Oct 122013
 

Batman v.3 HC “Death of the Family”

-Scott Snyder’s second Batman arc since the beginning of the New 52 finally receives the deluxe hardcover treatment!

-After having his face cut off months ago, Joker has returned and he’s out for revenge against his archenemy.  Strategically striking at each member of the Bat-family, Joker slowly chips away at the unity of the group, testing their bonds.

-Snyder utilizes his skill for transferring horror to the comic page by having Greg Capullo illustrate some of the most creepy Joker moments you’ll ever read.  You’ll never look at cats the same way, trust me.

-The edition which releases this Wednesday is a limited print run which will not be orderable after it sells out, featuring a gatefold cover of the Clown Prince of Crime himself.

Adventure Time Fionna & Cake tpb

-Boys are so gross.  That’s why Fionna and her best lady pal, Cake, are here to punch you in the face-mouth with some algebraic action.

-The entire six issue series of this hit, hard-to-find Adventure Time spin-off is collected within the covers of this beautifully designed, packed-with-extras, trade paperback volume!

-You know it’s globbin’ for real, ’cause it’s written and illustrated by Fionna and Cake creator, Natasha Allegri!

-Far from simple Ice King fan fiction, this story will blow your mathematical mind!

And because last week had ALL the comics, here’s two Blast from the Past issues that you may have missed.

Secret Society #1

-Yes, this came out weeks ago!  However, many people skipped it thinking it would be unimportant.  Oh, how wrong.

-Billed as a story about The Outsider’s recently assembled Secret Society, the actual story focuses on the origins of The Outsider and his compatriots, Owlman and Talon, from Earth 3.

-If you’ve been reading Forever Evil, this issues is the most essential Villain’s Month issue for understanding what’s going on in the Forever Evil miniseries.

-Why is Nightwing important to the Crime Syndicate?  Why does The Outsider laugh?  How did Earth 3 get destroyed?  All these and questions you did even think to ask are answered in this one-shot.

Magic the Gathering: Theros #1

-IDW is at it again with an entirely new Magic the Gathering comic miniseries, based off of the mythological creatures of Theros.

-As always, this issue comes with a special promo card, only found with issue one of this series.

-After Dack Fayden has eliminated the Planeswalker who killed his family he’s back to thieving.  But his most recent acquisition comes with an unsuspected price:  a one-way trip to Theros!

-The High Tide promo included in this issue will, like other the previous promos, go up in value quickly, which means copies will disappear off the shelves fast!

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).

Feb 232013
 

Hey, everyone, come on, grab your friends!  We’ll go to very distant lands!

Jake and Finn have stopped playing with BMO and are back for a second round of Adventure Time trade paperback mathematics!  Adventure Time volume two collects issues five through nine of the series that’s sweeter than Peppermint Butler.  Within these flippin’ sweet pages are stories of Finn and Jake turning into robots, traveling in Princess Bubblegum’s time machine, and laying some smack down on the Ice King.  Make your kids (or, hell, yourself) happy and pick it up!

Liches and zombies need not apply.

Scott Snyder just finished what is sure to become a classic Joker story in the main Batman series, but, before he made a name for himself, Snyder wrote one of the creepiest runs of Detective Comics ever.  Set during the period of time where Dick Grayson was Batman, this extended run has an entirely different tone from other Batman books as Grayson is all about the sarcasm and acrobatics, both brought to life by Jock’s expressive pencils.  Faced with a complicated murder mystery to solve, Grayson must team-up with Commissioner Gordon to crack the case.  Not only do Gordon and Grayson share sleuthing duties, but the story is also evenly split between them.  Gordon must deal with the arrival of his prodigal son, James, Jr., who may or may not be entirely sane.  Snyder is incredibly dept at pacing horror and suspense on the page, a talent uses handily during many of Gordon and James, Jr.’s scenes together.  Just remember to watch out for that water running under the bathroom door.

One thing you will certainly not find in Image Comics Five Weapons miniseries is a sorting hat.

That just makes it all the more important to choose wisely when you’re enrolling in The School of Five Weapons, because the weapon you choose will define the rest of your life.  Knives, staves, archery, exotics, and guns may be deadly, but they have nothing on the brain of Tyler, the most recent arrival to the premiere assassin school.  Join Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), handling both art and writing duties, as he leads you through the halls of the deadliest high school in the country.  

Just don’t call it Harry Potter with guns.

Talking raccoons make every comic better.

Brian Michael Bendis got to sample the Guardians of the Galaxy in his recent run on Avengers Assemble, but now he launches deep into the stars with the beginning of another ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy series.  The first point one issue details the origins of Starlord, the boy from Earth who grows-up to lead the meanest bunch of space police in the universe.  With crisp, detailed artwork from Steve McNiven (Civil War), the addition of Iron Man, and the eminent Marvel Studios film adaptation the only reason to skip this book is if you’re off planet.