Jul 082016
 

Monstress v.1 tpbMonstress v.1 tpb

-Praised as one of last year’s best new ongoing series, Monstress is now out in trade paperback!

-Blending elements of anime, Hayao Miyazaki films, and steampunk, Monstress is unlike any other Image comics you’ll read.

-Taking place in an alternate reality, Monstress follows a young girl who has survived a treacherous war as she leads a rebellion against the ruling class.

-Sana Takeda’s art is worth the $9.99 price tag alone, as all six issues of her gorgeously intricate painted artwork is included.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS Rebirth #1Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS

-You’ve read Green Lanterns, now dive into the rest of the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Robert Venditti, who took over for Geoff Johns during the New 52 era, is back to helm this title.

-Those looking for classic Green Lantern action will find it in the Hal Jordan series, as he, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Jon Stewart face off against Sinestro.

-Ethan Van Sciver and a slew of other great artists will be illustrating the issues of this ongoing series, switching off as the series progresses.

New Super-ManNew Super-Man #1

-Even though there’s a new Clark Kent/Superman on the block, there’s still room for one more!

-Kong Kenan is the Super-Man of China, both trying to deal with his new found powers and form his very own Justice League.

-Having finished out the New 52 era for the Superman series, Gene Luen Yang is now launching this new ongoing series.

-Yang is also well known for writing the stellar Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels for Dark Horse!

Nightwing Rebirth #1Nightwing Rebirth #1

-Even though Grayson was one of DC‘s best ongoing series, everyone’s been dying for Dick Grayson to return to the Nightwing mantle!  Well, he’s back and he’s in blue and black!

-Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson) sticks around to write the Nightwing series going forward!

-Transitioning back into the world of superheroes, Dick has to hone his skills by working with a new mentor named Raptor.

-As these two train, they attempt to strike back against an organization that has caused the Bat-Family immense distress:  The Court of Owls.

Sep 042015
 

Faster Than Light #1Faster Than Lighter #1

-If Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar stoked your fancy, then Faster Than Light is up your star system.

-After having discovered lightspeed travel, a crew of astronauts sets out to explore the universe.  What they find may not be completely safe.

-Features an “augmented reality” technique that will make it appear as if the images are jumping off the page.

-Joins Image Comics already strong line of Sci-Fi titles, like Drifter, Descender, East of West, 8House, and Prophet.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (of 4)Tyson Hesse Diesel

-Another colorful, expansive, quirky Boom Box! miniseries.

-The first original comic from webcomic creator, Tyson Hesse (Boxer Hockey).

-Diesel is an inspired blend of Studio Ghibli films, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Tank Girl!

-Diesel, a young girl living under her father’s shadow, escapes her dull life as a garbage collector once she discovers a powerful airship engine.

Head LopperHead Lopper #1

-In the tradition of Conan and Kull, the Head Lopper series will be about violence, pillaging, and the lamentations of the women.

-Drawn and written by Andrew MacLean, the artist of Apocalyptigirl!

-Issue one is an oversized eighty pages of Mignola-esque barbarian action and adventure.

-The notorious Head Lopper removes the craniums of orcs and other creatures, only to carry them with him and keep them as companions.

Star Wars Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1 (of 4)Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens

-Force Friday kicked off The Force Awakens marketing train, but, next Wednesday, Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire continues it!

-An in-continuity, four part miniseries that links the original Star Wars trilogy to the new Star Wars trilogy.

-Continuing Marvel Comics pairing of veteran and respected comic writers and artists with Star Wars series, Greg Rucka (Punisher, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) are the creative team on all four issues of this miniseries.

-Find out what happened after the Rebellion crushed the Empire!  How does that time period connect to the events of The Force Awakens?

Apr 202013
 

Take two ticks to tinker with the thought of trying the Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition of Joe Hill’s terrific terse tales.

That’s a fair share of Ts, folks.  You’ll notice that one of the above T words is not “terrible”.  I would shudder at the idea of associating that word anywhere near Joe Hill’s work, as he is one of the most gifted writers in comics today.  Having made a name for himself on his masterpiece, Locke & Key, as well as The Cape miniseries, Hill has quickly become a respected name in the industry.  The fact that he’s Stephen King’s son also helps.  If you’ve devoured the five hardcover volumes of Locke & Key and are looking to fill the void in your life until volume six comes out, the TTTE special is a perfect option.  Containing his Kodiak one-shot, The Cape stand alone issue, and his Locke & Key short story “Open the Moon”, all of which are nominated or won industry awards.   

Fantasy adventure comics have been on the rise lately, what with Pathfinder, the Dungeons and Dragons series, Demon Knights, Conan, and, now, Amala’s Blade.  Striking a tone somewhere between humor and action, Amala’s Blade #1 is the first part of a four part miniseries following the titular assassin hero.  Amala is the head assassin in the kingdom of Naamaron, but has fallen out of favor due to her brash, boastful ways.  So, the emperor does the only logic thing:  send her on a mission that will likely result in her death.  Now, Amala’s skills are put to the test, with a failing grade equaling an end most fowl.  Illustrated in a style that bridges sketchy Indy artists like Becky Cloonan and cartoony pop like Avatar the Last Airbender, Amala’s Blade is feisty fantasy.

If you’re daughter’s ever tried to run past the rebel blockade in a giant spaceship shaped like a fist, Vader’s Little Princess might warm your heart.  You might also enjoy it if you and your daughter are huge Star Wars fans.  Jeffery Brown releases his second Star Wars children’s book detailing the awkward difficulties of raising a daughter who is your worst enemy.  Drawn in the same simplistically charming style of Brown’s Incredible Changebots, Cats Are Weird, and Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess is made up of vignettes detailing Vader’s struggle with common fatherly duties.  Tea parties, teaching Leia how to fly TIE fighters, and keeping her from leaving the house in only her slave girl bikini are the tasks of the day for Papa Skywalker.  Grab a copy and bond with your daughter over your shared geekiness.

A legacy can be an awful burden.

The legendary duo of Mark Millar and Frank Quietly (The Authority, WE3, New X-Men) reteam for the first time in years to bring you Jupiter’s Legacy.  This soon-to-be-hit series from Image Comics begins in the far future when all of Earth’s heroes have given up and left the world’s protection to their kids.  But being a better superhero  than your parents can be a demanding task.  Trust us when we say that this series will bring the violence, sexuality, and cinematic action unlike anything else out there (except maybe Saga, that book’s pretty raunchy).  Grab the hit comic of this year before it vanishes from the shelves.