Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Image Comics' December 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:


(W) Todd Mcfarlane (A) Todd McFarlane & Friends. Beginning "The Satan Saga Wars!" the four-part story chronicling the final fate of Wanda Simmons' soul! This story will forever change the way Spawn will live his life!

In the entire run of Spawn, our hero has never had to face his greatest threat: Satan himself! Starting with this issue, Al Simmons will come face to face with Lucifer for the very first time. A battle of epic proportion will begin and the prize is... Wanda's soul. Join us on this historic odyssey as Spawn takes on the Evil entity that gave him his powers way back in issue #1.

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  THE GODDAMNED #2 "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."Genesis 6:6 (W) Jason Aaron (A) R.M. Guera

 JUMP ON HERE:  THE WALKING DEAD #149 The devil on your shoulder. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, & Cliff Rathburn.


I HATE FAIRYLAND #3 Queen Cloudia is forced to bend the rules of Fairyland in hopes to rid their world of Gert once and for all. (W and A) Skottie Young

SAGA #32 Marko and Alana learn something. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples 

TOKYO GHOST #4 Life in paradise is cut short for Led and Debbie, as a snake from their past seeks vengeance on the Constable. (W) Rick Remender (A) Sean Murphy 

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

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' December 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  DAREDEVIL #1 & 2 Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney's office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it's a whole new chapter for our man without fear -- including the arrival of the devil's advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot. (W) Charles Soule (A) Ron Garney (A/C)

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4 Tony is knee deep in trouble from enemies both old and new. But here comes Mary Jane Watson and his world will never be the same again! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez


DOCTOR STRANGE #3 Dr. Strange wakes up, nearly naked with none of his magical tools or spellbooks and no memory of how he got there. Nor does he know where all the monsters chasing him came from! (W) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo

HERCULES #2 Creatures of ancient myth still linger in the world, but they are on the brink of extinction. But Hercules has moved with the times--only he can protect them against the crushing weight of the future. Except he is part of the old age too, born in ancient times before the risk of civilization, the world's first super-hero. If he fails in this struggle, he dies with them. Forever. (W) Dan Abnett (A) Luke Ross

BLACK KNIGHT #2 Why did Dane Whitman end up in Weirdworld? What were the circumstances that led him to flee Earth? Whatever they were, it's enough to have the Uncanny Avengers show up on his doorstep, looking for him! Have Dane's past actions finally caught up with him? (W) Frank Tieri (A) Luca Pizzari

 MERRY CHRISTMAS  GWENPOOL SPECIAL #1 She-Hulk throws a holiday party and invites the entire Marvel U! Deadpool teams up with both Hawkeyes - Kate and Clint - to...stop a pickpocket?! Ms. Marvel takes on her most dangerous threat yet: the holiday blues! And then there's the reason for the season(al special): Gwenpool! Yup, you read that right - Gwen. Pool. C'mon, you know you're curious. 50 pages (W) Gerry Duggan, Charles Soule, Christopher Hastings (A) Danilo Beyruth, Langdon Foss, Gurihiru

 What do you think?  Full Marvel's December 2015 solicitations here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From IDW's December 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at IDW's December 2015 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  ROCKETEER AT WAR! #1 Europe, 1942--the world is at war! As the Allies battle against the Axis, able bodied men everywhere enlist in the war effort, including Cliff Secord. Secord, also known as The Rocketeer, has been thrust full throttle into the heat of battle, and--with or without his jet pack--he will depend on his wits and daring if he is to survive! 40 pages (W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Dave Bullock

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  TF VS G.I. JOE: TYRANTS RISE, HEROES ARE BORN Reprints the fan-favorite series set in World War II. Cobra Commander unleashes Megatron and the United States creates the G.I. JOE team to combat them. 152 pages. (W) John Ney Rieber (A) Jae Lee

 JUMP ON HERE  JUDGE DREDD #1 "Mega-City Zero," part 1! Ushering in a brave new era, Judge Dredd awakens to find that Mega-City One has been sent back to the Stone Age, with city blocks overgrown and nary a citizen to be found. Witness as Dredd struggles to unravel the mystery as he copes with being just an ordinary Joe... (W) Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas (A) Dan McDaid


RAGNAROK #7 The Black Elf assassin, Regn, and his young daughter, Drifa, have hunted Thor for countless leagues across the Dusk Lands, to the ruins of Asgard. Now, as Thor calls down the lightning to create a funeral pyre for the dead of Asgard, Regn prepares himself for his greatest challenge, to kill the last god standing, the god responsible for the death of his wife. (W and A) Walter Simonson 

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #221 "Cobra World Order," Part 3 .G.I. Joe begins to probe the depths of Cobra's malevolent plan, but as intrigue after intrigue continues to stack up, even the Real American Heroes will hardly be prepared for Cobra Commander's next move! (W) Larry Hama (A) S L Gallant

 MERRY CHRISTMAS:  TRANSFORMERS HOLIDAY SPECIAL Holidays in the stars! Three stories about three casts and three unique holiday adventures! You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll never look at CYBERTRON -- or the holidays -- the same way again! (W) John Barber, James Roberts, Mairghread Scott (A) Josh Burcham, Corin Howell, and Kotteri (a) 48 pages

 What do you think?  Full IDW December 2015 solicitations here.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

EXIT LIGHT ENTER NIGHT: Shadowman To Return In 'Ninjak'

It was really hard when Valiant stopped both Harbinger and Shadowman

While Harbinger was soon followed by Imperium, which follows the madness of Toyo Harada (which will no doubt lead back into a new Harbinger #1), that break eased the foot off a gass pedal which had otherwise been foot-to-the-floor on a monthly basis.

Hardest hit were us Shadowman fans, as the sensational work of writer Peter Milligan, came to an end in the 2014 mini series ShadowMan: End Times, where the hero killed his father and eventually became slave to arch-enemy Master Darque, lost in the Deadside dimension.

Then nothing (commence fan screaming).

Now reaccelarating with a distinct new vision, comes word that Jack Boniface - Shadowman (one of the companies most profitable franchises in its previous incarnations), is on his way back, starting in Ninjak's next story-arc Operation Deadside. 

A four part sci-fi tale that sees the ultimate martial artist (and magig non-beliver) venture into the supernatural / voodoo relm where the Shadowman and the evil spirit loa within him that he struggles to control was lost, to find weapons and a covert military team also AWOL in the same darkened abyss.

With the Shadowman's edgy occult oracle, Punk Mambo at his MI-6 side, the Valiant team tells Entertainment Weekly the arc will start in December's Ninjak #10, by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite, with each issue of the survival story upping the spook factor with glow in the dark covers.

 What do you think?