Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Image Comics' January 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' January 2014 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH: 
CRIMINAL SPECIAL EDITION (ONE-SHOT) SAVAGE EDITION MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT
Criminal comes to Image! Brubaker and Phillips' same pulpy goodness, now at home at the biggest publisher of indie pulp comics. Better yet, a 'Savage Edition' means the issue is in the style of magazine-size comics of the ‘70s!

Image says: The return of the award-winning title, with a 48-page special sure the thrill readers, old and new alike! It's 1976, and Teeg Lawless is doing 30 days in county jail with a price on his head, his only safe company from the savagery a beat-up old comic magazine his dead cellmate left behind. "Brubaker and Phillips are the gold standard of the crime graphic novel." – Warren Ellis (W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips 48 pages 

 JUMP ON HERE! 
SPAWN #250 This HUGE, triple-sized 250th anniversary issue marks only the second time an independent comic book has reached such a lofty number! This issue marks the cataclysmic climax in the story of the current Spawn: Jim Downing's final struggle against his costume while the fate of New York City lies in the balance. From the ashes of that battlefield comes the long awaited return of the original Spawn… AL SIMMONS. (W) Todd McFarlane (A) Szymon Kudranski 64 pages

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME 
IXth GENERATION #1 The cybernetic future of APHRODITE IX and CYBER FORCE finally comes face-to-face with the supernatural ARTIFACTS side of the Top Cow universe! 
In the future there is no more natural death, no needs unfilled and everything you could ever want is yours… as long as you're willing to subjugate yourself to these new self-proclaimed gods with "IX"s emblazoned on them. Do the ends truly justify the means? Aphrodite and the other Nines establish fiefdoms in this new world and attempt to rule. Their internal clashes have escalated, as they face the relentless hordes of the Darkness. (W) Matt Hawkins (A) Stjepan Sejic






 THE REGULAR READS
THE WALKING DEAD #136 Found. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano and Cliff Rathburn

WYTCHES #4 (Pictured above left) Now, with the true nature of the wytches revealed, Charlie descends into the Earth in a desperate race to save his daughter and his family from an inconceivable fate. (W) Scott Snyder (A) Jock

SOUTHERN BASTARDS #7 As a kid, Euless Boss had football in his blood. But all football ever did for him was make him bleed. Until the day he met a strange man who would change his life and the fate of Craw County forever. (W) Jason Aaron (A) Jason Latour

What do you think? Full Image Comics January 2015 solicits here. 

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Marvel's January 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' January 2014 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:
STAR WARS #1 Who isn't excited to see this franchise back at the House of Ideas?

Marvel says: THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL!

Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet!

Join Luke and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. (W) Jason Aaron (A) John Cassaday 48 Pgs

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME
SUPERIOR IRON MAN #4
Daredevil discovers the secret to Tony's success! How far will Tony go to stop Matt Murdock from revealing this shocking secret to the world? As Tony's actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the battle you thought you'd never see? (W) Tom Taylor (A) Yildiray Çinar

 JUMP ON HERE!
ANT-MAN #1 Scott Lang has never exactly been the world's best super hero. Heck, most people don't even think he's been the best ANT-MAN -- and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that's saying something. But when Iron Man calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott's going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he's always dreamed of being. 40pgs (Numbered shrinking Ant-Man variant available by Ed McGuinness). (W) Nick Spencer (A) Ramon Rosanas

 THE REGULAR READS

SPIDER-WOMAN #3 Spider-Woman is in the tightest spot she's ever been in. What if even succeeding with her mission means her death?!?! (W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Greg Land

GUARDIANS 3000 #4 On a quest to save their future, Charlie-27, Yondu, Geena and their new ally... Star-Lord... must find a doorway to the past. And that means walking into the lair of the most dangerous being in the Cosmos... the Sleeping Hunger! And what has become of Vance, Martinez and Starhawk, missing in action... presumed dead? Has A-Sentience captured them, or is there no one left alive to capture? (A) Dan Abnett (A) Gerardo Sandoval

X-FORCE #14 Fantomex is on a murderous rampage, taking out each and every one of the world's secret intelligence agencies, working his way closer to getting revenge on X-Force! Knowing the confrontation is inevitable, Cable and his team ready themselves for the fight of their lives... (W) Simon Spurrier (A) Rock-He Kim

What do you think? Full Marvel January 2015 solicitations here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From DC Comics' January 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at DC Comics' January 2014 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 JUMP ON HERE!
SUPERMAN #38 An extra-sized special issue of the world's greatest hero brings in the New Year with a new costume, new powers, new friends and enemies! The epic creative team conclude their first arc with twist after twist that will send Superman onto a new path and force Clark Kent to making a shocking decision! (W) Geoff Johns (A) John Romita, Jr

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  
MORTAL KOMBAT X #1 
I already gushed over the news to this series here. As I am one of the three people who still have every issue of the Malibu Comics Mortal Kombat series, you can easily say I'm stoked.

DC says: Get over here...for an all-new digital-first series set before the events of 2015's highly anticipated game Mortal Kombat X! Prepare yourself for the brutal adventures of all your favorite Mortal Kombat characters and witness the rise of the next generation of Kombatants! (W) Shawn Kittlesen (A) Dexter Soy

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME
WONDER WOMAN #38 With her people against her, Wonder Woman has left Paradise Island more uncertain of her intentions than ever before! And with only the mantle of God of War to turn to, she's challenged to give that up! (W) Meredith Finch (A) David Finch and Rachel Friend

 THE REGULAR READS 

SWAMP THING #38 "The Machine Queen" part 4! It's all-out action as Swamp Thing launches a counterattack against the Machine Army! Plus, Anton Arcane brings back the Un-Men in the most gruesome way possible! (W) Charles Soule (A) Jesus Saiz





GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #3 (W) Ray Fawkes (A) Ben Templesmith 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...and when this new threat brings it out, the only thing Jim Corrigan can do is get out of the way!

HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #2 (W) Dan Abnett (A) Pop Mhan The battle begins! As He-Man leads his newly acquired army of Snake Men into battle to make a surprise first strike against the Dark Horde, Man-At-Arms reveals his secret plan to overtake the Horde's defenses. How will the Masters take down the Dark Horde's devastating Orbital Disruptor? Find out as this new MOTU epic continues!

 What do you think? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

WEIRDNESS FROM THE REAL WORLD: The Gun That Folds And Shoots 20 Paper Jet Planes Per Minute

Mad Dog had a gun, Punisher has every gun and Cable has so many guns he had to be sent to the future as a baby in order to keep up with demand. But do you know the one gun none of the three have? Not Deadpool, not Maverick, not Deadshot or Adam Strange? A gun not not only shoots paper planes every three seconds - it folds them as well.


What do you think?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE MOST HEAD YOU WILL SEE ALL WEEKEND: Yoda And Vader Rise

Man my search engine hits are going to go through the roof after that little wordplay! So many puns so little time. Still for those looking to get ahead in life, what could be better on a bright sunny day in Albuquerque, than catching a ride in either the Yoda or Darth Vader faced hot air balloons?

Right now they look a lot like that scene from Beetlejuice, but hey, who am I to spoil the illusion? Here's a wee vid with a wee bit more. A weewee if you will.