Dec 072013
 

WWE Ongoing #1

-WWE turns from heel to face by releasing a new ongoing series about the biz!

-The series is set to feature all of the stars of the squared circle you love and love to hate, including CM Punk, John Cena, Undertaker, Kane, Mark Henry, Shamus, and, of course, ole Vince McMahon, himself.

-Fluid artwork depicts all the slobber knockery and car crash-like action of each vicious throwdown.

-And expect the voice of the series to be 100% accurate, as it is written by New York Times best-selling author and wrestling legend, Mick Foley!

Doc Savage (Dynamite) #1

-The Man of Bronze returns from the company who knows pulp!

-Chris Roberson, the writer behind indy hits like iZombie and Memorial, as well as Dynamite events like Masks, takes Doc out for a solo adventure!

-Those unfamiliar with Doc Savage should take notice as the Doc is the granddaddy of all superhero characters, especially Superman!

-Dynamite knows how to tell a pulpy tale the right way, as anyone who’s read The Shadow, Green Hornet, Masks, or King’s Watch, will attest.

Marvel Knights Hulk #1 (of 4)

-Continuing Marvel‘s return to the grit and grime of the Marvel Knights line, this Hulk miniseries follows in the footsteps of MK Spider-Man and X-Men.

-Joe Keatinge, fresh off his take on Morbius, the Living Vampire, weaves this destructive tale of an amnesiac, on-the-run Bruce Banner in Paris.

-Keatinge is joined by rising artist, and master of adult (with a capital A) artwork, Piotr Kowalski (SEX).

-Find out who’s chasing Bruce, how he forgot everything, and why others are turning into Hulks in this short, stylish miniseries.

Dead Body Road #1

-Roaring into stores this Wednesday, Dead Body Road is a pure homage to seventies revenge films, like Death Wish, Point Blank, and The Getaway.

-Justin Jordan made a name for himself off of the grisly superhero deconstruction that was Luthor Strode, but now he branches out to crime fiction. . .but with the same violent tone.

-A revenge story at heart, Dead Body Road follows Orson Gage down American highways as he hunts down those who’ve ruined his life.

-Fans of rough, though comics like The Cape, Preacher, the Parker adaptations, Criminal, and Gearhead need to give a look.

Nov 232013
 

Sex v.1 tpb “The Summer of Hard”

-The salacious hit from Image Comics is now out in trade paperback form!

-Joe Casey’s entire first seven issue arc is collected in this one hefty volume!

-What if Batman was a sexually repressed billionaire, tempted at every turn to give in to his urges?  This is The Saint, the protector of Saturn City, a shinning metropolis on the surface, but a seedy pressure cooker of sexuality below.

-If the title didn’t clue you in, this book IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!  If you are an adult, however, be prepared for a realistic superhero story like you’ve not read before.

House of Gold and Bones v.1 tpb

-From Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame!

-This single volume collects all four issues of the hit miniseries.

-A lyrical journey, House of Gold and Bones follows a lost soul venturing across the landscape of an alternate world, searching for redemption while on the run from a crazed mob.

-Philosophical reading akin to Gaiman’s Sandman.

Morbius the Living Vampire tpb

-How does a vampire become a human again?

-Escaped from prisoner, Dr. Michael Morbius attempts to quell his bloodlust and rejoin society in this complete series!

-Written by Joe Keatinge, an up-and-coming comic writer who has little regard for the classic methods of comic storytelling, Morbius is an unusual Marvel series for readers who enjoy comics that are off the beaten path.

-This one volume tpb collects the entire nine issue run of the series as well as the Amazing Spider-Man issue that lead into it, written by Dan Slott!

Black Science #1

-The pulpy homage of the cover for Black Science #1 says it all!

-Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) returns to the genre that made his name with this dark, adventure-laden Sci-Fi series!

-Trapped in an infinite trip across alternate dimensions, Grant McKay and his crew must span the universes to find their way home.

-Image has been delivering top-notch Sci-Fi comics (Saga, Prophet, Manhattan Projects) for the last year and Black Science is sure to make its way onto that last.

Sep 212013
 

Powerpuff Girls #1

-IDW continues its dominance of the young girl audience (see My Little Pony) with Powerpuff Girls #1!

-Cartoonist and storyboard artist Troy Little brings Littletown to life in this first issue on the ongoing series.

-Each issue will feature two covers in a 50:50 ratio.  All the covers come covered in Chemical X.

Rat Queens #1

-It’s the ladies turn to dungeon crawl!

-Kurtis J. Wiebe, the author behind cult hits like Peter Panzerfaust, Debris, and Grim Leaper, joins with Image Comics once again!

-An all-female group of thieves, clerics, and other fantasy folk are hired out on various missions of mayhem in this new ongoing series!

-Pathfinder readers and D&D players take note, this is every great campaign you’ve ever run crammed into a single comic series!

Trial of the Punisher #1

-The start of a lean, mean two issue miniseries that follows up Greg Rucka’s most recent Punisher series.

-Written by former lawyer Marc Guggenheim, Trial of the Punisher will be a tight, gripping, accurate courtroom drama.

-Leinil Francis Yu, current artist of The Avengers, lends his sketchy, active pencils to the series, rendering Frank as gritty as possible.

-Will Frank avoid jail after he’s turned himself in for murdering the District Attorney?  Join the jury and cast your vote!

Sex Criminals #1

-On the heels of Joe Casey’s lurid Sex miniseries, Sex Criminals brings the raunchy to Image Comics!

-Written by hipster comic creator extraordinary Matt Fraction, Sex Criminals #1 is smart, uncommon, and entirely dirty.

-A woman.  A man.  Both can stop time.  With their naughty bits.  Yup.

-When these two meet, criminal hi-jinks ensue, as does the bumping of said naughty bits.  Certainly the for mature readers only!

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!

May 182013
 

Image Comics has the market cornered on genre-based series that stray far away from the capes-and-cowls dynamic.  But, as they’ve proven with Invincible, when Image wants to do a superhero book, they do it well.  Hence, The Bounce, a new ongoing superhero series unlike any other from Joe Casey.  Casey has made his name on creating original properties like Ben 10 and Generator Rex for Cartoon Network, but recently also made a striking return to the world of comics with Sex.  Now, Casey brings his unusual touch to a hero who’s smart, fast, and a rebel, The Bounce, along with a rogues gallery of twisted unique villains, as well.  

Tank Girl is back, baby!

Always a notable occasion when a Tank Girl comic shows up, Titan Comics, in its recent relaunching of classic series, is releasing Solid State Tank Girl this Wednesday.  Written by series creator Alan Martin, Solid State Tank Girl brings back the gang of Tank Girl, Jet Girl, Booga, and Barney.  This time, in the act of trying to save a local record store, the gang unleashes evil alternate reality versions of themselves which they must defeat to live!

Following up Dark Horse‘s Last of Us miniseries, Akaneiro is another video game spinoff series created and written by the mind behind the game, American McGee.  A sci-fi retelling of the classic Red Riding Hood fairy tale, Akaneiro, is a Japanese-infused tale of violent demon fighting in a fantasy world.  Elegantly designed characters and world brim over the pages of this miniseries that is a must for die-hard gamers!

If you’ve got the green, they’ve got the team.

Following hot on the heels of Gail Simone’s wonderful first issue of The Movement, Green Team #1 is the companion series featuring the upper-class wunderkinds of the DC Universe.  A group of billionaire teens set out to spend their money to become super powered jerks, dealing with the limelight of celebrity and the burden of inhuman abilities.  Written by Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures), this series marks their first venture into adult side of the DC Universe.  Considering their talent for fun, traditional comic storytelling, this series should be the newest underdog hit for DC.