The June Warhammer 40K tournament will be on Saturday, June 15th. 1250 points, 3 rounds. Registration starts at 10:00 AM, first round starts at 11. There will be a $10 entry fee. The new Eldar codex will NOT be legal for use (we wait 30 days from release before allowing new codexes).
Facebook and iTunes have the market cornered on useless updates, so we’re going to try something different here and update the format for a reason. Tonight we’re going to try out a new, more concise format for Comic List Highlights, one we intend to call 4 x 4. It’s simple, four facts about four new comics or trade paperbacks coming out the next Wednesday. Short. Sweet. Less of an eyesore.
1. Ignore the hubbub about Orson Scott Card writing this book, because he’s been replaced on issue one by some of DC‘s best artists and writers, including Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo, and Chris Samnee.
2. Samnee’s Golden Age-esque style has been put to great use on Daredevil and The Rocketeer lately, and now does the same for Superman.
3. Contrasting Samnee’s style, Riley Rossmo’s (Bedlam, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking) sketchy style is exemplifies the high contrast of visual styles represented in this issue.
4. This anthology brings the baddies with stories about Lex Luthor, Bizzaro, and Zod. Oh, and maybe some Superman, too.
1. Kansas City native Jason Aaron has been weaving a Thor yarn for the ages, destined to become a modern classic.
2. Split across three time periods, God of Thunder stars three incarnations of Thor, past, present, and arm-less, one-eyed, Odin-like future.
3. Esad Ribic’s painterly style lends an epic, tapestry-like quality to the series that enhances its mythic tone.
4. Thor. Loves. Ale.
1. Forget testosterone, it’s all estrogen all the time thanks to the all female cast of X-Men #1.
2. Brian Wood has dabbled with the X-Men in the past on Ultimate Comics X-Men and the previous X-Men series, but now gets the keys to the kingdom in this Marvel NOW! series.
3. Olivier Coipel’s (House of M) slick, appealing style works equally well for dialog and action scenes, which, the last time I checked, are the X-Men’s bread and butter.
4. Milo Manara and Terry Dodson both have contributed variant covers for the first issue!
1. Current writer of Batman and Superman Unchained, Scott Snyder, returns to his horror roots with the Vertigo series, The Wake.
2. In previous horror series Severed and American Vampire Snyder showed his vast talent for pacing scares on the comic page, not an easy task.
3. Sean Murphy of Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus joins Snyder to tell this confined thriller which follows a marine biologist as she ventures into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle to explore a sunken oil rig…and what resides there.
4. Fans of isolated suspense movies like The Thing and Alien need to check The Wake #1 out!
The annual Free Comic Book Day event is at hand!
FCBD begins tomorrow at 10am, when doors open, and will commence until the end of the business day. Everyone will be allowed to pick up three different books at maximum. However, as we run a canned food drive alongside FCBD, every can or non-perishable item you bring in will gain you another book.
We will also be offering a range of sales on certain comic related merchandise.
-25% off Clothing and plush figures
-Comic Hardcovers will be at buy one get one 1/2 off
-25% off comic supplies (bags, boards, boxes, dividers, etc.)
-50% Comic Back Issues
-10% off comic trade paperbacks
So, for any little ones out there looking to be the good Captain this Halloween, you might want to swing by and shield up this coming week. Coming straight from this summer’s biggest blockbuster, these kid’s sized Captain America shields are based directly off of the official design and made of sturdy plastic for all your nazi smacking needs. I wouldn’t recommend trying to deflect any bullets with it, though.
One of the summer’s other big comic films also has a swanky collectible coming out this week and that’s the sweet Amazing Spider-Man Movie Statue to the right. Based off of the well-desined costume redux from the film, this statue is shaped in the dynamic window strattling pose so often struck by the web-slinger. The kisser here, though, is that this baby is cheap, cheap for a statue of this size. So, spin a web line on down to Pulp and snag your friendly neighborhood Spidey.
If eight seasons isn’t enough for you, the Supernatural trade paperback coming out this Wednesday will sooth your aching nerd-bone. Written by Brian Wood, that’s right the Brian Wood of DMZ, Massive, Ultimate X-Men, and Local, and drawn by KC local Grant Bond, this miniseries is a cross-ocean road trip starring Sam Winchester as he explorers the UK in search of an alluring femme fatale ghostie. As the previous Supernatural collections have sold quickly and gone out of print for extended periods of time, you’ll be best off if you grab a copy as fast as you can.
This week is a big one for DC as four annuals launch this Wednesday directing their books into bold, new directions. Green Lantern, Detective Comics, The Flash, and Superman may be the four oversized reads hitting shelves, but it’s Aquaman that gets the coolest cover. Celebrating Seth Green’s DC Robot Chicken Special airing on September 9th, Aquaman #12 receives a special Robot Chicken variant cover where the oft-insulted character finally gets his due.
Kansas City is lucky enough to be home to many successful, talented, prominent comic writers and artists. Primary among them is Jason Aaron. As writer of Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Scalped, and Avengers Versus X-Men, Jason is easily one of the top writers at Marvel Comics and, because of that, we’re happy to have him come sign at Pulp this Wednesday. Jason will be signing not only the newest copies of Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and the X-Men, and Avengers vs. X-Men, but also all of his previous work. He’ll be at the store from 3 to 7, so make sure to come pick your books up around that time. Also, due to mass demand for the AvX series and the need to have copies for Jason to sign, that issue will go on sale at 3 when Jason arrives. Come out and make him feel welcome.
Stieg Larsson’s worldwide bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has been made into two films already, but neither of them will compare to the new Vertigo comic adaptation launching this year. But before the actually series comes out, you all will get a chance to sample it with this Wednesday’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo special sample issue. And remember, the first volume of graphic novels will be out this November.
Following in line with Dynamite‘s other recent pulp hero reworkings, such as Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars, the new Shadow series is sure to be a good read. A large factor in that assumption is that Garth Ennis, author of such gruesome, disturbing series as The Boys and Crossed, will be penning the series. Each of the issues covers will also be drawn by some of the industry’s greatest artists, including John Cassady, Alex Ross, and Jae Lee. The Shadow knows…that you will buy a copy.
One of the quickest comic series of recent memory to rise to legendary status has to be The Ultimates by Mark Millar. Millar’s modern take on classic characters like Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Hawkeye turned the book into a dynamic, drama-filled read offering versions of these characters like you’ve never read before. Many fans have read his first two volumes of that amazing series, but not as many realize he went on to write four other volumes of the book. Luckily, all four of these stories, featuring battles with vampires, Ghost Rider Vice Presidents, Australlian Hulks, and intense, city demolishing conflicts, are all collected in the new Ultimate Avengers by Mark Millar Omnibus. This oversized hardcover is the easiest way to catch up on these follow-up series, the last of which ties in with the Death of Spider-Man storyline of Ultimate Spider-Man. Grab a copy before Nick Fury redacts the entire thing.
Speaking of the Death of Spider-Man storyline, the trade paperback ships this Wednesday. Collecting the last issues of the series before the relaunch with Miles Morales, this volume details Peter’s final battle with the Green Goblin, resulting in his death. If you picked up the series and have been loving it, you owe it to yourself to pick up, not only, this volume, but the entire series.