Jun 032016
 

Civil War II Amazing Spider-ManCivil War Amazing Spider-Man & Gods of War #1 (of 4)

-With Civil War II in overdrive, Marvel begins turning out four tie-in miniseries this week.

-Out this week are the Civil War II:  Amazing Spider-Man and Civil War II:  Gods of War first issues.

-The inciting incident for Civil War II is the discovery of Ulysses, an Inhuman who can predict the future.  When he predicts that one of Peter Parker’s closest friends will betray him, Spider-Man has to dig deep to uncover the mole in his organization.

-While the Civil War threat rages on, Hercules discovers a related obstacle that needs defeating.  While the Avengers are busy, however, Hercules will have to assemble a team of mythic heroes to quell the problem.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (of 4)Prometheus Life and Death

-Another miniseries in the Life and Death Dark Horse crossover that began with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) continues where he left off with Predator:  Life and Death.

-Spinning out of the events of that previous miniseries, Prometheus:  Life and Death follows the Colonial Marines after they have outrun the Predators.

-Unfortunately, the ship they have stolen crash lands on LV-223, the planet where the Engineers built the Xenomorphs.

Gotham Academy LumberjanesLumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (of 6)

-Boom! and DC join forces for a crossover miniseries that no one knew they wanted, but were thrilled to receive once it was announced!

-Lumberjanes is one of Boom! Studios‘ flagship titles, having earned numerous Eisner Awards and countless avid fans who appreciate the inclusive tone and wacky humor of the series.

-Gotham Academy has also earned an army of fans, but on the DC side of the street.  Essentially a Harry Potter-equivalent for the DC Universe, Gotham Academy follows a group of plucky teens at a private school in Gotham as they uncover mysteries and battle ghosts, ghouls, and other creatures.

-As both groups are addicted to solving mysteries, a spooky building hidden in the woods draws them together for an all-ages adventure.

DC Rebirth Week 2Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

-Returning to their original numbering (adding all of the interceding New 52 issues) Action Comics and Detective Comics return.  Action Comics will star an empowered Lex Luthor as he fills Superman‘s shoes, while Detective Comics sees Batman and Batwoman training an Bat-Family army that includes Spoiler, Tim Drake, and Clayface.

-After Geoff Johns established Aquaman as one of the DC Universe‘s greatest heroes, Dan Abnett picks up the reins sending Arthur Curry on a dangerous mission to battle Black Manta while brokering peace between Atlantis and the surface world.

-Spinning out of the mind-blowing events of DC Universe Rebirth #1, Joshua Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted, The Illuminati) takes over the Flash series with Barry Allen at the center.

-Greg Rucka (Black Magick, Batman, 100 Bullets) returns to Wonder Woman, a series he received ample acclaim for writing in the early 2000s!  A close loss and the removal of a classic weapon lead Wonder Woman on a journey to reclaim her position as Themascyra’s ambassador.

May 272016
 

Civil War II #1Civil War II #1 (of 7)

-Okay, sure, issue #0 came out two weeks ago, but Civil War II #1 is the real kick-off this epic Marvel event.

-Having set-up the conflict and the fight over Ulysses, the young Inhuman who can predict the future, Captain Marvel and Iron Man will begin throwing down!

-One of the Marvel Universe‘s primary architects, Brian Michael Bendis (Invincible Iron Man, All New X-Men, House of M) is guiding this event.

-Bendis will also be joined by his Invincible Iron Man artist, David Marquez.

Spider-Woman v.1 tpb “Baby Talk”Spider-Woman v.1 tpb Baby Talk

-We know you’ve heard about it online.  We know you’ve heard about it on the Longest Shortest Time podcast.  We know you’ve heard about it from us.  Spider-Woman v.1 is the pregnancy arc, and it’s wonderful!

-Written by Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, following up his previous, acclaimed run on Spider-Woman.

-Having recently welcomed twins into the world with his wife, Dennis pours his heart-and-soul into this personal arc, as Jessica Drew has to fight her way out of a hostage situation as she goes into labor.

-I have read Dennis’ work since he started getting it published.  I can honestly say that Spider-Woman #5, that is collected in this trade, is the work of his career, combining humor, action, and personal influences flawlessly.

Power Rangers Pink RangerPower Rangers Pink #1 

-Boom Studios! recently launched and found quick success with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, so, of course, they’re going to follow it up with a spin-off series.

-The first in a series of solo Power Rangers comics, Pink focuses on Kimberly the original Pink Ranger.

-Kimberly will take part in various adventures across the series, with each issue featuring a new conflict.

-To write the series, Boom! has brought together two popular writers, Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy, Black Canary, Batgirl) and Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Hologram, A-Force), to tag team the series.

DC Rebirth Week OneBatman Rebirth

-After the mind-blowing reveal of DC Universe Rebirth #1, the relaunch begins this week with four Rebirth one-shots that lead into their respective ongoing series.

-Leading this Wednesday’s line-up is Batman Rebirth #1, co-written by new ongoing writer, Tom King (Vision, Grayson), and out-going writer, Scott Snyder!

-The Superman you love is back!  Having survived the destruction of the pre-New 52 timeline, the Superman starring in this series is the original from 1938!  However, he is married to Lois Lane and has a child, so not everything stays the same.

-Finally, the two green Rebirths.  There’s Green Lanterns, plural, starring Jessica Cruz (from Justice League) and Simon Baz, now in charge of Earth’s protection.  Then there’s Green Arrow, reuniting the Emerald Archer with his one true lady love, Black Canary.

Feb 122016
 

Midnighter v.1 tpbMidnighter v.1 tpb 

-One of DC‘s most underrated, under read series being released right now!  Now’s your chance to catch up.

-Midnighter is a Batman-esque anti-hero from the former Wildstorm universe, but, unlike Batman, Midnighter has no reservations about punching his fist literally through someone’s face.

-Writer Steve Orlando crafts a wonderful slow build story where Midnighter juggles his dating life (after recently having broken up with his boyfriend) and the apprehension of wayward weapons he was supposed to protect.

-Each aspect is brought to explosively stylistic life by the unique art style of Aco; trust me, it looks nothing like any series you’re currently reading.

Snowfall #1Snowfall

-From an established creative duo, Snowfall is the newest ongoing series launched from Image Comics!

-Part pulp, part dystopic future, part superhero story, Snowfall blends genres for a comic experience you won’t find at either of the major two companies.

-Set in a world that has not experienced snow in decades and also suffers under the rule of a despotic corporate entity, the series sees a hero, named the White Wizard, rise from obscurity to battle oppression.

-Martin Morazzo’s detailed, dynamic artwork brings this alternate world to life!

Avengers Standoff Welcome to Pleasant HillAvengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1

-Avid readers of Marvel‘s various Avengers series will want to check this prelude issue out!

-The Avengers Standoff event will crossover all of the Avengers series, including New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Illuminati, and more.

-Written by Nick Spencer, the current writer of both the Astonishing Ant-Man and Sam Wilson Captain America, this tie-in event will feature three eras of Cap joining forces.

-When Bucky Barnes appears to have attacked a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, Steve Rogers is left with the job of capturing him.  Will Steve and Bucky’s friendship get in the way?  Will Sam Wilson have to be the voice of reason?

Power Man and Iron Fist #1Power Man and Iron Fist

-In preparation of Marvel‘s next two Netflix original series, the Power Man and Iron Fist ongoing returns these two heroes to their for hire heyday.

-David Walker, the acclaimed author behind the recent Shaft comics and DC‘s Cyborg series, jumps to Marvel.

-Walker is accompanied by Sanford Greene, a rising talent who’s exaggerated, caricature-ish style is brimming with energy and character.

-Danny and Luke get engulfed by the New York crime scene as they track down a magical stone that threatens to destroy the city.

Aug 212015
 

Nextwave complete collectionNextwave Agents of HATE Complete Collection tpb

-Not something we regularly do, but with this collection we’re highlighting a reprint.

-But why do that, you might ask?  Well, simply put:  Nextwave is considered by the Pulp staff to be one of Marvel‘s best comic series ever!

-Written by one of comic’s greats, Warren Ellis (Trees, Planetary, Transmetropolitan), and illustrated by new Star Wars artist, Stuart Immonen, this series is pure perfection!

-One of Marvel‘s funniest comics ever, as a ragtag group of heroes (including Machine Man, Boom-Boom, and Captain F&*!) fight against a SHIELD-esque organization called HATE.  In the course of the series, the group battles Cuddly Wittle Drop Bears of Death, a talking dinosaur, a horny Fing Fang Foom, and, in general, political correctness.

Drive #1 (of 4)Drive

-Based off of the hit novel that inspired Nicholas Winding-Refn’s cult favorite film.

-Cool, neon, neo-noir about desperate criminals, sultry dames, and close calls.

-Adapted from James Sallis’ novel.

-A nameless driver makes the choice to cross a menacing LA mobster.  Who comes out on top is all based on skill.

Zodiac StarforceZodiac Starforce #1

-Dark Horse jumps onto Boom! Studios bandwagon of colorful, manga-influenced, ebullient comics!

-Zodiac Starforce is clearly born out of a nostalgia and love for Power Rangers and Sailor Moon!

-In issue #1, you’ll be introduced to a team of superpowered female fighters who defend the Earth from aliens in-between high school classes.

-Where the twist comes in, though, is that future issues jump into the future, after the ladies are out of school, and must reform the Zodiac Starforce after having broken up.

Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #1 (of 6)Batman Arkham Knight Genesis

-A second prequel miniseries to the Batman Arkham Knight video game!

-Peter J. Tomasi, writer of the main Arkham Knight series, will also be writing Genesis!

-Genesis will reveal the origin of the mysterious Arkham Knight (whose real name will be especially familiar to avid Batman fans).

-Issues will jump back-and-forth between past and present, including one where the will tangle with Harley Quinn in both time periods.

Jun 262015
 

8House Arclight8House Arclight #1

-One of comics’ quirky masters, Brandon Graham (Prophet, Multiple Warheads, King City), is launching a new series!

-Graham is adept at world building, crafting vast universes filled with diverse alien lifeforms.  8House Arclight will utilize those skills!

-Fans of Dune and/or Heavy Metal will appreciate the surreal narrative of this ongoing series, as a deposed queen has her mind trapped in a root body only to go on the run from the impostor whose taken her place.

-Each couple of issues will also feature a new artist, introducing the comic world to an array of up-and-coming talents!

Spire #1 (of 8)Spire

-For anyone who picked up and enjoyed the Secret Wars Marvel Zombies tie-in from two weeks ago, check out author Simon Spurrier’s new Boom! Studios fantasy epic!

-Spire deposits the reader into an expansive fantasy land divided by race and social status.

-The protagonist Shå, the world’s equivalent of a police detective, will have to solve a string of serial murders, all while facing bigotry from those she’s trying to protect.

-Bright, vibrant artwork from Jeff Stokely brings the comic to life and adds to Boom‘s long line of colorful, inventive series.

OnxyOnyx #1 (of 4)

-President of IDW, Chris Ryall, a new Sci-Fi/horror miniseries!

-Ryall is teaming with exceptional artist, Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), on this miniseries.

-Seemingly inspired by equal parts ROM the Space Knight and Metroid, Onyx stars a female cyborg astronaut whose purpose is ambiguous.

-Four issues of Sci-Fi craziness brought to life by Rodriguez’s creative layouts and character designs!

We Stand Guard #1We Stand Guard

-Saga and Y the Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughn launches a new ongoing Image Comics series!

-Set in the near future, We Stand Guard is a war epic featuring unusual combatants!

-A Canadian resistance force has to defend their homeland against the fiercest military enemy in the world:  the United States of America!

-Vaughn is joined by detailed artist Steve Skroce, the artist who storyboarded the original Matrix film.