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COMIC OF THE WEEK! The Wake #5

thewakecoverThe early plan was to not be predictable for my first swing at Comic of the Week. However after proclaiming my love for The Wake this week and deeming it as possibly my favorite book on the stands it would be stupid of me not to pick the best issue of the series as the Comic of the Week. So fuck predictability my Comic of the Week is The Wake #5 because when a comic is good, it’s good!

Remove Snyder and remove Murphy for now and I would still buy this book based on the premise alone. I love a slow burn horror. My favorite movie of all time is Alien and I’m pretty sure absolutely nothing happens for the first 45 minutes. It is all about the setup to get to the tension rising for the payoff. The Wake started with the building of a research team, then the team finds themselves trapped with a deadly hallucination impressing monster and shit goes from bad to worse very quickly. We escalate from one monster to thousands then finally in this issue an enormous mother type monster. Although I would classify this book as a slow burn horror it is definitely action packed in every issue.

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COMIC OF THE WEEK! X-Men: Gold #1

X-Men: Gold #1
X-Men: Gold #1
True confessions from another X-Bitch: it was nearly impossible for this not to be be my comic of the week. Look, I always try and be objective with all things in life in an effort to not be too much of an idiot but the heart wants what it wants. Here’s a few things that make my blood pump red; a foul mouthed Filipino woman, a pit bull with bladder issues, Purple Jesus, #carmelosmirk, a corgi with a bad attitude that rapes my wife like she’s auditioning for Orange is the New Black and classic tales of the X-Men. I love Brian Wood, I love Jason Aaron and I used to love Brian Michael Bendis but miss me with that Battle of the Atom nonsense. X-Men: Gold is the perfect tribute to the classic comics 50th anniversary for one of the most important titles in the medium with it’s most influential creators.

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COMIC OF THE WEEK! Fatale #18

jul130523Well, it seems that I’m extending the Halloween spirit just a little longer here at NBC, which is ironic, considering that I’ve never been a huge horror fan. What I am, though, is a dedicated Ed Brubaker reader; rarely has his work ever disappointed me. So, when he announced that he would be launching a new Image series, I designated it a must-buy, even though neither of the genres it was mashing-up (horror and film noir) are among my favorites. Not that I dislike them or haven’t read/watched examples that I loved, only let’s just say it was Brubaker’s name which enticed me to pick up the first issue of this series almost two years ago, and I’m glad that I did.

Fatale started in the classic noir period of the post WWII years, but has grown in scope across multiple story arcs. Most tales take place in the 20th Century, though one single issue stretched all the way back to Medieval France. Regardless of time or place, at the center of the narrative is Josephine (or Jo), the title’s mysterious, eternally young heroine. Josephine possesses an irresistible, siren-like power over men. Like the mythological creatures of old, men find heightened pleasure in her company, but often also end up ruined or dead as a result. In addition, she has ties to a demonic cult which has been hunting her throughout the centuries. She is able to keep one step ahead of her tormentors, though, often at the price of some poor sap who had the bad luck to stumble upon the wrong woman at very much the wrong time.

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COMIC OF THE WEEK! The Massive #16

TheMassiveAs Death lurks nearby, waiting for the final breath, man may look back with fondness swelling his heart or regret plaguing his mind.  If he was to fall dead that very instant, would his life have been worth it?  Had he accomplished aspirations or dwelled in defeat?  Callum Israel combats these demons as the cancer inside him spreads, full-heartedly proclaiming his death sentence.  Did his time in Ninth Wave aboard the Kapital culminate in nothing more than a idealist coasting the sea without consequence and achievement?  Callum is determined to make proper use of the time he has left to prove that his life was worth a damn, starting with Bors Bergsen.

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COMIC OF THE WEEK! Zero #2

“This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not god who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. Its us. Only us.” – Walter Kovacks (aka Rorschach)

tumblr_mr3861myij1syrv2ho1_1280This comic hits like a wrecking ball into the facades erected by countless mind numbing four color adventures that we reside in week after after week. We have become content to wallow in the rot of mediocrity – accustomed  to sub-par pablum we are being spoon fed by individuals that prey on our servitude to the spandex adorned mythical figures, to which our existence is tied to by a never-ending, invisible thread.
Our minds are filled with beings of incredible strength that preach to us of truth and accomplish the impossible. In worlds slightly left of center from our own, these powerful plays run through their verses over and over again until we are numb and lifeless and content to let the void wash over us in a pitiful desire to feel something of value.

NBC USER COMIC OF THE WEEK! Fables #134

Once again Reed Bebee comes through with an excellent review of his Comic of the Week! Oh, and if you remember part of the prize of winning the Letter Writing Contest was changing this sites name to his – so since the day is almost half over I’m gonna wait till first thing tomorrow morning to change the name. October 17th will forever be know as REED BEEBE day!

FABL-Cv134-94c36The Big Bad Wolf is dead.  He died months ago, in the pages of Bill Willingham’s FABLES comic.  The Big Bad Wolf (or “Bigby”, as he is known) has been a cornerstone character of the FABLES series from the beginning, the courageous protector of a secret community of storybook characters, or “Fables”, living in our mundane world.  But all stories end, some not so “happily ever after”; Bigby died defending his wife, Snow White, from a despicable villain.   

FABLES #134 is a posthumous fantasy spotlighting Bigby in his personal Heaven, a giant forest full of game and monsters that allows him to hunt and test himself as a proper wolf should.  But his fun is interrupted by a visit from another deceased Fables character, Little Boy Blue, who explains to Bigby the nature of the afterlife, and that his death may not be permanent. Bigby has a choice to make, and Blue warns him that, should he return to the world of the living, that the other Fables will need him – trouble is coming. 

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COMIC OF THE WEEK! FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #4

fbp_cv4When I was a child and just beginning my life long obsession with storytelling and the way that it conveyed ideas I remember my father explaining science fiction to me as fiction that isn’t real by our current understanding of physical law but could be real within those same parameters. I was always fascinated by that concept that those ideas could be possible.  I’ve always thought that Big Bang Theory stereotype about sci-fi fans was completely off base. Yes there are people that obsess way too much about the Marvel Universe, Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings but great science fiction is more than that. Great science fiction penetrates all aspects of our popular culture. It’s films like Oscar nominee’s Inception or District 9, our popular television series like Lost or The Walking Dead and prose like The Hunger Games or World War Z. That type of science fiction is about pulling in the audience based on the wonder of it’s world and then using that world as a mirror of our own. I don’t know if FBP will ever have the cultural impact of the titles mentioned above but I do know that it hit’s the same notes for me and in a week where I was reading a metric fuck ton of comic books including work by some personal favorite like Brian K Vaughan, Jonathan Hickman, Brian Wood, Jason Aaron and Scott Snyder this comic continues to stick out every week as one of the best books on the shelf.

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USER REVIEW! Comic of the Week! BATMAN #24

A couple of weeks ago we had a contest here at NBC! with the winners getting to have “pick of the week” privileges along with the regular NBC Staff pick. One of those winners was The One Who Knocks and here is his excellent review!

dc-comics-batman-issue-24I’m not sure how the staff feel about having comic of the week, but for me today was an extremely fun day.  A long and crazy day, but a fun one.  First off I went crazy on the buying, I wanted to make sure that I gave everything a chance.  I ended up with a stack of 14 books, which is a pretty large stack for me.  I arranged my stack from most likely to be comic of the week to least likely.  When it came time to sit down and read, the first comic staring back at me was the simple yet beautiful cover of Batman #24.  Did anyone else hold this cover up with outstretched arms and stare at the cowl like they were Bruce?  No? Just me then? Moving on… I read some great books after Batman but nothing compared in my mind.  By the final page turn of the 14th book I said “Fuck! I could have just bought one book this week”.
It seems like it has been so long since we last read a Snyder and Capullo Batman story.  I have to dig deep inside the memory files to find myself reading an epic face melting page by page review by Erik on Batman #23 posted on the site most of us called home. I’m not sure if it was the extra time off, or if I had just forgotten how good this book actually was but I thought Snyder and Capullo were really at the top of their game for this one.  This week we had a Tuesday Top Ten on writers where Snyder came out on top. Last week we had a Tuesday Top Ten on artists where Capullo came out on top.  Guess what team, you got it right!  Snyder and Capullo are a dynamic duo (I can’t be the first one to say this) and this issue really shows it.

COMIC OF THE WEEK! Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1

Let me get this off of my chest right now: I haven’t read a Spiderman comic that I’ve actually enjoyed since the mid-2000’s. Yes, that includes Slott’s current story. {Cringe}”Cue the torch and pitchforks..!”

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into this new mini-series penned by Matt Kindt of Mind MGMT fame and drawn by the talented Marco Rudy!

Again, I haven’t really enjoyed Spiderman for the better part of a decade. It’s sad, really, as I have a nice big spot in my heart just for him. Spiderman 1, which was released in 2002, is the first movie I recall seeing in cinemas (I must have been 5 years old) and it will remain my favorite movie until the day I die. With that said, I have been DYING for a Spidey story that would quench my appetite… I think I mixed metaphors, but whatever! That’s how serious I am! Continue reading COMIC OF THE WEEK! Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1

USER REVIEW! Comic of the Week! FANTOMEX #1

A couple of weeks ago we had a contest here at NBC! with the winners getting to have “pick of the week” privileges along with the regular NBC Staff pick. One of those winners was Reed Beebe and here is his awesome review!

JEAN GREY:  “WHAT WERE YOU TRYING TO PROVE WITH THE SELF-HEALING?  I COULD HAVE EASILY REMOVED THOSE BULLETS.  AND WHY WON’T YOU TAKE YOUR MASK OFF?”

FANTOMEX:  “I WANT TO PROVE I’M SEROUS.  AND I TAKE OFF MY MASK ALL THE TIME.  JUST NOT IN FRONT OF YOU.”  

Fantomex Max #1 (of 4)This review of Marvel’s FANTOMEX MAX #1 begins with dialogue between Jean Grey and Fantomex from NEW X-MEN #129 to underscore the appeal of a character like Fantomex.  Created by Grant Morrison and Igor Kordey in 2002 in the pages of NEW X-MEN as an homage to European anti-hero characters like Fantômas and Diabolik, Fantomex is a mutant thief with nano-infused blood and acrobatic combat abilities, clad head-to-toe in a costume that reveals only his eyes, a loner with only his sentient flying spaceship EVA as company. Fantomex has cool skills, a mercenary attitude, and an intriguing mystique.  Since his debut, Fantomex has been a supporting character in various X-men comics, always proving his seriousness, and never taking his mask off in front of YOU.   

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