Jul 112014
 

Robin Rises Omega #1Robin Rises Omega #1

-Damian Wayne died over a year ago.  Batman has been searching for a way to bring him back ever since.  He may have found a way.

-Having stolen Damian’s coffin, Batman is on his way to revive his son, when the armies of Apokolips interrupt his mission!

-Written by the acclaimed writer of Batman & Robin, Peter J. Tomasi, Robin Rises will be a major Batman event for the rest of the year!

-This story will continue in upcoming issues of the Batman & Robin ongoing series, finishing off with a Robin Rises Alpha one-shot at the end of the year..

The Squidder #1 (of 4)The Squidder #1

-Cult favorite artist, Ben Templesmith (Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night, Fell), unveils a miniseries he’s always wanted to write!

-A four issue miniseries from IDW, The Squidder is grim, gritty, vast, and epic, much like Prophet or Black Science.

-Set in the far, far future, The Squidder follows a veteran military man who is making a bold, last ditch effort to defeat the alien overlords of the planet.

-Templesmith is a huge Lovecraft fan and, as such, has infused this series with all sorts of Eldar Gods tentacle goodness.

Dark Engine #1Dark Engine #1

-Image Comics has been on an unprecedented roll lately, releasing original comic after original comic.  Dark Engine is the next one.

-John Bivens, an up-and-coming artist, provides interiors and covers for the series in a gorgeous style similar to work from Heavy Metal and Emma Rios’ sketchy style from Pretty Deadly.

-Sounding unlike any other series currently being printed, Dark Engine is about a time traveling killing machine sent back to the far, far past to kill her makers.

-Dragons, androids, jungle warfare, and more are promised for future issues in this ongoing series.

Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic-Con #1Harley Quinn Invades San Diego #1

-A one-shot by the creative team behind the ongoing Harley Quinn series!

-At the con to pitch a comic book she’s created, Harley will run into famous DC celebrity’s, like Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, on her mission to become a comic writing star!

-Like the highly popular zero issue of Harley Quinn, this one-shot will be drawn by an assortment of guest artists, including Paul Pope, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, and Damion Scott.

-A perfect start to the ACTUAL San Diego Comic-Con occurring later this weekend!

Jun 202014
 

Savage Hulk #1Savage Hulk #1

-He’s always angry, he’s the Savage Hulk!

-Similar to the Savage Wolverine ongoing series, each arc of the Savage Hulk will be illustrated and written by a different creative team.

-First up, comic legend Alan Davis (Green Arrow/Green Lantern) will be both illustrating and writing the first arc.

-A blast to the past, issue #1 drops the readers in the early days of the Marvel Universe as the Hulk crosses paths the X-Men, revealing a secret history between Xavier and Banner.

My Little Pony Friends Forever v.1 tpbMy Little Pony Friends Forever tpb

-Take another trip to Equestria with this first volume of this new ongoing My Little Pony series.

-Each issue collected in this volume is a stand-alone story, featuring two ponies working together to solve a problem.

-The pair-ups in this first volume include Pinkie Pie and Applejack, the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Discord, Spike and Princess Celestia, and Twilight Sparkle with Shining Armor.

-A perfect jumping-on point for any Bronies who haven’t previously read the MLP comic series!

Dead Body RoadDead Body Road tpb

-Justin Jordan, the creator behind The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7, and the upcoming Spread, delivers a grueling revenge story in Dead Body Road.

-This collection contains the entire six issue story.

-Orson Gage loved his wife.  He despises the people that killed her.  And he’s eager to put them all six feet under.

-Fans of revenge films like Boondock Saints or Payback and gritty crime stories like Southern Bastards and Sons of Anarchy will love Dead Body Road.

 

Outcast #1Outcast #1

-Honestly, all anyone really needs to know about Outcast is that it’s written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead.

-If you want to know more, however, the premise of the book focuses on a freelance exorcist who himself has been possessed frequently throughout his life.

-The first issue of Walking Dead currently sells for over a thousand dollars, the #1 issue of Kirkman’s last ongoing series, Thief of Thieves, goes for over $70, picking up a copy of Outcast #1 could prove to be a smart financial investment.

-Oh, and the first printing is already entirely sold out at the distributor level.  That might have a bit of an effect on its value.

Jun 132014
 

All New X-Factor v.1 tpbAll New X-Factor v.1 tpb

-Out with the old Peter David, in with the new Peter David!  Having written X-Factor for nearly a decade, David can’t walk away from the book, returning to launch an All New X-Factor!

-The only corporate sponsored X-Team out there, X-Factor has the technology and finances of Serval Industries behind them.  However, that may not be a great thing.

-Comprised of Quicksilver, Polaris (both Magneto‘s children), Danger, Warlock, and Gambit, X-Factor is a character-driven comic, to be sure.

-What is Gambit‘s secret?  And will it bring down the team?

Avengers World v.1 tpbAvengers World v.1 tpb

-Jonathan Hickman adds the Avengers World ongoing series to finish off a trifecta of Avengers comics, each connecting into the other.

-World sees The Avengers going toe-to-toe with A.I.M., a secret organization of science terrorists who have declared themselves a separate nation, across the globe.

-Each issue is character-centric, with Hickman fleshing out his extensive Avengers cast while giving the reader insight into their personal conflicts.

-Oh, and Shang-Chi fights an evil ninja on top of a dragon.  ’Nuff said.

Velvet v.1 tpbVelvet v.1 tpb

-James Bond fans should take a look at Velvet.

-Velvet Templeton is a Miss Moneypenny-like secretary for the British Secret Service, but have the agency’s top man is found dead, she becomes the prime suspect.  Now she must clear her name if she hopes to survive.

-Created and written by the same team that wrote Captain America:  The Winter Soldier comic storyline, the series is a great espionage book by creators who know how to write spy fiction.

-And Image Comics provides this first volume to readers for only $9.99!

Amazing X-Men v.1 tpbAmazing X-Men v.1 tpb

-Local comic writing genius, Jason Aaron, returns to the X-Men universe!

-Dead for the last five or so years, fan-favorite character Nightcrawler was due for a return to the land of the living.  This volume explains how that happens!

-Join Wolverine, Storm, Ice Man, and others as they venture into the realms of the afterlife in order to rescue their departed ally.

-Oh, and there are demon pirates standing in their way!

Nov 022013
 

Alex + Ada #1

-Master of Indy comic Sci-Fi weirdness (Girls, Sword, Whispers), Jonathan Luna returns to Image Comics with a new romance comic unlike any other.

-Luna’s clean style of artwork has famously accompanied all of his projects, and continues to here.

-While you may have heard of mail-order brides, they don’t commonly come with a USB input and a software package.  Ada does.

-Love is just as difficult in the near future, it’s just between a man an an android.

Justice League of America v.1 HC (New 52)

-One Justice League book is not enough for Geoff Johns, he has to have two!

-Formed as a deterrent to the main Justice League, the JLA is a government sanctioned and run team lead by Steve Trevor and including Hawkman, Simone Baz Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, Katana, and Green Arrow.

-This hardcover edition collects the entire first storyline of the series, which features important information for the Forever Evil event currently in progress.

-If iconic DC characters like Superman and Wonder Woman aren’t your bag, then JLA‘s focus on character development, humor, and espionage action will deliver what you want!

Cataclysm:  The Ultimates Last Stand #1 (of 5)

-Fresh off another Marvel mini-event (Battle for the Atom), Brian Michael Bendis once again takes control of the Ultimate universe to helm its own mini-event.

-Bendis began the Ultimate universe over ten years ago with Ultimate Spider-Man #1.  Since then he has written that series for nearly a decade and a half.  This may be his swan song.

-After Age of Ultron, the regular universe Galactus has crossed into the Ultimate universe and has just arrived at Earth.

-The rumors are that the Ultimate universe is coming to an end and that this will be its last story.  Miles Morales, it has also been assumed, will be crossing into the regular universe at the end of this very series!  Don’t miss out!

Amazing X-Men #1

-Local author Jason Aaron applies his talent for writing funny, youthful, inventive X-Men characters (see Wolverine and the X-Men) to yet another X-Men series.

-This near event book will be returning the long lost, cult favorite character Nightcrawler.

-Kurt Wagner has been dead for nearly five years now, but that doesn’t stop Wolverine from venturing into the great beyond with a merry band of mutants to reclaim him.

-Pirates, angels, demons, and Nightcrawler‘s arch foe Azazel stand in the Amazing X-Men‘s way, but do you think that’s going to stop them?

Oct 262013
 

Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #1 (of 6)

-With the Crime Syndicate set loose on Earth, the Teen Titans shot into the future, and the Justice Leagues off the grid, it’s up to the DC-equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take on a horde of villains descending on their facility!

-Sterling Gates (Killer Frost, Supergirl), and understudy of Geoff Johns, crafts this intense six issue miniseries.

-Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor may have run Suicide Squads and Justice Leagues, but can they tactically out-maneuver the likes of Cheetah, Scarecrow, and Killer Frost?

-So far Forever Evil has been churning on all cylinders, don’t miss out on another valuable tie-in for this major event!

Damian Son of Batman #1 (of 4)

-Spinning out of Grant Morrison’s epic, near decade long run of Batman is this miniseries about Batman‘s only child!

-Set in an alternate future, Damian must rise to his father’s mantel after a set of tragic events.

-Son of Joe Kubert, and legendary artist in his own right, Andy Kubert is on both writing and artist duties for this miniseries, visually linking it back to Morrison’s famous future Damian issues.

-While he’s currently dead in the main DC universe, Son of Batman is a chance for fans of the most sarcastic, violent Robin to get their fix.

Planetoid v.1 tpb

-Fans of Brandon Graham’s Prophet take notice!

-A minimal survival story about a stranded soldier on a planet made entirely of discarded, robotic junk, Planetoid is a true underrated Image Comics miniseries from last year.

-Written, illustrated, and lettered solely by Ken Garing, this six issue miniseries is a testament to the creator-owned comic!

-A full story in a single volume!

Sandman Overture #1 (of 6)

-Neil Gaiman returns to the series that made his name!

-A bi-monthly event, Sandman Overture is a prequel to the epic Vertigo Sandman series that is considered one of the best comics of all time!

-For an event like this, DC could not skimp on the artist, thus enter J.H. Williams III, artist of Alan Moore’s Promethea, Batwoman, and Batman!  William’s unmatched panel layouts and shifting stylistics are the perfect match to the heady story telling of Gaiman.

-Starting at the beginning of time and ending with Morbius’ capture (where Sandman #1 picks up), Overture is the landmark return to form for Gaiman, twenty five years in the making.