Aug 102013
 

Halo Initiation #1 (of 3)

-Dark Horse Comics releases their first stab at the Halo video game series!

-Brian Reed, who used to write the Marvel Halo miniseries, has followed the property over to Dark Horse!

-This three issue miniseries focuses on Sarah Palmer, prior to her initiation (get it?) into the Spartan IV program.

-A darker take on the property, Halo Initiation will tell solo stories of Palmer venturing into alien territory to pay her dues ODST division.

It Came #1

-Titan Comics continues to release inventive, exciting series to establish its name!

-Ignore the slightly innuendo-esque title (or don’t, as the series features a similar type of humor), It Came is an homage to classic B cinema Sci-Fi films of the fifties.

-Light, bubbly artwork and humorous dialog weave the tale of a giant, mysterious robot roaming the countryside, with only one hope of stopping him:  the quintessential random scientist.

-Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 need to purchase a ticket!

Thunder Agents #1

-Spies and superheroes collide in THUNDER Agents #1!

-A revival of the classic series, this version, unlike DC‘s recent relaunch from Nick Spencer, continues the continuity of the original while giving new readers a fresh starting point.

-As always, the powers of the Thunder Agents are eventually lethal, however that may not matter here as they’re presumed dead from the start.  Only Dynamo can wield the Thunder belt to save them!

-Local author Phil Hester (artist on Green Arrow, writer of Godzilla and Wonder Woman) takes the reins of these classic characters to infuse them with a modern tone.

Infinity #1

-Thanos has returned!

-Jonathon Hickman applies his talent for weaving complicated story threads and characters together for a rewarding payoff to his first event book!

-With The Avengers off-planet, fighting intergalactic baddies, Thanos takes the opportunity to attack Earth.  Only a hand-full of street-level heroes are left to ward him off.  Will The Avengers make it back in time?

-Join us Wednesday for the Infinity launch party, complete with free buttons, posters, numerous variant covers (including the Skottie Young one to the left), and more!  As usual, supplies are limited, so show up early if you want to grab some swag!

Jul 272013
 

Guardians of the Galaxy #5

-Following up the cataclysmic ending of Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is the first series to introduce Neil Gaiman’s Angela into the Marvel universe!

-This issue is co-written by Neil Gaiman, himself!  It marks his first Marvel work in nearly ten years!

-A great jumping on point for the crazy popular Guardians of the Galaxy series, all of which will prepare you for the blockbuster movie next year!

-Check out the kitschy Skottie Young Angela variant cover to the left!  Pulp will have a limited number of these, so get’em while you can!  Also be on the lookout for the even rarer Milo Manara variant!

Collider #1

-You’ve heard of the FBI, the CIA, and the IRS, but you’ve never heard of the FBP!

-Simon Oliver (The Exterminators) returns to herald Vertigo comics into a new age!

-The Federal Bureau of Physics has been appointed to sort out a world-wide dissolution of gravity, time, and entropy!

-Robbie Rodriguez, artist from Rick Remender’s recent Uncanny X-Force run, lends his stylish pencils to the series, rendering all the physics calamity in super detail!

3 Guns #1

-The comic sequel to the the film 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg, releasing this week!

-Trench and Steadman are two covert ops agents, and former partners, on the opposite sides of a bad Russian gun deal!  Will they be able to team-up undercover to get out alive?

-And what happens when a third female agent comes into the fold?

-If you want to catch up for this miniseries or the film, we currently have the original 2 Guns miniseries in a reprinted trade paperback collection!

Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

-Alan Moore’s Tom Strong returns after a far too long hiatus!

-Chris Sprouse, the original artist for the series, also returns to illustrate this Vertigo miniseries!

-Strong has lost his powers, his daughter and grandaughter are in grave peril, and there’s only one thing that’ll help!

-Joined by his closest friends, Tom Strong journeys across the far reaches of space to collect the one item that is capable of returning his powers!

Jun 292013
 

Absolution Rubicon #1

1. In theory, superheroes as cops seems like a great idea.  Not in the world of Absolution, however.  Former super-detective John Dusk has gone over the deep end, murdering perps indiscriminately, and now the world’s other heroes are gunning for his head.

2. Christos Gage applies his history of writing crime shows like Law & Order: SVU and Numb3rs to this creator-owned series for Avatar Press, a combination which results in gritty sleuthing and ludicrous violence.

3. With Dusk’s reputation in the gutter, criminals he’s put away could possibly be released to wreak havoc upon the city.  Sounds like a perfect climax to the series, but will Dusk be able to stop them alone?  Doubtful, but he does have Happy Kitty, a psychotic, murderous Japanese school girl to (maybe) back him up.

4. Absolution Rubicon #1 explores what would happen if a hero imbued with the power level of Green Lantern started murdering the bad guys and, because it’s Avatar, it does it in the most gruesome way possible.

Avengers A.I. #1

1. The Age of Ultron has passed.  Long live the age of A.I.!  Following the time stream shattering conclusion of Age of Ultron, Hank Pym assembles a team of robotic Avengers to put things right.

2. Fan favorites like The Vision and Victor Mancha of The Runaways return alongside the likes of a rogue Doombot and a cadre of original characters.

3. Sam Humphries has begun to build a strong reputation as a unique author in the world of comics with Indy darlings, like Our Love is Real, and Marvel hits, like Ultimate Comics Ultimates, but now gets to unleash his voice on a title that allows him room to invent and imagine.  Think of how good similar books, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, are right now.

4. Dig on the retro 8-Bit variant cover designed to look like a classic game of Donkey Kong to the right.

Satellite Sam #1

1. Matt Fraction returns to his seedy, independent roots with next week’s Satellite Sam.  Though he’s killing it on Marvel‘s Hawkeye, Fantastic Four, and FF, Fraction does some of his best work when the reins are off, for instance Five Fists of Science and Casanova.

2. A period piece, Satellite Sam is a cold, hard, debauched murder mystery set during the deceptively wholesome fifties. When a famous TV host turns up deader than a door nail, his alcoholic son is the only one who can solve this unsolvable murder.

3. Comic legend Howard Chaykin brings his A game as the interior artist of the book, matching the setting and tone perfectly to his vintage style.

4. Like all recent Image Comics hits (Jupiter’s Legacy, Lazarus, Sex), Satellite Sam #1 is bound to sell out quickly and become a hot collector’s item shortly thereafter.  Buy it and enjoy it before the after market vultures sore by.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

1. Nearly three years ago, Pandora watched from the sidelines of every single New 52 comic.  Now, she makes her presence known!

2. The first tie-in book for DC‘s major Justice League crossover event, Pandora #1 serves as the catalyst for the oncoming destruction to follow in Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League of America.

3. Ray Fawkes has been paying his dues co-writing JLD and Constantine with Jeff Lemire, but now he gets to let loose on a solo series, one, in fact, that will explain the most mysterious character in the New 52 universe.

4. Find out who Pandora is and what she’s been up too since last we saw her in Justice League #6!

Jun 222013
 

Batman/Superman #1

1. Hot on the heels of Superman Unchained, is another series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, complete with a selection of variant covers featuring each of the titular characters as well as a Guillem March variant featuring both.

2. Greg Pak has jumped ship from Marvel to DC, leaving behind legendary runs on The Hulk (Planet Hulk, anyone?), in order to helm the a first series teaming of The Caped Crusader and Man of Tomorrow.

3.  Joining Pak on the book is Jae Lee, fresh off of a career defining run on Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, bringing a moody, shadowy portrayal of these characters unlike any you’ve seen before.

4. Taking place six  years before the present, Batman/Superman #1 relates the first time that Superman and Batman got teamed-up post-Darkseid in the New 52 universe.

Larfleeze #1

1. Feeling left out with all this Superman hoohaw going on, Larfleeze demanded DC give him his own ongoing series and they agreed to.  Mostly because he threatened to have Glomulus eat them.

2. To celebrate the release of the most recent addition to the Green Lantern universe, every purchase of issue #1 receives a free Orange Lantern Ring!

3. Once you have claimed all the Orange Lantern Rings for yourself, you can sit down and find out how Larfleeze, the most selfish creature in the galaxy, has become the only force standing between the most destructive being to ever live.

4. Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins bring their veteran experience in the comic industry to bear on this series, delivering classic action and sci-fi adventure.

Lazarus #1

1. Did you miss out on Criminal?  Or on Fatale?  Or Incognito?  If you answered “yes” to any of those, do not miss out on Image Comics soon-to-be-hit series, Lazarus!

2. From the writer/artist team of the aforementioned serieses (Greg Rucka and Michael Lark), Lazarus #1 takes these two past the crime, horror, and superhero genres they’ve tackled previously, straight into post-apocalyptic chaos.

3. Set in a future wasteland, Lazarus tells the violent tale of the last survivors of Earth, all of which have formed into distinct houses (like Game of Thrones), each of which steal from each other for survival.

4. Oh, and the main character gets shot down in issue one.  Where the hell do things go from there?

Before Watchmen Hardcovers (Round One)

1. The first wave of dual story Before Watchmen hardcovers hits shelves this Wednesday.  And if you missed out on this shockingly stellar addition to the original Watchmen, now’s your time to gather them all up.

2. Taking place before Alan Moore’s medium redefining miniseries, the two volumes shipping this week feature The Minutemen, Silk Spectre, and Ozymandias.

3. The Minutemen/Silk Spectre volume features stories by comics icon, Darwyn Cooke.  He both draws and writes The Minutemen story in his notably golden age style, producing the closest approximation to the original Watchmen, in terms of dense narrative and complexity, in the entire line.  His Silk Spectre story is drawn by Amanda Conner in a style that can only be described as Archie Comics on ecstasy.

4. The second volume this week is Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair.  Brimming with pulpy pulp, this hardcover details the globe-trotting origins of the most brilliant man on Earth in the style of classic Doc Savage and Shadow stories.  Not only that, but the entire interlinking Crimson Corsair story and the Dollar Bill one-shot.

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!