Apr 012016
 

The FixThe Fix #1

-If you want hard boiled crime, tough guy leads, and searing drama. . .The Fix is not the series for you.

-However, if you’re a fan of the film Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, or The Astonishing Ant-Man, this is the series for you.

-Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Captain America Sam Wilson, Astonishing Ant-Man) delivers an outlandish, comical comic set in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood and starring some of the biggest degenerate losers who’ve ever graced a police line-up.

-If you weren’t sold yet, just know that the one heroic character in the book is a drug dog named Pretzels.  Boom!

Empress #1 (of 7)Empress

-Mark Millar, creator of Jupiter’s Legacy, Kick-Ass, and Civil War, launches a new seven issue miniseries from Marvel!

-A hard Sci-Fi tale, Empress follows a galactic queen who is fed up with her despotic husband to the point that she steals away her children and takes out across the galaxy.

-One of the best artists in the business, Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, All New X-Men, Star Wars) joins Millar!

-If you missed out on Huck

Poe DameronPoe Dameron #1

-He’s the best damn pilot in the rebellion and now he’s got his own comic!

-Poe Dameron is the first Force Awakens comic series to be published by Marvel.

-Charles Soule, who has proven himself in the Star Wars universe by writing Lando and Obi-Wan & Anakin, will be writing this series, too!

-Not only are you getting new Poe Dameron stories in each issue, but also BB-8 back-ups!

Black Panther #1Black Panther #1

-Award winning author, journalist, and professor, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be writing the new Black Panther series!

-Gear up for the Captain America:  Civil War film by introducing yourself to Black Panther in this series.

-Coates is constructing a twelve issue arc that deals with how T’Challa handles an uprising in his kingdom.

-When a revolutionary group called The People begin attacking T’Challa’s rule, how with he balance his duties as a ruler and a superhero?

Nov 132015
 

Huck #1Huck #1

-Some think he’s a blowhard, some think he’s a genius, either way it can not be denied that Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsmen, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Ultimates, Civil War) makes interesting comics!

-Millar is the master of subverting the formulas and tropes of comics, which is exactly what he’s back to do here.

-In line with the lighter tone Millar showcased in Chrononauts, Huck is about a smalltown resident with superhuman powers.  Instead of saving the world, Huck simply helps out his neighbors.  Or, at least, he does until the media gets wind of him.

-Millar’s story is brought to life by the exquisite painterly artwork of Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire, Animal Man).

Batman Europa #1 (of 4)Batman Europa

-Superstar comic artist, Jim Lee (Justice League, Batman, Superman Unchained), returns to the Dark Knight!

-A long gestating miniseries, Batman Europa features the combined talents of American writer Brian Azzarello and Italian writer Matteo Casali.

-Each of issue will feature a different artist, again crossing the pond by alternating between American and Italian talents.

-If that abundance of talent hasn’t hooked you yet, the premise will.  Batman, infected by a deadly virus, must team up with the Joker and travel to Europe to find the cure.

Ms Marvel #1All New All Different Marvel Part 1

-Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman return to The Mighty Thor, continuing to follow the story of Jane Foster as Thor!

-Also returning this week is Sam Humphries Star Lord series.  Wait, who?  Star Lord, man!

-If you haven’t been reading Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel‘s best ongoing series, then this new #1 is your chance to jump on!

-After outing her superhero identity to her mother and almost kissed her best friend, Kamala now also has to deal with being a full-time Avenger!

All New All Different Marvel Part 2Spider-Woman #1

-How do you stop evil when the weapon you use is dangerously addictive?  That’s the question that plagues the Black Knight.

-Many customers have been excited for the new Black Knight series, largely because he will be traveling to the Weirdworld Jason Aaron introduced in Secret Wars.

-Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, relaunches his hit Spider-Woman series this week, but with one major difference.

-Reuniting with artist Javier Rodriguez, Hopeless is writing a considerably pregnant Spider-Woman.  Jessica is also not taking any guff from those who think she should take it easy.

Mar 012014
 

Starlight #1

-Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Jupiter’s Legaacy, and Civil War, unleashes another Image Comics original!

-Think of Starlight as a post-modern Flash Gordon, dissecting the tropes of the character and genre.

-Duke McQueen is an old man.  But in his younger years he saved the galaxy more times than you can count.  Now, after retiring and losing his beloved wife, Duke is called back into action one more time.

-Goran Parlov, famous for his long run on Punisher MAX with Garth Ennis, joins Millar to lend a Joe Kubert-esque vibe to this space opera.

Avatar the Last Airbender “The Rift Part 1″

-The Avatar gang adventures continue after the Last Airbender cartoon series!

-Toph rejoins the group in this new three part epic!

-Evil forces interrupt a revived Airbender festival tradition, causing Aang and his friends to go on the offensive, eventually venturing into the spirit realm to defeat their foes.

-The third in a series of post-cartoon Avatar comics, The Rift bridges the time gap between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra.

Magneto #1 

-Magneto is a changed man, but maybe not for the better.

-How does Magneto, formerly the world’s most feared mutant, go about gaining some of that prestige back?  Well, the simple answer is:  by doing bad things.

-Cullen Bunn, local boy made good, has been delivering some wildly fun Marvel comics over the last couple years (Fearless Defenders, Deadpool Kills…, Night of the Living Deadpool) and now it’s time for him to blend that pure joy for the medium with the darkness of his creator-owned series, Sixth Gun.

-Bunn promises a blend of horror and noir in this solo revenge tale for the X-Men‘s most popular villain.

Moon Knight #1

-Basically Marvel‘s version of Batman, but three times the crazy because Moon Knight‘s sporting three separate personalities!

-One of Marvel‘s many unsung characters, any Moon Knight series promises to be a twisty, violent ride. . .

-. . .especially when it’s written by comic legend, Warren Ellis.  Ellis has created some of the most ingenious characters and premises in comic history, including The Authority, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, as well as runs on Astonishing X-Men and Hellblazer!

-Little is known about the plot of this series, but, in my experience, that indicates a story so wild and unexpected that they don’t want to spoil it.  Trust us, it’s the must buy Marvel book for the week!

Oct 052013
 

Coffin Hill #1

-Netflix‘s Hemlock Grove ain’t got nothing on Vertigo‘s Coffin Hill!

-Eve Coffin has always known the good life, thanks to being born into one of the wealthiest families in Massachusetts (a family who may have descended from the Salem Witches), but, after tampering with dark magics, her wealth isn’t going to be enough to save her.

-Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series of novels, brings a knack for supernatural horror to Vertigo‘s 2013  revitalization.

-The morning after Eve and her hedonistic friends perform some black magic in the woods, she wakes up, naked and covered in blood, to find that the “dark things” have taken her friends!

Forever Evil Arkham War #1 (of 6)

-Villain’s Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the bad guys are back into their prison cells.  In fact, quite the opposite.

-Spinning out of the first issue of Forever Evil, Arkham War #1 takes place in a Batman-less Gotham City after all of the inmates of Arkham Asylum have been released by the Crime Syndicate.

-Peter J. Tomasi (writer of Batman & Robin) weaves a bloody tale of psychopathic battle, as all of Batman‘s greatest foes fight for control of Gotham City.

-And if it’s only bad guys in Gotham some of them have to be more good than the others, right?

Shaolin Cowboy #1

-Never before has such violence and insanity been presented in such gorgeous detail as Shaolin Cowboy #1!

-Yes, the chainsaw wielding, talking donkey riding cowboy of lore has return from the sunset from whence he rode into years before!

-Geof Darrow, who both writes and draws here, is a legend in the business, rarely ever drawing full interiors for a comic, but as Shaolin Cowboy is his baby, he graces everyone with his extreme skill for grisly detail.  Modern artists like Frank Quietly (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc.) owe their entire careers to Darrow!

-Don’t worry about intricate plots or romance or long form mysteries here, Shaolin Cowboy is all about indiscriminate violence drawn in the most beautiful way possible.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1

-Any who thinks comics can’t be read by women and men is 100% wrong!  And Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is here to prove it!

-Charles Soule (who writes the best book at DC right now, Swamp Thing) has been handed two of DC‘s most iconic heroes and allowed to play.  Things will get messy.

-The power couple of power couples, Kal-El and Diana have faced some rough conflicts before, but when Diana’s godly relatives decide to call upon Superman‘s arch foes for assistance, the two will be put through a ringer that’ll test their love.

-And with two near-immortal heroes at the center of the book, who can Soule possibly pit against them?  Three words:  Zod and Doomsday.

Jun 292013
 

Absolution Rubicon #1

1. In theory, superheroes as cops seems like a great idea.  Not in the world of Absolution, however.  Former super-detective John Dusk has gone over the deep end, murdering perps indiscriminately, and now the world’s other heroes are gunning for his head.

2. Christos Gage applies his history of writing crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs to this creator-owned series for Avatar Press, a combination which results in gritty sleuthing and ludicrous violence.

3. With Dusk’s reputation in the gutter, criminals he’s put away could possibly be released to wreak havoc upon the city.  Sounds like a perfect climax to the series, but will Dusk be able to stop them alone?  Doubtful, but he does have Happy Kitty, a psychotic, murderous Japanese school girl to (maybe) back him up.

4. Absolution Rubicon #1 explores what would happen if a hero imbued with the power level of Green Lantern started murdering the bad guys and, because it’s Avatar, it does it in the most gruesome way possible.

Avengers A.I. #1

1. The Age of Ultron has passed.  Long live the age of A.I.!  Following the time stream shattering conclusion of Age of Ultron, Hank Pym assembles a team of robotic Avengers to put things right.

2. Fan favorites like The Vision and Victor Mancha of The Runaways return alongside the likes of a rogue Doombot and a cadre of original characters.

3. Sam Humphries has begun to build a strong reputation as a unique author in the world of comics with Indy darlings, like Our Love is Real, and Marvel hits, like Ultimate Comics Ultimates, but now gets to unleash his voice on a title that allows him room to invent and imagine.  Think of how good similar books, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, are right now.

4. Dig on the retro 8-Bit variant cover designed to look like a classic game of Donkey Kong to the right.

Satellite Sam #1

1. Matt Fraction returns to his seedy, independent roots with next week’s Satellite Sam.  Though he’s killing it on Marvel‘s Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, and FF, Fraction does some of his best work when the reins are off, for instance Five Fists of Science and Casanova.

2. A period piece, Satellite Sam is a cold, hard, debauched murder mystery set during the deceptively wholesome fifties. When a famous TV host turns up deader than a door nail, his alcoholic son is the only one who can solve this unsolvable murder.

3. Comic legend Howard Chaykin brings his A game as the interior artist of the book, matching the setting and tone perfectly to his vintage style.

4. Like all recent Image Comics hits (Jupiter’s Legacy, Lazarus, Sex), Satellite Sam #1 is bound to sell out quickly and become a hot collector’s item shortly thereafter.  Buy it and enjoy it before the after market vultures sore by.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

1. Nearly three years ago, Pandora watched from the sidelines of every single New 52 comic.  Now, she makes her presence known!

2. The first tie-in book for DC‘s major Justice League crossover event, Pandora #1 serves as the catalyst for the oncoming destruction to follow in Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League of America.

3. Ray Fawkes has been paying his dues co-writing JLD and Constantine with Jeff Lemire, but now he gets to let loose on a solo series, one, in fact, that will explain the most mysterious character in the New 52 universe.

4. Find out who Pandora is and what she’s been up too since last we saw her in Justice League #6!