Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Nov 172012
 

Why does Otto Octavius want to see Peter Parker?

Actually, how does he even know to ask for Peter Parker?

This Wednesday’s Amazing Spider-Man #698 answers both of those questions as well as creating a whole bunch more.  Dan Slott, who’s been writing the Web-Slinger for around the last eight years, has been claiming for the last couple of months that this issue of ASM is going to change EVERYTHING.  Now, usually, that’s a whole lot of baloney, but there’s some strong indication in this case that he’s telling the truth.  For one, Doctor Octopus has been in a bad way, even near-death, over the last couple of storylines, which means he might be on the chopping block.  Certainly a character who’s been around as long as Doc Ock biting it would be a big event in the Spider-Man universe.  Or maybe Peter bites it?  Or maybe both?  Who knows?  All I can say is that every should pick up a copy of this issue, because what comes after is going to be unlike any Spider-Man story that’s come before.

Marvel NOW! rolls on this week with Captain America #1 and Indestructible Hulk #1, as well.

Rick Remender, writer of Uncanny X-Force, Venom, and Uncanny Avengers, is going to be taking Captain America to places he’s never been too before.  Utilizing the immense range of artistic talent that lies within John Romita, Jr.’s hands, Remender sends Captain America and a young girl far across the known universe to Dimension Z.  It’ll be a fight for survival, as Cap has to fend off disgruntled denizens, dangerous terrain, and unusual weather, he proves exactly why he’s a living legend and the best soldier in the, apparently, entire universe.

The Hulk may not appear to be the most complex or emotive character around, but if anyone can find the humanity within the monster, it’s Mark Waid.  Waid has been around the block a time or two, having written some of the best stories in comic book (Kingdom Come, The Flash, and “Tower of Babel“), plus he’s currently writing one of the best Marvel series being published, Daredevil.  Dropping The Hulk into the middle of Marvel‘s top espionage agency, S.H.I.E.LD., and not to destroy them but work for them.  Such an unusual situation is sure to bring about some of the most unique Hulk stories to be written.  Just imagine the conversations around the water cooler at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier the day after the Hulk “accidentally” smashes an agent.  

You remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie where there were two of him ’cause somebody decided it would be a good idea to have to inaudible main characters in a single film?  No, I don’t either.  But I can promise you that Image Comic‘s Clone ongoing series will be nothing like it.  Produced by Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint, Clone lives up to its name as a horde of identical versions of Dr. Luke Taylor begin to descend upon his life, attempting to murder his wife and child.  As you might imagine, this doesn’t go well.  Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine: Best There Is) brings every bit of dirty, blood, sweat, and grit to life with his hyper-detailed art style, so not only will this book be unlike any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie you’ve ever seen, it’ll look a damn sight better, too.

Aug 252012
 

Every member of The Avengers is pretty dang cool, but there’s only two of them that get to carry around sweet weapons. And one of them is coming into the store this Wednesday.

So, for any little ones out there looking to be the good Captain this Halloween, you might want to swing by and shield up this coming week. Coming straight from this summer’s biggest blockbuster, these kid’s sized Captain America shields are based directly off of the official design and made of sturdy plastic for all your nazi smacking needs. I wouldn’t recommend trying to deflect any bullets with it, though.

One of the summer’s other big comic films also has a swanky collectible coming out this week and that’s the sweet Amazing Spider-Man Movie Statue to the right. Based off of the well-desined costume redux from the film, this statue is shaped in the dynamic window strattling pose so often struck by the web-slinger. The kisser here, though, is that this baby is cheap, cheap for a statue of this size. So, spin a web line on down to Pulp and snag your friendly neighborhood Spidey.

If eight seasons isn’t enough for you, the Supernatural trade paperback coming out this Wednesday will sooth your aching nerd-bone. Written by Brian Wood, that’s right the Brian Wood of DMZ, Massive, Ultimate X-Men, and Local, and drawn by KC local Grant Bond, this miniseries is a cross-ocean road trip starring Sam Winchester as he explorers the UK in search of an alluring femme fatale ghostie. As the previous Supernatural collections have sold quickly and gone out of print for extended periods of time, you’ll be best off if you grab a copy as fast as you can.

This week is a big one for DC as four annuals launch this Wednesday directing their books into bold, new directions. Green Lantern, Detective Comics, The Flash, and Superman may be the four oversized reads hitting shelves, but it’s Aquaman that gets the coolest cover. Celebrating Seth Green’s DC Robot Chicken Special airing on September 9th, Aquaman #12 receives a special Robot Chicken variant cover where the oft-insulted character finally gets his due.

Jul 142012
 

Snnf, snnf.

Anyone else smell that?

Like fish and slime.

Oh, wait, it’s the Cthulhu Pest Control Air Freshener that’s coming out next week. And you know that’s gotta be a pretty pungent odor if I can smell it five days before it even ships. But when it comes to the primary Eldar God, what can you expect. It itsn’t just the sight of him that’ll drive you insane.

Red and white stripped hat versus bowtie? Winner: Bowtie

Single location versus all of time and space? Winner: All of time and space.

Regular every-day people versus millions of alien races? Winner: Millions of alien races.

It’s pretty clear, folks, when it comes to Waldo versus Doctor Who, the undeniable victory is the good Doctor. And if you need more evidence all you have to do is pick up the Doctor Who: Where’s the Doctor kid’s book we will be receiving this coming Wednesday.

In a short and sweet Comic List Highlights, we’ll end on a hardcover collection with a bit more substance. Yeah, when it comes to substance the new Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth hardcover has it in spades. Not only does the volume contain all eight main and tie-in issues from this year’s major Spider-Man event, but also covers and behind the scenes material. But what’s the story about, you ask? Doctor Octopus, arguably Spider-Man‘s main arch-enemy, has been handed down a death sentence after having received countless pummelings from the webbed wonder. With his body deteriorating, Doc Ock sets out to either save the world or destroy it, with no one knowing what his intentions are. Spider-Man will doubt Doc Ock until the end of time, but could he be wrong this time? Great slam-bang, globe-trotting superhero action, Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth is the great Spidey epic of our time.

Jan 072012
 

Planning a trip to New York?

Before you book tickets on a plane or bus, maybe you should consider another method on how to get there. Web line.

Or at least that’d work if you lived in the world of Spider-Island. Of course then you’d also have to contend with giant spider people who want to gnaw your soft bits. However, you don’t have to content with that kind of terror to pick up a copy of the new Spider-Island HC. The big Spider-Man event of the year, Spider-Island follows the webslinger and New York’s other resident superheroes as they battle off a spider plague infecting the city which is slowly giving the city’s residents spider powers. Then they start growing extra legs and pincers. Yeah, not good. With hyper expressive artwork from industry legend Humberto Ramos and brilliant story construction from Spidey veteran, Dan Slott, this is a must read for Marvel fans.

Considering it spins (Ha, spins! Get it? Web? Spins?) out of Spider-Island, now might be a good time to mention the new Scarlet Spider seris starting up this week. I won’t explain exactly how the Scarlet Spider crawls out of Spider-Island, but it’s certainly interesting. Where this new series begins, though, is with Kaine (one of the numerous Peter Parker clones) having left New York to atone for his countless wrong doings, he’s now wandering across the country solving crimes where they arise. And not in the gentle handed way the original Peter Parker would.

Speaking of characters who are coming to terms with their misdeeds, this next indie series from one of the popular Luna brothers has that kind of conflict in spades. Whispers is the first solo series from Joshua Luna, who is part of the creative team behind cult favorites such as Girls and Sword. In it, he ventures into the suspense and horror genres by weaving a tale of terror and romance focusing on a young man, afflicted with OCD, who discovers an ability to turn himself into a ghost. As he’s recently been broken up with by his girlfriend he attempts to use this power to gain her back. Or will he decided, simply, to get even?

Finally, a personal plea from your author.

Pick up the trade paperback for Mystic.

This series, one of the titles from Marvel‘s Cross Gen imprint, is a joyful read, full of vibrant artwork depicting a vivid alternate reality adventure that feels like a Disney feature release more than a traditional comic offering. Beginning with two orphaned girls (where so many Disney features start) the story follows them as they break free of the prison-like orphanage they reside in only to end up wandering two divergent paths: an Aether Magician (this worlds energy resource) and a revolutionary. Each girl must come to terms with the two vastly separate social classes dividing the city and eventually come face-to-face with each other after having be altered irrevocibly. Written by one of the few female creators in the industry, G. Willow Wilson (Air), Mystic delivers a light, bouncy narrative that most superhero books can’t match. So, please, give it a try.