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The Comic Vault is using the technology of Google+ and their Hangout feature to create a weekly hangout for the Comic Vault and its fans. If you like comic books hangout with us. We will also use this feature for round table discussions with the writers of the Comic Vault and one-on-one interviews. Follow us @comicvault on Twitter for dates and times of hangouts.

This week Matthew Sardo talks about Amazing Spider-Man #700, “Dark Knight Rises,” Image Comics’ Debris #1, Marvel Comics’ Hit Girl #2, FF #20 and DC Comics’ Green Lantern #11. Sardo talks about politics and how mainstream comics need to take care of their customers.

Review: Saga Book Five – Looking for love in all the wrong places

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Issue: Saga Book Five
Writer: Brian K Vaughan
Pencils: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 7/18/2012

Mature Readers
The smash hit ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continues, as Prince Robot IV’s hunt for Hazel and her parents takes a deadly turn.

Story: 9/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 9/10
Well that was an unexpected ending. Brian K. Vaughan continues to give the reader first page head scratchers and last past cliffhangers. Issue five brings all three storylines together with a climactic end. In this issue there is a sense off love for each character and the reader realizes why Marko took a vow of peace and that Alana might be crazy.

I can’t tell if this issue fell flat because all three storylines are crammed into one issue or I’m just craving “Saga” Chapter Six. Vaughan does a great job creating three strong emotional moments in this issue. To where you bond with the characters and you start to feel bad about the situations that they are forced to be in. Alana and Marko are the main characters and you will always be on their side. Then there is Will, the Han Solo assassin with a heart. Vaughan even tries to soften up Prince Robot IV but he still comes off like an elitist with daddy issues.

The first and last pages by Fiona Staples are brilliant. Staples does struggle at times matching up the emotion of the dialogue with her artwork. Then she gives you four pages of sword swing action that is very fluid and detailed. There is one panel of action in this issue that I swear it moves as you read it from left to right. That panel alone is worth the $2.99.

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Review: Walking Dead #100 – Holy shit Lucille!

Issue: Walking Dead #100
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 7/11/2012

Mature Readers
‘SOMETHING TO FEAR’ CONTINUES! This extra-sized chapter contains one of the darkest moments in Rick Grimes’ life, and one of the most violent and brutal things to happen within the pages of this series. 100 issues later, this series remains just as relentless as the debut issue. Do not miss the monumental 100th issue of THE WALKING DEAD!

Story: 9/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 9/10
Curse words is all that is pouring out of my mouth after reading issue 100 of Walking Dead written by Robert Kirkman. As a reader of Walking Dead you knew that something bad was going to happen in this issue but you continued to read. Walking Dead readers are like NASCAR fans just waiting for the accidents. Evil happens in 100 and her name is Lucille. Kirkman sucks you in with his writing and build up and then he stomps on your heart over and over. This issue sends the series in a new direction with a new threat and a new philosophy on how to survive in the Walking Dead world.

This issue had 18-pages of build up and I mean tension. It’s what Kirkman does best. The book got to the point to where I just wanted to jump to the last page to get it over with, but I read on. Then when Kirkman smacks the reader in the face with the punchline he drags it out to bring you to tears. This book is well written but I wish I didn’t read it.

I do not know how Charlie Adlard sleeps at night. There are several splash pages in this book that will haunt me for a long time. I have the image of Rick’s wife and child’s death still burned into my memory. Walking Dead #100 has added a few more images to the horror category of my memory. The images and dialogue of the last four-pages of book left my soul shattered. Thank you Mr. Kirkman for ruining the first day of Comic-Con. Read Walking Dead #100 at your own risk!

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Review: Saga #4 – Keeps getting better and better

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Issue: Saga #4
Writer: Brian K. Vaughn
Pencils: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 6/20/2012

Mature Readers
Welcome to SEXTILLION, a distant planet where even your darkest fantasies become reality. See why everyone’s talking about this hit new ongoing adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and FIONA STAPLES!

Story: 9.5/10 • Artwork: 8/10 • Overall 9/10

The originality of Saga is what makes this book such a great series. When you read Saga #5 count how many times you are surprised by either the story or character designs. Brian K. Vaughan must have read Douglas Adam’s “Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy,” because it looks like Vaughan read it, threw it away and then created his own unique world of craziness.

The book is called Saga and each issue continue to build on the epic-ness of the first issue and issue four is no different. We find out about Marko’s ex-girlfriend and Vaughan further develops the loving couple. The ghostly Izabel provides comic relief and Will shows that he is a killer with a heart.

Saga is very unique but if you strip down all the special effects from the book, it’s a normal couple in an insane world. Some how everyone can relate to it in some form or another. I can not think of a time before Star Wars but Saga boldly takes the science fiction / fantasy genre in a new direction. Vaughan is building up this universe of characters but it’s only a matter of time before the gut-wrenching emotional lose of life begins…

Brian K. Vaughan delivers on his promise to give the readers an epic tale.

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Review: Walking Dead #99 – a solid poker face


Issue: Walking Dead #99
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 6/20/2012

‘SOMETHING TO FEAR’ CONTINUES! The unthinkable happens, as we all gear up for next month’s monumental issue 100!

Story: 8/10 • Artwork: 8/10 • Overall 8/10

This is an average issue for anyone who has read Walking Dead. Issue 99 is the set-up to Walking Dead #100, where all hell should break loose. So, with all the hype over issue 100, issue #99 comes off bland. It,s like the power went off half way through a really good movie. This story-arc will read better in trade paper back form.

The book is bland because there is no great cliff-hanger at the end of this issue, but that is the way Kirkman planned it out. Kirkman wants the hype to be insane surrounding issue 100 and you don’t get that if you show your hand to quickly. Kirkman wants Walking Dead fans to burn-down San Diego Comic-Con with excitement. Walking Dead #100 comes out on July 11th, 2012, the first day of Comic -Con.

Walking Dead #99 is the calm before the storm, we hope…

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AMC’s Walking Dead finale review – Lori is an awful, awful, awful woman.

Four writers from the Comic Vault got together via Facebook and watched the season finale of AMC’s Walking Dead together. This is what happened. (From left to right; Roger Riddell III, Mike DeVivo, Matthew Sardo and Jerry Nelson)

Jerry Nelson – There are a few choice moments of this season. The death of zombie Sophie worked because it marked an end for a very long and boring search. That whole plot line seemed a bit thin and I was happy for it to end. I also really enjoyed Dale’s shocking and brutal demise. He lasted a bit longer in the comic and had a whole different life, so this was an unexpected twist. He seemed to be a strong moral compass for the group and, frankly, it’s just more interesting without that preachy father figure.

Shane’s human death and zombie death were, of course, fantastic as well. Most people knew what happened in the comic, but you really never know where they were going to take this Shane storyline because he was such a fan favorite. It was great that Rick showed some balls and a bit of deception, as well, as he drove the knife home for a deep and personal kill. It was fitting that it was so confrontational and Rick kind of beat Shane at his own game. Having Carl shoot the zombie Shane was a nice nod to what happened in the comic and really put an exclamation point on the episode.

What didn’t work this season was most of the first half. The search for Sophia was long, and all the emo lamenting that followed.

Also: Lori’s lack of character just in general. She’s just a fucking lame character. With the exception of her bucking with Andrea and teasing Shane into a suicidal confrontation with Rick, she’s been pretty useless.

Roger Riddell III – It seems like a lot of plot lines in this show are a bit thin and drag on for too long. For example, Shane should’ve been dead a long time ago.

By the way, once they finally did kill Shane off, what was the deal with those terrible, made-for-SyFy-Channel-TV-movie “zombie transformation flashes?”

Jerry Nelson – There’s better ways to show a transformation, such as some physical zombification close-ups. Blackening veins, eyes going milky, etc.

Roger Riddell III – I think that, plus the terrible way the show handles flashbacks and the spotty acting, really pull me out of being able to enjoy the show. Remember that flashback where they were looking on as a city was nuked? (At least I think I remember a city being nuked…)

The show is alright, but it jumped the shark during the first season when they put a self-destruct button in the CDC.

Mike DeVivo – They kind of veered off into Resident Evil territory with that one

Roger Riddell III – Agreed! For a show that aims for a realistic depiction of a zombie apocalypse, a CDC headquarters equipped with a self-destruct button just seems a bit ridiculous.

Jerry Nelson – That’s why I’m glad they got rid of Darabont, he took the series into a boring cliché direction. Ever since they axed him, it seemed to get back on track and be on par with the source material. The CDC storyline was a joke.

And I fucking wish Darryl would have let Carol die. Her and Laurie, fucking mothers of the year. It’s a zombie apocalypse and they never know where their kids are.

Mike DeVivo – I agreed again on Darabont’s watch. I love Hershel right now.

Roger Riddell III – AMC seems pretty desperate for new ‘Mad Men’ viewers. [SEE: Every ‘Mad Men’ ad they aired during the last few episodes]

Jerry Nelson – Darryl seems like the only one with sense sometimes, and the group just ignores him all the time. Andrea is a crack-shot and valuable resource. It seems a shame to just abandon her to the zombie horde.

Mike DeVivo – Andrea is going to be the “survivor” of the group

Roger Riddell III – Anyone else find themselves waiting for the Governor’s people to just pop up several times in the last 20 minutes?  I was pretty sure they were about to ambush Glenn and Maggie when they stopped in the middle of the road. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrea popped back up with the Governor’s group.

Mike DeVivo – Yeah, I’m thinking that may happen, though I’m also thinking they may meet Michonne at the end of this episode.

Roger Riddell III – What do you know? She popped back up sooner than I thought.

Mike DeVivo –I’m glad they got that out of the way, and he (Rick) told her (Lori).

Roger Riddell III – I don’t know how I feel about “We all have the zombie virus, but we’re not becoming zombies.”

Mike DeVivo – Lori is an awful, awful, awful woman. Apparently Pandora’s Box is inside of Lori’s Vagina.

The only problem I have so far is that some of the choices to change the story seem to have to do with the ratings system on the show and AMC not wanting to do certain things not for story purposes

Jerry Nelson – “Rick I’m pissed at you because you thwarted Shane’s plan and killed him before he killed you. Then, you let Carl kill zombie Shane.” – Laurie, making no sense as usual.

Mike DeVivo – Lori sucking at life as usual. Michonne!!!!!!

Roger Riddell III – That lady was standing way too far back for that blade to decapitate that zombie!

Jerry Nelson – Michonne!

Mike DeVivo – And there is the prison.

Jerry Nelson – There were two great monologues by Rick, “I just wanted to get it over with, I wanted him dead” and “This is not a democracy.” Great final episode for the season. That was a lot of fun.

Mike DeVivo – I agree.

Roger Riddell III – It was an episode I enjoyed. Believe it or not.

Matthew Sardo – What was everyone’s favorite part of this episode?

Mike DeVivo – Rick is officially a badass, and he has asserted himself in a way that will make next season interesting.

Mike DeVivo – Rick’s monologue to Lori. I liked that he just came out with it, no apologies.

Jerry Nelson – Agreed. I like Rick growing a pair finally. The Michonne reveal was awesome, as well.

Roger Riddell III – I enjoyed the “I’m standing too far back for this to actually work” decapitation.

Matthew Sardo – It was an extreme angle of the camera!

Jerry Nelson – Girl from HBO’s Treme is Michonne. She was the NY girlfriend of the jazz player I think.

Roger Riddell III – Dammit, Comic Book Men. The Green Goblin never died! He went to Europe for a few years.

Matthew Sardo – Comic Book Men is so bad!

Jerry Nelson – I don’t mind it. It’s goofy.

Matthew Sardo – For me, it is just a very boring episode of Pawn Stars.

Roger Riddell III – Same here. Plus, it’s just gonna cause way more misconceptions along the lines of the whole “Inkers are just tracers!” thing.

Mike DeVivo – That and everyone on it acts like they are pre-pubescent kids.

Jerry Nelson – For me, it’s an interesting episode of Pawn Stars.

Roger Riddell III – What a thoughtful girlfriend that was. I wish someone would buy Amazing Spider-Man #121 and 122 for me. Where are these kind of women in my life?

John Pontoon left the conversation.

“A Comic Show” – 2.29.2012 (Justice League #6)

There’s not that much out this week cuz its the 5th Wednesday of the month!
BUT we did get in the insanely awesome JUSTICE LEAGUE #6, so its worth your time to go to the comic shop anyway!
We also got in Batman Beyond Unlimited #1, and a bunch of awesome Marvel collections!
Tony Drawfriend stopped by again to give an update on how Dungeons & Doritos #1 is selling and to PLAY WITH HAND PUPPETS?!
Seriously, if you have a comic related prop you want to see in the video, send it to us! We will make it work! Thanks Alex Diaz for making us puppets!- acomicshoptv

A Comic Shop
114 South Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
p. 407-332-9636

My friend Aaron Haaland owns one of the coolest comic book stores in the world – A Comic Shop! Aaron takes comic book related events to the next level. Check his store out on Facebook!

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Matt’s Image Expo interview schedule: McFarlane, Brubaker, Butler, Vaughan and Silvestri

Image Expo is this week in Oakland and Matt Sardo from the Comic Vault is here to cause a ruckus. Be on the look out for tweets, pictures and videos (follow Matt @comicvault). Here are the interviews that we have currently line-up for the week but Matt will crash a few more interviews as well.

Robert Kirkman and friends are currently chatting it up at the Twelve Bar at the Oakland Convention Center. Let the stalking begin!

Saturday
10:30 – 10:45AM Todd McFarlane
11:30 – 11:40AM Marc Silvestri
4:15 – 4:30PM Ed Brubaker

Sunday
11:45 – 12:00PM Blair Butler
2:30 – 2:45PM Brian K Vaughan

Tweet Matt @comicvault with your questions for his guests.

“A Comic Show” – 2.21.2012 (Megacon recap)

This week I recap Megacon and talk about the new hotness in comics! Aquaman, Secret Avengers, X-Force, Wolverine and the X-Men, Prophet, and Superior all rocked!

The biggest deal book for us was DUNGEONS & DORITOS #1 by our very own fallen brony, TRIFORCE MIKE PANDEL! And I have one of Mike’s best friends and the artist of his book Tony Baldini! Watch it, and if you’re not local you can buy it from Nerdyshow.com – acomicshoptv

A Comic Shop
114 South Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
p. 407-332-9636

My friend Aaron Haaland owns one of the coolest comic book stores in the world – A Comic Shop! Aaron takes comic book related events to the next level. Check his store out on Facebook!

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“A COMIC SHOW” – 2.8.2012 (Tribute to TriForce Mike)

This week Aaron does the video solo in Triforce Mike’s memory. Aw hell, I’m gonna drop the third person. I miss this guy so much and really had to psyche myself up to do this. I haven’t read a comic since Mike got hit by a car and died last Monday. I realized today I’ve been paralyzed in that even though I was putting on a strong show because that’s what we had. We’ve been reading comics and talking about them every week for 8 years. I’m talking the ones we love and hate! I rarely ever talk about the books I dislike with customers because I don’t wanna poop on what they may like. When a book was really on fire like Animal Man Mike and I would get so pumped speculating where it was going. ..But again, I’m also realizing that “friendship is magic”, and there’s plenty of other people in my life that love me and would love to talk comics more often. So, I’m gonna start a new comic discussion club here, that will kinda be my support group for missing Mike. I’m gonna go home tonight a read a ton of comics! It’s what Mike would have wanted. – acomicshoptv

A Comic Shop
114 South Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
p. 407-332-9636

My friend Aaron Haaland owns one of the coolest comic book stores in the world – A Comic Shop! Aaron takes comic book related events to the next level. Check his store out on facebook!

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

A Comic Shop TV – “A COMIC SHOW” 1.25.2012

Aaron talks a lot about himself and some about this week’s comics! He takes on the “Robama” Saga of last week and the Anime-niacs that swiftly defended their honor. Tri-force Mike is there, but he really doesn’t do much. Is that part of his charm? We both suggest you try Remender’s first Secret Avengers issue and Jeff Lemire of Animal Man fame’s Sweet Tooth. Also comic’s #1 book came out, JUSTICE LEAGUE! – acomicshoptv

A Comic Shop
114 South Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
p. 407-332-9636

My friend Aaron Haaland owns one of the coolest comic book stores in the world – A Comic Shop! Aaron takes comic book related events to the next level. Check his store out on facebook!

Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

Green Lantern Pig? (Ham Jordan)

This gentleman was hanging on the wall of Fat Willy’s Rib Shack in Chicago! The staff did not know who was the artist of this piece. All we know is that artwork has the initials NF. Spider-Ham might have his hands full with a Green Lantern Pig. If you are ever in Chicago Fat Willy’s is one of the best BBQ in town. Fat Willy’s, at 2416 West Schubert about 20 minutes north-west of downtown Chicago is across the street from a Regal Cinema which makes for a great double feature. I recommend the Jalapeno Corn Bread Fritters and Rib Tips.

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Dr. Strange Love – Defenders #4: 3-page preview

Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a 3-page preview of Defenders #4 written by Matt Fraction with art by Michael Lark. Fraction has turn Dr. Strange into the new lady’s man of the Marvel Universe. Defenders #4 will be in your local comic book store on April 7th, 2012.

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Marvel had this to say:

It’s the book that MTV says is “big, bold and bravura work” and we have your first look at Defenders #4! From the creative team of Matt Fraction and Michael Lark, Doctor Strange embarks on an all new mission after discovering the mysterious Concordance Engine! Can the former Sorcerer Supreme unlock it’s secrets without damaging the very fabric of the Marvel Universe? Find out in Defenders #4, hitting store shelves and the Marvel Comics app everywhere this March!

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Iron Man gets recycled! Avengers vs X-Men #2

Marvel Comics released the cover of Avengers vs X-Men #2 by Jim Cheung Wednesday afternoon. It looks like an Iron Man / Magneto battle on the cover. I wonder what to other 20-pages will be about? Avengers vs X-Men #2 will be in your local comic book store in April.

Marvel Unveils Cover To AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2!

This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the jaw-dropping cover to Avengers Vs. X-Men #2 by superstar artist Jim Cheung! From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. With the opening salvo fired, the time for talking is over and in Avengers Vs. X-Men #2, allegiances are decided upon as quickly as they are broken. What side does Wolverine choose and what decision will Hope make that may turn the tide of the war… just as it begins?

Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, MATT FRACTION, JONATHAN HICKMAN, ED BRUBAKER
Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
ON SALE THIS APRIL

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Who will die in Avengers vs. X-Men? Cyclops….


Who will die in Avengers vs. X-Men? Is this Cyclops’ swan song? Will Marvel Comics make an epic book out of a hype machine only intended to sell more books? If Marvel does whack someone, who do you think it will be?

Vote below for which Avenger and X-Man you think will die!

The Phoenix Force is headed towards Earth and Captain America is determined to prevent the destruction of the whole world by stopping it. But when word gets to the X-Men that the Phoenix is returning, Cyclops will do anything he can to save it…including going up against Earth’s Mightiest! But who is right? Will mutantkind be saved or will the world be annihilated?


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Iron Fist goes Phoenix style on New Avengers #25

Marvel Comics released the cover of New Avengers #25 Wednesday afternoon, with Iron Fist ready to give the beat-down on the cover.

New Avengers #25, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Mike Deodato. If Iron Fist gets the Phoenix force that would even out the two sides of Avengers vs. X-Men.

Marvel Unveils The Cover to NEW AVENGERS #25 – An Avengers Vs. X-Men Tie-in!

As the Phoenix Force continues its crash course towards Earth during the blockbuster comic event of the year, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Iron Fist learns that he has a shocking connection to the all-powerful embodiment of rebirth and destruction! But what does that mean for his team? Find out in New Avengers #25 from the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Deodato, available in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

NEW AVENGERS #25
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MIKE DEODATO
ON SALE THIS APRIL!

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A Comic Shop TV – “A COMIC SHOW” 01.18.2012

Aaron goes solo to tell us how RICK REMENDER is making comics safe for America again. One of his customers makes an appearance in MORNING GLORIES, and he takes us into the gross zone: BATMAN will make you throw up, and this week sees the worst CROSSED ever – in a good way! – acomicshoptv

A Comic Shop
114 South Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
p. 407-332-9636

My friend Aaron Haaland owns one of the coolest comic book stores in the world – A Comic Shop! Aaron takes comic book related events to the next level. Check his store out on facebook!


Follow Matthew Sardo on Twitter! @comicvault

Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” hits the internet

Wes Anderson is at it again with “Moonrise Kingdom,” set in the 1960s, a pair of young lovers flee their New England island town, prompting a local search party led by the Sheriff and the girl’s parents to fan out to find them. The film stars Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Harvey Keitel.

“Moonrise Kingdom” arrives in the US on May 25th, 2012, with a UK release expected later in the summer.

Wes Anderson’s filmography:
Bottle Rocket (co-written with Owen Wilson) (1996)
Rushmore (co-written with Owen Wilson) (1998)
The Royal Tenenbaums (co-written with Owen Wilson) (2001)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (co-written with Noah Baumbach) (2004)
Hotel Chevalier (2007)
The Darjeeling Limited (co-written with Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola) (2007)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (co–written with Noah Baumbach) (2009)
Moonrise Kingdom (co-written with Roman Coppola) (2012)

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5-page preview of Grant Morrision’s “Steed and Mrs. Peel” #1

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Boom! Studios released a 5-page preview of Grant Morrison’s “Steed and Mrs. Peel” issue one Friday afternoon. Based on the 60’s TV show “The Avengers,”which lasted 161 episodes, Morrison expands the universe.”Steed and Mrs. Peel” will be in your local comic book store on January 18th.

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Ian Gibson

THE GOLDEN GAME Part One: “Crown and Anchor!” — Your favorite Avengers finally return, courtesy of the one and only Grant Morrison! When Tara King is kidnapped by a mysterious organization, John Steed and Emma Peel must reunite to solve this new mystery. Featuring gorgeous art from Ian Gibson, best know for his work with Alan Moore. on The Ballad of Halo Jones. The original British TV series The Avengers helped define the “Spy-Fi” genre: from January 1961 to May 1969, for 161 episodes, The Avengers was a staple of fandom; one of the longest-running hit espionage series alongside Mission Impossible, and a small screen counterpart to that other famous United Kingdom spy, James Bond! A science-fiction/ spy fiction mash-up from Grant Morrison and two of TV’s most iconic heroes!

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Marvel Unveils Cover To AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1

Marvel Comics Monday released the cover to “Avengers vs. X-Men #1” with art by Jim Cheung. This book should find its way into your local comic book store on April 3rd, 2012.

Here is what Marvel Comics had to say:

Marvel Unveils Cover To AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1!

This April, prepare for the biggest super hero war in comics history as Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the jaw-dropping cover to Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 by superstar artist Jim Cheung! From the powerhouse creative team of Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Copiel comes a groundbreaking event pitting Earth’s Mightiest against the X-Men with the entire Marvel Universe at stake. Cyclops and his team believe the arrival of the Phoenix Force will save mutantkind, but Captain America is convinced it will destroy the world! But who is right? Don’t miss out on all the action in Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 in comic shops worldwide and on the Marvel Comics app this April!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 (JAN120625)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, MATT FRACTION, JONATHAN HICKMAN, ED BRUBAKER
Art by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 2/27/12, ON SALE – 4/3/12

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