Preview/Review Veil #4! Time to Adjust Your Perceptions!

What if the hero of the story isn’t really the hero, or the poor vulnerable victim is actually a dangerous, malevolent creature? Maybe we just need to readjust our thinking of what the good guys really look like. All of these ideas are at play as Veil continues to spin out its tale.

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Veil comes into her true form in this issue. While she fights against the will of the man who invoked her she isn’t strong enough to resist. Meanwhile Dante gets a visit from one of her rodent friends, who may be the most dangerous creature of all. He tries to convince Dante that Veil still desperately needs his help. Thankfully for Veil, Dante needs little convincing.

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I cannot get enough of this book. It’s a dark story, there’s no way around it. Poor Veil has always been more than she appeared to be, we’ve known that from the start, but now that we see what she truly is, it’s amazing that we can still feel for her. A sympathetic demon is a hard thing to imagine but Veil is exactly that. A creature who doesn’t have any agency of her own but is an enormously powerful slave to those that control her. How does a creature with that much power still have so little control over her own life? I’m hoping as the story comes to its conclusion we’ll find out.

As always five out of five stars for Veil. I will be very sorry when it ends but I’m going to enjoy the journey while it lasts. Veil #4 hits stands July 30!

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Veil #4
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Toni Fejzula
Cover Artist: Toni Fejzula
Genre: Horror
Publication Date: July 30, 2014
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.50
UPC: 7 61568 23944 7 00411

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WWE Superstars’ Crossover “Legends” Depicts the Matchups You Wish You Could See!

Super Genius presents a new crossover in its WWE Superstars series. Over the course of four issues they will show legendary wrestlers pitted against the contemporary stars of the WWE. They’re calling it the “WWE’s Secret Wars” but it reminds me more of those classic “What If” stories that showed the team-ups and battles you dreamed of but knew couldn’t happen in the regular continuity.

From the press release:

NEW WWE STORYLINE PITS SUPERSTARS AGAINST LEGENDS
STORY ARC DESCRIBED AS “WWE’S SECRET WARS” FEATURES ULTIMATE WARRIOR VS. JOHN CENA, HULK HOGAN VS. “STONE COLD” STEVE AUSTIN AND OTHER DREAM MATCH-UPS

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WWE Superstars' Crossover "Legends" Depicts the Matchups You Wish You Could See!

NEW YORK, NY: This fall, a battle royal of epic proportions will hit the WWE Universe!

Kicking off in October with WWE SUPERSTARS #9, Super Genius is proud to present “Legends” — the ultimate WWE crossover event. Spanning four issues in the pages of WWE SUPERSTARS, “Legends” will see WWE Superstars of today match up against the Legends of the past in explosive battles that will defy the comic book and wrestling genres.

Created by New York Times #1 best-selling author and three-time WWE Champion Mick Foley (R.P.M.) and written by rising star Shane Riches (AFFLICTED) with art by fan-favorite Paris Cullins (BLUE DEVIL), “Legends” will be a monumental crossover featuring the greatest villains and heroes from the WWE’s past and present forced to wage war against each other in constant mayhem across a myriad of bizarre battlefields.

“We’ve been very fortunate with WWE SUPERSTARS to take the WWE Universe to fun and exciting environments they could never get through their TVs, but this is by far the biggest story arc yet,” Riches teased. “It’s going to be crazy. ‘Legends’ is an awesome opportunity for us to work in the greatest WWE Superstars of all time into one mayhem-fueled, epic story.”

Super Genius promises there will be no holds barred in the chaos as “Legends” features a literal who’s who of WWE Superstars: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Daniel Bryan. Hulk Hogan. Randy Orton. The Rock. John Cena. The Road Warriors. Jake “The Snake” Roberts. And many, many more.

“We all love to fantasize about who would win dream matches, like say between Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin. Or Roddy Piper versus the Rock,” hinted Riches. “With ‘Legends’ we can see all these exciting dream battles. We’re trying to fit as many Superstars as possible, from the Wyatt Family to George ‘The Animal’ Steele. Whether you’re a comic book fan, a WWE fan, or both, the story will appeal to anyone who loves a big, crazy crossover where anything can happen!”

To add to the excitement, the first issue in the storyline, WWE SUPERSTARS #9 will feature variant covers by Jolyon Yates (LEGO NINJAGO) and legendary comic book artist Joe Jusko. “We wanted to make sure that this special storyline got the attention it deserved,” explained VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “Adding variant covers by two of the best artists in the business is our way of sending a clear message to retailers & reader: This arc is not to be missed!”
The four-part ‘Legends’ storyline kicks off in WWE SUPERSTARS #9 (Diamond Order Code JUL141371) shipping to comic stores October 1st, 2014.

ABOUT SUPER GENIUS COMICS: Super Genius Comics is an imprint of Papercutz, one of the US’ leading graphic novel publishers. Dedicated to creating top quality graphic entertainment for teens and adults, Super Genius Comics’ mission is to provide first class storytelling while expanding comics’ appeal and readership. WWE Superstars is the flagship publication of the Super Genius line. To find out more visit http://supergeniuscomics.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: Sven Larsen at larsen@papercutz.com or 646-559-4681.

ABOUT WWE: WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

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WWE’s Hit Animated Series WWE Slam City Graphic Novel Coming In August!

Anything that gets kids reading is a good thing. Kids who love WWE wrestling, or funny situations will love the new WWE Slam City graphic novel line from Papercutz. It features popular wrestlers, such as John Cena, Kane and Rey Mysterio having to get jobs in the real world after having been fired by a mysterious character known as “The Finisher”.

From the press release:

PAPERCUTZ EXPANDS WWE GRAPHIC NOVEL PRESENCE WITH NEW SLAM CITY SERIES! KID-FRIENDLY COMICS BASED ON HIT ANIMATED SERIES, SPECIAL PROMOTION AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WWE's Hit Animated Series WWE Slam City Graphic Novel Coming In August!NEW YORK, NY: Papercutz, the industry’s leading children’s graphic novel publisher, has announced the latest addition to its successful WWE publishing program. WWE SLAM CITY, the second Papercutz series to feature the WWE Superstars will make its debut in August 2014.

Based on the hit animated series featured on the WWE Network and multiple online platforms, WWE SLAM CITY recounts the humorous adventures of popular WWE Superstars like John Cena, Kane, and Rey Mysterio after they’ve been fired from their regular jobs by a mysterious character known as “The Finisher”. Forced to find employment in the real world, the Superstars end up performing jobs like auto mechanic, crossing guard, and lunch lady. The series depicts the hilarious consequences as these sports entertainers put their skills to work in everyday situations. Since its debut, SLAM CITY has proven wildly popular, amassing over 3 million views online and spawning a successful toy line from Mattel.

“Like Papercutz, the WWE believes in reaching out to fans of all ages,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we all know that when kids like something they just can’t get enough of it. Our new graphic novels will help expand the SLAM CITY universe and give kids new stories and adventures featuring these extremely popular versions of their favorite stars.”

Written by Mathias Triton and penciled by versatile artist Alitha E. Martinez (BATGIRL, WWE SUPERSTARS), the first volume of the series features an array of WWE Superstars including Big Show, Santino Marella, and Randy Orton as well as the aforementioned Cena, Kane, and Mysterio. Previews of the series will be available for viewing at the Papercutz booth at Comic-Con International and attendees will also be able to pick up some special promotional items — business cards for the newly employed Superstars!

”Part of the fun of putting these books together has been working closely with Mattel and the WWE,” explained Papercutz’s VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “They’ve been great partners and with their help, we’ve created unique items available at this year’s Comic-Con.”

Business cards featuring John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Rey Mysterio will be given out at both the Papercutz booth (#2546) and the Mattel Booth (#3029) on Thursday and Friday of the show.

“WWE SLAM CITY is the perfect companion to our WWE SUPERSTARS series,” noted Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the most diverse range of graphic novels and reaching as many readers as possible. With this new addition to our lineup, we’ve got the chance to not only create a whole new generation of WWE fans but a whole new generation of graphic novel fans as well. Are we excited about that opportunity? As Daniel Bryan would say, ‘YES!’”

Papercutz will publish WWE SLAM CITY #1: “Finished” (ISBN 978-1-59707-721-7, Diamond Product Code JUN141367) on August 26, 2014.

ABOUT PAPERCUTZ: Papercutz is dedicated to publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics. To find out more visit http://www.papercutz.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sven Larsen at larsen@papercutz.com or 646-559-4681.

ABOUT WWE: WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Copyright © 2014 Papercutz, All rights reserved.

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Two Weeks Until Boston Comic Con!

Yea yea I know, SDCC is in full swing. Well when you get tired of “big news” from the big two make your way to Boston and come meet and buy comics from some truly great indie creators (as well as a bunch of industry regulars!) What’cha Reading will be there, taking pics and buying books! See you there!

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BOSTON COMIC CON 2014 – TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING!
BCC 2014: August 8, 9 & 10, 2014.  The Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
 

THE 2014 BOSTON COMIC CON IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY!

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Come meet your favorite comic book creators like Adam Kubert, Jeff Smith, Amanda Conner, Greg Capullo, Mark Waid, Scott Snyder, Carlos Pacheco, Jimmy Palmiotti, and so many more.  

 

We’ve got a star studded line up of celebrities from your favorite TV shows and movies including John Barrowman (Arrow), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones),  Sean Astin (Lord of The Rings), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Eve Myles (Torchwood), James Marsters (Buffy), Sam Witwer (Being Human), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), and DMC (yep, of Run DMC). 

 

Cosplayers unite! Check out our first annual Boston Harbor Cosplay Cruise hosted by Ivy Doom Kitty.  Ivy will also be hosting this year’s costume contest!

 

Don’t forget, admission to this year’s official Boston Comic Con after party at Laugh Boston on Saturday night is free to BCC ticket holders.  Just show them your wristband!

 

And of course there is gaming, the art auction, panels, and artist portfolio reviews by Marvel Comics editor CB Cebulski.

Get your tickets now before they sell out!  To purchase tickets click on this link:  Boston Comic Con Tickets

About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 8thSaturday August 9th, and Sunday August 10th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website: Boston Comic Con
Follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
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Justin Gray Takes Over Dynamite’s The Lone Ranger!

Justin Gray Takes Over Dynamite's The Lone Ranger!Dynamite Entertainment is relaunching their critically acclaimed Lone Ranger series and they’ve landed Jonah Hex scribe Justin Gray!

I was a huge fan of Palmiotti and Gray’s All-Star Western featuring Jonah Hex. (Here’s a review: I’m one of the many who will readily admit to never having read western comics before getting into theirs. Based on that fact alone I’m giving this Lone Ranger book a shot.

Here’s the press release from Dynamite:

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July 23, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of Justin Gray, who will be continuing Dynamite’s long standing success with America’s quintessential Western hero, as he takes the reins on a brand new series of The Lone Ranger.  Launching with a new #1 in November 2014, The Lone Ranger will feature the exciting interior artwork of Rey Villegas (Lady Zorro), as well as covers by John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men) and Marc Laming (All-New Invaders, Kings Watch).

“I’m proud to be working with one of the longest standing and best known Western characters in all of literature, because to me The Lone Ranger represents a moral code, unquestionable justice, and a sense of adventure that embodies the classic American Western,” says Justin Gray.

No stranger to Western thrills, Justin Gray is a frequent contributor to Jonah Hex and All-Star Western, tales of an Old West gunslinger set within the larger DC Comics continuity. Gray has contributed to dozens of name-recognizable titles from Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Batwing, Ame-Comi Girls, Punisher, Power Girl, Countdown, and many more.

Since his radio debut in 1933, the masked Lone Ranger has endured as an icon of American culture. Dynamite first launched The Lone Ranger as a comic series in 2006, written by Brett Matthews and illustrated by Sergio Cariello.  Its #0 prelude issue was a part of that year’s nationwide Free Comic Book Day celebration, and the series would go on to score an Eisner Nomination for best new series in 2007. A second volume of The Lone Ranger followed, as did such miniseries as The Lone Ranger and Tonto and The Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron.

“We are incredibly excited to have Justin on board for this title,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “We’ve had a great run with The Lone Ranger as one of our most consistent critically acclaimed comics, and needed someone who we could trust to fill these ‘big boots,’ continuing one of the best Western heroes ever.  With a track record like his, we’re in for a Western comic that we won’t soon forget!”

The Lone Ranger #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Lone Ranger #1with their local comic book retailers.”

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The Clones of Orphan Black Spin Into a Comic Series From IDW!

I came a bit late to the Orphan Black party, catching the first season after it aired but I have the zeal of the converted! This is hands down the best sci-fi show on the air right now. It is also a perfect canvas for comics so I am thrilled to hear that IDW will be publishing an Orphan Black series beginning in early 2015. The stories will be all new and with all those clones running around there will be plenty of adventures for us to enjoy.

IDW KICKS OPEN THE DOORS TO COMIC-CON WITH ORPHAN BLACK!
The Hit Sci-Fi TV Show Takes On Another Form In New Comic Book Series

The Clones of Orphan Black Spin Into a Comic Series From IDW!

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San Diego, CA (July 23, 2014) – Orphan Black, the acclaimed sci-fi series by Temple Street Productions, assumes a new identity in the form of a comic-book series from IDW Publishing. IDW’s series will not be a clone of the show but will feature some all-new stories set in the complex and thrilling world of Orphan Black.
Orphan Black, in addition to being a captivating TV series, is a perfect premise for comics,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “And as the second season has expanded the series in exciting new directions, that has only increased the amount of stories we’ll be able to tell in comic-book form.”

Orphan Black, which has just been renewed for a third season, centers on Sarah Manning, who after witnessing the suicide of a woman that appears to be her doppelgänger comes into the knowledge that this woman and indeed herself, are two of many biological clones. Sarah takes on the woman’s identity and uses her position as a police detective to uncover the mystery behind what she is and what that means.

IDW Publishing is known for its authenticity and attention to detail when approaching licensed properties and Orphan Black is sure to be a comic book series a delight existing fans and make new ones.

“We’re so thrilled for Orphan Black to take shape as a comic series and join the ranks of IDW’s impressive roster,” said John Young, Managing Director of Temple Street Productions. “Orphan Black was met with an enormous amount of enthusiasm at last year’s Comic-Con which really inspired us to give back to fans of the show through a medium so vital to the science fiction world.”

IDW will be working closely with the show’s producers to expand the Orphan Black world. The first cover image seen here is by artist Nick Runge. The full creative teams and series details will be announced soon, with the first comic-book series launching in early 2015. Striker Entertainment on behalf of Temple Street Productions brokered the deal.

Follow IDW Publishing on Facebook and Twitter for more information and details as they become available.

About Temple Street Productions
Temple Street Productions is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto and Los Angeles. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America, Space), BEING ERICA (CBC, SOAPnet), THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), WINGIN’ IT (Family Channel), COOK’D (YTV), OVER THE RAINBOW (CBC), RECIPE TO RICHES (CBC), COVER ME CANADA (CBC), BILLABLE HOURS (Global, Showcase), CANADA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (CTV), HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? (CBC), QUEER AS FOLK (Showtime, Showcase), and DARCY’S WILD LIFE (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more company information www.templestreetproductions.com, twitter @TempleStreet and connect with us on Facebook.

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Threat Level: WEDNESDAY!!!! – Undead work for the Army! A Tenth Realm Found! And a double shot of Image artists signing books!

D.C. Comics

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Star Spangled War Stories: G.I. Zombie #1
$2.99
w. Palmiotti & Gray
a. Scott Hampton

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

Why?: Okay, I give pretty much every D.C. New 52 #1 a chance, and have enjoyed their previous war books, but I thought this was pushing it a bit. Books like Men of War, GI Combat and Blackhawks were cancelled pretty quickly due to low sales, despite the quality of the books and the realism of modern and post-human warfare depicted in them, so I couldn’t really see the appeal of G.I. Zombie. It smacked of a certain Silver Age goofiness, that couldn’t possibly be re-presented in an up to date and believable manner in the current climate of comic book storytelling.

I was Wrong.

July-2014-DC-Comics-New-52-Solicitations-STAR-SPANGLED-WAR-STORIES-FEATURING-G.I.-ZOMBIE-1I should have known better with Palmiotti & Gray at the helm. The dynamic duo ( who’s co-writing credits are too numerous to list! ) had gotten me hooked on a Western comic ( for like, the first time! ) with their work on Jonah Hex in All-Star Western, so it’s no surprise I’m now hooked on this military-horror comic. And with Scott Hampton doing the art, how can you resist? The guy is simply great. From his early work, right to his team-up with Steve Niles on Gotham County Line and the much under-praised Simon Dark, Hampton has always had a realistically moody grading to his art that elevates the horror aspect of his works, without being slasher-flick-obvious about it.


Normally, I give a little synopsis of a comic I’m reviewing, but in this case trying to explain it would take the fun out of it! The book is intriguing from the get go, and for the first half you forget it’s a Zombie book, seeming more like a noir crime story ( with Hampton’s above-stated style perfectly suited ). I actually checked the cover after the first few pages to make sure I grabbed the right book. And you’re not really sure how it’s a military book, until the very last page. When it all clicks together…. that’s when you see the talent Palmiotti and Gray have, and the serious potential for this book. What ever you think this book is about, and how you think it plays out…. you’re probably wrong!

STK643334Batman & Robin #33
$2.99
w. Peter Tomasi
a. Patrick Gleason

5 out of 5 Space Monkeys

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Why?:  If you were among the lucky, and had the foresight to read Robin Rises: Omega #1 last week, you’ll be thrilled to know: it continues here! (as does the original title of the book! ) Ra’s Al Ghul is presumed dead, and Talia’s coffin lost in the Himalayas. Glorious Godfrey, emissary of Darkseid, has escaped to Apokolips with the Chaos Shard and Damian Wayne’s corpse, laced with the crystal’s energy. There is only one thing stopping Batman from storming Apokolips in a fury a vengeance and getting his son’s body back….. The Justice League!!!!  As they try their best to explain their actions against the Dark Knight, all laid out logically and calmly, you see the for the first time proof that the New 52 Justice League has only been together for 5 years, because these idiots have yet to realize ….. You can’t change Batman’s mind. Ever. Period.

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So of course it gets physical, and Tomasi does two really cool things here:

1. He avoids the conceit of having Batman easily kick everyone’s ass in a matter of minutes, and actually resolves the battle in a somewhat peaceful manner, but still leaving Batman looking like a bad-ass.

2. Introduces the Hellsuit, an advanced,armored Bat-suit designed by Batman, forged in the Sun by Superman and Green Lantern,  quenched in the depths by Aquaman, computerized by Cyborg, energized by the Flash and spellcasted for battle by Wonder Woman.

Yeah, it looks as cool as it sounds.

Tomasi and Gleason have given us plenty of great Batman moments in their 3 year run on Batman & Robin, and from the bulk of this issue, it looks like they’re just getting started. The last page reveal of Batman’s real allies in his plan to get Damian back from the horrorfyingly twisted world ruled by a demon god of death, is down right cinematic! One of those ” Yeaaaaahhh Boyyyyy” moments that you know is leading up to something epic!

Honorable Mentions

3joE4L3Superman #33
$3.99
w. Geoff Johns
a. John Romita Jr.

The Gist: C’mon man, this book just bleeds comic book awesomeness from the very first page. Just look at that cover!  JRJR is a comic art god, and guided by the hands of DC’s main man Geoff Johns, is bringing a whole new realm of cool to The Man of Steel. And for those of you who complain about JRJR’s style being too “old school” or “too comic-booky”, think about what you’re saying! You want realism? Go watch TV! Comic books are always better when substance outweighs style, and Romita Jr. is far more substantial an artist than most out there, and there is more to sequential storytelling than pretty people standing around looking sexy!Superman-33-Cover
The adventures of Superman’s human counterpart Ulysses continues this issue, with Kal training the man raised in another dimension a key part of being a powerful being from another world… how to blend in! Kal, disguised as Clark Kent (a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper…), using his old connections at the Daily Planet, has hunted down the final clue to Ulysses’ mysterious origin… will it lead to heartache and despair, or a touching reunion? Find out in this summer’s blockbuster Superman story!

Marvel Comics

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Original Sin #5.2 :
Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #2
$3.99
w. Jason Aaron & Al Ewing
a. Lee Garbett & Simone Bianchi

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

Why?: Because Aaron and Ewing have done the impossible! They made me interested in Angela. Sure they had both Garbett and Bianchi, each talented artists in widely different ways, to help achieve this feat, but still it’s impressive. I’ve bitched and moaned for months about her awkward shoe-horning into the Marvel Universe, and the complete lack of imaginative character exploration in her follow up appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy, that I had no confidence in her as a player in the Marvel cosmic sandbox and was sure she’d fade into obscurity.
And then Aaron and Ewing step in and cement her deep into the 616, with an immensely close connection to one of Marvel’s oldest characters, and an explanation for where she’s from, why she hasn’t been seen before Age of Ultron, and the motivation behind her warrior-angel view of life.
All in one issue!
3944916-0041792141-ORIGSAs revealed last issue, in Asgard’s ancient past, there was a Tenth realm filled with valkyrie-like winged female warriors. Heven, as this realm was called, was at war with Asgard, a war that seemed to have no end. In an attempt to get the Asgardians to surrender, the Queen Angel kidnapped the daughter of Odin and Freya, and threatened to kill her if Odin did not kneel in defeat. Odin tries to call her bluff, but she wasn’t bluffing and follows through on the infanticide.
 In a utter God-Rage at the death of child, Odin channels the Odin-Force, destroying the Armada of Heven, and sunders the Tenth realm from the other Nine Realms, leaving it adrift in subspace, disconnected from not only Asgard and the Nine Realms, but our entire dimension. Until now.
After Thor’s vision of a sister he never knew alive and well today, he goes on a mission to find her. And Thor is nothing, if not persistent. Denied help from Freya, his mother, who truly believes her daughter was killed, Thor enlists the help of Loki, to find a way into the Tenth Realm, hoping to find his sister. What he finds instead are the Legions of Heven’s Angelic Warriors, all with genetic predisposition to hating their near mythical foes, the Asgardians!!
Thanks to Old Loki ( a future, all growed-up version of Loki, manipulated by, and 3944917-6116738174-ORIGSmanipulating, the All-Mother ), who guides Angela back to the Tenth Realm, abruptly taking her away from the Guardians in the middle of a Mission, to make a muddle of this Asgardian soap opera. Old Loki, being from the future, knows that Thor and Angela would have met in a few months from now, in a peaceful brother and sister reunion that ends in hugs and kisses, but instead, forces a deadly confrontation. Angela returns to Heven, to find the armies of her people, beaten and bloodied at Thor’s feet…. and guess who hates Asgardians the most and happens to be Heven’s most skilled and deadly warrior?? Yeaaah this is gonna be a good one.
Aaron and Ewing make a hell of writing team, with Aaron’s high-end concepts and Ewing’s spot on dialogue, this “tie-in miniseries ” has a weight of importance that has grown out of both Thor: God of Thunder and Loki: Agent of Asgard and ties so naturally into Original Sin that it is quickly becoming as integral a storyline as Original Sin itself.

Honorable Mention

ANINVADERS2014008-db9d4All New Invaders #8
$3.99
w. James Robinson
a. Steve Pugh

The Gist:
James Robinson has been giving control over some of Marvel’s oldest characters, with his stunning work on Marvel’s First Family over in Fanstastic Four, to dealing with some of the companies more AARP-eligible characters here in Invaders. When Toro, the Inhuman sidekick of Jim Hammond ( the O.G. Human Torch ) is kidnapped by AIM while stuck in a Terrigen Cocoon ( what?? You missed Infinity and Inhumanity???? Ugh…. look it up! ), Torch now an Agent of Shield ( with a really cool Variation on Cap’s old Super Soldier uniform from his Super-Spy days ) is off to rescue him, with a little help from Namor and The Winter Soldier. Tracking them to a hidden base in Germany, all is not as it seems when The Winter Soldier informs them of a hi-tech arms dealer’s involvement in the kidnapping, as well as the villain possibly having a Deathlok in his service. Turns out Bucky’s info was a little off: He doesn’t have A Deathlok……… he has ALL the Deathloks!!!!!

Independent:

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WinterWorld

IDW
$3.99
w. Chuck Dixon
a. Butch Guice

4 out of 5 Space Monkeys

Why?: I know, I know… you’re like “Another Post Apocalyptic Earth Comic, but I’m already reading Walking Dead, The Wake, Trees and The Super Annuated Man!” Well this one came first! Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino started this work over 25 years ago, with a two issue mini series from Eclipse comics, and a never published sequel ( both of which were gloriously reprinted by IDW into an awesome trade paperback).
Winter World is a tale of a future Earth wracked by climate change, frozen over from Pole to Pole, and the tale of Scully, an Ice Trader. Travelling from one pocket of a destitute humanity to another, trading goods and food where he can, Scully ekes out a living, barely surviving in a world where the only thing colder than the weather is the hearts of the scavenging warlords, enslaving despots and cannibal hunters who populate the wastelands of what was once North America. Joined by his ever-present faithful companion Rah-Rah the badger, and his teenage sidekick Wynn, the three survivors have escaped multiple death traps as they made their way across the frozen Caribbean Sea in Search of Wynn’s parents, the young girl having been on her own since childhood until being saved (once from Scavengers, another time from slavery and imprisonment) and being somewhat adopted by Scully..
The current arc has Scully, Wynn and Rah-Rah on the run from a horde of psychotic cannibals, as they cross the Panama Canal ( in a heavy treaded, armored snow tank ) into the Pacific coast, following the trail of an Airplane, the first seen in the decades since the new ice age began.
Hoping to find a better class of civilization than the one they escaped from in the Caribbean ( see above mentioned Winter World TPB ), the three stumble upon the village of La Nina, an almost paradise nestled on the frozen shores of the Pacific. Wynn’s excitement is soon muffled by Scully’s wariness as he suggests sneaking in at night to see what kind of folk they’re dealing with, and not have a repeat of past near-death exploits. Scully’s paranoia pans out, as this idyllic town turns into a warren of booby traps come nightfall, and Scully and Wynn have suddenly found themselves, once again, out of the frying pan and into the fire (or in this case out of the ice cube tray and into the freezer! ).
The book is full of Dixon’s touches of humanity that give it the realism and believability most comics fail to catch. A bi-lingual,slightly mad trader on skis, talking to himself and willing to trade information for a can of apple pie filling. Wynn discovering bundles of a white sugar-like powder that tastes like medicine in an abandoned hangar, then going on a quick coke binge of snowball-throwing, snow angel making, non stop chit-chatting skeed up antics before passing out. Her description of the sea air when they arrive at La Nina, all make the story more personal and emotion provoking.

And with Guice on art, it only emphasizes the human elements of the story against the bleak backdrop of this frozen realm. Guice is the perfect replacement for the departed Zaffino to depict Winter World in its signature form. Part of me wishes this was black and white as was the original stories, no offense to Diego Rodriguez, whose color work is perfect for this project, but Guice is one of the few artist in the biz who’s artwork and storytelling skills work equally well in both color and black and white. Check this book out if you’re down for some damn fine sequential storytelling… it’s a classic in the making! And grab that trade!!

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Last Weeks’s surprise pick:

Well, technically, they’re from a few weeks ago, but it is a two-for ( as well as a little promotion! )

outcast_1Outcasts #1
Image Comics
$2.99
w. Robert Kirkman
a. Paul Azaceta


The Gist:
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman gives us his take on demonic possession, and it’s just as intriguing and horrifying as what he did with zombies! For a full recap and review ( and some excellent art samples! )check out my article ( chuck insert link here ) and get the glimpse of it before #2 comes out next week


Aaaaaaand:


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Image
$2.99
w. Joe Keatinge
a. Khary Randolph

The Gist:
Originally created by Kirkman over ten years ago and used sparingly in the Invincible universe, Tech Jacket is the story of Zack Thompson, a teenage boy who inherits an alien armor that bonds with him and cannot be removed until his death and the inter-galactic adventures he becomes embroiled in. Part Green Lantern, part Guyver… all action, thanks to the Manga-esque line work by Khary Randolph that gives this teenage space opera the action lines and bombastic spreads that make it such a fun read!

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And as luck should have it ( or a clumsy attempt at cross-marketing by yours truly… ) both Paul Azaceta and Khary Randolph will be signing comics at my LCS, Royal Collectibles, in picturesque Forest Hills, home to Peter Parker! Check out the information below, and if you can, c’mon by! Outcast #2 will be out that day, and they’ll have copies of Tech Jacket #1 and Outcast #1 on hand ( while supplies last! )

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ComiXology Celebrates 5 Years with a Bundle of 100 Books for Ten Bucks!

ComiXology wants to celebrate it’s five year anniversary by getting more people to discover its creator owned books. The ComiXology Submit line allows creators to upload their own books at no cost. I’ve read many of these books and they are wonderfully varied and creative. I’ve discovered some rare gems thanks to this program. This is definitely a great deal to help get more of these titles discovered.

Here are just some of the books included in the bundle that we reviewed here at What’cha Reading:

Rex Zombie Killer #1

Secundus: Part I

Deadhorse: Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #1

Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits #1

ReincarNATE #1

Zoë: Out of Time #1

Wolves

From the press release:

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ComiXology Celebrates Their 5-Year Digital Comics Anniversary

With A Special ComiXology Submit Bundle: 100 Books For 10 Bucks

ComiXology Celebrates 5 Years with a Bundle of 100 Books for Ten Bucks!

July 23rd, 2014 – San Diego, CA. / New York, NY. – ComiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, celebrates their 5-year anniversary of delivering digital comics to fans across the globe by offering 100 books from their comiXology Submit self-publishing program for just 10 bucks U.S. — a savings of 94% off the cover price.

“ComiXology Submit lets creators connect with customers from anywhere across the globe, getting a whole new generation of comics into the hands of the widest possible customer base,” said comiXology co-founder and Director of Submit & Digital Storytelling John D. Roberts. “We’re happy to celebrate our 5-year anniversary with this great deal on these great books from comiXology Submit.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate our 5-year anniversary by getting so much new and undiscovered talent into readers’ hands through this bundle,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “We did a similar promotion at SXSW this past spring that was a smashing success, and it’s exciting to do this again today.”

Debuting at Comic-Con International in 2009, comiXology’s digital comics platform offers over 50,000 books from more than 75 publishers, providing the widest selection of digital comics in the world.

The comiXology Submit self-publishing platform allows independent creators and cartoonists to upload at no cost their comic books and graphic novels for sale on comiXology.

Creators and cartoonists interested in submitting works can visit http://submit.comixology.com.

Comic book and graphic novel fans interested in discovering works by independent creators and cartoonists on comiXology are invited to visit http://www.comixology.com/submit.

About comiXology

ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

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Life With Archie #26 – The Death of Archie Andrews – Did You Pick Up Your Copy?

So they did it. They killed Archie Andrews. Ok it’s only in the Life With Archie series but still it was a really popular series and the only one that actually moved his story forward. Check out some pages..

Life With Archie #26 - The Death of Archie Andrews - Did You Pick Up Your Copy?

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History is in the making in this epic finale to the acclaimed series LIFE WITH ARCHIE, as America’s most beloved character makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend. The unthinkable happens: Archie Andrews dies! Fans will experience an epic tale of Archie’s future sure to make headlines, generate discussion and stand as one of the most-talked about Archie stories of all time. Do not miss this game-changing tale of love, friendship and true heroism. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 & #37.

Script:  Paul Kupperberg
Art:  Pat & Tim Kennedy, Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bob Smith, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore
Cover:  Pat & Tim Kennedy
On Sale Date: 7/23
96-page, full color magazine
$9.99 U.S.
8  x 10 3/4”

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Rabbids Graphic Novels Coming Soon From Papercutz!

Rabbids are bursting forth from TV and video game screens to star in their own line of graphic novels this Fall. Papercutz is bringing their irreverent humor to print in October.

From the press release:

RABBIDS INVADE THE PAPERCUTZ LINEUP!

HIT VIDEO GAME AND TV CHARACTERS STAR IN ALL-NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS

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NEW YORK, NY: Papercutz, the leading children’s graphic novel publisher, has announced a partnership with Ubisoft, one of the world’s top producers of interactive entertainment to publish a series of graphic novels featuring their popular Rabbids characters. The Rabbids, stars of the hit RABBIDS INVASION TV series on Nickelodeon and multiple million-copy selling video games, will make their graphic novel debut in October 2014.
 
Originally appearing in the popular RAYMAN franchise, the Rabbids have become a genuine trans-media phenomenon. To date, RABBIDS video games have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, their videos have received over 77 million views on YouTube, and their Facebook page has almost 1.5 million likes. In 2013, the RABBIDS came to television, quickly becoming the #1 show in their timeslot and the #4 animated show on Nickelodeon. With a second season on the way from Nickelodeon, a major line of RABBIDS toys from McFarlane Toys launching earlier this year, and a trade publishing line debuting this fall from Simon & Schuster, the RABBIDS were perfectly positioned to make the jump to graphic novels.

“The Rabbids are bawdy and irreverent,” explained Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “But they’re not malicious. I think it’s that signature mix of unpredictable silliness and disregard for the rules that makes them appealing to kids and adults alike. That sense of no restrictions on their antics makes them perfectly suited for comics. With our ‘unlimited budgets’ we can place the Rabbids in any type of environment or situation we like, providing the perfect vehicle for fully exploiting the humorous potential of the Rabbids’ adventures.”
 
That philosophy of “no rules” has extended to the series content and even its marketing. While volume 1 of the series will feature numerous short gags and stories, volume 2 will feature a longer narrative and plans for volume 3 call for a series of shorter stories with a unifying theme. The versatile nature of the Rabbids themselves easily lends itself to each type of storytelling and has also inspired Papercutz to create promotional items that reflect the ever-changing nature of the Rabbids.
 
“We’ll be ‘soft launching’ the RABBIDS series at Comic-Con International,” explained Papercutz VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “Originally, we were going to hand out RABBIDS stickers and encourage people to help us ‘guerilla market’ the books around the city. But we were frustrated that the RABBIDS would be restricted to a few physical locations. So we decided to create large magnets instead. This way kids and adults can place the RABBIDS just about anywhere. And their unsuspecting friends and families will never know when they’re going to show up!”
 
Papercutz will be handing out this special RABBIDS promotional item at their Comic-Con booth (#2546). RABBIDS series writer Eric Esquivel will also be on handFriday and Saturday to sign this special keepsake.
 
“RABBIDS reflects our continuing commitment to publishing a diverse range of material in graphic novel format,” noted Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “We’ve always referred to ourselves an as ‘all-ages’ publisher and it’s hard to think of a better example of that type of material than RABBIDS. Whether you’re 6 or 60 there’s no way you’ll be able to read about the antics of these crazy creatures without laughing. All my favorite graphic novels have that same kind of appeal and it’s one of the main reasons we’re all excited to add RABBIDS to our mix of titles. I just wish I could get our editorial team to remember how many ‘a’s there are in ‘Bwaaaaaaaaaah!’”
 
Fans will get a chance to see if Papercutz’s editors manage to get it right when RABBIDS #1: “Bwaaaaaaaaaah!”  (ISBN 978-1-62991-048-2, Diamond Product Code AUG141608) is published on October 1, 2014.
 
ABOUT PAPERCUTZ: Papercutz is dedicated to publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics. To find out more visit http://www.papercutz.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Sven Larsen at larsen@papercutz.com or 646-559-4681.
 
ABOUT UBISOFT: Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2013-14 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,007 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

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