Jun 102016
 

Civil War II X-MenCivil War II X-Men #1 (of 4)

-Another of the Civil War II miniseries hits the shelves!

-Written by Missouri’s own Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Harrow County, Deadpool).

-With the arrival of new Inhuman Ulysses, the X-Men worry that he will tip the scales in their battle with the Inhumans.  One mutant will fight to make sure that does not happen.

-If you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men, this miniseries will feature many of the characters starring in the book.

Tales from the Darkside #1Tales from the Darkside

-The team behind one of the comic industry’s most lauded comic series, Locke & Key, return with a new miniseries.

-These issues will feature re-imagined and rewritten versions of episodes from the Tales from the Darkside television series.

-Each episode will be written by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill (20th Century Ghosts, NOS4A2, Horns).

-Again, we can’t stress enough that this is the first time Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have worked together since the end of Locke & Key!

Dark Knight Returns Last CrusadeDark Knight Returns:  The Last Crusade #1

-Long overdue, this prequel one-shot finally arrives on shelves!

-Takes place before the events of The Dark Knight Returns!

-Like the Dark Knight III miniseries, this one shot will be co-written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello!

-Features stories about The Joker, The Riddler, and Batman‘s last Robin, all illustrated by John Romita, Jr.!

Han Solo #1 (of 5)Han Solo Star Wars

-The Star Wars miniseries you’ve been waiting for Marvel to print!

-Acclaimed author and comic writer Marjorie M. Liu (X-Men, X23) handles writing duties on this five issue mini.

-Leia asks Han to enter a notorious space race, The Dragon Void, in order to rescue a group of informants.  Only problem is, Han really wants to win the race.

-All of this is brought to gorgeous life by Mark Brooks, who commonly handles cover duties, but is making a rare return to interiors for Han Solo!

Apr 032015
 

Savior #1Savior #1

-Todd McFarlane, co-founder of Image Comics and creator of Spawn, returns to launch an entirely new series!

-McFarlane’s partner in launching this ongoing series is painterly artist extraordinaire, Clayton Crain (Carnage USA, X-Force, Rai)!

-Savior asks the question, “How would the real world react to a superpowered person showing up?”  No costume.  No code name.  Most view him as the second coming of Christ.  But is he a savior or a destroyer?

-Is Savior the next hit Image comic?  The next Walking Dead?  You only have to pay $2.99 to find out!

Kaijumax #1Kaijumax

-Think of a prison.  Now think of that prison, but with the human prisoners replaced with giant, Godzilla-like creatures.

-Zander Cannon, a frequent inker and illustrator on Alan Moore’s Top 10, will be writing and drawing this Oni Press series!

-You know the standard prison yard beat down?  Well, in Kaijumax that plays more like the city destroying fights between Mothra, Godzilla, and Rodan!

-Also, expect to see some legally distinct, but familiar monster faces mixed in with Cannon’s own designs!

Max Ridge First FlightMax Ride: First Flight #1 (of 5)

-Following in the footsteps of Marvel‘s successful and respected adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and The Stand, the publisher turns its talents toward James Patterson’s young readers series of novels!

-Marguerite Bennett (Earth 2 World’s End, Lois Lane, Batman, A-Force) will be adapting Patterson’s work!

-Max and her peers have been experimented on by an evil corporation, who have spliced their DNA with that of birds.  These teens break free, however, and take wing to escape the corporation’s Erasers!

-After the popularity of the action figure Star Wars variant covers, Marvel is also releasing an action figure variant for issue #1 of Max Ride.  Unlike Star Wars, though, these will be sold at cover price!

DC Convergence Week 1Convergence Nightwing Oracle

-DC‘s reality spanning event begins in earnest this Wednesday!

-If you didn’t pick up Convergence #0 last week, it kicked off the backbone miniseries for the event, seeing Brainiac slam various alternate realities together so they can fight to the death.

-Each of the other series in this Convergence event will be two issues long, spanning from April to May.

-Launching this week are Atom, Batgirl, Batman & Robin, Harley Quinn, Justice League, Nightwing Oracle, Question, Speed Force, Superman, and Titans!

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.

Feb 112012
 

Image Comics has been turning out bold, inventive series after bold, inventive series this last year and it shows no sign of stopping. However, when you have that many great series coming out at one time, some get lost in the shuffle. Pigs is one of those series.

An espionage book at its core, Pigs revolves around a sleeper cell of Cuban assassins who were assigned to positions in America during the Cold War. None of them have received word from their supervisors…until now. A mysterious notice awakens each member of the team, but for what nefarious purpose? Lovers of The Losers or Sleeper should definitely take a stab at this intriguing thriller.

What’s with all this Avengers merchandise lately? It’s like there’s a movie or something. But that’d be crazy, no one could ever make an Avengers…what? They’re what? Ohhhhhhh.

Well, in that case, gear up for the Avengers movie by reading the first thirty issues of the original series, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. These thirty issues contain some of the most important, classic moments in Avengers history. Can you say, thawed Captain America? There is no better way to collect these key issues, in color, in hardcover, than in the first volume of the Avengers Omnibus. ASSEMBLE!!!!

Speaking of the Sentinel of Liberty, there’s no better way to light your Avengers Omnibus as you read it than with the new Captain America Neon Sign.

Glowing hot with justice and freedom, this sign, shaped as Cap’s classic shield, can be hung from a wall or placed, upright on a special dispaly stand that comes with the sign. Lighten up your man cave with this symbol of truth, justice, and nerdom.

You’ve read The Stand. You’ve read The Shinning. You’ve read Locke & Key. You’ve loved them. You’ve craved more.

Now, read the mind meld of these two horror geniuses. Yes, folks, father and son, Stephen King and Joe Hill, have combined talents for a new comic series based off a short story the two co-wrote. This comic is called Road Rage and it is made of awesome. A group of rough and tumble bikers are taken to their limit by a crazy truck driver leads them on a made chase across the open road. Sound a little familiar to Duel? That’s probably becasue Richard Matheson’s short story was an inspiration for this tale, oh, and the fact that Matheson himself is working on the title too. This powerhouse of writing talent must be read to be believed!

Sep 022011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update (just go with it, it’s gonna be a thing for a bit).  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.

*Action Comics – Kneepads  *Animal Man – Aardvark  *Batgirl – Walking  *OMAC – Mohawk

*Batwing – Incorporated  *Detective Comics – Dolls  *Green Arrow – Liberal

*Hawk & Dove – Feet  *Justice League International – Skeets  *Men of War – Napalm

*Static Shock – McDuffie  *Stormwatch – Mysterious  *Swamp Thing – Plant

Can you handle the epic amount of epic-dipped epicness contained in the epic slipcase of epic that is the Dark Tower Omnibus Slipcase hardcover?  I’m afraid the answer is “no”, but I also know that such a fact will not divert you from purchasing such an epic edition.  How do I know this?  Allow me to tell you what is held within its crisp, clean pages and you, too, will know.  In short, every single Dark Tower related miniseries printed up to this point.  That’s six different series!  All of which expand, deepen, and advance the backstory of Stephen King’s classic epic.  But wait, you claim you can handle that amount of epic sauce.  Well, what about the second included volume which holds the vast library of back matter that every issue of the series has contained to this point?  What’s that page count total, Johnny?  Oh yeah, 296 pages!!!!!!  All encased in a beautiful slipcover.  Mmm, mmm, thas good epic.

X-Men: First Class (The BEST superhero movie of this past summer!) is coming out in the next couple of weeks and you don’t want to be caught without a copy.  Like, seriously, bad things.  But even more than that, you don’t want to be caught without friends with which to watch it.  None better than the new X-Men First Class Minimates.  Now, to be clear, these are not the characters from the First Class movie.  No, these are the original team of X-Men.  That’s Angel, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Ice Man, for the uninitiated.  At this point in the paragraph, you might be asking yourself, “Did he just make a link with the movie for no other reason than they share the same name?”.  Yes.  That and these minimates are freakin’ sweet, as is X-Men:  First Class.

Do you like tin cans and can openers?  I guess no one really “likes” these objects, per say, but if you’re comfortably indifferent to them, then these new Iron Man and Wolverine Vinyl figures should cause you to tingle.  The newest releases in the immensely cuddly Pop Vinyl! line of Marvel big headed thingies, these two fan favorites share an equal level of cuteness with the previous releases.  Oh, and they’re bobble-heads.
So…yeah…tin can…can opener…get it?