Oct 232015
 

Art OpsArt Ops #1

-Following on the heels of other Vertigo relaunch series, like Survivor’s Club and Clean Room!

-Famed independent artist Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer, FF, iZombies) illustrates the series!

-Art Ops follows a crack team of art thieves, but not in the way you think.

-The Art Ops organization ferries away people and objects, like the Mona Lisa, out of paintings in order to bring them into the real world.

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1Howling Commandos of Shield

-Spinning out of Mark Waid’s SHIELD #9!

-This series, however, is written by pulp-master extraordinaire, Frank J. Barbiere, author of the excellent Image series Five Ghosts!

-Hidden below S.H.I.E.L.D.’s facilities lies S.T.A.K.E., the secret organization that houses all of the monsters and creatures capture on missions.

-This series will follow a team of those monsters, including Hit Monkey, Man-Thing, and Werewolf by Night, as they are lead on missions by a reanimated Dum Dum Dugan!

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #1 (again!)

-As the cover proclaims, only the second #1 issue this year!

-Easily Marvel’s funniest series (Yes, even over Howard the Duck) continues where it left off!

-Doreen already had trouble balancing her superhero and college lives, but now she has to add being a New Avenger to that list.

-She’s beaten Galactus, now who will challenge the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?

Black Magick #1Black Magick

-Greg Rucka (Star Wars:  Journey to The Force Awakens, Punisher, Gotham Central) launches a mystical noir series at Image Comics!

-Rucka is joined by artist Nicola Scott (Earth 2, Secret Six, Birds of Prey)!

-Rowan Black, the book’s protagonist, works homicide, but the greatest mystery she has to solve is her own past.

-Included with each issue is a serialized prose story by Rucka.

Jun 272014
 

Fantastic Four 100th AnniversayFantastic Four 100th Anniversary #1

-The start of a series of one-shots set in the far future of the Marvel Universe!

-100 years after their first appearance, the Fantastic Four are a very different group.

-How do the granddaughter of Doctor Doom and the twin children of the Banners and the Richards get along?

-Written by the psychedelic author of Ork Stain and Wonton Soup (also out in reprint this week), James Stokoe!

Deadpool vs. X-Force #1 (of 4)Deadpool vs X-Force #1

-The way history has progressed just doesn’t sit well with Deadpool.  Time to change it.

-Blasting back to the past, Deadpool is on a mad tear to alter the time line, but he has the original X-Force on his tail!

-This four issue miniseries details the “real” first meeting of Deadpool and Cable!  Yes, even before New Mutants #98!

-Crime writer and former author of The Dark Knight and Birds of Prey, Duane Swierczynski steps in for Cullen Bunn as our tour guide to the nineties!

The Legendary Star Lord  #!The Legendary Star Lord #1

-The first of three new Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off series launching this week!

-The writer of this series, Sam Humphries knows a thing or two about scoundrels after writing Uncanny X-Force for many issues!

-A bit of double duty, one of the other Guardians spin-offs this week is GotG Most Wanted!

-This issue stars Rocket and Groot as Groot attempts to arrest Rocket for his crimes.

Rocket Raccoon #1Rocket Raccoon #1

-Rocket (don’t call him a raccoon) gets his own ongoing series a month before Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters!

-Skottie Young, famous for providing amazing baby variant covers to all the Marvel books of the last two years, illustrates this series (one he was born to draw!) while also writing it!

-Not only does Young provide the regular cover for the issue, but also a sweet variant cover sporting Rocket firing a ridiculously over-sized gun.  David Peterson, author and illustrator of Mouse Guard, also provides a variant.

-On the lamb from intergalactic law, Rocket attempts to clear his name as he races across the galaxy!

Feb 092013
 

The best team is the one that doesn’t know it’s a team.

That’s the premise of Nick Spencer’s (Morning Glories, Thunder Agents, Thief of Thieves) new run on Secret Avengers.  Joining the Marvel NOW! line, Secret Avengers #1 builds the extremely covert team of Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier to send them on their mission.  And it does it with only one word.  Basically, every member of the team becomes activated by a single word, completes their mission, is told the word again, and walks off into the sunset blissfully ignorant of everything they just did.  It’s covert ops at it’s most covert.  And when it’s drawn by a master of the dark and gritty like Luke Ross, it’s practically so covert it’s not even there.  Or if you want a little more boisterous version, maybe the Skottie Young variant cover will suit you.

As Magneto said, villains it is then.

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo is all about the baddies.  Serving as the companion book to Bendis’ other X-Men title, All-New X-Men, Uncanny stars Cyclops, Magneto, Emma Frost, and a bunch of other good-for-nothings.  Unlike any other X-Men book before it, this time around it’s the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants in the limelight.  Now that Cyclops has assembled his team he’s on a mission to enact his vision of mutant dominance, one which he’s willing to carry out by whatever means necessary.

Since tonight’s list seems all about murdery murder, it seems only fair to let a female master assassin in on the mix.  Katana #1, spinning out of the soon-to-be-released Justice League of America, stars the widowed sword-wielding hired killer of the same name.  With her family’s souls residing in the very sword she uses to slay her enemies, the Soultaker, Katana has to be careful not to let its power and conscience forestall her mission.  Anyone reading Birds of Prey should be familiar with Katana‘s character and mission, as well as fans of the classic Outsiders series.  

Finally, for those who have been hanging on the edge of their seat since the release of the first New 52 Batman hardcover, the wait is over!  Batman: Night of the Owls continues the onslaught of The Court as they descend on Gotham in an effort to purge it of the social elite.  But Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Bat-Family may have something to say about that.  This thick hardcover edition comes packed with the entire Court of the Owls crossover, which includes Batman #8-9, the Batman Annual, Detective Comics #9, Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9.  That’s a lot of Batman punching Talon action for a minimal price.

Sep 162011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update.  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.

*Batman – BIFF!  *Birds of Prey – Fempower  *Blue Beetle - escarabajo

*Captain Atom – Soulja  *Catwoman – Prrrr

*DC Universe Presents - Acrobatic  *Green Lantern CORPS – Plural

*Legion of Superheroes – Future  *Nightwing – speedo-less

*Red Hood & the Outlaws – Wanted  *Supergirl – Collar

*Wonder Woman – Spoooooooky

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Like, literally don’t, in this case, because the Venom displayed on the cover to the right is not exactly who appears in the story.  The statement could also apply to the protagonist of this new Rick Remender penned Venom Volume 1 Hardcover, though, as Flash Thompson is not your mild-mannered, wheelchair-bound, ex-soldier.  No, sir, he is, in fact, the government’s newest secret weapon:  Venom.  Having agreed to don the symbiote in limited forty-eight hour periods, Flash is sent on covert missions to take down the worst of the worst.  Illustrated by former KC-ian Tony Moore (and original Walking Dead artist), this book is a violent, gruesome, action-packed force to be reckoned with.  Do you dare?

So how about that new crack drug they’ve got these days?  Or that new Hubble Telescope?  Crazy stuff, right?  Ooo, ooo, and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man?  Terrific!  Wait a tick, it’s not 1988, it’s 2011!  Then what the hey is The New Teen Titans:  Games HC doing coming out next Wednesday?  Yeah, just a bit late, George Perez and Marv Wolfman are finally (FIIIINALLLY) done with their epic Teen Titans story.  It’s been in the works for over twenty years, folks, and judging from the earlier Titans works of Perez and Wolfman that time can only mean this baby is perfection.

I know what you’re saying out there, “What is with all these collars on my Super Family characters?  Where are the good old days when costumes ended at the neck?”.  Well, I understand you’re pain (actually, no, but let’s say I do for this situation).  Luckily for all you cranky folk out on the Interwebs Pulp Fiction has a solution for your craz…um, reasonable complaints.  That would be the new Women of the DCU Supergirl Bust.  Stealing a move from her older cousin, Kara is busting out of those nasty chains that seem to continually end up wrapped around Super Family members.  Classic pose.  Classic costume.  Classic statue.

Jun 042011
 

For your benefit, here’s a list of all the DC #1 issues that have been announced and their creative teams.  The revealed covers are at the bottom of the page.

Also, keep your ears, eyes, noses, and, uh, elbows peeled for upcoming information, exclusive to Pulp, that applies to all of these DC relaunch titles.

1. Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

2. Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone and Ardian Syaf (starring Barbara Gordon)

3. Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

4. Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, and Amy Reeder

5. Captain Atom #1 by J.T. Krul and Freddie Williams II

6. DC Universe Presents #1 by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang

7. Detective Comics #1 written and drawn by Tony Daniel

8. Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul

9. The Fury of Firestorm by Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, and Yildiray Cinar

10. Green Arrow #1 by J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens

11. Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

12. Green Lantern Corps #1 by Pete Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin (focuses on Guy Gardner and John Stewart)

13. Green Lantern:  The New Guardians #1 by Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham (this book would follow a group consisting of all the lantern colors lead by Kyle Rayner)

14. Grifter #1 by Nathan Edmondson and CAFU (Wildstorm character)

15. Savage Hawkman #1 by Tony Daniel and Philip Tan

16. Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

17. Justice League International #1 by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti

18. Legion Lost #1 by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods

19. Mr. Terrific #1 by Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson

20. Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows

21. OMAC #1 by Dan Didio and Keith Giffen

22. Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan and Ed Benes

23. Superman #1 written and drawn by George Perez

24. Teen Titans #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth

25. Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

26. Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman

27. Batman and Robin #1 by Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

28. Batman: The Dark Knight #1 written and drawn by David Finch

29. Birds of Prey#1 by  Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz

30. Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March

31. Superboy #1 by Scott Lobdell and R.B. Salva

32. Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

33. Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales

34. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort

35. Batwing #1 by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver

36.  Supergirl #1 by Michael Green and Mike Johnson

37. Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda

38. Justice League Dark #1 by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin

39. Demon Knights #1 by Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves

40. Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #1 by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli

41. Resurrection Man #1 by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino

42. I, Vampire #1 by Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino

43. Voodoo #1 by Ron Marz and Sami Basri

44. Legion of Superheroes #1 by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela

45. Static Shock #1 by Felicia Henderson, John Rozum and Scott McDaniel

46. Hawk and Dove #1 by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld

47. Suicide Squad #1 by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy

48. Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara

49. Deathstroke #1 by Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennett

50. Blackhawks #1 by Mike Costa and Ken Lashley

51. Sgt. Rock and the Men of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick

52. All-Star Western #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey, and Moritat