Jun 172016
 

Civil War II Choosing SidesCivil War II Choosing Sides #1 (of 6)

-The Civil War II tie-in miniseries are heating up with this third release!

-Focusing on the split in ideologies that initiates the Civil War event, Choosing Sides will present two stories from each side of the argument.

-Artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) will not only be providing artwork for portions of the miniseries, but also handling writing duties.

-Featuring an ensemble cast, Choosing Sides will focus on characters like Nick Fury, Black Widow, The Punisher, Moon Knight, and other “street level” or SHIELD related heroes.

James Bond v.1 HC “Vargr”James Bond 007 HC

-Dynamite‘s best ongoing series receives its first collection!

-Comic veteran Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Moon Knight, Nextwave, Astonishing X-Men) is killing it on this series, capturing the perfect blend of Ian Fleming’s novel Bond and the coldness of the Daniel Craig films.

-After enacting grisly revenge for the death of another 00 agent, Bond is assigned to investigate a technology corporation who appears to have ties to a devastating street drug.

-Working off of Ellis’ minimalist scripts, artist Jason Masters delivers panel layouts and action sequences that are gorgeously paced and inventively illustrated.

Deadpool vs GambitDeadpool vs. Gambit #1 (of 5)

-Two of the most nineties Marvel superheroes out there join forces in this five issue miniseries.

-Comedic writing duo, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts, Thrilling Adventure Hour), return to Marvel to bring the funny to this miniseries.

-Deadpool vs. Gambit will unveil an previously unknown history between the characters!

-When the anti-heroes have to pull a heist together things go terribly wrong, leading to them eventually having to sling hamburgers in a dinner together. . .what?

Star Wars The Force Awakens #1 (of 5)Star Wars The Force Awakens Adaptation

-You’ve seen the film a hundred times.  Now read the Marvel comic adaptation!

-Broken up over five issues, this adaptation covers the events of the film plus maybe a few new scenes.

-A new voice on the Marvel scene, Chuck Wendig (Hyperion) handles writing duties here.

-With beautiful variant covers by Esad Ribic, Joe Quesada, and John Cassaday, the interiors will be equally great by veteran artist, Luke Ross.

Apr 012016
 

The FixThe Fix #1

-If you want hard boiled crime, tough guy leads, and searing drama. . .The Fix is not the series for you.

-However, if you’re a fan of the film Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, or The Astonishing Ant-Man, this is the series for you.

-Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Captain America Sam Wilson, Astonishing Ant-Man) delivers an outlandish, comical comic set in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood and starring some of the biggest degenerate losers who’ve ever graced a police line-up.

-If you weren’t sold yet, just know that the one heroic character in the book is a drug dog named Pretzels.  Boom!

Empress #1 (of 7)Empress

-Mark Millar, creator of Jupiter’s Legacy, Kick-Ass, and Civil War, launches a new seven issue miniseries from Marvel!

-A hard Sci-Fi tale, Empress follows a galactic queen who is fed up with her despotic husband to the point that she steals away her children and takes out across the galaxy.

-One of the best artists in the business, Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, All New X-Men, Star Wars) joins Millar!

-If you missed out on Huck

Poe DameronPoe Dameron #1

-He’s the best damn pilot in the rebellion and now he’s got his own comic!

-Poe Dameron is the first Force Awakens comic series to be published by Marvel.

-Charles Soule, who has proven himself in the Star Wars universe by writing Lando and Obi-Wan & Anakin, will be writing this series, too!

-Not only are you getting new Poe Dameron stories in each issue, but also BB-8 back-ups!

Black Panther #1Black Panther #1

-Award winning author, journalist, and professor, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be writing the new Black Panther series!

-Gear up for the Captain America:  Civil War film by introducing yourself to Black Panther in this series.

-Coates is constructing a twelve issue arc that deals with how T’Challa handles an uprising in his kingdom.

-When a revolutionary group called The People begin attacking T’Challa’s rule, how with he balance his duties as a ruler and a superhero?

Aug 212015
 

Nextwave complete collectionNextwave Agents of HATE Complete Collection tpb

-Not something we regularly do, but with this collection we’re highlighting a reprint.

-But why do that, you might ask?  Well, simply put:  Nextwave is considered by the Pulp staff to be one of Marvel‘s best comic series ever!

-Written by one of comic’s greats, Warren Ellis (Trees, Planetary, Transmetropolitan), and illustrated by new Star Wars artist, Stuart Immonen, this series is pure perfection!

-One of Marvel‘s funniest comics ever, as a ragtag group of heroes (including Machine Man, Boom-Boom, and Captain F&*!) fight against a SHIELD-esque organization called HATE.  In the course of the series, the group battles Cuddly Wittle Drop Bears of Death, a talking dinosaur, a horny Fing Fang Foom, and, in general, political correctness.

Drive #1 (of 4)Drive

-Based off of the hit novel that inspired Nicholas Winding-Refn’s cult favorite film.

-Cool, neon, neo-noir about desperate criminals, sultry dames, and close calls.

-Adapted from James Sallis’ novel.

-A nameless driver makes the choice to cross a menacing LA mobster.  Who comes out on top is all based on skill.

Zodiac StarforceZodiac Starforce #1

-Dark Horse jumps onto Boom! Studios bandwagon of colorful, manga-influenced, ebullient comics!

-Zodiac Starforce is clearly born out of a nostalgia and love for Power Rangers and Sailor Moon!

-In issue #1, you’ll be introduced to a team of superpowered female fighters who defend the Earth from aliens in-between high school classes.

-Where the twist comes in, though, is that future issues jump into the future, after the ladies are out of school, and must reform the Zodiac Starforce after having broken up.

Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #1 (of 6)Batman Arkham Knight Genesis

-A second prequel miniseries to the Batman Arkham Knight video game!

-Peter J. Tomasi, writer of the main Arkham Knight series, will also be writing Genesis!

-Genesis will reveal the origin of the mysterious Arkham Knight (whose real name will be especially familiar to avid Batman fans).

-Issues will jump back-and-forth between past and present, including one where the will tangle with Harley Quinn in both time periods.

Nov 102012
 

You all better get used to hearing about Marvel Comics over the next couple of months, because Marvel NOW! is in effect.  Tonight we’ll highlight three of the five new Marvel NOW! series that start up this coming Wednesday, all of which are perfect jumping-on points for each of the book’s characters.

Since they’re the first family of the Marvel Universe, let’s start off with Fantastic Four #1.  Combining classic with current, Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), a veteran of both Marvel and DC comics, lends his artistic talents to wordsmith Matt Fraction (Defenders, Fear Itself, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist) for a fresh take on Marvel‘s oldest series.  Wanting to get away from the constant battles with Doctor Doom and Galactus, Reed and Sue Richards decide to take their family on a universe-spanning field trip.  The series will take a stand-alone approach to its issues, as the Fantastic Four land on a new planet or time period in each issue, getting into trouble each time as they try to teach Valeria and Franklin about the ins-and-outs of the galaxy.  And if you’re less of a reader and more of a collector, Fantastic Four #1 has variant covers in spades.  That’s a Scottie Young Baby variant, a Mark Bagley mural variant, a blank variant, and a couple more for good measure.

Brian Michael Bendis carved himself out a fairly comfortable niche in The Avengers corner of the Marvel Universe over the last ten years, so now it’s time for him to do the same with the X-Men.  All-New X-Men #1, his first X-Book, tells a story no other X-Men book has dared to tell before.  With the fallout of Avengers vs. X-Men, Cyclops and many of the original X-Men members are in drastically different positions from where they started, thus Beast decides to travel back in time, collect the original X-Men members, and bring them to the future to knock some sense into their present-day selves.  With art by the incomparable Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, Ultimate X-Men), All-New X-Men will look great and read crisply.

If you pick up only one of the Marvel NOW! series starting this month, pick-up Thor, God of Thunder.  Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men, Scalped, Ghost Rider), local writer, dares to tell a Thor epic to rival the classic tales of Walt Simonson.  A three-pronged narrative focuses on Thor of the past, Thor of the present, and King Thor of the future as all three versions contend with a threat the Asgardian has never faced before:  A serial killer of gods.  Along with Aaron’s time-spanning story, Esad Ribic’s (Silver Surfer: Requiem) painterly artwork turns the comic page into a mural, turning a simple comic book into a piece of mythology.  And since of book of this quality deserves it, variant covers abound, featuring artwork from Ribic himself, Scottie Young, and Daniel Arcuna.  Make yourself worthy of Mjölnir a pick up a copy.

Just as a reminder that there are other comic book publishers out there other than Marvel, let’s finish the night with a look at a new series from Image Comics.  Riding a wave of successful series like Manhattan Projects, Saga, Happy, and Revival, Image releases Great Pacific, a grand adventure in an unusual location.  Texas-born Chas Worthington is a trust-fund baby and a grade-A rich boy, inheriting the money of his oil baron father, but that doesn’t mean he has no principles.  Setting out to tackle a task unheard of in his social circle, Chas decides to eliminate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating mass of trash that continues to build in the North Pacific Ocean (it’s a real thing).  Martin Morazzo’s extremely detailed artwork renders every bit of debris and filth that Joe Harris’ scripts describe, making this another Image book to admire.

Oct 072011
 

We’ve known Dennis Hopeless for about seven years now.  In that time we’ve seen him push himself to become a better writer; a writer that understands character, understands plotting and story, understands how to pace a page.  In our opinion, he has succeeded at this.  And, apparently, we’re not the only one who feel this way as his first book from Marvel Comics, Legion of Monsters,  ships this week.

Some readers out there may be tempted to pass over this book because it doesn’t star characters like Spider-Man or Wolverine or even Daredevil, but I think that would be unwise.  Not just because Pulp wants to support a previous employee, but because miniseries like these, ones that star characters writers can play with and flesh out, are the best sort of reading.  They’re the kind of stories that surprise readers.  The kind of stories that offer more than the standard superhero fair.  Just like Grant Morrison with Animal Man, Matt Fraction with Iron Fist, and Rick Remender with Punisher, Dennis takes a group of C-list characters like Morbius, The Living Mummy, and Werewolf by Night and finds what’s compelling about them.  Making them the police of the underground Monster City certainly adds to the appeal.  Oh, and if you’ve ever read Nextwave, you might be happy to hear that Elsa Bloodstone becomes the next in a line of strong female characters Dennis has penned.

So, when you come into this store, or any store this Wednesday, spend your money on a book that will leave you entertained rather than apathetic.      

Coincidentally, this week also marks the arrival of Minimate‘s first forays into their Universal Monsters line of figures.  There’s the Dracula set, which contains ole Drac himself, Wilamina Harker, Renfeild, and, of course, Van Helsing (not the Hugh Jackman version), as well as the Frankenstein set, which includes the monster, the doctor, Elizabeth, and the bride.  My recommendation, pick these guys up, turn on the fog machine, snuggle into the couch with Legion of Monsters, and have a good time.

Not sure if you heard the news, but Dan Didio claims none of the Crisis events from DC’s past occurred in the current universe.  Ironically, next week DC releases an Absolute Identity Crisis edition.  I say you tell Dan Didio to screw himself and pick up a copy!  Okay, frankly, he’ll probably just be happy you paid for it, but you can still show him he sucks by reading an incredibly well written story!  For one, Identity Crisis is written by best selling novelist Brad Metzler, so you know the mystery is going to be strong.  Second, all of the characters, no matter how unimportant they may seem or how little they are on the page, receive moving characterizations.  Thirdly, there has been no better set of cliffhangers in a DC miniseries than in this one.  How did those tiny footprints get on that brain?  Does Batman remember?  Who killed Sue Dibney?  Why is Dan Didio such a schmuck?  Okay, I added that last one.

Maybe the weirdest product I’ve ever seen come through this store ships this Wednesday.  Say it with me:  Eight Foot Inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.  That’s right, a human-sized, blow-up recreation of the giant marshmellow creature from the first Ghostbusters movie.  And you know what?  Everyone is going to want to own him.  Which is because it is amazing.

Also, don’t forget we still have a Ghostbuster Neon Sign, depicting the famous logo, in stock and ready for purchase.  Basically, if you own the both of them, you could put on a pretty good rendition of the Ghostbusters movies in your living room.  Sounds like reason enough to be.

Wait.  Did I say that was the weirdest?  Alright, this next one is the weirdest…

 

I want twelve!