Jan 042014
 

All New Marvel NOW Point One #1

-Ignore the goofy discrepancy of “Point One #1” and instead focus on the promising refresh of Marvel content present in this oversized issue!

-Like they did with Marvel NOW, this Point One issue is the easiest way to sample a handful of these new series without simply getting reprints of the first issue.  This oversized issue will contain entirely original content, content that will act as a prequel to the first issue of each represented character.

-The books that will be represented in this one shot include Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer, Al Ewing’s Loki: Agent of Asgard, Ms. Marvel, All-New Invaders, and two books that release on the same day, Black Widow and Avengers World.

-Each story featured within this issue will be drawn and written by the creators of their respected series, meaning quality shorts with no filler.

Avengers World #1

-Jonathan Hickman completes his trilogy of Avengers books with this third ongoing series.

-Stefano Caselli, a regular contributing artist to Hickman’s main Avengers book, returns to the characters as the main artist for this series.

-Hickman will separate this book from his other Avengers series by focusing on stand-alone arcs, not bogged down by Marvel Universe continuity or events.

-If you loved the space opera that was Infinity, then Hickman promises the same grand action and adventure in Avengers World.

Black Widow #1

-Character-centric is the name of the game for the All New Marvel NOW refresh, and Black Widow #1 is the epitome of that focus.

-Nathan Edmondson (Grifter, Who is Jake Ellis, Dancer), who helms the series, has made a reputation around writing smart, well researched espionage series, a talent which will benefit Widow’s secret agent agenda.

-Illustrated in Phil Noto’s gorgeous painterly style, Black Widow #1 emphasizes the grace and fluidity of Natasha’s acrobatics and abilities.

-Romanov is running solo in this series, freed from her Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. duties, as she searches for redemption from her past as a KGB assassin.

Detective Comics #27

-Superman‘s 75th year is over, now it’s The Dark Knight’s turn!

-DC Comics begins celebrating Batman‘s 75 years of existence with a bang in this extra long anniversary issue that shares its title and numbering with Batman‘s first appearance.

-In honor of the occasion, DC has pulled together an all-star cast of creators to contribute work, including Scott Snyder, Gregg Hurwitz, Guillem March, John Layman, Frank Miller, Mike Allred, Sean Murphy, Francesco Francavilla, and more!

-A major collector’s issue, Detective Comics #27 will feature a slew of variant covers by Frank Miller, Chris Burnham, Jason Fabok, and more.

Oct 262013
 

Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #1 (of 6)

-With the Crime Syndicate set loose on Earth, the Teen Titans shot into the future, and the Justice Leagues off the grid, it’s up to the DC-equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take on a horde of villains descending on their facility!

-Sterling Gates (Killer Frost, Supergirl), and understudy of Geoff Johns, crafts this intense six issue miniseries.

-Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor may have run Suicide Squads and Justice Leagues, but can they tactically out-maneuver the likes of Cheetah, Scarecrow, and Killer Frost?

-So far Forever Evil has been churning on all cylinders, don’t miss out on another valuable tie-in for this major event!

Damian Son of Batman #1 (of 4)

-Spinning out of Grant Morrison’s epic, near decade long run of Batman is this miniseries about Batman‘s only child!

-Set in an alternate future, Damian must rise to his father’s mantel after a set of tragic events.

-Son of Joe Kubert, and legendary artist in his own right, Andy Kubert is on both writing and artist duties for this miniseries, visually linking it back to Morrison’s famous future Damian issues.

-While he’s currently dead in the main DC universe, Son of Batman is a chance for fans of the most sarcastic, violent Robin to get their fix.

Planetoid v.1 tpb

-Fans of Brandon Graham’s Prophet take notice!

-A minimal survival story about a stranded soldier on a planet made entirely of discarded, robotic junk, Planetoid is a true underrated Image Comics miniseries from last year.

-Written, illustrated, and lettered solely by Ken Garing, this six issue miniseries is a testament to the creator-owned comic!

-A full story in a single volume!

Sandman Overture #1 (of 6)

-Neil Gaiman returns to the series that made his name!

-A bi-monthly event, Sandman Overture is a prequel to the epic Vertigo Sandman series that is considered one of the best comics of all time!

-For an event like this, DC could not skimp on the artist, thus enter J.H. Williams III, artist of Alan Moore’s Promethea, Batwoman, and Batman!  William’s unmatched panel layouts and shifting stylistics are the perfect match to the heady story telling of Gaiman.

-Starting at the beginning of time and ending with Morbius’ capture (where Sandman #1 picks up), Overture is the landmark return to form for Gaiman, twenty five years in the making.

Jul 272013
 

Guardians of the Galaxy #5

-Following up the cataclysmic ending of Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is the first series to introduce Neil Gaiman’s Angela into the Marvel universe!

-This issue is co-written by Neil Gaiman, himself!  It marks his first Marvel work in nearly ten years!

-A great jumping on point for the crazy popular Guardians of the Galaxy series, all of which will prepare you for the blockbuster movie next year!

-Check out the kitschy Skottie Young Angela variant cover to the left!  Pulp will have a limited number of these, so get’em while you can!  Also be on the lookout for the even rarer Milo Manara variant!

Collider #1

-You’ve heard of the FBI, the CIA, and the IRS, but you’ve never heard of the FBP!

-Simon Oliver (The Exterminators) returns to herald Vertigo comics into a new age!

-The Federal Bureau of Physics has been appointed to sort out a world-wide dissolution of gravity, time, and entropy!

-Robbie Rodriguez, artist from Rick Remender’s recent Uncanny X-Force run, lends his stylish pencils to the series, rendering all the physics calamity in super detail!

3 Guns #1

-The comic sequel to the the film 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg, releasing this week!

-Trench and Steadman are two covert ops agents, and former partners, on the opposite sides of a bad Russian gun deal!  Will they be able to team-up undercover to get out alive?

-And what happens when a third female agent comes into the fold?

-If you want to catch up for this miniseries or the film, we currently have the original 2 Guns miniseries in a reprinted trade paperback collection!

Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

-Alan Moore’s Tom Strong returns after a far too long hiatus!

-Chris Sprouse, the original artist for the series, also returns to illustrate this Vertigo miniseries!

-Strong has lost his powers, his daughter and grandaughter are in grave peril, and there’s only one thing that’ll help!

-Joined by his closest friends, Tom Strong journeys across the far reaches of space to collect the one item that is capable of returning his powers!

Feb 022013
 

Andy Diggle and Jock, the superstar creative team behind Green Arrow Year One and The Losers (which is a thousand times better than the film, by the way), lend their talents to a new creator owned series from Image Comics this Wednesday.  Blending political thrillers, Clerks, and gritty noir storytelling, Snapshot is a four issue miniseries bound to thrill you more than once.  When an lifelong nerd employee of a comic store (this is sounding familiar…) finds a cellphone full of grisly images of someone’s murder, he has no other option than to run as fast and as far as he can.  But it’s never that easy is it?  If you’ve been enjoying the sketchy, moody artwork of Jock in the Batman back-up stories or in Scott Snyder’s previous Detective Comics run, The Black Mirror, then Snapshot is your cup of tea.

Sorcery receives a modern update in Top Cow‘s Son of Merlin miniseries.

Building off of the classic Arthurian figures of myth, Son of Merlin picks up when a respected professor of science finds out he’s actually the descendant of the famous wizard, Merlin.  And, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but science and magic don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.  However, before the good doctor can think through his new predicament, he’s being hounded by the immortal Morgan le Fay.  But there’s a whole secret underground society of ancient magic users that might just be willing to come to his aid.  Drawn in the gorgeous, expressive tradition of the famous Top Cow books to come before it like Fathom, Charismagic, and Witchblade, Son of Merlin will cast its spell over you.

I say, my dear Watson, the zombie is a foot!

Though not strictly a Sherlock Holmes versus zombies story, The New Deadwardians is about the closest to it you’ll ever get.  Written by cult favorite author and comic legend Dan Abnett, this post-Victorian England horror/mystery yarn takes places in an alternate reality where, after a zombie infection spread throughout the population, the majority of the remaining English citizens had to submit to becoming vampires in order to fight them off.  Now, it’s the vampires who’ve becoming the upper-class aristocracy while the zombie population are cordoned off on the outskirts of town.  Chief Inspector Suttle, a forever young himself, is tasked with solving a grisly crime, the first in nearly a decade, during a growing zombie uprising.  It’s all elementary from there.

Love is in air for the DC Universe this Wednesday.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early, DC releases its most romantic anthology yet, the Young Romance DC New 52 Special.  Containing six unique stories of famous DC couples like Aquaman and Mera, Midnighter and Apollo, and Catwoman and Batman spending their special day together in the only way superpowered crime fighters can, as well as stories of Wonder Woman, Dick Grayson, and others coming to terms with the relationships they’ve entered into.  Each of the stories is written and drawn by a talented creator, like Andy Diggle, Gene Ha, Ann Nocenti, Kyle Higgins, Becky Cloonan, and Peter Milligan.  And for those old school romantics, the issue comes with usable Valentine’s Day cards.  Oh, amore!

Dec 152012
 

Before we get into the pimping of cool merchandise, everyone at Pulp just wants to give a special thank you to everybody who came out last Wednesday and made Dennis Hopless’ signing a HUGE, HUGE success.  We’re all very proud of Dennis and watching him rise to prominence as a Marvel writer, so it’s nice to see so many of our customers are ready to support him.

Now with the mushy stuff out of the way, let’s talk about another kind of mushy stuff.  I mean seriously, was anyone not shocked speechless after Avengers Arena #1?!!  Well, luckily, you don’t have to wait that long to see which hero bites the dust next and what the fallout will be regarding the first major death of the series, because issue #2 drops this Wednesday.  That’s right, only a week after issue #1, you get to have another helping of violent, grisly teen drama served to you on a platter.

And, not surprise here, Cable & X-Force #2 also ships this Wednesday, providing answers for the Phalanx infection that seems to be encroaching on the pleasant beach at the end issue #1.  Plus more firing of absurdly giant guns.

Comic readers have spoken and Marvel has listened.  Because of the outcry for more female creators and characters in comics, Marvel has begun to publish a number of series either written or drawn by women, as well as many featuring the superheroines of the universe.  First among them is the most recent ongoing Captain Marvel series.  Written by the quirky Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel brings Carol Danvers back to prominence by bringing her name and costume out of the dark ages of comic sexism and into the modern era.  The first issue of the collection will bring any new reader up-to-date while the second storyline sends Carol back in time to team-up with one of her airwomen idols of World War II.  Certainly a great gift for a daughter or niece looking to get into comics.

Remember, the D is silent.

Read the story before seeing the film with the first issue of Django Unchained.  Usually film-to-comic adaptations are weak sauce, but a there’s a couple special aspects of this series that set it apart from the others.  Foremost, R.M. Gueara, the artist of Jason Aaron’s gritty, legendary crime epic Scalped, lends his chalky, scratchy pencils to Tarantino’s vision, grounding the book in a moody atmosphere.  Also, given that Gueara did little other work while working on Scalped, Django Unchained offers another rare chance to see his skill at work.  Along with the artwork, the book’s plot and dialog is lifted directly from Tarantino’s screenplay, including scenes that didn’t make it to the theatrical cut of the movie.

With the cold weather encroaching this winter, there’s only one acceptable way of warming yourself up:  wrapping a schizophrenic, murdering superhero around your shivering body.  And if that’s your plan, there’s only one of those around, and that’s Deadpool, baby!  So, grab yourself a merry little Deadpool Hoodie this season, whether it’s in medium, large, extra large, or double XL.

No one will question why you’re talking to yourself in public ever again.