Mar 022013
 

Welcome to the bad old days.

The world is a pit of despair, Ultron is in charge, and there’s no hope for survival…except for a rag-tag bunch of heroes with a plan.  Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Invisible Woman, Taskmaster, Beast, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight are the last ditch effort for the Marvel Universe to continue existing, but something tell’s me they may have a chance.  This dystopian future tale is THE EVENT for the Marvel Universe this year, with three issues coming out a month for the next three months.  And don’t worry about crossovers with other series, because they’ve been kept to a minimum and left as non-essential; read’em if you want, don’t if not.  With the mad puppeteer of Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Scarlet), having worked on establishing the implications of this tale over the last four years, Age of Ultron is going to leave its mark.  And for a series that epic in scope you need an artist that can match the tone.  Luckily, Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, America’s Got Powers) was able to lend his deft talent at cinematic realism to the book!  Don’t get left behind like so many did with Avengers vs. X-Men, pick up issue one of Age of Ultron, or one of its many variants, this Wednesday!

Cullen Bunn has managed to blend sci-fi, horror, and western genres in the long lived Sixth Gun series with ease.  Now Bunn is applying the same strategy to a tale of viking carnage!  Helheim begins with a brutal siege on a tiny, seaside village by forces of evil.  But standing between them and the meaty townsfolk is Rikard and his horde of viking warriors.  Though you might think you know where this story goes from there, you’d be surprised.  This is only the beginning.  Bunn just rocked Marvel NOW! with his first issue of Fearless Defenders (you know we’ve been talking it up at the store!), an issue which also featured some viking fisticuffs, and aims to do the same to Oni Press with the start of this new ongoing series.  When you blend gothic horror, witchcraft, and zombies, you get Helheim!

Searching for images of Joe Casey’s Sex #1 resulted in some awkward moments at the store.  Yeah….

One of this month’s Image Comics releases, advertises itself as “a good reason to come into the comic store – to buy SEX!” Though it may be crass, it’s true.  Joe Casey has written everyone from Wolverine to Batman to The Avengers to Spider-Man, but he’s never written anything as chock full of debauchery.  A former superhero is forced to give up his vigilante lifestyle only to take to the streets for some much needed R&R.  However in a town like Saturn City, R&R can get rather S&M.  Follow Simon Cooke on his dark, dirty journey through the recesses of a town gone wrong in a post-modern superhero tale unlike any other in comics today.

And finally tonight, another twist on a classic tale.

No Place Like Home was one of my favorite miniseries from Image Comics last year thanks to its intelligent, inventive reworking of the classic L. Frank Baum fable, The Wizard of Oz.  Dee is a rocker from the city, but a rural kid at heart who must return home to Kansas after the grisly murder of her parents during a tornado.  After getting home and rekindling friendships with old acquaintances, Dee stumbles into a decades old mystery that ties together her parents, the two sheriff, a local drunk, and…a flying monkey?  Comic newcomers Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan dropkick Judy Garland and replace her with a twisted slasher film sprinkle with famous imagery and characters from the classic tale.  Oh, Tirotto claims this is only the beginning of an epic arc that’ll take Dee all the way over the rainbow.

Jul 152011
 

Before we get into tonight’s proceedings, allow me, if you would, to give a much deserved shout out to a Pulp Fiction Alumni, Dennis Hopeless.  If you haven’t heard, Dennis has two big books coming out very soon.  In fact, if you haven’t heard, go here and read about them.  We’ll wait…

Okay, so now you’re up to date about the fact that he has a new graphic novel called Lovestruck shipping in September and his first book from Marvel (about the Legion of Monsters) shipping in October.  Good.  Now you have to buy them.

So, to get into the product for next week, there’s no better way to begin than with Adam West.  In fact, the new Mis-Adventures of Adam West comic is all up in the business of Adam West.  If you know him from Batman or Family Guy or Robinson Crusoe on Mars (doubtful), then you’ll be happy to know that he’s saved the universe!  Yes, in this book from Bluewater, Adam uses a magical amulet to venture through all sorts of space and time to save everything!  Everyone Batusi!

Next up a bit of the ‘ole spooky, spooky.  Haunted City #0 is a joint venture between Aspen comics and McG, the director of Charlie’s Angels.  But it’s not all jumpy, jiggly girls.  No, in fact, it’s more paranormal activity and creepy magic.  Seen from the perspective of a New York cop who’s been through it all, this book chronicles the mystic underbelly of the city that never sleeps.  The zero issue specifically details the entire unseen history of New York, giving you a rundown of all the magical forces present throughout the city’s existence.

Alright, statue time!  Break it down!

**Hammer dances across the room**

Speaking of breaking it down, Colossus is doing plenty of that in his new Danger Room Sessions statue.  The newest in this highly detailed, exceptional sculpted line of statues, Colossus is doing as the previous statues, and basically all X-Men do, destroying the danger room.  Kotobukiya is known for producing statues posed dynamically and painted beautifully and this one’s no different.

To finish things off tonight, we bring you two more statues, this time from Bishoujo.  These two new ladies fall into the recent Women of DC and Marvel line that Bishoujo has been releasing.  One from each here, with Supergirl from DC and the Invisible Woman from Marvel.  Both come on appropriate bases and are sculpted in the shapely cheesecake manner fanboys have come to expect.  Best part, though:  Streaky the Supercat on Supergirl’s base.