Feb 062015
 

Rocket Raccoon v.1 HCRocket Raccoon v.1 HC

-Skottie Young (known for his baby variant covers) writes and illustrates the first arc collected in this hardcover volume.

-This first volume contains issues one through six of the highly popular ongoing series.

-In the first story, Rocket is being hunted down by all of his vengeful ex-girlfriends.  This raccoon gets around!

-Following that story, Rocket, Groot, and some other aliens share campfire stories.  Oh, and it’s Groot‘s turn, so the whole issue uses “I am Groot!” as the only lines of dialog.

Empty #1Empty #1

-The creator of Bomb Queen and Five Weapons, Jimmie Robinson, launches a new series from Image Comics.

-Anyone who reads Planetary, Copperhead, or any other post-apocalyptic or grungy Sci-Fi series should check this out.

-A young, female scavenger, named Tanoor, joins forces with a stranger who has the power to restore the dead world they live on.

-Like a road movie across an apocalyptic wasteland.

The Sculptor HCThe Sculptor GN

-Respected comic theorist, artist, and writer, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) is releasing his first work in years!

-The Sculptor follows the titular character as he is granted special abilities from Death to have anything he sculpts come to life.  The catch, he only has 200 days to live.

-Having recently published hits like Seconds, This One Summer, and other 2014 hits, :01 First Second publishing is on a role.

-Check out what is sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2015!

Darth Vader #1Star Wars Darth Vader #1

-Marvel‘s second Star Wars launch title!

-Star Wars #1 sold out nearly immediately, with variant and regular covers shooting up in price!  You better believe Darth Vader will do the same.

-Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine, Journey into Mystery), one of the most literary comic authors working today, is working on one of the most iconic characters in history!

-Following the events of A New Hope, Darth Vader will see the Sith Lord gunning for the rebel forces that left him stranded in space after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Dec 192014
 

Batman DC Comics Designer Zero YearDC Comics Designer Series 3

-Greg Capullo’s iconic rendition of the Batman universe continues to be immortalized in plastic!

-DC Direct digs into Scott Snyder’s Zero Year with a Batman figure featuring his first, purple-gloved costume!

-Adding some female empowerment to the line, the New 52 version of Batgirl is also dropping this weekend!

-He smokes a pack a day, but, hey, he’s still got Batman‘s back more than anyone, Commissioner Gordon finishes out the series.

Dark Engine v.1 tpbDark Engine v.1 tpb

-Fans of Prophet and Helheim, should check out the first volume of Image ComicsDark Engine!

-An immortal warrior woman is sent through time on various missions (including fighting dragons).

-John Biven’s detailed, expressionistic artwork is the main draw here, illustrating dinosaurs, jungles, blood, gore, and all sorts of other crazy, other worldly things!

-Fans of the weird and unusual should plop down the measly $9.99 to try out this first trade paperback.

Sunstone v.1 tpbSunstone v.1 tpb

-Stjepan Sejic’s popular comic off of Deviant Art is finally published by Image Comics!

-Like a better written 50 Shades of GreySunstone follows to bisexual women who explore a BDSM relationship with each other.

-Sejic’s beautiful, painterly artwork brings the series to life, using vibrant colors to draw the reader in.

-This volume is strictly for adults, so we are enacting a strict no one under eighteen purchasing policy!

They’re Not Like Us #1They're Not Like Us

-Image Comics head of publishing (and frequent comic writer) Eric Stephenson launches a new ongoing series this week!

-A follow-up to Stephenson’s critically acclaimed Nowhere Men series, They’re Not Like Us is sure to generate buzz.

-Set in a real world-like location, They’re Not Like Us follows the first generation of superhuman individuals.  Where previous eras have had to deal with new technology and politics, these teens are forced to struggle with abilities beyond those of normal humans.

-The problem:  Power corrupts absolutely.

Aug 222014
 

Avengers Undercover v.1 tpbAvengers Undercover v.1 tpb

-If you’ve been reading Avengers Arena in trade, then this volume continues the story.

-Local writer, Dennis Hopeless, has been crafting one of the most tense, character-driven Marvel books on the stands and this is it!

-After surviving in a fight-to-the-death scenario, a group of Marvel‘s youngest heroes are shaken and traumatized.  But they know one thing, they want deadly revenge on the man who made them hurt their friends.

-Blending drama and comedy, Hopeless finds a tone that lands somewhere between a John Hughes movie and Wanted.

Sundowners #1Sundowners #1

-Tim Seeley, writer of Hack/Slash, 30 Days of Night, and Grayson, brings a new take on the superhero to Dark Horse.

-Another series in Dark Horse recent deconstructionist kick that has included Buzzkill, Furious, and Bloodhound.

-Being a superhero doesn’t mean that you don’t have doubts and insecurities.  The Sundowners are a group of disillusioned heroes who attend self-help meetings each week, some because they may be imagining every villain they’ve ever fought.

-Jim Terr, previously of The Crow:  Skinning the Wolves, brings his minimalist, Francesco Francavilla-esque style to a darker toned series.

Bob's Burgers #1Bob’s Burgers #1

-Cheat on Jimmy Pesto’s and pick up a greasy, juice first issue of Bob’s Burgers, the comic!

-Though the dulcet tones of H. Jon Benjamin’s voice don’t accompany this series, you will hear them in your head as you read through the raunchy humor of the issue.

-Dynamite continues its trend of releasing property comics that sound and feel like the original source material.

-Each issue contains five, short regular features, including Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction.  Oh, yeeeeeaaaaaaah.

Pop #1 Pop #1

-Receiving ample buzz as a series to watch for, Pop is an absurdest take on celebrity and media in a modern culture.

-A stylistic experience on par with other surreal series, like Zero and Translucid, Pop plays with the comic format for narrative purposes.

-The high concept of the series is that celebrities are literally grown from scratch to serve the public’s demands and fixations.

-What if, in this alternate future, one of these manufactured celebrities escaped?  What then?

Jun 132014
 

All New X-Factor v.1 tpbAll New X-Factor v.1 tpb

-Out with the old Peter David, in with the new Peter David!  Having written X-Factor for nearly a decade, David can’t walk away from the book, returning to launch an All New X-Factor!

-The only corporate sponsored X-Team out there, X-Factor has the technology and finances of Serval Industries behind them.  However, that may not be a great thing.

-Comprised of Quicksilver, Polaris (both Magneto‘s children), Danger, Warlock, and Gambit, X-Factor is a character-driven comic, to be sure.

-What is Gambit‘s secret?  And will it bring down the team?

Avengers World v.1 tpbAvengers World v.1 tpb

-Jonathan Hickman adds the Avengers World ongoing series to finish off a trifecta of Avengers comics, each connecting into the other.

-World sees The Avengers going toe-to-toe with A.I.M., a secret organization of science terrorists who have declared themselves a separate nation, across the globe.

-Each issue is character-centric, with Hickman fleshing out his extensive Avengers cast while giving the reader insight into their personal conflicts.

-Oh, and Shang-Chi fights an evil ninja on top of a dragon.  ’Nuff said.

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-James Bond fans should take a look at Velvet.

-Velvet Templeton is a Miss Moneypenny-like secretary for the British Secret Service, but have the agency’s top man is found dead, she becomes the prime suspect.  Now she must clear her name if she hopes to survive.

-Created and written by the same team that wrote Captain America:  The Winter Soldier comic storyline, the series is a great espionage book by creators who know how to write spy fiction.

-And Image Comics provides this first volume to readers for only $9.99!

Amazing X-Men v.1 tpbAmazing X-Men v.1 tpb

-Local comic writing genius, Jason Aaron, returns to the X-Men universe!

-Dead for the last five or so years, fan-favorite character Nightcrawler was due for a return to the land of the living.  This volume explains how that happens!

-Join Wolverine, Storm, Ice Man, and others as they venture into the realms of the afterlife in order to rescue their departed ally.

-Oh, and there are demon pirates standing in their way!

May 092014
 

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (of 4)

-The Avengers‘ resident Kung Fu master goes solo!

-A plot ripped right out of a Bruce Lee movie, Shang-Chi must travel to England to pay his respects at the funeral of an ex-lover.  And when he finds out who killed her, vengeance will be swift.

-Newcomer Mike Benson helms this short and sweet four issue All New Marvel NOW miniseries!

-Tan Eng Huat, fresh off his acclaimed stint on X-Men Legacy, brings his frenetic style to this martial arts tale of revenge!

Manifest Destiny v.1 tpbManifest Destiny v.1 tpb

-One of the most sought after new Image Comics series to be released last year comes to trade paperback!

-Lewis and Clark explore the American West in the 1800s, but find a landscape unlike anything in the history books.

-Colonial zombie, vampire, werewolf, and monster smashing action!

-The first six issues for $9.99!

The United States of Murder #1United States of Murder, Inc. #1

-From the creators of Powers, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men) and Michael Avon Oeming.

-A new crime fiction story for adult readers!

-Takes place in an alternate world where the mafia’s hold on the country has lead to national dominance.

-The star of the book is about to rise up in the ranks, but a hitwoman may stand in his way.

Bee and Puppycat #1Bee and Puppycat #1

-You took too long.  Now yo candy’s gone.  Dat’s what happin.  PAKOW!

-Natasha Allegri brings her hugely popular animated short to the world of comics!

-Unbearably cute.  Absurdly hilarious.  Charmingly illustrated.  Bee and Puppycat is like the adorable sister of Adventure Time!

-Allegri, herself, writes and draws this series, filling that void in your soul that’s been waiting for new episodes!