Tuesday, May 10, 2005

New Arrivals This Week - 5/11/05

New Comics (#1’s)

New publisher Alias Enterprises LLC has several new series starting this month. Due to lateness most of the entire list of their new stuff that was supposed to start arriving in April is now coming all at once. They have said they will try to fix this problem in the future, and are sorry for the mass shipment, but it was too late to get the distributor to spread the shipping out. Hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes and we’ll see them get on track. They can make up for it by having these books be really awesome. The 5 comics below are all published by them.

10th Muse Vol. 2 #1 by Davis, Amezua, Crooks and Swain. Cindy Margolis, noted celebrity and known as the most downloaded person on the web, gains Olympus-inspired powers as she officially becomes the new “secret” identity of Blue Water Production’s cornerstone title, The Tenth Muse. In this new story, things have not gotten any easier on Mount Olympus. In fact, the future of the entire Greek Pantheon teeters on the brink of extinction. The gods look to Emma Sonnett, the Tenth Muse, to restore their glory and preserve the old ways. But before they can fix this divine rift, the Muse and Ares, the god of war, must find out the cause of this Olympian cancer. And when Olympus finally falls the world itself is poised to suffer.

Deal With the Devil #1 (of 4) by Mike S. Miller and Sherwin Schwartzrock. Deal with the Devil is the tale of a man who once had it all: family, faith, health, the respect and adoration of his peers, and the reputation as the best homicide detective in FBI history. In his last case, his prey became his hunter, and his career was ended in shame and worthlessness. Four years later, his nemesis returns to ask for his help. Find out why in this thrilling journey through the darkness in a world where things are never what they seem. (This first issue is only $.75)

Elsinore #1 (of 9) by Kenneth Lillie-Patez & Brian Denham. Did the Apocalypse already happen without anyone noticing? Angels scour the sky and demons stalk the streets. Meanwhile, the patients of Elsinore Mental Hospital are under the control of a secret society. Locked up without treatment, the inmates are developing supernatural powers. Humankind’s only hope for survival is descending further into madness. (This first issue is only $.75)

Judo Girl #1 (of 4) by Terrance Griep, Nadir Balan, Wes Dzioba & Nick Schley. From the pages of the Tenth Muse comes a new hero. Judo Girl is a woman on a mission: after having spent 40 years in suspended animation—she searches for her missing brother. And Captain Steel hasn’t exactly spent the last four decades collecting rust. Indeed, his awful plans are about to solidify on a worldwide scale. On the flip side is a retro story set during the era of go-go boots and slot cars revealing the secret origin of the original Steel Ray. Martial arts meets pop art.

Killer Stunts #1 (of 4) by Scott Kinney, Scott Cohn, & Mike Manley. Billy Andrews, a Hollywood stuntman who’s struggling in his relationship with a rising film starlet, and to keep his fledgling stunt company, Killer Stunts, Inc., afloat in the new age of CGI-dominated special effects is sucked into an assignment from a covert government agency—not knowing he’s being used as a pawn in a vast conspiracy. In over his head, the daredevil-for-hire re-teams with his former mentor, John Lynch, an aging legend in the stunt community, and is forced to utilize all his “tricks of the trade” to not only stay alive, but to stop the bad guys from pulling off a major heist. (In development as a major motion picture and videogame, this first issue is only $.75)

Indie publisher Avatar Press has come out with another movie based comic, well actually two, coming after the events of Freddy vs. Jason. Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street will put you face to face with these villains after their recent movie face-off. This week we get in Friday the 13th #1, by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer. After the events of Freddy vs. Jason, Laura Upland has had it. She’s one of two squabbling siblings who have inherited the land Camp Crystal Lake was built on. Their latest stalemate is how to deal with the destruction done at the Crystal Lake Resorts. Laura knows Jason Vorhees caused it. He is out there, and until he’s done in, they won’t be able to sell those lucrative time-shares. Unknown to her brother Miles, she enacts a plan to kill Jason that will rip her family apart—literally. (In addition to the regular cover, this issue is also available in Wraparound, Terror, and Gore.)

Image’s Topcow division makes some image changes with their new version of City of Heroes. This week we get to see the first installment of the 3 comic book series: City of Heroes #1, written by Mark Waid with art by David Nakayama, Rick Basaldua and Sonia Oback. This will ship in 3 covers by: Rodolfo Migliari (Common Grounds), Dale Keown (The Darkness) and George Perez (JLA Avengers).

Man with the Screaming Brain #1 (of 4) is Dark Horse’s new comic this week, by Bruce Campbell, David Goodman, Rick Remender, Hilary Barta and Phil Noto. B-movie megastar Bruce Campbell, star of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and more, comes to comics with this adaptation of his upcoming feature film. Campbell co-wrote the film with David Goodman, as well as directing and starring in it. They present this “director’s cut” version of the film before it even hits the theaters. Man with the Screaming Brain tells the story of a wealthy American businessman determined to exploit the crippled economy of a former Soviet state now torn between communist roots and the capitalist greed. Campbell’s character hits on the wrong gypsy girl and lands in the grip of a mad scientist determined to get rich off a twisted brain-transplant scheme worthy of Dr. Frankenstein.

DC’s Wildstorm gets into the new comic title action this week too, with Desolation Jones #1, by Warren Ellis and J.H. Williams III. Desolation Jones—the lone survivor of a horrific experiment called the Desolation Test—just lived through a full year of constant, sleepless agony. A former British intelligence operative, the retired Jones is making ends meet in the private sector as a detective-for-hire to the covert community of ex-spooks who are living whatever life they can in LA. It’s a dirty, ugly job, but someone has to do it—and that man is Desolation Jones. This will (or at least is scheduled to be) a bimonthly ongoing series.

DC’s Infinite Crisis spin-off mini series have all done well so far. This week brings us the last new one, Rann Thanagar War #1 (of 6), by Dave Gibbons, Ivan Reis & Marc Campos. Not only does this spin out of events in the Infinite Crisis story, it also ties up the Adam Strange miniseries (so if you are reading that, read Adam Strange #8, also out this week, before you read this comic). This story features Adam Strange, Green Lantern, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, as they face an evil forged in the depths of Thanagar, and evil that threatens to bring down two planets and countless civilizations.

Since just about everyone else has gotten into the new act this week, why should Marvel be any different? Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects #1 (of 6) by Greg Pak, Renato Arlem and Jae Lee is a one-of-a-kind tie-in with EA Games upcoming video game. An evil scientist sets his crosshairs on planet Earth, in search of test subjects for his experiments, transforming even the most timid creatures into vicious fighting machines. Thousands of years later, the Ting, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Elektra all find themselves unwilling participants in the scientist’s millennia-old trials.

Hot Books

These popular books will also be arriving this Wednesday. You will want to be sure to pick up a copy for yourself!
Action Comics #827
Astonishing X-Men #10
District X #13
Excalibur #13 (will contain a House of M tie-in)
Fantastic Four #526
Green Lantern Rebirth #6 (of 6)
JSA #73 (Black Rein #2 with Captain Marvel)
Ultimate Spider-Man #77
X-Men The End Heroes and Martyrs #3 (of 6)

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