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It’s a new week of comics which means a whole bunch of new releases, and it’s a big list this week. Coming off of Free Comic Book Day, numerous series are picking up where their free books left off, and this year’s “events” begin after their zero issues. The team goes through the list of releases, and figures out which are the most interesting, so you aren’t overwhelmed when you head to shops to pick up the new releases. So without further ado, here’s ten books worth checking out (though the list could be much, much longer).
Top Pick: The Wake #8 (Vertigo) – They say don’t go in the ocean. There are monsters out there. Terrible secrets in the deep. But Leeward isn’t scared of any of that, because the thing she’s running from on land is much, much worse… Writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy’s series second volume has catapulted us into the future, but hasn’t dialed back the mystery. Each issue is a must read, and this mini-series should be a part of everyone’s pull box.
Batman Eternal #5 (DC Comics) – I rolled my eyes when I heard there’d be a new Batman comic, let alone a weekly series, and man was I wrong. This series focuses on everyone that circles around Batman’s universe, in a fantastic series that fleshes out the city of Gotham, and those that dwell there.
Clockwork Game (Fiery Studios) – Clockwork Game retells the true story of the world’s first chess-playing automaton, blending reality and fiction into a singular graphic novel.
Epic #1 (ComixTribe) – Did you pick up the free zero issue at Free Comic Book Day? If you didn’t make sure you do so Wednesday when you also grab the first issue of the new indie superhero series.
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has rebooted their Ultimate universe with mixed results. Here’s hoping Miles’ solo adventures are as fun as the previous volume.
Nailbiter #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Image that takes us to a small town whose biggest export is serial killers.
The New 52: Future’s End #1 (DC Comics) – The zero issue from Free Comic Book Day didn’t exactly blow me away, as it was a bit too Age of Ultron, but this is DC’s next big event begins here, so folks will be talking about it, good or bad. And is the last event even over with!?
Original Sin #1 (Marvel) – Speaking of event, Marvel’s gets a first issue after a zero issue. Someone has killed the Watcher in a pseudo Wikileaks like story.
She-Hulk #4 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s best All-New Marvel NOW! series mixes action and humor.
The Woods #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new horror series from BOOM! and writer James Tynion IV transports a school to an alien world and to survive, they must enter the mysterious woods.
This Free Comic Book Day, publisher ComixTribe will be releasing two books. The event is held this upcoming Saturday, May 3, 2014.
This year, ComixTribe is bringing you SCAM #0: Crosswords, a stand-alone story that spins directly out of the events of Joe Mulvey’s recently concluded SCAM mini-series. The issue is written by Eisner-nominated scribe Jason Ciaramella, and also features a back-up story from John Lees and Alex Cormack.
In addition to the hard-hitting SCAM release, ComixTribe is also offering the 32-page pilot issue of EPIC, a new superteen action comedy from Tyler James, with art by Matt Zolman and Fico Ossio.
SCAM: Crosswords #0 FCBD 2014 EDITION
(W) Jason Ciaramella (A/CA) Joe Mulvey
Spinning out of the pages of the super-powered con-man series, Scam, Eisner-nominated writer Jason Ciaramella (The Cape) and “the most dangerous man in comics” Joe Mulvey bring you an explosive one-shot featuring Scam’s ultimate villain: Crosswords! After being exiled from “Sin City”, Crosswords makes a power grab in Europe, using extreme means to take what he wants! 32pgs, FC Rated: TEEN+ FREE!
EPIC #0 FCBD 2014 EDITION
(W) Tyler James (A) Matt Zolman, FicoOssio (CA) FicoOssio
After a freak experiment gives teenager Eric Ardor incredible powers, he does what anyone would do… he puts on a costume and becomes Epic! Super strength, speed, flight, optic blasts… it’s a fanboy’s dream come true. Unfortunately, he’s just discovered he has one weakness… pretty girls! And while most boys his age lose their cool around the hotties, Epic loses his powers! 32pgs, FC Rated: EVERYONE FREE!
Story: Tyler James
Art / Cover: Fico Ossio
May 7 / 32 Pages / FC / T / $3.99
DIAMOND ID: FEB141121
Miami’s newest teenage superhero has a weakness for beautiful girls…literally! Hot on the heels of its world-wide FREE COMIC BOOK DAY debut, your new favorite superhero action comedy begins its EPIC ongoing series run! Witness the frightening origin of EPIC’s first fearsome foe, the half-man/half-spider monstrosity DADDY LONG LEGS! See the scintillating first appearance of SCAREWOLF! Watch our hero whiff at his first attempt to woo the pretty new girl at school! All that and a FOIL-EMBOSSED COVER, brought to you by writer Tyler James (The Red Ten) and rising-star artist Fico Ossio (Critter)!
SCAM ULTIMATE COLLECTION Vol.1
Story: Joe Mulvey & Others
Art: Joe Mulvey & Others
Cover: Joe Mulvey
May / 256 Pages / FC / Hardcover/ T / $34.99
DIAMOND ID: FEB141122
Imagine you had superpowers…in Vegas! SCAM is an “X-Men meets Ocean’s Eleven″-style yarn that follows a team of super-powered grifters on the biggest con of their lives…taking down a Vegas casino and getting revenge on the former teammate who double-crossed them.
This stunning over-sized hardcover collects the sold-out SCAM mini-series written and drawn by Joe Mulvey, “the most dangerous man in comics.” It also features the never before released SCAMthology – 15 brand new SCAM stories, over 100 pages of new content, written and drawn by a handpicked crew of outstanding comic creators, including Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Ben McCool (Choker), Jason Ciaramella (The Cape), CP Wilson, III (The Stuff of Legend, Wraith), Tyler James (The Red Ten, Epic) and many more! “It’s better to die a conman, than live like a mark!”
What it is: After a freak experiment gives teenager Eric Ardor incredible powers, he does what you would do…he puts on a costume and becomes EPIC! Super strength, speed, flight, optic blasts…it’s a fanboy’s dream come true. Unfortunately, he’s just discovered he has one weakness…pretty girls! While most boys his age lose their cool around the hotties, EPIC loses his powers! Living in Miami, home to the zaniest super-villains AND the most bikinis per capita in America, it’s gonna be a problem…
Why I like it: I read the completed first issue, and it’s a solid entertaining read. The characters are fun, the discovery of powers entertaining and how the story is plotted out keeps you on your toes. I can’t recommend the issue enough. It’s another fantastic release from an independent publisher and a feather in their cap.
Best Pledge: $10 – You get two signed copies of the comic. One for you and one for you to share plus a signed postcard and a digital “director’s cut” copy.
Risk: LOW – The prices seem a bit low for a printed comic with shipping, but all of the production is paid for, so it’s going totally towards printing and shipping. Comixtribe has done Kickstarter’s before and they’ve delivered solid product each time. It’s a publisher (and creators) I’m confident in getting behind.
It’s new comic book day…. what’s everyone getting?
Around the Blogs:
CBR – Warner Bros. Claims “Significant Victory” In Superman Lawsuit – No victory until the case is close.
Kotaku – Cliff Bleszinski Reveals His Love for The Boys and the Comic That’s Influencing Epic’s Next Big Game – Can’t wait to see what it is.
USA Today – ‘Shooters’ graphic novel hits home for Washington writers – I’ve read a good chunk of this graphic novel and it’s fantastic so far.
Around the Tubes Reviews:
IGN – Daredevil: Season One
Comics Alliance – Smallville: Season 11 #1
Geeks of Doom – 3 Story: The Secret Files of the Giant Man
It’s New York Comic Con! You’ll find a lot of posts here as to what happened Friday, but we’ll have our own coverage peppered throughout the day. Here’s the new you might have missed.
Around the Blogs:
The Mary Sue – Real-Life Superhero Phoenix Jones Unmasked, Revealed to Have Gerald’s Haircut from Hey Arnold! – Now we’ll find out if super villains really would target family members if secret identities are revealed.
NY Magazine – Tom Morello on His New Comic Series, Occupy Wall Street, and Superman Renouncing His Citizenship – Some interesting stuff here.
Color Lines – Comic Artist Re-Draws Islam With Secular Superheroes in “The 99” – A great interview here.
The Beat – NYCC 2011: Day Two Photos
Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut: Don’t Be Afraid
The Beat – NYCC 11: Here there be con
Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut – Epic #1 by Tyler James and Matt Zolman
Spandexless – Beth’s NYCC Day 1: In Which I Can’t Get It Together
Bleeding Cool – NYCC Debut: Neonomicon TPB by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
The Beat – NYCC 11: Retailer breakfast highlights
Around the Tubes Reviews:
Ely Standard – Venom
Official Press Release
ComixTribe Releases Preview of New York Comic Con Exclusives
With New York Comic Con just two weeks away, creator-owned comic book publisher ComixTribe has released a free, 60+ page digital preview of five new series that will debut at the show.
ComixTribe Takes Manhattan features an extended first look at EPIC #1. Written by ComixTribe publisher Tyler James and drawn by Matt Zolman, EPIC is the story of a teenager who gains incredible super powers, only to learn he has but one weakness…beautiful girls.
Also featured in this release are first looks at:
- SCAM #1 by Joe Mulvey, a book about superpowered grifters who believe it’s better to die as a conman than live as a mark.
- THE RED TEN #1 by Tyler James and Cesar Feliciano, a superhero murder mystery that’s Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” meets “The Justice League,” and features a NYCC exclusive cover by CP Wilson, III (Stuff of Legend).
- The STANDARD #1 & #2 by John Lees and Jonathon Rector, the first two issues of the award-nominated story of an elderly superhero who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his former sidekick.
- RUNNERS #1 by Steve Forbes and Mac Radwanski, a horror book that asks, “In a world over-run by zombies, with humanity on the brink of destruction, what the #$%! are vampires supposed to eat?”
ComixTribe can be found at Booth #2537 in the small press section.
Or read it online right here: http://bit.ly/CT_NYCC_O