Friday, May 25, 2007

May Bows Out with a BIG Week! (5-30-07)

If you've been waiting for a Trade or a HC to come in, chances are it's coming in this week! This is a Huge week for trade paperbacks, hard covers, collections, and special orders. Read on:

300 HCS/O #11
52 vol 1 TP
Absolute Sandman vol 1 HCS/O #107
Action Comics #850
Amazons Attack #2 (OF 6)
American Virgin vol 1: Head TP – S/O #122
Black Coat: Or Give Me Death #1 (OF 4)
Blue Beetle #15
Boys #7
Boys vol 1 TP

Captain America #26Shortage Replacement
Civil War Companion TP
Countdown 48
Countdown Poster
Crossing Midnight #7
Daredevil #97
Dark Tower Door Poster – S/O #11
Deadman #10
Deathblow #5
Dr. Who Special #16: In Their Own Words vol 3 – S/O #107
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TPS/O #130
Fables vol 2: Animal Farm TP
Fables vol 3: Storybook Love TP
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP
Fables vol 5: The Mean Seasons TP
S/O #53, #66
Freshmen vol 2 #4
Green Lantern #20
Halo Folded Promo Mini-Poster
Hawkgirl #64
Hellboy: Darkness Calls #2 (OF 6)
ICV2 Guide #43
Jack of Fables vol 1: Nearly Great Escape TP
JSA Classified #26
Justice Society of America #6
Justice Society of America Variant #6
Kiss 4K #1
Marvel Previews #46
New Avengers Illuminati #3 (OF 5)
New Excalibur #20
Outsiders #47
Overstreet Price Guide vol 37: New Avengers HC – S/O #28
Previews vol XVII #6
Punisher Presents: Barracuda Max #4 (OF 5)
Samurai: Heaven & Earth TP
Silent War #5 (OF 6)
Silver Surfer Requiem #1 (OF 4)
Sonic X #20
Soulfire: Dying of the Light TP
Spider-Man: Fairy Tales #1
Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection HC vol 4: Jango Fett
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #17
Star Wars Panel to Panel vol 2 HC – S/O #23
Swan vol 10
Teen Titans #47
Teen Titans Go #43
Templar Chronicles: The Heretic #2 (OF 6)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #42
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 10: Hollywood TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 11: Carnage TP – S/O #11
Usagi Yojimbo #103
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #681
Warhammer 40K Damnation Crusade #3 – S/O #150
Warhammer 40K Damnation Crusade #4 – S/O #150
White Picket Fences #1 (OF 3)
Wizard Magazine #189
Wolverine #54
X-23: Target X #6 (OF 6)

52 vol 1 TP – If you missed 52 in its weekly installments but you want to get in on this massive, universe-altering story, that’s still doable; just pick up the trades! The first volume comes out this week, with the rest following shortly thereafter. Get in on this to find out what happened during that whole 1 Year Later thing that happened in all the books.

Black Coat: Or Give Me Death #1 (of 4) – The previous Black Coat mini-series introduced us to the character of Black Coat, a very cool new character. In essence, he’s a patriotic Batman-type character during the Revolutionary War; he’s got very cool gadgets, but the writer prides himself on historical precedent in that regard, making sure the tools Black Coat uses were feasibly possible in that time period. Excellent stuff!

Boys #7 – After DC told Garth Ennis and Derek Robertson that their book was just too violent, too out there, too twisted, and too weird for them to continue publishing it, Ennis and Robertson took their weird offspring to Dynamite Entertainment, and, after a brief hiatus, the book is finally coming out again! This is a very over-the-top story about the people who have to police the ‘superheroes,’ seeing as how power corrupts and these ‘superheroes’ have an awful lot of power. This is one of the most twisted, screwed up books I’ve ever even heard of (Ennis claims he wants to out-Preacher Preacher in this title!), but it’s also really, really good. The trade also ships this week, featuring the first story arc.

Hellboy: Darkness Calls #2 (of 6) – The first issue of this series was fantastic, a classic Hellboy story. No, Mignola isn’t doing the art, and that’s normally a big thumbs down from me, but Duncan Fegredo does an excellent job using Mignola’s style without straight out aping it, and the story is exactly what you want from Hellboy. Definitely pick up this series!

Silver Surfer Requiem #1 (of 4) - Written by J. Michael Straczynski Paints and Cover by ESAD RIBIC The latest offering from the Marvel Knights line. Guest-starring the Fantastic Four! For untold years Norrin Radd has surfed the galaxy, exploring the darkness between stars, witnessing the rise and fall of vast civilizations. Now his ride is about to come to an end. It starts with a small spot -- a blemish that will spread until he is no more. Until then, the Silver Surfer would undertake his final voyage -- to the one destination that has always eluded him. His journey starts where it began.

White Picket Fences #1 (of 3) - The worlds of Leave It To Beaver and The Day The Earth Stood Still collide in the first issue of this exciting new series! When young Charlie Hobson uncovers Martian weaponry hidden deep within his town, he ignites a world threatening conflict between the American military and the eerie alien menace! Goofy? Yes. But it’s also a lot of fun – give it a whirl!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Comic book movies ranked

Rotten Tomatoes has compiled a list of comic book- (and comic strip-) based movies, ranking them from worst to best. Like all of Rotten Tomatoes' features, the scores are based on averages of reviews from professional critics.

You'll find the usual suspects: caped crusaders, a web-slinging wall-crawler (with "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2" both in the top five), scrappy mutants, and a few surprises, too; some of the most critically beloved films in recent memory have been adapted from the funny pages, including a few whose hand-drawn origins you may not have suspected (like "American Splendor" and "A History of Violence"). There's even room for a little Jean-Claude Van Damme and an intergalactic duck.

It's a real pain to go through the entire list, since each entry is on a separate page, so I'll enumerate it here.

94. Son of the Mask
93. Elektra
92. Catwoman
91. Garfield: The Movie
90. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
89. Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
88. Batman & Robin
87. Pathfinder
86. Virus
85. Monkeybone
84. Judge Dredd
83. Alien vs. Predator
82. Bulletproof Monk
81. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
80. The Crow: City of Angels
79. Fantastic Four (2005)
78. Steel
77. Supergirl
76. Blade: Trinity
75. Appleseed
74. Tales from the Crypt - Bordello of Blood
73. The Punisher (2003)
72. Ghost Rider
71. Superman III
70. Howard the Duck
69. Spawn
68. The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
67. TMNT
66. Art School Confidential
65. Richie Rich
64. Dennis the Menace
63. Barb Wire
62. The Shadow
61. Men in Black II
60. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze
59. Tank Girl
58. The Phantom
57. Casper
56. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
55. Daredevil
54. Batman Forever
53. Constantine
52. Azumi
51. Timecop
50. Blade
49. Annie
48. Josie and the Pussycats
47. Uzumaki
46. The Addams Family
45. The Princess Blade
44. Blade 2
43. Popeye
42. Creepshow
41. From Hell
40. Heavy Metal
39. X-Men: The Last Stand
38. Ichi the Killer
37. Mystery Men
36. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
35. Spider-Man 3
34. 300
33. The Rocketeer
32. Hulk
31. Dick Tracy
30. Swamp Thing
29. Barbarella
28. Addams Family Values
27. Batman
26. The Mask
25. Flash Gordon
24. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
23. Batman Returns
22. V for Vendetta
21. Akira
20. Over the Hedge
19. Superman II
18. The Crow
17. Superman Returns
16. X-Men
15. Sin City
14. Ghost in the Shell
13. Hellboy
12. Oldboy
11. Road to Perdition
10. Metropolis
9. Superman: The Movie
8. Batman Begins
7. Men in Black
6. A History of Violence
5. X2: X-Men United
4. Spider-Man
3. Ghost World
2. American Splendor
1. Spider-Man 2

Wednesday's Comics! (5-23-07)

American Virgin #15
Birds of Prey #106
Captain America #26
Countdown 49
Criminal #6
Daily Bugle June Newspaper
Devi #11
Dynamo 5 #3
Fall of Cthulhu #3
Fantastic Four #546 CWI
Final Girl #1 (OF 5)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1
Ghost Rider #11
GI Joe Special Missions: Brazil
Gold Digger #85
Gutsville #1 (OF 6)
Heroes for Hire #10

Iron Man: Hypervelocity #5 (OF 6)
Irredeemable Ant-Man #8
Love as a Foreign Language Omnibus vol 2 TP
Madman Atomic Comics #2
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1
Megatokyo VOL 5
New Universal #6
Night of the Living Dead: Bad Call #1
Outer Orbit #4 (OF 4)
Punisher War Journal #7
PVP #33
Robin #162
Samurai: Heaven & Earth TP
Shadow Pact #13
She-Hulk 2 #18 CWI
Snakewoman: Special Collector’s Edition #0
Spirit #6
Star Trek: Klingons, Blood Will Tell #2
Star Wars: Legacy #12
Strangers in Paradise vol 3: It’s a Good Life TP
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #30
Superman/Batman #35
Testament #18
Twelve Reasons Why I Love Her GN
Uncle Scrooge #366
Unique #3 (OF 3)
Walk-In #6
Warhammer 40K: Damnation Crusade #4
Wetworks #9
Wisdom #6 (OF 6)
Wonder Woman #9
X-Men #199
Y The Last Man vol 9: Motherland TP

Captain America #26 – The death of Captain America was just part one of this story. What could possibly happen next? I don’t know either, and the whole Death of Captain America thing REALLY ticks me off, but you better believe I’m going to read this issue and see where it goes.

GI Joe Special Missions: Brazil – As a big fan of the regular GI Joe book, which now features a very limited cast, I really enjoy the Special Missions books they release periodically, which feature Joes that are no longer in the current line-up. Yes, the nostalgia factor is high, but so what? It’s great to see some of these characters dusted off and doing cool stuff.

Gutsville #1 - GUTSVILLE is a town living in the belly of the beast, literally. 150 years after the ocean liner HMS Daphne was swallowed at sea, its passengers' descendents cling to life in Gutsville. All is not well among the slippery streets… As revolutionaries, sadistic priests and frothing psychos clash in the psychedelic innards of an impossible creature, it's left to one scared RatCatcher to consider escape…Sounds bizarre, doesn't it? Yet, somehow, I really want to read it.

New Universal #6 – Somehow this incredible Warren Ellis book is flying under the radar – almost no one is reading it – and it’s a great book. Remember Marvel’s failed New Universe in the mid-80s? Remember New Coke? Well, Warren Ellis can’t do anything for New Coke, but he can take a 20-year old, kinda lame concept and turn it into one awesome read. Rather than a bunch of disjointed, pointless titles, New Universal brings all the old New Universe titles into one book - Starbrand, Spitfire, DP7, Nightmask, the whole shooting match - puts a cool twist on it, gives it a point, and makes for a compelling read. This is great stuff – give it a try!

Spirit #6 – Another incredible book that only a handful of folks are reading! If you’re a fan of one-shot series that tell complete, self-contained stories each issue but still build on previous issues instead of long, drawn out, written-for-trades story arcs, this is definitely a book you need to try. Darwin Cooke is at his best here, breathing new life into Will Eisner’s seminal comics character: the Spirit. Give it a whirl – you’ll be glad you did!

X-Men #199 – This series hasn’t been on my radar lately - it just hasn’t resonated with me – but as it approaches its landmark 200th issue, I’ve got to admit that my curiosity is piqued. Plus, the massive gatefold cover for issue 200 looks gorgeous. If you’ve been away from the regular X-Men titles for a while like I have, this is a good time to peek back through the window and see if there’s anything interesting in there again.

See you at Haven!

Friday, May 11, 2007

HUGE Comics Week with a Shocking Title Shipping!! (5-16-07)

Action Comics #849
All Star Batman & Robin #5
Amazing Spider-Man #540 – Shortage Replacement
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #52
Army @ Love #3
Avengers Yu Poster – S/O #26
Batman #665
Battlestar Galactica #9
BPRD: Garden of Souls #3 (OF 5)
Cable/Deadpool #40
Catwoman #67
Checkmate #14
Civil War: War Crimes TP
Clive Barker’s Great & Secret Show #12 (OF 12)
Conan #40
Countdown 50
Death Dealer #2 (of 6)
Death Jr. vol 2 #3 (OF 3)
Ex Machina #28
Exiles #94
Fables #61
Fall of Cthulhu #2
Fallen Son: Death of Captain America: Captain America
Flash, the Fastest Man Alive #12
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy vol 1: Homeland TP – S/O #65
Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy vol 2: Exile TP – S/O #65
Gargoyles #4
GI Joe: Storm Shadow #1
Highlander #7
Justice League of America #9
Justice League of America Variant Edition #9

Left on Mission #1 (OF 5)
Magician Apprentice vol 1 HC – S/O #59
Mighty Avengers #3 CWI
Moon Knight #10
Painkiller Jane #1
Plain Janes
Scooby Doo #120
Sonic the Hedgehog #175
Star Wars: Rebellion #6
Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen Poster
Supergirl #17
Tales of TMNT #34
Ultimate Spider-Man #109
Ultimate X-Men #82
Ultimate X-Men vol 16: Cable TP
Ultimates 2 #13
Uncanny X-Men #486
World War Hulk Prologue: World BreakerShortage Replacement
X-Factor #19
X-Men: First Class Special

All Star Batman & Robin #5 – When did #4 of this series come out? You don’t remember either? Oh well. Whenever it ships, it’s still Frank Miller and Jim Lee teaming up to bring you a Batman story. Check it out…

Civil War: War Crimes TP – For more collected stories from Marvel’s powerhouse storyline, check in here. This collects the War Crimes one-shots into a single TP, and it is definitely worth checking out. Give it a look-see!

Countdown #50 – Week two of Countdown continues! 52 was so successful that DC is continuing their weekly shipping schedule and bringing us Countdown! If you liked 52 and you liked the World War III issues, then you’ll like this series too. How can you not like a series proclaiming that Jimmy Olsen Must Die?!

Death Dealer #2 (of 6) – Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer got off to a good start in the previous issue (we’ve got one or two copies left, I think), so tune in here for the next installment and see the story behind one of the scariest guys out there.

Fallen Son: Death of Captain America – This issue deals with the death of Captain America from his perspective. God only knows how they’re going to do that and make any sense, but that’s what they’re trying to do.

GI Joe: Storm Shadow #1 – Okay, everyone loves Snake-Eyes. They always have. But Snake-Eyes wouldn’t be who he is without the presence of his fellow ninja, longtime friend, and sometimes enemy: Storm Shadow. Storm Shadow has been on a wild roller coaster ride since his introduction in GI Joe #21: Silent Interlude, and now he’s got his own series, written by Larry Hama! If you’re any kind of GI Joe fan, you’ve got get in on this!

Painkiller Jane #1 – if you like the TV show, you’re looking forward to the movie, or you just enjoyed the preview 25-cent issue, then check out the first issue of the new series. Give it a chance!

Ultimates 2 #13 – Speaking of books that have been loooooooooooooooong in coming, this one about takes the cake. The only book that’s taken longer to come out is Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #3, and I’m not sure we’ll ever see that. Anyway, go back, reread the previous 12 issues of this series so you remember something of what the heck was going on in this storyline, then come back here and check out the last chapter of Ultimates 2. While this wait is absolutely ridiculous, I’ve got to admit that I have LOVED the story so far – it has had some serious fan-boy frenzy-inducing moments. Get this one quick before it disappears!

World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker - That's right, more World War Hulk Prologues are here! If you didn't get your copy a couple of weeks ago (because we got shorted - thanks, Diamond), then this is your lucky day! Pick up this preview of 2007's "SMASH" hit, and get in on the ground floor of this awesome story. Hulk is coming back, and he wants revenge on the 'friends' who have betrayed him! This is awesome!

See you at Haven!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Awesome Comics Week!! (5-9-07)

Agents of Atlas Premiere HCShortage Replacement
Amazing Spider-Girl #8
Amazing Spider-Man #540
Annihilation Saga
Battle Pope #14
Black Coat: Call to Arms TP
Black Panther #27 CWI
Blade #9
Blade of the Immortal #125
Blood Nation #4 (OF 4)
Bomb Queen III #3 (OF 4)
Civil War TP
Countdown #51

Dinowars: Extinction Files #1
DMZ #19
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 1: Dragons of Autumn Twilight – S/O #65
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Family Guy: A Big Book o’ Crap TP
Forgotten Realms, Dark Elf Trilogy vol 3: Sojourn TP – S/O #65
Gamekeeper #2
Garth Ennis’ Chronicles of Wormwood #3 (OF 3)
Gen 13 #8
Ghost Rider #11
GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #3 (OF 3)
Gold Digger #84
Green Arrow #74
Green Lantern Corps #12
Grifter/Midnighter #3 (OF 6)
Grimm Fairy Tales #14
Immortal Iron Fist #5
India: Authentic Ganesha #1
Jack of Fables #10
JLA Classified #38
Madame Mirage: First Look
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #24
Marvel Zombies: Dead Days
Mystery in Space #8 (OF 8)
New Avengers #30 CWI
New X-Men #38
Nightwing #132
Noble Causes #29
Nova #2 CWI
Okko: Cycle of Water #3 (OF 4)
Outsiders #47
Punisher War Journal #7 CWI
PVP #32
Rex Libris #8
Samurai Heaven & Earth vol 2 #4 (OF 5)
Secret History Book Two
Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #2 (OF 4)
Star Wars: Dark Times #3 (OF 5)
Star Wars: Legacy #11
Stormwatch PhD #7
Tales of the Unexpected #8 (OF 8)
Thunderbolts #114 CWI
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 1: The Fantastic TP
Ultimate Power #5 (OF 9)

Ultimate Spider-Man vol 9: Ultimate 6 TP - S/O #11
Wolverine Origins #14
Y The Last Man #56
Y The Last Man vol 9: Motherland TP

Annihilation Saga – If you’ve heard how good Annihilation has been but haven’t been able to pick it up or get in on it yet, then this is the book for you. Annihilation Saga is designed to get you caught up on all things Annihilation before the next big shockwave in this ever-expanding section of the Marvel universe hits the shelves. Pick it up – this is awesome!!

Civil War TP – Once again, if you missed Civil War or you were just waiting for the entire season to come out on DVD, here it is! You’re definitely going to want this – you have to provide your own surround sound, however.

Immortal Iron Fist #5 – Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but this story is extremely cool. This series taps into Iron Fist’s mystical background and tells stories of the Iron Fists who preceded Danny Rand through a series of awesome flashbacks. Check this series out, folks!

Madame Mirage: First Look – Paul Dini is at it again, this time bringing a new character debuting in a new series! If you’ve enjoyed Dini’s work on Detective and, before that, on all the incredible Batman animated series, then you’ll love his new book, featuring the beautiful and mysterious Madame Mirage. Hey, and the first is only a quarter, so what have you got to lose?!

Marvel Zombies: Dead Days – Marvel Zombies are hot right now, so look for new books with new takes on what happened to these guys to be hitting the shelves. Dead Days is another look at what exactly happened to these heroes to turn them into, well, zombies, and it’s pretty freakin’ sweet. Enjoy!

Samurai: Heaven & Earth II #4 – This series continues to impress. A resourceful samurai searches the world over for the love of his life who has been kidnapped – that’s romantic, guys. Then he kicks a bunch of butts – that’s macho. See? This book has something for everyone, including some of the most beautiful artwork in comics. Definitely check this out!

See you at Haven!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Download Josh to your iPod interviewed Josh about Spider-Man 3 and Free Comic Book Day for their weekly Alabama Conversations podcast.

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Women = Superhero Kryptonite?

Are superheroes' women their kryptonite?

By David Germain

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lois Lane is in constant need of rescue by Superman. Batman's various girlfriends always require saving.

In "Spider-Man 3," girl-next-door Mary Jane once again is used by villains as bait for the web-slinging superhero, whalso has to rescue another damsel in distress with whom he has a flirtation.

Forget Kryptonite. Are women the real Achilles' heel for superheroes? Would these caped and masked crusaders be better off as loveless loners?

"Absolutely," said Sam Raimi, director of the three "Spider-Man" movies, whose latest installment has Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane used both physically and psychologically by the bad guys to ensnare Tobey Maguire's Spidey.

"In fact, that's the path that Tobey's character, Peter Parker, chose at the end of the first picture," when Peter decided that with his Spider-Man alter ego, he had to avoid personal intimacy to protect those he loved and to do his job well, Raimi said. "Unfortunately, it's hard to live up to that ideal, and in the second picture, he weakened and wanted a life with her."

Laura Ziskin, one of the producers of the "Spider-Man" movies, said Peter tried giving up Mary Jane but ultimately found he could not live without her.

Raimi also found something he could not live without in a "Spider-Man" movie, Ziskin said. In the first movie, Raimi had Mary Jane dangling from a bridge for Spidey to come and save her. In the second film, she's tied to a pole and being sucked horizontally into a red-hot miniature sun. In the third one, two of the movie's villains suspend her from a giant web to lure Spider-Man into their trap.

The third movie also features Spider-Man rescuing a new character, Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard), who sways from a skyscraper after a crane smashes through the side of the building.

"Sam loves putting a sexy girl in a tight-fitting outfit, hanging from something," Ziskin said.

They may be eye candy for the audience, but these women in peril certainly make for a harder day at the office for superheroes.

Their jobs would be easier without such emotional ties, Howard said. "It's true, it's true," Howard said. "It's heartbreaking for that reason. He's always having to go and save the girl, then everybody's always kidnapping the girl. When my husband saw the movie with me a few days ago, he turned to me and said, `Mary Jane's been through a lot.'"
Besides physical danger, Mary Jane faces endless emotional turmoil in "Spider-Man 3." Her Broadway career stalls, and she finds herself jealous of both the success boyfriend Peter has found in the superhero game and the adoration it brings him.
A stolen kiss between Gwen and Spidey especially galls her, opening the door to further complications in the love triangle between Mary Jane, Peter and their old pal Harry (James Franco), now Spider-Man's sworn enemy.

While Harry and new villains the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace) exploit Spider-Man's feelings for Mary Jane, Maguire said the hero still is better off with her in his life.

"I just think they know they can get him that way. The villains would find him one way or the other. We'd have to create something for the villains to get to him. It's kind of the most obvious way in, I guess," Maguire said.

"And it's nice, it adds dimension to his character. I mean, I guess, if he disconnected (from) his emotions or his feelings or his sense of duty, then he would be better off, because he'd just go, `Oh well, people will survive this, it's not my responsibility.'"
If Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and their superhero brethren were just invincible loners, without friends or other connections to the real world as they went about the business of rounding up bad guys, who would care about them?

"In the comics, the easiest way to bring real life into the life of the hero is to give him a spouse," said Avi Arad, another producer on the "Spider-Man" franchise.

"Lois Lane and the other women, in the comic books, the woman is the other world that represents all of us, and she is there to support, she is there to demand, she is there to observe and to make you think of her as an ambassador of the rest of us," said Arad, who also headed Marvel Studios, the comic-book empire's Hollywood branch, until last year.

"Otherwise, there is never a personal story to bring all of us into the room."

Haven featured in Huntsville Times today

Check out today's Go section of The Huntsville Times for a 4-page spotlight on Spider-Man 3. Along with the movie's review and a commemorative poster, there are two articles that feature Haven.

Too many bad guys? Nah, comics fans keep the faith

Some die-hard comic book/"Spider-Man" fans are excited but also a little nervous about this weekend's opening of "Spider-Man 3," which could be the final installment in the series.

"Everyone is really looking forward to 'Spider-Man 3,' but with really mixed feelings this time around," said Josh Olive, owner of Haven Comics in Madison.

"The Batman franchise from the '90s made the mistake of trying to put too many villains into the later movies, and those movies became a clown car in an out-of-control circus.

" 'Spider-Man 3' features at least three villains (there are rumors flying around of a fourth), and by many fans' count, that's two or three villains too many."


"On the other hand, (director) Sam Raimi has successfully demonstrated with two Spidey movies that he knows what he's doing with the character, and that's really the crux of the issue," Olive said. "If he can tell Peter Parker stories well, then the 'Spider-Man' stuff will fall into place pretty naturally. And through the first two films, Raimi's characterization of Peter Parker has been dead-on.

Click here for the full article.

Wanna seem hip? Read comic book

With the release of "Spider-Man 3," comic book stores around the world are celebrating Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.

Local stores participating include ... Haven Comics at 1871 S. Slaughter Road in Madison.

Now in its sixth year, Free Comic Book Day has proven to be a smashing success.

"The wide array of comic books being published today ensures that readers of all ages - children, teens, and adults - can find something appropriate that will stir their imaginations," said Josh Olive, owner of Haven Comics. "Comic books and graphic novels are considered hip, hot and smart."

Click here for the full article.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Searching for comics in the heart of Boston

I mentioned yesterday that I was in Boston last week. One afternoon after sharing a bowl of clam chowder at Faneuil Hall, my daughter Emily and I walked a block or so to Newberry Comics in the heart of downtown.
As you can see from the sign, the place has been around since 1978. But while it was certainly a cool store, it wasn't very much a comics shop. They had all sorts of CDs and DVDs, but their new comics section wasn't much bigger than Haven's, and they didn't have any back issue stock that I could find. Their graphic novel selection was nice, but not much bigger than you'd see at Books-a-Million -- I've seen better (Legion Comics in Birmingham).

Anyway, we browsed the trades for a few minutes, and Emily told me she wanted to look at the pictures. When I looked down, she was holding a copy of the Daredevil Omnibus, and she said, "Daddy, can you read this to me?" It broke my heart to have to tell her no, but, for one thing, it's 816 pages; for another thing, it's Frank Miller.