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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Covers Of The Week 11/23/16

Happy New Comic book day.  Another Wednesday and another batch of great covers.  Even though it is a holiday week, there is a lot of good stuff out this week. I have had a Civil War II cover on this list since I have started until today.  They were all pretty home hum. I did really like the homage cover on Deathstroke.

Cover of the Week

TMNT #64 Subscription Variant By Kevin Eastman
Love the shadow that forms the Shredder


Bloodshot USA #2 Cover D By Darick Robertson
Batgirl #5 By Rafael Albuerque

Death Of X #4 Connecting Cover

Deathstroke #7 By Shane Davis

Flash #11 By Carmine Di Giandomenico

Hellblazer #4 By John Yasmine Putri
Swampthing dressed as Constantine - Freaking awesome
Venom #1 Variant By Ron Lim
All the Venom covers are great.

Think I am crazy or missed something? Let me know in the comments. Happy Turkey Day to everyone.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New No. 1's 11/22/16

Hola Nerdmigos. Tomorrow is new comic book day and this week is a good week to be a comic fan. Two books that I have been very excited for are coming out tomorrow, along with the other great stuff that comes out tomorrow.  I am going to rate these titles with a with a Can't Wait, Worth Checking Out, Maybe if it is a light week and a Nah. Marvel is still rolling out it's Marvel Now titles.  Seems to be two to three a week. With a new Logan trailer and the re-launch of X-Men announced, does that mean the real Wolverine is on his way back? I hope so.  So onto the new books for the week.

W: Scott Snyder A: Jeff Lemire
AD After Death Book #1 - SERIES PREMIERE - What if we found a cure for death? Two of comics' most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SNYDER and fully painted by LEMIRE.

Can't Wait - This is a book that I have been patiently waiting for since it was announced.  Scott Snyder is one of my favorite writers and is one of the best in the business.  Pair him with Jeff Lemire, even though he is only doing the art, and there is no way he doesn't have anything to add story wise.  This seems to have a different feel to anything that is out right now and is worth a read to anyone who enjoys something out of the Superhero genre.

W: Mike Costa A: Gerardo Sandoval
Venom #1 - The symbiote you know and love has returned to New York City. No more 'Agent of the Cosmos.' No more 'Lethal Protector.' It's time for a new Venom, and it's great to be bad.

Can't Wait - CBR Preview here: http://www.cbr.com/venom-1-3/.  Everyone knows and loves Venom. I wasn't a big fan of Venom in space, but it looks like he is coming back to Earth to create havoc. I don't know where they are going with this, but it looks dark and scary, which is what Venom should look like.

W: Al Ewing A: Travel Foreman
Ultimate #1 - Who - or what - is the Cosmic Jailer? What being is powerful enough to chain Eternity itself? That is the mystery Galactus must solve, before it's too late. Ultimate problems require ultimate solutions, and Galactus will call on those who helped cure his insatiable hunger. Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Spectrum and Ms. America! Together they are the Ultimates, protectors of the Omniverse. But now they are something more: the newest heralds of Galactus, the Lifebringer!

Maybe if it is a light week - CBR Preview here: http://www.cbr.com/ultimates-2-1-exclusive-preview/ Before I read the preview I was a nah, but I do like Black Panther and this is an intriguing beginning.  However, my problem with the Ultimates is that it is missing a couple of my favorite characters, like Hulk, Tony Stark and Hank Pym. They need a big gun like Hulk or Thor and a smart guy like Tony or Hank. Yes I know that Black Panther is smart and Carol is strong, but not like the others.

W: Serge Lehman A: Stephane Crety
Masked #1 - Frank Braffort has returned from war suffering from PTSD, but he is thrown headfirst into a terrifying new reality where phenomena, called Anomalies, appear out of nowhere. Facing this mysterious and lethal enemy, Braffort is called on to go into battle once again for the safety of the city!

Maybe if it is a light week - Titan has been putting out some pretty good books lately. This has an interesting premise and on a light week might be worth picking up.  I am hoping that this isn't a Watchmen type rip off.

Did I miss anything or rate a book unfairly? Holler at your boy in the comments.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Five Must Buys 11/21/16

What up brochachos. Happy Thanksgiving week.  Even though it is a holiday week there is a ton of great stuff out this week.  DC is still crushing it with Rebirth, which let's be real is still a shocker.  It is hard to keep up this much quality with this many books.  I have dropped maybe a handful. This week there are a ton of books and it was incredibly hard to narrow it down just to 5. This is one of those weeks were you end up blowing twice as much as you wanted to. So let's get to it.

W: Dan Jurgens A: Bernard Chang
Batman Beyond #2 - 'THE RETURN' part two! Terry is tested in a way he hasn't been since he returned as Batman. In Jokerztown to rescue Dana, he's not up against one foe but an entire community of clown-worshipping crazies, all led by the deadly Terminal. Is it possible his crime-fighting career - and his life - will both end just as he's starting over?

Although this may not be the premier Bat title coming out this week, most people agree that Detective Comics is the best Bat book out right now, although I think it is All-Star Batman, this is still a great read that is a must read for any Batman Beyond fan.  Terry is back and it looks like the Joker might be back as well. This story has a ton of potential  that should interest any Bat fan.

W: Joshua Williamson A: Jason Shawn Alexander 
Frostbite #3 - The high-action futuristic Western from the writer of THE FLASH and the creator of Empty Zone kicks into high gear! Keaton has managed to get Vic out of Los Angeles, but the trouble is only just starting. The mysterious Boss Burns knows the precious cargo that Vic is carrying, and he wants it for himself. He's put a price on the women's heads, and now all of the nastiest gangs of the frozen American wasteland are barreling down on them, guns drawn and ready to claim the prize.

I know, I know, another post apocalyptic tale about a society that is messed up fighting for survival. It has been done to death, but it doesn't make this story any less interesting or good.  This is a great series that mashes up elements from The Book Of Eli, The Maze Runner and The Walking Dead. It is one that should at least get a chance.

 W: Dan Abnett A: Brett Booth
Titans #5 - 'The Return of Wally West' part five! Wally West will do anything to save his friends, even at the cost of his own life! The full extent of Abra Kadabra's greatest trick is finally revealed!

This series has been one of my favorite out of the Rebirth. It reintroduces the Wally West that have been most people's flashes growing up and gives him a mystery to solve and a team to work with. Don't get me wrong we all love Barry Allen and the Flash book is a must read for any Flash fans, but this book seems to have the most potential to explain the Rebirth elements and The Watchmen elements.   

W: Robert Kirkman A: Paul Azaceta
Outcast #23 - 'THE DARKEST BEFORE' What was once trapped in shadow is out in the open, and it is about to overwhelm Kyle Barnes.

I power watched the show again this weekend.  The comic makes the show so much better.  You know details that they don't explain and overall just a great show. With the long weekend coming up I am going to read this series again completely. It is so dark and twisted that I can't get enough. If you are into the Horror genre this is the premiere book that you should be reading.

 W: Jason Aaron A: Jorge Molina
Star Wars #25 - Rebel crew vs. SCAR Troopers for the fate of the Harbinger! PLUS: An all-new Artoo-Deetoo adventure!

What can I say about this. It is Star Wars, although I thought that Darth Vadar was the better series, the Star Wars book is no slouch. Although that might be that nothing is cooler than Darth Vadar going around the universe kicking @$$.  Jason Aaron captures the voice of the original trilogy so well that it seems like it was all written by the same person. This book is light and fun and should be read by any and EVERY Star Wars fan out there.

Honorable Mentions - Jim Thompsons Killer Inside Me #3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #64, Black Monday Murders #4, Chew #60, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, Death Of X #4, Deathstroke #7, Detective Comics #945, Flash #11, Teen Titans #2, Dept H #8.

Think I missed anything or am overrating something? Let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Covers of the Week 11/16/16

Happy Wednesday.  The best day of the week. A ton of good new stuff coming out.  Well her we point out the best covers coming out today.  There are a lot of great covers coming out today. Covers are funny. I mean I would love to read a book about the Thing and Doctor Doom going one on one, why can't covers be about what is actually in the book.  However, I would never get Black Bolt in a suit singing.  Either way they are awesome covers and if they only covered what the book is about we wouldn't get half the awesome covers that come out.

Spawn #267 Cover B By Jordan Butler

Death Of X #1 2nd Print By Aaron Kuder

Infamous Iron Man #2 By Alex Maleev
Batman #11 By Mikel Janin

Reborn #2 By Kaare Andrews
Uncanny Inhumans #15 By Jeff Dekal
 Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New No. 1's 11/15/16

What up nerdmigos.  Happy Tuesday.  Another week of new comics.  So I am going to do something a little bit different this week. I am going to rate these titles with a with a Can't Wait, Worth Checking Out, Maybe if it is a light week, Nah. DC is still rolling out Young Animal and some Rebirth stuff starting next year, but I think they may be done with number ones for a while.  Marvel is still rolling out Marvel NOW and again is starting with some odd ball titles, like Fool Killer. 

Everything I have read and heard is that people want Mutants not Inhumans, the new Champions book that is supposed to be the future of Marvel, is lacking major interest and sales have been poor, and finally the change of all the original characters being changed to be more diversified have turned people away from their favorite books. I don't know if that is just is San Diego, but from what I read on message boards, I think not. Hopefully they can get their act together because that have a plethora of great backstories and characters and changing them to diversify is not the answer.  Introduce new characters and grow a new fan base, don't shove it down fans throats because that is how you lose fans.  This reminds me of the end of the New 52, I was down to Bat books and Justice League and buying mostly Marvel.  Now, I am buying mostly DC and just Spiderbooks and a couple holdovers not related to Civil War II. Rant over.  Here we go, new books this week.

W: Matt Kindt A: David Rubin
Ether #1 - A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He's got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether's magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.
From "New York Times" best-selling author Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT, Past Aways, Super Spy, Dept. H). Stunning artwork from David Rubfn!

Worth Checking out- I am a Matt Kindt fan and science mixed with magic mixed with interdimensional travel sounds like fun. Throw in a crime element and this sounds like an interesting read with a lot of potential.

W: James Robinson A:Tom Feister
Grand Passion #1 - One of the comic industry's finest - James Robinson (Squadron Supreme, Scarlet Witch, Starman) - delivers the surprising, funny, violent, and sexy tale of romance that comics have been missing! Doc's a cop. Mabel's a crook. They're two wayward souls, fated to fall in love at first sight, even as Mabel swears to kill Doc if it's the last thing she does. Its Harlequin Romance meets Hard-Boiled Crime, as only James Robinson could deliver!

Maybe - Romance comics are really not for me, but reminds me of Sex Criminals, which makes it a maybe. This seems like a tricky one to get right.  Very few can, like The Fix, dark funny crime, or Sex Criminals, Crime Romance, but mixing all of them together will be difficult, but if done right can be great.

W: Amit Chauhan A: Eli Powell
Yakuza Demon Killers #1 - Tokyo harbors a dark secret! When a museum heist goes wrong, a damaged thief named Ochita becomes trapped in the middle of a battle between a horde of demons and the merciless Yakuza. No matter who wins, humanity loses.

Maybe - On name alone this gets a maybe. The Yakuza mixed with demons, sounds a little wacky, but could have great potential.

W: Jeff Lemire A: Mike Deodato
Thanos #1 - EVIL HAS BEEN UNLEASHED ON THE UNIVERSE. Thanos, possibly the most evil individual in the Marvel Universe, is back, and he's out for vengeance on all who would oppose him. Unfortunately for the Mad Titan, he's also heading for an unexpected reckoning, with his family. Take an ongoing walk on the dark side of the galaxy, following the deadly trail of destruction left in the wake of... THANOS!

Maybe - This one gets a maybe only because Jeff Lemire is writing this.  Thanos has really never been my thing.  He seems overpowered and a little one dimensional as in evil just to be evil. Sometimes it takes every hero in the Marvel universe to stop him.  How do you make a book interesting about him?  We shall see.

W: Pamela Ribon A: Veronica Fish
Slam #1 - Television Without Pity's Pamela Ribon (Rick and Morty) and artist Veronica Fish (Archie) dive into the fast-paced, hard-hitting world of roller derby! Jennifer Chu and Maise Huff (aka Knockout and Ithinka Can on the track) have been best friends since their first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, but when they get drafted for two different teams they'll have to figure out if the bond between them is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line. You get slammed on the track and slammed in life, and in both cases you have to take your hits and get back up again!

Nah - Roller Derby and Roller Girls have never really interested me.  However, I thought the same thing with Paper Girls and that was worth a read.  So who knows.

Harbinger Renegades #1 - Six months ago, a secret team of renegade whistleblowers leaked the existence of these extraordinarily dangerous individuals to a stunned world. Today, all across the country, crude, DIY psiot activation attempts have left hundreds brain damaged, or worse. The emergence of a new psiot in a community often leads to riots and mass violence. Gun sales are through the roof. With this revolutionary upheaval now in motion, Kris Hathaway, John 'Torque' Torkelson, Faith 'Zephyr' Herbert, and Peter Stanchek are about to discover their calling. Together, the HARBINGER RENEGADES are moving from town to town, building their ranks, and subverting authority one mind at a time, and setting out to prove once and for all that behind their power, there has always been a purpose.

Maybe - Valiant is very hit or miss for me.  This is a team up book with characters that I like and characters that I don't really care for.  This is a little reminiscent of Generation Zero. That is the only reason I will give this a chance.  

W: George Mann A: Alan Quah
Dark Souls Winters Spite #1 - Beyond this tenuous fabric lies a place of banishment; a world within a world where the frigid nights endure and even the Old Lords fear to tread. Only the deluded dare venture there, yet in these times of misery, sometimes madness is our only path toward salvation.

Nah - Video game comics are typically not good unless you are a fan of the game.  There are a few exceptions, but with no knowledge of the Dark Souls universe, this seems like a pass for me.

Think I am crazy, let me know if the comments.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Five Must Buys 11/14/16

What up brochachos. This week there are too many good books coming out.  I had to cut Moonshine, which I loved and Batman, which features one of my all time favorite villains in Bane. I also had to cut the Green Lanterns book which I have enjoyed, especially this new story line of a ring that can be worn by anyone. DC has been killing it with Rebirth, but they didn't make it into the top five this week. Over at Marvel none of the Spider-Man stuff made it either. It is a brutal week on wallets, but this is the week of independents. So here we go.

W: Ed Brubaker W: Sean Phillips
Kill or Be Killed #4 - The shocking end to the first arc, as Dylan's secret collides with his home life. BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS's new series keeps the hits coming, and remember, each issue includes fantastic back page extras and articles.

This book has been my favorite book that I have read all year.  This story is so dark and twisted yet fascinating in a way that you can't stop reading and you can't wait to see what happens. Initially I thought that the twist was going to be that the guy is just crazy and there is no supernatural element to it, but I no longer think that. This is a must read for anyone.

W: Brian Wood A: Mack Chater
Briggs Land #4 - Caleb Briggs, Grace's eldest son and a member of the white power movement, attempts to intimidate a local business owner into selling. When that fails, he calls in the troops. Meanwhile, Grace continues to work to isolate her husband from the family business and the big fracking concern interested in Briggs Land.

This book reminds me a little bit of Sheltered, which I really enjoyed.  An interesting dynamic is formed here between how Briggs Land was run and how Grace would like to run it now. She has shown herself to be a capable leader, but does have her own sense of justice and that is not as harsh as it was, which may lead to her downfall or at least lead to problems down the road. With her sons behind her she should be able to keep the Briggs Land train chugging along, but lets she what old man in charge has to say about that.

W: Joelle Jones A: Joelle Jones
Lady Killer 2 #3 - Life in Florida gets a little twisted for Josie when she learns about the dark past of her mother-in-law and the connection to her new partner.

This is another fantastic book, whereas this one is dark it is splashed with a slight humor as well. Set in the 60's where this housewife is secretly one of the best hired killers money can buy. This book shows perfectly the problems of trying to balance a home life with a secret life. If you like James Bond or Mad Men this is a book that you need to catch up on.

W: Mark Millar A: Greg Capullo
Reborn #2 - MILLAR and CAPULLO's epic sci-fi fantasy story continues. After her death, Bonnie is reborn in Adystria and has a sword thrust into her hand. As the evils within the Dark Lands get stronger, she is Adystria's only hope: their savior.

The first issue was amazing with a ton of world building and endless possibilities.  Capullo is great and I could have swore I saw Bruce Wayne's twin in the first issue. Millar with Capullo is a great combo that I never knew I wanted. 

W: Jeff Lemire A: Andrea Sorrentino
Old Man Logan #13 - THE FINAL CHAPTER OF 'THE LAST RONIN' Confronted by his past and the horrors that he has faced, can LOGAN ever hope to be truly free of the WASTELANDS? Will MAUREEN forgive him if she learns the truth of who Logan used to be? Will the Silent Order succeed in their goals? Find out in 'The Last Ronin' Part Five: The Wolverine.

This has been my favorite book at Marvel since it has been launched.  I love the dark violent nature of this Wolverine and how it expands on the past of the original Old Man Logan story or I guess it could be considered the future, but you know what I mean.

Hit me up in the comments if you disagree or I missed one of your favorite books.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Covers of the Week 11/9/16

Happy Wednesday in the Bizarro World. Here we talk about the best covers of the week.  Before I get started I want to talk about Triggerman #2 coming out this week and how I missed it on this weeks books of the week. This book had such a great start and is definitely something that you should pick up. Now, on to covers.  I am loving the new homage covers that Marvel is doing. So here we are, the covers of the week.

Allstar Batman #4 By John Romita Jr.

Avengers #1.1 By. Alan Davis

Avengers #1.1 By Alex Maleev

Brigands #1 By Mukesh Singh

Flash #10 Variant By Dave Johnson

Clone Conspiracy #2 By Gabriele Del Otto

Triggerman #2 By Steve Scott

Violent Love By Victor Santos
Think I missed any. Let me know.