Jan 082016
 

Walking Dead #150Walking Dead #150

-Wow, time flies by when you’re in a zombie apocalypse!  Walking Dead has already made it’s way to issue #150!

-Robert Kirkman celebrates this landmark with an oversized issue for the same price as a standard issue!

-As he did with issue #100, Kirkman has commissioned variant covers from a number of major comic artists!

-Included in that list of cover artists Jason Latour, Ryan E. Ottley, Charlie Adlard, and the long estranged from the book, Tony Moore!

Green Lantern CORPS Edge of Oblivion #1 (of 6)Green Lantern Corps Edge of Oblivion

-Spins out of and continues the story from Green Lantern Lost Army!

-Veteran artist, Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern, Flash Reborn, Green Lantern Rebirth), returns to the Green Lantern universe to illustrate all six issues of this miniseries!

-Also returning to DC, Tom Taylor (Injustice, Earth 2, All New Wolverine, Superior Iron Man) will be writing every issue.

-Focusing on all of the Green Lanterns who are not Hal Jordan, Edge of Oblivion finds the CORPS having to escape from a dying universe while protecting a band of refugees.

Death of Wolverine tpbDeath of Wolverine tpb

-The long awaited softcover printing of Death of Wolverine is out next week!

-Find out how the X-Men‘s most famous member bit the big one in this four issue, landmark series!

-Written by Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Swamp Thing, Secret War Civil War, Daredevil)!

-Soule’s story is brought to life by respected artist Steve McNiven (Civil War, Amazing Spider-Man)!

Agents of Shield #1Agents of SHIELD

-Taking the place of Mark Waid’s SHIELD series, Agents of SHIELD now features the entire cast from the popular television show!

-Marc Guggenheim, writer and co-creator of CW‘s Arrow, will be writing the series going forward!

-Coulson is at the heart of this book’s first arc, as his old flame Lola (a person, not a car) comes out of the woodwork to activate a hidden mental boobytrap in Coulson’s mind that turns him into a weapon.

-Oh, and Hydra‘s kinda still a problem, too.

Nov 032012
 

This week is Marvel‘s week.  Beezees.  Word up.

Marvel NOW! is in full effect, as two of the cornerstone titles hit shelves this Wednesday.

First up, Deadpool #1.  Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, two thinking man’s comedians, are writing the book (their first comic endeavor ever…that rhymed) while the legend himself, Tony Moore (Walking Dead), lends his beautifully twisted pencils to the Merc with the Mouth.  The premise for the first arc of this series is so unbelievable, I hesitate to tell you about it.

Okay, you’ve convinced me.  All the country’s deceased presidents are coming back to undead life and there’s only one man who’s jerk enough to re-kill them.  I think you know who it is.

That Tony Stark needs to learn how to hold onto his inventions.  Iron Man #1 by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land re-introduce Tony Stark to a whole new range of readers with this Marvel NOW! starting point issue, where Tony gets his Extremis technology stolen and must develop an entirely new suit of armor to get it back.  Gillen has been killing on the Uncanny X-Men AvX tie-ins, bringing the pathos and the action while Greg Land is just a beautiful, painterly artist who will make Tony’s armor look so polished you’ll think you can eat off it.  Anyone who loves the Iron Man films but has never read one of his comics NEEDS to check this series out.

If you missed this year’s epic Marvel brawl to end it all, Avengers vs. X-Men, all hope is not lost.  Coming out this Wednesday is the complete epic all in one hefty volume.  That’s twelve issues for the main series, folks, plus six issues of AvX: Versus, the all fights all the time miniseries that accompanied the main series, and (if that wasn’t enough) three AvX: Infinite issues, which have never been in print before.  The entire volume is a treasure trove of the greatest writers and artists working in comics today, featuring names like Jonathon Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jeph Loeb, Kieron Gillen, Ed Brubaker, Andy Kubert, Oliver Coipel, John Romita, Jr., and many, many, many more.  And this thing’s so thick after you get done reading it, you can use it as a coffee table.

You’ve read the novel.  You’ve seen the Swedish movie.  You’ve seen the American movie.  But have you read the graphic novel?

No, obviously not, it’s not out until this Wednesday.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo makes its way to comic shelves this week with a Vertigo graphic novel adaptation by novelist Denise Mina and artists Leonard Manco and Andrea Mutti.  If you nabbed the free sample comic from a couple months back, you know that this version of the story plays with silence and ambiance in way the previous incarnations have not.  And, if you’ve lived under a rock for the last eight years or so, then you should check the book out anyway as it is one of the best mystery, suspense stories of the decade.

Sep 162011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update.  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.

*Batman – BIFF!  *Birds of Prey – Fempower  *Blue Beetle - escarabajo

*Captain Atom – Soulja  *Catwoman – Prrrr

*DC Universe Presents - Acrobatic  *Green Lantern CORPS – Plural

*Legion of Superheroes – Future  *Nightwing – speedo-less

*Red Hood & the Outlaws – Wanted  *Supergirl – Collar

*Wonder Woman – Spoooooooky

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Like, literally don’t, in this case, because the Venom displayed on the cover to the right is not exactly who appears in the story.  The statement could also apply to the protagonist of this new Rick Remender penned Venom Volume 1 Hardcover, though, as Flash Thompson is not your mild-mannered, wheelchair-bound, ex-soldier.  No, sir, he is, in fact, the government’s newest secret weapon:  Venom.  Having agreed to don the symbiote in limited forty-eight hour periods, Flash is sent on covert missions to take down the worst of the worst.  Illustrated by former KC-ian Tony Moore (and original Walking Dead artist), this book is a violent, gruesome, action-packed force to be reckoned with.  Do you dare?

So how about that new crack drug they’ve got these days?  Or that new Hubble Telescope?  Crazy stuff, right?  Ooo, ooo, and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man?  Terrific!  Wait a tick, it’s not 1988, it’s 2011!  Then what the hey is The New Teen Titans:  Games HC doing coming out next Wednesday?  Yeah, just a bit late, George Perez and Marv Wolfman are finally (FIIIINALLLY) done with their epic Teen Titans story.  It’s been in the works for over twenty years, folks, and judging from the earlier Titans works of Perez and Wolfman that time can only mean this baby is perfection.

I know what you’re saying out there, “What is with all these collars on my Super Family characters?  Where are the good old days when costumes ended at the neck?”.  Well, I understand you’re pain (actually, no, but let’s say I do for this situation).  Luckily for all you cranky folk out on the Interwebs Pulp Fiction has a solution for your craz…um, reasonable complaints.  That would be the new Women of the DCU Supergirl Bust.  Stealing a move from her older cousin, Kara is busting out of those nasty chains that seem to continually end up wrapped around Super Family members.  Classic pose.  Classic costume.  Classic statue.

Mar 042011
 

So, what’s up with Charlie Sheen?  Doesn’t really have anything to do with comics, but figured I’d ask.

Anyway, we’ll start out with a couple new books starting up this week and build up to the high dollar items.

Venom has been one of Spider-Man’s most popular foes since his inception and has been through a number of changes over the years.  Starting with Venom #1, he’s changing it up again.  This time around, Peter Parker’s old buddy/bully, Flash Thompson, is wearing the symbiote and using it to complete undercover missions for the government.  A recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man was entirely focused on Venom Flash and it was, in a word, superb.  This spin-off book is being written by Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Frankencastle) and drawn by, formerly Kansas City’s own, Tony Moore (Walking Dead, Fear Agent).  Given Moore’s clean but gruesome artwork and Remender’s ability to write thrilling action, this superhero spy book is a must read.

A one, two punch of awesome-ness is this week’s release/restock of Magus #1 and #2.  From new writers Jon Price and David Norton, this high-concept series is set in our reality, but starts at a p0int in time where we realize that magic used to exist in our world.  Not only that, but all the magic didn’t just disappear,  it was hidden.  And not only that!  Now, it is being released back into the world and dragons and laser blasts are plentiful.  Great concept.

You know those sweet, tiny, detailed mini-statues that Eaglemoss puts out and we continually plug on here?  Well, the DC end of things has a new line of figures in the Blackest Night Figurine Collection.  Not shockingly, the first figure in the set is The Black Hand.  Much like the Black Hand mini-bust from last week, this figure is clutching the glowing skull of Batman.

But that’s not all, we’re also getting in some restock and new figures for the regular Marvel and DC lines.  They include:  Iron Man, Batrock, Beta Ray Bill, Pyro, Thor, Omega Red, Wildcat, Deadman, and Steel.  As always, each figure comes with a booklet that details the character’s history.

World of Warcraft and DC Direct have produced a number of intricately detailed, beautifully designed action figures over the years, but none, none I say, compare to the new Deluxe Lich King action figure.  He combines the intimidating presence of Darth Vader with the utter power of Sauron, all while pointing his massive sword directly in your face.  Standing 8 1/2 inches tall with a base that stretches 10 inches, this figure will cause all your other figures to grovel at his feet in a pile of tears and sorrow.

Boldly going where no comic highlights post has ever gone before, I give to you the Star Trek Original Series Tricorder.  If you’ve been eying the communicator and phaser that Pulp has sitting on near our register, but thinking to yourself, “self, I can’t buy those until I can complete the ensemble with a tricorder”.  Well, guess what?  It’s your lucky day.  You can pretend you’re McCoy or Spock or a red shirt till your heart’s content.

Last, but certainly the most curvaceous, is the Mystique Statue.  Sadly, the actual statue does not shape-shift, but who really wants it to when it looks this good.  Standing at 12 inches, this X-villainess is perfectly sculpted for placement on your computer desk or make-shift danger room.