Jul 172015
 

Power Up #1Power Up #1 (of 6)

-Have you missed on the ebullient fun that is Lumberjanes (Eisner winner!) and Giant Days?  Don’t miss out again!

-Boom! Studios mainstay, Kate Leth, will be writing the series, bringing to bare her previous experience on Adventure Time Fionna and Cake, Bravest Warriors, and Edward Scissorhands.

-Prophecies in most narratives revolve around epic heroes and legendary heroines.  Power Up is not that story.

-Instead, the heroes of prophecy are an apathetic woman in her late twenties, a past-his-prime athlete, a mother of two, and a goldfish.  Yes, you read that last one right.

Wolf #1Wolf #1

-Ales Kot is gaining a reputation as the Hunter S. Thompson of comics, writing some of the most psychedelic, trippy series in recent years.

-Now, Kot launches Wolf, an ongoing detective/crime story from Image Comics!

-But unlike your Chinatowns and Maltese Falcons, Wolf will have hints of the supernatural, akin to True Detective or the Dresden Files.

-Fair warning, there may also be a fair share of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, for those that are so inclined.

JLA Gods and Monsters BatmanJLA Gods and Monsters Batman #1

-Leading up to the release DC‘s newest animated movie, this series of one-shots will detail the alternate reality versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

-Bruce Timm, co-creator of Batman the Animated Series, is overseeing and writing all of these one-shots.

-Each of these one-shots will feature a done-in-one story about the origins of these drastically altered characters.

-In the Batman issue, readers will find out how Kirk Langstrom, not Bruce Wayne, became the vampire Batman of this world!

Cyborg #1Cyborg #1

-Vic Stone, a founding member of the New 52 Justice League, finally receives his own ongoing series!

-Cyborg has received upgrades before, but, at the beginning of this series, he’s receives a complete overhaul!

-Writer David Walker introduces a slew of new villains for Cyborg to battle, including the Technosapiens, an alien race that want to devour Vic’s own tech.

-Bringing of this insanity to life is one of DC‘s best house artists, Ivan Reis (Blackest Night, Justice League, Green Lantern).

Oct 172014
 

TMNT Ghostbusters #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1 (of 4)

-Who you going to call?  Heroes in a half-shell!

-With the ongoing Ghostbusters series recently wrapping up, the writer, Erik Burnham, authors this epic crossover.

-Along with Burnham, Dan Schoening, the vibrant, fun artist of the previous Ghostbuster series, also joins in.

-How will the Ghostbusters and Turtles react to each other when the latter is transported into another dimension?  Will they be able to defeat the terrifying ghost that followed them?

D&D Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1Legends of Baldur's Gate Dungeons Dragons D&D

-IDW continues its tradition of publishing quality roleplaying game tie-in comics with this new Dungeons & Dragons series.

-Jim Zub, writer of the Pathfinder comic series, Skullkickers, and Wayward, helms this epic ongoing!

-Decades after the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, a new party of adventurers brave the infamous city!

-MINSC also joins the fray!

Deathstroke #1Deathstroke #1

-Originally launched at the start of the New 52, another ongoing Deathstroke series attempts to do what the previous series couldn’t!

-In it’s favor are the artistic and writing talents of Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman), handling both duties on this title.

-Slade Wilson, the legendary assassin known as Deathstroke, has had his memories of a particular kill erased.  With only fragments, Deathstroke must retrace his steps and find out who took his memory.

-If you loved him or loved to hate him on Arrow, check out this new ongoing series.

Arkham Manor #1Arkham Manor

-Spins out of the events chronicled in Batman Eternal!

-With Arkham Asylum destroyed, Bruce Wayne is forced to provide his estate as a temporary holding facility for all of Gotham’s psychopaths.

-In order to solve a string of mysterious murders, Batman must go undercover in the new Arkham Manor.  Will he go insane trying to solve the case?

-Written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Hulk, Nova), who just delivered a great, creepy one-shot story in the pages of Batman #34.

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 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.

Sep 292012
 

Here it is September 2009 and…what? It’s not 2009? Oh, it’s 2012! So, you mean Daredevil End of Days by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, and Alex Maleev is only three years late? Okay. If there’s a series that’s worth the wait, it’s this one, folks. Writing an epic conclusion to the Man Without Fear, Brian Bendis writes this miniseries with the same level of grit, darkness, and swift wit that was present in his legendary Daredevil run. Set years in the future, this will be the official tale of Matt Murdock’s last days. Don’t end up being three years late to the party yourself.

When people ask you if a comic is good, you inherently want to say, “Hell yeah!” Lucking with Joe Keating’s Hell Yeah trade paperback I can and desire to say that very statement. Blending an Indy slice-of-life book with a dimension-jumping superhero actioneer, this book is bloody and artsy all at the same time. Think Kick-Ass on ecstasy, folks.

The only way to read the Walking Dead is to jam it into your eyeballs in massive quantities. Luckily, Image Comics publishes Walking Dead in compendium volumes, which basically breaks down to a crap ton of zombies! To be more specific, the Walking Dead volume two compendium collects trade paperback volumes 9-16. And don’t worry if you haven’t started the series yet, we’ve still got compendium volume one!

Around Gotham City there are many urban legends. Many dark tales that haunt the nightmares of criminals. You get to share in that dredd this Wednesday as Legends of the Dark Knight hits shelves. This miniseries will reprint previously web exclusive material written by talented writers and exceptional artists not usually connected to the character. For instance, the first issue features a story by LOST creator Damon Lindeloff and Animal Man author Jeff Lemire about Bruce Wayne’s early, over-confident days of being Batman. This series is going to be an excellent collection for anyone who wants to read the Dark Knight, but doesn’t want to pick up all the back issues.