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Yet Again, Snow.

I’m writing this while the Seahawks are winning the NFC championship game, and even in my quiet neighborhood I can hear my neighbors yelling and fireworks being set off. Or people are rioting and looting, which would be way more fun. But if we get too crazy, they might have to send a lawman up here to care of all our post-football crime. I wonder if there’s any type of West Coast police enforcer that could handle and entire city rioting….?

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Judge Dredd Mega City Two #1

Oh man, I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for this release since the first pages started to surface like 3 months ago. I’ve even been waiting weeks to write this silly write-up on it because I’m so excited for people to read it. The West Coast gets their judgment day when Dredd is sent the Cali-forni-way, and is left to tackle a sprawling 5,000 square mile Mega City Two.  Each neighorhood has its own laws, and Dredd is left with no time to figure out the new rules. Writer Douglas Wolk is a Judge Dredd historian by his own right, and never forgets the tongue-in-cheek humor that makes Dredd such a great character. The subtle humor is driven home by fan favorite artist, Ulises Farinas. He creates a chaotic city that is full of traffic, people, traffic, and enough background signage to make you feel like there’s a second comic happening in background. If you’re not convinced by my description (if you’re not, we’re not friends anymore) check out the preview pages posted on Comics Alliance. You’re a fool if you don’t buy this comic, creep.

 

Deadly Class #1

Do you guys remember the show “Clone High”? It was an awesome cartoon comedy that parodied shows like Dawson’s Creek, but with the angsty, horny, teenage clones of famous people from history like Abe Lincoln, Joan of Ark, and Mahatma Gandhi. My point is that this new comic from Rick Rememder reminds me of that show; that show was awesome, thus logic dictates that his new comic will be awesome. The main character, Mark Lopez, goes to a high school that is designed to train the descendants of the world’s top assassins and crime families. Combine highly skilled killers, mid-‘80s underground culture, and way-too-intense teenage emotions and this book spells DRAAAMA. Remender is on a Rick roll, that is for certain.

 

Midas Flesh #2

Ryan North is known around these Seattle parts for his syndicated comic strip, Dinosaur Comics, that runs in our weekly alternative newspaper, The Stranger. So when I found out North was going to be doing a “kids comic” (Adventure Time), I was a little surprised, but never disappointed. But then more and more people begin to take his humor seriously (is that an oxymoron?) Anywho, his new series, Midas Flesh, is everything I want a monthly comic from North to be: slightly philosophical, hilarious dialogue, sci-fi, and a dinosaur that’s a doctor. Awesome. This journey is just getting started, but it’s already entertaining the entire way.

Umbral #3

The creative team of Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten  (Wasteland) should be enough to drag anyone into this dark fantasy book. Magic is outlawed in this world because it messes with everyone’s lives, and invites bad things. Rascal, a thief, witness the murder of the King and Queen by some freaky demons. But their magic is incomplete, and Rascal realizes the bottle of mist around her neck is what the demons need to finish their magic incantation. There’s a lot of cool fantasy art, a lot of murder, and freaky demons (aforementioned).

 

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Dan Goldman Signing Red Light Properties February 5th

Date has been changed to FEBRUARY 5TH
“Ghost stories, five-alarm family dramas, urban shamanism and a downturned housing market all compete for the attention of the husband/wife owners of Miami’s only exorcism-and-real estate agency Red Light Properties.”

On Wednesday February 5th at 7p.m. Dan Goldman (writer/artist) will be in store to sign his newly collected, critically acclaimed book Red Light Properties. Here’s what some boldfaced names have to say about the book…

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“Dan Goldman has a voice & vision like nobody else in comics. . . . RECOMMENDED!” -John Layman, CHEW

“Hilarious .. A druggy blast inspired by Goldman’s heroes like Terence McKenna, Larry David and Wong Kar-Wai.” -Wired.com

“RED LIGHT PROPERTIES is what comics should be: trippy, fun and inventive.” -Chip Zdarsky, SEX CRIMINALS

“The equivalent of seeing a circus performer pull of a remarkable high-wire act while juggling weighty and disparate materials to create a unique spectacle.” -The Beat

“Love utterly original apeshit comic bookery? RED LIGHT PROPERTIES is awesome.” -Chuck Wendig, BLACKBIRDS

“Cartoonist Dan Goldman made a splash with his work on the political graphic novels Shooting War and 08. . . RED LIGHT PROPERTIES is his real labor of love, the story of a Florida real estate exorcist that mixes the supernatural with the current real estate crisis.” -Publisher’s Weekly

Can’t make it to our event? Mail order signed copies here.

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An X-MAS Tale!

The portal opened five feet from his left, and Wolverine watched the lanky, muscled frame of his former teammate and friend step out onto the snowy grounds of the Jean Gray School for Gifted Students. Cyclops looked grim as usual, and travelled with a dusty satchel. Wolverine couldn’t remember the last time he had seen Scott Summers smile.

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“I’m here, Logan.” Cyclops said, looking around for traps. “What is it you needed? Make it quick, I’m a wanted man.”

Wolverine uncrossed his arms and stepped forward. “I’ve been one too, Cyke, many times. After awhile, being out in the cold gets to ya’.” Scott just nodded, and so Wolverine continued. “Remember that first Christmas back at the Mansion with Chucky, Kitty, Peter and Kurt? We all laughed watchin’ Storm give the Professor Snow-Fros?”

“That was a long time ago,” Cyclops said, and instantly struggled with a thought. How long ago was that? Sometimes it feels like it was Thirty years ago, but it may have been only Five.

“If there’s one thing you learn while being an X-Man, it’s that time can always be changed.” Wolverine half smiled, and reached behind a nearby statue. He pulled out a box, brightly wrapped in red and green candy cane printed paper.

It was an X-Mas present from one X-Man to an Ex-X-Man.

Cyclops opened the box with hesitant hands. Years of battle hardened ambushes had trained him to be wary of gifts. What lay inside the present surprised him more than any bomb, alien parasite or severed head of a beloved comrade.

Inside the box was a case of custom made, ruby quartz contact lenses. Enough to last an entire year.

“Merry X-Mas, Slim.” growled Wolverine. “Hank helped with the design. I wonder why we’ve never thought of this before.”

“Logan,” choked Scott, “It’s-. I don’t know what to say.” Embarrassed, he turned and reached into his travel bag, taking out a brightly wrapped box of his own. Wolverine was stunned. He did not expect this…because this story takes place now. If this was the 80′s or 90′s, they would have said Wolverine could pre-smell the present with his heightened senses, but nobody remembers that power set anymore.

“I had hoped your message was sincere, so I came prepared. Thanks for forgiving me for killing Professor X. Again.” Cyclops laughed.

“Ah, heck, Slim. Who hasn’t killed that bald S.O.B. once or twice. Now what have we here,” Wolverine asked, opening the gift. He, too, was surprised because again- no heightened sense of smell.

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Inside was an Adamantium claw sharpener with a jar of Adamantium claw polish. Wolverine smiled. Cyclops did the same. Somewhere a jolly, fat elf was Ho-Hoed. They both started to laugh.

“You know, Scott, this gift is the most thoughtful thing anyone’s ever given me,” Wolvie sighed, “And as useless as a Metrocard for Nightcrawler. You see-” and what followed was a sickening SHLACK sound, as the bloody stumps of bones broke through Wolverine’s hands. “I sold my Adamantium claws and skeleton to a scrap dealer in order to afford the Ruby Quartz Contacts.”

Tears started to swell in Scott Summers’ eyes, as he broke into a silly grin. “Of course. That seems like our luck, Logan, because you see-” He paused. Red streaks started to roll down his cheeks. Tears of blood were flowing fast now, as Cyclops removed his visor, revealing the ruined cavities of his former weapons. “I sold my eyes to a mutant organ harvester in order to afford the Adamantium claw sharpener.”

They laughed, cried, hugged and bled all over each other there in the snow, both laughing at the magic of Christmas. They soon both passed out from blood loss and died of exposure.

MERRY X-MAS!

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Happy Holidays!

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Wishing everyone Happy Hay Days and a Happy Neigh Year. 2014 is the year of the horse…get it? (Neigh Year pun courtesy of David Sandlin’s holiday card)

Holiday Hours

9am-10pm Sunday-Tuesday

8am-midnight Wednesday

9am-midnight Thursday-Saturday

Sunday December 22nd and Monday the 23rd 9am- midnight.

Tuesday 12/24 9am-8pm

Christmas CLOSED

Tuesday 12/31 9am-8pm

Wednesday 1/1 8am-midnight\

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Black Friday Store-wide SALE!

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It’s that time of year again, a time to give thanks and be grateful. Or more importantly a time to buy a bunch of awesome stuff on the cheap. This black Friday at Forbidden Planet, everything (yes EVERTHING) is 20% OFF from 9a.m. to 9p.m. If you’re the person whose been waiting to read Cerbus, or pick up one of IDW’s beautiful artist editions book, or your home is desperately in need of a life size bust of Jango Fett (I can’t type this loud enough) NOW IS THE TIME! Don’t miss out on the chance to get the things you love for way less monies. Start off the holiday season right already having got everything you wanted on your list from the person you love most (that’s you).

[Editor's Note- Sale is in-store only and only applicable to items IN STOCK on a first come, first served basis. We cannot hold anything in advance of this offer. CCG booster boxes and similarly net-priced items are not included.]

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Things To Have and to Hold

Sorry I was so over productive and wrote about an event that happened after I wrote last weeks article, but happened before the article was published. I’m too on top of it, my bad.

The only other thing I have to say is buy Sabertooth Swordsman by Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley. My eyeballs wept from happiness, it was so good. Like so good, I could only stand to read about 10 pages at a time because I didn’t want to rush it, or have the beauty end too soon.

Buying this book will be the best thing you do with your money/time/self all year. I promise.

Oh, and buying these books too.

Fifth Essence Part 1: The Dreaming Galaxy

I’ll start things off big. Like really big. Like, have you seen the size of these Incal hardcover editions? This masterpiece tale from French writer, Jodorowsky and master illustrator, Moebius is super-duper deluxe and features original colors, and a limited 999 pressings. Oh, you haven’t read any of the Incal and feel that this book wouldn’t be worth it? Now who’s the fool? (You’ll get that joke if you buy this book). The fifth installment can be devoured and enjoyed on its own, or as a part of the groundbreaking series that follows P.I. John DiFool and his talking seagull as they fight off the forces of Darkness, who are trying to capture the Incal, a mysterious artifact, from John. That battle continues on in this book that would make a perfect gift for a collector, or for yourself because Moebius is a genius, his books are rare and harder to find since his death. Originally published in 1988, and split into two books because this epic story couldn’t be contained, few artists or series have had a greater influence on your favorite modern sequential storytellers.

Nowhere Men Vol 1: Fate Worse than Death

You may have missed the latest issue (#6) of Nowhere Men that dropped mid-October. There was a large delay between that book, and the 5th issue, which released in May. Author Eric Stephenson is a busy guy though. Being Executive Director of a little company called Image can probably be time consuming, especially through the long summer haul affectionately known at ‘Con-Season’. But this impressive creative team has persevered on to bring you the first collection of the fast paced and engaging sci-fi series. You may have scored a “Science is the New Rock and Roll” t-shirt from the series while they were available. It’s hard not to want having the lifestyle of World Com. Research Team that helped develop the state of modern technology. They lived the highlife, and pushed scientific development at any cost. This book explores the ethics of science, hubristic downfall, and celebrity culture, albeit at the command of brilliant scientists rather than moronic internet-culture fame. How will their collapse affect the world?

Sunny Vol. 2 HC

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Moments define memory, and memory defines life. For the children within Eisner award winning author Taiyo Matsumoto’s series, Sunny, memory is something they chose to create for themselves as an escape from a present that is painful. Sunny is a car that transports the orphans who find it to a better place, their imaginations. Matsumoto combines classic comic inking with watercolor to create a world that is both realistic and blurred along the edges to mimic the importance of a balanced life. It’s a beautifully sad story that reminds us to love the mundane moments for the calmness they can provide, but to never let your dreams and imagination be hampered by oppressive people or events.

Violent Cases HC

This is the book that launched a thousand careers. Well, notably two, but this is a ripple effect that has been rippling far and wide for a long time. Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean are two names that people outside of the comics can throw around for their brilliance in storytelling, art, and Britishness. But this 1987 release from the somewhat obscure, and now defunct, British magazine Escape that sought to elevate European comics to a level of higher acclaim. This idiom, pushed by founder Paul Gravett, led to the release of the 44-page graphic novel, Violent Cases. Deeply darker and edgier than any of the later releases from the two, grounded in the mystery of memory and the actual reliability of the narrator himself. The trappings and failings of both tell the memoir-esque story of the narrator’s history with a doctor who claimed to have treated Al Capone. There are the ever-present themes of Gaiman’s work that most people are familiar with: childhood; less than great parents; but all with a darker reaction that kind of sinks in your stomach. All of which is aided by McKean’s sketchy but visceral characters; with barely-there background washes that evoke a high level of expressionism when symbolizing the possible downfall of memory.                                                                                                                                                       I was just talking about how without school my brain has started turning into mush, so this write-up was my subconscious attempt to prove myself wrong. Anyway, this book is now being re-released by Dark Horse in hardcover with an additional art section. Buy this book! It’s important to our modern comic history that deserves your eyeballs!

Harley Quinn #0

There’s a new Harley Quinn series coming out by Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti! And featuring art from a whole slue of amazing people including Darwyn Cooke, Sam Kieth, Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pope, Walter Simonson, Art Baltazar (and others!). And by others I mean there’s a total of 17 artists working on this book, off and on. In this lead-in issue to the series, Harley breaks the fourth wall a lot by talking to Connor and Palmiotti like they’re old friends. Well, maybe not friends. The calculatingly crazy Quinn gets into arguments about how she looks, other artists who worked on previous characters, and basically trying to get the correct fit for her character with a blend between New 52 “Suicide Squad” and the popular Arkham video game series. This lead-in issue is funny, fast, and pretty wild. And it actually gets me excited to see what they’ll do with the real story arc if they’re having so much fun with her already.

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THE GOLDEN AGE

There has never been a greater time to be a comic, sci-fi or fantasy artist. The technology exists in both print and digital for the art itself to be nearly flawless, and though the new fields are still defining, the diversity of application is astounding. From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, big publishers and indie developers, the market is huge.

Your art will look the best it could, with more people needing your style than ever before. That’s the good news.

The bad news is the talent pool has never been greater, both in size and quality. The internet guarantees  you are competing with fine artists from all over the world for even the simplest of art positions. To make it today, you really need to be at the top of your game, and it has never been more important to arm yourself with every tool at your disposal to stand out from the pack.

This week Forbidden Planet will have Spectrum 20 on the shelf, the latest in the long established series of books show-casing, year after year, the very best in contemporary Sci-Fi, Fantasy and comics art.

Spectrum is one of the quiet highlights of the comics year, an indispensable look at the world’s talent pool of artists. Comics, digital work, fantasy, and even sculpture are represented. If you ever want to work in any of these fields, you should pick this up.

CREATIVE PRIMER

Spectrum is FUN, with hundreds of artists showing off amazing pieces from different spheres of media and different parts of the world. It makes a stunning coffee table tome, eye catching and always diverse. Many of the pieces inside will be instantly recognizable from many of your favorite entertainment properties, while around every corner will be new surprises and treats.

Spectrum is informative! The pieces are selected buy a jury of contemporary artists, publishers and graphic artists. This means that you get a great feel for what is popular, trending and sellable in today’s market, as well as what the new, up-and-coming looks will be. In one volume you get an encapsulated view of what the industry is, was and will be…plus pages of amazing art!

Most of all, Spectrum is inspiring! Competition is a quick way to accelerate artistic growth, and the ideas and talents presented in Spectrum will point you towards your best work yet. Submitting, and being accepted, to Spectrum is a bonafide way to increase your stature and exposure, placing your name with the elites.

ART AHOY

Whether as a fan or a professional, a learner or a master, Spectrum 20 has something for everybody! Past volumes are also available, as are a wide variety of sensational art books. Have you ever taken a look between the pages of FLIGHT, the beautiful anthology of breathtakingly rendered, full color comics from a diverse international community of creators? What about the art books from top grossing animated features, or even cosplay manuals and how to magazines?

Forbidden Planet has a wide variety of art books, magazines and collections to entertain and educate the contemporary artist on their road to super stardom! Have fun, browse our titles, and do ask for assistance if you need anything. Remember, the Customer is always right… So see what happens if you shout out “I’M WRONG RIGHT NOW” as you are buying your comics this week.

You’re right, because you are always right, but that makes your statement that “You are wrong” to be incorrect…which therefore validates the argument in the first place! Hopefully you will crack the world in half, awaking dead Cthulhu from his house at R’lyeh to slay the just and the unjust alike!

Keen!

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Just Kill Me

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover…somebody should tell that to Clown Fatale #1 from Dark Horse. I don’t WANT to think that this may be the stupidest human creation of all time, but I don’t want to spend the money in order to make an informed decision. LOOK at this monstrosity!

 

I always envision every comic book taking place in an alternate universe… it helps with the suspension of disbelief. What we have here is an alternate universe in which there are still roving circuses. In one of these, the clowns are a drop dead gorgeous troupe of multi-ethnic ladies who dress like strippers. Our story transpires when criminals, due to a wacky misunderstanding, hire these sexy lady clowns in full make-up to kill, mistaking them for assassins. The clowns naturally accept.

 

I’m not sure if my suspension of disbelief stretches this far.

 

I’ll rationalize it, however, by reminding myself of the strange universe we DO inhabit; We live in a world where someone at a highly successful comic book publisher rationalized that A) People LIKE clowns (hint: They don’t) and that B) People like sexy women, so logically people will like sexy women clowns. I’m sure this creative genius then spent the rest of the afternoon trying to figure out whether the clowns should be Vampires, Assassins or Crime Scene Investigators.

 

Maybe they figured that Harley Quin was popular, and wanted in on some of that action. Regardless of motives, Clown Fatales #1 seems an affront to all art, past, present and future, as well as a finger in the eye to the indomitable human spirit. A veritable raspberry in the face of taste and sense, this.

 

But I will buy it. And I will read it. And I will judge this erotic, tightly paced crime clown drama on its own merits. And I will write a review. And I will weep at the funeral of my artistic credibility, and I will morn my dignity as I bury the last shreds of my self respect.

 

NOT TO SPOIL THE FUN

And you’ll weep, too, if you miss out on Wolverine #11 this week! SOMETHING huge and crazy is going to happen…but WHAT?! There’s much to suggest this issue will be a massive milestone, a sales bonanza to rival Spider-Man’s wedding or the death of Captain America. I’d guess Wolverine is going to die (again,) but the maybe we’re in for something stranger?

 

Marvel, a Disney Entertainment company, wants to make movies off of the Avengers as a step in the process of making money off the toys and merchandise from Marvel comics. A fly in their ointment, however, is the prior business deal wherein Fox owns the motion picture rights to the X-Men franchise and Sony own the Spidey movies.

 

Spidey and Wolvie fighting alongside the Hulk, Thor and Scarlet Johanson would sure sell some lunchboxes.

 

Here’s Unkiedev’s crazy prediction for Wolverine #11…it’s a doozy. It will be revealed that Wolverine is actually AN ALIEN, the last son of a distant planet called Canadaton, which blew up after his parents messed up an experiment. To cover up their mistake, they sent their only son in a small spaceship to a planet where he would have fantastic superpowers…and brain washed him through pre-recorded messages to tell anyone who ever asked that THEY didn’t destroy the planet, they were the only ones trying to stop it from blowing up the whole time!

 

See what this does? Wolverine is no longer a mutant, and no longer tied to the X-Men continuity. That’s why the big Marvel movie coming up is Guardians of the Galaxy! Wolverine #11 will plant these seeds when alien warriors from beyond the stars come to the long ignored planet Earth to bring Wolverine to justice for his parent’s crimes!

 

Or he might just die. I’ll never know. I’ll probably be so traumatized after reading Clown Fatales #1 that I’ll wander into traffic and get hit by a semi. If I see Wolverine in Hell, I’ll send you kids an e-mail.

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Need I Say More? Yes.

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Go to Comic Arts Brooklyn this Saturday. You’d be an idiot not to. And I mean that. I so badly wish I could be there. Small and independent publishers of comics, art, zines, and minis will be set up in the community center of Mr. Carmel Church with additional programming at The Knitting Factory, both in Williamsburg. Also, it’s effing FREE! Kim Deitch; Renee French; Michael DeForge; David Mazzucchelli; Jeff Smith; Paul (effing) Pope; Tyler (effing) Boss!

Need I say more?! I’m yelling a lot, but I can’t help it! That’s how excited I am this is happening/angry that I can’t go myself. Just don’t disappoint me this weekend. And if anyone wants to buy me B+F by Gregory Benton, I wouldn’t be mad.

I went last year, and it was awesome. Just go already.

Also, buy these comics.

Mars Attacks #3

I talked at a little length last week about another one of Al Ewing’s books, “Mighty Avengers”, but I can’t really help it if the British author is writing stuff that I generally want to read every week. Ewing’s main authorial duties started with the snarling Mega-City street Judge, so it only makes sense that he’d naturally move to combining cyber-punk hyper violence with sci-fi aliens; arguably the species most deserving of a little judgment. There’s a new mob boss in town that’s not from these parts, and it’s up to the brave man and women of the Judge system to take out some big-brained miscreants. These over-the-top franchises are a beautiful match made in space, and have come back in time to save us all from boring comics. Great gangster dialogue, and snapshot art from John McCrea make for lively and fast paced shoot em’ up lazer action. Bonus! They’ve spliced in some classic Mars Attacks trading card-as-panels, which serve to move action along and explain some of the finer points, letting the parts of the story you love (violence, aliens, titillation) go full force.

Manifest Destiny #1

Shock, I’m from the Pacific Northwest, something I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned like a million times since I started writing this. So the idea that someone is going to write a comic about heroes Lewis and Clark is very pleasing to me. We have parks, colleges, streets, cities, and buildings named after these exploring fools; and we take the game Oregon Trail very seriously. But our abiding hero worship of these gentlemen (and ladies like Sacagawea) has room to let in a historical fiction account of the “real” pursuit out west; monster hunting. Under orders of mustachioed President Roosevelt, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark have been charged with ridding the uninhabitable West of dangerous beasts and wild plants, so that the U.S. may fulfill their god-given duty of owning and habitating land that’s already inhabited. Writer Chris Dingess is moving from popular TV spots like Being Human to the sequential form, and we should all give him a warm welcome into the fold by picking up his book. Plus, crazy monsters and political drama? Do I need to spell out how awesome this plot is to you?

 

 

 

 

 

Star Trek Khan #2

You KHAAAAAAAN-‘t stop yourself from buying this prequel series! (Don’t judge me for using that extremely outdated Wrath of Khan joke, I’ve owned that movie since it was on a laser-disk, and since laser-disk was actually a thing). Whether you’ve been sucked in by Cumberbatch’s beautifully delicate cheekbones, or you’ve been a fan of Star Trek since there were space whales, you can’t help but want to see how this evil villain powerhouse came into villainy and control during the pesky Eugenics Wars that took place in the near distant early 1990’s, and created augmented supermen. The wars have been referenced in numerous episodes, movies, and written about in Trek novels, but under seasoned author Mike Johnson, and supervised by the Abrams’ Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this series is definitely for the benefit of movie tie-in. Which is fine by me because I enjoy those movies a lot. So don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned Trekkie, this series exists to explain some background on your favorite villain, and expand the current Trek-timeline. Trekline.

Fearless Defenders #11

Maybe I should have written about this series sooner. Should have put copies of it in the hands of more friends. I don’t want this to be a eulogy of the series, but it is indeed ending next month on issue #12. Not only are we losing a Cullen Bunn title (don’t worry too much though, he’s also writing Helheim, The Sixth Gun, The Damned etc), but we’re losing an ALL FEMALE SUPERHERO TEAM! How?! Why?! All valid questions in this day and age. Did Marvel think that by letting Wood write a lady X-Men book mean they didn’t need two? Did they think that adding a title with a Muslim lady hero mean they met their diversity quota? Both series you should be reading. Le sigh. This series is great, and people should send it out with a last hurrah that it deserves. Very fan driven, supported, and loved. These ladies of Asgard deserve more page time than they’ve been given, but hopefully we’ll see Valkyrie and the rest back in action soon enough.

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1

Are you sad that Lock and Key is ending soon? Just in time for the holiday’s comes a new Joe Hill series spun from the pages of his best-selling novel NOS4A2 (clever, right?). I love Hill’s novels, his comics, his grocery lists; everything he writes is engaging and brimming with character development. Christmasland is a place where main spook, Charles Talent Manx III, leaves the children he has drained of their essential life force, and are forced to live in eternal Christmas Day….forever. It sounds like a weird plot, Hill titles are rarely repeats of themselves or day old horror, but his books always prove to reward readers with intensely developed universes and some thought provoking life-philosophy. As well as straight up violence and horror. Can’t leave that out. He’s won an Eisner, been on the NYT’s bestseller list, have films optioned and made from his work, and genuinely wants you to have a good time while you’re reading his word. The art is being done by Charles Paul Wilson, illustrator for “The Stuff of Legend”. And all ages author seems like an unusual choice, but given the vaguely creepy nature of his art, and the spooky children he’ll be working with in this new series, I have nothing but high hopes. Plus! Covers by Gabriel Rodriguez!

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The Unbearable Lightness of X-Being

One of the biggest themes in the Marvel X-Men universe at the moment is the rift between founding member Cyclops and best selling Canadian bad-boy Wolverine. Their rivalry, previously limited to girls and respect, changed tone under the X-Men “Schism” storyline. Cyclops, an X-man since his teenage years, believed that students at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters were defacto soldiers in the X-Men army, and further argued that this was always Xavier’s intention. Wolverine felt otherwise.

Fighting ensued. As happens in an X-Story, Cyclops goes crazy with the power of the Phoenix and kills Professor X before freeing himself from the Phoenix’s corrupting influence. Even though they have all seen Xavier die and come back at least three times, and even though it could have been worse (I mean, Jean Gray killed a whole planet while possessed by Phoenix, so I’d say Earth got off pretty easy there,) Scott’s actions put him in dutch with his fellow mutants. NOW…

 

The coinage of mainstream comic books is violence, which has an ultimate resolution. The problem with this, from a dramatic standpoint, appears when the finale isn’t as final as you would have like. In other words, “Why should I care about who dies in a comic book when they’re just going to come back again?”

 

HMMMMM…

 

Amazing X-Men #1 hits the stands this week, and we should all be excited for multiple reasons. A brand new, spanking “#1″ issue of an X-Title! Ed McGuinness is drawing the X-men again! Nightcrawler is making his come back to the good ole’ Marvel 616! Thrills, chills, spills, big time action and top shelf fun!

 

Ah, but here’s the rub; Amazing X-Men will reintroduce Nightcrawler, arguable one of the more iconic and popular current Ex-X-Men, back into the story…after being dead for only three years. Keep in mind that comics, especially Marvel comics, do NOT take place on any real timeline. Kurt Wagner has been dead since 2010, but it might have only been a year, maybe less to the people living in the stories.

 

HOW did Kurt die? He died teleporting Hope Summer to safety in a noble sacrifice…which ultimately meant nothing as two (real-time) years later Wolverine did his best to kill her in order to stop her from merging with the Phoenix. Yes, the same Wolverine who had a falling out with Cyclops because he thought putting children in harms way, even when serving a greater good, was morally wrong.

 

The theme of “Noble death” should sound familiar to long time X-Readers. Colossus died, sacrificing himself to destroy the Legacy Virus, only to come back from death at the beginning of Joss Whedon’s X-Run. Ironic, really, as Whedon himself kills Kitty Pryde, the X-Woman known as Shadowcat, in a self sacrificing gesture. Needless to say, she’s alive right now, too.

 

TEETER TOTTER

 

Currently Cyclops is on a mission to punish those who would dare hurt Mutant kind…which often takes the form of him hurting other Mutants trying to stop him from hurting other Mutants. The big sticking point is what to do with the time traveling, alternate reality versions of the founding X-Men, who want to go back in time and prevent our timeline from ever happening. Let’s review:

 

Every member of the X-Men, a group which believes they are genetically superior to humans, though philosophically dedicated to living with them equally, has either died, returned from death or has seen a team member or loved one reborn. They are currently split into factions, fighting with each other, trying to figure out the best way to stop each other from dying and creating world threatening apocalypses. Got it? GOOD! HERE comes the important part…

 

Amazing X-Men is going to be just that…Amazing. It will be Amazing for all the reasons I mentioned previously, and for all of the blatant, mind hurting logical flaws the X-Tales continue to propagate.

 

X-Men comics are not based on “Making Sense.” The X-Men are the greatest comic book soap opera going, with a history spanning multiple realities and endless timelines. I hope Kurt Wagner, a staunch Catholic, comes back to life through Buddhist reincarnation, mistakenly marries his own dimension hopping daughter from an alternate timeline (Yes, she exists) and they both fall back in time while giving birth to their new son…WOLVERINE!

 

Pick up Amazing X-Men, and let your mind go. You don’t buy an X-Book for logic, kids. You buy an X-book to watch brightly clad weirdoes make the least amount of sense they possibly can.

 

 

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TP AND EGG TOSS OLYMPICS!

By this time next week we will all be Trick-or-Treating, giving candy to those who trick-or-treat or reminiscing about Halloween’s past. Well, most of us…there are three exceptions to this rule, and they are the religious, the foreign and the dead. Combos are particularly exempt. Pope John Paul II is EXTREMELY exempt from Halloween.

Every year I advocate giving unwanted comics (age appropriate, mind you) out instead of candy. Do it. It’s good for you, and maybe a few of the kids who nab freebie books will take to it. There’s still time to pick up a few fun Halloween comics for yourself, ya’ know?

We still have a few issues of Marvel Now What #1, this years annual funny book from the house of ideas. Not a bad outing, really! Well worth the read just to see the fantastic art of Jacob Chabot, the Skull Boy Army wonder kid who’s usually pencilling his fingers into stumps over on Sponge Bob Comics.

The best Marvel book for a fun Halloween treat would be EITHER Volume 1 of Essential Ghost Rider or Tomb of Dracula (Both fun titles) or the first two volumes of Marvel Zombies. For serious gang, if you haven’t read the first book of Marvel Zombies you best get to that. Whatever you do, please don’t drop that thun thun thun (AYE!)

Afterlife with Archie was a blast? Did you miss it? Well there’s a second printing on it’s way. Steve Niles begins a run on everybody’s favorite Groovy ghoul buster, Ash Williams, in Dynamite’s Ash and the Army of Darkness. Steve Niles plans on picking up the story right where the original film left off…and that’s great and everything, but that approach has already been sensationally done in the Army of Darkness Ashes 2 Ashes trade paperback! I’ll check out Steve’s new take, but I do urge you all to pick up a copy of Ashes 2 Ashes. Nick Bradshaw’s art is a blast!

THE BIG GUNS

Even if you DID drop that Thun Thun Thun, and I do urge you to take the greatest pains to prevent such a Thuntastrophy from occurring, there are a few books that you will NEED to scoop up this week.

First off is the debut issue of the brand new Sandman Overture #1, the first new Sandman material from Vertigo in quite some time! Neil Gaiman is back to tell a prequel story of Morpheous, the actual Sandman and ruler of the kingdom of Dream. For fans of the original, game changing Sandman series this is a dream come true. For anyone who hasn’t gotten around to reading the Sandman series yet, NOW is a perfect time to start.

NEXT is Dark Horse’s annual anthology of creepy Edgar Allen Poe tales as beautifully adapted by the incomparable Richard Corben. 2013 brings us The Raven and The Red Death. These books are a Halloween highlight year after year, and this time out Mr. Corben is bringing his a game! Everybody knows the Raven, Poe’s trippy treatise on birds mocking our pain, but the Red Death is the real bon bon of the bunch! What happens when you get all of your rich friends into your swanky castle for a masquerade galla, simply so the peasants have time to die of a horrid airborne disease and rid your land of the poor once and for all? Better be sure you’ve invited the grim reaper to your party, because he sure is going to be pissed if he shows up and he’s not on the guest list!

THEN you’ll have to sell some blood, because we still have Adventure Time’s Spooktacular Halloween issue and issue #2 of the snazzy Power Puff Girls comic!

LIFE IS SHORT

Halloween is special because we get a change to have fun with death, to be who we want to be and to celebrate the spooky and the macabre. Wether it’s props, last minute costume details or just some fun reading, make Forbidden Planet and comics a part of your celebration! Be safe, kids! Don’t eat any razor blade apples.

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Anna Reviews Stuff

Holy moly. This time next week I’ll be back in my beloved second city, New York City. For NYCC! I’m going to hug everyone at Forbidden Planet so hard they won’t know what hit them. I might just actually hit people instead. Either way, there’s a solid amount of talent going to NYCC that don’t normally make it to very many conventions, like: Joe Mad! Paul Pope, David Lloyd, and Ramona Fradon (whaaat?!). Personally, I’ll be holding it down with the awesome ladies and gents of Oni Press (booth 1844!), so you should come and say, “Heeeeey”, just like that.

I’m super pumped! Also pumped about comics this week (and every week)!

(I should cut back on parentheses)

 

Shaolin Cowboy #1

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Shaolin Cowboy; Geoff Darrow; ongoing. Three awesome things to read in tandem. The classic, and fan-favorite, kung-fu fighting cowboy returns to Dark Horse this week with a new and on-going story. It’s an easy spot to drop in if it’s your first time venturing into the wild, chainsaw-wielding West, but it also has everything the tried and true fans of Darrow’s hyper violence want out of the series. In case you missed that, yes, chainsaw-wielding. I read an interview in which someone asked Darrow about why he liked to draw them so much, and he replied by saying he wasn’t sure where the fascination came from, he just liked to draw them, oh but wait, my uncle did sever his leg with a chainsaw when I was younger.  Regardless of the chainsaw origin, there’s never been anything more right than an outlawed Shaolin monk who fights badies that are after the bounty placed on his head. Am I sufficiently making it clear to you how awesome this series is? So good to have you back old friend.

 

Popeye Classics #15

Oh, you thought I only like to talk about super violent action books? I have a soft spot for the classics, and feel it pertinent that people know your parents/grandparents/self(?) had a few things right with these timeless comics. And thanks to the publishers at IDW, cartoonist Bug Sagendorf is finally being recognized for his work, and held up alongside the greats like Carl Barks (Donald Duck), and John Stanley (Little Lulu). Sagendorf did Popeye comics for almost 20 years, and in that time developed a comedy style that still makes me laugh every time I read them. If this is the first time you’re picking up a Popeye Classic, you don’t really have to worry about a plot of who’s good, who’s evil, what interstellar space race is trying to destroy the planet, you just have to try to get this into the hands of youngsters to set them straight on a long and happy life of comics reading/appreciating/loving.

This sentiment translates to all the classic, all-ages comics that are being published right now: Nancy, Peanuts, Little Lulu, Donald Duck. They’re all fantastically funny, heartfelt, and surprisingly relevant.

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Rocket Girl #1

If I had a pick of the week, this would be my pick of the week. The plot line itself might make your head explode, so take precautions while reading this: a teenage girl who fights for space police in a high-tech version of 2013 travels back in time to gritty 1986 New York City to investigate the conglomerate, Quintum Mechanics for time crime. Along the way she discovers alternate realities! Utopias v. rampant crime! Landline phones! This uber-successful Kickstarter project from writer Brandon Montclare and fan-favorite artist Amy Reeder, turned Image project, has been teasing fans for months with back page ads that look like they’re ripped from 1986. If you’re a fan of the tough ‘80s action movie female characters that used to be so prevalent in classics like Predator 2, Robocop, and Terminator, then Rocket Girl will not disappoint. Amy Reeder’s world building, highly saturated colors, and eye for detail (particularly for fashion, especially if you remember their Halloween special last year, Halloween Eve), is essential in telling this period piece story. A teenage police officer, who travels time, and wears a jetpack is pretty essential too.

 

Archer and Armstrong #14

A Valiant reboot of a solid buddy-team comics appears to be their strong suit, and I for one am not complaining. If you’re unaware of the basic plot, let me catch you up: Archer was raised to respect and love his family, who in turned trained him to fight a great evil that threatens his family and their beliefs. That evil turns out to be the constantly old, and constantly drunk, Armstrong. But instead of killing him, Archer realizes that he may have been lied to his entire life, and that his parents are really a part of an age-old organization called the Sect, that has its claws in every religious and government body in the world. This new arc is a solid jumping on point as the various factions that make up the Sect are tired of each other, and a massive civil war is about to be unleashed. It’s no surprise who the only two people are that can stop them are, but we have no idea how! These books are easy to read, easy to get into, and never disappointing in action or comedy. Valiant really tries to remember that comics really are the best medium for one-liners, and they don’t hold back.

 

There’s fortunately, a ton of other stuff I want to pimp this week, but for the sake of my laziness, I’m going to condense them into a Halloween/Fall package of awesome:

Coffin Hill #1 is the newest addition to the Vertigo family. There’s something about New England that makes authors want to write truly F’d up novels and comics, and novelist Caitlin Kittredge upholds that maker with a story about a cop, Eve Coffin, forced into early retirement who makes her way back to her hometown. Only to discover that a night of drugs, drinking, witchcraft, and murder 10 years ago has left a lingering impression in the woods, and her dark past is seeking revenge. Art by Inaki Miranda (Fables!)! Creepy Comics #14 Good gravy there are so many people working on this issue: Ray Fawkes, Dan Braun, Peter Bagge, Matthew Southworth, Tomm Coker, Tim Seeley, David Palumbo. My job is done, you’re probably already reading this now, aren’t you? More convincing? It’s only $3.99 and 40 pages long! Lucifer TP Vol 2 I don’t talk about collections that often, but if you didn’t get a chance to read the Sandman spinoff, Lucifer, before it went out of print, then there is little to zero time to waste when it comes to picking this up. The Satan that people love to hate is building his own Garden of Eden, and playing, well, God? This is some of Mike Carey’s best work, and the density of these books makes them worth every penny, and every page.

 

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CON BONANZA!

Maybe you’re going to the New York Comic Con this weekend, maybe you aren’t. IF you AREN’T, then I am sorry. I’m not either. Forbidden Planet is available to soften the blow with the very best in comic, manga, games, books, t-shirts, magazines and more! Why not pick up IDW’s Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #2, or Shoalin Cowboy #1 from Dark Horse to pick up the spirits! If your eyes like a safer faire, dive into X-Men #6, Deadpool #18 or DC’s Astro City #5 and Superman Wonder Woman #1?

 

But if you ARE going? Here’s a fun treat!

 

Unkiedev’s New York Comic Con Scavenger Hunt 2013!

 

“WOW, a fun scavenger hunt I can go on with my friends at the con?” That’s right, anonymous stranger!  Take a picture of each of these items, post them to facebook or instagram with the #unkiedev and I’ll send the winner a fabulous prize. Really, the point is NOT the fabulous prize (I mean, I’ve seen it…it’s ok.) but the fun you’ll have tearing through the convention like a lunatic experiencing the con like a sugar fueled lab rat!

 

25. PHOTO OF COSPLAY FROM THE NEW DOCTOR WHO.

Yep, the rumors are true, they’ve found several new episodes of Doctor Who lost to time in an Ethiopian garage. With the amount of showy Whovians about, and with this being the first big Comic Con since the episodes became digitally available, some cleaver cosplaying tardis rider will dress up as one of these new, obscure characters from the lost episodes. Get their photo online first and YOU could have your own viral photo!

 

24. PHOTO OF A STORM TROOPER AT THE URINAL.

I bet they even miss the bowl.

 

23.  PHOTO OF ROGAN JOSH OF MOD HERO.

Mod Hero is the sensational design label of comic book art featuring bold colors and a classic, space age design. They are the hard yet glorious labor of the brilliant ROGAN JOSH, artist extraordinaire. Do make your way to Josh’s booth, #1577, where a veritable paradise of comic inspired prints awaits your approval. Bring him this write-up regarding his unstoppable awesomeness and I’m SURE he’ll laugh. There you go, YOU made somebody happy today! Good for you!

 

MOD HERO! Come for the scavenger hunt, stay for the Hawkgirl pinup!

 

22.  A COPY OF THE CHUCKLING WHATSIT

Halloween is fast approaching, and this is one of Unkiedev’s TOP RECOMMENDED creepy books to surl up with in front of a fire. Richard Sala’s bizarre twists and spooky turns are playful yet deadly, cute  but disturbing. An investigator looks into the hand crafted keepsakes of a former serial killer who would braid his victims hair and skin into small, laughing dolls.

 

The Comic Con IS still about comics, you know?! It’s a great place to track down fun back issues and obscure graphic novels you might not be able to fins anywhere else. Chuckling Whatsit belongs on the book shelf of any lover of macabre tales and haunted doings.

 

21. A HUGE PILE OF FREE CON SWAG

 

We all know that whoever dies with the biggest pile of free Comic Con swag wins, right? It’s as true in this scavenger hunt as it is in real life. NOTE: Forbidden Planet is not legally responsible for wrongful death in the case of any fatalities as a result of this scavenger hunt.

 

20. PHOTO OF ELEKRTA KISSIG BIG DADDY FROM BIOSHOCK

 

Won’t you help out a girl with daddy issues?

 

ENJOY

 

There’s more where that came from, and you’ll just have to visit the rarely updated unkiedev.com to find the rest of your New York Comic Con 2013 scavenger hunt items! Thanks for playing, and no matter if you are or aren’t attending the con this weekend, make sure you have a great weekend!

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Breaking Badly

The deadlines for the Forbidden Planet blog/Daily Planet are much like the rules of Calvin-ball, which is to say capricious. That porcupine attack on Wednesday kept me from my desk desk until Friday…but then I had to go into deep cover for my day job as a full emersion secret shopper. Am I shopping in your store right NOW? EVEN I DON’T KNOW!

I just got off work, had enough time to eat some grubs (Not a typo, I live in a cave, remember) and get to work on my column Sunday night…at the same time as the Breaking Bad season finale. So pardon me as I type as I watch. LET’S DO THIS!

 

BLUE HARVEST

 

This week is the last week before the New York Comic Con rocks our brains like a batch of blue meth! ON NO, LOOK OUT WALTER! Boy, this show is intense. Here’s a commercial break. What was I saying? OH YEAH, NYCC! If you didn’t get a badge remember, you can always go down to the convention center, take a cell phone photo of the badge, create a phony on your home PC, then go down to Chinatown till you find the right plastic lanyard and badge holder. It’s what Stan Lee does…how else would he get into every con for free?

 

As for this week’s comics, Dark Horse has issue two of The Star Wars, and I am THERE! DC/Vertigo has a new spooky anthology called the Witching Hour, and I’m hesitant. I do like me some Halloween fun, so I’ll probably give this a shot…sharing the title with the Loeb/Bachalo mini from the early millennium isn’t helping this one out, here. That book wasn’t either of their best work.

 

OH WAIT, IT’S BACK ON! Jees, this show is brutal. I don’t know why my friends watch it. Hmm? No, I don’t watch it, but if I don’t watch tonight’s episode then I won’t know what my friends are talking about, and I won’t know what to be mad about them spoiling on my facebook. I won’t post any spoilers, I promise. Boy, that’s a weird place to stick that salami, Walter. Is it even going to fit?

 

WHERE WAS I?

 

Action Comics #24, Batman Black and White #2 and Forever Evil #2 top a pretty solid list of must haves from DC. New issue of He-Man (Happy Dance.)

 

All New X-Men #17 has the latest on the Battle for the Atom. I am LOVING this! Best X-cross over in a while. People can give Bendis a hard time for a bunch of things, but he’s taking the f’ed up, time travelling dysfunctional family aspect of the X-Men and making it the central theme of a crossover. Further, the title is populated with young, new x-men, all forced to take sides in issues that have nothing to do with them. The final legacy of Xavier’s dream is that his X-men grew up into messed up adults incapable of making great decisions, let alone save the world.

 

Fantomex Max #1 out this week as well. Yes, please.

 

Ugh. People really LIKE this show? It’s so upsetting and nasty. Some of the jokes are ok, I suppose. The art style kinda’ bugs me, too. Are people supposed to be hearing the baby speak, or is it just the audience. The dog seems to understand him. Commercial.

Indie comic publisher Microcosm is doing single issues of Henry and Glenn Forever, the amazing tale of Black Flag’s Henry Rollins living in an “alternative relationship” with ex-Misfit’s front man Glenn Danzig. Do pick up a copy of #2, available now, or the classic collection of strips that started it all.  It is excellent stuff for comic, music or humor fans alike!

 

ALL IS SAID AND DONE

 

Pfff. what was all the fuss about? I’m glad I haven’t been watching that show for years. It’s not even well animated. Why is it funny for a fat guy to punch a chicken for five straight minutes? It’s like they don’t even want me to watch. And my friends all said the chicken man bits were some of the best. No thank you, Breaking Bad.

 

Oh Well. There’s another blu-ray set I can skip! Hopefully you and I, reader, will be sneaking into the comic con with Stan Lee next week, checking out all the cosplay, comics and expensive con food for ourselves!

 

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CRIME! MYSTERY! BOOBED!

I don’t mean to purposefully draw themes from all the comics I want to talk about each week, but there was a glaringly obvious coincidence between a lot of the wonderful books coming out today (provided you’re reading this today. (Well, today is always today, but my current today is different from your current today, unless you’re somehow reading this right now, then our today’s are in fact the same) But I digress). Crime! Mystery! Seeecrets! These are driving forces in almost any fictional series, but feel particularly prevalent right now. It could be because we’re rounding the final corner into fall, where a trench coat, lit fireplace, and foggy streets feel so inviting.

Find a warm coffee shop, sip your London fog, and get comfy with these intriguing reads:

Fatale #17

One of the most highly acclaimed series to come out of the past couple years is Ed Brubaker’s Fatale. Brubaker teams up once again with Sean Phillips, who illustrated their previous award-winning titles Sleeper, Criminal, and Incognito. It’s safe to say that when it comes to the criminal noir genre, they have their sh*t together. Originally published as a 12-issue maxi series, the story blends intense criminal noir with magical realism to bring us the adventures of the ostensibly immortal Josephine as she journeys from the ’30s and upward, running away from gangsters and dark forces alike. The narrative jumps to various perspectives, allowing us to see Jo through different eyes, and occasionally giving us stand-alone stories of other femme fatales in the 1200’s and the old West. There’s a strong sense of classic dames and cigarettes from the plot’s 1930s beginnings, but the inky noir, aided by Phillips’s heavily shadowed art, allows that sense to pervade the story up through modern times. You can catch up by picking up the three TP’s that are currently out, and stop missing out on all the action.

 

Infinity Heist #1

The impending doom of Thanos, and an alien invasion, have Earth’s mightiest heroes scrambling to keep the destruction of Earth at bay. But with their attention elsewhere, Spymaster, and a slew of classic Iron Man baddies, have decided this is the perfect cover to start pulling off heists of epic proportions. Author Frank Tieri has run the gamut on Marvel titles, including New Excalibur, Iron Man, Wolverine, Civil War, and World War Hulk, so he’s no stranger to titles that round-up insanely large teams to do some damage. Tieri, with artist Ramon Bachs, is tapping into the classic heist narrative (duh, you may be thinking, hence the name; suck it, say I) to combine old-school detective and Tony Stark’s classic wit. The focus with this book is the mass villainy that imitates the Oceans 11 (through 13) round-up of characters from the benches who have mad hoop dreams. I.e. Unicorn, Blizzard, Whiplash, Firebrand, Titanium Man, and Whirlwind. I know you’ve been waiting since 1993 to see a mass reunion of these characters.

 

 

Sex Criminals #1

If you’ve been reading these reviews at all, which is obvious that you have, you know that I’m a big fan of Matt Fraction. It seems like he has his hands all over the comic book world like a horny teenager, which makes his newest series all the more auspicious. SEX CRIMINALS! Because I feel like it needs to be shouted. What happens when two people who can stop time by doing the horizontal hokey-pokey meet up for the first time? They rob banks to raise money for a closing library. Obviously. This is definitely a comedy that borrows from modern sex comic films, and but aims to do more than just titillate your funny bone. Chip Zdarsky pulls a look together that speaks to the lighthearted, and cartoony elements of the story, and aides in getting a youthful side across rather than a book that exclusively creates long-legged and big-boobed characters.* So far this book is pegged as an ongoing series, or a long form mini series, depending on how busy Matt gets while he writes every other single comic title that exists. Basically, two funny dudes writing about sex; there’s not much to lose.

*Apparently ‘legged’ is a grammatically correct term, but ‘boobed’ is not. Interesting…

 

Sin Titulo HC

Finally. Finally, finally, finally. Cameron Stewart’s beautiful web series, Sin Titulo, is finally getting a print release from Dark Horse. One that stays true to its web origins in terms of format, but offers readers the ability to shove this book in their friends hands and make them read it if they haven’t because they should be reading this book. Phew, there. On the outset, this book is about Alex’s journey to discover the importance of a mysterious blonde woman found in the photos that belonged to his grandfather. The journey takes him unexpectedly down a rabbit hole that is filled with shady people, ghostly haunts, and a murder charge. Described as noir fantasy, Stewart employs slightly surreal instances, served between realistic moments that make us question what we just read, but except these moments as disorientating fact. Such a psychological journey is made that much more haunting through the minimally colored tones, and expert use of negative space. The world of Sin Titulo is engaging, and Stewart urges to pull you straight down the rabbit hole with Alex.

 

Criminal Macabre: Eyes of Frankenstein #1

It’s hard to imagine this scenario happening: 30 Days of Night runs for 10 years on IDW; Criminal Macabre’s main character, Cal McDonald, appears off and on since 1990 mainly with Dark Horse and later with IDW; IDW allows author Steve Niles to kill off the 30 Days series in a publisher crossover battle between Cal and the vampire Eben Olemaun, culminating in a new Criminal Macabre ongoing series called ‘Eyes of Frankenstein’, that will continue Cal’s life post battle, which will be put out by Dark Horse. Hard to imagine, but it all happened. And I, for one, am so glad it did. Cal is an occult detective that drinks too much, does too many drugs, and seems to never really get it together, except when he’s kicking ass by solving paranormal cases. Eben has left Cal broken physically and mentally, and this news series follows Cal trying to slowly pull himself together, or at least pull himself out of the bottle. One of the things that will help him achieve that is his newest case. Frankenstein’s monster has lost his eyesight, due to a new disease that has ghouls falling ill and dropping deader than before. The new series brings back favorites from the universe, and introduces new faces promising to aid Cal in his search for healing and truth. Featuring art by “Wasteland’s” Christopher Mitten, this mini-series is the perfect introduction to your new favorite world of crime, drugs, and ghouls.

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