Oct 022015
 

Avengers #0 All New All Different MarvelAvengers #0 & All New All Different Point One #1

-The All New All Different era of Marvel Comics begins this Wednesday!

-Two one-shot anthologies lead the way into this era, featuring original short stories that set-up ongoing series.

-Avengers #0 contains shorts for all the major Avengers related series that will be launching over the next three months, including All New All Different Avengers, The Ultimates, New Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, and Uncanny Avengers, all by the creative teams of the ongoing series!

-All New All Different Point One, in turn, contains original short stories for Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Contest of Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Carnage!

Survivor’s Club #1Survivor's Club

-DC Vertigo is on the cusp of a resurgence, and Survivor’s Club is leading the way!

-Packing some serious horror credentials, Survivor’s Club is co-written by horror author Lauren Beukes!

-Ryan Kelly, artist of Local, Saucer Country, Northlanders, Coffin Hill, and many other independent comic darlings, provides his exaggerated, emotional art style to this surreal horror series.

-In addition to all of those benefits, the premise of Survivor’s Club is killer!  Six teenage survivors of various horror movie genres (slasher, exorcism, haunted house, etc.) unite to solve the mysterious of the world.

Paper GirlsPaper Girls #1

-Another new ongoing series from one of comics’ best writers, Brian K. Vaughn (Y the Last Man, Saga, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina)!

-Vaughn is joined by stylistic maestro, Cliff Chiang, fresh off of his epic from of Wonder Woman!  Chiang is bringing all of the eighties, neon nostalgia to this period series.

-Set in the late 1980s, Paper Girls follows four adolescent teenage girls who stumble into a mystery that will change their lives forever.

-Issue #1 is oversized at forty pages, but still sports a price tag of $2.99!

All New All Different Marvel Week OneDoctor Strange

-Invincible Iron Man #1 spearheads the relaunch of the Marvel Universe, featuring a fresh take on Tony as he remodels his suit and his life.  We’ve already read the issue, and loved the poppy dialog and swift pacing of the art!

-Spinning out of the online game, Contest of Champions is an ongoing series that sees deceased and lost Marvel heroes fighting to return to the land of the living on an alternate world called Battlerealm, ruled over by Maestro Hulk!

-Dan Slott returns to Amazing Spider-Man, but presents a new spin on Peter Parker that edges closer to James Bond than the frazzled nerd of Spider-Mans past.

-If you pick up one new Marvel series next week, make it Doctor Strange!  Written by KC local, Jason Aaron (Scalped, Star Wars, Thor, Weirdworld, Southern Bastards), Doctor Strange #1 sees Stephen Strange coming to a harsh realization that magic has an equal and opposite cost.  In effect, casting spells becomes a rare, dangerous occurrence that must be weighed carefully.  Oh, and the use of a battleaxe becomes way more prevalent!

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.

Feb 162013
 

The Missouri/Kansas rivalry has seeped into basketball, politics, and history.  Now it’s found its way into comics.

Geoff Johns and David Finch spread the Justice League love to the land of stars and stripes with Justice League of America #1.  And, yes, we’re going to have the special Missouri and Kansas flag variant covers.  Now, as to the actual content of the comic.  IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!  Geoff Johns has been writing Justice League since the beginning of the New 52, bringing his talent for reinvention to the big shots of the DC Universe, but now it’s his time to dig into the supporting characters.  An eclectic team C-List heroes like Hawkman, Stargirl, Vibe, Green Arrow, Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, and more are hired by the government as their own personal, super-powered task force.  The real selling point here is that Geoff Johns understands character.  He’s proven it time and again on ensemble books like Justice Society of America, Teen Titans, and Justice League, given an assortment of unusual characters, Johns will make you love them.

Prepare your bro hooves.

My Little Pony, the fan-favorite and cult hit cartoon, became a fan-favorite, cult hit comic book last year.  Now, another Pony book has arrived.  MLP Micro is a six issue miniseries that focuses on six of the most popular ponies of the series on their own unique adventure.  First up, this Wednesday, is Twilight Sparkle (yeah, you knew that’s who it would be).  Having fallen in love with a series of novels, Twilight sets out on a journey to find the books’ author when she finds out it never finished.  Alert the Bronies!

Jeph Loeb, author of Batman: Long Halloween, Ultimate Comics X, Dardevil Yellow, and much more, lost his son, Sam, about five years ago to cancer.  Sam, by all accounts, was a positive, joyful joker who made everyone smile and was always ready for an adventure.  In honor of Sam, Jeph Loeb has created a new Nova for the Marvel NOW! universe, Sam Alexander, imbued with all the qualities of his own son.  Outside of the personal connection, Sam “Nova” Alexander has a mysterious background that will be explained over the course of the series as he eases into his heroic moniker.  After making his debut in Avengers vs. X-Men and Marvel NOW! Point One, Sam is getting his own series with top-notch writer Loeb and stylized art master, Ed McGuinness!

Fresh on the heels of the announcement that 2013 will bring another release in the impressive Batman Arkham Asylum video game series, the third set of Arkham City action figures hit shelves this Wednesday.  As per usual, this set brings with it another version (the best, in my opinion) of the Batman himself, this time in his original costume, detailed to the extreme!  Fleshing out this assortment are three beloved characters, Deadshot, Talia al Ghul, and Nightwing, complete with his electrified batons.  Complete your Arkham rogues gallery by picking each of them up.

Nov 052011
 

As numbers go, .1 is pretty tiny, but Marvel is determined to get their value out of it.

Shipping this Wednesday, Point One is Marvel‘s gateway one-shot into the new stories and characters of the next year.  The issue will be comprised of short intro stories to new books releasing in 2012, such as The Defenders, the new Nova series, as well as other stories from Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Chris Yost, and David Lapham.  Complementing these top-tier writers are a slew of Marvel’s finest artists in Ed McGuinness, Brian Hitch, Terry Dodson, and Javier Pulido.  On top of all that foreshadowing content will also be a huge cliffhanger that previews the big event for 2012!  Hint, hint, it looks like Phoenix will be involved.

Fans of the poplar House of Night book series take note:  the P.C. Cast penned series is receiving a comic adaptation.  Falling in with book to comic adaptations like The Stand, The Dark Tower, Dresdan Files, and Wizard of Oz, House of Night #1 will begin the first miniseries in an extended succession of minis that will cover the novels’ arch.  If you’re not familiar with the books, imagine a combination of Harry Potter and Twilight (I know that just sent some of you running for the hills), but with a dark adult twist.  The story is set in a world where vampires exist, but occur through biological means.  Around puberty, the lead character, Zoey Redbird, realizes she has vamp running through her veins and as such is sent off to the House of Night boarding school to learn copping methods for her new abilities.  Like any of the other book to comic adaptations, the pleasure comes from seeing beloved characters visualized on the page.  And with beautiful cover artwork by Jenny Frison, on the front of the book, as well.

Mon ami, you tell Gambit what you want en a statue, an’ he deliver, no?

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that ragin’ Cajun X-Man, Gambit, doesn’t have the cool thing down.  A lot of that has to do with two of his key pieces of imagery:  the overcoat and the playing cards.  Both are displayed in the newest Danger Room Session statue from Kotobukiya.

As always, these statues are full of detail as the chosen character, here being Gambit, is positioned on a pile of light-up Danger Room wreckage.

‘Eh, petit, you know you can’t resist.

Finally, some swanky little trinkets that I know everyone will be beating down our door to get a hold of.  Both keychains.  Both pewter.  Both weapons of popular Marvel characters.

These would be Thor‘s hammer Mjolnir and Captain America‘s shield.

Yes and yes.