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
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.


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.