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Archive for June, 2010

4th Of July Sale!

Posted by BRiAN On June - 30 - 2010

Celebrate the birth of our Great Nation with the Brave New Worlds Fourth (and Fifth) of July Sale(s) and take 17.76% off anything in the store!!!

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On June - 30 - 2010

The Death of Dracula Victor Gischler (w); Giuseppe Camuncoli, Onofrio Catacchio (a)

Political Intrigue Gischler pens a sublime tale from one of Drac’s offspring’s, Janus, point-of-view. The result is true mastery that could have easily played out in a court room or the Senate. Instead it has to do with Vampires. Story is complete with power plays, betrayals (‘natch) and more.

Who Knew? That there could be so many different Vampire sects (as Gischler writes them). And they each play a specific role in the issue, and the coming assault on the Marvel Universe which will hit the X-Men first, and apparently hardest.

I am Sucker Pun intended. Camuncoli’s pencils are once again superb. Not sure if you remember his earlier work on Dark Wolverine during the Dark Reign, but he has move onto to 40-pages of bliss. Not sure what it is, but I just love what he does on the page.

Zombie Story All Over Again While it does seem like the Vampire stories are being played to death in movies and TV, the phenomenon is just now taking a hold of mainstream comics. Leave it to Marvel to take advantage of the way. And this story promises to be just as interesting as any of the other bloodsucker tales, if not more.

Didn’t Spike Own That? So why now you might be asking of the “supposed” death of Dracula. Well, Drac’s other son Xarus, has gone and embraced science and technology – that never ends well.

More to Come Thankfully, this one-shot is just the tip of the iceberg for this story, which will be unfolding in the pages of X-Men (and possibly other titles) in the month’s to come.

Pick of the Week This was one of the last books I read this week, but left me dehydrated like a thirsty man walking across the dessert in the middle of a heat wave, that never ends. It’s that good.

Action Comics #890 Paul Cornell (w), Pete Woods (a)

Norman Osborn Has Returned Sort of, as Lex Luthor now stars in Action Comics. I am surprised it took DC this long to give old chrome dome his own book, but it appears worth the wait.

All Is Not As It Seems If you have been reading any DC Comics over the last few weeks, then you have seen the previews of this issue and the one thing that really stuck with me was Lex’s dinner companion. Could it really be her?

Waiting for the Right Time It’s interesting that this is the time they decide to focus on Lex. He’s always been a polarizing character, but now he is bordering on obsessive, which should make for an even more fun read – even if it makes him appear a little too much like Norman Osborn.

While the Mouse is Away Cornell does a nice job of updating a certain “overgrown boyscout’s” whereabouts during his current quest. It is also fun to see how he keeps tabs on other powers in and about Metropolis, while he attempts his latest foray into Lexness.

Reminiscing On page 10, Lex harkens back to the glory days of his being an Orange Lantern, with all his new buddies. It’s interesting to see how he remembers the time, with his arm conveniently around a certain someone. Check it out.

Batman Beyond #1 Adam Beechen (w), Ryan Benjamin, John Stanisci (a)

The Future’s So Bright … Terry McGinnis is back. And so is Bruce Wayne, Ace and the Wall. So buckle in kiddies and enjoy the ride.

… I Gotta Wear Shades The book opens with some familiar foes from the animated days – Spellbinder, Inque, the Jokerz, which is a nice reminder of the new Gotham we now live in.

New History Beechen does a terrific job of making the book accessible to those who do not know of the animated series by having the first story all about some of Bat’s old foes. Mad Hatter and Two Face are referenced as it appears someone is taking out his old rogue’s. And why is this a bad thing?

Some Perspective Benjamin does a nice job with the storytelling, giving the readers a nice view of just how cavernous Neo-Gotham is with some excellent points-of-view of battle and Batman in flying action. Not always an easy thing to do on such small panels.

Larger World Early in the issue, the current JLA makes a pitch for McGinnis membership, which I thought was a nice touch to show how the world outside this new Gotham is moving on. It’s something the Superman/Batman annual from a few weeks back also did nicely.

Wonder Woman #600 Gail Simone, Geoff Johns, Amanda Connor, J. Michael Straczynski (w), George Perez, Amanda Connor, Don Kramer (a)

Another Day Another milestone issue at DC Comics as this time it was Wonder Woman’s turn to shine, and shine I think she does. Each one of the anniversary edition’s had its own voice. I think this one came in second for me overall, behind Batman #700 and ahead of Superman #700.

Wrap It Up Simone does a nice job closing the chapter on Perez’s awesome run from the 1980s, bringing us up-to-date on the current whereabouts of the important characters in that run. It also starts off rather nicely with a girl-power super moment of some characters you might be surprised at.

Aw Yeah! Linda Carter writes a very nice introduction for the issue, and echoes some very important aspects of the character that we may forget from time to time. Straczynski closes out the issue with his own letter to fans explaining his thoughts on the character up until now, and where he is looking to go with her.

Speaking of Which Wait until you read his addition to the Wonder Woman lore. I am definitely interested to see where this is going. And while I may be a bit confused as to exactly what is what, I am looking forward to the ride from the writer that made me care about Thor.

Some Fun Connor actually writes and draws a section with Power Girl (of course). Like many I was disappointed to see Power Girl end because it was one of the “fun” books out there. Connor brings that sense of whimsy to her part of the book, and grounds the character in a way that has escaped many.

New Era And then there is the Straczynski-Kramer joint. I am definitely intrigued. I am sure it’s going to shock a lot of people, but I think it’s a daring direction to go and if you take the time to read his afterword, you will understand a little better what he is trying accomplish. One thing’s for certain, this ain’t your grandmother’s Wonder Woman anymore.

GUILTY PLEASURES OF THE WEEK Three issues in and I continue to enjoy Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul’s The Flash. I’ve never been a big fan of the Flash (oh he can run fast), but I have always liked Barry Allen and love the interplay Johns and Manapul portray with he and Iris. Plus, the current story is a mystery to itself tying directly into Brightest Day.

Space, the Final Frontier If I have said this once, I have said this a thousand times, IDW’s Star Trek mini’s are awesome. The new series which starts today, Star Trek: Burden of Knowledge, features the TOS crew during the original mission and Scott and David Tipton just have all the character voices down pat. And Francesca Manfredi’s pencils should make David Messina jealous, as they are very authentic and on the mark for likeness.

Print this Coupon!

Posted by BRiAN On June - 29 - 2010

Wait, what?! Brave New Worlds is running a coupon!?! That’s right! Hit the jump to find out more info!

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Second Look

Posted by bnwadmin On June - 29 - 2010

Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story TP

Collects Immortal Iron Fist #1-6

Writers Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction

Artists David Aja, Travel Foreman, Derek Fridolfs, Russ Heath, John Severin, Sal Buscema, Tom Palmer

What’s It About Lots actually as someone is plotting to take out Danny Rand and steal his power. Meanwhile, we get to see the Iron Fist’s through the ages, including one who returns and becomes a player. And if that is not enough, Rand is summoned back to K’un-Lun.

Creative Team Skinny Brubaker and Fraction is collaborative dream come true while Aja’s pencils give the story a gritty style that makes the pages lived in.

Cameos How about some Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Daredevil and the Night Nurse.

History Lesson We get to learn about how the Rand family has always been tied to the Iron Fist, and not simply due to fate.

Go To Villains It’s not like they are Ninjas or Russians, but Hydra generally serves the same purpose in the Marvel Universe. Have to love us some Hydra. Hail Hydra.

Christopher Nolan a Fan? Early in issue one there is a scene in the Rand boardroom that reminds me of one in the Dark Knight film. Hmmmm?

Another Movie Inspiration Hydra has a giant mechanical spider to attack Iron Fist. Reminded me of the giant mechanical monstrosity from the monstrosity of a film Wild Wild West.

Have to Keep Up and Pay Attention As the action moves back and forth through time and locations. I love stories like this, the ones that pull you in before you realize that you hooked.

Chicks with Swords Because there is nothing cooler as the climatic battle has just these participants waging war. You will have to read however to find out who and why.

Best Cover It’s a toss-up between the two used for the collection – Aja’s number 1 or 6 , both excellent choices.

Final Word Danny Rand makes his return to the Marvel Universe. Terrific story-telling and not a typical “capes” book that regular and casual readers alike should enjoy.

Brave New Worlds Stock Both stores have the trade paperback in stock for just $10.00 (while supplies last).

The Saga Continues Unfortunately the Powers That Be over at Marvel cancelled Iron Fist about a year ago, but not due to the excellent storytelling that was Brubaker, Fraction and Duane Swierczynski. We have all five trades plus the Immortal Weapons finale in stock. As an added bonus, the first three volumes have been collected in a giant-size omnibus – which is also in stock.

Extra! Extra! Old City Book Discussion

Posted by BRiAN On June - 28 - 2010

What are we reading and discussing this month!?! Well, hit the jump and see why don’t ya!…

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Midnight Magic is Back!

Posted by bnwadmin On June - 28 - 2010

Break out the Red Bull or whatever keeps you awake and alert all night as Brave New Worlds Willow Grove is once again hosting Midnight Magic for the latest prerelease of M11 on Saturday, July 10 (Friday into Saturday @ Midnight).

What M11 Prerelease

When Saturday, July 10

Price $30 Per Person

Details Foil Release Card and 6-Packs (Which Builds Your Deck to Face-Off Against the Masses)

Time Midnight

Prizes Damn Straight

If you can’t stay awake, or just can’t make the first event, no worries, Brave New Worlds Willow Grove will be hosting a second prerelease event on Sunday, July 11 @ Noon.

What M11 Prerelease

When Sunday, July 11

Price $30 Per Person

Details Foil Release Card and 6-Packs (Which Builds Your Deck to Face-Off Against the Masses)

Time Noon

Prizes Yes

And finally, say your family vacation to Disney World is during the prerelease, cancel that trip. But if it is already paid for, keep your shirt on and come out to the Release Party on Sunday, July 18 @ Noon.

What M11 Release

When Sunday, July 18

Price $30 Per Person

Details Foil Release Card and 6-Packs (Which Builds Your Deck to Face-Off Against the Masses)

Time Noon

Prizes But Of Course

Cool Marvel/DC Items on Sale This Week!

Posted by bnwadmin On June - 27 - 2010

Looking for something a little different to show your comic geekness? Well you are in luck this week as both Brave New Worlds locations will be receiving hot off the trucks two very different items from Marvel and DC Comics to show your love. Jump for the details.

Marvel Resin Desk Figurines

Mongram presents the first of its M-A-R-V-E-L Resin Desk Figurine series. Each figurine stands atop a letter base then when all six are collected will spell “Marvel.” How clever.

The first three figurines out this week will be Dr. Doom, Hulk and Iron Man.

DC Heroes Comic Cover Tin Sign

Perfect for wall mounting. Classic Golden Age covers of DC Comics’ legends – Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman reproduced on heavy-gauge tin signs measuring 7 1/4 x 11.

Choose from Superman #9, Sensation #11 (Wonder Woman) or Batman #1.

Spotlight

Posted by bnwadmin On June - 27 - 2010

I’m a Leaf on the Wind. Unfortunately a leaf will not hold up under all the comic goodness hitting shelves this Wednesday – Lex Luthor’s return in Action, Batman Beyond, Wonder Woman #600 and so much more. Jump for all the details!

Abe Sapien Abyssal Plain #1 (of 2)

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi (w), Peter Snejbjerg (a)

Be there for one of Abe Sapien’s first B.P.R.D. missions as he seeks an ancient relic aboard a Soviet U-boat. Yeah, this won’t end badly.

Action Comics #890

Paul Cornell (w), Pete Woods (a)

Lex Luthor is back! Need we say anymore?

Astonishing X-Men #34

Warren Ellis (w), Phil Jimenez (p)

Part four of “eXogenetic” featuring those nasty genetically-augmented Brood. If the X-Men dream, the nightmare will come true it seems.

Batman Beyond #1 (of 6)

Adam Beechen (w), Ryan Benjamin (a)

Bringing the characters from the animated series to life, this mini-series will delve into Bruce Wayne’s past as someone is targeting his old foes. And they thought that was a good thing. Silly rabbits.

Captain America 1940s Newspaper Strip #1

Karl Kesel (w), Butch Guice, Karl Kesel (a)

It’s a 1940’s daily comic strip starring Cap and Bucky in a comic book format. How could you ask for anything more?

Death of Dracula #1

Victor Gischler (w), Giuseppe Camuncoli (p)

And you thought the Heroic Age was going to have an impact on the Marvel Universe. Not so fast as Dracula’s son decide its time for their turn at the wheel.

Flash #3

Geoff Johns (w), Francis Manapul (a)

Another Rogue is killed. Barry, where did we go wrong?

Invincible Iron Man Annual #1

Matt Fraction (w), Salvador Larroca, Carmine Di Giandomenico (a)

This book promises to be so much better in your hands, turning the pages. I’m just saying. It’s been awhile, but Fraction has finally gotten around to telling a Mandarin tale. Fun should be had by all, except Tony probably (I’m guessing).

Justice League of America #46

James Robinson (w), Mark Bagley, Rob Hunter (a)

An all-new five-part JSA crossover events starts here and continues next month in Justice Society of America #41. Added bonus, Robinson and Bagley are doing all five crossover issues. Enjoy.

Secret Avengers #2

Ed Brubaker (w), Mike Deodato (a)

Not looking good for Cap’s new squad as they are on a mission no one can know about, and one of their own has decided to betray them. I’m guessing Moon Knight. He’s a wild card if I ever saw one.

Wonder Woman #600

J. Michael Straczynski, Geoff Johns, Gail Simone (w), George Perez, Phil Jimenez, Joe Madureira (a)

Another week, another DC character milestone. This time it’s Wonder Woman’s turn for the anniversary edition.

Batwoman Elegy Deluxe Edition HC

Greg Rucka (w), J.H. Williams III (a)

Collecting Detective Comics #854-860, Batwoman takes on Alice from Wonderland. Intrigued, you should be.

Disneys Alice in Wonderland GN

Alessandro Ferraro (w), Massimiliano Narcisco (a)

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland adapted in comic form.

X-Necrosha HC

Selene’s back. She’s pissed. And she’s raising the dead. Marvel’s answer to Blackest Night. Collects New X-Men #32, X-Force #11 and #21-25, New Mutants #6-8, X-Men Legacy #231-234, X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha One Shot and X-Necrosha: The Gathering.

Brave and Bold HeroClix Tournament UPDATE!

Posted by bnwadmin On June - 27 - 2010

We are back to our regularly scheduled games at Brave New Worlds Willow Grove, one game a week on Sundays @ 1 p.m. Check below for the schedule.

Sunday, August 1: 500-Point Create-a-Scenario; Team Character’s Must Have Color in Name

Sunday, August 8: 500-Point Modern Age

Sunday, August 15: 400-Point Floor

Sunday, August 22: 400-Point Modern Age

Sunday, August 29: 200-400-600 Point

New This Week: 6.30.10

Posted by BRiAN On June - 27 - 2010

On June 30,  1908 – The Tunguska event occurs in remote Siberia. (This event has been fuel for so many comics and sci-fi things since) Let’s see what comes out this week in comics…Hit the jump

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