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My 4th Review

I’ve been having a lot of discussions lately on whether or not the reality that we see is actually real. Can you prove to me that the paper you’re holding in your hand right this second wont disappear in the next 30 seconds? Probability says no, but the realm of possibility is never tapped; more always exists, but it exists right on the cusp of our knowledge.

And no, I’m not just posing these mind-grapes because Seattle just celebrated Hemp Fest. I’m asking the collective you, readers, because these are the questions comics are all about! When you read something that challenges the way you think about yourself and your reality, you’ve found a good book. Lucky for us, this week is abound with personal mental challenges that will keep you pondering, keep you bringing questions to friends who just want to play Mario Party, and keep you generally interested in the world around you.

Job well done, comics! Now let’s see this weeks best o’ the best:

12 Reasons to Die #3


It’s going to be hard for me to not talk about this book every month that it comes out, not only because it’s written by good friend andfellow Forbidden Planet employee, but because it blows awesome books out of the water. 12 Reasons to Die? More like 12,000 Reasons You Should Read this Book. Number 23: It’s creatively packed with so much amazing art that expertly draws out both the ‘40s postwar crime, and ‘80s horror elements, you really do feel like a gangsta (and it DOES feel good). Number 666:  Transmedia! Have you ever been reading a really intense scene in a comic, and wish that music would start playing? That’s what’s so brilliant about this project, is that neither the album nor the comic are just straight adaptations; they work in tandem with each other to bring you as much content and story as humanly possible. Number 9,000: Storytelling that handles a complex narrative and timeline as expertly as Rob Liefeld uses Twitter, at which he is amazing. Do your self and your mom a favor, because you know she’s a Wu fan, and buy this book.

Codename Action #1

Dynamite Entertainment golden boy, Chris Roberson, is launching a new title this week that is full of spies, codenames, foreign threats and grumpy bosses who take you under their wing and then make you hunt down dictators. For a first issues this book lies pretty standardly in the spy genre, but the mystery of what is really happening to cold war era leaders sets up a solid story for conspiracy and things-that-aren’t-what-they-seem mystery…the best kind of mystery. This series proves to provide classic thriller pulp, and character drama, mostly between the seasoned Operative 5, and his new greenhorn partner, Operative 1001. Can they round up our greatest heroes to save the Free World?!

Sheltered #3

A lot of people, either out of fear or fun, like to contemplate where the end of the world will come from: zombies, overpopulation, nuclear attack, or destruction of the planets’ crops. Alright, now I’m depressed because none of these things seem that far off. But as Ed Bisson and Johnnie Christmas explore, the end of YOUR world is the same thing. The creators tease the reason as to why the world is ending soon, causing groups to make shelter compounds. But a coup amongst the youth of the camp examines the psychological aspects of a sheltered life, and not just the contrast between that world and the one we’re familiar with. Victoria, a teen who joins Safe Haven just before psycho killer Lucas begins his coup, stands as contrast to his mentality, and in this issue physically stands against in him a battle. Lucas’s group very well may bring the end of the world before the mysterious big bad comes anyways.

Reality Check #1

People throw around the word meta a lot these days, rarely using it in the correct context, or to its full potential. But this new book by Glen Brunswick is the definition of meta. A comic book writer, Willard Penn, scores an unexpected hit with a superhero whose main goal in life is to get laid. But this hero doesn’t stay on pages, and instead joins Penn’s real world looking for love. Unfortunately, the story’s villain also crawls his way into existence, forcing the duo to find the right partner, quickly. See, like I said in my intro, reality is all a perception of the mind, maaaaan.

Forever Evil #1

Lots of numero unos out this week, and I would be remise if I didn’t mention that DC has a new line of uber villains dropping this Wednesday. Justice League? Dead! Hope? Dead! Evil? Coming for Earth as we know it. Earth 3 is revealed, letting lose evil incarnations of the Justice League who are aiming to take over. If you’re in the know, you’ve probably already begun reading blogs and interviews with writer Geoff Johns, getting the play-by-play scoop on the new series. But this isn’t just a way to explore the deep, dark, and complex versions of classic heroes, it’s a universe altering series that is tied to your favorite past events of the DCU (Flashpoint, Trinity War, etc.) and will be the placeholder for new worlds to come. It’s as much of a celebration of your favorite villains as it is a way to delve into evilll.

God is Dead #1

Can Jonathan Hickman be writing anymore books at once? I honestly think that this man has a time stopper that allows him to just stare into space for weeks and ponder its mystery. After this intense period of pondering is over, he brings us what he saw on the other side, and it is good. Master of complexities has been bringing you recent titles such as: “Avengers”, “New Avengers”, “Trinity”, “Manhattan Projects”, and “East of West”. This alone should be enough for you to pick up this new Avatar Press title. But because I’m getting paid the big bucks to write this thing (false), and because I like to hear the sound of my own inner voice (true), I’ll tell you a little more about why this should be in your pull-list. The title might lead you astray, because this book is all about the reality of gods of ancient; the ones that people have attributed successes and failures to for thousands of years. Humankinds hubris and penchant for destruction have led the ancient rules to walk amongst the mortal once more, causing humans to wonder what, if anything, will help them stop the destruction of earth. Classic Hickman will most likely cause you to have sympathy for the destroyers, conversely cheering for the humans, and contemplating your own existence. It’s a tall order, but someone has to write it.

Self-discovery time: I think my use of exclamation points is inextricably linked to the amount of caffeine I’m consuming whilst I write. Clearly, it drops at the end.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 23: We’re Doomed!

Tyler wants me to turn in my new column so he can go home. I have to write it first but he doesn’t know that yet. I don’t really know what to write about though because I mostly wanted to write about myself but Forbidden Planet is less excited about that. So after much arguing and fighting the lovely heads of Forbidden Planet have convinced me not to just rerun last weeks column where I fiercely recommended my book, TWELVE REASONS TO DIE #1, which is (still) on shelves now! So I am not going to mention TWELVE REASONS TO DIE #1. I am going to talk about a bunch of other books. Books I didn’t write. Books I don’t like as much as TWELVE REASONS TO DIE #1.

Oooh. Here is one I can support wholeheartedly! REGULAR SHOW #1 is out this week. Not only is it the very funny comic based on the very funny TV show, but if you are reading this on Wednesday (or have the ability to go back in time) the great Allison Strejlau, artist on The Regular Show comic will be signing at FORBIDDEN PLANET, starting at 6:30. I may bring doughnuts for Allison and maybe she would share with you. I may end up forgetting to bring donuts so don’t make her feel bad if she doesn’t have any to share. Also, the staff at Forbidden Planet tends to get all Gollum-y when there are sweets around so the do-nuts don’t always make it to the signing. (Please don’t go back in time just for the doenuts. That’s not ok.) Anyway, even if you can’t come to the signing buy the book. It is crazy and fun and weird. You could probably use those things in your life.

Forbidden Planet is a New York City comic book store and that is a heavy burden to bare sometimes. The Spirit is from here. Part of Maus take place here. The Avengers are from here. Part of Sandman takes place here. Cecil & Jordan are here. Jacques Tardi called New York his love. DMZ, Ultimatum, Watchmen, and countless other books attacked our city but never destroyed it. Ex Machina is about our mayor. Adrian Tomine sketches people on our subways. Frank Miller accosts poor people on our streets. Steve Ditko monitors all comings and goings from his secret lair. The ghost of Will Eisner haunts every inch of gentrified New York. Marvel is from here. DC is from here. Raw is from here. Valiant is from here. Archie is from here. Abrams is from here. There is an issue of The Authority that takes place in our very store for #$&@ sake. When you talk about New York you better do it with the gravitas it deserves. Charles Soule (27, Swamp Thing) has decided to throw his hat in the ring of New York stories and, thankfully for all involved, he comes out the other side unscathed. STRANGE ATTRACTORS is a beautiful, complex, and amazingly fun book about the mystical, mathematical, and all powerful forces that make up a city and the people who control and channel those forces. Equal parts Ex Machina, Sandman, and Planetary, this is one of those books that people will still be rereading, discussing and trying to better understand 10 years from now. If you want smart love letters to New York you have an awful lot to choose from, but this should be at the top of the heap.

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK vol. 1 is out this week. Leinil Yu draws the hulk smashing stuff. That’s all you need to know.

I talk a lot about how good the new Image books are. A lot of people are reading the obvious stuff by the big guys- Fatale, Manhattan Projects, Walking Dead, Saga, etc. Here’s the thing, there are a lot of brilliant books that are flying under your radars and you should be picking them up without a doubt. HOAX HUNTERS vol 2 is out this week. On premise alone this book should be everyone’s favorite. A team of paranormal investigators who use their “Mythbusters” type show to discredit these phenomena while secretly dealing with them off camera. So much fun and about as good an ensemble cast as a comic is likely to have, if you haven’t grabbed HOAX HUNTERS do yourself a favor and pick up both trades this week. It was also just optioned by the suits in Hollywood so, much like Chew, 100 Bullets, and all the other in development tv/movie comics, you should expect everyone to be talking about this one in a few months. Most importantly though Hoax Hunters doesn’t go where you expect it, which is the best praise I can give a book like this.

Image also has their 4th volume of the hilarious and tragic LIL’ DEPRESSED BOY this week. Indie rock, unrequited crushes, and ragdoll of a guy make this book the heir apparent to the Scott Pilgrim throne. LIL’ DEPRESSED BOY is one of those books that will mean the world to a few people and will be missed by most others. You should buy it and see if you are one of those people who it will mean the world to, because being the person who falls in love real hard is always the better person to be.

Completing the trilogy of great Image tpb’s by their up and commers is PETER PANZERFAUST vol. 2. The little book that could, this book looked like it wouldn’t make it past 12 issues when it started, couldn’t find an audience, couldn’t get attention, and then… Something! One of the most talked about books of 2013, this tale of Peter Pan and friends fighting Nazi’s in WWII is a clever idea done well. There is not much more you can ask for out of a book. Smart and good? That should be enough for you.

Lastly, if I can’t talk about my book TWELVE REASONS TO DIE #1 (on shelves now) I will talk about the reprint of FIVE GHOSTS #2. That’s right. I am recommending a reprint. Why? I will give you 5 reasons because I am not very clever and the number 5 appears in the name of this book.

  1. One of the best books of the year, this is just classic pulp adventures, nastiness and all. There’s nothing like it on shelves now and that is sad for us but great for Five Ghosts.
  2. It is definitely one of the hottest indie books of the last few years. Finding a copy of issue #1 or #2 is becoming a herculean task so get it while you can.
  3. Issue #3 comes out next week and ups the ante in every way. What was one of the best books of the year is about to become one of the best books of the last 10 years. Get on board now.
  4. The brand new S.M. Viduarri cover is amazing. It goes perfectly with Chris Mooneyham’s moody and period appropriate interior art and Frank Barbiere’s tense and creepy script.
  5. I WROTE THE BACKUP STORY!!! Ha! I tricked you! I got you excited about a book I am in without you even knowing it. Buy it for FIVE GHOSTS, stay for my 2 page story that begins here. Or just buy it for my story. I don’t really care.  Just buy it. Don’t be a square.

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