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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:

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Archive for May, 2011

New Phyrexia Game Day @ WG

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 31 - 2011

Saturday June 11th in Willow Grove

Magic New Phyrexia Game Day Tournament

Standard Constructed Format

ENTRY $6
PRIZE 1&1/2 packs per person towards prize

Alternate Art Priest of Urabrask for each player

Top 8 Players also get an alternate art Myr Superion

Top 2 Mirran faction and Top 2 Phrexian faction decks also receive alternate art Myr Superions.

For more info, visit the official site

On Sale June 1 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 29 - 2011

50 Girls 50 #1

Frank Cho, Doug Murray (w) Axel Medellin (a)

You’ve seen his art, now it’s time to read his words as Frank Cho throws away his pencil (except for the cover) and grabs a keyboard to tell an awesome sci-fi epic in the classic vein of Star Trek. Except, instead of Starfleet the crew is made up of all girls (50 to be exact) as they visit strange new worlds, blah, blah, blah, in their ultimate search for home.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 TP Volume 8 Last Gleaming

Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Scott Allie (w), Karl Moline, Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens (a)

The season eight finale is here. The Twilight (no not THAT Twilight) reveal is here. Plus the return of some old friends as season eight winds down leaving all of us Buffy fans wanting more Buffy. Plus, in addition to the final season arc, included as well is the Riley one-shot.

 

Criminal Last of Innocent #1

Ed Brubaker (w) Sean Phillips (a)

Brubaker and Phillips are back with their spectacular Criminal series. This one is their most daring story yet – obsession, sex, money, murder, nostalgia and Kermit the Frog (ok he’s not in there but wouldn’t it be cool if he were?). Turns out a school student who has everything is taking a walk on the gambling side. And as we all know, that never ends well.

 

Fear Itself #3

Matt Fraction (w) Stuart Immonen (a)

Chapter three is here as Sin leads an attack on American soil that puts the entire globe in a crazed state. Meanwhile, since Loki is back you know even though he is like a smurf now that don’t mean he is not up to no good. Oh Thor, how could yo be suckered yet again. And wait until you see the end of this issue.

 

Flashpoint #2

Geoff Johns (w) Andy Kubert (a)

Here’s the dealio, Barry Allen is alive an well but he is no longer the Flash. The world as he remembers it is no longer that world. Some of the heroes he remembers are around – Cyborg, Batman – while others are out for themselves – Emperor Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Now that we have caught you up, read issue two for more excitingness.

 

Flashpoint Batman Knight of Vengeance #1

Brian Azzarello (w) Eduardo Risso (a)

There are a bunch of Flashpoint tie-ins out this week, but this is the one we are most excited for. The Wednesday Comics creative team of Azzarello and Risso are back on Batman, telling the tale of how this Batman spends his days running a casino. DON’T FORGET YOUR BUTTONS!

 

Shield #1

Jonathan Hickman (w) Dustin Weaver (a)

The second volume of Hickman’s acclaimed Shield story hits shelves this week, and it promises to be better than the first volume. That of course is a tall order but it looks like promising as it delves into the secret history of Michelangelo. Turns out he is the string puller behind the entire organization.

 

Static Shock Special #1

The industry was saddened by the sudden loss of Dwayne McDuffie earlier this year. It responded with this special one-shot paying homage to his original Milestone creation.

 

Star Wars A New Hope Poster Billfold Wallet

Visitors often stop by the store wishing a better way to express their love of the Star Wars saga. Until now the best way they could advertise that would be with a t-shirt, or maybe walking around with the talking Yoda – although that does draw some looks. Well fret no more as the powers that be have decided to let you show that geek love in style in this very awesome wallet. That’s right, now your money can show the Star Wars love. What more could a fan really want?

 

X-Men #12

Christopher Yost (w) Paco Medina, Dalibor Talijic (a)

This one began in X-Men Giant-Size #1 a few weeks back and looks to be a sweet one as the Evolutionaries have returned and are a little peeved that homo superior has not taken it’s rightful place in the world. An interesting retcon story that promises to continue to intrigue.

 

 

Memorial Day Sale?

Posted by BRiAN On May - 29 - 2011

A lot of people have been asking if we are or are not having a Memorial Day sale. Mainly, I think, because we have had them in the past. Hit the jump for the answer to this burning question…hit the jump to see if we are actually having a Memorial Day Sale this year…

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New This Week: 6.1.11

Posted by BRiAN On May - 28 - 2011

Comics will not be delayed by the Memorial Day holiday. That’s a thing of the past. New Comics will be out on Wednesday as usual! Lots of comics!  (Hint there are lot’s of Fear Itself and Flashpoint books this week)

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 25 - 2011

FF#4

Jonathan Hickman (w) Barry Kitson (a)

There have only been a handful of books in my opinion (interestingly enough all by Marvel) that have been consistently strong each month and only get better with each outing. Thirty days can be a long time to go between the action and the narrative, but for a select few authors and artists that obstacle is a kin to playing baseball with a beach ball – it’s just easy. For me, reading Hickman’s continued excellence on the Fantastic Four/FF feels like he is playing with the world’s largest beach ball.

Issue four of the latest iteration of the FF continues to dig deeper into the conundrum that Hickman introduced back in the Dark Reign Fantastic Four mini-series. Clearly not learning the lesson that forced him to side against his family in the Civil War, an ended experiment has been brought back to life by none other than his daughter. Now Reed and Val have to hold a symposium with a who’s who of their rogue gallery to figure out how to defeat an unlimited amount of Reed Richards from countless different dimensions.

It’s sheer joy watching the fun of the round table going back and forth as Diablo, Doom and others wax on about how they admire these new Reeds and their ruthlessness, until of course they find out their alternate universe version fates.

Meanwhile, Sue is called away as part of her new official job in Atlantis and brings Spidey and Alex with as the War of the Four Cities begins. But you will never believe who instigated its commencement. And finally, it seems Ben is still having issues dealing with Johnny’s loss, but with so much going on since his demise the Thing appears to finally be hitting that emotional wall. What toll it will take no one but Hickman knows for sure.

I’d love to say that if you have not been reading FF that issue four is a great jumping on point, and in some ways it is as the beginning of an arc starts now. However, Hickman has put together so many layers of this onion that as you peel one back, countless new layers take its place. It’s a never ending “blooming” onion (mmmm, Outback’s blooming onion, now that is good stuff). But fret not, all four of his previous Fantastic Four collections plus the above-mentioned Dark Reign mini-series are in stock at Brave New Worlds and will of course count towards out Rewards Program.

I feel like a broken record, but in the weeks that Hickman’s Fantastic Four and FF have been released, it has been hands down my favorite.

Mighty Thor #2

Matt Fraction (a) Olivier Coipel (a)

Feels like a tease when I first open up an issue of Fraction and Coipel’s Mighty Thor. I really relate Coipel’s artwork on the God of Thunder to Michael Straczynski’s run from five years ago – simple, elegant, understated and a whole lot of awesome. So, when I opened up Thor for the second month in a row and began to read the words associated with Coipel’s art, it leaves me a little perplexed. Thank goodness it’s Fraction providing the tale.

Fraction earned his stripes on Thor in the Ages of Thunder one-shots that he penned along with the Secret Invasion Thor mini-series. Add in the final six issues of the title Straczynski and Coipel teamed up on starting in 2007 and Fraction is providing the chocolate to JMS’ coffee.

It can be hard getting caught up in expectations (superhero movie fans should know exactly what this means) when reading a book, and at first the Mighty Thor can be a letdown if you are hoping for that deliberate pace that JMS told his story with.

However, Fraction has his own unique style and when it is on, it is on. The action seems to come a lot quicker in Thor’s Asgard nowadays and that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Mighty Thor is a perfect jumping on point for casual fans and people who like the movie and want something more. Much like he did with Invincible Iron Man when the first film came out, there are a lot of relatable situations and characters in Mighty Thor #2 to not overwhelm or lose new readers out of the gate.  Sif, Heimdall, Odin and the Destroyer all make appearances.

Plus, the story is fun and the consequences of the premiere issue are still being felt by our favorite golden-haired god. But wait there is more as Galactus is coming. His herald the Silver Surfer arrives with an ultimatum which receives the response any good Asgardian would give. That’s how fun this issue is!

Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine #6

Jason Aaron (w) Adam Kubert (a)

A year is a long time to tell a six-part story, especially one as convoluted as this tale. But it has been worth the ride, as Aaron and Kubert wrap up this story with what appears to be an ode to Back to the Future III, beginning the story in the Wild, Wild, West where Peter Parker has brought the invention of the bacon cheeseburger to the masses.

But seriously, it’s a tale of love and lost and of friendship gained. At the end, with all the time travel, Mojo-craziness and temporal flux, Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine was a very enjoyable tale that ended on a high note. Granted, you really need to pay attention from panel to panel, especially in this issue, but that is part of the joy. If you are looking for some mindless entertainment, might I suggest the multiplex. If however you like to be challenged, read this book, which I think will get stronger in story if you get to read all six issues at once.

Issue six had all the classic time elements included, especially the opportunity to peer into the window of how this entire adventure began in the first place. And I loved the way Aaron finished the story, bringing it back to its two main characters while also throwing in an enticing epilogue.

On Sale May 25 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 22 - 2011

Action Comics #901

Paul Cornell (w) Kenneth Rocafort (a)

So you were probably wondering what was going on with this Reign of Doomsday thing? Well wonder no more as it finally continues this week in the pages of the original Superman comic. Good thing the big guy finally took his book back from Luthor last month.

 

American Vampire HC Volume 2

Scott Snyder (w) Rafael Albuquerque, Mateo Santoluco (a)

Vampires? Check. Lately it seems the words it seems the very word vampire is enough to scare audiences off (and it has nothing to do with them being undead and wanting all of your blood). Well, both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly have raved about this “fresh and original” approach to the genre. Heck, even I have waxed on and on about the many virtues that is American Vampire. Volume 2 has finally arrived. Enjoy.

 

Daken Dark Wolverine #9

Rob Williams (w) Gisueppe Camuncoli (a)

GREAT STARTING POINT! The next Marvel point one is here, and Daken is the subject as he continues his bid for power. Next on his list is Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Of course in a crazy town like LA, will he just blend in with the rest of the weirdos or will people notice just another psycho with claws? Odds are since someone else has caught wind of his return to the States, people will notice. Just who is coming to settle a score with Daken? Well that would be dear old Dad of course.

 

FF #4

Jonathan Hickman (w) Steve Epting (a)

The next FF story arc begins now as the War of the Four Cities begins. The FF needs to step up to stem the tides of war from overtaking the globe, and us. Good thing Val’s uncle Victor Von Doom is lending a hand to the team nowadays. What? You did not know Doom is helping out, well now you really need to see just what Hickman is doing with Marvel’s first family.

 

Kirby Genesis #0

Kurt Busiek (w) Alex Ross, Jackson Herbert (a)

The creative team that brought us MARVELS from back in the day have reunited. We sent a probe into space years ago transmitting a message of greetings and peace. Turns out someone was listening and we ain’t getting exactly the response we were looking for. When the reply does come, it will change the lives of three regular Joes.  Kirby Genesis features some of Jack Kirby’s concepts and characters including Captain Victory and Silver Star.

 

Mighty Thor #2

Matt Fraction (w) Olivier Coipel (a)

Well if the Silver Surfer is around it can mean only one thing – booze and broads. Well actually that would not be the case. It actually means the big purple guy (and we are not talking Barney the dinosaur or Dino the dinosaur for that matter) is back on the scene. Turns out Galactus has his sight set on the World Tree, mmmm apples. So of course a certain God of Thunder is all that stands between the nine realms and Galactus. This is the stuff of epicness eh.

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Follow us?

Posted by BRiAN On May - 22 - 2011

Do you have Twitter? Do you follow us on Twitter? Do your friends follow us on Twitter? What exactly is a Twitter???…

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The Comicverse #27

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 21 - 2011

WG May Book Discussion – Planetary V1-2

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 21 - 2011

Brave New Worlds Willow Grove’s next book discussion, volumes 1 and 2 of Wildstorm’s Planetary, will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 7 p.m. The brainchild of Warren Ellis, Planetary is drawn by John Cassaday.

 

Originally intended as a 24-issue bi-monthly mini-series, Planetary actually took almost eight years and 27 years to finish. It’s about a team of archaeologists that track down super-human activity along with paranormal secrets, histories and much more.

 

I wanted to do something that actually went deeper into the (superhero) sub-genre, exposed its roots and showed its branches. What if you had a hundred years of super history just slowly leaking out into this young and modern superhero world … Warren Ellis.

 

Planetary also offers a unique look at popular icons such as Godzilla, Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes and Doc Savage among others.

 

New This Week: 5.25.11

Posted by BRiAN On May - 21 - 2011

Did you ever sit back & think “Hey man, I know it’s only Saturday, and as long as this weekend isn’t the Rapture like that crazy guy has been saying it’s supposed to be, but I wonder what comics are coming out on Wednesday?”  No? Well here’s the list of stuff shipping this week. See ya Wednesday!

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