Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

Apr 292016
 

Cinema PurgatorioCinema Purgatorio #1

-We’ve said it before but it’s no less true now, when Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman:  The Killing Joke) launches a new project it’s worth reading.

-An anthology series at it’s heart, Cinema Purgatorio not only features a continual story from Alan Moore, but also from some of the industry’s top creative talent.

-The murderer’s row of writers on the series includes Garth Ennis (Preacher), Max Brooks (World War Z), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), and Christos Gage (Crossed:  Badlands).

-Alan Moore will also be re-teaming with Kevon O’Neil on this series, the artist that has worked with him on every League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.

3 Floyds Alpha King #1 (of 5)3 Floyds Alpha King

-Originally slated to come out through Heavy Metal Magazine, 3 Floyds Alpha King is now an Image Comics property!

-Written by Brian Azzarello (Dark Knight III, Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets), this miniseries is guaranteed to be unusual in all the right ways.

-Azzarello is joined by one of the industry’s most respected veteran artists, Simon Bisley!

-When a couple of suburban bros create a home brew so astounding, an otherworldly king crosses dimensions to posses it.  Things don’t go well.

Renato Jones One PercentRenato Jones:  The One Percent #1

-A modern day Robin Hood tale, but with far more cursing, violence, and debauchery.

-This new Image series will be written, drawn, colored, and completely overseen by Kaare Andrews (Iron Fist the Living Weapon, Spider-Man Reign).

-In a world where the rich have devoured an even greater amount of the public’s gross economy, Renato Jones is the hero who will make them pay.

-Expect crude, raunchy, and gruesome on the level of Kick-Ass!

The Punisher #1Punisher All New All Different

-A new era of The Punisher begins fresh off the heels of his successful appearance in the Daredevil Netflix series.

-New and old combine on creative duties as up-and-coming writer Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross, Gotham Academy), and veteran artist Steve Dillon (Preacher, Punisher) join forces.

-Frank goes on the road with this storyline, heading out on the hunt for a villain that causes him an emotional distress he hasn’t felt since his family died.

-The hunter becomes the hunted, however, as a dangerous gun-for-hire is sent after Frank.

Mar 072014
 

Secret Avengers #1

-The best spy book currently being written is Ales Kot’s Zero from Image, which makes him the absolutely perfect author to take the reins on Marvel’s premier spy book, Secret Avengers.

-Features a team of Marvel movie characters, like Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, plus the newly added Spider-Woman!

-How will this team of secret agents stop defunct S.H.I.E.L.D. satellites from falling to the Earth?

-Kot excels at weird, weird storytelling alongside concise action and startling cliffhangers.  Expect to be surprised by the end of issue one.

Captain Marvel #1 (of 6)

-If you, like me, missed the boat on this cult favorite series, now’s your second chance.

-This series is still written by the woman that made Captain Marvel what she is today, Kelly Sue DeConnick!

-Carol Danvers heads off into space during the first arc, facing the implosion of galactic war!

-Support female characters and writers in comics by picking up issue one!

Stray Bullets: The Killers #1

-One of the most acclaimed crime serials in all of comics returns from Image Comics!

-David Lapham (whose name you HAVE heard), writer of Crossed, Young Liars, Age of Apocalypse, and tons more, returns to the series he created!

-Noir to the bone, Stray Bullets features single issue stories that link together over the course of many issues (think 100 Bullets).

-In issue one, a father and son commit a hit-and-run only to find out a stranger witnessed the crime.  To what twisted lengths will they go to avoid being caught?

Avengers Undercover #1

-Dennis Hopeless returns to the characters of Avengers Arena for, in television terms, a second season!

-Basically, 21 Jump Street in the Marvel Universe.

-Those who survived the arena want revenge against the man that put them there, Arcade, but he’s gone underground in the safety of a supervillain city.  Now these heroes have to pretend to be villains in order to catch him.  Will some slip a little too far?  And what happens when they catch up?

-With Planet Con coming up next weekend and the fact that Dennis will be attending, you should totally pick up the super rare variant cover for this issue and get it signed by him!

Aug 112012
 

Hrrrmmmm.

When the gutters fill with the dirty, filthy dross of bad comic writing, you’ll look up and you’ll see Before Watchmen Rorschach. And you’ll say, “yes”.
That’s right, saving the best for (almost) last, the Rorschach miniseries begins this week. Written by gritty crime writer Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets) and drawn by extreme realist Lee Bermejo (Joker), this is the beginning of four grimy, dark, well-written issues. And if you want to really get in the insane spirit of the ink blotted vigilante, pick up one of the Rorschach t-shirts, also coming in this Wednesday.

AND if you haven’t been reading any of the Before Watchmen books,

your are missing out on some of the best comics on the shelves right now. But you won’t have to miss out for much longer, because Pulp has restocked copies of both the first and second issues of each series.

Speaking of things that are black and white, the newest edition to the Batman Black & White line of statues comes out this week, too. If you’re not familiar, these statues are based off famous comic artist’s renditions of the caped crusader, struck in monochromatic tones, and placed on Bat-symbol bases. Using Darwyn Cooke’s version of the Dark Knight, this month’s statue brims with 50′s nostalgia.

Never let it be said that writers are done experimenting with the comics medium. The Red Diary is a graphic novel shipping this Wednesday with a unique twist. In fact, twist is exactly the right word for it, as readers are given the original story, as well as a variant story, simply by flipping the book. Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen have written two versions of the same story, about art forgery during WWII, and presented both of them here, each by way of a minimalist painterly art style. For those with heightened Indy taste buds, this is a graphic experience to sink your teeth into.