13 Oct

Previews -October 2015

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Comics.Community PREVIEWS Worksheet for October Previews.

Here are my picks for the show that never was in October:
Dark Horse
#1’s
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.

Returning
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.

OGN
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’s
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!

Returning
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’s
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…

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

Returning
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.

OGN
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

Collection
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’s
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+

Returning
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’s
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.

Returning
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.

OGN –
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)
secretwarsALL HAIL DOOM! ALL HAIL BENDIS!
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
fruit

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

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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
SECRET WARS SERIES
* 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
DEVIL DINOSAUR SAYS BUY THIS COMIC BECAUSE…
* RAAAAAUGH!
* GRRRRRR…
* 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
OWEN REECE DIED FOR OUR SINS!

 

 

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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15 Jul

The Full List 7-15-2015

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New list of comic books I bought this week. Let’s see what happens if I actually post on time!

Black Canary #2 (DC)
Writer: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
In the wake of their first major fight, Dinah’s realized that her new bandmates are completely unprepared to keep themselves alive in a scrap

Empty Zone #2 (Image)
Writer: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
To be announced.

Island #1 (MR) (Image)
Writer: Graham, Brandon
Artist: Graham, Brandon
Cover Artist: Graham, Brandon
PRETTY DEADLY artist EMMA RIOS and KING CITY, PROPHET, and MULTIPLE WARHEADS writer/artist BRANDON GRAHAM bring you a new ONGOING COMICS MAGAZINE. Each issue holds three issue-length chapters of new work from various creators around the globe. PRINTED OVERSIZED WITH NO ADS!

Nonplayer #2 of 6 (Image)
Writer: Simpson, Nate
Artist: Simpson, Nate
Cover Artist: Simpson, Nate
THE SOLD-OUT SERIES RETURNS with a much-anticipated new chapter! Bent on avenging the death of his queen, game character King Heremoth seeks vengeance against Dana, an unwitting tamale delivery girl. Meanwhile, strange things are afoot in future Los Angeles as a police standoff at a fish market reveals a homicidal robot armed only with seafood. Artist/writer NATE SIMPSON outdoes his beautiful and multi-layered debut with an even more ambitious feat of world-building!

Godzilla In Hell #1 of 5 (IDW) 
Writer: Stokoe, James
Artist: Stokoe, James
Cover Artist: Zornow, Jeff
Godzilla meets his greatest adversary of all time-the impossible tortures of Hell! Each issue of this special miniseries will see Godzilla enter a new level of the underworld to do battle with the impossible.

Hail Hydra #1 (Marvel)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Boschi, Roland
Cover Artist: Robinson, Andrew
* Peace Through Strength! Honor Through Obedience! Continuance Through Conformity!
* Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed!
* Cut off one limb, and two shall take its place!
* We serve none but the Master-as the world shall soon serve us!
* It is a beautiful Utopia that Hydra has created.
* But when a lone figure from outside the Regime appears, could his very presence be enough to bring this perfect society to its ruin?

Planet Hulk #3 (Marvel)
Writer: Humphries, Sam
Artist: Laming, Marc
Cover Artist: Mundo, Mike Del
SECRET WARS SERIES
WILL THE DEADLY LAND OF HULKS FINALLY BREAK GLADIATOR STEVE ROGERS?
* Can STEVE ROGERS rescue BUCKY before the RED KING sentences him to death?
* Can even the powerful DOC GREEN protect Steve and DEVIL DINOSAUR as the trio take a perilous shortcut to the MUD KINGDOM?
* Vast cemeteries. A valley of skulls and bones. Tribal soldiers and deadly spears that can pierce any hide. This book may be too dangerous to read!!!

Hawkeye #22 (Marvel)
Writer: Fraction, Matt
Artist: Aja, David
Cover Artist: Aja, David
The last issue of Matt Fraction’s run on Hawkeye.

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!

Returning
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.

DC COMICS

Returning
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

IDW COMICS

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.

Returning
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!

OGN –
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.

IMAGE COMICS

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.

Returning
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

MARVEL COMICS

First Issues
1. Captain America White #1 September 16th / #2 September 30th
Writer: Loeb, Jeph Artist: Sale, Tim Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
THE SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM OF SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, HULK: GRAY, AND DAREDEVIL: YELLOW BRING THEIR MAGIC TO AMERICA’S #1 HERO
* 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!

Returning
1. Secret Wars (2015-) #7 (of 8) September 2nd
THE GREATEST SACRIFICE!

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?

OGN
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

Collection
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

BOOM STUDIOS

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!

Returning
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.

OGN
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.

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

MISC COMICS

Returning
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.

MISC MERCH

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
T-shirt.

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.

Bonus

Pg 514 Peavy Princess Leia Electric Guitar.

Guitar

19 May

C.C. Show Notes Ep. 27

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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.
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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.
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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:

1) Goal 4: QUALITY EDUCATION
Writer: Yen Yen Woo (Dim Sum Warriors)
Artist: Lars Jakobsen (Ganske Vist)

2) Goal 5: GENDER EQUALITY
Writer/Artist: Graphic India (Ramayan 3392A.D., Grant Morrison’s 18 Days)

3) Goal 6: FRESH WATER AND SANITATION
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
* WHEN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IS GONE, ALL THAT REMAINS IS BATTLEWORLD!
* LEARN THE SECRETS OF THIS BRAVE NEW REALM IN THIS SPECIAL OVERSIZED ISSUE!

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
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES!
* 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

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For the week of March 9th 2015.

 

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· Previews World Catalog for May 2015:

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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.

28 Jan

The Full List 01-28-2015

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New year, new list of comic books I bought this week. Now that the holidays are over with it’s time to get back at it here on Zebu Nation. Look for new podcasts, features and a year in review special coming very soon.

-Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome Nowhere TP (Image)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Scalera, Matteo
Cover Artist: Scalera, Matteo
The Anarchist League of Scientists has lost their leader, the most recent victim of the Pillar’s violently random jumps through the Eververse…but are they really random? As the survivors fight their way through a world where magic and science are one and the same, the secrets of their predicament slowly come to light…and illuminate a terrible truth. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #7-11

-Gotham By Midnight #3 (DC)
Writer: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Templesmith, Ben
Cover Artist: Templesmith, Ben
There’s a dark secret in Gotham General Hospital – a supernatural menace that could infect the whole city! But Detective Lisa Drake of the Midnight Shift has a dark secret of her own

-Multiversity Guidebook (DC)
Writer: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Scott, Nicola
Cover Artist: Hughes, Rian
The guidebook to the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here! With a detailed concordance featuring each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse, a complete history of DC Comics’ universe-shattering ‘Crisis’ events, a map of all known existence, AND an action-packed dual adventure starring Kamandi of Earth-51 alongside the post-apocalyptic Atomic Knight Batman of Earth-17 and chibi Batman of Earth-42, this 80-page mountain of MULTIVERSITY madness cannot be missed! The MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK contains everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s parallel worlds and their super-heroic inhabitants. Meet the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R. The Light Brigade, the Super-Americans and the Love Syndicate! Meet the Accelerated Man, Aquaflash, BiOmac and more! Overflowing with today’s top artists and completely written by Grant Morrison himself, readers of the DC Universe can’t afford to pass up this oversized, sixth chapter of MULTIVERSITY!

-Predator Fire and Stone #4 (of 4) (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
As the Predator sets out on his greatest hunt, Galgo must decide if atoning for his past sins is worth the ultimate sacrifice!

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #4 of 4 (IDW)
Writer: Burnham, Erik
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Atkins, Robert
The supernaturally awesome conclusion to the blockbuster crossover is here! Ghostly forces converge on the Ghostbusters HQ, and the Turtles’ opportunity to get back home is fast dwindling! The two teams’ last-ditch efforts may come too late!

-Thor (2014-) #4 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The Odinson is back. And he clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer. You know what that means, right?
* THOR VS. THOR!!!

 

27 Jan

Year in Review: 2014

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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 ONGOING SERIES 2014

-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

-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

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

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

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COLLECTIONS

-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

 

COMICS-RELATED MOVIES/TV

-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

 

COMIC NEWS/COMICS INDUSTRY

-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

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2015

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

 

13 Nov

The Full List 10-12-2014

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Comic books I bought this week. This was a big week for my pull list.

-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!

-Bigger Bang #1 of 4 (IDW)
Writer: Kirkbride, D.J.
Artist: Gogtzilas, Vassilis
Cover Artist: Gogtzilas, Vassilis
The Big Bang created all life as we know it. The Bigger Bang creates just one: a being named Cosmos. Is he a destroyer? A hero? A god? All he knows is that he’s completely alone in what was our universe… so he seeks out another where he’ll try to atone for the sins of his mysterious creation. From the inventive minds of D.J. Kirkbride (Amelia Cole, Never Ending) and Vassilis Gogtzilas (Augusta Wind) comes a sprawling space-epic of multi-dimensional proportions.

-Red Sonja #13 (Dynamite)
Writer: Simone, Gail
Artist: Geovani, Walter
Cover Artist: Frison, Jenny
Beginning a new Sonja epic that will shake the She-devil to her core! In THE FORGIVING OF MONSTERS, PART ONE, the Hyrkanian finds herself aiding a small village against a hideous and bloody infestation, while an enemy from her past threatens to crush her spirit forever!

-Thor #2 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before!
* Witness the mysterious all-new Thor in action for the very first time!
* With an army of Frost Giants invading the earth, she may be the world’s only hope!

-Wilds End #3 (BOOM!)
Writer: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I. N. J.
Clive and the others can no longer deny the danger of the alien threat or the violence it’s capable of. As they struggle to escape the alien targeting them and hope to survive long enough to find answers.