Apr 202013
 

Take two ticks to tinker with the thought of trying the Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury Edition of Joe Hill’s terrific terse tales.

That’s a fair share of Ts, folks.  You’ll notice that one of the above T words is not “terrible”.  I would shudder at the idea of associating that word anywhere near Joe Hill’s work, as he is one of the most gifted writers in comics today.  Having made a name for himself on his masterpiece, Locke & Key, as well as The Cape miniseries, Hill has quickly become a respected name in the industry.  The fact that he’s Stephen King’s son also helps.  If you’ve devoured the five hardcover volumes of Locke & Key and are looking to fill the void in your life until volume six comes out, the TTTE special is a perfect option.  Containing his Kodiak one-shot, The Cape stand alone issue, and his Locke & Key short story “Open the Moon”, all of which are nominated or won industry awards.   

Fantasy adventure comics have been on the rise lately, what with Pathfinder, the Dungeons and Dragons series, Demon Knights, Conan, and, now, Amala’s Blade.  Striking a tone somewhere between humor and action, Amala’s Blade #1 is the first part of a four part miniseries following the titular assassin hero.  Amala is the head assassin in the kingdom of Naamaron, but has fallen out of favor due to her brash, boastful ways.  So, the emperor does the only logic thing:  send her on a mission that will likely result in her death.  Now, Amala’s skills are put to the test, with a failing grade equaling an end most fowl.  Illustrated in a style that bridges sketchy Indy artists like Becky Cloonan and cartoony pop like Avatar the Last Airbender, Amala’s Blade is feisty fantasy.

If you’re daughter’s ever tried to run past the rebel blockade in a giant spaceship shaped like a fist, Vader’s Little Princess might warm your heart.  You might also enjoy it if you and your daughter are huge Star Wars fans.  Jeffery Brown releases his second Star Wars children’s book detailing the awkward difficulties of raising a daughter who is your worst enemy.  Drawn in the same simplistically charming style of Brown’s Incredible Changebots, Cats Are Weird, and Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess is made up of vignettes detailing Vader’s struggle with common fatherly duties.  Tea parties, teaching Leia how to fly TIE fighters, and keeping her from leaving the house in only her slave girl bikini are the tasks of the day for Papa Skywalker.  Grab a copy and bond with your daughter over your shared geekiness.

A legacy can be an awful burden.

The legendary duo of Mark Millar and Frank Quietly (The Authority, WE3, New X-Men) reteam for the first time in years to bring you Jupiter’s Legacy.  This soon-to-be-hit series from Image Comics begins in the far future when all of Earth’s heroes have given up and left the world’s protection to their kids.  But being a better superhero  than your parents can be a demanding task.  Trust us when we say that this series will bring the violence, sexuality, and cinematic action unlike anything else out there (except maybe Saga, that book’s pretty raunchy).  Grab the hit comic of this year before it vanishes from the shelves.

Jun 172011
 

May the flash be with you.

Not the creepy flip open the trenchcoat kind, but the flashlight kind.  More specifically, the Star Wars kind.

Yup, we’ve had sonic screwdrivers and phasers, now we will have Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader flashlight lightsabers.  Molded to match the handles of Luke and Vader’s lightsabers, these bad boys fire out a beam of light matching their respected blade color.  If you’re going to be searching in the dark, this is the way to do it.

Are you a fan of alternate realities?  I personally like ones were two sides are at war in a post-apocalyptic setting where death is ever present.  They’re always just so jaunty!  Speaking of, here’s the new Age of X hardcover.  Taking a page from the book of Age of Apocalypse, this alternate reality epic takes place in a world where the X-Men have cordoned themselves off in a Road Warrior-like fortress as humanity sends barrages of soldiers against them.  Costumes are redesigned, powers are used for destructive purposes, and relationships are all reshuffled.  Alternate reality stories are always exciting because anything can happen!

Mmmmmm, hold it together, me.  Okay, this next one has me….OOOOOOOOHHHHHHYEEEESSSSSS!!!!  AVATAR IS AMAZING!!!

Pfff, okay, I’m calm now.  So, Dark Horse has acquired the rights to Avatar, the Last Airbender, right.  And they’ve decided to reprint all of the previously released, but hard to find Avatar comic material that has been published in various places.  This softcover, Avatar, the Last Airbender:  The Lost Adventures, is that collection.  Almost as thick as an air bison, this trade paperback contains 26 stories, some pulled from Nickelodeon Magazine others from the DVD sets while others are brand spanking new.  Best part is, this is leading into a new Avatar ongoing series that will be arriving later this year!

You want to show your love for the new Green Lantern movie, but you don’t know how.  It’s quite a conundrum.  But no worries, a new t-shirt is here to make all your fanboy woes vanish.  The Green Lantern Movie Oath shirt is a creative spin on the classic Lantern symbol emblazoned on the chest.  Instead of the traditional white or green, this shirt has the symbol made out of the Green Lantern oath.  In brightest day and all that.  So, show your love and affection for space cops and pointy mustaches by slapping this sharp shirt on yo’ body.