Jul 112014
 

Robin Rises Omega #1Robin Rises Omega #1

-Damian Wayne died over a year ago.  Batman has been searching for a way to bring him back ever since.  He may have found a way.

-Having stolen Damian’s coffin, Batman is on his way to revive his son, when the armies of Apokolips interrupt his mission!

-Written by the acclaimed writer of Batman & Robin, Peter J. Tomasi, Robin Rises will be a major Batman event for the rest of the year!

-This story will continue in upcoming issues of the Batman & Robin ongoing series, finishing off with a Robin Rises Alpha one-shot at the end of the year..

The Squidder #1 (of 4)The Squidder #1

-Cult favorite artist, Ben Templesmith (Ten Grand, 30 Days of Night, Fell), unveils a miniseries he’s always wanted to write!

-A four issue miniseries from IDW, The Squidder is grim, gritty, vast, and epic, much like Prophet or Black Science.

-Set in the far, far future, The Squidder follows a veteran military man who is making a bold, last ditch effort to defeat the alien overlords of the planet.

-Templesmith is a huge Lovecraft fan and, as such, has infused this series with all sorts of Eldar Gods tentacle goodness.

Dark Engine #1Dark Engine #1

-Image Comics has been on an unprecedented roll lately, releasing original comic after original comic.  Dark Engine is the next one.

-John Bivens, an up-and-coming artist, provides interiors and covers for the series in a gorgeous style similar to work from Heavy Metal and Emma Rios’ sketchy style from Pretty Deadly.

-Sounding unlike any other series currently being printed, Dark Engine is about a time traveling killing machine sent back to the far, far past to kill her makers.

-Dragons, androids, jungle warfare, and more are promised for future issues in this ongoing series.

Harley Quinn Invades San Diego Comic-Con #1Harley Quinn Invades San Diego #1

-A one-shot by the creative team behind the ongoing Harley Quinn series!

-At the con to pitch a comic book she’s created, Harley will run into famous DC celebrity’s, like Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, on her mission to become a comic writing star!

-Like the highly popular zero issue of Harley Quinn, this one-shot will be drawn by an assortment of guest artists, including Paul Pope, Amanda Conner, Stephane Roux, and Damion Scott.

-A perfect start to the ACTUAL San Diego Comic-Con occurring later this weekend!

Nov 302013
 

Red Rover Charlie #1

-Homeward Bound during the apocalypse!

-Written by Garth Ennis, author of Preacher, The Boys, and Crossed!

-Published by Avatar, purveyors of violent, grisly, shocking works like God is Dead, Caligula, and Extinction Parade!

-Three canine pals, Rover, Red, and Charlie, have to make their way through an end of days New York in order to survive.

Terminator Salvation:  The Final Battle #1 (of 12)

-Since the release of The Terminator nearly twenty years ago, fans have been waiting to see the uprising of the machines and the conquest the humans within the Terminator universe.  Now you will.

-Written by television and comic legend, J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Ten Grand, Supreme Power, Babylon 5)!

-Dark Horse, who’ve managed the Terminator license for many years, are behind this epic maxi-series, promising quality work.

-Bridging all of the Terminator films together by jumping between past and future, The Final Battle will organize the universe in preparation for the release of Terminator 5 in the summer of 2015.

Ghosted v.1 tpb

-Heist movies collide with haunted house movies in this dark, horror series.

-Another in the long line of inventive, unique Image Comic ongoing series.

-A special team of seven specialists is hired by an eccentric, wealthy millionaire to steal a ghost from an especially haunted mansion.  Will they make it out alive?

-Due to the impressive sales of the first five issues, Ghosted has been extended to ongoing status, meaning that this mission is only the first step for this rag-tag band of thieves.

Inhumanity #1

-Spinning out of the events of the Infinity!

-Written by Matt Fraction, author of Hawkeye, The Invincible Iron Man, Five Fists of Science, and Fear Itself!

-Described as Game of Thrones for the Marvel Universe, Inhumanity will see Black Bolt and the other disparate houses of the Inhuman nation struggle with the rise in their population, a stress that will lead to battle.

-How will the rest of the Marvel superhero community deal with this drastic alteration to their world?

Aug 032013
 

Sidekick #1

-J. Michael Straczynski delivers his second Joe’s Comics imprint after the supernatural hit, Ten Grand!

-JMS focuses his story not around the traditional Superman allegory, but the oft forgotten boy sidekick.

-What happens when The Cowl, the world’s most prominent superhero, is assassinated?  Well, for one, Flyboy, The Cowl’s boy ward, begins to lose the public’s favor, eventually sending spiraling downward into insanity.

-Beginning in a golden age pastiche, Sidekick intends to dip deeper and deeper into the darkness of the superhero’s worst fears.

Pathfinder Goblins #1

-First they got mischievous in the roleplaying system.  Then they cackled from your desktop as a series of miniature figures.  Now, the goblins of Pathfinder are coming to the world of comics!

-This five issue miniseries is divided into two short stories per issue, each written and drawn by a duo of top creative talents!

-Authors of actual Paizo material have created stories for the series!

-Make sure to nab the ultra rare variant cover before the goblins, themselves, steal it out from under you!

Burn Down the Orphanage #1

-Sina Grace, creator of Li’l Depressed Boy, does a complete tonal 180 in his new series Burn the Orphanage, a cool, sleek revenge story.

-Rock lived in an orphanage his whole life…until it was destroyed.  Now, he’s out to find those who did it and beat the ever lovin’ hoohaw out of them!

-Part one of a three part trilogy of miniseries, Burn the Orphanage is the beginning of a long epic of fisticuffs.

-Oh, and the official description includes the phrase “topless stripper ninjas”.  So, yeah, there’s gonna be that.

Trillium #1

-From the writer of Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Constantine, and The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire, comes an eight issue time travel love story to end all time traveling love stories!

-Trillium tells the tale of a scientist of the far flung future and an explore of the distant past, separated by thousands of years, but connected by love.  Or, at least, until their paradox affair begins to destroy the entire space time continuum.

-Lemire has won countless awards for his various independent series, each recognizing his talent both as a visual and narrative storyteller.  But, unlike his other projects,  Trillium has been burning in his subconscious for years.  Usually a sign something special is about to happen.

-Issue one is structured in an experimental layout, featuring a flip-book structure where one character’s story begins on one side and the other on the opposite, each meeting in the middle.

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

Apr 272013
 

It’s not a crime story, it’s a love story.  Just a really, really messed up one.

J. Michael Straczynski returns to his Cup of Joe imprint, this time through Image Comics, for his first new ongoing series, Ten Grand.  JMS brings Ben Templesmith (Fell, Choker, 30 Days of Night) with him on art duties, with Templesmith lending his normal gloomy, hazy, atmospheric quality to the tale.  And this is a tale that cries for it.  Former mob muscle Joe Fitzgerald lost his beloved wife during his “last job” many years ago.  However, on that same night, Joe himself lost his life, but also received a special deal on his entrance into hell.  Joe was allowed to return to Earth, in order to complete assignments from below, with the benefit that each time he dies in the line of duty, he gets to spend five minutes in heaven with his wife.  A noir burnt to a crisp, fans of Fell who’ve been aching for more since the series ended years ago need to pick up a copy of Ten Grand #1.

Tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street #1!

For all the kids in the audience, all your favorite friends are showing up at the comic store next Wednesday.  That’s Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Bert, and Ernie, all in one special issue.  And because it’s a comic book you’ve got to have a superhero story.  But when it’s Elmo, who has no superpowers, trying to be the hero, there may be trouble.  Don’t worry, though, because he’s got all his friends and imagination on his side.  Any parent looking to get their kid into comics, need look no further than Sesame Street #1.

With last week’s Jupiter’s Legacy we saw the birth of an alternate world’s super beings.  This week we see the origins of our world’s superhumans with Suicide Risk.  Set in San Diego during the arrival of the world’s first wave of super beings, Suicide Risk focuses on a police officer out-of-his-depth as these new arrivals being to discover their powers in bad ways.  Because, of course, in our world, when you’re given the ability to shoot lasers out of your eyes you use it to melt your obnoxious boss’ car.  With the world going to hell around him, officer Leo Winters is left to wrangle up the madness with a bulletproof vest, a shotgun, and some stamina.  From Unwitten, X-Men Legacy, and Lucifer writer Mike Carey, Suicide Risk #1 is a taught cop thriller laced with capes and cowls.

Gail Simone funnels her recent “firing” by “The Man” into a new series from DC called The Movement.  The series will focus on the underprivileged of the superhero community.  These super-poor are out to take down the social elite, the 1%, protecting the other disadvantaged in the process.  And in a world where Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen are the equivalent of Bernie Madoff, you can expect some major fisticuffs as the series progresses.  And who better to draw some shenanigans than local artist Freddie Williams III (JSA All Stars, Captain Atom, Green Arrow).  Given that Gail Simone has been killing it on Batgirl lately, and wrote one of DC‘s best series of the last ten years, Secret Six, The Movement is on my must-read radar.