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Archive for April, 2011


Posted by bnwadmin On April - 21 - 2011

Reader nostalgia is the theme for DC this summer, after last year’s Wednesday Comics and the previous weekly mini-series of the years prior, DC is attempting something different for fans with its “Retroactive” line of one-shots staring in July.

Often times we hear many customer conversations in the store comparing the merits of Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern to that of John Stewart over even Kyle Rayner. Or how about Barry Allen’s Flash to Wally West? Well DC has an answer for this as they will be bringing back classic heroes and their former creative teams from the 1970s, 80s and 90s for all-new stories. Also included in each issue that will consist of 26-pages of brand-new material will be a 20-page reprint.

Not only are the former creative teams writing new material for these special one-shots, they will also be handpicking the reprint material as well. Talk about getting the chance to relive those issues you fell in love with back in the day. And for newer readers, here is an opportunity to see what all the fuss was about, or how your favorite characters have grown over the years.

July releases will include cover the 1970s; Batman by Len Wein and Tom Mandrake, Justice League of America by Cary Bates, Andy Smith and Gordon Purcell, The Flash by Bates and Benito Gallego, Green Lantern by Dennis O’Neil and Mike Grell, Wonder Woman by O’Neill and J. Bone and Superman by Martin Pasko and Eduardo Barretto.

The 1980s and 1990s will follow in August; Superman by Marv Wolfman, Wonder Woman by Roy Thomas, The Flash by William Messner-Loebs, Justice League of America by Gerry Conway, Green Lantern by Len Wein and Batman by Mike Barr as well as Louise Simonson on Superman, Messner-Loebs on Wonder Woman, Brian Augustyn on The Flash, Keith Giffen and J.M DeMatteis on Justice League (JLI anyone!), Ron Marz on Green Lantern and Alan Grant on Batman.

I already have my sights set on a few including all of the 1970s books plus the 1980s Justice League and Superman. However for my money the one I will be really looking forward to is Giffen and DeMatteis’ Justice League book. Here’s hoping they can get Adam Hughes to pencil it.

If you are as excited as us, make sure you reserve your copies today at Brave New Worlds!

Aw Yeah!

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 18 - 2011

Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus

Considered by many to be the quintessential Thor run, Walt Simonson’s epic tales of the Mighy Thor, his alter ego Dr. Donald Blake, The Warriors Three, Loki, Balder the Brave, Sif, Odin, Beta Ray Bill and of course Thor as a frog are ALL here – that is the complete run – remastered from the original art in all its glory.

Growing up in the 1980s I was fortunate to be able to experience the real golden age of the Marvel Universe. I know these words may be apocryphal and blasphemous to some, but the early days introduced readers to these classic characters by the legends of the industry – Lee, Kirby, Ditko, etc. The 1980s saw a new wave of creative talent that produced stories that became instant classics.

Think about it, not counting the Lee-Kirby years for many of these books, the 1980s saw the defining run for the X-Men (Claremont), Fantastic Four (Byrne), Daredevil (Miller) and of course Thor. While the narrative has become a little dated, the stories themselves have not.

As with Byrne during his FF run, Simonson pulled double duty and was an iron man playing both ways as he produced a monthly book that he was both writing and drawing. Think about that for a moment, especially during the too numerous to count delays from all the top talent today. Like clockwork FF and Thor always hit shelves, only forcing readers to wait a month instead of months and in some cases years that recent stories have fallen trap to throughout the industry.

Back to the merits of Simonson’s run he penned the battle of Surtur and Odin which resulted in the All Father’s demise, the Casket of Ancient Winters, told the origins of Asgard and the sacrifice of the Executioner, and was along for the ride on the Mutant Massacre.

But don’t take my word for it, experience it for yourself. I was never a big fan of the character, not very relatable for me. That said, Simonson’s run was just plain fun. Stop in at Brave New Worlds today to order yours!

On Sale April 20 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 17 - 2011

Akira Kodansha Graphic Novel Volume 6

Katshurio Otomo (w/a)

The unofficial birth of manga and anime continues in collected form as Dark Horse presents the sixth volume this week. It’s a tale as old as time, you know two friends do everything together, grow up, become adults and then one day, whamo! super powers. I hate it when that happens. However, it begins to get fun when the government targets those powers, and we are not talking Twister fun either. And in case you are worried about jumping into the story at volume six, no worries, Brave New Worlds also has the previous five volumes in stock and patiently awaiting your purchase – it’s the way we roll.


Dan Clowes Mister Wonderful Love Story TP

Daniel Clowes (w/a)

Eisner-Award winner Clowes is back with a story that is probably the most heartfelt piece he has ever written, Mister Wonderful Love Story was originally published in serialized form in the New York Times. Marshall is a divorced, middle-aged and unemployed catch, on his first blind date, one which shows up about an hour late. However, when she shows up, Wow! Va-va-voom. Of course this being a story, the date itself should be a story in itself, and it is.


Dark Horse Presents #1

Frank Miller, Harlan Ellison, Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams, Richard Corben, Paul Chawick, and more (w/a)

Dark Horse’s analogy is back and this 80-page issue is jam-packed with a who’s who from the industry – and not just any names, but the giants. There is a new Concrete tale, a new Star Wars Crimson Empire story and an exclusive first peek at Miller’s prequel to 300, Xerxes.


Invincible #79

Robert Kirkman (w) Ryan Ottley, Fco Plasencia

The Viltrumite war is over and Invincible returns to Earth. But of course it’s just not as simple as that as he returns home to find things not as he remembered. Of course now I have to wonder, is this the result of a time jump, another dimension, black or worm hole?Questions, questions and more questions this week in the pages of Invincible. Wonder if we will get to see the alternate universe Olivia as well? What? Can’t I throw some Fringe love in here?


Page by Paige GN

Laura Lee Gulledge (w/a)

This one is perfect for the teen is your family who stays away from the cape books but might be hip enough to read a comic. This is the story of Paige (of course) who juts moved to New York City and is a little overwhelmed by the big city, who wouldn’t be? So she does what any normal kid would do, she starts coming up with different identities in her sketchbook, and this is where I story really begins.


Shield HC Architects of Forever

Jonathan Hickman (w) Dustin Weaver (a)

Remember that completely different mentioned in the opening tease? Well if you are looking for different here it is as Hickman takes Marvel’s super counter-intelligence team S.H.I.E.L.D. and populates its members with Isaac Newton, Imhotep, Galileo and more. Long before there were super heroes defending the Earth, there was these dudes.  Collects S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-6.


Super Dinosaur #1

Robert Kirkman (w) Jason Howard (a)

From the mind of The Walking Dead, Invincible and Astounding Wolf Man comes a brand-new book with a Dinosaur as its hero Yo. Turns out there is this evil dude by the name of Max Maximus that wants to take a trip to Inner Earth where the dinosaurs live. He is looking for a powerful mineral that exists only there and it turns out our new hero Super Dinosaur along with his pal Derek Dynamo can stop Max as the fate of EVERYTHING rests solely on their shoulder. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting two of these.


Zombies vs Robots Undercity #1

Chris Ryall (w) Mark Torres (a)

Admit it, you were hooked on IDW’s Infestation and kind of wishing it did not have to end. Well guess what – it’s not ending. Turns out just because the event ended does not mean the Zombies left. And that is where the fun starts. So the survivors head underground to their, wait for it, Undercity, where another threat looms, of course.





New This Week: 4.20.11

Posted by BRiAN On April - 16 - 2011

Another week passes and yet more comics hit the shelves! One of them with a very unique name chooses this very interesting date to be released…

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Posted by BRiAN On April - 16 - 2011

For me the first sign of Summer being right around the corner is Free Comic Book Day. Next to nothing beats firing up the grill, grabbing a cold drink and reading some comics…unless those comics are free ones!

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2 Books I Wanna Read Tomorrow

Posted by BRiAN On April - 12 - 2011

It’s Lincoln’s Assassination week once again and also there are new comics hitting the shelves Wednesday. Let’s look at 2 comics I wanna read tomorrow…

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Another Look

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 11 - 2011

If you have been coming into the store and asking me what I have enjoyed at anytime over the past several months my answer has always been Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four. So it is only fitting that I decided to take Another Look at two books that have been out for a few weeks – FF #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #657. While these books were released in the order listed, I recommend reading Spider-Man first; it actually leads into FF #1 and could make your enjoyment that much stronger.

SPOILER ALERT! I want to get this out of the way now. Please read no further if you are a Fantastic Four fan and have yet to read the issue where one of its members bites it. And if you do fall into this category, why haven’t you read this issue yet? You deserve to have it spoiled for you. But I digress.

Amazing Spider-Man #657

Dan Slott (w) Marcos Martin (a)

About a month ago the next issue of Amazing Spider-Man to hit the shelves after the death of Johnny Storm was #655 and it dealt with the aftermath of the death of Marla Jamieson. No mention of Johnny’s Storm’s passing could be found. Granted, the issue was perfect in the continuity of the ongoing Spidey title. However it had the bad luck of coming out the same week as the final issue of Fantastic Four, in which it’s surviving members plus a certain web head all dealt with the emotional aftermath of the matchstick being extinguished for good.

It was unfortunate too because the issue was referred to by Dan Slott as the best thing he had ever written. And while I did enjoy it, it was also overshadowed a bit for me by Jonathan Hickman’s final issue of Fantastic Four.

Fast forward to last week and Amazing Spider-Man #657 finally got around to dealing with the Human Torch’s demise. However, if you read FF #1 which came out a few weeks earlier you already knew that Spider-Man was the newest member (he is going to compete with Wolverine for team memberships soon).

While the official invitation is revealed in #657, the issue is much more than that as we learn what role each member of the FF played in the Fantastic Five’s lives. Some make sense, others will be a surprise. I was definitely caught off guard as to the group’s designation of Reed. It was a typical walk down memory lane, remembering someone they fault alongside for so many years.

One of the best moments comes when Ben Grimm recalls how he liked it when Spidey was around because it gave Ben a break from all of Johnny’s pranks. And it was true, he did get a break, for a bit.

While #655 was really well done and very poetic, for my money give me #657. It is another opportunity to say goodbye to a cherished member of the Fantastic Four and Marvel community, but also a perfect jumping on point and a new future for not only Spidey, but the remaining members of the FF.

FF #1

Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting (a)

It’s odd to think that after all these years there is not a new issue of the Fantastic Four coming out. The book has morphed into FF, which makes sense since one of the original members is gone.

Even if you have not read anything that has come before, this introduction issue is a terrific jumping on point and hopefully a catalyst for people to take a look back at Hickman’s entire run not just on the book but with the team (beginning in the Dark Reign Fantastic Four mini-series).

Just like the issue prior, we find the team in the grips of the death of their brother and friend. We welcome a new member onto the squad, which now has a new look (several actually). But there is more as we find how everyone is dealing with Johnny’s demise.

Two of the most telling are Reed and Valerie. Reed seems to be going out of his way to be more understanding and more of a presence for the entire family instead of sequestering himself in his lab and he is want to do most of the time. No, that role now goes to Valerie who seems to have adopted some of her father’s more obsessive traits when it comes to solving a problem.

And that is what this new team is all about, solving problems any way they can, including inviting a very surprising individual to join them in this quest.

I also love how Hickman begins the story narrative, telling the tale through Spider-Man’s eyes as we play witness to how he sees the team in their mourning period and how they are looking into the future.

One thing is for sure, this is not your father’s Fantastic Four anymore.

I am eager to see how long the emotional effects last for all of the team members, especially Ben and Reed who at least on the outside seem to have the most visible issues dealing with what has occurred. It will be interesting to see if Hickman is tempted to tell those stories, and then move on. As anyone who has experienced lost knows, that while things do return to normal, more often than not those initial changes creep into your personality and will always affect those characters motivations moving forward – and that is one story I am looking very forward to reading.

On Sale April 13 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 10 - 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #658

Dan Slott (w) Javier Pulido (a)

Now it is not trendy to be a Skrull anymore, and Wolverine really has that market covered with his membership in every hero group in the Marvel Universe excluding Heroes for Hire. However his webhead buddy from New Avengers is attempting to make a race of it, joining the newly-minted FF. This being Peter Parker, of course the team’s newest member comes with an entirely new big bag of BAGGAGE! Aw yeah. And really, doesn’t that make for a more entertaining story, someone else’s misery? GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!


Batgirl #20

Bryan Miller (w) Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs (a)

One of a few hidden gems that continually hit the shelves, Miller (Smallville) has made Stephanie Brown’s run as the new female caped crusader a memorable and fun experience. This month Steph gets a new ride, the batgirl-mobile. Aw yeah. Plus with a certain Big Sister now out of the picture, Batgirl is operating more on her own than ever before. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of the continually well-written and fun books on the market. GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!


Batman and Robin #22

Peter Tomasi (w) Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray (a)

“Dark Knight, White Knight” concludes this month and by just looking at the cover the question I have is, will Damian finally get what is coming his way? Okay, it is a comic book and if something monumental was going to occur to the little bat rat I am sure word would have hit the street before now. But still … the possibilities are always endless. Or as Dr. McCoy quoted Spock at the end of Star Trek II, “there are always possibilities.”


Black Panther Man Without Fear #517

David Liss (w) Francesco Francavilla (a)

One of our customers actually said he liked this book better than it’s previous title-holder, Daredevil, and that is saying something since he worships at the altar that is the horned hero. This month however Luke Cage and T’Challa are getting ready for their own “Thrilla in Manilla” except they will be smacking down one another in Hell’s Kitchen. Plus, Vlad the Impaler faces a shocking family secret! That one came from Marvel’s actual solicitation – wonder what could be so SHOCKING for Vlad the Impaler? I mean, the dude impales people.


DC Comics Presents Batman Arkham #1

Dennis O’Neil, Alan Grant, Paul Grist (w) A Lot of Old Dudes (a)

DC Comics Presents reaches down into it’s archives for these rarely read stories from back in the classic days, all dealing with the denizens of Arkham Asylum. Included in the pages are tales from Batman Chronicles #6, Batman Arkham Asylum – Tales of Madness #1, Batman Villains Secret Files #1 and Justice Leagues: Justice League of Arkham #1. Old school Batman and Joker stories are bound to be enjoyed. It’s like Christmas in April!


Flash #10

Geoff Johns (w) Francis Manapul (a)

It only feels like it has been months since the last issue of Flash has come out. And you would think with a name like Flash we would have a new book on the shelves every other day, I’m just saying. This is a prelude to Flashpoint. A message has arrived, but is it about the Backstreet Boys reunion, or something far more sinister? My money is on the BB, I mean how much more evil can you get than their reunion this summer with the New Kids on the Block?


Green Lantern Night Light

If you are like Lane in our Willow Grove store, you too get scared at sounds in the dark at night. In fact, Lane can rarely sleep through the night on his own and that is why he is forced to jump into his parent’s bed to feel safe. What is a comic lover to do? Well Brave New Worlds has the answer as this week the Green Lantern Night Light arrives. That’s right, now Lane can leave the logo of the Green Lantern Corps on while he sleeps, scaring away any possible Sinestro attacks, or a visit from the family cat – Lane scares easily.


Journey Into Mystery #622

Kieron Gillen (w) Doug Braithwaite (a)

Thor returns to it’s title roots as Journey Into Mystery takes over this month. The Gillen-penned book will feature Loki and this month’s premiere also ties into Fear Itself. Talk about getting the bang for your buck. What exactly happened to Loki at the end of Siege and how the heck is he back as a tyke now? Well guess what, those questions SHOULD be answered plus much, much more because we are talking about the God of Lies.  Odds are Thor is going to regret brining his half-brother back, again. GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!


S.H.I.E.L.D. Inifinity

Jonathan Hickman (w) Various (a)

I’m just going to let the professionals tell you about this one as if you have yet to pick up on Hickman’s Shield, now might just be the right time. Decode the miraculous designs of Leonardo Da Vinci. Devour the truths and reel with the lies of Isaac Newtown. Chew on BRiAN’s fascination with all things Abraham Lincoln and Frankenstein (okay, that is really not in there, but doesn’t it feel like it could?). Puzzle at the perilous predictions of Nostradamus. Discover the Forever Machines of Nikola Tesla. Enjoy something a little different from the marvelous Marvel mind of Hickman.


Steve Rogers Super Soldier Annual #1

James Asmus (w) Ibraim Roberson (a)

“Escape from the Negative Zone” continues as part two ships this week with the X-Men and Namor guest-starring. The X-Men are being held by Blastaar and what is a former Captain America to do? Well that question will most likely be sorted of answered in this issue. We still need you to pick up part three in the Namor annual next month.


Superboy #6

Jeff Lemire (w) Marco Rudy (a)

The Reign of Doomsday is speeding along with another new installment this week in the pages of Superboy. Will the mystery of just what is up with Doomsday be revealed as he continues his crazy assualts on all metas with an “S” on their chest. Connor is the latest to get a dance, and we don’t mean the tango. We are however getting close to the end of this short-lived reign, so answers and action should be presented.


Superman #710

Michael Straczysnki, Chris Roberson (w) Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer (a)

Another “Grounded” pit stop as Bruce Wayne finally catches up with his pal Clark Kent, in Utah of all places. Wonder if they will stop by one of the cult compounds? Anyhoo, this one takes us back when our heroes were youngsters and they ran across a determined Vandal Savage (when does Vandal not have his mojo working?). Anyway, Savage alone is a good enough reason to check out the reunion and walk down memory lane.


Uncanny X-Men #535

Kieron Gillen (w) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson (a)

So remember back when Joss Whedon was writing the X-Men and he introduced the Breakworld story along with the return of Colussus and then what became the ultimate sacrifice as Kitty got stuck to a big bullet? Well after the X-Dudes left, things just where not the same on that planet. Now they have decided to return the favor of a visit. This could actually be a lot of fun.


Walking Dead Survivor’s Guide #1 (of 4)

I usually stay away from Who’s Who books. You either love them, or your don’t. If you are the first, you know they are coming out and you are all over them. If you don’t, well nothing else happens with that one. Then this week the Walking Dead releases the first of four survivor’s guides. It’s a handy checklist of all the characters who have appeared in the series so far, including both the living, dead and maybe some that have been zombified. It’s a great opportunity to think about all those who have been eaten before. Enjoy, and possibly we a little grey poupon.








Thor Migthy Avenger Book Discussion WG

Posted by bnwadmin On April - 9 - 2011

Save the date as the lords of Asgard descend on Brave New Worlds Willow Grove for our next book discussion on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. as we discuss the literary and heroic merits of Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee’s critically-acclaimed eight-issue run of Thor: The Mighty Avenger. Hit the jump for more information.

Just in time for the release of the feature film Thor on May 6, Brave New Worlds Willow Grove’s next book discussion will focus on the Asgardian God of Thunder himself in Thor: The Mighty Avenger volumes one and two.

It’s been a thousand years and Thor returns to Earth in Oklahoma. However, he is not the Thor the Marvel Universe has come to know or even expect.

The nice thing about Langridge’s take on Thor is that is does not get bogged down in regular Marvel continuity. In fact, it is not a part of Marvel’s continuity, rather just another take on Thor that may be easier to digest for casual or non-fans. It is actually a terrific introduction into the character and some of the obstacles he may encounter in the film as he literally falls from grace.

Langridge changes up the relationship with Jane Foster a bit, modernizing it and offering a new and fresh approach for readers. Meanwhile, Samnee’s storytelling in pictures is simplistic and perfect for what the book is about.

And do not worry too much about Marvel continuity. While readers don’t need a who’s who to the Marvel Universe, we do find that Thor is part of a much bigger world when reading the abbreviated run.

Part of the problem for this title on its run was finding its audience. Marvel might not have effectively been able to locate and nurture that audience for what is really a well done book.

If you want a Thor book free of continuity that’s just fun, great art and dynamic character work, give this a look. Comic Book Resources

See you on the 30th!

New This Week: 4.13.11

Posted by BRiAN On April - 9 - 2011

New comics come out on April 13th this week…a mere 24 hours before a plot to change the face of America went underway. (THIS PLOT) Hit the jump to check out this weeks shipping list…

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