Apr 072012
 

Take your wallet out of your pocket. Look at it. Compare it to the picture on the left. Now cry.

Don’t worry, I’m crying, too.

But there’s no reason to be crying after Wednesday, because that Batman Wallet ships along with many other Super Wallet options. For instance, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more. Trust me, no will ever mug you with a wallet like this.

And when your money is carried in a wallet like the above it’s going to beg to be spent on a Batman comic. Luckily, a new miniseries called Batman: Arkham Unhinged launches this week. Tying into last year’s extremely successful Arkham City game, this miniseries will follow events leading up to the game’s storyline, focusing on Two-Face and Catwoman‘s rivalry.

Did you see who got voted off last night?

Probably not, because America’s newest popular reality show hasn’t launched yet.

But it does this Wednesday.

America’s Got Powers is a new creator-owned series from Jonathon Ross and Bryan Hitch (Ultimates, The Authority) that takes full advantage of America’s fascination with reality television and applies it to the superhero genre. Think The Hunger Games meets Running Man meets Survivor meets Teen Titans. Hundreds of teenage super powered kids will compete. One will win. All will cause property damage. Judging from the last couple of Image miniseries, this is a book you’ll want to pick up quick, because they will be gone soon after their release.

There has been a vast influx of horror comics over the last year, but none have been better than Scott Snyder’s Severed. A period book set during the Great Depression, Severed follows a young, musically-inclined boy who’s taken to the open road in search of his father. Along the way he runs into some very, very bad people. If you’ve been reading Swamp Thing or Batman by Scott Snyder, you understand how well Scott Snyder can write horror, as he posses a unique talent for pacing scares on the page. Back that up with extremely expressive artwork from Attilla Futaki and you’ve got the spookiest book of 2011.

Monster hunting can be a messy business. All sorts of fluids and grisley bits. Find out just how messy in the new Dark Horse miniseries, Alabaster Wolves. Based off of Catilin R. Kiernan’s best selling fantasy series, Alabaster Wolves stars a young girl named Dancy Flammarion who’s hunted creepy crawlies since she could walk. But she’s about to meet her match. Fans of Whiteout will be happy to see Steve Leiber’s gorgeous artwork return to comic pages, especially with a series that contains so much vivid imagery. Add to that the gorgeous painterly covers and you’ve got the whole package.

Finally, with so much horror and spookieness going about it’s only proper to end on a like-minded book for youngsters. Oni Press, after garner much acclaim for previous series, is launching an ongoing, color series for Courtney Crumrin. If you’re unfamiliar, Courtney’s adventures involve the dark, demonic, and nasty things of the world, making for a young readers book with a bit of bite to it. These new color issues look amazing and continue the series beloved by many. If you like the Series of Unfortunate Events novels, you’ll fall right into step with Courtney Crumrin.

Apr 082011
 

Infinity is a very long time.  I know some books (COUGH-Ultimate Comics X-COUGH) take that long to come out, and are worth it when they do, but, luckily, S.H.I.E.L.D:  Infinity does not live up to its name by arriving next Wednesday.

If you’ve been keeping up with Jonathon Hickman’s opus, then you’d be quick to tell others how insanely captivating it is.  Secret societies, Leonardo da Vinci using a steam punk jet pack, Galactus attempting to devour ancient China, it’s all in S.H.I.E.L.DInfinity is the first collection of short stories for the series and features art by a various and sundry group of up and coming individuals, include one Kevin Mellon, artist of Gearhead.  His work only gets better and better with time, folks.  Combine Hickman’s high concept writing style with Mellon’s wild page layouts and angles and you’ve got a must-buy book!

When I say Duela Dent, you might immediately think Harvey “Two-Face” Dent’s daughter.  You’d be right, but also wrong.  She has taken the moniker of “Insert Batman Villain’s Name” Daughter for a number of the Dark Knight’s rouge’s gallery.  The new Ame-Comi statue for Duela Dent has her in her most famous costume (the one she wore during her stint in the Teen Titans), that of the Joker’s Daughter.  Personally, I think the design pops!  You can never go wrong with a can and top hat.

If you’re a Walking Dead fan you probably all ready have a survival guide written out in case of a zombie apocalypse.  The new Walking Dead Survival Guide, however, is not that.  Instead, it is an encyclopedic collection of character bios, location descriptions, and other detailed explanations of information from Walking Dead‘s 80+ issue run.  This first volume (of four) contains entries from A to C.  If you do some digging on the Intro-webs you might be able to find some images of the pages contain within this issue and you will realize that they look swanky.  For a series as packed with detail as this one, a collection of this magnitude is well worth it.

And one for the kiddies.  If Neil Gaiman’s Coraline (either the movie or the book) appeal to you or your children, then the first digest collection of Courtney Crumrin might be worth a look.  Setting a tone similar to the aforementioned Gaiman work, Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things follows Courtney as she explores and investigates her mysterious Uncle Aloysius’ house.  Creepy, monstrous ghoulish are discovered and dealt with in a manner only a spunky adolescent girl can manage.  Ted Naifeh both writes and illustrates this series in a style similar to Eduardo Risso and Gabriel Ba.

88 miles per hour.  Find a way to get this new Back to the Future DeLorean minimate up to that speed and…you probably still won’t be able to time travel.  But you’ll have an excessively cool miniature version of the time machine from Back to the Future and a Marty McFly in radioactive gear figure.  If you’ve purchased any of the previous BttF minimate releases, they all are usable with this mini.  Who knows, it may nab you 1.21 gigawatts if your in dire straights.

Let a black cat cross your path.  Why?  Because with this new Bishoujo statue of The Black Cat is slick, stylish, and screaming to be in your collection.  Following in a tradition of beautifully designed statues, Bishoujo releases Spider-Man‘s gal pal bounding around in her classic catsuit over a tiny building.  If you’ve seen the Psylocke or Jean Grey statues, then you know that Black Cat is perfect for this manga-style statue treatment.

Finally, whom ever wields this Travis Charest poster of the upcoming cover to The Mighty Thor #1 gains the power of ultimate awesomeness.  Travis Charest is easily one of the truly talented artists working in the industry currently, so, as you can see, his version of Thor is stunning.  If you’re planning to make a Thor smock to wear to the upcoming Thor movie, then this poster could serve that purpose.  Or, you know, if you just want to put it on your wall, that’d be fine, too.