New Comics Day: Our January 22 Pull List

ARDO’S LIST

Black Widow #2 (Marvel) 

 

 

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ANOTHER ISSUE IN JANUARY AGAIN??? YAY!

Pretty Deadly #4 (Image Comics) 

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First issue of 2014! Woot woot!

 

Hawkeye #16 (Marvel) 

 

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I love Hawkeye. Although #16 is out but #15 isn’t…

 

X-Men Vol. 4 #9 (Marvel) 

 

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I’m getting bored with this series so hopefully this’ll be interesting.

 

Marvel Knights: X-Men #3 (of 5) (Marvel)

 

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Part 3. Let’s see where they’ll take this…

Hacktivist #1 (Archaia/Boom! Studios)

 

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I’ve been excited for this for months. A comic created by Alyssa Milano and it’s inspired by Anonymous and the creator of Twitter.

Deadly Class #1 (Image Comics)

 

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This sounds amazing…

CHRISTA’S LIST

Black Widow #2 (Marvel)

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The first issue was extremely promising and I adore the artwork. I have high hopes for this series.

Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics)

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I’m still not sure about this series but I want to believe it’ll be good. Plus Poison Ivy is guest starring.

Hawkeye #16 (Marvel)

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KATE BISHOP ON THE COVER!

Legends of Red Sonja #3 (Dynamite)

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There’s been a dynamite team (Hehe) behind this limited series. And the amazing Nicola Scott is contributing to this installment.

Marvel Knights X-Men #3 (Marvel)

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Another great limited series.

Pretty Deadly #4 (Image)

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The art in this comic is just soooo good. I want to hang it all over my walls.

X-Men #9 (Marvel)

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So many badass ladies. One book.

New Comics Day: Our January 8th Pull List

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Not only is it 2014 and marking a brand spanking new year but it’s also the year of the BATMAN. This is a great way to transition into our pull list for this week with the release of Detective Comics #27!

ARDO’S LIST

Detective Comics #27

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This one is a big one guys. Batman is celebrating 75 years since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Created by Bob Kane, this character has lived out in our hearts in many incarnations whether on TV, Film, Book and, of course, comics. DC Comics has released a mega special issue of their New 52 Detective Comics #27 with an all star roster of Batman creators both old and new. It’s an extra special issue I’m excited for 🙂

Black Widow #1

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One of my most anticipated ongoing comics of the year, I have no words. I just want to read it. So much.

Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #4 (of 5)

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I’ve been enjoying this series a lot and am interested to see what Matt Kindt takes us next…

CHRISTA’S LIST

Black Widow #1

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I am beyond excited for this! The artwork alone is enough for me to snatch it up.

Sex Criminals #4

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Really enjoying this series. It’s quirky and totally out there but a lot of fun

Young Avengers #15 

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It’s the final issue and I could not be more heart broken. This series consistently rocked my socks and I just want to cling to the creator’s legs until they agree to come back.

 

 

Comix Reviews: Week of October 23 2013

I have such a back log of comic reviews to write! I’m going to do my best to catch up this week.

You’ve been warned

– Christa

Sex Criminals #2

Image. Written by Matt Fraction. Art by Chip Zdarsky. Cover by Chip Zdarsky.

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So who’s the boy with the same sexy-time time-stopping gifts as Suzie? Meet John, who until last night thought he could freeze time with his junk. At long last not alone, what kind of horny hijinx will he and Suzie get up to together? What ANY of us would do if having sex stopped the whole world: We’d do crimes.

The first issue led us through Suzie’s sexual awakening. We saw how she struggled with her unqiue…gift growing up and how she had no one to talk to about. Issue #2 spends more time on Jon’s experience. Like Suzie he also found there was no one to talk to – but he deals with things a bit different. Through Cumworld. His sexual awakening feels familiar to many a teenage boy. Curiosity and a whole lot of porn. But unlike many teenage boys he has unlimited access. Anything he’s even remotely curious about he can check out. I like that this issue is approaching issues of sexuality from both genders. Suzie and Jon are both excellent well balanced characters. This series has definitely hooked me and I’m looking forward to learning more about Suzie and Jon as people and as buding bank robbers.

4 out of 5

– Christa

Wolverine and the X-Men #37

Marvel. Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Cover by Ed McGuinness.

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    X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM, PART 8! Wolverine, who just lost his healing factor, takes a mortal hit! And a surprise ending that changes everything in the X-Men Event of 2013!

I found this to be a huge improvement over the last installment. I could actively follow what’s going on!  Although that being said there is only one issue left  and I am still totally clueless regarding the bigger picture. I think we all are. I’m really looking forward to reading how they wrap everything up and finding out what was at the centre of this crazy event. Confusion aside it’s been a lot of fun and nice to see all the X-Men reunited (even if they are fighting one another). This is an action heavy issue, which is great for pacing but all of the fight scenes and splash pages seem to come at the expense of detail. Character expressions in particular felt a bit rushed.

3 out of 5

– Christa

Young Avengers #11

Marvel. Written by Kieron Gillen. Art by Jamie McKelvie. Cover by Jamie McKelvie 

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They say you can never go home. For the Young Avengers, it’s not true. They can go home. It’s just that if they do, the universe may end. Better not go home then, eh? WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOUNG AVENGERS? YOU’VE DECIDED TO GO HOME? GAHHKKH! YOU GUYS! Is Kate Bishop an enemy in waiting? Is this the last we see of the loveable/strangle-able Kid Loki? Are rhetorical questions a cheap device when writing solicits? All answers revealed, except the last one, which you’ll have to work out by yourselves.

We’re almost at the end of the Mother Arc! It’s been a long one but overall a solid one. There’s been a lot of interesting developments and I’m excited to see what Loki has up if sleeves – if anything. Maybes he’s been bluffing his way through the whole time. Who knows? As always Gillen’s writing is well paced and there are plenty of funny moments to giggle at.

I’m always a fan of McKelvie’s art but in this issue it was especially noteworthy. Loki’s transformation in particular.

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He is no longer the child we have become accustomed too. This feels like a good lead in to his own series and a chance for the other Young Avengers to reclaim the spotlight (and if I could put in a request for more Kate and Noh-Varr I would be very happy).

Oh and Tom Hiddleston fans? You’re going to love the new look.

4.5 out of 5

– Christa

Review: Bandette Volume 1: Presto!

Dark Horse Comics.  Written by Paul Tobin. Art by Coleen Coover. 

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The world’s greatest thief is a costumed teen burglar in swinging Paris by the nome d’arte of Bandette! Gleefully plying her skills on either side of the law, Bandette is a thorn in the sides of both police inspector Belgique and the criminal underworld. But it’s not all breaking hearts and purloining masterpieces when a rival thief discovers that an international criminal organization wants Bandette dead!

Bandette hit my radar this year when it was nominated for an Eisner award. It was a bright and lively digital comic that was popping up left, right and centre. So when I saw it was going to be released in a printed collection I knew this was my opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.

This comic is written in the French style. I haven’t read too many French comics before now but the ones I have read I’ve really enjoyed. I like the quirky art and the humorous story telling and in this sense Bandette fits right in. This may be a comic about a vigilante but it has none of the dark and angsty overtones that comics like Batman are known for. In fact quite the opposite, this comic is the furthest thing from dark. Instead it’s lighthearted and funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Bandette is actually quite campy – there’s a lot of witty one liners and banter between Bandette and her foes.  At one point “knockout spray” was used, reminding me of the old Adam West Batman show.

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The story moves along quickly, shoving you right into the action. Bandette is always on the run – both from danger and towards it. In a short amount of time you meet her arch nemesis – Monsieur, as well as organized crime ring that wants to bring her down.  I liked how you were always sure Bandette was going to come out alright but you were never entirely sure how she was going to pull it off. She’s definitely one for thinking on her feet and using resources (like her friends) to their full potential.

Overall this is a fun, all ages comics that you should read when you’re looking for something light, fast paced and need a few laughs.

*side note: My advanced copy was really blurry and hard to read and sometimes I felt like I was missing something. This most likely won’t be a problem for the print so chances are this comic will be ever better in it’s final form!

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Clearly a fate worse than death!

New Comics Day: Our October 30 Pull List

ARDO’S PULL LIST

Damian: Son of Batman #1 (of 4) (DC)

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I fell in love with Damian as a character in the New 52’s Batman and Robin. and was really sad he was killed off. I’m intrigued by this new title and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a limited run.

The Double Life of Miranda Turner #1 (Monkeybrain Comics)

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Another female led title from Monkeybrain! I’m excited.

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CHRISTA’S PULL LIST

Saga #15 (Image)

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Yeah Baby. *does new issue of Saga dance*

True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5 (Dark Horse)

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I feel like it’s been awhile. Really looking forward to this one – it hasn’t let me down yet.

X-Men Battle of the Atom #2 (Marvel)

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It all comes down to this!

Nightwing Annual #1 (DC Comics)

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I’m actually not much of a Nightwing fan but I am a HUGE Batgirl fan. So I’m buying this for her.

Archives: “New Comics Day: Our September 25 Pull List”

Originally published on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

**ARDO’S READING LIST**

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Adventures of Superman #5 (DC Comics)

I love this digital series so much which is saying something since I’m not a big Superman reader.

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Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 Jokers Daughter (DC Comics)

I’m getting a bit born with Villains Month which is why I cut back on a lot of the titles that I would have picked up. I ended up choosing Joker’s Daughter because I love Joker and haven’t read her yet.

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Batman/Superman #3.1 Doomsday (DC Comics)

I chose this one because I’m in love with the Batman/Superman comic.

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Rat Queens #1 (Image)

This sounded awesome when I first heard of it so I’m excited.

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Wonder Woman #23.2 First Born (DC Comics)

I chose this because I haven’t read much on Wonder Woman’s villains this month but I’m also not a fan of the First Born…

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Sex Criminals #1 (Image)

SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS. Love Chip Zdarsky on Twitter and love Matt Fraction on basically everything he’s written.

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The Wake #4 (Vertigo)

Such an awesome comic. Hate to see it end…

**CHRISTA’S READING LIST**

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Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 Jokers Daughter (DC Comics)

Though I haven’t had much luck with villains month yet, I still want to give this one a shot. Who is she? Where did she come from? I have to know!

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Powerpuff Girls #1 (IDW)

This was one of my favourite shows when I was younger. They were my first female superhero team and will always have a special place in my heart.

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Rat Queens #1 (Image)

This looks like a hilarious, action packed Dungeons & Dragons style start to a promising series. Hoping it holds up to expectations.

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Saga #14 (Image)

You shouldn’t need me to tell you to pick this up. If you’re not reading it yet you need to start.

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Sex Criminals #1 (Image)

Has Matt Fraction ever steered us wrong?

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Young Avengers #10 (Marvel)

I actually do a little happy dance whenever someone brings up this comic. Smart, funny, inclusive and great art – it’s a package deal.

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The Wake #4 (Vertigo)

This series is a little slow going, but it’s worth it. I have so many questions and the only way to answer them is to keep reading.

 What’s on your list this week?

Archives: “News Day Tuesday (Sept 18-Sept 23)”

Originally published Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here’s what happened this past week in comic related news.

Agents of SHIELD starts today (!) and word on the street is an Agent Carter show will be following. Which one are you more excited for?

new Thor: The Dark World poster has been released. This one staring Lady Sif and she is looking fierce! And speaking of Thor…does Natalie Portman know something about a female-led superhero movie we don’t?

You may have noticed there have been some…interesting reactions to the Lobo redesign. I personally like the new design. I think he still looks ruthless and evil but a lot less Liefeldy, which is always a win in my opinion. Seems like Frank Cho disagrees (and here’s artist Ben Oliver’s response)

The New York Comic Con schedule is up! Unfortunately The Improbable Chuck team won’t be making it but we want to see all your cosplay pics!

If you’re stuck at home as well you can still find out about upcoming comics from us – for starters in December there will be a comic about three dogs at the end of the world  AND we’ll be seeing more of Serenity’s crew, not in a second movie, but in a new comic series

Which makes for a perfect segue! Gina Torres responds to fan-led campaign for her to play Wonder Woman

What would have happened if Wonder Woman was in the Batman Beyond Universe and Derek Fridolfs had his way (This game of What-Ifs is painful! This would’ve been awesome)

Did you know Christian Bale auditioned for Batman in Val Kilmer’s Suit? (and with Superman’s girlfriend)

That’s it for news this week!

– Christa & Ardo