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Archive for February, 2011

The Comicverse #18

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 19 - 2011


Posted by BRiAN On February - 18 - 2011

Welcome to Friday. Welcome to your weekend

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On Sale February 16 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 13 - 2011

Amazing Spider-Man 654.1

Dan Slott (w) Paulo Siqueira (a)

Venom a hero! What the heck is going on in the name of Excelsior and why is he showing up Peter Parker in that department? The next edition of the Marvel Point One issues, a terrific jumping on point if you have yet to listen to me and pick up Slott’s Big Time arc (the first four issues of which are available in collected form already). So, what are you waiting for? You need to get back on the horse, or spider – so to speak. You can thank me later.

Batman #707

Tony Daniel (w/a)

This is the one you have all been waiting for, the introduction of a brand-new super heroine – the exotic Peacock from the Far East! I kid you not. And oh yeah, Batman discovers that Gotham City’s founders had some secrets Yo. Isn’t it always the case. Why can’t we just leave the past buried? I guess it does become an issue when the Peacock is on the case – like how I tied that one back?

Booster Gold #41

Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis (w) Chris Batista, Rich Perrotta (a)

I personally love these crazy time stream ones. Turns out Booster Gold is going to face a new threat from another time AGAIN, but get this, it is for the first time. Just when you thought it could not get any better than the Peacock, DC turns around and gives us a mind trip. You are welcome.

Boys #51

Garth Ennis (w) Russ Braun (a)

It’s an oh-oh moment as Butcher finds out what has been going for Hughie. Also, it’s a road trip for Butcher and Terror to our nation’s capitol and CIA director Susan Rayner. Good times. Some laughs are had, memories rekindled and CONCLUSION are sprung, including the aforementioned Hughie. Remember, this one is not for the kiddies.

Captain America by Jack Kirby Omnibus HC

Stan Lee, Roy Thomas (w) Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Gil Kane, John Romita and more (a)

Aw yeah, another week and another awesome Marvel omnibus release, just in time to celebrate President’s Day! This one takes us all the way back to the beginning as America gets ready to enter WWII, one Steve Rogers is about to take some serum, and the rest is as they say, history. And yeah, there is a lot of Jack Kirby stuff in this one. Collects Tales of Suspense 59-99, Captain America 100-113 and Not Brand Echh 3.

Detective Comics Classics

Various (w/a)

Previously only available in the Detective Comics Action Figure Box Set, we get some old school Batman tales from back in the day from Detective Comics 377, 384-385 and Batman Family 1. The Riddler, Batgirl and Robin all appear, as does some Gil Kane artwork.

DMZ TP Volume 9

Brian Wood (w) Riccardo Burchielli (a)

Our very own Brian swears by this title. The ongoing tale continues after the crazy events of Hearts and Minds, our good buddy Matty finds himself a prisoner in a remote and desolate section of the city – why don’t abductors put their prizes in the city’s square with the hot dog vendor? Just trying to think outside the box. Maybe Lincoln and Frankenstein can join him (you are welcome Brian). Anyway, all this alone time can only mean an epiphany is forth coming for our boy and probably not the same kind that Darth Vader had right before he decided to toss the Emperor over the side in the Death Star. But what do I know?

Fables #102

Bill Willingham (w) Mark Buckingham, Steve Leiahola (a)

Another great jumping on point this week, and Vertigo did not even need a special point one issue to do it. Well, Willingham is talented. Anyway, this issue kicks off a five-episode arc called “Super Group.” Turns out Pinocchio has decided to hero up, tights and all. This being Fables, it is probably nothing you are expecting.

Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #1

Garth Ennis (w) Adriano Batista (a)

Possibly taking it cues from the awesome Geena Davis-Samuel L. Jackson vehicle, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Jennifer Blood is a suburban soccer mom by day, and you guessed it, super model (whoops, wrong notes) a ruthless vigilante by night. I wonder what would happened if she reversed the times she did those jobs? Look out grocery store bagger. You are going to bag that produce the right way. I digress. Since it’s coming from the twisted mind of Ennis this should be an interesting read to say the least.

Green Lantern #62

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

This one is going to lead into the War of the Green Lanterns (nifty title eh?) as Sinestro and Hal Jordan need to make a sacrifice in the SHOCKING conclusion to “New Guardians.” There of course is betrayal and the Stay Puft Marshallow Man (who of course I can not back up in this story). One thing is certain, the drums are starting to beat more loudly as war is approaching. And not the silly Sinestro Corp War or that even more funny Blackest Night.

Hawkeye Blind Spot #1 (of 4)

Jim McCann (w) David Lopez (a)

Just when you think you have seen the last of Clint Barton in a monthly book (New Avengers, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Widow Maker), the Marvel Powers That Be give us yet another new mini-series. Hawkeye takes stock in his life after all the events of the previously mentioned titles. Think he will be ordering some Chinese food and listening to 80’s power ballads while it all unfolds?

Justice League of America #54

James Robinson (w) Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund (a)

You know lately I have been saying to myself, “self, you know what we need a new Eclipso story.” And voila Justice League this week delivers in the beginning of the “The Rise of Eclipso” with new artist Brett Booth (love his style). Turns out the road to darkness is not paved with good intentions, but rather the members of the Justice League of America. Isn’t that always the way?

Morning Glories Volume 1 For a Better Future TP

Nick Spencer (w) Joe Eisma (a)

Collecting the first six out-of-print issues, the Morning Glory Academy is on the nation’s most prestigious prep schools, even more so than that joint on Gossip Girl. But alas, something is lurking behind the doors that is all not hugs and puppies. New students arrive, but they never leave, sort of like transferring into Temple University.

Silver Surfer #1 (of 5)

Greg Pak (w) Stephen Segovia (a)

The FF’s silver pal is back on the streets of New York City, but he ain’t on now Crocodile Dundee walkabout. Nope, instead he is actually feared, FEARED by many. I wonder what gives? Maybe they have not gotten over his being a herald of the world eater. Turns out this mini-series has to do with the High Evolutionary. Maybe he is going to turn old Norrin into the Red Surfer? Just thinking outside the box a little bit.

Superman Batman Torment TP

Alan Burnett (w) Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs (a)

This one is a favorite of mine. The story is swell, with a little seduction and Apokolips thrown in for good measure as Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs are supplying the pictures – and some mighty fine pictures at that. Superman goes missing and Batman must team up with some forbidden love to track him down. But only adding to the fun is Darkseid, Killer Croc and Scarecrow (‘natch).

New This Week: 2.16.11

Posted by BRiAN On February - 12 - 2011

Hope you didn’t spend all your monies on your special Valentine type person the other day ’cause there’s comics n such coming out this week (also Valentine’s Day DOES NOT cause comics to be a day late)

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 12 - 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #654

Dan Slott (w) Stegan Caselli (a)

Big Time is exactly what this title is these days. Taking a cue from its new arc, Dan Slott has been doing some “amazing” work now that he is the title’s lone scribe. Before I jump into just why 654 is my overwhelming (and Lane’s as well) pick of the week, I want to stand on my soapbox just a little bit longer and beat the drum that is the Amazing Spider-Man.

I am always talking about comics being fun. That’s not to say that there is not a place for some of our more brooding heroes, and titles. But in general, a lot of these characters give us an escape and Spider-Man at his best was that. For whatever reason during Brand New Day (maybe it was the multiple writers or the preceding arc) there was some really heavy stuff in those stories, and I am not talking Doc Brown’s definition of heavy (although a Delorean is probably very heavy, although maybe not as much today).

That’s a lot of words to just say that Slott has brought the fun back (Timberlake can bring sexy, Peter Parker is bringing the fun back) to the title. But he has. But there is more to it just being fun as readers discovered this week at the conclusion of issue #654. The second story of the arc features the Spider Slayer, J. Jonah Jameson, Mac Gargon (the former Venom) as the new Scorpion and the New Avengers. So, there is a lot going on. Of course Peter must make a sacrifice to save the lives of JJJ and everyone with a Jameson in their name (including Aunt May – ‘natch).

Problem is, he does not save the entire day, and he has to face other consequences that his sacrifice brought to his life and abilities. Oh damn, one thing is for sure, with the new Venom slowly coming back into the picture, Pete is going to need to be at full strength and at his best – a position he is no longer in at the conclusion of 654.

New Avengers #9

Brian Michael Bendis (w), Mike Deodato, Howard Chaykin (a)

Two stories for the price of one. In the immortal words of Hannibal Smith, leader of the A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together.” Understanding there is always a method to the madness that is Bendis’ writing, I can not wait to see how these two separate story arc’s tie together. Thing is, they are both occurring in two different time periods – fun!

That’s right, Bendis takes us back to Nick Fury’s Nazi-hunting days. And it appears that he and his buddy Happy Hogan are actually pretty good at it. This is the days leading up to the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. and what appears to be the Avengers. This could be just a shameless movie tie-in, but I like to believe its much more.

Meanwhile our gang in the modern time is having its own issues with preventive super-heroing. Trying to guarantee the world’s safety in this new age is not always easy, especially with those tricky laws and such. Good thing Ben Grimm, The Thing, is on the squad to find a loophole, or create a really big crater.

Honorable Mention The Death of Ultimate Spider-Man begins this week (long live Spider-Man) as his super-hero training begins in earnest with one Tony Stark. It is definitely a different relationship than the two shared during the early days of the Civil War. Anyway, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153 (another Bendis title) starts to lay the building blocks. This book is a must if for no other reason than the panels and pages with Mysterio and Black Cat. Turns out the Kingpin used to have something of great power, and there is a lively discussion as to who’s possession it should come into. Guess what happens next? Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Speaking of the Death of Ultimate Spider-Man, more blocks to the story are coming together in the other tie-in, Ultimate Comics Avengers vs New Ultimates #1 by Mark Millar. Millar knows how to spin an ultimate tale or two, so this crossover event should be top notch, especially in the new ultimate world order.

Also notable this week was the next Fables Cinderella mini-series – Cinderella Fables are Forever #1 by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus. If you want to try Fables, but are overwhelmed by the 13 volumes, give Cinderella a shot for a terrific, albeit different, snapshot as to what is in store for you.

The Comicverse #17

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 11 - 2011

Friday Feels Like Saturday

Posted by BRiAN On February - 11 - 2011

Welcome to Friday loyal readers (and, yes you too, you random first time clicker types). With Rob and George off in Dallas gallivanting with other ye ol comic shoppe owners and managers, my schedule feels all off…so sadly I feel like it’s Saturday (my Friday btw) but I have high hopes for the afternoon! Also links!!!

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2 Books I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On February - 8 - 2011

Let’s take a poorly written look at 2 comics I’m looking forward to reading tomorrow… shall we

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Daytripper Book Discussion WG

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 8 - 2011

Brave New Worlds Willow Grove will host it’s next Book Discussion on Saturday, February 26 @ 7 p.m. This month’s selection will be the critically-lauded Vertigo mini-series, Daytripper, collected and available in one collection (on sale now at Brave new Worlds!).

Daytripper is truly a unique and refreshing look at the journey that is all of our lives, as Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon take a look at one specific existence, that of writer Bras de Oliva Domingos. Each chapter is a different page of his life.

Daytripper tracks Domingos life, loves, death and the possibilities in between. It is one of the top books of 2010 and is a must read for any fan of the genre, and even for those who are new to comics.

Ba’s creative partner on the Umbrella Academy, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way called Daytripper “beautifully written and utterly gorgeous. Daytripper completely blew me away.”

Featured Creator @ BNW

Posted by bnwadmin On February - 7 - 2011

Wow, tackling Warren Ellis as a Featured Creator is a huge undertaking as the man is a workhorse when it comes to writing comics. Getting his start in 1990 in merry ol’England penning a Judge Dredd and Doctor Who tale, Ellis made the jump to American companies Marvel and DC in 1994 and 1997, respectively, both of which he continues to write for in addition to numerous independent and creator-owned projects.

Writing as much as he does, it should not come as a surprise that he has been recognized for his ability to spin a yarn or two, winning two coveted Eisner Awards for his Image series Fell – Best New Series and Best Continuing Series.

He also has nabbed the Sidewise Award for Alternate History in 2004 for his three-issue Ministry of Space mini-series for Image Comics, as well as Eagle Awards for Favourite Comics Writer in 2007 (and for Nextwave – Favourite New Comic Book, Favorite Comics Story and Favourite Comics Villain – Dirk Anger, also in 2007) as well as last year for his web-based FreakAngels.

He has written many mainstream titles (X-Men, Ultimate Universe, Iron Man, Excalibur, Wolverine, Hellblazer, Justice League) and some of his own wild and crazy stuff (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Red, Ocean, DV8, Authority, Global Frequency, Anna Mercury and Doktor Sleepless).

While it is a difficult task to pick just a few Ellis titles to spotlight, we have endeavored to present you a nice representation of the mind of the writer. Below we take a closer look at a few of his selected works – all of which are currently available at Brave New Worlds, as well as the titles mentioned above. For a full bibliography click here.


A sixty-issue series, Transmetropolitan is Ellis’ largest work to date about a dystopian future (besides Star Trek is there ever any other?) America where a journalist, along with his filthy assistants, tired of two corrupt Presidents decide to expose the comings and goings to keep the world from falling deeper into despair. Along the way, of course Spider Jerusalem becomes a celebrity himself, a concept that keeps him honest as he continues to write his exposes. Ellis teamed with co-creator and artist Darick Robertson on this title.


They say sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for. I am not sure who “they” are, but they must have had Ellis’ Planetary in mind when it took him over four years to finish this 27-issue tale with artist John Cassaday. “Archaeologists of the Impossible,” Planetary is an organization that tracks down the world’s secret history. Intrigued? You should be. Planetary is made up of three superhumans, which have abilities ranging from invulnerability and super strength to manipulating information and freezing items at will. They are funded my the mysterious Fourth Man.

Doktor Sleepless

A monthly series produced by Avatar Press, Ellis himself compares Doktor Sleepless to his earlier fan-favorite Transmetropolitan, the book draws on a wide range of ideas from futurism and counter-culture. Sleepless may just be a trust-fund baby and genius who undergoes a transformation into a “cartoon mad scientist.”

Iron Man Extremis

Elements of this six-issue mini-series were adapted into the 2008 motion picture, Extremis turned Iron Man’s world upside down, redefining the story of Iron Man and increasing his armor’s ability significantly. Ellis was joined by artist Adi Granov on the run.


Illustrated by Ben Templesmith, Fell is about a detective who gets transferred to Snowtown, a city rife with urban decay and poverty – to an amazing exaggerated extreme. It’s citizens are desperate and hostile and violence is the way of life. Sounds like a swell place to live. Besides the crime, there are of course mysteries for our hero to solve as well. Can’t make the story that simple, can they?

Proving that he does something for eveyone, Ellis also wrote the animated shorts G.I. Joe Resolute, bringing the characters into very realistic, adult situations with actual consequences. Check out this entire tale on DVD.

Click below for previous Featured Creators;

Brian K. Vaughn