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Archive for February, 2011

My Pick

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 28 - 2011

Daytripper

Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba (w/a)

Really, words truly fail me when it comes to describing just how awesome Daytripper is. It’s not your typical comic or graphic novel, and for that we are all lucky. The Brazilian twins Moon and Ba have been doing this for awhile, just telling stories about life in their native country. Daytripper seems to be the perfect storm for what they wanted to do.

Daytripper is about the moments in life, and how we view them and how they effect us. But it is so much more than that. John Lennon once said and I am paraphrasing, “life is what happens to us when we are trying to go where we want.” That’s what Daytripper is to me, is all about the journey of one man’s life, the moments and everything in between.

It is also told in such a Memento like style, jumping back and forth through time that it would make Christopher Nolan blush.

Now that I have gushed thoroughly about the awesomeness that is Daytripper, let’s take a look at the story itself.

Daytripper is about an obituary writer named Bras de Oliva Domingos. He is the son of a famous writer, which overshadows and truly shapes Bras into the man he is. But that is too simple an explanation of what this book is truly about.

Like the story itself, there are a lot of moments that stand out and make me think of my own life. However, it’s the style in which the twins decide to tale this story that separates it from the pack. Each chapter (save one) is a number, corresponding to our lead character’s age. However, at the end of each chapter, his story is finished, until the next chapter. It may be a little confusing of an explanation of the writing style, but I truly do not want to give anything away.

When he meets his wife in chapter two, he was getting out of a long-term relationship and was pretty despondent. We have all been there and can relate. And then one day, he changes up his routine and bumps into her.

All of a sudden his attitude changes and he gets this sense of anticipation waiting to see her again, to tell her how he feels. Again, its something we can all relate too. This book is literally littered with moments like this. Some chilling, some touching, some sweet and some hard.

The journey and metaphors that are loaded through each chapter are definitely open to each individual reader’s interpretation and I for one would be interested to see how you view the tale.

If Daytripper intrigues you, or if you have already read it and are looking for something else from the twins, take a look at De Tales, published by Dark Horse Comics and available as a hardcover. They are more “observations of life” in vignette style. Very good, and of course in stock at both Brave New Worlds locations.

Check out previous “My Pick” selections below.

Daredevil Guardian Devil

Danger Girl

Superman Earth One

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski TP Volume 1

Star Trek Countdown

Superman/Batman Supergirl

Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds

The Chill

On Sale March 2 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 27 - 2011

Annihilators #1

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w) Tan Eng Huat, Timothy Green II (a)

This mini-series reads like a cosmic who’s who of the Marvel Universe – Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, Gladiator, Quasar, Roan and Rocket Raccoon & Groot? Well maybe it’s not exactly an all-star lineup, but a little like the Yankees opening day pitching rotation. Obviously when we get all these characters together in one book it can mean only one thing – the universe as we know it is in peril – Oh No! Rocket Raccon and pals (that’s what we will call them) are here to save the day, so no need to call the Ghostbuster or Justice League.

Batman Streets of Gotham #20

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

If you have not been reading Streets of Gotham, you have been missing a true treat by Dini and Nguyen. This story is all about Hush, Thomas Elliot or should we say the other Bruce Wayne since he surgery to impersonate him. Issue 20 sees “House of Hush” reach its penultimate (love that word) chapter. Hush’s plans are starting to reach their conclusion, which can only mean hugs and puppies for all the Bat Peeps – they know who they are.

Batman Time and the Batman HC

Grant Morrison, Fabian Nicieza (w) David Finch, Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, Frank Quietly (a)

Did you see this list of writers and artists? They alone are worth the price of admission. Bruce Wayne has return to Gotham City. This is that story. Collects Batman #700-703.

DC Comics Presents Superman Doomsday #1

A Ton of Different People (w/a)

These DC Comics Presents compilations are awesome, with stories that have not been reprinted in collected form yet. With “Reign of Doomsday” on the doorstep, DC took some time out to bring you some tales of Doomsday dread including Doomsday Annual #1 and Superman #175 (Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness),

Deadpool #33.1

Daniel Way (w) Bong Dazo (a)

Against my better judgement I am going to put a Deadpool book in here. But there are two reasons, first, Daniel Way is penning it. So, it should be stellar. Second, its one of those point one books Marvel has been shilling for the past month, meaning, this is a great jumping on point to see what all the fuss is about. And now for my second Ghostbusters reference of the spotlight,when evil lurks, murks or even cooks, who ya going to call? Deadpool, duh.

G.I. Joe Infestation #1 (of 2)

Mike Raicht (w) Govanni Timpano (a)

IDW’s zombie event reaches the Joe’s. Both the Joe’s and Cobra are rushing towards a secret. Guess what they find when they arrive? Go ahead, guess. I bet you will never get it. Anyway, the infestation continues.

Green Lantern #63

Geoff Johns (w) Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy (a)

DC’s summer event is quickly approaching as the War of the Green Lanterns is quickly approaching. Parallax grows in power, Sinestro and Jordan make a sacrifice and some unlikely people become allies as we approach the point of no return. Think they will call Deadpool into help?

Pop Heroes Batgirl Vinyl Figure

A first in stock for Brave New Worlds, we have the others, Batgirl joins her DC hero brethren  is this cool designer vinyl toy. Also in stock, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Riddler and Penguin.

Secret Six #31

Gail Simone (w) J. Calafiore (a)

I have to admit, I have yet to get on board the bandwagon that is Secret Six, but to a person (or man if we were still in the 1960s), everyone who reads it swears by it. This issue is a great jumping on point as it is part one of a three-part “Darkest House” arc. So, you know how in Monopoly you can get a “get out of jail free” card? Well one of the Six has a “get out of hell free” card, so they decide to resurrect a fallen loved on. I guess we are in store for another zombie story? Still, I think this week is when I jump into the pool.

Star Wars Mace Windu Force FX Lightsaber

Don’t be scared away by this awesome replica lightsaber from the awesome saga from a long, long time ago. If you are a true fan, this is the lightsaber you need – you don’t realize it but I am using my jedi mind powers on you. But I digress, Mace has the best saber as it is the only purple blade in the republic. I don’t know how you we need more of a sales pitch than that?

New This Week: 3.2.11

Posted by BRiAN On February - 26 - 2011

What?! New comics on my birthday?! Ok! Sounds like a plan! Also do the Bernie.

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The Comicverse #19

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 26 - 2011

Kill Shakespeare Cover Competition

Posted by BRiAN On February - 25 - 2011

Ever walk into Brave New Worlds, walk along the Great Wall of Comics and say to yourself something like “man that cover of Zen Intergalactic Ninja, while foil as all get out, sucks. I could totally make a better one!”? Here’s your chance.

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 23 - 2011

X-Men Legacy #245

Mike Carey (w) Clay Mann, Jay Liesten (a)

Even before this book hit shelves, the naysayers were comparing the Age of X to the Age of Apocalypse, which is like comparing apples to oranges. Both ages have to do with alternate universes (speaking of which, some of the best Star Trek stories are alternate universe tales – including the recent movie), but just like apples and oranges are fruit, that is where the comparisons end with the ages.

X-Men Legacy #245 shows that Mike Carey has a plan – and from this debut issue and chapter two (also out this week in New Mutants #22), this plan of his promises to be a doozy. I do not particularly care to give out spoilers, it’s too easy and not fair to people who like to be surprised. And it is hard to review this issue without giving some things away. Suffice to say, the X universe is turned on its head as the Marvel world that we know is now existing in another reality, one where mutant has been hunted down to the brink of extinction.

What we do get is a brand-new look at some familiar characters, as they are thrust into new roles and relationships. However, everything is not as it seems, and for me, that’s where the money lies with Age of X. The first two issues (counting New Mutants #22, also written by Carey) begin to lay the seeds for what should be a promising tale over the next few months.

So, if you are fan of the Star Trek mirror dimension episodes (while not a perfect comparison), than you should enjoy this new version of what we used to know as the X-Men.

Ultimate Doom #3

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet (a)

First, I cannot believe this mini-series and trilogy is just one issue away from ending. It has been so good. I always want each issue to continue. This of course rang true once again with Ultimate Doom #3 as the gang is finally thrust together by book’s end, gearing up for the final climatic confrontation next month.

This series perhaps more than any other has really turned the Marvel Ultimate Universe on its head with its antagonist being none other than Reed Richards. I mean, who saw that one coming. It’s an arc that Bendis has been working on since the re-launch at the conclusion of Ultimatum.

My guess, more than one person is going down next issue, this being the Ultimate universe – any takers on whom?

But wait, as usual, there is more! Sadly you will not be getting steak knives with this issue (or review for that matter). No, there is a new partnership that the good guys are forced into if they truly want to save the day.

Also, there was another awesome heroic moment for one certain character while another was rooting against that moment. These are the moments I live for, character moments – love ‘em.

Avengers #10

Brian Michael Bendis (w) John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson (a)

The best compliment I can pay to the main Avengers title is that each issue feels like a movie, and a blockbuster movie at that. The team splits up this month in an attempt to locate the remaining infinity gems to keep them out of the hands of a certain evildoer. However, when you think of that plan, isn’t it a flawed one? Don’t you think that’s just what the bad dude wants? Well yes, but it turns out it did not seem to matter.

So we get our separate squads looking for the gems, meanwhile they discover at one site that they are already too late – cue music.

Bendis does a terrific job as usual giving each character their moment while moving all plot threads and such ahead.

As for the visuals, there is one great scene that Romita Jr drew that looks like it came straight out of The Right Stuff – truly heroic and all that. You should know it when you see it.

Honorable Mention goes out this week to Victor Gischler’s X-Men #8. I don’t know why I did not pick up on this in the first issue of the Serve and Protect arc, but this story appears to be a continuation of the Shed storyline from Amazing Spider-Man #629-633, complete with Chris Bachalo’s fun pencils. So if you enjoyed the Lizard’s recent metamorphosis, then pick up this week’s X-Men (and last month’s as well).

Well that’s it for this week boys and girls. Sadly I did not get the opportunity to read everything this week yet, but I am sure Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and American Vampire were awesome. If they are truly noteworthy, I will drop you another line. Also looking forward to reading Daniel Way and Jason Pearson’s new take on Astonishing X-Men.

2 Books I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On February - 22 - 2011

If you were to take a quick glance at the list of comics hitting the shelf tomorrow you may assume (if you know me) I’d be all about the Dean Koontz Frankenstein comic…well I’m not*. Let’s see what I am lookin’ forward to…

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On Sale February 23 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 20 - 2011

Action Comics #898

Paul Cornell (w) Pete Woods (a)

The rematch you have been waiting for – Larfleeze versus Lex Luthor, round two. It’s a funny story really, Larfleeze is sort of miffed ever since Luthor went on his obsessive quest to take what Larfleeze has, the orange ring. Turns out Larfleeze likes to have stuff as well, and next on his list is a starring role in Action Comics. Only two issues remain before the milestone 900th.

Astonishing X-Men #36

Daniel Way (w) Jason Pearson (a)

GREAT JUMPING ON POINT! It’s a new creative team and it’s all about the monsters in this first issue of the new arc, Monster Island that is. However, what happens when the monsters don’t stay on Monster Island, Well of course major hijinks ensue. The classic Kirby monsters are back as our band of little mutants once again have to save the world – sounds like a certain Vampire Slayer I know.

Batman Arkham Asylum Series 1 Action Figures

Aw yeah it’s time for some classic new Bat figures as Batman, the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Scarecrow populate this new release.

Detective Comics #874

Scott Snyder (w) Francesco Francavilla (a)

NEW ARC! I like how this one was solicited – “there are some cases that come screaming back at you … like phone calls in the night …” This one spotlights Commissioner Gordon, who has had many a sleepless night on one of the many that got away, but this is just not any other case – this is the “Peter Pan Killer.” Snyder pens his second story for Detective and is joined this time by Francavilla.

Doctor Who Dalek Sculpted Wall Clock

This looks awesome. It’s a Dalek, but it’s also a clock. Leave it to the Dr. Who people to get out a really cool looking item. As always, this is imported from the UK, so don’t hold off, otherwise the Daleks will most likely destroy all the remaining ones, and the human race as well – it’s what they do.

Fantastic Four #588

Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting (a)

It’s a month of mourning in the final issue of Fantastic Four as next month sees the premiere of FF. But first we need to see how the death of one of their members impacts their family, and the entire super-hero community. And what is to become of the Fantatic Four now that they are only three. Don’t miss out on the final piece to the “Three” story arc.

Freakangels TP Volume 5

Warren Ellis (w) Paul Duffield (a)

Ellis’ online web comic’s fourth episode is collected in this fifth volume. If you are new the Freakangels, now is the perfect time to catch up – it’s a your typical post-apocalyptic  tale with a new twist – expect nothing less from the mind of Ellis (our February Creator of the Month).

Iron Man 2.0 #1

Nick Spencer (w) Barry Kitson (a)

It only seems like Spencer is writing for everyone as he makes his Marvel debut this week continuing the story of Tony Stark’s best pal – James Rhodey and his alter ego, War Machine. But there’s a catch (isn’t there always) as Rhodey’s armor gets an upgrade to go along with his new mission. The beginning starts here, in a three-issue arc introducing this all-new monthly title.

Justice League Rise and Fall HC

J.T. Krull (w) Diogenes Neves, Mike Mayhew, Fabrizio Fiorentino (a)

What happens when a super hero kills? Well, they of course become the bad guys. And we all knew that Oliver Queen always had the potential to take matters into his own hand. But when he took out Prometheus, the League has to bring him to justice. This is that story. But wait, there’s more as our old pal, Speedy, Red Arrow or Arsenal (you choose the name) must also deal with the death of his daughter and loss of both arms – that’s just messed up.

New Mutants #22/X-Men Legacy #245

Mike Carey (w) Clay Mann, Steve Kurth (a)

READ X-MEN LEGACY #245 OUT THIS WEEK FIRST. Age of X starts here, for reals this time. The first one-shot was an introduction to the world. Now we get to see how the last remaining mutants on the planet live in this world.  While our buddies try to protect themselves from those looking to eliminate them, there is a plot revealed by one of their own. As if the deck was not already stacked against them. Maybe Gambit (or whatever his new name is) can do something about that.

Star Wars 4PC 10oz Glass Set

A long time ago, George Lucas made a killing on his deal with Fox to distribute his little film called Star War, merchandising – this is the latest result.

X-Men Curse of the Mutants Premiere HC

Victor Gischler (w) Paco Medina (a)

Embracing the vampire craze, it’s time to see what happens when they go up against mutants. Should be a fun time, although I don’t see daylight walks in the park. Unless of course the vampires have this crazy cool medallion rendering them impervious to the burning effects of the sun and thus allowing them to roam amongst everyone all the time. But what are the odds of that happening?

New This Week: 2.23.11

Posted by BRiAN On February - 19 - 2011

Well new comics day is Wednesday and it’s also my brother’s birthday (and 1 week away from mine)…Let’s check out the new comics for the last week of February 2011!

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 19 - 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #654.1

Dan Slott (w) Humberto Ramos (a)

Another of the Marvel point one issues, I am not certain how great of a jumping on point for new readers this issue is as Spider-Man does not even appear in this issue. Peter Parker does, but if you blink you very well miss him. No, this issue was all about Venom and his new relationship with a symbiote. I say a symbiote because it looks as if Uncle Sam has figured out a way to utilize good ol’Venom. Guess who the first test subject is?

That’s right, last time we saw our old buddy Flash Thompson he was in a wheel chair, victim of an IED overseas fighting in the army. However, now the Venom suit has given him a new lease on life. And along with that lease, new delusions of grandeur. You remember how it goes for Flash – he’s always dreamed of teaming up Spider-Man.

The book begins with Flash playing the part of James Bond, infiltrating a party and doing the mambo with some little honey as he approaches his target. Of course after this first successful mission, the ante gets upped and that is where this issue really gets interesting.

And just in case you were worried that our buddy Venom has been neutered – “Now ya done it! Now I’m gonna — Now we’re gonna tear ya limb from limb.” And that’s not even the best moment.

One thing is for certain, you know this partnership with the alien will not last forever, and I can not wait to see what happens when it falls apart.

Slott is at his usual best, as if Ramos. Forgive me as I need to leave to worship at ther altar of what is the new Spider-Man.

Justice of League of America #54

James Robinson (w) Brett Booth (a)

Let me start with saying I have not been the biggest fan of James Robinson’s run on JLA. I’m just not one of his disciples. Granted, I still need to read his Starman saga (which everyone raves about). Now that I got that out of the way, let me say how much fun this issue was.

Eclipso is an old -school JLA villain. Of course, this is an entirely new JLA without Superman, Wonder Woman and Bruce Wayne. And this is a new Eclipso who just live a certain brand of toasters has a plan. And boy this plan looks pretty spectacular.

I am not sure how long this story is going to run, but the first setup issue has me hooked. Plus, Brett Booth’s art is awesome. I don’t know why he has not done a regular mainstream title before now.

Plus, it’s always nice when we get a timeout from the heroes and see how the other lives, and thinks. I can’t wait for the next issue to ship.