Mar 112016

A&AA&A #1

-Valiant Comics continues to expand and reshape its superhero universe, relaunching the Archer and Armstrong series as A&A.

-If you have never read a Valiant or Archer and Armstrong book before, no worries, this is a perfect jumping-on point.

-Archer was raised to hate Satan in an isolated cult.  Armstrong is an immortal alcoholic.  They shouldn’t work, but they become fast friends after Archer tried to kill Armstrong.  Yeah, they made up.

-You know D&D‘s bags of holding?  Well, Armstrong has gotten lost in his own version of one, which means Archer has to go in after him.  They both will have to watch out for the all-powerful demon that is imprisoned there with them.

Legends of Tomorrow #1Legends of Tomorrow

-You’ve fallen in love with the show, now experience a similar dynamic in the comics.

-An anthology series, Legends of Tomorrow features four stories about four different characters in each issue.

-The line-up for all currently solicited issues features Firestorm, Sugar & Spice, Metamorpho, and the Metal Men.

-Not only is the character line-up some of DC‘s most underrated creations, but they are being written and illustrated by a slew of veteran creators, including Lein Wein, Aaron Lopresti, Keith Giffen, and Gerry Conway.

Ghostbusters DeviationsGhostbusters Deviations One Shot

-This month, IDW is launching a series of one shots that act as “what ifs” for the properties they own!

-Following up the X-Files Deviations from last week, Ghostbusters Deviations releases this week.

-Currently writing A-Force and previously having co-written Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson handles writing duties on this one shot story.

-What if the Ghostbusters never defeated Gozer on that rooftop?  Well, find out in Ghostbusters Deviations, you’ll find out as we follow the team through a hellscape New York that is ruled by the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

International Iron Man #1International Iron Man

-A companion series to the current, Invincible Iron Man comic!

-Brian Michael Bendis, who writes Invincible Iron Man, will also be writing this series.

-Bendis reteams with Alex Maleev, the artist that joined him on their critically acclaimed Daredevil run.

-Tony and Doctor Doom travel around the globe, uncovering the secrets of the Marvel Universe!

Aug 262011

The wait is over.

Come next Wednesday, August the 31st, there’s no turning back for the DC Universe.  The only two books shipping from DC this week will simultaneously end Flashpoint and begin the New 52.

The truly important portion of that equation is Justice League #1 by the dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.  That’s right, Geoff “Blackest Night/Green Lantern/Teen Titans” Johns and Jim “Batman: Hush/X-Men/All-Star Batman & Robin” Lee!  Not only will this book be the most dynamically written and drawn comic to ship in months, but also a perfect jumping-on point for anyone who’s interested in DC characters like The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman.  The reasons (yes, more than one!) Justice League #1 is a perfect jumping on point are:  one, the story takes place in the past, so you get to see all the members meet for the first time, and, two, it is being written so that anyone can pick it up and not get lost in continuity.  Remember there will also be a couple variant cover editions floating around as well as the Combo Pack which comes with a code to download a digital copy of the book.

Grrglle growl raga rag, rummma rum.  Sorry, for those who don’t speak Christian Bale Batman voice, allow me to repeat.  The next edition in the Black & White Batman Statues is design by David Finch.  There, that better?  Seriously, though, of the artists who have had B&W Batman Statues based off of their work there are few who can encompass every ounce of grit and grim that comprises the Dark Knight.  As somewhat of an added benefit, this statue based on Batman‘s most recent Incorporated costume.  So, as they say in Gotham City, mrggle meerrr growwlll grumppa.

Half of this next product’s appeal is it’s name alone.  Say it with me, folks, To-ki-doki.  Marvel Tokidoki Frenzies may sound like gibberish, but, if they are, they’re the most dagnabity cute gibberish I’ve ever seen.  Swinging from tiny chains which you can affix to an zipper in the immediate vicinity, these bright, cartoony renditions of all your favorite Marvel heroes and villains are just as well designed as the most artistic Munny or Dunny.  And just take a look to the right to see who all’s in the first series.  There’s Spider-Man and Punisher and the Thing and Wolverine and Dr. Doom and Red Skull and the Hulk and Thor and…well, there’s a butt load of’em.

And now, since we’re all 5-by-5, let’s get to the final shout out, B.

If you’re a fan of slayage then you’ll be happy to hear about the new Angel & Faith series.  Leading into season 9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Wait, season 9?!  Yeah, it’s been continuing in comic form for the last few years), this series will follow the vamp with a soul and the slayingest slayer of them all and bridge gaps between last season and this one.  Not only that, but it’s written by the royally talented Christos Gage, who’s been doing a bang up job on Avengers Academy.  If you’re a Buffy die hard, how can you resist such a perfect pairing.

Nov 192010

The Bat onslaught continues this week!  Two perfect jumping on points arrive in Batwoman #0 and Detective Comics #871.

If you read any of the previous Batwoman storyline by Greg Rucka that appeared in Detective Comics, you know she’s a fascinating character.  You also know that the art, done by J. H. Williams III, is one of the most gorgeous things ever put to paper.  With #0, Williams is taking over writing duties, as well as staying on for the interior art.  I would totally recommend going back and picking up the previous Batwoman trades, but even without doing that #0 should make for a great entrance into the character and her storyline.

Detective Comics #871 sends Dick Grayson-Batman in a new direction as Scott Snyder, writer and co-creator of American Vampire, takes the reins.  Snyder has been hyping in interviews that he plans to play with the idea that Gotham City offers a different experience for Dick as Batman than it did Bruce.  Criminals begin reacting in a more violent fashion as Dick is not as menacing as Bruce, for example.  Considering Snyder has made American Vampire one of the most popular and well written books on the shelf, his Batman should be equally impressive.  Oh, and Jock, of The Losers fame, is doing art.  It’s sick.

Next up are two brilliant statues, one from DC and one from Marvel.  First off is the DC Dynamics Supergirl statue.  This is the most recent in the DC Dynamics series that included Green Lantern and Superman (you might have seen them in the case up by the games).  All of them have extended bases tied into the colors and designs of the characters.  For example, Superman and Supergirl’s lower halves are stretched out in a red “speed” design.

Dr. Doom receives a gnarly “classic” statue from Bowen.  Lets get serious here, you can never have too many Dr. Doom statues; the guy looks imposing doing anything!  Heck, I’d probably buy a Dr. Doom reading the newspaper statue if they put one out.  I’m sure most of you will be happy to find out the pose for this statue is a little more active than that, though.

For anyone that missed out on it the first time (because it sold out quicker than bottled water in the desert) we are getting a crap ton of Superman: Earth One graphic novels back in.  The Shane Davis art is killer and J. Michael Straczynski (of Babylon 5 and Thor) weaves the story, which is a fresh, updated version of the Superman’s origin.  If you’ve read any of Marvel’s Ultimate line of books, this is essentially the DC version of those.

We end with cuteness today.  DC continues hitting us tiny, big headed versions of their characters this week as they release plush versions of Catwoman, Joker, and Wonder Woman.  If you remember or own any of the previous plush figures (Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman) you know the level of irresistible darling that these guys display.