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Archive for March, 2011

We’ve Got tokidoki Marvel Shirts!

Posted by BRiAN On March - 30 - 2011

Good news everyone, Brave New Worlds now carries Marvel/tokidoki shirts! Come n’ get ’em!

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New This Week: 3.30.11

Posted by BRiAN On March - 26 - 2011

Holy Crap March is over and we all know what the last week of the month means…lots of comics and a new previews magazine! Get to clicking, cause you know you wanna see what’s coming out Wednesday!…

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Retro Random Comic Review

Posted by bnwadmin On March - 21 - 2011

Showcase Presents #98

Paul Levitz (w) Joe Staton, Dick Giordano (a)

Way, way back in a decade known as the 1970s, DC Comics decided to bring back the original Justice Society of America. To accomplish this, they introduced Earth 2 in which these Golden Age heroes habited. In addition, they introduced some new younger heroes to the squad as to attract newer readers. One of these new heroes was Power Girl.

A few years later after Gerry Conway (Power Girl’s creator) left DC to head over to Marvel Comics, Paul Levitz inherited the All Star Comics mantle in which the Earth 2 JSA resided. Levitz also took over Showcase comics and decided to use a three-story arc to explain just who was Power Girl.

I decided to spotlight the middle issue of the trilogy, as this one is the meat of the three. As much as things have changed in the DC Universe since Crisis on Infinite Earths took out the Multiverse, they have remained the same, especially when it comes to PG’s origin story.

In fact, the PG we know and love from the current DC continuity is actually this PG from the Earth 2 story, pulled into the current timeline during the Crisis. Pretty neat eh?

So anyway, I often enjoy these old 70s stories. Something awesome about the narrative, which is not as heavy handed as some of the 1960s stuff. Levitz had a real way with the words back in his heyday, and Staton and Giordano’s work on the pictures is smooth and sweet. I am not sure what it is about Giordano, but his style on this era more than anyone else’s has always made me look back on this era’s comics with great fondness.

Anyway, issue #98 focuses on Power Girl’s ship that brought her to Earth after the destruction of Krypton 2. Turns out her pop made the ship a symbiote and enabled it to give her virtual memories of life moving forward just in case she did not land somewhere for a very long time. Nice guy that pop of hers.

But, the ship was not ready to give up that relationship and sucked her back into its own twisted version of Pleasantville again, giving Power Girl everything a growing Kryptonian girl dreams about.

Anyway, this is a real fun story, especially for those who are fans of the Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Judd Winick and Sami Basri versions.

The other nice thing for all Power Girl fans, the trilogy is actually collected and available at Brave New Worlds in the Power Girl tradepaperback, which collects these three issues plus Geoff Johns and Conner’s JSA #32, 39 and JSA Classified #1-4 from the Infinite Crisis days that put PG back on the DC radar.

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

Wonder Man #13

On Sale March 23 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On March - 20 - 2011

Batman The Dark Knight #2

David Finch (w/a) Scott Williams (a)

It’s only the second issue and Finch has decided to call in the big guns as Etrigan the Demon’s help is summoned by the Bat because the Penguin is obviously too much for him to handle. I mean, no brainer. However, this could be the first time the old Cobblepot and Etrigan appeared together in the same issue, on purpose. So one might say this is a historic issue.

Captain America #615.1

Ed Brubaker (w) Mitch Breitweiser (a)

Another GREAT JUMPING ON POINT by Marvel this week as the next point one is hitting shelves. So if you have not been reading Cap lately, you might not realize Steve Rogers was dead. No worries, he’s back now, but he is no longer Cap as his former sidekick Bucky, who was dead once as well, is now the new Cap. But alas, Bucky is on trial which means there might once again be an opening for another Cap. Hmmmm? I don’t know about you, but I have not been this confused since George Lucas decided to number the Star Wars films in the middle and then releases the first ones after first producing the middle ones.

Cover Girls of the DCU Supergirl Statue

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman’s cousin Supergirl and she is being presented in the popular DC statue line – Cover Girls of the DCU. This Adam Hughes designed statue will not be available for long, so do not delay. And while you out picking up the latest statue of the line, make sure to check out Brave New Worlds stock of the previously released statues – Batgirl, Black Canary, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Power Girl.

FF #1

Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting (a)

Everything has changed, including the Fantastic Four after the death of one of their beloved members. So what does this mean for them? Well for starters, the Fantastic Four are no more. So welcome to the first issue of the rest of their lives, and yours since we have an entire new monthly book devoted to life after you know who. If you have yet to check out Hickman’s amazing run, now is a GREAT TIME TO JUMP ON and check out what all the fuss is about. Besides, you will get to check out the team’s new look.

Green Lantern #64

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

Green Lantern Corps #58

Tony Bedard (w) Tyler Kirkham, Batt (a)

The war starts in Green Lantern #64 as part one of the War of the Green Lanterns officially kicks off DC Comics summer event. Turns out someone has stolen all the batteries, doesn’t that always suck? Anyway, the Corps and all the other crazy lantern colors are effectively shut down except for a select few – guess who still has some juice left? There are only four of them of course, and one of them is not me. Never professed to be a lantern anyway. So it turns out they are not real happy about this turn of events, hence the start of the war. Part two follows this week in Green Lantern Corps #58.

Hellraiser #1

Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette (w) Leonardo Manco (a)

He’s back, and I am not talking Pinhead. No we are talking about Clive Barker back on the character he created. This is an all-new chapter in the official continuity of the Pinhead story – bet you never thought you would read those words on this website. Anyway, this will prove to be an epic story in what Barker is billing as the final Pinhead tale. Yeah right. Anyway, if you like horror, Barker and disturbing stuff, this book is probably written for you. If you are a fans of hugs and puppies (yes we mean you Lane), you might want to pass.

Justice League of America #55

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

Both Reign of Doomsday and Rise of Eclipso continue in a book that DC is Drawing the Line @ $2.99. So that is basically two stories for the price of one. What a deal! Do you really need to know anymore than that? If you said yes, you are really greedy aren’t you? But alas, I can’t say no to you, so the Spectre has been taken out by Eclipso and Doomie is wiping out other members of the team. Sounds like an old-fashioned donnybrook.

New Mutants #23

MIke Carey (w) Steve Kurth (a)

Chapter four of Age of X is here. If you have not read the first three chapters, do you really think I am going to spoil the story here? C’mon, you know me better than that. Tell you what, we will use code words. So, in possession of BLANK which could equald the end of BLANK. BLANK is on the run, hunted by every other BLANK. But one of the hunters has BLANKS of their own.

Thor #620.1

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (w) Mark Brooks (a)

A GREAT JUMPING ON POINT! Abnett and Lanning take their turn in another Marvel point one issue as they tackle (not literally because that would be just foolish) the God of Thunder. And who better to introduce and reintroduce readers to the Mighty Thor than the Grey Gargoyle. That’s right, that is not a typo or error, that’s the Grey Gargoyle we are talking about. Not to be confused with the Grey Ghost that Dennis Quaid played in Everyone’s All American. Did not want you to be confused – it’s just how I roll.

Ultimate Comics Doom #4

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Rafa Sandoval (a)

The conclusion of the Ultimate Enemy trilogy is here. Reed Richards has gone mad, MAD I tell you, and he’s not going to take it anymore. I”ll tell you what, this would never have happened pre-Ultimatum.Someone is going to fall. Someone is going to rise. And someone is going to say something funny (it is a Bendis book). Even money it’s either Spidey or the Torch. Gotta play the odds.

Unwritten TP Volume 3 Dead Man’s Knock

Mike Carey (w) Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly (a)

The next volume of the story within a story, collecting Unwritten #13-18, Dead Man’s Knock features the launch of the long-awaited new Tommy Taylor novel. Just exactly who was waiting for this and why did I not know anything about it. Besides a story within a story, this volume also includes the Unwritten Cabal. What more could you really want in six issues?

Munny Contest?

Posted by BRiAN On March - 19 - 2011

Brave New Worlds Old City just got a new shipment of blank white Munnys…and then found out that KidRobot is having a customization contest. Get your Munny right now at BNW and get in on the action. Details after the jump Read the rest of this entry »

New This Week: 3.23.11

Posted by BRiAN On March - 19 - 2011

While it felt like it took forever for Batman Inc #3 to come out, we get #4 this week (just 2 weeks later) as well as Dark Knight #2 (about time!) and yet another awesome issue of Uncanny X-Force! Hit the jump to see what else will be out this week!

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The Comicverse #21

Posted by bnwadmin On March - 19 - 2011

Innernette Friday (Rob’s @ SxSw btw)

Posted by BRiAN On March - 18 - 2011

It’s friday. Hope you are enjoying the weather outside. Maybe swing by either or both BNW’s and grab some comics and go read em outside! But for right now let’s see what’s going on around the innernette while you are at work and bored, shall we…

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On March - 16 - 2011

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 (2010)

James Ausmus (w) Nick Bradshaw (a)

“Escape from the Negative Zone” Part One harkens back to a time in the late 80s and early 90s when Marvel attempted to make their annuals more relevant by tying them into one another and telling one big tale. The most successful attempt at this was Uncanny X-Men Annual #9 and New Mutants Special Edition in which our hapless mutants are transported to Asgard and fun with the Warriors Three is had by all. While comparing those books with this week’s annual is like comparing apples to watermelon, the effort and intention is still there.

Continuing and ending in Steve Rogers Super Solider Annual and Namor First Mutant Annual, respectively, Uncanny X-Men Annual has all the prerequisite elements for Marvel’s summer time distraction – fun, fun and a trip to the Negative Zone.

Oftentimes annuals are not produced by the monthly book’s creative team which can lead to uneven storytelling and unfamiliar character traits. However, this book does not suffer from either one of those as James Ausmus writes the X-Men as if he has been all along. And Nick Bradshaw’s art is almost an identical copy of Arthur Adams (and that is not meant in any way to diminish what Bradshaw brings to the story – I like the style, it’s “fun”) which gives the book even more of a summer-time X-Men feel like the classic tales referred to in my first paragraph.

The story basically spotlights Cyclops, Hope, Namor and Dr. Nemesis. Four great characters, two of which have major issues with Cyke, and another who cannot be bothered (can you guess who fits into each role). Hope’s feelings about everything have been percolating (she is a teenage girl after all) and she begins to let those feelings out, while Namor is also suffering from not enough attention.

I always like to see how writers take on Emma’s sardonic and dry with, and Ausmus does not miss a chance to give her some of the issue’s most memorable lines – my favorite having to do with scotch.

In the end, this is a setup issue for a much larger story, but the fun is the journey arriving to the setup, the reveal and figuring out what is going to happen next.

I have not said this in a long time, but I am very much looking forward to the next two parts of this tale.

On Sale March 16 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On March - 13 - 2011

Avengers Academy #11

Christos Gage (w) Tom Raney (a)

Wow, there is a lot going on in this issue, including the return of two long-gone characters. Plus, this issue sets up a guest appearance by the actual Avengers in issue 12 next month. Turns out everyone is so excited by the appearances that the party is happening at the Academy, but not in a good Kid-n-Play malt beverage way. More like a World War Hulk destructive way. You have been warned.

Avengers Children’s Crusade Young Avengers #1

Allan Heinberg (w) Alan Davis (a)

GREAT JUMPING ON POINT! This one is a stand alone that takes place during the Young Avengers quest to locate the Scarlet Witch (currently happening in the Avengers Children’s Crusade mini-series. Two of our favorite Young Avengers take on the roles of Captain Marvel and Kang the Conqueror. I think if it were me, I’d like to be Kang. Marvel eventually dies of cancer and besides, Kang can do that time jump thing.

Brightest Day #22

Geoff Johns, Peter Tomaso (w) A Lot of Pencils and Pens (a)

The end is quickly approaching as all of the heroes and villains who returned are beginning to converge to one point as revelations are abound. I wonder if this will be anything like the show 4400 when Billy Campbell’s character was luring all of those returnees into his little compound, hmmm?

Deadpool Pulp HC

Adam Glass, Mike Benson (w) Laurence Campbell (a)

Because it would not be a normal Marvel release week without at least one Deadpool comic or collection. This week actually sees two Deadpool books, we chose to focus on this one (obviously). It’s all the awesomeness you have come to expect from a pulp adventure, plus the Merc with a Mouth, and lies, spies and curves. Collecting Deadpool Pulp #1-4, our hero (?) has been tasked with tracking down a rogue CIA agent who has stolen a nuclear suitcase – and the agent is a girl! Shocking!

Dissidia Final Fantasy Trading Arts Figures

That’s right, the next release of Final Fantasy figures will be arriving this week and include Cecil, Cloud, Firion, Sephiroth and Terra. Don’t delay as these generally move off the shelf rather quickly. Check for them at both Brave New Worlds locations.

Fear Itself Book of the Skull #1

Ed Brubaker (w) Scott Eaton (a)

Marvel’s summer event gets kicked started this week as we take a walk down memory lane with the Red Skull. Seems the big guy’s daughter Sin has taken over the family business and is ready to outdo her father’s previous best. This of course leads to a little reminiscing as we learn about the Red Skull’s most-dangerous WWII mission, one that will impact everything we know about today’s Marvel Universe. Don’t you just love those stories that tie yesterday into today?

Generation Hope #5

Kieron Gillen (w) Jamie McKelvie (a)

This is the one I have been waiting for. First, Hope was in a fight for her life as the chosen mutant messiah. Then she went globe trotting finding all of those lights. Now that all the fun has finally settled down, it finally hits her – Cable is dead. With time to think of all that has past and what is to come, Hope makes a decision that will obviously be more important than Lebron James’ last summer. I mean really, Miami or Cleveland just does not have the same impact as the future of all mutant kind, just ask Cyclops.

Hulk 30.1

Jeff Parker (w) Gabriel Hardman (a)

How much does it suck after all these years of hunting down the Hulk, General Thunderbolt Ross is actually the Red Hulk. Granted, he seems to be settling in very nicely to his new role in the world. Now it’s time to meet his replacement on the military side. Uh-oh, reality hits a little hard now when you see someone sitting in your chair, smoking your cigars, wearing your bath robe, etc. Another Marvel point one issue and another GREAT JUMPING ON POINT.

Izombie TP Volume 1 Dead to the World

Chris Roberson (w) Michael Alldred (a)

Gwen is your average twenty-something generation x-er. She tries to live an eco-friendly life while doing her job. However, of course there is a catch, this is a comic after all. Turns out Gwen must eat a brain each month to keep from losing her own memories because it turns out she is a zombie (bummer). But there is a side effect, she takes on their personality, quirks and all. Until the next brain. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? At least its a new twist on the zombie phenomenon. Collects iZombie #1-5.

Ruse #1

Mark Waid (w) Mirco Pierfederici (a)

CrossGen fans rejoice, Marvel has brought back some of the characters and universe. Last week we saw the release of Sigil #1 and this week sees Ruse #1. Mark Waid returns to the character he first created as the smartest man in the world (and it’s not Reed Richards or Victor Von Doom) crosses path with a mysterious and enchanting woman (why are they always mysterious and enchanting?). Anyway, obviously fun is about to be had when these two get together – think peanut butter and jelly, Turner and Hooch and Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #3

James Asmus (w) Nick Bradshaw (a)

It’s time for a nice little trip to the Negative Zone which is a lot like taking summer vacation in Cleveland – the laws of nature are literally turned upside down. This week part one of “Escape from the Negative Zone” begins. Escape? But they just got there and I am sure Blastaar and all his buddies have laid out quite the spread. Continues in Steve Rogers Super Soldier and Namor First Mutant. Maybe this won’t be as easy as our intrepid heroes think with the Fantastic Four on the sidelines.