– Stan “The Man” Lee is showing no sign of slowing down! POW! Entertainment (Lee’s company) has teamed with LIQUID COMICS to produce a new superhero for the Indian market – Indian as in from India, not “Native American”. He is CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/stan-lee-chakra-liquid-comics-111222.html), and will be available via digital comic download at Liquid’s online store (http://graphicindia.com/). The bullet points of the origin are that Raju Rai has developed a suit which unlocks all of the “chakra” points on the human body, which allows him to become a superhero and battle a villain apparently named “Boss Yama”. The series is naturally set in Mumbai. Why a comic made for the Indian market? Because comics still sell in the millions in the Middle East, such as the better known series, THE 99. This continues the slew of characters and franchises Lee continues to co-create. At this year’s NEW YORK COMIC CONVENTION, Lee announced his “THE SEEKERS” series alongside MTV, and several of his newer creations were published by BOOM! Studios lately. The series is set to debut in April 2012.
– Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips talk to Newsarama about their upcoming 12 part maxi-series coming to Image Comics, FATALE (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/fatale-ed-brubaker-sean-phillips-111221.html). It centers around a reporter covering the exploits of a woman who has been on the run from mobsters since the 1930’s, and is reportedly based on a true story (albeit with a supernatural twist). The series debuts on January 4th, 2012, or next week, and Brubaker notes that he’s been working on this series since before CRIMINAL started up at Marvel’s Icon imprint. This will be his first original work for Image Comics. Philips has often collaborated with Brubaker on ICON work like CRIMINAL, SLEEPER, and INCOGNITO, but has also drawn MARVEL ZOMBIES and 2000 A.D. The twelve part tale will be split into three arcs.
– ComiXology has announced the Beta version of their new webstore, which offers more features such as HTML-based shopping, direct linking, and simple link sharing (http://blog.comixology.com/2011/12/20/beta-invite-the-new-comixology-webstore/). Until December 31st, ComiXology’s Beta store is offering over 175 “major player” digital comics such as from Marvel, DC, Image and so on for .99. The ComiXology App is officially the 11th most downloaded application for all of 2011.
– iVerse has released the 4th version of their Comics+ interface, which offers fan-demanded new features for a better digital comic experience (http://comicspl.us/comics-4-0-is-here/).
– After four years, Phil Hester is leaving THE DARKNESS with its 100th issue (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/phil-hester-the-darkness-111221.html). Hester notes this is the longest run he has had on a single ongoing title besides GREEN ARROW, but that it was “time” to go. The next writer has not been announced yet by Top Cow.
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