Kate Kane’s been through a lot. She lost her sister and mother as a child. She served in the military to follow in her father’s footsteps. She got kicked out of the army because she refused to betray herself. Then, she returned and took up the mantle of the bat, a symbol to serve a greater cause than one’s own survival made infamous by her cousin, Bruce Wayne AKA Batman! A soldier hardened by war, recovering from experiences fighting a Batman-inspired armed unit known as the Colony that her father created, she made the hardest choice of her life: Locking up the person she counted on the most to support her. Now, her mission is leading Kate away from Gotham but possibly back into the hands of her own demons.
The next era of Batwoman’s adventures start here in this one-shot that’ll get you primed and pumped for her ongoing series. We recently learned that Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the black market. An organization called “The Many Arms Of Death” is planning to take it global. Batwoman must return to the place where she spent some her (and Kate Kane’s for that matter) darkest hours. Learn where Batwoman comes from and learn where she’s going next as the stage is set for the must-read series you’ll be adding to your pull list.
This New Comic Book Day welcome back one of DC’s premiere superhero teams!
A new dawn is rising on the Justice League of America. Spinning out of the events chronicled in Justice LeagueVs. Suicide Squad comes a team under the Justice League banner unlike any other. Don’t think so? Try these names on for size: Batman(makes sense), Black Canary (okay, been on the team before, sure), Killer Frost (what?), the Ray, (What?), Vixen (phew), the Atom (now you’re talking), and…Lobo?!?!?! You thought Lex Luthor put a few wrinkles into the team dynamic during the New 52, see what happens when the Main Man has to play nice with others. Who’s causing all this? Apparently, Batman. What’s he thinking? Find out in this issue as the Dark Knight assembles what DC is proclaiming to be the roughest and toughest Justice League of all-time.
After the events of Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad and four one-shots in January bringing you up to speed on the Atom, the Ray, Vixen, and Killer Frost, Steve Orlando (Midnighter & Apollo) and Ivan Reis (Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern) set the stage for this sensational roster. What does the future for this team hold? I have no idea but it’s likely to be anything but boring.
If you’ve been waiting for the next big thing when it comes to DC’s team books, you might have just found it. And you’ll find it on the shelves at Forbidden Planet for just $2.99 this Wednesday. Justice For All! But seriously, Lobo?!?!?
This week we put the spotlight on DC Comics’ reigning and defending Amazonian Princess!
WONDER WOMAN has been an unstoppably great series since Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott, and Liam Sharp took over the direction of the character for her Rebirth. This week in WONDER WOMAN #15 the next arc and best jumping on point for new readers hits our shelves with “THE TRUTH” part one.
After the events of “THE LIES” Diana has finally seen the full scope of how her life and history have been transformed…unfortunately, the knowledge has fractured her mentally and emotionally, leaving the character ripe for rebuilding to be more badass than ever. Like Frank Miller executed with Daredevil in “BORN AGAIN”and Jeff Lemire with Green Arrow in “THE KILL MACHINE”, sometimes the best way to take your hero to new heights is to bring them to their lowest point first. Diana certainly seems like she’s at rock bottom.
All of us at Forbidden Planet cannot wait to see how she climbs her way out as Rucka’s long-game takes a grander and more epic shape this week. If for some reason you haven’t fallen down the Amazonian rabbit hole, then by the goddess now’s the perfect time to jump in for only $2.99!
It’s Tuesday November 24th and we’re at the shop preparing tomorrow’s new comics, graphic novels and toys, like we do on Tuesdays,with our hands plenty full.
The hard work’s well-worth it though. Traditionally, Thanksgiving Eve is one of my favorite days of the year to be working at Forbidden Planet. Lots of familiar faces come back in through our doors and it’s a pleasure to catch up with old chums. People need little presents for family members or a board game or something similar to occupy the weekend and from my customer service perspective it’s always a treat to recommend stuff that’s going to be enjoyed in such a manner.
And, oh yeah!, comics publishers and many toy manufacturers usually release a crap-ton of great new reading material and toys the day before Thanksgiving in advance of Black Friday/Cyber Monday. This year’s no different.
Whether you’re braving the horrors of the NJ Transit or the long flight to Walla Walla or the constant chug of the Staten Island Ferry or the bus to Philly or the subway home to your tiny NYC apartment… Wherever you’re off to, here’s some of this week’s highlighted new releases to get you through the trip.
Have fun! We’re closed on Thanksgiving. Mebbe I’ll see ya tomorrow or Friday?
The Caped Crusader is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, and DC Comics has officially declared Wednesday July 23rd 2014 Batman Day!
On 7/23/14, starting at 8am, Forbidden Planet NYC will be giving away complimentary (ie FREE!) copies of DC’s new Detective Comics #27 Special Edition, and FREE Batman anniversary bags. We’ll also have commemorative masks (99 cents per. These are extremely limited and will be sold on a strictly first come, first served basis) and capes for sale ($5.99).
What’s more, we’ll be running a sale(!) throughout the day- 20% OFF all Batman related comics, books, and graphic novels.
Come by Forbidden Planet to celebrate Batman’s 75th on Wednesday the 23rd and save some Bat-dough!
Even though it’s damn near the middle of February I thought the following list of Forbidden Planet NYC’s most popular, best-selling graphic novels of 2013 would be of some interest.
Perhaps you’re looking for a new read, and are curious as to what the cool kids in the heppest city in the solar system are picking up (even if some of these books have been perennial faves for years and years). Perhaps you’ll be looking at this list for some other reason (stalkers). Either way, thanks to all our customers who made 2013, and every year, such a great time to be in the business of slinging quality books!
It’s a rather lengthy post so it continues after the jump…
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →