Sep 072013
 

The Mighty Avengers #1

-The Avengers are away and Thanos is here to play!  He plays a little rough, though.

-Luke Cage and a conglomeration of street-level heroes (including the Superior Spider-Man, Monica Rambeau, White Tiger, and the mysterious Spider-Hero) are all that’s left to fend off Thanos‘ generals!

-Marvel finally listened to fans and is providing a series with a little diversity to it!  When was the last time you saw three black superheroes on a team with only one white hero?  Yeah, never.  Glad to say it happens here.

-Join Pulp for the Launch Party of this book on Wednesday!  Each copy purchased earns you a special Mighty Avengers trading card!  Also, be on the lookout for a number of special variant covers, including one by fan-favorite Skottie Young!

Sons of Anarchy #1

-The cult favorite FX series, Sons of Anarchy, continues in this limited miniseries from Boom Studios!

-Having cultivated a selection of intelligent, faithful series of comics adapted from television and film (like Adventure Time, Robocop, and Eureka), Boom! is the perfect publisher to handle this series!

-Tig must protect the daughter of a former SAMCO member at all costs!

-Christopher Golden, a popular sci-fi and fantasy novelist, is in charge of this adaptation, making sure to stay faithful to the characters and feel of the show.

East of West v.1 tpb

-Written by author of Manhattan Projects, Infinity, Avengers, New Avengers, God is Dead, and Secret, Jonathan Hickman!

-Set in an alternate universe where the four horsemen of the apocalypse have descended upon the Earth, technology has advanced to a unbelievable level, and the country was shattered into factions following the civil war.

-Death, of the four horsemen, has returned and his hellbent on revenge against those who thought they’d killed him many years before.  And what have they done with his lover and child?

-A perfect entry point for the series, this first volume collects issues 1-5 for the low price of $9.99!

DC Villain’s Month Week 2

-This week sees the release of thirteen more villain-centric titles in both 2D and 3D covers (though the latter are bound to go fast!).

-If you’ve been reading Batman Zero Year by Scott Snyder, you’re definitely going to want to snag the Riddler issue as it is written by Snyder, himself, and drawn by local favorite, Jeremy Haun!

-Geoff Johns lends his creative keyboard to the story for the Black Manta issue this week.  If you picked up Forever Evil #1, you know that Manta has just been broken out of prison and given Aquaman‘s trident.  What will he do next?

-Other notable baddies this week include Harley Quinn (written by St. Louis native, Matt Kindt), Lobo (the first appearance of a radically new design), and Zod (written by Batman/Superman writer, Greg Pak)

Aug 312013
 

Forever Evil #1 / Villain’s Month

-After the ending of Trinity War, America is in utter chaos thanks to certain outsider visitors.  And the villains are in charge!

-Geoff Johns and David Fincher do what they do best and construct the FIRST event miniseries since the start of the New 52.  Forever Evil is told from the bad guys’ perspective as the Justice League and most of the world’s other heroes are missing or dead!

-Kicking off the beginning of the miniseries (and commemorating the second anniversary of the New 52), every DC comic this month is villain-centric.  That means instead of Batman we get Joker, instead of Superman we get Zod, instead of the Justice League we get Darkseid.

-Each Villain’s Month issue comes in both special, collector 3D covers as well as standard 2D covers, and only with a dollar difference.

God is Dead #1

-From the writer of Avengers, New Avengers, Manhattan Projects, Infinity, and East of West (and if that’s not a distinguished list of titles, I don’t know what is)!

-Jonathan Hickman has worked for Marvel and Image, but Avatar Press, publisher of Crossed and Extinction Parade, is allowing him to truly cut loose as far as content is concerned.

-Humanity’s time in charge of Earth is over.  Now it’s the time of the Gods.

-Zeus, Odin, Horus, and all the various Gods of world religions have descended upon the Earth and it’s up to those who survive their arrival to fight back!

The Star Wars #1 (of 8

-Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before!

-Based on the original draft of George Lucas’ script (you know, back when he could write)!

-Forget Luke Skywalker.  Welcome Annikin Starkiller.  Forget human Han Solo.  Get to know the giant, green alien version.

-Knowing that this miniseries is a huge deal, Dark Horse have assigned artist extraordinaire Mike Mayhew, who’s painted style transformers the classic George Hildebrandt posters into comic form

Batman Black & White #1

-A Batman anthology series in the color palette the character deserves!

-Contains five stories, each in black and white, by a slew of popular and acclaimed artists and writers.

-If you’ve been keeping up with The Wake or Daredevil, you’ll want to check out Sean Murphy and Chris Samnee, respectively, offering their take on the Caped Crusader.

-Neal Adams, writer of Batman Odyssey, also contributes a story as both writer and artist.

Jul 132013
 

The Mysterious Strangers #1-2

1. If Charlie’s Angels, The Avengers (BBC version), and The Prisoner conceived a baby on a drunken night, nine months later The Mysterious Strangers would pop out!

2. You may have picked up the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE of this series on Free Comic Book Day, but for those who didn’t issue #1 is being released again, along with issue #2.

3. If you didn’t pick up the issue, the book is a sixties period piece starring a team of adventures possessing a variety of unique powers control by their tattooed hands.

4. Chris Roberson has been on a roll lately with his pulpy runs on Masks and The Shadow, which makes him the perfect man to write a series so steeped in retro action!

Batman ’66 #1

1. HOLY BATUSI, BATMAN!!!!!!!

2. Speaking of retro action, the first original content starring the cast of the famous camp Batman television series of the 1960s, Batman ’66 celebrates the tradition of this wacky show!

3. Writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Agents of Atlas) brings his years and years of experience writing Golden Age style characters and story arcs to this nostalgic, humorous series.

4. All the punny insanity that you’ve come to expect from The Camp Crusader, Batman ’66 becomes a rare comedy series on a rack filled with dark, brooding characters.

Number Cruncher #1

1. Just your average undead archangel working for The Divine Calculator by bringing souls into the afterlife, The Number Cruncher is about to run into a snag.

2. If you think X-Men Legacy and X-Club are weird beyond belief (but in a good way), wait until you read Si Spurrier’s Number Cruncher.

3. Originally written for 2000 A.D., this series brims with dark, intelligent surrealism and a dabble of humor, too.

4. Spurrier may bring the unusual to his Marvel series, but it’s nothing compared to his unleashed talents on independent titles like Six Gun Gorilla and Number Cruncher.

Red Sonja #1

1. Cheesecake becomes girl power in the relaunched, Red Sonja #1!

2. Written by the comic industry’s ambassador for female creators, Gail Simone, Red Sonja finally receives the humanistic tone she has deserved for so long from a writer that isn’t a sleazy dude!

3. Storywise, Sonja is on a doomed quest, leading a failing army, all in order to pay back a debt that may cost her life.

4. To enhance the fem power of the series, Dynamite has assembled an impressive array of female talent to illustrated six different covers!  These artists include Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Fiona Staples (Saga), Jenny Frison (Revival covers), and more!

Jun 222013
 

Batman/Superman #1

1. Hot on the heels of Superman Unchained, is another series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, complete with a selection of variant covers featuring each of the titular characters as well as a Guillem March variant featuring both.

2. Greg Pak has jumped ship from Marvel to DC, leaving behind legendary runs on The Hulk (Planet Hulk, anyone?), in order to helm the a first series teaming of The Caped Crusader and Man of Tomorrow.

3.  Joining Pak on the book is Jae Lee, fresh off of a career defining run on Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, bringing a moody, shadowy portrayal of these characters unlike any you’ve seen before.

4. Taking place six  years before the present, Batman/Superman #1 relates the first time that Superman and Batman got teamed-up post-Darkseid in the New 52 universe.

Larfleeze #1

1. Feeling left out with all this Superman hoohaw going on, Larfleeze demanded DC give him his own ongoing series and they agreed to.  Mostly because he threatened to have Glomulus eat them.

2. To celebrate the release of the most recent addition to the Green Lantern universe, every purchase of issue #1 receives a free Orange Lantern Ring!

3. Once you have claimed all the Orange Lantern Rings for yourself, you can sit down and find out how Larfleeze, the most selfish creature in the galaxy, has become the only force standing between the most destructive being to ever live.

4. Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins bring their veteran experience in the comic industry to bear on this series, delivering classic action and sci-fi adventure.

Lazarus #1

1. Did you miss out on Criminal?  Or on Fatale?  Or Incognito?  If you answered “yes” to any of those, do not miss out on Image Comics soon-to-be-hit series, Lazarus!

2. From the writer/artist team of the aforementioned serieses (Greg Rucka and Michael Lark), Lazarus #1 takes these two past the crime, horror, and superhero genres they’ve tackled previously, straight into post-apocalyptic chaos.

3. Set in a future wasteland, Lazarus tells the violent tale of the last survivors of Earth, all of which have formed into distinct houses (like Game of Thrones), each of which steal from each other for survival.

4. Oh, and the main character gets shot down in issue one.  Where the hell do things go from there?

Before Watchmen Hardcovers (Round One)

1. The first wave of dual story Before Watchmen hardcovers hits shelves this Wednesday.  And if you missed out on this shockingly stellar addition to the original Watchmen, now’s your time to gather them all up.

2. Taking place before Alan Moore’s medium redefining miniseries, the two volumes shipping this week feature The Minutemen, Silk Spectre, and Ozymandias.

3. The Minutemen/Silk Spectre volume features stories by comics icon, Darwyn Cooke.  He both draws and writes The Minutemen story in his notably golden age style, producing the closest approximation to the original Watchmen, in terms of dense narrative and complexity, in the entire line.  His Silk Spectre story is drawn by Amanda Conner in a style that can only be described as Archie Comics on ecstasy.

4. The second volume this week is Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair.  Brimming with pulpy pulp, this hardcover details the globe-trotting origins of the most brilliant man on Earth in the style of classic Doc Savage and Shadow stories.  Not only that, but the entire interlinking Crimson Corsair story and the Dollar Bill one-shot.

May 252013
 

Facebook and iTunes have the market cornered on useless updates, so we’re going to try something different here and update the format for a reason.  Tonight we’re going to try out a new, more concise format for Comic List Highlights, one we intend to call 4 x 4.  It’s simple, four facts about four new comics or trade paperbacks coming out the next Wednesday.  Short.  Sweet.  Less of an eyesore.

Adventures of Superman #1

1. Ignore the hubbub about Orson Scott Card writing this book, because he’s been replaced on issue one by some of DC‘s best artists and writers, including Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo, and Chris Samnee.

2. Samnee’s Golden Age-esque style has been put to great use on Daredevil and The Rocketeer lately, and now does the same for Superman.

3. Contrasting Samnee’s style, Riley Rossmo’s (Bedlam, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking) sketchy style is exemplifies the high contrast of visual styles represented in this issue.

4. This anthology brings the baddies with stories about Lex Luthor, Bizzaro, and Zod.  Oh, and maybe some Superman, too.

Thor, God of Thunder v.1 HC

1. Kansas City native Jason Aaron has been weaving a Thor yarn for the ages, destined to become a modern classic.

2. Split across three time periods, God of Thunder stars three incarnations of Thor, past, present, and arm-less, one-eyed, Odin-like future.

3. Esad Ribic’s painterly style lends an epic, tapestry-like quality to the series that enhances its mythic tone.

4. Thor.  Loves.  Ale.

X-Men #1

1. Forget testosterone, it’s all estrogen all the time thanks to the all female cast of X-Men #1.

2. Brian Wood has dabbled with the X-Men in the past on Ultimate Comics X-Men and the previous X-Men series, but now gets the keys to the kingdom in this Marvel NOW! series.

3. Olivier Coipel’s (House of M) slick, appealing style works equally well for dialog and action scenes, which, the last time I checked, are the X-Men’s bread and butter.

4. Milo Manara and Terry Dodson both have contributed variant covers for the first issue!

 

The Wake #1

1. Current writer of Batman and Superman Unchained, Scott Snyder, returns to his horror roots with the Vertigo series, The Wake.

2. In previous horror series Severed and American Vampire Snyder showed his vast talent for pacing scares on the comic page, not an easy task.

3. Sean Murphy of Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus joins Snyder to tell this confined thriller which follows a marine biologist as she ventures into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle to explore a sunken oil rig…and what resides there.

4. Fans of isolated suspense movies like The Thing and Alien need to check The Wake #1 out!