Friday, November 30, 2007

Kickin' Off Your Christmas Comics! (12-5-07)

All New Atom #18
Annihilation Conquest #2 (OF 6)
Avengers Initiative Annual #1 SII

Black Summer #4 (OF 7)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9
Countdown Arena #1 (OF 4)
Countdown 21
Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #2 (OF 5) – S/O #69
Death of the New Gods #2 (OF 8) – S/O #64
Dynamo 5 #9
Escapists HC
GI Joe: Storm Shadow #6
Giant Size Avengers Mischief
Giant Size Fantastic Four Cosmic Threats
Giant Size Spider-Man Family
Giant Size Spider-Man Back in Black

Gotham Underground #2 (OF 9) – S/O #64
Hellboy vol 1: Seed of Destruction TP
House of M Avengers #2 (OF 5)
Howard the Duck #3 (OF 4)
Infinite Horizon #1 (OF 6)
Infinity Inc. #4
Iron & the Maiden #0
Jonah Hex #26
JLA #15
Justice League Unlimited #40
JSA #11
Lobster Johnson: Iron Prometheus #4 (OF 5)
Looney Tunes #157
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #34
Metamorpho Year One #5 (OF 6)
Midnighter #14
Ms Marvel #22
New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #4
Northlanders #1
Omega Unknown #3 (OF 10)
PVP #37
Robin #169 (GHUL)
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #2 (OF 4)
Sonic X #27
Supergirl #24
Sword #3
The Order #5
Twelve #0
Ultimate X-Men #88
Ultimates 3 #1 (OF 5)
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #2 (OF 6) – S/O #4
Uncanny X-Men #493 MC
Vinyl Underground #3
What If?! X-Men: Rise & Fall of the Shi’ar Empire
Wizard Magazine 2008 Movie Spectacular
World of Warcraft #1Shortage Replacement
World War Hulk: Aftersmash WWH
X-Men: Die by the Sword #4 (OF 5)

Countdown Arena #1 (of 4) - Spinning out of Countdown, the series will feature Monarch (Nathaniel Adam) as he organizes battles among various versions of characters from the 52 Earths of the Multiverse. He will then add those he deems worthy to his army, in preparation for his battle against the Monitors.

Giant Size Marvel Books – Marvel is introducing Giant Size collections of stories, basically mini-trades, of many of their more family friendly titles. These are a great way to introduce new readers to some great comics without having to drop a lot of cash. Definitely check this out, folks! Christmas is coming, you know!

Infinite Horizon #1 (of 6) - Image presents a re-imagining of The Odyssey: A soldier's long journey home after years of war in the Middle East. In the not-too-distant future a small group of abandoned soldiers are lead home by one man: The Captain. To get back he will have to cross half the globe and endure deadly encounters with many enemies including the Cyclops, and the Sirens...but first he will have to survive the final hours of the war!

Northlanders #1 – This is a Vertigo title. It’s about Vikings. It’s cool. Set in 980 AD, Sven, a Viking guarding Constantinople, grows tired of the Byzantine court and decides to go home and reclaim his place among his people. Of course, when he gets there – it’s been a long time – the people in his place are a little loath to give it up. If you like Vikings and really amazing art, this is the book for you.

Twelve #0 - This preview comic features the origin stories of Golden Age greats “Rockman” from USA Comics #1 (August 1941) by Charles Nicholas and Basil Wolverton and the never-before-reprinted “Laughing Mask” by Will Harr and Maurice Gutwirth from Daring Mystery Comics #2 (February 1940) and Phantom Reporter by Mike Robard and Sam Cooper from Daring Mystery Comics #3 (April 1940) along with character sketches and preview pages of the new series The Twelve, by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Chris Weston. If you’re a sucker for Golden Age superheroics, you’ll definitely want to take a look at this series!

Ultimates 3 #1 (of 5) – It’s the Ultimates. It’s Jeph Loeb and, wait for it, Joe Maduriera. Yeah, remember him? It’s been a while, a meager 10 years or so, but he’s back now and ready for action. Hot on the heels of Ultimates II, this series is getting rave reviews from those jerks lucky enough to receive preview issues. This one is a must!

World War Hulk: Aftersmash - The Hulk came back to Earth and made a HUUUUUUUUGE mess. Who's S.H.I.E.L.D. gonna get to clean it up? Damage Control, the roughest, toughest dilapidated dirt dogs this side'a the universe. If anyone can clean up the aftereffects of World War Hulk, they can. But while they're picking up the pieces, they find that the war...may not be over...

See you at Haven!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (11-28-07)

52 Aftermath: 4 Horsemen #4 (OF 6)
All Star Batman & Robin #8
Army of Darkness: From Ashes #4
Authority Prime #2 (OF 6)
Batman #671 (GHUL)
Batman & the Outsiders #2
Black Panther #32
Black Summer Auxiliary #1 (OF 7)
Blue Beetle #21
Bomb Queen IV #3 (OF 4)
Booster Gold #2 – S/O #69
Booster Gold 2nd Printing #1 – S/O #69
Cable/Deadpool #47
Countdown: Lord Havok & Extremists #2 (OF 6)
Countdown to Adventure #4 (OF 8)
Countdown to Final Crisis 22
Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #2 (OF 5)
Dan Dare #1 (OF 7)
DC: The New Frontier vol 2 TP – S/O #102
Death of the New Gods #3 (OF 8)
Deathblow #8
Dock Walloper #1 (OF 5)
Doktor Sleepless Auxiliary #1
Faker #5 (OF 6)
First Born #3 (OF 3)
Foolkiller #2 (OF 5)
Death Dealer #5 (OF 6)
Gargoyles: Bad Guys #1
Gen 13 Armageddon#1
GI Joe: Data Desk Handbook N-Z
Gotham Underground #2 (OF 9)
Green Lantern Corps #18
Hellboy TP vol 2: Wake the Devil
Jack of Fables #17
JLA Classified #47
JSA Classified #32
Jungle Girl #3
Knights of the Dinner Table #133
Madman #5
Marvel Adventures: Iron Man #7
Marvel Atlas #1 (OF 2)
Marvel Previews #52
Marvel Zombies 2 #2 (OF 5)
Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness Deluxe Variant – S/O #64
Masked Magician One Shot
Mercenaries #1
Marvel Master Works: Thor vol 3 HC – S/O #99
Moon Knight Annual #1
Previews vol XVII #12
Savage Dragon #134
Secret History: Book Four
Sensational Spider-Man #41 OMD
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #23
Sub-Mariner #6 (OF 6) CWI
Supergirl & the Legion of Superheroes #36
Superman Annual #13
Superman/Batman #43
Teen Titans #53
Teen Titans Go #49
Transformers Devastation #3
Trials of Shazam #10 (OF 12)
Ultimate Spider-Man #116
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #3 (OF 8)
Usagi Yojimbo #107
World War Hulk: Frontline #6 (OF 6) WWH
X-Men #205 MC

X-Men: First Class vol 2 #6

Dan Dare #1 (of 7) - Virgin Comics is bringing Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future out of retirement to star in a new line of comics and a big-screen adaptation. Variety reports that the classic British science fiction character is a favorite of Virgin’s Richard Branson, who spearheaded the effort to acquire publishing, film, television and video game rights to the Frank Hampson creation. The new comic, which debuts in November, will be written by Garth Ennis. “Dan Dare is the quintessential British hero,” Ennis tells the trade paper. “He’s our Captain America, our Superman, our Batman; he’s all of them rolled into one.” Dare first appeared in April 1950 in the Eagle weekly comics.

Marvel Atlas #1 (of 2) - It’s the time of year when everyone wants to go on vacation—and what better place than the Marvel Universe? In the double-sized Marvel Atlas #1 (of 2), Marvel’s first-ever official atlas, your favorite MU locations are in the spotlight! The splendor of Dr. Doom's Latveria! The wonders of Muir Island! The glory of Silver Sable's homeland Symkaria! The urban squalor of Madripoor! The underwater marvels of Lemuria! With art from legend Eliot R. Brown (Punisher Armory, Iron Manual), this is the Marvel Universe like you’ve never seen it before!

Masked Magician One Shot - Nine thousand years ago an object of great power fell to Earth - a simple statue. The men who tried to wield it were granted temporary prosperity, but soon, having upset the delicate balance of the world, they received the terrible consequences, and their kingdom came to ruin. A special Society was formed to protect mankind from the statue's power.

Mercenaries #1 - The best-selling video game from Pandemic Studios is the next new Dynamite Entertainment comic book event! Get ready to join up with the MERCENARIES! Mercenaries the game has revolutionized the world of 3rd-person action-shooters by putting players in the middle of real world combat with the kind of freedom only a mercenary has. And now DYNAMITE'S MERCENARIES places you in the middle of the action.

Sensational Spider-Man #41 (OMD) - The most-talked about - and controversial - comic event of the year continues, brought to you by J. Michael Straczynski and Joe Quesada! Brace yourself, Spidey fans, after this, nothing will be the same for Peter Parker! The stakes have never been higher. At his darkest hours - and he's had plenty - Peter has always had one shoulder to lean on, one person who'd remind him who he is, who he was, and who he can be. Now he's about to lose that person. What would he do...what would you do, if you only had One More Day? Been wondering where the heck this book has been? Yeah, so has everyone else. I guess Marvel wants to drag this one more day out a bit.

See you at Haven!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Angel: After the Fall #1
52 vol 4 TP – S/O #54
Action Comics #859
American Virgin vol 3: Wet TP – S/O #122
Army @ Love #9
Avengers Classic #6
Batman Confidential #11
Birds of Prey #112
Black Adam: The Dark Age #4 (OF 6) – Shortage Replacement
Black Summer Auxiliary #1 (OF 7)
Blade of the Immortal #131
Booster Gold #3 – S/O #69
Boys #12
Brave & the Bold #8
BTVS Long Way Home HC (retailer thank you edition)
Captain America #32
Captain America: The Chosen #4 (OF 6)
Captain America vol 1: Death of Captain America Premiere HC

Catwoman #73
Checkmate #20
Conan #46
Countdown/Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight
Countdown to Final Crisis 23
Countdown to Mystery #3 (OF 8)
Dark Sector #0
Detective Comics #838 (GHUL)
Doktor Sleepless Auxiliary #1
Drafted #3
Ex Machina #32
Fables vol 1: Legends in Exile TP
Fables vol 6: Homelands TP – S/O #53, #66
Fables vol 7: Arabian Nights & Days TP – S/O #53, #66
Fables vol 8: Wolves TP – S/O #53, #66
Fall of Cthulhu #8
Flash #234
Franklin Richards: Fall Football Fiasco
GI Joe: America’s Elite #29
Gold Digger #90
Grendel: Behold the Devil #1 (OF 8)
Grimm Fairy Tales #18
Groo: Hell on Earth #2 (OF 4)
HALO Uprising #2 (OF 4)
Heroes for Hire #15
Incredible Hulk #111 WWH
Incredible Hulk: Zombie Variant #111 – S/O #64
India Authentic: Yama, Lord of Death #7
Iron Man Annual #1
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #8
LOEG: Black Dossier Variant Edition
Lone Ranger #10
Loners #6 (OF 6)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #18
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #30
Marvel Illustrated: Last of the Mohicans #6 (OF 6)
Marvel Illustrated: Treasure Island #6 (OF 6)
Metamorpho Year One #4 (OF 6)
New X-Men #44 MC
Penance Relentless #3 (OF 5)
Powers #27
Rex Libris #9
Sadhu the Silent Ones #3
Scooby Doo #126
Scream #1 (OF 4)
Shadowpact #19
She-Hulk 2 #23
Snakewoman vol 2: Tale of the Snake Charmer #5
Sonic the Hedgehog #182
Spirit #11
Star Trek Aliens Spotlight: Andorians
Star Wars 30th Anniversary HC vol 10: Crimson Empire
Superman Confidential #6 – S/O #64
Thunderbolts: Breaking Point
Ultimate Vision #5 (OF 5)

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #3 (OF 6)
Walking Dead #44
Wetworks #15
Wetworks Armageddon #1
What If?! Annihilation
Wizard Magazine #195
Wolverine Origins #19
X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #3 (OF 5)
Zero Killer #3 (OF 6)

Captain America #32 – The death of Captain America continues to have repercussions in the Marvel universe. The Falcon and Black Widow hunt together! Can they save the Winter Soldier from becoming a tool of the Red Skull again? And if they do, will he just go kill Tony Stark? And what of Agent 13, Sharon Carter, who shot the final bullets into her true love, Steve Rogers, and has seen her life fall apart since then? Much as I hate to say it, this book has been really good, other than the whole Captain America being dead thing.

Detective Comics #838 (Ghul) - "The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul," Part 3 of 7! Batman and I-Ching track down Ra's and Talia to their hideout while Nightwing pursues Robin! And why is the Invisible Map so important? All this, plus guest appearances by Talia al Ghul and Damian. The first two chapters of this story have been great – give this a shot; the demon is coming back!

Grendel: Behold the Devil #1 (of 8) - The original Grendel, Hunter Rose, returns in this new miniseries written and drawn by Matt Wagner! This is an untold chapter in the life of the greatest criminal mastermind in history--a thrilling and horrifying glimpse into a time when Rose's novels were at the top of all the bestseller lists and rumors of the assassin Grendel were on the lips of every terrified mobster unfortunate enough to present an obstacle to Rose's utter domination of the city's underworld. For the first time in over a decade, Wagner returns to the character that made him famous to reveal the biggest secret of Rose's illustrious and bloody career as Grendel! In other words, this is some good stuff, and you should read it.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier Variant Edition HC - Acclaimed writer Alan Moore once again joins forces with artist Kevin O'Neill for THE BLACK DOSSIER - a stunning original hardcover graphic novel that is the next chapter in the fantastic saga of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN! England in the mid-1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return in search of some answers - answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters - a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are hellbent on retrieving the lost manuscript…and ending the League once and for all. THE BLACK DOSSIER is an elaborately designed, cutting-edge volume that includes a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps, and a stunning cutaway double-page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by Kevin O'Neill. Don't miss what's sure to be one of the most talked-about books of 2007! A whopping 208 pages.

Thunderbolts: Breaking Point - The two longest serving members of the Thunderbolts—Songbird and Moonstone—are on a collision course with each other in Thunderbolts: Breaking Point! Acclaimed author Christos Gage (World War Hulk: X-Men, House Of M: Avengers), fan favorite penciler Brian Denham (Nova) and cover artist Marko Djurdjevic team up for this look for at the tenuous relationship between a pair of diametrically opposed Thunderbolts members. Songbird is working to prevent Moonstone from corrupting the team and Moonstone would be happy to just kill Songbird in the field. But is there a more effective way to remove Songbird from the picture? And a familiar face from Songbird's past makes their long-awaited return!Will the conflict between Songbird and Moonstone tear the Thunderbolts apart?

What If?! Annihilation - In What If? Annihilation, the valiant heroes Nova, Drax, Phyla-Vell and Peter Quill fail to halt Annihilus and his murderous rampage across the universe. And eventually the tyrant from the Negative Zone brings his devastating armies to Earth, during the height of both Civil War and Silent War! In the face of a far greater enemy, Marvel heroes struggle to mend their broken alliances. But can both sides work together in spite of the broken trust and newfound animosity?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Farewell, Aquaman Creator...

DC Comics - Name just a few super-heroes that you know and one character who may pop up in that list is Aquaman.

He has never got the popularity of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or Spider-man, but he is a hero that many of us grew up to. Either in comic books or on Saturday morning cartoons, Aquaman was a part of that trivia of our youth.

Aquaman is a superhero in DC Comics that was created by Paul Norris ( and Mort Weisinger,) for More Fun Comics # 73 (Nov. 1941). Initially a backup feature for the main attraction of Superboy, Aquaman was later featured in his own title multiple times. Nearly two decades later, during the superhero-revival period known as the Silver Age of Comic Books, he was a founding member of the Justice League of America. Aquaman has also appeared in animated and live-action television programs. Most will remember him from the Super Friends or the long running Aquaman cartoon show in the 60's.

The man who help create Aquaman, Paul Norris, has taken his Final Taxi at the age of 93.
Born on April 26, 1914 in Greenville, Ohio, Norris studied at Midland Lutheran College and at the Dayton Art Institute before being hired for the Dayton Daily News as an illustrator and cartoonist. In 1939, he headed to New York to seek a better job. By 1940, he was drawing comics for Prize Publications, where he created such "star strips" as Yank and Doodle, Power Nelson and Futureman.

Norris was at DC Comics in 1941. There, he and editor-writer Weisinger created Aquaman.
His first credit with DC is a revamp of the Sandman. Sandman has always been my favorite super hero. The simple green three-piece suit with purple cape and a gas mask was something I could see someone wearing instead of the tights and cape. Norris thought otherwise and followed what was popular for the time giving Sandman yellow and purple tights and a boy sidekick. It worked for the time period but I was glad he turned back gas masked hero many years later.
During WW II Norris illustrated propaganda leaflets to be dropped from aircraft over Okinawa, urging Japanese soldiers to surrender. After the war he worked with the King Features Syndicate as a "troubleshooter" with such adventure strips as Flash Gordon and Secret Agent X-9.

I the 1950s, Norris drew issues of Dell Comics' Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Jungle Jim, the latter of which he had previously drawn as a newspaper comic strip. The following decade, he drew stories of jungle adventurer Tarzan and science-fiction hero Magnus, Robot Fighter in comic books for Gold Key Comics. He also drew one of my favorite DC speedsters Johnny Quick.
Later he drew comics for Marvel of Hanna-Barbera characters including Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, and Dyno-mutt.

Noted as one of the last of the great creators of Golden Age DC superheroes, Aquaman stories still get a "Created by Paul Norris" credit on them.

Marvel tries to put Haven out of business...

...or something like that anyway. Read on.

Fresh from CNN:

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Marvel is putting some of its older comics online Tuesday, hoping to reintroduce young people to the X-Men and Fantastic Four by showcasing the original issues in which such characters appeared.

Marvel Comics, and other comic book companies, are putting their product online. It's a tentative move onto the Internet: Comics can only be viewed in a Web browser, not downloaded, and new issues will only go online at least six months after they first appear in print. Still, it represents perhaps the comics industry's most aggressive Web push yet. Even as their creations -- from Iron Man to Wonder Woman -- become increasingly visible in pop culture through new movies and video games, old-school comics publishers rely primarily on specialized, out-of-the-way comic shops for distribution of their bread-and-butter product.

"You don't have that spinner rack of comic books sitting in the local five-and-dime any more," said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Publishing. "We don't have our product intersecting kids in their lifestyle space as much as we used to." Translate "kids' lifestyle space" into plain English and you get "the Internet."

Marvel's two most prominent competitors currently offer online teasers designed to drive the sales of comics or book collections. Dark Horse Comics now puts its monthly anthologies "Dark Horse Presents" up for free viewing on its MySpace site. The images are vibrant and large. DC Comics has also put issues up on MySpace, and recently launched the competition-based Zuda Comics, which encourages users to rank each other's work, as a way to tap into the expanding Web comic scene. Company president Paul Levitz said he expects to put more original comics online in coming years. (DC Comics is a unit of Time Warner, as is CNN.) "We look at anything that connects comics to people," Levitz said. "The most interesting thing about the online world to me is the opportunity for new forms of creativity. ... It's a question of what forms of storytelling work for the Web?" For its mature Vertigo imprint, DC offers weekly sneak peeks at the first five or six pages of upcoming issues. The publisher also gives out downloadable PDF files of the first issues in certain series, timed to publication of the series in book or graphic novel format.

The Web release of DC's "Y the Last Man" sent sales of that book collection soaring at Bridge City Comics in Portland, Oregon, the shop's owner Michael Ring said. "They really do tend to be feeder systems," Ring said of online comics. "They give people that initial taste." For Marvel, the general public has often already gotten its initial taste through movies like "Spider-Man" or the "Fantastic Four" franchises.

The publisher is hoping fans will be intrigued enough about the origins of those characters to shell out $9.99 a month, or $4.99 monthly with a year-long commitment. For that price, they'll be able to poke through, say, the first 100 issues of Stan Lee's 1963 creation "Amazing Spider-Man" at their leisure, along with more recent titles like "House of M" and "Young Avengers." Comics can be viewed in several different formats, including frame-by-frame navigation. Ring expects Marvel's effort to put a slight dent in the back-issue segment of the comic shop industry, where rare, out-of-print titles sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay and at trade shows. Though most comic fans are collectors, some simply want to catch up on the backstory of their favorite characters and would no longer have to pay top dollar to do so.

About 2,500 issues will be available at launch of Marvel Digital Comics, with 20 more being released each week.

Friday, November 09, 2007

MASSIVE Comics Week!!! (11-14-07)

All Star Superman #9
Amazing Spider-Girl #14
Amory Wars #4 (OF 5)
Atomic Robo #2 (OF 6)
Avengers Initiative #7
Batman & the Outsiders #1
Beowulf TP
Black Adam: The Dark Age #4 (OF 6)
Booster Gold #4
BPRD: Killing Ground #4 (OF 5)
Captain Carrot & the Final Ark #2 (OF 3)
Captain Marvel #1 (OF 5)
Civil War Chronicles #5
Countdown to Final Crisis 24
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born HC
DMZ #25
Dragonlance Chronicles vol 3 #5
Ex Machina vol 6: Power Down TP
Fables #67
Gargoyles #6
Gen 13 #14
Gene Simmons: Zipper #1 – S/O #77
Ghost Rider #17
Ghost Rider Annual #1
Green Arrow/Black Canary #2
House of M: Avengers #1 (OF 5)
JLA Classified #46
John Woo’s Seven Brothers 2 #3
Legends of the Dark Crystal vol 1: Garthim Wars GN
Living Corpse 1/2 #0
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier HC Variant
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #5
Marvel Comics Presents #3
Marvel Illustrated: Man in the Iron Mask #5 (OF 6)
Mice Templar #2
Mouse Guard Winter 1152 #1 (OF 6) – S/O #26
New Avengers #36
Nightwing #138 (GHUL)
Nova #8
Punisher #52
Punisher War Journal #13
Salvation Run #1 (OF 7)
Simon Dark #2
Spawn: Godslayer #5
Spider-Man/Red Sonja #4 (OF 5)
Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1 (OF 5)
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #3 (OF 8)
Superman/Batman #42
Superman Confidential #9
Tales of Raphael: Bad Moon Rising #4 (OF 4)
Teen Titans East Special #1
Thor #4

Ultimate Fantastic Four #48
Ultimates Saga
Un-Men #4
Voodoo Child #5
Wolverine #59
Wonder Girl #3 (OF 6)
Wonder Woman #14
World of Warcraft #1
World War Hulk #5 (OF 5) WWH

X-Factor #25 MC
X-Men: Die by the Sword #3 (OF 5)

Batman & the Outsiders #1 - The new era for the team begins with Catwoman, Metamorpho, Katana, Grace and Martian Manhunter called into investigate a potential time bomb at Jardine Enterprises – but will the new team’s first mission also be it’s last? BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS. Let the speculation begin. A new series, written by Chuck Dixon? Yeah, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this.

Captain Marvel #1 (of 5) - Captain Marvel Returns To Action! Spinning straight out of his shocking return in Civil War, Captain Marvel’s new life begins in Captain Marvel #1 (of 5)! A beloved character long dead, Bucky couldn’t stay in the ground, so what do you think? Yep, Captain Marvel is back too! Cross your fingers on this one, boys and girls.

House of M: Avengers #1 (of 5) - Return to the world of the hit House of M series, where mutants rule the earth and familiar heroes lead shocking, unfamiliar lives! See the history of this alternate reality revealed for the first time! Follow Luke Cage as he goes from wrongly-convicted prisoner to super-powered fugitive...and assembles the band of rebel freedom fighters who will come to be known as the Avengers! Featuring Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Tigra, Mockingbird and more than a few surprises! The team behind the acclaimed Union Jack, Christos (World War Hulk: X-Men) Gage and Mike (Captain America) Perkins, reunite to bring you Marvel's heroes and villains in a world where anything can happen...and does!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier HC Variant - Acclaimed writer Alan Moore once again joins forces with artist Kevin O'Neill for THE BLACK DOSSIER - a stunning original hardcover graphic novel that is the next chapter in the fantastic saga of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN! England in the mid-1950s is not the same as it was. The powers that be have instituted some changes. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen have been disbanded and disavowed, and the country is under the control of an iron-fisted regime. Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return in search of some answers - answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters - a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. As Allan and Mina delve into the details of their precursors, some dating back centuries, they must elude their dangerous pursuers who are hellbent on retrieving the lost manuscript…and ending the League once and for all. THE BLACK DOSSIER is an elaborately designed, cutting-edge volume that includes a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps, and a stunning cutaway double-page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by Kevin O'Neill. Don't miss what's sure to be one of the most talked-about books of 2007! A whopping 208 pages.

Salvation Run #1 (of 7) - The good folks of Earth have finally had enough of the DCU villains and so the bad folks are being exiled to another planet where they'll be left to their own diabolical devices. You put a bunch of bad dudes in a room and they almost always have a fight and then form shaky alliances. I think we can expect more of the same in Salvation Run but on a much larger scale. Also, this is written by Bill Willingham, of Fables fame, with art by Sean Chen, so it’s going to be good. This is definitely one of the books to watch out for!

World of Warcraft #1 – A new ongoing series based on the world’s most popular massively multiplayer videogame kicks off with part 1 of a 6-part story arc written by Walter Simonson (Thor, Superman) and illustrated by sensational French artist Ludo Lullabi & Sandra Hope (JLA)!

A human is found unconscious on the shores of Kalimdor, with no memory of who he is or how he arrived there. Enslaved by the Orc Shaman Rehgar Earthfury, this man must fight for survival against members of both the Alliance and the Horde, striking uneasy relationships with other races in his quest to find the secrets of his past! Much as I’m surprised to say this, this should be a really good comic, folks! Walt Simonson knows what he’s doing, and just about everybody on the planet seems to love the source material, so definitely check this out!

World War Hulk #5 (of 5) – How does it all end? Does the Hulk have pity and spare the world, or does he decide to finish it? Perhaps more important – who wins? Hulk or the Sentry? I say that a million exploding suns can’t stand up to an angry Hulk. I really hope I’m right!! Check it out, people!

See you at Haven!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

First November Comics Strike It Rich! (11-7-07)

All New Atom #17
Annihilation Conquest #1 (OF 6)
Annihilation Conquest: Star Lord #4 (OF 4)
Astonishing X-Men #23
Atlantis Rising #1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8
Cairo HC
Countdown: Search for Ray Palmer – Red Rain #1
Countdown Special: Jimmy Olson 80-Pg Giant
Countdown to Final Crisis 25
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born Premiere HC
Dr. Who Magazine #388
Fantastic Four #551
Ghosting #3
GI Joe: Data Desk Handbook A-M
Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland #4 (OF 6)
Groo: Hell on Earth #1 (OF 4)
Hellboy: Darkness Calls #6 (OF 6)

Heroes HC
Highlander #12
Howard the Duck #2 (OF 4)
Immortal Iron Fist #10
Infinity, Inc. #3
Iron & the Maiden #4
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #3 (OF 6)
Jonah Hex #25
Justice League Unlimited #39
Knights of the Dinner Table #132
Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #3 (OF 5)
Looney Tunes #156
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #33
Metal Men #4 (OF 8)
Metamorpho Year One #3 (OF 6)
Midnighter #13
Ms Marvel #21
Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm
New Avengers Illuminati #5 (OF 5)
New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #3
Omega the Unknown #2 (OF 10)
PVP #36
Robin #168 (Ghul)
Shanna the She-Devil: Survival of the Fittest #4 (OF 4)
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1 (OF 4)
Sonic X #26
Star Trek Aliens Spotlight: Vulcans
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #22
Star Wars: Legacy #17
Super Villains Team-Up: MODOK’s 11 #5 (OF 5)
Supergirl #23
Superman #670
Superman Confidential #7 – S/O #54
Tales from the Crypt #3
Tales of TMNT #40
The Order #4 CWI
Thunderbolts vol 1 HC: Faith in Monsters
Tranquility Armageddon #1
Uncanny X-Men #492 MC
Uncanny X-Men #492 MC – Silvestri Variant – S/O #3
Vinyl Underground #2
Witchblade #111
World War Hulk Gamma Corps #4 (OF 4) WWH
Y The Last Man #59

Annihilation Conquest #1 (of 6) – Just like last year’s surprise hit, Annihilation, Conquest pulls Marvel’s cosmic lineup back into the limelight and pits them all against a hugely formidable foe. The cosmic heroes who are still standing are defending the universe against the Phalanx, an opportunistic Borg-like organism looking to conquer a universe weakened by Annihilus’ Annihilation Wave that nearly destroyed everything. Much as it surprises me to say it, having never been a fan of any of Marvel’s cosmic characters, these are some extremely good stories. WELL WORTH checking out, folks!

Cairo HC - Set in bustling modern-day Cairo, this magical-realism thriller interweaves the lives of a drug runner, a down-on-his-luck journalist, an American expatriate, a young activist, an Israeli soldier, and a genie as they navigate the city's streets and spiritual underworld to find a stolen hooka sought by a wrathful gangster-magician. Sounds odd, yes, but this new graphic novel from Vertigo is getting a lot of really good buzz. If you liked Pride of Baghdad or if you’re a Fables fan, this should definitely garner a look-see.

Groo: Hell on Earth #1 (of 4) – Sergio Aragones’ Groo is back! Once a staple of the monthly comic book world, Groo disappeared for a long while. We started seeing new appearances a year or two back, and now he’s got a new limited series! If you’re already a Groo fan, you’ll definitely want to pick this up. If you don’t know who/what Groo is, there’s no real good way to explain it – you’ll just have to check it out and see for yourself!

Heroes HC - Yes, this is the TV show. We've got a lot of huge fans of the show at Haven, so toss your hats in the ring early if you want to get your hands on this handsome hardcover!

Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #1 (of 4) - In Thy Name takes Surfer into the farthest depths of space where he discovers a threat he can’t ignore! In this timely and relevant tale of a utopia taken over by an enlightened group who subjugate the masses in the name of the greater good, the Silver Surfer is drawn into their conflict and must choose a side. But can he possibly take action when he may be dealing with powers far greater—and deadlier—than his own? With the combination of dirty politics, organ stealing pirates, demonic beasts and more enemies waiting in the shadows, the former herald of Galactus is about to find out that heaven can indeed be hell!

Thunderbolts vol 1 HC: Faith in Monsters – Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato Jr’s run on Thunderbolts has been nothing short of AWESOME. This is one of the best comics out there right now, period. Ellis’ handling of this nasty rogue’s gallery taking down B-list heroes for the government in the name of registration is just incredible. He takes these little known characters no one cares about and makes you wish they had their own book. Really, when was the last time you cared about a character like Jack Flag or American Eagle? And Deodato’s artwork is spectacular. This is the first trade collecting issues from their amazing run – definitely pick this up, if you haven’t already.

Uncanny X-Men #492 MC – The Messiah Complex story continues! Last week’s one-shot, kicking off this huge crossover event, really hit the ground running and, if Brubaker can keep up the momentum, this is going to be huge. This is old-school, when-they-were-really-really-good X-Men, and I’m looking forward to more. Get in on the ground floor with this one, folks!

See you at Haven!