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STAFF PICKS :: A-FORCE #1 :: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015

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

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: A-FORCE #1: So Secret Wars, things blow up, worlds collide, Heroes had a really cool variant cover.  You now have the sum total of my knowledge of the wars of secrets.  That’s my comics confession, I rarely do the big events.

In spite of that, I can’t wait to pick up A-Force #1. Marvel’s got my number on this one.  A comic loaded with female superheroes written by one of my personal favorites, G. Willow Wilson. (Side note: Are you reading Ms. Marvel?  If no, then why the *$@! not?!? Pick up a trade or two when you’re in this week for singles.)

Written by Wilson and Marguerite Bennett with gorgeous art by Jorge Molina and Craig Yeung as well as colors by Laura Martin and Matt Milla, out of Secret Wars (I think) comes Battleworld, part of which is protected by a team of lady Avengers.  Based on the cover and previews of interior pages, the team includes some of my favorite Marvel characters: She-Hulk,  Medusa,  Hellcat, Jubilee,  and SpiderGwen.   There are a ton of other great characters in case our favorites don’t coincide.  This looks like a good one to pick up, especially while so many titles hit pause for the summer.
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STAFF PICKS :: THE BEST AVIAN SIDEKICK? 4 ROBINS OR 3 JR. WOODCHUCKS :: MAY 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 By: Andy Mansell Category: Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: ROBIN THE BOY WONDER A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC

(W) Bill Finger & Various (A) Bob Kane & Various (CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Happy Birthday Dick/Jason/Damien and according to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, there are some who call him…..Tim? Regardless he still looks great…nice gams! And you have to tip your hat to the enduring concept of the Super-hero kid side-kicks. Again, I know nothing about the contents, but these DC Diamond Jubilee editions have been consistently good. And I’d be willing to bet $.15 (Sterling!) that a whole lot of Teen Titans can be found somewhere between these hard covers.
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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 9)

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Two hundred pages of comics by the greatest of the great Carl Barks. You get Donald Duck, his Uncle Scrooge and his nephews Huey, Dewey & Louie, great gags, break-neck pacing, exhilarating adventure that ads up to comic storytelling at its best. What more do you need? How about brief, insightful essays on every story from a number of knowledgable critics, authors and academics. Buy this volume or any volume. Buy some Barks NOW!
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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, MAY 06, 2015

May 06, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksrico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK(S) :: SECRET WARS #1: Secret Wars was the crossover that captured the imaginations of the kids I went to school with in the 80’s and started the Marvel summer crossover trend. I can’t tell yet if Marvel is letting Hickman burn everything to the ground to start things over for real, for real but a lot of the books coming out of this book seem interesting at least! This book has a ton of covers for fans to choose from including our HeroesCon variant featuring a fresh take on Zeck and Beatty’s classic Secret Wars #8 (colored by me!).
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BONUS PICKS: Since I’m plugging things I’ve colored, why not pick up Spider-Gwen #4 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 today too. The second Southern Bastards trade is out today too if you need to catch up on that amazing story by Jasons Aaron and Latour.
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:: SUPERMAN VS DARKSEID TP
Publisher: DC COMICS
(W/A) John Byrne & Various (CA) Adam Kubert
Mayweather v Pacquiao was a dance contest compared to these two heavy-weights. And the best part is this pay-per-view is only 20.00! And once in your library, you can enjoy it more than once! But please, no wagering…Collecting SUPERMAN #3 (1987), ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #426, ACTION COMICS #586, SUPERMAN VS. DARKSEID: APOKOLIPS NOW!, SUPERMAN/BATMAN #12-13, COUNTDOWN #3-2, DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #8 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.1!
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SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #10
Publisher: DC COMICS
(W) Sholly Fisch (A/CA) Dario Brizuela
Wow, the two greatest Saturday Morning Cartoons of all time join forces. With Johnny and Hajji added to Mystery Inc, the term meddling kids is no longer a misnomer. Plus, this should prove once and for all who wins in a no holds barred junkyard dog fight between Scooby Doo and Bandit. The victor advances to the quarter finals of the Laff-Olympics to take on the winner of the Muttley/Dino-mutt grudge match.
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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015

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

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: AVENGERS WEST COAST VISION QUEST TP NEW PTG
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Let’s head back to the late ’80’s as the all star creative team of Byrne, Byrne and Byrne turn the the super-team known behind their backs as Avengers 90210 into quite the chaotic mess by completely screwing with the Vision and the Scarlet Witch. And if that isn’t enough, Byrne unveils the Great Lakes Avengers who have to deal with the triple threat of the Dread Mosquito, the onslaught of The Living Humidity and the unlimited power of The Snow Plow!! Collects WEST COAST AVENGERS #42-47 and AVENGERS WEST COAST #48-50.
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AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION BEHOLD VISION TP
(W) Roy Thomas (A) Various (CA) John Buscema
Writer Roy Thomas and artists John Buscema, Gene Colan and Sal Buscema proved once and for all that the House of Ideas was capable of great things without Stan Lee at the typewriter. Inside the covers of this TPB we witness the debut of the Vision, the introduction of Yellowjacket as well as an all-new Goliath! Plus, Ultron, Kang the Conqueror and the chess-piece wielding Squadron Sinister. Need more? Howzabout the Black Panther and the return of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch? Collecting AVENGERS #57-76 and MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #17 And yes, years before Star Trek: Generations we discover that even an android can cry. And lastly, a Shocking cameo from one Percy Bysshe Shelly. Poetic Justice, indeed!
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AVENGERS VISION AND SCARLET WITCH TP NEW PTG
 (W) Steve Englehart, Bill Mantlo (A) Don Heck, Rick Leonardi (CA) Gil Kane
Set the Way-Back Machine to 1982 and meet the first true Power Couple as they toil to make a life for themselves in the suburbs. ScarViz -as the paparazzi like to call them– and their super powered battles and marital spats make the trials and tribulations of the Kardashians seem positively trivial in comparison. Collecting GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #4 and VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH (1982) #1-4. Bravo!
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FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS HC ROSS CVR VOL 03 ROSS CVR
(W) Stan Lee (A) Jack Kirby (CA) Alex Ross
For those who prefer their classic Marvel comics 100% Vision, Quicksilver, Ultron and Scarlet Witch free, we have one of the greatest runs in main stream comics history starting with a brooding mad Silver Surfer and ending with Victor Von Doom: Art Critic. Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR  #61-93 and ANNUAL #5-7 (Franklin!) and material from NOT BRAND ECHH #5-7.
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STAFF PICKS :: MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS ACTIVITY BOOK FACSIMILE COLLECTION :: APRIL 29, 2015

April 27, 2015 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS ACTIVITY BOOK FACSIMILE COLLECTION(phew) Like most fans of my generation, I am a victim of nostalgia. No industry exploits that propensity quite like comic books. Alongside a cache of Silver Age treasures and unreliable TV reruns, Marvel/Mattel’s Secret Wars toy line was one of my earliest touchstones for the characters I grew to love. In anticipation of its Big Summer Event incarnation, Marvel is releasing this activity book facsimile collection. I don’t think I even had this as a kid, which makes owning it now even more imperative. ‘The specifics weren’t important,’ reads a particularly illuminating appendix in the trade paperback collection of the original Secret Wars series, ‘as long as it featured unique designs that could be made into toys, and as long as it was called “Secret Wars” – two words Mattel had found tested well with adolescent boys.’ Creepy as grown men dispassionately analyzing children may be, the marketing works: thirty years on, and I’m still buying this stuff. Score one for target demographics.

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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

April 21, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: HULK FUTURE IMPERFECT TP NEW PTG: Writer Peter David along with artists George Perez and Dale Keown take that old SF/superhero chestnut of the hero going into the future to change the past. Or is it the Hero’s job to change the present by going to the future to change the future’s past and the present’s future. Ah hell, who cares (although a Visio couldn’t hurt) when the story and art are this much fun. Keep an eye on those backgrounds; they’re are many smashed Easter Eggs to be found.  Collecting HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT #1-2 and INCREDIBLE HULK: THE END. Plus, see the Hulk’s hairline recede, but don’t stare, he’ll kill ya.
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unnamed (1)JOSS WHEDON: THE COMPLETE COMPANION REVISED & UPDATED SC:
Of course Joss Whedon is the creative juggernaut behind Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelFireflySerenityDollhouse, and even Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, as well as two feature films starring  The Avengers. The Joss Whedon Companion (newly revised) is the ultimate survey and analysis of his career genre bending career. This SC edition from TITAN BOOKS is well written and quite engaging. Perhaps this revised edition includes a chapter on Card Show Hotel Room Etiquette; if so we need to get a copy over to Zander ASAP
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Writer Bill Schelly -a man who has interviewed the titular cartoonist numerous times- delivers an exciting biography of Harvey Kurtzman, the creative mastermind behind Mad Magazine as well as the modern realistic war comic with Two Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. Kurtzman’s story is one everyone needs to read– lawsuits, the FBI, Hugh Hefner and much, much more. He is easily in the top 5 or 6 most influential comics’ creators of all time. Forward by Python alum Terry Gilliam. Fantagraphics has a track record of publishing really solid Creator biographies and it is a no-brainer that HARVEY KURTZMAN HC MAD AND HUMOR IN AMERICA is another worthwhile, reliable gem.
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STAFF PICKS :: RUNLOVEKILL :: APRIL 15, 2015

April 15, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: RUNLOVEKILL: Anytime Eric Canete takes time from his busy schedule of animation work to draw comic books, I’m checking it out. The 1st issue of this 8 issue series comes out today and if you’re into science fiction, explosions and great art you should check it out. You can tell Eric how much you love this when you meet him at HeroesCon in June.

04_RunLoveKill_PreviewBONUS PICK :: SENSATION COMICS #9: Don’t miss today’s Sensation Comics featuring 2 great looking Wonder Woman stories. The first features art by HeroesCon family member Mike Maihack and the second is a Lois Lane and Wonder Woman story with art by Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Jordie Bellaire all wrapped in a great cover by Ben Caldwell.
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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 08, 2015

April 08, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS ::ASTRO CITY FAMILY ALBUM TP NEW ED

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For my money, this is the best Astro City collection. Family and Home are the connecting theme. Two stories stand out. A family moves to Astro City and has to adjust to a world with wall to wall super-heroing and super-villainy. Then Busiek and Anderson focus on the Furst Family-their homage to the Fantastic Four as well as other families of Heroes. And it comes wrapped by a great new cover from Alex Ross.
And wait ’til you meet the dread Mr. Smarty.
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Milt Gross was perhaps the most popular comic artist/humorist during the first half of the past decade.  This volume reproduces one of the first graphic novels of all time. The two principle characters from Gross’ successful Sunday strip ‘That’s My Pop’ run wild through the streets of the Big Apple. Yankee Stadium, The New York Public Library and Coney Island along with many other points of interest will never be the same. Gross was a true master. Don’t miss the recovery of this lost gem.

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Collecting MIRACLEMAN #11-16 and ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1. It’s finally back in print, the final story arc from Alan Moore. It is quite simply the most startling, exciting, violent and eventually transcendent comic books ever created. This volume also includes stories from Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada and Peter Milligan and Mike Allred from the Annual. A must-read for all as well as being the future topic of a Heroes Discussion Group.

HERALD VOL 1: HISTORY IN THE MAKING TP
The search for Amelia Earhart continues as Nikola Tesla and HP Lovecraft team up to take on the Cthulhu cultists with a copy of the original Necronomicon at the center of it all. I’ve not read it, but it sounds like a hoot. Based on true events–no, not really. Collects Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla 1-3
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STAFF PICKS :: KAIJUMAX #1 :: APRIL 8TH 2015

April 07, 2015 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: KAIJUMAX #1: This is one of those comics > movies things. Giant Monster Prison might be kind of awkward on the silver screen, but on the paneled page, flowing from the pen of creator Zander Cannon, it just works. With obvious echoes of Godzilla and Ultraman, but also notes of Rampage (one of my favorite arcade/8 bit diversions of yore), exploitation cinema, and 90s gangsta rap, this comic promises to synthesize a lot of disparate elements into a delectable confection. I can’t really say why you should buy this book, other than I don’t know why you wouldn’t.

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(PS Bryan Lee O’Malley variant!)

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STAFF PICKS :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 01, 2015

April 01, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICKS :: DOCTOR WHO 9TH #01
It’s Barty Crouch!  No, it’s Barty Crouch….JUNIOR!, No it’s the detective from Broadchurch..No, it’s the detective from Gracepoint. No its the Doctor! But which Doctor? Why, the Ninth Doctor ( the one from ‘Blink’!!!) and these Doctor Who comic series from IDW have been consistently good regardless which Time Lord is on the cover and driving the ol’ Tardis.
FLASH A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC
I want to say, 75 years old and he hasn’t lost a step, but I won’t. These milestone celebration books from DC have been consistently worth the price you pay and the shelf space it takes up. The Scarlet Speedster’s edition looks to be just as good if not better than the previous volumes. Content unavailable at New Release time, but rest assured Fox, Infantino, Broome, Loeb and many other creative greats will be featured.
GROO VS CONAN TP
It shouldnt have worked–a story that combines the big foot comic art of the great Sergio Aragones with the realistic detail laden hero art of Tom Yates–but Writer Mark Evanier somehow pulls it all together with a clever framing story involving the scheduled demolition of a beloved local comic shop. This 4-issue series is already a classic.
JOHN ROMITA AMAZING SPIDER MAN ARTIFACT ED HC
The greatest good-girl artist of the Marvel Age struts his stuff on page after page of comics reproduced from original art at its original size. And Romita’s Spider-Man ain’t too shabby neither.
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LONE WOLF & CUB OMNIBUS TP VOL 08
One of the best Comic series of all time begins it’s long, brutal and dramatic final act. Lone Wolf and his son are within miles of Edo (Feudal era Tokyo) and the Shogun demands a resolution to this long painful and violent feud between the scheming Yagyu clan and the vengeful Wolf with baby cart in tow. You need to be picking up these inexpensive volumes; at this price, they are a gift.
WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK GN VOL 02 SHERIFF BULLET VALLEY
Been meaning to try a Carl Barks collection, but haven’t gotten around to it? Well, try this volume that collects one of Bark’s most celebrated Donald Duck adventures. You’ll love it, your kids will love it. If you don’t have kids then your neighbors kids will love it. These are great comics. Take a gander.

 

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