Aug 072015
 

DC Comics BombshellsDC Comics Bombshells #1 

-Because you demanded it, an ongoing series starring Ant Lucia’s interpretations of DC‘s greatest heroines!

-A period piece, the DC Comics Bombshells series will be set during World War II.

-Marguerite Bennett, up-and-coming writer of Years of Future Past, A-Force, Batgirl, and Batman, is the lead writer on the series!

-The lead characters may be Batwoman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman, but each issue will also feature cameo appearances by other DC Bombshells!

Doctor Who Four Doctors #1 (of 5)Doctor Who Four Doctors

-The Doctor Who comic event of the year!

-Running for five issues, The Four Doctors will be shipping weekly for five straight weeks!

-Famous Doctor Who writer, Paul Cornell (Father’s Day and Family of Blood) will be writing the entire miniseries.

-This miniseries brings together the 10th, 11th, 12th, and War Doctors for one unified adventure!

JLA Gods and MonstersJLA Gods and Monsters #1 (of 3)

-You’ve seen the animated film, now read the prequel!

-Following after the three one-shots that have been releasing over the last three weeks, this miniseries details the origins of this alternate reality version of DC‘s iconic trio.

-Co-written by comic legends JM DeMatteis and Bruce Timm!

-Learn how Kirk Langstrom Batman, a Mexican Superman, and a Wonder Woman from Apokolips became the JLA.

Beauty #1Beauty

-A new Image Comics ongoing series!

-Written and illustrated by Kansas City local Jeremy Haun (Wolf Moon)!

-In the future world of Beauty #1, physical perfection is transmitted like an STD.  And it’s also completely deadly.

-And when every copy of a comic comes with a free condom, how can you turn it down?

Mar 092013
 

Next Wednesday is made for those who’s diet is Wolverine deficient.

Whether your Wolverine is regular or Ultimate universe, Marvel has a Wolverine for you.

To begin, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Captain Britain & MI13, Knight & Squire, Demon Knights) and veteran artist Alan Davis merge their talents together to form one giant glob of SNIKTY SNIKTY awesomeness.  Wolverine #1 does manage to add a new angle to the Canuck that has been rare previously:  mystery.  Beginning with some ancient history where Wolverine made a decision that cost a kid his life.  And as every decision leads back to the present day for Logan, he won’t be able to escape or slice away the mistakes of the past.  Being the best there is at what you do isn’t always everything.

And if that isn’t enough adamantium for you, Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 has two Wolverines for the price of one.

Primarily starring Jimmy Hudson, Logan’s son and current Wolverine, this new miniseries by Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun, Helheim, Fearless Defenders), who’s got a load of good work coming out recently, follows Jimmy has he tries to uncover the origins of his birth.  The arrival of Jimmy into the Ultimate universe was crazy enough to begin with, now find out who and why he is what he is.

Okay, that’s enough Wolvy for one post.

Not to keep ragging on the snowmabunga from a couple weeks back, but it did cost us the shipment of a new Alan Moore League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story.  Until now.

Arriving slightly late, but nonetheless an important read, Nemo:  Heart of Ice is the most recent addition to the LoEG universe.  This graphic novel edition features a full 52 page story starring Captain Nemo’s daughter, Janni (introduced in LoEG Century), out on a mission to surpass her father’s legacy.  Venturing as far South as she can go, Janni is headed to Antarctica in search of valuables beyond belief.  But if one things sure it’s that valuables beyond belief will always lure more than one adventurer.  In the tradition of Moore’s previous League stories, expect literary references aplenty, always jam-packed in the back of every panel.  And if I was a betting man, I’d wager a story set in Antarctica might reference the infamous Lovecraft a time or two.

The word “Best” gets thrown around frequently in the world of comics (commonly by us), but there is one unequivocal “Best” comic being published at Marvel right now, and that is Hawkeye.

Or Hawkguy, if you know him well.

The Seinfeld of comic books, Hawkeye is all about what the emerald archer does on his days off from The Avengers.  Like installing cable, holding BBQs, fighting Russian mobsters, and rescuing dogs.  Dogs, by the way, who subsequently get named Pizza Dog.  Matt Fraction is doing the writing of his career on the series, making each issue a stand-alone story full of action, humor, and plenty of witty repartee.  Throw in the female Hawkeye (from Young Avengers), in a constant state of flirtation (did I mention she’s underage?), and you’ve got a duo that rivals and references the likes of Bogart and Bacall.  And if none of that sells you, just take a look at the impeccable art by David Aja.  Every issue is the best 70s crime movie you’ve never seen thanks to his gritty, minimalist style.

Bro, it’s first six issues in trade, bro.  Buy, bro. C’mon.

Mar 102012
 

If you couldn’t tell from last week, you’ll certainly be able to tell from this week: March is unofficial new ongoing comics month.

Yes, after about six new series or miniseries began last week, this week marks the start of another six or so series. Here’s a rundown of a couple of them:

-Avengers Assemble: A new ongoing series by long-time Avengers and New Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis and Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley, Avengers Assemble focuses on a team comprised of the movie Avengers. That’s Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor for the uninitiated. It promises classic superhero action and adventure on par with the best of’em.

-Crossed Badlands: Marking the return of Garth Ennis to the series he created, this bi-weekly venture into the nastiest, sickest universe in comics

-Saga: After finishing his epic Ex Machina series, Brian K. Vaughn left comics to pursue work in film and television. Now, the writer of Y the Last Man, The Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad is back. This world hopping epic tale of two renegade parents trying to protect their child will launch what is sure to be another future classic by respected writer Brian K. Vaughn.

-Saucer Country: The first in a line of new Vertigo titles, this dark humored sci-fi series written by Paul Cornell (Stormwatch, Captain Britain & MI5) follows an Arizonian governor who has her sights set on the presidency. Some little green men from the sky may have something else to say about that, however.

-Secret History of D.B. Cooper: If you don’t know the story, D.B. Cooper committed one of the most legendary unsolved crimes in American history. After hijacking a plane, Cooper stole $200,000 from the passengers on board then parachuted out of the plane, never to be seen again. This book claims to have the real story of that day, and the insane creatures, alternate worlds, and mythical venturings it details make that robbery cover story look like a fairy tale.

If you’re reading this right now, you have just committed to buying a copy of the next item. Sorry, it’s a binding contract.

X-Men: Season One is Marvel‘s second in a line of graphic novels that introduce their core characters to a new audience. Haven’t read X-Men in awhile? Pick one up. Getting a young kid into comics? Pick one up. Know Dennis Hopeless? You’re damn right you’re picking one up! Yes, folks, Dennis, former Pulp Fiction employee, is the writer of this amazing graphic novel. It’s his second Marvel work and he’s already working on one of Marvel‘s biggest properties, so big a copy up and support him.

Finally, this week, we end with the second wave of Flashpoint trade paperbacks. Now that the main series is out in softcover, the tie-in miniseries are following. These have broken up into volumes designated by character. So, you’ve got your Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman volumes, each collecting around three of the Flashpoint miniseries. The Batman and Superman ones are especially worth your time.

Jun 242011
 

Wonder Woman‘s newest costume catches a lot of flack (personally, I don’t know why), but there is no way you can look at this first item and doubt its impressiveness.

Settle your eyes to the right and soak her in, gentlemen and ladies.  Soak.  Her.  In.

Done soaking?  Okay, now is that a cool looking statue or what?  This porcelain dandy is based off of Jim Lee’s recent redesigned of the costume and stands 9.75 inches high.  I don’t need a lasso of truth wrapped around me to say this is a sweet statue.

Speaking of redesign, DC complements its new #1 relaunch/simplifying by releasing a line of DC Universe t-shirts that are simple and sheik.  Basically parring the design down to the hero’s symbol and a striking action for the hero themselves makes these shirts look  sharp.

There’s the Batman one (modeled after the Batman, Inc. logo).  

The Superman one.

And, the man of the hour, Green Lantern.

Two new DC Eaglemoss magazine figures drop next week, as well.

The first is the next figure in the set of Blackest Night series.  White Lantern Sinestro floats off his base by a white strand of light.  As always, he ships with magazine detailing the history of the character.  If you’ve been keeping up with the series thus far, this is easily one of the most well designed figures of the bunch.  Gander to the left and check him out.

The second DC Eaglemoss statue is another edition to the JSA:  Dr. Midnight.  Oh, and his trusty owl.  Can’t forget the owl, guys.

Make some bangers and mash, check Big Ben for the time, and make sure the tea is on because the Knight and Squire trade paperback is here.  This was a seriously under appreciated mini-series when it was on the shelves and we’re trying to give it some love here.  Written by Paul Cornell (who penned the equally amazing, but equally unrecognized Captain Britain series), this book is loaded with inside-comics references and wry British humor.  If you’re a fan of Monty Python or, you know, fun comics like Nextwave, this book is chock full of the ridiculous.  For instance, a British superhero called the Milkman and a nude female hero called Birthday Girl.  For anyone out there looking for a quick, light, original read, this is your bread and butter.  Just remember British Joker = Jarvis Poker.