Oct 022015

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

Jul 102015

Guardians of KnowhereSecret Wars July Week 2

-Undoubtedly the flagship title of this week, Brian Michael Bendis returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy with Guardians of Knowhere #1!  Having survived the universal collapse, the Guardians and the prisoners occupying Knowhere must duke it out in space!

-Al Ewing (Mighty Avengers, Loki Agent of Asgard) will be launching an alternate reality take on his previous series with Captain Britain and the Mighty Avengers #1 (of 2)!

-Rick Remender returns to the Captain America universe with Hail Hydra, where Cap’s son Nomad infiltrate a world ruled by the evil Nazi organization!

-Finally, Siege #1 by Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Young Avengers, Darth Vader) features characters who have been sentenced to guard The Wall that divides Battleworld from the deadlands!

Book of Death #1 (of 4)Book of Death

-The follow-up to last year’s successful The Valiant miniseries!

-The Eternal Warrior, an immortal defender of Earth, has been tasked to protect the adolescent Geomancer, a young girl who is connected to the Earth’s lifeforce.

-However, the Geomancer has foreseen the future and knows how each of the world’s heroes die.  Now, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are after her and the Eternal Warrior to discover the secrets.

-Written by Robert Vendetti, the current writer of Green Lantern, X-O Manowar, and the former Demon Knights series.

Island #1Island #1

-If you picked up and enjoyed 8House Arclight, King City, or Multiple Warheads, this series is for you!

-In the vein of Heavy Metal, Island will be an anthology series printed in an oversized magazine format!

-While the primary story is written by Brandon Graham, the other stories will feature a rogues gallery of impressive independent artists.

-Some of the creators featured include Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly), Simon Roy (Prophet), and many more.

Adventure Time Fionna and Cake Card Wars #1 (of 6)Fionna Cake Card Wars

-Ice King‘s fan-fic favorites, Fionna and Cake, are back in this new miniseries!

-Jen Wang, who has previously written Marceline and the Scream Queens, helms this story, too!

-Desperate to find a worthy opponent for Cake in the popular card game, Card Wars, the duo head out on a journey across Ooo!

-SUPER MATHEMATICALLY IMPORTANT:  Each issue of this miniseries will contain an EXCLUSIVE Card Wars card to be incorporated into the popular Adventure Time card game!

May 292015

Batman BeyondDC June Relaunch Wave 1

-Now that Convergence is over, DC has canceled nearly half of their line and are replacing it in June with about twenty-four new series!

-The first wave of these new titles release this week.  DC‘s directive with this relaunch is not to erase continuity, but to expand the tones and genres represented at the company.  Creative over homogeneity.

-The new titles out this week include Bat-Mite, Batman Beyond, Bizarro, Midnighter, and Omega Men.

-Returning series with new creative teams or storylines include Action Comics, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Lobo.

Groot #1Groot

-With Secret Wars underway and the Rocket Raccoon series defunct, Marvel is filling that space with another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

AirboyAirboy #1 (of 4)

-In the vein of Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation and Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, Image Comics launches the Airboy miniseries.

-A meta series at heart, Airboy is about the creation of itself.  Wait, what?

-Yes, writer James Robinson (Fantastic Four, Earth 2, Starman) has written himself into his own comic.  His struggles with adapting Airboy, a character from the forties, his personal life, and his addictions are detailed across the series.

-Oh, but wait!  It’s not that easy, as Airboy, himself, actually begins appearing in the real world and confronting Robinson.  Talk about bringing a character to life.

Secret Wars Miniseries ReleasesAmazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows Secret Wars Battleworld

-With all of the main Marvel ongoing series going away, the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries continue to roll out.

-Out this week are Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows (MJ and Peter are married again!), Armor Wars (Tony versus all the other armors!), and Future Imperfect (Maestro Hulk returns!).

-Also out is Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX (Skottie Young’s baby variants as a comic!), X-Tinction Agenda (Cable and the nineties are back in force!), and Years of Future Past (Kitty Pryde returns to the far flung future of the X-Men).

-And for those who’ve been craving for more, Secret Wars #3 is also out this Wednesday!

Feb 272015

Descender #1Descender #1

-Popular comic creator, Jeff Lemire, of Sweet Tooth, Trillium, Animal Man, and Green Arrow fame, launches a new creator-owned series at Image Comics!

-Lemire’s words will be brought to life by artist extraordinaire Dustin Nguyen (Lil Gotham, Detective Comics, Batman)!  Nguyen’s water-color aesthetic will bring this Sci-Fi odyssey to life!

-Descender follows in the space opera footsteps of ODYC, Saga, and Prophet, telling the tale of a young android who is on the run across the stars from bounty hunters out for his life.

-Issue one will be thirty pages long and sell for only $2.99!

All New Hawkeye #1All New Hawkeye #1

-No, you didn’t miss an issue, this new Hawkeye series is actually coming out before the previous one finishes.

-The second comic launch from Jeff Lemire this week!

-The same casual tone of Matt Fraction’s previous Hawkeye series continues as Clint and Kate are back together and slinging arrows better than ever!

-Eisner Award Winning artist Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand) will keep up the same artistic experimentation of David Aja going!

Guardians Team Up #1Guardians Team-Up #1

-Another new Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series launches!

-Perfect jumping-on point for any fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie!

-Each issue will feature the whole Guardians team or a select member joining forces with other Marvel heroes.

-The first two part story will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and will see the Guardians teaming-up with The Avengers!

Princess Leia #1 (of 5)Princess Leia

-The final Marvel Star Wars comic in the first wave!

-Unlike Star Wars and Darth Vader, Princess Leia will be a five issue miniseries.

-Mark Waid, veteran writer behind Daredevil, Kingdom Come, and literally every major character at Marvel and DC, is on writing duties for the entire miniseries!

-Joining Waid will be joined by the art team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, whose smooth, shapely style has energized X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman before!

Jan 162015

Galaxy Quest Journey ContinuesGalaxy Quest:  The Journey Continues #1 (of 4)

-By Grabthar’s hammer, the crew of the NSEA Protector is back!

-Following up on the cult favorite comedy starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, this IDW miniseries acts as a sequel to the original film.

-Having returned from their journey into the stars changed forever, the stars of Galaxy Quest have jumped started their failing careers.  But now an alien with a grudge has come for Captain Jason Nesmith.

-This four issue miniseries is handled by Erik Burnham, writer of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Ghostbusters series.

Legendary Star Lord v.1 tpbLegendary Star Lord v.1 tpb

-He’s Star Lord, man.  Of course this is a series you want to be reading.

-Spinning out of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series, this volume sees Star Lord go solo and take on the forces of the universe.

-Of course, since he is Star Lord, he also has time to flirt with the X-Men‘s Kitty Pryde and tangle with Thanos.

-Up-and-coming Marvel writer, Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I., Uncanny X-Force) teams up with Paco Medina to send the Guardian’s leader out on his own.

Ivar TimewalkerIvar Timewalker #1

-Valiant Comics has been making a name for itself over the last couple of years, especially with the recent The Valiant miniseries.

-In an effort to expand the Valiant universe, the publisher is launching a number of new titles starring original characters called Valiant Next.

-The launch book for Valiant Next, Ivar Timewalker spins out of Archer & Armstrong.

-A mad dash across time, Ivar Timewalker sees the titular character being attacked across his time stream, having to outrun and out think his opponents in his various iterations.

DC Bombshells WalletsDC Bombshells Mighty Walletts

-Ant Lucia’s Bombshell artwork has become a mass hit with comic readers, so DC continues to stamp it on every product imaginable.

-Like DC‘s previous wallet releases, these will be made of Tyvek, a durable, recycled material.

-Each of these wallets features the artwork from the series of variant covers Lucia did for DC last July.

-The options are Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.