Jun 102016
 

Civil War II X-MenCivil War II X-Men #1 (of 4)

-Another of the Civil War II miniseries hits the shelves!

-Written by Missouri’s own Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Harrow County, Deadpool).

-With the arrival of new Inhuman Ulysses, the X-Men worry that he will tip the scales in their battle with the Inhumans.  One mutant will fight to make sure that does not happen.

-If you’ve been reading Uncanny X-Men, this miniseries will feature many of the characters starring in the book.

Tales from the Darkside #1Tales from the Darkside

-The team behind one of the comic industry’s most lauded comic series, Locke & Key, return with a new miniseries.

-These issues will feature re-imagined and rewritten versions of episodes from the Tales from the Darkside television series.

-Each episode will be written by Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill (20th Century Ghosts, NOS4A2, Horns).

-Again, we can’t stress enough that this is the first time Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have worked together since the end of Locke & Key!

Dark Knight Returns Last CrusadeDark Knight Returns:  The Last Crusade #1

-Long overdue, this prequel one-shot finally arrives on shelves!

-Takes place before the events of The Dark Knight Returns!

-Like the Dark Knight III miniseries, this one shot will be co-written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello!

-Features stories about The Joker, The Riddler, and Batman‘s last Robin, all illustrated by John Romita, Jr.!

Han Solo #1 (of 5)Han Solo Star Wars

-The Star Wars miniseries you’ve been waiting for Marvel to print!

-Acclaimed author and comic writer Marjorie M. Liu (X-Men, X23) handles writing duties on this five issue mini.

-Leia asks Han to enter a notorious space race, The Dragon Void, in order to rescue a group of informants.  Only problem is, Han really wants to win the race.

-All of this is brought to gorgeous life by Mark Brooks, who commonly handles cover duties, but is making a rare return to interiors for Han Solo!

Nov 272015
 

Harley's Little Black BookHarley’s Little Black Book #1

-You asked for more Harley Quinn and DC delivers with another series!

-Each issue will ship on a bi-monthly schedule, so it’s not competing as much with your other Harley comics.

-Amanda Conner and her husband, Jimmy Palmiotti, will write this series in addition to the main Harley Quinn comic.

-Each issue features Harley teaming up with another DC character.  Issue one pairs her with Wonder Woman.

All New All Different Marvel December Part Daredevil #1

-You’ve watched and loved the original Netflix series, now pick-up the new ongoing Daredevil comic.

-Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Secret War Civil War, Swamp Thing, Death of Wolverine) takes over Daredevil, a perfect fit as Soule is an active attorney.

-Spinning out of the Secret War’s 1872 miniseries, Red Wolf #1 brings Marvel‘s only Cheyenne hero into the present day!  Nathan Edmondson of Punisher helms the series.

-For fans who are intimidated by the density of the Inhuman universe, Charles Soule launches All New Inhumans, a cop procedural-esque series that follows original Inhuman characters discovering and helping NuHumans.

Totally Awesome Hulk #1All New All Different Marvel December Part 2

-Fan favorite character Amadeus Cho is now officially The Hulk.  Er, excuse me, The Totally Awesome Hulk!

-Greg Pak, the writer behind the iconic Planet Hulk storyline, returns to write the series with Frank Cho on interior art duties.

-The Guardians of old (Vance Astro, etc.) join forces with the Guardians of new (Rocket, Groot, etc.) to form The Guardians of Infinity, written by Dan Abnett (who made the Guardians of the Galaxy who they are now) and Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen, Southern Bastards).

-Missing an all-ages, continuity free Spider-Man series?  Spidey #1 fills that niche, with one issue stories set during Spider-Man‘s early days as illustrated by Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men).

All New All Different Marvel December Part 3All New X-Men ANAD

-Dennis Hopeless takes control of the X-Men universe with a new ongoing series!

-All New X-Men #1 delivers a very different team and tone from the flagship X-Men series, Extraordinary X-Men.

-Driven apart, the members of the All New X-Men (which include a mix of old teammates and new) have to reassemble after a major mutant terrorist attack.

-Taking to the open road, Wolverine (X-23), Cyclops, Angel, and others are on a mission to save oppressed mutants and battle the Ghosts of Cyclops, a rogue terrorist organization.

Nov 062015
 

The GoddamnedThe Goddamned #1

-Personally vouched for by Dennis Hopeless as the best script he’s ever read from Jason Aaron.

-Local creator Jason Aaron (Thor, Dr. Strange, Star Wars, Southern Bastards) reteams with R.M. Guera, his artist from Scalped!

-Set nearly 2000 years after the Garden of Eden, The Goddamned takes place on a wild, chaotic, barbaric Earth.  Prior to the flood, humanity is vicious and violent.

-Pitched as Conan meets the Bible.

Limbo #1 (of 6)Limbo

-Take a chance on two creators new to Image Comics!

-Drenched in eighties nostalgia and neon!

-Essentially a detective narrative, Limbo is set in a fictional city that is suffocating the lead character (a P.I. with no memory or name) as he attempts to locate the femme fatale.

-Supernatural elements, like voodoo, collide with crime fiction.

All New All Different AvengersAll New All Different Marvel November Part 1

-There’s so many books coming out from Marvel this week, we had to break them up into two sections!

-Mark Waid’s flagship Avengers series, All New All Different Avengers finally begins!  A completely new team of young heroes, including Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Thor, are unleashed against the Marvel Universe‘s problems.

-All New Hawkeye may have the same creative team, but its cast receives a major shake-up!  Old Clint Barton from the Old Man Logan world teams up with a mature Kate Bishop to right wrongs.

-Speaking of shake-ups, Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth 2, Superior Iron Man) introduces X-23 as Wolverine in All New Wolverine!

All New All Different Marvel November Part 2The Ultimates

-A cult favorite character, madman Cletus Kasady hungers for his blood in the ongoing Carnage series!

-The bad guys are in charge in Al Ewing’s (Loki:  Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, New Avengers) new Illuminati series, starring The Hood, Black Ant (the evil Ant-Man), Enchantress, and other villains scrapping for survival.

-Al Ewing is also launching another Avengers-esque team, The Ultimates.  An eclectic cast, The Ultimates includes Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Galactus (yup, you read that right), and others.

-Finally, Web Warriors is another new Spider-Man family book, featuring Spider-Men from various earths, including everyone’s favorite web slinging lady, Spider-Gwen!

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

May 192012
 

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you need to get a hold of a miniature version of Batman, you’re in luck!

Coming out this Wednesday, the Bat-Signal Kit is the next in a popular line of comic kits. As with the previous kit offerings, this one comes with a booklet detailing important Batman history, as well as the real showstopper a working miniature bat-signal. Just be sure to keep the batteries fresh or you’ll end up feeling pretty stupid when the Joker comes calling.

And since we’re talking about Batman and giant spotlights, I think I’ll shine a spotlight on another Batman item shipping this week. Absolute Dark Victory is an epic binding of the sequel to best Batman story ever told, The Long Halloween. If you’ve never had the pleasure of laying eyes on one of the DC Absolute editions, they’re very rare printings of famous series, much larger than normal trade paperbacks, housed in a sturdy slipcover, and loaded with, not only, the beautifully remastered main story, but a helping of extra content. And if you out there scratching you head as to why I’d mention a sequel instead of the original, the reason is we still have a copy of the Absolute Long Halloween. So treat yourself to the absolute best Absolute Batman editions ever.

Like the cult-hit LOST, it all begins with a plane trip gone bad. But a passenger airliner full of spontaneous amnesiacs is only the start of the twisty, turny road that is Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT (pronounced Mind Management). Kindt is a resident of St. Louis and one of the best young, Indy talents in the industry. Any fan of Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE) will find a compatible love for Matt Kindt’s work. With his first ongoing series for Dark Horse, Kindt is setting out to craft a mind warping espionage series that’ll stand among the best. I think he’ll do it.

You know what’s better than Venom versus hell demons? Venom and Red Hulk versus hell demons. You know what’s better than Venom and Red Hulk versus hell demons? Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23 versus hell demons! You know what’s better than Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23 versus hell demons? VENOM, RED HULK, X-23, and GHOST RIDER versus HELL DEMONS!!!!

Hopefully my point is made. Pick up the new Venom: Circle of Four hardcover.