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Archive for October, 2010

On Sale November 3 Spotlight

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 31 - 2010

Batman and Robin #16

Grant Morrison (w) Cameron Stewart (a)

Morrison’s Batman and Robin finale is here. Batman and the Black Glove’s final showdown is here. The Joker is here. That just leaves you. This issue ties in with the Return of Bruce Wayne story.

Captain America Man Out of Time #1 (of 5)

Mark Waid (w) Jorge Molina (a)

This mini-series chronicles the rebirth of Captain America. But not the recent rebirth, but the original one when the Avengers pulled him out of the sea like he was a clam to eat, but a huge one at that.

Generation Hope #1

Kieron Gillen (w) Salva Espin (a)

Because you asked for it, nay, demanded it, another new ongoing X-title. This one has to do with our girl Hope, who spawned a Messiah Complex and War. Girls, what are you going to do? Anyway, this time she’s all tied up with this five lights deal. Curious as to what GE lightbulb we are talking about, well pick up the book YO.

Superboy #1

Jeff Lemire (w) Pier Gallo (a)

Sweet Tooth’s Lemire takes on the boy of steel in this new ongoing title. There’s a mystery lurking beneath Smallville that not even Superman knows. But it has ties to Superboy. Cue eerie music.

Absolute All-Star Superman

Grant Morrison (w) Frank Quietly (a)

Grant Morrison week continues at Brave New Worlds as his All-Star Superman 12-issue run gets the Absolute treatment. The Eisner-Award winning series is a throwback to the Superman stories from the day. Bizarro, Zibarro and Lex Luthor’s final revenger are all here, plus a bonus sketchbook section and more (I am hoping for the steak knives myself).

Batman and Robin Deluxe HC Volume 2 Batman vs Robin

Grant Morrison (w) Cameron Stewart, Dustin Nguyen, Scott Hanna (a)

Shocker, another Morrison featured title as Batman and Robin volume 2 hits shelves this week. Collecting issues #7-12, more clues into Bruce Wayne’s mysterious death reveal themselves that force Batman and Damian to face off against one another (like in that John Travolta/Nic Cage movie, but without them actually switching faces).

Batman Battle for the Cowl TP

Tony Daniel (w/a) Fabian Nicieza (w)

Collected in softcover, it’s the Batman battle royale for the right to wear the cowl after Bruce Wayne dies. Includes Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1-3, Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead #1 and Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive #1.

New This Week: 11.3.10

Posted by BRiAN On October - 30 - 2010

This coming new comic day is the first one for November 2010! The year is almost over!  Let’s see what kind of good stuff we will have in stock for ya!

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The Comicverse #5

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 30 - 2010

New Stuff REAL CHEAP!

Posted by BRiAN On October - 29 - 2010

We added some new books to our $10 and $12 Tables! Check em out!!!

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How’re you doing Innernette?

Posted by BRiAN On October - 29 - 2010

Well it’s friday once again and it’s been a while since I have put together anything for a Friday Innernette type entry here the BNW site. So here ya go, some stuff to look at and get you thru the day.

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My Pick

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 28 - 2010

Thor by J Michael Straczysnki TP Volume 1

Michael Straczynski (w), Olivier Copiel, Mark Morales (a)

Slow Burn This is the best way I can describe Straczynski’s run on Thor, a slow burn. It just builds up each issue at a sweet pace that is not typical of the frenetic style of most cape books. It was a big departure of his storytelling on Spider-Man, and very similar to what he is doing now on Superman.

Read Nothing Else For those who are sick of getting tied into several books because of one issue, Thor remained self-contained under Straczynski, to his detriment actually as he left after only 17 issues because Marvel want some crossover action on the title. Marvel’s loss turns out to be DC, Superman and Wonder Woman’s gain.

“The” Thor Artist After living through and experiencing first hand Walt Simonson’s run and art on Thor in the 1980s, I never thought another artist could capture the true epicness of the title. Enter Copiel, whose style is a perfect compliment to Straczynski’s storytelling and to the God of Thunder himself.

Success I think one reason the book clicked for so many was because Straczynski’s run for the most part was grounded in reality, or Broxton, Oklahoma to be specific. Too many times a trip to Asgard can kill any connection you want from a reader.

Life Outside Oklahoma Even though Straczysnki did his best to keep the title self-contained, there were still issues (funny) to deal with. Like Iron Man bringing in Clor, which killing Bill Foster during the Civil War. Repercussions, which Straczysnki addressed masterfully. And the great thing about the issue, if you lived under a rock and did not read or know about Civil War, you could still enjoy the story. How awesome is that!

We Are Getting the Band Back Together No, this is not the Blues Brothers, but Thor and Donald Blake reuniting as Thor seeks to bring about the return of Asgard, and his fallen brothers and sisters. And what a fun ride it is.

Culture Moments I am sure if Thor really set down Asgard in the United States there would be some great moments on both sides of the fence. Since he is in Oklahoma, things are probably a little more simplified, like when the local police come to tell Thor he can’t build Asgard on the ground without permits and such. His response, classic.

What Am I Trying to Say? Well, I never really cared about Thor until this run. Now I am hooked and loving so many of the monthly offerings that features Marvel’s God of Thunder. This is the one that reignited and for many like me, ignited the spark that is Thor. This is the one to read.

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 27 - 2010

Ultimate Spider-Man #15 Brian Michael Bendis (w) Sara Pichelli (a)

True Confession Okay, I will admit that when it comes to Bendis he can sort of do no wrong. I think he could sit down and write a story about him having the worst headache of all time and I would go all in. I would buy the t-shirt, eat the Doritos, drink the Kool-Aid. But that’s just it, he’s that good. That being said, this latest issue of Ultimate Spider-man just might be one of the best of the run he has ever written.

Real World, Marvel Universe I will admit once again that the title is a little juvenile, but I think that is one of the reasons that it is so fresh, because it is juvenile but not in a little kid sort of way, but in an old-school Marvel sort of way. Peter Parker is a teenager going to high school with real problems, and then super-heroes problems. This book, and this issue, exposes them all.

Repercussions A lot of times when you read a book or story arc, after it’s over, the repercussions are cosmetic. But by the end of the next issue or the one after that, everything is back to normal. One of the best solicits to sell books each month is to say this “issue changes everything.” Well, I think things are changing now in Ultimate Spider-Man, as there are some real repercussions from the Chameleon taking over his identity.

Ultimate Universe A lot of people were upset with Ultimatum. And I know at the end of the day the story might not have been the best, but I think it was necessary. Created to tell a modern and “different” marvel story, a lot of the characters resembled their regular universe counterparts. The reset has helped change all that.

Jump Right In I would actually recommend reading the previous story arc before picking this issue up, if you have not done so yet. I don’t think you will get the full effect of what happens in this issue, which has a lot going on in it, if you do not.

Fantastic Four #584 Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting (a)

Just Fantastic Hickman’s run is so sublime, so well told, so entertaining that when it is done, I want more. And isn’t that the truest compliment to an artist, always leave them wanting more.

Cover Story I was admittedly a little nervous when I saw the cover to this issue that Hickman was doing a retread story, and in a way, I sort of feel like it is. Ben Grimm is Ben Grimm again. There are hitches however, which is good because we all know eventually he will change back. That’s just the way it is in the comics.

What’s Going On Well, while Aunt Petunia’s favorite blue-eyed nephew is back and enjoying life, there are a lot of other things occurring in the issue. Don’t forget, this story is part of the larger “Three” story in which one of the four die. And some of the seeds are laid as to who or what could happen.

Only Waits for One For as long as we all have known Namor, there is only one person he would ever wait for – Sue Richards. And of course, in this issue she has left the team to mediate an issue for Namor, who is forced to wait for her. Could this be the beginning of the end for her?

The Surfer Remember last time when the Silver Surfer discovered Galactus’ body? Well, someone needs to be answering some questions. And you will never believe who is asking the questions. Hickman really knows how to set these issues up so that you HAVE to come back for more next time.

And One More Thing There is a panel where Ben and Johnny are doing a bunch of stuff together, including dinner with old friends. Wait until you see who Epting drew in there. It had to be written in Hickman’s script. Either way, kudos gentlemen, kudos.

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 26 - 2010

Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #4 Jeph Loeb (w) Frank Cho (a)

A Loki Good Time Despite the infrequency of this title coming out it’s always a lot of fun as I feel Loeb has finally gotten his groove back (with apologies to Stella). This issue focuses on Loki’s plot with his brother Thor, which I mean, is what he always does. The more things change, the more it stays the same.

Story Progressing The nice thing about this tale and the new Ultimate Thor mini-series is that it is filling in some backstory of the Ultimate God of Thunder, and there is an interesting reveal in this issue. I feel that Ultimate Thor is one of the more fleshed out different counterparts to his regular Marvel Universe version.

Making a Splash! Not sure what it was with this issue, but every other page feature a two-page Cho splash complete with a signed Cho! to it. Enough already, I get that you drew the issue, what else do you want, a metal? (Okaym snarkiness aside, Cho does a great job telling the tale with pictures).

Pissed! That’s right, Thor is back from Hel and he is a little mad. But is it because his beloved Valkyrie took his place, or for some other much cooler reason? There are some possibilities here as I have never seen the God of Thunder this, agitated would be the word.

Speaking of Valkyrie. Even though she is now “dead” and all that, it’s time for her to take her rightful place as she gets an upgrade of a seriously pissed-off Hela. I mean, when is she not upset. She lives in the Underworld, that will play havoc on your hair and nails. Lane told me.

Don’t Forget With all the fun going on in this issue, it might be easy to forget how awesome a role Loki plays in everything. The story begins from his point-of-view and by the end you have to wonder if we are all a part of his latest deception. I am not sure which version of Loki is scarier, costumed-up or suited-up?

Four Down And one more to go in this mini-series that has been in my opinion the best of all the new Ultimate Avengers titles to come out in this new Ultimate Universe world order.

Spoon!

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 25 - 2010

Unearthed Not sure how these were found, but some early design sketches of the original Wonder Woman costume were discovered with William Moulton Marston comments. Remember all the craziness over the summer over the change to her costume. Well checkout the comments to the original costume. Take a look below at another sketch.

Cap vs Cap January will see the release of another Ultimate mini-series, Ultimate Captain America. The four-issue mini-series by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney will pit Captain America versus Captain America from the Vietnam War. Throw in Doc Brown and a flux capacitor and we have the makings of something here.

Casanova is Back That’s right, January will also see the release of a new Casanova mini-series by Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon. Casanova: Gula will be a four-issue mini that will ask the burning question, where is Waldo, er Casanova. It seems he is gone. And we mean GONE.

On Sale October 27 Spotlight

Posted by bnwadmin On October - 24 - 2010

Action Comics #894

Paul Cornell (w) Pete Woods (a)

Death from Sandman is Back! Making her triumphant return to the DCU from the pages of Sandman, it’s Death! And she is back in this week’s issue of Action Comics as Luthor’s obsession for the orange ring literally puts him on death’s door. Wonder who is going to win this battle of wills?

Beasts of Burden Hellboy One-Shot

Mike Mignola, Evan Dorkin (w) JIll Thompson (a)

Holy crossovers Batman! Talk about cats and dogs living together. What will a cat-loving Hellboy do when he team’s up with Thompson’s Beasts of Burden to help out on a case. Isn’t that how it always starts; I need your help on a case, one thing leads to another, and Hellboy is adopting a talking cat.

Captain America #611

Ed Brubaker (w) Butch Guice (a)

I know I am getting tired of writing this, so you must be getting tired of reading this but Marvel is promising that this issue will change everything as Cap goes on trial. I personally think he got caught putting a pack of gum in his pocket at Wawa – this economy is tough on everyone.

DC Comics Presents Superman #1

Geoff Johns, Jeph Loeb (w) Ian Chruchill, Ariel Olivetti, Todd Nauck, Brent Eric Anderson (a)

DC is collecting hard-to-find stories in these deluxe issues of DC Comics Presents. This issue collects Superman #179-185 and Superman: Man of Steel #121 as the overgrown boy scout takes on the Royal Flush Gang, Major Force and Dracula (can the X-Men be far behind?).

Green Arrow #5 (Brightest Day)

J.T. Krul (w), Diogenes Neves, Vicente Cifuentes (a)

The mystery continues in the new home of Oliver Queen as the dead rise in his forest. I thought Death was in Action this week?

Incognito Bad Influences #1

Ed Brubaker (w) Sean Phillips (a)

Brubaker has two in the spotlight this week as his twisted super-powered noir thriller Incognito returns with its Eisner-nominated sequel, Bad Influences! Now working for the government, Zack Overkill realizes its not much different than his prevous life.

Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Premiere Hardcover Volume 3

Jonathan Hickman (w)

If you have not been reading Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, what the hell is wrong with you? This is some good stuff, quintessential FF in the making, and that is saying something after Lee-Kirby and Byrne. Anyhoo, Reed continues to try and solve everything, and you know this never leads to hugs and puppies (that’s in the Beasts of Burden/Hellboy one-shot this week). Collects Fantastic Four #579-582.

Northlanders TP Volume 4 The Plague Widow

Brian Wood (w) Leandro Fernandez (a)

Wood’s acclaimed Northlanders saga this time the story takes us to Viking Russia in A.D. 1020. Believe you me, I’ve heard stories, this is not a great time to be alive. Unless of course you are a viking with a very big sword, and some mead. Mead is always a good thing, even today. Collects Northlanders #21-28.

Superman Earth One HC

J. Michael Straczysnki (w), Shane Davis, Sandra Hope (a)

It’s finally here, Straczynski’s take on if the Man of Steel was revealed today, in 2010. As an added bonus, pick this one up and then in two weeks you can discuss it with others at the Brave New Worlds Willow Grove Book Discussion on Nov. 13. Click here for more information.