Influential horror filmmaker Wes Craven is taking a break from the silver screen to adapt the upcoming comic book series The Disciples for television, according to THR. The Black Mask Studios comic, which is written by 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles with artwork by Christopher Mitten, isn’t set to debut until May, but Universal Cable Productions (the company behind the SyFy series Being Human and Defiance) is currently negotiating for the rights and Craven is already on board to executive produce.
About six months ago, I did a little article about the Kickstarter for this series, Toe Tag Riot. The premise was fresh and it really looked like a new spin on an old idea. Zombies, in all media forms, have been run into the ground. So why not give this little miniseries a chance, right? Today, I give you a little feedback on the premiere issue.
In case you aren’t aware, this comic is about a punk rock band whose members turn into zombies whenever they play. Which has got to make rehearsing a pain in the rear. Punk rockers are a bit more accepting of differences than many other people, so the fact that there is an interracial lesbian couple in the band doesn’t faze anyone. The fans love the band and that’s all that matters to them. Of course, these fans all think the band is in makeup on stage. I wonder what would happen if they found out otherwise?
Liberator #2 Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra, Yasmin Liang, Kathryn Mann
Cover by Yildiray Cinar and Rod Reis Black Mask Studios
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
Picking up from setting the scene in the preliminary issue, Liberator #2 kicks into gear pretty quickly, and begins to lead into a variety of plot threads that are all heading in an interesting direction. The story continues to focus on the issues surrounding animal cruelty, and quite successfully showcases two vigilante heroes in a realistic context.
After establishing main protagonist Damon’s night-time undertakings into destroying the operations of individuals that abuse or neglect animals, he begins casing his next target. Upon entering the property he is doing a recce on, he finds he was followed by friend Jeanette, who is also passionate about the welfare of animals. The two forge an alliance, and begin working collectively on their missions.
Liberator #1 Created and Written by Matt Miner
Art by Javier Sanchez Aranda, Joaquin Pereyra, and Yasmin Liang
Covers by Yildiray Cinar, Joel Gomez, Rod Reis, Tim Seely, Beth Sotello Black Mask Studios
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
I can recall many moons ago (I won’t tell you how many because it would make me feel old), obsessive over my favorite comic book superheroes, pondering about what it would be like if someone was able to take these elements of the fantastic heroes and place them into a realistic, and believable context.
While we’ve seen Christopher Nolan bring a realistic grit to the Batman concept in film, and the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. team brings a realism context in the shape of Kick-Ass, we’ve not yet (really) come across a “real” superhero with a “real” cause. And by that cause, I’m referring to something other than supervillain crimefighting.
Enter Liberator: a new series funded by Kickstarter, and released by Black Mask comics that takes the concept of a realistic hero (no costumes, just ski masks and dark apparel), and places them against a real cause they believe worth fighting for.