Nov 132015
 

Huck #1Huck #1

-Some think he’s a blowhard, some think he’s a genius, either way it can not be denied that Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsmen, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Ultimates, Civil War) makes interesting comics!

-Millar is the master of subverting the formulas and tropes of comics, which is exactly what he’s back to do here.

-In line with the lighter tone Millar showcased in Chrononauts, Huck is about a smalltown resident with superhuman powers.  Instead of saving the world, Huck simply helps out his neighbors.  Or, at least, he does until the media gets wind of him.

-Millar’s story is brought to life by the exquisite painterly artwork of Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire, Animal Man).

Batman Europa #1 (of 4)Batman Europa

-Superstar comic artist, Jim Lee (Justice League, Batman, Superman Unchained), returns to the Dark Knight!

-A long gestating miniseries, Batman Europa features the combined talents of American writer Brian Azzarello and Italian writer Matteo Casali.

-Each of issue will feature a different artist, again crossing the pond by alternating between American and Italian talents.

-If that abundance of talent hasn’t hooked you yet, the premise will.  Batman, infected by a deadly virus, must team up with the Joker and travel to Europe to find the cure.

Ms Marvel #1All New All Different Marvel Part 1

-Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman return to The Mighty Thor, continuing to follow the story of Jane Foster as Thor!

-Also returning this week is Sam Humphries Star Lord series.  Wait, who?  Star Lord, man!

-If you haven’t been reading Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel‘s best ongoing series, then this new #1 is your chance to jump on!

-After outing her superhero identity to her mother and almost kissed her best friend, Kamala now also has to deal with being a full-time Avenger!

All New All Different Marvel Part 2Spider-Woman #1

-How do you stop evil when the weapon you use is dangerously addictive?  That’s the question that plagues the Black Knight.

-Many customers have been excited for the new Black Knight series, largely because he will be traveling to the Weirdworld Jason Aaron introduced in Secret Wars.

-Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, relaunches his hit Spider-Woman series this week, but with one major difference.

-Reuniting with artist Javier Rodriguez, Hopeless is writing a considerably pregnant Spider-Woman.  Jessica is also not taking any guff from those who think she should take it easy.

Feb 132015
 

Ei8htEi8ht #1 (of 5)

-Rafael Albuquerque, the artist on American Vampire and Animal Man, launches a miniseries for Dark Horse!

-Sleekly designed and featuring Albuquerque’s iconic style, Ei8ht is a good looking book!

-Fans of Interstellar will appreciate the narrative of this miniseries, as it follows a chrononaut stranded in an alternate dimension.

-Catch is, this chrononaut has an acute case of amnesia.  A disembodied voice is all that guides him as he attempts to escape.

Secret Identities #1Secret Identities

-A superhero team book, but with a twist!  And, yes, I typed that last part in an M. Night Shyamalan from Robot Chicken accent!

-From Jay Faerber, writer of the fan favorite Western/Sci-Fi series Copperhead.

-A prominent superhero team, named The Front Line, has protected the world for years and they’ve just accepted a new member named Crosswind.  Little do they know, Crosswind is a mole who is on a mission to gather up all their secrets.

-Image Comics does not have many straight forward superhero comics, but when they add one it’s in the inventive, subversive Image style.

Pathfinder Origins #1Pathfinder Origins #1 (of 6)

-Hot on the heels of the last hit Pathfinder miniseries, Dynamite Entertainment drops a new six issue mini!

-Origins is an anthology miniseries, which means that each issue will be written and drawn by a different creative team.

-To prove their mettle to the Pathfinder Society, Valeros and his party have to recount stories of their bravery, which will be what occupies each issue.

-In addition to the story, each issue will also feature a pull-out map that can be used in the Pathfinder RPG and a encounter that can be played through.

Silk #1Silk #1

-The spider ladies are taking over Marvel!

-Fresh off her adventures in Spider-Verse and Spider-Woman, Silk is out on her own in the Big Apple.

-Robbie Thompson takes over his first Marvel series as he takes some time off of writing the cult hit CW series, Supernatural!

-Having been locked up for decades, Cindy Moon will be interacting with major Spider-Man characters throughout this series, including Black Cat, Hydra, and a handful of Spidey villains!

Sep 262014
 

Men of Wrath #1Men of Wrath #1 (of 5)

-Who ever is reading Southern Bastards knows that Jason Aaron understands the South, violence, and family conflict.  And that’s exactly what Men of Wrath is.

-From Marvel’s MAX imprint, this miniseries is written for adult readers and filled with adult content.

-The Rath family of Alabama has been quarreling and fighting with their neighbors and anyone that gets on their bad side for centuries.  Now, Ira Rath, a professional hitman, has to perform a job that’ll settle the family’s reputation forever.

-And if you’ve read Southern Bastards #4, you know one other thing about Jason Aaron’s writing:  the man knows how to surprise.  So, don’t miss out on his next hit series!

Guardians 3000 #1Guardians 3000 #1

-Marvel travels to the future and the past simultaneously in this new, ongoing series!

-Meet the original Guardians of the Galaxy, the band of misfits that blazed the trail for Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest.

-Dan Abnett, one of the writers behind the Guardians revival of the early 2000s (which lead to the movie getting made), returns to writer about Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk, and Charlie-27.

-Thrust into the future, these scoundrels must save the entire universe or watch the destruction of all time and space.

Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1

-The ending of Original Sin left Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier in a very unique position:  the universe’s secret assassin.

-Ales Kot, the Hunter S. Thompson of the comic book industry, has been churning out some truly psychedelic, thought-provoking comic series, like Zero, Secret Avengers, Wild Children, and Change, and now he’s unleashed on the Marvel galaxy.

-Along with Kot, Marco Rudy (Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Swamp Thing), whose variable art style shifts between painted, sketchy, and all sorts of other aesthetics, will bring the author’s crazy ideas to fruition.

-Follow The Winter Soldier has he jumps around the galaxy, solving mysteries and dealing out justice wherever he’s needed.

Gotham Academy #1Gotham Academy #1

-One of the freshest, most original new series to be released at DC Comics since the beginning of the New 52!

-Enter into Gotham City’s notable prep school, funded by Wayne Enterprises.  But what hides behind the lockers, classrooms, and cafeterias of this mysterious school?  The students are about to find out.

-DC, finally, continues to diversify their writing staff by giving Becky Cloonan (writer on the American Vampire Anthology, X-Men, and Buffy Tales, artist on Batman #12, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and Harley Quinn #0) her own ongoing title!

-Karl Kerschl (Teen Titans Year One, Wednesday Comics), whose expressive, cartoony artwork is gorgeous to look at, will be handling interiors on this series, again setting it apart from every other Batman title out there.

Captain America #25BONUS ROUND (Because this Wednesday is HUGE!!!!)Thor #1

-Captain America #25 immediately becomes a collector’s issue by featuring the first appearance of Falcon as Captain America!

-Jason Aaron’s new female Thor #1 also drops!

-Dropping on the same day as the first episode, the Flash TV show tie-in comic arrives Wednesday!

May 252013
 

Facebook and iTunes have the market cornered on useless updates, so we’re going to try something different here and update the format for a reason.  Tonight we’re going to try out a new, more concise format for Comic List Highlights, one we intend to call 4 x 4.  It’s simple, four facts about four new comics or trade paperbacks coming out the next Wednesday.  Short.  Sweet.  Less of an eyesore.

Adventures of Superman #1

1. Ignore the hubbub about Orson Scott Card writing this book, because he’s been replaced on issue one by some of DC‘s best artists and writers, including Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo, and Chris Samnee.

2. Samnee’s Golden Age-esque style has been put to great use on Daredevil and The Rocketeer lately, and now does the same for Superman.

3. Contrasting Samnee’s style, Riley Rossmo’s (Bedlam, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking) sketchy style is exemplifies the high contrast of visual styles represented in this issue.

4. This anthology brings the baddies with stories about Lex Luthor, Bizzaro, and Zod.  Oh, and maybe some Superman, too.

Thor, God of Thunder v.1 HC

1. Kansas City native Jason Aaron has been weaving a Thor yarn for the ages, destined to become a modern classic.

2. Split across three time periods, God of Thunder stars three incarnations of Thor, past, present, and arm-less, one-eyed, Odin-like future.

3. Esad Ribic’s painterly style lends an epic, tapestry-like quality to the series that enhances its mythic tone.

4. Thor.  Loves.  Ale.

X-Men #1

1. Forget testosterone, it’s all estrogen all the time thanks to the all female cast of X-Men #1.

2. Brian Wood has dabbled with the X-Men in the past on Ultimate Comics X-Men and the previous X-Men series, but now gets the keys to the kingdom in this Marvel NOW! series.

3. Olivier Coipel’s (House of M) slick, appealing style works equally well for dialog and action scenes, which, the last time I checked, are the X-Men’s bread and butter.

4. Milo Manara and Terry Dodson both have contributed variant covers for the first issue!

 

The Wake #1

1. Current writer of Batman and Superman Unchained, Scott Snyder, returns to his horror roots with the Vertigo series, The Wake.

2. In previous horror series Severed and American Vampire Snyder showed his vast talent for pacing scares on the comic page, not an easy task.

3. Sean Murphy of Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus joins Snyder to tell this confined thriller which follows a marine biologist as she ventures into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle to explore a sunken oil rig…and what resides there.

4. Fans of isolated suspense movies like The Thing and Alien need to check The Wake #1 out!

Nov 192010
 

The Bat onslaught continues this week!  Two perfect jumping on points arrive in Batwoman #0 and Detective Comics #871.

If you read any of the previous Batwoman storyline by Greg Rucka that appeared in Detective Comics, you know she’s a fascinating character.  You also know that the art, done by J. H. Williams III, is one of the most gorgeous things ever put to paper.  With #0, Williams is taking over writing duties, as well as staying on for the interior art.  I would totally recommend going back and picking up the previous Batwoman trades, but even without doing that #0 should make for a great entrance into the character and her storyline.

Detective Comics #871 sends Dick Grayson-Batman in a new direction as Scott Snyder, writer and co-creator of American Vampire, takes the reins.  Snyder has been hyping in interviews that he plans to play with the idea that Gotham City offers a different experience for Dick as Batman than it did Bruce.  Criminals begin reacting in a more violent fashion as Dick is not as menacing as Bruce, for example.  Considering Snyder has made American Vampire one of the most popular and well written books on the shelf, his Batman should be equally impressive.  Oh, and Jock, of The Losers fame, is doing art.  It’s sick.

Next up are two brilliant statues, one from DC and one from Marvel.  First off is the DC Dynamics Supergirl statue.  This is the most recent in the DC Dynamics series that included Green Lantern and Superman (you might have seen them in the case up by the games).  All of them have extended bases tied into the colors and designs of the characters.  For example, Superman and Supergirl’s lower halves are stretched out in a red “speed” design.

Dr. Doom receives a gnarly “classic” statue from Bowen.  Lets get serious here, you can never have too many Dr. Doom statues; the guy looks imposing doing anything!  Heck, I’d probably buy a Dr. Doom reading the newspaper statue if they put one out.  I’m sure most of you will be happy to find out the pose for this statue is a little more active than that, though.

For anyone that missed out on it the first time (because it sold out quicker than bottled water in the desert) we are getting a crap ton of Superman: Earth One graphic novels back in.  The Shane Davis art is killer and J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5 and Thor) weaves the story, which is a fresh, updated version of the Superman’s origin.  If you’ve read any of Marvel’s Ultimate line of books, this is essentially the DC version of those.

We end with cuteness today.  DC continues hitting us tiny, big headed versions of their characters this week as they release plush versions of Catwoman, Joker, and Wonder Woman.  If you remember or own any of the previous plush figures (Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman) you know the level of irresistible darling that these guys display.

Cute!

Cutest!

Cuter!