Feb 162013
 

The Missouri/Kansas rivalry has seeped into basketball, politics, and history.  Now it’s found its way into comics.

Geoff Johns and David Finch spread the Justice League love to the land of stars and stripes with Justice League of America #1.  And, yes, we’re going to have the special Missouri and Kansas flag variant covers.  Now, as to the actual content of the comic.  IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!  Geoff Johns has been writing Justice League since the beginning of the New 52, bringing his talent for reinvention to the big shots of the DC Universe, but now it’s his time to dig into the supporting characters.  An eclectic team C-List heroes like Hawkman, Stargirl, Vibe, Green Arrow, Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, and more are hired by the government as their own personal, super-powered task force.  The real selling point here is that Geoff Johns understands character.  He’s proven it time and again on ensemble books like Justice Society of America, Teen Titans, and Justice League, given an assortment of unusual characters, Johns will make you love them.

Prepare your bro hooves.

My Little Pony, the fan-favorite and cult hit cartoon, became a fan-favorite, cult hit comic book last year.  Now, another Pony book has arrived.  MLP Micro is a six issue miniseries that focuses on six of the most popular ponies of the series on their own unique adventure.  First up, this Wednesday, is Twilight Sparkle (yeah, you knew that’s who it would be).  Having fallen in love with a series of novels, Twilight sets out on a journey to find the books’ author when she finds out it never finished.  Alert the Bronies!

Jeph Loeb, author of Batman: Long Halloween, Ultimate Comics X, Dardevil Yellow, and much more, lost his son, Sam, about five years ago to cancer.  Sam, by all accounts, was a positive, joyful joker who made everyone smile and was always ready for an adventure.  In honor of Sam, Jeph Loeb has created a new Nova for the Marvel NOW! universe, Sam Alexander, imbued with all the qualities of his own son.  Outside of the personal connection, Sam “Nova” Alexander has a mysterious background that will be explained over the course of the series as he eases into his heroic moniker.  After making his debut in Avengers vs. X-Men and Marvel NOW! Point One, Sam is getting his own series with top-notch writer Loeb and stylized art master, Ed McGuinness!

Fresh on the heels of the announcement that 2013 will bring another release in the impressive Batman Arkham Asylum video game series, the third set of Arkham City action figures hit shelves this Wednesday.  As per usual, this set brings with it another version (the best, in my opinion) of the Batman himself, this time in his original costume, detailed to the extreme!  Fleshing out this assortment are three beloved characters, Deadshot, Talia al Ghul, and Nightwing, complete with his electrified batons.  Complete your Arkham rogues gallery by picking each of them up.

Dec 102011
 

It is that time of the year.  The holidays are upon us, the snow is imminent, the packages are…wait, oh no, I forgot to THAT gift for THAT person!  Sweet fancy Moses, what am I going to do?!!!  I need it, like, RIGHT NOW!!!!

Don’t worry.  Calm down, grab a cup of hot coco, and peruse your way through ole Pulp Fiction’s last minute holiday gift idea post.

To start off, we’ve got a little stocking stuffer for the Marvel fan out there.  Avengers X-Sanction starts up this Wednesday and it promises to be a slam-bang, all-out-action fest.  Cable has been sent back through time to protect the future (as Cable is apt to do), but this time his mission is to eliminate the Avengers.  This, of course, rubs guys like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man the wrong way.  Fighting, smashing, punching, bashing, exploding, and general disharmony will ensue.  Bringing Jeph Loeb (Batman Long Halloween) back together with Ed McGuinness (Hulk), Avengers X-Sanction is sure to be a gorgeous, action packed book.

Next up, one for the Guillermo del Toro-vampire-novel-Chuck Hogan fan (any fan of these individually would also apply).  Based off of the novel Hogan and del Toro co-wrote, The Strain #1 combines vampires stories with the idea of a worldwide outbreak.  The plot: a plane lands at JFK, but when it doesn’t empty its passengers a team is called into investigate.  Wonder what they’ll find?  Barrowing the stylized artwork of Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker), this book’ll satisfy the horror fanatic in your household.

Time for some statues.  ’Cause statues are cool.

As is the Doctor.

Yup, Matt Smitth, 11th Doctor, now has his own sharp looking mini bust.  I can almost hear the Sonic Screwdriver it looks so real.

And since we’re talking statues, I might as well mention the newest DC Dynamic edition, The Joker.  I have seriously been waiting for this thing to come out for months and months.  Out of a series of statues that have looked absolutely amazing, this is far and away the best!  The way they’ve incorporated the gas from the gas bombs into the base is brilliant and quite colorful.  If you know a Joker fan or someone who’s been collecting the DC Dynamic statues, this is a must have!

Mark Millar is the most talented human to ever touch a keyboard in all of time or space.  Or so he would tell you.  The fact is, Millar is one heck of a writer having turned out sensational, classic stories like Wanted, Kick-Ass, The Ultimates, Nemesis, and Old Man Logan, but many forget he ever touched Marvel‘s golden child, Spider-Man.  Luckily, Marvel did not forget and is packaging all of his Spider-Man related material together in one big Ultimate Collection.  As you might imagine, Millar made Spider-Man his own by redesigning popular villains like Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, and the Sinister Six.  Anyone who thinks they’ve read everything Spider-Man needs to pick up this forgotten gem of a run.

So I’m legally obligated to mention this next product or else I lose my comic book store employee license.  Yes, folks, the Fables volume 16 tpb comes out this Wednesday.  Whoa, whoa, sit back down, it’s not out yet.  When it does hit, though, this collection enters the superhero territory.  Pinocchio hits on the bright idea that he can turn his friends into superheroes to battle the enemies of Fabletown.  Okay, I know you can’t wait any longer, come set up your tent outside the store.

Lastly tonight is the Pulp Fiction toy corner.

We’ll start with the newest set of Green Lantern action figures.  Series 5 contains four characters as usual, most importantly this time around, Sinestro in his Green Lantern uniform and Guy Gardner.  The rest of the set is filled out by Soranik Natu (Sinestro‘s daughter) and Brother Warth of the Blue Lantern CORPS.

The grand finale, though, comes with the new Arkham City action figure set.  This time around the figures in the set include Batman sans mask, Harley Quinn in her new costume, and Robin.  As you can see they are B to the A.

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.