Thursday, August 31, 2006

Reviews!

Hullo all. This week has surprised me with some really great comics, and I'm kinda in the mood to spout opinions and see if anybody agrees with me. So without any more ado (who needs that stuff anyways?)....

X-Men #190
Wow, Mike Carey is reeeeeeeeally taking off now. The plot is fairly complex, especially for those of us (read: me) who aren't familiar with Aurora or Northstar. The first issue of Carey's arc was bogged down by obfuscating storytelling on the part of Chris Bachalo, and the same problem applies here, to a lesser degree. Bachalo is great with simple, still images. For example: the page of Mystique kissing Iceman is wonderful; I love Iceman being flesh, but with shards of ice sticking out. However, did I miss something? The cover would indicate they're trying to press this as some kind of romantic thing. Has this been set up before? Since when have Mystique and Iceman even interacted? Oh well, there's a great plot, some intriguing new villains (even if I can't keep the names straight), and some very original use of super powers. And Mike Carey gets the obscure comic knowledge award for remembering that Emma Frost's hair is not, in fact, naturally blonde.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #33
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand another Mike Carey title. I've just recently caught up on UFF, and I love it. Plus, I remind Josh of Reed Richards, and I tend to agree with him. Anyways, if you like the currect arc of X-Men, give this a shot, and vice versa. Carey likes his new villians, and these are interesting, too. I'm doing a bit better with the names on this one (bonus points for naming one of them Magnificent Brute), but only because the characters repeat them an obnoxious number of times. It's difficult to strike a balance between introducing new characters' names and having them repeat them every sentence. I did like the almost-comprehensible techo-babble they spout. It's just the other side of understandable, which makes it very realistic (y'know, for extra-dimensional aliens from a world higher up in the "nested folds"). I love the idea of having dimensions stacked one on top of another, as was introduced in the excellent "N-Zone" arc (#13-18). The art is a bit inconsistent, but always imaginative, and definitely flows much better than Bachalo (think Niagara Falls compared to molasses). All in all, an ultimately fantastic start to a new arc. I will be eagerly, voraciously awaiting the next issue.

I guess that's it for now, those two were the real highlights, and I haven't had time to read the rest of my stack, what with school newly begun. I'm still looking at X-Factor, CW: YA&R, and X-Men: Fairy Tales. You guys give me some feedback with post replies, I want to see if anybody agrees with me. The reviews on comics.ign.com definitely did not agree with me on UFF, and I want to know if I'm just crazy for loving this issue so much. I'll try to check back now and again amidst my schedule.

-Aerik

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

See What's Coming Up!!

Check out Previews! If you get all excited about a book that's coming out and you're disappointed when you show up and we're sold out already, there is a way to get ahead of the curve and avoid that problem! Check out Previews every month and see what's coming out a couple of months down the road from your favorite publishers. Then all you have to do is let me know about books you want, and I'll order a copy for you. That way, you always get the books you want - and it takes a little bit of the guesswork out of it for me.

I know that half the fun of a comic book store is coming in every week, checking out the new comics wall, and picking up whatever happens to look cool or just catch your eye. That's part of the spontaneous fun of comics. But reorders are sometimes hard to come by these days, especially for popular titles, and if you miss it the first time, sometimes a second chance doesn't come around.

Nah, I'm not spouting doom and gloom here, just giving everyone a heads up. The store ALWAYS has a copy of Previews on hand, even if it's not laying out in plain sight, and we're always happy for you to leaf through it and let us know what you want.

That said, the latest issue of Previews just came out today, and it features all the books that Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Devil's Due, IDW, etc. are scheduled to put out in November. Check it out and put you orders in early!!


See you at Haven!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Last Comics of August!! (8-30-06)

52 Week #17
Action Comics #842
All New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8
All Star Superman #5
Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #1
Batman and the Mad Monk #1 (OF 6)
Batman: Journey Into Knight #11 (OF 12)
Battlestar Galactica #1
Birds of Prey #97 – shortage/damage replacement
Black Panther #19
Bone vol 4: Dragonslayer Color Ed SC – S/O for #98
Boys #2
Cable/Deadpool #31 CW
Civil War #3 (OF 7) - reorder
Civil War: X-Men #1 (OF 4) - reorder
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #2 (OF 4) - reorder
Dragon’s Lair #1 (OF 4)
Fallen Angel #8
GI Joe: Declassified #2 (OF 3)
GI Joe vs Transformers: Art of War #5
Gold Digger #77
Gremlins HC
Haunted Mansion #4
Hellboy vol 2: Wake the Devil TP - S/O for #17
Heroes for Hire #1 CW
JLA Classified #26
Justice #7 (OF 12)
Justice League of America #1
Man-Bat #5 (OF 5)
Marvel Previews #37
Medieval Lady Death: War of the Winds #3
Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #7
Mythos Hulk
Of Bitter Souls #1 – damage/shortage replacement
Previews vol XVI #9
Rex Libris #1 – S/O for #8
Rex Mundi vol 3: Lost Kings TP
Sadhu #2
Savage Red Sonja QOTFW #1 (OF 4)
She-Hulk 2 #11
Sin City vol 2: A Dame to Kill For TP – S/O for #17
Snakes on a Plane #1 (OF 2)
Superman/Batman #29
Teen Titans #38
Teen Titans Go #34
Trials of Shazam #1 (OF 12)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #33
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 1: The Fantastic TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 16: Deadpool TP
Ultimate X-Men Annual #2
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #2 (OF 8)
Usagi Yojimbo #96
Walking Dead #30
Wizard Comics Magazine #180
X Isle #2 (OF 5)
X-Factor #10
X-Men #190
X-Men: Fairy Tales #4 (OF 4)


Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #1 – The first two issues of this book were originally published by Speakeasy, just before Speakeasy went under. But this book was saved from oblivion by Ape Entertainment (same guys who publish the very cool Black Coat title). Athena Voltaire is, basically, a female Indiana Jones, really cashing in on the whole pulp serial fiction of the ‘30s/’40s. This is an awesome book, and I highly recommend everyone pick this up!

Batman and the Mad Monk #1 – Matt Wagner tells a tale of the first ‘super’ villain Batman ever faced: the Mad Monk! This is Batman. This is Matt Wagner. This is worth it! There’s not a lot else to say besides that.

Battlestar Galactica #1 – The 25-cent preview issue of this series was surprisingly good; if you’re a fan of the new TV series – and even George RR Martin likes it! – then you should enjoy this title. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Boys #2 – Didn’t the first issue of this book *just* come out?!?! Garth Ennis says he’s going to out-Preacher Preacher in this series and, judging by some of the events in the first issue, I think he may be well on his way to doing just that. Holy cow. If you liked the first issue, you should love the second.

Gremlins HC – Roald Dahl, classic author of books like the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), James and the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wrote Gremlins while in the Air Force in WWII. This was just rediscovered and Dark Horse knew it had found something good when it found the original Disney adaptation of this story; so now it’s being republished in a brand new Hard Cover, and it will be great! Can’t wait to read it!

Heroes for Hire #1 CW – If you missed Heroes for Hire #1 this past week, don’t fret. We got shorted on the title, and Diamond is making it up to us by shipping the rest of them this week! This a fun title with good artwork, and it ties well into the Civil War story without being overly serious about it. Definitely check this one out!

Trials of Shazam #1 – Fresh from the pages of DC’s Brave New World, Shazam gets his own 12-issue maxi-series. Fans of the red-clad Captain Marvel definitely need to get in line for this series; it looks like it’s going to move fast. Most of DC’s new series have been very popular of late, and this one looks like no exception.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #33 – What happens in the Ultimate U now that the zombie threat has been negated? Well, for starters, a new creative team takes the reins on the book, and from what I’ve seen, there won’t be a reduction in quality. Ultimate FF has seen its share of creative teams over the course of the past 32 issues, but they’ve all been very good, and this one is no exception. If you’ve been wanting to check this book out but you’ve been waiting for a good new story arc to start, this is your chance!


See you at Haven!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

H U G E Comics Week!!! (8-23-06)

Okay, if you’re expecting a special order, chances are good it’s in this week’s shipment. We’ve also got a ton of Civil War reorders coming in; so if you’ve missed any of these books, it’s not too late to pick them up! This is an absolutely enormous comics order; so come down and check it out fast – we’ll probably sell out of a lot of these books quickly!

52 Week #16
Astonishing X-Men #16
Batman #656
Batman and the Mad Monk #1 (OF 6)
Batman: Hush vol 2 TP - S/O for #50
Battle Pope Color #10
Birds of Prey #97
Blue Beetle #6
Civil War #3 (OF 7) - Reorder
Civil War: Front Line #5 (OF 11) - Reorder
Civil War: X-Men #1 (OF 4) - Reorder
Civil War: X-Men #2 (OF 4) - Reorder
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #1 (OF 4) - Reorder
Claw the Unconquered #3
Daredevil #88
Darkness/Wolverine
Devi #1
DMZ #10
Eberron: Eye of the Wolf
Elephantmen #2
Elseworlds Series 2: Gotham by Gaslight AF
Eternals #3 (OF 6)
Exiles #85
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #3
Force 51
Forgotten Realms: Crystal Shards #1
GI Joe: Declassified #2 (OF 3)
Hawkgirl #55
Hellboy vol 4: Right Hand of Doom TP – S/O for #17
Hellboy vol 5: Conqueror Worm TP – S/O for #17
Heroes for Hire #1 CW
Jack of Fables #2
JSA Classified #16
Justice League of America #1
Knights of the Dinner Table #117
New Avengers #23 CW
Nightmares & Fairy Tales #17
Red Sonja #13
Rex Libris #4 – S/O for #8
Rex Libris #5
Sandman: Endless Nights HC
Sin City vol 2: Dame to Kill For TP – S/O for #17
Sin City vol 3: Big Fat Kill TP – S/O for #17
Soulfire: Chaos Reign #1
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures 6 TP
Supergirl #9
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #21
True Story, Swear to God #17
Ultimate Spider-Man #99
Ultimates Annual #2
Uncle Scrooge #357
UTF #1 (OF 3)
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #672
Wanted SC - S/O for #141
Warlord #7
Wolverine #45 CW
Wonder Woman #1
Wonder Woman #2
Wonder Woman Mini-Statue – S/O for #69
Xena #2


Batman #656 – Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert’s 2nd issue hits the stands. The first one absolutely flew off the shelves, and this one should do the same. If you’ve ever been a Batman fan of any kind, you definitely need to be reading this book now!

Devi #1 – We’ve got more copies of this first issue in from Virgin Comics (think Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines, you wackos!), and if you enjoyed CrossGen; you need to check out this universe ASAP! This book, like the rest of the Virgin Comics universe, is set in the realm of Indian mythology, and India has been around long enough to have some very cool myths and legends. Also, the stories and art are absolutely top notch. Try it!!

Heroes for Hire #1 – Misty Knight and company have made a living bringing in high powered villains for years; now they’re working for SHIELD, bringing in Civil War’s unregistered heroes too. This book will figure mightily in the Civil War story running amok in the Marvel universe. Hot on the heels of last year’s Daughter of the Dragon, this series should absolutely rock!

Jack of Fables #2 – Jack is in a desperate situation, and he’s plotting his escape. Will he make it?! Since this is only the second issue, probably not, but it’s a Fables book; so it will absolutely be worth the read.

Justice League of America #1 – Who will be in the new league with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman?!?! Hints have been dropped, but no one knows for sure. The early issues of this series should be thought-provoking, as the DC Trinity ponder the pros and cons of the heroes they’re considering for membership in the new JLA.

Ultimate Spider-Man #99 – One issue away from the big 100, and the Ultimate clone saga is a bizarre, stomach-churning, please-don’t-goof-this-up story arc. So far, it’s just been freaky. Don’t turn that dial as this book approaches its historic 100th issue!

Ultimates Annual #2 – All the Ultimates annuals have been well worth the money, and this one should be no exception. Since the Ultimates book is on a slow boat to China or something, this is also about the only way you’re going to get your Ultimates fix any time soon. Give it a whirl!!

Wonder Woman #2 – That’s right, the second issue is finally shipping. To commemorate this special occasion, we’ve also got a few more copies of #1 coming in, just in case you missed it the first time. If you’re a DC fan, this is a must-read!!


See you at Haven!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Ben Affleck is Superman

Well, sort of. It's not your typical Superman movie.

AICN reports on Wizard World Chicago

Ain't It Cool News has just posted a hugely comprehensive report on Wizard World (but watch out for harsh language if you follow this link...).

http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=24170

Apparently, they were in the good graces of some publishers, as they got more than a few juicy tidbits that Josh and me missed. Highlights include....

- Bendis will be writing a follow-up to DISASSEMBLED/HOUSE OF M in NEW AVENGERS #26 when he brings back Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch. Expect the internet to heal from splitting in half shortly thereafter.

- Leinil Yu is going to be the new penciler on NEW AVENGERS.

- ULTIMATES 3 and 4 are clearly gonna have a much different approach and mood than what we’re used to so far. Worse? Better? Hard to say, but it’s gonna have Ultimate Venom, so make of that what you will…

- There’s a new ILLUMINATI miniseries on the way, featuring your favorite heroes sitting around a table and talking about big events from Marvel’s past. Five issue mini from Brian Michael you-know-who.

- Morrison is also trying to work Bat-Mite into his run on BATMAN.

- Around issue #30 of 52, we get to see just what Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, and Tim Drake did during their year off. Morrison is working on this section of the story.

- Marv Wolfman and Dan Jurgens are going to be returning Dick Grayson to glory in NIGHTWING. The run has been extended from one arc to an as yet to be determined number of issues.

-Aerik

Updated: link now works. :)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Vader Sessions

"Star Wars" Darth Vader scenes re-dubbed with dialog from James Earl Jones' other movies.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Amazing Screw-On pilot

Even better than Quesada on Colbert, watch the entire pilot of Mike Mignola's The Amazing Screw-On Head (video at lower right side of linked page). It starts out a little rough, but as it moves along it finds its feet. Overall it was a very funny and entertaining first episode. Hopefully we'll see a series spawn from it.

And is anyone else watching Stan Lee's Who Wants to Be a Superhero? As dopey as it is, I find myself hooked on it.
Quesada on Colbert Report

Here's the video that Josh mentioned last week.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

First Post: IGN's best of DC and Marvel...

Hullo all. I'm Aerik, cousin of Josh, and frequenter of Haven. I'm always finding cool comics-related news or articles on the interwebs and sending them around in emails or whatnot, so Josh has given his permission for me to post to the Haven blog, and share with all. :) If all you're interested in is next week's batch of comics, feel free to completely ignore whatever I've posted; I won't mind, since I probly won't know, unless you tell, which would just be cruel. I would be very upset. Honestly, there could be tears. So for my first post, I'm throwing up links to a couple of IGN articles, one is their take on the best of DC, and the other their best of Marvel.

IGN's The Ten Best DC Comics:
http://comics.ign.com/articles/724/724919p1.html

...... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Marvel:
http://comics.ign.com/articles/725/725104p1.html

My thoughts... why are New Avengers and Ultimate Spidey not on the Marvel list? Oh well, I can concur with most of their picks. Not being much of a DC reader (*ducks thrown Batman action figure*), I'm not going to voice an opinion on which I would add to that list. :D
-Aerik

Friday, August 11, 2006

Back to School Comics (8-16-06)!!

52 Week #15
Angel Spotlight: Connor (one-shot)
Ant #8
Boys #1
Casanova #3
Catwoman #58
Checkmate #5
Civil War: Front Line #5 (of 10)
Civil War: X-Men #2 (of 4)
Claws #1 (of 3)
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #5 (of 12)
Conan #31
Deadman #1
Donald Duck & Friends #343
Exiles #84 – shortage/damage replacement
Family Guy vol 2 GN (of 3)
Fevre Dream Preview
Ghost Rider #2
GI Joe: America’s Elite #14
Green Lantern Corps #3
Hunter Killer #6
Ion #5 (OF 12)
Iron Man #11
Lai Wan #2
Manhunter #25
Marvel Adventures Avengers #4
Mickey Mouse & Friends #292
Monkey vs Lemur: Crisis with Infinite Critters #1
Monte Cook’s Ptolus #1
Ms Marvel #6 CW
Nextwave: Agents of HATE #7
Nightwing #123
Rex Mundi DH Edition #1
Robin #153
Runaways #19
Savage Brothers #1 (OF 3)
Scooby Doo #111
Sensational Spider-Man #29
Shadowpact #4
Streetfighter Legends: Sakura #1 (of 4)
Testament #9
Thunderbolts #105 CW
Transformers Evolutions: Hearts of Steel #2
True Story, Swear to God #17
Ultimate Fantastic Four #32
Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP


Boys #1 – This new series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson is sure to be violent, disgusting, intriguing, and down-right good. It’s not that these guys never miss; they just don’t miss often and they haven’t missed lately. This series is going to be GOOD. What’s it about? Who cares?! If you liked Trasmetropolitan or Preacher, this will likely be in the same vein.

Claws #1 – This new limited series from Marvel stars the unlikely duo of Wolverine and…the Black Cat?! Joseph Michael Linsner, creator of the fan-favorite Dawn character, is holding the reins on this series; so sit back and watch these guys get into all sorts of mischief. Enjoy!

Fevre Dream Preview – Most everyone up at Haven knows of my enduring and abiding love for George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. This is a comic adaptation of one of his earlier, award-winning works, and the preview issue is only 99 cents. You can’t go wrong with that.

Monte Cook’s Ptolus #1 – If you missed it the first time around, which most folks did, now’s your chance to check it out again. You absolutely must pick this book up. If you are even remotely a fan of the Fantasy genre, this book will be right up your alley. This is a great Dabel Brothers title, and I highly recommend it!

Rex Mundi #1 Dark Horse Edition – Rex Mundi has moved from Image to Dark Horse, and they’re starting over with the numbering system. Now is a good time to get into this awesome, alternate history series if you haven’t picked it up yet. Great book!

Savage Brothers #1 – It’s a post-apocalyptic world out there, and these brothers are just trying to make a living the best way they know how. This looks to be a funny take on how a pair of rednecks manage to survive and – dare I say it? – thrive in a world that’s just gone to hell. Definitely worth checking out.

Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2 – Last year’s Ultimate annuals were fantastic events, and this year’s look to be just as good. Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2 came out last week, and was very, very much what I expected: freakin’ excellent. This week’s Ultimate FF annual looks just as great; pick it up and give it a whirl!


See you at Haven!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Other Wizard World News

Oh, yeah - I forgot a few things:

Jeph Loeb and fan-favorite artist Michael Turner are tackling a new Ultimate Wolverine ongoing series. They've already clarified that there will be a lot of females running around in this book; so Michael Turner will still get a chance to draw those button-nosed, long-legged beauties he does so well.

What about Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk, you ask? According to Quesada, Damon Lindeloff, writer of both this series and a co-creator of Lost (the TV show everyone should be watching!), is on his way to completing the series. They will not, however, release issue #3 until all the scripts for issues #3-5 have been turned in. Don't hold your breath, folks; it'll be a while.

Some new book called Spider-Man: Reign is coming out. It's by Kaare Andrews. And the world shrugged. At this point, I've seen nothing to indicate that this is that big a deal.

New Avengers #26 will feature the return of the Scarlet Witch...and Hawkeye. Bendis had better know what he's doing - his stuff is starting to get stretched a little thin, and I think he's going to have a really hard time making all his widespread plotlines converge.

That's it for now - you guys are just wringing the information out of me.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Wizard World Update

Alright, boys and girls, here's some of the juice we picked up at Wizard World Chicago this past weekend (the secret info we're not supposed to know is at the bottom of this post!):

Ultimates 2 #12 (and now #13 also) WILL ship sometime in this century. Joe Quesada confirmed it. He also said that he'd love to see that series done already.

When asked about upcoming events in Marvel's Civil War, Steve McNiven (series artist) said, "You ain't seen nothin' yet." Rumors abound that there are a couple of huge shockers in store, including the deaths of two major Marvel characters: Mary Jane (Peter Parker/Spider-Man's wife) and.....Captain America. Needless to say, if you thought my Spider-Man: The Other rant was fierce, wait til you hear what I have to say if they kill off Captain America.

Dabel Brothers Productions, the house that puts out awesome books like George RR Martin's The Hedge Knight and several titles from Orson Scott Card, is owned and staffed by some seriously cool people. One of their newer books, Ptolus (by Monte Cook), is absolutely gorgeous. If you're even remotely a fantasy fan, you MUST pick this book up. Also, they've got a new Laura K. Hamilton comic, Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, coming out soon, and orders on that are through the roof. Check it out!

Jeph Loeb, former DC guru and now big time Marvel man, is hilarious. Oh, the things he said.

They're using some special digital painting process on Joe Maduriera's pencils on Ultimates 3 (provided Ultimates 2 ever ends), and it looks beautiful. I'm not a big fan of Joe Mad's, but that looked pretty cool.

DC was cooler than Marvel at the panels this year. They're not going to try to get into any My-Great-Big-Summer-Blockbuster-Crossover-Event-Is-Bigger-Than-Yours contest with Marvel like they couldn't resist doing in the '90s. Thank God. No huge events from DC next year.

Jill Thompson, formerly of Scary Godmother, is one of the artists on the upcoming Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC from DC Vertigo, and she's extremely cool. She also drew me a beautiful picture of Snow White from the series.

Bill Seinkewitz, one of the more stylized and off-the-wall (yet popular) artists in recent comics history, is extremely cool to talk to. What a nice guy! He drew me a great Hulk sketch (where the Hulk closely resembles a gorilla). Awesome.

Franchesco, artist on the recently released Erik Larson penned She-Dragon title from Image, is an extremely personable guy and highly impressive artist. He's one of the nicest people I've ever met at a convention anywhere. Support this guy!

Ape Entertainment picked up a couple of the better books that Speakeasy was publishing before they went belly up, including Athena Voltaire (female Indiana Jones, more or less) and The Black Coat (Revolutionary War era Batman, more or less). These guys were also awesome to talk to, and their books are excellent reads. Support these fellas too!

!!!BIG NEWS!!!

Next year, probably late in the year, there will be a Jean Grey limited series. Since she's dead and has been for a year or two, this comes as a little bit of a surprise. Don't know who will be writing it, but...GREG LAND will be the artist on the book. That's right, fan-favorite uber artist Greg Land will be bringing Jean Grey back to life. Marvel has made no announcements about this book whatsoever yet - not even that plans for it exist, let alone who the artist will be - You heard it here first!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Items of Interest

In case you hadn’t seen them already, the US Postal Service now has 20 stamp sheets featuring classic and modern DC Comics superheroes and comic book covers. To see them, visit: http://www.newsarama.com/dcnew/stamps/06_dccomics_600s.jpg

AND...

AP - Heath Ledger will play The Joker in the sequel to last year's "Batman Begins," Warner Bros. studio announced. "The Dark Knight" is set to begin production next year. (You might remember him from “A Knight’s Tale”, “The Patriot”, or, uh, “Brokeback Mountain”.)

AND...

Joe Quesada appeared on the Colbert Report, talking about Marvel’s “Civil War” series:

Videos are available online at the Comedy Central site - check them out!

His energy and enthusiasm came across very well. Quesada explained the concept for the “Civil War” storyline engagingly, and at a rapid pace.

As the "Report" went to commercial, a mock comic cover drawn by Quesada of "The Rampaging Colbert" in a most hulk-like form was flashed on the screen, with Colbert holding an American flag that's impaled a bear. Apparently this cover would have led to a discussion of Quesada's stand on bears in the Marvel Universe (Colbert is firmly against them), but the conversation between the duo went so well they never got to it.

As Quesada finished and the segment wrapped, Colbert offered up the following comment on "Civil War," "I look forward to the rest of the series. I loved the beginning of it." Can you get a better endorsement than that?

Wizard World Update & Weds' Comics!! (8-9-06)

Sorry this update is a few days behind, but I was up at Wizard World in Chicago, and I wasn’t able to get the update out before now. However, I did bring back some nifty things from Chicago to tickle your fancy: great sketches for the store, as always, a convention exclusive Spider-Woman action figure from New Avengers (VERY cool), and a couple of convention exclusive variant covers for some hot comics: Ultimate Spider-Man, Civil War: Frontline #1, etc. Come by the store and check this stuff out! Also, I’ll be updating again soon with some of the information – both announced and dug up by careful investigation (or overheard when a Marvel guy blurted out something to someone when he thought no one else was around) – that we found out at the convention. Very cool stuff. On to the update…

52 Week #14
Annihilation #1 (OF 6)
Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #209
Beyond #2 (OF 6)
Black Coat: Call to Arms #4 (OF 4)
Blade of the Immortal #116
Buckaroo Banzai #2 (OF 3)
Civil War: Frontline #5 (OF 10)
Conan: Songs of the Dead #2 (OF 5)
Cracked #1
Exiles #84 – shortage replacement
Fables #52
Fantastic Four: First Family #6 (OF 6)
Fathom #10
Firefly Official Companion: Into the Black TP
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #28
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11
Green Arrow #65
Gumby #1 – Gumby Bendable Figure
Incredible Hulk #97
JSA Classified #15
Lai Wan #2
Man Called Kev #2 (OF 5)
Martian Manhunter #1 (OF 8)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #15
Ms Marvel #6 CW
New X-Men #29
Revelations TP
Secret Six #3 (OF 6)
She-Hulk 2 #10
Shrugged #2
Sonic the Hedgehog #165
Spider-Man Family Featuring Amazing Friends
Squadron Supreme #6
Superman #655
Toyfare #110
Transformers: Stormbringer #2 (OF 4)
Ultimate Galactus, Book 3: Extinction TP
Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2
Ultimate X-Men #73
Wolverine Origins #5
Wolverine Origins Quesada Sketch Variant #5



Annihilation #1 – Those who have stuck with the four limited series leading into this huge cosmic event will finally be rewarded! Those four titles – Nova, Ronan, Silver Surfer, and Super Skrull – have been building up to the coming Annihilation, and it’s finally here! Yeah, those books dragged out a little bit, but it’s time for the showdown now – Annihilus and Thanos are going to be wreaking some major havoc.

Fables #52 – As always, this book is a real treat for comic book readers, and I really anticipate this issue will be as well. Come by and check out my new Snow White sketch from Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall artist, Jill Woodson – direct from this week’s Wizard World convention!

Martian Manhunter #1 – The man from Mars is getting his own series again! All fans, rejoice! Here’s hoping they make his head a littler more, uh, normal looking. Right now, he kind of reminds me of the Coneheads.

Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2 – Yes, it’s that time again, folks! Last year’s incredible USM annual introduced the romantic Peter Parker/Kitty Pride entanglement and was, frankly, one of the best Spider-Man stories I’ve ever read. Bendis promises this issue will be as good; here’s hoping he’s true to his word!

Wolverine Origins #5 – The Captain America/Wolverine/Nuke story continues – and I’ve got a bad feeling Cap isn’t going to like it when he discovers he’s been set up. This has been a really good series so far, and this issue should ratchet things up a notch as this story hits its climax. Keep an eye out for a cool variant cover for this issue; I managed to get my greedy little hands on a couple.


See you at Haven!