Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Superhero husbandry

Ladies, take note: You may "oh" and "ah" over their big muscles, but being married to a superhero isn't always happily ever after. Cracked has put together a hilarious list of the top 6 Worst Comic Book Super-Husbands.

Interestingly enough, they're all Marvel characters.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Big Time Comics and Trades!! (7-30-08)

Note that we’ve got a TON of trades coming in this week. If you’ve been wanting to read some awesome stories, this is a great way to get caught up!

Amazing Spider-Man Extra
Angel: After the Fall #10
Batman: Death Mask #4 (OF 4)
Batman: Going Sane TP
Best of Wolverine vol 1 HC
Black Panther #39 SI
Boys vol 1 TP
Captain Marvel Premier HC
DC Special: Cyborg #3 (OF 5)
Doom TP
Dragonlance Legends: Time of the Twins #1 (OF 3)
Dynamo 5 #15
Fables vol 1 TP: Legends in Exile
Fables vol 2 TP: Animal Farm
Fables vol 3 TP: Storybook Love
Fantastic Four: True Story #1 (OF 4)
Green Lantern #33
Grimm Fairy Tales #29
Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #2 (OF 3)
Huntress: Year One #6 (OF 6)
Incredible Hulk: Transformations TP
Inhumans TP
Jack of Fables vol 1 TP: Nearly Great Escape
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files #4 (OF 4)
Joker’s Asylum: Two Face #1
JLA Annual #1
Knights of the Dinner Table #141
Locke & Key #6
Marvel Age Avengers TP: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Marvel Previews August
Marvel Universe RPG Guide HC
Ms Marvel #29 SI
New Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #11
New Dynamix #5 (OF 5)
New Universal 1959
Northlanders #8
Peter Parker, Spider-Man vol 2 TP: One Small Break
Pilot Season: The Core #1
Previews vol XVIII #8
Project Superpowers #5 (OF 7)
Ptolus: Night of Dissolution
Reign in Hell #1 (OF 8)
Rex Mundi vol 1 TP: Guardian of the Temple
Sadhu: Wheel of Destiny #3 (OF 4)
Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3 (OF 3)
Skaar: Son of Hulk #2
Spider-Man Blue HC
Spider-Man: Back in Black HCS/O #125
Spider-Man: With Great Power #5 (OF 5)
Star Trek: Mirror Images #2
Star Trek Year Four: Enterprise Experiment #4
Star Wars Rebellion #15
Superman/Batman #50
Teen Titans #61
Thor #10
Thor vol 1 TP (Straczynski)
Thor Visionaries TP – Mike Deodato Jr.
Thor Visionaries vol 1 TP – Walt Simonson
Trinity #9
True Believers #1 (OF 5)
Ultimate Spider-Man #124
Wildcats #1
Wizard Magazine #203
Wolverine #67
Wolverine Legends vol 3 TP: Law of the Jungle
Wolverine Visionaries vol 1 TP: Mark Silvestri, Book One
Wolverine Origins #27
X-Men: First Class 2 #14

Fantastic Four: True Story #1 (of 4) - A threat to the minds of the whole human race sends the FF somewhere they've never been before: into the realm of fiction itself! Where Ben finds himself clobbering a demonic army to save the cast of Sense and Sensibility. No, really. And it gets weirder from there. Dante (not the one from Clerks)! Willie Lumpkin! Behold, the Fictocraft! And it's actually kind of smart and serious too. You're at least going to flip open the first page in the comic store, right?

Pilot Season: The Core #1 - The Core is the center of the known universe where, as the density of systems has resulted in a higher frequency of life, much older and well-established species have created empires, federations and cooperatives radiating out from the foundation's edge. As all life originated from the center, theThe Core reflects today's Middle East in that it is war torn, has been controlled by different cultures multiple times and is the origin of all shared belief systems. The Core is the most dangerous place in the universe. The political appointment of the first human to an extraterrestrial Special Forces unit makes the soldier have to first earn the respect of his peers and then respect for his species. The writing of critically acclaimed scribe Jonathan Hickman (A Red Mass for MarsNightly News, Pax Romana) and the distinct stylings of Madame Mirage artist Kenneth Rocafort combine for this unique Pilot Season book!

Reign in Hell #1 - It's all-out war for control of hell! This is the major event that changes the status quo for DC's infernal realm as Lord Satanus sets out to dethrone Neron at all costs. As the battle begins, various parties are drafted into service - but will they choose to stand with the devil they know or a new and possibly worse evil? Friendships will be ruined, lives will be lost and allegiances will be forever changed. Plus, a backup feature starring Dr. Occult, who receives a shocking visitation on the eve of the war in hell!

True Believers #1 (of 5) - Super heroes running a female fight club? Unbelievable perhaps, but it's a tale of depravity that will send shockwaves across the globe once the sordid details appear on a podcast uploaded by the TRUE BELIEVERS! Who are these counter-culture subversives with strange powers and abilities who have proclaimed themselves 'warriors of the information age'? The True Believers not only speak truth to power, they wield it like a weapon using it to root out lies and deception, cover-ups and conspiracies wherever they find them. Whether it's S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Illuminati, HYDRA or Weapon X, the CIA or the CSA, no target is too big and no one is off-limits-including a wary superhuman community with plenty of its own secrets to hide!

Wildcats #1 - After the shattering conclusion of NUMBER OF THE BEAST, a jaw-dropping new status quo will be established in the WildStorm Universe - and it begins now! Christos Gage (WILDSTORM: ARMAGEDDON, THE AUTHORITY: PRIME) and Neil Googe (WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY, MAJESTIC) bring a unique new vision to the classic Wildcats team, reuniting the classic team with some surprising new members. Also, a new monthly backup story begins, kicked off with the return of John Lynch by Gage and X-Men: Deadly Genesis artist Trevor Hairsine!

Wolverine #67 -

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cool News!!

Disney Publishing Worldwide and BOOM! Studios today announced a joint venture that would feature many of Pixar's famous characters staring in stories in the comic book medium. Everything from Toy Story, Finding Nemo to Wall-E would be used in the creations...The one that sounds of interest to me is the comic book staring "The Incredibles", writen by BOOM! Editor-In-Chief Mark Waid with cover illustrations by Darwyn Cooke(perfect selection, IMO).The comics are clearly aimed at kids and younger audiences. If you've read comics in the last couple of decades you would notice that most stories are aimed at late teens to early twenties... which is why I'm sure some parents are a little stunned walking out of "The Dark Knight".

Thursday, July 24, 2008

MUNCHKIN CARD GAME TOURNAMENT

Do you have what it takes to kill the monsters, steal the treasure, stab your buddy, and win a tournament? Then you should join us at Haven Comics for a Munchkin tournament this Saturday, July 26th, 2008, at 1:00 PM! For a small $2 entrance fee, you will be able to test your mettle against other Munchkin players for the tournament prize: your choice of a Munchkin game or supplement (see note below)!

Come join the fun and find out who is the biggest Munchkin of all!

*** IMPORTANT NOTE ***
In order to participate in the tournament, you must be 12 years of age or older and pay the $2 entrance fee. The listed tournament prize may not be available if only a limited number of players participate. If such a situation arises, the tournament will not require ANY entrance fee, but will only provide the envy of your Munchkin peers as the prize. The tournament will be a 3-round tournament and require between 3-4 hours to play.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Who watches the Watchmen?

Those who see The Dark Knight this weekend (in other words, everyone on the planet) should get treated to this trailer before the movie.

Who watches the Watchmen? I know I will.

Milestone Comics Week!! (7-23-08)

On top of some great comics shipping this week, we've also got a TON of trades coming in. Definitely check those out!

300 Special Edition DVD – S/O #3
Ambush Bug Year None #1 (OF 6)
Angel: After the Fall #10
Angel: Revelations #3 (OF 5)
Arana vol 1 TP: Heart of the Spider
Arana vol 2 TP: In the Beginning
Arana vol 3 TP: Night of the Hunter
Avengers Initiative #15 SI
Batman: Gotham After Midnite #3 (OF 12)
Battlestar Galactica Origins #8
Black Panther #38
Black Summer #7
Boys vol 2 TP: Get Some - S/O #141
Brave & the Bold #15
Broken Trinity #1
Dan Dare #7 (OF 7)
Daredevil #109
Doktor Sleepless #6: Mad Science Edition
Fall of Cthulhu #14
Gold Digger #98 - S/O #32
Gold Digger Sourcebook #19 - S/O #32
Gold Digger: Tiffany & Charlotte #2 (OF 4) - S/O #32
Gravity vol 1 TP: Big City Super Hero
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Road to the Altar TP - S/O #4
Green Lantern Corps #26
Immortal Iron Fist #17
Joker’s Asylum: Scarecrow #1
JLA #23
Legion of Superheroes #44
Liberty Comics: A CBLDF Benefit Book (1-Shot)
Madame Xanadu #2
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #38
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #1
Marvel Comics Presents #11
Mega Morphs vol 1 TP
New Avengers #43 SI
New Warriors #14 SI
Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts (1-Shot)
Red Star vol 2 HC: Nokgorka Limited Edition
Rex Mundi vol 2 TP: The River Underground
Robin #175 RIP
Scooby Doo #134
SCUD, The Disposable Assassin: The Whole Shebang TP
She-Hulk 2 #31 SI
Skrulls (1-Shot) SI
Sonic X #35
Spellbinders: Signs & Wonders TP
Spirit #19
Star Trek: New Frontier #5
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #31
Star Wars: Legacy #26
Straw Men #1 (OF 12)
Super Friends #5
Superman #678
Supernatural: Rising Son #4 (OF 6) - S/O #64
Thunderbolts #122 SI
Trinity #8
Two Face: Year One #1 (OF 2)
Ultimate X-Men #96
Uncanny X-Men #500 MD
Uncanny X-Men 500 Issues Posterbook
Usagi Yojimbo #113
War Heroes #1
Warhammer 40K: Exterminatus #1 (OF 5)
Warhammer: Condemned by Fire #3 (OF 5)
Wolverine First Class #5
X-Files Special #0
X-Men: Firestar TP
X-Men Legacy #214
Yen Plus Magazine #1 Aug 2008
Youngblood #4

Ambush Bug Year None #1 (of 6) – The wait is over - everyone's favorite Bug is back, courtesy of the original AMBUSH BUG team of Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming! Cities will be destroyed! Cats and dogs will live in sin! Every unanswered question of the DC Universe will be answered! Live heroes will die and dead heroes will live! Okay, none of that actually happens, but join us anyway for this totally irreverent romp through the DC Universe as only Ambush Bug could give you!

Broken Trinity #1 – Last year, there was a birth. This year, there will be a death. In 2007, Top Cow unleashed First Born, hailed by critics as 'a quality mini-series,' 'required reading' and 'an epic adventure.' That storyline, chronicling the arrival of Sara Pezzini's baby and the ensuing war between Angelus and The Darkness, changed the Top Cow Universe forever. But that was just the beginning. Broken Trinity brings together the Witchblade, The Darkness and Angelus once more, but this time the stakes are even higher as a new artifact is discovered, forever upsetting the balance of power. By the conclusion of the crossover, a major new player will be introduced into the Top Cow Universe, while at least one established character will be gone forever.

Liberty Comics: A CBLDF Benefit Book – This bad boy features art and stories by some of the best in the business, and the proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps out creators and stores who are sued by people who think comics should only be for little kids. Buy a good comic and support a good cause at the same time…much easier than simultaneous walking and chewing gum, guaranteed!

Marvel Adventures Superheroes #1 – Ironically, a comic aimed at kids comes next. Oh well…..It's probably a bad sign when Hercules comes asking for a favor. It's juuuuuust a little job that needs doing, but this is Hercules; isn't he supposed to be REALLY good at doing labors himself? Before they know it, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Hulk are stuck looking after Orthus and Cerberus, the two legendary hounds of the underworld! Luckily, the dogs learn to behave after chewing up only a few cars, a statue, and Iron Man, and finally they're obedient enough for the Metro Dog Show! Only problem, Hercules wants the dogs back. Oh no, Herc, not before the Hulk gets his ribbon! It's two dogs with five heads between them, and all the action you can handle.

Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts (1-Shot) – Celebrate the return of Nocturnals with three rings of savagery in NOCTURNALS: CARNIVAL OF BEASTS. In the fully painted 'Beasts', Doc Horror unleashes an inner demon while settling an old score with a viper's nest of disturbed scientists. 'The Scrimshaw Crown' follows amphibian girl, Starfish, tracking a haunted sea monster. In 'Candy Butchers,' Halloween Girl, the Gunwitch and Polychrome encounter toothsome carnies.

Skrulls (1-Shot) – Ever since the dawning of the Marvel Age of heroes, the Skrulls have been known as scheming, conniving, insidious interlopers in the affairs not just of Earth, but the whole universe. Now, get the Skrulls' side of the story! Who are they, what drives them, and what are their ultimate goals? Who are their heroes, and who are their villains? And what will become of their clash between religion and modernity - manifest in their relentless pursuit of the Earth as the final prize - when it spills over into universal mayhem? SKRULLS! helps answer these questions and gives you the clues to ask even more! Featuring detailed information about the full expanse of Skrull history - including biographical data of classic Skrulls through the ages, reprints of key moments from Skrull history and original material that will help form a deeper understanding of the Skrull race...all from a Skrull perspective.

Straw Men #1 (of 12) – In Los Angeles, 14-year-old Sarah Becker disappears into thin air. Ex-cop John Zandt and FBI agent Nina Black are on the trail of Sarah's abductor, a man that Zandt has a terrible history with, a sadistic killer known only as The Upright Man. In Montana, former CIA agent Ward Hopkins tries to uncover the mystery behind his parent's death. Seemingly unconnected incidents happen hundreds of miles from each other. Soon Ward, Nina and Zandt will learn that all roads lead to The Straw Men!

Two Face: Year One #1 (of 2) – In a time of corruption and greed, the only force keeping Gotham City from collapsing into utter chaos included Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent, a cop named Jim Gordon, a vigilante known only as Batman - and a mysterious group of untouchable crimefighters working outside the law. Be here to witness the beginning of a legacy, when a meeting between Gotham's Finest and Gotham's Vilest spawn the protectors who will safeguard Gotham's future, as well as the monster who will try to burn it to the ground. Don't miss the start of this exciting 2-part miniseries featuring one of The Dark Knight's most fearsome foes!

Uncanny X-Men #500 – Sentinels? What? And Magneto? And is that the Master Mold? What the hell is going on in San Francisco now that the Uncanny X-Men have relocated there? They've got a new Headquarters and a new status quo as the gauntlet is thrown for a new era of mutantkind. It's all here in the double-sized anniversary issue that sets up the plotlines that will be developed over the next year in UNCANNY. And it's all brought to you by the hot writing team of Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction (Immortal Iron Fist) and fan favorite artists Greg Land (ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY) and Terry Dodson (SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT, Wonder Woman). New creators, new home. The future begins now.

War Heroes #1 – MARK MILLAR and TONY HARRIS - TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME! If you've been wondering what comes next after MARK MILLAR's groundbreaking runs on ULTIMATES and ULTIMATES 2, then wonder no more - this is it! The mind that reinvented superheroes for the 21st Century joins forces with one of comicdom's best artists to chart a new courses for superhero action in a series that will definitely be one of the talked about of the year!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Cool New Titles for Wednesday!! (7-16-08)

Amazing Spider-Man #566
Batgirl #1 (OF 6)
Batman & the Outsiders #9
Batman Faces TP - S/O #4
Birds of Prey #120
Bomb Queen V #3 (OF 6)
Buddha: Story of Enlightenment #4
Captain America #40
Checkmate #28
Classic Play: Book of Planes HC
Conan the Cimmerian #1
DC/Wildstorm: Dream War #4 (OF 6)
Eternals #1 – S/O #64
Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge #1 (OF 3)
Flash #242
Foolkiller: White Angel #1 (OF 5)
Forgotten Realms: The Legacy #3 (OF 3)
Frank Frazetta’s Swamp Demon (One Shot)
Ghost Rider #25
GI Joe: America’s Elite vol 5 TP: WWIII Omnibus
Helen Killer #3 (OF 4)
Helm #1 (OF 4)
Incredible Hercules #119 SI
Iron Man: Director of Shield #31
Joker’s Asylum: Poison Ivy #1
Leaves (One Shot)
Marvel 1985 #3 (OF 6)
Marvel Adventures Avengers #26
Marvel Illustrated Iliad #8 (OF 8)
Mice Templars #5
Mighty Avengers #16 SI
Moon Knight #20
Omega Unknown #10 (OF 10) – S/O #64
Punisher #59
Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded #7 (OF 7)
Runaways Premier HC: Dead End Kids – S/O #7
Sky Doll #3 (OF 3)
Spike: After the Fall #1 (OF 4)
Tangent Superman’s Reign #5 (OF 12)
Tiny Titans #6
Transformers Movie Sequel: Reign of Starscream #3
Trinity #7
Ultimate Fantastic Four #56
Universal War One #1 (OF 3)
Voltron: A Legend Forged #1
War is Hell: 1st Flight of the Phantom Eagle #5 (OF 5)
World of Warcraft #9
X-Factor #33 SI
X-Force #5 DWS
Zorro #5

Batgirl #1 (of 6) – Fresh from appearances in BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, the enigmatic Cassandra Cain stars in this six-issue miniseries written by Adam Beechen (COUNTDOWN, ROBIN) with pencils by Jim Calafiore (GOTHAM UNDERGROUND)! Now that Batgirl has finally gained Batman's trust, it's time to conquer her inner demons and prove herself to the rest of the world. This six-issue epic will take Cassandra on an intense, personal journey involving friends, family and foes!

Conan the Cimmerian #1 – As hard as it's been for Conan to return to Cimmeria, things aren't getting any easier as he nears his goal, and he quickly runs afoul of raiders on the Cimmerian borderlands. One stranger welcomes Conan home with a crack to the head, and another begins to weave a tale about Conan's grandfather--another Cimmerian who was filled with wanderlust. Conan the Cimmerian continues Dark Horse Comics' modern revitalization of Robert E. Howard's most beloved character. This is a great jumping-on point for new readers-and our first look at the creative muscle that will fuel Conan's adventures throughout 2008!

Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge #1 (of 3) – Written by Geoff Johns Art and covers by Scott Kolins The critically-acclaimed FLASH team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins reunites for a tale of villainy and twisted justice tying in to FINAL CRISIS! Captain Cold and the Rogues were accessories to the murder of Bart Allen. They've become what they never set out to be - wanted! Wanted by the good guys, by former Rogue Pied Piper, and by the Secret Society of Super-Villains. But just as they try to disappear underground, good, old-fashioned revenge yanks them back. And where is the Flash during all of this? It's a Crisis - take a guess.

Frank Frazetta’s Swamp Demon (one shot) – Set in the Land of Iparsia, 500 years before the epic 'Shadows of Mirahan' storyline from FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER, this is a dark fantasy story of druids, demons, and the mysterious and beautiful witch-goddess known as Kallista. Written by critically acclaimed novelist and comics writer JOSHUA ORTEGA (FRANK FRAZETTA'S DEATH DEALER, THE NECROMANCER), and reuniting the RUNES OF RAGNAN team of JOSH MEDORS and JAY FOTOS, this is one tale of Frazetta Comics fantasy that you won't want to miss!

Helm #1 (of 4) – What if you had a magical superpower and it hated your guts?Matt Blurdy's day has gone from crap to worse. Not only did his girlfriend break his heart at work--and in front of all of the video-store patrons--but he just got fired. All that's left to do is minibike his sorry, thirty-year-old (and freshly unemployed!) butt back home to his mom's basement and drown his sorrows in a bucket of extra crispy chicken while contemplating where his life went wrong.On the way home, Matt decides to quiet his aching heart with a brief detour to a garage sale. When an ancient-looking helmet calls to him as "the Chosen One," exhorting him to don the mantle of the "Valhalladrim," Matt touches it with trembling fingers--and is jolted by raw magical power. Holy crap! Is he going to be a superhero? Is this why he always felt special even when everyone else thought he was a loser? Then the helm gets a sense of whom it's dealing with. Suddenly, it changes its tune: "I was mistaken. You are not the chosen one. Good day."But for once in his life, Matt's not taking no for an answer. Not today.

Leaves (one shot) – Inspired by the real-life Naadi fortune-tellers of India and one man's legendary experience, Doctor Max Mellick has the universe at his fingertips - a world-renown heart surgeon with a striking girlfriend and extravagant New York lifestyle. When he attends a friend's funeral in India, something deep within him is forever changed. Identified as evil by an Indian fortune-teller, Max is forced to flee the country -- to save his own life, but more importantly, to preserve his destiny.

Moon Knight #20 – A one shot issue starring Moon Knight’s arch-nemesis: Werewolf by Night! With art by Mike Deodato, Jr., this promises to be a heck of an issue!

Spike: After the Fall #1 (of 4) – Spinning out of the 'First Night' events in Angel: After the Fall comes the official story of Spike's first months in hell. How did he come to be here? Why is Illyria with him? And exactly how did he come to set up shop in a certain famous mansion in Beverly Hills?

Voltron: A Legend Forged #1 – Over twelve centuries ago, the galaxy's best minds secretly bridged magic and science to create a mighty warrior Voltron, their only hope of salvation from the Drule Empire. This is that story, kicking off a brand new epic miniseries spanning through both space and time.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Opening sequence from 'Dark Knight'

For those of you who haven't yet seen the special IMAX trailer for The Dark Knight, here it is, including the first 5½ minutes of the movie.

Wednesday's Comics Invasion!! (7-9-08)

Action Comics #867
Amazing Spider-Girl #22
Amazing Spider-Man #565
American Virgin vol 4 TP: Around the World
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter vol 1 TP: Guilty Pleasures
Army of Darkness/Xena: Why Not? #4 (OF 4)
Batman & Son TP
Batman Confidential #19
Battlestar Galactica Origins #7
Black Coat 48-Page Special
Booster Gold #1000000
Boys #20 – Damage Replacement
BPRD: The Warning #1 (OF 5)
Captain America: White #0

Captain Britain & MI 13 #3 SI
Detective Comics #846 RIP
Devi/Witchblade #1
Dr. Who Magazine #397
Eternals #2
Femme Noir: Dark City Diaries #1 (OF 4)
Final Crisis: Requiem #1

Gamekeeper Series 2 #5
Genext #3 (OF 5)
Green Arrow/Black Canary #10
Guardians of the Galaxy #3
Hellboy vol 1 TP: Seed of Destruction
Hellboy vol 2 TP: Chained Coffin & Other Stories
Herobear & the Kid vol 1 TP: Inheritance – S/O #7
Huntress: Year One #5 (OF 6)
Indiana Jones & the Tomb of the Gods #1
Invincible Iron Man #3
Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #4 (OF 4)
Joker’s Asylum: The Penguin #1
JSA #17
JSA #17 Variant Edition
Last Defenders #5 (OF 6)
Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century #16
New Exiles #8
New York Four
Nova #15
Powers #29
Red Sonja #35
Runaways Premiere HC: Dead End Kids – S/O #7
Secret Invasion #4 SI
Secret Invasion #4 McNiven Variant
S/O #158
Shark-Man #3 - S/O #64
Sonic the Hedgehog #190
Supreme Power vol 1 TP: Contact - S/O #157
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1
Trinity #6
Ultimate Origins #2 (OF 5)
Watchmen TP1 Copy S/O #16
Wizard Exclusive 2-Pc HeroClix Set
Wizard Magazine #202
Wolfskin Annual #1
Wonder Woman #22
Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons #2
Young X-Men #4 DWS


BPRD: The Warning #1 (of 5) – The team rushes to track down the mysterious gentleman who's been appearing in Liz's visions, as a slew of old enemies--from frog creatures, to the Black Flame, to the last remnants of Hyperborea--menace the Bureau from all sides in a catastrophic escalation to Armageddon.

Captain America: White #0 - Written by JEPH LOEB Pencils & Cover by TIM SALE Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the Eisner award winning team (DAREDEVIL: YELLOW, SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, HULK: GRAY, Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman For All Seasons, Television's HEROES) return to Marvel and their prestigious 'color' book series. CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE is their newest creation, peeling back an untold tale of Captain America and Bucky during World War II. Their unique combination of in-depth characters and high stakes action shines here with Cap's deadliest mission of all. Marvel is proud to bring you Captain America: #0 this summer as a taste of what's to come. Featuring an all new full story about the Origin of Bucky Barnes and how he came into Cap's life, this special edition features a cover gallery, sketchbook, script samples, and an interview with the creators. They are happy to be back at Marvel and we're thrilled to have them! Plus, the whole story seen in black-and-white.

Femme Noir: Dark City Diaries #1 (of 4) – On the mean streets of Port Nocturne, justice is blonde. Join writer Christopher Mills and Eisner Award-winning artist Joe Staton as they crack open the case files of crime fiction's most unusual sleuth in an attempt to unmask the mystery woman known only as Femme Noir!

Final Crisis: Requiem #1 – A very special FINAL CRISIS one-shot honoring the passing of a great hero who's been a staple in the DC Universe for years. All that remains is one final memory that the League experiences together as they must fulfill his last wishes or die trying!

Indiana Jones & the Tomb of the Gods #1 – Dr. Henry Jones Jr. may be the world's preeminent archeologist, but that doesn't mean he's spent his life in the library! Ready and able to do whatever it takes to preserve the final remnants of history's most significant happenings, he'll go head-to-head against Hitler's elite who want nothing more than to exploit objects of ancient power in pursuit of world dominance!Be there for the beginning of this roller coaster thrill ride of non-stop excitement as Indiana Jones dons his hat, packs his whip, and undertakes an endeavor more awesome than anything ever!

New York Four – Written by Brian Wood Art and cover by Ryan Kelly A new Minx graphic novel from acclaimed writer Brian Wood (DEMO, DMZ)! Just starting her freshman year at NYU, Riley is about to find out what an adventure - and a mystery - living in New York City can be. The ultimate insider's guide to NYC is seen through the eyes of Brooklyn-born Riley. Raised by stuffy, literati parents, Riley's a shy, straight-A student who convinces three other NYU brainiacs to join a research group for fast cash. What Riley doesn't bank on is accidentally falling in love with arty older sister's boyfriend.

Secret Invasion #4 – The world has turned upside down! The Skrulls have taken the Earth as part of their empire, the Avengers and Initiative are scattered...but there are two people who want some answers. One has a hammer and one has a shield.

Ultimate Origins #2 - Revealed: The secret history of the Ultimate Universe! For the first time in 70 years, a strange object within Project Pegasus has awoken - as bit by fascinating bit, the long buried mysteries are being exposed! Journey back to World War II, and discover that the deadliest threat to young Steve Rogers was not the Nazis, but an ancient threat from worlds beyond! The dream team of Brian Michael Bendis (SECRET INVASION) and Butch Guice (CAPTAIN AMERICA,) continue the Ultimate series of the year that is a must-read lead-in to ULTIMATUM!


See you at Haven!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Superstar Artist Michael Turner Dies

Artist Michael Turner has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 37. Aspen Comics’ Vince Hernandez told CBR News Saturday morning that Turner passed away Friday night at 10:42 Pacific Time at Santa Monica Hospital in Calfiornia. The news spread quickly at Wizard World Chicago, during what would have otherwise been a riotous night at the hotel bar, the mood suddenly turned somber with remembrances of Turner from friends and acquaintances. A minute of silence will be observed during Wizard World Chicago Saturday afternoon.

Turner is an artist best known for his work on books like “Witchblade,” where he got his start in comics, moving on to titles such as “Black Panther,” “Superman/Batman” and his very own creator owned series “Fathom” and “Soulfire” through his publishing company Aspen Comics. A prolific artist, he’s done work for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and has provided covers to some of the best-known comics published in the last ten years, including Brad Meltzer’s “Identity Crisis.”

In 2000, Turner was diagnosed with cancer -- chondrosarcoma in the right pelvis, which resulted in his losing his hip, 40% of his pelvis and three pounds of bone. What followed was 9 months of radiation. The cancer has gone into remission and returned multiple times since he was first diagnosed.

For anyone who’s met Turner, they’re likely to tell you what a genuinely nice guy he was and how his spirit for life was higher than anyone else they had ever met. Oddly, my path crossed with Turner’s numerous times. We both live in Los Angeles, and on at least five different occasions we would run into each other at clubs or special events around the city. He seemed like the kind of guy who was up for anything and had a great sense of adventure, especially as evidenced by his love and excellence at water-skiing and martial arts.