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The Ultimate True-Crime Story Returns

This October, experience the story of one of America’s most notorious killers as Green River Killer heads to paperback for the first time.

Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets—an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.

Written by Jensen’s own son, acclaimed entertainment writer Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story presents the ultimate insider’s account of America’s most prolific serial killer.

The graphic novel is out this October 21 and you can read my original review here.

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Preview: Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1 TP

Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1 TP

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Thomas Siddell

Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up. Available in softcover for the first time!

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Top 100 Graphic Novels in March 2015

Previews has released the list of the top 100 selling graphic novels in March 2015. IDW Publishing held the top spot with Nemo: River of Ghosts.

Marvel did well holding four of the top ten spots. Image Comics also had four of the top ten spots. The final slot was taken by Dynamite‘s first volume of Bob’s Burgers comics.

DC Comics‘ best book placed in number 14, and Dark Horse‘s best book clocked in at number 33.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2015

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEMO RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR) $14.95 JAN151622 IDW
2 MS MARVEL TP VOL 02 GENERATION WHY $15.99 DEC140970 MAR
3 LOW TP VOL 01 THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE (MR) $9.99 DEC140670 IMA
4 HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL TP $16.99 DEC140975 MAR
5 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 DEADPOOL TP VOL 07 AXIS $17.99 DEC140987 MAR
7 DEADPOOLS ART OF WAR TP $12.99 DEC140974 MAR
8 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 02 KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE (MR) $14.99 DEC140657 IMA
9 BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 01 HOMECOMING (MR) $9.99 JAN150622 IMA
10 BOBS BURGERS TP VOL 01 $17.99 JAN151278-M DE
11 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
12 LAZARUS TP VOL 03 CONCLAVE (MR) $14.99 JAN150631 IMA
13 COPPERHEAD TP VOL 01 A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN $9.99 JAN150625 IMA
14 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 05 FOREVER HEROES (N52) $14.99 DEC140382 DC
15 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
16 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
17 WAYWARD TP VOL 01 STRING THEORY (MR) $9.99 JAN150664 IMA
18 NAILBITER TP VOL 02 BLOODY HANDS (MR) $14.99 JAN150641 IMA
19 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 POWER COUPLE (N52) $16.99 DEC140383 DC
20 WOLVERINE ORIGIN II TP $19.99 DEC140989 MAR
21 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
22 BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS HC (MR) $39.99 NOV140582 IMA
23 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 JAN140558 IMA
24 YU GI OH 5DS GN VOL 07 $9.99 JAN151695 VIZ
25 ROCHE LIMIT TP VOL 01 $9.99 DEC140688 IMA
26 GUARDIANS GALAXY PREM HC VOL 04 ORIGINAL SIN $24.99 DEC140962 MAR
27 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
28 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 06 $14.99 JAN151168 BOO
29 BATMAN 66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET HC $22.99 NOV140308 DC
30 TINY TITANS RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE TP $12.99 DEC140398 DC
31 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 08 $12.99 JUL140503 IMA
32 TEEN TITANS GO TP VOL 01 PARTY PARTY $12.99 DEC140400 DC
33 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 10 DEVILS WINGS $19.99 OCT140012 DAR
34 SHE-HULK TP VOL 02 DISORDERLY CONDUCT $15.99 DEC140985 MAR
35 MARVELS AVENGERS TP AGE OF ULTRON PRELUDE $16.99 DEC140951 MAR
36 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
37 SHAOLIN COWBOY HC THE SHEMP BUFFET $19.99 NOV140056 DAR
38 DEATH OF WOLVERINE TP WEAPON X PROGRAM $19.99 DEC140980 MAR
39 Y THE LAST MAN TP BOOK 02 (MR) $19.99 DEC140421 DC
40 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 06 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE $24.99 OCT140918 MAR
41 PROPHET TP VOL 04 JOINING $17.99 DEC140684 IMA
42 HUMANS TP VOL 01 HUMANS FOR LIFE (MR) $9.99 JAN150630 IMA
43 ALEX + ADA TP VOL 02 $12.99 AUG148160 IMA
44 SUPERMAN DOOMED HC (N52) $49.99 NOV140304 DC
45 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
46 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
47 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP VOL 02 SURVIVORS OF EVIL (N52) $16.99 DEC140381 DC
48 INHUMAN TP VOL 02 AXIS $15.99 DEC140984 MAR
49 AVENGERS TP VOL 05 ADAPT OR DIE $19.99 DEC140957 MAR
50 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
51 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 02 TWO WORLDS ONE COP (MR) $14.99 OCT140654 IMA
52 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 02 WAR AND PEACE (N52) $24.99 NOV140305 DC
53 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
54 SEX TP VOL 03 BROKEN TOYS (MR) $14.99 JAN150655 IMA
55 BATMAN BEYOND JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND TP $16.99 DEC140388 DC
56 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 JUL130235 DC
57 UNITY TP VOL 01 TO KILL A KING $14.99 JAN141356 VAL
58 SHADOW TP VOL 01 FIRE OF CREATION (MR) $19.99 SEP120990 DE
59 COLDEST CITY HC $19.99 JAN121214 ONI
60 DOCTOR WHO 10TH HC VOL 01 REVOLUTIONS TERROR $19.99 SEP141636 TTN
61 NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB TP VOL 04 (MR) $13.99 NOV140113 DAR
62 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
63 NARUTO GN VOL 69 $9.99 JAN151694 VIZ
64 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 03 $34.99 OCT140919 MAR
64 DOCTOR WHO 11TH HC VOL 01 AFTER LIFE $19.99 SEP141640 TTN
66 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 JAN140555 IMA
67 AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99 OCT140912-M MAR
68 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 FEB140248 DC
69 HULK TP VOL 02 OMEGA HULK BOOK 01 $19.99 DEC140978 MAR
70 SUPERMAN RED SON TP NEW EDITION $17.99 JAN140353 DC
71 FLASHPOINT TP $16.99 OCT138324 DC
72 JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED HC VOL 1 JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA (N52) $24.99 NOV140300 DC
73 UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC VOL 05 OMEGA MUTANT $24.99 DEC140961 MAR
74 CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP $29.99 AUG058162 DC
75 ASTRO CITY VICTORY TP $16.99 DEC140407 DC
76 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
77 CRIMINAL TP VOL 03 THE DEAD AND THE DYING (MR) $14.99 JAN150628 IMA
78 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 02 $24.99 OCT140088 DAR
79 ALL NEW X-FACTOR TP VOL 03 AXIS $24.99 DEC140986 MAR
80 SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 02 LABYRINTH $12.99 DEC140953 MAR
81 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
82 RUNAWAYS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 03 $39.99 DEC140990 MAR
83 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 01 HERE WAS A MAN (MR) $9.99 JUL140517 IMA
84 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 03 $22.99 OCT140340 DC
85 MMW INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 09 $75 OCT140920-M MAR
86 DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TP VOL 02 GHOST SNOW $14.99 OCT140396 DC
87 UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC PREM HC VOL 01 TRUTH (MR) $24.99 SEP140912 MAR
88 ROCKETEER THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES TP $19.99 DEC140476 IDW
89 BATMAN TP VOL 04 ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY (N52) $16.99 JUL140237 DC
90 SUPER VILLAINS UNITE TP COMPLETE SUPER VILLAIN TEAM UP $34.99 DEC140982 MAR
91 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
92 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 06 END OF THE TRAIL (N52) $14.99 DEC140377 DC
92 KINGDOM COME TP NEW PTG $19.99 SEP138294 DC
92 SEXCASTLE OGN (MR) $15.99 JAN150621 IMA
95 ASTRO CITY PRIVATE LIVES HC $24.99 NOV140331 DC
96 TREES TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 DEC140696 IMA
97 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP ROUND ROBIN $34.99 DEC140973 MAR
98 GODZILLA CATACLYSM TP $19.99 JAN150520 IDW
99 HAWKEYE TP AVENGING ARCHER $34.99 DEC140950 MAR
100 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MAR

Preview: Scott Pilgrim Vol 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Scott Pilgrim Vol 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Writer: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Artist: Bryan Lee O’Malley with Nathan Fairbairn

The final color hardcover edition! In stores 4/22

Scott Pilgrim has faced down six of Ramona Flowers’s evil exes but now that the happy couple is no more, was it even worth it? And if Scott and Ramona aren’t together, then why do the ominous messages from Gideon Graves keep coming? This the end of the SCOTT PILGRIM saga like you’ve never seen it before–in a full glorious color hardcover edition with a bevy of extras. This is truly SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR.

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Adi Granov Covers Two Classic Star Wars Adaptations!

This May, Marvel and Lucasfilm are set to return you to the story that started it all with the Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope OGN. Completely remastered for the modern age, this iconic story now comes to an entire new generation of fans. But before that can’t miss graphic novel hits shelves this May – Marvel has released a first look at the covers to Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back OGN and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi OGN!

Brought to life by famed artist Adi Granov, these stunning images will grace the covers of the original Marvel adaptations of these iconic films. Also remastered and recolored,  don’t miss your chance to relive these iconic stories when the oversized Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back OGN and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi OGN come to comic shops and book stores in 2015!

Pre-Order Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back OGN on Amazon!

Pre-Order Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi OGN on Amazon!

STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OGN-HC (APR150894)
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN
Art by AL WILLIAMSON & CARLOS GARZON
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Pre-Order on Amazon
On Sale August 2015!

STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI OGN-HC
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN
Art by AL WILLIAMSON & CARLOS GARZON
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Pre-Order on Amazon
On Sale November 2015!

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Titan Comics Unleash Universal War One!

This August, Titan Comics are thrilled to announce they are set to publish the ultimate edition of science fiction classic graphic novel Universal War One which Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada called, “huge and epic… beautiful and fresh!”

Created by one of the most respected writer/artists working in the medium of comics, Denis Bajram, the mighty graphic novel is currently being developed for a major motion picture!

As Inter-planetary civil war rages, humanity is facing an even bigger threat!

A black wall is cutting the solar system in half. It falls to the crewmen of the United Earth Force to discover what this wall is, where it’s come from, and how to stop it in this cosmic-scale mystery of life, death and the future of mankind.

Universal War One is available to order from the​ April edition of PREVIEWS, using the order code APR151735​.​

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Review: Avengers: Rage of Ultron

Avengers_Rage_of_Ultron_CoverTwo generations of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes rise to the challenge and come face-to-face with the Avengers greatest villain in Avengers: Rage of Ultron! New York Times bestselling writer Rick Remender re-teams with artists Jerome Opeña and Pepe Larraz to take heroes old and new to the brink of destruction in a story that will redefine Ultron and have long reaching effects for the Avengers!

Time and again, Ultron has reformed himself. Each time more vicious and destructive than the last. Today, he has returned, unleashing his destructive fury upon Saturn’s moon Titan – home of the superpowered race of Eternals and birthplace of Thanos the Mad. With the Eternals decimated, and Ultron gaining complete control over Titan’s central computer core, there is nothing to stop Planet Ultron! What hope do the Avengers stand against an entire planet of Ultron robots?

Only Ultron’s creator Hank Pym holds the secret to defeating his unhinged creation. A secret that dates back to the Avengers of a bygone era. A secret that comes with a terrible price…

With just a few releases, Marvel‘s original graphic novel line hasn’t lived up to the quality I’d have expected, especially considering the quality of talent attached. So, I went into this latest offering with low expectations… very low expectations. They might have been even lower since I felt this was a cash-in as far as the upcoming Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. For once, I came away pleasantly surprised.

The story’s focus is Ultron and the rather messed up family that revolves around him. Out of all of the Avenger’s villains Ultron is the family member that went bad and whose family has to reign them in. That strange relationship drives Ultron’s motivation, but there’s more too. On top of that interesting layer Remender also gives us debates about life and what we should consider living or not. There’s an interesting philosophical base to it all that the story doesn’t get to bogged down in.

Helping Remender is Opeña and Larraz’s fantastic art. That alone could be a reason to pick up the graphic novel. The are is solid, but that’s expected from that team.

There’s some storytelling issues, like what happened with Planet Ultron at the end? What was it made out of? What happened to all of the people enslaved? There’s a LOT of issues, but despite that, the story is really good. And, with the way it ended it actually becomes a vital story and if pursued further in comics, could actually give us something new going forward when it comes to Ultron. It’s a graphic novel where a lot happens, but not a lot is actually resolved, almost as if this was to be an Avengers arc in the comics but plans changed and it couldn’t be fit into the schedule.

Remender has given us an Ultron that fits the modern comics landscape, and with that a more sinister villain. He’s also created an original graphic novel from Marvel that’s not only great to read, but also may be a vital one due to what happens within.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jerome Opeña, Pepe Larraz
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Preview: A Modern Classic Reborn in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope OGN!

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have launched blockbuster new stories set in the Star Wars universe. This May brings the return of the story that started it all as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn as the Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope OGN!

Weeks before George Lucas’ first Star Wars film hit theaters – Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Now, 30 years later, you may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen!

Completely remastered for the modern age with new coloring by Chris Sotomayor, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin’s iconic story debuts this May in an oversized hardcover format with a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov! Now is your chance to relive the original Marvel Comics adaptation that started it all!

Plus, don’t miss exciting remastered adaptations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi coming later this year!

Pre-Order Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope OGN on Amazon!

STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN-HC (JAN150883)
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Pre-Order on Amazon!
On Sale 05/06/15!

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Empowered Volume 9 is Beyond Your Comedy Imagination

Empowered Vol 9Get ready to patch up your supersuit for a new challenge, because Adam Warren’s Empowered is back, and the stakes are higher than ever for Emp!

Already under official suspicion and suspended from her superteam, costumed crime fighter Empowered finds herself the bewildered target of every major supervillain in the capes-and-tights field for her supposed access to alien technology. With a trick or two up her tattered supersuit’s sleeve, can our tirelessly plucky but sadly underestimated heroine outwit her army of tormentors—and escape the long-simmering revenge of the sinister Fleshmaster?

Empowered Volume 9 takes Adam Warren’s long-running series to a whole new level. Garnering critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, Empowered is not only a fantastic story—it’s one of the longest-running American graphic novel series currently in publication.

Empowered Volume 9
Adam Warren (W/A/Cover)
$17.99, 978-1-61655-571-9
On sale August 19

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! Hope those celebrating holidays have great ones, we’ll be continuing our normal schedule.

Around the Tubes

Nothing But Comics – now U can Cre-8 Comics too! – This is pretty cool.

The Beat – 15 panels from ECCC 2015 in sound and vision – Awesome to see this.

Haaretz – The divine renaissance of comic books in Hebrew – If only I read it.

The Atlantic – Rediscovering a Lost Predecessor to the Graphic Novel – I really want to check this out. Awesome lost history.

Okay Africa – Nigeria’s Next Superhero: Roye Okupe On His Afrofuturistic Graphic Novel Series – Very interesting. Nice to see something I wouldn’t normally know about.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Arkham Manor: Endgame

The Beat – Convergence #0

Fandom Post – Doctor Who: Revolutions of Terror

BlogCritics – Dungeon: Twilight, Volume Four, The End of Dungeon

CBR – Gotham Academy: Endgame

Comics Alliance – Hit: 1957 #1

ICv2 – Room for Love

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