Jul 082016
 

Monstress v.1 tpbMonstress v.1 tpb

-Praised as one of last year’s best new ongoing series, Monstress is now out in trade paperback!

-Blending elements of anime, Hayao Miyazaki films, and steampunk, Monstress is unlike any other Image comics you’ll read.

-Taking place in an alternate reality, Monstress follows a young girl who has survived a treacherous war as she leads a rebellion against the ruling class.

-Sana Takeda’s art is worth the $9.99 price tag alone, as all six issues of her gorgeously intricate painted artwork is included.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS Rebirth #1Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS

-You’ve read Green Lanterns, now dive into the rest of the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Robert Venditti, who took over for Geoff Johns during the New 52 era, is back to helm this title.

-Those looking for classic Green Lantern action will find it in the Hal Jordan series, as he, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Jon Stewart face off against Sinestro.

-Ethan Van Sciver and a slew of other great artists will be illustrating the issues of this ongoing series, switching off as the series progresses.

New Super-ManNew Super-Man #1

-Even though there’s a new Clark Kent/Superman on the block, there’s still room for one more!

-Kong Kenan is the Super-Man of China, both trying to deal with his new found powers and form his very own Justice League.

-Having finished out the New 52 era for the Superman series, Gene Luen Yang is now launching this new ongoing series.

-Yang is also well known for writing the stellar Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels for Dark Horse!

Nightwing Rebirth #1Nightwing Rebirth #1

-Even though Grayson was one of DC‘s best ongoing series, everyone’s been dying for Dick Grayson to return to the Nightwing mantle!  Well, he’s back and he’s in blue and black!

-Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson) sticks around to write the Nightwing series going forward!

-Transitioning back into the world of superheroes, Dick has to hone his skills by working with a new mentor named Raptor.

-As these two train, they attempt to strike back against an organization that has caused the Bat-Family immense distress:  The Court of Owls.

Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

May 132016
 

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.

Apr 222016
 

Doctor Strange The Last Days of MagicDoctor Strange:  The Last Days of Magic #1

-Spins out of the events occurring in the main Doctor Strange series!

-Led by Jason Aaron, this anthology one shot features a variety of writers and artists telling tales about the upending of magic in the Marvel Universe.

-In addition to a story about Wong sacrificing for his friend’s survival, there will also be tales about Brother Voodoo and a completely new Marvel character!

-If you’ve been reading the main Doctor Stranger series, this one shot is a must!

Aliens:  Defiance #1Aliens Defiance

-Only a few years away from the continuation of the Aliens universe films, Dark Horse is preparing with a new ongoing series.

-Popular writer, Brian Wood (Black Road, X-Men, Moon Knight), tries his hand at the property.

-Wood will be returning to the claustrophobic horror of the original Alien with the series, but blending in elements of mystery.

-Zula Hendricks, a member of the Ultra Marines, is accompanying a freighter of androids and other materials across the stars when she’s sent on a journey to discover the source of a wayward Xenomorph on her ship.

The Fourth PlanetThe Fourth Planet #1

-Okay, we’re going to be honest.  We ordered this series without any knowledge of the creators or plot, it simply looked like a great read.

-Help us out and the creators out by giving this new, exciting, indy comic a try.

-When a group of refugees crash their stolen warship into a planet entrenched in their own battle, they must take sides or be destroyed.

-From all accounts, fans of classic Sci-Fi, like Warlords of Mars or War of the Worlds, as well as those of current series like Descender, East of West, and Prophet, should give The Fourth Planet a look.

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #14 Kids Walk Into a Bank

-After making his name on the Black Mask series We Can Never Go Home, Matthew Rosenberg has become a must-read writer in the industry.

-4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is his follow-up series to We Can Never Go Home, promising many of the same pleasures.

-A master of snappy, youthful dialog, Rosenberg has built this series around a close-knit group of tweens getting up to some very bad business.

-While playing in their weekly D&D game, the stars of the series find out that one of their group’s fathers is being asked to pull a bank robbery.  Problem is, those asking are destined to screw it up and get him thrown in jail.  Thus, the group has no other option than to pull the heist themselves.

Apr 152016
 

Captain America Road to WarCaptain America: Road to War #1 one shot

-Prep for Captain America:  Civil War with this lead-in one shot.

-Featuring the New Avengers cast from Age of Ultron, including Scarlet Witch, Vision, Falcon, and War Machine.

-Multiple stories feature different line-ups of the team members, each of which are the MCU versions of the characters.

-Read about the first adventure this version of the Avengers went on.

Dept H #1Dept H

-From creator Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai, The Valiant, Revolver) comes a new ongoing series for Dark Horse.

-A masterful writer and artist, Kindt provides both for this series.

-A crime mystery on an undersea research facility, Dept H blends all the best aspects of a detective show, Bioshock, and The Wake.

-When Mia, the investigator brought to the facility to solve a mystery, gets trapped underwater, how can she hope to escape and figure out what’s going on?

All New All Different Avengers v.1 tpbAll New All Different tpbs

-Many of the initial All New All Different Marvel relaunch series are dropping in trade paperback form this weekend.

-First up, the flagship Avengers title, All New All Different Avengers, has it’s first six issues plus shorts from the Free Comic Book Day issue published in a volume one TPB.

-Second, Captain America Sam Wilson v.1 tpb sees The Falcon take up Cap’s mantle in the face of national uncertainty.

-Finally, Contest of Champions v.1 tpb contains the first six issues of the series, finding multiple Marvel heroes transported to an alternate realm in order to battle each other.

I Hate Fairyland v.1 tpbI Hate Fairyland v.1 tpb

-Renowned for his popular, cutesy “Baby Variants” at Marvel, Skottie Young’s anything-but-cute series from Image receives it’s first trade.

-Written and illustrated by Young, I Hate Fairyland is not only hilarious, but great to look at.

-You know the story, a young girl is whisked into a fantasy land.  Except I Hate Fairyland is the violent, raunchy, filthiest version of that story you’ve ever read.

-Plus, the book is from Image Comics, so the trade is set at a reasonable price of $9.99!