May 202016
 

Captain America Steve RogersCaptain America Steve Rogers #1

-After qualifying for AARP benefits for the last several months, Steve Rogers is back to his youthful self!

-Nick Spencer, writer of the Sam Wilson Captain America series, Astonishing Ant-Man, and The Fix will also be handling writing duties on this series.

-Those who have been missing classic Captain America action, this is the series for you!  Cap is forced to go up against a resurgent Hydra, as well as two iconic enemies from his past.

-If you’re a fan of Sam Wilson, don’t worry.  Not only is Sam sticking around as Captain America, he will also be co-starring in this series.

Nighthawk #1Nighthawk

-Spinning out of the Marvel‘s Squadron Supreme series!

-Nighthawk is the Batman of the Squadron Supreme, but far more deadly and vicious.  So, fans of the Caped Crusader, Moon Knight, and other Batman-esque superheroes should give him a look.

-After leaving the Cyborg series at DC, David F. Walker is talking over writing duties on Nighthawk!

-Housed out of Chicago, Nighthawk is faced with a rash of serial murders.  To solve the case, he’ll have to dig deep into his own dark fears and doubts.

Scooby ApocalypseScooby Apocalypse #1

-This ain’t your momma’s Scooby Doo!

-Covers and writing duties are being handled by legendary comic creator, Jim Lee!

-Interior art, though not by Jim Lee, is from another veteran, Howard Porter.  Porter cut his teeth on Grant Morrison’s famous JLA run from the nineties and has recently been illustrating Superman and Justice League 3000.

-Still featuring classic Scooby-monster-hunting action, but in a setting more akin to The Walking Dead or Mad Max:  Fury Road.

DC Universe Rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth

-DC is relaunching all of their series at #1, making it easier to jump into the universe.  And it all starts here!

-Likely the last comic issue written by Geoff Johns for the time being (as he’s, you know, kinda in charge of the DC Cinematic Universe now)!

-Everything you’ll need to know about the DC Rebirth timeline and universe will be established here!

-Not only will this one shot feature the death (his name rhymes with Looper Dan) and/or a return of character (his name rhymes with Jolly Guest), it’s price tag is only $2.99!

Jun 082013
 

Superman Unchained #1

1. DC‘s been in need of an exciting, action-packed Superman series since, basically, the beginning of the New 52.  Superman Unchained is it.

2. Scott Snyder has revolutionized Batman, delivering dark, horrifying stories, and now turns his literary sights to the Man of Steel.

3. Speaking of, to coincide with the release of the Man of Steel film and the 75th anniversary of Superman, Superman Unchained #1 ships with EIGHT, count’em EIGHT, different covers by a range of veteran and modern DC artists, all of which have helped defined the character.

4. And if all of that isn’t enough reason to pick up a copy, Jim Lee has returned to art duties on Superman.  As Lee rarely ever does interiors these days, that only is a landmark reason to check the series out.

Six-Gun Gorilla #1

1. If you’ve ever wanted to read a book where The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and a zoo got blended together with a post-apocalyptic situation, Six-Gun Gorilla is that book.

2. Si Spurrier has recently built a reputation on writing psychedelic, sci-fi, humor comics, like X-Men Legacy and X-Club for Marvel, and now applies those talents to a creator-owned series.

3. The story takes place in a world that has been commandeered by humans from our Earth, in order to mine resources, but have met with resistance from the planet’s natives.

4. Uh.  Gorilla.  With guns.  C’mon.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1

1. If you, like everyone else, has been waiting for Gerard Way’s follow-up to the mega-successful Umbrella Academy, it’s finally here!

2. Going in a complete 180 degrees from that previous series from Dark Horse, Killjoys is a sci-fi horror series set in an alternate future.

3. The Killjoys used to be a powerful force of rebellion against Better Living Industries, the world’s largest corporation, but long ago they lost, leaving only The Girl alive.  Now her and the remaining followers of the Killjoys live in the “wasteland” while the BLI rules the city.  But that’s about to change.

4. In a marriage of Indy glory, Way is teaming on this series with avante garde artist extraordinaire, Becky Cloonan (Batman, DEMO).

Batman #21

1. Scott Snyder bookends tonight’s post, with the start of his next, eleven issue arc on Batman.  And this time he’s going all the way back to the beginning.

2. Year Zero is a fresh retelling of Bruce Wayne’s earliest time as Gotham’s protector, updated and expanded for the New 52 universe.

3. Set to feature The Riddler, Ras al Ghul, and many other classic Batman villains, this will mark the first time Snyder has been able to unleash the rogues gallery since he started on the series.

4. Those who missed out on Death of the Family have been scrambling to collect the back issues with minimal success; don’t find yourself in the same position for Year Zero.

Jul 212012
 

The Justice League New 52 Batman action figure brought the darkest night a few months ago, but now it’s time for the brightest day as the Green Lantern figure from this series ships this Wednesday. Sculpted off of Hal Jordan‘s new costume, the figure presents all of Jim Lee’s detailed pencil work in one stunning figure. If you’re planning to collect the entire team, this is a must grab!

What do you get when you cross Serenity, Doctor Who, Astonishing X-Men, and Greg Pak? Actually, it’s an unfair question because the comic I’m talking about doesn’t come out until Wednesday, but if you’re up on your X-Men news, you’ll know the answer is X-Treme X-Men. This new ongoing series by Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak follows a trio of alternate reality versions of Wolverine, Emma Frost, and Nightcrawler. So, come join Captain Howlett, Emmeline Frost, and Kid Nightcrawler as they jump from dimension to dimension tracking down lost X-Men and trouble as they go. Oh, and for those collectors out there, we will be getting the limited Salvador Larroca variant cover, which you can admire to your right.

Finishing out the night we’ve got two new works from up-and-coming comic superstar Jeff Lemire. Lemire is garnering much deserved acclaim for his work on DC‘s Animal Man and Frankenstein series as well as his post-apocalyptic road story, Sweet Tooth, so when he’s got a new one-shot story for DC coming out this Wednesday, you should take notice. National Comics Kid Eternity is the launching point for a new stand-alone series set to re-introduce forgotten DC characters. This first issue, drawn by Cully Hamner (RED), introduces Kid Eternity, a medical examiner who has to solve a murder mystery in twenty-four hours. A great story in a one-and-done package, folks.

Lemire’s newest graphic novel also drops this week. The Underwater Welder follows in the footsteps of Lemire’s other meditative graphic novel work (The Nobody, Lost Dogs) as it follows a professional diver and expecting father who is coming to terms with the burgeoning pressures of becoming a father. The further he drifts downward to the ocean floor the more he forgets his wife and future son…until something supernatural occurs. Written and drawn by Lemire in his recognizable concise, sketchy style, The Underwater Welder is receive buzz as one of the best pieces of comic art this year.

Jun 092012
 

Brian Wood may not be a household name, as far as comic writers are concerned, but he should be. Having stuck primarily to non-superhero fair for the last eight years or so, Wood has built up a reputation for strong, varied Indy comic stories, most notably with his series of DC Vertigo, DMZ. Well, now that Wood has finished that epic maxi-series, he’s moved on to Marvel and, more importantly for this post, Dark Horse. The Massive is his first series published by the company, set in a world on life support, slowly slipping into environmental waste, the book follows the crew of a battleship searching for one of its sunken brothers. Wood writes post-apocalypse stories better than most, having years of experience on DMZ, Supermarket, and others, so The Massive is guaranteed to be a riveting read.

Making the meat of this Comic Highlights sandwhich are two pretty statue-esque figures.

One of which is actually a statue. And it’s the statue that can kick all other statues’ butts.

Because it’s Batman. By Jim Lee. In his New 52 costume. In black and white.

Which all adds up to it looking really, really, really awesome.

Take a look.

The, let’s say, roast beef of this nerd sandwich happens to be the other major remaining comic movie character of the summer, Spider-Man.

Preceding the new Amazing Spider-Man film, this action figure presents Peter in his freshly redesigned costume from the upcoming reboot.

And an air conditioner. To keep him cool, I’m assuming.

Speaking of Spider-Man and his various representations, Marvel is dropping the epic hammer that is Spider-Men this week. Haven’t hear of it? Well, here’s the details. In current Marvel continuity there exists two different Spider-Men, one in the regular universe (Peter Parker) and one in the Ultimate universe (Miles Morales). These two universes have never crossed over since the inception of the Ultimate universe in the early 2000′s. But that finally changes with this Wednesday’s Spider-Men. Written by Brian Michael Bendis (the only guy to ever write the Ultimate version of Spider-Man) and drawn by his recent (and excellent) collaborator on the series, Sara Pichelli, this is event is sure to be a landmark series and major event for both universes.

Sep 092011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update.  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.

*Batman & Robin – Nepotism  *Batwoman – Red  *Deathstroke – Eyepatch

*Demon Knights – British *Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE – FIRE!

*Green Lantern – Sinestro *Grifter – Nineties  *Legion Lost – Found

*Mister Terrific – Terrific?  *Red Lanterns – Rage  * Resurrection Man – Dead

*Superboy – Wires

DC isn’t the only kid in the schoolyard dropping the #1′s like they’re hot.  Marvel has their own relaunch occurring in the Ultimate Universe.  And if you haven’t heard, Spider-Man is dead, long live Spider-Man!  Yup, Peter Parker is dead, but Miles Morales is the brand new Spider-Man.

Where did he get spider powers?  How did he get the costume?  What’s his relation to Peter?  When did he decide to don the mantle?  Come for the mystery, stay for the teenager hijinks!  Plus there’s that sweet new black and red suit!

Can anything else restart this week?  Apparently, yes, because Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 begins next week, too.

“Wait” you say, “Buffy ended at season 7!  What is this season 9 you speak of?”.  Though Buffy did end, on television, after her seventh season, her story has been continuing for the last couple of years in comic form.  Basically picking up where the TV series left off, Buffy has been leading a literal army of slayers against a conglomeration of the show’s worst villains in battles across the world.  After the cataclysmic ending of season 8, Buffy is getting back to the basics in San Francisco in this new edition to the fan favorite story written by the series creator himself, Joss Whedon.

Solomon Grundy born on a Monday.  Died on a dark and dreary Tuesday.  Made into a statue on a nerdy and normal Wednesday.

Next in line for the DCU Online Statue treatment is indeed the grey Goliath of Gotham, Solomon Grundy.  These limited run statues have been sculpted off of Jim Lee’s adept pencils and have all been some of the slickest statues on the market since their inception.  Gaze upon him.