Mar 132015
 

Red One #1Red One #1

-Terry and Rachel Dodson, the husband and wife art team on Princess Leia, are launching a new series from Image Comics!

-If you’re a fan of the FX series The Americans, Red One is going to read like a superhero version of that show.

-Essentially, a Russian secret agent, Red One, has been inserted into America as a superheroic icon in 1977, but all the while she is gathering information for her home country.

-The first issue has been increased to forty pages of comic booky goodness for the low, low price of $2.99!

The Fly:  Outbreak #1 (of 5)The Fly Outbreak #1

-IDW continues to acquire cult favorite properties for the purposes of adapting them into comic book sequels.

-Follows the events depicted in David Cronenberg’s infamous body horror adaptation of The Fly.

-Expressionistic artist Menton3, of Monocyte and Silent Hill:  Past Life fame, will be illustrating the interiors of this miniseries.

-When Seth Brundle’s partially fly DNA infected son is researching a cure to his disease, he accidentally unleashes an horde of part-fly, part-human creatures.

Invisible RepublicInvisible Republic #1

-Gabriel Hardman, a former Marvel artist and writer as well as a storyboard artist for Marvel Studios, launches another new Sci-Fi series for Image Comics.

-Pitched as a blend of Breaking Bad and Blade Runner!

-I would also throw in a little bit of House of Cards, too, as the story is going to be following a reporter whose uncovered the horrific truth behind his country’s leader.

-Along with writing the series, Hardman also handles the art duties, providing a gritty, high contrast dystopic world.

Chrononauts #1Chrononauts #1

-A major creator pairing in the world of comics!

-Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Wanted, teams with Sean Murphy, of Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, and Joe the Barbarian.

-Two science buds have invented time travel and are now starring in a reality TV series focused on their gallivanting through time.

-Oh, and everything goes wrong!

Aug 222014
 

Avengers Undercover v.1 tpbAvengers Undercover v.1 tpb

-If you’ve been reading Avengers Arena in trade, then this volume continues the story.

-Local writer, Dennis Hopeless, has been crafting one of the most tense, character-driven Marvel books on the stands and this is it!

-After surviving in a fight-to-the-death scenario, a group of Marvel‘s youngest heroes are shaken and traumatized.  But they know one thing, they want deadly revenge on the man who made them hurt their friends.

-Blending drama and comedy, Hopeless finds a tone that lands somewhere between a John Hughes movie and Wanted.

Sundowners #1Sundowners #1

-Tim Seeley, writer of Hack/Slash, 30 Days of Night, and Grayson, brings a new take on the superhero to Dark Horse.

-Another series in Dark Horse recent deconstructionist kick that has included Buzzkill, Furious, and Bloodhound.

-Being a superhero doesn’t mean that you don’t have doubts and insecurities.  The Sundowners are a group of disillusioned heroes who attend self-help meetings each week, some because they may be imagining every villain they’ve ever fought.

-Jim Terr, previously of The Crow:  Skinning the Wolves, brings his minimalist, Francesco Francavilla-esque style to a darker toned series.

Bob's Burgers #1Bob’s Burgers #1

-Cheat on Jimmy Pesto’s and pick up a greasy, juice first issue of Bob’s Burgers, the comic!

-Though the dulcet tones of H. Jon Benjamin’s voice don’t accompany this series, you will hear them in your head as you read through the raunchy humor of the issue.

-Dynamite continues its trend of releasing property comics that sound and feel like the original source material.

-Each issue contains five, short regular features, including Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction.  Oh, yeeeeeaaaaaaah.

Pop #1 Pop #1

-Receiving ample buzz as a series to watch for, Pop is an absurdest take on celebrity and media in a modern culture.

-A stylistic experience on par with other surreal series, like Zero and Translucid, Pop plays with the comic format for narrative purposes.

-The high concept of the series is that celebrities are literally grown from scratch to serve the public’s demands and fixations.

-What if, in this alternate future, one of these manufactured celebrities escaped?  What then?

May 162014
 

Pathfinder City of Secrets #1Pathfinder City of Secrets #1 (of 6)

-Jim Zub, writer of fantasy series like Skullkickers and the previous Pathfinder series, returns to GM this miniseries.

-An entirely new Pathfinder series, City of Secrets is a fresh entry point for new readers!

-The party ventures into Magnimar, a magical city that threatens to tear the group apart!

-As with the previous series, each issue will contain a unique, playable Pathfinder encounter and foldout map.

The Movement v.1 tpb The Movement v.1 tpb

-Gail Simone’s most recent DC Comics series gains its first eight issue trade paperback, featuring an ensemble of original characters created by Simone herself!

-In Coral City, the police are out of control, harming citizens more than helping.  The Movement is out to change that.

-Local artist Freddie E. Williams III joins Simone, delivering a kinetic, action-packed artistry to the series!

-Finishing last week with issue #12, The Movement v.1 acts as the first half of a complete story that introduces exciting new characters to the DC Universe.

MPH #1MPH #1

-Mark Millar expands his control on the world of comics a little further with this ongoing series!

-Millar brings the same cynical grimness and dark humor he did with Kick-Ass, Superior, and Wanted to this Image comic!

-What happens when a gang of inner city teens discover a drug called MPH that grants them super speed?  $#*! gonna get F’ed up!

-Drawing a fine line between hero and criminal, the teens of MPH explore the how with great power, creates great corruptibility.

Black Canary and Zatanna Bloodspell HCBlack Canary and Zatanna Blood Spell HC

-Paul Dini, creator of Batman:  The Animated Series, returns to comics for this original graphic novel!

-In the works for over three years, Bloodspell is a long awaited team-up book featuring the pre-New 52 Black Canary and Zatanna.

-The incredible Joe Quinones, of FF, Captain Marvel, and The Spectacular Spider-Man fame, illustrates the entire graphic novel in his distinct, cartoony style!

-A year after infiltrating a cult of female magicians, Black Canary is haunted by their ghosts, a threat that requires the assistance of her close friend Zatanna.

Mar 012014
 

Starlight #1

-Mark Millar, creator of Kick-Ass, Wanted, Jupiter’s Legaacy, and Civil War, unleashes another Image Comics original!

-Think of Starlight as a post-modern Flash Gordon, dissecting the tropes of the character and genre.

-Duke McQueen is an old man.  But in his younger years he saved the galaxy more times than you can count.  Now, after retiring and losing his beloved wife, Duke is called back into action one more time.

-Goran Parlov, famous for his long run on Punisher MAX with Garth Ennis, joins Millar to lend a Joe Kubert-esque vibe to this space opera.

Avatar the Last Airbender “The Rift Part 1″

-The Avatar gang adventures continue after the Last Airbender cartoon series!

-Toph rejoins the group in this new three part epic!

-Evil forces interrupt a revived Airbender festival tradition, causing Aang and his friends to go on the offensive, eventually venturing into the spirit realm to defeat their foes.

-The third in a series of post-cartoon Avatar comics, The Rift bridges the time gap between Last Airbender and Legend of Korra.

Magneto #1 

-Magneto is a changed man, but maybe not for the better.

-How does Magneto, formerly the world’s most feared mutant, go about gaining some of that prestige back?  Well, the simple answer is:  by doing bad things.

-Cullen Bunn, local boy made good, has been delivering some wildly fun Marvel comics over the last couple years (Fearless Defenders, Deadpool Kills…, Night of the Living Deadpool) and now it’s time for him to blend that pure joy for the medium with the darkness of his creator-owned series, Sixth Gun.

-Bunn promises a blend of horror and noir in this solo revenge tale for the X-Men‘s most popular villain.

Moon Knight #1

-Basically Marvel‘s version of Batman, but three times the crazy because Moon Knight‘s sporting three separate personalities!

-One of Marvel‘s many unsung characters, any Moon Knight series promises to be a twisty, violent ride. . .

-. . .especially when it’s written by comic legend, Warren Ellis.  Ellis has created some of the most ingenious characters and premises in comic history, including The Authority, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, as well as runs on Astonishing X-Men and Hellblazer!

-Little is known about the plot of this series, but, in my experience, that indicates a story so wild and unexpected that they don’t want to spoil it.  Trust us, it’s the must buy Marvel book for the week!

Dec 102011
 

It is that time of the year.  The holidays are upon us, the snow is imminent, the packages are…wait, oh no, I forgot to THAT gift for THAT person!  Sweet fancy Moses, what am I going to do?!!!  I need it, like, RIGHT NOW!!!!

Don’t worry.  Calm down, grab a cup of hot coco, and peruse your way through ole Pulp Fiction’s last minute holiday gift idea post.

To start off, we’ve got a little stocking stuffer for the Marvel fan out there.  Avengers X-Sanction starts up this Wednesday and it promises to be a slam-bang, all-out-action fest.  Cable has been sent back through time to protect the future (as Cable is apt to do), but this time his mission is to eliminate the Avengers.  This, of course, rubs guys like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man the wrong way.  Fighting, smashing, punching, bashing, exploding, and general disharmony will ensue.  Bringing Jeph Loeb (Batman Long Halloween) back together with Ed McGuinness (Hulk), Avengers X-Sanction is sure to be a gorgeous, action packed book.

Next up, one for the Guillermo del Toro-vampire-novel-Chuck Hogan fan (any fan of these individually would also apply).  Based off of the novel Hogan and del Toro co-wrote, The Strain #1 combines vampires stories with the idea of a worldwide outbreak.  The plot: a plane lands at JFK, but when it doesn’t empty its passengers a team is called into investigate.  Wonder what they’ll find?  Barrowing the stylized artwork of Mike Huddleston (Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker), this book’ll satisfy the horror fanatic in your household.

Time for some statues.  ’Cause statues are cool.

As is the Doctor.

Yup, Matt Smitth, 11th Doctor, now has his own sharp looking mini bust.  I can almost hear the Sonic Screwdriver it looks so real.

And since we’re talking statues, I might as well mention the newest DC Dynamic edition, The Joker.  I have seriously been waiting for this thing to come out for months and months.  Out of a series of statues that have looked absolutely amazing, this is far and away the best!  The way they’ve incorporated the gas from the gas bombs into the base is brilliant and quite colorful.  If you know a Joker fan or someone who’s been collecting the DC Dynamic statues, this is a must have!

Mark Millar is the most talented human to ever touch a keyboard in all of time or space.  Or so he would tell you.  The fact is, Millar is one heck of a writer having turned out sensational, classic stories like Wanted, Kick-Ass, The Ultimates, Nemesis, and Old Man Logan, but many forget he ever touched Marvel‘s golden child, Spider-Man.  Luckily, Marvel did not forget and is packaging all of his Spider-Man related material together in one big Ultimate Collection.  As you might imagine, Millar made Spider-Man his own by redesigning popular villains like Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, and the Sinister Six.  Anyone who thinks they’ve read everything Spider-Man needs to pick up this forgotten gem of a run.

So I’m legally obligated to mention this next product or else I lose my comic book store employee license.  Yes, folks, the Fables volume 16 tpb comes out this Wednesday.  Whoa, whoa, sit back down, it’s not out yet.  When it does hit, though, this collection enters the superhero territory.  Pinocchio hits on the bright idea that he can turn his friends into superheroes to battle the enemies of Fabletown.  Okay, I know you can’t wait any longer, come set up your tent outside the store.

Lastly tonight is the Pulp Fiction toy corner.

We’ll start with the newest set of Green Lantern action figures.  Series 5 contains four characters as usual, most importantly this time around, Sinestro in his Green Lantern uniform and Guy Gardner.  The rest of the set is filled out by Soranik Natu (Sinestro‘s daughter) and Brother Warth of the Blue Lantern CORPS.

The grand finale, though, comes with the new Arkham City action figure set.  This time around the figures in the set include Batman sans mask, Harley Quinn in her new costume, and Robin.  As you can see they are B to the A.