That’s right, the Jersey Gods artist and Doctor Who comic strip writer has lent his pen to the Action Age for the pinup in the upcoming Chronicles of Solomon Stone story, slated to start on the Action Age in a mere two weeks! And what’s more, it’ll be colored by none other than El Gorgo artist Tamas Jakab!
We here at the Action Age are all huge fans of McDaid and Jakab, and we’re pleased as a punch to the face that they’re going to be contributing to what will surely be the greatest comic book in the history of publishing. We’ve had the finished pin-up here at Actionopolis for a few weeks now, and it just gets more and more awesome every time we look at it.
And if you like the sketches we’ve put up here, keep this in mind: These were what Dan rejected in favor of an even better pinup!
If you’re not familiar with Dan McDaid, check out his site, his conversations with Action Age Letterer Benjamin Birdie, or swing by your local comic shop and ask for Jersey Gods! And for more on Tamas Jakab, check out the Friends of the Action Age at ElGorgo.com!
Originally created during the Second World War as a response to Nazi Occult Research and Super-Science teams, the Worldwide Extranormal Incident Response Directorate and its Operatives had a mission to collect, catalogue and contain threats that the conventional military wasn’t equipped for. From death rays to mad sorcerors, they stood against the threats nobody else could and were the best there was… for a while.
With the rise of the modern super-hero, however, W.E.I.R.D.O.s have been increasingly limited to showing up in the aftermath of a super-powered punchout to haul the unconscious bad guys off to prison. The public sees them as little more than a glorified clean-up crew, and with the government looking for ways to cut corners, W.E.I.R.D.‘s on the chopping block. They’ve got one last chance to prove they can still do the job, and for that, they’ve turned to the one man who can turn things around: Doctor Socrates.
Dr. Alexander Socrates is the smartest man in the world, and he’s got a plan to get the cash-strapped government agency back on its feet.
A former adventurer himself, “Doc Soc” is well acquainted with the people he’s going up against, and he knows the best way to prove W.E.I.R.D.’s relevance is by taking the fight to them! The problem is how to do that on the shoestring budget they’ve been left with, but as always, the good Doctor has a solution. Why send a team of W.E.I.R.D.O.s that costs millions to train and equip into a hazardous situation when you can outsource it to a couple of freelance (and yes, expendable) “Recovery Agents” who’ll do any job for ten thousand? Sure, it’s a little ruthless, but Doc’s found two men that have been working as super-villain bounty hunters–a mystical kung fu master and a hardcore, daredevil wheelman–that might just fit the bill.
It’s not gonna be easy, but then again, these aren’t the guys you get for the easy jobs. These are the guys you get for…
And that’s all for the character profiles of The Hard Ones! Of course, we could introduce you to the deadly Kings of Vegas, the smokin’ Hot Rod Honeys, the tough-as-nails Outlaws, or even the Seven Men of Evil… but that’ll have to wait for another time. Keep your eyes on the road and watch your back: The Hard Ones are coming soon to the Action Age of Comics!
For a kid growing up on the mean streets of King City, learning to fight is as essential as learning to walk, but Pete took it a few steps further. Throw a punch at him and when you wake up, you’ll realize he was three moves ahead of you all the time.
Of course, that kind of skill doesn’t come without a price, and in Pete’s case, it was a big one: He might be the world’s greatest living kung fu grandmaster, but his body serves as the prison for an undying dragon spirit that’s just waiting for a chance to break out and get its revenge on the world it once ruled. The one upside? If a man’s will, focus and determination are strong enough, he can use that spirit’s power for his own.
And believe us…
There’s a reason Judah calls him Dragon Hand!
Next Week: You’ve met Motor and the Drag, but who is Doctor Socrates… and what is W.E.I.R.D.?!
Over the next couple of weeks, we here at the Action Age plan on reintroducing you to the cast of The Hard Ones! First up, the hard-drivin’ hell-raiser, Motorhead Mitchell!
Concept art by Rusty Shackles
Judah Mitchell might just be the world’s greatest wheelman and for the past few years he’s been employing that talent (along with a suspicious familiarity with the super-criminal underground) as a super-villain skip-tracer, tracking down the bad guys who break jail and turning them in for the reward. Behind the wheel of the muscle car he calls The Hammer, Judah pulls off stunts that no other driver would even think about and manages to come away without a scratch, but nobody quite knows how. Some people say that he won a drag race with the Devil himself and drove away with a car that runs on hellfire and brimstone. Others say that he owes his driving ability to a criminal mastermind that’s using him to pick off his enemies one by one. And others say he’s just that good. But they all agree on one thing:
When the Motor’s running, get out of the way!
Next Week: Get to know Judah’s partner, Dragon Hand!
We’ve been promising you that 2009 would be the Year of the Action Age, and with Solomon Stone, Monster Plus, and a few yet-to-be-revealed projects on the horizon, we’re right on target to make that happen! But still, some of you–especially those of you who caught us last year at HeroesCon–might be wondering whatever happened to our original flagship title.
Well, without getting into the gory details, we’ll admit that it’s been a while. But don’t worry, Action Agers, because now… The Boys Are Back!
The Action Age is proud to announce that pinup sensation Rusty Shackles is the new artist of the next great hard-drivin’, hell-raisin’, ass-kickin’ adventure comic!
Yesterday, they were bounty hunters specializing in supervillain jailbreaks. Today, they’re the newest recruits of W.E.I.R.D., a cash-strapped government agency that has them under contract as affordable–and expendable–freelance “recovery agents!” They’re Pete Willis and Judah Mitchell, and if you want muscle cars, martial arts and mayhem, then you need… The Hard Ones!
It’s by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, and Rusty Shackles, and it’s coming soon to the Action Age of Comics!
If you’re a member of the Action Age Facebook Group, you may have seen this already: A House Ad for Monster Plus by colorist Andrew Kjelstrup!
A few finished pages of Chad, Nathan and Andrew’s Monster Plus have finally come across our desks here at Actionopolis, and we can confirm that the rumors are true: This is a comic where on page three, a Zombie Vampire Werewolf Frankenstein possessed by the Ghost of a Witch Doctor in the year 2666 kicks a Satanic ninja’s head off… and it just gets crazier from there!
Monster Plus is coming soon, along with The Chronicles of Solomon Stone, another adventure of The Impossible, and at least three more projects that you’ll be finding out about in the days to come! So keep an eye out, because 2009 is The Year of the Action Age!
The last chapter of Chad Bowers and Chris Nye’s Impossible! #1 is here, with the pulse-pounding conclusion to Jon Raymond’s debut adventure! Does Daring City stand a chance against the C.I.R.C.L.E. now that Rex Raymond’s deal with the super-villains has expired? No way. But sometimes… You’ve just gotta believe in the Impossible!
If you’ve been keeping up with the story so far, click the image above to jump right to page 16! But if you’re new to the Action Age, don’t worry: We’ve got the whole story online, and you can start from the beginning! Just click each page to get to the next, and get ready for the fight you’ve been waiting for!
And hey, if you want to take it with you, we’ve got Impossible #1 as a free download in .cbr format, too! If you’re already familiar with .cbr files, download the full issue here, and if you’re not, you can find out more and download the free cDisplay program here!
And when you’re done, come back and leave a comment. Do you want to see more of Impossible in the coming year? Let us know!
Click above to read “The Saturn Knight Before Christmas,” the latest free, full-length FlashBack Universe comic, written by the Action Age’s own Chris Sims, with art by FBU co-creator Pierre Villeneuve!
The FlashBack Universe is the oldest friend of the Action Age, and if you like what we’ve been doing around here, you’re gonna love this Holiday Special!
Yes, we took last week off, but Chad Bowers and Chris Nye are back with a special extra-sized installment of Impossible! Click the image below to read the next seven pages of the hard-hiting super-hero saga that sits at the core of the Action Age of Comics! And if my erstwhile partner doesn’t mind me speaking for him, this is where it gets good!
Click the image above to start with Page 9, click each page to get to the next, and when you’re done, come back and lets us know what you think! And if you’re new to the story, catch up with from the beginning!