Mar 132015
 

Red One #1Red One #1

-Terry and Rachel Dodson, the husband and wife art team on Princess Leia, are launching a new series from Image Comics!

-If you’re a fan of the FX series The Americans, Red One is going to read like a superhero version of that show.

-Essentially, a Russian secret agent, Red One, has been inserted into America as a superheroic icon in 1977, but all the while she is gathering information for her home country.

-The first issue has been increased to forty pages of comic booky goodness for the low, low price of $2.99!

The Fly:  Outbreak #1 (of 5)The Fly Outbreak #1

-IDW continues to acquire cult favorite properties for the purposes of adapting them into comic book sequels.

-Follows the events depicted in David Cronenberg’s infamous body horror adaptation of The Fly.

-Expressionistic artist Menton3, of Monocyte and Silent Hill:  Past Life fame, will be illustrating the interiors of this miniseries.

-When Seth Brundle’s partially fly DNA infected son is researching a cure to his disease, he accidentally unleashes an horde of part-fly, part-human creatures.

Invisible RepublicInvisible Republic #1

-Gabriel Hardman, a former Marvel artist and writer as well as a storyboard artist for Marvel Studios, launches another new Sci-Fi series for Image Comics.

-Pitched as a blend of Breaking Bad and Blade Runner!

-I would also throw in a little bit of House of Cards, too, as the story is going to be following a reporter whose uncovered the horrific truth behind his country’s leader.

-Along with writing the series, Hardman also handles the art duties, providing a gritty, high contrast dystopic world.

Chrononauts #1Chrononauts #1

-A major creator pairing in the world of comics!

-Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted, teams with Sean Murphy, of Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, and Joe the Barbarian.

-Two science buds have invented time travel and are now starring in a reality TV series focused on their gallivanting through time.

-Oh, and everything goes wrong!

Feb 272015
 

Descender #1Descender #1

-Popular comic creator, Jeff Lemire, of Sweet Tooth, Trillium, Animal Man, and Green Arrow fame, launches a new creator-owned series at Image Comics!

-Lemire’s words will be brought to life by artist extraordinaire Dustin Nguyen (Lil Gotham, Detective Comics, Batman)!  Nguyen’s water-color aesthetic will bring this Sci-Fi odyssey to life!

-Descender follows in the space opera footsteps of ODYC, Saga, and Prophet, telling the tale of a young android who is on the run across the stars from bounty hunters out for his life.

-Issue one will be thirty pages long and sell for only $2.99!

All New Hawkeye #1All New Hawkeye #1

-No, you didn’t miss an issue, this new Hawkeye series is actually coming out before the previous one finishes.

-The second comic launch from Jeff Lemire this week!

-The same casual tone of Matt Fraction’s previous Hawkeye series continues as Clint and Kate are back together and slinging arrows better than ever!

-Eisner Award Winning artist Ramón K. Pérez (Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand) will keep up the same artistic experimentation of David Aja going!

Guardians Team Up #1Guardians Team-Up #1

-Another new Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series launches!

-Perfect jumping-on point for any fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie!

-Each issue will feature the whole Guardians team or a select member joining forces with other Marvel heroes.

-The first two part story will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and will see the Guardians teaming-up with The Avengers!

Princess Leia #1 (of 5)Princess Leia

-The final Marvel Star Wars comic in the first wave!

-Unlike Star Wars and Darth Vader, Princess Leia will be a five issue miniseries.

-Mark Waid, veteran writer behind Daredevil, Kingdom Come, and literally every major character at Marvel and DC, is on writing duties for the entire miniseries!

-Joining Waid will be joined by the art team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, whose smooth, shapely style has energized X-Men, Spider-Man, and Batman before!

May 252013
 

Facebook and iTunes have the market cornered on useless updates, so we’re going to try something different here and update the format for a reason.  Tonight we’re going to try out a new, more concise format for Comic List Highlights, one we intend to call 4 x 4.  It’s simple, four facts about four new comics or trade paperbacks coming out the next Wednesday.  Short.  Sweet.  Less of an eyesore.

Adventures of Superman #1

1. Ignore the hubbub about Orson Scott Card writing this book, because he’s been replaced on issue one by some of DC‘s best artists and writers, including Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo, and Chris Samnee.

2. Samnee’s Golden Age-esque style has been put to great use on Daredevil and The Rocketeer lately, and now does the same for Superman.

3. Contrasting Samnee’s style, Riley Rossmo’s (Bedlam, Debris, Cowboy Ninja Viking) sketchy style is exemplifies the high contrast of visual styles represented in this issue.

4. This anthology brings the baddies with stories about Lex Luthor, Bizzaro, and Zod.  Oh, and maybe some Superman, too.

Thor, God of Thunder v.1 HC

1. Kansas City native Jason Aaron has been weaving a Thor yarn for the ages, destined to become a modern classic.

2. Split across three time periods, God of Thunder stars three incarnations of Thor, past, present, and arm-less, one-eyed, Odin-like future.

3. Esad Ribic’s painterly style lends an epic, tapestry-like quality to the series that enhances its mythic tone.

4. Thor.  Loves.  Ale.

X-Men #1

1. Forget testosterone, it’s all estrogen all the time thanks to the all female cast of X-Men #1.

2. Brian Wood has dabbled with the X-Men in the past on Ultimate Comics X-Men and the previous X-Men series, but now gets the keys to the kingdom in this Marvel NOW! series.

3. Olivier Coipel’s (House of M) slick, appealing style works equally well for dialog and action scenes, which, the last time I checked, are the X-Men’s bread and butter.

4. Milo Manara and Terry Dodson both have contributed variant covers for the first issue!

 

The Wake #1

1. Current writer of Batman and Superman Unchained, Scott Snyder, returns to his horror roots with the Vertigo series, The Wake.

2. In previous horror series Severed and American Vampire Snyder showed his vast talent for pacing scares on the comic page, not an easy task.

3. Sean Murphy of Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus joins Snyder to tell this confined thriller which follows a marine biologist as she ventures into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle to explore a sunken oil rig…and what resides there.

4. Fans of isolated suspense movies like The Thing and Alien need to check The Wake #1 out!

Nov 052011
 

As numbers go, .1 is pretty tiny, but Marvel is determined to get their value out of it.

Shipping this Wednesday, Point One is Marvel‘s gateway one-shot into the new stories and characters of the next year.  The issue will be comprised of short intro stories to new books releasing in 2012, such as The Defenders, the new Nova series, as well as other stories from Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Chris Yost, and David Lapham.  Complementing these top-tier writers are a slew of Marvel’s finest artists in Ed McGuinness, Brian Hitch, Terry Dodson, and Javier Pulido.  On top of all that foreshadowing content will also be a huge cliffhanger that previews the big event for 2012!  Hint, hint, it looks like Phoenix will be involved.

Fans of the poplar House of Night book series take note:  the P.C. Cast penned series is receiving a comic adaptation.  Falling in with book to comic adaptations like The Stand, The Dark Tower, Dresdan Files, and Wizard of Oz, House of Night #1 will begin the first miniseries in an extended succession of minis that will cover the novels’ arch.  If you’re not familiar with the books, imagine a combination of Harry Potter and Twilight (I know that just sent some of you running for the hills), but with a dark adult twist.  The story is set in a world where vampires exist, but occur through biological means.  Around puberty, the lead character, Zoey Redbird, realizes she has vamp running through her veins and as such is sent off to the House of Night boarding school to learn copping methods for her new abilities.  Like any of the other book to comic adaptations, the pleasure comes from seeing beloved characters visualized on the page.  And with beautiful cover artwork by Jenny Frison, on the front of the book, as well.

Mon ami, you tell Gambit what you want en a statue, an’ he deliver, no?

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that ragin’ Cajun X-Man, Gambit, doesn’t have the cool thing down.  A lot of that has to do with two of his key pieces of imagery:  the overcoat and the playing cards.  Both are displayed in the newest Danger Room Session statue from Kotobukiya.

As always, these statues are full of detail as the chosen character, here being Gambit, is positioned on a pile of light-up Danger Room wreckage.

‘Eh, petit, you know you can’t resist.

Finally, some swanky little trinkets that I know everyone will be beating down our door to get a hold of.  Both keychains.  Both pewter.  Both weapons of popular Marvel characters.

These would be Thor‘s hammer Mjolnir and Captain America‘s shield.

Yes and yes.