Mar 252016
 

X-Men 92 #1X-Men 92 #1

-After looking at the cover to the left, I know, like me, you have that catchy theme song from the 90s animated X-Men series stuck in your head.  That’s largely because X-Men 92 is, essentially, a continuation of that show.

-Continues from the popular Secret Wars miniseries of the same name.

-The creative team from that previous series returns to lend the retro feel.

-After defeating Casandra Nova, the X-Men are reopening the Xavier Institute, just in time for Omega Red to attack!

Walking Dead v.25 tpbThe Walking Dead v.25 tp

-It only happens two or three times a year, so when a new Walking Dead tpb comes out you bet we’re going to mention it on here!

-In this volume, Robert Kirkman begins to pick up the pieces as Rick and his community pick up the pieces after their war with the Whisperers.

-Will Rick be able to resist the conniving ways of Negan, who has slowly wheedled his way into Rick’s mind.

-Outside of giving you the last six issues of The Walking Dead, this volume will also come shrink-wrapped with Kirkman’s Outcast #1 ahead of the new television show premiering.

Godzilla OblivionGodzilla Oblivion #1 (of 5)

-After clawing his way up from the underworld in Godzilla in Hell, the King of the Monsters is back!

-Passing through a portal to another dimension, Godzilla must face a pack of creatures he’s never encountered before!

-Joshua Hale Fialkov, fresh off a Doctor Who run, will be handling writing duties on this five issue miniseries!

-Fialkov’s partner in crime on the series will be Brian Churilla, previously of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Big Trouble in Little China.

Paper Girls v.1 tpbPaper Girls v.1 tpb

-Author of Saga, Y the Last Man, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina, and The Runaways, Brian K. Vaughn’s new series is finally out in trade paperback!

-Fans of eighties child adventure films, like The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Flight of the Navigator, will love this series!

-On Halloween night, four paper girls stumble into a surreal attack on their neighborhood from places unknown.  How Vaughn unravels that mystery is where the fun comes in.

-This collection contains the first five issues for the low price of $9.99!

Oct 022015
 

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

Mar 102012
 

If you couldn’t tell from last week, you’ll certainly be able to tell from this week: March is unofficial new ongoing comics month.

Yes, after about six new series or miniseries began last week, this week marks the start of another six or so series. Here’s a rundown of a couple of them:

-Avengers Assemble: A new ongoing series by long-time Avengers and New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley, Avengers Assemble focuses on a team comprised of the movie Avengers. That’s Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor for the uninitiated. It promises classic superhero action and adventure on par with the best of’em.

-Crossed Badlands: Marking the return of Garth Ennis to the series he created, this bi-weekly venture into the nastiest, sickest universe in comics

-Saga: After finishing his epic Ex Machina series, Brian K. Vaughn left comics to pursue work in film and television. Now, the writer of Y the Last Man, The Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad is back. This world hopping epic tale of two renegade parents trying to protect their child will launch what is sure to be another future classic by respected writer Brian K. Vaughn.

-Saucer Country: The first in a line of new Vertigo titles, this dark humored sci-fi series written by Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Captain Britain & MI5) follows an Arizonian governor who has her sights set on the presidency. Some little green men from the sky may have something else to say about that, however.

-Secret History of D.B. Cooper: If you don’t know the story, D.B. Cooper committed one of the most legendary unsolved crimes in American history. After hijacking a plane, Cooper stole $200,000 from the passengers on board then parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again. This book claims to have the real story of that day, and the insane creatures, alternate worlds, and mythical venturings it details make that robbery cover story look like a fairy tale.

If you’re reading this right now, you have just committed to buying a copy of the next item. Sorry, it’s a binding contract.

X-Men: Season One is Marvel‘s second in a line of graphic novels that introduce their core characters to a new audience. Haven’t read X-Men in awhile? Pick one up. Getting a young kid into comics? Pick one up. Know Dennis Hopeless? You’re damn right you’re picking one up! Yes, folks, Dennis, former Pulp Fiction employee, is the writer of this amazing graphic novel. It’s his second Marvel work and he’s already working on one of Marvel‘s biggest properties, so big a copy up and support him.

Finally, this week, we end with the second wave of Flashpoint trade paperbacks. Now that the main series is out in softcover, the tie-in miniseries are following. These have broken up into volumes designated by character. So, you’ve got your Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman volumes, each collecting around three of the Flashpoint miniseries. The Batman and Superman ones are especially worth your time.