Thursday, March 31, 2005

HAVEN'S 4th BIRTHDAY THIS WEEKEND!!

Hey, everybody, come on out to Haven this Saturday to help us celebrate our 4th Birthday! We'd love to see you there!

To help give you a little motivation, we're holding a big sale on Saturday; check it out:

20% OFF Back Issues and RPG Books
25% OFF Trades and New Comics
25% OFF T-Shirts, Miniatures, Games

This is, by far, the biggest sale we've ever had. Come down and take advantage of it!

Also, for those of you who are interested, we're putting together a big group to go see Sin City this Friday night, April 1st (opening night). If you're reading this, we'd love to have you there for that too!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Comic Book Chaos

Photoshop Phriday brings you two weeks worth of Comic Book Chaos!

Part 1 | Part 2

Part 2 has more modern comics that you're likely to recognize.

Note: Photoshop Phriday is not for those of faint sensibilities.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Fans can relax

CBR reviews the Sin City movie.
Though the movie is an unblemished and unchanged adaptation of the books, there are definitely certain nuances about the characters that the books give more depth on that the movie can only hint at.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

New This Week! (3-30-05)

Astonishing X-Men #9
Astonishing X-Men ltd ed variant #7
Astonishing X-Men ltd ed variant #8
Batgirl #62
Batman #638
BPRD the Dead #5 (of 5)
Breakdown #5
Captain Gravity and Power of Vril #1
Castlevania: the Belmont Legacy #1 (of 5)
Concrete: Human Dilemma #4 (of 6)
Damn Nation #2 (of 3)
Daredevil Redemption #3 (of 6)
DC Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1
Doctor Spectrum #6 (of 6)
Doom Patrol #10
Fables vol 5 The Mean Seasons TP
Fantastic Four #524
Flash #220
GI Joe #41
GI Joe Reloaded TP vol 1
Godzilla Rodan Mini Plush
Goon DH Ed #11
Hack/Slash Comic Book Carnage
Legion of Super Heroes #4
Madrox: Multiple Choice TP
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #12
Marvel Milestones Iron Man
Mu #3
Ocean #5 (of 6)
Oddly Normal #1 (of 4)
Otherworld #1 (of 12)
Outsiders #22
Planetary vol 3: Leaving the 20th Century TP
Pulse #8
Rex Mundi #13
Secret War Book Four (of five)
Shaman’s Tears #1-s&n
Spectacular Spider-Man #26
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith #1
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith TP
Street Angel #4
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #28
Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #31
Teen Titans GO #17
Ultimate Iron Man ltd ed variant #1 (of 6)
Ultimate Secret #1 (of 4)
Ultimate X-Men vol 8 New Mutants TP
Usagi Yojimbo #82
Victory vol 2 #3 (of 4)
Walt Disneys Vacation Parade #1
Wizard Comics Magazine #163
X-23 #4 (of 6)
X-Force Shatterstar #2 (of 3)
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #5 (of 6)
X-Men: Complete Age of Apocalypse Epic Book 1 TP
X-Men Phoenix Endsong #4 (of 5)
X-Men Phoenix Endsong ltd ed variant cover #3
Young Avengers #2 - reorder

Friday, March 25, 2005

Marvel movie madness

Brent Staples of The New York Times questions whether Marvel has any marquee titles left to offer Hollywood after the release of the Fantastic Four movie.
By the turn of the 60's, the adolescent boys who drove the comics market had had their fill of lessons in moral rectitude from superheroes that the graphic designer Chip Kidd once described as "middle-aged men thwarting crime in their underwear." The time was ripe for morally ambiguous heroes who dared the occasional impure thought, and those heroes rolled off the Marvel assembly line by the dozen in the 60's.

Spider-Man filled the bill for some boys. But the character who did it for me, when I was 10 years old in 1961, was an impossibly large man who walked into a clothing store with his face cast in darkness by a pulled-down hat and the upturned collar of his trench coat. When told that the store carried nothing in his size, he bellowed, "I live in a world too small for me!" and threw off his coat, revealing a grotesque but superhuman physique covered in orange skin. He exploded out into the street, ripped up the pavement with his bare hands and disappeared into the sewer.

The shock came from learning that the ugly, bad-tempered fellow was actually a good guy. His name was Ben Grimm, also known as the Thing, and he played the strongman in the crime-fighting quartet the Fantastic Four. Among his teammates was the Human Torch, a bratty young hothead who burst into flame at will. The team was rounded out by the Torch's sister, the Invisible Girl, her husband-to-be the elastic-limbed Mr. Fantastic. The Four resonated with real-world family life, cast a permanent spell over a generation of budding writers and became the emotional template for legions of Marvel heroes who followed.

But if the Stan Lee lawsuit was one sign of the end of an era, the scheduling of a Fantastic Four movie signals another. The big screen has already exhausted the most important characters from the Marvel stable — and a few of the minor ones as well — and is most likely to consume the rest within a relatively short time. This reminds us again that the golden age of comics on which the movie boom is based really lasted only about 10 years. The artists who changed the world were hot and swinging, then gone in the blink of an eye.

Considering that upcoming Marvel movie projects include Man-Thing, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, and Deathlok (O.K., and to be fair, Iron Man), it seems like the House of Ideas may have indeed exhaused its movie options.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Spider-Man 3

Who could he be playing? Hobgoblin? Venom? Lizard? Sandman? Mysterio?

This could be interesting — check out this article from CNN...
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) — Thomas Haden Church, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor in "Sideways," has been cast as Spidey's new archenemy in the next chapter of the "Spider-Man" franchise.

Director Sam Raimi made the annoncement Monday along with producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios' Avi Arad.

"Spider-Man 3," which is scheduled for release May 4, 2007, will reunite the team that was responsible for the first two blockbuster films, which combined to gross more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

The new film will again star Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Kirsten Dunst is expected to reprise her role as Mary Jane Watson. Production on "Spider-Man 3" is scheduled to begin early next year.

"In addition to the ongoing relationship between Peter Parker and M.J., these films are driven by the great actors who have brought our villains to life," Raimi said. "Thomas Haden Church will be a fantastic and challenging new nemesis, and we all look forward to working with him."

The filmmakers are not revealing the identity of the new villain. (read more ...)

Monday, March 21, 2005

Do you live in the City of Heroes?

The Birmingham News has been keeping up with the City of Heroes video game recently.
City of Heroes is a role-playing video game about comic book heroes, and now a comic book based on the game is planned to launch in May. NCsoft, Cryptic and Top Cow Productions have announced a comic book series that will link gamers and comic book fans. Writer Mark Waid, whose credits include "X-Men," "Hunter-Killer," "Flash," "JLA," "Ruse," "Fantastic Four," "Kingdom Come," and "Empire," teams up with artist David Nakayama of "Proximity Effect" to bring the game world to life in the medium that inspired it. (read more...)

I assume this is a sort of re-launch, as City of Heroes already had a comic book from Blue King Studios. It's doubtful, though, that Top Cow's version will also offer a free subscription to everyone who plays the game. Nevertheless, a move to Top Cow is certainly a step up in exposure to comic fans.

Aside from the upcoming comic, the game's producers got more good news this week.
A U.S. district court judge in Los Angeles recently dismissed several key claims by comic book publisher Marvel Enterprises, Inc. in the company's trademark and copyright infringement case against online computer game publisher NCsoft Corporation and game developer Cryptic Studios. Marvel sued NCsoft and Cryptic Studios in November of last year, claiming that the City of Heroes online computer game allows players to imitate comic book characters owned by Marvel. (read more...)

I understand Marvel's need to fight for their copyrights, but let's be realistic — at least half of their characters are derivitave of some other DC character, just like half of DC's characters are derivitave of some other Marvel character. The fact that a superhero video game produced similar characters isn't so surprising. Supreme Power, anyone?

Friday, March 18, 2005

Two weeks to go

There's a new Sin City trailer up.

Oddly, though, comic shops are getting a hard time from the studio about promoting the movie.

Link found via Cognitive Dissonance

Comics for Spring Break (3-23-05)!!!

100 Bullets #59
30 Days of Night Bloodsuckers Tales #6
Age of Apocalypse #4 (of 6)
Alan Moores Hypothetical Lizard #2 (of 4)
Amazing Spider-Man #518
Arana Heart of the Spider #3
Army of Darkness Shop Til You Drop Dead #2
Authority Revolution #6 (of 12)
Ballad of Sleeping Beauty #8
Batman Gotham Knights #63
Big Big Overstreet Price Guide vol 34
Books of Magick Life During Wartime #9
Cannon Busters #1
Conan #14
Daredevil #71
DC Cmx Tenjho Tenge Preview Book
Excalibur #11
Gold Digger #62
Hawkman #38
Incredibles #4 (of 4)
JLA Classified #5
Knights of the Dinner Table #101
Livewires #2 (of 6)
New Avengers #4
New West #1
New X-Men #11
Nightwing #106
Official Handbook Marvel Universe X-Men Age Apocalypse
Previews vol xv #4
The Punisher #18
Queen & Country vol 7 Operation Saddlebags TP
Robin #136
Rogue #9
Runaways #2 (of 12)
Seven Soldiers Guardian #1 (of 4)
Sonic the Hedgehog #147
Soulfire #4
Spawn #144
Spellbinders #1 (of 6)
Spider-Man/Human Torch #3 (of 5)
Star Wars Obsession #4 (of 5)
Star Wars Republic #74
Trigger #4
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 11 Carnage TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 12 Superstars TP
Ultimate X-Men #56
Ultimate X-Men vol 5 Ultimate War TP
Ultimate X-Men vol 7 Blockbuster TP
Wolverine Soultaker #2 (of 5)
X-Men #168

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Pretty pictures

Hubie weighs in on what's wrong with the Fantastic Four movie poster.

Also, CBR has an exclusive look at the new Batman Begins poster.

Joss Whedon takes on Wonder Woman Movie!

This just in from CNN — this will have some of you out there showing your O faces!
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) — "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon is preparing to bring to life another formidable female character in his latest movie endeavor.

Whedon has signed to write and direct "Wonder Woman," a live-action film adaptation of the DC Comics character, for Warner Bros. Pictures. (Warner Bros. and DC Comics are units of Time Warner, as is CNN.)

"Wonder Woman is the most iconic female heroine of our time, but in a way, no one has met her yet," Whedon said in a statement. "What I love most about icons is finding out what's behind them, exploring the price of their power."

He added: "There is a woman behind the legend who is very fascinating, very uncompromising and in her own way almost vulnerable. She's someone who doesn't belong in this world, and since everyone I know feels that way about themselves, the character clicked for me."

According to the lore of the comic book, Wonder Woman is the superhero name of Diana, an Amazonian princess from Paradise Island, an uncharted island to which the Amazons fled to escape domination by the ancient Greeks and Romans. She has super strength, bracelets that deflect bullets and a golden lasso that ensnares victims and forces them to tell the truth. She has, at times, even had her own super vehicle, an invisible plane.

Wonder Woman was created by educational consultant William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics in 1941. Because of her popularity, she got her own self-titled comic series six months later. Lynda Carter played the heroine in the TV series that ran on ABC and CBS from 1976 to 1979.

Warner Bros. is known to have been eyeing a Wonder Woman feature for some time.

Whedon created the influential WB Network/UPN drama series "Buffy" and its spinoff "Angel." He is in postproduction on the Universal Pictures feature "Serenity," which he wrote and directed based on his short-lived Fox drama series "Firefly."

His other writing credits include the features "Toy Story" and "Alien: Resurrection," and he is penning the Marvel comic "Astonishing X-Men."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Ides of March and the Comics that Ship then

Adventures of Superman #638
Alter Ego #45
Angeltown #5 (of 5)
Aspen Seasons: Spring 2005 #1
Batman Strikes #7
Battle of the Planets: Princess #5 (of 6)
Birds of Prey #80
Black Panther #1 (Ltd. Ed. Variant)
Black Panther #2
Blade of Kumori #4
BTVS: Palz Angel Px Figure
Cable Deadpool #13
Captain America #4
Captain Gravity and Power of Vril #2
Catwoman #41
Conan: Frost Giants Daughter & Stories TPB
Darkstalkers #4
Ex Machina #9
Exiles #61
Fables: The Mean Seasons TPB
Fantastic Four: Foes #3 (of 6)
Fathom #0
G.I. Joe: Master & Apprentice vol. II #2
Human Race #1 (of 7)
Humankind Reader Set
Incredible Hulk #79
Inside the Dream: The Personal Story of Walt Disney HC
JLA #112
Lady Death: Swimsuit 2005
Lions, Tigers, & Bears #2 (of 4)
Lucifer #60
Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #1 (of 4)
Manhunter #8
Marvel Knights 4 #16
Mickey Mouse & Friends #275
Noble Causes #8
Powerpuff Girls #60
Question #5 (of 6)
Shonen Jump vol. 3 #4
Sin City: The Hard Goodbye TPB
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For TPB
Sin City: That Yellow Bastard TPB
Space Ghost #5 (of 6)
Spider-Man Unlimited #8
Star Wars: General Grievous #1 (of 4)
Star Wars: Visionaries TPB
Starman: Sons of the Father TPB
Stormbreaker Saga of Beta Ray Bill #3 (of 6)
Teen Titans #22
The Punisher #18
Toyfare #93
Ultimate Galactus: Nightmare TPB
Ultimate Spider-Man #74
Ultimate X-Men #57
Ultimates vol. 2 #4
Ultra #8 (of 8)
Uncanny X-Men #457
Wolverine #26
Wonder Woman #214
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #3 (of 6)
Young Avengers #1 (Director's Cut)
Young Avengers #2

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

This film will change your life

What if the Superfriends had starred in Office Space?

New Firefly/Serenity Action Figures!!!

Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles (DST) has announced a licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to produce action figures inspired by Universal Pictures' upcoming, futuristic action-adventure film, Serenity!

Directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Serenity is scheduled for release on September 30.

The Serenity action figure line will be based on several of the main characters from the film. This is DST's third addition to its Joss Whedon product line, which also includes products based on Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. As with those lines, the Serenity figures will be approximately 6" high and will feature character-specific accessories and multiple points of articulation.

"When Universal announced its plans to produce the Serenity film, we knew that it would inspire a set of great action figures," said DST Director Chuck Terceira. "The series grew in popularity on DVD and the following of fans that Joss Whedon has created is phenomenal."

Based on Whedon's cult-hit television series, Firefly, Serenity will continue and expand the adventures of the series' memorable characters, which will be joined by new characters expressly for the movie adaptation. Whedon will act as both screenwriter and director, with Barry Mendel (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Life Aquatic) producing and Chris Buchanan & Alisa Tager (of Barry Mendel Productions) serving as executive producers. The Serenity cast will include such returning Firefly cast members as Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds), Gina Torres (Zoƫ Warren), Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye), Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Sean Maher (Dr. Simon Tam), and Summer Glau (River Tam).

Look for the first wave of DST's Serenity offerings in an upcoming issue of Previews!

Bringing in the New Books

Action Comics #825
Adam Strange #6 (of 8)
Animerica vol. 13 #3
Aquaman #28
Armor X #1
Atomika #1

Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #189
Batman Mini Statue by Jim Lee
Blade of the Immortal #99
Blood of the Demon #1
Bloodhound #9
Blue Monday: Painted Moon #4 (of 4)
Breach #3
Concrete: Human Dilemma #3 (of 6)
Darkness & Tomb Raider #1
District X #11
Doctor Spectrum #5 (of 6) - Reorder
Fables #35
Gambit #8
GloomCookie #23
Gotham Central #29
Green Arrow #48
Irregulars vol. 1 TPB
Jsa #71
Majestic #3
Mary Jane: Homecoming #1 (of 4)
Medieval Lady Death #1
New Thunderbolts #6
Nightmares and Fairy Tales #12
Nightwing #105
Ojo #5 (of 5) - Reorder
Planetary #22 - Reorder
Samurai: Heaven & Earth #3 (of 5)
Scooby Doo #94
Seven Soldiers Shining Knight #1 (of 4)
Spider Girl #84
Spider-Man Team Up Special
Street Angel #5
Superman #214
Superman / Batman: Public Enemies TPB
Superman: Strength #3 (of 3) - Reorder
Tales of the Thing #1 (of 3)
Terra Obscura vol. 2 #6 (of 6)
The Grimoire #1
The Punisher #18
Udon: Darkstalkers #2 (2nd print)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #16
Ultimate Iron Man #1 (of 6) - Reorder
Witchblade & Tomb Raider #1
Wizard Magazine: Mega Movie
Wolverine Soultaker #1 (of 5)
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2 (of 6)
X-Men: Phoenix Endsong #3 (of 5) - Reorder
X-Men: The End - Heroes and Martyrs #1 (of 6)
Zen: Bounty Hunter #1

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Batman, bigger than life

Batman Begins is coming to IMAX, but will it play in Huntsville? Considering the fact that Spider-Man 2 didn't make it to the Space & Rocket Center IMAX until Feb. 17 of this year, I wouldn't get my hopes up.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Bringing March in with the New Stuff

30 DAYS OF NIGHT BLOODSUCKERS TALES #5
ARANA HEART OF THE SPIDER #2
ARCHIE #555
DARKNESS #19
DARKNESS BLACK SAILS ONE SHOT - reorder
DEADSHOT #4 (OF 5)
DEFEX AFTERMATH #5
DETECTIVE COMICS #804
DIAMOND DATELINE MARCH 2005
DOCTOR SPECTRUM #5 (OF 6)
EXILES #60
FABLES VOL 5 THE MEAN SEASONS TP
FALLEN ANGEL #19
FIRESTORM #11
GI JOE RELOADED #13
GOLD DIGGER #61
HUMANKIND #5 (OF 5)
I’M NINJA T/S XL
INQUEST GAMER #120
INTIMATES #5
JOHN CONSTANTINE HELLBLAZER SPECIAL PAPA MIDNITE #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #9 (OF 12)
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #7
KIM POSSIBLE VOL 1 CINEMANGA GN
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #100
LEGEND #1 (OF 4)
LEX LUTHOR MAN OF STEEL #1 (OF 5)
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #1
MARVEL TEAM-UP #6
METAL GEAR SOLID #6
MINISTRY OF SPACE TP
NEW AVENGERS #3 - reorder
NEWTYPE JAN 2005
NODWICK #27
OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS - reorder
OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE WOLVERINE - reorder
RISING STARS #24
RUNAWAYS #1 (OF 12)
SCOOTER GIRL TP
SEVENTH SHRINE #1 (OF 2)
SHANNA THE SHE DEVIL #2 (OF 7)
SIN CITY VOL 2 DAME TO KILL FOR
SIN CITY VOL 5 FAMILY VALUES
STARGATE SG1 DANIELS SONG #1
SUPERMAN STRENGTH #3 (OF 3)
TEEN TITANS A KIDS GAME TP
TERRA OBSCURA VOL 2 #4 (OF 6)
THATS SO RAVEN CINEMANGA VOL 1 GN
TOE TAGS FEATURING GEORGE ROMERO #6
TOP COW 2005 PREVIEW BOOK
ULTIMATE IRON MAN #1 (OF 6)
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #73
WALKING DEAD #16
WHAT IF VOL 1 TP
WITCHING #9
X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 (OF 6)
X-MEN AGE OF APOCALYPSE ONE SHOT
X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR #4 (OF 5)