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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 18th, 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: The Wicked + The Divine #1

The creative team behind last years Young Avengers are back with an all new indie title. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have once again joined forces to deliver a wonderfully honest and illustrious story! Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. This just sounds like its gonna be a cool read and it more than likely will.

The Wicked and the Divine #1

The Wicked + The Divine #1

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Colored By: Matt Wilson
Cover By: Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover By: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Cover Price: $3.50

Digital Price: $2.99
Published: June 18, 2014

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.


Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #23

We finally reach the epic conclusion of The Last Days of Midgard, with King Thor and our Thor doing their all to defend earth in parallel stories. With each passing month, this series continues to feature one of the best combinations of a writer and artist perfectly suited to the right character. I’m looking forward to a showstopping end.

Thor God of Thunder 23
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #23
JASON AARON (WRITER) • Esad Ribic (ARTIST)
Cover by Agustin Alessio
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD Part Five
• Thor’s war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost?
• And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #7

The thing I like most about this weekly book from DC Comics is the way it’s slowly weaving multiple threads of mystery into what is lining up to be a very fun story, and doing that while making the expected slow-crawl of a weekly title interesting along the way. Although I’m really ready for this book to give me some meat with those potatoes, I think this is going to be the ish that cements Futures End as a must read story, and it’s on the top of my stack this week.

Futures End 7

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!


Gaumer: Uncanny X-Men #22

Despite two weekly books from DC and Marvel’s Original Sin event in my stack this week, I’m really not that stoked about this week’s offerings. Uncanny X-Men has come to a fun point in its story, as Dazzler of all people is sure to be severely pissed off and out for some vengeance. I’d be upset too if I was kidnapped, drugged into a coma, and milked for mutant growth hormone. Look out, Mystique, things are about to get complicated.

Uncanny X-Men 22

UNCANNY X-MEN #22
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER)
CHRIS BACHALO (ARTIST)
• The war between the Uncanny X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. heats up!
• Can Cyclops and his team track down the source of this new brand of sentinels? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really behind these attacks?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


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

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 4th, 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?

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Jules: Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #2

The last issue was beyond solid. The last page left my jaw on the floor. Is Ultimate Peter Parker Back? Will Miles’ father come back? Miles has a whole lot to figure out! David Marquez owns up to his new Young Gun title. Bendis has honestly yet to slow down on this title. I am super stoked for this issue. You should be!

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MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER) • DAVE MARQUEZ (ARTIST)
VARIANT Cover by AMY REEDER
PART TWO OF THE BIGGEST SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR “REVIVAL”
• After the mind-blowing reveal at the end of the first issue, miles life will NEVER be the same again.
• With SHIELD gone, the biggest villain in SPIDER-MAN history is out and nothing can stop him.
• Miles has made a huge choice about the woman he loves. Will he live to regret it?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Original Sin #3

With our villains’ identities revealed, this issue will hopefully delve in to their motivations, all while our heroes are being exposed to some long-buried secrets. This issue should play an important role in fleshing out the plot of the overall book, and could go a long way towards establishing the event’s success or failure.

Original Sin 3

ORIGINAL SIN #3 (of 8)
JASON AARON (WRITER) • MIKE DEODATO (ARTIST)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
VARIANT cover by Gabriele Dell’otto
VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS
TEASER VARIANT BY STEPHANIE HANS
ANSWERS AT ALL COSTS.
• In the wake of last issue’s explosion of secrets, the heroes of the Marvel U are reeling, leaving Nick Fury to stand alone.
• He Who Holds the Eye is still on the run, and now we meet his boss, the villainous mastermind behind the raid on the Watcher’s lair.
• And in deep space, the Winter Soldier leads a team that uncovers the most bizarre murder of all.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #5

It could have gone two ways with my pick this week, but since both of my choices are weekly books, there will be another one next week, so I flipped a coin and Batman Eternal lost out over The New 52 – Futures End #5. This title has been hit or miss in its first month, but the stage is set for something really big to go down in this issue. Mr. T is a badass mother – shut your mouth – and we hopefully see his evil, universe destroying tech this week.

Futures End 5

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #5
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Mr. Terrific unveils his latest technical achievement – but will it take over the DC Universe? Plus, Firestorm’s inner conflict explodes!

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Gaumer: Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #3

There once existed a time at Marvel Comics when labels like writer, artist, cover artist, storyteller, and the like weren’t so damned important. Steranko, Kirby, Ditko. Yeah sure, these guys are artists, okay. But you know what else they were? Amazing writers! There’s a certain quality that a comic book adopts when there’s one person – a single creative mind – doing EVERYTHING on a title, and that’s exactly what we’ve been getting with Kaare Andrews’ Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. I’m hoping that the same creative synergy Andrews has been gifting readers in the first two issues continues in this book, and I’ll find out first thing Wednesday.

Iron Fist 3

IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #3
KAARE ANDREWS (WRITER/ARTIST)
VARIANT cover by Jerome Opeña
K’UN LUN IN RUINS!
• Ninja nurses versus killers in suits!
• Our villain’s face revealed, and it’s one terribly close to Danny Rand’s heart!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 21st, 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.

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Jules: Ultimate FF #2

Picking up the pieces as the Ultimate Universe is in disarray! New Jersey was destroyed by Galactus. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disassembled thanks to law suits. The original Ultimates have called it a day with a teen squad taking their place. The FF now are all that stands between destruction and the world. Iron Man, Falcon, Invisible Woman, Machine Man, and Doom?…. Yes this title is going in all the right places already. A kick in the pants the Ultimate Universe has needed for quite sometime! I’m picking it up and I’m hoping you do too!

Ultimate FF 2

ULTIMATE FF #2
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (WRITER) • MARIO GUEVARA (ARTIST)
Cover by MIKE McKONE
Artist Variant by FELIX RUIZ
“PALACE OF THE BRINE” (PART 1 of 2)
• A lavish vacation spot for the super-rich suddenly goes dark, with hundreds missing…
• And the only suspect is an old frenemy of the FANTASTIC FOUR
• Meanwhile, the truth of the team’s mysterious fourth member spells doom for another member of the team!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #22

Maintaining its position as the king of my pull list, Thor: God of Thunder hits the shelves this week. This issue comes at a key point for both of our parallel story arches, as we now move on to the fallout of both Roxxon’s nefarious takeover and King Thor’s bout with Galactus. This title continues to impress month after month, and I have no reason to doubt that this issue will deliver as well.

Thor God of Thunder 22

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #22
JASON AARON (WRITER) • ESAD RIBIC (ARTIST)
Cover by JEE-HYUNG
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD – Part Four
• Thor and SHIELD agent Roz Solomon vs. Ulik the troll! ROXXON vs. Broxton, Oklahoma! And in the far future, the Goddesses of Thunder take on Old Galactus! But wait, where’s King Thor…?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Christian: Futures End #3

I know what you’re all thinking but yes I have a pick of the week. Futures end has been pretty interesting for me as a DC fan, and I’m hoping in this issue to see Terry finding out more about Brother Eye and how to stop this world changing event from ever happening. Hopefully we get all more action in this issue to balance out the death of a beloved archer.

Futures End 3

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #3
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DAN JURGENS and MARK IRWIN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Did Firestorm kill a member of the Justice League? Who is watching Batman Beyond? And why is Frankenstein living in an igloo?!

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Gaumer: Forever Evil #7

Wait! What is that? It can’t be. I thought it was a myth, like Watchmen 2, or that Stan Lee is an actual LMD, but it’s happening. Forever Evil is finally wrapping up, and it’s about time. Delayed for at least 2 months, and subsequently throwing off the launch schedule of a huge part of the DC line, I’m still excited to see how they wrap this whole thing up. I DO have to go back and re-read the previous issues for a refresher, but I’m hoping that’s the worst part of this great, albeit really late, event.

Forever Evil 7

FOREVER EVIL #7
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Robot Chicken variant
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:100 Variant cover by GARY FRANK
On sale MAY 21 • 48 pg, FC, 7 of 7, $4.99 US • RATED T
It’s evil versus evil in the shocking “take-no-prisoners” conclusion to FOREVER EVIL! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live – and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate’s world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future!

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

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: May 7th, 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.

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Jules: Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Brian Michael Bendis has been delivering a Spider-Man tale for my generation since it’s inception at the tail end of the 90’s. This recent reboot comes at a solid time in the Ultimate Universe as the rebuild after 616 Galactus destroyed New Jersey. Now a member the fresh, young Ultimates, how will Miles Morales continue his life and the legacy of Peter Parker the original Ultimate Spider-Man? I’m ready to pick this one up!

Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man 1

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER) • DAVE MARQUEZ (ARTIST)
Variant Cover by FIONA STAPLES
Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson
PART ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR “REVIVAL”!
• MILES is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life!
• A BIG BIG BIG villain from PETER PARKER’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down!
• The last page will have ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN fans SCREAMING!
• This issue can’t be missed!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: She-Hulk #4

She-Hulk has been the most pleasant surprise of the year for me, and I’m looking forward to this new issue. With the promise of a showdown with Dr Doom, it’ll be interesting to see how Charles Soule keeps up his blend of super-heroics and legal intrigue. Should be fun!

She-Hulk 4

SHE-HULK #4
CHARLES SOULE (WRITER) • JAVIER PULIDO (ARTIST)
Cover by KEVIN P. WADA
• Jen’s new client Kristoff Vernard has been kidnapped by his dad, DOCTOR DOOM!
• What does fellow lawyer (and recently outted Man Without Fear) MATT MURDOCK know about it?
• It’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk Style, as Charles Soule (INHUMANITY) and Javier Pulido (HAWKEYE) take us to Latverian soil!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

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Christian: Detective Comics #31

Another week, another issue of Batman, but this time it’s not Eternal or vs. Bane, it’s the tour de force of art known as Detective Comics by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. The job this dynamic duo did on The Flash was special, but the seeing them work on the Bat last ish was an amazing thing to behold. Can’t wait to get into this comic come Wednesday!

Detective Comics 31
DETECTIVE COMICS #31
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 7 • 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.
Death comes to Wayne Manor – and the number one suspect is Bruce Wayne! In order to solve this mystery, Batman’s investigations will lead him to the mysterious man known as Sumo!

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Gaumer: The New 52 – Futures End #1

Yes this is just a really big What If? sort of book, yes it’s a weekly investment, and yes I wish they’d punctuate better (of maybe it’s a bunch of futures ending??), but the FCBD #0 issue of this series really got me going, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Batman Beyond travels back in the day to stop Brother Eye from putting the Borg on the entire DCU. This one is going to be fun!

Futures End

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #1
Written by KEITH GIFFEN, DAN JURGENS, BRIAN AZZARELLO and JEFF LEMIRE
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by RYAN SOOK
1:50 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52’s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member DIES!

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Jesse: Nailbiter #1

Image Comics has been hitting the shelves really hard with number 1’s lately, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The publisher adores topics and stories that the Big 2 won’t touch with a 10-foot pole, and my pick this week is a testament to that fact. Serial killers solving crimes isn’t anything new, but when Scott Snyder says something is a great idea, you listen and listen hard.

Nailbiter 1

NAILBITER #1
story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art / cover: MIKE HENDERSON
MAY 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99
JOSHUA WILLIAMSON & MIKE HENDERSON deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!
Buckaroo, Oregon has given birth to sixteen of the vilest serial killers in the world. An obsessed FBI profiler investigating the town has suddenly gone missing, and now an NSA Agent must work with the notorious serial killer Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to find his friend and solve the mystery of “Where do serial killers come from?”
“If Josh died I wish he’d leave NAILBITER to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.” — Scott Snyder (SEVERED, Batman, American Vampire)

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

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: April 23rd, 2014

outright-geekery profile-largeNew 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.

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Jules: Uncanny Avengers #19

This title has really been the Avengers title of a lifetime. A somewhat sequel to Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, I am absolutely loving this title. With Daniel Acuna back with the art I’m more than happy to pick this one up! The mutants now on their own planet, Earth now lost. How will Havoc fix everything? With the help of Kang the Conqueror and his lost in time misfits! I am beyond stoked to see what’s slotted next for this incredibly Avengers story, this extension of one of the best X-Men sagas. Rick Remender has yet to let me down on this one!

Uncanny Avengers 19

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19
RICK REMENDER (WRITER) • DANIEL ACUñA (ART)
VARIANT COVER BY AGUSTIN ALESSIO
• AVENGE THE EARTH Continues!
• Kang’s Chronos Corps arrives on Planet X with a terrible offer!
• The former members of the Uncanny Avengers must reunite to save the Earth!
• Magneto’s all-new X-Force are out for the blood of a Summers!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Taylor: Original Sin #0

Another year, another event, and Marvel is kicking off their Original Sin book this week. Events tend to be very hit and miss, but I have a lot of faith in the creative teams here, both in Mark Waid for this prequel issue and Jason Aaron on the main book. And really, Jim Cheung’s art alone should probably make Issue #0 worth a look.

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ORIGINAL SIN #0
MARK WAID (WRITER) • JIM CHEUNG (ARTIST)
ARTIST VARIANT COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA
IT’S THE PROLOGUE TO THE BIGGEST MARVEL SERIES OF THE SUMMER!
WHO IS THE WATCHER? That’s what Nova is wondering after his latest brush with the moon-dwelling enigma he’s encountered before! But what he discovers will have a profound effect on the young hero, as well as priming the pump for the most cataclysmic event in Marvel history! WHAT DID HE SEE?
40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …3.99

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Christian: Justice League United #0

I’ve been waiting on this one since DC first solicited the book last year, and it’s finally here! Jeff Lemire moves on from Animal Man and throws the character onto a new team…in Canada? New team, new characters, new dynamic, new creative team. This should be fun, and it’s on the top of my stack this weeks.

Justice League United 0

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art and cover by MIKE McKONE
1:50 Variant cover by MIKE McKONE
Blank variant cover available
On sale APRIL 23 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!
In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man – but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian? Plus: Don’t miss the debut of a new Canadian hero who will have a huge effect on the group!

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Gaumer: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

The Trial of Jean Grey is over, and good riddance, I say. I like my X-Men and I like my Guardians, but they are not peanut butter and chocolate, and they should not be combined. We get a double-sized anniversary of something or other ish, but the real pull is Captain Marvel and Venom (Yes! Venom!) are joining the team. Knowing Marvel, they’ll be last page reveals, but I’m still excited.

Guardians of the Galaxy 14

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14
Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Nick Bradshaw (ARTIST)
100th issue ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
• 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!)
• It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team!
• As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core.
• Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue…two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!
48 PGS./Rated T …4.99

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Jesse: 7th Sword #1

It’s not often I look forward to an IDW issue one but this one caught my eye in a preview sometime ago. The story of a mercenary Samurai taking out robots for the sake of village in the dessert? Science Fiction Samurai are just some of my favorite kind. Written by a newcomer John Ruffalo a former screen writer, with the talented Nelson Blake II, an artist I’ve known to bounce around the top cow titles! It may not look like the most gripping book but I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi Samurai fighting the good fight! I’m gonna give it a try at at least.

7th Sword

7th Sword #1|
John Raffo (writer) • Nelson Blake II (artist) • Andrew C. Robinson (colorist)
Daniel Cray—a samurai mercenary—stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion, a mysterious desert outpost under siege from a vicious warlord. The peace-loving citizenry beg Cray to defend them… forcing Cray to reluctantly draw his deadly “Malathane” sword one last time to battle a relentless army of robots and their savage masters. Science Fiction meets Samurai in an epic new adventure from John Raffo (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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

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“Animal Man” and “Talon” to End in March

Animal Man 1 Talon 1

According to DC’s March Previews, both Animal Man and Talon will wrap up in early 2014. Color me surprised at the news of both of these books going bye-bye. Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man has been pretty spectacular, while Talon, spinning out of one of the greatest runs on Batman in recent memory, had a lot of early traction.

The news coming out earlier this week that Batman: The Dark Knight is also wrapping up, coupled with the loss of Batman Inc. a year or so ago should worry DC fans who thought the Bat-books untouchable. Does DC have no bulletproof properties anymore?

Halfway Through Review: Trillium Issues 1-4 of 8

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Trillium Issue 1-4 of 8
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Jeff Lemire

One of my favorite aspects of comic book storytelling is the sheer range of different types of stories that permeate comic shop shelves. While I overly enjoy reading my weekly intake of capes and tights it’s so nice to have a cornucopia of divergent comic books to choose from on any given Wednesday. We wouldn’t see such diversity on comic store shelves if it wasn’t for the flexibility of the Independent Press and the independent nature of big-time publishers’ imprint brands, like DC’s Vertigo Comics, as well as the imaginative expertise of indie comic creators. One example of this diversity is the science-fiction story Trillium by Jeff Lemire.

Trillium revolves around a duo of strangers; one a researcher from the far-flung future of the year 3797, and the other an explorer from the year 1921; two seemingly linked pyramids each with its own tribe of native savages but separated by thousands of years and billions of miles, and a white, three-petaled plant. Weird enough for ya? Would it make it any weirder if I told you that Trillium, at its core, is a love story? The solid sci-fi foundation Lemire builds in Trillium supports an underlying, yet rewarding love story, while the artistic and design style are uniquely the creator’s.

The Good

The story Jeff Lemire is weaving is brilliant, with fierce use of sci-fi elements, and intriguing threads of plot positioned nicely. The two main characters are intensely engaging as we are given subtle hints at their individual backstories, with even more subtle similarities in those backstories made relevant as the story progresses. The tone of “similarity” continues as both the setting in the far-flung future and the setting in 1921 seem more and more intertwined and connected despite years and light-years separating the two. The lead characters also become more intertwined as a bond is created between them. The common thread in all of these links and bonds? That white, three-petaled plant, Trillium. The future is depicted well as a place of desperation as Earth is gone and humanity is all but wiped out, with this little white plant’s importance stressed above all else. The true mystery behind this plant, however, is kept unspoiled, yet the story does not falter because of it. The story takes outrageous twists and turns throughout its first half, keeping the reader engrossed, but the true appeal of the story is the evolving love story between the two lead characters, although, this love story really isn’t one yet. The love story has only been hinted and alluded to, but the sheer power of the art and the emotion on the characters’ faces simply radiates love, which is a refreshing approach to telling a graphic story. As good as the art is at telling the story and illustrating emotion, Trillium’s design choices are equally compelling and significant. Issue #1 is a flip-book style comic, and reads from both directions; one story for each of the leads; with this unique design choice is repeated in later issues as the reader must turn the book upside to read certain pages. This not only helps establish the linked duality of the characters, but also helps to set the mood from page to page as the story takes its unpredictable twists and turns. I’m not sure I have ever read a story that utilizes such stylized design in page placement and design, that was also as well-written and intriguing as Trillium is overall.

The Bad

There’s just not much bad at all in this series so far. Some of the sci-fi elements may be a bit too weird for some more traditional comic book readers, and the one-of-a-kind design choices may throw off both long-time and new fans. The art, while overly excellent, is typical Jeff Lemire and is not a traditional comic book style, which may put off readers. While there’s still a large veil of mystery surrounding how the future became the place it is, Trillium is certainly taking full advantage of the stereotypical “dystopian future” quality that way too many sci-fi stories use, making it feel a bit cheap. The overall use of mystery throughout the story, however, helps to lessen those pangs.

The Verdict

Trillium is definitely not for everyone, but it’s a terrific book nonetheless. There’s lots of stuff that can turn off would-be readers: Jeff Lemire’s art style, the weird design choices, the heavy doses of sci-fi. Trillium, however, is a worthwhile read for anyone, and here’s why. New readers should be exposed to new and different comics, and this is certainly that. Old readers should look at Trillium and notice just how simplistic and similar a lot of comic book offerings are today. Yes, there’s a lot of diversity on comic store shelves today, and Trillium makes the strong argument that we need even more by being, simultaneously, unabashedly different and exceptionally similar. Cryptic? Maybe a bit, but go check out exactly what I’m talking about, and buy Trillium or, at least, wait for what is going to be an awesome collected edition!

Review: Sweet Tooth Volume 1: Out of the Woods

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SWEET TOOTH VOLUME 1: OUT OF THE WOODS
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Pencilled by: Jeff Lemire
Inked by: Jeff Lemire
Page Count: 128
U.S. Price: 9.99
On Sale Date: May 12, 2010

Writer/artist Jeff Lemire may be a current powerhouse over at DC Comics, but he came up through the indie comic trenches just like any other comic creator, and, since it was these indie comic offerings that brought this wildly imaginative creator to the attention of DC’s top brass, they are certainly worth a look even years after they were first published. While his work on DC titles like Animal Man, Justice League: Dark and Green Arrow are fine examples of Lemire’s prowess as a comic book writer, his shining work at the indie level casts shadows of inadequacy onto his major publisher works. Early indie book offerings like Essex County and The Underwater Welder, and his more current indie contribution, Trillium, are simply better, more imaginatively written and drawn comic book stories.

Lemire continues to shine through in his own stylized way in the apocalyptic fantasy title Sweet Tooth, a unique and interesting twist on a tired and overly used plot.

The Good

Sweet Tooth is the story of a boy with antlers named Gus, living with his father in remote woods, who, upon his father’s death, is persuaded to leave the security of his home by a gun-toting loner and enter a world gripped by an ongoing, seemingly biologic in nature, apocalypse. Weird, right? Yes, without a doubt, but the weirdness of the story does absolutely nothing to ruin it! Lemire effortlessly tells an interesting and compelling story while introducing the reader to a fascinating world full of charming characters without wasting a single panel of the book on unimportant aspects. Although the story is joyfully whimsical in places, there are layers of human morality painted onto each and every character. The main character Gus’s father is portrayed as the typical, overly protective parent archetype, while displaying a certain sense of crazy brought on by his hermit-like existence living in the woods, with this confinement to such a remote area being an effort to protect his son from outsiders. After his father’s death, Gus is saved from a couple of hunters; hunters who seem very interested in a boy with antlers; by Jepperd, a loner with an agenda all his own. The character of Jepperd is depicted nicely through a series of events that continually keep the reader guessing about his true intentions, while the reveal of his ultimate purpose for Gus leaves the reader almost torn as, through Jepperd, they relate to living in this unique post-apocalyptic world. All of this amazing character portrayal does absolutely nothing to diminish the story, however, and early signs of Jepperd’s candy bars ending up in the hands of Gus prior to their meeting, as well as very well done dream sequences, help to push the story forward. Jeff Lemire’s artwork on Sweet Tooth is distinctively his own, and acts as a perfect backdrop to tell the kinds of stories Lemire loves telling. I’m not sure another artist’s work would be as perfect a fit for this book, and I’m not sure Lemire’s art itself is refined enough for anyone else besides Lemire to use it in a book, giving Sweet Tooth a style that is uniquely its own.

The Bad

There is not much “bad” going on in this book. Lemire’s style of art, while individually his own, is simply not for everyone, and readers that revel in more traditional, intricate artwork will not find Lemire’s style very appealing. The story, while quite fulfilling, is very character-centric, keeping the action to a minimum, which may be a turn-off for fans of Lemire’s work at DC Comics. Additionally, Lemire uses subtlety to a high degree when telling certain parts of the overall story, a technique that some, more traditional, comic book readers may have trouble wrapping their heads around. Another terrible aspect of this comic is just how utterly sad the ending is which honestly turned me off quite a bit from running out and getting the next volume. Of course, my feelings only solidified just how amazing a job Lemire did in making me identify, and therefore care about, the antler-headed lead character, and I’d really like to see him overcome the state of affairs he found himself in by the last page of the volume. Although the book was critically acclaimed as “Mad Max with antlers” I never got that sort of “Mad Max” feeling from the main character, and can only imagine this eventually comes to pass in the series, or USA Today is just a bunch of liars. This took nothing away from enjoying the book, but was a nit that I just had to pick.

The Verdict

You should really check out Sweet Tooth, at least the first volume, accurately titled, Out of the Deep Woods. Everything from the unique story-telling to the stylized artwork comes together brilliantly to retell the same old post-apocalyptic tale with a creative and compelling twist. Gus’ innocence and naivety set beside Jepperd’s seasoned knowledge and worldly attitude act as effective devices to humanize each character, and the “end of the world” backdrop allowed for some ingenious ways to twist those characters even further. It’s not just the appeal of this single volume that makes Sweet Tooth Volume 1 worth picking up, but the possibilities of where Lemire will take the story and these characters in the next 30+ issue of the complete run makes it that much more attractive. The fun and style of Sweet Tooth Volume 1 is enough to make it, and it alone, worth adding to your personal library, but the possibilities of this series so early on in its run, coupled with the sheer confidence Jeff Lemire has earned though his work in other efforts, makes the choice to pick up volume 1 of Sweet Tooth positively a no-brainer.