Apr 082016
 

Harley Quinn and her Gang of HarleysHarley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #1 (of 6)

-Yes, another Harley miniseries.  Come one, DC knows you love her.

-Spins directly out of the main Harley Quinn ongoing series.

-Jimmy Palmiotti, one of the co-writers of nearly all of the Harley Quinn comics, returns to pen this miniseries.

-After Harley gets kidnapped, her faithful Gang of Harleys has to hunt down the culprit and retrieve their leader.

Hot Damn #1 (of 4)Hot Damn

-Up-and-coming creator, Ryan Ferrier (D4Ve, Curb Stomp, Shutter), launches a new miniseries from IDW.

-Ryan Ferrier is once again joined by artist Valentin Ramon, who he worked with on D4Ve.

-After a drug and drink fueled life, protagonist Teddy is sentenced to the hell for his transgressions.  Once he’s there, he finds it’s nothing like he expected.

-Expected detailed debauchery on the level of Nancy in Hell or any Garth Ennis series when you pick up Hot Damn!

C-3PO one shotC-3PO #1 one shot

-Long overdue, Marvel is finally release the C-3PO one shot!

-A tie-in for The Force Awakens, this one shot explains how C-3PO received his red arm.

-This issue will re-team the acclaimed creative duo of James Robinson and Tony Harris, who have not worked together for two decades!

-This oversized issue is important for any die hard Star Wars fan!

Moon Knight #1Moon Knight

-Cult favorite character Marc Spector, essentially the Batman of the Marvel Universe, returns with his own ongoing series!

-Moon Knight has fought the good fight for many years, but when he wakes up in a mental institution and is told he’s always been there, he has to confront the fact that all of his adventures may have occurred in his head.

-Acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Old Man Logan, Green Arrow, Extraordinary X-Men) takes over after the previous run of Moon Knight by Warren Ellis, Cullen Bunn, and Brian Wood.

-Lemire is joined by Greg Smallwood, the artist from the previous series, who provides a trippy, experimental style to the series.

 

Nov 272015
 

Harley's Little Black BookHarley’s Little Black Book #1

-You asked for more Harley Quinn and DC delivers with another series!

-Each issue will ship on a bi-monthly schedule, so it’s not competing as much with your other Harley comics.

-Amanda Conner and her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti, will write this series in addition to the main Harley Quinn comic.

-Each issue features Harley teaming up with another DC character.  Issue one pairs her with Wonder Woman.

All New All Different Marvel December Part Daredevil #1

-You’ve watched and loved the original Netflix series, now pick-up the new ongoing Daredevil comic.

-Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Secret War Civil War, Swamp Thing, Death of Wolverine) takes over Daredevil, a perfect fit as Soule is an active attorney.

-Spinning out of the Secret War’s 1872 miniseries, Red Wolf #1 brings Marvel‘s only Cheyenne hero into the present day!  Nathan Edmondson of Punisher helms the series.

-For fans who are intimidated by the density of the Inhuman universe, Charles Soule launches All New Inhumans, a cop procedural-esque series that follows original Inhuman characters discovering and helping NuHumans.

Totally Awesome Hulk #1All New All Different Marvel December Part 2

-Fan favorite character Amadeus Cho is now officially The Hulk.  Er, excuse me, The Totally Awesome Hulk!

-Greg Pak, the writer behind the iconic Planet Hulk storyline, returns to write the series with Frank Cho on interior art duties.

-The Guardians of old (Vance Astro, etc.) join forces with the Guardians of new (Rocket, Groot, etc.) to form The Guardians of Infinity, written by Dan Abnett (who made the Guardians of the Galaxy who they are now) and Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen, Southern Bastards).

-Missing an all-ages, continuity free Spider-Man series?  Spidey #1 fills that niche, with one issue stories set during Spider-Man‘s early days as illustrated by Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men).

All New All Different Marvel December Part 3All New X-Men ANAD

-Dennis Hopeless takes control of the X-Men universe with a new ongoing series!

-All New X-Men #1 delivers a very different team and tone from the flagship X-Men series, Extraordinary X-Men.

-Driven apart, the members of the All New X-Men (which include a mix of old teammates and new) have to reassemble after a major mutant terrorist attack.

-Taking to the open road, Wolverine (X-23), Cyclops, Angel, and others are on a mission to save oppressed mutants and battle the Ghosts of Cyclops, a rogue terrorist organization.

Dec 052014
 

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1Spider-Man and the X-Men #1

-With Wolverine dead, someone has to take over the day-to-day operations at the Jean Grey School.

-A relaunch of the previous Wolverine and the X-Men series, Spider-Man and the X-Men continues with all the same, fan favorite characters.

-Take a chance on a new Marvel writer, as Elliott Kalan takes over authorial duties.

-Peter desperately tries to keep his students alive while the school is attacked by Sauron!

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

-Part of DC‘s plan to have a Harley Quinn for every season!

-The writers of the ongoing Harley Quinn series, Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti, deliver another oversized special, like they did with the scratch-n-sniff annual.

-Similar to Harley Quinn #0, this Holiday Special is full of astounding comic artists, each lending their interpretation of the mad maiden!

-As is common with the series, this special issue comes with two different covers, both at the same price!

Bitch Planet #1Bitch Planet #1

-Fan favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) delivers another Image series!

-Bitch Planet, if you can’t tell, blends together Sci-Fi and prison exploitation genres for a raunchy, violent, and unreal ongoing series!

-When one prisoner gets framed for murder, she has to enter into a deadly prison-on-prison sport to survive!

-Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers, Phonogram, X-Men Season One) also provides an afro-tastic, seventies influenced variant cover for issue one!

The Valiant #1 (of 4)

-Over the last few years, Valiant has been gaining a reputation as one of the most inventive, original comic The Valiant #1publishers around.  If you haven’t read any Valiant comics, THIS IS THE ONE TO PICK UP!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai) and Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man, Trillium) combine their writing talents for this prestige format miniseries with the intention of making this the Watchmen of Valiant!

-Starring a line-up of Valiant‘s most popular characters, The Valiant‘s four oversized issues will follow the The Eternal Warrior, an immortal being who protects the Earth, in his battle against an everlasting evil.  Problem is, The Eternal Warrior has lost three times before, each time slipping the world into a dark age.  Will he and his team of Valiant mainstays win this round?

-Exceptional artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman: Black and White) raises the bar with the series, as his smooth line and rich characters make this an epic not to be missed.

Jul 252014
 

Bodies #1Bodies #1 (of 8)

-Like a British version of True Detective.

-Si Spencer, the British writer of various Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, and Doctor Who comics, weaves a decade spanning crime mystery.

-Bodies is set in four different time periods, ranging from the 1890s to 2050, each with their own detective attempting to solve a homicide.

-Each time period is also drawn by a different artist, giving a distinct tone to each story.

Hugh Howey’s Wool #1 (of 6)Hugh Howey's Woold #1

-A graphic novel adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel!

-What began as a single short story has grown into a series of novellas and now a comic book adaptation.

-The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the remnants of society live in a 100-story deep silo.  Or is it that simple?  Wool is a story of nearly constant twists and turns, leaving the reader desperate for answers.

-Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, Harley Quinn) and Jimmy Broxton (Knight and Squire) are handling the adaptation, with Darwyn Cooke on covers.

Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1

-Everyone’s favorite secret agent chicken is back!

-The Chew guys don’t skimp on one-shots, as both John Layman and Rob Guillory are not passing writing and art duties off to fill-in creators.

-The last Poyo one shot vanished off the shelves nearly as quick as it arrived, making it a sought after collectible

-Adding to the collector’s value of this issue, Poyo crosses paths with Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead cast, so you know that’s going to have some after-market value.

Low #1Low #1

-Another new series from Rick Remender, who after Black Science, Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, and Marvel‘s upcoming Axis miniseries, is on a creative roll!

-Basically, a Bioshock comic book series.

-Low takes place on an Earth that has been so irradiated by the explosion of our sun that humanity has moved under the ocean for protection.

-Greg Tocchini’s gorgeous painterly artwork adds another beautiful comic series to the already populated list of capably illustrated Image Comics series.

Jun 022012
 

Whether you love the idea or despise it with a passion, the first of the Before Watchmen prequel books launches this Wednesday.

I know there are haters out there, but in an attempt to counter the arguments against Before Watchmen, allow me to make a few points.

1. Alan Moore made his career off of working on other people’s characters: Swamp Thing, Superman, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen characters, and the Charlton characters (who the Watchmen were based off).

2. The line-up of creators assigned to these books is one of the most impressive creative bodies I’ve ever seen. Especially, with Minutemen, the first book, which is written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. Cooke does not release that much material, but when he does we get exceptional works like DC New Frontier and the Parker series of graphic novels.

3. Comics are all about re-interpretation. If creators weren’t allowed to work on characters invented by different authors we would never have the great body of Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Green Lantern, and so forth, stories we do today. Personally, I’m thrilled to see other, talented writers and artist offer their interpretations of Alan Moore’s creations.

So, I recommend sampling each of the miniseries. I know I will be.

There’s been a ton of alien invasion stories propagating various media over the last couple years, but not too many where they aliens actually win. And there are NONE where the only only surviving resistance against them are two super powered individuals, one a villain and one a hero. This is the premise of Boom Studios! new ongoing series, Extermination. Written by novelist and wackadoo comic writer Simon Spurrier (X-Club, Gutsville), Extermination is going to be a back-to-the-wall action-adventure book with some smartly written dialog and conflict. Plus, the first
issue is only a $1.

Speaking of cheap first issues, popular (and accurate) comic rumors and news website, Bleeding Cool, is launching Bleeding Cool Magazine this week for only $1.49. Filled to the brim with the same scoops, articles, analysis, and factual reporting you’ve come to respect. Unlike most comic news websites, Rich Johnson has inside industry connections, which makes causes most of his scoops to be accurate. If you’ve been missing Wizard Magazine, Bleeding Cool Magazine is a superior replacement.

For all of the Kevin Mellon followers out there (and I know the store has a bunch), his next project releases this Wednesday. As usual with Kevin, it is a unique experience unlike any other book on the shelves. Creator Owned Heroes is a new comic experiment, offering two individual stories bridged by interviews, pictures, sketches, and other extras, all for $3.99. Before Kevin’s story, there is Trigger Girl 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey (All-Star Western, Jonah Hex) and Phil Noto about a genetically engineered, hottie assassin. Filling out the issue is American Muscle, a wasteland, post-apocalyptic actioneer reminiscent of Road Warrior and Mellon’s freshman book, Gearhead. Topping that flambe of awesome off is an interview with Neil Gaiman as well as cosplay photos of Trigger Girl 6. That’s like a pound of comic-y goodness, folks.