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Comic Pick of the Week September 11th 2013

Great Stories would like to first observe the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01.  The victims, families, and all people both in America and around the world who felt the effect of that chilling day are close to our hearts this and every day.  God Bless You All!

 

And now……

 

Great Stories Selects……

 

Mighty Avengers #1 (Marvel)

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning off of the current major storyline in the Marvel Universe (Infinity), the new Mighty Avengers assemble and it is quite an interesting team with not the most usual suspects that the average comic reader might guess.  Leading the team is Luke Cage, who recently gave up his gig leading the Thunderbolts in his last team book.  The Superior Spider-Man adds some gravitas, but after that you have White Tiger, Spectrum, and Power Man (as well as some mysterious figure not identified).  Not the biggest names in the annals of Marvel history, but ones that could very well make for a very interesting book and infinite (pun intended) storyline possibilities.  For now, however, Infinity rages on and this team is contending with Thanos’ henchmen, The Marauders somewhere in deep space and far away from the rest of us human-types.

 

So, hop on board with writer Al Ewing and artists Greg Land and Jay Leisten for the newest Avengers venture and what could prove to be one of the most intriguing teams assembled in some time.

 

Mighty Avengers #1 is on sale everywhere with multiple covers for you collectors!


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Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Pick of the Week for September 5 2013

Great Stories Selects…..

 

The New DC World Event

 

Kneel before———–you must know this guy, right?

 

 

 

 Zod takes over the pages of Action Comics

 

Every title in the DC Universe gets a major shakeup as the villains become the stars and their own covers.  The New 52, DC’s most recent re-launch, throws us this latest twist in a nice neat package of standard and alternative covers that are sure to tempt the collector in you.  Some books are harder to find than others, but we will let you feast your eyes on just a handful of the titles that were released this week for your enjoyment.  Now, don’t waste any more time and rush out to find out just how out their minds DC’s creative teams really are these days.

 

Black Mantra makes Aquaman finally cool?

 

Solomon Grundy is a scary dude in Earth 2

 

 

Harley Quinn is not Batman’s ideal date in Detective Comics

 

 

All of these title and more rogue gallery mayhem are out in stores now from DC!


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Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Pick of the Week for August 28th 2013

Great Stories Selects…..


Locke & Key Alpha (IDW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, is an accomplished writer on his own.  With the novels “NOS4A2”,  “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Horns”, as well as the short story collection “20th Century Ghosts”, he is carving out his own little spot in the halls of horror-themed fiction.  Having read both his short story collection and first novel, I can say with certainty that his gift for spinning a yarn is a hereditary boon.  Locke & Key, however, may be his most impressive work to date.  The graphic novel might be his most impressive work of them all, however.  Telling the story of a mysterious house in a small Massachusetts hamlet that hold some amazing secrets for a family that has been afflicted with serious tragedy.  We don’t want to spoil this series for you, and even though the current issue of Locke & Key is our pick of the week, readers should really do themselves a favor and pick up the graphic novel releases with a story that originated in February of 2008.  The first collection, available in hard cover and paperback, is entitled “Welcome to Lovecraft”.  “Head Games”, “Crown of Shadows”, “Keys to the Kingdom”, and “Clockworks” all followed as the formal collections to the monthly comic series.  We cannot recommend this series highly enough.  Along with “Morning Glories”, this may be the best long-running independent comic series on the market today.  And once you get caught up on all of that reading, pick up the story in “Locke & Key Alpha #1”.

 

 

 

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Chris (for the Great Stories Team)

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Comic Pick of the Week for August 21 2013

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Conan the Barbarian #19 (Dark Horse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conan the Barbarian #19 begins a new story arc called Black Stones from the team of Brian Wood (writer) and Paul Azaceta (art).  We have been following Dark Horse’s Conan run since the start and have really enjoyed the re-telling of the classic saga.  The previous eighteen issues explored Conan’s early travels with a focus on his seafaring mercenary days that saw him at once battle a pirate queen, only to join her crew and become her lover.  Belit, as she is so named, saves Conan from captivity later on in the series and even joins him for an arduous journey back to Conan’s homeland where tragedy greets them both.  The Black Stones story arc finds the deadly pair rejoining their crew on the Tigress and heading back to open waters and the hunt for more merchant vessels to plunder.  But they get more than they bargain for in the form of their latest quarry…something that could very well lead to their undoing once and for all!

 

Fans of epic fantasy should know the Conan brand very well.  From the imagination of author Robert E. Howard, the intellectual property has spawned three movies, the Red Sonja spin-off movie, many comic runs, tons of merchandise, and a recently rumored new movie trilogy!

 

You can find Conan the Barbarian #19 in comic stores everywhere today.

 

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Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Pick for August 14th 2013

Great Stories Selects……

 

 

 

 

 

Writer Jonathan Hickman (Avengers, Fantastic Four) teams with artist Nick Dragotta (Captain America: Forever Allies) to bring you a very original look at a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse story.  The series began five issues ago with a look at the American Civil War and a look at what 2064 looks like for the now ‘Seven Nations of America”.  America is fractured and lost.  Even the President is not safe from the coming judgement and the unfolding story is both compelling and feels unique.  What more can one ask for as a reader?  Nick’s art portrays the desolate landscapes that inspire the despair of a world teetering on the edge of extinction, and serve as the playground for the very different but wholly dangerous horsemen.

 

In a week that sees Marvel role out its latest epic cross-title arc, “Infinity”, we are still more excited for this issue of East of West as the pick of the litter.  Fans of Westerns and Futuristic Sci Fi will enjoy this title, and for those of you who like to wait for trade paperback collections, one should not be too far behind as the first arc starts to wrap up this month.


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Chris (for the Great Stories team)

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Comic Pick for August 7th 2013

Great Stories selects…..


George R. R. Martin’s Skin Trade #2 (Avatar)

 

 

Adapted from George R.R. Martin’s critically acclaimed novella of the same name, Skin Trade is a story of a detective that is brought in to investigate a rash of murders that share the same odd connection.  Her best friend, meanwhile, seems to know something that he is not at liberty to share, and a very powerful family is harboring some secrets of their own.  The writer of the epic Game of Thrones series delves into werewolf lore to great result.  Daniel Abraham adapts the novella to graphic novel form with Mike Wolfer (Lady Death, Gravel) handling the art.  Daniel is no stranger to the world of George R.R. Martin, as he writes the Game of Thrones graphic novel adaptations as well.  And the pencils provided by Mike Wolfer are the perfect compliment to Abraham’s re-telling of the source material.  The mystery provided in issue #1 is enough to have us excited to pick up the #2 in stores today.

Skin Trade #2 was released today, but you can still find the first issue (released last month) in comic shops everywhere.

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Chris (for the Great Stories Team)

 

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Comic Pick for July 31st 2013

Great Stories selects……..


House of Gold & Bones #4 (Dark Horse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of Gold and Bones is a four issue series that is a companion to Stone Sour’s concept album of the same title, which makes for intriguing source material.  The comic is written by Corey Taylor (singer for Stone Sour/Slipknot) with art from Richard Clark, whose work has been featured in the Incredible Hulk and King Conan.  The story follows the journey of a young man who awakes to find himself in a strange land and hunted by a mob and meeting odd yet familiar characters along the way as he attempts to understand the threat he faces and return to his home.

 

 

 

 

 

 House of Gold and Bones #1-3

 

 

Aside from being the primary lyricist for both Stone Sour and Slipknot, Taylor also has penned two autobiographical books (Seven Deadly Sins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven) that have given insight to his youth and life as a rock star and sometime ghost buster).  House of Gold and Bones, however, is the first foray of his into the non-musical presentation of his creative being.

 

Though the fourth issue just hit stores today, you can find the other three issues in your local comic shops.  Certainly a must-have for fans of Stone Sour, but the comic may serve as a way for non-metal fans to be introduced to an interesting story and become interested in the musical presentation that serves as its natural counterpart.  With a sequel to House of Gold and Bones to be released commercially this year, you can bet we will have another Dark Horse mini series to follow in due time.

 

See you next Wednesday for another pick of the week!

 

Chris (& the Great Stories Team)

 

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Comic Pick of the Week for July 24th 2013

Great Stories selects……

 

Lazarus #2 (Image)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Rucka, the man behind the best Punisher title run in over two decades is back with a new series for Image Comics.  This one features a society in which “families” control all of the food and resources.  The feudal society is highly dependent on what appear to be genetically altered protectors whose skills make them highly effective killers and resistant to death.  Forever is one of those protectors, and we find her facing some serious questions about her role in this life, after dispatching a threat to the family’s property and dealing with an internal betrayal.

 

Michael Lark provides the art, which provides the reader clear set pieces making the action easy to follow and enjoy.

 

The first issue sold out last month and Image is releasing a second printing of it today along with the second issue as seen above.  So, you need not worry about missing a beat if you did not get in on the fun last month.

 

 

 

 

Lazarus #1 (Second Printing) and Lazarus #2 are in stores today!

 

 

Great Stories are Everywhere!

Chris