Jan 252014
 

Lost at Sea HC (Anniversary Reprint)

-Read Scott Pilgrim?  Did you know Bryan Lee O’Malley wrote and drew something before that?

-Lost at Sea is ten years old, in fact, and in honor of that impressive date Oni Press is re-releasing the graphic novel in an updated hardcover treatment.

-O’Malley populates Lost at Sea with the same kind of awkward, out-of-place teens that starred in Scott Pilgrim, lead by Releigh, a shy, young girl who had her soul stolen by a cat.  Will she get it back on a road trip with her fellow classmates?

-This hardcover special edition contains the full Lost at Sea story as well as a handful of unpublished O’Malley stories and extras.

Guardians of the Galaxy v.2 “Angela” HC

-Brian Michael Bendis continues his operatic space adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy v.2!

-Leading up to the feature film releasing in August of this year, volume two continues to introduce the entire Guardians team, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Angela, of Spawn fame, crosses into the Marvel Universe in this volume, coming into conflict with the Guardians as she figures out how she got there.

-As well, this second volume contains the important Infinity crossover issues where the Guardians have to infiltrate a commandeered satellite to aid the Avengers.

Cable and X-Force v.3 tpb

-Dennis Hopeless continues his totally rad, 90s inspired action movie romp that is Cable and X-Force!

-With Cable suffering from psychic spasms, the Uncanny Avengers move in on the outlaw team in an attempt to capture Cable and his band of misfits.

-The team also divides itself up into duos, with each heading off on their own independent smash’n'grab missions!

-This penultimate volume leads into the conclusion of the series, setting-up important information about Hope‘s future!

Serenity: A Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6)

-The wait is over browncoats!  Joss Whedon’s fan favorite Western in space is finally back with stories set AFTER the Serenity movie!

-With the Alliance’s power shaken after the information about their hand in the Reavers’ creation was revealed, Mal and his crew are on the run, hidden from the eyes of the ‘verse.

-Georges Jeanty, the artist who brought Buffy Seasons 8 and 9 to life, returns to the Whedon-verse to draw all six issues of this anticipated miniseries!

-Zack Whedon, writer of A Shepherd’s Tale, takes the helm of the ship to tell the very first story in a post-movie universe!

Aug 242013
 

Masks v.1 tpb

-The Shadow + Zorro + The Spider + Green Hornet + Kato = Best.  Crossover.  Ever!

-Alex Ross not only lends his unmatched artistic talents to the first issue, he also delivers on multiple covers for the series, too, all of which are included in this collection.

-These pulp heroes must unite to fight off the corrupt government of 1938 New York!

-The entire eight issue series, plus extras, is included in this single, oversized volume!

Young Avengers v.1 tpb

-All the fan favorite Young Avenger characters are back and filled with more adolescent angst than ever!

-Kieron Gillen brings the same pop infused vibrancy that made Phonogram the cult hit that it was!  The Young Avengers are officially teenagers now, and they party, drink, quarrel, and sleep around like everyone at that age.

-Jamie McKelvie, formerly of Phonogram, X-Men Season One, and Secret Avengers, makes this book sing, as far as artwork goes, pulling out expressive “performances” from all the characters.

-Oh, and for that extra bit of dissent, the reason all the characters get back together is due to the machinations of Kid Loki!  Fans of Gillen Journey into Mystery take note!

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

-The masters of cute behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures jump companies to make Hellboy more adorable than ever!

-Anyone familiar with Art Balthazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans should expect the same comic-strip style of storytelling, perfect for younger audiences!

-Any parent who hopes to get their kids into Hellboy, but may be hesitant about the main book’s content can use Itty Bitty as an entry point.

-Did I mention the cuteness?

Guardians of the Galaxy v.1 HC

-Meet the entire cast of next year’s Marvel hit film, including Starlord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men) plays up the action and banter of the Guardians team with his witty writing style.

-Iron Man also joins the team early on, linking the Marvel interstellar universe with the main universe.

-Did I mention the raccoon with the nasty attitude and matching gigantic gun?

Jul 272013
 

Guardians of the Galaxy #5

-Following up the cataclysmic ending of Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is the first series to introduce Neil Gaiman’s Angela into the Marvel universe!

-This issue is co-written by Neil Gaiman, himself!  It marks his first Marvel work in nearly ten years!

-A great jumping on point for the crazy popular Guardians of the Galaxy series, all of which will prepare you for the blockbuster movie next year!

-Check out the kitschy Skottie Young Angela variant cover to the left!  Pulp will have a limited number of these, so get’em while you can!  Also be on the lookout for the even rarer Milo Manara variant!

Collider #1

-You’ve heard of the FBI, the CIA, and the IRS, but you’ve never heard of the FBP!

-Simon Oliver (The Exterminators) returns to herald Vertigo comics into a new age!

-The Federal Bureau of Physics has been appointed to sort out a world-wide dissolution of gravity, time, and entropy!

-Robbie Rodriguez, artist from Rick Remender’s recent Uncanny X-Force run, lends his stylish pencils to the series, rendering all the physics calamity in super detail!

3 Guns #1

-The comic sequel to the the film 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg, releasing this week!

-Trench and Steadman are two covert ops agents, and former partners, on the opposite sides of a bad Russian gun deal!  Will they be able to team-up undercover to get out alive?

-And what happens when a third female agent comes into the fold?

-If you want to catch up for this miniseries or the film, we currently have the original 2 Guns miniseries in a reprinted trade paperback collection!

Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

-Alan Moore’s Tom Strong returns after a far too long hiatus!

-Chris Sprouse, the original artist for the series, also returns to illustrate this Vertigo miniseries!

-Strong has lost his powers, his daughter and grandaughter are in grave peril, and there’s only one thing that’ll help!

-Joined by his closest friends, Tom Strong journeys across the far reaches of space to collect the one item that is capable of returning his powers!

Mar 302013
 

Polarity may tell you that car accidents can cause superpowers, but, please, don’t believe it.

Do, however, enjoy the fictional psychedelically tale  that Say Anything frontman, Max Bemis, weaves in his Boom Studios miniseries.  Rule one of writing is to “write what you know”, and Bemis has taken that to heart in Polarity by focusing the story around a bipolar rocker who gets in a car wreck and finds his disorder is actually a special ability.  And if you’ve found you have superpowers and a rocker, you’re probably going to play your guitar with you mind and punch bad guys in their mugs.  You might also choose to include a special downloadable song with each issue.  

This next year brings with it a number of amazing looking video games, primary among them is The Last of Us.  Serving up some gorgeous post-apocalyptic New York landscapery, this game stars a teenage girl and a grizzled older man surviving against the elements and hordes of roving marauders.  Dark Horse‘s The Last of Us: American Dreams tells the tale of how the girl, Ellie, made it through the initial years of the apocalypse before she met her guardian.  Written by one of the creators behind the video game, this miniseries is an essential read before playing the game.

Sean Murphy produced the artwork for the surreal toyland adventure series Joe the Barbarian, showing the comic world how expressive, expansive comic storytelling is done.  Last year Murphy brought his scratchy style to Vertigo and the series Punk Rock Jesus.  Now, all six issues are out in a handy trade paperback presentation.  Religion and television are crammed together in the series as a cloned version of Jesus, named J2, becomes the star of a hit reality show.  How J2 affects those closest to him as well as the entire country, is what the series becomes interested in discussing.  Profanity, lewdness, vulgarity, and sacrilegious debauchery are the order of the day in Punk Rock Jesus, so pick it up if you dare.

Let’s be honest, everyone who saw The Avengers last summer loved it.  However, only about a third of those people understood who the purple-chinned dude was in the after credits scene.  No matter which person you are, you’re going to want to pick up Marvel‘s Thanos Rising miniseries.  Jason Aaron brings a hefty dose of the legendary epicness he’s been serving up in Thor God of Thunder to this soon-to-be-classic series detailing Thanos’ rise to power.  Brought to life not only by Aaron’s stellar words, but also Simone Bianchi’s tapestry-esque paneling; a painterly equivalent to Esad Ribic’s art on Thor.  Plus, this series will lead into the upcoming arcs of both Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova, two of the hottest Marvel NOW books on the shelves.

Feb 232013
 

Hey, everyone, come on, grab your friends!  We’ll go to very distant lands!

Jake and Finn have stopped playing with BMO and are back for a second round of Adventure Time trade paperback mathematics!  Adventure Time volume two collects issues five through nine of the series that’s sweeter than Peppermint Butler.  Within these flippin’ sweet pages are stories of Finn and Jake turning into robots, traveling in Princess Bubblegum’s time machine, and laying some smack down on the Ice King.  Make your kids (or, hell, yourself) happy and pick it up!

Liches and zombies need not apply.

Scott Snyder just finished what is sure to become a classic Joker story in the main Batman series, but, before he made a name for himself, Snyder wrote one of the creepiest runs of Detective Comics ever.  Set during the period of time where Dick Grayson was Batman, this extended run has an entirely different tone from other Batman books as Grayson is all about the sarcasm and acrobatics, both brought to life by Jock’s expressive pencils.  Faced with a complicated murder mystery to solve, Grayson must team-up with Commissioner Gordon to crack the case.  Not only do Gordon and Grayson share sleuthing duties, but the story is also evenly split between them.  Gordon must deal with the arrival of his prodigal son, James, Jr., who may or may not be entirely sane.  Snyder is incredibly dept at pacing horror and suspense on the page, a talent uses handily during many of Gordon and James, Jr.’s scenes together.  Just remember to watch out for that water running under the bathroom door.

One thing you will certainly not find in Image Comics Five Weapons miniseries is a sorting hat.

That just makes it all the more important to choose wisely when you’re enrolling in The School of Five Weapons, because the weapon you choose will define the rest of your life.  Knives, staves, archery, exotics, and guns may be deadly, but they have nothing on the brain of Tyler, the most recent arrival to the premiere assassin school.  Join Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), handling both art and writing duties, as he leads you through the halls of the deadliest high school in the country.  

Just don’t call it Harry Potter with guns.

Talking raccoons make every comic better.

Brian Michael Bendis got to sample the Guardians of the Galaxy in his recent run on Avengers Assemble, but now he launches deep into the stars with the beginning of another ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy series.  The first point one issue details the origins of Starlord, the boy from Earth who grows-up to lead the meanest bunch of space police in the universe.  With crisp, detailed artwork from Steve McNiven (Civil War), the addition of Iron Man, and the eminent Marvel Studios film adaptation the only reason to skip this book is if you’re off planet.