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Spotlight: Revival

Do you remember the first time you picked up a comic book? The feel of it in your hands, the excitement of having a new story to delve into? The details of the artwork that sprang off the page, waiting to be devoured by an eager mind? Now, when was the last time you felt that excitement?

Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, GI Joe) and Mike Norton (Battlepug, Queen + Country) have succeeded in bringing us back to our beginnings. A new story, a new twist, a new feel. All that wonder you first felt when you turned the page of that comic book? It’s back. And in a big way.

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, home of snow, cows and a small community of the living dead. They’re not zombies or walkers or anything like that though. They’re simply alive again, back to their jobs and everyday lives. What could possibly cause this you ask? We have no idea. But the local police have organized a special team to figure that out. We follow this team, a reporter and a CDC liaison, as they search to find out why people are “reviving” and if they really are themselves. What could possibly go wrong?

Seeley’s writing succeeds in bringing us a new spin on the horror/mystery genre. With elements of action, mystery, investigation, horror, family, supernatural and drama, Revival is a truly well-rounded tale. Many horror tales have become formulaic and predictable over the years. This book is not one of those stories. With twists and turns and spins, you’ll be glued to the pages, wondering what could possibly happen next to this small, rural town? Jeff Lemire writes in the introduction of the first volume, “It’s equally chilling and fascinating stuff…”

Norton’s art goes hand in hand with Seeley’s writing seamlessly. Each detailed panel gives us another piece to the bigger picture. With realistic characters that have imperfections, and beautiful snowy landscapes, Norton gives us the sense of being in Wisconsin, in the thick of it. Heads above the rest of  though is Norton’s hauntingly beautiful character design of one of the more moving, mysterious characters in the book. To say any more would only spoil it.

With sold out multiple printings and rave reviews, I’d follow Jeff Lemire’s advice: “…sit back and enjoy. You can only discover your favorite new comic once, so savor it. I know I did.”

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Spotlight: Jonathan Hickman

Eisner and Harvey Award Nominated writer Jonathan Hickman is a key player in the Marvel NOW! Universe. Why, you ask? The former Fantastic Four writer is now penning Avengers, a cornerstone in Marvel’s stable. Do yourself a favor and pick up Avengers #1. Hickman has brought his unique style to the fan-favorite book and he does not disappoint.  “You owe it to yourself to find a comfy chair and get to know his work.” (Robert Kirkman) When it comes to Hickman, we’ve got you covered!

secret-warriors-vol-1-nick-fury-agent-nothing-brian-michael-bendis-paperback-cover-artSecret Warriors (Marvel)

“The greater sin is doing nothing when you could be giving everything…of dreaming too small. I will be the ONE MAN.” So says the back of the first volume of this amazing series spinning out of Secret Invasion. We follow Nick Fury’s secretly assembled teams tasked with doing what they can no longer trust others to accomplish. Equal parts inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining, Secret Warriors is an excellent addition to any Marvel library.

manhattan-projects-volume-1-hickman-pitarra-coverManhattan Projects (Image)

What if the Manhattan Project was just a cover for more covert government projects? Oppenheimer, Truman, Einstein, Feynman, FDR, and some aliens! What could possibly go wrong? This is currently an ongoing series published by Image with art by Nick Pitarra and I highly recommend it if you like a little weird with your comics.

pax-romana-jonathan-hickman-paperback-cover-artPax Romana (Image)

The Vatican discovers time travel in the near future. What do they do with this? Send a group to destroy the past in order to save the future. With gorgeous, modern artwork, this book is essential to reading Hickman. Matt Fraction says he felt “stunned, surprised and delighted” when he read “this little miracle of a book.”


What Do You Get For The Person Who Likes …?

Comic book readers and collectors are difficult to buy for. Fact. We’re here to help you with all your gift giving needs this holiday season and all year round. Fact.

If they like…The Walking Dead:

  • Y The Last Man (Vertigo) Yorick is the last man on earth, literally. And now he must survive a world of women and figure out what’s happened.
  • Sweet Tooth (Vertigo) An original ongoing series from one of today’s top talents, Jeff Lemire. Mad Max meets Bambi in this post-apocalyptic tale where the only children born after The Plague are human/animal hybrids.

If they like…alternative chefs:

  • Chew (Image) Eisner Award winning ongoing series about an FDA agent in a future where chicken is illegal and the FDA is the most powerful government agency.

If they like…dystopian futures:

  • Transmetropolitan (Vertigo) Warren Ellis goes cyber-punk in this tale about Spider Jerusalem, a renegade journalist documenting a corrupt system.
  • Channel Zero (Dark Horse) Brian Wood is truly a master of his craft with this graphic novel set in the near future. “Big Brother meets Dark Angel in New York City.”

If they like…zombies:

  • Rachel Rising Terry Moore’s current ongoing series about a girl who wakes up….after dying.
  • I, Zombie (Vertigo) A zombie and her friends. Life as normal….right?

If they like…Once Upon A Time:

  • Fables (Vertigo) The vast series that’s ongoing about fables living in New York and the society surrounding them.

If they like…aliens and dirty politics:

  • Saucer Country (Vertigo) “X-Files meets West Wing” (Comicbookresources.com)

If they like…to pick out their own books:

  • Gift Certificates!

Upcoming Conventions and Shows!

>WINTER FESTIVAL<

Benefiting Toys For Tots

Next show: Saturday December 8, 2012

King of Prussia Firehouse, 170 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

10 AM – 4 PM

FREE Admission!

Star Wars 501st “Shoot-A-Trooper” * Raffles * Face Painting * Cupcake Bar * Door Prizes

We’ll have tables there!!

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All-New X-Men Launch Party!

All-New X-Men Launch Party!

November 14, 2012

All Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen graphic novels will be 25% off!

For each copy of All-New X-Men you purchase, be entered to win a free year’s subscription to All-New X-Men!

Join us in celebrating one of Marvel Now’s premiere titles!

Limited Edition Lithographs, Buttons & More!!*

*With purchase of All-New X-Men #1. While supplies last.

 


Top Shelf Productions October Sale

 

 

Top Shelf Productions publishes some of the most interesting and visually engaging alternative comics and graphic novels in the industry right now. Working with talents such as Alan Moore, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Nate Powell, Craig Thompson, and many other award-winning creators, they continue to deliver unique, quality stories year after year.

Since 1997 Top Shelf has published more than 250 award winning comics and graphic novels. Their most recent accomplishment? The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire reached the New York Times Bestseller List in August of this year. For a publisher that started out as a single anthology showcasing up-and-comers, they’ve come a long way.

 

To celebrate our love for Top Shelf and their support of emerging talent, ALL TOP SHELF graphic novels are  25% off during the month of October!

If you’re looking for a gift for an alternative/independent reader we recommend starting with our Top Shelf section. Here are a few favorites:

  • Andy Runton: Owly (all ages, wordless)
  • Jeff Lemire: Underwater Welder, Essex County
  • Craig Thompson: Blankets (available in soft or hardcover)
  • James Kochalka: American Elf, Dragon Puncher, Johnny Boo (all ages)
  • Harvey Pekar: Cleveland
  • Jeffery Brown: Incredible Change-Bots, Clumsy, Undeleted Scenes
  • Alan Moore: League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century
  • Nate Powell: Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire