Mar 042016
 

Mars Attacks OccupationMars Attacks Occupation #1 (of 5)

-Usually, we hear the story about the Martian invasion, but Mars Attacks Occupation is set after the Martians have already taken over.

-IDW has done these sorts of Mars Attacks crossover events to great acclaim before.

-Like before, John Layman, the creator of Chew and former writer of Detective Comics, will be writing all five issues of this miniseries.

-Unlike Tim Burton’s dark comedy, the human protagonist of this miniseries actually has a fighting chance of defeating her oppressors.

Haunted Mansion #1 (of 5)Haunted Mansion

-Marvel has found success with their younger readers line based around Disney theme parks and characters, including Figment and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

-Haunted Mansion will be written by Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Illuminati, Birthright, Nailbiter)!

-When Danny gets locked into the Haunted Mansion, he desperately attempts to escape for fear of becoming the 1000th ghost in a house already populated by 999 specters!

-Wipe the memory of that terrible Eddie Murphy movie out of your memory (wait, you already have!) and replace it with this creepier, all ages tale.

Tokyo Ghost v.1 tpbTokyo Ghost v.1 tpb

-Catch-up on Rick Remender’s (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, Uncanny X-Force) latest Image series!

-Volume one contains the first five issues of this ongoing series, a perfect jumping-on point that will catch you up to the next issue.

-In the far future, cops aren’t cops, their guns-for-hire; addictions are TV-centric; and their is only one, non-industrialized location on the planet is The Garden Nation of Tokyo.

-All of this dystopia is brought to grungy life by artist supreme, Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, Joe the Barbarian, Batman).

Mockingbird #1Mockingbird

-You’ve loved her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.now Bobbi Morse receives her own ongoing series.

-Chelsea Cain, who wrote the Mockingbird Shield one shot from last year, will be returning for this series.

-Each issue will find Mockingbird on a self-contained, solo mission, rather than one over-arching story.

-Covers will also feature artwork by up-and-coming artist Joëlle Jones (Ladykiller).

Apr 172015
 

Uncle ScroogeUncle Scrooge #1

-It’s rare that a publisher launches a children’s comic in this day and age, so kudos to IDW for releasing a new one!

-Yes, Marvel may be owned by Disney, but IDW has acquired the rights to print new material of classic Disney characters.

-Uncle Scrooge launches a series of Disney comics, including Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

-Each issue of the Uncle Scrooge series will see Scrooge McDuck and his nephews adventuring in single issue stories, some time with other Disney characters!

Beyond Belief #1Beyond Belief #1

-Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Network rules ALL the airwaves, but now it will also rule the comic book page!

-Adapted from the Beyond Belief segment of The Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcast!

-The issues are written by Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, two regular contributors to the Nerdist Network!

-Each issue will feature a different horror story!

Empire UprisingEmpire Uprising #1

-Respected, veteran comic book author, Mark Waid (Shield, Kingdom Come, Daredevil), launches another new series this Wednesday!

-Following up on the Empire miniseries Waid wrote years ago, Empire Uprising continues a year after those events.

-A lot of super villains claim they’re going to conquer the world.  Golgoth, the protagonist of Empire Uprising, actually did it.

-Can a superhero resistance force manage to topple the mad ruler?  Read to find out.

Kaptara #1Kaptara

-Chip Zdarsky (or as his friends know him, Chololick Chip Zdouchsky), co-creator of Sex Criminals and author of the new Howard the Duck series, launches an absurd Sci-Fi series at Image!

-Image Comics has been killing it with a plethora of space adventure series lately, including Invisible Republic, Copperhead, Descender, Roche Limit, and Southern Cross.  Kaptara is the next hit!

-A crew of space people land on the surreal planet of Kaptara and, you know, stuff goes on.  Or, at least, that’s what Chip says.

-Like if God Hates Astronauts, Manhattan Projects, Sex Criminals, and Prophet had a four-way baby!

Mar 202015
 

Miami Vice RemixMiami Vice Remix #1 (of 5)

-Feel it coming in the air tonight!

-Crockett and Tubbs are back, but unlike they’ve ever been before!

-Indy artist dandy, Jim Mahfood, takes on art duties for the five issue miniseries, providing a surreal, distorted look to the eighties, Florida landscape.

-Joining Mahfood on creative duties is Joe Casey (Sex, Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Godland).

Pastaways #1Pastaways

-Hot on the heels of Mark Millar’s Chrononauts, Dark Horse launches their own time travel ongoing!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, The Valiant) is the writer on this series, bringing his talent for complicated, dense storytelling to the intricate subject of time.

-A band of time agents crash lands in 2015, tearing open a temporal rift and unleashing all the terrors of every era, past and future!

-Scott Kolins (The Flash) fleshes this madness out with his hyper detailed, kinetic style.

Jem and the HologramsJem and the Holograms #1

-Everything old is new again, as another eighties property is revived for a new era!

-Based off of the cult favorite cartoon, Jem and the Holograms is about four girls rocking out as the most intense band in the land.

-Jerrica Benton and her sister live their daily life as socialites, but rock their nights out as members of Jem and the Holograms!

-Ross Campbell, famous indy artist of Wet Moon, lends his talents for facial expressions and realistic body types to this fem-power series from IDW!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (of 5)Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-After Figment and Seekers of the Weird, Disney and Marvel have teamed-up once again for this miniseries event!

-Written by local author and Pulp Fiction’s own, Dennis Hopeless, this Western miniseries blends modern sensibilities with classic genre action!

-Teen angst in the 1800s is a very different thing, as Abigail Bulion, daughter of a wealthy and wicked mine owner, strikes back at her father by trying to rob him of everything he’s worth!

-Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney/Marvel venture without some supernatural elements, so the mine isn’t without a few ghosts and goblins.

Jan 112014
 

Inhumanity Spider-Man #1

-Continue to follow the antics of Inhumanity in this next important chapter!

-The Superior Spider-Man is brought into the fray of the newly sprouting Inhumans!

-Written by Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man, Avengers Academy, The Flash), this issue will act as an important chapter in the Inhumanity saga, as well as another chapter in Otto’s reign as Spider-Man.

-Can Otto lean a lesson of humility. . . or is that inhumility?

Seekers of the Weird #1 (of 5)

-Disney and Marvel‘s first official, original comic book collaboration!

-Seekers of the Weird takes place in the designed, but never built Museum of the Weird amusement ride.  This ride was originally intended Disney World, but now acts as the backdrop for family friendly adventure!

-An original story, this miniseries follows a pair of wayward children in search of their father and lost in the Museum of the Weird.

-Brandon Seifert, writer of Doctor Who and Witch Doctor comics, brings his talent for wonder and adventure to this young readers series!

Black Dynamite #1

-All you gotta know is that Black Dynamite is the original, B.A., kung-fu master detective that keeps all the ladies happy and all the men cowering in fear!

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Night of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Local author, Cullen Bunn, continues his unparalleled run on the Merc with the Mouth in this newest miniseries!

-Now that Deadpool has killed the entire Marvel Universe, all of literature, and every version of himself, who does he have left to kill?

-EVERYONE AGAIN!

-Highlighting the sheer horror of Deadpool fighting endless hordes of zombies, this artistically inventive series is presented entirely in black and white, except for Deadpool, himself, who is in color!

Jan 072012
 

Planning a trip to New York?

Before you book tickets on a plane or bus, maybe you should consider another method on how to get there. Web line.

Or at least that’d work if you lived in the world of Spider-Island. Of course then you’d also have to contend with giant spider people who want to gnaw your soft bits. However, you don’t have to content with that kind of terror to pick up a copy of the new Spider-Island HC. The big Spider-Man event of the year, Spider-Island follows the webslinger and New York’s other resident superheroes as they battle off a spider plague infecting the city which is slowly giving the city’s residents spider powers. Then they start growing extra legs and pincers. Yeah, not good. With hyper expressive artwork from industry legend Humberto Ramos and brilliant story construction from Spidey veteran, Dan Slott, this is a must read for Marvel fans.

Considering it spins (Ha, spins! Get it? Web? Spins?) out of Spider-Island, now might be a good time to mention the new Scarlet Spider seris starting up this week. I won’t explain exactly how the Scarlet Spider crawls out of Spider-Island, but it’s certainly interesting. Where this new series begins, though, is with Kaine (one of the numerous Peter Parker clones) having left New York to atone for his countless wrong doings, he’s now wandering across the country solving crimes where they arise. And not in the gentle handed way the original Peter Parker would.

Speaking of characters who are coming to terms with their misdeeds, this next indie series from one of the popular Luna brothers has that kind of conflict in spades. Whispers is the first solo series from Joshua Luna, who is part of the creative team behind cult favorites such as Girls and Sword. In it, he ventures into the suspense and horror genres by weaving a tale of terror and romance focusing on a young man, afflicted with OCD, who discovers an ability to turn himself into a ghost. As he’s recently been broken up with by his girlfriend he attempts to use this power to gain her back. Or will he decided, simply, to get even?

Finally, a personal plea from your author.

Pick up the trade paperback for Mystic.

This series, one of the titles from Marvel‘s Cross Gen imprint, is a joyful read, full of vibrant artwork depicting a vivid alternate reality adventure that feels like a Disney feature release more than a traditional comic offering. Beginning with two orphaned girls (where so many Disney features start) the story follows them as they break free of the prison-like orphanage they reside in only to end up wandering two divergent paths: an Aether Magician (this worlds energy resource) and a revolutionary. Each girl must come to terms with the two vastly separate social classes dividing the city and eventually come face-to-face with each other after having be altered irrevocibly. Written by one of the few female creators in the industry, G. Willow Wilson (Air), Mystic delivers a light, bouncy narrative that most superhero books can’t match. So, please, give it a try.