Mar 202015
 

Miami Vice RemixMiami Vice Remix #1 (of 5)

-Feel it coming in the air tonight!

-Crockett and Tubbs are back, but unlike they’ve ever been before!

-Indy artist dandy, Jim Mahfood, takes on art duties for the five issue miniseries, providing a surreal, distorted look to the eighties, Florida landscape.

-Joining Mahfood on creative duties is Joe Casey (Sex, Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Godland).

Pastaways #1Pastaways

-Hot on the heels of Mark Millar’s Chrononauts, Dark Horse launches their own time travel ongoing!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, The Valiant) is the writer on this series, bringing his talent for complicated, dense storytelling to the intricate subject of time.

-A band of time agents crash lands in 2015, tearing open a temporal rift and unleashing all the terrors of every era, past and future!

-Scott Kolins (The Flash) fleshes this madness out with his hyper detailed, kinetic style.

Jem and the HologramsJem and the Holograms #1

-Everything old is new again, as another eighties property is revived for a new era!

-Based off of the cult favorite cartoon, Jem and the Holograms is about four girls rocking out as the most intense band in the land.

-Jerrica Benton and her sister live their daily life as socialites, but rock their nights out as members of Jem and the Holograms!

-Ross Campbell, famous indy artist of Wet Moon, lends his talents for facial expressions and realistic body types to this fem-power series from IDW!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (of 5)Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-After Figment and Seekers of the Weird, Disney and Marvel have teamed-up once again for this miniseries event!

-Written by local author and Pulp Fiction’s own, Dennis Hopeless, this Western miniseries blends modern sensibilities with classic genre action!

-Teen angst in the 1800s is a very different thing, as Abigail Bulion, daughter of a wealthy and wicked mine owner, strikes back at her father by trying to rob him of everything he’s worth!

-Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney/Marvel venture without some supernatural elements, so the mine isn’t without a few ghosts and goblins.

Jan 112014
 

Inhumanity Spider-Man #1

-Continue to follow the antics of Inhumanity in this next important chapter!

-The Superior Spider-Man is brought into the fray of the newly sprouting Inhumans!

-Written by Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man, Avengers Academy, The Flash), this issue will act as an important chapter in the Inhumanity saga, as well as another chapter in Otto’s reign as Spider-Man.

-Can Otto lean a lesson of humility. . . or is that inhumility?

Seekers of the Weird #1 (of 5)

-Disney and Marvel‘s first official, original comic book collaboration!

-Seekers of the Weird takes place in the designed, but never built Museum of the Weird amusement ride.  This ride was originally intended Disney World, but now acts as the backdrop for family friendly adventure!

-An original story, this miniseries follows a pair of wayward children in search of their father and lost in the Museum of the Weird.

-Brandon Seifert, writer of Doctor Who and Witch Doctor comics, brings his talent for wonder and adventure to this young readers series!

Black Dynamite #1

-All you gotta know is that Black Dynamite is the original, B.A., kung-fu master detective that keeps all the ladies happy and all the men cowering in fear!

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Night of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Local author, Cullen Bunn, continues his unparalleled run on the Merc with the Mouth in this newest miniseries!

-Now that Deadpool has killed the entire Marvel Universe, all of literature, and every version of himself, who does he have left to kill?

-EVERYONE AGAIN!

-Highlighting the sheer horror of Deadpool fighting endless hordes of zombies, this artistically inventive series is presented entirely in black and white, except for Deadpool, himself, who is in color!

Nov 172012
 

Why does Otto Octavius want to see Peter Parker?

Actually, how does he even know to ask for Peter Parker?

This Wednesday’s Amazing Spider-Man #698 answers both of those questions as well as creating a whole bunch more.  Dan Slott, who’s been writing the Web-Slinger for around the last eight years, has been claiming for the last couple of months that this issue of ASM is going to change EVERYTHING.  Now, usually, that’s a whole lot of baloney, but there’s some strong indication in this case that he’s telling the truth.  For one, Doctor Octopus has been in a bad way, even near-death, over the last couple of storylines, which means he might be on the chopping block.  Certainly a character who’s been around as long as Doc Ock biting it would be a big event in the Spider-Man universe.  Or maybe Peter bites it?  Or maybe both?  Who knows?  All I can say is that every should pick up a copy of this issue, because what comes after is going to be unlike any Spider-Man story that’s come before.

Marvel NOW! rolls on this week with Captain America #1 and Indestructible Hulk #1, as well.

Rick Remender, writer of Uncanny X-Force, Venom, and Uncanny Avengers, is going to be taking Captain America to places he’s never been too before.  Utilizing the immense range of artistic talent that lies within John Romita, Jr.’s hands, Remender sends Captain America and a young girl far across the known universe to Dimension Z.  It’ll be a fight for survival, as Cap has to fend off disgruntled denizens, dangerous terrain, and unusual weather, he proves exactly why he’s a living legend and the best soldier in the, apparently, entire universe.

The Hulk may not appear to be the most complex or emotive character around, but if anyone can find the humanity within the monster, it’s Mark Waid.  Waid has been around the block a time or two, having written some of the best stories in comic book (Kingdom Come, The Flash, and “Tower of Babel“), plus he’s currently writing one of the best Marvel series being published, Daredevil.  Dropping The Hulk into the middle of Marvel‘s top espionage agency, S.H.I.E.LD., and not to destroy them but work for them.  Such an unusual situation is sure to bring about some of the most unique Hulk stories to be written.  Just imagine the conversations around the water cooler at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier the day after the Hulk “accidentally” smashes an agent.  

You remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger movie where there were two of him ’cause somebody decided it would be a good idea to have to inaudible main characters in a single film?  No, I don’t either.  But I can promise you that Image Comic‘s Clone ongoing series will be nothing like it.  Produced by Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint, Clone lives up to its name as a horde of identical versions of Dr. Luke Taylor begin to descend upon his life, attempting to murder his wife and child.  As you might imagine, this doesn’t go well.  Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine: Best There Is) brings every bit of dirty, blood, sweat, and grit to life with his hyper-detailed art style, so not only will this book be unlike any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie you’ve ever seen, it’ll look a damn sight better, too.

Oct 222011
 

Jason Aaron is a busy man.

Not only did he just finish a phenomenal X-Men miniseries in Schism, begin his downhill sprint toward the end of hailed Vertigo series Scalped, and continue to pump out issues of Wolverine like it’s a breeze, but, this week, he begins writing two new series, Incredible Hulk and Wolverine & the X-Men.

Wolverine & the X-Men follows the events of Schism, where Cyclops and Wolverine separated the team in two, with Logan taking his recruits back to X-Manor in Westchester.  Anyone who’s read Aaron’s Wolverine knows he has a lock on the character beyond compare!  He also has a perchance for putting him through some weird, unexpected paces that result in Wolverine stories you’ve never seen before.  All of this is build up to me saying that, with Aaron and Chris Bachalo on the book, this is a must by!

The second Jason Aaron joint this week comes in a mean, green, don’t-make-him-angry package.  This is, of course, the new Kermit the Frog ongoing series!  That would have worked better if I hadn’t said Incredible Hulk in the first paragraph.  Anyway, tag-teaming with superstar artist Marc Silvestri, Aaron is dividing the equation by separating Banner from the Hulk.  Looking for peace, the Hulk relocates to Moleman city, but do you think the words Hulk and peace can coexist together?  With luck, Kermit will be coming next month.

Unless you want to hop aboard the cosmic treadmill and transport yourself back in time to the summer, the easiest way to catch up on the recent Flashpoint miniseries from DC is to pick up this week’s hardcover edition of it.  I know there are a lot of people out there who like to wait for a collection on a series like this (I think that can be a smart move) and Flashpoint is, certainly, one you should wait no longer for.  For one thing, if you’re reading any of the New 52 books and want to see where that creepy cloaked lady came from and how the universe was reset, this is the series that did it.  Outside of that, though, this is simply a well written event.  When you’re dealing with an alternate reality where Batman is a different person, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are villains, Superman is a skinny, pale science experiment, and no one knows how it got that way, you know you’re in for a crazy fun ride.    

Okay.  Heavy stuff’s outta the way.  Time for things like Teriyaki Zombie Jerky.

Did I just type that?  Checking, checking, checking.  I guess I did.

Well, what more can you say?  It’s green, it comes in a hazardous waste bag, and it’s apocalypse size.

Oh, and it’s made from real zombie.

Alright, that’s a lie.

Real zombie by-product.

Who’s dressing up for Halloween?  No, I’m not talking to the Internet people, I’m talking about Zatanna!  AME COMI gets into the holiday spirit (Spirit, ghost, get it?  Joke?) with a variant version of their previously released Zatanna PVC statue.  As you can see, she’s changed her color scheme a bit, as well as changing up what she’s pulling out of her trusty top hat, but overall, she’s still the same classy, quality statue from before.

Hey, at least she doesn’t have fishnets on her arms.

Too soon?

Aug 262011
 

The wait is over.

Come next Wednesday, August the 31st, there’s no turning back for the DC Universe.  The only two books shipping from DC this week will simultaneously end Flashpoint and begin the New 52.

The truly important portion of that equation is Justice League #1 by the dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.  That’s right, Geoff “Blackest Night/Green Lantern/Teen Titans” Johns and Jim “Batman: Hush/X-Men/All-Star Batman & Robin” Lee!  Not only will this book be the most dynamically written and drawn comic to ship in months, but also a perfect jumping-on point for anyone who’s interested in DC characters like The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman.  The reasons (yes, more than one!) Justice League #1 is a perfect jumping on point are:  one, the story takes place in the past, so you get to see all the members meet for the first time, and, two, it is being written so that anyone can pick it up and not get lost in continuity.  Remember there will also be a couple variant cover editions floating around as well as the Combo Pack which comes with a code to download a digital copy of the book.

Grrglle growl raga rag, rummma rum.  Sorry, for those who don’t speak Christian Bale Batman voice, allow me to repeat.  The next edition in the Black & White Batman Statues is design by David Finch.  There, that better?  Seriously, though, of the artists who have had B&W Batman Statues based off of their work there are few who can encompass every ounce of grit and grim that comprises the Dark Knight.  As somewhat of an added benefit, this statue based on Batman‘s most recent Incorporated costume.  So, as they say in Gotham City, mrggle meerrr growwlll grumppa.

Half of this next product’s appeal is it’s name alone.  Say it with me, folks, To-ki-doki.  Marvel Tokidoki Frenzies may sound like gibberish, but, if they are, they’re the most dagnabity cute gibberish I’ve ever seen.  Swinging from tiny chains which you can affix to an zipper in the immediate vicinity, these bright, cartoony renditions of all your favorite Marvel heroes and villains are just as well designed as the most artistic Munny or Dunny.  And just take a look to the right to see who all’s in the first series.  There’s Spider-Man and Punisher and the Thing and Wolverine and Dr. Doom and Red Skull and the Hulk and Thor and…well, there’s a butt load of’em.

And now, since we’re all 5-by-5, let’s get to the final shout out, B.

If you’re a fan of slayage then you’ll be happy to hear about the new Angel & Faith series.  Leading into season 9 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Wait, season 9?!  Yeah, it’s been continuing in comic form for the last few years), this series will follow the vamp with a soul and the slayingest slayer of them all and bridge gaps between last season and this one.  Not only that, but it’s written by the royally talented Christos Gage, who’s been doing a bang up job on Avengers Academy.  If you’re a Buffy die hard, how can you resist such a perfect pairing.