Jul 082016
 

Monstress v.1 tpbMonstress v.1 tpb

-Praised as one of last year’s best new ongoing series, Monstress is now out in trade paperback!

-Blending elements of anime, Hayao Miyazaki films, and steampunk, Monstress is unlike any other Image comics you’ll read.

-Taking place in an alternate reality, Monstress follows a young girl who has survived a treacherous war as she leads a rebellion against the ruling class.

-Sana Takeda’s art is worth the $9.99 price tag alone, as all six issues of her gorgeously intricate painted artwork is included.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS Rebirth #1Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS

-You’ve read Green Lanterns, now dive into the rest of the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Robert Venditti, who took over for Geoff Johns during the New 52 era, is back to helm this title.

-Those looking for classic Green Lantern action will find it in the Hal Jordan series, as he, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Jon Stewart face off against Sinestro.

-Ethan Van Sciver and a slew of other great artists will be illustrating the issues of this ongoing series, switching off as the series progresses.

New Super-ManNew Super-Man #1

-Even though there’s a new Clark Kent/Superman on the block, there’s still room for one more!

-Kong Kenan is the Super-Man of China, both trying to deal with his new found powers and form his very own Justice League.

-Having finished out the New 52 era for the Superman series, Gene Luen Yang is now launching this new ongoing series.

-Yang is also well known for writing the stellar Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels for Dark Horse!

Nightwing Rebirth #1Nightwing Rebirth #1

-Even though Grayson was one of DC‘s best ongoing series, everyone’s been dying for Dick Grayson to return to the Nightwing mantle!  Well, he’s back and he’s in blue and black!

-Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson) sticks around to write the Nightwing series going forward!

-Transitioning back into the world of superheroes, Dick has to hone his skills by working with a new mentor named Raptor.

-As these two train, they attempt to strike back against an organization that has caused the Bat-Family immense distress:  The Court of Owls.

Sep 282013
 

Fantomex Max #1

-Fantomex, the X-Men‘s very own resident smart-ass resident, gains his own four issue miniseries!

-In homage to the psychedelic, stylized Jim Steranko Nick Fury series of the seventies, Fantomex MAX is gritty, adult, and weird in a good way.

-Andrew Hope (no relation to Dennis Hopeless) takes Fantomex to the bottom of the Arctic ocean and beyond, as he schmoozes with ladies, tranquilizes bad guys, and gets his spy on!

-Oh, and did I mention that THE KRAKEN gets released!

Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1 (of 5)

-For those who feel deprived of Peter Parker now that Doc Ock is in charge, Marvel Knights Spider-Man is your return to the Parker charm!

-Written by Missouri resident Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Revolver, Justice League of America, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad), this miniseries is likely to be a psychological trip into the psyche of Peter as he is tasked with physical obstacles.

-Marco Rudy, formerly of Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing, joins with Kindt!

-Peter must face off against 99 different Marvel villains, as he globe hops in a desperate attempt to save the lives of innocents!

Batman Court of Owls Book & Mask Set

-Haven’t gotten into the New 52 Batman series (a serious mistake!)?  Now’s the time to get the most bang for your buck!

-The trade paperback collection included in the set contains issues one through seven of the classic-in-the-making Batman run!

-Your very own Court of Owls mask is also included, making for a creepy, nearly ready-made cosplay option for the next comic convention you visit.  Or just scare the hell out of your friends.

-Uncover the mystery of Batman‘s newest foes while wearing their own chillingly iconic mask.

Hinterkind #1

-DC‘s Vertigo Comics launches a new wave of soon-to-be hit titles, with Hinterkind #1!

-Mythology and post-apocalyptic tales collide in this alternate future survival story!

-After humankind totaled the planet with The Blight, Earth is fighting back by releasing classic beasts of mythology, like the Chimera, Hydra, and Harpy, to defend itself.

-With these fantastical creatures in charge, what’s left of humankind is holed up in Central Park, fighting for the next day.

Feb 092013
 

The best team is the one that doesn’t know it’s a team.

That’s the premise of Nick Spencer’s (Morning Glories, Thunder Agents, Thief of Thieves) new run on Secret Avengers.  Joining the Marvel NOW! line, Secret Avengers #1 builds the extremely covert team of Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier to send them on their mission.  And it does it with only one word.  Basically, every member of the team becomes activated by a single word, completes their mission, is told the word again, and walks off into the sunset blissfully ignorant of everything they just did.  It’s covert ops at it’s most covert.  And when it’s drawn by a master of the dark and gritty like Luke Ross, it’s practically so covert it’s not even there.  Or if you want a little more boisterous version, maybe the Skottie Young variant cover will suit you.

As Magneto said, villains it is then.

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo is all about the baddies.  Serving as the companion book to Bendis’ other X-Men title, All-New X-Men, Uncanny stars Cyclops, Magneto, Emma Frost, and a bunch of other good-for-nothings.  Unlike any other X-Men book before it, this time around it’s the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants in the limelight.  Now that Cyclops has assembled his team he’s on a mission to enact his vision of mutant dominance, one which he’s willing to carry out by whatever means necessary.

Since tonight’s list seems all about murdery murder, it seems only fair to let a female master assassin in on the mix.  Katana #1, spinning out of the soon-to-be-released Justice League of America, stars the widowed sword-wielding hired killer of the same name.  With her family’s souls residing in the very sword she uses to slay her enemies, the Soultaker, Katana has to be careful not to let its power and conscience forestall her mission.  Anyone reading Birds of Prey should be familiar with Katana‘s character and mission, as well as fans of the classic Outsiders series.  

Finally, for those who have been hanging on the edge of their seat since the release of the first New 52 Batman hardcover, the wait is over!  Batman: Night of the Owls continues the onslaught of The Court as they descend on Gotham in an effort to purge it of the social elite.  But Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Bat-Family may have something to say about that.  This thick hardcover edition comes packed with the entire Court of the Owls crossover, which includes Batman #8-9, the Batman Annual, Detective Comics #9, Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9.  That’s a lot of Batman punching Talon action for a minimal price.