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Bedlam #1- Review

Issue: Bedlam #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image
Release Date: October 2012
Price: $3.50

“Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who terrorized the town of Bedlam for years. Then he got better. This is what happens next.”

Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
OH… MY… (Insert deity of your choice here)!!! This book was everything I could have wanted, multiplied by 6,386,513.234 and then just keep adding on 10 more for every second for the rest of your life!!!!! I honestly can’t even think of where to begin describing how great this issue was. First of all it is a steal for only $3.50 because it has 48 pages, so make sure to pack a lunch when you sit down to read this one, because it is going to take some time. The artwork by Rossmo is GORE-Geous. Isn’t it funny how I ALWAYS say that about his artwork, I guess it is no surprise why he won a Ghastly Award for it in 2011. Every single page of this book looks great, but the opening scene had my eyes melting from their sockets, there was so much blood! He is so consistent from panel to panel, and his design for Madder Red made me want to make a Halloween costume right away. The story by Spencer is a nonstop fist pounding to your face. It grabbed me right from the start, then made me giggle with excitement as things built even more and by the end I was screaming in terror because it was over. I rarely say this when I look back in my brain on comics but, I recall this issue as if I was watching it on TV. The pacing and way that Nick presented this story was pure perfection. As a writer if you want to know how to grab readers and have them hooked from page 1, look no further than this issue. I loved how he did the dialogue of Madder Red, he is such an interesting mysterious character. In #1 I had no idea what is coming, and I really didn’t care because I knew it was going to be good. I will on this book like white on rice because the concept is great and the execution is even better. Lets all raise a glass and give 3 cheers to Riley and Nick for bringing this to our comic reading eyes! Go buy this book!

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5 • Story: 5.0 out of 5

If you would like to buy or know more about Bedlam #1 you can find it at http://www.imagecomics.com

Discussions with Decapitated Dan #98: Tim Daniel

Horror comics have scared readers for years. Is there anyone brave enough to sit down with their creators? This is Discussions with Decapitated Dan.

Listen in this week as Dan is joined by writer Tim Daniel to talk about his new book Enormous and so much more.

You can find out more about Tim at http://www.theenormouscomic.com/

You can find out more about musical guest Sybreed at http://www.sybreed.com/

The show is sponsored by CuriousGoodsandComics.com

This show runs for about 37 minutes.

Deep Discussions #98

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Discussions with Decapitated Dan #93: Dirk Manning

Horror comics have scared readers for years. Is there anyone brave enough to sit down with their creators? This is Discussions with Decapitated Dan

Listen in this week as Dan is joined once again by Dirk Manning. Dirk is here to talk about his all new web comic Love Stories About Death and so much more!

You can find out more about Love Stories About Death at http://www.shadowlineonline.com/

You can find out more about musical guest Chevelle at http://www.chevelleinc.com/

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This show runs for about 37 minutes.

Deep Discussions #93

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Review: Secret #1 – Teeth, With Which To Eat – Terrorist Dentistry

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Ryan Bodenheim
Published by Image

Standing in the line we’re aberrations
Defects in a defect’s mirror
And we’ve been here all the time real fixations
Hidden deep in the furor-
What we do is secret-secret!

We’re influential guys for the D.C.C.
We can lie so perfect
And we’ve got a party line to every call
It’s a very short circuit-
What we do is secret-secret!

– The Germs “What We Do Is Secret”

secret01_coverHome invasion. Corporate Espionage. A shooting in London. Security firm blackmail. It’s not exactly a recipe for a whizz-bang sellout first issue for a comic book. Yet here we are. Secret is off to the presses for a second printing and comics are flying off the shelf. So how does it all stand up and work?

Actually Secret is rather sublime. There’s a grand sense of power, conspiracy, government and corporate mis-deeds reflecting the age that we live in. It’s engaging in the way that it throws you off in to the deep end, to see if you can swim in the sharks. It’s the world of Michael Clayton, but with a high-priced security firm instead of a fixer. Just as you figure it all out Hickman throws a bit of a curveball at the end. It’s a small reveal, a quick glimpse at the big picture. There’s something more than just a corporate bleed-out happening. There’s something evil about all of this. They pulled out a man’s tooth and kept it and planned to do something sinister. I immediately think of voodoo or genetic manipulation, but it could all very well be symbolic. Maybe they pulled out his fake cyanide-filled tooth so he can’t kill himself. That could point to some rather nasty business. Anyways, it’s always hard to figure out what to make of clues like this with a first issue, it’s a big speculation dart-board at this point.. Just have to wait and see if the diabolical dentistry amounts to anything substantially disturbing.

 Secret is not without its faults however. For one, I can’t remember anybody’s name in the comic. I mean yes, I’m bad with names, but still… you need to be able to identify a character in order to feel something about them and the story. And I guess that’s the other thing. I could care less about any of the characters. The little details that brings a character to life and give them personality just aren’t there. Not yet anyways, I just don’t know them enough to form any kind of connection. I supposed we’re meant to feel sympathetic with the victim of the home invasion. He didn’t really have a “Save-the-Cat” moment where he earned it though, and frankly seemed kind of whinny and pathetic. The Security Firms goons have more fire and spark than him. They are shitheads, but at least have some kind of grit and interest. Mr. White Suit probably has some problems with violence and self-control and that could prove to be interesting. However Hickman is going to have dig deep and to get me to invest in a story about corporate douche-bags. Either a next level crazy plot (of which he is definitely capable of pulling off) or some serious character development is needed to keep me around.

Bodenheim draws an elegant Secret. He uses a modern thin line and adds depth and shadow in the coloring, in somewhat cell-shaded style. A reduced palette with two or three colors per page enhance the graphic designed nature of this book and makes it pop in a unique way. It reminds me a little of Frank Miller’s select coloring choices in his Sin City series. In this case it seems less symbolic and used more for a moody and psychological lighting effect. If you take a look at a movie like Blood Simple and you’ll get what I’m talking about. The tone and the intention of a scene are revealed in the colors used and the way it was lit. I haven’t seen Bodenheim’s previous work on A Red Mass From Mars, but his characters expressions kick ass here. The are very believable and the suit that gets his house invaded, you can see the agony and fear in his eyes. It takes a special kind of artist to pull that off . Well done sir. If there’s any weakness to his work I’d say that maybe the characters are too similar in facial appearance. Perhaps that’s why I’m having a hard time telling them apart. Of maybe that’s part of the theme ala’ American Psycho. Who do you trust when everyone is cookie-cutter clone with flimsy ethics?

There’s a lot of intrigue and mystery going on in this first set-up issue. It’ll be interesting to see if it veers off into super-science or stays in the land of conspiracy and lawfirm action. If Hickman pulls this off we could see a whole new wave Grisham-like comics popping up. As far as I know it hasn’t really been done before so I’m on board check out the first few issues at least, as this one was definitely worth my time.

 

Story 7.5
Art. 7.5

Jerry Nelson

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Review: The Walking Dead # 95 In A Larger World Part Three – Jesus Vouches for Rick, Knife Fight Ensues.

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard
Coloring by: Cliff Rathburn
Cover By: Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image

Alright! Here we go, time to roll up your blood stained sleeves and dig in! The pussyfooting stops right here! The Walking Dead  #95 finally delivers on the promise of exciting new stories with outsiders. Jesus vouches for Rick and his crew and they granted access to a massive walled-in community. There’s two hundred plus people in this well-established community and a bad-ass hotel that acts as kind of headquarters.  We introduced to the boss of the town that looks like a combination between a casino-owner and sleazy used-car salesman. He thinks he’s the shit, and let’s Rick know it.

Right in the middle of giving Rick the five-cent tour there is suddenly some action. One of their other scouts is back from a peace-keeping pow-wow and shit didn’t go over too well. Rick can’t seem to keep the fuck out of trouble if his life depended on it. Which in this case it might. After big-boss man get’s into with his scout, Rick finds himself in the middle of a knife fight. I can’t give away too much more than that, but some serious shit goes down. Fucking Rick… Jesus vouched for you, and you get into a fight like 5 minutes later. Is that how you repay him? Christ almighty!! In all seriousness though, it looks like this trading expedition is going to end badly for Rick’s camp. Everything seemed to be on the level, but this turn coat scout flipped the fuck out and ruined everything. The story is pretty wide-open from here and it sets up an interesting conflict that can be explored in various different tangents. It ends in a Kirkman signature cliffhanger that leave you guessing and wanting more. My guess is that in part 4 all hell breaks loose and we are going to see some serious human on human violence. It should prove interesting.

The art team on this continues to knock it out of the park. Adlard & Rathuburn constantly delivers what the story ask for. In this case it’s scope, scale, and little bit of opulence and a ton of grit. The walled-in community looks huge, and that hotel was lavishly rendered. The knife fight was exciting and absolutely grimy. Blood, mud, ruckus; it felt like a scene cut straight from Deadwood. My only critique is on conceptual aspects of the cover. The way it’s composed it feels more like a panel than a cover. There’s just a bit too much negative space on the top and all the action is crammed on the bottom. It’s fucking nitpicky, I know, but when you are executing on such a high-level that’s the sort of thing that stands out. A solve would be to pull back a little on the scene an reveal more of the fight, or even use an overhead shot and get it all in. But really, when all is said and done, it’s one of the most consistently good-looking black & white books out there.

 In A Larger World is shaping up to be quite the arc. What started as a slow-burn has ignited into an explosive and fresh story for The Walking Dead. War, siege, feuds, raids are all on the table now. The stage is set for conflict and I for one am ready for an epic warlord saga in the world of a zombie apocalypse. Like Game of Thrones but with zombies. Check out this issue and see what all the fuss is about.

Story: 9
Art: 9

Jerry Nelson

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Review: Prophet #22 “You Throw like No Necks and Outsanders.”

Written by: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy
Artist: Simon Roy
Colorist: Richard Ballermann
Letterer: Ed Bisson
Cover: Simon Roy
Publisher: Image

Prophet_22CoverExcuse me while I ramble for a bit, but where the hell did this comic come from? Yes I know it’s a revived Liefeld comic from the 90’s but has it always been about weird sci-fi shit? I thought it was known for having an excessive amount of bullets and detail? People hyped the hell out of #21 and I dismissed like a fool because I’m not a fan of Liefeld properties in general and had too much on my plate. A buddy of mine forced this comic on me and I’m glad he did. It’s my favorite kinds of story: something new and totally unpredictable.

I have no idea what the fuck is going on but here’s what I’ve been able to figure out so far: After a long hibernation John Prophet is released from his underground life-pod to find himself on a distant future Earth. He is on a mission and makes his way across  this wasteland of techno-dessert and tribal insect aliens. He’s fought off mutant wolves, multi-mouth sheep-like creatures and even had sex with some weird alien thing. He uses this blue, glorpy gel thing as a disguise thing or something. Actually I’m not sure what he uses it for but it looks like blue jellyfish cape. Oh yeah, and the planet is thick with insectoid creatures. If the aliens from District 9 had a baby with Dark Crystal creatures they would look something like this. I think the main alien things are called Xiux-Guin. They have 4 eyes, 4 arms, and a mouth at the bottom of their long sinewy necks. Their hands have 3 fingers, and stand on their 4 legs like an awkward cockroach centaur.

In this issue John plods through a graveyard of dead robot giants and burned-out pods and comes across a Taxa caravan, a temporary oasis from the violent world. He finds employment shoveling Cikade which is basically giant alien shit that people use as building material in order to keep swarms of flying insects out. John makes a few enemies with some Xiux-Guin showing them up and throwing knives, even though he throws like “No Necks and Outsanders.” Later, Prophet commits a giant tribal faux-paux and that leads to all sorts of mayhem forcing him to flee from a horde of pissed-off cockroach centaurs. This leads him to discover a long lost human artifact that he can possibly use to escape. All sorts of hell breaks loose.

The story is a survivalist sci-fi mystery mixed with adventure and espionage and is told in a straight forward writing style that’s not overly descriptive but feels dream-like. Everything is alien and foreign to me. If Charles Burns, H.G. Wells and the guys that wrote Aeon-Flux sat down and collaborated on a story you might get something like this. It’s future primitive tale with only one human (so far) struggling against a planet hostile and strange creatures.

prophet-22-9I really love this kind of deep sci-fi, but can sometimes looks terrible (I’m looking at you Land of The Lost). Thankfully that is not the case here. Simon Roy illustrate this brutal future Earth beautifully. He uses a style that blends the best part of Geoff Darrow’s line work with Joe Kubert-like contour shading. My only slight knock against the art is the appendages of the aliens can look a bit clumsy at times.  The proportions seem a bit off and are longer than needed. Perhaps the creatures was designed appear more like tubes than limbs, it just wasn’t the best creative decision. I would have liked to see some tapering towards joints, or bulking up closer to the torso. Basically anything to give it some variation and not look so chunky. However it does appear consistent with the world as the dinosaur-sized  spider-elephants have a similar look. And I wouldn’t change a thing about those beasts! The coloring is close to what Chris Sotomayor did for Planet Hulk, but less on the Photoshop airbrush side of things. He has more of a watercolor approach akin to a printmaker coloring intaglio etchings. I also have to mention the lettering really quick. Ed Brisson uses a unique technique of putting the translation bubbles, straight over the xenomorph hieroglyphic text. It’s visually appealing and I immediately understood what was going on. Point for storytelling, point for originality and point for design.

Prophet really is a strange new world. This book has really grabbed me and I can’t wait to see more. There’s no comic on the shelf like this right now. Everything is unexpected and fresh, with bizarre twists and shocks lurking around every corner. Forget everything about the Liefeld series of the ’90’s. You don’t need any of the backstory to enjoy what is happening here. It’s the perfect place to jump on. Don’t sleep on this book!

Story: 9/10
Art: 8/10

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Review: Severed #7 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Writer by:  Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft
Art by:  Attila Futaki
Colors by :  Greg Guilhaumond
Letterer by :  Fonografiks
Cover by :  Attila Futaki
Publisher:  Image

He loved to hear the little kids scream
His instruments of hell did gleam
A box with a cleaver, a saw and a knife
He used them to cut up their innocent lives

Mr. Albert Fish, was Children your favorite dish?
Mr. Albert Fish, was Children your favorite dish?
Mr. Albert Fish, was Children your favorite dish?
Mr. Albert Fish, was Children your favorite dish?

– Macabre “Mr. Albert Fish (Was Children Your Favorite Dish)” from the Grim Reality EP

(FYI – You might want to check out my previous review of Severed if you aren’t caught up on the full story.)

SEVERED 7 COVERSevered concludes in dramatic fashion this week with a final showdown. Young wayward fiddle player, Jack Garron, is trapped in a house with tattooed cannibal, Allan Fisher, in a battle for his life. The early 20th century has never felt so scary and dangerous. What Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft accomplish this issue is nothing short of amazing. They somehow manage to keep the suspense and the mystery going until the very last page. Even though we know Jack Garron survives (he’s been telling this story from the present) and he loses his arm, everything else is still up for grabs.

I’ve mentioned in my earlier review how I thought that Snyder and Tuft based Allan Fisher on real life cannibal, childer killer and rapist, Albert Fish. He was also known as the Gray Man, and the Bogeyman (there were several others too but these are the relevant ones). Of course we’ve all heard of the Bogeyman, as in “If you don’t go to bed, the Bogeyman will get you.” It has become sort of a mulit-regional legend used by adults to frighten kids into behaving. According to wikipedia: “Bogeymen may target a specific mischief — for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs — or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving.In some cases, the bogeyman is a nickname for the devil.” In the case of this story it may be relevant to punishing runaways. Jack Garron ran away from home in search of his estranged father because of a post card he got sent to him. It was his dream to be re-united with his dad and play the fiddle on the road with him. Now that he’s trapped in the house with this old pervy cannibal with shark teeth. Fisher tells him that he’s not here just to eat him, but also going to consume his dreams. His father is long dead and now he plans to take his arm so he can never play the fiddle again. Allan Fisher is the Bogeyman of this tale, a dream-devouring, child-eating immortal demon with truly evil motivations. Snyder and Tuft allude to supernatural elements and perhaps try to interpret the gap between the outlandish and crazy lies of Albert Fish and his Bogeyman reputation, and factual accounts of the crimes he committed. They consolidate legend and reality into Severed and spit out a timeless primal nightmare.

I’m usually pretty good a guess where a horror story is going to go. I’ve read a ton of books and have seen a enough movies to have a really firm grasp on the genre. So I was taken aback by how much I got wrong and didn’t see coming with this series. Whenever I thought there was going to be a scare, it was a red herring. When I was least expecting it I would get thrown a curveball and the plot would thicken or something terrible would happen. A foreshadowing kill in the first issue sets out a bait for the rest of the series.  Like-able characters and interesting historical backdrop drew me further into the story. Each issue builds upon the dread and tension established and left me anticipating a terrifying and bloody finale. Just when i thought I had it all figured-out stakes are raised when an unexpected guest from Jack’s past drops in. Suddenly nothing is safe. Is this set-up for some sick and demented dinner scene ala Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Hannibal? Will there be a demon’s feast or will it all fall apart? How does Jack get out alive? This is what I love about writing in Severed, it’s just unpredictable and inventive.

Unfortunately art took a step down from last issue. I know I was bitching and complaining about the soft coloring, but I still held the ink work and structure of the pencils in high regard. A heavy-handed air-brushed color approach by Greg Guilhaumond knocks out most of the line work and muddies the pages even further. I think if Attila had to time to color these pages, it would be on par of what we’ve seen before. I mean you can tell by the covers, that given the time to focus on one image, he can really nail it. That cover really pops. It has dynamic range, intricate detail and a dramatic palette. I think he just has a full plate and needed help on this one. That means we get mud, sweat and grime on every page, and get faded line-work. The last few pages that take place in modern times were especially hard for me to look at. The present day palette had little depth and look like high-school water colors. It’s a shame that a such mysterious and ominous conclusion got the bargain-bin treatment with cheap-o colors. However for most of the series it was a pretty solid effort.

Overall I was really happy with how Severed turned-out. I never thought I read such a page-turning comic that would leave me so anxious and nervous about what was going to happen next. The whole entire creative team deserve a big kudos for championing the medium and showing that true horror comic can be made even with the limitations of a comic book format. Although they veered slightly into the supernatural context of horror conventions, they didn’t rely on an abundance of monsters, blood and guts to scare the audience. It was with the use of foreshadowing and suspense that they crafted a frightening tale. That’s a rare thing these days, and they should be proud of their accomplishments. Don’t worry if you haven’t picked up Severed yet, you can grab the hardcover edition that is due out in April. Don’t miss out on one of the best comic book horror stories in the past ten-years.

Story: 10/10
Art. 6.5/10

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Review: Invincible #88 Who has the scourge?

Written by:  Robert Kirkman
Art by: Ryan Ottley
Colors by: John Rauch
Cover by: Ryan Ottley
Publisher: Image 

Invincible_88Here’s a quick one: First 10 pages, too long, didn’t read. Then, bam! Scourge virus! FUUUUUU!!!! (Troll Face).

Jokes, aside, Kirkman absolutely pummels you with exposition and babber-y in the first 10 pages or so. The arguments are dense and infuriating. It’s almost comical the amount of waffling that is crammed into the dialogue. Its used be a unique twist when a responsible and mature Mark would talk things out with an opponent and reach a compromise. Now it’s a over-used joke and just drags the comic down. Consequently the build-up of an intergalactic battle royale is slowed to a fucking crawl. Allen the Alien, with Oliver Grayson at his side, has come to Earth to unleash a single canister of the scourge virus that will wipe-out the Vultrumite threat, but kill all the human’s on the planet as well. Invincible and General Thragg face-off against Allen and Omni-Boy  in a contest of logic and reason. The conversation is lengthy and without much wit or humor. It’s only when the crew from Guarding the Globe show up to attack Mark and fuck everything up that things get interesting. When it goes off, it goes off in a big way!!! There’s an absolutely staggering plot-twist that I can’t talk too much about. It has the potential to shake-up the core of what this comic is really about, so I’m excited to see how it develops. But also it leaves me annoyed. The first half of this comic bored and pissed me off, and the second half was so exciting and tense that it left me wanting more only to be stuck with yet another cliffhanger. While that’s great for a reader, as reviewer I’m left with fuck-all to say, because any further hints will really spoil the surprise. I’m forced to keep this short.

Ryan Ottley’s art has certainly come along way, hasn’t it? His stuff is sick. He started on the loose and funkier side of the spectrum and has really worked to tighten up his lines. He’s perfectly captured the blend of wholesome animation style with the gross exaggerations of classic comic books musculature. This simplified look relies on colorist John Rauch for depth, lighting and shadow; while leaving the lines crisp, clean and bold.  The combined cell-shaded look with Dreamsicle colors fits the perceived innocence of this super-hero world. It’s austere and slightly romanticized just like moralistic blue-skies and apple pies vibes that book had when it first started out. So when action scenes cross the line, brutal violence and gore have a much greater impact. It’s like seeing Mickey Mouse ripping out someone’s entrails, it shocks your senses. The sick and sweet 1-2-punch is an affront to your values and safety. That’s why it works. A contrast of style and subject is used to great effect and delivers a thematic message just as much as a narrative point. A prime example is Ottley’s treatment of the climax which is powerful and speaks to a stubborn worldview and a failure to compromise while delivering a fucking painful story beat. And what a  beat that is. GAH!!! Can’t. Say. Any. More. Than. That.

(first half of) Story: 3/10
(last half of) Story: 9/10
Art: 8.5/10

Jerry Nelson

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Review: Fatale #2 Not Even God Can See You When You Sin.

Written by:  Ed Brubaker
Art by: Sean Phillips
Cover by: Sean Phillips
Publisher: Image 

Fatale #2Still white-hot from the hype-machine of the interweb, Fatale has once again sold out at the distribution level. Luckily I was able to snag a copy at my local shop this time around. From what I understand this comic is still flying off the stands. Check out my review of issue #1 if you missed out on all the action last time around. Layers of Lovecraftian-esque lore are woven around this mystery as we dive deeper in to the quest for some ancient heirloom. The McGuffin plot device set’s this one up for another round immersive cult drama.

Brubaker doesn’t beat around the bush and ditches some speculation baggage straight away for the sake of clarity. In the “Story Thus Far” opening section in Fatale #2 we are given some new information about the characters and a reveal about the back story. Josephine from present day is also the mystery girl from the 50’s in the lost manuscript (and from the what I gathered from the sub-text it is a true story). Apparently Josephine is some kind of succubus ala Hellraiser, because she hasn’t aged a day since the ’50’s (it was visually hinted, but now I definitely know). Also Nicolas’s god-father, Dominic Reign (also known as Hank Reign), is the main reporter character in this apparently autobiographical manuscript. Things that were clues are just straight up spelled out for you. Now I can just concentrate on the 1950’s back story at hand. Thank god, because it’s a tangled one.

 Josephine is searching for an heirloom that Detective Walter Brookes has hidden in his home somewhere. That triangular cult marking from the first issue is scratched on the floorboard, but it turns out o be a dead-end revealing military medals and old war photos. Meanwhile Brookes is investigating an occult murder/suicide that was discovered last issue. They’ve stumbled cult members who’ve sliced off their own eyelids so they can stare at the sun. A chase and a beat down later, the cult member tell’s Brooke’s cryptically that the “Bishop will meet with you”. The next thing you know Hank Reigns is being chewed out by someone in a bar about an article he wrote to stir-some shit up about police corruption. Then he’s deep in his affair with Josephine. She used to be Brookes’ lover and talks about what a bastard he is and how she has to make his life hell. There’s a juicy bit about the cult symbol and it’s meaning is revealed “no one, not even god, can see you when you sin”. It gets a bit convoluted after that. A slit throat, adultery discovered, and a guy with razor-sharp teeth.
With all this cross-cutting the web of this story seems like it is getting out of hand. Ed started us off with some clean-up in the summary, but muddied the rest of the chapter. Plots and subplots are not defined enough for me to really understand what is going on. I get the general character motivations but not much beyond that. Which is a shame because I really love the subject matter. Brubaker’s narrative writing style flows great and Sean Phillips gritty noir art is in top-form. Just explain some shit, because I’m stuck in quagmire of loose-ends and don’t know which way is up. I need a character to hang my hat on. Who’s the lead, Nicolas Lash or Dominic “Hank” Reign? Or are they supposed to be the same character and just not know it? Also Josephine or the cult need some details revealed to get this one back on track. Sadly I find myself not really caring about any or the characters because everything is so shrouded in mystery. It’s only issue 2 though, so I’m going to give Brubaker the benefit of the doubt. He’s rarely steers off-course for long.

The second installment of Fatale is a slow intricate burn of what the fuck. The plot is dense; much in the same way The Girl WIth a Dragon Tattoo is complicated: A shit-ton of characters, WWII back story, Nazi deviants and morally ambiguous behavior.There’s a lot going on, however there’s such a genuine draw to the writing style and subject that you can help but being sucked in. It’s obvious that more pieces of the puzzle need to be put in place order to appreciate the full picture here. I would say that this is exactly the kind of comic that you wait for the trade to come out, but then you wouldn’t get the awesome bonus features that Brubaker and Phillips give you at the end. Jess Nevin writes an essay on Edgar Allen Poe and Phillips illustrates a gorgeous 2-page portrait to accompany it. Never the less, I worry that the difficult and inaccessible nature of this tale will eventually scare off readers. That would suck, because despite my criticisms I really want this to do well

Story: 6.5/10
Art: 8/10

Jerry Nelson

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Review: Walking Dead # 93 Rick is Spinning Wheels in a Larger World Because He doesn’t Trust Jesus

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard
Coloring by: Cliff Rathburn
Cover By: Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image

 

Walking Dead #93 I always read the Walking Dead first. It’s probably one of my favorite comics, and it’s one that I’m the most excited for. Being a rabid fan of the Walking Dead I get frustrated when there is filler issues, or the calm before the storm. Having a slow-burn in comic form doesn’t always work for me, and I just want to get to the juicy plot and get on with it. Unfortunately the beginning to the Larger World arc starts off spinning wheels in the mud and going over ground covered before. It’s just a stack of exposition and waffles this issue.

The story thus far: Rick, Michonne, and Abraham ran into a hostile survivor on one of their scout patrols. After a brief scuffle it’s revealed he’s come to offer a trade route to a network of communities. His name is Jesus. So here it is, a promised land of society trying to get back on its feet in the face of a the zombie apocalypse. “A Larger World” opens on the cliffhanger from last issue as Jesus describes the trade routes and how it works. So Rick is like, “oh, okay great, no problem, when can we get started,” and Jesus is surprised that this is going so easy. Then Rick beats the piss out of the poor guy and captures him for interrogation. I can see where this is going. Rick doesn’t trust Jesus and is paranoid that he’s from a crew ready to attack their town and raid supplies. I can understand. He hasn’t exactly had any luck with outsiders, like the Governors cannibalistic society of neo-Romans, where he lost his arm about 50 issues ago. Rick decides to prepare his town for war, while he takes a patrol out to see if he can spot Jesus’s war party. Andrea makes an interesting point and asks “what if he is telling the truth and they are blowing a chance to trade with these other communities?” Exactly, thank you Andrea.

Longtime reader’s of The Walking Dead can spot a painful exposition dump coming a mile away, and unfortunately we get a couple of doozies this issue. Now don’t take this the wrong way, I love Kirkman’s plotting. I think he always takes us on an unexpected and somewhat realistic journey with his stories.The twists, turns cliffhangers, and shocking conclusions are why I keep coming back for more. However kills me with the drawn-out explanations and waffling. Literally he can talk a situation to death (or until a zombie attacks). He sorely needs to use the “Pope in the Pool” method of burying exposition by drawing the audience’s eye to something visually startling (like a pope swimming in a pool) to distract them from the information overload. The preparation for war monologue is particularly involved and not much fun to look at. After Kirkman lays it all out for us we are graced with one decent character moment from Eugene who brings up a good idea about recycling ammo casings and trying to re-make bullets. Later there’s a brief brush of desperate tension with him and the girl lives with who used fuck Abraham. Hopefully this will seed into some kind of interesting conflict down-the-line.

Out on war patrol Rick, Michonne, and Abraham stumble upon a pack of zombies and dispatch them rather quickly and quietly. In fact they are so ruthless and efficient that its sparks a debate about why they are worried about some attack from unknown survivors, when they aren’t even phased by the living dead anymore. A “Pope in the Pool” opportunity is missed here and instead of waffling and postulating while killing zombies (not realistic, but interesting and exciting) Kirkman instead saves it for a nice boring walk in the woods. Man sometimes this really does feel like the Talking Dead. I get it. To move this story further they have to trust Jesus (never thought I’d say that about this comic) and go through these trade routes to meet the other communities involved. We all knew this was going to happen. It had to. I wish it could have just been half the issue dedicated to Rick being in character and not trusting anything new, than waste the whole book going nowhere. Maybe it bought the creators some time, but c’mon bring on the “larger world” already. I’m amped for what’s coming around the bend, it’s just not happening fast enough.

While the plot may be on pause this issue, at least it looks freaking’ fantastic. Ever since issue 7 when Charlie Adlard took over the art for The Walking Dead, it’s truly found its true voice. Not taking anything away from the spectacular characters designs from original artist, Tony Moore, but Adlard gave the Dead a consistently stark and realistic tone that draws you into the world. I favor Moore for his fine detail, but Adlard wins with atmosphere. This issue he teams up with Cliff Rathburn to assist with “coloring” (it’s black & white so maybe “toning” would be more accurate). Striking thick brush strokes and sublime ink washes depict the dystopian mood of The Walking Dead. Zombies are husks of meat, ravaged by rigor mortis and time. They are desperately primal and echo the human condition. Devoid of all emotion except rage, they drip with terror and move with murderous intent. Adlard’s action scenes are as violent and intense as they are fluid, showing real athleticism and energy. The survivors have been through the ringer and it shows. I can see their stink, their weariness and strength. The weight on their shoulders is carried with gritty artistic flair. It feels very much like the world of Romero’s classic Night of The Living Dead. Adlard displays cinematic style through dynamic camera angles, shot scale, and a strong use of shadow and light. The spotted-black patterns of leaves, blood and rot paint the transgressive theme of this series with fervor and zeal. In short, the zombie apocalypse has never looked so good.

Like any good TV show, some episodes are needed to set the stage for things to come. It’s a necessary evil. This issue was needed to add realism to the characters shifting attitude, and to stay true to the series’ history. I really wanted to jump ahead and skip all that. I’m an impatient asshole, what can I say. I blame the internet. New beginnings are promised to be on the horizon however. As long and Kirkman and crew can deliver on that promise than we are all good. I trust that he will. There’s a lot narrative and thematic possibilities that a “larger world” could open up. However if they fail and slip back in to the big threat while zombies attack formula, rinse and repeat… it could prove fatale for the series. I don’t think that will happen though. Kirkman saw that a change was needed to shake things up and has done a lot of groundwork setting up a smooth transition. We can only wait and see if the pay-off will be worth it.

Story: 5
Art: 8

Jerry Nelson

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Devivo’s Best Comic Book Covers of 2011

While this is a bit late I still wanted t be able to run down what I thought were my favorite Comic Book covers of 2011 . These are in no particular order . Let’s begin shall we..

X Factor #228

Cover By : David Yardin

This cover is equally parts haunting and Beautiful . Showing Madrox is clearly not in the best of shape on the cover you immediately want to pick this up and read it to figure out whats going on in the issue and the fate of its hero on the cover.

 

X-23 #17

Cover By: Danni Luo

Danni Luo’s take on issue #17 on X23 is a direct homage to The 80’s film Adventures in Babysitting . I need not say anything else . This image is fun and shows The youngest members of the Richards family along with X23 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daredevil #1

Cover By: Paolo Rivera

Quite honestly any of Paolo Rivera’s covers for Daredevil could make it on here . I’m going to go with his first cover that shows a new direction for Matt Murdock who is smiling as he navigates Hell’s Kitchen. Paolo packs this cover full of amazing detail using grey scale for the background while also inserting the description to every item he draws giving the reader a sense of what it would feel like to have Daredevils ability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batwoman #3

Cover By: J.H. Williams III

The cover to issue #3 of Batwoman manages to tie every plot thread from her earlier series in 2010 up to the present on one page . J.H. Wiliams is a master at creating a work of art out of everything he does . He even creates a narrative on the cover using the bubbles on the page . There isn’t a wasted thought on the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monocyte #1

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Menton’s painterly style has graced the covers of IDW books for quite sometime but its his creator owned series Monocyte that I want to bring attention to. Showing the title Character in all of his glory Menton uses black and Negative space to his advantage and introduces one evil-looking monster while he’s at it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infinite Vacation #1

Cover By : Christian Ward

Most of the Editors at Comic Vault would agree that Infinite Vacation was one of the best surprises of 2011. Half of the Accolades go to Christian Ward and his amazing art work. This cover combines all of the elements in the story to create a very dynamic and colorful cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thunderbolts #166

Cover By: Mike Del Mundo

Thunderbolts #166 centers around Mr. Hyde’s character  and the cover that Mike puts together works on 2 different levels. Having Mr. Hyde rip through the cover is cool , making sure that the rip is in the shape of Dr. Jekyll is a nice added touch telling the story of our flawed villian with one image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Comics #880

Cover By: Jock

Jock uses bats to create a truly jarring and terrifying image of joker looking right back at you . Nice touches like his eyes being the Bat Symbol as well as the minimalistic approach to use just a pop of red for his murderous smile make this a cover to remember.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman and Robin #26

Cover By: Chris Burnham

Chris Burnham shows that yes people will by an issue of a comic just based on the cover. Every single element on this cover is gorgeous and insane . Well done sir ..well done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Man #2

Cover By : Ryan Sook

Ryan Sook sets up this cover of Deadman desperately leaping out of his own mouth is set up perfectly against the back ground that details moments of Boston  Brand’s own history before he became Deadman . Quite Simply amazing artwork by Ryan Sook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well those are just my top 10 in no particular order from 2011. Tell me what you think of my choices and if you have another few to add sound off below!

Mike DeVivo

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Severed #6 “Permanent Teeth” Review

Written by:  Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft.
Art by: Attila Futaki
Cover by: Attila Futaki 
Publisher: Image 

“Fish seemed like a nice old man and people believed his lies, But Albert was a child eating shark in disguise. Albert was worse than any fish in the sea. He killed and ate young children and enjoyed it immensely. Albert, a child eating Fish was he Who devoured the flesh of kids because he thought it was tasty.” – Macabre from “Albert Fish Was Worse Than Any Fish In The Sea” off of their Sinister Slaughter LP.

Severed #6 CoverSevered #6 “Permanent Teeth”Chicago-based murder metal merchants, Macabre, hit the nail on the head with this nursery-rhyme thrasher about cannibal Albert Fish. The main villain in Severed happens to be named Alan Fisher and bears a striking resemblance to real-life horror Albert Fish. This is either a homage to Fish, a child rapist and cannibal, or a character composite of him and Peter Kudzinowski, a kid-killing railroad worker from the same 1920’s era. Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish, also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac and the Boogey Man, bragged that he “had children” in every state, putting the victim count at around 100. Whether that was true or part of his web of lies is unknown, however he was a suspect in at least five murders in his lifetime (1870-1936). He was tried and convicted for the murder of Grace Budd and executed by electric chair.

Now most of the time you get a “horror” comic it’s filled with zombies, vampires, demons, monsters and gore. Those are supposed to be the hallmarks of horror books. There might be a scene or two of something disturbing or weird, but mostly it’s just blood, gore and the supernatural that sells you on the idea that it’s a horror comic. It’s stuff of fantasy and could never happen in real-life. For the most part it never really frightens you or gives the creeps. Severed is one of those rare horror comics that actually scare you. The fact that the main villain is based on a real and terrifying person just lends credibility to the story, making it all the more interesting and frightening. Snyder and Tuft know how to build tension and suspense with foreshadowing and dramatic reveals that take you for a roller coaster ride of emotional thrills and terror. In a very subtle and sophisticated way, Severed taps into your primal fears: the fear of betrayal, the fear of being alone, and ultimately the fear of being eaten alive.

For those that haven’t been following Severed let me give you a quick rundown. The set-up is a one-armed old man telling his story about how he lost his arm. The year is 1916. Jack “Brakeman” Garron, a young fiddle player, runs away from his adopted home in search of his father. He teams up with a fellow young drifter named Sam, whom he quickly befriends while hopping the rails. Jack is a bit green behind the ears, and Sam seems to know the ropes of surviving on the road.  It turns out that Sam is a young girl that dresses like a man for her own safety. She’s a street-smart little spitfire that’s as crafty as she is gutsy. It’s a familiar trope, but don’t let that phase you as she’s not an obvious character. Anyway, Sam helps Jake busk for spare change with his fiddle and figures out a way to reach his father’s home in Mississippi. There is a slight romantic B story that springs up from this, but all that comes screeching to a halt when they stumble into salesman Alan Fischer. He sells phonograph machines on the road and seems to be a real character. Jack sees an opportunity with the charming Fisher to get home a lot quicker and perhaps cut a record on the way. But Al Fisher turns out to be a real creep. There’s a huge red herring scare in a dinner scene involving a bad joke. It’s kind of like a trust-fall between Jack and Sam, but with a bear-trap. This is where you think, “Oh shit, this is it. This is where he loses his arm,” and then WHAMMO!!! I’m not giving it away, but Snyder and Tuft really know how to work up the tension and pull your strings because this scene really got me. It’s one of the shining moments of the series.

You get the gist of what Severed is about. Issue #6 is the big reveal. The jig is up. The reader already knows that Alan Fisher is a flesh-hungry maniac with filed-down razor sharp teeth, but Jack is clueless to it. Put yourself in his shoes for a moment. Imagine you are trapped. You are alone with old man on the road that promises to record you playing your violin and deliver you to your estranged father. This man has previously beaten up a pimp to protect you. He’s a capable of savage brutality. Your best friend on the road, Sam, is strangely missing. You slowly piece together that Fisher is not the man he claims to be. What do you do when you discover the ultimate truth while rummaging through his luggage? Will you attack him from behind? Will you escape when he lets down his guard? Do you have what it takes to confront him head-on like a man? That’s what this issue is all about: nervous, violent confrontation, testing your mettle and the naked truth. Jack has to face reality and see the world for what it is as his hopes and dreams are crushed under the foot of a homicidal maniac. A moment of triumph and quick thinking ultimately leads to disappointment and tragedy. Jack is trapped again and the only way out is to fight for his life. I don’t do spoilers, so I will have to leave this on the vague side, but man, this issue is heavy. You find out all the dirt and just tear through it page by page. At one point I was yelling at Jack, “dude, get out of the house,” like it was a horror film in a cheap theater. The last few panels are almost too much to bear; it’s so damn good. Rarely am I so engaged by the writing in a comic.

The artwork is not too shabby either. Attila Futaki’s work is dusty and blurry and everything seems to be coated with some sort of grime. It’s intricate and subtle, but at times a little on the muddy side. Futaki paints the atmosphere of this 1920’s era with combination of soft watercolor and airbrush techniques. His pencils and brushed inks contrast with the coloring in a style similar to Mirko Colak’s work on Red Skull: Incarnate, but with more chiaroscuro. There is a strong push-pull of detail and mystery. I’ve heard comparisons to Norman Rockwell and Bernie Wrightson, however I think that reviewer was being generous. Futaki’s characters are expressive but his line and color work are not as controlled or stylized as either. The anatomy is spot-on, backgrounds and props are well researched, and the panel work is top-notch and tells a very dynamic and tense story…but the coloring is too soft for my tastes. Soft coloring is a turn-off and slightly distracting. If you are intending to give that vintage kind of vibe, coloring with streaky and defined brushwork like the kind you see in old horror movie posters could have worked just as well if not better. Or at least have balance of soft coloring and more defined work. It’s my only complaint and overall I think he nailed the tone and mood of the story.

Fukati’s cover to Severed #6 is like a postcard scene from the past that has been torn through, allowing you to see the evil lurking on the other side. Here’s the thing, you do that for one issue and it can work. However Futaki continues the theme of a rip-through for each issue, exposing more of the monster. He’s flogging a dead horse and it comes off as though he ran out of ideas. Attila could have done something really clever and cool here such as an animated freeze frame ala’ Rob Roskopp’s “Target” decks for Santa Cruz Skateboards by Jim Phillips. See here: Roskopp Decks 1Roskopp 1 and here: Roskopp 2 . Unfortunately it’s a missed opportunity. The rips don’t really line-up or look planned in that manner, ditto for the man-shark monster on the other side. I keep thinking about how cool those covers would have looked lined up like that in the Roskopp style. You could have even put them on a spinner rack, in hopes of achieving some sort of zoetrope effect and the monster would really have come alive. But alas, they went for classy conceptualization over the tacky sensationalism. Dammit. These Severed covers have also taken some hard criticism from 100 Bullets cover artist Dave Johnson, especially on issue #4 where he kind of famously trashed it on twitter (and then started a blog about cover design critiques called Johnson Cover Hi-lo).johnsonvssevered4tweets

The covers could have been a lot cooler, but honestly I don’t think they are that bad. Yes, they show a more conservative approach and rely on mood and eerie coloring to convey the subject matter within, but that’s better than the obvious cliché blood and gore of most horror comics. This is part of what makes Severed stand out on the rack, and that’s what cover design is all about.

So what are you waiting for? Get Severed! It’s probably one of the most original takes on a rite-of-passage story mixed with a monster-in-the-house/ boogey-man tale. It’s heart-pounding story filled with suspense and intrigue. It will disturb you. It will scare you. Most importantly, it will entertain you and keep you guessing. There’s a remarkable level of restraint and sophistication that makes this comic a realistic read. It doesn’t go over the top with gore and shock, and when it delivers scares they are genuinely bloodcurdling. I can’t recommend this series enough.
Story: 10/10
Art: 7.5/10

Jerry Nelson

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Review: Haunt #19

Haunt #19
Writer: Joe Casey
Artist:  Nathan Fox

The Haunt comic has been re-birthed with this weeks issue; welcoming new creative team consisting of Joe Casey and Nathan Fox. Here’s a quick recap of who the Haunt is, no spoilers, promise:

The Haunt is a symbiotic entity  that consists of a former priest, Kurt Kilgore and his deceased brothers ghost, Daniel Kilgore, an ex-agent of a mysterious military group known solely as, “The Agency”. The Haunt’s power is within his ectoplasmic/malleable body, which can create constructs that seem to fit whatever the Haunt can imagine.  The Haunt, in previous issues, worked for “The Agency”; helping to bring down the current kingpin of crime, Mr. Hurg. Other than Kurt Kilgore being a ghost and the recent introduction of “The Apparition”, the book has taken a real world approach to the stories and it’s characters. But with this new creative team, we seem to be jumping head first into the Other-Wordly.

The first couple pages introduces us to an avatar of chaos, obviously on some hell-bent mission to bring on an apocalyptic scenario to our not-so-seasoned protagonist, Haunt. His motives are unclear, but we understand he’s powerful and has a taste for destruction. This foe seems quite overwhelming for the Haunt, basing his actions from past events; Kurt and Daniel Kilgore have a lot to learn, in a short amount of time. There’s also a new demonic tone that Joe Casey brings, one that I was expecting from issue one. Though the idea was seeded throughout previous issue, the build-up was incredibly slow. So, this issue may be jarring to the senses, much to do with new artist: Nathan Fox.  But truly, I’m excited to finally get into the thick of it and find out what a Haunt, really is.

Insert from #19 Art by Nathan Fox

The art style has radically changed (as mentioned above) with the coming of artist, Nathan Fox and colorist, FCO Plascencia. Fox’s pencils are relaxed with thick lines, which works good with the nature of Haunt’s power. The action can get quite confusing, which is understandable when bodies are being shredded apart, with the blood and all.  FCO’s colors are rich and vibrant, making Fox’s imagery less hectic and more defined; the duo works well together. One thing that I truly did miss, were Greg Capullo’s splash pages! Honestly, most of his old splash pages, which were many, I used to think were a waste of space. Pretty? Sure. But a waste of space. Here, almost every other page I was expecting/secretly hoping, to find a sexy splash page of Haunt flipping in the air or of him flying above the city using wings constructed from his suit.

The Haunt series has just turned over a new leaf. One that was unexpected and hard to process, but a necessary one for the series survival. Hopefully new readers were drawnto the bitchen’ cover and hopefully old readers didn’t feel too lost. I for one, will be here for the next issue, as I’m interested in the direction Mr. Casey is going with the Haunt mythology.

Also, why was Daniel such a prick in this issue? You better have answers coming my way Joe!

Story: 7
Art: 8

 

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Review: The Walking Dead #90

The Walking Dead 90 Cover

The Walking Dead #90
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard

“We Are The Walking Dead!”- Rick Grimes, Issue #24

They must be, cause there sure aren’t any zombies to be found in this issue. Usually, I wouldn’t be okay with such madness, if it had been in any other zombie medium. But with Kirkman at the helm, you’re sure to get a great character pieces.

This issue, like always, follows directly after the cliffhanger of the previous book.  Which in comparison to dozens of other past issues, this one is fairly light. The community, that Rick and company resides in, are beginning to fear them as they’ve shown a heavy dose of violence (competence) to recent life-or-death situations. As our gang is well oiled in almost every post-apocalyptic scenario imaginable (note to self *Not Possible.) this sheltered community fears they’re abrasive-ness and their will to survive in any given situation. They’re the alpha dogs and of course Rick nails the point in. The whole time Rick spouts a speech, stating that he doesn’t want to kill anyone that came before him, but he wants to protect everyone, while holding a gun dead to the face of the communities instigator. Don’t get me wrong, I believed every word that Rick said, just someone should have pulled him aside and said: “This is kinda why they fear us”.

As I’ve said before, there is not one zombie to be found in this entire issue; so kudos to Robert Kirkman for scene after scene of progressive character development. Like I’ve said in past reviews, I can’t help but get excited when I know the writer of a comic has passion and is excited as well to work on a project. This goes doubly for Kirkman as he is the creator and writer since the beginning of this series. So every character feels completely genuine to me. I never doubt if Rick is acting out of character, or if Carl is jumping in front of the wrong bullet. Some issues can get redundant, with minimal characterization. But then you get issues like this one and you can’t help but fall in love all over again. I can only hope that when Kirkman is finished, that Image Comics allows him to put the series to a close… and we’ll always have the television show which has endless material to play in and if you’re not watching AMC’s The Walking Dead, shame on you.

Charlie Adlards art is what we’ve seen issue in and issue out. He hits all the emotional beats, as he’s greatly improved drawing proportionate faces, which adds to weight of the drama. Though I’d say his backgrounds have taken a slight hit from the latter; but with great dialogue, the focus on the close-ups proved effective throughout the book.

This issue ends with yet another cliffhanger; not of terrifying proportions, but on the note of love. A love I’ve been dying to see come to pass! Cause again, with Kirkman at the helm, it just feels right.

Story: 9.5
Art: 8.5

And to send you all off, check out what my boyfriend bought me this weekend:

Rick Grimes B&W Variant - McFarlane Figures

That’s right, be jealous. =]

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Digging Into the Vault

Welcome to Digging into the Vault, a spot where I will go back and look at a Graphic Novel you may have missed, and tell you why it is awesome!  I would like to turn this into a book club type discussion, where I recommend a book and we have a discussion in the comments section about it. Almost like a talkback. So for this initial discussion I’ll post my thoughts on the book in about two to three weeks to get the discussion started.  This going to be a fluid evolving concept, so feel free to email me or tweet me your thoughts on how I can improve this to get more discussion, and also if you have a book to recommend!The first book I am recommending is by Marvel “IT Boy” of the moment Jonathan Hickman’s The Nightly News. (You can grab it at your local comic shop. To find your local shop go here.) It’s about a cult that emerges from the erroneous and manipulative reporting of the news media.

A quick disclaimer about Nightly News, it’s hyper violent and extremely controversial, so if you are offended by that sort of thing, stay away. That being said it is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and more people need to check it out, with a really unique plot and artistic direction.  See you in about three weeks true believers!



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New Comics for the week of 11/11/09

There are some great new books out this week. Plus we are in Week 2 of the “Green Lantern Give Away!” We have Orange and Indigo Lantern rings this week.

Batman / Doc Savage Special #1batman-doc-savage.jpg
Written by Brian Azzarello, Phil Noto.

Doc Savage returns to DC Comics…and comes face-to-fist with the Batman! Superstar scribe Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER) and the breathtaking art of Phil Noto combine to shine the first light on a shadowy new version of the DC Universe, where the thugs run rampant, corruption runs deep, and even heroes can’t be trusted! Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, hates what he’s heard about the connections between a grisly murder and Gotham City’s violent new vigilante. But the Batman can’t abide do-gooders getting in his way…and his .45 just won’t stay in its holster!

Be here for this vital prologue to an upcoming 6-issue miniseries by Azzarello and Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), which will pull back the curtain to reveal the full width and breadth of DC’s new pulp-influenced universe. This special issue also features sketchbook material by Rags Morales that will show you just what you’re in for! You might think you’re ready – but you’re very, very wrong…

punisher-max.jpgPunisher MAX #1
Written by Jason Aaron, Steve Dillon.

Mature Readers

An all-new ongoing series from the acclaimed team of Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE: WEAPON X) and Steve Dillon (PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK FRANK), two guys who were born to tell the exploits of Marvel’s most brutal vigilante. Wilson Fisk is a bodyguard for mob boss Don Rigoletto, but he has his eyes on a much bigger prize, and he’s gonna use Frank Castle to help him realize his dreams. The biggest story in MAX history begins here, as we witness the birth of the greatest villain the Punisher has ever faced.

Explicit Content

Supergod #1supergod.jpg
Written by Warren Ellis.

Mature Readers

SUPERGOD: praying to be saved by a man who can fly will get you killed. From the creator of THE AUTHORITY and PLANETARY comes the craziest and most horrifying superhero comic you’ve ever read! In the world of SUPERGOD, superhumans are the ultimate expression of the Messiah complex, and scientists can build Messiahs who will fly down from the skies to save the world. No-one thought about how they’d do it — or even if they’d want to. So begins the apocalyptic tomorrow of SUPERGOD — the story of how supermen killed us all and ended the world just because we wanted to be rescued by human-shaped things from beyond Science itself! Take every superhero comic ever published, shove them into a nuclear-powered blender, soak it in bad vodka and set the whole thing alight — and SUPERGOD will crawl out and eat your brain!

This five issue color series is drawn by Garrie Gastony with colors by Digikore. SUPERGOD is available with a Regular cover painted by Felipe Massafera, a Wraparound by series artist Garrie Gastony, and a special retailer incentive Church Of Supergod Edition!

DC
ACTION COMICS #883
AUTHORITY THE LOST YEAR READER
BATGIRL #4
BATMAN #693
BATMAN AND ROBIN #6
BATMAN DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL #1
BOOSTER GOLD #26 (BLACKEST NIGHT)

DMZ #47 (MR)
FABLES #90 (MR)
GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #26
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
INDIGO LANTERN PROMOTIONAL RINGS

JSA VS KOBRA #6 (OF 6)
MODERN WARFARE 2 GHOST 2 COVER A #1 (OF 6)
ORANGE LANTERN PROMOTIONAL RINGS
REBELS #10 (BLACKEST NIGHT)

RED HERRING #4 (OF 6)
RED ROBIN #6
RESIDENT EVIL #3 (OF 6)
SECRET SIX #15
SHIELD #3
TITANS #19
UNWRITTEN #7 (MR)

MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #611
BLACK PANTHER 2 #10
CABLE #20
DAREDEVIL #502
DARK X-MEN #1 (OF 5)
DEADPOOL #17
ENDERS GAME COMMAND SCHOOL #3 (OF 5)
LUKE CAGE NOIR #4 (OF 4)
PUNISHERMAX #1 (MR)
REALM OF KINGS IMPERIAL GUARD #1 (OF 5)

SKY DOLL DOLL FACTORY #1 (OF 2) (MR)
SPIDER-WOMAN #1 2ND PTG VAR
SWORD #1 (MARVEL)
UNCANNY X-MEN FIRST CLASS #5 (OF 8)
VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #3
X-BABIES #2 (OF 4)
X-FORCE #21
X-MEN FOREVER #11

INDY
ANCHOR #2
ANGEL #27
BLACK TERROR #5
BPRD 1947 #5 (OF 5)
CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD LAST BATTLE #2 (OF 6) WRAP
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #5
FARSCAPE DARGOS TRIAL #4
GHOSTBUSTERS DISPLACED AGGRESSION #3
GHOUL #1
GI JOE #11
GI JOE MOVIE SNAKE EYES #2
GRAVEL #15 WRAP CVR (MR)
GRIMJACK MANX CAT #4
HELLBOY WILD HUNT #8 (OF 8)
INCREDIBLES #2

JERSEY GODS #9
LOCKE & KEY CROWN OF SHADOWS #1
MUPPET SHOW TREASURE OF PEG LEG WILSON #4 (OF 4)
PHONOGRAM 2 #5 (OF 7) SINGLES CLUB (MR)
RAPTURE #5 (OF 6)
STAR WARS CLONE WARS #10 HERO CONFEDERACY PT 1
STAR WARS PURGE SECONDS TO DIE ONE SHOT
STRANGE #1 (OF 4)
STREET FIGHTER IV #4 (OF 4)
SUPERGOD #1 (OF 5) (MR)
TANK GIRL SKIDMARKS #1 (OF 4)
THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY #5
TRACKER #1 (OF 5)
TRANSFORMERS BEST O/T UK PREY #4 (OF 5)
TRANSFORMERS CONTINUUM (ONE-SHOT)
WALKING DEAD #67 (MR)
WITCHBLADE #132
ZOMBIES THAT ATE THE WORLD #6 (OF 8) (MR)

TRADES

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY JMS ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP B
ANGEL AFTER THE FALL TP VOL 02 FIRST NIGHT
AVENGERS X-MEN UTOPIA HC
BATMAN PRIVATE CASEBOOK TP
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP HC VOL 01
ESCAPISTS TP
GREEN LANTERN AGENT ORANGE HC
INSOMNIA CAFE HC
STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES PREM HC
SUPERMAN RED SON DELUXE EDITION HC
WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR)

X-FILES TP
X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY TP

KIDS
CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #43
CASPER & THE SPECTRALS #1
INCREDIBLES #2
LUNA PARK HC (MR)
MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #17
MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD #3 (OF 4)
MUPPET SHOW TREASURE OF PEG LEG WILSON #4 (OF 4)
SCOOBY DOO #150
WALL-E #0

MAGS
TOYFARE #149 HASBRO IRON MAN 2 FIGURE CVR

TOYS
BLACK COSTUME SPIDER-MAN SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
CAPTAIN AMERICA #100 WALL POSTER
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 WALL POSTER
JAWA SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
SILVER SURFER SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH

New Comics for the week of 11/04/09

Here is all the great stuff coming out the week of Nov. 4, 2009. This is also the first week of the “Green Lantern Give Away!” Come get your Yellow Ring.

CINDERELLA FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE #1 (MR)[singlepic=112,320,240,,right]
Written by Shawn McManus, Chris Roberson.

Mature Readers
When supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation? Whether she’s soaring through clouds, deep-sea diving, or cracking jaws, Cindy travels from Manhattan to Dubai and hooks up with a handsome, familiar accomplice who may be harboring secret motives of his own. Meanwhile, trouble brews back home in Fabletown when Cindy’s overworked, underappreciated assistant decides to seize control of The Glass Slipper, Cindy’s exclusive shoe boutique.

Writer Chris Roberson (occasional contributor to HOUSE OF MYSTERY and JACK OF FABLES), artist Shawn McManus (SANDMAN, THESSALY: WITCH FOR HIRE) and evocative new cover painter Chrissie Zullo deliver Cindy’s first major solo adventure replete with sex, spies and magical shoes in the 6-issue CINDERELLA: FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE.

[singlepic=113,320,240,,left]LOBO HIGHWAY TO HELL #1 (OF 2)
Written by Sam Kieth.

A Lobo story like nothing you’ve seen before! You can imagine that when you live life the way the Main Man lives life – loud, loose, and ludicrously violent – you might pick up an enemy or two along the way. An enemy like, say, oh I don’t know, Satan himself. And Satan, my friends, does not play around. Hell’s iron-fisted ruler has a serious mad-on for the last Czarnian, and he’s gonna hit Lobo right in his blackened, scabrous heart. So Lobo’s just gonna have to hit him harder. Repeatedly. In the FACE. But first, Lobo has to go to Hell…a little sooner than anticipated! Metal icon Scott Ian of Anthrax makes his comics debut, joining forces with visionary creator Sam Kieth to bring you a Lobo story that’s so over the top, you won’t even remember what the top used to look like! Bleeding dolphins, demonic Chihuahuas, the world’s worst cruise ship, exploding moons, severed heads, and still more sick fraggin’ stuff all await you on the Highway to Hell – don’t miss a single twisted page! On sale November 4 o 1 of 2 o 64 pg, FC, $6.99 US

ASSAULT ON NEW OLYMPUS[singlepic=111,320,240,,right]
Written by Rodney Buchemi, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente.

Hercules! Spider-Man! Ares! New Avengers! Wolverine! Mighty Avengers! The Agents of Atlas! If there’s a bigger event this fall, we don’t know what it could be! At long last, the Prince of Power takes the fight to his villainous stepmother Hera and the forces of the Olympus Group — just as she unleashes the most terrifying threat the Marvel Universe has ever seen! But first Herc has to gather together a star-studded strike force from the ranks of the New and the Mighty Avengers! First on the list: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! But why is Everyone’s Friendly Neighborhood fighting against Hercules? Has he joined the side of the dark gods? It’s webs and wisecracks versus Olympian power in this super-sized one-shot! (There will be major property damage, we guarantee.) Plus: The iHerc team proudly welcomes our new INCREDIBLE HERCULES on-going back-up feature… THE AGENTS OF ATLAS, written by fan favorite scribe Jeff Parker! When the forces of New Olympus target Venus, will Jimmy Woo lead his team into the fray for or against Hercules’ forces?

DC
AMBUSH BUG YEAR NONE #7 (OF 6)
AUTHORITY #16
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #36
BATMAN THE UNSEEN #3 (OF 5)
BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #3 (OF 6)
CINDERELLA FROM FABLETOWN WITH LOVE #1 (OF 6) (MR)
DOOM PATROL #4 (BLACKEST NIGHT)

GEARS OF WAR #10 (MR)
GREAT TEN #1 (OF 10)
GREEK STREET #5 (MR)
HOUSE OF MYSTERY #19 (MR)
JONAH HEX #49
LOBO HIGHWAY TO HELL #1 (OF 2)
MAGOG #3
MIGHTY #10
NORTH 40 #5 (OF 6)
RED TORNADO #3 (OF 6)
SECRET SIX #15
SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #9 (OF 12)
SWEET TOOTH #3 (MR)

WARLORD #8
YELLOW LANTERN PROMOTIONAL RINGS (BAG OF 50)

MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #610
ASSAULT ON NEW OLYMPUS
ASTONISHING X-MEN #32
BLACK WIDOW DEADLY ORIGIN #1 (OF 4)
BLACK WIDOW DEADLY ORIGIN #1 (OF 4) RANEY VAR
CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #4 (OF 6)

CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #4 (OF 6) CASSADAY VAR
CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN #4 (OF 6) JOE KUBERT VAR
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #899
DEATHLOK #1 (OF 7)
DOCTOR VOODOO AVENGER OF SUPERNATURAL #2
GHOST RIDERS HEAVENS ON FIRE #4 (OF 6)
HOUSE OF M MASTERS OF EVIL #4 (OF 4)
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #4 (OF 5)
IRON MAN ARMOR WARS #4 (OF 4)
MARVEL ZOMBIES EVIL EVOLUTION
MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ #1 (OF 8)
NOVA #31
PSYLOCKE #1 (OF 4)
STARR THE SLAYER #3 (OF 4) (MR)
STRANGE TALES #3 (OF 3) (MR)
TORCH #3 (OF 8)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #4
X-MEN ORIGINS ICEMAN
X-MEN VS AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 (OF 2)

INDY
ABSOLUTION #3 (OF 6) WRAP CVR (MR)
AGE OF REPTILES JOURNEY #1
AOD ASH SAVES OBAMA #3 (OF 4)
ATHENA #2
BOYS #36 (MR)
BOYS HEROGASM #6 (OF 6) (MR)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #30 ADAM HUGHES CVR
CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #15
END LEAGUE #9 (OF 9)
FATHOM #9 GARZA CVR
HAUNT #2
KILL AUDIO #2 (OF 6)

SAVAGE DRAGON #154
STAR WARS INVASION #5 (OF 5)
STREET FIGHTER II TURBO #9 A CVR CRUZ
STREET FIGHTER II TURBO #9 B CVR VRIENS
STUMPTOWN #1 (MR)
TYRESE GIBSONS MAYHEM #3 (OF 3)
UNKNOWN DEVIL MADE FLESH #2
WITCHFINDER IN THE SERVICE OF ANGELS #5 (OF 5)

TRADES
FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE GN
FREAKANGELS TP VOL 02 (MR)
SIMON DARK TP VOL 01 WHAT SIMON DOES
ULTIMATUM PREM HC
WOLVERINE TP ENEMY OF STATE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
BATMAN BATTLE FOR THE COWL COMPANION TP
BOYS HC VOL 01 LTD ED NAME OF THE GAME (MR)
CAMILLA DERRICO BURN GN
MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 TP
NOVA TP VOL 05 WAR OF KINGS
SHERLOCK HOLMES HC VOL 01
WONDER WOMAN RISE OF THE OLYMPIAN TP

KIDS
DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #347
FINDING NEMO REEF RESCUE #4 (OF 4)
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #206

TOYS
SPIDER-MAN SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
SW CHEWBACCA SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH

New Comics for the Week of 10/14/09

Here are the books coming out for the week of October 15, 2009. I also highlighted two new books coming out this week as well.

Web of Spider-Man #1Web of Spider-Man #1
Written by Tom DeFalco, J.M. DeMatteis, Ron Frenz, Val Semeiks.

Tying into upcoming events in Amazing Spider-Man including WHO IS BEN REILLY? and THE GAUNTLET! Even with all the action jam-packed into every issue of Thrice Monthly Spidey, we STILL don’t have enough room to tell the wall-crawler’s exploits! So BEHOLD! The brand-new, state of the art WEB OF SPIDER-MAN! THRILL! To the return of KAINE, the ill-fated Peter Parker Clone – where has he been all these years? Where is he now? And how does it tie into KRAVEN?! Then – MARVEL! At the continuing adventures of May-Day Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Girl! And More! Get caught in the web this October!

Anchor #1Anchor #1
Written by Brian Churilla, Phil Hester.

The Anchor. Holy warrior, unholy war. Freak of nature, beast of burden, hulking outcast, medieval prize fighter, Viking raider, God’s leg-breaker. One thousand years ago a hulking outcast sought refuge in the crumbling ruins of an ancient monastery, offering in return the one thing he had to give – his fists. Transformed into an immortal warrior monk standing at the gates of Hell itself to keep our world free from its invading armies, The Anchor is mysteriously tricked into centuries of slumber. But today, this holy warrior rises to battle all the unholy monsters unleashed during his slumber. Cataclysmic action, quirky humor, and profound pathos for fans of Hellboy and The Goon. Covers by Brian Churilla and Rafael Albuquerque.

DC
ACTION COMICS #882
ADVENTURE COMICS #3 Friends are going to bring the heavy.
ADVENTURE COMICS #506 VAR ED
BATGIRL #3
BATMAN #691
BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #3 (OF 3)
BOOSTER GOLD #25yeah!!!
DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #11
DMZ #46 (MR)
FABLES #89 (MR)
FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH ESCAPE #6 (OF 6)
GEN 13 #32
GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #25
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 (BLACKEST NIGHT) – Do I even need to highlight list?
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 VAR ED (BLACKEST NIGHT)
HOUSE OF MYSTERY HALLOWEEN ANNUAL #1 (MR) I love Halloween stories.
JSA VS KOBRA #5 (OF 6)
REBELS #9
RED HERRING #3 (OF 6)
RED ROBIN #5He knows and we know but everyone thinks he is crazy.
SCALPED #32 (MR) solid
SECRET SIX #14underrated
SHIELD #2
TITANS #18
UNWRITTEN #6 (MR)

MARVEL
DEADPOOL #900How crazy is this book going to be?
ENDERS GAME COMMAND SCHOOL #2 (OF 5)
GENEXT UNITED #5 (OF 5)
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #136
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #136 ZOMBIE VAR
IRON MAN IRON PROTOCOLS ONE-SHOT
MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #16
MARVELS PROJECT #3 (OF 8)
MARVELS PROJECT #3 (OF 8) EPTING VAR
NOMAD GIRL WITHOUT A WORLD #2 (OF 4)
PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #75 (MR)
UNCANNY X-MEN #516
UNCANNY X-MEN FIRST CLASS #4 (OF 8)
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 Here comes the the crossover!
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 ZOMBIE VAR
X-MEN FOREVER #9

INDY
28 DAYS LATER #3
ANCHOR #1read it!
ANGEL ONLY HUMAN #3 (OF 4)
ANNA MERCURY 2 #2 (OF 5) WRAP CVR (MR)
ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #19
BPRD 1947 #4 (OF 5)
CLIVE BARKERS SEDUTH 3-D #1
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #4
DON BLUTH SPACE ACE #1 (OF 6)What! Three issues of Space Ace at once! I can’t handle it.
DON BLUTH SPACE ACE #2 (OF 6)
DON BLUTH SPACE ACE #3 (OF 6)
FARSCAPE DARGOS TRIAL #3
G-MAN CAPE CRISIS #3 (OF 5)
GI JOE ORIGINS #8
GRAVEL #14 (MR)
HELLBOY WILD HUNT #7 (OF 8)
LIBERTY COMICS A CBLDF BENEFIT BOOK #2 (MR)Buy it for a good cause.
RED SONJA #49
SOULFIRE VOLUME TWO #1 TO CVR
STAR TREK SPOCK REFLECTIONS #4
STAR WARS INVASION #0 ONE SHOT (OSW)
TRANSFORMERS ALL HAIL MEGATRON #16
WALKING DEAD #66 (MR)

TRADES – HARD COVERS
AIR TP VOL 02 FLYING MACHINE (MR)
AKIRA KODANSHA ED GN VOL 01 (MR)
BLOOD AND WATER TP (MR)
DAREDEVIL RETURN OF KING TPThis was really good if you didn’t read it.
GARTH ENNIS 303 TP (NEW PTG) (O/A) (MR)
HATTER M THE LOOKING GLASS WARS TP VOL 02 MAD WITH WONDER
HEAVY LIQUID TP NEW PTG (MR)
MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HC 70TH ANNIV ED
MARVEL ZOMBIES 04 HC
PRIDE & PREJUDICE PREM HC
RUNAWAYS TEENAGE WASTELAND TP
STAR TREK COUNTDOWN HC
ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS HULK PREM HC
UNCANNY X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY TP
ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE RECORDED ATTACKS GN – you know you want it!
BLANKETS GNThis is the book Jay uses to pick-up chicks.
FILTHY RICH HC (MR)

KIDS
MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #16
MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD #2 (OF 4)I feel like the Super Squad is my new nemisis
SUPER FRIENDS #20
UNCLE SCROOGE #384

MAGS
TOYFARE #148 TONNER TWILIGHT FIGURES CVR

TOYS
JLA IC CLASSICS SER 1 BALANCED CASE ASST

New Comics for the week of 09/30/09

[singlepic=101,320,240,,left]Comic Spotlight: Die Hard Year One #1
Written by Howard Chaykin, Stephen Thompson.

America’s greatest action hero is translated into the sequential art form for the first time! Every great action hero got started somewhere. Batman Began. Bond had his Casino Royale. And for John McClane, more than a decade before the first Die Hard movie, he’s just another rookie cop, an East Coast guy working on earning his badge in New York City during 1976’s Bicentennial celebration… and the Summer of Sam. Too bad for John McClane, nothing’s ever that easy. Join legendary industry creator Howard Chaykin on a thrill ride that’s rung up over $1 billion in box office worldwide and become the gold standard for classic action! Yippee Ki Yay! Covers by Dave Johnson, Jock, and John Paul Leon.

Here are the rest of the book coming out this week.

DC[singlepic=100,320,240,,right]
ASTRO CITY ASTRA SPECIAL #1 (OF 2)
BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #2 (OF 6)
BATMAN WIDENING GYRE #2 (OF 6) VAR ED
BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #2 (OF 3)
BLACKEST NIGHT TITANS #2 (OF 3) VAR ED
FINAL CRISIS AFTERMATH INK #5 (OF 6)
FREDDY JASON ASH NIGHTMARE WARRIORS #4 (OF 6) (MR)
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #4
GREEN LANTERN #46 (BLACKEST NIGHT) – love it so much!
GREEN LANTERN #46 VAR ED (BLACKEST NIGHT)
JACK OF FABLES #38 (MR)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA 80 PAGE GIANT #1
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #31
LAST DAYS OF ANIMAL MAN #5 (OF 6)
SUPERMAN #692Where is Superman?
TEEN TITANS #75
UNKNOWN SOLDIER #12 (MR)
WONDER WOMAN #36

MARVEL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #607 More T.M.I. moments from the Black Cat
DARK REIGN HOOD #5 (OF 5)
DARK REIGN LETHAL LEGION #3 (OF 3) DKR
DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #4 (OF 4)
DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #5 (OF 6)
HULK #15I like this book now that it is just the Red Hulk (Rulk!)
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #3 (OF 5)
MARVEL DIVAS #3 (OF 4)
MARVEL MYSTERY HANDBOOK 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL
MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #5
NEW MUTANTS #5
PUNISHER ANNUAL #1
RUNAWAYS 3 #14
SECRET WARRIORS #8
SHANG-CHI MASTER OF KUNG-FU BLACK & WHITE ONE-SHOTI love Kung-Fu
SON OF HULK #15
SPIDER-MAN CLONE SAGA #1 (OF 6)
SPIN ANGELS #2 (OF 4)(MR)
THOR #603New writer and they still haven’t finished the original story arc, might hit someone named Tim.
THUNDERBOLTS #136
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #5
X-FACTOR #49
X-FORCE #19
X-MEN FOREVER #8

INDY

ARMY OF DARKNESS #25
BAD KIDS GO TO HELL #4 (OF 4)
BOYS HEROGASM #5 (OF 6) (MR)
DARKNESS #80 HESTER CVR A (MR)
DIE HARD YEAR ONE #1 Oh yeah! This is going to be so bad that it’s going to be awesome!
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP #4 (OF 24)
FUTURAMA COMICS #45
GI JOE COBRA SPECIAL #1
GLAMOURPUSS #9
PHANTOM GENERATIONS #5
PRESIDENT EVIL #2 100 DAYS LATER
RAPTURE #4 (OF 6)
SKY PIRATES OF NEO TERRA #1
STAR WARS LEGACY #40 TATOOINE PT 4 (OF 4)
TERRY MOORES ECHO #15
UNKNOWN DEVIL MADE FLESH #1
USAGI YOJIMBO #123

HARDCOVERS – TRADES
AVENGERS INVADERS HC
BATMAN THE BLACK GLOVE TP
BTVS SEASON 8 TP VOL 05 PREDATOR & PREY
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN PREM HC
GREEN LANTERN REVENGE OF THE GREEN LANTERNS TP
GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 01
GREEN LANTERN SINESTRO CORPS WAR TP VOL 02
RASL TP VOL 01 DRIFT (MR)
SUPERMAN AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES TP
SUPERMAN BRAINIAC HC
TIMOTHY & THE TRANSGALACTIC TOWEL SC
TRICK R TREAT TP (MR)
UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE
X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT TP

KIDS
BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #9
FUTURAMA COMICS #45
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #55
MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS #296

TOYS
BATMAN AND SON BATMAN ACTION FIGURE
DC ARMORY SER 1 BATMAN AFBatman + Armor = so cool!

MAGS
MARVEL PREVIEWS OCTOBER 2009
PREVIEWS #253 OCTOBER 2009
WIZARD MAGAZINE #217 DOLLHOUSE CVR
WIZARD MAGAZINE #217 J SCOTT CAMPBELL BUFFY