Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

Mar 042016
 

Mars Attacks OccupationMars Attacks Occupation #1 (of 5)

-Usually, we hear the story about the Martian invasion, but Mars Attacks Occupation is set after the Martians have already taken over.

-IDW has done these sorts of Mars Attacks crossover events to great acclaim before.

-Like before, John Layman, the creator of Chew and former writer of Detective Comics, will be writing all five issues of this miniseries.

-Unlike Tim Burton’s dark comedy, the human protagonist of this miniseries actually has a fighting chance of defeating her oppressors.

Haunted Mansion #1 (of 5)Haunted Mansion

-Marvel has found success with their younger readers line based around Disney theme parks and characters, including Figment and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

-Haunted Mansion will be written by Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Illuminati, Birthright, Nailbiter)!

-When Danny gets locked into the Haunted Mansion, he desperately attempts to escape for fear of becoming the 1000th ghost in a house already populated by 999 specters!

-Wipe the memory of that terrible Eddie Murphy movie out of your memory (wait, you already have!) and replace it with this creepier, all ages tale.

Tokyo Ghost v.1 tpbTokyo Ghost v.1 tpb

-Catch-up on Rick Remender’s (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, Uncanny X-Force) latest Image series!

-Volume one contains the first five issues of this ongoing series, a perfect jumping-on point that will catch you up to the next issue.

-In the far future, cops aren’t cops, their guns-for-hire; addictions are TV-centric; and their is only one, non-industrialized location on the planet is The Garden Nation of Tokyo.

-All of this dystopia is brought to grungy life by artist supreme, Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, Joe the Barbarian, Batman).

Mockingbird #1Mockingbird

-You’ve loved her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.now Bobbi Morse receives her own ongoing series.

-Chelsea Cain, who wrote the Mockingbird Shield one shot from last year, will be returning for this series.

-Each issue will find Mockingbird on a self-contained, solo mission, rather than one over-arching story.

-Covers will also feature artwork by up-and-coming artist Joëlle Jones (Ladykiller).

Feb 122016
 

Midnighter v.1 tpbMidnighter v.1 tpb 

-One of DC‘s most underrated, under read series being released right now!  Now’s your chance to catch up.

-Midnighter is a Batman-esque anti-hero from the former Wildstorm universe, but, unlike Batman, Midnighter has no reservations about punching his fist literally through someone’s face.

-Writer Steve Orlando crafts a wonderful slow build story where Midnighter juggles his dating life (after recently having broken up with his boyfriend) and the apprehension of wayward weapons he was supposed to protect.

-Each aspect is brought to explosively stylistic life by the unique art style of Aco; trust me, it looks nothing like any series you’re currently reading.

Snowfall #1Snowfall

-From an established creative duo, Snowfall is the newest ongoing series launched from Image Comics!

-Part pulp, part dystopic future, part superhero story, Snowfall blends genres for a comic experience you won’t find at either of the major two companies.

-Set in a world that has not experienced snow in decades and also suffers under the rule of a despotic corporate entity, the series sees a hero, named the White Wizard, rise from obscurity to battle oppression.

-Martin Morazzo’s detailed, dynamic artwork brings this alternate world to life!

Avengers Standoff Welcome to Pleasant HillAvengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1

-Avid readers of Marvel‘s various Avengers series will want to check this prelude issue out!

-The Avengers Standoff event will crossover all of the Avengers series, including New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Illuminati, and more.

-Written by Nick Spencer, the current writer of both the Astonishing Ant-Man and Sam Wilson Captain America, this tie-in event will feature three eras of Cap joining forces.

-When Bucky Barnes appears to have attacked a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, Steve Rogers is left with the job of capturing him.  Will Steve and Bucky’s friendship get in the way?  Will Sam Wilson have to be the voice of reason?

Power Man and Iron Fist #1Power Man and Iron Fist

-In preparation of Marvel‘s next two Netflix original series, the Power Man and Iron Fist ongoing returns these two heroes to their for hire heyday.

-David Walker, the acclaimed author behind the recent Shaft comics and DC‘s Cyborg series, jumps to Marvel.

-Walker is accompanied by Sanford Greene, a rising talent who’s exaggerated, caricature-ish style is brimming with energy and character.

-Danny and Luke get engulfed by the New York crime scene as they track down a magical stone that threatens to destroy the city.

Nov 062015
 

The GoddamnedThe Goddamned #1

-Personally vouched for by Dennis Hopeless as the best script he’s ever read from Jason Aaron.

-Local creator Jason Aaron (Thor, Dr. Strange, Star Wars, Southern Bastards) reteams with R.M. Guera, his artist from Scalped!

-Set nearly 2000 years after the Garden of Eden, The Goddamned takes place on a wild, chaotic, barbaric Earth.  Prior to the flood, humanity is vicious and violent.

-Pitched as Conan meets the Bible.

Limbo #1 (of 6)Limbo

-Take a chance on two creators new to Image Comics!

-Drenched in eighties nostalgia and neon!

-Essentially a detective narrative, Limbo is set in a fictional city that is suffocating the lead character (a P.I. with no memory or name) as he attempts to locate the femme fatale.

-Supernatural elements, like voodoo, collide with crime fiction.

All New All Different AvengersAll New All Different Marvel November Part 1

-There’s so many books coming out from Marvel this week, we had to break them up into two sections!

-Mark Waid’s flagship Avengers series, All New All Different Avengers finally begins!  A completely new team of young heroes, including Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Thor, are unleashed against the Marvel Universe‘s problems.

-All New Hawkeye may have the same creative team, but its cast receives a major shake-up!  Old Clint Barton from the Old Man Logan world teams up with a mature Kate Bishop to right wrongs.

-Speaking of shake-ups, Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2, Superior Iron Man) introduces X-23 as Wolverine in All New Wolverine!

All New All Different Marvel November Part 2The Ultimates

-A cult favorite character, madman Cletus Kasady hungers for his blood in the ongoing Carnage series!

-The bad guys are in charge in Al Ewing’s (Loki:  Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, New Avengers) new Illuminati series, starring The Hood, Black Ant (the evil Ant-Man), Enchantress, and other villains scrapping for survival.

-Al Ewing is also launching another Avengers-esque team, The Ultimates.  An eclectic cast, The Ultimates includes Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Galactus (yup, you read that right), and others.

-Finally, Web Warriors is another new Spider-Man family book, featuring Spider-Men from various earths, including everyone’s favorite web slinging lady, Spider-Gwen!

May 012015
 

Avengers Vs #1Avengers Vs. #1

-So you’ve seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and loved it!

-And you’ve picked up your free All New All Different Avengers on FCBD!  What’s another Avengers entry point?

-Avengers Vs. #1 is that entry point!  Perfect for young or old readers who are looking for an introduction to the comic version of these characters.

-A one shot, Avengers Vs. #1 contains four short stories featuring the Avengers battling four of their worst enemies, including Loki!

Batman Earth One v.2 HCBatman Earth One v.2 HC

-The long awaited sequel to the Batman Earth One original graphic novel is finally here!

-Returning as the creative team are Geoff Johns and Gary Frank!

-A young, very different Batman must contend with alternate universe versions of his arch foes!

-Features The Riddler, Killer Croc, and Two-Face!

Swords of Sorrow #1Swords of Sorrow #1 (of 6)

-Gail Simone is taking Dynamite by storm!

-Simone’s acclaimed run on Red Sonja has led Dynamite to hire her talents out on many other series.

-This epic six issue miniseries brings together the famous female stars of the Dynamite universe!

-The three protagonists are Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris, but they will be joined by Miss Fury, Lady Zorro, and many more!

Secret Wars #1 (of 8)Secret Wars #1

-It’s finally here!  The Marvel event that will literally change the universe as you know it!

-For the last three years, the various alternate Earths of the Marvel Universe have been slamming into each other, killing millions.  The Illuminati have warded off as many as they can, but no longer.

-Alternate realities smash together, forming a singular Earth called Battlworld.  Comprised of major Marvel realities, like Planet Hulk, Days of Future Past, Marvel Zombies, and many more, Battlworld pits them all against each other in a fight for survival.

-If you read any Marvel comic in this year, Secret Wars #1 is THE book to read!