STAFF PICKS :: FATALE #12 :: FEBRUARY 13, 2013

February 13, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: FATALE #12: I look forward to this book every month.¬†Ed Brubaker and¬†Sean Phillips are so consistently good that I kind of hate them. This issue is special for 2 reasons:

1.¬†Elizabeth Breitweiser colored it. She couldn’t be a more perfect choice for this book, she is one of the very best

2. This is a stand-alone issue, everything you need to know is all wrapped up right here.

And just in case you didn’t know, there are great extras in every issue of Fatale that aren’t included in the trade collections.

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STAFF PICKS :: WINTER SOLDIER #15 :: FEBRUARY 06, 2013

February 01, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: WINTER SOLDIER #15: We’ve been waiting for this issue for long time, ever since our neighbor Jason Latour told us he was taking over writing duties on Winter Soldier¬†when Ed Brubaker left. Jason and artist Nic Klein begin their Winter Soldier run on this issue and introduce a cool new character, The Electric Ghost. She’s already a favorite of mine and I hope she sticks around the Marvel Universe for a long time. Check out this 3 page preview below and check out the full issue this Wednesday!

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STAFF PICKS :: IMAGE FIRSTS :: DECEMBER 12, 2012

December 11, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

RICO’S PICK :: IMAGE FIRSTS: Dollar comics! Brand new dollar comics! Image Firsts are new printings of the 1st issues of some of Image’s best books.¬†CHEW, FATALE, MANHATTAN PROJECTS, REVIVAL, SAGA and a few more are being offered this week at a low $1 cover price. This is a great time to try a series that you’ve been hearing about without making a big investment.

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REMINDER :: HEROES DISCUSSION GROUP :: CRIMINAL DOUBLE FEATURE :: THIS SATURDAY! FEBRUARY 18

February 17, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group, EVENTS

There are few things more satisfying than high quality crime fiction (The Novels of Jim Thompson, HBO’s The Sopranos, and Polanski’s Chinatown just to name three).

And there is nothing more embarrassing and ridiculous than cliche-ridden badly done hard boiled crime like Mickey Spillane (OK, it’s kinda funny), Bones (yikes!), Fatal Attraction (GAH!) and sadly I could go on and on.

The essential ingredients needed to produce quality crime writing are a consistent and believable tone, a fully developed central character/narrator and solid cast of supporting characters that allow you to suspend your disbelief until the final page is turned.

In recent years there have been a number of successful crime series in comics–(Darwyn Cooke’s Hunter adaptations,¬†Brian Azzarello and Eduardo¬†Risso’s 100 Bullets and Warren Ellis’ Fell ) and quite a few crime comics that fall headlong into cliche (the last four Sin City GNs).

One of today’s most popular crime series is Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.¬†¬†For February’s¬†Discussion¬†Group we’ll be¬†looking closely at two of Criminal’s story-arcs¬†and examining¬†what makes the stories work. ¬†How do the writer and artist avoid cliches or how do they use them to enhance the story? ¬†How do the creators use the comic medium to their unique advantage versus a prose writer or film director treating the same¬†material?

Please plan to join us on Saturday February 18th at 1:00pm down at Heroes Headquarters and help us get the facts straight about Criminal: Bad Night and Criminal: The Last of the Innocent. Just leave yer pieces at home, but bring an open mind along with an air-tight alibi (See??? Bad Crime writing is a breeze!!!).

As usual, Heroes is offering the Discussion Group 10% Discount on both books, ¬†Just remember to mention the Discussion Group as you check out. ¬†We’ll see you on February 18th; and as always, Dames are welcome (Dear God, somebody stop me!)

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