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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

The World Is Not Ending

Posted by BRiAN On May - 20 - 2011

So there’s this group of people telling us the world is going to be ending tomorrow Saturday May 21, 2011. It’s not. Brave New Worlds (both locations) will be up and running tomorrow morning ( i know cause i’m workin’!) and Sunday May 22, 2011. See ya there!

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What I Liked This Week

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 18 - 2011

Astonishing X-Men #38

Christos Gage (w) Juan Bobillo (a)

Blame Joss Whedon is how I would like to explain my perennially high expectations for each monthly edition of the Astonishing X-Men. And sadly, since Whedon’s awesome run which elevated the title to the stratosphere of the moon, the creative teams have not really got my mojo rising with their stories and artwork ever since.

That all changed two months ago when Daniel Way and Jason Pearson assumed the creative chores, launching their “Monstrous” storyline in issue #36. Granted, the jury is still out whether Way and Pearson have the same substance of Whedon and Cassaday (and maybe those comparisons are unfair), but I found myself enjoying Astonishing X-Men for the first time in a long time.

Then after two issues, smack dab in the middle of the “Monstrous” story, the Powers That Be at Marvel or editorial decided to slip in this new story, taking a break from the monsters. And if you know anything about monsters, that is never a good sign.

So, with as much reticence that John Adams had when he first arrived at our nation’s first continental congress hundreds of years ago (like how I am comparing reading the X-Men to the birth of our freedom, which in turn allows us to read the X-Men?) I opened this week’s offering of Astonishing X-Men.

My first thought was, “admiral, there be whales (whoops, wrong quote), monsters” in here.

That’s right, that sneaky Gage brought back the Brood. Now you are probably thinking to yourself so what, been there, got the t-shirt and larva to prove it. Granted, you would be correct in assuming that you have read all potential Brood tales in the past pages of the X-Men. But see, things are a little different now for the Brood, as they teeter on the brink of extinction thanks to the events in Annihilation. Additionally, our top-secret alien group known as S.W.O.R.D. has learned how to neuter the slime bags.

So that is where we are, on the precipice of being mighty (Serenity reference y’all). Two fun monsters stories in one book, at pretty much the same time. I know it will be difficult to juggle, but I have faith in all of your abilities to figure out what actually is happening from month to month.

I also forgot to mention that this week’s issue also contains a reunion that most of us have been waiting 13 issues for (in Astonishing X-Men time that’s like 18 years).

Honorable Mention shout-out goes to IDW’s Rocketeer Adventures #1 this week. This mini-series takes the classic Dave Stevens created character and gives some of the industry’s top and brightest talent a turn at the steering wheel, with each issue containing short vignettes of everyone’s favorite rocket man. Of the three tales that appeared in the debut issue, my favorite would have to be the first – written and drawn by John Cassaday. We jump right into the middle of all the action as Betty is being held against her will (of course) by Maroni and his men as Cliff attempts to once again, save the day. Cassaday’s page layouts are fun and the characters appear as if they were drawn by Stevens himself (the finest compliment I can pay). But wait, there is more, as Cassaday’s writing is also very good capturing the characters mannerisms and of course, fun. Mike Alldred supplies the second story (which was decent, just not an Alldred fan) and Kurt Busiek and Michael Kaluta bring it home with a tale of loyalty and war. Overall I would give this a thumbs up, especially for fans of Stevens’ Rocketeer and those nostalgic for his original run.

Get Yer FLASHPOINT Buttons!

Posted by BRiAN On May - 15 - 2011

FLASHPOINT #1 is out and is Awesome! (you read it didn’t you?) Coming in June the tie-in issues will start hitting the shelves. When you buy the FLASHPOINT tie-in issues you will get a FREE button with a logo of some of the re-imagined characters from the world of Flashpoint!

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On Sale May 18 SPOTLIGHT

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 15 - 2011

Alpha Flight #0

Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente (w) Ben Oliver (a)

I love it when a Marvel book comes with a “classified” listing. It basically leaves the plot up to my imagination. I believe it really has something to do with Fear Itself, but when did that stop me from musing about Puck and Sasquatch moving in together like The Odd Couple. Turns out that Sasquatch is a neat freak but Puck, well he likes to throw his trash everywhere. You know you want to see if my prediction is the real one.

 

Avengers #13

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Chris Bachalo (a)

A Fear Itself tie-in, the Avengers once again need to provide the last line of defense against evil as the Earth is threatened by the God of Fear. I wonder if he is related to the First (evil) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Remember those Turok (spelling has to be wrong on that!) vampires, those buggers were difficult to kill. I mean, I did not kill them, but it looked hard on the tele.

 

Batgirl The Flood TP

Bryan Miller (w) Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott (a)

If you have read anything I have written on this website then you know I like when comics bring the fun in. Miller’s Batgirl does just that. Don’t believe me, check out the second Stephanie Brown Batgirl collection this week, compiling issues #9-14. This one has The Calculator is his crazy quest to uncover the true origin of Oracle. Guess who gets in his way?

 

INDIE SPOTLIGHT Liars Kiss HC

Eric Skillman (w) Jhomar Soriano (a)

Showing the small guys some love this week, Brave New Worlds will be stocking this nifty little crime noir story about a dude (not The Dude) who is not much of a detective (great selling point eh!). Despite his limitations in that department he scored a pretty sweet job taking photos of this guy’s wife to prove she is not cheating. You can probably guess where this is going. The devil (just for Eric) is of course in the details. Show some of your love for the smaller companies and pick up this release.

 

Rocketeer Adventures #1

Mike Alldred, Kurt Busiek, John Cassaday (w) Various (a)

Somewhere Dave Stevens is probably smiling as IDW has revived his epic character after 30 years of silence. A bunch of the industries top talent work on this anthology mini-series. I know Chris Beaumont is getting one, and of course I am required awesome because the only individual who’s love for all things Rocketeer rivals Chris is me. Aw Yeah!

 

Snake Eyes

Chuck Dixon (w) Robert Atkins (a)

Because Chuck Dixon is not writing enough monthly G.I. Joe stories, here comes the silent man’s very own monthly title. With Snake Eyes back in the Joe fold he gets trapped at the top of world with you know who. The Cobra Civil War builds to its conclusion in this issue. And just why is it called a Civil War? It’s not like they are being nice to one another. Since when is killing civil I ask you?  Well!

 

Star Wars Jedi Dark Side #1

Scott Allie (w) Mahmud Asrar (a)

Because you asked for it, nay demanded it (btw I have seen Thor twice and should start to speak in Asgardian tongue all the time nave) Qui-Gon Jinn gets his very own mini-series. Before the prequels, before Obi-Wan was his apprentice, heck before Darth Maul made him toast (with regards to Weird Al), Qui-Gonn was like a secret operative for the Jedi, on a mission to the dark side – like how I tied that into the title? It’s how I roll and I am available for bah mitzvahs.

 

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #158

Brian Michael Bendis (w) Mark Bagley (a)

Remember what happened at the end of last issue? Well you might be surprised at what happens in this issue. Then again, you might not. However you probably have certain expectations and all I am saying is while those expectations might eventually be realized, this death story ain’t over yet. Remember, it ain’t over til the fat lady sings or of course the spider dies.

 

X-Men Giant Size #1

Christopher Yost (w) Paco Medina (a)

Nostalgia is the keyword for this Yost written tale as something happened years ago to the original X-crew back in the day that was so secret it’s just being revealed now, and we are talking like 50 some years ago Yo. Well this one takes us to the darkest place in Cyclops mind, besides the place where he hangs out with Emma obviously. And oh yeah, something about the Evolutionaries as well. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New This Week: 5.18.11

Posted by BRiAN On May - 14 - 2011

Here’s this weeks comics list! Get Ready! Hit the jump and find out what you’ll be getting on Wednesday…

 

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The Comicverse #26

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 14 - 2011

WHAT I LIKED THIS WEEK

Posted by bnwadmin On May - 13 - 2011

Astonishing X-Men #37

Daniel Way (w) Jason Pearson, Sara Pichelli, Karl Story (a)

 

It’s been awhile since I raved about an issue of Astonishing X-Men. In fact, it was way, way back when a certain scribe of the slayer of vampires and horrible doctor’s was penning each issue. Thankfully there are some new reasons to be excited by a title with both the X-Men and Astonishing in it.

 

The reasons are three-fold; new creative team of Way and Pearson (with a little help by Pichelli), Monster Island and family. The last part choked me up just a little (just a little).

 

Anyway the X-Team returns to Tokyo escorting Armor home to take care of some sad family business. Unbeknownst to them someone is messing with the folks who live on Monster Island – yep, you guessed it right, those folks be monsters – one of which is now living large in downtown Tokyo.

 

So we got Cyke, Emma and a certain raging Canuck trying to tame a dragon while Armor is MIA. Really, this does not do the story justice. It’s just a good old fashion monster story. Way writes some awesome action scenes which the art team brings to life. But for my money in this issue, it’s the plight of Armor that really got me. Yes, monster fighting is always fun (never really gets old does it?), but the heart of the issue is Armor. Check out the close-up panels of her with her Dad – they are awesome.

 

Anyway, that’s where I am at. Astonishing X-Men #37 is actually part two of the story titled, you guessed it, “Monstrous!”

Flashpoint

Geoff Johns (w) Andy Kubert (a)

While Marvel Comics Summer event, Fear Itself, is already two months old, DC Comics addition to the spectacle seems to have more promise, focus and excitement surrounding it as Flashpoint #1 release this week.

With any summer comic event there will always be a lot of pre-hype, speculation, comparison and ultimately griping. The negatives will be we have been there before, seen that and have the t-shirt. There is a lot of talk how Flashpoint is just a big Elseworlds stories. Granted, even if that were true, I’d still be interested in reading it. However, that is not the case as Flashpoint does for the DC Universe what House of M did for Marvel  (there goes those comparisons again).

Mirroring Marvel’s Fear Itself, DC’s Flashpoint will launch what seems like a thousand different three-issue mini-series. I like this concept that began during the Civil War and has seen both companies successfully adopt its strategy for each event. Read the main story and decide which side tales interest you, and then follow them. If you just have to know everything, well then you know what you have to do.

Now to the story, which surrounds Barry Allen, aka as The Flash. Issue one begins with a narrator explaining that they are not the hero which probably leads us to believe that they are not Allen. Something happened, although we are not quite sure what, that changes everything, and we do mean everything.

In the first couple of pages we see Allen at his normal job working on a case. His regular co-workers and boss are there. But that is where the similarities end. This is an entire new world and it is fun to watch Allen attempt to figure it out, from his trying to go all “flash” when an emergency erupts to the several revelations he discovers by issue’s end. Wait until you see the big reveal at the end.

I like how Johns lays the story out, following the mystery from a few different viewpoints. Obviously Allen’s is one of the most important as he is the character we most relate.  But there are other familiar yet different people.

I don’t like to give spoilers, but the following is already out there with the release of all the mini-series titles coming very soon. Aquaman is Emperor of Atlantis and Wonder Woman is Queen of the Amazons and they are both looking to sit atop the throne of the world, the one they rule. And the possibilities only get better.

Many of the upcoming mini-series are teased in the issue, including Lois Lane and the Resistance, which I for one am eagerly waiting.

Kubert’s layouts are his usual best and the colors used for the issue really bring some of the dialogue alive in a book which turns out to be more talk than anything else. And that’s the thing, there are lots of revelations and seeds planted for this five-issue mini-series, but you never feel bored or wait for the moment when the fists fly. It’s that good.

I highly recommend Flashpoint for any fan of the cape books and those who like alternate reality takes on their favorite characters. Brave New Worlds has plenty in stock at both locations. Also watch out for the mini-series coming in the next few weeks which will also feature a specific button to go along each first issue.

And if you did not read House of M, check out Brave New Worlds must-read sections as it will be residing right there waiting for you to pick it up. Trust me, you will not be sorry.

Rob & I Saw Thor!

Posted by BRiAN On May - 6 - 2011

Even though today is First Friday and tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day (Old City’s craziest back to back 2 Day Event) Rob and I, who should be resting up, went and saw Thor at midnight last night. It was

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Free Comic Book Day UPDATES!

Posted by BRiAN On May - 4 - 2011

Are you ready for Free Comic Book Day!? Are you sure!? Let’s see what sort of stuff your favorite comic shop(s) have going on for May 7th!

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