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STAFF PICKS :: CLASSIC COMICS CAVALCADE :: OCTOBER 29, 2014

October 29, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS: Agggghhh!! It’s too much! Too many great classic reprints.

COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 22 1993-1994| $29.99
COMPLETE PEANUTS TP BOX SET 1950-1954| $39.99
COMPLETE PEANUTS TP VOL 02 1953-1954| $22.99
DILBERT HC GO ADD VALUE SOMEPLACE ELSE| $19.99
PEANUTS EVERY SUNDAY HC VOL 02 1956-1960| $49.99
POGO COMP SYNDICATED STRIPS HC VOL 03 EVIDENCE CONTRARY| $45.00

You can’t go wrong with any of these titles, but if I was forced to buy only one (not gonna happen, Cap’n!!) my first recommendation would be the Peanuts Sundays followed this/close by Pogo. But any Peanuts or Pogo will do and even though Dilbert doesn’t belong in the league with those other classics, it is consistently one of the funniest strips being published today.

100 BULLETS TP BOOK 01| $24.99
BASIL WOLVERTON WEIRD WORLDS ARTISTS ED HC| $150.00
PREACHER TP BOOK 06| $19.99
HOWARD THE DUCK OMNIBUS| $99.99
DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 02 RETURN TO PLAIN AWFUL| $29.99
IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP GOLDEN AVENGER| $34.99

Wow, what can I except Christmas is right around the corner. I will let our esteemed manager talk about HtD. My recs are 100 Bullets and Preacher–two great series that remain in print and deservedly so. But you gotta love the antique Iron Man tales and Don Rosa once again does Duckburg proud. Wolverton is a genius and just a passing glance at this Artists edition proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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STAFF PICKS :: DMC GN #1 :: OCTOBER 29, 2014

October 28, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: DMC GN #1: DMC is like Marvel’s What If? mashed up with Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree. Set in 80s New York, as hip-hop took root in the streets and branched out into the suburbs, DMC #1 examines what would have happened if Darryl McDaniels opted to become a vigilante superhero instead of an emcee. Upon further consideration, there isn’t a huge gap between superheroing and conscious rap: both strive to change the world around them for the better, usually employing some sort of colorful costume/shtick/moniker. That parallel is at the heart of this particular funnybook.

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STAFF PICKS :: RASPUTIN #1 :: OCTOBER 29, 2014

October 27, 2014 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: RASPUTIN #1: There were so many points in Russian history that I found absolutely fascinating when I was in school.  The Romanovs in particular were very interesting, especially in light of their association with Grigori Rasputin, rumored mystic and faith healer and adviser to the Tsar.  Rasputin’s rise in the Russian aristocracy has all the makings of a modern day soap opera: alleged affairs with the Tsarina and other princesses, the close friendship with the Tsar who brushes off all allegations, the seemingly miraculous healing of a sick and adored child, and multiple conspiracies to commit murder.  Even Rasputin’s death is still shrouded in mystery as who ultimately killed him and how. Poisoned, shot, stabbed, beaten, drowned, or all of the above? Was this mystical figure really that hard to kill?

I can’t wait to see this story brought to life in a comic.  Image has found excellent footing in the genre comics section with sound exploration outside of the tights and capes that many non-comics readers expect.  Writer Alex Grecian and artist Riley Rossmo sound like they have done their research into the convoluted world of Rasputin and it looks like they will have a twisted tale to share and I look forward to following along.
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STAFF PICKS :: BATMAN FILES :: OCTOBER 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksThe Batman Files is a BIG book–308  13×10 pages!- crammed full of every bit of information known about the Dark Knight Detective. This clever reference book is presented in the form of a scrapbook or journal that details every known aspect of the Caped Crusader as if it had been compiled by Bruce Wayne himself. The author–Matthew Manning in concert with hundreds of artists have done a splendid job. The Batman Files offers hundreds of fun tidbits and delivers the Intel in a way that is both dramatic and personal. This is a must for all Bat-fans. And remember November 1st we will be spotlighting the Batman at the triumphant return of the Heroes Discussion Group.batman_files

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STAFF PICKS :: ARKHAM MANOR #1 :: OCTOBER 22, 2014

October 21, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S  PICK :: ARKHAM MANOR #1: Maybe it’s Halloween approaching that has me in the mood to read some creepy Batman comics or maybe’s the pairing of Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal on a new (no prior history needed) Batman title.  Either way, Arkham Manor #1 is on this week’s pull list for me.  In events currently unknown to me, but apparently explained in the first few pages, Arkham Asylum has been destroyed and the inmates, Dr. Arkham and his orderlies have moved to Wayne Manor while a new facility is being build.

Duggan has made me a current Deadpool reader so I am looking forward to his turn in the Batverse.  While not designed to be a comedy, I am hopeful that Duggan’s sense of humor will have moments to shine in the halls of Wayne Manor.   Crystal’s art looks appropriately dark and moody and I can’t wait to see his rendering his of Duggan’s vision.
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STAFF PICKS ::WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 02 SEVEN CITIES GOLD:: OCTOBER

October 15, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks, Uncategorized

staff_picksandy_staff_picksAnother huge week for the Classic Comics Commandos (what we call ourselves to impress the babes!) Action Philosophers collects all the issues Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey  cartoon history of Philosophy from Socrates (the old dude in the bedsheet from Bill and Ted!) to Jacques Derrida (Dream and Death’s younger brother Deconstruction)! Good stuff Maynard (Keynes!) With HELLBLAZER TP VOL 09 CRITICAL MASS  the John Constantine Library continues its classic reprint run with issues #84-96 featuring stories by Jamie Delano, Sean Phillips as well as the beginning of the long run by Paul Jenkins. PLUS– 3 stories written by EDDIE CAMPBELL!! But if you can only afford one classic reprint this week it has to be WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 02 SEVEN CITIES GOLD. It’s Carl Barks at his prime. Even sub-prime Barks is better than 95% of all other cartoonists. Prime Barks is not just essential, it’s required!!!  Enjoy!!!
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STAFF PICKS :: MS MARVEL VOLUME ONE :: OCTOBER 15, 2014

October 14, 2014 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: MS MARVEL VOLUME ONE: If you haven’t been reading one of my favorite comics, this week is an excellent opportunity to start.  Written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Adrian Alphona, Ms. Marvel tells the story of Kamala Khan, an American teen that assumes the form (at least temporarily) of Ms. Marvel.  It’s both well written and well illustrated and it belongs in the hands of as many readers as possible.

Given that Kamala is new to the Marvel universe, this is an excellent choice for readers new to comics and to Marvel.  There’s no over-burdensome back story that requires multiple searches on wikipedia, just a powerful story about teen seeking her place in the world.  The creators explore both her struggles as a typical teen and as a new superhero which in many ways reminds me of the early television seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
There’s a lot of debate about women in comics as characters and creators.  Ms. Marvel is an example of a book full of role models for young women in the pages and behind the creation of those pages.
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Bonus Pick: If you’re current with the series, #9 is also out tomorrow with one of my favorite four legged Marvel characters appearing!
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STAFF PICKS :: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 :: OCTOBER 15, 2014

October 13, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5:  Have you read Umbrella Academy? If not, go do that, it’s great and more than enough to make one take note anytime writer Gerard Way writes a new comic book. The majority of Marvel’s Edge of Spider-Verse has been an exercise in what I consider the best style of comic book editing. That is, select a creative team you trust, give them a broad idea of what you need/want, let them create. For EOSV #5, Way is joined by artist Jake Wyatt whose recent work on  Ms. Marvel and Indestructible Hulk is noteworthy. The pair of creators have re-imagined Spider Man as a futuristic mech-operating hero, think Neon Genesis Evangelion Spider-hero. I can’t wait to read lose myself in the new world they’ve created. There’s a small preview here.

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STAFF PICKS :: NEIL GAIMAN WEEK :: OCTOBER 07, 2014

October 07, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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It must be Neil Gaiman week at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find….
NEIL GAIMAN FORTUNATELY THE MILK SC| $5.99
Have you read any of Gaiman’s picture books for kids? My daughter and I were HUGE fans of The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls. Now Gaiman has teamed up with comic artist extraordinaire (and friend of HeroesCon) Skottie Young.  The book is a hoot!!
NEIL GAIMAN GRAVEYARD BOOK COMMEMORATIVE ED| $9.99
The Graveyard Book has won both the Newberry and Hugo awards and rightly so; it is a marvelous book for YA and older children as well us old folks. It is a charming and clever ghost story; but if you are reading it with the kids, brace yourself for the rather violent first chapter.
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NEIL GAIMAN GRAVEYARD BOOK HC GN VOL 02 (OF 2)| $19.99
No one handles adaptations better than P. Craig Russell. His flowing line and remarkable sense of design is only surpassed by his storytelling skills. Buy the novel, read it and then pick up the Russell adaptation. A real treat.
NEIL GAIMAN THE LAST TEMPTATION HC| $39.99
Not a fan of Alice Cooper these days??…fair enough, but everyone loves the art of Michael Zulli and this beautiful reprint edition of the 1994 mini-series is a perfect showcase for Zulli’s formidable talent.
All of these books are worth picking up and they are just a warm up for the upcoming reprint of Gaiman’s brilliant run on Miracleman
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STAFF PICKS :: AVENGERS & X-MEN AXIS #1 & PUNKS THE COMIC #1 :: OCTOBER 8, 2014

October 07, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICKS: AVENGERS & X-MEN AXIS #1: I wasn’t a big Marvel reader in the Heroes Reborn days, and the subsequent emergence of the villain called Onslaught. But when promotional material started showing up for Marvel’s next big event – Axis – featured that iconic armor with the Red Skull’s head peeking out, I was intrigued. It’s been a while since the Red Skull was such a major threat, and Uncanny Avengers (the series that laid the foundation for Axis) has been one of Marvel’s more consistently entertaining titles. So this is an event I actually look forward to with some anticipation. With Rick Remender, one of my favorite writers, at the helm, I know I can count on a certain level of quality.

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PUNKS THE COMIC #1: Speaking of Mr. Remender, my first exposure to the guy was an interview he did with Dog, a character from Punks, in a special that came out in the mid 2ks. The premise is simple: four roommates, Abe Lincoln, Dog, Skull, and Fist, share a domicile and engage in various shenanigans. It’s absurd and hilarious, and the art style Kody Chamberlain employs, an analogue collage approach, suits the subject matter perfectly. Now, Chamberlain and writer Joshua Hale Fialkov unleash new misadventures of this unlikely foursome via Image Comics, and I urge any fan of quality humor comics to give this one a go. Chuckles guaranteed.

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