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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:

Willow Grove - 433 West Moreland Road Willow Grove, Pa. (215.657.8838) Hours - Sunday 11-6, Monday-Friday 11-9, Saturday 11-7

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Archive for April, 2010

Blackest Night Invades HeroClix

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 25 - 2010

The DC Comics event of the past year has infected HeroClix as it’s latest Starter Set – Blackest Night will be released on May 12.

Make sure to stop by either Brave New Worlds location in Willow Grove or Old City to pick up what is sure to be an awesome set.

Once you pick up your Blackest Night Starter Set, get ready to incorporate those figures into your team during the latest HeroClix Tournament – Brave and the Bold; where you can use your lanterns to win actual lanterns as prizes during Brave and the Bold will include all the colors of the lantern rainbow.

Click HERE for all the tournament details.

New This Week: 4.28.10

Posted by BRiAN On April - 25 - 2010

It’s the last week of April and we at Brave New Worlds hope that you are ready for the wave of awesome comics hitting the shelves this week! Hit the jump to see what’s coming!

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ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2/BPRD VOL 12 TP

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 24 - 2010

The spotlight this week takes a look at new Ultimate Avengers title by Marvel Comics and the latest BPRD trade paperback.  Click the jump to read all about this week’s featured titles out on April 28.

Ultimate Comics Avengers just concluded last week, but do not fret little one a new Ultimate Comics Avengers titles is right around the corner with the release this week of Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #1 by Gary Martin and Leinil Francis Yo.  When a job is just too dirty for the Ultimates to handle, Samuel Jackson calls in X-Force, er I meant Nick Fury tabs his Avengers black ops squad to get it done.  However, where does the vigilante Punisher fit into all of this?

For Hellboy fans, the latest volume of B.P.R.D. hits the shelves this week (don’t worry, we will gently place them on the rack) – Volume 12: War on Frogs trade paperback by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Karl Moline.  Collecting all four issues of the War on Frogs mini-series plus “Revival” from MySpace Dark Horse Presents #8-#9, and an original eight-page story by Guy Davis.  If all this new content does not get you excited, don’t tell Hellboy as he might just come over and pummel you, with his normal hand.


Losers/FCBD/Irn Mn 2 In(ternet) That Order

Posted by BRiAN On April - 23 - 2010

Follow me! Stop on by! Hop a carpet and fly!…” (from Marvel’s…er Disney’s Aladin) let’s go take a look at this wild wild west that we call the internet. Read the rest of this entry »

WHAT I LIKED THIS WEEK

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 23 - 2010

Once again DC Comics has decided to relaunch Will Eisner’s The Spirit and the comic-reading world is a little better off for it, especially if Mark Schultz continues to write issues like his debut in the First Wave title – The Spirit #1 this week.

Not a typical tights and flight comic book, The Spirit takes place yesterday in another era.  Denny Colt’s Central City is murky and dirty and looks a lot like today’s Gotham City.  Colt is The Spirit and thwarts the crime in the evening like a certain caped crusader we all know.  If you are thinking The Spirit was modeled after Batman, turn it around.

Schultz does an excellent job reintroducing the character to hopefully what will be a new audience.  He writes the character with an irreverent charm and makes Colt fun and hard not to like.

Now when a writer is on touch with the character, all you need is an artist who gets him too for the perfect combination of Spirit presentation.  Luckily issue one accomplished this goal with Moritat supplying some awesome pictures.  His pictures are dark and murky when need be, but come to life even more when we first see Ellen Dolan and Denny Colt in the daylight.  Gabriel Bautista’s colors are the icing on the cake.

The best compliment I can pay Schultz and Moritat on this book is that it reminded me a  lot of Darwyn Cooke’s Spirit run in that I had a lot of fun reading it, and can not wait until the next issue comes out.

For my second selection this week, it is a shame that DC’s advance solicits for Brave and the Bold #33 did not do the book justice.  I feel like J. Michael Straczynski (who has that uncanny ability to turn every character into literary gold) is finally hitting his stride at DC (and just at the best time since he is about to take over two of the companies three flagship characters).

Billed as a ladies night out, Brave and the Bold #33 is a poignant tale of possibly messing with fate as Zatanna grabs Wonder Woman and Batgirl for a night on the town.  Straczynski writes the story in such a way that you really don’t appreciate what the story is really about until the end, which makes it all the more awesome.

Cliff Chiang’s art is a nice compliment for the issue, and does true justice to Straczynski’s words.  Not an easy task considering its the duo first-ever team-up.

So, if you are looking for a nice change of pace and a glimpse into these super characters when they are just acting like you and I (except with model hot looks), then give Brave and the Bold #33 a look.  I highly recommend reading this week’s edition especially if you are fans of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke as this issue supplies a nice little coda to that story.

RANDOM RETRO COMIC REVIEW

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 23 - 2010

After reading a classic X-tale last week in Uncanny X-Men #132 it seemed only fitting that this week’s blind pick was a new X-era story in New Mutants #6 (Volume 2) from 2003.  This title was the launching point for New X-Men Academy (and subsequently New X-Men), which had great promise but unfortunately was shelved at the conclusion of Messiah Complex a few years back.

It is interesting to note that this title also gave birth to the latest run of the original New Mutants (after a failed attempt with a Young X-Men book that ran just 12 issues).

But back to this week’s pick – New Mutants #6.  Written by Nunzio DeFelippis and Christina Weis, New Mutants #6 concludes the opening arc that introduces us to Laurie Collins, Sofia Mantega, Kevin Ford, David Alleyne and Josh Foley.

This issue has a lot of heart and I felt neatly ties up the opening arc up while leaving a few threads dangling for future stories.  DeFelippis and Weir definitely showed they could handle multiple characters and plots in each issue.

Issue six was a satisfying ending to the story that saw the team lose one member, and gain a new one.  It also set the table for Danielle Moonstar’s ongoing story arc with the next generation of mutant heroes as she struggle with the impact she believes she is having with the youngsters.  She sees herself as more of a warrior than a teacher, but Xavier has a way of showing his students the true impact they have – and thus at issue’s end everyone is living happily ever after (at least until next issue).

Mark Robinson supplied the pencils on this issue while Pat Davidson and Scott Ellmer ink the layouts.  Robinson’s style reminds me of the angular world of Rick Leonardi and works for this book.  The action sequences are strong and the page layouts are not just a simple panel-to-panel straight-on view but more of an angular (my new word today) look at this world.

Josh Middleton was on the covers to the first six issues spotlighting one of the original group of New Mutants, although only two appear in the actual issue.  Wolfsbane was the subject for number six and it was a beautifully done piece of work.


April Willow Grove Book Discussion

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 23 - 2010

Get your dancing shows ready because the date has been set (Saturday, April 24), the time has been penciled in (7 p.m.) and the next book in the Willow Grove Book Discussion has been selected.

Darwyn Cooke’s adaptation of Richard Stark’s Parker The Hunter will be the next book chewed up and spit out (so to speak) by our group of top notch critics.

Brave New Worlds Willow Grove has plenty of copies in stock, if you have not already picked up this classic tale of a man who hits New York head-on (because is there really any other way).

Granted he hits it head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest, he is betrayed by the woman he loved and to add insult to injury, he is double-crossed by his partner.  Okay, at least his dog doesn’t leave him.  Then again, he did not have a dog.

Even if you have not been to a Brave New Worlds book club discussion, now s the perfect time to come out and meet some people who like to talk about one of our favorite things in the world – the funnies, or comics.

2 Comics I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On April - 20 - 2010

This week I will admit to being a slacker when it comes to this little addition to the blog. There’s just too much to wanna read that I’m having trouble picking. Also it’s been a long day. Read the rest of this entry »

What I Liked Last Week

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 19 - 2010

Back in 2007, the brain trust at Marvel Comics had a terrific idea, after the debacle that was the Spider-Man movies they decided to have a new comic series ready to go for Iron Man for new fans from the movies.  The result was Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and two years of tremendous, Eisner-award winning storytelling.

With the second Iron Man feature just weeks away, Marvel launched two new titles this week in anticipation of new fan demand – Iron Man Legacy and Black Widow.  Both books are excellent jumping on points for all readers.

Iron Man Legacy #1 was written by Fred Van Lente with art by Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez and Victor Olazaba. The nice part about this initial story is that it is not too heavy in the Marvel continuity, which allows new readers a chance to get to know the character without being overwhelmed by the Universe.  However, there are some nice moments that show the bigger Universe in the book, including a surprise ending which will excite regular readers.

Black Widow #1 by Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna is also looking to capitalize on Iron Man 2’s inclusion of one Natasha Romanov – the Black Widow (one of the variant covers is from the film itself, spotlighting Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal).

Once again, this issue served as an excellent jumping on point for new fans, as well as regular readers.  Black Widow has been working with the Avengers of late, specifically Bucky’s Cap, and he is in this issue.  So none of what readers have been enjoying has been thrown out, if anything, this issue builds upon what has come before while also making the material vert approachable.

I can not stress how great a job Marvel has done with making new ongoing titles available for what could be new fans. If this trend continues, I look forward to what potential new titles could be down the line for Captain America and Thor in the next couple of years.

Absolute Lantern/ Siege Spider-Man

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 18 - 2010

Brian Reed’s Siege Spider-Man One-Shot is the fourth of five Siege-related one-shots and ships this week, with art by Marko Djurdjevic.  During the battle of Asgard, Spidey comes across his old nemesis – Venom.  The battle in the words of the mighty Volstagg is, legendary.

Brave New Worlds also has plenty of the previous Siege one-shots available – Captain Ameirca, Loki and Young Avengers, all which shipped last week.

Meanwhile, Green Lantern’s rebirth receives the DC Absolute treatment this week with the release of Absolute Green Lantern Rebirth, collecting the original six-issue mini-series by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.  Along with the story of Hal Jordan’s return to the living and back to his first, best destiny, DC also collects the following in this edition – Green Lantern #1 preview story from Wizard Magazine and a Darwyn Cooke tale from Green Lantern Secret Files 2005.

If you are more a traditionalist, or are not ready to pull out the $75.o0 for the absolute volume, try DC’s new printing of Green Lantern Rebirth, also on shelves this week, where the start of the Blackest Night saga truly began.