Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:20:02 +0000 en hourly 1 Seven To Eternity Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:02:32 +0000 Written by Rick Remender
Art by Jerome Opena
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Published by Image Comics

Rick Remender teams up this week with a couple of old friends, Jerome Opena from Uncanny X-Force and Matt Hollingsworth from Fear Agent. Together, they build a fantasy world bleeding with dark horror and challenge our obedience to fear.

The Osidis family live an honorable life in exile from the lands of the Mud King. The King, also called the God Of Whispers, controls vast and terrible magic, but the most important power he has is to manipulate minds. Instead of raising an army, he makes his enemies kill each other and themselves. Zebediah Osidis is the only man to refuse to submit to him. The story picks up when the Mud King’s monstrous forces finally find Zeb’s family and force son Adam into an impossible decision to save the lives of the few survivors.

The story is dark and beautiful, and the art makes it even better. Opena’s concept is a fantasy world blended with Wild West and outer space elements, with magic that flows in curls and waves but kills despite its beauty. Hollingsworth places careful glows around the magic, making even mundane colors like red and blue into scary distortions.

Come on down to Ultimate Comics and check this out, and if you like it, look for trades like Uncanny X-Force and Fear Agent at the big opening of Ultimate Comics in North Raleigh October 1st!

– MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Ultimate Comics Raleigh Grand Opening Oct 1st Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:07:57 +0000 After more than thirteen years as the Triangle’s premier source to fuel your comic book addiction, retailer Ultimate Comics will open the doors at its first ever Raleigh location on Saturday, October 1st. Fans are invited out to celebrate the milestone at the store’s Grand Opening, where they can get free comics, listen to live music, and meet some of the industry’s top writers and artists who will be on hand to do sketches and sign autographs.

The store is the latest addition to the Ultimate family of comic shops, which includes other locations in Durham and Cary, and owner Alan Gill says it’s an opportunity to bring the company’s community-focused approach to the Capital City.

“For us it’s not just about selling books,” says Gill, whose success with Ultimate has spawned both the Durham-based North Carolina Comicon and Raleigh’s Oak City Comicon. “It’s about being a place where fans of all ages and interests can come together to celebrate what they love. That’s what’s driven Ultimate all these years, and it’s what we’re really excited to bring to the comic and pop-culture loving community in Raleigh.”

The Grand Opening kicks off at 10am, when fans are encouraged to come in costume for a chance to win two weekend passes to this year’s North Carolina Comicon. More information can be found at

Ultimate Comics Raleigh Grand Opening!
6320 Capital Blvd #109
Raleigh NC 27616

Massive grand opening party!
October 1st, 2016 from 10am

Free graphic novel for the first 250 attendees
Free cake and drink!
Signings by comic books pros including:
Tommy Lee Edwards
Daniel Way
Jeremy Whitley
Rich Case
Chris Sims
McKinney Loggins

Cosplay Photography by TJ Carr
Come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win two weekend passes to this year’s NC Comicon

Music by members of rock legend: Jack the Radio!

Media Contact:
Cliff Bumgardner



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DOOM PATROL #1 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:08:53 +0000 Written by Gerard Way
Art by Nick Derington
Published by DC Comics (Young Animal imprint)

I have it on good authority (from Gothic Harry Potter fanfiction) that Gerard Way is “a major hottie.” And I have personal experience that his Umbrella Academy series prove him to be a daring creator, blending elements of the fringe into something consistently entertaining, if not always easy to follow on the first read. And I know for a fact that he is headlining this November’s North Carolina Comicon.

This week sees the first book from his new DC imprint, Young Animal, a collection of books aimed to enhance the stranger aspects of the DC universe. It’s fitting that he goes first, giving us his interpretation of notable DC weirdos, the Doom Patrol.

I have read this issue a couple of times, and a plot summary won’t really explain the book, but I’ll try: Casey Brinke is the best ambulance driver in town. She and her partner take a break from spiritual philosophy to respond to a hit and run. Instead of a human, they find a battered robot that Casey takes home, setting a chain of events including a violent change of roommates, a tiny universe inside a half-eaten gyro, and an interdimensional business meeting to market a new kind of meat.

It’s strange, but it’s compelling, and just like Umbrella Academy stories make for great trade paperbacks, I am sure that Doom Patrol will have a sixth issue that completely changes the way we read this opening chapter. Grab a copy to get signed when Gerard and his Young Animal team come to town in two months, and keep an eye out for Durham’s own Tommy Lee Edwards on Young Animal’s Mother Panic series November 9!

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Glitterbomb #1 Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:46:05 +0000 Story by Jim Zub
Art by Djibril Morissette-Phan
Colors by K Michael Russell
Published by Image Comics

I think it is weird that a comics company has developed the technology to reach into my brain and find what I like and put it all into a comic book, but that must be what happened at Image this week. Glitterbomb is my new favorite book. And it’s probably going to be yours.

Farrah is an actress past her prime, crawling her way through disappointing auditions and sleazy meetings with misogynist agents. At the end of her rope, she walks dramatically into the ocean, but instead of her own death, she meets something far more strange. Now infected with an Eldritch horror, she’s going to tear Hollywood down to a pile of smoking rubble.

Even without the scary parts, this was going to be an amazing book. The gritty realities of the film industry have usually made for great entertainment, from All About Eve and Singing In The Rain to The LA Complex and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. We can’t get enough about how hard it is to make it to the stories that shape us, feeding our schadenfraude and our ambition at the same time. “Oh, that would be awful, that would be miserable – but I could do it.” Jim Zub’s plotting and dialogue give this experience to rich and real characters, but there’s even more. The back of the issue has an essay from a production coordinator about the abuses she suffered on an independent film set. This would have made an amazing essay on Jezebel and is even better when matched to a supernatural horror book.

I can’t praise artist Djibril Morissette-Phan highly enough. His linework sells the horror like no one since Sean Murphy on the sublimely creepy Scott Snyder series, The Wake. It’s even more impactful when matched to the beautiful realism of Farrah’s everyday settings, like Joelle Jones’s suburban story, Lady Killer. And the page layout when Farrah meets her monster? Following panel to panel feels like drowning, and I mean that in the best way.

So come down to Ultimate Comics and get ready to fall in love with Glitterbomb. And don’t go in the water.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Witchfinder: City Of The Dead #1 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:47:39 +0000 Story by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Publiched by Dark Horse Comics

Sir Edward Grey is an occult investigator in Victorian London of the Hellboy universe – your reaction to that sentence tells you everything you need to know about whether you should buy this book. This story begins as Sir Edward closes a case of an abducted nobleman, then investigates a zombie murder. Along the way, he’s waylaid by August Swain of the sinister cabal Heliopic Brotherhood Of Ra, wanting him to investigate an Egyptian tomb found below London’s cobblestoned streets.

This series blends the arch stylings of Sherlock Holmes with the rich supernatural elements of Hellboy, and the result is a great, creepy read. It’s more serious than, say, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it’s not pretentious. As the cool fall weather finally kicks in this weekend, curl up with a scary comic book like this one, courtesy of the gang at Ultimate Comics.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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Atomic Robo: The Temple Of Od Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:15:37 +0000 Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Scott Wegener
Published by IDW

Brian Clevinger has been a longtime friend of Ultimate Comics, making frequent appearances on our convention panels and Free Comic Book Day booths, and the staff here has always recommended his Atomic Robo series. Atomic Robo is a self-aware robot built by Tesla. He has a series of science adventures ranging in time from the Wild West to the Indiana Jones pulp era to the modern day, using knowledge of physics to punch such wonderfully daffy villains as Doctor Dinosaur and his time-displaced Futuresaurus Rex. This week starts the new miniseries, The Temple Of Od, and it’s a great place to jump in to the Atomic Robo lunacy.

This adventure has Robo in 1938 Japan-occupied China looking for a missing scientist and his potential doomsday weapon. The callbacks to Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom are adorable, including a shoe-shine boy dressed as Short Round and a glittery nightclub called Anything Goes. The pulp tone makes the associated gunfighting motorcycle chase that much more fun, and the historical elements ground the story in a part of World War II American media doesn’t usually mention.

Come in to either Ultimate Comics locations and pick up a copy, and make sure you bring it to the next con for a signature with the sweet, witty author we all love. And seriously, ask the staff to show you the collected editions that have Doctor Dinosaur. He is one of my favorite characters in all of comics and may be my next tattoo. You’re going to love him, maybe even more than you’ll love his creator.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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The Backstagers #1 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:46:10 +0000 Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Rian Sygh
Published by BOOM! Box

The Venn diagram of Comics Fans and People Who Have Felt Painfully Different From Most Other People is a concentric circle. That’s part of why conventions are so important – every November, we get together in Durham and find out that we’re not so different after all. It feels great to walk around and bask in the energy of people dropping their labels and just being themselves together.

Well, there’s another couple of Venn diagrams that are complete overlaps with People Who Have Felt Painfully Different From Most Other People. One is Kids With Minority Gender Or Sexuality. Another is Theater People. And James Tynion’s new book, Backstagers, is all about how these categories overlap.

In this story, Jory is miserable at his new all-boys high school. His mom makes him join an after-school activity, so he builds up the courage to try Drama Club. He doesn’t really fit in with the glittery attention-starved actors, but when he meets the stage crew, he finds himself fighting monsters underground alongside boys across the spectrum of sexuality, body type, and race.

Yes, the elevator pitch of this book is, “It’s Lumberjanes. But it’s boys.” And that’s not too far off. Both books are very funny and very much about casual diversity. This book has the wacky magical art that Lumberjanes has made iconic, and the blend of mythology and mundanity in a surreal celebration of friendship and the power of adolescence – yes, you should put these next to each other on the shelf.

But calling it a Boy Lumberjanes (which might just be “Lumberjacks,” but that’s not the point) is getting too lost in the gender. This is also a celebration of the theater, a high-five to the people in black tee shirts who put up with all the crap I gave them when I was in my own high school drama club. In a world that has to select performers based on looks and sounds and charisma, the stage crew becomes a family that loves each other just because they choose to. The Backstagers learn from each other because they don’t have to earn each other’s love. They don’t care who you have a crush on as long as you’re willing to help hang a light and sew a zipper. It’s a beautiful world that never gets enough attention, and this book is a triumph in its representation.

School is starting. There are kids in your town this month unsure of where they’ll fit in. Do some good – come to Ultimate Comics in the Chapel Hill or Raleigh spots (and keep an eye out for the North Raleigh opening!) and grab a copy or two for your local middle school English or Theater classes. The kids are going to eat it up and steal your copy and share it with their friends. And we’ll see those kids at the NC Comicon in three months, finally getting to find their place with the rest of us weirdos. I can’t wait to welcome them.

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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‘NC Comicon the Movie’ world premiere at Carolina Theatre Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:16:59 +0000 IT’S HERE! Nearly a year in the making, it’s the NC Comicon documentary. Please join us on August 31st at 8pm in the historic Carolina Theatre for the world premiere of newest film from Amazing Studios: NC COMICON the MOVIE.

The official documentary of the NC Comicon. For 3 days the Amazing Studios cameras followed the comicon crew through the madness that comes with putting on a comic book convention. With guests such as Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol) and Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) plus massive events, legendary parties, and a sea of comic book fans, the guys and gals of NC Comicon really have their hands full…

World premiere at Durham NC’s Carolina Theatre in the beautiful Fletcher Hall Theatre
Wednesday, August 31
8:00pm Fletcher Hall

Tickets available here (ONLY 5 BUCKS!): HERE
As well as in both Ultimate Comics stores.

Official trailer HERE

Event page HERE

Executive Producers: Mike Cole, Alan Gill, Tommy Lee Edwards

Produced by: Cliff Bumgardner, Brockton McKinney, Peter Scheibner, Brandon Clarke

Directed and Edited by: Cliff Bumgardner

Shot by: Brian French and Peter Scheibner

Art Director: Dustin Owens

Designer | Animator: Jeremiah Berkheimer

An Amazing Studios production –

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Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #1 Review Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:49:09 +0000 Writers: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Tony Fleecs
Artist: Tony Fleecs
Publisher: Oni Press

In the first issue of Oni Press’ new Jeff Steinberg comic, the titular protagonist is an average Joe in every sense. He works at a video store, his girlfriend openly cheats on him, and the most exciting thing on his mind is a bet he recently made to see how long it takes him to take a dump. So when a group of idiotic, B-movie aliens select him to be Earth’s champion in a sort of intergalactic olympics contest, you can imagine the hysteria that erupts across the planet.

Based on that description, it should come as no surprise that Oni Press is the same publisher that brought us the beloved cult comic Scott Pilgrim, which was later adapted into the fan favorite film by Edgar Wright. Much like that series, Jeff Steinberg is a delightfully irreverent sci-fi comedy full of lovable characters and quippy dialogue. Creators Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs deliver a story full of intrigue, humor, action, absurdity, all of which are executed in a cinematic fashion. I especially like how they’re able to throw in a few real-world political jokes at the end, and in a way that doesn’t feel forced. The whole book flows great from panel to panel and scene to scene, with nothing feeling out of place or shoehorned in. Especially with the comedy, which is arguably the hardest genre to write within, it’s amazing how the jokes here really made me laugh.

Also, don’t be discouraged by the $4.99 price tag on this one, as the debut issue contains two full length chapters. Trust me when I say that you’re getting your money’s worth here. I’m a sucker for indie-style comedies, but it’s only every now and then that one really jumps out at me. With Jeff Steinberg, I had a blast reading and can’t wait for the next issue. Go ahead and pick it up at Ultimate and add it to your sub-list.

-KEVEN SCHEMER for Ultimate Comics

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All-Star Batman #1 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:45:28 +0000 Written by Scott Snyder
Art by John Romita, Jr.
Published by DC Comics

Scott Snyder’s run writing Batman was arguably the best part of DC’s New 52, and fans were crushed to learn that part of the Rebirth relaunch meant that this writer was leaving the book. He was handing the reins over to Tom King, and they collaborated on a transition book that I reviewed for Ultimate Comics, but the sense of loss was still there.

Surprise! Scott Snyder is still here, and he still loves Batman, and he’s still great at it. But now he is writing All-Star Batman, a series that will rotate him through a series of high-profile artists, including some friends of Ultimate Comics.

This first issue teams the writer with industry legend John Romita, Jr. for a story about Batman’s attempt to cure Two-Face. After the lawyer-turned-kingpin unleashes a mutilating attack on Gotham City, Batman resolves to activate an old plan the pair had made when Harvey Dent was still a mostly good guy. But this involves leaving the city Batman knows so well, and Two-Face has some big ideas about how to make sure the hero never comes home.

This is a wonderful issue, with an engaging structure that hops around in time but never to the point of losing the reader. Romita is loving the fight scenes against mech-suited baddies, and the change of location allows a brighter color palette than the cityscape usually does. This is easily as good as his work on the Batman title has been in the New 52. Rest easy, Bat-fans. It’s going to be okay.

Best part of the issue, of course, is the huge one-page ad for this November’s NC Comicon! Yes, everyone reading this book is going to hear about our little show that could! Get this book, get excited, and make sure to come to Durham November 11-13 for the convention!

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics

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