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Happy New Comics Wednseday 9/26/13 - a GREAT week to be a VEGAS comic fan!

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Last week of DC's 3d villain titles (also available in 2D for a dollar less!) - what has been your favorite one so far? Mine was last week's Black Hand (I haven't read this weeks yet).
And the first issue of IDW's Power Puff Girls!
Just look at all of these fantastic Image favorites coming out in the same week! Sex criminals looks like it has the makings to join this bunch! Here's some other titles out today not in these photos: Mind Mgmt, The Trial of the Punisher, The Wake, FF, Avengers, Infinity Heist, Ultimate Spider-Man, Young Avengers, Nova, Tom Strong, Unwritten, Uncanny Avengers, and Fatale!

As if all of this New Comics Wednesday feast of great comics wasn't enough, here's what else is happening tonight at Alternate Reality Comics, Friday night at Alternate, and this weekend:

Tonight from 5-8pm, Alternate Reality Comics will be having the opening reception of local artist, John Gamble and his amazing mechanical pencil creations! With complimentary …

Cyborg 009; Desanto, Camp, To, & Herring

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 Cyborg 009 is a much beloved, best selling manga series created by Shotaro Ishinomori, that also was done as an anime, live action television show and even feature length movies. Cyborg 009 was the ninth in a series of cyborgs created to be used for military reasons, but Cyborg 009 and the other eight cyborgs aren't on board with this plan.
A couple of weeks ago, Archaia (the graphic novel company that has produced beautiful graphic novels such as Jim Henson's A Tale of Sand, Fraggle Rock, and Mouse Guard), released this beautiful, new, full color, hardcover Cyborg 009 graphic novel and it has to be seen in person to fully appreciate what a gorgeous production this is (the cover image posted above  looks simple here on the internet, but come by Alternate Reality Comics to see how different this cover really is!).

Written by F.J. Desanto and Bradley Cramp and drawn by Marcus To (he's done some DC comics like Flash, but nothing that's suggested he could do this level o…

Peter Panzerfaust; Kurtis J. Wiebe & Tyler Jenkins

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The past couple of days I read the first two volumes of Image Comics' Peter Panzerfaust, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Tyler Jenkins. This is a pretty great comic book on all fronts. All I'm going to say here is that if you're not already familiar with the premise of Peter Panzerfaust, basically it's Peter Pan in World War II (without the magic elements of the classic Peter Pan story though), with the central characters taking a proactive position against the Nazis. One of the things I like most about this comic is that it's narrated by some of the characters from the story in our present, recounting what they went through during WWII - usually I don't like this kind of story-telling, but here it works really well. Peter Panzerfaust is a totally enjoyable, fast paced story with a lot of heart, great characters, and great art.

Avengers: Children's Crusade; Allan Heinberg & Jim Cheung

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Avengers Children's Crusade was a nine issue series (collected in one nice softcover collection) that came out from 2010-2012, written by Allan Heinberg (creator and writer of television's Grey's Anatomy) and drawn by Jim Cheung, and is a followup to their Young Avengers run. Actually, Avengers Children's Crusade is really mostly features the Young Avengers characters and mostly has the title Avengers instead of Young Avengers because that probably helped this title get a bigger audience.A person could this not having read the previous adventures of the Young Avengers, but that's also collected in a nice big volume, called Ultimate Young Avengers.

In addition to being a continuation of the Young Avengers characters, Children's Crusade is also the story that addressed what happened to the Scarlet Witch after what she did in the mini series, House of M. There's a lot going on in this nine issue series and a lot of characters running around, but Allan Heinber…

Locke & Key v1; Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Joe Hill is a horror short story and novel writer ( Heart Shaped Box, Horns) as well as a comic book writer, who also happens to be the son of best selling horror novelist, Stephen King. Joe Hill first came on the comic book scene with an adaptation of his short story, the Cape, which is one of the darkest things I've ever read. The Cape, as with his comic series (and series of graphic novels, of which there's five to date), Locke and Key is published by IDW.
The first volume of Locke & Key introduces us to the Locke family and what happens to them that and causes them to move to the small town of Lovecraft. They move into a house / mansion called Keyhouse and before this first volume concludes we find out that there are various keys which people with hidden agendas want. Horror definitely abounds in Locke & Key, there's a lot of mystery, but there's also good characters within and great, very expressive, spooky art by Gabriel Rodriguez. I'd put Locke &…

Happy New Comics Wednesday 9/17/13! DC 3D week three! What happened to the red vines!?

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Have these DC villain month 3D covers been some of the coolest use of 3D or what!?
Probably my favorite of all of the villain one shots that DC is doing throughout September is this week's Black Hand - written by Chris Soule, Black Hand is back to the crazy depths of darkness that he had when Geoff Johns wrote that character! This week we also finally get a trade paperback collection of the classic 1970's series, The Secret Society of Super-Villains (one of my favorites when I was first reading comics many moons ago! And a collection of the first Star Wars ongoing series that Brian Wood is writing!
Zero, is a new series by Alex Kot (Chance, Suicide Squad) and it's FANTASTIC - every issue will be self contained, with a bigger connecting over arc going on as well. This feels like the making of a really BIG story! Infinity #3!!! - actually I haven't read it yet, so it better live up to the extra "!'s I've given it (grin)! Some other great titles out this wee…

From Up On Poppy Hill - a WONDERFUL movie!

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 No Spoilers - just some RAVE impressions of From Up On Poppy Hill, an EXCELLENT movie that EVERYONE should watch! Whatever you do before watching this movie, do NOT read the back cover description and especially do NOT read the booklet included with the DVD until after watching the movie!

From Up On Poppy Hill is based on a manga of the same name that came out in 1980, the screenplay was co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki (and is light years ahead of Goro Miyazaki's debut Tales From EarthSea, which I couldn't even finish). All you need to know about From Up On Poppy Hill is that it is set in Japan, 1963, and is primarily about two young characters, Umi and Shun and... (watch the movie and let the story unravel without knowing anything else and your From Up On Poppy Hill experience will be all the richer!).
Here's another poster that was used in Japan upon the release there of From Up On Poppy Hill, illustrated by Hayao Miyazaki. This was …

Happy New Comics Wednesday 9/11/13! FUN, great comics & graphic novels abound!

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3D DC Villain Week 2! Scott Snyder does a Riddler one shot and how about that Court of Owls cover!? Geoff Johns co-writes a Black Mantra one shot (and aren't we sad that he'll be leaving the writing on Aquaman shortly?)! The second JMS / Tom Mandrake Sidekicks - the first issue was pretty dark! Walking Dead the followup to last issues craziness and the lead in to #115's twelve part bi-weekly All Out War! East of West - first collection for only $9.99 - see what everyone's been talking about, this is such a great Hickman / Dragotta series!
  More 3D titles! Sorry, I don't have anything to add here as I haven't read any of these yet!
Are you digging The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys? Kick Ass is nearing its end (this is the last mini series)! Third chapter of the Battle of the Atom, new Avengers title, Mighty Avengers debuts, and there's a tie-in mini series to Infinity, written by Matt Kindt, called Infinity Hunt as well as a new Hickman Avengers issue…

Sweet Tooth; Jeff Lemire

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Earlier this year, Jeff Lemire's excellent Vertigo series, Sweet Tooth, ended after 40 issues (collected in six trade paperbacks). I was reading it when it came out monthly, but somewhere I got behind (not for lack of loving what I'd read) and decided to wait until it was over and read the entire series in one go. Well today was that day and as I suspected, reading Sweet Tooth this way was a very enjoyable experience.

Jeff Lemire, is a modern day comic book writer / illustrator, creator, like Matt Kindt (Mind Mgt., Red Handed), who is telling / drawing comics unlike anyone else currently doing comics. Lemire, with his creator owned projects like Sweet Tooth and his new Vertigo series, Trillium, is always looking for new ways to create sequential art stories and his artistic experiments also very much serve the greater story he is telling.
Sweet Tooth is a post apocalyptic story in which people are dying in great numbers (an unexplained event called the Sickness) and a new spe…

Happy New Comics Wednesday 9/4/13 - to say that today is a BIG release day is a HUGE understatement!

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DC Villains Month starts today!! Having read the first issue of the mini series that kicks off these one shot villain titles, Forever Evil, I'm here to tell you that the first issue is REALLY good, you'll know from the first issue whether this is a book you'll be sticking with! It's by Geoff Johns and David Finch, so I'm surprised more people didn't sign up for this title, especially given Geoff Johns' track record at writing really good villains (remember his four year Flash run?) and David Finch does some pretty dynamic art too! The first issue of The Star Wars is also on the slate for today (haven't read that yet) - it's an eight issue adaptation of the original treatment of what the Star Wars movies became (meaning Episode Four specifically)! This is another new title that I'm surprised more people didn't sign up for in advance of its release (Alternate Reality Comics has a lot of copies, because I think people will be curious about thi…

Building Stories; Chris Ware

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This morning I FINALLY got around to reading the entirety of Chris Ware's Building Stories. Building Stories originally came out in October of 2012 and it's really surprising that I haven't read this prior to today, especially as Chris Ware is one of my favorite sequential art writer / artists.  I think a part of me knew, based on the emotional drain that one gets from reading Ware's work, that Building Stories would have to wait until a great block of time could be devoted to it.
Building Stories, is a GIANT boxed production housing (pun intended) many different parts that combine into one graphic novel, HUGE  fold out comics that are bigger than Sunday newspaper comics, small comic booklets, over-sized 16-25 page comics, and two hardcover "conventional" graphic novelettes. There is no directional key to direct the reader as to which way Building Stories should be read, so I just chose to read the big fold outs and little booklets first and ended with the t…