Nov 232013
 

Sex v.1 tpb “The Summer of Hard”

-The salacious hit from Image Comics is now out in trade paperback form!

-Joe Casey’s entire first seven issue arc is collected in this one hefty volume!

-What if Batman was a sexually repressed billionaire, tempted at every turn to give in to his urges?  This is The Saint, the protector of Saturn City, a shinning metropolis on the surface, but a seedy pressure cooker of sexuality below.

-If the title didn’t clue you in, this book IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!  If you are an adult, however, be prepared for a realistic superhero story like you’ve not read before.

House of Gold and Bones v.1 tpb

-From Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame!

-This single volume collects all four issues of the hit miniseries.

-A lyrical journey, House of Gold and Bones follows a lost soul venturing across the landscape of an alternate world, searching for redemption while on the run from a crazed mob.

-Philosophical reading akin to Gaiman’s Sandman.

Morbius the Living Vampire tpb

-How does a vampire become a human again?

-Escaped from prisoner, Dr. Michael Morbius attempts to quell his bloodlust and rejoin society in this complete series!

-Written by Joe Keatinge, an up-and-coming comic writer who has little regard for the classic methods of comic storytelling, Morbius is an unusual Marvel series for readers who enjoy comics that are off the beaten path.

-This one volume tpb collects the entire nine issue run of the series as well as the Amazing Spider-Man issue that lead into it, written by Dan Slott!

Black Science #1

-The pulpy homage of the cover for Black Science #1 says it all!

-Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) returns to the genre that made his name with this dark, adventure-laden Sci-Fi series!

-Trapped in an infinite trip across alternate dimensions, Grant McKay and his crew must span the universes to find their way home.

-Image has been delivering top-notch Sci-Fi comics (Saga, Prophet, Manhattan Projects) for the last year and Black Science is sure to make its way onto that last.

Sep 212013
 

Powerpuff Girls #1

-IDW continues its dominance of the young girl audience (see My Little Pony) with Powerpuff Girls #1!

-Cartoonist and storyboard artist Troy Little brings Littletown to life in this first issue on the ongoing series.

-Each issue will feature two covers in a 50:50 ratio.  All the covers come covered in Chemical X.

Rat Queens #1

-It’s the ladies turn to dungeon crawl!

-Kurtis J. Wiebe, the author behind cult hits like Peter Panzerfaust, Debris, and Grim Leaper, joins with Image Comics once again!

-An all-female group of thieves, clerics, and other fantasy folk are hired out on various missions of mayhem in this new ongoing series!

-Pathfinder readers and D&D players take note, this is every great campaign you’ve ever run crammed into a single comic series!

Trial of the Punisher #1

-The start of a lean, mean two issue miniseries that follows up Greg Rucka’s most recent Punisher series.

-Written by former lawyer Marc Guggenheim, Trial of the Punisher will be a tight, gripping, accurate courtroom drama.

-Leinil Francis Yu, current artist of The Avengers, lends his sketchy, active pencils to the series, rendering Frank as gritty as possible.

-Will Frank avoid jail after he’s turned himself in for murdering the District Attorney?  Join the jury and cast your vote!

Sex Criminals #1

-On the heels of Joe Casey’s lurid Sex miniseries, Sex Criminals brings the raunchy to Image Comics!

-Written by hipster comic creator extraordinary Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals #1 is smart, uncommon, and entirely dirty.

-A woman.  A man.  Both can stop time.  With their naughty bits.  Yup.

-When these two meet, criminal hi-jinks ensue, as does the bumping of said naughty bits.  Certainly the for mature readers only!

May 182013
 

Image Comics has the market cornered on genre-based series that stray far away from the capes-and-cowls dynamic.  But, as they’ve proven with Invincible, when Image wants to do a superhero book, they do it well.  Hence, The Bounce, a new ongoing superhero series unlike any other from Joe Casey.  Casey has made his name on creating original properties like Ben 10 and Generator Rex for Cartoon Network, but recently also made a striking return to the world of comics with Sex.  Now, Casey brings his unusual touch to a hero who’s smart, fast, and a rebel, The Bounce, along with a rogues gallery of twisted unique villains, as well.  

Tank Girl is back, baby!

Always a notable occasion when a Tank Girl comic shows up, Titan Comics, in its recent relaunching of classic series, is releasing Solid State Tank Girl this Wednesday.  Written by series creator Alan Martin, Solid State Tank Girl brings back the gang of Tank Girl, Jet Girl, Booga, and Barney.  This time, in the act of trying to save a local record store, the gang unleashes evil alternate reality versions of themselves which they must defeat to live!

Following up Dark Horse‘s Last of Us miniseries, Akaneiro is another video game spinoff series created and written by the mind behind the game, American McGee.  A sci-fi retelling of the classic Red Riding Hood fairy tale, Akaneiro, is a Japanese-infused tale of violent demon fighting in a fantasy world.  Elegantly designed characters and world brim over the pages of this miniseries that is a must for die-hard gamers!

If you’ve got the green, they’ve got the team.

Following hot on the heels of Gail Simone’s wonderful first issue of The Movement, Green Team #1 is the companion series featuring the upper-class wunderkinds of the DC Universe.  A group of billionaire teens set out to spend their money to become super powered jerks, dealing with the limelight of celebrity and the burden of inhuman abilities.  Written by Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures), this series marks their first venture into adult side of the DC Universe.  Considering their talent for fun, traditional comic storytelling, this series should be the newest underdog hit for DC.

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.

Mar 252011
 

So, you watched the new Walking Dead series on AMC, right?  Of course you did, because, I believe, only three people on the planet didn’t.  You know why?  Zombies.

Yes, America is zombified by zombies.  And what better way to celebrate both zombies and The Walking Dead than with this new swanky t-shirt.  Displaying the logo of the series, this white t-shirt is the first one Pulp has carried that doesn’t represent the comic book.  So, if you’re one of the folks that checked out the show when it was on, but has not, as of yet, explored Kirkman’s comic series (which you should, by the way), then this is the perfect shirt to represent your Walking Dead love.

Again we open the big book of Eaglemoss mini-statues for a number of new entries.  On the DC side of things, the newest entry is the Azrael magazine figure.  Also a new edition to the recently initiated Blackest Night line of figurines, Larfleeze leader of the Orange Lanterns.  Marvel’s side of the street gains two new releases in Radioactive Man and, quite possibly the sweetest figure they’ve sculpted thus far, The Blob.  For the uninitiated, each of these Eaglemoss brand figures comes with an exclusive booklet that details the character’s history.

You’ve probably never heard of him before, but after you read Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to forget him.  Yes, the star of Joe Casey’s newest book is known as Butcher Baker, a currently-but-soon-too-be-un-retired superhero leaves behind babes, bills, and debauchery as he returns to the fold of superhero-ing.  His reason is for returning in shrouded in mystery, but is in some way linked to his past.  If you are a fan of raunchy, violent, nudity-filled comic stories, I am here to tell you this is the book for you.  Also, if you’re a fan of the artwork of Gabriel Ba (Umbrella Academy, Casanova, Daytripper), the interior artist, Mike Huddleston, is eerily similar.  Certainly has my interest peaked.

Joss Whedon fans unplug your ears.  Dollhouse:  Epitaphs drops this coming Wednesday and, as the title suggests, adds one last coda to the late and under appreciated series, Dollhouse.  If you’ve watched the show to its conclusion, you’re likely to remember the two Epitaph episodes at the ends of each season.  The cast of these two frolics into the future return in this one-shot from Joss, Jed Whedon, and Cliff Richards (Buffy Season 8).  With any hope, if this issue sells well, a new ongoing Dollhouse comic series will crop up.

Pretty sure that if you purchase these Excalibur mini-mates you won’t become the ruler of Camelot, but I’d wager you’ll be mighty happy.  Why would I wager such a guess, well, it’s not just because this four figure set includes Juggernaut, Nightcrawler, Captain Britain, and Meggan, but also because it is a Diamond Exclusive.  Yeah, that means it’s gonna be hard to find thus quite the collector’s item.