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.

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.