Jul 252014
 

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-Like a British version of True Detective.

-Si Spencer, the British writer of various Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, and Doctor Who comics, weaves a decade spanning crime mystery.

-Bodies is set in four different time periods, ranging from the 1890s to 2050, each with their own detective attempting to solve a homicide.

-Each time period is also drawn by a different artist, giving a distinct tone to each story.

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-A graphic novel adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel!

-What began as a single short story has grown into a series of novellas and now a comic book adaptation.

-The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the remnants of society live in a 100-story deep silo.  Or is it that simple?  Wool is a story of nearly constant twists and turns, leaving the reader desperate for answers.

-Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, Harley Quinn) and Jimmy Broxton (Knight and Squire) are handling the adaptation, with Darwyn Cooke on covers.

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-Everyone’s favorite secret agent chicken is back!

-The Chew guys don’t skimp on one-shots, as both John Layman and Rob Guillory are not passing writing and art duties off to fill-in creators.

-The last Poyo one shot vanished off the shelves nearly as quick as it arrived, making it a sought after collectible

-Adding to the collector’s value of this issue, Poyo crosses paths with Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead cast, so you know that’s going to have some after-market value.

Low #1Low #1

-Another new series from Rick Remender, who after Black Science, Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, and Marvel‘s upcoming Axis miniseries, is on a creative roll!

-Basically, a Bioshock comic book series.

-Low takes place on an Earth that has been so irradiated by the explosion of our sun that humanity has moved under the ocean for protection.

-Greg Tocchini’s gorgeous painterly artwork adds another beautiful comic series to the already populated list of capably illustrated Image Comics series.

Jun 132014
 

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-Out with the old Peter David, in with the new Peter David!  Having written X-Factor for nearly a decade, David can’t walk away from the book, returning to launch an All New X-Factor!

-The only corporate sponsored X-Team out there, X-Factor has the technology and finances of Serval Industries behind them.  However, that may not be a great thing.

-Comprised of Quicksilver, Polaris (both Magneto‘s children), Danger, Warlock, and Gambit, X-Factor is a character-driven comic, to be sure.

-What is Gambit‘s secret?  And will it bring down the team?

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-Jonathan Hickman adds the Avengers World ongoing series to finish off a trifecta of Avengers comics, each connecting into the other.

-World sees The Avengers going toe-to-toe with A.I.M., a secret organization of science terrorists who have declared themselves a separate nation, across the globe.

-Each issue is character-centric, with Hickman fleshing out his extensive Avengers cast while giving the reader insight into their personal conflicts.

-Oh, and Shang-Chi fights an evil ninja on top of a dragon.  ’Nuff said.

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-James Bond fans should take a look at Velvet.

-Velvet Templeton is a Miss Moneypenny-like secretary for the British Secret Service, but have the agency’s top man is found dead, she becomes the prime suspect.  Now she must clear her name if she hopes to survive.

-Created and written by the same team that wrote Captain America:  The Winter Soldier comic storyline, the series is a great espionage book by creators who know how to write spy fiction.

-And Image Comics provides this first volume to readers for only $9.99!

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-Local comic writing genius, Jason Aaron, returns to the X-Men universe!

-Dead for the last five or so years, fan-favorite character Nightcrawler was due for a return to the land of the living.  This volume explains how that happens!

-Join Wolverine, Storm, Ice Man, and others as they venture into the realms of the afterlife in order to rescue their departed ally.

-Oh, and there are demon pirates standing in their way!

Jan 182014
 

My Little Pony Friends Forever #1

-BEST.  PONY.  COMIC.  EVER!

-Hot on the hooves of IDW‘s other two massively successful My Little Pony comic book series, comes a third jewel in their Equestrian crown, Friends Forever!

-We’ve seen ponies get the solo spotlight in the Micro Series comic, but Friends Forever is about team-ups!  Each issue will feature two ponies working together (or not) to conquer the issue’s conflict.

-Issue #1 features the pairing of Applejack and Pinkie Pie!

All New Invaders #1

-The Invaders are back to show the Marvel Universe that classics never go out of style!

-Original Invaders members Namor, Captain America, Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), and the original Human Torch reunite for the first time in continuity!

-James Robinson, fresh off of DC‘s Earth 2, brings his golden age sensibilities to this story!

-How will the team fair against a rogue Kree force looking to bring back an army of Norse Gods?

George Romero’s Empire of the Dead #1 (of 5)

-Legendary master of the undead, George Romero, brings his zombie universe to Marvel comics.

-This issue begins an epic saga of zombie ravaged New York, as Act One of a three act maxi-series.

-Romero is joined by veteran artist extraordinaire, Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Moon Knight, Scarlet), whose sketchy, gritty style is perfect for horrific stories like this.

-Romero expands his universe by bringing vampires into the fray.

Deadly Class #1

-Issue #1 is already  OUT OF PRINT!

-Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent, Black Science) weaves together assassin stories and high school movies in this darkly humored action series.

-Set during the hedonistic 1980s, Deadly Class has a group of teenagers navigating high school while learning how to be the best assassins in the world.

-Kinda like if John Hughes had a love baby with Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

Dec 142013
 

Harley Quinn #1

-With a series artist selected after the schizophrenic events of issue #0, Harley’s ongoing series can begin!

-While the buffet of artistic talent on display in issue #0 as well as the kooky mental ballet of Harley’s internal dialog was a hoot, with issue #1 the story kicks into gear.

-In this first issue, Harley joins up with the Coney Island Roller Derby, in what is to be the first of a series of one-shot style adventures that Harley is set go on.

-Also, see Harley put on a new costume, another step in the slow return to the fan favorite Harley of old.

The Wake Part One

-Scott Snyder, master of comic horror storytelling and current mastermind behind Batman, has been crafting a brilliant, chilling Sci-Fi miniseries on the side.  This is that series.

-Five issues in, The Wake has taken a massive turn that no one saw coming, and this single volume collects all five of those issues.

-In Part One of The Wake, a team of specialists descends into a secret, underwater government facility where a long lost creature has been set loose.  And then the poop hits the fan.

-For only $9.99, get caught up on the most successful Vertigo miniseries of the last year, written by one of comic’s top writers and drawn by Sean Murphy!

Ghost #1 (Dark Horse)

-A fresh start to a classic nineties hero!

-Written by rising Marvel writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble), Ghost #1 reintroduces this unique female character to the comic audience!

-Ryan Sook, whose slick, smooth, design-based style rarely gets the chance to grace a comic’s interior, joins DeConnick on this Dark Horse series.

-Paranormal fantasy and Anime style action blend together in this striking new series.

Marvel Mini-glasses

-The tiny cousins to the popular Toon Tumbler series of pint glasses, these shot glass feature the same quality (but different imagery) of artwork as their taller cousins.

-Each glass is reasonably priced and perfect as a stocking stuffer or extra little gift for the comic lover in your family.

-Arriving this Wednesday are Deadpool, Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, and The Punisher.

-Avenge the holidays by giving the gift that assembles the flavor every time you take a super shot!

Apr 132013
 

The mind can be a prison.

That’s the premise of Marvel NOW‘s X-Men Legacy series.  Written by the psychedelic pen of Si Spurrier (Gutsville, X-Club), X-Men Legacy follows in the footsteps of other C-List character-centric books like Immortal Iron Fist, Hawkeye, and Fearless Defenders by focusing on Charles Xavier’s son, Legion.  Formerly a schizophrenic super-villain, Legion has now found his inner peace by entrapping his numerous vile personalities in a brain prison.  Yes, brain prison.  This out-of-the-ordinary series is one of the most unusual, pleasing reads at Marvel right now, primarily because Spurrier is unafraid to venture into the weird realms of the X-Men universe.  The volume one trade paperback features the first six issues as well as a mound of mental distress.

Science = bad.

That’s the prime equation for Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects.  If you picked up the first collection of this psychotic series, you’re well aware of Hickman’s brilliance and the utter depravity of the scientists involved therein.  If you didn’t, the basic premise is that the Manhattan Project was a mere cover for what was actually occurring, i.e. time travel, alien encounters, robots, cybernetics, and vast A.I. computer systems.  From there Hickman throws in a slew of mentally unstable geniuses like Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Fenyman, each of which are hiding a dark secret, and you’ve got the madhouse pot boiler that is this series.  Now, volume two is being unleashed upon the unsuspecting public, this time with more alien disemboweling, evil FDR, and Russian cosmonaut dogs with machine guns.  Science = bad, Manhattan Projects = good.

Think bigger.

That’s Jonathan Hickman’s mandate for his recent relaunch of The Avengers.  Not has crazy as Manhattan Projects, Hickman’s Avengers has been all about expansion.  Spinning out of the Marvel NOW relaunch, this first volume of Avengers collects issues one through six, wherein Captain America puts out the call for new members in order to fight back a godly force on Mars.  All of this is building up to figuring out the original recipe for the universe.  This version of the Avengers moves far, far away from the Bendis era, with grand, epic adventures and huge comic book imagery!  Given that Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force) lends his fluid pencils to the affair, this is THE Avengers book to read if you loved the movie!

While the Avengers are fighting baddies on Mars, they are not, in fact, fighting the aliens from Mars Attacks!  However, nearly everyone else is!

IDW continues its annual tradition of crossover miniseries where some evil force ventures into the various property universes the company owns.  Previously, its been zombies and Cthulhu fighting the likes of GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Transformers (Infestion v.1-2; check’em out!), but this time around it’s the Mars Attacks! martians versus the IDW universe!  Mars Attacks IDW includes each of the one-shot volumes released, featuring KISS, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Zombies vs. Robots, and, the best of the bunch, Popeye!  Each issue is drawn and written in a style appropriate to the character so, for instance, the Popeye issue looks like a 40s era golden age book being invaded by twisted, murderous aliens.  And the only thing standing in their way is a can of spinach and one pissed off sailor!  If you never thought you’d see such insane crossovers, your mind will melt when you lay eyes on this trade paperback volume!