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Archive for September, 2010

New This Week: 9.22.10

Posted by BRiAN On September - 18 - 2010

Ok people, so somehow the list of last weeks comics never went live here on the site and I sincerely apologize. In fact the entire post has disappeared. I assure you this will not happen again. Let’s now get on with the new stuff for this week!

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Friday Innernette & Thoughts

Posted by BRiAN On September - 17 - 2010

Good Friday to you all!!! I’m still riding high after seeing Ted Leo and the Pharmacists last night at the Ox warehouse here in Philly…if you didn’t get to that show then shame on you! You cheated yourself out of an amazing amazing rockin’ evening.

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Spoon!

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 16 - 2010

Have No Fear Despite the soon-to-be demise of the Man Without Fear after the events of Shadowland, Marvel has begun advertising Daredevil Reborn for January 2011.

He’s Back We think. Grant Morrison is launching another new Batman title this coming November called Batman, Inc. It’s the next stage of evolution for Bruce Wayne and will be an ongoing series.

Coming in October The Iron Man Titanium one-shot will feature four new standalone tales of the Golden Avenger as the Titanium Man comes out of retirement to take on Iron Man. Plus a Pepper Potts story, a Tony-Maria joint and Stark’s college reunion.

She’s Back Greg Rucka’s critically and fan acclaimed Batwoman is returning this November with a new monthly series simply titled Batwoman, picking up right where his Detective Comics Elegy storyline finished.

For Fans of Kull You know who you are, comes a four-issue Dark Horse mini-series in November – Kull: The Hate Witch by none other than David Lapham.

It’s All Over What happens when the never-ending battle for truth and justice ends, Image Comics Utopian #1 is what, from Marc Guggeheim this November.

Hey It’s Joe Mad Maduriera that is.His Battle Chasers series gets the deluxe edition in November in the Battle Chasers Anthology hardcover. Oversized collection will be $100, autographed and numbered fro $150, reserve yours today from Brave New Worlds.

Save the Date – Next WG Book Discussion

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 15 - 2010

Get your iPod Touches, Blackberry’s and Droids out and mark down Saturday, October 2 @ 7 p.m. (please note the week change from our usual discussions) for the next Brave New World’s Willow Grove Book Discussion – Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese. Check back for more details.

Random Retro Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 14 - 2010

Green Arrow #60 (Volume 3) Judd Winick (w), Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens (a)

Deja Vu Well it was just this past March when I last reviewed a Green Arrow issue, a Winick joint as well, issue #32 where Connor and Roy paint the town red. It was a good yarn, but had not much to do with Ollie. Today’s treat features a Year 1 story.

Forget Detroit … Don’t move to Star City. Every disaster possible in the DC Universe seems to beset this tiny little hamlet. Page one of this issue reminisces about the Amsterdam Disaster. Dude, one word for y’all, move.

NOLA Reading through the first few pages, I was struck by how similar the plight of the residences of Star City were to those of the real-life victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. These kinds of stories always make me wonder when comics blur the lines of reality and fantasy and take on a social story like this. The question is, is it too soon or even really necessary.

Putting the Green Arrow in Green Arrow How is it the two Green Arrow issues selected for Random Retro Comic Review do not actually contain Green Arrow in the issue? In this episode, there is a moment behind the wall when we see his arrow and a note when a former crime lord is trying to bring justice to the savages, but that’s it. It’s not until the last panel when we see good ol’ Ollie, and its Ollie we see, mayor of Star City.

Btw … This issue was a great jumping on point for readers.

Still Despite hardly any of the lead, I liked the issue. Granted I have some issues of the possible exploitation, but love the social issues facing Star City’s residents, especially those behind the wall.

In Defense of Bendis

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 13 - 2010

Let’s take a step backwards in time shall we, to this past July specifically when Bendis and artist Alex Maleev’s brand-new creator-owned series Scarlet debuted. I loved it, thought it was fresh and risk taking. Something I had never really experienced before in my comic-reading experience.

I recommended the new series to almost all of our regulars, many of whom bought it and started drinking from the same kool-aid as I. In fact, they even bought the t-shirts and ate the tangy Doritos they were so enamored by it.

However, as there always is, there was a small population of haters, although that really is too strong of a word. Nay, they were more like not impressed. And each one of them cited Bendis’ former Marvel Max series Alias as the main reason. They would say, “we have seen this story before from Bendis.”

Now far be it from me to tell people what they should like. As my compatriot Eric is often fond of pointing out here, “we have something for everyone.”

And it was hard to defend against the comparison since I had never read Alias, until today. That being said, dismiss Scarlet all you want but do it for a better and more entertaining reason than for one that does not even exist.

So, without further delay, Scarlet is in no way similar or the same to Alias. Not at all.

The only similarities is they are both from the mind of Bendis, the main characters are both female (Jessica Jones in Alias and Scarlet in Scarlet) and the art styles of Maleev and Michael Gaydos look alike.

However, that is where the similarities end. They are both unique stories that do not borrow from each other in any way. And I welcome the debate to prove that statement wrong.

Both used a different storytelling narrative to reach its audience – Alias employing the inner monologue and Scarlet breaking the fourth wall speaking (and looking) directly at the reader.

Granted, both characters are taking the audience along the ride with them, and it shows in how they talk or think about things. But they are not the same.

Anyway, I have said my peace. Both books are awesome and refreshing and you should do yourself a favor and pick them up and read if you have not done so as of yet.

Thank you for bearing with me while I set the record straight – in defense of Brian Michael Bendis.

On Sale September 15 Spotlight

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 12 - 2010

Birds of Prey #5

Gail Simone (w), Alvin Lee (a)

Another week, another spotlight on a possible title you are missing out on (and yes we mean you). Two of the Birds (is it un-PC to call women birds?) are in Thailand looking for a deal on shoes, and a missing teammate. Plus, Brightest Day continues to rock Hawk and Dove’s world while they try to fit into the team.

Justice Society of America Special

Scott Kolins (w, a)

Kolins pulls double duty with his first original DC tale as Kingdom Comings concludes as both squads are forced back together to deal with some Magog issues. Oh yeah. This will end well.

Thor First Thunder #1 (of 5)

Bryan Glass (w), Tan Eng Huat (a)

Another week, another new Thor mini-series. This one is about the God of Thunder’s first year on Earth.  Five bucks it includes a visit to Taco Bell, just taking a wild guess they don’t have Mexican food in Asgard, mead yes, enchiladas no.

X-23 #1

Marjorie Liu (w), Will Conrad (a)

X-23 strikes out on her own after the disbandment of X-Force. Wolverine has been taken out (really?) and now she must step up to fill his shoes. I am not an expert in the psycho killer department but I don’t see her tiny feet sitting in his stylish yet affordable boots.

Siege Mighty Avengers Premiere Hardcover

Christos Gage, Dan Slott (w), Neil Edwards, Khoi Pham (a)

Loki has been scheming, which means a fun time as he pits the “Dark” Avengers versus Hank Pym’s “Mighty” Avengers. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad is thrust into the battlefield that is Asgard during the “Siege” with no one to lead them. Maybe Jack of Trades will come out of retirement?

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 11 - 2010

Daytripper #10

Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (w, a)

Can’t Believe Its Over I was tempted to write about Daytripper each month it was released, but held off until the finale because it would just be a gushfest each month, and I am glad I did wait, because the Brazilian wonder twins saved their best for last.

They Killed Kenny, You Bastards! When Daytripper #1 first came out I was hooked. Its the story of an obituary writer named Bras who is living life vicariously through the lives of the people’s obits he is writing. Until the end of the issue, when he dies. And the dies at the end of each issue afterwards until #9, when he does not.

A Life Less Ordinary I always try to write spoiler free, so I don’t want to give too much away with what occurs in this issue, suffice to say, the 10 issues in my opinion have been the journey of Bras life which culminates with the events of the last book and panel. It is such a bittersweet tale, done tremendous justice by the Brazilian twins.

More Good Stuff from Rio If you have not tried anything from the twins Moon and Ba might I suggest De Tales, Casanova and even Umbrella Academy. Their talents are on full display in these titles as well.

Web of Spider-Man HeroClix on Sale Now!

Posted by bnwadmin On September - 10 - 2010

If Spider-Man can do whatever a spider can, then what do you think Web of Spider-Man HeroClix can do? If you responded kick butt, then we are on the right wavelength. Both Brave New Worlds locations have plenty of Web of Spider-Man HeroClix booster boxes and bricks available for purchase. So don’t delay, before the Green Goblin snaps them all up.

Grant Morrison Documentary Event!

Posted by BRiAN On September - 8 - 2010

We at BNW are proud to announce we will be the only place in the Philadelphia area where you can get tickets to a special screening (the only one in the Philly area!) of the Comics Nerd movie of the year almost two years in the making… Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods. Hit the jump to learn more!

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