Friday, January 26, 2007

Ending January on a High Note! (1-31-07)

52 Week #39
American Virgin #11
Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures #4 (OF 12)
Annihilation #6
Astonishing X-Men vol 3: Torn TP
Batman and the Mad Monk #6 (OF 6)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #214
Black Panther #24 CW
Blue Beetle #11
Bone vol 5: Rock Jaw Master of Eastern Border (Color)
Civil War: The Return shortage replacement
Creeper #6 (OF 6)
Daredevil #93
Deathblow #3
Devi #7
Dork Tower vol 8: Go Dork Go TP – S/O #59
Elephantmen #6
Ex Machina #26
Ghost Rider Finale
Hawkgirl #60
Hunter Killer #11
Ion #10 (OF 12)
Jack of Fables #7
JLA Classified #33
JSA Classified #22
Krypto the Super Dog #5 (OF 6)
Marvel Spotlight: Dark Tower
Ms Marvel Special
Nodwick #36
Phantom Annual #1
Ptolus: City by the Spire #4 (OF 6)
Se7en Gluttony #1 (OF 7)
Snakewoman #7
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #13
Tales of TMNT #31
Teen Titans #43
Toyfare Exclusive: Civil War Iron Spider-Man Action Figure
Ultimate Civil War: Spider-Ham Crisis #1
Ultimate Fantastic Four #38

Ultimate Spider-Man vol 3: Double Trouble TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP
Ultimates 2 vol 1: Gods & Monsters TP
Ultimates vol 2: Homeland Security TP

Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #7 (OF 8)
Uncle Scrooge #362
Usagi Yojimbo #100
Walking Dead #34
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #677
Wizard Comics Magazine #185
Wonderlost #1
X-Men #195

Black Panther #24 CW – When Black Panther decided to involve himself in the Civil War, he meant it! He and Storm, soon to be the temporary replacements of Reed and Sue in the Fantastic Four, are in it up to their knees now. If you’ve been following Civil War, this issue of Black Panther plays a critical role in the story.

Daredevil #93 – Ed Brubaker has had Daredevil constantly on the run ever since he took over the book, and it’s been fantastic. As of the last issue, Daredevil, running around Europe (a nice change of pace for him), found out his strings are being pulled by someone he thought long dead. As you might expect, he’s not happy about that. Despite the fact that this person has the power to turn his life completely upside down, he remains defiant. This book is awesome – pick it up and get in on the action!

Jack of Fables #7 – After staging a daring escape from Revise’s nefarious clutches, Jack and the rest of the escapees are on the run. Last issue, they killed a little time with some storytelling, and we discovered how Jack became Jack Frost…and why the Winter Queen is such a terror over in the regular Fables title. That Jack. God only knows what this issue holds, but one thing’s for certain – it’s gonna be great reading!

Toyfare Exclusive: Civil War Iron Spider-Man Action Figure – If you liked the Iron Spider-Man suit Spidey wore in the early going of Civil War (God knows I didn’t), this is one of the only places to get this limited edition action figure. This a Toyfare exclusive; so don’t expect to see this on the shelves in Toys R Us!

Ultimate Civil War: Spider-Ham Crisis #1 – It had to happen sooner or later: Ultimate Spectacular Spider-Ham! This book should definitely be good for a laugh; so sit back and enjoy the tremendous tales of Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham!

Wonderlost #1 – “The Ups of the Downs" - Awkward kisses, nocturnal fumblings, broken hearts... Ah, to be a teenager in love! For most of us, these are things we'd prefer to forget, but in this autobiographical anthology, C.B. Cebulski shines the light on the romances of his past and shares some outrageous high school love stories! It's Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets Mean Girls as we're taken to bonfires, backseats and bedrooms in these touching and sometimes tragic tales. Written by C.B. Cebulski, art by Paul Azaceta, Ethan Young, Alina Galloway, Jonathan Luna and Martin Montiel, cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

See you at Haven!

Friday, January 19, 2007

'07 Comics on a Roll! (1-24-07)

52 Week #38
All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1 (OF 4)
Avengers Next #5 (OF 5)
Checkmate #10
Civil War: The Return
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #9 (OF 12)
Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood #3 (OF 6)
Criminal #4
Crossing Midnight #3
Deadman #6
DMZ #15
Dr. Strange: The Oath #4 (OF 5)
Dragon’s Lair #2 (OF 4)
Drain #2
Eternals #6 (OF 7)
Fables #57
Fallen Angel #12
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #8
Garth Ennis: Chronicles of Wormwood #1 (OF 6)
Gold Digger #81
Gold Digger 15-Year Anniversary Special #2
The Goon #3 (OF 3)
Grimm Fairy Tales #10
Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible #1
Heroes for Hire #6
John Woo’s Seven Brothers #4
Marvel Previews February 2007
Moon Knight #7 CW
Mouse Guard #6 (OF 6)
Mystery in Space #5 (OF 8)
Ninja Scroll #5
Ninja Tales #1
Previews vol XVII #2
Punisher War Journal #3 CW
PVP #30
Ramayan 3392 AD #5
Robin #158
Samurai: Heaven & Earth vol 2 #2 (OF 5)
Silent War #1 (OF 6)
Sonic the Hedgehog #171
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #14
Star Wars: Dark Times #2 (OF 5)
Strangers in Paradise #87
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #26
Superman: Emperor Joker TP
Tales of the Unexpected #2 (OF 8)
Teen Titans Go #39
Transformers: Escalation #3
Walk-In #2
Wetworks #5
Wolverine #50
Wolverine #50 B&W Variant
X-Factor #15

Civil War: The Return – The rest of the one-shot tie-ins to Civil War have been surprisingly good; I’m hoping this one will be as well. What’s it about? Well, it’s called The Return, and Thor is on the cover – that leads me to believe the real Thor is making a comeback! Which side will he be on? That particular cat hasn’t been let out of the bag yet, but I’m betting it won’t be on the side of the people who cloned him and let his clone kill another superhero. Call it a hunch.

Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible #1 – Last week, it was Detective Chimp. This week, it’s Ibis the Invincible. The Helmet of Fate seems to be making the rounds – this is a roulette wheel; where is it going to land?! Well, DC Nation, you’re going to have to read it to find out!

Moon Knight #7 – Moon Knight has only been back for a single story arc, and that was pretty self-contained. With this issue, a new story arc begins, and the rest of the Marvel Universe begins finding out that Moon Knight is back in action. Bad timing for him, there’s a Civil War going on, and he’s going to have to pick a side! All the upcoming cover tie-ins feature Captain America, Spider-Man, and Punisher; so I’m going to take a flier and guess that he’s not a big fan of this whole registration thing. He’s been beating up on bad memories and the Taskmaster of late; now look for him to start bludgeoning Tony Stark and his minions!

Samurai: Heaven & Earth vol 2 #2 (of 5) – Once again, this beautiful series of limited series by Ron Marz and Luke Ross is gorgeous! If you’ve not read the first trade, you need to do so immediately! After chasing his abducted bride-to-be across continents and cultures, our samurai hero still has a long way to go. This story is compelling and the artwork is absolutely some of the best I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended!

Superman: Emperor Joker TP – I was just informed that this trade paperback collection is a pivotal story from the collective past of Superman, Batman, and the infamous Joker. If the recent Superman/Batman story arc involving Joker and Mxyzptlk left you wondering what backstory they referred to, it’s this one: a twisted, Elseworlds-like Superman tale where Joker is king of the world, and Superman is an outlaw on the run. You need to read this one!

Wolverine #50 – All signs point to this issue being a big deal for everyone’s favorite Canadian; it features a showdown battle royale between Wolverine and Sabretooth, and – finally – we’re supposed to find out what exactly the connection is between these two guys who love to hate each other. Snikt!

See you at Haven!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Woot! Game of Thrones Coming to HBO!!!

HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series "A Song of Fire and Ice" into a dramatic series to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

"Fire" is the first TV project for Benioff ("Troy") and Weiss ("Halo") and will shoot in Europe or New Zealand. Benioff and Weiss will write every episode of each season together save one, which the author (a former TV writer) will script.

The series will begin with the 1996 first book, "A Game of Thrones," and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes. Martin has nearly finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle until 2011.

The author will co-exec produce the series along with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Created By's Vince Gerardis.

Martin's series has drawn comparisons to J.R.R. Tolkien, because both are period epics set in imagined lands. But Martin has eschewed Tolkien's good-vs.-evil theme in favor of flawed characters from seven noble families.

The book has a decidedly adult bent, with sex and violence comparable to series like "Rome" and "Deadwood."

"They tried for 50 years to make 'Lord of the Rings' as one movie before Peter Jackson found success making three," Martin said. "My books are bigger and more complicated, and would require 18 movies. Otherwise, you'd have to choose one or two characters."

Aside from writing the most recent draft of "Halo," Weiss recently adapted the William Gibson novel "Pattern Recognition" for WB and director Peter Weir.

Benioff and Weiss were repped by CAA and Management 360.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Record Breaking Week! (1-17-07)

52 Week #37
Aquaman #48
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #5 (OF 8)
Battlestar Galactica #5
Birds of Prey #102
Cable Deadpool #36
Catwoman #63
Classic Battlestar Galactica #3
Conan #36
Conan & the Midnight God #1 (OF 5)
Daily Bugle February Edition
DMZ vol 1: On the Ground TP
Exiles #90
Fantastic Four #542 CW
Fantastic Four Deluxe Pen Holder - S/O Haven
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 #4
Ghost Rider #7
Green Lantern #16
Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp #1
JLA Classified #32
Lost Books of Eve #1
Marvel Adventures Avengers #9
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #20
Mike Carey’s One-Sided Bargains (1 Shot)
Omega Men #4 (OF 6)
Psylocke Metal Sculpture – S/O #26
Red Menace #3 (OF 6)
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #2 (OF 5)
Scooby Doo #116
Sensational Spider-Man #34
Serenity TP
Shadowpact #9
She-Hulk 2 #15
Skye Runner #6
Spider-Man Reign #2 (OF 4)
Spirit #2
Stardust Kid #5 (OF 5)
Testament #14
Testament vol 2: West of Eden TP
Tron #3
Ultimate Power #1 Director’s Cut
Ultimate Secret #2 (OF 4)
Ultimate Spider-Man #104
Ultimate Spider-Man 1 for 100 White Variant #104

Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1: Power & Responsibility TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 2: Learning Curve TP
Ultimate X-Men #78
Ultimates vol 1 TP
Ultimates vol 2: Homeland Security TP – S/O #35
Ultimates 2 vol 1: Gods & Monsters TP – S/O #35
Wisdom #2 (OF 6
X-Men: First Class #5 (OF 8)
Y The Last Man #53

Conan & the Midnight God #1 – The main Conan title has been ripping right along, and I’ve really been enjoying it a lot. The multiple mini-series that have spun out of it have been really hit or miss. In this one Conan has won the throne of Aquilonia and the hand of the beautiful Zenobia. With a kingdom to rule and an heir on the way, will the Cimmerian finally put up his sword for good? Don't bet on it. When his bride and country are attacked by a sinister Stygian sorcerer, Conan strikes back at Stygia with all his might--and the might of Aquilonia--in a move that threatens to throw all Hyboria into chaos! This book also features the long-awaited reunion of Violent Messiahs creators Joshua Dysart and Tone Rodriguez; so pick it up and give it a whirl; it’ll be a good read.

Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp #1 - The World's Greatest Simian Sleuth is called in to investigate the murders of a new band of wannabe super-heroes when the Helmet of Fate enters his life! Written by Bill Willingham, creator of FABLES, this book will probably turn out to be good, which irritates me no end, because any book about a detective chimp ought to be bad on sheer principle. This is the first of a series of 1-shots about the Helmet of Fate. Get on board, DC Nation!

The Lost Books of Eve #1 - Journey back to a time when magic still thrived, dragons and fallen gods roamed the earth, and man was just a myth. The Garden of Eden was a place of perfect peace and tranquility. That is, until its keeper, Adam, went missing. Now, his newly created wife, Eve, must venture outside the safety of the Garden for the first time to go in search of her husband, all the while battling monsters, beast men, wizards, demons, and even the gods themselves. It's the fun and adventure of "Samurai Jack" mixed with the epic scope of "Lord of the Rings." According to the reviews, this book is good. I’m a little leery of it – I’ll have to check it out before I can give it a thumbs up or down.

Mike Carey’s One-Sided Bargains (1-Shot) - Two tales of dread. Two deals with the devil that can't end well. The original Faust legend rubs shoulders with a Victorian-era Gothic horror story about a little girl lost and the cultists who choose her as their sacrifice. Watch what happens when you don't read the small print before you sign your soul away…This new horror one-shot is by Mike Carey, current writer on X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four, with art by Mike Perkins, former CrossGen star and, most recently, penciler on Captain America and Union Jack. These stories will likely be freaky as all get out and a definite must read!

Spider-Man Reign #2 – If you liked the first issue of this bizarre post Civil War, futuristic, not-necessarily canonical Spider-Man story, then this one ought to appeal to you too. Things go from bad to worse, and the geriatric Spidey is going to have his trembling hands full. Sounds very weird, I know, but I found the first issue strangely compelling, and I’m looking forward to this one!

Ultimate Spider-Man #104 – Bendis and Bagley break Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s record for consecutive issues by the same writer/artist team with this issue! Also, coincidentally, this issue is the climax of the freaktastic story Bendis has been spinning for the past little bit. All the Spider-Man clones, and there are a bunch of them, gang up with Peter Parker to get a little retribution from their creator: Dr. Octopus. But, as we just discovered in the last issue, Doc Ock has something up his sleeve that no one expected, and it’s about to get really ugly in what is sure to be a battle royal. Also, we’re getting exactly one copy of the very difficult to obtain variant cover – get in touch with me if you’re interested in it.

See you at Haven!

Friday, January 05, 2007

'07 Hits with a Bang! (1-10-07)

30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #2 (OF 5)
52 Week #36
Agents of Atlas #6 (OF 6)
Amazing Spider-Girl #4
Batman #662
Batman Confidential #2

Blade #5 CW
Blade of the Immortal #121
Civil War Final Battle Poster
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #16
Gen 13 #4
GI Joe: America’s Elite #19
Green Arrow #70
Green Lantern Corps #8
Hellstorm #4 (OF 5)
JSA Classified #21
Justice League of America #2 - Reorder
Justice League of America #3 - Reorder
Justice League of America #4 - Reorder
Justice Society of America #2
Kare Kano vol 21 GN (OF 21)
Martian Manhunter #6 (OF 8)
Mythos: Ghost Rider
New Excalibur #15
New X-Men #34
OMAC #7 (OF 8)
Outsiders #44
Punisher #43
Runaways #23
Rush City #4 (OF 6)
Serenity TP
Shrugged #4
Spider-Man Blue HC
Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs Nighthawk #1 (OF 4)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adv vol 7 TP
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #12
Star Wars: Legacy #7
Stormwatch PHD #3
Superman/Batman: Aliens vs Predators #1 (OF 2)
Tales of the Unexpected #4 (OF 8)
Thunderbolts #110
Ultimate Secret #1 (OF 4) - Reorder
Ultimate Secret #3 (OF 4) - Reorder
Ultimate Secret #4 (OF 4) - Reorder
White Tiger #3 (OF 6)
Wolverine Origins #10

Agents of Atlas #6 – This is the final chapter of this awesome story, and I’m sad to see it go. This has been a great comic book, written in modern style and with modern story elements, but somehow still evoking that feeling the old comics used to have; you know the one, that feeling that of pure, unadulterated fun that comics used to have. This has been a great series – you MUST pick up the trade of this one when it comes out!

Batman #662 – John Ostrander’s 4-issue arc comes to a close in this issue as we find out what secret Dr. Franklin has been hiding and, hopefully, a little more about what happened to her brother that pushed him over the edge and turned him into the freak calling himself Grotesk. This fill-in run for Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert hasn’t been spectacular, but it’s been a good story with decent art, and that’s not too shabby. The covers have been gorgeous. Lookin’ forward to catching the end of this story arc.

Batman Confidential #2 – Okay, I thought the first issue of this book was going to be complete trash. The artwork certainly wasn’t doing anything to draw me in – Whilce Portacio knows how to wield a pencil, but he’s slipped in recent years and whoever they had inking him on this book apparently thought they were inking Klaus Janson, because the book just came out looking rough. But, and this is the saving grace of comics, there was a story in there too. And it was really, really, surprisingly, GOOD. I loved it. You better believe I’ll be reading the second issue. So should you!

Blade #5 – Highlighting Blade #5, eh? This must come as a total shock to you – it did to me. But, and here’s the rub, this issue is a Civil War tie-in! How, I don’t know, and I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you if I did, but if you’re picking up all the Civil War issues and tie-ins, here’s a surprise entry for your collection. I didn’t order a whole lot of these; so get yours fast!

Superman/Batman: Aliens vs Predator #1 (of 2) - Throw in the kitchen sink and that title will include everything! Not a whole lot else to tell other than what's included there - it's Superman; it's Batman; it's Aliens; and it's Predators. You know there is going to be some serious creepiness and some serious butt-kicking going on this 2-parter. This is a definite must-read!

Thunderbolts #110 – Warren Ellis is taking over Thunderbolts with this issue, and the team is now comprised of a whole new slew of freaks and high-profile villains. Venom?! Green Goblin?! What kind of superhero team does this make? And if you’re wondering who the creepy S&M looking new team member is, look no further than Civil War: Frontline #10 for his full origin. Talk about a complete personality reversal – freaky.

White Tiger #3 – Once again, if you haven’t picked this up, this mini-series has been fantastic. That’s right – this little off-shoot character from the pages of Daredevil has picked up the amulet and, subsequently, powers of an old B-List Marvel Hero, the White Tiger, and she’s running with it. Both story and art are great, and I’m really hoping she gets her own on-going series as a result of this. You should be reading this!

Wolverine Origins #10 – Now that Logan has his memories back as a result of House of M, there are a LOT of stories to tell to bridge the gap between the smash Origin mini-series of a couple of years ago and Logan’s first appearance in Incredible Hulk #181. I love the way Daniel Way is telling this story – things are happening in the here and now, and we get little glimpses back into Logan’s past. This is really good stuff!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Comics!! (1-4-07)

300 HC
52 Week #35
All New Atom #7
All Star Superman #6
Amazing Spider-Man #537 CW
American Virgin #10
Army of Darkness #13
Avengers: Kree/Skrull War TP
Battlestar Galactica Zarek #1
Bullet Points #3 (OF 5)
Civil War #6 (OF 7)
Civil War: Front Line #10 (OF 11)

Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood #2 (OF 6) – For #15
Dabel Brothers Free Sampler
Daredevil #92
Darkness Level One #1
Doom TP
Essential Incredible Hulk 2 TP – S/O #122
Exiles #89
Fantastic Four: The End #4 (OF 6)
Gold Digger #80
Hulk Gray HC
Incredible Hulk #102
Inquest Gamer #142
Iron Man: Hypervelocity #1 (OF 6)
Irredeemable Ant-Man #4
JLA Classified #31
Jonah Hex #15
Justice League Unlimited #29
Looney Tunes #146
Manhunter #27
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #23
Marvel Spotlight: Ghostrider
Messengers GN
Midnighter #3
Ms Marvel #11
New Universal #2
Nightwing #128
Powers #22
Ptolus: City by the Spire #3 (OF 6)
Punisher War Journal #2 CW
Red Sonja #18
Samurai: Heaven & Earth TP
Savage Dragon #131
Scalped #1
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #11
Street Fighter II #6
Superman #658
Superman Confidential #3
Ultimate Vision #2 (OF 5)
Ultimate X-Men vol 15: Magical TP
Uncanny X-Men #482
Union Jack TP
X Isle #4 (OF 5)
X-23: Target X #2 (OF 6)
X-Men #193
X-Men: Origin of Generation X TP
Y The Last Man vol 8: Kimono Dragons TP

300 HC – Frank Miller’s classic tale, based on a true story (with a little classic Frank Miller improvisation, of course) of 300 Spartans who held off thousands of their enemies in the face of impossible odds, is a soon-to-be-released major motion picture. The hardcover is finally available again, and you can get it at Haven. You know you want it.

All Star Superman #6 – Notable for the fact that this book is finally coming out, all you Superman fans are going to want to snatch this up – so come and get it!!

Avengers: Kree/Skrull War TP – This book from the ‘70s is one of the landmark events in Marvel history. Two alien empires clash in a galactic battle, and Earth is right in the middle of the battleground, at the mercy of these technologically superior races – except for a handful of superheroes who fight to keep the earth from being annihilated. You should definitely own this!

Civil War #6 – Finally! The penultimate chapter of Civil War hits the shelves, which I know a TON of you waiting for with bated breath! Take a big breath and come pick up your copy before someone ruins the story for you!

New Universal #2 – If you enjoyed the first issue of this cool new book by Warren Ellis and Salvador Larocca, then you’ll love seeing where the story goes in issue #2. This story is like a cross between the hit TV show Heroes and J. Michael Straczynski’s Rising Stars series from a few years ago – which means that it’s not necessarily a new concept, but it’s a popular one and it’s Warren Ellis, so it’s really well executed. Cool Stuff.

Ultimate Vision #2 – Alright, I figured the first issue of this limited series was going to be so much wasted paper, but, it turned out, there was a story behind Brandon Peterson’s somwhat gratuitous art, and it was really, really good. I was surprised by how good the first issue was; if you were too and you want to see where this story is going, make sure you pick up issue #2 tomorrow!

See you at Haven!