Jul 132013
 

The Mysterious Strangers #1-2

1. If Charlie’s Angels, The Avengers (BBC version), and The Prisoner conceived a baby on a drunken night, nine months later The Mysterious Strangers would pop out!

2. You may have picked up the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE of this series on Free Comic Book Day, but for those who didn’t issue #1 is being released again, along with issue #2.

3. If you didn’t pick up the issue, the book is a sixties period piece starring a team of adventures possessing a variety of unique powers control by their tattooed hands.

4. Chris Roberson has been on a roll lately with his pulpy runs on Masks and The Shadow, which makes him the perfect man to write a series so steeped in retro action!

Batman ’66 #1

1. HOLY BATUSI, BATMAN!!!!!!!

2. Speaking of retro action, the first original content starring the cast of the famous camp Batman television series of the 1960s, Batman ’66 celebrates the tradition of this wacky show!

3. Writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Agents of Atlas) brings his years and years of experience writing Golden Age style characters and story arcs to this nostalgic, humorous series.

4. All the punny insanity that you’ve come to expect from The Camp Crusader, Batman ’66 becomes a rare comedy series on a rack filled with dark, brooding characters.

Number Cruncher #1

1. Just your average undead archangel working for The Divine Calculator by bringing souls into the afterlife, The Number Cruncher is about to run into a snag.

2. If you think X-Men Legacy and X-Club are weird beyond belief (but in a good way), wait until you read Si Spurrier’s Number Cruncher.

3. Originally written for 2000 A.D., this series brims with dark, intelligent surrealism and a dabble of humor, too.

4. Spurrier may bring the unusual to his Marvel series, but it’s nothing compared to his unleashed talents on independent titles like Six Gun Gorilla and Number Cruncher.

Red Sonja #1

1. Cheesecake becomes girl power in the relaunched, Red Sonja #1!

2. Written by the comic industry’s ambassador for female creators, Gail Simone, Red Sonja finally receives the humanistic tone she has deserved for so long from a writer that isn’t a sleazy dude!

3. Storywise, Sonja is on a doomed quest, leading a failing army, all in order to pay back a debt that may cost her life.

4. To enhance the fem power of the series, Dynamite has assembled an impressive array of female talent to illustrated six different covers!  These artists include Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Fiona Staples (Saga), Jenny Frison (Revival covers), and more!

May 252013
 

Facebook and iTunes have the market cornered on useless updates, so we’re going to try something different here and update the format for a reason.  Tonight we’re going to try out a new, more concise format for Comic List Highlights, one we intend to call 4 x 4.  It’s simple, four facts about four new comics or trade paperbacks coming out the next Wednesday.  Short.  Sweet.  Less of an eyesore.

Adventures of Superman #1

1. Ignore the hubbub about Orson Scott Card writing this book, because he’s been replaced on issue one by some of DC‘s best artists and writers, including Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo, and Chris Samnee.

2. Samnee’s Golden Age-esque style has been put to great use on Daredevil and The Rocketeer lately, and now does the same for Superman.

3. Contrasting Samnee’s style, Riley Rossmo’s (Bedlam, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking) sketchy style is exemplifies the high contrast of visual styles represented in this issue.

4. This anthology brings the baddies with stories about Lex Luthor, Bizzaro, and Zod.  Oh, and maybe some Superman, too.

Thor, God of Thunder v.1 HC

1. Kansas City native Jason Aaron has been weaving a Thor yarn for the ages, destined to become a modern classic.

2. Split across three time periods, God of Thunder stars three incarnations of Thor, past, present, and arm-less, one-eyed, Odin-like future.

3. Esad Ribic’s painterly style lends an epic, tapestry-like quality to the series that enhances its mythic tone.

4. Thor.  Loves.  Ale.

X-Men #1

1. Forget testosterone, it’s all estrogen all the time thanks to the all female cast of X-Men #1.

2. Brian Wood has dabbled with the X-Men in the past on Ultimate Comics X-Men and the previous X-Men series, but now gets the keys to the kingdom in this Marvel NOW! series.

3. Olivier Coipel’s (House of M) slick, appealing style works equally well for dialog and action scenes, which, the last time I checked, are the X-Men’s bread and butter.

4. Milo Manara and Terry Dodson both have contributed variant covers for the first issue!

 

The Wake #1

1. Current writer of Batman and Superman Unchained, Scott Snyder, returns to his horror roots with the Vertigo series, The Wake.

2. In previous horror series Severed and American Vampire Snyder showed his vast talent for pacing scares on the comic page, not an easy task.

3. Sean Murphy of Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus joins Snyder to tell this confined thriller which follows a marine biologist as she ventures into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle to explore a sunken oil rig…and what resides there.

4. Fans of isolated suspense movies like The Thing and Alien need to check The Wake #1 out!

Dec 152012
 

Before we get into the pimping of cool merchandise, everyone at Pulp just wants to give a special thank you to everybody who came out last Wednesday and made Dennis Hopless’ signing a HUGE, HUGE success.  We’re all very proud of Dennis and watching him rise to prominence as a Marvel writer, so it’s nice to see so many of our customers are ready to support him.

Now with the mushy stuff out of the way, let’s talk about another kind of mushy stuff.  I mean seriously, was anyone not shocked speechless after Avengers Arena #1?!!  Well, luckily, you don’t have to wait that long to see which hero bites the dust next and what the fallout will be regarding the first major death of the series, because issue #2 drops this Wednesday.  That’s right, only a week after issue #1, you get to have another helping of violent, grisly teen drama served to you on a platter.

And, not surprise here, Cable & X-Force #2 also ships this Wednesday, providing answers for the Phalanx infection that seems to be encroaching on the pleasant beach at the end issue #1.  Plus more firing of absurdly giant guns.

Comic readers have spoken and Marvel has listened.  Because of the outcry for more female creators and characters in comics, Marvel has begun to publish a number of series either written or drawn by women, as well as many featuring the superheroines of the universe.  First among them is the most recent ongoing Captain Marvel series.  Written by the quirky Kelly Sue DeConnick, Captain Marvel brings Carol Danvers back to prominence by bringing her name and costume out of the dark ages of comic sexism and into the modern era.  The first issue of the collection will bring any new reader up-to-date while the second storyline sends Carol back in time to team-up with one of her airwomen idols of World War II.  Certainly a great gift for a daughter or niece looking to get into comics.

Remember, the D is silent.

Read the story before seeing the film with the first issue of Django Unchained.  Usually film-to-comic adaptations are weak sauce, but a there’s a couple special aspects of this series that set it apart from the others.  Foremost, R.M. Gueara, the artist of Jason Aaron’s gritty, legendary crime epic Scalped, lends his chalky, scratchy pencils to Tarantino’s vision, grounding the book in a moody atmosphere.  Also, given that Gueara did little other work while working on Scalped, Django Unchained offers another rare chance to see his skill at work.  Along with the artwork, the book’s plot and dialog is lifted directly from Tarantino’s screenplay, including scenes that didn’t make it to the theatrical cut of the movie.

With the cold weather encroaching this winter, there’s only one acceptable way of warming yourself up:  wrapping a schizophrenic, murdering superhero around your shivering body.  And if that’s your plan, there’s only one of those around, and that’s Deadpool, baby!  So, grab yourself a merry little Deadpool Hoodie this season, whether it’s in medium, large, extra large, or double XL.

No one will question why you’re talking to yourself in public ever again.

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?

Mar 032012
 

Tonight’s going to begin with a bit of List-o-Mania (Any Phoenix fans out there?). There’s such an abundance of new, exciting comics coming out this Wednesday that we’ve had to condense them into a easily digestible list.

-Age of Apocalypse: Building on the Uncanny X-Force story from last year, this new ongoing will follow the continued resistance against Apocalypse and his Weapon X goons in this beloved alternate Marvel reality.
-Beyond the Fringe: Collecting new short stories which take place in the universe of popular television show Fringe, this new miniseries will be written by series regular Joshua Jackson.
-Fairest: Focusing on key female characters from the Fables universe, this new series will chronicle their lost adventures. And it’s written by Fables writer and creator, Bill Willingham.
-Hell Yeah: Award winner, Joe Keatinge, pens a violent, edgy take on the superhero world. The spawn of the world’s first super people are working overtime to maintain the world their parents left behind.
-The Manhattan Projects: Johnathon Hickman (Nightly News, Fantastic Four, Secret Warriors) releases his newest Indy series. The minds behind the atomic bomb may have cooked up something even worse…and we’re going to find out what.
-Superbia: Combining romance and superhero books, this four issue miniseries reads like the Desperate Housewives of the cape & cowl sect, focusing on the significant others of the world’s most famous heroes.

Okay, how long did that take?

Oh, you don’t have a watch? Here, borrow the Doctor‘s. This replica of the 10th Doctor‘s timepiece, seen in the Human Nature/Family of Blood two parter, comes fully detailed with Gallifreyan engravings, lights, and a real metal chain. Complete your Doctor Who ensemble with this unique piece of memorabilia.

Speaking of Doctor Who memorabilia, you won’t want to….DELETE DELETE! ALL HUMANS WILL BEND TO THEIR MASTER’S WILL AND BUY THE CYBERMEN CHARACTER BUILDING SET! FIVE CYBERMEN ARE INCLUDED! PURCHASE NOW BEFORE DELETION!

Sorry about that. Those guys can be pretty forceful.

As an apology, please enjoying looking at this amazing X-Force Archangel Fine Art Statue.