Protests to block an environmental waste dump and strange, unexplained deaths plague small town America in The Pilfered, a digital comics book series from Level 21 Boss Publishing available in an iOS app. Created by Alan I. Djivré and developed by Philippe Blaise, the four-issue mini-series blends the typical anatomy of a comic book – panels, speech balloons, captions, and such – with elements of motion and music by utilizing DAZ Studio and Photoshop software. Three years in the making, the result is an engaging and dual-sensory reading experience.

Be it pin-ups, Steampunk, or channelling Alphonse Mucha's art nouveau style, Aly Fell's art is versatile and breathtakingly beautiful. It comes as no surprise that the Elizabethan era clothing of doublets, collars, flowing cloaks, ruffles, and flourishes have been expertly illustrated by Fell in his first comic book series, The Shadow Glass in which he also created the cover and wrote the story. The second issue (of six) is out this week from Dark Horse. 

It was almost thirty years ago that comic book readers were first introduced to an icy Earth environment, a man named Scully, and his companion Rah-Rah the badger in Winterworld, a post-apocalyptic tale penned by comic book writer Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Jorge Zaffino. A follow-up story arc was unrealized and, eventually, the series went out of print. Fortunately, IDW released the original story as well as the sequel a handful of years ago which has led to the series' rejuvenation. Winterworld: Better Angels, Colder Hearts is the latest IDW title that includes four Dixon tales that were originally published as Winterworld #0-7 and Winterworld: Frozen Fleet #1-3.

IDW has released a brand new trade paperback that collects three individual comic book stories into Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Omnibus. “Forgotten Realms” was written by Ed Greenwood and illustrated by Lee Ferguson, while “Cutter” and “Drizzt” were written by R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore and featured the art of David Baldeon and Agustin Padilla, respectively. Each story includes their original covers in this edition.

Assassin's Creed is a licensed property that gained in popularity back in 2007 with the release of the video game by the same name and available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The novelizations, written by Oliver Bowden, followed in 2009; the eighth book in the series was released last November. And, later this year, fans will be treated to an action/adventure film which will expand the existing universe. Templars is the second ongoing comic book series offered by Titan Comics. Written by Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, Iron Man), the first story arc is set in 1927 and features a mysterious Templar going by the name Black Cross. Rounding out the creative team of the first five issues are artist Dennis Calero (Cowboys & Aliens, X-Men Noir) who illustrates and colors the interiors as well as creates two alternate covers and Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt and Richard Starkings on lettering.

Published by Level 21 Boss Publishing, The Pilfered is a digital comic book series three years in the making. The four-issue mini series is only available as an app on iOS devices and features “motion FX, cinematic music, dynamic transitions” according to the comic website. The comic was created by Alan I. Djivré and developed by Philippe Blais. Djivré, posting under the moniker “MonkeyTalks” on a DAZ forum, explained his process, “I used the DAZ renders with a toon shader and then imported it to [P]hotoshop and worked on it a lot until I got the style I was looking for.” The resulting product presents an engaging, unique reading experience.

H.P. Lovecraft's stories continue to influence contemporary tales. For instance, the 1926 short story, “Pickman's Model,” published in the October 1927 issue of Weird Tales, is one such tale that recently inspired Casefile: Arkham. This new graphic novel is written by Josh Finney, illustrated by artist Patrick McEvoy, edited by Kat Rocha, and published by 01Publishing. The black-and-white edition is an enthralling visual experience that incorporates several elements of the Lovecraft story and evolves into its own fascinating tale of noir macabre.

In the second issue, the series catches up with the King Eramand's Battlecats fighting their way through the lands of Stormholt, on a mission to kill General Valadar, the king's sworn enemy and leader of the Darkat army. Battlecats is a digital comic book series from Mad Cave Studios, founded by the writers of this series, Mark London and Carl Bevan. Illustrator Andy King, colorist Alejandro Giraldo, colorist/letterer Michael Camelo, and producer Giovanna T. Orozco round out the creative team.

The Fitzroy has a fascinating beginning. Andrew Harmer had an idea take shape in his mind in which a beached derelict submarine found new life as a hotel in a post-apocalyptic 1950s Britain. In a world engulfed by poisonous gas, the submarine – Fitzroy – became a haven for some very colorful personalities. As a director, Harmer decided to run a Kickstarter to raise funds to make the feature film and, in the closing days of 2012, through blood, sweat, and probably a few tear-soak hankies, he and Dresden Pictures founders Liam Garvo and James Heath surpassed their goal of £60,000 and hit their 120% target.

Please note that Collapse: Isolation writer Russ Pirozek is a Regular Contributor to Fanboy Comics.

Post-apocalyptic stories are fascinating studies into group dynamics that develop from individuals thrown together while seeking to survive in a hostile environment. Those with the best chance of long-term survival usually flee underground, barricading themselves against the beings that were mutated by the nuclear fallout. Rising Sun Comics' Collapse: Isolation is one such story of a group of people who are living in a facility where some of the individuals had worked prior to the global war that devastated the world.

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