May 202016

Captain America Steve RogersCaptain America Steve Rogers #1

-After qualifying for AARP benefits for the last several months, Steve Rogers is back to his youthful self!

-Nick Spencer, writer of the Sam Wilson Captain America series, Astonishing Ant-Man, and The Fix will also be handling writing duties on this series.

-Those who have been missing classic Captain America action, this is the series for you!  Cap is forced to go up against a resurgent Hydra, as well as two iconic enemies from his past.

-If you’re a fan of Sam Wilson, don’t worry.  Not only is Sam sticking around as Captain America, he will also be co-starring in this series.

Nighthawk #1Nighthawk

-Spinning out of the Marvel‘s Squadron Supreme series!

-Nighthawk is the Batman of the Squadron Supreme, but far more deadly and vicious.  So, fans of the Caped Crusader, Moon Knight, and other Batman-esque superheroes should give him a look.

-After leaving the Cyborg series at DC, David F. Walker is talking over writing duties on Nighthawk!

-Housed out of Chicago, Nighthawk is faced with a rash of serial murders.  To solve the case, he’ll have to dig deep into his own dark fears and doubts.

Scooby ApocalypseScooby Apocalypse #1

-This ain’t your momma’s Scooby Doo!

-Covers and writing duties are being handled by legendary comic creator, Jim Lee!

-Interior art, though not by Jim Lee, is from another veteran, Howard Porter.  Porter cut his teeth on Grant Morrison’s famous JLA run from the nineties and has recently been illustrating Superman and Justice League 3000.

-Still featuring classic Scooby-monster-hunting action, but in a setting more akin to The Walking Dead or Mad Max:  Fury Road.

DC Universe Rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth

-DC is relaunching all of their series at #1, making it easier to jump into the universe.  And it all starts here!

-Likely the last comic issue written by Geoff Johns for the time being (as he’s, you know, kinda in charge of the DC Cinematic Universe now)!

-Everything you’ll need to know about the DC Rebirth timeline and universe will be established here!

-Not only will this one shot feature the death (his name rhymes with Looper Dan) and/or a return of character (his name rhymes with Jolly Guest), it’s price tag is only $2.99!

Mar 252016

VS System The Defenders VersusOne of tonight’s multiple superhero related games, VS System:  The Defenders is the first expansion pack for the recently relaunched card game.  Who are The Defenders, you might ask?  Well, they may not be as well known as The Avengers, but, within a year or so, you’ll be pretty familiar with them as all of the Netflix solo series will come together as The Defenders.  This 200 card expansion pack focuses on characters related to those series, like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones, as well as included new card mechanics.  A quick-to-play, exclusively two player experience, VS System is perfect for nerdy couples or friends looking for a head-to-head experience.Ninja All Stars Karate Fight

From Soda Pop Miniatures, creators of Super Dungeon Explorer, comes a very non-miniature style of game, Ninja All Stars Karate Fight.  Made for two to four players, this card game is a dexterity card matching game.  Like Slapjack, players attempt to react swiftly to cards thrown down on the table, hoping that their reflexes are quicker when grabbing for matching cards.  Ninja All Stars Karate Fight is designed Legendary Captain America 75th Anniversary expansionin a cutesy, Chibi fashion with ninja themed illustrations featured on each card.

If you haven’t heard, 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the creation of Captain America!  In honor of that event, Upper Deck has released a special Captain America 75th Anniversary expansion for Legendary.  Like previous Legendary expansions, this one contains over 100 cards, including five heroes, two masterminds, two villain groups, and four original schemes.  Among the character options are different versions of the Sentinel of Liberty, including Sam Wilson, Bucky, and various versions of Steve Rogers.Master Fox

Sly as a fox is an appropriate refrain for Iello‘s Master Fox board game.  Great fun for young players and families, Master Fox is a twenty minute dexterity game for two to four players.  In the game, players take on the role of foxes vying for dominance in the forest, as the elder fox is moving on to greener pastures.  In the game, various wooden animal tokens are randomly thrown into the box lid, then each player takes turns blindfolding themselves and grabbing for certain animals using nothing but their sense World's Finest Dicemasters expansionof touch.

Appropriately released the same weekend as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Dicemasters drops another starter kit for the DC line.  World’s Finest is another two-player starter set, that includes all of the essential materials players need to get into the game.  Specific to World’s Finest are forty-four dice and thirty-nine new cards, as well as a rulebook and a dice bag.  The heroes and villains you’ll find in this starter are also, fittingly, all Batman and Superman related characters, such as Steel, Power Girl, Robin, and Nightwing.

Feb 122016

Midnighter v.1 tpbMidnighter v.1 tpb 

-One of DC‘s most underrated, under read series being released right now!  Now’s your chance to catch up.

-Midnighter is a Batman-esque anti-hero from the former Wildstorm universe, but, unlike Batman, Midnighter has no reservations about punching his fist literally through someone’s face.

-Writer Steve Orlando crafts a wonderful slow build story where Midnighter juggles his dating life (after recently having broken up with his boyfriend) and the apprehension of wayward weapons he was supposed to protect.

-Each aspect is brought to explosively stylistic life by the unique art style of Aco; trust me, it looks nothing like any series you’re currently reading.

Snowfall #1Snowfall

-From an established creative duo, Snowfall is the newest ongoing series launched from Image Comics!

-Part pulp, part dystopic future, part superhero story, Snowfall blends genres for a comic experience you won’t find at either of the major two companies.

-Set in a world that has not experienced snow in decades and also suffers under the rule of a despotic corporate entity, the series sees a hero, named the White Wizard, rise from obscurity to battle oppression.

-Martin Morazzo’s detailed, dynamic artwork brings this alternate world to life!

Avengers Standoff Welcome to Pleasant HillAvengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1

-Avid readers of Marvel‘s various Avengers series will want to check this prelude issue out!

-The Avengers Standoff event will crossover all of the Avengers series, including New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Illuminati, and more.

-Written by Nick Spencer, the current writer of both the Astonishing Ant-Man and Sam Wilson Captain America, this tie-in event will feature three eras of Cap joining forces.

-When Bucky Barnes appears to have attacked a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, Steve Rogers is left with the job of capturing him.  Will Steve and Bucky’s friendship get in the way?  Will Sam Wilson have to be the voice of reason?

Power Man and Iron Fist #1Power Man and Iron Fist

-In preparation of Marvel‘s next two Netflix original series, the Power Man and Iron Fist ongoing returns these two heroes to their for hire heyday.

-David Walker, the acclaimed author behind the recent Shaft comics and DC‘s Cyborg series, jumps to Marvel.

-Walker is accompanied by Sanford Greene, a rising talent who’s exaggerated, caricature-ish style is brimming with energy and character.

-Danny and Luke get engulfed by the New York crime scene as they track down a magical stone that threatens to destroy the city.

Nov 072014

Superior Iron Man #1Superior Iron Man #1

-Tony Stark is going to San Francisco!

-The start of an entirely new Iron Man ongoing series, Superior Iron Man spins out of the events taking place in Avengers/X-Men Axis!

-With a new (augmented) outlook on life, Tony has moved to the West coast and installed a problem solving app on everyone’s smart phone for free!  Problem is, not everyone is happy about the invasion. . .including Matt Murdock.

-Tom Taylor (Injustice Gods Among Us, Earth 2) jumps the aisle and writes his first Marvel series!

Kitchen #1Kitchen #1 (of 8)

-DC‘s mature imprint, Vertigo, gains another miniseries!

-Inspired by Goodfellas, The Sopranos, and The Departed, Kitchen is a mob story through-and-through, but from a perspective you’ve never seen before.

-After the heads of the New York Irish mafia get sent up the river, it’s left to their wives to run the family business.

-New writer Ollie Masters is joined on art duties by Ming Doyle, formerly of Brian Wood’s Mara.

Captain American and the Mighty Avengers #1Captain America and the Mighty Avengers

-One of Marvel‘s most underrated, under-read comics gets a second lease on life.  Give it a chance!

-Al Ewing, a modern-age master of the classic comic book adventure, returns to the Marvel title that made his name!

-Ewing is joined by veteran artist Luke Ross, who has illustrated nearly every major Marvel character at least once throughout his career.

-Newly announced as Steve Rogers replacement as Captain America, Sam Wilson is put in charge of the Mighty Avengers.  But will one of them die under his watch?

All New Captain AmericaAll New Captain America #1

-Stephen Colbert announced it months ago and now he’s here, Sam Wilson is Captain America!

-Rick Remender relaunches his Captain America series with a new artist and a new direction!

-Stuart Immonen, of Nextwave and Fear Itself fame, takes over artistic duties from John Romita, Jr.!

-Variant covers abound with this landmark #1, including the regular Skottie Young, Alex Ross, and even one featuring Colbert in the vacant Falcon costume!

Mar 182011

Did you miss us?  I know, I know, you’ve been salivating for two weeks because we weren’t able to put up a Comic List Highlights post last week.  Well, drool no more!

As we strike up the band, let’s begin with Jonathon Hickman’s new Fantastic Four continuation, Future Foundation, or FF for short.  Following the death of, well, you should be able to figure it out by the missing member on the cover to the left, the Fantastic Four has re-formatted itself to incorporate Spider-Man and a number of other super-peoples.  Their goal:  solve the world’s ills.  If you’ve been keeping up with Hickman’s run, you know that he’s been bringing the heat (and taking it away, if you catch my meaning).  Steve Epting of Captain America fame will be joining him on this continuation of the series.

He may have taken the wussy way out in Phantom Menace, but there’s no doubting that Darth Maul looks like a hauss.  And, luckily, the importance of this next item is how it looks.  If you’ve purchased or seen any of the Star Wars ARTFX statues up at the store (they’re in the tall black boxes and come with a piece of Darth Vader), then you’ll be excited that Darth Maul starts off a new series.  Not only does this Kotobukiya release have a gnarly sculpt and pose, but his duel-blade lightsaber glows.  I personally know our Austin Taylor, one of our past employees, will be racing back here from Portland to snag this guy, who wants to see if they can beat him?

As we’re on the warpath as far as statues are concerned, let us take a peak at the new Bishoujo Catwoman Statue.  You might remember the Batgirl Statue from the same series that came out a couple months back.  Let me just say, she…went…fast!  Take a look at the picture of the Catwoman Statue on the left and you might be able to figure out why.  Not only does the figure stand at 9 1/10 inches, she also has a detailed gargoyle base with two, tiwny, furwy kitty kawts.  Awww.

If you enjoy the art of Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, New Avengers), but are curious to see him stretch his finger muscles outside of the cape-and-cowl variety, then the Moving Pictures graphic novel is where you need to be.  Written by Stuart’s wife, and Marvel writer, Katherine Immonen (Runaways, Patsy Walker: Hellcat), Moving Pictures is set in Nazi occupied France where it follows the struggle of a female art museum curator who works to hide valuable works from the Nazis.  Personally, I’m excited to see how Immonen’s, usually colorful, artwork looks when depicting real events during such a dark period of time.  The same could be said for Katherine, who’s writing style is most commonly bubbly and zany.

Before there was Shrek Forever After, there, apparently, was Rumpelstiltskin’s revenge.  Yes, this kid-friendly graphic novel takes place before the last Shrek film.  Every magical, fantastical character from the animated films is present and accounted for as they avoid Rumpel’s obnoxious trickery.  As I said, if you’re a parent and looking for a comic to start your children out on, you can’t go too wrong with a movie property book.

And now we come to the end of our little show in a segment I’m going to call, Comic Shirt Corner.

Yes, ladies and gents, Pulp is receiving a veritable closet full of clothes next Wednesday.  Breaking down into categories of classic covers and movie tie-ins, these four shirts will come to you in a range of sizes from medium to XXL.  First up, is a red number with a worn version of the classic poster to Star Wars: A New Hope pasted on it.  Next we move to the military green, Joker Wants You-style cover from Dark Detective #1.  On the movie tie-in side, we get one from Thor and one from Captain America (or Steve Rogers, in this case).  All four are swiggidy-sweet.