Mar 112016
 

A&AA&A #1

-Valiant Comics continues to expand and reshape its superhero universe, relaunching the Archer and Armstrong series as A&A.

-If you have never read a Valiant or Archer and Armstrong book before, no worries, this is a perfect jumping-on point.

-Archer was raised to hate Satan in an isolated cult.  Armstrong is an immortal alcoholic.  They shouldn’t work, but they become fast friends after Archer tried to kill Armstrong.  Yeah, they made up.

-You know D&D‘s bags of holding?  Well, Armstrong has gotten lost in his own version of one, which means Archer has to go in after him.  They both will have to watch out for the all-powerful demon that is imprisoned there with them.

Legends of Tomorrow #1Legends of Tomorrow

-You’ve fallen in love with the show, now experience a similar dynamic in the comics.

-An anthology series, Legends of Tomorrow features four stories about four different characters in each issue.

-The line-up for all currently solicited issues features Firestorm, Sugar & Spice, Metamorpho, and the Metal Men.

-Not only is the character line-up some of DC‘s most underrated creations, but they are being written and illustrated by a slew of veteran creators, including Lein Wein, Aaron Lopresti, Keith Giffen, and Gerry Conway.

Ghostbusters DeviationsGhostbusters Deviations One Shot

-This month, IDW is launching a series of one shots that act as “what ifs” for the properties they own!

-Following up the X-Files Deviations from last week, Ghostbusters Deviations releases this week.

-Currently writing A-Force and previously having co-written Captain Marvel with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson handles writing duties on this one shot story.

-What if the Ghostbusters never defeated Gozer on that rooftop?  Well, find out in Ghostbusters Deviations, you’ll find out as we follow the team through a hellscape New York that is ruled by the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.

International Iron Man #1International Iron Man

-A companion series to the current, Invincible Iron Man comic!

-Brian Michael Bendis, who writes Invincible Iron Man, will also be writing this series.

-Bendis reteams with Alex Maleev, the artist that joined him on their critically acclaimed Daredevil run.

-Tony and Doctor Doom travel around the globe, uncovering the secrets of the Marvel Universe!

Jan 152016
 

Silver SurferSilver Surfer #1

-Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk) and Mike Allred (iZombie, FF) return to one of last year’s most acclaimed Marvel series!

-Slott’s take on the Silver Surfer is Doctor Who-esque, as he has paired him with a companion, Dawn Greenwood, and sent them journeying about space and alternate universes!

-After traveling the universe, Dawn has brought the Surfer back to Earth to explore the weird and mysterious creatures and realms that populate her home planet.

-Allred’s artwork is vibrant, experimental, and entirely indebted to Jack Kirby, so the series looks gorgeous.  That’s not to mention that Allred and Slott play with the format, even publishing an issue that wrapped around on itself, telling a never-ending story.

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death #1 (of 6)Poison Ivy

-One of Batman‘s most beloved villains gets her own miniseries!

-In line with the recent Batgirl, Ms. Marvel, and Gotham Academy series, Poison Ivy will see Pamela starting a new job only to be accused of murder when a fellow scientist turns up dead!

-Amy Chu will be writing the entire miniseries, one of her first major works for DC!  An up-and-comer, Chu has previously written short stories for Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Vertigo Quarterly.

-Joining Chu is Clayton Mann on art duties.  Previously Mann has been interior artist on hits like Gambit, Daredevil, and The Immortal Iron Fist.

DevolutionDevolution #1 (of 5)

-Rick Remender has jumped ship from Marvel to Dynamite and he’s bringing his crazy ideas with him!

-Devolution is set not in a post-apocalyptic world, but a prehistori-pocalyptic world.  Essentially, every human and animal on Earth as been devolved to their base state.

-One young woman has to venture across this endless jungle, fighting cavemen, giant bugs, and other deadly foes in search of a cure.

-If you’ve been keeping up with Remender’s work at Image, including Low, Deadly Class, Black Science, and Tokyo Ghost, then you’ve got to pick up a copy of Devolution #1!

Captain Marvel #1Captain Marvel #1

-In a couple of years, everyone is going to have Captain Marvel‘s name on their lips when Marvel Studios releases a film about her, so get the jump and find out who she is with this new series.

-Following up Kelly Sue Deconnick’s acclaimed run, the new Captain Marvel series finds Carol Danvers leading a global coalition in space, defending against and negotiating with alien forces.

-Taking over writing duties are Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the showrunners behind the Agent Carter television show!

-Marking one of his first interior art jobs in a good while, Kris Anka, the man behind nearly all of Marvel‘s recent, popular costume redesigns, will be drawing the series.

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.

Mar 072014
 

Secret Avengers #1

-The best spy book currently being written is Ales Kot’s Zero from Image, which makes him the absolutely perfect author to take the reins on Marvel’s premier spy book, Secret Avengers.

-Features a team of Marvel movie characters, like Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, plus the newly added Spider-Woman!

-How will this team of secret agents stop defunct S.H.I.E.L.D. satellites from falling to the Earth?

-Kot excels at weird, weird storytelling alongside concise action and startling cliffhangers.  Expect to be surprised by the end of issue one.

Captain Marvel #1 (of 6)

-If you, like me, missed the boat on this cult favorite series, now’s your second chance.

-This series is still written by the woman that made Captain Marvel what she is today, Kelly Sue DeConnick!

-Carol Danvers heads off into space during the first arc, facing the implosion of galactic war!

-Support female characters and writers in comics by picking up issue one!

Stray Bullets: The Killers #1

-One of the most acclaimed crime serials in all of comics returns from Image Comics!

-David Lapham (whose name you HAVE heard), writer of Crossed, Young Liars, Age of Apocalypse, and tons more, returns to the series he created!

-Noir to the bone, Stray Bullets features single issue stories that link together over the course of many issues (think 100 Bullets).

-In issue one, a father and son commit a hit-and-run only to find out a stranger witnessed the crime.  To what twisted lengths will they go to avoid being caught?

Avengers Undercover #1

-Dennis Hopeless returns to the characters of Avengers Arena for, in television terms, a second season!

-Basically, 21 Jump Street in the Marvel Universe.

-Those who survived the arena want revenge against the man that put them there, Arcade, but he’s gone underground in the safety of a supervillain city.  Now these heroes have to pretend to be villains in order to catch him.  Will some slip a little too far?  And what happens when they catch up?

-With Planet Con coming up next weekend and the fact that Dennis will be attending, you should totally pick up the super rare variant cover for this issue and get it signed by him!

Feb 012014
 

Batman:  Joker’s Daughter #1 (One-shot)

-Not, we say NOT, written by Anne Nocenti, the writer who handled the Joker’s Daughter Villains Month issue (and for those who read it, you know why we’d mention this)!

-Instead, a better female writer, the up-and-coming Marguerite Bennett (a pupil of Scott Snyder), takes the reins.

-This one-shot issue further explores the twisted origins of the woman calling herself The Joker’s Daughter, as she continues her attempts at controlling the sewers and underground waterways of Gotham City.

-Bennett wrote the rather good Batman Annual #2 from last year as well as the Lobo Villains Month issue, showing a talent for constructing tight, focused done-in-one stories.

Punisher #1 

-Nathan Edmondson has already delivered a successful All New Marvel NOW! series in the form of Black Widow.  What will he do with the Marvel Universe‘s most infamous vigilante?

-Frank Castle needs a change of scenery as he head’s out West.  A major crime syndicate has arisen in L.A., and The Punisher is hot on their trail.

-Edmondson excels at espionage tales as well as action narratives (as the first couple issues of Black Widow attest), so his style is perfectly suited to The Punisher.

-Oh, and did we mention that Frank’s not the only one on the hunt?  He’s got a mafia hit squad chasing him as he chases their bosses.

Loki, Agent of Asgard #1

-Forget Thor, we all know Loki‘s the real reason anyone goes to see any movie set in Asgard.

-With a brand new body, Loki is more mischievous than ever and ready to put that talent for mischief to good use.

-Al Ewing, who is writing the hell out of Mighty Avengers right now, unleashes his pure fun, classic Marvel style onto the Asgardian section of the universe.

-As an Agent of Asgard, this series will see Loki sent on covert missions, missions that rely on his talent for trickery.

Ms. Marvel #1

-Following in the footsteps of Kelly Sue Deconnick’s cult favorite Captain Marvel series, Ms. Marvel adds another Marvel series written by women for women about women.

-Kamala Khan is an entirely new hero for an All New Marvel NOW! era, both a teenager and a Muslim, Kamala adds some needed diversity to the Marvel Universe.

-A perfect entry point for teen readers, Ms. Marvel finds Kamala trying to balance an overbearing father, new superpowers, and the regular hormonal difficulties of high school.

-G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and Adrian Alphona (The Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) are, possibly, the most exciting creator pairing in the entire All New Marvel NOW! relaunch!