March 31, 2014

Dead Letters

WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM! Studios, crime is in our blood-from our comic-turned-feature film 2 GUNS to our critically acclaimed series HIT, we've always had
a passion for all things noir. DEAD LETTERS is the next step in our exploration of the
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Creators Christopher Sebela (Ghost, High Crimes) and newcomer
Chris Visions are two fresh voices that are about to take the industry by storm. Don't miss
out on a wholly unique take on supernatural noir.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Sam Whistler wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room, dressed in
hospital scrubs and his arms wrapped in bandages. He remembers nothing-not how he
got here, not where here is...not even his own name. But the goons knocking down his
door sure do, and it's going to take every single move in Sam's forgotten repertoire to
outrun and outsmart the gang war he's just stumbled into.


WHY WE LOVE IT: Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, thre-eeyed wolves, and giant falcons...what's not to love?!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features
five buttkicking, rad teenager girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the
whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson and
talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a
spectacular series that you won't want to miss.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to
have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock,
love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.


WHY WE LOVE IT: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have given us such BOOM! Studios favorites as KILL AUDIO, THE AMORY WARS and KEY OF Z. Their latest book takes the
superhero trope of "the never-ending battle" and turns it into something you've never seen before.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: TRANSLUCID is the superhero story you want but never thought you'd see. A story of childhood hope and loss as much as it is about the meaning of heroism, and what defines a hero and a villain.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The Horse has been the archenemy of The Navigator for years. But The
Horse feels The Navigator's moral compass has been slipping, and even a villain can't let that
happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator's past that he's buried deep in
his subconsciousness and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what
propels someone to make the selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would
take the mantle of a superhero.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Claudio Sanchez is the songwriter, lead singer and guitarist for the progressive rock band, Coheed and Cambria. Coheed and Cambria is a touring band, consistently releasing albums and building their audience on the road since 1995. Sanchez is also a lifelong comic book fan who has been writing comics since 2000. He has always been very active and vocal about the medium including through his Twitter feed (44,000 followers). TRANSLUCID marks the first time Sanchez has tackled the superhero genre, by deconstructing the relationship between the urban vigilante archtype and his chaotic archvillain.

March 18, 2014

What To Watch - 3/19/2014

Every week there is a multitude of new comics flooding our shelves. At time this can be overwhelming, and too many comics plus too small a budget (or just not enough time) can be a disaster and a disappointment. 

Many people are accustomed to coming into the shop, picking out their usual and then leaving, with perhaps maybe a bit of browsing in the meantime. 

This post will hopefully shine a light on some potential great picks while you're in the shop! 

Dark Horse - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #1

TV's favorite Vampire Slayer returns to her continuing ongoing. After the shakeup events that took place in Seasons 8 & 9, Season 10 seems to promise taking things back to basics. 

Vampire vs Slayer, the age old battle, will reignite yet again in the first issue of Season 10, brought to you by Christos Gage and Rebeka Isaacs, both old hands at Whedonverse, and the team that brought you Angel & Faith. 

DC - Green Arrow Vol. 4: The Kill Machine

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's Green Arrow run has been critically acclaimed, receiving widely favorable reviews after the panned opening arcs of the book. 

This trade paperback is the perfect jumping on point. The collection begins with issue #17 (Lemire's first issue and the beginning of what was a soft reboot) and ends with issue #24. 

There's no better time to get caught up and jump into this book than the present, and this book allows you to do that flawlessly, leaving only several other issues between the end of this trade and the issues currently being published. 

DC - Superman Unchained #6

The riveting tale of Superman being told by the superstar team of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee is working its way towards its epic conclusion. In one of the last issues of the limited series, Superman goes toe to toe with Wraith in what is sure to be a battle with at least one fantastical splash page. 

Elsewhere, Lois Lane must reach the Fortress of Solitude, or watch it, and possibly herself, suffer an unfortunate and untimely fate. 

In a book that is evenly balanced between story and art, this tale continues to unfold, winding towards its conclusion. 

Be sure not to miss out on any chapter. 

Image - Lazarus #7

It would be criminal to miss out on any issue of Lazarus. Written by the infinitely talented Greg Rucka with perfect accompanying art by Michael Lark, it is one of the consistently best titles being put out these days from any company. 

An intriguing blend of dystopian future, mob wars and Game of Thrones, it tells the story of the Carlyle Family's Lazarus, Forever Carlyle and the plots that continue to thicken and unfold around her. 

A seamless blend of high octane action and continuously intriguing mystery, this book will not disappoint you. 

Image - Saga Vol. 3

One of the most successful comics coming out of somebody that is not the Big Two in the last couple of years, Saga continues to not only sell well, but to tell amazing stories. 

Volume 3 collects the adventures that take place in issues #13-18 and allow us to follow Marco, Alana and co. through their survival and magic-fueled space adventures. 

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, the mind that brought you Y: The Last Man and with art by the infinitely talented Fiona Staples, Saga is a book that will go down as one of the best and most enjoyable titles in recent years. 

Be sure to stay caught up, and to check out the single issues that we have in stock at the shop. 

Image - Sovereign #1 (FIRST ISSUE!)

Sovereign #1 is a book that could turn out to be Image's next breakaway hit. The solicit bills it as an 'epic fantasy in the tradition of Game of Thrones', and it's set in a world that 'once knew gods, demons, and magic, and to which all three are returning'. 

A solicit is not always a good judge of the tone and content of the book, but if you're a fan of Game of Thrones or the fantasy genre at all (and honestly, even if you're not), this book seems like a no-brainer to at least try out for the first issue. 

Marvel - Daredevil #1 (FIRST ISSUE!)

Staying in line with relaunches and new titles across the line under the header of All-New Marvel NOW!, this week Mark Waid and Chris Samnee relaunch Daredevil with a brand new ongoing. 

Picking up with a brand new story taking place in San Francisco, this title will be sure to continue the dynamic and compelling nature of the previous volume, retaining the same creators driving the book. 

Marvel - Ms. Marvel #2 

Carol Danvers has solidified her place in the Marvel Universe as one of their top heroes, and quite arguably their leading lady. She's been inspiring people in the real world in the form of the creative and talented Carol Corps, and now her legacy is growing inside the Marvel Universe, as well. 

Ms. Marvel tells the story of Kamala Khan, a young teenage girl who, after the events of Inhumanity, has come into powers. She's trying to find her place in her own little world, and now in the world at large. 

Inspired by Carol Danvers, she will take on the name Ms. Marvel and craft a legacy of her own. 

Ms. Marvel #1 was one of the best issues to come out in a while. It's hitting a feeling and an audience that arguably no other Marvel book is hitting, and opens up the universe and its representation even further. 

It's a recommended read for everybody, and in case you missed the first issue, its second printing comes out the same day as issue #2! 

March 1, 2014

Evil Empire (Not the Yankees)


WHY WE LOVE IT:  Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis brings a thrilling take on how a modern society could evolve into an evil empire and is absolutely terrifying.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Every fan of fiction is aware of the trope of the "evil, sinister empire" i.e. the Empire in "Star Wars." Oftentimes, when we are introduced to these totalitarian establishments, they are already fully in power and it's up to our hero to bring back order and peace. However, in EVIL EMPIRE, we explore how that would unfold in a real-world setting. How close to the precipice are we right now in the world we live in? Would we let it happen? More specific to this tale: Would we secretly WANT it to happen?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Told through the perspective of an underground rapper named Reese, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund limited edition variant also available!