Apr 292016
 

Cinema PurgatorioCinema Purgatorio #1

-We’ve said it before but it’s no less true now, when Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman:  The Killing Joke) launches a new project it’s worth reading.

-An anthology series at it’s heart, Cinema Purgatorio not only features a continual story from Alan Moore, but also from some of the industry’s top creative talent.

-The murderer’s row of writers on the series includes Garth Ennis (Preacher), Max Brooks (World War Z), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), and Christos Gage (Crossed:  Badlands).

-Alan Moore will also be re-teaming with Kevon O’Neil on this series, the artist that has worked with him on every League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.

3 Floyds Alpha King #1 (of 5)3 Floyds Alpha King

-Originally slated to come out through Heavy Metal Magazine, 3 Floyds Alpha King is now an Image Comics property!

-Written by Brian Azzarello (Dark Knight III, Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets), this miniseries is guaranteed to be unusual in all the right ways.

-Azzarello is joined by one of the industry’s most respected veteran artists, Simon Bisley!

-When a couple of suburban bros create a home brew so astounding, an otherworldly king crosses dimensions to posses it.  Things don’t go well.

Renato Jones One PercentRenato Jones:  The One Percent #1

-A modern day Robin Hood tale, but with far more cursing, violence, and debauchery.

-This new Image series will be written, drawn, colored, and completely overseen by Kaare Andrews (Iron Fist the Living Weapon, Spider-Man Reign).

-In a world where the rich have devoured an even greater amount of the public’s gross economy, Renato Jones is the hero who will make them pay.

-Expect crude, raunchy, and gruesome on the level of Kick-Ass!

The Punisher #1Punisher All New All Different

-A new era of The Punisher begins fresh off the heels of his successful appearance in the Daredevil Netflix series.

-New and old combine on creative duties as up-and-coming writer Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross, Gotham Academy), and veteran artist Steve Dillon (Preacher, Punisher) join forces.

-Frank goes on the road with this storyline, heading out on the hunt for a villain that causes him an emotional distress he hasn’t felt since his family died.

-The hunter becomes the hunted, however, as a dangerous gun-for-hire is sent after Frank.

Mar 092013
 

Next Wednesday is made for those who’s diet is Wolverine deficient.

Whether your Wolverine is regular or Ultimate universe, Marvel has a Wolverine for you.

To begin, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Captain Britain & MI13, Knight & Squire, Demon Knights) and veteran artist Alan Davis merge their talents together to form one giant glob of SNIKTY SNIKTY awesomeness.  Wolverine #1 does manage to add a new angle to the Canuck that has been rare previously:  mystery.  Beginning with some ancient history where Wolverine made a decision that cost a kid his life.  And as every decision leads back to the present day for Logan, he won’t be able to escape or slice away the mistakes of the past.  Being the best there is at what you do isn’t always everything.

And if that isn’t enough adamantium for you, Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 has two Wolverines for the price of one.

Primarily starring Jimmy Hudson, Logan’s son and current Wolverine, this new miniseries by Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun, Helheim, Fearless Defenders), who’s got a load of good work coming out recently, follows Jimmy has he tries to uncover the origins of his birth.  The arrival of Jimmy into the Ultimate universe was crazy enough to begin with, now find out who and why he is what he is.

Okay, that’s enough Wolvy for one post.

Not to keep ragging on the snowmabunga from a couple weeks back, but it did cost us the shipment of a new Alan Moore League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.  Until now.

Arriving slightly late, but nonetheless an important read, Nemo:  Heart of Ice is the most recent addition to the LoEG universe.  This graphic novel edition features a full 52 page story starring Captain Nemo’s daughter, Janni (introduced in LoEG Century), out on a mission to surpass her father’s legacy.  Venturing as far South as she can go, Janni is headed to Antarctica in search of valuables beyond belief.  But if one things sure it’s that valuables beyond belief will always lure more than one adventurer.  In the tradition of Moore’s previous League stories, expect literary references aplenty, always jam-packed in the back of every panel.  And if I was a betting man, I’d wager a story set in Antarctica might reference the infamous Lovecraft a time or two.

The word “Best” gets thrown around frequently in the world of comics (commonly by us), but there is one unequivocal “Best” comic being published at Marvel right now, and that is Hawkeye.

Or Hawkguy, if you know him well.

The Seinfeld of comic books, Hawkeye is all about what the emerald archer does on his days off from The Avengers.  Like installing cable, holding BBQs, fighting Russian mobsters, and rescuing dogs.  Dogs, by the way, who subsequently get named Pizza Dog.  Matt Fraction is doing the writing of his career on the series, making each issue a stand-alone story full of action, humor, and plenty of witty repartee.  Throw in the female Hawkeye (from Young Avengers), in a constant state of flirtation (did I mention she’s underage?), and you’ve got a duo that rivals and references the likes of Bogart and Bacall.  And if none of that sells you, just take a look at the impeccable art by David Aja.  Every issue is the best 70s crime movie you’ve never seen thanks to his gritty, minimalist style.

Bro, it’s first six issues in trade, bro.  Buy, bro. C’mon.

Jun 022012
 

Whether you love the idea or despise it with a passion, the first of the Before Watchmen prequel books launches this Wednesday.

I know there are haters out there, but in an attempt to counter the arguments against Before Watchmen, allow me to make a few points.

1. Alan Moore made his career off of working on other people’s characters: Swamp Thing, Superman, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen characters, and the Charlton characters (who the Watchmen were based off).

2. The line-up of creators assigned to these books is one of the most impressive creative bodies I’ve ever seen. Especially, with Minutemen, the first book, which is written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. Cooke does not release that much material, but when he does we get exceptional works like DC New Frontier and the Parker series of graphic novels.

3. Comics are all about re-interpretation. If creators weren’t allowed to work on characters invented by different authors we would never have the great body of Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Green Lantern, and so forth, stories we do today. Personally, I’m thrilled to see other, talented writers and artist offer their interpretations of Alan Moore’s creations.

So, I recommend sampling each of the miniseries. I know I will be.

There’s been a ton of alien invasion stories propagating various media over the last couple years, but not too many where they aliens actually win. And there are NONE where the only only surviving resistance against them are two super powered individuals, one a villain and one a hero. This is the premise of Boom Studios! new ongoing series, Extermination. Written by novelist and wackadoo comic writer Simon Spurrier (X-Club, Gutsville), Extermination is going to be a back-to-the-wall action-adventure book with some smartly written dialog and conflict. Plus, the first
issue is only a $1.

Speaking of cheap first issues, popular (and accurate) comic rumors and news website, Bleeding Cool, is launching Bleeding Cool Magazine this week for only $1.49. Filled to the brim with the same scoops, articles, analysis, and factual reporting you’ve come to respect. Unlike most comic news websites, Rich Johnson has inside industry connections, which makes causes most of his scoops to be accurate. If you’ve been missing Wizard Magazine, Bleeding Cool Magazine is a superior replacement.

For all of the Kevin Mellon followers out there (and I know the store has a bunch), his next project releases this Wednesday. As usual with Kevin, it is a unique experience unlike any other book on the shelves. Creator Owned Heroes is a new comic experiment, offering two individual stories bridged by interviews, pictures, sketches, and other extras, all for $3.99. Before Kevin’s story, there is Trigger Girl 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey (All-Star Western, Jonah Hex) and Phil Noto about a genetically engineered, hottie assassin. Filling out the issue is American Muscle, a wasteland, post-apocalyptic actioneer reminiscent of Road Warrior and Mellon’s freshman book, Gearhead. Topping that flambe of awesome off is an interview with Neil Gaiman as well as cosplay photos of Trigger Girl 6. That’s like a pound of comic-y goodness, folks.

Oct 292011
 

Blair Butler.  Kevin Mellon.  MMA.

Heart.

Here’s why you should pay attention to these words.  Blair Butler, of the popular nerd news program Attack of the Show, is the writer of this book.  This is her first foray into comics and, by certain accounts, she’s already keeping pace with the industry’s top talent.  Speaking of top talent brings me to the next word on the list:  Kevin Mellon.  Kevin’s been a supporter of Pulp Fiction since our inception (and a collaborator with Dennis Hopeless), so we’ve been able to see, firsthand, how his work has progressed, now coming to a point of expert draftsmanship and storytelling excellence.  This book appears to be the pinnacle of his recent superb work.  Not only is the talent on the book exceptional, but the content is not the standard comic fare.  Revolving around mixed martial arts fighting and the desire these athletes have to rise to the top, the book should peak the interest of any regular UFC viewer.  That’s Heart, folks.

You’ve read Watchmen.  You’ve read V for Vendetta.  You’ve read From Hell.  Where do you go next for your Alan Moore fix?  League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would be the correct answer.  Thankfully, DC has been generous enough to make it nice and easy for you by releasing a new omnibus edition of the first two volumes of LoEG.  That means you just have to pick up one beautifully bound hardcover edition as opposed to two.  How gentlemanly of them, right?  What are these two volumes about, though?  The general premise is that the British government is assembling a team of some of the literary world’s most famous characters (Alan Quartermaine, Mina Harker, Dr. Jekyll, Captain Nemo, you’ve seen the movie) to combat a sinister evil.  And if you have seen the movie (I’m sorry), don’t be scared off.  The book is so beyond comparison it’s rather embarrassing.

Christmas comes only once a November.  Or, at least, that’s the case this year, thanks to Lee Bermejo‘s original graphic novel, Batman:  Noel.  Following the plot structure of A Christmas Carol, Noel takes Batman through a tour of his past, present, and future on a cold winter night.  Most of you probably know Bermejo because of the Joker GN from a few years back.  You probably also know that the guy draws Batman and his world with a style and design that no one can match, which makes him the perfect guy to write and draw a story about the character.  And if you really want a sample of the book, check out the preview pages here

Last week Wolverine got his time at the pulpit, so now it’s Cyclop‘s turn.  The other key X-Men book in the relaunch, Uncanny X-Men, drops this Wednesday with Kieron Gillen at the helm and Carlos Pacheco in the artist seat.  As Wolverine‘s book follows his team in New York, Uncanny X-Men sticks with Summers and his group of mutants (Magneto, Emma Frost, Colossus) on Utopia island in San Francisco.  Gillen has been on this book since Matt Fraction left and has kept pace with the quality level he established.  In fact, his tie-in arc to Fear Itself, where the team had to stall Juggernaut at San Fran’s borders, was one of the best tie-in books.  Oh, and he’s writing a little book called Journey Into Mystery, which is one of the best reads at Marvel right now.

Apr 292011
 

Beth wants to rock and roll all night and party everyday in Detroit rock city.  Least that’s what Doctor Love told me.

If those sledgehammer subtle hints didn’t clue you in, the first product today is KISS related.  Pop Vinyl, who has released the super cute DC Comics vinyl figures in the past, is now releasing a set of KISS vinyl figures.  They’re all here, Ace, Gene, Paul, and Peter, in their classic face paint and crazy outfits.  But they’re sooooo cute!

Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, Top Ten, Swamp Thing, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are all I have to say.  Basically, after seeing that line-up of work, you should buy anything Alan Moore writes without question.  Which brings me to the Neonomicon Bag Set.  His most recent comic series, Neonomicon is based off of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology, but, as always, with that special Alan Moore twist.  If you’ve been one of the, like, fifty people we’ve had pick up The Courtyard TPB here at Pulp, then you’re going to be especially interested in this, as it is a direct sequel.  What is a Bag Set, though?  Well, one copy each of all four issues, so it’s like buying the trade way before it comes out.

So, you’ve been trying to get that comic artist career off the ground, but you need some tips on how to incorporate one of those new fangled computing boxes into the process.  Look no further than the DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics by local artist, Freddie E. Williams II.  You’ve seen Freddie’s work in JSA All-Stars, Robin, and The Flash and were likely blown into tiny bits by its awesomeness, so it should come as no surprise that he would have a little knowledge to drop.  Freddie doesn’t throw you into the deep end of the pool right off the bat, either.  No, he starts at powering up your computer and takes it from there in clear, concise, instructive directions.  We’ve carried this guide when it first came out, but, as it’s an incredible tool to any artist and we’re getting a restock on it, figured there’s no time like the present to give it a plug.

Moon Knight is ready for another new interpretation.  This time around, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (the creative team from Daredevil and Scarlet) are at bat for the new Moon Knight #1.  Their take:  Moon Knight has always struggled with multiple personality syndrome, but now he takes on the personalities of Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Captain America.  Yes, as the title solicitation reads, he’s all the Avenger you’ll ever need.  As these three characters are voices Bendis has an exceptional control over, this should be an exciting read, as far as the dialog is concerned.  And could there be a better gritty artist to take on Moon Knight than Alex Maleev?  The answer is undoubtedly no.