Oct 232015
 

Art OpsArt Ops #1

-Following on the heels of other Vertigo relaunch series, like Survivor’s Club and Clean Room!

-Famed independent artist Michael Allred (Madman, Silver Surfer, FF, iZombies) illustrates the series!

-Art Ops follows a crack team of art thieves, but not in the way you think.

-The Art Ops organization ferries away people and objects, like the Mona Lisa, out of paintings in order to bring them into the real world.

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1Howling Commandos of Shield

-Spinning out of Mark Waid’s SHIELD #9!

-This series, however, is written by pulp-master extraordinaire, Frank J. Barbiere, author of the excellent Image series Five Ghosts!

-Hidden below S.H.I.E.L.D.’s facilities lies S.T.A.K.E., the secret organization that houses all of the monsters and creatures capture on missions.

-This series will follow a team of those monsters, including Hit Monkey, Man-Thing, and Werewolf by Night, as they are lead on missions by a reanimated Dum Dum Dugan!

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  #1 (again!)

-As the cover proclaims, only the second #1 issue this year!

-Easily Marvel’s funniest series (Yes, even over Howard the Duck) continues where it left off!

-Doreen already had trouble balancing her superhero and college lives, but now she has to add being a New Avenger to that list.

-She’s beaten Galactus, now who will challenge the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?

Black Magick #1Black Magick

-Greg Rucka (Star Wars:  Journey to The Force Awakens, Punisher, Gotham Central) launches a mystical noir series at Image Comics!

-Rucka is joined by artist Nicola Scott (Earth 2, Secret Six, Birds of Prey)!

-Rowan Black, the book’s protagonist, works homicide, but the greatest mystery she has to solve is her own past.

-Included with each issue is a serialized prose story by Rucka.

Oct 072011
 

We’ve known Dennis Hopeless for about seven years now.  In that time we’ve seen him push himself to become a better writer; a writer that understands character, understands plotting and story, understands how to pace a page.  In our opinion, he has succeeded at this.  And, apparently, we’re not the only one who feel this way as his first book from Marvel Comics, Legion of Monsters,  ships this week.

Some readers out there may be tempted to pass over this book because it doesn’t star characters like Spider-Man or Wolverine or even Daredevil, but I think that would be unwise.  Not just because Pulp wants to support a previous employee, but because miniseries like these, ones that star characters writers can play with and flesh out, are the best sort of reading.  They’re the kind of stories that surprise readers.  The kind of stories that offer more than the standard superhero fair.  Just like Grant Morrison with Animal Man, Matt Fraction with Iron Fist, and Rick Remender with Punisher, Dennis takes a group of C-list characters like Morbius, The Living Mummy, and Werewolf by Night and finds what’s compelling about them.  Making them the police of the underground Monster City certainly adds to the appeal.  Oh, and if you’ve ever read Nextwave, you might be happy to hear that Elsa Bloodstone becomes the next in a line of strong female characters Dennis has penned.

So, when you come into this store, or any store this Wednesday, spend your money on a book that will leave you entertained rather than apathetic.      

Coincidentally, this week also marks the arrival of Minimate‘s first forays into their Universal Monsters line of figures.  There’s the Dracula set, which contains ole Drac himself, Wilamina Harker, Renfeild, and, of course, Van Helsing (not the Hugh Jackman version), as well as the Frankenstein set, which includes the monster, the doctor, Elizabeth, and the bride.  My recommendation, pick these guys up, turn on the fog machine, snuggle into the couch with Legion of Monsters, and have a good time.

Not sure if you heard the news, but Dan Didio claims none of the Crisis events from DC’s past occurred in the current universe.  Ironically, next week DC releases an Absolute Identity Crisis edition.  I say you tell Dan Didio to screw himself and pick up a copy!  Okay, frankly, he’ll probably just be happy you paid for it, but you can still show him he sucks by reading an incredibly well written story!  For one, Identity Crisis is written by best selling novelist Brad Metzler, so you know the mystery is going to be strong.  Second, all of the characters, no matter how unimportant they may seem or how little they are on the page, receive moving characterizations.  Thirdly, there has been no better set of cliffhangers in a DC miniseries than in this one.  How did those tiny footprints get on that brain?  Does Batman remember?  Who killed Sue Dibney?  Why is Dan Didio such a schmuck?  Okay, I added that last one.

Maybe the weirdest product I’ve ever seen come through this store ships this Wednesday.  Say it with me:  Eight Foot Inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.  That’s right, a human-sized, blow-up recreation of the giant marshmellow creature from the first Ghostbusters movie.  And you know what?  Everyone is going to want to own him.  Which is because it is amazing.

Also, don’t forget we still have a Ghostbuster Neon Sign, depicting the famous logo, in stock and ready for purchase.  Basically, if you own the both of them, you could put on a pretty good rendition of the Ghostbusters movies in your living room.  Sounds like reason enough to be.

Wait.  Did I say that was the weirdest?  Alright, this next one is the weirdest…

 

I want twelve!