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.

Sep 042015
 

Faster Than Light #1Faster Than Lighter #1

-If Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar stoked your fancy, then Faster Than Light is up your star system.

-After having discovered lightspeed travel, a crew of astronauts sets out to explore the universe.  What they find may not be completely safe.

-Features an “augmented reality” technique that will make it appear as if the images are jumping off the page.

-Joins Image Comics already strong line of Sci-Fi titles, like Drifter, Descender, East of West, 8House, and Prophet.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (of 4)Tyson Hesse Diesel

-Another colorful, expansive, quirky Boom Box! miniseries.

-The first original comic from webcomic creator, Tyson Hesse (Boxer Hockey).

-Diesel is an inspired blend of Studio Ghibli films, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Tank Girl!

-Diesel, a young girl living under her father’s shadow, escapes her dull life as a garbage collector once she discovers a powerful airship engine.

Head LopperHead Lopper #1

-In the tradition of Conan and Kull, the Head Lopper series will be about violence, pillaging, and the lamentations of the women.

-Drawn and written by Andrew MacLean, the artist of Apocalyptigirl!

-Issue one is an oversized eighty pages of Mignola-esque barbarian action and adventure.

-The notorious Head Lopper removes the craniums of orcs and other creatures, only to carry them with him and keep them as companions.

Star Wars Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1 (of 4)Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens

-Force Friday kicked off The Force Awakens marketing train, but, next Wednesday, Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire continues it!

-An in-continuity, four part miniseries that links the original Star Wars trilogy to the new Star Wars trilogy.

-Continuing Marvel Comics pairing of veteran and respected comic writers and artists with Star Wars series, Greg Rucka (Punisher, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) are the creative team on all four issues of this miniseries.

-Find out what happened after the Rebellion crushed the Empire!  How does that time period connect to the events of The Force Awakens?

Jan 232015
 

Munchkin #1Munchkin #1

-Steve Jackson and John Kovalic have dominated gaming with their Munchkin card series for years.  Now they’re coming to comics.

-Another quirky, humorous series from the growing Boom! Box line of comics (Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, Adventure Time)!

-A crunchy, snarky, dungeon crawly comic series, Munchkin takes all the fantasy parody from the card game and weaves them into short stories by a slew of up-and-coming writers and artists.

-Also, for those avid Munchkin collectors out there, every new issue will come with an original Munchkin promo card that can be incorporated into the base card game.

The Dying and the Dead #1The Dying and the Dead

-Jonathan Hickman, writer of East of West and Manhattan Projects, launches another new ongoing series from Image Comics.

-Pulpy storytelling akin to Five Ghosts blended with the surreal science of Manhattan Projects, The Dying and the Dead is Hickman’s ode to serial adventures of old!

-When a dead friend of The Colonel (this world’s version of Indiana Jones) is killed at their wedding, he’s propelled into the hunt for an ancient artifact that could spell doom for the entire world.

-One of the first Must Read series of 2015!

Effigy #1Effigy #1

-Celebrity scandals and murder mysteries slam together in this new Vertigo series!

-Tim Seeley, creator of Hack/Slash and writer of Batman Eternal and Grayson, launches this new ongoing series.

-After an embarrassing sex tape scandal, former child star, Chondra Jackson, returns to her hometown only to get wrapped up in a murder mystery that resembles an episode of the show she used to star on.

-When you’ve got a cult of wackos wanting to sacrifice you for your magical celebrity blood, you realize it’s tough being famous.

Uncanny Avengers #1 Uncanny Avengers

-Seems like only yesterday that Rick Remender launched the Marvel NOW! flagship title, Uncanny Avengers.  Well, everything old is new again.

-Spinning out of the events of Avengers vs. X-Men Axis, this relaunched Uncanny Avengers series is a fresh jumping-on point for new readers.

-What an unusual team!  Sabertooth takes over the role of Wolverine, while Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Sam Wilson’s Captain America, and the Vision.  Oh, and the fan favorite Brother Voodoo also makes his triumphant return!

-Joining Remender in relaunching this flagship title is Daniel Acuña and his fluid, painterly artwork.

Oct 192013
 

Samurai Jack #1

-Gendy Tartakovsky’s lone sword-swinging, silent hero, Jack, returns thanks to IDW!

-Picking up after the open ending of the cartoon series, the first five issues will deal with the Jack searching for the mystical “Rope of Eons”, rumored to be capable of taking him home.

-Written by Jim Zub, who’s been killing it on the darkly humorous, Skullkickers, this series will be brimming with the stylistic action the original cartoon was known for.

-And don’t worry about the comic diverging from the look of the show, because Andy Suriano, one of the artists responsible for the original character design, lends his pencils to the comic.

Marvel NOW What? #1

-Marvel has always had a long tradition of publishing satirical takes on their own characters, with the newest being Marvel NOW What?

-And it’s no slouches on writing duties, with a slew of notable comedy television writers crafting humorous takes on Marvel‘s most famous characters.

-Joining them on art duties are a ton of notably quirky artists, like Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and Colleen Coover.

-Plus, you get a Skottie Young cover without having to pick up a variant!

Velvet #1

-Ed Brubaker gets back into the game with Velvet #1 from Image Comics.

-Having written one of the most definitive runs on Captain America ever (including the Winter Soldier story that the next movie will be base off of), Brubaker brings his espionage know-how to this spy story.

-Velvet Templeton thought she was out, but that’s exactly when you always get pulled back in.  With her boss dead and twenty years away from the field, Velvet must jump back into the fray for another adventure.

-Joining Brubaker on art duties is his long time partner Steve Epting, who’s penciled more comic books than you’ve read in your life.  Seriously, this guy’s been around.

Pretty Deadly #1

-Hot on the tail of the sci-fi western, East of West, is the surreal revenge tale, Pretty Deadly, from Image Comics.

-Kelly Sue Deconnick, writer of Ghost and Captain Marvel, joins with her artistic soulmate, Emma Rios, for this entirely unique comic series about the daughter of Death himself.

-Expect the brutality of series like Saga and Preacher combined with the fantastical fantasy of Fables and Sweet Tooth.

-And, hey, above anything else, be thankful we live in a day where two female comic creators can launch a weird Western comic and have it be anticipated!