Jun 222013
 

Batman/Superman #1

1. Hot on the heels of Superman Unchained, is another series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, complete with a selection of variant covers featuring each of the titular characters as well as a Guillem March variant featuring both.

2. Greg Pak has jumped ship from Marvel to DC, leaving behind legendary runs on The Hulk (Planet Hulk, anyone?), in order to helm the a first series teaming of The Caped Crusader and Man of Tomorrow.

3.  Joining Pak on the book is Jae Lee, fresh off of a career defining run on Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, bringing a moody, shadowy portrayal of these characters unlike any you’ve seen before.

4. Taking place six  years before the present, Batman/Superman #1 relates the first time that Superman and Batman got teamed-up post-Darkseid in the New 52 universe.

Larfleeze #1

1. Feeling left out with all this Superman hoohaw going on, Larfleeze demanded DC give him his own ongoing series and they agreed to.  Mostly because he threatened to have Glomulus eat them.

2. To celebrate the release of the most recent addition to the Green Lantern universe, every purchase of issue #1 receives a free Orange Lantern Ring!

3. Once you have claimed all the Orange Lantern Rings for yourself, you can sit down and find out how Larfleeze, the most selfish creature in the galaxy, has become the only force standing between the most destructive being to ever live.

4. Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins bring their veteran experience in the comic industry to bear on this series, delivering classic action and sci-fi adventure.

Lazarus #1

1. Did you miss out on Criminal?  Or on Fatale?  Or Incognito?  If you answered “yes” to any of those, do not miss out on Image Comics soon-to-be-hit series, Lazarus!

2. From the writer/artist team of the aforementioned serieses (Greg Rucka and Michael Lark), Lazarus #1 takes these two past the crime, horror, and superhero genres they’ve tackled previously, straight into post-apocalyptic chaos.

3. Set in a future wasteland, Lazarus tells the violent tale of the last survivors of Earth, all of which have formed into distinct houses (like Game of Thrones), each of which steal from each other for survival.

4. Oh, and the main character gets shot down in issue one.  Where the hell do things go from there?

Before Watchmen Hardcovers (Round One)

1. The first wave of dual story Before Watchmen hardcovers hits shelves this Wednesday.  And if you missed out on this shockingly stellar addition to the original Watchmen, now’s your time to gather them all up.

2. Taking place before Alan Moore’s medium redefining miniseries, the two volumes shipping this week feature The Minutemen, Silk Spectre, and Ozymandias.

3. The Minutemen/Silk Spectre volume features stories by comics icon, Darwyn Cooke.  He both draws and writes The Minutemen story in his notably golden age style, producing the closest approximation to the original Watchmen, in terms of dense narrative and complexity, in the entire line.  His Silk Spectre story is drawn by Amanda Conner in a style that can only be described as Archie Comics on ecstasy.

4. The second volume this week is Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair.  Brimming with pulpy pulp, this hardcover details the globe-trotting origins of the most brilliant man on Earth in the style of classic Doc Savage and Shadow stories.  Not only that, but the entire interlinking Crimson Corsair story and the Dollar Bill one-shot.

Jul 072012
 

Darwyn Cooke is easily one of the most talented creators working in comics today, as you’ll know if you’ve read the first issue of Minutemen (number two comes out Wednesday, by the way). Over the last three years, Cooke has been chipping away at a passion project he’s born to write and draw, that being the crime novels of Richard Stark. Set in the 50′s, these novels, both graphic and prose, were the Thief of Thieves way before Thief of Thieves as well as Mad Men before it became popular. Both style and grit mixed together, The Score is the most recent novel Cooke is adapting for the comic medium. In this story, Parker, a veteran thief, pulls together a band of con men and criminals to pull the job of a lifetime: rob an entire town. Cooke loves these stories and puts as much craft and effort into retelling them as Stark did creating them.

Ranking up there with Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, The Crow gets asked about more than any other book that is currently (and consistently) not in print. But for those who’ve been gasping for a Crow fix, IDW has a new comic series coming out this Wednesday. Following a young Japanese student who is possessed by the vengeance seeking spirit, this new series is written by one of the screenwriters of the cult classic Crow film.

Maybe you partake in some recreational, um, substances from time to time. Maybe you fight the man with your daily lifestyle. Maybe you hate the way your parents treat you. Whatever rebellious spirit burns inside you, the Wild Children one shot from Image Comics will feed the flame. Written by new comer Ales Kot and drawn by the ever present Riley Rossmo (Rebel Blood, Green Wake, Cowboy Ninja Viking), this extra hefty issue is the one to add to your pile this week. Here’s a review from comic review website Talking Comics to entice you further. When a comic earns a quote from legendary hermit Alan Moore, you know it’s good.

Not the zombie story your used to, Revival, from Image Comics, is sure to be the new sensation this week (if people can find it in the sea of Walking Dead #100 variants). Written by Tim Seeley (of cult favorite horror book Hack/Slash) and drawn by Mike Norton (of Battlepug, which is at the store this very moment), Revival is set in a rural community who find their dead rising from the ground, not as mindless cannibals but as they were before they passed. When a murder occurs, both living and dead become suspects. This series has been hyped as a possible “next Walking Dead” so be sure to nab a copy.

Jun 232012
 

The question is not “Who watches the Watchmen?”, but “Who reads the Before Watchmen?”.

The answer should be everyone, as, thus far, these miniseries have been phenomenal examples of masterful comic storytelling. If you’ve missed Minutemen, Silk Spectre, and Comedian, the beginnings of the first three miniseries, don’t worry, we’re getting a restock this Wednesday. Each series has been impressive due to their ability to explore different comic genres, golden age fisticuffs , romance, and espionage comics respectively, taking them out of the tonality of the original Watchmen story. With Nite Owl beginning this week, it’s a perfect time to pick up the first issues of the first four series.

Kick-Ass is easily one of the most violent, darkly humorous, twisted comics in recent memory and, no question, the character who sums that spirit up most completely is Hit-Girl. Taking place in between the events of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, the new Hit-Girl miniseries explores the equation of Mindy + high school = offensive insanity. If you hadn’t notice, Mindy McCready isn’t quite like other girls her age, so surrounding her with scene kids and Bielibers results in awkwardness on an epic scale. With Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., the original creators of Kick-Ass, behind it, Hit-Girl is going to kick you balls in and smack your mother upside the head.

Dan Abbnett and Andy Lanning, the bearers of the cosmic-y goodness at Marvel, bring their space opera talent to Boom! Studios with The Hypernaturals. Similar to the Green Lantern Corps, the Hypernaturals are a galactic peace keeping force who’ve actually lived up to their mandate. At least until they all disappear from existence. With everything going to pot, a group of new recruits and retired veterans must team up to put things right. If you enjoyed any of the Annihilation or Guardians of the Galaxy series, then think of Hypernaturals as their first cousin.

Finally, tonight, lets end on a note of pure cuteness. Brimming with huggability, the Hulk, Captain America, and Spider-Man Footzeezs are all made of terrycloth and, I’m assuming, rainbows, sunshine, and unicorn laughter. You’ll probably want to buy them all to make your soul happy.

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.