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La Mano del Destino; J. Gonzo

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Wow, what a great week for new comics, with the new LOEG Century: 1969, The Cape #1, Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search For Swamp Thing, Kirby Genesis, and Captain America and Bucky to name just a few new arrivals that are top notch! But my pick of the week goes to a new title called La Mano del Destino, written and drawn by J. Gonzo!

















La Mano del Destino is unlike any other comic being published today, and the great writing, art, and characters by newcomer J. Gonzo (well new to me as I've not heard of him before) make me want the next issue right now! What is La Mano del Destino about?: masked warriors in a land called MesoAmerica (Mexico), but really after you read the first issue you'll see that there's more going on than your average slugfest comic. I like this line from the first issue: "Luchador does not don his mask to conceal his identity, but rather, to reveal it."

Here's a link to J. Gonzo's La Mano del Destino, with a cool trailer (with cool musc…

LOEG 1969 has ARRIVED!

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One of the best ways I can think of to close out a long day is to read the newest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume, Century: 1969, by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. This is going on for sale tomorrow (some of you lucky bastards may have already gotten a copy at last week's San Diego convention).

NO SPOILERS FOLLOWING:

If you haven't ready any of the previous League of Extraordinary volumes, well Century: 1969 isn't going to make a lick of sense to you. LOEG Century: 1969 isn't as easy to get into as the very first two volumes of LOEG and it probably helps if you have knowledge of the occult (which I don't have), as most of the plot and affairs of Century: 1969 revolve around the occult, but the further you read into Century: 1969, you'll come to appreciate what Moore and O'Neill are doing with this volume of LOEG (this actually being the second of three installments, the first being Century: 1910 that came out a couple of years ago and the third to…

Captain America movie; one of the best superhero movies ever!

No spoilers following, just excited impressions after seeing the new Captain America movie this afternoon:

Of all of the summer superhero movies, the one I've been most looking forward to has been Captain America (even though I wanted the Green Lantern movie to do the best in the box office so that DC could go up against Marvel's blockbusters - at least DC does better in the animation department). I loved that the filmmakers set Captain America during World War I because that's pretty important to the characters back story and if done right is a period that should easily have made for a good different kind of superhero movie. After seeing a couple of trailers, I was thinking that they'd have to mess up pretty bad to not live up to those trailers. I'm happy to report that the Captain America movie exceeded my expectations and is easily in my top five of all time superhero movies, if not number one (yes, I think it may be even better than the Christopher Nolan Batman …

DC Retroactive 1970s

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DC Comics, through the end of August, are releasing one shot, self-contained comics called DC Retroactive that will feature creators from yesteryear working on characters they've worked on in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with a representation of a comic from that time period as the second half of the comic. The Batman 1970 that came out this week features a new story by Len Wein and Tom Mandrake and is a perfect example of the kind of Batman stories done during that period. The classic story represented was also written by Len Wein and drawn by John Calnan and Dick Giordano. Solid entertainment!
The Flash 1970 that came out this week is my favorite of the three DC Retroactive released this week and is by Cary Bates, Benito Callego and Sal Buscema. The story is titled "Son of Grodd" and is a fun, smart story about Barry Allen's (The Flash) wife, Iris, having difficulty getting pregnant and what she does to try to solve this. The comic represented from yesteryear that…

I'm a 2011 Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer finalist!!

Last night I was tooling around online and saw via The Hollywood Reporter that Alternate Reality Comics had been selected as one of the finalists for this years 2011 Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award! I wasn't sure if their list was the entire list of finalists (as their wording says "amongst the finalists"), but after seeing this list of finalists pop up on the official San Diego Comic-con International site and a couple of other sites, well joy and jubilation!

Every year the comic book industry has their own Oscars / Academy Awards, called The Will Eisner Award, also known as The Eisners, named after legendary cartoonist great Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit, and the graphic novels that include A Contract With God and The Dreamer. The Eisners are awarded to the best comics and graphic novels of the preceding year, with the winners being announced on the Friday of the San Diego Comic-Con (this years ceremony will be tomorrow night, July 22nd).

Since 1993, The Eis…

The Homeland Directive; Venditti & Huddleston

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Last week, Top Shelf released another fine graphic novel, The Homeland Directive, written by Robert Venditti (Surrogates) and drawn by Mike Huddleston (The Coffin and Deep Sleeper). What is The Homeland Directive about?: The central character is Dr. Laura Regan, who works as a researcher / authority on viral and bacteriological study at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research partner is murdered and she gets involved in a governmental conspiracy frame-up. Here's another sound-bite summation of what The Homeland Directive is about (from the inside flap of this graphic novel): "Set in the Orwellian present, The Homeland Directive confronts one of the vital questions of our time: In an era when technology can either doom or save us, is it possible for personal privacy and national security to coexist?" This graphic novel couldn't be more timely and Venditti and Huddleston tell this story with great characters and an intensity that makes The Homeland …

Red Wing: Hickman & Pitarra

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Red Wing is a new creator owned comic published by Image, written by Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, SHIELD, Pax Romana) and drawn by Nick Pitarra. Red Wing is about fighting a war across the time stream and anyone who knows me, knows that I usually get a headache when I hear that a story involves time travel. Well because Jonathan Hickman is such a smart writer, the fact that time travel is going on in Red Wing doesn't impare my enjoyment of this book at all. The only "negative" thing I can say about Red Wing is that it's only a four issue mini series, which seems too short for a story of this scope, but I like to think this will get such great word of mouth that it will sell fantastically and there'll be more stories to follow.

Anyone who has read anything by Jonathan Hickman already knows that he's a great thinking outside of the box writer, but I was unsure about the artist for Red Wing as I hadn't seen any of his work until I read this first issue. …

Starman: James Robinson

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The past couple of months, when I'm not trying to keep up on reading new comics and graphic novels, I've been re-reading one of the BEST superhero comics ever, James Robinson's Starman, which are now collected in six hardcover omnibuses. Starman ran for 81 issues from 1994 until 2001, but also had many special issues, including annuals and mini-series, so Robinson's Starman really ran for about 100 issues.

Starman is one of DC's legacy characters, meaning there's been different versions of this character throughout their companies history and James Robbinson wrote his Starman incorporating the other Starmans as well as the rich history the DC universe has. A person doesn't have to have read any other DC superhero comics to enjoy Robinson's Starman as he thoroughly explores the characters legacy in addition to writing fantastic stories about Jack Knight (his Starman) and his rich supporting cast.

Each volume of the Starman omnibuses have an afterward by J…

Gingerbread Girl

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Gingerbread Girl is a delightful new graphic novel by writer, Paul Tobin, and artist, Colleen Coover, and published by Top Shelf. Gingerbread Girl is about Annah Billips, who thinks she has a missing sister, but others think that the missing sister or "Gingerbread Girl" as she's referred to, is an imaginary sister that Annah thinks is real.





The mystery of the "Gingerbread Girl" is told by Annah and the other characters in the breaking the fourth wall fashion, which of course means that the characters talk directly to the reader, a story-telling device that many long time readers of Ich Liebe Comics! already know is at the top of my list of ways to tell a story.

Even if the Gingerbread Girl story wasn't fun and engaging (which it is), Collen Coover is one of my favorite artists (if you like the interior page shown here, you're pretty much sold on the book already, I'm thinking). In my perfect world, Colleen Coover would draw every comic at least once…