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Comic Pick of the Week (August 27, 2014)

Great Stories selects……

 

Thunderbolts #30 (Marvel)

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Frank castle continues to wage war on his former team, as this series goes out with a bang.  More than we can say for most of the entirety of this disappointing run, but at least the creative team that brought us the wonderful Annual (for this same title) has given us a chance to find something redeeming to take from this latest incarnation of the team that brings Justice Like Lightning…..Oh, I guess they don’t use that phrase anymore.  While General Ross figures out how to deal with his Punisher problem, we will appeal to Marvel to take some time to think about the roots of what made Thunderbolts such a great title back in the day.  Perhaps they will come to understand the value of featuring their C-list stars in a team book which brings the reader more unexpected surprises and unpredictability than what can be produced with another team book full of players everyone is all too familiar with.  We have the X-Men and Avengers for that Marvel!  Throwing together a team of beloved loners may have been appealing to the creative powers that be, but in the end, it defied the true nature of the subject material and felt too awkward and forced.  Let it burn, and be reborn!

 

-Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Pick of the Week (August 20, 2014)

It’s been a busy week, but also a light one on my wallet at the comic store.  There was one book, and one book alone I was gunning for this week. ..

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #4

The epic conclusion to the four part story based on unreleased episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is now available.  Will the final fate of Darth Maul be revealed?  What of Mother Talsin?  Well, if you’ve picked up all four parts you know the answer by now, and if you haven’t….well you can get the collected story in October in TPB form!

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In other Star Wars news, we also got a release date for the new animated series on Disney XD.  I’ve seen the first seven minutes of the episode along with a few other clips and some behind the scenes artwork, and The Force is strong in this one!  It may not be a comic, but I’d bet my credits that there will be down the road.

I do wish they would finish up all the unreleased episodes of Clone Wars though…

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Great stories are everywhere!

~Rob

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Comic Picks of the Week (August 6, 2014)

It’s going to be a great week at your local comic shop!

Doc Ock is back!  Remember back in Superior Spider-Man #19 when “Spidey” got caught in the temporal explosion and re-appeared soon thereafter?  Well, we now get to find out exactly what took place in that gap in time in The Superior Spider-Man #32 (and #33 when it comes out).    The events that unfold here are a harbinger to the Edge of the Spider-Verse (Sept/Oct 2014) and Spider-Verse (Nov 2014) events that will soon rock Spidey’s world.  Not good enough?  Try on artwork by both Adam Kubert and Giuseppe Camuncoli to augment the story penned by Dan Slott and Christos Gage.  That’s a lot of talent working on one book!

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On top of that we get to enjoy new Usagi Yojimbo, more Skottie Young shenanigans in Rocket Raccoon #2, and the final performance of the current creative team on Moon Knight #6.  I guess that I should also mention that there’s also a new issue with that guy with skull on his shirt that should be in an underwater prison still…

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Stan Sakai reveals the final fates of many beloved Usagi Yojimbo characters in Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #1 (of 6).  Set twenty years in Usagi’s future, a metal rocket crashes to earth revealing an unimaginable enemy.  This release arrives right on the heels of The Sakai Project, which made its debut at SDCC to both honor the 30 year legacy of Usagi Yojimbo and help aid an amazing storyteller and his wife in their time of need.  The hardcover includes artwork from a veritable horde of talented and caring creators from the comics community.

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~ Great stories are everywhere!

Rob