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Daily Deals for 3-6-2015

Here’s a rundown of the deals Forbidden Planet NYC is offering today:

Batman Arkham Asylum Grant Morrison Dave McKean video game of the year graphic novels

Batman Arkham Asylum… The original Morrison/McKean classic! ($18) $7.99

George Romero’s Empire o/t Dead Act One Tp… ($20) $6.99

Hedge Knight Game of Thrones TP… ($15) $4.99

Mars Attacks The Dice Game… ($20) $7.99

Funko Legacy Magic the Gathering Liliana Vess AF… ($25) $5.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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Forbidden Planet NYC Sponsoring This Week’s Geek Girl Brunch

IMG_2285Lotsa free comics, a special coupon, and some random neat-o surprises (for example, one attendee’s going home with a 1:100 Grant Morrison variant to Multiversity #1, someone’s got a copy of Frank Quitely’s DC art book coming to them… etc.). The event’s booked solid with a waiting list, but be sure to get in touch with them if you’d like to be involved in their future gigs.

Check out this Batgirl piece Cameron Stewart drummed up to celebrate the party!

Cameron Stewart Batgirl Geek Girl BrunchUPDATE 1/23/15: We’re also providing a Batman Cookie Jar for the GGB crew to giveaway via raffle!

Entertainment Earth Batman Cookie Jar

 

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Daily Deals for Monday November 17th 2014

Better Call Saul, Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk

Breaking Bad Saul Goodman Bobble Head… Price? So affordable you can skip the money order made out to “Ice Station Zebra Associates” and pay in cash. ($17) $6.99

Walking Dead All Out War AP Edition HC… Charlie Adlard’s raw pencil work! ($35) $10

New X-Men Ultimate Collection TP Volume 1… You can keep yer Joss Whedon Astonishing run. THIS is the best post-Claremont X-Men stuff ever written. IMO, of course. ($35) $14.99

Pittsburgh 68… Zombie card game!!!! ($25) $9.99

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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Review: Man of Steel

Before I get into what I thought about said movie, let me just point out that  Forbidden Planet NYC currently has a ton of great Superman books currently in-stock. Superman Unchained launched this week (SYNERGY!) under Scott Snyder (Batman) and Jim Lee (Justice League) and came out swinging. Grant Morrison has penned a ton of character-defining Superman books including All-Star Superman, Action Comics (2011) volumes 1 and 2 and a terrific run on JLA. There’s also Mark Waid’s fantastic
Superman: Birthright” story, which the movie lifted directly from at times, a stretch of great Action Comics stories written by both Geoff Johns and Paul Cornell, and DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, which has a bunch of solid Superman and non-Superman stories from the 80s.

So “Man of Steel“. Where do we begin? If you wanted a ultimately meaningless number score to save some time, I would give it a 7 out of 10. If you want to know why I scored it as such, allow me to explain.

There’s a lot to like about this movie. First off, props to whoever the casting director was (2 Lazy 2 Google/IMDB). Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and Lawrence Fisbourne (who could have had more screen time in my opinion) were all great. Nothing Oscar-calibur, but I wasn’t expecting that sort of thing. I was expecting Superman. and I got it. Kinda. More on that later.

Zack Snyder is one of those directors who I feel is always style over substance, but thanks to David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, there’s actually some weight to the story. It’s VERY sci-fi at times, but given how Superman hasn’t had a quality movie in nearly 4 decades, I can understand why they took a new approach to the character. And again, most of it works. Snyder is very much in his element when it comes to the fight scenes, and I’m okay with the results. His style works (for the most part) when Superman throw downs with Zod and his allies, to the point where you can almost FEEL the punches when they land. Great fights scenes in comic book movies are kinda rare, which is why I like Man of Steel at overall. That and any scene with Superman and Ma Kent interacting is FANTASTIC.

Now for the bad. First off the pacing is off. The first 2/3rds of the movie zips by. Which isn’t too bad actually, because we’re all feeling a little fatigued when it comes to super hero origin dragging on in the beginning by now. But the last 2/3rd of the movie suffers for it, as the film pulls a 180 and drags for the last 40 minutes of 20. And given that this movie runs for about 2.5 hours, some stuff could have been cut out.

This is where things get spoilerish. So if you want to skip to the last paragraph, go ahead. There’s a lot of Christ comparisons in this flick, and that is a comparison I am not cool with, especially how much it’s beaten into the viewer’s head. Hans Zimmer, who’s stuff is great, really needs to turn it down a notch. His scores tends to overshadow the film to the point of distraction several times in the movie. It’s mad annoying.

Going back to the final 40 minutes of the film, expect some excessive violence, which to be honest, is very disturbing. A lot of the  Superman mythos are altered throughout the film, which I understand you have to do to sell this movie to non-comics reader, but some stuff should be considered sacred, at least in my opinion. Superman often comes off cold and smarmy at times, which is pretty much the opposite of Superman. Especially when it comes to dealing with Zodd in the end.

Overall, Man of Steel is a good movie, but the missteps keep it from being a GREAT movie. However, it’s made a TON of money so far, so my opinion is ultimately useless. Hopefully Snyder and Co. and fix things up a little for the eventual sequel, and set things up for a proper DC Film Universe.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 13: To Destroy An Entire Planet!

I am in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con as I write this. ECCC is the beginning of the 9 months the comics industry affectionately refers to as “Con Season.” 9 month seasons. Not so bright. Comics Industry- ok at making comics, less ok at everything else. Anyway, I flew in on the Forbidden Planet jet on Thursday night. Not the nicest private jet I have ever been on but that’s alright. I was just happy the doors closed all the way and the heat worked.

So after 4 days of intensive comics immersion in the form of announcements, chatting, gossip, snooping, and spying, what have I found out for you all? Comics people really like donuts and beer. I tried to find out other stuff but that’s all anyone really talks about. There was some cool stuff though. I saw a guy cosplay as Leeloo Multipass and that made me question my sexuality and vomit in my mouth at the same time. I saw a a bar fight where one man choked another man for 2 minutes and then both walked away like nothing happened. James Robinson called me Patrick for no discernible reason. I found out if you put Adventure Time on stuff you can probably take Scrooge McDuck style money baths. Someone who clearly doesn’t have parents or friends thought it was a good idea to cosplay as Geordi LaForge in blackface. I guess maybe some of the comic writers and artists are doing new books or redoing old books or something. I wasn’t paying attention to that. I am pretty sure there are comics planned through at least June of this year. After that, who knows?

But let’s talk about this week. Since I’ve been around a ton of comics all weekend and I’ve decided I really like ’em I am going to TRY SOMETHING NEW. In an attempt to trick you into buying more stuff and save me the effort of thinking up more jokes, we are going to do this rapid fire style. I am going to call out some books than usual that are good, write a sentence or two, and you are going to buy them. Simple and elegant. GO!

REPTILE MUSEUM #1 & #2. Only issue #2 of Reptile Museum just came out, but consulting my trusty comput-o-tron tells me that it is statistically impossible that you read issue #1 so I will review both right now. Published by Ray Ray Books which, for all I know, is either a dude in his parents basement or a division of Newscorp, Reptile Museum is what we call an indie, mini, or self-published comic. This is annoying because technically everything but Marvel and DC are “indie” so that word is meaningless. Sometimes minis are huge so that word is meaningless. And like I said before, I have no idea if Cody Pickrodt published this or Rupert Murdoch, so self-published is a difficult label to use. Either way, Reptile Museum is great. A clever post apocalyptic story that answers questions and creates them at an equal rate. Two issues in and I have no real grasp of the world at all and I love that. A unique dystopian tale, Reptile Museum spends much more time on it’s characters than it does explaining it’s world. We follow as a character reenters the folds of a mysterious organization and shows himself to be a true badass. That’s really it. But it’s great. This is a huge story scaled down and made small and personal. Mysterious and exciting, this book is well worth your support. Buy it now because you may not easily get another chance.

ALL-STAR WESTERN vol.2- WAR OF LORDS AND OWLS. DC’s most consistently great book is All-Star Western. Jonah Hex is a brilliant character, Palmiotti & Gray handle him in a way that makes it almost impossible not to love and loathe him. Someone at editorial decided to make a book that takes place in the 1880’s cross over with Batman and it isn’t horrible and stupid, it’s actually quite fun. The art is great. It’s one of 3 westerns on store shelves. Go buy it.

SLEEPER Omnibus. Ed Brubaker does superhero crime noir comics. A deep cover superhero begins to lose his identity. Do you like stuff like The Departed, Infernal Affairs, or Donnie Brasco? Well this is better. $75 gets you 2 volumes of Sleeper, the Point Blank prequel, and a ton of bonus stuff. There isn’t much more that I can say other than fans of crime, superhero, great writing, or beautiful art must own these books.

Grant Morrison writes 50% crazy nonsense that is almost impenetrable. Then he writes 50% next level brilliance that is untouchable, fun and smart. Sean Murphy is one of the best artists in comics today. They teemed up on JOE THE BARBARIAN to tell the story of a little boy getting lost in his own fantastical mind. It is the best thing either of them has done in many years. These are the best guys in the business doing their best work. Buy the paperback version out this week and lock yourself in a room so you can read though it a few times.

I don’t care about the Rocketeer. Jennifer Connelly isn’t in the comics so 12 year old me doesn’t make adult me buy them. But then Mark Waid goes and does his thing of taking old things, getting rid of the excess, and making them fun again. Then Chris Samnee comes in and does his thing of making comics that are so pretty they make everything else seem like ugly, busy, squiggles. Both men make ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM a must own book for fans of pulp stuff or inventive ways to make action heroes feel fresh and familiar at the same time.

I just want to run the copy for LOST VEGAS #1 because either they have my sense of humor exactly and the notes to the editor are brilliantly funny OR someone really didn’t do their job. Either way Jim McCann and Janet Lee made RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN which is probably the most brilliant kids book in recent memory. Lost Vegas isn’t a kids book but it looks like it might be as brilliant. So, without further ado, the weird solicitation text for LOST VEGAS #1- The EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of JIM McCANN?& JANET LEE reunite to create a universe filled with intrigue as one gambler-turned-slave has 24 hours to go all in and pull off the greatest heist the universe has seen. (in this next section, can it be like a brochure, like a different font? If not, italics is cool) WELCOME TO LOST VEGAS! Aboard this luxurious casino-filled traveling space-station you will find the highest stakes games from every corner of every planet, unheard-of winnings, and the greatest attractions anywhere!* (Can the below section be a smaller font size?)*the fine print- those who bet it all and lose must work it off as indentured servants to the casino. Escape is not possible. No one is exempt from these rules.

Joe Casey is a great writer. He can do almost anything with style, heart, and humor. None of that matters because his new Image series is called SEX. He wins. SEX #1 is on shelves now. Buying any other comic instead of SEX makes you look stupid.

Cullen Bunn may be getting famous for his work over at Marvel but if there were any justice in the world he would already have been famous for his brilliant western series SIXTH GUN. He returns with a new series called HELHEIM launching this week. Vikings, the undead, gods, and monsters come together in what may be the most fun book of the year. I was lucky enough to see Joëlle Jones art for HELHEIM #1 this weekend and it is quite clear that Ms. Jones has just launched herself into the top tier of comic artists working today. With an art style that falls somewhere between Luther Strode‘s Tradd Moore and B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook but feels completely fresh at the same time, this book is painfully beautiful, which is what you want when you are dealing with swordsfights and beheadings.

I seem to do it every week so here I go to do it again. ARCHER & ARMSTRONG Vol 1 MICHAELANGELO CODE is out now. The Valiant relaunch books are great. Archer & Armstrong is buddy cop stuff done pitch perfect. A “struggling with his faith” teenager and a perpetual screw-up immortal are forced to work together to save the world from a problem that is both somewhat their doing. This isn’t life changing stuff, but it is the kind of comic you might fall in love with. This is super hero stuff that feels fresh. This trade is $9.99. If you read superhero books and someone as smart as me tells you that some of the best new ones are only $9.99 for volume #1 you really should buy it. Valiant are leaving cash on the table in order to offer books like this at “TRY ME!” prices. They believe in their books that much, and that should be enough for you.

OK, I wrote the last 2 paragraphs while snoring. I am going to go to sleep and regret not cosplaying as Spoonman or Niles Crane.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 12: An Armored Space Station With Enough Power.

The reviews are in! I was told this week that my column is mostly me “talking about yourself  for 2 pages and then recommending a book.” While technically that is more of a synopsis than a review, the point still stands. I talk a lot about myself in this thing. There is a good reason for that though. I am a weirdo recluse who reads too many comics and can’t relate well to other people. I tend to wall off my emotions for fear of burdening others with my problems and I put on a big, farcical parody show of my own existence so that people will like me. I do this by talking about myself too much. My only real friend in life is Forbidden Planet’s Tech Wizard/Fresh Eater, Tyler, who I think hates me. I don’t value my own ideas and opinions so I try and build myself up into this larger than life character that is always trying to keep people entertained. This is why I have and how I rationalize having a column when I feel this deep rooted personal inadequacy. It’s a shell game, a distraction, using humor and long-winded anecdotes to keep people at arms length so they can’t realize that I don’t really have anything of substance to offer them. Thanks for bringing that up. Your criticism (synopsis) has been taken to heart. So this week we are going to TRY SOMETHING NEW. I am just going to write about some comics and remove myself from the dialogue entirely. I am bringing the integrity back to this column, this store, and comics journalism everywhere. I apologize for all the minutes of your life I have wasted with my sad, self aggrandizing charade and I hope you, my loyal-ish readers, will appreciate the new format.

First review: FIVE WEAPONS is a new 5 issue monthly comic book mini-series. FIVE WEAPONS is published by Image Comics Inc. FIVE WEAPONS is written by Jimmie Robinson. FIVE WEAPONS is pencilled by Jimmie Robinson. FIVE WEAPONS is colored by Paul Little. FIVE WEAPONS is lettered by Jimmie Robinson. FIVE WEAPONS is 32 pages, including ad materials. FIVE WEAPONS is full color, printed on 70 lb. low gloss stock with self cover. FIVE WEAPONS is rated T for Teen. FIVE WEAPONS is the story of a boy who is not properly equipped yet still attends a school for deadly assassins. FIVE WEAPONS is a spinoff of Jimmie Robinson’s semi-popular BOMB QUEEN series. In recent years Image Comics Inc., the publisher of FIVE WEAPONS, has had a higher than average success, rated against other independent comic publishers over the same period, of launching new intellectual property. Often times first printings of Image Comics Inc. #1 issues sell out at the distribution level and yield an average appreciation of 221% on the secondary market within a fiscal year. It is speculated that Image Comics Inc.’s sellout issues and surrounding media attention are, in part, based on the companies refusal to print overstock beyond the initial orders placed by Diamond Comics Distribution LLC at time of F.O.C. This leads to what some analysts deem to be an artificial scarcity that could be creating a “false” appreciation in value. The sustainability of that appreciation outside of the “speculation bubble” is based, in large part, on the intellectual properties options being picked up for development in a secondary medium. At the time of this writing FIVE WEAPONS has not been announced to have been optioned. Image Comics Inc. has recently stated that they are changing their policies in regards to overstock printing. How this will affect the secondary market for upcoming titles remains to be seen. Consumers looking to purchase a new story about superpowered assassins or looking to invest in a new property with sizable fiscal growth potential would do well to purchase FIVE WEAPONS #1 on or near Wednesday, February 27th.

Blaaaaaah. Barf. Snooze. The new format sucks. Integrity be damned. Actually just talking about books is boring. Sorry. We are going back to the old format of me talking about me talking about books. Sorry if it bums you out anonymous reader, but I don’t get paid to do this so I am beholden to no one but myself. Say it with me crust punks on St. Marks Place who only come to Forbidden Planet to try to charge their cell phones- “No gods! No Masters!” I might up the ante here and talk about me talking about me talking about books. I may already be doing that. We are getting meta here. I might pull a Grant Morrison and start making appearances in the comics in my columns. I might start lying about what the comics are about. I might start reviewing books that only exist in my head. Next week’s column is going to be called TRY SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT NOW NOR EVER WILL EXIST. It will serve no purpose other than to amuse me and abuse you, disloyal reader. And when I see you stop reading it in disgust in the store I will match your disgust with my own and I will follow you home and read it out loud to you until you beg me to stop, until you vomit. Who is the narcissistic self obsessed weirdo now, huh? Ok. Now let’s get back to sort of talking about comics.

Alan Moore has two new books out this week. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen spinoff NEMO and the re-release of photo/literary biography of famed occultist/comic writer Steve Moore, UNEARTHING. Buy both of them or don’t tell people you like comics.

I am going to cram a three-fer of Marvel books into one paragraph. Why? 2 reasons. 1. When I post my reviews of Marvel books Marvel staff don’t ever tweet or post about it. They are too busy “complaining” about Bleeding Cool talking about their books to bother to support small blogs of large comic book stores (not bitter). 2. But these books are something new from Marvel though so I should be covering them and you should be giving them a chance. The compromise? Less column space. First up- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #0.1 (Oh WTF Marvel?!? What the Holy #&<@ is that? Use whole numbers!). Guardians is a funny one. A few years ago Marvel couldn’t pay you to give a $#!% about their “cosmic” books even though they were, for the most part, very good. Then they decided to make a Guardians Of The Galaxy movie so they pumped a lot of money into telling you you like Guardians Of The Galaxy and you believed them. Lucky of all of us the new book is really good. Successful cultural brainwashing! 2. ULTIMATE X-MEN #23 (A whole number! Yay!) Ultimate X-Men has been a Bermuda triangle for brilliant comic writers for years. Bendis, Millar, Vaughan, Kirkman, Carey, etc have all done some of their worst work there. For some reason Brian Wood didn’t notice this and launches his brand new arc this week. It isn’t just the best Ultimate X-Men has been, this is some of the smartest stuff Marvel has published in years. Read it. 3. X-TREME X-MEN Vol. 1: XAVIER MUST DIE. Marvel’s EXILES book was a brilliant and fun way to turn nobody characters into compelling leads. It worked well because the throw-away nature of the characters meant that the stakes always felt higher and the characters and writing reflected that. Marvel basically relaunched EXILES but wanted a much worse name that reminded us of awful 90’s comics, Mountain Dew, and rollerblading. Hence; X-TREME X-Men. Despite their best efforts to make something unappealing this book is quite fun. If it goes on long enough and writer Greg Pak is allowed to cut loose and chart his own course this book could be something worth really cherishing. It is off to a great start.

BART SIMPSON #80. The shocking “The Death of Bart” storyline wraps up in this issue with a brutal and heartbreaking conclusion. Bongo has done a great job of making Bart’s descent into the murky underworld of Springfield’s drug and human trafficking rings feel visceral, frightening, and most of all compelling. Bart is a real character pushed too far and the things he has had to do, while not morally acceptable, are understandable to the reader. He has made himself a pariah, but he has also made himself the last honest man. Much like Hamlet, when you started reading The Death of Bart arc you knew it had to end with his murder, but it doesn’t make it any less harrowing. When Bart finally meets his end the tragedy of the moment comes with something else, a palpable sense of relief that a life lived too hard can finally come to rest. Like the gun barrel he slowly puts in his mouth, we as readers are now participants in a crime that is equal parts heinous and catharticly beautiful. And, in Bart’s passing, Springfield itself dies a little too. When his limp body, battered, broken, and abused, is pulled from the river, for the first time in years we see Bart as the child he always should have been but never could be. And as the stonefaced residents watch Marge breaking down and clawing at her own skin, each resident of Springfield knows their role in the death of a boy who never stood a chance. Bart has always worked well as a metaphor for the working classes struggle to define itself and for America’s ability to cannibalize it’s own young for the sake of some poorly defined idea of progress. In that, the death of the last boy in Springfield, USA is the death of us all. A beautiful and tragic conclusion to one of the great cartoons of all time. Ay Caramba, Bart. Ay Caramba.

Valiant‘s stunningly good relaunch continues with BLOODSHOT Vol. 1: SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE. An inverse of Captain America, Bloodshot is the story of a government super soldier program gone horribly wrong. The Valiant books are as smart and pretty as almost anything at the Big 2, but the fresh characters give the stories a chance to cut loose and provide twists and turns you won’t see coming. X-O Manowar and Harbinger have already released their first trades and are fast becoming fan favorites for the superhero set and I expect Bloodshot to follow suit. For anyone who feels like some of their “people punching people” books have started to become stale, Valiant is trying really hard to give you a fresh alternative. And at $9.99 for the collection why wouldn’t you buy it?

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THE OPPOSITE OF OPPOSITE

Time for some incredible comics! I thought last week had some good books, but it is like the amazing titles from last week were bombarded by Gamma Radiation and then given an atomic wedgie! These are some hulked out, sensational She-Titles, here!

DC is bringing it’s a-Game with #17’s for Action Comics (Grant Morrison’s last issue, I understand), Detective Comics, Green Arrow and Green Lantern. These #17 on Green Arrow and Green Lantern are GREAT jumping on points. Read these books yourself to find out how easy it is being green.   I once ate some pretty smelly asparagus, and I can tell you, it’s not that easy peeing green, either.  

NUMBER ONE

As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also launching a new title with Justice League of America #1. This is a strange team, including Catwoman and Hawkman. That’s going to end real well. They should have a team of all natural enemy animal capes, Like Catwoman, Mighty Mouse, Underdog, The Flying Mongoose and COBRA Commander. It could only last as a one-shot, but BOY, what a one-shot!

AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, DC is also publishing a collection of Alan Davis’ work on Legends of the Dark Knight! Alan Davis is one of the greats with a bold drawing style reminiscent of the silver age but unique to himself. For my money, NO ONE alive today draws better Superheroes.  Don’t get me wrong, others may have more style, but Davis tells such well paced, clean stories with great poses and just the right amount of retro.   Few modern artists can draw the underwear on the outside and not make it look outlandish.

GENDER BLENDER

There are probably twelve more DC books I could plug this week, but let’s give the other kids some space, shall we? Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake #2 is out this week, as well as a new book from Humberto Ramos called Fairy Quest #1, Goon #44 and Hellboy in Hell #3.   These last two books are from Dark Horse who, incidentally, publish the very splendid and worthwhile Dr. Gordbort Presents VICTORY,  Scientific Adventure Violence for Young Men and Literate Women. Dr. Gordbort’s is a nifty little tome of well illustrated, Steam-Punk infused colonial  genocide, wherein Stiff-upper-lipped British boys fly to Venus to show those pasty green savage “What-For!” It is the brainchild of WETA illustrator Greg Broadmore, the lead concept designer on District 9, and it is more fun than you could shake a hookah at!

BAD HOBBITS

I recently caught the new Hobbit film, and I loved it. Well, what I could see of it. As you may know, I’ve had some problems with my cybernetic eyes. I didn’t feel like paying for the 3D ticket, so I only saw it in 2D. Unfortunately, the two dimensions I managed to catch it in were Length and Depth, so it always looked like a flat, glowing line which swords, arrows and magic would occasionally pop out of.   I’m going to pick up this month’s issue of Alter Ego (#115) which is going to be a special issue focusing on the history of 3D comics. Maybe that will tell me what I did wrong.

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New Comics December 19th 2012

Two days before humanity faces the Rapture or enters The Supercontext or, most likely, just plain wakes up to  another Friday morning (EST, Greenwich Mean Time +2:00 if you’re in Botswana… your results may vary) we face another New Comic Wednesday!!!

Saga #8 8 Fiona Staples Brian K Vaughan

Here’s the full list of what Forbidden Planet NYC will be offering.  Highlights include Saga #8, All New X-Men #4, Avengers #2, Captain America #2, Django Unchained #1, FF #2, Happy #3, and a whole slew of other worthy works.

While I’m at it, why not link to my Graphic Novel pick of the week… The new Archaia printing of Jeremy Bastain’s suh-weeeeeet Cursed Pirate Girl.

This could be your last New Comic Day on this plane of existence.  Or not.  Either way, enjoy the hell out of it!

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From the Forbidden Planet NYC Stockroom- Tuesday 9/25/12

Got 28 minutes of your life to spend on Matt and I talking new arrivals, Happy #1, Space Punisher, crappy old Image Comics, movies, Star Trek the Next generation, comic cons, Mark Hamill and Corvette Summer?  Like hearing me say “um?”  Have I got a video for you!

Sorry if it’s a little dark this week. Better light next time. Oh, and there’s a slight technical glitch (about 8 seconds) when we start talking about Happy #1. Stick with it.

Next LIVE broadcast is Friday the 28th at 7pm.

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Characters

Portrait of a Bastich

Every character has a cycle of ups and downs, from times when they are ultra-hot and popular to times when they are forgotten, underused and unloved. Take for example this week’s reprint of DC’s Lobo: Portrait of a Bastich. THIS is a fun, nasty little book from back in the day when Lobo was the main man in comics, a “take no prisoners” crazy man who would kill anyone, anywhere, for any reason.

This role of “funny, crazy killer” is currently being filled by Deadpool (whom I think, for the first time in forever, DOESN’T appear on the cover of a single Marvel comic this week), but can you imagine a time a few years down the line when The Merc with the Mouth will seem hokey, old and dated?

When characters get to the bottom of the pile they become “Cult Favorites,” and some weird changes can take place.

CULT CHARACTERS

DC has many more #0 issues from their new 52 line out this week, including Aquaman #0 and Red Lanterns #0. For many, Aquaman is the ultimate cult character, the plucky lord of the undersea who isn’t cool enough for the mainstream but commands the love of millions none the less. Red Lanterns has one of my favorite NEW cult characters, Dex-Starr, the adorable blood vomiting blue kitty cat of destruction!

IDW is the company built on giving some of our favorite characters from yesteryear a home! This week they have two new Joe books (G.I. Joe #182 and Snake-Eyes Ongoing #17) guaranteed to please the devoted followers of America’s daring, highly-trained special missions force. Top that off with new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye, Magic: The Gathering, Transformers and John Byrne’s Next Men?! YOU GO, IDW!

BE-STILT MY BEATING HEART

You best believe I’ll be checking out the latest issue of Marvel’s Secret Avengers #31! It’s going to feature more STILT GIRL, the amazing new cult character so original that she is just Stilt Man (the obscure, dead Spider-Man and Daredevil villain who is just a bank robber on giant metal stilts) but now as a girl! IF we can sell out the entire run then we’ll be one step closer to getting that Stilt Man ongoing title we’ve been waiting for…so who cares that he’s dead?! We’ll just get Stilt Girl gender reassignment surgery and we’re in business!

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #16 is a safe title to check out for some fun, as we see what happens in a world which has elected a very high profile super-hero to the highest office in the land. There’s no way THAT could go wrong!

GRANT DESIGNS

What a great week for comics! All our favorite cult (and not so cult) characters, PLUS a new issue of The Goon and a brand new book from Grant Morrison! Happy #1 hits the shelves from Image, and although the copy says it’s about a detective and a magic blue horse I couldn’t care less…it’s a new Grant Morrison book!

Some of us follow cult characters, some of us cult writers!

NEXT WEEK: We gear up for the fast approaching NEW YORK COMIC CON and probably prank phone call Steve Ditko!

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

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Forbidden Planet NYC Wants to be Invisbles Headquarters

Hell, we practically are already.  Take a look around the shop sometime and you’ll realize our customers and staff comprise our own rather large Invisbles cell.

Invisibles Grant Morrison Grenade Omnibus Collection

The uninitiated will ask, “What is The Invisibles?”  Well, it’s way way too complicated to describe here properly and succinctly, but I’ll give you the publisher’s copy:

Follow the adventures of The Invisibles, a secret organization out to battle the physical and psychic oppression brought upon humanity by the interdimensional alien gods of the Archons of Outer Church!

I can say with 99% certainty that FPNYC has sold more copies of The Invisbles over the years than any other outlet in the world, many of those hand-sold by yours truly as it’s my favorite comic series of all time. That being said…

Next Wednesday, the 22nd of August 2012, The Invisbles Omnibus releases.  That’s one massive (1536 pages!) hardcover collecting EVERY Invisbles story.  Massive.  It retails for $150, but not at Forbidden Planet NYC.  Nope.

Here The Invisibles Omnibus will be ON SALE at a whopping 40% off for the entire duration of its print run!!! As in retails for $150, but FPNYC price will always be $90.  As in we’re saving you a chunk of change on  a massive, brilliant tome.  As in that’s cheaper than Amazon as of this writing!

So there.

ALSO!  This is the first in a series of Forbidden Planet Wants to be Your ______ Headquarters incentives we’ll be running the rest of 2012.  Some will be giant discounts like the one above, some will be giveaways, some will be events…  Whatever the case we’ll be offering something neat-o. Upcoming deals involve the first trade paperback of Bryan K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga and a whole bunch of great comics and books.

Keep an eye out… Engaging us on Twitter and Facebook will do.  Joining our email list (in the box above and to the right) is another good way to start.

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U.D.’s Review-Dees, Episode 2

FLEX MENTALLO: Man of Muscle Mystery, Grant Morrison (W), Frank Quitely (A), DC

Like the best puzzles, Flex Mentallo can be viewed at many angles. Let’s start on the surface and dive deep.

Flex Mentallo is the bizarre debut of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, the creative team who will go on to create the sensational, yet haunting, We3, All Star Superman, Earth 2 and many other fine titles. It features a leopard bikini-briefs wearing muscleman, who is essentially Charles Atlas, made mystic as he attempts to find his super-hero buddies in order to stop the end of the world.

Layered on top of this adventure is the suicide hotline confessions of a rock star and comic book writer processing his need for comics, rooted in his unhappy childhood, and increasingly questioning the place for such happy-go-lucky faire in today’s reality.

This comic book creator IS the creator of Flex, our erstwhile protagonist, and in his pill-induced death-throes he begs for the superheroes of his youth to save him from his present.

Is Flex’s quest to save the world really about rescuing his creator from himself? Does the entire story take place in the dying mind of a scared twenty-something?

Yes, and no. You’d need a PHD to fully grasp everything going on here.

See, the graphic novel Flex Mentallo is also Grant Morrison’s post-Watchmen dissertation on the state of the comic book industry, as well as a treatise on the origins of ideas and the nature of multiple realities.

Within the context of Flex Mentallo, the graphic novel is a self-contained reality trying to bleed into our universe in order to save itself from destruction. The fictional characters within plead that they are alive, that they want to live, and they intend to bring about a regenesis for themselves by introducing their world into your head as fiction to awaken when you, the reader, become shaman enough to give them physical life in your own reality. Continue reading

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Grant Morrison MBE

Grant Morrison, a writer of trashy “funny-books,” has been made a Member of the British Empire. The decline of Western civilization now seems to be complete.

Morrison is not properly English, nor of gentle birth, having been born to Scottish commoners.  In fact, his father was an active dissident, so deranged as to protest against the construction of direly needed nuclear weapons.

A fan of the Christ-hating John Lennon, Morrison wasted his youth playing in a “rock group,” before achieving fame in the torrid underworld of comic-books.  He has since written hateful screeds against sexual repression, monotony, the joys of wage slavery, and even consensus reality itself – not to mention our beloved Archons – in such works as Doom Patrol, Animal Man, The Invisibles, Kill Your Boyfriend, the Filth, New X-Men, We3 and All-Star Superman.  During this time, he wallowed in the sins of cross-dressing and drug use, communed with extra-terrestrials of unknown origin, and honed his skills in the black arts of Chaos Magic.

There is no future.  And England is dreaming.

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Con-trived Pun for a Title

Suicide Squad #8, out NEXT week from DC, BETTER clear up these rumors I’ve been hearing about a certain demise within that team’s roster. Hopefully we’ll be seeing one of the chief stars of that title return from the tomb toot-sweet, as audiences stop paying for shows that fail to star their main attractions. I’d say Johnny Storm of the FF wins for “Quickest attention grabbing death undone to regain readers,” except this is Easter Weekend and any mention of this subject seems sacrilegious.

Speaking of dates, and I don’t mean “those-things-I-don’t-go-on-because-I’m-playing-Minecraft.”

PAX East is THIS upcoming weekend, as is Anime Con Boston, proving once again that business people have as much foresight as a flounder. Anyone want to make a lot of money this weekend in the Bay State? Just rent a party van, throw in a Magic: The Gathering table and a flatscreen that plays Full Metal Alchemist DVDs, then  charge ten bucks a ride to ferry folks between the two events. Repeat until rich enough to buy tickets to the San Diego Comic Con this year on July 12-15.

I can remember the years when the MoCCA Art Fest, unfortunately, fell on the same weekend as The Mermaid Day Parade. Luckily, MoCCA is right around the corner on Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and the 29th, while the Mermaid Parade is in June. It is poor timing that the New York Convention for Gluing Broken Tiles to Light Posts will happen during MoCCA, but I think that’s only going to throw off a handful off attendees to both. These are a highly specialized group of people, and are used to such hardships.

Free Comic Book Day will be on the first Saturday of May, as always, which this year will fall on May 5th …as sad conflict with The New York Comic Con, which will be on October 11-14.  I say it’s a conflict because some of this year’s books are looking so good, I’ll still be reading them by the time October comes around!

THIS WEEK

I kid, I kid. I can’t actually read, I just like to look at the pictures.

Adventure Time #2 will look cool intentionally, if not casually, flopping out of the back pocket of a well scruffed pair of vintage, acid washed jeans. Action Comics #8 will close out the latest weird arch on Grant Morrison’s run on the Man of Steel…and speaking of Grant:

AS MENTIONED LAST WEEK, NOW is your chance to own the spectacular Flex Mentallo Hard Cover, reprinting for the first time the original collaboration between Morrison and Quitely that’s been out of print since 1996. Get it before Charles Atlas’ lawyers realize they’re letting people have fun and DC gets sued again! Continue reading

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It’s Like Some Wonderful Dream

A few books that were, cosmically speaking, never supposed to see print will be released in the next couple of weeks, giving everybody a chance to get lucky with some amazing reads. While we’re at it, NOW would be a good time to buy a lottery ticket, apply for a job you aren’t, strictly, qualified for and confess your love to a distant crush.

If these comics are finally being released then GOD must have decided to cut all of us a break. Time to push our luck!

SHARKNIFE VOL 1 & Vol 2, Corey “Rey” Lewis, Oni Press

The 2005 first edition of Oni Press’s head turning manga, Sharknife, has an ad in the back promising that Sharknife Vol. 2 would be out in the fall of that year.

It is finally being released this week, as well as a reprint of the first volume. What is this book, why was it so delayed and why should you care?

Corey Lewis is an annoyingly cute cartoonist with a fantastic, frantic style amped up to 11 on energy drinks and pixie sticks. His work is so hip it has to wear a MuuMuu to be comfortable. He’s done some work here and there, most noticeably in UDON’s Street Fighter and Rival Schools titles. He had a fun graphic novel out many moons ago called Peng, about (and remember I did warn you about the hipsterness) a winner-take-all kung-fu ninja Kick-ball tournament.

He lives in Seattle and freely admits that he dropped the ball.

Sharknife was an impressive debut book for the then 22 year old Lewis. Followers of Scott Pilgrim would find the tone and material familiar…Lewis and Pilgrim’s creator Bryan Lee O’Malley were good buddies and positively influenced each other’s work. Lewis stated that, after his debut, he let down his productivity because he thought he had his foot in the door…only to realize that the job was about sustaining momentum, NOT breaking in.

The book focuses on a busboy at a funky Chinese food restaurant constantly under attack from video game monsters. The protagonist can transform into Sharknife, the spikey elbowed brawler who beats these beasties back to win the love of the Owner’s daughter.

It is LESS romantic than Scott Pilgrim, with FAR less angst. It does come off as more fun and genuine. If you like romance, video games, fighting, noodles, monsters slick cartooning than Sharknife is a must read. Continue reading

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