Category: Dan Roth

2 Spider-Women and a little Silk

With the SPIDER-VERSE story arc over and the dust only beginning to settle, you may have noticed a shift in the shape of Peter Parker’s part of the Marvel Universe.

It’s got *gasp* girl heroes! Three of ’em, even!

Yes, three new books have made their way out to you Marvel readers, each featuring a female protagonist, two of whom are brand-spankin’ new. But with MS. MARVEL already dominating and SHE-HULK‘s book sadly finished, the obvious question becomes – is their room in the sky for three new, distaff Spider-Man counterparts?

Probably not. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it while it lasts. So let’s look at why you should be reading the comics  for each of our gals – SPIDER-WOMAN, SPIDER-GWEN, and SILK!

SILK

So! Elephant in the room – we’ve still got a slew of copies of SILK #1 sitting on the stands right now. Which doesn’t bode well for newcomer, Cindy Moon, nor her creative team, Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, et al.

And that’s a shame because the centerpiece for the Spider-Verse story arc has a real solid story already in her own book. Girl out of time, missing family, and a complicated relationship to Peter Parker himself, Cindy’s got all the makings of a relatable super-hero. Plus, she’s one of the scant few Korean characters in the regular Marvel roster right now.

Even though her family is MIA, Cindy Moon is deeply affected by them. We get flashbacks of what her home life was like before she wound up in a lonely bunker, hidden away for a decade. And what we see isn’t so dissimilar from the kind of interactions we see between Kamala Khan and her family.

What it boils down to is this – if you’re looking for a book that marries the web-slinging sensibilities of Spider-Man with the more modern, slice-of-life style from Ms. Marvel, Silk is probably the book you ought to be reading.

SPIDER-WOMAN

If there’s a true dark horse among this three-some it is, unquestionably, Jessica Drew. While Silk may not have sold out, SPIDER-WOMAN #5 is seeing attention for all the wrong reasons.

While the comic-reading world was divided on Milo Manara’s butt-tastic variant cover to Spider-Woman #1, it’s her new costume that’s been universally agreed upon. And that response is “eh”. It’s not terrible, it’s not great, it’s just not particularly… right. That’s the consensus. And that tepid response mixed with kickstarting the new adventures of Jessica Drew at a number five rather than a number one isn’t helping things either.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be reading! Especially if you’ve been longing for something that feels less superhero and more A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Yes, it’s impossible to miss writer Dennis Hopeless’s homage to the Bendis new classic, ALIAS. Spider-Woman’s a detective, and she spends a lot of time being duped and getting it wrong. Throw in a snarky attitude, and the new Jessica Drew is definitely the new Jessica Jones.

And whether or not you’re happy with the costume or the fact that she left the Avengers, there’s no mistaking the potential for a more street-savvy, motorcycle riding, ain’t-afraid-to-fight-dirty Spider-Woman. So if you haven’t given her a shot yet, do. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

SPIDER-GWEN

And if there’s one hero who’s off to the best start it is, undoubtedly, Gwen Stacey. Spidey fans have loved Gwen since time immemorial, so the chance to see her in a new alt. universe where she was the one who got bit by that radioactive spider? Well that’s about as right as it can get.

And while Jessica Drew’s costume hasn’t played well with fans, you’re guaranteed to see multiple Spider-Gwen’s at every convention you go to. Rightly so. The stark-white and black, mixed with purple – and that hood! It’s costume-design perfection.

All that, and the book ain’t bad either. Much like Peter, Gwen’s not exactly beloved in her city either. And while her father tries to help, her reputation is tearing his down more than his is bolstering her’s up.

Yes, it definitely feels like a Spidey book just left of center. Which would explain why it sold out so quickly. Lucky for you the story’s easy to pick up AND SPIDER- GWEN #2 is out this week.

But you tell us next time you’re in the shop – who’s your favorite of the new(ish) Spider-Women?

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Five Questions with Forbidden Planet: Dan Slott!

One of the nice things about comics is that the people who write and draw ’em are just as likely to show up at Forbidden Planet on a Wednesday to pick up their stack as anyone else.

And that’s when we strike!

For our inaugural Five Questions, John Petrie thwipped Spidey writer, Dan Slott to the wall and made him talk. Then there was some awkward, upside-down makey-outies, but that’s neither here nor there, except to say, “We’re all very sorry, Dan.”

On to the questions!

Forbidden Planet: Who would win in a creepy laugh contest: Green Goblin, Hobgoblin or the Joker?

Dan Slott: Now that Norman Osborn’s had the Goblin Serum removed from his system? Sadly, no contest. Joker.

FP: Since we all love cosplayers, what’s the one character you’ve never personally seen cosplayed that would make you smile?

DS: Spider-UK. I’m going to a show in London this summer, so fingers crossed.

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FP: So, chaos magic, does it exist or not?

DS: Totally exists. We confirmed that during my run of MIGHTY AVENGERS.

FP: Would you rather live in a world without any flavor ice cream or a world without movie popcorn?

DS: Without movie popcorn. Couldn’t live in a world without ice cream.

FP: If you could have dinner with any comic book character (they’re paying), who would it be and why?

DS: Spider-Man. And I’d pay. Would just want to apologize for the hell I’ve put him through in the past… and… will be putting him through in the future.

FP: If you could write a series with any character (or characters) who don’t currently appear in a Marvel book, who would they be?

DS: Indiana Jones, Doctor Who, and Batman.

Thanks again, Dan! And keep an eye out — there will be more FIVE QUESTIONS WITH FORBIDDEN PLANET featuring your favorite comic creators coming soon!

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The Weekly Pulse – Boxing Day

It’s true! It’s happening! The great movin’-ing is upon us!

In just under 2 weeks, we will be officially in our sweet new digs: 832 Broadway (between 13th and 12th streets) in Manhattan’s Union Squ-area.

But you don’t have to take my word for it; here’s video proof. Boxes! Empty shelves! Broad expanses of wall-space with neither boxes nor shelves!

And finally, a very quick sneak-peak into the new store!!

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The Weekly Pulse – Fantastic Fourth

Happy Americaday everybody! And what better way to celebrate the day that The United States became a thing that everybody was saying, than with a gigantic sale! And what better way to kick off a gigantic sale! than with a gigantic pile of comics! And as luck would have it, that’s precisely what Dan and I, your humble director Morgan, have in store for you today. What comics, you ask? SO MANY COMICS I blurt back while flinging Cape 1969 #1, I Told You So, God and Science, and Avengers Vs X-Men #7 in your general direction.

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The Weekly Pulse – Danosaurs vs. Raviens

NEW camera! NEW format! NEW co-host! Everything’s new- and also late. Sorry. All this NEW took some time to figure out. Plus, this is one honking slab of episode: clocking in at a beefy 20 minutes! Our intrepid dou wade into the merky waters of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Dinosaurs Vs Aliens, take a hit off of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3 2009, and get all wibbly-wobbly over Star Trek TNG / Doctor Who Assimilation #2! All that, and a ton more!

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The Weekly Pulse – Mars Attracts!

AK AK, AK AK AK.

– DO NOT RUN. WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS. WE HAVE COMICS FOR YOU. COME CLOSER. CLOSER TO OUR DEATH-ER.. COMICS RAY AND GET YOUR COMICS. IGNORE THE SCREAMING OF YOUR COMPANIONS. THEY ARE SCREAMING WITH HAPPINESS BECAUSE OF ALL THE GREAT COMICS.

COMICS LIKE SAGA 4. IT IS NOT COVERED IN ACID. AND AVENGERS VS. X-MEN 6. IT IS NOT MADE OF BUZZ-SAWS.

IF YOU SMELL FIRE, IT IS BECAUSE LOST DOGS IS A REAL BARN BURNER. NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE VAPORIZED YOUR BARN. –

AK, AK AK.

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The Weekly Pulse – Topsy-Curvy!

Another week, another controversy. Once again our intrepid reviewer Dan, along with his faithful sidekick A T-Shirt Dummy, jumps into the deep end of a new DC kerfuffle. But elsewhere, in the world of things that are NOT a PR nightmare: The Massive #1, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1, and Josh Cochran’s This Is Me, Everyday!

This plus a new issue of A v X Vs and Spider-Men #1 round out a solid week of comics!

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The Weekly Pulse – “Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.”

“Watchmen is over!” wasn’t just a line of terrible dialogue added to Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen, it was also the thunderous roar of author Alan Moore’s opinion on the matter. But Jim Lee and DC Comics didn’t heed this declaration, or perhaps misinterpreted it as lamentation instead. So here we are, 26 years later, being treated to a prequel to landmark comic series; written by none other than people who aren’t Alan Moore. Wonder how the first issue holds up? Watch the video and find out!

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The Weekly Pulse – Picard Man-Who-ver

Oh sure, we’ve got a bunch of hot new trades in this week; Batman Annual #1: Night of the Owls, Batman: Death by Design, Animal Man Annual #1. But the big news this week is: Star Trek the Next Generation Doctor Who  Assimilation #1. Not just the comic, which we have; but the in-store signing with the book’s artist: J.K. Woodward! Mr. Woodward was nice enough not only to drop by, but to do head sketches for everyone who came by! And that’s not all: he also whipped up an amazing Assimilated Dalek drawing that was raffled off to one lucky attendee! Stay to the end of this week’s “Weekly Pulse” for footage from the event!

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The Weekly Pulse – Breaking the Mold

Mold! Mooooold! We have so much Mold! On VHS and DVD. The VHS version comes with a copy of the soundtrack on vinyl! The only way this set could be MORE retro would be if Thomas Edison himself showed up at your house upon purchase, to shake your hand and badmouth Nikola Tesla. Or if it came with a genuine mold-protective mask- wait…it DOES!?

But that’s not all that’s happening at the most happening store that happens to sell comics: No, we have a whole slew of new comics, as well as some speculation about DC’s big upcoming announcement. So pull up a chair, a t-shirt dummy, and a musty basement, and join us for today’s edition of The Weekly Pulse!

Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever

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The Weekly Pulse – Apparellax View

Comics and t-shirts! T-shirts and comics! DC has a new Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Batman, and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., plus the collected Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls.

Also, a slew of new #1s, including Dark Horse’s Alabastar Wolves, Boom’s Higher Earth, Image’s Mind the Gap, and DC Vertiogo’s Mystery in Space!

All that, and a visit from a special guest! Check it out, Forbiddenites!

Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever

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The Weekly Pulse – Fighting the Brand that Heeds You

More controversy this week as two big-name comics authors lay the smack down on the major publishers! But that works out alright by us, because there are plenty of fantastic small press books to look at too! And with the MoCCA Fest just around the corner, now’s a perfect time to check out some of the comics that might otherwise be under your radar!

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The Weekly Pulse Special – Interview with Frank Barbiere of THE WHITE SUITS

Another special webcast! Dan’s got an exclusive interview with Frank Barbiere, writer of THE WHITE SUITS. He and artist Luke Radl will be in-store on April 18th to sign copies of DARK HORSE PRESENTS #11, where their story debuts!

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The Weekly Pulse – White Suits/Dark Horse Presents #11 Signing!

So much to cover today! Tons of number ones, including Secrets and Alabaster, not  to mention the anticipated Saga #2! But wait! we have a special guest today: writer Frank Barbiere, whose newest comic will be featured in the upcoming Dark Horse Presents #11! he’s got some picks of his own to share with you all, and he’s got the deets on the upcoming signing featuring him and artist Luke Radl!

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The Weekly Pulse – In Store Events

There’s a lot going on this week! Not only do we have a stack of books to cover, but we have not one, but TWO upcoming signings!!

Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm meet the creators of “Archie Meets K.I.S.S.”: Alex Segura & Dan Parent

Then April 23rd at 6pm, it’s a DVD signing for “The Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” featuring Director Ilko Davidov and original “Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” artists JAY ALLEN SANFORD, HEATHER DAWN, SPIKE STEFFENHAGAN, and ROBERT V. CONTE

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