Dec 282013
 

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-Spinning out of the fallout from the Age of Ultron event!

-Collects the entire first six issue storyline, wherein Hank Pym, distraught over the revelations of AoU, assembles a team of robotically inclined individuals to combat technological threats.

-The team brings in Vision, Victor Mancha from The Runaways, a sentient Doombot, and Monica Chang of S.H.I.E.L.D.

-How will this chaotic assemblage of robo-vengers manage against a sentient Iron Man armor intent on world destruction?  Pick up volume one to find out!

The Twilight Zone #1

-J. Michael Straczynski is back in the world of comics in a BIG way!  Jumping to Dynamite, Straczynski lends his capable writing talents to relaunching one of the greatest television series to ever grace the airwaves.

-Sticking to the classic format of the show, each issue will be a stand-alone story featuring dark, twisted, socially relevant content!

-However, Straczynski brings a twist to the table (appropriate for a series based on twists) wherein each story will link characters and locations together, forming a larger interconnected universe.

-Issue one features a tale of economic revenge, as a big banker attempts to skip out on the repercussions of a shady deal only to find he has a sizable punishment in store.

Dead Boy Detectives #1

-Spinning out of the pages of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman!

-Continuing the resurgence of DC‘s mature Vertigo line of comics, Dead Boy Detectives #1 brings the grim, adult, literary minded storytelling of its predecessor back to the comic shelves!

-Written by Vertigo alumni and Fables artist, Mark Buckingham, the series promises to weave together the depth of a novel with the artistry of comics.

-The series follows two deceased adolescents who have opened up their own junior, ghostly detective agency.  In issue one, the two return to their junior high school to solve a crime, bringing them in contact with a young girl hacker who joins their gang.  A Harry Potter vibe is sure to follow.

Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 (of 7)

-After last year’s successful Dynamite crossover, Masks, Legenderry brings together a number of the publishers properties in an entirely new light!

-The Green Hornet, Kato, Vampirella, Flash Gordon, and The Phantom cross paths in an alternate, steampunk reality!

-The miniseries is written by the creator and head writer of the mega-popular, long-running Fables series, Bill Willingham!

-The team will crisscross  the world and beyond, in a steampunk adventure for fans of pulp and steampunk!

Nov 302013
 

Red Rover Charlie #1

-Homeward Bound during the apocalypse!

-Written by Garth Ennis, author of Preacher, The Boys, and Crossed!

-Published by Avatar, purveyors of violent, grisly, shocking works like God is Dead, Caligula, and Extinction Parade!

-Three canine pals, Rover, Red, and Charlie, have to make their way through an end of days New York in order to survive.

Terminator Salvation:  The Final Battle #1 (of 12)

-Since the release of The Terminator nearly twenty years ago, fans have been waiting to see the uprising of the machines and the conquest the humans within the Terminator universe.  Now you will.

-Written by television and comic legend, J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Ten Grand, Supreme Power, Babylon 5)!

-Dark Horse, who’ve managed the Terminator license for many years, are behind this epic maxi-series, promising quality work.

-Bridging all of the Terminator films together by jumping between past and future, The Final Battle will organize the universe in preparation for the release of Terminator 5 in the summer of 2015.

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-Heist movies collide with haunted house movies in this dark, horror series.

-Another in the long line of inventive, unique Image Comic ongoing series.

-A special team of seven specialists is hired by an eccentric, wealthy millionaire to steal a ghost from an especially haunted mansion.  Will they make it out alive?

-Due to the impressive sales of the first five issues, Ghosted has been extended to ongoing status, meaning that this mission is only the first step for this rag-tag band of thieves.

Inhumanity #1

-Spinning out of the events of the Infinity!

-Written by Matt Fraction, author of Hawkeye, The Invincible Iron Man, Five Fists of Science, and Fear Itself!

-Described as Game of Thrones for the Marvel Universe, Inhumanity will see Black Bolt and the other disparate houses of the Inhuman nation struggle with the rise in their population, a stress that will lead to battle.

-How will the rest of the Marvel superhero community deal with this drastic alteration to their world?

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.

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.

Apr 222011
 

By Thor’s hammer!  Actually, in this case, buy Thor’s hammer.

Matt Fraction, who’s been driving the Thor bus for a number of months now, is moving to a new book called The Mighty Thor #1.  As the Thor film is releasing in a couple weeks, Marvel is creating this title as a simple way for people to jump into the Thor mythos without having to learn decades of history.  Heck, Fraction has even said the godly, ye old Thor-speak will be going away to be replaced by an easier to digest, lofty dialog.  Also, the genius artist from J. Michael Straczynski‘s famous run on the book, Oliver Coipel, is returning.  With Fraction writing the Asgardian-heavy mega-event Fear Itself as well as having gone around the block in the main Thor book a couple times, this should be an excellent read.

For all those that worship at the steampunk alter (I’m sure it would be made of strange gears and vacuum pumps), there is now a tome to gather around:  The Steampunk Bible.  Brought to you by Jeff VanderMeer, this hefty edition catalogs the history of the steampunk movement, following it all the way up to current day.  But, hey, it ain’t all words in this fella, there is some gorgeous pictures to go along with it.  If you dig the steampunk, you will want to strap on your jetpack and goggles to come pick this book up.

The Joker may be a psychotic nutjob, but there’s no doubt that the dude is stylish.  Nothing sh0ws that more than the new Lee Bermejo designed Joker Black and White Statue.  Following in the series of Batman B&W statues, this release is based off of the Brian Azzarelo/Lee Bermejo Joker graphic novel from a couple years back.  The story was creepy-as-hell, the art was mind-blowing, and, based on the Joker’s appearance and some story elements, it can be read as a sequel to The Dark Knight movie.  Even if you haven’t read the story (DO IT!) you can still enjoy the incredible design of this statue.

Made to compliment the previously released Eaglemoss statue binder, the new Blackest Night Binder is created to hold the magazines that come with any of the Blackest Night line of Eaglemoss statues.  If you’ve picked up a lot of these b-e-a-utiful mini statues, then you’ve probably got a stack of magazines piled up with nowhere to go.  For that reason, this binder can come in handy.  Even if you’ve got your magazines ordered on a bookshelf, this hardcover binder can keep them protected and safe from bending.

Started with Thor and now we’ll end with him, too.  This time around, it’s two new action figures for the Thor movie.  Obviously, they’re going to start with the heavy hitters, Loki and Thor.  Coming from Marvel Select, these two figures share in the consistent quality of the line.  Each come with their respected accessories, Mjollnir and a sharp pointy stick.  Here’s hoping the movie looks as good as these two figures.