Category: Art Books

Val’s Toy Chest- Inaugural Edition

Greetings to all the readers out there! I’m Val and if you’re in the store frequently, you may know me as one of the front door guys. I’m also part of Forbidden Planet’s toy department and want to welcome you to my inaugural toy column. There are some really awesome toys coming out this week and I just wanted to share them with you. If you are a fan of the Batman Arkham videogame series, three brand new figures are making their debut from DC Collectibles on Wednesday. Batman, Harley Quinn and the Scarecrow are the characters in this initial release using designs from the forthcoming Arkham Knight videogame. Each figure in the set is between 6 to 7 inches tall, feature multiple points of articulation as well as dedicated character accessories and come packaged in nice window boxes.

If DC Comics Characters aren’t your thing- there is always Marvel and just in time for the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron this coming weekend, we will have a new blind bag assortment of Minimates from Diamond Select Toys based on the movie. The assortment is slated to include different versions of the titular villain, along with the Iron Legion, Nick Fury and Baron Strucker, we also have a good assortment of Avengers related toys ranging from Funko Mystery Mini Blind Boxes to 6″ Marvel Legends figures and Diamond’s own Marvel Select line of action figures, as well as the exquisitely detailed Hot Toys figures of Captain America, Falcon and Winter Soldier from last year’s hit movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

If you’d rather read about your toys rather than collect them, I have two more recommendations for you- the first is the gorgeous coffee table book sized “The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” published by Dark Horse Books. As an 80’s kid- as evidenced by my heavily 80’s iPod playlist that you might hear when you walk into the store, this book swept me back to my childhood with sections devoted to the genesis of the toyline itself to ancillary products like the official magazine and children’s books, the original animated series and movie are also represented. If you have any nostalgia for the He-Man line as well as sister line, She-Ra: Princess of Power, I HIGHLY recommend the book which for the concept art alone is worth the price of admission.

My second recommendation is the new Jem and the Holograms comic book series by IDW. The second issue hits on Wednesday and though there are variations on the original Jem story in the new comic, I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue and cannot wait to see where Kelly Thompson and Ross Campbell are taking my favorite animated rock group. One of the things I most enjoyed in this new take on Jem and the Holograms is the fact that each of the band members has their own body type. They aren’t all stick thin Barbie dolls and I think it is a nice step in the right direction.

Thanks for reading- see you in the store soon!

 

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Frank Henenlotter joins NYC’s Forbidden Planet signing of “FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER”

The one and only Frank Henenlotter has been added to Forbidden Planet’s Fangoria Cover to Cover event this Thursday April 2nd at 6PM!

Come down and meet a ton amazing genre personalities or pre-order signed copies from our web-store. http://www.fpnyc.com/Fangoria-Cover-To-Cover-HC/9781587674501/Books

Sounds like a win win!

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Cult movie filmmaker Frank Henenlotter—the notorious director behind BASKET CASE, FRANKENHOOKER, BRAIN DAMAGE and BAD BIOLOGY—has joined the growing list of horror celebrities who have come onboard the New York City Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway near Union Square; [212] 473-1576) signing of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER. The event will take place on Thursday, April 2nd (next week!) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Besides directing some of the wildest independent horror films of all time, Henenlotter won kudos for his archival work with distributor Something Weird and helming the much-praised documentaries HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE and THAT’S SEXPLOITATION! His latest film, a caper picture called CHASING BANKSY, debuts later this year.

Appearing with Henenlotter will be genre all-stars such as: splatter king Tom Savini; legendary FAMOUS MONSTERS cover artist Basil Gogos; Larry Fessenden (director of THE LAST WINTER, HABIT, WENDIGO); Debbie Rochon (actress, Fango columnist and former host of Sirius’ much-missed FANGORIA RADIO); and screenwriter and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (CARRIE and THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, Broadway shows SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK and upcoming AMERICAN PSYCHO). In addition, staffers Tony Timpone, Thomas DeFeo, Michael Gingold, W.R. Mohalley and Ken Hanley will be on hand to sign as well. Copies of FANGORIA: COVER TO COVER will be available for purchase, but all autographs will be free, as they should be!

 

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Fangoria Cover To Cover Signing April 2nd at FP

Join the Fangoria crew at Forbidden Planet in celebration of the release of Fangoria Cover To Cover, their new over-sized hardcover coffee table book published by Cemetery Dance!

So come down to Forbidden Planet Thursday April 2nd at 6PM for the Fangoria Cover To Cover Singing and get your copy autographed by Thomas DeFeo, Tony Timpone, W.R. Mohalley, Michael Gingold, and Ken Hanley! Plus you never know what surprise celebrity guests the Fango crew will have in tow so keep your eyes glued to both the Forbidden Planet and Fangoria websites and various social media outlets for more announcements.

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Since 1979, Fangoria magazine has been the bible for horror fans worldwide. Combining first-rate writing, reporting with unparalleled expertise on the fright-film genre, and eye-popping color photos, Fango has set a standard and become a name recognized by anyone who knows and loves scary cinema. One of the signature elements of the magazine has always been the eye-catching and controversial covers that have grabbed the attention of readers everywhere for the past three decades.

Fangoria: Cover to Cover is a lavish, oversized, and full color hardcover book that celebrates the magazine’s long history and the genre it reports on, reproducing every one of those terrifying covers in stunning full color and providing a history of modern horror cinema that has been thirty years in the making. This special edition volume collects a wealth of information, trivia, frightening photos, and every legendary cover of this acclaimed magazine, serving as a celebration of horror and a “coffee table” book that readers will turn to time and time again.

A Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive hardcover edition, there are no other editions planned anywhere in the world at this time!

 

Can’t make it to Forbidden Planet’s Fangoria Cover To Cover Event on April 2nd? As usual we’ve made it so you can reap the benefits from the comfort of your couch. Pre-order copies of Fangoria Cover To Cover from www.fpnyc.com and Forbidden Planet will get it signed by all attendees before we ship it (FREE SHIPPING in the USA!) direct to you after our event.

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50% off Orange is the New Black Presents the Cookbook and More Cheap Goodies on Sale November 9th 2014

Today’s Daily Deals

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Orange is the New Black the Cookbook… “[Forget] Diamonds. I got spinach!” ($25) $12.49

DC Comics Teen Titans Retro Speedy Action Figure… Heroin gear not included.($30) $15

Jim Henson’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow HC… illustrated by Roger Langridge! ($25) $12.49

Rise of and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films… ridiculously well-reviewed art book covering both contemporary PotA flicks ($15) $3.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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Daily Deals for November 6th 2014 – The Art of John Alvin and More

John Alvin has produced some of the greatest movie poster art the industry’s ever seen and we’ve got a great offer on his new retrospective book from Titan. While you’re at it, you can check out the American McGee produced graphic novel Akaneiro or, if you missed it the first time around, The Death of Archie at deep discounts.  These are today’s Daily Deals

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The Art of John Alvin… ($35) $14.99

Akaneiro HC($15) $4.99

Death of Archie 2nd Print Magazine format ($10) $1

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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The Art of Neil Gaiman

The Art of Neil Gaiman is a tremendously interesting new book covering the New York Times bestselling author’s entire career and it goes on sale here at Forbidden Planet NYC tomorrow, 5/20/14. Here’s the publisher description and some pics…

With unprecedented access to Neil Gaiman’s personal archives, author Hayley Campbell gives an insider’s glimpse into the artistic inspirations and musings of one of the world’s most visionary writers.

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Over the last twenty-five years, Neil Gaiman has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own. A master of several genres, including, but not limited to, bestselling novels, children’s books, groundbreaking comics, and graphic novels, it’s no wonder Gaiman has been called a rock star of the literary world. Now, for the first time, Gaiman reveals the inspiration behind his signature artistic motifs, giving author Hayley Campbell a rare, in-depth look at the contents of his personal notebooks and early work, even some of his abandoned projects. The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. The book is the first comprehensive, full-color examination of Gaiman’s work to date, tracing the genesis of his creative life as a starving journalist in the UK to his life as a successful comic book writer and, ultimately, a bestselling novelist.

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Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotated material that contextualizes the visual material, this deluxe compendium contains never-before-seen material and promises to be every bit as inspired as Gaiman is himself.

Highly recommended!

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Hellboy Day at Forbidden Planet NYC

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s signature character this coming Saturday, 3/22/14, is officially Hellboy Day in the comics community and Forbidden Planet NYC will be participating!

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Beginning at 9am we’ll be giving away a few Hellboy themed packages containing comics, posters and other swag as supplies last. We’re also running a sale- 15% OFF all Hellboy/BPRD/Abe Sapien/Lobster Johnson books and comics– through midnight. We’ll also be giving away a copy of Hellboy The First Twenty Years on our Twitter feed.

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Gift Ideas: Star Wars Holiday Special

A long time ago in a comic book shop far, far away… all your holiday shopping was taken care of in one shot! Just spend a few minutes with me and I’ll fill you with all kinds of great gift ideas for the Sith on your list.

Darth Vader and Son & Vader’s Little Princess – It’s never too late to force your personal interests on your children. Jeffrey Brown’s take on Vader balancing the everyday realities of being a father as well as preparing to be the biggest baddest bad guy in the universe is perfect for fans of all ages.

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Yoda Candy Bowl Holder – This candy bowl holder stands over a foot tall and can hold a whole mess a goodies in it’s dish. Candy Canes, fill this bowl with, you must!

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Han Solo Silicone Tray – Recreate Han Solo’s most memorable moment of defeat in your choice of deliciousness with this 11 inch long silicone tray. Make Han Jello out of Han Solo. Pass on the Carbonite and pass me the carbonated soda!

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Boba Fett Character Apron – Do you know an intergalactic bounty hunter/culinary expert? Than boy do I have the gift for you. Rock this character apron during your next cook out and look just like Boba Fett!

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Star Wars TP Vol 01 In the Shadow of Yavin – Picking up right where A New Hope lets off. From the mind of Brian Wood, creator of DMZ and The Massive comes this brand new Star Wars comic series. Collecting the first six issues this trade paperback is jam packed with tons of outer space ass kicking!

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Darth Vader Giant-Size Action Figure – This deluxe action figure measures a whopping two and a half feet tall, has seven points of articulation and a cloth cape! Doubt this bad boy will even fit under most trees, I mean its like as big as most Ewoks!

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Star Wars ABC & Star Wars 123 – What better way to get your young ones prepared for the real world than with a little help from George Lucas! Use The Force to force your kids to learn.

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Star Wars Frames – The gift for the ultimate Star Wars fan that has everything! A brand new in depth look at individual frames from all 6 epic flicks. This sexy monster of an art book comes in a slipcase which houses two hardcovers, each one covering a different trilogy. Painstaking put together by The Big G himself. No not Godzilla, George Lucas duh!

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Now if you can’t please a Wookie with something on this list you’re probably… well.. there really is no pleasing a Wookie now is there? See you when The Star Wars Holiday Gift Guide Strikes Back!

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October 10th – Adventure Time Encyclopaedia Mega-Event at Forbidden Planet NYC

Meet the voices behind ADVENTURE TIME at our signing for the most dangerous book in history!!!

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Join us Thursday October 10th from 6-8pm for an all ages event featuring guests and giveaways from one of the biggest animation franchises on planet Earth!  Appearing here at FP that night will be Martin Olson (AKA The Lord of Evil, and author of the Adventure Time Encyclopaedia), Olivia Olson (the voice of Marceline), Jessica Dicicco (Flame Princess), and AT illustrators Celeste Moreno and Mahendra Singh.

Bring your Adventure Time stuff down to get signed… pick up some great swag and/or the best-selling Encyclopaedia here… come by Forbidden Planet 10/10/13 and meet the stars of Adventure Time!

Special thanks and big ups to the folks at Abrams and Cartoon Network!

UPDATE 10/2/13:  The fine folks at Cartoon Network are providing TONS of neat-o goodies for the festivities!

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This jam-packed Adventure Time GIFT BASKET just arrived, and will be raffled off to all attendees who buy any Adventure Time books or merchandise from us the on the night of the event!  ONE WINNER is gonna walk away with  A LOT of FREE swag, including:

·         Ice King Costume
·         Adventure Time Monopoly
·         Adventure Time Season 2 DVD
·         Lumpy Space Princess Beanie
·         Finn and Jake Watch
·         Fiona and Cake Figures
·         Marceline POP Vinyl Figure
·         Finn and Jake Tin Lunch Tote
·         Finn Talking Plush
·         Jake Mini Backpack
·         Finn Belt

We’ll also be distributing Con Quest medallions to the first Adventure Time fans in line (while supplies last, of course)!

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Last Week’s Runaway Bestseller: Adventure Time Encyclopaedia

Last week’s HUMONGOUS best-selling book here at The Planet?  The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia [sic]!

adventure time encyclopedia Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo Circa 19.56 B.G.E. - 501 A.G.E.

Written by the Lord of Evil Himself, Hunson Abadeer (a.k.a. Marceline the Vampire Queen’s dad), to instruct and confound the demonic citizenry of the Nightosphere, The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia is perhaps the most dangerous book in history. Although seemingly a guidebook to the Land of Ooo and its postapocalyptic inhabitants, it is in fact an amusing nightmare of literary pitfalls, bombastic brain-boggles, and ancient texts designed to drive the reader mad.

Complete with secret lore and wizard spells, fun places you should visit and places where you will probably die, advice on whom to marry and whom not to marry, and how to make friends and destroy your enemies, this volume includes hand-written marginalia by Finn, Jake, and Marceline.

Arguably the greatest encyclopaedia ever written since the beginning of the cosmos, it is also an indispensable companion to humans and demons who know what time it is: Adventure Time!

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Pacific Rim Hits Theaters Today

…But we’ve had some great merchandise for it for some time now!  Here’s the rundown on what’s available:

The magnificent art book, Pacific Rim Man Machines & Monsters:

Pacific Rim Art Book Wayne Barlowe etcThe prequel graphic novel from Marvel, Tales from Year Zero:

“Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinquish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed tale features many of the key characters from the the film as we follow them in their early careers. Witten by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro’s hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Chris Batista and Pericles Junior; inks by Matt Banning, Steve Bird and Mark McKenna; and fully-painted cover by superstar artist Alex Ross!”

HEROCLIX!

Pacific Rim HeroclixAnd neat-o toys from NECA!

Jaeger Crimson Typhoon, Gipsy Danger, and Kaiju Knifehead:

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Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia and The Limited Edition Lottery

One of the most highly anticipated books in recent memory releases this coming Wednesday- The Legend of Zelda Hyrule Historia– and everyone ’round these parts is totally jazzed.

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We have many many copies of this coming, but you’re encouraged to snag yours ASAP if you’re counting on a first edition.

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ALSO, we only have TWO copies of the limited edition for sale.  TWO COPIES.  We will be selling them at COVER PRICE (not the outrageous amounts it’s going for on ebay and Amazon).  However, due to overwhelming demand we will be holding a lottery, open to the first 100 people to enter, for the chance to buy them.  The winners of this lottery will be picked on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm on our live YouTube broadcast and they’ll have a chance to purchase these within one week of its release.  If a copy is not not claimed in that time we’ll pick from the lottery pool again.

To enter, simply send an email with your full legal name and phone number to zelda@fpnyc.com by Tuesday at 9:00am.

Good luck!

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Somewhere Around The Number Ten Best Comics That Nobody Told You About

Part 1:

I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s SagaSAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…

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Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in  Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest  KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.

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Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.

Nipper Volume 3

Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.

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Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….

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Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.

Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.

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Dame Darcy Book Party Slash Signing

Forbidden Planet NYC is proud to announce a special event with Dame Darcy- illustrator, writer, fine artist, musician, filmmaker, and author of the new Handbook for Hot Witches.

Join us on Thursday October 11th at 7pm to celebrate the new book, and be sure to check out our front window beginning the second week of October… designed and installed by Dame Darcy herself !

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Ch-ch-Alterations

Comic Books as we know them are now over. Too bad, really, there were some super sweet books coming out this week, such as The Goon #41, Wolverine and the X-Men #15, Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3, Avenging Spider-Man #11, The Detective Comics Annual #1, and Justice League #12, which sure seemed like it had a great deal of promise.

It is a low down shame that none of that matters now. The seas are about to boil, and Lobsters are going to rule the land. How do I know? Because another book hitting the shelves this week is the Green Lantern Annual #1, and this book has very terse, direct solicitations; This book promises that “Everything changes here! EVERYTHING!”

Well that Sucks.

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I sure hope you didn’t like breathing air and drinking water, because NOW we’re going to have to drink coal and breath Carbon Dioxide. We’ll need to walk on our hands, except when we fly, and cars will drive US to work, which will now consist of paying someone else to allow you to loiter.

Maybe DC doesn’t mean it…but they do have a Legal department. I’m sure if DC meant that “everything in the fictional world of the Green Lantern changes,” they would have written that instead of stating that everything will change! EVERYTHING! Were it to be otherwise we could sue them for Liable, and DC Legal is not about to let that happen.

Diamonds will now be called Mondiads, and will be the most common stone on the Earth, where we won’t live anymore, btw, because that will change too. We’ll probably be whisked away to some crazy new planet…or maybe we’ll have to live on a Moon now, as we lived on planets back before everything changed.

You know who goes to moons sometimes? Darth Maul!

Hey, did you know that Darth Maul, the short, evil Jedi from the first Star Wars movie isn’t (fictionally) dead, but is now half cyborg and hanging out with his pissed off brother named Savage Opress? Well now you know, and you can read more about it in the latest Dark Horse Star Wars comic, Star Wars: Darth Maul : Death Sentence #2.

Or you could have “read all about it,” but now everything has changed. Now you’ll have to “smell nothing about something else.” Thanks a HEAP Green Lantern Annual #1! Continue reading

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