– Relaunches have become all the rage across the comic book industry from the “big two” to even “third party” companies such as Dark Horse, Dynamite, and even Archie Comics, more old franchises seem to be announced as returning every week. This week spawns the revival of a character from the Image Comics imprint Top Cow, APHRODITE IX. Originally created by David Finch and David Wohl back in 2000, the original character was a green haired cyborg female assassin with amnesia issues and more questions than answers. Some could say she was a last gasp of the “T&A era” of Image Comics and Top Cow from the early to mid 1990’s, of which WITCHBLADE is perhaps the most notable. However, the relaunch of GLORY has proven that such infamous characters can be remade to fit the modern times and bring about quite a lot of critical buzz. The writer for the series will be Top Cow president Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) and artist Stjepan Sejic (ARTIFACTS, Aphrodite IX’s last appearance). Hawkins promises to utilize elements of the original character’s material as well as more modern science fiction elements with a debut issue offered on Free Comic Book Day, which is May 2nd, 2013.
– While virtually every small and even large comic book company has exclusive digital comic deals through ComiXology, one of the few hold outs is Dark Horse Comics, which operates their own application and web store. They have added a new application for the Kindle to join the Nook and other android devices; for the moment these digital comics are collected material, but in time it will be day and date.
– Former WIZARD magazine staffer Marc Wilkofsky passed away suddenly this week at the age of 42. Details are unavailable, but since leaving WIZARD in the late 1990’s he got a gig at SOAP OPERA DIGEST and worked tirelessly for the NY segment of the FRIENDS OF LULU, which is a group for women in comics. He was the volunteer of the year for 2005 for that group, and was part of the monthly NYC COMIC JAMS. There seems to be too much death in this industry sometimes.
– First Second Books, who publish many quirky but enjoyable graphic novels such as BROXO, have announced a first wave of titles for Spring 2013. They include GENIUS by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen, about someone who knows the last secret of Albert Einstein, and ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: RE-ENTRY by Dave Roman, which is a series about a school set in outer space. Anyone seeking unique independent comics outside of Image or Dark Horse should give their catalog a gander.