This September, journey back into the exciting depths of your own imagination with FIGMENT 2 #1 – the follow-up to the smash-hit, sold-out Disney Kingdoms series! Continue reading First Look: Figment 2
Outright Geekery’s series of posts highlighting the very best of the year that was 2014 continues with the comic books that pulled of a whole lot with very little. It’s easy to pull off epic stories in titles that span dozens of issues and years of building, but doing that in less than a dozen books takes some real talent, and the impact on the reader is as relatively great as the number of comic pages is relatively small. Here’s my top comic book limited series of 2014. Continue reading Gaumer’s Top Comic Book Limited Series of 2014
Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week. Continue reading COVERED: August 6th, 2014
Jules: Real Heroes #3
Made famous as the original Ultimate artist, Bryan Hitch is now writing and penciling this title. Imagine Galaxy Quest with superheroes! The stars of the Olympians, after the screening of their second film, are transported to another dimension where the heroes they play on film are real. And since the real Olympians have been murdered they have to pretend to be them until the can help to achieve peace. The first two issues are absolutely spectacular looking, Hitch’s designs are stellar, and with his honest story telling this title has been a solid read. I can’t wait to pick this one up.
REAL HEROES #3
story / art / cover: BRYAN HITCH
MAY 28 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
Lost and alone in a world they only knew as fiction, the cast of The Olympians movies are beginning to realize things aren’t easy when fantasy is made reality. The dangers are all too real and it might mean their deaths when Brainchild and Brute come to defeat the world’s greatest heroes.
Taylor: New Avengers #19
The current story arch of New Avengers crosses an important threshold this week as our protagonists are finally forced to face a team of genuine heroes, with both groups’ worlds hanging in the balance. This book has been skating around the dilemma of making an impossible choice for a long time; will the MU’s defenders finally be forced to do the unthinkable? Hopefully, we’re about to find out.
JONATHAN HICKMAN (WRITER) • VALERIO SCHITI (ARTIST)
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
• It’s the battle you didn’t know you wanted to see—until now! As the New Avengers take on the combined power of the Great Society—and only a single parallel Earth can survive!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Christian: Detective Comics #32
There’s lots of Bat-goodness hitting the DC side of new comic shelves this week, and Batman Eternal, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, and the rest should be good, but I just can’t wait for the amazing art and surprisingly great story Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are gifting readers within the pages of Detective Comics #32. A new drug has hit the streets of Gotham, and a new villain for Batman to deal with along with it.
DETECTIVE COMICS #32
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The next great Batman murder-mystery continues to unfold in “Icarus” part three, brought to you by the acclaimed creative team of THE FLASH! Batman is caught in the clutches of the crime boss known as “The Squid” as he digs deeper into a whodunit for the ages!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
Gaumer: Figment #1
Yeah, Figment #1. I’m not a huge fan of the character, or the idea of Marvel even doing a Disney book like this, but I’m looking forward to Figment #1 for one reason and one reason only: Jim Zub. I’m a big fan of his work on the zany fantasy Skullkickers, a book that has a unique style all its very own, and I can’t wait to see what he brings as he takes on a Marvel title. Yeah, it may be a book starring an obscure Disney character, but Zub is definitely a writer to keep an eye on.
FIGMENT #1 (OF 5)
JIM ZUB (WRITER) • FILIPE ANDRADE (ARTIST)
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Imagineer Variant Cover by TOM MORRIS
FIGMENT DISNEY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
THE NEXT DISNEY ADVENTURE IS HERE – STARRING ONE OF DISNEY’S MOST IMAGINATIVE CHARACTERS!
• Dive into a steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and how one little spark of inspiration created a dragon called Figment.
• What is the Academy Scientifica-Lucidus? Who is Blarion Mercurial? What is the Integrated Mesmonic Spark Convertor? Find out as we give a Marvel spin to Epcot® Theme Park’s mind-expanding attraction, Journey Into Imagination!
• Brought to you by the acclaimed and uniquely talented team of Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL)!
Elements based on Figment © Disney
32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99
Whether you call it the Comic Shop’s Catalogue or the Best Bathroom Reading in the World, the monthly edition of Previews is just as much a part of my regular geek reading as the comics it solicits. Outright Geekery takes a look into the near future (no TARDIS required) as we touch on some of the highlights of this month’s Previews.
There’s not much new stuff dropping in June from the House of Ideas but there are a couple of things that grabbed my attention. First off was a slew of tie-ins to Marvel’s event of the Summer, Original Sin. Fantastic Four gets a tie-in, All-New Invaders gets a tie-in, Mighty Avengers gets a tie-in, EVERYONE (it seems) is getting a tie-in! Of course, this is standard operating procedure for any Big Two Publisher event, and the best thing about it is you either get a better look at characters you love in the context of an event you’re following, or you skip the event altogether and save yourself a few bucks by skipping an issue or two that ties-in to the event. But something wicked and newly sinister this way comes, as Marvel is taking the whole idea of an event tie-in to new lows by having an event book tie-in to itself! While Original Sin is scheduled to be only 5 issues long, June sees an issue 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 also being released, forcing this comic fan to shake his head in confusion. All this is really doing is putting more pressure on issues 1 and 2 of this event to be amazingly good, because, with so many tie-ins, it’s going to be really easy to say “Screw it!”
Next, and finally, from Marvel (I told it was a weak month for new stuff) we have a book that will easily go under a lot of peoples’ radars, will barely sell enough copies to even justify the book being green lit, and probably belongs in the Kids’ Section of most comic shops. The next installment in Marvel’s Disney’s Adventure Series of titles, Figment #1, launches in the month of June and is noteworthy to me for one plain and simple reason: Writer Jim Zub. I doubt you recognize the name, but Jim Zub has been cranking out one of the funnest, if not oddest, fantasy/adventure comics I’ve ever read, Skullkickers. Zub’s whimsy and unique sense of humor should be a perfect fit for this kind of book, and the mere thought of Zub getting some work over at Marvel gives me hopes that we may see the writer get some work on more mainstream Marvel books. He’d be a great fit for Deadpool, Wolverine and The X-Men, or any number of other “weird” Marvel titles. My fingers are certainly crossed!
DC Comics was equally weak when it comes to anything new actually coming out in June. Their weekly titles Batman Eternal and The New 52 Futures End continue to trudge along, and we continue to see some fallout from DC’s latest event Forever Evil, but there’s not much new stuff to rave about. I did find a couple of gems, however.
DC launches a new book in June titled Infinity Man and the Forever People, as Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen resurrect one of Jack Kirby’s New Gods and brings him screaming into the modern age. I’m sincerely not sure how I feel about this, but I love seeing something so great being used and Dan DiDio may just have the passion to pull this off. I need a bit more info, but you should keep an eye out for this one.
Finally from DC, we have some huge, and much needed, news for the Man of Steel. Beginning with issue #32, which is hitting shelves on June 25th, DC’s hottest writer, Geoff Johns, will be taking over duties on Superman. As if that news wasn’t big enough, longtime Marvel artist John Romita Jr. will be the artist on the title. Anyone who knows comic history knows that John Romita, Senior is synonymous with Marvel Comics, as was one John Romita, Jr. up til news of this epic team-up of creators was announced. It may be weird to see Romita’s name plastered on the cover of a DC comic book, but a shake-up of this level has been needed on this title for quite some time. Superman should be one of DC’s highest selling books, yet it fails to muster numbers even remotely close to titles like Batman, when Superman, as a character, deserves every but as much quality as good old Bats. Hopefully this breath of fresh air is enough to pull the book out of the obscurity which it has sunk, but it sure has hell isn’t going to hurt it. Look out for this to fly off shelves, so be quick when you got to grab one!
As usual, Image Comics is coming out with a ton of new stuff this month. I cannot begin to touch on all the greatness coming from this publisher month on and month out when it comes to dropping new, different, and uniquely interesting title on readers, I just wish we all had more money to get it all. Be sure to check out your shop’s issue of Previews, or get your own copy you cheap bastard, and check out all the fun. Until then, here’s a few books I thought deserved some real attention.
The creators who brought us great titles like Marvel’s Young Avengers and the epic Indy hit Phonogram bring us a new take on the whole “gods on Earth” scenario, with The Wicked and the Divine. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have delivered in the past, and there’s simply no reason to believe this won’t be a spectacular offering from these guys. Bonus, a Bryan Lee O’Malley variant that is sure to be awesome!
From The Walking Dead creator comes a new sort of horror comic. Moving away from the money printing machine that was his zombie fetish, Kirkman takes on demonic possession in the new title Outcast, with artist Paul Azaceta. I give Kirkman a lot of shit but he knows how to write some horror. This should be good.
Finally from Image Comics is That’s Because You’re a Robot, a one-shot written by David Quantick, a writer on the HBO comedy Veep. The solicit promises a “pop-art, cop buddy story set in a near future Los Angeles”, and if that isn’t enough to sell you they throw in this gem: “Two cops, and one’s a robot, only they don’t know which.” Then they’re throwing in the wickedly cool art of Shaky Kane on top of that. Yup, I’m sold! This is going to be a fun joke of a book with some amazingly different art, and is the perfect thing to cleanse the palette of way too many capes, tights, and seriousness. Give this a shot!
June is a big month for changing the calendar, getting ready for the second half of the year, and preparing for the next. I wish I had something poignant to say to follow that up, but it’s really just a huge month for calendars. Everything from Avengers to Who and anything in-between that your little geek heart may desire is currently available to order. You’d be amazed! Give it a look.
Finally from merch, I have something super special. I was a huge fan of He-Man back in the day, and thank goodness there are companies out there that have realized I will never grow up. This is a fantastically detailed statue of Skeletor’s base of operations itself, Snake Mountain. This is being put out to accompany a Castle Gray Skull statue that will drop in a month or two, and these replicas are well worth the money. Wait. They’re 3oo bucks each?! Maybe not so much…
Well, that’s it for Previews this month. Pick one up at your local comics shop, or check them out here, and share your favs in the comments!