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.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


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


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


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.



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.

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