Winter may be freezing things up in the Northwestern hemisphere at the moment, but does that stop comics from happening? Of course not! February brings some specialness to the funny pages as anniversaries are celebrated and new ongoings happen from good guys to not so good guys. The evilest of villains scheme their master plans into action as the heroes try to stop them, while some just try to survive life and boys. Read on to see just the tip of the iceberg for what February holds.
Authors: Paige Braddock, Vicki Scott
Artist: Vicki Scott
Cover Artists: A. Vicki Scott B. Charles M. Schulz
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, we are releasing this oversized, ad-free extravaganza! If you find yourself missing summer in the cold days of winter, we’re bringing it back to warm your spirits! It is time for the Peanuts to go to Summer Camp!
Company: Boom! Studios
My Thoughts: I. LOVE. PEANUTS. Seriously, they’re one of the greatest creations of anything of all time. Charles M. Schulz probably didn’t realize it, but he created a masterpiece that will literally last lifetimes to come. And so, because of that, celebrating 65 years is extremely important not just to me or anyone, but pop culture and how it affects us. 65 years is no small feet to continuously entertain people day in and day out and still maintain a loveability that will have people wanting to see classics for the rest of their lives.
The Goon: Once upon a Hard Time #1 (of 4)
Eric Powell (W/A/Cover/Variant cover)
After the tragic events of Occasion of Revenge, the witch coven believes that control of the unnamed town will soon be in their grasp and the Goon’s tragic soul will contribute to the curse that increases their power. But has their plot destroyed the Goon or created a monster too savage for them to withstand?
Once upon a Hard Time is a climactic miniseries that has major consequences for the Goon and his supporting cast. If you’re a Goon fan, you can’t miss this.
Company: Dark Horse
My thoughts: I’ve never really read a Goon comic, but I know how important its presence is in the comics world. I am saddened that the movie project never really left off the ground as the teaser test footage that was made looked amazing. At least, to console fans, there’s a brand new mini series coming out by Powell that looks and sounds amazing. So enjoy some hard times (see what I did there?) while hopefully a movie does come to fruition at some point in the future.
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Backup story written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI
Backup story art by DUSTIN NGUYEN
Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Endgame” part 5. The Joker is back! The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime’s horrifying return! Plus, in the backup story, the inmates and Mahreen finally learn the truth about The Joker!
My thoughts: END GAME has been a pretty amazing arc so far and is truly living up to a grand arc as Snyder’s last time writing the clown prince of crime (at least for a very long time). The Joker continues to prove what an evil mastermind he is and why he’s the greatest foe Batman will ever fight and why no one will ever truly match his level of… well, everything.
GOTHAM ACADEMY #5
Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER
Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL
This month’s assignment: Uncover the hideous secrets of Gotham Academy’s North Hall! Also: smooching?!
My thoughts: Gotham Academy should be a breakout hit. I don’t think it is, in the sense that it’s not done so well to become a break out hit I mean, but it totally should be. It’s a wonderfully written book about kids in a prep school in Gotham (so that alone already makes it interesting because you know… Gotham) and the art is every so fantastic. However, I think the true hook to the book, the way I see it, is the coloring. It’s a dark book (not gruesome, brooding dark) so the coloring reflects that, but at the same time the coloring also pops. That’s not something you normally see, if ever at all, in a dark colored book. For something to be like that is amazing and just really brings the book together even more. Story wise, having a group of kids at the prep school and they’re crazy adventures dealing with relationships and bullies, and ghosts in dorm room halls… I love these types of stories. Keep them coming.
STORY: GRANT MORRISON
ART / COVER: CHRIS BURNHAM & NATHAN FAIRBAIRN
An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning.
A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares.
An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission.
And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth.
But nothing is what it seems—a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin.
Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS.
My thoughts: There’s really one reason and one reason only why I will be checking out this book. It’s not the story, though it does sound intriguing and definitely hooks me in. No, the reason is the guy who is writing it: Grant Morrison. He is truly one of the greatest writers ever with his out-of-the-box story ideas and how well he executes them, setting him aside from everyone else. There’s never anything “generic” about Morrison or what he writes and comes up with. It was thanks to him that he breathed new life into the X-Men when he wrote it. Now his new book sounds amazing with the title alone. That’s how you know a writer is awesome when he/she can get you with *just* the title. Asteroid, nightmares, horrors… This book won’t be boring at all.
STORY: IVAN BRANDON
ART / COVER A: NIC KLEIN
COVER B: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
A killer is loose in Ghost Town and monsters roam the streets. Every step Pollux takes towards the truth brings him closer to the grave.
My thoughts: Alien western. That’s the best way I can describe this book. Taking place in some alien world in a city that’s western-type- I mean, it’s even called Ghost Town!! A guy who believe he crash landed only days ago, though his ship crash landed over a year ago, serves as the main interesting part of the book more-so than everything else going on, with shootouts in the desert and almost bar fights. Nic Klein does a fantastic job in the art department and makes even a star-filled sky seem so beautiful.
PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX #4 (OF 5)
STORY: MICHAEL STOCK
ART / COVER: SINA GRACE
On the third day of Christmas, Penny Dora found herself face-to-face with a horde of fire-breathing dragons, oodles of monsters, and at least seven dwarves. All thanks to the girl she used to call best friend, now known as Princess Elizabeth, who ruled over all the lands with her all-powerful Wishing Box.
My thoughts: This is such a sweet and adorable book that I want to hold it forever and ever. Seriously, though- it is a really great mini series with two kids dealing with power that is waaaaay out of their grasp and what they can handle. Although it may be written and aimed at a younger audience, that doesn’t mean that older folks can’t enjoy the book as well. As you can see, I surely am and definitely recommended it to anyone. Especially if you have kids and want them to get into comics. This is a great gate-way book.
DARTH VADER #1 & 2
KIERON GILLEN (w) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Covers by ADI GRANOV
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series!
Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience’s dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil!
My thoughts: The (arguably) most famous Star Wars character (outside of Han Solo) actually gets his own solo ongoing. And you know what? He truly deserves it. If there’s anyone besides the rebels that deserves to have more stories with him told, it’s absolutely Darth Vader. You have a great writer with Gillen and a phenomenal artist with Larroca. This series will not disappoint.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1
SAM HUMPHRIES (w) • ED McGUINNESS (A)
COVER BY ED MCGUINNESS AND JUSTIN PONSOR
THE BLACK VORTEX STARTS HERE!
• The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact imbued with immeasurable power, is now in the hands of Mr. Knife!
• With billions of lives potentially at stake, Peter Quill, the Legendary Star-Lord, is going to have to dust off his thieving gloves.
• But with Knife’s Slaughter Squad protecting him, Peter’s probably going to need some help…
My thoughts: The last Marvel event before everything is thrown into chaos with Secret Wars! And this will not be no small event either, as it encompasses all cosmic related Marvel books, plus All New X-Men as well. If you’ve been reading Legendary Star-Lord, you already know the identity of Mr. Knife and how knowing it makes the stakes for Star-Lord that much worse if things don’t go right for him and the rest of the heroes. THE BLACK VORTEX will last through April, so strap on in. The fun is just about to begin.
Robbie Thompson (W) • STACEY LEE (A)
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.
My thoughts: I’ve been very curious to read this as I wonder how Silk can handle her own solo ongoing. She’s been a great supporting character in Amazing Spider-Man and has held her own during the Spider-Verse event, so it’s only logical as her on her own in her own book is the next step to take. I’m excited to see what is done with her, how her book will be like once they get past her… um… past and all. She’s a great character in and of herself, so the more her the better.