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 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