Jun 032016

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

Feb 272015

Descender #1Descender #1

-Popular comic creator, Jeff Lemire, of Sweet Tooth, Trillium, Animal Man, and Green Arrow fame, launches a new creator-owned series at Image Comics!

-Lemire’s words will be brought to life by artist extraordinaire Dustin Nguyen (Lil Gotham, Detective Comics, Batman)!  Nguyen’s water-color aesthetic will bring this Sci-Fi odyssey to life!

-Descender follows in the space opera footsteps of ODYC, Saga, and Prophet, telling the tale of a young android who is on the run across the stars from bounty hunters out for his life.

-Issue one will be thirty pages long and sell for only $2.99!

All New Hawkeye #1All New Hawkeye #1

-No, you didn’t miss an issue, this new Hawkeye series is actually coming out before the previous one finishes.

-The second comic launch from Jeff Lemire this week!

-The same casual tone of Matt Fraction’s previous Hawkeye series continues as Clint and Kate are back together and slinging arrows better than ever!

-Eisner Award Winning artist Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand) will keep up the same artistic experimentation of David Aja going!

Guardians Team Up #1Guardians Team-Up #1

-Another new Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series launches!

-Perfect jumping-on point for any fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie!

-Each issue will feature the whole Guardians team or a select member joining forces with other Marvel heroes.

-The first two part story will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and will see the Guardians teaming-up with The Avengers!

Princess Leia #1 (of 5)Princess Leia

-The final Marvel Star Wars comic in the first wave!

-Unlike Star Wars and Darth Vader, Princess Leia will be a five issue miniseries.

-Mark Waid, veteran writer behind Daredevil, Kingdom Come, and literally every major character at Marvel and DC, is on writing duties for the entire miniseries!

-Joining Waid will be joined by the art team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, whose smooth, shapely style has energized X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman before!

Oct 012011

Okay, I fouled up.  To be fair, not unheard of.  But this time I really did.  I did, because last week I forgot to mention two massive graphic novel releases.  The first being…

Habibi by Craig Thompson, writer of Blankets.  This book has Eisner Award all over it.  Playing out as a modern day fairy tale in a Middle Eastern-style land, the book deals more with the dark overtones of a Grimm-style fairy tale than a Disney-fied one.  Following a young girl named Dodola across an over 600-page odyssey.  Graphic novels like this are where true comic creation are born.  Sure there’s the cosmic insanity and otherworldly hijinks of your Marvel and DC superhero fair, but these works, works created of passion and intense scrutiny, are were true experimentation is born.  Craig Thompson’s artwork/storytelling in Habibi is astounding in its ability to shift between styles and panel arrangements.  If you are a fan of timeless works like Asterios Polyp, Blankets, and Bone, there’s no reason you won’t fall head over heels in love with this book.  And if you’re not, branch out and give it a try.

The second gross omission was Frank Miller’s long awaited, long agonized over Holy Terror graphic novel.  Originally intended as a Batman graphic novel that was basically Batman versus terrorism in Gotham, the story has become a larger echo of the Batman ideal, and superheroes in general, versus those threats that torture us in real life.  If that sounds too high-brow to be a Frank Miller book, think of it as Batman mixed with 300 mixed with Sin City mixed with nationalistic propaganda.  I believe that translates as, “violent violence violented with violent violence violent”.

Alright, now that my mea culpa is out of the way, we can move onto the stuff that’s actually coming out this week.  Namely, this gigantic Thanos Museum Statue.  I’m sure the museum part of the name has some industry significance or statue lingo connotation, but I’m going to assume it stands for the fact that this piece of artwork could be displayed in a museum.  Standing fourteen inches tall and sculpted by industry famous Bowen Designs, this is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing Thanos in person.

Fresh off his new 52 issues (I, Vampire and Supergirl) Joshua Hale Fialkov launches a new Image series called Last of the Greats.  Here’s the pitch:  a bunch of super powered beings landed on Earth years ago, wanting to change things for the better, but humanity didn’t want their help.  Present day brings about the death of the penultimate of these beings, leaving only one alive.  Thus, the Last of the Greats.  Fialkov has a fresh, inventive take on the cape and cowl genre, infusing it with spectacle rather than sorrow.  Don’t be the one to miss out on the next big Image series in line with Chew, Butcher Baker, and Severed.

In the same vein as the above, Strange Talent of Luther Strode has been receiving an ample amount of buzz leading up to its release.  Snuggily placing itself into the classic fantasy of every bullied, ostracized high school nerd out Strode follows one of these teens who sends off for a special serum that increases his speed, strength, stamina, all the basic Superman-esque stuff, while also giving him the ability sense his opponents’ weaknesses.  Obviously, he uses this to go on a rampage against all of those that break the law, mistreat him, or generally fall on his bad side.  Newcomers Joshua Jordan and Tradd Moore could be the next big thing, so if you want to find yourself regaling tales to your grandkids about the time you chose to pick up their first big book, nab a copy this Wednesday.