Nov 202015
 

RingsideRingside #1

-Let’s get ready to rumble!  Ringside is Image Comics first ongoing series about the ins and outs of professional wrestling.

-Joe Keatinge, writer of Hell Yeah, Shutter, and Batman Incorporated, has dug into the actual world of pro-wrestling to find his inspiration.

-Each issue will feature the perspective of a different wrestler as they struggle to perform and struggle with real life.

-Separate stories will collide in later issues as all the wrestlers come together to fight against each other.

Venom Space Knight #1Venom Space Knight

-One of two unique series beginning from Marvel this week!

-Flash Thompson has been through a lot during his tenure wearing the Venom symbiote, but now he’s cruising the galaxy stopping bad aliens.

-Having recently taken a hiatus from comic art, Ariel Olivetti is back to illustrate the interiors of this series with his gorgeous painted style.

-After establishing his talents on Silk (not to mention the television series, Supernatural) Robbie Thompson lends his concise, snarky, character-driven talent to another series.

Moon Girl and Devil DinosaurMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

-Fans of Marvel‘s recent hits Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel must pick up this similarly styled series!

-Up-and-coming independent creative team, Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, graduate to the big leagues with this quirky comic.

-Suitable for younger, teen readers, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a perfect entry point to the Marvel Universe for newly initiated comic fans.

-You’re a preteen super genius.  Your new best friend is a t-rex.  And you’ve got to defeat one of New York’s newest supervillains.  Go!

Dark Knight III:  The Master Race #1 (of 8)Dark Knight III The Master Race

-Over a decade since The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Frank Miller returns to write the third part of his Dark Knight Returns trilogy.

-Joining Miller on writing duties is acclaimed comic veteran Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen Comedian & Rorschach, Wonder Woman, Batman).

-Each issue of this eight issue miniseries will feature a full main story plus a mini-comic back-up bound into the issue.  Issue one’s mini-comic will be fully written and illustrated by Frank Miller.

-He’s beaten death, retirement, and old age, now the Batman of Miller’s iconic The Dark Knight Returns is back to set loose the Kryptonian population of the Bottle City of Kandor.  This act of revolution gains him unwanted attention from his old sparing buddy, Superman, as well as the rest of the government.

Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Sep 292012
 

Here it is September 2009 and…what? It’s not 2009? Oh, it’s 2012! So, you mean Daredevil End of Days by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, and Alex Maleev is only three years late? Okay. If there’s a series that’s worth the wait, it’s this one, folks. Writing an epic conclusion to the Man Without Fear, Brian Bendis writes this miniseries with the same level of grit, darkness, and swift wit that was present in his legendary Daredevil run. Set years in the future, this will be the official tale of Matt Murdock’s last days. Don’t end up being three years late to the party yourself.

When people ask you if a comic is good, you inherently want to say, “Hell yeah!” Lucking with Joe Keating’s Hell Yeah trade paperback I can and desire to say that very statement. Blending an Indy slice-of-life book with a dimension-jumping superhero actioneer, this book is bloody and artsy all at the same time. Think Kick-Ass on ecstasy, folks.

The only way to read the Walking Dead is to jam it into your eyeballs in massive quantities. Luckily, Image Comics publishes Walking Dead in compendium volumes, which basically breaks down to a crap ton of zombies! To be more specific, the Walking Dead volume two compendium collects trade paperback volumes 9-16. And don’t worry if you haven’t started the series yet, we’ve still got compendium volume one!

Around Gotham City there are many urban legends. Many dark tales that haunt the nightmares of criminals. You get to share in that dredd this Wednesday as Legends of the Dark Knight hits shelves. This miniseries will reprint previously web exclusive material written by talented writers and exceptional artists not usually connected to the character. For instance, the first issue features a story by LOST creator Damon Lindeloff and Animal Man author Jeff Lemire about Bruce Wayne’s early, over-confident days of being Batman. This series is going to be an excellent collection for anyone who wants to read the Dark Knight, but doesn’t want to pick up all the back issues.