Oct 062012
 

Like any big Marvel event, now that the Avengers and X-Men have fought, they must team-up. Thus Uncanny Avengers.

Uncanny Avengers is not only the teaming up of the Avengers and X-Men, but also the launch book of Marvel NOW! If you haven’t heard of Marvel NOW!, the scoop is this: many of the main Marvel books are being relaunched with new high-profile writer and artist teams in effort to create perfect jumping-on points for new readers.

Back to the point, Uncanny Avengers #1 is written by Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Secret Avengers) and drawn John Cassady (Civil War), so the team is solid. Given that the issue is a landmark one, Marvel is releasing hordes of variant covers, including a baby version drawn by Scottie Young. Also, Pulp will be holding a release party all day Wednesday where we will be giving out buttons, lithographs, posters, and other Uncanny Avengers memorabilia to the first fifty or so customers to purchase a copy. And if you haven’t heard, we’re holding a contest for a free Deadpool sketch variant for the issue. Check out our Facebook events page for all the details.

Uncanny Avengers may be one of the consequences of AvX finishing up, but there are so many more. Most of them can be found in the new AvX: Consequences miniseries coming out this Wednesday. The rest can be found in your empty wallet. Anyway, AvX: Consequences, which is written by Kieron Gillen (Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men) and drawn by a slew of top artists, deals with the fallout of the major death that took place at the end of the event as well as the punishment that will befall the culprit.

The button is back!

Evil Ernie has laid dormant as a property for years, but Dynamite is bringing him back this Wednesday with Evil Ernie #1. The series is going to reintroduce the character to a new audience, changing up his origin slightly, but keeping all the essentials alive. The new series will ship with four variant covers by top artists like Dan Brereton, Nick Bradshaw, and Tim Seeley. If you’re into horror comics like Hack/Slash, Evil Ernie is going to sharpen your machete in all the right ways.

This year brought with it a number of extremely inventive independent comic series, such as Prophet, Saga, Memorial, and Planetoid. Smoke & Mirrors is one of our favorites, however. Set in a world where magic is the equivalent of electricity and spells operate every piece of equipment from cars, to digital tablets, to stoves, Smoke & Mirrors follows a young boy who encounters a street magician with a knowledge of illusion not of this world. Incorporating actual visual magic into the book (that works!), this series is an inventive use of the medium as well as a well told tale.

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.