Apr 252014
 

Star Wars Heist #1Star Wars:  Heist #1 (of 4)

-Critically acclaimed writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Revolver, Suicide Squad, Justice League of America) takes on the Star Wars universe!

-This four issue miniseries takes place during the continuity of the original Star Wars trilogy.

-Each issue will focus on a single character, including Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo, on an solo adventure.

-Issue one is about the galaxy’s coolest smuggler, Han Solo, as he bumbles his way through a secret mission.

Pretty Deadly v.1 tpbPretty Deadly v.1 tpb

-One of this year’s many hit series from Image Comics!

-A female powerhouse of a comic, Pretty Deadly is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn in the impressionistic style of Emma Rios.

-A fantasy western epic, Pretty Deadly a band of outlaws on the run from Death, himself.  Luckily, they have his daughter on their side.

-This $9.99 volume will catch any new reader up to the current issue of the series!

Amazing Spider-Man #1Amazing Spider-Man #1 ANMN

-The wait is over!  Peter Parker has finally returned!

-Doctor Octopus has mucked up Peter’s life for too long, but now that he’s no longer in control of Peter’s body, Parker is left to pick up the pieces and reorganize his life.

-Dan Slott, the legendary author of The Superior Spider-Man run, remains on the title, returning Spider-Man to his Amazing roots!

-For those interested in the Spider-Verse event that’s coming later this year, Amazing Spider-Man #1 is the road that leads to it!

Southern Bastards #1Southern Bastards #1

-In the vein of sweaty, grimy down South crime stories like Blood Simple, Walking Tall, and True Detectives, comes Jason Aaron’s newest Image Comics series!

-Aaron’s last series in this genre was the popular crime series, Scalped, so he’s got this thing down to a science.

-Make sure to grab a copy then bring it back for Aaron to sign when he’s at the store on May 14th!

-Follow Earl Tubb as he brutally attempts to clean-up Craw County for the better.

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.

Jun 152013
 

Extinction Parade #1

1. Coinciding with the release of the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z, Avatar Press unleashes the first issue in a new miniseries by Brooks himself!

2. Extinction Parade builds off of a Brooks short story from 2010, allowing him to expand the world he created earlier!

3. The story itself focuses on a period of time where the zombie infestation of Earth has dwindled the human population to a point where the vampire community, which has existed in secret since the beginning of time, has begun to worry about their diminishing food supply.

4. In short, that’s vampires vs. zombies vs. humans written by zombie specialist, Max Brooks!

Wild Blue Yonder #1

1. Golden age war comics and modern age post-apocalyptic narratives slam together in IDW‘s Wild Blue Yonder!

2. A young female fighter pilot named Cola battles for survival in an Earth that has become so overpopulated that most of humanity has left the ground for survival.

3. Zack Howard, artist on Joe Hill’s The Cape, created and funded this series through Kickstarter, touting it as a personal passion project, which usually bodes well for the quality of the story.

4. Expect high-octane action sequences, as Cola fights to defend her legendary airship, The Dawn, from air pirates and other baddies.

Edison Rex v.1 TPB

1. Chris Roberson’s (iZombie, Memorial) acclaimed Edison Rex series is now out in trade paperback!

2. After a week where the spotlight has been on Superman, Edison Rex turns it to a Luthor-esque baddie.

3. Following years of evil plans and strategies, Edison Rex has finally defeated Valiant, his arch-rival and protector of Earth.  But what does he do after that?  Who is he when he’s not defined by the good guy he fought for so long?

4. Following in the footsteps of post-modern, self-referential comic works like Watchmen (though this is a smidge lighter in tone) and Top Ten, Edison Rex brims with in-jokes and references to comic history!

100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1

1. You thought they were out, but they’re getting pulled back in!

2. Nearly four years after the legendary Vertigo series ended, Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman) and Eduardo Risso (Flashpoint: Batman) have returned to add a post-script to their epic crime series.

3. Brother Lono picks up after the violent events of the 100 Bullets conclusion, following Lono (who was last seen getting shot in the chest) as he hides out in Mexico.

4. How many series gain an extra chapter after concluding their story, by the original creative team, and almost a half-decade after the last issue came out?  None, that’s the answer.  Be sure to pick-up this over-sized first issue of this comic event!

Mar 092013
 

Next Wednesday is made for those who’s diet is Wolverine deficient.

Whether your Wolverine is regular or Ultimate universe, Marvel has a Wolverine for you.

To begin, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Captain Britain & MI13, Knight & Squire, Demon Knights) and veteran artist Alan Davis merge their talents together to form one giant glob of SNIKTY SNIKTY awesomeness.  Wolverine #1 does manage to add a new angle to the Canuck that has been rare previously:  mystery.  Beginning with some ancient history where Wolverine made a decision that cost a kid his life.  And as every decision leads back to the present day for Logan, he won’t be able to escape or slice away the mistakes of the past.  Being the best there is at what you do isn’t always everything.

And if that isn’t enough adamantium for you, Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 has two Wolverines for the price of one.

Primarily starring Jimmy Hudson, Logan’s son and current Wolverine, this new miniseries by Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun, Helheim, Fearless Defenders), who’s got a load of good work coming out recently, follows Jimmy has he tries to uncover the origins of his birth.  The arrival of Jimmy into the Ultimate universe was crazy enough to begin with, now find out who and why he is what he is.

Okay, that’s enough Wolvy for one post.

Not to keep ragging on the snowmabunga from a couple weeks back, but it did cost us the shipment of a new Alan Moore League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.  Until now.

Arriving slightly late, but nonetheless an important read, Nemo:  Heart of Ice is the most recent addition to the LoEG universe.  This graphic novel edition features a full 52 page story starring Captain Nemo’s daughter, Janni (introduced in LoEG Century), out on a mission to surpass her father’s legacy.  Venturing as far South as she can go, Janni is headed to Antarctica in search of valuables beyond belief.  But if one things sure it’s that valuables beyond belief will always lure more than one adventurer.  In the tradition of Moore’s previous League stories, expect literary references aplenty, always jam-packed in the back of every panel.  And if I was a betting man, I’d wager a story set in Antarctica might reference the infamous Lovecraft a time or two.

The word “Best” gets thrown around frequently in the world of comics (commonly by us), but there is one unequivocal “Best” comic being published at Marvel right now, and that is Hawkeye.

Or Hawkguy, if you know him well.

The Seinfeld of comic books, Hawkeye is all about what the emerald archer does on his days off from The Avengers.  Like installing cable, holding BBQs, fighting Russian mobsters, and rescuing dogs.  Dogs, by the way, who subsequently get named Pizza Dog.  Matt Fraction is doing the writing of his career on the series, making each issue a stand-alone story full of action, humor, and plenty of witty repartee.  Throw in the female Hawkeye (from Young Avengers), in a constant state of flirtation (did I mention she’s underage?), and you’ve got a duo that rivals and references the likes of Bogart and Bacall.  And if none of that sells you, just take a look at the impeccable art by David Aja.  Every issue is the best 70s crime movie you’ve never seen thanks to his gritty, minimalist style.

Bro, it’s first six issues in trade, bro.  Buy, bro. C’mon.

Mar 102012
 

If you couldn’t tell from last week, you’ll certainly be able to tell from this week: March is unofficial new ongoing comics month.

Yes, after about six new series or miniseries began last week, this week marks the start of another six or so series. Here’s a rundown of a couple of them:

-Avengers Assemble: A new ongoing series by long-time Avengers and New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley, Avengers Assemble focuses on a team comprised of the movie Avengers. That’s Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor for the uninitiated. It promises classic superhero action and adventure on par with the best of’em.

-Crossed Badlands: Marking the return of Garth Ennis to the series he created, this bi-weekly venture into the nastiest, sickest universe in comics

-Saga: After finishing his epic Ex Machina series, Brian K. Vaughn left comics to pursue work in film and television. Now, the writer of Y the Last Man, The Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad is back. This world hopping epic tale of two renegade parents trying to protect their child will launch what is sure to be another future classic by respected writer Brian K. Vaughn.

-Saucer Country: The first in a line of new Vertigo titles, this dark humored sci-fi series written by Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Captain Britain & MI5) follows an Arizonian governor who has her sights set on the presidency. Some little green men from the sky may have something else to say about that, however.

-Secret History of D.B. Cooper: If you don’t know the story, D.B. Cooper committed one of the most legendary unsolved crimes in American history. After hijacking a plane, Cooper stole $200,000 from the passengers on board then parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again. This book claims to have the real story of that day, and the insane creatures, alternate worlds, and mythical venturings it details make that robbery cover story look like a fairy tale.

If you’re reading this right now, you have just committed to buying a copy of the next item. Sorry, it’s a binding contract.

X-Men: Season One is Marvel‘s second in a line of graphic novels that introduce their core characters to a new audience. Haven’t read X-Men in awhile? Pick one up. Getting a young kid into comics? Pick one up. Know Dennis Hopeless? You’re damn right you’re picking one up! Yes, folks, Dennis, former Pulp Fiction employee, is the writer of this amazing graphic novel. It’s his second Marvel work and he’s already working on one of Marvel‘s biggest properties, so big a copy up and support him.

Finally, this week, we end with the second wave of Flashpoint trade paperbacks. Now that the main series is out in softcover, the tie-in miniseries are following. These have broken up into volumes designated by character. So, you’ve got your Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman volumes, each collecting around three of the Flashpoint miniseries. The Batman and Superman ones are especially worth your time.