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All-New Marvel NOW! Preview and Opinion, Part 4

All-New-Marvel-Now-logoLike Sand Through the Hourglass, so is Marvel Comics All-New Marvel NOW! We’re still going and it’s time for Part 4 of our delve into Marvel’s latest batch of shelfies.

There’s a little bit of everything in this batch. Way old; Way new; Way overdone; Way Crazy!

And check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series.

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Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Mike Allred

Summary

Everyone’s favorite Herald returns in his own monthly as Norrin Radd makes a long-awaited comeback to comics. Galaxy spanning tales of science fiction and human morality are on the menu.

Gaumer: It may be sacrilegious to say it but I’m not a big fan of the Silver Surfer when Galactus isn’t around. I’ve read some good Surfer stories over the years, sure, but never anything that made me love Norrin on his own more than with Old Purple Hat. This just isn’t for me.

I’ll, obviously, be ignoring this title on the shelf. Even if I hear raves about the book it’s going to take something really special for me to pick it up.

Jules: Well, I’m a huge surfer fan, I feel like not enough is done with him, he’s got a great story as long as you ignore Galactus this could be a sweet book. Dan Slott is a terrible person. that being said I’m a huge Mike Allred fan, So I’m gonna buy it. Not try, buy. His art is sweet ok.

Taylor: I’m not sure what to think of this one, at least not yet. The way I see it, the Surfer has always had the same problem as characters like Doctor Strange and the Spectre: they are simply too powerful, and their limits too nebulously defined, for their own good. It’s just hard to keep an ongoing series interesting when our hero can bend molecules or reality itself to their will. (You know, I think there’s a post in there somewhere. Keep your eyes peeled.)

That being said, though, Mike Allred is an amazing artist, and as much as fans like to rag on him, Dan Slott has done some great work in the past. But I think the most encouraging thing I’ve seen is the part of the of preview that claims that “human morality” is going to play a big part of the book. If there’s one way to make all-powerful characters interesting, it’s to make the focus about what the characters should do, rather than what the characters can do. Maybe this book can give the Surfer the same treatment the Spectre got in John Ostrander’s run. That’s a big maybe, though, so I’m not going to be reading from the get-go in this one.

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Winter Soldier: The Bitter March
Winter Soldier
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Roland Boschi

Summary

While only a limited series, a delve into the life of Bucky Barnes during the height of the Cold War as Soviet agent The Winter Soldier. A new slant on an old character deserving of some attention.

Gaumer: I love limited series! They have to do a lot in a, relatively, smaller amount of space, and I can pretty much tell if I’m going to dig what’s coming in a book or two. I like the character, and I just adore Rick Remender. I’m not sure how this can be bad!

Winter Soldier in his Cold War Prime? Hell YES! I’ll be grabbing this entire thing. Even if it starts slow Remender is not going to disappoint. My faith in his ability is way too high for me to skip any of this.

Jules: I AM STOKED FOR THIS! Rick Remender is just such a solid writer I know good things will come of this. He’s known for bringing out the best from character you thought were terrible people, and this is def one of those examples. I feel like this is gonna be that limited runs I wish was longer but I’ll take what I can get.

Winter Soldier, already a sweet character. Winter Solider in the Cold War? Hell to the yes. Rick Remender writing Winter Soldier in the Cold War. As far as I’m concerned I’ve bought every issue they just haven’t come out yet.

Taylor: An intriguing concept, to be sure. Bucky’s exploits in the USSR represent a relatively untapped storytelling landscape that has a lot of potential. Furthermore, this is a story that seems firmly inside Rick Remender’s wheelhouse. Could be some great stuff.

I’m still going to wait for trade, though, because I believe that Remender’s storytelling style is the kind that’s best enjoyed all at once rather than intermittently. So unless I hear some bad reviews, I’ll be enjoying this party a bit later than others.

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Wolverine
Wolverine
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Ryan Stegman

Summary

A direct sequel to Cornell’s last Wolverine offering, this relaunch sees Logan living more a simplified life, as the X-Man continues living on the wrong side of the law. Look for some B-List villains and plenty of clawed capers early 2014.

Gaumer: Been there, done that, not doing it again. Wolvie still hold a certain appeal for me, but I just enjoy the character better on a team. I’m going to get plenty of that between Wolverine & the X-Men and Amazing X-Men so, I’m skipping it.

Jules: SO much Wolverine, He’s an Avenger, He’s an X-man. The man is in a lot of books, probably more than any other hero in the marvel universe. And I don’t know if this is for me. What I can say is that I do love Ryan Stegman’s art so its gonna be sweet looking at least.

Taylor: I’m with my cohorts on this one. Between the Avengers and Jason Aaron’s X-Books, I’ve got plenty of Wolverine in my life already. If you’ve been enjoying Cornell’s work thus far, I see no reason why that would change now. But for those of us who missed that boat, I don’t feel compelled to paddle up to it at this point in time.

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X-Force
X-Force
Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Rock-He Kim

Summary

The new becomes new again as Cable and X-Force and Uncanny X-Force wind down to become a single X-Team in this new #1. This unlikely group of X-Men outsiders will continue to be the same mutant underground wetworks team fans have grown to love.

Gaumer: I called this back when X-Force became two books. Yes, Remender’s run on the book was amazing, but conceptually the things going on in those titles were not very interesting. So, them being cancelled and turned into a single book that shares ideas from both cancelled titles makes good sense. I’m not sure it’s still enough for me to grab the book, though.

Two issues, tops. I love the cast, and the art is bound to be great, but if there’s just boring going on like the last two X-Force books I’ll pass real quick.

Jules: I agree Remender’s Uncanny X-Force was a tour de force, pun intended, of comic book, and the two to follow were simply not up to par. Humpries Uncanny-Force was packed with a sweet cast and was plain flat. Hopeless’ Cable and X-Force, while fun, was not what everyone wanted it to be. I hope this new book will do its best to press on this franchise.

I’m gonna check it out, I like this cast, I really hope it’ll put some new life into the X-force.

Taylor: On principle, I only pick up so many X-Books at a given time. Consequently, I was never interested in picking up either of the X-Force books with Wolverine and the X-Men and X-Men holding down my quota. And so now we have two books I was never interested in combined together to form another book I’m not interested in. I’m not saying that I expect it to be bad, just that it’s not going to be for me. Pass.

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Avengers World
Avengers World
Writer: Nick Spencer and Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Stefano Caselli

Summary

The Avengers take things to a planetary level, as long-time Avengers writer does a team-up of his own. Big adventure, bug stories, really, really big team of Avengers!

Gaumer: If there’s a writer hotter than Jonathan Hickman right now, I haven’t come across him. But, if there’s one who is close, it’s Nick Spencer. I’ve been following Hickman since he was only writing independent books, and Nick Spencer showed me his amazing skill in the indy hit Bedlam. This book is aiming really high and I think it’s going to hit that mark.

I can’t not get this book! It’s going to be a huge Hickman plot, finished with the finesse of Spencer! Then I’m getting Caselli art for at least a few issues? Yes, please!!

Jules: Holy crap! I’m some kind bewildered about how extremely excited I am for this book. Jonathan Hickman, easily my favorite writer right now, teamed with the Duke of Weird? I’m gonna call him that all the time now; it just breathes like its gonna be radical. Coming off the heels of Infinity, I feel like this is exactly where I wanna be.

Hickman’s ever expanding Avengers is already everything I want it to be, now this just means I get more of what I want and then some. Beyond looking forward to this book and pulling it out of my box.

Taylor: At last we’ve come with the big one as Marvel and Jonathan Hickman continue to expand their flagship franchise. In a strategy that’s as brilliant as it is devious, Marvel has made it so that you can’t really enjoy Hickman’s run on the Avengers without enjoying ALL of his run on the Avengers as it sprawls out into multiple monthly books. Is that just plain evil? Yes, but the results have been amazing. After all, no one in the industry runs the long con better than Hickman. And now he’s getting backup from the highly talented Nick Spencer as well?

Well played, Marvel. Well played.

So yeah, I’m on board and excited to be so.

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We got more where this comes from! Maybe only one more, but who the hell know?! If Marvel keeps dishin’ ’em out we’ll keep servin’ ’em up! Check back soon for our next installment in the series, and be sure to like, share and comment. What are you pulling and what are you skipping?

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #9

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Guardians of the Galaxy #9

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Art: Francesco Francavilla

Well, to think I was late with my Infinity Reviews, this issue was a whole week late, which doesn’t honestly surprise me since this title has had problems with being late before. We pick up where we last left Rocket and Star Lord in the company of Abigail Brand being rescued by Angela. I almost can’t believe I typed that sentence. Breaking in to Thanos’ ship was one thing, getting out seems to be a whole other monster. Just when things seem grim, Rocket and StarLord seem out of whitty, Drax, Groot, and Gamora come through in true Guardians fashion.They make strides to get Thanos’ forces the hell of Earth and meet up some familiar Avengers to help end the invasion.

The Bad: This was just late to the party, I aldeady knew the pay off by the time I read this, I had already seen Star Lord and Rocket in Infinity. I just felt a little underwhelmed as I read it knowing for the part exactly how it was gonna play out.

The Good: If there is one reason to pick up this issue its def the art! It’s really a beautiful issue, the double page panels are gorgeous, it took everything in me not to rip this issue up, frame it and put it on my wall, Francesco Francavilla really delivers a tour de force of beautiful art, that feels just right in a space noir story. And of course Bendis just feels like the right guy when it comes to writing the banter between Star Lord and Rocket Raccoon.

The Verdict:  While I really enjoyed this issue, in terms of pushing the book forward it didn’t give me much, and far as tie-ins go, it comes out after their appearance in the main event, but damn is that art gorgeous. Overall it was a wait for the trade, unless you’re admire of beautiful art, it’s def the one to pick up!

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All-New Marvel NOW! Preview and Opinion, Part 3

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Outright Geekery follows the ever-changing lineup of comics hitting the shelves from Marvel in Part 3 of our delve into All-New Marvel NOW! Who needs a reboot when you pull this stuff every year?

This batch includes some old stuff made new by bringing back to the old, a couple of brand new takes, and a book that’s so new it’s new again!

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our series, comment and tell us what you’ll be adding or skipping!

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Fantastic Four
FF
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Leonard Kirk

Summary

Old-school FF family drama is on the menu as the First Family of Comics is taken back to their roots. High drama is on the menu, and a split-up that will change the FF forever!

Gaumer: I’ve been a diehard FF reader one time, and one time only: When Hickman had the reins. That is definitely going to change when this title relaunches in February. Robinson is a champion when telling these old-school tales, and Kirk’s art is quite pleasant. Yeah, I’m going to have to find room for this damn book!

Jules: I downright called this book as soon as the end of the current F4 and FF books were announced. And I couldn’t be more excited. Not since Hickman’s beautiful run with the First Family have I been so excited about whats coming down the pipeline for them.

I’m already a fan of Robinson’s work, I honestly can’t wait to pull this out of my box and read it.

Taylor: As someone who loves the Fantastic Four and wants to read their book, and as someone who has been avoiding Matt Fraction as of late (see Part 2), I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’ll finally be able to jump back into the exploits of Marvel’s First Family. I have confidence in James Robinson to deliver the sprawling, imaginative tales that the FF scream for, and in Leonard Kirk to depict these tales with solid artwork.

That’s all I need to get on-board with the Richards clan again, hopefully for a long haul.

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Iron Patriot
Iron Patriot
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Garry Brown

Summary

Tony Starks’ buddy James “Rhodey” Rhodes dons the War Machine armore yet again, only this time with a brand new, star-spangled painted suit. Rhodey tries to balance his government job with the rest of his life, and family/work drama seems sure.

Gaumer: Rhodey doesn’t get enough attention! I think he deserves his own book; I think the reuse of the Iron Patriot style armor is cool; I like the ideas being suggested for story elements; and I think the creators are talented. But I won’t be getting this book.

I could make room for this book in my stack, but I’m just not overly interested in it. It seems counter to everything I’m feeling, but, when I think about it, I’m just not excited enough to pull this title.

Jules: Man this is def a great idea. Off the heals of the successful Iron Man movie franchise, Marvel said, you know we really should do more with that Rhodey character who was such a badass. Dude he was the best Iron Man, until Tony got sober and said here have this overly 80’s suit and call yourself War Machine. Ugh. Such a bad call.

I like where this going I just don’t know if I’m gonna be able to squeeze this into my pull box but I might try.

Taylor: I get that they’re trying to build off of Rhodey’s role in Iron Man III, but the MU Iron Patriot identity is kind of sullied by Norman Osborn’s shenanigans, no? Well, whatever.

I have to confess that though I like the character, I’ve never really followed Rhodey on any of his solo adventures before. And I’m probably not going to start now. I’m just not interested enough to invest the money, plain and simple.

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Loki: Agent of Asgard
Loki
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett

Summary

Loki gets a new gig as a secret service style agent in this new take on an old favorite. The fan-favorite character finally gets his own book again, and gets one with a twist never tried before.

Gaumer: Who doesn’t love Loki? He’s just plain, old fun! What I’m not sure about is the angle they are taking with the whole thing. It could easily get campy or bogged down in nonsense as they try to fill in gaps that we didn’t even know existed, as often happens with characters like these, but, hey, it’s Loki! Al Ewing is also doing a great job on Mighty Avengers, so, it won’t be bad.

I’m on this for 4 issues before I make a decision. Look for reviews of this title from me as soon as it drops. I’m excited to read, not because I think it will be excellent, but because I think it has the most potential out of all of the Marvel NOW! books. High expectations, however, often lead to high disappointment.\

Jules: Damn. Fangirls/Fanboys you made this happen for sure. Loki was always the damn villain, he was ever barely likeable, but you let Matt Fraction write Thor for a while and Tom Hiddleston play him in some movies, and all of the sudden Loki is the damn hottest thing to come out of Asgard. Seriously.

All my b#tching aside, I’m gonna give this a for real try. I really like Al Ewing’s writing. he’s def sold me on things I thought I wasn’t gonna like. Greg Land’s art for instance, which I’m still not into, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying Mighty Avengers at all has it? Nope. Gonna try this out.

Taylor: This one actually has me in a bit of a conundrum. Loki is a character that I like. Al Ewing is a good writer. I’m unfamiliar with artist Lee Garbett, but his work looks strong.

But I’m still feeling iffy on this book because I hate to see Kieron Gillen separated from the Loki character. Starting with his work on Journey Into Mystery and continuing through Young Avengers, Gillen has been doing amazing stuff with the God of Mischief. Rarely have I seen a writer who had his fingers on the pulse of a character more than I did with that pairing.

And now I’m afraid that I’m going to hold it against Al Ewing going in. It would be like watching Mom date some new guy right after she separated from Dad. I know that’s not fair to Ewing. At all. But I’m probably going to hold off and hear what other people think before I take a look myself.

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New Warriors
New Warriors
Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Marcus To

Summary

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen a New Warriors book, and even longer since we’ve seen one with so many recognizable faces. Pulling in characters from every corner of the Marvel U, this old team, with new characters, and even newer flair promises to be joyride for old fans and newcomers alike.

Gaumer: This feels like another “been there, done that” book, and I’m just not interested. I don’t think we need another, new team of young heroes, they need to use the teams of youngsters that already have. Unless that are eventually take Speedball to Murder World!

Jules: I kinda still really like Chris Yost’s writing, its just got that 90’s edge to it. I meant that in a good way, I really enjoyed his Scarlet Spider run and I see now that’s where he’s moving Kaine to. I used to be a huge fan of the New Warriors back in the day, so I’m gonna try it out.

Taylor: With very few exceptions, I use a general rule of thumb when looking at a team book: If there isn’t a single member of the team whose solo adventures I would read, I take a pass. Such is the case here. Pass for me.

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Secret Avengers
Secret Avengers
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Michael Walsh

Summary

Spider-Woman joins the best damn field agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer, but Maria Hill’s newest recruit has a sordid past so full of lies that her new assignment may end up breaking her. Super-hero team-up spy action thriller.

Gaumer: The team itself for this title is going to be great! All skilled agents in their own right and unique ways. There’s some great potential here for some great things to happen, and this book is going to be one of those “anchor books”, supporting individual books from at least two of the team’s members. I’m just not sure I have room to jump on another book, especially one that will surely tie-in to an event at some point.

I may get the first issue of this; dip my toe in the water, so to speak. But unless the water is really, REALLY nice, I’ll not be staying at the pool long.

Jules: I’m sad to see Nick Spencer not returning to this book since he’s currently writing Secret Avengers. I really like the line-up, Spider-Woman is a great addition to this team, but I’m gonna miss Mockingbird, I know what you’re thinking, I like Mockingbird. Sue me.

I’m gonna try the first few but I’m not looking for anything.

Taylor: Broadly speaking, I’ve always felt that in the world of superheroes, spies and other espionage specialists work better in solo adventures, or as the sole sneaky members of larger teams, rather than as part of a large team of only spies. This is largely a matter of personal preference, of course, but that still means that this book isn’t my cup of tea.

This is especially true when you take into account how unfamiliar I am with both the writer and the artist.

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That’s it for today. Check back soon for more, cause if Marvel is going to keep shoving out the Number 1’s we’ll be dishin’ the goodness! Check back next week as we continue the series. As always, Comment, Like, Share…all that jazz!

All-New Marvel NOW! Preview and Opinion, Part 2

All-New-Marvel-Now-logoMarvel Comics is up to its old tricks and mixing up the Marvel side of comic shop shelves everywhere as All-New Marvel NOW! approaches. Outright Geekery follows the ever-changing lineup of comics hitting the shelves from Marvel, in Part 2 of our delve into All-New Marvel NOW! Check out part 1 here.

The return of some great Marvel B-List heroes mark this list, and something completely different.

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All-New Ghost Rider
All-New Ghost Rider
Writer: Felipe Smith
Artist: Tradd Moore

Summary

This book is all about getting The Rider back to his roots of vengefully kicking ass and speeding around on a hot (literally!) hot rod automobile? Where the hell’s the bike?  There’s also a new face behind the, umm, flaming skull, giving an honest-to-goodness never-before-seen Ghostrider!

Gaumer: Ghostrider? Again?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of pictures of flaming skulls, and Tradd Moore;’s are going to look awesome, but they’re taking away the bike and giving him a car. Different is always better.

I’d wait on this one. It’s got some potential, but if you must see Ghostrider buy Thunderbolts. He’s joining that team soon.

Jules: I wanna say I’m excited for this book, but I just can’t. I was a big Rider fan as a kid, the idea of him in a car, just not for me. Ghost Rider is one of those characters that really needs the right team on him. Hopefully this is that team.

I’m honestly gonna wait for the trade, and wait to hear some good things about this one, that is if anyone has anything to say. Sorry.

Taylor: This gets a pass from me. Ghost Rider is a character that I’ve never really identified with. If I did, though, I’d be pretty flabbergasted that they’d get rid of the bike. I always viewed the chopper to be as much a part of the character as the skull and the hellfire.

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Avengers Undercover
Avengers Undercover
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Kev Walker

Summary

Streaming out of the dark horse hit Avengers Arena, Undercover looks to head in that same successful direction. The book promises the same Avengers Arena action without the rules.

Gaumer: I wasn’t sold on Avengers Arena when it first dropped, but after I was talked into buying a copy of the first trade by Julestrue I found out what all the noise surrounding that title was about; and it was good! If this is anything like Arena, and it’s supposed to be a direct sequel to that run, the fans of that title will simply love this.

I’ll be skipping this. I just don’t have room for it in my box and there are just other books I’m more interested in. That’s not taking anything away from the book at all, and these trades will definitely be on my buy list.

Jules: I loved, downright loved Avengers Arena. Dennis Hopeless is the man; I had serious doubts he was real for a bit. His Cable and X-Force and Avengers Arena are just fun reads. Which in an age where books either take themselves too seriously or not seriously enough, is a nice breath of fresh air.

I’m gonna try it out. I said that with his other two books and was def pleasantly surprised. I hope this title turns out to be just as good as the others. I already know I’m a fan of Kev Walker’s art, considering I just read the last issue of Avengers Arena with his sweet art inside.

Taylor: Well, if this is the spin-off to Avengers Arena, I’m sort of disqualified from picking this one up, seeing as I never got into AA. I can, however, give a seal of approval to Kev Walker’s artwork, which I fondly remember from his work on Thunderbolts with Jeff Parker.

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Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: David Lopez

Summary

The series that just cannot be stopped continues to roll into an all new number 2. This new start promises even greater thrills and adventures for Carol Danvers.

Gaumer: I have to say I feel ashamed to have missed out on all of the awesome things going on in the Captain Marvel title. Kelly Sue DeConnick just gets this character and knows how to make her cool and appealing to a mass audience. It’s not just about girl-power, but it’s there in all it’s goodness. I won’t be missing out again.

I’m getting this title and will be hanging with it for at least a few issues. I’ve heard so much about the previous Captain Marvel book that I don’t think the rest of the OG crew will let me skip it. And I don’t think I want to.

Jules: I will not miss this book, I missed out on the first few issues of the last run and started reading it digitally, and regret it. Kelly Sue is doing great things with one of my favorite Avengers of all time. I’m seriously a big Carol Danvers fan, not since Bendis’ Mighty Avengers do I feel like the right writer is behind Carol.

This is a for sure buy! I’m a huge fan of not only Kelly Sue but a fan of David Lopez’s art so I know its gonna be a sweet tango of story and art.

Taylor: Three for three on this one. Kelly Sue DeConnick is an emerging superstar in the comics industry, and I want to try to get in on the ground floor of one of her books this time around. Especially when she’s working on a character that she understands very well, and who seems to be poised to make the jump to the A-List character tier. Throw in David Lopez, who has been doing strong work on books such as Mystic, and you’ve got a winning package.

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Inhuman
Inhuman
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Joe Maduiera

Summary

Spinning out of the event of Infinity, Inhuman promises to make sense of the multitudes of newly empowered Inhumans running rampant around the planet. Layered story-telling and brand new characters will abound throughout a story with a ton of paving behind it.

Gaumer: I’m not so sure I’m sold on the whole Inhumans thing stemming out of the events of Infinity. I see one of two things happening: we get another set of mutants, something we don’t need; or we get an army with Blackbolt as its leader, something that only leads to another event. It just doesn’t feel sticky.

I’ll buy issue one just to see what’s going on, but if it doesn’t grab me by the shorties from the get-go it’s not going to make my pull-list. I’m sure I can just wait until the next event and get a good summary at some point.

Jules: I’ve always been a big Inhumans fan. Being a long time fan of Marvel’s First Family( Fantastic Four; I did that for you who was unsure) I’ve always been fascinated with them. There’s such a very powerful yet mysterious family dynamic about them. With Matt Fraction behind this title I feel like I can get into it. He’s really good and writing interpersonal relationships and this is def one of those books you can get away with a lot of it, especially all of the new inhumans.

Do I agree the inhumans popping up like mutants is a bit much? Yes. There’s already new mutants popping up everyday since the events of AvsX. So maybe all the sudden regular humans become the major minority? Maybe a war? Mutants, Inhumans, Humans. Too Soon, but I’m gonna give it a shot and see what happens.

Taylor: I’m going to have to skip out on this one. A couple of years ago, I got burnt out on Matt Fraction when I jumped off of his Invincible Iron Man and Mighty Thor books roughly around the same time Fear Itself wrapped up. I’ve been avoiding him since then, and nothing about this Inhumanity book is making me want to change that stance.

Though I will say that I do have a sort of academic interest in how they’re going to be differentiating the new Inhumans from earth’s mutant population. Fortunately, it seems that my cohorts have a similar interest. Looks like I’ll be asking around the comic shop, then.

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Punisher
Punisher
Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Mitch Gerads

Summary

Frank Castle take his unique style of justice to the mean streets of L.A. as The Punisher moves to the West Coast. The tide turns on Frank as he becomes the unlikely target of an organized gang of street thugs.

Gaumer: I always say that Punisher would be better if they did something different with him. It’s why I thought Franken-Castle was such a fun arc of good old Frank. This, however, doesn’t seem different at all. Sure, he’s moved to the West Coast, but it doesn’t seem very different. Not that that’s bad, though, I just prefer my Punisher a bit more gorey, and I won’t be finding that here.

I’m skipping this. I’ve seen it before, and I don’t like it. My favorite Punisher is too brutal for the 616, unfortunately.

Jules: Nope. Never been a big Punisher fan, never thought he could just carry his own book.

Not gonna give this a try, let me know if you do.

Taylor: I’m out, too. The Punisher is a character that can work very well in capable hands that have plenty of free rein, but just as often gets undercut by efforts to make him more mainstream friendly. Mind you, I’m not trying to say that his new team doesn’t have it in them, just that you never know what you’re going to get, so it’s better to wait things out.

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That’s it for NOW! for now, but check back later this week for more of what’s coming from Marvel. What will you be adding to your pull-list? Comment below!

All-New Marvel NOW! Preview and Opinion, Part 1

All-New-Marvel-Now-logoMarvel Comics is doing it again! The publisher’s NOW! series of “mini” relaunches isn’t quite a year old and the House of Ideas thinks it’s a really good idea to rebrand the whole damn thing. Okay, whatever! The first NOW! brand gave us some really fun and interesting stories, with Hickman’s Avengers, Aaron’s Thor: God of Thunder, Bendis’ All-New X-Men, and Waid’s Indestructible Hulk leading the way. Some of these new titles, like Avengers Arena, were needed breaths of fresh air, while others, like Morbius: The Living Vampire, just didn’t resonate with readers quite as much. All-New Marvel NOW! is sure to have the same “hit or miss” titles in the mix, and Outright Geekery is here to give the rundown and speculate on will rock and what will suck. The list is way too big to be contained by a single post, so here’s the first in a series about Marvel’s upcoming #1’s.

In this first part of the series, we get a bit of the old, a bit of the new, and whole lot o’ ladies.

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All-New Invaders
All-New Invaders
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Steve Pugh

Summary

The World War II throwback team of Namor, Captain America, Bucky (AKA The Winter Soldier) and the original Human Torch is reformed with a modern twist. There promises to be plenty of old-school nostalgia but it’s set in the current day of Marvel continuity.

Gaumer: I have to admit I’m pretty tired of the same old Cap and the Gang stories from WW2. But I also have to admit I love the team itself, and seeing them thrown back together in the modern day is going to be pretty freaking awesome! James Robinson rarely disappoints, and this should be no different.

I’ll be grabbing this off the shelf, and I’m on-board for at least the first few issues. There’s no telling where this will go, and I’m sure it will be fun getting there, but, unless I simply love where it’s at after a few months I’ll be dropping it.

Jules: I’m down right stoked for this title, James Robinson was doing great things with Earth 2 at DC, he’s always done well with Golden Age Characters and this is def one of those titles. I was also a big fan of Steve Pugh’s art while he was on AnimalMan also on DC, so I feel like good things coming through in this title. I’m mostly excited to see Namor in another book and the original Human Torch.

I’ll pick it up for sure, and knowing Robinson, I will wait out the sea of words he’ll throw at the first couple of issues. Steve Pugh’s art alone has me in this for the long haul.

Taylor: The book itself seems like it should be good enough. James Robinson is a good fit with the characters, and Captain America can serve as an effective tool to draw readers in so that Winter Soldier, Namor, and Old School Torch can have more mainstream exposure. But really, we should just be excited that Stave Pugh is being given a vehicle to reach more audiences.

That being said, though, this probably won’t be an immediate purchase for me. For one thing, I’m no fan of Namor’s, and as much as I love Cap, he’s being handled well in a number of other books. But really, I’m just not excited enough by a reunion of the Invaders to jump in without seeing where it’s heading first. If it gets good word of mouth, though, I’d be glad to check it out in trade.

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All-New X-Factor
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Writer: Peter David
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico

Summary

While the Investigations team of the past may still bring a tear to the eye of some forlorn fanboys, this New, sorry, All-New X-Factor is a different take on the typical team book. This one is controlled by a corporation, namely Serval Industries, and may truly be something new.

Gaumer: I have no need whatsoever to see a solicit or an interview or even a single spoiler as to whatever will go on in this book. I don’t care what the plot it; I don’t care who is on the team; I don’t care who is drawing the book. Peter David is writing an X-Factor and I couldn’t be happier about it! I loved X-Factor Investigations so much that this book could be Layla and Madrox living family life on the farm and I’d read the damn thing.

This never left my pull-list. I’ll get it; I’ll buy every single issue; I’ll buy the tie-in books that will ultimately follow; I’ll gladly kneel before the greatness that is Peter David. Did I mention I like Peter David?

Jules: PETER DAVID?! I mean come on! Did Gaumer mention Peter David is writing this book? Look, honestly, Peter David means I will buy every issue. He’s Peter David. Yes the premise is awesome, the art looks awesome, the team has solid selections, but Peter David alone makes this worth purchasing. I was afraid when the end of X-factor was announced I wouldn’t get another Peter David book, or another X-factor. Marvel comes through in the clutch.

I will Purchase EVERY ISSUE! If you’ve never enjoyed anything this man has written you’re seriously missing out on one prolific writer in the Marvel bullpen. No I won’t ignore that Carmine Di Giandomenio is such a sweet artist, and will make this book rad looking.

Taylor: …Soooo, I don’t know if you heard, but Peter David is writing X-Factor, which is pretty cool. I’ll leave it at that, as I’m pretty sure that you get the point by now. Instead, I’d like to point out that Carmine Di Giandomenio is a great artist and that I’m excited to see him headline a relaunch. Add on to this a strong line-up, and you have all the makings of a great run on the series.

But while I’m sure that this book will be great, I’m going to hold off for now. I say this not because I’m particularly worried about anything; it’s just that I usually only keep up with so many X-Books at any given time, and right now Wolverine and the X-Men and Brian Wood’s X-Men are where I go for my mutant fix. But hey, maybe there’s room for one more. If this new X-Factor lives up to the promise, I’ll be glad to pick it up.

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Black Widow
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Writer: Nathan Edmondson
Artist: Phil Noto

Summary

Constantly shifting story tones and super-hero spy thrills are the order in this new title for one of Marvel’s most exciting characters. Black Widow may get the 2014 she deserves after all.

Gaumer: I am in no way a fan of this character. It’s nothing personal at all, but Widow just never really did it for me. However, the art is going to be great; Edmondson is by no means a slacker in the writing department, and “spy thriller” sounds like something missing from my hold box. But, I’m still not sold.

I’m on-board for at least two issues. I like the art, but if Edmondson doesn’t have me by issue two I’m just not going to give it much more attention. I want to love Black Widow, I just don’t.

Jules: I’m with Gaumer, I’ve always wanted to like Black Widow more than I do. Bendis’ Mighty Avengers has always been when I liked her the most, but for the most part I still like Mockingbird better, yup went there. Edmondson is a solid choice for writing a ‘spy noir’ kinda book. I’m really just looking forward to Phil Noto’s art. I mean if you haven’ seen his fake candid photo’s of Marvel heroes in the 60’s, you have no idea why I’m stoked on him penciling this book.

All that aside I’m on board for at least the initial arc, I hope I get gripped, shut my mouth and start loving Black Widow more than Mockingbird, yes went there again.

Taylor: This one is actually one of the new books I’m most excited about. Every now and then, a character gets paired with the perfect creative team, and I think we have just such a case here. Edmondson brings a strong background in espionage capers, which seems a natural fit for Marvel’s premiere secret agent. And it only gets better with the art being handled by the very capable Phil Noto, who excels at drawing strong, powerful women, making them beautiful without reducing them to sex-toys.

I’m certainly going to be on board for this one, at least for the first arc.

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Elektra
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Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Mike Del Mundo

Summary

Elektra Natchios is back and in full-form as the red-clad assassin. Elektra is still up to her old ninja games, but she is torn by her identity: is she a hero, or is she a villain?

Gaumer: Here we go again! It’s as if I’ve read this same solicit 5, 6, or 10 times before…oh, because I have! I’ve been fooled way too many times before. I’m not a fan of the character because she’s been so overused, and I’m not getting on that Titanic just to  wait for the inevitable iceberg.

Nope! Ain’t goin’ ta do it! I’m leaving this on the shelf.

Jules: Seriously? Again with this? Dude, no one will ever write her the way Frank Miller did on Daredevil run; can’t we just say it was the best because we barely knew the character, and just as we got to know her, she f#ckin died!

Of all the characters that could get their own book, this is the one I was hoping they wouldn’t try again. I’m not into it. Someone else read it and tell me if I was wrong and if its any good.

Taylor: As someone who’s never really been interested in Elektra as a character, I’m afraid that I’m not really drawn to check her new book here. That being said, Zeb Wells is a very capable writer, and Mike Del Mundo has a strong and inventive art style that could be very interesting to see, especially on a book like this one that should be a little left of mainstream, perhaps allowing him a loose leash to work with.

Maybe it will end up being a sleeper hit, but I can’t say that I’ll be along for the ride.

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She-Hulk
She-Hulk
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Pulido

Summary

She-Hulk is back, and back in a huge way! Big muscles; big adventure; big cases? Jennifer Walters gets back to her lawyer roots and attempts to balance a job, a life as a super-hero and a love life.

Gaumer: I love this character; I love this writer; I love the ideas being bounced around about the character by her new writer! Soule being a lawyer himself should make for some really interesting stuff and I cannot wait!

Yup, this is making my pull-list. I’m not completely sold, I’ll admit, but unless the book is just so completely terrible that I can’t justify keeping it on my list I’ll be reading it.

Jules: Where the hell was this when that travesty called the RED SHE-HULK book was being published. I’m super stoked for this title. I’ve always been a big fan of She-Hulk I’m happy to see her being used more, She’s honestly a really solid character.

I’m become a small fan of Charles Soule’s recent work and really looking forward to see what he can do with her. I’m gonna give it a shot and hope for the best.

Taylor: I’m unabashedly excited to have Jen Walters back, if for no other reason than because I’m glad to see Marvel moving away from the whole Red-Variety Hulks phase. That, and Jen is one of the cooler characters out there to begin with.

This is going to be one of my wait-and-see books. It has a lot of promise, and I’m hoping to see the creative team live up to it.

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That’s it for NOW! for now! Tell us what you think in the Facebook comments or below, and be sure to check back tomorrow for more of what All-New Marvel NOW! will have in store!

Previews 303: December 2013 for February 2014

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Whether you call it the Comic Shop’s Catalogue or the Best Bathroom Reading in the World, the monthly edition of Previews is just as much a part of my regular geek reading as the comics it solicits. Outright Geekery takes a look into the near future (no TARDIS required) as we touch on some of the highlights of this month’s Previews.

Marvel Comics

All-New Marvel NOW! hits its stride in February with a stream of new number 1’s, as well as old numbered issues rebranded with a huge “1” on their cover. Look out for Outright Geekery’s full preview of every single issue 1 dropping as a part of All-New Marvel NOW! later this week, but there were a few standouts in this month’s offerings.

superior-spider-man-27Superior Spider-Man issue 27 begins a new arc called Goblin Nation, and things are getting serious! Green Goblin’s underworld army takes all-out war to Spider Island, and I just don’t get it. Since when is Green Goblin smarter than Otto Octavius? What could be so meaningful to grant this issue being called “…the biggest event in the entire Superior Spider-Man Saga”? Something major is going down, and the early outrageous guesses put one Peter Parker under the purple hood of the Green Goblin! Could it be? Probably not, but who could have possibly predicted Doc Ock donning Spidey’s web shooters? Is it so far-fetched that Dan Slott wouldn’t do it again? Yeah, maybe it’s just ANOTHER Goblin story, but we really miss Peter, and he’s got to come back sometime, right? Just remember, you heard it here first!

Another noteworthy observation from Marvel this month is the revelation that Rick Remender will be taking over duties on New Avengers and (according to the cover anyways) he’s putting the focus Doctor Strange! Remender + Doc Strange X Illuminati / Simone Bianchi on pencils = Freakin’ AWESOME!!

The Ultimate Universe event Cataclysm wraps up, but we already knew that was coming. Wolverine_and_the_X-Men_41What’s truly striking is the lack of any other solicits for any other Ultimate books. Could this really be the end of Marvel’s Ultimate line? Who will live, who will die, and who, if anyone, makes the jump to the 616? Even if you’ve never read an Ultimate title in your life the end of this may just be worth picking up.

On a sadder note, this month sees the end of one of my favorite titles of late, Wolverine and the X-Men. This book has been a ton of fun, and I for one do not want to see it go away. Jason Aaron truly took the entire idea of a mutant school to the Nth degree. I’m really hoping we see these characters and this location again sooner rather than later, but either way it’s been a hell of a fun ride.

DC Comics

The event extravaganza continues over at DC with Forever Evil trudging along, First Contact starting in Batman/Superman and World’s Finest, and Gothtopia takes over way too many Batman titles. But there’s more than just events to talk about over at DC, and there’s quite a bit to be excited about.

Justice League #28 sees the Metal Men jumping into the Forever Evil fray. I’m not sure what they’ll bring to the fight, but I just adore this team, and it’s going to be fun no matter what! Let’s just hope they get to stick around for a while after Forever Evil is over.

The Daily Planet’s favorite reporter gets her own title, in the Superman: Lois Lane One-Shot dropping on February 26th, and it’s definitely something different. There’s no way that Lois could carry her own ongoing title, or could she? If this is good maybe, we’ll find out!

Supergirl_28Supergirl #28 is just spewing crazy-talk as Kara becomes the recipient of, wait for it…a Red Lantern ring! While this is, yes, a kick off to another event, namely Red Daughter of Krypton, this may just be too cool to pass up even for the most seething event hater. A Kryptonian with a Red Lantern ring is going to something worth checking out.ALL-STAR_WESTERN_28

Finally, DC’s favorite disfigured wild-west bounty hunter finds that the present-day isn’t all bad, gets those scars looked at, and modern medicine changes Jonah Hex forever in All-Star Western #28! I’m not sure how many Hex fans like his treatment in the New 52 present, but, by the looks of his plastic surgery, he won’t be going back in time to his old-west origins anytime soon.

Image Comics

The third leg of comics Big Three has a ton of new number 1 issues to talk about, as well as way too many collections to cover here. But those number 1’s look incredible!

Anthony Johnston and Justin Greenwood bring a new crime series with an attitude all its own, The Fuse. The twist? The story takes place on an Earth orbiting colony! 22,000 miles up, there is no backup. Yeah, this looks cool as hell!

Undertow #1 by Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov brings a brand new pulp monster adventure, with a twist on the City of Atlantis that has never been seen before. This book looks really interesting, but it’s not something I see myself picking up for month after month. Give me a few issues, make them good, and give me a payoff. Otherwise, I’m leaving this sitting on the shelf. I’m going to have to wait to learn more about this one.

The RevengerAnother Image issue 1 drops this month, with Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill’s over-the-top violence in The Revenger #1. A washed-up action movie star finally hits it big, just in time for him to lose everything. The first thing he loses? His damn face! Literally, the first page of the solicit shows a guy having his face ripped off. Yeah, this is going to be cool!

Finally, from J. Michael Straczynski comes Apocalypse Al #1, the story of private detective Alison Carter and a world teetering on the edge of supernatural destruction, and only Al can save the day. Gun-toting imps and zombie detectives are just some of the goodness JMS has in store in this one. Grab it as soon as you see it. This one is going to be fun!

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IDW has a new release of some of the greatest works the legend Jack Kirby has ever done with Jack Kirby New Gods Artist’s Edition.

The X-Files Conspiracy continues through some of IDW’s books, including TMNT and Transformers. That’s just plain weird!

The “You can’t unsee that shit!” comic of all-time, Crossed, counts down the days until title creator Garth Ennis returns in Crossed: Badlands #50. If you care at all about those no-caring Crossed you’ll want to check this out.

Boom! Studios is all about some Robocop with no less than four tie-ins for the timeless character who’s getting a brand new movie in 2014. I guess you can’t have too much of a good thing, but Boom! is definitely testing that theory.

Marvel Comics current Ultimate Smasher Joshua Fialkov gives us some Indy love with Oni Press’ The Bunker. This is going to sail under the radar, but do not miss it.

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The Official Starships Collection of Star Trek vessel miniatures continue as the USS Equinox and a Ferengi Marauder join a slew of others. If you’re a Trekkie and you haven’t checked these out run, DON’T WALK, to your local comic shop!

DC and ARTFX+ has an amazing New 52 Shazam statue dropping, but that’s not all. There’s a companion Black Adam statue dropping soon after! That’s a pretty pair of badass statues!

There’s a cute little Yoda Backpack T-shirt coming Yoda Tout, and it’s exactly what you’d think it was.

Previews Apparel also has a great retro Transformers T that is on my “buy list” as of “right now”!

Do I need a Captain Marvel dress? No, but my wife does!

Captain Marvel DressWe end this review of Previews with something especially different. A replica of Nightwing’s Arsenal of crime fighting gear from the game Batman: Arkham City. Hand-finished and hand-painted with the LED action you’d hope for in replica Escrima Sticks. It’s a Limited Edition, as you may have guessed, so jump quick!Nightwing Replica

That’s it for Previews this month. Pick one up at your local comics shop, or check them out here http://www.previewsworld.com and share your favs in the comments!

Previews 302: November 2013 for January 2014

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Whether you call it the Comic Shop’s Catalogue or the Best Bathroom Reading in the World, the monthly edition of Previews is just as much a part of my regular geek reading as the comics it solicits. Outright Geekery takes a look into the near future (no TARDIS required) as we touch on some of the highlights of this month’s Previews.

Marvel Comics

All-New Marvel NOW! begins with fervor in January with a bunch of books getting the renumbering treatment and a few brand new titles joining the Marvel ranks. All-New X-Men #22 see the beginning of the Trial of Jean Grey as the Original X-Men head into space for some galactic goodness. The old school X-gang crosses-over with another Bendis’ written team, The Guardians of the Galaxy, and that should make for some great stuff!

InhumanInhumanity, Marvel’s post-Infinity event of the spring, barrels through the Marvel U with no less than 4 tie-in books, including Superior Spidey and a new book starring the Inhuman Medusa. I’m kind of tired of events after both Battle of the Atom and Infinity, not to mention Forever Evil over at DC, so I’ll be skipping most, if not all, of the Inhumanity. I’m just not very interested.

After decades of legal problems and years of rumors, Miracleman finally comes to the Marvel U in a big time way. The preview suggests two new MM books hit in January, issue #1 at $5.99 and 64 pages, and issue #2 at $4.99 and 48 pages. While these are re-mastered reprints of ‘80’s stuff, they deserve the buzz they are getting. While I’m not jumping on the bandwagon right away, I’ll be looking into these a lot more as January gets closer.

The Ultimate Universe gets closer and closer to being gone as Cataclysm nears its final issue. Are they really going to destroy the Ultimate U? Who besides Miles Morales makes it to the 616 if they do? Things (for once) may truly never be the same. If you’ve ever been a fan of the Ultimate U, seeing its presumed end is going to be worth a read.

Revolutionary War 4 Revolutionary War 3 Revolutionary War 2 Revolutionary War 1Finally from Marvel, we get another British Invasion as Revolutionary War takes its hold on Captain Britain and the rest of the Marvel U from across the pond. With three tie-ins worth of story Marvel is putting some real power behind a seldom used piece of the Marvel U. My bet is we see the same miserable sales numbers the last time Marvel tried to give readers some characters from the UK, but it’s great to see Marvel taking some risks on some really awesome characters. I may have to find some room in my stack for this event.

Look for Outright Geekery’s full preview of All-New Marvel NOW! coming soon!

DC Comics

BlightForever Evil continues in just about every January DC book as the Blight storyline takes over most of the tie-ins. Things get a bit confusing as figuring out the reading order becomes a chore, but I’m on-board for at least a few issues and surely DC will make following this event a bit easier. I’m not fully sold on ANY of the tie-ins so far, but Forever Evil is going to make a statement in one of these damn books. Figuring out which one is like playing roulette, however, and I’m just not willing to play

Batman events are everywhere as ZERO YEAR and GOTHTOPIA are still running strong. While ZERO YEAR has been surprisingly fun to read, I’m not sure I have room for, yet another, event. I’ll be getting ZERO YEAR and a few tie-ins, but GOTHTOPIA is going to have to prove itself to me. Honestly, I’m really getting tired of events!

unwritten_vol2The Vertigo line gives fans more of what they love as The Unwritten Volume 2 drops alongside a special edition version of The Sandman: Overture featuring an extra-sized issue and an interview with comic letterer legend Todd Klein. I’m not one for the same old thing dressing up as more of the same thing, so I’ll be skipping any special editions, but fan-favorite The Unwritten getting a second volume is the perfect jumping on point for interested readers, and I’m a big one of those!

DC and Vertigo both are soliciting some great reprints of one of my favorite strips of all time Spy vs. Spy, and I’d be failing as a fan if I didn’t mention it. The spy-vs-spyUsual Gang of Idiots never fails to impress and make me giggle like a ticklish toddler in a feather factory! A 400 page omnibus for 50 bucks makes me say “Yes Plz!!”

Image Comics

The Third Leg comics-deadly-classof the comics Big 3 publishers offers 3 new number 1’s in January. Marvel big-leaguer Rick Remender brings his own brand of story-telling to his latest title Deadly Class, a story about a high school for assassins and a kid who just can’t make the grade. Remender has yet to disappoint, and I’ll be pulling Deadly Class from the shelves the moment it hits.

Legend Bob Fingerman returns from a 15 year hiatus as Minimum Wage makes its long-awaited comeback. Edgy, slice-of-life stories and Fingerman’s classic art style make this a book to pay some attention to if not pay some cold hard cash to add to your collection.

Finally, comics mainstay Stuart Moore brings us some sci-fi goodness with Egos #1, a twisted tale of a future superhero with “big sci-fi” elements. I’ll be skipping this simply because I don’t have enough room in my stack, but it’s definitely worth a look.

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IDW creates its own version of Reeces’ Cups as The X-Files and The Ghostbusters crossover in an unlikely but attractive pairing, in an event that shows more creativity in its concept than most Big 2 events have in 12 issues. This is just weird enough to work!

Twilight ZoneThe great J. Michael Straczynski takes us back to “a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind,” in the new title from Dynamite Entertainment The Twilight Zone. I know I should learn my lesson and stop buying comics taken from licensed properties that have absolutely nothing to do with comics, but this is going to be worth the ride. I may wait for the trade, but I will read this.

Also from Dynamite, Fables creator Bill Willingham goes steampunk with Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure. This may be good actually, but steampunk isn’t my thing. Worth a look just to check out Willingham on something new and (hopefully) different, but it’s not finding its way into my hold box.

Judge Dredd is all over this Previews with IDW and 2000AD printing tons of new stuff or reprinting classics. It’s a good time to love the Judge!

Attack on Titan is up to book 8 and they are all being reoffered come January 2014. If you haven’t checked out this manga or the anime, what the hell are you waiting for?

And the Rest

HQConnerTopThe cover to Harley Quinn issue 0 by Amanda Conner now comes in an official t-shirt. It’s my all-time favorite Harley cover!

A 24” Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man looks cool and is just plain fun.

I’ll need some lay-a-way for the Robocop classic figure and the one from the brand new movie hitting next year, both from Play Arts. Dead or alive…

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And way too many statues to cover! They do realize everyone is still going to be broke in January?

That’s it for Previews this month. Pick one up at your local comics shop, or check them out here http://www.previewsworld.com and share your favs with the rest of us!