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Archive for May, 2010

A Character To Learn More About

Posted by BRiAN On May - 22 - 2010

A Character To Learn More About…the it sucks outside cause it can’t decide if it wants to rain and break the humidity or just keep making it suckier by adding humidity to the crap that it calls weather edition. Hit the jump…

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I LOVE LAMP! …Wait, Lamps?

Posted by BRiAN On May - 21 - 2010

Brave New Worlds has seen the light!

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Hey Innernette Pacman turned 30

Posted by BRiAN On May - 21 - 2010

It’s Friday. How do we celebrate Fridays? I try to make it seem like I spent a lot of time on the web collecting links for you all to enjoy. Hit the jump to see how I did….

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 19 - 2010

Avengers #1 Brian Michael Bendis (w), John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson (a)

Everything Old is New Again Kudos to Bendis who brought me back to the days of my youth. Avengers #1 felt like a throwback narrative-wise to Marvel’s last heroic age of the 1980s, without feeling hokey.

Best Moment Kang is back, and before he can do anything, Thor takes him out.  Hawkeye’s response is classic and is my quote of the book.

Another Kang Story Yes it is, but it is a different type of story that should make the character’s return fun and (the word of the day) fresh. It’s great when a classic villain returns, and without the same old shtick. What a great way to welcome the latest incarnation of the Avengers back.

Easter Egg For me, the entire issue is an easter egg storywise.  Titled “Next Avengers,” if you caught the Lionsgate DVD release from a few years back, you will appreciate this issue even more.

The Reveal I so did not see that last page coming. Another reason why Bendis is the master, may all lesser beings bow down before him. I did not want this issue to end after page one.

Pick of the Week Avengers #1 gets the nod for me. Bendis is at the top of his game (isn’t he always with these characters?).

American Vampire #3 Scott Snyder, Stephen King (w), Rafael Albuquerque (a)

True Blood Got Nothing On This Book Vampire stories seemed to have run their course and no one is truly interested in tales of the Wild West since the 1950s, but for whatever reason the freshness of combining both really works for American Vampire.

Time Travel Great story-telling device continued in issue three which splits the story into two time periods with Snyder telling the story in its present setting (of 1925), while King takes the origin set about 15 years earlier. It works really well.

Double Revenge Pearl makes her first assault against those who left her for dead, however she tells Hattie to leave before she strikes.  Of course, Hattie does not listen and hilarity will surely ensue for these two whacky girls just trying to make it in the bright lights of Hollywood.

That’s a New Look Albuquerque’s interpretation of the creatures of the night gives a new twist to an old legend. And it works really well. Besides, his pencil and inks are all that and a bag of chips. Some Vertigo books go for that gritty look, Albuquerque’s pencils are just right for this tale.

The Spirit #2 Mark Schultz (w), Moritat (a)

More Fun in Central City Issue two of The Spirit picks up with Denny Colt bleeding on Ellen Dolan’s doorsteps. He then relives the tale of how he got there. Last issue ended with Angel Smerti arriving with a price on The Spirit’s head. Put two and two together and the story tells itself.

Just the Right Tone I said it after issue number one, and Schultz continues to supply the correct amount of fun and levity to the Spirit to make him work. Eisner’s creation is at his best when he is having fun, torching the captain and flirting with his true love of Ellen while continuing to check out every other pair of legs that come his way.  No wonder all his assassins are women.

X-Men Legacy #236 Second Coming Chapter Eight Mike Carey (w), Greg Land (P)

Rook to Knight Seven It has taken eight chapters, but Bastion has made his final moves on the board as he traps the X-Men for his assault.

Decisions, Decisions Cable gives Hope the choice of bolting now that Bastion has shown his cards. Will she take it and let Nightcrawler’s sacrifice be in vein?

Cavalry There are two kinds of crazy in the world, the kind that gets naked and howls at the moon, and then the kind that does it in your living room. The first one you can ignore, the second one you have to deal with. Now that Bastion’s move has been revealed, other heroes in the ‘verse have noticed, and you will never guess who they are.

WG Discussing Blankets

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 17 - 2010

Join Brave New Worlds Willow Grove Book Discussion on Saturday, May 29 @ 7 p.m. as we argue the merits of Craig S. Thompson’s Eisner and Harvey Award Winner Blankets!

What “They” Are Saying About Blankets

Has set new bars for the medium not just in length, but breadthTime Magazine

I thought it was moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest, and probably the most important graphic novel since Jimmy Corrigan. – Neil Gaiman

A superb example of the art of cartooning: the blending of word and picture to achieve an effect that neither is capable of without the other – The Bloomsbury Review

Thompson manages to explore adolescent social yearnings, the power of young love and the complexities of sexual attraction with a rare combination of sincerity, pictorial lyricism and taste. – Publishers Weekly

And the Award Goes to

2004 Harvey Awards Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work and Best Cartoonist

2004 Eisner Awards Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist

2004 Ignatz Awards Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection

2005 Prix de la critique

What It’s About Thompson’s autobiographical tale is wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.

Spotlight On …

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 16 - 2010

‘Tis the season for number one issues as both Marvel and DC launch a ton of new titles this week. Jump for (my love) and all the comic excitement this week.

Avengers #1 Brian Michael Bendis (w), John Romita Jr. (p)

The Heroic Age Begins Here! Kang the Conqueror is back.  Did he ever pick a bad time to return. Cap yells “Avengers Assemble!” and you need to read this issue to see who answers the call.

Dark Tower Gunslinger #1 (of 5) Peter David, Robin Furth (w), Richard Isanove, Sean Phillips (p)

Twelve years have past since the Battle of Jericho Hill.  This is what happens next!

DC Universe Legacies #1 (of 10) Len Wein (w), Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, J.G. Jones (a)

Who better to tell the history of the DC Universe then Len Wein and Joe Kubert.  This is the definitive history, starting at the beginning.

Legion of Super Heroes #1 Paul Levitz (w), Yildiray Cinar, Wayne Faucher (a)

A year ago, the Legion of Super Heroes were without a comic home. Today they have two titles including this week’s fan-favorite Levitz relaunch.

Zatanna #1 Paul Dini (w), Stephane Roux, Karl Story (a)

Finally Zatanna gets her own book. And who better to write this new ongoing series that Bat Brain himself, Dini.

Batman Streets of Gotham HC Volume 1 Hush Money Paul Dini (w), Dustin Nguyen (a)

Thomas Elliot now looks like Bruce Wayne. Check out what he tries to do. Collecting Detective Comics #852, Batman #685 and Batman Streets of Gotham #1-4.

Classic GI Joe TP Volume 8 Collects Marvel’s G.I. Joe #71-80. Cover by J. Scott Campbell. And remember, owning this book is half the battle, or just 12.5 percent of the battle.

Ex Machina Deluxe Edition HC Volume 3 Brian K. Vaughn (w), Tony Harris (a)

Deluxe edition collects Ex Machina #21-29, Inside the Machine and Special #3.

Hulk Fall of Hulks Premiere HC Volume 5 Jeph Loeb (w), Ed McGuiness, John Romita Jr. (p)

Fall of Hulks Begins Here! Round One, Red Hulk vs Thing! Collects Hulk #16-19 and Fall of Hulks Gamma.

Scalped TP Volume 6 The Gnawing Jason Aaron (w), R.M. Guera (a) Collecting Scalped #30-34. The feds think they can final;ly put Red Crow away as he kills someone in front of witnesses. How much you want to bet he gets out of it?

New ThiS WEEK: 5.19.10

Posted by BRiAN On May - 16 - 2010

This week marks the beginning of the heroic age for Marvel Comics and after this week there will only be 1 issue left of Ex Machina. Get pumped to check out the list of comics shipping this week. Hit the jump now!

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A Character To Learn More About

Posted by BRiAN On May - 15 - 2010

It’s another Saturday and that means another character to learn more about (this is a DC Saturday…i got some recommends that were Marvel this week so they may show up next week) so let’s take a look at who I’ve picked this week.

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Random Retro Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 15 - 2010

Alpha Flight #30 Volume 1 Bill Mantlo (w), Mike Mignola (p), Gerry Talaoc (i)

Did You Know Mike Mignola did have a life before creating Hellboy, including a run on Alpha Flight when he swapped books with Alpha Flight creator John Byrne, who took over Hulk.

On the Welfare With Byrne gone, Mantlo decided to go the government route and have Canada’s first super-hero squad funded entirely by the government.  This issue sees the team moving into their new digs on Tamarind Island.

Motley Crew By issue #30, Alpha Flight’s original ranks had been decimated to Heather Hudson, Puck, “depressed twins” Northstar and Aurora, Snowbird, Box and the mysterious Mr. Jeffries (named obviously after those tubes in Star Trek!).

Crossroads While issue #29 was the new creative team’s debut, issue 30 served as its pilot as Alpha Flight current and past were all embarking on new paths this time out.

Scramble, The Mixed-Up Man For more on this issue’s big bad, check out BRiAN’s A Character to Learn More About this week.

Aftermath All’s well at issue’s end as Alpha Flight works its mojo on that crazy Scramble.  But from the ashes rises a new threat rises from the morgue of all places.  That can’t be good.

Final Verdict Loved Mignola’s cover.  His pencils were okay, and were something different for 80’s Marvel Comics

.  I think he probably would have benefited from a seasoned inker.  Mantlo’s storytelling had a little too much inner-dialogue going on for its own good.

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 14 - 2010

Dark Avengers #16 Brian Michael Bendis (w), Mike Deodato (a)

End of an Era Marvel’s top-selling book of the past year concludes as the events of Siege are wrapped up.  We find out (sort of) what happens to everyone’s crazy team of Avengers as we truly witness the dawn of Marvel’s New Heroic Age.

Run for It Hands on their heads, kneeling on the ground, Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers are in custody at the ruins of Asgard, but of course it does not end there.  Wait until you see who makes a run for it, and if they actually get away.

Where Did What’s His Name Go? Yep, someone did not get caught, and made it out of Dodge, with a BANG!

Second Chances Steve Rogers allows one of Norman’s crew to remain free and continue the good fight they were convinced they were fighting for with H.A.M.M.E.R.

Fitting Conclusion The final three-and-a-half pages is all Norman, including a dialogue to kill for – here’s a taste; “I was right.  The world is a mess and the wold needed me to fix it. And I would have.  I could have.”

Thumbs Up or Down In a week of some really awesome books, this was hand downs the best one.  Bendis put the icing on the cake, the cherry came on the final page with a letter to the fans you don’t want to skip.

Siege #4 Brian Michael Bendis (w), Olivier Copiel (p), Mark Morales (i)

As Promised Heroes and villains fall in this issue.  The hero you probably already sort of figured out, but wait until you see the bad dude that got what was coming to them.  Granted, this is comics and nothing is ever permanent, but still …

Final Battle Some of my compatriots have complained that they felt the resolution to the final fight was a little quick and maybe contrived.  First, it was only a four-issue mini-series.  Second, when you take into account how much was jammed into the final chapter, I felt like the resolution was just right.

The Trinity Marvel’s trinity of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor were operating at maximum awesomeness this issue. the dawn of the new Heroic Age starts here.

New Roles We do get an answer as to who will wield the shield (sorry to everyone who bought that one-shot), and what happens to the odd man out (don’t worry, they will have something cool to do).

Justice League: Generation Lost #1 Judd Winick & Keith Giffen (w), Aaron Lopresti (p), Matt Ryan (i)

Aftermath In case you forgot some of the evil doers that returned during Brightest Day, no worries, the JLA are all over that and Maxwell Lord becomes target number one.

The Reveal The issue and probably the series main mystery comes together quickly in this issue as we find out what Lord is up to immediately.  Now it’s trying to figure out why.

The Gang’s Almost All Here Of course not everyone from the original JLI is back (R.I.P. Ted Kord), but most of the surviving members get back together to do their own search.

Welcome Back Ice I liked the fact that this issue did not spend all 32 pages getting everyone back together.  That being said, I would have liked to seen a little more of the distraught that Ice was experiencing.

Best Line It was a quote thrown on the final page – “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist,” Charles Baudelaire.  I like where this is going.

Batman The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 Grant Morrison (w), Chris Sprouse (p), Karl Story (i)

Something in the Water Yes, I do realize that for the second-straight week I have tabbed a Grant Morrison book to recognize, but this was a really interesting issue and I am hooked like a crack addict now.  Damn you Morrison!

Remember No, I am not referring to when Spock did the whammy to McCoy and gave him his katra at the end of Wrath of Khan, I am talking about the final page of Final Crisis.  Remember that last image?  Well, that’s where we pick up.

What is that Doing Here? Not sure how some of the artifacts discovered in issue #1 found their way into our hero’s hands, but it was pretty cool just the same.

Like Riding a Bike Although he does not really seem like Bruce right now, he’s Bruce and up to his old tricks in the issue that takes place dialogue-wise from the natives of the place or time bruce has been omega-beamed to.

Pretty Cool Search Party Rip Hunter, Green Lantern, Superman and Booster Gold. After figuring out Bruce is somewhere in town, now the trick is when.  And since this is issue one, they probably did not find out this time.

Quantum Leap Loved how this issue ended.  That’s all I’m going to say.