STAFF PICKS :: BEST OF EC ARTIST’S EDITION :: JULY 10, 2013

July 05, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: BEST OF EC ARTIST’S EDITION: This Artist’s Edition features some of the most beautiful art so far in this series of oversized art books from IDW. I’m going to enjoy seeing life-size reproductions of the original art from the hands of these masters! It features 50 Girls 50 by Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta, The Corpse by Harvey Kurtzman, The Flying Machine by Bernie Krigstein, Touch and Go by Johnny Craig, Judgment Day by Joe Orlando. All these plus more! And a cover gallery crammed with more EC goodness!

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HEROESCON 2013 :: ROCKETEER SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!

July 05, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News

If you missed out on our Rocketeer shirt by Lee Weeks at HeroesCon this year, fear not! You can pre-order your very own shirt right here! Click the photo below to check out more of Dane Abernathy’s great photos from the 1st run of our HeroesCon Rocketeer shirts on our Flickr page. Thanks to Dane and Contagious Graphics!

You can pre-order your very own shirt here!

 

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STAFF PICKS :: John Byrne Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition :: JUNE 26, 2013

June 25, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JASON’S PICK :: John Byrne Fantastic Four Artist’s Edition: A few months back, I chose the Gil Kane Spider-Man Artist’s Edition as a pick of the week. As excited as I was for that book, this volume is one I’ve been looking forward to since IDW began the Artist’s Edition line. John Byrne’s run on Fantastic Four is one of the high points in the series’ history, so I can’t wait to get a look at the art from this selection of issues by one of comics’ great artists in all its original, full-sized, unfiltered glory. If you’re a fan of Byrne’s early to mid-1980s glory days, this book is definitely worth checking out.

 

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STAFF PICKS :: COMPLETE ZAUCER OF ZILK :: MARCH 27, 2013

March 25, 2013 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JUSTIN’S PICK :: COMPLETE ZAUCER OF ZILK: Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy tell a bizarre, technicolor tale of the magic of imagination unfettered. Chock full of memorable characters and mind-bending vistas, this handy edition wraps up the two issue IDW mini in one tidy volume. Fans of whimsy, sci-fi and fantasy will all find common ground here. It’s a bit like Judge Dredd gene-spliced with the Wizard of Oz. 

 

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STAFF PICKS :: ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR #1 :: FEBRUARY 27, 2013

February 22, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR #1: Whenever I talk or write about IDW’s new Rocketeer stories, I like to mention my opinion that any artists who work on the character pale in comparison with its creator, Dave Stevens.  No one will ever make Rocketeer stories better than Stevens.  However, I usually follow up that statement with this one:  I love the way IDW has created new stories that both revere and uphold Stevens’ legacy.  Their two volumes of Rocketeer Adventures read like a love letter to Stevens’ creation, and the Mark Waid/Chris Samnee miniseries Cargo of Doom fell right in line with the tradition.  This week IDW offers up an all new miniseries by Roger Langridge and J. Bone, along with Walt Simonson on covers.  Langridge, while known for humor and all ages work, has always had a strong connection with comics’ adventure roots.  Look no further than his excellent John Carter of Mars adaptation for evidence.  J. Bone has done lots of work with Darwyn Cooke, and also provided the covers for DC’s Super Friends title.  If you take his previous comics into consideration, it’s easy to see how well he could bring the Rocketeer’s era to life.  Even though I’ll always love Dave Stevens’ work best, it would be a shame if we were denied new stories of his famous creation.  Thankfully, IDW knows how much people care about Rocketeer, and hires creators who equally value the man and his work.  Let’s hope they will continue to produce quality comics that not only pay homage to Stevens, but allow future generations to be exposed to his genius. 

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STAFF PICKS :: GIL KANE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST’S EDITION ::

January 07, 2013 By: Heroes Online Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JASON’S PICK :: GIL KANE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ARTIST’S EDITION: IDW’s Artist Edition series has been nothing short of incredible for fans who enjoy poring over the details in the art of the comics we love. Let’s be honest; this is the closest most of us will ever come to owning original art from some classic comics. Last year’s John Romita Artist Edition was a real treat for Spider-Man fans, and I’m just as excited about this second trip to the Spidey well, this time featuring the art of Gil Kane. Artwork from some seminal issues have been reprinted in all their marked-up, pasted-up, original glory here, including the introduction of Morbius, the six-armed Spider-Man, the non-Comics Code-approved drug abuse issues, and – most importantly – the death of Gwen Stacy. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

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STAFF PICKS :: 2012 FAVORITES :: SETH PEAGLER

December 20, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S FAVORITES OF 2012 :: It’s been an eclectic year for comics.  Amid all the relaunches and reboots, company-wide crossovers and such, there were still some truly entertaining books that caught my attention.  It’s like I always say, you might not like everything new, and might not like the directions of some books or companies, but if you take the time to look around, you’ll find plenty of quality comics to enjoy.

Favorite Super-hero Book of 2012Wolverine and the X-men/Hawkeye: I couldn’t narrow it down to one.  Wolverine and the X-men, in spite of having to weave in and out of the giant Avengers vs. X-men story, managed to be one of the most consistently joyous comics of the year for me.  Much of this is owed to writer Jason Aaron, who kept the tone of the book consistent, which may well have been a challenge this year.  Kudos also to artists Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw for matching the energy and humor in Aaron’s scripts, and adding their own unique takes on these characters.
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STAFF PICKS :: MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1 :: NOVEMBER 28, 2012

November 24, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

KARLA’S PICK :: MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1: As a child of the 80’s, how could I NOT be excited about this? My Little Pony was a big deal when I was a kid, and I’m happy to see that some things never change!
Based off of the hit cartoon of the same name, and with a talented writer like Katie Cook and interior art by Andy Price, I’m sure this is going to be a great addition to anyone’s collection!
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STAFF PICK’S :: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012 :: OCTOBER 31, 2012

October 26, 2012 By: Justin Crouse Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JUSTIN’S PICK :: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012: Old school Turtles fans rejoice! This oversized annual features a rare treat, a solo Kevin Eastman story starring Raphael and Casey Jones! If you’ve been missing Eastman’s contribution to IDW’s main Turtles ongoing, this’ll tide you over.

Bonus mention: If you’re a Turtles fan and haven’t been checking out the main title, now’s a great time. HeroesCon alum Andy Kuhn is providing the art, and anyone that read the Michelangelo micro-series issue knows, that man can draw a mean Ninja Turtle. For those already familiar with Mr. Kuhn’s fantastic work, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention he ALSO drew up the latest issue of Secret Avengers, so wander on over to that superhero side, genre people!



 

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STAFF PICKS :: GODZILLA: HALF CENTURY WAR #2 :: SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

September 14, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JUSTIN’S PICK :: GODZILLA: HALF CENTURY WAR #2: James Stokoe is quite the one-man show, as evinced in his singular solo series Orc Stain. Here he turns his considerable talents to the King of All Monsters, crafting visual granduer and expanding the mythos with new characters and perspectives. Issue one flew out the door, so don’t miss #2.

 

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