Check out this live interview with the creators of Spider-Gwen! Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi talk about the creation of the character and more. If you missed the Spider-Gwen Release Party, don’t miss our next event!
If you couldn’t make it, 3 copies of our limited edition The Mary Janes (Married With Sea Monsters) Face It Tiger 7″ vinyl records are being listed on ebay today. Happy bidding! Click here to visit our store.
Good afternoon comic fans! Because we love you and to help with your Monday doldrums, here’s another GREAT HeroesCon 2015 guest list update! Please welcome Blacksad artist Juanjo Guarnido to his first ever HeroesCon! Click the image to see the rest of the amazing creators joining us June 18-21 and order your 3 day passes today!
We also have our first hotel discounts available at the beautiful and convenient Westin Charlotte! This block won’t last long so get them while you can!
MATT’S PICK :: BATGIRL: ENDGAME #1: I can say without reservation this comic book will be very nice to look at! Wicked-awesome good-girl-art French gentleman Bengal not only drew this book, but he also colored it! Please do your eyeballs a favor and pick up this comic! I believe the story should be pretty decent, as well – The Joker (or his minions) are featured within. It should prove to be a win/win for your weekly comic fixation. From what I gather, this is a stand alone book – it should be acceptable for the curious reader. I enjoy the ongoing series (which is also being released this week). There will be no shortage of Batgirl goodness available at Heroes on Wednesday! Lucky us!
Save the date because Free Comic Book Day 2015 at Heroes is going to be our best yet! Come out on May 2nd to meet great comic artists, get free comics and have a great time with your pals at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find! Full guest list and list of available comics coming soon!
JUSTIN’S PICK :: HOWARD THE DUCK #1: I’m a big fan of Howard. The guy’s on my business card, and indelibly inked onto me corporeally. Also, he’s in my heart and soul. A childhood love for that foul (see what I did there?) movie lead to a rekindled personal interest in the funnypapers. A lot of that had to do with the late, great Steve Gerber, the Duck’s creator and chronicler, and how his work provided a hitherto nonexistent intersection of comics and “comix”. Howard was the consummate outsider, but also a staunch everyman and rugged individualist. Personalities like that usually end up the most incisive of social critics. And that was Steve Gerber’s tack: Howard was his mouthpiece, his means of satirizing not only the insular culture of comics, but the pop culture abroad as well (even post Y2K, Gerbs was savaging his psychic surroundings…see Howard’s brilliant and underrated six issue MAX series if you don’t believe me). Howard WAS Gerber, and in other writers’ hands, well, he’s never been quite right.
Therefore, I do not envy Chip Zdarsky. Granted, people like me – fanatical Duck fans – aren’t a flock large enough to generate a blip on the radar (these duck puns are making me very ashamed of myself), but like Ty Templeton before him, Zdarsky is using high concept as his entry point, i.e. Howard the Duck PI. That’s fine, I’ll give him a fair shake; he’s demonstrated a singular enough sense of humor. He could do worse for collaborators: Joe Quinones may be drawing Howard with four fingers, but otherwise, he is a stellar artist, whose work is both elegant and entertaining, technically proficient without sacrificing storytelling. And our man Rico Renzi will certainly punch things up with his usual panache. Me? I approach the book with a strange mix of enthusiasm and trepidation. A lot of people saw that movie, and a lot of them sat through those credits. Will they all understand that there is soul behind the smartassery? That satire is the essence of what Howard is, or should be? Or do they just want a cuddly ducky with a cranky attitude to placate them for a few months, ‘til the next fad pops up?
Our first Indie Island guest update has been posted! Of course you can expect many updates to this amazing list of guests as the show draws closer! Click here for our full guest list so far! Get your 3 day passes today!
ANDY’S PICK :: SUPER VILLAINS UNITE TP COMPLETE SUPER VILLAIN TEAM UP: Collecting GIANT-SIZE SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #1-2, SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #1-14 and #16-17, AVENGERS (1963) #154-156, and CHAMPIONS #16.
No, they haven’t formed a Union, but it makes you wonder if the Beagle Boys and other henchmen received benefits.
Is there anything more supery or villainy than Doctor Doom? What if ol’ Vic was united with an angry, angry, angry Prince Namor who had just been unceremoniously booted from the Mighty Marvel monthly rotation? Add to this volatile duo a Dash of Red Skull, some fighting-mad Magneto along with some Avengers who have been enslaved by Attuma and you have a crew tough enough to defeat the Fantastic Four, the Legion of Doom and even the one-time ’70’s super- group of Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Sacco and Venzetti. Only the Champions can possibly save the day. Or can they? This volume is post Lee and Kirby Marvel at its silliest and fun and it makes for big time rainy day reading.
As for my Spider-Man background, I’ve read the early trades of Ultimate Spider-Man and some mini-series books here and there. The best thing about a book existing in its own universe is limited prior knowledge doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be aware of which Peter Parker girlfriend, Gwen or Mary Jane, you should like best. Gwen is no longer about being a love interest. She is simply the hero.
Spider Gwen is a good example that men can do a wonderful job on female heroes. It’s refreshing to see a woman drawn with a slight figure that is appropriate in both proportions and age. Robbi’s art as always is gorgeous. Jason is bringing a fresh take to this character with original concepts applied to Spider-Man’s rogue gallery. Rico’s coloring is the cherry on top of this sundae of a book. Great job, guys! I can’t wait to swing along with you and Gwen.
ANDY’S PICKS :: THOR EPIC COLLECTION TP TO WAKE MANGOG
Collecting THOR #154-174. It just doesn’t get better than this. These are super hero comics at their most fun and free-wheeling. You get Thor, the rest of the Marvel Norse Pantheon along with Mangog a villian who just sounds grouchy already, but now he’s been woken up and he’s wielding the Odinsword– a weapon so big it could jimmy the lock on the door of the fortress of Solitude. Plus Galactus vs. Ego the Living Planet (the loser has to pay for lunch), the return of “Him” (who’s Him? Why Him is Adam Warlock that’s who) and the whole series comes to a frothy boil with the origin of Galactus. It’s Lee and Kirby at their best. The dialogue is beyond a hoot, it is magical; a joy to read. Plus several issues of Kirby’s best issues are inked by the incomparable Bill Everett!
ITEM..Conan the Avenger. Well, it’s about damn time. I mean Tigra and Patsy Walker and even the Two-Gun Kid (well, sort of) were all members of the Marvel Superteam at one time or another. Let’s hope Jarvis can get our favorite Cimmerian to wear a shirt at the next meeting. And just wait until Conan gets a taste of of 21st Century Pale Pilsner. By Crom, the barkeep will be in grave peril. What? Oops…sorry wrong “Avenging” all together. But this series from Dark Horse has been quite good and is worth a look.