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Comic Picks of the Week (June 25, 2014)

DC stands for Director’s Cut! This week we get a rare DC from DC (Comics); Harley Quinn #0.

The issue features a new cover by Amanda Conner,  artwork submitted from their talent search, and most importantly pages and written insight from nineteen different artists from the industry!!  It doesn’t get much better than that!  This is hands down the pick of the week!

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That’s not to say there aren’t other worthy titles to grab.  This week also showcases everyone’s favorite wookiee in Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3, the conclusion of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6, Amazing Spider-Man#3 featuring the return of one seriously grumpy Black Cat, and C.O.W.L. #2

 

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Great stories are everywhere! ~Rob

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Comic Pick of the Week (June 18, 2014)

Great Stories selects……   Winter World (IDW)

 

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The great Chuck Dixon brings us a tale of a future earth under a deep freeze and the people who have managed to brave the ice and survive.  This story follows two of these survivors in particular.  Scully protects Wynn as she searches for her parents, risking hypothermia, starvation, or some other unknown demise.  The environment is unsettling and well-drawn by Butch Guice.  And Dixon’s storytelling has been on display at Marvel, DC, and mmany other companies for decades.  Some of his finer work can be seen in the pages of Punisher from the early 90’s, Batman,  and more recently IDW’s G.I. Joe. With a title like Winter World, you could easily be horrified by thoughts of Kevin Costner and that Water World disaster, but we think this story (in spite of its name) has far more promise.  We missed the original graphic novel, on which this comic is based, but rest assured we are intrigued and just may have to splurge for the story whose origins date back to 1987.   Great Stories are everywhere! -Chris

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Comic Picks of the Week (June 11, 2014)

This week horror fans are in for a rare treat!  The Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Corben, and Dark Horse have teamed up to bring us two adaptations of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.  Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue is a one-shot you don’t want to miss!

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Meanwhile, fans of the House of Ideas have plenty of releases to pick through.  Steampunk and Disney fans may want to check out Figment #1; a Marvel spin on an Epcot favorite.  The buildup to The Death of Wolverine continues in Wolverine #8 with Three Months to Die.  We also get one of my favorite books of the last couple years, All New X-Men #28 full of time-travelling mutants.  What is the next phase of the future’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants master plan?!!?

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Great stories are everywhere!

~Rob

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Comic Pick of the Week (June 4, 2014)

Great Stories selects……

 

Black Widow #7 (Marvel)

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Punisher #6 (Marvel)

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Nathan Edmonson is doing a great job writing two of Marvel’s best street-level titles.  Each book boasts a remarkably different visual style, with Phil Noto’s painted art style making for beautifully elegant and dangerous panels within the pages of Natasha Romanov’s book.  It must be noted that there have been many attempts at bringing Black Widow’s solo book to a level of success as a non-limited series to varying degrees, but this is definitely a worthy attempt at making it stick.  In this particular yarn, Widow is working with a man she pulled out of the mob to help her identify targets of value for pay outside of her Avengers and SHIELD work.  Along comes a certain devil-horned hero to question her most recent actions and the redeemable nature of her work.

Switching gears to Punisher, we have the hunter becoming the hunted as Frank Castle attempts to disrupt a terror plot by an incredibly dangerous Mexican gang that has employed AIM to bring Los Angeles to it’s knees.  And they have brought in the heavy hitter (and Spider-Man foe), Electro, to do their dirty work.  Not only that, but the hired assassin Domino has also been sent by AIM to help achieve their goals.  And if things could not get any worse for Castle, the Howling Commandos are swooping in to take down our favorite vigilante.  How can he effectively punish with so many forces working against him?  Edmonson puts Frank’s back against the wall with the wonderful Mitch Gerads providing all the inglorious visual action!

 

Great Stories are everywhere!

 

-Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Picks of the Week (May 28, 2014)

Last week, I focused on the excitement surrounding a single title being released.  This week, we’ll be sure to cover several options. I’m definitely of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with Joe Mad!  This week we’ve got Inhuman #2 featuring Joe’s amazing artwork, along with the conclusion of The Star Wars based on George Lucas’s original screenplay, the second part of Star Wars: Rebel Heist, and Serentiy: Leaves on the Wind #5.   inhuman2starwars_rebelheist2   All too predictable, right?  Well, how about we throw in a new title?  It’s been a while since an Image book has piqued my curiosity, but C.O.W.L. #1 has done just that.  A super hero labor union?!!?  Throw in some organized crime and a very disillusioned public, and you’ve got what might prove a very interesting story.  Give this one a shot!   COWL_01-1 Great stories are everywhere! ~Rob

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Comic Picks of the Week (May 21, 2014)

The cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was nothing short of a crime against humanity.  We now know, thanks to Brent Friedman, that there were 8 seasons planned and written.  He would certainly know, as he had a direct hand in that work.  While we were blessed to receive “The Lost Missions” direct to Netflix there are questions aplenty raised by the missing content.

This week, thanks to Dark Horse, we get some of those answers!  Star Wars:  Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir #1 hits the comic stands Wednesday.  At long last we get to experience the next part of Darth Maul’s tale.  Cut down by Kenobi, Darth Maul was maddened and broken, yet we bore witness to the strength of his hatred and his rebirth in a galaxy far, far away.  Together he and his brother carved out a piece of that galaxy until Darth Sidious took notice of his former apprentice.  But, The Dark Lord of the Sith rejected him as he had a new apprentice in mind….but until now we did not know what transpired next…

This is hands down the comic pick of the week!!  Tomorrow can’t arrive fast enough!

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Great stories are everywhere!

~Rob

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Comic Pick of the Week (May 14, 2014)

Great Stories selects……

 

Original Sin-Avengers #29 (Marvel)

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Coming hot off the heels of last week’s main story arc Original Sin #1 book, comes the first of the cross-over entries.  And what better way to start it all off with Marvel’s premiere team book, Avengers?  Cap has discovered a controversial plot among those closest to him, and the betrayal could have lasting ramifications.  And how does this fit in with the death of The Watcher?  A certain collusion of great minds that brought about the disastrous events of World War Hulk a few years back may be at it again.  Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Leinil Francis Yu have our attention for sure, and we hope you check it out!

The series is due to continue next week in the main arc book with Original Sin #2.

Great Stories are everywhere!

 

-Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Pick of the Week (May 7, 2014)

Rob may not be handling this week’s picks, but that does not mean that Moon Knight can’t figure into this week’s comic pick blog.  Heck no!  We are very interested in Marvel’s latest big event storyline, and Original Sin #1 hit book shelves this week.

 

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You might think a storyline featuring a blend of Avengers (such as Iron Man and Captain America), street level anti-heroes (such as Punisher and Moon Knight), as well as intergalactic and other-worldy heroes (such as Gamora and Doctor Strange) would pose as an odd team combination, and you would be absolutely right from our perspective.  But the intrigue is palpable with Uatu the Watcher being murdered by an assassin of unknown origin.  What are the ramifications of this event?  What was the motive?  And who would be powerful and resourceful enough to have pulled off such a despicable act?  I guess writer Jason Aaron and artist Mike Deodato think that the crew they have assembled will bring all to light and we are happily jumping on board for the journey to truth.

But it does not end there!

Writer Garth Ennis, perhaps in a nod to all of those fans of Ridley Scott’s Alien, has given us the new sci-fi horror series Caliban.  Issue #2 dropped this week, and we are excited to see where the man known for the popular series Preacher is going to take us.

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Something tells us this book is not going to be for the squeamish, so proceed with caution!  And in our case, we will joyously bound forth and head towards certain doom with a wide grin and just hope for the best.  😉

Remember, Great Stories are everywhere!

-Chris

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Comic Picks of the Week (April 30,2014)

I picked up seven titles this week; the most in quite some time.  Amazing Spider-Man #1 came in at a whopping $5.99 retail price though and included a reprint of Inhuman #1 and seven short Spidey stories of lesser or significantly lesser value depending on which of the seven we’re talking about IMHO.  Why cant we get one of the many variant covers that contains just the new material at a lower price point Marvel?!  I mean don’t get me wrong, Inhuman #1 was pretty awesome, but I just bought it a few weeks ago!!  I know that it “sold out” but really it’s not that hard to come by.  Despite the hefty price tag and add-ons, it was truly great to have everyone’s favorite web-head back.  The banter alone ended up being worth the price of admission.  The Doc Oc arc was great, but it’s nothing short of spectacular to have Peter Parker back in action.

The other two Marvel titles I grabbed were Origin II #5 (of 5) and All-New X-Men #26.  A heart to heart between the original Scott Summers and Jean Grey of the past penned by Bendis with immaculate art by Immonen?!?  Sign me up.

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On the Dark Horse front I grabbed Blackout #2, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4, and Star Wars: Rebel Heist #1.  Rebel Heist is written by Matt Kindt and penciled by Marco Castiello.  Everyone’s favorite Corellian smuggler is back, and for the record we all know who shot first…and it wasn’t a certain Rodian.

Rounding out the week was Ten Grand #9 from Image.  If you missed out on this gripping tale of Heaven and Hell and a plot to overthrow God and reboot Creation from the beginning, the first six issues have been collected in a TPB format.  

Great stories are everywhere!

~Rob

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Comic Picks of the Week (April 23, 2014)

I know Original Sin #0 comes out this week, but the first few pages were a rather boring rehash of the start of the Nova series that just came out.  I’ll flip it in the shop, but I doubt I’ll be bringing it home.  For me, the clear winner this week is The 7th Sword #1.  Samurai meets sci-fi in this tale penned by John Raffo; who wrote Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (if you haven’t seen this flick go amend that now!). Artwork is by Nelson Blake II who has previously done some great work on The Darkness and Witchblade.  I’ve very much looking forward to what Raffo calls an “oddball alchemy”.

 

This week also brings a great jumping on point for Conan fans with the start of a new story arc in Conan: The Avenger.  As far as I know Cap isn’t handing him a place on the squad and we’re sticking to high adventure in Cimmeria, but when I saw the title a bunch of twisted crossover ideas were the first thing to fly through my head.  Last, but not least is Danger Girl: Mayday #1 (of 4) which will feature the return of everyone’s favorite Danger Girl villain.

 

Great stories are everywhere!

 

~Rob