Apr 012016
 

The FixThe Fix #1

-If you want hard boiled crime, tough guy leads, and searing drama. . .The Fix is not the series for you.

-However, if you’re a fan of the film Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, or The Astonishing Ant-Man, this is the series for you.

-Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Captain America Sam Wilson, Astonishing Ant-Man) delivers an outlandish, comical comic set in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood and starring some of the biggest degenerate losers who’ve ever graced a police line-up.

-If you weren’t sold yet, just know that the one heroic character in the book is a drug dog named Pretzels.  Boom!

Empress #1 (of 7)Empress

-Mark Millar, creator of Jupiter’s Legacy, Kick-Ass, and Civil War, launches a new seven issue miniseries from Marvel!

-A hard Sci-Fi tale, Empress follows a galactic queen who is fed up with her despotic husband to the point that she steals away her children and takes out across the galaxy.

-One of the best artists in the business, Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, All New X-Men, Star Wars) joins Millar!

-If you missed out on Huck

Poe DameronPoe Dameron #1

-He’s the best damn pilot in the rebellion and now he’s got his own comic!

-Poe Dameron is the first Force Awakens comic series to be published by Marvel.

-Charles Soule, who has proven himself in the Star Wars universe by writing Lando and Obi-Wan & Anakin, will be writing this series, too!

-Not only are you getting new Poe Dameron stories in each issue, but also BB-8 back-ups!

Black Panther #1Black Panther #1

-Award winning author, journalist, and professor, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be writing the new Black Panther series!

-Gear up for the Captain America:  Civil War film by introducing yourself to Black Panther in this series.

-Coates is constructing a twelve issue arc that deals with how T’Challa handles an uprising in his kingdom.

-When a revolutionary group called The People begin attacking T’Challa’s rule, how with he balance his duties as a ruler and a superhero?

Aug 212015
 

Nextwave complete collectionNextwave Agents of HATE Complete Collection tpb

-Not something we regularly do, but with this collection we’re highlighting a reprint.

-But why do that, you might ask?  Well, simply put:  Nextwave is considered by the Pulp staff to be one of Marvel‘s best comic series ever!

-Written by one of comic’s greats, Warren Ellis (Trees, Planetary, Transmetropolitan), and illustrated by new Star Wars artist, Stuart Immonen, this series is pure perfection!

-One of Marvel‘s funniest comics ever, as a ragtag group of heroes (including Machine Man, Boom-Boom, and Captain F&*!) fight against a SHIELD-esque organization called HATE.  In the course of the series, the group battles Cuddly Wittle Drop Bears of Death, a talking dinosaur, a horny Fing Fang Foom, and, in general, political correctness.

Drive #1 (of 4)Drive

-Based off of the hit novel that inspired Nicholas Winding-Refn’s cult favorite film.

-Cool, neon, neo-noir about desperate criminals, sultry dames, and close calls.

-Adapted from James Sallis’ novel.

-A nameless driver makes the choice to cross a menacing LA mobster.  Who comes out on top is all based on skill.

Zodiac StarforceZodiac Starforce #1

-Dark Horse jumps onto Boom! Studios bandwagon of colorful, manga-influenced, ebullient comics!

-Zodiac Starforce is clearly born out of a nostalgia and love for Power Rangers and Sailor Moon!

-In issue #1, you’ll be introduced to a team of superpowered female fighters who defend the Earth from aliens in-between high school classes.

-Where the twist comes in, though, is that future issues jump into the future, after the ladies are out of school, and must reform the Zodiac Starforce after having broken up.

Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #1 (of 6)Batman Arkham Knight Genesis

-A second prequel miniseries to the Batman Arkham Knight video game!

-Peter J. Tomasi, writer of the main Arkham Knight series, will also be writing Genesis!

-Genesis will reveal the origin of the mysterious Arkham Knight (whose real name will be especially familiar to avid Batman fans).

-Issues will jump back-and-forth between past and present, including one where the will tangle with Harley Quinn in both time periods.

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!

Nov 102012
 

You all better get used to hearing about Marvel Comics over the next couple of months, because Marvel NOW! is in effect.  Tonight we’ll highlight three of the five new Marvel NOW! series that start up this coming Wednesday, all of which are perfect jumping-on points for each of the book’s characters.

Since they’re the first family of the Marvel Universe, let’s start off with Fantastic Four #1.  Combining classic with current, Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), a veteran of both Marvel and DC comics, lends his artistic talents to wordsmith Matt Fraction (Defenders, Fear Itself, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist) for a fresh take on Marvel‘s oldest series.  Wanting to get away from the constant battles with Doctor Doom and Galactus, Reed and Sue Richards decide to take their family on a universe-spanning field trip.  The series will take a stand-alone approach to its issues, as the Fantastic Four land on a new planet or time period in each issue, getting into trouble each time as they try to teach Valeria and Franklin about the ins-and-outs of the galaxy.  And if you’re less of a reader and more of a collector, Fantastic Four #1 has variant covers in spades.  That’s a Scottie Young Baby variant, a Mark Bagley mural variant, a blank variant, and a couple more for good measure.

Brian Michael Bendis carved himself out a fairly comfortable niche in The Avengers corner of the Marvel Universe over the last ten years, so now it’s time for him to do the same with the X-Men.  All-New X-Men #1, his first X-Book, tells a story no other X-Men book has dared to tell before.  With the fallout of Avengers vs. X-Men, Cyclops and many of the original X-Men members are in drastically different positions from where they started, thus Beast decides to travel back in time, collect the original X-Men members, and bring them to the future to knock some sense into their present-day selves.  With art by the incomparable Stuart Immonen (Nextwave, Ultimate X-Men), All-New X-Men will look great and read crisply.

If you pick up only one of the Marvel NOW! series starting this month, pick-up Thor, God of Thunder.  Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men, Scalped, Ghost Rider), local writer, dares to tell a Thor epic to rival the classic tales of Walt Simonson.  A three-pronged narrative focuses on Thor of the past, Thor of the present, and King Thor of the future as all three versions contend with a threat the Asgardian has never faced before:  A serial killer of gods.  Along with Aaron’s time-spanning story, Esad Ribic’s (Silver Surfer: Requiem) painterly artwork turns the comic page into a mural, turning a simple comic book into a piece of mythology.  And since of book of this quality deserves it, variant covers abound, featuring artwork from Ribic himself, Scottie Young, and Daniel Arcuna.  Make yourself worthy of Mjölnir a pick up a copy.

Just as a reminder that there are other comic book publishers out there other than Marvel, let’s finish the night with a look at a new series from Image Comics.  Riding a wave of successful series like Manhattan Projects, Saga, Happy, and Revival, Image releases Great Pacific, a grand adventure in an unusual location.  Texas-born Chas Worthington is a trust-fund baby and a grade-A rich boy, inheriting the money of his oil baron father, but that doesn’t mean he has no principles.  Setting out to tackle a task unheard of in his social circle, Chas decides to eliminate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating mass of trash that continues to build in the North Pacific Ocean (it’s a real thing).  Martin Morazzo’s extremely detailed artwork renders every bit of debris and filth that Joe Harris’ scripts describe, making this another Image book to admire.

Apr 012011
 

FDR once said that there’s nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Well, that son of a gun was wrong!

Fear Itself is not to be feared, it is to be loved and snuggled with.  Why?  Because it’s written by Matt Fraction.  And drawn by Stuart Immonen!  Yeah, the guy from Invincible Iron Man and the guy from Nextwave are getting together to make a baby of comic love!

Here’s the scoop:  all the Marvel superheroes are having to face their greatest fears.  As this is Marvel’s next big event, all the big names will be present and accounted for.  Some may even bite it.  Oh, and Dracula will be involved.  And who doesn’t love Dracula?

Would you like to see a magic trick?  How about a Charismagic trick?  For either you’re going to want to pick up Aspen Studios new title, Charismagic.  A Las Vegas magician is faced with the spectacle of his career as he is faced with a world where all the real magic he never thought existed has return with a vengeance.  Aspen is known for putting out pretty books (Fathom, Soulfire) and, by the look of the preview art, this one’s going to be more of the same.  If you’re into books like Zatanna, Magus, or Mysterious the Unfathomable, then you might want to pull this rabbit out of the hat.

Crime stories and high-caliber art crash together in Blue Estate, a new, beautiful book from Image.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to do this book justice, so here’s a link to its website where you can look at sample art, get a run down on the creators, the mission statement, the storyline, and the characters, all while sipping on whatever libation you prefer.  If you’re one of those lazy folks who can’t be bothered to hop to another page (I speak from personal experience), then let me attempt to give you the low down.  Blue Estate is a noir-infused, neon grit and grim crime book that juggles art styles panel by panel.  A quote that best describes it is, “This is the kind of comics Elmore Leonard would write if he wrote comics”.  And, whoo boy, look at that slick cover design.

This next book is sexy.  I mean, if it was legal, I might consider marrying this book.  Like, this thing should be plastered on covers of Maxim and Playboy.  What is this glorious piece of eye pornography?  Nonplayer.  Created by a former video game designer, Nate Simpson, who happens to be some sort of artistic god, Nonplayer revolves around a young girl who is immersed in the online world of a fantasy MMO, akin to World of Warcraft.  Ah, but that alone would be boring.  Where the hook comes in is that as she beings to shake things up in the gaming world, her own world starts to feel the reverberations.  Geoff Darrow has been quoted (this is seriously the post of quotes) as saying, “If you don’t buy this book, you’re stupid”.  Frankly, I would agree.  For a preview of the book, go here.

Finally, something shinny.  Green Lantern prop replicas gain a new buddy with this nifty Honor Guard ring set.  The ring is based off of the new ring design and comes with a fancy green carrying case.  Oh, and they’re made of metal, not plastic.  Sweeeeet.