Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Last Comis of '06!! (12-28-06)

30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #1 (OF 5)
52 Week #34
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #12
Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures #3 (OF 12)
Annihilation #5 (OF 6)
Astonishing X-Men #19

Batman #661
Batman and the Mad Monk #5 (OF 6)
Black Panther #23 CW
Blue Beetle #10
Boys #6
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #8 (OF 12)
Connor Hawk: Dragon’s Blood #2 (OF 6)
Creeper #5 (OF 6)
Crossing Midnight #2
Cyberforce/X-Men #1
Daredevil #92
Detective Comics #827

Dinowars: Jurassic War of the Worlds #1 (OF 3)
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 2: Animal Farm TP
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #7

GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #1 (OF 3)
Gold Digger #80
Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #2 (OF 2)
Hanna Barberra Series 2 Action Figures Box Set
Hawkgirl #59
Hedge Knight Premiere HC Variant Edition
Hellgate London #2 (OF 4)
Hellstorm #3 (OF 5)
Heroes for Hire #5
Immortal Iron Fist #2
Jack of Fables #6

JSA Classified #20
Justice #9 (OF 12)
Justice League of America #5
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #4 (OF 5)
Moon Knight vol 1: Bottom Premiere HC
Nextwave: Agents of HATE #11
Ninja Scroll #4
Okko: Cycle of Water #1 (OF 4)
Onslaught Reborn #2 (OF 5)
Sadhu #4
Snakewoman #6
Sonic the Hedgehog #170
Soulfire Chaos Reign #3
Spider-Man Blue HC
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #13
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #11
Supergirl #13
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #25
Superman/Batman #31
Teen Titans Go #38
Ultimate Fantastic Four #37
Ultimate Power #3 (OF 9)

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #6 (OF 8)
Uncle Scrooge #361
Usagi Yojimbo #99
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #676
Wetworks #4
What If?! X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
What If?! X-Men: Deadly Genesis
Winter Soldier Kills 1-Shot CW

Wolfskin #2 (OF 3)
Wolverine Origins #9
X-Men #194
X-Men: Deadly Genesis TP

Annihilation #5 – All I can say about this series is that I have liked it a LOT. This is the way big cosmic stories should be told! If you’re not reading this title; it’s not too late – this is one heck of transgalactic war zone, and it’s a great story!

Astonishing X-Men #19 – Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s final Astonishing arc begins in this issue! Do I need to say more?! This is gonna rock the house.

Boys #6 – The outlandishness continues! Garth Ennis said he was going to out-Preacher Preacher in this series, and it’s clear that he’s really giving Preacher a run for his money. This story is incredibly violent, mind-warpingly twisted, and impossible to put down. If you’re any kind of Garth Ennis fan, you’re going to want to check this book out.

Hedge Knight Premiere HC Variant Edition – George RR Martin’s Hedge Knight tale is back in a beautiful hardcover format. If you haven’t read this story yet, this is a phenomenal way to pick it up! This is the beginning of the story of Dunk, a poor hedge knight, how he meets the young squire Egg, who is more than he appears to be, and what happens to them. Dabel Brothers will be putting out the next Dunk & Egg tale, The Sworn Sword, sometime in 2007! Make sure you’re on the list for it!

Immortal Iron Fist #2 – The first issue was awesome, showing how far back the Iron Fist legent goes and bringing the story up to date at the same time. Expect more of the same in the second issue, with that same beautiful artwork by Aja.

Jack of Fables #6 – Having flown the coop and made a daring getaway from Revise, Jack and all his fellow escapees are on the lam a la The Great Escape. Sounds weird, but this rated R fairy tale, WWII POW escape movie comic book is one heck of a spin-off from the hugely popular (for good reason) Fables. Highly Recommended!

Ultimate Power #3 – This high-powered meeting between the characters of the Ultimate universe and the Supreme Power universe ramps up in this issue. The Supreme Power folks are a little peeved that Reed Richards, without knowing about it, apparently doomed their universe to destruction; so they’ve come to his to get a little payback. Mmm, mmm. This is some good stuff!

What If?! – Two What Ifs?! Are shipping this week, and, for once, they both look awesome. One deals with the classic Age of Apocalypse, and the other with Ed Brubaker’s Deadly Genesis limited series that led directly into his taking over the Uncanny X-Men title. Look for both of these books to fly off the shelves; so grab them up fast! And if you missed X-Men: Deadly Genesis the first time, well it’s coming in this week in Trade Paperback, so you can catch up on it now! I love it when a plan comes together.

Winter Soldier Kills 1-Shot CW – If last week’s two Civil War 1-Shot tie-in events are any indication, this story should be excellent. Curious to see where Bucky comes into this story? Will he side with his former mentor, Captain America, or have his years of brainwashing put him more in Iron Man’s camp? Guess we’ll find out in this issue, because Marvel isn’t spilling the beans. Definitely check this out!!

See you at Haven!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Brian K Vaughan Gets LOST!!

Here are a few interesting bits from Brian K. Vaughan's MySpace page. For those of you who recognize the name but are scratching your heads as to where you recognize the name from exactly, Brian K. Vaughan is the creator of Y The Last Man, Ex Machina, and the recently released Pride of Baghdad HC. A great comics writer!

"Sorry I've been so coy about these rumors, but I always like to wait until the contracts have been signed and the "first trimester" has been survived until I talk about stuff. But yes, inexplicably, I've been hired as an Executive Story Editor by the fantastic television show LOST. As I'm neither an executive nor an editor, this is really just a fancy Hollywood way of saying that I've joined the writing staff.

And no, I'm absolutely not leaving comics. There are a lot of Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina fans at the show, so everyone has been great about leaving me just enough time to work on those books, and even some new ones, including an upcoming four-issue stint on that Runaways guy Joss Whedon's 'eighth season' of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER over at Dark Horse."

I absolutely LOVE the TV show Lost. And now all comics fans will have yet another reason to tune in to ABC every Wednesday at 8:00. Awesome news!

Monday, December 18, 2006

New Fantastic Four??

Featuring... Storm and Black Panther?



What insanity is this?


Friday, December 15, 2006

CHRISTMAS COMICS!!! (12-20-06)

52 Week #33
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #47
Athena Voltaire Collected Web Comics TP
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #4 (OF 8)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #213
Birds of Prey #101
Black Coat: Call to Arms TP
Bomb Queen vol 2 #3 (OF 3)
Bullet Points #2 (OF 5)
Catwoman #62
Checkmate #9
Civil War: Front Line #9 (OF 11)
Civil War: War Crimes 1-Shot
Conan #35

Criminal #3
Daily Bugle Newspaper (Bundle of 50)
Darkness Level 0
Deadman #5
Elephantman #1 Pencil Variant Cover
Elephantmen #5
Fables #56Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP – S/O #2
Fables vol 8: Wolves TP
Fantastic Four #541 CW
Forgotten Realms: Crystal Shard #3 (OF 3)
Freshmen vol 2 #2
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #15
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 #3
GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #1 (OF 3)
GI Joe: Special Missions Antarctica

Highlander #2
Ion #9 (OF 12)
Iron Man #14 CW
Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties of War 1-Shot

John Woo’s Seven Brothers #3
Krypto the Super Dog #4 (OF 6)
Lone Ranger #3
Man Called Kev #5 (OF 5)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #8
Marvel Previews #41
Ms Marvel #10
New Avengers #26
New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (OF 5)
Omega Men #3 (OF 6)
Previews vol XVII #1
Punisher #42
Ramayan 3392 AD #4
Red Menace #2 (OF 6)
Red Sonja #17
Rex Mundi #3
Scooby Doo #115
Secret Six #6 (OF 6)
Sensational Spider-Man #33
Shadowpact #8
Smax TP – S/O #2
Teen Titans #42
Testament #13
Thunderbolts #109
Transformers Escalation #2
Transformers Spotlight: Six Shot
True Story, Swear to God vol 1 TP - S/O #2
Ultimate Spider-Man #103
Union Jack #4 (OF 4)
Walk-In #1
Warhammer 40K #1
Wizard Comics Magazine#184

Athena Voltaire: Collected Web Comics TP – Before becoming the book we all enjoy reading, Athena Voltaire was only available online. This is the first time her web comics have seen the light of day in a printed format, and you can pick up the further adventures of Athena Voltaire in one easy-to-read volume. Can’t beat that!

Black Coat: Call to Arms TP – This is the collected edition of the hit Black Coat mini-series that came out earlier this year. Black Coat is a Revolutionary War era Batman, more or less, and it’s a great read. I highly recommend this book!

Civil War: War Crimes 1-Shot – The Kingpin is in jail, and he’s not too happy to be there; so he proposes a deal to Iron Man: Kingpin will use his underground network to locate Captain America and his anti-registration team…in exchange for a deal. Iron Man has already shown a willingness to deal with the nastiest sorts of criminals (see Warren Ellis’ new Thunderbolts next month!). Will he make a deal with the devil or will he do the right thing?

Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties of War 1-Shot – In the midst of Civil War, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly, one last time, to see if there’s any hope of working things out before further tragedy occurs. Don’t miss this oversized special that reveals how these two men, once the closest of friends and staunchest of allies, could end up leading opposing armies in the conflict tearing apart the Marvel Universe!

New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (of 5) – Iron Man, Captain America, Professor X, Namor, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, and Black Panther began meeting in secret after the Kree/Skrull War threatened to destroy the earth. Their hope was to have an organized response in the event another, similar threat loomed in the future. They ended up becoming a secret cabal, and the blame for this entire Civil War can be laid at their feet. They were also behind the idea of sending Hulk to outer space; so there’ll be hell to pay when he gets back too. Their attempts to play God catch up with them as you witness what has, until now, been the secret history of the Marvel Universe.

Ultimate Spider-Man #103 – The penultimate chapter in this latest chapter of Ultimate Spider-Man! Everything builds to a heart-pounding crescendo in this issue, followed by the last chapter in Bendis and Bagley’s record-breaking, double-sized conclusion in issue #104. This story has been a mind-trip, no doubt: with Peter Parker’s dad showing up, apparently alive and well, with various whacked-out version of his clones showing up, with Mary Jane getting juiced with Green Goblin serum, and Gwen Stacy coming back from the dead. I can’t wait to see where this one turns up! Definitely get in on this if you’re not reading it already!

Walk-In #1 - Do you experience missing time? Predict strangers' dreams? Do twins seem to follow you wherever you go? And to you sometimes see cephalopods attached to other people without their knowledge? Don't worry, you're not going mad... yet! You're simply a Walk-In! Last week Ian Dormouse was a shifty vagrant who sleepwalked through life. Now he's The Dream King, the most enigmatic mystic in Moscow's underground Burlesque scene! And he's not paranoid - strange and evil men really are following him. Does Ian actually have special powers, and can a group of strippers keep him alive? Sounds weird, I know, but all of the Virgin Comics titles (think Virgin Airlines or Virgin Records, folks – same group!) have been well worth checking out. Give this one a try!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Green Lantern Creator Dies Today, Age 91

I had the privilege to meet Mart Nodell twice, both times at Wizard World Chicago. He was a small man, suffering heavily from arthritis, and the first time I met him, his wife was glued to his side, helping him with anything he needed. She passed away two years ago, and seeing how close the two of them were, it's no surprise to me that he followed her quickly.

He was a very kind man and graced me with a couple of Green Lantern sketches, one of which I gave to one of my best friends, and the other I kept as a treasure for the store. We just lost Dave Cockrum, and now we've lost another comic book legend - a moment of silence for Mart Nodell.

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Martin Nodell, the creator of Green Lantern, the comic book superhero who uses his magical ring to help him fight crime, has died. He was 91.

Nodell died at his home in Muskego, Wisconsin, on Saturday of natural causes, his son Spencer Nodell told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He previously lived in West Palm Beach.

Nodell was looking for a new idea for a comic book in 1940 when he was waiting for a New York subway and saw a train operator waving a lantern displaying a green light, said Maggie Thompson, senior editor of Comics Buyer's Guide.

Nodell imagined a young engineer, Alan Scott, a train crash survivor who discovers in the debris an ancient lantern forged from a green meteor. Scott constructs a ring from the lamp that gives him super powers, and becomes a crime fighter.

He brought his drawings and story lines to All-American Publications, which later became a part of National Periodical Publications, the company that was to become DC Comics, Thompson said. (DC Comics is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.)

The first Green Lantern appearance came in July 1940, an eight-page story in a comic book also featuring other characters. The character then got his own series, and Nodell drew it until 1947 under the name Mart Dellon.

After its cancellation, the series was reborn in 1959 with a revised story line, and it has been revived several times.

Meanwhile, Nodell left the comics field for an advertising career. In the 1960s, he was on a design team that helped develop the Pillsbury Doughboy.

In later years, Nodell traveled the comic book convention circuit with his wife, Caroline, who died in 2004.

"There were myriad of fans who would come up to my dad and would say 'Green Lantern got me to read' or 'Green Lantern got me to do something in my life,' " Spencer Nodell said.

Nodell was born in Philadelphia and studied at art schools in Chicago and New York. Besides Spencer Nodell, survivors include another son, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Book Signing by Neil Gaiman-esque Local Author!!

Kris Reisz, author of the very cool urban fantasy novel Tripping to Somewhere, will be holding a book signing at Books-A-Million on the corner of University Dr/Parkway from 2:00-5:00 on Saturday, December 9, 2006. That's tomorrow, people! Come on out, buy a copy of this awesome book, and get it signed by the author right then and there. How many times do you have that opportunity, really? Get out there, support Kris, and grab a great read all at the same time!!

Joss Interview!!

Covers Wonder Woman movie, Buffy season 8 comic, Astonishing X-men...{0C084F89-5673-43B9-9FFC-022578DAA927} Is Battlestar your favorite current TV show?
Yes, that is my favorite show. Maybe ever.

Make sure you check the tiny italicized print at the end of the page, as it has a FIVE PAGE PREVIEW OF BUFFY SEASON 8!!!


Awesome Games at Haven!! (12-9-06)


Tomorrow (Saturday), Haven is hosting a Wizards of the Coast/Avalon Hills delegate for a gaming demo. He's bringing a ton of games up to the shop for you to test-drive. Boardgames, miniatures games, all kinds of stuff - and you can try it all out for free. This is a great way to find some Christmas presents for people that are out of the ordinary and will definitely be a pleasant surprise!

He's also got some freebies to give out to folks who participate; so you'll want to get those too.

Come on out for this cool event! Here's the info:

Games Demo!
Saturday, December 9
12:00 p.m. - Whenever

See you at Haven!

December Comics Craze! (12-13-06)

52 Week #32
Amazing Spider-Girl #3
Batman #660
Battle Pope #12
Blade #4
Blade of the Immortal #120
Bone: Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails TP – S/O #26
Bone vol 4: Dragonslayer Color Ed SC – S/O #26
Bullet Points #2 (OF 5)
Dark Tower Door Poster
Dark Tower Gunslinger Born Sketchbook
DCU Infinite Christmas Special
Devi #6
DMZ #14
Dork Tower #35
Escapists #6 (OF 6)
Ex Machina #25
Exiles Annual #1
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP – S/O #2
Fables vol 5: The Mean Seasons TP – S/O #2
Fallen Angel #11
Fantastic Four: The End #3 (OF 6)
Firestorm the Nuclear Man #32
Gargoyles #2
Gen 13 #3
Ghost Rider #6
Green Arrow #69
Green Lantern Corps #7
Hunter Killer #10
Incredible Hulk #98 – S/O #61
JLA Classified #30
Justice League of America #4
Martian Manhunter #5 (OF 8)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #19
Medieval Lady Death #5 (OF 6)
New X-Men #33
OMAC #6 (OF 8)
Outer Orbit #1 (OF 4)
Robin #157
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #1 (OF 5)
Sea of Red: No Grave but the Sea vol 1 TP – S/O #2
Smax TP – S/O #2
Sonic X #15
Spider Kiss Novel – S/O #2
Spirit #1
Stormwatch PHD #2
Street Fighter Legends: Sakura #4 (OF 4)
Tales of the Unexpected #3 (OF 8)
Testament vol 1: Akedah TP – S/O #2
Top 10: The Forty-Niners SC – S/O #2
Trials of Shazam #4 (OF 12)
Ultimate X-Men #77
Wolverine #49
Wonder Man #1 (OF 5)
X-23: Target X #1 (OF 6)
X-Factor #14
X-Men #193
X-Men: Phoenix War Song #4 (OF 5)
Y The Last Man vol 4: Safeword TP - S/O for #2
Y The Last Man vol 5: Ring of Truth TP - S/O for #2

Batman #660 – John Ostrander’s awesome fill-in story for Grant Morrison continues in this issue, and Ostrander always delivers a good story, especially when he gets to write Batman. If you’ve been reading the Morrison run, don’t stop picking the book up now; it’s still good, and Morrison will be back next issue!

Bullet Points #2 – The Elseworlds-esque story features some fantastic storytelling and beautiful art work. In this story, the super soldier serum never makes it into 98-lb weakling Steve Rogers’ system (as the creator of it and his bodyguard, a young Ben Parker, are both shot down just before Rogers can be given the injection and the formula is lost forever); so Steve Rogers enlists in another super soldier program, the Iron Man Initiative, and he becomes a WWII era Iron Man. Meanwhile, Peter Parker, growing up without the, er, responsible influence of Uncle Ben, becomes a bit of a thug and, since he and Aunt May live near the military base in the desert, he ends up on a gamma bomb test range, just before the bomb goes off. And that’s all just in the first issue! This is a great limited series – I highly recommend it!!

JLA #4 – The new JLA is coming together, slowly but surely, and things are starting to heat up as the group is already facing a pretty serious threat. If you’re a JLA fan of any stripe, you’re going to enjoy this series; so you may as well go ahead and pick it up now. You’ll be glad you did.

Outer Orbit #1 - In space, no one can hear you scream . . . or belch, or swear, or cry like a little girl when you're about to be taken down by merciless interstellar bounty hunters who want that mysterious idol you swiped from that hot chick who inexplicably gave you the tip of a lifetime (if you know what I mean) when you showed up at the wrong hotel room with the pizza delivery. This assumes that "you" are ne'er-do-well big-talker Quinn and explains-sort of-how "you" hooked up (not like that!) with a big, not-to-be-messed-with former galactic cop (and current mama's boy) by the name of Krunk, who is not your partner and not your buddy, got it? Oh, and by the way, the hot chick is hotter than ever (in the bad way) and she wants that idol back, and this time she's probably going to give you a different kind of gratuity, like with a laser ax or a plasma grenade or something. Try talking your way out of that one, spacehole!

Created by Zach Howard (Shaun of the Dead) and Sean Murphy (Scarecrow: Year One; Off Road), with screenwriter Reed Buccholz, Outer Orbit is outrageous, rude, hilarious space fantasy that takes the time-honored traditions of this beloved genre and leaves them face-down in a filthy alley in a pool of their own sick. Okay, that copy is straight from Dark Horse’s website, but I couldn’t help it; this book sounds hilarious.

Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #1 - A Vertigo classic returns — with a vengeance! The fertile mind of writer John Ney Rieber (BOOKS OF MAGIC, Captain America) and the dynamic pen of artist Eric Nguyen (Strange Girl) have created a Sandman tale that both honors the classic character and will stand as a classic in its own right. A new age of terror demands a new Sandman to quell its nightmares. This disturbing new miniseries follows the final days of Wesley Dodds and his lifelong love Dian Belmont as they encounter a harrowing fate while traveling in Afghanistan circa 1997. Ten years later, with American troops on the ground in that country, wartime photojournalist Kieran Marshall is forced to take on the mantle of Wesley's former alter-ego, the terrifying crimefighter known as The Sandman. You know you want to read this.

Spirit #1 – Will Eisner’s classic creation, the Spirit, is revived by Darwyn Cooke, and you just got a small taste of it in last week’s Batman/Spirit crossover. Now he’s back in his own series that maintains the "spirit" of Eisner's creation while bringing a new sensibility to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, joins Commissioner Dolan and his daughter Ellen in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out crime story! When ace television reporter Ginger Coffee is abducted by a crimelord she was about to run an exposé on, The Spirit is called in to investigate. Finding her is tough enough, but getting out alive is a whole other matter!

X-23 #1 – Okay, all you NYX and X-23 fans, here’s your shot to get your favorite new X-character her own series. This is starting out as a miniseries, but if it’s popular enough, Marvel says it will turn it into an on-going. This little Wolverine-like kid is learning how to be the best there is at what she does, and she’s already pretty darn good at it. Make sure you get in on this one early, because it’s going to sell fast!

See you at Haven!

Friday, December 01, 2006

December's 1st Comics!! (12-06-06)

52 Week #31
Agents of Atlas #5 (OF 6)
All New Atom #6
Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #3
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #3 (OF 8)
Batman Confidential #1
Beyond #6 (OF 6)
Crossing Midnight #1 - shortage replacement
Delphine #1
Desolation Jones #8
Detective Comics #826
Dr. Strange: Oath #3 (OF 5)
Escape of the Living Dead #3
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC
GI Joe: America’s Elite #18
Gold Digger #79
Gold Digger 15 Year Anniversary Special
Incredible Hulk #100 – S/O #61
Incredible Hulk #101
Incredible Hulk #93 – S/O #61
Inquest Gamer #141
Irredeemable Ant-Man #3
Jonah Hex #14
Justice League Unlimited #28
Justice Society of America #1
Knights of the Dinner Table #121
Looney Tunes #145
Manhunter #26
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #22
Midnighter #2
Mystery in Space #4 (OF 8)
New Excalibur #14
New Universal #1
Next #6 (OF 6)
Nightwing #127
Ninja Scroll #3
Outsiders #43
Ramayan 3392 AD #2
Spider-Man: Reign #1 (OF 4)
Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer
Star Wars: Rebellion #5
Strangers in Paradise #86
Street Fighter Legends: Sakura #1 – S/O #158
Supergirl #12
Superman Confidential #2
Tales of TMNT #29
Tranquility #1
Ultimate Vision #1 (OF 5)
Uncanny X-Men #481
Walking Dead #33
White Tiger #2 (OF 6)
Wizard Magazine 2007 Movie Spectacular
Wraithborne TP
X-Men #193

Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #3 – This fantastic small-press indie book features a very Indiana Jones-like protagonist (if Indiana Jones were a beautiful woman!); it’s a great pulp serial, highly reminiscent of the ‘30s and ‘40s. You should definitely give this book a shot; it’s worth it. Also, having met the creative team a couple of times, they are very cool guys, let’s support them!

Batman Confidential #1 – Almost another Year 1, this story focuses on when and where exactly Batman’s war on crime really went to the next level, and it also focuses on how he came by all the cool gadgets in his arsenal. Written by Andy Diggle and featuring Whilce Portacio’s (WetWorks) art, this limited series is going to fly off the shelves. Make sure you get your copy!

Delphine #1 – This is a new version of the Sleeping Beauty story, told from the prince's perspective as he wanders through a strange, abandoned town with only a scrawled note to lead him towards the mysterious Delphine. The solicitation promises this to be creepy and not sweet at all, and I'd believe it. Even better, it's part of the Ignatz line of comics, which means it's printed in an oversized 8x11' edition with a dust jacket and high production values all around. If you like Fables at all, this might be right up your alley too!

Justice Society of America #1 – Much like the JLA is in the process of being re-formed, the world’s oldest and, historically, most powerful super team is also experiencing a renaissance. Determined to rebuild the Justice Society, founding members Green Lantern, Flash and Wildcat initiate an unprecedented recruitment program, tracking the bloodlines of heroes across the world and bringing in the new Starman, Damage, Liberty Belle and God only knows who else. But just as the Society welcomes the rookies into their ranks, an evil force sets out to destroy them. Meet new legacies, solve a mystery stretching into the far future, witness the return of the world’s greatest hero, and watch another one fall — all in the pages of this fantastic new series!

New Universal #1 – Planet Earth. Inhabited by six billion people. People leading ordinary lives, coping with everyday struggles. But on a night like any other, the Earth is rocked by the most startling celestial event ever witnessed by the human race. The White Event. And from its wake, a handful of humans emerge as something more. Acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (NEXTWAVE) and superstar artist Salvador Larroca (X-MEN) bring you this new universe — a universe witnessing superhuman power for the first time.

Spider-Man: Reign #1 – This is a story of Spider-Man’s future, a possible future anyway, brought to you by superstar Kaare Andrews (INCREDIBLE HULK). They finally did it - kicked them to the curb. The "capes and tights" crowd -- there's no place for them in the Big Apple anymore. Peter Parker? He can't even remember what it was like to don the red and blue and swing through the night sky. Doesn't want to, anyway. After all, there's nothing left to fight for, is there? That is until an old "friend" appears on Peter's doorstep, bearing a package and a message -- and everything changes. If it's not Peter's responsibility, then whose is it?

Tranquility #1 - Tranquility is like any other small town in America, except for one fundamental difference: It's the town where super-powered beings go in order to retire and raise families. From the Golden Age to the Modern Age, heroes and villains alike reside in Tranquility, and it creates a unique blend of personalities and conflicts that causes the local law enforcement nothing but headaches! As a camera crew is in town to film a news segment on this unique place, the town is turned upside down by a murder...and it becomes evident that everything isn't as quaint as it seems. I’m sorry, but the idea of retirement community for superheroes/villains just cracks me up. And it’s written by Gail Simone; so at least you know the writing will be good.

That’s all for me this week! See you at Haven!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Rest in Peace, Dave Cockrum...

This from Haven Correspondant, Dan Thompson:

Dave Cockrum, creator of the Futurians and co-creator of the New X-Men with writer Len Wein, died Sunday, November 26, 2006, due to complications of diabetes. Dave is perhaps best known for his character Nightcrawler, but his vivid and active imagination brought many characters to the pages of comics. He was most prolific during the 1970's when, in addition to relaunching the X-Men, he also revitalized the Legion of Superheroes (with writer Cary Bates) and turned it from a supporting story in the Superboy comic to a stand-alone title that is still popular today. He worked on numerous other titles for both Marvel and DC. He was often employed as a cover artist by DC.

Cockrum had been in poor health for a number of years. In 2004, Cockrum reached an agreement with Marvel Entertainment that will allow Marvel to continue to fully own the many characters Cockrum created for the company, while compensating Cockrum for his years of service and the seminal characters he created.

My wife Liana and I met Dave through a mutual interest in the DC comic Blackhawk. In the late '90s, I created a website dedicated to the Blackhawks that, with help from numerous other fans including Dave, became the main Blackhawk site on the web. Shortly after the site went up, Dave contacted me to express his fondness for the characters. Over time, he offered artwork to be displayed on the site and an interesting reminiscence about his attempt to do a Legion of Superheroes/Blackhawk cross-over. Go to to read Dave's bio on the Blackhawk site and find links to his artwork and the cross-over proposal.

By a strange coincidence, just as Dave and I shared an interest in the Blackhawks, it turned out that Liana and Paty, Dave's wife, were both dedicated Doc Savage fans.

Our friendship was long distance until we finally met in person at a couple of Wonderfests several years ago. Unfortunately, we lost contact when Dave was hospitalized in 2004. Dave was a gentle giant of a man, always cheerful even when life had not treated him well. The clichéd but true statement made about many artists when they die is that they will live on in their work. Certainly, Dave Cockrum has left us a legacy of some of the best comics art ever created and a wealth of imaginative characters who will live on as long as comics are published.

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Dan (and Liana) Thompson

Last November Comics! (11-29-06)

52 Week #30
Action Comics #845 – Shortage Replacement
Amazing Spider-Man #536 CW – Shortage Replacement
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #46
Army of Darkness #12
Batman #659
Batman/The Spirit
Black Panther #22 CW
Bone: Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails TP - S/O #26
Bone vol 4: Dragonslayer Color Edition SC - S/O #26
Captain America #24 CW
Classic Battlestar Galactica #2
Conan & the Songs of the Dead #5 (OF 5)
Crossing Midnight #1
Deathblow #2
Donald Duck Adventures vol 21 TP
Elephantmen #0
Flash, the Fastest Man Alive #6
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #14
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 #2
Green Lantern #15
Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #1 (OF 2)
Heroes for Hire #4 – Shortage Replacement
Immortal Iron Fist #1
Ion #8 (OF 12)
Marvel Milestones: Onslaught
Marvel Zombies HC
Mickey Mouse & Blotman: Blotman Returns
Nextwave: Agents of HATE #10
Onslaught Reborn #1 (OF 5)
Powers #21
Ptolus, City by the Spire #2 (OF 12)
Punisher #41
Punisher X-Mas Special
Rush City #3 (OF 6)
Savage Dragon #130
Sensational Spider-Man #32
Sonic the Hedgehog #169
Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider Clan
Stan Lee Meets Dr. Doom
Star Wars Legacy #6
Superman/Batman #30
Tank Girl vol 1 GN - S/O #3
Teen Titans #41
Teen Titans Go! #37
Transformers: Escalation #1
Ultimate Power #2 (OF 9)
Ultimate Vision #0
Underdog Ornament
Warlord #10
Wetworks #3
What If?! Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Whisper #1

X-Men #193
Young Guns Reloaded Sketchbook
Zombie #3 (OF 4)

Batman #659 – Grant Morrison & Andy Kubert’s run on Batman continues! Now that the first story arc is out of the way, they move on to phase 2. If you read the first arc, you know these guys aren’t kidding around. Between this book and Paul Dini’s run on Detective, Batman hasn’t been this good in at least a decade. You should be reading this book!

Batman/The Spirit – Batman teams up with Will Eisner’s iconic, fedora-clad hero, The Spirit, in this one-shot. This has been touted as a classic Batman detective tale with a retro take on the character – if you like really, really old-school Batman and you’re a fan of Will Eisner’s, this is the book for you.

Crossing Midnight #1 – A couple of kids are sought after by some mysterious samurai babbling about the future and horrible things coming to pass which they are, somehow, connected to. Set in contemporary Nagasaki, this new series from Vertigo taps into Japanese and Korean horror to mix the mythology of The Sandman with the fantasy of films like Hayao's Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Immortal Iron Fist #1 – Now that his partner in crime Luke Cage has found a home in the New Avengers and Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, their former friends/colleagues, are enjoying some success in Heroes for Hire, it’s time for Iron Fist to make a comeback too! He’s been helping out Matt Murdock by running around in a Daredevil costume while Matt was in jail for, um, being Daredevil, but now it’s time to return to the green and gold and kick some mystic martial arts booty. Sounds a little hokey, I know, but I’m really looking forward to this new series. Definitely check it out!

Ultimate Power #2 – This bizarre crossover event hits town with its 2nd issue on Wednesday, and if sales of the first issue were any indication, you’re going to want to pick this one up pretty fast. As always, Greg Land’s artwork is gorgeous, and it’ll be worth the price of admission alone. Throw that in with the Supreme Power/Ultimate crossover going on, and this ought to be a really interesting issue.

Ultimate Vision #0 – The Ultimate Vision isn’t an AI robot created by Hank Pym, but rather a unique creation of an alien race, an attempt to document their last days before they and their planet were destroyed by Gah Lak Tus. Vision recorded their attempts (and failures) to prevent their destruction. From there, Vision went to planet after planet, warning of Gah Lak Tus’ coming and recording their attempts to save themselves. Until earth, no one ever even slowed it down. Gah Lak Tus is attacking other planets now, regrouping, and planning a new assault on earth. This limited series follows Vision around as he/she/it warns civilizations of their impending doom and what, potentially, they can do to save themselves.

Whisper #1 – Boom! Studios has acquired the rights to this old comic (formerly published by First Comics); so if you’re an old fan, you’ll enjoy getting reacquainted with Whisper, and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s okay too. Just take a look at an indie book that was popular enough to be brought back to life at a different company. What have you got to lose?!

See you at Haven!

Friday, November 24, 2006

X-men titles review by Wizard!

With so many to choose from, how do you know which X-Men book is right for you? Take heed, as Wizard reviews every X-title on the stands!"


Friday, November 17, 2006

Thanksgiving Comics!! (11-22-06)

OK, after the stupendous size of the past two weeks of comics orders, I figured the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was going to be a pretty slow, calm day with a relatively small order. WRONG!! This week’s order is just a hair shy of being as big as last week’s colossally huge order. Since we’re closed next Thursday for Thanksgiving, make sure you come down Wednesday and get all your comics! You don’t want to miss anything in the mad rush of day-after-Thanksgiving sales!

52 Week #29
Action Comics #845
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #11
Amazing Spider-Man #536 CW
Angel: Auld Lang Syne #1
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #1 (OF 12)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #2 (OF 8)
Blue Beetle #9
Boys #5
Buckaroo Banzai #3 (OF 3)
Casanova #6
Civil War: Frontline #8 (OF 11)
Classsic Battlestar Galactica #2
Conan #34
Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood #1 (OF 6)
Creeper #4 (OF 6)
Daredevil #91
Deadman #4
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 2 #3 (OF 4)
Drain #1
Dwight T. Albatross: The Goon Noir #2 (OF 3)
Enigma Cypher #1 (OF 2)
Exiles #88
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP – S/O #138
Fantastic Four: The End #2 (OF 6)
Fathom #11
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 #1
Haunted Mansion #5
Hawkgirl #58
Hellstorm #2 (OF 5)
Heroes for Hire #4
Impaler #2 (OF 4)
Jack of Fables #5
John Woo’s Seven Brothers #2

JSA Classified #19
Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M #4 (OF 4)
Man Called Kev #4 (OF 5)
Marvel Previews #40
Marvel Zombies HC
Medieval Lady Death: War of the Winds #4
Moon Knight #6 Bloody Variant – Shortage Replacement
New Excalibur #13
Noble Causes #25
NOTLD: Back from the Grave – S/O #158
Origin TP – S/O #138
Previews vol XVI #12
Ptolus: City by the Spire #2 (OF 12)
Punisher War Journal #1 CW
PVP #29
Red Menace #1 (OF 6)
Runaways #22
Sam Noir, Samurai Detective #3
Savage Red Sonja QOTFW #4 (OF 4)
Screwtooth #2 – S/O #8
Snakewoman #5
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #12
Squadron Supreme #7 - Shortage Replacement
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #10
Street Fighter II #5
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #24
Teen Titans #39 – S/O #61
Ultimate Spider-Man #102
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP
Ultimates vol 1 TP
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #5 (OF 8)
Uncle Scrooge #360
Usagi Yojimbo #98
Walking Dead #32
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #675
Wizard Comics Magazine
Wolverine #48 CW
Wonder Woman #3
X-Factor #13

Y The Last Man vol 8: Kimono Dragons TP
Zombies: Eclipse of the Undead #1 – S/O #158

Amazing Spider-Man #536 CW – Spider-Man has, at long last, figured out that he’s on the wrong side of this Civil War, and he’s doing his best to get out of the mess he’s in. Since Spider-Man is a registered superhero, Tony Stark had no provocation for attacking him when he overheard Spidey (via his bugged costume!) planning to change sides, and then, when Spidey got away, he sent some villains after him?! This is getting waaaay out of hand!

Civil War: Frontline #8 – So, on his way to trial, Speedball got ambushed and shot. That ain’t good. Let’s see what happens from here, for crying out loud! This title has been, in my opinion, better than the principal title in the Civil War saga; Paul Jenkins has been doing a bang-up job on this limited series, and you really feel for all the characters involved. Highly recommended!!

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC – Finally, I’ve got my hands on a few more copies of this incredible book! Each story in this book features art by a different artistic team, running the gamut from Charles Vess and Mike Kaluta to James Jean and Jill Thompson, and it is phenomenal. This book is absolutely a must-read, even if you’ve never read a Fables book in your life – this is a prequel; so you can still get in on the ground floor with this series!

Jack of Fables #5 – Jack has made it over the fence, and he’s on the run now! Revise is, of course, out to recapture him; so look out, Fugitive! This Fables spin-off has been an irreverent and very enjoyable book – if you’re a Fables fan, you absolutely should be reading this. If you’re not a Fables fan yet, you should be reading both!

Ptolus, City by the Spire #2 - We sold out of the first issue of this phenomenal series 3 times, which means, if you want a copy of this issue and you're not signed up for it, you better pick it up quick! This fabulous series by Monte Cook has been awesome. I've been anxiously awaiting the 2nd issue and, at long last, it's here! Pick it up ASAP!

Punisher War Journal #1 CW – The Punisher has finally stepped into the Civil War, and he’s getting a new series to commemorate the occasion. With art by Ariel Olivetti, this one ought to be good. You’ll definitely want to check this out.

Red Menace #1 – The McCarthy trials are well under way in this new series from DC when the unexpected happens. America’s greatest superhero is called on the carpet as a possible communist! This series looks like a great read, and it looks thought-provoking on top of that. Pick it up and see what it’s all about.

Ultimate Spider-Man #102 – I was hoping the last issue would clear up some the craziness that’s going on in Ultimate Spider-Man right now, but all it did was stir it up some! There’s a lot of freakiness flying around these pages right now, but it’s intriguing, and I can’t wait to see how it all gets resolved. Plus, Bendis and Bagley are just two issues away from breaking Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s record for the longest continuous run on any book by a creative team. Yes, that’s a big deal, folks! All aboard!

Wonder Woman #3 – Once upon a time, I heard that DC put out a Wonder Woman comic book. Apparently, every once in a while, that story has some truth to it! It’s late as all get out, but, at long last, here is Wonder Woman #3! What the heck is happening to Donna Troy? How did she get her tail kicked so fast?! Is Diana Prince going to take the mantle of Wonder Woman back up?! What the heck – just pick it up and read this bad boy, er, girl ASAP!

See you at Haven!!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Comics Overload!! (11-15-06)

52 Week #28
Anita Blake #2
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #45
Astonishing X-Men #18
Astro City: The Dark Age Book 2 #1

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #212
Battle Pope #11
Birds of Prey #100
Blade #3
Bomb Queen vol 2 #2
Catwoman #61
Checkmate #8
Civil War #5 (of 7)
Claw the Unconquered #6
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #7 (of 12)
Daredevil: Father #6 (of 6)
Deadman #4
Donald Duck & Friends #346
Escapists #5 (of 6)
Ghost Rider #5
GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #1 (of 3)
Green Lantern Corps #6
Hellgate London #1 (of 4)
Infiniteens #1
Iron Man #13 CW
Jack Staff #12
Joss Whedon is my Master Now T/S LG – S/O #26
Knights of the Dinner Table #120
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #3 (of 5)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #7
Marvel Zombies HC
Mickey Mouse & Friends #295
Moon Knight #6
Mouse Guard #3 (of 6) – S/O #5
Ms Marvel #9
New Avengers #25 CW
Nodwick #35
OMAC #5 (of 8)
Omega Men #2 (of 6)
PVP #29
Ramayan 3392 AD #3
Red River vol 15 GN
Robin #156
Samurai: Heaven & Earth vol 2 #1 (of 5)
Scooby Doo #114
Shadowpact #7
Sidekick #4 (of 5)
Sonic X #14
Squadron Supreme #7
Supergirl #11
Superman Confidential #1shortage replacement
Tales of the Unexpected #2 (of 8) – shortage replacement
Teen Titans #38 – S/O #61
Testament #12
Thunderbolts #108
Tron #2
Ultimate Fantastic Four #36
Ultimates 2 Vol 1: Gods & Monsters TP
Ultimates vol 1 TP
Union Jack #3 (of 4)
Waterloo Sunset TP
What If?! Spider-Man: The Other
White Tiger #1 (of 6)

Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures #2 – This Dabel Brothers title features Anita Blake, Laura K. Hamilton’s vampire hunter character, and it’s been flying off shelves all over the country. Orders have been so unexpectedly high that these issues are being allocated by Diamond in some cases; so if you’re interested in this book, make sure you pick it up early!

Astonishing X-Men #18 – The last issue of this current storyline, this one had better answer some questions! What the heck is going on in the mansion?! All kinds of crazy things are happening to the X-Men, and it looks like Cassandra Nova is about to be up to an unimaginable power level, and no one wants that. The question is, how is Kitty Pryde going to be able to stop it?

Civil War #5 – At long last, the next issue of this saga arrives! Civil War is moving inexorably toward critical mass, which means something big and terrible is going to happen. Rumors are flying that at least one MAJOR character isn’t going to make it…

Hellgate London #1 – This series looks gorgeous, and the story has piqued my interest: hordes of demons have broken through into our universe and the world is just not prepared to stop them from taking over everything and killing everyone. However, a small band of Knights Templar, with ancient knowledge, knows how to fight them and manages to hold them off long enough to give humanity a chance. This series is the prequel to the highly anticipated new video game; so grab it up and get an idea what’s going on before you play the game!

Moon Knight #6 – It’s been a little while since issue #5, but I’m looking forward to seeing where this issue goes. Clearly, Moon Knight is a little off his rocker, but he’s also about to lay down the law on a whole bunch of people who really deserve it – this issue wraps up the introductory story arc and launches into next month’s Civil War tie-in. Check it out!

Samurai: Heaven & Earth vol 2 #1 – We all thought this was just going to be one limited series, and the final pages of the first limited series shocked all of us. Our samurai hero chased his beloved from China to France – no mean feat in the 18th century! – to rescue her from her captors, and the last pages of the first series show her captor escaping again, with her in tow! That’s not right; it can't end like that! The preview page for the second series was one panel: a samurai sword, sticking up out of a sand dune, with a pyramid standing in the background. The team of Ron Marz and Luke Ross brought us a fantastic story with absolutely incredible art last time, and the same team is bringing us this book – I can’t wait to read it!

White Tiger #1 – From the pages of Daredevil, the new White Tiger gets her own shot at the big leagues! The original White Tiger was one of the first Hispanic heroes in comics, but he recently committed suicide after being condemned for a crime he didn’t commit, as Matt Murdock unsuccessfully defended him (in the pages of Daredevil). Daredevil passed on the costume and the totems of the White Tiger to the original’s daughter, a former FBI field agent. This looks very promising – pick it up and give it a chance…

Friday, November 03, 2006

Awesome Comics Week! (11-8-06)

52 Week #27
Amazing Spider-Girl #2
Annihilation #4 (OF 6)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #1 (OF 8)
Batman #658
Batman & the Mad Monk #4 (OF 6)
Battlestar Galactica #3
Blade of the Immortal #119
Bullet Points #1 (OF 5)
Captain Atom: Armageddon TP
Civil War #3 (of 7) Thor Returns Variant
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #4 (OF 4)
Criminal #2
Devi #5
DMZ #13
Doctor Strange: Oath #2 (of 5)
Eternals #5 (of 6)
Ex Machina #24
Fables #55
Fables vol 3: Storybook Love TP
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #31
Franklin Richards: Happy Franksgiving Special
Gen 13 #2
GI Joe: America’s Elite #17
Gold Digger #78
Green Arrow #68
Green Lantern #14
Holiday Gift Guide 2006
Hunter Killer #9
JLA Classified #29
Justice League of America #3 – shortage replacement
Martian Manhunter #4 (of 8)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #18
Marvel Legacy 1980s Handbook
Marvel Zombies HC Spider-Man Variant
Mouse Guard #3 (of 6) - reorder
New X-Men #32
Nodwick #35
Punisher #40
Ramayan 3392 AD #2
Red Sonja #16
Rex Libris #6
Secret War TP
Sonic the Hedgehog #168
Star Wars: Dark Times #1 (OF 5)
Stormwatch PHD #1
Superman #657
Tales of the Unexpected #2 (of 8)
Teen Titans #40
True Story, Swear to God vol 1 TP
Ultimate X-Men #76
Ultimates vol 1 TP
Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade #4
Wisdom #1 (of 6)
Wolverine Origins #8
X-Men: Fairy Tales TP

Xena #4
Y The Last Man #51

Annihilation #4 – I’m not a big fan of Marvel’s cosmic characters or stories that take place on their alien worlds; so when I say that I’ve really been enjoying this Annihilation story, that means it’s a really good story. If you like this cast of characters - Nova, Thanos, Ronan the Accuser, Annihilus, Drax, Blastaar, etc. – then you should absolutely, definitely be reading this series.

Bullet Points #1 – A good What If?! has always intrigued me, and this 5-issue limited series has all the makings of a good What If?!. World War II. America needs a super soldier. Only one man possesses the formula to create the perfect fighting machine from volunteer Steve Rogers. But when a bullet takes Dr. Erskine and his bodyguard, M.P. Ben Parker, out, Steve’s destiny—and that of the Marvel Universe—is changed forever. Sounds pretty cool, huh?! You know you want to see where this is going…

Fables #55 – I can’t help it; this series is just inordinately good. This makes 55 issues, plus a couple of additional 1-shots, that have just been chock full of comic book goodness. You should be reading this!!

Marvel Zombies HC – If you missed the individual issues, you missed one of the more interesting stories to come out of the House of Ideas in a loooooong time. This series was like a bad car wreck (mixed in with a lot of gallows humor), and you just couldn’t turn your head away. Now, the whole series is collected in this cool hardcover, and if you haven’t read it, you should pick this bad boy up, post haste.

Secret War TP – This is the little private war of Nick Fury vs Dr. Doom that served as the precursor to Civil War. It was the first brick in the wall. It also had a screwy shipping schedule, was constantly late, and the last issue took so long to come out that people forgot it existed. Now, at long last, you can read the whole story in a single volume. It was really good and deserves to be read – thank God it’s now in a format you can actually get the whole story in!

Stormwatch PHD #1 – Ah, back in the old days, Stormwatch was actually my favorite of Jim Lee’s Wildstorm titles. Wildcats was alright, but Stormwatch had the better team and the better stories to me. Now…they’re back! Wildstorm’s relaunch is at least putting out the right titles; definitely give this title a chance.

Wisdom #1 - Pete Wisdom has a lot of fairies to kill. Yes, fairies are supposed to be nice and magical and charming, but they are currently attacking England. Hugo Award nominee Paul Cornell (BBC’s Dr. Who and Robin Hood) and fan-favorite artist Trevor Hairsine team up for this unique and very cool looking sci-fi story…

See you at Haven!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

November's First Comics! (11-1-06)

52 Week #25 – Shortage Replacement
52 Week #26
Agents of Atlas #4 (OF 6)
All New Atom #5
Army of Darkness #11
Astonishing X-Men vol 1: Gifted TP
Athena Voltaire #2
Battler Britton #5 (OF 5)
Beyond #5 (OF 6)
Blue Beetle #8
Criminal #2
Detective Comics #825
Ex Machina #24
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC
Fables vol 3: Storybook Love TP
Fables vol 5: The Mean Seasons TP

Fallen Angel #10
Fantastic Four: The End #1 (OF 6)
Fountain SC
Freshmen vol 2 #1
Gargoyles #1
Geronimo: Last Apache Warrior GN – S/O #8Gold Digger #78
Hellboy vol 1: Seed of Destruction TP - S/O #138
Incredible Hulk #100
Inquest Gamer #140
Irredeemable Ant-Man #2
Jonah Hex #13
Justice League of America #3
Justice League Unlimited #27
Kindaichi Case Files vol 14: Gentleman Thief GN
Looney Tunes #144
Manifest Eternity #6
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #21
Mickey Mouse Adventures vol 12 TP
Midnighter #1
Mystery in Space #3 (OF 8)
Next #5 (OF 6)
Ninja Scroll
NOTLD:Back From the Grave Head Shot Cvr – S/O #8
Outsiders #42
Pirate Tales #1
Seven Soldiers #1
Shrugged #3
Soulfire: Chaos Reign #2
Star Wars Legacy #5
Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here TP - S/O #74
Strangers in Paradise #85
Street Fighter Legends Sakura #3 (OF 4
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #23
Superman Confidential #1
Trials of Shazam #3 (OF 12)
Uncanny X-Men #480
V for Vendetta TP
What If?! Avengers Disassembled
X-Men: Phoenix Warsong #3 (OF 5)

Friday, October 20, 2006


We have a TON of trades shipping this week; so catch up on some of the coolest titles out there with the trades! We've got Ex Machina, Fables, the Halo Graphic Novel, Runaways, and Samurai: Heaven & Earth all coming in. You can't ask for a better way to get some truly incredible stories!

Now, on to the comics:

52 Week #24 – Shortage Replacement
52 Week #25
Action Comics #844
All New Handbook of Marvel Universe A-Z #10
Authority #1
Black Panther #21
Bone vol 4: Dragonslayer Color Edition SC
Boys #4
Captain America #23 CW

Castle Waiting vol II #2
Civil War #2 (OF 7) – 3rd Ptg, McNiven Sketch Variant
Classic Battlestar Galactica #1
Claw the Unconquered #5
Conan & the Songs of the Dead #4 (OF 5)
Daredevil #90
Deathblow #1

Ex Machina vol 1: The First Hundred Days TP
Ex Machina vol 2: Tag TP
Ex Machina vol 3: Fact V Fiction TP

Exiles #87
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 2: Animal Farm TP
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP
Fables vol 6: Homelands TP

Forgotten Realms: Crystal Shard #2
Fountain SC
Gloomcookie #28
Halo Graphic Novel HC
Hawkgirl #57
Heroes for Hire #3 CW
Impaler #1 (OF 4)
Ion #7 (OF 12)
Jack of Fables #4
JSA Classified #18
Justice #8 (OF 12)
Killer #1 (OF 10)
Krypto the Super Dog #2 (OF 6) – Shortage Replacement
Marvel Previews #39 November 2006
Mickey Mouse Meets Blotman
Mouse Guard #5 (OF 6)
New Avengers #24 CW
New Excalibur #12
Nextwave: Agents of HATE #9
Night of the Living Dead – Back from the Grave
Planetary #26
Previews vol XVI #11
Ptolus, City by the Spire 2nd Ptg Variant #1 (OF 12)
Runaways vol 2: Teenage Wasteland TP
Samurai: Heaven & Earth TP
Secret Six #5 (OF 6)
Sensational Spider-Man #31
Shadowpact #6
Snakewoman #4
Star Trek: Deluxe Kirk AF & Capt Chair – S/O #69
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #9
Superman/Batman Annual #1
Swan vol 8
Teen Titans Go #36
Thunderbolts #107
Transformers Animated Movie Adaptation #1 (OF 4)
Trials of Shazam #3 (OF 12)
Ultimate Spider-Man #101
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #4 (OF 8)
Uncle Scrooge #359
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #674
Warlord #9
Wetworks #2
Wizard Comics Magazine
X-Factor #12 – Shortage Replacement
X-Men #192
Xena #3
Zombie #2 (OF 4)

Authority #1 – Remember when Authority first came out and was one of the coolest comics on the market? Remember that? Well, it looks that Authority is back! Starting a new series, this gets away from the silliness that the book devolved into and gets back to the books roots. If you’ve got fond memories of a great comic, and you want to read something back on that level, pick this up and give it a whirl.

Boys #4 – Does this book come out every other week or what?! This completely bizarre and horrifically graphic book is Garth Ennis at his finest. It’s rough, creepy, weird, and, at times, heart-wrenching. This is one of the most interesting books out there right now, and it kind of flew in under the radar; pick this book up if you liked Preacher or Transmetropolitan; you won’t regret it!

Daredevil #90 – After escaping from jail, Matt Murdock is on the run in Europe, which is an interesting change of scenery for everyone’s favorite radar-utilizing superhero. This story has been fantastic for months, and Ed Brubaker shows no signs of slowing down. If you like some good intrigue mixed in with your action, this is a book you absolutely ought to check out.

Deathblow #1 – With Wildstorm, uh, storming back into the marketplace, Deathblow joins the fray! Somehow, when the vast majority of the early ‘90s Image characters faded from the public consciousness, this guy managed to hang on and stick around. And now he’s back with a new series. If you liked the first issue of Wildcats last week, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. Give it a shot.

Halo Graphic Novel – Finally, Haven is getting our copies of this book. Several of you have been waiting on this for weeks, but it’s here now; so come and get it!

New Avengers #24 – Civil War continues in the pages of New Avengers! So far, all of the Civil War issues of this book have focused on an individual member of the group and has shown how things have transpired with that member and how they chose sides. This one looks to do more of the same; so pick up your dose of Civil War this week in the pages of the New Avengers…

Ultimate Spider-Man #101 – After the bizarre turn of events in USM #100, where the heck is this issue going?! What’s with all the Peter Parker clones and variations?! What’s going to happen to Mary Jane? Spidey’s dad?! Gwen Stacy?! Bendis is going nuts on this title, but it’s a fun ride; so hop on board and enjoy!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Wednesday Hits Hard This Week!! (10-18-06)

Diamond missed us on a LOT of titles last week, but it looks like most of them are coming in on Wednesday; so don’t fret. Check out this week’s batch o’ Comics:

7 Brothers #1 - New Virgin Comics title by John Woo & Garth Ennis!
52 Week #24
Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery GN - S/O #8
Amazing Spider-Girl #1
Annihilation #3 (OF 6)
Authority #1
Batman & the Mad Monk #3 (OF 6)
Birds of Prey #99
Blade #2
BPRD: The Soul of Venice 1-Shot
BPRD: There’s Something Under My Bed 1-Shot
Catwoman #60
Checkmate #7
Civil War 3rd Printing McNiven Sketch Variant #2 (OF 7)
Civil War: X-Men #4 (OF 4)
Claw The Unconquered #5
Conan #33
Creeper #3 (OF 6)
Deadman #3
Desolation Jones #7
Donald Duck & Friends #345
Donald Duck Halloween Ashcan 2006
Elephantmen #4
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC - AWESOME!!!
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #5
Ghost Rider #4
GI Joe: America’s Elite #16
GI Joe: Declassified #3 (OF 3)
Gold Digger Annual 2006
Hellgate: London #0 (OF 4)
Hellstorm #1 (OF 5)
Highlander #1
JLA vol 6: World War Three TP
Krypto: The Super Dog #2 (OF 6)
Lone Ranger #1 2nd Print Cassaday Variant
Lone Ranger #2
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #2 (OF 5)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #17
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #20
Mickey Mouse & Friends #294
Ms Marvel #8 CW
Omega Men #1 (OF 6)
Queen & Country #31
Red Sonja #15
Rex Libris Statue
Rex Mundi #2
Robin #155
Runaways #21
Runaways vol 1: Pride & Joy TP
Runaways vol 2: Teenage Wasteland TP
Runaways vol 3: Good Die Young TP
Sam Noir, Samurai Detective #2
Sandman #1 Special Edition
Savage Dragon #129
Scooby Doo #113
Shadowpact #6
She-Hulk vol 2: Superhuman Law TP
Skye Runner #5
Sonic X #13
Testament #11
Testament vol 1: Akedah TP
Thunderbolts #107
Transformers Spotlight: Nightbat
Transformers: Stormbringer #4 (OF 4)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #35
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 6: Frightful TP
Union Jack #2 (OF 4)
Watchmen TP
Wildcats #1 Wolverine #47 CW
Wolverine Origins Quesada Sketch Variant #7
X-Factor #12
X-Men: First Class #2 (OF 8)

I’m baaaaaaaack!! Unfortunately, I don’t have time for a big write-up of all the big titles hitting this week; so take a look at the highlighted titles up there and pay special attention to those; they’re the ones that stand out as this week’s big pick books!

See you Wednesday!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

October Hits the Ground Running! (10-11-06)

52 Week #23
American Splendor #2 (of 4)
Annihilation #3 (of 6)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #211
Battler Britton #4 (OF 5) – Shortage Replacement
Battlestar Galactica #2
Blade of the Immortal #118
Bomb Queen vol 2 #1
BPRD: The Soul of Venice (One-Shot)
BPRD: There’s Something Under My Bed (One-Shot)
Civil War #2 – 3rd Printing, McNiven Sketch Variant
Civil War #1 - Captain America Unleashed Variant
Civil War: Frontline #7 (of 11)
Desolation Jones TP – S/O #17
Devi #4
DMZ #12
DMZ vol 1: On the Ground TP
Dork #11
Escapists #4 (of 6)
Fables #54
Fables Special Edition #1
Fallen Angel vol 1 TP (IDW)
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #30
Gen 13 #1
GI Joe: America’s Elite #16
Green Arrow #67
Green Lantern Corps #5
Grimm Fairy Tales #9
Invincible vol 7: Three’s Company TP
Irredeemable Ant-Man #1
JLA Classified #28
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories vol 1 GN
Knights of the Dinner Table #119
Martian Manhunter #3 (OF 8)
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #17
Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #20 – Shortage Replacement
New X-Men #31
Next #4 (of 6)
Polly & the Pirates 1 TP
Powers #20
Punisher #39
Revelations TP
Sam Noir: Samurai Detective #2
Samurai: Heaven & Earth #1 (new printing)
Scott Pilgrim vol 1 TP
Spider-Man Blue TP
Stan Lee Meets Dr. Strange
Star Wars Legacy #4
Tales of the Unexpected #1 (of 8)
Testament vol 1: Akedah TP
Thunderbolts #107
Ultimate Power #1 (of 9)
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 16: Deadpool TP
Ultimate X-Men #75
Uncanny X-Men #479
Wolverine Origins #7
Worldstorm #1
X Isle #3 (of 5)

Civil War: Frontline #7 – If you ask me, the Frontline story is better than the primary story going on in the Civil War title. The threads with the two newspaper reporters have been handled extremely well, and Speedball’s legal case has been intriguing. Good stuff.

Fables #54 – Plans for the Adversary’s attack on Fabletown and the world of the Mundy’s continue to be revealed, and they ain’t pretty. Your favorite Fables are NOT going to have an easy time of it. As always, this book is at the top of the heap; Fables gets my highest recommendation!

Gen 13 #1 – Remember, back in the day, when Gen 13 first showed up and J. Scott Campbell’s artwork was brand spanking new? Well, happy days are here again if you remember that era in comics fondly! Gen 13 #1 more or less starts over with your favorite characters from the original series; give it a whirl if you feel like a little drive down Nostalgia Lane. And a lot more of the old Wildstorm Image books are coming back under the DC/Wildstorm label; keep your eyes peeled for Wildcats (written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Jim Lee!), Wetworks, Stormwatch, etc.

Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 – A bored and disgruntled SHIELD agent hijacks one of the now deceased Ant-Man’s suits of armor, replete with shrinking capability, and goes on a spree. This book is an irreverent, zap/pow/zing kind of romp; if you feel like a good laugh, you should definitely pick this book up!

Revelations TP – From Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos, this murder mystery set in the heart of the Vatican is a must read. Paul Jenkins almost always delivers, and this book is not one of the exceptions. Humberto Ramos’ highly stylized art seems out of place on a book like this at first blush, but actually suits the book perfectly. This is one heck of a story, containing the entire limited series. Check it out!

Tales of the Unexpected #1 – The Spectre, the instrument of God’s wrath, is unleashed on anyone and everyone who chooses evil over good. If you’re a DC fan and you want to watch some serious bad guy butt-kicking, you will definitely want to give this limited series a once over.

Ultimate Power #1 – What happens when Marvel’s Ultimate Universe and its Supreme Power Universe collide? Well, guessing from what we know of these two worlds, there’s going to be a mighty big turf war. Once again, in an effort to cure Ben Grimm, Reed Richards punches through to another universe – no zombies this time, thankfully! – and the men and women of Supreme Power are not happy about him popping in uninvited. Written by Bendis and featuring Greg Land’s art, this limited series is sure to knock your socks off. Definitely pick this one up!

Ultimate X-Men #75 – Introducing…the Ultimate Cable. And Marvel is telling us he’s not who we think. The critics are all jumping on the bandwagon with this issue though; so it must be something interesting, at least. Check it out and let me know what you think…

Wolverine Origins #7 – Logan’s past continues to affect his present, and now Omega Red is here to kick some butt and take some names. So far, this series has been a lot of fun; if you’re not getting your recommended daily allowance of adamantium, then pop a copy of this issue and – snikt! – you’ll be feeling better in no time.

See you at Haven!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Miss me?

For those of you who want to kick it old school, I'll be filling in at the store this coming Wednesday (Oct. 11).

Saturday, September 30, 2006

October Comics Rolling In!! (10-4-06)

52 WEEK #22
BATMAN #657 Shortage Replacement
BEYOND #4 (OF 6)
CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE #6 (OF 11)Shortage Replacement
CIVIL WAR YOUNG AVENGERS & RUNAWAYS #3 (OF 4) – Shortage Replacement
CRIMINAL #1 - by Ed Brubaker!!
OMAC #4 (OF 8)
PVP #28
SECRET SIX #4 (OF 6) – Shortage Replacement
SUPERGIRL #10 - Shortage Replacement
TRIALS OF SHAZAM #1 (OF 12) - Reorder
ULTIMATES 2 #12 Shortage Replacement

Unfortunately, I don’t have time for a big write up of the cool comics coming in this week; so check out the titles I highlighted up above; they’re the ones you want to watch out for on Wednesday!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mark Millar on Astonishing X-men #17....

"Mother of God.

That was a good comic.

God help whoever follows because this is my favourite run on X-Men ever."


Amen, brother.


Friday, September 22, 2006

Pitch-Perfect Astonishing X-men 17 Review...

...with huuuuuuuuuge spoilers. Read the comic first. So I guess this would be a terrible review, if your purpose in reading reviews is to decide whether or not to buy a comic, but since everybody and their Aunt Netta should be reading Astonishing anyways.... When you're really excited just after reading the issue, read this.

My picks for the past week:
Astonishing X-men #17
Ultimate Fantastic Four #34
Moon Knight #5
Civil War #4
X-Factor #11



Monster Comics Week!! (9-27-06)

As you can see, Civil War is back at full speed, and there are a TON of tie-in books shipping this week. Those always go fast; so be sure to get your copies!

52 Week #21
Action Comics #843
All New Marvel Handbook A-Z #9
Amazing Spider-Man #535 CW
Batman #657
Batman & the Mad Monk #2 (OF 6)
Batman: Journey into Knight #12 (OF 12)
Black Panther #20
Blue Beetle #7
Cable/Deadpool #32 CW
Captain America #22 CW
Civil War: Frontline #6 (OF 11)
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #3 (OF 4)

Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #6 (OF 12)
Daredevil #89
Daughters of the Dragon: Samurai Bullets TP
DDP Quarterly
Eternals #4 (OF 6)
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Hawkgirl #56
Heroes for Hire #2 CW
Jack of Fables #3
JSA Classified #17
Justice League of America #2
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service vol 1 TP – S/O for #8
Lions, Tigers, & Bears 2 #3 (OF 4)
Loveless vol 1: A Kin of Homecoming TP – S/O for #8
Marvel Previews #38
Ninja Scroll #1
Previews vol XVI #10
Punisher #38
Ramayan 3392 AD #1
Sadhu #3
Secret Six #4 (OF 6)
Snakes on a Plane #2 (OF 2)
Snakewoman #3
Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man
Supergirl #10
Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes #22
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #40
Teen Titans #39
Teen Titans Go #35
Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel #4 (OF 4)
Trials of Shazam #2 (OF 12)
Ultimate Iron Man vol 1 TP
Ultimate Spider-Man #100
Ultimates 2 #12
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #3 (OF 8)
Uncle Scrooge #358
Usagi Yojimbo #97
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #673
Wanted SC
Warlord #8
Wizard Comics Magazine #181
Wonderland #2
X-Men #191
Zombie #1 (OF 4)

Batman #657 – This Grant Morrison/Andy Kubert run on Batman has certainly started off with a bang and the end of the last issue indicated that this issue ought to be a very fun read. I don’t know how long it’ll last, given Grant Morrison’s tendency to get really weird, but right now this comic is excellent. Batman is good again – it’s been a long time, but it sure is nice to see again…

Civil War: Frontline #6 – What’s going to happen to Speedball?! He’s being transferred to that freakish prison in the Negative Zone, and you definitely get the feeling he’s in for a world of trouble. There are only four more issues left after this one; so we’re most of the way there; I hope thing start resolving soon…

Eternals #4 – Okay, I admit it. I thought this series was going to be terrible. I just didn’t see any way even Neil Gaiman could salvage The Eternals and make them worth reading. I WAS WRONG. This book has been a consistent must-read. Check it out – it’s worth it.

Heroes for Hire #2 – This has been one of the more fun books tying in to the whole Civil War story, and the first issue did not disappoint. Expect more of the same in this issue as the lovely ladies (and Humbug!) of Heroes for Hire start running in high powered vigilantes, some of whom used to be their friends.

Jack of Fables #3 – Every bit as good as the regular Fables title, this series has been turning heads. Jack has declared that Mr. Revise cannot hold him, and he’s plotting his escape. In this issue…well, let’s see what happens. I’m looking forward to it!

Justice League of America #2 – The big three at DC – Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman – are still putting the JLA back together. Last issue focused intently on Red Tornado. Who will it be this issue?! Check out the team Brad Meltzer is putting together; the JLA should be kicking all kinds of tail before long.

Ramayan 3392 AD #1 – The ancient Indian legend of Ramayan gets a facelift in this story in a new time period and an altered setting. All of the books from Virgin Comics (think Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, etc.) have been excellent – highly reminiscent of the early offerings from CrossGen. Definitely give this a read!

Ultimate Spider-Man #100 – This book is getting weirder and weirder as people we thought were out of the picture are reemerging, and Spidey and MJ appear to be in a heap of trouble. What the heck is Bendis smoking?! Whatever it is, I hope he keeps it up, because this book has been really good and looks like it’s still going strong. Happy 100, Ultimate Spidey!

Ultimates 2 #12 – At long last, the next installment of the Ultimates! This book takes forever between issues, but it’s always worth it. What an awesome story it’s been so far! This issue picks up where the last issue left off, with the Ultimates trying to clean up after a hugely destructive battle that threatened to destroy the United States. You know you want to pick up this issue, the penultimate chapter of Ultimates 2, ASAP!

That’s all I’ve got time to jaw about today, but there are several other great looking titles shipping this week too. Head on down to the store and help us pay the rent!

See you at Haven!