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.