Artist Alley: Cute Star Wars Variants

Comic Book Illustrator, Skottie Young, is continuously winning us over with his adorable variant covers for the #1 issues of Marvel’s most popular comics. Throughout the year he has created ‘baby’ versions of some of our most beloved characters, and now, he will be designing covers for one of the biggest franchises around: Star Wars. […]

Batman Stamps

If you didn’t know that this year marked Batman’s 75th Anniversary, then you must have been hiding under a rock. DC has been going completely over the top on announcements, that it’s genuinely been hard to keep up – New movies, animations, TV shows, comics, events, collections, products.. You name it. There was even a […]

Comic Book Day (08.10.14)

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It’s been ages since I’ve started a new comic book series, but I’ve picked the perfect week to get back into comics – there are so many new issues out today, so many new issues I want to get my hands on.

Here’s a list of all the new comic series available, focusing on a few that I’m excited about, and the reasons why. It’s a great week for fans of the Horror genre. With Halloween on the horizon, Writers and Artists are pulling out their darkest material yet. Check out the list to see if anything takes your fancy

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Publisher: Archie comics
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Robert hack

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Synopsis
Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comic’s latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers.
Why I want to check it out
I don’t recall a single day of my youth that I didn’t watch an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so naturally, as soon as I heard about a Sabrina comic, I wanted to check it out. Having looked at the preview – this is not the Sabrina series I remember. It’s better! It’s dark and gritty and slightly sadistic. I can’t express how excited I am to see Sabrina in this new light.

13 Coins
Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Martin Brennan & Michael B. Jackson
Artist: Simon Bisley

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Synopsis
From Eisner award winning artist, Simon Bisley, and the screenwriters of Hitman: Absolution (Martin Brennan & Michael B Jackson), comes the story of a new superhero… The story of John Pozner, a tormented ex-con on a quest for vengeance, when he discovers that he is descended from angels, and is the living key to Earth’s future, or Heaven’s fall.
Why I want to check it out
I wasn’t quite sure what to think of Brennan and Jackson’s new comic series at first. Angels? Been there, done that. Unless it contains Sam and Dean Winchester, or Constantine, I’m not interested. But then I saw the artwork. Simon Bisley is one talented man, and everyone needs to check his work out – no wonder he’s won an Eisner Award. With blood and guts, wings and tattoos, this series is as detailed as it gets.

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Axis
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Adam Kubert

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Synopsis
From the ashes of Avengers vs. X-Men, rises a new threat. the Red Skull – a monstrous force of evil, now possesses the extraordinary mutant gifts of the late Charles Xavier. Exploiting the powers of the world’s most powerful telepath, he has amassed an army and broadcasts his message of hate across the globe. Residing in the once proud Mutant nation of Genosha, he has enslaved thousands of mutants in his bid for world domination. “This is the big one,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Super hero comics at their biggest and boldest. With the powers of Charles Xavier, the Red Skull is the biggest, baddest villain in the Marvel Universe. Rick’s story is massive and will touch all corners of the Marvel Universe in new and interesting ways.” All that stands in the Red Skull’s path is the fragile alliance of Avengers and X-Men. Even united, they may not be enough to stem the coming darkness. Earth’s last hope hinges on these fractured squads fighting as one. But as the Age if Inversion looms upon us – have they already lost?
Why I want to check it out
I think my comic reading career has been leading up to this series. As a huge fan of both the X-Men, and the Avengers, I picked up every Avengers Vs. X-Men comic available. Then, when that series finished, I worked my way through the Uncanny Avengers series as well. What comes next? Axis! A Red Skull / Charles Xavier hybrid must be tough if it’s going to take both teams to defeat him. I’m expecting a lot of familiar faces, and a lot of epicness.

Wytches
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jock

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Synopsis
Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.
Why I want to check it out
I saw the names Scott Snyder and Jock, and instantly knew I had to get in on this series. Even before reading the synopsis, I added this comic to my pull list. Jock and Snyder are two of my absolute favourites. Single handily responsible for creating some of my favourite Batman comics, they make the perfect team. If you haven’t read/seen their work, get on it.. Infact, buy Wytches!

Other new comics out this week

Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring – Archaia
Jack Hammer: Usurpuer – Action Lab Comics
Archie and Friends: Ghost Stories – Archie Comics
Pirouette – Black Mask
Alien Vs. Predator: Fire and Stone – Dark Horse Comics
Earth 2: World’s End – DC Comics
Klarion – DC Comics
Evil Ernie – Dynamite Entertainment
Dead Squad – IDW
The October Faction – IDW
Birthright – Image Comics
Punks: The Comic – Image Comics
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool – Marvel Comics
Thanos: A God up there Listening – Marvel Comics

Comic Book Day (03.09.14)

It’s really hard to get into comics. If you see one that you like, chances are it’s on issue 10 already and you’ve missed integral parts of the storyline. Luckily, new series start every week. Picking up one of these first issues mean that you’re not missing out on any previous story line, you can start from scratch.

Here’s a list of all the new comic book series that have started today, focusing on a few that I’m excited about, and the reasons why. It’s a great week for DC fans, with special releases for lots of their major comic books. Check out the list to see if anything takes your fancy.

Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Tom Waltz
Artist: Tristan Jones

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Synopsis
IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! In the 2012 hit video game Silent Hill Downpour, players were introduced to Anne Marie Cunningham, the enigmatic prison officer bent on bloody revenge against the game’s main protagonist, Murphy Pendleton. Now, at last, fans can learn what horrors Anne faced during her fateful journey through Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded streets… and what led her to the terrifyingly cursed town in the first place. Written by Tom Waltz (writer of Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters).
Why I want to read it
The Silent Hill games are terrifying – amazing games yes, but utterly terrifying. Transferring the adrenaline from playing the game onto paper is surely a difficult task. That’s the main reason I’d like to give Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story a go. I haven’t read many horror comics in my time, and having played a good chunk of Silent Hill games, this series seems like the perfect way to breakthrough into the Horror genre. To be honest, I never really wondered what Anne got up to in the game, but now that the prospect of discovering is in front of me, I am incredibly intrigued. Having been created by Tom Waltz, who is no stranger to the Silent Hill franchise, gives me hope that this will be a great series.

Cloaks
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Mariano Navarro

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Synopsis
In the Big Apple, a highly skilled street illusionist named Adam blows the minds of crowds with logic-defying acts, while surreptitiously using his artistry to steal from corrupt Wall Street investment bankers and re-distribute their ill-begotten wealth to those in need. He’s a modern-day Robin Hood, but his travails garner the attention of the local authorities. While evading their pursuit, Adam is confronted by three suits and quickly ascertains that freedom has a cost—in order to maintain his liberty, he must join this clandestine Black Ops organization simply known as CLOAKS
Why I want to read it
Magic and justice are two of my favorite things. I know, I know, if you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I have a lot of favorite things – but Magic and justice are way up at the top. If I was skilled enough, and brave enough, I’d like to supply both things to the world, but seen as I’m neither magician nor superhero, I rely on comics and televised magic shows to feed my imagination. I think that’s why Cloaks has peaked my interest. Fighting ‘the man’ whilst creating mind blowing illusions – what’s not to love.

Death of Wolverine
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Steve McNiven & Jay Leisten

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Synopsis
The beginning of the end is now here … THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE! THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine’s healing factor–all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher—and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven
Why I want to read it
Potentially one of the most important events in the whole of Marvel history, Wolverine’s death is definitely not something I want to miss. I bet you never thought he’d die!? I didn’t – I can’t picture a Marvel universe without him and his mutton chops. Unfortunately, Valar Morghulis – all men must die, even mutants! The mini-series is only 4 issues long, but it’s probably going to affect every Marvel comic out there in the long run. I’ve loved reading about the lead up to his demise so let’s hope it’s a death to remember!

Grayson: Futures End
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Stephen Mooney

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Synopsis
Branded a traitor, Dick Grayson has become the most powerful hero in the newly resurgent and dominant Mother Russia – and now, he must battle the Beast from the East in one final struggle for supremacy!
Why I want to read it
This month celebrates the third anniversary of DC’s New 52 comic books, and to celebrate, ongoing comics are featuring stories that tie in with the Futures End storyline – a universe set in the future. Titles such as Aquaman, Green Lantern, Batwing, and Detective comics, flash forward five years into the future so that we can see how their stories have changed and what the potential future brings. Grayson is a new series to New 52, having only started a few months ago. I’ve really gotten into it and like the idea of seeing where he’ll end up in five years’ time – by the sounds of it.. Russia. I don’t really keep up to date with any other DC Superheroes apart from Batman, so I may also give Detective Comics: Futures End a go, purely out of curiosity.

Other new comics out this week

Concrete Park – Dark Horse Comics
Grendel Vs. The Shadow – Dark Horse Comics
Action Comics: Futures End – DC Comics
Aquaman: Futures End – DC Comics
Batwing: Futures End – DC Comics
Detective Comics: Futures End – DC Comics
Earth 2: Futures End – DC Comics
Green Arrow: Futures End – DC Comics
Green Lantern: Futures End – DC Comics
Swamp Thing: Futures End – DC Comics
Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger Futures End – DC Comics
Alice Cooper – Dynamite Entertainment
Ex-Con – Dynamite Entertainment
Red Sonja: The Black Tower – Dynamite Entertainment
God Hates Astronauts – Image Comics
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Marvel Comics
Stumptown – Oni Press
The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage – Valliant Entertainment
The Names – Vertigo

Let me take a Superhero selfie

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I’ve got to admit, I am a huge fan of the selfie. I mean, who’s going to take a better photo of you than you – you know your good side as well as your good features, it’s not rocket science. Well DC seems to agree. They like selfies too, and have decided that their superheroes should get in on the action, by creating Selfie Variants for some of their comics.

Picture Batman, mid punch up with some bad guys, pulling out his phone and shouting cheese as he presses the capture button. If that’s not going to stop the Joker in his tracks, I don’t know what will.

DC’s Selfie variant covers will be released in August for around 20 different comic book series. These include issues such as Justice League, Batman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Teen Titans, Superman, and the newly released Grayson. IGN have released a few previews for us to enjoy before the get released later this month.

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Comic Book Day (23.07.14)

Here’s a list of all the new comic book series that have been released today – I’ve featured a few that I’m excited about. These first issues mean that you’re not missing out on any previous story line, so check them out if you’re looking for a brand new comic story to sink your teeth into, or want to expand your comic collection.

Storm
Publisher: Marvel Entertainment
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Victor Ibanez

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Synopsis
Storm [Queen Ororo Monroe] floats above a small village in Santo Marco; where a tidal waves is about to hit. Despite stopping the tidal waves, the local army is not happy at her presence, making it clear Santo Marco is NOT a place mutants are allowed.

Verdict
I love reading about the X-Men, they’re all so fascinating. Having seen most of the animated series, all of the movies, and collected a few of the graphic novels, I guess you could say I was a fan. I do have my favourite characters though, as we all do – Storm just isn’t one of them. I guess it’s because I’ve never really read that much about her, but that needs to change – and what better way then by reading her brand new stand alone comic series. I hope we are going to see a few cameos from her fellow mutants.

Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Erik Burnham & Louise Simonson
Artist: Erica Henderson & Derek Charm

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Synopsis
There’s trouble a brewin’ in Aron City; and no sir, it ain’t the kind that rhymes with pool! A robot from another dimension has appeared, intent on finding and challenging a hero – any hero – for its evil masters. Instead, the robot finds Johnny Bravo, and proof… that even a robot can be driven mad by exposure to Johnny’s obliviousness. Don’t miss this tie-in to the event of the summer — so cool, you’re gonna have to wear shades. Hyah! Plus, a two-page epilogue by Louise Simonson and Derek Charm, delving into the formation of the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY VILLAINS!!

Verdict
I love cartoons, they’re one of my favourite things – up there with bubble wrap and strawberry daiquiris. I think it’s because I watched them so religiously when I was younger, that they’re now just sort of imbedded into my brain. Johnny Bravo was undoubtably one of my favourite characters on Cartoon Network. He was such a doofus, and incredibly amusing. I’d kick myself if I didn’t get this comic.. I just hope they can portray his persona well on paper.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor
Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Elena Casagrande

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Synopsis
The Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Angel, Suicide Risk, Doctor Who, Star Trek) take control of the TARDIS for their first five-issue arc with the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant! Gabriella Gonzalez is stuck in a dead-end job in her family’s New York Laundromat, dreaming of college and bigger, better and brighter things. So when a strange man with an even stranger big blue box barges into her life on the eve of the Day of the Dead celebrations – talking about an infestation of psychic aliens – she seizes her chance for adventure with both hands.

Verdict
There are two different Doctor Who comic book series starting today; one for the Tenth Doctor, and one for the Eleventh. Being a fan of Doctor Who is kind of mandatory if you’re British, and each person has their favourite. I personally love the Tenth Doctor, portrayed by David Tennant, so if I have to pick one comic, I’m going for his. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ten, so it will be lovely to get reacquainted. I’m also looking forward to seeing whether his new companion lives up to those who came before her.

Damsels in Excess
Publisher: Aspen Comics
Writer: Vince Hernandez
Artist: Mirka Andolfo

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Synopsis
Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men. In the land of the Five Realms, the existence of men has long since been evaporated from the hearts and minds of women. Princess Bethany–ruler of Evanfar, the largest and most prominent kingdom, finds herself at the center of a vast conspiracy that could not only threaten her kingdom—but also her life! Journey to a place where magic is abundant, unicorns and ferrets can command armies, and five women struggle to find balance—and power–in an ever-changing fairy tale world!

Verdict
They had me at Unicorn! I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre – this is what Disney does to you. I also love strong female characters, of which there never seem to be enough of in comic books. Well, Damsels in Excess sounds like they have heroines in abundance with their purely female cast. I expect these ladies are anything but damsels, and I love that idea.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Realm Wars
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Writer: Joe Brusha
Artist: Sami Kivela

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Synopsis
Shattered by the events of GFT #100, the Grimm Universe is no more, and the Age of Darkness has begun. With the Realms of Power combined, the Dark Horde has finally realized its plan to rule Earth. But the darkness is just beginning and the Dark One and his Queen have unimaginable terrors planned for humanity. With their generals ruling cities throughout the new world and the Realm Knights dead or scattered, few are left to oppose them. But even as the darkness falls, heroes will rise and fight against their evil even if they must make the ultimate sacrifice doing so. Don’t miss the darkest Grimm Fairy Tales series ever.

Verdict
I’ve wanted to try out the Grimm comics for a long time now, but being on something ridiculous like issue 100, it seemed like I may have missed a bit too much storyline to just pick up an up to date issue. I’ve contemplated grabbing the graphic novels and back reading, but maybe the way forward is starting a brand new Grimm series, and Realm Wars would be perfect. With a new storyline I can follow from the very beginning. I’m hoping to find flashbacks to the original Grimm series so I can get up to speed on important issues without having to filter through myself.

Other new comics out this week:

Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed – Boom! Studios
Groo vs. Conan – Dark Horse Comics
The Goon: Occasion of Revenge – Dark Horse Comics
Star-Spangled War Stories: G.I. Zombie – DC Comics
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe – IDW
Ragnarok – IDW
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor – Titan Comics
Armour Hunters: Bloodshot – Valiant Entertainment

Top 10: Batman Posters

This year is the 75th Anniversary of the caped crusader, the Dark Knight, Batman. To celebrate this prestigious occasion (you don’t turn 75 every day), DC Entertainment are pulling out all the stops. They are bringing us a whole year of announcements, events, and Batman – you should have heard about the new Batman vs Superman movie by now, and you may even have seen some of the new TV shows and comics that are being released. Well, that’s just a snippet of what’s in store.

DC aren’t the only one’s celebrating though. The Poster Posse have created hundreds of posters for Batman’s 75th anniversary. I have gone through and picked my 10 favourites, check them out below.

10. Villains by Alexandros Pyromallis

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9. The Man Who Laughs by The Dark Inker

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8. Batman Begins by Tom Mitake

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7. The Jokers by Robert Bruno

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6. Blood and Pearls by Doaly

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5. Batman by Patrick Connan

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4. Rogues Gallery by Matt Needle

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3. Arkham by Orlando Arocena

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2. The batmen by Salvador Anguiano

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1. The dark Knight trilogy by Rich Davies

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Comic Book Day (16.07.14)

If you’re searching for a new comic book to sink your teeth into, look no further. Loads of brand new comic series have been released today and I’ve compiled a list of my favourites. These first issues mean that you’re not missing out on any previous story line, so check them out if you’re looking for a new story, and want to expand your comic collection.

Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International : San Diego
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Amanda Conner et al.
Artist: Paul Pope et al.

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Synopsis
The title says it all! Our favorite little troublemaker, Harley Quinn, takes on Comic-Con International: San Diego in this over the top issue! She’ll have to battle long lines, crazy crowds and the dreaded con crud, all in the quest to get her own comic book published

Verdict
It’s only a one shot comic, but being a Harley Quinn fan, it had to be on my list. It’s been created by the team who are currently writing/ illustrating Harley’s own New 52 comic series, so you know the art work and storyline is going to be spot on. Plus, I had a quick look at the preview pages for this issue, and it’s worth getting purely to see Harley’s comic book creation – a woman who has deadly vomit.

Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force
Publisher: Top Cow Productions
Writer: Matt Hawkins
Artist: Stjepan Sejic

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Synopsis
A double sized crossover event unlike any before! Two teams, seven centuries apart, united by one woman’s diabolical plan. The Chairwoman from Cyber Force and Aphrodite IX had a plan to recreate the world in her children’s image. Things didn’t go as planned. Featuring the present day team of Cyber Force and the 28th century Aphrodite IX, this story lays the origins of new comic series IXth Generation launching in 2015

Verdict
I’ve never read any Cyber Force comics, or Aphrodite IX comics; in fact, I’ve never even heard of either, but having read the first 5 or so pages from this upcoming series, I have come to the conclusion that I need it in my life. Aphrodite looks badass ..all the characters look badass – I can’t wait to read more about them. Plus, the artwork is absolutely stunning. Stjepan Sejic is an incredibly talented artist. Having seen his work in some of the Grimm Fairytale comics, and now this, he is officially one of my favorites.

Infinite Crisis: The Fight for the Multiverse
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Carl Potts et al.

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Synopsis
In the tradition of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, a new video game sensation makes its comics debut. Developed by Turbine and WBIE Games, INFINITE CRISIS brings together unique versions of DC Universe heroes from across the multiverse to head off a crisis that threatens to destroy all of their worlds! Heroes and villains from Gaslight, Atomic, Arcane, Mecha and other worlds battle and join forces with Prime Earth Batman in this rapidly escalating conflict

Verdict
I am still yet to play Injustice: Gods Among Us. It’s high on my ‘next game to play’ list, but I just know I’ll get addicted and end up becoming an obsessed, smelly, jobless bum. For this reason, I’m incredibly excited to get my hands on Infinite Crisis. It means I get all of the storyline, but none of the frustrating gaming – and what a storyline it is. Heroes AND villains join forces ..can you imagine that? Batman and the Joker holding hands!

Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Mikey Neumann
Artist: Agustin Padilla

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Synopsis
The epic story of Borderlands continues in part one of the new series, where fans find out what happens after Roland, Mordecai, Lilith, and Brick step out of Marcus’s bus. As soon as they arrive in the once-prosperous town of Fyrestone, they realize that Pandora is a far more dangerous planet than they first imagined. The Vault Hunters will go up against a ruthless bandit known as “Nine Toes,” but will they be able to overcome him?

Verdict
Another video game related comic. I’ve played through the first Borderlands, and recently bought the second in an Xbox sale. It’s such a massive game and I’m still nowhere near completion, but I love it. The humor throughout is right up my street, so I can picture the comic series being just as hilarious – it is written by Mikey Neumann after all. (He wrote the game for those of you that don’t know)

Black Market
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Victor Santos

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Synopsis
Ray Willis is a broken man, a disgraced medical examiner making ends meet by preparing corpses at a funeral parlor. His scientific genius is being wasted…that is, until his estranged criminal brother Denny shows up on his doorstep, supposedly cleaned-up and proposing a once-in-a-lifetime partnership to cure not just cancer, but all disease. The catch? It exists within the DNA of superheroes

Verdict
What an amazing idea for a story line. Black Market is only a four part mini-series, but it really does have the potential to be great. From what I gather, this Superhero comic’s main characters aren’t going to be the heroes, but the ‘villains’. I mean, I use that term lightly, because they’re doing what they think is right – but you can’t just go around stealing Superhero DNA.

The X-Files: Year Zero
Publisher: IDW
Writer: Karl Kesel
Artist: Greg Scott and Vic Malhotra

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Synopsis
When a blue-collar worker from New Jersey passes prophetic messages to the FBI from a mysterious “Mr. Zero,” Mulder is convinced it is the same otherworldly entity that contacted the FBI through a suburban housewife in the 1940s. This similarly named “Mr. Xero” pointed the FBI toward many unusual cases, leading to the establishment of “the X-Files”!

Verdict
It has been years since I’ve watched an episode of the X-Files. I have so many memories of that series; it’s such a nostalgic franchise for me. Now Mulder and Sully are back after all this time – I can’t not check out this 5 part series.

Other new comics out this week:

Army of Darkness: Ash gets Hitched – Dynamite Entertainment
Lady Zorro – Dynamite Entertainment
The Devilers – Dynamite Entertainment
The Last Fall – IDW
The Squidder – IDW
Doberman – IDW
Owlgirls – Red Anvil Comics
Dark Engine – Image Comics
Teen Titans – DC Comics

Comic Book Day (09.07.14)

A little delayed, but here are all the new comic book series that started on Wednesday;

New Suicide Squad
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Sean Ryan
Artist: Jeremy Roberts

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The world has changed for Task Force X, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad. Director Amanda Waller no longer has the autonomy she once had. New members disrupt the team dynamic. And the team takes on an international scope. New members Joker’s Daughter, Deathstroke and Black Manta join Harley Quinn and Deadshot for a mission in the most dangerous and unpredictable place in the world: Vladimir Putin’s Russia!

The Life After
Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Gabo

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In an infinite city built on infinite sadness, there is one man capable of breaking free. He will go through Heaven and Hell to save us all. Literally. A fantastical coming of age journey through the afterlife and beyond from Joshua Hale Fialkov (THE BUNKER, THE ULTIMATES) and breakout artist Gabo, with covers by Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, THE RED WING)!

Chastity
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Dave Acosta

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In the 1980’s, after a career-ending injury shatters her (and, really, her mother’s) Olympic dreams, 17 year-old Chastity Marks finds an escape in a popular series of vampire novels… but little does she know that the novels conceal a secret underworld of blood, agony, and death – a world that she will be dragged into kicking and screaming. The classic Chaos! Character returns – reimagined, rebooted, and ready for blood! Join fan-favorite scribe MARC ANDREYKO (Batwoman, Torso, Manhunter) and artist Dave Acosta for the blood-curdling adventures of a girl who is most definitely NOT your father’s vampire

Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Kent Osborne
Artist: Mad Rupert

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Turns out that there is a lot to being a Banana Guard—but being a Banana is not mandatory. This crazy adventure follows Root Beer Guy as he starts his search for new recruits among Ooo’s citizens. Only the best will do in his quest to protect the Candy Kingdom!

Spider-Man 2099
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney

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The book you have been demanding for months finally hits the stands! Miguel O’Hara is Spider-Man in the year 2099 but he’s currently stuck in the year 2014. He was stranded here by his father who is the head of an evil corporation called Alchemax in 2099. But in 2014, Alechmax has just been formed and Miguel has a chance to stop its corruption before it starts! You’d think being a man out of time would make you a man without enemies, but Spider-Man 2099 is about to discover that he’s not the only one hoping for a better tomorrow, one that might be ensured by The Adjustor eliminating Miguel from the time stream altogether! Join comics legend (and Spider-Man 2099 creator) Peter David and breakthrough artist Will Sliney (Superior Spider-Man Team-up) for the most adventure you’ll find in a book this side of the twenty second century!

Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Gerry Dugan & Brian Posehn
Artist: Reilly Brown

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You saw Deadpool’s marriage to the succubus queen Shiklah, now see their first meeting and romance! The hit series originally presented as a Marvel Infinite Comic makes the leap to the paper medium for the first time! When Dracula hires Deadpool to transport a highly-valuable delivery for him, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for. Guest-starring Blade, M.O.D.O.K., Hydra Bob, Werewolf by Night, and more-hop on with Deadpool for a crazy journey across the world…and into the heart of the Merc with the Mouth!

Death Vigil
Publisher: Top Cow Productions
Writer: Stjepan Sejic
Artist: Stjepan Sejic

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Forty pages of story and art in this contemporary fantasy adventure series written and painted by STJEPAN SEJIC. Gifted? Join the Death Vigil in their ongoing war against the ever-growing power of the Primordial Enemy! The only catch is you have to die first. Become a corporeal immortal Death Knight and obtain reality-altering weaponry in the never-ending battle between good and evil.

Spread
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Kyle Strahm

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Ten years ago, we dug too deep. We unleashed something ancient that couldn’t be controlled. Something that couldn’t be stopped, twisting everything it touched into more of itself. The Spread. Humanity was nearly destroyed before we found a way to slow the Spread to a crawl. Now, deep inside the quarantined zone, one man has found the key to stopping it forever: a baby girl. And if he can save her, he might save the world

VERDICT

I haven’t been massively enthralled by this weeks new comics, though I would like to check out the new Adventure Time, which has been created by Kent Osborne – one of the writers of the animated series. I love the cartoon, and I’ve read a couple of other comics before.. All were very good.

The New Suicide Squad series also entices me a little. I haven’t read much about the team before, but the television series Arrow has been featuring them, and brought my attention to them. I’d like to read more about Jokers daughter as well.

Comic Book Day (02.07.14)

Here are all the lovely new comic book series that are starting today;

Rocket Raccoon
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Skottie Young
Artist: Skottie Young

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As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now.. a raccoon on the run?! ( I’m sorry, I’m sorry, a “formidable-and-expert-Guardian” on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man, and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL!

Scum of the Earth
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Writer: Mark Bertolini
Artist: Rob Croonenborghs

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Meet Laura and True, two bourbon-toasted gunslingers caught between hardcore scores and soul-depraved rehab! Dirty, violent and simple, or so it seems…. The pair’s desert road trip of carnage and courtship may just take a cosmic turn when a mysterious figure begins to tail them on their explosive journey. Features a variant cover edition by Allen Byrnes

Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted
Publisher: Marvel comics
Writer: Will Corona Pilgrim
Artist: Andrea Di Vito

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot, your favorite cosmic bounty hunters (and soon to be world-famous movie stars), leap into action in an all-new adventure! Could it possibly happen? Is Groot attempting to arrest…his best bud Rocket? Featuring the Thunder God Thor, in cosmic combat with the mean, green Guardian known as Drax!

Robocop
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno

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A deadly and charismatic criminal, Killian, is released from jail. He went into the slammer before RoboCop hit the streets. Now he wants to take out the biggest cop in the city. When OCP wants to take guns off the street, Killian sees it as his opportunity to take on the former Alex Murphy!

Deadpool vs X-Force
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Pepe Larraz

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Journey back to the heady days of the 1990s, when two characters debuted who would change the face of comics…Cable & Deadpool! In this all-new tale, we learn of the pair’s first meeting, well before New Mutants #98, as Cable and his soon-to-be X-Force race through the timestream to stop the reckless mercenary Deadpool before he destroys American history for good!

Zombie Tramp
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Writer: Dan Mendoza and Jason Martin
Artist: TM Chu

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The series relaunch previewed with a Free Comic Book Day issue continues here. Join creator Dan Mendoza for the all new adventures of the cult hit series featuring his undead anti-hero, Zombie Tramp, now brought to life by the amazing talents of new superstar artist TMChu. It’s kinky supernatural fun as Zombie Tramp hits the road, starting in… sin city of course!

The Legendary Star-Lord
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Paco Medina and Juan Viasco

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Spinning directly out of the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy and just in time for the highly anticipated summer blockbuster – the notorious interstellar outlaw is striking out to swindle and swashbuckle his way across the galaxy in search of big adventures and even bigger scores. Expect a battle with the Badoon, a fight to save an orphanage, not to mention a little flirting with Kitty Pryde of the X-Men – and that’s just the FIRST ISSUE!

Grayson
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Tim Seeley and Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin

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Dick Grayson. Former sidekick. Former Super Hero. Former dead man. And now…agent of Spyral?! A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson’s life begins in this new, ongoing series. It’s a super-spy thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: You might think you know Nightwing – but you don’t know Dick

Hack / Slash: Son of Sanhain
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley
Artist: Emilio Laiso

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Cassie is forced to return to the life she thought she’d left behind.Coupled with a new partner and faced with enemies unlike any she has battled before, Cassie must confront the darkness in the world-and in her own life-in new ways. The agents of evil never rest; unfortunately for them, neither does Cassie Hack.

Tech Jacket
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Joe Keatinge
Artist: Khary Randolph

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After the tremendous sales of the “Tech Jacket Digital” miniseries that debuted at Image Expo, Joe Keatinge (“Shutter,” “Glory”) and Khary Randolph (“Deadpool,” “Justice League Beyond”) announced at Emerald City Comicon that they would team up once again to launch Zack Thompson a.k.a. Tech Jacket into an ongoing print series from Skybound Entertainment

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Echoes
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Marc Laming

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Sam Fisher, once a Splinter Cell, a clandestine operative operating in the shadows of the NSA, is now retired. His enemies, however, are not. Haunted by dreams and memories of his past, he struggles to put his life back together. But when a mysterious terrorist organization called KROWE begins pursuing targets around the globe, Sam’s expertise is needed to uncover their endgame and stop them before the deadly plot unfolds. “Echoes” takes place between the events of Splinter Cell Conviction and Splinter Cell Blacklist. The series bridges the gap between the two games with a realistic, original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist!

VERDICT

With so many new comic series starting this week, I’m having a hard time choosing which one’s I want to get. There’s an obvious Guardians of the Galaxy theme going on, with three new titles available, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted jumps out at me, but I’m more excited about Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon. Let’s face it; Rocket is definitely the most interesting Guardian, and Young is an amazing writer AND artist – the Eisner Award for his Wonderful Wizard of Oz series will agree.

Duane Swierczynski’s Deadpool vs X-Force is also taking my fancy. Swierczynski has written Judge Dredd since 2012, along with Godzilla, Birds of Prey, and a Deadpool miniseries; Wade Wilson’s War – so he’s no stranger to powerful characters. If anybody’s going to be able to portray both Cable AND Deadpool successfully, it’s him.

I’m also tempted to try Grayson. Artist Mikel Janin has drawn for Justice League and Nightwing before, so his portrayal of Dick Grayson already appeals to me, and I’m loving the idea of a superhero turned superspy.