Things don’t always go according to plan.

We’re in May and you may be wondering where Tales of the Rook is. Obviously, we didn’t manage to make it to the promised April release. I’m told that it’s going to appear sometime soon but I can’t tell you exactly when — there are many things at work here, some of them out of the control of the publisher, so we’ll just have to be patient. Good things come to those who wait and all that. 🙂

I’ve been teasing the “Origins” project that I was doing with Anthony Castrillo for quite some time now but I’m afraid that the project — at least with Anthony — isn’t going to be happening. The pages were due back in February and I’ve been unable to reach him for long stretches of time since. Last week, he reappeared and then told me that I would have the completed pages by last Friday but I haven’t heard one peep from him. So I’ll take my script and find a new artist to illustrate those pages. I know that there have been a lot of tough things going on with his personal life lately and I certainly wish him the best.

Almost finished with “Eidilon,” which will be the novel length Lazarus Gray story that anchors volume 3 in that series. I think you guys will really enjoy this one. After that I’ll be diving into a project for Moonstone.

I recommend The Shadow #1 from Dynamite — it’s not your traditional Shadow but it’s recognizable for fans and I’m really curious to see where it goes.The art is solid but a bit stiff in places. The writing is good but I would have opened with more action than the overview of Japanese atrocities during the War… and The Shadow (outside of his Cranston guise) appears actually very little in the issue. I’m not sure I’m keen on the changes made to The Shadow’s abilities, either. Even with all that, though, the book holds up pretty well. It’s great to see The Shadow back in a prominent way and I’m hoping for lots of spinoffs — and since Dynamite is reprinting Howard Chaykin’s take on the character, I wonder if they’d consider doing nice reprints of the original DC run from the 1970s or The Shadow Strikes! from the late 1980s….

As a longtime Valiant Comics fan, I also strongly recommend X-O Manowar # 1. Welcome back, old friend.

 

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