Monday, April 30, 2007

The Oscars of comics

While I was in Boston last week, I totally missed the fact that the 2007 Eisner Award nominations were announced.

Scan the list and check out some of the books you haven't read yet.

Comics on exhibit

In case you want to make a trek to Mississippi...

A new exhibit at Jackson State University offers a glimpse into another world of the comics, a much different one than the Gotham Cities of imaginary heroes and villains.

The exhibition "Other Heroes: African-American comics, creators, characters and archetypes" focuses on topics such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and racial stereotypes.

"The show really wants to focus on racial representations through that particular medium," said John Jennings, co-curator of the exhibit, which runs through the end of June at the historically black university. He curated the exhibit with comic book partner Damien Duffy. Jennings said he is talking to other universities about having the exhibit tour.

Click here for the full article.

Friday, April 27, 2007

MASSIVE May Day Comics Week!!! (5-2-07)

52 Action Figure Case
52 Week #52
Alien Pig Farm #1 (OF 4)
All New Atom #11
All New Handbook to the Marvel Universe A-Z #2
Alpha Flight Classic vol 1 TP – S/O #64
American Virgin #14
Astonishing X-Men #21
Astonishing X-Men vol 1 HC
Avengers Initiative #2 CWI
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

Captain America #25 CW - Reorder
Checkmate #13
City of Others #2 (OF 4)
Danger Girl: Body Shots #2 (OF 4)
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #4 (OF 7)
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #4 (OF 7) McNiven Variant

Deadman #9
Detective Comics #832
Dominion #1
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #20
Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #4 (OF 6)
GI Joe: America’s Elite #23

Green Lantern #19
Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland #0
Hawkgirl #63
Hellboy: Darkness Calls #1 (OF 6)
Hunter’s Moon #1 (OF 5)
Incredible Hulk #106
Inquest Gamer #146
Iron Man #17 CWI
Jonah Hex #19
Loners #2 (OF 6)
Looney Tunes #150
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #27
Marvel Illustrated: Last of the Mohicans #1 (OF 6)
Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #3 (OF 5)

Megatokyo vol 5
Midnighter #7
Ms Marvel #15 CWI
Omega Flight #2 CWI (OF 5)
Preacher vol 1: Gone to Texas TP – S/O #107
Preacher vol 2: Until the End of the World TP – S/O #107
Previews Backlist Catalogue vol 1 #1
Punisher #47
Raise the Dead #2
Runaways #26
Scalped #5
Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1
Shazam & the Monsters Society of Evil #3 (OF 4)
Sonic X #19
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #18
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #16
Strangers in Paradise #89
Superman #662
Supernatural Origins #1
Teen Titans #46
Thunderbolts: Zemo, Born Better #4 (OF 4)
Transformers Escalation #6
Transformers: Prime Directive Movie Prequel #4
Transmetropolitan vol 1: Back on the Street TP
Ultimate Fantastic Four #41
Walk-In #5
Walt Disney Vacation Parade #4
Warhammer 40K #3
Welcome to Tranquility #6
Wizard Magazine #188
World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker
X Isle #5 (OF 5)
Young Avengers vol 2: Family Matters TP

52 Action Figures Case – Some of your favorite new and/or reintroduced characters from the pages of 52 are now in 3-D and you can get your hands on them! Batwoman, Isis, Booster Gold, Animal Man, and Supernova make up this assortment. These awesome action figures aren’t cheap, but where else are you going to get a freakin’ Booster Gold or Animal Man action figure?! Let me know ASAP if you must have one of these action figures; they’re going on a first come, first served basis!

Astonishing X-Men #21 – As we saw at the end of the last issue, despite what some people may think, some things ARE set in stone. It looks like Colossus really is destined to be the destroyer of the Breakworld! Joss Whedon’s awesome X-Men run is headed for its climactic conclusion, and this issue is really going to rock. I can’t wait!

Avengers Initiative #2 – Alright, I admit it. The first issue of this book surprised me a little bit. That’s an awful lot of covering up Iron Man’s school for superheroes is doing, and this book just got started! What are they going to do when things go wrong on a bigger scale? Does Tony Stark even know what’s happening at this school, that kids are being killed and mutilated? Get in on this book ASAP!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 – Season 8 continues! Joss Whedon’s cult hero, Buffy, carries on the 8th season of her TV show in a slightly different way than most – in comic format! If you’re a Buffy fan, this isn’t like previous incarnations of the comics, this series is canon, officially continuing the Buffy story. You know you want it!

Hellboy: Darkness Calls #1 (of 6) – Finally! A new Hellboy series at last! The long-awaited follow-up to The Island storyline is available; now we can get some more answers about where Hellboy comes from and where it looks like he’s headed.

Incredible Hulk #106 – World War Hulk starts here! Well, officially, it starts in the prologue that also ships this week, but don’t miss this issue of the regular Hulk series. You’re going to want to see where this goes as Planet Hulk is put in the rearview mirror and revenge on the Illuminati is put on the menu!

Marvel Illustrated: Last of the Mohicans #1 – Marvel is really cranking out these classic tales in comic adaptations, and, so far, they’re knocking them out of the park! The adaptations are faithful and well done, and the art work has been awesome. If you’re a fan of classic literature but not necessarily of antiquated writing styles, then this is the series for you! Check it out!

Runaways #26 – As the third and final title in Joss Whedon Week, the second issue of his run on the Runaways title hits the shelves this week, so you know you want to get your hands on that! See what happens to everyone’s favorite band of kids on the lam!

World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker – You all know World War Hulk is going to turn the Marvel Universe on its ear when Hulk comes back from outer space with vengeance on his mind. Peter David sets up the blockbuster event of the summer in this prologue – don’t miss it!

See you at Haven!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Wonder Woman with style

Thanks to CNN, the wellspring of all news:

Jodi Picoult is known as a serious novelist. Her latest effort, "Nineteen Minutes," is currently sitting in the top five on the New York Times bestseller list and has earned rave reviews from such publications as The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly. But "Nineteen Minutes" isn't the only new project bearing the 40-year-old writer's name. There's also the latest issue of DC Comics' "Wonder Woman."

Picoult's five-issue run doing the title makes her only the second woman to write the character in its 66-year history. But despite the assignment's historical significance, when DC originally approached her to pen the story -- the company had noticed a character in Picoult's "The Tenth Circle" was a comic-book penciller -- she wasn't entirely sure she had the time (or the desire) to do it.

Her children convinced her otherwise. "My kids looked at me and they were like, 'Mom, you totally have to write 'Wonder Woman!' " she told USA Today. So Picoult rearranged elements of her hectic work schedule and dove into research. (She admits to not being much of a "Wonder Woman" fan growing up -- "X-Men" was more her speed.) Looking back on the character's six decades in comics, Picoult found the story focused more on Wonder Woman's exploits as a superhero and less on the life of her alter ego, Diana Prince.

That angle baffled her. Diana Prince is a far more interesting character, she says, and offers plenty to work with. "Over the years, she has had many different incarnations in the human world, some that I thought were pathetic," she says. "But there's never been something that a reader could sink their teeth into and say, 'Oh yeah, this is why I'm like her.' "

'She's slumming it with all of us'

There are some who might describe Picoult as a real-life "wonder woman," balancing a career as a writer with her responsibilities as a wife and mother of three. She disagrees. "You can be the strongest woman in the world, and be incredibly sure of yourself in many realms of your life, and yet there's always going to be a chink in your armor," she observes. "There's always going to be one part of your life that you wonder, 'Am I doing a good enough job?' "

It's that very real internal struggle that drives Picoult's fictional "Wonder Woman" story. Recent events in the DC universe find Wonder Woman (and Prince) struggling with her place in the world. "She is not human and elevating herself to the level of a superhero like Batman or Green Lantern. Instead, she is other than human and she's slumming it with all of us," Picoult observes.

Prince's struggle is further complicated by work as an agent for the Government's Department of Metahuman Affairs -- for which her assignment is apprehending none other than Wonder Woman.

In a rare moment of vulnerability, she tearfully asks her partner, Tom Tresser, "Why don't people just leave her alone?" Seconds later, duty calls -- and Wonder Woman is forced into action.

It's a moment that Picoult says any woman can relate to. "You have your pity fit, you do what you have to do. But then, you move on. You just pick up the pieces, and you jump in. And that ultimately, is always going to be Diana's strength."

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Fallen Son, Amazons Attack, and Other Comics! (4-25-07)

30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #5 (OF 5)
52 Week #51
Action Comics #848
Agents of Atlas Premiere HC
Amazons Attack #1 (OF 6)
Astonishing X-Men vol 1: Gifted TP
Astro City, The Dark Age: Book Two #3
Batman Confidential #5
Blue Beetle #14
Catwoman #66
Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood #6 (OF 6)
Daily Bugle Newspaper (Bundle of 50)
Daredevil #96
Devi #10
Dork Tower #36
Exiles #93
Fallen Son: Death of Captain America - Avengers
Fantastic Four #545 CWI
Firestorm #35
Heroes for Hire #9
Hunter’s Moon #1 (OF 5)
JSA #5
JSA Classified #25
Justice #11 (OF 12)
Knights of the Dinner Table #126
Marvel Previews #45 May 2007
Megatokyo vol 5
Neverwhere TP – S/O #66
New Excalibur #19
Official Guide to Disney Collectibles - S/O #3
Outsiders Annual #1
Powers #24
Previews vol XVII #5
Rex Mundi #5
Sadhu #7
Silent War #4 (OF 6)
Sin City vol 1: Hard Goodbye
Sin City vol 3: Big Fat Kill
Snakewoman #10
Star Trek: Klingons, Blood Will Tell #1
Star Wars 30th Anniversary vol 3: Darth Maul
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #29
Teen Titans Go #42
Uncle Scrooge #365
Unique #2 (OF 3)
Usagi Yojimbo #102
Walking Dead #37
Walt Disney Treasures vol 1: 75 Years of Disney Comics - S/O #3
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #680
Wetworks #8
Wisdom #5 (OF 6)
Wizard Comics Magazine 2007 Mega Movie Edition
Wolverine #53
Wonder Woman #8
X-Men: First Class #8 (OF 8)

Agents of Atlas Premiere HC – This story is a throwback to the pre-FF, pre-Spidey, pre-X-Men Marvel universe of the ‘50s, and it’s awesome. It’s got all the elements of a ‘50s comic you could ever want, the Danger-Will-Robinson type robot, the hot Atlantean Princess, the freaky guy from Saturn, a James Bond type special agent…and a talking gorilla. Sound cheesy? Somehow, it’s not. All the characters have a modern twist that makes them intriguing and compelling, and the flat out cool story just makes it that much better. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Amazons Attack #1 (of 6) - What could compel the Amazons to renounce their peaceful ways and attack America? The answers will prove useless to a country and hero population utterly unprepared for this savage attack. And where is Wonder Woman while all this is going on? Well, if you’re a DC fan, you know you’re going to have to read this one…

Fallen Son: Death of Captain America – Avengers – The fallout of the death of Captain America continues to unfold! Last issue, it was seen from Logan’s perspective. This issue looks at how the Avengers deal with the devastating loss of their leader. Civil War ain’t over, folks!

Hunter’s Moon #1 - The writer of the Academy Award-winning film Ray comes to comics in a big way, kicking off a new series at BOOM only! Stockbroker Lincoln "Linc" Greer, divorced dad, is looking forward to a hot date in a remote cabin for the weekend. When his date cancels and he gets stuck with visitation rights with his son, he takes the boy hunting in the wilds of Oregon. Before he knows it, his son is kidnapped and a voice at the other end of his cell phone tells him to do what he asks - if he ever wants to see his son again! Linc soon finds that he's the only African-American man in this small mostly white logging community. Isolated and alone, he's got to face a contentious community and save his son!

Star Trek: Klingons, Blood Will Tell #1 - If you've been waiting, oh, forever, for a new Star Trek book featuring the original cast, then wait no longer! Here it is, and you know you want it! We've got two editions of this issue available, one in English and one in - you guessed it! - Klingon.

X-Men: First Class #8 – This series, originally planned to be only 8 issues, has proven extremely popular, so Marvel is wising up and making it an ongoing! This is the last issue of the first story arc, but tune in next month for the continuation! It’s a ton of fun reading new stories about Marvel’s first mutants – it’s always good to see the original team together again…before Marvel Girl was Phoenix and before she died…a dozen times. Great stuff!

See you at Haven!

Friday, April 13, 2007

WW III, DC Nation! (4-18-07)

52 Week #50
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter #6 (OF 12)
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #51
Army @ Love #2
Astonishing X-Men VOL 1 HC
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #8 (OF 8)
Birds of Prey #105
Blood Nation #3 (OF 4)
Brave and the Bold #3
Cable/Deadpool #39
Conan #39
DMZ #18
Drain #3
Ex Machina #27
Fables vol 8: Wolves TP
Flash #11
Forgotten Realms: Streams Silver #2
Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human Error Processor #7
GI Joe Exclusive Triple Treat Set – S/O #39
Hero by Night #2 (OF 4)
JLA #8
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #1

Manhunter #30
Marvel Spotlight: Spider-Man
Mighty Avengers #2 CWI
Moon Knight #9 CW
Nightwing Annual #2
Prey: Origin of the Species TP
Ramayan 3392 AD #8
Robin #161
Scooby Doo #119
Sensational Spider-Man #37
Shadowpact #12
Sin City vol 2: A Dame to Kill For TP
Sin City vol 4: That Yellow Bastard TP
Sonic the Hedgehog #174
Spirit #5
Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs Nighthawk #4 (OF 4)
Superman/Batman #34
Testament #17
Ultimate Spider-Man #108
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 6: Venom TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 8: Cats & Kings TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 9: Ultimate Six TP – S/O #125
Ultimate X-Men #81
Wizard Magazine 2007 Mega Movie Edition
Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told TP
World War III, Part One: A Call to Arms
World War III, Part Two: The Valiant
World War III, Part Three: Hell is for Heroes
World War III, Part Four: United We Stand

X-23: Target X #5 OF(6)
X-Factor #18
X-Men #198
Young Avengers vol 2: Family Matters TP

Brave & the Bold #3 – Mark Waid and George Perez team up on this title revival. What more could you want? You flat out ought to be reading this book.

Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #1 - An all-new series spinning out of the smash-hit TV show, written by J. Torres (TEEN TITANS GO, Sidekicks, Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures) and drawn by the creator of the indie favorite Blue Monday, Chynna Clugston-Flores! To stop the Fatal Five from destroying Metropolis, the Legion of Super-Heroes travel back in time for reinforcements, because this looks like a job for…Clark Kent?! Can six teenagers from the future help a mild-mannered reporter become the Man of Steel, or will the Fatal Five determine his destiny before it’s even begun?

Mighty Avengers #2 – Alright, now the team members have been chosen and the Mighty Avengers have assembled – now what? Well, first things first, they’ve got to hunt down their former teammates and current enemies of the state, the New Avengers, and bring them in. When these two teams finally do come down to really duking it out, this is going to be one heck of a showdown.

Prey: Origin of the Species TP – Another smash hit from the Dabel Brothers, you’re going to want to pick this book up! In the tradition of Deep Star Six, Abyss, and Leviathan, this book is going to rock! The Prometheus Corporation has unearthed something ancient and dangerous in its underwater excavations, and now it's come to the surface to make humanity its prey. Their solution? To lure the thing back in the sea and kill everything within a five mile radius, effectively covering the corporation's tracks. And so a disgraced marine biologist must race against the clock and find a way to keep the ocean from being destroyed by the corporation before something even more dangerous is unleashed on mankind… Written by screen-writing guru Michael Lent (SWIMMING WITH THE SHARKS), Prey is a roller-coaster ride in the style of a summer popcorn movie. How can you not love that?!

World War III: Parts 1-4 – Alright, DC Nation, it has arrived! WW III is here, spinning out of the pages of 52 (actually, during week 50 of 52). War is coming to the DC Universe. As hinted at – heavily – in the weekly 52 series (and seen briefly in Justice Society #1), sometime before the 52 ends, World War III will shake the world. But – war is big and messy. As such, it sometimes can’t be contained to one series or one issue. To get the larger picture of the war, DC has confirmed for Newsarama that there will be four one shots shipping during Week 50 as well, all tied to the events of World War III. Oh, and there's one more project coming up...keep reading.

Along with telling of the war and how it rages through the DC Universe, the four regular-sized special issues will also answer some nagging questions that have been topics of discussion for DC readers since the start of One Year Later in the books – things like: How did Firestorm get separated from Cyborg and then merge with Firehawk? Why is Cassandra Cain evil? Why did Jason Todd take over the Nightwing mantle? When did the Teen Titans disband? How’d Martian Manhunter transform?

See you at Haven!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Stardust coming to the big screen

Here's the trailer for Stardust, based on the graphic novel from Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.

Haven't read it? Ask Josh to order you a copy.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Cold Snap? Read Comics! (4-11-07)

52 Week #49
All Star Superman #7
Amazing Spider-Girl #7
Bizarre New World #1
Blade #8
Blade of the Immortal #124
Bomb Queen III #2 (OF 4)
BPRD: Garden of Souls #2 (OF 5)
Civil War TP
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #11 (OF 12)
Comic Shop News
Conan & the Midnight God #3 (OF 5)
Death Dealer #1
Dynamo 5 #2
Fables #60
Gen 13 #7
Ghost Rider #10
Green Arrow #73
Green Lantern Corps #11
Grifter/Midnighter #2 (OF 6)
Highlander #6
Iron Man #16
JLA Classified #37
Legion of Monsters: Man-Thing #1
Loners #1 (OF 6)

Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #23
Marvel Illustrated: Jungle Book
New Avengers #29 CWI
New X-Men #37
New Universal #5
Nova #1

Pirates vs Ninjas #4 (OF 4)
Punisher War Journal #6
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #5 (OF 5)
She-Hulk 2 #17
Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook
Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1 (OF 4)
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #17
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #15
Stormwatch PhD #6
Tales of the Unexpected #7 (OF 8)
Teen Titans #45
Thunderbolts #113 CWI

TMNT Movie Adaptation #1
Transformers Prime Directive Movie Prequel #3
Trials of Shazam #6 (OF 12)
Uncanny X-Men #485
White Tiger #5 (OF 6)
Wizard Magazine 2007 Mega Movie Edition
Wolfskin #3 (OF 3)
Wolverine Origins #13
Wonder Woman #7
Wonderland #2 – S/O #64

BPRD: Garden of Souls #2 (of 5) – In this BPRD mini-series, we find out more of the intriguing back story – of which we’ve had only the barest glimpses so far – of Abe Sapien, Hellboy’s #1 aquatic sidekick. As always, BPRD rocks! This is fantastic character development storytelling, and it’s awesome!

Civil War TP – Okay, you’re one of the handful of people who either had the patience to wait Civil War out so you could pick up the trade…or you somehow just missed the boat. In any case, this is your chance to pick up this earth-shattering limited series all in one fell swoop.

Death Dealer #1 – Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer is one of those seminal images in fantasy art; his only possible rival being Conan. 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!!

Fables #60 – What more can I say about Fables? It’s awesome. It’s always awesome. This series is consistently brilliant. The overarching meta-plot is intriguing, and the riot of sub-plots is everything from whimsical to romantic, suspenseful to action/adventure, horrifying to uplifting. You should be reading this book.

Loners #1 – From the pages of the Runaways comes a cool new spin-off series! The Loners have their own book now, and it’s going to be top-notch. If you’re a Runaways fan, you’re definitely going to want this book!

Marvel Illustrated: Jungle Book – Marvel is breaking back into the realm formerly inhabited by the venerable Classics Illustrated crew, and is bringing classic literature into comic book form. This month, it’s The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Next month it’s Last of the Mohicans. And these are top-notch adaptations, with fine writers adapting the text and gorgeous artwork. Check it out!

Nova #1 – After the fallout from Marvel’s under-the-radar sensation of the year, Annihilation, Nova is getting his own book. Early in the Annihilation story, the Nova Corps was destroyed, and Nova was the only survivor. Fueled by his anger over the deaths of his teammates, Nova played an integral part in the Annihilation story, finally stepping up and fulfilling his awesome potential. Where do things go from here? Richard Rider is asking himself that same question…