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Phantom Eagle Flies Again! Your First Look at Where Monsters Dwell #1

Garth Ennis & Russ Braun Bring Phantom Eagle to the WARZONES! for Secret Wars! Continue reading Phantom Eagle Flies Again! Your First Look at Where Monsters Dwell #1

Marvel Announces ‘Where Monsters Dwell’ Secret Wars Tie-in

We Dare You to Journey WHERE MONSTERS DWELL – A New SECRET WARS Series!
Garth Ennis & Russ Braun Enter the WARZONE! For New Series!

This May, legendary comic scribe Garth Ennis returns to Marvel Comics proper, and he’s bringing his frequent collaborator Russ Braun along for the Secret Wars ride! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 – a brand new 5-issue limited series launching during Secret Wars!

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COVERED: October 8th, 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. Continue reading COVERED: October 8th, 2014

Previews Issue 305: February 2014 for April 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

Original SinThe House of Ideas Summer 2014 event du jour is Original Sin and the whole thing kicks off in April with a #0 issue. I don’t like Summer events, I’m not particularly excited about the plot of The Watcher being murdered, and I detest #0 issues, especially for events. Not something I’m looking forward to, but it’s going to be huge. Marvel is pushing it hard but there comes a point where you just have to skip an event or two, and Original Sin is one I will be skipping. What I won’t be skipping is another new beginning for a fan-favorite.

One Spider-Man ends and another begins…again! Peter Parker is back, and the Superior Spider-Man is gone. Dan Slott has told a really fun and different kind of story with Superior Spider-Man and I have to admit I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. While I’m still not sold that yet another big change for Spider-Man won’t ultimately be more of the same, Amazing Spider-Man #1 relaunching in April has been a very long time coming.

There’s a lot of #1’s dropping this month as part of All-New Marvel NOW! and as part of What If Age of Ultronthe Ultimate line’s latest in a string of reboots, but I wanted to put a focus on a series of What If? titles dropping throughout the month, What If? Age of Ultron. Seeing as how the entire concept of the “real” Age of Ultron event was all about alternate realities brought on by time-travel, it’s entirely possible that each of these alternate versions of the story ACTUALLY took place in some other universe. It’s all quite mind-boggling and gives me a headache whenever I try to think about it, but Age of Ultron started a chain of events that will culminate in something big happening years down the road. They probably aren’t mandatory reading, but the experience may have a nice payoff down the road. Keep an eye out for this one to not suck as bad as you think it may.

DC Comics

The postForever Evil fallout hits the DCU and there’s almost too many books to list. I guess they really did mean FOREVER when they said Forever Evil.

Aquaman and The OthersThe fans asked for it and DC listened! Aquaman and The Others is an actual thing, and it hits shelves on April 2nd. Aquaman is the joke turned superstar, and it shows as he gets his very own team-book full of some truly intriguing characters. If only Wednesday fell on 1st, because the joke isn’t on ole Fishface anymore, it’s on us, the readers, and, unfortunately, our wallets. Dan Jurgens is on writing duties, and I have full faith he’ll do a great job, and Lan Medina’s pencils shined on Fables, so I am really stoked to see what they bring to a team and a backstory that Geoff Johns really only hinted at in the Aquaman book proper. Make room on your pull-lists, geeks! This is going to be a good one.

While the announcement of a 4-issue Batman weekly series, Batman: Eternal, hitting stores throughout the month is big news, I’m way more excited to see that my favorite Flash creative team in the whole wide world will be taking over duties on Detective Comics starting with issue #30. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul made Flash a go-to book for me each and every month, and I’m excited to see them wave their wands and pull the trick off again.

I’ll throw an extra one in here for DC because their Vertigo Press line has a great little book that they are releasing quarterly called, beleive it or not, Vertigo Quarterly. The first issue, dropping all the way on April 30th, includes 11+ creators including Jock, James Tynion IV, and Fabian Moon, and promises to tell stories revolving around the color blue, as the name of the ish, Cyan #1, suggests. At $7.99 for 80 pages it’s a hell of a deal. Look out for it.

Image Comics

New from Image this month is Southern Bastards issue #1 from Jason Aaron as he rejoins his Scalped partner Jason Latour for some Southern Fired Stereotypes. Should be fun, and I’m a fan of Aaron’s work. Might give this a chance.

Issue #111 of Invincible, the long running superhero title from The Walking Dead writer and all-around punching bag, Robert Kirkman, promises big changes. Well, it’s about damn time Kirkman! Invincible has been getting worse by the month when it comes out on time. It’s good to see much need attention going to a book that has been slipping.

Shutter 1Finally from Image Comics, comes Shutter #1 by writer Joe Keatinge. Never heard of him? Well, there’s really no reason that you should have, but he’s gotten some work on other Indie press and he’s writing the aforementioned What If: Age of Ultron title from Marvel, and I just have a really good feeling about this guy. The book promises to be “Indiana Jones for the 21st Century” but I’m not letting that turn me off from what my gut tells me is going to be a cool introduction to a writer with a ton of promise. Leila del Luca is on art, and while I have even less experience with her work that I do the writer, but I’m still grabbing this title when it drops April 9th.

Indie Press

Caliban 1Garth Ennis continues his reign of terror over at Avatar Press with the new sci-fi/horror Caliban, and it’s sure to be a gore-fest. Interstellar disaster and an unplanned rendezvous with an alien spacecraft brings a new kind of fear to the crew of the Caliban. It’s gonna be scary, I’m pretty excited!

Takeoff hit Batman ’66 writer Jeff Parker brings the past back to life with Flash Gordon #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. This is the perfect sort of book for Parker, and if his style with this storied character is anything like his Batman ’66 work this will be one to look out for.

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Nova Corps T-Shirt

I’ve seen tons of superhero t-shirts in my day but it’s nice to see the Nova Corps getting some love. Nova himself is always getting his likeness plastered on a lunchbox or something, but I like to see the whole team getting some attention.

Green Dragon Dagger

No toy collection would be complete without this replica Green Power Ranger Dragon Dagger from the original Power Rangers show. Light and sound effects are built-in, but, sorry, it’s not an actual musical instrument. Still, I’d love to have one on display in the Geek Den.

Kill Bill Minimates

In their attempt to include each and every license under their umbrella of miniature toy figure domination, MiniMates brings us the 10th Anniversary Box Set of Kill Bill MiniMates, House of Blue Leaves. Pretty cool.

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

Previews Issue 304: January 2014 for March 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

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Marvel Comics continues to lay down their brand new batch of comics as part of All New Marvel NOW! To see our full rundown of these titles check out our five part series here.

Superior Spider-Man #29Superior Spider-Man promises some more Spidey 2099 goodness, as Goblin nation reaches its penultimate chapter. Our money is still on the Goblin being Peter Parker. That’s just Slott’s style.

Marvel is putting its money where its mouth is with this whole Revolutionary War event, and they’ve Revolutionary War Motormouthadded a few more one-shots to tie in to the British Epic. I’m not sure the whole United Kingdom angle has the appeal to be successful in the States, but the more I read about this thing the more excited I’m getting. I may just have to check out what’s going down across the pond in the Marvel U.

DC Comics

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Forever Evil, ironically as it sounds, ends with issue #7, and the repercussions continue to reverberate through the DC Universe. The Metal Men doing their best Justice League impersonation on the cover of Justice League 29, also dropping in March, is a thing of beauty.

Black Canary and ZatannaBlack Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell, an original graphic novel, hits shelves on May 21st at 23 bucks. I have no idea how good or bad this will be, but I really like the idea of OGN’s. I hope it’s a trend that continues.

Animal Man #29

Finally from DC, it’s the end of an era, and they’re ending it in fine fashion. Just look at that art! I hate to see Animal Man go away at issue #29, but if it must at least they’re sending it off in style. Jeff Lemire’s run on this will go down as one of the must-read Animal Man runs in history, and deservedly so.

ImageStray Bullets

The multiple Eisner award winning wonder, Stray Bullets, makes a triumphant comeback with Stray Bullets #41, Stray Bullets: Killers #1, and Stray Bullets The Uber Alles Edition collection ish 1-41 of this modern day classic. Do not miss this chance to jump on David Lapham’s sure to be classic continuation.

Real Heroes #1The Ultimates writer Bryan Hitch comes out swinging this month with a nice take on the super hero genre with Real Heroes #1. Hollywood actors in a super hero movie are needed to save the world. Maybe a bit too much Galaxy Quest with capes, but I’m on board for at least an arc or two.

Finally from Image Comics this month, a couple of OGNs that are uniquely different, yet quite intriguing. Darren Aronofsky, the mind behind Black Swan and The Wrestler, team with Pride of Baghdad artist Niko NoahHendrichon, to retell one of the oldest stories in history, Noah. This version of that ancient flood and devastation story, however, takes the Biblical epic, mixes in some fantasy and sci-fi, to promise something completely different and beautiful to behold.

And for something completely different, there’s Simon Roy’s Jan’s Atomic Heart and Other Stories, a collection of sci-fi tales that are right up this anthology loving comic book readers alley.

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Indie PressHellboy 20th Anniversary Sampler

Dark Horse celebrates 20 years of Hellboy with a special retailer incentive marking March 22nd as Hellboy Day. It looks like a poster promo, but, hey, a free poster is pretty freaking awesome!

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Another unofficial holiday coming up this month is Avatar Press celebrating the return of series creator Garth Ennis to the sick and twisted world of Crossed. March 25th has been deemed C-Day. It’s a great day for anyone psychotic enough to enjoy the enseeable slurry of sadistic splendor that is the Crossed brand. Box sets, annuals, collections and enough issues to shove down someone’s throat and kill them while laughing with glee. Yeah, that’s Crossed for ya!

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The Official Starships Collection of Star Trek miniatures is back with two great additions to the fleet. A replica of the U.S.S. Dauntless from a pretty good episode of Voyager, and the replica Bajoran Light Ship from a memorable father-son bonding episode of DS9. At twenty bucks a pop these should be sitting on the shelf of every Trekkie this side of the Neutral Zone.

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Gentle Giant brings us a badass Iron Patriot 1/4 scale statue made using the original CG scans used to make the special effects in the latest Ironman flick. It’s so pretty!Voltron

And finally, the most amazing figure I’ve seen in a long time. An 11 inch tall, full die-cast and ABS, transforming, 30th anniversary special edition Voltron Lion figure set. For 250 bucks it’s well out of my price range, but a guy can dream can’t he?

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