Writer Nick Spencer has established himself as a solid talent in the comic book industry. He is known for both his creator-owned series at Image Comics (covering a wide array of genres and stories) and for his work at both DC and Marvel Comics. Morning Glories is one of the former. The series follows a group of kids who find themselves at a prep school with secrets underneath its inviting exterior… horrible secrets. And the newest trade paperback comes out this week!
But that’s not all! We’re also set to get Morning Glories #26, the issue immediately following the events of the trade! And THAT’S not all either! Issue #26 will only be $1.00! It’s obviously a great opportunity to hop on board this series, one of the most intriguing titles coming out right now. And with issue #26, look for the beginning of “Season 2″!
MORNING GLORIES VOL. 4 TP
$14.99Still reeling from the climactic events of “P.E.” the Glories find themselves lost in time and space, confronted by a new group of students who might be even more dangerous than the faculty themselves– the truants! Questions are answered and new mysteries emerge as Season One comes to a shocking end! Collects MORNING GLORIES #20-25.
"FAMILY," Part One. In a dystopian near-future government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and posession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there…
Always exciting to see a new creator-owned title from one of our favorite writers, Greg Rucka. Building on Image’s solicitation, this title is set in a dystopia where society has reverted to a feudal state — the elite Families who control the wealth control every aspect of the world, and those without are their vassals and serfs. Serving these powerful Families are individuals called their "Lazarus” — lethal protectors of their families’ interests. The Lazarus of the Carlyle Family, which controls the world’s genetic research and development, is a young woman called Forever. Her story starts the day she is killed.
To writer Rucka, the dystopia he created for Lazarus isn’t a far-fetched science fiction world; it’s a logical extrapolation of where our society is heading. After talking to a friend who works in finance and considering the Occupy Movement, Rucka asked himself, "What would the world look like if 99% became 99.99999%? What if the 1% became the .00001%? What happens when that much wealth and power becomes that concentrated?”
April 18th was the 75th Anniversary of the release of Action Comics #1. So happy anniversary to the Man of Steel, and to the excellent Lois Lane. Here’s to another 75 years!
In a rather unfortunate and telling turn of events, the B&B column at CBR that had DC EIC Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase chat up all things about DC Comics, has ended after four months. In explaining that the column will no longer continue CBR noted, “ [t]he DC team has made it clear to CBR that discussing some of the more controversial debates surrounding the company and the comics community is not something they feel comfortable doing in this format, and ultimately they decided to no longer participate in this feature.” I am not sure this helps DC’s PR at all in the aftermath of all the creator upheavals.
Alan Moore is working on a sequel to Neonomicon called Providence. The writer claimed it was both a prequel and a sequel, and he noted that it reminds him of what he was doing in his Swamp Thing run with American Gothic. Moore is doing tons of research for the comic and he said that much like how Watchmen was the examination of what if superheroes were real what would they act like, this new series examines what characters in HP Lovecraft’s works would be like if they were real. Should be bizarre and utterly interesting.
Every week (or just about every week), we will put a set of comics from our eBay store on sale for a great price. It’s the WEEKLY EBAY SPECIAL! And this week we’re putting up: CAPTAIN AMERICA #300-390! That’s OVER 90 ISSUES worth of Cap action! And we’re putting it on sale for 50% OFF the price of $99.99… making it just $49.99!! For 91 comics!!
This run stems from deep in the heart of the 1980s, with mucho action including battles with the Red Skull, the resignation of the Old Cap, the first appearance of Super Patriot and even a Ronald Reagan cameo! Not to mention the fact that it’s HUUUUUUUUGE!
Last week, I read Jennifer Blood Vol. 3, which was a twisted, violent comic that I couldn’t stop reading. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been reading books from some of my favorite writers and artists. The selections have all been excellent so this week I decided to test myself. I wanted to see if one of my favorite series was as good as I remembered it to be. This week I read PREACHER VOL .1, written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Steve Dillon, published by DC Comics/Vertigo.
Jesse Custer is a preacher in a small Texas town. He’s having a crisis of faith when he is possessed by something. This “something” is very powerful and gives him the “voice of God” which makes people literally obey his commands. In the meantime, God has decided he’s had enough and left Heaven. Jesse is determined to find out what happened to him and find out why God has abandoned his throne.
Preacher was originally published from 1995-2000 and due to the subject matter it quickly gained notoriety as a series that was pushing the envelope. There was never any shortage of controversy from issue to issue and it took all of one reading to figure out if you liked it or not. The series is almost 20 years old so you have to wonder if it’s still as edgy now as it was then. I can happily report that it is. When I read it the first time I didn’t understand what all the excitement was about. Now that I am older I can see why this upset people but it didn’t stop me from reading it.
Written by Mark Waid
Illustrated by Chris Samnee
The celebrated twenty-fifth issue of Mark Waid’s Daredevil run sheds further light on the mysterious villain that has plagued Matt Murdock since issue one. Someone has been conducting horrible experiments on people trying to replicate the accident that gave Matt his powers. Daredevil takes one of these victims to the place he said he escaped from, even though DD knows this is a trap. There he squares off against Ikari, a somewhat mirrored version of Matt himself.
I was worried when Waid decided to return Daredevil to the Silver Age/classic feel of the series, moving it back from the grim and gritty “street ninja” tales that have largely dominated the book since Frank Miller left his mark on the character. Waid did return more fun to the series, but everything you loved about the character is still there. Matt was still trained by Stick, he always rushes headlong into the fray without thinking it through, and the fights he partakes in match with some of DD’s best. What Waid did was take the series and make it more of the superhero book, and the change was a breath of fresh air.
Looks like Rusty’s prediction was SPOT ON in last week’s poll! Indeed Hawkeye #9 reigned supreme over all the other books as the best book of the week. Just two votes behind comes Saga #12 in second place. Finally, just down by four votes, Green Lantern Corps #19 came in third place. Many, many wonderful titles were up for voting, but in the end you guys voted for these three books as the top contender.
This week, we have even more fan favorites! Rusty’s nominees list was a bit on the short and sweet side with only four books… though he had many good things to say about those four books. We also switched it up a bit by adding Adventure Time #15 and the last issue of Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth! Very high hopes for all of these books, but only one victor will prevail. Who will you choose? Let us know and VOTE!
What was the best book of the week?
Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth #4 (of 4) (5 Votes)
Age of Ultron #6 (4 Votes)
Chew #33 (4 Votes)
Superior Spider-Man #8 (3 Votes)
Cable and X-Force #7 (3 Votes)
Adventure Time #15 (2 Votes)
Nightwing #19 (2 Votes)
This list could use a little help. I'll leave a suggestion in the comments! (2 Votes)
Daredevil #25 (2 Votes)
Conan the Barbarian #15 (1 Votes)
Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU (1 Votes)
Iron Man #8 (1 Votes)
Justice League #19 (1 Votes)
Batwoman #19 (0 Votes)
Batman Beyond Unlimited #15 (0 Votes)
Red Hood and the Outlaws #19 (0 Votes)
Birds of Prey #19 (0 Votes)
Mara #4 (0 Votes)
Justice League of America’s Vibe #3 (0 Votes)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 (0 Votes)
Even shorter this week but still oh so sweet! CHEW #33!!!!
Although Poyo doesn’t really appear in this issue, Tony Chu was on a rampage and it will still garner my vote for Best Book of the Week! Fastball to the sternum!
And I must give props to CABLE & X-FORCE #7. Just really enjoyed it once again even though I still have no idea where the plot is ultimately headed. Domino is great. I totally appreciate how good she looks when she’s kicking a guy in the throat! And AGE OF ULTRON #6 (of 10) wins the best last page of the week award. Wolverine makes good on his threat and I am super curious to see what the ramifications (if any) are for his actions. And there is absolutely no way I cannot comment on SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8 today. The Avengers got it figured out! Doc-Spidey is not a Skrull! Nor is he being controlled by a space phantom, the Puppet Master, Purple Man or the Controller. Captain America is so smart! Looks like it’s up to Carlie Cooper to save the day. She better hurry.before Doc-Spidey gives himself a Parkerectomy! Ouch!
Your nominees are welcome. Comment them up! Poll tomorrow. Vote it up!
It’s already a funny week here in the Cosmic Comics newsroom. Not only did I just get back from an all-too-short vacation to sunny Orlando, where I enjoyed just about all of the Disney resorts and Universal Studios, too, but I had to get up at the ungodly hour of 8:30 this morning in order to take care of some new comics business! I tell you, life is tough in the big city. My head is spinning faster than it was on the Spider-Man ride! Anyway, pickings were a little slim this week on the covers front, but I still found you some quality stuff. As always, click to enlarge! Or don’t! Totally up to you.
CABLE & X-FORCE #7
Cover by Salvador Larroca, Frank D’armata
A couple things jump out at me about this cover. First, there’s the excellent use of Futura Bold font for the phrase, "Daddy’s Home." You might recognize this font from the cover of the first two Vampire Weekend albums, Nike T-shirts with phrases like "Just Do It… Crimson Tide," and just about any Wes Anderson movie. The other thing I noticed right away was the size of Cyclops’ trapezius muscles. Good gravy! He must be shrugging 1500 pounds with those suckers!
But also, "Daddy’s Home" itself is pretty funny. Especially when you consider that Cyclops’ son Cable is a grizzly old man. Something tells me he won’t be getting a Ward Cleaver-type welcome when he walks in the front door.
We’ll lead the Marvel Highlights with one of the hottest titles in comics: Superior Spider-Man! This might just be the beginning of the end for Doc Ock—or is it? With Peter Parker fighting full-force to regain control over his own body, will he be able to save Cardiac and redeem himself in the eyes of the Avengers?
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Humberto Ramos
• Peter Parker takes a stand!
• With a villain acting like a hero and a hero acting like a villain, one man has decided that enough is enough!
• More with Cardiac! More surprises! And a moment that will break a lot of hearts!
• To save the life of one of Spider-Man’s enemies, Peter Parker fights to regain control of his body, his mind, and his destiny!
• Is this the beginning of the end for Otto Octavius?
It’s also a double Age of Ultron week as we’re set to get both Age of Ultron #6 (of 10) and Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU! The heroes take the fight to Ultron… with a near-broken Captain America taking the lead! Meanwhile, Wolverine takes it upon himself to make one of the most controversial decisions in the history of Marvel comics…
Also look for Iron Man #8, from the blockbuster creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Greg Land. Tony Stark, the Godkiller, is GUILTY! With his armor far beyond his reach, Tony Stark is at the mercy of both the Voldi and their muscle – Death’s Head! Can Recorder 451 retrieve the Iron Man suit before it’s too late? The answer will definitely surprise you!
Finally, it’s a double Daredevil week as we’re set to get both Daredevil #25 and Daredevil: End of Days #7 (of 8). As for the latter, the penultimate chapter of Daredevil’s final tale is here – and some of his greatest creators are here to tell it! Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz have led Ben Urich down a dark path of mystery in End of Days, but his quest for answers hits a key crossroads in this issue. As for the former…
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee
The hidden foe behind DD’s troubles plays his trump card! Foggy’s life is on the line! Plus: Who is Nelson & Murdock’s mysterious benefactor–and what does he want?
Click here for a complete list of titles coming out this week!
The Batman family leads the way for DC Comics this week! By most accounts, it’s been the strongest aspect of the New 52, with excellent storytelling and tight continuity through the titles. And this week sees no fewer than six Bat-books, starting with Nightwing #19. As you’ll notice, this is the first issue featuring art by Brett Booth, who, from what I’ve seen, is doing a fantastic job highlighting Dick’s more acrobatic nature. Plus, also look for the New 52 debut of a certain… well… jokester isn’t the right word… ah, well, you’ll figure it out.
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
"Death of the Family" is over, but the laughs continue to plague Nightwing. But it can’t be him-can it?
Also from the Bat-family, there’s Catwoman #19! Looks like this one involves the newly formed Justice League of America, as they cart Selina off to… Arkham Asylum? Also with the use of Arkham Asylum, there could be cameos of some of the unseen Batman villains and maybe some new villains. Finally, the title of this issue is "Slam." Could Slam Bradley debut this issue with the upcoming events in Catwoman and the Catwoman Annual?
Also look for Red Hood and the Outlaws #19, Batwoman #19, Birds of Prey #19 and Batman Beyond Unlimited #15! Just a solid week for Batman’s supporting cast!
But, speaking of the Justice League of America, look for Justice League of America’s Vibe #3! What is the one super power that is more than a match for Vibe and how can it tear the universe apart? I’ll give you a little spoiler, as I’ve seen the nifty fold-out cover: the answer is Kid Flash!
Finally, we’ve got Justice League #19. Lots of tough talk about this one recently, and arguably with good reason. But be sure to check out the fold-out cover because it looks really cool.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #19
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis & Various
Who is the one person dangerous enough to use Kryptonite against Superman?
Click here for a complete list of titles coming out this week!
Avengers vs. X-Men was arguably the biggest event of 2012, pitting Marvel’s biggest heroes against one another in a showdown of epic proportions. Even better, many people agree that not only was it the biggest event of the year, it was also one of the best! Following the story of the return of the Phoenix and its host Hope, which divided Earth’s heroes into two distinct factions, made for some incredible comic book moments.
UNCANNY X-MEN TP
AVX tie-in! The Marvel Universe’s two most powerful teams battle over the fate of Hope Summers. With the cosmically destructive Phoenix Force drawing ever closer to Earth, the planet’s heroes have chosen sides, with the Avengers seeking to take Hope into custody, and the X-Men pledging to protect their would-be mutant messiah at all costs. As the very future of mutantkind – and possibly Earth itself – hangs in the balance, the battle between X-Man and Avenger rages across the planet and beyond. But the Phoenix Force isn’t the only intergalactic entity posing a threat to the X-Men, as the alien war criminal Unit has taken control of robotic team member Danger – setting its own devious plans into motion! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (2012) #11-14.
If Chew is coming out, it basically has a mortal lock on the lead-off spot of the Everything Else Highlights. And so it is this week, as we’re set to get Chew #33! The always-entertaining writer John Layman tweets: "Apple is going to go BERSERK over CHEW #33!" Hilarious, John. (And if you don’t get it, just do a Google search for Apple and Saga #12.) Don’t know much about this issue, aside from the obviously cheeky and short solicitation text, but I have heard it involves a new character: PENGTHULU! No idea what that means, but I know I must read it.
Written by John Layman
Art By Rob Guillory
Tony takes on a load of seamen.
It’s also a solid week for writer Brian Wood, as we’re set to get both Mara #4 (of 6) from Image Comics and Conan the Barbarian #15 from Dark Horse! Mara really impressed us last issue by stepping up the story a few notches and drafting Mara into the armed forces! Meanwhile, Conan is hip deep in the "The Woman on the Wall", a so-far excellent story arc that finds his missus behind enemy lines.
Also wanted to give a shout-out to some Kids (of All Ages) Comics this week. Look out for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1! It’s the first exciting issue of the new, ongoing adventures of Eternia’s hero! Featuring the return of She-Ra! Now known as Despara, the most lethal weapon in Hordak’s army, she returns to Eternia as He-Man’s newest enemy!
Finally, wanted to give a special shout to hit series Adventure Time, based on the hit Cartoon Network show that follows Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum in their adventures through The Land of Ooo! Not only are we set to get Adventure Time #15 — which will mark a great jumping-on point if you’ve never read the series before — but we’re also getting new printings of issues #1-6, which, when put side-by-side, will feature interlocking covers!
ADVENTURE TIME #15
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
A STAND-ALONE ISSUE LEADING INTO THE NEW ARC! A PERFECT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR NEW READERS! Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human in this totally topsy-turvy take on the land of Ooo! The best all-ages series of 2012 continues!
Click here for a complete list of titles coming out this week!
Writer Grant Morrison has long been a Cosmic Comix favorite. From his work on Batman to JLA to last year’s Joe the Barbarian and much more, and these days he’s working hard on Batman Incorporated and Action Comics. This mini-series for Image definitely captured our interest, not only because it was written by Morrison, but because he teamed up with Transmetropolitan‘s own Darick Robertson!
"HAPPY! is a story I’ve wanted to write since hit-man Nick Sax and his ‘partner’ Happy the Horse appeared fully-formed in my head two years ago," said Morrison. "I wanted to do a classic Christmas story – like A Christmas Carol or It’s A Wonderful Life – but with all the junkies, killers and pedophiles which make our modern world so colorful!"
No wonder we enjoyed it so much! The trade paperback comes out this Wednesday!
Meet NICK SAX – a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas. By a tiny blue horse called Happy…Collects HAPPY! 1-4
We’ve recommended GI JOE: COBRA for a long time now. It is truly an excellent series, and arguably the best GI Joe book on the stands… especially if you are NOT a GI Joe fan. It really reads like a crime or espionage book. The most recent trade paperback installment, featuring one of the best stories to date, comes out this Wednesday!
GI JOE: COBRA
OKTOBER GUARD TP
Who is the OKTOBER GUARD? The deadliest group of elite killers and assassins ever faced by G.I. JOE or COBRA! But with the main G.I. JOE force focused on tracking down SNAKE EYES, it’s all up to FLINT and the covert G.I. JOE squad to step in-and take them down!
As John McEnroe famously said, “You have GOT to be kidding me!” Why? Because we’ve got MORE AND MORE AND MORE MARVEL HARDCOVERS FOR JUST $10.00! Once again, you’ve NEVER seen any of these before at this price! And we’ve got NINE of them to choose from! As before, none of them is weak either, quality reads one and all. As Andy B. always says, “All killer, no filler!”
It all starts this Wednesday as usual and goes right through the weekend and into Tuesday. As we’ve said a couple times now, these hardcovers almost always feature a complete story and are generally somewhere in the $19.99-$24.99 range. You know by now, they make for great reads and fine additions to your collection. All available for at least 50% OFF THE COVER PRICE!
This Whiz Bang lasts from Wednesday, April 17, through Tuesday, April 23! Check out the full lineup after the jump.
AGE OF X HC $29.99$10.00! In a world where the X-Men never existed and mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants have banded together to make their last stand. They spend each day securing the walls of their stronghold, Fortress X, beating back the anti-mutant forces who would see them wiped out. But when a conspiracy is discovered within Fortress X itself, could it be that mutantkind’s last bastion will crumble from the inside out? And when the dust settles? No one will be left unscathed. Plus: The Avengers, a team of heroes and heroines united against the mutant threat, have been ordered to hunt down Magneto and his army of fugitive mutants. But when the team is given a license to kill, not every member is up to the task. Who will kill, and who will be killed? You may just be surprised. Also featuring untold tales from the Age of X! Collecting AGE OF X ALPHA, X-MEN LEGACY #245-247, NEW MUTANTS #22-24, AGE OF X UNIVERSE #1-2 and the AGE OF X HISTORICAL LOGS.
Plenty of good stuff coming you way from Marvel Comics this week, starting with Superior Spider-Man #8! It’s been one of the hottest comics of Marvel NOW! and it doesn’t appear to be cooling down any time soon. Speaking of hot, look out for Age of Ultron #6 (of 10). They are not messing around with that event! Tying in to the Age of Ultron will be Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU! Then there’s Cable and X-Force #7, Daredevil #25, Iron Man #8, Nova #3 and Savage Wolverine #4!
Over at DC looks like a decent week for Batman family books, starting with Nightwing #19 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #19, and moving into Batman Beyond Unlimited #15, Batwoman #19, Birds of Prey #19 and Catwoman #19. It’s also a double Justice League week as we’re set to get Justice League #19 and Justice League of America’s Vibe #3! And finally, from the Vertigo stable, there’s Fables #128!
From Image, look for Chew #33, the TPB collection of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy mini-series, Thief of Thieves #13 and Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth #4 (of 4). While Dark Horse has Conan the Barbarian #15, BPRD Hell on Earth #106 and Black Beetle #3 (of 4)!
BATMAN UNLIMITED 6-IN
DARK KNIGHT RETURNS ACTION FIGURE
Explore the history of Batman with Mattel’s Batman Unlimited Action Figures which feature a variety of characters in their different incarnations from the Golden Age through film and video games to the present day! Each figure is highly detailed, stands 6" tall, and includes a display stand and mini-collector poster. In this wave, fans can choose from the Dark Knight Returns Batman or the Batman of Planet X (complete with Bat-Mite). These are the Batman figures pop culture fans and Batman collectors have been looking for! Blister card packaging.
Thanks to his work on books like Fantastic Four and SHIELD, comic book readers all over have taken notice of writer JONATHAN HICKMAN. But also worth noting is Hickman’s creator-owned material for Image Comics, which features some of the most imaginative and interesting comic work in years. You probably already know he’s an excellent writer and these books make an even stronger case for that, but what attracted many people to him early on is his artistic ability. (He provides the art for two of the books offered here.) He has an incredibly unique and brightly colorful style that makes his works a joy to read.
And this week we get the second TPB collection of MANHATTAN PROJECTS, which we’ve said over the course of the past few months has been one of the wildest rides in comics!
MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 2 TP
"THEY RULE." The second amazing volume of the SCIENCE, BAD book of the new millennium. The battle for global supremacy is underway and the bad men of the Manhattan Projects will only accept one outcome: World domination. Collecting the coolest new series of the year into one super science package.
I’m sure that by now the Marvel Comics edition of Looking Forward from last week has wafted over you like a warm and gentle spring breeze, filling you with the feeling that spring has finally come and all is well… hopefully, though, without all those allergy problems. Stupid, stupid pollen! Anyway, what that means is, it’s now time to see what DC has to offer! And boy do they have a lot up their sleeve this month! HOLY COW!
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jim Lee & Various
When thirteen satellites fall from the sky in one day, the logical suspect is Lex Luthor-even though he’s still locked up in prison! But a stranger question remains: If Superman didn’t stop the last satellite from falling, who did? There’s an mystery hidden where even Superman can’t see it-Can The Man of Steel drag a decades-old secret into the light? Don’t miss the debut of this red-hot new series from two of comics’ brightest superstars: SCOTT SNYDER and JIM LEE!
I guess now we can add Superman to writer Scott Snyder’s resume. Having written Batman and American Vampire, two of the absolute best titles in comics, the writer now sets his sights on a high-profile Man of Steel story. The new series, drawn by superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, arrives in Superman’s 75th anniversary year. Its first issue is set to hit stores June 12, two days before the latest big-screen take on the hero, Man of Steel, flies into theaters.