Feb 062015

Rocket Raccoon v.1 HCRocket Raccoon v.1 HC

-Skottie Young (known for his baby variant covers) writes and illustrates the first arc collected in this hardcover volume.

-This first volume contains issues one through six of the highly popular ongoing series.

-In the first story, Rocket is being hunted down by all of his vengeful ex-girlfriends.  This raccoon gets around!

-Following that story, Rocket, Groot, and some other aliens share campfire stories.  Oh, and it’s Groot‘s turn, so the whole issue uses “I am Groot!” as the only lines of dialog.

Empty #1Empty #1

-The creator of Bomb Queen and Five Weapons, Jimmie Robinson, launches a new series from Image Comics.

-Anyone who reads Planetary, Copperhead, or any other post-apocalyptic or grungy Sci-Fi series should check this out.

-A young, female scavenger, named Tanoor, joins forces with a stranger who has the power to restore the dead world they live on.

-Like a road movie across an apocalyptic wasteland.

The Sculptor HCThe Sculptor GN

-Respected comic theorist, artist, and writer, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) is releasing his first work in years!

-The Sculptor follows the titular character as he is granted special abilities from Death to have anything he sculpts come to life.  The catch, he only has 200 days to live.

-Having recently published hits like Seconds, This One Summer, and other 2014 hits, :01 First Second publishing is on a role.

-Check out what is sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2015!

Darth Vader #1Star Wars Darth Vader #1

-Marvel‘s second Star Wars launch title!

-Star Wars #1 sold out nearly immediately, with variant and regular covers shooting up in price!  You better believe Darth Vader will do the same.

-Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine, Journey into Mystery), one of the most literary comic authors working today, is working on one of the most iconic characters in history!

-Following the events of A New Hope, Darth Vader will see the Sith Lord gunning for the rebel forces that left him stranded in space after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Feb 232013

Hey, everyone, come on, grab your friends!  We’ll go to very distant lands!

Jake and Finn have stopped playing with BMO and are back for a second round of Adventure Time trade paperback mathematics!  Adventure Time volume two collects issues five through nine of the series that’s sweeter than Peppermint Butler.  Within these flippin’ sweet pages are stories of Finn and Jake turning into robots, traveling in Princess Bubblegum’s time machine, and laying some smack down on the Ice King.  Make your kids (or, hell, yourself) happy and pick it up!

Liches and zombies need not apply.

Scott Snyder just finished what is sure to become a classic Joker story in the main Batman series, but, before he made a name for himself, Snyder wrote one of the creepiest runs of Detective Comics ever.  Set during the period of time where Dick Grayson was Batman, this extended run has an entirely different tone from other Batman books as Grayson is all about the sarcasm and acrobatics, both brought to life by Jock’s expressive pencils.  Faced with a complicated murder mystery to solve, Grayson must team-up with Commissioner Gordon to crack the case.  Not only do Gordon and Grayson share sleuthing duties, but the story is also evenly split between them.  Gordon must deal with the arrival of his prodigal son, James, Jr., who may or may not be entirely sane.  Snyder is incredibly dept at pacing horror and suspense on the page, a talent uses handily during many of Gordon and James, Jr.’s scenes together.  Just remember to watch out for that water running under the bathroom door.

One thing you will certainly not find in Image Comics Five Weapons miniseries is a sorting hat.

That just makes it all the more important to choose wisely when you’re enrolling in The School of Five Weapons, because the weapon you choose will define the rest of your life.  Knives, staves, archery, exotics, and guns may be deadly, but they have nothing on the brain of Tyler, the most recent arrival to the premiere assassin school.  Join Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), handling both art and writing duties, as he leads you through the halls of the deadliest high school in the country.  

Just don’t call it Harry Potter with guns.

Talking raccoons make every comic better.

Brian Michael Bendis got to sample the Guardians of the Galaxy in his recent run on Avengers Assemble, but now he launches deep into the stars with the beginning of another ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy series.  The first point one issue details the origins of Starlord, the boy from Earth who grows-up to lead the meanest bunch of space police in the universe.  With crisp, detailed artwork from Steve McNiven (Civil War), the addition of Iron Man, and the eminent Marvel Studios film adaptation the only reason to skip this book is if you’re off planet.