Friday, May 26, 2006

May Bows Out with Huge Comics Week! (5-31-06)

52 Week #4
ABC A-Z: Top 10 and Teams
Action Comics #839
Alias vol 1 TP
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #5
Amazing Spider-Man #532
Angel Spotlight: Gunn One-Shot
Army of Darkness #7
Artesia Besieged #1 (OF 6)
Asterix and the Falling Sky HC
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #206
Battlestar Galactica #0
Blackbeard Legacy #1
Blue Beetle #1 – 3rd Printing
Books of Doom #6 (OF 6)
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #3 (OF 12)
Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre #1 (OF 3)
Daughters of the Dragon #5 (OF 6)
Five Fists of Science GN
GI Joe vs. Transformers vol 3: Art of War #3 (of 3)
Global Frequency: Detonation Radio TP
Gloomcookie #27
Hip Flask: Elephantmen #1
Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection
Incredible Hulk #95
Invincible vol 4: Head of the Class TP
Ion #2 (OF 12)
Iron Man: The Inevitable #6 (OF 6)
Jalila #1
JLA Classified #21
Liberty Meadows #37
Lucifer #74
Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #6
Mouse Guard #3 (OF 6)
My Inner Bimbo #1 (OF 5)
Ocean TP
Painkiller Jane #2
Punisher: The Tyger
Queen & Country #30
Rakan #1
Red Sonja #10
Red Sonja vs Thulsa Doom #4 (OF 4)
Rex Mundi vol 2: River Underground TP
Rising Stars: Untouchable #4 (OF 5)
Runaways #16
Savage Dragon #126
Son of M #6 (OF 6)
Sonic X #9
Soulfire #7
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #5
Storm #4 (OF 6)
Superman/Batman #26
Superman/Batman vol 1: Public Enemies TP
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #38
Teen Titans Go #31
Thing #7
Transformers: Infiltration #5
Ultimate Extinction #5 (OF 5)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #30
Ultimate Spider-Man #95

Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1: Power & Responsibility TP
Ultimates vol 1 TP
Warlord #4
Wizard Comics Magazine #177
Wraithborn #6 (OF 6)


Battlestar Galactica #0 – That’s right; the reimagined and revived ‘70s sci-fi show that’s kicking tail and taking names is getting its own comic series. Yes – right again! These comics based on TV shows usually do stink to high heaven. This one says its going to be different and, to put its money where its mouth is (so to speak), they’re offering this initial issue for a measly 25 cents. That’s right: a quarter. You can afford to take the risk, I’m thinking.

Blackbeard Legacy #1 – One of the most infamous of all the pirates is Captain Edward Teach, affectionately known as Blackbeard. He went through more wives than Henry VIII, but one of the things that bothered him most was that he never fathered a son. One of his daughters, however, decides to follow in his piratical footsteps after his death. If you were a fan of Crossgen’s El Cazador, this story looks to be much in the same vein. Can’t wait to check it out!

Ion #2 – Kyle Rainer is out save the universe, and he seems to enjoy is job. All you Kyle Rainer fans better watch out – rumor has it something major happens in this issue!!

My Inner Bimbo #1 – To be honest with you, I have to order these comics about two months ahead of time, and I completely forgot about this one. I remember that the title cracked me up, and that the book actually looked a pretty darn funny comic, so I ordered it. I don’t remember what it’s about or even who publishes it, but make me feel better about my ordering instincts – buy it!

Ultimate Extinction #5 – This is the last issue, boys and girls. Who, exactly, is going to save the earth from certain destruction at the hands(?) of Gah Lak Tus?! Will it be Jean Grey as the Phoenix, or will it be Reed Richards with his newly invented Ultimate Nullifier? Man, I don’t know either, but I can’t wait to find out. We’ve been waiting on this issue for a long time, and I’m anxious to see where this goes. Now if only Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk would come out…

Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 – The Marvel Zombies are baaaaaaaaack! Yep, they were first introduced in this series about 8 months back or so, and now the zombified, infected FF from that other dimension are about to escape the holding cell in the Baxter Building where the Ultimate FF have been holding them prisoner for a while, and this is the first issue of this story arc. Since we all know how powerful these Zombies are, this should be a really interesting and, if true to Marvel Zombies form, disgusting read. Mmm, mmm! Finger-licking good!

In case you scanned the list of this week’s titles and didn’t notice it, we’ve got a fair number of trades coming in this week. Check out all these titles that are coming in:

• Alias vol 1 TP – All about Jessica Jones, newly married to Luke Cage of the New Avengers.
• Asterix and the Falling Sky HC – Everybody loves Europe’s best (only?!) comic hero!
• Five Fists of Science GN – This just looks flat-out awesome!
• Global Frequency: Detonation Radio TP – One of Warren Ellis’ most incredible stories.
• Invincible vol 4: Head of the Class TP – Kind of like the Incredibles, only…not. Great series; you should give it a read.
• Ocean TP – Another great Warren Ellis story – what a mind-warp!
• Superman/Batman vol 1: Public Enemies TP – The fan-favorite first story arc featuring the new World’s Finest in action.
• Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1: Power & Responsibility TP – The story that started Marvel’s entire Ultimate line, and it is, without a doubt, INCREDIBLE.
• Ultimates vol 1 TP – The Ultimate Avengers get an incredible start in the issues collected. This is a whole new universe for the Avengers, and Mark Millar really takes advantage of that. Fantastic stuff!


See you at Haven!!

May Bows Out with Huge Comics Week! (5-31-06)

52 Week #4
ABC A-Z: Top 10 and Teams
Action Comics #839
Alias vol 1 TP
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #5
Amazing Spider-Man #532
Angel Spotlight: Gunn One-Shot
Army of Darkness #7
Artesia Besieged #1 (OF 6)
Asterix and the Falling Sky HC
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #206
Battlestar Galactica #0
Blackbeard Legacy #1
Blue Beetle #1 – 3rd Printing
Books of Doom #6 (OF 6)
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #3 (OF 12)
Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre #1 (OF 3)
Daughters of the Dragon #5 (OF 6)
Five Fists of Science GN
GI Joe vs. Transformers vol 3: Art of War #3 (of 3)
Global Frequency: Detonation Radio TP
Gloomcookie #27
Hip Flask: Elephantmen #1
Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection
Incredible Hulk #95
Invincible vol 4: Head of the Class TP
Ion #2 (OF 12)
Iron Man: The Inevitable #6 (OF 6)
Jalila #1
JLA Classified #21
Liberty Meadows #37
Lucifer #74
Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #6
Mouse Guard #3 (OF 6)
My Inner Bimbo #1 (OF 5)
Ocean TP
Painkiller Jane #2
Punisher: The Tyger
Queen & Country #30
Rakan #1
Red Sonja #10
Red Sonja vs Thulsa Doom #4 (OF 4)
Rex Mundi vol 2: River Underground TP
Rising Stars: Untouchable #4 (OF 5)
Runaways #16
Savage Dragon #126
Son of M #6 (OF 6)
Sonic X #9
Soulfire #7
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #5
Storm #4 (OF 6)
Superman/Batman #26
Superman/Batman vol 1: Public Enemies TP
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #38
Teen Titans Go #31
Thing #7
Transformers: Infiltration #5
Ultimate Extinction #5 (OF 5)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #30
Ultimate Spider-Man #95

Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1: Power & Responsibility TP
Ultimates vol 1 TP
Warlord #4
Wizard Comics Magazine #177
Wraithborn #6 (OF 6)


Battlestar Galactica #0 – That’s right; the reimagined and revived ‘70s sci-fi show that’s kicking tail and taking names is getting its own comic series. Yes – right again! These comics based on TV shows usually do stink to high heaven. This one says its going to be different and, to put its money where its mouth is (so to speak), they’re offering this initial issue for a measly 25 cents. That’s right: a quarter. You can afford to take the risk, I’m thinking.

Blackbeard Legacy #1 – One of the most infamous of all the pirates is Captain Edward Teach, affectionately known as Blackbeard. He went through more wives than Henry VIII, but one of the things that bothered him most was that he never fathered a son. One of his daughters, however, decides to follow in his piratical footsteps after his death. If you were a fan of Crossgen’s El Cazador, this story looks to be much in the same vein. Can’t wait to check it out!

Ion #2 – Kyle Rainer is out save the universe, and he seems to enjoy is job. All you Kyle Rainer fans better watch out – rumor has it something major happens in this issue!!

My Inner Bimbo #1 – To be honest with you, I have to order these comics about two months ahead of time, and I completely forgot about this one. I remember that the title cracked me up, and that the book actually looked a pretty darn funny comic, so I ordered it. I don’t remember what it’s about or even who publishes it, but make me feel better about my ordering instincts – buy it!

Ultimate Extinction #5 – This is the last issue, boys and girls. Who, exactly, is going to save the earth from certain destruction at the hands(?) of Gah Lak Tus?! Will it be Jean Grey as the Phoenix, or will it be Reed Richards with his newly invented Ultimate Nullifier? Man, I don’t know either, but I can’t wait to find out. We’ve been waiting on this issue for a long time, and I’m anxious to see where this goes. Now if only Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk would come out…

Ultimate Fantastic Four #30 – The Marvel Zombies are baaaaaaaaack! Yep, they were first introduced in this series about 8 months back or so, and now the zombified, infected FF from that other dimension are about to escape the holding cell in the Baxter Building where the Ultimate FF have been holding them prisoner for a while, and this is the first issue of this story arc. Since we all know how powerful these Zombies are, this should be a really interesting and, if true to Marvel Zombies form, disgusting read. Mmm, mmm! Finger-licking good!

In case you scanned the list of this week’s titles and didn’t notice it, we’ve got a fair number of trades coming in this week. Check out all these titles that are coming in:

• Alias vol 1 TP – All about Jessica Jones, newly married to Luke Cage of the New Avengers.
• Asterix and the Falling Sky HC – Everybody loves Europe’s best (only?!) comic hero!
• Five Fists of Science GN – This just looks flat-out awesome!
• Global Frequency: Detonation Radio TP – One of Warren Ellis’ most incredible stories.
• Invincible vol 4: Head of the Class TP – Kind of like the Incredibles, only…not. Great series; you should give it a read.
• Ocean TP – Another great Warren Ellis story – what a mind-warp!
• Superman/Batman vol 1: Public Enemies TP – The fan-favorite first story arc featuring the new World’s Finest in action.
• Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1: Power & Responsibility TP – The story that started Marvel’s entire Ultimate line, and it is, without a doubt, INCREDIBLE.
• Ultimates vol 1 TP – The Ultimate Avengers get an incredible start in the issues collected. This is a whole new universe for the Avengers, and Mark Millar really takes advantage of that. Fantastic stuff!


See you at Haven!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

May Day, May Day!! (5-24-06)

52 Week #3
Annihilation: Ronan #2 (OF 4)
Batman #653
Birds of Prey #94
Black Coat: Call to Arms #2 (OF 4)
Black Panther #16
Blue Beetle #3
Bone: Stupid Stupid Rat Tails TP
Bounty Killer #1
Buckaroo Banzai #1 (of 3)
Carl Bark’s Greatest Duck Tales Stories vol 1 TP
Catwoman #55
Checkmate #2
Conan: Book of Thoth #3 (OF 4)
Crisis Aftermath: Battle for Bludhaven #4 (OF 6)
Daredevil #85
Daredevil vol 13: The Murdock Papers TP
Death Jr. TP
Excalibur Classic vol 1: The Sword is Drawn TP
Exiles #81
Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family
Gold Digger: Throne of Shadows #1 (OF 4)
Green Lantern #11
Hawkgirl #52
Invincible vol 5: Facts of Life TP
Iron Man #8
JSA Classified #12
Last Planet Standing #2 (OF 5)
Loveless #7
Marvel Previews #34 June 2006
Monte Cook’s Ptolus #1
Moon Knight #2 – shortage replacement
New Avengers #19
New Excalibur #7
New Onimusha: Night of Genesis vol 1 GN
Nextwave: Agents of Hate #5
Ocean TP
Orson Scott Card’s Wyrms #1
Powers #18
Powers vol 9: Psychotic TP
Previews vol XVI #6
Rex Mundi #18
Scott Pilgrim vol 1: Precious Little TP
Secret Six #1 (OF 6)
Sensational Spider-Man #26
Serenity TP - reorder
She-Hulk 2 #8
Shrugged #0
Skye Runner #2
Sonic X #8
Spike vs Dracula #3 (OF 5)
Squadron Supreme #3
Strangers in Paradise #82
Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes #18
Superman: For all Seasons TP
Talent #1 (OF 4)
Teen Titans #36
Testament #6
Thunderbolt Jaxon #4 (OF 5)
Ultimate Galactus vol 2: Secret TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 15: Silver Sable TP
Uncle Scrooge #354
Valkyries #1
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #669
Wolverine #42
X-Factor #7
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girls #5 (OF 5)
Y The Last Man vol 7: Paper Dolls TP
Young Avengers vol 1: Sidekicks TP


Black Coat: Call to Arms #2 – This Revolutionary War era superhero tale started off with a bang, and this issue should be at least as good. The artwork in this book is a vivid black and white palette of gorgeousness, and the story is pretty freakin’ cool too. I highly, highly recommend it. I’ve got copies of the first issue on back-order, so don’t be afraid to pick this one up just because it’s the second issue.

Buckaroo Banzai #1 – That’s right, all you fans of such ‘80s classics as The Time Bandits and The Dark Crystal, get ready to feast your eyes on this gem! Buckaroo Banzai swings to the paneled page in a first issue that promises to carry on the fun-loving, action-filled traditions of the classic movie. This should be worth it for the nostalgia factor alone.

Nextwave: Agents of HATE #5 – Okay, so it’s on the fifth issue. You should still pick it up. This book is hilarious. Pull a bunch of mainstream Marvel characters from days of yore, typically ones that were a little bit lame, pile them into a secret organization like SHIELD, call that organization HATE (run by Dirk Anger instead of Nick Fury), and you’ve got a book that’s funnier than a barrel of monkeys.

Secret Six #1 – DC is spinning out new series from Infinite Crisis and last year’s Identity Crisis like crazy people, but, so far, they’re working. This is yet another one, and it looks very promising, if you’re a DC loyalist. Check it out and let me know what you think of it.

X-Factor #7 – This series, written by Peter David, is AWESOME. It’s mutants, it’s detectives, it’s humor, it’s pathos, it’s scary, and it’s just plain good reading. Long-time fans of comics will remember Peter David’s penchant for writing stories that grab you on both an intellectual and an emotional level; this series is no different. This gets my highest recommendation!


See you at Haven!!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Mid-May Comics!! (5-17-06)

52 Week #2
All Star Batman & Robin #4
Annihilation: Nova #2 (OF 4)
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #42
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #205
Batman: Year One Hundred #4 (OF 4)
Blade of the Immortal #113
Bomb Queen #4 (OF 4)
Book of Shadows #2 (OF 2)
Captain America #18
Conan #28
Cyberforce #3
DMZ #7
Donald Duck & Friends #340
Dork Tower #33
Fallen Angel #5 (OF 5)
Family Guy vol 1 GN (OF 3)
Green Arrow #62
Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allen Poe #1 (OF 3)
Jack Staff #10
Majestic #17
Man-Bat #2 (OF 5)
Manhunter #22
Marvel Adventures Avengers #1
Marvel Legacy 1970S Handbook
Mickey Mouse & Friends #289
Moon Knight #2
Ms Marvel #3
New Mangaverse #5 (OF 5)
Red Sonja/Claw: Devil’s Hands #3 (OF 4)
Rex Mundi #18
Rival Schools #1
Robin #150
Scooby Doo #108
Sgt. Rock: The Prophecy #5 (OF 6)
Shadowpact #1
Sonic the Hedgehog #162
Star Wars: Rebellion #2
Superman/Batman #25
Talent #1 (OF 4)
Tales of TMNT #23
Transformers: Generations #3
Ultimate X-Men #70
Ultimate X-Men vol 7: Blockbuster TP
Walt Disney’s Vacation Parade #3
Wizard Magazine 2006 Mega Movie ED
Wolverine Origins #2
Wonderland #1
X-Men #186
X-Men: Fairy Tales #1 (OF 4)
Y – The Last Man vol 7: Paper Dolls TP


52 Week #2 – DC’s new weekly series kicks into week 2; the first issue gave us a few surprises, and this one will no doubt give us some more. The story is being told in a format similar to the TV hit 24, with day-by-day coverage of what happens to the world after Infinite Crisis. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman go missing for a year, but Clark Kent shows up in the first issue?! What gives?!

Moon Knight #2 – That’s right! Now we get to see where this story is really going. The first issue was a really fast-paced read that held your attention and then kicked you in the gut with the final few pages. I can’t wait to see where the second issue goes! Dave Finch’s artwork is gorgeous, and, so far, the story has me on the edge of my seat. This book is a definite must-read.

Ms. Marvel #3 – At the end of the 2nd issue, Ms. Marvel was beating up on The Brood, that nasty race of aliens that always likes to attack the X-Men, and trying to figure out what they were doing here. Well, they were trying to save their species by tricking a practically indestructible alien creature whose been hunting them into blowing himself to pieces – the only trouble is, that’ll pretty much take all of earth with it. Ms. Marvel is, well, going to try to stop him from doing that. For all our sakes, I hope she makes it.

Wolverine Origins #2 – Since House of M, Logan has all his memories back. All of them. He remembers things that he desperately wishes he could forget…and he’s been around a long time, so there are plenty of those things. This series chronicles the story of James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine from the days of the original Origin mini-series up until he runs into a great big green guy called Hulk in the Canadian woods. Any Wolverine fan worth his salt will be reading this book.

Wonderland #1 – SLG has given us a couple of Disney-inspired titles lately: Haunted Mansion and Tron. Wonderland is their latest Disney offering. We all know what happened to Alice in Wonderland – well, Alice wasn’t the only person to ever end up in the wacky world. This series charts the adventures of another young girl caught in Lewis Carroll’s bizarre Wonderland. All you Disney fans are going to want to check this out!

X-Men: Fairy Tales #1 – DC had the corner on the Elseworlds market several years ago, but they’re not the only ones who know how to do cool alternate reality stories. This is the story of the X-Men as told in Japanese folk lore. This is definitely a take you’ve never seen before, but I must admit that it looks really good. I haven’t gotten to read it yet, obviously, but I can vouch for the artwork; it’s gorgeous.


See you at Haven!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Go ahead, say it

The second trailer for Superman Returns is now online. It focuses mostly on Lex Luthor.

Free Comic Book Day and Next Week's Comics!

Before we get into all the new comics this week, I want to make sure everyone comes out tomorrow for the biggest day of the year: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!! That’s right, folks – come on out to Haven and pick up some free comics! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


52 Week #1
American Virgin #3
Angel Spotlight: Illyria One
Annihilation: Super Skrull #2 (OF 4)
Archaic #3
Batman: Secrets #3 (OF 5)
Captain Atom: Armageddon #8 (OF 9)
Cemeterians #1
Chronicles of Conan vol 1 TP
Civil War #1 (OF 7) - More coming!
Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Bludhaven #3 (OF 6)
Cthulhu Tales #1
Elfquest: The Discovery #3 (OF 4)
Ex Machina #20
Fables #49
Fantastic Four: First Family #3 (OF 6)
Firestorm, The Nuclear Man #25
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf - Sojourn #2
GI Joe: America’s Elite #11
GI Joe: Sigma 6 #6
Jonah Hex #7
Kee Fu Fighters #1
Knights of the Dinner Table #114
Last Planet Standing #1 (OF 5
Lions, Tigers, and Bears vol 2 #2 (OF 4)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #12
New X-Men #26
Nightwing #120
She-Hulk 2 #7
Spider-Girl #98
Superman #651 – shortage replacement
Superman #652
Tales of Alvin Maker: Red Prophet #2
Team Zero #6 (OF 6)
Thunderbolts #102
Transformers: Beast Wars #4 (OF 4)
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 15: Silver Sable TP
Uncanny X-Men #473
Wizard Magazine Mega Movie Collected Edition
Wolfskin #1 (OF 3)
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6 (OF 6)
X-Men: The 198 #5 (OF 5)


52 #1 – After Infinite Crisis, all the major DC books picked up with the 1 Year Later campaign. All the stories are set one year after the events of this major mini-series. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have all been missing for a year. No one knows where they’ve been or what they’ve been up to. Now, DC is starting 52, a comic that will come out every single week for the next year, that will tell us the story of where the heroes went and what happened to them. And it all starts this week! If you’re a DC fan, I highly recommend that you give this a look-see!!

Cemeterians #1 – This is one of those odd, off-the-wall books that struck me as funny, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s about a bunch of kids who hang out in a cemetery and form their own superhero club. Should be a hoot – give it a shot!

Civil War #1 – Alright, we’ve got more copies coming! We sold out of this pretty darn quick last week, but if you missed getting a copy, you can rectify that problem this week! While I’m not in favor of this general storyline, I’ve got to admit that the first issue certainly got my attention. You’ll see what I mean when you read it, which you absolutely MUST do. Rock on, Captain America!

Cthulhu Tales #1 – Everybody’s favorite horror deity, the squid-headed Cthulhu, is getting his own comic at last – sort of. Every HP Lovecraft fan needs to pick up this book of weirdness; it deals with all the standard Lovecraft themes: a detective and a lot of depression, mixed with freaky, freaky, mind-numbing weirdness and death on a massive scale. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?!

Fables #49 – This incredible story of fairy tale proportions is rapidly approaching its landmark 50th issue, and it has been an incredible run so far. The Adversary is still trying to take down Fabletown, Mowgli is still searching far and wide for Bigby Wolf, and goodness only knows what’s happening in the Arabian Nights. This series is fun, emotionally engaging, and thought-provoking. What more could you ask for?

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #6 – This is, by far, the best X-Men story I’ve read in a long, long time. Ed Brubaker’s story is phenomenal, and Trevor Hairsine’s art is kicking booty and taking names. Yeah, this is the last issue of this particular series, but if it’s anything like the first five, it’s going to be worth picking up, because there’ll be at least one major twist at the end that will just blow your mind. A book that can do that is always worth reading!


See you at Haven!!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Haven in the news

Check out this article about Free Comic Book Day from today's Go section of The Huntsville Times. Haven is mentioned, and Josh got himself a nice quote!
"Now in its fifth year, Free Comic Book Day has become such an exciting day in our store," said Josh Olive, owner of Madison's Haven Comics. "People are at the door an hour before we open to get in on the fun and get free comics.

"The wide array of comic books published today ensures that readers of all ages - children, teens and adults - can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations."

Read the rest of the article here.

Super stamps

I saw these stamps advertised at the post office last week (they didn't have them in stock yet). You DC fans are going to crap yourselves with glee.