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Archive for January, 2011

New This Week: 1.26.11

Posted by BRiAN On January - 22 - 2011

Fantastic Four #587 will actually go on sale on 1.25.11…but hit the jump to see what will be coming out the next day Read the rest of this entry »

The Comicverse #15

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 22 - 2011

F.F. #587 on Sale Tuesday 1/25

Posted by BRiAN On January - 21 - 2011

You heard it right ladies and gentlemen, the Fantastic Four will not be the same come Tuesday January 25 2011…because someone is gonna DIE!

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That’s a Great Book … for $12

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 20 - 2011

Check out these brand-new titles to the bargain table at Brave New Worlds, while supplies last …

Captain American Reborn HC

Ed Brubaker (w) Bryan Hitch (a)

Steve Rogers died. Long live Steve Rogers. His return is documented here.

Infinity Gauntlet HC

Jim Starlin (w) George Perez, Ron Lim (a)

Thanos. In Charge. ‘Nuff said. This one is a classic, and a steal at only $12!

Siege HC

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Olivier Copiel (a)

The Siege of Asgard. The fall of Norman Osborn. The birth of the Heroic Age. And the return of the original Marvel Big Three!

PunisherMax Kingpin HC

Jason Aaron (w) Steve Dillon (a)

A trap has been laid with a patsy named Wilson Fisk. Trouble is, there already is a Kingpin of Crime named Wilson Fisk, and he’s none to happy about this.

The New Avengers Illuminati HC

Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed (w) Jim Cheung (a)

All the “events” of the past few years in the Marvel Universe can find its origins right here – World War Hulk, Secret Invasion and more. If you have never picked up this mini-series, now is the time.

Spider-Man New Ways to Die HC

Dan Slott (w) John Romita Jr. (a)

It took a bit, but Marvel’s new top dog Norman Osborn has a score to settle with a certain web head,

Spider-Man One More Day HC

J. Michael Straczynski (w)

Everything changes in the world of Spider-Man, literally, in Straczynski’s swan song after a decade of writing the wall crawler.

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 19 - 2011

Supergirl #60

Nick Spencer, James Peaty (w) Bernard Chang (a)

Fresh, original and intriguing is what I call Spencer’s (and Peatty’s) debut on Supergirl this week. With a character (and her famous cousin) that have seen it all, Supergirl #60 provides something a little different. Unfortunately all the interest and excitement have more to do with the “B” and “C” stories than with our actual heroine.

Both writers do a great job of setting up future tales with a pair of Harvard students who create a new superhero tracking app for smartphones. It’s a great idea, and one that we might actually put to use today with appearances of so-called heroes on our streets. However, it seems these creators have more nefarious reasons for the app (enter menacing bwah-ha-ha).

Then there is Lois Lane and (another) Cadmus story. But it takes a quick and dark turn that makes you realize the stakes are higher and perhaps different than what we are used to in a super-book.

Granted, Spencer and Peatty give the title character enough to do (and you have to wonder what it has to do with the other stories) that I would qualify their debuts this week on the book as an unqualified success. This is a great jumping on point for anyone looking to get into Supergirl or even to check out a DC book. Plus the $2.99 price point is awesome on this one.

Amazing Spider-Man #652

Dan Slott (w) Stefan Caselli (a)

It’s two-for-two for Amazing Spider-Man and the third time in five issues (I think) that Slott’s Big Time arc has hit all the right buttons for me (and appeared in this column). Slott has undone the past several years of blah with Spidey to make the title fun again. I have said it before and I will say it again, if you dropped this title after One More Day, now is the time to jump on board again.

After a successful opening arc, Slott moves onto his next tale with a new artist (they will change with each arc) and Caselli does not miss a beat, picking up where Humberto Ramos left off.

What ultimately makes a Spidey book successful is the supporting cast, and Slott has done a terrific job of incorporating all the people in his life back into the story, none more than this week’s issue.

In fact, there is very little Spider-Man, until we need him most. The story also gives a huge shout out to where it all started for our hero (and not the story you are thinking) as the Spider Slayer returns, organized and in charge.

Plus the end will leave your mouth agape. Trust me, you will not see this coming, or maybe you will. You comic readers are becoming a jaded bunch.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40

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

It’s funny how a little change can do wonders for a title. Once you start reading the final issue of season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you realize you are not in for the typical ride that has been the past 12 issues or so.

In my opinion there has been too much going on. It’s been too big. Issue #40 serves like the finale to season four of the television show, almost a jumping on point, slowing things down again. The war is over, the aftermath continues to unfurl and the Scoobies are left to pick up the pieces, as they usually do.

This one seems to get back to basics, complete with a vampire staking an all. If you are like me, the past couple of arcs have been overwhelming with a lot going on. Whedon addresses this issue in the book (which he penned) and directly in a letter at the conclusion of the issue.

It all makes me excited for the start of season 9, which cannot get here soon enough. Still, as finales go, this one offers a lot of closure on the 40-issue saga.

Honorable Mention Just wanted to throw a couple of shout-out’s to Invincible Iron Man #500 and a few others. I like what Fraction attempted to do with this milestone issue. When it comes to milestones, writers try to go big and very often the story can get lost in the attempt. Fraction however tells three separate tales that are all interconnected – which in my opinion are the best ones (think Star Trek The Next Generation finale). Another great jumping on point for those interested in getting started on a new book, one that has been awesome since the first day Fraction started.

Also take a look at Brian Michael Bendis’ Scarlet #4 and Mark Millar’s Superior #4. These titles are both unique in their own right and offer very compelling stories. Scarlet is all about upsetting the status quo, that of the world in which she exists and what I believe we as readers have fallen into the trap to expect. Meanwhile, Superior is one of those stories that take’s its origins from another more famous tale that we are all too familiar. Enjoy!

Comic Book Sunday! 1.30.11

Posted by BRiAN On January - 19 - 2011

Don’t worry, you didn’t miss it last month…the took off because of the holidays. CBS! Philly is back with a vengeance! Hit the jump for details.

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2 Books I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On January - 18 - 2011

I’m back again for another look into some comics I’m looking forward to reading. 1 is an old standby for me but the other one, well to be honest, is in a series I’ve never read before.

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Random Retro Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 18 - 2011

All Star Comics #68 (Volume 1, September 1977)

Paul Levitz (w) Joe Staton, Bob Layton (a)

“Frankly Fate, I’ve had enough of your crying cosmic calamity every time we have a tough case!” Jay Garrick, Earth 2 Flash

Before Marvel launched it’s Ultimate universe. Before DC gave us the Elseworlds. Before Joss Whedon gave us Firefly, Serenity and their ‘verse there was the DC Comics multiverse. And once upon a time, readers were delivered monthly tales from Earth-2 where Bruce Wayne was police commissioner of Gotham City and Golden Age Hawkman roamed the skies as a member of the Justice Society of America in a costume that today would make us all come up with some truly tasteless jokes (a couple of which I recall all too fondly when the All-Star Comics DC Direct action figures came out a few years back).

For the uninitiated, we are of course referring to DC Comics’ All Star Comics, specifically, issue #68, which featured the legendary Justice Society of America, complete with Golden Age Hawkman and the current roster you are familiar with today (albeit with a bit different look) – Power Girl, Jay Garrick as the Flash, Alan Scott as the Green Lantern, Wildcat, Dr. Fate and more.

And before Marv Wolfman and George Perez brought him back in the Crisis of Infinite Earths, the Psycho Pirate was wrecking havoc with the JSA, and of course their emotions, controlling Scott and leading the team to despair to make his getaway.

Meanwhile, a very civilian Wayne after watching the Green Lantern hold his airport hostage and then battle his teammates has great concerns over just how the JSA is doing business. But that is a story for another issue (cliffhanger anyone?).

Not only does this issue give readers a chance to be in the upcoming Superman movie, it also features travel across the multiverse into Earth 1! And before there was a GPS system or even Google maps, there was the JSA computers, which could not find Green Lantern on Earth 2 – maybe they did need the new-fangled GPS or Google maps? Can you guess where he was?

None of the above however rivals the Green Lantern’s debut in the issue, when he holds Gotham Airport for what he is owed – demanding one million dollars. And he means it. Of course he is not in his right mind, thanks to one Mr. Levitz and a certain pirate.

Couple of interesting notes, the more things change the more they stay the same as Power Girl still is the one attempting to keep the team together in “Divided We Stand” as Psycho Pirate threatens to tear the team apart.

GL uses his ring to conjure salad tongs to take down a British Airways jet and a old school radio microphone, complete with a GL, to give Gotham his list of demands.

Levitz keeps the story moving with quick dialogue, although boy was this team a bunch of whiners. Meanwhile Staton turned in his usual strong work with Layton finishing. Loved the panel of Power Girl jumping into the air searching for a fleet-footed Flash. The panel comes complete with a “Spoinng!” as if on a spring. Although many current readers maybe disappointed that Staton keeps PG’s backside pretty much covered in her one-piece, leg-exposed costume.

A couple of epilogue’s later, complete with a cameo by Earth One’s Green Lantern Hal Jordan, and the rest is history. But issue #69 looks to be just as promising. Just let me dig that out of the back issue box to find out just what Commissioner Wayne is up to.

Check out previous Random Retro Comic Reviews below.

Avengers #191

Quasar #27

Flash #205

Tales of the Teen Titans #45

Green Arrow Volume 3 #32

Daredevil #188

Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #40

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22

Elektra #22

Sandman #50

Blue Beetle Volume 1 #1

New Mutants Volume 2 #6

Uncanny X-Men #132

The Spectre Volume 4 #16

Invincible Iron Man Volume 3 #37

Alpha Flight #30

Catwoman Volume 3 #21

Superman Volume 1 #233

Marvel Team-Up #4

Fantastic Four #258

ROM #33

Justice League Volume 2 #26

Ultimate X-Men #34

Green Arrow Volume 3 #60

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Oz #1-3

Uncanny X-Men #151

Steel #1

All-Star Comics #68

What’s Happening in 2011

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 17 - 2011

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You might not have realized this, but the very next issue of Fantastic Four (issue 587) will be the last for one of it’s main characters. One of the original team is going to DIE! That’s right. Kaput! Goners. Well at least as dead as one can be in the comics that is. The team has been separated the past couple of issues leading up to he climatic end. In little over a year Jonathan Hickman has put a big-old stamp on this title, where Mark Millar never really found his voice with the title.

Infestation
Here’s a daring event for IDW Comics as they take a novel idea (a zombie outbreak) and have it play out simultaneously throughout some of their license titles – Star Trek, G.I. Joe and Transformers. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning come on over to the dark side (or IDW) and pen Infestation #1 and #2, which starts the outbreak in their zombies versus robots before it breaks into two-issue mini-series in the above-mentioned titles. Here’s a great opportunity for comic fans who generally don’t like zombie books to try some zombie time, while zombie fans can dip their feet into some new universes. This one begins this month as well.

Reign of Doomsday
This one also began a few weeks ago with the shocking Steel one-shot (which is going to second print as it sold out). And when I say shocking, I mean shocking. Anyway, the Reign of the Supermen was spawned when Doomsday took out Kal-El back in the day. The first, Steel. Perhaps there is a trend coming? Anyway, this is a five-part series running through a couple different books – Outsiders #37 (part two), JLA #55 (3), Superboy #6 (4) and a final yet to be announced title. One book a month. If the first issue is any indication, we are in for one hell of a ride. Better hide the women, children and Kara Zor-El.

Age of X
We have been here before, alternate reality and the X-Men. One day things are normal, living in NYC and saving the world why everyone hates them, the next living in another weird, warped reality (Age of Apocalypse, House of M). So what is going to make this one different? For starters, Mike Carey is writing this one as it moves through X-Men Legacy and New Mutants. This one takes place in a alternate timeline (so reality is not being morphed, think J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek) and here is the kicker, the X-Men never existed. This one has promise and I am looking forward to it, as should you especially if you are an x-lover. Stop by Brave New Worlds for a checklist (while supplies last).

Death of Spider-Man
All I have to say on this one is frakking Mark Bagley. The book was doing fine, the character survived the Ultimatum and I have been loving what Brian Michael Bendis has been doing with the title since the relaunch with his new friends. Well, starting in issue #153 the story is titled “The Death of Spider-Man.” Could they really be killing off ultimate Peter Parker? What about his relationship with Gwen, MJ, Aunt May, Johnny? Taking place in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates, the mantra at Marvel with the new Ultimate ‘verse is to provide stories no one has seen before. Uh-oh, looks like this could be for real. Would not be the first time Bendis killed off a great title (Dark Avengers anyone?).

Flashpoint
The summer event for DC, this one was teased last year in the final pages of Flash #1 by Geoff Johns. This is going to be a fun one with whatever happens with the speedsters changing the future, pasts and maybe even some alternate realities on Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (I wonder if this is how she finally wears then new uniform?). This could the the one this summer and make sure to read Flash because Johns is notorious for leaving hints.

Fear Itself
You may have seen the teaser images in some of the Marvel books for this upcoming seven-issue mini-series – which promises bigger than normal issues for the first and final books (debuts this April). Some of Marvel’s biggest heroes are having to face their greatest fears, and well that can never be a good thing. Marvel generally has a great track record with events, and they are tapping into something carnal that is going on in our own world right now. Everything seems to be good finally in the Marvel Universe, so of course the bottom will drop out. Check out the map in Secret Avengers for a rosetta stone.

X-Men First to Last
Starting in Giant-Size X-Men #1 it appears that the original X-Men will be taking on the current roster of the team. That’s all we know. It starts in May and it is happening. Sometimes a teaser (Cloverfield anyone?) is all that we really need. Stay tuned for more, but this one appears to have promise.

Marvel Point-One
This is a terrific idea by Marvel, with so much serialization and back story going on in all of their mainstream books, new readers can feel a little overwhelmed trying to jump into Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, etc. But Marvel has you covered in February with their Point One initiative. Starting in Amazing Spider-Man #654.1, Marvel will provide new readers with a perfect jumping on point while also satisfying its current readers with a story that will impact the upcoming year’s story. Click here for a checklist of all the titles.

PLUS Bruce Wayne has returned and is taking Batman global, Hope is living the dream and becoming the mutant Messiah Cyclops thinks she is, Matt Murdoch is reborn, Batwoman is back in her own book and Buffy season 8 winds down, Superman returns to Action Comics in a milestone issue, American Vampire goes to war, plus a death in Archie and more!

And don’t forget, it’s never too early to plan to attend Free Comic Book Day 2011! Save the Date for the first Saturday in May!

On Sale January 19 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On January - 16 - 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #652

Dan Slott (w) Stefano Caselli (a)

Next. As in next artist up. Slott’s first arc is done, we now understand the new Spidey world order. So what’s next? I am glad you asked. Part one of three, the Spider Slayer is back and he’s well looking to slay a spider. As always, the hyperbole flies in these previews as “big” changes are coming so don’t miss an issue.

Avengers Academy #8

Christos Gage (w) Mike McKone (a)

Are you missing the days when Norman Osborn was in charge and all the maniacs and free reign? Well this book is not that, however it is probably as close to that as you will get as Osborn’s hand-picked future psychos are now in the Avengers Academy. Thisweek they seek retribution against The Hood for some internet video he posted of Tigra.  I guess they are a little sensitive. However this mission of revenge (which by the way is a dish best served cold – thanks Khan) could eventually lead them down the path Steve Rogers and company was hoping to avoid.

Batman Streets of Gotham #19

Paul Dini (w) Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs (a)

This title should really just be simply titled Hush or even Hush’s Revenge. Thomas Elliot remains at center stage in this penultimate (just love that word) issue of the “House of Hush” arc. Dr. Death is back, and in league with you guessed it, Hush. I am guessing they are talking about our national healthcare crisis. I mean that’s doctors talk about right?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40

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

This is it, the end of season eight. Everything we have been reading these past couple of years is coming to a head. I don’t know about you, but personally I am a little excited, and sad as there will be no new Buffy for a little bit. Obviously the Scoobies will never be the same again after this issue, with a betrayal so shocking that well, you will be shocked, SHOCKED!

Invincible Iron Man #500

Matt Fraction (w) Salvador Larroca (a)

Milestone time as this giant-size anniversary issue has a little bit of everything – a Spidey team-up, three generations of Stark’s fighting together in the future, a revelation of an offspring, rings, nightmares and oh yeah, the tagline – the future starts now. I mean if you want to get technical the future is every moment just before this moment and then it becomes the past after of course it was the present. You know Tony Stark (and maybe Reed Richards) knows what I’m talking about.

Morning Glories #6

Nick Spencer (w) Joe Eisma (a)

It’s a new year and that means time to give something new and a little different a shot. Have you heard of Image Comics’ Morning Glories? Chances are you might not have seen it on the shelves because it sells out so fast – every issue has gone to a second printing. This is a pretty interesting tory about six kids that go to a school, that of course is not as it seems. It’s something a little different, and isn’t that what Monty Python taught us all those years ago?

Scarlet #4

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Alex Maleev (a)

Scarlet’s practicing downright anarchy in this book, but is it justified? And our we still willing to go along for the ride after the tragedy of a week ago? At their best, comics tap into the national zeitgeist whether they realize it or not. Anyway, the revolution kicks into high gear this issue. Good thing it’s not low gear, I mean we have people to entertain with this.

Astounding Wolf-Man TP Volume 4

Robert Kirkman (w) Jason Howard (a)

A man that is a wolf, that’s what this story is about. Well of course it’s not that simple, but when you get right down to it, it pretty much is. Of course, this is Kirkman’s take on that scenario, and as he does all the time, puts his own unique slant on things. This is the end however, as every moment from issue number one has been leading to this story and of course, the Astounding Wolf-Man’s life will never be the same. NEVER! Collects Astounding Wolf-Man #19-25.