Comics and Items 9/28/11

Here we are in the fifth and final week of the DC new 52 relaunch and let me tell you they’ve definitely saved some of the best for last! With titles ranging from heavy hitters like Batman: The Dark Knight to fan favorites like Teen Titans you are sure not to be disappointed.

Saturday we hosted our Magic The Gathering Innistrad prerelease event which was smashing. It always feels good to see such great people and enjoy gaming with them. This Saturday we will be hosting another Magic event in celebration of the release of Innistrad and will be holding another $20 sealed tournament, be here at 1:00 pm to get in on the action!

Belt buckles have returned to the shelves along with belts of course. Sporting designs from comics to video games to even Star Trek. Belts are a steal at $10 and come in standard and the studded variety.

In Heroclix news we’ve got the 10th anniversary Halo Heroclix which are now fully compatible with the main line. We’ve also gotten in the well anticipated Superman set. For more information you can visit wizkidsgames.com/halo-heroclix/ and wizkidsgames.com/superman/ respectively.

Well time to get down to comics as with all the following weeks we’ve moved all the new DC titles to the top of the list and I still can not urge you enough to get in here and check them out as soon as possible. If you missed out on Adventure Comics or Justice League have no fear we have received second printings on both and they will be hitting the shelves.

ALL STAR WESTERN #1 -Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and cover by MORITAT
Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from HEX writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (THE SPIRIT)!

AQUAMAN #1 – Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
The superstar creators from BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY reunite to take AQUAMAN to amazing new depths!
Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily.
Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1 – Written by DAVID FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by DAVID FINCH
The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly – yet strangely familiar – foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, ACTION COMICS)!
As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!

BLACKHAWKS #1 – Written by MIKE COSTA
Art and cover by KEN LASHLEY
Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find – and closer to home than we think.
Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.

FLASH #1 – Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Variant cover by IVAN REIS and TIM TOWNSEND
Pencil Variant cover by Francis Manapul
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!

FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #1 – Written by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and GAIL SIMONE
Art by YILDIRAY CINAR
Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #1 – Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?

I VAMPIRE #1 – Written by JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV
Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Cover by JENNY FRISON
For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1 – Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by MIKEL JANIN
Cover by RYAN SOOK
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?
Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?

SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1 – Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art and cover by PHILIP TAN
Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive! Witness the start of a new action series from writer Tony S. Daniel and artist Philip Tan that will take Hawkman where no hero has flown before!

SUPERMAN #1 – Written by GEORGE PEREZ
Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Art by JESUS MERINO
The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!

TEEN TITANS #1 – Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers.
As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

VOODOO #1 – Written by RON MARZ
Art and cover by SAMI BASRI
Who is Voodoo? Is she hero, villain – or both? Learn the truth about Priscilla Kitaen as she leaves a trail of violence across America. Discover the new DCU through her eyes, because the things she sees are not always what they seem…

007 MAGAZINE ARCHIVE CASINO ROYALE QUANTUM SOLACE
ABE SAPIEN DEVIL DOES NOT JEST #1
ACTION COMICS #1 2ND PTG

ALIENS CHESTBURSTER PLUSH – You’ve met the Facehugger. You think it shriveled up and died. Little did you know that, implanted into your chest, is the next stage of the Xenomorph’s lifecycle – the chestburster. A parasitic alien species, the Xenomorph grows within a living body, and when it has gestated, it emerges explosively from its host as a Chestburster, whereupon it will grow rapidly, developing limbs and hardening its carapace. The Alien Chestburster Plush recreates this intermediate stage of the Xenomorph’s life; this 48″ long plush is as close as you can safely get to the most perfect killing machine created by nature!

ALL NEW BATMAN BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #670
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #19
ANGEL & FAITH #2

ANNIHILATORS EARTHFALL #1 (OF 4) – Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Penciled by TAN ENG HUAT & TIMOTHY GREEN II
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
MARVEL’S COSMIC HEAVY HITTERS COME TO EARTH-AND FIGHT THE AVENGERS! What has brought Gladiator, Quasar, Ronan, Ikon and Beta-Ray Bill to our planet…and why are they at odds with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? All this, plus each issue will feature a five-page chapter of an all-new, all-hilarious Rocket Raccoon & Groot story!

ARCHIE #625
ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #9
ART OF JOE KUBERT HC
ARTIFACTS #10 (OF 13)
ARTIFACTS PLAYING CARD SET #8 (OF 13)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #42
AVENGELYNE #3
AVENGERS ACADEMY #19 FEAR ITSELF

AVENGERS PRIME TP – Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by ALAN DAVIS
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Power-mad Norman Osborn thought he was a match for the might of Earthbound Asgard. He was half-right: the reassembled Avengers drove him back, but the Realm Eternal lies in ruins. In the wreckage, former Captain America Steve Rogers, Iron Man and Thor find themselves squabbling over old wounds. As they quarrel, unstable magics cast the heroes-at-odds into the scattered Nine Realms. Separated, and with no clear path home, they quickly realize the world in which they’re trapped is not how it should be. Have their actions somehow caused a rift in the natural order? Can they come together and put it right? Their bittersweet reunion may be short-lived, with Hela – Norse Goddess of Death – waiting in the wings! Collecting AVENGERS PRIME #1-5.

BATGIRL #1 2ND PTG
BATMAN THE WIDENING GYRE TP
BERSERK TP VOL 35
BETTY #194
BLACK PANTHER MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #523
BOMB QUEEN GANG BANG TP
BONNIE LASS #1 (OF 4)
BREED III #5 (OF 6)

BRILLIANT #1 – Created by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & MARK BAGLEY
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Variant Covers by DAVID MACK & MICHAEL AVON OEMING
The first creator-owned book by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, BRILLIANT tells the story of a handful of college-age geniuses who challenge each other to solve the mystery of superpowers. Can the best and brightest change science fiction into science fact? And if so, how will the world at large react? BRILLIANT is a thriller of the highest order. It is a story of how true power can either destroy or protect the strongest of friendships. It is the story of how the world will react when our true potential is finally unlocked. This fast-talking, whip-smart new series will thrill fans of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, POWERS and SCARLET. The first award-winning collection of Bendis and Bagley’s ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN has sold well over one million copies.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #622
CAPTAIN BRITAIN HC VOL 02 SIEGE OF CAMELOT
CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #64
CASTLE PREM HC RICHARD CASTLES DEADLY STORM
CHARMED #14

CODENAME SAILOR V TP VOL 01 – The prequel story to Sailor Moon puts the spotlight on Sailor Venus. This series has never been release in the U.S. before, and fan demand for it has been high for years. Codename: Sailor V tells the story of Minako Aino, a 13-year old middle school student, whose calm, normal life changes when she encounters a talking white cat with a crescent moon on its forehead. This cat introduces himself as Artemis and claims that Minako is a girl with the power to transform into the hero, Sailor V!

CRAWL TO ME #3 (OF 4)
CROSSED TP VOL 02 FAMILY VALUES
DAOMU #7
DAWN OF THE BUNNY SUICIDES
DC SUPER-PETS YR TP FASTEST PET ON EARTH
DC SUPER-PETS YR TP HEROES O/T HIGH SEAS
DC SUPER-PETS YR TP MIDWAY MONKEY MADNESS
DC SUPER-PETS YR TP POOCHES OF POWER
DC SUPER-PETS YR TP ROYAL RODENT RESCUE
DC SUPER-PETS YR TP SUPER HERO SPLASH DOWN
DEADPOOLMAX #12 (OF 12)
DEADWORLD LAST SIESTA GN
DF VAMPIRELLA SCARLET LEGION #1
DF WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #5 ADAMS BONUS INC

DOCTOR WHO DALEK TO VICTORY T/S SM/XL – The Ironsides will turn the tide against the Nazi menace on this t-shirt that recreates a classic 1940s propaganda poster!

DOCTOR WHO ONGOING VOL 2 #9
DOROTHY AND WIZARD IN OZ #1 (OF 8)
DPD DOKTORMENTOR JAIL BABE SURGEON #3 (OF 3)
DR WHO MAGAZINE #438
DUKE NUKEM GLORIOUS BASTARD #3 (OF 4)
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS TP VOL 02
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS #11
ELEPHANTMEN #35

ELEPHANTMEN TP VOL 04 QUESTIONABLE THINGS – story RICHARD STARKINGS
art MÖRITAT, AXEL MEDELLIN & MARIAN CHURCHLAND
cover BOO COOK

A MAPPO sleeper cell has been reactivating Elephantmen, affecting not only the lives of Hip Flask and Ebony Hide but Vanity Case, Miki, Sahara and LAPD Lieutenant Blackthorne as well.

EMMA PREM HC
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT VIOLET #3 (OF 3)
FANGORIA #307 OCT 2011
FEAR ITSELF DEEP #4 (OF 4)
FEAR ITSELF HULK VS DRACULA #2 (OF 3)
FF #9

FF 50 FANTASTIC YEARS #1 – Written by VARIOUS
Select Character Artwork by GUS VAZQUEZ
Cover by PATRICK SCHERBERGER
Celebrating 50 years of Marvel’s First Family This issue spotlights a Future Foundation bio, an update on the Fantastic Four and an entry on the FF’s various headquarters! Plus: FF Allies (Artie Maddicks! Alex Power! Roberta the robot receptionist!), FF enemies (Dreadface! Dr. Sun! Mister Miracle!), extraterrestrials (Shalla Bal! Ovoids! De’Lila the Skrull!) and a sampling of the odd beings the FF has encountered (Karisma! Chupacabra! Cauldron!). Featuring original Gus Vazquez art for the majority of profiles!

FINDER LIBRARY TP VOL 02
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #1
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST VOL 26
FUTURAMA COMICS #57

FUTURAMA PLANET EXPRESS BLK T/S LG – Fly away into the 31st Century with the Planet Express crew with this black t-shirt based on Futurama!

GALACTUS NOMS GALACTUS T/S SM/MED/LG/XLG – Galactus, the devourer of worlds, has become a LOLcat as he NOMS! on his favorite food – planets!

GEARS OF WAR BOARD GAME – Gears of War: The Board Game is based on the wildly popular third-person shooter by Epic Games. One to four players take on the roles of COG soldiers cooperating to destroy the Locust horde, and must work together to complete missions against an ingeniously challenging and varied game system. In Gears of War: The Board Game you must fulfill one of seven randomly constructed missions, and support your fellow COGs as your team engages an unflinching enemy in furious, white-knuckle firefights! Only through teamwork and communication will you gain a tactical advantage, completing your mission, and striking a blow for humanity.

GERONIMO STILTON HC VOL 08 PLAY IT AGAIN MOZART
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #1
GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #5
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #7
GREEN LANTERN CORPS THE WEAPONER HC
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #1
GURPS HORROR 4TH ED
HABIBI GN
HACK SLASH #8
HERC #8

HOLY TERROR HC – There’s a deadly menace somewhere in Empire City, and The Fixer only has until dawn to save his town – and civilization as we know it! Legendary Comics presents an all-out, head-busting, bone-breaking, neck-snapping brawl of a tale from Frank Miller, one of the most celebrated storytellers of the medium. Years in the making, Holy Terror features the desperate and brutal quest of a hero as he is forced to run down an army of murderous zealots in order to stop a crime against humanity.

HULK FACE 14OZ CERAMIC MUG – Take your favorite warm beverage with this 14-ounce ceramic mug that features images of your favorite Marvel Comics characters, including the X-Men (from Giant Size X-Men), the Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man.

INCORRUPTIBLE #22
INCREDIBLE HULKS FOLDED PROMO POSTER
INVENTING IRON MAN POSSIBILITY OF A HUMAN MACHINE
IRON MAN 2.0 #9
IRON MAN 2.0 TP VOL 01 PALMER ADDLEY IS DEAD
IRREDEEMABLE TP VOL 07
JAMES JEAN RIFT ACCORDION FORMAT
JLA TP VOL 01
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #628
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 3RD PTG

KAMANDI OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 LAST BOY ON EARTH – Written by JACK KIRBY
Art by JACK KIRBY, MIKE ROYER and D. BRUCE BERRY
Cover by JACK KIRBY and MIKE ROYER
At last, DC collects the adventures of Kamandi in the popular Omnibus format, beginning with issues #1-20! In these tales, Kamandi – one of the few survivors of a futuristic Great Disaster that has destroyed civilization – must make his way through a world populated by bizarre, mutated animals and other strange wonders! Considered one of Jack Kirby’s most creative works, KAMANDI features a band of intelligent animal supporting characters who accompany Kamandi as he searches for answers and adventure across the wastelands of Earth.

KANNAGI GN VOL 02 (OF 6)
KATO #13
KICK-ASS 2 #4
LAST PHANTOM #9

LIVING DEAD DOLLS SERIES 22 ASST – When there is no more room in hell, dolls will walk the Earth! The 22nd series of Mezco’s Living Dead Dolls pays tribute to the creatures that first inspired the creators more than a decade ago – Zombies! Five rotting corpses, freshly reanimated, shuffle forth from their tombs and into the night. They search for brains, so try to be open minded! Choose from Ava, Goria, Menard, Peggy Goo, and Roxie. Each Living Dead Doll comes packaged in their own coffin – for now!

LOVE AND ROCKETS NEW STORIES TP VOL 04
LOVESTRUCK GN (MR)
MAGDALENA #8
MARVEL SILVER SURFER BELT
MARVEL WOLVERINE BELT
MIGHTY THOR #6
MOON KNIGHT #2 2ND PTG VAR
MUPPETS PRESENTS FAMILY REUNION
NAM TP VOL 03
NEGIMA GN VOL 31
NEW AVENGERS #16 POINT ONE
NEW MUTANTS #31
OGL PATHFINDER RPG VAN GRAAFS JOURNAL DRAGONS

OPERATION STAR WARS R2-D2 EDITION – Hasbro’s classic board game Operation will take droid surgeons to a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Operation: R2-D2 Edition! The Rebel Alliance’s favorite Astromech droid has developed all sorts of mechanical maladies, and it’s up to your skillful surgical hands to get the little guy feeling right again!

PUNISHER #1 2ND PTG HITCH VAR
QUEEN SONJA #20
RACHEL RISING #2
ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #13

SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 – This is the one manga fans have demanded for years: Sailor Moon returns to American with new covers and an all-new translation! This is the biggest manga launch of 2011 from any publisher. Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess.

SCREAM MAGAZINE #6
SECRET AVENGERS #16 2ND PTG VAR
SECRET AVENGERS #17
SIGIL TP OUT OF TIME
SIXTH GUN #15
SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #5
SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 12
SPELL CHECKERS GN VOL 02 SONS OF PREACHER MAN
SPIDER-ISLAND DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #2 (OF 3)
STRANGE TALES II TP

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE #1 (OF 4) – Returning to comics after 25 years Strawberry Shortcake celebrates with a berry special strawberry scented scratch and sniff covers! In this issue Strawberry Shortcake’s solution to a tropical dilemma convinces her friends that she’s taking a trip to Luau Island. Sounds like a dream vacation, but in the middle of all of the excitement, the residents of Berry Bitty City forget to check their facts before they bid farewell!

SUICIDE GIRLS TP VOL 01
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #70
TAXIDERMIED ART OF ROMAN DIRGE HC
TERMINATOR ROBOCOP KILL HUMAN #3 (OF 4)

THANOS IMPERATIVE TP – Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
Penciled by BRAD WALKER & MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by ALEKSI BRICLOT
Thanos equals death! The dangerous cosmic fissure known as the Fault has ripped open a portal to the Marvel Universe, spilling out the demented forces of a horrific mirror universe where there is no death and life prevails unchecked – the Cancerverse! From this dark realm, the evil Lord Mar-Vell – a twisted version of the legendary Captain Marvel – leads his army to claim our universe for their own! Nova, the Silver Surfer, Quasar, Gladiator and more of the greatest cosmic champions of the Marvel Universe rise to stop them – but when even they cannot halt the forces of the Cancerverse, the fate of the universe lies in the hands of the cosmos’ never-say-die underdogs, the Guardians of the Galaxy! Facing a threat like none other, Star-Lord and company cook up an all-or-nothing plan to bring their prisoner, the mad Titan called Thanos, into the Cancerverse to unleash hell! With everything on the line, the fate of the universe rests in the hands of one of Marvel’s greatest villains! Collecting THE THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION, #1-6 and DEVASTATION.

TOM STRONGS TERRIFIC TALES TP BOOK 02
TRUE BLOOD FRENCH QUARTER #2 (OF 6)
TRUE BLOOD HC VOL 02 TAINTED LOVE

ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES THOR REBORN TP – Written by JEPH LOEB
Penciled by FRANK CHO
Cover by FRANK CHO
Ultimatum claimed the lives of countless heroes. The world changed completely. This is what happens next! The Ultimates have regrouped to protect a world that still needs saving. But with Loki and the Enchantress on the attack, the planet’s finest team of heroes sorely misses the mighty power of one of its founding members. Where is Thor, and will he be reborn in time to save the day? Collecting ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #1-5.

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #2
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION
UNDYING LOVE TP
VENOM #7
WARLORD OF MARS #10
WASTELAND #31
WITCH & WIZARD MANGA VOL 01
WITCHBLADE #148
WITH THE LIGHT RAISING AUTISTIC CHILD GN VOL 08 –
WOLVERINE #16
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #10

WOLVERINE FACE 14OZ CERAMIC MUG – Have a warm drink in the colder months or in the mornings to get your day started with these Big Face ceramic mugs of all your favorite Marvel heroes! Each mug holds 14 ounces of liquid and is dishwasher safe. Choose from Captain America, The Punisher, and Wolverine.

WULF #3
X-MEN LEGACY #256

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – RED LANTERNS #1

Spawning out of Geoff Johns’ legendary run on Green Lantern where he created the multiple hues of Lantern Corps, came the crazy raging Red Lanterns. Now as part of DC’s New 52 comes Red Lanterns, one of several Green Lantern spin off books being offered this month. Does the title stand enough on its own? I think so, as it carves out new mythology of Lanterns with one of the more interesting of the rainbow of Lantern Corps.


The book begins in space with alien creatures even meaner than the Red Lanterns themselves! When one Red Lantern (not telling which one) tries to stop them, he gets captured leading to the Red Lantern leader, Atrocitus coming to save the day and kick some tail. It is really sweet to see him in action.


There is a big portion of the story dealing with Atrocitus’ origin and the reasons he hates the Guardians and Green Lanterns. But Atrocitus worries that his Red Lanterns are becoming mutinous, with them so angry and amped up all the time, they fight each other like wild dogs. Can Atrocitus control them? What new direction does he want to take the Red Lanterns in? And what exactly is happening on Earth that looks like it may involve the Red Lantern Corps in the not too distant future? The answers to these queries lay in issues ahead, so there are some good hooks in here to make you want to come back next issue. There’s also a part that features Dex-Starr, or as we like to call him around Super-Fly, Rage Cat, which definitely makes for a cool moment and provides kitty lovers a great reason to check out the series.


The art is lovely. Ed Benes, who worked with writer Brad Meltzer on the last volume of Justice League of America, does a fantastic job of bringing the Red Lanterns to life. There is an impressive display of detail which succeeds in making the Red Lanterns look mean mad and completely dangerous—even the petit feline Dex-Starr looks tough! Other Red Lanterns look out and out terrifying. Rob Hunter’s inks add depth and accentuate the Red Lanterns, and Nathan Eyring’s coloring job is vibrant and beautiful to behold.


While all well and good, there is one big drawback to the book: Atrocitus carries on like an angst filled teenager about his rage. I haven’t seen characters carry on so dramatically about something since Justice League: Cry for Justice, where characters literally cried out “Justice!” over and over ad nauseam. Here it’s the rage that burns within that is brought up repeatedly. Red Lanterns definitely has some cool parts and it is gorgeous to behold. I just feel I would appreciate this more if I were still an angst overloaded adolescent; with all the problems that period of life brings, Red Lanterns would be some great escapist fantasy. Now, I enjoyed it, but feel some of the raging was a bit overdone. During my first read, this really bothered me, but then I remembered that they’re Red Lanterns. Raging up like maniacs is what they do best. With the Red Lantern Corps, they are the avatars of rage—it should be expected that they don’t have very good anger management skills. So that is forgivable; any other characters it wouldn’t be though.


Red Lanterns #1 was an alright read, but it’s more so-so than exciting and is really weighed down by its emo protagonist, which is easy to get over but still distracting. Red Lanterns is hardly one of the worst books that have come out, but it’s not over the top great either. I do think it is a perfect starting place to learn about another Lantern Corps besides the Green one, and if you’re fans of the characters, you won’t be terribly disappointed with their portrayal. Red Lanterns #1 gives you everything you need to know about the Red Corps and sets the stage for some intriguing situations. Check it out—just be prepared for a lot of raging!

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – HAWK & DOVE #1 REVIEW

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big Hawk and Dove fan. While I enjoyed their depiction in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon, I haven’t read a lot of stuff with the characters. I know they were originally conceived by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, but I haven’t read that stuff yet (I say yet because DC is releasing a second Steve Ditko Omnibus this December which will include the original Hawk & Dove comics. The first Omnibus with Ditko’s Shade the Changing Man is available now & can be special ordered by Super-Fly). What I have read (mainly 80s Tales of the Teen Titans stuff before Dawn as Dove had been introduced) depicted Hawk getting angry for anger’s sake, which I always kind of thought was goofy. I didn’t read Brightest Day either, which prominently featured the characters, so I didn’t know to expect with Hawk & Dove #1. However, with the New 52 providing a fresh start for everything, I hoped this would be a good entry point into learning about these classic characters. It is, and while it was on the lower end of all the releases this week, Hawk & Dove is a decent book with an intriguing lead in.


Hawk and Dove are based in Washington D.C., where a mad scientist terrorist takes over the internet to make public threats on the nation, then sends a plane full of monster zombies into the capital to attack. Luckily, Hawk and Dove are already on scene. Hawk is the Avatar of War, while Dove is the Avatar of Peace which is evident in the first few pages with Hawk busting terrorist and zombie creature heads while Dove struggles to try to land the plane safely.


While trying to have an open mind, coming across the introduction of H&D’s powers had me nearly laughing. Hawk’s powers are: enhanced vision, agility, strength, body density and healing factor, while Dove’s power set includes: enhanced intelligence, compassion, enhanced strength, flight, and danger sense. Since when is COMPASSION a super power?!? Inspiring compassion in others maybe? It just sounds a bit silly I guess. I do think it is cool that they have different power sets though, which could (and in the first issue does) lead to them to compliment each others’ powers in combat situations.


Hawk and Dove take care of the plane, but it doesn’t end perfectly. The characters’ different nature is not only in their powers, as they end up quarreling easily. They soon depart, and head into their respective lives. Hawk, AKA Hank Hall, sits at home complaining to his father about Dawn and how she doesn’t live up to his previous partner. Hawk isn’t getting mad just for the sake of it. He’s pissed he lost his brother and partner, Don Hall, the original Dove, and that Dawn has come from seemingly nowhere to take his place after Don was killed (in Crisis on Infinite Earths).


Dawn meanwhile is crime fighting with Deadman, who makes a cameo. He apparently hooked up with Dove during Brightest Day but don’t get too creeped out: Deadman was alive at the time. Here, towards end of the issue things start to get interesting. This part with Deadman was even more appealing to me than the last page cliffhanger, but you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out why.


Though I loved him growing up, I have to say I have not been a big Rob Liefeld fan in recent years. That said, the man has done a quality job on the art and the reports that he was so really pumped for this book and that his enthusiasm shows in his work is actually true. Go Rob Liefeld! There are also some instances of clever panel placement, especially the two page spread depicting Hawk and Dove’s transformation and origin. Gates overall wrote a good issue but it’s just a standard super hero tale with a dash of intrigue. With all the releases this past week, Hawk & Dove doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. However, it does establish who Hawk & Dove are for first time readers, and provides a decent hook to keep reading.


If you like the characters, you should really enjoy the book. If you’ve never heard of them, then you probably will like it too. If you’re familiar with them and not the biggest fan, this book probably won’t win you over. It’s just standard super hero fare. Not bad. Not great. However, it has some potential. Whether or not I pick up #2 will probably come down to my state of finances next month, but if I’m in a good place then I think I may get it—though I’m not ready to add it to my pull list. Gates and Liefeld do a better than expected job, making Hawk & Dove a book that is worth reading, but not outstanding in the massive amount of DC Comics that came out week two of the New 52.

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – Justice League International #1 Review

Justice League International was my favorite book as a kid back in the 80s. There was an eclectic and unusual group of heroes and things were played for laughs. After being in the spotlight following Justice League Generation Lost , the JLI is now back in a new book, Justice League International #1, with Dan Jurgens writing, Aaron Lopresti on pencils, and Matt Ryan on inks. Justice League International shows promise with the first issue, but is very much thrown together quickly—which is intentional—but it still suffers a bit for it.


The JLI is basically a team that is just thrown together at the United Nation’s whim in response to the Justice League and increasing threats (if the UN is forming a Justice League International, it makes me wonder if/how DC’s other UN team, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents, fits into this plan). Heroes are selected by an international panel, and then literally assembled almost immediately (as they were apparently already assembled prior to the team being green lit). Everything seems like it comes together hastily at the expense of too many “hows” and “whys.” True, this keeps the story moving. But there are things like veteran JLIers acting like no JLI team has existed before, as some characters are thrilled to be on the team or act like they haven’t worked together in the past. For example, Booster claims not to be familiar with his teammates and Guy Gardner writes off Booster as a loser, saying he’s worked with him “a couple times.” While I understand a need to keep things fresh for the relaunch, it seems a little sad that the characters barely know each ¬other and their shared history is gone.


As the team comes together there are understandably tensions among this International ensemble. Most prominently, the Russian Rocket Red verbally spars back and forth with the Chinese August General in Iron. But there is hardly any time for much more than quibbles as the team heads out to their first mission only to get it handed to them. Things happen so quickly I have virtually no reasons to care about the characters other than my previous attachment to them from my childhood onward. As for Lady Godiva, I have no idea who she is or what her powers are. I know she can’t fly and that she was in Flashpoint…That’s about it.


Sure it’s a first issue, and pretty much the gang’s all there from the start (Jurgens has said the team lineup changes after #1, presumably with additions) leaving little time for character development. But here again, the rapid pace seems to take its toll on the book. At the same time, after reading the issue a couple more times, the team actually suffers from heading out on a mission practically minutes after getting together. They come to realize they don’t know each others’ powers or have any group tactics, and it’s easily one of the reasons things get so hectic at the end of #1. It’s a rough start for this Justice League, and it shows. I think that’s actually kind of neat.


The art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan does a good job depicting our heroes and rendering the various places where the action takes place. Each hero looks very distinct and many have new costumes though nothing that different than what came before. While the art is pretty good, it is nothing to write home about when there are titles such as Batwing #1 and Swamp Thing #1 that came out the same week with stellar art. JLI’s art doesn’t look bad, it’s just nothing extraordinary, which suits the first issue well.


The lineup is pretty cool (though I kinda resent Plastic Man being teased in the issue, but he does not get to join), and there are a couple chuckle evoking lines. But it’s a totally different ballgame than the JLI of the late 80s/early 90s. Things are more serious, and the stakes get pretty high pretty quickly. I was not overly impressed with #1, but I liked it enough to check out #2 to see how this new JLI survives. So if you’re a fan or you’re new to JLI, the book does a fair job of introducing the premise (not so much the characters) and overall seems to be a decent team book in the making. I thought the start was a little weak, but it seems that Jurgens intended this JLI to have lots of troubles starting out. They certainly do, and while it makes for a scattered team book, it is entertaining.

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – Animal Man Review

Animal Man is hardly a household name. So obscure a hero that he was part of a team called “The Forgotten Heroes,” Animal Man remained on the fringe until the late 80s, when Grant Morrison started the first Animal Man series. Since then, Animal Man has been a somewhat popular hero in recent years, though recently was often seen in the company of Starfire and Adam Strange. Now with a new series by Jeff Lemire and Travel Forman with Dan Green assisting on inks, Animal Man strikes out on his own once more in a bold new direction; Animal Man #1 delivers a book that is both super heroic and horrifying in nature, and it’s a quite a good read, albeit a little unsettling.


The book starts out with an interview, revealing that Animal Man is now a public hero, an animal activist and recently, a movie star. Despite all this, his primary concern is his family and there are a few scenes with Buddy at home. Things start to get weird when he is called into action to stop a man who has taken hostages at the local hospital.


The plot is intriguing and Jeff Lemire seems quite at home with Buddy Baker (AKA Animal Man) and his family, but just as at ease in making things crazy for Animal Man. The story reads like a typical super hero tale and does a good job of introducing Animal Man as well as his wife and kids and the premise. But just as you think it’s a normal super hero book, things get really strange, and start to become pretty terribly horrendous. The source of all the problems seems to be coming from Buddy’s daughter Maxine, who is manifesting strange powers of her own.


Travel Foreman’s art is striking, for good or for worse is entirely going to be at the discretion of the reader. I’ve heard from people who hated it and some who loved it. I’m somewhere in between. The art seems a little distorted and is definitely weird—especially in the opening scenes with Animal Man with his family. I liked it at first, but it’s so different I felt the style was a little difficult to overcome at times. For example, there’s one scene in the hospital where Buddy is being examined where he looks like he has scars and pock marks on his face instead of lines of expression. But getting to the final pages where Animal Man has a nightmare, the art’s twistedness suits the moment perfectly and sets the tone for this horror series. If this is what we’re in store for, I can certainly get over the awkwardness which scenes of normality display. Though Foreman does work on the inking, Dan Green assists and the ink work compliments the overall art well.


I have mixed feelings on Animal Man’s new costume. It definitely suits Animal Man’s new role as a public figure, but I miss the goggles. It looks like Animal Man being Buddy Baker is public knowledge, so maybe he doesn’t feel the need to hide his face any longer. Touching on other fashion issues briefly, Animal Man’s son has a mullet, which in 2011 is a little disconcerting. Do kids still have mullets these days?


Lemire keeps the plot moving and the story at a brisk pace. Although the opening interview is unconventional, it covers a lot of ground and gets the ball rolling well and the following action keeps up throughout. The last page is truly frightening and sets the stage for the rest of the series, which looks like will map out a troubled time for the Baker family.


Despite some initial trepidation on Travel Foreman’s art, I came out of Animal Man #1 liking what I saw and the overall tone of the series. I’m a big fan of Lemire, so I definitely plan to stick around for at least a few more issues as I want to see where this is going. I also like Animal Man a lot and think this new take on the character suits him well. Even more than Swamp Thing #1, Animal Man #1 is a good mix of super hero escapades with chilling and disturbing elements seeped in. It’s like Vertigo PG-13.


So give Animal Man #1 a try and see what you think. There’s a great story, some art that is certainly unique, and in that regard standout among the DC New 52 books so far. Whether or not you’ll like it is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. But even if you’ve never read an Animal Man story before, Animal Man #1 gives a great intro to the character, hits the ground running, and hooks you with a lasting impression. If #1 is any indication, there are some great adventures ahead, and this is definitely a book in the DCnU to read.

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – Detective Comics #1 Review

Detective Comics #1 is quite a milestone among the New 52, as Detective Comics are the original words abbreviated by the company name “DC” and there has not been a new issue #1 since 1937, and never a #1 with Batman in it. Along with the renumbering of Action Comics, having a new Detective shows how dedicated DC is in doing this relaunch and just like Action, Detective Comics #1 delivers a great jumping on point for fans new and old with a great take on a classic character.


Batman himself hasn’t changed much, and is in hot pursuit of the Joker. Batman says something to the effect that the Joker has been around for six years, suggesting Batman may have been active a little bit before Superman popped up in the DCnU. However many years the Dark Detective has been operating in Gotham City, he is still considered an outlaw by the police. In fact, it’s worth mentioning that in nearly every New 52 title, the heroes in each book don’t exactly have the best relationships with police or the public, even five years after Justice League #1. Despite Batman’s tense relation with the cops, James Gordon still has his back and the two discuss the case.


The rest of the comic has Joker craziness, a visit with Alfred in the Batcave, Harvey Bullock up front and center with the GCPD and a mysterious plot afoot with a new villain. It all adds up to some pretty great Batman. It’s a fantastic introductory issue as well, as it doesn’t rely heavily on recent Bat-events to tell its story or weigh it down. From the get go is the classic Batman Joker rivalry and their struggle plays out throughout the issue. I also really liked that the issue hit the ground running, with Batman after Joker in a hurry. As soon as you pick up the book, you’re in the story, and you don’t need to know a thing about Batman to enjoy it, making it another perfect entry level book for new or lapsed readers.


Tony S. Daniel is no stranger to doing double duties on Batman, and he’s doing a phenomenal job here. It’s very well written and the art is incredible too. Not only is the art high quality, it is consistent. Daniel captures the sprawling gothic landscape of Gotham City and its inhabitants well, with night scenes looking especially great. Batman, Joker and other characters all look really detailed and expertly rendered. There is a great use of shadows that add the overall dark feel of the comic, and the inks of Ryan Winn work well with Daniel’s pencils. The color by Tomeu Morey is also popping.


Whereas I didn’t really get the sense Bats’ costume had changed much in Justice League #1, it looks much more revised and body armor like here, which I like a lot. There are some other cool touches such as the fact that Alfred has hair! Yes, it’s just a widow’s peak, but still cool. James Gordon’s hair isn’t white either, which is consistent with his look in Batgirl #1. It seems the de-aging of the DCnU was across the board for everybody.


As I said at the outset of this reviewing process, I haven’t been able to justify buying any Bat-books lately, but I definitely want to see the outcome here as it could change the status quo for one character forever (though it probably won’t knowing comic books). It’s also one of the best Bat-books to come out of the first two weeks of September, so I think I plan to add this to my pull list. If you like Batman at all, are interested in seeing why the character is so cool, a Bat-addict, or you’re a lapsed fan like me, Detective Comics #1 is a fantastic first issue that cements why Batman is one of the best fictional characters of all time.

Comics and Items 9/21/11

Week four of the DC New 52 is underway and boy are some great titles launching this week! We’re keeping them at the top of the list and in the spot light. If you aren’t a member of our subscription service and you are interested in any of these titles I urge you to hit our shelves up quick as D.C. has announced that every title so far has been ordered for at least a second printing due to the heavy demand.

Last Saturday we made our first trip to Cincinnati Comic Con and let me tell you it was sweet! We can’t wait for next year. This Saturday we are hosting a Magic The Gathering Innistrad Prerelease event where we will be having a $20 sealed tournament. Be here at 2pm when we start the fun!

BATMAN #1 – Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.

BIRDS OF PREY #1 – Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford – a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling – and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them.
Don’t miss the start of this hard-hitting new series from mystery novelist/comics writer Duane Swierczynski (Expiration Date, Cable).

BLUE BEETLE #1 – Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by IG GUARA and RUY JOSE
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and SAL REGLA
It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.

CAPTAIN ATOM #1 – Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II
Cover by STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU
Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process?
Don’t miss the start of a legend from writer J.T. Krul (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS) and artist Freddie Williams II (JSA ALL-STARS)!

CATWOMAN #1 – Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS)!

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1 – Written by PAUL JENKINS
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by RYAN SOOK
It’s the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universes’s most exciting super heroes! First up is Deadman, straight from the pages of BRIGHTEST DAY, in a five-issue epic where the body-hopping hero meets his match in a new foe who wants to make sure the souls that Deadman helps out go straight to Hell!

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 – Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace – or else.

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 – Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild – but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!

NIGHTWING #1 – Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER
Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 – Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again.
As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (ACTION COMICS)!

SUPERGIRL #1 – Written by MICHAEL GREEN and MIKE JOHNSON
Art and cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!

WONDER WOMAN #1 – Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?

ANIMAL PARADISE GN VOL 02 (OF 3)

ANITA BLAKE CIRCUS DAMNED SCOUNDREL #1 (OF 5) – Written by JESSICA RUFFNER
Penciled by RON LIM
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
Sometimes, a reanimator just can’t catch a break. As things come to a head at the Circus of the Damned, Anita learns some unfortunate news from Jeane-Claude about the new, ultra-powerful vamp in town, Alejandro. But these days, there are so many balls in the air, that it’s hard to keep all the different players straight. But when Anita is summoned to see Master Vampire Mister Oliver, even she can’t predict the surprise that awaits her…

ANNE RICE SERVANT OF THE BONES #2 (OF 6)
ARATA THE LEGEND TP VOL 07
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #222
ARCHIE LAUGH COMIC MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2011
ARTIFACTS TP VOL 02
ASTONISHING X-MEN TP XENOGENESIS
ATOMIC ROBO GHOST OF STATION X #1 (OF 6)
AVENGERS #17 FEAR ITSELF
AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #7 (OF 9)
BACK ISSUE #51
BART SIMPSON COMICS #63
BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #3 (OF 5)
BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #5 (OF 5)
BATMAN TARZAN CLAWS OF THE CATWOMAN TP
BOYS BUTCHER BAKER CANDLESTICKMAKER #3
BPRD HELL ON EARTH RUSSIA #1
BRIMSTONE #5
BROKEN PIECES #1
CAPTAIN AMERICA #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA #3
CAPTAIN AMERICA CORPS #4 (OF 5)
CATWOMAN #1
CHEW TP VOL 04 FLAMBE

CITIZEN REX HC – A bizarre, sexy look into the future from comics legends Mario & Gilbert Hernandez!

When gossip blogger Sergio Bauntin investigates the illusive robot celebrity CTZ-RX-1, he provokes the city’s shady power players, who don’t want the story to get out! It’s a surreal sci-fi adventure as only Los Bros. Hernandez can do it!

This handsome hardcover collection also features new cover art by Gilbert, an extensive sketchbook section with behind-the-scenes material from Mario, and a special pin-up from third Hernandez brother Jaime (Locas, The Education of Hopey Glass)!

COBRA ONGOING #5
CODE WORD GERONIMO HC
CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #8 (OF 8)
COWBOYS & ALIENS PLAYING CARDS

D&D MADNESS AT GARDMORE ABBEY BOX SET – Take heroes into the ruins of Gardmore Abbey, a monastery that was once the base of a militant order of paladins devoted to Bahamut. According to legend, the paladins brought a dark artifact back from a far crusade and stored it in their abbey for safekeeping, and evil forces gathered to assault the abbey and take it back. What the legends don’t tell is that this artifact was actually the Deck of Many Things, a force of pure Chaos. Gardmore Abbey contains four 32-page books that present the adventure location, new monsters, enemies, allies, quests and encounters; two double-sided battle maps depicting dramatic locations in the adventure; die-cut card stock sheets of monster tokens and dungeon tiles; and a deck of 24 cards – 22 cards presenting the Deck of Many Things plus 2 Treasure Cards.

D&D MORDENKAINENS MAGNIFICENT EMPORIUM HC – Few wizards know more about magic than the mighty Mordenkainen, whose arcane achievements are without peer. Few can match Mordenkainen’s collection of magic items. Still, he hardly seems the type to settle down and open a magic shop. And yet… Welcome to Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium, a wondrous collection of magic items, each with a story to tell. This tome provides Dungeon Masters with a ready assortment of treasures to tempt greedy players, along with historical nuggets and alluring adventure hooks that set these items apart from your run-of-the-mill flaming sword or bag of holding.

DAREDEVIL #4
DARK HORSE BACKLIST CATALOG 2011
DARKNESS #93
DARKWING DUCK #16
DC COMICS PRESENTS SHAZAM #1
DC COMICS PRESENTS SHAZAM #2
DC THE NEW 52 / BIG BANG THEORY MINI POSTER

DEADLANDS DEATH WAS SILENT ONE SHOT – story RON MARZ
art & cover BART SEARS

Visionary Comics and Pinnacle Entertainment present the third one-shot of the weird Western world of DEADLANDS! A silent bounty hunter rides into a remote town, but the town holds dark secrets that may turn the hunter into the hunted. Superstars RON MARZ and BART SEARS team for a weird Western tale unlike any other!

DEMON CITY SHINJUKU COMPLETE ED NOVEL
DH SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 201
DOCTOR WHO DALEK TO VICTORY T/S MED

DOMO LUNCH BOX – Dark Horse is proud to continue bringing you an exciting new series of creative designs for our little pal Domo, who continues to enjoy the “Qee” treatment from our collaborators at Hong Kong’s Toy2R!

Their popular 2″ Qee minifigures, appearing in stores and galleries worldwide, have proven to be a great fit for this character, and collectors and retailers seem to just want more. As before, chase figures are being produced with common figures. There will be a total of fifteen different versions, with varied levels of scarcity.

o Join Domo and his friends for lunch why don’t ya! Your lunch is bound to taste better than ever with this shiny new Domo lunch box!

DONALD DUCK HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2011
DONE TO DEATH GN
DR WHO INSIDER #6
EXALTED RPG PATCHWORK SCROLL
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT LOTUS #3 (OF 3)
FABLES #109
FATHOM VOL 4 #2 CVR A KONAT
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #1 MINI-POSTER
FEAR ITSELF FEARSOME FOUR #4 (OF 4)
FEAR ITSELF HOME FRONT #6 (OF 7)
FEAR ITSELF UNCANNY X-FORCE #3 (OF 3)
FEAR ITSELF YOUTH IN REVOLT #5 (OF 6)

FONE BONE PLUSH TOY (NEW ED) – Hey Bone fans! Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: all-new plush toys of the Bone Cousins! Following the wildly successful Fone Bone Plush released in 2008, Cartoon Books finally gives in to the demand for plush dolls of Smiley and Phoney! Each plush is made of extra-soft plush material and will come with their trademark accessories: Fone comes with his backpack that can be opened and closed; Smiley is wearing his snappy red-colored vest; and Phoney is dressed in his distinctive black shirt emblazoned with yellow star!

PHONEY BONE PLUSH TOY

SMILEY BONE PLUSH TOY

FRAGGLE ROCK HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2011

FUTURAMA TINEEZ 3-PC SET – Good news, everyone! Toynami introduces a new scale to your favorite 31st century characters from the cult animated series Futurama with their new Tineez figures. Each figure stands 3″ tall and they have a slightly deformed look to them. To launch the Tineez line, Toynami brings you three Futurama favorites – Bender, Robot Devil, and Dr. Zoidberg – in a fun collectible pack! Window box packaging.

GAME OF THRONES #1 – (W) George R.R. Martin, Daniel Abraham
(A) Tommy Patterson (C) Alex Ross (main), Mike Miller (1-in-10)
George R.R. Martin has been called “the American Tolkien” by Time Magazine, and now his landmark fantasy series is being adapted to a graphic format, starting with the first book of the series: A Game of Thrones. The premiere issue introduces readers to George’s world, adapting the prologue and first three chapters of the novel, and bringing onto the graphic stage such iconic characters as Eddard and Catelyn Stark, Jon Snow, young Bran Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen. This novel has also been adapted as a major miniseries by HBO – with HBO’s highest ratings to date, since having premiered on April 17, 2011!

GENERATION HOPE #11 SCHISM
GI JOE COBRA CIVIL WAR 100 PG SPECTACULAR
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP VOL 01
GOLD DIGGER #132
GOLDEN AGE GREATS SPOTLIGHT VOL 06 STAR SPANGLED A
GREEN HORNET #18
GREEN LANTERN VS SINESTRO MINI STATUE
GREEN WAKE TP VOL 01

HACK SLASH OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 – At the end of every horror movie, one girl always survives…in this case, Cassie Hack not only survives, she turns the tables by hunting and destroying the horrible slashers that would do harm to the innocent! Alongside the gentle giant known as Vlad, the two cut a bloody path through those who deserve to be put down…hard!

HALO FALL OF REACH TP BOOT CAMP
HELLBOY TP VOL 11 BRIDE OF HELL & OTHERS
HULK #41
INFERNO GFT DREAM EATER ONE SHOT
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #508 FEAR ITSELF
JUXTAPOZ #129
KA-ZAR #4 (OF 5)
KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #2
KUNG FU GIRL GN
MARVEL GHOST STORIES GN TP

MARVEL SPIDER-MAN BELT – When you’re ready for a night of satorial elegance, let the heroes of Marvel Comics join you with a new line of Marvel Heroes Belts! Each belt comes with a buckle that features one of the publisher’s top characters, like Spider-Man, Wolverine, or the Silver Surfer.

MARVEL UNIVERSE VS WOLVERINE #4 (OF 4)
MASS EFFECT TP VOL 02 EVOLUTION
MNEMOVORE HC (IDW)
MOON KNIGHT #2 2ND PTG
MOON KNIGHT #3 2ND PTG
MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 02
MTG TCG SCARS MIRRODIN BOOSTER DIS
MYSTERIOUS WAYS #3 (OF 6)
NBM SMURFS HALLOWEEN MINI COMIC BUNDLE 2011
NEAR DEATH #1

NEW TEEN TITANS GAMES HC – Written by MARV WOLFMAN & GEORGE PÉREZ
Art by GEORGE PÉREZ, MIKE PERKINS and AL VEY
Wraparound cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
Twenty years in the making, TEEN TITANS: GAMES is a can’t-miss for fans new and old. Harking back to the era when NEW TEEN TITANS was the best-selling monthly comic series comes this lost tale from legendary creators Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and George Perez (FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS) starring their fan-favorite characters just in time for the NEW TEEN TITANS’ 30th anniversary!
Set in the 1980s during the height of the New Teen Titans popularity, this stand-alone hardcover features a mysterious villain playing a deadly game with New York City as the game board-and the Teen Titans as the pieces! Like something out of a time capsule, this never-before-seen epic is the New Teen Titans story from their original creators that has never been told…until now!

NEW YORK FIVE TP
NIGHTMARE WORLD GN VOL 02 LEAVE THE LIGHT ON
NIGHTMARE WORLD TP VOL 01 13 TALES OF TERROR
NORTHLANDERS #44
OLIVIA BETTIE PAGE PHOTOS PLAYING CARDS
OZ HC OZMA OF OZ
PLANET OF THE APES #6
PLAYBOY PLAYMATES PLAYING CARDS
PUNISHER CIRCLE OF BLOOD TP NEW PTG
RAIDERS GN VOL 07

RASL POCKET ED TP VOL 01 & VOL 02 – Collected in this new pocket edition is the hard-boiled, sci-fi tale of Jeff Smith’s inter-dimensional art thief known only by the strange four letter word found spray-painted at the scene of a crime: RASL. This 6 1/2″ x 9″ double edition collects the first seven issues of RASL in one heart-pounding book! A compact, affordable, edition of RASL: a sci-fi/noir tale of violence and corruption where murder and passion mix with folklore and cutting-edge physics.

RED WING #3 (OF 4)
RICHIE RICH #4 (OF 4)

ROBERT JORDAN EYE OF THE WORLD HC VOL 01 – Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy tale begins with Rand al’Thor and his friends Matrim and Perrin at the spring festival. Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran appear, and almost before Rand knows it, he and his friends are fleeing his home village with Moiraine, Lan, and Egwene al’Vere, the innkeeper’s daughter, who wishes to become an Aes Sedai. As they run for their lives, Moiraine and Lan begin to teach the young people what they need to know to survive in this dangerous world.

RUSE TP VICTORIAN GUIDE TO MURDER
SAMURAIS BLOOD #4 (OF 6)
SHADOWLAND MOON KNIGHT TP
SHADOWS OVER CAMELOT MERLINS COMPANY
SHOWCASE PRESENTS ALL STAR COMICS TP VOL 01
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #17
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR TP VOL 01
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR TP VOL 02 SPOOKTACULA
SIN CITY PLAYING CARDS
SONIC UNIVERSE #32
SOUL EATER TP VOL 01
SOULFIRE VOL 3 #4
SPIDER-ISLAND CLOAK AND DAGGER #2 (OF 3)
SPIDER-ISLAND SPIDER-WOMAN #1
SPIDER-MAN VENGEANCE OF VENOM TP
SPONTANEOUS #4 (OF 5)
STAN LEE SOLDIER ZERO #12

STAR TREK ONGOING #1 – The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new ongoing series that picks up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated movie sequel premiering in 2012. Join Kirk, Spock and the crew as they boldly go into a new future! Up first, a drastic new envisioning of “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

STAR WARS JEDI DARK SIDE #5 (OF 5)
STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT DELUGE #2 (OF 5)

STRATOMATIC BASEBALL 50TH ANNIVERSARY ED – The best-selling sports board game ever and its high-powered computer cousin. A game so great it was displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Strat-O-Matic Baseball is the ancestor of fantasy sports. Ideal for playing solo or in friendship-bonding face-to-face play, Strat-O-Matic is easy to learn, yet it is challenging enough to entertain for hours as you make the player selections and the offensive and defensive decisions that decide the outcome. Make your lineup and in-game strategy decisions. Roll the dice that activate play (think of it as the “pitch” or “swing”). Then find the result on the statistically designed player card. Every player is unique, giving every dice roll drama!

STUFF OF LEGEND JESTERS TALE #2 (OF 4)
SUPER PRO KO GN VOL 01
SUPERGIRL #1

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #2 – The Turtle brothers are separated! With one of their own lost, the Turtles struggle to train, fight, and find their own place in the world. A brand new villain seeks revenge and hints about the Turtles origin are revealed! A new mythology for Turtles in the 21st century is being built-and the story is just beginning to rev up!

THANOS IMPERATIVE TP
THE GUILD (ONE SHOT)
TINY TITANS #44
TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #26
ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA PREM HC
ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #2 (OF 4)
ULTIMATE COMICS THOR TP
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #543 FEAR ITSELF
UNCANNY X-MEN TP BREAKING POINT
VAMPIRELLA SCARLET LEGION #4
VENGEANCE #3 (OF 6)

VENOM BY RICK REMENDER PREM HC VOL 01 – Written by RICK REMENDER
Penciled by TONY MOORE & TOM FOWLER
Cover by JOE QUESADA
America – meet your newest hero! The lethal alien symbiote known as Venom is in the custody of the U.S. military – and with a familiar face from Spider-Man’s world inside the suit, the government’s own personal Spidey is going into action as one of the nation’s top covert agents in hostile territory! Collecting VENOM (2011) #1-5.

VIOLENT CASES TP
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG)
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE (NEW PTG)
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG)
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 08 MADE TO SUFFER
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 13 TOO FAR GONE
WITCH & WIZARD MANGA VOL 01
WITCH DOCTOR #3 (OF 4)
WITH THE LIGHT RAISING AUTISTIC CHILD GN VOL 08
WOLVERINE AND BLACK CAT CLAWS 2 #3 (OF 3)
WONDER WOMAN #1
WOW WAR BANNER HORDE
X-23 #11
X-FACTOR #225
X-MEN #18
X-MEN FIRST TO LAST PREM HC
X-MEN ORIGINS II TP
X-MEN SCHISM #4 (OF 5)
YOUNG JUSTICE #8
ZOMBIE TALES OMNIBUS OUTBREAK
ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #3

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – BATGIRL #1 REVIEW

I’ve always loved Barbara Gordon as I grew up reading her exploits as Batgirl in old back issues of Batman Family where she’d team up with Robin. When she was shot by Joker and crippled in Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, I was severely disappointed. However, the Oracle information broker identity she established despite her disability really appealed to me, as my father grew up with polio and has had to walk with crutches or use a wheelchair since childhood, yet lets nothing stop him. So I had a mixed reaction to hearing Barbara would be recovering and stepping out the wheelchair to become Batgirl and I know I’m not the only fan to have trepidations about this. However, fans need not fear: Batgirl #1 is pretty excellent. And while I love Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown and their tenures as Batgirl, I gotta say it’s great to have the original back.


Batgirl is on the prowl once more, and I felt almost as thrilled as Barbara herself to see her back in action. Babs is every bit a dark crusader as Batman as she stops a brutal home invasion and attempted murder by a group of masked criminals. Talking tough, Batgirl is both excited to be taking on crooks and mindful that she is in a high risk situation. Meanwhile, a strange killer called the Mirror is making his mark in Gotham with a hit list that includes Barbara Gordon’s name.

Throughout the entire issue, no explanation is given for the “miracle” that restored Babs’ ability to walk. It’s a reason to tune in next issue, but I feel a little cheated that it’s been held back for now. Barbara’s change from Oracle to Batgirl is something I definitely want to find out about, but it’s almost glossed over completely with the Babs Batgirl being in perfect form. Not that I want to see Babs going through physical therapy, but the transition is just a little too seamless.


Babs’ past as Oracle still lingers however, as she still has a wheelchair lift in her van. There are some cool aspects Simone touches upon, such as Babs having tremendous arm strength from using her wheelchair for so long (apparently three years)—essentially “walking” with her arms. Not to mention that Barbara is still haunted by the fateful night she was shot by the Joker and the resulting life changing injury. In fact, Babs’ trauma is a big part of the book. Is she really ready to go back to swinging on rooftops and facing down villains with guns, or will her past prevent her from being the crimefighter she used to be?


Unlike Batwing, Batman does not show up in a cameo to give Batgirl sage advice or any other kind of support. I liked this, as the Barbara Gordon Batgirl worked outside of the “Bat-Family” during her formative years and always had an independent spirit. Babs works on increasing her independence in this issue, moving out from her father Commissioner James Gordon’s place and getting an apartment with an eccentric roommate.


Gail Simone has written a fantastic Batgirl tale which I enjoyed tremendously. Babs is tough as nails as Batgirl, yet sweet to the people in her life as Barbara—and despite being able to walk, she’s mentally still recovering from the Joker’s bullet. It all makes for an interesting story, though again, I’d like to see a little bit of how Barbara got to this point. The Mirror also makes for an intriguing villain, and it will be interesting to see how Batgirl deals with him.


The art is quite nice. Ardian Syaf’s pencils and Vicente Cifuentes’ inks make Barbara look fantastic as Batgirl, very alive, vibrant and beautiful. She looks younger (I’ve heard she is supposed to be 22 at the time of Batgirl #1) yet still very capable. Jim Gordon looks a bit younger for that matter also. Batgirl’s new costume looks almost more armored than Batman’s new costume, but still sleek and retaining classic elements of the original.


Batgirl is a solid re-debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, and an all around great book and my favorite for the week right behind Action Comics #1. The cliffhanger is intense, and I really want to see how Babs works on overcoming the mental trauma of her injury along with how she overcame the physical aspects of it. It’s really refreshing to see Barbara young, vital and whole fighting crime again, and I look forward to seeing if she’s really ready to be Batgirl again. I’m definitely putting Batgirl on my pull list and you should check it out too. Unfortunately, Batgirl is another comic that is currently sold out at Super-Fly and orders for the book sold out nationwide (is this starting to sound familiar?) but like Action Comics and Justice League, a second printing has been ordered, so hang in there for that. Whenever you check out Batgirl, I’m sure you’ll agree: it’s great to have Barbara Gordon back in a bat suit.

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – MEN OF WAR #1 Review

War comics haven’t been much in the spotlight lately, with some notable exceptions like Dynamite’s Battlefields written by Garth Ennis. However, with two real life wars still ongoing, DC serves up Men of War as part of its New 52, starring a brand new Sergeant Rock leading a modern unit into intense missions. The prospect of a new Sgt. Rock in the DCnU is pretty cool with Men of War #1 telling the story of how the original Frank Rock’s grandson rises to lead in a fantastic war comic with Ivan Brandon writing and Tom Derenick on the art.


Men of War #1 grabs the reader from the get go with a wounded soldier recovering slightly from wounds to realize he will probably die that day with the world is going crazy around him. Then there’s a flashback showing how the soldier, actually then Corporal Joseph Rock, was assigned to the mission and how his team was sent in to an insurgent infested area to rescue a missing senator.


The book lives up to the promise of its premise delivering stories of military operations in the presence of super heroics. This may be a bit disappointing to those expecting a full-on war traditional war comic, but Men of War still delivers quite a war comic experience with just a hint of super powers. That said, the metahuman causing all the destruction in #1 is not seen directly (leaving it uncertain if it is a hero or villain, or if there are both), and is in the book a total of eleven panels. It’s also important to point out that all the men in Corporal Rock’s unit are ordinary humans with no super powers, just standard military ordinance. In fact, for a book set firmly in the DCnU, there is a surprising amount of realism in Men of War #1. It is full of acronyms of military speak for things like weapons, targets and tactics, which makes it interesting for those not well versed in the words of war.


The book is pretty exciting and keeps your attention. Joe Rock is a sympathetic character who only wants to serve, and not lead despite what the higher-ups want. The men in his unit are tough as nails and serve bravely even in extraordinary odds.


Surprisingly there is a backup feature called “Navy Seals” (or maybe not so surprisingly as the cover price is $3.99) by writer Jonathan Vankin and artist Phil Winslade which is about a unit of Seals in enemy territory. This backup has no super powers element to it, so it’s a cool realistic war read, and ends on a startling hook.


The art in by Tom Derenick in the main feature is gritty and displays a great deal of realism. There are shadows well utilized and the art overall is very well balanced. The military weapons and vehicles are all very well rendered. The backup feature’s art by Phil Winslade is also quite realistic, but has more of a classic feel despite the modern setting, though this is a good fit for the backup and overall vibe of the book.


All around, Men of War is a solid war book with a cool twist of military completing missions in the presence of super human threats. The main feature introducing Joe Rock is action packed and goes a long way in establishing Rock as a leading character and introduces the readers to his adventures and the reason behind how he is promoted to sergeant. The backup is a worthy addition, but a little compressed in quality for its short page count. This is another one I’m unsure about adding to my pull list outright as the price tag is a little prohibitive for me, but I do think I want to check out issue #2 at the very least to see how Joe Rock rises to the challenges laid out in issue #1. Overall, it’s worthy of its $3.99 cover price, especially if you’re interested in military stuff and want to see what it’d be like to serve in the DCnU.

SUPER-FLY FANDIMONIUM by Max Lake – STATIC SHOCK #1 Review

I am one of those people who first encountered the electric hero Static in the animated TV show Static Shock. I hadn’t read the Milestone series before and actually still have not. I did pick up the Static Shock special that dropped in the spring and was really looking forward to his new series. Now that Static Shock #1 here I’m happy to say it’s a great introduction to a cool character and a promising new book. John Rozum and Scott McDaniel co-write the book, with McDaniel doing pencils and Jonathan Glapion and LeBeau Underwood providing the inks.


The book starts with action, Static pursuing an experiment gone wrong at S.T.A.R. Labs, where he has a part time job in his secret identity as Virgil Hawkins. Static is true to his character right away, his confidence shining through in dialog boxes. I knew Static was a smart kid, but he lays out scientific explanations on how his powers work and react to the situation he’s responding to as smooth as Barry Allen drops Flash Facts. No wonder the kid has a job at S.T.A.R. Labs now! There is one part where Static uses “Shazam!” as an exclamation, which I found to be a little weird for a character in the DCnU other than Billy Batson to say, but maybe I’m being nitpicky.


The Milestone character Hardware plays a supporting role in the series, setting Static up with his new headquarters and swapping intel with him. It’s cool Hardware is present, but he’s not around in person, communicating from Dakota with holographic imagery. Here’s hoping other Milestone characters show up from time to time down the line. One thing I didn’t like though is that there is no explanation why the Hawkins family moved from Dakota to NYC. Like Batgirl’s “miracle” to walk, I was hoping Static’s reasons for moving to a new locale would be covered in the first issue, but it isn’t, which left me scratching my head a little.


Super-Fly employee Lawrence Harmon was reading comics with me when I read this, and told me Virgil reminded him of Peter Parker. True, now that Static is in New York, there are similarities between him and classic tales of Marvel’s beleaguered wall-crawler, with a science-minded high school student Virgil starting a new job in the city and fighting crime on the sly. But Virgil isn’t the “woe is me” type that ol’ Pete Parker was in his formative years. He is positive about his new city, job, family and situation and things are looking up for the hero… at least when the book begins.


Villains are a hover bike gang with mysterious backers, with each member a different hue of the rainbow, which seemed a little silly to me. However, who they end up recruiting to take on Static didn’t seem goofy at all and was almost a little scary, especially at the end.


Scott McDaniel’s art looks nice and the book has a very streamlined look to it. I’ve found McDaniel’s art to be hit or miss in the past, but I like what he’s doing here for the most part. There are times when facial expressions seem a little exaggerated though. Static’s new costume takes a little getting used to, but it is a nice fit for the character. Hardware also looks pretty cool, for a hologram.


The issue comes to an alarming close and I definitely want to see what happens next. It’s not the best book from last week or even super great, but it is engaging quality stuff. A notch or two above average fare, fans of Static will be pleased and those new to the character have a fantastic jumping on point and a book with a lot of potential. I may not add it to my pull list right away, but I definitely plan on buying Static Shock #2 to see where the series goes from here.