Monday, December 30, 2013

Dynamite Reviews

Heres a couple of the new Dynamite titles on the shelves Tuesday.

Legenderry #1 is a steampunk mystery book featuring versions of the Dynamite superhero roster. Bill Willingham of Fables is taking the wheel on this one, and it's a good start to a fun idea.

After an altercation in Vampirella's Scarlett Club, a mystery unravels leaving a ton of questions to be answered in the coming issues. Joining in on the action will be Kato, Red Sonja, The Phantom, Flash Gordon and others, but this first issue focuses on Vampirella and The Green Hornet for now. The upcoming number of characters gives this title a promising future. It will be interesting to see not only how they interact with each other, but how this steampunk world allows them to do so.

Legenderry #1 introduces a vast steampunk world containing all of the elements which makes the genre one to be desired, including plenty of old Victorian-style English courtesy of Willingham. The choice of dialogue not only serves to project character but also to build the environment, helping shape this particular steampunk universe. Sergio Davila and Wes Hartman are on art duties bringing the world to life, and they do so quite well. The double page spreads and splash pages are great, each featuring some lively environments and heavy action.

Despite the friendly cover, this one isn't for kids. The action scenes can get a little bloody but, other than that, there isn't too much in the way of mature content. Hopefully the next few issues will showcase a little more of the steampunk heroes' talents, but this first issue certainly makes way for some well drawn action sequences.

Legenderry #1 is a promising start to a great genre crossing story that features well established Dynamite IP's and the writing of Willingham. It will be fun to see where this goes.



Lil Ernie is one of Dynamite's all-ages one shot issues based off existing Dynamite IPs. There'll  be one each week for the next 4 weeks,  Bionic Kids, Vampi, Lil Sonja and Lil Battlestar Galactica. These books are all ages, so you can enjoy the lighthearted take on your favourite characters while sharing with your kids.

Lil Ernie is a troublemaking psychopath (much like his adult counterpart) who refuses to do homework, won't brush his teeth, and rarely pays full bus fare. He's followed around by Smiley, his physically manifested conscience, as they embark on lesson filled journeys through three short stories. There's also a nice break in the middle, with two pages of puzzles including a maze and 'spot the difference' games.

It's a great read for youngsters who are fans of all things spooky. Young horror fans will enjoy the graveyards, zombies, and more, while older readers are certain to find some humorous elements snuck into the dialogue. Fans of the flagship title Evil Ernie will probably get a kick out of the parallels between the two Ernies. 

It should be interesting to see how the upcoming all-ages titles from Dynamite turn out. They each have a solid existing fanbase but the kid friendly gimmick might turn some readers off at first. Based on Lil Ernie, the others will most likely be filled with fun references for adults, well written dialogue and generally good entertainment for kids and adults alike. It's also a great way to get youngsters interested in the medium. Perhaps Dynamite will turn some of these into ongoings if the reception is good enough. All together, Lil Ernie is a good choice for a lighthearted read.

 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

NEW COMICS TUESDAY DECEMBER 31ST

Well it is certainly a Dynamite week to wrap up 2013.
Starting off with Legenderry a Steampunk Adventure. A new mini-series by Fables creator Bill Wllingham, its an alternate world team-up of many of Dynamite comics licensed characters such as the Shadow, Green Hornet, Red Sonja and more.
We also get the new Twilight Zone series by Straczynski. And dont forget  L'il Evil Ernie, the first of the kiddified specials from Dynamite. Following weeks will see, L'il Red Sonja, L'il Bionic Kids and others.

Vertigo starts off the Dead Boy Detectives in a regular series, after their successful run in the Vertigo specials over the last year.
Star Wars the Lucas Draft gets a #0 issue that is basically the genesis of the series featuring artwork and script notes from the original Lucas stuff.
Revelations is reprinting the Ramos series from the beginning.
There is a nice batch of dollar comics shipping as well. American Vampire from Vertigo and Captain Midnight, Conan, and X, all from Dark Horse.


Friday, December 20, 2013

NEW COMICS DECEMBER 24th

Small shipment for Christmas.
Marvel has Avengers #24. now which is a dumb way of saying its the start of a new arc.
Also on the shelves will be Wolverine Origins2 the sequel to the hit Origins from a few years back. It has a cool acetate cover that may help it stand out on the shelf with all those comics that are coming in..
DC sends 2 books as well, Justice League #26 and Forever Evil #4.
Saviours #1 starts off a new Image book by James Robinson about Extraterrestrial conspiracies.
Jupiters Legacy Special is a reprint of the first 3 issues of the Millar Quietly series, to tide you over until the 4th issue ships some time in the far future.

NEW BOOKS ARE ON THE SHELVES AT 9:00 TUESDAY AND WE WILL BE CLOSING AT 6:00 FOR CHRISTMAS EVE. If you cant make it in due to the holidays, or its not worth the trip for so few books, make sure to reserve a copy of the ones you want, as stuff may sell out quick on Boxing day.
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TUESDAY DECEMBER 24TH

AVENGERS #24.NOW ANMN
DECEIVERS #1 (OF 6)
FOREVER EVIL #4 (OF 7)
JUPITERS LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 (EVIL)
ORIGIN II #1 (OF 5)
SAVIORS #1 (MR)







Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Previews reviews

From top to bottom, All-New Marvel NOW! #1 showcases some of the upcoming titles for 2014. Some of the titles look better than others, but they all have something to offer:

Avengers World: looks like another epic Avengers book with Hickman writing. Looks like Hickman has a ton more Avengers stories to tell, and two books just won't be enough. Avengers World appears to use the same cast from the regular Avengers title.

Black Widow: This one should be a blast for spy-fiction fans, and that the book features a strong female lead is a plus. The art by Phil Noto is top notch and suits the character well. Hopefully this creative team stays on the book for more than a while.

All-New X-Factor: Another X-Book to add to the list. Featuring Polaris, Gambit, Quicksilver and others, it appears to have an interesting premise. A mutant team backed by a leading technology corporation.

Thunderbolts: Adding Ghost Rider to the team should spice things up a bit, but the real treat is having Charles Soule (Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns) writing the book. All of his current titles are top notch, so Thunderbolts might be one of the best new titles on the list.

Guardians of the Galaxy / All-New X-Men event: The two titles are crossing over, but don't let the renumbering confuse you. Despite both books being relatively new, the #1's are not new creative teams or reboots.

Savage Wolverine: Richard Isanove (Dark Tower) is taking full writing and art duties in this new Wolverine tale, which takes place in the 1930's. Wolverine could benefit from more "past" stories that focus on him as a person before the X-Men. This book should deliver just that.

That's the just of the free preview book. The new year looks to be chock full of great Marvel titles with the exception of all the confusing renumbering. Hopefully 2014 will focus less on new #1's and more on keeping books at top quality since there seems to be so many promising new titles.

Harley Quinn #1

Not to be confused with Harley Quinn #1 from September's Villains Month, this new first issue takes up where Harley Quinn #0 left off, and marks the beginning of Harley's brand new ongoing series.

Learning that she now owns an apartment complex, Harley sets off to Coney Island to start her new life. She packs her enormous cartoon-sized bag and takes off, only to be distracted by an assassin looking to take her out. After taking care of business, Harley arrives at her new building and the fun really starts. Palmiotti and Conner do a good job setting Harley up with her own characters and stories free of her usual supporting cast. By the end of the issue, it's clear that the creative team have cemented Harley in her own unique world within the DCU.

The #0 issue was filled with gags and fourth-wall-breaking humor, but Harley Quinn #1 is more rooted in its respectable universe. Harley is as odd as ever, and along with her talking gopher hood ornament and her new wiener dog, she's got some entertaining company by her side. The building she moves into houses some interesting characters, most of which are sideshows at the Coney Island freakshow. Suffice to say, Harley fits right into their world.

The art by Chad Hardin is pretty energetic and can verge from wacky and overly cartoony to calm and atmospheric. So far, he seems like a good choice for the book. All together, the creative team has taken a loved character and given her fans something to be pumped up about.  

Saturday, December 14, 2013

BOXING DAY SALE

As previously mentioned, I will be having a 1 day Boxing Day sale on Thursday Dec. 26th.

Keeping things simple the sale will be

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE ON ALL PAPERBACKS AND HARDCOVERS IN THE STORE
including Manga and Red Tag items.
Lowest price book is the Free one.

EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE STORE WILL BE 25% OFF!

I reserve the right to limit any items and will not include reserved or held stock in the sale pricing.

The sale will be 1 day only, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. THURSDAY DEC.26th.

Friday, December 13, 2013

NEW COMICS DECEMBER 18th

Well only 2 weeks till Christmas and we've got another big week full of great stuff.
It seems like more books ending than beginning as Marvel wraps up some of their year long stories before relaunching and starting new titles next year, Fantastic Four and FF are 2 of them. Marvel does give us a freebie this week however, All New Marvel Now will feature previews of some of the new titles coming your way.
Locke and Key also comes to an end with a huge $8.00 issue with a batch of variant covers by artists like Kaluta and Seinkiewicz.
Harley Quinn gets an actual first issue( I guess the Villians Month one doesn't count).

For the kids(it is Christmas after all) Lisa Simpson gets a new comic, and Teen Titans Go returns.
For the adults, The Wake Special gives us an affordable collection of the first 5 issues before the 2nd arc starts up next year. Also theres a $1.00 reprint of 100 Bullets for the gangsta in all of us.

Remember, the NEW COMICS WILL BE ON THE SHELVES ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 24TH
FOR CHRISTMAS AND TUESDAY DECEMBER 31ST FOR NEW YEARS. AND THE STORE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9-6 THOSE DAYS SO YOU CAN GET YOUR COMIC SHOPPING DONE BEFORE THE MALLS FILL UP!

HOLIDAY HOURS AND DELIVERY

Due to the fact that Christmas and New Years fall on Wednesdays this year...NEW COMICS WILL BE ON SALE ON THE TUESDAYS FOR THE LAST 2 WEEKS OF THE YEAR.

HOLIDAY STORE HOURS WILL BE:

SUNDAY DEC. 22ND -           10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
MONDAY DEC. 23RD -         10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
TUESDAY DEC. 24TH -           9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
WEDNESDAY - CHRISTMAS DAY - CLOSED
THURSDAY - BOXING DAY - 9:00 A.M. -6:00 P.M.
TUESDAY DEC 31ST  -             9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
WEDNESDAY NEW YEARS DAY - CLOSED
ALL other days remain as usual.

As you can see I will be open on the Monday before Christmas and early both Tuesdays for the NEW COMICS releases.
Details of the BOXING DAY SALE will be up soon!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

JLA 3000

Justice League 3000 is a futuristic look at a Justice League in the 31st century. Right off the bat, this is a book that appeals to fans of sci-fi stories, and serves as a good mix of superhero sci-fi action.

In a world of microchip implants, otherworldly teleportation, and corrupt genetic scavenging, the Justice League does what they do best. But this is a Justice League unlike the one found in the present day titles. Each member is cloned from genetic materials from their modern day counterparts, and while they might retain some memories and powers, they certainly haven't retained the personalities of the old heroes. It's an interesting look at our favorite characters had they not been brought up in the present day.

Bruce never dealt with his parents death, and so his motivation to fight crime isn't as strong. Clark didn't have the affection of the Kents, and so he grew up arrogant and smug. Justice League 3000 revolves around an infectious hive-mind virus that's sweeping through universes,  but the real conflict takes place within the team. Regardless, it doesn't feel like a senseless "heroes vs heroes" book, but rather this internal conflict appears to be leading into something much bigger.

It'll be interesting to see which other members are added to the league, as well as learning the details behind the origin of the league. We know they're cloned from genetic samples, but what were the motives for doing so, and for whom was the project meant to serve? The creative team of Giffen, DeMatties and Porter do a good job with the title, pacing it well and keeping it rather action packed. There are quite a  number of subplots occurring in Justice League 3000, so readers have a lot to think about after reading this one.

All in all, Justice League 3000 is a good addition to the Justice League books, and it's actually nice that it doesn't tie into the present day stories. The $2.99 price tag also helps if you're looking to jump into a Justice League title that's a little less expensive than the usuals. Justice League 3000 is a fun read overall and recommended for this week's reads.

Friday, December 6, 2013

NEW COMICS DECEMBER 11th

The Amazing Spider-Man weekly continues with issues #700.2 and #700.3. I have to admit I liked the first chapter, it was nice to have a heroic Spider-Man story to read.
We get 3 Justice League books this week, one of them is the new Justice League 3000 #1. Are these the heroes we know and love thrown into the future somehow..or sons and daughters of the originals?
The Legends of the Dark Knight Special is a big 100 pager full of stuff previously seen only on line digitally. Looks like a great deal for $9.99.
Inhumanity gets its first spin-off with Awakening by Matt Kindt. Sounds like a continuation of his Infinity mini-series about the kids of the various super-hero schools.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

INHUMANITY

Inhumanity #1 is a one-shot that transitions the Marvel Universe from the Infinity event into the new Inhumanity event. Inhumanity #1 is written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Oliver Copiel.

Inhumanity #1 gives us a solid recap of the end of Infinity, and shows us the aftermath of the Terrigen Bomb. The entire issue serves as both a recap and a foreshadowing extravaganza. It's clear that a lot of the cryptic information provided in Inhumanity #1 is going to be addressed in the future. Fraction does a good job with the book as he veers away from the lighthearted, witty tones found in Hawkeye and FF, and gives us something with a little more  darkness and weight. The art by Copiel is fantastic as always.

Inhumanity #1 was supposed to be followed by a new ongoing called Inhumans, which has been pushed from January to April. That's a big gap to fill for an event that's already started. In the meantime, there are a few other one-shots that will be released. Inhumanity: Medusa and Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man are two one-shot titles that will be out shortly, and some other ongoings will tie into the event. Those books are slated for December and January, so it's fair to assume that more tie-ins and one shots will be announced to fill the gap until Inhumans #1 is out in April. Marvel will no doubt be scrambling to make sure the event doesn't fall flat.

Regardless of the delay, Inhumanity #1 delivers a good look at the history of the Inhumans and their role in human evolution within the Marvel Universe. It's a little like the Earth X series that was released years ago. It will be interesting to see a Marvel Universe with new unknown heroes and villains, and it'll more than likely present some fresh new characters. Another interesting aspect will be just how the Terrigen Mist has affected regular citizens - how unwanted powers can change everything about you, from your physical appearance to your daily schedule. Basically, we'll get a look at regular people afflicted with powers and transformations.

Inhumanity #1 is a good foray from Infinity to Inhumanity. This extra-sized issue, which includes a poster featuring upcoming covers, is also a good value for the standard Marvel cover price.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

NEW COMICS DECEMBER 4th

Amazing Spider-Man #700.1 starts off a 4-issue weekly look back at Peter Parker as Spider-Man.
Avengers Annual delivers a Christmas story by Kathryn Immonen.
The Hulk Annual is by regular writer Mark Waid and guest-stars Iron Man.
Marvel spins off the event Infinity with the launch of Inhumanity. I'm still confused myself on whether this is the start of a series or a one-shot and how it works with the Inhumans #1 that has been cancelled and is due to be relisted some time next year.
Garth Ennis gives us something a little different with Rover,Red,Charlie. A post-apocalyptic comic from the viewpoint of 3 dogs living through the end days.

Friday, November 22, 2013

NEW COMICS NOVEMBER 27th

Looks like a really big week, I guess the publishers are trying to load the shelves up for the American Thanksgiving. Not much new or special to really note though.
Letter 44 #1...I didn't get my copies the first time this shipped for some reason, but it looks like a great book. Its only a buck, so pick it up and try it out, the 2nd issue will be on the shelves with it for the regular $3.99 price.
Maxx Maxximized is just new printings of the classic Sam Kieth stuff, but it will be fun to see it all again.
Sandman Overture Special is the first issue with some added material( sketches and interview type stuff) plus the word balloons will be dropped out so as to show off the art.
Marvels Infinity event comes to a close with a big last issue with a $6.00 price tag.

Harley Quinn #0

Harley Quinn #0

Harley's new ongoing title kicks off with a zero issue in which every page is provided by a different artist. Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are the writers for this one and, along with the artists, they've put together a fun, experimental "jam session" of a comic. Everyone involved gets to have a little fun with it, and that translates to a neat, unique read.

There's no real story in this issue, though the last page sets you up nicely for the upcoming #1. Harley Quinn #0 starts off when Harley decides she wants to play the starring role in her own ongoing series, and essentially decides to try out different artists; each of whom provides a page for this zero issue. Conner and Palmiotti keep the script fun and lighthearted, while taking a few cracks at the talent as well as the business. Jim Lee's page is basically a reprint from a previous Batman comic. Simonson's lack of backgrounds is brought to light. Tradd Moore's ability to finely illustrate motion is mentioned. There's a lot of humor for fans of comics, and fans of the industry.

This issue is pretty much the definition of breaking the fourth wall. It's also absolutely suited to a character like Harley Quinn. It looks like future issues are going to be more of a comedic serial title with less fourth wall-breaking, allowing with writers to craft some good ongoing Harley stories without involving the reader. For a zero issue, however, this is an extremely fun idea and it's well executed. I wouldn't mind seeing 'gimmick' issues like this hit shelves once in a while, or at least artist jam session issues. You never know when you'll discover a new artist you enjoy. Issues like Harley Quinn #0 can not only be interesting and helpful for readers discovering new talent, but most importantly, issues like these are just plain fun to read.

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Comics Wednesday November 20th

Dc starts off a new regular title for its latest version of Harley Quinn. They had a little controversy with the whole suicide story submission idea, but I don't think that will hurt sales much.
Scooby-Doo gets a 2nd title, featuring at team-up with Batman.
Marvel conntinues to confuse things by renaming all their Ultimates comics as Cataclysm Ultimates.
Fairest in all the Land, is an all new original hardcover of stories from the Fablesverse by Bill Willingham and various artists, including Phil Noto and Adam Hughes.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

REVIEWS FOR THE WEEK

Unity #1

Valiant is a comic universe much smaller than the big two, but based on Unity alone, it's clearly quite vast and fairly expansive. Unity is their new team book that encompasses the characters from a few of Valiants' ongoing titles. Or most of them, anyways. Going into Unity having not read the recent Valiant titles, this new #1 has sparked my interest in the universe and in the characters. It seems to be a great jumping-on-point for the Valiant ongoings.

The main story (or most of what you'll need to know going into Unity) is summed up on the inside of the cover. A nice little timeline will support you though the title and help you understand why the characters are at war. It's a little reminiscent of Irredeemable, actually. An unstoppable, violent superpowered (or super suit-powered) man is waging war on Romania to avenge his people, and no one on earth can match his strength, speed, and abilities. Even the most well-timed, properly executed plans are ineffective. How can the world stop the fighting and prevent a possible World War 3?

At the forefront of Unity is Manowar. His story is explained early in the book and, for this reason, readers new to Valiant titles don't have to have read the previous titles to enjoy Unity #1. While the supporting characters aren't given backstories or explanations, Matt Kindt does a great job helping the reader understand what roles these characters play. As usual, Kindt's writing is spot on. Doug Braithwate illustrates the book quite well, though there doesn't seem to be any other credits inside the pages of Unity #1. No lettering, colouring, or editing credits anywhere. Adding value to the book is the short backup story, which leads into XO Manowar #19 next week.

The Valiant team has mentioned that more characters will be added to this new ongoing as time rolls on, as it's a team book at its core. Should be interesting to see how this changes the Valiant universe, and how it affects all of the current titles. New readers should consider Unity #1 this week if the Valiant universe seems appealing.

Marvel Knights: X-Men #1

Next up in the relaunched Marvel Knights lineup is X-Men. Marvel Knights X-Men seems to take place in the current Marvel Universe and in the current X-Men timeline. The story focuses on Wolverine's team, including Kitty, Rogue and Beast. Taking the reins on story and art is Brahm Revel (Guerrillas) and Chris Peter on colours. MK: X-Men #1 reads a lot like a horror story, which is a fun change for an X-Men title.

After Rachel Grey is plagued by the haunting vision of a young mutant being hunted in a forest, the X-Men discover a small town with a history of missing children. Investigating the mutant's disappearance leads only to new questions, and eventually to an old cabin smack in the middle of a foggy swamp. Things heat up from there. A small backwoods town and a dark winding forest provide an excellent setting to tell a creepy mystery story, and it's actually pretty fun with the X-Men doing the investigating. It feels like an older comic, and it's certainly not plagued by continuity or an abundance of characters.

The Marvel Knights lineup has been showcasing some great talent with MK: Spider-Man written by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Marco Rudy. This month we have X-Men, and next month will be Hulk's turn to get the Marvel Knights treatment. Each series is a five issue arc, and based on the Spider-Man and X-Men titles, these books should give a neat new look at these characters, telling some weird, experimental stories in odd new ways. The art by Rudy on MK Spider-Man shows just how much fun these books can be.

Marvel Knights X-Men is definitely recommended if you're a fan of X-Books and horror stories, or if you want to expand your comic tastes with new up-and-coming talent.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

NEW COMICS WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13th

The Ultimate Cataclysm continues as Ultimate Spider-Man faces the end of his universe.
Marvel Knights X-men gives us a more indy look at the team as they track down a killer in a backwoods town.
The Valiant characters team up in Unity. With Matt Kindt writing we should get a good story here.
Batman continues Zero Year as the Riddler blacks out Gotham City.
Green Lantern Corps gives us  a Zero Year story too, but probably has nothing to do with the riddler.
X-Men Gold is a one-shot 50th anniversary special with a new story by Claremont and a bunch of pin-ups and stuff by X-men artists through the years.
The Injustice League Annual sees Superman hiring Lobo to hunt down the now Super-powered Harley Quinn.

X marks the spot

Amazing X-Men #1 is the latest addition to the X-books. Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Ed McGuinness, it marks the return of fan-favorite character Nightcrawler.

Amazing X-Men immediately feels like it's been in the X-Men family for a while. The book seems to revolve around Wolverine's school, using the same characters and setting established in Aaron's other book Wolverine and the X-Men. It feels like they could be sibling books. This first issue is divided into two. The first half reveals a bit of information about where Nightcrawler has been, and just what he's been up to. The second half takes place in the school, with the staff investigating an odd machine located deep within the school's walls. The two halves tie in together nicely.

Amazing X-Men #1 throws some other fun characters into the mix. Firestar is now a teacher at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, and Azazel is back looking to cause some trouble. This five-part story looks like it's going to be taking place with half the X-Men cast out to hell, with the other half sent to heaven in a search to revive their long dead teammate.

New readers can jump into this new #1 pretty easily. The first page gives a little bit of backstory about Nightcrawler, though nothing too detailed. Just enough information for new readers to get up to speed.  For those who have followed Nightcrawler's tale up to his death, this is a pretty satisfactory, refreshing look at the character. There are some action packed scenes right from the start, but you also get to see calm-minded, peaceful, serene Nightcrawler as well. A lot of fans have been waiting for his return for quite a while, and some of the X-books have been foreshadowing it in the later issues. This new #1 has not disappointed. Recommended for fans of the X-Men or new readers looking for an action packed, comical approach to the team.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

NEW COMICS NOVEMBER 6th

A little quiter as we start November, but still some great stuff.
Marvel starts off Amazing X-men to replace the cancelled Astonishing. The first storyline involves bringing back the REAL Nightcrawler I think.
The end of the Ultimates Universe continues as Ultimates Last Stand brings the
big guns up against the all new improved Galactus.
A bunch of the DC books celebrate their 25th issues with more story pages for an extra buck as they tell Zero Year stories.

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ABSOLUTION RUBICON #5
ABSOLUTION RUBICON #5 WRAP CVR
ACTION COMICS #25 (ZERO YEAR)
ALEX + ADA #1
AMAZING X-MEN #1 DEADPOOL  VAR
AMAZING X-MEN #1 MCGUINNESS WRAPAROUND
AMAZING X-MEN #1 YOUNG VAR
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #245
BALTIMORE INFERNAL TRAIN #3 (OF 3)
BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #3 (OF 6)
BATMAN SUPERMAN #5
BATMAN SUPERMAN #5 VAR ED
BATWING #25 (ZERO YEAR)
BETTY & VERONICA  DIGEST #217
CAPTAIN AMERICA #13
CAPTAIN MARVEL #17
CATACLYSM ULTIMATES LAST STAND #1 (OF 5)
CATALYST COMIX #5 (OF 9)
CYBER FORCE #7
DAREDEVIL DARK NIGHTS #6 (OF 8)
DARK SHADOWS #22
DC COMICS ESSENTIALS JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (N52)
DETECTIVE COMICS #25 (ZERO YEAR)
DETECTIVE COMICS #25 VAR ED (ZERO YEAR)
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #10 (OF 12)
EARTH 2 #17
EAST OF WEST #7
EMERALD CITY OF OZ #4 (OF 5)
FANTOMEX MAX #2 (OF 4)
FATALE #18
FOREVER EVIL #3 (OF 7)
FOREVER EVIL #3 (OF 7) VILLAIN CVR A
FOREVER EVIL #3 (OF 7) VILLAIN CVR B
FOREVER EVIL #3 (OF 7) VILLAIN CVR C
GHOSTBUSTERS #9
GHOSTED #5
GI JOE COBRA FILES #8
GOD IS DEAD #3 (OF 6)
GOD IS DEAD #3 (OF 6) END OF DAYS CVR
GOD IS DEAD #3 (OF 6) ICONIC CVR
GOD IS DEAD #3 (OF 6) PANTHEON  INCV CVR
GREEN ARROW #25 (ZERO YEAR)
GREEN ARROW #25 VAR ED (ZERO YEAR)
GREEN LANTERN #25
GREEN LANTERN #25 VAR ED
GRINDHOUSE DOORS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT #2
HEAVY METAL #265
HINTERKIND #2
HIT #3 (OF 4)
IRON MAN #18
LEGENDS OF RED SONJA #1 (OF 5)
LEGENDS OF RED SONJA #1 (OF 5) THORNE
LONGSHOT SAVES MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 (OF 4)
LONGSHOT SAVES MARVEL #1 (OF 4) DEADPOOL
MAD MAGAZINE #524
MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #2 (OF 5)
MARVEL  HULK AGENTS OF SMASH #2 (OF 4)
MARVELS FIRST AVENGER ADAPTATION #1 (OF 2)
MICHAEL AVON OEMINGS VICTORIES #6
MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 INF
MORNING GLORIES #34
MOVEMENT #6
OCCULTIST #2 (OF 5)
PAINKILLER JANE PRICE OF FREEDOM #1 (OF 4)
PROTECTORS INC #1 CVR A PURCELL & ATIYEH
PROTECTORS INC #1 CVR B PORTACIO & ATIYEH
QUANTUM & WOODY #5 VAR.
QUANTUM & WOODY #5 REG
REGULAR SHOW #5
REGULAR SHOW SKIPS #1 (OF 6)
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #39
SHADOW NOW #2 (OF 6)
SHADOW NOW #2 (OF 6) WORLEY VAR
SHADOWMAN #12  KOTAKI VAR
SHADOWMAN #12 REG JOHNSON
SPAWN #237
STAR WARS #3 (OF 8) LUCAS DRAFT
STORMWATCH #25
SUICIDE RISK #7
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4  VAR ED BRONZE AGE
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4  VAR ED MODERN AGE
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4  VAR ED REBORN
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4  VAR ED SILVER AGE
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4  VAR ED VILLAIN
SWAMP THING #25
TEN GRAND #5
THE LONE RANGER #19
TRILLIUM #4 (OF 8)
TRINITY OF SIN THE PHANTOM STRANGER #13
UBER #7
UBER #7 PROPAGANDA CVR
UBER #7 WRAP CVR
WALKING DEAD #115 2ND PTG
X-MEN LEGACY #19

PBKS & HRDCVRS

ALL-STAR WESTERN TP VOL 03
ASTERIX WHERES DOGMATIX SC
BATMAN NIGHT OF THE OWLS TP (N52)
BLACKACRE TP VOL 02
DC SUPER HEROES BATMAN YR TP ARCTIC ATTACK
DC SUPER HEROES BATMAN YR TP BAT MITES
DC SUPER HEROES BATMAN YR TP HARLEY QUINNS
DOCTOR WHO 3 TP VOL 03 SKY JACKS
HAWKEYE HC VOL 01
INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE TP VOL 01
JUDAS COIN TP
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA HC VOL 01
MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 03
MARK WAID GREEN HORNET TP VOL 01
MISS FURY TP VOL 01 ANGER IS AN ENERGY
OZ ROAD TO OZ GN TP
QUANTUM & WOODY TP VOL 01
SANDMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02
SHIELD ORIGINS TP
STEAM ENGINES OF OZ TP VOL 01
THANOS TP REDEMPTION

MANGA
ALICE I/T COUNTRY HEARTS MAD HATTERS  PARTY GN
DANCE IN VAMPIRE BUND OMNIBUS VOL 04
FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 31
NARUTO TP VOL 63
POKEMON ADV BLACK & WHITE GN VOL 02
POKEMON  HEARTGOLD & SOULSILVER GN VOL 02
POKEMON ADVENTURES TP VOL 19
SAILOR MOON TP  BOX SET #2 VOL 7-12
TEGAMI BACHI GN VOL 15
VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 17

TOYS & FIGURES
BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 BANE AF
BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 BATMAN AF
BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 BLACK MASK AF
BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS SER 1 JOKER AF
DOCTOR WHO 8IN ADIPOSE TALKING PLUSH
WALKING DEAD LUNCHBOX VER 2

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Overture - familiar and fresh




The Sandman returns 20 years after I was first introduced to this fantasy-horror series with Neil Gaiman at the helm again in a new mini-series titled OVERTURE, to help mark the 25th anniversary of the book.

If you’ve been around comics for a while, you recognize the critically-acclaimed, award-winning and commercially successful series and its creators (Gaiman, Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg) as iconic for the era of storytelling they helped to usher in with this book.

But even if you’ve never read a single issue or were only a casual reader of it back in the ‘90s, I recommend this new mini-series if your taste in comics dips into the realm of speculative fiction or dark fantasy.

A lot has already been written about this highly anticipated book and a lot more will be added once people have a chance to read this gorgeous first issue, which arrives in stores today. So I will only say this story tells the tale leading into very the first issue of the original series which debuted in 1989, an early wave of the invasion of British creators crashing upon the shores helping to launch the Vertigo brand with its suite of mind-bending books to warp impressionable minds.

I followed this book for nearly two years as it was drawing to a close. Season of Mists was my initial foray into this world. It’s been so long since I’ve read anything to do with these characters, and because I'm not a disciple of the cult of The Sandman or Gaiman, it almost feels like I'm approaching this as a first-timer. For instance, I don’t know if the interesting reveal at the end of this issue is new or known to long-time fans.

Gaiman’s writing is lyrical, especially in the opening pages, and is accompanied with interior art by the masterful J.H. WiIliams III. The story is well-crafted on many levels, approachable to everyone from newcomers to long-time readers. It does not appear to pre-suppose you know anything about the cast or the story from its 75-issue run in order to enjoy, so you can come to the book cold. However, if you have even only a passing knowledge of the characters, it will feel warm and familiar.


At $5, it’s priced on the high end. But when you consider how many $3 of $4 books you probably rip through in a couple of minutes, this “extra-sized” first issue is worth your entertainment dollar. Regular price will be $4.00 for issue 2 and on.



Is Damian alive or am I Dreaming?

Sandman Overture #1

Whether or not you're a fan of the original books, Sandman Overture #1 is enjoyable if you like very unique storytelling. Just like the original books, the pages in this first issue of Overture seem surreal and intricate in presentation, both in storytelling and artwork.

The first issue of Sandman Overture opens with a brief history of far away planet. On this planet exist carnivorous, mildly sentient plants. While dreaming, one of these plants encounters a tall, twisted, familiar black and white plant. This black and white plant expresses an uneasiness in the dreams of this planet, right before erupting into flames. Certainly an interesting look at what is to come.

Some familiar faces show up including Destiny, Death, Merv and Lucien, and the Corinthian, though first time readers don't necessarily need to understand who these characters are to be able to follow the story. Gaiman does a good job at not overcomplicating who these characters are and what their relationships might be.

It should be interesting to finally uncover just where Dream was before his capture, as well as why he was weak enough to be captured in the first place. Ideally, this six issue bi-monthly story ends where the original Sandman books started. Complimenting Gaiman's writing is the art by JH Williams III and Dave Stewart, which is pretty astounding. This is one of the nicest looking titles, and probably one of the more visually diverse, that's been on shelves this month. Maybe even all year. The four page spread at the end is incredible as well.

All in all, it looks like fans old and new have something great to look forward to with his new installment of Sandman.

Damian Son Of Batman #1

Finally, a look at an older Damian Wayne filling his father's boots. Damian Son of Batman takes place in the future (and likely not in continuity) where Batman has been taken out of the picture presumably by the Joker. With his father's death weighing on his shoulders, Damian must take of the mantle of Batman and clean up Gotham his own way.

Of course, Batman and Damian always had rather contrasting brands of justice to deal, which raises questions of morality and legacy. Will Damian do things his own way? Or will he finally adopt his fathers' more lenient practices? Only one issue in, and Son of Batman looks like it's going to be a fun character piece on Damian.

Andy Kubert is on story and art for this book. A master of the craft, Kubert does a great job with both tasks. Son of Batman is as much fun to read as it is to look at. The pace of this book is quite quick as well. Kubert also sneaks in a quick look at Damian's origin story as well, allowing new readers unfamiliar with the character to understand why Batman has a son, and just where he came from.

We get to see a few familiar faces in Gotham's rogues gallery, as well as Damian's parents and the League of Assassins. Ra's Al Ghul gives Damian some advice warrior to warrior, making for a fun little moment, of which this book is full of. Damian Son of Batman is definitely recommended for fans of the Bat-Books, and for those who want a fun new Damian story to enjoy.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NEW COMICS OCTOBER 30th

Its a BIG week at DC this time around.
5th Wednesday of a month means Annuals, and we get a good batch this time. A few like Action, Swamp Thing and Titans lead off or tie directly into the regular storyline in the ongoing comic. The Green Lantern one actually wraps up the current Lights Out battle against Relic.
A few other companies are getting into the 5th week Annuals set up as well, as we get an Adventure Time Halloween Special labeled as an annual, and My Little Pony Annual, that features the human versions of the ponies as seen in the recent movie.
Forever Evil spin-offs continue as Steve Trevors team, Argus, gets 6 issues to battle the villains without the aid of their top heroes.
Damian may be dead...but he lives on in Damian Son of Batman. A 4 issue series where hes all grown up and ready to take his fathers place. Not sure if its being called an Elseworlds or not.. could be this story may still fit continuity at some point.
Superior Spider-Man Team-up Special, ties up the 3 part story from All New X-Men and Hulk. The Ultimate Universe faces the end...again..as Galactus runs amok. It all starts in Cataclysm #0.1. I'm not even sure how much of this stuff will be totally overlooked when you consider
Sandman Overture #1 will be on the shelves with them. The FIRST NEW Sandman story in over a decade, looks to be the biggest seller of the year. My advance pre-orders are already dwarfing anything I've seen in years. And with good reason, advance looks have been popping up on the internets and it looks amazing. Don't wait for the trade on this one, buy it as it comes out every 2 months.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

IMAGE IS ALL ABOUT THE LADIES

2 new books from Image this week, both featuring female leads

PRETTY DEADLY #1

Pretty Deadly  is Kelly Sue Deconnick's new Image title, and a good start to a promising series.

Legends passed down tell of Death's daughter - the result of Death's love with a beautiful human woman. Songs and poems are told to entertain, but it turns out that they're not just stories. Death has a daughter named Ginny, and she's just as deadly as her old man.

Pretty Deadly follows a band of horse riding misfits as they travel town-to-town and saloon-to-saloon, telling the story of Death's daughter and collecting tips from their performance. After working a performance, one of the group members is handed a mysterious feather by a peculiar man, which turns out to be trouble for the gang later on. This feather is important, and it appears Death's daughter needs it for herself. The band ends up on the run from Death's daughter, and must do whatever they can to keep their distance.

Pretty Deadly #1 is a little ambiguous, which is great if you like long payoffs and intriguing mysteries one after the other. Not a lot of information on the main characters is provided in issue one, but the characters themselves clearly have stories of their own, as well as rich histories for the reader to unravel. Fox is an old bearded blind man who can shoot his targets with deadly ease and accuracy. Sissy is a sharp, smooth-talking youngster who's eyes are different colours. There's a lot to explore.

The story is set in the Wild West, with what seems to be a touch of magic or spirituality involved. Certainly the setting makes for some interesting storytelling, but the mythology that Deconnick has wrapped this world in seems rich in itself. How the story is unfolding is still a little unclear at this point, but for a first issue, there's certainly enough information to enjoy the book, and more than enough to look forward to the next installment.

Pretty Deadly is recommended for the older crowd as well, due to some adult themes that pop up. All in all, a great addition to the Image line.


VELVET #1

Velvet is the newest addition to Brubaker's crime fiction books. Whether you're a fan of his existing material or not, you'll enjoy Velvet if you like crime fiction books.

Arc-7 is a secret government organization that trains an elite group of special ops spies known as X-Ops. When agent code name X-14  is found murdered on the street, questions are raised and accusations are thrown around, resulting in distrust between agents. One of the X-Op agents named Velvet is affected on a more personal level, due to her past relationship with X-14. This leads to an investigation of her own. That's when things go from bad to worse.

Brubaker is the leading creator of crime fiction comics, and Velvet is no exception of his skill with the genre. The characters and locations are mysterious and secretive. The book is paced quickly with more than a few pages of action, though there is a lot of breathing room to present questions and answers to fuel this murder mystery. Another strong female lead is always a welcome addition, and it looks as though Brubaker is on his way to achieving that with this first issue.

The art by Steve Epting is solid as usual, and compliments the writing perfectly. Lots of heavy shadow and graphic blacks enhance the story, something most pulp crime mysteries strongly benefit from. It's clear just how well Brubaker and Epting understand this genre, and Velvet is a great example of just how well this creative team works.

Velvet #1 is highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre, or if you'd like to try it out.

Friday, October 18, 2013

NEW COMICS OCTOBER 23rd

2 more chapters in the Forever Evil ship as we find out whats become of the Justice League and Justice League Dark. Sounds like Constantine and friends will have their hands full with the Blight.
Marvel Now What? is a humour anthology like the old What The comics from years ago. Should be  a fun read.
Image starts off a couple more female lead titles as Pretty Deadly and Velvet launch. The first is Kelly Sue Deconnicks ( Capt. Marvel)supernatural western, the 2nd is a spy thriller from Ed Brubaker.
Beware the Batman is based on the current cartoon series.
Hellboy Midnight Circus is a NEW  original story by Mignola about Little Hellboy running away to join the circus.
Vertigo Essentials Sandman is a $1.00 reprint of the classic first issue, timed to lead into the new series Sandman Overture arriving next week.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

JLA review

Justice League of America #8 marks the first issue of Matt Kindt's run, and gives us a look at where the Justice League are after the events of Forever Evil.

This issue is a must for anyone currently enjoying Forever Evil. It not only ties into the event, but it seems to be an important part of the story. The issue follows Martian Manhunter as he awakes alongside Stargirl in what seems to be a super-prison. Manhunter visits the "cells" that contain some of the Justice League members and realizes that this is not so much a physical prison as it is a psychological one. It looks pretty bleak for the heroes.

We see Wonder Woman in a perpetual state of war, Superman trying to reverse time, and Shazam immersed in a regenerating city with no one to tell him what he can't smash. Some of the "prisons" are personal heavens and some are hells, but either way, the Justice League is trapped and Manhunter might be the only one who really knows it. All the other heroes seem oblivious and helpless.

Matt Kindt did a great job with his Villains Month titles, and he's off to a fine start with this first issue. Fans of his writing should enjoy this one, and it's also a great place to jump into the JLA for those who haven't yet. The JLA and the Justice League will be working together closely during this event, making Justice League of America #8 a great jumping on point in the series.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

HALLOWEEN TREATS

Its that time of year again when the ghosts and goblins or more likely Sheriff Rick and Carl (and maybe Michonne) will be banging on your door, looking for treats.( Scariest of all will be the Miley Cyrus wannabees)

Well you know what I always say,

"Rot their brains, not their teeth"


This year, give the little ghouls a real treat and stick a comic book in their pumpkin. A comic book will last them a lot longer than candy or chips, and is a lot less messy to save or share. And unlike peanuts or milk chocolate, very few kids are actually allergic to printed words and colourful pictures.
 We have 2 different kinds of  pack this year.   10 regular sized comics for only $2.00.
OR 20 mini-size books for $3.00
 Either way its cheaper than almost any sugary treat you could buy.

Shop early to get the best selection, I know from past experience, these packs sell fast. And don't underestimate how many you'll need. There's 2 more benefits to the comics, they won't go bad if you get stuck with a few leftovers, and you won't be tempted to eat them yourself.

While you're here, pick up a treat for yourself. There are plenty of horror related titles available in store, Marvel Zombies, for one, would make a great read to pass the time between visitors. Or catch up on your Walking Dead. The comic is different enough to the T.V. series that you won't have to worry about spoiling the show for yourself.
 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NEW COMICS OCTOBER 16th

A little quieter this week, but a few first issue to mention.
Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion leads off from the Villain month issue that explains most of Flash's foes are bad guys...but not actually evil.
Justice League of America #8 starts off the new era of JLA, with the big heroes gone, Martian Manhunter has to rebuild the team with the help of Stargirl.
Indestructible Hulk Special #1 continues the Arms of the Octopus trilogy started in the All New X-Men Special from a few weeks ago. LET ME KNOW ON THIS ONE.. it will not be ordered in X-Men quantities and may sell out fast.
DC Essentials Wonder Woman, is the 2nd of a series of $1.00 reprint comics with the paperback collection guide added.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Week in Review

Superman / Wonder Woman #1
Just when you think Charles Soule can't possibly handle another ongoing title, Superman / Wonder Woman hits the shelves. Just like all of Soule's other titles, this one is fun from start to finish. It's a great new addition for either Superman fans or Wonder Woman fans.
Superman / Wonder Woman focuses on the relationship between the two characters, but manages to stay action packed almost the entire time. Some readers were worried that this title would be more of a romance comic than anything else, but that's not the case with issue #1. Soule manages to throw in some action sequences even when the two are spending their downtime with each other.
Superman / Wonder Woman #1 features a favorite Superman villain as the main antagonist. It'll be fun to watch, over the next few arcs, how the two team up to take on their toughest villains without the help of the Justice League. More interesting still will be how their personal relationship grows or decays as a result of their teamwork.

The art (Tony Daniel with Matt Banning) is another great addition to this book. Even the more quiet scenes are fun to look at. The three page spread that comprises the cover is beautiful as well. And at no extra charge, it's a great value too. Now we just need a new Green Lantern / Green Arrow book and DC will have three excellent team-up titles to choose from, along with the current Superman / Batman.


Coffin Hill #1
From from the new line of Vertigo ongoings, Coffin Hill is great for fans of horror, mystery, and cop stories.
Eve Coffin is the daughter of a wealthy high class English family, though you'd never know it. She's
a brash, outspoken police officer and more interestingly, she's possibly a witch. The first issue of Coffin Hill takes place, for the most part, in the past. We see Eve's upbringing and get some insight into who she is. The Coffin family has deep roots which serve as somewhat of a legend to the locals. Clearly, some dark secrets have been buried in their front yard.

The writing is quite mysterious, in that many questions are presented and none answered. It looks promising for fans of long payoffs. The writing is clearly for a mature audience, and the artwork suits it well. It's a gritty looking book with a macabre feeling to it, complementing the writing very well.

The title says it's an "extra-sized issue" though it clocks in at 24 pages. of course, it's only a $2.99, and the story is well written, making Coffin Hill a great new choice for mystery horror fans.

Rocket Girl #1
After the Halloween Eve one-shot from a while back, Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare successfully funded Rocket Girl on Kickstarter. This first issue is an awesome sci-fi time travel story set in both 1985 and a dystopian 2013.
Dayoung is a 15 year old cop in the year 2013, and she's fed up with the way the world works. She decides to travel to 1985 and apprehend the scientists responsible for her frightening corrupt world, only to end up befriending them. It's a nice twist on the time travel revenge tropes that have been recycled many times over. Better still, the book is very well written.
Rocket Girl #1 features a small crew of characters and a ton of action. Montclare paces the issue very well, establishing character motives, skills, personalities and more, all while delivering some great action sequences. The art from Reeder make the book as much fun to look at as it is to read. You can tell that the two creators work incredibly well with each other.

The characters are well written, the plot is strong, and the art is absolutely awesome. Image made a smart move working with Reeder and Montclare in releasing this new title. Rocker Girl is an excellent choice for sci-fi fans looking for something new, fun, and interesting. Even non-sci-fi fans will enjoy Rocket Girl for the great writing and artwork.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

NEW COMICS OCTOBER 9TH

Halloween is on the way, judging by some of this weeks biggest books.
Walking Dead enters its bi-weekly run as the groups all head to war. You can tell its an important story because it comes with about a dozen different covers, which apparently fit together as a large poster.
Archie gets in on the zombie action as Afterlife With Archie begins. A new regular series where Arch and his gang all get undead. Showing a little restraint it only has 4 different covers on this one.
Proving they can still do a good horror comic, Vertigo has another new entry this week with Coffin Hill, the story of a girl growing up under a curse dating back to the Salem witch trials.
 The Forever Evil spin-offs begin as Arkham War #1 ships. This one ties together elements from the various Villain month issues, as the Arkham inmates battle the Blackgate inmates for control of Gotham ( with Bane waiting on the sidelines to take out the winners).
DC starts another obvious team-up book, Superman/Wonder Woman. Written by Charles Soule ( Swamp Thing)and art by Tony Daniels(Batman),this one looks like an easy sell.
Keiron Gillen has some experience writing about 3 warriors from his stint on Journey into Mystery and Thor. But his newest work is titled simply Three. Its the story of 3 slaves attempting to escape from 300 of the finest Sparta has to offer.
Just to be different, Image sends us the first issue of Rocket Girl, a sci-fi series involving time travelling cops, by Amy Reeder.



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Look kids...comics. ( Not actually for kids)

Hinterkind #1

Hinterkind is the new ongoing Vertigo series from Ian Edginton and Francesco Trifogli. It's technically a post-apocalyptic story, but not one of endless wastelands or crazed infected zombies.

The end of the world in Hinterkind wiped out most of the population of earth, while simultaneously covering it in trees, plants, shrubs and other greenery. Skyscrapers are jungles and highways are gardens. The story focuses on a group of remaining humans as they live day-to-day, evading encounters with the feral wildlife that now populate earth.

Humans are not only an endangered species, but are also closer to the bottom of the food chain. There also seems to be more than just wild animals inhabiting the planet though, as trolls, ogres, giants, dwarfs, and other fairytale creatures are a part of this world. It's kind of reminiscent of Fables in a couple ways, so fans of that book might enjoy Hinterkind.

It's a good first issue, and it clocks in at 28 pages of story and art. Because the book is set in a lush green paradise (which is kind of nice for a post-apocalyptic book) the artwork is vibrant and strong. The writing is equally well done, and this first issue sets up the rest of the series pretty well. Hinterkind is a good value for the $2.99 price tag.
The Witching Hour #1
Perfect for October reading, The Witching Hour is an oversized issue containing nine short horror stories from various writers and artists. There's a lot of variety in this book, as it's not just stories about ghosts, goblins and witches.
The Witching Hour is definitely for mature readers, and not because it's too scary for the youngsters.
There are more than a few heavy mature subjects in some of these stories. Sexual orientation and sexual abuse are a couple of the themes in this compilation, and they can be laid on fairly heavily. Sometimes the scariest stories are rooted in reality, so a couple of the shorts in The Witching Hour aren't about monsters, but rather people. Relationships, abuse, and war are all present.
Sure enough, there's also the classic spirits/witches/demon stories, and the psychological thriller stories with twist endings. There's even an alternate reality story about Arthur Miller's famous play, The Crucible. It's a pretty contrasting glance at the parallels between the Salem witchcraft trials and Communism.
Kelly Sue Deconnick delivers a creepy monster story about a woman obsessed with spiders, and there's an interplanetary horror story focusing on astronauts stranded on Mars. It's a great compilation for fans of horror and Halloween, and definitely for mature readers

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NEW COMICS OCTOBER 2nd

Well Villain month is over, but Forever Evil continues with issue #2. Just what chance does Earth have when all the heroes are gone? Well as we learned this month, NOT ALL Villains are Evil.
Marvel up to their usual tricks, only ships 2 X-Men books this week, and they are the same title. All New X-Men #17 is the next chapter of the Battle for the Atom, while All New X-Men Special is an Annual sized book that is the first part of a tie-in with Hulk and Superior Spider-Man.
Captain America Living Legend is a 4-part mini-series by Andy Diggle. Could be a great read even if you're not normally a Cap fan.
Marvel also delivers another Max title as Fantomex from the X-Men gets the Mature treatment. The Max comics I've read so far usually have very little resemblance to the main comics versions of the characters, so fans of his from Uncanny X-Force may be disappointed.
Vertigo continues to expand with the new series Hinterkind. Years after most of Humanity is wiped out, creatures of Myth and Legend begin to reappear.
Also from Vertigo is another one of those giant sized anthology books. This time its The Witching Hour, with 9 stories in its 70 pages by creators like, Chiang, Sturges, and Buckingham.
Marvel Knights Spider-Man brings back a title from a few years back with  writer Matt Kindt promising an all out slugfest as Spidy battles 100 foes.
Archie comics delivers a neat item for Thor fans this month as that crazy teenager does a parody of Thor(just in time for the new movie of course). The story is written by Marvel legend Tom Defalco, and It even comes with a Walt Simonson cover!!
DC Essentials -Batman, is the first of a line of $1.00 reprint comics from DC that will include the first issue of the current series, as well as a list of paperbacks and hardcover collections to help you follow up on the characters.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sex Sells

Sex Criminals is the new Matt Fraction book from Image Comics, and is geared towards older readers due to the adult themes and crude humor in the book.

Sex Criminals is about a young woman named Suzie who has a rather interesting ability - sexual pleasure of any kind gives her the ability to stop time. This first issue is a look at Suzie's life as a young teenager, discovering what her abilities are and how they work. Suzie goes through a ton of questions, from parents to peers, asking about her feelings and abilities. Of course, no one is any help to Suzie and she must learn about both sex and her powers on her own accord.

Fans of crude humor and adult oriented stories will get a kick out of this book. It's not one the kids should be picking up, despite the friendly, vibrant artwork from Zdarsky. In fact, the publishers make that pretty evident with the giant text on the back cover. In true Fraction fashion, Sex Criminals uses some fun storytelling tricks and interesting panel/page layouts. The story is great, and the writing follows suit. 

Fraction has been on a roll with his recent creator owned books, and Sex Criminals is a great addition to his works. Hopefully, all of the creator owned ventures won't disrupt the quality of his Marvel titles, most notably Hawkeye, which has been great from day one.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NEW COMICS SEPTEMBER 25th

Final week for the Villains of DC specials. Couple of the best were saved till last.
Superman/Batman-Doomsday looks like a good one( if you saw the last page of the Darkseid issue you may have an idea of whats coming).
A lot of attention being paid to Jokers Daughter,not sure exactly why. She showed up at the end of last months Catwoman and the story should continue in Catwoman #24, but Catwoman is not a huge seller,so I cant see a major new character coming out of that title.
The Sinestro should sell well, although I'm not sure how they will number the first issue of his on-going series in a few months.
Image is fascinated with sex lately. This week we get issue #7 of Sex, and the first issue of
Sex Criminals. This one is billed as a comedy for adults by Matt Fraction who has a pretty solid audience.

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SEPTEMBER 25TH

100 PENNY PRESS LOCKE & KEY #1
A PLUS X #12
ACTION COMICS #23.4 METALLO REG.
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #5
AQUAMAN #23.2 OCEAN MASTER REG.
AVENGERS #20 INF
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #19 INF
BACK ISSUE #68
BART SIMPSON COMICS #86
BATMAN #23.4 BANE REG.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.4 KILLER CROC REG.
BATMAN SUPERMAN #3.1 DOOMSDAY REG.
BATMAN   KNIGHT #23.4 JOKERS DAUGHTER REG.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #4 ELIOPOULOS
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #3
CLIVE BARKER NEXT TESTAMENT #4 (OF 12)
COMIC HEROES MAGAZINE #20
CRIMINAL MACABRE EYES FRANKENSTEIN #1 (OF 4)
CROSSED BADLANDS #36
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #28
DC 66 BATMAN 6IN BATMAN AF
DEADPOOL #17
DETECTIVE COMICS #23.4 MAN BAT REG.
DR WHO MAGAZINE #464
EAST OF WEST #6
EMPOWERED SPECIAL #5 NINE BEERS
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #18
FATALE #17
FF #12
GAMBIT #17
GARTH ENNIS RED TEAM #5
GI JOE #8
GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #7
GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #4
GREEN LANTERN #23.4 SINESTRO REG.
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #6
INFINITY HEIST #1 (OF 4)
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #9
ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #2 (OF 3)
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #3
JUPITERS LEGACY #3
JUPITERS LEGACY #3 CVR B HITCH
JUPITERS LEGACY #3 CVR C PHILLIPS
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.4 SECRET SOCIETY REG.
JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #7.4 BLACK ADAM REG.
KING CONAN HOUR O/T DRAGON #5 (OF 6)
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #32 HASPIEL VAR CVR
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #32 REG CVR
MARVEL PREVIEWS OCTOBER 2013
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #18
MIND MGMT #15
MISS FURY #6 CVR A TAN
MISS FURY #6 CVR B SYAF
MISS FURY #6 CVR C WORLEY
MISS FURY #6 CVR D CHEN
MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD VOL 2 #3
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #11
NOVA #8 INF
PEANUTS VOL 2 #12
POWERPUFF GIRLS #1
POWERPUFF GIRLS #1 BOX SET
POWERPUFF GIRLS #1  VAR
PREVIEWS #301 OCTOBER 2013
PUNISHER TRIAL OF PUNISHER #1 (OF 2)
REVIVAL #14
SAGA #14
SCARLET SPIDER #22
SEX #7
SEX CRIMINALS #1
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #19
STAR TREK ONGOING #25
STAR WARS LEGACY II #7
STITCHED #16
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #3 INF
SUPERMAN #23.4 PARASITE REG.
THE LONE RANGER ANNUAL 2013
TMNT ONGOING #26
TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #5
TOM STRONG PLANET OF PERIL #3 (OF 6)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #27
UNCANNY AVENGERS #12
UNWRITTEN #53
WAKE #4 (OF 10)
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #36
WONDER WOMAN #23.2 FIRST BORN REG.
YOUNG AVENGERS #10 NOW

PBKS & HRDCVRS
AME COMI GIRLS TP VOL 01
ARCHIE 1000 PG COMICS EXTRAVAGANZA TP
BEN 10 OMNIVERSE GN VOL 01 GHOST SHIP
CRIMINAL MACABRE FINAL NIGHT 30 DAYS NIGHT
CYBER FORCE REBIRTH TP VOL 01
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER TP LAST SHOTS
DC THE NEW 52 TRINITY WAR AF BOX SET
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME TP VOL 02
HARBINGER TP VOL 03 HARBINGER WARS
JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 03 THRONE  ATLANTIS
JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY (N52
LEGENDS THE DARK KNIGHT JIM APARO HC VOL 2
MARVEL UNIV. ULT SPIDER-MAN DIGEST TP VOL 04
PREACHER TP BOOK 02
RED SHE-HULK TP VOL 02 ROUTE 616 NOW
SAILOR MOON TP  BOX SET #1 VOL 1-6
SHAZAM HC VOL 01 (N52)
SIMPSONS COMICS TP VOL 05 STRIKE BACK
SIN TITULO HC
SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 19
SPIDER-MAN 2099 TP VOL 02
STARDOLL GN VOL 01 SECRETS AND DREAMS
THUNDERBOLTS TP VOL 02 RED SCARE
ULTIMATE COMICS DIVIDED WE FALL  TP
WALKING DEAD 100 PROJECT TP
WHAT IF AVX TP
YOUNG MARVEL TP LITTLE X-MEN


Friday, September 13, 2013

New Comics SEPTEMBER 18th

Not much extra to mention this week. The DC Villain issues continue to amaze and confuse, the coolest one this week will be Dial E, with 20 different artists contributing work on 20 different villains. Too bad you wont get to enjoy the fabulous Bolland cover in 3D as this one is probably one of the lowest printed of the villain issues of the month. Well worth picking up even in regular old 2D though.
 There seems to be hardly any Marvel titles at all on the list.
Zero, is an espionage action title from Image, written by Ales Kot who was the new guy on Suicide Squad for a couple issue recently.
Century West is an original one-shot graphic novel by Chaykin, centered around the Wild West at the turn of the 20th Century.
The Unwritten Hardcover on the list is also an ALL NEW story. Its always a little hard to get monthly issue readers to pick up these solo Hardcovers. Its just not a format they are comfortable with.
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Reviews on 2 new Marvels

Mighty Avengers #1

As the latest addition to the Avengers titles, Mighty Avengers is a solid read that fits into the Marvel Universe quite well. The timing with Marvel's Infinity event helps make this new ongoing seem quite important as well. With the current Avengers teams busy in space, the Earth needs as many heroes as possible. This makes Mighty Avengers feel like an integral part of Infinity as well as the Marvel U.

Luke Cage has been out of action since the previous New Avengers run wrapped up, so it's nice to see a familiar face leading the team. Added into the mix are White Tiger, Power Man, and Spectrum. This first issue focuses on the banding of the team which starts out as a Heroes for Hire gig, but morphs into a full on Avengers team. Spider-Man joins in to stir things up, and there's also a mysterious new hero called The Splendiferous Spider Hero who dawns a knock-off Spider-Man costume. It sounds crazy, but it's a ton of fun.

While this issue ties into Infinity, it's not necessary that readers follow the Marvel event to enjoy Mighty Avengers. A member of Thanos' Black Order serves as the main villain for this story, but the recap page will get you up to date if you haven't read any of Infinity. While Avengers and New Avengers have become pseudo space opera type books, Mighty Avengers seems more down-to-earth, with a group of heroes fighting villains week to week in New York. It feels like the Avengers books before Hickman took over.

Al Ewing does a great job with the dialogue and characters. It should be interesting to see where the relationship between Luke Cage and Spectrum (previously Captain Marvel) leads, as it's been stated that their relationship will be a large part of this title. Since New Avengers concluded, Cage has been a 'family above all else' kind of guy, so it'll be interesting to see how his time as a father has changes his mentality while in the field.

So far, Mighty Avengers is a fun addition to the Avengers family.


The Hunt #1

Written by Matt Kindt with art by Steven Sanders, The Hunt #1 is a four issue miniseries that focuses on the school and academies within the Marvel Universe.

In an effort to better connect all of the schools, the headmasters have instated a friendly competition. Select students from each school will be chosen and placed on an island together, where they will represent their school in a number of challenges and games. The premise sounds a little like Avengers Arena, but a it fits into the Marvel U a little better.

The competing educational institutions are: Avengers Academy, The Future Foundation, the Jean Grey School, Braddock Academy, The Wakandan School of Alternative Studies, The Pan-Asian School for the Unusually Gifted, and the Latverian School of Science. This first issue introduces all of these schools as well as as some of the competing students. The Atlantean School was supposed to be in the competition, but due to recent events between them and the Wakandans, alternate plans were made.

It appears that The Hunt will tie into the recent events (and possibly upcoming events) of Infinity. While not necessary to enjoy Infinity, The Hunt looks as if it'll add a nice little mini story to compliment the events taking place in the Avengers titles, as well as the main Infinity book.

Kindt does a great job establishing the schools and characters. The idea of all of the schools coming together for four issues is a great one, and likely to be a ton of fun.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

VILLAINS WEEK 2

Just a quick round-up of this weeks DC Villains issues.
Like last week, most of the titles are origin and flashback type stories, with only a few actually tying in or leading up to current continuity.

Aquaman/Black Manta, takes place in current time and gives us a better look at some of the chaos unleashed in Forever Evil. Actions taken, may lead Black Manta in a different direction than first thought. His story continues in Forever Evil and future issues of Aquaman.

Batman /Riddler, was excellent, and definitely a must read for current Batman Zero Year readers.

Detective Comics /Harley Quinn, gives us the origin of Harleys new look costume.
..NO..seriously!! Matt Kindt knocks another one out of the park as he leads up to his run on Suicide Squad beginning with issue #24.

Justice League/Lobo, has nothing to do with Justice League at all. This is a one-shot story about the NEW Lobo, who seems to be hunting the current, better known version. The book reads well and seems interesting, I'm just not sure its a direction anyone really asked for. His next appearance would seem to be in Supergirl of all things.

Flash/Reverse Flash gives us the origin of yet another Reverse Flash(3 now or is it 4).
A good read overall, that runs off events in the first 2 years of Flash and leads directly into Flash #24.

Monday, September 9, 2013

NEW COMICS SEPT. 11th

Week 2 of Villain month at DC looks strong, and Marvel launches another Avengers title.
We saw quite a few early sellouts on certain Evil issues this week, but considering the hype, we still have stock on many of the 3D issues. Next week looks about the same with a few books shipping short and almost impossible to find on most comic store shelves.

Marvel launches the Mighty Avengers #1, hyped as the all minority team, with a mystery Spider-Man in the background who may either be the Ultimates version or possibly the Spider-Man of 2099, both of whom have recently entered the main Marvel Universe.

Also new at Marvel is Infinity Hunt #1, which should tie in with the Infinity crossover, but instead sounds like a separate mini-series similar in style to the old Contest of Champions, only featuring teen heroes. Not sure how many will be left after Avengers Arena wraps, but with Matt Kindt
writing, we're in for a great story.

Kings Watch is new Dynamite series featuring classic newspaper characters in a team setting. The Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake the Magician will be written by Jeff Parker who has done a great job in the past on books like Marvel Advs. Avengers, and Atlas.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

EVIL REVIEWS

DC VILLAIN MONTH WEEK 1

Some of the issues that shipped this week fit into continuity of the regular titles while others are simple one-shot origin type stories. Refer to this list to see which of the books may be essential to your reading experience.

Superman /Bizarro- ties into Forever Evil
Batman and Robin /Two-Face - ties into Forever Evil
Earth 2 /Desaad – leads into Earth2 #16
Flash /Grodd- leads into Rogues Rebellion mini series
Green Arrow /Vertigo – leads into Green Arrow #24
Green Lantern /Relic- leads into Green Lantern #24 AND starts off Octobers Lantern crossover
J.L.A./ Deadshot – leads into Suicide Squad #24
Justice League /Darkseid- leads into Earth2 and Superman/Batman
Dark Knight/Ventriloquist - continues in Batgirl

I'll try and post a similar list next Tuesday.

Also, here are some reviews of a few favourites from this week.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Scary Godmother Kickstarter

Just made aware of a great Kickstarter campaign. I'm not normally a fan of said projects because a lot of them take the approach of "screw retailers, I want all the moneys myself ".
But this one is  so cool, and Jill Thompson is a wonderful, talented lady who deserves to see these things made, as much as your kids deserve to have one for themselves.


Check out the Scary Godmother doll kickstarter for yourself.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1327932176/the-scary-godmother-doll

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NEW COMICS WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4th

Well this is it, the beginning of Forever Evil and the start of DC's villain month.
ALL the regular DC 52 titles in September will be replaced by Villain comics.
This means a lot of your regular books will not be available at all, while others will have 2-3 issues, each featuring a different bad guy.( for instance, Batgirl will be replaced by Dark Knight #23.1, The Ventriloquist).
Adding to the confusion is the 3D and 2D covers. The books will all ship with 2 versions, although the 3D editions will be limited.

When placing orders on-line or by return e-mail, please mention which version you would like, taking note that the 3D editions cost a buck more, and I will have to fill orders on a first come first served system. I will however give preference to customers who regularly order the titles in question over someone just picking up that 1 issue for the cool cover.

Its going to be a confusing month, but I hope fun at the same time as we  learn more about old and new villains across the DCU.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesdays Reviews

Batman Inc Special #1

The Batman Inc. Special #1 is a one-shot anthology of a sorts, telling short stories of the various bat-heroes who were featured in Batman Inc. All of the heroes are there including Mr.Unknown, Knight and Squire, Raven Red, Man-of-Bats, Nightrunner, Dark Ranger, El Gaucho, and everyone's favorite bovine crime fighter, Bat Cow.

The bulk of the anthology is not set in continuity, though the Knight and Squire story does take place after Batman Incorporated issue 6. The rest of the stories are simply one-off mini adventures featuring the various team members, each fun in its own way. The book features five individual stories from a big list of creators including Chris Burnham, Joe Keatinge, Dan Didio, and others.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

NEW COMICS AUGUST 28th

Busy week as we wrap up August.
The regular American Vampire is still on hiatus, but this week we get an Anthology Special with 8 short stories by some fan favourites like Simone and Lemire.
Speaking of over-sized specials, this week we get the Batman Inc. Special. Chock full of stories about the Bat associates, including Bat-Cow herself!

For the kids(in all of us) try Itty Bitty Hellboy. A great all-ages comic by the guys who brought us Tiny Titans. The characters may not be as familiar to the kids, but the cuteness will draw them in.

Collider #1 sold out fast, but the #2 may be hard to spot as the title has been changed to FBP- Federal Bureau of Physics. Must have been someone using the other title already. You think they'd check for stuff like that in the development stages.
Overtaken is a new title by creator and Aspen co-owner Frank Mastromauro. Along with artist Marco Lorenzana, brings an investigative sci-fi edge to  "Overtaken," a series which puts an extraterrestrial spin on missing persons cases. " Hey its only a buck for the first issue so try it out.

Justice League #23 is the final chapter of the Trinity War, and a hell of a ride its been. Do the Leaguers actually die at the end? And just what triggers the aftermath of Forever Evil?


Thursday, August 15, 2013

NEW COMICS AUGUST 21st

Great week of stuff, but not much new to mention. Giving us a bit of a break before all the mayhem of September hits.
Batman Beyond resets to #1, I'm still not sure why that title needs to relaunch every year or so.
Justice League Dark #23 arrives, putting us 1 step closer to Forever Evil.
I know what the comic "Kiss Kids" sounds like, but it features the pint size adventures of Gene and the gang.

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INFINITY REVIEW

Spinning off the pages of Avengers and New Avengers, Jonathan Hickman brings us Infinity which acts as Marvel's next big universe-wide crossover event.

Infinity #1 sets the stage for the six issue event with the Avengers leaving Earth to confront a universe-wide threat known as The Builders. While the Earth is unguarded, Thanos sees the perfect opportunity to make his move. What exactly that move will be, we don't yet know. The Infinity Gems have been featured greatly throughout the current New Avengers run, so it's likely that they will play a big part in Thanos plans. The current Avengers books have discussed heavily the destruction of alternate Earths, which will likely also come into play shortly.

Infinity is clearly going to be a sci-fi epic featuring a huge cast of Marvel characters. Fans of just about every Marvel hero will have something to look forward to with Infinity. Because of the scope of the event, Hickman's previous Avengers titles should be read beforehand. Infinity #1 doesn't have a recap page, likely due to the thoroughly woven plot of the current Avengers titles. The flagship books have been very entertaining, straying from the standard Marvel formula of superhero books. While the books are still, at the heart, superhero titles, they both read more as sci-fi space operas. A different direction, but a very interesting one.

Infinity features Thanos, the mad Titan, who can be found in his own miniseries Thanos Rising, the final issue of which hits shelves August 28th. Unlike the current Avengers titles, Thanos Rising is not required to enjoy Infinity #1. However, it could help for readers new to the character. The event ties into the Avengers books, as well as certain character titles such as Thunderbolts, Captain Marvel, and others. The tie-ins won't be absolutely integral to Infinity, but some will be more important than others.

So far, Infinity is off to a good start. It's certainly a different kind of Marvel book. While Infinity is running its course, Marvel's next event will just be starting with the X-Men event Battle of the Atom. It's certainly a big summer/autumn for Marvel readers.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ANNUAL REVIEWS(Reviews of this weeks annuals)


Batman Annual #2
 
Though insisting it's a Zero year tie-in, the second Batman annual is actually a stand alone story that takes place in the present. With the exception of one page that takes place in Zero Year (and requires no previous Zero Year knowledge), Batman Annual #2 is a solid story that takes place in Arkham Asylum.
 
To test out the latest advances in super villain containment technology, Dr.Arkham recruits Batman to try and break out of Arkham Asylum. In the midst of the exercise, Arkham's longest incapacitated inmate, the Anchoress, decides it would be a perfect time to escape and confront the man she blames for her misfortunes
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Friday, July 26, 2013

NEW COMICS JULY 31st

Well its 5th week time again, so we're a little light on DC titles. What we do get however are some super sized annuals, and they look great.
Batman Annual #2 is by regular writer Scott Snyder and fits in with the Zero Year story running in the main title. Detective Annual #2 and Animal Man Annuals have the real writers on them as well and fit in with their respective main titles. The Flash Annual however seems to be a one-shot story featuring Flash and Green Lantern teaming up for the first time.

Wolverine in the Flesh sounds like some celebrity written thing with Wolverine teaming up with Top Chef USA.
Tom Strong is back, I've always enjoyed his adventures and am looking forward to this new mini.
Collider #1 is a new Vertigo title, hot on the heals of Snyders hit, The Wake, and with Lemires new book, Trillium coming in a few weeks. Collider is described as blue collar sci-fi, and features a Federal team tasked with repairing the laws of physics.
Please note: Our copies of Superior Spider-man #1 were delayed last week, so this book is NEW to our store.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hunger #1, and Superman/Batman review



Hunger #1 is the first book of the Marvel Universe-spanning event. Hot off the heels of Age of Ultron, it is rooted primarily in the Ultimate Comics universe, though repercussions may be felt on the main Marvel Universe titles as well. Hunger is new reader friendly, so you don't need pick up any previous Ultimate Comics titles to be able to enjoy this read.

Hunger #1 features Rick Jones, who is the Ultimate Comics version of Nova. Rick is told by The Watcher that a universe altering event is on the horizon, and that can mean only one thing: it's time to observe. Rick watches as a hungry Galactus reaches from his universe into theirs, while the Gah Lak Tus swarm (the Ultimate Universe version of Galactus) pays a visit to the eater of worlds. That's when things go from bad to worse.

Hunger #1 is a solid issue from beginning to end, and it's setting up something big for both the main Marvel titles as well as the Ultimate line. It was rumored that the Ultimate line might be coming to a close with Hunger, though that was quickly dismissed by Marvel at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. Evidently, it's quite the opposite. It was mentioned that Hunger is just the beginning of an incredible upcoming change in the Ultimate Universe, and for that reason, Hunger is one of the must-read Marvel books this summer. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sex Criminals, Rat Queens, the Dial H swan song, and the strangest Star Wars tale ever told?

We are right in the middle of the dog days of summer and, before you know it, the school bells will be ringing again. Here are a few books coming out in September you might want to add to your pull list.

Let's start with a story which almost didn't see the light of day:

THE STAR WARS
Writer: J. W. Rinzler; Artist: Mike Mayhew; Colorist: Rain Beredo, Brad Anderson; Cover Artist: Nick Runge
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the authorized adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay of what would eventually become a motion picture that would change the world.

Annikin Starkiller is the hero . . . Luke Skywalker is a wizened Jedi general . . . Han Solo is a big green alien . . . and the Sith . . . Well, the Sith are still the bad guys. High adventure and derring-do from longer ago, in a galaxy even further away!

* Official adaptation of George Lucas’s original screenplay for Star Wars!

Apparently the idea to adapt it has be floating around for years, but Lucas was adamant this would not be made. That was until Dark Horse showed him 10 pages of art and he relented and signed off.

It's an 8-issue limited series, so the commitment isn't huge if you're curious to see how Star Wars might have looked.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

ANNIVERSARY SALE

Well it looks like the weather cleared up nicely just in time for our BIG street sale.
There should be close to a 1,000 different new unread graphic novels out on sale for $5.00 a piece. Many of these books retail for $20.00 and up so you're looking at 75% off in some cases.
Also, some great Green Lantern and Blackest Night action figures for $5.00 each.

And remember, almost everything in the store will be 26% off.

I reserve the right to limit any items during the sale. Please work with me here, I'm a nice guy, but I'm not about to put myself out of business selling stuff for below cost.

SALE CONTINUES TILL 6:00 TODAY AND RUNS SUNDAY FROM 12-5

Thursday, July 18, 2013

NEW COMICS JULY 24th

Its another Marvel heavy week as we get a batch of Avengers books along with the first issue of Hunger. this is the spin-off from Age of Ultron as the Universes collide, Galactus goes after the Ultimates Universe. Oh yeah, it also has something to do with Angela( from the Spawn Universe).
Tired of relaunching all their titles with the word Uncanny in front of them, Marvel is now adding the adjective, Superior, as in Superior Spider-Man Team-up.
2 great fan favourites team up in Rocketeer and the Spirit. The variant cover by Darwyn Cooke will go fast.
Constantine #5 is a tie-in with the Trinty War story running in Justice League Dark, also out this week.
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Wednesdays Reviews



Superior Carnage #1 is the first instalment in a five issue miniseries featuring perhaps one of the most violent characters in the Marvel universe. The last few Carnage miniseries titles have been fun, though they aren't necessary reads if you're jumping into Superior Carnage. Continuing with the 'Superior' moniker of the recent Spider-Man books, this miniseries revolves around Carnage unwillingly joining a new rendition of the Frightful Four, alongside lesser-villains The Wizard and Klaw. Of course, Carnage tends not to react well to restraints or rules which will likely make for some fun conflict in the coming issues.
Off the bat, this is a considerably more graphically violent Carnage story which, all things considered, is really the only sensible way to write a maniacal serial killer bonded with a murderous alien. Suffice to say, this one isn't for youngsters. Marvel is clearly releasing this book for a more mature audience. The last couple Carnage minis haven't been as graphic, making this Superior Carnage arc a significantly more enjoyable read in comparison to the others.
The artwork by Segova and Ramos is fantastic, and there's a stunning double page spread in the book that would make an amazing poster or addition to a comic art wall. Kevin Shnick takes writing duties and delivers an action packed issue that doesn't skimp on story progression, while at the same time delivering some fantastic character moments. The Wizard, often a B-list villain, has never seemed so ruthless.
The 'Superior' handle may seem tacked on at first glance, but this really is a superior Carnage... one we haven't seen for a while. More psychotic, disturbing, and vehement in many more ways than the previous Carnage minis. The creative team seems well chosen, and the future instalments of Superior Carnage seem promising after this first issue.


 


Batman 66 is a revisitation of the 1966 Batman television series, but in comic book form. It's a rare breed of comic that combines classic characters, dialogue and artwork with modern storytelling; a real throwback to the 60's in many, many ways. Better still, it's also a solid read from front to back.





 This first issue features the caped crusader and the boy wonder caught up in a conundrum involving The Riddler. Tasked with recovering stolen gold statues, the dynamic duo team up with Catwoman to put an end to Riddler's shenanigans and place him behind bars once again. Of course, things aren't that easy when dealing with a madman's mind games.

 Everything about Batman 66 feels as though it's been ripped from the 60's and placed in your hands, less the pages themselves. The campy dialogue, the halftone coloring, the character costumes, and the settings are all true to the 60's Batman show. If you've had the pleasure of experiencing the old show in just about any volume, you'll get a kick out of the way this book reads. For those unfamiliar with the show (or older comics for that matter), you'll get the chance to experience comics from a fun new perspective.

 Jeff Parker (Spider-Man: 1602, Thunderbolts) has captured the essence of the 60's Batman show very well, but the story reads as a more cohesive, almost modern Batman tale. Everything comes together quite well at the end, and from front to back, the book is consistently entertaining. A huge part of this book, as well as the writing, is the aesthetics. The artwork by Jonathan Case is a mix of worn pastel shades with bright vibrant colors, and lots of halftones. Visually, it looks as if it's been yanked from the interiors of early 60's and 70's comic books. Very well done.

 Batman 66 is a great first issue in what looks to be a promising ongoing series, and a fun addition to the numerous Bat books on shelves today.
 



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