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STAFF PICKS :: MULTIVERSITY THUNDERWORLD #1 :: DECEMBER 17, 2014

December 16, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: MULTIVERSITY THUNDERWORLD #1: I am not a Grant Morrison fanatic, but I’m not repelled by his work, either. I think he’s a very good writer, mostly in that he has a broad and elastic style that can suit a plethora of subject matter. Multiversity has been proof positive of that. But I have anticipated none of the offerings in this mind-bending miniseries more than Thunderworld. Cam Stewart is an inspired choice to delineate the Marvel Family, and Morrison has a pretty sterling track record of modernizing the tropes of yesteryear. Holy moly! 

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STAFF PICKS :: RUMBLE #1 :: DECEMBER 17, 2014

December 15, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: RUMBLE #1: What a way to end my year of Staff Picks! I’ve been eagerly awaiting Rumble #1 since it was first announced months back at the Image Expo. Sure, the blurb heralding the series – “a scarecrow-Conan fighting in a Louis C.K. TV show directed by David Fincher” – has an excellent hook. What ultimately sells it to me, though, is the creative team of John Arcudi and James Harren. Their involvement makes me think this will be one of Image’s most consistent and innovative series for as long as the creators produce it.

rumble2While many of you may best know Arcudi and Harren from their reliable work on B.P.R.D., it’s important to realize that these two possess far more creative dexterity than to simply be labeled as horror creators. Arcudi excels at humor just as well as he does with developing rich characters. Harren, while known for capturing scenes of violence or horror, is a fine storyteller just as capable at crafting small, quiet scenes. These guys always produce comics worth your time, and their combined skills should be on full display with this new creator-owned series. Rumble is the kind of new comic that makes me happy to be a comic retailer, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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STAFF PICKS :: SQUARRIORS #1 :: DECEMBER 07, 2014

December 11, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

 

staff_picksmatt_staff_picksMATT’S PICK :: SQUARRIORS #1: Go Nuts Over Squarriors!
I’m all about the idea of comics featuring woodland creatures taking up tiny bows, arrows and swords! Sadly, I missed the boat on “Mouse Guard”. So, this is my (our) chance to get in on the ground floor of an interesting post-apocalyptic tale of battle-hardened sentient-animals. This title looks like it will borrow some story-arc pacing from “Mouse Guard” – they are based on seasons. The art featured in this book looks lush and kinetic, suitable for a book about tiny woodland-warriors. Artistically interesting “camera angles” and engaging dialog make this a book worth investigating. Based on the sample pages I’ve seen and the creators’ successful crowd-funding campaign, Squarriors looks like a winner!
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STAFF PICKS :: THOMPSON!!! KIRBY!!!!! KIRBY!!!! BUSHMILLER!!!! LARSON!!!!!! :: NOVEMBER 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picks“We’re gonna need a bigger book shelf”–Sheriff Brody

ART OF RICHARD THOMPSON HC| $35.00
I will let our esteemed Warehouse Manager talk about this one, but I can’t say enough about the great Richard Thompson. This book is indispensible!

ART OF THE SIMON AND KIRBY STUDIO| $60.00
KIRBY KING OF THE COMICS HC NEW PTG| $45.00
Two books that showcase the art and the artist! Titan has done a splendid job with their S&K Library and this artbook is a terrific accoutrement! Who knew Kirby better than long time assistant and devoted friend Mark Evanier? Evanier is one of the most engaging writers around and this book is a proud and respectful testament to The King.
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NANCY COMPLETE DAILIES GN VOL 03 LOVES SLUGGO 1949-1951| $39.99
Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller’s masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling.

COMPLETE FARSIDE SC SLIPCASED BOXED SET| $100.00
in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Calvin and Hobbes was the comic strip page gold standard, but it was Gary Larson’s odd and consistently laugh out loud funny single panel the Far Side that got the most buzz around the water cooler. The strip is still influential today with strips like Bizarro, Lio and rhymes with Orange mining the vein Larson tapped.

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STAFF PICKS :: DC SUPER POWERS 8 INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURES :: NOVEMBER 26, 2014

November 24, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: DC SUPER POWERS 8 INCH RETRO ACTION FIGURES: Comics are the peanut butter to merchandising’s jelly. There is something archly appealing about seeing our favorite characters rendered in three dimensions, and that impulse has spawned a cavalcade of…stuff, spanning generations. Now, two generation-defining toy lines – Mego and the Super Powers Collection – get melded in this new series of figures by the Figures Toy Company. Heroes has always been a comics-first establishment, and that principle will always guide us, but these figures….THESE FIGURES…were too cool to resist. And with gift season soon upon us, there’s a character in this selection to please the frothing fanboy in YOUR life (that’s if the staff doesn’t snap them all up first!).

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STAFF PICKS :: MULTIVERSITY: PAX AMERICANA :: NOVEMBER 19, 2014

November 18, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK ::MULTIVERSITY: PAX AMERICANA: Grant Morrison and his most perfect collaborator Frank Quitely reunite to bring you this alternate earth tale of Charlton heroes The Question, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade and Peacemaker. Sounds like a mini Morrison/Quitely one issue stab at Watchmen done their way and it should be interesting.
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STAFF PICKS :: CATCH THE TRADE (& HARDCOVER) WINDS IN YOUR SAILS :: NOVEMBER 19, 2014

November 17, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS: So broke, yet so happy…..the stuff of which Holiday gift lists are made.

CASANOVA COMPLETE ED HC VOL 01 LUXURIA| $29.99Luxuria
For all fans of the writing of Matt Fraction as well as the magical art of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, this edition of the First series starring superspy extraordinaire Casanova Quinn is required reading. Come for the story and art and stay for all the clever cultural references!

DUST COVERS THE COLLECTED SANDMAN COVERS HC NEW ED| $49.99
The new edition of the collected Sandman covers all created by the always innovative Dave McKean features annotations and a new short story by the Endless’ own Neil Gaiman. Innovation is an understatement; here be Gems!

tt-50yearsTEEN TITANS A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS HC| $75.00
I don’t know what is collected in the Teen Titans 50th Anniversary, but DCs recent track record of solid Anniversary anthologies suggests this book will be worth a peek and maybe a purchase.

EC GEORGE EVANS ACES HIGH HC| $29.99
Does anyone draw airplanes better than the late great George Evans? Heck no! And the new Fantagraphics EC spotlight does this craftsman’s work proud. Outstanding comics presented in rich detail laden black and white.

All these volumes are choice but if I could only choose two (one? Shirley, you jest)…
SILVER SURFER EPIC COLLECTION TP WHEN CALLS GALACTUS| $34.99 FF_surfer
Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #49, #55, #57-60, #72 and #74-77 – plus material from FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #48, #50, #56 and #61; FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL (1964) #5; and TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) #92-93.
I would gladly exchange my hard earned tender for this Silver Surfer collection; the stories found within show off the mid-sixties Lee, Kirby and Sinnott magic as they managed to turn the comic world on its collective ear month in and month out. Glorious and more fun than any other book around.

Lastly and certainly not leastly
ART OF MODESTY BLAISE SC| $39.99
Modesty Blaise is the most fun, the most intelligent and most importantly the most consistent daily newspaper adventure strip of the past 40 years. Look through this gem of an artbook that features all 5 of Modesty’s great illustrators and then pick up any–ANY!!!- Modesty reprint volume that Sir Justin of Crowsely stocks on the bulging shelves of Heroeshire. Every single volume is great. I swear!

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STAFF PICKS :: ZENITH PHASE ONE :: NOVEMBER 12, 2014

November 11, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: ZENITH PHASE ONE: Before there was Animal Man, Doom Patrol, New X-Men, The Invisibles, Seven Soldiers of Victory, Batman & Son, Final Crisis, and Multiverse, there was Zenith. Grant Morrison along with designer Brendan McCarthy and artist Steve Yeowell created the first selfish Gen-X Superhero as rock star. Originally published in England in 2000 AD, between 1987 to 1992, ZENITH has not been reprinted for decades and that huge gaping absence in the era of classic reprints ends today. Back in the day, I was one of the few, lucky few in the colonies to read it and if memory serves, it is a marvelous read. Don’t miss it.
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STAFF PICKS :: DRIFTER #1 :: NOVEMBER 12, 2014

November 10, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: DRIFTER #1: Drifter is a new science fiction series from Image Comics written by Ivan Brandon (Men of War) with art by Nic Klein (Captain America). Abram Pollux has crash landed on a very dangerous planet. What will he need to do to survive? I don’t know but I’m going to find out this Wednesday just like you.

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STAFF PICKS :: THE HUMANS #1 :: NOVEMBER 5, 2014

November 05, 2014 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK ::  THE HUMANS #1: When this book was solicited, it appeared to be more of the genre mash-uppery we’ve come to crave from Image Comics. “Planet of the Apes meets Sons of Anarchy” was my small mind’s trifling conclusion. Imagine my surprise when The Humans #1 turned out to encompass a far more broad range of reference points. Steeped in the exploitative iconography of 70s cinema and lacquered (liquored?) with an appropriately underground sensibility, this book’s as entertaining as it is unclassifiable. The back cover by bountiful Benjamin Marra sums things up nicely, and it’s also hand-lettered, which always sends my heart aflutter. Take a bow, Keller/Neely/Collantes…you’ve crafted a thing of gritty beauty.

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