Looks like I’ll be searching through the couch cushions for change again next week. Here’s my projected pull list, I say projected cause I always end up buying more than I plan.
7 Billion Needles Vol 3 – Manga! Yeah I read that stuff too. This one reminds me a lot of Parasyte but with a female lead.
Avengers #10 – The Hood, The Illuminati, and The Infinity Gems… Oh my!
Crossed Psychopath #1 – My favorite comic book creator David Lapham back with a new Crossed series. I just finished the last Crossed run Family Values (also by Lapham) and let me tell you, its just as sick, if not sicker than Garth Ennis’ original run.
Bullseye Costume T-Shirt
Deadpool #33 – Deadpool in space.
Deadpool Team-Up #884 – Deadpool and The Watcher, best team-up yet.
Detective Comics #874 -More Scott Snyder, Batfans approved!
Gotham City Sirens #20 -Harley out for Joker blood.
Metalocalypse Dethklok #3 -Ca ca ca comic books.
Punisher In Blood #4 – Jigsaw is back and boy is he pissed, and so is Frank Castle for that matter.
Secret Avengers #10 – Watch your backs Secret Avengers its Bizarro Nick Fury and a guy who can actually kick Steve Rogers ass.
Vampire Tales Vol 2 – Finally! The 2nd digest sized collection of the Marvel Vampire Tales magazine. I loved the first volume and was super stoked when I noticed this one is hitting shelves this week. Even Matt D is reading vampire books on the train nowadays.
See you next Wednesday…
Each week we offer our customers a limited, one-day-only (new comic day, to be exact) deep discount offer on a new Graphic Novel or comic book.
This week’s comic book bailout is the new issue of Green Lanetern, #60 (a Brightest Day tie-in, to boot), at 45% OFF for all customers.
FIRST OFF, Galacta: Daughter of Galactus one shot is out this week by Empowered creator Adam Warren. I expect you all to buy a copy. Two copies if you can. Adam is one of the brightest talents in the biz.
Sequential comic books are categorically unfair to the heroes that must inhabit them. Every month the Flash must appear in a book, sometimes multiple books , and keep fighting the war on villainy. Already we have a problem.
That means that there is a never-ending supply of evil. The Flash can save the world, even the universe and still have to be beck next month to stop something else. In this economy it would be a small wonder to have job security like that.
Let us put this thought into the back of out thinking caps as we examine who the best strategists in comics are. Continue reading
DC Comics’ foray into Manga publishing is no more. The CMX line has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its maker. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If one hadn’t nailed it to the perch it”d be pushing up the daisies! Its metabolic processes are now history. It’s off the twig. It’s kicked the bucket, it”s shuffled off ths mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile.
This is an ex-publishing line.
“Over the course of the last six years, CMX has brought a diverse list of titles to America and we value the books and creators that we helped introduce to a new audience. Given the challenges that manga is facing in the American marketplace, we have decided that CMX will cease publishing new titles as of July 1, 2010.”
“The shuttering of the CMX line does not affect the best-selling series Megatokyo which will continue publication, now as a DC Comics title with story and art by Megatokyo‘s award-winning creator Fred Gallagher.
“We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the efforts and dedication of the CMX staff and to thank our fans who have supported CMX.”
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not necessarily celebrating this news. But I’m not decrying it either. I always thought DC was a little late to the Manga party, and that high-quality titles such as Swan and Tenjho Tenge would be better served by a different, Manga-dedicated publisher. As one of the largest retailers of such material in the United States I must admit that our CMX numbers were underwhelming to say the least- for various reasons- with little growth throughout its run.
July 1st is the official last day of publication for the line.
Some fairly decent stuff this week. Let’s hope the snows of Baltimore do not destroy, delay and other wise defray our comic books from getting from Diamond to our hot little hands.
BOOKS SUCH AS Dark Horse’s new title: Devil #1 (Looks like a super great anime/vampire mash up), DC’s Batman #696, and Blackest Night: The Flash #3 which features Blue Lantern Barry Allen up against his old, dead nemesis a.k.a. Eobard Thawne, a.k.a. Professor Zoom, a.k.a. The Reverse Flash, a.k.a. Black Lantern Black Flash. I might turn to crime, too, if my name was Eobard, but I CERTAINLY wouldn’t “reverse-flash” people!
Zombies VS Robots: Aventure #1, Chris Ryall (w), Various (a), IDW
In 2002 I published a cult comic book called Robots are Cool, Zombies are Jerks. It was, predictably, about Robots fighting Zombies across the universe. In 2006 Chris Ryall, the publisher of IDW comics began his collaboration with Ashley Wood on a little book they called Robots VS Zombies. Guess what it was about.
Chris and I had a brief correspondence over this issue, which cumulated in me sending him comp copies of my comic and him never speaking to me again. Typical.
Let’s set the record straight: I LOVE IDW’s Robots VS Zombies. I loved the follow up comic, Robots VS Zombies VS Amazons even MORE! Chris’ funny quips on top of Ashley’s JAW DROPPING art astounds my fertile imagination! SO MUCH action, humor and gorgeous art the dang thing should be read by everybody at least once. Continue reading
By Devin T. Quin
Comic books used to be about a variety of subjects, ranging from romance to real crime, from cowboys to caped crusaders. Now, outside of struggling independent comic books that are either ready-made screenplays for Hollywood exploitation or pornography (you know, the good stuff!) comic books are dominated by one subject and one audience: Super heroes for 30 year-olds.
It’s a bummer, because comic books CAN be about anything (especially pornography!) One sound-bite that you’ll hear bounced around by folks defending the rotting carcass of comic books from the hungry, circling vultures of critique is that “comic books are the most effective means of mass communication due to their marriage of pictures and words.”
“Wait, isn’t this article about Wonder Woman?” I can hear one incredibly bright young reader somewhere out on the Internet ask.
I’M GETTING THERE!
Comic books ARE a great way to entertain and educate. After the arrival of Superman, comic books became the number one form of kids entertainment because it was ONE thing to hear about a guy shooting another guy in the face on the radio, but it was ANOTHER THING to see it drawn out in gory detail t’wix the pages of a comic book! Continue reading
By Devin T. Quin
Holy Rainbows, Batman! In the past few years a complete spectrum of multi-hued warriors has joined DC Comics the Green Lantern for combat and tea in the outer reaches of space! KERPLOWIE!
People who read comics know that the Green Lantern is a guy, often named Hal Jordan but sometimes named Kyle, John or even GUY, who finds a magical ring that utilizes will power to create bright green objects out of thin air. The Green Lantern uses this ring to fight “Darkness” as part of an intergalactic peace keeping force from the planet Oa. I guess the economy on Oa is so bad they couldn’t afford consonants.
Way back in ancient times- the 1960s and 70s- an ex-Green Lantern named Sinestro was kicked out of our universe for bad tipping and found himself in an anti-matter universe. There he was given a yellow power ring, a useful weapon against his hated ex-bosses the Green Lanterns because of that squad’s unique flaw of being unable to affect the color yellow. Continue reading
By Devin T. Quin
Because SOMEONE felt they needed the $10,000 reward money for turning me in to the Feds more than they needed a column this week, I, your humble comic book writer is on the freakin’ lamb. AGAIN. This happens every time; I put a down payment on a nice, one room abandoned shack in the middle of the woods away from the spy satellites and brain reading microwaves and THEN they find me and I have to pack up my collection of tin-foil hats and jars of my urine and escape into the night.
My crimes are both A) complex and B) about to have their statutes of limitations expire. Until then it’s cave living and squirrel dining for me. Continue reading
By Devin T. Quin
American boys all go through a Superman phase, tying towels around their necks and leaping from tall things unto smaller things, often the ground. The fascination with being Superman is actually about self-improvement. The world is a big place, full of opportunity, where young gentlemen will want to prove themselves amongst their peers. They desire to be “the best.”
These young boys will then go to a pre-school or 1st grade and attempt to play superheroes out on the playground, an environment far removed from the safety of their kitchens and supportive parents.
Suddenly, only the loudest, pushiest and biggest kids get to be Superman, and all other kids at recess have to pick other superheroes to be. Some of these kids will recognize the inherent contradiction. “Superman is supposed to be nice and kind and think of helping others first, but Scotty Hascalwitz got to be Superman because he pushed around all us other kids until we gave in. WTF?” Continue reading
By Devin T. Quin
Last week’s reprieve from the comics publishing schedule meant we could save up our ducats for this week’s bumper crop! Of course, we spent that money on New Years beer and Karaoke. Sigh, time to break the piggie bank!
THE BIG GUNS
You name a hero and DC is printing them this week! I’m looking forward to Sam Keith on Batman Confidential #40, as well as weirdo books Doom Patrol #6 and The Great Ten #3! DC Executive Editor Dan Didio is brushing off his writing skills on this week’s Weird Western Tales #71, which is really good and bad news.
The good news is: some of your favorite Silver Age cowboy stars such as Bat Lash and Scalp Hunter are BACK. The bad news is they’re back as Black Lanterns via a tie-in to DC’s ongoing Space-Zombie mash-up “Darkest Night.” Most interestingly is this comic will also has Jonah Hex as a Black Lantern… I could easily see them restoring him to life and throwing Jonah into the current DC Universe. Here’s for hoping!
Marvel has a slew of comic goodness stew, though stand-outs (For me) include Deadpool Team-Up #897 and event starter The Siege #1, though only one of these comics has Deadpool teaming up with BOTH Ghost Riders to stop the assassination of a young lad with Lobster Claw deformity. Choose wisely.
House of Ideas is also doing what it does best: Reusing past material by reprinting X-Men Mutant Massacre in trade-paperback this week! Chris Clairmont, John Romita Jr., Alan Davis, Barry-Windsor-Smith and more are on hand to tell you a pivotal tale of THE FIRST TIME Mavel declared war on all Mutants. That race gets wiped clean more often than a dry erase board, I tells ya’! Continue reading
I’ve been typing my fingers down to the bone these days, working on exciting new book and column ideas. One of the projects I’m passionate about is my new book of Super-Hero puzzles and brainbusters. I’m halfway through!
For example: Spider-Man is traveling on a train with 10 cars. When the train leaves the station, the Hulk jumps from midtown trying to squish the train. If the Hulk will land on the train in 10 minutes, and the train travels at 40 miles per hour, how come Spidey gets to date Shadowcat in the Ultimate Marvel U, but never got to date her in the 616 Marvel Universe?
Or how about this one: With over 50 years worth of comics under his belt, understanding the current continuity to Superman can be difficult. What is the best book to read first in order to understand the complicated world of Superman.
I suspect the answer to that one is “A Dictionary,” though I’m not sure. When I say I’m halfway done with this project I really mean it: I write the questions first and then go back and try to write the answers. Anybody who has a clue on how to answer that first questions should send their response my way. Continue reading
In Grant Morrison’s creepy comic book classic “Arkham Asylum” doctors attempt to rehabilitate Batman’s former friend turned foe, Two-Face, by replacing his iconic scarred coin with a tarot deck. The theory was to show Tommy Lee Jones there are always more choices than the black and white world of making moral decisions by flipping a coin.
The problem is, with seventy-eight possible outcomes to chose from he soon becomes incapable of making ANY choices, whether it be killing Batman or going to the little super-villain’s room.
Now to the issue at hand: so you wanna’ buy a Batman toy? Well, good luck with that; over thirty years of the caped crusader captured in plastic means there’s enough Battoys to chose from that YOU might want to wet yourself, too… and/or scar half your face and turn to crime.
Do not despair! We’ll soon have you on the right track to choosing a Batman that’s right for you. First off we need to identify what you want the Batman for. Is he for yourself or a gift for a child? Is this Batman going to be played with or just displayed, and if displayed, like, how? On your desk at work or on the wall of your pleasure palace, a la Han Solo in Carbonite? Continue reading
The comic book world is like America’s political system. For the most part we have a two party system, with DC/Marvel standing in for the bigger political parties. Luckily for us, strong third parties such as Image and Dark Horse carry more industry clout than the libertarians, Green Party or Bull-Moosers EVER did.
Let’s look at the comics shipping this week alone, shall we?
Marvel is giving everybody a humor bail out this week, as this week’s fantastic double dip of the Deadpool: the merc with a mouth will have you dying of laughter and stab wounds. First Wade Wilson joins the X-men in Deadpool #17, and then it’s time for Amazing Spider-Man #611, with Spidey & Deadpool sitting in a tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G! Deadpool is everywhere. Who does that guy think he is, Wolverine? Continue reading
By Devin T. Quin
Apart from the summer of 2008 when Iron-Man was (briefly and strangely) the king of cool, Batman is the A-#1 comic-book bad boy that every living creature on Earth wants to be. Even actual bats! FUN FACT: do you know why the Dinosaurs went extinct? They all committed suicide when they found out it would be another few 100-million years before they could read “The Dark Knight Returns.”
Unfortunately very few of us will ever get to actually BE Batman, and the responsibility of wearing the famed cape and cowl of Gotham’s resident demigod takes its toll on those who do. For example, after filming “Batman and Robin” George Clooney was so Bat-Guano in the cabeza he lent his voice talents to South Park to play a gay dog, and after “Batman Returns” poor Michael Keaton was never heard from again.
No, better to live out our intrinsic need to be The Bat through art therapy. That’s right: in just five easy steps YOU TOO can draw Batman! Continue reading
By Unkie Dev
The Comic book market is dominated by super-heroes, but not if these titles have anything to say about it:
The Book of Genesis: Illustrated by Robert Crumb, R. Crumb (A) WW Norton
R. Crumb is one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, and this might be his living masterpiece. Robert Crumbs art is incomparable, and his work here fully illustrating the Biblical book of genesis is possibly his best. Why buy this book?
First off, the book was written by God, so you know it’s going to be interesting. Secondly the art is Crumb at his best, the absolute work of a master draftsman whose work shall be collected and discussed for generations to come. This is less a graphic novel and more the benchmark for how art comics will forever be judged. Continue reading