Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

Nov 262011
 

Tonight we begin with you daily allotment of vitamin NS (Nick Spencer).

If you haven’t heard someone at the store discuss Morning Glories then you likely have filled your ears with concrete at some point.  Easily the most addictive mystery in comics right now, Morning Glories centers around a group of teenagers who are accepted into a seemingly docile academy, which reveals itself to be anything but.  The first two volumes of the book have been released as separate trade paperbacks, but if you haven’t picked them up yet, the new Morning Glories volume 1 hardcover is going to be the way to go.  Including both of the previous volumes, plus an abundance of extra material (covers, sketches, etc.), this is the ideal way to get accepted into Morning Glories Academy.

But wait, the doctor prescribes two doses of Nick Spencer a day!  In that effort, here’s the second “Must Get” Spencer trade for the week:  Thunder Agents volume 1.  Flying under the radar at DC before the New 52 relaunch, Thunder Agents is a refresh of a concept from the 70′s; a rather brilliant concept, at that.  Nearly a superhero version of the Suicide Squad, this team book is populated by normal individuals given the opportunity to wield superpowers and do “good deeds” for the government, but with the stipulation that the powers will slowly kill them.  Told through a Tarantino-esque, non-linear fashion, this book will keep you on your feet with narrative surprises at every turn.  And, another plus, the second volume begins in issue form the same day, so pick up the trade and then grab issue #1 of volume 2.

You’ve seen the movie.  You’ve watched the first episode of the new animated series.  Now it’s time to buy the first issue of the comic.  Branching off of the newest DC animated series, Green Lantern, the new Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0 drops this week.  Following in the fine fashion of previous animated adaptations (Young Justice, Batman: Brave & the Bold), this series will tell stories not told in the show, but starring the same characters and existing in the same universe.  Another check mark in the plus column comes from the talented writing team assigned to the book, Art Baltazar and Franco, who are the creative team behind the highly popular Tiny Titans series.

If you’re one of those unlucky folks who’s taunted and abused at school or work, I’m here to tell you those days are in the past.  How?  Why?  Because of what?

Two things.

Foremost, the new Walking Dead Lunchbox.  Why exactly does this metal display of Charlie Adlard’s gruesome artwork result in the elimination of your bullying?  Well, one, anybody who eats out of a zombie lunchbox has to be a little crazy and, two, when you fill it with Zombie Jerky, which you will tear apart with a ravenous hunger, no one will step foot anywhere near you for fear of cannibalistic maiming.

The second product to aid in your pain alleviation looks a little something like this.  Yup, that’s a foam version of Kratos‘ sword from the hit video game God of War.

Trust me, you come bursting into work or school swinging that bad boy wildly above your head, ain’t no person gonna think about calling you a Nancy boy no more.

Respect.