Apr 292016
 

Cinema PurgatorioCinema Purgatorio #1

-We’ve said it before but it’s no less true now, when Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman:  The Killing Joke) launches a new project it’s worth reading.

-An anthology series at it’s heart, Cinema Purgatorio not only features a continual story from Alan Moore, but also from some of the industry’s top creative talent.

-The murderer’s row of writers on the series includes Garth Ennis (Preacher), Max Brooks (World War Z), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), and Christos Gage (Crossed:  Badlands).

-Alan Moore will also be re-teaming with Kevon O’Neil on this series, the artist that has worked with him on every League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.

3 Floyds Alpha King #1 (of 5)3 Floyds Alpha King

-Originally slated to come out through Heavy Metal Magazine, 3 Floyds Alpha King is now an Image Comics property!

-Written by Brian Azzarello (Dark Knight III, Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets), this miniseries is guaranteed to be unusual in all the right ways.

-Azzarello is joined by one of the industry’s most respected veteran artists, Simon Bisley!

-When a couple of suburban bros create a home brew so astounding, an otherworldly king crosses dimensions to posses it.  Things don’t go well.

Renato Jones One PercentRenato Jones:  The One Percent #1

-A modern day Robin Hood tale, but with far more cursing, violence, and debauchery.

-This new Image series will be written, drawn, colored, and completely overseen by Kaare Andrews (Iron Fist the Living Weapon, Spider-Man Reign).

-In a world where the rich have devoured an even greater amount of the public’s gross economy, Renato Jones is the hero who will make them pay.

-Expect crude, raunchy, and gruesome on the level of Kick-Ass!

The Punisher #1Punisher All New All Different

-A new era of The Punisher begins fresh off the heels of his successful appearance in the Daredevil Netflix series.

-New and old combine on creative duties as up-and-coming writer Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross, Gotham Academy), and veteran artist Steve Dillon (Preacher, Punisher) join forces.

-Frank goes on the road with this storyline, heading out on the hunt for a villain that causes him an emotional distress he hasn’t felt since his family died.

-The hunter becomes the hunted, however, as a dangerous gun-for-hire is sent after Frank.

Mar 062015
 

Southern CrossSouthern Cross #1

-Not a spin-off of Southern Bastards.  Not even close.

-Southern Cross is another Sci-Fi epic from the current top purveyors of the genre, Image Comics!

-From the writer of Gotham Academy and Batgirl, Becky Cloonan!

-Like a space version of Murder on the Orient Express, Southern Cross follows a young woman on a trip to the planet Titan to figure out who murdered her sister.  But will she make it there alive herself?

Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (of 6)Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return

-Wyld Stallyns forever!

-Like they have previously done with Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, Boom Studios are returning to a fan favorite property to continue the adventure!

-Bill and Ted are having trouble coming up with their next song and must call on the assistance of Rufus and a time traveling phone booth to journey through the ages in order to break through their writers block.

-Each issue in this six issue miniseries will also contain a back-up story by a rotating writer and artist team!

Batman Arkham Knight #1Batman Arkham Knight #1 

-Follows the events of the Arkham City video game.

-With the Joker dead and Arkham City shut down, Batman is recuperating when the next threat arises.

-An official continuity tie-in prequel for the Arkham Knight video game.

-Peter J. Tomasi, author of the popular Batman & Robin and Robin Rises series, helms this series.

Howard the Duck #1Howard the Duck #1

-Don’t worry, it’s not based off the atrocious eighties film!

-Chip Zdarsky, co-writer and artist of Sex Criminals, joins up with cartoon and comic artist extraordinaire Joe Quinones to deliver the first ongoing Howard the Duck series in decades!

-Setting up shop in the same business complex as She-Hulk, Howard is beginning a new career as a private dick, er, duck.

-As the solicits say, join comics legend Stan Lee. . .in reading this issue!

Sep 262014
 

Men of Wrath #1Men of Wrath #1 (of 5)

-Who ever is reading Southern Bastards knows that Jason Aaron understands the South, violence, and family conflict.  And that’s exactly what Men of Wrath is.

-From Marvel’s MAX imprint, this miniseries is written for adult readers and filled with adult content.

-The Rath family of Alabama has been quarreling and fighting with their neighbors and anyone that gets on their bad side for centuries.  Now, Ira Rath, a professional hitman, has to perform a job that’ll settle the family’s reputation forever.

-And if you’ve read Southern Bastards #4, you know one other thing about Jason Aaron’s writing:  the man knows how to surprise.  So, don’t miss out on his next hit series!

Guardians 3000 #1Guardians 3000 #1

-Marvel travels to the future and the past simultaneously in this new, ongoing series!

-Meet the original Guardians of the Galaxy, the band of misfits that blazed the trail for Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest.

-Dan Abnett, one of the writers behind the Guardians revival of the early 2000s (which lead to the movie getting made), returns to writer about Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk, and Charlie-27.

-Thrust into the future, these scoundrels must save the entire universe or watch the destruction of all time and space.

Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1

-The ending of Original Sin left Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier in a very unique position:  the universe’s secret assassin.

-Ales Kot, the Hunter S. Thompson of the comic book industry, has been churning out some truly psychedelic, thought-provoking comic series, like Zero, Secret Avengers, Wild Children, and Change, and now he’s unleashed on the Marvel galaxy.

-Along with Kot, Marco Rudy (Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Swamp Thing), whose variable art style shifts between painted, sketchy, and all sorts of other aesthetics, will bring the author’s crazy ideas to fruition.

-Follow The Winter Soldier has he jumps around the galaxy, solving mysteries and dealing out justice wherever he’s needed.

Gotham Academy #1Gotham Academy #1

-One of the freshest, most original new series to be released at DC Comics since the beginning of the New 52!

-Enter into Gotham City’s notable prep school, funded by Wayne Enterprises.  But what hides behind the lockers, classrooms, and cafeterias of this mysterious school?  The students are about to find out.

-DC, finally, continues to diversify their writing staff by giving Becky Cloonan (writer on the American Vampire Anthology, X-Men, and Buffy Tales, artist on Batman #12, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and Harley Quinn #0) her own ongoing title!

-Karl Kerschl (Teen Titans Year One, Wednesday Comics), whose expressive, cartoony artwork is gorgeous to look at, will be handling interiors on this series, again setting it apart from every other Batman title out there.

Captain America #25BONUS ROUND (Because this Wednesday is HUGE!!!!)Thor #1

-Captain America #25 immediately becomes a collector’s issue by featuring the first appearance of Falcon as Captain America!

-Jason Aaron’s new female Thor #1 also drops!

-Dropping on the same day as the first episode, the Flash TV show tie-in comic arrives Wednesday!

Jun 082013
 

Superman Unchained #1

1. DC‘s been in need of an exciting, action-packed Superman series since, basically, the beginning of the New 52.  Superman Unchained is it.

2. Scott Snyder has revolutionized Batman, delivering dark, horrifying stories, and now turns his literary sights to the Man of Steel.

3. Speaking of, to coincide with the release of the Man of Steel film and the 75th anniversary of Superman, Superman Unchained #1 ships with EIGHT, count’em EIGHT, different covers by a range of veteran and modern DC artists, all of which have helped defined the character.

4. And if all of that isn’t enough reason to pick up a copy, Jim Lee has returned to art duties on Superman.  As Lee rarely ever does interiors these days, that only is a landmark reason to check the series out.

Six-Gun Gorilla #1

1. If you’ve ever wanted to read a book where The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and a zoo got blended together with a post-apocalyptic situation, Six-Gun Gorilla is that book.

2. Si Spurrier has recently built a reputation on writing psychedelic, sci-fi, humor comics, like X-Men Legacy and X-Club for Marvel, and now applies those talents to a creator-owned series.

3. The story takes place in a world that has been commandeered by humans from our Earth, in order to mine resources, but have met with resistance from the planet’s natives.

4. Uh.  Gorilla.  With guns.  C’mon.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1

1. If you, like everyone else, has been waiting for Gerard Way’s follow-up to the mega-successful Umbrella Academy, it’s finally here!

2. Going in a complete 180 degrees from that previous series from Dark Horse, Killjoys is a sci-fi horror series set in an alternate future.

3. The Killjoys used to be a powerful force of rebellion against Better Living Industries, the world’s largest corporation, but long ago they lost, leaving only The Girl alive.  Now her and the remaining followers of the Killjoys live in the “wasteland” while the BLI rules the city.  But that’s about to change.

4. In a marriage of Indy glory, Way is teaming on this series with avante garde artist extraordinaire, Becky Cloonan (Batman, DEMO).

Batman #21

1. Scott Snyder bookends tonight’s post, with the start of his next, eleven issue arc on Batman.  And this time he’s going all the way back to the beginning.

2. Year Zero is a fresh retelling of Bruce Wayne’s earliest time as Gotham’s protector, updated and expanded for the New 52 universe.

3. Set to feature The Riddler, Ras al Ghul, and many other classic Batman villains, this will mark the first time Snyder has been able to unleash the rogues gallery since he started on the series.

4. Those who missed out on Death of the Family have been scrambling to collect the back issues with minimal success; don’t find yourself in the same position for Year Zero.

Apr 202013
 

Take two ticks to tinker with the thought of trying the Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition of Joe Hill’s terrific terse tales.

That’s a fair share of Ts, folks.  You’ll notice that one of the above T words is not “terrible”.  I would shudder at the idea of associating that word anywhere near Joe Hill’s work, as he is one of the most gifted writers in comics today.  Having made a name for himself on his masterpiece, Locke & Key, as well as The Cape miniseries, Hill has quickly become a respected name in the industry.  The fact that he’s Stephen King’s son also helps.  If you’ve devoured the five hardcover volumes of Locke & Key and are looking to fill the void in your life until volume six comes out, the TTTE special is a perfect option.  Containing his Kodiak one-shot, The Cape stand alone issue, and his Locke & Key short story “Open the Moon”, all of which are nominated or won industry awards.   

Fantasy adventure comics have been on the rise lately, what with Pathfinder, the Dungeons and Dragons series, Demon Knights, Conan, and, now, Amala’s Blade.  Striking a tone somewhere between humor and action, Amala’s Blade #1 is the first part of a four part miniseries following the titular assassin hero.  Amala is the head assassin in the kingdom of Naamaron, but has fallen out of favor due to her brash, boastful ways.  So, the emperor does the only logic thing:  send her on a mission that will likely result in her death.  Now, Amala’s skills are put to the test, with a failing grade equaling an end most fowl.  Illustrated in a style that bridges sketchy Indy artists like Becky Cloonan and cartoony pop like Avatar the Last Airbender, Amala’s Blade is feisty fantasy.

If you’re daughter’s ever tried to run past the rebel blockade in a giant spaceship shaped like a fist, Vader’s Little Princess might warm your heart.  You might also enjoy it if you and your daughter are huge Star Wars fans.  Jeffery Brown releases his second Star Wars children’s book detailing the awkward difficulties of raising a daughter who is your worst enemy.  Drawn in the same simplistically charming style of Brown’s Incredible Changebots, Cats Are Weird, and Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess is made up of vignettes detailing Vader’s struggle with common fatherly duties.  Tea parties, teaching Leia how to fly TIE fighters, and keeping her from leaving the house in only her slave girl bikini are the tasks of the day for Papa Skywalker.  Grab a copy and bond with your daughter over your shared geekiness.

A legacy can be an awful burden.

The legendary duo of Mark Millar and Frank Quietly (The Authority, WE3, New X-Men) reteam for the first time in years to bring you Jupiter’s Legacy.  This soon-to-be-hit series from Image Comics begins in the far future when all of Earth’s heroes have given up and left the world’s protection to their kids.  But being a better superhero  than your parents can be a demanding task.  Trust us when we say that this series will bring the violence, sexuality, and cinematic action unlike anything else out there (except maybe Saga, that book’s pretty raunchy).  Grab the hit comic of this year before it vanishes from the shelves.