Oct 022015

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

Sep 252015

Dixie Vixens GNDixie Vixens GN

-As if Quentin Tarantino wrote a comic that blended Django Unchained and Death Proof together!

-Discover the voices of some new comic creators for under $15!

-A trio of female college roommates head down South before graduation, but when their car breaks down they run afoul of the KKK.

-But these ladies ain’t going to take ignorant, bigotry lying down.  Somebody’s getting shot!

The Empty Man v.1 tpbEmpty Man

-If moody, tense cop dramas like The Following, Hannibal, and True Detective appeal to you, then check out The Empty Man.

-Written by Missouri’s own Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Sixth Gun, Sinestro).

-Multiple FBI agents attempt to discover the origins of a mysterious virus that leaves people hollowed out and dead.  All while a menacing death cult stalks them from the shadows.

-Also features gorgeous painterly artwork from rising star Vanesa Del Ray.

From Under MountainsFrom Under Mountains #1

-A spin-off series from the fantasy/Sci-Fi ongoing, 8House.

-Written by Marian Churchland, the artist of the first two issues of 8House Arclight.

-Issue one contains artwork by visionary creator Brandon Graham!

-Continues the stories of the various houses and families introduced in the main 8House series.

Godzilla in Hell #3Godzilla in Hell #3

-Local artist Buster Moody, who illustrated this issue, will be signing it at the store on the day of its release!

-Moody is a rising talent from Kansas City, so come support local creators and get a copy signed!

-The Godzilla in Hell miniseries has a been an intriguing artistic experiment, as every issue features a different artist telling a story of the infamous Kaiju descending further into hell.

-Joining Moody, Adam Smith and Matt Fox, two other local creators, will be signing their new original graphic novel, Long Walk to Valhalla.

Sep 042015

Faster Than Light #1Faster Than Lighter #1

-If Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar stoked your fancy, then Faster Than Light is up your star system.

-After having discovered lightspeed travel, a crew of astronauts sets out to explore the universe.  What they find may not be completely safe.

-Features an “augmented reality” technique that will make it appear as if the images are jumping off the page.

-Joins Image Comics already strong line of Sci-Fi titles, like Drifter, Descender, East of West, 8House, and Prophet.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (of 4)Tyson Hesse Diesel

-Another colorful, expansive, quirky Boom Box! miniseries.

-The first original comic from webcomic creator, Tyson Hesse (Boxer Hockey).

-Diesel is an inspired blend of Studio Ghibli films, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Tank Girl!

-Diesel, a young girl living under her father’s shadow, escapes her dull life as a garbage collector once she discovers a powerful airship engine.

Head LopperHead Lopper #1

-In the tradition of Conan and Kull, the Head Lopper series will be about violence, pillaging, and the lamentations of the women.

-Drawn and written by Andrew MacLean, the artist of Apocalyptigirl!

-Issue one is an oversized eighty pages of Mignola-esque barbarian action and adventure.

-The notorious Head Lopper removes the craniums of orcs and other creatures, only to carry them with him and keep them as companions.

Star Wars Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1 (of 4)Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens

-Force Friday kicked off The Force Awakens marketing train, but, next Wednesday, Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire continues it!

-An in-continuity, four part miniseries that links the original Star Wars trilogy to the new Star Wars trilogy.

-Continuing Marvel Comics pairing of veteran and respected comic writers and artists with Star Wars series, Greg Rucka (Punisher, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) are the creative team on all four issues of this miniseries.

-Find out what happened after the Rebellion crushed the Empire!  How does that time period connect to the events of The Force Awakens?

Aug 282015

PlutonaPlutona #1

-Jeff Lemire, popular writer of Sweet Tooth, Descender, Animal Man, Green Arrow, and All New Hawkeye, launches a new Image Comics series!

-Newcomer, Emi Lenox, provides the series a chalky, independent aesthetic.

-When a group of teenagers find the world’s leading superhero dead in the woods behind their houses, what will they do?

-Shrouded in mystery, expect Plutona to deliver the feels and the thrills.

Mockingbird SHIELD 50th Anniversary #1Mockingbird SHIELD 50th #1

-Falling on the heels of the oversized Shield #9, this Mockingbird one-shot is the first of a series that celebrate SHIELD’s 50th Anniversary.

-Popularized by the Agents of Shield television show, Bobbi Morse is the star of this done-in-one story where she seeks revenge for the death of a fellow agent.

-Joëlle Jones, artist of the cult favorite Lady Killer miniseries, will be on art duties!

-Also features a back-up story by Beautiful Creatures author, Margaret Stohl.

Deadpool vs ThanosDeadpool vs Thanos #1 (of 4)

-He’s fought the Marvel Universe and won.  He’s fought zombies and won.  Now, he’ll fight one of the most powerful beings in the universe and. . .well. . .

-Tim Seeley, writer of Hack/Slash, Grayson, and Revival, takes over from Cullen Bunn!

-It’s a lover’s squabble as Wade Wilson and The Mad Titan fought over the hand of the fair maiden Death!

-When everyone in the universe suddenly stops dying, how far will Thanos and Deadpool go to change that?

Mad Max Fury Road tpbMad Max Fury Road tpb

-Witness us!

-Summer’s most shocking blockbuster success, Mad Max:  Fury Road, receives three prequel stories in comic form!

-Written and overseen by director George Miller, himself!

-Contains prequel stories for Nux, Immortan Joe, Furiosa, and a two-part Mad Max tale.

Aug 212015

Nextwave complete collectionNextwave Agents of HATE Complete Collection tpb

-Not something we regularly do, but with this collection we’re highlighting a reprint.

-But why do that, you might ask?  Well, simply put:  Nextwave is considered by the Pulp staff to be one of Marvel‘s best comic series ever!

-Written by one of comic’s greats, Warren Ellis (Trees, Planetary, Transmetropolitan), and illustrated by new Star Wars artist, Stuart Immonen, this series is pure perfection!

-One of Marvel‘s funniest comics ever, as a ragtag group of heroes (including Machine Man, Boom-Boom, and Captain F&*!) fight against a SHIELD-esque organization called HATE.  In the course of the series, the group battles Cuddly Wittle Drop Bears of Death, a talking dinosaur, a horny Fing Fang Foom, and, in general, political correctness.

Drive #1 (of 4)Drive

-Based off of the hit novel that inspired Nicholas Winding-Refn’s cult favorite film.

-Cool, neon, neo-noir about desperate criminals, sultry dames, and close calls.

-Adapted from James Sallis’ novel.

-A nameless driver makes the choice to cross a menacing LA mobster.  Who comes out on top is all based on skill.

Zodiac StarforceZodiac Starforce #1

-Dark Horse jumps onto Boom! Studios bandwagon of colorful, manga-influenced, ebullient comics!

-Zodiac Starforce is clearly born out of a nostalgia and love for Power Rangers and Sailor Moon!

-In issue #1, you’ll be introduced to a team of superpowered female fighters who defend the Earth from aliens in-between high school classes.

-Where the twist comes in, though, is that future issues jump into the future, after the ladies are out of school, and must reform the Zodiac Starforce after having broken up.

Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #1 (of 6)Batman Arkham Knight Genesis

-A second prequel miniseries to the Batman Arkham Knight video game!

-Peter J. Tomasi, writer of the main Arkham Knight series, will also be writing Genesis!

-Genesis will reveal the origin of the mysterious Arkham Knight (whose real name will be especially familiar to avid Batman fans).

-Issues will jump back-and-forth between past and present, including one where the will tangle with Harley Quinn in both time periods.