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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: October 1st, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: October 1st, 2014

COVERED: July 2nd, 2014

Sometimes you just want to see hot comic book shelf porn. Well, we’ve got you COVERED! Here’s the best comic book covers of the week.

Uber #15 by Daniel Gete
Uber 15


Big Trouble in Little China #2 by Dan Panosian
Big Trouble in Little China #2


Batman Eternal #13 by Dustin Nguyen
Batman Eternal 13


Green Lantern #33 by Ethan Van Sciver
Gren Lantern 33


Black Widow #8 by Phil Noto
Black Widow 8


Captain America #22 by Alex Ross
Captain America #22


Rocket Raccoon #1 by Skottie Young
Rocket Raccoon 1(2)


Rocket Raccoon #1 by Skottie Young
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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: July 2nd, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week?


Jules: Southern Bastards #3

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour are at it with a strange very cool title. Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team…and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. Angry old Earl Tubb has returned to handle his family’s estate when he gets mixed up in somethings, the only way to survive a place like this…is to carry a really big stick. I’m been digging this title. Its definitely worth checking out if you haven’t yet! Aaron the man writing Thor: God of Thunder and Latour writing Wolverine and the X-Men at Marvel, this is a wicked strange tale that’s definitely worth checking out, folks.

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SOUTHERN BASTARDS #3

story: JASAON AARON
art / cover: JASON LATOUR
JUNE 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50
Earl Tubb’s one-man war to clean up Craw County begins to rage out of control, as it claims its first casualty.


Taylor: Black Widow #8

Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto continue to give strong work with each issue, with intriguing character work from Edmondson coupled with Noto’s stunning art. This week, we get to see a black ops team-up between the Widow and another Marvel’s premiere spooks (and yet another of Natasha’s exes), the Winter Soldier. This issue should be a lot of fun.

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BLACK WIDOW #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON (WRITER) • PHIL NOTO (ARTIST)
• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!
• Meanwhile, Isaiah has business of his own in London, but a simple plan gets complicated.
• Nathan Edmonson and Phil Noto continue their uninterrupted run on one of the most acclaimed books of the year.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Christian: Batman Eternal #13

DC’s weekly Batman book just keep getting better and better. All the Bat-family members are here; the multifaceted story is intriguing, and I just can’t wait to see where this book goes each and every week. With an imprisoned Gordon being taken to Blackgate prison, Gotham’s Top-Cop is going to be in a whole mess of trouble, and Batman just doesn’t have the time to help him out. This is going to be a great issue!

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BATMAN ETERNAL #13

Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
A demon from Jim Gordon’s past comes to haunt him in Blackgate while the Gang War threatens to rip Gotham City apart! Can Jason Bard keep the order without coming head to head with Batman himself?


Gaumer:Original Sin #5

The reveal at the end of the last issue of Marvel summer blockbuster event Original Sin left a whole lot of readers’ jaws sitting on the floor, and I want, nay, need some answers. Just how long has Nick Fury been using LMDs to doppelgang his way around the Marvel U? And why let the cat out of the bag now? The layers of mystery keep unfolding in this title, and I’m ready to get some answers to my questions.

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ORIGINAL SIN #5 (OF 8)

(WRITER) Jason Aaron (ARTIST) Mike Deodato
Find out the secret history of the Unseen! What is the Original Sin?
In Shops: 7/2/2014
SRP: $3.99


Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics of 2014 (so far)

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It’s quite difficult for me to believe, but we’re already halfway through 2014, and it’s been an incredible six months of comic books. From the Big 3 publishers of Marvel, DC, and Image, to the lesser known independent publishers, the first half of 2014 has been chock full of comic book awesomeness. Since we’re such big comic fans here at Outright Geekery, we’d be negligent in our geekly duties if we didn’t put a spotlight on the best of these books from all of these great publishers, and we’re starting this 4 week series of Tops o’ the Lot with Marvel Comics. So, without further ado, Excelsior! Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics of 2014 (so far). Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: Marvel Comics of 2014 (so far)

Review: Avengers #29

Avengers 29

AVENGERS #29
Jonathan Hickman (WRITER)
Leinil Francis Yu (ARTIST)
Teaser Variant also available
WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Hickman since I first bought The Nightly News, the writer’s 2006 breakout indy title, and I knew I was on to something. Since then I’ve bought just about everything the guy has written, I have yet to be disappointed, and that includes his amazing run on the premiere Avengers titles. Within the pages of those titles, Hickman has been weaving a high science fiction tale of recurring impending doom brought on by universal incursion after universal incursion centered on Earth. In the early issues of his New Avengers run, Hickman brought the Illuminati into this whole incursion scenario by having Captain America use the Infinity Gauntlet to stave off an impending universe, and then using the same weapon to destroy the gauntlet itself, including all the gems save the Time Gem. The rest of the cabal subsequently kicked Cap out of their little club because the other members knew he couldn’t make the hard choice, namely destroy an entire universe and every living thing in it. So, Doc Strange wiped Cap’s memories, and the universe demolishing continued. Marvel’s latest blockbuster event Original Sin, however, presents a great opportunity for some high drama, as Tony Stark’s secrets come back to haunt him. Captain America remembers!

The Good

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much going into this issue. It’s just another tie-in to another Marvel event. So I was pleasantly surprised at how great a book it was. We open with Cap asleep in bed, dreaming of his erased past memories as a member of the Illuminati, the destruction of an entire universe, and the disappearance of the Infinity Gauntlet. This acts as a great way to give readers the whole back-story of Cap’s removal from the Illuminati, as well as a creative method of showing Cap regaining those very difficult memories. His friends, including his best friend, have been lying to him for months, and went as far as erasing the man’s memories. Needless to say, Cap is pissed! He gathers Black Widow and Hawkeye on his way to question Tony face to face, with Thor, Hyperion, and Star Brand meeting up with them later…yeah, Cap brought his biggest guns with him. It really helped communicate just how important this issue is to Cap, and was also a great example of the trust Cap has earned with his allies as they accompany him to confront Iron Man without hesitation. The dialogue between Steve and Tony is spot-on, despite having seen this same brother vs. brother fight so many times before, and Tony’s reveal that Cap’s team of heavy hitters is surrounded by hundreds of suits of armor makes for a terrific fight. While the return of the Time Gem last page reveal came completely out of left field, it wasn’t quite out of place, but the true greatness of this ish was the way Hickman showed the dichotomy between Iron Man and Captain America when it comes to dealing with the universal incursion threat. Leinil Francis Yu is a modern day master, and his artwork was the perfect accompaniment to this gripping tale of betrayal and moral ambiguity.

The Bad

Hickman’s universal incursion story that he’s been spinning within the pages of his Avengers titles was already enormous and complex. With an infinite number of universes, rogue planets from the future, and universe destroying species of all sorts it was already difficult to follow the story sometimes. By the end of this issue #29, however, we’re sent 50 years into the future, presumably due to an exploding Time Gem, adding another layer of WTF? to the entire landscape. I’m all for big stories that take chances with an epic scope, but it may be getting a bit too much. I also had some problems with the whole Tony Stark vs. Steve Rogers morality tale angle that we’ve seen so many times before. It felt way too close to Civil War, Disassembled, and every other time Iron Man and Cap disagreed on how to be a hero.

The Verdict

The Original Sin event has given Marvel the chance to tell some interesting untold stories from Marvel’s past, and, according to the tie-in solicits, that’s the majority of what we’re going to get. The same spider that bit Peter bit someone else, Thor and Loki have a sister, Iron Man and Hulk have some old-school beef, Professor Xavier left a last will and testament, among other things…and we simply had no idea it happened? Yeah, I’m not buying it! But this Avengers #29 tie-in dealt with the whole original sin premise echoing throughout the Marvel Universe in a way that works in current continuity and does so in brilliant fashion. If the rest of the Original Sin tie-in books are half as good as this one it’s going to be a great summer. And Hickman’s entire universal incursion story-line continues to twist and turn with each and every Avengers issue he writes, with a hard left-turn careening off the rails by the last panel of this issue.

Story: 4 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out of 5

Review: Black Widow #6

Black Widow 6

BLACK WIDOW #6
NATHAN EDMONDSON (WRITER) • PHIL NOTO (ARTIST)
• The entity behind the attacks sits alone and mysterious on the dark water—can Natasha infiltrate the floating lair?
• Black Widow’s strength and cunning will be put to the test as she follows the trail of blood and destruction to the beginning…
• This is a mission too dangerous even for S.H.I.E.L.D.
• Read the thrilling conclusion of the first arc of the book that critics are calling “an example of just how good a comic book can be.” (-Bag&Bored)
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

There’s absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the Marvel Movie Universe has had a big impact on the comic book side of things. The new and improved Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, certain depictions of Ironman from inside the suit, and other subtle details have been folded into the mix like a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The movies have also granted the opportunity for Marvel to take advantage of some characters that the movies threw into the spotlight, and both Hawkeye and Black Widow have reached success on the comic page because of the Hollywood spotlight. Issue #6 of Black Widow wraps up the series first arc, and it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

The Good

At her heart, Natasha is a super-spy the same way that Captain America is a super-soldier. Now, Cap may have a full-on dose of serum, but it’s Cap’s attitude and techniques that makes him a super-soldier, and Black Widow’s Super-spy persona is a perfect comparison. This ish begins where last ish left off, and we find our heroine in the clutches of terrorists as she seeks the head of the snake in what has become an intriguing tale of modern-day espionage. Edmondson has a firm grip on the spy story he is telling, albeit somewhat derived, but he truly shines on Natasha’s more personal and internal moments, and it’s a nice treat to see the character handled in this mature and compelling way. Phil Noto is brilliant on art, as he’s been this entire first arc, and I just can’t decide if I like his pencil action or his moody colors more.

The Bad

While Edmondson’s treatment of Natasha as a person is some of the strongest characterizations Black Widow has ever received, the overall spy story he’s building to seems a bit contrived and unoriginal, albeit a perfect fit for the character as well as a nice way to ease new readers into the character. Although Noto’s work is solid it is the worst showing of this first arc of the title and it feels rushed in a lot of places, especially when compared to the previous issues in the series first arc.

The Verdict

While this is a great comic book and a strong start to a series that is sure to take Black Widow to places the character hasn’t reached before, this was the weakest single issue of the series to date, and there are signs that the title may simply have peaked early. There’s certainly plenty of opportunity for this to continue to be an amazing series, and I really hope it does, but I have to call ’em how I see ’em, and I definitely see problems.

Story: 2.5 Out of 5
Art: 3.5 Out of 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5

Opinion: The Success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-PosterIt’s the source material! It seems like a pretty basic idea, but so many comic book films in the past have missed the mark. The reason these movies are immediately appealing, have a huge built-in audience, and star characters that most of the civilized world already knows and loves is because of the comic books. Now, I’m not going to go on some fanboy tirade demanding that comic book movies be direct comic book translations, but it’s very difficult not to see an association between the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the film’s heavy use of elements taken straight from the pages of Marvel Comics. Warning: This article is spoiler heavy, so if you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, what the hell is wrong with you?! Until you remedy that problem, check out our spoiler free-ish review of the film.

Batroc the Leaper and (Just) Batroc

Batroc3In one of the opening scenes of the film, we see Cap taking down some hijackers, with said hijackers being led by a French terrorist named Batroc. If you’ve never read Cap comics in the past, and even if you have, you may have missed this obvious connection to long-time Cap villain Batroc the Leaper. Portrayed by ultimate fighter Georges St-Pierre, Batroc, as he’s known in the film, didn’t make for much of a character despite his amazingly choreographed fight scene with Captain America, which is exactly what Batroc the Leaper did in the comics. Batroc wasn’t anything special, and was actually kind of cheesy (even for the 60’s), but in his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #75 Batroc showed off his unique fighting style to the world, Batroc2and it’s been his one compelling factor ever since. Flipping, spinning, and that french accent when he’s talking smack: they were all there in the comics; they were all there in the movie. And that’s all we wanted and all we needed from Batroc in either. “Leaper” or no “Leaper” Batroc made quite an impression in The Winter Soldier, and did so by keeping to what made him great in the comic book.

Cap’s New Threads

Cap1There’s a great moment in The Winter Soldier when Cap goes back to his original uniform. It’s reminiscent of Game 2 of the 1995 NBA Playoffs when Jordan went back to wearing “23”. Prior to donning the Stars and Stripes again, though, Captain Rogers was seen wearing his new duds, The S.H.I.E.L.D. Blues. But this costume change was in no way original, and The Blues from the film look a whole lot like Cap’s uniform during his stint as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yup, that’s Cap2right, Cap had Nick Fury’s job for a little while, and although Steve just couldn’t handle a desk job, the suit making it into the film is just a single, small example of the great use of the source material. With only a few differences to the Star Emblem, these two suits are identical in almost every way. I was never a big fan of this uniform or of Steve being in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it signified a period of examination and introspection for Steve within the pages of the comics that led to a fantastic new and modern approach of telling the whole “Soldier Out of Time” story that is the embodiment of the character overall. This characterization of Captain America was used quite extensively in the story told in the film, and it was all born in the pages of comics.

Cap and Falcon

Cap and FalconCaptain America and Falcon have been a duo in the comics since the 1960’s, and their bromance has continued well into the present day. Falcon was the first to Cap’s side during the Marvel Civil War, an event that split the Marvel U quite the same way S.H.I.E.L.D. was split in the film. The two are synonymous in comics and now, it seems, the two’s relationship is just as cemented in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The very first Secret Avengers were started by Cap and his best bud Falcon, and, if Captain America 3 continues down the road it’s on, that could very well be the road these two end up walking down. No matter where their paths take them, however, we know these two will be walking the path together. Cap and Falcon go together like the Peanut Butter and la_ca_0102_Captain_AmericaJelly, Steak and Potatoes, Kool-Aid and Sugar; and their relationship was handled in the film with the same sort of care that their comic book relationship has been handled, and it made for a great on-screen duo. I simply cannot wait to see more adventures from Cap and Falcon on the big screen. Their bromance is better than the one between Cap and Black Widow, actually.

Black Widow

Although her coming out party in Ironman 2 was definitely something wonderful to behold, she had to share so much screen time with the rest of the Avengers in Marvel’s The Black WidowAvenger, that we really didn’t get the whole story behind Natasha’s level of badass. That all changed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier because Black Widow was, arguably, the shining star of the entire film. But the character’s badass nature was more than evident in her very first comic book appearance as the character we all know. Black Widow may have first appeared way back in 1964’s Tales of Suspense #52, but her comic book breakout was in Amazing Spider-Man #86 where she was immediately shown as the badass she truly is. In that ish we see Black Widow swinging around NYC, much the same way she swings off that bridge while running from Black Widow BridgeThe Winter Soldier. These scenes are eerily similar, but it’s much more than that. Black Widow has ALWAYS been one of Marvel’s strongest female characters, and she easily stands on her own within those pages. But, up until The Winter Soldier, this aspect of the character hasn’t been completely delivered. Marvel has certainly opened the door for making Black Widow a character that can equally stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Cap Escapes from S.H.I.E.L.D.

One of the best scenes in the film was Cap beating the hell out of an entire elevator of henchmen before leaping to freedom from a dizzying height. It simultaneously showed Encounter2how awesome Cap is in a fight, while giving the audience a real look into the power of a sinister S.H.I.E.L.D. But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Captain America leap out a window to escape the clutches of S.H.I.E.L.D. Again, we go back to the Marvel Civil War and Cap’s escape from a helicarrier. The similarities are so close that it’s simply impossible for this not be a complete ripoff of the comic book, but that’s the whole damned point.

Cap Undercover

Cap UndercoverAfter leaving S.H.I.E.L.D., Cap finds himself on the run, and in dire need of a disguise. But this isn’t the first time Cap and his pals have had to blend in with the rest of society to hideout from the “authorities”. Again, we go back to Civil War to find another instance where Cap went undercover to make sure he could still fight the Undercovergood fight, and keep from being locked up as a fugitive. This was a really nice touch that was added to the movie, and it immediately made me think of this moment from Civil War. Thankfully, though, Cap never had to kiss Daredevil or Goliath to keep the villains off his trail, but that would have been much bigger news than Spidey taking his mask off. Either way, Cap undercover was something this fanboy really liked seeing, it was the perfect way to balance Steve Roger’s humanity with his super-heroism in the film, and it was completely stolen from the comic books.

The Winter Soldier

Ed Brubaker was the mind behind the madness that was the entire The Winter Soldier story told within the pages of the Captain America comic book. Many of the elements of ALL of the characters portrayed in the film were completely his doing. So this article wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning Brubaker’s epic creation, and the use of these elements in the film are unmistakable.

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The shield punch is almost a direct copy of the comic panel, and Cap trying to talk some sense into his oldest friend on the deck of the helicarrier was also a pivotal story moment from the film taken from the comic.

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Real-World Relevance

Helicarrier 1There are so many more comparisons that I could make in the context of this article – from crashing helicarriers to Agent 13/Sharon Carter to Baron von Strucker and Hyrda – but there’s one singular comparison to the comic books that makes The Winter Soldier the epitome of the comic book film. Ever since the X-Men were created to subtly discuss the problems with bigotry in America, Marvel Comics has mirrored the real-world. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes important current events and makes them relevant in a subtle way. In this case, it’s the N.S.A. Spying Scandal as portrayed by the triumvirate of DNA seeking, murderous helicarriers being unleashed. Throughout the history of Marvel Comics, it has been this fine-drawn examination of real-world issues that have made Marvel Comics the compelling pieces of literature that they have always been. They have a level of historical importance, this facet of the comics was displayed perfectly on the screen, and it’s a huge part of the overall success of the film.

Conclusion

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been received such critical and audience acclaim that it’s arguably the best of the Marvel Movies to date. This fact, however, while certainly due in part to the quality of the acting, effects, and everything else that made up the film, has much more to do with the success that was already established by the comic book source material. This is by no means meant to say that other Marvel movies weren’t strongly influenced by the comics, but the success of The Winter Soldier, coupled with the specific elements taken from the comics, definitely suggests that Marvel has found a Nomadperfect balance with their movie-making recipe. And this can only mean that more great Marvel Comic movies are on the way. While we probably won’t see Steve Rogers donning the Nomad costume anytime soon, I have no doubt that what we will get with the rest of Phase Two and with Phase Three will be nothing short of spectacular.

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 2nd, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Inhuman #1

Charles Soule is running a hot hand in a dice game and I’m really looking forward to his next roll. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Inhumans, Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee really provided one of the best tellings of Marvel’s Strangest Family! In the wake of Inhumanity which seems almost forgotten now here stands the old and new Inhumans after the fall of Attilan. All that aside Joe Madureira’s art is solid and it’s gonna rad for this title!

Inhuman

INHUMAN #1
CHARLES SOULE – W
JOE MADUREIRA  – A/C
Variant Cover by Humberto Ramos
VARIANT Cover by J. Scott Campbell
VARIANT Cover by Milo Manara
Design VARIANT by JOE MADUREIRA
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
RESOLICITATION!
The newest super heroes of the Marvel Universe are born! A cloud of Terrigen mist is moving around the world turning regular people into Inhumans with amazing powers. But not everyone thinks this is a good thing. Discover the secret history of the Marvel Universe and get in at the ground floor of the next big Marvel franchise!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer: Detective Comics #30

This is the one I’ve been waiting for! The creative team that made The Flash one of my favorite monthly titles is back, on a Batman book, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I have no idea what the story is going to be about, and I don’t really care. I’m getting this for simple reason: Mind-blowing art! That’s what gave The Flash so much appeal for so many months, and I’m hoping beyond hope that the creative team follows through on this title. It’s on the top of my stack this week.

Detective Comics 30

DETECTIVE COMICS #30
Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO and FRANCIS MANAPUL
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 2 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
A bold new direction for DETECTIVE COMICS as THE FLASH creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato take over the creative reins! Batman finds himself knee-deep in a new mystery involving a deadly new narcotic that has hit the streets of Gotham City.

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Taylor: Black Widow #5

This issue brings us a first in the relaunched series as we finally have a continuing story arc to read through. The art on this book has been a feast for the eyes every month, and I’m glad that the story is finally getting a chance to lay out some roots. Here’s hoping!

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BLACK WIDOW #5
NATHAN EDMONDSON – W • Phil NOTO – A/C
• Paris, London, Montenegro. Natasha is in a race against time, under the shadow of the hammer…
• A dark plot threatens Europe, and even SHIELD doesn’t know who’s behind it…
• With nowhere to turn for answers, Natasha has no choice but to ask THE RAVEN for help…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …3.99

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Bonus Picks

Ultimate Spider-Man #200

Brian Michael Bendis hits a milestone with this issue, having been the only writer on this title since it first launched in the late 90s. Alongside side just about every artist who has graced the title! This is a really step forward in the continuation of the Ultimate legacy as the current Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales stands with the friends and family of the fallen Peter Parker as they take a serious look back at the life of the first Ultimate Spider-Man. Something I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Ultimate Spider-Man 200

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS – W
DAVE MARQUEZ, MARK BAGLEY, MARK BROOKS, STUART IMMONEN AND DAVID LAFUENTE – A
Cover A BY MARK BAGLEY
Cover B BY DAVID MARQUEZ
• The world mourns on the anniversary of Peter Parker’s death
• A gathering of Spidey’s friends and foes reveal some shocking truths about Peter and his world
• One of the biggest surprise endings of the year!
48 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: March 12th, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Avengers Undercover #1

If you you missed out on Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker’s run of Avengers Arena, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It may not have been the most original story. It may have been Battle Royale with Avengers Academy/Runaways/random Marvel teens, but it was a ton of fun. The creative team looks to further their story which began in Avengers Arena into Avengers Undercover. What remains of the characters are now going behind enemy lines and working with such Villains as Baron Zemo! I’m stoked! Avengers Arena was the big shock of Marvel Now! for me, and I hope Avengers Undercover will be the shock of All-New Marvel Now!

Avengers Undercover #1

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1
DENNIS HOPELESS (W) • KEV WALKER (A)
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
VARIANT cover by Mark Brooks
WHEN TEEN HEROES INFILTRATE THE MASTERS OF EVIL, WHO WILL BREAK BAD?
Damaged by their experience in Murder World, five conflicted young superhumans go rogue and infiltrate the Masters of Evil, planning to bring the Avengers’ rivals down from within. But the longer the teens spend undercover, the more they descend into darkness, and as they start to build relationships with these multi-layered criminals, the line between good and evil blurs. What will happen first…joining the Masters for real, or getting exposed and killed? If you thought Murder World was dangerous, just wait until “Most Promising New Talent” Harvey award-winner Dennis Hopeless and acclaimed artist Kev Walker surround you with Evil!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Gaumer: Black Widow #4

It’s a relatively light week for me, but an important one for the relationship I’m having with one Natalia Alianovna “Natasha” Romanova. This is issue #4 of Black Widow, and while the first three single, seemingly one-shot, issues of this comic were a tour de force of artwork, the story, while quite entertaining, was missing that long-term plot that it so reminiscent of Marvel Comics. Sure, that’s a breath of fresh air, but Black Widow is way too important and interesting a character for her to be limited in such a way. I’m looking for the “big picture” to start revealing itself, or I may be looking for a replacement book. Either way, I’ll be reading this one first come Wednesday, it’s on the top of my stack.

Black Widow 4

BLACK WIDOW #4
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • Phil NOTO (A/C)
• From the cold streets of old Russia, the Hand of God reaches out to crush Black Widow—and it is merciless.
• Outmatched by the brute force of a powerful new villain, Natasha finds a deadly plot unfolding that spans the entire globe
• Jump on to the sensational new series as the most lethal The Avenger faces her deadliest test!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Captain Marvel #1

The best new thing that not nearly enough people were reading is getting another relaunch this week as Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez bring us another volume of Captain Marvel. Don’t miss out this time around.

Captain Marvel #1

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (W)
DAVID LOPEZ (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY JOHN CASSADAY
ANIMAL VARIANT BY DAVID LOPEZ
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE begins!
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with death-defying powers and an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing series! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life and the entire Marvel Universe in the months to come. It’s time to go HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER and more in the most super-powered comic around!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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J. Jonah Jesse: Minimum Wage #3

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Bob Fingerman’s Minimum Wage since it relaunched in Jan. Fingerman really nails the “slice of life” comic style and keeps you asking for more of his jaded self deprecating sense of humor. In this issue we are promised a new milestone in his current relationship and the meeting of a favorite tv star of his childhood. This series is definitely worth checking out and there is no time like the present to jump on the bandwagon for this great title.

Minimum Wage #3

MINIMUM WAGE #3
story BOB FINGERMAN
art / cover BOB FINGERMAN
MARCH 12 / 24 PAGES / BW / M / $3.50
Rob and May reach an unforeseen milestone in their relationship, but that’s nothing compared to his chance encounter with the eccentric co-star of one of his favorite childhood TV shows. Uncomfortable hugs, inappropriate cabbies, obese Klingons, and really creepy puppets flesh out the third issue of BOB FINGERMAN’s so-real-it-hurts series.

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CrimsonChris: Batgirl #29

The fact that the name Gail Simone appears on the cover of this book puts it at the very top of my reading stack this week. The fact that this arc has been awesome, the new villain is really cool, and there’s vampires. Like I, Vampire vampires! It seems like too long since that book went away, and seeing some of those elements thrown in here, with Ms. Simone at the helm, is going to be sweet! Am I looking forward to this one? Yeah, just a bit!

Batgirl 29

BATGIRL #29
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 Robot Chicken Variant cover
On sale MARCH 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Dead before sunrise! Batgirl and the Talon known as Strix race to stop the new villain SILVER, who has ties to I, VAMPIRE star Andrew Bennett!

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Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack in comic shops this Wednesday?

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: January 22nd, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down our top pick on comic stacks for this week.

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Jules: Mighty Avengers Issue #5

This title has been a serious surprise as far Avengers titles go. With Marvel saturating the market with as many Avengers books as possible is easy to miss this one but it’s def the one to pick up. Al Ewing serious makes up for Greg Lands mediocre art. The cast is solid, the banter is great! I’m really looking forward to see what’s next for the Mighty Avengers, and wanna see if I’m right about who the new Ronin is!

Mighty Avengers 5

AL EWING (W) • GREG LAND (A/C)
Variant Cover by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
INHUMANITY TIE-IN!
• It’s the leadership challenge you’ve been waiting for! Luke vs The Superior Spider-Man – with She-Hulk arbitrating! As in “arbitrating” a robot’s head off!
Extreme physical discourtesy the way you crave it, True Believer!
• Meanwhile, there’s something very rotten in the fallen city of Attilan – and it’s shambling towards the Mighty Avengers!
• Plus! WHO are the Deathwalkers? Does Ronin know? Wait, hang on, he’s DEAD?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Gaumer: All-New X-Factor Issue #2

The first issue of this new run left me a bit disappointed, but I have a lot of faith in writer Peter David to turn things around in this second ish. The team features an interesting roster, that is only half together at this very early stage in the run, and the last issue left readers hanging right in the middle of the team’s very first mission. I’m looking for more mutants, more action, and, believe it or not, more dialogue from this issue.

All-New X-Factor 2

PETER DAVID (W) CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO (A)
Covers by JARED FLETCHER
ISSUE #2 –
Variant Cover by J. Scott Campbell
“NOT BRAND X” Part 2
X-FACTOR IS BACK…LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Serval Industries, one of the world’s most trusted names in electronics and leader in cutting-edge internet and weapons technology, has just unveiled their newest contribution to society…the All-New X-Factor. Led by mutant mistress of magnetism, Polaris, the team uses its corporate backing for the betterment of society. With her half-brother Quicksilver, notorious thief, Gambit, and more by her side, can Polaris trust that her corporate masters really have good intentions?
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Black Widow Issue #2

After the first issue set the stage for Natasha and her supporting cast, I’m anxious to see where this book will take us when it gets a chance to sprawl out into some deeper stories. I’m hoping that this will be the issue that starts us on the espionage roller coaster that the book has the potential to be. And people should always look forward to Phil Noto’s artwork.

Black Widow 2
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
Variant Cover by Frank Cho
• In fact, it’s so good, that you won’t want to wait another month for the next issue.
• And you won’t have to!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Comix City Too!This post brought to you by Comix City Too! in Madison Tennessee, Outright Geekery’s local comic shop of choice. Check out everything coming out this week in stores here, and be sure to get out to your local comic shop.