Category Archives: Comics

Cover Catch-Up

Cover3If you follow the site, you know that it has been dormant for a while. Sadly, I just have not had much time for anything. This post is going to get a few more covers from the Revolution series added to the site. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I will let the images in the Comics section stand for themselves.

Instead of going quiet again, I am going to try to work on getting smaller posts up on the site. Hopefully that can help people stay more connected to the world of M.A.S.K. and Boulder-Hill.net. Next up, more covers from the regular M.A.S.K. series!

M.A.S.K. #1 – IDW

The day is winding down, or has officially ended – depending what time zone you live in – as I write this I have crossed into Thursday. But for M.A.S.K. fans this was a special day. It was the release of the first issue of the new ongoing series from IDW Publishing. The series features Brandon Easton as the writer, Tony Vargas providing interior art, and Tommy Lee Edwards as the regular cover artist (there are also a number of variant covers as well).

This is going to be a somewhat comprehensive look at the issue, and as such will contain a certain degree of spoiling. If you do not want to be spoiled, well, you have been warned.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like… M.A.S.K.!

We are less than two days until the release of the new ongoing M.A.S.K. series from IDW Publishing, and it’s time to get excited! Brandon Easton, the writer of the series recently shared a picture of the copies he received, and I admit to being quite jealous.

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Also, as always around here, better late than never. We’ve got two winners for my give-away. Carsten and Chad both sent in great memories of M.A.S.K. and will be receiving autographed copies of the M.A.S.K. one-shot. Look for emails asking for your addresses guys so I can send you your prizes!

Last, and certainly not least, if you are in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, get over to The Comic Bug, where Brandon will be signing M.A.S.K. #1 as well as his new Vampire Hunter D series. I will be making a run down to get my hands on some copies, come out and support the series we all love.

Who Will Win?!

There is a lot to cover, so we are going to go through this point by point.

  • MASKast Chat

Most of you who visit Boulder-Hill.net also follow Agents of M.A.S.K. Last week I got to sit on with them to discuss the new comics, listen to it here.

  • Signed M.A.S.K. Revolution

Don’t miss your chance to win a copy. All you need to do is send in an email describing your favorite memory of M.A.S.K. The winner will be announced later this week!

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  • Boulder-Hill.net Merchandise

You love M.A.S.K. and you love Boulder-Hill-net, right? Now you can show your love with Boulder-Hill.net merchandise, just added to the RedBubble store.

  • Revolution Covers

The variant covers for Revolution that feature M.A.S.K. are now up in the Comics section. If you want to read the full issues, visit your local comic book shop or head on over to IDW’s Online Store.

  • Darren Gregson

The very talented artist, Darren Gregson, was kind enough to send me a beautiful printed card featuring his rendering of Brad Turner riding Condor.

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  • L.A. Comic Con

If you are in the Los Angeles area, you have one more day to attend Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con. Brandon Easton, the writer of the new M.A.S.K. series, will be there as well!

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I will be heading down to L.A. Comic Con tomorrow, hope to see you there!

The Revolution Continues

If you follow the Boulder-Hill.net Facebook (and you absolutely should), then you know that tonight’s update is about Revolution #2 and #3. Suffice it to say, many M.A.S.K. fans were left wanting with issue #1, which did not actually contain any of the M.A.S.K. agents (excluding the reprinted prelude). Issue #2 more than brings Matt, Miles and the rest of the team into the story.

I will not be providing an in-depth  review of the issues on here. There are too many non-M.A.S.K. elements that I do not follow (ROM, Micronauts, etc.) and would make a comprehensive review pointless. What I will do is quickly breakdown the highlights from a M.A.S.K. standpoint.

First, we are once again treated to a slew of variant covers. Issue #2 in particular, has a bunch of covers that in fact feature M.A.S.K.

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Revolution #3

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To be clear, there are more covers than the six above, however, these are the ones that have at least some element of M.A.S.K. The covers require a lot of analysis. Some are more M.A.S.K. centric than others. I find the Guido Guidi cover from #2 to be the most appealing. The image is dynamic, pays homage to Jack Kirby, and features M.A.S.K. front and center – not much more that a M.A.S.K. fan could ask for.

Now let’s jump to the issues themselves. For people following the series, you may be scratching your head at all the different groups and happenings. That is a symptom of this being the ‘event’ book. Revolution ties a bunch of different properties together, unless you are following every single book that is released you are bound to miss something. All that being said, even if you are only here for M.A.S.K. you should be able to follow the story relatively easily.
rev2spectrumIssue #2 has a lot of great M.A.S.K. action moments. Again, without giving any specifics away, readers are treated to an epic multi-page fight between M.A.S.K. and someone (read the book to find out). As is typical in big crossover events, there is a lot of action and there tends to be a little less subtle story telling. That holds true for issue #2, it is not a flaw, simply a fact to understand.

However! That does not mean that Revolution is all fights and explosions. Quite the contrary, in issue #3 we see some of the early stages of the strife building between Matt and Miles. All of which is handled quite well and creates a strong and natural path towards what we all know will be a disastrous ending for the two.

One other interesting thing, in issue #3 is that the we finally get the profile pages for Matt Trakker and Miles ‘Mayhem’ Manheim. Click on the individual images below to read them for yourself.

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giveawayFinally, as promised, the details of how you can win your very own copy of M.A.S.K. Revolution, signed by Brandon Easton! To enter to win, all you have to do is write in with your favorite memory or experience with M.A.S.K., just send in an email and you will have your chance to win one of two copies, no purchase necessary! Please keep in mind that you will have to provide a mailing address to receive your comic if you are the winner.

That is going to wrap up this update. We are getting close to the release of M.A.S.K. #1 – the ongoing comic from IDW Publishing, for which many of us are holding our breath in anticipation. Please help to support IDW and the creatives behind Revolution and M.A.S.K. – even if you live in a country where purchasing comics is difficult keep in mind that all the issues are easily available for digital purchase. Let’s all do our part to ensure that illusion stays the ultimate weapon.

Happy M.A.S.K. Day!

Happy belated M.A.S.K. day! This update is a little late, but that does not mean it is not going to be a great one. If you have been following the world of M.A.S.K. then you know that the big buzz is about the new comic book series from IDW. Issue #1 just hit the stands so now we are going to take a look at it.

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Be warned, there will be some spoilers, so before you click forward – you have been warned!

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It has begun!

The M.A.S.K. One-Shot hit shelves today. As much as I wish I could spend the entire day doing nothing but reading and reviewing, life is busy, so that will have to wait. But until then, here are a few pics of my morning visit with Brandon Easton.

Please forgive any formatting issues. In order to get this up as fast as I could I am using my phone. For those of you curious as to why there are so many copies in the first photo, well, they are not all for me! I will be giving a bunch away soon. The details will be announced soon. In the meantime, get down to your local comic book store and support M.A.S.K.!

Comics, comics, comics!

That’s right, if you’re any kind of M.A.S.K. fan then you know that the buzz is all about comics! IDW! Revolution! M.A.S.K.!

Two days ago, Revolution #1 hit shelves. It released with a bunch of variant covers as well. And because this is Boulder-Hill.net, you can guess which ones I picked up. Obviously, the M.A.S.K. ones.

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Both of these had been revealed online, but it’s great to have them in print finally. As you can see, the wraparound cover has a great shot of Brad Turner running with some of his over Revolution buddies, including Optimus Prime and Cobra Commander. And the other cover has the great bust image of the new and updated look for the Matt Trakker.

Ok, so a small thing to note. M.A.S.K. does not appear in the regular story of issue #1. The issue is jam packed with great action, and I’m sure Matt and the agents will be making their appearance soon. However, if you are a die-hard M.A.S.K. fan don’t be disappointed. There is an additional preview at the back of the issue that does contain M.A.S.K., or really VENOM elements. If you want to see that preview, it’s up in the Comics section right now!

What’s Going On Here?!

IDW CoverIt’s been a good long while since anything new has gone up, so let’s fix that. First of all, back when IDW announced their new M.A.S.K. comic book line I had a great chat with Jason and Wyatt from Agents of M.A.S.K. You probably heard it through MASKast, but if not it’s also been added to the Audio section here. We talk a lot about what we would like to see and what we think we will see. It’s a lot more fun to just listen in!

Now, on the heels of that announcement, IDW has announced a new, multi-property title, Revolution. According to IDW:

The “Revolution” event marks the birth of a comic book crossover that will be comprised of not only the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE properties, but also all-new properties MICRONAUTS, ROM, and ACTION MAN, as well as the launch of a long-awaited M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand series.

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As any fan of M.A.S.K. knows, there have always been rumors and ideas kicking around about M.A.S.K. getting some kind of relaunch or reimagining. But this is the first time we have seen an established company moving forward. The image above, which is definitely action overload, has clear images of Switchblade, Thunder Hawk and Rhino. Obviously Revolution is the setup to tie all these entities into the same universe, so there is no telling exactly how much M.A.S.K. will be in the stories.

And then there was more! CBR got an exclusive look at some of the variant covers for Revolution and they look great!

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There are actually more, but these are the ones that have M.A.S.K. on them – in some way. It might be too much hope M.A.S.K. will be the star of the show, especially with heavy hitters like Transformers and G.I. Joe, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get some great moments. And with the standalone series hitting shelves in November, M.A.S.K. fans can finally rejoice to see their favorite 80s show make a return!

Agents of M.A.S.K.

AOM LOGOAs (finally) promised, I had the chance last night to sit down and record the next episode of MASKast with Jason and Wyatt of Agents of M.A.S.K. (previously known as M.A.S.K. Movie Blog). Our lives and schedules did not sync up for a good long while, unfortunately. But after all these months the three of us were able to sit down and chat about the DC Comics original four issue mini-series. The exact release date for the podcast is in the hands of Jason and Wyatt, as they need to edit and publish the final product, but they assured me that it would be a priority job. Speaking of Jason and Wyatt – they have recently relaunched their M.A.S.K. work as Agents of M.A.S.K., here are some excerpts from their launch article:

 

After over three years of promoting ourselves as “M.A.S.K. the Movie”, we felt is was time for a fresh start…

…So, instead of focusing mainly on bringing M.A.S.K. to the big screen, we want our script to be an equal part in the new “Agents of M.A.S.K.” brand…

…In summary, we want to promote M.A.S.K. in multiple ways and at the same time, work toward bringing the community of fans together.

ComicPageMASK_#002_016I wish them the best of luck and as always will be happy to support them just as they support boulder-hill.net. The link on the sidebar has been updated to reflect their new site (the old site automatically redirects to their new location). Jason has also volunteered to provide scans of more instruction manuals. These scans will allow our shirt library on RedBubble to grow – keep an eye out for Thunderhawk and Switchblade!

While recording with the guys I mentioned that I have been sitting on a rare M.A.S.K. item for some time now – and that because it ties so directly into the topic of the podcast I would finally get around to adding it to the site. The item in question is actually an original page from the M.A.S.K. comic series. To be specific, it is page 16, from issue #2. I was fortunate enough to purchase this great work directly from the inker of the comics himself, Joe Del Beato.

On the left is the colored printed version and on the right is the original artwork. A full sized image has been added to the Merchandise portion of boulder-hill.net.

Hopefully, Jason finds time too get those images and our next update can showcase a variety of new t-shirts, see you then!