Spell Checkers GN (Oni Press) – I ordered this after seeing Joelle Jones’ artwork on Madame Xanadu. Or to be more precise, I ordered this after seeing the second issue of Joelle Jones’ artwork on Madame Xanadu. I was a bit ticked off because it wasn’t Amy Reeder Hadley doing the artwork on that first issue and my view of the artwork was admittedly biased against her. When the second issue came around I was able to appreciate it for what it was, pretty damn good. Add on top of that, I have never heard anything but good things about the writing of Jamie S Rich, so this was pretty much a no brainer for me. I am looking forward to reading it and I will definitely be talking about it on a future episode of Indie Comic Book Noise.
Codebreakers #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I was leaning towards picking this up based on the preview pages in the back of Irredeemable and Incorruptable, but the recent review done by JM Campbell cinched the deal for me.
Fantastic Four 578 (Marvel) – Last week I dropped Daredevil to go to trades. That leaves Fantastic Four as the only Marvel title I currently have on my pull list.
Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I am getting all of the Green Hornet books and so far they have all delivered.
Madame Xanadu #22 (Vertigo) – Amy Reeder Hadley is back for a few issues, so I am going to savor it while I can. I think I heard she may be leaving the title altogether. That sucks but I am ready to follow her to her next assignment.
Stumptown #3 (Oni Press) – I don’t know if this is a mini or an ongoing and I really don’t care, it is Greg Rucka writing a kick ass female detective.
Philip K Dick’s Electric Ant #1 (Marvel) – I am enjoying what BOOM! is doing with Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep (a story I am nominally familiar with) so I am curious to see what Marvel can do with a PKD story I have never heard of.
Fall of the Hulks: Red Hulk 4 of 4 (Marvel) – I picked this off the rack like I have done with every other Hulk related book I have gotten since World War Hulk. I am enjoying this miniseries so far and I doubt if Jeff Parker will let me down now.
This is what I got this week from Detroit Comics:
Stumptown 1 (Oni Press): I have already read the second issue and liked it. I’m glad Brian was able to find the first issue for me.
Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island 1 of 4 (Avatar Press): I haven’t heard anything about this book, but Brian pulled it for me because he thought I might like it. We’ll see if I add the rest of the issues to my pull list.
DeadWorld: Frozen Over 4 of 4 (Desperado Publishing): I have had this on my pull list for so long that I forgot it was there until Brian showed me. I completely forgot what was going on in this book. It will be a long time before I get another DeadWorld/Mike Raicht/Federico Dallocchio/Desperado Publishing single issue. I might pick up a trade, but this long time between issues has really soured me on the franchise/creators/publisher.
Image United 0 of 6 (Image Comics): I have really been enjoying this series. I have said it in the past, it is like a puppy: big, goofy, stupid and fun.
Irredeemable 11 (BOOM! Studios): I still think this is one of the best books out there right now and I can’t wait to read this issue.
Fantastic Four 576 (Marvel Entertainment Comics): I am thoroughly enjoying the Hickman/Eaglesham/Mounts run on this title. It’s not that I didn’t like the previous creative teams, I just never read them.
Buck Rogers 9 (Dynamite Entertainment): I always smile when I see another issue has come out.
Madame Xanadu 20 (Vertigo): Joelle Jones is handling the art chores on this issue (and the last). There is nothing wrong with her artwork, but I started getting this title because of the Amy Reeder Hadley pencils and I get frustrated when she isn’t on the book.
Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk 2 (Marvel Entertainment Comics): Yeah, I know, but Jeff Parker had me at “Hello”.
28 Days Later 7 (BOOM! Studios): I don’t know why more people aren’t getting and talking about this book. It is as enjoyable as the first movie and better than the second.
Choker 1 of 6 (Image Comics): I loves me some Templesmith. I don’t remember ever reading a Ben McCool story, but he would have to be absolutely horrible for me to not like this title and I don’t ever remember hearing that he is absolutely horrible.
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Host Derek Coward goes over a brief history of the Miracleman mess, discusses what he thinks Marvel should do with the character and tells Marvel in no uncertain terms what they can do to get his money.
Note: Despite what I said in the episode, it was Marv Wolfman who wrote Total Eclipse, not Chuck Dixon. And a bunch of people wrote Miracleman:Apocrypha including Kurt Busiek, Sarah E. Byam, Dick Foreman, Neil Gaiman, Steven Grant, Steve Moore, Stefan Petrucha, James Dale Robinson, Fred Schiller and the great Matt Wagner. Also the series went 24 issues, not 22, and the last issue came out in 1993.
This is a one-shot from Marvel where the Fantastic Four go to Puerto Rico and meet La Chupacabra.
The writer is the always excellent Tom Beland so the dialog was very strong and believable. He writes strong female characters and his version of Sue Richards continues this pattern. There is a scene between her and Ben Grimm that is perfect characterization for the both of them. I’m not going to spoil it, but it is easily my favorite scene of the book.
The art is done by Juan Doe and although I don’t usually like overly stylized artwork, it fit perfectly for the book. There’s something almost majestic about some of the panels. I am one of those people who really pays attention to the colors and I would recommend that this book be picked up by anyone interested in seeing what a good coloring job should look like.
Dave Lamphear’s lettering was also pretty good and shouldn’t be overlooked when considering the whole package.
Recommendation: Get it now.
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Happy New Year! We’re back to kick off 2008 with new releases, Pick of the Week, (spoilers) Current (spoilers) Events (spoilers), Bring ‘Em Back, and some comments on One More Day.
Pat Loika talks about Amazing Spider-Man, World War Hulk: AfterSmash, What If…?: Civil War, Ultron continuity, and Messiah Complex. There’s also a voicemail from Carlos! And some nonsense from your somewhat inconsistent host.
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Marvel Titles On Sale, 1.4.08:
Anita Blake VH Guilty Pleasures #7 (of 12), $2.99
ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST #3
COVER BY: ALEKSI BRICLOT
WRITERS: DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
PENCILS: TOM RANEY
INKS: SCOTT HANNA
The cosmic blockbuster rocks on—as things go horribly wrong for our heroes! The Phalanx closes in on Star-Lord and his scrappy squad, Ronan comes face-to-face with a vengeful enemy, and Quasar & Moondragon discover a deep secret that could save the Kree…but they both might be dead before they can use it! Writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning join forces with superstar artist Tom Raney to bring you the sci-fi event that Aint It Cool News says is “…a worthy sequel and every bit the equal to the impressively cohesive and thoroughly entertaining crossover event ANNIHILATION from last year!”
Rated T+ …$2.99
Exiles Days Of Then & Now, $3.99
Hedge Knight 2 Sworn Sword #4 (of 6), $2.99
Howard The Duck #4 (of 4), $2.99
Magician Apprentice #12 (of 12), $2.99
Marvel Two-In-One #7, $4.99
MOON KNIGHT #14
COVER BY: ARTHUR SUYDAM
WRITER: MIKE BENSON
ART: JAVIER SALTARES and MARK TEXEIRA
“GOD AND COUNTRY,” PART 1 OF 6
Award-winning TV writer Mike Benson (Entourage) takes over the reins, with co-plotter Charlie Huston!
Moon Knight is back in the game—leaving a trail of broken bodies in his wake — and everyone wants to know the same thing: Who the hell gave this psycho a Registration Card? But no one wants to know more than the architect of the Initiative, Tony Stark. As the body count grows, the pressure to bring in the poster child for super-powered irresponsibility might grow too much for Stark to ignore. And when that happens…?
Parental Advisory …$2.99
Ms Marvel #23, $2.99
Omega Unknown #4 (of 10), $2.99
Silver Surfer In Thy Name #3 (of 4), $2.99
Thunderbolts #118, $2.99
ULTIMATE HUMAN #1
COVER BY: CARY NORD
WRITER: WARREN ELLIS
PENCILS: CARY NORD
It’s the Ultimate war between the Hulk and Iron Man! Desperate for a cure to his dark disease, scientist Bruce Banner begs Tony Stark for a release from the curse of the Hulk! Stark agrees, but in the midst of the experimentation, something goes horribly wrong. And you know what happens next: man and monster collide! Be there as writer Warren Ellis (ULTIMATE GALACTUS) begins his next Ultimate epic—and is joined by amazing artist Cary Nord (Conan)!
Rated T+ …$2.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #494 (and VARIANT)
COVERS BY: DAVID FINCH and SIMONE BIANCHI
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER
PENCILS: BILLY TAN
INKS: DANNY MIKI
The Marauders are back on the hunt for the messiah baby. They’re a step ahead of the X-Men, but how will they fare against the new X-Force? Also, the traitor reveals his (or her) plan for the baby and alters the landscape of the battle dramatically. Who benefits from the actions of this wildcard, if anyone?
Rated T+ …$2.99
AVENGERS WEST COAST: DARKER THAN SCARLET
COVER BY: JOHN BYRNE
WRITERS: JOHN BYRNE, ROY THOMAS, and DANN THOMAS
PENCILS: JOHN BYRNE and PAUL RYAN
The Witch is back! The shocking truth about her children revealed, the Scarlet Witch suffers a nervous breakdown and descends into madness. Manipulated by her father, the mutant terrorist Magneto, Wanda faces her teammates – and her brother, Quicksilver. Can they rescue her from the clutches of Immortus – and save her very sanity? Plus: the return of Iron Man, and the reunion of wartime allies Captain America and the Human Torch. Also featuring the villainy of the Mole Man, Loki, the U-Foes, Master Pandemonium and Hydro-Man! Collecting AVENGERS WEST COAST #51-57 and #60-62.
ESSENTIAL POWER MAN AND IRON FIST VOL. 1
COVER BY: DAVE COCKRUM
WRITERS: CHRIS CLAREMONT, EDWARD HANNIGAN, JO DUFFY, STEVEN GRANT, and BOB LAYTON
PENCILS: JOHN BYRNE, MIKE ZECK, SAL BUSCEMA, LEE ELIAS, TREVOR VON EEDEN, MARIE SEVERIN, KERRY GAMMILL, ALAN WEISS, and GREG LAROCQUE
A new era of greatness begins for the most unlikely team of all! From a Night on the Town to the Day of the Death Machines, Power Man and Iron Fist — Heroes for Hire — face the Living Monolith, El Aguila the Maggia and more! Guest-starring the Uncanny X-Men and the Daughters of the Dragon! Collecting POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #50-72 and #74-75. (NOTE: #73 featured Rom. Also, this is volume one because the first 16 issues were titled Hero For Hire and 17-49 were published as Power Man, available in two Essential tomes, Iron Fist has one Essential collecting the first series from the 70s.)
Rated T+ …$16.99
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN VOL. 8: FORCES OF NATURE
COVER BY: PATRICK SCHERBERGER
WRITER: PETER DAVID
PENCILS: POP MHAN
All-new, all-ages, all-action fun featuring the Grey Gargoyle and – glub blub blub blub – HYDRO-MAN!!!!!!! Plus, it will be awfully hard for our resident Wall-Crawler to crawl said walls when Whirlwind’s blowin’ ‘em down! Collecting MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #29-32.
All Ages …$7.99
MOON KNIGHT VOL. 2: MIDNIGHT SUN PREMIERE
COVER BY: DAVID FINCH
WRITER: CHARLIE HUSTON
PENCILS: DAVID FINCH and MICO SUAYAN
Three months back on the job, and they’re already coming out of the woodwork. The bad guys you expect. The gangsters and the hoods with old axes to grind. They all come with the territory. But the heroes — them you don’t expect. Popping up to give you the eyeball and make sure you’re toeing the line. Their line. Spider-Man and his wisecracks…Frank Castle, the angel of death himself, telling you he’ll be keeping an eye on you…even the fugitive Captain America, with a word to say about crashing an aircraft into the sides of buildings in New York City. And now, this other thing. Someone is out there. Someone hitting the old haunts, scenes of the old crimes. Leaving messages. Leaving bodies. Someone who knows you. Someone who crushes steel and pulls off limbs. All to get your attention. Someone out of your league! Collecting MOON KNIGHT #7-13.
Parental Advisory …$19.99
MS. MARVEL VOL. 3: OPERATION LIGHTNING STORM
COVER BY: GREG HORN
WRITER: BRIAN REED
PENCILS: ROBERTO DE LA TORRE and AARON LOPRESTI
A new beginning for Ms. Marvel! Carol Danvers made herself a promise to be “the best of the best” – but after the events of Civil War, has Ms. Marvel lost her way? As the stress mounts and Carol finds herself less and less sure about what she’s doing or why, a crossroads is reached and a decision is made – a decision that will change the course of Ms. Marvel’s life – and possibly the Marvel Universe! Brian Reed (New Avengers: Illuminati) and Roberto De La Torre – plus guest-stars Iron Man, Araña and Wonder Man – kick-off the new era! Collecting MS. MARVEL #11-17.
Rated A …$16.99
POWERS VOL. 11: SECRET IDENTITY
COVER BY: MIKE AVON OEMING
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
PENCILS: MIKE AVON OEMING
Walker and Pilgrim have been homicide detectives and partners for years, but secrets they’ve kept from each other are now too big and too dangerous to remain secrets for long. Things are about to get really crazy…even for the Eisner Award-winning Powers! From the writer of New Avengers! Collecting POWERS (Vol. 2) #19-24.
200 PGS./Explicit Content …$19.95
COVER BY: MIKE MAYHEW
WRITER: ERIC JEROME DICKEY
PENCILS: DAVID YARDIN and LAN MEDINA
The epic, untold love story between Marvel’s two pre-eminent black super heroes – Storm and the Black Panther – is finally told, as only New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey can do it! An orphaned street urchin, living by her wits on the unforgiving plains of Africa, struggles to harness her slowly developing mutant powers. A warrior Prince, embarking on his rite of passage as he ponders the great responsibility in his future. And a crew of ruthless mercenaries who’ll stop at nothing to capture an elusive creature of legend: the fabled wind-rider. What sparks occur when their paths intersect? Don’t miss out on this prelude to the wedding of Storm and the Black Panther! Collecting STORM #1-6.
Rated T+ …$14.99
X-MEN: PHOENIX – WARSONG
COVER BY: MARC SILVESTRI
WRITER: GREG PAK
PENCILS: TYLER KIRKHAM
The sequel to the best-selling X-MEN: PHOENIX – ENDSONG! The Phoenix is back! Or is it? Something’s not quite right with the Stepford Cuckoos, and the X-Men better figure out what it is…and fast! Also, what does Weapon Plus have to do with all this? Collecting X-MEN: PHOENIX – WARSONG #1-5.
Rated T+ …$14.99