Apr 212012
 

If you were to ask any self-respecting nerd what the Doctor and a Dalek have in common, they would likely laugh in your face. And then say something about how bow ties are cool.

But they would be wrong to laugh, because the Doctor and the Daleks do actually share a similarity. They can both light up a dark situation! One with his trusty sonic screwdriver and one with his, uh, butt. Yes, folks, Doctor Who flashlights. The first being a replica of the 11th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, which emits a glowing green light from its tip, and, the second, a Dalek miniature, which shines a ray off light out of its…well, butt really is the best word for it. One can save the universe while the other will destroy it, but they’re both equally timey wimey awesome.

Many consider Ultimatum by Jeph Loeb to be the worst storyline to ever occur in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Sadly, I believe this has kept many readers from checking out his follow up to that series Ultimate X. Constructed as a tight five issue miniseries, this run by Loeb is among the best stories ever told in Ultimate cannon. Focusing on a different mutant with each issue, Loeb works overtime to shape and convey these characters (some new, some old) to the reader. And does with emotional results. A large part of that success, however, is due to Art Adams insane artwork. Adams drew 616 X-Men back in the day with the best of them and his detailed, emotive pencils have only gotten better. Even if you’ve never read a single issue of the Ultimate X-Men series, the Ultimate X: Origins tpb will compel you to read more.

Before he become THE Neil Gaiman thanks to his cult classic Sandman run, the Neil Gaiman wrote a four issue miniseries for Vertigo comics entitled Black Orchid. Now collected in a beautiful oversized hardcover edition, Black Orchid chronicles the revenge tale of a woman who’s reborn as a half-human, half-plant creature. The etherial artwork of Dave McKean spreads across the pages of this collection, a watercolor on steroids. With such a limited library of titles to explore, any fan of Neil Gaiman owes it to themselves to hunt down this new volume in an effort to complete their collection.

Boba Fett is dead.

So begins the new Dark Horse series, Blood Ties. This new four issue series details the fallout from the death of the galaxy’s greatest, most infamous bounty hunter. A son of a Jango Fett clone, Connor Freeman, gets drawn into the hunt for Fett’s killer, finding more action, adventure, and intrigue than he’s ever experienced before. Rich painted interiors coupled with this interesting story will make this a Star Wars miniseries for the ages.

May 132011
 

Welcome to Pulp’s plush corner.

Doesn’t that just sound wrong, in some way?  Whether it does or not, it’s still true.

Marvel unleashes their secret box of cute with four new superhero plush figures.  Can you guess what four heroes they’ve chosen?  Seriously, shout at the computer.

That’s just silly, don’t do that.  Okay, it’s Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor.  Hmm, coincidence that they all have movies coming out soon?  Not as coincidental, they are all super cuddly.

And if you’re sitting there, thinking to yourself, “Man, I wish my plush Marvel figures had some bad guy to fight”.  Well, think no more!  Actually, that’s probably not a good idea, keep thinking.  In fact, start thinking about this new uber darling, My First Cthulhu.  Look how pudgy his belly is!  An elder god has never looked so huggable.

Do you like zombies?  Do you like cowboys?  Do you like zombie cowboys?  Of course you do.  This week welcomes Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman to the shelves; the primary zombie cowboy.  What do creators Thomas Boatwright and Ryan Rubio do with how undead hero?  It’s the classic western tale:  bad hombres are roughing up a town until Zeke rides into town, ready to lay down the law.  This one shot looks like it could have a twisted, humorous sensibility like Rango or Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Okay, pay attention, ’cause this is important.  An omnibus version of Geoff Johns a chunk of his run on The Flash his arriving this week and you all need to buy it.  Why?  Because you might be out there doubting that the Flash can be an interesting character and this collection of Johns’ first twelve issues, the one-shots Iron Heights and Our Worlds at War, as well as Secret Files #3.  In these issues (and the ones that follow) Johns was able to infuse Wally West, the then Flash, with a well-rounded emotional core.  In short, he made you care about him.  He always went a step further and fleshed out the backstories on all of the Flash‘s rogues, making each of them way more compelling than they had ever been before.  And when you’ve got guys like Captain Cold and Weather Wizard, that can be a steep mountain to climb.  Fluid, detailed art by the likes of Scott Kolins and Ethan Van Sciver adds to the total package here.  Seriously, this is good comics.  Check it out.

If you think fezs, bowties, and stetsons are cool, then here’s something else you’re going to think is cool:  the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.  Want to know why you’ll think it’s cool?  Not only is this an exact, collectible replica of the Doctor’s famous deus ex machina tool (complete with green lights and “vir” sound effects), but it’s actually a screwdriver.  Yes, it comes with three tips for various size screws that can be fitted to the bottom of the screwdriver.  Usually, it’d be cool enough just to whip the thing around pretending to open doors and whatnot, but now you can actually screw something together!