New Comics Picks for May 4, 2016

4001 A.D. #1 courtesy Valiant
4001 A.D. #1 courtesy Valiant

A double shot of Punisher, a new twist on a classic Marvel team book, crazy DC team-up and more of this week’s new comics picks of the week but first let’s go into a nightmare future from Valiant.l

4001 AD #1

Future shock as an artificial intelligence rules New Japan as it orbits a tragic Earth filled with a deprived, desperate civilization. The latest Rai searched ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes to launch a rebellion to save the planet. Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain deliver Valiant’s latest summer event.

The Punisher #1

Fallout from a drug bust gone wrong sends Frank Castle on his darkest out of control path with a DEA agent on his trail. Writer Becky Cloonan joins veteran Punisher artist Steve Dillon for a brand new adventure. Daredevil/Punisher #1 by Charles Soule also begins with Castle ready to send a defendant away before Matt Murdock can go to trial. Continue reading New Comics Picks for May 4, 2016

MARVEL’S MOSAIC Revealed

courtesy Marvel
courtesy Marvel

The final piece of a puzzle still leaves fans well…puzzled.

All this week Marvel asked Who Is Mosaic?

The final piece came together with the promise of finding out in Uncanny Inhumans #11 by Charles Soule and Carlos Pachecho.

The preview for issue reveals it’s set during Civil War II with Queen Medusa retaliating after Iron Man’s action in the main event series. It’s the Inhumans vs Stark Industries.

Ulysses is a new Inhuman with the power to see the future which sets off the conflict in Civil War II. Soule has already co-created an army of new Inhumans. Lash already leaped from comic to television on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

If Mosaic is another new Inhuman, she could turn the tide in the war led by Tony Stark and Carol Danvers.

Continue reading MARVEL’S MOSAIC Revealed

THE PUNISHER Gets NETFLIX Series

Jon Bernthal as the Punisher courtesy Marvel/Netflix
Jon Bernthal as the Punisher courtesy Marvel/Netflix

Marvel makes it’s official.

Netflix has ordered a full first season of “Marvel’s The Punisher,” continuing their collaboration with Marvel Television.

Jon Bernthal will return as vigilante Frank Castle, after joining the second season of the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Daredevil” earlier this year. Steve Lightfoot will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner in addition to writing the series’ first two episodes.

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher‘ to Netflix.” Continue reading THE PUNISHER Gets NETFLIX Series

THE FLASH Exclusive & FROSTBITE for Vertigo

The Flash #1 courtesy DC Comics
The Flash #1 courtesy DC Comics

Joshua Williamson is launching The Flash Rebirth and speeding over to Vertigo Comics.

DC Entertainment announced Joshua Williamson will create comic book content exclusively for DC Comics and the Vertigo imprint. After launching THE FLASH in June, Williamson will make his Vertigo debut with FROSTBITE, a new six-issue miniseries joining the title lineup. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander (Batman: Arkham City, The Empty Zone) will join Williamson on the book.

”Josh is a fantastic writer, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “He has a knack for telling stories that really grab hold of readers, and it comes through whether he’s writing epic superhero fiction, or more edgy and darker tales.”

Williamson may be DC exclusive but Frostbite is not what you expect: Continue reading THE FLASH Exclusive & FROSTBITE for Vertigo

CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS Return For CIVIL WAR II & HYDRA

Captain America: Steve Rogers #4 courtesy Marvel
Captain America: Steve Rogers #4 courtesy Marvel

In the aftermath of Avengers Standoff, Steve Rogers is young again. Armed with a new shield and sporting a new costume, Marvel’s original Captain America will star in a Free Comic Book Day issue the first Saturday in May.

Writer Nick Spencer, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort answered fan questions in a Marvel live event and talked about what’s next for the original Sentinel of Liberty as he goes back in action in a brand new series.

Spencer will continue writing Captain America: Sam Wilson and launch Captain America: Steve Rogers.

Rogers returns to action in the field after playing the role of commanding officer with big challenges including Civil War II, the Red Skull’s terrifying new Hydra, and Baron Zemo is still out there.

The return of Zemo of Red Skull mark a return of classic rogues gallery in the Rogers books.

In July Steve Rogers book will tie into Civil War II with Cap trying to broker a truce between Carol Danvers and Tony Stark. After leading the anti-registration movement opposite Iron Man in the first Civil War, how will Steve’s role change with the new conflict.

“He’s aware the impact him taking a side would take, but he’s more interested in just stopping the fighting. He’s determined to prevent a second Civil War–he’s trying to be Switzerland.” Continue reading CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS Return For CIVIL WAR II & HYDRA

BATMAN #51 Villain Teaser

Batman #51 courtesy DC Comics
Batman #51 courtesy DC Comics

A chilling hint of things to come in Gotham City?

The Court of Owls are not finished with the Dark Knight. Writer Scott Snyder is not finished with the sinister society he unleashed on Bruce Wayne when he launched The New 52 Batman run with artist Greg Capullo.

This week’s Batman #51 was the final collaboration (for now) between Snyder and Capullo and marked their exit from the Batman flagship book after nearly five years.

The superstar team created an elaborate hidden history of this new threat. The Court of Owls are a secret cabal as old as Gotham City and has been covertly manipulating the city. The members wear Owl masks and unleash Talons, an army of brainwashed assassins to enforce their agendas. This evil organization was the first enemy Batman faces in The New 52.

In this week’s “farewell” issue, The Court is session with a chilling new plots but when could readers see the rematch between Bat and Owls? Continue reading BATMAN #51 Villain Teaser

AVENGERS STANDOFF Finale Introduces New Legacy Hero

Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill courtesy Marvel
Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill courtesy Marvel

A new “legacy” hero emerges in the Avengers Standoff finale this week.

The code-names you know but with different or new characters behind the masks. Legacy heroes Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Sam Wilson/Captain America, Jane Foster/Thor have brought new readers, critical acclaim and bigger sales to Marvel.

A new hero joins the gallery of cosmic heroes like Sam Alexander/Nova in this week’s Avengers: Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1 by Nick Spencer.

The first crossover of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Now saw the return of Steve Rogers as Captain America, Baron Zemo and his once and future Thunderbolts plus a new role for Winter Soldier.

In the aftermath of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cosmic prison break, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent inherits a super powered artifact and new powers, new responsibilities. Continue reading AVENGERS STANDOFF Finale Introduces New Legacy Hero

VOTE FOR THE SCIENCE FICTION HALL OF FAME

EMP Museum party photo by ComicsBlend
EMP Museum party photo by ComicsBlend

Comics legend Stan Lee, Lt. Uhura of Star Trek, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling – what a party that would be!

Star Wars vs Star Trek – could you really choose just one?

You have the power to put your favorite science fiction films, television shows and authors into a stellar pantheon.

Fans will get a chance to express their love for science fiction icons and beloved franchises. Which creators, creations will join the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame?

Seattle’s EMP Museum is asking you to cast your vote for the 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inductees starting today through Wednesday, May 11 at EMPmuseum.org/vote. EMP’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame celebrates the people and works that have made significant contributions to the science fiction and fantasy genres.

In anticipation of the Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary, EMP expands the exhibit to include two categories: Creators and Creations. After inviting the public to submit their nominations, a committee of science fiction and fantasy experts from across the media landscape narrowed down this list from nearly 2,000 submissions to the final twenty nominees, which include authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, The Matrix filmmakers Lana and Lilly Wachowski, blockbuster franchises Star Trek, Star Wars, and dystopian novels 1984 and Brave New World, the film Blade Runner, plus all the icons named above.
Choose your favorites and cast your vote at EMPmuseum.org/vote. Winners will be announced during EMP’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Celebration this fall – more on the big celebration coming soon.

Here are the nominees: Continue reading VOTE FOR THE SCIENCE FICTION HALL OF FAME