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Storms!

Every week I look forward to being mugged by an invisible assailant right in plain view of others. I have always found this gentleman thief, though thorough, to be fair. Maybe you’ve been robbed blind by this same perp. Its name is Wednesday, a.k.a. “New Comics Day.” I like this perp.

Some people do not…and by people I mean “Satan.” He has decided that this New Comics Day will be complicated by evil and external forces. Storms, Floods, Rat Plagues and Halloween stand between you and giving us your money this Wednesday!

Usually, we here at Forbidden Planet are Pro-Satan, or at least Satan-ambivalent. This time, the big S has gone too far. This Wednesday, we need you to be very brave and come on back to the Forbidden Planet. We need you to shop for comics for Christ. Or for Satan. Whatever, we just want to make sure you get your comics. [Editor's note: This post was obviously written before we had to shut down for a week due to storm-related power outages. Sorry about that. Clearly Satan won this round.]

YEAH, WHAT ABOUT COMICS?

After 73 years, someone has finally figured out how to stop Superman. In this week’s Action Comics Annual #1, not only do we get to stare at Superman’s crotch and wish it was red, we also get to see the showdown between Superman and Kryptonite Man! There have been SEVERAL Kryptonite Men over the years, some with sleeves and some without. This NEW, Post Crisis, Post New 52 Kryptonite Man has not only NO SLEEVES, but no ARMS! BWA-HA-HA! He has some sort of Kryptonite arms! AH! SCARY!

Speaking of scary, Steve “30 Days of Night” Niles and the AMAZING Glenn Fabry have a new horror comic out this week from DC called Lot 13! It sounds great! THAT will really show Satan who’s boss! Jesus wants you to buy blood-puking horror comics! Jesus also wants you to buy Masters of the Universe: Origins of Skeletor #1 this Wednesday, too. Or Satan does. I forget…hum.

We better pick up as many horror comics as we can in order to play the field.  I’ll be picking up the latest Ghostbusters Ongoing #14, then Vampirella #24, Happy #2 and, uhm,  New Mutants #50…those are horror comics, right?

I KNOW! The perfect compromise! Mars Attacks Holiday Special #1 should keep both sides of the religious fence appeased. Besides, I think the Martians are agnostics.

STORMY WEATHER

There is positively no storm, nor flood, nor rat plague that could keep me from Happy #2, A + X #1 or Ultimate Spider-Man 2 #18.

And no amount of Trick or Treaters is going to prevent me from picking up T-Shirts, figures, trade paperbacks and spectacular comics. As a matter of fact, neither Hurricane Sandy, Jesus/Satan, Rat Plagues, nor apathy will stop me from getting my butt to the Forbidden Planet and letting that perfect thief, Wednesday, from picking my pocket!

NEXT WEEK: Rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy using only the lessons we can glean from comic books.

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Unkiedev’s Amazing Stuff: NYCC Edition!

NEW YORK COMIC CON EDITION!

The New York Comic Con is NEXT WEEKEND, Thursday October 11th through the 14th, and once again it is completely sold out. I’m not going, and possibly you aren’t either. *Sigh* So now what do we do?

Here is a quick list of THE TOP TEN COMIC-RELATED THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T GET INTO THE NYCC: 2012 EDITION!

10. Write and Draw Your Own Comics! That’s what this is all about, right? Create some great stuff and you’ll be guaranteed a place of honor at next year’s con… That gives you a whole year to develop amazing new books and get them published by a major company.

May I suggest a comic about a talking donut? I’m looking at the market and I ain’t seeing any talking donut comics.

9. Read Some Comics! OH YEAH, that’s what it is really all about! Plus, reading comics will help get you inspired for writing and drawing your own books, guaranteeing you a place in the show next year. This is a phenomenally helpful list, and you are welcome.

Marvel’s AVX #12 is out this week: that is sure to give you some inspiration. Heck, Forbidden Planet is FULL of awesome stuff, just walk in and hand us your money. We’ll take care of you.

8. Rob a Bank. This one seems weird, but it is required for the next two steps. READ ON:

7. Open Your Own Publishing Company. SEE?! I told’cha that bank money would come in handy. I’m thinking about it, you don’t need to write and draw your own comic books. With a big wad of mazzoolah, you can hire the same big names that are going to be AT the NYCC to work on your books for you. You’d like The Amazing Talking Donut written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Jim Lee, wouldn’t you?

The best part is? Today’s top-tiered creators and visionaries can’t point and laugh at you from inside the con if they’re on your payroll, now can they?

6. Start Your Own Movies and TV Based On Your IPs. NICE! Robert Downey, Jr. will be calling YOU up and begging to be in your latest picture. Robert Kirkman and Joss Whedon will drop whatever they’re up to to come work for you!

5. Develop Your OWN Super Powers! Aw HECK YEAH! This is the best idea yet! Just hang out around some radioactive animals, or invent a flawed teleporter and you will be on the path to super-powered glory. Action Comics #13 is out from DC this week: why not have your parents rocket you to another planet when you were a baby? That worked out great for Superman, it could be a winner for you.

4. Bake Some Cookies.

3. Take Over the World. And why not? What has this puny mudball ever done for you?! With your huge entertainment industry behind you, and your stellar super powers, you will be a rich, unbeatable SUPER TYRANT! You can have Carrie Fisher, The Robot Chicken team and Steve Ellis (creator of High Moon) come to YOUR house and give you a special Comic Con. Did I mention your house will be THE WHITE HOUSE?! NOW MAKE CARRIE FISHER AND ADAM WEST FIGHT!

2. Fly to Another Planet, Take That One Over Too. BWA-HA-HAA! You can keep knocking over worlds like they were broken Weebles! Use the husks of your conquered planets to make a string of cosmic pearls to hang around the metaphorical neck of QUEEN DEATH as she escorts those who would deny you NYCC passes to the UNDERWORLD for all eternity! HA HA HA!

1. Fulfill Your Destiny, Meet and Destroy God and End All of Existence… just don’t be bitter about it.

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Reprints for the Masses

Sometimes, the best way to look forward is by looking backwards through a rear-view mirror, or in other words, “Let’s talk about reprints!”

THE HISTORY OF COMICS

There would not be comic books without reprints. Heck, the very first comic books EVER were reprinted comic strips stitched together and sold on a magazine stand. Marvel and DC toyed through the ‘70s with book-sized editions of older comics, but it wasn’t until Watchmen that reprinting old stories became the norm. These “Graphic Novels” would usually get a hardcover edition and a softer trade paperback edition… now almost every run on a comic will get a “Trade” reprint somewhere down the line.

COMICS TODAY

These days, reprinting comics can take a variety of forms. Take for example EERIE ARCHIVES VOL. 11, available this week from Dark Horse. Here we have an expensive and beautiful deluxe hardbound edition of ‘70s horror comics, featuring such standards as The Mummy and Mr. Hyde, reprinted for curious fans, hardcore completists and librarian archivists alike. Did you get that? A box of reprints of comics originally printed on crappy newsprint for 75¢ each is now painstakingly reproduced on beautiful archival paper for $49.99.

Then there is Batman Beyond Unlimited #8, a new comic from DC, which features three tales of a futuristic Batman which originally ran online. That’s right: It reprints something for $3.99 which has NEVER been physically printed, only published online for free.

It gets weirder.

You see, we also have Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, the trade reprinting the five-issue miniseries exploring the origins of Gotham’s most misunderstood tuxedo-wearing Gentleman of Crime. When these issues originally ran, they were about $2.99 each.  Three times five is $14.99, the same cost of the trade, but this trade edition also includes the single issue Joker’s Asylum: The Penguin, a fine feathered periodical originally retailing for $2.99.

So here we have a reprint giving you more of a great story you may have missed, or allowing you to have a “reader” or “lender” copy for your friends to read, saving the value of your original issues, OR allowing you to read it for the first time in one setting LESS than it originally cost.

(Here’s something fun to do: Google image search “Penguin Pride and Prejudice” and the majority of the stuff you will find shall be book covers from the publisher Penguin Books for the Jane Austin classic! I hope Elizabeth Bennet punches Batman in the face! BAM! ZOK! LOOK OUT, CAPED CRUSADER, here comes Mr. Bingley! KER-POW!)

Then there’s good ol’ Marvel…this week alone they have trades, archive editions and reprints of issues published months ago in case you missed them, such as Avengers Vs. X-Men reprints, The Evil Deadpool trade and GLOBS of other books.

THE FUTURE

With more and more comics moving online, or even debuting digitally, will comic book shops take over as reprint houses featuring paper versions of older material? What happens to libraries and other archival institutions as art becomes intangible?

Will we one day see a world where we step into a comic book shop to download single issues onto our tablets at discounted rates?

Who knows… and who cares? All I know is, I get to read about The Mummy, The Penguin, Batman and Deadpool this week! THANKS, Forbidden Planet!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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Avengers Vs Quality -What I pulled this week

So my ankle been’s acting up, as has my left kneecap. My lower back kind of hurts t00-GET IT? I SAID PULL IN THE TITLE AND YOU THOUGHT I WAS REFERRING TO COMICS BUT THEN I STARTED TO TALK ABOUT PHYSICAL PAI-never mind this joke is bad and I feel bad.

Loran is a bit behind thanks to the college year starting up, and the my next toy article is still being worked on.  Which means if I want to get paid, something needs to be tossed on the ol’ Daily Planet, or the powers that be will send me a displeased e-mail. It’s a lot more threatening than it sounds, I assure you. So, to please the pay-gods, I’ve decided to type up an article about what comics I bought this week, and if they’re worth your money.  Warning, slight spoilers below for those who trade wait.

The 11th issue (or “Round”, as it’s called on the cover) of AvX (Avengers Vs. X-Men) dropped this past week and man….I’m torn. Writer Brian Michael Bendis is probably the weakest of 5 “Architects”  working on this book,  as issue 11 is….kind of rough in the script department. Marvel having 5 different writers on this thing did not do it much service, as characters and the story  struggle to have one consistent voice,, not to mention act incredibly out of character at times, making either side hard to pull for. The Phoenix 5 (er 2…1) are suppose to be the bad guys for the last 5 or so issues, but the Avengers have been jerks since issue 1. It’s a rough read and the hyped up death is pretty weak, considering this is the UMPTEENTH time this character has died. Luckily,Oliver Coipel handles the art for this issue, so it’s a pretty trainwreck.

However, Uncanny X-men #18 follows the proud Marvel tradition of  being a book that is ” A tie-in book that’s actually better than the main series”. Kieron Gillen has been KILLING on this series, making the Extinction’s team fall from grace way more compelling that the core AvX series has, and we have Ron Garney drawing this issue, which is a HUGE step up in the art department. The book gives  more of an in-depth look  of the battle and events from AvX #11, and the B-story focuses on a plotline that dates back from “Fear Itself” with a shocking twist. “Uncanny X-Men” #18 is well worth the $4, where as AvX #11 is strictly for completionists, or fans of Coipel’s worth to the point where the plot means nothing to you.

I only pull 2 books from DC monthly, and they happen to come out on the same week this month. They also happen to be quite excellent. Batman #0 drops with the EXCELLENT team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. This issue focuses on Bruce Wayne from 6 years ago, fresh from his global training, ready to make a change. It also brings back and semi-reinvents some baddies that tie into another Bat-book, and sets the stage for a story in 2013. The back-up, written by James Tynion IV & Andy Clarke, focuses on 5 supporting characters, and how Batman’s present influences them, and shapes their destiny. This is the PERFECT jumping on point for this series and a great issue overall. Well worth the $4.

Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus #3 came so very, very close to being my book of the week. It’s a great mini by Murphy, who’s been kicking all sorts of ass on various Vertigo titles these last few years. This is the 3rd chapter of a 6 issue mini where the clone of Jesus Christ is the focus on a reality tv show, and the world that the Clone of Jesus (Chris) is born into is beginning to take it’s toil on the boy, which means we should be getting a heavy dose of punk rock next issue. Also the last 4 pages are the perfect cliffhanger, making the wait for #4 quite painful. A great creator owned title, and the $3 will get you a story I’m surprise DC will publish and some of the best art coming out of the big 2 today. Buy it now, and then double dip for the eventual trade.

And while both DC releases were amazing, Uncanny X-Force #31 is without a doubt my pick of the week. Rick Remender’s final arc is halfway through, and after having their asses hunted down and kicked several times, X-Force is ready to go on the offensive and take the fight to the new Brotherhood. Literally in this book is amazing, from the script to Phil Noto’s pencils, to the coloring and letting. I could gush on more, but I’m sure you get the point. Granted it’s a $4, 20 page book, it’s well worth the money. Buy it on sight, unless you’re not reading it, then buy all the trades and get caught up.

That’s it, which is bad, because I am not so great wrapping up articles. So um….buy comics. Preferably at Forbidden Planet NYC. Setting up a pullist with us would be fine as well.

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The Summer of Marvel (part 1)

Any long-time FPNYC blog reader knows by now that I kind of favor Marvel when it comes to the big 2 Comic Publishers. I try not to be biased, as both publishers have their share of faults (:: cough :: Jack Kirby got screwed ::cough:::), but I love their characters as well as a ton of the creators working on them, and the Marvel movies have been pretty enjoyable so far. That, and occasionally they have a event I care about that seems like a ton of fun, despite having a weak premise. AvX (Avengers vs. X-Men) is this year’s “NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME”  event , and unlike “Fear Itself“, I’m actually enjoying ( and buying) it. While the majority of the Avengers and X-books tie into it, you can just read the main AvX series without having to buy a ton of tie-ins. However, if you’re in it for the fights, “AvX:Vs” may be more of your thing, as it’s a bunch of Marvel’s best artists drawing expanded battles from the series. Plus since both books are running $4 and issue, it comes with a free digital download code to redeem. so at least you’re getting 2 copies of the books basically.

So now that I’m done shamelessly plugging Marvel’s big event book, let me plug the latest line of Marvel Legends figures. Wave 2 is out in stores, and MAN, is it flying off of the shelves pretty much everywhere. Bucky-Captain America and Drax were the first figures to drop, as they were the only 2 without variants.  The remaining 5 figures are now dropping, and all but 1 have some sort of variant, which is kind of cool, as the majority of them are more than a simple color swap. Take Spidey for example. This is HARDLY the first time your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has gotten the Legends treatment. HOWEVER, this is the first time he’s been available in his “Big Time” green/black outfit, or his Future Foundation costume. I really like both costumes to be honest, and am legit torn which one to purchase.  Spidey, like Modern Thor before him, has no accessories or build-a-figure pieces though, so if you’re not in love with this costumes, you can skip him.

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