Aug 152014
 

Fade Out #1Fade Out #1 

-Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the team behind Fatale, Criminal, Incognito, and Sleeper return to Image Comics for another neo-noir ongoing series!

-Set in Hollywood during the late forties, Fade Out follows a film production slowly going off the rails.

-The first issue is oversized at forty pages, but only costs the regular Image price of $3.50!

-Don’t wait for the trade paperback, because, like Sex Criminals and Saga, the single issues will feature bonus articles and letters pages only found there!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1Sensation Comics #1

-A second ongoing Wonder Woman series launches this week!

-Gail Simone returns to the character she was born to write!

-Ethan Van Sciver, artist of Green Lantern, Flash Rebirth, and Batman The Dark Knight, pairs with Simone to lend a heightened darkness to the story!

-With the Batman family unable to respond, Wonder Woman is forced to come to Gotham City in order to lasso up some of Batman‘s worst foes before they take over the city.

Little Nemo Return to SlumberlandLittle Nemo Return to Slumberland #1 

-Winsor McKay’s beloved and acclaimed comic strip is back with an entirely new story!

-IDW has commissioned top quality creators to carry on McKay’s legacy, matching the unrivaled artistic endeavor that was the original.

-Eric Shanower, writer of Marvel‘s Wizard of Oz‘s children’s series, and Gabriel Rodriguez, the exceptional artist of Locke & Key, join forces on this miniseries.

-An all-ages story, Return to Slumberland sees Nemo being pulled back into Slumberland as an indentured playmate for the Princess of Dreams.

Multiversity #1Multiversity #1

-Grant Morrison’s long gestating miniseries about the 52 alternate realities of the DC Universe finally comes to fruition!

-The miniseries will be comprised of two bookend one-shots (this being the first), six single issue stories, and a guidebook of the multiverse itself.

-Each issue will feature a different artist, depicting each world in a unique style in order to differentiate them.  Issue #1 features the work of Ivan Reis, the artist behind Blackest Night, Green Lantern, and Justice League.

-The Superman of Earth-23, who also happens to be president, joins forces with heroes from other worlds to form a multiversal Justice League in order to combat a universe ending threat!

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!

Nov 032012
 

This week is Marvel‘s week.  Beezees.  Word up.

Marvel NOW! is in full effect, as two of the cornerstone titles hit shelves this Wednesday.

First up, Deadpool #1.  Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, two thinking man’s comedians, are writing the book (their first comic endeavor ever…that rhymed) while the legend himself, Tony Moore (Walking Dead), lends his beautifully twisted pencils to the Merc with the Mouth.  The premise for the first arc of this series is so unbelievable, I hesitate to tell you about it.

Okay, you’ve convinced me.  All the country’s deceased presidents are coming back to undead life and there’s only one man who’s jerk enough to re-kill them.  I think you know who it is.

That Tony Stark needs to learn how to hold onto his inventions.  Iron Man #1 by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land re-introduce Tony Stark to a whole new range of readers with this Marvel NOW! starting point issue, where Tony gets his Extremis technology stolen and must develop an entirely new suit of armor to get it back.  Gillen has been killing on the Uncanny X-Men AvX tie-ins, bringing the pathos and the action while Greg Land is just a beautiful, painterly artist who will make Tony’s armor look so polished you’ll think you can eat off it.  Anyone who loves the Iron Man films but has never read one of his comics NEEDS to check this series out.

If you missed this year’s epic Marvel brawl to end it all, Avengers vs. X-Men, all hope is not lost.  Coming out this Wednesday is the complete epic all in one hefty volume.  That’s twelve issues for the main series, folks, plus six issues of AvX: Versus, the all fights all the time miniseries that accompanied the main series, and (if that wasn’t enough) three AvX: Infinite issues, which have never been in print before.  The entire volume is a treasure trove of the greatest writers and artists working in comics today, featuring names like Jonathon Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jeph Loeb, Kieron Gillen, Ed Brubaker, Andy Kubert, Oliver Coipel, John Romita, Jr., and many, many, many more.  And this thing’s so thick after you get done reading it, you can use it as a coffee table.

You’ve read the novel.  You’ve seen the Swedish movie.  You’ve seen the American movie.  But have you read the graphic novel?

No, obviously not, it’s not out until this Wednesday.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo makes its way to comic shelves this week with a Vertigo graphic novel adaptation by novelist Denise Mina and artists Leonard Manco and Andrea Mutti.  If you nabbed the free sample comic from a couple months back, you know that this version of the story plays with silence and ambiance in way the previous incarnations have not.  And, if you’ve lived under a rock for the last eight years or so, then you should check the book out anyway as it is one of the best mystery, suspense stories of the decade.

Sep 152012
 

The women of comics barely ever get their due. Last year’s Womanthology HC (which we just got a restock on last week), a giant collection of stories written and drawn by only women, was a huge success both as a Kickstarter project and as published through IDW, so a sequel was in order. Womanthology: Space is a five issue miniseries, containing three stories an issue, based around the concept of “space” in all its various definitions. Packed full of artwork, in both written and drawn forms, this series is a one-of-a-kind showcase of female comic talent of all experience levels and a wonderful example for any young woman hoping to break into the business some day.

If you’ve had dreams about Star Trek mixing with Back to the Future, those dreams have just come true. No, there’s not actually a Star Trek/Back to the Future crossover, but Star Trek the Next Generation: Hive is the closest you will ever come. Written by Brannon Braga, former TNG producer and writer, this four issue miniseries has the Next Gen crew jumping into a future where the Borg have overtaken the entire galaxy; they are its only hope. IDW has been kicking butt with their current Star Trek ongoing title as well as their Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover, so I expect great things from this series.

Ed Brubaker has written the main Captain America book for around eight years now (soon to be replaced by Rick Remender), and in those eight years he has turned Bucky Barnes into one of the most fascinating characters in the Marvel Universe. So, couple his love of Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier) with his absolute talent for crafting espionage stories and you have the extremely enjoyable Winter Soldier v.1 trade paperback. In this first volume of the highly under rated series, Bucky and the Black Widow team-up to uncover what happened to the other brainwashed soldiers who went through the process that turned Barnes into the Winter Soldier. Expressively illustrated by Butch Guice, Winter Soldier is a dark, gritty, mysterious compelling spy movie spread across the comic page. And it has gorillas with machine guns.

To end the evening, I pose to you one question.

Why open your own beer when you can acquire a herald to do it for you?

Nov 052011
 

As numbers go, .1 is pretty tiny, but Marvel is determined to get their value out of it.

Shipping this Wednesday, Point One is Marvel‘s gateway one-shot into the new stories and characters of the next year.  The issue will be comprised of short intro stories to new books releasing in 2012, such as The Defenders, the new Nova series, as well as other stories from Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Chris Yost, and David Lapham.  Complementing these top-tier writers are a slew of Marvel’s finest artists in Ed McGuinness, Brian Hitch, Terry Dodson, and Javier Pulido.  On top of all that foreshadowing content will also be a huge cliffhanger that previews the big event for 2012!  Hint, hint, it looks like Phoenix will be involved.

Fans of the poplar House of Night book series take note:  the P.C. Cast penned series is receiving a comic adaptation.  Falling in with book to comic adaptations like The Stand, The Dark Tower, Dresdan Files, and Wizard of Oz, House of Night #1 will begin the first miniseries in an extended succession of minis that will cover the novels’ arch.  If you’re not familiar with the books, imagine a combination of Harry Potter and Twilight (I know that just sent some of you running for the hills), but with a dark adult twist.  The story is set in a world where vampires exist, but occur through biological means.  Around puberty, the lead character, Zoey Redbird, realizes she has vamp running through her veins and as such is sent off to the House of Night boarding school to learn copping methods for her new abilities.  Like any of the other book to comic adaptations, the pleasure comes from seeing beloved characters visualized on the page.  And with beautiful cover artwork by Jenny Frison, on the front of the book, as well.

Mon ami, you tell Gambit what you want en a statue, an’ he deliver, no?

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that ragin’ Cajun X-Man, Gambit, doesn’t have the cool thing down.  A lot of that has to do with two of his key pieces of imagery:  the overcoat and the playing cards.  Both are displayed in the newest Danger Room Session statue from Kotobukiya.

As always, these statues are full of detail as the chosen character, here being Gambit, is positioned on a pile of light-up Danger Room wreckage.

‘Eh, petit, you know you can’t resist.

Finally, some swanky little trinkets that I know everyone will be beating down our door to get a hold of.  Both keychains.  Both pewter.  Both weapons of popular Marvel characters.

These would be Thor‘s hammer Mjolnir and Captain America‘s shield.

Yes and yes.