michael have to gain from it all? 
In Shops: May 30, 2018
SRP: $3.99

An issue of The Pitiful Human Lizard is also expected to be released on the same day and a "virgin art" version of the third issue of Year One is also expected to appear on May 2nd.  Info obtained, as is usually the case, from First Comics News.

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.