Sep 142013

DC Villain’s Month: Week 3

-Lex Luthor:  Written by Charles Soule (Swamp Thing), this issue follows Luthor as he attempts to fight back against the Crime Syndicate.

-Ras al Ghul:  What happens when the world’s most threatening terrorist is forced to defend his citadel from the powers of Ultraman?

-Deathstroke:  Written by the creators of Assassin’s Creed and the upcoming Arkham City Origins, this issue gets personal as Slade has to defend his family while completing an assassination.

-Arcane:  Leading into the next storyline of Swamp Thing (the BEST book at DC right now!), this issue picks up with Anton Arcane, lost in limbo and fighting for a way out.

Batwoman v.3 HC – “World’s Finest”

-Tell DC you support J.H. Williams on Batwoman by picking up his last storyline as both writer and artist!

-Teaming up Wonder Woman and Kate Kane, this storyline is an absolute mythical battle across the world as these two heroes try to take down Medusa!

-J.H. Williams’ art for this storyline is beyond compare!  Some of the double page spreads deserve to be hung in a museum.

-Don’t worry about being lost if you haven’t read volumes one and two, but if you wish to catch up, the entire Batwoman story can be found on the shelves of Pulp Fiction.

Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot tpb

-Long out of print, but now reprinted in a beautiful updated edition!

-Frank Miller blends a love for fifties sci-fi films and giant robot fights (like Pacific Rim) into this unusual nineties comic gem.

-Geoff Darrow joins Miller, lending his ridiculously detailed pencils to the calamity and chaos of the series.  Seriously, if you’ve never read Hard Boiled or seen Darrow’s work on Shaolin Cowboy, you need to take a flip through this and have your eyes blown out of your head!

-The entire series in one hefty volume!

Five Ghosts:  The Haunting of Fabian Gray v.1 tpb

-The underdog Image hit of the year!

-Join Fabian Gray, an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer, as he travels the globe looking for a way to revive his deceased sister!

-Fret not!  Gray is joined by his best friend, and widowed husband of his sister, as he battles thieves, tribesmen, and evil monks!

-Oh, and did we mention that Gray possesses the powers of five literary ghosts (Sherlock Holmes, Yojimbo,  Merlin, Dracula, and Robin Hood) thanks to his connection with the Dreamstone!

Apr 012011

FDR once said that there’s nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Well, that son of a gun was wrong!

Fear Itself is not to be feared, it is to be loved and snuggled with.  Why?  Because it’s written by Matt Fraction.  And drawn by Stuart Immonen!  Yeah, the guy from Invincible Iron Man and the guy from Nextwave are getting together to make a baby of comic love!

Here’s the scoop:  all the Marvel superheroes are having to face their greatest fears.  As this is Marvel’s next big event, all the big names will be present and accounted for.  Some may even bite it.  Oh, and Dracula will be involved.  And who doesn’t love Dracula?

Would you like to see a magic trick?  How about a Charismagic trick?  For either you’re going to want to pick up Aspen Studios new title, Charismagic.  A Las Vegas magician is faced with the spectacle of his career as he is faced with a world where all the real magic he never thought existed has return with a vengeance.  Aspen is known for putting out pretty books (Fathom, Soulfire) and, by the look of the preview art, this one’s going to be more of the same.  If you’re into books like Zatanna, Magus, or Mysterious the Unfathomable, then you might want to pull this rabbit out of the hat.

Crime stories and high-caliber art crash together in Blue Estate, a new, beautiful book from Image.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this book justice, so here’s a link to its website where you can look at sample art, get a run down on the creators, the mission statement, the storyline, and the characters, all while sipping on whatever libation you prefer.  If you’re one of those lazy folks who can’t be bothered to hop to another page (I speak from personal experience), then let me attempt to give you the low down.  Blue Estate is a noir-infused, neon grit and grim crime book that juggles art styles panel by panel.  A quote that best describes it is, “This is the kind of comics Elmore Leonard would write if he wrote comics”.  And, whoo boy, look at that slick cover design.

This next book is sexy.  I mean, if it was legal, I might consider marrying this book.  Like, this thing should be plastered on covers of Maxim and Playboy.  What is this glorious piece of eye pornography?  Nonplayer.  Created by a former video game designer, Nate Simpson, who happens to be some sort of artistic god, Nonplayer revolves around a young girl who is immersed in the online world of a fantasy MMO, akin to World of Warcraft.  Ah, but that alone would be boring.  Where the hook comes in is that as she beings to shake things up in the gaming world, her own world starts to feel the reverberations.  Geoff Darrow has been quoted (this is seriously the post of quotes) as saying, “If you don’t buy this book, you’re stupid”.  Frankly, I would agree.  For a preview of the book, go here.

Finally, something shinny.  Green Lantern prop replicas gain a new buddy with this nifty Honor Guard ring set.  The ring is based off of the new ring design and comes with a fancy green carrying case.  Oh, and they’re made of metal, not plastic.  Sweeeeet.