KARLA’S PICK :: HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #7: Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know, BIG SURPRISE! My pick for the week is He-Man: The Eternity War #7. That’s almost like me saying, “Hey guys, you know what I REALLY like? BREATHING!! Breathing is AWESOME!!” All obviousness aside, however, I AM picking this issue for a reason other than my true and undying love of all things Masters of the Universe. Issue #7 picks up with a new creative team. Rob David and Dan Abnett take the story-crafting reigns for this arc while Edgar Salazar’s pencils bring a slightly edgier look to the Masters. The changes in artistic style are bold, but not detrimental as the story picks up with Skeletor, She-Ra and Skeletor’s minions trying to find a way to best Hordak now that Evil-Lyn has betrayed them. The story is solid and offers more insight into the current incarnation of Skeletor! There’s also some good moments with Shadow Weaver which made me happy! (I want more Princess of Power characters in my Master’s of the Universe!) The cover by Jonboy Meyers is also worth mentioning because, if you look closely, you can see twisted versions of classic She-Ra characters Madame Razz, Kowl and Glimmer in the mix!
SETH’S PICK :: THE SPIRE #1: Start July on a good note this week with the latest collaboration between Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely. You may remember their post apocalyptic sci-fi western Six Gun Gorilla from a few years ago. That book won a lot of deserved critical acclaim, and I enjoyed it immensely. The Spire features a similar apocalyptic scenario, but trades the western motifs for fantasy this time around. It also adds a murder mystery into the mix, and a protagonist who must solve the crimes as she navigates a racist and xenophobic society. Spurrier telling a fantasy story with plenty of modern societal parallels, plus an array of monsters, strange machines and characters rendered as only Stokely can? That’s enough to sell me (and you) on this new series.
Bonus Pick: Autumnlands vol. 1 TP: Tooth and Claw: This affordable debut collection (just $9.99) by Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey features some of my favorite anthropomorphic fantasy storytelling in years. Dewey’s depictions of endless humanoid animal creatures is remarkable, and Busiek does a fine job of building an accessible narrative for a new world in this excellent first volume.
Another fantastic Heroes Convention is in the books! Thanks to you for coming out in huge numbers and for being so cool! Mark your calendars now for 2016! Tell the boss you can’t possibly work June 17-19, 2016 because HeroesCon is so much fun. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting photos and other things to stretch out these good feelings for just a little while longer. We miss all of you already!
We’ve already posted a few photo galleries on our Facebook page, check them out here!
Good thing you’re coming to Heroes Convention this weekend! We’ve never had this many HeroesCon Exclusive items before!
- In collaboration with Marvel and WeLoveFine we are proud to present our HeroesCon 2015 souvenir Spider-Gwen t-shirt by series artist Robbi Rodriguez! These will be $25 each. Get yours early your size might be gone!
- Babs Tarr provides the stunning art for our HeroesCon Exclusive Spider-Gwen #5 cover! Get yours at the Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find booth and get it signed by Babs and the Spider-Gwen guys before you leave! $20 each.
- IDW’s latest Artist’s Edition features our old friend Mike Zeck (who was a guest at the very first HeroesCon in 1982!). This is a Heroes Convention variant cover, limited to 100 copies! $195
- Mike Zeck also created our exclusive Secret Wars #1 variant along with inker John Beatty. The pair recreated their classic Secret Wars #8 cover with some new and old Marvel characters. These will be $20 each at the show, make sure you get yours signed by Mike and John!
- This year, we have a pair of great Indie Island t-shirt designs by Matthew Allison (top) and Andrew MacLean (bottom)! These are available from The Fine Print Shoppe and for only $20 they are printed to order on-site on the color t-shirt of your choosing! Make sure you stop by their tables in Indie Island, they do great work!
- Spider-Gwen writer Jason Latour provides the cover for this variant of issue #1. Only $20 to take home a copy of this beauty!
- Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Tyler Crook will both be on hand to sign your variant copy of Harrow County #1. This is another variant by local hero Jason Latour so make sure you get his autograph on it too! Only $5
- We had a few of these left over from last year and since Jason Latour AND Jason Aaron are both going to be here we thought we’d make our Southern Bastards #1 variant available at the show again! Art is by Chris Brunner who unfortunately had to cancel his HeroesCon appearance. $20
Stan Lee is coming back to Heroes Convention! The photo above is from Stan’s first HeroesCon appearance in 1984! We’re delighted that Stan has worked us into his busy schedule even if it’s just for one day. Stan will be appearing and signing on our show floor on Saturday, June 20.
For the serious Stan ‘The Man” Fan you can join Stan Lee and a very limited number of other TRUE BELIEVERS for a meet and greet on Friday evening.
Don’t worry we’ve got plenty of packages for other budgets. For full descriptions, click through to our ticket page. Don’t forget, you need a HeroesCon 2015 3 Day pass to enjoy any of the Stan Lee packages.
- Stan Lee: Friday Evening Meet & Greet
- Stan Lee: Saturday Early Entry w/ Autograph + Photograph
- Stan Lee: Autograph
- Stan Lee: Photograph
HEATHER’S PICK :: Giant Size Little Marvel A vs. X #1: Alright, Marvel, you’ve figured out another way to get me to read about this Battleworld place. I adore Skottie Young’s covers so when I get a whole book filled with all this cuteness, I’m sold. I can’t even decide who is the cutest! Maybe Beast because he looks like a little blue puppy? Although Magik is a sweet little butt kicker, too!
I’ll take this little piece of Battleworld and an Avengers versus X-Men street food battle! This is a great all ages take on the current Secret Wars event. No prior knowledge needed!
Squirrel Girl #6: This book is at the top of my pile each week it is released. I love this book! From the hilarious use of social media by its characters (@hulkysmashy, could it be any better?!?) to the tiny jokes at the bottom of the page (serious spit takes going on) to an amazingly relatable super hero (I want to hang out with Doreen), this book has won a hard fought battle to become my favorite comic. That’s saying a lot for a character I had barely even heard of until recently. Team Squirrel Girl, you are the best!