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.

Feb 082014
 

Image Comics Two-fer:  Mercenary Sea #1 & Fuse #1

-Two new ongoing series from Image Comics drop this week, each featuring work of up-and-coming writers and artists!

-Mercenary Sea is a pulpy wartime adventure set aboard a refitted German U-Boat, as the crew of adventurers for hire travel the globe.

-Equally pulpy, but at the opposite end of time is Fuse, a murder mystery, cop procedural on-board a floating space station.

-Fuse is being written by Anthony Johnson, writer of cult classic series Wasteland and Umbral.

Winter Soldier Bitter March #1 (of 5)

-Leading up to this year’s Captain America: Winter Soldier movie, Marvel is launching a short and sweet series offering background on the character.

-A complete homage to Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, Bitter March tells a flashback story of Bucky Barnes’ long lost past.

-Rick Remender, author of Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, Deadly Class, Fear Agent, and so much more, helms this miniseries.

-The Winter Soldier is pitted against two American S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, with both hot on the trail of two wayward Nazi scientists.

X-Force #1

-Returning to the covert ops theme of Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, X-Force #1 sees Cable leading his team on missions the X-Men don’t want announced to the public.

-After the conclusions of Cable and X-Force and the previous Uncanny X-Force series, members of each team have combined to carry out the dirty work of the mutant population.

-Simon Spurrier has been bucking expectations with his mind-bending X-Men Legacy series, of late.  What sorts of twists and turns will he unleash here?

-Not only is this black ops mutant team comprised of Cable, Psylocke, and Fantomex, but also the recently re-powered Marrow.

She-Hulk #1

-And what is the jury’s verdict on She-Hulk #1?  Uh, a must-read.  Come on.

-Rising star writer (and full time attorney) Charles Soule (Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns, Thunderbolts, Superman/Wonder Woman) is the absolute perfect writer to handle the legal dealings of Jennifer Walters, part time lawyer and all time greatest, green criminal beater!

-Fans of Hawkeye pay attention, because you don’t want to miss out on the next Marvel sensation!

-She-Hulk will see Jennifer attempting to balance her own, private practice with crime fighting, all told in one-and-done issues!

Jul 132013
 

The Mysterious Strangers #1-2

1. If Charlie’s Angels, The Avengers (BBC version), and The Prisoner conceived a baby on a drunken night, nine months later The Mysterious Strangers would pop out!

2. You may have picked up the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE of this series on Free Comic Book Day, but for those who didn’t issue #1 is being released again, along with issue #2.

3. If you didn’t pick up the issue, the book is a sixties period piece starring a team of adventures possessing a variety of unique powers control by their tattooed hands.

4. Chris Roberson has been on a roll lately with his pulpy runs on Masks and The Shadow, which makes him the perfect man to write a series so steeped in retro action!

Batman ’66 #1

1. HOLY BATUSI, BATMAN!!!!!!!

2. Speaking of retro action, the first original content starring the cast of the famous camp Batman television series of the 1960s, Batman ’66 celebrates the tradition of this wacky show!

3. Writer Jeff Parker (Dark Avengers, Agents of Atlas) brings his years and years of experience writing Golden Age style characters and story arcs to this nostalgic, humorous series.

4. All the punny insanity that you’ve come to expect from The Camp Crusader, Batman ’66 becomes a rare comedy series on a rack filled with dark, brooding characters.

Number Cruncher #1

1. Just your average undead archangel working for The Divine Calculator by bringing souls into the afterlife, The Number Cruncher is about to run into a snag.

2. If you think X-Men Legacy and X-Club are weird beyond belief (but in a good way), wait until you read Si Spurrier’s Number Cruncher.

3. Originally written for 2000 A.D., this series brims with dark, intelligent surrealism and a dabble of humor, too.

4. Spurrier may bring the unusual to his Marvel series, but it’s nothing compared to his unleashed talents on independent titles like Six Gun Gorilla and Number Cruncher.

Red Sonja #1

1. Cheesecake becomes girl power in the relaunched, Red Sonja #1!

2. Written by the comic industry’s ambassador for female creators, Gail Simone, Red Sonja finally receives the humanistic tone she has deserved for so long from a writer that isn’t a sleazy dude!

3. Storywise, Sonja is on a doomed quest, leading a failing army, all in order to pay back a debt that may cost her life.

4. To enhance the fem power of the series, Dynamite has assembled an impressive array of female talent to illustrated six different covers!  These artists include Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Fiona Staples (Saga), Jenny Frison (Revival covers), and more!

Jun 082013
 

Superman Unchained #1

1. DC‘s been in need of an exciting, action-packed Superman series since, basically, the beginning of the New 52.  Superman Unchained is it.

2. Scott Snyder has revolutionized Batman, delivering dark, horrifying stories, and now turns his literary sights to the Man of Steel.

3. Speaking of, to coincide with the release of the Man of Steel film and the 75th anniversary of Superman, Superman Unchained #1 ships with EIGHT, count’em EIGHT, different covers by a range of veteran and modern DC artists, all of which have helped defined the character.

4. And if all of that isn’t enough reason to pick up a copy, Jim Lee has returned to art duties on Superman.  As Lee rarely ever does interiors these days, that only is a landmark reason to check the series out.

Six-Gun Gorilla #1

1. If you’ve ever wanted to read a book where The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and a zoo got blended together with a post-apocalyptic situation, Six-Gun Gorilla is that book.

2. Si Spurrier has recently built a reputation on writing psychedelic, sci-fi, humor comics, like X-Men Legacy and X-Club for Marvel, and now applies those talents to a creator-owned series.

3. The story takes place in a world that has been commandeered by humans from our Earth, in order to mine resources, but have met with resistance from the planet’s natives.

4. Uh.  Gorilla.  With guns.  C’mon.

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1

1. If you, like everyone else, has been waiting for Gerard Way’s follow-up to the mega-successful Umbrella Academy, it’s finally here!

2. Going in a complete 180 degrees from that previous series from Dark Horse, Killjoys is a sci-fi horror series set in an alternate future.

3. The Killjoys used to be a powerful force of rebellion against Better Living Industries, the world’s largest corporation, but long ago they lost, leaving only The Girl alive.  Now her and the remaining followers of the Killjoys live in the “wasteland” while the BLI rules the city.  But that’s about to change.

4. In a marriage of Indy glory, Way is teaming on this series with avante garde artist extraordinaire, Becky Cloonan (Batman, DEMO).

Batman #21

1. Scott Snyder bookends tonight’s post, with the start of his next, eleven issue arc on Batman.  And this time he’s going all the way back to the beginning.

2. Year Zero is a fresh retelling of Bruce Wayne’s earliest time as Gotham’s protector, updated and expanded for the New 52 universe.

3. Set to feature The Riddler, Ras al Ghul, and many other classic Batman villains, this will mark the first time Snyder has been able to unleash the rogues gallery since he started on the series.

4. Those who missed out on Death of the Family have been scrambling to collect the back issues with minimal success; don’t find yourself in the same position for Year Zero.

Apr 132013
 

The mind can be a prison.

That’s the premise of Marvel NOW‘s X-Men Legacy series.  Written by the psychedelic pen of Si Spurrier (Gutsville, X-Club), X-Men Legacy follows in the footsteps of other C-List character-centric books like Immortal Iron Fist, Hawkeye, and Fearless Defenders by focusing on Charles Xavier’s son, Legion.  Formerly a schizophrenic super-villain, Legion has now found his inner peace by entrapping his numerous vile personalities in a brain prison.  Yes, brain prison.  This out-of-the-ordinary series is one of the most unusual, pleasing reads at Marvel right now, primarily because Spurrier is unafraid to venture into the weird realms of the X-Men universe.  The volume one trade paperback features the first six issues as well as a mound of mental distress.

Science = bad.

That’s the prime equation for Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects.  If you picked up the first collection of this psychotic series, you’re well aware of Hickman’s brilliance and the utter depravity of the scientists involved therein.  If you didn’t, the basic premise is that the Manhattan Project was a mere cover for what was actually occurring, i.e. time travel, alien encounters, robots, cybernetics, and vast A.I. computer systems.  From there Hickman throws in a slew of mentally unstable geniuses like Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Fenyman, each of which are hiding a dark secret, and you’ve got the madhouse pot boiler that is this series.  Now, volume two is being unleashed upon the unsuspecting public, this time with more alien disemboweling, evil FDR, and Russian cosmonaut dogs with machine guns.  Science = bad, Manhattan Projects = good.

Think bigger.

That’s Jonathan Hickman’s mandate for his recent relaunch of The Avengers.  Not has crazy as Manhattan Projects, Hickman’s Avengers has been all about expansion.  Spinning out of the Marvel NOW relaunch, this first volume of Avengers collects issues one through six, wherein Captain America puts out the call for new members in order to fight back a godly force on Mars.  All of this is building up to figuring out the original recipe for the universe.  This version of the Avengers moves far, far away from the Bendis era, with grand, epic adventures and huge comic book imagery!  Given that Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force) lends his fluid pencils to the affair, this is THE Avengers book to read if you loved the movie!

While the Avengers are fighting baddies on Mars, they are not, in fact, fighting the aliens from Mars Attacks!  However, nearly everyone else is!

IDW continues its annual tradition of crossover miniseries where some evil force ventures into the various property universes the company owns.  Previously, its been zombies and Cthulhu fighting the likes of GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Transformers (Infestion v.1-2; check’em out!), but this time around it’s the Mars Attacks! martians versus the IDW universe!  Mars Attacks IDW includes each of the one-shot volumes released, featuring KISS, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Zombies vs. Robots, and, the best of the bunch, Popeye!  Each issue is drawn and written in a style appropriate to the character so, for instance, the Popeye issue looks like a 40s era golden age book being invaded by twisted, murderous aliens.  And the only thing standing in their way is a can of spinach and one pissed off sailor!  If you never thought you’d see such insane crossovers, your mind will melt when you lay eyes on this trade paperback volume!