Feb 022013

Andy Diggle and Jock, the superstar creative team behind Green Arrow Year One and The Losers (which is a thousand times better than the film, by the way), lend their talents to a new creator owned series from Image Comics this Wednesday.  Blending political thrillers, Clerks, and gritty noir storytelling, Snapshot is a four issue miniseries bound to thrill you more than once.  When an lifelong nerd employee of a comic store (this is sounding familiar…) finds a cellphone full of grisly images of someone’s murder, he has no other option than to run as fast and as far as he can.  But it’s never that easy is it?  If you’ve been enjoying the sketchy, moody artwork of Jock in the Batman back-up stories or in Scott Snyder’s previous Detective Comics run, The Black Mirror, then Snapshot is your cup of tea.

Sorcery receives a modern update in Top Cow‘s Son of Merlin miniseries.

Building off of the classic Arthurian figures of myth, Son of Merlin picks up when a respected professor of science finds out he’s actually the descendant of the famous wizard, Merlin.  And, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but science and magic don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.  However, before the good doctor can think through his new predicament, he’s being hounded by the immortal Morgan le Fay.  But there’s a whole secret underground society of ancient magic users that might just be willing to come to his aid.  Drawn in the gorgeous, expressive tradition of the famous Top Cow books to come before it like Fathom, Charismagic, and Witchblade, Son of Merlin will cast its spell over you.

I say, my dear Watson, the zombie is a foot!

Though not strictly a Sherlock Holmes versus zombies story, The New Deadwardians is about the closest to it you’ll ever get.  Written by cult favorite author and comic legend Dan Abnett, this post-Victorian England horror/mystery yarn takes places in an alternate reality where, after a zombie infection spread throughout the population, the majority of the remaining English citizens had to submit to becoming vampires in order to fight them off.  Now, it’s the vampires who’ve becoming the upper-class aristocracy while the zombie population are cordoned off on the outskirts of town.  Chief Inspector Suttle, a forever young himself, is tasked with solving a grisly crime, the first in nearly a decade, during a growing zombie uprising.  It’s all elementary from there.

Love is in air for the DC Universe this Wednesday.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early, DC releases its most romantic anthology yet, the Young Romance DC New 52 Special.  Containing six unique stories of famous DC couples like Aquaman and Mera, Midnighter and Apollo, and Catwoman and Batman spending their special day together in the only way superpowered crime fighters can, as well as stories of Wonder Woman, Dick Grayson, and others coming to terms with the relationships they’ve entered into.  Each of the stories is written and drawn by a talented creator, like Andy Diggle, Gene Ha, Ann Nocenti, Kyle Higgins, Becky Cloonan, and Peter Milligan.  And for those old school romantics, the issue comes with usable Valentine’s Day cards.  Oh, amore!

Apr 012011

FDR once said that there’s nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Well, that son of a gun was wrong!

Fear Itself is not to be feared, it is to be loved and snuggled with.  Why?  Because it’s written by Matt Fraction.  And drawn by Stuart Immonen!  Yeah, the guy from Invincible Iron Man and the guy from Nextwave are getting together to make a baby of comic love!

Here’s the scoop:  all the Marvel superheroes are having to face their greatest fears.  As this is Marvel’s next big event, all the big names will be present and accounted for.  Some may even bite it.  Oh, and Dracula will be involved.  And who doesn’t love Dracula?

Would you like to see a magic trick?  How about a Charismagic trick?  For either you’re going to want to pick up Aspen Studios new title, Charismagic.  A Las Vegas magician is faced with the spectacle of his career as he is faced with a world where all the real magic he never thought existed has return with a vengeance.  Aspen is known for putting out pretty books (Fathom, Soulfire) and, by the look of the preview art, this one’s going to be more of the same.  If you’re into books like Zatanna, Magus, or Mysterious the Unfathomable, then you might want to pull this rabbit out of the hat.

Crime stories and high-caliber art crash together in Blue Estate, a new, beautiful book from Image.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this book justice, so here’s a link to its website where you can look at sample art, get a run down on the creators, the mission statement, the storyline, and the characters, all while sipping on whatever libation you prefer.  If you’re one of those lazy folks who can’t be bothered to hop to another page (I speak from personal experience), then let me attempt to give you the low down.  Blue Estate is a noir-infused, neon grit and grim crime book that juggles art styles panel by panel.  A quote that best describes it is, “This is the kind of comics Elmore Leonard would write if he wrote comics”.  And, whoo boy, look at that slick cover design.

This next book is sexy.  I mean, if it was legal, I might consider marrying this book.  Like, this thing should be plastered on covers of Maxim and Playboy.  What is this glorious piece of eye pornography?  Nonplayer.  Created by a former video game designer, Nate Simpson, who happens to be some sort of artistic god, Nonplayer revolves around a young girl who is immersed in the online world of a fantasy MMO, akin to World of Warcraft.  Ah, but that alone would be boring.  Where the hook comes in is that as she beings to shake things up in the gaming world, her own world starts to feel the reverberations.  Geoff Darrow has been quoted (this is seriously the post of quotes) as saying, “If you don’t buy this book, you’re stupid”.  Frankly, I would agree.  For a preview of the book, go here.

Finally, something shinny.  Green Lantern prop replicas gain a new buddy with this nifty Honor Guard ring set.  The ring is based off of the new ring design and comes with a fancy green carrying case.  Oh, and they’re made of metal, not plastic.  Sweeeeet.