Star Trek Countdown posts week nine! Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie adaptation debuts! The ramp up to the highly-anticipated Transformers movie helped make this another good week for IDW. The movie adaptation debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list, while Star Trek: Countdown extended its streak to nine weeks. While this list only tracks physical sales, both books are a hit digital on iTunes, as well. Before heading to theaters next week, makes sure to pick up Transformers prequel and adapation comics, available at book and comic book stores everywhere and on iTunes!
IDW debuts new ePublishing initiative with digital TRANSFORMERS comics IDW Publishing is proud to announce that all twelve of the recently released TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN comic applications are among the Top 25 on iTunes. The company’s movie prequels and adaptation comics, under license from Hasbro, Inc., are the first wave of IDW’s own digital applications. “E-publishing is clearly becoming an important part of the comics world, and IDW is leading the way,” said company CEO Ted Adams. “With these new apps, people who have never even been to a comic book store can now begin enjoying this great medium in a whole new way.” The twelve new movie-related digital comics are a must-read for all TRANSFORMERS fan, setting the stage for TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, this summer’s next blockbuster film. In Alliance, readers journey across the globe as humans and AUTOBOTS join forces to defend Earth against the DECEPTICON threat. The very origins of CYBERTRON are revealed in Defiance, fully preparing fans for TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, which picks up directly where the prequel comics leave off. The TRANSFORMERS comics are supported with a custom landing page on the iTunes store and feature panel-by-panel viewing, easy to use controls, such as “swipe” navigation, and a convenient table of contents function. These digital comic applications are the first major initiative from IDW’s new ePublishing division, helmed by Jeff Webber. Through partnerships with outside companies, IDW has already created nearly 40 digital comics, including dozens of Top 100
New story by film’s screenwriters coming in August Hot on the heels of one of this summer’s biggest blockbuster films, IDW is proud to announce the latest chapter in its Star Trek comic book saga. Star Trek: Nero expands on the action of the movie, following Starfleet’s newest enemy as he seeks ultimate revenge-the utter destruction of the Federation and all its worlds. “Nero, the great villain of the movie, was actually introduced in Star Trek: Countdown, which leads directly into the film,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Star Trek editor. “This follow-up series will reveal exactly what happened to the crew of the Narada during the intervening 25 years Nero was waiting for the arrival of Ambassador Spock.” Star Trek: Nero reunites the creative team behind The New York Times best-selling movie prequel, Star Trek: Countdown. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the film’s screenwriters/producers, once again supply the story, while Mike Johnson and Tim Jones return to skillfully apply their scripting talents to Nero’s story. Artist David Messina again lends his artistic talents, depicting each painful twist and supplying eye-catching covers. The four-issue miniseries will be available monthly, beginning in August. Star Trek: Nero #1, a licensed product of CBS Consumer Products, will be available in stores in August 2009. Diamond order code JUN09 0956
Movie-based comics offer sneak-peek of highly anticipated film As all eyes turn to this summer’s next blockbuster movie, IDW, under license from Hasbro, is pleased to offer TRANSFORMERS fans a graphic preview of “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.” The full TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN adaptation is available as a trade paperback, detailing all the action of the motion picture. Available in four weekly issues and a cumulative paperback, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is the perfect companion for fans of the upcoming film. TRANSFORMERS mainstay Simon Furman‘s fantastic writing is creatively supported by artists Jon Davis-Hunt and Alex Milne, capturing every key moment as the noble AUTOBOTS work to end the threat of the treacherous DECEPTICONS during the TRANSFORMERS’ battle on Earth. Photographer John Nizzi provides the cover images for each of the issues and the paperback. “TRANSFORMERS fans have been eagerly anticipating this movie, and we were happy to first to whet their appetites with two prequel stories, Alliance and Defiance,” said IDW’s Publisher/Editor in Chief, Chris Ryall. “And now it’s time for the main event, the movie adaptation itself, as presented in comic book form by Simon, Jon and Alex.” As a bonus for fans who pick up the weekly comic series, each of the four issues will present eleven extra pages from the prequel stories, giving readers both TRANSFORMERS: Alliance #1 and TRANSFORMERS: Defiance #1. Check out all of IDW’s TRANSFORMERS comics here!
Watch the video here! Linkin Park just released the music video for their new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen theme song, “New Divide.” And Reprise Records will release the soundtrack to the hotly anticipated feature film on June 23rd – the day before the movie hits theaters nationwide. The Soundtrack lead song “New Divide” by Linkin Park is available now at iTunes. The film’s director and executive producer Michael Bay asked Warner Bros. Records’ multiplatinum rock band Linkin Park to provide the sonic backdrop to the live-action robot fantasy film. Not only did the band write and record the film’s theme song, entitled “New Divide,” specifically for the soundtrack, they were also asked by Bay, Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer, and award-winning composer Steve Jablonsky to contribute to the score. “New Divide” is currently available for purchase on iTunes. Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album also features music from Green Day (who contribute “21 Guns” – a song from their new album 21st Century Breakdown), Taking Back Sunday, The Used, The All-American Rejects, Cavo, The Fray, Staind, Nickelback, Cheap Trick and more. In addition to the original soundtrack, Reprise will be releasing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Score, which will also be released on June 23rd. The track listing for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album is as follows: 1. Linkin Park “New Divide” 2. Green Day “21 Guns” 3. Cavo “Let It Go” 4. Taking Back Sunday “Capital M-E” 5. The Fray “Never
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen prequels make the list, while Star Trek: Countdown stays strong IDW boasted a stronger-than-ever showing on The New York Times Best Seller list this week, with three of the top ten books! Star Trek: Countdown posted another great week at fourth place, it’s eighth week straight on the list. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Defiance and Alliance made their NY Times debuts at numbers five and seven, respectively. Head to your local book or comic book store and find out what you’ve been missing. Or, check out these great books and more at iTunes!
New series from El Torres and Gabriel Hernandez Blurring the line between the living and the dead, IDW is proud to launch a new comic series from writer El Torres (Zombies!: Eclipse of the Undead) and artist Gabriel Hernandez (Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always). The Veil, with the first issue available in stores today, chronicles Chris Luna, a private eye whose clients are all dead. Unable to make a living, she is forced to move back to Maine and confront the darkness lurking in her sleepy hometown. “Gabriel showed us what he could do when he illustrated The Thief of Always, and it’s great to have him once again put his ability to convey otherworldly concepts to good use on The Veil,” said Chris Ryall IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief. “Between his artistry and the great story telling of El Torres, we are very enthusiastic about The Veil.” In the four-issue series, El Torres sets a truly eerie scene of ghosts wandering the streets of Crooksville, Maine and of residents slowly being driven insane by a supernatural force. Hernandez masterfully illustrates each nuance, including a malevolent presence known only as the Slug Man who threatens to rip the veil between the living and the dead. In addition to covers by Hernandez, each issue will also feature a cover by award-winning designer/artist Ashley Wood. “It’s said that humans only use ten percent of our brains, but we don’t think that’s true,” commented El Torres and Hernandez. “As you’ll see in The Veil, the
Congrats to all the fans who pre-ordered one of the hottest San Diego Comic Con exclusives – World War Robot “Security Bramble” by Ashley Wood! We’ll see you at Comic Con to pick up your robot. This 8-inch tall figure features special paint ops that commemorate IDW’s tenth anniversary. Only 100 of these figures have been produced for sale at Comic Con. All orders must be picked up at San Diego Comic Con. Shipping is not available. Learn more about Ash’s IDW books here!
First series to be published under exclusive agreement IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the first series of ComicMix.com properties, GrimJack: The Manx Cat. For the first time in print, fans can now enjoy the adventures of GrimJack in 26 full color pages published straight from the online comic. Writer John Ostrander and artist Timothy Truman skillfully return to the grim and gritty interdimensional land of Cynosure, in which gun-for-hire GrimJack holds court in the fabled Munden’s Bar. “We’re excited to be bring some of the best ComicMix properties to real-world books, and GrimJack is a great way to start,” said Greg Goldstein, chief operating officer of IDW. “The new books are a great new way to enjoy ComicMix fans to enjoy their favorite comics, and expose the properties to new fans.” GrimJack debuted in the mid-80s and rapidly became one of First Comics’ best-selling titles. Created by Ostrander and Truman, the series was revived in 2005 for the graphic novel Killer Instinct, published by IDW, which is also home to the trade paperback reprints of the First Comics’ material. “It’s sort of a homecoming for us,” GrimJack and ComicMix editor-in-chief Mike Gold notes. “We’ve had a long and productive relationship with IDW – absolutely the best I’ve had in my career. There’s no better choice to restart at the place we took off initially, with a brand-new GrimJack mini-series.” GrimJack: The Manx Cat #1 will be available in stores in August. Diamond order code JUN09
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Four-issue miniseries starting in August Coming this August, IDW offers Angel fans yet another hair-raising adventure. Spinning out of IDW’s main Angel storyline, Angel: Only Human follows Illyria and Gunn on a bizarre road trip as they try to reconcile their “inner” demons with their newfound humanity. Written by Scott Lobdell with art by David Messina, Angel: Only Human is a funny and frightening five-part story with two of the Angelverse’s most complex and beloved characters. “Angel: Only Human is a fun and creepy detour from the main storyline,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief. “This miniseries shows fans more about what’s happened to Illyria Gunn now that they’re both dealing with the consequences of After the Fall and how they tried to end, well, every thing.” Available monthly beginning in August, Angel: Only Human takes Illyria and Gunn on a journey that involves funerals, fire, and family obligations. Not to mention the return of one of the most terrifying demon gangs from the original TV series, The Scourge. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates every entrail-laden battle and heartfelt emotional moment as Gunn and Illyria realize they have far more in common than a desire for destruction. With striking covers by Messina, fans should also look out for variant covers by David Dorman. Angel: Only Human #1 will be available in stores in August. Diamond order code JUN09 0935
For nearly two months, Star Trek: Countdown has made The New York Times Best Seller list. And with little wonder. Countdown lets Star Trek fans get the most out of the blockbuster new movie, with all-important details about the events leading up to the opening scene. Even though you’re already seen the movie (more than once), stop by your local comic book or book store and finally learn what’s up with Nero and his tattoos. Or, download Star Trek: Countdown to your iPhone or iPod Touch at the iTunes store.