Category: Science Fiction

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Graphic Spotlight – WEIRD DETECTIVE: THE STARS ARE WRONG

Cthulu crime stalks the streets of New York in this cosmic horror mini-series!

There’s been a pattern, some might classify it as a plague, of crimes committed in the Big Apple that defy logic. They’re too weird and bizarre for the average detective to unravel without having to believe in the extraordinary. Fortunately, Detective Sebastian Greene isn’t your average detective. He’s fighting against these unspeakable terrors that lurk in the shadows from beyond space and time. The reason he can take on these beings who want to usher in the unimaginable evil, the Old Ones, is because he’s one of them. After all, who better to catch a monster than one of their own?

New York Time’s best-selling author, Fred Van Lente (Generation Zero, Conan the Avenger, Marvel Zombies), and artist Guiu Vilanova (Conan the Avenger) are on the case for Weird Detective, a Lovecraftian mystery tale!

It’s part cop procedural, part H.P. Lovecraft terror, and completely compelling. If you love mystery, sci-fi, horror, and classic pulp, then this weird tale is just what the coroner ordered. This collection has every issue of the mini-series that brings Fred Van Lente’s penchant for air-tight plots filled with unexpected turns back to darken your book shelves. Just remember this one thing: Buyer beware…

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Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 Signing Monday Night

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Forbidden Planet NYC will be hosting a signing event with the editors and contributors of Best American Science Fiction 2015 on Monday November 11th at 7pm.

Joining previously announced guests Joe Hill and John Joseph Adams will be Jess Row, Carmen Maria Machado, and Seanan McGuire. The gig will kick off with a brief presentation/discussion followed by a book signing.

You are welcome to bring a few extra books to get autographed in addition to BASFF2015, but please keep the quantity within respectful limits (say, no more than five pieces at most). We will also have other books by these authors for sale.

UPDATE: 11/9/15 5:00pm EST. Please note that pre-orders for signed copies of this book are now closed. Thanks!

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April 30th Troma Signing with Lloyd Kaufman, Ethan Hurt & Lisa Gaye!

Forbidden Planet is stoked to announce a Troma signing on Thursday April 30th at 7PM! The Troma Team and Ship to Shore Phone Co. are celebrating the release of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High Original Soundtrack Lp and the Blu-ray releases of Class of Nuke “Em High Part 2 and The Toxic Avenger part 2!

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Meet Lloyd Kaufman (Troma President and creator of The Toxic Avenger), Ethan Hurt (Composer of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High Theme), and Lisa Gaye (star of Class of Nuke ‘ Em High 2 & 3, Toxic Avenger 2-4, and many more Troma classiscs!

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As usual we make sure that people across the globe will be able to take part in this event! So pre-order a copy of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High LP, Class of Nuke ‘Em Blu Ray, or Toxic Avenger 2 Blu Ray DVD Combo from www.fpnyc.com and it will be signed by all guests attending our event!

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Queen of Blood NYC premiere at the PKD Film Festival!

This SATURDAY JAN 17th at 6PM make sure to check out the NYC premiere of QUEEN OF BLOOD as part of The Philip K Dick Film Festival!

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Queen of Blood, directed by Fangoria Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander is the follow up to his horrifically beautiful 2012 film Blood for Irina. Chris Alexander will be in attendance for a very special Q&A. So make sure to pick up tickets now before they sell out!

Tickets available here… http://www.eventbee.com/v/dan999/event?eid=107027113

More info here… http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

 

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Get Your FREE Jodorowsky’s Dune Posters

Come on by the shop this Saturday, March 15th, and ask for a FREE “Jodorowsky’s Dune” poster! They’re totally rad and won’t last long. Be sure to get here early- we start distributing them at 9am. Jodorowsky's Dune, poster,ForbiddAlso, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts that day… we’ll be running a really super dooper nifty keen giveaway contest relating to the film starting Saturday at 9am.  What is Jodorowsky’s Dune? Well, it’s a long story, but the movie’s tagline (“The Greatest Science Fiction Movie Never Made”) is spot on. Here, why don’t you watch this trailer:

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The film opens here in NYC at Film Forum on March 21st.

See ya there.

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Troma invades FPNYC and Nuke ‘Em High Vol 1 Pre-Order!

We are getting super stoked here at FPNYC for our Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol 1 Blu-Ray/DVD release party. That’s right kids, on Monday March 17th at 6:30 PM meet Director Lloyd Kaufman, as well as the cast and crew of Return To Class of Nuke ‘Em High Vol 1 and get your blu-ray or DVD signed for free!

What’s that you say? You can’t make it? What?!?!?!

Well don’t worry cause FP got your back as usual. Pre-order copies now and we will make sure to get them signed for you! All the benefits of coming to the event without having to breath in that horrid Troma aroma.

Pre-order now by clicking on the product name!

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For more details check out the facebook event page HERE.

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Friday Feb 14th 6PM Mishka x Robocop at Forbidden Planet

This Friday February 14th at 6PM come down to Forbidden Planet NYC for an exclusive Mishka x Robocop Capsule Release!

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What better way to say “I Love You” than with some tight Robocop apparel. That’s right, boys and girls, spend this Valentine’s Day here at 832 Broadway with the Mishka crew and treat yourself to an exclusive, limited edition shirt!

Meet artist Dan Dussault, the man behind this killer design who will be on hand signing posters and shirts from 6 to 8.

We here at FPNYC are super stoked to finally team up with Mishka, one of NYC’s sickest clothing companies, and I have the feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Remember kids, when this bad boy is gone… it’s gone! So don’t be kicking yourself for the rest of your life because you missed out on this sweet piece of cinematic garb. See you Friday!

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Troma’s Return to Nuke Em’ High NYC Premiere!

Everyone drop what they’re doing!

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Troma’s newest flick Return To Nuke Em’ High Vol. 1 is finally hitting theaters in NYC! Why is this important to me? Well I love Troma… duh! But for reals… one of my life long goals of being in a Lloyd Kaufman directed Troma film was finally fulfilled. Now this ain’t just any Troma flick, this is Return To Nuke Em’ High! A modern rehash of one of Troma’s most beloved films – Class of Nuke Em’ High. Who cares that I don’t have any lines and my screen time totals less than a minute, what matters is that I did it! I even made it into the trailer for a millisecond!

I saw this Tromasterpiece a few months back as part of The New York Horror Film Festival. And let me tell you… it was amazing! All the blood, boobs, and buffoonery that you could ever hope for! So mark your calendar and come out to support true independent cinema!

Screenings start January 10th at the Village East Cinema with a slew a special guests in attendance! For more info click HERE.

Troma Entertainment is proud to announce that the stars of Science Channel’s “Oddities,” Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn and will be in attendance at the NYC theatrical premiere of Lloyd Kaufman’s latest film “Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1” on Friday, January 10th at the Village East Cinemas. Michelson and Zohn, the proprietors of Obscura Antiques & Oddities who also appear in the film, will moderate the Q and A following the screening to commemorate the opening and Troma’s 40th Anniversary.

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Come out Thursday, January 9, 2014, 8:00 p.m. to Troma invades Moma! With a screening of Return To Nuke Em’ High and a post screening Q and A with Director Lloyd Kaufman as well as a slew of other Nuke Em’ High Alumni! Click HERE for more info.

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Logical holiday gifts for the Trekkie in your life.

What up holiday shoppers! It’s time to boldly go where no other gift idea has gone before… the Star Trek section! We got the geeky goods that will put a smile on even the most hardened Klingon’s face.

Star Trek The Art of Juan Ortiz – Artist Juan Ortiz creates a vintage styled movie poster for each episode of all three seasons of Star Trek The Original Series. Any OG ST fan would be proud to ad this beautiful over sized hardcover art book to their collection.

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And the Children Shall Lead… Shirt – Diggin’ on that Juan Ortiz style art. Well than this shirt featuring his poster for “And the Children Shall Lead…” will really rock your Starship. A perfect gift to go with the previously mentioned art book.

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Mini Light Up Phaser – Set Phasers to FUN! Trekkies of all ages will light up when they find this mini Light Up Phaser stuffed in their stocking!

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Star Trek Next Generation Wesley Build-a-Bridge Bobble Head – The first piece in a series of bobble heads that connect to build the bridge from Next Generation’s Enterprise. Now eve you can tell your own little Wesley to “Shut Up Wesley!”

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The Next Generation On Board the USS Enterprise – Engage… your giftee with this interactive art book! Includes a CD to enhance your reading experience into a 3-D tour of the NCC-1701-0.

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Star Trek Vault 40 Years From the Archives – Covering all six television series and the first ten movies, this amazing hardcover is filled from cover to cover with tons of interesting information, fantastic photos, and over a dozen reproductions of cool memorabilia that you can actually hold in your hand. Including but not limited to on-set signage, blue prints, and trading cards.

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Star Trek Select Kirk With Khan Action Figure Set – Who wouldn’t want to be able to relive the epic Kirk\Khan battle from the Original Series episode “Space Seed!” Well Khan probably doesn’t want to relive that, but Khan is probably not on your shopping list anyway.

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Star Trek Klingon Dictionary – QISmaS botIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ botIvjaj, that’s Merry Christmas in Klingon duh! No serious Trekkie can say their collection is complete without one of these bad boys on their shelf.

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Hope that covers most of the crew of your personal Enterprise. Live long and Present!

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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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Doctor Who X-Mas Gift Idea List!

The season of giving is upon us folks, so strap in for a lesson in gifting! Let me guess… your friend, spouse, super attendant, local librarian, etc… is a big old Doctor Who fan and you don’t know a Dalek from a donut. Don’t fret, I was just like you once! Thankfully I’ve spent the last eight years of my life getting familiar with our product so you don’t have to pay attention to your loved one’s interests. I mean, who has the time to really care now-a-days anyway? And why would you even bother when you know you can step through those big wooden doors and ask one of our many knowledgeable staff members to get you the gifty goods that make you look like you have been reading Saint Nick’s personal e-mails. I wonder if Santa’s e-mail is filled with spam about antler enlargement and beard dye? Anyway… use the following Whovian wish list as a gift giving guide and I’m sure your loved ones will think you actually do love them. Only a gift giver that really pays attention to the needs of the recipient could come up with a present that perfect.

Socks – We’ve all dreaded getting socks for Christmas, well not this year! With every length and design combination imaginable we got more DW socks than you can shake a foot at.

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Doctor Who Time Vortex Watch – Even a time traveler needs to know what time it is. The TARDIS flies around the vortex each minute on this bad boy!

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Tardis One Piece Pajamas – Time to retire those old sleeping garments and get into this adult sized Tardis costume one piece pajama with the footsies and all… and yes they have those grippy little nubs on the bottom of the feet.

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Dalek 16 oz Tumbler Set – Exterminate your thirst with this Dalek Tumbler set. 5 different colored cups with lids and straws that make these guys look just like one of the Doctors foes.

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11Th Doctor Mr.Potato Head – Here is a gift that is sure to get someone ex-FRY-ted! The worlds of Sci-Fi and Starches collide right now with this Mash Smith 11th Doctor Mr. Potato Head. Comes with all the fixens!

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Doctor Whooves My Little Pony Back Pack – So your giftee loves both Doctor Who and My little Pony, and also goes to a school where they only use really small books… well we’ve got the perfect thing for them! Whovian, Brony, whateves.

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Tardis Tea Pot – Brew yourself a spot of English Breakfast Tea and serve it up to your guests in this Tardis shaped tea pot during your next Doctor Who get together.

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Doctor 3-D Figural Mug – Ever wonder what it would be like to eat French Onion Soup out of your favorite Doctors skull? Well now you can! Pick from an array of awesome 3-D Figural mugs!

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And that my friends is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I could go on and on with Doctor Who gift ideas, in fact I might just do another DW gift idea list before the X marks the Mas. But before I do this topic again I hope to get a few more lists up specific to other factions of fandom. With a little bit of help by the end of this gift giving season everyone will be begging to be on your x-mas shopping list!

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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!”

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Pacific Rim HeroclixAnd neat-o toys from NECA!

Jaeger Crimson Typhoon, Gipsy Danger, and Kaiju Knifehead:

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 11: The Death Star!

Hello loyal readers. How was your week? Not that anyone asked but I had a good one. Well it was good until Forbidden Planet’s Tech Wizard/6th member of Modest Mouse, Tyler, threatened me. It turns out that some of the links I use on the blog weren’t up to his liking. I think he didn’t like the one linking to him singing a song he wrote about me, but that is conjecture. He is my editor though (ironic since his grasp of grammar is even worse than mine) and that comes with a certain amount of power. Mostly the power to make me look like an idiot… more of an idiot. I, of course, can write stuff that makes him look bad as well. I OBVIOUSLY never ever would , but I could. And that keeps him up at night, sweating through the sheets in his tiny little crib. And thus we have invented the concept of mutually assured blogging destruction. I am Forbidden Planet’s Dr. Strangelove. Tyler is my Dimitri.

In good news I’m not apologizing for anything in this week’s column. I pitched a perfect game with my last column. I’m hoping to keep my streak going and have some great comic recommendations for you all. And yes, all you Unkie Dev fans (or Dev-iants as we call them), I do not consider having my column run long so that Unkie Dev gets bumped a mistake. I consider it good strategy. There’s a plan at work here people. You won’t understand that until it’s too late for you.

I talk a lot about Dark Horse Presents here. Partially it’s because I think it is a great venue for some of the best storytelling in comics and you readers would love it. Mostly it’s because I like it a lot and don’t want it to get canceled. I never claimed this wasn’t self serving. DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21 has more stuff from comic greats like Shannon Wheeler, Duane Swierczynski, and Michael Avon Oeming. I am really excited to see new stuff from the great Simon Roy, artist on the always great Prophet. But the real reason you are probably buying this, and the real reason I don’t have to think of more stuff to say is this- a new story from Paul Chadwick (Concrete) and Neil Gaiman (Neil Gaiman stuff). If that doesn’t mean anything to you there isn’t much more I can say other than you need to read more comics. Start with Concrete and Sandman. Also read Dark Horse Presents.

The point of this column is to suggest (read: pressure) new books for you all to buy. Well I feel like an idiot for suggesting you pick up HELLBLAZER #300, but as the foremost comic journalist in the world I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it. As it stands right now Hellblazer is the longest running sequentially numbered book at DC. That might seem like a minor distinction but it feels important. Hellblazer may only “technically” be the longest running book at DC, but it is arguably the best. And now all of that comes to an end with issue #300. DC has canceled the book in favor of a “younger, hipper” book in the regular DCU called Constantine. Apparently young hip people don’t like unique characters with rich history. Either way, buy issue #300 and put it on your nightstand for later while you work your way through the collected editions. (I know you don’t have a nightstand, you just use a bunch of old pizza boxes as furniture.) Hellblazer vol. 1 is about as good as a comic gets and it rarely lets up for the next 290ish issues.

Dynamite has done a real interesting thing the past few years. In their quiet corner of the comics universe they have taken a bunch of old pulp characters most people don’t care about and they started making fresh and exciting books out of them. The Shadow has been one of their flagships in this re-imagining. Well comics never let’s a good thing simply be, so this week sees the release of a new Shadow book, THE SHADOW: YEAR ONE #1. Willfredo Torres does some beautiful pencil work that has both a classic cartoon feel and modern styles all at the same time. And Matt Wagner does a great job of slowly leaking the origin of this 70+ year old character and keeping you guessing. This is a book that is good enough to get you excited about the whole Dynamite line. Get into it.

Remember- Don’t talk about a perfect game while it’s happening. You will jinx it.

HOW DO I KNOW WHO I AM IF I FORGET? is the new self published mini comic from writer/artist Luis Echavarria Uribe. As beautiful as it is disturbing, HDIKWIAIIF? is the story of an obsessive girl trying to figure out who she is and how she relates to the world. Her obsessions are both uncomfortable and somehow comforting all at once. Equal parts outsider art comic story and EC horror book, Mr. Echavarria Uribe crafts a story that twists and turns under you in uncomfortable and exciting ways.  His art can be quite beautiful and, unlike so many self published creators, he has learned to write to his art strengths and draw to his writing strengths. Obviously for most of the people who read this column a self published mini-comic may be far outside their wheelhouse, but this book would be write at home in the collection of anyone who likes reading good comics, regardless of genre or format. Pick it up, support someone who is doing it on their own, and you will be rewarded with one of the best books out so far this year.

I was going to write a bunch more stuff but I am tired and for some reason my girlfriend just put Glengarry Glen Ross on so I sort of stopped caring about my job here. Other good stuff out this week includes the long awaited return of Kill Shakespeare. Fans of Fables, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and trying to look more literate than you actually are would do well to pick up KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD #1. A mash-up of many of The Bard’s most famous characters, the Kill Shakespeare series is always good fun if you get the references and really odd but still enjoyable I am sure if you don’t. Also worth grabbing is the strange early 90’s British sci-fi series TALES FROM BEYOND SCIENCE, which is finally collected into one hardcover. 8 tales all drawn by British artist and graphic designer Rian Hughes and written by a bevy of great Brit sci-fi scribes including Mark Millar (Kick-Ass). These bizarre short stories explain seemingly unexplainable phenomenon in ways that will make you laugh and feel like someone dosed you. If you like stuff like stuff like Madman or anything zany at all this book should be going home with you. Now go spend your money wisely. And remember kids, Always Be Closing.

How about that. It was funny. It was smart. It used commas in interesting ways. Good books were recommended. A flawless column. And that means back to back perfect games. Give me the Cy Young right now. (1% of you have any idea what I am talking about.)

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STICK IN THE MUD OF TIME

The best comedians are often self-loathing, depressed freakazoids.
Eric Powel, writer and artist on The Goon must HATE himself more than
a Slayer fan who has run out of razor blades, because that cat is
putting out the funniest comic book on the stands today.

This week sees TWO Goon books, the new issue of the title (Goon #44,
often delayed but finally here, we promise,) and the most recent
trade, Goon Vol. 12 Them That Raised Us Lament, which collects issues
38-41. If you’ve been looking for a jumping on point, THIS IS IT.
Inside you will find heart-breaking stories of origin, hilarious takes
on the artist’s own commercial prospects as well as great fights,
cars, jokes and stories.

We all have our weaknesses. I know I plug this dang book maybe more
than I should, but it has won five honkin’ Eisners. I apologize if you
hate award winning, hilarious, sad, well-drawn comic books. I’ll stop
trying to push them on you.

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If I have to recommend NON-Eisner winning comics then I can’t
recommend this week’s Adventure Time #13. Adventure Time will win the
2013 Eisner for best kids publication, you see. I’m sorry if that was
a spoiler, but it is not my fault you’re stuck in a linear time
constraint. Still, the new issue drops this week, as does Avatar The
Last Airbender: The Promise, a deluxe edition of past Avatar stories
based on another awesome cartoon.

I suppose I also can’t nominate Deadpool #5, as it will get a
nomination. If Deadpool is ‘gonna fight Zombie Regan in space, don’t
you think you want to check it out?

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Action Comics #17, Batwoman #17 and a slew of other #17 books are out
from DC this week, and are well worth the pick-up. On the Marvel tip,
Don’t miss Uncanny X-Men #2, Alpha #1, Superior Spider-Man #4 and
Avengers #6.

This MIGHT NOT be up your alley, but Marvel is relaunching Nova this
week with a brand spanking new #1. Nova will feature prominently into
Marvel’s future movie plans, and this new book will give you a pretty
good idea of what is coming up for the human rocket!

FLOWING JUICES

Image is finishing up the brilliant Grant Morrison’s strange
“gangsters meet magic” limited series, Happy, this week with Happy #4.
Meanwhile, IDW is relaunching GI Joe under the strong writing of Fred
Van Lente with GI JOE #1!

New beginnings, new endings and fine continuations make this one
swankaroonie week to be a comic book fan! I hope you all did your
taxes, because your going to need that refund check in order to get
all the great books coming out in the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned
to Forbidden Planet for all there is to know about the latest Action
Figures, Manga, Comics and MORE!

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