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STAFF PICKS :: PLUTONA #1 :: SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

August 27, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: PLUTONA #1: “Stand By Me” but with a dead superhero in place of the dead regular person is most likely an oversimplification of this new Image comic book but from what I can tell, that’s the catalyst here. The art from Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire looks great and expressive. You can see for yourself in these previews here and here. Not sure if it’s a 4 or 5 issue series but Lenox, Bellaire and writer Jeff Lemire have put together a great looking book with an intriguing premise and I can’t wait to read it.

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STAFF PICKS :: PEANUTS :: AUGUST 26, 2015

August 25, 2015 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksGOOD GRIEF, MORE PEANUTS! TP (VOLUME 3: 1952-1956) 
GOOD OL’ CHARLIE BROWN: A NEW PEANUTS BOOK TP (VOLUME 4: 1955-1957) 
God bless Titan Books for reproducing these two paperback gems from the late 1950’s!
Hey kids, back in the day before man stepped on the moon and simple folk only needed 3 or 4 TV Channels this is the way we got our comic strip reprints. every family–and I mean every single household (don’t bother looking it up, I’ve already fact checked it for you!) had at least one or two of these Peanuts reprint books in their rec rooms. They are gems, they are dirt cheap and trust me yet again, theywill make incredibly cool stocking stuffers for any Bronze Age member of your family. But make sure you read them. Charles Schulz was nearing the first of many artistic peaks with these strips.
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STAFF PICKS :: ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 :: AUGUST 26, 2015

August 24, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: ZODIAC STARFORCE #1: I’ve read an advance digital copy of this one and I cannot wait to hold this ink-on-paper comic in my hands! Paulina Ganucheau is responsible for the beautiful art on this book including the wonderful character designs of this magical girl team that is no longer a team. In fact, Ganucheau is handling all of the art on this book, from the drawing, right down to the very last glowing sparkle. Kevin Panetta has crafted a story that has me curious about the backstory of these girls and what will bring them back together! Get on board this unexpected new title from Dark Horse this Wednesday!
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STAFF PICKS :: AUGUST 19, 2015

August 19, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS HC: This ottoman-sized omnibus collects the first two years of George Pérez’s 1980s run on WONDER WOMAN as both writer and artist including issues #1-24 and WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1.  His focus- a return to greatness for our beloved amazon with an emphasis on the Greek Pantheon. Plus Cheetah! That’s a lot of beautiful heroines and villains drawn by Mr. Perez.
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THE DEFINITIVE BETTY BOOP TP VOL 01: HeroesCon friend Steve Saffel edits this definitive edition of the classic ’30s Sunday pages featuring the real, original Betty Boop before the Hays office lowered her skirt and buried the risqué jokes and situations. We got a chance to feast our eyes on an advanced copy this summer and our eyes popped like Roger Rabbit. Speaking of which…regarding Ms. Boop, PI Eddie Valiant said it best… “Yeah, you still got it”
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JASON IF YOU STEAL HC: Everyone’s favorite Norwegian cartoonist, Jason returns to our shores with a  collection of eleven fantastic stories of anthropomorphic creatures in an impressive minimalistic style that features Frida Kahlo as an assassin-for-hire Santo, Chet Baker, the Warren Commission, Rene Magritte, Nostradamus and Santos the wrestler with a soundtrack by Van Morrison. Is your curiosity piqued? I thought so. To date, Jason’s work never disappoints.
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STAFF PICKS :: BATTLEWORLD: INHUMANS ATTILAN RISING #4 :: AUGUST 12, 2015

August 10, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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kyle_staff_picksKYLE’S PICK :: BATTLEWORLD: INHUMANS ATTILAN RISING #4:
There are so many extra books that are riding on the coattails of Secret Wars, I know it can be daunting to choose one to pick up and read.  Inhumans: Attilan Rising is one of them, though, and if you haven’t read any of the previous issues I highly recommend that you do.  The story is fun, and a bit quirky, from writer Charles Soule (who you may remember from his work on She-Hulk). You have a great team of characters with Blackbolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, and the blind hero Matt Murdock, also.  If you aren’t sold with the first issue, where you find out Matt is a blind musician that plays at Blackbolt’s club – the Silent Room – you should be when you see Blackbolt talk. The whole building is still standing once he finishes his sentence! There are plenty of twists and turns still ahead for this book, and I am excited to see where it goes. I hope others will join in as well.
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STAFF PICKS :: AMERICAN BARBARIAN COMPLETE SERIES :: AUGUST 5, 2015

August 04, 2015 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: AMERICAN BARBARIAN: Tom Scioli has long held the reputation for being an artist who expertly pays homage to the canon of Jack Kirby. One of the things I most respect about Scioli, though, is how he not only captures and distills Kirby’s work in his own, but also channels other interests and influences. Case in point with this week’s long awaited complete collection of American Barbarian. Sure there are nods to Kirby, especially the excellent Kamandi comics, but there’s also a plethora of other monsters, robots and beings that could only jump from Scioli’s fertile imagination. ambar1

As with Scioli’s must read Transformers vs. G.I. Joe series, American Barbarian is full of unabashed love for all things sci fi, fantasy, film, comics and pop culture. It takes concepts that have at times been stereotyped as low, and raised them to high comics art. Thanks to IDW, American Barbarian is finally receiving a nice new complete hardcover collection. It’s unlike any other new book you’ll see on the stands this week, and I hope you’ll take the time to relish this work in all its glory. ambar4

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STAFF PICKS :: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #3 :: AUGUST 5, 2015

August 04, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_pickskyle_staff_picksKYLE’S PICK(S) :: SECRET WARS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #3: Having a more paternal, adult Spider-Man who is constantly worrying about his family and making sure that he is doing whatever is best for them is a definite future shock for Spidey fans.  I never thought I would see a time where his witty banter would go out the door but this is the comic that shows a new side of the wall crawler that gets down to business no fuss, no muss.  Also its just REALLY GOOD.
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BatmanBeyond3BATMAN BEYOND #3:  This book is not what I was originally expecting when it was announced but it is the ideal reboot for the story arc of Futures End that it is springing from.  A future that will definitely look new to all Batman Beyond fans but there are still plenty of faces that they will remember like our favorite inky villain that loves to throw a wrench in the Future Dark Knight’s plans. Dattins a real good un.

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STAFF PICKS :: AIRBOY #3 :: AUGUST 5, 2015

August 03, 2015 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: AIRBOY #3: I was never too enamored of aviation comics. As a genre, it’s not something that appealed to my sensibilities. So, when Image announced a new take on Airboy, it wasn’t a priority in my reading. Airboy is in the public domain, which means the copyright on the property lapsed, and the character is fair game for any creator that cares to use him and his supporting cast. Now, I know James Robinson to be a quality author, and although he doesn’t have a lot of published work under his belt, Greg Hinkle’s art is a thing of great beauty. I didn’t have a lot of expectations when the first issue was released, but because of the top notch creative team I nibbled, and I’m rather glad I did. Robinson uses the title as a metafictional, autobiographical clearinghouse, detailing a debaucherous and undignified mid-career crisis. This is a refreshing take, with the Golden Age stalwart as a moral springboard. This is the kind of story only comics can pull off, and if you were on the fence like me, as of Wednesday, Heroes will have all three issues available for your enjoyment. Check out what is turning out to be something of a rare treat, and even more rare, a book every Heroes staffer seems to heartily recommend.

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STAFF PICKS :: SOUTHERN BASTARDS #10 :: WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015

July 29, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: SOUTHERN BASTARDS #10: The boys are back in town and this issue of SoBas is especially rough. Spending a day with Esaw is no plate of ribs with all the fixins’. Aside from all the sex and violence Jason Latour and Jason Aaron stuffed into this issue, proceeds from sales of the variant cover go to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund: http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1330

From the mouth of Latour, “The variant is available in as high a quantity as your retailer wants to order. But please keep in mind that Southern Bastards remains an unabashedly rated R plus comic book. It wasn’t the plan but this one maybe more so.”

We ordered heavy on the “Death To The Flag, Long Live The South” cover so be sure to come by and grab a copy when you can. Thanks!
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By using the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
This city’s fund will provide direct financial support for the funeral and burial expenses of the nine victims of the senseless tragedy. Any funds remaining after the funeral and burial expenses are paid will be donated directly to the Emanuel AME Church in ways best determined to benefit the surviving families and the Church.  Donations to this fund are NOT tax-deductible.
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STAFF PICKS :: WEIRDWORLD #2 :: JULY, 22, 2015

July 21, 2015 By: Seth Peagler Category: Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: WEIRDWORLD #2: Trust me, I get it. Company wide events, crossovers, tie-ins, reboots, and the like can be frustrating, difficult to navigate, and time consuming to deal with whether you’re a fan, a retailer, or like me, both. Let’s face it, they’re not all going to be worth your time and money, but when there are so many being produced, a few will fall through the cracks and fail to get the attention they deserve. Thus, this Staff Pick.

On the surface, Weirdworld may appear as just another ripple in the flood of the Secret Wars Battleworld miniseries. The premise is simple enough, with a lesser known character, Arkon fighting to escape his titular locale, while an array of beastly/monstrous hordes attempt to kill and/or eat him. It’s so simple that in lesser hands, this comic would certainly remain inconsequential. weirdworld1

Fortunately for us, the creators bringing this story to life are Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo. Aaron remains one of the most reliable writers in comics, regardless of whether he’s writing his own creator owned Image books, or a Marvel series. Mike Del Mundo’s gorgeous art continues to impress, and is broadened here to include this series’ necessary fantasy elements. The creators also pull in lots of classic cult characters in this series, so if you’re a fan of Morgan le Fey, Man-Thing, the Lava Men, or Skull the Slayer, there’s even more to enjoy here. weirdworld2

This may be just another Marvel event miniseries, but it’s one of the most enjoyable I’ve read this year. Issue #1 hit shelves just a week or two before HeroesCon, and I read it early one morning after a late night of processing comics for the show. It was the perfect little slice of stand alone, easily accessible comics that we rarely see amid these large publishing events. If you skipped Weirdworld because you assumed that it isn’t worth your time, reconsider that decision and pick up the first two issues this week. Sometimes simple fantasy miniseries can be the most rewarding reads.

 

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