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Brave New Worlds started on a dare in Willow Grove Pennsylvania April\'s Fool\'s Day 1989. It was originally named the \"Comic Book Store\" until the shop moved to Jenkintown. Brave New Worlds has been serving the greater Philadelphia area\'s comic book and toy needs for over 20 Years. You can visit Brave New Worlds in one of 2 locations:

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Archive for January, 2010

Random Retro Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 28 - 2010

Welcome back to the second installment of Random Retro Comic Review.  Just like the title states, this is a totally random review of a comic back issue and this week’s gem comes to us from DC Comics.  Once again I blindly placed my hand into the Brave New Worlds back issue comic vault and pulled out much to my pleasure, Tales of the Teen Titans #45 from April 1984 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.

For the second week in a row, I was able to enjoy a back issue that I had never read before.  I don’t know what it is about the early 80’s era of comics, but I really have enjoyed the storytelling these past two weeks (could be nostalgia since this is when I first started reading the funny books as my Dad calls them).

This week’s cover once again sells the issue (they really knew how to get a reader hooked with that cover back then, sorry, waxing nostalgic once again) as Aqualad holds an unconscious Aquagirl entering Titans Tower.  And the cover is complete with word balloons, which we never see anymore, as Aqualad screams “Please you’ve got to help us … before it’s too late!”

The first of a three-part H.I.V.E. story simply titled “H.I.V.E.” this issue is mostly a set up as there is not much going on.  The Teen Titans (which I found awesome to read an actual good Titans story again even though there was not a lot of action) are still reeling from the death of Tara at the hands of the Terminator.  The cover opens the issue and then we immediately jump into a grieving Beast Boy (or Changeling as he was called back in the day).

It was a really dark portrayal of a character who is generally so lighthearted as Changeling disrupts a weapons deal all on his own with some vicious attacks.  If not for Cyborg hanging in the background, Wolfman and Perez convince the reader that Gar may have actually killed one of the men.

This issue really deals with a lot of emotional issues – Donna and Terry’s impending marriage, complete with a bachelor party and hot girl coming out of a cake.  Perez is really an excellent artist and his work on the Titans over the years is his signature book.  Raven’s continuing feeling of loneliness just as Wally comes back, still upset over his breakup with Raven, but refusing to help the team out in the end when they set off to confront H.I.V.E.  Turns out, Wally has some issues whenever he taps into the speed force.

Once again I really found myself enjoying this issue.  There were some real nice moments, including a couple of pages when Donna went back to Paradise Island to ask Hippolyta’s permission to wed Terry.  Another fun scene was Cyborg’s grandparents arriving at his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen but not finding anyone at home.  So what do they do, but pick the lock of course.

As I previously mentioned, I can not say enough great things about Perez’s detailed layouts.  Plus any time you get to see Aqualad and Aqaugirl in an issue has to be a plus.

Tales of the Teen Titans was actually called The New New Teen Titans up until issue #40 before switching to Tales.  Overstreet prices the book at $3.50 for a 9.0 copy and the version we had in the store is probably an 8.0 and can be had for just $1.00 as part of Brave New Worlds current back issue sale.

Issue Skinny

Tales of the Teen Titans #45 “H.I.V.E.”

Marv Wolfman, George Perez (w), George Perez (p), Mike DeCarlo (f)

Released: April 12, 1984

Collected: None

Until next time …

2 Comics I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On January - 26 - 2010

There are a lot of new comics out this week…Kick Ass #8, New Avengers #61, Batman and Robin #7 to name a few…but I want to read these two real bad… Read the rest of this entry »

Pre-Order The Twilight Manga NOW!

Posted by BRiAN On January - 26 - 2010

Attention Twilight Fans! Brave New Worlds is now taking advance orders for the new Twilight manga! Check out how you can guarantee yourself a copy! Read the rest of this entry »

Eric Powell’s Buzzard Coming This Year

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 26 - 2010

Fans of Eric Powell’s The Goon rejoice, the creator and mastermind has a new offering in the wings just for you  – a three-issue mini-series based on the beloved and mysterious character of Buzzard.

Following his brutal showdown with the loathsome Zombie Priest, Buzzard leaves his home, wandering aimlessly until he steps into the shadowy spirit realm of the forest. A dark path leads him to a small village living in fear of a bestial race of savages. More animal than man, these creatures hunt the villagers and drag them from their slumber in the depth of night.

Buzzard has always been a personal favorite of mine from the Goon cast, and from the amount of requests I’ve gotten to give him his own series, I imagine he’s a favorite of the readers as well,” Powell said. “I’m really excited to finally be giving him his own story, along with the revival of Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities!”

Powell’s all-new Buzzard series will arrive on shelves later this fall.  Stop in Brave New Worlds and add it to your pull list today so you don’t miss out on any issue.

Zombieland Event @ The Troc…21+ UPDATED!

Posted by BRiAN On January - 25 - 2010

Our good friends over at Geekadelphia asked us to take part in an event they were planning at the Trocadero Theatre with the Philly Zombie Crawl and, well, we had to say yes when we found out it was for a showing of ZOMBIELAND!

This February 8th from 6:30-10pm The Balcony in the Troc [upstairs at 1003 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107] will be full of zombies for their Movie Monday screening of Zombieland! If you come dressed up as a zombie you will be eligible for prizes of all sorts [some from us and some from other upcoming movies] and according to the guys over at Geekadelphia there may be other surprises- so who knows. THIS JUST IN some of our friends from over at Teddy Scares have offered to supply some awesome prizes as well! Now this event cannot be missed!

If you do happen to see the guys from Geekadelphia then please be sure to tell them that BRiAN’s beard sent you.

The event is 21+ , sorry everyone <21, and if you show up before 7pm [ doors open at 6:30 ] you get a FREE beer and bag of popcorn! Otherwise $3 gets you in the door, then goes towards a drink, and if it fills up there will be additional seating downstairs.
So get your zombie on Feb 8th with BNW, Geekadelphia, the Zombie Crawl crew and a bunch of fellow fans of all things undead!

The Chill

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 25 - 2010

The Chill is the latest offering from the Vertigo Crime series and I have to say it was a great concept that was executed very well.  Jason Starr provides the words while Mick Bertilorenzi’s art provides the perfect compliment to a story that begins in the 1960s in Ireland.

But the tale does not remain there, after setting the table quickly it fast forwards to present day New York (because that is where everything happens).  Before we know it, we are immersed in a series of suspected serial killings that has one character refer to  the Big Apple’s infamous other slayfest, Summer of Sam.

A lot of these books can become really gory, but that is not the case for The Chill.  Clocking in at 188 pages, I have to admit about three-fourths of the way through the read the book started to drag, but the ending totally makes up for it.

Anyway, I highly recommend The Chill for fans of the crime genre (Sleeper, Criminal) and of something completely different.  You should not walk away disappointed.  If The Chill gets it done for you, try Bryan Azzarello’s Filthy Rich (Vertigo Crime) which came out a few months back.  It is a little more noirish than The Chill, but an excellent read just the same.

In additon, Oni Press has also throw it’s hat in the ring with it’s own Crime Noir title, You Have Killed Me by Jamie Rich and Joelle Jones.  This one was done really well and looks like it came off the big screen thanks to Jones art.

And what would you know, Brave New Worlds has all three of these titles in stock today.

Villainous Art Show Planned for Old City

Posted by BRiAN On January - 25 - 2010

For First Friday February Fifth [ wow how about that for some alliteration!?! ] Brave New Worlds Old City will be showcasing the Villains of the Marvel Universe in an art show put together by a group of friends to BNW Old City. Read the rest of this entry »

Pretty Darn Creepy Batman Cover

Posted by BRiAN On January - 25 - 2010

DC’s the Source blog posted this image of the Frank Quietly cover to Batman and Robin #7 last Wednesday. The comic will be hitting the shelves, in two days, this wednesday. [ Click here to see the whole list of comics that will be out on 1.27.10 ]

Batman and Robin #7

Knight, Squire and Detective Comics’ Batwoman guest-star alongside The Dynamic Duo in “Blackest Knight,” a 3-part story written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Cameron Stewart (SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICT0RY: MANHATTAN GUARDIAN). Readers who enjoyed BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS won’t want to miss this captivating new storyline packed with additional clues on the Domino Killer and the details surrounding the “death” of Bruce Wayne!

32 pages, Full Color, $2.99

New Avengers #61/The Losers: Vol. 1 and 2 TP

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 24 - 2010

Brave New Worlds has some exciting releases coming out for all our faithful customers this week including Siege-crossover New Avengers #61 and The Losers: Volume 1 and 2 Trade Paperback.

Promising to be the biggest event to hit the Avengers since Disassembled, the Siege hits the pages of New Avengers this week and guess who is back? Give up, well if you have been living under a rock than you might not know that Captain America is back. What’s that you say, Captain America has been back? True, but this month Steve Rogers makes his return to the Avengers and boy are things all sorts of messed up.

Rogers might find his return this time even more confusing than when he was originally chipped from ice back in the 1960s. This time Norman Osborn is in charge and is going all-in against Asgard, What chance does a super-soldier have when the gods fall? You are just going to have to read New Avengers #61 to find out.

And in case you missed it last week, the Siege crossovers began in earnest with the release of Dark Avengers #13 and Dark Wolverine #82, both still available at Brave New Worlds.

The Losers: Volume 1 & 2 TP

Another Vertigo title is getting the media treatment as Andy Diggle’s The Losers is slated for an April 2010 release on the big screen. DC is celebrating the event by releasing The Losers: Volume 1 and 2 Trade Paperback as a set this week. Think the A-Team as The Losers were an elite U.S. special forces unit (is there any other) that stumbles upon a C.I.A. secret they can not ignore (they never can). So guess what happens next, that’s right, the C.I.A. attempts to take The Losers out, and the story begins.

Jock and Shawn Martinbrough provide the pictures as The Losers: Volume 1 and 2 collects the Ante Up and Double Down trade paperbacks.

NEW THIS WEEK: 1.27.10

Posted by BRiAN On January - 24 - 2010

The new releases hitting the shelves at Brave New Worlds on 1.27.10! Read the rest of this entry »