Jun 242016
 

Con Man SpectrumCon Man’s Spectrum #1

-Aching for a Firefly reunion?  Con Man’s Spectrum may be the closest we get for awhile.

-Based off of the fan favorite webseries, this ongoing comic delves into the show-within-the-show.

-Not only does the series follow the characters played by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, but it is also co-written by Tudyk, himself.

-Depicting episodes of the show-within-the-show, Spectrum, this series sees Fillion and Tudyk’s characters outrunning an alien race in an untested spaceship.

Hillbilly #1Hillbilly

-Eric Powell, the creator of The Goon and Big Man Plans, is back with a new ongoing series!

-This series will also see a crossover with one of Powell’s other popular characters, Buzzard!

-Following a mountainous fur trapper who lives among the Appalachian mountains, Hillbilly finds him battling and mingling with the fantasy creatures who reside in the forest.  Including a feral dog-boy!

-If you think The Goon is crazy, just see what sort of debauchery Powell can unleash writing and illustrating under his own imprint!

DC Superhero Girls v.1 tpbDC Superhero Girls v.1 tpb “Finals Crisis”

-The first in a series of all-ages graphic novels for female readers!

-DC has heard the outcry for action figures and content that appeals and connects with women.

-All of your favorite DC heroines, like Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Poison Ivy, are just trying to make it through superhero high school when a mysterious villain gets in their way.

-Yancy Labat’s art style is cartoonish and colorful in the same vein as Bee and Puppycat, Lumberjanes, and Adventure Time!

Vision v.1 tpbVision v.1 tpb

-We’ve been telling everyone to read this comic for months!  Now is the time to jump on!

-Slowly building a name for himself, Tom King received the Batman writing gig based off of the critical acclaim of this series.

-Combines qualities from The Stepford Wives, Desperate Housewives, David Lynch, and various horror films into one surreal, twisted package.

-After being rebooted, Vision has built himself an android family (a wife and two children) and moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  With the neighborhood distrusting the “robots” who’ve moved in and The Avengers skeptical of Vision’s choices, an unfriendly foe comes knocking.  Things will never be the same.

Jan 152016
 

Silver SurferSilver Surfer #1

-Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk) and Mike Allred (iZombie, FF) return to one of last year’s most acclaimed Marvel series!

-Slott’s take on the Silver Surfer is Doctor Who-esque, as he has paired him with a companion, Dawn Greenwood, and sent them journeying about space and alternate universes!

-After traveling the universe, Dawn has brought the Surfer back to Earth to explore the weird and mysterious creatures and realms that populate her home planet.

-Allred’s artwork is vibrant, experimental, and entirely indebted to Jack Kirby, so the series looks gorgeous.  That’s not to mention that Allred and Slott play with the format, even publishing an issue that wrapped around on itself, telling a never-ending story.

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death #1 (of 6)Poison Ivy

-One of Batman‘s most beloved villains gets her own miniseries!

-In line with the recent Batgirl, Ms. Marvel, and Gotham Academy series, Poison Ivy will see Pamela starting a new job only to be accused of murder when a fellow scientist turns up dead!

-Amy Chu will be writing the entire miniseries, one of her first major works for DC!  An up-and-comer, Chu has previously written short stories for Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Vertigo Quarterly.

-Joining Chu is Clayton Mann on art duties.  Previously Mann has been interior artist on hits like Gambit, Daredevil, and The Immortal Iron Fist.

DevolutionDevolution #1 (of 5)

-Rick Remender has jumped ship from Marvel to Dynamite and he’s bringing his crazy ideas with him!

-Devolution is set not in a post-apocalyptic world, but a prehistori-pocalyptic world.  Essentially, every human and animal on Earth as been devolved to their base state.

-One young woman has to venture across this endless jungle, fighting cavemen, giant bugs, and other deadly foes in search of a cure.

-If you’ve been keeping up with Remender’s work at Image, including Low, Deadly Class, Black Science, and Tokyo Ghost, then you’ve got to pick up a copy of Devolution #1!

Captain Marvel #1Captain Marvel #1

-In a couple of years, everyone is going to have Captain Marvel‘s name on their lips when Marvel Studios releases a film about her, so get the jump and find out who she is with this new series.

-Following up Kelly Sue Deconnick’s acclaimed run, the new Captain Marvel series finds Carol Danvers leading a global coalition in space, defending against and negotiating with alien forces.

-Taking over writing duties are Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the showrunners behind the Agent Carter television show!

-Marking one of his first interior art jobs in a good while, Kris Anka, the man behind nearly all of Marvel‘s recent, popular costume redesigns, will be drawing the series.

Jan 162015
 

Galaxy Quest Journey ContinuesGalaxy Quest:  The Journey Continues #1 (of 4)

-By Grabthar’s hammer, the crew of the NSEA Protector is back!

-Following up on the cult favorite comedy starring Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver, this IDW miniseries acts as a sequel to the original film.

-Having returned from their journey into the stars changed forever, the stars of Galaxy Quest have jumped started their failing careers.  But now an alien with a grudge has come for Captain Jason Nesmith.

-This four issue miniseries is handled by Erik Burnham, writer of the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Ghostbusters series.

Legendary Star Lord v.1 tpbLegendary Star Lord v.1 tpb

-He’s Star Lord, man.  Of course this is a series you want to be reading.

-Spinning out of Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series, this volume sees Star Lord go solo and take on the forces of the universe.

-Of course, since he is Star Lord, he also has time to flirt with the X-Men‘s Kitty Pryde and tangle with Thanos.

-Up-and-coming Marvel writer, Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I., Uncanny X-Force) teams up with Paco Medina to send the Guardian’s leader out on his own.

Ivar TimewalkerIvar Timewalker #1

-Valiant Comics has been making a name for itself over the last couple of years, especially with the recent The Valiant miniseries.

-In an effort to expand the Valiant universe, the publisher is launching a number of new titles starring original characters called Valiant Next.

-The launch book for Valiant Next, Ivar Timewalker spins out of Archer & Armstrong.

-A mad dash across time, Ivar Timewalker sees the titular character being attacked across his time stream, having to outrun and out think his opponents in his various iterations.

DC Bombshells WalletsDC Bombshells Mighty Walletts

-Ant Lucia’s Bombshell artwork has become a mass hit with comic readers, so DC continues to stamp it on every product imaginable.

-Like DC‘s previous wallet releases, these will be made of Tyvek, a durable, recycled material.

-Each of these wallets features the artwork from the series of variant covers Lucia did for DC last July.

-The options are Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

Jan 052013
 

Star Wars is receiving some what of a resurgence lately, what with the stream of Fantasy Flight card, miniature, and role playing games featuring the characters of a galaxy far, far away.  Now, Dark Horse is getting in on the action with a fresh original universe Star Wars book title…wait for it…STAR WARS!!!!  Set during the first trilogy of films, this series will focus on individual stories featuring leading characters like Han, Leia, Luke, and Vader.  If you’re tired of the extended universe stories set 1000 years before A New Hope or a million years after, then this is the series for you.  Written by Brian Wood (Massive, Mara, Local, Ultimate Comics X-Men) and featuring covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, Star Wars #1 is a new hope for fans of the original universe.

No turtles, no turtles, no!  Foot, foot, foot, FOOT!

That remastered version of the infamous Vanilla Ice “hit” “Go, Turtles” was brought to you by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan.  Yes, Turtles fans, it’s all Foot, all the time in this new miniseries, which spins out of the highly successful IDW TMNT relaunch of the last year.  And, as you might be able to tell from the title, the story focuses on revealing the untold origin of Turtles arch-rival.  Find out how Shredder joined the Foot Clan.  Find out who originally started the Foot Clan.  Find out secrets that will affect the ongoing story of the main TMNT series.  And see all of those secrets illustrated in beautiful, watercolored artwork by Mateus Santoluco.

The sad story of comics nowadays is that they are not written for kids anymore.  So, when a parent comes in asking for a Batman series that they’re son or daughter can read, there are not tons of options.  Luckily, this Wednesday we’re getting a Bat-boat load of young reader Batman comics.  Each of these digest volumes features Batman facing off against one of his classic foes, such as Clayface, Joker, Scarecrow, or Poison Ivy, in the style of the famous nineties Batman the Animated series (the best cartoon ever made!!!).  If dark, broody Batman isn’t your flavor, don’t worry, because there will be plenty of equally kid-friendly Superman volumes shipping as well.  If you’re wanting to get your kid started in comics, these are one of the best, cheapest ways to do it.

The Octopus is out of the bag, Peter Parker is dead.  Long live the Octopus.

If you read Amazing Spider-Man #700, you know that Peter left Doc Ock with some serious baggage to deal with, making Doc vow to become a Superior Spider-Man.  This Wednesday is your chance to see how that goes, as Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman ships.  If you’ve seen any of the sample pages from the Marvel NOW! preview books, you’ll know that Doc Ock has a little trouble at first.  Oh, and with Peter Parker’s face, you know Doc’s going to make a house call to Mary Jane Watson.  Yeah, this isn’t going to be your daddy’s Spider-Man.

And be sure to get to the store early so that you can nab any and all of the rare variant covers for the book, as this one’s going to be worth some money down the line.

Jul 082011
 

Time to get committed too the asylum.

That’s Arkham Asylum, folks, action figure series two.

This time around DC Direct is pumping out the crazy pants with four new figures.  Set two includes a new buff Armored Batman, a tantalizing Poison Ivy, a ‘roided Bane, and a chop-you-into-tiny-bits Zsasz.  As with the first set, these figs are nicely sculpted and packed with a handy-dandy display base.

Jonathan Hickman, master of design and the well-crafted tale, delivers one more in his line of Image books this coming week; the others being reads like The Nightly News, Red Mass for Mars, and Pax Romana.  This new book is called The Red Wing and, as you can see by the cover to the right, involves helmets.  Now, the helmet itself may seem boring, but when you realize that it is drawn with the incredible hands of Nick Pitarra (a style reminiscent of Frank Quietly) and is worn by a squadron of time pilots, you thought of boring washes away.  Yes, The Red Wing centers on pilots from the future who have to fly planes through time.  More, please!

She may be dead right now, but that doesn’t stop Jean Grey from being part of a sweet-tastic statue!  Not only does this statue have a swigiddy diggidy base with some gnarly swirling smoke, but also Jean is rockin’ her X-Factor costume, which never, ever gets any play.  Add on top of that sundae of swasity sweetness (yes, I’m trying to use it as many times as I can) that this statue is sculpted by Bowen and you have a sexy sweet-numcious buy.  Yeah, got it in one more time!

And now, for all you greedy space horses (Is that what Larfleeze is? Who can tell?) our final product of the night.  Certainly the orangiest of all nights wares, the Orange Lantern Power Battery and Prop Ring won’t give you the power of the Orange Lanterns, but will get you the closest anything can in this reality.  How so?  Because it lights up, folks.  And the ring can be separated and worn.  Oh, and it’s big.  Yeah.  Space horses assemble.