May 292015
 

Batman BeyondDC June Relaunch Wave 1

-Now that Convergence is over, DC has canceled nearly half of their line and are replacing it in June with about twenty-four new series!

-The first wave of these new titles release this week.  DC‘s directive with this relaunch is not to erase continuity, but to expand the tones and genres represented at the company.  Creative over homogeneity.

-The new titles out this week include Bat-Mite, Batman Beyond, Bizarro, Midnighter, and Omega Men.

-Returning series with new creative teams or storylines include Action Comics, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Lobo.

Groot #1Groot

-With Secret Wars underway and the Rocket Raccoon series defunct, Marvel is filling that space with another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

AirboyAirboy #1 (of 4)

-In the vein of Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation and Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, Image Comics launches the Airboy miniseries.

-A meta series at heart, Airboy is about the creation of itself.  Wait, what?

-Yes, writer James Robinson (Fantastic Four, Earth 2, Starman) has written himself into his own comic.  His struggles with adapting Airboy, a character from the forties, his personal life, and his addictions are detailed across the series.

-Oh, but wait!  It’s not that easy, as Airboy, himself, actually begins appearing in the real world and confronting Robinson.  Talk about bringing a character to life.

Secret Wars Miniseries ReleasesAmazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows Secret Wars Battleworld

-With all of the main Marvel ongoing series going away, the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries continue to roll out.

-Out this week are Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows (MJ and Peter are married again!), Armor Wars (Tony versus all the other armors!), and Future Imperfect (Maestro Hulk returns!).

-Also out is Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX (Skottie Young’s baby variants as a comic!), X-Tinction Agenda (Cable and the nineties are back in force!), and Years of Future Past (Kitty Pryde returns to the far flung future of the X-Men).

-And for those who’ve been craving for more, Secret Wars #3 is also out this Wednesday!

Jan 162015
 

Galaxy Quest Journey ContinuesGalaxy Quest:  The Journey Continues #1 (of 4)

-By Grabthar’s hammer, the crew of the NSEA Protector is back!

-Following up on the cult favorite comedy starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, this IDW miniseries acts as a sequel to the original film.

-Having returned from their journey into the stars changed forever, the stars of Galaxy Quest have jumped started their failing careers.  But now an alien with a grudge has come for Captain Jason Nesmith.

-This four issue miniseries is handled by Erik Burnham, writer of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Ghostbusters series.

Legendary Star Lord v.1 tpbLegendary Star Lord v.1 tpb

-He’s Star Lord, man.  Of course this is a series you want to be reading.

-Spinning out of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series, this volume sees Star Lord go solo and take on the forces of the universe.

-Of course, since he is Star Lord, he also has time to flirt with the X-Men‘s Kitty Pryde and tangle with Thanos.

-Up-and-coming Marvel writer, Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I., Uncanny X-Force) teams up with Paco Medina to send the Guardian’s leader out on his own.

Ivar TimewalkerIvar Timewalker #1

-Valiant Comics has been making a name for itself over the last couple of years, especially with the recent The Valiant miniseries.

-In an effort to expand the Valiant universe, the publisher is launching a number of new titles starring original characters called Valiant Next.

-The launch book for Valiant Next, Ivar Timewalker spins out of Archer & Armstrong.

-A mad dash across time, Ivar Timewalker sees the titular character being attacked across his time stream, having to outrun and out think his opponents in his various iterations.

DC Bombshells WalletsDC Bombshells Mighty Walletts

-Ant Lucia’s Bombshell artwork has become a mass hit with comic readers, so DC continues to stamp it on every product imaginable.

-Like DC‘s previous wallet releases, these will be made of Tyvek, a durable, recycled material.

-Each of these wallets features the artwork from the series of variant covers Lucia did for DC last July.

-The options are Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

Nov 092013
 

Injustice Gods Among Us v.1 HC

-The entire first six issue run of the comic prequel series for the hit DC fighting game!

-Tom Taylor, the writer, has made his name off of this series, delivering shocking, unexpected twists that make you crave the next issue.

-Find out what happens when the Joker takes things too far in a universe where anything can happen!

-DC has always excelled at telling alternate universe stories and Injustice is no different.  The Elseworlds of the New 52 era!

Umbral #1

-Sci-Fi fantasy done the Image Comics way!

-Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten, the creative team of Umbral, have written unique science fiction before in the form of the long-running series, Wasteland.

-After a young thief secretly sees the royal family murdered in cold blood, the murders are on her tail as she makes a mad rush across the galaxy.

-Fans of the recent Image launches (i.e. Saga, Sex Criminals, Velvet, and Prophet) should take notice.

Manifest Destiny #1

-Speaking of Image, here’s another new entry into their growing line of unique stories and settings.

-The untold tale of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Manifest Destiny retells the duo’s exploration across the open American West, but with a monstrous twist.

-Chris Dingess, the writer, knows his way around werewolves and other demons as he comes off of writing episodes of the Being Human television series, as well as Reaper and Medium.

-Already sold-out at the distributor level, Manifest Destiny #1 should be nabbed before it disappears altogether.

Marvel Knights X-Men #1 (of 5)

-Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy’s Marvel Knights Spider-Man miniseries has set the tone for Marvel‘s relaunch of this grim and gritty imprint, promising weird, stylistic, adult stories with famous Marvel characters.

-A breeding ground for up-and-coming talent, Marvel Knights brings in Brahm Revel, a young writer and penciler ready to bring a more thoughtful tone to the X-Men than offered in the mainline books.

-A minimalist story that takes Wolverine, Rogue, and Kitty Pryde back to the basics of the X-Men, this miniseries sees the trio travel to a smalltown to stop a string of bigoted murders of recently developed mutants.

-Revel’s concise artistic style, reminiscent of Darwyn Cooke and Bruce Timm, will deliver ambiance and character emotion in simple, broad strokes.

Mar 172012
 

New comic March continues this week with another onslaught of inventive Indy fair. Here’s the rundown:

-Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child: New Orleans, voodoo, and ghosts come together for this new Vertigo ongoing. Dominique, a young grad student, finds that she’s wanted by the magic community of New Orleans…for murdering their Voodoo Queen.

-Hoax Hunters: A take off of popular Ghost Hunting shows, this miniseries revolves around a team of reality TV personalities who hunt and explain mysterious creatures around the globe. Issue #0 focuses on a long lost Russian astronaut ghost. Creeeeepy.

-Ragemoor: In line with classic Gothic tales from Poe and Lovecraft, this new horror miniseries from legendary Heavy Metal artist Richard Corben focuses on a living mansion with an insane owner and an unholy secret.

-Rebel Blood: Riley Rossmo, artist of Cowboy, Ninja, Viking, lends his writing and illustrative talents to this Image Comics horror series where demonic, zombie creatures, both human and animal, are roaming the Southern landscape, chewing on the living.

-Rocketeer Adventures 2: Following in the same style as the first series, each issue of this miniseries contains short Rocketeer stories from the industry’s best writers and artists. With guys like Darwyn Cooke, Peter David, Art Adams, and Bill Sienkiewicz, creating new pulpy stories how can you go wrong?

-Smoke & Mirrors: Akin to the recent IDW series Memorial, this fantasy miniseries incorporates actual slight of hand and stage magic tricks into its tale of a lost soul in a world where magic has advanced past technology.

-Supercrooks: Mark Millar, the sensational author behind Kick-Ass, Nemesis, and The Ultimates, offers this new take on the supervillain. When a villain team from America feels the heat, they relocate to Spain for a little overseas badness.

Oh my Thanos! So, many comics!

And how ’bout some more?

Nick Spencer is a man of many talents. He can write zany, wordy alternate world hopping tales like Infinite Vacation while also being able to manage subtle, minimal spy books like Thunder Agents. And he can write political cape and cowl fair like a mofo! The new collection of Ultimate Comics X-Men will prove this to you. If you haven’t kept up with the Ultimate universe, one, this is a good book to get in on and, two, how about a little backstory? The X-Men are in tatters after most of the team has died (that’s Xavier, Wolverine, Cyclops, and others, folks) and the government is out for mutant blood. That leaves the ragtag team of Kitty Pryde, Wolverine’s son, Johnny Storm, Iceman, and Rogue to face off against William Stryker, the country’s most recent religious zealot who’s murdering mutants indiscriminately. Unlike any other X-Men book you’ve ever read.

Finally, let’s end the night with one of Vincent Van Gogh’s classic paintings: TARDIS Mid-Explosion. And if that doesn’t suit your refined tastes, maybe a Weeping Angel t-shirt will.