10 Jul

Monthly Comics Update -June 2015

Comics Update June 2015

Here’s everything I read in June. I’m giving my thoughts here because I wasn’t on the Comics.Community podcast much last month and had no way of expressing my incredibly valuable insights.

Marvel

Not a great month for Marvel even though I bought several titles. I was disappointed in several of my regular books and even the one new title I bought. That said, Secret Wars is still amazingly good. If this was the new Marvel continuity going forward I wouldn’t be upset and it would be a damn bold move on their part.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
This is the story of how the world would have been different if the events of Civil War and One More Day hadn’t revealed Peter’s secret identity and erased his marriage to Mary Jane. It’s also a subtle middle finger to all the fans who hated those two controversial events by reinforcing the idea that Peter Parker can’t be Spider-Man, and can’t be a true hero, if he has other responsibilities like a wife and family.

Bull-snot, I say. Bull-snot.

SECRET WARS #3
The saga of Battle World continues to twist and turn as doctors Doom and Strange each reveal some secrets and also make plans for the future. Also, some loose ends show up in the forms of 616 and Ultimate characters who were missing at the end of Time Runs Out.

The writing and worldbuilding in this event have been better than I could have ever expected. I’ve decided to appreciate each issue as it comes just in case the excellence can’t be sustained for the entire run. If the writing falters then at least I’ll have this time to appreciate what they’ve produced thus far.

STAR WARS #6
I’m falling out of love with the new Star Wars comics. The writing and art seem to be dipping in quality. It’s not a bad comic, but it is sliding from its lofty perch atop my pull list and will probably be cut from the list altogether after this month.

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #6
Darth Vader was the one Star Wars title that was holding its ground on my pull list, but now this one seems to be losing steam and losing focus on what made it so good. The best part of this book was the tension between Vader and the Emperor.

As Sith Lords, their master and apprentice relationship is always hanging on a thread because there can only be one master and one apprentice. Meaning, Vader is always trying to supplant the Emperor as master and the Emperor is always trying to replace Vader with another pupil. Now that the tension between the two is somewhat diffused, so is the book.

STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA #4
This story hasn’t really grabbed me, mainly due to the annoying characterization of Leia as such a reckless character. It seems she’s headed towards a character arc where she grows into the more responsible leader that we know from the movies and comics, but it’s an arc that I’ve already seen before.

Ms. MARVEL VOL 3: CRUSHED
Crushed is how I felt after reading the first half of this volume. I had to double and triple check that it was the same creative team on this volume as previous volumes because the writing and story took a dramatic turn for the worse. The language seemed very juvenile and ill-conceived both for the narration and the dialog. Basically, I didn’t like it.

I didn’t have a problem with the story of Kamala being stabbed in the back by her first crush, though the execution was very rushed, but everything before that happened was dreadful. The second half of the book picked up a bit, but the overall mediocrity of this volume has me questioning my own giddy feelings for Ms. Marvel.

Ms. MARVEL #16 Last Days

A few lingering melancholies from her heartbreak in “Crushed” aside, this was a nice bounce-back from the disappointment of Vol. 3.

Issue #16 gets us back to what made Ms. Marvel such a great hero. People in Jersey City need help, so she rushes to the rescue with no questions asked.

Last Days is a tie-in to the big finale of the old 616 MCU and serves as a snapshot of where certain heroes are at as this world ends and Battleworld begins. Also, a nice cameo on the last page makes me interested to see what happens in the final, final issue of Last Days.

DC

With Convergence mostly in the rear-view mirror, DC is starting to unveil what it might look like going forward. If inconsistency was a super power, DC would be Class 5,000.

The new “TRUTH” storyline running through DC comics is… something? I guess. At this point I just don’t understand why all this truthiness is suddenly so important. I see the impact it’s having and how it affects the characters, but I just don’t understand the greater point of the storyline.

Anyway, at this point anything is better than convergence and this new direction is at least somewhat interesting.

BATMAN #41
Batman is gone. Gotham needs Batman. There is a new Batman. Enter the Robo-Batman. Not an original story by any means, but they’ve managed to add a new twist to it by introducing a new high-tech corporation into Gotham City that’s trying to help Gotham by giving the GCPD their own version of Robocop dressed as Batman. So far, it’s been fun. Which is just about all you can ask for from DC these days.

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #21
The world is all about Batman v Superman these days so this book is trying to set up as many “versus” situations as it can. A newly depowered Superman vs. a newly roboticized Batman is the latest scenario that actually puts Batman on the more powerful footing for a change. The first fight was short and sweet, but it looks like they’re going for a rematch next issue that might actually have some stakes.

BLACK CANARY #1
The only DC comic I was truly happy with this month was the new Black Canary title. This is a spin-off of the highly popular and entertaining Batgirl comic wherein we learn that Black Canary wants to give up the superhero lifestyle for a more normal life and therefore decides to be a rock star. Why not, right? Well, in this book we learn the why not.

It looks like this book will be a fun ride, but I wish this first issue had taken a little more time to focus on the band and their life on the road before all the superhero craziness got introduced. I know it’s a “superhero” comic, but I still wish they had let it not be one for at least a few issues.

CONSTANTINE the HELLBLAZER #1
Hmmm. Uh huh. Ehhh. Uhhh. Hmmm. These are the noises I was making as I read issue one of the new Hellblazer comic book. Spoiler, I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it either, though. There were some good points. Some nods to the character I knew from the first 100 issues of the original Hellblazer. However, by the end of this book I was left feeling like I had just read someone’s Cliff’s Notes version of John Constantine. It’s like the writer was checking off the boxes of what the character was supposed to be like without actually understanding who he is. Or rather, who he once was.

By the end of the issue I had come to the realization that the Constantine I knew only exists in those first hundred issues from way back when. Maybe even the first 50, if I’m honest. Maybe this new John will resonate with a new audience. I hope he does because I’ve already got my version of the character frozen in memory and locked away in back-issues for all time.

Perhaps John Constantine was the perfect character for the perfect time. The end of the 80’s. End of the Cold War. Fear of the future. Suspicion of the past. Old cultural institutions devouring themselves as they crumbled into obsolescence. It was a changing world in 1988, when the first issue of Hellblazer hit the shelves. It was a scary, worrisome, time for many and John Constantine wasn’t the hero who came to save the world or make it better, he was the hero who didn’t give a piss and just came to watch it all burn.

WONDER WOMAN #41
So, after recent events, Wonder Woman is now a god. THE god, in fact. THE god of Mt. Olympus anyway. Baby Zeus and momma Zola are safe. Queen Hera is part of team WW now. The rebellious Amazons are safely incarcerated and everything is going just fine. I guess that means it’s time for a new costume!

The reasoning behind the new costume is solid. She’s shedding the old costume she donned as a girl for a more grown up look. That’s fine. Most people can relate to that idea… I just wish the costume was actually more grown up looking. It looks terrible, to me. It has no style, garish colors, and it looks like someone chewed up every comic book costume ever then vomited out a gross amalgamation of them all.

Anyway, there’s a new mystery brewing. Someone on earth knows she’s the god of war, yadda, yadda, yadda, the costume sucks.

Image

A slim month for Image comics this month, but the one title that I did pick up was well worth it.

EMPTY ZONE #1
Man. I can’t stop thinking about this comic. The moment after I finished the last page, I had to go back and start reading it again to figure out what I missed. Turns out that I didn’t actually miss anything. I just failed to understand what I had read.

This is a very exciting new series that I can’t wait to keep reading. The setting is a strange mix of futuristic with post-apocalypse that very much reminds me of proper Cyberpunk. The main character is a tortured enigma whom, after one issue, I have dubbed “the cybernetic John Constantine” for the way she’s tortured by literal and figurative ghosts from her shadowy past. She also has some mysterious connection to and control over technology that reminds me of Constantine’s relationship with magic.

A book like this is why I read comics. Go read it for yourself.

Dark Horse

Perhaps through necessity Dark Horse is slowly but surely moving away from their licensed titles and towards more new creator owned titles. This should be a good thing, and it is, but their titles just don’t have quite the same appeal as Image comics. Not yet anyway.

The Dark Horse comics I bought this month are good, but not great.

HARROW COUNTY #2
I’m enjoying the creepy and mysterious vibe that Harrow County is putting out, but I will admit that the story is a bit slow with the details of what exactly is going on. I’m rather enjoying the slow burn of this story, though I do understand that it might not be for everyone.

REBELS #3
More American Revolution! That’s a good thing. Read your history people!
In this issue our hero, Seth, meets up with the legendary patriot Ethan Allen and decides to join him on a military campaign. This does not sit well with Seth’s new bride, but… freedom and stuff. Seth’s reasoning for leaving home once again are short and not well explained, but he’s a patriot dammit! So, his reasons are self evident.

This is a very slow comic with a lot of historical and political references that might (let’s just say it) bore the snot out of some comic book readers. I, however, am soldiering on like a good patriot to see if things pick up once the actual war begins in earnest.

IDW

IDW seems to be hedging their bets by publishing nice, safe, license based titles that are sure to sell alongside more risky and risque titles that might not appeal to a wide audience. This observation is, of course, based on my own pull list that includes a wacky sci-fi comedy, a lesbian time-travel romance, and a licensed title that has somehow managed to create a crossover event with itself.

D4VE #5
The conclusion to D4VE is pretty much what I thought it would be as soon as the new aliens were introduced into the story. This made for a more exciting, yet more predictable, story and really changed the flow of the book from a story about a guy/robot past his prime to a guy/robot looking for redemption. It wasn’t a bad change, but it was a bit disappointing to me because it felt like I was reading the Incredibles, except with lewd robots instead of Pixar cartoons.

GHOSTBUSTERS: GET REAL #1
Hrm. A neat idea poorly executed. Getting the comic book Ghostbusters together with the Animated Ghostbusters via a dimensional rift is a fun idea, but we JUST had basically the exact same thing happen with the TMNT/GB crossover and the 1st issue of this crossover showed no signs of being much different or superior to the previous crossover.

THE INFINITE LOOP #3
More wacky timey-wimey adventures with Teddy and Ano, complete with fairly graphic lesbian sex! Yowza. That was a little startling to see in a comic, but I’m a bit of a prude. It’s not that I disapprove, it’s just that my delicate sensibilities weren’t quite prepared. I guess I’m not European enough. Anyway. I continue to enjoy this French import by IDW.

This issue shows us what a status quo might look like between time travelling lovers who can create pocket dimensions that shift and change with their moods and whims. Then it abruptly shakes that status quo to the core with a mind-bending plot twist that leaves one of one of our heroes with a terrible choice to make. Should she save her love, or save the entire universe?

*Note – After reading these reviews again I’ve realized that I was pretty harsh on the month of June. I really do like comics. I swear!

09 Jul

The Full List 7-8-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing.. One day late isn’t bad, right?

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #2 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ryall, Chris
Artist: Atkins, Tony
Cover Artist: Hack, Robert
Holistic Detective Dirk seeks the connection between the murderous Copycat Killers and reincarnated Egyptian ghouls while trying to survive a frantic party-bus across his new haunt of San Diego…Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)

Harrow County #3 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Terrified by what she’s learned of witches and monsters, Emmy takes shelter in an ancient graveyard, as she’s hunted down by her own family!

Star Trek/Green Lantern (IDW) 
Writer: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Rodriguez, Gabriel
Two iconic franchises collide for the blockbuster crossover event of 2015! The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise meets the Green Lantern Corps for the first time in an all-new adventure that spans the cosmos! Don’t miss the thrilling first chapter of THE SPECTRUM WAR, as Kirk and Spock make a most unusual discovery on a lost world… igniting events that will change the fate of empires!

Strange Fruit #1 (BOOM!)
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Jones, J. G.
What’s to Love: Two of the industry’s most respected and prolific creators come together for the first time in a deeply personal passion project. J.G. Jones (52, Wanted, Y: The Last Man) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) take on a powerful, beautifully painted story set during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Strange Fruit is a challenging, provocative examination of the heroic myth confronting the themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature through a literary lens, John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. What It Is: It’s 1927 in the town of Chatterlee, Mississippi, drowned by heavy rains. The Mississippi River is rising, threatening to break open not only the levees, but also the racial and social divisions of this former plantation town. A fiery messenger from the skies heralds the appearance of a being, one that will rip open the tensions in Chatterlee. Savior, or threat? It depends on where you stand. All the while, the waters are still rapidly rising

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!

Rebels #4 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, BrianWriter: Waid, Mark
Artist: Staples, Fiona
Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Comic superstars Mark Waid and Fiona Staples reimagine an icon! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun-but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens – and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!

Archie #1 (Archie)
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
With Mercy pushed to the back of his mind, Seth is free to commit one hundred percent to the war for independence and to the special assignment General George Washington has in mind for him.

The Empty #4 (Image)
Writer: Robinson, Jimmie
Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
Cover Artist: Robinson, Jimmie
‘STINGERS,’ Part Four Lila discovers the source of the poisonous evil destroying the land, but the end of her journey leads to a horrific choice between her world and those struggling to survive in The Empty.

1602 Angela Witch Hunter #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Hans, Stephanie
Cover Artist: Hans, Stephanie
* In the altered realms of BATTLEWORLD, Angela and Sera are WITCH HUNTERS, the scourges of King James’ England, 1602.
* In a land beset by magic and monstrosity, they seek a new and seductive evil-not witchbreed, but deal-making FAUSTIANS, who bargain with ancient creatures for unnatural power!
* Moral ambiguity? Fancy allusions? Marguerite making the most of that English degree? – try 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1!

07 Jul

C.C. Notes Ep. 32

Comics.Community PREVIEWS

Worksheet for Previews #32 July–>Sept

I discovered that Comixology has a previews catalog order form with all the comics.

Dark Horse

First Issues
1. Colder Toss the Bones #1 (of 5) September 30th
Writer: Tobin, Paul Artist: Ferreyra, Juan Cover Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Declan has gone from a mere human to a reluctant hero, all while the subject of the horrific machinations of the monstrous creature Nimble Jack. But our hero’s trials have only begun, as Jack flits freely between Boston and a deranged and dark reality known as the Hungry World, uniting agents of madness with only one purpose: to slaughter and consume Declan!

2. Paybacks #1 September 16th
Writer: Cates, Donny Artist: Shaw, Geoff Cover Artist: Affe, Lauren
Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!

Returning
1. Harrow County #5 September 9th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Crook, Tyler Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
After uncovering Harrow County’s twisted history and her own bizarre connection to the populace, Emmy forges a new and profound connection to the land and its creatures-but a familiar and sinister presence lurks just over the county lines . . .

2. Tomorrows #3 (of 6) September 23rd
Writer: Pires, Curt Artist: MacEwan, Ian Cover Artist: Todd, Dylan
A death meme delivered through a popular phone app. An army of children terrorizing the city. Tokyo is burning, and only the Tomorrows can stop it. Continuing the techno-thrilling pop-magical pedal-to-the-metal trip through a terrifying future from writer Curt Pires (The Fiction, POP, Mayday), with art for this issue by Ian MacEwan (Sex)!

Collection –
Goon Library Vol. 1 HC November 11th
Writer: Powell, Eric Artist: Powell, Eric Cover Artist: Powell, Eric
Lonely Street comes under all manner of threats both tragic and hilarious in this deluxe hardcover edition of The Goon. The Nameless Man, the Zombie Priest, has come to town to build a gang from the undead. Yet even with an unlimited supply of soldiers, the Priest cannot move in on the territory controlled by the crime boss Labrazio and his unstoppable enforcer-the Goon. But when the Priest discovers Goon’s most closely held secret, the balance of power threatens to change forever! Collects The Goon Volumes 0-3.

DC COMICS

Returning
1. Black Canary (2015-) #4 September 16th
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan Artist: Guerra, Pia Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
Guest artist Pia Guerra (Y: THE LAST MAN) joins the series! Dinah is on the hunt for her kidnapped guitarist, Ditto, and when she finds the person responsible, you better believe she’ll make them pay! Also: Uncover the secret of the band’s former singer, and how she plans to exact revenge on them for kicking her out!

2. DC Comics Bombshells #2 September 2nd
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
Wonder Woman defies her mother’s orders and attempts to break Captain Steve Trevor out of his prison cell on Themyscira. But to accomplish this, she’s going to summon a little help from the deep in the form of Mera, Princess of Atlanta. Meanwhile, in Russia, two new heroes are about to be created to serve the Soviet Union: Supergirl and Stargirl!

3. Batgirl (2011-) #44 September 23rd
Writer: Stewart, Cameron Artist: Tarr, Babs Cover Artist: Tarr, Babs
Velvet Tiger’s got her claws around Luke Fox’s throat-and only Batgirl can save him!

Collection – A bunch of Convergence TPB books are coming out if you

IDW COMICS

First Issues
1. D4ve2 #1 (of 4) September 23rd
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan Artist: Ramon, Valentin Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
ONE YEAR LATER. With the world seemingly at peace, things seem pretty all right on 34RTH until a strange ship’s arrival sends D4VE head-first into an existential crisis: an inconceivable blast from the past that threatens not only D4VE’s dwindling relationship with 5COTTY, but all of robot-kind itself!

2. Jem & the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1 September 23rd
Writer: Thompson, Kelly Artist: Mebberson, Amy Cover Artist: Garbowska, Agnes
MOVIE NIGHT! JEM and her sisters relax with some popcorn and on-demand

3. Tet #1 (of 4) September 9th
Writer: Allor, Paul Artist: Tucker, Paul Cover Artist: Tucker, Paul
Writer Paul Allor and artist Paul Tucker present an extraordinary, heartfelt story of hard-boiled crime and star-crossed romance, set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed.

Returning
1. The Infinite Loop #6 (of 6) September 9th
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick Artist: Charretier, Elsa Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
The Anomalies’ storage facility is under siege, and the clock is ticking for Teddy. She has to make her final choice. Will she run away and save herself, or put everything at risk for the greater good?

2. Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #2 (of 5) September 23rd
Writer: Tipton, Scott Artist: Joseph, Ron Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft begin their scheme to help rescue Holmes from his demons. But can The Great Detective be deceived? The best-selling Sherlock Holmes novel by writer/director Nicholas Meyer comes to comics!

OGN –
Tome Vol. 1: Vampirism HC September 2nd
The TOME anthology series presents world class, as well as up-and-coming artists exploring a common theme in a beautiful limited run, oversized book that includes an exclusive 12-track CD TOME Volume 1 has the theme of VAMPIRISM, which is the misuse of power, as well as the objectification and exploitation of others.
Format: HARD COVER Price: $150.00

Tome Vol. 2: Melancholia HC September 9th
TOME Volume 2 has the theme of MELANCHOLIA, which is not a state of depression but a condition the psyche passes through for individuation and our collective evolution. The artist is shown to be constantly going through stages of melancholia in their quest to create and show what they see to us for our collective benefit. Exclusive 8-track CD.

Collection –
Zombies vs. Robots Vol. 1 TP September 16th
Writer: Ryall, Chris Artist: Diecidue, Anthony Cover Artist: Wood, Ashley
New Robots! A renewed zombie threat! New human survivors! And an all-new world ready for the taking by one or more of these factions. Includes the stories ‘Inherit the Earth’ and ‘The Orphan.’ Collects issues #1-6.

IMAGE COMICS

First Issues
1. Plutona #1 (MR) September 2nd
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Lenox, Emi Cover Artist: Lenox, Emi
A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX!

2. Faster Than Light #1 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Haberlin, Brian Artist: Haberlin, Brian Cover Artist: Vandyke, Geirrod
In the very near future we discover the secret of faster-than-light travel. Suddenly the universe is wide open to us, but are we ready for it? With all the idealism of the original Star Trek and the grit and immediacy of Gravity, the story of humanity’s first thrilling and terrifying adventures to the stars takes flight!

3. Tokyo Ghost #1 (MR) Cvr A Murphy September 16th
Writer: Remender, Rick Artist: Murphy, Sean Cover Artist: Murphy, Sean
The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo. examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.

Returning
1. ODY-C #7 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Fraction, Matt Artist: Ward, Christian Cover Artist: Ward, Christian
He of Troiia must tell the story of his life-or face its violent end.

2. Empty Zone #4 (MR) September 23rd
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Corinne comes face to face with the man responsible for the death of her friend during a harrowing battle above the city.

3. From Under Mountains #1 (MR) September 30th
Writer: Gibson, Claire Artist: Leong, Sloane Cover Artist: Churchland, Marian
In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.

Collection –
Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Nguyen, Dustin Cover Artist: Nguyen, Dustin
Collects DESCENDER #1-6.

Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Vaughan, Brian K. Artist: Staples, Fiona Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Collects SAGA #25-30

MARVEL COMICS

First Issues
1. Captain America White #1 September 16th / #2 September 30th
Writer: Loeb, Jeph Artist: Sale, Tim Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
THE SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM OF SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, HULK: GRAY, AND DAREDEVIL: YELLOW BRING THEIR MAGIC TO AMERICA’S #1 HERO
* From his re-awakening in the present day to his days on the battlefield during World War II, follow CAPTAIN AMERICA as he recalls a special mission during THE BIG ONE!
* It’s 1941 and the HOWLING COMMANDOS are just looking to kick back and relax….
* But CAP and BUCKY are about to make their night a whole lot worse!
* The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JEPH LOEB and TIM SALE reunite to tell a shocking story of CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY!
* Extra-sized issue featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #0 Rated

2. Journey Star Wars Fase #1 (of 4) September 2nd / #2 September 16th
Writer: Rucka, Greg Artist: Checchetto, Marco Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

3. Shield 50th Anniversary #1: Agent Carter (One-Shot) September 16th
* Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.!
* When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way?
* Operation S.I.N.’s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!

Returning
1. Secret Wars (2015-) #7 (of 8) September 2nd
THE GREATEST SACRIFICE!

2. Red Skull (2015) #3 (of 3) September 9th
Writer: Williams, Joshua Artist: Pizzari, Luca Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* The Deadlands have pushed Magneto’s mind to the brink of madness…
* Can the Shield survive an attack from the Red Skull’s new army?!
* Is there anyone left to defeat the Red Skull?

OGN
Damage Control: Complete Collection TP October 7th
Galactus ate your apartment building? Call Damage Control. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier crashed on your car? Call Damage Control. Aliens destroyed Manhattan

Collection
Moon Knight Vol. 3: In Night TP September 30th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Ackins, Ron Cover Artist: Shalvey, Declan
Don’t miss this new exciting chapter that brings the horror and insanity of Moon Knight to new heights! After recent shocking events, Marc Spector is picking up the pieces of what’s left of his life. T

BOOM STUDIOS

First Issues
1. Wilds End Enemy Within #1 (of 4) Main Cvrs September 23rd
Writer: Abnett, Dan Artist: Culbard, I.N.J. Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
What’s to Love: The first Wild’s End miniseries kept us in constant suspense with its unlikely mash-up of War of the Worlds and The Wind in the Willows. We’re holding our collective breaths once again as author Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator I.N.J. Culbard (The King in Yellow) are set to play with the paranoia and ‘enemy amongst us’ conspiracy theories prevalent in stories we love like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The X-Files. (Trade Paperback Vol 1 September 2nd)

2. Third Witch #1 (of 6) September 2nd
Writer: Scott, Mairghread Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla Cover Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla
What’s to Love: Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches.

3. Diesel #1 (of 4) September 16th
Writer: Hesse, Tyson Artist: Hesse, Tyson Cover Artist: Hesse, Tyson
What’s to Love: We’ve been big fans of Tyson Hesse ever since we first discovered his webcomic Boxer Hockey. After cover stints on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, we put him to the test with the tricky mixed-media art style of The Amazing World of Gumball and he just crushed it. Now, we’re excited to be working with him on his first original series, a coming-of-age story with a cool fantasy airship twist that fans of Tank Girl, Rocket Girl, or Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle are sure to enjoy!

Returning
1. Spire #3 (of 8) September 2nd
Past tensions between races resurface as Tithebound delegations arrive at the Spire to honor the new Baroness.

2. Over the Garden Wall #2 September 23rd
Writer: McHale, Pat Artist: Campbell, Jim Cover Artist: Campbell, Jim
The Tale of Fred the Horse! This issue takes place between episodes 4-5 of the Cartoon Network miniseries and tells the story of Fred, a down-on-his-luck horse who finds himself in trouble with the Highwayman.

OGN
Peanuts Where Beagles Dare Original September 16th
Writer: Cooper, Jason Artist: Scott, Vicki Cover Artist: Scott, Vicki
What’s to Love: Remember those seasonal Peanuts animated specials that’d air during the holidays? Those long-form stories are the same satisfaction we get from our Peanuts original graphic novels, which feature full-length stories. What It Is: Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, is on holiday in France but his leave is cut short when he’s recruited for a top-secret mission.

Collection
Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1 HC September 2nd
Writer: Waid, Mark Artist: Krause, Peter Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
Collects issues #1-8 of Irredeemable.

MISC COMICS

Returning
1. Avatar -Providence #4 (of 12) (MR) September 30th
Writer: Moore, Alan Artist: Burrows, Jacen Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Alan Moore’s horror event of the year continues to push the limits of the comic book medium with an incredible ad-free 40 page fourth issue! Robert Black’s journey into the heart of the USA in 1919 continues as he finds the citizens of Salem to be most interesting. This work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. The end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

2. Seven Seas -Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 5 (MR) October 7th
Writer: Kentaro, Sato Artist: Kentaro, Sato Cover Artist: Kentaro, Sato
The zombie survival genre has just met its match! High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined. When a little girl clad in gothic lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember, and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra ‘Magical Girl’ under her breath, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos. Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl?

3. Adhouse -Gigant HC (MR) September 30th
Writer: Ryberg, Rune Artist: Ryberg, Rune Cover Artist: Ryberg, Rune
Gigant is a color-saturated, action-packed fantasy-comedy from Danish creator Rune Ryberg. The hero (Giant) is thrown into a bizarre journey within another dimension in an attempt to rescue his girlfriend who has been swallowed by a thousand-eyed monster.

MISC MERCH

First Issues
1. Native Trees of Canada Postcard Set August 26th
Artist: Shapton, Leanne
Leanne Shapton’s bold, vibrant watercolor portraits of the trees of Canada come to new life in this postcard set. The lively hues of the garry oak and the simple elegance of the staghorn sumac are perfectly presented in a beautiful keepsake box, great as a gift for a friend or yourself! This set of postcards collects thirty of Shapton’s spirited and singular drawings of the native trees of Canada.

2. Bee & Puppycat Cleavage Everywhere Blk: MED
T-shirt.

3. Punisher Life-size Standup September 16th
The heroes and villains of Marvel Universe are on their way to your home with these new Marvel Heroes Life-Size Stand-Ups! Choose from Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, The Punisher, or Venom.

Bonus

Pg 514 Peavy Princess Leia Electric Guitar.

Guitar

27 May

The Full List 05-27-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing..

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #1 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ryall, Chris
Artist: Atkins, Tony
Cover Artist: Atkins, Tony
An all-new comic series based on Douglas Adams’ beloved holistic detective! Dirk arrives in San Diego to face a new country, new cases and new threats: reincarnation, for starters

Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
All the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Infinite Loop #2 (of 6) (IDW)
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick
Artist: Charretier, Elsa
Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
As Teddy hides The Girl Anomaly in her old apartment, the two girls get to know each other, and get closer. Until they learn that Teddy’s superiors sent special Unit 70 to hunt them down

Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Bendis, Brian Michael
Artist: Sorrentino, Andrea
Cover Artist: Sorrentino, Andrea
Enter the Wastelands…a realm where all heroes have been murdered by their arch-enemies, villains who now rule over the land with an iron fist. In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference…a reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all…a man known as OLD MAN LOGAN.

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!

21 May

The Full List 05-20-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing..

 

A-Force #1  (Marvel)
Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: Cheung, Jim
* Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
* In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before
* Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

Convergence #7 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Lopresti, Aaron
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
The largest battle in the history of the Multiverse is here! Who will win and who will lose when Deimos battles the combined might of the Earth 2 survivors, the heroes from Kingdom Come, the Titans and Parallax? All this and more, as the heroes of The New 52 join the fight!

-Planet Hulk #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
* A forbidden zone of wild HULKS
* A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS
* A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter.
* PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!

Star Wars #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Cassaday, John
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES!
* As Luke goes home in search of the truth about his late mentor…
* …Leia takes Han on a secret mission of vital importance to the Rebellion.
* Unfortunately, they both run into some unfriendly encounters.

 

13 May

The Full List 05-13-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing..

 

Poet Anderson Dream Walker #1 (of 3) (MR) (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Delonge, Tom
Artist: Stephane, Djet
Cover Artist: Parel, Gerald
Jonas Anderson is a typical slacker teen following in the footsteps of his aimless older brother, Alan. When the boys stumble on a secret technique for lucid dreaming, they find themselves in wild world full of fantastic possibility – and hidden dangers. Created by Tom DeLonge, founder and frontman of the bands Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves, this fantastic adventure traces the origin of the mysterious guardian Dream Walker known only in whispered circles as ‘Poet.’

Convergence #6 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Benes, Ed
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Free of the reign of Telos, a pantheon of heroes unite at last in an effort to defend their collective cities – but they did not count on the threat of Deimos, who suddenly seems to possess the power to tear the Multiverse apart at the seams!

-Rebels #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
While Seth Abbott patrols the New England forests with his militia, his new bride Mercy holds down the home front. But whatever honeymoon period the growing American Revolution affords them is cut short when Seth and Ezekiel go on a daring nighttime raid determined to deny the British access down the Hudson River.

D4VE #4 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan
Artist: Ramon, Valentin
Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
Hell on 34rth! The invasion takes a violent turn and the robots begin to fall, causing D4VE to reveal a radical plan that could change the entire robot world forever…

Secret Wars #2 (of 8) (Marvel)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Ribic, Esad
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex
* WHEN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS GONE, ALL THAT REMAINS IS BATTLEWORLD!
* LEARN THE SECRETS OF THIS BRAVE NEW REALM IN THIS SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!

Thor #8 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The final battle with the Destroyer
* Guest stars galore!
* A shocking return!
* And oh yeah…Thor’s secret identity revealed at last!!!

Darth Vader #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…
* Not everyone wants him to find out the truth.
* Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?

Harrow County #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures-and to the land itself-in a way she never imagined. Don’t miss the first issue of this southern gothic fairy tale from the creator of smash hit The Sixth Gun, beautifully and hauntingly realized by B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook!

-Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory TP (MR)
Writer: Zub, Jim
Artist: Cummings, Steven
Cover Artist: Cummings, Steven
IMAGE COMICS’S NEW SUPERNATURAL SPECTACULAR! ‘If Wayward isn’t the next Saga, it will be a damn criminal shame.’ -Bleeding Cool Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? JIM ZUB (Samurai Jack, SKULLKICKERS) and STEVE CUMMINGS (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) team-up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy with the action and mystery of Hellboy. Collects WAYWARD #1-5

11 Mar

Comics.Community Previews Show Notes Ep. 20

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For the week of March 9th 2015.

 

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· Previews World Catalog for May 2015:

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PREVIEWSworld.com is a service of Diamond Comic Distributors, the same people who publish the monthly PREVIEWS catalog that is used by over 90,000 consumers and retailers to order their comics and related merchandise.

I went through the Previews World catalog for May section by section and picked out some of the upcoming books that interested me.

Advertisement Section (pg.2-pg10)
•Swords of Sorrow (Dynamite) Advertisement & pg 325
Gail Simone Sergio Davila

The first thing I noticed when I opened up the Previews catalog was this crossover event featuring “Dynamite’s fiercest females.” Sonja, Deja Thoris, Vampirella, Jungle Girl and “many, many more.”

I think if you’re a fan of cheesecake art and women with questionably drawn anatomy, then this will be the event for you.

Splash Page (pg.15-pg.19)
•Injection (Image) Splashpage & pg 194
Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight)

The team that reimagined Moon Knight brings a new Sci-Fi series to Image Comics.

•Dirk Gently (IDW) Splashpage & pg 161
Douglas Adams

The man who create Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy presents Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

•Batgirl “Selfie” T-Shirt (Graphitti Designs) Splashpage & pg 453
Image from the Iconic cover of Batgirl #35

Toychest (pg.20-pg.23)
I’m not really into toys and collectables but these two items did catch my eye.

•Batwoman “Bombshell” statue. pg 154

•Hulk vs HulkBuster statue pg 498

Free Comic Book Day (pg.27-pg.37)

FBCD May 2nd 2015

Premiere Comics Previews (pg.38-pg.426)
I’m not really into toys and collectables but these two items did catch my eye.

•Adventures of Dr. McNinja Vol3: King Radical! (Darkhorse) pg 52
Christopher Hastings

This caught my eye because it’s a webcomic being published in Trade Paperback form, and so i wanted to use it as an excuse to talk about webcomics, but also because I immediately thought about our friend Raphael when I saw this book. Doctor, also a Ninja. Cure for everything is punching or stabbing. If you like God Hates Astronauts, you’ll probably like this. Also, the guy who does this is now writing the Adventure Time comic for Boom!

•Predator: Fire and Stone TP (Darkhorse) pg 61
Joshua Williams

I’m mentioning this because I want to point out that they are releasing the TP of Fire and Stone in the correct order, so you can feel free to pick them up as they come out if you don’t want to wait for the Omnibus. Premetheus (April), Aliens (May), AVP (June), Predator (July).

•Frank Frezetta “Death Dealer” Snow Globe (Darkhorse) pg 79
I mean, c’mon.

•Convergence (DC Comics) pg 83
Jeff King

Convergence Issues 5-8 coming out in May.

Also, the #2 issues for all of their other Convergence Titles.

Also, Trade Paperbacks:
•Gotham Academy Vol 1 (June) pg 131
•Swamp Thing Vol 6 (June) pg 133

•Mad max: Fury Road #1 (Vertigo) pg 139
George Miller, Nico Lathouris

Movie tie in.

•The Kitchen #7 (Vertigo) pg 145
Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle

May 20th. Another shout out to Raphael.

•Jem & the Holograms #3 (IDW) pg 168
Kelly Thompson, Ross Campbell

I’m going to get #1, just to see what they do with it. There’s also a movie coming out.

•TMNT/Ghostbuster: Director’s Cut. (IDW) pg 183
Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz

For TMNT & Ghostbuster fans. 48 pages of behind the scenes testimony and hidden easter eggs from the 2014 crossover event.

•TMNT: Mutanimals #4 of 4 (IDW) pg 185
Paul Allor, Andy Kuhn

End of the Mutanimals saga that Darrol told us about on the last podcast.

•80’s TV nostalgia. (IDW) pg 189

•Miami Vice: Remix #3

•Knight Rider Vol 1 TP

•Womanthology: Heroic (IDW) pg 190

Anthology of comics created by over 150 women.

•Mythic #1 (Image) pg 198
Phil Hester, John McCrea

The sneak preview pages they included with this got me very interested.

•Rocket Girl #6 (Image) pg 222
Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder

Picking up where the Rocket Girl Vol 1 TP left off.

•Jupiter’s Circle #2 (Image) pg 235
Mark Millar, Wilfredo Torres

May 6th.
I’ve been anticipating this comic for a while, even though I know nothing about it, basically because of the gorgeous cover art by Frank Quietly.

•Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #3 (Image) pg 236
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra

May 27th. New Spinoff series? I had no idea this was coming out.

•Bounty Hunter T-Shirt (Image) pg 263

Shout out to this t-shirt for having the guts to rip off star Wars, the NBA, and everyone else who’s done one of these “league” shirts.

•Providence #1 (Avatar Press) pg 276
Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows

Alan Moore + HP Lovecraft = a must read. Here’s the quote that sold me.
“(Alan) Moore deconstructs all of Lovecraft’s concepts, reinventing the entirety of his work inside a painstakingly researched framework of American history.”

Providence is both a sequel and a prequel to previous comic Neonomicon, which is being reprinted. Or, you can but a special collection of all of Alan Moore’s Lovecraft related tales in the Path to Providence box set for 150$.

•Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches HC (Boom!) pg 305
S.M/ Vidaurri, et al

The art in this books just screams for a quality hardcover printing. Hopefully BOOM! will deliver that quality at the 25$ price point.

Marvel Previews

Looking at all these previews for Last Days, Secret Wars, and Battle World makes me feel a little overwhelmed.

That said, there are a few that do look interesting.

•Secret Wars: Battle World #1 (of 4)
The cover depicting an all MODOK Marvel Universe is pretty hilarious. Also, the mini-series aspect makes me more likely to pick it up.

•Secret Wars: Journal #1 (of 5)

Interesting mashup of Lady Hawkeye from 1602 along with possible XMEN vs Moon Knight/Khonshu battle is just wild enough to be interesting.

•Secret Wars: Infinity Gauntlet #1
Gerry Duggan, Dustin Weaver

Does Secret Wars affect the entire galaxy, or is it just on Earth?

•Secret Wars: Warzones: Old Man Logan #1
Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Sorrentino

No art by Steve Mcniven other than covers is a bummer. The world of Old Man Logan is very interesting, but I feel like I’ve read all the story there that I need to. Issue one needs to be great in order for me to pick up any more.

•Secret Wars: Warzones: Planet Hulk#1
Sam Humphries, Marc Laming

Gladiator Steve Rogers vs a world of feral Hulks sounds like a lot of fun.

•All the Star Wars Comics #5

I wasn’t too keen on Princess Leia #1, but I’ll keep picking them all up.
•Thor #8
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

Looks like the secret will be revealed in issue #8.

•Agent Carter Season 1 Declassified HC, pg 103
200pgs $50 June 2015

Behind the scenes photos and interviews from the TV show. Looks like a good collectable for fans of the show.

•Ant-Man vol1 TPB
June 2015

I liked the first issue, this was one on my list to grab the TPB.

•Ms Marvel vol3 TPB
June 2015

This is one I’ll continue to pick up in TPB.

11 Feb

The Full List 02-11-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week month. With the Comics.Community podcast meeting every two weeks, sometimes I forget to pick up my pull lists on time.

-All-New Captain America: Fear Him #1 & 2 (Marvel)
Writer: Hopeless, Dennis
Artist: Kudranski, Szymon
Cover Artist: Bianchi, Simone
A hungry villain has returned to feed on the city’s fear.
-Cluster #1 (BOOM!)
Writer: Brisson, Ed
Artist: Couceiro, Damian
Cover Artist: Stokoe, James
WHY WE LOVE IT: Ed Brisson (Sheltered) is one of comics’ best new voices and we could not wait to work with him on an original series following his run on Sons of Anarchy. After hearing his pitch for a gritty, violent, sci-fi epic in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, we knew there was no one better to bring the criminal cast of characters to life than the other half of the Sons of Anarchy team and Ed’s Murder Book collaborator, Damian Couceiro. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Cluster is a series for fans of old-school, hard-boiled action. Brisson and Couceiro know how to tell stories about rich characters with criminal backgrounds, and the off-world setting allows them to tell personal stories with a massive scope. Have you ever wondered what a book starring all those lowlifes in the gutters of sci-fi havens like Mos Eisley would look like? Then we have the book for you. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the distant future, as mankind discovers life on other planets, it needs soldiers to defend its colonies and outposts across the stars. In order to increase the number of boots on the ground, criminals are offered the opportunity to serve in the place of incarceration. But as wars wage on and more soldiers are needed, small-time crimes are given long-term punishments. When a group of prisoners serving their time as soldiers become stranded and abandoned on a war-torn planet, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.
-Star Wars #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Cassaday, John
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES!
* The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues!
* Luke Skywalker – cornered by Darth Vader!
* Han, Leia, and the others – trapped!
-Darth Vader #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!
-Daomu HC (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Xu, Kennedy
Artist: Chou, Ken
Cover Artist: Chou, Ken
Daomu follows young Sean and his initiation into a secret society of international tomb robbers, where he learns about the true legacy of his dysfunctional family: protecting ancient underworlds that are hidden beneath our feet. Along with a ragtag band of marauders, Sean must survive the terrors of the deep, solve his father’s brutal murder, and ultimately claim his birthright as leader of the Daomu. But forces are hell bent on stopping him!
-Thor #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The mysterious all-new Thor has taken Midgard by storm. But if her enemies have their say, her reign as the Goddess of Thunder will be a short one.
* Prince Odinson is making a list and checking it twice.
* All-Father Odin is so desperate to see Mjolnir returned to Asgard that he will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies.
* And the Absorbing Man and Titania are just up to their usual tricks. Namely, robbing banks and crushing anyone who dares get in their way.
-Wilds End #6 (BOOM!)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Not everyone who set out to uncover the truth behind the aliens creating havoc in Lower Crowchurch has survived the journey. Those that remain now put their lives on the line in a lastditch effort to save their town in this stunning conclusion to the hit series.

28 Jan

2014 ZebuNation Awards (Writing)

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Presenting the first ever Zebu Nation Awards For Excellence in Comics. Nominations.

Most Prolific (Writer)

Being a prolific writer demonstrates a command over not only the art of writing, but also the craft. Anyone can take years of their life to produce one good book. Likewise, anyone can string together vaguely coherent sentences to churn out mounds of literary garbage. It takes a special writer, however, to produce both quality and quantity in equal measure.

The nominees for 2014 are:

JASON AARON
A great year for Aaron with two Thor titles, two X-titles, a blockbuster event from Marvel, and an acclaimed creator-owned title from Image.

Publisher                  Title                                                                    Issues*
Marvel Comics        Amazing X-Men (2014-Present)               19
Marvel Comics        Original Sin (2014)                                        55
Image Comics         Southern Bastards (2014-Present)        18
Marvel Comics        Thor (2014-Present)                                     12
Marvel Comics        Thor: God of Thunder (2012-2014)        25
Marvel Comics        Wolverine and the X-Men (2011-2014)  7

 

RICK REMENDER
Remender continues his steady creator-owned output with three acclaimed series from Image, while also adding three flagship Marvel titles.

Publisher                   Title                                                                Issues*
Marvel Comics        Avengers X-Men: AXIS (2014-Present) 17
Image Comics        Black Science (2013-Present)                  15
Marvel Comics       Captain America (2012-2014)                  32
Image Comics        Deadly Class (2014-Present)                    23
Image Comics        Low (2014-Present)                                     10
Marvel Comics       Uncanny Avengers (2012-2014)              30
Marvel Comics        Winter Soldier: Bitter March (2014)      13

 

KIERON GILLEN
Gillen really cranked out the issues for Avatar Press while also producing a breakout hit with Wicked+Divine from Image and one of Marvels best graphic novels in Origin II.

Publisher                   Title                                                                Issues*
Avatar Press         God is Dead: The Book of Acts (2014)       6
Marvel Comics       Iron Man (2012-2014)                                    27
Marvel Comics        Origin II (2014)                                                12
Avatar Press         Uber (2013-Present)                                        68
Image Comics         Wicked+The Divine (2014-Present)        20
Marvel Comics        Young Avengers (2013-2014)                    4

 

CHARLES SOULE
What didn’t Charles Soule do in 2014? Killed Wolverine, Doomed Superman, ended Swamp Thing & Wonder Woman. Throw in an acclaimed run on She-Hulk and a creator owned title from Oni Press just for fun.

Publisher                   Title                                                                       Issues*
Marvel Comics        Death of Wolverine (2014)                            35
Marvel Comics        The Logan Legacy (2014-Present)              4
Marvel Comics        Inhuman (2014-Present)                                20
Oni Press            Letter 44 (2013-Present)                                       14
DC Comics         Red Lanterns (2011-Present)                              15
DC Comics         Red Lanterns: Futures End                                   2
Marvel Comics        She-Hulk (2014-Present)                                20
DC Comics         Superman/Wonder Woman (2013-Present) 37
DC Comics         Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End     2
DC Comics         Superman: Doomed (2014)                                 7
DC Comics         Swamp Thing (2011-Present)                             14
DC Comics         Swamp Thing: Futures End                                  2
Marvel Comics        Thunderbolts (2012-2014)                             18
DC Comics         Wonder Woman: Futures End                              2

 

NATHAN EDMONDSON
Edmondson became the go-to-guy for spies in 2014 with titles like Black Widow, Deathlok, Punisher & Splinter Cell.

Publisher                   Title                                                                Issues*
Marvel Comics        Black Widow (2014-Present)                27
Marvel Comics        Deathlok (2014-Present)                        6
Image Comics         Dream Merchant (2013-2014)               3
Marvel Comics        Original Sins (2014)                                  1
Marvel Comics        Punisher (2014-Present)                        22
Dynamite Ent.        Splinter Cell: Echoes (2014)                  3

 

CULLEN BUNN
Writing for books ranging from Godzilla to Green Lantern, Bunn racked up an astonishing number of bylines in 2014 and worked with just about every comic book company that mattered.
Publisher                   Title                                                                   Issues*
Dynamite Ent.        Army of Darkness (2014-Present)            14
Oni Press                  Brides of Helheim                                           4
Marvel Comics        Deadpool vs. Carnage (2014)                    5
BOOM! Studios        Empty Man (2014)                                         9
Marvel Comics        Fearless Defenders (2013-2014)               3
IDW Publishing       Godzilla: Cataclysm (2014)                         12
DC Comics         Green Lantern/New Gods:Godhead (2014) 2
DC Comics                Lobo (2014-Present)                                      2
Marvel Comics        Magneto (2014-Present)                              25
Marvel Comics        Night of the Living Deadpool (2014)      9
Dynamite Ent.        Shadow (2012-2014)                                      2
DC Comics         Sinestro (2014-Present)                                      12
DC Comics         Sinestro: Futures End                                          4
Oni Press         Sixth Gun (2010-Present)                                     10
Oni Press         Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead (2014-2015)      3
Oni Press         Terrible Lizard                                                           3

*Issue count tabulated using www.stashmycomics.com. May contain variants. Does not contain collected volumes or reprints.

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Best Old Favorites (Writers)

Some creators have been so excellent for so long that excellence is always expected, but scarcely rewarded. This award judges the best of the best in their own category, by their own set of standards, and corrects the injustice of taking these masters of the medium for granted.

Best Old Favorites recognizes the well-established creator who produced simply the best work or works during the year, compared against their own career body of work.

The nominees for 2014 are:

DAN SLOTT
Dan has been THE man for Spider-Man since 2008, writing just about every Spidey story of consequence during that span. In 2014 Slott kicked it up a notch with the end of Superior Spider-Man and the return of Peter Parker. He also spread his wings with a fresh and exciting take on Silver Surfer.
Publisher                 Title                                                                      Issues
Marvel Comics       All-New Marvel Now! Point One (2014) 3
Marvel Comics       Amazing Spider-Man (2014-Present)      95
Marvel Comics       Silver Surfer (2014-Present)                       16
Marvel Comics       Superior Spider-Man (2013-2014)            41

 

GREG PAK
The man who brought us World War Hulk and Incredible Hercules launched a Storm solo title in 2014 and also played in DC Comics toy box with a solid run on Action Comics and a mind-bending twist on the classic Batman/Superman team up.
Publisher                 Title                                                                      Issues
DC Comics             Action Comics (2011-Present)                     24
DC Comics             Batman/Superman (2013-Present)           43
Valiant Comics     Eternal Warrior (2013-2014)                         11
Marvel Comics      Storm (2014-Present)                                     9
DC Comics              Superman: Doomed (2014)                          2
Dynamite Ent.      Turok, Dinosaur Hunter (2014-Present)  87

 

WARREN ELLIS
One of the largest personalities and most respected names in the history of comics, Ellis still managed to surprise and thrill in 2014 with a genius take on C-List superhero Moon Knight. Ellis also racked up the critical acclaim with two intense and heady series from Image.
Publisher                 Title                                                                      Issues
Marvel Comics      Avengers Assemble (2012-2014)                5
Marvel Comics      Moon Knight (2014-Present)                       19
Image Comics      Supreme Blue Rose (2014-Present)           6
Image Comics      Trees (2014-Present)                                         7

 

GRANT MORRISON
Another heavyweight in the comics industry, Grant Morrison needs no introduction. Though he wasn’t the busiest writer in 2014, he did manage to bring an end to DC’s New 52 with the genre bending mini-series Multiversity. In his spare time he also used the new, Hollywood-based, Legendary Comics to satirized Hollywood in his Annihilator series. Morrison is so meta.
Publisher                        Title                                                                      Issues
DC Comics                      Multiversity (2014-Present)                          7
Legendary Comics      Annihilator (2014-Present)                            5

 

ROBERT KIRKMAN
The man who brought us Invincible and The Walking Dead… Brought us more Invincible and Walking Dead in 2014. Consistent excellence is still excellence and Kirkmans two blockbuster series kept on rolling in 2014 with new and interesting plots to keep these long-form comics as relevant as ever.
Publisher                         Title                                                                     Issues
Image Comics                Invincible (2003-Present)                           15
Image Comics                Outcast (2014-Present)                               16
Image Comics                Super Dinosaur (2011-Present)               3
Image Comics                Walking Dead (2003-Present)                   34

 

ED BRUBAKER
The man who turned Bucky Barnes into The Winter Soldier has seemingly turned his back on Marvel and DC by producing only creator owned books in 2014. Long known as the king of crime, suspense, and noir, Brubaker hits a triple in 2014 with a spy series (Velvet), a crime series (Fade Out), and a horror/noir series (Fatale).
Publisher                         Title                                                                      Issues
Image Comics                Fade Out (2014-Present)                               9
Image Comics                Fatale (2012-2014)                                           9
Image Comics                Velvet (2013-Present)                                     8

 

MIKE MIGNOLA
Mike Mignola does Mike Mignola like no one else. His distinctive art and writing styles continue to thrill and chill with excellent new mini-series from Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, and the underrated Lobster Johnson.
Publisher                           Title                                                                             Issues
Dark Horse Comics      Abe Sapien (2013-Present)                                  11
Dark Horse Comics      B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth (2013-Present)            17
Dark Horse Comics      Baltimore: Chapel of Bones (2014)                   2
Dark Horse Comics      Baltimore: The Witch of Harju (2014)              3
Dark Horse Comics      Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle (2014) 2
Dark Horse Comics      Dark Horse Presents (2011-2014)                      2
Dark Horse Comics      Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. (2014-Present)        2
Dark Horse Comics      Hellboy: In Hell (2012-Present)                           2
Dark Horse Comics      Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster (2014)       5

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My Eisner Nominees (Best Writer)

The Eisner is the premier award in the comic book industry. Therefore, I will hijack the prestige of this award and declare my own winners from the list of Eisner nominees. Some of the following nominees may have qualified for other Zebu Nation awards, but I figure that being nominated for an Eisner should be enough for them and there’s no need to hog other awards.

Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kelly Sue makes a strong bid for an Eisner with a critical darling series from Image and a fan-favorite take on the iconic Captain Marvel.

Pretty Deadly (Image);
Captain Marvel (Marvel)

Matt Fraction
The Eisner trend seems to be writers with a pairing of one excellent indie comic and one outstanding “big two” comic from either Marvel or DC. Fraction is no exception thanks to his critical darling, Sex Criminals, and main-stream hit, Hawkeye. Throw in the end of the Fantastic Four just for extra credit.

Sex Criminals (Image);
Hawkeye, (Marvel)
Fantastic Four, FF (Marvel)

Jonathan Hickman
Hickman always confuses his readers, but in East of West and Manhattan Projects he confuses us in the best possible ways. Add to that a world-changing event for the Avengers and we may have an Eisner winner.

East of West, (Image)
The Manhattan Projects (Image);
Avengers, Infinity (Marvel)

Scott Snyder
Critics and fans agree that Snyder’s Batman title is far and away the best thing to come from DC’s New 52. Throw in two creepy gothic horror titles that fit perfectly with DC’s Vertigo line and you have an Eisner worthy 2014.

Batman (DC);
American Vampire (DC/Vertigo)
The Wake (DC/Vertigo)

Eric Stephenson
I’m going to be honest. I’ve never even heard of Eric Stephenson or his comic, Nowhere Men, until I saw this list of Eisner nominees. Either that means he is the favorite to win the award or this is some kind of prank by the Eisner committee.

Nowhere Men (Image)

Brian K. Vaughan
One of the best writers in comics has seemingly focused all his attention on what has quickly become everyones favorite comic book, Saga. Good move.

Saga (Image)

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28 Jan

The Full List 01-28-2015

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New year, new list of comic books I bought this week. Now that the holidays are over with it’s time to get back at it here on Zebu Nation. Look for new podcasts, features and a year in review special coming very soon.

-Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome Nowhere TP (Image)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Scalera, Matteo
Cover Artist: Scalera, Matteo
The Anarchist League of Scientists has lost their leader, the most recent victim of the Pillar’s violently random jumps through the Eververse…but are they really random? As the survivors fight their way through a world where magic and science are one and the same, the secrets of their predicament slowly come to light…and illuminate a terrible truth. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #7-11

-Gotham By Midnight #3 (DC)
Writer: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Templesmith, Ben
Cover Artist: Templesmith, Ben
There’s a dark secret in Gotham General Hospital – a supernatural menace that could infect the whole city! But Detective Lisa Drake of the Midnight Shift has a dark secret of her own

-Multiversity Guidebook (DC)
Writer: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Scott, Nicola
Cover Artist: Hughes, Rian
The guidebook to the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here! With a detailed concordance featuring each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse, a complete history of DC Comics’ universe-shattering ‘Crisis’ events, a map of all known existence, AND an action-packed dual adventure starring Kamandi of Earth-51 alongside the post-apocalyptic Atomic Knight Batman of Earth-17 and chibi Batman of Earth-42, this 80-page mountain of MULTIVERSITY madness cannot be missed! The MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK contains everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s parallel worlds and their super-heroic inhabitants. Meet the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R. The Light Brigade, the Super-Americans and the Love Syndicate! Meet the Accelerated Man, Aquaflash, BiOmac and more! Overflowing with today’s top artists and completely written by Grant Morrison himself, readers of the DC Universe can’t afford to pass up this oversized, sixth chapter of MULTIVERSITY!

-Predator Fire and Stone #4 (of 4) (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
As the Predator sets out on his greatest hunt, Galgo must decide if atoning for his past sins is worth the ultimate sacrifice!

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #4 of 4 (IDW)
Writer: Burnham, Erik
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Atkins, Robert
The supernaturally awesome conclusion to the blockbuster crossover is here! Ghostly forces converge on the Ghostbusters HQ, and the Turtles’ opportunity to get back home is fast dwindling! The two teams’ last-ditch efforts may come too late!

-Thor (2014-) #4 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The Odinson is back. And he clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer. You know what that means, right?
* THOR VS. THOR!!!