Jan 302015
 

Postal #1Postal #1

-In the vein of other smalltown horror comics like Revival and Nailbiter, Image now launches Postal.

-Eden is a calm, quite little town, but it hides a secret:  it houses fugitive criminals waiting to gain a new identity.  Everyone has to be on their best behavior as not to draw attention, but the first murder in years has just occurred and everyone is getting paranoid about who did it.

-Issue one will feature a haunting variant cover by Linda Sejic!

-The first issue of Postal is ALREADY sold out at the distributor level, so if you want a copy, get it this Wednesday!  Also, means it will have some after market value.

Nameless #1Nameless #1

-Grant Morrison is writing a new series for Image Comics.  And, yes, it’s a weird as you might think.

-Joining Morrison is his frequent artistic collaborator, Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc).

-Fans of Morrison’s Seaguy, Annhilator, The Filth, and The Invisibles will find another thought-provoking, philosophical tale with Nameless.

-Honestly, I’d summarize the plot, but I’m not sure what to say.  Something about a lost cosmonaut moon base, a dead astronaut, and a sentient asteroid, all blended together in classic Morrison fashion.

Return of the Living Deadpool #1Return of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killology) returns to the world of Deadpool!

-This miniseries is a sequel to last year’s Night of the Living Deadpool miniseries!

-What’s worse than a horde of zombies?  A horde of zombie Deadpools!

-Like a comedic Walking Dead, the whole miniseries will be drawn in black and white, except for Deadpool, who will be in full color.

All New Captain America Fear Him #1 (of 4)All New Captain America Fear Him #1

-You may have noticed there is a Dennis Hopeless Signing countdown clock on the website’s homepage.  Here’s another series you can bring in to get signed on that day!

-Hopeless is writing all four issues of this miniseries that bridges the gap between Sam Wilson’s first appearance as Captain America in issue #25 and issue #1 of All New Captain America.

-With February only have four Wednesdays, Marvel commonly releases a weekly miniseries that ships an issue on Wednesday.  This year, that is All New Captain America Fear Him.

-If you’ve been enjoying Dennis’ previous work on Avengers Arena, Spider-Woman, Cable and X-Force, or any of his other series, then check out his interpretation of one of Marvel’s major characters.

Nov 142014
 

Wonder Woman #36Wonder Woman #36

-With Brian Azzarello finally concluding his long run on Wonder Woman, a new creative team takes over!

-Following Azzarello are Meredith and David Finch (Forever Evil, Justice League of America, Avengers)!

-With the previous run of Wonder Woman closing the character off from the rest of the DC Universe, the Finch’s run will play up her allegiances with other superheroes, including the Justice League and Swamp Thing!

-Not only will the Finch’s bring a new level of darkness and grit to the series, they will also be introducing an entirely original villain for the newly anointed Goddess of War to fight.

Tomb Raider v.1 tpb “Season of the Witch”Tomb Raider v.1 tpb Season of the Witch

-Fan favorite comic writer, Gail Simone, jumps over to Dark Horse to handle one of video gaming’s most popular characters!

-This series spins out of the Tomb Raider reboot game, becoming a direct sequel!

-This single trade paperback collection contains the first storyline for the ongoing series, which includes issues #1-6.

-After returning from Yamatai island, Lara and the other survivors are barraged with mysterious visions.  Can she solve the mystery before they all end up dead?

IntersectIntersect #1

-Another exciting, unique ongoing series from Image Comics!

-Ray Fawkes, author of Constantine and Batman Eternal, helms this ethereal mind-bending series!

-After writing a number of comics, Ray Fawkes gets back to his artistic roots by not only writing Intersect, but contributing fully painted artwork.

-Mysticism and spirituality collide as the characters of Intersect depart on an existential trip through realms outside our own.

Spider-Woman #1Spider-Woman

-Pulp Fiction’s own, Dennis Hopeless, launches his next ongoing Marvel series!

-Spinning out of the events of Spider-Verse, Spider-Woman sees Jessica Drew act as mentor and teacher to an army of Spider-Women, including Silk, Spider-Girl, and Spider-Gwen!

-Fans of Dennis’ Avengers Arena, Cable and X-Force, and The Answer must check this series out!

-Unique to Pulp, everyone who purchases a copy of Spider-Woman #1 will be entered into a special drawing for related swag!

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?

Dec 222012
 

Tonight’s topics of discussion where easy to choose, because I’m, literally, going to mention every book that comes out next week.  Thank the holidays, folks.

First up, the most prominent of all the releases is the 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man.  It is also the last.

As some of you might know (by either reading the book or a comics news site in the last three months) Peter Parker has been having a rather bad time lately.  Doc Ock has swapped brains with Peter, only moments before the his own death, leaving Peter with minimal options of escape.  Having managed to survive, Peter as Ock, calls on the Sinister Six to aid him in returning his brain to his body.  #700 picks up from there, answering the dire question of whether Peter can return his consciousness to his body before the one he’s in gives out.  Trust us, True Believers, if you thought the twist ending of AMS #698 was a doozy, your brain with self-destruct over this one.  Truly an event that will change the course of the Spider-Man universe for the foreseeable future.  And, if you’re the collector type, the issue ships with multiple variant covers by Humberto Ramos, Marcos Martin, and more, each celebrating the many decades of web-slinging that has lead to issue #700.

Avenging Spider-Man 15.1 is the only other book that comes out from Marvel this holiday week, adding an important epilogue to the landmark issue.

On the DC front, the first massive crossover between the Justice League and Aquaman series begins, with Justice League #15 and Aquaman #15.  Both issues also come with their own variant covers (like the one pictured on the right).  And what has drawn these two flagship DC titles together, besides the mutual presence of the King of the Seas?  As Aquaman has been away from Atlantis since he was a young boy, his half-brother, the Ocean Master, has ruled in his stead.  But now Arthur wants his throne back.  This Grecian-esque power struggle will rage across land and sea, drawing in the other heroes and villains of the universe, including the newly created creatures known only as The Trench.  As Geoff Johns writes both series, expect a tightly controlled, character-driven event kept lively by sprawling battles.

DC also finishes up another of the terrific Before Watchmen series this week, with Nite Owl #4.

With the big two out of the way, let’s focus on the artistic world of creator-owned independent comics.

And by that I mean a balls-to-the-wall smash’em up extravaganza known as Deathmatch!  Written by Paul Jenkins (Sentry, Hellblazer, Thunderbolts), Deathmatch may remind you of the Hunger Games, Battle Royale, Running Man, Civil War, and, oh, possibly that recent Dennis Hopeless title Avengers Arena.  Basically, a bunch of superheroes are trapped by a villain of unknown origin and told to murder one another to get free.  Not a new concept, but one that will be taken to its most violent conclusion by this series; if Avengers Arena is the character-driven version of this premise, Deathmatch is the gorey, all-fights-all-the-time version.  And issue #1 is only a $1.00!!!!

Brian Wood, author of such politically-motivated, socially conscious series as DMZ, Local, and The Massive (Plus the upcoming Star Wars series from Dark Horse), tackles the topic of celebrity worship with his new Image miniseries, Mara. Starring a young woman, who’s already world-famous from her exceptional physical prowess as an athlete, spontaneously manifests superhuman abilities on live television.  As the only superpowered individual in the world, Mara immediately becomes the center of global attention.  Things don’t play out so well from there.

And that’s the entirety of next week’s comics, folks!  Happy holidays!

Oct 042012
 

Dennis Hopeless (local KC writer & former Pulp employee) has two, count ‘em two, new Marvel ongoing series launching December 12th!

To show Dennis the support he deserves, we at Pulp are trying to raise the Avengers Arena pull file list to 100 people, so, please, add your name to the list if you want to get a copy. Feel free to add to Dennis’ other ongoing series, Cable and X-Force, too. Both books look extraordinary and will be great jumping on points for any reader.

Avengers Arena is Hunger Games meet’s Battle Royale meets Marvel. Former X-Men villain Arcade has trapped a bunch of X-Kids, Avengers Academy students, and Runaways on an island, making them fight for their lives to escape. Only one can survive.

Cable and X-Force is a heist road movie, starring the X-Univere’s baddest mutants. That’s Cable, Forge, Domino, Colossus, and Dr. Nemesis, if you didn’t know. Gritty action and smooth dialog will fuel this series.