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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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BIGGEST NEWS EVER!

YES, Ben Affleck is now Batman, but somehow the media is missing the bigger story. We know the former Daredevil star has been signed to play Mr. Wayne in multiple cross-company movies, so as to give Warner some Tent-Pole clout to combat the face stomping Marvel/Disney is dishing out with THIER superhero movies, right? Well, think. What is the other big film franchise that Warner owns which is going begging for some new screen time? THAT’S RIGH! As revealed by me, exclusively for the Forbidden Planet blogs and Daily Planet, this brand new, probably untrue rumor-train is about to leave Platform 9 3/4 towards destiny. You heard it here first, folks:
Ben Affleck BATMAN IS GOING TO FIGHT HARRY POTTER!
HOLY PLOT HOLES, BATMAN

What is going to happen in the planned Superman/Batman movie is a supposed showdown between The Big Blue Mass Murderer and BatBen. Batman will need to find an edge in the fight, and we know that Superman is only really weak against three things: Kryptonite, Movie Reboots and MAGIC!
I’m sure they’ll patch things up by the end so they can march merrily on to the planned Justice League film, but let’s wait just one Damon minute. Batman, being the greatest detective in the world, will realize that the biggest threat to Earth’s safety is a rogue magician trying to stop Superman the next time ZOD and the Funky Bunch wants to punch Earth’s clock. Batman will then declare war on the biggest magical threat in cinematic history, the Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Batman vs Potter! Two battle scarred orphans duke it out over (I presume) a trilogy of Summer blockbusters! Watch the Caped Crusader solve the greatest mystery of his career, namely “You wouldn’t hit a kid with glasses, would you?!”
BACK TO REALITY

I’m looking at the DC comics solicitations for this week’s comics, and I’m not seeing any tie in books for this new film project. Or am I?
Scholastic is rereleasing the Potter books this week with brand new covers by illustrator Kazu Kibuishi. They’re saying this is in honor of the series 15th anniversary, but eagle eyed fans will notice how closely in style with the films these new book covers are. Marketing is all about brand recognition, and neither Scholastic nor Warner can take any chances you will want to miss their new Potter/Batman mash-up masterpiece.
DC is publishing some pretty swell titles, including Aquaman #23Justice League #23, Batman Superman #3 and the Batman Incorporated Special #1. This latter features a solo Batcow support story! Justice League #23 is one of the final chapters in the big DC event, Trinity.
Wait a minute…
Marvel has New Avengers #9 on the stands this week as a tie-in with their big event called Infinity. Are both companies doing cross-over events named after numbered groupings?! Please TRY and convince me you two companies aren’t constantly ripping off each other’s ideas.
Image has some sexy, secret books out this week..sort of. They do have a certain book outthis Wednesday called Sex #6, and a book called Secrets #3.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to wrap this column up. A movie crossover event as big as “Harry Potter and the Dark Knight Showdown” is going to sell out as soon as the news breaks! I need to go to my local cineplex RIGHT NOW to ensure that I’m first in line! Hopefully the theater owner won’t call the cops on me and have me ejected from the premises after I explain I’m waiting in line for a film that doesn’t exist yet that I just made up. He’s got a bad track record with that. They called the cops when I told them I was waiting in line for X-Men meets Star Wars movie I predicted, as well as when I was pitching a tent out front for Aliens Vs Predator Vs Twilight. I can’t help that I pitched a tent. I just love Jacob!

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Wishful Thinking and The Comics That Exist

By Unkiedev

Batman:Odyssey #5 is as classic as classic gets, with fan favorite Neal Adams returning to the iconic character that made him en ever popular artist. Amazing Spider-Man #649 has got some great talents behind it, too. Deadpool is going to fight Howard the Duck’s “break-out Super-Villain,” the amazing Doctor Bong, in Deadpool #29.

It’s easy to find cool reasons to buy neat comics. It’s terrible when there’s comics you can’t buy…because they don’t exist!

For example, Ape Entertainment has out Pocket God #3, the third thrilling issue of a comic book based on an iphone game. They also have out Megamind #1, based on the CGI movie that most likely took a brutal beating from Harry Potter this weekend.

But where is my Harry Potter comic book?

Presenting a quick and dirty look at a few comic books that SHOULD exist, with a few ideas as to why they don’t. Continue reading

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Today, in the news.

Reporter hard at work.

Well,  I guess last night.

  • People are lining up for “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” by the thousands. Its already shattered the overnight Box Office Record previously held by “The Dark Knight”. And really? Really? There are more Harry Potter fans than there are of Batman? Pssshhhh.  (I’m seeing it tonight). [LA Times].
  • Internet Jesus Warren Ellis will be appearing at the San Diego Comic Con to promote his latest animated work, Marvel Anime.  He wants to make sure that you realize that he will only be in town for 36 hours and then getting the eff out of there.  He usually likes to make some kind of line that if you want to find him at San Diego he’ll burn you with his Stabby Stabby Vision, or if you see a man running down the street in flames, that’s him. [Warren Ellis].
  • There’s going to be a “Twilight” Manga! Strangely, I think this is the best venue for the series, screw the idea of it being a “novel.” I haven’t read them, don’t plan to, especially because Meyer’s literary explanation for the reason that the Vamps can go to school with normal humans is because the town is so foggy that it blocks out the sun. [The Flickcast].
  • Natalie Portman in “Thor.” I realize we got to this quite late, but I think its mostly because of my depression in the hopes that she would play the female version of Loki. I don’t know, I just think that would rock. Regardless, I’m glad she’s going to be in the movie in what should be a extremely strange movie for Marvel, but nonetheless ridiculously fun. [MTV’s Splash Page].
  • I’m fired up as hell that Rick Remender‘s “Fear Agent” movie is a go.  To be honest with you, I will literally buy anything with that guy’s name on it. Easily one of the most original minds writing in comics today, Rick is a only just recently a father, so any support given him helps his kid go to school.  And trust me, you will not be ripped off. “Gigantic” “The End League” all of it is just brilliant stuff. This is just a big win in the department of quality that this is moving forward. [Hollywood Reporter].
  • Wow, that’s a lot of movie talk. How about Joe Kelly, and Eric Canete (current artist on “The End League”) doing a Deadpool vs Spider-Man special? I know, I know, it seems like Deadpool is getting more guest appearances in comics than Wolverine. However, I quite honestly can’t think of a more perfect team-up creatively to deliver this book. Oh yeah, there is also that awesome Skottie Young cover. [CBR].

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