Atomic Robo TP #1
Atomic Robo and the Action Scientists of Tesladyne! Very well written, hilarious, and altogether fun to read.
Christopher Moore. 'Nough said.
FELL TP VOL 01 FERAL CITY IMAGE COMICS Detective Richard Fell is transferred over the bridge from the big city to Snowtown, a feral district whose police investigations department numbers three and a half people (one detective has no legs). Dumped in this collapsing urban trashzone, Richard Fell is starting all over again. In a place where nothing seems to make any sense, Fell clings to the one thing he knows to be true: Everybody's hiding something.
Locke and Key
Joe Hill (w); Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c) Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder: Locke & Key. Written by Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY TP
(W/A) Jeff Lemire This critically-acclaimed graphic novel was recently chosen as one of Canada Reads' Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade, and it is also the winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, and the Joe Shuster Award. Set in an imaginary version of Jeff Lemire's hometown, Essex County is an intimate study of an eccentric farming community, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation.
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #3
Written by J. Michael Straczynski Art by Andy Kubert This second-last issue sets up readers for quite an exciting conclusion. Straczynski continues to impress as he further explores the depths of this seemingly simple character. As he navigates into a darker, more vulnerable corner of Nite Owl’s life as a superhero, the pressure of his exploits truly begin to take a toll. The side story involving Rorschach highlight this character’s potential; anyone who isn’t reading the Before Watchmen series is truly missing out on some spectacular work.
Justice League #0
Written by Geoff Johns Art by Gary Frank - I hesitate to even bother. The Shazam storyline has consistently been the best read since the inception of the New 52. Why doesn’t Captain Marvel have his own title yet? I don’t know. I do know that DC could easily print Justice League, Shazam, and the Pandora storyline as three separate titles and gouge consumers and yet they haven’t. Court of Owls aside, they’ve shown great restraint and held to John’s slow-burn approach in releasing these and it’s always worthwhile. On that same note, I question if they should give Shazam his own title as this seems to be working really well. DC is clearly building Captain Marvel to be a pivotal character in this semi-new universe. Maybe it’s best that for now, he remain seemingly irrelevant in the greater scheme of things until a crucial moment of undeniable need.
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3
Written by Len Wein Art by Jae Lee - Jae Lee’s artistic style could not have been matched more perfectly than with a character such as this. The calculating and arrogant nature of Ozymandias is captured effortlessly by Lee and they take no shortcuts in depicting this figure’s journey through his early rise and the events which led to what I will call his ‘fall’. I cannot recommend this title enough for fans of the original series. Sorry Mr. Moore but I’m thrilled to have sided against you on this one.
The Flash #0
Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato Art by Francis Manapul - This is by far the best issue of the Flash since the launch of the New 52. Talk about a tear-jerker! Manapul and Buccellato explore Barry’s past and the mystery surrounding his mother’s death and some of the key figures that were central in the formation of Barry Allan as a man. The artwork continues to be mind-blowingly good, though admittedly, this issue’s “DC Comics Proudly Present…” feature was somewhat lacking compared to some of the previous super-creative banners. Still, it’s only a microscopic flaw in an exceptional piece of work. This issue is truly an emotional roller coaster for anyone who loves the crimson speedster.
Sweet Tooth #40
Written and Illustrated by Jeff Lemire- Issue #40 marks the grand finale of Jeff Lemire's hugely intriguing Vertigo title Sweet Tooth. Its first issue was my introduction to Lemire's work and he has since had my undivided attention. He is truly a storyteller in the most sincere form and delivers here in spades as we conclude the story of Gus and his tale of sacrifice and survival in a cruel, post-apocalyptic world. While I've had the good fortune of collecting this book from the start and would love for the story to continue, Lemire aptly brings this journey to a close in a way that I think fans will absolutely enjoy. I look forward to his continued success on Animal Man and work on future books such as Green Arrow. If you haven't been reading Sweet Tooth, be sure to pick it up and take advantage of Vertigo's beautiful series of Sweet Tooth trade paperbacks.
TMNT: The Secret History of the Foot Clan #1
Written and Illustrated by Mateus Santolouco - An absolute must have for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Mateus Santolouco's art style captures the modern feel that newcomers to the franchise have come to expect while maintaining the gritty, throwback 'pull no punches' approach IDW has sought to preserve for the old-school TMNT fanboys. The publisher has done wonders in escaping the old trend of single issue stories with little to no continuity by utilizing their Micro-Mini's and extended series to support their main title. This offers a more complete and detailed exploration of the Turtles that was sorely lacking in the past. Though I don't agree necessarily with all aspects of their new creative direction, I can't help but love how they've expanded the TMNT universe to be more inclusive and all of the cultural nods that provide further insight into the history of the Turtles and how their heritage continues to have a huge impact in shaping them today. The current run is the perfect balance of mysticism, science, and butt-kicking action.
Thor: God of Thunder #4
Written by Jason Aaron, Art by Esad Ribic - This title is Marvel at its best. Previously, I wouldn't have even considered picking up the God of Thunders' book but having loved Esad Ribic's run on Uncanny X-Force, I decided to give it a go and couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome. Thor on his own, without the Avengers, without Loki lurking around every corner, has so much more depth and character than I have ever given him credit for. Off-world and in the presence of gods, demons, and so much mythology, Thor fits. He's no longer the odd man out - the outdated, oddly-spoken, oafish muscle brained goon that simply fills a spot on the Avengers' ever expanding roster. I applaud Jason Aaron as well in how this story arc crosses three distinct ages in Thor's immortal life. The presentation of this book is crucial and Aaron provides a dynamic arrangement that underlines Thor's maturation across years of conflict.
Justice League #16
Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ivan Reis with Shazam! Backup illustrated by Gary Frank – Although it was sad to see the departure of Jim Lee from this title, Reis has easily picked up the slack on this book. The creative team has obviously been building towards the Throne of Atlantis story arc since issue one of both Justice League and Aquaman and it’s already paying dividends. Throne of Atlantis is exactly the type of fundamental storyline readers should want to see. It’s big but not overbearing. It highlights members of the team in a way that demonstrates why they are not just heroes but also how they are important to the team and impact the overall dynamic. Johns does a great job of sharing the stage between these characters and setting the building blocks for future arcs to come. This book is full of action, full of story, and looks absolutely beautiful. Reis shows here and in the first dozen issues of Aquaman how well he handles the rendering of characters, providing each figure with distinctive features and qualities (as they should be drawn) while still putting in as much effort with great, sprawling backgrounds. Everything about this book is solid and makes the pages come to life before your eyes. If you’re not reading Justice League, you’re absolutely missing out on the mainstay title of the (no longer) New 52.
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1
Written by David Tipton and Illusturated by Simon Fraser - A twelve issue mini-series by IDW that will visit all eleven incarnations of the Doctor and hits the ground running with loads of the usual wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey excitement. There’s always something stranger afoot in the Doctor’s world and this first issue delivers the usual build up Whovians have become accustomed to. If you’re not already a fan of the Doctor, it’s never too late to start. The story, like those originally published back in the sixties is meant to compliment the show quite well, capturing that spark of great storytelling and character development while seamlessly taking place between any given episodes without spoiling anything as it is still self-contained. Check it out! It’s a delightful read.
New Avengers #3
Written by Jonathan Hickman and Illustrated by Steve Epting – While it’s not exactly action packed, this title further brings to the table precisely what the Avengers are meant to be. Not all conflicts can be resolved through mere fisticuffs and now it’s up to some of the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe to convene with their biggest thinking caps on. The magnitude of what they are facing in this very first arc in the new Marvel Now! Initiative is not something easily overcome. Big minds and huge egos collide as the Illuminati are reformed and reshaped to resolve new, more dire dilemmas which threaten life on a global scale where there is zero room for error or hesitation. Our heroes are tested against a burden that has already fractured the team’s confidence severely and could easily cripple their faith and trust in each other while signalling an apocalyptic end to life on Earth.
Written by Andy Diggle and Illustrated by Jock – An exciting new four issue murder mystery from Image Comics that follows Jake Dobson, a comic book store employee, who unknowingly involves himself in some messy business. Jake finds himself on the run as he’s confronted by an intimidating figure regarding a cell phone he picked up on his way to work and his world quickly falls to pieces. Snapshot is a well-paced, well written story that leaves you begging for more. Pick up a copy while you still can. This book is sure to be a hit!
‘The Price We Pay’ Written by Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, illustrated by Renato Guedes – An interesting beginning to a highly anticipated book. For those unfamiliar with the character, this first issue is sure to throw you off balance and leave you with more questions than answers. Very quickly, we learn that the stakes are high in the world of the dark arts and that sacrifice is necessary for the preservation of mankind. While most of the world is largely ignorant to magic, Constantine is in a constant battle to maintain balance between good and evil, often walking the line himself. Guedes’ art is good but perhaps doesn’t match the grittiness commonly associated with this character. The first issue doesn’t spend a lot of time building a foundation for the reader but instead jumps in headfirst to an arc that’s sure to have many unexpected twists. I was hoping to find that this issue would provide a good jumping on point for readers but it would appear the writers will likely reveal more about Constantine only as the story progresses. While this is not the only title featuring Constantine, I hope DC avoids any thought of a crossover; at least until it has proven it can stand on its own.
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #3 (of 4)
Written by Mike Johnson and Illustrated by David Messina – While the art in this book is nothing spectacular, the story is simply fantastic. It is a must read for any fan of J.J. Abrams’ work with the franchise and does a great job framing the upcoming film. New readers or fans of the last film could easily jump into this no problem and it begs the question of whether or not the main title is something worth considering also. It offers plenty of action and tons of intrigue and sets up a surprising twist in this issue moving toward the conclusion. While I’m sad this will only be a four issue mini, it’s nice not to have to suffer through overkill and to see that IDW is once again handling a beloved franchise with great care and respect. I look forward to next month’s final chapter, and as a result, have found myself with even higher anticipation for the film.
Savage Wolverine #3
‘Kill Island Part 3’ Written and Illustrated by Frank Cho – This book has been shockingly good and one of the more fun and enjoyable reads to come out of the Marvel Now series of titles. Frank Cho has truly surprised me with not only his writing but his art and consistency throughout the first three issues. While maintaining the rough and curmudgeon attitude of Wolverine, he provides an equally offsetting portrait of Shanna the ‘She-Devil’ that encompasses the light-hearted feel of the book. Readers still get all the hard hitting, sometimes gory action they would expect from a Wolverine title without crossing a line into the MAX-end of the Marvel Universe. Cho takes the reader from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other within a short period of time without making it seem too rushed and expertly crafts a story that always leaves me looking for more. Savage Wolverine has turned into yet another hidden gem to have emerged from the Marvel Now revolution, giving DC an even bigger run for their money.
Five Ghosts: the Haunting of Fabian Gray #1 (of 5)
Written by Frank Barbiere and Illustrated by Chris Mooneyham – A treasure hunter that has been possessed by five literary ghosts and given each of their unique abilities (Wizard, archer, detective, samurai, and vampire). This book is sure to be a pulp hit! The art is wonderful and harkens back to a simpler yet elegant and appropriate style that matches this book perfectly. Fabian Gray leads an adventurous and exciting life but at the end of the day is left to face his inner demons following some tragic circumstances which leave his sister in a coma, who also happens to be his best friend’s wife. How can he make amends for past mistakes? Check out the new five-issue mini from Image, you won’t regret it.
‘Death of a King: Chapter 1’ Written by Geoff Johns and Illustrated by Paul Pelletier – In the wake of Johns’ ‘Throne of Atlantis’ storyline, Arthur is left to pick up the pieces and mend the broken trust between Atlanteans and the surface dwellers. He must assert himself as the head of his Atlantean people but their trust in him is fragile and few hesitate to voice the widespread discontent. Arthur’s first task as king is to recover whatever Atlantean weaponry was left behind that the humans now abuse to their own ends. For whatever reason, the king asks his wife Mera to remain behind on land. This spells danger for her as she is the first to be blindsided by a new threat; a would-be king who has declared himself the rightful ruler of Arthur’s throne. While Ivan Reis’ artwork is sorely missed on this book, Paul Pelletier does a good job taking over and demonstrates that he’s equally ready to master the waves in one of Johns’ mainstay titles for DC.
Thanos Rising #1
Written by Jason Aaron and Illustrated by Simone Bianchi – Following the release of the Avengers film and the reveal of Thanos just before the end credits, along with the great creative team assembled here, this highly anticipated title has actually exceeded all expectations. The art is absolutely beautiful and the writing is both clever and powerful. A tell-all origin story of the exploits of a young boy on a strange planet provides insight and understanding into the twisted psyche of Thanos and how his emotional distress growing up, is further corrupted by external manipulation until alas, he is left damaged and irreversibly altered. Bianchi’s art is the perfect match for the alien environment that covers the planet Titan and his dark outlines masterfully depict the hard exterior that leaves characters calloused and hardened by life and experience. Aaron continues to impress with his skillful writing and further tops his efforts on other critical works like Incredible Hulk, Thor: God of Thunder, and Wolverine. This mini-series is a must-have for any Marvel fans’ pull-list and is worth every penny. Check it out!
Justice League of America #4
‘World's Most Dangerous - Chapter Four: The Good, the Bad, and the Shaggy’ Written by Geoff Johns and Illustrated by Brett Booth – Thus far, this title has been lacking in suspense and intrigue but issue #4 brings a huge twist that is not to be missed. While the backup story focusing on Martian Manhunter is still a weak imitation of what Justice League’s Shazam! has been, John’s writing has taken a huge risk and it will be interesting to see how events unfold as the next few issues progress. Hopefully, DC isn’t just pulling cheap tricks. This issue also brings a new artist into the fold. Brett Booth doesn’t disappoint but what does this mean for the future of Dave Finch on the title? We’ll have to wait and see. Here’s hoping Johns isn’t simply relying on the upcoming crossover with JL and Justice League Dark as it would be nice to see this book stand on its own. The characters have huge potential and the directions in which this book can be taken are limitless but it’s only now that I’m grateful to have kept this title on my pull so there is definitely some skepticism lingering. With any luck, this book will become a huge success and provide the engaging dichotomy between leagues that DC touted it to be.
The Wake #1
“There’s Something Down There…” Written by Scott Snyder and Illustrated by Sean Murphy – The creative team of American Vampire brings Vertigo fans yet another highly-suspenseful new sci-fi thriller. A ten issue mini-series that follows along as Homeland Security employs the help of deep sea specialist and cetologist Dr. Lee Archer and a team of marine experts to investigate a mysterious find held in an underground facility near Alaska’s South Slope. Snyder masterfully crafts an eerie and chilling tale perfectly suited to Murphy’s artistic style for an exhilarating read. Find out just what they discovered in the deep and see how Dr. Archer struggles to cope with old ghosts that surface when existing grudges are revealed between members of the team.
Wild Blue Yonder #1
Written by Austin Harrison and Illustrated by Zach Howard – “Take to the skies in this thrilling new action-adventure sci-fi tale. In the near future, mankind has destroyed the Earth, and the only refuge from radioactive pollution can be found in the skies. Unfortunately dwindling supplies and bloodthirsty air-pirates make life all the harder. Will the crew of the Dawn escape the merciless Judge and survive another week? Read the book everyone will be talking about and find out!” – ComicVine. Imagine this: Waterworld meets Firefly meets Star Wars! What more could you want? This book is by far the best read we’ve come across in quite some time. Be sure to pick it up and enjoy the ride.
Written by Ed Brisson and Illustrated by John Christmas - “A pre-apocalyptic tale of survial at any cost. The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can't save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.” - ComicVine. Twisted turns at their finest!
Written by Joshua Williamson and Illustrated by Goran Sudzuka - “A horror/crime mashup that’s equal parts Ocean’s 11 and the Shining. Jackson T. Winters is one of the greatest criminal masterminds to ever live...except he's rotting in jail after his last, doomed score. But when a filthy rich collector breaks him out, he's tasked with putting together an elite team of paranormal experts to do the impossible: Steal a ghost from a haunted house of horrors!” – ComicVine. If you like Thief of Thieves, you’re going to love this!
Written by Paul Jenkins and Illustrated by Humberto Ramos - "Charlie Northern may be one of the best detectives in Scotland Yard but that doesn't keep him from enjoying a night off curled up with a good book of conspiracy theories and a full pack of cigarettes. That is, until an old friend shows up at his door with the news that a high-ranking Vatican official and probable successor to the Pope has mysteriously died. Now, Northern must travel to Rome and seek out the facts in a place legendary for keeping its secrets. There are forces at work in The Holy See that want Northern to fail--forces darker and more ancient than any in his favorite dime-store paperbacks." - Comicvine.
Manifest Destiny #1
Written by Chris Dingess and Illustrated by Matthew Roberts - "Manifest Destiny details Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s historic expedition across America, only things might not be quite like you remember from your History class. Creator/writer Chris Dingess and artist Matthew Roberts team-up to tell the hidden story of Lewis & Clark and the monsters, mythology, and horror they actually faced." - Comicvine.
Written by Brian Joines and Illustrated by Dean Kotz - "Meet the Secret Society of Santa Clauses. For centuries, Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, Hoteiosho, and others have magically distributed Christmas cheer to children around the world. But when the source of their power is stolen, a desperate Society turns to an usual source for help: the dreaded Krampus, child-punishing demon of holiday lore. Free of his cell for the first time in decades, will the Krampus uncover the truth behind the Santas' depowering or leave his jailers to their ultimate fate? It's Snake Plissken by way of the Grinch as the darkly comedic adventure begins here." - Comicvine.
Imagine Agents #1
Written by Brian Joines and Illustrated by Bachan - "Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his 5-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400 pound muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper-tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it's all in a day's work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in-line..." - Comicvine. It's Drop Dead Fred meets M.I.B. and it doesn't get much better than this!
Rat Queen's #1
“GOLD, GUTS AND GROG,” Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Illustrated by John Upchurch - "Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all gods’ creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic fantasy series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack! A new ongoing series from PETER PANZERFAUST’s KURTIS J. WIEBE and featuring a gorgeous incentive cover by SAGA’s FIONA STAPLES! Someone wants to kill the Rat Queens? The girls are seeing red and there's only one thing to do about it; get really, really drunk. And, eventually, maybe get to the bottom of who's trying to kill them. Because, let's be honest, they already know why." - Comicvine.
Rover Red Charlie #1
Written By Garth Ennis and Illustrated by Michael DiPascale - "When a worldwide epidemic suddenly rids the Earth of all humans, what happens to man's best friend? GARTH ENNIS - the master wordsmith of Preacher and Crossed - delivers a story like no other, as a band of canines set out to survive on their own for the first time. This is the story of three best friends at the end of the World. Charlie was a helper dog and he was good at getting his feeders safely around. Now he and his pals Rover and Red must escape the failing New York City and find their way in this new order. Ennis applies his incredible talent for creating rich and complex characters to a whole new species, with this shockingly original tale that is fully painted by Michael Dipascale." - Comicvine.
Black Science #1
Written by Rick Rememder and Illustrated by Matteo Scalera - "Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally done the impossible: He has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward. The only question is how far are they willing to go, and how much can they endure, to get home again? Join writer RICK REMENDER and the superstar art team of MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE for this face-melting science fiction epic spanning the lifetimes of a cast of dimensional castaways lead by the man who caused it all." - Comicvine.
George A. Romero's: Empire of the Dead #1
Written by George A. Romero and Illustrated by Alex Maleev - "Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted—but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!" - Comicvine.
Southern Bastards #1
Written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Jason LaTour - "Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team...and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this...is to carry a really big stick. From the acclaimed team of JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR, the same bastards who brought you Scalped and Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted, comes a southern fried crime series that’s like the Dukes of Hazzard meets the Coen Brothers...on meth." - Comicvine.
Batman Eternal #1
"A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law!" - Comicvine.
Written by W. Blackman and illustrated by Michael Del Mundo - ""Witness the beautifully violent return of the world’s deadliest assassin. A life spent in silent pain has led Elektra to the precipice of despair. As she prepares to shed her past and take her next step, everything you know about her will change! Death is no escape, but she will find her way as a new option opens up that will take Elektra to places no other Marvel character can go." - Comicvine.
The Last Broadcast #1
Written by Andre Sirangelo and illustrated by Gabriel Iumazark - "A decades-old conspiracy involving vaudeville magicians and occult spiritualists and you’ve got us hooked. An urban spelunking group in San Francisco discovers a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible at the same time as young, out-of-work magician Ivan receives a mysterious package that points him toward a possible conspiracy involving Blackhall’s death in 1934. Both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing that it’s about the change their lives forever." - Comicvine.
Doctor Who: the Eleventh Doctor #1
Written by Al Ewing and illustrated by Simon Fraser - "A stunning new era begins for the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith! Alice Obiefune has just lost her mother when the Doctor explodes into her life. But what does this grieving young woman have to do with the career of a 70s musician, an amnesiac alien, and a terrifying cosmic threat? In the wake of the second Big Bang, find out what the Doctor gets up to when Amy and Rory aren’t around!" - Comicvine.
"The Man of Tomorrow: Chapter One," Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by John Romita Jr. - "A NEW ERA for SUPERMAN begins as Geoff Johns takes the reigns – and he’s joined by the legendary super-talent of John Romita, Jr. in his first-ever work for DC Comics as they introduce Ulysses, the Man of Tomorrow, into the Man of Steel’s life. This strange visitor shares many of Kal-El’s experiences, including having been rocketed from a world with no future. Prepare yourself for a run full of new heroes, new villains and new mysteries! Plus, Perry White offers Clark a chance to return to The Daily Planet!" - Comicvine.
Rocket Raccoon #1
"A Chasing Tale: Part One," Written and Illustrated by Scottie Young - "As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He's been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now--a raccoon on the run?! (I'm sorry, I'm sorry, a "formidable-and-expert-Guardian" on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket's high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man-and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We'll definitely be overusing that pun!) Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we've been waiting decades for. Because let's be real, this is the only Guardian of the Galaxy you actually care about. Am I right?" - Comicvine.
Written by Justin Jordan and illustrated by Kyle Strahm - "Ten years ago, we dug too deep. We unleashed something ancient that couldn't be controlled. Something that couldn't be stopped, twisting everything it touched into more of itself. The Spread. Humanity was nearly destroyed before we found a way to slow the Spread to a crawl. Now, deep inside the quarantined zone, one man has found the key to stopping it forever: a baby girl. And if he can save her, he might save the world." - Comicvine.
Death of Wolverine #1 (of 4)
"Part One: The End," Written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Steve McNiven - "The beginning of the end is now here...THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE! THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine's healing factor--all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does...but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher-and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he's never played before..." - Comicvine.
Written by Jay Faerber and illustrated by Scott Godlewski - "Welcome to Copperhead, a grimy mining town on the edge of a backwater planet. Single mom Clara Bronson is the new sheriff, and on her first day she'll have to contend with a resentful deputy, a shady mining tycoon, and a family of alien hillbillies. And did we mention the massacre?" - Comicvine. Space-Western, sign me up! In the letters section following the first stellar issue, the author promises a similar feel to Star Trek, Firefly, and beyond!
Fire and Stone: Prometheus #1 (of 4)
Written by Paul Tobin and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra - "When the Prometheus never returned from her fateful journey to LV-223, the questions surrounding the origins of man went unanswered. Now a new team of explorers seeks to uncover the dark mystery that holds not only the fate of the original mission, but possibly their own damnation." - Comicvine. The start of a thrilling new crossover series that ties into the Alien and Predator movie franchises. The art is beautiful and the storyline intense!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1
"The Crucible; Chapter One: Something Wicked," Written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and illustrated by Robert Hack -"The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina won't be set in the same universe as Afterlife with Archie. Instead, the book will be a period piece set in the 1960's that explores Sabrina's troubled origins as she struggles to maintain her secret and live a halfway normal life. The usual supporting cast will be present, including aunts Hilda and Zelda, cat Salem, and villainess Madame Satan." - IGN. Pick up this sure-to-be spellbinding spinoff of hit series Afterlife with Archie and be sure to grab a limited edition print of the Rogues Gallery Comics collectible cover for your stash!!
Written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Andrei Bressan, "For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could've ever occurred… but it couldn't prepare them for what happened when he returned. Skybound's newest original series turns fantasy into reality in this extra-sized first issue!" - Comicvine.
In Smash Up players take decks of cards representing two ridiculous groups - like Pirates and Cyborg Apes - and shuffle them together. They then take turns with their decks competing for world domination. It's a goofy theme with fun art and high replay-ability, but beneath that veneer of casual play is a great middle weight card game that lives on the line between hardcore gamer and casual enjoyment. That's a line that many games claim to straddle, but few do it as well as Smash Up. The game is a genuine treat - a game that looks silly and turns out to be a well-designed, rollicking ride.
Legendary - A Marvel Deck Building Game
Legendary is a semi-cooperative game for 1-5 players, where each player takes control of the heroes of the Marvel universe and tries to stop a super villain Mastermind from completing his Scheme. The players aren’t so much heroes themselves, but rather agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who recruit heroes. This is by far one of the best superhero games on the market. The variety of choices in set-up, coupled with solid deck-building mechanics, makes this the ultimate card game for the Marvel lover in your life.
Written by Alex Gracian and illustrated by Riley Rossmo, "In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. It was really bad timing. His beard was just coming in nicely. New York Times bestselling author ALEX GRECIAN and fan favorite artist RILEY ROSSMO reunite for the first time since their critically acclaimed series PROOF!" - Comicvine.
Convergence is a two-month weekly limited series, published by DC Comics, that begins in April 2015 and is scheduled to run through to the end of May 2015. Convergence spins out of the final issues of the weekly series, Earth 2: World's End and The New 52: Futures End. The story involves Brainiac having trapped cities from various timelines and planets that have ended, brought them in domes to a planet outside of time and space, and "is now opening them for a great experiment to see what happens when all these folks meet." Notable during this event will be the return of DC Characters from before the "Flashpoint" storyline of 2011 that led to creation of The New 52 Universe.
Poo: The Card Game
It’s been a tough day in the monkey cage and something in the food tonight wasn’t quite right. In monkey world, there’s only one thing that can be done about it - fling poo! Poo is a fast-paced card game for two to eight players, requiring anywhere from five to fifteen minutes to play. It’s fast and furious - something you can play while waiting in line or on lunch break. Each player takes on the role of a monkey. You fling poo and mess with each other until only one monkey is left standing. That monkey, of course, is the cleanest one. Each turn, every player gets to draw and play a card, usually either to fling poo at another player or to clean himself off. Out of turn, each player gets to play cards to defend himself or foil other players’ poo flinging.
Legendary Encounters - A Deck Building Game
Legendary Encounters is a deck-building game in the same family as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, but now players must cooperate in order to survive against hordes of aliens. Taking on the role of protagonists such as Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Corporal Hicks, players take turns recruiting cards for their deck from a central selection in order to improve their deck and defeat Xenomorph cards that are added to the central game board.
Marvel Secret Wars 2015
In May 2015 Marvel will publish a new Secret Wars mini-series, written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Esad Ribić, that will pick up from where the "Time Runs Out" storyline running in Avengers and New Avengers ends. The storyline involves the Marvel Universe combining with other alternate universes, including the Ultimate Universe, as well as 2099 Universe, with the resulting merging resulting in Battleworld; a world which exhibits aspects of the various universes. The core limited series will be eight issues long, and will likely run for five months. One of the core miniseries is Ultimate End, which will end the Ultimate Marvel imprint after 15 years. Ultimate End is written by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley, the team that began the Ultimate Marvel universe with Ultimate Spider-Man.
FCBD Bongo Comics Highlight
Get in line for the foremost Free Comic Book Day four-color giveaway of the year! When Bart brings one of Professor Frink’s recent discoveries to school, it leads to some hair-raising hilarity! Then, Lisa finds a doorway to an ancient past, Comic Book Guy gets a hip new girlfriend, and Homer tries his hand at some home improvement... and much more!
FCBD Marvel Comics Highlight
Prepare yourself for the final days of the Marvel Universe as you know it as the march to the biggest comic event of the year continues! From the ashes of a decimated cosmos rises… Battleworld! Amid the strange, patchwork realm, refugees from thousands of obliterated universes struggle for survival. Even if they can endure the horrors of Battleworld — the home they knew has been destroyed! Time has run out, and the opening salvo of Secret Wars has been fired. But can anything restore the Marvel Universe that once was?
FCBD IDW Publishing Highlight
The Turtles' final battle with Shredder begins here! This book will take us inside the minds of key characters in the TMNT universe, revealing the epic moments that have led to the present, as well as setting the stage for the biggest storyline yet with all new material!
FCBD DC Comics Highlight
Available for free from participating comic stores on May 2, it features three eight-page previews for the June releases of Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok (featuring the Darkseid War of Darkseid vs. the Anti-Monitor), and Superman by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita, Jr.
Grimm: Tales of Terror
Inspired by Tales from the Crypt and Creepshow, Zenescope goes back to its roots of horror for this special Halloween Comic Fest reprint of Grimm Tales of Terror #2! When a group of treasure hunters heads to the Amazon in search of the priceless Spider King relic, they will find that the "Web of Deceit" they've spun has put them in a horrifying predicament!
Batman Adventures #1
The Joker and the Penguin make a deal: in return for the theft of a small item, the Joker provides the Penguin with money to garner public acclaim as a millionaire philanthropist! How high can the Penguin fly before Batman catches on? Don't miss your chance to read this free first issue of the comic book series that spins out of the critically-acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series and brings an animated approach to comics!
Doctor Strange: Oath #1
Doctor Strange embarks on the most important investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder - his own! And with his best friend near death, Stephen Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally!
Donald Duck's Halloween Scream
Classic Disney haunts are home for the howl-iday! In "It's In the Bag" and "Public Ugly #1," trick-or-treating Donald scares up a literal ton of candy... then is forced to get rid of it by fair means or foul!
Top Comics of 2015
With 2015 in the books, we here at Rogues Gallery would like to take a moment to honour some of the many fantastic books we haven't previous had the honour of highlighting. Many greats graced our shelves and here, we'd like to pay homage to just a few to take note of when next grabbing a trade. Some series came to a decisive close while others continue to press on with greatness. Here are just a handful that we'd like to you to keep an eye out for: Batman '66 by DC Comics. "Written by Jeff Parker, Rob Williams, Mike W. Barr, Ray Fawkes, Gabe Soria, Lee Allred. Art by Scott Kowalchuk, Lukas Ketner, Jesse Hamm, Dean Haspiel, Leonardo Romero, Jonathan Case, Brent Schoonover, Giancarlo Caracuzzo, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio, Mike Allred, Michael Avon Oeming, Jon Bogdanove, Ty Templeton. I'm sad this comic is going away because it delighted me every month. Doing this kind of homage/pastiche is really tricky because you want it to be recognizable, but you don't want it to look like some sort of slavish copy. Jeff Parker and his collaborators made it feel like we we're actually getting new episodes." For more greats, check out CBR's comprehensive Top 100 list for 2015.
Top Comics of 2015
With 2015 in the books, we here at Rogues Gallery would like to take a moment to honour some of the many fantastic books we haven't previous had the honour of highlighting. Many greats graced our shelves and here, we'd like to pay homage to just a few to take note of when next grabbing a trade. Some series came to a decisive close while others continue to press on with greatness. Here are just a handful that we'd like to you to keep an eye out for: Star Wars: Darth Vader by Marvel Comics. "Written by Kieron Gillen. Art by Salvador Larroca. I used to be a huge Star Wars fan, but the prequels and some of the Expanded Universe novels killed my enthusiasm for the franchise -- or so I thought. It was actually just sleeping, and when Kieron Gillen told me the premise for the 'Darth Vader' series he was doing with Salvador Larroca, it started to wake up. It's 'House of Cards' meets 'Star Wars,' and the creators have really delivered on that concept. 'Darth Vader' is a fun and exciting series that helped me rediscover my love for the goings on 'A Long ago in a galaxy far far away..." For more greats, check out CBR's comprehensive Top 100 list for 2015.
Top Comics of 2015
With 2015 in the books, we here at Rogues Gallery would like to take a moment to honour some of the many fantastic books we haven't previous had the honour of highlighting. Many greats graced our shelves and here, we'd like to pay homage to just a few to take note of when next grabbing a trade. Some series came to a decisive close while others continue to press on with greatness. Here are just a handful that we'd like to you to keep an eye out for: Hellboy In Hell by Dark Horse. "Written & Illustrated by Mike Mignola. We get so used to certain creators doing work at such a consistently high level, we forget how remarkable it is. 'Hellboy' is always good. 'Hellboy' with Mike Mignola writing and drawing is even better. And 'Hellboy In Hell' might well be the best yet. With the constraints of the real world taken away, it's pure weirdness and wonder." For more greats, check out CBR's comprehensive Top 100 list for 2015.
Top Comics of 2015
With 2015 in the books, we here at Rogues Gallery would like to take a moment to honour some of the many fantastic books we haven't previous had the honour of highlighting. Many greats graced our shelves and here, we'd like to pay homage to just a few to take note of when next grabbing a trade. Some series came to a decisive close while others continue to press on with greatness. Here are just a handful that we'd like to you to keep an eye out for: Saga by Image Comics. "Written by Brian K. Vaughan Art by Fiona Staples. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples are so damn good at their craft that sometimes readers almost take "Saga" for granted. Almost. This Eisner Award-winning space opera continues to be a huge commercial success for the superstar creative team and the adventures of Alana and Marko, the series' star-crossed lovers, are just as entertaining, if not more so, in Year 4 as they were when 'Saga' launched in 2012. 'Saga' is so many things, but one of the most fascinating is that it's an adult comic with a child as its central character -- and we get to see that baby girl grow up. It's something simple, something to which everyone can relate, whether as a parent or just from having come of age in the recent or not-so-recent past, and yet is quite rare in comics and other serial media. Though her parents have most of the agency at this point in the story, Hazel's narration hints at a broader destiny as she grows, and I am continually fascinated." For more greats, check out CBR's comprehensive Top 100 list for 2015.
We Stand On Guard
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Steve Skroce. "Set one hundred years in our future, WE STAND ON GUARD follows a heroic band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters who must defend their homeland from invasion by a technologically superior opponent... the United States of America." - Comicvine. A gritty action-packed must for Canadian comic book fans.
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon Collected Edition
Written and illustrated by Kaare Kyle Andrews. "A one of a kind, kung fu action epic directed by the inimitable Kaare Andrews! Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, is haunted by the consequences of choosing death over life. But when he receives a message from his mystical homeland of K'un Lun, he must return and relive his blood-soaked origin of betrayal and vengeance! The mystical city will be reduced to ruins, while Rand Tower will face a hostile takeover - very hostile! With the wolves at the door and the villain behind it all terribly close to Danny's heart, will he be broken beyond repair? Or can he summon up the will to once again render his shattered hands like unto fists of iron? Hope is reborn with talons and fire, but revenge is a weapon that cuts both ways. Will Danny survive the bloodletting? Collecting IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1-12." - Comicvine.
Superman: Son of Superman Vol. 1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi and illustrated by Patrick Gleason. "When the Man of Steel died defending his adopted home, it seemed that the spirit of truth and justice he represented was extinguished forever. But watching from the sidelines was another Superman-older, wiser, more experienced-with his wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan Kent. Now this refugee from a vanished universe is stepping out of the shadows, ready to assume the mantle of his fallen counterpart and take to the skies once more as Earth’s greatest hero...SUPERMAN VOL. 1: SON OF SUPERMAN marks the beginning of a new era for the Man of Tomorrow and a great jumping-on point for new fans...Collects issues #1-6 and the SUPERMAN: REBIRTH one-shot." - Comicvine.
Animosity Vol. 1
Written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Juan Doe. "One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. Collecting the first four issues of the best-selling series, plus the special one-shot issue ANIMOSITY: THE RISE. The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the midst of the turmoil is Jesse, an 11-year-old girl, and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection. One year after the incident, Jesse and Sandor begin a cross-country journey to find Jesse's half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco. Don't miss out on this fantastic first collection of the series EVERYONE is talking about!" - Comicvine.