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Archive for February, 2010

A Character To Learn More About

Posted by BRiAN On February - 20 - 2010

Rich gave me the idea of choosing this weeks character (well they are really a team of characters) and once again I am breaking my own rules, 1 week DC and then the next Marvel, since they hail from the Marvel U…hit this jump to see who the heck it is… Read the rest of this entry »

Flash Rebirth #6/Fantastic Four HC

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 20 - 2010

The letter F sponsors this week’s Brave New Worlds Spotlight with the upcoming releases of Flash Rebirth #6 (Finally!) and Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Premiere Hardcover Volume 1 (Fun!).

Barry Allen is back, courtesy of Geoff Johns, and Flash Rebirth #6 marks the end of the saga that returns Allen to the DC Universe.  However, things are going to change for the  family of Flashes (don’t they always) and this week’s issue will reveal those changes including the secrets of the Speed Force and just what is the fate of Wally West.

Meanwhile, another new era has begin for Marvel’s First Family and this week sees the release of the first five issues of Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham’s run in Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Premiere Hardcover Volume 1.  The story picks up right where Hickman’s Dark Reign Fantastic Four mini-series left off as well as the hanging story thread from Civil War where Reed Richards decides to solve everything.  If you missed out on an issue, or where waiting for the first hardcover of Hickman’s run (collecting Fantastic Four #570-574) to come out, Wednesday is the time to stop by Brave New Worlds to pick up your copy.

2nd Prints!

Posted by BRiAN On February - 19 - 2010

Just in case you missed them the first time around there are some 2nd Printings of some HOT books coming out this week. Marvel went back to press with some major Siege related tie-ins which we will have back in stock as of Wednesday 2.24.10! They are: Avengers Initiative #31, Dark Avengers #13, Dark Wolverine #32 and Siege Embedded #1. OniPress is also releasing a new edition of Greg Rucka’s creator owned crime series, a la Brubaker’s Criminal, Stumptown #1. Here’s your chance to fill in those holes in the collection!

Random Retro Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 18 - 2010

Not satisfied with just picking a letter last week (it was Q and Quasar by the way), Brian actually came to the Brave New Worlds back issue comic vault to select this week’s Random Retro Comic Review – the now classic Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #40.

Issue 40 was actually part two and the conclusion of Bryan Talbot’s Mask story.  You might think jumping in on the second part of the story could be a little confusing, but a couple of pages in I was able to masterfully figure just what was what.  It helps knowing who Bruce Wayne and Batman are to boot.

Anyway, this is another back issue that I have never read before (until now that is).  It was an interesting story.  Turns out someone blames Batman for the death of his parents and decides to exact revenger on the Caped Crusader.  Most of the story takes place in Bats mind.  A couple of interesting things did happen in the issue, most notably the criminal mastermind of the issue (the vengeful son) actually set a trap and captured Batman, and successfully removed his cowl to reveal his identity.  Granted he did not get far with it, but that never happens.

Talbot served as both writer and artist for this December 1992 release.  His art style reminded me a lot of Kevin Maguire.  It was decent and worked for the story which has a classic feel.

I enjoyed Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #40 and would recommend it to any of you faithful fans out there (you know which five you are).  Until next time, enjoy …

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 17 - 2010

The Man Without Fear could be renamed the Man Without Poor Writing as Daredevil has enjoyed some top notch storytelling recently with Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker and now Andy Diggle at the helm.  Diggle, joined in issue #505 by Antony Johnston, has really turned Matt Murdoch’s world upside down (like that was even possible anymore).

But Diggle has done the impossible by handing the reigns of the Hand over to Dardevil.  The first few issues have all been about the set up and how Murdoch was going to manage things from NYC, but now he needs to go to Japan and this month’s issue lets us peek into the behind-the-scenes power moves as to why the Hand chose Dardevil in the first place.  A good book just keeps getting better with issue #505.

If you have not been keeping up with Daredevil, have no fear as Diggle’s arc began with Brubaker’s final issue in 500.

As Bendis goes, so do the Dark Avengers.  Words can not really do justice to the work Bendis continues to churn out, especially with this Siege tie-in as we learn more about what the Sentry is up to.  Dark Avengers #14 continues the ride of Norman Osborn and crew, and enjoy it while it lasts as it will all becoming to an end at the conclusion of the Siege.  I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to how the Siege plays out, and what is going to happen with the Sentry.

X-Men has always been one of my favorite books as I started reading it back in the Chris Claremont-John Byrne heyday.  Recently it just has not been the same, not until Joss Whedon’s all-too short run on Astonishing X-Men.  Matt Fraction, I am happy to say, has recaptured some of the chemistry and zest missing from the title.

While this week’s issue, Uncanny X-Men #521, continues the Nation X arc which leads up to Hope’s return in Second Coming, we do get some answers as to why Magneto went to the mountain last issue.  For me, this issue was all about the last page, and more specifically, the last panel – enjoy.

Last but not least is Streets of Gotham #9.  I was a little worried that this title may have suffered after Paul Dini left, but Mike Benson’s just completed two-issue story was a nice little piece of writing and finished up on a sentimental note that gives me hope as the book continues.  Dustin Nguyen continues to provide outstanding and underrated pencils.  If you have not given this title a shot, try it out as it might be the best of all the bat books out there.

Until next week …

2 Comics I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On February - 16 - 2010

Last week a few of you braved the snow on Wednesday to get their new comics in Old City, yes we were open!, but things are all looking all clear for this coming New Comics Day. Hit the jump to see what 2 Comics I Wanna Read Tomorrow… Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift?

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 14 - 2010

Just a couple of ideas for the special someone in your life that likes to read …

For the classic love story …

Oni Press’ Love The Way You Love by Jamie Rich and Marc Ellerby

Tristan has two things in his life, a band and a broken heart.  His band is on the verge of making it big, then Tristan sees the “girl of his dream” from stage.  Want to know what happens next, you have to pick up volume one.

Marvel Romance TP

A collection of classic Marvel tales of romance from names like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Dick Giordano, John Romita and John Buscema.  Do you really need to know anymore?

For the players …

Oni Press’ Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Check out the book before the movie hits theaters.  Scott Pilgrim has two girls in his life and is trying to decide which one to commit to, or is he?  With names like Knives Chau and Ramona Flowers, he should be on his best behavior.

For those who like a twisted tale of love …

Oni Press’ You Have Killed Me by Jamie Rich and Joelle Jones

This one is stylish noir graphic novel.  The back of the book says it all, “he wanted to tell her he loved her, but all he could say was … You Have Killed Me.”  Trust me, this is a good read.  Rich and Jones have teamed up before and are a splendid team.  Her artwork really complements his stories.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 14 - 2010

Leave it to mega-scribe Geoff Johns to weave a tale that combines all the eras of the Legion of Superheroes, which is just what he did along with his accomplice George Perez in the Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.

I am a big fan of the Legion and really enjoyed Johns treatment of the team as he brought together all of the eras as Superboy Prime made his “triumphant” return to the DC ‘verse.

Johns actually left breadcrumbs of hints for this epic battle back in the Justice League Lightning Saga story that saw the JLA and JSA team-up to find wayward members of the Legion of Superheroes.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds (which is available in hardcover at Brave New Worlds) is  a good time with amazing art by Perez who has not seemed to have lost a step over the years.

I highly recommend this five-issue mini-series, which will serve as a great launching point for this summer’s Brainiac and the Legion of Superheroes crossover in Adventure Comics by former-Legion writer Paul Levitz.

Enjoy!

New This Week: 2.17.10

Posted by BRiAN On February - 13 - 2010

Now that everyone has survived the epic snow of last week here’s a look at the new releases hitting the shelves at Brave New Worlds this Wednesday 2.17.10! Read the rest of this entry »

Xion For Haiti Was A Success

Posted by BRiAN On February - 13 - 2010

Here are a few of the pictures taken today at the Xion For Haiti event! All proceeds from the Xion Groups sales today are going to help in the relief efforts in Haiti. A HUGE THANKS goes out to all those who came out, both artists and those who helped this worthy cause! More pictures can be seen on our facebook page here.