May 132016

Mae #1Mae #1

-Want a Buffy-like comic with fairies and giant cats?  Try Dark Horse‘s new Mae series!

-Lost for years, fighting in an alternate reality of magic and fantasy, Abbie has to flee back to Earth as that world falls apart around her.  Mae, Abbie’s sister, is entrusted to find her, but must contend with various mystical creatures escaping into our realm.

-Written, illustrated, and created by Gene Ha, a former understudy of Alan Moore, Mae promises to be one of Dark Horse‘s signature series.

-Epic in scope and raunchy in content, like Saga, Mae is the indy series you should check out this week.

Archangel #1Archangel William Gibson

-Famous Sci-Fi author William Gibson (Neuromancer) comes to comics!

-Following the complete irradiation of the planet, Earth’s population is forced to move into a machine called The Splitter that generates an alternate, digital reality.

-On art duties for the book is comics legend, Butch Guice (Captain America, Astro City, Superman)!

-Fans of series like East of West, Prophet, and Black Science should give this a look!

Future Quest #1Future Quest #1

-Future Quest kicks off DC‘s relaunch of the Hana Barbara properties!

-Combining cartoon characters like Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, Future Quest constructs a universe and continuity around these beloved characters!

-When Johnny and Hadji discover an alien mystery in a swamp, they must team up with the universe’s other heroes forestall the threat and save the universe.

-Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Batman ’66, Hulk) joins forces with up-and-coming artist “Doc” Shaner (Convergence: Shazam, Multiversity, Darkseid War:  Green Lantern).

Civil War II #0 (of 7)Civil War II #0

-You’ve seen Captain America: Civil War.  You’ve read the original Civil War.  Now get ready for the sequel!

-A completely original event from Marvel, Civil War II is reminiscent of the original in that Iron Man is facing off against another hero, but unlike last time it is Captain Marvel he’s butting heads with.

-Marvel architect, Brian Michael Bendis (All New X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, House of M), will be writing all seven issues.

-When a young Inhuman named Ulysses is discovered who can predict the future, Captain Marvel wants to conscript him to help them stop crimes before they happen.  Iron Man has different opinions.

Mar 252016

X-Men 92 #1X-Men 92 #1

-After looking at the cover to the left, I know, like me, you have that catchy theme song from the 90s animated X-Men series stuck in your head.  That’s largely because X-Men 92 is, essentially, a continuation of that show.

-Continues from the popular Secret Wars miniseries of the same name.

-The creative team from that previous series returns to lend the retro feel.

-After defeating Casandra Nova, the X-Men are reopening the Xavier Institute, just in time for Omega Red to attack!

Walking Dead v.25 tpbThe Walking Dead v.25 tp

-It only happens two or three times a year, so when a new Walking Dead tpb comes out you bet we’re going to mention it on here!

-In this volume, Robert Kirkman begins to pick up the pieces as Rick and his community pick up the pieces after their war with the Whisperers.

-Will Rick be able to resist the conniving ways of Negan, who has slowly wheedled his way into Rick’s mind.

-Outside of giving you the last six issues of The Walking Dead, this volume will also come shrink-wrapped with Kirkman’s Outcast #1 ahead of the new television show premiering.

Godzilla OblivionGodzilla Oblivion #1 (of 5)

-After clawing his way up from the underworld in Godzilla in Hell, the King of the Monsters is back!

-Passing through a portal to another dimension, Godzilla must face a pack of creatures he’s never encountered before!

-Joshua Hale Fialkov, fresh off a Doctor Who run, will be handling writing duties on this five issue miniseries!

-Fialkov’s partner in crime on the series will be Brian Churilla, previously of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Big Trouble in Little China.

Paper Girls v.1 tpbPaper Girls v.1 tpb

-Author of Saga, Y the Last Man, We Stand on Guard, Ex Machina, and The Runaways, Brian K. Vaughn’s new series is finally out in trade paperback!

-Fans of eighties child adventure films, like The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Flight of the Navigator, will love this series!

-On Halloween night, four paper girls stumble into a surreal attack on their neighborhood from places unknown.  How Vaughn unravels that mystery is where the fun comes in.

-This collection contains the first five issues for the low price of $9.99!

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!

Jul 032015

Star Trek Green LanternStar Trek / Green Lantern #1 (of 6)

-Star Trek has had a busy couple of years, meeting the Transformers, the Legion of Superheroes, Doctor Who, and now the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Written by Star Trek ongoing writer, Mike Johnson, this miniseries will see the two franchises interacting with each other.

-The J.J. Abrams versions of the original crew come across a buried artifact that sets off a mission that will bring them into contact with Hal Jordan, Jon Stewart, and the Green Lantern villains.

-Of course, if the good guys are teaming-up, that also means villains like the Klingons and Sinestro will join forces, as well!

Secret Wars Week 1 JulyCivil War

-Slightly delay, all the Secret Wars heavy hitters readers have been waiting for are finally here!

-Leading the way is the Civil War miniseries, featuring a world where Captain America leads one half of the country while Iron Man gets the other half.

-Age of Apocalypse is also dropping this Wednesday, depositing readers back into a world where the despotic mutant rules the world!

-Also releasing are 1872, the Western interpretation of the Marvel Universe, and Spider-Island, where all of New York possesses Spider-Man-like powers!

ArchieArchie #1

-Running consistently for over 600 issues, Archie comics is finally getting a reboot!

-Updating the characters and series for the modern age, Archie comics is appropriating a vibrant, adult art style!

-That new, youthful look is provided by Saga artist extraordinaire, Fionna Staples!

-On writing duties is veteran comic creator Mark Waid (Shield, Daredevil, Kingdom Come)!

Invader Zim #1Invader Zim

-Nickelodeon‘s darkly humored alien invader returns in comic form!

-The entire series will be written and overseen by creator Jhonen Vasquez!

-After Zim has been in hiding for years, he’s rearing his oversized green head to cause trouble for Dib once again!

-Issue #1 will feature a variant cover illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez!

Jun 262015

8House Arclight8House Arclight #1

-One of comics’ quirky masters, Brandon Graham (Prophet, Multiple Warheads, King City), is launching a new series!

-Graham is adept at world building, crafting vast universes filled with diverse alien lifeforms.  8House Arclight will utilize those skills!

-Fans of Dune and/or Heavy Metal will appreciate the surreal narrative of this ongoing series, as a deposed queen has her mind trapped in a root body only to go on the run from the impostor whose taken her place.

-Each couple of issues will also feature a new artist, introducing the comic world to an array of up-and-coming talents!

Spire #1 (of 8)Spire

-For anyone who picked up and enjoyed the Secret Wars Marvel Zombies tie-in from two weeks ago, check out author Simon Spurrier’s new Boom! Studios fantasy epic!

-Spire deposits the reader into an expansive fantasy land divided by race and social status.

-The protagonist Shå, the world’s equivalent of a police detective, will have to solve a string of serial murders, all while facing bigotry from those she’s trying to protect.

-Bright, vibrant artwork from Jeff Stokely brings the comic to life and adds to Boom‘s long line of colorful, inventive series.

OnxyOnyx #1 (of 4)

-President of IDW, Chris Ryall, a new Sci-Fi/horror miniseries!

-Ryall is teaming with exceptional artist, Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), on this miniseries.

-Seemingly inspired by equal parts ROM the Space Knight and Metroid, Onyx stars a female cyborg astronaut whose purpose is ambiguous.

-Four issues of Sci-Fi craziness brought to life by Rodriguez’s creative layouts and character designs!

We Stand Guard #1We Stand Guard

-Saga and Y the Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughn launches a new ongoing Image Comics series!

-Set in the near future, We Stand Guard is a war epic featuring unusual combatants!

-A Canadian resistance force has to defend their homeland against the fiercest military enemy in the world:  the United States of America!

-Vaughn is joined by detailed artist Steve Skroce, the artist who storyboarded the original Matrix film.