Mar 112016
 

A&AA&A #1

-Valiant Comics continues to expand and reshape its superhero universe, relaunching the Archer and Armstrong series as A&A.

-If you have never read a Valiant or Archer and Armstrong book before, no worries, this is a perfect jumping-on point.

-Archer was raised to hate Satan in an isolated cult.  Armstrong is an immortal alcoholic.  They shouldn’t work, but they become fast friends after Archer tried to kill Armstrong.  Yeah, they made up.

-You know D&D‘s bags of holding?  Well, Armstrong has gotten lost in his own version of one, which means Archer has to go in after him.  They both will have to watch out for the all-powerful demon that is imprisoned there with them.

Legends of Tomorrow #1Legends of Tomorrow

-You’ve fallen in love with the show, now experience a similar dynamic in the comics.

-An anthology series, Legends of Tomorrow features four stories about four different characters in each issue.

-The line-up for all currently solicited issues features Firestorm, Sugar & Spice, Metamorpho, and the Metal Men.

-Not only is the character line-up some of DC‘s most underrated creations, but they are being written and illustrated by a slew of veteran creators, including Lein Wein, Aaron Lopresti, Keith Giffen, and Gerry Conway.

Ghostbusters DeviationsGhostbusters Deviations One Shot

-This month, IDW is launching a series of one shots that act as “what ifs” for the properties they own!

-Following up the X-Files Deviations from last week, Ghostbusters Deviations releases this week.

-Currently writing A-Force and previously having co-written Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson handles writing duties on this one shot story.

-What if the Ghostbusters never defeated Gozer on that rooftop?  Well, find out in Ghostbusters Deviations, you’ll find out as we follow the team through a hellscape New York that is ruled by the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

International Iron Man #1International Iron Man

-A companion series to the current, Invincible Iron Man comic!

-Brian Michael Bendis, who writes Invincible Iron Man, will also be writing this series.

-Bendis reteams with Alex Maleev, the artist that joined him on their critically acclaimed Daredevil run.

-Tony and Doctor Doom travel around the globe, uncovering the secrets of the Marvel Universe!

Oct 022015
 

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

Aug 312013
 

Forever Evil #1 / Villain’s Month

-After the ending of Trinity War, America is in utter chaos thanks to certain outsider visitors.  And the villains are in charge!

-Geoff Johns and David Fincher do what they do best and construct the FIRST event miniseries since the start of the New 52.  Forever Evil is told from the bad guys’ perspective as the Justice League and most of the world’s other heroes are missing or dead!

-Kicking off the beginning of the miniseries (and commemorating the second anniversary of the New 52), every DC comic this month is villain-centric.  That means instead of Batman we get Joker, instead of Superman we get Zod, instead of the Justice League we get Darkseid.

-Each Villain’s Month issue comes in both special, collector 3D covers as well as standard 2D covers, and only with a dollar difference.

God is Dead #1

-From the writer of Avengers, New Avengers, Manhattan Projects, Infinity, and East of West (and if that’s not a distinguished list of titles, I don’t know what is)!

-Jonathan Hickman has worked for Marvel and Image, but Avatar Press, publisher of Crossed and Extinction Parade, is allowing him to truly cut loose as far as content is concerned.

-Humanity’s time in charge of Earth is over.  Now it’s the time of the Gods.

-Zeus, Odin, Horus, and all the various Gods of world religions have descended upon the Earth and it’s up to those who survive their arrival to fight back!

The Star Wars #1 (of 8

-Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before!

-Based on the original draft of George Lucas’ script (you know, back when he could write)!

-Forget Luke Skywalker.  Welcome Annikin Starkiller.  Forget human Han Solo.  Get to know the giant, green alien version.

-Knowing that this miniseries is a huge deal, Dark Horse have assigned artist extraordinaire Mike Mayhew, who’s painted style transformers the classic George Hildebrandt posters into comic form

Batman Black & White #1

-A Batman anthology series in the color palette the character deserves!

-Contains five stories, each in black and white, by a slew of popular and acclaimed artists and writers.

-If you’ve been keeping up with The Wake or Daredevil, you’ll want to check out Sean Murphy and Chris Samnee, respectively, offering their take on the Caped Crusader.

-Neal Adams, writer of Batman Odyssey, also contributes a story as both writer and artist.

Feb 022013
 

Andy Diggle and Jock, the superstar creative team behind Green Arrow Year One and The Losers (which is a thousand times better than the film, by the way), lend their talents to a new creator owned series from Image Comics this Wednesday.  Blending political thrillers, Clerks, and gritty noir storytelling, Snapshot is a four issue miniseries bound to thrill you more than once.  When an lifelong nerd employee of a comic store (this is sounding familiar…) finds a cellphone full of grisly images of someone’s murder, he has no other option than to run as fast and as far as he can.  But it’s never that easy is it?  If you’ve been enjoying the sketchy, moody artwork of Jock in the Batman back-up stories or in Scott Snyder’s previous Detective Comics run, The Black Mirror, then Snapshot is your cup of tea.

Sorcery receives a modern update in Top Cow‘s Son of Merlin miniseries.

Building off of the classic Arthurian figures of myth, Son of Merlin picks up when a respected professor of science finds out he’s actually the descendant of the famous wizard, Merlin.  And, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but science and magic don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.  However, before the good doctor can think through his new predicament, he’s being hounded by the immortal Morgan le Fay.  But there’s a whole secret underground society of ancient magic users that might just be willing to come to his aid.  Drawn in the gorgeous, expressive tradition of the famous Top Cow books to come before it like Fathom, Charismagic, and Witchblade, Son of Merlin will cast its spell over you.

I say, my dear Watson, the zombie is a foot!

Though not strictly a Sherlock Holmes versus zombies story, The New Deadwardians is about the closest to it you’ll ever get.  Written by cult favorite author and comic legend Dan Abnett, this post-Victorian England horror/mystery yarn takes places in an alternate reality where, after a zombie infection spread throughout the population, the majority of the remaining English citizens had to submit to becoming vampires in order to fight them off.  Now, it’s the vampires who’ve becoming the upper-class aristocracy while the zombie population are cordoned off on the outskirts of town.  Chief Inspector Suttle, a forever young himself, is tasked with solving a grisly crime, the first in nearly a decade, during a growing zombie uprising.  It’s all elementary from there.

Love is in air for the DC Universe this Wednesday.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early, DC releases its most romantic anthology yet, the Young Romance DC New 52 Special.  Containing six unique stories of famous DC couples like Aquaman and Mera, Midnighter and Apollo, and Catwoman and Batman spending their special day together in the only way superpowered crime fighters can, as well as stories of Wonder Woman, Dick Grayson, and others coming to terms with the relationships they’ve entered into.  Each of the stories is written and drawn by a talented creator, like Andy Diggle, Gene Ha, Ann Nocenti, Kyle Higgins, Becky Cloonan, and Peter Milligan.  And for those old school romantics, the issue comes with usable Valentine’s Day cards.  Oh, amore!

Sep 152012
 

The women of comics barely ever get their due. Last year’s Womanthology HC (which we just got a restock on last week), a giant collection of stories written and drawn by only women, was a huge success both as a Kickstarter project and as published through IDW, so a sequel was in order. Womanthology: Space is a five issue miniseries, containing three stories an issue, based around the concept of “space” in all its various definitions. Packed full of artwork, in both written and drawn forms, this series is a one-of-a-kind showcase of female comic talent of all experience levels and a wonderful example for any young woman hoping to break into the business some day.

If you’ve had dreams about Star Trek mixing with Back to the Future, those dreams have just come true. No, there’s not actually a Star Trek/Back to the Future crossover, but Star Trek the Next Generation: Hive is the closest you will ever come. Written by Brannon Braga, former TNG producer and writer, this four issue miniseries has the Next Gen crew jumping into a future where the Borg have overtaken the entire galaxy; they are its only hope. IDW has been kicking butt with their current Star Trek ongoing title as well as their Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover, so I expect great things from this series.

Ed Brubaker has written the main Captain America book for around eight years now (soon to be replaced by Rick Remender), and in those eight years he has turned Bucky Barnes into one of the most fascinating characters in the Marvel Universe. So, couple his love of Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier) with his absolute talent for crafting espionage stories and you have the extremely enjoyable Winter Soldier v.1 trade paperback. In this first volume of the highly under rated series, Bucky and the Black Widow team-up to uncover what happened to the other brainwashed soldiers who went through the process that turned Barnes into the Winter Soldier. Expressively illustrated by Butch Guice, Winter Soldier is a dark, gritty, mysterious compelling spy movie spread across the comic page. And it has gorillas with machine guns.

To end the evening, I pose to you one question.

Why open your own beer when you can acquire a herald to do it for you?