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 :: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S PREMATURE BURIAL ONE SHOT :: APRIL 02, 2014

April 01, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks andy_staff_picksANDY’S PICK :: EDGAR ALLAN POE’S PREMATURE BURIAL ONE SHOT: Is there anything more frightening than being buried alive?  not in my book.  Two of the most terrifying short stories by Edgar Allan PoeThe Cask of Amontillado and The Premature Burial–focus on this awful subject have been adapted by that living (and unburied) legend Richard Corben.  These adaptations should prove to be exciting and beautifully rendered.  Just look at the Cover!  And if anyone asks, when the time comes (and not before!) I demand to be cremated.
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STAFF PICKS :: JUICE SQUEEZERS #1 :: DECEMBER 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: JUICE SQUEEZERS #1: “Scrawny kids versus giant bugs!” Juice Squeezers is a new 4 issue series by David Lapham and Lee Loughridge. This comic is great for comic readers of all ages interested in deep dark town secrets, great art, appealing characterization and  bug-squashing action!

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STAFF PICKS :: WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #45 & BUZZKILL #4 :: DECEMBER 18, 2013

December 18, 2013 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #45: I am fascinated by curios. I blame my grandmother, and her dragging me through area Goodwills and the antique shops of Waxhaw on a regular basis. So when a title like “World War 3 Illustrated” crops up in the week’s new offerings, my eyes perk up. The cover only reinforces that curiosity. Upon further investigation, WW3I is a sporadically published political anthology, founded by comic book artists Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman, and painter Christof Kohlhofer. [1] #45’s theme is the afterlife, and the contributor line-up is a cornucopia of names I don’t recognize (with the exception of Mumia Abu-Jamal), but Peter Kuper’s work is always worth a look, and I won’t mind that cover haunting my coffee table for a couple months.

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HONORABLE MENTION :: BUZZKILL #4: I’m aware the year isn’t over yet (at least not in practice; mentally, that’s another story), but I’m calling Buzzkill superhero book of the year. And it rounds out 2013 nicely with its fourth and final issue this month. The creative team fires with a perfect synergy, and the “high concept” doesn’t interfere with the characterization, or dictate the plot. It’s smart, it’s clever, it’s the kind of thing superhero comics need to do more of: short form, dazzling entertainment. Yes, dazzling. There. I said it.

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[1] Wikipedia, yo.

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STAFF PICKS :: SHAOLIN COWBOY #1 :: OCTOBER 9, 2013

October 07, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: SHAOLIN COWBOY #1: On the surface, Shaolin Cowboy might seem an uncommon staff pick from the likes of me.  There’s not much depth by way of story, its violence is downright gratuitous, and character development is eschewed for visual antics.  Yet, I find myself frequently including this book among my favorites.  Geof Darrow is undoubtedly a master of the form, capable of drawing expansive single paneled pages and highly detailed action scenes with multiple characters.  That’s undeniable, but is really just a part of why I love this book.  Darrow imbues each page with joyous energy.  Even if it’s a bloody scene, Darrow seems to relish the opportunity to put his silent protagonist through the ringer, confident that somehow they’ll both live to see the tale’s end.  As a result, the book feels like Darrow is drawing exactly what he wants, giddily following his muse wherever it may lead.  In this way, Shaolin Cowboy feels like the work of a seasoned jazz improviser soloing at the front of the stage.  But like any experienced jazz musician, you know Darrow laid the groundwork for his solo with years of practice and discipline.  This is the kind of book that makes me happy to have the opportunity to write about comics for this blog.  shaolincow1

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STAFF PICKS :: CATALYST COMIX #4 :: OCTOBER 2, 2013

September 30, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_smlSETH’S PICK :: CATALYST COMIX #4: This has been one of my favorite go-to sleeper series in recent months.  Joe Casey has brought new life to some of Dark Horse’s old super hero properties from the nineties.    His writing alone warrants a read, but the biggest selling point for me is that each issue features three different stories following three sets of protagonists.  The artists who bring this triad to life are top notch creators like Dan McDaid, Ulises Farinas, and Paul Maybury.  This combination produces bright, colorful, kinetic super hero comics, and best of all, you don’t need to have read any of the lackluster nineties stories to follow what’s going on here.  And if that wasn’t enough for you, the cover artists in regular rotation are Paul Pope, Raphael Grampa, and Brendan McCarthy, all of whom are perfect fits for this fun, bizarre super hero series. catalyst4

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STAFF PICKS :: BEST OF MILLIGAN AND MCCARTHY HC :: SEPTEMBER, 11, 2013

September 10, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_smlSETH’S PICK :: BEST OF MILLIGAN AND MCCARTHY HC: We live in an era where an endless wave of past stories are being newly collected (or re-collected) and remastered for new audiences.  As with anything, this wave doesn’t always yield wonderful results.  However, this week offers you a chance to pick up a true gem of previously published, never before collected comics.  Dark Horse’s The Best of Milligan and McCarthy collects over 250 pages from these idiosyncratic creators.  Throughout their careers, Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy have exhibited a wide range and use of satire in their work.  Be it at Marvel, DC, Vertigo, or 2000 A.D., these creators are always reliable.  This new hardcover collects many of their influential stories from the eighties, like Paradax, Skin, Rogan Gosh, and Freakwave.  These are quirky, psychedelic, multi-layered comics that will both befuddle and entertain upon repeated readings.  If you’re already a fan, here’s a way to collect all of these stories in one handy volume.  If you’re not familiar with these works, flip through a copy at Heroes this week, and prepare to encounter mind-blowing comics from two greats of the ’80’s British comics invasion. millandmc

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STAFF PICKS :: ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1 :: AUGUST 28, 2013

August 22, 2013 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1: Do you know what I miss? Tiny Titans, especially the bat penguins and rabbits.  Luckily for me, I can fill that adorable gap in my comic reading this week with a tiny little Hellboy and friends. At first, I wasn’t totally sold on this idea.  I mean, I love Hellboy, Jr. and the young Hellboy stories, but I like the grittiness in those tales rather than having a cutesy kid friendly-vibe.  But ultimately, Art and Franco won me over, mostly thanks to the addition of the animal sidekicks.  Who doesn’t love a purple monkey? Plus, any book that brings Roger back will make my pull list.

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STAFF PICKS :: CATALYST COMIX #1 :: JULY 03, 2013

July 03, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: CATALYST COMIX #1: For this relaunch of Dark Horse’s superhero anthology the company has gone with a formula similar to what worked so well for Image Comics’ Prophet. I love the creative team they’ve assembled and I hope the book finds it’s audience because this is just the type of thing that people complain about not being able to find on the shelves. Here it is people, Joe Casey writing superheroes drawn by Dan McDaid, Paul Maybury, Ulises Farinas, and Rafael Grampá! Weird action awaits!

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HEROESCON 2013 :: INCENTIVE PRINT REVEALED!

May 31, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: HeroesCon

HeroesCon 2013 starts exactly 1 week from now! Everyone that orders Advance 3-day passes this year receives an exclusive signed and numbered print featuring The Goon by Eric Powell! Don’t forget, kids 12 & under are free and we will have something special for them as well (in limited quantities!).

Heroes Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 7-9 2013. Get your 3 day passes today! Our full guest list (so far) is here.

Eventbrite - HEROES CONVENTION 2013 :: 3 DAY REGISTRATION

Eventbrite - HEROES CONVENTION 2013 :: 3 DAY REGISTRATION

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