New Release Highlights 7/16/14

Hey guys. Here you’ll find some info about this week’s new release highlights or at least the stuff that looks interesting.

Let’s take a look at new graphic novels first.

 ALEX + ADA TP VOL 01         Alex and Ada Vol.1 TP

Alex and Ada is a science fiction drama that deals with an introverted young man who really, really doesn’t want to meet someone, but a relative buys him a robot “companion” anyway.
Jonathan Luna, the co-writer and artist, has done some great work with his brother and regular collaborator over the years including Girls and The Sword. I remember the first issue being pretty intriguing and I expect it will appeal to fans of Speilberg’s A.I., Asamov, or Spike Jonze’s Her.

 STK645047         Deadly Class Vol.1 TP

Deadly Class is Harry Potter, If Harry Potter was an abused, teenage runaway, homeless in San Francisco then recruited by a super clandestine school for assassins. Writer, Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Black Science, Uncanny Avengers, Captain America) together with artist, Wesley Craig kill it in this 80’s-themed, “high school” movie from Hell. This is a must-read book and a perfect example of why Image is taking every other publisher to task.

 STK640036         Seconds OGN

Seconds is an original graphic novel from Bryan Lee O’Malley, the creator of Scott Pilgrim Versus The World. I have no idea what it’s about, but I’m sure his fan base is ravenous for more material and are going to buy it sight unseen. If it’s anything like his previous work, Seconds will be equal parts humor, culture, and sincerity. Me, I’m still waiting for all the color versions of Scott Pilgrim to drop before I read the series, but I’ll definitely check this out in the interim.

STK644321         Doc Frankenstein Vol.1  TP

Doc Frankenstein is one of three comics ever to be released by the Wachowski…siblings’ comic book company, Burlyman Entertainment. The others being the two volumes of The Matrix comics and Shaolin Cowboy, the hyperkinetic action fest created by Geof Darrow. These came out right as I started getting into comics, and I distinctly remember putting them back on the shelf because I thought they looked silly. I WAS THE SILLY ONE! Poor young stupid comic novice. I didn’t know any better. As far as I know, this is the first time Doc Frankenstein has been collected. Here’s to hoping that Shaolin Cowboy gets the same treatment.

On to the new monthly books…

STK643994 DC’s notes of interest include a Harley Quinn one-shot in which she invades San Diego Comic Con. It’s sort of one of those “I can’t believe no one’s done this before” type ideas. Also, DC is finally doing it. It’s looking like they’re gearing up to bring back Damian Wayne…or are they? I’ve heard several interesting rumors, but you’ll have to read Robin Rises Omega # 1 to start unearthing the truth. DC is putting out another book based on what of its video game properties. This time it’s Infinite Crisis Fight for the Multiverse #1. I’d groan, but the Injustice: God’s Among Us comic is probably one the top five books being published over there. Finally, DC is re-launching Teen Titans with a new creative team. I’m not too familiar with the writer’s previous work, but artist Kenneth Rocafort is fantastic.

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Not much in the way of new Marvel books this week, but there are some interesting new indy and licensed books. Josh Fialkov, the writer of The Bunker, The Life After, Tumor, Echoes, and a bunch of other really great titles has a new book this week called The Devilers. He’s been blowing up lately, quite deservedly. Writer/artist Ben Templesmith also has a new book called Squidder. You may know his work from the original 30 Days of Night series, but I love him for his work on the tragically out of print Dead Space book he worked on and his work on Fell, an incredible book that I’ve probably given up all hope of ever coming out again. Sad. We also a have cool looking SciFi book called The Last Fall, written by Tom Waltz who has been scripting the very successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ongoing title. Lastly, J.H. Williams has been pimping a new Image book that I got an early look at and it looks awesome! It’s called Dark Engine and I have no idea what’s going on, but it looks great. Really exciting artwork for the dinosaur fans out there.

Other stuff!

Wicked and Divine # 1 sold out, but reprints will be available this week along with the issue # 2. And finally, the Guardians of the Galaxy Pop Vinyl figures:

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See you in the store!

-Ryan