Apr 182014
 

Elektra #1 ANMNElektra #1 ANMN

-Hot on the heels of the popular female assassin book, Black Widow, comes an ongoing series for Marvel‘s premiere lady killer.

-Now that DC has scared Haden Blackman off of Batwoman, he’s crossed the street to Marvel to helm this series.

-Michael Del delivers a frenetic, painterly style on covers and interiors, perfect for a fluid assassin like Elektra.

-In the first arc, Elektra attempts to change who she is, but will have to ward off monsters and other top assassins to do so.

24 #124 #1

-Just in time for Jack Bauer’s return to television, IDW has launched a new 24 ongoing series!

-Fill in the time between the end of the last season and Live Another Day with this series.

-Ed Brisson has been accumulating a number of critically acclaimed series of late, including Sheltered, Comeback, and The Field, and now brings his A-game to this property.

-Brisson is joined on art duties by industry veteran Michael Gaydos, whose moody style brought crime and spy series, like Alias, to life.

Original Sin #0Original Sin #0

-Marvel‘s next big summer event begins here!

-Someone wants Uatu the Watcher dead for something he’s seen. ┬áThis prequel sets up what they may be and offers Uatu‘s last will and testament as he speaks with Nova.

-Though Jason Aaron isn’t writing this introductory issue, one of the only writers good enough to replace him, Mark Waid, is helming the issue.

-Jim Cheung, as he did with last year’s Infinity, provides art for this introductory issue.

Justice League United #0Justice League United #0

-Though DC has changed the title of this book, we all still know, at its heart, it is Justice League Canada.

-Jeff Lemire may have concluded his popular Animal Man series, but Buddy Baker is sticking around for this team book. ┬áHe’s bringing along Star Girl, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Adam Strange, and Hawkman.

-After Forever Evil leaves the DC universe in tatters, Adam Strange is left to assemble a rag-tag band of heroes to help him defend the galaxy.

-Lemire promises to bring the heart and character of the Animal Man series and the galactic mystery and grandeur of Trillium!

Apr 282012
 

52 titles apparently are not enough for DC Comics.

Starting this week, a new wave of DC comics is cropping up to fill the spots left by the canceled New 52 books. Each of these new books flesh out the universe by bringing in characters previously unmentioned by the first wave.

Primary among the second wave is Earth 2. Written by legendary comic author James Robinson (Starman, The Shade), Earth 2 will focus on an alternate version of the DC Universe where the major superheroes faced off a cataclysmic event and were permanently changed forever. Following, not only these versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, but also the Alan Scott Green Lantern and Jay Garrick Flash. For those who’ve missed JSA will find that familiar itch scratched with this series.

The other two DC series to launch this week will be Dial H and World’s Finest. Dial H will be the first comic written by popular crime novelist China Mieville. A reworking of a cult classic series, Dial H will follow different individuals as they encounter a special dial with gives them random superpowers each time they turn it on. Gaining buzz as the underdog favorite of the new batch, Dial H should be picked up by anyone who loves off-kilter series like Xombi, BPRD, and Resurrection Man. World’s Finest, on the other hand, is a classic team-up book starring the Power Girl and Huntress of Earth 2.

Speaking of the New 52, the first group of hardcovers and trade paperbacks ship this Wednesday. Personally, I am making it a mission to sell every single copy of the first volume of Animal Man by Wednesday night. And I don’t plan to do this out of any greedy desire, but instead because this is the best book being released from DC right now. A wonderful blend of family drama and horrific, otherworldly creatures and adventures, Animal Man delivers sympathy and scares all in one twisted package. A wholly unique read, this series should not be ignored.

Lastly, because I’m tired, here’s a cool picture of a cool Doctor Who item coming in this Wednesday.

Mar 172012
 

New comic March continues this week with another onslaught of inventive Indy fair. Here’s the rundown:

-Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child: New Orleans, voodoo, and ghosts come together for this new Vertigo ongoing. Dominique, a young grad student, finds that she’s wanted by the magic community of New Orleans…for murdering their Voodoo Queen.

-Hoax Hunters: A take off of popular Ghost Hunting shows, this miniseries revolves around a team of reality TV personalities who hunt and explain mysterious creatures around the globe. Issue #0 focuses on a long lost Russian astronaut ghost. Creeeeepy.

-Ragemoor: In line with classic Gothic tales from Poe and Lovecraft, this new horror miniseries from legendary Heavy Metal artist Richard Corben focuses on a living mansion with an insane owner and an unholy secret.

-Rebel Blood: Riley Rossmo, artist of Cowboy, Ninja, Viking, lends his writing and illustrative talents to this Image Comics horror series where demonic, zombie creatures, both human and animal, are roaming the Southern landscape, chewing on the living.

-Rocketeer Adventures 2: Following in the same style as the first series, each issue of this miniseries contains short Rocketeer stories from the industry’s best writers and artists. With guys like Darwyn Cooke, Peter David, Art Adams, and Bill Sienkiewicz, creating new pulpy stories how can you go wrong?

-Smoke & Mirrors: Akin to the recent IDW series Memorial, this fantasy miniseries incorporates actual slight of hand and stage magic tricks into its tale of a lost soul in a world where magic has advanced past technology.

-Supercrooks: Mark Millar, the sensational author behind Kick-Ass, Nemesis, and The Ultimates, offers this new take on the supervillain. When a villain team from America feels the heat, they relocate to Spain for a little overseas badness.

Oh my Thanos! So, many comics!

And how ’bout some more?

Nick Spencer is a man of many talents. He can write zany, wordy alternate world hopping tales like Infinite Vacation while also being able to manage subtle, minimal spy books like Thunder Agents. And he can write political cape and cowl fair like a mofo! The new collection of Ultimate Comics X-Men will prove this to you. If you haven’t kept up with the Ultimate universe, one, this is a good book to get in on and, two, how about a little backstory? The X-Men are in tatters after most of the team has died (that’s Xavier, Wolverine, Cyclops, and others, folks) and the government is out for mutant blood. That leaves the ragtag team of Kitty Pryde, Wolverine’s son, Johnny Storm, Iceman, and Rogue to face off against William Stryker, the country’s most recent religious zealot who’s murdering mutants indiscriminately. Unlike any other X-Men book you’ve ever read.

Finally, let’s end the night with one of Vincent Van Gogh’s classic paintings: TARDIS Mid-Explosion. And if that doesn’t suit your refined tastes, maybe a Weeping Angel t-shirt will.