Nov 132015
 

Huck #1Huck #1

-Some think he’s a blowhard, some think he’s a genius, either way it can not be denied that Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsmen, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Ultimates, Civil War) makes interesting comics!

-Millar is the master of subverting the formulas and tropes of comics, which is exactly what he’s back to do here.

-In line with the lighter tone Millar showcased in Chrononauts, Huck is about a smalltown resident with superhuman powers.  Instead of saving the world, Huck simply helps out his neighbors.  Or, at least, he does until the media gets wind of him.

-Millar’s story is brought to life by the exquisite painterly artwork of Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire, Animal Man).

Batman Europa #1 (of 4)Batman Europa

-Superstar comic artist, Jim Lee (Justice League, Batman, Superman Unchained), returns to the Dark Knight!

-A long gestating miniseries, Batman Europa features the combined talents of American writer Brian Azzarello and Italian writer Matteo Casali.

-Each of issue will feature a different artist, again crossing the pond by alternating between American and Italian talents.

-If that abundance of talent hasn’t hooked you yet, the premise will.  Batman, infected by a deadly virus, must team up with the Joker and travel to Europe to find the cure.

Ms Marvel #1All New All Different Marvel Part 1

-Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman return to The Mighty Thor, continuing to follow the story of Jane Foster as Thor!

-Also returning this week is Sam Humphries Star Lord series.  Wait, who?  Star Lord, man!

-If you haven’t been reading Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel‘s best ongoing series, then this new #1 is your chance to jump on!

-After outing her superhero identity to her mother and almost kissed her best friend, Kamala now also has to deal with being a full-time Avenger!

All New All Different Marvel Part 2Spider-Woman #1

-How do you stop evil when the weapon you use is dangerously addictive?  That’s the question that plagues the Black Knight.

-Many customers have been excited for the new Black Knight series, largely because he will be traveling to the Weirdworld Jason Aaron introduced in Secret Wars.

-Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, relaunches his hit Spider-Woman series this week, but with one major difference.

-Reuniting with artist Javier Rodriguez, Hopeless is writing a considerably pregnant Spider-Woman.  Jessica is also not taking any guff from those who think she should take it easy.

Nov 162013
 

Batman Black and White Statue by Greg Capullo

-Match the Joe’s Garage Joker statue from last week with his equal and opposite number.

-Capullo’s stylish pencils are brought to life in this accurate statue.

-Most recent in the popular line of Batman Black and White statues, Capullo’s is equally suited to the monochromatic coloration as all the rest.

-Just a reminder, there’s nothing anyone loves more than a Dark Knight for the holidays.

Nowhere Men v.1 tpb

-Science is the new Rock’n'Roll!

-Collects the first six issue miniseries from Image Comics, a miniseries that was so popular Image kicked it up to an ongoing!

-In a world where The Beatles were replaced by a scientific supergroup, Nowhere Men explores what happens in a highly technologically evolved society when everything goes wrong.

-Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire’s striking pop art aesthetic turns this book into a punk rock comic of the modern age!

X-Men by Brian Wood v.1 tpb

-Experienced comic veteran, Brian Wood (DMZ, Local, Mara, The Massive, Ultimate Comics X-Men), brings his strong character-driven style to the X-Men universe.

-Finally, a book for female comic readers!  Disregard the title, this team is entirely comprised of strong, sympathetic women mutants.

-Olivier Coipel (House of M, Avengers vs. X-Men, The Mighty Thor) lends his kinetic style to every thrilling action scene in the series, making this one of the most action packed X-Men series in recent years.

-When Jubilee brings an orphaned baby back to the Jean Grey School, a baby wanted by some very bad people, what sort of tough decisions will Rogue, Psylocke, Storm, and the rest of the team have to make?

Harley Quinn #0

-Everyone’s favorite psychopathic psychologist returns to helm her own ongoing series!

-The husband/wife writing duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, masters of pure fun comic storytelling, promise to bring Harley back to her former glory!

-This introductory zero issue features tons of different (famous) artists as Harley holds auditions to find out who should draw her comic.

-A sure fire DC hit, Harley Quinn’s series will be comprised of one shot stories of pure insanity and cuteness as she joins a roller derby, hunts for kittens, and looks for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Mr. J.

Apr 222011
 

By Thor’s hammer!  Actually, in this case, buy Thor’s hammer.

Matt Fraction, who’s been driving the Thor bus for a number of months now, is moving to a new book called The Mighty Thor #1.  As the Thor film is releasing in a couple weeks, Marvel is creating this title as a simple way for people to jump into the Thor mythos without having to learn decades of history.  Heck, Fraction has even said the godly, ye old Thor-speak will be going away to be replaced by an easier to digest, lofty dialog.  Also, the genius artist from J. Michael Straczynski‘s famous run on the book, Oliver Coipel, is returning.  With Fraction writing the Asgardian-heavy mega-event Fear Itself as well as having gone around the block in the main Thor book a couple times, this should be an excellent read.

For all those that worship at the steampunk alter (I’m sure it would be made of strange gears and vacuum pumps), there is now a tome to gather around:  The Steampunk Bible.  Brought to you by Jeff VanderMeer, this hefty edition catalogs the history of the steampunk movement, following it all the way up to current day.  But, hey, it ain’t all words in this fella, there is some gorgeous pictures to go along with it.  If you dig the steampunk, you will want to strap on your jetpack and goggles to come pick this book up.

The Joker may be a psychotic nutjob, but there’s no doubt that the dude is stylish.  Nothing sh0ws that more than the new Lee Bermejo designed Joker Black and White Statue.  Following in the series of Batman B&W statues, this release is based off of the Brian Azzarelo/Lee Bermejo Joker graphic novel from a couple years back.  The story was creepy-as-hell, the art was mind-blowing, and, based on the Joker’s appearance and some story elements, it can be read as a sequel to The Dark Knight movie.  Even if you haven’t read the story (DO IT!) you can still enjoy the incredible design of this statue.

Made to compliment the previously released Eaglemoss statue binder, the new Blackest Night Binder is created to hold the magazines that come with any of the Blackest Night line of Eaglemoss statues.  If you’ve picked up a lot of these b-e-a-utiful mini statues, then you’ve probably got a stack of magazines piled up with nowhere to go.  For that reason, this binder can come in handy.  Even if you’ve got your magazines ordered on a bookshelf, this hardcover binder can keep them protected and safe from bending.

Started with Thor and now we’ll end with him, too.  This time around, it’s two new action figures for the Thor movie.  Obviously, they’re going to start with the heavy hitters, Loki and Thor.  Coming from Marvel Select, these two figures share in the consistent quality of the line.  Each come with their respected accessories, Mjollnir and a sharp pointy stick.  Here’s hoping the movie looks as good as these two figures.

Apr 082011
 

Infinity is a very long time.  I know some books (COUGH-Ultimate Comics X-COUGH) take that long to come out, and are worth it when they do, but, luckily, S.H.I.E.L.D:  Infinity does not live up to its name by arriving next Wednesday.

If you’ve been keeping up with Jonathon Hickman’s opus, then you’d be quick to tell others how insanely captivating it is.  Secret societies, Leonardo da Vinci using a steam punk jet pack, Galactus attempting to devour ancient China, it’s all in S.H.I.E.L.DInfinity is the first collection of short stories for the series and features art by a various and sundry group of up and coming individuals, include one Kevin Mellon, artist of Gearhead.  His work only gets better and better with time, folks.  Combine Hickman’s high concept writing style with Mellon’s wild page layouts and angles and you’ve got a must-buy book!

When I say Duela Dent, you might immediately think Harvey “Two-Face” Dent’s daughter.  You’d be right, but also wrong.  She has taken the moniker of “Insert Batman Villain’s Name” Daughter for a number of the Dark Knight’s rouge’s gallery.  The new Ame-Comi statue for Duela Dent has her in her most famous costume (the one she wore during her stint in the Teen Titans), that of the Joker’s Daughter.  Personally, I think the design pops!  You can never go wrong with a can and top hat.

If you’re a Walking Dead fan you probably all ready have a survival guide written out in case of a zombie apocalypse.  The new Walking Dead Survival Guide, however, is not that.  Instead, it is an encyclopedic collection of character bios, location descriptions, and other detailed explanations of information from Walking Dead‘s 80+ issue run.  This first volume (of four) contains entries from A to C.  If you do some digging on the Intro-webs you might be able to find some images of the pages contain within this issue and you will realize that they look swanky.  For a series as packed with detail as this one, a collection of this magnitude is well worth it.

And one for the kiddies.  If Neil Gaiman’s Coraline (either the movie or the book) appeal to you or your children, then the first digest collection of Courtney Crumrin might be worth a look.  Setting a tone similar to the aforementioned Gaiman work, Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things follows Courtney as she explores and investigates her mysterious Uncle Aloysius’ house.  Creepy, monstrous ghoulish are discovered and dealt with in a manner only a spunky adolescent girl can manage.  Ted Naifeh both writes and illustrates this series in a style similar to Eduardo Risso and Gabriel Ba.

88 miles per hour.  Find a way to get this new Back to the Future DeLorean minimate up to that speed and…you probably still won’t be able to time travel.  But you’ll have an excessively cool miniature version of the time machine from Back to the Future and a Marty McFly in radioactive gear figure.  If you’ve purchased any of the previous BttF minimate releases, they all are usable with this mini.  Who knows, it may nab you 1.21 gigawatts if your in dire straights.

Let a black cat cross your path.  Why?  Because with this new Bishoujo statue of The Black Cat is slick, stylish, and screaming to be in your collection.  Following in a tradition of beautifully designed statues, Bishoujo releases Spider-Man‘s gal pal bounding around in her classic catsuit over a tiny building.  If you’ve seen the Psylocke or Jean Grey statues, then you know that Black Cat is perfect for this manga-style statue treatment.

Finally, whom ever wields this Travis Charest poster of the upcoming cover to The Mighty Thor #1 gains the power of ultimate awesomeness.  Travis Charest is easily one of the truly talented artists working in the industry currently, so, as you can see, his version of Thor is stunning.  If you’re planning to make a Thor smock to wear to the upcoming Thor movie, then this poster could serve that purpose.  Or, you know, if you just want to put it on your wall, that’d be fine, too.