May 292015
 

Batman BeyondDC June Relaunch Wave 1

-Now that Convergence is over, DC has canceled nearly half of their line and are replacing it in June with about twenty-four new series!

-The first wave of these new titles release this week.  DC‘s directive with this relaunch is not to erase continuity, but to expand the tones and genres represented at the company.  Creative over homogeneity.

-The new titles out this week include Bat-Mite, Batman Beyond, Bizarro, Midnighter, and Omega Men.

-Returning series with new creative teams or storylines include Action Comics, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Lobo.

Groot #1Groot

-With Secret Wars underway and the Rocket Raccoon series defunct, Marvel is filling that space with another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

AirboyAirboy #1 (of 4)

-In the vein of Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation and Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, Image Comics launches the Airboy miniseries.

-A meta series at heart, Airboy is about the creation of itself.  Wait, what?

-Yes, writer James Robinson (Fantastic Four, Earth 2, Starman) has written himself into his own comic.  His struggles with adapting Airboy, a character from the forties, his personal life, and his addictions are detailed across the series.

-Oh, but wait!  It’s not that easy, as Airboy, himself, actually begins appearing in the real world and confronting Robinson.  Talk about bringing a character to life.

Secret Wars Miniseries ReleasesAmazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows Secret Wars Battleworld

-With all of the main Marvel ongoing series going away, the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries continue to roll out.

-Out this week are Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows (MJ and Peter are married again!), Armor Wars (Tony versus all the other armors!), and Future Imperfect (Maestro Hulk returns!).

-Also out is Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX (Skottie Young’s baby variants as a comic!), X-Tinction Agenda (Cable and the nineties are back in force!), and Years of Future Past (Kitty Pryde returns to the far flung future of the X-Men).

-And for those who’ve been craving for more, Secret Wars #3 is also out this Wednesday!

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!

Oct 312014
 

Death of Wolverine Weapon X ProgramDeath of Wolverine Weapon X Program #1 (of 5)

-Spins out of the events detailed in the Death of Wolverine miniseries!

-Written by Charles Soule, who wrote the entire Death of Wolverine storyline!

-After Logan has cracked the Weapon X facility open like a walnut, a near army of test subjects have escaped into the world.  Will they be hunted down or will they survive?

-Sabertooth will make appearances throughout this miniseries, leading up to his possible acquisition of the Wolverine mantle.

Humans #1Humans #1

-Sons of Anarchy. . .with monkeys.

-Image Comics has launched big series with big writers, but now they’re testing out some up-and-coming greats, including Keenan Keller and Tom Neely.

-A classic biker exploitation vibe pervades the series, following the Humans, an all primate biker gang, as they travel down the road mourning the lose of a gang member and welcoming someone new into the fold.

-New Image series like Goners and Wayward have made plenty of buzz, will Humans be the next series to generate a rabid following?  It’s already sold out at the distributor level, so there’s a good likelihood.

Spider-Verse Team UpSpider-Verse Team-Up #1 (of 3)

-Similar to Axis Revolutions and AvX Versus, Spider-Verse Team-Up will feature two separate stories.

-Each story will feature a different combination of alternate reality Spider-Men written and illustrated by different creative teams.

-In issue #1, the first story features an aged Peter Parker and Spider-Ham searching for Ben Reilly and the second story stars the combination of Spider-Man Noir and Six-Armed Spider-Man.

-Future issues will star Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, and Araña!

Tooth and Claw #1Tooth and Claw #1

-An anthropomorphic Conan the Barbarian mixed with a bit of Game of Thrones, Tooth and Claw is hotly anticipated new series from Image Comics!

-Veteran comic writer, Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City, Avengers) takes readers to an entirely original world like they’ve never seen.

-When ancient wizards bring a renowned hero forward through time to solve a desperate problem, will he be able to fight off the forces of evil to do so?

-Issue #1 is not only double-sized at forty-eight pages, but costs only $2.99!

Nov 102012
 

You all better get used to hearing about Marvel Comics over the next couple of months, because Marvel NOW! is in effect.  Tonight we’ll highlight three of the five new Marvel NOW! series that start up this coming Wednesday, all of which are perfect jumping-on points for each of the book’s characters.

Since they’re the first family of the Marvel Universe, let’s start off with Fantastic Four #1.  Combining classic with current, Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), a veteran of both Marvel and DC comics, lends his artistic talents to wordsmith Matt Fraction (Defenders, Fear Itself, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist) for a fresh take on Marvel‘s oldest series.  Wanting to get away from the constant battles with Doctor Doom and Galactus, Reed and Sue Richards decide to take their family on a universe-spanning field trip.  The series will take a stand-alone approach to its issues, as the Fantastic Four land on a new planet or time period in each issue, getting into trouble each time as they try to teach Valeria and Franklin about the ins-and-outs of the galaxy.  And if you’re less of a reader and more of a collector, Fantastic Four #1 has variant covers in spades.  That’s a Scottie Young Baby variant, a Mark Bagley mural variant, a blank variant, and a couple more for good measure.

Brian Michael Bendis carved himself out a fairly comfortable niche in The Avengers corner of the Marvel Universe over the last ten years, so now it’s time for him to do the same with the X-Men.  All-New X-Men #1, his first X-Book, tells a story no other X-Men book has dared to tell before.  With the fallout of Avengers vs. X-Men, Cyclops and many of the original X-Men members are in drastically different positions from where they started, thus Beast decides to travel back in time, collect the original X-Men members, and bring them to the future to knock some sense into their present-day selves.  With art by the incomparable Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, Ultimate X-Men), All-New X-Men will look great and read crisply.

If you pick up only one of the Marvel NOW! series starting this month, pick-up Thor, God of Thunder.  Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men, Scalped, Ghost Rider), local writer, dares to tell a Thor epic to rival the classic tales of Walt Simonson.  A three-pronged narrative focuses on Thor of the past, Thor of the present, and King Thor of the future as all three versions contend with a threat the Asgardian has never faced before:  A serial killer of gods.  Along with Aaron’s time-spanning story, Esad Ribic’s (Silver Surfer: Requiem) painterly artwork turns the comic page into a mural, turning a simple comic book into a piece of mythology.  And since of book of this quality deserves it, variant covers abound, featuring artwork from Ribic himself, Scottie Young, and Daniel Arcuna.  Make yourself worthy of Mjölnir a pick up a copy.

Just as a reminder that there are other comic book publishers out there other than Marvel, let’s finish the night with a look at a new series from Image Comics.  Riding a wave of successful series like Manhattan Projects, Saga, Happy, and Revival, Image releases Great Pacific, a grand adventure in an unusual location.  Texas-born Chas Worthington is a trust-fund baby and a grade-A rich boy, inheriting the money of his oil baron father, but that doesn’t mean he has no principles.  Setting out to tackle a task unheard of in his social circle, Chas decides to eliminate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating mass of trash that continues to build in the North Pacific Ocean (it’s a real thing).  Martin Morazzo’s extremely detailed artwork renders every bit of debris and filth that Joe Harris’ scripts describe, making this another Image book to admire.

Nov 032012
 

This week is Marvel‘s week.  Beezees.  Word up.

Marvel NOW! is in full effect, as two of the cornerstone titles hit shelves this Wednesday.

First up, Deadpool #1.  Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, two thinking man’s comedians, are writing the book (their first comic endeavor ever…that rhymed) while the legend himself, Tony Moore (Walking Dead), lends his beautifully twisted pencils to the Merc with the Mouth.  The premise for the first arc of this series is so unbelievable, I hesitate to tell you about it.

Okay, you’ve convinced me.  All the country’s deceased presidents are coming back to undead life and there’s only one man who’s jerk enough to re-kill them.  I think you know who it is.

That Tony Stark needs to learn how to hold onto his inventions.  Iron Man #1 by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land re-introduce Tony Stark to a whole new range of readers with this Marvel NOW! starting point issue, where Tony gets his Extremis technology stolen and must develop an entirely new suit of armor to get it back.  Gillen has been killing on the Uncanny X-Men AvX tie-ins, bringing the pathos and the action while Greg Land is just a beautiful, painterly artist who will make Tony’s armor look so polished you’ll think you can eat off it.  Anyone who loves the Iron Man films but has never read one of his comics NEEDS to check this series out.

If you missed this year’s epic Marvel brawl to end it all, Avengers vs. X-Men, all hope is not lost.  Coming out this Wednesday is the complete epic all in one hefty volume.  That’s twelve issues for the main series, folks, plus six issues of AvX: Versus, the all fights all the time miniseries that accompanied the main series, and (if that wasn’t enough) three AvX: Infinite issues, which have never been in print before.  The entire volume is a treasure trove of the greatest writers and artists working in comics today, featuring names like Jonathon Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jeph Loeb, Kieron Gillen, Ed Brubaker, Andy Kubert, Oliver Coipel, John Romita, Jr., and many, many, many more.  And this thing’s so thick after you get done reading it, you can use it as a coffee table.

You’ve read the novel.  You’ve seen the Swedish movie.  You’ve seen the American movie.  But have you read the graphic novel?

No, obviously not, it’s not out until this Wednesday.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo makes its way to comic shelves this week with a Vertigo graphic novel adaptation by novelist Denise Mina and artists Leonard Manco and Andrea Mutti.  If you nabbed the free sample comic from a couple months back, you know that this version of the story plays with silence and ambiance in way the previous incarnations have not.  And, if you’ve lived under a rock for the last eight years or so, then you should check the book out anyway as it is one of the best mystery, suspense stories of the decade.