Jun 122015
 

ThorsSecret Wars Battlworld Week 4

-After a three week deluge of new Secret Wars tie-ins, Marvel lets up slightly for the fourth week.

-Essentially the Marvel Universe‘s anti-Justice League, the Squadron Sinister (previously Supreme) are blazing a trail across Battleworld, participating in fisticuffs with every team they cross paths with.

-Every Battleworld needs a school and the new Runaways miniseries is all about class!  Written by Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Runaways brings back some of the original team alongside new characters like a young Winter Soldier, Cloak and Dagger, and Valeria Richards.

-Taking the place of the stellar Thor series, Thors focuses on the Battleworld police force as they solve mysteries and break cases (cue the CSI:  Miami screech).  Oh, and Marvel writer extraordinaire, Jason Aaron, returns to helm this series! Plants vs Zombies Bully for You

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1 

-Start planting those sunflowers, because the zombies are breaking through the hedges!

-Crazy Dave and his two young wards investigate the history of Dr. Zomboss.

-Each issue also includes two bonus stories by different creators, including Dustin Nguyen on issue one.

-A perfect young readers entry point!

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-Among DC‘s strongest new series, Gotham Academy is finally out in trade!

-Essentially Harry Potter in Gotham City, Gotham Academy stars a group of original characters navigating the haunted and mysterious hallways of the city’s most prestigious private school.

-Gorgeous, vibrant artwork from Karl Kerschel stands out among other drab, “house style” DC comics.

-There is currently no better series for tween or teen comic readers at DC!  This is a must read for anyone in that age range!

DC June Relaunch Week 3Justice League of America #1

-After three weeks, the flagship title of DC‘s June Relaunch is here!  Justice League of America, both written and illustrated by Bryan Hitch (America’s Got Powers, The Ultimates, The Authority), reunites the seven major DC heroes to battle evil!

-Fans of the current Batgirl run will want to pick up Black Canary #1 from the same creative team!

-A new hero takes over the golden helmeted mantle of Dr. Fate while Scott Lobdell re-imagines Doomsday as a Hulk-like teenager with a Jekyll and Hyde problem in Doomed.

-Rounding out this week are Harley Quinn and Power Girl (by the same creative team as the solo series), Robin Son of Batman (starring Damien Wayne), Martian Manhunter, and Prez (about the first teenage president elected by Twitter).

Feb 012014
 

Batman:  Joker’s Daughter #1 (One-shot)

-Not, we say NOT, written by Anne Nocenti, the writer who handled the Joker’s Daughter Villains Month issue (and for those who read it, you know why we’d mention this)!

-Instead, a better female writer, the up-and-coming Marguerite Bennett (a pupil of Scott Snyder), takes the reins.

-This one-shot issue further explores the twisted origins of the woman calling herself The Joker’s Daughter, as she continues her attempts at controlling the sewers and underground waterways of Gotham City.

-Bennett wrote the rather good Batman Annual #2 from last year as well as the Lobo Villains Month issue, showing a talent for constructing tight, focused done-in-one stories.

Punisher #1 

-Nathan Edmondson has already delivered a successful All New Marvel NOW! series in the form of Black Widow.  What will he do with the Marvel Universe‘s most infamous vigilante?

-Frank Castle needs a change of scenery as he head’s out West.  A major crime syndicate has arisen in L.A., and The Punisher is hot on their trail.

-Edmondson excels at espionage tales as well as action narratives (as the first couple issues of Black Widow attest), so his style is perfectly suited to The Punisher.

-Oh, and did we mention that Frank’s not the only one on the hunt?  He’s got a mafia hit squad chasing him as he chases their bosses.

Loki, Agent of Asgard #1

-Forget Thor, we all know Loki‘s the real reason anyone goes to see any movie set in Asgard.

-With a brand new body, Loki is more mischievous than ever and ready to put that talent for mischief to good use.

-Al Ewing, who is writing the hell out of Mighty Avengers right now, unleashes his pure fun, classic Marvel style onto the Asgardian section of the universe.

-As an Agent of Asgard, this series will see Loki sent on covert missions, missions that rely on his talent for trickery.

Ms. Marvel #1

-Following in the footsteps of Kelly Sue Deconnick’s cult favorite Captain Marvel series, Ms. Marvel adds another Marvel series written by women for women about women.

-Kamala Khan is an entirely new hero for an All New Marvel NOW! era, both a teenager and a Muslim, Kamala adds some needed diversity to the Marvel Universe.

-A perfect entry point for teen readers, Ms. Marvel finds Kamala trying to balance an overbearing father, new superpowers, and the regular hormonal difficulties of high school.

-G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and Adrian Alphona (The Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) are, possibly, the most exciting creator pairing in the entire All New Marvel NOW! relaunch!

Jun 292013
 

Absolution Rubicon #1

1. In theory, superheroes as cops seems like a great idea.  Not in the world of Absolution, however.  Former super-detective John Dusk has gone over the deep end, murdering perps indiscriminately, and now the world’s other heroes are gunning for his head.

2. Christos Gage applies his history of writing crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs to this creator-owned series for Avatar Press, a combination which results in gritty sleuthing and ludicrous violence.

3. With Dusk’s reputation in the gutter, criminals he’s put away could possibly be released to wreak havoc upon the city.  Sounds like a perfect climax to the series, but will Dusk be able to stop them alone?  Doubtful, but he does have Happy Kitty, a psychotic, murderous Japanese school girl to (maybe) back him up.

4. Absolution Rubicon #1 explores what would happen if a hero imbued with the power level of Green Lantern started murdering the bad guys and, because it’s Avatar, it does it in the most gruesome way possible.

Avengers A.I. #1

1. The Age of Ultron has passed.  Long live the age of A.I.!  Following the time stream shattering conclusion of Age of Ultron, Hank Pym assembles a team of robotic Avengers to put things right.

2. Fan favorites like The Vision and Victor Mancha of The Runaways return alongside the likes of a rogue Doombot and a cadre of original characters.

3. Sam Humphries has begun to build a strong reputation as a unique author in the world of comics with Indy darlings, like Our Love is Real, and Marvel hits, like Ultimate Comics Ultimates, but now gets to unleash his voice on a title that allows him room to invent and imagine.  Think of how good similar books, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, are right now.

4. Dig on the retro 8-Bit variant cover designed to look like a classic game of Donkey Kong to the right.

Satellite Sam #1

1. Matt Fraction returns to his seedy, independent roots with next week’s Satellite Sam.  Though he’s killing it on Marvel‘s Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, and FF, Fraction does some of his best work when the reins are off, for instance Five Fists of Science and Casanova.

2. A period piece, Satellite Sam is a cold, hard, debauched murder mystery set during the deceptively wholesome fifties. When a famous TV host turns up deader than a door nail, his alcoholic son is the only one who can solve this unsolvable murder.

3. Comic legend Howard Chaykin brings his A game as the interior artist of the book, matching the setting and tone perfectly to his vintage style.

4. Like all recent Image Comics hits (Jupiter’s Legacy, Lazarus, Sex), Satellite Sam #1 is bound to sell out quickly and become a hot collector’s item shortly thereafter.  Buy it and enjoy it before the after market vultures sore by.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

1. Nearly three years ago, Pandora watched from the sidelines of every single New 52 comic.  Now, she makes her presence known!

2. The first tie-in book for DC‘s major Justice League crossover event, Pandora #1 serves as the catalyst for the oncoming destruction to follow in Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League of America.

3. Ray Fawkes has been paying his dues co-writing JLD and Constantine with Jeff Lemire, but now he gets to let loose on a solo series, one, in fact, that will explain the most mysterious character in the New 52 universe.

4. Find out who Pandora is and what she’s been up too since last we saw her in Justice League #6!

Dec 082012
 

Only the good die young.

That’s the case with Dennis Hopeless’ Avengers Arena, anyway.  As one of the characters in the first issue points out, there’s been a recent popularity in the teenagers-forced-to-kill each other genre of late, but there’s never been any superhero books that have adapted the concept.  Until Avengers Arena #1.  Spinning out of Christos Gage’s Avengers Academy, Brian K. Vaughn’s Runaways, and the X-Men books, this Battle Royale of teen heroes is violent, emotional, and shocking.  Fans of LOST will love the series, as well, since each issue is structured around one or two characters, making the large cast accessible as well as heightening the tension of who will live and who will die.  And, trust me, there’s a lot of death going around here.

And if you are planning on grabbing a copy of Avengers Arena #1 and, Dennis’ other Marvel NOW! series, Cable & X-Force on Wednesday, he’ll be at the store from 12-8 signing copies of these books as well as any of his previous work!  We’ll also have copies of every variant cover for the book, so if you’re the collector type have Dennis sign one of those for piece of Marvel memorabilia.

One of the most popular cult series of all time, The Crow, receives a new chapter from its creator, James O’Barr, this Wednesday.  After having been away from the series for nearly twenty years, O’Barr returns as both writer and artist for the three-part Crow:  Skinning the Wolves miniseries.  O’Barr has been planning to write this story ever since he created The Crow, setting the character into one of the darkest situations in human history: the holocaust.  Seeking vengeance against his captors, one victim is brought back from the dead by The Crow‘s powers, setting him on a course of violence against the Nazi scum who are committing the atrocities around him.  Anyone who knows anything about The Crow knows that the series has had troubles with remaining in print since it first was released, so if you want a copy Wednesday, show up early.  You may not get the chance later.

If movies have taught me anything, it’s that small towns are invariably supernatural.  Revival has become one of Image Comics‘ most popular ongoing series since its release, being dubbed the new Walking Dead, in some cases.  Taking place in a tiny rural town, the story revolves around the town’s residents coming back from the dead.  Not, however, in a zombie-esque sort of way, though, but instead returning just as they left and having to reincorporate themselves into the population.  Obviously, there are some questions over how and why this is happening.  Tim Seeley, the creator of Hack/Slash, and Mike Norton, artist on Battlepug, are making Revival a must-read series each month, and this collection of the first six issues is exactly where you need to jump in.

What do a wealthy rapper, a thieving screenwriter, and a cosmonaut on his last legs have in common?  They star in Ales Kot’s new Image comic, Change.  Also, they are Los Angles’ only hope against evil forces who threaten the city in time periods throughout history.  His sophomore comic effort after the surreal experience that was the Wild Children one-shot from earlier this year, Ales Kot brings his unique voice to the sci-fi genre with the time-jumping madness that is Change #1.