Friday, December 23, 2005

Picture pages, picture pages

I've been promising Josh for a while that I'll put my convention sketchbooks online, and I finally tackled a big portion of the project. There are still lots of pictures I haven't scanned in yet, but here's a start.

Click on Swamp Thing for more sketches.

Last Comics of 2005!! (12-28-05)

Abiding Perdition #3
All Star Batman & Robin #3
All Star Batman & Robin Variant #3
Amazing Fantasy #16
Amazing Spider-Man #527
Araña: Heart of the Spider #12
Archaic #1
Batman #648
BPRD: The Black Flame #5 (OF 6)
Catwoman #50
Daredevil #80
Daredevil: Father #5 (OF 6)
Drax the Destroyer #4 (OF 4)
Emily the Strange #2
Exiles #74
Fables vol 6: Homelands TP
Fallen Angel (IDW) #1
Fantastic Four Special
Fathom #6
George Romero’s Land of the Dead #4 (OF 5)
Gold Digger #70
Grimoire #7
Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #3 (OF 4)
Hunter Killer #5
Infinite Crisis #1 Jim Lee Poster
JLA Classified #15
Kingdom Hearts vol 2 GN (OF 4)
Loveless #3
Lullaby #2
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #10
Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #2
New Avengers #14
Nick Fury’s Howling Commandoes #3
Official Handbook Marvel Universe: Ultimates & X-Men
Perhapanauts #2 (OF 4)
Revelations #5 (OF 6)
Rex Mundi vol 2: River Underground TP
Robotech: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles #4 (OF 5)
Season of the Reaper: Winter #1 (OF 3)
Sentry #4 (OF 8)
She-Hulk 2 #3
Silent Dragon #6 (OF 6)
Solo #8
Sonic the Hedgehog #157
Spider-Man/Black Cat: Evil That Men Do #5 (OF 6)
Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane #1
Spider-Woman: Origin Coipel Variant #1 (OF 6)
Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Leader #1 (OF 3)
Superman/Batman #23
Teen Titans Go! #26
Testament #1
Thing #2
Thor: Blood Oath #6 (OF 6)
Ultimate Extinction #1 Poster
Ultimate Fantastic Four #26
Ultimate Spider-Man #88
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 14: Warriors TP
Uncle Scrooge #349
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #664
What If Daredevil?!
What If Thor?!
Wizard Mega-Poster Mania 2006
Wolverine #37
Wonder Woman #224
X-Factor #2


Okay, I was expecting this week’s shipment to be small and, generally, of no consequence. Those jerks at Marvel, DC, and everywhere else, however, decided to load us down AGAIN with a huge shipment – the third week in a row that our shipment has been considerably larger than normal. That said, there are some books shipping this week that have been a long time coming. Read on for details:

All Star Batman & Robin #3 – That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; the third issue of this landmark series is FINALLY rearing its beautiful head. Everyone’s been asking, and now, at long last, it’s on its way. Come, buy it, and rejoice.

New Avengers #14 – So this book isn’t exactly late, but it is really, really, really good. I highly recommend that everyone pick it up immediately. That’s why I’m highlighting it and taking the time to write this űber-special paragraph about it. This effort should cause you to recognize the awesomeness of this book and feel compelled to buy it. Please inform me as the success of this ploy as soon as possible. Thank you.

Superman/Batman #23 – Yaaaaawwwwwwwwnnn…That’s right; Rip van Winkle has reawakened, and the next issue of this series finally came out. It waited 20 years (or so it seems), and it finally emerged into the brilliant light of day. History will judge if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but you can read it and assist in that determination, if you like.

Testament #1 – The Bible continues – sort of. This new series shows where the U.S. is going as a result of things like the Patriot Act, and it has weird correlations to Biblical events. All in all, this is definitely a thinking man’s comic. It also happens to be a really impressive, thought-provoking read. I’ve read it already; that’s why it sounds like I know what I’m talking about.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #26 – Sweeeeet! The introduction of Ultimate Namor has been nothing short of impressive so far, and I’ve been enjoying the heck out of this storyline. The story has been fantastic, and the art work is gorgeous. Pick it up, pick up the previous two issues, read them all: enjoy.

What If?! – What if Daredevil were born in feudal Japan and acquired his blindness and unusual powers there? What if Thor were the herald of Galactus? You can read these cool What It?! issues and find out for yourself! Go on; you know you want to…

Wolverine #37 - Wolverine's got his memories back as a result of House of M. He remembers who he is, where he came from, how old he is, all the people from his past who have died - everything. He doesn't know what became of everyone though, or how things all connected up. So this story is starting to answer a few questions for him and for us, and it ties directly back to the old Origin mini-series that came out a couple of years ago. This storyline has been awesome!!!

X-Factor #2 – The first issue of this series kicked much booty. The second issue should do no less, especially since the first issue ended with such a (forgive the pun) cliff-hanger. Peter David is at his best in a book like this where he can blend a lot of humor, pathos, action, and suspense into a team book. This is awesome!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

We Love Katamari!

I think Matt had mentioned this game in the store during one of his recent visits, and after playing a demo of it Davis and I decided to procure a copy (rather, I got Davis hooked on it and he was compelled to leave the store and purchase the game immediately). We've been driving poor David Glass out of his gourd with it ever since. Kerry has also purchased the game and has come out for some double-up katamari rolling action.

I fear that in the near future, those who have until now simply gazed on as the game is played will find themselves experimenting with and finally embracing this colorful, nuanced little exercise in monotony. Even the nay-sayers, who have decried it as 'weird' or 'too Japanese', will no doubt eventually pick up my own Logitech remote Dual Shock II and begin to rock the analogs in spite of themselves.

Riddle me this: What isn't fun about rolling an entire suburb into big ball and casting it into the cosmos to become a new star? Really. I want an answer from one of you Philistines out there.

-End Game

Friday, December 16, 2005

Christmas Comics - Santa's Coming!! (12-21-05)

Abiding Perdition #2
Adventures of Superman #647
Batgirl #71
Batman: Gotham Knights #72
Batman: Hush vol 2 TP
Batman: Journey into Knight #5 (OF 12)
Birds of Prey #89
Book of Lost Souls #3
BTVS Angel 21” Battle Damaged Puppet Plush
Captain America #13
Conan #23
Danger Girl: Back in Black #2 (OF 4)
Daughters of the Dragon: Deadly Hands #1
David: Shepherd’s Song #3 (OF 3)
Donald Duck & Friends #335
Dragonlance Chronicles #5 (OF 8)
Duel #1 (OF 4)
Emily the Strange #2
Fantastic Four #533
Flash #229
Game Trade Magazine #71
Gatesville Company #2
Generation M #2 (OF 5)
GI Joe 2002 Convention Special
GI Joe: Snake-Eyes, Declassified #5 (OF 6)
Girls #8
Gold Digger #69
Goon #15
Green Lantern #6
Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #3 (OF 6)
Grimoire #7
Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort #3 (OF 4)
Hellsing: Impure Souls anime/manga TP
Incredible Hulk #90
Infinite Crisis #3 (OF 7)
Iron Man: The Inevitable #1 (OF 6)
JSA Classified #6
Justice #3 (OF 12)
Justice League Unlimited #16
Knights of the Dinner Table #109
Kong: 8th Wonder of the World – Movie Adaptation #1 (OF 3)
Lonebow #1
Lucifer #69
Manhunter #17
Marvel Previews #29 JANUARY 2006
Marvel Spotlight: John Cassaday/Sean McKeever
Medeival Lady Death #6 (OF 8)
Mickey & the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse
Mickey Mouse & Friends #284
Powerpuff Girls #69
Previews vol XVI #1
Punisher vs Bullseye #2 (OF 5)
Rex Mundi vol 1: Guardian of the Temple TP
Robert Jordan’s New Spring #4
Robin #145
Robotech: Prelude to Shadow Chronicles #4 (OF 5
Runaways #11
Season of the Reaper: Winter #1 (OF 3)
Seven Soldiers: Bulletteer #2 (OF 4)
Simpsons Comics #113
Spider-Woman: Origin #1 (OF 5)
Spider-Woman: Origin Coipel Variant #1 (OF 6)
Star Wars: Empire #38
Star Wars: General Grievous TP
Star Wars: Republic #80
Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Leader #3 (OF 3)
Supreme Power: Hyperion #3 (OF 5)
Testament #1
Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct #5 (OF 5)
Ultimate Galactus book 2: Secret TP
Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #1 (OF 6)
Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four Special
VICE #3
What If Fantastic Four?!
What If Submariner?!
Wizard Comics Magazine #172
Wraithborn #4 (OF 6)
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2 (OF 6)
X-Men: Deadly Genesis 2nd Ptg variant #1 (OF 6)
XIII #5

I don’t even know what to say about this week. There are so many huge titles shipping that I don’t even know where to begin. The sheer volume of heavy hitters shipping this week makes it impossible for me to begin to break them down.

Let me put it to you this way: you are DEFINITELY going to want to come by and pick up your comics before Christmas.

He's super all over

Superman says, "I got ya kryptonite right heah, pal!"

Friday, December 09, 2005

Countdown to Christmas (12-14-05)!!

100 Bullets #67
Abiding Perdition #4
Abiding Perdition #1
Action Comics #834
Aquaman #37
Atomika #5 (OF 12)
Authority: The Magnificent Kevin #5 (OF 5)
Bad Planet #1 (OF 6)
Batman: Gotham County Line #3 (OF 3)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #198
Blade of the Immortal #108
Books of Doom #2 (OF 6)
DMZ #2
Elseworlds Series1: Thrillkiller Batgirl AF
Fables #44
Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan #3 (OF 4)
Firestorm #20
Free Fall #1 (OF 3)
Ghost Rider #4 (OF 6)
GI Joe: Sigma 6 #1
GLX-Mas Special
Green Arrow #57
Hawkman #47
Infinite Crisis #1 Jim Lee Poster
Inquest Gamer #129
JLA #123
Majestic #12
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #7
Marvel Joe Madureira Promo Poster
Marvel Knights 4 #25
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #21
Mickey & the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse SC
Midnight Kiss #1
Midnight Kiss #2
Narwain Preview Book
New Avengers Most Wanted Files
New Thunderbolts #16
New X-Men #21
Nightwing #115
Noble Causes #15
Opposite Forces vol 2 #4 (OF 4)
Punisher: Silent Night
Punisher vs Bullseye #1 (OF 5)
Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead #6 (OF 6)
Samurai: Heaven and Earth #5 (OF 5)
Scooby Doo #103
Secret War: Book Five (OF 5)
Sixgun Samurai #3
Son of M #1 (OF 6)
Sonic X #4 (OF 4)
Starman vol 10: Sons of the Father TP
Strangers in Paradise #78
Sundown #3 (OF 3)
Surrogates #3 (OF 5)
Teen Titans #30
Tick: Days of Drama #3
Ultimate Fantastic Four Poster
Ultimate Iron Man #5 (OF 5)
Uncanny X-Men #467
Walking Dead vol 1: Days Gone Bye TP
What If Wolverine?!
Wildcats: Nemesis #4 (OF 9)
Wizard Mega Postermania 2006
Wolverine Quesada Variant #36
X-Factor #1
X-Men #179
X-Men: Deadly Genesis Quesada Variant #1 (OF 6)
XIII #4

This is the week that several of the super popular mini-series from the past year come to a close: Rising Stars: Voices of the Dead, Samurai: Heaven & Earth, Secret War, and Ultimate Iron Man. Holy cow! Some other cool stuff is going on this week too; so read on for more details:

Ghost Rider #4 – If this book got any hotter, you wouldn’t be able to hold it. Garth Ennis did something I didn’t think anyone could ever do – he made Ghost Rider cool. It helps that the painted art work in this book is among the most detailed and fluid I’ve seen in years. Excellent!

Samurai: Heaven and Earth #5 – This phenomenal limited series from Ron Marz and Luke Ross is, finally, finishing up. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s so incredibly good and the artwork is so superior, I’d be ticked about this book shipping this late, but it IS that good. It is absolutely worth reading. If you liked CrossGen, this book will definitely appeal to you – it reads very much like a ‘mature’ CrossGen book.

Secret War #5 – FINALLY. At long last, this 5-part Secret War book begun a year ago is closing out. Now we can find out what the heck happens to Shield that all of Marvel’s other titles have been referencing for the past several months. Hope Nick Fury makes it out of this mess alive.

Son of M #1 – Following on the heels of House of M, now we get to find out what happened to the guy behind it all: Quicksilver! He’s the one who talked The Scarlet Witch into freaking out on the world and throwing everything into chaos, and now he’s got to deal with the consequences of what he’s done. Can’t wait to see where this goes, myself. I hope Wolverine gets to sink his claws into him. Anyway, if you followed House of M and X-Men: Decimation, you’re definitely going to want to see where this goes.

X-Factor #1 – X-Factor is back!! It’s been years, but the old team (at least most of it) is back in business, and that means we’ll have a little fun in the mutant-verse again. How can you not love a character who uses the stage name of Strong Guy?! It’s just too good. And Jamie Madrox has actually emerged as a force to be reckoned with in recent years; he’s wised up and figured out what to do with himselves, and it’s been pretty awesome. Looks good, folks!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A conflict between the better and worse angels

It'll debut in theaters in front of King Kong next week, but you can watch the teaser for X-Men 3 online now.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Merry Christmas - Comics are a'coming! (12-7-05)

All Star Batman & Robin #1 Special Edition
Angel: Old Friends #1 (OF 5)
Archie #562
Army of Darkness #3
Batman & the Monster Men #2 (OF 6)
Bear #10
Blood of the Demon #10
Conan & the Demons of Khitai #3 (OF 4)
Courtney Crumrin Tales #1
Danger Girl: Back in Black #2 (OF 4)
Detective Comics #814
Down #2 (OF 4)
Dragonlance Chronicles #4 (OF 8)
Emo Boy #4
Fathom #5
Freshmen #4 (OF 6)
Freshmen Yearbook (One-Shot)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3
GI Joe: America’s Elite #6
Gotham Central #38
Hard Times: Season Two #1
Imaginaries #4 (OF 4)
Inquest Gamer #129
JLA Classified: Cold Steel #1 (OF 2)
Jonah Hex #2
JSA #80
Justice League Unlimited #16
Lady Death: Wicked #1
Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck TP
Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M #1 (OF 4)
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #10
Marvel Zombies #1 (OF 5)
Medieval Lady Death/Belladonna #1
Mickey & The Gang: Classic Stories in Verse SC
Naruto vol 8 TP
Necromancer #3
New Excalibur #2
New Warriors #6 (OF 6)
NYC Mech: Beta Love #4
Ooutsiders #31
Penny Arcade 1 X 25 Cents
Punisher #28
Punisher vs Bullseye #1 (OF 5)
Rurouni Kenshin vol 21 TP
Savage Dragon: God War #4 (Of 4)
Sea of Red #7
Sentinel #2 (OF 5)
Seven Soldiers: Mr. Miracle #2 (OF 4)
Soulfire: Dying of the Light #4
Spider-Girl #93
Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #4 (OF 6)
Starman vol 10: Sons of the Father TP
Strangers in Paradise #78
Street Figher II #1
Superman #224
Superman: Secret Files 2005
Supreme Power: Nighthawk #4 (OF 6)
Supreme Power vol 2: Powers & Principalities TP
Team Zero #1 (OF 6)
Thor: Blood Oath #5 (OF 6)
Ultimate Marvel Flip Magazine #7
Ultimate Spider-Man #87
Ultimate Tales Flip Magazine #7
Ultimates 2 #9
What If Captain America…
Wizard Mega Postermania 2006
X-Men: Colossus, Bloodline #4 (OF 5)
X-Men Unlimited #12
Y - The Last Man #40
Y – The Last Man vol 6: Girl on Girl TP