Friday, March 30, 2007

April Fools' Comics! (4-4-07)

52 Week #48
All New Atom #10
American Virgin #13
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus – Silver Surfer/Firelord
Avengers Initiative #1 CWI
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #3 (OF 7)
Death Dealer #1
Detective Comics #831
DMZ vol 1: On the Ground TP
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 2: Animal Farm TP – S/O #53
Fables vol 3: Storybook Love TP – S/O #53
Fables vol 4 : March of the Wooden Soldiers TP – S/O #53
Fall of Cthulhu #1
Fallen Angel #14
Fallen Son: Death of Captain America - Wolverine
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #19
Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #3 (OF 6)
GI Joe: America’s Elite #22
Immortal Iron Fist #4

Incredible Hulk #105
Inquest Gamer #145
Irredeemable Ant-Man #7
Jack of Fables #9
Jack of Fables vol 1: Nearly Great Escape TP – S/O #66
Jonah Hex #18
JLA #7
Justice League Unlimited #32
Lone Ranger #1 – 2nd Printing
Looney Tunes #149
Madman Atomic Comics #1
Marvel Adventures Avengers # 11
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #26
Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #2 (OF 5)
Midnighter #6
Ms Marvel #14 CWI
New Excalibur #18
Nightwing #131
Omega Flight #1 CWI (OF 5)
Painkiller Jane #0
Ptolus: City by the Spire #6 (OF 6)
Punisher #46
Raise the Dead #1
Runaways #25
Savage Tales #1
Scalped #4
Sonic X #18
Spider-Man Family #2
Star Trek TOS – Classic Enterprise 1701 - S/O # 69
Supergirl #16
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #28
Superman #661
Superman/Batman #33
Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo, Born Better #3 (OF 4)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection vol 1
Usagi Yojimbo #101 – S/O #6
Welcome to Tranquility #5

Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus – Silver Surfer/Firelord – The cosmic characters have never been my thing, never liked them at all, so imagine my surprise when I glanced over the Annihilation story and LOVED it. If you like a good story and you’re even remotely a fan of these characters, you’re going to love this story.

Avengers: Initiative #1 – Dan Slott and Stefano Caselli (a great artist!) bring you a new Avengers title! Set in a post-Civil War Marvel Universe, this series focuses very tightly on the 50-State Initiative and how it affects, well, pretty much everyone. Originally slated to be a limited series, the popularity of Civil War, the New Avengers, and the strong debut of Mighty Avengers has led to the establishment of a new ongoing Avengers series. This is going to be hot!

Death Dealer #1 – Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer is one of those seminal images in fantasy art. He’s a muscle-bound barbarian on a black horse, and he carries a wicked looking axe, dripping with gore. Now, at long last, 30 years after this character first appeared, we get to find out who in the heck he is and how he became the deliverer of vengeance he is. This limited series should be awesome. Pick your copy up fast!!

Fallen Son: Death of Captain America – Wolverine – Marvel is paying tribute to Cap by telling a story through this Fallen Sons banner that is supposed to go through the five stages of mourning. Wolverine’s stage is denial. Wolverine doesn’t believe Captain America is really dead. He’s on a mission to verify the truth of that. He’s not a happy man.

Madman Atomic Comics #1 – Mike Allred’s series is back, chronicling the life of everyone’s favorite back-from-the-dead hitman Frank Einstein, AKA Madman. The series is fun, fresh and a true superhero romp. Old and new fans alike are going to be amazed at the twists and turns ahead for Frank! The first story, Jumping Silent Cars That Sleep At Traffic Lights, flips Madman’s world upside down!

Omega Flight #1 (of 5) – Since most of Canadian Superhero team Alpha Flight’s roster got wiped out in New Avengers before Civil War started, they now find themselves in need of a new team. Fresh from the pages of Civil War, Omega Flight moves North to serve as Canada’s new heroes. This book is going to rock, folks! Get in on it fast!

Painkiller Jane #0 – Jimmy Palmiotti’s new book hits the stands this week, and you can try it out for a quarter. What’s not to like? This hard-hitting femme fatale is going to be an ambitious multi-media experiment, with comics, a TV show, and a movie all set to debut within months of each other. Be the first kid on your block to get a copy!

Runaways #25 – Welcome aboard, Joss Whedon!! Do I need to say anymore? Joss is living the dream; this is his first issue of his Runaways run; so get on board, people!

Savage Tales #1 - March will see the return of a familiar name to the stands as Dynamite Entertainment launches Savage Tales, a new bi-monthly, 48-page ($4.99) series which will be a throwback, in a sense, to pulp anthology titles of the past. If the name rings a bell, especially among older fans, the last time anything Savage Tales was on the stands was in the early '70s, as a home for Conan while the Robert E. Howard property was at Marvel. While the title was revived briefly in the '80s, the name hasn't been seen since. The first issue of the new series will feature stories set in the world of Red Sonja, Cthulhu, and Atlantis, with covers by Arthur Suydam, Mel Rubi and Richard Isanove. Sweet!

See you at Haven!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Last Comics for March! (3-28-07)

52 Week #47
Action Comics #847
American Wasteland: Blood & Diesel #1 (OF 4)
Batman #664

Black Panther #26
Blue Beetle #13
Captain America #25 CWReorder
Catwoman #65
CC Current Boards (sold by 100) - S/O for #59
CDS Short Comic Boxes - S/O for #59
Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood #5 (OF 6)
Crossing Midnight #5
Daredevil #95
Devi #9
DMZ #17
DMZ vol 2: Body of a Journalist TP - S/O for #11
Dragon’s Lair #3 (OF 4)
Exiles #92 – Shortage Replacement
Fables #59
Fantastic Four #544
Fathom: Kiani #1
Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #34
Gamekeeper #1
Gargoyles #3
Green Lantern #18
Half Dead TP
Hawkgirl #62
Heroes for Hire #8
Hunter Killer #12
JSA Classified #24
Marvel Previews #44
Mystery in Space #7 (OF 8)
Ninja Scroll #7
Previews vol XVII #4
Robin #159
Sam Noir: Ronin Holiday #3 (OF 3)
Sensational Spider-Man #36
Serenity TP
Silent War #3 (OF 6)
Snakewoman #9
Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection vol 2 HC: Jedi vs Sith
Star Wars: Legacy #10
Superman Confidential #4
Teen Titans Go #41
Transformers: Escalation #5
Ultimate Fantastic Four #40
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 7: God War TP
Ultimate Spider-Man #107
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP - S/O for #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 5 HC – S/O for #26
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 5: Public Scrutiny TP - S/O for #11
Ultimate X-Men #80
Uncle Scrooge #364
Unique #1 (OF 3)
Usagi Yojimbo #101
Virulents (ONE SHOT) #1
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #679
Wetworks #7
Wizard Comics Magazine #187
Wolverine #52
Wonder Woman #6

American Wasteland: Blood & Diesel #1 (of 4) - American Wasteland may be one of the best B-movie horror flicks never made. The story by writer R. D. Hall is the cross-country quest of a truck driver named Cletus McCoy who just wants to save his mama from a vampire apocalypse (don't we all?). How can you not want to pick that up and give it a look-see?

Gamekeeper #1 - There is no one left alive who knows the secret of Brock's dark past. Now, as the Gamekeeper of a sprawling English country estate, he quietly tends to a world where natural law presides and mankind comes only if invited. But when armed killers invade his sanctuary in search of the truth, they get more than they bargained for -- and Brock finds himself forced to hunt a prey more cunning and lethal than anything in the wild. Can’t you just hear the deep-voiced movie preview guy saying that? Anyway, this is another title shipping from Virgin Comics, and all their stuff has been worth checking out so far. Give it a shot!

Half Dead TP - Now. Terrorism is rife, but after today, your life may never be the same again. A ballerina, Romany, gets on a train in the London Underground, a strange gas attack turns her into a half-dead vampire. During the contaiment and cleanup of this attack, she's captured by a government agency formed to battle the vampire threat, PASA (the Bureau of ParaHuman and Supernatural Affairs). Romany's a remarkable subject, and after some training she is paired with her handler, Ian, also one of a very few survivors of a vampire attack. Ian turns her into a force to be reckoned with... The cogs of an evil machine are turning within the winding streets of London; disaster looms on the horizon; they can strike anywhere at any time. What is PASA willing to do to stop them? Sounds weird, but it sounds good too. I’m looking forward to checking this one out.

Unique #1 (of 3) - Jon thinks he's seeing things that aren't there -- until he discovers that he's slipping into an alternate world! Jon is a Unique, one of the few people with no counterpart on any other parallel Earth, enabling him to move between worlds at will. But now that ability has made him a target... A battle that spans worlds, and just might destroy those worlds! Written by Dean Motter, art and color by Dennis Calero. And, yes, you’re unique too…just like everyone else.

Virulents (One Shot) #1 - A small platoon of American soldiers in search of their missing comrades comes across Indian commandoes looking for a group of terrorists suspected of hiding a most heinous weapon in the craggy breast of the Hindu Kush. It's a night of revelation as the Americans discover the fate of their lost brothers, and the Indians discover the fate of their terrorists. But terror is not in the form of flesh and blood, or bullets or gunpowder. Terror has a new name. But we can’t tell you what it is – it’s too terrifying. Seriously though, this book looks really good and, again, it’s from the very smart guys at Virgin Comics; give it a whirl!

See you at Haven!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Spring Break Comics! (3-21-07)

30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #4 (OF 5)
52 Week #46
Amazing Spider-Man #539
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #5 (OF 12)
Aquaman, Sword of Atlantis #50
Army @ Love #1
Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #4 (OF 4)
Batman Confidential #4
Birds of Prey #104
Brave & the Bold #2
Cable/Deadpool #38
Captain America #25 CWSpecial Reorder, All Copies Reserved
Checkmate #12
Civil War: Battle Damage Report
Conan #38
Daily Bugle – April Edition
Deadman #8
Deathblow #4
Detective Comics #830
Dinowars: Jurassic War of the Worlds #4 (OF 4)
Disney Jr. vol 3: Lion King GN
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 3 #1 (OF 12)
Escape of the Living Dead Annual #1
Exiles #92
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser TP
Flash, the Fastest Man Alive #10
Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human Error Processor #6
Gold Digger #83
Hero by Night #1 (OF 4)
Ion #12 (OF 12)
John Romita Jr: 30th Anniversary Special
JSA #4
Marvel Adventures Avengers #11
Ms Marvel #13
Mystery in Space #7 (OF 8)
New Avengers vol 4: Collective TP
Noble Causes #28
Omega Men #6 (OF 6)
Punisher Presents: Barracuda Max #2 (OF 5)
Ramayan 3392 AD #7
Runaways Saga
Sadhu #6
Scooby Doo #118
Shadowpact #11
Shrugged #5
Sonic the Hedgehog #173
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #16
Spirit #4
Star Trek: Mirror Mirror Uhura Figure
Supergirl #15
Testament #16
Thunderbolts #112shortage replacement
Transformers Prime Directive: Movie Prequel #2
Transformers Spotlight: Soundwave
Ultimate Power #4 (OF 9)
Walking Dead #36
Wisdom #4 (OF 6)
X-23: Target X #4 (OF 6)
X-Factor #17

X-Men #197
X-Men: First Class #7 (OF 8)
Y The Last Man #55

Amazing Spider-Man #539 - Civil War is over, Aunt May is dead or dying after getting shot, everyone on the planet knows who Spider-Man is, and he's on the run from Tony Stark's hero-hunting government. He's not in a good mood. So he's pulling out the black threads. Don't miss the Back in Black story!

Army @ Love #1 – Rick Veitch has put together a story that crosses elements of 24 with MASH and Hogan’s Heroes, and the end result is, well, weird. Kind of like Spring Break with machine guns. How can you not at least want to flip through it?

Brave and the Bold #2 – George Perez and Mark Waid team up to bring you DC’s latest version of this classic title. In this first storyline, Batman and Green Lantern team up to figure out how the same dead body showed up in multiple places (including outer space) at the same time – a freaky thing to have to figure out, but if anybody can do it, it’s these two!

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser TP - Discover the stories that defined the genre of sword & sorcery through the eyes of legendary comics writer Howard Chaykin and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola! Since their first appearance in 1939, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have ranked among the most beloved characters in fantasy. Their rollicking adventures in the fantastic land of Nehwon have influenced the work of some of the best in modern fantasy, including Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett, and countless others. In other words, this is a classic, and you need to pick it up.

Hero by Night #1 - What would you do if you discovered a dead or vanished superhero's secret hideout in your own apartment building? Depends on who you are, I guess. Jack King decides to auction off some of the hero's memorabilia. But Jack's efforts to cash in attract the attention of the hero's archenemy--a villain even the Hero By Night couldn't destroy. Things, as you might imagine, only go downhill from there.

John Romita Jr.: 30th Anniversary Special - Featuring An All-New Short Story Written by NEIL GAIMAN! Cover by JOHN ROMITA SR. Thirty years ago, a young John Romita Jr. walked into the Marvel Comics offices, looking for work as an artist. Despite his impressive legacy as the son of famed Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr., Romita Jr. faced a difficult entry into the intensively competitive field. But through the years, Romita Jr. proved without a doubt he possessed the rare skill, creativity and dedication to be a successful professional. Crafting a historic career that places him among the industry's elite talents, he has illustrated nearly every Marvel character - from Spider-Man to the X-Men. Romita Jr. has never been my favorite artist, but a new story by Neil Gaiman? I’m there for that!

Runaways Saga – Told from the viewpoint of the Runaways’ youngest member, this issue recaps the entire Runaways story up to this point. Why? Because Brian K. Vaughan is leaving the book and a new writer is taking over. Who? None other than fan favorite JOSS WHEDON!! This has been a critically acclaimed book from the start, and you know Joss is going to meet or exceed expectations. You definitely want to get caught up on this book ASAP!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Long overdue sketchbooks

I've been meaning to do this for years now, but I've finally scanned in and posted more convention sketches on my Flickr page.

Friday, March 09, 2007

March Madness Continues! (3-14-07)

52 Week #45
Amaging Spider-Girl #6
Ant #11
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #7 (OF 8)
Blade #7
Blade of the Immortal #123
BPRD: Garden of Souls #1 (OF 5)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
Cable/Deadpool vol 1: If Looks Could Kill TP – S/O #64
Cable/Deadpool vol 2: Burnt Offering TP – S/O #64
Civil War: Fallen Son Daily Bugle Edition
Dr. Who Magazine #379 – S/O #107
Fables #58
Franklin Richards: March Madness
Garth Ennis’ Chronicles of Wormwood #2 (OF 3)
Gen 13 #6
Ghost Rider #9
Green Arrow #72
Green Lantern Corps #10
Grifter/Midnighter #1 (OF 6)
Grimm Fairy Tales #13
Hellgate London #3 (OF 4)
Irredeemable Ant-Man #6
JLA Classified #36
Knights of the Dinner Table #124
Lone Ranger #5
Martian Manhunter #8 (OF 8)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #22
Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath
Moon Knight #8 CW
New Avengers #28
New X-Men #36
Ptolus City by the Spire #5 (OF 6)
Punisher War Journal #5
Robin #160
Sam Noir Ronin Holiday #2 (OF 3)
Spider-Man Reign #4 (OF 4)
Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection vol 1 HC: Freedon Nadd Uprising
Stormwatch PhD #5
Strangers in Paradise #88
Superman #660
Tales of the Unexpected #6 (OF 8)
Teen Titans #44
Thunderbolts #112
Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo, Born Better #2 (OF 4)
Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection vol 1 TP
Walt Disney’s Spring Fever vol 1 TP
Wizard Comics Magazine #186 – shortage replacement
Wolverine Origins #12
Wonder Woman #5
Wonderland #3

BPRD: Garden of Souls #1 (of 5) – These Hellboy spin-offs have taken on a life of their own, and it’s been a great ride. This new limited series takes us back and reveals more of the origin of Abe Sapien, Hellboy’s aquatic sidekick. If you want to know more about how he got to be…well, what he is, this is the place to find out.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 – At last, for all you fans of the TV series, Joss Whedon and his team of TV writers are putting out Season 8 – only this time in comic book format! That’s right – this Buffy series is canonical. It’s not ancillary. It’s not someone trying to make a quick buck of a less-than-desirable Buffy series. This is the series’ creator officially continuing the show into another season. Be there for it!

Grifter/Midnighter #1 – Everyone’s favorite characters from Wildcats and the Authority meet up in their own limited series to do some butt-kicking. As you can imagine, a cloud of trouble is going to billow up around these guys, but they’ve handled that sort of thing before. We’ll see if they can do it again. Rumor is that one of them is going to, well, not make it.

New Avengers #28 – Who is in the Ronin costume now? It’s not Echo. Who is it? There are a great many theories out there about this – the two most popular peg the new Ronin to be either Hawkeye or Captain America (who would not be dead in this case). While Ronin – a masterless samurai – is a perfect description of who Cap is since Civil War, I just don’t know that Marvel has thought that far ahead. I’d love for that to be the case, but I suspect it’s probably Hawkeye or, more likely, Iron Fist. Who else is going to “Yo” Luke Cage in the middle of a fight?

Thunderbolts #112 – So far in Warren Ellis’ run on Thunderbolts, these are definitely the guys you love to hate. He’s assembled some of the most despicable villains in the Marvel Universe and put them on a team working for the ‘good guys’ (if you can call that fascist, Tony Stark, a good guy anymore). This team is a sick and twisted group, but they’re like a bad car wreck; you can’t quit watching. In the hands of a lesser writer, this would probably be a joke, but Warren Ellis is able to make it compelling. Oh, and Mike Deodato Jr.’s artwork is GORGEOUS.

Wonder Woman #5 – I know. It took months and months for Wonder Woman #4 to hit the stands, then, in the space of two weeks, both #4 and #5 come out. Next thing you know, Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #3 will actually show up one day. If someone is looking for canonization as a Saint, this probably counts as a miracle.

See you at Haven!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


I was afraid of this. I thought they were going to kill Captain America in Civil War #7. Instead, they took away his intelligence and his integrity and had him surrender to Iron Man and his fascist regime with some crackpot, out-of-left-field realization that, despite the fact that Cap's stance on the registration issue was moral and well thought out, he was wrong. TOTAL CRAP.

Then, after all that garbage, they do this. Straight from CNN and Joe Quesada's mouth:

NEW YORK (CNN) -- He fought and triumphed over Hitler, Tojo, international Communism and a host of supervillains, but he could not dodge a sniper's bullet.

Comic book hero Captain America is dead.

After close to 60 years in print, Marvel Comics has killed off Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, one of its most famous and beloved superheroes amid an already controversial story line, "Civil War," which is pitting the heroes of Marvel's universe against one another.
In the comic series, Rogers was to stand trial for defying a superhero registration law passed after a hero's tragic mistake causes a 9/11-like event.

Steve Rogers eventually surrenders to police. He is later mortally wounded as he climbs the courthouse steps.

Marvel says the comic story line was intentionally written as an allegory to current real-life issues like the Patriot Act, the War on Terror and the September 11 attacks.
"Every child knew about 9/11," says Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Comics. "If [he] could see a TV he knew what 9/11 was. The other similarities [to] things going on are just part of storytelling."

It was a violent and strange end for an American hero.

Captain America first appeared in 1941, just as the United States entered World War II. He was a symbol of American strength and resolve in fighting the Axis powers, and later Communism.

As originally conceived by creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Rogers was a man born before the Great Depression in a very different America. He disappeared after the war and reappeared only recently in the Marvel timeline. For a superhero many thought perfect, it was perhaps a fatal flaw for "Cap," as he became known.

"He hasn't been living in the modern world and the world does move," says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada.

Quesada said he wanted to readers find their own meaning in Cap's end.
"There is a lot to be read in there. But I'm not one who is going to tell people, this is what you should read into it, because I could look into it and read several different types of messages," he told CNN.

Still, one has to wonder: Is Captain America really dead? Comic book characters have routinely died, only to be resurrected when necessary to storylines.

Joe Quesada agrees -- but said times are different now. "There was period in comics where characters would just die and then be resurrected. And the death had very little meaning and the resurrection had very little meaning," he said. "All I ask of my writers is if you're going to kill a character off, please let that death have some meaning in the overall scope of things."
Besides, he said, there are other important questions left unanswered.

"What happens with the costume? And what happens to the characters that are friends and enemies of Cap?" Quesada said with a smile. "You're going to have to read the books to find out."

Friday, March 02, 2007

March Madness - HUGE Comics Week!! (3-7-07)

52 Week #44
All New Atom #9
Ant #11
Authority #2
Bomb Queen III #1 (OF 4)
Bullet Points #5 (OF 5)
Captain America #25 CW
Civil War: Initiative
Criminal #5
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #2 (OF 7)
Detective Comics #829
Dynamo 5 #1
Fantastic Four #543 CW
Fantastic Four: The End #6 (OF 6)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #18
Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #2 (OF 6)
GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #2 (OF 3)
Grimm Fairy Tales #12
Helmet of Fate: Zauriel #1
Highlander #5
Incredible Hulk #104
Inquest Gamer #144
Iron Man: Hypervelocity #3 (OF 6)
Jonah Hex #17
Justice League of America #6
Justice League Unlimited #31
Lone Ranger: Director’s Cut #1
Looney Tunes #148
Lucifer vol 1: Devil in the Gateway TP – S/O
Lucifer vol 2: Children & Monsters TP – S/O
Lucifer vol 4: The Divine Comedy TP – S/O
Lucifer vol 5: Inferno TP – S/O
Manhunter #29
Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #25
Marvel Zombies: Army of Darkness #1
Midnighter #5
Mighty Avengers #1
New Universal #4
Nightwing #130
Onslaught Reborn #3 (OF 5)
Outsiders #46
Punisher #45
Red Sonja #20
Scalped #3
Shazam & the Monser Society of Evil #2 (OF 4)
Sheena Preview
Sonic X #17
Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs Nighthawk #3 (OF 4)
Star Wars Legacy #9
Strangers in Paradise #88
Superman/Batman #32
Transformers: Prime Directive Movie Prequel #1
Ultimate Spider-Man #106
Ultimate Vision #3 (OF 5)
Uncanny X-Men #484
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #8 (OF 8)
Welcome to Tranquility #4
Worldstorm #2

Bomb Queen III #1 – The Bomb Queen is a fun super-hero romp, featuring a heroine with bombs and a bad attitude – not a particularly good combination, at least not if you get on the wrong side of her. She’s had a couple of limited series out before, and if you’ve heard of her but never had a good chance to jump in on this title, now’s your chance. Give it a shot.

Civil War: Initiative – Okay, the Civil War is over, but the story is really just starting. Now Tony Stark, as head of SHIELD, is establishing a government licensed super-hero team in every single state of the nation (Does Idaho really need one?). Eventually, if Marvel isn’t too short-sighted, you know this is going to turn into a totalitarian government and these teams are going to turn into super-powered enforcers. Thank God for the underground heroes still holding out!

Dynamo 5 #1 - Dynamo 5 - the team - is made up of the illegitimate sons and daughters of Captain Dynamo, the recently deceased super-hero who saw his life come to an end in the pages of "Noble Causes." The five kids, who each inherited one of their father's powers, were brought together by Captain Dynamo's widow to defend Tower City against his enemies, who've descended upon the city en masse. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?!

Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #2 (of 7) – The first issue of this series flew off the shelves, and I expect the rest to do the same. Peter David’s adaptation of Steven King’s best-selling series, combined with Jae Lee and Richard Isanoves’s breathtaking art, is one of the more incredibly put together comics stories to come along in quite a while. You’re definitely going to want to pick this up. Come and get it!

Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #1 – Someone, somewhere, is brilliant. Whoever thought of pitting the cult classic Army of Darkness character of Ash against the surprise hit of last year’s comics crop, the Marvel Zombies, deserves all kinds of praise. This series is going to be outrageous, no doubt about that, but it’s also going to be riveting. Better get your hands on this one quick!

Mighty Avengers #1 – In the aftermath of Civil War, there will be two teams calling themselves Avengers. Luke Cage will continue to lead the New Avengers, Cap’s team, as an anti-registration, underground team. Iron Man will lead the pro-registration Mighty Avengers, who make their debut in this issue. These two groups will obviously operate independently of one another, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when they butt heads. Both Avengers books will be written by Brian Michael Bendis, and Mighty Avengers will feature the popular art of Frank Cho. Definitely check this one out!

Sheena Preview - Thought lost in a plane crash, the girl that would be known as Sheena, the powerful and beautiful Queen of the Jungle, defied logic, and not only survived, but thrived in the wilds of South America. Now an adult, she is discovered and brought back to civilization…where the war for supremacy truly begins! Sheena is back, and ready for the 21st century! Welcome to the jungle! The first female comic book character to be featured in her own title RETURNS! And you can get your hands on the preview of this book for a mere 99 cents. The guys at Devil’s Due Publishing know what they’re doing; so give it a once-over; it ought to be a fun read!

See you at Haven!