Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Last Comis of '06!! (12-28-06)

30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #1 (OF 5)
52 Week #34
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #12
Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures #3 (OF 12)
Annihilation #5 (OF 6)
Astonishing X-Men #19

Batman #661
Batman and the Mad Monk #5 (OF 6)
Black Panther #23 CW
Blue Beetle #10
Boys #6
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #8 (OF 12)
Connor Hawk: Dragon’s Blood #2 (OF 6)
Creeper #5 (OF 6)
Crossing Midnight #2
Cyberforce/X-Men #1
Daredevil #92
Detective Comics #827

Dinowars: Jurassic War of the Worlds #1 (OF 3)
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 2: Animal Farm TP
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #7

GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #1 (OF 3)
Gold Digger #80
Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #2 (OF 2)
Hanna Barberra Series 2 Action Figures Box Set
Hawkgirl #59
Hedge Knight Premiere HC Variant Edition
Hellgate London #2 (OF 4)
Hellstorm #3 (OF 5)
Heroes for Hire #5
Immortal Iron Fist #2
Jack of Fables #6

JSA Classified #20
Justice #9 (OF 12)
Justice League of America #5
Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four #4 (OF 5)
Moon Knight vol 1: Bottom Premiere HC
Nextwave: Agents of HATE #11
Ninja Scroll #4
Okko: Cycle of Water #1 (OF 4)
Onslaught Reborn #2 (OF 5)
Sadhu #4
Snakewoman #6
Sonic the Hedgehog #170
Soulfire Chaos Reign #3
Spider-Man Blue HC
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #13
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #11
Supergirl #13
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #25
Superman/Batman #31
Teen Titans Go #38
Ultimate Fantastic Four #37
Ultimate Power #3 (OF 9)

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #6 (OF 8)
Uncle Scrooge #361
Usagi Yojimbo #99
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #676
Wetworks #4
What If?! X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
What If?! X-Men: Deadly Genesis
Winter Soldier Kills 1-Shot CW

Wolfskin #2 (OF 3)
Wolverine Origins #9
X-Men #194
X-Men: Deadly Genesis TP

Annihilation #5 – All I can say about this series is that I have liked it a LOT. This is the way big cosmic stories should be told! If you’re not reading this title; it’s not too late – this is one heck of transgalactic war zone, and it’s a great story!

Astonishing X-Men #19 – Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s final Astonishing arc begins in this issue! Do I need to say more?! This is gonna rock the house.

Boys #6 – The outlandishness continues! Garth Ennis said he was going to out-Preacher Preacher in this series, and it’s clear that he’s really giving Preacher a run for his money. This story is incredibly violent, mind-warpingly twisted, and impossible to put down. If you’re any kind of Garth Ennis fan, you’re going to want to check this book out.

Hedge Knight Premiere HC Variant Edition – George RR Martin’s Hedge Knight tale is back in a beautiful hardcover format. If you haven’t read this story yet, this is a phenomenal way to pick it up! This is the beginning of the story of Dunk, a poor hedge knight, how he meets the young squire Egg, who is more than he appears to be, and what happens to them. Dabel Brothers will be putting out the next Dunk & Egg tale, The Sworn Sword, sometime in 2007! Make sure you’re on the list for it!

Immortal Iron Fist #2 – The first issue was awesome, showing how far back the Iron Fist legent goes and bringing the story up to date at the same time. Expect more of the same in the second issue, with that same beautiful artwork by Aja.

Jack of Fables #6 – Having flown the coop and made a daring getaway from Revise, Jack and all his fellow escapees are on the lam a la The Great Escape. Sounds weird, but this rated R fairy tale, WWII POW escape movie comic book is one heck of a spin-off from the hugely popular (for good reason) Fables. Highly Recommended!

Ultimate Power #3 – This high-powered meeting between the characters of the Ultimate universe and the Supreme Power universe ramps up in this issue. The Supreme Power folks are a little peeved that Reed Richards, without knowing about it, apparently doomed their universe to destruction; so they’ve come to his to get a little payback. Mmm, mmm. This is some good stuff!

What If?! – Two What Ifs?! Are shipping this week, and, for once, they both look awesome. One deals with the classic Age of Apocalypse, and the other with Ed Brubaker’s Deadly Genesis limited series that led directly into his taking over the Uncanny X-Men title. Look for both of these books to fly off the shelves; so grab them up fast! And if you missed X-Men: Deadly Genesis the first time, well it’s coming in this week in Trade Paperback, so you can catch up on it now! I love it when a plan comes together.

Winter Soldier Kills 1-Shot CW – If last week’s two Civil War 1-Shot tie-in events are any indication, this story should be excellent. Curious to see where Bucky comes into this story? Will he side with his former mentor, Captain America, or have his years of brainwashing put him more in Iron Man’s camp? Guess we’ll find out in this issue, because Marvel isn’t spilling the beans. Definitely check this out!!

See you at Haven!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Brian K Vaughan Gets LOST!!

Here are a few interesting bits from Brian K. Vaughan's MySpace page. For those of you who recognize the name but are scratching your heads as to where you recognize the name from exactly, Brian K. Vaughan is the creator of Y The Last Man, Ex Machina, and the recently released Pride of Baghdad HC. A great comics writer!

"Sorry I've been so coy about these rumors, but I always like to wait until the contracts have been signed and the "first trimester" has been survived until I talk about stuff. But yes, inexplicably, I've been hired as an Executive Story Editor by the fantastic television show LOST. As I'm neither an executive nor an editor, this is really just a fancy Hollywood way of saying that I've joined the writing staff.

And no, I'm absolutely not leaving comics. There are a lot of Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina fans at the show, so everyone has been great about leaving me just enough time to work on those books, and even some new ones, including an upcoming four-issue stint on that Runaways guy Joss Whedon's 'eighth season' of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER over at Dark Horse."

I absolutely LOVE the TV show Lost. And now all comics fans will have yet another reason to tune in to ABC every Wednesday at 8:00. Awesome news!

Monday, December 18, 2006

New Fantastic Four??

Featuring... Storm and Black Panther?



What insanity is this?


Friday, December 15, 2006

CHRISTMAS COMICS!!! (12-20-06)

52 Week #33
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #47
Athena Voltaire Collected Web Comics TP
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #4 (OF 8)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #213
Birds of Prey #101
Black Coat: Call to Arms TP
Bomb Queen vol 2 #3 (OF 3)
Bullet Points #2 (OF 5)
Catwoman #62
Checkmate #9
Civil War: Front Line #9 (OF 11)
Civil War: War Crimes 1-Shot
Conan #35

Criminal #3
Daily Bugle Newspaper (Bundle of 50)
Darkness Level 0
Deadman #5
Elephantman #1 Pencil Variant Cover
Elephantmen #5
Fables #56Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP – S/O #2
Fables vol 8: Wolves TP
Fantastic Four #541 CW
Forgotten Realms: Crystal Shard #3 (OF 3)
Freshmen vol 2 #2
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #15
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 #3
GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #1 (OF 3)
GI Joe: Special Missions Antarctica

Highlander #2
Ion #9 (OF 12)
Iron Man #14 CW
Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties of War 1-Shot

John Woo’s Seven Brothers #3
Krypto the Super Dog #4 (OF 6)
Lone Ranger #3
Man Called Kev #5 (OF 5)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #8
Marvel Previews #41
Ms Marvel #10
New Avengers #26
New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (OF 5)
Omega Men #3 (OF 6)
Previews vol XVII #1
Punisher #42
Ramayan 3392 AD #4
Red Menace #2 (OF 6)
Red Sonja #17
Rex Mundi #3
Scooby Doo #115
Secret Six #6 (OF 6)
Sensational Spider-Man #33
Shadowpact #8
Smax TP – S/O #2
Teen Titans #42
Testament #13
Thunderbolts #109
Transformers Escalation #2
Transformers Spotlight: Six Shot
True Story, Swear to God vol 1 TP - S/O #2
Ultimate Spider-Man #103
Union Jack #4 (OF 4)
Walk-In #1
Warhammer 40K #1
Wizard Comics Magazine#184

Athena Voltaire: Collected Web Comics TP – Before becoming the book we all enjoy reading, Athena Voltaire was only available online. This is the first time her web comics have seen the light of day in a printed format, and you can pick up the further adventures of Athena Voltaire in one easy-to-read volume. Can’t beat that!

Black Coat: Call to Arms TP – This is the collected edition of the hit Black Coat mini-series that came out earlier this year. Black Coat is a Revolutionary War era Batman, more or less, and it’s a great read. I highly recommend this book!

Civil War: War Crimes 1-Shot – The Kingpin is in jail, and he’s not too happy to be there; so he proposes a deal to Iron Man: Kingpin will use his underground network to locate Captain America and his anti-registration team…in exchange for a deal. Iron Man has already shown a willingness to deal with the nastiest sorts of criminals (see Warren Ellis’ new Thunderbolts next month!). Will he make a deal with the devil or will he do the right thing?

Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties of War 1-Shot – In the midst of Civil War, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly, one last time, to see if there’s any hope of working things out before further tragedy occurs. Don’t miss this oversized special that reveals how these two men, once the closest of friends and staunchest of allies, could end up leading opposing armies in the conflict tearing apart the Marvel Universe!

New Avengers: Illuminati #1 (of 5) – Iron Man, Captain America, Professor X, Namor, Reed Richards, Black Bolt, and Black Panther began meeting in secret after the Kree/Skrull War threatened to destroy the earth. Their hope was to have an organized response in the event another, similar threat loomed in the future. They ended up becoming a secret cabal, and the blame for this entire Civil War can be laid at their feet. They were also behind the idea of sending Hulk to outer space; so there’ll be hell to pay when he gets back too. Their attempts to play God catch up with them as you witness what has, until now, been the secret history of the Marvel Universe.

Ultimate Spider-Man #103 – The penultimate chapter in this latest chapter of Ultimate Spider-Man! Everything builds to a heart-pounding crescendo in this issue, followed by the last chapter in Bendis and Bagley’s record-breaking, double-sized conclusion in issue #104. This story has been a mind-trip, no doubt: with Peter Parker’s dad showing up, apparently alive and well, with various whacked-out version of his clones showing up, with Mary Jane getting juiced with Green Goblin serum, and Gwen Stacy coming back from the dead. I can’t wait to see where this one turns up! Definitely get in on this if you’re not reading it already!

Walk-In #1 - Do you experience missing time? Predict strangers' dreams? Do twins seem to follow you wherever you go? And to you sometimes see cephalopods attached to other people without their knowledge? Don't worry, you're not going mad... yet! You're simply a Walk-In! Last week Ian Dormouse was a shifty vagrant who sleepwalked through life. Now he's The Dream King, the most enigmatic mystic in Moscow's underground Burlesque scene! And he's not paranoid - strange and evil men really are following him. Does Ian actually have special powers, and can a group of strippers keep him alive? Sounds weird, I know, but all of the Virgin Comics titles (think Virgin Airlines or Virgin Records, folks – same group!) have been well worth checking out. Give this one a try!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Green Lantern Creator Dies Today, Age 91

I had the privilege to meet Mart Nodell twice, both times at Wizard World Chicago. He was a small man, suffering heavily from arthritis, and the first time I met him, his wife was glued to his side, helping him with anything he needed. She passed away two years ago, and seeing how close the two of them were, it's no surprise to me that he followed her quickly.

He was a very kind man and graced me with a couple of Green Lantern sketches, one of which I gave to one of my best friends, and the other I kept as a treasure for the store. We just lost Dave Cockrum, and now we've lost another comic book legend - a moment of silence for Mart Nodell.

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Martin Nodell, the creator of Green Lantern, the comic book superhero who uses his magical ring to help him fight crime, has died. He was 91.

Nodell died at his home in Muskego, Wisconsin, on Saturday of natural causes, his son Spencer Nodell told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He previously lived in West Palm Beach.

Nodell was looking for a new idea for a comic book in 1940 when he was waiting for a New York subway and saw a train operator waving a lantern displaying a green light, said Maggie Thompson, senior editor of Comics Buyer's Guide.

Nodell imagined a young engineer, Alan Scott, a train crash survivor who discovers in the debris an ancient lantern forged from a green meteor. Scott constructs a ring from the lamp that gives him super powers, and becomes a crime fighter.

He brought his drawings and story lines to All-American Publications, which later became a part of National Periodical Publications, the company that was to become DC Comics, Thompson said. (DC Comics is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.)

The first Green Lantern appearance came in July 1940, an eight-page story in a comic book also featuring other characters. The character then got his own series, and Nodell drew it until 1947 under the name Mart Dellon.

After its cancellation, the series was reborn in 1959 with a revised story line, and it has been revived several times.

Meanwhile, Nodell left the comics field for an advertising career. In the 1960s, he was on a design team that helped develop the Pillsbury Doughboy.

In later years, Nodell traveled the comic book convention circuit with his wife, Caroline, who died in 2004.

"There were myriad of fans who would come up to my dad and would say 'Green Lantern got me to read' or 'Green Lantern got me to do something in my life,' " Spencer Nodell said.

Nodell was born in Philadelphia and studied at art schools in Chicago and New York. Besides Spencer Nodell, survivors include another son, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Book Signing by Neil Gaiman-esque Local Author!!

Kris Reisz, author of the very cool urban fantasy novel Tripping to Somewhere, will be holding a book signing at Books-A-Million on the corner of University Dr/Parkway from 2:00-5:00 on Saturday, December 9, 2006. That's tomorrow, people! Come on out, buy a copy of this awesome book, and get it signed by the author right then and there. How many times do you have that opportunity, really? Get out there, support Kris, and grab a great read all at the same time!!

Joss Interview!!

Covers Wonder Woman movie, Buffy season 8 comic, Astonishing X-men...{0C084F89-5673-43B9-9FFC-022578DAA927} Is Battlestar your favorite current TV show?
Yes, that is my favorite show. Maybe ever.

Make sure you check the tiny italicized print at the end of the page, as it has a FIVE PAGE PREVIEW OF BUFFY SEASON 8!!!


Awesome Games at Haven!! (12-9-06)


Tomorrow (Saturday), Haven is hosting a Wizards of the Coast/Avalon Hills delegate for a gaming demo. He's bringing a ton of games up to the shop for you to test-drive. Boardgames, miniatures games, all kinds of stuff - and you can try it all out for free. This is a great way to find some Christmas presents for people that are out of the ordinary and will definitely be a pleasant surprise!

He's also got some freebies to give out to folks who participate; so you'll want to get those too.

Come on out for this cool event! Here's the info:

Games Demo!
Saturday, December 9
12:00 p.m. - Whenever

See you at Haven!

December Comics Craze! (12-13-06)

52 Week #32
Amazing Spider-Girl #3
Batman #660
Battle Pope #12
Blade #4
Blade of the Immortal #120
Bone: Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails TP – S/O #26
Bone vol 4: Dragonslayer Color Ed SC – S/O #26
Bullet Points #2 (OF 5)
Dark Tower Door Poster
Dark Tower Gunslinger Born Sketchbook
DCU Infinite Christmas Special
Devi #6
DMZ #14
Dork Tower #35
Escapists #6 (OF 6)
Ex Machina #25
Exiles Annual #1
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP – S/O #2
Fables vol 5: The Mean Seasons TP – S/O #2
Fallen Angel #11
Fantastic Four: The End #3 (OF 6)
Firestorm the Nuclear Man #32
Gargoyles #2
Gen 13 #3
Ghost Rider #6
Green Arrow #69
Green Lantern Corps #7
Hunter Killer #10
Incredible Hulk #98 – S/O #61
JLA Classified #30
Justice League of America #4
Martian Manhunter #5 (OF 8)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #19
Medieval Lady Death #5 (OF 6)
New X-Men #33
OMAC #6 (OF 8)
Outer Orbit #1 (OF 4)
Robin #157
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #1 (OF 5)
Sea of Red: No Grave but the Sea vol 1 TP – S/O #2
Smax TP – S/O #2
Sonic X #15
Spider Kiss Novel – S/O #2
Spirit #1
Stormwatch PHD #2
Street Fighter Legends: Sakura #4 (OF 4)
Tales of the Unexpected #3 (OF 8)
Testament vol 1: Akedah TP – S/O #2
Top 10: The Forty-Niners SC – S/O #2
Trials of Shazam #4 (OF 12)
Ultimate X-Men #77
Wolverine #49
Wonder Man #1 (OF 5)
X-23: Target X #1 (OF 6)
X-Factor #14
X-Men #193
X-Men: Phoenix War Song #4 (OF 5)
Y The Last Man vol 4: Safeword TP - S/O for #2
Y The Last Man vol 5: Ring of Truth TP - S/O for #2

Batman #660 – John Ostrander’s awesome fill-in story for Grant Morrison continues in this issue, and Ostrander always delivers a good story, especially when he gets to write Batman. If you’ve been reading the Morrison run, don’t stop picking the book up now; it’s still good, and Morrison will be back next issue!

Bullet Points #2 – The Elseworlds-esque story features some fantastic storytelling and beautiful art work. In this story, the super soldier serum never makes it into 98-lb weakling Steve Rogers’ system (as the creator of it and his bodyguard, a young Ben Parker, are both shot down just before Rogers can be given the injection and the formula is lost forever); so Steve Rogers enlists in another super soldier program, the Iron Man Initiative, and he becomes a WWII era Iron Man. Meanwhile, Peter Parker, growing up without the, er, responsible influence of Uncle Ben, becomes a bit of a thug and, since he and Aunt May live near the military base in the desert, he ends up on a gamma bomb test range, just before the bomb goes off. And that’s all just in the first issue! This is a great limited series – I highly recommend it!!

JLA #4 – The new JLA is coming together, slowly but surely, and things are starting to heat up as the group is already facing a pretty serious threat. If you’re a JLA fan of any stripe, you’re going to enjoy this series; so you may as well go ahead and pick it up now. You’ll be glad you did.

Outer Orbit #1 - In space, no one can hear you scream . . . or belch, or swear, or cry like a little girl when you're about to be taken down by merciless interstellar bounty hunters who want that mysterious idol you swiped from that hot chick who inexplicably gave you the tip of a lifetime (if you know what I mean) when you showed up at the wrong hotel room with the pizza delivery. This assumes that "you" are ne'er-do-well big-talker Quinn and explains-sort of-how "you" hooked up (not like that!) with a big, not-to-be-messed-with former galactic cop (and current mama's boy) by the name of Krunk, who is not your partner and not your buddy, got it? Oh, and by the way, the hot chick is hotter than ever (in the bad way) and she wants that idol back, and this time she's probably going to give you a different kind of gratuity, like with a laser ax or a plasma grenade or something. Try talking your way out of that one, spacehole!

Created by Zach Howard (Shaun of the Dead) and Sean Murphy (Scarecrow: Year One; Off Road), with screenwriter Reed Buccholz, Outer Orbit is outrageous, rude, hilarious space fantasy that takes the time-honored traditions of this beloved genre and leaves them face-down in a filthy alley in a pool of their own sick. Okay, that copy is straight from Dark Horse’s website, but I couldn’t help it; this book sounds hilarious.

Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #1 - A Vertigo classic returns — with a vengeance! The fertile mind of writer John Ney Rieber (BOOKS OF MAGIC, Captain America) and the dynamic pen of artist Eric Nguyen (Strange Girl) have created a Sandman tale that both honors the classic character and will stand as a classic in its own right. A new age of terror demands a new Sandman to quell its nightmares. This disturbing new miniseries follows the final days of Wesley Dodds and his lifelong love Dian Belmont as they encounter a harrowing fate while traveling in Afghanistan circa 1997. Ten years later, with American troops on the ground in that country, wartime photojournalist Kieran Marshall is forced to take on the mantle of Wesley's former alter-ego, the terrifying crimefighter known as The Sandman. You know you want to read this.

Spirit #1 – Will Eisner’s classic creation, the Spirit, is revived by Darwyn Cooke, and you just got a small taste of it in last week’s Batman/Spirit crossover. Now he’s back in his own series that maintains the "spirit" of Eisner's creation while bringing a new sensibility to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, joins Commissioner Dolan and his daughter Ellen in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out crime story! When ace television reporter Ginger Coffee is abducted by a crimelord she was about to run an exposé on, The Spirit is called in to investigate. Finding her is tough enough, but getting out alive is a whole other matter!

X-23 #1 – Okay, all you NYX and X-23 fans, here’s your shot to get your favorite new X-character her own series. This is starting out as a miniseries, but if it’s popular enough, Marvel says it will turn it into an on-going. This little Wolverine-like kid is learning how to be the best there is at what she does, and she’s already pretty darn good at it. Make sure you get in on this one early, because it’s going to sell fast!

See you at Haven!

Friday, December 01, 2006

December's 1st Comics!! (12-06-06)

52 Week #31
Agents of Atlas #5 (OF 6)
All New Atom #6
Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #3
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #3 (OF 8)
Batman Confidential #1
Beyond #6 (OF 6)
Crossing Midnight #1 - shortage replacement
Delphine #1
Desolation Jones #8
Detective Comics #826
Dr. Strange: Oath #3 (OF 5)
Escape of the Living Dead #3
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC
GI Joe: America’s Elite #18
Gold Digger #79
Gold Digger 15 Year Anniversary Special
Incredible Hulk #100 – S/O #61
Incredible Hulk #101
Incredible Hulk #93 – S/O #61
Inquest Gamer #141
Irredeemable Ant-Man #3
Jonah Hex #14
Justice League Unlimited #28
Justice Society of America #1
Knights of the Dinner Table #121
Looney Tunes #145
Manhunter #26
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #22
Midnighter #2
Mystery in Space #4 (OF 8)
New Excalibur #14
New Universal #1
Next #6 (OF 6)
Nightwing #127
Ninja Scroll #3
Outsiders #43
Ramayan 3392 AD #2
Spider-Man: Reign #1 (OF 4)
Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer
Star Wars: Rebellion #5
Strangers in Paradise #86
Street Fighter Legends: Sakura #1 – S/O #158
Supergirl #12
Superman Confidential #2
Tales of TMNT #29
Tranquility #1
Ultimate Vision #1 (OF 5)
Uncanny X-Men #481
Walking Dead #33
White Tiger #2 (OF 6)
Wizard Magazine 2007 Movie Spectacular
Wraithborne TP
X-Men #193

Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #3 – This fantastic small-press indie book features a very Indiana Jones-like protagonist (if Indiana Jones were a beautiful woman!); it’s a great pulp serial, highly reminiscent of the ‘30s and ‘40s. You should definitely give this book a shot; it’s worth it. Also, having met the creative team a couple of times, they are very cool guys, let’s support them!

Batman Confidential #1 – Almost another Year 1, this story focuses on when and where exactly Batman’s war on crime really went to the next level, and it also focuses on how he came by all the cool gadgets in his arsenal. Written by Andy Diggle and featuring Whilce Portacio’s (WetWorks) art, this limited series is going to fly off the shelves. Make sure you get your copy!

Delphine #1 – This is a new version of the Sleeping Beauty story, told from the prince's perspective as he wanders through a strange, abandoned town with only a scrawled note to lead him towards the mysterious Delphine. The solicitation promises this to be creepy and not sweet at all, and I'd believe it. Even better, it's part of the Ignatz line of comics, which means it's printed in an oversized 8x11' edition with a dust jacket and high production values all around. If you like Fables at all, this might be right up your alley too!

Justice Society of America #1 – Much like the JLA is in the process of being re-formed, the world’s oldest and, historically, most powerful super team is also experiencing a renaissance. Determined to rebuild the Justice Society, founding members Green Lantern, Flash and Wildcat initiate an unprecedented recruitment program, tracking the bloodlines of heroes across the world and bringing in the new Starman, Damage, Liberty Belle and God only knows who else. But just as the Society welcomes the rookies into their ranks, an evil force sets out to destroy them. Meet new legacies, solve a mystery stretching into the far future, witness the return of the world’s greatest hero, and watch another one fall — all in the pages of this fantastic new series!

New Universal #1 – Planet Earth. Inhabited by six billion people. People leading ordinary lives, coping with everyday struggles. But on a night like any other, the Earth is rocked by the most startling celestial event ever witnessed by the human race. The White Event. And from its wake, a handful of humans emerge as something more. Acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (NEXTWAVE) and superstar artist Salvador Larroca (X-MEN) bring you this new universe — a universe witnessing superhuman power for the first time.

Spider-Man: Reign #1 – This is a story of Spider-Man’s future, a possible future anyway, brought to you by superstar Kaare Andrews (INCREDIBLE HULK). They finally did it - kicked them to the curb. The "capes and tights" crowd -- there's no place for them in the Big Apple anymore. Peter Parker? He can't even remember what it was like to don the red and blue and swing through the night sky. Doesn't want to, anyway. After all, there's nothing left to fight for, is there? That is until an old "friend" appears on Peter's doorstep, bearing a package and a message -- and everything changes. If it's not Peter's responsibility, then whose is it?

Tranquility #1 - Tranquility is like any other small town in America, except for one fundamental difference: It's the town where super-powered beings go in order to retire and raise families. From the Golden Age to the Modern Age, heroes and villains alike reside in Tranquility, and it creates a unique blend of personalities and conflicts that causes the local law enforcement nothing but headaches! As a camera crew is in town to film a news segment on this unique place, the town is turned upside down by a murder...and it becomes evident that everything isn't as quaint as it seems. I’m sorry, but the idea of retirement community for superheroes/villains just cracks me up. And it’s written by Gail Simone; so at least you know the writing will be good.

That’s all for me this week! See you at Haven!