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 clich├ęd 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!