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It’s new comic book day! What are folks picking up this week? Any comics you’re excited for?

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Twisted Geeks – Over 4.6 million comic books ordered for Free Comic Book Day - Can’t wait!

The Beat – Good news: Four new comics shops and a reopening - Some solid news.

Bleeding Cool – A Secret X-Men Project From Frank Cho? - I’m unimpressed with Savage Wolverine, so, not holding my breath in excitement.

The Beat – Madefire teams with Deviant Art for more motion comics - Could be cool.

Bleeding Cool – Do You Dare Enter… The Marvel Storage Area? - Could be a cool job.

The Mary Sue – Robert Redford to be “Head” of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter SoldierHuh.

 

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Washington, DC’s Local Retailers Unite to Support a Great Cause

Third Eye Comics of Annapolis, MD, Cards, Comics & Collectibles of Reisterstown, MD, Laughing Ogre Comics of Lansdowne, VA, and Comics & Gaming of Gainesville, VA, have all come together to support a charity convention being held in La Plata, MD.

The ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con, which will be held on May 11, 2013, was founded in 2012 to benefit the Archbishop Neale School (ANS) in La Plata. The mission of the show is to create a fun and memorable event for fans and collectors of all ages that supports the educational and spiritual goals of ANS.

In its second year, the show will be expanding to feature more than 80 tables with more than 30 different vendors, as well as 13 artists from as far away as New York City, including Frank Cho, the creator, artist and writer of Liberty Meadows and the artist and writer of Marvel Comics’ new Savage Wolverine comic, who is being sponsored by Cards, Comics & Collectibles. In addition, Jerry and Penelope Gaylord and Brian Turner, artists on BOOM! Studios’ Fanboys vs. Zombies, NFL Rush Zone, and Adventure Time, will be appearing courtesy of Third Eye Comics.

In addition to the vendors and artists, the show will also feature screenings of some rare and unusual films and a sneak-peak of the new documentary Plastic Galaxy – The Story of Star Wars Toys, with a special Q&A session with director Brian Stillman, as well as a game demo of the Conquest Tactics CCG by developer Andy Niggles. Additional programming includes: panels and presentations, silent auctions, door prizes, great food, and the 501st Legion!

The Archbishop Neale School is located at 104 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata MD, 20646. Convention hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and admission is $5 for adults and children over 10 (children 10 and under are free). All proceeds from admissions, vendors fees, and silent auctions directly benefit Archbishop Neale School.

For more information and to register, check out the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con’s Facebook page or visit the show’s website.

Review – Savage Wolverine #1, Uncanny X-Force #1 and Young Avengers #1

Savage Wolverine #1

SavageWolverine_1_CoverWolverine awakes to find himself transported to the Savage Land and labeled public enemy number one!  With no memory of how he got there, and Shanna the She-Devil his only ally, Logan must unravel the mystery that slumbers at the heart of the Savage Land before it finds a way to kill him first.

That’s the premise of this new Wolverine series which in it’s first issue sets up the mystery, but comes off like a failed spin-off of Lost. I should be completely honest on this, I hate the Savage Land as a setting. To me it gets old and at times can be fun, but here, not so much in this first issue.

The comic feels more like a story done by Mad Lib. Mysterious island? Check! Mysterious energy source that makes talking to the outside world impossible? Check! Black crew member first to die? Check! Yes, the comic even has a “Red Shirt” moment. There’s little in this first issue that got me excited, nor made it’s case as to why it needed to be. The premise feels like a limited series at most, and the first issue has that vibe as well.

The art, also done by Frank Cho is pretty good. There’s some things I like, and some I didn’t. Overall, it’s decent to look at but again, much like the story, doesn’t blow me away.

Maybe by the end of the first story arc I might be singing a different tune, but so far, I’m not impressed or excited after this first issue.

Story and Art: Frank Cho

Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Uncanny X-Force #1

Uncanny X-Force #1 CoverAfter the shocking end to the previous group known as X-Force, the mutant known as Psylocke recruits her own clandestine group of operatives—Storm, Puck and Spiral—for missions so important—and so bloody—no one can know the truth. But when the time traveler known as Bishop returns to the present, he puts this new X-Force in his sights and won’t rest till he finds them. But just why does this former ally of the X-Men now hunt his former teammates? The answer will leave you speechless.

That pitch made this series one of my more anticipated reads of 2013. I went into this first issue with some high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed. Writer Sam Humphries had some big shoes to fill with this series and it looks like he’s not only honoring what’s come before, but putting his own mark on it.

What I thought was potentially interesting in this series is Psylocke’s continued slide to the dark side. Out of all of the members of X-Force, the dirty work they did seemed to impact her the most. This first issue picked up on that and makes it front and center and she acts as you’d expect. Storm joins her, another character who has gone through major changes over the last year, similarly a psychological journey like Psylocke.

The two of them join Puck, who is as entertaining as he ever was on Alpha Flight (and a great addition to the team). How Spiral fits in, we don’t know yet and then there’s Bishop’s return too. That brings us to Fantomex/Cluster. I’ll just leave folks to find out about that on their own (where’s the outrage!?).

The series is a great start with solid art by Ron Garney backing it up. Can’t wait for the second issue.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Ron Garney

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Young Avengers #1

YoungAvengers_1_CoverThis comic was billed as a “reinvention of the teen superhero comic for the 21st century.” This new incarnation of Young Avengers unites Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye with Loki, Marvel Boy and Miss America. While we’ve seen how these heroes have handled the hardships of the world, now we can bear witness as these Young Avengers grapple with challenges of becoming a new brand of hero. Will they be up to the task?  Will they be able to follow in the footsteps of the heroes before them?  Will they want to?

This first issue is all set up. Hawkeye and Marvel Boy are our first focus, but we’re kind of in the middle of that story, then a quick shift to Wiccan and Hulkling. The two continue to be one of the cutest couples in the Marvel Universe. And then Loki and Miss America are thrown in there.

Overall, all three stories are quick and not full stories, again it’s a set up issue. And that being so, it feels a bit short-shrift, especially the Wiccan/Hulkling spat. There’s a quick resolution, a bit too quick for me.

The ending was interesting and it should be fun to see where this goes. The first issue didn’t blow me away, but it’s a decent read. I think the potential is high with this one, but as a first issue, I’m left wanting more.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Preview – Frank Cho: Women Book 2 HC

Frank Cho: Women Book 2 HC

Art By: Frank Cho
Price: $24.99

This is the second art collection book by the internationally renowned and Emmy Award-winning master artist, FRANK CHO. This book highlights the latest covers, pin-ups, illustrations, paintings and sketches by FRANK CHO, including art from his recent Liberty Meadows project. This book contains the images of women in various states of undress and in full cheesecake glory. Definitely not for the faint of heart and Tea-bag Republicans.

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Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 Announces First Guests!

Cho Savage WolverineThe Baltimore Comic-Con is announcing guests for next year’s show which will be held the weekend of September 7-8, 2013. The first guests to be announced include Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mike Mignola,Chris Samnee, and Mark Waid.

Frank Cho, who is best known for his creator-owned comic strip, Liberty Meadows, is the writer and artist working on the Marvel NOW title, Savage Wolverine. Throughout the early 2000s, while working on Liberty Meadows, Kitson Waid Empire he also provided cover art for Marvel, Image, and Dark Horse Comics working on such titles as Ultimate Spider-Man, Invincible, and Hellboy: Weird Tales. He was nominated for 3 Harvey Awards in 2006 (Best Artist, Best Cartoonist, and Best Cover Artist). He likes drawing monkeys.

British comic artist Barry Kitson broke into the industry while drawing Spider-Man for Marvel UK in 1985. Throughout his career, he has worked on such titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Legion of Superheroes, 2000 AD, Batman, and Incredible Hulks. He is currently handling art duties for Marvel’s Captain America and Iron Man.

Mignola Hellboy in Hell Mike Mignola developed his skills as an inker and penciler throughout the ’80s and ’90s, working on various titles for both Marvel and DC, including Incredible Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, and Batman. In 1994, after years of work-for-hire, he illustrated his first creator-owned story, Hellboy: The Seed of Destruction, for Dark Horse Comics. He’s won Harvey Awards in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2008, and 2010 for various categories, and is currently working on the latest Hellboy mini-series, Hellboy in Hell.Samnee Waid Daredevil

Since breaking into the industry in 2005, artist Chris Samnee has drawn comics for Marvel, DC/Vertigo, Dark Horse, IDW, and Oni Press, including Captain America & Bucky, Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps, Serenity: The Shephard’s Tale, and Queen & Country. He is currently working on Daredevil from Marvel Comics and The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom for IDW.

Mark Waid is well known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics’ title The Flash, as well as his seminal work on Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright. In addition, Waid served as Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer of BOOM! Studios from 2007 to 2010, where he created and wrote Irredeemable and Incorruptible. In 2012, he launched and co-created thrillbent.com, an experiment in new-media publishing, as well as winning multiple Harvey Awards for his work on Daredevil. In addition to Insufferable for thrillbent.com, he is currently working on Daredevil and Indestructible Hulk from Marvel Comics and The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom for IDW.

CM Punk Pens Intro to the Avengers Vs. X-Men Hardcover

The Avengers vs. X-Men Hardcover will feature an introduction from WWE Superstar and Champion, CM Punk. This top WWE performer provides insight into the new landscape of the Marvel Universe in what should be one of the more interesting openings of the year.

Avengers vs. X-Men featured some of the top talent of the industry including top-selling authors: Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and even more. This assembly of acclaimed writers is joined by a cavalcade of the industry’s superstar artists including John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, Adam Kubert and others.

With a limited print run, the Avengers vs. X-Men Hardcover includes a number of bonus features that enhance the Avengers vs. X-Men experience even further including:

  • Exclusive (to the collection) behind the scenes extras utilizing special augmented reality technology with the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma.
  • Avengers vs. X-Men Infinite comics in print for the very first time!
  • A code for a free digital copy available exclusively through the Marvel Comics app & Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN HARDCOVER
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, ED BRUBAKER, JONATHAN HICKMAN, MATT FRACTION & MORE
Art by FRANK CHO,  JOHN ROMITA JR, OLIVIER COIPEL, ADAM KUBERT & MORE
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
$75.00 – Rated T+
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6317-6

The Future of Savage Wolverine Is Marvel NOW!

This January, Wolverine embarks on a vicious journey back home that can only be housed in Savage Wolverine #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from superstar creator Frank Cho. As part of Marvel NOW!, Savage Wolverine  joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

Wolverine awakes to find himself transported to the Savage Land and labeled public enemy number one!  With no memory of how he got there, and Shanna the She-Devil his only ally, Logan must unravel the mystery that slumbers at the heart of the Savage Land before it finds a way to kill him first.  This January, Wolverine is all brawls, babes, and brachiosaurs, and you’ll never see the end — or the future of the Marvel Universe — NOW!

Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With Savage Wolverine, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will discover an entirely new perspective in the adventures of Weapon X.

Each issue of Savage Wolverine includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of Savage Wolverine features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1
Written by FRANK CHO
Art & Cover by FRANK CHO
ON SALE THIS JANUARY!

Baltimore Comic-Con’s First Annual Yearbook!

BCC Artbook 2012The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the first Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook, celebrating the creators appearing at the show.  This book of art features some of our guests interpreting the Liberty Meadows characters, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.

As a bonus, we have a scavenger hunt of sorts. When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of our 36 contributors and their table numbers. Get 15 of them to sign it, and come back to the booth for your choice of an added print by either Joseph Michael Linsner or Barry Kitson. Get 20 signatures and receive BOTH prints!

Liberty Meadows was created by Frank Cho and first published in 1997, launching in newspapers internationally.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of Liberty Meadows, having seen print in book, comic strip, and digital formats.

The art created for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 15 years of Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows will be auctioned at this special event! Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Frank’s characters as depicted by artists including Frank Quitely, Brandon Peterson, Gene Ha, David Petersen, Bernard Chang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Billy Tucci, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held in our Main hall, in Booths #2505-2507.  The auction will commence following the Stan Lee/John Romita panel, at approximately 5:45pm.  The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.

Marvel Announces Limited Edition Avengers Vs. X-Men Hardcover

The Hottest Comic Of the Year Is Now The Most Anticipated Collection of 2012

The best-selling comic event of the year, pitting the two most popular super hero teams against one another,  hits store shelves in a limited edition, oversized collection with the Avengers Vs. X-Men Hardcover! In a mammoth collection including not only the massively popular 13-issue limited series but the critically acclaimed AVX VS and the groundbreaking Avengers VS. X-Men: Infinite comics! Experience the pop culture event like never before as your favorite heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto and more go head to head with the entire Marvel Universe at stake!

The Avengers VS X-Men Hardcover features the top talent of the industry including top-selling authors: Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man); Jason Aaron (Wolverine & The X-Men, Wolverine); Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Ultimate Comics Ultimates); Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Winter Soldier); Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor) and even more! This unprecedented assembly of acclaimed writers is joined by a cavalcade of the industry’s superstar artists including John Romita Jr (Avengers); Olivier Coipel (The Mighty Thor); Adam Kubert (X-Men: Schism) and others.

With a limited print run, the Avengers VS. X-Men Hardcover includes a cavalcade of bonus features that bring the Avengers Vs. X-Men experience even further including

  • Exclusive (to the collection) behind the scenes extras utilizing special augmented reality technology with the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma
  • Avengers VS. X-Men Infinite comics in print for the very first time!
  • A code for a free digital copy available exclusively through the Marvel Comics app & Marvel Digital Comics Shop!

The Avengers and X-Men have learned that the all-powerful embodiment of both death and rebirth  known as the Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth…and it needs a new host to unleash its immeasurable power. But what is the shocking decision tied to the Phoenix’s return that will pit the Avengers against the X-Men? And when good friends become bitter enemies, what does this mean for the future of the Marvel Universe?

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this November witness every punch thrown, every shield slung and every blast blown out in the Avengers VS. X-Men Hardcover!

All your favorite super heroes enter the fight—and only one team will emerge victorious!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN HARDCOVER (JUL120630)
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN HARDCOVER DM VARIANT (JUL120631)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JASON AARON, ED BRUBAKER, JONATHAN HICKMAN, MATT FRACTION & MORE
Art by FRANK CHO, JOHN ROMITA JR, OLIVIER COIPEL, ADAM KUBERT & MORE
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
DM Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
$75.00 – Rated T+
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6317-6

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