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 212014
 

Batman Eternal v.1 tpbBatman Eternal v.1 tpb

-The epic, weekly Batman series comes to trade paperback!

-A murderer’s row of young creators helms this series, including James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Kyle Higgins, all under the watchful eye of  Scott Snyder.

-Gotham is under siege by multiple forces, leaving Batman and the Bat Family scrambling about attempting to stop the madness.  Each issue takes up the perspective of a different family member, including the newly returned Stephanie Brown Spoiler!

-This twenty issue volume nearly catches up to the current issue, so if you’ve been meaning to jump on, this is the way to do it!

Ody-c #1Odyc #!

-Sex Criminal mastermind and all around Hawkguy, Matt Fraction, helms this new ongoing Image Comics series!

-The Odyssey has been told and retold for centuries, but never like this!

-A space epic of the highest level, Ody-C adapts the plot of Homer’s greatest myth into an intergalactic road movie.

-Christian Ward, psychedelic artist of series such as Infinite Vacation and Olympus joins Fraction on the series, making the universe a vibrant and surreal place.

Scarlet Spiders #1Scarlet Spiders #1 (of 3)

-The third and final Spider-Verse tie-in miniseries launches this Wednesday!

-As every alternate reality Spider-Person splits off to outrun the Inheritors, three of the classic Scarlet Spider incarnations come together!

-Ultimate Jessica Drew, Kaine, and Ben Reilly team-up for the first time!  And, maybe, for the last time.

-Also, one Scarlet Spider won’t make it out alive.

Gotham by Midnight #1Gotham by Midnight #1

-The Batman corner of the DC Universe continues to gain variety with this new ongoing series.

-Basically a cop procedural, Gotham by Midnight delves into the paranormal side of the city.

-Ray Fawkes, writer of Batman Eternal and Constantine, brings his talent for supernatural tales to the weird side of the GCPD.

-The real draw here is Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, The Squidder, Fell), whose loose, moody style brings this series to grisly life.

Oct 172014
 

TMNT Ghostbusters #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1 (of 4)

-Who you going to call?  Heroes in a half-shell!

-With the ongoing Ghostbusters series recently wrapping up, the writer, Erik Burnham, authors this epic crossover.

-Along with Burnham, Dan Schoening, the vibrant, fun artist of the previous Ghostbuster series, also joins in.

-How will the Ghostbusters and Turtles react to each other when the latter is transported into another dimension?  Will they be able to defeat the terrifying ghost that followed them?

D&D Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1Legends of Baldur's Gate Dungeons Dragons D&D

-IDW continues its tradition of publishing quality roleplaying game tie-in comics with this new Dungeons & Dragons series.

-Jim Zub, writer of the Pathfinder comic series, Skullkickers, and Wayward, helms this epic ongoing!

-Decades after the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, a new party of adventurers brave the infamous city!

-MINSC also joins the fray!

Deathstroke #1Deathstroke #1

-Originally launched at the start of the New 52, another ongoing Deathstroke series attempts to do what the previous series couldn’t!

-In it’s favor are the artistic and writing talents of Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman), handling both duties on this title.

-Slade Wilson, the legendary assassin known as Deathstroke, has had his memories of a particular kill erased.  With only fragments, Deathstroke must retrace his steps and find out who took his memory.

-If you loved him or loved to hate him on Arrow, check out this new ongoing series.

Arkham Manor #1Arkham Manor

-Spins out of the events chronicled in Batman Eternal!

-With Arkham Asylum destroyed, Bruce Wayne is forced to provide his estate as a temporary holding facility for all of Gotham’s psychopaths.

-In order to solve a string of mysterious murders, Batman must go undercover in the new Arkham Manor.  Will he go insane trying to solve the case?

-Written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Hulk, Nova), who just delivered a great, creepy one-shot story in the pages of Batman #34.

Sep 192014
 

Aliens Fire and Stone #1Aliens Fire and Stone #1 

-The second miniseries in an Alien/Predator/Prometheus crossover event!

-Chris Roberson, creator of iZombie (the upcoming CW TV series) and Memorial, helms this miniseries event!

-This first issue also features a chilling, but striking alternate cover by Saga artist, Fionna Staples.

-Emulating plot points from Alien and Aliens, this series sees a space station crew evacuate to escape a horde of xenomorphs, only to have them follow along.

Roche Limit #1Roche Limit

-Another in a year of amazing Image Comics ongoing series launches!

-Fans of cerebral, spacey sci-fi will enjoy Roche Limit, a series that wears its homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris, and Moon on its sleeve.

-The story takes place on a space station orbiting an unnatural energy rift, but is rife with scum and villainy.

-Roche Limit is also the first volume of trilogy of miniseries, so expect an extended, epic story.

Booster Gold Future's End #1Booster Gold Future’s End #1

-Everyone’s favorite DC time traveler returns to the New 52 universe!

-Dan Jurgens, the creator of Booster Gold, returns to his signature character!

-In this one-shot story, Booster is trapped outside of the parameters of time, fighting to rescue other lost heroes and himself!

-The rumors are that this one-shot could lead into a new, ongoing series!

Batman Death of the Family Joker Mask EditionBatman Death of the Family Joker Mask

-Scott Snyder’s infamous Joker story gets collected in a brand new format!

-Returning from who-knows-where, the Joker (who’s missing his face) has come back to Gotham to strike fear into the hearts of the Bat-family.

-Included with the softcover edition of this story is a specially designed replica mask of the Joker‘s face.

-Perfect one-step Halloween costume!

Feb 012014
 

Batman:  Joker’s Daughter #1 (One-shot)

-Not, we say NOT, written by Anne Nocenti, the writer who handled the Joker’s Daughter Villains Month issue (and for those who read it, you know why we’d mention this)!

-Instead, a better female writer, the up-and-coming Marguerite Bennett (a pupil of Scott Snyder), takes the reins.

-This one-shot issue further explores the twisted origins of the woman calling herself The Joker’s Daughter, as she continues her attempts at controlling the sewers and underground waterways of Gotham City.

-Bennett wrote the rather good Batman Annual #2 from last year as well as the Lobo Villains Month issue, showing a talent for constructing tight, focused done-in-one stories.

Punisher #1 

-Nathan Edmondson has already delivered a successful All New Marvel NOW! series in the form of Black Widow.  What will he do with the Marvel Universe‘s most infamous vigilante?

-Frank Castle needs a change of scenery as he head’s out West.  A major crime syndicate has arisen in L.A., and The Punisher is hot on their trail.

-Edmondson excels at espionage tales as well as action narratives (as the first couple issues of Black Widow attest), so his style is perfectly suited to The Punisher.

-Oh, and did we mention that Frank’s not the only one on the hunt?  He’s got a mafia hit squad chasing him as he chases their bosses.

Loki, Agent of Asgard #1

-Forget Thor, we all know Loki‘s the real reason anyone goes to see any movie set in Asgard.

-With a brand new body, Loki is more mischievous than ever and ready to put that talent for mischief to good use.

-Al Ewing, who is writing the hell out of Mighty Avengers right now, unleashes his pure fun, classic Marvel style onto the Asgardian section of the universe.

-As an Agent of Asgard, this series will see Loki sent on covert missions, missions that rely on his talent for trickery.

Ms. Marvel #1

-Following in the footsteps of Kelly Sue Deconnick’s cult favorite Captain Marvel series, Ms. Marvel adds another Marvel series written by women for women about women.

-Kamala Khan is an entirely new hero for an All New Marvel NOW! era, both a teenager and a Muslim, Kamala adds some needed diversity to the Marvel Universe.

-A perfect entry point for teen readers, Ms. Marvel finds Kamala trying to balance an overbearing father, new superpowers, and the regular hormonal difficulties of high school.

-G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and Adrian Alphona (The Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) are, possibly, the most exciting creator pairing in the entire All New Marvel NOW! relaunch!