Jun 172016
 

Civil War II Choosing SidesCivil War II Choosing Sides #1 (of 6)

-The Civil War II tie-in miniseries are heating up with this third release!

-Focusing on the split in ideologies that initiates the Civil War event, Choosing Sides will present two stories from each side of the argument.

-Artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) will not only be providing artwork for portions of the miniseries, but also handling writing duties.

-Featuring an ensemble cast, Choosing Sides will focus on characters like Nick Fury, Black Widow, The Punisher, Moon Knight, and other “street level” or SHIELD related heroes.

James Bond v.1 HC “Vargr”James Bond 007 HC

-Dynamite‘s best ongoing series receives its first collection!

-Comic veteran Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Moon Knight, Nextwave, Astonishing X-Men) is killing it on this series, capturing the perfect blend of Ian Fleming’s novel Bond and the coldness of the Daniel Craig films.

-After enacting grisly revenge for the death of another 00 agent, Bond is assigned to investigate a technology corporation who appears to have ties to a devastating street drug.

-Working off of Ellis’ minimalist scripts, artist Jason Masters delivers panel layouts and action sequences that are gorgeously paced and inventively illustrated.

Deadpool vs GambitDeadpool vs. Gambit #1 (of 5)

-Two of the most nineties Marvel superheroes out there join forces in this five issue miniseries.

-Comedic writing duo, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts, Thrilling Adventure Hour), return to Marvel to bring the funny to this miniseries.

-Deadpool vs. Gambit will unveil an previously unknown history between the characters!

-When the anti-heroes have to pull a heist together things go terribly wrong, leading to them eventually having to sling hamburgers in a dinner together. . .what?

Star Wars The Force Awakens #1 (of 5)Star Wars The Force Awakens Adaptation

-You’ve seen the film a hundred times.  Now read the Marvel comic adaptation!

-Broken up over five issues, this adaptation covers the events of the film plus maybe a few new scenes.

-A new voice on the Marvel scene, Chuck Wendig (Hyperion) handles writing duties here.

-With beautiful variant covers by Esad Ribic, Joe Quesada, and John Cassaday, the interiors will be equally great by veteran artist, Luke Ross.

Feb 082014
 

Image Comics Two-fer:  Mercenary Sea #1 & Fuse #1

-Two new ongoing series from Image Comics drop this week, each featuring work of up-and-coming writers and artists!

-Mercenary Sea is a pulpy wartime adventure set aboard a refitted German U-Boat, as the crew of adventurers for hire travel the globe.

-Equally pulpy, but at the opposite end of time is Fuse, a murder mystery, cop procedural on-board a floating space station.

-Fuse is being written by Anthony Johnson, writer of cult classic series Wasteland and Umbral.

Winter Soldier Bitter March #1 (of 5)

-Leading up to this year’s Captain America: Winter Soldier movie, Marvel is launching a short and sweet series offering background on the character.

-A complete homage to Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, Bitter March tells a flashback story of Bucky Barnes’ long lost past.

-Rick Remender, author of Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, Deadly Class, Fear Agent, and so much more, helms this miniseries.

-The Winter Soldier is pitted against two American S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, with both hot on the trail of two wayward Nazi scientists.

X-Force #1

-Returning to the covert ops theme of Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, X-Force #1 sees Cable leading his team on missions the X-Men don’t want announced to the public.

-After the conclusions of Cable and X-Force and the previous Uncanny X-Force series, members of each team have combined to carry out the dirty work of the mutant population.

-Simon Spurrier has been bucking expectations with his mind-bending X-Men Legacy series, of late.  What sorts of twists and turns will he unleash here?

-Not only is this black ops mutant team comprised of Cable, Psylocke, and Fantomex, but also the recently re-powered Marrow.

She-Hulk #1

-And what is the jury’s verdict on She-Hulk #1?  Uh, a must-read.  Come on.

-Rising star writer (and full time attorney) Charles Soule (Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns, Thunderbolts, Superman/Wonder Woman) is the absolute perfect writer to handle the legal dealings of Jennifer Walters, part time lawyer and all time greatest, green criminal beater!

-Fans of Hawkeye pay attention, because you don’t want to miss out on the next Marvel sensation!

-She-Hulk will see Jennifer attempting to balance her own, private practice with crime fighting, all told in one-and-done issues!

Dec 222012
 

Tonight’s topics of discussion where easy to choose, because I’m, literally, going to mention every book that comes out next week.  Thank the holidays, folks.

First up, the most prominent of all the releases is the 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man.  It is also the last.

As some of you might know (by either reading the book or a comics news site in the last three months) Peter Parker has been having a rather bad time lately.  Doc Ock has swapped brains with Peter, only moments before the his own death, leaving Peter with minimal options of escape.  Having managed to survive, Peter as Ock, calls on the Sinister Six to aid him in returning his brain to his body.  #700 picks up from there, answering the dire question of whether Peter can return his consciousness to his body before the one he’s in gives out.  Trust us, True Believers, if you thought the twist ending of AMS #698 was a doozy, your brain with self-destruct over this one.  Truly an event that will change the course of the Spider-Man universe for the foreseeable future.  And, if you’re the collector type, the issue ships with multiple variant covers by Humberto Ramos, Marcos Martin, and more, each celebrating the many decades of web-slinging that has lead to issue #700.

Avenging Spider-Man 15.1 is the only other book that comes out from Marvel this holiday week, adding an important epilogue to the landmark issue.

On the DC front, the first massive crossover between the Justice League and Aquaman series begins, with Justice League #15 and Aquaman #15.  Both issues also come with their own variant covers (like the one pictured on the right).  And what has drawn these two flagship DC titles together, besides the mutual presence of the King of the Seas?  As Aquaman has been away from Atlantis since he was a young boy, his half-brother, the Ocean Master, has ruled in his stead.  But now Arthur wants his throne back.  This Grecian-esque power struggle will rage across land and sea, drawing in the other heroes and villains of the universe, including the newly created creatures known only as The Trench.  As Geoff Johns writes both series, expect a tightly controlled, character-driven event kept lively by sprawling battles.

DC also finishes up another of the terrific Before Watchmen series this week, with Nite Owl #4.

With the big two out of the way, let’s focus on the artistic world of creator-owned independent comics.

And by that I mean a balls-to-the-wall smash’em up extravaganza known as Deathmatch!  Written by Paul Jenkins (Sentry, Hellblazer, Thunderbolts), Deathmatch may remind you of the Hunger Games, Battle Royale, Running Man, Civil War, and, oh, possibly that recent Dennis Hopeless title Avengers Arena.  Basically, a bunch of superheroes are trapped by a villain of unknown origin and told to murder one another to get free.  Not a new concept, but one that will be taken to its most violent conclusion by this series; if Avengers Arena is the character-driven version of this premise, Deathmatch is the gorey, all-fights-all-the-time version.  And issue #1 is only a $1.00!!!!

Brian Wood, author of such politically-motivated, socially conscious series as DMZ, Local, and The Massive (Plus the upcoming Star Wars series from Dark Horse), tackles the topic of celebrity worship with his new Image miniseries, Mara. Starring a young woman, who’s already world-famous from her exceptional physical prowess as an athlete, spontaneously manifests superhuman abilities on live television.  As the only superpowered individual in the world, Mara immediately becomes the center of global attention.  Things don’t play out so well from there.

And that’s the entirety of next week’s comics, folks!  Happy holidays!

Dec 012012
 

The Avengers are dead.  Long live The Avengers!

After Brian Michael Bendis’ lengthy run on, basically, ever Avengers comic for the last ten years, it’s out with the old blood and in with the new as Johnathon Hickman takes over.  Riding a wave of success off of his acclaimed Fantastic Four run and current run on Manhattan Projects for Image, Hickman claims to be having the time of his life writing this new Avengers series.  If the writer’s having fun, that usually bodes pretty well for the book.  Plus, Hickman’s not leaving anything on the drawing room floor as he’s jam-packed his Avengers team with nearly twenty members, including Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, to name a few.  If you’re going to pick up any Marvel NOW! book to get a taste of the reboot, this is it.

Read the next book with extreme prejudice.  Thunderbolts #1 is an assemblage of the lean,  mean, and extreme combining the toughest customers the Marvel Universe has to offer.  That includes Venom, Elektra, Red Hulk, The Punisher, and Deadpool.  The Red Hulk leads the team, but only as much as you can lead nutjobs like Frank Castle and Wade Wilson.  Written by Daniel Way, who’s been running the Deadpool book for the last four years, this series is certain to be spilling over with blood, guts, and guffaws.  Steve Dillon, artist on Garth Ennis’ legendary run on The Punisher series, lends his pencils to the book, which means both creators have ties to characters on the team and that makes for a good read.

The future is not a happy place in Image Comics‘ new post-apocalyptic series, Blackacre.  From the new creative team of Duffy Boudreau and Wendell Cavalcanti, the series focuses a lone, retired soldier, Hull, who must venture forth from behind the protective barrier of his home city, Blackacre.  Beyond the walls lie creatures and cults beyond recognition, all of which are ready to eat him alive.  Readers of Prophet and Planetoid will find a similar narrative of survival here, as Hull has to outlast and outlive the terrain and terrors of the wasteland.  

Mike Mignola returns to the character that made his career, Hellboy, this next Wednesday.  Not only is Mignola writing the series, but he’s also drawing the character for the first time in ten years.  Of course, if he’s going to return to the series, there has to be an amazing reason.  Hellboy in Hell #1 begins a new miniseries where Hellboy has died and returned home, along with the entirety of Great Britain.  And if you don’t know, Hellboy, as the son of the devil, has a throne waiting for him in the underworld, one that he’s not too keen to take back.  Like Halley’s comet, Hellboy comics don’t come around too often, especially not by its creator, so be sure to grab a copy and get your Big Baby fix.