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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.”

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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.

 


Rainy Day Reads

A rainy summer day. The air is warm, but the heat has been cut by a constant, cooling rain. There’s a rolling “shhhhh” on the roof and the pit pat of drops from the gutter. It certainly doesn’t look like August outside, all grey and dreary. The perfect day to stay inside and curl up with a good book and perhaps a cup of iced tea. Here are some suggestions of what to read on such a day.

Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott

This wordless graphic novel is about a girl at the carnival. Without enough pennies to play the midway games, she stumbles across the Cinema Panopticum, where she has enough pennies to watch each short. But what she finds is not at all what she expects. Come inside and see what tales have disturbed her so.

The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett with art by INJ Culbard

This 8 issue series from Vertigo takes a fresh look post-Victorian London. Class tensions and murders, normal right? Wrong. The lower class are zombies and to protect themselves, the upper class have become vampires. Follow George Suttle, murder investigator in a town where everyone’s already dead. Issues 1-4 instock as of this post.

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman with Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove

Welcome to the 17th century, where your favorite Marvel characters have been re-imagined. The X-Men, Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, Daredevil, Spider-Man and many more live and breathe in Queen Elizabeth I’s age of science and sorcery. Neil Gaiman has wonderfully written one of my personal favorite graphic novels.

A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel

Daniel Abraham has adapted this graphic novel from George RR Martin’s wildly popular A Game of Thrones. If you’ve read the books or just watched the HBO show or know nothing at all about the series, it’s worth a read. Political intrigue, betrayal and family dynamics all play out in a game of power.


Comics Noir

Merriam-Webster defines “Noir” as crime-fiction featuring hard-boiled, cynical characters and bleak, sleazy settings. Comics have an advantage in this genre because of the dual text and visual elements of their storytelling. Not only can the character narrate the smoky underground, but you can see it before you, the lines of the artist expressing the emotion of the darkness.

Never delved into the Noir genre before? That’s okay, because we at The Comic Book Shop have got you covered! Here’s a selection of the darkest and seediest of the bunch.

The Last of the Innocent, A Criminal Edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Revisit the world of teen-romance, but this time, all those Archie-style characters have grown up and their world is now a lot more complicated than Riverdale’s small town perfection. Follow the main character into the dark reaches of his life, complicated by money, murder, and the American dream. Ed Brubaker is a master of his craft and this is a shining example of why you should care about his works.

Sin City by Frank Miller

Frank Miller brings us a brutal world with stark contrasts of light and dark along with judiciously placed splashes of color to enhance the intensity. “Plus lots of blood.” (Joe Cote)

Spider-Man Noir by Hine & Sapolsky

The year is 1933. This is the story of a Peter Parker born in a different era, with a completely different view of the world. Goblin, the corrupt mob boss, leads a gang of sideshow freaks against an angry young Spider-Man, set on justice. Be drawn into the world of Marvel Noir, a multiple mini-series in an alternate continuity that bring us the darker side of our favorite heroes.

Mystery Men from David Liss & Patrick Zircher

This is Marvel in the Great Depression. This is capes and fedoras. This is corrupt money and the first masked heroes the world has known. Murder and Justice. “It’s just really good. It’s one of my top picks.” (Titus)


Artist Spotlight: Becky Cloonan

Becky Cloonan, most recently the artist on Dark Horse’s Conan The Barbarian, is an Italian born girl with a pencil and the talent to use it. With a beautiful style that at times evokes images of Penny Arcade, Mike Mignola, and scratchboard, she’s continuing to dazzle with her self published comics and a consistent quality of art. Working for Dark Horse, Marvel, Image, and Vertigo, her projects include Dracula the Illustrated Novel, American Virgin, The Guild: Zaboo, and Demo Volume II. In the midst of all this publisher work, she manages to put out her own self-published titles. The most notable of those titles is Wolves, which sold out it’s original print run of 1,000 copies in two months, is “beautiful, haunting, and refreshingly mysterious” according to Mike Mignola.

What Cloonan brings to comic book art is a fresh take on things. Check out some of her work and see for yourself.

Conan The Barbarian (Dark Horse)

Wolves (Becky Cloonan self published)