Tagged: Mars Attacks

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The best comic of last week?  MARS ATTACKS POPEYE.  I don’t mean to give out spoilers, but the Martians lost.  I do hope they fare better this week against KISS.  Maybe with KISS gone IDW will start publishing a Jethro Tull comic book!

IDW Mars Attacks Popeye

ONE of the best comics of last week was Hellboy In Hell #2.  Elegant, creepy and fun, HBinH #2 made up for most of the first issues rambling clunkiness with big pay offs in both direction and character.  I am a crazed Hellboy Fanboy… a Hellfan if you will, though I stopped getting the spinoff title B.P.R.D. some time ago.  One thing that makes Hellboy in Hell so great is Mike Mignola back at the helm of both pencils and writing. The past few years worth of Hellboy books have been drawn (and possibly written) by several artists, including Richard Corben and Duncan Fegredo.  These are great, fun titles and both do amazing jobs carving out their own fingerholds in the Hellboy cliff face.  Hellboy The Wild Hunt was a fun, romp through the woods of Hellboy’s milieu, and a great place to jump on for fans eager to get caught up on Big Red.  This week sees the release of B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Abyss Time #1 of 2, aka B.P.R.D. #103.  I believe that the current storyline focuses on the actual end times playing out on the surface of the Earth and the combined efforts of all concerned to stop it.  What struck me the most, oddly, was the title.  I’m not sure how many issues of Hellboy there have been, but I was struck by a question.  Would Hellboy in Hell #2 sell better or worse if it was just called Hellboy #85?

TITLES AND NUMBERS

Grant Morrison Action Comics #16Superman’s latest periodical hits this week in the form of Action Comics #16, which sounds far more accessible than Superman #2345.  Superman is going to go toe to toe with an evil demonic version of himself from an alternative universe.  Sounds great!  There are so many ways to read comics now, be it through classic single issues, trade paperbacks or even digital downloads.  Comic book names are getting a bit unwieldy simply because the publishers need you to be able to recognize the reprint trades when they hit the shelves later on.  So for example, Superior Spider-Man #1 hits the shelves this week, a guaranteed must buy (unless your boycotting Dan Slott), and I am sure we will see a few issues go down the pike before they’ve branded the book with a subtitle for the sake of trades.  This leads to a bigger thought on what the main draw to a comic is, anyway.  Dark Horse has a new Graphic Novel out collecting Peter Bagge’s recent comic RESET.  There are no titular characters we’re familiar with. Would it have sold better or worse if the book was titled after Bagge’s old indie comic which launched hom to fame?  Should this collection be renamed Peter Bagge’s Hate: Reset?  It’s fun to think about, especially when you take it to the extreme.  Since all comics derive from Superman, and Superman was the inheritor of the work done by the Gaines family on Famous Funnies, I think the most accurate title for this week’s Detective Comics #16 SHOULD be Famous Funnies Staring Superman #167895234, Batman Detective Comics A Death To the Family #16!

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Storms!

Every week I look forward to being mugged by an invisible assailant right in plain view of others. I have always found this gentleman thief, though thorough, to be fair. Maybe you’ve been robbed blind by this same perp. Its name is Wednesday, a.k.a. “New Comics Day.” I like this perp.

Some people do not…and by people I mean “Satan.” He has decided that this New Comics Day will be complicated by evil and external forces. Storms, Floods, Rat Plagues and Halloween stand between you and giving us your money this Wednesday!

Usually, we here at Forbidden Planet are Pro-Satan, or at least Satan-ambivalent. This time, the big S has gone too far. This Wednesday, we need you to be very brave and come on back to the Forbidden Planet. We need you to shop for comics for Christ. Or for Satan. Whatever, we just want to make sure you get your comics. [Editor's note: This post was obviously written before we had to shut down for a week due to storm-related power outages. Sorry about that. Clearly Satan won this round.]

YEAH, WHAT ABOUT COMICS?

After 73 years, someone has finally figured out how to stop Superman. In this week’s Action Comics Annual #1, not only do we get to stare at Superman’s crotch and wish it was red, we also get to see the showdown between Superman and Kryptonite Man! There have been SEVERAL Kryptonite Men over the years, some with sleeves and some without. This NEW, Post Crisis, Post New 52 Kryptonite Man has not only NO SLEEVES, but no ARMS! BWA-HA-HA! He has some sort of Kryptonite arms! AH! SCARY!

Speaking of scary, Steve “30 Days of Night” Niles and the AMAZING Glenn Fabry have a new horror comic out this week from DC called Lot 13! It sounds great! THAT will really show Satan who’s boss! Jesus wants you to buy blood-puking horror comics! Jesus also wants you to buy Masters of the Universe: Origins of Skeletor #1 this Wednesday, too. Or Satan does. I forget…hum.

We better pick up as many horror comics as we can in order to play the field.  I’ll be picking up the latest Ghostbusters Ongoing #14, then Vampirella #24, Happy #2 and, uhm,  New Mutants #50…those are horror comics, right?

I KNOW! The perfect compromise! Mars Attacks Holiday Special #1 should keep both sides of the religious fence appeased. Besides, I think the Martians are agnostics.

STORMY WEATHER

There is positively no storm, nor flood, nor rat plague that could keep me from Happy #2, A + X #1 or Ultimate Spider-Man 2 #18.

And no amount of Trick or Treaters is going to prevent me from picking up T-Shirts, figures, trade paperbacks and spectacular comics. As a matter of fact, neither Hurricane Sandy, Jesus/Satan, Rat Plagues, nor apathy will stop me from getting my butt to the Forbidden Planet and letting that perfect thief, Wednesday, from picking my pocket!

NEXT WEEK: Rebuilding New York City after Hurricane Sandy using only the lessons we can glean from comic books.

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

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MORE NYCC!

The New York Comic Con is BACK, ushering in the reminder that New York is the center of the publishing world. The NYCC has the BEST artists’ alley, the best small press books and the best collection of Yankees hats of any comic book con on Earth.

You do know that I, Unkiedev, am a psychic man with vast knowledge of the future. Would you like me to highlight a few super spiffy revelations coming out of NYCC BEFORE the actual event?

Let’s do this! Revealing the future Op, Op, Op, Op, Gangnam Style!

IDW will announce a HUGE January crossover between some of their biggest licensed properties and Mars Attacks! Everybody’s favorite dog-kicking dome heads will be taking on the Transformers, the Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS (of all people) and the Zombies Vs. Robots universes. THIS WILL BE GOOD.

One does wonder why they will not be taking on GI Joe, Dr Who or Star Trek, some of IDW’s other big IPs. A personal favorite would be to see Mars Attack TANK GIRL, the punk pugilist who drinks first and asks questions never, or those heroes in a half shell, the Teenage Mutant something somethings.

‘Twould be cool. I AM looking forward to this crossover MORE than their previous cross-company events, such as the zombie invasion and Lovecraft invasions. I am HOPING Transformers will give a little bit of love to Cosmos, the green UFO Autobot who is big on heart and small on screen time.

MEANWHILE, Dark Horse will announce a new comic from Umbrella Academy creator Gerard Way and Becky Cloonan called The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.  It looks like a thrill kill comic featuring a boy band in leather, and promises to be as ‘90s as Kurt Cobain eating a Chocodile.

THE PRESENT

Still, Forbidden Planet will be a pretty cool place during the con, too! DC picked the right week to publish Batman #13, as this latest issue of the Caped Crusader’s exploits features the Joker returning to Gotham in his New 52 debut! Get your copy at the Planet and suspiciously leave it half hanging out of your book bag as you walk the con floor. Folks will be able to tell you are a discerning comics buyer of unimpeachable taste.

Dark Horse has a huge new anthology comic called Once Upon a Time Machine, which looks super good and will be featuring new work from Brandon Graham of King City fame…but anthologies can be hit or miss. Let’s get the buzz from the con floor and then pick this one up!

I’ll have to think about it…I mean, I might need that money to buy all the variant covers to the new Red She-Hulk and Uncanny Avengers books hitting the shelves this week!

THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE A BLAST for comic fans, both at the NYCC and outside looking in! Be here at Forbidden Planet for anything and absolutely everything comics-related!

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

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