Sep 262014
 

Men of Wrath #1Men of Wrath #1 (of 5)

-Who ever is reading Southern Bastards knows that Jason Aaron understands the South, violence, and family conflict.  And that’s exactly what Men of Wrath is.

-From Marvel’s MAX imprint, this miniseries is written for adult readers and filled with adult content.

-The Rath family of Alabama has been quarreling and fighting with their neighbors and anyone that gets on their bad side for centuries.  Now, Ira Rath, a professional hitman, has to perform a job that’ll settle the family’s reputation forever.

-And if you’ve read Southern Bastards #4, you know one other thing about Jason Aaron’s writing:  the man knows how to surprise.  So, don’t miss out on his next hit series!

Guardians 3000 #1Guardians 3000 #1

-Marvel travels to the future and the past simultaneously in this new, ongoing series!

-Meet the original Guardians of the Galaxy, the band of misfits that blazed the trail for Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest.

-Dan Abnett, one of the writers behind the Guardians revival of the early 2000s (which lead to the movie getting made), returns to writer about Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk, and Charlie-27.

-Thrust into the future, these scoundrels must save the entire universe or watch the destruction of all time and space.

Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier #1

-The ending of Original Sin left Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier in a very unique position:  the universe’s secret assassin.

-Ales Kot, the Hunter S. Thompson of the comic book industry, has been churning out some truly psychedelic, thought-provoking comic series, like Zero, Secret Avengers, Wild Children, and Change, and now he’s unleashed on the Marvel galaxy.

-Along with Kot, Marco Rudy (Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Swamp Thing), whose variable art style shifts between painted, sketchy, and all sorts of other aesthetics, will bring the author’s crazy ideas to fruition.

-Follow The Winter Soldier has he jumps around the galaxy, solving mysteries and dealing out justice wherever he’s needed.

Gotham Academy #1Gotham Academy #1

-One of the freshest, most original new series to be released at DC Comics since the beginning of the New 52!

-Enter into Gotham City’s notable prep school, funded by Wayne Enterprises.  But what hides behind the lockers, classrooms, and cafeterias of this mysterious school?  The students are about to find out.

-DC, finally, continues to diversify their writing staff by giving Becky Cloonan (writer on the American Vampire Anthology, X-Men, and Buffy Tales, artist on Batman #12, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and Harley Quinn #0) her own ongoing title!

-Karl Kerschl (Teen Titans Year One, Wednesday Comics), whose expressive, cartoony artwork is gorgeous to look at, will be handling interiors on this series, again setting it apart from every other Batman title out there.

Captain America #25BONUS ROUND (Because this Wednesday is HUGE!!!!)Thor #1

-Captain America #25 immediately becomes a collector’s issue by featuring the first appearance of Falcon as Captain America!

-Jason Aaron’s new female Thor #1 also drops!

-Dropping on the same day as the first episode, the Flash TV show tie-in comic arrives Wednesday!

Aug 032013
 

Sidekick #1

-J. Michael Straczynski delivers his second Joe’s Comics imprint after the supernatural hit, Ten Grand!

-JMS focuses his story not around the traditional Superman allegory, but the oft forgotten boy sidekick.

-What happens when The Cowl, the world’s most prominent superhero, is assassinated?  Well, for one, Flyboy, The Cowl’s boy ward, begins to lose the public’s favor, eventually sending spiraling downward into insanity.

-Beginning in a golden age pastiche, Sidekick intends to dip deeper and deeper into the darkness of the superhero’s worst fears.

Pathfinder Goblins #1

-First they got mischievous in the roleplaying system.  Then they cackled from your desktop as a series of miniature figures.  Now, the goblins of Pathfinder are coming to the world of comics!

-This five issue miniseries is divided into two short stories per issue, each written and drawn by a duo of top creative talents!

-Authors of actual Paizo material have created stories for the series!

-Make sure to nab the ultra rare variant cover before the goblins, themselves, steal it out from under you!

Burn Down the Orphanage #1

-Sina Grace, creator of Li’l Depressed Boy, does a complete tonal 180 in his new series Burn the Orphanage, a cool, sleek revenge story.

-Rock lived in an orphanage his whole life…until it was destroyed.  Now, he’s out to find those who did it and beat the ever lovin’ hoohaw out of them!

-Part one of a three part trilogy of miniseries, Burn the Orphanage is the beginning of a long epic of fisticuffs.

-Oh, and the official description includes the phrase “topless stripper ninjas”.  So, yeah, there’s gonna be that.

Trillium #1

-From the writer of Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Constantine, and The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire, comes an eight issue time travel love story to end all time traveling love stories!

-Trillium tells the tale of a scientist of the far flung future and an explore of the distant past, separated by thousands of years, but connected by love.  Or, at least, until their paradox affair begins to destroy the entire space time continuum.

-Lemire has won countless awards for his various independent series, each recognizing his talent both as a visual and narrative storyteller.  But, unlike his other projects,  Trillium has been burning in his subconscious for years.  Usually a sign something special is about to happen.

-Issue one is structured in an experimental layout, featuring a flip-book structure where one character’s story begins on one side and the other on the opposite, each meeting in the middle.

Feb 182012
 

This ain’t Kansas anymore, folks.

Image Comics new series, No Place Like Home, is a reworking of the classic Wizard of Oz story, with a bent toward the darker side of life. Dorthy has become Dee for this story, returning home after her parents are killed in a tornado. Where Judy Garland used to have spunk, Dee has punk, and so does the series as writer Angelo Tirotto pens dark elements of a murder mystery into Baum’s classic structure. Trust me, this series may take you somewhere over the rainbow, but it ain’t going to be any singing or dancing where it lands you.

One hefty brick of 90′s X-Men sweetness, the Age of Apocalypse Omnibus comes fully stocked with all the alternate reality sheenanigans you could want. If you’re not familiar with the now cult classic story, the basic premise is that Charles Xavier’s murder leads to a screwed up alternate future where the X-Men are on the run from Apocalypse in a world he controls. Wolverine’s missing a hand, Cyclops is working for the bad guy, and Magneto’s macking on Rogue! Of the alternate reality X-Men stories, Age of Apocalypse ranks right up there with Days of Future Past, so if you’re a fan, pick the whole series up in one fell swoop.

Wish you had superpowers?

So did Simon Pooni and that wish came true. One of Mark Millar’s (Kick-Ass) numerous Marvel Icon imprint books, Superior is about a young wheelchair-bound boy who is granted the ability to become a Superman-like hero named Superior. However, this wish may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Drawn by superstar artist Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion), this book wreaks of the same dark humor and violence Millar’s other Icon series (Nemesis, Kick-Ass 2) emanate. And there’s a killer twist.  Pick up the Superior Hardcover collection and find out.

Finally, you like drawings of zombies that look really cool? You like Claudio Sanchez? You like Declan Shalvey’s artwork? Good, because the New York Comic Con variant cover for Key of Z #1 is coming! And it looks brutal.

Also, if you haven’t gotten a chance to read the best zombie book since Walking Dead, you should pick up all four issues, currently available at Pulp Fiction.

Jan 072012
 

Planning a trip to New York?

Before you book tickets on a plane or bus, maybe you should consider another method on how to get there. Web line.

Or at least that’d work if you lived in the world of Spider-Island. Of course then you’d also have to contend with giant spider people who want to gnaw your soft bits. However, you don’t have to content with that kind of terror to pick up a copy of the new Spider-Island HC. The big Spider-Man event of the year, Spider-Island follows the webslinger and New York’s other resident superheroes as they battle off a spider plague infecting the city which is slowly giving the city’s residents spider powers. Then they start growing extra legs and pincers. Yeah, not good. With hyper expressive artwork from industry legend Humberto Ramos and brilliant story construction from Spidey veteran, Dan Slott, this is a must read for Marvel fans.

Considering it spins (Ha, spins! Get it? Web? Spins?) out of Spider-Island, now might be a good time to mention the new Scarlet Spider seris starting up this week. I won’t explain exactly how the Scarlet Spider crawls out of Spider-Island, but it’s certainly interesting. Where this new series begins, though, is with Kaine (one of the numerous Peter Parker clones) having left New York to atone for his countless wrong doings, he’s now wandering across the country solving crimes where they arise. And not in the gentle handed way the original Peter Parker would.

Speaking of characters who are coming to terms with their misdeeds, this next indie series from one of the popular Luna brothers has that kind of conflict in spades. Whispers is the first solo series from Joshua Luna, who is part of the creative team behind cult favorites such as Girls and Sword. In it, he ventures into the suspense and horror genres by weaving a tale of terror and romance focusing on a young man, afflicted with OCD, who discovers an ability to turn himself into a ghost. As he’s recently been broken up with by his girlfriend he attempts to use this power to gain her back. Or will he decided, simply, to get even?

Finally, a personal plea from your author.

Pick up the trade paperback for Mystic.

This series, one of the titles from Marvel‘s Cross Gen imprint, is a joyful read, full of vibrant artwork depicting a vivid alternate reality adventure that feels like a Disney feature release more than a traditional comic offering. Beginning with two orphaned girls (where so many Disney features start) the story follows them as they break free of the prison-like orphanage they reside in only to end up wandering two divergent paths: an Aether Magician (this worlds energy resource) and a revolutionary. Each girl must come to terms with the two vastly separate social classes dividing the city and eventually come face-to-face with each other after having be altered irrevocibly. Written by one of the few female creators in the industry, G. Willow Wilson (Air), Mystic delivers a light, bouncy narrative that most superhero books can’t match. So, please, give it a try.