Friday, July 28, 2006

August's First Wave (8-2-06)!!

52 Week #13
Agents of Atlas #1 (OF 6)
All New Atom #2
Battler Britton #2 (OF 5)
Bomb Queen vs Blacklight One-Shot
BPRD: Universal Machine #5 (OF 5)
Civil War: Front Line #4 (OF 10) – Shortage Replacement
Creeper #1 (OF 6)
Crimson Hero vol 3 TP
Detective Comics #822
Donald Duck Adventures vol 19 TP
Donald Duck & Friends #342
Ex Machina #22
Exiles #84 – Shortage Replacement
Fallen Angel #7
Fantastic Four #539 CW
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11
GI Joe: Double Duo Set (by Michael Turner)
Grimm Fairy Tales #8
Inquest Gamer #137
Jonah Hex #10
Justice League Unlimited #24
Manifest Eternity #3
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #18
Marvel Team-Up #23
Moon Knight #4
Mouse Guard #4 (OF 6)
New Excalibur #10
Noble Causes #22
OMAC #2 (OF 8)
Outsiders #39
Oz: Wonderland Chronicles #1 (OF 4)
Punisher #36
Punisher Max vol 1: In the Beginning TP
Sin City: Hard Goodbye HC Retailer Thank You Edition
Strangers in Paradise vol 18: Love & Lies TP
Tales of TMNT #25
Ultimate Spider-Man #98
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 5: Public Scrutiny TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 8: Cats & Kings TP
Uncanny X-Men #477
Uncle Scrooge #356
Usagi Yojimbo #95
Y The Last Man #48

Agents of Atlas #1 – The new (old) series from Marvel pulls some characters out of Marvel’s old ‘50s lineup and gives them another peek at the light of day. If you remember the “Man from UNCLE” TV show, this book reminds me an awful lot of that; also, for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, it reminds me of Magnus: Robot Fighter for some reason. Plus it has a big, talking gorilla. You can’t really go wrong with a book that features a beret-wearing, gun-toting, talking gorilla. Really. It should be a lot of fun – if you like old-school comics, definitely pick it up and give it a shot.

All New Atom #2 – Seeing as how we ordered quite a few All New Atom #1’s and they’re all gone, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that #2 is probably going to go pretty quickly. If you want to check out the adventures of the new man in the old suit, pick this issue up fast!

Creeper #1 – The Creeper has been around in DC for quite a while, but I’ve never known much about him other than that he looks frighteningly like the Joker. Well, he was featured as one of the stories in the 80-page, $1.00 comic: DC Brave New World, and now he’s getting his own series. If you’re a DC fan, and I know there are a lot of you out there, give this a whirl and let me know what you think.

Detective Comics #822 - The Batman titles kind of hit the wall for me a year or two ago; they just flat out weren't any good. Now, at long last, quality is back, and my favorite super-hero is worth reading again! Detective is being written by Paul Dini, the guy who made the Batman cartoons so good, and he's writing every issue as a stand-alone story, which is a very refreshing change of pace. Plus, his first issue was awesome, which leads me to believe this issue will also grab my attention. Bring it on!

Fantastic Four #539 CW – This Civil War tie-in is shaping up to be one of the most critical events in the history of Marvel’s First Family. These guys have been through a lot, but it’s never caused them to really disband before. But that’s what’s coming. You heard it here first.

Moon Knight #4 – Who is Moon Knight going to damage this month?! So far, Moon Knight has done a lot of tail-kicking and name-taking, and he’s just getting started. Khonsu is the Egyptian god of vengeance, and apparently Moon Knight has some lost time to make up for. Yeah, this book is absolutely action packed, but it’s a great read and always leaves you wanting more. Can’t wait for Wednesday!

Uncanny X-Men #477 - The X-Men are back! Ed Brubaker, writer of the awesome X-men: Deadly Genesis series, is on Uncanny now, and he picked up right where Deadly Genesis left off. The new Summers brother, Vulcan, having learned the truth about the childhood he couldn't remember, has set off to destroy the Shi'ar Empire for what they did. Professor X and a handful of X-Men are on their way to try and stop him. This is excellent stuff!!!

See you at Haven!

Friday, July 21, 2006

July Goes Out with a Bang! (7-26-06)

Man, you can tell this is Summer – we are getting absolutely overloaded with comics every week, it seems like, and there are a lot of great titles shipping right now. Get down to the shop fast to make sure you get all the titles you want!

52 Week #12
Action Comics #841
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #7
Amazing Spider-Man #534 CW
Angel Spotlight: Doyle
Annihilation: Ronan #4 (OF 4)
Ant #7 – shortage replacement
Army of Darkness #9
Astro City: Samaritan Special
Batman #655
Battle Pope (Color) #9
Birds of Prey #96
Black Panther #18 CW
Blue Beetle #5
Captain America #20
Castle Waiting vol II #1
Civil War: Front Line #4 (OF 10)
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #1 (OF 4)
Crisis Aftermath: The Spectre #3 (OF 3)
Daredevil #87
Eternals #2 (OF 6) – shortage replacement
Exiles #84
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #2
Genshiken vol 6 GN
Gold Digger #76
Haunted Mansion #1 - reorder
Hawkgirl #54
Highlander #0
Inquest Gamer #136
Jack of Fables #1
JLA Classified #25
JSA Classified #14
Kare Kano vol 20 GN (OF 21)
Love as a Foreign Language Omnibus vol 1 TP
Marvel Previews #36
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere #8 (OF 9)
New Avengers #22 CW
Nightwing #122
Planet Krypton: Central City T/S XL – S/O for #69
Polly & the Pirates vol 1 TP
Powers #19
Previews vol XVI #8
Red Sonja #12
Revved #1
Savage Dragon #0
She-Dragon #1
Sidekick #2 (OF 5)
Sonic X #11
Spike vs Dracula #4 (OF 5)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #7
Storm #6 (OF 6)
Strangers in Paradise #83
Supergirl #8
Tales of Leonardo: Blind Sight #2 (OF 4)
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #39
Teen Titans Go #33
Testament: Akedah TP
Transformers Generations #5
Unearthly vol 1 GN
Walt Disney Treasures vol 1: 75 Years of Disney Comics
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #671
Warlord #6
Wizard Comics Magazine
Wolverine #44 CW
X-Men #189
Xena #1

Astro City: Samaritan Special – We don’t get new books from Astro City very often, but they are always, without fail, excellent books when they do come out. This special will be a great starting point for you to check out the world of Astro City if you’ve never been there before – I can pretty much guarantee that all previous visitors to Astro City will be returning with this issue. Once you go, you definitely want to go back! And we’ve also got the first trade from the original Astro City tale 10 years ago in stock!

Batman #655 – Hello, Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert! That’s right – the new era of Batman kicks off in this issue. I, for one, have been looking forward to this for a while. Grant Morrison is one of the most popular writers of the last 15 years, and Andy Kubert is one of the best artists in the business. Together, on of the flagship titles of comicdom, they ought to really knock everyone off their feet. Can’t wait to check this action out!

Captain America #20 – Captain America has been in really great form recently. A lot of people got tired of getting burned by hit and run Cap titles that started off well and then fell apart. This book shows no signs of doing that. It’s written by Ed Brubaker (Daredevil, X-Men: Deadly Genesis, Uncanny X-Men, etc.), with art by former CrossGen great, Steve Epting. So the stories are great and the art is beautiful. What more do you want from a comic book?!

Civil War: Front Line #4 – This is the story of a couple of reporters, one more or less embedded on each side of the Civil War fence, and that’s cool, but the story I’ve really been more interested in that’s running through these pages is the story of Speedball, the only surviving member of the New Warriors team after the Stamford Disaster that kicked off the whole Civil War thing in the first place. That has been awesome. And, truth be told, I’ve enjoyed this series more than the regular Civil War book.

Jack of Fables #1 – Fables gets its own spin-off series! Last year, we were treated to a story arc in the regular Fables book about Jack going off to Hollywood and blowing the lid off Tinsel Town. That story was…awesome. And now it’s being transformed into its own full-blown series. If you’ve always wanted to get in on the Fables goodness, here’s a great way to start on the ground floor with everyone else (then get caught up on the Fables Trades immediately!).

Wolverine #44 – Wolverine caught up to Nitro at the end of the last issue and got blown to bits, but we all know that’s never stopped Wolverine before, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop him now. Nitro is about to go out with a big bang of his own, I think. Definitely check this out if you’re following the Civil War storyline at all; this is one of the better books out there dealing with the subject!

See you at Haven!

Friday, July 14, 2006

GIANT Comics Week - Summer is Rolling (7-19-06)

52 Week #11
Annihilation: Nova #4 (OF 4)
Ant #7
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #43
Batgirl Year One TP
Battler Britton #1 (OF 5)
Bearers of the Blade Special
Blade of the Immortal #115
Bone: Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails TP
Cable/Deadpool #30 CW
Carl Barks’ Greatest Duck Tales Stories 2 TP
Casanova #2
Catwoman #57
Checkmate #4
Civil War #3 (OF 7)
Civil War: X-Men #1 (OF 4)
Claw the Unconquered #2
Conan #30
Crisis Aftermath: Battle for Bludhaven #6 (OF 6)
Daily Bugle: Civil War Newspaper Special
Daughters of the Dragon #6 (OF 6)
Donald Duck & Friends #342
Dragonpro #1
Elephantmen #1
Eternals #2 (OF 6)
Ex Machina vol 2: Tag TP
Ex Machina vol 3: Fact vs Fiction TP
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #2
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #10
Full Metal Alchemist vol 8 TP
GI Joe: America’s Elite #13
Gumby #1
Haunt of Horror: Edgar Allen Poe #3 (OF 3)
Ion #4 (OF 12)
JLA vol 4: Strength in Numbers TP
Justice League of America #0
Man-Bat #4 (OF 5)
Manhunter #24
Marvel Adventures Avengers #3
Marvel Select Moon Knight AF
Medieval Lady Death: War of the Winds #2 (OF 8
Mickey Mouse & Friends #291
New X-Men #28
Of Bitter Souls #1
Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook
Please Save My Earth vol 17 TP
Read or Die vol 3 GN
Red Star: Sword of Lies
Robin #152
Runaways #18
Rush City #1 (OF 6)
Sadhu #1
Scarlet Traces: The Great Game #1 (OF 4)
Scooby Doo #110
Screwtooth #1
Secret Six #2 (OF 6) - reorder
Shadowpact #3
She-Hulk 2 #9
Skye Runner #3
Snakewoman #1
Star Wars: Rebellion #4
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #20
Superman/Batman #28
Superman: Birthright TP
Superman: Infinite Crisis TP
Superman Returns & More Tales of the Man of Steel
Testament #8
Transformers: Storm Bringer #1 (OF 4)
True Story, Swear to God vol 1 TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 2: Learning Curve TP
Ultimate X-Men #72
Ultimate X-Men vol 11: Most Dangerous Game TP
Uncanny X-Men #476
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #1 (OF 8)
Wasteland #1
X-Factor #9 CW
X-Men: Fairy Tales #3 (OF 4)

Civil War #3 – After the HUGE reveal of issue #2, what are they going to follow up with in this issue?! Well, in theory, they actually start getting to the war part of the Civil War story. This is where we see brother fighting against brother, families torn apart, and general mayhem in the Marvel Universe. If you’ve been reading this series, you’re definitely going to want this issue! Come in early to get your copy – this turned out to be a bigger event than anticipated and quantities are (somewhat) limited.

Civil War: X-Men #1 – The mutants are finally dragged into the middle of this conflict, even though they’ve been through it all before – remember the Mutant Registration Act? – and they know where this sort of thing leads. Let’s see what the X-Men do, now that all the other heroes have been thrown into the mix too.

Eternals #2 – Judging from the fact that we don’t have any copies of #1 left in stock, you guys thought this series was worth checking out. Check out this issue to see what happens to the Eternals who have been brainwashed into thinking that they’re just ordinary humans…

JLA #0 – That’s right; there’s a new JLA in town, and you can get in on the ground floor! The series looks very promising this time around (doesn’t it always?); so let’s hope they can keep it rolling. This issue pits Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman against each other as they try to figure out who else they should invite to join the premier club in the DC Universe: the JLA!

Marvel Select Moon Knight Action Figure – No, we don’t normally talk about action figures in this space, but I wanted to let you guys know it was coming, and that it looks incredible! It’s based of David Finch’s stellar artwork on the new Moon Knight series, and it’s beautiful. These Marvel Select figures aren’t real easy to find and they’re not exactly cheap, but if you want an action figure that will make all your friends green with envy, this is it. Get in touch with me and let me know if you want to pick this bad boy up. First come, first served!

Sadhu #1 / Snakewoman #1 – I don’t know how many of you picked up the Virgin Comics #0 free introductory issue a couple of weeks ago, but it sure did remind me of CrossGen. Virgin Comics (think Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, etc.) is using the vast and varied realm of Indian mythology to ground their comics universe. They’ve gone out of their way to get talented writers and artists, and they’re collaborating with some of Hollywood’s top movie makers as well as novelists. Sadhu #1 and Snakewoman #1 are some of the first issues to hit the stands; definitely give these guys a look if you enjoyed any of the CrossGen titles; I think you’ll find some happy similarities.

See you at Haven!

Friday, July 07, 2006

July Kicks Into Gear (7-12-06)

52 Week #10
Abadazad Book 1: Road to Inconceivable
Abadazad Book 2: Dream Thief
Annihilation: Silver Surfer #4 (OF 4)
Annihilation: Super Skrull #4 (OF 4)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #208
Blackbeard Legacy #2
Civil War #1: Director’s Cut
Civil War: Front Line #3 (OF 10)
DMZ #9
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 2 #1 (OF 4)
Elfquest: The Discovery #4 (OF 4)
Escapists #1 (OF 6)
Fables #51
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #27
Ghost Rider #1
GI Joe: America’s Elite #13
Green Arrow #64
Green Lantern #12
Green Lantern Corps #2
Haunted Mansion #3
Innocents #1
Iron Man #10
JLA Classified #24
Justice League Unlimited #23
Knights of the Dinner Table #116
Man Called Kev #1 (OF 5)
Ms Marvel #5
New Avengers vol 2: Sentry TP
Next #1 (OF 6)
Rokkin #1
Scarlet Traces: The Great Game #1 (OF 4)
Sensational Spider-Man #28
Sonic the Hedgehog #164
Spider-Girl #100
Squadron Supreme #5
Star Wars Legacy #2
Street Fighter II #4
Superman #654
Superman: Infinite Crisis TP
Task Force One #1
Thunderbolts #104 CW
Tinn Man #1 (OF 3)
Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct TP
Toyfare #109
Transformers: Infiltration #6
Ultimate Fantastic Four #31
Ultimate Spider-Man #97
Uncanny X-Men #475 – shortage replacement
Walking Dead #29
Wasteland #1
Wolverine Origins #4
X-Men #188

Civil War #1: Director’s Cut – If you somehow missed the first issue of this landmark series (ie – you were off-planet at the time) or if you just like to catch all the DVD-style extra features, this is the book for you. Marvel has been following up initial releases with Director’s Cuts instead of simply reprinting issues and causing confusion over print runs. That’s usually a good thing and, in this instance, those extra features should be very helpful.

Fables #51 – After the heart-warming events of the giant-sized Fables #50, you just know that this issue is going to throw everyone right back into the thick of things. If you’re not reading this book, ask me about the trades and we’ll find a way to get you involved – this book is one of the best comics out there, bar none.

Ghost Rider #1 - After the hit mini-series last year and the upcoming feature movie, Ghost Rider is getting his own series. This time around, it'll be written by Garth Ennis (who wrote the mini-series), with art by Mark Texiera and Javier Salteres. No, this isn't the incredible computer-generated art work from the mini-series, but these are two very good, very accomplished artists, and the story picks up where that mini-series left off. If you liked the taste you got last year, pick this series up for the whole apple!

Next #1 - A group of super-powered individuals bring chaos — and a new super-villain — with them when they cross over from another dimension into the DC Universe!

Ultimate Fantastic Four #31 – The zombified FF from the Marvel Zombies dimension makes a break for it from the holding cell the Ultimate FF have had them in and, as you can imagine, chaos ensues! If you enjoyed Marvel Zombies, you definitely need to tune in and catch this story arc.

Ultimate Spider-Man #97 – Bendis and Bagley are closing in on the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby record of most consecutive comics ever produced by a single writer/artist team, and they’re doing it on a book that absolutely still has it. When this book first hit the shelves, there were a lot of naysayers out there who thought it was a bad idea. The story was so good, though, that it just ended up blowing everyone away and becoming one of the most popular comics of the last 10 years. They’re almost at 100 issues, and the book is still going strong – pick it up and give it a read!

See you at Haven!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Young Avengers - Read it!

Young Avengers - why aren’t you reading it?! Okay, I just recently discovered it myself, but what an amazing book! I remember ordering five copies of the first issue when Marvel released the initial solicitation for this book – and I ordered them more or less as a joke. I mean, really, who could take a book called “Young Avengers” seriously? And the character names sounded like something straight out of another book I never cared for: DC’s Legion of Superheroes. Talk about some real winners: Iron Lad, Asgardian, etc. Geez. Iron Lad – blech.

Then I did something stupid. I read the first trade paperback for this series. Holy Cow! I was instantly hooked. The idea works. No, it more than works, the idea behind this series absolutely stomps most of Marvel’s other currently running series into the ground. Yes, this book is better than the X-Men have been in years (Astonishing X-Men, excepted), better than Spider-Man has been in recent memory, and even better, to me, than The Runaways, Marvel’s critically acclaimed smash hit series about another group of teenagers trying to make it in a tough world.

The Young Avengers features some incredible writing by Allen Heinberg, and Jim Cheung’s (famous for his work at CrossGen) absolutely best artwork to date. There is a long and involved subplot that is building slowly and quietly throughout the series while shorter, character building stories are the focus of the individual issues. No, don’t worry – there’s plenty of action to keep things moving along, but the characters and the interplay between characters is what really strikes a chord with me.

To sum up, read this series! The stories are incredible and the artwork is absolutely gorgeous. Read it!

See you at Haven!