Apr 152016

Captain America Road to WarCaptain America: Road to War #1 one shot

-Prep for Captain America:  Civil War with this lead-in one shot.

-Featuring the New Avengers cast from Age of Ultron, including Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and War Machine.

-Multiple stories feature different line-ups of the team members, each of which are the MCU versions of the characters.

-Read about the first adventure this version of the Avengers went on.

Dept H #1Dept H

-From creator Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai, The Valiant, Revolver) comes a new ongoing series for Dark Horse.

-A masterful writer and artist, Kindt provides both for this series.

-A crime mystery on an undersea research facility, Dept H blends all the best aspects of a detective show, Bioshock, and The Wake.

-When Mia, the investigator brought to the facility to solve a mystery, gets trapped underwater, how can she hope to escape and figure out what’s going on?

All New All Different Avengers v.1 tpbAll New All Different tpbs

-Many of the initial All New All Different Marvel relaunch series are dropping in trade paperback form this weekend.

-First up, the flagship Avengers title, All New All Different Avengers, has it’s first six issues plus shorts from the Free Comic Book Day issue published in a volume one TPB.

-Second, Captain America Sam Wilson v.1 tpb sees The Falcon take up Cap’s mantle in the face of national uncertainty.

-Finally, Contest of Champions v.1 tpb contains the first six issues of the series, finding multiple Marvel heroes transported to an alternate realm in order to battle each other.

I Hate Fairyland v.1 tpbI Hate Fairyland v.1 tpb

-Renowned for his popular, cutesy “Baby Variants” at Marvel, Skottie Young’s anything-but-cute series from Image receives it’s first trade.

-Written and illustrated by Young, I Hate Fairyland is not only hilarious, but great to look at.

-You know the story, a young girl is whisked into a fantasy land.  Except I Hate Fairyland is the violent, raunchy, filthiest version of that story you’ve ever read.

-Plus, the book is from Image Comics, so the trade is set at a reasonable price of $9.99!

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!

Oct 242014

Rasputin #1Rasputin #1

-Local comic author, Alex Grecian, launches a new ongoing series at Image Comics!

-Riding high on the popularity of his novel, The Yard, Grecian returns to comics to write this supernatural account of actual history.

-The series begins with Rasputin’s death at the hands of revolutionaries, then works back into the madman’s younger days.

-Grecian is joined by frequent collaborator and popular artist, Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Green Wake).

Deathlok #1Deathlok #1

-The fan favorite cyborg from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gains his own ongoing series!

-Unbeknownst to him, Doctor Henry Hayes is secretly activated as Deathlok when he ventures beyond American borders.  Instead of healing ill citizens like he intends to, he ends up committing top secret assassinations.

-Nathan Edmondson, whose skills with espionage narratives have served him well on the Punisher and Black Widow series.

-Skottie Young also provides another super cute Baby Variant cover for this series, complete with super soaker guns in place of Deathlok‘s pistols.

Axis Revoltuions #1Axis Revolutions #1 (of 4)

-Another major tie-in miniseries for Marvel’s Axis event!

-The Axis equivalent of the Avengers vs. X-Men Versus miniseries was to that event.  Basically, all fights all the time.

-Each of the four issues will feature two separate stories (that take place inside the events of the main Axis miniseries), written and illustrated by different creators.

-The first issue of Axis Revolutions will feature a story written by Pulp Fiction’s own Dennis Hopeless!

Marvel 75th Anniversary one-shotMarvel 75th Anniversary #1

-Timely Comics, who eventually became Marvel Comics, began publication in 1939, seventy-five years ago!

-To celebrate, Marvel is releasing this over-sized, single anthology that contains stories by veteran comic writers and artists.

-The writers included in the issue are James Robinson, Bruce Timm, Brian Michael Bendis, Tom DeFalco, and Len Wein.

-Joining writers above are artists such as Francesco Francavilla, Bruce Timm, Mike Deodato, Chris Samnee, and Joe Quinones.

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.

Oct 132012

Point one is usually considered an unimportant amount. But not this coming Wednesday.

Marvel NOW! Point One is extremely important for those who’ve got an interest in the forthcoming Marvel NOW! refresh! This over-sized issue will contain original short stories previewing and leading into future Marvel NOW! titles, including FF, Young Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, and Cable & X-Force. That means stories by the likes of Kieron Gillen, Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, and Dennis Hopeless.

Wait, did I say Dennis Hopeless? Yes, former Pulp Fiction employee (like you didn’t already know), Dennis Hopeless. Dennis’ story is absolutely key to understanding his future Cable & X-Force series. It will show how Cable brought the, currently insane, Forge onto the team. Check the issue out for a great preview of upcoming titles. And don’t forget the Scottie Young baby variant!

Speaking of Scottie Young and babies (which seem to be utterly linked these days), A-Babies vs. X-Babies also drops this Wednesday. If you were one of the many who wished Cyclops and Captain America would stop acting like babies during Avengers vs. X-Men, this…is probably not the issue for you. However, if you love cute Marvel parody books lampooning the ridiculousness of giant crossover events, this IS the book for you. And you don’t even have to worry about a baby variant because the whole book is full’a babies!

Nathan Edmondson is one of those up-and-coming young comic writers you always hear about. He’s written great espionage series like Who is Jake Ellis?, Dancer, and Grifter, but now he’s turning his talents to Ultimate Comics Iron Man. This four issue miniseries will delve deep into the history of the Ultimate Universe’s version of the iron avenger, revealing his secrets for donning the armor in the first place. Oh, and did someone say Ultimate Mandarin? Followers of The Ultimates should give this miniseries more than a cursory glance.

It’s a known fact that everyone who reads the engrossing Morning Glories series has said, at one time or another, “I’d love to see this cover artist do interiors!” Well, that has finally happened. Mind the Gap is written by Jim McCann and, more importantly, drawn by Rodin Esquejo, the phenomenal cover artist for Morning Glories. Enough about Morning Glories, though, because Mind the Gap more than stands on its own. Not quite a murder mystery, this coma mystery centers around a sketchy cast of characters, all of which have their own motives for placing the lead character into a coma. But don’t count her out just because she’s unconscious, from her own mindscape she attempts to piece her memories together to catch the culprit. Just like Saga, Prophet, and, yes, Morning Glories before it, this first volume of Mind the Gap (the first six issues) is only $9.99! You can’t beat it!