Jan 042014
 

All New Marvel NOW Point One #1

-Ignore the goofy discrepancy of “Point One #1” and instead focus on the promising refresh of Marvel content present in this oversized issue!

-Like they did with Marvel NOW, this Point One issue is the easiest way to sample a handful of these new series without simply getting reprints of the first issue.  This oversized issue will contain entirely original content, content that will act as a prequel to the first issue of each represented character.

-The books that will be represented in this one shot include Dan Slott’s Silver Surfer, Al Ewing’s Loki: Agent of Asgard, Ms. Marvel, All-New Invaders, and two books that release on the same day, Black Widow and Avengers World.

-Each story featured within this issue will be drawn and written by the creators of their respected series, meaning quality shorts with no filler.

Avengers World #1

-Jonathan Hickman completes his trilogy of Avengers books with this third ongoing series.

-Stefano Caselli, a regular contributing artist to Hickman’s main Avengers book, returns to the characters as the main artist for this series.

-Hickman will separate this book from his other Avengers series by focusing on stand-alone arcs, not bogged down by Marvel Universe continuity or events.

-If you loved the space opera that was Infinity, then Hickman promises the same grand action and adventure in Avengers World.

Black Widow #1

-Character-centric is the name of the game for the All New Marvel NOW refresh, and Black Widow #1 is the epitome of that focus.

-Nathan Edmondson (Grifter, Who is Jake Ellis, Dancer), who helms the series, has made a reputation around writing smart, well researched espionage series, a talent which will benefit Widow’s secret agent agenda.

-Illustrated in Phil Noto’s gorgeous painterly style, Black Widow #1 emphasizes the grace and fluidity of Natasha’s acrobatics and abilities.

-Romanov is running solo in this series, freed from her Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. duties, as she searches for redemption from her past as a KGB assassin.

Detective Comics #27

-Superman‘s 75th year is over, now it’s The Dark Knight’s turn!

-DC Comics begins celebrating Batman‘s 75 years of existence with a bang in this extra long anniversary issue that shares its title and numbering with Batman‘s first appearance.

-In honor of the occasion, DC has pulled together an all-star cast of creators to contribute work, including Scott Snyder, Gregg Hurwitz, Guillem March, John Layman, Frank Miller, Mike Allred, Sean Murphy, Francesco Francavilla, and more!

-A major collector’s issue, Detective Comics #27 will feature a slew of variant covers by Frank Miller, Chris Burnham, Jason Fabok, and more.

Aug 242013
 

Masks v.1 tpb

-The Shadow + Zorro + The Spider + Green Hornet + Kato = Best.  Crossover.  Ever!

-Alex Ross not only lends his unmatched artistic talents to the first issue, he also delivers on multiple covers for the series, too, all of which are included in this collection.

-These pulp heroes must unite to fight off the corrupt government of 1938 New York!

-The entire eight issue series, plus extras, is included in this single, oversized volume!

Young Avengers v.1 tpb

-All the fan favorite Young Avenger characters are back and filled with more adolescent angst than ever!

-Kieron Gillen brings the same pop infused vibrancy that made Phonogram the cult hit that it was!  The Young Avengers are officially teenagers now, and they party, drink, quarrel, and sleep around like everyone at that age.

-Jamie McKelvie, formerly of Phonogram, X-Men Season One, and Secret Avengers, makes this book sing, as far as artwork goes, pulling out expressive “performances” from all the characters.

-Oh, and for that extra bit of dissent, the reason all the characters get back together is due to the machinations of Kid Loki!  Fans of Gillen Journey into Mystery take note!

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

-The masters of cute behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures jump companies to make Hellboy more adorable than ever!

-Anyone familiar with Art Balthazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans should expect the same comic-strip style of storytelling, perfect for younger audiences!

-Any parent who hopes to get their kids into Hellboy, but may be hesitant about the main book’s content can use Itty Bitty as an entry point.

-Did I mention the cuteness?

Guardians of the Galaxy v.1 HC

-Meet the entire cast of next year’s Marvel hit film, including Starlord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

-Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men) plays up the action and banter of the Guardians team with his witty writing style.

-Iron Man also joins the team early on, linking the Marvel interstellar universe with the main universe.

-Did I mention the raccoon with the nasty attitude and matching gigantic gun?

Aug 172013
 

Chew v.7 tpb “Bad Apples

-Another volume of your favorite cibopathic detective is here!

-This volume picks up with Tony Chu reeling from the tragic events of the last storyline!

-John Layman recently announced the official plans to get Chew on television, so get in on the series while you can (before it goes all Walking Dead and vanishes from the shelves).

-Bad Apples pits the gang against a group of egg-worshiping terrorists who’ve declared war on underground chicken eating restaurants and their patrons.

Batman Beyond Univese #1

-Kyle Higgins (writer of Nightwing) and Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) offer a new spin on Terry McGinnis and his life as the non-caped crusader.

-Terry is now in college and must balance his studies with his life as Batman.  Oh, and the mayor of Gotham was just assassinated!

-The back-up story focuses on the Justice League and Superman from the Batman Beyond reality.

-How are the Justice League going to take down the a near-god, Superman, when his powers are going haywire?

Sacrifice HC

-Sam Humphries, author of Uncanny X-Force, Our Love is Real, and Ultimate Comics Ultimates, has earned rave acclaim for this sophmore miniseries!

-Dark Horse finally collects all six issues of the series in one hardcover volume!

-Is it drugs or time travel or both that sends the series’ young lead hurtling back to ancient Aztec times?  And will he survive?

-A slew of impressive artists, including Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Cliff Chang (Wonder Woman), and Paul Azaceta, contribute to the book!

Amazing Spider-Man “Dying Wish” tpb

-The epic ending to the 700 issue long run of Amazing Spider-Man is included, in its entirety, in this oversized trade paperback!

-Dan Slott brings his legendary run to a close by putting Peter Parker’s life on the line, and if you haven’t read any spoilers of late you might be surprised how events play out.

-With Doctor Octopus on his deathbed, he calls to his side one person, Spider-Man, but not by his hero identity, by his real name.  Why does Doc Ock know Peter’s name?  What has he got to tell him?  Will he live to tell him?

-A truly emotionally satisfying ending, Dying Wish is a landmark Spider-Man story for new or old readers.

Mar 162013
 

I reckon with the first book under discussion being none other than Constantine #1, a rather fine rogue of a gentleman, if I do say, there’s a wee amount of deception bound to occur.

A’right, me fingers are crossed, no lying.

Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, the present writers of the phenomenal Justice League Dark series, bring their lead character, John Constantine, into his own ongoing series.  Supported by the vivid pencils of Renato Guedes, Constantine sets out on a quest across the mystic underbelly of the DC Universe to hunt down an artifact capable of such destruction…you may actually be rooting against Constantine to get his deceitful hands on it.

Trust me, love, you don’t want to miss it.

Steve Niles returns to his long on hiatus fan-favorite title, Mystery Society, this Wednesday.  The Mystery Society Special 2013 is an oversized, one-off adventure featuring the cast of the previous Mystery Society miniseries, Anastasia and Nick Mystery.  This time venturing to the depths of the ocean, these resilient investigators of the paranormal run across a collector of ancient memorabilia who may not be carrying a full deck.  Crazy, is what I’m saying, he’s crazy for cocopuffs!  Classic, pulpy adventure in a modern day package, the Mystery Society Special 2013 should be in your collection on new comic day.

Speaking of pulpy, it doesn’t get much more so than this week’s Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Grey.  I mean, that title alone should tell you something.  Fabian Grey is a notable treasure hunter, much like a certain fedora wearing, whip carrying hero of the silver screen, who was long ago bonded with the ghosts of five literary heroes (including Sherlock Holmes, Merlin, Robin Hood, and more).  Now, he may call upon their abilities during his expeditions…as long as they’re willing to lend them to him.  Honestly, they cause more trouble than it’s worth.  But that means enjoyable reading for you, so pick up a copy of #1 because it’s better than a cockpit full of snakes.

Picking up where last year’s hugely popular and extremely well-adapted Avatar the Last Airbender:  The Promise miniseries left off, this year’s The Search begins this week.  This time, the story sets out to answer the long awaited question of: “What happened to Zuko’s mother?”  With Aang, Katara, Toph, and Sokka at his side, Zuko leaves on a journey to find his mom and the answers she carries.  The only caveat is that Azula, Zuko’s loony sister, is the key to finding their mother.  Yeah, things are not likely to go well.  For fans of the Avatar series who wished there was more, these comics are like lost episodes of the series, written just as well, drawn in the exact same style, and full of the same blend of serious drama and goofy comedy.

May 192012
 

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you need to get a hold of a miniature version of Batman, you’re in luck!

Coming out this Wednesday, the Bat-Signal Kit is the next in a popular line of comic kits. As with the previous kit offerings, this one comes with a booklet detailing important Batman history, as well as the real showstopper a working miniature bat-signal. Just be sure to keep the batteries fresh or you’ll end up feeling pretty stupid when the Joker comes calling.

And since we’re talking about Batman and giant spotlights, I think I’ll shine a spotlight on another Batman item shipping this week. Absolute Dark Victory is an epic binding of the sequel to best Batman story ever told, The Long Halloween. If you’ve never had the pleasure of laying eyes on one of the DC Absolute editions, they’re very rare printings of famous series, much larger than normal trade paperbacks, housed in a sturdy slipcover, and loaded with, not only, the beautifully remastered main story, but a helping of extra content. And if you out there scratching you head as to why I’d mention a sequel instead of the original, the reason is we still have a copy of the Absolute Long Halloween. So treat yourself to the absolute best Absolute Batman editions ever.

Like the cult-hit LOST, it all begins with a plane trip gone bad. But a passenger airliner full of spontaneous amnesiacs is only the start of the twisty, turny road that is Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT (pronounced Mind Management). Kindt is a resident of St. Louis and one of the best young, Indy talents in the industry. Any fan of Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE) will find a compatible love for Matt Kindt’s work. With his first ongoing series for Dark Horse, Kindt is setting out to craft a mind warping espionage series that’ll stand among the best. I think he’ll do it.

You know what’s better than Venom versus hell demons? Venom and Red Hulk versus hell demons. You know what’s better than Venom and Red Hulk versus hell demons? Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23 versus hell demons! You know what’s better than Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23 versus hell demons? VENOM, RED HULK, X-23, and GHOST RIDER versus HELL DEMONS!!!!

Hopefully my point is made. Pick up the new Venom: Circle of Four hardcover.