Mar 062015
 

Southern CrossSouthern Cross #1

-Not a spin-off of Southern Bastards.  Not even close.

-Southern Cross is another Sci-Fi epic from the current top purveyors of the genre, Image Comics!

-From the writer of Gotham Academy and Batgirl, Becky Cloonan!

-Like a space version of Murder on the Orient Express, Southern Cross follows a young woman on a trip to the planet Titan to figure out who murdered her sister.  But will she make it there alive herself?

Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (of 6)Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return

-Wyld Stallyns forever!

-Like they have previously done with Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, Boom Studios are returning to a fan favorite property to continue the adventure!

-Bill and Ted are having trouble coming up with their next song and must call on the assistance of Rufus and a time traveling phone booth to journey through the ages in order to break through their writers block.

-Each issue in this six issue miniseries will also contain a back-up story by a rotating writer and artist team!

Batman Arkham Knight #1Batman Arkham Knight #1 

-Follows the events of the Arkham City video game.

-With the Joker dead and Arkham City shut down, Batman is recuperating when the next threat arises.

-An official continuity tie-in prequel for the Arkham Knight video game.

-Peter J. Tomasi, author of the popular Batman & Robin and Robin Rises series, helms this series.

Howard the Duck #1Howard the Duck #1

-Don’t worry, it’s not based off the atrocious eighties film!

-Chip Zdarsky, co-writer and artist of Sex Criminals, joins up with cartoon and comic artist extraordinaire Joe Quinones to deliver the first ongoing Howard the Duck series in decades!

-Setting up shop in the same business complex as She-Hulk, Howard is beginning a new career as a private dick, er, duck.

-As the solicits say, join comics legend Stan Lee. . .in reading this issue!

Jun 092012
 

Brian Wood may not be a household name, as far as comic writers are concerned, but he should be. Having stuck primarily to non-superhero fair for the last eight years or so, Wood has built up a reputation for strong, varied Indy comic stories, most notably with his series of DC Vertigo, DMZ. Well, now that Wood has finished that epic maxi-series, he’s moved on to Marvel and, more importantly for this post, Dark Horse. The Massive is his first series published by the company, set in a world on life support, slowly slipping into environmental waste, the book follows the crew of a battleship searching for one of its sunken brothers. Wood writes post-apocalypse stories better than most, having years of experience on DMZ, Supermarket, and others, so The Massive is guaranteed to be a riveting read.

Making the meat of this Comic Highlights sandwhich are two pretty statue-esque figures.

One of which is actually a statue. And it’s the statue that can kick all other statues’ butts.

Because it’s Batman. By Jim Lee. In his New 52 costume. In black and white.

Which all adds up to it looking really, really, really awesome.

Take a look.

The, let’s say, roast beef of this nerd sandwich happens to be the other major remaining comic movie character of the summer, Spider-Man.

Preceding the new Amazing Spider-Man film, this action figure presents Peter in his freshly redesigned costume from the upcoming reboot.

And an air conditioner. To keep him cool, I’m assuming.

Speaking of Spider-Man and his various representations, Marvel is dropping the epic hammer that is Spider-Men this week. Haven’t hear of it? Well, here’s the details. In current Marvel continuity there exists two different Spider-Men, one in the regular universe (Peter Parker) and one in the Ultimate universe (Miles Morales). These two universes have never crossed over since the inception of the Ultimate universe in the early 2000′s. But that finally changes with this Wednesday’s Spider-Men. Written by Brian Michael Bendis (the only guy to ever write the Ultimate version of Spider-Man) and drawn by his recent (and excellent) collaborator on the series, Sara Pichelli, this is event is sure to be a landmark series and major event for both universes.

May 262012
 

Okay, lets just start with the 900 pound airbender in the room.

Yes, the second half of the Avatar the Last Airbender miniseries, The Promise, ships this Wednesday. I now expect overjoyed pandemonium to ensue.

If you haven’t picked up part 1 (which we still have, by the way), this story takes place after the end of the mega-popular cartoon series. Now that Ang and Zuko have brought peace to the world, they are trying to keep it. Zuko has a more difficult time with this than Ang, pitting the two against each other once more. This time, however, Zuko has made Ang promise that he will kill him if he ever begins to resemble his father’s fascistic ways. The writing strikes a perfect similar note to the show, feeling just like another episode, while the artwork apes the cartoon’s visuals identically. A must own for any Avatar fan.

Continuing in alphabetical order, a new set of Avengers action figures comes out this Wednesday, straight from the most popular movie of all time, ever, ’till infinity and beyond. Yup, snag four of the core Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk) in one go my picking up these four piece set. Each figure stands at eight inches and is fully poseable. Now you can recreate all the Shawarma-eating-action of the film!

If you missed out on Batman Noel last year and are kicking yourself because of that fact, give your butt a rest and make it in to pick up the newest stand-alone Batman graphic novel, Batman: Death by Design. Borrowing certain thematic elements of the recent Night of the Owls run in Batman, Death by Design focuses on the history of Gotham and the buildings that have told its story. Bad part of that is some of these buildings are blowing up. Thus, Batman has to put on his detective cap and solve the case.

Finally, tonight, a crossover that’s been in the cards for decades, but seemed totally unlikely to happen is actually coming to fruition. After fifty years, Doctor Who and Star Trek are finally crossing over this coming Wednesday. When the Cybermen and Borg join forces to do evil things to the timey wimey-ness of the universe, the Doctor and the Next Gen crew must join together to kick some adaptive butt. With beautiful painted artwork and a solid writing team, this is a nerd event not to be missed.