May 272016
 

Civil War II #1Civil War II #1 (of 7)

-Okay, sure, issue #0 came out two weeks ago, but Civil War II #1 is the real kick-off this epic Marvel event.

-Having set-up the conflict and the fight over Ulysses, the young Inhuman who can predict the future, Captain Marvel and Iron Man will begin throwing down!

-One of the Marvel Universe‘s primary architects, Brian Michael Bendis (Invincible Iron Man, All New X-Men, House of M) is guiding this event.

-Bendis will also be joined by his Invincible Iron Man artist, David Marquez.

Spider-Woman v.1 tpb “Baby Talk”Spider-Woman v.1 tpb Baby Talk

-We know you’ve heard about it online.  We know you’ve heard about it on the Longest Shortest Time podcast.  We know you’ve heard about it from us.  Spider-Woman v.1 is the pregnancy arc, and it’s wonderful!

-Written by Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, following up his previous, acclaimed run on Spider-Woman.

-Having recently welcomed twins into the world with his wife, Dennis pours his heart-and-soul into this personal arc, as Jessica Drew has to fight her way out of a hostage situation as she goes into labor.

-I have read Dennis’ work since he started getting it published.  I can honestly say that Spider-Woman #5, that is collected in this trade, is the work of his career, combining humor, action, and personal influences flawlessly.

Power Rangers Pink RangerPower Rangers Pink #1 

-Boom Studios! recently launched and found quick success with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, so, of course, they’re going to follow it up with a spin-off series.

-The first in a series of solo Power Rangers comics, Pink focuses on Kimberly the original Pink Ranger.

-Kimberly will take part in various adventures across the series, with each issue featuring a new conflict.

-To write the series, Boom! has brought together two popular writers, Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy, Black Canary, Batgirl) and Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Hologram, A-Force), to tag team the series.

DC Rebirth Week OneBatman Rebirth

-After the mind-blowing reveal of DC Universe Rebirth #1, the relaunch begins this week with four Rebirth one-shots that lead into their respective ongoing series.

-Leading this Wednesday’s line-up is Batman Rebirth #1, co-written by new ongoing writer, Tom King (Vision, Grayson), and out-going writer, Scott Snyder!

-The Superman you love is back!  Having survived the destruction of the pre-New 52 timeline, the Superman starring in this series is the original from 1938!  However, he is married to Lois Lane and has a child, so not everything stays the same.

-Finally, the two green Rebirths.  There’s Green Lanterns, plural, starring Jessica Cruz (from Justice League) and Simon Baz, now in charge of Earth’s protection.  Then there’s Green Arrow, reuniting the Emerald Archer with his one true lady love, Black Canary.

May 132016
 

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.

Aug 142015
 

Secret Wars Secret LoveSecret Wars Secret Love #1

-Traditional Marvel romances are off the table with this Secret Wars alternate reality affair!

-A special one-shot in the vein of Secret Wars Battleworld and Secret Wars Journal, Secret Love will contain multiple stories by different creative teams.

-Fans of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider will want to check this out, as the two young heroes will be locking lips!

-A slew of up-and-coming talent will be illustrating and writing each of these stories.

Howard the Human #1Howard the Human

-Another Secret Wars one-shot!

-Written by artist and writer extraordinaire, Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon).

-Since everything is all backwards thanks to Secret Wars, Howard is no longer a duck, but the last human in a world of animals.

-If you need another reason to check this book out, just check out that beautiful seventies ‘stache on Howard!

Welcome BackWelcome Back #1

-An original Sci-Fi action series from Boom! Studios.

-Written by Christopher Sebela, writer of the Escape from New York and Prometheus comics, helms this original idea.

-Two immortal assassins have carried out an endless war with each other across centuries and different bodies.

-Now, one of them remembers her past lives and must outrace her opposite number before she dies again.

House of M #1 (of 4)House of M #1

-The newest work from KC and Pulp‘s own, Dennis Hopeless!

-A four issue, Secret Wars miniseries told in the style of Rashomon (i.e. same story, different perspectives).

-The Human Resistance force has a few (rather aggressive) bones to pick with the leader of the world, Magneto!

-When Magneto rules the world, what secrets lie below his castle?

Nov 162013
 

Batman Black and White Statue by Greg Capullo

-Match the Joe’s Garage Joker statue from last week with his equal and opposite number.

-Capullo’s stylish pencils are brought to life in this accurate statue.

-Most recent in the popular line of Batman Black and White statues, Capullo’s is equally suited to the monochromatic coloration as all the rest.

-Just a reminder, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a Dark Knight for the holidays.

Nowhere Men v.1 tpb

-Science is the new Rock’n'Roll!

-Collects the first six issue miniseries from Image Comics, a miniseries that was so popular Image kicked it up to an ongoing!

-In a world where The Beatles were replaced by a scientific supergroup, Nowhere Men explores what happens in a highly technologically evolved society when everything goes wrong.

-Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire’s striking pop art aesthetic turns this book into a punk rock comic of the modern age!

X-Men by Brian Wood v.1 tpb

-Experienced comic veteran, Brian Wood (DMZ, Local, Mara, The Massive, Ultimate Comics X-Men), brings his strong character-driven style to the X-Men universe.

-Finally, a book for female comic readers!  Disregard the title, this team is entirely comprised of strong, sympathetic women mutants.

-Olivier Coipel (House of M, Avengers vs. X-Men, The Mighty Thor) lends his kinetic style to every thrilling action scene in the series, making this one of the most action packed X-Men series in recent years.

-When Jubilee brings an orphaned baby back to the Jean Grey School, a baby wanted by some very bad people, what sort of tough decisions will Rogue, Psylocke, Storm, and the rest of the team have to make?

Harley Quinn #0

-Everyone’s favorite psychopathic psychologist returns to helm her own ongoing series!

-The husband/wife writing duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, masters of pure fun comic storytelling, promise to bring Harley back to her former glory!

-This introductory zero issue features tons of different (famous) artists as Harley holds auditions to find out who should draw her comic.

-A sure fire DC hit, Harley Quinn’s series will be comprised of one shot stories of pure insanity and cuteness as she joins a roller derby, hunts for kittens, and looks for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Mr. J.

May 252013
 

Facebook and iTunes have the market cornered on useless updates, so we’re going to try something different here and update the format for a reason.  Tonight we’re going to try out a new, more concise format for Comic List Highlights, one we intend to call 4 x 4.  It’s simple, four facts about four new comics or trade paperbacks coming out the next Wednesday.  Short.  Sweet.  Less of an eyesore.

Adventures of Superman #1

1. Ignore the hubbub about Orson Scott Card writing this book, because he’s been replaced on issue one by some of DC‘s best artists and writers, including Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo, and Chris Samnee.

2. Samnee’s Golden Age-esque style has been put to great use on Daredevil and The Rocketeer lately, and now does the same for Superman.

3. Contrasting Samnee’s style, Riley Rossmo’s (Bedlam, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking) sketchy style is exemplifies the high contrast of visual styles represented in this issue.

4. This anthology brings the baddies with stories about Lex Luthor, Bizzaro, and Zod.  Oh, and maybe some Superman, too.

Thor, God of Thunder v.1 HC

1. Kansas City native Jason Aaron has been weaving a Thor yarn for the ages, destined to become a modern classic.

2. Split across three time periods, God of Thunder stars three incarnations of Thor, past, present, and arm-less, one-eyed, Odin-like future.

3. Esad Ribic’s painterly style lends an epic, tapestry-like quality to the series that enhances its mythic tone.

4. Thor.  Loves.  Ale.

X-Men #1

1. Forget testosterone, it’s all estrogen all the time thanks to the all female cast of X-Men #1.

2. Brian Wood has dabbled with the X-Men in the past on Ultimate Comics X-Men and the previous X-Men series, but now gets the keys to the kingdom in this Marvel NOW! series.

3. Olivier Coipel’s (House of M) slick, appealing style works equally well for dialog and action scenes, which, the last time I checked, are the X-Men’s bread and butter.

4. Milo Manara and Terry Dodson both have contributed variant covers for the first issue!

 

The Wake #1

1. Current writer of Batman and Superman Unchained, Scott Snyder, returns to his horror roots with the Vertigo series, The Wake.

2. In previous horror series Severed and American Vampire Snyder showed his vast talent for pacing scares on the comic page, not an easy task.

3. Sean Murphy of Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus joins Snyder to tell this confined thriller which follows a marine biologist as she ventures into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle to explore a sunken oil rig…and what resides there.

4. Fans of isolated suspense movies like The Thing and Alien need to check The Wake #1 out!