Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - Soon Van
Detective Comics #817; written by James Robinson; art by Leonard Kirk and Andy Clarke; cover by Simone Bianchi
Following on from the fall out of Infinite Crisis #5
, the entire line of DC comics will shift ahead one year. Every single title that makes the jump will see a new regime, new direction and new creative talent on the hook of the book.
Dubbed "One Year Later
" (OYL), it's like a bad night that never knows when the hang over cures work well on their own or just as one big slushy blob.
Detective Comics #817: It's One Year Later... and who is the mysterious vigilante who's been keeping Gotham free of crime? And what is his relationship with the new police commissioner?
Don't miss the stunning first part of a story crossing over with BATMAN by writer James Robinson (JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE, HAWKMAN, STARMAN), art team Leonard Kirk (JSA) and Andy Clarke, and cover artist Simone Bianchi (SEVEN SOLDIERS: SHINING KNIGHT)!
Other OYL titles just this week from DC include: Blood of the Demon, JSA, Outsiders
and Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis
Over on the other side, where time stands still and sick bags are in the upright and closed position, the populace will stay clear of the massive late fines in store for the DC heroes and villains.
When every other hero has had their shot, why not a Warbird? Ms Marvel
from Marvel Comics breaks the first in over two decades of the Avenger's first solo series.
For the fans of the lady in white, Medieval Lady Death: War of the Winds
from Avatar Press. Start oiling the swords for knights, days of war and an exploration of betrayal.
Devil's Due Publishing pump action with How to Self Publish Comics ...Not Just Create Them
. A guide and tale for anyone interested in the delivery of comics out of the maternity ward and into the talcum hit hands of fans and greasy mitts of burger fiends.
Looking to dip toe into the Star Wars waters? Dark Horse have a damn cheap primer in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic/Rebellion Flip Book
. Two brand new stories, one just before The Empire Strikes Back
and the other thousands of years before Anakin was even a spermatozoa.
Thursday, February 23, 2006 - Soon Van
Hardcovers and trade paperbacks
Not enough for mere head shots of busts
and mini busts in store, a snap shot gallery of the statues
and mini statues in store at the Comic Shop now exists.
With traditional busts much like the arm work of a captive in Boxing Helena
, a disparaging remark on the appeal is apparently seen upon the porcelain and clay faces of today. Craving more and more wing span, the current slate of busts seem to branch out in arms across the globe. Most identifiable feature difference between the current slate of busts and statues? Legs and feet.
Unless like that of a Michael Turner woman or Maria Sharapova, it's what makes a statue stand on its own and a bust an amputee.
Full body glory of a superhero or freak from head to toe and all around the clefts. It's what makes a statue ripped and primed for its stand in the home. Like a gnome, without a beard and a much tighter workout regime. For the most part.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - Soon Van
Hard Time Season Two #1; written by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes; art by Brian Hurtt and Steve Bird; cover by Hurtt
From the quality highs of Arrested Development
and Veronica Mars
to the Black-n-Decker drill to the head lows of Joey
and One Tree Hill
(or reversed dependent upon taste), summer brings with it a change and inflection to lie prone. Sticking with sweat to that leather or vinyl couch, can or glass sucked to the forehead.
For some, a back laid right up against the fibro wall looking vainly for some of that cooling comfort only bricks might bring without an air-conditioner. Suffer those living in actual greenhouses. Or caravans.
Back again for another dose of soap dropping, behind the bars, shivs made from plastic knives antics, Hard Time
. The only survivor of DC's Focus line of comics in 2004.
Sentenced to 50 years to life for his role in a high school prank gone tragically wrong, Ethan Harrow has just turned 16 in a maximum-security prison. He's made fast friends, earned mortal enemies, and even gotten his first kiss from a mysterious girl named Red. Above all else, Ethan's only just started to learn the boundaries of superpowers he didn't know he had!
The original HARD TIME team of legendary writer Steve Gerber (Howard the Duck, The Defenders) and Mary Skrenes (Omega the Unknown) and breakout talent Brian Hurtt (Queen & Country, Gotham Central) return for a second season that follows Ethan's quest for a new trial -- and reveals the secret histories of the lost souls inside State Penitentiary. Superpowers have never been this real!
Season two of a fine series, a chance again to take it up like a fan and ram it over along the other comics on the shelf.
Other brand spanking new titles (and a couple of rehashes) hitting out this week: The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M
from Image, Team Zero
from DC Comics, Angel: Old Friends
from IDW Publishing, Marvel Zombies
from Marvel and Street Fighter II
from UDON Studios.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - Soon Van
All Star Superman #1; written by Grant Morrison; art and cover by Frank Quitely
First person to come to mind when the average passerby is asked about superheroes is Superman. The Last Son of Krypton has got a certain lock on the first port of call in their minds. Clark Kent, front and centre along with "Truth, Justice and the American Way."
A way of life which might be up for serious debate as the definition makes for a touchy subject as the cracker nights drag on. Good times can be had though, these consisting more of nostalgia and the "essence" of a character. Hence, All Star Superman
DC launches the newest addition to its All Star line of comics -- where the industry's top creative talents refine the iconic focus of the world's greatest super-heroes. Writer Grant Morrison (JLA, Seven Soldiers) and artist Frank Quitely (The Authority, New X-Men) -- the acclaimed team behind JLA: Earth 2 -- are at it once again, this time to strip down the Man of Steel to his timeless, essential elements.
The series kicks off with a 12-issue story arc touching on all the classic aspects of the Superman mythology, starting with a daring rescue of a doomed group of helionauts on the surface of the sun. The massive amounts of solar radiation affect Superman in a way no one could possibly anticipate -- except Lex Luthor!
Back to basics, it's the kind of Superman that the world in general knows more than the regular comic book reading public.
For those interested, the Red Sun crew will be filming
some more finishing location shots for Superman Returns
in the CBD.
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - Soon Van
Jonah Hex #1; written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti; art by Luke Ross; cover by Frank Quitely
Westerns are hardly the era for people of such stunning beauty. Staggered more like it. And well over the falling down of a stair well a few times over for good measure. And then again dragged by the tail hairs of the horses.
Kind of harsh reality of the morning mirror enough to send some into breaking out with the justice.
The saga of Jonah Hex -- the mysterious bounty hunter and thinking man's killer -- returns to the DCU in an all-new series penned by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (HAWKMAN) with amazing art by Luke Ross (GREEN LANTERN; Samurai) and a debut-issue cover by fan-favorite Frank Quitely (WE3, BITE CLUB)!
Saddle up and ride shotgun with the original bad man of the Wild West during an age of plunder, greed and lawlessness.
When a millionaire's only son is kidnapped, Hex is called on to track down and recover the boy. But a simple missing person case turns into a hunt for vengeance as Hex unleashes his special brand of justice on the unsuspecting culprits.
Westerns. The brand of justice that's personal. Not just this time, but all the time. And with an almighty fever about it that makes Sheriff Wydell of The Devil's Rejects
seem relatively tame in comparison.
Friday, August 12, 2005 - Soon Van
Supergirl #1; written by Jeph Loeb, art by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund
Have many posers claim the title over and over again. Die in the pages
of Crisis on Infinite Earths
and then never exist in the first place. Too many Supergirls
, not enough clarity. They come, they flaunt
, they go, they leave a gaping hole. Fashion victim like no other, Supergirl is apparently back and out of the black.
Superstar writer Jeph Loeb and the red-hot art team of Ian Churchill & Norm Rapmund join forces to deliver a new monthly series spinning out of the sell-out run in Superman/Batman featuring the adventures of Superman's cousin from Krypton, the one and only Kara Zor-el!
Kara's story begins with the same brand of high-flying adventure as she begins her whirlwind tour of the DCU! And the first hero she squares off against is Power Girl! Before this tale guest-starring the JSA is complete, secrets behind the origins of both will be revealed!
Also available, Supergirl
#0, which reprints Superman/Batman
Supergirl, no Power Girl
to be sure.
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