Apr 112014
 

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-Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come) restarts the Indestructible Hulk with an entirely new direction!

-Mark Bagley of Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and just-about-everything-else-fame joins Waid on Hulk #1!

-At the end of the previous Hulk series, Bruce Banner was left on the edge of death, fighting his mortality as the Hulk side attempted to take control.

-Who will win out at the beginning of this series?  And how badly will they destroy the rest of the Marvel Universe?

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-Green Lantern‘s greatest villain gains his own ongoing series!

-Having lost his precious Yellow Lantern CORPS, his family, and his reputation, Sinestro has nothing more to lose as he goes up against Lyssa Drak, his former protege.

-Dale Eaglesham, prominent Marvel artist, has jumped ship to DC to draw this major release!

-As well, Cullen Bunn will be writing, which means you need to grab a copy so that you can bring it back on May 14th and get it signed by Bunn, when he, Jason Aaron, and Dennis Hopeless are here!

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-If you’ve ever thought about pooping in your boss’ flowerpot to get revenge, Sex Criminals is the book for you!

-If you’ve ever found porn in the woods, Sex Criminals is the book for you!

-If you’ve ever tried the Dutch Microwave, Sex Criminals is the book for you!

-Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have created one of the best books at Image Comics right now, largely because of its open exploration of sex and romantic relationships, but also because it stars one of the most realistic female characters in comics today!

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-Claudio Sanchez, lead singer and songwriter of Coheed and Cambria, returns to comics this week!

-Never before has Sanchez ventured into the realm of superhero comics. . .until now!

-BOOM! Studios continues to pair Sanchez with great, young artists, and this time has assigned Daniel Bayliss to bring his ideas to fruition.

-If you’ve read Key of ZKill Audio, and the Amory Wars comics, then Translucid is what you need to complete your library!

Feb 252012
 

In your never ending quest for diamond, the Foam Minecraft Pick Axe is your best friend, but don’t let it distract you from the hissing sound of the Creeper running up behind you. For that, you’ll need the Foam Minecraft Sword. With both of these necessary life tools in tow, you’ll find yourself building towers of glass and combating all the mobs of the nether.

You’re sitting on your couch, reading this post, and you’re thinking, “I’ve read all the interesting Punisher stories. They can’t do anything new or inventive with him.” And you would be wrong. That’s because Greg Rucka can do no wrong. This first hardcover volume of the recently restarted Punisher series collects the first six gritty issues, each better than the last. Painting Frank Castle as a silent, stalking serial killer, Rucka enlivens the book while balancing it with a riviting police drama following the cops hot on his tail. Taking the best parts of Garth Ennis’ run on PunisherMAX and blending them with his procedural work on Gotham Central, Rucka weaves a Punisher tale with the best of them.

It’s already been presented here in a many number of forms, but the trade paperback collection of Key of Z is certainly the ultimate version. Collecting all four issues of the alternative zombie/revenge miniseries, this softcover volume stands next to any Walking Dead tpb out there. Centered in a zombie infested New York, Key of Z chronicles the struggle for control between three rival “houses” of survivors. Sadly, not everyone makes it out alive which starts Nick Ewing on a quest for vengeance against those who let his wife and child perish. Lucky he has a special harmonica that controls the undead. Written by prog rock god, Claudio Sanchez (Coheed & Cambria), this zombie yarn is bound to become a cult classic.

Finally, if you’ve been keeping up with Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain’s Carnage USA series and loving the painterly artwork and dark writing, you need to pick up the first volume, Carnage: Family Feud. Returning from the great beyond, Carnage unleashes a murderous rampage upon New York, forcing Iron Man and Spider-Man to come to the rescue. Wells has a knack for crafting Spider-Man tales as he’s currently writing Avenging Spider-Man and previously wrote for Amazing Spider-Man during Brand New Day, so he’s quite familiar with this neck of the Marvel Universe.

Feb 182012
 

This ain’t Kansas anymore, folks.

Image Comics new series, No Place Like Home, is a reworking of the classic Wizard of Oz story, with a bent toward the darker side of life. Dorthy has become Dee for this story, returning home after her parents are killed in a tornado. Where Judy Garland used to have spunk, Dee has punk, and so does the series as writer Angelo Tirotto pens dark elements of a murder mystery into Baum’s classic structure. Trust me, this series may take you somewhere over the rainbow, but it ain’t going to be any singing or dancing where it lands you.

One hefty brick of 90′s X-Men sweetness, the Age of Apocalypse Omnibus comes fully stocked with all the alternate reality sheenanigans you could want. If you’re not familiar with the now cult classic story, the basic premise is that Charles Xavier’s murder leads to a screwed up alternate future where the X-Men are on the run from Apocalypse in a world he controls. Wolverine’s missing a hand, Cyclops is working for the bad guy, and Magneto’s macking on Rogue! Of the alternate reality X-Men stories, Age of Apocalypse ranks right up there with Days of Future Past, so if you’re a fan, pick the whole series up in one fell swoop.

Wish you had superpowers?

So did Simon Pooni and that wish came true. One of Mark Millar’s (Kick-Ass) numerous Marvel Icon imprint books, Superior is about a young wheelchair-bound boy who is granted the ability to become a Superman-like hero named Superior. However, this wish may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Drawn by superstar artist Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion), this book wreaks of the same dark humor and violence Millar’s other Icon series (Nemesis, Kick-Ass 2) emanate. And there’s a killer twist.  Pick up the Superior Hardcover collection and find out.

Finally, you like drawings of zombies that look really cool? You like Claudio Sanchez? You like Declan Shalvey’s artwork? Good, because the New York Comic Con variant cover for Key of Z #1 is coming! And it looks brutal.

Also, if you haven’t gotten a chance to read the best zombie book since Walking Dead, you should pick up all four issues, currently available at Pulp Fiction.

Oct 152011
 

Are your windows boarded?  Do you have ammunition by the door?  Does your TV get cable?

Hopefully, the answer to all of these questions is “yes” as tomorrow heralds the return of The Walking Dead television series on AMC.  If you don’t have cable, though, and are going to be deprived of zombie-faction for the time it takes for the season two DVDs to come out, you might want to bide your time with the first in a trilogy of Walking Dead novels.  Rather concisely summing up the arch of the three book series, the first one is called Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.  If you’ve read far enough into the comic series, you’ll know that The Governor is a bad, bad, bad dude.  As stated, this series will follow his ascent to power as he back stabs, murders, and cheats his way to the top of the post-zombpocalypse heap.  Written by the creator of Walking Dead, himself, Robert Kirkman, this series is sure to live up to the shocking quality of the comic and show.   

Usually, as I’m transferring from one zombie related book to another I’d attempt to create some sassy, stupid transition, but considering this next book I feel I only have to say two words to get people’s attention:  Claudio Sanchez.  Yes, a mention of the front man of famous cult band, Coheed and Cambria, has a way of sending rabid fan boys and girls rushing in every direction, but for those who you who are scratching your head, I’ll elaborate.  Set in post-zombie infestation New York, Key of Z, follows a man who has lost his entire family but found a mystical object that gives him an upper hand in the deadly city.  Not only will he have to contend with the undead denizens of the city, but also a violent battle for control between three rival safehouses operating out of Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and Madison Square Garden.  Considering Sanchez’s surreal outlook on…well, everything, this should be a zombie book like no other.

There are comic books that we attempt to warn people are not for the faint of constitution.  A lot of the times we’re just overselling it so that people don’t wander into something that they’re going to regret purchasing.  Understand that in no way am I overselling the absolutely insane content found in Alan Moore‘s Neonomicon.  This.  Book.  Is.  Intense.  Dark, spooky, violent, filthy, and, as is commonly the case with Alan Moore, brilliant.  Building off of his previous series, The Courtyard, and connecting a number of H. P. Lovecraft‘s famous ideas, Moore tells the disturbing story of two FBI agents who investigate the wrong Cthulhuian cult and pay for it dearly.  Both the softcover and hardcover editions are dropping this weak for any out there brave enough to delve in.  The Great One is coming.

We’ve had zombies, Cthulhu monsters, and now vampires tonight.  You’d think we’re getting close to Halloween or something.  30 Days of Night, the popular series from Steve Niles about vampires who show up in an isolated Alaskan town over a thirty day eclipse is finally getting a much overdue ongoing series.  Yes, issue one drops this Wednesday, still written by Niles, but this time drawn by famous artist of such gritty titles as The Maxx and Arkham Asylum: Madness, Sam Keith.  If you take a look at the cover to the right, I think you’ll see why Keith is the perfect artist for the title as he can capture that haunting, moody creepiness a book like this requires.  But what about the plot?  Moving the story from Alaska to L.A., Niles will follow the mystery of a growing vampire uprising and a foreboding letter sent to a little girl.  Creep up your October and jump on board.