Monday, 30 March 2015

DC Pull List - Week of 01/04

If I was writing about the hardcovers I would definitely be highlighting Absolute Green Arrow by Kevin Smith.  I've always wanted to have his run on Green Arrow but haven't really felt like paying $60-70 a trade for the now out-of-print initial releases.  The price tag attached to the Absolute edition IS pretty hefty, (sitting at a cool $100), but at least that's hardcover, all of the issues that Smith wrote and probably every extra sketch or note that was penned while the creators worked on this originally. Getting these issues in trade would probably cost at least $100 if not way, way more and that's IF you were lucky enough to find used copies for cheap, (cheap being a relative $20-40).



All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

So, without further adieu and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!





DC Comics - Zero Year 


Haven't read the Zero Year storyline yet, (so no spoilers!), but it's good to know that when I do get those trades that I can add this one alongside.  This should probably read Zero Year - The Companion but for some reason they didn't label it as such.  These stories are all extra material, so to speak.  It details things that were going on with other heroes, (Green Arrow and Lantern, Superman, Flash etc.), while Batman was stepping up to get the power back in Gotham and shut down an out of control Riddler.  Some people don't like companions, and I understand why because they can sometimes add nothing that is necessary to know, but I enjoy getting vignettes that illuminate what else was going on in the larger DC Universe.   


SRP: $24.99
Contains: Batman #24-25, Action Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Detective Comics #25, The Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and the Outlaws #25
CRD: 07/04


New Teen Titans Vol. 2


For those of you who didn't get the Omnibus' that were released in the past couple years, (I did and the first two are glorious; didn't get the third, heard there was a lot of skipped material - boo!), or for people who don't like reading massive tomes, DC is reprinting the classic Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans in convenient paperback format.  There was some great storytelling going on here and the art is detailed, kinetic and bursting with image yet remains clean and easy to look at.  Everybody who's in to costumed antics should check this out.  It's great.    


SRP: $19.99
Contains: New Teen Titans #9-16
CRD: 07/04



Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Flesh


New round of new 52 Wonder Woman.  That's pretty much all that can be said, or at least all that can be said by me.  Guess what?  Haven't read it.  I know, surprising.  Guess what?  I will one day which I can only imagine comes as a gigantic shock.  


SRP: $16.99
Contains: Wonder Woman #24-29, 23.2: First Born
CRD: 07/04


THE REST


Wonder Woman Vol. 6: Bones (HC)
Flash: A Celebration Of 75 Years (HC)
Absolute Green Arrow By Kevin Smith (HC)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Indie Pull List - Week of 01/04

Holy crap, everybody and then some is putting a book out this week!!  79 books!  79!!  It would have been more, (original count: 91!), but I went through the list and deleted a few misplaced items. Books of jazz photo's, (which would have been interesting to me on a different level), and a Direwolf statue that sounded pretty sweet; a couple of Star Wars poster books that I was indifferent to; a book about the history of toy merchandise which looked good and the list goes on.



But, I have culled the list of excess and from that leftover meat have chosen, maybe not the finest cuts, but some of the more interesting for sure. Before we continue to the main course shall we get the appetiser out of the way?

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

So, without further adieu and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!




Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 2: The Red Queen 


I looked this up for more information and the product description might as well have been in a different language.  It talked specifics about character arcs developing and that's about it.  NO idea whatsoever what the overall plot or idea of this would be.  Something about preventing a hybrid child from being born.  So, maybe the Elephantmen in the title is literal?  The other weird thing was, Vol. 1 starts printing issues from #51 and on.  So, this is an ongoing series that changed up after 50 issues and did a bit of a re branding?  Really, I'm throwing this one up as more of a bait for some information then anything else.

Publisher: Image
SRP: 14.99
Contains: Elephantmen #58-62
CRD: 14/04
 


World Trigger Vol. 5


I used to like this series a lot more then I do right now.  It used to be awesome, great shounen stuff, with humour that was actually funny and villains that were fantastic, yet defeatable.  They did an arc last year, (or at least I got the English translations last year) called "Full-Scale Invasion" that I thought was the best stuff that had happened and exactly where the book should be going.  Then that wrapped up and they just moved on to some kind of lame tournament as if the main villains hadn't just stepped things up in a MAJOR way.  It's still ok, just not what it should be, (kind of like when Bleach becomes mind numbing and you're just waiting and praying it gets better).  

Publisher: Viz Media
SRP: 9.99
Contains:  World Trigger #35-43
CRD: 07/01


Groo Vs Conan 


I was playing music with some guys a month or so ago and we got talking about comics.  One of the guys asked me, very enthusiastically, if I read Conan comics.  Honestly, I kind of laughed before I said, "No, I've never read a Conan comic."  He proceeded to tell me that they were the best comics he's ever read.  I was a little surprised.  Not that there was Conan comics, per se, more that someone was THAT in to them.  They're "the best", apparently. So, when my eyes glanced across this title I figured, 'Sure, why not?  He's probably not the ONLY guy that thinks these are the greatest.'  Is he?

EDIT:  Ok.  Now that I've seen the cover - this is a joke, right?  I mean, Conan is going to level that dude.  Groo's an idiot. And the write up for the product listing actually says it's dumb.  Maybe this isn't the finest example of Conan's comic book greatness?  


Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
SRP: 16.99
Contains: Groo Vs Conan #1-4
CRD: 14/04


My Little Pony - Friends Forever Vol. 3


This one's for my daughter so that when she asks me why I don't write about pony's I can show her this and say, "I all ready did."  As far as shows about talking ponies and cutie marks go I can only assume there could be worse then this.  The animation is bright, the voice acting top notch, (especially the occasional turn by John De Lancie as Discord), and there's some occasional good jokes.  If the comic book has even half of that going for it I'm sure my daughter will be asking me to read it to her over and over and over and over and over and over 

Publisher: IDW
SRP: 17.99
Contains: My Little Pony: Friends Forever #9-12
CRD: 14/04


THE REST

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Shinobi Ninja Princess

AMAZE INK (SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS)
Sanctuary Vol. 1: Fresh Meat

BOOM! STUDIOS
Adventure Time Vol. 5: Graybles Schmaybles
Deep State Vol. 1
Lumberjanes Vol. 1

DANGER ZONE
Crimson Society
Ehmm Theory Everything And Small Doses

DARK HORSE COMICS
B.P.R.D. Plague Of Frogs Vol. 3
Blade Of The Immortal Vol. 31: Final Curtain
Brody’s Ghost Vol. 6
Dark Ages
Demo
Elfquest -  The Final Quest Vol. 1
Empowered Unchained Vol. 1
EVE Universe -  The Art Of New Eden (HC)
Girlfiend
Goon Vol. 14: Occasion Of Revenge - Book 1
Lone Wolf And Cub Omnibus Vol. 8
POP
Terminator Salvation -  The Final Battle Vol. 2 

DESIGN STUDIO PRESS
Structura 3: The Art Of Sparth

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
Buddy Does Jersey
EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2 (HC)
Walt Disneys Donald Duck Vol. 2: Sheriff Of Bullet Valley

FIRST SECOND
Glorkian Warrior Vol. 2: Eats Adventure Pie (HC released simultaneously - neat!)

IDW PUBLISHING
G.I. JOE - A Real American Hero Vol. 11
John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man: Artifact Edition (HC)
Star Trek Gold Key Archives Vol. 3 (HC)
Tarzan - The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Vol. 4 (HC)

IMAGE COMICS
Casanova Volume 3: Avaritia - The Complete Edition (HC)
Tales From The Con: Year Two, $3.50

INSIGHT EDITIONS
Vault Of Simpsonology Vol. 4: Lisa Simpson’s Guide To Geek Chic (HC)

KODANSHA COMICS
Attack On Titan - Before The Fall Vol. 4
Attack On Titan Vol. 15
Fairy Tail Vol. 47
Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches Vol. 1

LERNER PUBLISHING GROUP
FishFishFish
Terrorist Gavrilo Princip: The Assassin Who Ignited World War I 

MICROCOSM PUBLISHING
Snake Pit Gets Old - Daily Diary Comics 2010-2012

NBM
Lulu Anew (HC)

PAPERCUTZ
Disney Fairies Vol. 16: Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy (HC released simultaneously - neat!) 
Rabbids Vol. 2: Invasion (HC released simultaneously - neat!)
Sybil The Backpack Fairy Volume 5 The Dragon’s Dance HC, $10.99

PERFECT SQUARE
Pokemon Adventures Black And White Vol. 7

REBELLION
Zenith Phase One (HC)

RUNNING PRESS
Game Of Thrones: In Memorium (HC)

SELFMADEHERO
Art Masters Series Vol. 1: Vincent

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Arpeggio Of Blue Steel Vol. 4
Citrus Vol. 2

SQUARE FISH
Wrinkle In Time

TITAN BOOKS
Burne Hogarth’s Tarzan Vol. 2: Tarzan Vs The Barbarians (HC)

TITAN COMICS
Michael Moorcock Library Vol. 1: Elric Of Melnibone (HC)

VERTICAL
Prophecy Vol. 3
What Did You Eat Yesterday Vol. 7
Wolfsmund Vol. 6

VIZ MEDIA
Assassination Classroom Vol. 3
Black Lagoon Vol. 10
Case Closed Vol. 54
Deadman Wonderland Vol. 8
Dengeki Daisy Vol. 16
Food Wars - Shokugeki No Soma Vol. 05
GYO - 2-In-1 Deluxe Edition (HC)
Itsuwaribito Vol. 14
Library Wars - Love And War Vol. 13
Magi - The Labyrinth Of Magic Vol. 11
Meteor Prince Vol. 2
My Love Story Vol. 4
One Piece Vol. 74
Skip Beat Vol. 34
Toriko Vol. 27
Vagabond - VIZBIG Edition Vol. 12
Voice Over Seiyu Academy Vol. 10
Yukarism Vol. 2

YEN PRESS
Log Horizon Vol. 1

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
Grimm Fairy Tales -  Dark Shaman Vol. 1 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Marvel Pull List - Week of 01/04

Luckily Marvel made it easy this week by only putting out 2 trades because I have to make this quick. Have to go give a buddy a hand moving. I know, I know, incredibly selfless. 


1 out of the 2 trades being published is Avengers related and 5 of the 8 hardcovers are Avengers related so Marvel's making sure everybody has a chance to bone up before the new movie comes out. It's smart business, Marvel has been doing it for the few years that I've been looking in to this stuff and probably started doing it long before that.  Pretty soon we'll get a bunch of Ant-Man stuff and then whoever's movie comes next, (I don't try and keep up anymore.  I just wait for the inevitable influx of trailers and hype pieces just before the release and go, "Cool, guess so-and-so got a movie").

But enough of that nonsense.  Let's see if we can't race through this disclaimer business: 

Look, it's not all on me.  The internet's a big place.  Do some fact checking.  

Ok.  Works for me.  And now without blah, blah and absolutely no - you get the point. 






Avengers: Scarlet Witch By Dan Abnett And Andy Lanning


A collection of Scarlet Witch's various solo outings over the years for people to familarize themselves with Wanda Maximoff before she makes her big screen debut in Age of Ultron.  These kinds of collections are good for people who are curious about characters, but for people who worry about continuity they can sometimes be more of a hindrance as the stories contained within come from various years.  These books usually come out to capitalize off of some other project, like a movie or TV show.  

SRP: 24.99
Contains: Scarlet Witch #1-4, Avengers Origins: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, plus material from                     Marvel Team-Up (1st Series) #125, Solo Avengers #5, Marvel Comics Presents (1st Series)                 #60-63, 143-144 and Mystic Arcana: Scarlet Witch.

CRD: 21/04


Weirdworld Warriors Of Shadow Realm


So, I had to do a little looking around to see what this was.  It's an old fantasy series written by Doug Moench.  Moench has done some cool books for DC.  It'd be interesting to see how he does with classic fantasy.  This looks like a good book for anyone who had an interest in these stories as it looks like they were originally printed in a chaotic fashion.  The stories were collected in 5 different publications, some of which were listed as magazines and special issues, so I can't imagine collecting the original copies would be easy.

SRP: 34.99
Contains:  Marvel Premiere #38, Marvel Super Action (1976) #1, Marvel Fanfare (1st Series) #24-                      26, Marvel Comics Super Special #11-13, and Epic Illustrated #9 and #11-13.
CRD:  21/04




THE REST

Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 1 (HC)
Avengers: Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Prose Novel - HC)
Avengers: Rage Of Ultron (HC)
Avengers: The Vibranium Collection (HC - $200!?)
Marvel Masterworks - The Avengers Vol. 1 (HC)
Marvel Masterworks - The Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1 (HC)
New Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 1 (HC)
Once Upon A Time: Out Of The Past (HC)

Monday, 23 March 2015

DC Pull List - Week of 25/03

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

So, without further adieu and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!




Adventures Of Superman Vol. 3



This is a multi-author, multi-artist, weekly adventures type series.  Every issue is a new story, by a new creative team.  I don't tend to enjoy this kind of thing.  It's not bad, a fun diversion, but I'm usually more into the books that have the big arcs and character development.  

Contains: Adventures of Superman (2nd Series) #11-17
SRP: $16.99
CRD: $31/03


All-Star Western Vol. 6: End Of The Trail 


I've never read a Western comic, never had any desire, but I have read books written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and they both do an always solid, and sometimes fantastic, job at writing fast-paced, engaging stories. I believe this series was one of the more recent cancellations by DC which is good and bad.  On one hand it's nice to know there's a foreseeable end but on the other hand, if you're enjoying it, it won't last long. Either way, it looks like I'm going to be traveling to the old west with Jonah Hex at some point.

Contains: All Star Western #29-34
SRP: $14.99
CRD: 31/03


THE REST

Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet (HC)
Superman: Doomed (HC)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Indie Pull List - Week of 25/03

Just wanted to use this time to give a quick acknowledgement/thank you to the resources I use to cull my information from the vast jungle of this electronic spider's web.  I get my initial list of what's coming from the awesome people at Collected Comics Library.  They have a cool website devoted to all things comics and I highly recommend everybody go check them out.  Without their hard work I would have to do WAY more work on my own and that would suck.  After I get the list there's some various fact checking and image gathering that goes on and then I slap some sort of a rejoinder underneath the splashy cover pic and there you have it!




When did Dark Horse start publishing Archie books?  For some reason I think that's cool.  Anywho, let's move on to the assorted legalities that need to be cleared.

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

So, without further adieu and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!






Twilight Zone Vol. 3: The Way Back




Between J. Michael Straczynski and the enduring appeal of the original TV Show I'm surprised there are only 3 volumes. This particular volume features a story about a whiskey soaked private detective, (is there any other kind?), who travels back in time to solve his last case. The Twilight Zone-y twist is: what will his actions in the past do to the present? Overall, not the most original territory, but it does sound like it would be an old Twilight Zone episode and, I can only assume, that's got to the be the point. Plus J. Michael is a solid writer who knows his way around all things geek. This new series should be fun.


Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
SRP: 15.99
Contains: Twilight Zone (2014) #9-12
CRD: 07/04



UQ Holder! Vol. 4


I love UQ Holder! and it's author Ken Akamatsu. This is his psuedo, sort of, sequel to the amazing Mahou Sensei Negima! Akamatsu is very good at balancing all the elements that go in to good manga and not have any of them take over and tip the scales in to an illogical mess or an ecchi fuelled waste of time. This is the story of Tota Konoe who just wants to get to the top of the Mars Tower and be the best he can be. Through a series of events he becomes involved with a group of immortals called UQ Holder! Crazy good. Do yourself a favor and branch out.


Publisher: Kodansha
SRP: 10.99
Contains: 208 pages (if I had to guess 10-13 chapters)
CRD: 24/03



Morning Glories Vol. 8


Spirit of honesty: I know nothing about this, but I have heard very good things anytime it is brought up and 8 volumes bodes well for the series being good.  I also didn't really want to just do two books when there was such a plethora to choose from.  From what I'm reading this actually sounds like it could have been a Japanese Manga.  Brilliant but troubled schoolkids, shadowy conspiracies, catholic uniforms, supernatural elements.  I don't know about you guys but all of that is getting me a little excited.  I'm going to have to put this on my radar.  If any of the aforementioned traits appeal to you, maybe you should to.  


Publisher: Image
SRP: $12.99
Contains:  Morning Glories #39-42 
CRD: 07/04



THE REST


ABRAMS COMICARTS

Just So Happens (HC available as well), $17.95


AC COMICS

Golden Age Greats Spotlight Vol. 16


ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Fracture Vol. 1: Altered Egos


BOOM! STUDIOS

Amazing World Of Gumball The Tasks Mini Comic (SDCC Variant Cover)

March Of The Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition (HC)

Regular Show Vol. 3


COMIX BURO

Sketchbook Amoretti

Sketchbook Mig


DARK HORSE COMICS

Adventures Into The Unknown Archives Vol. 4 (HC)

Archie’s Pal Jughead Archives Vol. 1 (HC)

Murder Book

Reflections


DK PUBLISHING

WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide (HC)


DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt Omnibus

Vampirella Archives Vol. 11 (HC)Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris Vol. 7


GRIFFIN BOOKS

Tragedy Series - Secret Lobster Claws And Other Misfortunes (HC)


HAPPY MEDIUM PRESS

Sci-Fi And Fantasy Modeller Vol. 36


HUMANOID PUBLISHING

Bouncer Black Hearts (HC)


IDW PUBLISHING

Anti-Hero

Ben 10 Classics Vol. 4 Beauty And The Ben

Doberman

Nemo River Of Ghosts (HC)

Skylanders Champions (HC)

WEIRD Love You Know You Want It (HC)


IMAGE COMICS

Big Hard Sex Criminals (HC)

Criminal Vol. 3 The Dead And The Dying

Low Vol. 1: The Delirium Of Hope

Roche Limit Vol. 1

Sex Vol. 3: Broken Toys

Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory


KODANSHA COMICS

Air Gear Vol. 33

Genshiken Second Season Vol. 6

Sankarea Vol. 11

ONI PRESS

Letter 44 Vol. 2: Redshift

Part-Time Princesses


REBELLION

2000 AD Pack February 2015 (1916-1919)

Insurrection Liberty

Tales Of The Telguuth: A Tribute To Steve Moore


SANCTUM PRODUCTIONS

Whisperer Double Novel Vol. 7


SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT

Alice In The Country Of Joker The Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 3

Vampire Cheerleaders In Space And Time


TITAN COMICS

Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor Vol. 1: Revolutions Of Terror (HC)

Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 1: After Life (HC)

Masked Vol. 1 Anomalies

Michael Moorcock’s Elric Vol. 2: Stormbringer (HC)

Sally Of The Wasteland (HC)

Wallace And Gromit - The Newspaper Strips (HC)

World War X Vol. 1: Helius (HC)

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Marvel Pull List - Week of 25/03

Ahoy, hoy, dear reader.  I almost doubled my page views in less than a 24 hour period the other day. Wonder if it had something to do with me posting on a certain Facebook page and the minor verbal back and forth that it caused?  People do love controversy!  But, that's not what we're here for - we're here for comics!!


DISCLAIMER TIME:

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

So, without further adieu and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!





Runaways: The Complete Collection Vol. 3 


I saw a cover for a trade, Dead End Kids, where almost half the cover was Joss Whedon's name. White background, small drawing of a character, book name, other creators and 

!!JOSS WHEDON!! 

So, it's not too hard to figure out how this book got sold initially. Seems as if these kids are making a name for themselves as they've been around for a while and are now getting omnibus style treatment. Anyone who's read this blog more then once will know I have not read any of this, but I do love Joss's dialogue and characterization so I'm sure it's good. Brian K. Vaughn and some decent artist's are also attached to the series so that always helps keep things running smooth when Joss is off making movies and TV shows.   

SRP: $39.99
Contains: Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways #1-4, Runaways (2nd Series) #19-30,                                 Runaways Saga, Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3.
CRD: 14/04


Amazing Spider-Man - Epic Collection Vol. 22: Round Robin



Not the greatest picture, I'll admit, but there was slim pickings for this cover, not sure why.  I do love these collections, old issues printed together in convenient volumes.  Omnibus', compendiums', collections, digests, whatever they want to call it, I'll love it.  Guest appearances abound, as you can see from the cover.  Iron Man, Black Panther, Ultron, Moon Knight, Punisher, Nova, Night Thrasher and Darkhawk are all listed in the description.  With all those guest appearances I'm not sure how Peter Parker is going to get any panel time! 

SRP: $34.99
Contains:  Amazing Spider-Man #351-360, Amazing Spider-Man Annual 25, Spectacular Spider-                        Man Annual 11, Web of Spider-Man Annual 7, Spider-Man: Fear Itself
CRD: 07/04


Secret Avengers Vol. 2: The Labyrinth



I try not to do this too much, or will try not to in the future, but I'm going to throw the blurb up from the back of the book: 

"As Coulson's investigation takes him to Peru, Black Widow, Spider-Woman and Hawkeye go after Lady Bullseye and Artaud Derrida. The noose tightens as Maria Hill puts the pieces together, and the Secret Avengers find themselves hunted! What does S.H.I.E.L.D. want with the Fury? What is Tlon? M.O.D.O.K. explains it all - including his own amazing origin! And as Hawkeye and Deadpool team up, secrets come to light - and they might cost Black Widow her life! The true mastermind of the decay at the center of the Secret Avengers initiative is revealed, and the clues trace back to the start of it all! Hawkeye and Coulson face off, Vladimir makes a deal with the Fury, and the Helicarrier comes under attack! But with Maria Hill gone, what happens to the rest of the team?"    

Sounds pretty jam packed but I can't help but get the feeling that in 5 issues things are going to be a little rushed or at least left open for further volumes. Definitely won't be a starting point book like some further-down-the-road volumes can be, but if you're all ready in to this you probably don't need me telling you anything about it. 


SRP: $12.99
Contains: Secret Avengers (3rd series) #6-10
CRD: 07/04


THE REST

All-New X-Factor Vol. 3: Axis
Hawkeye: Avenging Archer
Hulk Vol. 2: Omega Hulk Book 1
Inhuman Vol. 2: Axis
Iron Fist: The Return Of K’un Lun
Marvel Universe -  Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Digest Vol. 1
She-Hulk Vol. 2: Disorderly Conduct
Wolverine Origin II 
Uncanny X-Men Vol. 5: The Omega Mutant (HC)


Monday, 16 March 2015

DC Pull List - Week of 18/03

Pretty slow week for DC.  Four books in total.  Two trades, two hardcover's.  Makes my job pretty easy, or at least takes the decision making process out of it.  And really, they'd go broke if they were pumping out a ton of books every week.  3/4 of the titles are New 52 related.  So, you can either read on or leave in disgust and continue to write your lengthy chat room rant about how crappy DC is.



DISCLAIMER TIME:

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

So, without further adieu and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!





Justice League Of America Vol. 2: Survivors Of Evil


So, Justice League is the heavy-hitters, (Batman, Superman etc.), while Justice League of America appears to be a darker counterpoint, if I'm understanding correctly.  Catwoman, Katanna and Green Arrow aren't exactly known for their sunny dispositions so it makes sense to have someone like Hal Jordan or J'onn J'onzz around to keep things from falling in to a sulk-fest.  I'm guessing Hal is moonlighting more then anything and it'll be cool to see the New 52 incarnation of Martian Manhunter.  

SRP: 16.99
Contains: Justice League Of America #8-14
CRD: 24/03


Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Power Couple  



I love this cover.  Haven't read the book, can't speak to it, other then to say I'm looking forward to reading it.  They've flirted with this A LOT over the years, off hand comments, Elseworlds tales, hints that in the future it happens, lots and LOTS of various kisses, but this is the first time we've had a series devoted to Clark and Diana being a full-blown couple, to the best of my knowledge.  Feel free to correct me. 

SRP: 16.99
Contains: Superman/Wonder Woman #1-6
CRD: 24/03


The Rest
Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 2: War And Peace (HC)
Ocean Orbiter Deluxe Edition (HC)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Indie Pull List - Week of 18/03

I'm using the term "Indie" a little loosely to be honest.  I'm kind of using it as a catch-all umbrella of sorts to cover all of the other publishers out there.  Some of them like, IDW or Dark Horse, could almost contend with DC and Marvel in terms of popularity and brand recognition.  Other's like, Humanoid Publishing and Fantagraphics, I'm just now finding out about myself.


I'm also not sure what kind of a logo to throw up to kick this off.  So, while I'm making that terribly important decision read this disclaimer, (or, if you're getting sick of reading it you have my permission to skip ahead):

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves. 

Oh, you're done all ready?  Be honest, you skipped it didn't you?  Ya, I don't blame you.  So, I'm still working on the graphic for the Indie's.  While you wait feast your eyes on this awesome What If? cover and ponder the age old question:  



Pretty amazing, eh?  One day I'll find this and read it.  But, let's get this movable feast underway. Let me know what you guys think of the graphic.  I'm also open to suggestion if somebody knows of something better. 



Shadow Double Novel Vol. 93


I believe this is the right cover.  I'll have to plead some ignorance on this.  The main reason I posted it is because, VOL. 93?!  Are you kidding me?!  That's an insane number of books.  And each one has two stories.  That's 186 stories starring the Shadow.  Ridiculous.  Something tells me there's not much I HAVE to say about this one.  If you've bought 92 different volumes of this, why stop now?

Publisher: Sanctum Productions, (or Sanctum Books.  I found two names for this company.  That's not confusing...)
SRP: $14.95
Contains: 128 pages of Shadowy goodness
CRD: couldn't find an exact date, if it IS released in Canada I'd assume it's a week or two later



Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Tales From Oz Vol. 2


So, some of the appeal to this book is fairly evident by this scantily clad cover. I'll fully admit I spent WAY more time then I needed to looking through images trying to find the "best" one. Total deer in the headlights territory. As far as the story goes it also sounds pretty awesome.  This volume focuses on the back stories for all the various Witches of OZ.  Cool.  I love the original Wizard of OZ and always thought it would do well with a more adult approach.  I'll probably get these one day.  

Publisher: Zenescope 
SRP: 14.95
Contains: Tales From OZ #4-6
CRD: 31/03

The Rocketeer The Complete Adventures


I have very fond memories of this movie when I was a kid.  I also remember being surprised that he wasn't an infallible hero.  I've heard the old Disney movie captured the spirit of the comics while also making it a little more family friendly, (lots of panels of scantily clad women from what I could see while perusing pictures for the cover).  Anyone who wants to recapture some of their youth or just wants to read some old pulp comics should check this out.  Should be a blast.  

Publisher: IDW
SRP: 19.99
Contains: All of Dave Stevens original Rocketeer comics making a healthy 148 pages
CRD: 31/03

Usagi Yojimbo Saga Vol. 2


I always thought this character was created for the Ninja Turtles cartoon to sell more toys, but he wasn't.  He was a comic character of some acclaim on his own, before the Turtles thing happened, which now just seems odder that he was put in to that universe. This bad boy is almost 700 pages of anthropomorphic, samurai-licious, rabbit battlin' action.  Might not be the best starting point as there is a volume 1 that I assume would come in handy to read first, but these collections look like the way to get your Usagi fix in.  
   
Publisher: Dark Horse
SRP: a darn respectable $24.99, (that's roughly 3-4 cents a page, can't beat that)
Contains: Usagi Yojimbo (3rd series) #7-30 and the Color Special - Green Persimmon 
CRD: 10/03  


THE REST

There's quite a few books to throw up here.  For now I'll put them all up but I may find I want to cut the list down in later dates.  If you guys want me to keep it long, let me know.  If it's too much extra junk at the end, again, let me know.  The Indies list was always going to be longer because of the amount of publishers it covers but we'll see how this goes.  It may need some work in the future. 


ALTERNA COMICS
Billy The Pyro Vol. 1
ALTUS PRESS
Doc Savage The New Adventures Vol. 8: The War Makers
AMP! COMICS FOR KIDS
Big Nate: Say Good-Bye To Dork City 
ANDREWS MCMEEL
Pearls Before Swine: King Of The Comics
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
Sonic Saga Vol. 7: Dark Mirror 
ATOMIC BOOK COMPANY
Museum Of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection
COSMIC TIMES
Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew 
DARK HORSE COMICS
Angel And Faith Season 9: Library Edition Vol. 1 (HC)
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Vol. 10 The Devil’s Wings 
Baltimore Vol. 5 The Apostle And The Witch Of Harju (HC)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Panel To Panel Seasons 8 And 9 
Chronicles Of Conan Vol. 29: The Shape In The Shadow And Other Stories 
Chronicles Of King Conan Vol. 10: The Warlord Of Koth And Other Stories
Courageous Princess Vol. 1: Beyond The Hundred Kingdoms (HC 3rd Edition)
Deep Gravity 
Oh My Goddess Vol. 47 
Oink Heaven’s Butcher
Tex The Lonesome Rider (HC)
Usagi Yojimbo Saga Vol. 2 (Limited Edition HC)
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Bob’s Burgers Vol.1
IDW PUBLISHING
Dragonlance Chronicles Vol. 1: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight 
Jack Kirby Mister Miracle (Artist’s Edition HC)
Transformers All Hail Megatron (Deluxe Limited HC)
IMAGE COMICS
Deadly Class Vol. 2: Kids Of The Black Hole
Lazarus Vol. 3: Conclave
Madame Frankenstein 
Nightworld Vol. 1: Midnight Sonata
Nixon’s Pals (HC)
Prophet Vol. 4: Joining
Revenge 
Sexcastle 
KODANSHA COMICS
My Little Monster Vol. 7
Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 7 
MOONSTONE
Green Lama Unbound Prose Novel
NEMO PUBLISHING
Undersea Adventures Of Capt’n Eli Vol. 3
NORTHWEST PRESS
Completely Unfabulous Social Life Of Ethan Green
ONI PRESS
Courtney Crumrin Vol. 7: Tales Of A Warlock
SANCTUM PRODUCTIONS
Doc Savage Double Novel Vol. 80 (2 covers)
Shadow Super Pack Vol. 2 The Origins Collection
SELFMADEHERO
Pride And Prejudice (Selfmadehero Edition)
SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
D-Frag Vol. 4
Kokoro Connect Vol. 3
Servamp Vol. 1
Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches Vol. 2
TITAN COMICS
Third Testament Vol. 3: The Might Of The Ox (HC)
UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI
Peter Bagge Conversations (HC)






Thursday, 12 March 2015

Marvel Pull List - Week of 18/03

Hey, what's up?  Cool, cool.  Not much on this end.  Going to wade through the Marvel new releases, see what strikes my fancy.  Let me guess, you LOVE Marvel!  Their movies are soooo good!  Uh-huh, ya, no, you're not wrong.  They ARE pretty cool.  But, sometimes decisions need to be made and my wallet and I decided that DC was where our heart and finances would lie.  Nothing wrong with Marvel.  I started getting in to comics because of Marvel, really.  They always seemed to be easier to find in my small hometown and my Uncle gave me a huge tub of old Amazing Spider-Man issues one X-mas when I was a kid, (which I still have, Uncle Lloyd), and it included this issue:


I still love Spider-Man.  He's still one of my favourite comic book characters.  Do I keep up on ol' PP anymore?  Nah, not really.  I mostly just let him do his thing these days.  But that doesn't change the fact that he was instrumental in establishing my love for sequential story telling.


BUT, and I don't use this but lightly, you didn't necessarily come here to read me wax poetic about a radioactive arachnid-infected, spandex clad, teenager. What you most likely DID come here for was to read me quip about the new trades.  So, with out further adieu, and absolutely no fanfare, we begin!



Oh, right, almost forgot - it's time for a Quick Disclaimer:

All of this information is suggested.  Sometimes books get delayed, sometimes they get cancelled all together. Most of the time the trades will be available.  Prices are also suggested and subject to change at the discretion of the shop owner or the publisher themselves.  

Ok, now that we've got that whole mess out of the way let's see if we can't get this Marvel worship started.  



MS. MARVEL VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY?



It seems that this is a relatively new series, a new version of Ms. Marvel with a new back story and new villains, with, I would assume, a new tone as well.  Judging by the cover and plot outline, (which sounds Saturday Morning cartoon-ish), this is a lighter, and perhaps, more comedic take on the character of Ms. Marvel, despite an appearance from Wolverine, her favourite super hero!  It would also seem that this is a fairly popular book as I found evidence of a Kamala-Con online, (Ms. Marvel's alter ego being Kamala Khan), which would appear to be a Con focused around our young, jargon spouting, cell phone texting, super heroine.  This could be good, could be bad.  I'll let you decide.    

SRP: 15.99
Contains: Ms. Marvel #6-11
Canadian Release Date (aka CRD): 07/04


DEADPOOL'S ART OF WAR


So, I guess Deadpool wants to be the next Sun Tzu.  Literally, that's the basis for this book. Deadpool writes his own Art of War and to ensure it sells like gang-busters he's going to start a war.  Starting a war is easy. Keeping it working for you is hard.  Especially when Loki shows up and takes you hostage with plans to use your war as a basis for world domination.  I'm not a huge Deadpool guy, he's pretty cool, but I enjoyed him more as a villain, or supporting anti-hero, then as a leading man.  But, what do I know?  This could be awesome.      

SRP: 12.99
Contains: Deadpool's Art Of War #1-4
CRD: 31/03


The Rest

So, that's it, actually for Marvel's trade releases this week.  2 trades, 7 hardcovers.  I'm going to list the HC's from now on, because....well, just because.  Might as well.  

All-New X-Men Volume 6: The Ultimate Adventure (HC), $24.99
Avengers By Kurt Busiek And George Perez Omnibus Volume 1 (HC), $125.00
Avengers Omnibus Volume 2 (HC - 2 covers), $99.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 4: Original Sin (HC), $24.99
Marvel Masterworks The Invincible The Iron Man Volume 9 (HC - 2 covers), $75.00
Superior Spider-Man Volume 3 (HC), $34.99
United States Of Murder Inc Volume 1: Truth (HC), $24.99