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Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/31/13! Great mix edition!

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Grant Morrison's last issue of Batman Inc. leads today's selections! Also a new Vertigo title, Collider, the third issue of Scott Snyder's The Wake, and a NEW issue of Optic Nerve (I'm sure this will be my favorite this week after I read it!)! Adventure Time Special #1 and finally a trade paperback collection of Jason Hall & Cliff Chiang's Beware The Creeper! (a very cool 1920's version of the Creeper!)
Marvel's offerings today are heavy on the X titles side, but if you were hoping an Avengers title would also be in the mix, you'll be sad (grin - I'm sure next week there'll be 24 of them!), as well as a new Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy (with Angela - what's she doing in the Marvel universe!?), and FF!
DC's got five annuals out this week, Flash, Batman, Detective, Superman, and Animal Man, and while it's a slower week for Image titles, Sex is out so things aren't all bad, right (grin)!? Also fresh red vines and everyone sh…

The Crow Skinning The Wolves; James O' Barr & Jim Terry

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I've never really been much of a fan of The Crow comics or movie, but I picked up The Crow Skinning The Wolves because the art by Jim Terry really caught my eye and because it's a holocaust story. Actually, The Crow Skinning The Wolves isn't really a Crow story at all (writer, James O' Barr, who also  created The Crow, says this in his intro as well) and one doesn't have to know anything about said character to appreciate Skinning The Wolves for the great revenge against the horrible things nazis did story it is. After the story part of this graphic novel, there's many pages showing Jim Terry's pencil art with some commentary by him about what he was thinking while working on this story - I definitely want to read / see more comics / graphic novels drawn by Jim Terry!

WE3; Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely

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 WE3 is a three issue Vertigo comic that Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely did years ago, that was also collected in an oversized graphic novel. WE3 is the story of three animals that have been bio-engineered for military use as weapons.
I remembered liking WE3 much more when I read it when it first came out in comic form. Re-reading it today, I don't think as a story it really works on any level and ultimately it's just a great showcase of how cinematic and kinetic Frank Quitely's art is. WE3 is widely regarded as a great sad story, but in retrospect, I think if people want a really good sad animal story, read Richard Adams' Plague Dogs (which was also made into a great sad animated movie - Adams is most known for Watership Down). I guess the entire premise of WE3, using a cat, dog, and rabbit and turning them into killing machines was too ridiculous for me today, even though this ridiculous premise may have been Morrison's way of showing just how ridiculous a lot o…

Black Summer; Warren Ellis & Juan Jose Ryp

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Black Summer is another one of writer, Warren Ellis' dark looks at what people with superpowers would do in a real world setting beyond what super powered characters do in the Marvel and DC universes. This type of story was first most famously done in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen back in 1986, and while Ellis' forays into this arena aren't as artful or literary as Moore's are, they are still very interesting and dynamic examinations of what it means to be a superhero.
 Black Summer begins in typical shocking Ellis fashion, with one of the Seven Guns, John Horus, killing the President because of crimes he believes he has committed against the world's best interests. The rest of Black Summer is a reaction from the world and other members of the Seven Guns to what John Horus has done and their place as superheroes post this action of his. Like most of Warren Ellis' comics / graphic novels, Black Summer is an R rated production, but if you like your sup…

Courtney Crumrin; Ted Naifeh & Warren Wucinich

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 Today, in between going to the Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activities car wash fund raiser for Shade Tree at the Pinball Hall of Fame and working out, I'm going to revisit three graphic novels, Courtney Crumrin, Black Summer, and WE3. Which one will I like best?
First up is Courtney Crumrin, written and drawn by Ted Naifeh and colored by local artist, Warren Wucinich.
Courtney Crumrin, is the story of Courtney Crumrin and her spooky adventures having moved to a mansion that some say is haunted, owned by one of her relatives. Courtney isn't one of those girls who fit in with everyone around her and she's mostly okay with that, actually she comes to embrace this quality. Courtney Crumrin is an all ages comic / graphic novel and will appeal to anyone who likes stories with mystery and light horror, with a good sampling of humor.
For me, the real star of Courtney Crumrin is the art and colors. Courtney Crumin was originally published in black and white, and as great as Ted N…

Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/24/13; post San Diego edition!

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 Welcome back San Diego Comic-Con attendees! This weeks comic menu will have you feasting on the Hawkeye Annual, with a spotlight on Kate Bishop, drawn by the ever amazing Javier Pulido, the first issue of Hunger (what does Galactus have to do with the future of the Ultimate universe!?), Young Avengers (such a great issue, with quite the last page!), New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, the second issue of Greg Rucka and Michael Larks' Lazarus,...
 ...the second issue of Pak & lee's Batman / Superman (we still have copies of issue one left!), Justice League Dark (third part of the Trinity War), Larfleeze, Constantine, a new Spidey title; Superior Spider-Man Team-Up, and a new issue of Doc oct as Spider-Man,...
 ...the second issue of Uncanny, a new Rocketeer (a meet up with the Spirit!), All Star Western, a new Fairest trade, Flash, Bounce, Unwritten, Captain America, Aquaman, Mind Mgmt., and a new Previews! See you all in a couple of hours!

Genius; Seagle & Kristiansen

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Genius is the new fantastic graphic novel by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen, published by First Second for a mere $17.99. Seagle and Kristiansen have collaborated on many of my favorite graphic novels like It's A Bird (an excellent, very different kind of Superman story), Red Diary (two WWI stories), and Vertigo's House of Secrets. With their new work, Genius, they do not disappoint.
Genius is about Ted, who develops genius level intelligence very early in life, about puberty, family, and what happens when genius doesn't lead the possessor of said intelligence to rewards in the physical world. Ultimately, Genius is a beautiful book about a man who loves and cares about his family and wants to provide for them. His solution for doing this when he's no longer able to contribute in the realm of theory or big ideas is wonderful and there's several people I ca't wait to share Genius with.

Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/17/13 & Happy San Diego Comic-Con for those of you going!

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Happy New Comics Wednesday to those of you that aren't going to the pop culture spectacle that is the San Diego International Comic-Con this week -  and to those of you going, say hi to all 125,000 people from me and Alternate Reality Comics! I hope everyone has a superFUN time at the big show, especially if this is your first San Diego Comic-Con!
Today's releases see a new issue of the pretty great Thanos Rising, Batwoman, Batman 1966 ( a really fun comic in the spirit of the 1960's television show!), Mysterious Strangers (a lot of you may know this comic as The Strangers from Free Comic Book day - issues one and two are out today), and two of the graphic novels I'm most looking forward to reading this year, Genius, by Seagle & Kristiansen (the did one of my favorite graphic novels of all time, It's A Bird) and Goddamn This War, by Tardi & Verney (the creators of the excellent WWI graphic novel It Was The War of the Trenches). 
Some other titles I'm loo…

Happy New Comics Wednesday 7/10/13 - all the HIGH PROFILE titles are out today! And 80s Kids Artist Spotlight opening reception tonight!

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This is one of those weeks in which the stars line up in a crazy way causing all of your favorite comics to come out on the same day! The only problem here is deciding which one to read first! I suggest shuffling your comics like cards and ten reading them from the top on down! Let me give you some idea of what I'm talking about:
The second issue of Gerard Way and Becky Cloonan's wild True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, another exciting East of West, a fab issue of Young Avengers, the second issue of Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's Superman Unchained, a new very special issue of Hawkeye drawn by one of my faves, Francesco Francavilla and the second Hawkeye trade (we also have copies of the first trade in stock if you want to see why this is one of the best books out there!),...
...the second chapter of Batman Zero Year (getting more and more interesting), Uncanny X-Men, Superior Spider-Man, 12 Reasons to Die, Suicide Squad, Walking Dead (this Negan guy is shaping up to be o…

New Comics Wednesday 7/3/13!

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Happy New Comics Wednesday, fellow comic book enthusiasts! This week we've got Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham back on Batman Inc, Superior Foes of Spider-Man by Nick Spencer and artist Steve Lieber, the third issue of the delightfully weird Ten Grand by JMS and Ben Templesmith, an Ugly Doll comic...
The second issue of Daredevil Dark Days (always a treat to see Lee Weeks art!), a new Avengers title called Avengers A.I that takes place right after Age of Ultron by writer Sam Humphries, a new Deadpool mini series called Deadpool Kills Deadpool (!?!), Hickman's Avengers, a Guardians of the Galaxy one shot, a What If asking what if Avengers VS. X-Men had ended differently, ...
 Detective Comics, Swamp Thing, A new Dark Horse superhero title called Catalyst, Earth 2, Green Lantern, the conclusion of Adventure Time Fionna and Cake, and a new Grimm Fairy Tales title called Oz. And we last week we got a restock in of the new and very cute...
  DC string dolls! There's 14 different …