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Brave New Worlds started on a dare in Willow Grove Pennsylvania April\'s Fool\'s Day 1989. It was originally named the \"Comic Book Store\" until the shop moved to Jenkintown. Brave New Worlds has been serving the greater Philadelphia area\'s comic book and toy needs for over 20 Years. You can visit Brave New Worlds in one of 2 locations:

Willow Grove - 433 West Moreland Road Willow Grove, Pa. (215.657.8838) Hours - Sunday 11-6, Monday-Friday 11-9, Saturday 11-7

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Archive for April, 2011

New This Week: 5.4.11

Posted by BRiAN On April - 30 - 2011

Free Comic Book Days is a week away (from this being posted, anyways) but let’s take a look at what will be coming out before FCBD! C’mon hit the jump already why don’tcha…

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The Comicverse #25

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 30 - 2011

Cubeecraft Signing and Show May 6th

Posted by BRiAN On April - 29 - 2011

Brave New Worlds Olde City will be hosting a Cubeecraft show throughout the month of May.  The show is set to open May 6th with a special signing event:

“THANK YOU! It’s been a crazy couple of years.  What started as a way to share my hobby with friends has just grown unimaginably!  Now’s the time to celebrate!  Brave New Worlds in Olde City Philadelphia is hosting the first Cubeecaft-centric papercraft show.  A ton of oversized Cubeecraft will be on display and I’ll be there for the opening May 6th 2011 to sign Batman: Built for Action books, offer exclusive Cubeecraft kits, and hang out so if you are in the Philadelphia area please stop by and say “Hello!”. -Chris Beaumont

GUEST ARTISTS! There are over 300 characters now on Cubeecraft.com and though the majority of them are the work of site founder Christopher Beaumont a generous amount are the fantastic work of guest artists, so with that in mind Chris has invited a number of fellow artists and papercrafting peers to contribute new work to the show!

Contributing artists:

Marshall Alexander
Glen Brogan

Evan Cheng
Vanessa Germosen
Horrorwood
Emilio Lopez
Dolly Oblong
Derek Rippe
Salazad
Tougui
Marko Zubak
and more!

Show info:

Friday Night, May 6th 2011
Brave New Worlds
45 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA
215.925.6525

 

What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 27 - 2011

Tomb of Dracula Presents: Throne of Blood One-Shot

Victor Gischler (w) Goran Parlov (a)

Tomb of Dracula Presents: Throne of Blood is the story I was hoping Gischler’s X-Men/Vampire crossover was going to tell when he launched his new X-Men title last year. After being teased with all the political machinations, intrigue and betrayal in “The Death of Dracula,” I had a desire for more of the same in the crossover with Marvel’s favorite mutants.

The story was entertaining and I really liked some of the ideas Gischler introduced including the turning of Jubilee and ongoing concern of Storm’s past seduction with Dracula. However it never seemed to go back to the world established in the death one-shot, a world of vampire sects held together by Dracula, but brought together by his one son in a mad quest for ultimate power.

Don’t get me wrong, this week’s Tomb of Dracula one-shot does not as much dig deeper into the sects as merely revisits. Gischler uses the time-old trick of flashback to tell the story, but what an entertaining story it is. One of the sects comes to Dracula in order to hunt down a rogue vampire. In order to find the vamp, Dracula posits one must know the vamp and thus our story of two brothers begins.

In the end, we all know where this story is going to wind up. This issue is all about the journey rather than the destination. And it is a journey of heartbreak, betrayal (as only a human possessed by a demon can accomplish) and ultimately giving in to a new world order. It’s the journey of the main character that ties you to this story as that character starts off trying to do what’s right.

Gischler needs to stay away from the capes and superheroes of the Marvel Universe and focus rather on its undead dwellers as his voice seems a perfect fit. Vampires are the new in things, although they really are so yesterday already. But that being said, Vertigo and Marvel have both been able to jump on the bandwagon and give audiences some really juicy vampire stories this past year.

For his part, I would like to see Gischler further develop this world of vampire sects. And if he needed a little help along the way, I could think of no one better to assist than Brave New Worlds buddy Duane Swiercyznski.

And another note about this issue, I was not really impressed with Goran Parlov’s art in his Marvel debut in Marvel Universe vs Punisher. I am not sure if it was the different tone of the book or what, but his style was just not doing it for me. That said his artwork in this issue is stunning, simplified and compliments Gischler’s words very well.

Avengers #12.1

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Bryan Hitch (a)

Each issue of Avengers since Brian Michael Bendis launched this latest iteration last year is like reading a mini-summer blockbuster movie. They are that good. So, it should come as no surprise that the latest Marvel point one issue is a huge success in introducing the Avengers to new and casual readers while also pushing the ongoing arc forward for current subscribers to the title.

I have enjoyed many of the Marvel point one offerings thus far, especially Amazing Spider-Man and Invincible Iron Man, but often times I felt as if Marvel’s three-headed goal often failed. Maybe it was the way the writer approached the issue, or maybe it was the fact that many came off like an annual story. But for whatever reason the one issue that really seemed to hit a homerun in terms of capturing all three demographics was this week’s Avengers point one.

I am a big drinker of the Bendis kool-aid. Let me get that out right away. His writing style just connects for me. I love the humor he interjects and he paces the story well.

As for accomplishing the goals of the point one endeavor, let’s take a look at how Bendis goes about it with this issue. First he takes care of current readers to his title but presenting an awesome reveal at the end with a classic Avengers character as well as referencing some things that have occurred in the issues prior to this one. Bendis has already brought us Kang and the Infinity gems in less than a year, but that was nothing entering his 13-month at the helm.

Now, new and casual readers, which can be a difficult task as there are what seems to be a bajillion Avengers with the regular team, new team and of course the secret team. Readers can become confused almost immediately. So Bendis begins the issue presenting the audience with not one, but two mysteries that move everything along. He hooks readers into the story with one of the two, and keeps you as events unfold in a classic search and rescue story that turns out was nothing more than the maguffin to gets us to the final three pages.

I have not been a big fan of John Romita Jr’s artwork on the regular title as it seems like he just rushing everything. This special point one issue is drawn by veteran Bryan Hitch whose work also seems to have taken a downward turn of late. That said, the time off seems to has benefited Hitch whose work appears to be its cleanest in years this time out.

All in all, there were a lot of books out this week, for my money (literally) I really enjoyed these two. How about you?

Spoon!

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 26 - 2011

Three other Dark Horse Comics properties that people often wonder about are The Goon, Criminal Macabre and Umbrella Academy.

The Goon and Criminal Macabre are going to get a one-shot team-up by Eric Powell and Steve Nile in June with another Criminal Macabre one-shot to follow before that character takes residence in the newly-relaunched Dark Horse Presents, out April 20.

As for the family of heroes in the Umbrella Academy, unfortunately Daniel Way is pretty busy and most likely will not get to anything anytime soon as he is currently working on Killjoys for Dark Horse, which the company hopes to see released in 2012.

That’s it from us Ray Conniff, cheese-puffing loving, moon writing fans.

Spoon!

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 25 - 2011

Dark Horse Comics at Wonder-Con in San Francisco had some interesting news on the Buffyverse and some of their other titles as well.

First, Buffy will be returning with Season Nine in September, a 25-issue run with the first book written by Joss Whedon before he hands the reigns over to Whedonverse disciple Andrew Chambliss (who wrote for Dollhouse, as well as Vampire Diaries and Heroes). Georges Jeanty will be drawing the monthly book once again.

But before Buffy returns this summer, check out the start of an Angel/Faith 25-issue series written by Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) and drawn by Rebekah Isaacs (DV8, Gods and Monsters). Angel returns to Dark Horse Comics in a big way this summer as he travels to London with Faith, both of whom are still reeling from the devastating events in the Season Eight finale.

Also look for the return of Spike and his Bug Crew as well as some of the other Angel supporting characters (Illyeria, Connor, and others) as stories make sense for their return.

Scott Allie also said look for some mini-series of Buffy characters including a potential Willow run and a visit back to the universe of Fray.

Due to the heavy Buffy-centric  mission, don’t look for any new Serenity titles anytime soon. However once Whedon gets finished with his little movie called The Avengers, look for him to get busy with that other ‘verse of characters he created.

So You Like Uncanny X-Force?

Posted by BRiAN On April - 24 - 2011

It would seem that this little title known as Uncanny X-Force has introduced a whole new batch of people to a guy I’ve been talking about for about five or so years now…A guy named Rick Remender.

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On Sale April 27 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 24 - 2011

Action Comics #900

Paul Cornell, Richard Donner, David Goyer, David Lindelof (w) Pete Woods, Jesus Merino (a)

He’s Back! That’s right. The big guy with the cape has been absent from his debut book for a few years now. Not that we are complaining after the past year’s Lex Luthor centered stories, think Dark Avengers only with more arrogance. All that changes with this issue as Superman returns in this milestone book as he goes mano y mano with one certain mad bald dude. Plus other tales from some of the industry’s best and brightest.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #659

Dan Slott (w) Stefano Caselli (a)

Marvel has decided to leave us to our own devices when it comes to this week’s Spidey as they have included no information save “classified.” So we have to guess what this week issue is all about. My first thought is Spidey was shooting for some bubbling crude, black oil and then his family said Spidey you need to move away from here and that’s when he decided to move to Beverly.

 

Avengers 12.1

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Bryan Hitch (a)

Bendis and Hitch together for this one special issue of Avengers. If you have not been reading Bendis new Avengers you have been missing what feels like a movie in every issue. The first two arcs have centered on Kang and the Infinity Gauntlet. The latest Marvel point one issue is a great jumping on point for new and casual readers. Plus, if you have been reading you sure don’t want to miss this one as the Avengers have a lot going on. Spider-Woman is gone! Return of SWORD! And of course the Intelligenica as well.

 

Brightest Day #24

Geoff Johns, Peter Tomsai (w) Ivan Reis, Pat Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado (a)

The finale starts here. Twelve heroes and villains were resurrected. Will all remain? Will one be Earth’s new chosen hero? Will Billy Campbell make a cameo and go all 4400 plan on the 12? Will I stop asking questions? All this and more as the end of Brightest Day begins now.

 

Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Premium Hardcover Volume 4

Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting, Nick Dragotta (a)

This is it! This is the one where the famed Fantastic Four are no more. And this one pulls out all the big hitters – Doom, Galactus, the Yancy Street Gang and of course the Thing turning back into Ben Grimm. What more could you ask for from this phenomenal run by Hickman on the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine. Collects Fantastic Four #583-588.

 

Flash #11

Geoff Johns (w) Francis Manapul (a)

Flashpoint is approaching and the seeds are sitting in this little ol’ issue of The Flash. After waiting months for the next issue of The Flash to come out, DC gives us our second issue in three weeks. Barry Allen is chasing after Barry Allen as more becomes revealed for the coming Flashpoint event in the DC Universe. The Road to Flashpoint continues here.

 

Marvel Select Thor Movie Thor and Loki Action Figures

From Asgard comes the next release of the awesome Marvel Select figures – movie versions for the upcoming Thor movie of Thor (of course) and Loki. These generally sell out fast so plan on grabbing yours right away. Brave New Worlds also has stocked up on previous releases including movie Iron Man, Juggernaut, Hulk, Thing, Magneto, Cyclops, Spider-Man and many more.

 

Mighty Thor #1

Matt Fraction (w) Oliver Coipel (a)

The “mighty” is back in Thor this week as Journey Into Mystery took over the other Thor title a few weeks back. This is where the story continues as Coipel returns to the God of Thunder! If you have yet to check out Fraction’s work on Thor, now is a perfect jumping on point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New This Week: 4.27.11

Posted by BRiAN On April - 23 - 2011

Here were are looking at the list of the comics coming out for the last new comic book day of April 2011. Where the heck did April go?

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The Comicverse #24

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 23 - 2011