Friday, August 24, 2007

August's Last Comics! (8-29--07)

52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #1 (OF 6)
Action Comics #854 (CD) – Shortage Replacement
Action Comics #855
Amazons Attack #6 (OF 6)
Amory Wars #3 (OF 5)
Avengers Initiative #5 CWI
Batman Annual #26: Head of the Demon
Batman: Batman & Son HC

Black Panther #30 CWI
Bomb Queen IV #1 (OF 4)
Cable/Deadpool #44 – Shortage Replacement
Catwoman: When in Rome TP – S/O #2
Catwoman: Wild Ride TP – S/O #2
Conan #43
Countdown 35
Countdown to Adventure #1 (OF 8)
Dr Who Special #17 - S/O #6, #107
Enigma Cypher #2 (OF 5)
Ex Machina Masquerade Special
Fall of Cthulhu #5
Fantastic Four #549 CWI
Forgotten Realms: Halfling’s Gem #1
Gamekeeper #4
Green Arrow: Year One #4 (OF 6) – Shortage Replacement
Hellboy: Darkness Calls #5 (OF 6)
KISS 4K #3
Knights of the Dinner Table #130
Last Fantastic Four Story
Marvel Previews #49: September 2007
Marvel Spotlight: Halo - S/O #48
Marvel Zombies MiniMates Box Set – S/O #64
Mice Templar #1
Nightmare Factory GN – S/O #28
Outsiders: Five of a Kind Week 5: Grace/Wonder Woman
Previews Vol XVII #9
Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded #1
Same Difference & Other Stories GN – S/O #2
Silver Surfer Requiem #4 (OF 4)
Sonic the Hedgehog #179
Spider-Man: One More Day Sketchbook
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #33 – S/O #54
Tales from the Crypt #2
Teen Titans #50
Teen Titans Go! #46
Transformers Spotlight: Optimus Prime
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 1: Power & Responsibility TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 2: Learning Curve TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 17: Clone Saga TP – S/O #2
Ultimates 2 vol 2: Grand Theft America TP – S/O #2
Usagi Yojimbo #105
Walking Dead #41
Warhammer 40K: Damnation Crusade #3 (OF 6)
Warhammer 40K: Forge of War #3 (OF 6)
Wetworks #12
Wizard Magazine
Wonder Woman #12 (AA)
Wonder Woman vol 4: Destiny Calling TP – S/O #2
World War Hulk: X-Men #3 (OF 3) WWH

52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #1 (of 6) – The Four Horsemen of Dread Apokolips have returned, and now they have 52 worlds to ravage. Alright, DC Nation, time to check out this worlds shattering mini-series and see who manages to survive!

Batman Annual #26: Head of the Demon - Written by Peter Milligan Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez Cover by Tim Sale. The definitive origin of Ra's al Ghul, Batman's greatest foe, is finally revealed in this annual. I’ve always wondered what his deal was – and now we’re about to find out!

Batman: Batman & Son HC – If you missed out on Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert’s first Batman story arc, it’s not too late! It’s all collected here for the first time, so take your opportunity and pick it up this time around. There are some great things going on in this story arc – definitely a good read.

Bomb Queen IV #1 (of 4) – Bomb Queen. What can you say? It’s a chick with an explosive power, running around in skimpy clothes that never last far into a fight, but it’s a fun book! This book definitely has a sense of humor and enjoys its flair for T&A without making a big issue out of it. If you’re up for something fun and risqué, you should give this book a shot.

Last Fantastic Four Story – The man (the one left anyway – RIP Jack Kirby), Stan Lee, teams up with John Romita Jr. to bring us the definitive end of the Fantastic Four. Is there anything else I need to say? Buy it already!

Mice Templar #1 – Following on the success of last year’s runaway surprise hit, Mouse Guard, we get a new tale of mice with sharp, pointy objects. This looks to be a more irreverent, funny look at a similar subject. If you liked Mouse Guard, give this a try; if you thought Mouse Guard was a little too somber, then this may be more your speed. Either way, check it out!

World War Hulk: X-Men #3 (of 3) – Of all the World War Hulk tie-in series, the one I’m most surprised by is this one. The Civil War: X-Men mini was terrible. Atrocious even. This book is freakin’ awesome! It’s got a great story, ties in well with the overall World War Hulk storyline, and has beautiful art. This one is most definitely worth checking out!

See you at Haven!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (8-22-07)

24 Hour Comics vol 1 TP
Amazing Spider-Man #543
Annihilation Conquest: Star Lord #2 (OF 4)
Astonishing X-Men #22

Batman #668
Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious #1 (OF 2)
Beautiful Killer TP – S/O #35
Birds of Prey #109
Black Summer #2 (OF 7)
Blue Beetle #18
Bomb Queen III #4 (OF 4)
Bushi Tales #1
Cable/Deadpool #44
Catwoman #70 (AA) – S/O #15
Catwoman: Relentless TP
Classic Marvel Figures Collector Magazine #45
Countdown 36
Daily Bugle September
Devi #13
Flash #231 – Shortage Replacement, 1 copy S/O #112
Gamekeeper #4
Green Arrow: Year One #1 (OF 6) – S/O #124
Green Arrow: Year One #4 (OF 6)
Green Lantern Corps #15
Halo Uprising #1 (OF 4)
Hedge Knight TP

Highlander #10
Immortal Iron Fist #8
In Her Darkest Hour 1-Shot
Iron Man #21
Irredeemable Ant-Man #11
Jack of Fables vol 1: Nearly Great Escape TP
JSA Classified #29
Knights of the Dinner Table #129 – S/O #157
Marvel Adventures Avengers #15
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #27
Marvel Illustrated: Last of the Mohicans #4 (OF 6)
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #1 (OF 6)
Mystic Arcana: Scarlet Witch
New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #1
Nodame Cantabile vol 5 GN – S/O #35
Outsiders: Five of a Kind Week 4 – Metamorpho/Aquaman
Pirates vs Ninjas II: Up the Ante #2 (OF 8)
Punisher War Journal #10 CWI
Ramayan 3392 AD: Reloaded #1
Savage Tales #3
Scooby Doo #123
Sensational Spider-Man #40
Spider-Man/Red Sonja #1 (OF 5) – Shortage Replacement
Spirit #9
Star Wars 30th Anniversary HC vol 7: Darklighter
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #19
Strangers in Paradise vol 19: Ever After TP
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #33
Superman #666
The Order #2 CWI
Thunderbolts #116

True Story, Swear to God vol 1 TP
Ultimate Fantastic Four #45
Ultimate Spider-Man 100 Project TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 11: Carnage TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 12: Superstars TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 13: Hobgoblin TP – S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 17: Clone Saga TP - S/O #11
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 3: Double Trouble TP
Ultimate Spider-Man vol 4: Legacy TP – S/O #11
Ultimates 2 vol 1: Gods and Monsters TP – S/O #11
Ultimates vol 2: Homeland Security TP – S/O #11
Uncle Scrooge #369
Walking Dead #40
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #684
White Picket Fences #3 (OF 3)
Wolverine #56
World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2 (OF 4)
World War Hulk: Gamma Files
X-23 Target TP
X-Men #202
X-Men First Class 2 #3

Astonishing X-Men #22 – Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men is drawing to a close with issue #24, so that means it’s getting down to crunch time for our heroes! They’re on the Break World and it looks like the Break World prophecy may actually be true – Colossus may be the destroyer of their world. Hmm…oh, and after Joss’s run on this story is done, who takes over? None other than Warren Ellis. Oh, yeah, the news can be that good.

Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious #1 (of 2) – Batman + Lobo + Sam Keith = a weird fraggin’ book. This ain’t my cup of tea, but if it’s yours, then snap up this book quick, because I don’t have a whole lot of them coming in.

Bushi Tales #1 – At first glance, this is a historical samurai story, a la Samurai: Heaven & Earth. Then you get a little further in and discover it’s actually set 1,000 years in our future. The gods of myth and legend and have returned, and so has bushido, the way of the samurai, mystical chi, and monsters – oh, yeah – lots of monsters. This was originally an online comic that has since been self-published by its creators. Unlike many self-published efforts, this looks like a professional job all the way through – give it a shot!

Halo Uprising #1 (of 4) - The One Man Army Wages War in Halo Uprising! The Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Bendis and artist Alex Maleev are back to bring you one of the most anticipated new series of the year—Halo: Uprising! Based on the hit video game series, but perfect for fans both new and old, Halo: Uprising #1 begins the tale of the heroic Master Chief’s struggle to reach Earth before the evil Covenant’s engines of war get there first! Set in the time period between Halo 2 and Halo 3, Halo: Uprising answers all those questions that fans have been asking for years, and introduces new characters into the Halo mythos! If sales on the Halo graphic novel are any indication, then this series is going to move fast. Pick it up early!

In Her Darkest Hour 1-Shot - Lisa is a young girl on the brink of suicide. Living alone in a town with no family and no friends, she has fallen into despair. Can her newfound friend Joshua convince her that life is worth living, or will she fall to the embrace of death in her darkest hour? Brilliant, newly discovered artist Fernanda Chiella has created one of the most visually stunning and emotionally gripping freshman efforts in years. Hers is a name we'll be hearing more from in years to come.

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 #1 (of 6) – The last Mouse Guard series kind of flew in under the radar, surprising everything with its high quality art and fabulous story. This time around, there’s no excuse! Everyone needs to pick this book up ASAP! Yeah, I know, it’s not your standard comic book size/shape, but it still kicks tail (pun intended). Check this out!

Thunderbolts #116 – I can’t stress enough how incredible Warren Ellis’ run on Thunderbolts has been and continues to be. This series specializes in taking old, throw-away characters no one cares about and turning them into awesome characters everyone wants to read more of. And Mike Deodato, Jr.’s art continues to impress me too. This is a must read.

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #2 (of 4) – The first issue introduced us to the Gamma Corps, that group of mutated misfits specifically irradiated with the same Gamma that made the Hulk what he is, and these people come in all shapes and sizes and they all have a singular mission: destroy the Hulk. Oh, and they may just have the power to actually do it. Sweet. The first issue was surprisingly good, and I expect more of the same out of this issue. Good stuff.

See you at Haven!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Moment of silence for Mike Wieringo

From Newsarama:

The comics industry lost a luminary this weekend – Mike Wieringo passed away Sunday of a sudden heart attack. Details are still sketchy as of this time, but according to close sources, the acclaimed artist had chest pains at some point during the day and called 911, but the responders did not make it in time.

Wieringo was 44 years old. He was a vegetarian, and "one of the healthiest ones of us in the bunch," as his longtime friend and collaborator Todd Dezago described him.

Wieringo worked every day, updating his blog and website with a constant stream of sketches at His last sketch was posted on Friday.

Gaiman answers fans' questions

Neil Gaiman talks about Stardust, Beowulf, his writing process, and his inspirations.

Gaiman: "What I was saying twenty years ago and hoped the world would finally catch up with, and now it seems like it has, is I would say 'it's not a genre.' Graphic novels and comics are not a genre. It's simply a medium, and you can do anything in it. ... I think we're in a world in which that's finally becoming understood and accepted."

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (8-15-07)

Action Comics #854
All New Atom #14 – S/O #76
Amazons Attack #5 (OF 6)
Annihilation Conquest: Quasar #2 (OF 4)
Aquaman, Sword of Atlantis #55
Army @ Love #6
Batman Confidential #8 – Shortage Replacement
Bizarre New World #3 (OF 3)
Black Canary #4 (OF 4)
Booster Gold #1
Brave & the Bold #6
Captain America #29 CWI
Catwoman #70 (AA)
Checkmate #17
Countdown 37
Daredevil #99Shortage Replacement
Dr. Who Magazine #385
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 3 #3 (OF 12)
Dungeon September 2007 #150
Fables vol 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers TP – S/O #54
Fathom Kiani #3
Flash #231
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #23
GI Joe: Storm Shadow #3
Gold Digger #88
Green Arrow Year One #2 (OF 6) – S/O #124
Green Arrow Year One #3 (OF 6) – S/O #124
Grifter Midnighter #6 (OF 6)
JLA Classified #41
Justice League of America #12
Justice Society of America #8 – Shortage Replacement
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #5
Marvel Illustrated: Treasure Island #3 (OF 6)
New X-Men #41
New Universal vol 1: Everything Went White HC
Okko, Cycle of Water #4 (OF 4)
Outsiders: Five of a Kind Week 3 – Thunder/Martian Manhunter
Programme #2 (OF 12)
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #10 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #3 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #4 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #5 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #6 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #7 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #8 (OF 12) – S/O #160
Rex Mundi #7
Ripclaw Pilot Season #1

Robin #165
Shadowpact #16
Shrugged #6
Sonic X #23
Spider-Man Family #4
Spider-Man/Red Sonja #1 (OF 5) – S/O #124
Submariner #3 (OF 6) CWI
Super Villain Team Up: MODOK’s 11 #2 (OF 5)
Superman/Batman #39
Star Wars R2-D2 Trash Can – S/O #99 (pre-paid)
Terror Inc #1 (OF 5)
Ultimate Spider-Man #112

Ultimate Spider-Man vol 3: Double Trouble TP – S/O #11
Wolverine Origins #16
World War Hulk #3 (OF 5) - Damage Replacement

Annihilation Conquest: Quasar #2 (of 4) – The first issue of this limited series surprised me with its high quality and great story. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. I mean, Quasar? Come on. Isn’t that the 98-lb weakling of the cosmic character line-up? Isn’t he that blond, mulleted hero of the ‘90s? He used to be, but now the mantle of Quasar is being carried on by another: Phyla Vell, daughter of the illustrious Captain Marvel, now has the quantum bands…and a really cool sword. Oh, and the story is great and the art is beautiful – what’s not to like?

Booster Gold #1 – Man, what can you say about this guy? He’s a superhero from the future and a big proponent of capitalism. He does movies and has licensed his image. He takes the gold part of his name seriously. The new book is brought to you by Geoff Johns and Booster Gold creator Dan Jurgens, so you know you’re going to want to get your hands on this bad boy. Oh, and the first story arc is called 52 Pick-Up. I thought that was pretty clever, myself.

New Universal vol 1: Everything Went White HC – Remember New Coke from the ‘80s? Remember Marvel’s New Universe from that same time period? I do. Like a bad dream. The New Universe pretty much sucked. Oh, it had its moments, but they were few and far between. As only he can do, Warren Ellis decided to bring back the New Universe. Funny how, in his hands, it turns from garbage to gold. This first story arc turns the New Universe on its ear and makes the whole thing feel totally fresh and completely cool. This is a definite must-read!

Ripclaw Pilot Season #1 - Eisner nominated writer Jason Aaron (Scalped, The Other Side) joins up with artist Jorge Lucas (Incredible Hulk, Annihilation: Ronan) to unleash Top Cow's resident badass in the first of eight special one-shots published under the Pilot Season 2007 initiative. The killer team is joined by intense cover artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Exterminators).

To kill the Yakuza kingpin called Boss Yamamoto, you'd have to fight your way through level after deadly level of his secret fortress, past an army of gun-toting thugs and sword-wielding assassins. No one has ever been foolish enough to try. Enter Ripclaw. This fan-favorite character, a cross between Wolverine and American Eagle, returns to the spotlight as dangerous as ever and fighting as if hell is at is his back.

Terror, Inc. #1 (of 5) – Back in the days when the Toxic Avenger had his own book, Marvel put out a freaky little book called Terror, Inc. Like bell bottoms and afros, he’s baaaaaaaaack! Meet Mr. Terror -- he's dapper, he's charming, he owns and operates his own very successful business and, oh yeah, he's fifteen and a half centuries old and rotting fast. Doomed to decompose for all eternity, Terror forever replaces his festering limbs with fresh parts. The curse keeps him alive, but it's what's left of his twelfth-century sweetheart -- encased in enchanted metal and serving as his right arm -- that keeps him honest. Today, Terror runs a high-stakes private eye firm -- espionage, investigations and assassinations for the extremely rich and extremely powerful. But after eliminating who he was told was a very bad guy, with extreme prejudice and in his own inimitable idiom, Terror learns he's been had -- he's just murdered a major government intelligence chief. Now, with the feds on his rancid tail and whoever set him up looking to tie their loose ends, Terror's on the run to clear his name and bring down the real bad guys. But the killers know exactly who they're dealing with, and they aren't making it easy for him. Written by David Lapham, penciled by Patrick
Zircher, cover by Jelena Djurdjevic.

Ultimate Spider-Man #112 – Spidey goes on without Mark Bagley. For the first time since the book’s inception, Ultimate Spider-Man will not be drawn by Mark Bagley. However, the new artist, Stuart Immonen, is nothing to sneeze at – this guy has been around, and his pencils so far show that he’s staying true to the look and feel of the book while, at the same time, doing it his own way. If you let Ultimate Spidey go a while back or if you’ve never read it, this is an excellent place to come aboard – this book is always well worth reading!

See you at Haven!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Wednesday's Comics!! (8-8-07)

Amazing Spider-Girl #11
Annihilation Conquest: Wraith #2 (OF 4)
Army of Darkness: From Ashes #1
Avengers Classic #3
Batman #667
Batman Confidential #8
Black Adam: The Dark Age #1 (OF 6)
Blade #12
Blade of the Immortal #128
Boys #9
BPRD: Killing Ground #1 (OF 5)

Civil War Chronicles #2
Countdown 38
Daredevil #99
Dark Tower: Gunslinger’s Guidebook

Deadman #12
DMZ #22
Dynamo 5 #6
Exiles #97
Fables #64
Gen 13 #11
Ghost Rider #14
Ghosting #1 (OF 4)
GI Joe: America’s Elite #26

Green Arrow Year One #3 (OF 6)
Green Lantern #22
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 – 1 Copy S/O #25
Hedge Knight 2: The Sworn Sword #3 (OF 6)
Incredible Hulk #109 WWH

India Authentic: Uma #4
Jack of Fables #13
Jack of Fables vol 1: Nearly Great Escape TP – S/O #54
JLA Classified #41
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #26
Marvel Illustrated: Man in the Iron Mask #2 (OF 6)
Marvel Masterworks: Mighty Thor 1 HC – S/O #99
New Avengers #33
New Avengers/Transformers #2 (OF 4)
New Excalibur #22
Nodame Cantabile vol 4 GN – S/O #35
Nova #5
Omega Flight #5 (OF 5) CWI
Outsiders: Five of a Kind Week 2 - Katana/Shazam
Powers #25
Punisher War Journal #10 CWI
Red Sonja #25
Sadhu: The Silent Ones #1
Star Wars Legacy #15
Star Wars Rebellion #9
Stormwatch PhD #10
Ultimate X-Men #85
Un-Men #1
Uncle Scrooge #368
Voodoo Child #2
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #683
War Hammer: Forge of War #2 (OF 6) – Shortage Replacement
World War Hulk: Front Line #3 (OF 6)
X-Factor #22
X-Men: First Class vol 2 #2 – Shortage Replacement

Annihilation Conquest: Wraith #2 – Conquest continues as the Phalanx tries to take over a universe weakened by last summer’s Annihilation Wave. Wraith, one of the hottest new characters in the Marvel Universe, would be most disappointed if the Phalanx wins, because that would me he didn’t. Definitely check this out!

Black Adam: The Dark Age #1 - Spinning out of the weekly series 52 comes an epic 8-issue mini-series that follows Black Adam, the new über-villain of the DCU! With the power of the gods stripped from him, Teth-Adam is on a quest to find not only the magical word that will restore him as Black Adam, but also the one thing that always kept his heart from turning completely black with rage. Black Adam is a man responsible for the deaths of thousands of Bialyan citizens and wide spread destruction across the globe. He is a man on the run from Earth's heroes, who want to see him brought to justice. Some want him tried before a world court, while others want retribution; to exact a pound of flesh for the lives he has snuffed out. And some simply want him dead as quickly and as quietly as possible.

BPRD: The Killing Ground #1 (of 5) – If you’re a fan of Hellboy, then you’re probably a fan of BPRD, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development. The adventures of the BPRD are chronicled a lot more frequently than those of Hellboy himself these days, and the art is peculiar, but these are some great books, building on the mythos established from the very beginning of Hellboy and moving towards an epic conclusion. Great stuff!

Dark Tower: Gunslinger’s Guidebook – Okay, the Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born series is over, and if there were a few bits and pieces of the story that were confusing to you, then this is the book for you. This book is the definitive guide to explaining the entire world of Dark Tower – this ought to answer any questions you may have.

Ghosting #1 (of 4) – A college hazing ritual takes a turn for the worse – what happens when someone dies? What happens when this isn’t the first time, and the ghosts of the murdered linger? This new book from Platinum Studios looks to be a really fun ghost story – if that sounds like it might be up your alley, check it out!

Un-Men #1 - They say the freaks come out at night. But in Aberrance, U.S.A., freaks are big business. On the board of directors sit the freakiest freaks of all — birthed in the profane laboratories of Anton Arcane — THE UN-MEN. In this new, ongoing series — masterfully mixing gritty noir, grindhouse horror and gallows humor — an albino agent known as Kilcrop is dispatched by the government to solve the murder of a sideshow attraction called "The Gill-Boy." To uncover the truth, Kilcrop must infiltrate Aberrance, where society's most misshapen outcasts find their own kind of freedom. But with the original Un-Men in charge, Kilcrop must confront a corruption far deeper than the mysterious death of a man who breathes through his neck. And he must deal with his growing love for a one-armed, angel-winged beauty named Niko — an attraction that could prove fatal. The truth he discovers may be the secret hidden within his own outsider's soul. Sounds freaky, but then, these guys were originally villains in Swamp Thing, back when it was, you know, good.

See you at Haven!