Jan 222016
 

Cry HavocCry Havoc #1

-A war comic unlike any you’ve read before!

-Modern warfare blends with folklore in Cry Havoc, as a female soldier embarks on a mission overseas.  Oh, and did I mention she’s a lesbian werewolf?

-Cult favorite British writer, Si Spurrier (X-Club, Doctor Who 11th Doctor, X-Force, X-Men Legacy) brings his surreal vision to this new Image Comics series.

-Indy artist darling, Ryan Kelly (Survivor’s Club, Northlanders, Letter 44) handles art duties on the series.

Faith #1 (of 4)Faith #1

-As with all of Valiant‘s miniseries, Faith #1 acts as a perfect opportunity for new readers to dive into the universe.

-Spinning out of Harbinger, everywoman superhero Faith Herbert has struck out on her own.  After discovering an alien conspiracy, will she wish she hadn’t?

-Up-and-coming writer, Jody Houser, joins the Valiant stable with this miniseries after handling writing duties on Orphan Black, The Calvary Shield one-shot, and stories in Womanthology.

-Two veteran DC artists, Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells), combine powers to provide Faith with gorgeous interiors.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot KatanaSuicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1 (of 6)

-You’ve seen the awesome, new trailer for the Suicide Squad movie, now find out about the characters starring in the film!

-Get two stories for the price of one in this oversized issue!

-Each issue of the Most Wanted miniseries will have a one story about Deadshot and one about Katana, each by a different creative team.

-In Deadshot‘s story, he’s assigned to assassinate Lex Luthor.  In Katana‘s, she has to delve into the history of her sword, Soultaker, before it overtakes her mind.

Old Man Logan #1Old Man Logan

-Spins out of the Secret Wars Old Man Logan miniseries!

-Brian Michael Bendis has passed writing duties on to Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Extraordinary X-Men, All New Hawkeye, Animal Man).

-While Bendis is gone, Andrea Sorrentino has stuck around after his run on the Secret Wars miniseries.

-In Old Man Logan’s future, he’s killed nearly all the other superheroes and had his wife murdered by The Hulk.  Now stuck on the Marvel Prime Earth, Logan is on a mission to wipe out the possibility of that future ever occurring, which means killing some heroes.

Nov 022013
 

Alex + Ada #1

-Master of Indy comic Sci-Fi weirdness (Girls, Sword, Whispers), Jonathan Luna returns to Image Comics with a new romance comic unlike any other.

-Luna’s clean style of artwork has famously accompanied all of his projects, and continues to here.

-While you may have heard of mail-order brides, they don’t commonly come with a USB input and a software package.  Ada does.

-Love is just as difficult in the near future, it’s just between a man an an android.

Justice League of America v.1 HC (New 52)

-One Justice League book is not enough for Geoff Johns, he has to have two!

-Formed as a deterrent to the main Justice League, the JLA is a government sanctioned and run team lead by Steve Trevor and including Hawkman, Simone Baz Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, Katana, and Green Arrow.

-This hardcover edition collects the entire first storyline of the series, which features important information for the Forever Evil event currently in progress.

-If iconic DC characters like Superman and Wonder Woman aren’t your bag, then JLA‘s focus on character development, humor, and espionage action will deliver what you want!

Cataclysm:  The Ultimates Last Stand #1 (of 5)

-Fresh off another Marvel mini-event (Battle for the Atom), Brian Michael Bendis once again takes control of the Ultimate universe to helm its own mini-event.

-Bendis began the Ultimate universe over ten years ago with Ultimate Spider-Man #1.  Since then he has written that series for nearly a decade and a half.  This may be his swan song.

-After Age of Ultron, the regular universe Galactus has crossed into the Ultimate universe and has just arrived at Earth.

-The rumors are that the Ultimate universe is coming to an end and that this will be its last story.  Miles Morales, it has also been assumed, will be crossing into the regular universe at the end of this very series!  Don’t miss out!

Amazing X-Men #1

-Local author Jason Aaron applies his talent for writing funny, youthful, inventive X-Men characters (see Wolverine and the X-Men) to yet another X-Men series.

-This near event book will be returning the long lost, cult favorite character Nightcrawler.

-Kurt Wagner has been dead for nearly five years now, but that doesn’t stop Wolverine from venturing into the great beyond with a merry band of mutants to reclaim him.

-Pirates, angels, demons, and Nightcrawler‘s arch foe Azazel stand in the Amazing X-Men‘s way, but do you think that’s going to stop them?

Feb 092013
 

The best team is the one that doesn’t know it’s a team.

That’s the premise of Nick Spencer’s (Morning Glories, Thunder Agents, Thief of Thieves) new run on Secret Avengers.  Joining the Marvel NOW! line, Secret Avengers #1 builds the extremely covert team of Hawkeye, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier to send them on their mission.  And it does it with only one word.  Basically, every member of the team becomes activated by a single word, completes their mission, is told the word again, and walks off into the sunset blissfully ignorant of everything they just did.  It’s covert ops at it’s most covert.  And when it’s drawn by a master of the dark and gritty like Luke Ross, it’s practically so covert it’s not even there.  Or if you want a little more boisterous version, maybe the Skottie Young variant cover will suit you.

As Magneto said, villains it is then.

Uncanny X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo is all about the baddies.  Serving as the companion book to Bendis’ other X-Men title, All-New X-Men, Uncanny stars Cyclops, Magneto, Emma Frost, and a bunch of other good-for-nothings.  Unlike any other X-Men book before it, this time around it’s the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants in the limelight.  Now that Cyclops has assembled his team he’s on a mission to enact his vision of mutant dominance, one which he’s willing to carry out by whatever means necessary.

Since tonight’s list seems all about murdery murder, it seems only fair to let a female master assassin in on the mix.  Katana #1, spinning out of the soon-to-be-released Justice League of America, stars the widowed sword-wielding hired killer of the same name.  With her family’s souls residing in the very sword she uses to slay her enemies, the Soultaker, Katana has to be careful not to let its power and conscience forestall her mission.  Anyone reading Birds of Prey should be familiar with Katana‘s character and mission, as well as fans of the classic Outsiders series.  

Finally, for those who have been hanging on the edge of their seat since the release of the first New 52 Batman hardcover, the wait is over!  Batman: Night of the Owls continues the onslaught of The Court as they descend on Gotham in an effort to purge it of the social elite.  But Nightwing, Batgirl, Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Bat-Family may have something to say about that.  This thick hardcover edition comes packed with the entire Court of the Owls crossover, which includes Batman #8-9, the Batman Annual, Detective Comics #9, Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9.  That’s a lot of Batman punching Talon action for a minimal price.