Jul 252014
 

Bodies #1Bodies #1 (of 8)

-Like a British version of True Detective.

-Si Spencer, the British writer of various Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, and Doctor Who comics, weaves a decade spanning crime mystery.

-Bodies is set in four different time periods, ranging from the 1890s to 2050, each with their own detective attempting to solve a homicide.

-Each time period is also drawn by a different artist, giving a distinct tone to each story.

Hugh Howey’s Wool #1 (of 6)Hugh Howey's Woold #1

-A graphic novel adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel!

-What began as a single short story has grown into a series of novellas and now a comic book adaptation.

-The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where the remnants of society live in a 100-story deep silo.  Or is it that simple?  Wool is a story of nearly constant twists and turns, leaving the reader desperate for answers.

-Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, All-Star Western, Harley Quinn) and Jimmy Broxton (Knight and Squire) are handling the adaptation, with Darwyn Cooke on covers.

Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo #1

-Everyone’s favorite secret agent chicken is back!

-The Chew guys don’t skimp on one-shots, as both John Layman and Rob Guillory are not passing writing and art duties off to fill-in creators.

-The last Poyo one shot vanished off the shelves nearly as quick as it arrived, making it a sought after collectible

-Adding to the collector’s value of this issue, Poyo crosses paths with Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead cast, so you know that’s going to have some after-market value.

Low #1Low #1

-Another new series from Rick Remender, who after Black Science, Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, and Marvel‘s upcoming Axis miniseries, is on a creative roll!

-Basically, a Bioshock comic book series.

-Low takes place on an Earth that has been so irradiated by the explosion of our sun that humanity has moved under the ocean for protection.

-Greg Tocchini’s gorgeous painterly artwork adds another beautiful comic series to the already populated list of capably illustrated Image Comics series.

Jun 202014
 

Savage Hulk #1Savage Hulk #1

-He’s always angry, he’s the Savage Hulk!

-Similar to the Savage Wolverine ongoing series, each arc of the Savage Hulk will be illustrated and written by a different creative team.

-First up, comic legend Alan Davis (Green Arrow/Green Lantern) will be both illustrating and writing the first arc.

-A blast to the past, issue #1 drops the readers in the early days of the Marvel Universe as the Hulk crosses paths the X-Men, revealing a secret history between Xavier and Banner.

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-Take another trip to Equestria with this first volume of this new ongoing My Little Pony series.

-Each issue collected in this volume is a stand-alone story, featuring two ponies working together to solve a problem.

-The pair-ups in this first volume include Pinkie Pie and Applejack, the Cutie Mark Crusaders and Discord, Spike and Princess Celestia, and Twilight Sparkle with Shining Armor.

-A perfect jumping-on point for any Bronies who haven’t previously read the MLP comic series!

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-Justin Jordan, the creator behind The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7, and the upcoming Spread, delivers a grueling revenge story in Dead Body Road.

-This collection contains the entire six issue story.

-Orson Gage loved his wife.  He despises the people that killed her.  And he’s eager to put them all six feet under.

-Fans of revenge films like Boondock Saints or Payback and gritty crime stories like Southern Bastards and Sons of Anarchy will love Dead Body Road.

 

Outcast #1Outcast #1

-Honestly, all anyone really needs to know about Outcast is that it’s written by Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead.

-If you want to know more, however, the premise of the book focuses on a freelance exorcist who himself has been possessed frequently throughout his life.

-The first issue of Walking Dead currently sells for over a thousand dollars, the #1 issue of Kirkman’s last ongoing series, Thief of Thieves, goes for over $70, picking up a copy of Outcast #1 could prove to be a smart financial investment.

-Oh, and the first printing is already entirely sold out at the distributor level.  That might have a bit of an effect on its value.

Jun 012013
 

Kick-Ass 3 #1

1. The epic real-world superhero trilogy starts its bloody descent into finality!

2. After Kick-Ass 2 (which is being adapted into the Kick-Ass 2 film sequel in August), Hit-Girl has been arrested and hero vigilante’s are on the run from the law.  It’s up to Kick-Ass and his assembled team of street level heroes to storm the police station and break Mindy out!

3. Original series creators Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. (Avengers vs. X-Men) are back to put the final nail in this series, promising never to make any more Kick-Ass stories again!

4. To commemorate the debauched violence present in this first issue, issue #1 comes with six different, interlocking covers by the likes of Adam Hughes, Pasqual Ferry, Marc Silvestri, Cully Hamner, Adam Kubert, and John Romita, Jr.

Astro City #1

1. After years of delay and false-starts, Astro City is back!  And this time DC‘s adult Vertigo imprint is the publisher!

2. The entire team from the original, award-winning, legendary series is all back!  That’s Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross on covers!

3. Astro City is a landmark series in introducing personal, human, naturalistic stories into comic books.  Without it, you can forget about Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, Animal Man by Jeff Lemire, and Invincible by Robert Kirkman.

4. Tired of the same-old-same-old superhero book from the big two?  Enter into an entirely fresh world of original heroes in this ongoing series!

Doctor Atlantis volume 2

1. Few first comic ventures by young artists and writers show true promise.  Ian Alley-Seals and Carl Mefferd, the writer and artist of this series, do!

2. A pulpy adventure offspring of Treasure Island and Doc Savage, teams up a mad pirate doctor, Julius Fowler, and his native assistant, Chosot, against cannibals, the elements, and prehistoric sea creatures!

3. Alley-Seals and Mefferd work together like two veterans, balancing dialog and visuals for a minimalist tale that gets quite when it needs too.  The two also understand how to construct mysteries out of character, as the first volume kept its readers guessing at the sanity of its two leads.

4. Missed volume one?  Don’t worry, volume two will drop you into the story with all you need to know!

Green Lantern #21

1. Geoff Johns just ended his nearly decade-long run on Green Lanter, which means many people will react by dropping this series.  That would be the wrong choice!

2. Robert Vendetti, the new series writer, may not have the name that Johns does, but he’s proven himself a skilled, journeyman writer by dragging Demon Knights out of the dregs and creating the award-winning graphic novel, The Surrogates.

3. After ten years of continuous story, Green Lantern is at a fresh starting point, making it easier than ever for new readers to break into the rich cosmic corner of the DC Universe.

4. Expect the series to return to its space cop roots, meaning simpler story arcs, broader action, and a stricter focus on Hal Jordan!

Nov 172012
 

Why does Otto Octavius want to see Peter Parker?

Actually, how does he even know to ask for Peter Parker?

This Wednesday’s Amazing Spider-Man #698 answers both of those questions as well as creating a whole bunch more.  Dan Slott, who’s been writing the Web-Slinger for around the last eight years, has been claiming for the last couple of months that this issue of ASM is going to change EVERYTHING.  Now, usually, that’s a whole lot of baloney, but there’s some strong indication in this case that he’s telling the truth.  For one, Doctor Octopus has been in a bad way, even near-death, over the last couple of storylines, which means he might be on the chopping block.  Certainly a character who’s been around as long as Doc Ock biting it would be a big event in the Spider-Man universe.  Or maybe Peter bites it?  Or maybe both?  Who knows?  All I can say is that every should pick up a copy of this issue, because what comes after is going to be unlike any Spider-Man story that’s come before.

Marvel NOW! rolls on this week with Captain America #1 and Indestructible Hulk #1, as well.

Rick Remender, writer of Uncanny X-Force, Venom, and Uncanny Avengers, is going to be taking Captain America to places he’s never been too before.  Utilizing the immense range of artistic talent that lies within John Romita, Jr.’s hands, Remender sends Captain America and a young girl far across the known universe to Dimension Z.  It’ll be a fight for survival, as Cap has to fend off disgruntled denizens, dangerous terrain, and unusual weather, he proves exactly why he’s a living legend and the best soldier in the, apparently, entire universe.

The Hulk may not appear to be the most complex or emotive character around, but if anyone can find the humanity within the monster, it’s Mark Waid.  Waid has been around the block a time or two, having written some of the best stories in comic book (Kingdom Come, The Flash, and “Tower of Babel“), plus he’s currently writing one of the best Marvel series being published, Daredevil.  Dropping The Hulk into the middle of Marvel‘s top espionage agency, S.H.I.E.LD., and not to destroy them but work for them.  Such an unusual situation is sure to bring about some of the most unique Hulk stories to be written.  Just imagine the conversations around the water cooler at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier the day after the Hulk “accidentally” smashes an agent.  

You remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie where there were two of him ’cause somebody decided it would be a good idea to have to inaudible main characters in a single film?  No, I don’t either.  But I can promise you that Image Comic‘s Clone ongoing series will be nothing like it.  Produced by Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint, Clone lives up to its name as a horde of identical versions of Dr. Luke Taylor begin to descend upon his life, attempting to murder his wife and child.  As you might imagine, this doesn’t go well.  Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine: Best There Is) brings every bit of dirty, blood, sweat, and grit to life with his hyper-detailed art style, so not only will this book be unlike any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie you’ve ever seen, it’ll look a damn sight better, too.

Oct 202012
 

I just want to quote the Image Comics description for the first book we’ll talk about tonight as a way of helping you understand what it’s like.

“Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes.  Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.”

Yup.  That’s Brandon Graham for you, folks.  If you’ve read Prophet (the craziest, most brilliant comic out there!) or King City (the only comic with a cat telescope), then you’re well aware of Graham’s ingenious perspective on, well, everything.  Graham’s comics build fully realized, utterly unique worlds for you to explore visually (as he does the art himself) and conceptually.  For those reasons, I can promise you Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity will be one of the most interesting books you’ll ever read.

Jason Starr, renowned crime novelist and comic author, takes a crack at Wolverine‘s past this Wednesday, but not in a way you’ve ever seen before.  Wolverine MAX is a five issue miniseries that takes Logan back to Japan for an origin story of violent proportions.  If you’ve never read any of Marvel’s MAX line of books, they’re a no holds barred, adult version of famous Marvel characters.  So, in short, Wolverine like you’ve never seen him before.  Expect blood.  Expect guts.  Expect cursing.  Expect SNIKT-ing!

And if we’re talking blood and guts, we might as well mention the new Punisher War Zone miniseries hitting shelves this Wednesday.  Picking up where Greg Rucka’s recent Punisher ongoing series (both volumes, of which, are available now) left off at, Frank is on the run from the law in a way he’s never been before after taking the fall for shooting a cop.  Even though he didn’t do the deed, Frank is taking the blame to protect the woman who did (if you want to know more, you got to pick up the TPBs).  But Frank’s going to need his own form of protection as The Avengers decide to assist the NYPD in capturing him.  It’s Punisher vs. The Avengers, written by Greg Rucka, taking place in real Marvel continuity!

Followers of The Walking Dead television show on AMC have just been introduced to Phillip Blake aka The Governor with the beginning of season three, but there’s so much more to find out.  In conjunction with the hit television series, Robert Kirkman (the creator of the show and comic) began a trilogy of Walking Dead novels last year with The Rise of the Governor, which detailed Blake’s life during the initial zombie outbreak.  Now, its sequel, The Road to Woodbury, picks up where the last book left off at, following Blake as he climbs to power in the walled-off city of Woodbury.  Find out the origins of one of the most terrifying villains in comic history by picking up The Road to Woodbury this Wednesday!