Saturday, December 29, 2007

First New Comics of 2008!! (1-4-08)

All New Atom #19
Anita Blake VH: Guilty Pleasures #7 (OF 12)
Annihilation Conquest #3 (OF 6)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #10
Countdown: Lord Havok/Extremists #3 (OF 6)
Countdown 17
Countdown to Mystery #4 (OF 8)
Detective Comics #840
Doktor Sleepless #4
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 3 #6 (OF 12)
Dynamo 5 #10
End League #1
Exiles: Days of Then & Now
Fantastic Four Omnibus HC vol 2 – S/O #28
Forgotten Realms: Halfling’s Gem #3
Girls vol 2: Emergence TP – S/O #11
Girls vol 3: Survival TP – S/O #11
Girls vol 4: TP – S/O #11
Gold Digger #91
Gold Digger Sourcebook #12
Gravel #0
Hedge Knight 2: Sworn Sword #4 (OF 6)
Howard the Duck #4 (OF 4)
Jonah Hex #27
Justice League Unlimited #41
Knights of the Dinner Table #134
Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #5 (OF 5)
Marvel Minimates Zombies: Iron Man & Black Panther – S/O #64
Metal Men #5 (OF 8)
Midnighter #15
Moon Knight #14
Ms Marvel #23
North Wind #1 (OF 4)
Northlanders #2
Powers vol 11: Secret Identity TP
Previews vol XVIII #1
Pride of Baghdad SC
Shark-Man #1
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #3 (OF 4)
Sonic X #28
Star Wars Legacy #18
Supergirl #25
Tales from the Crypt #4
Teen Titans: Year One #1 (OF 6)
Thunderbolts #118
Ultimate Human #1 (OF 4)
Uncanny X-Men #494 Bianchi Variant
Uncanny X-Men #494 MC
Usagi Yojimbo #108
Wildstorm Revelations #1 (OF 6)

End League #1 - A thematic merging of The Lord of the Rings and Watchmen, The End League follows a cast of the last remaining supermen and women as they embark on a desperate and perilous journey through a world dominated by evil, in hopes of locating the one remaining artifact that can save humanity-the Hammer of Thor. For his return to the world of comics renowned artist Mat Broome (WildC.A.T.S.) teams up with critically acclaimed writer Rick Remender (Fear Agent) for this, Dark Horse Comics's newest superhero series.

Gravel #0 – This is the first issue in a new ongoing series featuring the character William Gravel, the star of Strange Kiss. The creation of writer Warren Ellis (Black Summer) and artist Mike Wolfer (Streets of Glory), Strange Kiss was a series of six mini-series Avatar published from 1999 to 2004. If you’re a Warren Ellis fan, well, this is more of the same hard-hitting stuff he’s famous for at the indie publishers.

North Wind #1 - From the creator of the ABC TV show Traveler! An Ice Age Mad Max that's a blockbuster action story in widescreen style! Civilization itself is at risk as a new hero is born into a futuristic, barbaric time period. A tyrant has risen, and his reign will clash with the arrival of The North Wind! This one looks awesome, folks – Definitely give it a try!

Shark-Man #1 - the story of a death-row prisoner forced to protect a Utopian city from the cancer of organized crime. Imagine 1930's Chicago crossed with a futuristic Venice, Italy. Tom Gaskill has been falsely convicted of murder and the theft of an entire city's wealth. Now he must protect New Venice City, the ocean city his father built, with the help of a submarine designed to be the ocean's greatest weapon. Sounds like an iffy book, but everything I’ve read about this suggests it’s worth checking out.

Ultimate Human #1 - It’s the Ultimate war between the Hulk and Iron Man! Desperate for a cure to his dark disease, scientist Bruce Banner begs Tony Stark for a release from the curse of the Hulk! Stark agrees, but in the midst of the experimentation, something goes horribly wrong. And you know what happens next: man and monster collide! Be there as writer Warren Ellis (Ultimate Galactus) begins his next Ultimate epic—and is joined by amazing artist Cary Nord (Conan)!

Wildstorm Revelations #1 - a biweekly 6-part adventure to save the WildStorm Universe by writers Scott Beatty (BATGIRL: YEAR ONE) & Christos Gage (STORMWATCH: PHD, WILDSTORM ARMAGEDDON) and rising-star artist Wes Craig! The rogue Coda warrior Nemesis, following her harrowing post-apocalyptic vision, must find Backlash and Savant to help her unlock the secrets of the coming destruction. But can anything stem the tide of darkness? Step one to fitting together the pieces of the intricate puzzle: infiltrate the world's most powerful and influential super-humans' headquarters and raid their database!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Oh My Gotham! HUUUUUUUUGE Comics Week (12-27-07)!!!

52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #5 (OF 6)
Action Comics #860
Amazing Spider-Man #545 OMD
Art of HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos HC – S/O #6
Authority Prime #3 (OF 6)
Avengers Initiative #8
Badger Saves the World #1 (OF 5)

Batman #672
Black Panther #33
Blue Beetle #22
Bomb Queen IV #4 (OF 4)
Brave and the Bold #9
Captain America #33
Captain Marvel #2 (OF 5)

Conan #47
Countdown Arena #4 (OF 4)
Countdown to Adventure #5 (OF 8)
Countdown 18
Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #3 (OF 5)
Dan Dare #2 (OF 7)
Daredevil #103
Death of the New Gods #4 (OF 8)
Devi #16
Fables vol 5: The Mean Seasons TP – S/O #53, #66
Fantastic Four: Isla de Muerte One-Shot
Flash #235
Flash, Fastest Man Alive: Full Throttle TP
GI Joe: Storm Shadow #7
Giant Size Avengers Special #1
Gotham Underground #3 (OF 9)
Green Lantern #26
Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1

House of M Avengers #3 (OF 5)
Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom One-Shot
Iron Man #24
Jack of Fables #18
JLA Classified #49
JSA Classified #33
Legion of Superheroes #37
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 1 TP
Marvel Illustrated: Picture of Dorian Gray #1 (OF 6)
Marvel Previews January 2008
Marvel Spotlight: X-Men Messiah Complex
Marvel Zombies 2 #3 (OF 5)
New Warriors #7

Planetary vol 1: All Over the World & Other Stories TP
Previews vol XVIII #1
Punisher #53
Shrugged #7
Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection vol 11: Union HC
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #24
Teen Titans #54
Teen Titans Go #50
Thor #5
Ultimate Fantastic Four #49
Ultimate Power #9 (OF 9)
Ultimate Spider-Man #117

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #4 (OF 8)
Wildcats: Armageddon #1
Wizard Magazine #196
X-Men #206 MC
X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #4 (OF 5)
X-Men First Class vol 2 #7
X-Men: Messiah Complex Mutant Files MC

Amazing Spider-Man #545 OMD - 'ONE MORE DAY' PART 4 The riveting conclusion to the most-talked about -- and controversial -- comics event of the year. Brought to you by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada. Brace yourself, Spidey fans; after this, nothing will be the same for Peter Parker! The stakes have never been higher. At his darkest hours -- and he's had plenty -- Peter has always had one shoulder to lean on, one person who'd remind him who he is, who he was, and who he can be. Now he's about to lose that person. What will he do...what would you do, if you only had 'One More Day?' I know what I’d do – I’d run out and make an appointment wit’ da fishes in the Hudson for one Joe Quesada. That’s what I’d do.

Avengers Initiative #8 - 'Fresh Meat' Training is almost over for our cadets. Some will graduate. Some will washout. And, yes, some WILL die! It all starts here, in the Initiative's biggest story to date! And with the clock ticking on the first class of recruits, get ready to meet the next batch! Including new Marvels, old Marvels, at least one SKRULL, and...THE IRREDEEMABLE GIANT-MAN? Also, with the Gauntlet out of commission, just wait until you meet Camp Hammond's new Drill Instructor... he's a real Taskmaster!

Batman #672 - The Gotham Police HQ is taken over by the mysterious Third Batman who begins to kill cops, working his way towards Jim Gordon as he tells his tale and waits for his prize: the life of the Dark Knight, in exchange for the lives of the precinct cops. What dark secret from Batman's past lies behind the creation of the Impostor Batmen? Guest starring Bat-Mite! Now that Ra’s al Ghul is back, please return to your regularly scheduled Grant Morrison weirdness.

Fantastic Four: Isla de Muerte One-Shot - Puerto Rico...island of beauty, intrigue and, for one ever-lovin', blue-eyed visitor…a pile full of danger! Ben Grimm has been keeping a secret from his teammates for years. But when Reed, Sue and Johnny investigate, the mystery brings them to the tropics, face-to-face with an old nemesis and a monstrous creature known as…EL CHUPACABRAS!! All we can say is, '¡¡QUE EL MÍO SEA MARVEL!!

Giant Size Avengers Special #1 - As the Avengers battle to take down the Serpent Society, the team recalls never-before-told tales of their past! Watch as: Spider-Man tries to integrate into a team and learns a thing or two about history, Luke Cage and Wolverine go toe-to-toe against a terrifying cosmic foe, Henry Peter Gyrich becomes an unlikely hero on an unlikely world, and Jarvis the butler cleans house…after some robot Vikings drop by unexpectedly. On top of all that-it's the return of the critically-acclaimed Fin Fang Four by Scott Grey and Roger Langridge! That's 55 pages of all-new comics, PLUS classic reprints from Avengers history!

Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom One-Shot - Prepare yourself for a showdown of epic proportions. The gamma irradiated goliath, the Hulk, faces off against the mighty Marvel monster, Fin Fang Foom. This action-packed double-sized one-shot will take two of Marvel's BIGGEST… GREENEST monsters, and pit them against one-another. And you can be sure that when these big brutal beasts collide, ain't nobody gonna be happy. So place you're bets folks, cause this one's going to make it into the last rounds… My money is on the FOOM! Plus, classic slugfests from the past!

Ultimate Power #9 (of 9) - The final chapter in this lauded limited series finds the two teams-the Ultimates and the Squadron Supreme poised for the cataclysmic climax that will decide the fate of two worlds! And the ending is more than mortal minds can imagine!

See you at Haven!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Massive Merry Christmas Comics Week!! (12/19/07)

Army @ Love #10
Avengers Classic #7
Batman & the Outsiders #3
Birds of Prey #113
Black Diamond Detective Agency SC – S/O #17
Cable/Deadpool #48
Captain America: Chosen #5 (OF 6)
Captain Carrot & the Final Ark #3 (OF 3)
Catwoman #74
Checkmate #21
Countdown Arena #3 (OF 4)
Countdown: Ray Palmer/Superwoman/Batwoman #1
Countdown Special: The Atom 80-Pg Giant #2 (OF 2)
Countdown 19
Detective Comics #839 (GHUL)
Ex Machina #33
Exiles #100
Fables vol 8: Wolves TP – S/O #7
Foolkiller #3 (OF 5)
GI Joe: America’s Elite #30
Green Arrow/Black Canary #3 Variant – Shortage Replacement
Green Lantern #25
Grendel: Behold the Devil #2 (OF 8)
Haunted Mansion vol 1: Welcome Foolish Mortals HC
Hero by Night #1
Immortal Iron Fist #11
Incredible Hulk #112
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #4 (OF 6)
Jack of Fables vol 1: Nearly Great Escape TP – S/O #7
JLA #16
Kiss 4K: Kissmas Special - S/O #77
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #9
Long Count #1 (OF 6)
Madame Mirage #4
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #31
Marvel Holiday Special
Marvel Illustrated: Illiad #1
Marvel Zombies: Book of Angels, Demons, & Monstrosities
Metamorpho Year One #6 (OF 6)
Mighty Avengers #6 CWI
New X-Men #45 MC
Painkiller Jane #4
Red Sonja #28
Rex Mundi #9
Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Frost Giant’s Daughter 1-Shot
Scooby Doo #127
Shadowpact #20
She-Hulk 2 #24
Sonic the Hedgehog #183
Star Trek Aliens Spotlight: Orions
Star Trek Year Four #5
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures vol 10 TP - S/O #23
Star Wars Dark Times #7
Superman #671
Superman/Batman #44
Terror Inc #4 (OF 5)
The Order #6
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 9: Silver Surfer TP
Ultimate X-Men #89
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #4 (OF 6)
Voodoo Child #6
Walt Disney’s Three Musketeers
Watchmen TP

What If?! Civil War
Wolverine: Firebreak One Shot

Wolverine Origins #20
World of Warcraft #2
World War Hulk: Warbound #1 (OF 5) WWH

X-Men First Class vol 2 #6

Detective Comics #839 (Ghul) - The startling climax of 'The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul'! A secret surrounding Ra's' lineage is revealed! Everything comes to a head at Nanda Parbat as Batman, Robin, Nightwing and Damian face off against the eternal might of Ra's al Ghul!

Exiles #100 - Adios, Exiles! They've left their footprints across the multiverse for a hundred issues, but what threat will make Blink and Co. close up shop for good? It's not what you expect! And what's this we hear about an all NEW EXILES? That’s right, Exiles fans, it ain’t over til it’s over, and this show is not over. Check back here next month for New Exiles #1!

Haunted Mansion vol 1: Welcome Foolish Mortals TP – Featuring a variety of stories based on the Haunted Mansion of the Disney parks, this book is a must have for any self-respecting Disney geek! Not only do you get some history on the 999 Happy Haunts and the mansion itself, you also get a story by Haven’s own Andy and Alice Price! If you ask nicely, they’ll even autograph it for you, ladies and gentlemen.

Long Count #1 (of 6) – According to the Mayan calendar, which has proven to be eerily accurate over the course of time, 2012 is the year of the Long Count. For anyone wondering, that’s not good. That means it’s the end of the world; our 5,000 year cycle is over, and the world is ending. This book is based on that premise, and should definitely be worth checking out.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan: The Frost Giant’s Daughter 1-Shot – That’s right, all you Howard/Conan fans, it’s Conan’s 75th Birthday! While the Cimmerian may be seasoned, he's still going strong, as Dark Horse celebrates the barbarian's birthday with the first in a series of special-edition reprints of their adaptations of Robert E. Howard stories--with cover art by definitive Conan illustrator Frank Frazetta. The Frost Giant's Daughter reprints Conan #2 and features Frazetta's origal cover painting "The Frost Giants," first seen on the jacket of Lancer's 1969 edition Conan of Cimmeria. This was a great issue in this fabulous series, so if you’ve been hesitant to check out Conan’s latest comic series, give this a whirl.

Watchmen TP – One of the classic comic stories in the history of the medium, every self-respecting comic geek should read this book at least once. Also, there’s a movie coming out next year that promises to be very, very good. If it’s been a while since you’ve read it and you want to give your memory a good kickstart, picking up this trade would be the way to do it.

Wolverine: Firebreak 1-Shot - A brand-new, stand-alone story by X-MEN's Mike Carey and OMEGA FLIGHT's Scott Kolins! Everyone knows that Wolverine is an expert tracker, but what about when he's been blinded? The fighting Canadian must lead a vacationing family out of the woods, using only his 4 remaining senses and the help of that same family. Things get more complicated, however, with a visit from Advanced Idea Mechanics. Also, as an added bonus: a special back-up story by Macon Blair (24Seven) and Vasilis Lolos (Pirates of Coney Island).

World War Hulk: Warbound #1 - The puny humans hate the Warbound, the savage alien monsters who joined the Hulk in his quest for vengeance against the heroes of Earth. But when new horrors arise in the New Mexico desert, the puny humans might just learn that a savage alien monster or two can be pretty handy in a pinch. What is Gammaworld? Which deadly enemy from the Hulk's past has returned? And who here dares to learn what it is to be Warbound, in life and death, whatever may come?

See you at Haven!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Wheel of Time Turns...

This just in from CNN:

Brandon Sanderson, author of the fantasy "Mistborn" series, will finish Robert Jordan's final novel. Jordan, whose real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr., died from a blood disease in September in South Carolina. He was working on the 12th book in his "Wheel of Time" fantasy series at the time of his death. More than 44 million books in the "Wheel of Time" series have been sold worldwide, according to publisher Tor Books. The final book is titled "A Memory of Light." "To me, Robert Jordan is still kind of a mythological figure," Sanderson told the Daily Herald of Provo. "I would have done this with no credit and no payment, to be perfectly honest."

Sanderson, whose first novel, "Elantris," was published in 2005, has four books in print. Jordan's widow and the book's editor, Harriet Popham Rigney, said she was "absolutely delighted" that Sanderson agreed to finish it. "He left copious notes and hours of audio recordings," Rigney said in a statement on Tor Books' Web site. Jordan's books tells of Rand al'Thor, who is destined to become the champion who will battle ultimate evil in a mythical land. The first title in the series, "The Eye of the World," was published in 1990.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Wednesday's Comics!! (12/12/07)

After the Cape II #2 (OF 3)
Amazing Spider-Girl #15
Angelus Pilot Season #1
Ant Unleashed #1
Astounding Wolf-Man #4 – S/O #11
Atomic Robo #3 (OF 6) - S/O #11
Bat Lash #1 (OF 6)
Battlestar Galactica Origins #1
Black Adam: The Dark Age #5 (OF 6)
Black Mist #2 (OF 2)
Booster Gold #5
Boys #13
BPRD: Killing Ground #5 (OF 5)
Bride of Frankenstein vol 1: Pandora’s Bride Novel
Captain Carrot & the Final Ark #3 (OF 3)
Chronicles of Wormwood: Last Enemy GN
Civil War Chronicles #6
Countdown Arena #2 (OF 4)
Countdown: Search for Ray Palmer: Red Son #1
Countdown Special: The Atom 80-Pg Giant #1 (OF 2)
Countdown 20
Darkness #1
DC: The New Frontier vol 2 TP – S/O #15
Death of the New Gods #1 (OF 8) – S/O#64
Devi #15
DF: Captain America #25 Variant SIGNED
DMZ #26
Fables #68
Fantastic Four #552
Gen 13 #15
Ghost Rider #18
Giant Size Avengers: Mischief
Gold Digger Christmas Special #1
Green Arrow/Black Canary #3
Green Lantern #25
Green Lantern Corps #19
Grimm Fairy Tales #19
Highlander: Way of the Sword #1
JLA Classified #48
Marvel Comics Presents #4
Marvel Illustrated: Man in the Iron Mask #6 (OF 6)
New Avengers #37
New Warriors #6
Nexus Origin One Shot
Nightwing #139 (GHUL)
Nova #9
Pirates of Coney Island #6 (OF 8)
Potter’s Field #3 (OF 3)
Punisher War Journal #14
Rachel Grey Bust – S/O #53
Salvation Run #2 (OF 7)
Simon Dark #3
Spider-Man Family #6
Spider-Man/Red Sonja #5 (OF 5)
Stormwatch Armageddon #1
Streets of Glory #3 (OF 6)
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #4 (OF 8)
Superman Confidential #10
Tales of Sinestro Corps: Ion #1
Ultimate Iron Man II #1 (OF 4)
Walking Dead #45
Warhammer 40K: Blood & Thunder #2 (OF 5)
Wolverine #60
Wonder Girl #4 (OF 6)
Wonder Woman #15
Wormwood One Shot
X-Factor #26 MC
X-Men: Die by the Sword #5 (OF 5)
Y The Last Man vol 1: Unmanned TP – S/O #3
Y The Last Man vol 2: Cycles TP – S/O #3
Y The Last Man vol 3: One Small Step TP – S/O #3
Y The Last Man vol 4: Safeword TP – S/O #3

Ant Unleashed #1 – The Ant started out as an underground comic character, like most independent books do, and she’s now on her 3rd or 4th publisher. Hopefully, this new publisher will provide a more permanent home for this very cool character. If you haven’t read Ant before, you should definitely give it a try; this is cool stuff!

Bat Lash #1 (of 6) – Will he save the West - or ruin it? Acclaimed Western novelist Peter Brandvold (Rogue Lawman, .45-Caliber Deathtrap) teams up with Bat Lash co-creator Sergio Aragones (Groo, MAD) to answer that question as BAT LASH begins! This 6-issue miniseries recounts the origin story of the most unusual cowboy of them all as young Bat Lash braves a corrupt sheriff and a greedy rancher just to woo a rancher's lovely daughter. With interior art by the legendary John Severin (DESPERADOES) and beautiful covers by Walter Simonson, BAT LASH is a classic Western high adventure made fresh and exciting for today! Western comics are back in a big way, thanks to the awesome Lone Ranger comic, and this one looks really, really good. Check it out!

Darkness #1 – Marc Silvestri’s Darkness character has been in and out of comics for the past several years, with hit and miss storylines. Now that there’s a big-budget, major motion picture of Darkness coming out, Top Cow is determined to make the comic a viable best-seller again. Take a look at this new iteration and let me know what you think!

DF Captain America #25 Variant SIGNED – Alright, boys and girls, this is it! The death of Captain America issue, signed by legendary Cap creator Joe Simon and current writer Ed Brubaker. I’ve only got my hands on one of these bad boys and it’s going to go fast. This is first come, first served, so drop me an email or call me and let me know if you’re interested.

Salvation Run #2 (of 7) – The people of the DC Universe’s Earth are tired of having their lives thrown into chaos by rampaging, high powered villains. So they find a planet far, far away that is relatively danger free and will support life, then they send all the bad guys there, with no way to get back. This is one heck of a penal colony, with the worst of the worst of the DC villains, all having to get along with each other in order to survive. This is some good stuff, folks! You should be reading this!

Ultimate Iron Man II #1 (of 4) – Orson Scott Card is back, chronicling the history of Ultimate Iron Man! The previous Ultimate Iron Man mini-series kind of left us hanging, so this new series is a welcome addition to the Ultimate universe catalogue. If you’ve read the first limited series or you’ve been a fan of Ultimates, this book is a must for you – you’re definitely going to want to get in on this action!

See you at Haven!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Kickin' Off Your Christmas Comics! (12-5-07)

All New Atom #18
Annihilation Conquest #2 (OF 6)
Avengers Initiative Annual #1 SII

Black Summer #4 (OF 7)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9
Countdown Arena #1 (OF 4)
Countdown 21
Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #2 (OF 5) – S/O #69
Death of the New Gods #2 (OF 8) – S/O #64
Dynamo 5 #9
Escapists HC
GI Joe: Storm Shadow #6
Giant Size Avengers Mischief
Giant Size Fantastic Four Cosmic Threats
Giant Size Spider-Man Family
Giant Size Spider-Man Back in Black

Gotham Underground #2 (OF 9) – S/O #64
Hellboy vol 1: Seed of Destruction TP
House of M Avengers #2 (OF 5)
Howard the Duck #3 (OF 4)
Infinite Horizon #1 (OF 6)
Infinity Inc. #4
Iron & the Maiden #0
Jonah Hex #26
JLA #15
Justice League Unlimited #40
JSA #11
Lobster Johnson: Iron Prometheus #4 (OF 5)
Looney Tunes #157
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #34
Metamorpho Year One #5 (OF 6)
Midnighter #14
Ms Marvel #22
New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #4
Northlanders #1
Omega Unknown #3 (OF 10)
PVP #37
Robin #169 (GHUL)
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #2 (OF 4)
Sonic X #27
Supergirl #24
Sword #3
The Order #5
Twelve #0
Ultimate X-Men #88
Ultimates 3 #1 (OF 5)
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #2 (OF 6) – S/O #4
Uncanny X-Men #493 MC
Vinyl Underground #3
What If?! X-Men: Rise & Fall of the Shi’ar Empire
Wizard Magazine 2008 Movie Spectacular
World of Warcraft #1Shortage Replacement
World War Hulk: Aftersmash WWH
X-Men: Die by the Sword #4 (OF 5)

Countdown Arena #1 (of 4) - Spinning out of Countdown, the series will feature Monarch (Nathaniel Adam) as he organizes battles among various versions of characters from the 52 Earths of the Multiverse. He will then add those he deems worthy to his army, in preparation for his battle against the Monitors.

Giant Size Marvel Books – Marvel is introducing Giant Size collections of stories, basically mini-trades, of many of their more family friendly titles. These are a great way to introduce new readers to some great comics without having to drop a lot of cash. Definitely check this out, folks! Christmas is coming, you know!

Infinite Horizon #1 (of 6) - Image presents a re-imagining of The Odyssey: A soldier's long journey home after years of war in the Middle East. In the not-too-distant future a small group of abandoned soldiers are lead home by one man: The Captain. To get back he will have to cross half the globe and endure deadly encounters with many enemies including the Cyclops, and the Sirens...but first he will have to survive the final hours of the war!

Northlanders #1 – This is a Vertigo title. It’s about Vikings. It’s cool. Set in 980 AD, Sven, a Viking guarding Constantinople, grows tired of the Byzantine court and decides to go home and reclaim his place among his people. Of course, when he gets there – it’s been a long time – the people in his place are a little loath to give it up. If you like Vikings and really amazing art, this is the book for you.

Twelve #0 - This preview comic features the origin stories of Golden Age greats “Rockman” from USA Comics #1 (August 1941) by Charles Nicholas and Basil Wolverton and the never-before-reprinted “Laughing Mask” by Will Harr and Maurice Gutwirth from Daring Mystery Comics #2 (February 1940) and Phantom Reporter by Mike Robard and Sam Cooper from Daring Mystery Comics #3 (April 1940) along with character sketches and preview pages of the new series The Twelve, by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Chris Weston. If you’re a sucker for Golden Age superheroics, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this series!

Ultimates 3 #1 (of 5) – It’s the Ultimates. It’s Jeph Loeb and, wait for it, Joe Maduriera. Yeah, remember him? It’s been a while, a meager 10 years or so, but he’s back now and ready for action. Hot on the heels of Ultimates II, this series is getting rave reviews from those jerks lucky enough to receive preview issues. This one is a must!

World War Hulk: Aftersmash - The Hulk came back to Earth and made a HUUUUUUUUGE mess. Who's S.H.I.E.L.D. gonna get to clean it up? Damage Control, the roughest, toughest dilapidated dirt dogs this side'a the universe. If anyone can clean up the aftereffects of World War Hulk, they can. But while they're picking up the pieces, they find that the war...may not be over...

See you at Haven!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (11-28-07)

52 Aftermath: 4 Horsemen #4 (OF 6)
All Star Batman & Robin #8
Army of Darkness: From Ashes #4
Authority Prime #2 (OF 6)
Batman #671 (GHUL)
Batman & the Outsiders #2
Black Panther #32
Black Summer Auxiliary #1 (OF 7)
Blue Beetle #21
Bomb Queen IV #3 (OF 4)
Booster Gold #2 – S/O #69
Booster Gold 2nd Printing #1 – S/O #69
Cable/Deadpool #47
Countdown: Lord Havok & Extremists #2 (OF 6)
Countdown to Adventure #4 (OF 8)
Countdown to Final Crisis 22
Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #2 (OF 5)
Dan Dare #1 (OF 7)
DC: The New Frontier vol 2 TP – S/O #102
Death of the New Gods #3 (OF 8)
Deathblow #8
Dock Walloper #1 (OF 5)
Doktor Sleepless Auxiliary #1
Faker #5 (OF 6)
First Born #3 (OF 3)
Foolkiller #2 (OF 5)
Death Dealer #5 (OF 6)
Gargoyles: Bad Guys #1
Gen 13 Armageddon#1
GI Joe: Data Desk Handbook N-Z
Gotham Underground #2 (OF 9)
Green Lantern Corps #18
Hellboy TP vol 2: Wake the Devil
Jack of Fables #17
JLA Classified #47
JSA Classified #32
Jungle Girl #3
Knights of the Dinner Table #133
Madman #5
Marvel Adventures: Iron Man #7
Marvel Atlas #1 (OF 2)
Marvel Previews #52
Marvel Zombies 2 #2 (OF 5)
Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness Deluxe Variant – S/O #64
Masked Magician One Shot
Mercenaries #1
Marvel Master Works: Thor vol 3 HC – S/O #99
Moon Knight Annual #1
Previews vol XVII #12
Savage Dragon #134
Secret History: Book Four
Sensational Spider-Man #41 OMD
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #23
Sub-Mariner #6 (OF 6) CWI
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #36
Superman Annual #13
Superman/Batman #43
Teen Titans #53
Teen Titans Go #49
Transformers Devastation #3
Trials of Shazam #10 (OF 12)
Ultimate Spider-Man #116
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #3 (OF 8)
Usagi Yojimbo #107
World War Hulk: Frontline #6 (OF 6) WWH
X-Men #205 MC

X-Men: First Class vol 2 #6

Dan Dare #1 (of 7) - Virgin Comics is bringing Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future out of retirement to star in a new line of comics and a big-screen adaptation. Variety reports that the classic British science fiction character is a favorite of Virgin’s Richard Branson, who spearheaded the effort to acquire publishing, film, television and video game rights to the Frank Hampson creation. The new comic, which debuts in November, will be written by Garth Ennis. “Dan Dare is the quintessential British hero,” Ennis tells the trade paper. “He’s our Captain America, our Superman, our Batman; he’s all of them rolled into one.” Dare first appeared in April 1950 in the Eagle weekly comics.

Marvel Atlas #1 (of 2) - It’s the time of year when everyone wants to go on vacation—and what better place than the Marvel Universe? In the double-sized Marvel Atlas #1 (of 2), Marvel’s first-ever official atlas, your favorite MU locations are in the spotlight! The splendor of Dr. Doom's Latveria! The wonders of Muir Island! The glory of Silver Sable's homeland Symkaria! The urban squalor of Madripoor! The underwater marvels of Lemuria! With art from legend Eliot R. Brown (Punisher Armory, Iron Manual), this is the Marvel Universe like you’ve never seen it before!

Masked Magician One Shot - Nine thousand years ago an object of great power fell to Earth - a simple statue. The men who tried to wield it were granted temporary prosperity, but soon, having upset the delicate balance of the world, they received the terrible consequences, and their kingdom came to ruin. A special Society was formed to protect mankind from the statue's power.

Mercenaries #1 - The best-selling video game from Pandemic Studios is the next new Dynamite Entertainment comic book event! Get ready to join up with the MERCENARIES! Mercenaries the game has revolutionized the world of 3rd-person action-shooters by putting players in the middle of real world combat with the kind of freedom only a mercenary has. And now DYNAMITE'S MERCENARIES places you in the middle of the action.

Sensational Spider-Man #41 (OMD) - The most-talked about - and controversial - comic event of the year continues, brought to you by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada! Brace yourself, Spidey fans, after this, nothing will be the same for Peter Parker! The stakes have never been higher. At his darkest hours - and he's had plenty - Peter has always had one shoulder to lean on, one person who'd remind him who he is, who he was, and who he can be. Now he's about to lose that person. What would he do...what would you do, if you only had One More Day? Been wondering where the heck this book has been? Yeah, so has everyone else. I guess Marvel wants to drag this one more day out a bit.

See you at Haven!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Angel: After the Fall #1
52 vol 4 TP – S/O #54
Action Comics #859
American Virgin vol 3: Wet TP – S/O #122
Army @ Love #9
Avengers Classic #6
Batman Confidential #11
Birds of Prey #112
Black Adam: The Dark Age #4 (OF 6) – Shortage Replacement
Black Summer Auxiliary #1 (OF 7)
Blade of the Immortal #131
Booster Gold #3 – S/O #69
Boys #12
Brave & the Bold #8
BTVS Long Way Home HC (retailer thank you edition)
Captain America #32
Captain America: The Chosen #4 (OF 6)
Captain America vol 1: Death of Captain America Premiere HC

Catwoman #73
Checkmate #20
Conan #46
Countdown/Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight
Countdown to Final Crisis 23
Countdown to Mystery #3 (OF 8)
Dark Sector #0
Detective Comics #838 (GHUL)
Doktor Sleepless Auxiliary #1
Drafted #3
Ex Machina #32
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 6: Homelands TP – S/O #53, #66
Fables vol 7: Arabian Nights & Days TP – S/O #53, #66
Fables vol 8: Wolves TP – S/O #53, #66
Fall of Cthulhu #8
Flash #234
Franklin Richards: Fall Football Fiasco
GI Joe: America’s Elite #29
Gold Digger #90
Grendel: Behold the Devil #1 (OF 8)
Grimm Fairy Tales #18
Groo: Hell on Earth #2 (OF 4)
HALO Uprising #2 (OF 4)
Heroes for Hire #15
Incredible Hulk #111 WWH
Incredible Hulk: Zombie Variant #111 – S/O #64
India Authentic: Yama, Lord of Death #7
Iron Man Annual #1
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #8
LOEG: Black Dossier Variant Edition
Lone Ranger #10
Loners #6 (OF 6)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #18
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #30
Marvel Illustrated: Last of the Mohicans #6 (OF 6)
Marvel Illustrated: Treasure Island #6 (OF 6)
Metamorpho Year One #4 (OF 6)
New X-Men #44 MC
Penance Relentless #3 (OF 5)
Powers #27
Rex Libris #9
Sadhu the Silent Ones #3
Scooby Doo #126
Scream #1 (OF 4)
Shadowpact #19
She-Hulk 2 #23
Snakewoman vol 2: Tale of the Snake Charmer #5
Sonic the Hedgehog #182
Spirit #11
Star Trek Aliens Spotlight: Andorians
Star Wars 30th Anniversary HC vol 10: Crimson Empire
Superman Confidential #6 – S/O #64
Thunderbolts: Breaking Point
Ultimate Vision #5 (OF 5)

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #3 (OF 6)
Walking Dead #44
Wetworks #15
Wetworks Armageddon #1
What If?! Annihilation
Wizard Magazine #195
Wolverine Origins #19
X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #3 (OF 5)
Zero Killer #3 (OF 6)

Captain America #32 – The death of Captain America continues to have repercussions in the Marvel universe. The Falcon and Black Widow hunt together! Can they save the Winter Soldier from becoming a tool of the Red Skull again? And if they do, will he just go kill Tony Stark? And what of Agent 13, Sharon Carter, who shot the final bullets into her true love, Steve Rogers, and has seen her life fall apart since then? Much as I hate to say it, this book has been really good, other than the whole Captain America being dead thing.

Detective Comics #838 (Ghul) - "The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul," Part 3 of 7! Batman and I-Ching track down Ra's and Talia to their hideout while Nightwing pursues Robin! And why is the Invisible Map so important? All this, plus guest appearances by Talia al Ghul and Damian. The first two chapters of this story have been great – give this a shot; the demon is coming back!

Grendel: Behold the Devil #1 (of 8) - The original Grendel, Hunter Rose, returns in this new miniseries written and drawn by Matt Wagner! This is an untold chapter in the life of the greatest criminal mastermind in history--a thrilling and horrifying glimpse into a time when Rose's novels were at the top of all the bestseller lists and rumors of the assassin Grendel were on the lips of every terrified mobster unfortunate enough to present an obstacle to Rose's utter domination of the city's underworld. For the first time in over a decade, Wagner returns to the character that made him famous to reveal the biggest secret of Rose's illustrious and bloody career as Grendel! In other words, this is some good stuff, and you should read it.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier Variant Edition HC - Acclaimed writer Alan Moore once again joins forces with artist Kevin O'Neill for THE BLACK DOSSIER - a stunning original hardcover graphic novel that is the next chapter in the fantastic saga of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN! England in the mid-1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return in search of some answers - answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters - a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are hellbent on retrieving the lost manuscript…and ending the League once and for all. THE BLACK DOSSIER is an elaborately designed, cutting-edge volume that includes a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps, and a stunning cutaway double-page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by Kevin O'Neill. Don't miss what's sure to be one of the most talked-about books of 2007! A whopping 208 pages.

Thunderbolts: Breaking Point - The two longest serving members of the Thunderbolts—Songbird and Moonstone—are on a collision course with each other in Thunderbolts: Breaking Point! Acclaimed author Christos Gage (World War Hulk: X-Men, House Of M: Avengers), fan favorite penciler Brian Denham (Nova) and cover artist Marko Djurdjevic team up for this look for at the tenuous relationship between a pair of diametrically opposed Thunderbolts members. Songbird is working to prevent Moonstone from corrupting the team and Moonstone would be happy to just kill Songbird in the field. But is there a more effective way to remove Songbird from the picture? And a familiar face from Songbird's past makes their long-awaited return!Will the conflict between Songbird and Moonstone tear the Thunderbolts apart?

What If?! Annihilation - In What If? Annihilation, the valiant heroes Nova, Drax, Phyla-Vell and Peter Quill fail to halt Annihilus and his murderous rampage across the universe. And eventually the tyrant from the Negative Zone brings his devastating armies to Earth, during the height of both Civil War and Silent War! In the face of a far greater enemy, Marvel heroes struggle to mend their broken alliances. But can both sides work together in spite of the broken trust and newfound animosity?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Farewell, Aquaman Creator...

DC Comics - Name just a few super-heroes that you know and one character who may pop up in that list is Aquaman.

He has never got the popularity of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or Spider-man, but he is a hero that many of us grew up to. Either in comic books or on Saturday morning cartoons, Aquaman was a part of that trivia of our youth.

Aquaman is a superhero in DC Comics that was created by Paul Norris ( and Mort Weisinger,) for More Fun Comics # 73 (Nov. 1941). Initially a backup feature for the main attraction of Superboy, Aquaman was later featured in his own title multiple times. Nearly two decades later, during the superhero-revival period known as the Silver Age of Comic Books, he was a founding member of the Justice League of America. Aquaman has also appeared in animated and live-action television programs. Most will remember him from the Super Friends or the long running Aquaman cartoon show in the 60's.

The man who help create Aquaman, Paul Norris, has taken his Final Taxi at the age of 93.
Born on April 26, 1914 in Greenville, Ohio, Norris studied at Midland Lutheran College and at the Dayton Art Institute before being hired for the Dayton Daily News as an illustrator and cartoonist. In 1939, he headed to New York to seek a better job. By 1940, he was drawing comics for Prize Publications, where he created such "star strips" as Yank and Doodle, Power Nelson and Futureman.

Norris was at DC Comics in 1941. There, he and editor-writer Weisinger created Aquaman.
His first credit with DC is a revamp of the Sandman. Sandman has always been my favorite super hero. The simple green three-piece suit with purple cape and a gas mask was something I could see someone wearing instead of the tights and cape. Norris thought otherwise and followed what was popular for the time giving Sandman yellow and purple tights and a boy sidekick. It worked for the time period but I was glad he turned back gas masked hero many years later.
During WW II Norris illustrated propaganda leaflets to be dropped from aircraft over Okinawa, urging Japanese soldiers to surrender. After the war he worked with the King Features Syndicate as a "troubleshooter" with such adventure strips as Flash Gordon and Secret Agent X-9.

I the 1950s, Norris drew issues of Dell Comics' Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Jungle Jim, the latter of which he had previously drawn as a newspaper comic strip. The following decade, he drew stories of jungle adventurer Tarzan and science-fiction hero Magnus, Robot Fighter in comic books for Gold Key Comics. He also drew one of my favorite DC speedsters Johnny Quick.
Later he drew comics for Marvel of Hanna-Barbera characters including Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, and Dyno-mutt.

Noted as one of the last of the great creators of Golden Age DC superheroes, Aquaman stories still get a "Created by Paul Norris" credit on them.

Marvel tries to put Haven out of business...

...or something like that anyway. Read on.

Fresh from CNN:

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Marvel is putting some of its older comics online Tuesday, hoping to reintroduce young people to the X-Men and Fantastic Four by showcasing the original issues in which such characters appeared.

Marvel Comics, and other comic book companies, are putting their product online. It's a tentative move onto the Internet: Comics can only be viewed in a Web browser, not downloaded, and new issues will only go online at least six months after they first appear in print. Still, it represents perhaps the comics industry's most aggressive Web push yet. Even as their creations -- from Iron Man to Wonder Woman -- become increasingly visible in pop culture through new movies and video games, old-school comics publishers rely primarily on specialized, out-of-the-way comic shops for distribution of their bread-and-butter product.

"You don't have that spinner rack of comic books sitting in the local five-and-dime any more," said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Publishing. "We don't have our product intersecting kids in their lifestyle space as much as we used to." Translate "kids' lifestyle space" into plain English and you get "the Internet."

Marvel's two most prominent competitors currently offer online teasers designed to drive the sales of comics or book collections. Dark Horse Comics now puts its monthly anthologies "Dark Horse Presents" up for free viewing on its MySpace site. The images are vibrant and large. DC Comics has also put issues up on MySpace, and recently launched the competition-based Zuda Comics, which encourages users to rank each other's work, as a way to tap into the expanding Web comic scene. Company president Paul Levitz said he expects to put more original comics online in coming years. (DC Comics is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.) "We look at anything that connects comics to people," Levitz said. "The most interesting thing about the online world to me is the opportunity for new forms of creativity. ... It's a question of what forms of storytelling work for the Web?" For its mature Vertigo imprint, DC offers weekly sneak peeks at the first five or six pages of upcoming issues. The publisher also gives out downloadable PDF files of the first issues in certain series, timed to publication of the series in book or graphic novel format.

The Web release of DC's "Y the Last Man" sent sales of that book collection soaring at Bridge City Comics in Portland, Oregon, the shop's owner Michael Ring said. "They really do tend to be feeder systems," Ring said of online comics. "They give people that initial taste." For Marvel, the general public has often already gotten its initial taste through movies like "Spider-Man" or the "Fantastic Four" franchises.

The publisher is hoping fans will be intrigued enough about the origins of those characters to shell out $9.99 a month, or $4.99 monthly with a year-long commitment. For that price, they'll be able to poke through, say, the first 100 issues of Stan Lee's 1963 creation "Amazing Spider-Man" at their leisure, along with more recent titles like "House of M" and "Young Avengers." Comics can be viewed in several different formats, including frame-by-frame navigation. Ring expects Marvel's effort to put a slight dent in the back-issue segment of the comic shop industry, where rare, out-of-print titles sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay and at trade shows. Though most comic fans are collectors, some simply want to catch up on the backstory of their favorite characters and would no longer have to pay top dollar to do so.

About 2,500 issues will be available at launch of Marvel Digital Comics, with 20 more being released each week.

Friday, November 09, 2007

MASSIVE Comics Week!!! (11-14-07)

All Star Superman #9
Amazing Spider-Girl #14
Amory Wars #4 (OF 5)
Atomic Robo #2 (OF 6)
Avengers Initiative #7
Batman & the Outsiders #1
Beowulf TP
Black Adam: The Dark Age #4 (OF 6)
Booster Gold #4
BPRD: Killing Ground #4 (OF 5)
Captain Carrot & the Final Ark #2 (OF 3)
Captain Marvel #1 (OF 5)
Civil War Chronicles #5
Countdown to Final Crisis 24
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born HC
DMZ #25
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 3 #5
Ex Machina vol 6: Power Down TP
Fables #67
Gargoyles #6
Gen 13 #14
Gene Simmons: Zipper #1 – S/O #77
Ghost Rider #17
Ghost Rider Annual #1
Green Arrow/Black Canary #2
House of M: Avengers #1 (OF 5)
JLA Classified #46
John Woo’s Seven Brothers 2 #3
Legends of the Dark Crystal vol 1: Garthim Wars GN
Living Corpse 1/2 #0
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier HC Variant
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #5
Marvel Comics Presents #3
Marvel Illustrated: Man in the Iron Mask #5 (OF 6)
Mice Templar #2
Mouse Guard Winter 1152 #1 (OF 6) – S/O #26
New Avengers #36
Nightwing #138 (GHUL)
Nova #8
Punisher #52
Punisher War Journal #13
Salvation Run #1 (OF 7)
Simon Dark #2
Spawn: Godslayer #5
Spider-Man/Red Sonja #4 (OF 5)
Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 (OF 5)
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #3 (OF 8)
Superman/Batman #42
Superman Confidential #9
Tales of Raphael: Bad Moon Rising #4 (OF 4)
Teen Titans East Special #1
Thor #4

Ultimate Fantastic Four #48
Ultimates Saga
Un-Men #4
Voodoo Child #5
Wolverine #59
Wonder Girl #3 (OF 6)
Wonder Woman #14
World of Warcraft #1
World War Hulk #5 (OF 5) WWH

X-Factor #25 MC
X-Men: Die by the Sword #3 (OF 5)

Batman & the Outsiders #1 - The new era for the team begins with Catwoman, Metamorpho, Katana, Grace and Martian Manhunter called into investigate a potential time bomb at Jardine Enterprises – but will the new team’s first mission also be it’s last? BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS. Let the speculation begin. A new series, written by Chuck Dixon? Yeah, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this.

Captain Marvel #1 (of 5) - Captain Marvel Returns To Action! Spinning straight out of his shocking return in Civil War, Captain Marvel’s new life begins in Captain Marvel #1 (of 5)! A beloved character long dead, Bucky couldn’t stay in the ground, so what do you think? Yep, Captain Marvel is back too! Cross your fingers on this one, boys and girls.

House of M: Avengers #1 (of 5) - Return to the world of the hit House of M series, where mutants rule the earth and familiar heroes lead shocking, unfamiliar lives! See the history of this alternate reality revealed for the first time! Follow Luke Cage as he goes from wrongly-convicted prisoner to super-powered fugitive...and assembles the band of rebel freedom fighters who will come to be known as the Avengers! Featuring Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Tigra, Mockingbird and more than a few surprises! The team behind the acclaimed Union Jack, Christos (World War Hulk: X-Men) Gage and Mike (Captain America) Perkins, reunite to bring you Marvel's heroes and villains in a world where anything can happen...and does!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier HC Variant - Acclaimed writer Alan Moore once again joins forces with artist Kevin O'Neill for THE BLACK DOSSIER - a stunning original hardcover graphic novel that is the next chapter in the fantastic saga of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN! England in the mid-1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return in search of some answers - answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters - a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are hellbent on retrieving the lost manuscript…and ending the League once and for all. THE BLACK DOSSIER is an elaborately designed, cutting-edge volume that includes a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps, and a stunning cutaway double-page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by Kevin O'Neill. Don't miss what's sure to be one of the most talked-about books of 2007! A whopping 208 pages.

Salvation Run #1 (of 7) - The good folks of Earth have finally had enough of the DCU villains and so the bad folks are being exiled to another planet where they'll be left to their own diabolical devices. You put a bunch of bad dudes in a room and they almost always have a fight and then form shaky alliances. I think we can expect more of the same in Salvation Run but on a much larger scale. Also, this is written by Bill Willingham, of Fables fame, with art by Sean Chen, so it’s going to be good. This is definitely one of the books to watch out for!

World of Warcraft #1 – A new ongoing series based on the world’s most popular massively multiplayer videogame kicks off with part 1 of a 6-part story arc written by Walter Simonson (Thor, Superman) and illustrated by sensational French artist Ludo Lullabi & Sandra Hope (JLA)!

A human is found unconscious on the shores of Kalimdor, with no memory of who he is or how he arrived there. Enslaved by the Orc Shaman Rehgar Earthfury, this man must fight for survival against members of both the Alliance and the Horde, striking uneasy relationships with other races in his quest to find the secrets of his past! Much as I’m surprised to say this, this should be a really good comic, folks! Walt Simonson knows what he’s doing, and just about everybody on the planet seems to love the source material, so definitely check this out!

World War Hulk #5 (of 5) – How does it all end? Does the Hulk have pity and spare the world, or does he decide to finish it? Perhaps more important – who wins? Hulk or the Sentry? I say that a million exploding suns can’t stand up to an angry Hulk. I really hope I’m right!! Check it out, people!

See you at Haven!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

First November Comics Strike It Rich! (11-7-07)

All New Atom #17
Annihilation Conquest #1 (OF 6)
Annihilation Conquest: Star Lord #4 (OF 4)
Astonishing X-Men #23
Atlantis Rising #1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8
Cairo HC
Countdown: Search for Ray Palmer – Red Rain #1
Countdown Special: Jimmy Olson 80-Pg Giant
Countdown to Final Crisis 25
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born Premiere HC
Dr. Who Magazine #388
Fantastic Four #551
Ghosting #3
GI Joe: Data Desk Handbook A-M
Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland #4 (OF 6)
Groo: Hell on Earth #1 (OF 4)
Hellboy: Darkness Calls #6 (OF 6)

Heroes HC
Highlander #12
Howard the Duck #2 (OF 4)
Immortal Iron Fist #10
Infinity, Inc. #3
Iron & the Maiden #4
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #3 (OF 6)
Jonah Hex #25
Justice League Unlimited #39
Knights of the Dinner Table #132
Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #3 (OF 5)
Looney Tunes #156
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #33
Metal Men #4 (OF 8)
Metamorpho Year One #3 (OF 6)
Midnighter #13
Ms Marvel #21
Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm
New Avengers Illuminati #5 (OF 5)
New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #3
Omega the Unknown #2 (OF 10)
PVP #36
Robin #168 (Ghul)
Shanna the She-Devil: Survival of the Fittest #4 (OF 4)
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1 (OF 4)
Sonic X #26
Star Trek Aliens Spotlight: Vulcans
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #22
Star Wars: Legacy #17
Super Villains Team-Up: MODOK’s 11 #5 (OF 5)
Supergirl #23
Superman #670
Superman Confidential #7 – S/O #54
Tales from the Crypt #3
Tales of TMNT #40
The Order #4 CWI
Thunderbolts vol 1 HC: Faith in Monsters
Tranquility Armageddon #1
Uncanny X-Men #492 MC
Uncanny X-Men #492 MC – Silvestri Variant – S/O #3
Vinyl Underground #2
Witchblade #111
World War Hulk Gamma Corps #4 (OF 4) WWH
Y The Last Man #59

Annihilation Conquest #1 (of 6) – Just like last year’s surprise hit, Annihilation, Conquest pulls Marvel’s cosmic lineup back into the limelight and pits them all against a hugely formidable foe. The cosmic heroes who are still standing are defending the universe against the Phalanx, an opportunistic Borg-like organism looking to conquer a universe weakened by Annihilus’ Annihilation Wave that nearly destroyed everything. Much as it surprises me to say it, having never been a fan of any of Marvel’s cosmic characters, these are some extremely good stories. WELL WORTH checking out, folks!

Cairo HC - Set in bustling modern-day Cairo, this magical-realism thriller interweaves the lives of a drug runner, a down-on-his-luck journalist, an American expatriate, a young activist, an Israeli soldier, and a genie as they navigate the city's streets and spiritual underworld to find a stolen hooka sought by a wrathful gangster-magician. Sounds odd, yes, but this new graphic novel from Vertigo is getting a lot of really good buzz. If you liked Pride of Baghdad or if you’re a Fables fan, this should definitely garner a look-see.

Groo: Hell on Earth #1 (of 4) – Sergio Aragones’ Groo is back! Once a staple of the monthly comic book world, Groo disappeared for a long while. We started seeing new appearances a year or two back, and now he’s got a new limited series! If you’re already a Groo fan, you’ll definitely want to pick this up. If you don’t know who/what Groo is, there’s no real good way to explain it – you’ll just have to check it out and see for yourself!

Heroes HC - Yes, this is the TV show. We've got a lot of huge fans of the show at Haven, so toss your hats in the ring early if you want to get your hands on this handsome hardcover!

Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1 (of 4) - In Thy Name takes Surfer into the farthest depths of space where he discovers a threat he can’t ignore! In this timely and relevant tale of a utopia taken over by an enlightened group who subjugate the masses in the name of the greater good, the Silver Surfer is drawn into their conflict and must choose a side. But can he possibly take action when he may be dealing with powers far greater—and deadlier—than his own? With the combination of dirty politics, organ stealing pirates, demonic beasts and more enemies waiting in the shadows, the former herald of Galactus is about to find out that heaven can indeed be hell!

Thunderbolts vol 1 HC: Faith in Monsters – Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato Jr’s run on Thunderbolts has been nothing short of AWESOME. This is one of the best comics out there right now, period. Ellis’ handling of this nasty rogue’s gallery taking down B-list heroes for the government in the name of registration is just incredible. He takes these little known characters no one cares about and makes you wish they had their own book. Really, when was the last time you cared about a character like Jack Flag or American Eagle? And Deodato’s artwork is spectacular. This is the first trade collecting issues from their amazing run – definitely pick this up, if you haven’t already.

Uncanny X-Men #492 MC – The Messiah Complex story continues! Last week’s one-shot, kicking off this huge crossover event, really hit the ground running and, if Brubaker can keep up the momentum, this is going to be huge. This is old-school, when-they-were-really-really-good X-Men, and I’m looking forward to more. Get in on the ground floor with this one, folks!

See you at Haven!

Friday, October 26, 2007

HALLOWEEN Comics!!! (10-31-07)

52 Aftermath: Four Horsemen #3 (OF 6)
Action Comics #858
Anita Blake VH: First Death #2 (OF 2)
Annihilation Conquest: Quasar #4 (OF 4)
Army of Darkness: From Ashes #3
Batman #670
Batman: Hong Kong SC
Boys #10 – S/O #105
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Long Way Home TP
Countdown: Lord Havok & the Extremists #1 (OF 6)
Countdown to Adventure #3 (OF 8)
Countdown to Final Crisis 26
Countdown to Mystery #2 (OF 8)
Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #1 (OF 5)
Daredevil Annual #1
DC Infinite Halloween Special #1
Deadworld: Frozen Over #1 (OF 4)

Death of the New Gods #2 (OF 8)
Dragonlance vol 1: Dragons of Autumn Twilight HC – S/O #59
Dynamo 5 #8
El Cazador vol 1 TP
Forgotten Realms: Halfling’s Gem #2
GI Joe: Storm Shadow #5
Gold Digger #89
Haunted Mansion #7
Iron Man #23
Jack of Fables #16
JSA Classified #31
JSA #10
Kade: Shiva’s Sun #0 (OF 4)
Midnighter: Armageddon #1
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #2 (OF 6)
Mythos: Fantastic Four
Necromancer Pilot Season #1
New Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus One Shot
New X-Men #43
Robin Annual #7
Savage Dragon #133
Scooby Doo #125
Secret History Book Three
Secret History Book Four
Secret TP
Special Forces #1 (OF 6)
Sub-Mariner #5 (OF 6) CWI
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #35
Superman Confidential #7 – S/O #15
Superman Confidential #8
Supernatural Origins #6
Teen Titans Go #48
Trials of Shazam #9 (OF 12)
Ultimate Power #8 (OF 9)
Wizard Magazine #194
Wonderland Chronicles #4 – S/O #15
X-Men: Messiah Complex One Shot

Batman: Hong Kong SC – DC is on a roll with their re-releases of some of the great Batman Elseworlds stories! This is a very different take, especially visually, on the Batman story. In Hong Kong, bats are more colorful and fanciful, like their dragons, than are their Gothamite counterparts, and Batman’s suit reflects that, along with some samurai/bushido influences. It’s a different look, but it’s awesome. This is a must read!

Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #1 (of 5) – Greg Rucka is finally writing a crime series again! This time, it features the new Question. All in all, this is the kind of thing Rucka does best, so definitely tune in and give this book a shot. It should be worth it.

Deadworld: Frozen Over #1 (of 4) - With New York snowed in, the survivors attempt to escape the city before the thaw comes. But not only must they deal with the harsh weather and the thousands of zombies wandering the streets of NewYork, they will have to deal with the baddest zombie of them all - King Zombie. But why is the King searching for Kolin Fleet and his band? And what deal did the King strike with the terrifying zombie known as the Giant in order to find them?

El Cazador vol 1 TP – Remember CrossGen? Remember that awesome Chuck Dixon/Steve Epting book about pirates? Yeah, CrossGen went the way of the dodo a while back, and that sucks, but you can still get your hands on this beauty of a story! If you haven’t read it, you’ll want to pick this one up. If you have read the issues, the trade would be a great addition to your library – this is a phenomenal book!

Necromancer Pilot Season #1 – A couple of years back, Image put out a surprisingly good limited series called Necromancer, about a teenage girl who, with her friends, delve into an old book and start messing around with things they shouldn’t. Turns out, the one girl summons a demon and, well, the rest of her friends don’t make it…and that was just the first issue! The quality of this book, both the story and the art, was a major surprise – if this new issue is nearly as good, it’ll be a series well worth supporting. Give it a look-see.

X-Men: Messiah Complex One Shot - The biggest event to hit the X-Men in ten years is here! Superstars Ed Brubaker (UNCANNY X-MEN, CAPTAIN AMERICA) and Marc Silvestri (UNCANNY X-MEN, NEW X-MEN) bring you the first chapter of the story that fans will be talking about for years. Just when it looked like there was no possibility of a future for mutants, hope arrives. But the X-Men aren’t there to meet it—The Marauders and Purifiers beat them to it. Now the race is on to get the first new mutant since HOUSE OF M! The story that begins here continues through all the X-Men books. This is supposed to be a landmark event, catapulting the X-Men back into prominence after languishing for years as a pretty mediocre cadre of books. Don’t miss it!

See you at Haven!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Wednesday's Awesome Comics!! (10-24-07)

Action Comics #857
All New Handbook of Marvel Universe #4
Annihilation Conquest: Wraith #4 (OF 4)
Authority Prime #1 (OF 6)
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
Black Panther #31
Blue Beetle #20
Cable/Deadpool #46
Countdown 27
Countdown Special: The Flash 80-Pg Giant
Daredevil #101
Doktor Sleepless #3
Fall of Cthulhu #7
Flash #233
Foolkiller #1 (OF 5)
Gen 13 #13
Gold Digger Halloween Special 2007
Gotham Underground #1 (OF 8)
Green Arrow Year One #6 (OF 6)
Green Lantern Corps #17
India Authentic Vishnu #6
Jack of Fables vol 2: Jack of Hearts TP
JLA Classified #45
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #7
Lone Ranger #9
Madame Mirage #3
Marvel Illustrated: Man in the Iron Mask #4 (OF 6)
Marvel Previews #51
Marvel Spotlight: Marvel Zombies
Marvel Zombies Covers HC - S/O #64
Moon Knight #13 CWI
Neozoic #1
Potter’s Field #2 (OF 3)
Previews vol XVII #11
PVP #35
Ramayan 3392 AD: Reloaded #2
Rex Mundi #8
Robin #167
Scooby Doo #125
Serenity HC: Those Left Behind
She-Hulk 2 #22
Sonic the Hedgehog #181
Star Wars 30th Anniversary HC vol 9: Boba Fett Death
Star Wars: Dark Times #6
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #21
Streets of Glory #2 (OF 6)
Superman #669
Superman/Batman #41
Tales of TMNT #39
Tales of Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1
Teen Titans #52
Thunderbolts #117
Transformers Devastation #2
Transformers Megatron Origin #4
Ultimate Spider-Man #115
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #2 (OF 8)
Velocity: Pilot Season #1
Walking Dead #43
Warhammer 40K: Blood & Thunder #1 (OF 4)
Warhammer: Forge of War #4 (OF 6)
Wetworks #14
What If?! Planet Hulk
X-Men #204
X-Men: Die by the Sword #2 (OF 5)
X-Men: First Class vol 2 #5

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight TP – One of the best Elseworlds stories of all time is available again in trade paperback! A seminal Mike Mignola story that any Batman fan worth his salt should read, this was also one of the highlights of DC’s Elseworlds run. You’ve gotta read this one.

Countdown Special: The Flash 80-Pg Giant - The first in a series of 80-page specials, featuring classic stories of The Flash and his legendary Rogues Gallery! This book collects stories from the Silver Age comics The Flash #106, #113, #155 and #174, showcasing the first full appearance of the Rogues Galler, the Trickster, Pied Piper and more! Written by John Broome, art by Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella and Sid Greene, cover by Ryan Sook.

Foolkiller #1 (of 5) - Your notion of justice is about to be turned on its head as one tortured man comes face-to-face with a new kind of vigilante in Foolkiller #1. This is, really, kind of like the Punisher on crack. It’s crazy, but it should be good.

Gotham Underground #1 (of 8) - This 8-part epic explores the underbelly of the DC Universe and ties in to COUNTDOWN! Frank Tieri and COUNTDOWN's J. Calafiore team up to deliver an action-packed tale that features Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Batwoman and just about every other Gotham guest-star imaginable. As more and more evildoers seemingly disappear into thin air, Gotham City finds itself in the midst of a villainous vacuum. Who will rise to commandeer the remainder of Gotham's rogues? As several factions scramble to stake their claim, Batman and friends strategize a counter-attack!

Neozoic #1 - In NEOZOIC, a debut title from publisher Red 5 Comics, there’s nothing special about an 80-foot-long brachiosaurus lumbering past a group of human travelers. It’s been going on for millions of years. However, if those same humans hear the blood-thirty roars of a T-Rex, then it’s time to call the professional super-hunters of the Predator Defense League. Armed only with swords, arrows, warrior cunning, ruthless precision and a lifetime of training, these exceptionally skilled athletes keep the citizens of the walled city of Monanti from becoming a dinosaur’s breakfast. Doesn’t sound like real stories full of excellent characterization, but everything I’ve read about it says it is. Definitely give this one a look-see.

What If?! Planet Hulk - Finally, the one story you demanded: what if Banner, not the Hulk, landed on Sakaar? Could this peaceful planet have tamed the savage Hulk? And then, what if Hulk died and his wife instead led the army against Earth? Hmm. DEFINITELY worth a read.

See You at Haven!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (10-17-07)

BOYS #11


DEVI #14
DMZ #24


Death of the New Gods #1 (of 8) - The title says it all! For months now readers have witnessed the unimaginable and unthinkable as New Gods across the DCU have seemingly died, with Lightray's death in COUNTDOWN the biggest of them all. Now, the carnage continues but the mystery and adventure is just beginning! Jim Starlin — master of the cosmic odyssey — writes and illustrates this epic tale of death and destruction on a scale never seen before. With a cast of hundreds and cameos by the entire DCU, this intergalactic 8-part series cannot be missed!

Lazarus #1 (of 3) - James Lazarus suddenly finds himself on the run at the behest of his girlfriend, Dr. Emily Hoffman. Run off the road and left for dead, Lazarus rises and begins his urgent search to figure out who is responsible for attacking them and why. What he discovers is that like his namesake, Lazarus is immortal -- only it's in the most painful way. Written by Juan E. Ferreyra and Diego Cortes, art and cover by Ferreyra.

Marvel Zombies 2 #1 (of 5) - This amazing sequel limited series reunites Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips as they continue the amazing smash hit series that won two Spike TV Scream Awards (Best Comic Book Series and Best Comic Book Artist: Sean Philips), and went back to press numerous times, both in single issues and in collections. Each issue of Marvel Zombies 2 features gorgeous new zombie interpretations of classic Marvel covers by the critically acclaimed Arthur Suydam! What awaits the Marvel Zombies back on Earth is beyond anything even they (or you) could have possibly conceived! Will any of these monsters rediscover their humanity? Or will the fledgling human population find that their days are numbered?

Primordia #1 (of 3) - In a world of primeval fantasy, a wood nymph adopts a pair of human infants abandoned in the ancient forest of the woodfolk, and they grow to exhibit mysterious powers of sorcery. Driniel is the night-wanderer, summoning demons for his arcane pleasures, while his brother Alleyr is the flame of valor, rising to esteem in the ranks of the woodfolk hunters. The Woodking's daughter, Vega, finds herself torn between them, yet even her love for them cannot sway her father when their brutal natures manifest, and his judgment is severe: exile back into the savage world of Man!

See you at Haven!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (10-3-07)

Action Comics #856
All New Atom #16
Amory Wars #3 (OF 5) – S/O #11
Annihilation Book 1 TP
Bomb Queen IV #2 (OF 4)
Boys vol 1 TP
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7
Conan #44
Countdown 30
Countdown: Search for Ray Palmer – Crime Society #1
Daily Bugle October
Deadman #13
Detective Comics #837
Dragon’s Lair #3 – Shortage Replacement
Exiles #99
Faker #4 (OF 6)
Gamekeeper #5
Gold Digger Annual 2007
Green Lantern Corps #16
Howard the Duck #1 (OF 4)
Howard the Duck Zombie Variant #1 (OF 4) – S/O #64
Infinity Inc #2
Iron & the Maiden #3
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #2 (OF 6)
Jack of Fables #15
JLA Hitman #2 (OF 2)
Jonah Hex #24
JLA #13 CVR A – Shortage Replacement
Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #2 (OF 5)
Looney Tunes #155
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #32
Marvel Max Sampler 2007
Marvel Zombies Dead Days Poster – S/O #64
Metal Men #3 (OF 8)
Metamorpho Year One #1 (OF 6)
Midnighter #12
Ms Marvel #20
Ms Marvel Zombie Variant #20 – S/O #64
New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #2
Nightwing #137
Omega Unknown #1 (OF 10)
Previews vol XVII #10
Robin #166
Sadhu: The Silent Ones #2
Samurai: Heaven & Earth vol 2 TP
Shanna She-Devil, Survival of the Fittest #3 (OF 4)
Super Villain Team-Up: MODOK’s 11 #4 (OF 5)
Supergirl #22
Tales of Raphael: Bad Moon Rising #3 (OF 4)
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman #1
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax #1
Transformers: Devastation #1
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 (OF 6)
Uncanny X-Men #491
Uncle Scrooge 60th Anniversary Halloween Ashcan
Usagi Yojimbo #106
Vinyl Underground #1
Wolverine Annual: Deathsong #1

Howard the Duck #1 (OF 4) - It's 2007, Steve Gerber is not writing for Marvel and yet there is a new Howard the Duck mini-series coming out. Why? The character has never proven successful as anything beyond a means for Gerber to kick pop culture in the groin and nick its wallet. When he stopped writing the original series in 1978, after one of the earliest and most publicised creator-rights conflicts in comics, it staggered on without him like a headless chicken before collapsing a few issues later. Marvel's attempt to reinvent the series as a bimonthly magazine in the '80s lasted for just nine issues, though each of them was infinitely superior to the Lucasfilm movie version. The fact that, barring a few random guest spots here and there, nobody bothered with Howard until Gerber returned for the six-issue MAX mini-series in 2001 speaks volumes. By the way, those guest spots were just plain baffling. Who thought it would be a good idea to have Howard the Duck join Generation X to fight Black Tom Cassiday? He is not a superhero, he is a cipher through which the world can be deconstructed by a cynical observer. He is a Vertigo character in the Marvel Universe, trapped in a world he never made.

Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #2 (of 5) - The Lobster and Jim delve deeper into the sinister forces behind Professor Gallaragas's mysterious disappearance and discover a conspiracy wilder than they could possibly have imagined, with Nazis, Tibetan cultists, and a prophesy whose fulfillment could mean the end of the world . . .

Metamorpho Year One #1 (of 6) - Adventurer Rex Mason is a star — as the host of the reality series Treasure Quest, he travels the world on the hunt for the world's hidden riches, and it's all to help line the pockets of one of the world's richest men: Simon Stagg. When Mason's latest quest leads him to Egypt to recover the mysterious Orb of Ra, his life will be forever changed. What other surprises are in store? Find out in Metamorpho Year One!

Omega Unknown #1 (of 10) - The story of a mute, reluctant superhero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny -- and the legion of robots and nanoviruses that have been sent from afar to hunt the two of them down. Created in 1975 by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes, the original Omega The Unknown lasted only ten issues but was a legend to those who recall it -- an ahead-of-its-time tale of an anti-hero, inflected with brilliant ambiguity. One of Omega's teenage fans was award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem, who has used the original as a springboard for a superbly strange, funny, and moving graphic novel in ten chapters.

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 (of 6) - Once, the Umbrella Academy was unstoppable. Under the tutelage of their guardian and mentor, Dr. Reginald Hargreeves, its members spent their childhoods fighting evil and honing their extraordinary gifts.

Until something went terribly wrong.

Now, nine years later, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy are reunited by the death of the only parent they've ever known and the rise of a new and terrible threat. Will they be able to overcome their history for long enough to save the world-one more time?

See you at HAVEN!!