Considering Troy Little kicked off IDW’s new The Powerpuff Girls comic book series with Mojo Jojo tooling around in the Power Loader from Aliens, this week’s The Powerpuff Girls #2 is hardly a hard-sell around these parts. It appears that the mad monkey is pulling a 180, though, as this month he’ll be confounding fankind with the choice to inhale the mysterious “Antidote X.” That’s right, Mojo Jojo says he just wants to be Jojo again.
By Chris Sims
The City of Townsville was the setting of what is unquestionably, unequivocally one of the greatest superhero cartoons of all time, and this week, The Powerpuff Girls are back in an all-new ongoing series from IDW and writer/artist Troy Little!
I’m someone who had a PPG poster on his wall since sometime in the late ’90s up until last year, so needless to say, I could not be more excited about the new title. If, however, you need a little more convincing that this is a train you want to be on, then perhaps you should consider that this is a comic where three superpowered kindergarteners battle it out with a talking monkey riding around in the Power Loader from Aliens. Check out a preview after the cut!
By Andy Khouri
Originally launched in 1997, Batman: Black & White was an anthology in which DC Comics editor and art director Mark Chiarello got the best people he could find to draw and write new Batman stories with an emphasis on creative vision — particularly that of the artists, whose contributions were enhanced both by the Dark Knight’s compelling visual presence and the book’s colorless format. The first run proved to be an award-winning and influential hit, bringing readers the first Batman work of Jim Lee, inspiring DC Collectibles’ most popular line of statues, and leading to similarly tasteful, aesthetically sophisticated and critically acclaimed Chiarello-edited books like DC: The New Frontier, Solo, Wednesday Comics and Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score.
Then after the last Black & White short story was published as a backup in Batman: Gotham Knights, Chiarello readied an all-new volume of Batman: Black & White that’s basically the same deal but with different creators. As with the original, the new roster is a mix of the top artists of today and accomplished masters, including ComicsAlliance favorites like Joe Quinones, Sean Murphy, Neal Adams, Chris Samnee and Michael Cho, with covers by Marc Silvestri and Phil Noto. The book goes on sale this week but courtesy of DC, you can take an early look at some preview pages below.
Following the haunting “Finn the Human" episode of Adventure Time, many fans may have thought they’d never see the bleak “Farmland” timeline again. Leave it to Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb to not leave you hanging, though. A comparatively dour version of AT’s last boy on Earth known as Finn Mertens a.k.a. “Farmland Finn” returned in the last issue of AT and his mechanical-armed adventures continue in Adventure Time #19 on August 21. Things aren’t exactly what they seem this time around, however, as both Finn and his best friend Jake the dog work together to overcome the weirdness of converging nightmare worlds.
Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun’s detective adventure continues this week in Adventure Time: Candy Capers#2, by Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya and Ian McGinty. This time, though? Marceline the Vampire Queen and Treetrunks are on the case. With Finn and Jake missing, PB appoints the odd couple the new heroes of the Land of Ooo. Both heroines have proven themselves capable on other adventures, but when it comes to their dynamic as a duo, this comic answers a burning question in AT fandom. When teamed up… which one is the loose cannon?
By Andy Khouri
One of the most anticipated releases of 2013 is Battling Boy, Paul Pope’s first original graphic novel since 2007’sBatman: Year 100. Seemingly brimming with adventure, excitement and Pope’s singularly fantastic imagery, the book takes place in a world where monsters hunt children and where the greatest hero of all, Haggard West, is dead, leaving 12-year-old Battling Boy to save Acropolis. Check out a video trailer and eight-page preview.
By Chris Sims
If you’re like me, you’ve always wanted to see Archie and Jughead debate gun control.
Okay, now that I’ve actually typed that out, I’m willing to accept that, in this particular regard, none of you are actually like me at all and weren’t actually hoping to see that. And yet, we live in a magical world where this is actually happening, in the pages of this week’s Life With Archie #31. Check out a preview below of both the “Archie Marries Veronica” story (where Riverdale is caught in the grip of an urban crime wave and a collapsing economy) and the “Archie Marries Betty” universe (where dudes are gettin’ shot all the time) — plus an awesome variant cover by Stephanie Buscema!
By Joe Hughes
What’s so impressive about Art Baltazar and Franco — the Eisner-winning team behind Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures and Patrick The Wolf Boy — isn’t just that they create great all-ages comics; It’s that they can seemingly take any concept and manage to give it a humorous, kid-friendly spin. The latest example comes courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, as the duo have teamed up to create Itty Bitty Hellboy, an all new ongoing title featuring their all-ages look applied to new stories of Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz, Lobster Johnson and the rest of the B.P.R.D. crew as kids.
Dark Horse has provided a six page preview of the upcoming series, and you can check it out after the cut.
By Joe Hughes
DC Comics’ digital first Adventures of Superman offers exactly what many readers have been asking for: a cast of great creators, free of continuity constraints, telling fun stories about the Man of Steel and the characters around him. So far talent like Jeff Parker, Jeff Lemire, Chris Samnee and Riley Rossmo have created tales featuring Superman, Bizarro, Brainiac, and more, and in the upcoming tenth chapter, writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning get their turn. Featuring art from Wes Craig and Craig Yeung, Adventures of Superman chapter 10 shows a day in the life of Lex Luthor, which entails, among other things, Luthor doing exactly what you’d expect: making notes on his “How to kill Superman” ideas list. Apparently, he’s past 78,000 at this point. You have to respect that kind of dedication.
DC Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of Adventures of Superman chapter 10, which you can check out on ComicsAlliance!
Max Bemis and artist Jorge Coelho’s bombastic, well… funnyhyperviolentintrospectiveactionromance comic known as Polarity concludes on July 3 with issue #4, bringing to a close one of my favorite limited series of the year. Initially (and quite happily) surprised by the book’s sheer resonance back in April, it’s been rad to ride along for the Say Anything/Two Tongues frontman’s fun dialogue and Coelho’s fluid art, which at times (especially with the colors of Felipe Sobreiro) feels evocative of the extraordinary Kevin O’Neill — if O’Neill were a little more into v-necks and cardigans Boom! Studios has provided CA with a first look at the issue, along with its cover by Frazier Irving, which you can preview past the cut.