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.

Jun 292013
 

Absolution Rubicon #1

1. In theory, superheroes as cops seems like a great idea.  Not in the world of Absolution, however.  Former super-detective John Dusk has gone over the deep end, murdering perps indiscriminately, and now the world’s other heroes are gunning for his head.

2. Christos Gage applies his history of writing crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs to this creator-owned series for Avatar Press, a combination which results in gritty sleuthing and ludicrous violence.

3. With Dusk’s reputation in the gutter, criminals he’s put away could possibly be released to wreak havoc upon the city.  Sounds like a perfect climax to the series, but will Dusk be able to stop them alone?  Doubtful, but he does have Happy Kitty, a psychotic, murderous Japanese school girl to (maybe) back him up.

4. Absolution Rubicon #1 explores what would happen if a hero imbued with the power level of Green Lantern started murdering the bad guys and, because it’s Avatar, it does it in the most gruesome way possible.

Avengers A.I. #1

1. The Age of Ultron has passed.  Long live the age of A.I.!  Following the time stream shattering conclusion of Age of Ultron, Hank Pym assembles a team of robotic Avengers to put things right.

2. Fan favorites like The Vision and Victor Mancha of The Runaways return alongside the likes of a rogue Doombot and a cadre of original characters.

3. Sam Humphries has begun to build a strong reputation as a unique author in the world of comics with Indy darlings, like Our Love is Real, and Marvel hits, like Ultimate Comics Ultimates, but now gets to unleash his voice on a title that allows him room to invent and imagine.  Think of how good similar books, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, are right now.

4. Dig on the retro 8-Bit variant cover designed to look like a classic game of Donkey Kong to the right.

Satellite Sam #1

1. Matt Fraction returns to his seedy, independent roots with next week’s Satellite Sam.  Though he’s killing it on Marvel‘s Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, and FF, Fraction does some of his best work when the reins are off, for instance Five Fists of Science and Casanova.

2. A period piece, Satellite Sam is a cold, hard, debauched murder mystery set during the deceptively wholesome fifties. When a famous TV host turns up deader than a door nail, his alcoholic son is the only one who can solve this unsolvable murder.

3. Comic legend Howard Chaykin brings his A game as the interior artist of the book, matching the setting and tone perfectly to his vintage style.

4. Like all recent Image Comics hits (Jupiter’s Legacy, Lazarus, Sex), Satellite Sam #1 is bound to sell out quickly and become a hot collector’s item shortly thereafter.  Buy it and enjoy it before the after market vultures sore by.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

1. Nearly three years ago, Pandora watched from the sidelines of every single New 52 comic.  Now, she makes her presence known!

2. The first tie-in book for DC‘s major Justice League crossover event, Pandora #1 serves as the catalyst for the oncoming destruction to follow in Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League of America.

3. Ray Fawkes has been paying his dues co-writing JLD and Constantine with Jeff Lemire, but now he gets to let loose on a solo series, one, in fact, that will explain the most mysterious character in the New 52 universe.

4. Find out who Pandora is and what she’s been up too since last we saw her in Justice League #6!

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

Apr 272013
 

It’s not a crime story, it’s a love story.  Just a really, really messed up one.

J. Michael Straczynski returns to his Cup of Joe imprint, this time through Image Comics, for his first new ongoing series, Ten Grand.  JMS brings Ben Templesmith (Fell, Choker, 30 Days of Night) with him on art duties, with Templesmith lending his normal gloomy, hazy, atmospheric quality to the tale.  And this is a tale that cries for it.  Former mob muscle Joe Fitzgerald lost his beloved wife during his “last job” many years ago.  However, on that same night, Joe himself lost his life, but also received a special deal on his entrance into hell.  Joe was allowed to return to Earth, in order to complete assignments from below, with the benefit that each time he dies in the line of duty, he gets to spend five minutes in heaven with his wife.  A noir burnt to a crisp, fans of Fell who’ve been aching for more since the series ended years ago need to pick up a copy of Ten Grand #1.

Tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street #1!

For all the kids in the audience, all your favorite friends are showing up at the comic store next Wednesday.  That’s Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie, all in one special issue.  And because it’s a comic book you’ve got to have a superhero story.  But when it’s Elmo, who has no superpowers, trying to be the hero, there may be trouble.  Don’t worry, though, because he’s got all his friends and imagination on his side.  Any parent looking to get their kid into comics, need look no further than Sesame Street #1.

With last week’s Jupiter’s Legacy we saw the birth of an alternate world’s super beings.  This week we see the origins of our world’s superhumans with Suicide Risk.  Set in San Diego during the arrival of the world’s first wave of super beings, Suicide Risk focuses on a police officer out-of-his-depth as these new arrivals being to discover their powers in bad ways.  Because, of course, in our world, when you’re given the ability to shoot lasers out of your eyes you use it to melt your obnoxious boss’ car.  With the world going to hell around him, officer Leo Winters is left to wrangle up the madness with a bulletproof vest, a shotgun, and some stamina.  From Unwitten, X-Men Legacy, and Lucifer writer Mike Carey, Suicide Risk #1 is a taught cop thriller laced with capes and cowls.

Gail Simone funnels her recent “firing” by “The Man” into a new series from DC called The Movement.  The series will focus on the underprivileged of the superhero community.  These super-poor are out to take down the social elite, the 1%, protecting the other disadvantaged in the process.  And in a world where Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen are the equivalent of Bernie Madoff, you can expect some major fisticuffs as the series progresses.  And who better to draw some shenanigans than local artist Freddie Williams III (JSA All Stars, Captain Atom, Green Arrow).  Given that Gail Simone has been killing it on Batgirl lately, and wrote one of DC‘s best series of the last ten years, Secret Six, The Movement is on my must-read radar.