Oct 202012
 

I just want to quote the Image Comics description for the first book we’ll talk about tonight as a way of helping you understand what it’s like.

“Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes.  Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.”

Yup.  That’s Brandon Graham for you, folks.  If you’ve read Prophet (the craziest, most brilliant comic out there!) or King City (the only comic with a cat telescope), then you’re well aware of Graham’s ingenious perspective on, well, everything.  Graham’s comics build fully realized, utterly unique worlds for you to explore visually (as he does the art himself) and conceptually.  For those reasons, I can promise you Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity will be one of the most interesting books you’ll ever read.

Jason Starr, renowned crime novelist and comic author, takes a crack at Wolverine‘s past this Wednesday, but not in a way you’ve ever seen before.  Wolverine MAX is a five issue miniseries that takes Logan back to Japan for an origin story of violent proportions.  If you’ve never read any of Marvel’s MAX line of books, they’re a no holds barred, adult version of famous Marvel characters.  So, in short, Wolverine like you’ve never seen him before.  Expect blood.  Expect guts.  Expect cursing.  Expect SNIKT-ing!

And if we’re talking blood and guts, we might as well mention the new Punisher War Zone miniseries hitting shelves this Wednesday.  Picking up where Greg Rucka’s recent Punisher ongoing series (both volumes, of which, are available now) left off at, Frank is on the run from the law in a way he’s never been before after taking the fall for shooting a cop.  Even though he didn’t do the deed, Frank is taking the blame to protect the woman who did (if you want to know more, you got to pick up the TPBs).  But Frank’s going to need his own form of protection as The Avengers decide to assist the NYPD in capturing him.  It’s Punisher vs. The Avengers, written by Greg Rucka, taking place in real Marvel continuity!

Followers of The Walking Dead television show on AMC have just been introduced to Phillip Blake aka The Governor with the beginning of season three, but there’s so much more to find out.  In conjunction with the hit television series, Robert Kirkman (the creator of the show and comic) began a trilogy of Walking Dead novels last year with The Rise of the Governor, which detailed Blake’s life during the initial zombie outbreak.  Now, its sequel, The Road to Woodbury, picks up where the last book left off at, following Blake as he climbs to power in the walled-off city of Woodbury.  Find out the origins of one of the most terrifying villains in comic history by picking up The Road to Woodbury this Wednesday!

Mar 102012
 

If you couldn’t tell from last week, you’ll certainly be able to tell from this week: March is unofficial new ongoing comics month.

Yes, after about six new series or miniseries began last week, this week marks the start of another six or so series. Here’s a rundown of a couple of them:

-Avengers Assemble: A new ongoing series by long-time Avengers and New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley, Avengers Assemble focuses on a team comprised of the movie Avengers. That’s Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor for the uninitiated. It promises classic superhero action and adventure on par with the best of’em.

-Crossed Badlands: Marking the return of Garth Ennis to the series he created, this bi-weekly venture into the nastiest, sickest universe in comics

-Saga: After finishing his epic Ex Machina series, Brian K. Vaughn left comics to pursue work in film and television. Now, the writer of Y the Last Man, The Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad is back. This world hopping epic tale of two renegade parents trying to protect their child will launch what is sure to be another future classic by respected writer Brian K. Vaughn.

-Saucer Country: The first in a line of new Vertigo titles, this dark humored sci-fi series written by Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Captain Britain & MI5) follows an Arizonian governor who has her sights set on the presidency. Some little green men from the sky may have something else to say about that, however.

-Secret History of D.B. Cooper: If you don’t know the story, D.B. Cooper committed one of the most legendary unsolved crimes in American history. After hijacking a plane, Cooper stole $200,000 from the passengers on board then parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again. This book claims to have the real story of that day, and the insane creatures, alternate worlds, and mythical venturings it details make that robbery cover story look like a fairy tale.

If you’re reading this right now, you have just committed to buying a copy of the next item. Sorry, it’s a binding contract.

X-Men: Season One is Marvel‘s second in a line of graphic novels that introduce their core characters to a new audience. Haven’t read X-Men in awhile? Pick one up. Getting a young kid into comics? Pick one up. Know Dennis Hopeless? You’re damn right you’re picking one up! Yes, folks, Dennis, former Pulp Fiction employee, is the writer of this amazing graphic novel. It’s his second Marvel work and he’s already working on one of Marvel‘s biggest properties, so big a copy up and support him.

Finally, this week, we end with the second wave of Flashpoint trade paperbacks. Now that the main series is out in softcover, the tie-in miniseries are following. These have broken up into volumes designated by character. So, you’ve got your Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman volumes, each collecting around three of the Flashpoint miniseries. The Batman and Superman ones are especially worth your time.

Oct 152011
 

Are your windows boarded?  Do you have ammunition by the door?  Does your TV get cable?

Hopefully, the answer to all of these questions is “yes” as tomorrow heralds the return of The Walking Dead television series on AMC.  If you don’t have cable, though, and are going to be deprived of zombie-faction for the time it takes for the season two DVDs to come out, you might want to bide your time with the first in a trilogy of Walking Dead novels.  Rather concisely summing up the arch of the three book series, the first one is called Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.  If you’ve read far enough into the comic series, you’ll know that The Governor is a bad, bad, bad dude.  As stated, this series will follow his ascent to power as he back stabs, murders, and cheats his way to the top of the post-zombpocalypse heap.  Written by the creator of Walking Dead, himself, Robert Kirkman, this series is sure to live up to the shocking quality of the comic and show.   

Usually, as I’m transferring from one zombie related book to another I’d attempt to create some sassy, stupid transition, but considering this next book I feel I only have to say two words to get people’s attention:  Claudio Sanchez.  Yes, a mention of the front man of famous cult band, Coheed and Cambria, has a way of sending rabid fan boys and girls rushing in every direction, but for those who you who are scratching your head, I’ll elaborate.  Set in post-zombie infestation New York, Key of Z, follows a man who has lost his entire family but found a mystical object that gives him an upper hand in the deadly city.  Not only will he have to contend with the undead denizens of the city, but also a violent battle for control between three rival safehouses operating out of Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and Madison Square Garden.  Considering Sanchez’s surreal outlook on…well, everything, this should be a zombie book like no other.

There are comic books that we attempt to warn people are not for the faint of constitution.  A lot of the times we’re just overselling it so that people don’t wander into something that they’re going to regret purchasing.  Understand that in no way am I overselling the absolutely insane content found in Alan Moore‘s Neonomicon.  This.  Book.  Is.  Intense.  Dark, spooky, violent, filthy, and, as is commonly the case with Alan Moore, brilliant.  Building off of his previous series, The Courtyard, and connecting a number of H. P. Lovecraft‘s famous ideas, Moore tells the disturbing story of two FBI agents who investigate the wrong Cthulhuian cult and pay for it dearly.  Both the softcover and hardcover editions are dropping this weak for any out there brave enough to delve in.  The Great One is coming.

We’ve had zombies, Cthulhu monsters, and now vampires tonight.  You’d think we’re getting close to Halloween or something.  30 Days of Night, the popular series from Steve Niles about vampires who show up in an isolated Alaskan town over a thirty day eclipse is finally getting a much overdue ongoing series.  Yes, issue one drops this Wednesday, still written by Niles, but this time drawn by famous artist of such gritty titles as The Maxx and Arkham Asylum: Madness, Sam Keith.  If you take a look at the cover to the right, I think you’ll see why Keith is the perfect artist for the title as he can capture that haunting, moody creepiness a book like this requires.  But what about the plot?  Moving the story from Alaska to L.A., Niles will follow the mystery of a growing vampire uprising and a foreboding letter sent to a little girl.  Creep up your October and jump on board.