Archive for the ‘Ron Marz’ Category

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Have We Found Virgin’s #1 Fan?

July 9, 2008

Adam McGovern of ComicCritique.blog may be in contention for Virgin Comics’ number one fan. This comics connoisseur recently posted an article describing his favorite Virgin Comics titles and how they have evolved the medium. Here’s what he had to say about some of our more recent titles:

Deepak Chopra’s Buddha

BUDDHA is the ambitious adaptation of Chopra’s novel on the legendary holy man, and is one of the best comics being produced today. The eloquent script adaptation by Joshua Dysart encapsulates crystalline truths with zero smugness, and the otherworldly (and, by turns, all-too-worldly) art by Harshvardhan Kadam is a rare achievement of sensory wonder without empty spectacle.

Beyond

BEYOND, conceived by Chopra, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Edison George, is a contemporary thriller with BOURNE-style suspense but a subtext of uneasy global-trade relationships between American industry and an India balanced between ancient spiritual understandings and emerging material opportunities. Chopra’s concept of a topical yet page-turning tale is as strong here as his soul & sorcery balance is in BUDDHA, and Marz’s ear for extraordinary tensions among everyday people is keen, with intricate yet energized art from George.

Project: Kalki

There’s a grand, depressive poetry to Arjun Gaind’s writing, and artist Vivek Shinde is set to join John Paul Leon and Paul Azaceta in the pantheon of meaningful, moody gloom. The book details the probable end of the world, but there’s now one more good reason to hope it doesn’t happen too soon.

Dan Dare

DAN DARE may be the first fully Obama-era comic, with establishment believers fighting to restore competence and common sense from the feckless usurpers they look so much better than. People marvel at the restraint and honor of this comic given writer Garth Ennis’ often squalid oeuvre, but, after brilliantly cataloguing how bad we can be and how wrong things can go, he’s tackling the even tougher terrain of envisioning what just rule might look like.

To read the full article click here. Any of the above titles can be purchased online at our Virgin Comics store.

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Read Deepak Chopra’s BEYOND #1 Online for FREE!

June 11, 2008

The first issue of Deepak Chopra’s Beyond has been summed up perfectly in Comics Bulletin’s 4-bullet review: “This is a great first issue of a new series — the characters and their personalities are introduced without being too heavy-handed, the dilemma of the plot is posed, the world is explored. Honestly, this feels like it might turn out to be some of Ron Marz’s best work.  I am surprisingly pleased with this new series, and I’m actually looking forward to buying the second issue. That’s not something I can say very often with new comic series, unfortunately, so I’m always thrilled when it happens.”

The feedback on this issue has been so overwhelmingly positive from fans, reviewers and retailers alike that we’ve underestimated the demand and it’s been selling out in stores across the country!  Since we’re only a few weeks away from Beyond #2 hitting comic shops on June 25th, we decided the fastest way to meet the increasing demand for this issue is to post the entire issue online FOR FREE on our MySpace page.

Beyond follows a brutal physical and spiritual journey of a desperate husband searches for his missing wife while on vacation in India, and is based on an original science fiction story by Deepak Chopra, and adapted by Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade, Samurai: Heaven & Hell) and illustrated by Edison George.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get on board now with the story that Augie De Blieck Jr. at Comic Book Resources says “… piles on the mysteries at a breakneck pace, giving us exotic locales and beautiful art to keep our eyes excited.”

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Ron Marz On Writing BEYOND

May 30, 2008

In an interview with thequarterbin, acclaimed comics writer Ron Marz discusses his approach to adapting Deepak Chopra’s Beyond, a sci-fi thriller about an American businessman in India on a desperate – and interdimensional – search for his wife.

In addition to Ron’s groundbreaking work on Silver Surfer for Marvel, Green Lantern for DC, and Samurai: Heaven and Earth for Dark Horse, he has edited Devi, The Sadhu, and Ramayan Reloaded, and continues to be a major figure in the development of our Shakti line. Here’s an excerpt of what Ron had to say about his adaptation of Beyond:

And with BEYOND you’re adapting a Deepak Chopra story?

Yeah, it’s actually a screenplay Deepak wrote, so I’m translating the screenplay into the comic format. It’s really a matter of preserving as much as I can of what’s there, and deciding on what parts we’re going to trim back on a little bit to fit everything into the comic. For the most part we’ve been able to get all the main points in, it’s just some of the details that we don’t have room for in a 22-page comic. So far I’m really happy with the way it’s come out.

I’ve read through the advance copy and one of the things I was curious about was how much of your own style and voice are you able to put into BEYOND since it is an adaptation?

Truthfully, when I took on the gig I spoke to Gotham about it. Deepak is his dad, and I wanted to make sure that I was as faithful to the material as I could be. I said to Gotham, “Look, I feel like my job is to faithfully translate what your dad wrote.” Gotham’s viewpoint was to do what I had to do to make it work as a comic story. So I’m probably being more faithful to the material than even they expected me to be.
I’m bringing to it more of my visual style than I am the dialogue because I’m trying to preserve as much of Deepak’s dialogue as possible. That’s what my job is. I’m here to serve his story, not the other way around.

To read the rest of the interview click here. To jump into the suspenseful adventure of Deepak Chopra’s Beyond, go here.

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Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded Review

May 12, 2008

Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded

If you haven’t already caught up with Ramayan Reloaded 3392 A.D., you can get the trade paperback at our online store now. Get on board this epic journey and be sure to check out CBR’s review of the book.

There’s a thematic undercurrent in the book, emphasizing transcendence. Emphasizing that some of these characters have not reached their full potential. And that’s what the hero’s quest is always about. Growing through experience. Finding the path.

“Ramayan 3392 Volume 2” is accessible and intriguing, and the epic journey really does begin here. I hope it will continue for a long time.

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Devi/Witchblade #1 Crossover Event

March 7, 2008

 

Devi/Witchblade #1

We’re beyond excited to announce our first-ever crossover in partnership with Top Cow Productions. Two of the most bad-ass women in comics unite when a murder investigation takes NYPD Detective Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the mystical Witchblade, to India. There she crosses paths with Devi, goddess incarnate and protector of Sitapur in part one of this momentous crossover event. If they can survive their initial meeting, the two women will confront a powerful common enemy, and discover that this is not the first time an incarnation of Devi and a bearer of the Witchblade have met.

Issue #1 comes in April from Top Cow, featuring the powerhouse team of Ron Marz (Witchblade, First Born) and Eric Basaldua (The Darkness, Hunter-Killer). Newsarama just posted an exclusive preview. Check it out now!

Look for the other half of the Devi/Witchblade crossover from Virgin Comics, coming soon!

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JANUARY ’08 RELEASES!

January 7, 2008

Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter #0

SPECIAL PREVIEW ISSUE
ONLY 25 CENTS!

01/02/08

Created by Jenna Jameson
Written by Christina Z.
Art by Mukesh Singh
Cover by Greg Horn

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Demons. Slaying. Sex.

What else would you expect from a comic conceived by Jenna Jameson and realized by Witchblade co-creator Christina Z.? In a tale dripping with epic destinies, dangerous creatures and dark passions, one woman will rise from the ashes of her “normal” life to discover a fate she never imagined.

Before a tragic accident that sets our heroine on a quest that will change the world as we know it, she has an encounter with a mysterious figure who claims to know of her “true” potential. Secret origins, strange conspiracies, and a connection to a mythological feminine force as old as time will all be revealed.

This special preview issue features a cover by Greg Horn, prequel story, preview of pages from issue #1, sexy pin-ups, and a revealing interview with Jenna Jameson and Christina Z.

Sadhu: The Silent Ones # 4

Written by Saurav Mohapatra
Art by Manikandan

Cover by Jeffrey Spokes

01/16/08

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Once he was a soldier for the British Empire. Now, James Jensen is a sadhu, a mystic warrior, and he searches for the son he had believed to be dead. Joining forces with the legendary hermit king of Limbo, Trishanku, James ventures deep into the Central Indian forest to free his son from the clutches of the Silent Ones. But a lost tribe of warriors waits in ambush for James and Trishanku!

The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma: Panchatantra #1

Written by Samit Basu
Art & Cover by Ashish Padlekar

01/16/08

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Some old stories never lose their bite…

Something’s invading the stories of our childhood, leaving death and oblivion in its wake. Now, a motley crew of animal heroes from ancient Indian fables must unite to survive. But first they must find the boy destined to save them, the chosen guardian of the Panchatantra. Thing is… he has no idea they even exist.

Vishnu Sharma, would be boy-hero, is too busy playing in online tournaments to care about fighting storybook wars. But when a none-too-fictional talking lion, monkey and bull arrive at his doorstep, Vishnu must choose between protecting the tales of the Panchatantra, or silently standing by as they disappear into storybook history.

With naughty boy wizards, cuddly anime-sociopaths, and a not-so-frightful King of the Jungle, this ain’t your Mother Goose’s story.


Ed Burns’ Dock Walloper #2

Created by Ed Burns
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti
Art & Cover by Siju Thomas

01/23/08

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New York City becomes a blood-drenched battleground as each player forcibly takes what they think is theirs. As John “The Hand” Smith and Bootsy move up in the crime-world, having earned the favor of Irish mob boss Mad-Dog Madden, there are still threats that loom among rival mob organizations… and within Madden’s own. Gentleman Jim’s openly racist disfavor of Bootsy is causing strife among Madden’s people, but the real peril comes from Diamond Jack—the gangster with the diamond-studded teeth—who seems to have an unquenchable taste for Smith’s blood. They don’t call this the roaring 20’s for nothing!


THE STRANDED #1

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Siddharth Kottian
Covers by Mark Silvestri and Greg Horn

01/23/08

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Over the past two years, Virgin Comics has become the hottest new destination for graphic storytelling. At the same time, SciFi has established itself as THE brand name for fantasy and speculative television, with hit series like EUREKA and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Now, for the first time, these two companies join forces for a new imprint designed to change the face of science fiction entertainment.In THE STRANDED, the first Virgin/SciFi book, five ordinary people must face a terrifying question: What if your entire world — your childhood, your family, all your memories — was a lie? For The Stranded, it’s true; they’re all, secretly, from another world. And now a deadly, otherworldly force has returned to try and kill them, operating through a twisted, altered human called Janus. Their only hope: Tamree, a dark, mysterious woman sent to Earth as their protector. One by one, Tamree must awaken the buried memories of The Stranded — along with their powerful, unique psychic and physical abilities. But even if they can defeat Janus, they must also deal with a deadly threat from one of their own.

THE STRANDED is created by acclaimed comics writer and novelist Mike Carey (X-MEN, LUCIFER, The Devil You Know). The first issue features alternate covers by Marc Silvestri (WITCHBLADE, X-MEN) and Greg Horn (SPIDER-MAN, X-BOX MAGAZINE, ELEKTRA). With THE STRANDED, Virgin and SciFi take a giant leap into the future. Join us — the best is yet to come!


Dan Dare #3

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Gary Erskine
Covers by Garry Leach and Brendan McCarthy

01/23/08

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As a brutal threat bears down upon the mining colony of Port Napier, Dan Dare whips the local detachment into a modest—but effective—defensive force. Together with the colonists who were unable to escape, they abandon the settlement to make a final stand in what will most assuredly be a battle of attrition. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the increasingly suspicious Peabody follows a hunch—and what she finds out may have finished the battle for Earth before it’s even begun.

Deepak Chopra Presents India Authentic #9: KARTHIKEYA

Created by Deepak Chopra
Written by Saurav Mohapatra
Art by Virgin Studios

01/30/08

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“I was born with a fiery halo that threatened to undo the universe. Thus, Ganga the mighty mother-river bore me away far from the earth deep into the uncharted heavens. I grew to manhood in the care of the six maidens of the stars, the Kritika (Pleidas) of the night sky. Then, I returned to claim my rightful place in Svarga as heralded by an ancient prophecy. I am the slayer of demons and commander-in-chief of Heaven’s army, I am Kartikkeya, the son of Shiva.”

Deepak Chopra and India Authentic bring you a story that tells of the birth and rise of one of heaven’s most formidable warriors, Kartikkeya, the god of eternal youth.

Shekhar Kapur’s Devi #17

Created by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Saurav Mohapatra
Art by Chandrashekhar
Cover by Luke Ross

01/30/08

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Tara Mehta, the young woman from Sitapur who was chosen by the gods to host the essence of Devi, celestial warrior supreme, has fought renegade gods, apsara assassins, ruthless crime lords and even the darkness lurking inside her own soul. With the help of a fallen priest, a burnt-out cop and a smart aleck journalist, she has somehow managed not only to survive, but to harness her divine abilities to become the protector of Sitapur. But everything’s about to change.When a mysterious vigilante starts killing criminals in Sitapur, Devi finds herself blamed for the murders. As she tries to piece together the identity of the vigilante, Tara uncovers a secret that goes all the way back to her own childhood. The journey of the girl who became a goddess takes a new twist, as she comes face to face with something that will change her life forever.

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Free Ramayan 3392AD Reloaded #1

September 4, 2007

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So here’s the deal. I think Ramayan 3392 A.D. Reloaded #1 is a good issue. A damn good issue, in fact. Writer Shamik Dasgupta and artist Jeevan Kang accomplish the tricky task of introducing the characters, recapping past events, and setting the stage for future tales, all while telling an exciting adventure that stands on its own. I wrote a short backup story, with art by Mike Oeming, about the hero Rama. All together, that’s 29 pages of material.

I’ve been doing comics long enough to know that producing a good issue is only half the battle. The other half, especially with something that’s not a Big Two superhero comic, is getting that issue into people’s hands. Getting new readers to try something a little different. So I talked Virgin Comics into giving away signed copies of issue #1.

All you have to do is send a large, self-addressed stamped envelope into the Virgin offices, and they’ll send you an autographed (by me) copy of issue #1. All you have to do is pay the postage. How’s that for a deal?

The address:

Virgin Comics Ramayan Offer
594 Broadway
Box 407
New York NY 10012-3234

The postage:

$1.98 for U.S. addresses
$2.24 to Canada
$5.40 to other countries

The whole point here is to get the book into the hands of people who might not sample it otherwise. If you already bought the issue — thanks a bunch. If you’d like to take advantage of the offer and get your hands on an autographed copy, we ask that you put the copy you already bought into the hands of someone who might like to check it out.

Give it a try. Spread the word.

— RON MARZ

Click here for a preview of Issue #1