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Archive for August, 2010

Check Out What’s Coming in on September 1

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 30 - 2010

Atari Playing Cards

What’s the next best thing to playing Atari, chilling with the playing cards of course. Shuffle like its 1984 again with this awesome deck.

DC Comics 75th Anniversary Postcards

Part of DC Comics continuing 75th anniversary celebration, this beautiful 100-postcard set features vintage art and covers.

Disneystrology HC

It’s okay to admit it,  you have often pondered what Disney character are you most liked? Well now you don’t have to think about it any longer as this new book reveals all. Great for kids, and of course the kid in all of us.

Back in Stock

Doctor Who 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

You know you want to rock it like Doctor Who, and now you can as Brave New Worlds receives its restock of the latest Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.

Old City To Discuss 2 BOOKS!

Posted by BRiAN On August - 30 - 2010

The Old City Book Discussion Group will be discussing Mike Carey (w) and Peter Gross’ (a) UNWRITTEN Volumes 1 and 2 on September 13th at 7pm.

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Spotlight On Sale September 1

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 29 - 2010

Avengers Children’s Crusade #2 (of 9)

Allan Heinberg (w), Jim Cheung, Mark Morales (a)

What began as a novel mini-series event looking for the Scarlet Witch has turned into Marvel’s version of the Cannonball Run as the Avengers, Young Avengers and X-Men are all racing each other to find her first. First prize you ask? Thought into oblivion. Second, a nice piece of IKEA furniture.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36

Joss Whedon (w), Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens (a)

It’s been awhile, but the season eight finale begins here in Last Gleaming Part 1 penned by none other than Whedon himself. The last five issues of the season plan to be one “hell” of a ride. Enjoy.

Deadpool Pulp #1

Mike Benson, Adam Glass (w), Laurence Campbell (a)

Let’s see, what kind of style have we yet to read Deadpool in, Pulp of course! So here it is.

Freedom Fighters #1

Heroic Age: One Month to Live #1

Various (w), Various (a)

A novel approach by John Ostrander and Rick Remender among others, what would you do to change the world if you had one month to live? It’s a new weekly Marvel event featuring the heroes of the Marvel Universe.

Incredible Hulks #612

Greg Pak (a)

Dark Son Part One begins here as Incredible Hulks will publish twice a month to hopefully begin paring down all the Hulks in the Marvel Universe.

Scarlet #2

Brian Michael Bendis (w), Alex Maleev (a)

So in the first issue Scarlet comes up with the revelation that the world is corrupt, and she is going to fix it. Dare I say, “You say you want a revolution.”

Taskmaster #1 (of 4)

Fred Van Lente (w), Jefte Palo (a)

It’s about time the Taskmaster received his own mini-series, wouldn’t you say. Seems his former associates are not to happy that he is now working for Steve Rogers, so they but a billion-dollar bounty on his dead. I guess it will only be a matter of time before Deadpool pops up in this story.

Thor For Asgard #1

Rob Rodi (w), Simone Bianchi (a)

A new series for the God of Thunder, and his world is asunder as Odin is missing and Balder is dead – what the frak in the name of the rainbow bridge is going on here? Pick it up to find out.

Wolverine #1

Jason Aaron (a), Renato Guedes (a)

Just like your student loans, Wolverine is all about consolidation, so this month here he is in his brand-new title. Did you know Wolverine’s soul is in hell? Well now you do, pick up this issue to find out more.

Batman Cacophony TP

Kevin Smith (w), Walk Flanagan, Sandra Hope (a)

Kevin Smith’s return to the DC Universe collects all three issues of this mini-series featuring a new big bad known as the Onomatopoeia.

Classic GI Joe TP Volume 9

Larry Hama (w)

Collects issues #81-90 of the classic Marvel series. Remember, knowing is half the battle.

Invincible TP Volume 13 Growing Pains

Robert Kirkman (w), Ryan Ottley (a)

Collecting Invincible #66-70 and Invincible Returns #1. The world is in ruins after the battle with CONQUEST. So of course this is a perfect time for the Viltrumite War to begin.

Siege New Avengers Premiere Hardcover

Brian Michael Bendis (w), Stuart Immonen, Mike Mayhew, Marko Djurdjevic, Bryan Hitch (a)

Collecting New Avengers #61-64, New Avengers Annual #3, Dark Reign The List New Avengers and New Avengers Finale. Steve Rogers has returned, and is he pissed at Norman Osborn.

And here is a link for the Cannonball Run trailer.

New This Week: 9.1.10

Posted by BRiAN On August - 29 - 2010

As kids start going back to school let’s take a look at what comics are coming out this week!

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Random Retro Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 28 - 2010

ROM #33 (August 1982) Bill Mantlo (w), Sal Buscema, Joe Sinnott (a)

This Is What I Get For reading Rom as the issue opens in Maine of all places with a blind girl who sees her “shining silver savior” in her dreams. What did I get myself into this month?

Vampire Diaries Prequel? Or Dawson’s Creek or any other early WB show? The reason I state this is because early in the story Rom takes leave of the town he called home for a few months while wiping out the Dire Wraiths. However, one woman “loved him despite his space knight armor.” Hello, melodrama!

New Readers Welcome Believe it or not, issue 33 was a perfect jumping on point for new readers as Rom says goodbye to the past story arc and begins a new one. In the middle, there is a review of all of his mission as well – how handy!

King of the Inner Monologue Yes, being a lonely space knight can have its disadvantages, as this story took place during the height of the thought-balloon narrative. It can get a little tough.

Potential This might shock you, but this story could actually be retooled for today’s audiences. Here is a man, trapped in a metal body, whose planet was “moved” by Galactus. But he has pledged to guard the Earth against the Dire Wraiths. This could have heart in the right hands.

Titantic Factor It’s obvious that Mantlo was attempting to inject that heart into the story with his relationship with the above-mentioned woman, Brandy Clark. An unrequited love was not enough to keep audiences hooked unfortunately.

Of Course It’s All Connected With his mission to fight the Dire Wraiths, and the opening of the story with the blind girl in Maine, what did you think would happen? I thought they might go out for a spot of tea.

The Kazon! Reading this issue reminded me of the time in the 80s when the X-Men took on the Dire Wraiths. They were definitely an interesting villain, but probably not one strong enough to run a series adversary on, sort of like the Kazon of the first few seasons of Star Trek Voyager. Its time for this Space Knight to find another nemesis in this fine country of ours.

There’s an Innernette?

Posted by BRiAN On August - 27 - 2010

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 25 - 2010

Fantastic Four #582 Jonathan Hickman (w), Neil Edwards, Scott Hanna (a)

The Future’s So Bright … Oh, nevermind, the future is totally frakked! Damn was this issue good. Hickman has captured the essence of the FF, something Millar was not able to do. This issue was a classic in the same vain as Lee-Kirby and Byrne.

There Can Be Only One That’s right, there can be only Nathan Richards, at least according to Franklin, but what does he know, he’s only a kid!

Brace Yourself Why is it when someone asks you not to get upset, you still get upset. Even a hero as savvy as the Invisible Woman freaks out when Val breaks the news of what is going on, and what is to come.

This is the End Don’t you just wonder when Franklin and Val are in the timeline to figure out when all of this is playing out.

Superman Secret Origin #6 Geoff Johns (w), Gary Frank, Jon Sibal (a)

That’s a Damn Good Piece of Apple Pie Served up in a red and blue costume, aw yeah. I know a lot of people are tired of reading about Superman’s origin being re-imagined again, and to you I say – PHHHBT! Take Secret Origin for what it is, a really fun story.

When Last We Saw … It has been awhile, but way back in the day when issue five came out, Supe’s was being taken down by Metallo and General Lane’s stash of kryptonite, which was supplied by Lex Luthor.

Intense So the Daily Planet is under martial law. There is a moment in the beginning where General Lane informs our intrepid staff that they no longer have any rights and everything is now property of the U.S. government. That’s when one of the lunkheads under Lane grabs Car Grant and says including you – ew, creepy.

It’s a Brand New Day In Metropolis as Superman has saved the day once again. Luthor is no longer king of this domain, and he is none to happy about it. Just widh this story would continue. There are so many prequel tales (like the current Adventure run) and I think Johns would do some awesome things in this playground.

Avengers #4 Brian Michael Bendis (w), John Romita, Jr., Klaus Janson (a)

More Fun in the Space-Time Continuum Sometimes the best stories are told out of time, and the Avengers opening-arc is just one of those awesome what the heck is going on tales.

Back on Top After a hiccup in the last issue, both the story and even Romita’s Jr.s pencils have rebounded to provide a spectacular experience.

Next Avengers Well they are back finally, after being teased in the first issue and not really having much to do with the story, they take center stage in issue four, with some surprises – ‘natch!

I’m Confused It makes sense that the Avengers blame Kang for everything, he is after all the bad guy. But just wait until you see who had Kang go on the mission to the past to solicit the Avengers assistance.

Avengers Assemble! Okay, one piece of feedback here, take it do what’s it worth. I love all four new Avengers titles, and I really did not think that was going to happen. That being said, I would rather have the teams with their own members. I think it would mean more reading Wolverine and Spider-Man in just one book. As it is now, the Avengers and New Avengers are both sharing about 4-5 members – Skrulls! Pysch.

Second Look

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 24 - 2010

New Avengers: Civil War TP Volume 5

Collects New Avengers #21-25

Writer Brian Michael Bendis

Artist Howard Chaykin, Leinel Yu, Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Pasqual Ferry, Paul Smith, Jim Cheung

What It’s All About It’s brother versus brother, hero versus hero as in a frakking Civil War Yo with Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides. While the war raged on in the main book, New Avengers took a look at how it impacted certain heroes – Cap, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Sentry and lastly Maria Hill and Iron Man.

First Up Bendis and Chaykin teamed up to take us through Cap’s head as he gets caught not once, but several times by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new “capekillers.” When all is said and done, Cap along with his long-time partner Falcon decide to start “le resistance.”

Line in the Sand Cap and Falcon pay a visit first to Hank Pym and are surprised by his response. Best scene during all this is a maneuver they pulled against the Serpent Squad. Look out Giant Man.

You Say You Want a Revolution Luke Cage is the focus of the next issue, and he along with his bride Jessica Jones get into a great philosophical debate with Iron Man and Ms. Marvel about what the heck is going on. Cage has a line about people coming for him in the middle of the night to take him from his home. Real powerful stuff that shows why the “Civil War” hit all the right buttons when it was initially released.

Hail Hydra! The third issue is the best of the group in my opinion as Jessica Drew is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D custody after Stark reveals her triple-agent identity. She gets pissed and Stark reveals in a classic Tony moment that he was only tolerating her because Cap believed in her.

The Great Escape Of course Drew does not stay in custody, but it will surprise you who actually springs her. Reading this again all these years after Secret Invasion allows us to enjoy different layers to Jessica’s decisions and actions.

Deja Vu? It’s real funny reading the Sentry’s entry into the Civil War stand alone features as Tony goes to the moon to talk Bob into coming back for the good of the war. Look at the words he uses to manipulate Bob into doing what he wants. Tony seems a lot like Norman Osborn in this moment.

Both Sides of the Story The last issue of the trade features the tale from the “good guys” pov as someone breaks into Avengers Tower and shuts down Tony and his Iron Man armor. It’s up to Maria Hill to save the day, and she does even more than that especially with her poignant “A Few Good Men” reference.

Does It Hold Up? Even more so after the events of the past few years. There was a great bit of foreshadowing in the Sentry issue when the Inhumans’ psychic says they have no idea of what is coming. And really they don’t – World War Hulk, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign.

In The Year 2000 Again in the Sentry issue, Stark pleads with Bob selling the future of the world will be so much brighter and peaceful after they have won. Wow, was he wrong. And listening to Cap speak to Luke Cage with similar selling points of “The Heroic Age,” I wonder what’s in store for the Marvel Universe now.

WG Hosting Warhammer 40K Tournament

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 23 - 2010

Brave New Worlds Willow Grove will host a Warhammer 40K Tournament on Saturday, September 4 beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $15.00 per person and you must pre-register in order to play as space is limited. Spots will be filled on first-come, first-served basis, however you must pay the registration fee to lock up your spot. Contact Dave to pre-register, or with questions.

Army Limit 1,000 points.

Force Organization Chart 1-2 HQ, 2-6 Troops, 0-2 Elites, 0-2 Fast Attacks, 0-2 Heavy Support

Army lists must receive approval prior to the tournament, please e-mail a copy of your army roster for approval to Dave.  All rosters should be submitted no later than September 1.

As an added bonus, all participants will receive 10% off all Warhammer purchases at the store on September 4.

Blackest Night Series 5 Action Figures

Posted by bnwadmin On August - 23 - 2010

Brave New Worlds is your stop for the next release of Blackest Night Action Figures as Series 5 hits stores on August 25! The roll call for this set is Batman, Deadman, Hawkman and Nekron.

Make sure you check out Brave New Worlds stock of the previous four releases as well.