STAFF PICKS :: X-MEN #5 :: SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

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

staff_picks heather_staff_picksHEATHER’S PICK :: X-MEN #5:¬†You guys, Battle of the Atom did not disappoint! I am enthusiastically selecting X-Men #5 this week which is part 3 of the Battle of the Atom event. I really like the way the story is flowing through all the X-Men books. ¬†I will even be picking up the Uncanny X-Men issues which is the only title included in this event that I am not currently reading. ¬†I won’t include any spoilers here as this is such a new story line, but I squealed out loud to see a certain character reveal. ¬†I can’t wait to see how the tensions between X-Men of past, present, and future play out across some of my favorite books.

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STAFF PICKS :: 2012 FAVORITES :: BRENT BAGWELL

December 22, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

BRENT’S FAVORITES OF 2012:

Favorite Superhero Book of 2012: There were lots of great superhero books on the stands this year (the reinvigorated¬†Daredevil, the thematically-unified¬†Uncanny X-Force, and the imaginative¬†Action Comics were definite front runners for me), but my favorite capes-and-fisticuffs book continues to be¬†Batwoman. Operating on the fringes of the Bat-family, it is allowed to move at its own pace. J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman turn in thought-provoking scripts that take the story in introspective directions. The great strength of the book, of course, lies in the art. Williams turns in page after page of gorgeous work. But even when he’s spelled a bit by Amy Reeder or Trevor McCarthy, the storyline shines through. The current arc, featuring a Wonder Woman team-up, is knitting together years of plot threads in high style.

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LOOKING AHEAD :: JANUARY 2013

November 15, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead is our monthly column where we talk about some key things you’ll find in the most recent issue of Previews.¬† You can order any of these books and more by simply looking through Previews and letting us know¬†which ones you’d like.¬† Just make sure you get your orders to us by November 18.

To kick off 2013, DC’s popular Death of the Family storyline¬†will be continuing¬†in such titles as Batman, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws.¬† Check out these titles to see how the Scott Snyder-directed new version of the Joker will continue to wreck havoc on the Batman family. (pages 93-103)

Dark Horse will ring in the New Year by bringing us brand new series to enjoy.¬† First up is a new Star Wars ongoing series by Brian Wood.¬† The key here is that this one focuses on untold stories set in the days of the classic trilogy with Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia and Vader.¬†¬†Dark Horse will also be debuting a four issue mini series,¬†The Black Beetle: No Way Out, from¬†Francesco Francavilla.¬† Francavilla’s one of comics most in-demand¬†cover artists, but somehow he found time to write and draw this mini series which will undoubtedly be packed with plenty of pulp-noir goodness. (pg. 34, 48)

Image celebrates the tenth anniversary of Invincible with issue #100.¬† In addition to answering lots of questions and potentially leading the character in a new direction, this issue also features a ton of variant covers from the likes of Cory Walker, Marc Silvestri, Bryan Hitch, Art Adams and more.¬† Some of writer Robert Kirkman’s diehard Walking Dead fans are slowly realizing he writes other comics too, so don’t be surprised if this one goes quickly.

Image is also bringing a brand new printing of Paul Pope’s One Trick Rip-Off.¬† Not only is this 288 page volume newly colored (for the first time), but over 150 of the pages comprise a Deep Cuts section, featuring a plethora of unpublished and rarely seen work from Pope.¬† Some of the stories here were original published in Japan, and have never been seen by an American audience.¬† (pages 184-185)

For the Comic Strip enthusiasts among you, there are¬†plenty of reasons to look forward to January.¬† Over 15 classic Calvin and Hobbes books have been newly reprinted, and some of these haven’t been available for quite a while.¬† Whether it’s a collection of Sunday¬†Strips¬†or one of the many best of collections (The Indispensable, The Authoritative, etc.), or one of the early collections, there are many options in this month’s Previews. (pages 232-234)

If you prefer comic strips that are a bit darker in their humor, Fantagraphics debuts a brand new collection of Tony Millionaire’s Maakies in January.¬† Millionaire’s highly regarded for the way he combines classic strip cartooning (and fine line work) with subversive humor.¬† Green Eggs and Maakies continues the long-running exploits of Drinky Crow and Uncle Gabby as they find new and self-destructive ways to get themselves into trouble.¬† (pg. 296)

January also finds Marvel continuing their big Marvel Now campaign with a slew of new series.¬† Among the new titles are a Sam Humphries/Ron Garney helmed Uncanny X-force #1, a Black Panther-focused New Avengers title from Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman’s Peter Parker-less new Superior Spider-man #1, Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine #1, and Young Avengers #1 which reuintes Phonogram‘s Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.¬† (Marvel Previews pages 2-23)

 

Take a look through Previews for yourself and remember to let us know by November 18 if you’d like us to order or reserve a copy of a January book for you.

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STAFF PICKS :: X-MEN #38 & STUMPTOWN #3 :: NOVEMBER 07, 2012

November 06, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

Maybe I shouldn’t use the Heroes blog to push books I’ve worked on but darn it, I’m proud of these two books I colored that are coming out this week!

RICO’S PICK(S) :: X-MEN #38: The solicitations say this one is written by Brian Wood and David Lopez but I’m here to let you know that is incorrect my friends. X-Men #38 is written by Seth Peck and it features almost no X-Men! This issue a old-fashioned team up featuring Daredevil and Domino. The art is provided by Paul Azaceta and myself, check out page 1 below.

STUMPTOWN #3: Greg Rucka and¬†Matthew Southworth’s Stumptown really heats up this issue. The twists and turns are picking up and the action is coming to a head. Grab the first two issues of this while we have them and pick #3 up when it comes out this Wednesday. I think you’ll agree, Dex Parios is one of the most well developed and likable characters in comics.

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LOOKING AHEAD :: DECEMBER 2012

October 17, 2012 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

It looks like departments stores are already setting up their Christmas displays so it’s not too early for me to remind you that Heroes is a great place to do some Christmas shopping while you’re picking up your own comics.¬† From an excellent All Ages section to art books to comic strip collections, there’s something for everyone on your list.¬† There’s also the annual Holiday Sale for the bargain hunters among us.¬† Keep an eye on the blog for that announcement.

Avengers #1 and #2:  Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena take on an expanded Avengers roster as the team entered the Marvel NOW! era.  This title will be shipping twice a month and the preview art is stunning.  (Marvel Previews, pages 4-8)

Amazing Spider-Man #700: While new titles are launching in the Marvel-verse, this long running Spider-Man series is coming to an end.¬† It’s ending in a big way with 104 pages and some great covers, including a variant with the names of the creators who have worked on the book appearing in the city skyline. (Marvel Previews, pages 47-50)

Monsters, Inc. #1: Marvel is bringing another hit Disney movie into comics with this adaption of Monsters, Inc. in a mini-series that follows the adventures of a human girl who has sneaked into Monstropolis. (Marvel Previews, page 67)

Hellboy in Hell #1: Mike Mignola returns to both writing and drawing duties as we join Hellboy after his sacrifice in Great Britain landed him in hell with both familiar faces and a throne that have been awaiting his arrival. (pages 31-33)

Rotten Apple: Heroes regular, Sanford Greene, teams with writer Chuck Brown on a hunt for a priceless relic in the dystopian city of Rotten Apple. (page 50)

House of Fun:  Evan Dorkin brings the fun in only the way he can with this issue that includes new Milk and Cheese strips, stories from Dark Horse Presents and much, much more.  (page 66)

Django Unchained #1 and #2: Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie hits comics as an adaption of his full screenplay that tells the story of a dentist turned bounty hunter and his partner a newly freed slave.¬† If that’s not enough, the art for the series is provided by Scalped‘s R.M. Guera and Charlotte’s own¬†Jason Latour. ¬† (page 137)

Sweet Tooth #40: The journey of Gus comes to an end in this final issue of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed series. ¬† (page 143)

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition New Printing: If you missed out on the first printing of this beautiful artist’s edition, never fear, just in time for the holidays a new printing is available. (page 173)

MARA #1: Brian Wood and Ming Doyle tell the story of Mara Prince, a celebrity athlete with supernatural abilities that is now famous for all the wrong reasons.¬† Ming’s art is gorgeous and in Brian’s hands this is sure to be an interesting tale. ¬† (pages 182-184)

Chew volume 6: Space Cakes TP : I’ve been reading Chew in trade and I am ecstatic that a new volume awaits me in December.¬† Collecting issues 26-30, plus the amazing Secret Agent Poyo one-shot, this trade is sure to make the Chew fan in your life have a very happy holidays indeed. (page 203)

Love and Rockets: The Covers: Fantagraphics has collected over 150 covers from Los Bros. Hernandez and brought them together in one glorious oversized art book for our viewing pleasure.  The covers are almost exclusively presented without cover logos or texts (page 296)

Mermin volume 1: Out of Water: Don’t miss the full color hardcover of the adventures of Mermin the Merman and his human friends after he washes ashore following his escape from the underwater kingdom of Mer.¬† Originally published by Joey Weiser in mini-comics, this new collection is sure to please comic fans of all ages. (pages 306-307)

Chu’s Day: A new children’s book from Neil Gaiman about a cute little panda with a giant sneeze is the only description anyone should need to pick up this adorable picture book.¬† (page 352)

Get a head start on holiday shopping with this month’s Previews order and don’t forget to throw in a little something for yourself!

 

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