Friday, August 26, 2005

August Ends with a Bang! (8-31-05)

1602 New World #2 (OF 5)
Amazing Spider-Man #523
Angel, The Curse #1 – Exclusive Cover!
Astonishing X-Men #12
Astro City: The Dark Age #3 (OF 16)
Batman Gotham Knights #68
Beowulf #4
BPRD The Black Flame #1 (OF 6)
Captain America #9
Catwoman #46
Daredevil #76
Daredevil Father #2 (OF 5)
Death Jr #3 (OF 3)
Doom Patrol #15
Emily the Strange #1
Ex Machina #14
Flash #225
Freshmen #2 (OF 6)
Full Metal Alchemist vol.3 TP
GI Joe: America’s Elite #3
Green Lantern #4
Grimoire #5
Homeland: Dark Elf Trilogy #3 (OF 3)
Japan TP
JLA Classified #11
Megaman #1
Megaman #3
Monster War: Darkness vs. Mr. Hyde #4 (OF 4)
Neverwhere #3 (OF 9)
New Avengers #9
NYC Mech: Beta Love #3
Official Handbook: Ultimate Marvel Universe 2005
Powers #12
Powers #12 – Oeming Variant
Revelations #1 (OF 6)
Robin #141
Runaways #7
Rurouni Kenshin vol. 18 TP
Serenity #1 (OF 3) – 3rd Printing
Serenity #2 (OF 3) - reorder
Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight #4 (OF 4)
Shadowhawk #4
Silent Dragon #2 (OF 6)
Sin City Marv Toyfare Exclusive AF
Solo #6
Star Wars Empire #33
Supreme Power #18
Teen Titans Go #22
Tom Strong #34
Ultimate Iron Man #1 (OF 5) – 3rd Printing
Ultimate Iron Man #2 (OF 5)
Ultimate Iron Man #3 (OF 6)
Ultimates 2 vol. 1: Gods & Monsters TP
Usagi Yojimbo #86
Wha?! Huh?!?!
Wizard Comics Magazine #168
Wonder Woman #220
X-Men: Kitty Pryde, Shadow & Flame #3 (OF 5)
X-Men: The End, Heroes & Martryrs #6 (OF 6)
Young Avengers #6

As you can see, there are a LOT of heavy hitters shipping this week! Make sure you get down to Haven early this week, because a few of these titles have limited availability!

Normally, in this space, I write little blurbs about some of the hotter titles, but there are so many this week that I just don't have the time to do it. Suffice to say that this week is a comic book lover's dream! Can't wait for Wednesday!!

Friday, August 19, 2005

New Comics (8-24-05)!!

Adventures of Superman #643
Angel, The Curse #3 (OF 5)
Ant #1
Batman #644
Batman: Jekyll & Hyde #5 (OF 6)
Battle Pope Color #2
Black Panther #7
Conan #19
Daredevil #76
Daredevil vs Punisher #3 (OF 6)
Day of Vengeance #5 (OF 6)
Dreamland Chronicles #2 (OF 24) – shortage replacement
Dreamland Chronicles #3 (OF 24)
Fables #40 shortage replacement
Fantastic Four #530
FFAC TIFA Lockhart AF – for Jason M
FFAC Vincent Valentine AF – for Jason M
Gloomcookie #24
Gold Digger #66
Hulk Destruction #2 (OF 4)
Invincibles #25
Iron Ghost #3 (OF 6)
Jack Cross #1
JSA Classified #2
Justice #1 (OF 12)
Knights of the Dinner Table #106
Legion of Super Heroes #9
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #17
Mega Morphs #2 (OF 4)
Mickey Mouse and Friends #280 – shortage replacement
Monkey in a Wagon vs Lemur on a Big Wheel #1
Monster War: Darkness vs Mr. Hyde #4 (OF 4)
Mutation #2
New X-Men #17
Nightcrawler #9
OMAC Project #5 (OF 6)
Otherworld #6 (OF 12) (MR)
Queen & Country Declassified vol 3 #3 (OF 3)
Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #3 (OF 6)
Serenity #1 (OF 3) (NEW PRTG)
Simpsons Comics #109
Spellbinders #6 (OF 6)
Spike, Old Times One Shot
Super Manga Blast #54
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14
Teen Titans #27
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #23
Ultimate Iron Man #1 (OF 6) (3rd Printing)
Ultimate X-Men Annual #1
Ultimate X-Men vol 1: Tomorrow People TP – for Jeff H
Walking Dead #21
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #660
Wolverine #31

Man, there are some good titles coming out this week!

Conan has been a consistently excellent book. It is well worth looking into.

Jack Cross is the new Warren Ellis book; so if you're a fan of Warren Ellis, you're definitely going to want to pick this book up ASAP; it's going to be good.

Justice #1 is the new Alex Ross JLA story, and, yes, it came out a couple of weeks ago. We sold out of it in less than 24 hours, but I've managed to get a hold of a few more copies - if you haven't picked this book up yet, don't delay this time; this will be your last chance to get a copy of the first issue!

Monkey in a Wagon versus Lemur on a Big Wheel - I just couldn't resist ordering a book by that title. How could I? It's funny. Admit it, you think it's funny.

Serenity #1 - Yes, it's a 2nd printing, but this book is SO worth it. If you didn't manage to snag a copy of the first print, don't let that deter you; this book is AWESOME, and the movie, which comes out on September 30, is going to be mind-numbing. I HIGHLY recommend this one...

Ultimate X-Men Annual #1 - Normally, I wouldn't think much of an annual, let alone recommend one, but the Ultimates Annual and the Ultimate Spider-Man Annual have both been really good, particularly the Ultimate Spider-Man Annual. I've got faith that this one will be just as good...

See y'all at Haven!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

My Wizard World Update and Spider-Man Rant

Matt said I should post this, so here it is - feel free to agree or disagree with the following; that's what the comments section is for. ;-)

For the most part, Wizard World was good. I got to talk to a lot of comics creators, some I've met before and some new acquaintances; I got to see a lot of promos for upcoming books; I got to attend panels where they discussed some interestng comics issues; and I got to hang out with Jeremy and Landon all weekend, and I got to spend a lot of time at the booth of Haven's resident comics artist, Andy Price (with brilliant colorist, Alice!).

Here's some of what I found out: Joe Maduriera, of X-Men and BattleChasers fame, is coming back to comics after several years of working on video games, and he's coming back home to Marvel. I've never been a fan of his anime-ish, disproportional, cartoony looking style, but I'm in the definite minority on that one. Michael Turner, of Soulfire and Fathom fame, also signed a contract with Marvel and will be doing some artwork for the House of Ideas. That, at least, I'm looking forward to.

There's a new independent book coming out that recently got picked up by Speakeasy called Athena Voltaire, and the first issue is scheduled to ship in November/December; it's basically a female version of Indiana Jones, and it's really got the look and feel of the old 30's and 40's serials. The art work is BEAUTIFUL, and the story in their promo book was a lot of fun. We've already got 9 people signed up for it at the store, and I'm pretty excited about that - I love it when we can get behind a small independent book and support someone who doesn't have the backing of the big companies. Check out the Athena Voltaire promo book and my sketch from the book at the store!

I got to talk to Brian Michael Bendis, writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Daredevil, and House of M, for about half an hour, and that was extremely cool. He's a funny guy - imagine that. We had a good discussion about the way he writes Spider-Man versus Ultimate Spider-Man. That was awesome.

I got a Walt Simonson sketch of Thor that's very simple, but gorgeous. He wasn't doing sketches, and he told me that, which was cool - I opted to talk his wife Louise, who used to write Meridian and a million other titles, since they were there together - within seconds of our striking up a conversation, she looked at him and said, "Walter," in a very authoritative tone; so he drew me a Thor sketch. I love Louise Simonson so much...

I got some other cool sketches from some smaller, independent publishing guys - the guys at the Moonstone (publishers of The Phantom, The Cisco Kid, Revisionary, Kolchak) booth were very cool - and I got to talk comics with some cool folks at all kinds of companies.

I got a Batman sketch from Norm Breyfogle, one of the great Batman artists of all time, and his brother inked it. Norm is the penciller on a new book from Speakeasy Comics called Of Bitter Souls. The first issue just came out this week at Haven - everybody ought to pick it up...

I also sat in on some panels, some of which made me excited about upcoming comics, and some of which ticked me off.

The House of M follow-up will be called Decimation, and it looks pretty cool. If you've been reading House of M or are even remotely interested in the Marvel Universe, you're going to want to read this.

The Ultimate Universe looks like they're keeping a good handle on things; they're only ever going to have 4 or 5 regular monthly titles, which is cool with me. As long as they maintain the level of quality they have now, I'll keep reading the Ultimate books. I love 'em!

The next big Spider-Man story, however, SUCKS.

When J. Michael Straczynski took over Amazing Spider-Man, he started all this weird, metaphysical, spider spirit crap, and Dr. Strange was in the book as often as Spider-Man was. They're taking Spider-Man in that direction again, this time for keeps. He's got organic webshooters now (which happened in the worst story arc of Spectacular Spider-Man I've ever read - by Paul Jenkins, no less, which sucked), and this new story, Spider-Man: The Other, is going to "change the mythology of Spider-Man for good, changing his place in the cosmology of the Marvel Universe." (Notice that part in quotes? That's what they actually said. Doesn't that suck?) Instead of just being a nerd who got bitten by a radioactive spider, he will now be a spiritually aware, mythically oriented character who was ordained by the great spider spirit to be its representative on earth for this generation (kind of like a Slayer). This is the most horrific crap. If I want Dr. Strange, I'll read a Dr. Strange book. Spider-Man is supposed to be a scientific whiz, a bit of a nerd, and an every-man kind of character. He is NOT supposed to be battling Dormammu or Fin Fang Foom as the Chosen One. I cannot express vociferously enough how disgusted I am by the entire concept.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Marvel tried to fix the same unbroken thing in the mid-90's with the clone story, and look where that got them - in bankruptcy. It's ridiculous.

For more rants on this subject, feel free to visit me at the store at any time...or make a comment here and we can get a good debate going...

Friday, August 12, 2005

Mid-August Comics Shipment (8-17-05)!

Arana Heart of the Spider #7
Atomika #4
Authority Revolution #11 (of 12)
Batgirl #67
Batman Journey into Knight #1 (of 12)
Batman Strikes #12
Birds of Prey #85
Blade of the Immortal #104
Books of Magick Life During Wartime #13
Cable/Deadpool #18
Deal with the Devil #4 (of 5)
Defenders #2 (of 5)
Detective Comics #810
Devil’s Rejects #1
Donald Duck and Friends #331
Dragonlance Chronicles #1 (of 8)
Dreamland Chronicles #2 (of 24)
Final Fantasy Sephiroth AF – for Jason M.
Genie #2
GI Joe: Snake-Eyes, Declassified #1
GI Spy: Saving Lady Liberty #1 (of 3)
Girls #4
Gloom #2 (of 6)
Green Lantern #3
Human Race #6 (of 7)
Hunger #3
Judo Girl #4 (of 4)
Kare Kano vol 17 GN
Lex Luthor Man of Steel #5 (of 5)
Little Gloomy’s Super Scary Monster Show #1
Livewires #6 (of 6)
Lucifer #65
Man with the Screaming Brain #4 (of 4)
Manhunter #13
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #3
Marvel Knights 4 #21
Marvel Milestones: Captain Britain & Psylocke
Medieval Lady Death #6
Metal Gear Solid #12
Mickey Mouse and Friends #280
Mutopia X #2 (of 5)
New Thunderbolts #11
New X-Men Hellions #4 (of 4)
Of Bitter Souls #1
Powerpuff Girls #65
Rex Libris #1
Rocketo #1
Seven Soldiers Klarion the Witch Boy #3 (of 4)
Sixgun Samurai #1
Small Gods #10
Spider-Man House of M #3 (of 5)
Star Wars General Grievous #4 (of 4)
Top Ten Beyond the Farthest Precinct #1 (of 5)
Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1
Ultimate X-Men #62
Ultimate X-Men vol 8 New Mutants TP
Weapon X Days of Future Now #2 (of 5)
Witch vol 2 GN
Witchblade #88

GI Joe is finally releasing a solo Snake-Eyes story that is supposed to fill in a lot of the gaps on everyone's favorite ninja - can't wait for this one!

Of Bitter Souls is Norm Breyfogle's triumphant return to the comics world. His Batman was one of the best since Jim Aparo, and his run on Prime in the Malibu Ultraverse 10 years ago was a smash hit. This book is about vampire hunters in New Orleans, and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. Check out the Norm Breyfogle Batman sketch I managed to get at Wizard World!

Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1 looks awesome too - Definitely check this one out!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Back to School Comics Week! (8-10-05)

100 Bullets #63
Action Comics #830
Batman #643
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #194
Breach #8
Captain America #8
Catwoman Mini-Statue
City of Heroes #4
Concrete vol 1: Depths TP – SO for Matt C
Death Jr #1 (of 3)
Exiles #68
Fables #40
Fathom #3
Fragile Prophet #1 (of 4)
Gravity #3 (of 5)
Green Arrow #53
Hawkman #43
Hell, Michigan #2
Hero at Large #1
Hipira the Little Vampire HC
House of M #5 (of 8)
Incredible Hulk #85
Incredibles TP
Iron Man #4
Iron Man House of M #2 (of 3)
JLA #117
Jon Sable, Freelance: Bloodline #3 (of 6)
Lil Keiki #1
Majestic #8
Marvel 1602 TP - shortage/damage replacement
Marvel Knights 4 vol 2: Stuff of Nightmares TP – SO for Matt C
Marvel Nemesis Imperfects #4 (of 6)
Mega Morphs #1 (of 4)
Mnemovore #5 (of 6)
Mutopia X ltd ed variant #1
Necromancer #1
New Warriors #3 (of 6)
Nightwing #111
Noble Causes #12
Origin TP - shortage/damage replacement
Ororo: Before the Storm #3 (of 4)
Outsiders #27
Pakkins Land vol 2 #4
Penny & Aggie #3 (of 4)
Powers vol 8: Legends TP - shortage/damage replacement
Punisher #24
Rann/Thanagar war #4 (of 6)
Revisionary #1 (mr)
Samurai: Heaven & Earth #4 (of 5) - Finally coming out!
Scooby Doo #99
Serenity #1 (of 3) - only managed to snag a few copies! Call to reserve ASAP!
Seven Soldiers Zatanna #3 (of 4)
Shanna the She-Devil #7 (of 7)
Sonic the Hedgehog #152
Spider-Man Breakout #5 (of 5)
Sundown #1 (of 3)
Supergirl #0
Supergirl #1
Toxin #5 (of 6)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #22
Ultimate X-Men vol 10: Cry Wolf TP – SO for Matt C
Ultimates Annual #1
Villains United #4 (of 6)
Wings of Anansi One Shot
Winter Men #1 (of 8)
X-Men #174

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Transformers are back!

IDW Reboots Robots in Disguise with August-Solicited Transformers #0


Transformers #0 is more than meets the eye for fans eagerly anticipating IDW Publishing's new take on those giant morphing mechanical marvels. This special 24-page full-color issue, priced at only $0.99, serves as a prelude to an all-new on-going monthly series chronicling the continuing conflict between Autobots and Decepticons.

Written by fan favorite Transformers scribe Simon Furman and illustrated by E.J. Su, Transformers #0 features a 16-page introductory story and eight pages of behind the scenes material, including Q & A's with the creators. The introductory issue will also feature variant covers by Su, Milx, James Raiz and Ed McGuinness.

IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall talked about the challenge of reviving such popular characters. "It's a daunting, and even more exciting, prospect, taking on one of the premiere properties in all of comics. What we have planned will surely please old fans and new." IDW's plans for the Transformers are vast, including more mini-series, other one-shots and many special events. For 'bot-fans, it all starts here, with Transformers #0.

Monday, August 01, 2005

August Starts with a Bang! (8-03-05)

10TH MUSE VOL 2 #4
ACTION COMICS #829
AMAZING FANTASY #11
AQUAMAN #33
ARANA HEART OF THE SPIDER #6
ARCHIE #559
ARMORQUEST GENESIS #1 (OF 6)
ARTXILLA TASTY TREATS 2005 ONE SHOT
BATMAN HUSH VOL 2 TP - SO for Landon
BEAR #9
BLOOD OF THE DEMON #6
DAREDEVIL FATHER DIRECTORS CUT #1
DAREDEVIL REDEMPTION #6 (OF 6)
DAREDEVIL VOL 11 GOLDEN AGE TP - SO for Matt C
DARKNESS #22
DC SPECIAL THE RETURN OF DONNA TROY #3 (OF 4)
DETECTIVE COMICS #809
DIAMOND DATELINE AUGUST 3 2005
EMO BOY #2
FANTASTIC FOUR HOUSE OF M #2 (OF 3)
FIRESTORM #16
GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE #2
GOTHAM CENTRAL #34
HIP FLASK MYSTERY CITY
HUNTER KILLER DOSSIER ONE SHOT
IMAGINARIES #3 (OF 4)
INQUEST GAMER #125
INTIMATES #10
IRON MAN HOUSE OF M #2 (OF 3)
JOSS WHEDONS FRAY FUTURE SLAYER TP - SO for Landon
JSA #76
JUSTICE #1 (OF 12)
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #12
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #105
LEGEND OF ISIS #3
LETHAL INSTINCT #3 (OF 6)
LOST AT SEA NEW ED GN - SO for Matt C
1602 NEW WORLD #1 (OF 6)
1602 TP
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #6
MARVEL TEAM-UP #11
MATADOR #4 (OF 6)
MNEMOVORE #4 (OF 6)
NEW AVENGERS #8
NEW AVENGERS ROMITA SR VARIANT #8
NO DEAD TIME GN - SO for Matt C
OPPOSITE FORCES VOL 2 #1 (OF 4)
ORIGIN TP - SO for Landon
PAKKINS LAND VOL 2 #4
ROBERT JORDANS NEW SPRING #1
SEASON OF THE WITCH #0
SERENITY #2 (OF 3)
SOULFIRE DYING OF THE LIGHT #1
SPIDER-GIRL #89
SPIDER-MAN HOUSE OF M #2 (OF 5)- reorder
STEAMPUNK DRAMA OBSCURA TP - SO for JT
STRANGERS IN PARADISE #75
SUNDOWN #1 (OF 3)
SUPERMAN #220
TALES OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #13
TOP TEN THE FORTY NINERS HC - SO for Matt C
TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD VOL 2 THIS ONE GOES TO 11 - SO for Matt C
ULTIMATE GALACTUS VOL 1 NIGHTMARE TP - SO for Matt C
ULTIMATE IRON MAN #3 (OF 5)
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #81
ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 11 MOST DANGEROUS GAME TP - SO for Matt C
NCANNY X-MEN #463
WILDSIDERZ #1 (OF 5)
X-MEN COMPLETE AGE OF APOCALYPSE EPIC BOOK 1 TP - SO for JT
X-MEN UNLIMITED #10
Y THE LAST MAN #36
ZORRO #3