May 112013
 

Shmowzow!  Is that a completely original Adventure Time graphic novel formatted like the mathematically popular Scott Pilgrim series?

Uh, duh.

Adventure Time:  Playing with Fire is a complete story in a manga-esque digest volume from Boom! Studios, relating a special adventure between Jake, Finn, and Flame Princess.  For the first time ever, Flame Princess has decided to leave the Fire Kingdom, venturing beyond its boundaries in order to find some new thrills.  Spinning out of the highly successful ongoing Adventure Time series, Playing with Fire is drawn by series regular Zack Sterling who’s perfect at aping the look of the television show.  So stop being a lumpy lump butt and pick up a copy.

Following in the footsteps and paw prints of Finn and Jake, Mordecai and Rigby are parking their golf cart in the vicinity of Pulp Fiction.  After Boom! received such a wild reaction to their ongoing and miniseries for Adventure Time (something in the range of Whooooooooooooooooaaaaahh!) they decided to mine Cartoon Network for some other material and came up with Regular Show.  Don’t be a hambone and miss out on the first issue as I’m sure Fist Pump is going to make an appearance.

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH!

If you haven’t heard, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.  And as the longest running sci-fi show on television turns fifty years old IDW has been turning out some impressive comic adventures for The Doctor.  Namely, Prisoners of Time, which is a twelve issue miniseries starring every incarnation of The Doctor in their own solo adventure.  Now that Doctors one through four have had their issues released, IDW has turned out the volume one trade paperback, collecting the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Doctors’ adventures.  Though each issue is standalone, a dark force is plotting against the Doctor, stealing his companions throughout time, taunting the Doctor to follow him.  Now, though this hasn’t been confirmed, the assumption is that issue twelve of the series will feature all eleven Doctors together, fighting to reclaim their companions.  So, hop onto the TARDIS while you can with Prisoners of Time v.1, because you never know when the next regeneration is coming.

When The Hulk isn’t offering sound psychiatric help (hope you stuck around after the credits), he’s punching a time card for S.H.I.E.L.D.  The Indestructible Hulk v.1 HC smashes into the store this Wednesday, and you’d better take a look at it if you don’t want to make Banner angry.  Written by comic legend Mark Waid (who’s been murdering the hell out of the Daredevil comic for the last two years), Indestructible Hulk revolves around a simple principle:  Bruce Banner doesn’t want to be remembered as a monster anymore, so he’s agreed to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. in return for the opportunity to invent world-changing thingies.  And what happens when he Hulks out?  They point him in the right direction.  High stress environment + scientist who explodes when angered = entertainment.

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).

May 032013
 

The annual Free Comic Book Day event is at hand!

FCBD begins tomorrow at 10am, when doors open, and will commence until the end of the business day.  Everyone will be allowed to pick up three different books at maximum.  However, as we run a canned food drive alongside FCBD, every can or non-perishable item you bring in will gain you another book.

We will also be offering a range of sales on certain comic related merchandise.

-25% off Clothing and plush figures

-Comic Hardcovers will be at buy one get one 1/2 off

-25% off comic supplies (bags, boards, boxes, dividers, etc.)

-50% Comic Back Issues

-10% off comic trade paperbacks