Dec 142013
 

Harley Quinn #1

-With a series artist selected after the schizophrenic events of issue #0, Harley’s ongoing series can begin!

-While the buffet of artistic talent on display in issue #0 as well as the kooky mental ballet of Harley’s internal dialog was a hoot, with issue #1 the story kicks into gear.

-In this first issue, Harley joins up with the Coney Island Roller Derby, in what is to be the first of a series of one-shot style adventures that Harley is set go on.

-Also, see Harley put on a new costume, another step in the slow return to the fan favorite Harley of old.

The Wake Part One

-Scott Snyder, master of comic horror storytelling and current mastermind behind Batman, has been crafting a brilliant, chilling Sci-Fi miniseries on the side.  This is that series.

-Five issues in, The Wake has taken a massive turn that no one saw coming, and this single volume collects all five of those issues.

-In Part One of The Wake, a team of specialists descends into a secret, underwater government facility where a long lost creature has been set loose.  And then the poop hits the fan.

-For only $9.99, get caught up on the most successful Vertigo miniseries of the last year, written by one of comic’s top writers and drawn by Sean Murphy!

Ghost #1 (Dark Horse)

-A fresh start to a classic nineties hero!

-Written by rising Marvel writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble), Ghost #1 reintroduces this unique female character to the comic audience!

-Ryan Sook, whose slick, smooth, design-based style rarely gets the chance to grace a comic’s interior, joins DeConnick on this Dark Horse series.

-Paranormal fantasy and Anime style action blend together in this striking new series.

Marvel Mini-glasses

-The tiny cousins to the popular Toon Tumbler series of pint glasses, these shot glass feature the same quality (but different imagery) of artwork as their taller cousins.

-Each glass is reasonably priced and perfect as a stocking stuffer or extra little gift for the comic lover in your family.

-Arriving this Wednesday are Deadpool, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, and The Punisher.

-Avenge the holidays by giving the gift that assembles the flavor every time you take a super shot!

Feb 232013
 

Hey, everyone, come on, grab your friends!  We’ll go to very distant lands!

Jake and Finn have stopped playing with BMO and are back for a second round of Adventure Time trade paperback mathematics!  Adventure Time volume two collects issues five through nine of the series that’s sweeter than Peppermint Butler.  Within these flippin’ sweet pages are stories of Finn and Jake turning into robots, traveling in Princess Bubblegum’s time machine, and laying some smack down on the Ice King.  Make your kids (or, hell, yourself) happy and pick it up!

Liches and zombies need not apply.

Scott Snyder just finished what is sure to become a classic Joker story in the main Batman series, but, before he made a name for himself, Snyder wrote one of the creepiest runs of Detective Comics ever.  Set during the period of time where Dick Grayson was Batman, this extended run has an entirely different tone from other Batman books as Grayson is all about the sarcasm and acrobatics, both brought to life by Jock’s expressive pencils.  Faced with a complicated murder mystery to solve, Grayson must team-up with Commissioner Gordon to crack the case.  Not only do Gordon and Grayson share sleuthing duties, but the story is also evenly split between them.  Gordon must deal with the arrival of his prodigal son, James, Jr., who may or may not be entirely sane.  Snyder is incredibly dept at pacing horror and suspense on the page, a talent uses handily during many of Gordon and James, Jr.’s scenes together.  Just remember to watch out for that water running under the bathroom door.

One thing you will certainly not find in Image Comics Five Weapons miniseries is a sorting hat.

That just makes it all the more important to choose wisely when you’re enrolling in The School of Five Weapons, because the weapon you choose will define the rest of your life.  Knives, staves, archery, exotics, and guns may be deadly, but they have nothing on the brain of Tyler, the most recent arrival to the premiere assassin school.  Join Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), handling both art and writing duties, as he leads you through the halls of the deadliest high school in the country.  

Just don’t call it Harry Potter with guns.

Talking raccoons make every comic better.

Brian Michael Bendis got to sample the Guardians of the Galaxy in his recent run on Avengers Assemble, but now he launches deep into the stars with the beginning of another ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy series.  The first point one issue details the origins of Starlord, the boy from Earth who grows-up to lead the meanest bunch of space police in the universe.  With crisp, detailed artwork from Steve McNiven (Civil War), the addition of Iron Man, and the eminent Marvel Studios film adaptation the only reason to skip this book is if you’re off planet.

Mar 102012
 

If you couldn’t tell from last week, you’ll certainly be able to tell from this week: March is unofficial new ongoing comics month.

Yes, after about six new series or miniseries began last week, this week marks the start of another six or so series. Here’s a rundown of a couple of them:

-Avengers Assemble: A new ongoing series by long-time Avengers and New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley, Avengers Assemble focuses on a team comprised of the movie Avengers. That’s Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor for the uninitiated. It promises classic superhero action and adventure on par with the best of’em.

-Crossed Badlands: Marking the return of Garth Ennis to the series he created, this bi-weekly venture into the nastiest, sickest universe in comics

-Saga: After finishing his epic Ex Machina series, Brian K. Vaughn left comics to pursue work in film and television. Now, the writer of Y the Last Man, The Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad is back. This world hopping epic tale of two renegade parents trying to protect their child will launch what is sure to be another future classic by respected writer Brian K. Vaughn.

-Saucer Country: The first in a line of new Vertigo titles, this dark humored sci-fi series written by Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Captain Britain & MI5) follows an Arizonian governor who has her sights set on the presidency. Some little green men from the sky may have something else to say about that, however.

-Secret History of D.B. Cooper: If you don’t know the story, D.B. Cooper committed one of the most legendary unsolved crimes in American history. After hijacking a plane, Cooper stole $200,000 from the passengers on board then parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again. This book claims to have the real story of that day, and the insane creatures, alternate worlds, and mythical venturings it details make that robbery cover story look like a fairy tale.

If you’re reading this right now, you have just committed to buying a copy of the next item. Sorry, it’s a binding contract.

X-Men: Season One is Marvel‘s second in a line of graphic novels that introduce their core characters to a new audience. Haven’t read X-Men in awhile? Pick one up. Getting a young kid into comics? Pick one up. Know Dennis Hopeless? You’re damn right you’re picking one up! Yes, folks, Dennis, former Pulp Fiction employee, is the writer of this amazing graphic novel. It’s his second Marvel work and he’s already working on one of Marvel‘s biggest properties, so big a copy up and support him.

Finally, this week, we end with the second wave of Flashpoint trade paperbacks. Now that the main series is out in softcover, the tie-in miniseries are following. These have broken up into volumes designated by character. So, you’ve got your Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman volumes, each collecting around three of the Flashpoint miniseries. The Batman and Superman ones are especially worth your time.