Jan 152016
 

Silver SurferSilver Surfer #1

-Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk) and Mike Allred (iZombie, FF) return to one of last year’s most acclaimed Marvel series!

-Slott’s take on the Silver Surfer is Doctor Who-esque, as he has paired him with a companion, Dawn Greenwood, and sent them journeying about space and alternate universes!

-After traveling the universe, Dawn has brought the Surfer back to Earth to explore the weird and mysterious creatures and realms that populate her home planet.

-Allred’s artwork is vibrant, experimental, and entirely indebted to Jack Kirby, so the series looks gorgeous.  That’s not to mention that Allred and Slott play with the format, even publishing an issue that wrapped around on itself, telling a never-ending story.

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death #1 (of 6)Poison Ivy

-One of Batman‘s most beloved villains gets her own miniseries!

-In line with the recent Batgirl, Ms. Marvel, and Gotham Academy series, Poison Ivy will see Pamela starting a new job only to be accused of murder when a fellow scientist turns up dead!

-Amy Chu will be writing the entire miniseries, one of her first major works for DC!  An up-and-comer, Chu has previously written short stories for Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Vertigo Quarterly.

-Joining Chu is Clayton Mann on art duties.  Previously Mann has been interior artist on hits like Gambit, Daredevil, and The Immortal Iron Fist.

DevolutionDevolution #1 (of 5)

-Rick Remender has jumped ship from Marvel to Dynamite and he’s bringing his crazy ideas with him!

-Devolution is set not in a post-apocalyptic world, but a prehistori-pocalyptic world.  Essentially, every human and animal on Earth as been devolved to their base state.

-One young woman has to venture across this endless jungle, fighting cavemen, giant bugs, and other deadly foes in search of a cure.

-If you’ve been keeping up with Remender’s work at Image, including Low, Deadly Class, Black Science, and Tokyo Ghost, then you’ve got to pick up a copy of Devolution #1!

Captain Marvel #1Captain Marvel #1

-In a couple of years, everyone is going to have Captain Marvel‘s name on their lips when Marvel Studios releases a film about her, so get the jump and find out who she is with this new series.

-Following up Kelly Sue Deconnick’s acclaimed run, the new Captain Marvel series finds Carol Danvers leading a global coalition in space, defending against and negotiating with alien forces.

-Taking over writing duties are Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the showrunners behind the Agent Carter television show!

-Marking one of his first interior art jobs in a good while, Kris Anka, the man behind nearly all of Marvel‘s recent, popular costume redesigns, will be drawing the series.

Oct 232015
 

Art OpsArt Ops #1

-Following on the heels of other Vertigo relaunch series, like Survivor’s Club and Clean Room!

-Famed independent artist Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer, FF, iZombies) illustrates the series!

-Art Ops follows a crack team of art thieves, but not in the way you think.

-The Art Ops organization ferries away people and objects, like the Mona Lisa, out of paintings in order to bring them into the real world.

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1Howling Commandos of Shield

-Spinning out of Mark Waid’s SHIELD #9!

-This series, however, is written by pulp-master extraordinaire, Frank J. Barbiere, author of the excellent Image series Five Ghosts!

-Hidden below S.H.I.E.L.D.’s facilities lies S.T.A.K.E., the secret organization that houses all of the monsters and creatures capture on missions.

-This series will follow a team of those monsters, including Hit Monkey, Man-Thing, and Werewolf by Night, as they are lead on missions by a reanimated Dum Dum Dugan!

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #1 (again!)

-As the cover proclaims, only the second #1 issue this year!

-Easily Marvel’s funniest series (Yes, even over Howard the Duck) continues where it left off!

-Doreen already had trouble balancing her superhero and college lives, but now she has to add being a New Avenger to that list.

-She’s beaten Galactus, now who will challenge the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?

Black Magick #1Black Magick

-Greg Rucka (Star Wars:  Journey to The Force Awakens, Punisher, Gotham Central) launches a mystical noir series at Image Comics!

-Rucka is joined by artist Nicola Scott (Earth 2, Secret Six, Birds of Prey)!

-Rowan Black, the book’s protagonist, works homicide, but the greatest mystery she has to solve is her own past.

-Included with each issue is a serialized prose story by Rucka.

May 162014
 

Pathfinder City of Secrets #1Pathfinder City of Secrets #1 (of 6)

-Jim Zub, writer of fantasy series like Skullkickers and the previous Pathfinder series, returns to GM this miniseries.

-An entirely new Pathfinder series, City of Secrets is a fresh entry point for new readers!

-The party ventures into Magnimar, a magical city that threatens to tear the group apart!

-As with the previous series, each issue will contain a unique, playable Pathfinder encounter and foldout map.

The Movement v.1 tpb The Movement v.1 tpb

-Gail Simone’s most recent DC Comics series gains its first eight issue trade paperback, featuring an ensemble of original characters created by Simone herself!

-In Coral City, the police are out of control, harming citizens more than helping.  The Movement is out to change that.

-Local artist Freddie E. Williams III joins Simone, delivering a kinetic, action-packed artistry to the series!

-Finishing last week with issue #12, The Movement v.1 acts as the first half of a complete story that introduces exciting new characters to the DC Universe.

MPH #1MPH #1

-Mark Millar expands his control on the world of comics a little further with this ongoing series!

-Millar brings the same cynical grimness and dark humor he did with Kick-Ass, Superior, and Wanted to this Image comic!

-What happens when a gang of inner city teens discover a drug called MPH that grants them super speed?  $#*! gonna get F’ed up!

-Drawing a fine line between hero and criminal, the teens of MPH explore the how with great power, creates great corruptibility.

Black Canary and Zatanna Bloodspell HCBlack Canary and Zatanna Blood Spell HC

-Paul Dini, creator of Batman:  The Animated Series, returns to comics for this original graphic novel!

-In the works for over three years, Bloodspell is a long awaited team-up book featuring the pre-New 52 Black Canary and Zatanna.

-The incredible Joe Quinones, of FF, Captain Marvel, and The Spectacular Spider-Man fame, illustrates the entire graphic novel in his distinct, cartoony style!

-A year after infiltrating a cult of female magicians, Black Canary is haunted by their ghosts, a threat that requires the assistance of her close friend Zatanna.

Mar 212014
 

Iron Patriot #1

-The industry’s weirdest, hallucinogenic writer, Ales Kot, takes over an ongoing series starring former War Machine, James Rhodes.

-If you picked up a copy of Secret Avengers #1 a couple weeks ago, you know Kot delivers on the kinetic action beats, quirky comedy, and unusual situations.

-Rhodes is forced to go up against a new villain that is threatening his family.

-Oh, and eventually James Rhodes dies. . .or, at least, that’s what the solicits say.

Real Heroes #1

-Bryan Hitch, artist of The Ultimates and America’s Got Powers, returns to Image for another genre deconstructing series!

-Hitch’s ultra-realistic style is put to the test with a superhero book set in the real world!

-A real world superhero unlike any other, Real Heroes stars the world’s highest-paid actors, all of which have just starred in the blockbuster superhero film The Olympians.

-Fiction and fact blur together as these celebrities are launched into the fantasy world of their film and forced to survive against an alien army.

Silver Surfer #1

-Dan Slott, mastermind behind The Superior Spider-Man, takes his skills to the stars in this cosmic Marvel title!

-Galactus‘ former Herald roams the universe, showing off all corners of the cosmos to his young female companion.

-Mike Allred (FF, X-Statix, iZombie) enhances the zany tone of this space adventure with his retro-esque pencils and colors!

-Fans of Doctor Who should give issue one a try, as Slott has openly stated that he’s copying the episodic nature and companion-based adventure of the famous television series.

All New Ghost Rider #1

-Robbie Reyes is the All New Ghost Rider!

-A street racing teen from the wrong side of the tracks, Robbie inherents the powers of the infamous Spirit of Vengeance!

-Tradd Moore, artist for the violent Image hit The Strange Talent of Luther Strode,

-Dennis Hopeless, local author, former Pulp Fiction employee, and current writer of Avengers Undercover, endorsed this very issue as a great read that last Wednesday!

Jun 292013
 

Absolution Rubicon #1

1. In theory, superheroes as cops seems like a great idea.  Not in the world of Absolution, however.  Former super-detective John Dusk has gone over the deep end, murdering perps indiscriminately, and now the world’s other heroes are gunning for his head.

2. Christos Gage applies his history of writing crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs to this creator-owned series for Avatar Press, a combination which results in gritty sleuthing and ludicrous violence.

3. With Dusk’s reputation in the gutter, criminals he’s put away could possibly be released to wreak havoc upon the city.  Sounds like a perfect climax to the series, but will Dusk be able to stop them alone?  Doubtful, but he does have Happy Kitty, a psychotic, murderous Japanese school girl to (maybe) back him up.

4. Absolution Rubicon #1 explores what would happen if a hero imbued with the power level of Green Lantern started murdering the bad guys and, because it’s Avatar, it does it in the most gruesome way possible.

Avengers A.I. #1

1. The Age of Ultron has passed.  Long live the age of A.I.!  Following the time stream shattering conclusion of Age of Ultron, Hank Pym assembles a team of robotic Avengers to put things right.

2. Fan favorites like The Vision and Victor Mancha of The Runaways return alongside the likes of a rogue Doombot and a cadre of original characters.

3. Sam Humphries has begun to build a strong reputation as a unique author in the world of comics with Indy darlings, like Our Love is Real, and Marvel hits, like Ultimate Comics Ultimates, but now gets to unleash his voice on a title that allows him room to invent and imagine.  Think of how good similar books, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, are right now.

4. Dig on the retro 8-Bit variant cover designed to look like a classic game of Donkey Kong to the right.

Satellite Sam #1

1. Matt Fraction returns to his seedy, independent roots with next week’s Satellite Sam.  Though he’s killing it on Marvel‘s Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, and FF, Fraction does some of his best work when the reins are off, for instance Five Fists of Science and Casanova.

2. A period piece, Satellite Sam is a cold, hard, debauched murder mystery set during the deceptively wholesome fifties. When a famous TV host turns up deader than a door nail, his alcoholic son is the only one who can solve this unsolvable murder.

3. Comic legend Howard Chaykin brings his A game as the interior artist of the book, matching the setting and tone perfectly to his vintage style.

4. Like all recent Image Comics hits (Jupiter’s Legacy, Lazarus, Sex), Satellite Sam #1 is bound to sell out quickly and become a hot collector’s item shortly thereafter.  Buy it and enjoy it before the after market vultures sore by.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

1. Nearly three years ago, Pandora watched from the sidelines of every single New 52 comic.  Now, she makes her presence known!

2. The first tie-in book for DC‘s major Justice League crossover event, Pandora #1 serves as the catalyst for the oncoming destruction to follow in Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League of America.

3. Ray Fawkes has been paying his dues co-writing JLD and Constantine with Jeff Lemire, but now he gets to let loose on a solo series, one, in fact, that will explain the most mysterious character in the New 52 universe.

4. Find out who Pandora is and what she’s been up too since last we saw her in Justice League #6!