I have constantly been bombarded with the pandering covers from Zenescope for months now, and it seems just when I think that they can’t get more exploitive, they just continue to find a new benchmark. I've never ventured past the covers until Zenescope visited HeroesCon this year and I felt the urge to walk up to their booth, while they waited for someone to stop and show an interest and just tell them, “There’s nothing good about what you do.” However, that wouldn't have been fair, as I’d just be judging a book by its cover, literally. So I did what any fair person would do, and I read some Zenescope books.
Each week I try and post a sneak peak of some books hitting the news stand. This week will be rough as I see a huge comic bill in my future. Some of the stand out tittles include EAST OF WEST, SAGA. WD, BATMAN and so much more! I only picked 11 for the week but trust me, this is not even half of my pull. Enjoy! Also make sure you check us out on FB as I will be posting the full list of releases very soon for you all. RESIDENT ALIEN SUICIDE BLONDE #0 HALO INITIATION #1 (OF 3) MAIN CVR JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 (TRINITY) BATMAN #23 DOOMSDAY.1 #4 OF(4) GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #6 EAST OF WEST #5 WALKING DEAD #113 (MR) SAGA #13 INFINITY #1 DEADPOOL #14
In the early 1990s, the speculation boom brought lots of new customers into comic shops. Some professionals in the industry though it might be a good time to create new universes to draw these new readers in, and some used purchased licenses to build those universes around. Valiant was one of those companies. Structured around purchased Silver Age Gold Key characters Solar, Man of the Atom and Magnus, Robot Fighter, Jim Shooter directed the construction of a universe complete with new characters, brought in creators like Barry Windsor-Smith and Dave Lapham, and engage readers on a level not seen in years. Valiant seemed like it might survive the eventual bursting of the speculation bubble, but alas, it was not to be.
I am a huge fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, published by DC, almost non-stop, for over fifty years. This summer marks the end of that streak for the foreseeable future. Even when they didn't have their own regular series, the Legion would appear in back-ups in Action Comics and Superboy, before taking over the latter title and starting a publishing streak that saw the rise of artists like Mike Grell, Pat Broderick, Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, Stuart Immonen, Oliver Coipel, Francis Manapul, among others. Sadly, in recent years, the title has been hurt by reduced sales, changes in direction and apparent mixed editorial messaging as to the purpose of a book set 1,000 years in the future.
Diamond Comics Distribution sent word down to all comic shop owners on some potential changes to the New 52 Villain Month books. All orders for Villains month are now allocated. What this entails is this: All books are now sold out at the publisher level but each 3-D motion cover will have a 2-D version as well. Allocations could equal 50% of order or more/ less but will be bases on order averages. Here is the official announcement:
DC Comics provided even more information concerning Villain month! Check it out! Also if you plan to get all the 3-D covers then the next story is a must read. More after the jump!
The Joker, Two-Face, The ventriloquist and Poison Ivy round out week one of the soon to be released Villain Month books! Are you ready? I know I am! Keep reading for all the details!
One comic. Two stories. One shared theme: love in the face of death. A group of savage Vikings in 946 A.D. are pitted against a band of equally-savage vampires to protect a monastery from invasion in "Bloodlust: Deceiver of the Gods." Thousands of years later in the far-flung future, a man fights his way through an alien-infested space ship in an attempt to return to his wife and escape to safety in "Symptom of the Universe." Written by Dirk Manning and drawn by Rich Bonk and Owen Gieni, respectively, LOVE STORIES (TO DIE FOR) #1 is a full-color one-shot 48-page flip book published by Image Comics/Shadowline that hits stores on September 4 for $4.99.
Before I begin, I will try and stay spoiler free but I might let something slip. Consider this a spoiler warning now. What a solid issue we have this month and I tell you, this book keeps getting better and better each issue. Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly are churning out some amazing work. In fact the entire team is producing some of the finest Star Wars stories ever told in comic format. The overall pace and structure of the issue is spot on and unlike other books, the jumping around makes sense. You have 3 major plot points going on in this issue and they are: 1- Luke and Wedge are on board the Star Destroyer Devastator 2- Han is facing some old enemies 3- Leia encounters something from an old era long gone.
Take a gander at some of next weeks new releases. This is just a tease on what we would call the top 10 plus one runner up. Take a look and tell us what you think!
As we all know, this week was the final issue to BATMAN, INCORPORATED. If you want to read more from this series your wait will be short lived. DC posted a new sneak peek of the upcoming Batman Incorporated Special. Keep reading for more info.