May 292015

Batman BeyondDC June Relaunch Wave 1

-Now that Convergence is over, DC has canceled nearly half of their line and are replacing it in June with about twenty-four new series!

-The first wave of these new titles release this week.  DC‘s directive with this relaunch is not to erase continuity, but to expand the tones and genres represented at the company.  Creative over homogeneity.

-The new titles out this week include Bat-Mite, Batman Beyond, Bizarro, Midnighter, and Omega Men.

-Returning series with new creative teams or storylines include Action Comics, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Lobo.

Groot #1Groot

-With Secret Wars underway and the Rocket Raccoon series defunct, Marvel is filling that space with another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

-I.  Am.  Groot.

AirboyAirboy #1 (of 4)

-In the vein of Spike Jonze’s film Adaptation and Grant Morrison’s Animal Man run, Image Comics launches the Airboy miniseries.

-A meta series at heart, Airboy is about the creation of itself.  Wait, what?

-Yes, writer James Robinson (Fantastic Four, Earth 2, Starman) has written himself into his own comic.  His struggles with adapting Airboy, a character from the forties, his personal life, and his addictions are detailed across the series.

-Oh, but wait!  It’s not that easy, as Airboy, himself, actually begins appearing in the real world and confronting Robinson.  Talk about bringing a character to life.

Secret Wars Miniseries ReleasesAmazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows Secret Wars Battleworld

-With all of the main Marvel ongoing series going away, the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries continue to roll out.

-Out this week are Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows (MJ and Peter are married again!), Armor Wars (Tony versus all the other armors!), and Future Imperfect (Maestro Hulk returns!).

-Also out is Giant Sized Little Marvel AvX (Skottie Young’s baby variants as a comic!), X-Tinction Agenda (Cable and the nineties are back in force!), and Years of Future Past (Kitty Pryde returns to the far flung future of the X-Men).

-And for those who’ve been craving for more, Secret Wars #3 is also out this Wednesday!

Jan 302015

Postal #1Postal #1

-In the vein of other smalltown horror comics like Revival and Nailbiter, Image now launches Postal.

-Eden is a calm, quite little town, but it hides a secret:  it houses fugitive criminals waiting to gain a new identity.  Everyone has to be on their best behavior as not to draw attention, but the first murder in years has just occurred and everyone is getting paranoid about who did it.

-Issue one will feature a haunting variant cover by Linda Sejic!

-The first issue of Postal is ALREADY sold out at the distributor level, so if you want a copy, get it this Wednesday!  Also, means it will have some after market value.

Nameless #1Nameless #1

-Grant Morrison is writing a new series for Image Comics.  And, yes, it’s a weird as you might think.

-Joining Morrison is his frequent artistic collaborator, Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc).

-Fans of Morrison’s Seaguy, Annhilator, The Filth, and The Invisibles will find another thought-provoking, philosophical tale with Nameless.

-Honestly, I’d summarize the plot, but I’m not sure what to say.  Something about a lost cosmonaut moon base, a dead astronaut, and a sentient asteroid, all blended together in classic Morrison fashion.

Return of the Living Deadpool #1Return of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killology) returns to the world of Deadpool!

-This miniseries is a sequel to last year’s Night of the Living Deadpool miniseries!

-What’s worse than a horde of zombies?  A horde of zombie Deadpools!

-Like a comedic Walking Dead, the whole miniseries will be drawn in black and white, except for Deadpool, who will be in full color.

All New Captain America Fear Him #1 (of 4)All New Captain America Fear Him #1

-You may have noticed there is a Dennis Hopeless Signing countdown clock on the website’s homepage.  Here’s another series you can bring in to get signed on that day!

-Hopeless is writing all four issues of this miniseries that bridges the gap between Sam Wilson’s first appearance as Captain America in issue #25 and issue #1 of All New Captain America.

-With February only have four Wednesdays, Marvel commonly releases a weekly miniseries that ships an issue on Wednesday.  This year, that is All New Captain America Fear Him.

-If you’ve been enjoying Dennis’ previous work on Avengers Arena, Spider-Woman, Cable and X-Force, or any of his other series, then check out his interpretation of one of Marvel’s major characters.

Jan 092015

Adventure Time Marceline Gone AdriftAdventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #1

-She is the vampire queen of Ooo and she has been launched into space by her former best friend, Princess Bubblegum!

-Following up the popular Marceline and the Scream Queens miniseries, this miniseries also weird, deep mythology of the cartoon.

-Meredith Gran, who also wrote Scream Queens, returns to pen this story!

-Finn and Jake are alright, but, let’s be honest, Marceline is everyone’s favorite.

Boom Box Mix Tape #1Boom Box Mix Tape 2014

-Boom Studios has earned a reputation as the publisher of quirky, colorful artistry and this first Mix Tape showcases that.

-An oversized issue, the Boom Box Mix Tape features short stories from a number of Boom‘s most popular comics.

-Included within this hefty issue are stories from Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, The Midas Flesh, and Cyanide & Happiness!

-In addition, this issue will feature the first Munchkin comic book story by John Kovalic, leading up to the new Munchkin ongoing series!

Conan Red SonjaConan Red Sonja #1

-Fan favorite writers Gail Simone (Batgirl, Secret Six, Red Sonja) and Jim Zub (Wayward, Skullkickers) join forces to join the forces of Red Sonja and Conan!

-The two warriors combine their battle-hardened skills in order to track down and defeat a mad sorcerer before he unleashes a world ending war.

-Not a traditionally linear story, Conan/Red Sonja sees the two heroes jump through various ages and time periods!

-Given that both of these authors have received accolades for their work on these or similar characters, this storyline should prove fun and excited.

Star Wars #1Star Wars #1

-After many years, the Star Wars license is back where it started:  Marvel Comics!

-The beginning of a new ongoing series, Star Wars #1 is written by Kansas City resident, Jason Aaron (Thor, Ghost Rider, Southern Bastards, Men of Wrath) and drawn by John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, Captain America).

-The series will take place between the events of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, as the rebellion begins to rise up against the Empire.

-If you want variant covers, this book gives you variant covers!  Pulp will have a whopping eleven different covers, including a gorgeous painted variant by Alex Ross!

Dec 052014

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1Spider-Man and the X-Men #1

-With Wolverine dead, someone has to take over the day-to-day operations at the Jean Grey School.

-A relaunch of the previous Wolverine and the X-Men series, Spider-Man and the X-Men continues with all the same, fan favorite characters.

-Take a chance on a new Marvel writer, as Elliott Kalan takes over authorial duties.

-Peter desperately tries to keep his students alive while the school is attacked by Sauron!

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

-Part of DC‘s plan to have a Harley Quinn for every season!

-The writers of the ongoing Harley Quinn series, Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti, deliver another oversized special, like they did with the scratch-n-sniff annual.

-Similar to Harley Quinn #0, this Holiday Special is full of astounding comic artists, each lending their interpretation of the mad maiden!

-As is common with the series, this special issue comes with two different covers, both at the same price!

Bitch Planet #1Bitch Planet #1

-Fan favorite writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) delivers another Image series!

-Bitch Planet, if you can’t tell, blends together Sci-Fi and prison exploitation genres for a raunchy, violent, and unreal ongoing series!

-When one prisoner gets framed for murder, she has to enter into a deadly prison-on-prison sport to survive!

-Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers, Phonogram, X-Men Season One) also provides an afro-tastic, seventies influenced variant cover for issue one!

The Valiant #1 (of 4)

-Over the last few years, Valiant has been gaining a reputation as one of the most inventive, original comic The Valiant #1publishers around.  If you haven’t read any Valiant comics, THIS IS THE ONE TO PICK UP!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Rai) and Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man, Trillium) combine their writing talents for this prestige format miniseries with the intention of making this the Watchmen of Valiant!

-Starring a line-up of Valiant‘s most popular characters, The Valiant‘s four oversized issues will follow the The Eternal Warrior, an immortal being who protects the Earth, in his battle against an everlasting evil.  Problem is, The Eternal Warrior has lost three times before, each time slipping the world into a dark age.  Will he and his team of Valiant mainstays win this round?

-Exceptional artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, Batman: Black and White) raises the bar with the series, as his smooth line and rich characters make this an epic not to be missed.

Oct 242014

Rasputin #1Rasputin #1

-Local comic author, Alex Grecian, launches a new ongoing series at Image Comics!

-Riding high on the popularity of his novel, The Yard, Grecian returns to comics to write this supernatural account of actual history.

-The series begins with Rasputin’s death at the hands of revolutionaries, then works back into the madman’s younger days.

-Grecian is joined by frequent collaborator and popular artist, Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Green Wake).

Deathlok #1Deathlok #1

-The fan favorite cyborg from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gains his own ongoing series!

-Unbeknownst to him, Doctor Henry Hayes is secretly activated as Deathlok when he ventures beyond American borders.  Instead of healing ill citizens like he intends to, he ends up committing top secret assassinations.

-Nathan Edmondson, whose skills with espionage narratives have served him well on the Punisher and Black Widow series.

-Skottie Young also provides another super cute Baby Variant cover for this series, complete with super soaker guns in place of Deathlok‘s pistols.

Axis Revoltuions #1Axis Revolutions #1 (of 4)

-Another major tie-in miniseries for Marvel’s Axis event!

-The Axis equivalent of the Avengers vs. X-Men Versus miniseries was to that event.  Basically, all fights all the time.

-Each of the four issues will feature two separate stories (that take place inside the events of the main Axis miniseries), written and illustrated by different creators.

-The first issue of Axis Revolutions will feature a story written by Pulp Fiction’s own Dennis Hopeless!

Marvel 75th Anniversary one-shotMarvel 75th Anniversary #1

-Timely Comics, who eventually became Marvel Comics, began publication in 1939, seventy-five years ago!

-To celebrate, Marvel is releasing this over-sized, single anthology that contains stories by veteran comic writers and artists.

-The writers included in the issue are James Robinson, Bruce Timm, Brian Michael Bendis, Tom DeFalco, and Len Wein.

-Joining writers above are artists such as Francesco Francavilla, Bruce Timm, Mike Deodato, Chris Samnee, and Joe Quinones.