Tuesday, June 28, 2011

PULPTACULAR | Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown

Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1
Written by Jeff Lemire; Illustrated by Ibraim Roberson
DC; $2.99

I apologize for whiffing on last week’s Pulptacular. Between Father’s Day and getting my son ready to go to summer camp, the weekend got away from me. I had sort of a Father’s Day theme in mind too, so it’s either especially sad that I missed the deadline or particularly appropriate that it was parenting that got in my way. I’m gonna go with “appropriate,” just to make myself feel better.

It’s weird and twisted, but one of my favorite stories about fathers is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s all about what not to do as a dad, but oh boy is it ever a story for male parents. I’m not so sure I can stretch the definition of Pulp to include Frankenstein (though I’m up for trying), but I certainly couldn’t get away with calling it New. That’s okay though, because I’m not going to talk about Shelley’s novel. Instead, I’m going to talk about a Frankenstein story that’s both New and Pulp: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown. It’s a story all about Nazi-fighting monsters and there's even some stuff about fatherhood in it.

Potentially one of the scariest things about the comic is the Flashpoint in the title, but don’t let that bother you. While FatCotU takes place in the same world of DC’s big, summer Flashpoint event, there’s no need to read any other comics to understand it. Not the first issue, anyway. FatCotU begins in WWII with a top-secret government project that’s creating monsters to fight the Nazis. Inspired by the arctic discovery of the actual Frankenstein monster, head scientist Dr. Mazursky has transformed a crippled soldier into a wolf-man and a treasonous pilot into a vampire. And just to show how dedicated he is to the project, Mazursky’s even converted his own daughter into a Creature from the Black Lagoon-like gill-woman. The doctor’s plan is to change the three volunteers back at the end of the war, but when the war ends, the government decides to put them – and Frankenstein’s Monster – into suspended animation until they decide they need them again. That doesn’t go over well with the Monster and his pals, but unfortunately the military has GI Robot (exactly what he sounds like, for anyone not familiar with the character) on their side. There’s a fight, but our horrifying heroes go down.

Flashpoint forward 65 years and the team awakens to find their facility all but destroyed, but not quite deserted. They’re now in the time of the rest of the Flashpoint event, but what’s cool is that they don’t know any more about it than the reader. I’m sure that anyone reading the other Flashpoint books would know why there’s also a huge container emblazoned with the Superman symbol in the facility – and why it’s cracked in two like something escaped from inside – but I love the mystery of not knowing. It’s likely not important to the story and I don’t even particularly care if it’s ever mentioned again. It just adds some dread to the scene and ramps up the tension even more in a story that’s chock full of it already.

The Monster makes a great, classic, pulp hero. He’s grumpily suspicious of authority, but willing to join the military for an obviously good cause. He’s got his ragtag team of diverse personalities a la Doc Savage or The Avenger and they’re all entangled in an adventure that’s well out of their comfort zone. As long as the rest of the three-issue mini-series keeps them on the periphery of the Flashpoint event, it promises to be a – dare I say – pulptacular ride.

Monday, June 27, 2011


PULPED! The Official New Pulp Podcast-Episode 2-Chronologies get PULPED!

PULPED! is a Podcast dedicated to the creators and fans of New Pulp! New Pulp, heroic fiction by modern artists written with the sensibility and in the tradition of the Pulp genre! This week, Tommy and Ron take on the hosting duties and visit with Jeff Deischer, Pulp Writer and Chronologist about his latest book! THE WAY THEY WERE contains essays on various and sundry points about Doc Savage, The Avenger, Dracula, Captain Nemo, Gullivar of Mars, and other noted Pulp and literary characters! And if you don't think this is New Pulp, then listen and learn, children!

Then, New Pulp's own Diva of Justice, The Pulptress swings in with a review of CROSSOVERS by Win Scott Eckert, Noted Pulp Author and Chronologist! Tune in, listen, and be sure to get PULPED!

PULPED! will post each Monday!

Check out PULPED! and the New Pulp Movement at www.newpulpfiction.com and at the New Pulp forum hosted by Comic Related at
http://www.comicrelated.com/forums/ under NEW PULP! Also, like New Pulp on Facebook!

Ron Fortier-www.airship27.com
Tommy Hancock-www.pulpmachine.blogspot.com
Barry Reese-www.barryreese.net
Derrick Ferguson-www.dillon-dlferguson.blogspot.com

Like Barry's Writer Page, Tommy's Writer Page, and Airship 27 on Facebook!

All music used in this podcast is either in the Public Domain or used under an appropriate Creative Commons license. The opening and closing themes were performed and recorded by The Red Hook Ramblers. All the bumper music was written, performed, and recorded by Kevin Mac Leod

Direct download: pulped_2.mp3

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Press Release-

Four New Pulp creators and proclaimed members of what some are calling The New Pulp Movement, announced today that they have united to present the world with the first official New Pulp Podcast!  PULPED!, a podcast focused on the works and trends that comprise and contribute to works created after the heyday of the Pulps that have the sensibilities of classic Pulp works and yet are new tales, debuted with its first episode on June 20th.

Tommy Hancock, Barry Reese, Derrick Ferguson, and Ron Fortier, all noted pulp authors and personalities within New Pulp, make up the core circle behind PULPED!  Functioning as a rotating circle of hosts, the PULPED! Four will spotlight different creators and New Pulp works each week as well as discussing trends in the sub genre.  There will be a News section of the podcast, but it will be slightly different than traditional newscasts.  Each co-host will bring a topic of New Pulp news to the table and then the assembled hosts will discuss and/or debate it.  Also, PULPED! will be the home of reviews done by THE PULPTRESS, the spokesperson for New Pulp!  Each week, she will deliver a review of current New Pulp books, audio, movies, tv, and other things that qualify as New Pulp.

"New Pulp," said Tommy Hancock, "is a vibrant, relevant part of the fiction Pulp fans love and enjoy.  Edgy at times, traditional at others, New Pulp shows that the fantastic heroic adventure fiction enjoyed by so many in the early 20th Century is not only still alive and well, but is on the verge of being an important part of literature of the 21st Century.  PULPED!'s focus will not simply be on books, but on all aspects of how New Pulp permeates our society. It will also focus on everyone from major players in publishing and other fields right down to the small press publishers and independent creators that truly are the lifeblood of this movement."

PULPED! will post a new episode every Monday at http://www.pulped.libsyn.com/ and will be available in the coming weeks via ITunes and other providers.

"Anyone who is a writer, artist, publisher," Hancock stated, "that wants to be a guest on PULPED!, all they need to do is to send an email to braedenalex@centurytel.net or contact any of the four hosts."

The first episode is now available at http://www.pulped.libsyn.com/ and its description is as follows-

PULPED! The Official New Pulp Podcast-Episode 1-PULPED! For The First Time!

PULPED! is a Podcast dedicated to the creators and fans of New Pulp!  New Pulp, heroic fiction by modern artists written with the sensibility and in the tradition of the Pulp genre!  Pulp creators Barry Reese, Derrick Ferguson, Ron Fortier, and Tommy Hancock kick off this podcast dedicated to the promotion of The New Pulp Movement by explaining what the podcast is about, defining and discussing New Pulp, and letting know listeners what they're in store for. 

Then Tommy and Barry take off their hosts hats and climb in the guest spotlight to discuss Barry's latest book, THE ROOK-VOLUME SIX, published by Hancock through the company he's a partner in, Pro Se Productions.  The origins of the Rook, Reese's inspirations, and the logic behind Pro Se acquiring the Rook as well as future plans for the well known character are discussed in length.  Following that, our intrepid co-hosts take on the PULPED! News.  Each week, the co-hosts will bring one topic of New Pulp news to the table and they will discuss, analyze, explore, and debate it!  If you like your fiction heroic, if you seek adventure and action in every word you read, then come on in, take a seat, and get PULPED!

PULPED! will post each Monday!

Check out PULPED! and the New Pulp Movement at www.newpulpfiction.com and at the New Pulp forum hosted by Comic Related at
http://www.comicrelated.com/forums/ under NEW PULP!  Also, like New Pulp on Facebook!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


From Tommy Hancock-

Hello, All!  We are about to start a New Pulp Initiative...and need a 'Task Force' to help with it-It will involve websurfing and some contact with whoever the surfing reveals. Not a lot of work, but I need people who will really spend a little time each day or two doing it...if interested post here or pm me....This is about getting New Pulp even bigger and more notice than it is and has now!

Monday, June 13, 2011

PULPTACULAR | Marvel's Mystery Men #1

Mystery Men #1
Written by David Liss; Illustrated by Patrick Zircher
Marvel; $2.99

It’s a crazy idea: telling a story about all-new, pulp-era characters set in the Marvel Universe. Not pulped-up versions of classic Marvel characters as in Marvel Noir. Nor new versions of classic pulp characters a la The Twelve. Just good, old-fashioned, completely original, pulp storytelling set in a world where the Daily Bugle is the biggest paper in New York City. It’s so crazy it just might work.

And on every level that really matters, it does work. David Liss has written an exciting story about a masked Robin Hood who calls himself The Operative. By day, he’s wealthy socialite Dennis Piper. Wealthy, but under the thumb of his father, who’s got the real power and influence in New York. Which means that by night Dennis Piper is robbing from his own kind to help feed starving families affected by the Great Depression.

I almost described him as a playboy, because that’s the archetype, but he’s not. Piper’s in love with a beautiful stage actress named Alice Starr, and she with him. There’s a beautiful sequence early on when the couple are at a society party and Patrick Zircher draws the crowd melting away so that only Piper and Alice inhabit their world for a couple of wordless panels. That and Zircher’s gift for drawing real people with real facial expressions and body language instantly makes this a couple to cheer for. They have a lot working against them: Piper’s double-life and lack of real friendship in his social circle; Alice’s friends all encouraging her to keep her eyes on the next rung of the ladder they think she’s climbing. In a very short time, Liss and Zircher create a lot of empathy for these poor kids in this crazy town.

Unfortunately, it’s not meant to last. It happens early enough in the story not to be a spoiler, but Alice is brutally murdered by a mysterious figure in service to an entity called a Fear Lord. I’m not reading Marvel’s current Fear Itself event, so I can only speculate that this villain is somehow tied to that, but it’s not important. It’s a horrible pair of bad guys (“horrible” in a good way, I mean) and because I liked Alice so much, I immediately wanted to see them pay for what they did. Of course I’m going to have to wait.

In the meantime, someone’s framing Piper for Alice’s death and he’s on the run from crooked cops and his own father as he tries to figure out what happened. Toss in Alice’s twin sister (an adventuresome aviatrix named Sarah) and rumors of a masked vigilante called the Revenant and you’ve got a mystery with emotional depth and enough weird twists to keep things interesting. Liss also makes sure that his 1930s aren’t just “speakeasies, dirigibles, and awesome hats,” as he says in his afterword. The ‘30s were also about “issues of race and gender inequity, poverty and greed.” He includes enough of that to weight down his world, so when his heroes fly into action against it, I felt it and was lifted up with them.

Though Mystery Men works – and works extremely well – I’m fearful that it’s still a crazy idea. Will pulp fans who don’t currently read Marvel comics be put off by its setting in the Marvel Universe? Will Marvel fans buy it without Spider-Man? Is there a big enough crossover between Marvel fans and pulp fans to support a mini-series like this? To that last question: I certainly hope so. Because only one issue in, I want many more than just the promised five issues.

Thursday, June 9, 2011




Press Release
Pro Se Productions
Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief


Pro Se Press, a leader in New Pulp fiction, is extremely proud to announce the first of many releases penned by Veteran Pulp Author Barry Reese and starring Reese’s best known creation, THE ROOK!  THE ROOK: VOLUME SIX by Reese is now available from Pro Se Press!

Already established as one of the best known heroes of The New Pulp Movement, The Rook takes on his greatest adventures in VOLUME SIX.  Reese ups the ante significantly for Max Davies, millionaire and vision driven vigilante, by setting The Rook against Sun Koh, Prince of Atlantis in the lead story, THE SCORCHED GOD!  A character from German pulps of the 1930s, Sun Koh is essentially the Germanic Doc Savage and comes up against The Rook in order to take his supposed rightful place as ruler of the world.  Assisted by a variety of interesting villains, most notably The Furies, three women, each one representing an Axis nation.  What chance does any mere mortal man have against a near Godlike being and his bevy of deadly beauties?  Fortunately, there is nothing ‘mere’ about The Rook in ‘THE SCORCHED GOD!’

The Rook continues to deliver two fisted justice in two other tales included in VOLUME SIX!  Taking a trip to the Old West like no one ever has, The Rook hopes to help lost souls clear up ‘SINS OF THE PAST’!  And The Rook appears for the first time ever in a story with Reese’s latest and greatest New Pulp hero!  Lazarus Gray, of Pro Se’s SOVEREIGN CITY PROJECT, stands side by side with The Rook as they take on evil and injustice in ‘DARKNESS, SPREADING ITS WINGS OF BLACK’! 

This volume also includes an introduction by Pro Se Editor in Chief Tommy Hancock, an interview with the author, and a timeline for The Rook and the various and sundry tales told within that universe!

“Clearly, Pro Se is more than proud and pleased to be able to put out THE ROOK: VOLUME SIX,” stated Tommy Hancock, EIC of Pro Se Press.  “Barry has clearly set a standard for what a New Pulp Author and a New Pulp hero should be!  And this volume is not just chocked full with adventure, but the extras give it a more rounded feel as well.  Also, this represents another step toward Pro Se’s own house style of formatting, developed and designed by our own Sean Ali.”

AVAILABLE NOW-THE ROOK: VOLUME SIX by Barry Reese from Pro Se Press!
No shelf of New Pulp Fiction will be complete without this volume!

Pro Se Productions-Putting the Monthly Back into New Pulp!
ISBN-13: 978-1463548995  
ISBN-10: 1463548990
Release date: 06/09/11
Retail Price: $12.00
On-Line Store - https://www.createspace.com/3623250
Available NOW at http://www.amazon.com/

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Pro Se Productions released a second trailer spotlighting its upcoming release of Barry Reese's THE ROOK: VOLUME SIX today. Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of Pro Se, states, "This book is good enough to have its own movie, much less more than one trailer!  This trailer shows a different aspect from the first one and actually previews art from the upcoming volume!"  Produced by Pro Se CEO Fuller Bumpers, this trailer showcases THE ROOK: VOLUME SIX, due out in a matter of days!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

PULPTACULAR: Fall TV promises plenty of Pulp

Beginning this week and firing a new round every week here after until the Pulp Rapture strikes, it's PULPTACULAR the fresh, ongoing column of New Pulp goodness from Michael May. After reading each column, please leave questions, comments and fedoras below. This week, Michael casts his pulp vision on New Pulp on the small screen:

A quick look at some of the TV shows planned for this Fall and next mid-season reveals several exciting ones with strong pulp themes. Take a look, then tell us which you're looking forward to.

Terra Nova (Mondays; 8:00 pm ET; FOX)

Early descriptions of Steven Spielberg's dinosaur show focused on the family drama aspect, but recent clips feature plenty of jungle action and a couple of tough-guy characters, one of whom is the family patriarch who appears to have some secrets in his past.

Person of Interest (Thursdays; 9:00 pm ET; CBS)

Produced by JJ Abrams (Fringe) and written by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), Person of Interest features James Caviezel as a former CIA agent now working for a crime-fighting billionaire (Lost's Michael Emerson). Doesn't get any pulpier than that.

Grimm (Fridays; 9:00 pm ET; NBC)

There are two fairy-tale inspired shows coming this Fall. Once Upon A Time looks to retain more of the magical, fantasy feel, so it doesn't make this list. In contrast, Grimm appears to have some grittiness to it as well the concept of a lone warrior fighting a weekly onslaught of monsters.

Awake (Mid-Season; NBC)

On the one hand, Awake appears to be a drama about death and grieving. On the other, it's a mystery show where the detective has supernatural powers. On both hands, it stars the brilliant Jason "Lucius Malfoy" Isaacs.

The River (Mid-Season; ABC)

Did I say it doesn't get any pulpier than Person of Interest? How about a famous explorer who goes missing in the Amazon and his family who goes looking for him, encountering monsters and other supernatural forces along the way?

Did we miss any? What new pulp shows are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Pro Se Press is proud to present a trailer spotlighting veteran New Pulp Author Barry Reese's latest work, THE ROOK: VOLUME SIX!  Coming this month, thrill to The Rook's confrontation with Sun Koh, a trip to a town all out of time, and the first ever meeting between The Rook and Sovereign City's own Lazarus Gray!  Plus an interview with Reese and a Rook Timeline!  Watch the trailer, make plans to buy the book! 

Dan Brereton covers ANGELS AND THE UNDEAD

Starring Death Angel and Black Bat versus Dracula for the first time ever!

Story by Mike Bullock ~ Art by Eric Johns ~ Cover by Dan Brereton
Coming this Halloween from Moonstone Books