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The Weekly Pulse – Apparellax View

Comics and t-shirts! T-shirts and comics! DC has a new Batgirl, Batman and Robin, Batman, and Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E., plus the collected Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls.

Also, a slew of new #1s, including Dark Horse’s Alabastar Wolves, Boom’s Higher Earth, Image’s Mind the Gap, and DC Vertiogo’s Mystery in Space!

All that, and a visit from a special guest! Check it out, Forbiddenites!

Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever

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A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy


There’s a week to go before Free Comic Book Day…a full week of dreaming, scheming, screaming and camping out at the Forbidden Planet in order to get the finest free comics this side of Andromeda. Luckily for all of us, Forbidden Planet has TONS (literally) of amazing products to entertain while you wait, only this stuff is for pay.

Buying things helps you appreciate the free things better.

FORBIDDEN TOPICS

Did you ever wonder what makes the Planet so Forbidden? Why, it’s staffed entirely by galactic refugees who have escaped from the toughest alien jails in the Milky Way, naturally. Did you ever see “The Chronicles of Riddick?” It’s a lot like that, only in a comic book shop, and also we don’t generally drain the blood from slaves to view the future…only on special occasions.

Take Morgan Pielli, my editor here at the Weekly Planet. Morgan is a prolific  cartoonist (Indestructible Universe Quarterly) and mini-book reviewer with more talent in his little pinkie than someone less talented. He is also a wanted intergalactic felon known as “The Grinzzskt,” which is a kind of teleporting, flesh-eating ostrich found in the Cyper Belt. His crimes are numerous, but include space larceny, space loitering, space littering and a litany of other “L” related space maladies one can list.

If you wanted to buy amazing mini-comics to tide you over till Free Comic Book Day (May 5th!) then Morgan can point you in the right direction. If you want an illegal forged space license as well, he’s also your man.

Speaking of awesome minis:

Big Title #2, Alec Lewellyn (W/A)

Another cosmic creep, nascent ne’er-do-well and Forbidden Planet employee is none other than Jr. Manager Alec Lewellyn! Alec has a pretty dang swankaroonie self published comic on the shelf right now at the Planet by the name of “Big Title.”

What if I told you that $4 could buy you a wrestling yarn which playfully illustrates all that is best in this sport of kings while simultaneously skewers the shameful spectacle that is grown men faking at fighting? You will laugh, you will cry and you will feel emotions better left u-felt. Continue reading

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The Weekly Pulse – Here’s the Beef

Well, you’ve all heard the news. Shia LaBeouf made two mini-comics. I can’t remember the last time a mini-comic has made quite a stir. Well, Dan takes a look at Mr. LaBeouf’s first foray into the land of mini-comics, as well all of the latest mainstream comics to come into the store. Plus the latest zine from one of our assistant managers; Matt D.; and the latest mini-comic from your humble cameraman/director/graphic designer/me! All this, and info on this coming Monday’s in-store signing and a shout out to this weekend’s SPACE convention in Ohio!

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The Weekly Pulse – White Suits/Dark Horse Presents #11 Signing!

So much to cover today! Tons of number ones, including Secrets and Alabaster, not  to mention the anticipated Saga #2! But wait! we have a special guest today: writer Frank Barbiere, whose newest comic will be featured in the upcoming Dark Horse Presents #11! he’s got some picks of his own to share with you all, and he’s got the deets on the upcoming signing featuring him and artist Luke Radl!

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The Weekly Pulse – Inside Job

Every comic here at Forbidden Planet NYC is special, but some are more special than others. Case in point: for every Avengers vs. X-Men and The New Deadwardians, we get a little something like a Gup and Big Title #1, #2, and #3; comics done by our very own employees. Man that’s exciting! But yeah, all that other new stuff looks cool too.

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The Weekly Pulse – Omnibluster

Get $25 off of one of the books mentioned in this review! Which one? Well, you’ll have to watch and find out! Dan soldiers through a massive stack of comics for you guys, and somewhere in this stack is a pretty great deal for our loyal Weekly Pulse viewers!

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Morgan Pielli’s Pile of Minis: Two Eyes of the Beautiful and Cross-Eyed

Every so often I have to put a comic back. I try very hard to be impartial about what mini-comics I pull to review, but there have been times when, upon opening a book, I decided not to review it. Usually this is because the mini is actually a ‘zine, which I just don’t have the time to really dive into at work (what with them being text-heavy). Occasionally it’s because the comic is such a mess that I couldn’t find anything positive to say (which I’ve discussed in an earlier review). Once in a while it is because the artist seems to have fallen off the face of the planet. Such is the case with Lewis the Dog by K. Rose. I enjoyed this comic, but I was also unable to find ANYTHING about it or the author online. This alone wouldn’t normally deter me, but it doesn’t appear to even be listed within Forbidden Planet’s database. I don’t have any information or imagery to go accompany a review. So regrettably, despite having typing up review notes, I was forced to grab a different comic for review. Let this be a lesson folks: it is VITAL to have some sort of a web presence!

But let’s move on. This week’s pairing, by coincidence, share a common theme. Apart from merely referencing eyes in their respective titles, both comics explore how we see ourselves.

Cross-Eyed by Adam Meuse does so in a more roundabout, poetic fashion. Cross-Eyed is a collection of short comics. Some of these ­comics are gag-based, playing off of the idea of inanimate objects having eyes. Others push deeper into more free-associative and, to my mind, interesting territory. Even many of the gag-style comics hint at deeper themes, such as a conversation between a rainbow and one of the clouds that the rainbow stands astride that ends with: “You keep us apart as much as you keep us together.”

Last week I reviewed another comic by Adam Meuse, Sad Animals. That comic I felt was fun, but not terribly deep. Cross-Eyed strikes a much better balance; managing to be very funny without sacrificing poignancy. As I’ve mentioned, I grab these comics at random; usually based on whichever cover appeals to me. Apparently there is something about Meuse’s cover designs that I find very appealing. His art has a refined simplicity that he uses to evoke dynamic compositions. This is also true within the book; an approach that is particularly suited to the book’s theme.

Two Eyes of the Beautiful by Ryan Cecil Smith (based on Umezuo Kazuo’s Blood Baptism) is the first part of a larger narrative about a glamorous starlet who is turns to a shady doctor to cure a disfiguring disease. As is often the case in morality tales and fables in which vanity is the main theme, the “cure” comes in the form of a blood sacrifice and the sacrifice of the subject’s basic humanity.

Drawn in a manga style, Smith plays with many of manga’s tropes and clichés to create an emotionally charged, sinister atmosphere. Pages are a collage of styles and aesthetics, which work to keep the reader off-balanced. Additionally, the author uses distortion and exaggerated forced-perspective to turn characters instantly into monsters. These distortions, coupled with the loose quality of the line-work sometimes work against Smith; there is a fine line between what the author is trying to accomplish artistically, and sloppy draftsmanship. When it works, it works very well. When it doesn’t, panels can be difficult to read.

However, those are minor quibbles. This is a very interesting book. I’m generally leery of western manga art; I tend to find the results awkward and derivative. But I was pleasantly surprised by Two Eyes of the Beautiful. Smith uses the manga style intelligently and in a way that enriches the story.

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Look for more from Morgan Pielli online at IndestructibleUniverse.com and follow him on Twitter at @UltraMorgnus

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Morgan Pielli’s Pile of Minis: Space Case Sally and Sad Animals

This week’s pair of mini-comics are about as different as two comics could possibly be. A first-issue from what promises to be a graphic novel, and a collection of like-themed single-page gags; these minis are a testament to the versatility of the medium.

Space Case Sally: The Purloined Pest Part One! by Ashley Quigg

First up is Ashley Quigg’s spirited yarn Space Case Sally: The Purloined Pest, Part One. It’s about a brother and sister that get along as well as teen-preteen siblings generally do; poorly and with much gnashing of teeth. The twist, however, is that they live in a retro-future not unlike the space-age sci-fi pulps of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Purloined Pest is the first chapter of a larger graphic novel, so the futuristic setting hasn’t, as yet, come into play (a choice by the author that I very much like; there’s no sense in cramming clunky future-speak and future-slang into a story that is, at its core, about two kids trying not to murder each other with their bare hands). The story of Part One focuses on establishing the sister-brother relationship. By freeing herself from the constraints of futurism, Quigg has allowed herself plenty of room to set up and explore the dynamic at an enjoyable pace. It helps that she has created characters that are fun to watch go head-to-head.

The artwork in this mini is dynamic and full of energy. The author demonstrates not only a solid ability to render the human figure, but the ability to convey personality through body language as well. Even sitting still her characters seem to be in motion. This helps to propel the shaggy-dog-style story forward, building upon extremes. The introduction of the sister’s even-keeled best friend is a smart move; it keeps those extremes fun and lively without becoming overwhelming and exhausting.

Finally, I love the cleverly designed cover illustration. It sets the tone for the story while slyly hinting at the plot. This is a great first chapter. I look forward to seeing what else is in store for the characters, and what else Quigg has brewing.

Sad Animals by Adam Meuse

This mini-comic is exactly what it says it is. It is a collection of single page drawings of animals making sad and depressing comments about the state of their lives. It’s a hilarious one-joke premise that is perfectly suited to a mini-comic. In a longer format the joke would likely get stale.

There’s not a lot for me to say about this comic. The animal drawings are fun and loose cartoons that carefully walk the line between deadpan and emotive. Their statements are all very funny, if fairly interchangeable. The package itself has a nice hand-made feel to it appropriate for the alt comics scene.

I don’t imagine a book of this sort would have much reread-value. It’s a very fast read but not particularly substantial. That said, it’s a fun mini that I had a great time reading. It’s a killer idea that Meuse has a lot of fun playing with, and his fun is infectious.
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Look for more from Morgan Pielli online at IndestructibleUniverse.com and follow him on Twitter at @UltraMorgnus

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