With San Diego Comic Con upon us, all who work in the industry are consumed by the tornado like flurry of prepping, packing, shipping, printing and totally not sleeping, so be glad that Anna had the time at all to eek out a few picks for the ONSLAUGHT of comics that are coming out this week. Look--look at the madness that will be SDCC 2014!!
DRAGON GIRL/MONKEY KING: THE ART OF KATSUYA TERADA HC
(W/A) Katsuya Terada
Dark Horse proudly presents the first Englishlanguage art book showcasing one of Japan's most sought-after painters and illustrators, Katsuya Terada! Dragon Girl and Monkey King collects Terada's art in every mood: sexy, brutal, bizarre, and humorous, including his distinctive Hellboy figurine work, commentary, and an exclusive interview with the artist!
There were so many books this week that I had to make two picks. Truly one of the greatest artists to come out of Japan, this book is the first English art book to ever be published and is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY for anyone and everyone!!!
RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!!
100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: AVENGERS #1
(W/A) James Stokoe
Following the failed Badoon invasion of Earth and America's disappearance into the Negative Zone, how will the Avengers of 2061 cope?!
THE MADNESS OF STOKOE IS UNLEASHED UPON THE MARVEL U!! POOR, POOR MAINSTREAM COMIC READERS!!!! Um, yes, well, I'm a little excited about this comic (as you can probably tell) but this signifys a real shift in what Marvel is considering acceptable these days. Not only have they been letting people like Mike Allred, Tradd Moore, Felipe Smith and Kaare Andrews do their thing on big shot titles, Marvel is now handing over the reigns of the Avengers (yes the multi billion dollar property) to a guy who puts more gigantic dongs in his comics than your average hentai movie! Multi-clored gradients, bad-ass future versions of Beta-Ray Bill, Dr. Strange and more, this is one book that 100 years from now, will still be blowing other comics out of the water!!
RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!!
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37
(W) Paul Kupperberg (A) Jack Morelli & Various
It's been one year since the death of Archie that took place in Life With Archie #36 shook Riverdale to its very core. The residents of the most welcoming town in America, where the chocolate malts are always delicious and the neighbors are always smiling, gather together one last time for the closing ceremony of this groundbreaking series and a celebration of a Life with Archie.
RECOMMENDED BY HOWARD!!
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME #2
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Charles Paul Wilson
The Turtles' journey through time continues, and the next stop is Feudal Japan! The Turtles will meet some familiar faces and be forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Will stopping the Shredder mean the end of the Turtles as we know them?
RECOMMENDED BY SAM THE VIDEO MONKEY!!
TRANSFORMERS V.S. G.I. JOE #1
(W) Tom Scioli, John Barber (A) Tom Scioli
SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race-and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive-their version of "peace" does not match our own...
(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Steve Epting
THE SECOND ARC BEGINS HERE!
Following the revelations at the end of issue 5, Velvet's quest for the truth and her innocence takes her right back to the heart of her own organization -- to London, where every move she makes is even more dangerous than the last!
RECOMMENDED BY ERIN.
SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Tula Lotay
You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die. SUPREME: BLUE ROSE. Re-introducing the central Image Comics character, with WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY.
RECOMMENDED BY PERRY!!
Are you counting the days until the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Can't wait to see a small raccoon with a big gun blow stuff up?!! Well, never fear brave travelers of the unknown, the Zanadu has got your back. We have a pass for a special screening to see the movie on Wednesday at 7PM at the Regal Thorton Pl. on 103 st NE. This pass is good for TWO people, but on a first come, first serve basis so GET THERE EARLY!! This ticket DOES NOT guarantee you a seat and with all the hubub surrounding this movie, it's probably gonna fill up pretty fast. As the tagline for the poster says, "You're Welcome" HAVE FUN!!!
Bleedin hell, it's hot here in Seattle!! Still!!! Yes, you people on the east coast or the south may call us wimps, but c'mon, we see the sun like 2 months out of the entire year! It's like a colony of vampires or something in this town. (Tattooed vampires to be precise) Anyway....The whole team is back this week to bring you a week of new #1's, red hot collections and of course, all the humor and smartass-ness that you've come to know and love.
Also be sure to check out our summer sale with discounts up to 30% off on select graphic novels!!
Anna is back with another week of books that you need to buy!! There is so much good stuff this week that you might have to eat ramen for a few days...
(W) Kek-W (A) Shaky Kane
COMPLETE, ALL NEW CAP'N DINOSAUR TALE IN THIS ISSUE!
When a mysterious drowned man falls out of the clear blue sky, The Cap'n and Honey Moon follow a trail which leads them to a deserted Amusement park.
Writer KEK-W (2000 AD, Ruddy Rucker's FLURB) and THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN's SHAKY KANE take the law into their own hands in this two-fisted tale of Murder, Muscle Marys, and Mail-order Mystery.
WARNING: Contains Pop Culture references and Impact wounds.
There was sooooooo much stuff this week to choose from, but in the end, the insanity of Shaky Kane won out. Just the fact that we lowly comic nerds are blessed with not one, but TWO new comics from the master of acid dripped, retro pop-art is something worth celebrating. His previous book, "That's Because You're a Robot" was a brilliant look into what makes people human with the added levity of dinosaurs, giant cop cars and an ending that fits the book better than I could have hoped. Now we are faced with the madness of Cap'n Dinosaur who could very well be a leftover from golden nugget publications of the "Bulletproof Coffin" world and make no mistake kids, this is one trip you might not return from!!
RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36
(W) Paul Kupperberg (A) Pat Kennedy
History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America's most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie's future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism.
RECOMMENDED BY HOWARD!!
GRINDHOUSE: DOORS OPEN AFTER MIDNIGHT TP VOL 01
(W) Alex De Campi (A) Chris Peterson, Simon Fraser
Gasp as insatiable alien insects overtake a southern town with only a one-eyed deputy to stop them in "Bee Vixens from Mars"! Shudder as the sexy lady convicts of Block E revolt against an
insane warden in "Prison Ship Antares"! Tremble in anticipation at the gallery of shocking "coming attractions"! Collects issues #1-#4 of the miniseries in a filthy flipbook!
RECOMMENDED BY MORGAN!!
(W/A) Bryan Lee O'Malley
The highly anticipated new standalone full-color graphic novel from Bryan Lee O'Malley, author and artist of the hugely bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. Seconds is a complex and novelistic standalone story about a young restaurant owner named Katie who, after being visited by a magical apparition, is given a second chance at love and to undo her wrongs. Fans new and old will love Bryan's bold and quirky style infused with his subtle, playful humor.
RECOMMENDED BY SAM THE VIDEO MONKEY!!
PRINCESS UGG #2
(W/A) Ted Naifeh
The new series from Courtney Crumrin's Ted Naifeh continues! Princess Ülga's difficulty with Princess Academy earns her the nickname "Ugg" from her peers. But are these finely-dressed, mean-spirited princesses really her peers? And what happens when Ülga tries to fight back? It could be the Academy is no place for Ülga at all...
recommended by erin.
DARK ENGINE #1
(W) Ryan Burton (A) John Bivens
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators' enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.
RECOMMENDED BY PERRY!!
BEWARE--the infection is spreading!!! Morgan, everyone's favorite video super-monkey has fallen victim once again to the dreaded, unrelenting TEKNO VIRUS from the far off future of 2099!! A rare and unique disease genetically engineered to destroy mutants and comic monkeys of all types, the TEKNO VIRUS (dramatic theme music should play in your head every time you read the words TEKNO VIRUS) can only be combated with the most powerful of chromium, lenticular or other shiny materials, so make sure to stock up on these new and awesome shinies of the week brought to you by the super team of ANNA-WILL-CASEY!!
Anna was LAZY this week!! OK, well not lazy but sitting in the sweat lodge that is her attic apartemtn is not conducive to writing, working or, well, anything other than melting to be honest. Nevertheless, she persevered to bring you fine comic folks of internet land, another set of stuff you NEED TO BUY!! OBEY! CONSUME!! (that's right, we're not done with that yet...)
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LIFE AFTER #1
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Gabo
In an infinite city built on infinite sadness, there is one man capable of breaking free. He will go through Heaven and Hell to save us all. Literally. A fantastical coming of age journey through the afterlife and beyond from Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE BUNKER, THE ULTIMATES) and breakout artist Gabo, with covers by Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, THE RED WING).
Finally emerging from the back pages of Elephantmen, Gabo, who has been honing his chops in secret for the past few years is about to take center stage and blow your mind in this transcendental new ongoing from Oni Press!! Have you ever tired of the daily grind? Thought about deviating from the norm, but never had the guts to do so? Perhaps there is something more sinister behind this monotony, something that you can only see out of the corner of tyour eye, or in the moments before waking and if you did confront it--would you have the balls to fight the unexplained? One man does. One man will risk it all and travel through realms beyond to find himself and of course save the world in the process!