The Haul: To Pull or Not to Pull

New-Comics-Header2I love creating lists.  Don’t ask me why, but I love it.  All through college I created To Do lists to keep my assignments in order, and I still do it today for my job.  One of my favorite type of lists to make are Pull Lists.  Now, I’m not talking about the short “What am I getting this week?” ones we do every Monday.  The ones I’m talking about are my monthly pull lists.  Every month after the publishers have released their solicitations, I study each one thoroughly.  I look at things like plot description.  Does the plot sound interesting?  Are they finally ending a dull storyline?  I also check out the creators.  Did they switch up the crew and is that a good thing or not?  Lastly, the cover.  I know that the cover rarely adequately reflects what’s on the inside, but if it is a kick-ass cover, some times I’ll be swayed one way or the other.

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Updated: Millers Ronin, Hickman’s Pax Romana & Soules Letter 44 In Development At SyFy Channel

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Update:Jonathan Hickman of Avengers, New Avengers, Infinity, Fantastic Four, East of West & The Manhattan Projects  Image Comics series Pax Romana will also be developed as a miniseries with SyFy details at Deadline

In addition to DMZ ScyFi will be developing two more comic Letter 44book adaptations for TV series. The first is from Frank Miller of Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, Dardevil, Wolverine, Sin City & The 300 with an adaptation of his 1980’s creator owned comic Ronin as a TV miniseries. The other will take  writer Charles Soule’s of Superman/Wonderwoman, Swamp Thing, Thunderbolts, She Hulk & Strange Attractors Oni Press creator owned series Letter 44 as on ongoing live action series. More details at Hollywood Reporter 

Superman, Batman, and “The World of Tomorrow”

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New York World’s Fair poster – the tall Trylon and round Perisphere structures are visible in the foreground.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the grand opening of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.  Constructed in New York City, the fair was intended to not only create jobs in the midst of the Depression, but also showcase an optimistic vision of the future; the theme of the fair was “The World of Tomorrow”.  Over 44 million people attended the fair during its two seasons (in the summers of 1939 and 1940), visiting exhibits that gave them a look at new innovations like television, color photography, and air conditioning.  Visitors no doubt enjoyed the futuristic architecture on display at the fair, like the iconic Trylon and Perisphere building, which housed a diorama of a futuristic city.  Another scientific wonder at the fair was Elektro, a talking, seven-foot tall, cigarette-smoking robot!

The fair was a significant cultural event, showcasing new innovations to an – given the economic and geopolitical circumstances of this period – amazingly optimistic and curious public. One of the new innovations that visitors encountered at the fair was comic book superheroes. Superman was first published only a year earlier in Action Comics #1, and the character’s publishers, Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz, wanted a comic book tie-in for the fair. The anthology comic New York World’s Fair Comics was sold on opening day; the comic had a cardboard cover, cost twenty-five cents (most comic books at this time sold for ten cents), and contained 96 full-color pages.

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The first issue of NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS. Note that Superman’s hair is blond in the top right corner of the comic book.

New York World’s Fair Comics stars Superman, along with some other Action Comics heroes – Zatara and Scoop Scanlon. Other characters featured in the comic were the masked crime-fighter The Sandman and detective Slam Bradley (Bradley’s adventures were written and illustrated by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster); Slam Bradley was a regular character in the mystery anthology Detective Comics. Batman, the character that would soon dominate the Detective Comics series and rival Superman in popularity, was not in New York World’s Fair Comics. Batman debuted a month earlier in Detective Comics #27, and was not yet the well-known character that he would become.

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Bananas Foster: Introducing Kids to Comics

DonaldDuck          This week at The Banana Stand I wanted to discuss fostering a love of comics in the next generation.  I have a four year-old nephew Enzo, who in my biased opinion, is one of the coolest people alive.  Early on I made it my mission to be the Uncle who helped him learn how awesome reading is, and discover the wide variety of stories that are out there.  I didn’t want to force my interests on him, but I wanted to introduce him to books and comics about things he already liked.  For instance, he was crazy about Disneyland–as all So Cal kids are–from the time he could talk, so whenever he was over and ready for a nap, I pulled out my Carl Barks’ Donald Duck hardcover, and would read it to him.  He seemed to really enjoy it, some days he wasn’t up for it, but mostly he was game.  As his interests developed, one day he came over and instead of reading we watched the Justice League animated series, and this opened his eyes to the world of super-heroes.  Continue reading Bananas Foster: Introducing Kids to Comics

Indubitable Issues

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

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Copra #14
 
This is your annual reminder that a new issue of Copra is available for purchase at the creators Esty page (along with some nice jewelry from his better half) or at fine comic book shops everywhere. The last issue was fantastic. This next issue looks ever better. This is the best comic you are not reading.
 

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Here Comes the BOOM!

Boom_Studios1BOOM! Studios publishes some great books and contrary to their name these books usually fly under my radar.  I am much more inclined to pick up an Image #1 or a Dark Horse #1 just based off prior experience.  However because of this reason I have missed out on some great comics BOOM! is publishing. In the month of April I gave a couple BOOM! books a shot solely because my LCS owner put them in my hand and they turned out to be terrific.  So I come here today to pay it forward. Here are some #2s I think you should catch up on and a few #1s I think you should look out for that BOOM! has scheduled to release in May (April 30th for the first).

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DC and the Cinematic Road Less Traveled

Cyborg_0002So, as you may have heard on Friday, it was officially confirmed that Cyborg has been cast for the next Superman movie. Then, late Sunday night, Warners acknowledged that yes there will be a Justice League film and yes it will be directed by Zack Snyder. I’ll return to the League, but, for the moment, let’s focus on Cyborg. The fact that DC wants to include him in their cinematic universe is not surprising; after all, he has been a prominent member of the Justice League since the New 52 launched. I have nothing against him being used on some future cinematic League; in fact, I think it is a pretty good call. I am a little concerned, though, about how crowded this movie is becoming. For those keeping score, we now have Superman & Batman & Wonder Woman & Cyborg (& Nightwing?). So far, Lex Luthor is the only villain, though I would be surprised if that does not change. All these characters just to take down Luthor? Can Warner Brothers resist the temptation to make a movie with Batman but no actual Bat-villains? I mean, who doesn’t want to see a squawk-off between Jesse Eisenberg and The Penguin? Maybe Killer Croc? Actually, that is not a bad idea: Superman’s strength vs. Croc’s brawn, while Bruce and Lex try to outsmart each other. Of course, by the time they’re done CGI’ing Croc, he would probably look too much like The Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man, but, anyway . . .

 

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Loose Ends: A Star Wars Moment 4/27/14

Star Wars BooksAnnounced April 25th by Lucasfilm, it appears the Star Wars Expanded Universe is now no more.  With hundreds of books and comics plus a multitude of games, these stories continued the journey set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  From the rebirth of the Jedi, Luke’s marriage to Mara Jade, Han and Leia’s three children, the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Death of Chewbacca, and a plethora of other world-shattering events which I will leave nameless to save those still venturing through the EU the spoilers, Star Wars became much more than a series of movies.  But, alas, it is no more.  The thousands of years Pre-The Phantom Menace and Post-Return of the Jedi have gone the way of DC’s Pre-New 52 continuity, and, honestly, I think we are better off for it.

Let’s face it.  Those of us who’ve delved into the EU can attest that a good majority of the work was terrible.  Aside from a few specific series (i.e. The Thrawn Trilogy, Darth Bane’s arc, Republic Commando, The Han Solo Trilogy, X-Wing, Legacy, and Fate of the Jedi) and random one-shot titles, the rest was either dull or in some cases just plain horrible (i.e. Children of the Jedi).  I know I’m going to piss off a ton of Star Wars fans when I say this, but I welcome the reboot.  Because that is essentially what this is.  It is a do over.  It is a chance to create one, whole universe with a specific narrative without having to qualify.  I remember reading a moment with I think Lando and Luke where they are drinking hot chocolate and thinking to myself, “Did they really have hot chocolate in SW?”  I know that seems awfully minute to even care about, but it just never sat right with me.

As for the comics, the same is true.  There are plenty which were good, but there were even more which were just crap.  Let’s start over.  Let’s open the world for a tighter, sturdier construction.  We do not have much word on where the comics are heading right now (other than to Marvel), but there have been several new novels announced which will start the new line of in-continuity story.

Here are the new books:

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By John Jackson Miller
Release Date: 9/2/14

Our very first official canon novel set solidly in the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV, A NEW DAWN will introduce readers to two main characters from the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels animated series—Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla—and will feature jacket art by Doug Wheatley, as well as a foreword by Dave Filoni, one of the executive producers of The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10250237_10152378914593713_1994574624571655579_nStar Wars: Tarkin
By James Luceno
Release Date: 11/4/14

In our second upcoming novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Tarkin the Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life. Coming November 4, 2014. Jacket art by David Smit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Kevin Hearne
Release Date: January 2015

A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker’s first-person point of view. Created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group. Coming January 2015. Jacket art by Larry Rostant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10153829_10152379171333713_3713679317416258835_nStar Wars: Lords of the Sith
By Paul Kemp
Release Date: March 2015

When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely solely on each other, the Force, and their awesome martial skills to prevail. Created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group. Coming March 2015. Jacket art by Aaron McBride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fans of the EU, do not fret, your beloved titles will remain in print under the new heading “Legends.”

 

Avengers Magazine #1 Review

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With perhaps the most anticipated movie of the decade coming to the US next week, and the 52nd anniversary of its source material, Marvel has put together this magazine to celebrate.

The magazine contains an interview with the son of Jack “King” Kirby, and blurbs from prominent writers and artists that have worked on the Avengers including Stan Lee.

There’s also some nice sketch pages from recent Avengers artists, and a preview for “Avengers: Rage of Ultron”.

What might be of most interest to readers is a list of all current Avengers, as well as bio pages for the main roster (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, and Hawkeye).

For long-time  or new fans, this magazine can act as a good primer for “Avengers:Age of Ultron” and/or an entry way into the Avengers comics.