Monday, December 22, 2014

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

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

 PICK OF THE MONTH:

CHRONONAUTS #1 A bromance for the ages! Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They're also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? This is the story of man's first, televised steps through the time-stream and everything going wrong in the process. (W) Mark Millar (A) Sean Gordon Murphy

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME

RED ONE #1 What happens when America's greatest hero...is a Russian Spy? Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov is sent to 1977 Los Angeles by the Kremlin to become an American Superhero and spread communist values in the land of Uncle Sam in a funky superhero romp straight out of a Tarantino film. (W) Xavier Dorison (A) Terry and Rachel Dodson.

 JUMP ON HERE! 

THE WALKING DEAD #139 From the edge of the world. A new arc begins as our world gets even bigger. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard

 THE REGULAR READS 

WYTCHES #6 As Charlie struggles to save Sailor from the wytches' grasp, the monsters' true hold over the Rooks family is revealed in this, the harrowing ending to the series' first arc! (W) Scott Snyder (A) Jock

SAGA #26 Gwendolyn's quest takes an interesting turn. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples



VELVET #11 Released the same day as the second trade! Velvet's hunt has led her into a dark web of lies and murder, and as the secrets come to light, they all point to one place -- Washington DC, to the very halls of world power. Can Velvet find "The Man Who Stole The World" or will she die trying? (W) Ed Brubaker (A) Steve Epting

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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SWEET AS: The Top 4 From Valiant's March 2015 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Valiant Entertainment's January 2015 solicits, these four make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:
NINJAK #1

For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Rai, Mind MGMT) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men: Legacy, Gambit) and Butch Guice (Captain America, Action Comics)!

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

 JUMP ON HERE: 

X-O MANOWAR #34 

All-new story arc! Dead Hand is coming! He survived Enter: Ninjak. He waged war on Planet Death. Now he must defend the Earth from an unholy reckoning…and the doomsday protocol codenamed: Dead Hand! 

This is it…X-O Manowar…face-to-face with a Robot army hellbent on the destruction of everything! (W) Robert Venditti (A) Diego Bernard



 THE REGULAR READS  

DIVINITY #2 (of 4) Can the world withstand its first confrontation with a being of god-like proportions? A Soviet cosmonaut – seemingly imbued with the powers of a god – has taken up residence in the Australian Outback. Some think him to be a savior…while others believe he will usher in a new Communist Age.

Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic Divinity offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine? (W) Matt Kindt (A) Trevor Hairsine

UNITY #16 War on the homefront! After a violent and devastating battle, the Eternal Warrior – one of the world’s immortals, and its greatest wager of war – must once again grapple with his most implacable enemy – the countless days behind him…and the life that’s about to become a memory! (W) Matt Kindt (A) Pere Perez.

 What do you think?  For the full list of Valiant's March 2015 solicitations, click the jump.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PRIMED FOR RECOVERY: Norm Breyfogle Expected To Make Full Return From Stroke

He drew Bloodshot, Batman, Spectre, one of the most iconic Suicide Squad covers ever among his career highlights, not to mention helping to launch Malibu's Ultraverse with Prime, yet when I interviewed Norm Breyfogle, he was one of the most modest and open artists I've yet to meet.  



Sadly, a Facebook post by his former partner, Barbara De La Rue has informed fans the creator is in hospital due to stroke, yet expected to make a full return. Hopefully the multi-talented marvel adopts the phrase Rouge Prime himself adopted in the artwork above, and through a positive and speedy recovery proves he is the strongest one there is.

Friday, December 19, 2014

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

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

 JUMP ON HERE!
ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 The avenging archers are back!
Hawkeye returns, with Kate Bishop, his trusted ward and protégé back at his side (not titles she would use). Team Hawkeye is thrown into an adventure spanning two generations of avenging archers. Past and present lives collide as Kate and Clint face a threat that will challenge everything they know about what it means to be Hawkeye. (W) Jeff Lemire (A) Ramon Perez

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME
VISION: YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW TPB (W) Geoff Johns and Roy Thomas (A) Ivan Reis and John Buscema

The android Avenger goes solo! His memories downloaded and stolen, a partially amnesiac Vision must seek help from the reluctant granddaughter of his creator, to defeat a technological terror programmed by the Nazis! The newly escaped Gremlin will not be denied its mission in the present day — even if it must reprogram and erase the Vision’s humanity in the process! Plus: the synthezoid’s fantastic first appearance, as Ultron sends him to destroy the Avengers! Collecting Vision (2002) #1-4 and Avengers (1963) #57.

 PICK OF THE MONTH:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1 Spiral begins here! The underworld is in a constant flux and has been since the Kingpin got taken out. That war is heating up and Spidey’s going to do something about it. But he’s not the only one - Police Captain Yuri Watanabe is trying to curtail the madness both in her day job and as the vigilante The Wraith. Do she and Spidey play by the same rules? (W) Gerry Conway (A) Carlo Barberi






  THE REGULAR READS

FANTASTIC FOUR #644 The most controversial FF story of the century! Will the Thing survive the world-wide attack from the twisted heroes and creatures of Franklin’s Heroes Reborn Universe? Will Sleepwalker lead Sue, Jim Hammond and Namor into a nightmare scenario? Reed Richards vs The Quiet Man! (W James Robinson (A) Leonard Kirk

DARTH VADER #3 When a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? Meet Aphra—the galaxy’s foremost raider of lost weaponry! Plus: could these be the deadly droids she’s looking for? Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca

GUARDIANS 3000 #6 The past isn’t what it used to be... as the Guardians are about to find out at great cost! Even with allies like Star-Lord and the last Nova at their side, can the Guardians meet their greatest challenge ever.... not just guarding the galaxy, but saving the Universe? (A) Dan Abnett (A) Gerardo Sandoval

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