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!

May 152015

Planet Hulk Secret Wars BattleworldPlanet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)

-It’s all Secret Wars all night tonight!

-If you’ve read Secret Wars #2 you know that the Marvel Universe is a drastically different place right now.  Each of these miniseries will explore unique locations on the Battleworld map!

-Planet Hulk returns readers to the world of that epic storyline, written by the original writer, Greg Pak!

-In Battleworld The Hulk rules Greenland and is feared by all other regions.  The question is:  who will he smash?!

Spider-Verse #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)Spider-Verse #1 Secret Wars Battleworld

-All your favorite Spider-Peeps are back!

-Even though Spider-Gwen is continuing throughout Secret Wars, you can get a second helping her as she stars in this Spider-Verse miniseries.

-Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and more team up to take down Battleworld’s Norman Osborn!

-Long time comic writer, Mike Costa (GI Joe Cobra, God is Dead, Avengers Millennium), helms this miniseries!

Secret Wars BattleworldSecret Wars Battleworld #1 (of 4)

-Akin to AvX Versus, this miniseries will feature two stories each issue written and illustrated by different creative teams.

-Issue one will feature stories crafted by independent superstars Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Birthright) and Ed Brisson (Sheltered).

-This first story features The Punisher possessed by Doctor Strange on the run from alternate reality versions of Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Hulk, and Wolverine!

-Following that will be a tale of complete insanity featuring every version of M.O.D.O.K. assembled under one roof!

A-Force #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)A Force Secret Wars Battleworld

-If you don’t believe women read, write, or star in comic books, A-Force is here to prove you wrong!

-Co-written by the duo of G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, X-Men) and Marguerite Bennett (Batman, Batgirl), A-Force is one of the most exciting series to launch out of Secret Wars!

-Taking place of The Avengers, A-Force consists of every female character from Marvel‘s history, including She-Hulk, Rogue, Ms. Marvel, The Invisible Woman, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, and more!

-These women will be defending the world against monsters and on the run from the Thor Corps that polices Battleworld!

May 012015

Avengers Vs #1Avengers Vs. #1

-So you’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and loved it!

-And you’ve picked up your free All New All Different Avengers on FCBD!  What’s another Avengers entry point?

-Avengers Vs. #1 is that entry point!  Perfect for young or old readers who are looking for an introduction to the comic version of these characters.

-A one shot, Avengers Vs. #1 contains four short stories featuring the Avengers battling four of their worst enemies, including Loki!

Batman Earth One v.2 HCBatman Earth One v.2 HC

-The long awaited sequel to the Batman Earth One original graphic novel is finally here!

-Returning as the creative team are Geoff Johns and Gary Frank!

-A young, very different Batman must contend with alternate universe versions of his arch foes!

-Features The Riddler, Killer Croc, and Two-Face!

Swords of Sorrow #1Swords of Sorrow #1 (of 6)

-Gail Simone is taking Dynamite by storm!

-Simone’s acclaimed run on Red Sonja has led Dynamite to hire her talents out on many other series.

-This epic six issue miniseries brings together the famous female stars of the Dynamite universe!

-The three protagonists are Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris, but they will be joined by Miss Fury, Lady Zorro, and many more!

Secret Wars #1 (of 8)Secret Wars #1

-It’s finally here!  The Marvel event that will literally change the universe as you know it!

-For the last three years, the various alternate Earths of the Marvel Universe have been slamming into each other, killing millions.  The Illuminati have warded off as many as they can, but no longer.

-Alternate realities smash together, forming a singular Earth called Battlworld.  Comprised of major Marvel realities, like Planet Hulk, Days of Future Past, Marvel Zombies, and many more, Battlworld pits them all against each other in a fight for survival.

-If you read any Marvel comic in this year, Secret Wars #1 is THE book to read!

Mar 272015

Uncanny InhumansUncanny Inhumans #0

-If you’ve been watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. you are aware that the Inhumans are a big thing right now!

-If you’re looking to get the lowdown on who the Inhumans are before their film drops, this is the series to check out.

-Charles Soule, writer of the previous Inhuman series, returns to helm this new ongoing series.

-Joining Soule as the artist for the series is Steve McNiven (Civil War)!

Kanan The Last PadawanKanan The Last Padawan Star Wars

-The fourth Star Wars series to launch from Marvel comics!

-Avid fans of the Star Wars Rebels cartoon will want to pick up this series, as it stars Kanan Jarus!

-This series does not, however, take place in the pre-New Hope time period, but during the Clone Wars!

-Before Jarus was a renegade Jedi, he was a Padawan learner and this series will detail that story.

Ultron Forever AvengersAvengers Ultron Forever #1

-Time travel and the Avengers go together like peanut butter and chocolate and Ultron Forever is like the Reeses of the comic world!

-The Ultron Forever miniseries will take place across three “one shots,” Avengers, New Avengers, and Uncanny Avengers, each acting as a chapter of the complete story.

-Al Ewing, author of Loki Agent of Shield and Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, will be writing all three issues in conjunction with legendary artist Alan Davis!

-If you were disappointed by the Age of Ultron event, Ultron Forever will deliver on what that miniseries was missing, as various versions of The Avengers are brought forward and backwards in time to face off against Ultron!

Convergence #0Convergence

-It begins here!

-In April and May all, ALL, the DC series will be going away (that’s Batman, Superman, The Flash, everything)!  Taking their place for those two months will be the Convergence event!

-Issue #0 is where it all starts, where Brianiac slams together ever DC Elseworlds reality into a single realm!

-Ethan Van Sciver (Sinestro Corps War, Flash Rebirth, Green Lantern Rebirth) illustrates this important issue!

Jan 232015

Munchkin #1Munchkin #1

-Steve Jackson and John Kovalic have dominated gaming with their Munchkin card series for years.  Now they’re coming to comics.

-Another quirky, humorous series from the growing Boom! Box line of comics (Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, Adventure Time)!

-A crunchy, snarky, dungeon crawly comic series, Munchkin takes all the fantasy parody from the card game and weaves them into short stories by a slew of up-and-coming writers and artists.

-Also, for those avid Munchkin collectors out there, every new issue will come with an original Munchkin promo card that can be incorporated into the base card game.

The Dying and the Dead #1The Dying and the Dead

-Jonathan Hickman, writer of East of West and Manhattan Projects, launches another new ongoing series from Image Comics.

-Pulpy storytelling akin to Five Ghosts blended with the surreal science of Manhattan Projects, The Dying and the Dead is Hickman’s ode to serial adventures of old!

-When a dead friend of The Colonel (this world’s version of Indiana Jones) is killed at their wedding, he’s propelled into the hunt for an ancient artifact that could spell doom for the entire world.

-One of the first Must Read series of 2015!

Effigy #1Effigy #1

-Celebrity scandals and murder mysteries slam together in this new Vertigo series!

-Tim Seeley, creator of Hack/Slash and writer of Batman Eternal and Grayson, launches this new ongoing series.

-After an embarrassing sex tape scandal, former child star, Chondra Jackson, returns to her hometown only to get wrapped up in a murder mystery that resembles an episode of the show she used to star on.

-When you’ve got a cult of wackos wanting to sacrifice you for your magical celebrity blood, you realize it’s tough being famous.

Uncanny Avengers #1 Uncanny Avengers

-Seems like only yesterday that Rick Remender launched the Marvel NOW! flagship title, Uncanny Avengers.  Well, everything old is new again.

-Spinning out of the events of Avengers vs. X-Men Axis, this relaunched Uncanny Avengers series is a fresh jumping-on point for new readers.

-What an unusual team!  Sabertooth takes over the role of Wolverine, while Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, and the Vision.  Oh, and the fan favorite Brother Voodoo also makes his triumphant return!

-Joining Remender in relaunching this flagship title is Daniel Acuña and his fluid, painterly artwork.