Friday, December 31, 2004

Sit and Sin

Here it is: The trailer for Sin City.

Best of '04 - Huh?

Here are Time Magazine's picks for the best comics of 2004.

Now, I understand the notion of leaning toward something different. The same-old, same-old is just that — it isn't innovative or inspiring. But there's a difference between having an eye for underground comics and being totally out of touch with the comics market. Unfortunately, it seems Andrew Arnold is the latter.

His list is so offbeat that it's not useful. 99.9% of comic readers are bound to look at it and think, "huh?" There are only three books on his list that I've even heard of before, and I like to think that I'm fairly in tune with the comics scene.

There's "Bone." Sure, it's nice to see it collected in a single volume, but so what? It's nothing different — these books have been available for years, but suddenly they're noteworthy again, just because they're in a thicker package?

There's "Locas," a "Love & Rockets" collection. Again, it's being praised simply for being packaged together, not for delivering anything new.

And there's "Eightball." I've never read "Eightball," but it pops up with Eisner nominations every year. And indie comic snob critics pick it among the year's best every year. Every damned year. OK, we get it! "Eightball" is good. Move on and salivate over something else.

As for the rest of the fare on Arnold's list, I'm with the "huh?" crowd. And since I'm so unimpressed with the selection of titles that I have heard of, I'm not inclined to bother checking out the rest. Since the point of any such list is to turn readers on to something they might not have caught otherwise, this one is a total failure.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Last New Comics of 2004!

30 Days Of Night: Bloodsuckers Tales #3
Adam Strange #4 (of 8)
Amazing Spider-Man #515
Arsenic Lullaby #17
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #4 (of 8)
Banana Tail #1
Batgirl #59
Batman #635
Batman / Danger Girl
Betty & Veronica #205
Concrete: Human Dilemma #1
Cosmic Guard #5
CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations Rogue State #2
D&D Player's Handbook HC, Revised Edition
Darkstalkers #1 (2nd print)
Desperadoes: Banners of Gold #1
Doom Patrol #7
Dork Tower: Dork Side of the Goon TPB
Elektra: The Hand #5 (of 5)
Elektra: The Movie
Elric: Making of a Sorcerer #2 (of 4)
Exiles #57
Fierce #4 (of 4)
Gambit #5
Hellblazer #203
Humankind #4 (of 5)
Invincible #18
Iron Man #2
JSA: Strange Adventures #5 (of 6)
Kabuki #3
Legion of Super Heroes #1
Marvel Age: Fantastic Four #10
Marvel Age: Spider-Man Team Up #4
Megaman vol. 1 pocket edition TPB
Metal Gear: Solid #4
Monolith #11
Mu #1 (2nd print)
Ocean #2 (of 6)
Quit City #1 (from Warren Ellis)
Razor's Edge: Warblade #3
Samurai Heaven & Earth #1
Savage Dragon #119
Shimura TPB
Sonic the Hedgehog #144
Spawn #141
Star Wars: Empire #28
Star Wars: Obsession #2
Star Wars: Republic #72
Strange #3
Street Fighter #12
Superman #212
Superman / Batman #16
Supreme Power #14
Teen Titans #19
The Incredibles #2
Tom Strong #30
Ultimate Fantastic Four #14
Ultimate Nightmare #4 (of 5)
Voltron vol. 2 #11
Walking Dead #14
What If Aunt May Had Died Instead of Uncle Ben?
What If Dr. Doom Had Become the Thing?
What If General Ross Had Become the Hulk?
What If Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers?
What If Karen Page Had Lived?
What If Magneto Had Formed the X-Men With Professor X?

Wildguard: Fire Power #1

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Last new comics before Christmas!

24: One Shot #1
Astonishing X-Men #7
Authority Revolution #3 (of 12)
Battle of the Planets: Princess #3 (of 6)
Black Widow #4 (of 6)
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #6
Catwoman: When in Rome #3 (of 6)
Conan #11
Creatures of the Night HC
DC: The New Frontier vol. 1 TPB
Dead at 17: Revolution #2 (of 4)
Defex #1 (2nd print)
Defex #3
Devil May Cry #1 (special edition)
Excalibur #8
G.I. Joe #38
G.I. Joe: Reloaded #11
GloomCookie #22
Gold Digger #58
Goon #10
Green Arrow #45
Green Lantern: Rebirth #3 (of 6)
Hardy Boys #2
Hedge Knight TPB
Jingle Belle #2
JLA: Classified #2
Knights of the Dinner Table #98
Likewise #3
Magdalena: Blood Diving TPB
Manhunter #5
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #18
MU #2
Mystique #22
New Thunderbolts #3
NewType Jan. 2005 (with DVD)
Nightcrawler #4
No Honor TPB
OJO #4
Punisher: Red Xmas
Queen & Country #28
Richard Dragon #8
Rogue #6
Samurai Executioner vol. 2 TPB
Sentry TPB
Solo #2
Soulfire #0
Space Ghost #2 (of 6)
Stargate: SG1 - Aris Boch, Friend or Foe? #1
Stargate: SG1 - Fall of Rome #3 (of 3)
Stoker's Dracula #2 (of 4)
Teen Titans, Go! #14
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #19
Transformers: Generation 1 - More than Meets the Eye vol. 2
Ultimate Elektra #5 (of 5)
Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #652
Witching #7
Wizard #160
Wizard Mega Postermania 2004
Wolverine #23

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Trailer park

There are new trailers available for Batman Begins and Constantine.

And they've been up for about a month, but here are the Elektra trailer and featurettes in case you missed them.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Good News for Ultimate Iron Man

Orson Scott Card to Launch Marvel's Ultimate Iron Man
Marvel Comics has announced that award-winning sci-fi author Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) will pen the Ultimate Universe adventures of billionaire Tony Stark for the all-new Ultimate Iron Man, which is scheduled to launch in 2005.

Illustrated by Andy Kubert (1602), Ultimate Iron Man will mark Card's first foray into comics writing. The initial storyline will center on Stark's childhood, during which his parents' experiments with recreating and rebuilding human skin/armor lead to the death of his mother. This tragic event will provide the foundation for Card to delve into Stark's development as a man and a super-hero.

"I'm an enormous fan of Orson's writing, and our assistant editor Nick Lowe has made it his personal mission to get Mr. Card to write Iron Man," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "Iron Man is a strong and much-beloved character in the Marvel Universe. I know that Orson's new exploration and defining of him as a super-hero will delight traditional comic fans and definitely appeal to a whole new audience of fans drawn to the science fiction element in his storytelling."

Look for Ultimate Iron Man #1 in the January Marvel Previews.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Not so good news for TPB Readers

Check this out direct from DC, folks:
Please note that DC does not plan to go back to press on the out-of-print issues [of Identity Crisis] at this time. Individual issues may still be available at retail. As a reminder, IDENTITY CRISIS will not be available as a collected edition before September 2005.

Get the issues while you can, or you've got 9 months of waiting before you get to read this incredible story.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Only Time will tell

Time takes a look at some of the big comic releases of the coming year. Supposedly, their list of the best of 2004 will be printed this week.

What's New? These books are, of course...

Adventures of Superman #635
Anime Insider #1
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted TPB
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #3 (of 8)
Batman: Gotham Knights #60
Batman: Hush 2 Action Figures Master Case Asst
Birds of Prey #77
Blade of the Immortal #96
Cable / Deadpool #10
Catwoman #38
CSI: Dominos #4
Daredevil #68
Donald Duck and Friends #323
Dragon #327
Ex Machina #7
Exiles #56
Eyes of Asia #2 (of 4)
Fantastic Four #521
G.I. Joe #37
Hawkman #35
Identity Crisis #7 (of 7)
Justice League Elite #6 (of 12)
Knights Of The Dinner Table Illustrated #41
Lady Death 10th Anniversary Edition #1
Lucifer #57
Madrox #4 (of 5)
Marvel Age: Fantastic Four #9
Marvel Team-Up #3
Mickey Mouse and Friends #272
Misplaced At 17 #1
Ocean #3 (of 6)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Golden Age Marvel
Powerpuff Girls #57
Powers #7
Powers: Forever TPB
Return of Shadowhawk One Shot #1
Robin #133
Spider-Man / Doctor Octopus: Year One #5 (of 5)
Spider-Man: India #2
Star Wars: Empire #27
Tales of Suspense: Captain America & Iron Man
Toe Tags (featuring George Romero) #2
Tomb Raider #48
Transformers: Generation One vol. 3 #8
Trigger #1
Ultimate Spider-Man #70
Ultra #5 (of 8)
Witchblade #81

Yeah, if one of the above items is listed in bold print, that means you should check it out - it's my subtle way of saying, "Hey, these things are cool!" Of course, I ruined the subtlety by explaining that. Sometimes I hate myself.

Friday, December 10, 2004

In this column, everybody dies!

From the Decatur Daily...

'New Avengers' writer Bendis sweeps away the old
What on Earth has become of the world's mightiest heroes?

In the "Avengers Disassembled" story running through "Avengers" issues 500 through 503, superstar comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch carve a path of destruction that leaves the 40-year-old Marvel Comics super team in a shambles.

In issue No. 500, over the span of a few pages, Bendis kills off third-string Avengers Jack of Hearts and Ant Man. Then, he kills The Vision, a longtime team member and a fan favorite.

But the worst is still to come. In issue No. 502, he kills Hawkeye, another popular member of the team, and reveals that the villain behind it all is the Scarlet Witch, another longtime Avenger, who in a fit of madness takes out her personal frustrations on everyone around her.

It's a dark day for the Avengers. Although he has proven himself on books like "Powers" and "Daredevil," Bendis has no idea how to approach the Avengers, so he doesn't. In effect, they are supporting characters in their own book.

Read the rest...

Incidentally, the article's author, Franklin Harris, has been know to frequent Haven. He's often writing about comics in his "Pulp Culture" column.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Comics for troops

For bored soldiers in Iraq, it's Captain America to the rescue
Comics are hot new additions to the packages leaving here for Iraq this winter. It's all thanks to a Huntsville comics store.

"I was watching the news and seeing all of the things that people were sending over there," said Scott Matkin of Comic Odyssey at 2312 S. Memorial Parkway. "I thought, 'What can we do? What do we have?' Well, we have comics."

That was some 3,000 comic books ago. Another 1,200 have been collected so far this week in a second drive. The store is accepting donated comics through Saturday.

Shipping the comics to Iraq is where Moms on A Mission comes in. That Athens-based nonprofit has sent hundreds of boxes to the troops in the past year and a half. Just Wednesday, another 100 boxes went out at a postage cost of $2,000.

Read the rest...

Hasn't Haven been doing this for a couple months? Where's our mention in this article?

Comics in the news (sort of)

Here's an AP article that appeared in The Times today. The story itself has nothing to do with comics, but check out the photo.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

When people stop being polite

Up until now, I haven't been able to stand Melanie from the current season of The Real World. Last night, though, she was reading comics! Jim Mahfood's "Grrl Scouts," to be precice. Maybe she's not so bad after all.

Oh, who am I kidding? I still don't like her — or any of the cast.

New Comics, Etc.

100 Bullets #56
Action Comics #822
Animerica Extra vol. 7 #12
Aquaman #25
Avengers Finale #1
Batman: Hush 2 action figures
Batman Jam-Packed Action
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #186
Batman Strikes #4
Bear #7
Blade of Kumori #2
Bloodhound #6
Bprd the Dead #2 (of 5)
Bullseye greatest hits #4 (of 5)
D&D Miniatures Handbook HC
District X #8
Doctor Spectrum #4 (of 6)
Dungeon #118
Emma Frost #18
Fables #32
Fathom: Dawn of War #3
Full Frontal Nerdity Annual #1
G-Man One Shot
G.I. Joe: Reloaded #10
Global Frequency: Detonation Radio TPB
Gotham Central #26
Hulk and Thing: Hard Knocks #4 (of 4)
JLA #109
JSA #68
Marvel Age: Hulk #4
Marvel Knights: 4 #13
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #9
Masters of the Universe vol 3 #8
Megacity 909 #4
Nightcrawler #3
Nightmares and fairy tales #11
Nightwing #100
Noble Causes #5
Poison Elves: Hyena #2
PS238 #9
Punisher #15
PVP #12
Rising Stars #23 (of 24)
Samurai: Heaven & Earth #1
Scooby Doo #91
She Hulk #10
Shonen Jump vol. 3 #1
Spectacular Spider-Man #22
Star Wars: Republic #71
Superman / Batman #15
Thor Son of Asgard #11
Transformers: Energon #30
Ultimate Fantastic Four: Doom TPB
Wild Girl #2 (of 6)
X-Men / Fantastic Four #1
X-Men: The End - Dreamers and Demons #6 (of 6)
X-Men Unlimited #6
Young Guns 2004 Sketch Book

Friday, December 03, 2004

Books hitting the shelves on Wednesday

Alpha Flight #10
Animerica vol. 12 #12
Bear #7
Breakdown #2
Captain America & the Falcon #10
Darkness vol. 2 #17
Deadshot #1 (of 5)
Detective Comics #801
Exiles #55
Fallen Angel #18
Firestorm #8
G.I. Joe #37
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers vol. 2 #4
Green Lantern Rebirth #2 (of 6)
Green Lantern: Rebirth #2 (second print)
Hunter Killer #0 - only 25¢!
Infantry #1
Inquest #117
Intimates #2
Jubilee #4
Justice League Unlimited #4
Karas
Kindergoth #4
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #17
Masters of the Universe vol. 3 #7
Monolith #10
New Avengers #1
New X-Men #7
Noble Causes #4
Outsiders #18
Powers #6
Question #2 (of 6)
Rogue #5
Sabretooth #4 (of 5)
Sonic the Hedgehog #143
Spider-Girl #81
Super Manga Blast #47
Superman / Batman #15
Swamp Thing #10
Toe Tags (featuring George Romero) #3
Tomb of Dracula #3
Transformers: Generation One vol 3 #10
Transformers: War Within vol. 3 #3
Ultimates 2 #1
Uncanny X-Men #453
Y: The Last Man #29

Monday, November 29, 2004

Thoughts about comics

WHAT I'm LOOKING FORWARD TO:

Hunter-Killer - it's written by Mark Waid and drawn by Marc Silvestri. You can't ask for much more than that. One of the top writers in the industry mixes it up with one of the best pencillers in the business. This book should be excellent.

New Avengers - Bendis says he wants to write the next 500 issues of Avengers. Well, if the next 500 are as good as the previous 4 that he's written, I'm on board. Yeah, this is a weird looking team that he's fielding here: Cap, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Sentry, et al, and I'm not sure I like it, but I'm more than willing to give Bendis a chance. He's earned it.

Ultimates vol.2 - The last 13-issue maxi-series was awesome. This one promises more of the same. Millar and Fitch are together again, bursting at the seams with comic goodness.


COMICS THAT SUCK:

Spectacular Spider-Man #16-20 - Some old flame from Captain America's past shows up - she's got some affinity for bugs, and she kisses Peter Parker on the mouth. Over several issues, Peter transforms into a giant spider. At the end of the story arc, he overcomes the arachnid hive mind and bursts forth from the body of the giant spider (never mind the fact that he WAS the giant spider, not just inside it), and, now, magically, he can shoot webs from his wrists - JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIE. Wow. What utterly ridiculous crap. Paul Jenkins is capable of writing some amazing stories (Origin, for example), but this story reads like it was written by an under-developed toenail fungus. It's one of the worst things I've ever read.

Spider-Man: India - Maybe it's a big hit in India, but here in the States, this book sucks. It could be worse, I suppose, but I don't see how. What garbage.

COMICS THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU WITH HOW GOOD THEY ARE:

Rex Mundi - If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you'll like this book. It's excellent.

G.I. Joe: Reloaded - This book has got twists and turns and alliances and betrayals that will absolutely knock your socks off. No one is safe from a complete character change in this book - no one. This book ROCKS!

Ultimate Fantastic Four - Warren Ellis has found a very cool groove with this book. I hope he stays on it for a while. These stories are compelling and cool, and with Andy Kubert back on art, it looks beautiful too!!

Identity Crisis - This 7-issue series has been astounding. If you're not reading it, check into a mental health facility immediately.

Superman/Batman - The ultimate teamup. There's just something about a book that features the two of them thinking about how the other does things and playing off each other's strengths and weaknesses to defeat their enemies. Awesome, awesome book!

Supreme Power - J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank are putting together one of the best, yet underrated, titles of the year. This series is phenomenal. READ IT!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

New Comics hitting the shelves

30 Days of Bloodsuckers Tales #2
Adam Strange #3 (of 8)
Amazing Fantasy #6
Amazing Spider-Man #514
Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #3
Authority: Revolution #2 (of 12)
Batgirl #58
Batman #634
Black Widow #3 (of 6)
Blade of the Immortal #95
Burglar Bill #1 (of 6)
Cholly & Flytrap #1 (of 3)
Daredevil #67
Darkstalkers #1
Doom Patrol #6
Dork Tower #29
Elektra: The Hand #4 (of 5)
Excalibur #7
Fafe from Grace #3
Flash #216
Frank Ironwine #1 (from Warren Ellis)
Green Lantern: Rebirth #2 (of 6)
Invincible #17
Jingle Belle #1 (of 4)
Marvel Holiday Special 2004
Marvel Team-Up #2
Masters of the Universe vol. 3 #7
Metal Gear: Solid #3
Misplaced #4
MU #1
Mystique #21
New Thunderbolts #2
NewType December 2004
Nodwick #26
Ojo #3 (of 5)
Poison Elves: Hyena #2
Powerless #6 (of 6)
Powers #6
Previews vol. XIV #12
Scrye #79
Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place
Simpsons #100
Small Gods #5
Spawn #140
Star Wars: Obsession #1 (of 5)
Strangers in Paradise: Tomorrow Now TPB
Street Fighter #11
Superman #211
Supreme Power #13
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #29
Teen Titans Go #13
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #12
Ultimate Elektra #4 (of 5)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #13
Usagi Yojimbo #80
Walt Disney's: Christmas Parade #2
Walt Disney's: Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
Waterloo Sunset #2 (of 4)
Wizard #159

Monday, November 22, 2004

Who watches Paul Greengrass?

'Bourne' director working on 'Watchmen'
British filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who shot the summer hit "The Bourne Supremacy," is set to direct "The Watchmen," a project based on the seminal DC Comics limited series of the same name.

Darren Aronofsky ("Pi") had been attached to direct the Paramount Pictures project but bowed out because of scheduling conflicts. He is shooting "The Fountain," starring Hugh Jackman.

"The Watchmen," created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons and originally released in 1986 as a 12-issue comic book, is credited with redefining the superhero genre. It tells a crime-conspiracy story that provided the first realistic look at the behind-the-heroics lives of superhero archetypes.

Set in an alternate America, "Watchmen" follows the costumed hero Rorschach, who is living a vigilante lifestyle because most masked heroes have retired or been outlawed. While investigating a murder, he learns that a former masked-hero colleague has been killed, prompting him to begin investigating a possible conspiracy.

With Greengrass aboard, the project is now eyeing a possible 2006 release date. Greengrass, known for his gritty style, also wrote and directed the critically lauded Irish saga "Bloody Sunday."

Reuters got both Hugh Jackman's and Dave Gibbons' names wrong in the story (I've corrected them above), calling them Jackson and Gibbon. They're really on the ball.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

'Fans & Freaks' screening

Documentary film observes fans of comics
The Alabama Filmmakers Co-op will screen "Fans and Freaks: The Culture of Comics and Conventions" at the Flying Monkey Arts Center in the old Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Saturday [November 27] at 8 p.m.

The documentary is about fans of comic books, fantasy and science fiction. The filmmakers attended themed conventions and interviewed costumed fans about their fascinations with characters from "Star Trek," Japanese anime and more.

One featured convention is Dragon*Con, the annual Atlanta event billed as the "biggest freak show of the year." Other highlights include wrestling events, music concerts, the Klingon Empire Beauty Contest and the Dragoncon "Dawn" lookalike contest.

Admission is $5 and $3 for Co-op members.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

New Comics!

30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow TPB
ADventures of Superman #634
Alex Ross JLA oversized poster
Anime Insider #18
Avengers #503 (If you missed it two weeks ago, now’s your chance!)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #2 (of 8)
Batman: Gotham Knights #59
Battle of the Plantes: Princess #2 (of 6)
Birds of Prey #76
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #5
Cable / Deadpool #9
Captain America #1 (again)
Catwoman #37
Conan #10
Cosmic Guard #4
CSI: Dominos #3
Defex #2
Detonator #1
Ex Machina #6
Fantastic Four #520
Freaks of the Heartland #6 (of 6)
Gambit #4
G.I. Joe: Reloaded #9
Gold Digger #57
Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (2nd printing – already sold out nationally!)
Grendel: Devil's Reign #6 (of 7)
Hardy Boys #1
Hawkman #34
HERO #22
Invincible: Perfect Strangers TPB
JLA #
JLA: Liberty & Justice oversized SC
JSA: Strange Adventures #4 (of 6)
Lucifer #56
Madrox #3 (Of 5)
Manhunter #4
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #16
Marvel Age: Spider-Man Team Up #3
Megacity 909 #3
Mickey Mouse & Friends #271
New Avengers #1 poster
Outsiders: Sum of All Evil TPB
Poison Elves: Guild War TPB
Powerpuff Girls #56
Pulse #6
PVP #11
Robin #132
She Hulk #9
Space Ghost #1 (of 6)
Spider-Man: India #1
Spyboy 13.1: The Manga Affair #1 (of 3)
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Adventures vol. 2 TPB
Stargate SG1: Fall of Rome #2 (of 3)
Starjammers #6 (of 6)
Stray Bullets #35
Superman / Batman #14
Tales of Tellos #2 (of 3)
Teen Titans #18
Terra Obscura vol. 2 #4 (of 6)
The Punisher #14
Transformers: Energon #29
Ultimate Spider-Man #69
Ultimate X-Men #53
Ultimate X-Men: The Tempest TPB
Ultra #4 (of 8)
Vampirella / Witchblade: Union of the Damned #1
Walking Dead #13
Wildstorm Winter Special
Wolverine #22
Wonder Woman #210
Wonder Woman Archives vol. 1 HC
X-Force #4
X-Men #164
Y: The Last Man - Safeword TPB
Youngblood: Genesis #2

Sunday, November 14, 2004

I read it for the articles

The latest issue of Playboy (the one with the hideous picture of Denise Richards on the cover) has a 9-page article about collecting original comic book artwork.

The article rambles and gets off track quite a bit, but it's worth reading. I enjoyed a particular point it made about collecting art:
Comic books, even rare ones, exist in multiple copies. But there's only one of each page or original artwork. If comic books are like cocaine, artwork is like crack.

Hopefully, the dozen or so pieces I've got hanging in my study don't constitute an addiction on my part.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

By way of introduction...

I've been invited to join the boys here on Haven Comics' blog. I'm a relative newcomer to comics, although I had a high school obsession with Neil Gaiman's Sandman thanks to my love of Tori Amos. However, since my love of books has driven me to read pretty much anything and everything I could get my hands on since the age of three, once I got a taste of some of the brilliant, literate stuff you can find in a comic book store, I was hooked. So here's what I'm devouring these days:

Ocean: I have been a raving Warren Ellis fan ever since I stormed my way through all of the TPB's of Transmetropolitan in a weekend. He's a genius; his work is cynical, darkly funny, political, and yet, in some strange and desperate way, hopeful.

Rex Mundi: I'm a sucker for a good mystery, especially when it involves the Catholic church, heresies, and a shot of film noir. Plus, it's written by a Scandinavian. I love all things Scandinavian.

Identity Crisis: Another mystery, which probably explains why I'm enjoying it even though I don't know Jack about all this superhero stuff.

Fables: Fairy tale characters living incognito in modern day America? YES!!! Very well written with dark humor and terrific storylines.

BPRD: I love these stories. Strangeness, mystery, punch-in-the-gut humor, and a surprising humanity.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Spidey - much, much bigger than life

Why didn't I realize before now that Spider-Man 2 has been showing in IMAX theaters?!

At this point, its run is mostly played out, and as far as I can tell, only one venue still has it — the IMAX theater at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

Chances are, I'm not going to make it down there, though.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

NEW THIS WEEK!!

100 BULLETS #55 (MR)
ACTION COMICS #821
ANGELTOWN #1 (OF 5)
ANIMERICA EXTRA VOLUME 7 #11 NOVEMBER 2004
AQUAMAN #24
AVENGERS FINALE #1
BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #185
BATMAN STRIKES #3
BLADE OF KUMORI #1
BLOODHOUND #5
BULLSEYE GREATEST HITS #3 (Of 5)
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #6 (Of 6)
DEAD AT 17 REVOLUTION #1 (Of 4)
DISTRICT X #7
DRAGON #326
EMMA FROST #17
FABLES #31
FIRESTORM #7
GI JOE #36
GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 #3
GOTHAM CENTRAL #25
GRAY AREA #3 (Of 3)
GREEN ARROW #44
GREEN LANTERN LEGACY THE LAST WILL SC
HELIOS #1
HORIZON #20
HUMANKIND #
IDENTITY CRISIS #6 (Of 7)
IRON MAN #1
JSA #67
JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #5 (Of 12)
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #97
MAGDALENA VAMPIRELLA #1
ARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #12
MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #8
MARVEL TEAM-UP #1
NEW THUNDERBOLTS #1
NIGHTCRAWLER #2
NIGHTWING #99
OCEAN #2 (Of 6)
OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE BOOK OF THE DEAD
SCOOBY DOO #90
SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #21
SUPERMAN SECRET IDENTITY TP
SYPHONS TP
THE INCREDIBLES #1 (Of 4)
THOR SON OF ASGARD #10
TOMB RAIDER #47
TOYFARE #89
TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 3 #9
TRANSFORMERS MICROMASTERS #4 (Of 4)
WALKING DEAD #12
WALT DISNEY SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN: THE FIRST 25 YRS
WILD GIRL #1 (Of 6)
X-MEN #163
X-MEN: THE END BOOK - ONE DREAMERS AND DEMONS #5 (Of 6)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Cobraaaa!

I wish I'd seen this before the elections.

Cobra Commander for President

Sadly, Cobra Commander didn't win.



Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Highlights of the Week

Astonishing X-Men #6 – This series started off with a big bang and it continues to get better and better. If you’re not already reading this book, pull your head up out of the sand and look around you! If you have ever even remotely liked the X-Men, you should be reading this incredible series. The story is really building and the artwork is gorgeous. This is absolutely the best X book out there. What more could you ask for? Good grief! There's a two-page spread in the middle of this issue that will have all X-Men fans talking, and the last page is a heck of a cliff-hanger. A MUST READ!!!!

Avengers #503 – The Avengers have the hottest book going right now, and it’s not because someone took a match to them as they came off the presses. Nope, Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch are really rolling on this series, and though major characters – characters I really like – are biting the dust left and right, I can’t help but be pulled in by this incredible story. Look for this series to end with this issue as Bendis and Finch wipe the slate clean and start over next month with a new Avengers #1. I hate the end of the regular continuity too, but I have faith in Bendis, and he says he wants to write the next 500 issues of the Avengers. I hope they’re all as good as these last few have been!

BPRD: The Dead #1 – From the pages of Hellboy, BPRD gets their next limited series. Their story has been parceled out in bits and pieces over the past couple of years with mini-series after mini-series, and this latest will continue to build on the foundation established in the previous story lines. If you want to keep up with Abe Sabien and crew, this is the place to do it.

The Intimates #1 – From Jim Lee’s twisted mind comes The Intimates. This series looks to be the Wildstorm universe’s answer to the New Mutants, but with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek feel. It looks mildly funny and, with Jim Lee’s backing, it’s bound to stir up some interest. It might be worth checking out – give it a shot.

The Question #1 (of 6) – Ah, an old DC hero returns. All you DC fans will want to check this series out. It promises some good detective work and, hopefully, some answers. If you’re not an old-school DC fan and you want to know more about The Question, check with Damon, Andy, or Lamarr – usually in on Thursday evenings – they can tell you anything you want to know about anything in the DC universe. Really. And if they don’t know it off the top of their collective heads, they can find it in short order.

Superman/Batman #13 – This series has featured two story arcs by different creative teams, and both of them have been brilliant. This issue is the final issue of the second story line, and it looks gorgeous. There’s just something about teaming up Batman and Superman that makes for a good book – they are definitely The World’s Finest, even if this book isn’t called that (which it should be).

Ultimate Spider-Man #68 – Bendis gets two books on our weekly highlight list this time around! Man, he’s good. After this most recent, extremely unusual story two-issue story, I’m sure it will be back to business for Bendis. We had our comic relief and light-hearted interlude; so now Spidey can go back to bashing bad guys, pounding perps, and cracking wise at their expense. This series has been phenomenal from the start and, if you’re not reading it, you darn well should be. Start at the beginning, pick up the trades, and catch up; it’s easy to do and is absolutely worth it. Awesome!!

New Comics!

Alpha Flight #9
Ant #4
Astonishing X-Men #4 variant cover (only two copies!)
Astonishing X-Men #6
Avengers #503
Avengers: Earth's Mightest Heroes #1 (of 8)
Ballad of Sleeping Beauty #5
Bloodhound
B.P.R.D.: The Dead #1 (of 5)
Brian Pulido's Killer Gnomes #1
Captain America & the Falcon #9
Catwoman #36
Catwoman: When in Rome #2 (Of 6)
Daredevil #66
Detective Comics #800
Elektra: The Hand #2 (of 5)
Exiles #54
Firebirds One Shot
Gold Digger: Perfect Memory #4
Golden Plates #1
Guardians #5 (of 5)
Hulk & Thing: Hard Knocks #3 (of 4)
Inquest Gamer #116
Intimates #1
JLA #
JLA: Classified #1
Jubilee #3
Justice League Unlimited #3
Kare Kano VOL 12 GN
Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated #40
Little Endless Storybook HC
Majestic #4 (of 4)
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #15
NYC Mech #6
Punnisher #13
PS238 #8
Question #1 (of 6)
Rising Stars #22 (of 24)
Sabretooth #3 (of 5)
Scary Godmother vol. 1
Shonen Jump vol. 2 #12
Sonic the Hedgehog #142
Spider-Girl #80
Spider-Man / Doctor Octopus: Year One #4 (of 5)
Spider-Man Unlimited #6
Star Wars: Empire #26
Superman / Batman #13
Sylvia Faust #2 (of 4)
Tomb of Dracula #2
Transformers / G.I. Joe #1
Ultimate Fantastic Four #12
Ultimate Spider-Man #68
Uncanny X-Men #452
Venom vs. Carnage #4 (of 4)
Western Tales of Terror #1
Witchblade #80
X-Men #163
Y: The Last Man #28

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Some highlights this week

Amazing Fantasy #5 – We’re finally getting some more information about exactly what Anya can do when it comes down to her or the bad guys, and she can throw down! Check it out to see exactly what the heck is going on with her.

Amazing Spider-Man #513 – Man, this story is racing 90 to nothing and the more you find out, the more it leaves you wondering exactly what’s going to happen. The ‘children’ out of Peter Parker’s past are strong and determined, and he is their target. This issue spells out why and the outcome is open to a myriad of possibilities. Definitely check out this story arc; it is one of the best Spider-Man stories in years. A must read!

Dr. Spectrum #3 – From the pages of Supreme Power comes the story of Joe Ledger, a military man, a soldier without equal, and what happens to him when alien technology takes him over. Is his will strong enough to win out over the new entity in his mind? The battle drags us through his past as he alternately tries to hunt the entity or hide from it. If you’re a fan of Supreme Power, this supplemental series definitely helps to explain what’s going on with this pivotal character. If you’re a Green Lantern fan, this is Marvel’s more “mature” answer to Green Lantern, and it’s an extremely interesting book. Give it a shot.

Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 – Hal Jordan is coming back! How? Well, don’t look to this book to explain anything yet. The first issue presents strange occurrence after strange occurrence as things begin to spin out of control. What is happening to The Spectre? Coast City reappeared? Hal Jordan steps out on the tarmac? What the heck is going on?! Hopefully this series will answer these questions, but the first issue does little more than make a kaleidoscope of your mind, focusing one moment and turning to a new image the next. A great book!

Unfortunately, three days before this book was released, DC announced that it had been sold out across the nation. They’ve already started up a second print, so more should be available soon.

Soulfire #2 – In the first issue of this new series from Michael Turner, we saw an archeological dig unearth what appeared to be a dragon skeleton. Then we saw images of a city overrun by an immense, dangerous fire-breathing dragon. I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue of this series, and the second issue looks good too. I’m certainly intrigued to see where this story goes. It has several of the elements that made Reign of Fire such a great movie, including some of the base dragon designs. Check this book out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

New comics this week

Adam Strange #2 (of 8)
Amazing Fantasy #5
Amazing Spider-Man #513
Angel: Sanctuary vol. 4
Animerica vol. 12 #11
Aquaman #23
Arsenic Lullaby #16
Art of Walt Disney (Revised and Expanded) HC
Authority: Revolution #1 (of 12)
Batman #633
Batman: As the Crow Flies TPB
Batman: Detective #27 SC
Batman: Hush vol. 2 TPB
Birds of Prey #75
Black Widow #2 (of 6)
Blue Monday: Painted Moon #3 (of 4)
Breakdown #1
Cartoon Network: Block Party #2
Catwoman #36
Cosmic Guard #3
Daredevil #66
Dawn of War: Cannon Hawke #1
Doctor Spectrum #3 (Of 6)
Doom Patrol #5
Elektra: The Hand #3 (Of 5)
Excalibur #6
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers TPB
Flash #215
Ghost Spy #5
G.I. Joe #35
Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (oF 6)
Hellblazer #201
Jack Staff #6
JLA #107
Junction 17 TPB
Legend of Sleepy Hollow GN
Metal Gear Solid #2
Mystique #20
Myth Warriors GN
Newtype Nov. 2004
NYC Mech #6
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004
Once in a Blue Moon vol. 1 GN
Or Else #1
Outsiders #17
Planetary #21
Powerless #5 (of 6)
Previews vol. XIV #11
PVP #10
Razor's Edge: Warblade #1
Richard Dragon #6
Ride 2: For the Road (one shot)
Scrye #78
Silver Surfer #14
Solo #1
SOULFIRE #2
Spawn #139
Star Wars: Republic #70
Strange #2
Strangers in Paradise #69
Super Manga Blast #46
Superman #210
Superman: True Brit HC
Swamp Thing: Regenesis TPB
Tales of Tellos #1 (of 3)
Teen Titans, Go #12
Transformers: Gen. 1 - More than Meets the Eye vol. 1 TPB
Ultimate Elektra #3 (of 5)
Usagi Yojimbo #79
We 3 #2 (of 3)
Witching #5
Wizard #158
Wolverine #21
Wolverine: Weapon X (prose) HC
Wonder Woman #209
X-Men #163

Monday, October 25, 2004

Halloween sale at Haven!

Hey, everybody!

We're running a sale at Haven this weekend in honor of the haunted holiday, so come on down to trick or treat!

We'll be serving up the following goodies:

Trades: 25% OFF
Back Issues: 30% OFF


Now is definitely the time to come out and pick up some of the back issues you've been missing or to pick up some of the excellent trades we have in stock!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

New comics this week

Adventures of Superman #633
Amelia Rules: Superheroes #3 (of 6)
Anime Insider #17
Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #10
Batman: Gotham Knights #58
Batman: Hush vol. 2 TPB
Batman Strikes #2
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #4
Cable / Deadpool #8
Conan #9
Darkness vol. 2 #16
Fantastic Four #519
Fathom: Dawn of War #2
Firestorm #6
Gambit #3
G.I. Joe: Reloaded #8
Goon #9
Hero #21
Horrorcide #1
Identity Crisis #1 (2nd print)
Identity Crisis #5 (of 7)
Identity Disc #5 (of 5)
Invaders #3
JSA: Strange Adventures #3 (of 6)
Lucifer #55
Madrox #2 (of 5)
Manhunter #3
Marvel Age: Hulk #2
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #14
Megacity 909 #2
Mickey Mouse & Friends #270
New X-Men #6
Noble Causes #3
Ocean #1 (of 6)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004
Outsiders: Looking for Trouble TPB
Plastic Man #11
Powerpuff Girls #55
Pscythe #2 (of 2)
Rex Mundi #12
Robin #131
Rogue #4
Sabretooth #2 (of 5)
Shi: Ju Nen #2 (of 4)
Small Gods #4
Spectatular Spider-Man #20
Star Wars: Empire #25
Star Wars Tales #21
Stoker's Dracula #1 (of 4)
Supreme Power: Powers and Principalities TPB
Tales of Tellos #1 (of 3)
Teen Titans #17
Terra Obscura vol. 2 #3 (of 6)
Toe Tags (featuring George Romero) #1
Transformers: War Within vol. 3 #2
Ultimate Spider-Man #67
Uncanny X-Men #451
Victory vol. 2 #2 (of 4)
Voltron vol. 2 #10
X-Men Unlimited #5

Monday, October 18, 2004

Highlights this week...

Conan #9 - Conan has been an awesome book, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord have been turning out a consistently well done book, and it is definitely worth reading. We've got a lot of the issues in stock; give it a shot.

Identity Crisis #5 - The mystery continues! Whoever it is holding the key to the JLA's destruction has been slowly turning that key in the ignition, and things have gone from tragic to desperate for DC's iconic superhero team. While this series has definitely not been for the weak of nerves or stomach, it has been an intriguing read and a mystery well worth investigating. Grab your magnifying glass and start sorting the clues, already! If you're not reading this book, you don't know what you're missing!

Identity Crisis #1 (2nd Printing) - Yes, #1 is sold out across the country; so they printed up a second batch. I wouldn't normally waste your time with this, but it's an excellent chance to pick this book up from the beginning and get in on the ground floor. Also, much as I hate to point this out, the "negative" cover looks beautiful and, lately, 2nd printings have been going for more than the original in a lot of cases.

Ocean #1 - This new Warren Ellis book from DC looks good. It involves a research satellite and a recently discovered ocean on the Jovian moon Europa. It's Warren Ellis, so there will be plots within plots within plots, and it will be worth reading. I'll be checking it out.

Rex Mundi #12 - Finally! It's been a while since issue #11, and Diamond shorted us on this one last week too; so I've been anxiously awaiting my Rex Mundi fix. If you've read and liked The Da Vinci Code, you should enjoy this book too. Arvid Nelson, the writer of Rex Mundi, apparently went to the same school Dan Brown did. There are a lot similarities between the two - one of the major differences, of course, is that Rex Mundi is set in the 1930's, in a world where the Protestant Reformation never happened, so the Catholic church still runs everything and is still actively hiding the truth. I highly recommend this series! We've got the first trade in stock at the store; so if you want to start at the beginning, we can help you out.

Supreme Power vol.2: Principalities & Powers - Supreme Power is Marvel's darker, mature version of the JLA, and their story continues in this, the second trade issued in this series so far. J. Michael Straczynski is scripting one heck of a story, and Gary Frank's pencils are at their best. The characters are all compelling and Straczynski is taking his time with them. This series is top notch and more people should be reading it. Definitely check this book out!

Ultimate Spider-Man #67 - As always, Ultimate Spider-Man is an awesome book. This latest storyline, Even We Don't Believe This, has been a great read, despite the fact that last issue had me racing to check the previous issue to make sure I hadn't forgotten something. I hadn't. This story has just been extremely confusing so far, but it's been a lot of fun too and, after the Gwen Stacy tragedy, a much needed respite from the drama. Fun stuff!

Welcome to the Haven Blog!

Hello, All!

Matt Cuthbert, former business partner here at Haven and still a good friend, is an internet-knowledgable guy; so he hooked us up with this awesome blog. Thanks, Matt!

Now, I, even I, the internet-ignorant guy that I am, can update you guys on comics that are coming out and what all is happening at Haven. If you take a look at the main page, you can see that Matt already updated the list with this week's new comics; so I won't waste your time with that here.

If you haven't been in to the store lately, we are loaded down with Trade Paperbacks and Graphic Novels. We've got a ton of them, and we just had a HUGE shipment of Batman Trades come in a couple of weeks ago. We've got a great selection right now.

We've got starters and booster packs for the new Star Wars miniatures game, and they're going fast. These minis look good and, from all reports, the game is a good one too. If you're remotely curious, it's definitely worth checking this new game out.

This Friday night, we'll be having game night, as usual. If things go as usual, there will be much Halo from about 7:00 until sunrise. Come on out, resin up your thumbs, and play Halo all night.

Saturday, we've got Mech Warrior tournaments going on, and they're always looking for new players. If you've got a hankering to play, gear up your mechs and come whup somebody.

We will soon be having Magic tournaments on Saturday nights, and other tournaments are in the planning stages for several systems. We've also got role-playing games going on Saturday mornings and Monday nights, so there's something for everybody at Haven these days.

More later, peeps.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

D&D turns 30

Fans mark Dungeons & Dragons anniversary
Dungeons & Dragons players gathered in game stores around the country Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the grandfather of fantasy role-playing games — a pop culture phenomenon that has influenced myriad video games, books and movies.

An estimated 25,000 fans in 1,200 stores celebrated the anniversary Saturday, said Charles Ryan, brand manager for role-playing games at Wizards of the Coast, a Renton, Wash., company that owns Dungeons & Dragons.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

It's not easy being green

The HIV-positive superhero sidekick
Along with fighting alien menaces and criminal masterminds, the "Green Arrow" comic book will now feature a sidekick engaged in a more personal struggle — this one against HIV.

The character adds a dose of hard-edged reality to the usually fanciful world of costumed crime fighters.

(Other comic book characters — including a friend of the Incredible Hulk's and the Image Comics hero Shadowhawk — have been HIV-positive.)

In the latest issue of "Green Arrow," set for publication Wednesday, a teenage runaway named Mia — who has been in the care of the title hero for two years — discovers that her time spent as a street-dweller and prostitute has resulted in her picking up the virus.

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