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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.”


Comics for New Readers

We’ve all been there. “My best friend/girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/mother/sibling/cat doesn’t read comics and I think they’d really like them if they just started reading!” Then there’s always the question of, “But what should they read first?” to which there are a thousand answers. It varies from person to person. As a woman still discovering comics, I have a few recommendations. Because sometimes, industry and character driven storylines are a little intimidating at first. Let’s get our feet wet, shall we?

Fables

With familiar characters such as Snow White, Cinderella, and the Big Bad Wolf, this series brings fable and folklore to the modern day. While new issues still ship monthly, there are 17 trade paperback collections to catch up with and all are currently in print. The story isn’t so complex that it’s hard to follow, and yet is still rich enough to get lost in the pages. Winning 16 Eisner awards helps put it up there at the top of the list.

Y The Last Man

The year is 2002. An unexplained gendercide has occurred, wiping out every last male of every species on the planet, with the exception of one man & his male pet monkey. From Eisner Award winning writer Brian K Vaughan (currently writing Saga), this is a good starter book because it’s a complete series. It won’t be coming out monthly and you don’t need to know anything that came before it. The publisher,Vertigo (a creator-owned imprint of DC comics), has put out some of the most unique and interesting books over the last 19 years. If you like The Walking Dead, try this!

I Zombie

Meet Gwen Dylan. She’s a zombie. And a grave digger. With a werewolf and ghost as her best friends. With vibrant artwork that jumps off the page, thanks to Michael Allred and Laura Allred, this book will have you hooked. The approach to it’s horror type characters is realistic and accessible, with comedic relief and plausible situations. I, Zombie reads much like a tv show, but looks how only a comic book can.

Invinvible

To a lot of people, comic books mean super-heroes. That’s not a bad thing. There is an alternative to the massive histories of Marvel and DC, though. Image brings us Invincible, Robert Kirkman’s saga of the son of a superhero who turns out to have powers himself. At times heartwarming and always action-packed, this book is easy to enjoy. Invincible is perfectly readable to someone with only a vague knowledge of the comic book world.

Chew

Chicken has been banned across the world. During this chicken prohibition speakeasies and black markets have opened and the FDA has become the most powerful government agency in order to keep poultry crimes at bay. Chew follows the story of a detective who can tell everything about something simply by eating it; it’s origin, how it was processed, who shipped it, etc. Part CSI, part over the top action, this comic will leave you wanting for more. This series is currently an ongoing monthly title. Did we mention there’s a cybernetic kung-fu rooster assassin? Cause there is and he’s awesome.


Sarah’s Picks 7.11.12

Avenging Spider-Man #9 – Kelly Sue DeConnick introduces Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel!  Stay tuned for her new ongoing next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avengers VS X-Men: Round 4 – The Davedevil VS Psylocke duel by Rick Remender is a stunning match of strong characters with troubled pasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman #11: Conclusion to Court of Owls – Do I really need to tell you about Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chew: Secret Agent Poyo One-Shot – Homicidal cybernetic kung-fu rooster. If that didn’t get you, this book is not for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conan the Barbarian #6: Argos Deception Part 3 – Conan faces the gallows and Belit’s ship and crew devastated – is all lost?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoax Hunters #1 – New from Image Comics, this is a fresh look at the paranormal. The series follows a team who “debunks” unexplained events while trying to figure them out for themselves.  I recommend picking up issue #0 to get the background on the team, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massive #2 –  Hyperdetailed world building meshed with forward-thinking social sci-fi. Brian Wood!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Panzerfaust #5 – With one dead and another separated, Peter and The Boys face their defeat with the conclusion of “The Great Escape.” Kurtis J. Weibe’s touching story of brotherhood and believing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking Dead #100 – In a word: Gross. Also: Brutal. The issue isn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I should have expected that! All 383,612 first printings sold out immediately, and a second printing has been announced with ANOTHER variant cover!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revival #1 – The runner up for Most Disturbing Scene this week, brought to you by Tim “Hack/Slash” Seeley and Mike “Battle Pug” Norton.  Touted as Rural Noir, you should really come back to the shop and get a copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overstreet Price Guide Vol 42 – The most comprehensive collection of comics data and pricing information. Used by collectors and retailers everywhere to help judge the general value of specific issues and grades of comics. Although it is the master reference it is only a guide; actual value is determined when buyer and seller meet.


Sarah’s Picks Week of 7.4.12

    Issues #1

Before Watchmen: OzymandiasLen Wein and Jae Lee keep these prequels strong in the embodiment of their predecessors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Issues #2

Mind MGMT – This book contains vital information for all agents. Ultraviolet lenses may be needed to access some codes. W/A Matt Kindt [Dark Horse]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Ongoing Titles


Rocketeer Adventures 2 #4 – The conclusion to the anthology’s second volume. Stay tuned for Cargo of Doom mini by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Collections/Graphic .Novels

Batman Earth One Original Graphic Novel HCGeoff Johns and Gary Frank take on the Batman in his earliest years, in the vein of J. Michael Straczynski’s Superman Earth One Original Graphic Novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman & Robin Vol1 Born to Kill HC  -Finally, Bruce Wayne and Damian Wayne are in the title roles, respectively. LOTS of brutality, mostly by the ten-year-old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fables Vol 17: Inherit the Wind TP – Bigby and Snow White’s cubs try to move forward after learning a hard lesson about life and death. Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham deliver another volume in their solid library of living fairy tale characters. [Vertigo]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invincible Vol 16: Family Ties TPRobert Kirkman’s standout superhero epic, illustrated in all it’s battling glory by the unparalleled Ryan Ottley. [Image]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titus’ Additional

Mike Norton’s Battlepug HC – The artist for Tim Seeley’s rural noir, Revial, collects his webcomic’s “tale of a fearless barbarian, his trusty and freakishly large pug, and evil baby harp seals.” [Dark Horse]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Warriors Omnibus HC – The tome is packed with supplemental issues to Jonathan Hickman’s monumental run with artist Jim Cheung. Worth every penny.


Walking Dead #100 Release!!

Thank you, everyone who came out for the midnight release of the Walking Dead‘s 100th issue! Lots of great food from Ulysses American Gastropub, brain cupcakes made by Sarah and tons of Image sale prices were enjoyed by all! Here’s some pictures of what you might have missed.

Mm tasty brains!

Thanks to Ulysses for various types of brains and brain flatbreads!

One of our sale displays: TWD, Image, and Kirkman!

The deals you missed!

Much fun and coffee was had!


Image Comics: What You Need To Know

     Image Comics was founded in 1992 as a place for creator-owned comics to flourish and creators to have full rights over their work. The company, now one of the largest comic publishers in North America, currently puts out some of the most interesting, fun, and intellectually stimulating comics in the industry.

Image was originally founded by 8 creators: Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. These creators, dissatisfied by the major publishers’ treatment and policies toward writers and artists, broke off from the mainstream to put out the comics that they felt inspired to design and explore. Image’s early titles included McFarlane’s Spawn and Larsen’s Savage Dragon.  Later, Robert Kirkman joined the team and co-created one of their flagship titles, The Walking Dead. The little book that could has been hugely successful and adapted for television.

Why should you care about Image Comics? The answer is simple: their titles are solid. With John Layman, Richard Starkings, Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, Robert Kirkman, Jonathan Hickman, and Brian K Vaughan currently creating monthly titles, ranging from noir, horror, mystery, political commentary, and more, there’s sure to be something that strikes your interest.

This Tuesday evening, July 10 from 7 pm to 1 am, we will be having a midnight release and sale for The Walking Dead’s 100th issue. Hitting this milestone is an achievement for a any title, let alone a creator owned, black and white, mature series.  We’d like you to celebrate with us by giving you 25% off Image graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and Image front case books, along with 50% off Image back issues in the back issue bins! What better time to try something new than a sale?

Here’s some of Image’s major titles, along with some shop favorites.

The Walking Dead Nearing it’s 100th issue, The Walking Dead has reached a milestone of success for a comic book. These days, creator owned comics are lucky to reach 20 issues. This Robert Kirkman title follows a group of survivors as they travel through a zombie apocalypse, decapitating the undead and dealing with each other along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Invincible from Kirkman and Walker. A creator-owned Super-Hero book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chew from John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Elephantmen from Richard Starkings and Moritat

Powers from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Think superhero CSI, like Gotham Central.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IKillGiants from Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.

Morning Glories from Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma

PIGS from Nate Cosby, Ben McCool and Breno Temura

Hoax Hunters from Michael Moreci, Steve Seeley and Axel Medellin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Activity from Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads

Green Wake from Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo

The Manhattan Projects from Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra and Jordie Bellair

Mind The Gap from Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback  and Rodin Esquejo

Saga from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples