Oct 262013
 

Forever Evil A.R.G.U.S. #1 (of 6)

-With the Crime Syndicate set loose on Earth, the Teen Titans shot into the future, and the Justice Leagues off the grid, it’s up to the DC-equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take on a horde of villains descending on their facility!

-Sterling Gates (Killer Frost, Supergirl), and understudy of Geoff Johns, crafts this intense six issue miniseries.

-Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor may have run Suicide Squads and Justice Leagues, but can they tactically out-maneuver the likes of Cheetah, Scarecrow, and Killer Frost?

-So far Forever Evil has been churning on all cylinders, don’t miss out on another valuable tie-in for this major event!

Damian Son of Batman #1 (of 4)

-Spinning out of Grant Morrison’s epic, near decade long run of Batman is this miniseries about Batman‘s only child!

-Set in an alternate future, Damian must rise to his father’s mantel after a set of tragic events.

-Son of Joe Kubert, and legendary artist in his own right, Andy Kubert is on both writing and artist duties for this miniseries, visually linking it back to Morrison’s famous future Damian issues.

-While he’s currently dead in the main DC universe, Son of Batman is a chance for fans of the most sarcastic, violent Robin to get their fix.

Planetoid v.1 tpb

-Fans of Brandon Graham’s Prophet take notice!

-A minimal survival story about a stranded soldier on a planet made entirely of discarded, robotic junk, Planetoid is a true underrated Image Comics miniseries from last year.

-Written, illustrated, and lettered solely by Ken Garing, this six issue miniseries is a testament to the creator-owned comic!

-A full story in a single volume!

Sandman Overture #1 (of 6)

-Neil Gaiman returns to the series that made his name!

-A bi-monthly event, Sandman Overture is a prequel to the epic Vertigo Sandman series that is considered one of the best comics of all time!

-For an event like this, DC could not skimp on the artist, thus enter J.H. Williams III, artist of Alan Moore’s Promethea, Batwoman, and Batman!  William’s unmatched panel layouts and shifting stylistics are the perfect match to the heady story telling of Gaiman.

-Starting at the beginning of time and ending with Morbius’ capture (where Sandman #1 picks up), Overture is the landmark return to form for Gaiman, twenty five years in the making.

Dec 012012
 

The Avengers are dead.  Long live The Avengers!

After Brian Michael Bendis’ lengthy run on, basically, ever Avengers comic for the last ten years, it’s out with the old blood and in with the new as Johnathon Hickman takes over.  Riding a wave of success off of his acclaimed Fantastic Four run and current run on Manhattan Projects for Image, Hickman claims to be having the time of his life writing this new Avengers series.  If the writer’s having fun, that usually bodes pretty well for the book.  Plus, Hickman’s not leaving anything on the drawing room floor as he’s jam-packed his Avengers team with nearly twenty members, including Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, to name a few.  If you’re going to pick up any Marvel NOW! book to get a taste of the reboot, this is it.

Read the next book with extreme prejudice.  Thunderbolts #1 is an assemblage of the lean,  mean, and extreme combining the toughest customers the Marvel Universe has to offer.  That includes Venom, Elektra, Red Hulk, The Punisher, and Deadpool.  The Red Hulk leads the team, but only as much as you can lead nutjobs like Frank Castle and Wade Wilson.  Written by Daniel Way, who’s been running the Deadpool book for the last four years, this series is certain to be spilling over with blood, guts, and guffaws.  Steve Dillon, artist on Garth Ennis’ legendary run on The Punisher series, lends his pencils to the book, which means both creators have ties to characters on the team and that makes for a good read.

The future is not a happy place in Image Comics‘ new post-apocalyptic series, Blackacre.  From the new creative team of Duffy Boudreau and Wendell Cavalcanti, the series focuses a lone, retired soldier, Hull, who must venture forth from behind the protective barrier of his home city, Blackacre.  Beyond the walls lie creatures and cults beyond recognition, all of which are ready to eat him alive.  Readers of Prophet and Planetoid will find a similar narrative of survival here, as Hull has to outlast and outlive the terrain and terrors of the wasteland.  

Mike Mignola returns to the character that made his career, Hellboy, this next Wednesday.  Not only is Mignola writing the series, but he’s also drawing the character for the first time in ten years.  Of course, if he’s going to return to the series, there has to be an amazing reason.  Hellboy in Hell #1 begins a new miniseries where Hellboy has died and returned home, along with the entirety of Great Britain.  And if you don’t know, Hellboy, as the son of the devil, has a throne waiting for him in the underworld, one that he’s not too keen to take back.  Like Halley’s comet, Hellboy comics don’t come around too often, especially not by its creator, so be sure to grab a copy and get your Big Baby fix.

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.