Nov 212014
 

Batman Eternal v.1 tpbBatman Eternal v.1 tpb

-The epic, weekly Batman series comes to trade paperback!

-A murderer’s row of young creators helms this series, including James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Kyle Higgins, all under the watchful eye of  Scott Snyder.

-Gotham is under siege by multiple forces, leaving Batman and the Bat Family scrambling about attempting to stop the madness.  Each issue takes up the perspective of a different family member, including the newly returned Stephanie Brown Spoiler!

-This twenty issue volume nearly catches up to the current issue, so if you’ve been meaning to jump on, this is the way to do it!

Ody-c #1Odyc #!

-Sex Criminal mastermind and all around Hawkguy, Matt Fraction, helms this new ongoing Image Comics series!

-The Odyssey has been told and retold for centuries, but never like this!

-A space epic of the highest level, Ody-C adapts the plot of Homer’s greatest myth into an intergalactic road movie.

-Christian Ward, psychedelic artist of series such as Infinite Vacation and Olympus joins Fraction on the series, making the universe a vibrant and surreal place.

Scarlet Spiders #1Scarlet Spiders #1 (of 3)

-The third and final Spider-Verse tie-in miniseries launches this Wednesday!

-As every alternate reality Spider-Person splits off to outrun the Inheritors, three of the classic Scarlet Spider incarnations come together!

-Ultimate Jessica Drew, Kaine, and Ben Reilly team-up for the first time!  And, maybe, for the last time.

-Also, one Scarlet Spider won’t make it out alive.

Gotham by Midnight #1Gotham by Midnight #1

-The Batman corner of the DC Universe continues to gain variety with this new ongoing series.

-Basically a cop procedural, Gotham by Midnight delves into the paranormal side of the city.

-Ray Fawkes, writer of Batman Eternal and Constantine, brings his talent for supernatural tales to the weird side of the GCPD.

-The real draw here is Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, The Squidder, Fell), whose loose, moody style brings this series to grisly life.

Aug 292014
 

Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0 (of 4)

-Two of the most popular Marvel characters (and the laziest ((and the most single)) come at each other in a fury of Nerf arrows and rage!

-Reminiscent of the successful Deadpool Kills and Deadpool Vs. miniseries releasing lately, this miniseries will be short and sweet!

-Add to the equation that it is Halloween on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and a mystery is a foot and you’ve got a winning combination.

-Gerry Duggan, writer of the current ongoing Deadpool series as well as Dracula’s Gauntlet, handles writing duties on this entire miniseries!

DC Future’s End Week 1Action Comics Futures End #1

-It’s been three years since the DC New 52 began and, to celebrate, DC is bringing back last year’s highly sought after 3D covers!

-For the entire month of September, DC replaces their regular ongoing titles with Future’s End versions set five years into the future of the DC Universe.

-Each of these issues will also come in a standard form, with covers printed on regular comic paper, and a 3D version that features an image that alters depending on how it is tilted.  These covers quickly rose in value during last year’s Villains Month, so get them quickly if you want them.

-The issues for this week will be Action Comics, Aquaman, Batwing, Detective Comics, Earth 2, Grayson, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing, and Trinity of Sin Phantom Stranger.

Silent Hill Downpour #1Silent Hill Downpour Anne’s Story #1 

-The first Silent Hill comic book content in years!

-Spinning out of the story of Silent Hill Downpour, Anne’s Story reveals the tale of prison guard Anne Marie Cunningham.

-Tom Waltz, writer of previous Silent Hill comic miniseries and the Downpour game, lends his writing talents in order to maintain continuity between properties.

-Tristan Jones, aping the scratchy style of Ben Templesmith, brings a moody ambiance to the miniseries!

Death of Wolverine #1 (of 4)Death of Wolverine #1

-He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does is die, apparently.

-The destined to be classic miniseries everyone has been waiting for is finally here!  Logan no long has his healing factor, and that spells certain doom for him!

-Prolific and impressively talented up-and-coming writer, Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Swamp Thing, Inhuman, Letter 44), is at the helm, killing Marvel‘s cash cow in the most intelligent way possible.

-Pulled out of seclusion for only the most important Marvel events, Steve McNiven (Civil War) matches the legendary nature of the story with his clean, detailed line work!

Jul 112014
 

Robin Rises Omega #1Robin Rises Omega #1

-Damian Wayne died over a year ago.  Batman has been searching for a way to bring him back ever since.  He may have found a way.

-Having stolen Damian’s coffin, Batman is on his way to revive his son, when the armies of Apokolips interrupt his mission!

-Written by the acclaimed writer of Batman & Robin, Peter J. Tomasi, Robin Rises will be a major Batman event for the rest of the year!

-This story will continue in upcoming issues of the Batman & Robin ongoing series, finishing off with a Robin Rises Alpha one-shot at the end of the year..

The Squidder #1 (of 4)The Squidder #1

-Cult favorite artist, Ben Templesmith (Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night, Fell), unveils a miniseries he’s always wanted to write!

-A four issue miniseries from IDW, The Squidder is grim, gritty, vast, and epic, much like Prophet or Black Science.

-Set in the far, far future, The Squidder follows a veteran military man who is making a bold, last ditch effort to defeat the alien overlords of the planet.

-Templesmith is a huge Lovecraft fan and, as such, has infused this series with all sorts of Eldar Gods tentacle goodness.

Dark Engine #1Dark Engine #1

-Image Comics has been on an unprecedented roll lately, releasing original comic after original comic.  Dark Engine is the next one.

-John Bivens, an up-and-coming artist, provides interiors and covers for the series in a gorgeous style similar to work from Heavy Metal and Emma Rios’ sketchy style from Pretty Deadly.

-Sounding unlike any other series currently being printed, Dark Engine is about a time traveling killing machine sent back to the far, far past to kill her makers.

-Dragons, androids, jungle warfare, and more are promised for future issues in this ongoing series.

Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic-Con #1Harley Quinn Invades San Diego #1

-A one-shot by the creative team behind the ongoing Harley Quinn series!

-At the con to pitch a comic book she’s created, Harley will run into famous DC celebrity’s, like Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, on her mission to become a comic writing star!

-Like the highly popular zero issue of Harley Quinn, this one-shot will be drawn by an assortment of guest artists, including Paul Pope, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, and Damion Scott.

-A perfect start to the ACTUAL San Diego Comic-Con occurring later this weekend!

Apr 272013
 

It’s not a crime story, it’s a love story.  Just a really, really messed up one.

J. Michael Straczynski returns to his Cup of Joe imprint, this time through Image Comics, for his first new ongoing series, Ten Grand.  JMS brings Ben Templesmith (Fell, Choker, 30 Days of Night) with him on art duties, with Templesmith lending his normal gloomy, hazy, atmospheric quality to the tale.  And this is a tale that cries for it.  Former mob muscle Joe Fitzgerald lost his beloved wife during his “last job” many years ago.  However, on that same night, Joe himself lost his life, but also received a special deal on his entrance into hell.  Joe was allowed to return to Earth, in order to complete assignments from below, with the benefit that each time he dies in the line of duty, he gets to spend five minutes in heaven with his wife.  A noir burnt to a crisp, fans of Fell who’ve been aching for more since the series ended years ago need to pick up a copy of Ten Grand #1.

Tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street #1!

For all the kids in the audience, all your favorite friends are showing up at the comic store next Wednesday.  That’s Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie, all in one special issue.  And because it’s a comic book you’ve got to have a superhero story.  But when it’s Elmo, who has no superpowers, trying to be the hero, there may be trouble.  Don’t worry, though, because he’s got all his friends and imagination on his side.  Any parent looking to get their kid into comics, need look no further than Sesame Street #1.

With last week’s Jupiter’s Legacy we saw the birth of an alternate world’s super beings.  This week we see the origins of our world’s superhumans with Suicide Risk.  Set in San Diego during the arrival of the world’s first wave of super beings, Suicide Risk focuses on a police officer out-of-his-depth as these new arrivals being to discover their powers in bad ways.  Because, of course, in our world, when you’re given the ability to shoot lasers out of your eyes you use it to melt your obnoxious boss’ car.  With the world going to hell around him, officer Leo Winters is left to wrangle up the madness with a bulletproof vest, a shotgun, and some stamina.  From Unwitten, X-Men Legacy, and Lucifer writer Mike Carey, Suicide Risk #1 is a taught cop thriller laced with capes and cowls.

Gail Simone funnels her recent “firing” by “The Man” into a new series from DC called The Movement.  The series will focus on the underprivileged of the superhero community.  These super-poor are out to take down the social elite, the 1%, protecting the other disadvantaged in the process.  And in a world where Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen are the equivalent of Bernie Madoff, you can expect some major fisticuffs as the series progresses.  And who better to draw some shenanigans than local artist Freddie Williams III (JSA All Stars, Captain Atom, Green Arrow).  Given that Gail Simone has been killing it on Batgirl lately, and wrote one of DC‘s best series of the last ten years, Secret Six, The Movement is on my must-read radar.

Nov 262010
 

A tackier person would start this with a “meow” sound effect.  I am not that person.  I’m the kinda guy that waits until he’s three sentences in.

Meeeeoooowww!

Continuing the Women of the DC Universe busts, this Catwoman is the second in the series, displaying her 80′s costume.  These have all been exceptionally sculpted and brilliantly posed since day one. Perfect example being the addition of the kitten batting at her whip. 

Playing the animal-person-mix-statue-card again, I give you the DC Superhero Magazine Detective Chimp figurine.  Why point this specific figure out when we get new editions of this brand of mini-statue every week?  Simple.

He’s a monkey in a Sherlock Holmes cap, holding a magnifying glass.  Who wouldn’t want this on their nightstand?  If you’re not familiar with the Magazine mini-statues, they are carefully sculpted, detailed collectible figurines, each of which come with a magazine that contains an “encyclopedia” entry about the character.

Any Silent Hill fan is gonna lose their Pyramid Head over this next one.  IDW collects all of the Silent Hill mini-series that have been published in this Silent Hill Omnibus.  Ben Templesmith of 30 Days of Night and Fell fame does interiors on a number of the issues.  Given his moody, sketchy style, you can imagine how perfect it matches the Silent Hill ambiance.

For our last little number, DC releases the first hardcover volume of Brightest Day.

If you’re not up to date on this particular series, basically this is DC’s sequel/followup to Blackest Night.  During that event, a number of superheroes were killed and resurrected by black power rings (think Green Lantern, but zombified).  Near the end of the story, a number of heroes get brought back to life, for good, by an opposing power source, the white power ring.  What this series is about is the handful of characters brought back to life by the white power rings.  Each finds themselves grappling with the difficulties of returning to life and the lingering effects of death.  Geoff Johns of Green Lantern, JSA, and The Flash co-writes the book and a number of talented artists pencil each character.