STAFF PICKS :: WEIRDWORLD #2 :: JULY, 22, 2015

July 21, 2015 By: Seth Peagler Category: Staff Picks

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seth_staff_picksSETH’S PICK :: WEIRDWORLD #2: Trust me, I get it. Company wide events, crossovers, tie-ins, reboots, and the like can be frustrating, difficult to navigate, and time consuming to deal with whether you’re a fan, a retailer, or like me, both. Let’s face it, they’re not all going to be worth your time and money, but when there are so many being produced, a few will¬†fall through the cracks and fail to get the attention they deserve. Thus, this Staff Pick.

On the surface, Weirdworld¬†may appear as¬†just¬†another ripple in the flood of the Secret Wars Battleworld miniseries. The premise is simple enough, with a lesser¬†known character, Arkon fighting to escape his titular locale, while an array of beastly/monstrous hordes attempt to kill and/or eat him. It’s so simple that¬†in lesser hands, this comic would certainly remain inconsequential.¬†weirdworld1

Fortunately for us, the creators bringing this story to life are Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo. Aaron remains one of the most reliable writers in comics, regardless of whether he’s writing his own creator owned Image books, or a Marvel series. Mike Del Mundo’s gorgeous art continues to impress, and is broadened here to include¬†this series’ necessary fantasy elements.¬†The creators also pull in lots of classic cult characters in this series, so if you’re a fan of Morgan le Fey, Man-Thing, the Lava Men, or Skull the Slayer, there’s even more¬†to enjoy here.¬†weirdworld2

This may be just another Marvel event miniseries, but it’s one of the most enjoyable I’ve read this year. Issue #1 hit shelves just a week or two before HeroesCon, and I read it early one morning after a late night of processing comics for the show. It was the perfect little slice of stand alone, easily accessible comics that we rarely see amid these large publishing events. If you skipped Weirdworld¬†because you assumed that it¬†isn’t worth your time, reconsider that decision and pick up the first two issues this week. Sometimes simple fantasy miniseries can be the most rewarding reads.

 

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STAFF PICKS :: ELEKTRA TP VOL 01 BLOODLINES :: NOVEMBER 05, 2014

November 03, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: ELEKTRA TP VOL 01 BLOODLINES: Until this recent series, my knowledge of Elektra was limited to the Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.¬† I can’t even claim to have seen the solo movie.¬† Neither of those movies are a good ad for just how awesome and bad ass Elektra is in the comics.¬† This new series is a great ¬†ad and the release of the first trade paperback is an excellent time to give it a read.¬† Written by Haden Blackman and drawn by Mike del Mundo, the art is gorgeous and the story is interesting with no prior knowledge needed.

¬†Bonus Pick: Rocket Raccoon #5:¬†Are you reading Rocket’s stand alone series? If you said no, then why the heck not? This book is super fun and super funny and you are missing out if not picking it up monthly!¬†BTW: This issue is drawn by the founder of last month’s InkTober, Jake Parker.
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STAFF PICKS :: THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB #1 & ELEKTRA #1 :: APRIL 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

staff_picks rico_staff_picksRICO’S PICKS ::¬†THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB #1: Evan Dorkin has been exposing and skewering the dark recesses of fandom since the days before the internet existed. I love to hate these guys and this book comes at a time when tolerance for this kind of entitled fan is at an all time low. If you read this and think it’s about you, it’s time to make a change!
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ELEKTRA #1: When a creative thinker who has been turning in brilliant cover after brilliant cover for years at Marvel is let loose on the inside of one of their comics you shouldn’t take it for granted. Mike Del Mundo¬†has been producing some conceptual cover masterpieces for Marvel and I can’t wait to see what he does on this book!
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