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

21 Jan

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 46 (Best of 2015)


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Best of 2015 Show

All my favorite comics and comic-related stuff from 2015.


  1. Favorite Pre-Established Ongoing Series (began before 2015)
  1. Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR)
  2. Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP (MR)

Honorable Mentions:
Batgirl (2011-) #38
Gotham By Midnight #3
Thor (2014-) #4
Rocket Girl #6

  1. Favorite New Ongoing Series (began in 2015)
  1. Empty Zone #1 (MR)
  2. Monstress #1 (MR)

Honorable Mentions:
Star Wars #1
Darth Vader #1
Rebels #1
Harrow County #1
Black Canary #1
DC Comics Bombshells #1
Faster Than Light #1 (MR)
Tokyo Ghost #1 (MR) Cvr A Murphy
Doctor Strange #1

  1. Favorite Mini-Series
  1. Red Skull #1 (of 3)
  2. Star Trek Green Lantern (2011-) #1 (of 6)

Honorable Mentions:
Infinite Loop #1 (of 6)
Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency #1 (of 5)
Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #1 (of 5)
Journey Star Wars Fase #1 (of 4)
Steam Man #1 (of 5)

  1. Favorite 1-Shot (single-issue “series”/non-gn)
  1. Multiversity Guidebook
  2. Goon In Theatre Bizarre #1
  1. Favorite Original Graphic Novel (Original story published as a gn its first time out.)
  1. Love Volume 1: The Tiger (Love Hc) Hardcover – March 12, 2015
  2. Long Walk to Valhalla Hardcover – July 21, 2015

Honorable Mentions:
VOX Paperback – March 26, 2015
Heart in a Box Dark Horse Originals (September 29, 2015)
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified Hardcover – July 7, 2015
Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC

  1. Favorite Collected Edition (presents re-printed material collected under one cover)
  1. Moon Knight Vol. 2: Dead Will Rise Paperback – April 28, 2015
  2. ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithica Paperback – June 10, 2015

Honorable Mentions:
October Faction Vol. 1 TP
Wayward Vol. 2 TP (MR)
Rumble, Vol. 1: What Color of Darkness? Paperback – June 24, 2015
Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP (MR)
She-Hulk Volume 2: Disorderly Conduct Paperback – April 7, 2015
Danger Club Volume 2: Rebirth (Danger Club Tp) Paperback – June 25, 2015
The Punisher Volume 2: Border Crossing Paperback – January 20, 2015

  1. Favorite “Event” (story that crossed over several titles or an entire publisher’s line)
  1. Star Trek / Green Lantern
  2. Secret Wars
  1. Favorite Comic Book Film and/or Television Show (2015)
  1. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  2. Daredevil

II – THE TALENT (for each, please list the specific issue/run from 2015 that made you nominate them)

  1. Favorite Writer
  1. Matt Fraction (ODY-C, Hawkeye)
  2. Rick Remender (Black Science, Tokyo Ghost)

Honorable Mentions:
Charles Soule (Civil War, She-Hulk, Inhuman)
Kieron Gillen (Angela, Darth Vader)
Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary)

  1. Favorite Artist
  1. Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone)
  2. Sana Takeda (Monstress, X-23)
  1. Favorite Creative Team
  1. Team Batgirl (Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart)
  2. Story By: Marjorie Liu / Art By: Sana Takeda (Monstress)


  1. Favorite Comic News – the announcement or industry news that had you most excited
  2. Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Website
  1. CBR -Comic Book Resources.com
  2. themarysue.com
  1. Favorite Comic/Pop Culture Podcast
  1. Daft Souls Podcast (Video Games)
  2. Kinda Funny
  1. Favorite Comic Publishers
  1. Marvel
  2. Image
  1. Sad Cancellations (Titles you were sad to see get the axe)
  1. Gotham by Midnight
  1. Biggest Comic Flops (titles that came nowhere close to meeting our expectations)
  1. Convergence
  2. Planet Hulk
  1. Publisher Suggestion Box (Dear Publisher Name, please…)
  1. Stop messing up the publishing schedules of your events. (Aliens: Fire & Stone, Secret Wars)


  1. Most Anticipated Comic Book Series (Print) 2016
  1. Empty Zone returns in March.
  2. Captain America 75th Anniv Magazine

Honorable Mentions:
Black Widow #1 (Mark Waid)
Dark Knight III

  1. Most Anticipated Comic Book Property (Film/Television) 2016
  1. Captain America Civil War
  2. Daredevil Season 2


04 Jan

Top 10 Lists of 2015

My lists of top things from 2015:


  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  3. Ex Machina
  4. Creed
  5. Ant-Man
  6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  7. The Martian
  8. Slow West
  9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
  10. American Ultra


  1. Game of Thrones: Season 5
  2. Wolf Hall: Season 1
  3. Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 1
  4. Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 1
  5. Downton Abbey: Season 5
  6. The Walking Dead: Season 6
  7. Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season 1
  8. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore: Season 1
  9. Marvel’s Agents of Shield: Season 3
  10. True Detective: Season 2

Video Games

  1. Blood Bowl 2 (PC)
  2. Fallout 4 (XBO)
  3. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (PC)
  4. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition (PC)
  5. Star Wars: Battlefront (PC)
  6. Helldivers (PC)
  7. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (PC)
  8. #IDARB (XBO)
  9. Apotheon (PC)
  10. The Swindle (PC)

Comic Series

  1. Empty Zone 
  2. Head Lopper 
  3. Darth Vader 
  4. Star Wars 
  5. Captain America Sam Wilson 
  6. Monstress 
  7. Harrow County 
  8. Black Canary 
  9. Gotham By Midnight
  10. Tokyo Ghost

Limited Comic Series

  1. Red Skull #1 (of 3)
  2. Avengers Millennium #1 (of 4)
  3. Multiversity Guidebook
  4. Dark Knight III Master Race #1 (of 8)
  5. Infinite Loop #1 (of 6)
  6. Secret Wars #1 (of 8)
  7. Star Trek Green Lantern (2011-) #1 (of 6) 
  8. Journey to Star Wars FASE #1 (of 4)
  9. Sherlock Holmes 7 Per-cent Solution #1 (of 5)
  10. Steam Man #1 (of 5)

Trade Paperback

  1. Moon Knight Vol. 2: Dead Will Rise Paperback – April 28, 2015
  2. Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP
  3. ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithica Paperback – June 10, 2015
  4. Rumble, Vol. 1: What Color of Darkness? Paperback – June 24, 2015
  5. Wayward Vol. 2 TP (MR)
  6. Saga Vol. 5 TP (MR)
  7. Danger Club Volume 2: Rebirth (Danger Club Tp) Paperback – June 25, 2015
  8. October Faction Vol. 1 TP
  9. Batman the Doom That Came To Gotham TP
  10. She-Hulk Volume 2: Disorderly Conduct Paperback – April 7, 2015

Hardcover Collections/Graphic Novels

  1. Resistance: Orbital (Vol. 6) Cinebook, Ltd (December 7, 2015)
  2. Long Walk to Valhalla Hardcover – July 21, 2015
  3. VOX – March 26, 2015
  4. Love Volume 1: The Tiger (Love Hc) Hardcover – March 12, 2015
  5. Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC
  6. Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One Declassified Hardcover – July 7, 2015
  7. Love Vol. 2: The Fox HC
  8. The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition  (November 10, 2015)
  9. One-Punch Man, Vol. 1 VIZ Media LLC (September 1, 2015)
  10. Heart in a Box Dark Horse Originals (September 29, 2015)
24 Oct

Blood Bowl 2 Team Cheat Sheet






Blood Bowl II Cheat Sheet

Here are my quick overviews for all the teams in the Blood Bowl 2 video game by Games Workshop and Cyanide Studio… Because I couldn’t find good ones anywhere else.



The Skinny

perso_bretonsOn paper, Bretons are the worst teams in Blood Bowl II. They lack any skilled offensive players and have no big, strong, players for brawling with opponents. Their Linemen and Blockers are the weakest of any race and, while their Blitzers are excellent, their Blitzers are also not necessarily the best players in the game.

That said, the strength of any Bretonnian team is obviously its Blitzers. However, a less obvious strength is the fact that their other players are so easily replaceable that there’s no reason to be cautious with them. Just throw waves of blockers and linemen at your opponents to distract them long enough for your blitzers to swoop in and make a play.


Why Play?

Play a Bretonnian team if you’re looking for a challenge, or if you enjoy playing a more strategic game. The Bretons play a bit like a game of chess, sacrificing pawns so more powerful players are free to move around the field. Figuring out the best use of the Wrestle and Fend skills of your blockers and linemen is the key to success. Once you level up your blitzers they can make excellent two-way players and can dominate the game with a plethora of offensive and defensive skills at their disposal.


The Skinny

perso_chaosChaos teams are strictly defensive, brawling, teams. Four powerful Chaos Warriors and a mighty Minotaur give Chaos teams a formidable front line. The Beastmen are adequate linemen who excel at the Blitz because of their Horns Mutation.

Where Chaos teams struggle is on offense because they lack the speed to score quickly or the agility to dodge tackles. They also have no passing or catching skills, and often struggle to even pick up the ball! Your best option with a Chaos team is to forget about the ball and focus on the brawl.


Why Play?

If you like being a bully, then a Chaos  team is for you! Chaos teams are usually bigger and stronger than their opponents and constantly knock them to the turf. Also, once Chaos players start leveling up, they have access to Chaos Mutations, which can add some real fun and quirky abilities that no other team can match. The key to winning with a Chaos team is managing the Minotaur, who needs constant companions to avoid going “Wild”, and to injure as many opponents as possible during each match. Skill up your Warriors with Block and Mighty Blow, give your Beastmen as many Mutations as they can handle, then have fun storming the castle/end zone!

Dark Elves‎

The Skinny

witchDark Elves are dangerous on the defensive end and mildly scary on offense. With the possibility of fielding up to 10 specialized players, Dark Elf teams are some of the most skilled teams in the game. However, their odd combination of violent skills with poorly armored players makes coming up with good game plans both tricky and essential for success.

Using your players wisely is another key. Blitzers and Linemen can be used as muscle, but must avoid extended brawls. Assassins and Witches can rack up the kills and injuries by picking off weaker opponents, but it’s up to the agile Runners to grab the ball and actually score some points.



Why Play?

First and foremost, Dark Elves have the coolest aesthetics of all the teams. Cool armor, wicked helmets, and sexy abs are on full display. They even have the only female players in the game, with the Witch Elf, who sports leather short-shorts and thigh high armored boots. Aesthetics aside, Dark Elves are another team to play if you’re looking for a tactical challenge or a new way to play the game. Mobility is the Dark Elves greatest asset. All of their players have high Agility and decent MA, so keep your players on the move and attack your opponent’s’ weak spots with whichever of your skilled players is best for the job.


The Skinny

perso_dwarfsDwarves are slow, but sturdy, and incredibly good at line-play. Most of their players have Block, Thick Skull, and high AV, which makes them hard to knock down and even harder to KO or injure. This makes Dwarf teams highly suited for brawling and trench warfare. Their basic linemen are some of the best in the game with the Block & Tackle skill combination that makes them a nightmare to go against. 2 Blitzers, 2 Troll Slayers, and a Death Roller add even more brute force to Dwarf front lines while Runners take care of scooping up the ball and running for touchdowns.

Speed, however, is the achilles heel of the Dwarves, as they are the slowest teams in the game by far and can be scored on easily if forced to play in the open field. Also, while the Death Roller is very cool, it is also the most unreliable of all the Large Players in the game because it is usually thrown out of the game by the referee after the first touchdown is scored.


Why Play?

Dwarf teams are steady and consistent, rarely succumbing to injuries or replacing players due to death. It takes a special kind of patience to play one of these teams, so If you like grinding out wins and punishing your opponents with crushing blocks, then the Dwarfs are for you. Injuries, KOs, & Deaths are your path to victory.

High Elves‎

The Skinny

elvesSpeed, Agility, and the passing game are what High Elves are all about. Every player on an Elf team can throw, catch, and dodge better than most other teams thanks to their high agility. This makes any player on the field a threat to score.

Defense and brawling is where Elf teams struggle, but intelligent use of their excellent Blitzers and versatile Linemen can allow Elf teams to play just enough defense to outscore any opponent.

The Key to Elf teams are their excellent Catchers who have the speed and agility to score touchdowns, but also have the strength to hold their own on defense.


Why Play?

If you enjoy scoring points and completing passes, then Elf teams are for you. Most Elf teams can score from anywhere on the field in just a turn or two by throwing long passes that other teams wouldn’t even dream of attempting. Also, with all the passing and scoring, it’s easier to level up Elf players and gain all the skills you need to survive and win. High Elf players can be some of the best players in the game at high levels.


The Skinny

perso_humansHuman teams are good, solid, teams with few weaknesses. They have skilled Throwers for offense, solid Linemen for defense, and a decent Large Player in the Ogre for surviving brawls.

The real secret to Human teams, however, is the fact that they can field both 4 Catchers and 4 Blitzers. This allows Humans the flexibility to focus on either offense or defense, depending on who they put in the game and which team they’re facing.



Why Play?

It’s always cool to play as Humans because they’re more relatable and they have pronounceable names, not to mention that their helmets and armor sets are also very iconic. As far as playing goes, if you like versatility and don’t want to get railroaded into playing one set style based on your player’s limitations, the Humans are for you. They can excel at just about any play style and, with the proper levelling, can be forged into any kind of team you want.


The Skinny

lizardLizardmen are one of the newest and most bizarre races in the game. Available as DLC or as a pre-order bonus, the Lizardmen add a unique flavor to the game thanks to their odd mix of very big and very small players.

Lizardmen are strong up front with their huge Saurus blockers and even huger Kroxigor big-man leading the way. However, they rely on flocks of weak and vulnerable Skinks to guard their flanks and handle the ball. The Skinks are speedy, but their lack of skills or agility often makes offense a comedy of errors for Lizard teams. Also, Skinks’ get injured and killed a lot. A LOT.


Why Play?

If you miss the thrill of playing with Halflings, Snotlings, or any other tiny players from Blood Bowls past, then the Lizardmen might be for you. It’s fun to swarm down the field with a pack of Skinks surrounding the ball while the Saurus’ and Kroxigor do the heavy bashing on the line. It’s an interesting combination of squishy speed with sluggish brute force that takes time to master, but is well worth it once you do. Also, the excellent character designs and funny animations make the Lizardmen a real treat to play with.


The Skinny

perso_orcsOrcs, like Humans, are another skilled and balance race who can excel at many facets of the game. However, Orcs teams tend to lean towards defense more than other races thanks to their powerful Black Orc blockers, sturdy Linemen, and effective Blitzers.

Orcs are also good in a brawl thanks to high AV for most of their players and a near unkillable Troll big man. Its best for Orcs to win a battle of attrition because they lack the speed and catching skills needed for explosive passing offenses. Also, Goblins are unimpressive as either  runners or catchers until they level up and gain some speed or agility.


Why Play?

If you want a team that’s rough and tough like the Dwarves or Chaos, but also has a chance to score more than one TD per game, then the Orcs are for you. One huge plus for Orc teams is that they can have a whopping 15 non-linemen players on their roster, more than any other race. This gives them the ability to field very powerful teams, especially once some of their skilled players are leveled up.


The Skinny

perso_skavenSkaven teams are all about speed and running the ball. Storm Vermin and Gutter Runners are the heart of any Skaven team, and keeping those players healthy and scampering around the pitch is top priority.

The Rat Ogre is an effective big-man, but Skaven teams don’t have the AV to brawl effectively. The passing game is an option thanks to Skaven Throwers, but it’s more effective with leveled up players who have some catching skills. Finally, Skaven have access to Chaos Mutations as they level up. This gives Skaven teams an unpredictability to their roster as the team improves that can be hard to counter.


Why Play?

Skaven are funky, dirty, quirky rodents who can run like the dickens. Their linemen are cheap and replaceable and their Storm Vermin blitzers along with a Rat Ogre gives them a good enough front line to allow the Gutter Runners to score in bunches. Also, their access to Chaos Mutations can quickly turn expendable players into cornerstones of your team. If you like being the plucky underdog and playing a fast and chaotic style, then Skaven are for you!

Wood Elves‎

The Skinny

woodWood Elves are the second pre-order/DLC race to be introduced into Blood Bowl II and, like the Lizardmen, they are an interesting mix of players and skills that are at once familiar and strange.

Wood Elves are similar to High Elves, in that they are primarily passing teams, but they differ in a few key areas. First and foremost among the Wood Elves are the Wardancers, which are a fast, expensive, and lightly armored kind of blitzers. Their combination of speed and agility along with Blocking and Dodging skills make them excellent two-way players. Wood Elf Catchers are the next best players on the team, and dangerous deep threats, but their lack of strength and armor make them easy targets for enemy players. Strength and armor are a liability for all the Wood Elf players, except for one curious addition, the Treemen. Treemen give Wood Elf teams some hope of keeping their front lines intact against stronger teams, but their near complete immobility makes them a liability in many situations.


Why Play?

If you like playing a fast and wide open style with plenty of passing and skill, then the Wood Elves are for you! More challenging to play with than other Elves, winning with Wood Elves will truly test your skills as a coach.


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:

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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.

15 Aug

Monthly Comics Update -July 2015

Reviews for July 2015

July was supposed to be a light month of comics for me. The Comics.Community podcast was on hiatus and I had recently pruned my pull list to a paltry few regular titles. Little did I realize that Marvel’s Secret Wars event was going to be so good that I had to pick up several titles. Also, I had forgotten about all of the #1 issues I had earmarked for my short box during the last three months of Previews episodes. All of that added up to nearly a comic a day for the month of July.


marvel -A-force #2  
aforceI’m enjoying a look at what the actual heroes are doing during this Battleworld/Secret Wars event, because most of the other books are focusing on villains or anti-hero type characters. The fact that She-Hulk is leading a group of all female heroes also adds an interesting angle to this story as the group dynamics are noticeably different than a male or mixed gender group. Score: It’s Good!


marvel -Princess Leia (2015) #5 (of 5)
leiaMy patience has finally run out on the Princess Leia comic. Thankfully, it’s also the final issue of the mini-series. I’ve noticed a downturn in the writing and art of all the Star Wars books after issue 2 or 3, and this book was the weakest of them all to begin with. I know people who like this book, and I’m probably being too harsh, but I had higher hopes for this book than what it delivered. Score: Disappointing.


marvel -Red Skull #1 (of 3)
redskullIssue one of this strangely compelling mini-series almost immediately threw the entire premise of the book on its head. A small cadre of heroes and villains are forced to go into the wastelands to find evidence that the Red Skull is dead. In this issue they find out just how doomed their suicide mission really is. Score: Intriguing.



marvel –Secret Wars #4 (of 8)
I keep asking myself; How is this event so good? It just is, and I need to accept that and move on with enjoying Secret Wars for what it is. The best comic book event ever. There, I said it. Four issues in and it’s already the best, most sophisticated, and most daring event the big two have ever pulled off. DC has tried some daring stuff. 52 was daring. They never pulled it off this well though. For that feat we must all be grateful. Score: Best. Event. Ever.


marvel -Shield Vol. 1: Perfect Bullets TP
shieldThe SHIELD comic is a nice blend of the comic book and television versions of the iconic Marvel peacekeeping agency. You get the feeling that they just plucked Coulson et al straight off the TV show and plopped them in the 616 universe without many problems at all. Watching Simmons interact with Ms. Marvel is pure joy for fans of the TV show, and watching Coulson team up with Spider-Man for a mission to Dr. Strange’s house seems like everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe would like to see in its phase 3. Score: It’s Good.


boom-studios -Spire #1 (of 8)
spireI was as excited by this title when I heard about it, but the comic itself didn’t actually grab me as something I need to read every week. I might pick this up in trade when it comes out, but it wasn’t the amazing read that I was hoping for. Score: It’s ok. It’s fine.



image -We Stand On Guard #1 (MR)
standThe next Saga, this is not. I just didn’t really buy into the premise as much as i thought, and none of the characters really interested me. The final blow was that I didn’t really like the art very much either. That’s three strikes as far as I’m concerned and this will be the only issue of the series that I buy. Score: Maybe in trades if the reviews are stellar.



idw -Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #2 (of 5)
dirkSuch a quirky and interesting series after only two issues. Dirk is somehow miles away from solving any of the mysteries that are swirling all around him like moths around a flame. This series mixes whimsy and tension like no other series I can think of other than Dr. Who. Score: Whimsy!



dark-horse -Harrow County #3
harrowLike any good tale of terror, Harrow county is giving us answers that just lead to more questions and deeper mysteries. Ghastly spirits haunt an abandoned graveyard in this issue, but are they the monsters or the victims? Score: Creepy!




idw -Star Trek Green Lantern (2011-) #1 (of 6) Reg Rodriguez
trekI’ve always considered Green Lantern to be a one-man Starship Enterprise, so seeing these two iconic franchises together is like a bit of personal fanfic come to life. That said, what’s most interesting here is how this crossover delves into Green Lantern mythos by tackling the Spectrum War. Other than that, this wasn’t a particularly good first issue because it was 99% setup and didn’t do much to get me excited about the series. The last page reveal was fun though. Score: Fanfic!


Featured Review

boom-studios -Strange Fruit #1 Main Cvrs

I’m kicking myself for not immediately recognizing the lynching reference made by this book’s title. Strange Fruit is about race relations in the Jim Crow era south, a time in which outright hostile and violent racism was the norm, and it’s a serious and important backdrop for any story. This is why I was so confused by the fantastical element that was introduced into the story at the end of this book.

I’m going to spoil things a bit those who haven’t read the first issue. So, skip this review completely if you want to avoid spoilers.

At the end of issue #1, a spaceman drops from the sky and saves one of our characters from being lynched by a local chapter of the KKK. The interdiction of an alien plays out like a scene from a superhero comic and distracts from the seriousness of the story. It turns what could have been an impactful study of our country’s dark past into a backdrop for some kind of sci-fi fantasy tale.

At best, the inclusion of an alien who looks like an African Adonis has a real ‘Brother from Another Planet’ kind of feel to it. At worst, it smacks of ‘Inglorious Basterds’ style wish fulfillment and pseudo-history.

The difference between this story and ‘Brother’, however, is that the late 70’s / early 80’s era New York City explored in that movie was used to shine a light on current social injustices that were not widely explored at the time. Mainstream audiences at the time either weren’t aware,or were willfully ignorant of the depths of racism that still existed. Thus, when an alien from another planet chose to camouflage himself as a Black American in order to blend in with humanity, then discovered that he did anything but blend in due to racial prejudices, it came as a shock and a lesson to the audience. My question for Strange Fruit is, what exactly are we going to learn about the oppression of Jim Crow era Mississippi that we didn’t already know? It was a terrible time. We all know this. How does adding an alien into the mix change our understanding of the era?

I’m really going to keep a critical eye on this series to see what questions it both poses and answers because the backdrop they’ve chosen for their story is not one that should be used lightly or fruitlessly. Score: It better pay off big.


dc-comics -Black Canary (2015-) #2
canaryThis is a bit of a breather issue as we get a training montage with BC teaching the band how to defend themselves, and we also get some history behind the band as a former member shows up to add a little personal drama into the mix. We don’t learn much about the bad guys in this issue or why they’re after Canary & crew, but that’s fine. Let’s give the story some room to breath after a cramped #1 issue. Score: Let it breath.


image -Empty Zone #2 (MR)
emptyzoneWow. What a second issue this was. The first issue was great, and this second effort just added to the greatness. We learned about the world, characters, and plot with deftly executed storytelling that answered our questions then slapped us right across the mouth with new ones. This is the best comic out there right now. I guarantee. Score: Simply the best.



idw -Godzilla In Hell #1 (of 5) 
godzilla2This was an interesting first issue in which there was no dialog, save for an occasional ROAOAOAOAAORRRR! It is literally Godzilla tromping through the first level of Hell, Dante’s Inferno style. I liked this issue and I liked the wordless storytelling, but I have some philosophical questions. Does a giant radioactive lizard really feel burdened by sins? Do the moral and ethical judgements of Heaven and Hell really apply to the King of Monsters? I’m not so sure. The only thing I do know is that none of that holds up against radioactive laser-breath. ROAOAOAOAAORRRR! Score: Gojira is Lord.


marvel -Hail Hydra #1
hydraThis was an odd little part of the Secret Wars event that has me wondering who’s who and what’s what in this sprawling event. It seems like some people understand that they are on a world composed of other kingdoms, and other people do not. This leaves me wondering if the version of Ian Zola-Rogers we meet in this story is one of the people who don’t know they’re on Battleworld, or if this is somehow the 616 version who just ended up here. In the few issues of Captain America I’ve read recently, Falcon-America and Ian-Nomad were messing around with dimensional transportation technology they stumbled across in a Hydra base. Maybe this is the direct result of that story. I don’t know. Score: I’m lost and it’s my fault.


image -Island #1 (MR)
islandI loved the first story in this anthology magazine by Emma Rios, but the other two didn’t really grab my attention. A touching prose-only essay by Kelly Sue Deconnick was a nice break between comics and showed that good writers can hold your attention in any medium. Overall, I wasn’t overly excited by this first issue, but I am going to continue to support this experiment in comicbook form, as I feel it has too much artistic merit to dismiss after one issue. Score: At least It’s art, man.


marvel -Planet Hulk #3
hulkBLARGH! I want so badly to love this comic. Unfortunately, I do not love this comic. After only three issues the premise is wearing awfully thin and the writing is breaking down terribly. Characters are acting irrationally just to move the plot along, which is one of the worst sins a writer can make. The sin is compounded when it’s a version of my favorite character ever, Steve Rogers, who is the one being written irrationally. Score: Disappointed!


dc-comics -Gotham By Midnight #7
gothamI haven’t been a fan of the new art and the new direction of the story since the first arc ended in issue #5. Although I liked the story in this issue just fine, I am definitely missing Ben Templesmith’s art. Score: Losing interest.



idw -The Infinite Loop #4 (of 6)
loopTime Travellin’ Teddy threatens to destroy all of space and time unless the villains behind the death of her beloved Ano come out of hiding and face her. This book is coming apart at the seems, as all the different plot threads are being pulled at once. Hopefully, everything can be pulled back together over the final two issues because it would be a shame if it stopped making sense completely and ruined what started out as such a promising adventure. Score: Time is fleeting.


dc-comics -JLA Gods and Monsters Batman #1
godsbatmanMan. I thought this was going to be at least an interesting premise, but the writing was so flat and the art so devoid of energy that I had trouble keeping any interest in reading this book to the end. I think I did, but I can’t really remember anything that happened other than Batman killed a few people that he normally wouldn’t have.  Score: Forgettable.



marvel -Old Man Logan #3
The rabbit hole that is Secret Wars runs very deep, my friends, and this issue of Old Man Logan takes us farther into the warren than we’ve ever been. We find Logan mysteriously transported to the land of Stark, where Tony is the Baron but the Technovirus is king. Where is this story leading us, and to what end? I’m not even sure of Logan’s motivation in this story, other than he knows something is wrong and won’t stop until he finds out what. Typical Wolverine motivation, truthfully. Score: Still a good old time.


dc-comics -Batgirl Annual #3
bgannualThis was an odd non sequitur of a story that saw Babs crossing path with a shadowy government agency to take down a random terrorist group operating in Gotham City. We get a hint at what Dick Greyson has been up to lately and we learn that Babs can recognise him by the contours of his posterior even while her mind is being fooled by hypno-technology. Other than that, kind of an unremarkable story. Score: Batgirl of Butt-side.


dc-comics -Batgirl (2011-) #42
batgirlLivewire is a fun villain for Babs and Robo Bats to tackle, though it is pretty hard to believe that Jim Gordon can’t immediately recognise his own daughter as Batgirl, especially in her new costume. It’s a comic book thing, but still. I worry that this title may have peaked with the controversial issue #37, as that’s the last story that really made an impact on me. Score: It’s more Batgirl.


dc-comics -JLA Gods and Monsters Superman #1
JLAGodsChanging Superman’s origin story to be the son of poor immigrant farmers should make for a fascinating social commentary. There were some moments of fascination and some attempts at social commentary, but overall the writing and art fell flat for me. For some reason, both books in this Gods and Monsters series sounded better in theory than they ended up being in practice. Maybe it was just the execution, or maybe it’s just best to not fix what ain’t broken. Score: Not interested.


marvel -Star Wars (2015-) #7
starwarsThe closer we get to the new movie, the less I’m interested in filling in the cracks of the old stories. What was Ben Kanobi doing between episode III & IV? Moping in the desert, not being a Jedi, and creepin on young Luke Skywalker. These are not things I needed to see. His guilt at forsaking his Jedi ways is compelling, and the art was improved in this book, but it’s not enough to keep me buying this title. Episode Issue VIII will be the last issue of this comic in my pull list. Score: The Force snoozes.

13 Aug

The Full List 8-12-2015




New list of comic books I bought this week. Trying to get back on track with this updating thing.. One day late isn’t bad, right?

marvel -A-force #3
aforce2Writer: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: Molina, Jorge
* She-Hulk has violated the most sacred rule of Battleworld…
* …and now A-Force is on the run from the planet’s protectors: The Thor Corps!
* And while trying to prove her innocence, She-Hulk discovers that one of her own may have engineered her downfall.


image -Black Science Vol. 3: Vanishing Point TP (MR)
scienceWriter: Remender, Rick
Artist: Scalera, Matteo
Cover Artist: Scalera, Matteo
The Anarchist League of Scientists dive deeper into the Onion than ever before. Now veterans of inter-dimensional travel, the team begins to realize how damaging their actions are on the fabric of reality. No longer content with merely fixing the Pillar and finding a way back home, they vow to uphold a new ideal: leave every dimension they visit better off than how they found it. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #12-XX


dc-comics -DC Comics Bombshells #1
bombshellsWriter: Bennett, Marguerite
Artist: Sauvage, Marguerite
Cover Artist: Lucia, Ant
The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own ongoing comic book series! Learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.


dark-horse -Harrow County #4
harrowWriter: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Kept prisoner by a monster of her own creation, Emmy is forced to confront the truth about the evil witch of Harrow County and the power she wields!


dark-horse -King Tiger #1
tigerWriter: Stradley, Randy
Artist: Wheatley, Doug
Cover Artist: Wheatley, Doug
Blood, death, and fire-the darkest kind of magic. A monstrous secret from King Tiger’s past has found the mystic warrior, but can Tiger’s skills and sorcery triumph against an unthinkable supernatural obscenity linked to his own destiny? If the Tiger falls, the Dragon will rise!


marvel -Planet Hulk (2015-) #4
hulkWriter: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
* If you don’t, I will eat YOU and your FAMILY


dark-horse -Rebels #5
rebelsWriter: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
The young Seth Abbott embarks on the defining mission of his career as soldier and patriot. He must organize the transport of sixty tons of cannon overland from upstate New York south to Boston.


marvel -Secret Wars (2015-) #5 (of 8)
secret2Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Ribic, Esad
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex



idw -Star Trek Green Lantern #2 (of 6)
trekWriter: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Robertson, Darick
The comics crossover event of 2015 continues here! Hal Jordan meets Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise for the first time as six Lantern rings choose new bearers! But which Trek characters – and which alien races – will be selected? Iconic franchises collide for the first time in this all-new galaxy-spanning epic!
 I also bought most of the DC Bombshell variant covers because… you know… Sexy ladies.
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11 Aug

I’ve Got Issues 08-11-2015

Featured Review -July

I’m still crafting my massive, month-spanning, review for July, but this gem just begged for a spotlight. So, I pulled it from the forthcoming post and sent it up early just to make sure it had proper room to breath.

boom-studios -Strange Fruit #1 
fruitI’m kicking myself for not immediately recognizing the lynching reference made by this book’s title. Strange Fruit is about race relations in the Jim Crow era south, a time in which outright hostile and violent racism was the norm, and it’s a serious and important backdrop for any story. This is why I was so confused by the fantastical element that was introduced into the story at the end of this book.

I’m going to spoil things a bit those who haven’t read the first issue. So, skip this review completely if you want to avoid spoilers.

At the end of issue #1, a spaceman drops from the sky and saves one of our characters from being lynched by a local chapter of the KKK. The interdiction of an alien plays out like a scene from a superhero comic and distracts from the seriousness of the story. It turns what could have been an impactful study of our country’s dark past into a backdrop for some kind of sci-fi fantasy tale.

At best, the inclusion of an alien who looks like an African Adonis has a real ‘Brother from Another Planet’ kind of feel to it. At worst, it smacks of ‘Inglorious Basterds’ style wish fulfillment and pseudo-history.

The difference between this story and ‘Brother’, however, is that the late 70’s / early 80’s era New York City explored in that movie was used to shine a light on current social injustices that were not widely explored at the time. Mainstream audiences at the time either weren’t aware,or were willfully ignorant of the depths of racism that still existed. Thus, when an alien from another planet chose to camouflage himself as a Black American in order to blend in with humanity, then discovered that he did anything but blend in due to racial prejudices, it came as a shock and a lesson to the audience. My question for Strange Fruit is, what exactly are we going to learn about the oppression of Jim Crow era Mississippi that we didn’t already know? It was a terrible time. We all know this. How does adding an alien into the mix change our understanding of the era?

I’m really going to keep a critical eye on this series to see what questions it both poses and answers because the backdrop they’ve chosen for their story is not one that should be used lightly or fruitlessly. Score: It better pay off big.

08 Aug

The Full List 08-05-2015




New list of comic books I bought this week. Small list this week. Not much caught my eye. Trying a new format with pictures. Yay?


dark-horse -Bowery Boys: Our Fathers Vol. 1 HC
boweryWriter: Levine, Cory
Artist: Bertram, Ian
Cover Artist: Bertram, Ian
When his father is framed for murder, immigrant Nikolaus McGovern rallies a motley crew of street youths in a rip-roaring coming-of-age adventure based on the period history of antebellum New York City! Against a backdrop of rampant political corruption, vicious street gangs, nascent labor reform, and ardent xenophobia, can Niko and his friends triumph in a life-or-death battle against their oppressors-or will they succumb to the engines of socioeconomic progress?


marvel -Darth Vader (2015-) #8
darthWriter: Gillen, Kieron
Artist: Larroca, Salvador
Cover Artist: Granov, Adi
* Bounty Hunters on the attack-against the Empire!
* Darth Vader and Aphra continue their alliance – but how long will it last?
* Plus: Who is Tagge’s mysterious new agent?


dc-comics -Detective Comics (2011-) #43 Bombshells Var Ed
bombshellWriter: Manapul, Francis
Artist: Blanco, Fernando
Cover Artist: Lupacchino, Emanuela
Batman and his new team are after a band of thieves in Gotham City-but they’re about to develop a new weapon that will make them much harder to stop!


marvel -Red Skull #2 (of 3)
redskullWriter: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Pizzari, Luca
Cover Artist: Rossmo, Riley
* Under attack by the horrors of the Deadlands, the villains learn that only way to survive is to sell their souls to the Devil…
* Magneto has always hated everything about the Red Skull, but would he betray that to gain his freedom?
* Rising stars Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari continue their tale of bloody revenge across all of Battleworld!