THE FLASH PREMIERE PARTY :: OCTOBER 6TH

August 28, 2015 By: Rico Renzi Category: Uncategorized

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Don’t blink or you’ll miss the season 2 premiere of The Flash!

Join us and WCCB on Tueday, October 6th at 6 PM for a viewing party here at the store to celebrate the return of our favorite crimson speedster! JJ’s Red Hots,Taste Buds Popcorn and King of Pops will be on site plus the CW Street Team will be playing plinko for CWag prizes! And stick around after the premiere for a live Flash Chat!

PLUS attendees can score a limited edition The Flash Season 2 Premiere Party poster created exclusively for WCCB, Charlotte’s CW by artist Andy Smith.

Let us know you’re coming HERE!

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STAFF PICKS :: HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #7 :: JULY 1, 2015

June 30, 2015 By: Karla Marsh Category: Reviews, Spotlight on New Releases, Staff Picks

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karla_staff_picksKARLA’S PICK :: HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #7: Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know, BIG SURPRISE! My pick for the week is He-Man: The Eternity War #7. That’s almost like me saying, “Hey guys, you know what I REALLY like? BREATHING!! Breathing is AWESOME!!” All obviousness aside, however, I AM picking this issue for a reason other than my true and undying love of all things Masters of the Universe. Issue #7 picks up with a new creative team. Rob David and Dan Abnett take the story-crafting reigns for this arc while Edgar Salazar’s pencils bring a slightly edgier look to the Masters. The changes in artistic style are bold, but not detrimental as the story picks up with Skeletor, She-Ra and Skeletor’s minions trying to find a way to best Hordak now that Evil-Lyn has betrayed them. The story is solid and offers more insight into the current incarnation of Skeletor! There’s also some good moments with Shadow Weaver which made me happy! (I want more Princess of Power characters in my Master’s of the Universe!) The cover by Jonboy Meyers is also worth mentioning because, if you look closely, you can see twisted versions of classic She-Ra characters Madame Razz, Kowl and Glimmer in the mix!

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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 :: 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 :: BATGIRL #35 :: OCTOBER 08, 2014

October 02, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksrico_staff_picksRICO’S PICK :: BATGIRL #35: Project Rooftop has known it for years, passion for old characters can be reignited with a great costume redesign. This is tricky though. The entire New 52 launch was redesigned across the board with varying levels of success. An almost universally loved costume redesign for an established character is almost unheard of. Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart have accomplished this rare feat with their Batgirl revamp which starts next week. Brendan Fletcher (co-writer of the wonderful Gotham Academy) is co-writing Batgirl along with Cameron Stewart while Stewart does layouts for Tarr who does the finished black and white art. The team is rounded out by brilliant cartoonist and HeroesCon darling Maris Wicks on colors. I’m looking forward to seeing where this team takes Barbara Gordon!
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STAFF PICKS :: BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1 :: SEPTEMBER 04, 2013

September 05, 2013 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picksjustin_staff_picksJUSTIN’S PICK :: BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #1: In the wake of DC’s massive roll-out of Forever Evil and Villains Month, it might be easy to overlook a black and white anthology, even if it does feature one of the greatest comic book icons of all-time. Batman as a character tends to attract comics’ top talent, and in that interest, DC has revived the Black & White series. Boasting a stunning cover by Marc Silvestri, this issue is a cornucopia of amazing art and writing, from Chip Kidd and Michael Cho‘s wonderful team-up tale to a Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy yarn by dream team Maris Wicks and Joe Quinones. Bat-luminary  Neal Adams flies solo, John Arcudi pairs nicely with Sean Murphy, and Howard Mackie and Chris Samnee round out this outstanding issue with a truly grisly character study of one of the Caped Crusader’s most intriguing villains. In the sound and fury of all these .1 issues, take a little quiet time with this gem, and revel in the art form we all love and appreciate.

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STAFF PICKS :: BATMAN LI’L GOTHAM #1 :: APRIL 10, 2013

April 08, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: BATMAN LI’L GOTHAM #1 ::  On paper, it looks like a standout week for new books.  There are sure things like Hawkeye #9, Saga #12, a new Marvel Oz hardcover, and books you should be reading if you aren’t already, like Sledgehammer 44 #2 and Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #3.  I’ll pick all of these up, but have chosen as my official staff pick, this delightful new series from Dustin Nguyen.  At first glance it might look like DC is trying to jump on the ‘baby variant’ bandwagon, but for those who don’t know, Nguyen started producing these stories as digital only releases last year.  Having read many of the stories online, I’m excited to see them enter our glorious realm of print.  These are fun all ages comics that feature diminutive versions of Batman and his extended family of heroes and foes on holiday themed adventures.  They’re perfect for young readers or any adult fans who appreciate lighthearted palate cleansers. Bonus Pick of the Week:  Most of you know that the majority of the Heroes staff is comprised of creative people.  Several of us are in various stages of developing our comic work.  Rico, of course, colors world class comics all the time, and others like Bridgit are quickly developing into creators on the rise.  Add to that list our own Justin Crouse, who contributed art to three stories in a new book on the shelves this week.  Pick up Center of Gravity from Low Key Comics and see what Justin works on outside of Heroes.  I’m particularly fond of the first story “Monkey Bars.”  There are some nice, quiet moments in it that remind you of  Justin’s skill as a visual storyteller.

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HEROES INTERVIEW :: MATT KINDT

February 20, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Interviews

If you’re familiar with the work of Matt Kindt, you know he’s one of the hardest working creators in comics. Over the past several years he’s received critical acclaim for his graphic novels Super Spy, 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, Revolver, and Pistolwhip.  More recently, you’ve probably seen his work on Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and in Mind Mgmt, the monthly Dark Horse title he writes, illustrates and designs.  Kindt’s previous graphic novels suggest he possesses one of the more original voices in comics.  Now with Mind Mgmt, not only do you have further support for his originality, but you’re getting monthly examples of it.  For a deeper look at Mind Mgmt, check out my review of issues 1-5 HERE.  In the meantime, enjoy the interview.

Seth Peagler (SP): Mind Mgmt is your first big monthly book, but it’s also one where you’re writing, illustrating and directing the design of every aspect of it. What were some things that contributed to your decision to tackle something of this scale at this point in your career?

Matt Kindt (MK): Well, to be honest, I feel like graphic novels were getting too easy from a creative stand point. I was getting a little bored. And I was tired of disappearing for a year to finish a book and then launching a book and disappearing again. Now I get to launch a new issue every month and get a little more interaction with readers. I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a GN format. I’m having way too much fun doing a monthly series. (more…)

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