In the future, mankind is traversing the stars, speeding across the known universe between time and space at warp speeds. We are mining the universe for its resources, sending them back via freight to an earth resembling a “tumour breathing through a smokestack.” The crew of the mining ship Caliban believe this to be just a regular mission, a mind numbingly boring sub-space trip. As with all things apparently mind numbing and boring, something extreme and horrifyingly unexpected happens.
It’s finally arrived, Slott’s eagerly awaited step away from Spider-Man duties. With Silver Surfer, we are introduced to a surfer full of regret for his past indiscretions. Once the herald of Galactus, eater of worlds, now a free being, using his cosmic powers for the betterment of life throughout the known universe, Norrin Rad has much to atone for, but when he is unwittingly made the champion of an impossible city to help them battle the Queen of the never, things take a turn for the strange.
Written by Sinestro, Deadpool and Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta who has worked on Thunderbolts and Astonishing X-Men, this comic straight away sets the tone of what’s to come. Walta’s art is darker, grittier and much less superhero-y than tradition Marvel comics. What Bunn and Walta are doing is carving the way for a disillusioned Magneto to renew his vendetta against those who oppose mutantkind.
I don’t know about you, but as a child I loved Flash Gordon. I loved the film, the concept, the idea of a man taken to another Galaxy and tasked with saving it, defending it and bringing peace to it, all whilst wearing a rad spacesuit. But what happens after the wars are won, peace is restored and McDonalds offers the olive branch of peace whilst opening a store on deepest, darkest Mongo?
You know something, Marvel seem to be following a trend at the moment. With the success of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye/Hawkguy/PizzaDog book and its fresh take on the world of superheroes and what they do in their “downtime”, someone, somewhere in the echelons of Marvel’s office has said “You know something, this sells! We need more books where superheroes aren’t doing superhero things!”
Imagine Indiana Jones on the high seas, with a twist of Treasure Island, a dash of King Kong and a sprinkle of the dirty dozen and you get Image Comic’s latest number #1 The Mecenary Sea. It reminds me of the classic pulp tales which my dad has laying around my parents house! However, does it get the golden idol or does it fall foul of the huge boulder bearing down on it?
If you’ve not been on board with Black Science then you’ve been missing a treat. This sci-fi juggernaut is a trans dimensional yarn, rippling through time and space, probing at the very layers of humanity and human nature. Remender’s ensemble cast is one of various shades of grey, and with the protagonist, Grant McKay, out of action this issue, it gives his other characters room to breathe.
He’s the God of thunder. Slayer of trolls, elves, dragons and monsters, Avenger, Prince/King of Asgard (The realm eternal), wielder of Mjolnir and a feasting behemoth. So why is the young Thor waking up hungover in the mouth of a Dragon? Jason Aaron is looking to clear that question right up with Thor: God of Thunder #18.
I’m not the biggest fan of Serenity in the ‘verse, but I’m definitely amongst those who have been hoping for its return. It was a massively underrated TV show, a fantastic sleeper hit 8 years ago and had a wealth of great characters and was something that is sorely lacking in modern cinema, it was ORIGINAL! Step in Zack Whedon and Dark Horse comics.
The buzz around Deadly Class has been smouldering away like St Elmo’s fire for weeks now, so finally we get the chance to sample Remender and Craig’s wares, and lo this writer wasn’t disappointed! We’ve seen schools for “Gifted Youngsters”, schools of “Witchcraft and Wizardry” and schools for Young Avengers, New Avengers, Tiny Titans, Teen Titans and the odd school of assassins, but Remender’s school is so much more than the sum of those parts.
The world as we knew has gone. Five years since the events of Night of the Living Dead, the human race is still trying to adapt to a world where the dead come back, the invasion may have been held off, but the threat is still there, waiting, lurking in the shadows. We follow the story of Paul Barnum, a hunter who rounds up zombies which show signs of remembered behaviour.
Rat Queens. Initially when I heard about this book, I thought it was something like Maus. I was wrong. So wrong. Little did I know that it would be about four badass adventurers, loaded to the gills with armour, spells, swords, recovering occult members, magic mushrooms and the best use of the word “dickcheese” I have seen/heard in a while! This book is fast becoming one of the best books out there for your money.
The human race has gone mad. It’s unclear as to whether it was a disease, biological weapon or genetic trait that’s done it, but the worlds population has turned into a bloodthirsty, horrific, murderous, rampaging mess, and that spells trouble for our heroes, Rover; Red and Charlie. Three dogs on a mission to leave Manhattan. After the first issue of dodging blood thristy, crazy feeders, Ennis switches the focus this issue to the inevitable struggle for who will be top of the domesticated foodchain.
Marvel’s All New NOW titles are continuing their march towards comic book domination, and where better to start a new series than with that red haired, bad-ass ex KGB agent Black Widow. With the success of Scarlett Johanson as Ms Natasha Romanov in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it stands to reason that Marvel would want to capitalise. therefore, it comes as no surprise that they have released Black Widow #1.
Zombies. Like that rash that won’t go away, they’ve infected every orifice of popular culture. From TV, to film, to comics, to cute and twee games like Plants Vs Zombies, it seems zombies are here to stay. At least that is until Wade Wilson, the merc with the mouth has his way. Yes, Deadpool has a date with a few million zombies. Yikes.