Friday, January 27, 2006

Starting February Off Right! (2-1-06)

30 Days of Night: Dead Space #1 (OF 3)
ABC A-Z: Terra Obscura and Splash Brannigan
Angel: Old Friends #3 (OF 5)
Aquaman #39
Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #1
Atomika #6 (OF 12)
Batman & the Monster Men #4 (OF 6)
Beowulf #6
Buckaroo Banzai Preview
Captain America #14
Conan & the Demons of Khitai #4 (OF 4)
Detective Comics #816
Fantastic Four #534
Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan #4 (OF 4)
Flying Friar #1
Fury: Peacemaker #1 (OF 6)
GI Joe: Snake-Eyes Declassified #6 (OF 6)
Gotham Central #40
Green Lantern #8
Hellboy: Makoma #1 (OF 2)
House of M TP
Inquest Gamer #131
JSA Classified #8
Justice League Unlimited #18
Knights of the Dinner Table #111
Legion of Superheroes #14
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #12
Marvel Team-Up #17
Necromancer #4
New Excalibur #4
Noble Causes vol 5: Betrayals TP
Outsiders #33
Powers #16
Punisher #30
Rann/Thanagar War: Infinite Crisis Special
Red Sonja #5
Red Sonja vs Thulsa Doom #1 (OF 4)
Rex Libris #3
Sable & Fortune #2 (OF 4)
Saga of Squadron Supreme
Sentinel #4 (OF 5)
Sentry #5 (OF 8)
Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #3 (OF 4)
Son of M #2 (OF 6) – order correction
Spider-Girl #95
Supreme Power: Nighthawk #6 (OF 6)
Team Zero #3 (OF 6)
Thunderbolt Jaxon #1 (OF 5)
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 4: Inhuman TP
Uncanny X-Men #469
Underworld #1 (OF 5)
WW2 Waffen Storm Troops #1
X-Factor #3
X-Factor #2 (2nd Printing Variant Cover)
X-Men, The End: Men & X-Men #2 (OF 6)
Y – The Last Man #42
Zoom Suit LTD Retailer Edition #1


Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #1 – Last August, at Wizard World Chicago, I ran into the creator of this book. I had no idea who he was, had never heard of him before, but his work stood out from the masses (and there are thousands of comics creators at Wizard World). I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this book ever since. Athena Voltaire is, basically, a female Indiana Jones. This book is fun and compelling in much the same way as Indiana Jones, and the artwork is utterly brilliant; it’s not overly complicated, but the lines are clean and fluid, and the end result is beautiful. I highly recommend that you give this book a shot and support a new guy in the business…

Buckaroo Banzai Preview – How can you go wrong with Buckaroo Banzai?! Especially for the meager price of 50¢! Maybe next there’ll be a Time Bandits comic book!

Fury: Peacemaker #1 (OF 6) – Before Shield, before even the eye-patch, Nick Fury was just a sergeant in WWII, trying his best to defeat the enemy and stay alive. With Nick Fury being in such hot water these days in the Marvel U, it’s time for folks to get back to basics with the character and see where he comes from. All the reviews I’ve read of this book have been extremely positive; I, for one, am looking forward to seeing him kick some Nazi butt.

Hellboy: Makoma #1 (OF 2) – Hellboy is back from hiatus, and I’m pumped! We got that dinky two-parter last year in The Island, which had some interesting revelations but was waaaaay too little of Hellboy. Now we’ve got another two-parter coming up, and I’m excited to check it out. This is Hellboy in Africa, taking on some old-school mythologies. Can’t wait!

X-Factor #3 – This series is a beautiful thing. Nobody can write pathos and humor in quite the same way as Peter David, and he’s pretty much got free rein on this title. I’ve loved it so far, and I can’t wait to see where he goes with Madrox, Strong Guy, and the mysterious new Layla Miller from House of M. What is her deal, anyway?!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Enormous Week for Comics Fans! (1-25-06)

Adventures of Superman #648
All New Official Handbook of Marvel Universe A-Z #1
All Star Batman & Robin Poster
Amazing Fantasy #17
Amazing Spider-Man #528
Batman #649
Batman: Journey Into Knight #6 (OF 12)
Batman: Ras Al Ghul Year One TP
Black Panther #12
Bone vol 2: Great Cow Race (color ed. SC)
Bone vol 3: Eyes of the Storm (color ed. SC)
Books of Doom #3 (OF 6)
BPRD The Black Flame #6 (OF 6)
Cannon Hawke #5
Catwoman #51
Daredevil #81
Defenders #5 (OF 5)
Devil’s Keeper #3
Donald Duck & Friends #336
Dragonlance Chronicles #6 (OF 8)
Exiles #76
Fallen Angel #2 (OF 5)
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf, Exile #3
George Romero’s Land of the Dead #5 (OF 5)
GI Joe vol 8: Rise of the Red Shadows TP
Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #4 (OF 6)
Grimm Fairy Tales #3
Haunted Mansion #1
JLA Classified #16
Knights of the Dinner Table #110
Majestic #13
Marvel Spotlight: Warren Ellis & Jim Cheung
Mickey Mouse & Friends #285
New Avengers #15
Next Wave #1
Nightmares & Fairytales #15
Power Puff Girls #70
Previews vol XVI #2
Pulse #13
Revelations #6 (OF 6)
Robin #146
Season of the Witch #3 (OF 4)
Serenity TP
Sonic the Hedgehog #158
Soulfire: Dying of the Light #5
Spider-Man/Black Cat: Evil That Men Do #6 (OF 6)
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1
Star Wars: Republic #82
Street Fighter II #2
Supreme Power vol 3: High Command TP
Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose #36
Teen Titans Go! #27
Thing #3
Tick: Days of Drama #4
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 1: The Fantastic TP
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 2: Doom TP
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 3: N-Zone TP
Ultimate/Fantastic Four/X-Men Special
Ultimate Spider-Man #89
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 6: Venom TP
Uncle Scrooge #350
Usagi Yojimbo #90
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #665
Warren Ellis: Black Gas Terror #1
Witchblade #94
Wizard Comics Magazine #173
Wolverine #38
Wonder Woman #225
X-Men #181


New Avengers #15 – After the revelations in last issue, I’m dying to find out where this is going. Spider-Woman is working for everyone, it seems, and Captain America has to decide how best to use that to the Avengers’ advantage without getting her killed. Also, when do we find out more about Echo? You can’t just drop something like that on us and then walk away, Marvel! You hear me?!

Next Wave #1 – Someone decided it would be a good idea to let Warren Ellis loose in the Marvel Universe to do whatever the heck he wants, so he came up with Next Wave. Best I can tell, this book is about a superhero time comprised of losers. It’s kind of like a superhero sitcom, from the descriptions, I’ve read – so take that for what it’s worth. Warren Ellis is usually either superb or terrible; check this book out and see which camp it falls in…

Serenity TP – YES!!! At long last, the collected edition of the 3-issue Serenity comic comes out! This story bridges the gap between the end of Firefly and the beginning of the Serenity movie. Any and all Firefly/Serenity fans will want to own this. It’s awesome!

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #1 – The massive and complex Star Wars universe is being compressed into two comics, and this is the first one. Star Wars fans will appreciate only having to pick up two titles, and they should be happy with this series; all the reviews I’ve read so far have been extremely positive. If you’ve always kind of liked Star Wars but didn’t want to jump in in the middle, this would be a great time to pick it up!

Ultimate Fantastic Four/X-Men Special – This is the second issue of this crossover that I thought was going to be wretched. As it turns out, it was fantastic! How can you not love this conversation?

Human Torch: You destroyed my stereo!
Thing: You were playing Fifty Cent!

This book is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of any of the Ultimate universe titles. Talk about a pleasant surprise!

Wolverine #38 – Wolverine’s origin story continues! After the events of House of M, Logan remembers who he is and where he comes from; he remembers the women he’s loved and the things he’s done. But that doesn’t mean he knows how or why everything happened the way it did, and he wants to know. And he’s willing to go to any extreme to find out. This story arc in the Wolverine comic has been incredible; I highly recommend it!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Back in the Action with New Comics! (1-18-06)

Action Comics #835
All Star Superman #2
Batgirl #72
Batman: Gotham Knights #73
Birds of Prey #90
Blade of the Immortal #109
Conan #24
Courtney Crumrin vol 3: Twilight Kingdom TP
Devil’s Keeper #3
Ex Machina #17
Firestorm #21
Flash #230
Freshmen #5 (OF 6)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4
Generation M #3 (OF 5)
Gold Digger Color Remix #1
Green Lantern #7
Haunted Mansion #2
Incredible Hulk #91
Infinite Crisis #4 (OF 7)
Iron Ghost #5 (OF 6)
Iron Man: The Inevitable #2 (OF 6)
JSA Classified #7
Legion of Super Heroes #13
Little Gloomy’s Super Scary Monster Show #3
Lucifer #70
Manhunter #18
Marvel Knights 4 #26
Marvel Knight’s Spider-Man #22
New Mangaverse #1 (OF 5)
Nightwing #116
Noble Causes #16
Planetary #24
Punisher vs Bullseye #3 (OF 5)
Red Sonja #4
Rex Mundi #16
Robotech: Prelude to Shadow Chronicles #5 (OF 5
Runaways #12
Sentinel Squad ONE #1 (OF 5)
Seven Soldiers: Mr. Miracle #3 (OF 4)
Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy #1 (OF 6)
Spider-Woman: Origin #2 (OF 5)
Strangers in Paradise #79
Teen Titans/Outsiders: Insiders TP
Testament #2
Transformers: Infiltration #
Uncanny X-Men #468
Vice #4
Walking Dead #25
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #1 (OF 5)

All Star Superman #2 – Finally ships! One thing you can say about these All Star titles – you can always count on them being late! That said, the first issue of this Superman title rocked pretty hard. If the second issue continues in the footsteps of the first, it should be awesome. Superman has been weakened – he’s been humanized a little bit – let’s see where that takes him…

Generation M #3 – Who is killing off the few remaining mutants Justice-Is-Served style? That remains to be seen, but this story has been a fascinating ride so far, and I can’t wait to check this issue out as well. Hopefully, it’s no one we know, but I get the feeling we’re going to all be shocked when we find out who is behind this…

Infinite Crisis #4 – Are they going to undo the last 20 years of history in the DC Universe? With this issue, we come one step closer to finding out. Cross your fingers, everyone!

New Mangaverse #1 – Last time Marvel hit us with the ‘Mangaverse,’ it was wildly popular and sold like hot cakes. This time? I don’t know yet; the first issue hits the shelves next week; I guess we’ll find out then. If you liked the Spider Clan and all that stuff, you should really dig this; they’re supposedly doing it all up right this time around.

Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy #1 – Sgt. Rock is back and, since it wouldn’t be right any other way, the illustrious Joe Kubert is drawing it! That’s right; the artist known for transforming yet another war comic into something truly special is drawing this limited series. It’s going to be awesome! Make sure you grab a copy!

Spider-Woman: Origin #2 – In the first issue, we caught a glimpse of the most popular new member of the Avengers in her childhood days, and we saw the seeds planted that will make her grow into the person we know today. More than most super-heroes, Spider-Woman has taken some pretty odd detours to get where she is today, and she’s done a lot of questionable things. Check this book out and see how all this came to be…

Friday, January 06, 2006

Cool Comics Coming Out! (1-11-06)

100 Bullets #68
All Star Batman & Robin Variant Edition #3
Angel: Old Friends #2 (OF 5)
Ares #1 (OF 5)
Batman: Hush vol 1 TP
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #199
Batman Strikes #17
Book of Lost Souls #4
Captain Atom: Armageddon #4 (OF 9)
Danger Girl: Back in Black #3 (OF 4)
Daughters of the Dragon #1 (OF 6)
Desolation Jones #5
DMZ #3
Elfquest: The Discovery #1 (OF 4)
Exiles #75
Fables #45
Fantastic Four Special
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 2nd Ptg Variant #3
Ghost Rider #5 (OF 6)
GI Joe: America’s Elite #7
GI Joe: Sigma 6 #2
Gold Digger #71
Green Arrow #58
Hawkman #48
JLA #124
JLA Classified: Cold Steel #2 (OF 2)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #8
New Thunderbolts #17
New X-Men #22
Robotech: Prelude to the Shadow Chronicles #4 (OF 5)
Scooby Doo #104
She-Hulk 2 #4
Sins of the Fallen #2: The Nightstalker (OF 5)
Small Gods #12
Son of M #2 (OF 6)
Soulfire vol 1 HC
Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #5 (OF 6)
Star Wars Republic #81
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #18
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #25
Ultimate Extinction #1 (OF 5)
Ultimate X-Men #66
What If Thor?!
Wildcats Nemesis #5 (OF 9)
Wolverine #37
X-Men: The 198 #1 (OF 5)

DMZ #3 – This book is hard hitting and very, very sobering. The story is set in Manhattan, during a civil war. Things in the United States have fallen apart – terrorism is rampant, or is it? How much of this war can be laid at the feet of the media? Really interesting book.

Fables #45 – As always, Fables is EXCELLENT. This book is one of the real treasures out there right now. How can you not love fairy tale characters set in the ‘real’ world?! Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella get together every year to have a gripe session about their mutual ex-husband: Prince Charming. That’s funny! This book has been a crowd pleaser for 45 straight issues now; it’s time to get on this bandwagon, folks! Pick up the Trades and get caught up fast!

Son of M #2 – Hot on the heels of the first issue, now we get to find out a little more of how things are going for Quicksilver, the instigator of the whole House of M storyline, now that he’s moving at the same speed as the rest of us. In a desperate effort to regain his powers, he tries stepping into the Terragen Mists of the Inhumans – he figures, since he’s married to Crystal, that gives him special privileges. I think he’s about to find out he’s wrong on that point.

Ultimate Extinction #1 – Ultimate Gah Lak Tus is coming! No one is quite sure what exactly Galactus is in the Ultimate universe, but it’s a lot worse than a big, planet-eating guy in a purple hat, I can promise you. Following up on Ultimate Nightmare and Ultimate Secret, this book completes the Warren Ellis trifecta and, like those books, should be incredible. This one’s been a long time coming; I can’t wait to get into this!

X-Men: The 198 #1 - After House of M and Decimation, apparently the total number of mutants left on the planet is 198. There were millions, and now there are fewer than 200. That's bound to have some consequences, and we're going to find out what some of those are in this five-issue limited series. If you've been keeping up with the mutant world since House of M, you're definitely going to want this book...

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Kicking off 2006! (1-4-06)

Aeon Flux #4 (OF 4)
Aquaman #38
Archie & Friends #97
Astonishing X-Men Saga #1
Batman & The Monster Men #3 (OF 6)
Blood of the Demon #11
Chronicles of Conan vol 9: River Dragons & Other Tales TP
Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special
Detective Comics #815
Doc Samson #1 (OF 5)
Gotham Central #39
Inquest Gamer #130
Iron Man #5
Jon Sable, Freelance: Bloodline #6 (OF 6)
JSA #81
Justice League Unlimited #17
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #11
Marvel Zombies #2 (OF 5)
Mythos X-Men
New Excalibur #3
Outsiders #32
Punisher #29
Sable & Fortune #1 (OF 6)
Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein #2 (OF 4)
Spider-Girl #94
Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #5 (OF 6)
Spider-Man Unlimited #13
Star Wars: Purge (One-Shot)
Superman #225
Superman/Shazam: First Thunder #3 (OF 4)
Supreme Power: Nighthawk #5 (OF 6)
Team Zero #2 (OF 6)
Teen Titans #31
Witchblade #93
X-Men: Colossus, Bloodline #5 (OF 5)
X-Men: The 198 Files
X-Men: The End – Men & X-Men #1 (OF 6)
Y – The Last Man #41

Now that things are slowing down a bit after the Christmas holidays, hopefully we can catch our breath around here. Whew. Now we’re off and running again!

Iron Man #5 – Yes, it finally ships, ladies and gentlemen. This is the limited series everyone though had fallen off the wagon or something, but it’s back, and it features the brilliant, computerized art work of Adi Granov. Most excellent.

Marvel Zombies #2 – If the first issue of this series really freaked you out like it did the rest of us, maybe you’ll want to pick this issue up too. I don’t really know what else to say about this limited series; it’s like a bad car wreck that you can’t help but look at, no matter how much it disgusts you.

Sable & Fortune #1 – Silver Sable is back in her own limited series – hopefully it’ll be worth reading. I don’t actually know this time around. I really enjoyed her ongoing series from about 10 years back, but I’ve got a bad feeling from this book. I’ll check it out though and let you know if my gut instinct is correct. Or you can read it and let me know. Either way.

Star Wars: Purge One-Shot – The Star Wars universe is about to be cut down from the myriad books that are now out there to just two. This isn’t one of those two, but I thought you guys might like that interesting bit of trivia.

Superman/Shazam: First Thunder #3 – Josh Middleton’s art on this series is beautiful; it’s worth picking this book up for the art alone. Also, it features Superman and Captain Marvel, slugging it out like the hugerific bruisers they are. Wouldn’t want to get in the middle of that…

X-Men: The 198 Files – After M-Day, there are only a few mutants left on the planet, and we’re getting files on all of them. This ought to help everyone keep track of who is left and who has powers. Did The Scarlet Witch leave some mutants ‘powered’ on purpose? If so, how did she choose whose powers to leave and whose to take away? Hmm…


Also, come down Friday night for Magic: The Gathering! We’re running a Ravnica draft tournament again, and they’ve been smash hits so far. And they’re fun too. You know you like to have fun…

See you at Haven!