Now you might be wondering why I'm giving you my history with comics and there's a Dynamite Comics logo at the beginning of the Blog post, well... this is why. People say that you never get as excited about comics as that first time you opened your first one, and I thought that was true; until I discovered Dynamite Entertainment. Now I want to clarify that I don't work for Dynamite (although I'd love to pencil one of their books), I don't know anyone working there and they don't sponsor me in any way, shape or form; I just love their comics. I haven't been as excited about a comic as I was over Dynamite's Kirby: Genesis.
Here's a quick synopsis:
The Pioneer 10 space probe carried a message to the stars. Now an answer's on the way -- but not one we expected! When it arrives, the lives of three ordinary people -- and the entire world -- will be changed forever. Featuring Captain Victory, Silver Star and more of Jack Kirby's greatest concepts, including characters never before seen in comics form! Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY) and Alex Ross (KINGDOM COME) team up for their first full collaboration since 1994, with finished art (from Alex's layouts) by Jack Herbert (BLACK TERROR). Don't miss this tantalizing prelude to KIRBY: GENESIS -- a bold, explosive adventure debuting a universe of wild Kirby creations! This is the beginning.
This is THE Genesis!
When I read that synopsis, being one of Jack "King" Kirby's fans, I almost had a heart attack! I felt like I was a 12 year old again, faking being asleep so my mom can go to bed and I can sneak into the living room and open my presents on Christmas Eve. Dynamite Entertainment had done something I thought wasn't possible, they made me feel as excited about a comic book as I was when I first held one in my hands. This would be the first of many more to come and the beginning of a comic book publisher replacing the void that Marvel Comics left in me because of their treatment of Jack Kirby, Gary Friedrich and many other golden age creators and also, their lack of respect or integrity towards their customers. Thank you Dynamite Entertainmet!
"The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven't gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this of the Atlantic," says writer Garth Ennis. "It makes a kind of bloody, bullet riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later."
"The Shadow is an awesome character in an awesome time," adds artist Aaron Campbell. "I mean what's not to like? You have the old school mystique of eastern mysticism wrapped up with a badass gunslinger!"
It's important to note that I've never bought a pulp comic or magazine before The Shadow, so I was coming in without know what to expect; and was blown away!
Even with as much affection as I had for the character, I never bought a comic based on him; until Dynamite launched The Lone Ranger #1. This comic marks another milestone in the history between Dynamite Entertainment and me; my first "western" comic book!
The book was written by Ande Parks with art by Esteve Pols, who worked on Dynamite's The Lone Ranger: The Death of Zorro miniseries; which i intend to get soon enough. The title begins with a six-part story called 'Hard Country', which sees the Lone Ranger - aka John Reid - and Tonto struggling out into the lawless Wild West.
"The Lone Ranger #1 begins our 'Hard Country' arc with a heart-breaking tale of loss that holds a mirror up to John Reid's past," said Parks.
I'm not much of a "westerns" reader but The Lone Ranger made me a convert and I intend to follow him and his loyal partner Tonto on all his future adventures. I just bought The Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron #1 and I can't wait to devour it!
"Part of what makes The Spider so cool was the sheer scope of destruction caused by his villains," says writer David Liss. "The Spider's enemies thought nothing of demolishing city blocks, killing thousands, turning countless innocents into mindless slaves. Faced with crime this insane, The Spider had turned into a force of equal ferocity, destruction and ruthlessness. He's the most badass, and take-no-prisoners of the pulp heroes because he has to be, and it's been absolutely awesome transferring that kind of sentiment from the 1930's to contemporary times. Some things have been updated, but he's still the kind of vigilante that makes the bad guys wet their pants."
In Masks #1, it’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…
“For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they’ve been publishing into one big crossover event,” says legendary comic book creator Alex Ross. “When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment. I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career. I’m thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue.”
“Masks is the comic I’ve wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s,” says writer Chris Roberson. “Just working with these characters is already a dream come true, but having the first issue painted by Alex Ross makes it that much more amazing!”
“When we were exploring writers, I emailed Chris and we spent a couple of emails back and forth and in that short span, he laid out a basic framework that was pitch-perfect for what we were looking for,” adds Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Alex had initially laid out a character list and high concept, but Chris added the flesh to the bones and we’ve got something really cool coming together here.”
“Alex is so incredibly excited about Masks, and realizes that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw so many classic and iconic characters in one series,” exclaims Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Alex promptly jumped head-first when presented with the idea to paint the interiors of the entire first issue, which will bring the most amount of attention to the series possible”
Now, to end this I'd like to say just two words to Dynamite Entertainment, two words that come from the bottom of my heart; THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for making me fall in love with comics like I did so many years ago, thank you for striving to give your readers quality stories and for hiring top talent to work on your books. It'd be an honor to be a part of your team one day.
Manuel A. Carmona