Nov 212014
 

Batman Eternal v.1 tpbBatman Eternal v.1 tpb

-The epic, weekly Batman series comes to trade paperback!

-A murderer’s row of young creators helms this series, including James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Kyle Higgins, all under the watchful eye of  Scott Snyder.

-Gotham is under siege by multiple forces, leaving Batman and the Bat Family scrambling about attempting to stop the madness.  Each issue takes up the perspective of a different family member, including the newly returned Stephanie Brown Spoiler!

-This twenty issue volume nearly catches up to the current issue, so if you’ve been meaning to jump on, this is the way to do it!

Ody-c #1Odyc #!

-Sex Criminal mastermind and all around Hawkguy, Matt Fraction, helms this new ongoing Image Comics series!

-The Odyssey has been told and retold for centuries, but never like this!

-A space epic of the highest level, Ody-C adapts the plot of Homer’s greatest myth into an intergalactic road movie.

-Christian Ward, psychedelic artist of series such as Infinite Vacation and Olympus joins Fraction on the series, making the universe a vibrant and surreal place.

Scarlet Spiders #1Scarlet Spiders #1 (of 3)

-The third and final Spider-Verse tie-in miniseries launches this Wednesday!

-As every alternate reality Spider-Person splits off to outrun the Inheritors, three of the classic Scarlet Spider incarnations come together!

-Ultimate Jessica Drew, Kaine, and Ben Reilly team-up for the first time!  And, maybe, for the last time.

-Also, one Scarlet Spider won’t make it out alive.

Gotham by Midnight #1Gotham by Midnight #1

-The Batman corner of the DC Universe continues to gain variety with this new ongoing series.

-Basically a cop procedural, Gotham by Midnight delves into the paranormal side of the city.

-Ray Fawkes, writer of Batman Eternal and Constantine, brings his talent for supernatural tales to the weird side of the GCPD.

-The real draw here is Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, The Squidder, Fell), whose loose, moody style brings this series to grisly life.

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?

Jul 112014
 

Robin Rises Omega #1Robin Rises Omega #1

-Damian Wayne died over a year ago.  Batman has been searching for a way to bring him back ever since.  He may have found a way.

-Having stolen Damian’s coffin, Batman is on his way to revive his son, when the armies of Apokolips interrupt his mission!

-Written by the acclaimed writer of Batman & Robin, Peter J. Tomasi, Robin Rises will be a major Batman event for the rest of the year!

-This story will continue in upcoming issues of the Batman & Robin ongoing series, finishing off with a Robin Rises Alpha one-shot at the end of the year..

The Squidder #1 (of 4)The Squidder #1

-Cult favorite artist, Ben Templesmith (Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night, Fell), unveils a miniseries he’s always wanted to write!

-A four issue miniseries from IDW, The Squidder is grim, gritty, vast, and epic, much like Prophet or Black Science.

-Set in the far, far future, The Squidder follows a veteran military man who is making a bold, last ditch effort to defeat the alien overlords of the planet.

-Templesmith is a huge Lovecraft fan and, as such, has infused this series with all sorts of Eldar Gods tentacle goodness.

Dark Engine #1Dark Engine #1

-Image Comics has been on an unprecedented roll lately, releasing original comic after original comic.  Dark Engine is the next one.

-John Bivens, an up-and-coming artist, provides interiors and covers for the series in a gorgeous style similar to work from Heavy Metal and Emma Rios’ sketchy style from Pretty Deadly.

-Sounding unlike any other series currently being printed, Dark Engine is about a time traveling killing machine sent back to the far, far past to kill her makers.

-Dragons, androids, jungle warfare, and more are promised for future issues in this ongoing series.

Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic-Con #1Harley Quinn Invades San Diego #1

-A one-shot by the creative team behind the ongoing Harley Quinn series!

-At the con to pitch a comic book she’s created, Harley will run into famous DC celebrity’s, like Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, on her mission to become a comic writing star!

-Like the highly popular zero issue of Harley Quinn, this one-shot will be drawn by an assortment of guest artists, including Paul Pope, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, and Damion Scott.

-A perfect start to the ACTUAL San Diego Comic-Con occurring later this weekend!

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

Apr 272013
 

It’s not a crime story, it’s a love story.  Just a really, really messed up one.

J. Michael Straczynski returns to his Cup of Joe imprint, this time through Image Comics, for his first new ongoing series, Ten Grand.  JMS brings Ben Templesmith (Fell, Choker, 30 Days of Night) with him on art duties, with Templesmith lending his normal gloomy, hazy, atmospheric quality to the tale.  And this is a tale that cries for it.  Former mob muscle Joe Fitzgerald lost his beloved wife during his “last job” many years ago.  However, on that same night, Joe himself lost his life, but also received a special deal on his entrance into hell.  Joe was allowed to return to Earth, in order to complete assignments from below, with the benefit that each time he dies in the line of duty, he gets to spend five minutes in heaven with his wife.  A noir burnt to a crisp, fans of Fell who’ve been aching for more since the series ended years ago need to pick up a copy of Ten Grand #1.

Tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street #1!

For all the kids in the audience, all your favorite friends are showing up at the comic store next Wednesday.  That’s Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie, all in one special issue.  And because it’s a comic book you’ve got to have a superhero story.  But when it’s Elmo, who has no superpowers, trying to be the hero, there may be trouble.  Don’t worry, though, because he’s got all his friends and imagination on his side.  Any parent looking to get their kid into comics, need look no further than Sesame Street #1.

With last week’s Jupiter’s Legacy we saw the birth of an alternate world’s super beings.  This week we see the origins of our world’s superhumans with Suicide Risk.  Set in San Diego during the arrival of the world’s first wave of super beings, Suicide Risk focuses on a police officer out-of-his-depth as these new arrivals being to discover their powers in bad ways.  Because, of course, in our world, when you’re given the ability to shoot lasers out of your eyes you use it to melt your obnoxious boss’ car.  With the world going to hell around him, officer Leo Winters is left to wrangle up the madness with a bulletproof vest, a shotgun, and some stamina.  From Unwitten, X-Men Legacy, and Lucifer writer Mike Carey, Suicide Risk #1 is a taught cop thriller laced with capes and cowls.

Gail Simone funnels her recent “firing” by “The Man” into a new series from DC called The Movement.  The series will focus on the underprivileged of the superhero community.  These super-poor are out to take down the social elite, the 1%, protecting the other disadvantaged in the process.  And in a world where Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen are the equivalent of Bernie Madoff, you can expect some major fisticuffs as the series progresses.  And who better to draw some shenanigans than local artist Freddie Williams III (JSA All Stars, Captain Atom, Green Arrow).  Given that Gail Simone has been killing it on Batgirl lately, and wrote one of DC‘s best series of the last ten years, Secret Six, The Movement is on my must-read radar.