17 Jan

Best Comics of 2016


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Best of 2016 Show

All my favorite comics and comic-related stuff from 2016.

01.Favorite Established Ongoing Series
Enter the Title and Publisher of your favorite regularly published series that debuted prior to 2016.

Writer: Liu, Marjorie M.
Artist: Takeda, Sana
Cover Artist: Takeda, Sana
Astonishing X-men and Black Widow writer MARJORIE LIU returns to comics with artist SANA TAKEDA (X-23) for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Steampunk meets Kaiju in this original fantasy epic for mature readers, as young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.

02. Favorite New Ongoing Series
Enter the Title and Publisher of your favorite regularly published series that debuted in 2016.

Dark Horse » Aliens: Defiance
Writer: Wood, Brian
Artist: Jones, Tristan
Cover Artist: Carnevale, Massimo
In the aftermath of the intense battle against the Colonial Marines, Zula Hendricks and Davis have gone from being merely AWOL to full-blown traitors. As they drift into a quiet part of space to recover and regroup, new crew member Dr. Hollis discovers something in the medical bay that changes everything. Sometimes evil comes from within. o Artist Stephanie Hans joins the team on covers! o The second arc begins here!

03. Favorite Mini-Series
Enter the Title and Publisher of your favorite mini-series debuting in 2016.

Dark Horse » House of Penance
Writer: Tomasi, Peter J.
Artist: Bertram, Ian
Cover Artist: Bertram, Ian
A horrific take on the true story of the Winchester haunted house and one woman’s mission to wash away the blood curse of the Winchester rifle from claiming her own life and soul. This is a tale of guilt, ghosts, and guns . . . of how fortune brings misfortune as a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years, with the simple motto of keep busy building or get busy dying. Collects the six-issue miniseries.

04. Favorite Original Graphic Novel/One Shot
Enter the Title and Publisher of your favorite stand-alone original story. Cannot be part of a series.

Magnetic Press » Brigada Vol. 1 HC
Writer: Fernandez, Enrique
Artist: Fernandez, Enrique
Cover Artist: Fernandez, Enrique
From world famous master-illustrator Enrique Fern

05. Favorite Collection
Enter the Title and Publisher of your favorite trade or hardcover collection of reprinted material.

Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series
Series: Aliens
Hardcover: 184 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 30 Anv edition (April 26, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 12.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds

06. Favorite Comic Book Writer
Enter the name of your favorite Writer in 2016, and the Title & Publisher of your favorite 2016 work by that person.

Rick Remender
Black Science
Tokyo Ghost
7 to Eternity

07. Favorite Comic Book Artist
Enter the name of your favorite Artist in 2016, and the Title & Publisher of your favorite 2016 work by that person.

Tyler Crook (BPRD, 6th Gun)
Harrow County

08. Favorite Comic Book Inker
Enter the name of your favorite Inker in 2016, and the Title & Publisher of your favorite 2016 work by that person.
09. Favorite Comic Book Colorist
Enter the name of your favorite Colorist in 2016, and the Title & Publisher of your favorite 2016 work by that person.

Matt Hollingsworth
Tokyo Ghost, 7 To Eternity, Jessica Jones

10. Favorite Comic Book Cover
Enter the title, issue number, and publisher of your favorite Cover on a single-issue comic book published in 2016.

Rise of The Black Flame #3 (Dark Horse)

11. Favorite Comic Book Film
Enter the name of your favorite comic book-based movie released to theaters in 2016.

Captain America: Civil War

12. Favorite New Comic Book TV Show
Enter the name of your favorite comic book-based TV show released in 2016.

Luke Cage (Netflix)
First 7 episodes were great. Disappointed by 8-13.

13. Favorite Returning Comic Book TV Show
Enter the name of your favorite comic book-based television show that returned for another season in 2016.

Daredevil Season 2 (Netflix)

14. Favorite Comic Book Publisher
Enter the name of your favorite comic book publisher in 2016.
Image » Black Road #1 (MR)
Image » Empty Zone #9 (MR)
Image » Head Lopper #4 Cvr A Maclean
Image » Island #11
Image » Lake of Fire #5 (MR) Cvr A Smith & Fairbairn
Image » Monstress #9 (MR)
Image » Motor Crush #1 Cvr A Tarr
Image » Rumble Vol. 3: Immortal Coil TP (MR)
Image » Seven To Eternity #2 (MR) Cvr A Opena & Hollingsworth
Image » Tokyo Ghost #6 (MR) Cvr A Murphy & Hollingsworth

15. Favorite Comic Book News/Announcement
What News Event /Announcement – dropping in 2016 – had you most excited?

BATWOMAN #1 announcement.

16. Sad Cancellations
Enter the Title and Publisher of the book you were most sad to see get the axe 2016.

DC Comics: Black Canary
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan, Artist: Wu, Annie

17. Biggest Comic Flops
Enter the Title and Publisher of the 2016 title that didn’t meet your expectations.

Captain America
Didn’t like the art, writing or story.

18. Publisher Suggestion Box
Fill in the Publisher, and finish the sentence: “Dear (Publisher Name), please…

Dear Marvel, please stop with the evil Cpt America.

19. Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Website
Enter the link to your favorite Comic/Pop Culture website of 2016.


20. Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Podcast
Enter the name (and optional link) of your favorite Comic/Pop Culture podcast of 2016.

The Weekly Planet/Mr. Sunday Movies

21. Most Anticipated Comic Book Property (Film/Television)
Enter the name of the movie or TV property you are most looking forward to.

Iron Fist -Netflix / March 17, 2017

22. Most Anticipated Comic Book Series
Enter the Title and Publisher of the forthcoming comic you are most looking forward to in 2017.

Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells), Steve Epting

20 Oct

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 41


For the week of February 16th 2015.

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· This Week’s Comic News:

No news this week as we discuss the All-New Marvel #1 issues from the last two weeks.

Marvel #1 issues from October 7th:

All New All Different Point One #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Various,
Artist: Various,
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
In the aftermath of SECRET WARS, it’s an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, and this is your one-stop entry point to the changes and mysteries that have developed during the eight months that have passed! Featuring new stories of DAREDEVIL, CARNAGE, CLASSFIED, CLASSIFIED, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS!

Contest of Champions #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Ewing, Al
Artist: Medina, Paco
Cover Artist: Medina, Paco
Welcome to the BATTLEREALM–a broken section of space-time where cosmic beings gamble for the ultimate power while their unwilling pawns fight for their lives and a chance to return back to Earth. Who will survive… THE CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS?

Avengers #0 (Marvel)
Writer: Various,
Artist: Various,
Cover Artist: Rocafort, Kenneth
The kickoff to the All-New AVENGERS line begins here, with new stories of the ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS, SQUADRON SUPREME, A-FORCE, NEW AVENGERS, ULTIMATES and UNCANNY AVENGERS! Someone is carefully studying the movements of the Avengers and those in their orbit-but do they mean to harm, or help? Find out the first clues in this special launch issue!

Invincible Iron Man #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Various,
Artist: Various,
To be revealed.

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Bachalo, Chris
Cover Artist: Bachalo, Chris
Who do you call when things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you? Or when your daughter is cursing in Latin and walking like a spider? Or when your dog keeps screaming at you to strangle your neighbors? Doctor Strange, of course. He’s the only person standing between us and the forces of darkness, but has he been paying his tab? Every act of magic has a cost and Jason Aaron (THOR, ORIGINAL SIN) and Chris Bachalo (UNCANNY X-MEN) are going to put Stephen Strange through hell to even the scales.

Marvel #1 issues from October 14th:

Captain America Sam Wilson #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Spencer, Nick
Artist: Acuna, Daniel
When Steve Rogers was restored to his natural age, he chose one of his closest and most trusted allies to take up his shield. Now Sam Wilson, formerly the Avenger known as Falcon, carries on the fight for liberty and justice as the all-new, all-different Captain America!

New Avengers #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Ewing, Al
Artist: Sandoval, Gerardo
Cover Artist: Sandoval, Gerardo
EVERYTHING IS NEW. In the wake of SECRET WARS, the old order changeth – and Bobby DaCosta, Sunspot, is just the man to changeth it. Welcome to AVENGERS IDEA MECHANICS – a super-scientific global rescue squad of tomorrow’s heroes… today! America doesn’t want them! S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t know what to do with them! But Earth might not survive without… the NEW AVENGERS!

Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Duggan, Gerry
Artist: Stegman, Ryan
Cover Artist: Stegman, Ryan
New team, same mission. Steve Rogers has formed a new Avengers unity squad compromised of humans, mutants and…Inhumans? A new threat to the Avengers is revealed. Wait, is that Deadpool on the cover? Is he seriously an Avenger now?

Comics Worth Reading:

DC Comics: Bombshells  #3(DC)
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Sauvage, Marguerite
Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
A dark ritual is performed in a German cabaret, and a supernatural servant is brought forth to serve the Reich- has Zatanna been manipulated by The Joker’s Daughter? Plus, Batwoman leaves Gotham City, and Amanda Waller introduces her to an unearthly ally. And Wonder Woman gets into combat as she joins Mera on the European war front.

Harrow County #6 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
It’s said that everyone has an evil twin-and in Emmy’s case that may be true! But if Kammi is evil, she’s also charming, clever, and sweet, and she could lure Emmy down a dark and dangerous path-one that leads ever closer to fulfilling the legacy of the long-dead witch Hester Beck!

Star Trek/Green Lantern #4 of 6 (DC/IDW)
Writer: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Laming, Marc
The crossover event of 2015 continues here, as Starfleet and the Green Lantern Corps team up in the middle of a ring-powered galactic war! The evil Nekron has arrived in the Star Trek universe… with his eye on resurrecting the planet Vulcan itself! Don’t miss out on the latest chapter of this franchise-spanning epic!

Rebels #7 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, Brian
Artist: Woodson, Matthew
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
A standalone one-shot story featuring the lush artwork of Matthew Woodson (Northlanders, Meathaus), this issue takes the American folktale of Molly Pitcher and brings to it fresh relevance as a poignant commentary on the subjects of veterans’ rights and women in combat. Not to be missed.

Topic of the Week:

Spooky Comics: Come prepared to discuss your favorite scary, spooky, or halloween inspired comics.

  • Aliens: Labyrinth » 4 issues, VOLUME » Published by Dark Horse Comics. 1993.  One of the creepiest, most disturbing, and most influential Aliens stories of all time.
  • Several Aliens books and movies borrow scenes and concepts from this story, including the recent Prometheus movie.
  • Issue #3 describes the events from his youth that cause Dr. Church to become an expert on Xenomorph behavior. The story is chilling and tense from beginning to end

This Month’s Highlights:

Where we each callout the 1 or 2 books we’re most looking forward to. Also –any key #1’s or good jumping on points?

*Your Pull List for October 21, 2015

Black Canary #5(DC)
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Guerra, Pia
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
The secrets of Ditto’s bizarre abilities come to light-and Dinah and her newfound nemesis Bo Maeve come face to face! It’s not gonna be pretty

Star Wars FASE #4 of 4 (Marvel)
Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Checchetto, Marco
Cover Artist: Checchetto, Marco
* Concluding the first new-canon comic tale set between episodes VI and VII! * As the Empire Shatters around them, Rebel heroes fight for a better tomorrow! * Greg Rucka (Punisher, Cyclops, Wolverine) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) take us into the more recent long, long time ago!

Empty Zone #5 (Image)
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
We learn Corinne’s dark secret and everything crashes down in pure destruction as she takes on a gang of thugs that are half-animal.

Cognetic #1 (BOOM!)
Writer: TynionIV, James
Artist: Donovan, Eryk
Cover Artist: Donovan, Eryk
What’s to Love: The creative team behind the award-nominated Memetic are back with another apocalyptic tale! In Cognetic, Tynion and Donovan offer a look at the fundamentally human desire for control-that deep-seated belief we all feel in our darkest moments that if we had total, absolute power, we would be able to create a perfect world. What It Is: Every human believes that they are self-reliant, self-determined individuals, each set on their own course. They’ve built civilizations, they’ve built culture, they’ve built lives… But what if that isn’t the right track? What if there is a singular mind ready to take back control and finally right the destiny of mankind and build a better tomorrow? Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s a psychic action thriller, precariously positioned on the edge of outright apocalypse. It’s also the story of a young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. Each issue in this miniseries is oversized with 48 pages!

Steam Man #1 of 5 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Miller, Mark Alan
Artist: Kowalski, Piotr
Cover Artist: Kowalski, Piotr
The Old West, but not as we know it. Giant steam-powered robots are created to take down invading Martians and armies of killer albino apes in an all-out brawl. The Steam Man, a giant metal man operated by a team of monster hunters, seems to have the town protected and the West under control, until a crazed and powerful vampire comes to town to bring forth the apocalypse!

*Your Pull List for Oct 28, 2015

Art Ops #1 (Vertigo)
Writer: Simon, Shaun
Artist: Allred, Michael
Cover Artist: Allred, Michael
In this new series by Shaun Simon, co-writer (with Gerard Way) of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, and legendary artist Michael Allred (iZOMBIE), art not only imitates life, it becomes it! When rogue figures from famous works of art come to life and escape their frames, it’s up to Reggie Riot and the agents of Art Operatives to track them down before they wreak havoc on the unsuspecting public. But Reggie has secrets of his own that may affect his ability to interact with these living works of art—and he wants no part in the agency his mother ran before him. Pop culture will never be the same.

Black Magick #1 (Image)
Writer: Rucka, Greg
Artist: Scott, Nicola
Cover Artist: Scott, Nicola
The hammer falls this Halloween! From New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, Stumptown, Gotham Central) and superstar artist NICOLA SCOTT (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Earth 2)! Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the truth about herself

Gotham By Midnight #10 (DC)
Writer: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Sienkiewicz, Bill
After the shocking ending of the Internal Affairs investigation into the Midnight Shift, Drake and Corrigan find themselves on the run from the GCPD! Can Corrigan face The Spectre once and for all in order to save Drake

Love Vol. 2: The Fox HC (Magnetic Press)
Written by Frédéric Brrémaud / Illustrated by Federico Bertolucci
It’s not easy being one of the smaller predators in the woods, competing with an entire woodland population for scraps along the food chain. But when nature throws cataclysmic weather into the mix, it becomes a race for survival – and love. Follow an agile, intrepid fox through a day’s journey through the woods in this beautiful all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in lavish, wordless illustration.

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com




13 Oct

Previews -October 2015



Comics.Community PREVIEWS Worksheet for October Previews.

Here are my picks for the show that never was in October:
Dark Horse
1. Alabaster the Good the Bad & the Bird #1 (Dec 9th)
alabasterWriter: Kiernan, Caitlin R.
Artist: Warren Johnson, Daniel
Cover Artist: Ruth, Greg
A new evil haunts the sun-scorched back roads and ghost towns of the American South-murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Once again, Dancy Flammarion must face down demons: both those who walk the world unchallenged and those in her own shattered mind.

1. Rebels #9 (Dec 9th)
rebelsWriter: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
Before the Revolutionary War, across the Ohio River Valley, numerous forts were built to claim and hold valuable territory. Meet Stone Hoof, a young Native American who falls in with a crew of white settlers during the French and Indian War.

2. Harrow County #8 (Dec 9th)
harrowWriter: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Kammi has rallied the forsaken haints to her dark cause. Now Emmy may have to make a profound sacrifice if she hopes to protect her kith and kin at the heart of Harrow County.

Sherlock Holmes Crime Alleys HC (Feb 3rd)
ripperWriter: Cordurie, Sylvain
Artist: Nespolino, Alessandro
Cover Artist: Toulhoat, Ronan
When members of England’s literati begin disappearing without ransom or a trace, Sherlock Holmes springs into action! But the mastermind behind the abductions may prove too cunning even for the great detective!
DC Comics
1. Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 of 6 (Dec 9th)
BMTMNTWriter: TynionIV, James
Artist: Williams II, Freddie
Cover Artist: Williams II, Freddie
DC Comics and IDW team up for the crossover you never saw coming as two of the greatest entertainment icons meet for the first time! In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail. Get ready for excitement as heroes and villains from both worlds clash and team up in an epic battle that threatens the very fabric of reality!

1. Dark Knight III Master Race #2 of 8 (Dec 23rd)
DK3Writer: Miller, Frank
Artist: Kubert, Andy
Cover Artist: Kubert, Andy
The unexpected finale to the Dark Knight saga continues as Carrie Kelly gets caught…that is, she finds herself…she gets into-well, you’re just going to have to read it yourself.


2. Black Canary (2015-) #7 (Dec 16th)
canaryWriter: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
It’s the deafening finale of the band’s debut tour! Dinah will have to scream louder than she ever has before


3. Gotham By Midnight #12 (Dec 23rd)
gothamWriter: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Sienkiewicz, Bill
The final battle for the soul of Gotham City begins, and The Spectre might be facing more than just the ancient spirit called Ikkondrid. What will Corrigan and the Midnight Shift do if they discover that The Spectre is on the wrong side of this fight after all?
IDW Publishing
1. Judge Dredd (ongoing) #1 (Dec 16th)
dreddWriter: Farinas, Ulises
Artist: McDaid, Dan
Cover Artist: Farinas, Ulises
‘Mega-City Zero,’ part 1! Ushering in a brave new era, Judge Dredd awakens to find that Mega-City One has been sent back to the Stone Age, with city blocks overgrown and nary a citizen to be found. Witness as Dredd struggles to unravel the mystery as he copes with being just an ordinary Joe…

2. X-files X-mas Special Special #1 (Dec 23rd)
Writer: Harris, Joe
Artist: Smith, Matthew Dow
Cover Artist: Menton3,
Special Season 11 tie-in! Just in time for the holiday season, the Lone Gunmen learn of the impending arrival of some unwelcome visitors. But before they can raise the alarm, they receive some other unexpected guests…

1. Star Trek/Green Lantern #6 of 6 (Dec 9th)
STGLWriter: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Mooney, Stephen
It’s the final chapter of the crossover event of 2015! The dead have risen. Heroes have fallen. The last survivors of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps join together to fight the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known. Who will be left standing? Don’t miss the shocking events that will change the future of both franchises forever!

2. Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution #5 of 5 (Dec 2nd)
sevenpercentWriter: Tipton, Scott
Artist: Joseph, Ron
Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution comes to an action-packed conclusion as Holmes, Watson and Freud race to prevent a world war, and Holmes’ darkest secret is revealed!


Image Comics
1. Image 1sts -Reprints- for $1. (Dec 2nd)
Bitch Planet, Descender, ODY-C, Wayward,

1. Monstress #2 MR (Dec 2nd)
monstressWriter: Liu, Marjorie M.
Artist: Takeda, Sana
Cover Artist: Takeda, Sana
Maika fights to cross the wall.



2. Faster Than Light #4 (Dec 9th)
fasterthanlightWriter: Haberlin, Brian
Artist: Haberlin, Brian
Cover Artist: Haberlin, Brian
AUGMENTED REALITY ENHANCED Meet The Neighbors. What happens when you meet a highly advanced species to form a new alliance BUT you can’t even stand to look at them? Also, Forest must root out the truth when a collection of space vagabonds try to sell him their home planet.

3. Head Lopper #2 (Dec 9th)
lopperWriter: MacLean, Andrew
Artist: MacLean, Andrew
Cover Artist: MacLean, Andrew
Norgal and Agatha pass through a dark forest with a particularly grim history, where they meet a strange little creature named Gnym. Is he a friend? Or does he just want to see undead giants squish the Head Lopper to meat-jelly? All this… And more! MAJOR PLOT POINT Villain, Servin Lulach’s origin story is introduced.

Manhattan Projects Vol. 6 TP (Dec 16th)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Pitarra, Nick
Cover Artist: Pitarra, Nick
The sixth volume of the award-winning Manhattan Projects. The Sun Beyond the Stars. Collects THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1-4

Empty Zone Vol. 1: Conversations With the Dead TP MR (Dec 16th)
emptyzoneWriter: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Collects EMPTY ZONE #1-5



Marvel Comics
1. A-force #1 (Dec 16th)
aforceWriter: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: TBD,
A-FORCE, ASSEMBLE! From the ashes of Battleworld, Marvel’s newest hero SINGULARITY has risen and entered the Marvel Universe. But she didn’t make the journey alone. To combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, Singularity will summon the world’s mightiest team of Avengers to her side: SHE-HULK. CAPTAIN MARVEL. DAZZLER. MEDUSA. NICO MINORU. Together, they are A FORCE to be reckoned with! Rated T+

2. Daredevil (2014-) #1 (Dec 2nd)
Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Garney, Ron
Cover Artist: Garney, Ron
Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney’s office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it’s a whole new chapter for our man without fear-including the arrival of the devil’s advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot. Rated T+

3. Squadron Supreme #1 (Dec 16th)
squadronWriter: Robinson, James
Artist: Kirk, Leonard
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex
They’re each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they’ll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme — comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess — are a team that doesn’t ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way…that’s your problem! Tell that to the Squadron’s first target — Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum’s homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes…but at what cost to the people of Atlantis. Rated T+

1. Captain America White #5 of 5 (Dec 30th)
CAWhiteWriter: Loeb, Jeph
Artist: Sale, Tim
Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
This is it! The long awaited finale to Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s epic Captain America story! Rated T+


2. All New Hawkeye #2 (Dec 9th)
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Perez, Ramon K.
Cover Artist: Perez, Ramon K.
A reluctantly reunited team Hawkeye struggles to rebuild trust and rectify past mistakes. But they’re put through the ringer when their mission brings them face to face with The Mandarin! It’s a turbulent trip down memory lane in this exciting issue that takes Kate and Clint back to the future.
Boom Studios
1. Jim Hensons Storyteller Dragons #1 (Dec 2nd)
hensonWriter: Bayliss, Daniel
Artist: Bayliss, Daniel
Cover Artist: Bayliss, Daniel
What’s to Love: We explored the many different myths and legends about witches in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, and we’re thrilled to rejoin the Storyteller and his faithful dog as they explore a whole new set of stories about dragons from talented creators with beautiful and unique styles. What It Is: Dragons have taken many different shapes in cultures across the world, from serpents and ‘worms’ to thunderbirds and the classic European firebreather. In this first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) bring us ‘Son of the Serpent,’ inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird.

1. Wilds End Enemy Within #4 of 4 (Dec 23rd)
wildsendWriter: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
Synopsis: Fawkes and Alph discover the alien crash site from weeks earlier.


2. Klaus #2 (Dec 2nd)
klausWriter: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Mora, Dan
Cover Artist: Mora, Dan
Synopsis: As the downtrodden people of Grimsvig struggle under totalitarian rule, Klaus stealthily evades the guard and slips magical, living toys into the poorest of homes to lift their spirits.

Collection –
Escape From New York Vol. 1 TP (Dec 9th)
escapeWriter: Sebela, Christopher
Artist: Barreto, Diego
Cover Artist: Bradstreet, Tim
What’s to Love: ‘I thought you were dead.’ ‘Call me Plissken!’ We could seriously quote John Carpenter’s gritty cult classic all day. Expanding Carpenter’s world of Big Trouble in Little China in comics has been a dream, and now we’re diving into the war-torn ‘future’ of Escape from New York with the most reluctant anti-hero in action flicks, Snake Plissken! What It Is: Snake Plissken is back! Picking up right at the end of the cult classic film, Snake heads south to get away from it all, but trouble follows him to Florida where a militant family leads an attempted secession from the rest of the U.S.! Collects issues #1-4.

Misc Indie Titles

1. Glance Backward HC -Magnetic Press- (Dec 2nd)
glanceWriter: Paquet, Pierre
Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Cover Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Eleven-year-old Pepe’s world turns inside out when he finds himself pulled inside the walls of his own home, seemingly trapped in a strange and surreal place. As he searches for a way out, he discovers a myriad of strange, intriguing, and frightening characters, who ultimately lead him to complete the greatest journey of them all: growing up. A powerful coming of age tale everyone can identify with.

2. Resistance: Orbital (Vol. 6) Paperback -Cinebook– (December 7, 2015)
orbitalby Sylvain Runberg (Author),
Serge Pellé (Illustrator)
The Confederation is on the brink of civil war! After fleeing Confederate space, Caleb and Mezoke are hiding among a community of exiles disgusted by the corruption and violence infecting the galactic government. Caleb is recovering slowly, just as Angus, the living ship, is doing on a different world. But a powerful, dangerous psychic link seems to exist between them, and all are actively hunted by both the authorities and a terrorist group. When running ceases to be the answer, the only option left is resistance…

3. Providence #6 of 12 -Avatar- (Dec 30th)
Writer: Moore, Alan
Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Fans and critics alike are hailing Alan Moore’s Providence as the horror event of the year! Mild mannered newsman Robert Black is uncovering a mysterious undercurrent of fear as the pieces of the Lovecraftian puzzle slowly begin to make a coherent picture. The dramatic tension is building with each incredible ad-free 40 page issue and this issue begins the big unveils. The work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. And the end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date.Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

Misc Merchandise
1. DC Business card cases -Flash & WW- (Jan 6th)
Let your clients know their assignments will be done in a flash, with The Flash Business Card Case! Featuring a glossy finish and emblazoned with Barry Allen’s iconic sigil, this PREVIEWS Exclusive card case will let everyone know that you may be the fastest man alive!

2. New Ships for Star Wars X-Wing based on Rebels cartoon (Dec 23rd)
The Ghost, Imperial Assault Carrier, inquisitor’s Tie Fighter,

3. Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Trivial Pursuit (Nov 18th)
Test your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 300 questions from the first 10 films! Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Trivial Pursuit features: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor, and Captain America.

10 Jul

Monthly Comics Update -June 2015

Comics Update June 2015

Here’s everything I read in June. I’m giving my thoughts here because I wasn’t on the Comics.Community podcast much last month and had no way of expressing my incredibly valuable insights.


Not a great month for Marvel even though I bought several titles. I was disappointed in several of my regular books and even the one new title I bought. That said, Secret Wars is still amazingly good. If this was the new Marvel continuity going forward I wouldn’t be upset and it would be a damn bold move on their part.

This is the story of how the world would have been different if the events of Civil War and One More Day hadn’t revealed Peter’s secret identity and erased his marriage to Mary Jane. It’s also a subtle middle finger to all the fans who hated those two controversial events by reinforcing the idea that Peter Parker can’t be Spider-Man, and can’t be a true hero, if he has other responsibilities like a wife and family.

Bull-snot, I say. Bull-snot.

The saga of Battle World continues to twist and turn as doctors Doom and Strange each reveal some secrets and also make plans for the future. Also, some loose ends show up in the forms of 616 and Ultimate characters who were missing at the end of Time Runs Out.

The writing and worldbuilding in this event have been better than I could have ever expected. I’ve decided to appreciate each issue as it comes just in case the excellence can’t be sustained for the entire run. If the writing falters then at least I’ll have this time to appreciate what they’ve produced thus far.

I’m falling out of love with the new Star Wars comics. The writing and art seem to be dipping in quality. It’s not a bad comic, but it is sliding from its lofty perch atop my pull list and will probably be cut from the list altogether after this month.

Darth Vader was the one Star Wars title that was holding its ground on my pull list, but now this one seems to be losing steam and losing focus on what made it so good. The best part of this book was the tension between Vader and the Emperor.

As Sith Lords, their master and apprentice relationship is always hanging on a thread because there can only be one master and one apprentice. Meaning, Vader is always trying to supplant the Emperor as master and the Emperor is always trying to replace Vader with another pupil. Now that the tension between the two is somewhat diffused, so is the book.

This story hasn’t really grabbed me, mainly due to the annoying characterization of Leia as such a reckless character. It seems she’s headed towards a character arc where she grows into the more responsible leader that we know from the movies and comics, but it’s an arc that I’ve already seen before.

Crushed is how I felt after reading the first half of this volume. I had to double and triple check that it was the same creative team on this volume as previous volumes because the writing and story took a dramatic turn for the worse. The language seemed very juvenile and ill-conceived both for the narration and the dialog. Basically, I didn’t like it.

I didn’t have a problem with the story of Kamala being stabbed in the back by her first crush, though the execution was very rushed, but everything before that happened was dreadful. The second half of the book picked up a bit, but the overall mediocrity of this volume has me questioning my own giddy feelings for Ms. Marvel.

Ms. MARVEL #16 Last Days

A few lingering melancholies from her heartbreak in “Crushed” aside, this was a nice bounce-back from the disappointment of Vol. 3.

Issue #16 gets us back to what made Ms. Marvel such a great hero. People in Jersey City need help, so she rushes to the rescue with no questions asked.

Last Days is a tie-in to the big finale of the old 616 MCU and serves as a snapshot of where certain heroes are at as this world ends and Battleworld begins. Also, a nice cameo on the last page makes me interested to see what happens in the final, final issue of Last Days.


With Convergence mostly in the rear-view mirror, DC is starting to unveil what it might look like going forward. If inconsistency was a super power, DC would be Class 5,000.

The new “TRUTH” storyline running through DC comics is… something? I guess. At this point I just don’t understand why all this truthiness is suddenly so important. I see the impact it’s having and how it affects the characters, but I just don’t understand the greater point of the storyline.

Anyway, at this point anything is better than convergence and this new direction is at least somewhat interesting.

Batman is gone. Gotham needs Batman. There is a new Batman. Enter the Robo-Batman. Not an original story by any means, but they’ve managed to add a new twist to it by introducing a new high-tech corporation into Gotham City that’s trying to help Gotham by giving the GCPD their own version of Robocop dressed as Batman. So far, it’s been fun. Which is just about all you can ask for from DC these days.

The world is all about Batman v Superman these days so this book is trying to set up as many “versus” situations as it can. A newly depowered Superman vs. a newly roboticized Batman is the latest scenario that actually puts Batman on the more powerful footing for a change. The first fight was short and sweet, but it looks like they’re going for a rematch next issue that might actually have some stakes.

The only DC comic I was truly happy with this month was the new Black Canary title. This is a spin-off of the highly popular and entertaining Batgirl comic wherein we learn that Black Canary wants to give up the superhero lifestyle for a more normal life and therefore decides to be a rock star. Why not, right? Well, in this book we learn the why not.

It looks like this book will be a fun ride, but I wish this first issue had taken a little more time to focus on the band and their life on the road before all the superhero craziness got introduced. I know it’s a “superhero” comic, but I still wish they had let it not be one for at least a few issues.

Hmmm. Uh huh. Ehhh. Uhhh. Hmmm. These are the noises I was making as I read issue one of the new Hellblazer comic book. Spoiler, I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it either, though. There were some good points. Some nods to the character I knew from the first 100 issues of the original Hellblazer. However, by the end of this book I was left feeling like I had just read someone’s Cliff’s Notes version of John Constantine. It’s like the writer was checking off the boxes of what the character was supposed to be like without actually understanding who he is. Or rather, who he once was.

By the end of the issue I had come to the realization that the Constantine I knew only exists in those first hundred issues from way back when. Maybe even the first 50, if I’m honest. Maybe this new John will resonate with a new audience. I hope he does because I’ve already got my version of the character frozen in memory and locked away in back-issues for all time.

Perhaps John Constantine was the perfect character for the perfect time. The end of the 80’s. End of the Cold War. Fear of the future. Suspicion of the past. Old cultural institutions devouring themselves as they crumbled into obsolescence. It was a changing world in 1988, when the first issue of Hellblazer hit the shelves. It was a scary, worrisome, time for many and John Constantine wasn’t the hero who came to save the world or make it better, he was the hero who didn’t give a piss and just came to watch it all burn.

So, after recent events, Wonder Woman is now a god. THE god, in fact. THE god of Mt. Olympus anyway. Baby Zeus and momma Zola are safe. Queen Hera is part of team WW now. The rebellious Amazons are safely incarcerated and everything is going just fine. I guess that means it’s time for a new costume!

The reasoning behind the new costume is solid. She’s shedding the old costume she donned as a girl for a more grown up look. That’s fine. Most people can relate to that idea… I just wish the costume was actually more grown up looking. It looks terrible, to me. It has no style, garish colors, and it looks like someone chewed up every comic book costume ever then vomited out a gross amalgamation of them all.

Anyway, there’s a new mystery brewing. Someone on earth knows she’s the god of war, yadda, yadda, yadda, the costume sucks.


A slim month for Image comics this month, but the one title that I did pick up was well worth it.

Man. I can’t stop thinking about this comic. The moment after I finished the last page, I had to go back and start reading it again to figure out what I missed. Turns out that I didn’t actually miss anything. I just failed to understand what I had read.

This is a very exciting new series that I can’t wait to keep reading. The setting is a strange mix of futuristic with post-apocalypse that very much reminds me of proper Cyberpunk. The main character is a tortured enigma whom, after one issue, I have dubbed “the cybernetic John Constantine” for the way she’s tortured by literal and figurative ghosts from her shadowy past. She also has some mysterious connection to and control over technology that reminds me of Constantine’s relationship with magic.

A book like this is why I read comics. Go read it for yourself.

Dark Horse

Perhaps through necessity Dark Horse is slowly but surely moving away from their licensed titles and towards more new creator owned titles. This should be a good thing, and it is, but their titles just don’t have quite the same appeal as Image comics. Not yet anyway.

The Dark Horse comics I bought this month are good, but not great.

I’m enjoying the creepy and mysterious vibe that Harrow County is putting out, but I will admit that the story is a bit slow with the details of what exactly is going on. I’m rather enjoying the slow burn of this story, though I do understand that it might not be for everyone.

More American Revolution! That’s a good thing. Read your history people!
In this issue our hero, Seth, meets up with the legendary patriot Ethan Allen and decides to join him on a military campaign. This does not sit well with Seth’s new bride, but… freedom and stuff. Seth’s reasoning for leaving home once again are short and not well explained, but he’s a patriot dammit! So, his reasons are self evident.

This is a very slow comic with a lot of historical and political references that might (let’s just say it) bore the snot out of some comic book readers. I, however, am soldiering on like a good patriot to see if things pick up once the actual war begins in earnest.


IDW seems to be hedging their bets by publishing nice, safe, license based titles that are sure to sell alongside more risky and risque titles that might not appeal to a wide audience. This observation is, of course, based on my own pull list that includes a wacky sci-fi comedy, a lesbian time-travel romance, and a licensed title that has somehow managed to create a crossover event with itself.

D4VE #5
The conclusion to D4VE is pretty much what I thought it would be as soon as the new aliens were introduced into the story. This made for a more exciting, yet more predictable, story and really changed the flow of the book from a story about a guy/robot past his prime to a guy/robot looking for redemption. It wasn’t a bad change, but it was a bit disappointing to me because it felt like I was reading the Incredibles, except with lewd robots instead of Pixar cartoons.

Hrm. A neat idea poorly executed. Getting the comic book Ghostbusters together with the Animated Ghostbusters via a dimensional rift is a fun idea, but we JUST had basically the exact same thing happen with the TMNT/GB crossover and the 1st issue of this crossover showed no signs of being much different or superior to the previous crossover.

More wacky timey-wimey adventures with Teddy and Ano, complete with fairly graphic lesbian sex! Yowza. That was a little startling to see in a comic, but I’m a bit of a prude. It’s not that I disapprove, it’s just that my delicate sensibilities weren’t quite prepared. I guess I’m not European enough. Anyway. I continue to enjoy this French import by IDW.

This issue shows us what a status quo might look like between time travelling lovers who can create pocket dimensions that shift and change with their moods and whims. Then it abruptly shakes that status quo to the core with a mind-bending plot twist that leaves one of one of our heroes with a terrible choice to make. Should she save her love, or save the entire universe?

*Note – After reading these reviews again I’ve realized that I was pretty harsh on the month of June. I really do like comics. I swear!

07 Jul

C.C. Notes Ep. 32

Comics.Community PREVIEWS

Worksheet for Previews #32 July–>Sept

I discovered that Comixology has a previews catalog order form with all the comics.

Dark Horse

First Issues
1. Colder Toss the Bones #1 (of 5) September 30th
Writer: Tobin, Paul Artist: Ferreyra, Juan Cover Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Declan has gone from a mere human to a reluctant hero, all while the subject of the horrific machinations of the monstrous creature Nimble Jack. But our hero’s trials have only begun, as Jack flits freely between Boston and a deranged and dark reality known as the Hungry World, uniting agents of madness with only one purpose: to slaughter and consume Declan!

2. Paybacks #1 September 16th
Writer: Cates, Donny Artist: Shaw, Geoff Cover Artist: Affe, Lauren
Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill!

1. Harrow County #5 September 9th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Crook, Tyler Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
After uncovering Harrow County’s twisted history and her own bizarre connection to the populace, Emmy forges a new and profound connection to the land and its creatures-but a familiar and sinister presence lurks just over the county lines . . .

2. Tomorrows #3 (of 6) September 23rd
Writer: Pires, Curt Artist: MacEwan, Ian Cover Artist: Todd, Dylan
A death meme delivered through a popular phone app. An army of children terrorizing the city. Tokyo is burning, and only the Tomorrows can stop it. Continuing the techno-thrilling pop-magical pedal-to-the-metal trip through a terrifying future from writer Curt Pires (The Fiction, POP, Mayday), with art for this issue by Ian MacEwan (Sex)!

Collection –
Goon Library Vol. 1 HC November 11th
Writer: Powell, Eric Artist: Powell, Eric Cover Artist: Powell, Eric
Lonely Street comes under all manner of threats both tragic and hilarious in this deluxe hardcover edition of The Goon. The Nameless Man, the Zombie Priest, has come to town to build a gang from the undead. Yet even with an unlimited supply of soldiers, the Priest cannot move in on the territory controlled by the crime boss Labrazio and his unstoppable enforcer-the Goon. But when the Priest discovers Goon’s most closely held secret, the balance of power threatens to change forever! Collects The Goon Volumes 0-3.


1. Black Canary (2015-) #4 September 16th
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan Artist: Guerra, Pia Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
Guest artist Pia Guerra (Y: THE LAST MAN) joins the series! Dinah is on the hunt for her kidnapped guitarist, Ditto, and when she finds the person responsible, you better believe she’ll make them pay! Also: Uncover the secret of the band’s former singer, and how she plans to exact revenge on them for kicking her out!

2. DC Comics Bombshells #2 September 2nd
Writer: Bennett, Marguerite Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
Wonder Woman defies her mother’s orders and attempts to break Captain Steve Trevor out of his prison cell on Themyscira. But to accomplish this, she’s going to summon a little help from the deep in the form of Mera, Princess of Atlanta. Meanwhile, in Russia, two new heroes are about to be created to serve the Soviet Union: Supergirl and Stargirl!

3. Batgirl (2011-) #44 September 23rd
Writer: Stewart, Cameron Artist: Tarr, Babs Cover Artist: Tarr, Babs
Velvet Tiger’s got her claws around Luke Fox’s throat-and only Batgirl can save him!

Collection – A bunch of Convergence TPB books are coming out if you


First Issues
1. D4ve2 #1 (of 4) September 23rd
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan Artist: Ramon, Valentin Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
ONE YEAR LATER. With the world seemingly at peace, things seem pretty all right on 34RTH until a strange ship’s arrival sends D4VE head-first into an existential crisis: an inconceivable blast from the past that threatens not only D4VE’s dwindling relationship with 5COTTY, but all of robot-kind itself!

2. Jem & the Holograms Outrageous Annual #1 September 23rd
Writer: Thompson, Kelly Artist: Mebberson, Amy Cover Artist: Garbowska, Agnes
MOVIE NIGHT! JEM and her sisters relax with some popcorn and on-demand

3. Tet #1 (of 4) September 9th
Writer: Allor, Paul Artist: Tucker, Paul Cover Artist: Tucker, Paul
Writer Paul Allor and artist Paul Tucker present an extraordinary, heartfelt story of hard-boiled crime and star-crossed romance, set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed.

1. The Infinite Loop #6 (of 6) September 9th
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick Artist: Charretier, Elsa Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
The Anomalies’ storage facility is under siege, and the clock is ticking for Teddy. She has to make her final choice. Will she run away and save herself, or put everything at risk for the greater good?

2. Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #2 (of 5) September 23rd
Writer: Tipton, Scott Artist: Joseph, Ron Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft begin their scheme to help rescue Holmes from his demons. But can The Great Detective be deceived? The best-selling Sherlock Holmes novel by writer/director Nicholas Meyer comes to comics!

Tome Vol. 1: Vampirism HC September 2nd
The TOME anthology series presents world class, as well as up-and-coming artists exploring a common theme in a beautiful limited run, oversized book that includes an exclusive 12-track CD TOME Volume 1 has the theme of VAMPIRISM, which is the misuse of power, as well as the objectification and exploitation of others.
Format: HARD COVER Price: $150.00

Tome Vol. 2: Melancholia HC September 9th
TOME Volume 2 has the theme of MELANCHOLIA, which is not a state of depression but a condition the psyche passes through for individuation and our collective evolution. The artist is shown to be constantly going through stages of melancholia in their quest to create and show what they see to us for our collective benefit. Exclusive 8-track CD.

Collection –
Zombies vs. Robots Vol. 1 TP September 16th
Writer: Ryall, Chris Artist: Diecidue, Anthony Cover Artist: Wood, Ashley
New Robots! A renewed zombie threat! New human survivors! And an all-new world ready for the taking by one or more of these factions. Includes the stories ‘Inherit the Earth’ and ‘The Orphan.’ Collects issues #1-6.


First Issues
1. Plutona #1 (MR) September 2nd
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Lenox, Emi Cover Artist: Lenox, Emi
A brand-new heartfelt super-hero series by JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Hawkeye) and amazing newcomer EMI LENOX!

2. Faster Than Light #1 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Haberlin, Brian Artist: Haberlin, Brian Cover Artist: Vandyke, Geirrod
In the very near future we discover the secret of faster-than-light travel. Suddenly the universe is wide open to us, but are we ready for it? With all the idealism of the original Star Trek and the grit and immediacy of Gravity, the story of humanity’s first thrilling and terrifying adventures to the stars takes flight!

3. Tokyo Ghost #1 (MR) Cvr A Murphy September 16th
Writer: Remender, Rick Artist: Murphy, Sean Cover Artist: Murphy, Sean
The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo. examine our growing addiction to technology while thirsting for a nature we continue to destroy.

1. ODY-C #7 (MR) September 9th
Writer: Fraction, Matt Artist: Ward, Christian Cover Artist: Ward, Christian
He of Troiia must tell the story of his life-or face its violent end.

2. Empty Zone #4 (MR) September 23rd
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Corinne comes face to face with the man responsible for the death of her friend during a harrowing battle above the city.

3. From Under Mountains #1 (MR) September 30th
Writer: Gibson, Claire Artist: Leong, Sloane Cover Artist: Churchland, Marian
In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.

Collection –
Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Lemire, Jeff Artist: Nguyen, Dustin Cover Artist: Nguyen, Dustin
Collects DESCENDER #1-6.

Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR) September 9th
Writer: Vaughan, Brian K. Artist: Staples, Fiona Cover Artist: Staples, Fiona
Collects SAGA #25-30


First Issues
1. Captain America White #1 September 16th / #2 September 30th
Writer: Loeb, Jeph Artist: Sale, Tim Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
* From his re-awakening in the present day to his days on the battlefield during World War II, follow CAPTAIN AMERICA as he recalls a special mission during THE BIG ONE!
* It’s 1941 and the HOWLING COMMANDOS are just looking to kick back and relax….
* But CAP and BUCKY are about to make their night a whole lot worse!
* The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JEPH LOEB and TIM SALE reunite to tell a shocking story of CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY!
* Extra-sized issue featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #0 Rated

2. Journey Star Wars Fase #1 (of 4) September 2nd / #2 September 16th
Writer: Rucka, Greg Artist: Checchetto, Marco Cover Artist: Noto, Phil
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey with us into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.

3. Shield 50th Anniversary #1: Agent Carter (One-Shot) September 16th
* Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.!
* When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way?
* Operation S.I.N.’s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!

1. Secret Wars (2015-) #7 (of 8) September 2nd

2. Red Skull (2015) #3 (of 3) September 9th
Writer: Williams, Joshua Artist: Pizzari, Luca Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* The Deadlands have pushed Magneto’s mind to the brink of madness…
* Can the Shield survive an attack from the Red Skull’s new army?!
* Is there anyone left to defeat the Red Skull?

Damage Control: Complete Collection TP October 7th
Galactus ate your apartment building? Call Damage Control. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier crashed on your car? Call Damage Control. Aliens destroyed Manhattan

Moon Knight Vol. 3: In Night TP September 30th
Writer: Bunn, Cullen Artist: Ackins, Ron Cover Artist: Shalvey, Declan
Don’t miss this new exciting chapter that brings the horror and insanity of Moon Knight to new heights! After recent shocking events, Marc Spector is picking up the pieces of what’s left of his life. T


First Issues
1. Wilds End Enemy Within #1 (of 4) Main Cvrs September 23rd
Writer: Abnett, Dan Artist: Culbard, I.N.J. Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
What’s to Love: The first Wild’s End miniseries kept us in constant suspense with its unlikely mash-up of War of the Worlds and The Wind in the Willows. We’re holding our collective breaths once again as author Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator I.N.J. Culbard (The King in Yellow) are set to play with the paranoia and ‘enemy amongst us’ conspiracy theories prevalent in stories we love like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The X-Files. (Trade Paperback Vol 1 September 2nd)

2. Third Witch #1 (of 6) September 2nd
Writer: Scott, Mairghread Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla Cover Artist: Vanderklugt, Kyla
What’s to Love: Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches.

3. Diesel #1 (of 4) September 16th
Writer: Hesse, Tyson Artist: Hesse, Tyson Cover Artist: Hesse, Tyson
What’s to Love: We’ve been big fans of Tyson Hesse ever since we first discovered his webcomic Boxer Hockey. After cover stints on Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, we put him to the test with the tricky mixed-media art style of The Amazing World of Gumball and he just crushed it. Now, we’re excited to be working with him on his first original series, a coming-of-age story with a cool fantasy airship twist that fans of Tank Girl, Rocket Girl, or Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle are sure to enjoy!

1. Spire #3 (of 8) September 2nd
Past tensions between races resurface as Tithebound delegations arrive at the Spire to honor the new Baroness.

2. Over the Garden Wall #2 September 23rd
Writer: McHale, Pat Artist: Campbell, Jim Cover Artist: Campbell, Jim
The Tale of Fred the Horse! This issue takes place between episodes 4-5 of the Cartoon Network miniseries and tells the story of Fred, a down-on-his-luck horse who finds himself in trouble with the Highwayman.

Peanuts Where Beagles Dare Original September 16th
Writer: Cooper, Jason Artist: Scott, Vicki Cover Artist: Scott, Vicki
What’s to Love: Remember those seasonal Peanuts animated specials that’d air during the holidays? Those long-form stories are the same satisfaction we get from our Peanuts original graphic novels, which feature full-length stories. What It Is: Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, is on holiday in France but his leave is cut short when he’s recruited for a top-secret mission.

Irredeemable Premier Edition Vol. 1 HC September 2nd
Writer: Waid, Mark Artist: Krause, Peter Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
Collects issues #1-8 of Irredeemable.


1. Avatar -Providence #4 (of 12) (MR) September 30th
Writer: Moore, Alan Artist: Burrows, Jacen Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Alan Moore’s horror event of the year continues to push the limits of the comic book medium with an incredible ad-free 40 page fourth issue! Robert Black’s journey into the heart of the USA in 1919 continues as he finds the citizens of Salem to be most interesting. This work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. The end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date. Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

2. Seven Seas -Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 5 (MR) October 7th
Writer: Kentaro, Sato Artist: Kentaro, Sato Cover Artist: Kentaro, Sato
The zombie survival genre has just met its match! High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined. When a little girl clad in gothic lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember, and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra ‘Magical Girl’ under her breath, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos. Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl?

3. Adhouse -Gigant HC (MR) September 30th
Writer: Ryberg, Rune Artist: Ryberg, Rune Cover Artist: Ryberg, Rune
Gigant is a color-saturated, action-packed fantasy-comedy from Danish creator Rune Ryberg. The hero (Giant) is thrown into a bizarre journey within another dimension in an attempt to rescue his girlfriend who has been swallowed by a thousand-eyed monster.


First Issues
1. Native Trees of Canada Postcard Set August 26th
Artist: Shapton, Leanne
Leanne Shapton’s bold, vibrant watercolor portraits of the trees of Canada come to new life in this postcard set. The lively hues of the garry oak and the simple elegance of the staghorn sumac are perfectly presented in a beautiful keepsake box, great as a gift for a friend or yourself! This set of postcards collects thirty of Shapton’s spirited and singular drawings of the native trees of Canada.

2. Bee & Puppycat Cleavage Everywhere Blk: MED

3. Punisher Life-size Standup September 16th
The heroes and villains of Marvel Universe are on their way to your home with these new Marvel Heroes Life-Size Stand-Ups! Choose from Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, The Punisher, or Venom.


Pg 514 Peavy Princess Leia Electric Guitar.


19 May

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 27


For the week of February 16th 2015.


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· This Week’s Comic News:

This Week’s Comic News: come prepared with one or two recent news items that catch your eye for the group to discuss.

Luc Besson Adapts French Graphic Novel for Space Opera, Time Travel Film:
(themarysue.com 04/13/2015)

Luc Besson, director of recent sci-fi blockbuster Lucy and cult classic The Fifth Element, announced on Twitter that his next project is yet another sci-fi epic, this time an adaptation of the French graphic novel, Valérian and Laureline.

The project is called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and it will adapt the graphic novel by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières.

Besson also announced that the film would begin Shooting in December 2015 for a theatrical release sometime in 2017, and that the lead roles would be played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. Both actors should be familiar to fans with DeHaan having played Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Delevingne is set to tackle Enchantress in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

There’s been over 21 volumes of the series and UK publisher Cinebook is currently publishing English language editions of Valérian at a rate of one volume every six months. Volume 10, titled Brooklyn Line Terminus Cosmos, is scheduled for publication in September 2015.
First published in 1967 Valerian follows the two title characters, who are a “Time/Space agent” and his super intelligent companion who is originally from 11th century France. The comic is a contemporary of the Dr. Who TV series and shares many similar themes. It’s also credited with influencing many sci-fi classics including Star Wars, The Fifth Element, and Avatar.

Valérian, is a French science fiction comics series, created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in Pilote magazine in 1967, the final installment was published in 2010. All of the Valérian stories have been collected in graphic novel album format, comprising some twenty-one volumes plus a short story collection and an encyclopaedia. Valérian is one of the top five biggest selling Franco-Belgian comics titles of its publisher, Dargaud.[1]

The series focuses on the adventures of the dark-haired Valérian, a spatio-temporal agent, and his redheaded female companion, Laureline, as they travel the universe through space and time. Valérian is a classical hero, kind-hearted, strong and brave who follows the orders of his superiors even if he feels, deep down, that it is the wrong thing to do. On the other hand, his companion Laureline combines her superior intelligence, determination and independence with sex-appeal, making her one of science fiction’s most notable heroines. Influenced by classic literary science fiction, the series mixes space opera with time travel plots. Christin’s scripts are noted for their humour, complexity and strongly humanist and left-wing liberal political ideas while Mézières’ art is characterised by its vivid depictions of the alien worlds and species Valérian and Laureline encounter on their adventures. The series was a landmark in European comics and pop culture, and influenced other media as well – traces of its concepts, storylines and designs can be found on sci-fi films such as Star Wars, The Fifth Element, and Avatar.

UK publisher Cinebook is currently publishing English language editions of Valérian at a rate of one volume every six months.[51] The following volumes have been released so far:

– The City of Shifting Waters – July 2010
– The Empire of a Thousand Planets – July 2011
– The Land Without Stars – April 2012
– Welcome to Alflolol – September 2012
– Birds of the Master – March 2013
– Ambassador of the Shadows – November 2013
– On the False Earth – March 2014
– Heroes of the Equinox – September 2014
– Châtelet Station, Destination Cassiopeia – March 2015

The next volume, Brooklyn Line, Terminus Cosmos is scheduled for publication in September 2015.

Comics Uniting Nations -Kickstarter
The United Nations is diving into the wonderful world of comic books for a new Kickstarter project called Comics Uniting Nations.

Comics Uniting Nations is a charitable endeavor led by an educational non-profit group called Reading With Pictures, whose goal is to provide comics for free, worldwide, under a Creative Commons license to promote the United Nations’ new resolution on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!

In September, the United Nations is set to ratify a “to-do list” of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to serve as a roadmap toward a better tomorrow for the entire world.

These goals address wide-ranging issues such as; sustainable energy, extreme poverty, health, education, gender equality, drinkable water, economic growth, and several others.

The point of using comic books in this project is to spread the word about these goals to the entire world in a language that everyone can understand. The language of narrative art.

The goal is to create 17 separate comics that each address one of the SDG’s using wordless storytelling.

The reason they are using kickstarter is because pursuing institutional grant funding moves too slowly for them meet their September release deadline, and because they’re partnering with established comic creators who they wish to pay for their services.

Here are the initial four stories:

Writer: Yen Yen Woo (Dim Sum Warriors)
Artist: Lars Jakobsen (Ganske Vist)

Writer/Artist: Graphic India (Ramayan 3392A.D., Grant Morrison’s 18 Days)

Writer: Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man, Archer & Armstrong, Action Philosophers)
Artist: Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers, M.O.D.O.K: Reign Delay)

4) Goal 15: LIFE ON LAND
Writer: Frédéric Brrémaud (Love: The Tiger, Daffodil)
Artist: Federico Bertolucci (Love: The Tiger, Richard Coeur de Lion)

Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote
sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning
opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization
and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for
sustainable development
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,
sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land
degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide
access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions
at all levels
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for
sustainable development

Comics Worth Reading:

Poet Anderson Dream Walker #1 (of 3) (MR) (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Delonge, Tom
Artist: Stephane, Djet
Cover Artist: Parel, Gerald
Jonas Anderson is a typical slacker teen following in the footsteps of his aimless older brother, Alan. When the boys stumble on a secret technique for lucid dreaming, they find themselves in wild world full of fantastic possibility – and hidden dangers. Created by Tom DeLonge, founder and frontman of the bands Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves, this fantastic adventure traces the origin of the mysterious guardian Dream Walker known only in whispered circles as ‘Poet.’

Harrow County #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures-and to the land itself-in a way she never imagined. Don’t miss the first issue of this southern gothic fairy tale from the creator of smash hit The Sixth Gun, beautifully and hauntingly realized by B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook!

Convergence #6 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Benes, Ed
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Free of the reign of Telos, a pantheon of heroes unite at last in an effort to defend their collective cities – but they did not count on the threat of Deimos, who suddenly seems to possess the power to tear the Multiverse apart at the seams!

-Rebels #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
While Seth Abbott patrols the New England forests with his militia, his new bride Mercy holds down the home front. But whatever honeymoon period the growing American Revolution affords them is cut short when Seth and Ezekiel go on a daring nighttime raid determined to deny the British access down the Hudson River.

D4VE #4 of 5 (IDW)
Writer: Ferrier, Ryan
Artist: Ramon, Valentin
Cover Artist: Ramon, Valentin
Hell on 34rth! The invasion takes a violent turn and the robots begin to fall, causing D4VE to reveal a radical plan that could change the entire robot world forever…

Secret Wars #2 (of 8) (Marvel)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Ribic, Esad
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex

Thor #8 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The final battle with the Destroyer
* Guest stars galore!
* A shocking return!
* And oh yeah…Thor’s secret identity revealed at last!!!

Darth Vader #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Vader continues his investigation into the Emperor’s secrets…
* Not everyone wants him to find out the truth.
* Who are Vader’s mysterious new rivals?

-Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory TP (MR)
Writer: Zub, Jim
Artist: Cummings, Steven
Cover Artist: Cummings, Steven
IMAGE COMICS’S NEW SUPERNATURAL SPECTACULAR! ‘If Wayward isn’t the next Saga, it will be a damn criminal shame.’ -Bleeding Cool Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? JIM ZUB (Samurai Jack, SKULLKICKERS) and STEVE CUMMINGS (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) team-up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy with the action and mystery of Hellboy. Collects WAYWARD #1-5


Topic of the Week:

FCBD 2015: Come prepared to discuss your Free Comic Book Day highlights (books you got, general impressions, high/low points, etc.).

  • Books: Fight Club (meh), Secret Wars (helpful), Divergence (decent), Batman (good), Valiant (meh), Captain Canuck (interesting).
  • Kids: I was glad to see so many kids there who were excited about comic books and who knew all about many of them.
  • Numbers: It was good to see how many people came out.

This Month’s Highlights:

Where we each callout the 1 or 2 books we’re most looking forward to. Also –any key #1’s or good jumping on points?

-All-New Captain America: Fear Him #3 & 4 (Marvel)

*Your Pull List for May 20, 2015

Convergence #7 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Lopresti, Aaron
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
The largest battle in the history of the Multiverse is here! Who will win and who will lose when Deimos battles the combined might of the Earth 2 survivors, the heroes from Kingdom Come, the Titans and Parallax? All this and more, as the heroes of The New 52 join the fight!

Star Wars #5 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Cassaday, John
Cover Artist: Cassaday, John
* As Luke goes home in search of the truth about his late mentor…
* …Leia takes Han on a secret mission of vital importance to the Rebellion.
* Unfortunately, they both run into some unfriendly encounters.

A-Force #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: Cheung, Jim
* Marvel’s Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series!
* In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before
* Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that’s left, the Amazing A-FORCE stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!

Planet Hulk #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
* A forbidden zone of wild HULKS
* A battle-worn gladiator named STEVE ROGERS
* A journey that could break the spirit of a world’s greatest freedom fighter.
* PLUS: A back up story by a surprise creative team!

*Your Pull List for May 27, 2015

Convergence #8 (of 8) (DC)
Writer: King, Jeff
Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
Cover Artist: Pagulayan, Carlo
All the heroes of the DC Universe unite to face a crisis of infinite proportions – but when all is done, there can be only one reality. But will even that survive the battle?

Infinite Loop #2 (of 6) (IDW)
Writer: Colinet, Pierrick
Artist: Charretier, Elsa
Cover Artist: Charretier, Elsa
As Teddy hides The Girl Anomaly in her old apartment, the two girls get to know each other, and get closer. Until they learn that Teddy’s superiors sent special Unit 70 to hunt them down

Poet Anderson Dream Walker #2 (of 3) (MR) (Magnetic Press)
Writer: Delonge, Tom
Artist: Stephane, Djet
Cover Artist: Velasco, Francisco Ruiz
Jonas and Alan Anderson return to the Dream World, only to find themselves caught in an ageless battle between the rag-tag, mercenary Dream Walkers and the mysterious, evil REM, whose plans to take over the Waking World set his focus on young Jonas. Created by Tom DeLonge, founder and frontman of the bands Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves, this fantastic adventure traces the origin of the mysterious guardian Dream Walker known only in whispered circles as ‘Poet.’

TMNT Ghostbusters Directors Cut (IDW)
Writer: Waltz, Tom
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Schoening, Dan
The cross-over smash from 2014 returns in the form of a Director’s Cut Edition! Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, and Dan Schoening all give behind-the-scenes testimony detailing the creation of the story, and reveal all of the Easter eggs hidden in each issue! The perfect book for any fan of TMNT or Ghostbusters!

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com Where we’ve posted an all-new episode featuring the DnD 5th edition adventure module Hoard of the Dragon Queen!



11 Mar

Comics.Community Previews Show Notes Ep. 20


For the week of March 9th 2015.


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· Previews World Catalog for May 2015:


PREVIEWSworld.com is a service of Diamond Comic Distributors, the same people who publish the monthly PREVIEWS catalog that is used by over 90,000 consumers and retailers to order their comics and related merchandise.

I went through the Previews World catalog for May section by section and picked out some of the upcoming books that interested me.

Advertisement Section (pg.2-pg10)
•Swords of Sorrow (Dynamite) Advertisement & pg 325
Gail Simone Sergio Davila

The first thing I noticed when I opened up the Previews catalog was this crossover event featuring “Dynamite’s fiercest females.” Sonja, Deja Thoris, Vampirella, Jungle Girl and “many, many more.”

I think if you’re a fan of cheesecake art and women with questionably drawn anatomy, then this will be the event for you.

Splash Page (pg.15-pg.19)
•Injection (Image) Splashpage & pg 194
Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight)

The team that reimagined Moon Knight brings a new Sci-Fi series to Image Comics.

•Dirk Gently (IDW) Splashpage & pg 161
Douglas Adams

The man who create Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy presents Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

•Batgirl “Selfie” T-Shirt (Graphitti Designs) Splashpage & pg 453
Image from the Iconic cover of Batgirl #35

Toychest (pg.20-pg.23)
I’m not really into toys and collectables but these two items did catch my eye.

•Batwoman “Bombshell” statue. pg 154

•Hulk vs HulkBuster statue pg 498

Free Comic Book Day (pg.27-pg.37)

FBCD May 2nd 2015

Premiere Comics Previews (pg.38-pg.426)
I’m not really into toys and collectables but these two items did catch my eye.

•Adventures of Dr. McNinja Vol3: King Radical! (Darkhorse) pg 52
Christopher Hastings

This caught my eye because it’s a webcomic being published in Trade Paperback form, and so i wanted to use it as an excuse to talk about webcomics, but also because I immediately thought about our friend Raphael when I saw this book. Doctor, also a Ninja. Cure for everything is punching or stabbing. If you like God Hates Astronauts, you’ll probably like this. Also, the guy who does this is now writing the Adventure Time comic for Boom!

•Predator: Fire and Stone TP (Darkhorse) pg 61
Joshua Williams

I’m mentioning this because I want to point out that they are releasing the TP of Fire and Stone in the correct order, so you can feel free to pick them up as they come out if you don’t want to wait for the Omnibus. Premetheus (April), Aliens (May), AVP (June), Predator (July).

•Frank Frezetta “Death Dealer” Snow Globe (Darkhorse) pg 79
I mean, c’mon.

•Convergence (DC Comics) pg 83
Jeff King

Convergence Issues 5-8 coming out in May.

Also, the #2 issues for all of their other Convergence Titles.

Also, Trade Paperbacks:
•Gotham Academy Vol 1 (June) pg 131
•Swamp Thing Vol 6 (June) pg 133

•Mad max: Fury Road #1 (Vertigo) pg 139
George Miller, Nico Lathouris

Movie tie in.

•The Kitchen #7 (Vertigo) pg 145
Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle

May 20th. Another shout out to Raphael.

•Jem & the Holograms #3 (IDW) pg 168
Kelly Thompson, Ross Campbell

I’m going to get #1, just to see what they do with it. There’s also a movie coming out.

•TMNT/Ghostbuster: Director’s Cut. (IDW) pg 183
Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz

For TMNT & Ghostbuster fans. 48 pages of behind the scenes testimony and hidden easter eggs from the 2014 crossover event.

•TMNT: Mutanimals #4 of 4 (IDW) pg 185
Paul Allor, Andy Kuhn

End of the Mutanimals saga that Darrol told us about on the last podcast.

•80’s TV nostalgia. (IDW) pg 189

•Miami Vice: Remix #3

•Knight Rider Vol 1 TP

•Womanthology: Heroic (IDW) pg 190

Anthology of comics created by over 150 women.

•Mythic #1 (Image) pg 198
Phil Hester, John McCrea

The sneak preview pages they included with this got me very interested.

•Rocket Girl #6 (Image) pg 222
Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder

Picking up where the Rocket Girl Vol 1 TP left off.

•Jupiter’s Circle #2 (Image) pg 235
Mark Millar, Wilfredo Torres

May 6th.
I’ve been anticipating this comic for a while, even though I know nothing about it, basically because of the gorgeous cover art by Frank Quietly.

•Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #3 (Image) pg 236
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra

May 27th. New Spinoff series? I had no idea this was coming out.

•Bounty Hunter T-Shirt (Image) pg 263

Shout out to this t-shirt for having the guts to rip off star Wars, the NBA, and everyone else who’s done one of these “league” shirts.

•Providence #1 (Avatar Press) pg 276
Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows

Alan Moore + HP Lovecraft = a must read. Here’s the quote that sold me.
“(Alan) Moore deconstructs all of Lovecraft’s concepts, reinventing the entirety of his work inside a painstakingly researched framework of American history.”

Providence is both a sequel and a prequel to previous comic Neonomicon, which is being reprinted. Or, you can but a special collection of all of Alan Moore’s Lovecraft related tales in the Path to Providence box set for 150$.

•Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches HC (Boom!) pg 305
S.M/ Vidaurri, et al

The art in this books just screams for a quality hardcover printing. Hopefully BOOM! will deliver that quality at the 25$ price point.

Marvel Previews

Looking at all these previews for Last Days, Secret Wars, and Battle World makes me feel a little overwhelmed.

That said, there are a few that do look interesting.

•Secret Wars: Battle World #1 (of 4)
The cover depicting an all MODOK Marvel Universe is pretty hilarious. Also, the mini-series aspect makes me more likely to pick it up.

•Secret Wars: Journal #1 (of 5)

Interesting mashup of Lady Hawkeye from 1602 along with possible XMEN vs Moon Knight/Khonshu battle is just wild enough to be interesting.

•Secret Wars: Infinity Gauntlet #1
Gerry Duggan, Dustin Weaver

Does Secret Wars affect the entire galaxy, or is it just on Earth?

•Secret Wars: Warzones: Old Man Logan #1
Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Sorrentino

No art by Steve Mcniven other than covers is a bummer. The world of Old Man Logan is very interesting, but I feel like I’ve read all the story there that I need to. Issue one needs to be great in order for me to pick up any more.

•Secret Wars: Warzones: Planet Hulk#1
Sam Humphries, Marc Laming

Gladiator Steve Rogers vs a world of feral Hulks sounds like a lot of fun.

•All the Star Wars Comics #5

I wasn’t too keen on Princess Leia #1, but I’ll keep picking them all up.
•Thor #8
Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman

Looks like the secret will be revealed in issue #8.

•Agent Carter Season 1 Declassified HC, pg 103
200pgs $50 June 2015

Behind the scenes photos and interviews from the TV show. Looks like a good collectable for fans of the show.

•Ant-Man vol1 TPB
June 2015

I liked the first issue, this was one on my list to grab the TPB.

•Ms Marvel vol3 TPB
June 2015

This is one I’ll continue to pick up in TPB.

27 Jan

Year in Review: 2014


For the week of January 26th 2015.


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· 2014 Year in Review:

If you listened to the Comics.Community year in review podcast, then you will have already heard my picks for best of 2014. Below are my notes from that podcast

Comics.Community – 2014 IN REVIEW


-Favorite Pre-Established Ongoing Series – Your three favorite currently ongoing comic series that launched before 2014.

  1.      Saga
  2.      Manhattan Projects
  3.      Batgirl

Favorite New Ongoing Series – Your three favorite currently ongoing comic series that launched in 2014.

  1.      Gotham by Midnight
  2.      Thor
  3.      Ms. Marvel



-Favorite Mini-Series – Your three favorite mini-series that launched in 2014.

  1.      Wild’s End
  2.      Squidder
  3.      Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America (1 shot)



-Favorite Events – Your three favorite “Events” that launched in 2014.

  1.      Multiversity
  2.      Original Sin
  3.      Death of Wolverine



-Favorite Collected Edition (TPB or HC): Your three favorite Collected Editions that were published in 2014. Collected Editions are reprinted material published as a collection. The content can be pre-2014, but the collection must have been published in 2014.

  1.      Thor: God of Thunder.
  2.      Moon Knight Vol 1
  3.      Black Science Vol 1

Favorite OGN (original graphic novel): Your three favorite OGN’s that were published in 2014. An OGN is a new story published for the first time as a as a TPB or HC.

  1.      Doomboy
  2.      Andre the Giant: Life and Legend
  3.      Rocket Girl Vol 1



-Favorite comic-based movie/TV show of 2014 – Your three favorite comic-based movies/TV shows released in 2014.

  1.      Winter Soldier
  2.      Agents of Shield
  3.      The Walking Dead



-Favorite Comic News Stories of 2014: What announcements/industry-events had you most excited?

  1.      Spider bum.
  2.      Marvel Movie news.
  3.      Batman/Superman in East Lansing

 –Favorite Publishers: Your three favorite publishers in 2014.

  1.      Marvel
  2.      Image
  3.      DC

Biggest Comic Flops: So much promise… so little outcome. Your three biggest comic disappointments (books you looked forward to that didn’t live up to the hype).

  1.      Pop!
  2.      Batwoman
  3.      Fire & Stone

 –Sad Cancellations: Three titles you were sorry to see go away.

  1.      Hawkeye
  2.      She-Hulk
  3.      Grace Randolph’s SUPURBIA. (Not cancelled, but done)

 –Publisher Suggestion Box: (Finish the sentence) Dear publishers, please…

  1.      DC fix Batwoman.
  2.      Marvel & DC, less heroes, more villains.
  3.      Bring back Steve Rogers.

 –Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Website

  1.      Comic Book Resources
  2.      The Mary Sue
  3.      EW

Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Podcasts

  1.      Post Show Recaps
  2.      SU&SD
  3.      AMC Movie News



Most anticipated comic book series (print) of 2015.

  1.      Star Wars #1
  2.      Multiversity Guidebook (80 pages!)
  3.      S.H.I.E.L.D #1
  4.     Star Trek/ Planet of the Apes

 Most anticipated comic property (TV, movie) of 2015.

  1.      The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  2.      Marvel’s Agent Carter
  3.      Walking Dead


12 Nov

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 12


For the week of November 10th 2014.


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· This Week’s Comic News:

Marvel Subpoenas Google for “Age of Ultron” leaks:

(comicbookresources.com 11/06/2014)

Marvel’s response to the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer leak was swift—soon after the video hit the web, the studio abandoned its plans to debut it during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D the following week and released their own, high-res version right away. It paid off, breaking streaming records despite the leak.

But the story doesn’t end there—on Marvel’s request, Google has been subpoenaed by a federal judge to produce information relating to the source of the leak.

According to the documents filed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and obtained by Deadline, Google has been commanded to bring “all identifying information for the user ‘John Gazelle,’ “the Google account that leaked the trailer. The information is to be brought to Latham and Watkins LLP, a San Francisco firm, on November 18 for “inspection, copying, testing, or sampling.”

Given the remarkable speed of the legal recourse taken by Marvel Studios, it seems that Disney is quite keen on sending a message to the internet at large: Don’t leak their stuff.

Although Marvel appeared last month to take the leak of the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer in stride, tweeting “Dammit, Hydra,” behind the scenes the company appears determined to uncover who was behind it.

While documents don’t specify the nature of the file, a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice was sent by Marvel to Google on Oct. 22, the same day the trailer leaked.

Google acted quickly to remove the content, but Marvel also wants the IP address linked to the user’s Google+ and YouTube accounts.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives in theaters May 1.

Star Wars VII Title: “The Force Awakens”

(comicbookresources.com 11/06/2014)

Lucasfilm quietly revealed the full title of Star Wars: Episode VII with a logo released this morning announcing the end of principal photography: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


No additional details were provided, so fans will have to be content with speculation about the plot of the J.J. Abrams film. We do know that it takes place about 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and of course features the stars of the original series.

Opening Dec. 18, 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and Warwick Davis, and newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie.

Marvel Universe/”Attack on Titan” crossover:

(comicbookresources.com 11/03/2014)

Japanese pop culture magazine Brutus has revealed some new details concerning the upcoming crossover between Marvel Comics and the Attack on Titan manga (viaCrunchyRoll).

According the magazine’s next issue preview, Brutus 790 will feature a What If…? story that sees the Avengers battling the Female Titan from the popular manga in New York City (this conflicts with information initially tweeted by C.B. Cebulski, who said the crossover would take place in Japan).

The issue will also feature thoughts on the crossover and the characters from Attack on Titan creator Hajime Isayama. Isayama will draw a Titan sticker and the cover for the issue, but it’s still unclear who will actually be drawing the story itself.

Brutus 790, featuring the Avengers/Attack on Titan crossover, goes on sale in Japan on November 15.

titanMarvel’s Senior VP of Creative Development, C.B. Cebulski, tweeted out a black and white drawing of two Titans attacking NYC, with Spider-Man in the foreground.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity was nearly wiped out by giant creatures called Titans, “Attack on Titan” follows Eren Yeager, a young man who enlists in the military with his friends after a Titan devours his mother. The series, currently ongoing, details his adventures in the army as he discovers his ability to transform into a Titan.

· Comics Worth Reading:

-Death of Wolverine Deadpool and Captain America #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Duggan, Gerry (Deadpool 2014, Hulk 2014)
Artist: Kolins, Scott
Cover Artist: McGuinness, Ed

I bought this comic fully expecting to hate it, but I was actually charmed by the pairing of Old Man Cap and the Merc with the Mouth.

Cap and Deadpool are doing their duty by mutual friend, Wolverine, by going to his home and burning anything that could contain his DNA. I know that’s what I expect from my friends when I kick the bucket. Anyway, the new dynamic duo of Marvel Comics soon learns that A.I.M has a knife with some Wolverine DNA on it and they quickly move to retrieve it.

Watching Steve Rogers still kicking butt on the A.I.M nerd crew while Deadpool quips away was actually very fun and enjoyable.

The end of the book has a twist that could have huge, if predictable, ramifications for the whole “Death of Wolverine” saga.

-Terrible Lizard #1 (Oni Press)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Moss, Drew
Cover Artist: Hill, Ryan
The touching story of a girl named Jessica and her T-Rex … First of all, this is an all-ages book so you have to understand that it isn’t going to be gritty and serious, it’s going to be light-hearted and fun, and that’s exactly what it is.

It starts out with a pretty basic storyline, of a teenage girl who is bored and lonely living with her scientist father who only seems to care about his work. They live in a secluded compound called Cosmos Labs where her father is working on some kind of teleportation experiment for the military.

Needless to say, something goes wrong and her father accidentally materializes a giant T-Rex into his lab out of thin air. But this isn’t an ordinary T-Rex. He seems intelligent and friendly, and quickly forms a bond with Jessica. The military agrees to let Jessica and her father keep the T-Rex for study while they figure out what to do with it.

This was a fine first issue, but what I’m excited about is the final page which shows a giant gorilla monster about to attack Jessica and the T-Rex, so you know that monster fighting is about to break out in the next issue.

STK655930John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 (IDW)
Writer: Marz, Ron
Artist: Malsuni, Abhishek
Cover Artist: Jones, J. G.
I bought this book mainly for the cover art. Yes, it’s a mostly naked lady. I have no defense. Anyway, the story inside was total setup and also mostly pictures of a nearly naked Princess of Mars as she struggles against the mystery invader who has captured her and her capitol city.

It’s not very well written, though the reveal at the end is “interesting” in a way. Not nearly interesting enough to make me pick up issue #2 though.

-Spread #4 (Image)
Writer: Jordan, Justin
Artist: Strahm, Kyle
Cover Artist: Strahm, Kyle
Lead character “No” and his new family of Baby Hope, and Crazy Molly find themselves in the middle of a bit of a war between multiple parties, including some Spread worshiping priest whose followers look like human but are actually infected by The Spread. This probably won’t end well.

-Alien vs Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Sebela, Christopher
Artist: Olivetti, Ariel
Cover Artist: Gist, E.M.
Once again, I did not read this yet because of built-in SPOILERS!!! Dark Horse, why did you mess this up so bad?

·Topic of the Week:

Your Superhero home base: 

Ground Rules: We’re going to keep this as grounded as we can in reality by saying up front: superpowers don’t exist, BUT,  like Batman , you have at your disposal all the training and resources money can buy. So it may be better to think of this as your Vigilante Home Base.

Here are your questions:
1. Where is your Home Base located – in an isolated area like the country, or an abandoned part of town, or is it in a populated area like a residential neighborhood or business district – and Why? I’ve always liked the idea of having my own private island. I’d probably want it in international waters or near a small country so I don’t have to worry about law enforcement.

2. Access to your Home Base – How do you come and go from your home base? Do you try to keep access points hidden? Do you safeguard them? Do you have an escape plan? Secret submarine base, obviously. Also an airport for private jets. I would also buy decommissioned warships and upgrade them to give myself a navy. Hopefully a small aircraft carrier.

3. Home Base Uses – What is its primary purpose? What else do you do there? Do you spend nights there? Live there? Is it devoted to your superhero activities – like an office or lab, or do you use it in your personal life too? I would live there and run my global businesses and charities from there.

4. Who else knows about it? The people who work for me. I would be like a Tony Stark robotics designer. I would build cybernetic limbs for people who had lost their limbs in war, or some other way, and they would work for me doing charity work or whatever it is they are skilled at. 4 years of service, kind of like the peace corps, but they would get paid a good salary as well.

5. What is your favorite feature of your Home Base? Cayman Island-like tax benefits. Hopefully a nice beach, being that it’s an island.

6. Closing remarks. I’ve always wondered if Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark could actually do more good in the world than their superhero alter-egos if they put all their time and money into philanthropy or public works instead of batmobiles and Iron Man armors. Kind of like Ozymandias in Watchmen when he tells Nite Owl that schoolboy heroics won’t save the world.

· This Week’s Highlights:

-All-New Captain America #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Immonen, Stuart
Cover Artist: Immonen, Stuart
* This is it! The all-new, Spy-Fi, highflying adventures of Sam Wilson Captain America and Nomad begin here!
* Hydra is growing, the terrorist band have has infiltrated the Marvel Universe completely! But what is their ultimate goal?
* United by Hydra, Cap’s rogue’s gallery gathers to take down the new untested Captain America and Nomad!

-Captain America & Mighty Avengers #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Ewing, Al
Artist: Ross, Luke
Cover Artist: Ross, Luke
AXIS TIE-IN! Spinning directly out of AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS! Sam Wilson has become Captain America, and when he assembles the Mighty Avengers, he has a whole new mission statement in mind for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But how do the events of AXIS already spell doom for the team’s new direction? And what is Luke Cage doing meeting with the head of the notorious Cortex corporation? And why is Spider-Man trying to rejoin the team–doesn’t he know Luke and Jessica have been itching for payback ever since he tried to take their daughter to Child Services back when he was ‘Superior’?! They’re the Avengers for the people, of the people – helping whoever needs it, however they need it. And together with Sam Wilson – the all-new Captain America – they are Mighty. But in the wake of the earth-shattering events of AXIS, are they truly together? Or about to fall apart? Guest-starring the apologetic arachnid – Spider-Man!

-Prometheus Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Tobin, Paul
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Palumbo, David
Chaos breaks loose when a member of the Prometheus’s recovery team is exposed to the dangerous and mysterious genetic accelerant! Now, with the crew divided and hope for survival fleeting, a terrifying discovery offers a glimpse into the fate of the Prometheus . . . and the colony on LV-426!

-Dark Ages #4 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
When a godless mercenary war band discovers an ancient and bizarre piece of alien technology, they find themselves enlisted in the violent conflict against cosmic demon invaders!

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com for everyone’s favorite Dungeons & Dragon’s podcast.


05 Nov

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 11 (Off-Week)


For the week of November 3rd 2014.


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I’m not on the podcast for Episode 11, but I’ll keep up on the show notes just so I don’t fall out of practice.

· This Week’s Comic News:

-Marvel Movie News:

Marvel movie news dominated the headlines last week. Here’s the complete rundown.

Film                                                 U.S. release date     Director(s)
Avengers: Age of Ultron              May 1, 2015         Joss Whedon
Ant-Man                                              July 17, 2015       Peyton Reed
Captain America: Civil War      May 6, 2016          Anthony and Joe Russo
Doctor Strange                               Nov 4, 2016          Scott Derrickson
Guardians of the Galaxy 2        May 5, 2017          James Gunn
Thor: Ragnarok                              July 28, 2017        TBA
Black Panther                                  Nov 3, 2017          TBA
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1   May 4, 2018          TBA
Captain Marvel                               July 6, 2018          TBA
Inhumans                                          Nov 2, 2018          TBA
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2   May 3, 2019          TBA

· Comics Worth Reading:

-Deathlok #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Edmondson, Nathan (BLACK WIDOW and THE PUNISHER)
Artist: Perkins, Mike
Cover Artist: Perkins, Mike

The concept for the new Deathlok is an interesting idea, but the execution of that idea was not very exciting. This first issue left me very nonplussed about the idea of a new Deathlok because neither the art nor the writing was very exciting or fantastic, two things a Deathlok comic should be.

basically, all the intrigue in this new series comes from the fact that Deathlok is a really good man, and a loving father, who is being remotely controlled without his knowledge by a secret organization that’s turned him into a killing machine. He’s basically a sleep-walking bionic assassin.

It’s a good concept, but this comic is lacking the execution to make that concept shine.

-Death of Wolverine Deadpool and Captain America #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Duggan, Gerry
Artist: Kolins, Scott
Cover Artist: McGuinness, Ed

I bought this comic fully expecting to hate it, but I was actually charmed by the pairing of Old Man Cap and the Merc with the Mouth.

Cap and Deadpool are doing their duty by mutual friend, Wolverine, by going to his home and burning anything that could contain his DNA. I know that’s what I expect from my friends when I kick the bucket. Anyway, the new dynamic duo of Marvel Comics soon learns that A.I.M has a knife with some Wolverine DNA on it and they quickly move to retrieve it.

Watching Old Cap still kicking butt on the A.I.M nerd crew while Deadpool quips away was actually very fun and enjoyable, and the end of the book has a twist that could have huge, if predictable, ramifications for the whole “Death of Wolverine” saga.

-Aliens Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Roberson, Chris
Artist: Reynolds, Patric
Cover Artist: Palumbo, David

Finally a Fire and Stone book I can read! This book sees the refugees from LV-426 setting up a new home in the improbable jungle on the sister moon of LV-223. Predictably, this doesn’t go very well as the colonists begin to squabble and the Xenomorphs continue to prey on them.

I was getting a little annoyed at the irrationality of the survivors, but the strange twist on the final page sets up some weird possibilities for the next two issues. Of course, this twist would have been MUCH more interesting if everything hadn’t already been spoiled by Prometheus #1 and AvP #1.

Darkhorse I hate you so much for this release schedule.

-Justice League United Annual #1 (DC Comics)
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Edwards, Neil
Cover Artist: Edwards, Neil

It’s kind of hard to even remember what happened in this book. I’m not sure if it’s because I wasn’t paying attention while reading it or if it was just that dull. Either way, I was disappointed in this book partially because it didn’t live up to the title of “Annual.”

Annuals are supposed to be giant-sized, slam-bang, self-contained, stories that come at the end of the publishing year to cleans the readers pallets with something fresh and new and interesting. Unfortunately, this is just yet another #1 issue in the DC “Multiversity” event, and that’s just what it felt like to me.

Basically, we have yet another casualty in the 52 multiverse as it’s discovered that the 31st century has been destroyed and what’s left of the Legion of the Superheroes has arrived in the past to save the future. I’m sorry. TO SAVE THE FUTURE!!!!

Who’s future are they saving? It’s hard to tell with all the multiverses flying around these days, but we get do get some good hero vs hero punching as the Legionnaires come back in time to do a “Terminator” on some kid so that kid won’t grow up to… DESTROY THE FUTURE!!!

Anyway, they’re stopped by current JLA/JSA members headed by Martian Manhunter and Star Girl. This allows time for cooler heads to prevail, and for Braniac 5 to arrive and start making sense of all this.

It’s basically a first issue and a setup issue or what’s to follow. It’s not bad. It’s just not what I would call and annual.

·Topic of the Week:

Scary Comics: What are the most memorable scary comics you’ve read?

• Basically, I want to talk about two comics. The first isn’t a scary comic, but it is a Halloween comic. It’s Captain America #326, The Haunting of Skull House.


This book is a true Halloween comic in that it’s creepy, mysterious, and it actually takes place on the holiday. The story begins with Cap getting a tip on his nation-wide BBS that there is something happening at Skull house, and old manor once used by his arch-enemy, Red Skull.

It turns out that the house is haunted by the ghost of Red Skull and several other villains who met their demise while battling Cap. These villains include M.O.D.O.K, Porcupine, Scourge, and a terrorist whom Cap was forced to shoot and kill in order to save a plane full of passengers.

Anyway, this book has it all. Creepy ghosts, intense action, phycological warfare, and a surprise twist at the end. Look it up if you can find it anywhere.

• The second book is actually a mini-series, though it can be collected in trade paperback, called Aliens: Labyrinth. I collected this four-issue mini series as a teenager and it was the first, and maybe only, comic that actually made me fearful.


If you’re reading the story today, you might think that it starts in typical “Aliens” fashion, where a mad scientist is trying to tame the aliens, or at least use them in experiments. However, at the time it was released there weren’t actually many of these stories around so it was a fresh idea.

Regardless of when you read this story, you won’t be disappointed to discover that the mad scientist plot is just the setup for a much creepier story, the story of what made the scientist lose his mind, and soul, and become so obsessed with the Xenomorphs.

After the first issue we’re treated to a flashback to the scientist’s youth, when his family was out exploring the galaxy and came across a planet with an alien hive. The young scientist and his family were captured by the aliens and brought back to the hive for embryo implantation, but there was something wrong. The hive was sick, dying, and the xenomorphs were performing their own kind of experimentation to try and adapt to whatever was killing them.

The results are disturbing and scary, and I can distinctly remember being literally on the edge of my seat as I read these issues.

I don’t want to spoil the book because it is available in trade, and I encourage you to read it if you have curiosity about the Aliens universe.

· This Week’s Highlights:

-John Carter: Warlord of Mars (IDW)
Writer: Marz, Ron
Artist: Malsuni, Abhishek
Cover Artist: Jones, J. G.
John Carter: Warlord of Mars returns in a new monthly series, officially authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.! Superstar writer Ron Marz finally gets to pen the series he has always wanted to write, with amazing new art talent Abhishek Malsuni joining him. Return to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, as John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet. An amazing new era for John Carter of Mars starts here!

-Spread #4 (Image)
Writer: Jordan, Justin
Artist: Strahm, Kyle
Cover Artist: Strahm, Kyle
Ravello and his raiders on one side, Church of the Risen God on the other, with No, Hope, and Molly in the middle. This probably won’t end well.

-Alien vs Predator Fire and Stone #2 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Sebela, Christopher
Artist: Olivetti, Ariel
Cover Artist: Gist, E.M.
A terminally ill scientist’s desperate experiment yields deadly results, and offers the Predators a chance to hunt an invincible new game!

-Terrible Lizard #1 (Oni Press)
Writer: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Moss, Drew
Cover Artist: Hill, Ryan
The touching story of a girl and her T-Rex … with a healthy dose of collateral damage and monster conflict on the side. When the scientists of Cosmos Labs punch a hole through time and space, they pull a ferocious dinosaur into the present. The dinosaur imprints on teenage Jessica, proving to be more mischievous than vicious. But he is not alone. Strangely mutated prehistoric monsters begin attacking our world. What’s a girl and her dinosaur-fighting dinosaur supposed to do?

· Panelist Goodbye:

You can find me at zebunation.com. Also at Trollthedice.com for everyone’s favorite Dungeons & Dragon’s podcast.