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Celebrate 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. – A New Look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9!

This August, celebrate a half century of Marvel’s premier intelligence agency in one colossal issue! Today, Marvel has released a new look at S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 – the oversized anniversary special! Be there when blockbuster writer Mark Waid and artist Lee Ferguson answer a question 50 years in the making. A question that lies at the heart of the creation of SHIELD – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! This full length story features a never-before-published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko!

Then, Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli bring you the terrifying origin of the new Howling Commandos! Before they spin out into their very own series later this year, witness the return of Dum Dum Dugan as he steps from the shadows to assemble a team truly unlike any you’ve seen before!

Rounding out this massive issue, S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 also includes the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! Be there as a half-century celebration of espionage and intrigue comes to comic shops this August!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 (JUN150809)
Written by MARK WAID, AL EWING & STAN LEE
Art by LEE FERGUSON, STEFANO CASELLI & JACK KIRBY
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Howling Commandos Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN150810)
Variant Cover by JACK KIRBY & JIM STERANKO (JUN150811)
Black & White Kirby & Steranko Variant Also Available (JUN150812)
FOC – 08/03/15, On-Sale – 08/26/15

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Loot Crate’s August’s theme is Villains 2!

Loot Crate took a hero’s journey in July, but this August, we’re turning up the heat! Get ready for the strike back, the revenge, the evil electric boogaloo! This month, join us as we cower in fear at the return of the VILLAINS! Whether they’re terrifying or tragic, something about bad guys and gals is just plain fun. Probably the snazzy outfits, army of henchmen and totally relatable “treat yo’ self to some sweet loot” attitude.

Anyway, Loot Crate is celebrating its darker side with EPIC items from Marvel, an EXCLUSIVE DC figure and more (including a unique wearable they’ve never put in a crate before)! It’s good to be bad.

You can subscribe now!

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Around the Tubes

Some of the team is on the way to Gen Con, while others will be at Boston Comic Con! Try to find the various team members and say “hi.”

While you contemplate figuring out who’s where, here’s some news to keep you entertained.

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – Marvel Reveals Wasp Costume – Um… spoiler?

Newsarama – Jackman Teases Wolverine Finale & Asks For Fan Input – What would you like to see?

Sktchd – Do Publishers Need to Rethink the Format of Comics? – An interesting question. What are your thoughts?

Before He Was Amazing…He Was Spidey!

Today, he’s the world’s greatest super hero. But long before he swung from rooftops as the Amazing Spider-Man, he was just a spider-powered teenager who knew that “with great power must also come great responsibility.” Marvel has announced Spidey #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching as part of All-New, All-Different Marvel! Follow the adventures of teenaged Peter Parker in a new series set within continuity from rising star writer Robbie Thompson and artist Nick Bradshaw!

Class is in session as two of the hottest creators in comics take Peter back to school for a classic and iconic take on the Spider-Man mythology. Familiar faces and new characters populate Peter Parker’s world as he balances his double life as a high school student and the high-flying, web-swinging new hero Spider-Man!

Iconic villains, a classic supporting cast, the ol’ Parker Luck and more are back! Don’t miss one moment of these bombastic new adventures as Thompson and Bradshaw create a legend of their own!

SPIDEY #1
Written by ROBBIE THOMPSON
Art & Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
On Sale This Fall!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rasputin07_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Southern Bastards #10 (Image Comics) – One of the, if not the, best comic out there right now. It’s usually a slow burn, but each issue has more character insights than many comics have in a year. This Southern noir is fantastic on every level.

Captain Canuck #3 (Chapter House Publishing) – Some times you want your heroes to lose the gritty aspect, and just be heroes. This series gets back to that courtesy of some talented Canadian creators. Fun action, that’s entertaining and loses the cynicism of today’s superhero comics.

Invisible Republic #5 (Image Comics) – An amazing series that definitely doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It involves a reporter digging into the revolutionaries that took over a planet, and digs up a bit of dirt. An amazing focus on history being used as propaganda.

Princeless: Be Yourself #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The new series hasn’t missed a beat and continues the fun fantasy adventure with a bit of girl power mixed in.

Rasputin #7 (Image Comics) – The first arc focusing on the historical figure was interesting. Flash forward 100 years, and not only is he alive, he’s also advising a Presidential candidate. Now you have my undivided attention.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 (BOOM! Studios) –  The second series dealing with the group of hackers follows on the plot from the first series, and tries to answer some unresolved questions.

Batgirl Annual #3 (DC Comics) – Kind of a catch-all for Batgirl, as she faces off against Helena Bertinelli, a former Batgirl (from No Man’s Land) and Dick Grayson (her pre-new 52 romantic interest).  Throw in a visit to Gotham Academy and this sounds pretty fun.

He-Man: Eternity War #8 (DC Comics) – There has been no missteps in this entire series as the creative team has pushed the envelope of what defines the core group of characters.  This is not your childhood’s He-Man.

Jem and the Holograms #5 (IDW Publishing) – This series has been nothing but fun since its launch.  It doesn’t look likely to stop any time soon either.  One can only hope that the suggested food fight from the cover gets realized inside.

Lazarus #18 (Image Comics) – Lazarus goes to Duluth to win the war, as different plot lines begin to intersect.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight: Trade Paperback Vol 3: Slay Ride and Blood Lagoon (Dark Horse) – “Books like ‘Grindhouse’ were the reason the Comics Code was invented.” – creator Alex De Campi.

That’s a promise and a warning. De Campi absolutely delivers on grindhouse cinema gratification in comic book form– even better, it comes from a frankly female perspective on the genre. This series is messed up in all the RIGHT ways.

Each trade contains self-contained story arcs so you can pick up volume 3 even if you’ve never read the series before. In Volume 3 my entirely fictional girlfriend, Deputy Garcia is back with her motorcycle and eyepatch. I can’t wait!

Series creator Alex de Campi is our podcast guest next week!

Batgirl Annual #3 (DC Comics) – Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher art by Bengal, David Lafuente, Mingjue Helen Chen, Ming Doyle…. Look at that list of awesome writers and artists! Not only do we get Babs catching up with Dick Grayson but we also see her meet with Batwoman and the Gotham Academy kids! These are all of my favorite things in one place! It is a standalone story you can read even if you aren’t reading the new Batgirl series. But after reading this I’m sure you’ll want to.

Phoebe Gloeckner: Diary of a Teenage Girl (North Atlantic Books) – Considered one of the best graphic novels of last decade it’s probably time that you (and I) finally read it! Plus there’s a movie of it coming out soon and you don’t want to be called a “poser”, right? The book is a combination of prose and illustration reads like autobiography. The press release calls it “a dark story of sex and drugs in the life of a 1970s teenage girl.” You should read Sean T Collins review because I can’t do it justice till I read the book.

1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (Marvel) – This is the funniest series in Secret Wars and the prettiest too. Last issue we met Shakespeare, Marlowe and King James (Logan Howlett aka Wolverine) and other Faustians (aka people with superpowers). This issue Angela and Sera will meet “Ye Olde Guardians of the Galaxy.”

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Thors #2 (Marvel Comics) – The case is heating up as the murder mystery of the Gods continues. Blood, Hammers, and Justice shalt be served!

Daredevil #17 (Marvel Comics) – The last days of The Man Without Fear? Could be. This creative team has been white hot so I know Matt is in good hands, but I want to see the payoff.

Red Sonja Vol.2 #17 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Red hot chick swinging a sword, as usual all over this one. The 1973 one shot gave me a rejuvenation for this title. Hope the momentum doesn’t wane.

Superman #42 (DC Comics) – I am actually enjoying the prelude to the “Truth” storyline a lot more than the actual crossover. I’m interested to see just what it was that made Lois out Clark’s ID to the world? This intrepid reporter needs some answers. By Rao, I need them now!

TMNT Ongoing #48 (IDW Publishing) – The Stockman Swarm, The Shredder and Karai all move in for the kill. How could this not be good?

 

Paul

Top Pick: Thors #2 (Marvel) – the first issue of this story was fantastic; a crime story following the ‘police’ of Battleworld, the Thors.  Law and Order meets Asgardian officers, working on the orders of Lord Doom to keep the peace, and the foundation of Battleworld, in one piece.  Excited for what happens next.

Top Pick: X-Men ’92 #2 (Marvel) – the first issue totally brought me back to Saturday mornings, watching Marvel’s merry mutants as most of us remember them, complete with colourful costumes and Wolverine and Cyclops sniping at each other.  I am looking forward to see more from Cassandra Nova and what her rehabilitation facility for mutants is really all about.

1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (Marvel) – This was a very interesting first issue, following Angela hunting ‘witchbreed’, which turns out to be mutants.  The second issue puts Angela on the path to see dire omens not come to pass, and also introduces use to “Ye olde Guardians of the Galaxy”.  Looking forward to this.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (Marvel) – I am a huge fan of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show, and just as big a fan of the comic book treatment of the show.  It’s fun to see the tv agents paired up with various heroes from the Marvel universe an work together to solve the problem of the issue.  This issue has Agent May and Mockingbird setting out to kick some ass….sign me up!

 

Steven Attewell

Batgirl #42 (DC Comics) – despite not being remotely in the target demographic for this book, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of this series’ exploration of fame and identity.

Conan the Avenger #16 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse’s Conan run has been one of the most consistently enjoyable comics for me in recent years (with the exception of that odd bit where Belit went to Cimmeria), so if given an option I’ll always pick one up.

Copperhead #9 (Image Comics) – Read the first trade of this unusual space-western/single-mom comic and really enjoyed the strange little world that Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski have thrown together, so I’ll keep following this story.

Rasputin #7 (Image Comics) – A really strange little gem, this series posits a revisionist history of the infamous Russian mystic in which Grigori Rasputin’s powers not only are quite real and extend to genuine resurrection and clairvoyancy, but he’s also secretly a prince in communion with the forces of Russian folklore.

Southern Bastards #10 (Image Comics) – having really enjoyed Scalped, I eagerly anticipated Jason Aaron’s new series. Took me a while to get into the first trade – something about the way Jason Latour draws mouths threw me off until I got used to it – but the second trade’s revelation of Coach Boss’ backstory was mesmerizing and made this a must-read for me.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. We’ve been running some reviews and previews already, and will have more as well as our picks throughout today and tomorrow!

While you wait for that, here’s some news you might have missed in our morning roundup.

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CBR – The Mission: The Creative Sampling of Marvel Comics, Hip-Hop, and the All-New Gambit – An interesting take on the issue, though probably not hard enough on Marvel and Axel’s comments.

NPR – Women’s Comics Are Surfing The Crowd – A cool article on a major shift in the comic industry.

Miami Herald – Art teacher’s comic book stash reaches 70,000 volumes – That’s a lot of comics. Much larger than our collection!

Arlington Now – Roll20 Creates Digital Game Table – Some cool tech.

Review: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1

StarkatThis book opens with Peter Quill singing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, and it is the perfect note to start this book off on.  Sure, Disney song in a Marvel book, owned by Disney…and this book is heavily influenced by Disney; it’s movies and animation…and that may turn some people off from checking out this book. But trust me, this Secret Wars tie in is definitely one you want to dive into.

We’re introduced to Peter Quill; THE Peter Quill from the original Marvel Universe, and explains how he was rescued on the ship that Reed Richards built, and was able to ferry a handful of original characters away from the earth they knew before the final incursion destroyed it all. Now, Peter is hiding out in Manhattan at The Quiet Room, the lead singer to the house band, going by the name Stevie Rogers. All the women love him and constantly seek to gain his attention, but Peter is still mourning the loss of his fiancée, Kitty Pryde…..until she walks into the club.

Kitty has arrived, an agent of Valeria Von Doom, to attend a meeting with Gambit the Collector, who has some “anomaly” that Kitty is very anxious to get back to the Foundation. After some flirting on Gambit’s part, and the promised payment from Kitty Pryde, Gambit hands over what looks to be a lock of hair, which Kitty scans and it is shown to be of unknown origins. Gambit is thrilled by this and collects his payment…but also wishes to further his time with Kitty. Kitty makes her intentions very clear, brandishing her own set of claws…but has also caught the eye of Peter Quill, who can’t believe he is seeing the love of his life in the same room. He intervenes on her behalf, causing Gambit to suspect a double cross, and a scuffle breaks out which results in Gambit getting away with his payment AND the anomaly…Peter planting a whopper of a kiss on Kitty…and Kitty planting her fist to Peter’s face. Which, yields a surprising result for Kitty, and she makes sure not to let Peter out of her sight.

This book was a breath of fresh air after reading so many darker, grittier stories taking place in Secret Wars.  We have a great perspective from Peter, being from the original Marvel universe, and how he is getting by in this region of Battleworld. This is Star-Lord as I know him from Guardians of the Galaxy, and I am very happy to see his humour and the light tone follow from that book to this one. Sam Humphries, who also wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, clearly shows his grasp of Peter’s character is spot on, giving us the joking, easy going space traveller we have all come to love. Alti Firmansyah‘s art work, along with Jessica Kholinne‘s colors, are beautiful. As mentioned, this book is heavy on the Disney influence, and the art work totally brings it to the forefront, with the animated facial expressions and the gown on Kitty, which would befit any Disney princess. The art just raises this story to the next level, giving us a more colourful and light hearted look into Battleworld, which is something I think a lot of readers will look forward to.

From the cover of this book, this is not the story I was expecting to be told with Peter and Kitty…but I loved every minute of this. The familiarity from Peter, the art work and colors (I can’t say enough about them) and just the overall light tone of this book made it a great read for me and I cannot wait for the next issue.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Alti Firmansyah Colours: Jessica Kholinne
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Sideshow Collectibles Has New Art Prints from Marvel and DC

Sideshow Collectibles has launched new art prints featuring the Avengers and Power Girl. Released today, the Avenger’s Trinity Premium Art Print is a 18×24″ hand-numbered, limited edition art print featuring an authorized pencilied artist signature by pinup artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau. Limited to 500, the print retails for $89.99.

Not to be outdone, Power Girl also gets her own print, also by Lau. The limited edition print is the same size with same signature, but an edition size of 600. It retails for $239.99. Endowed with the powers of Krypton, this strong and sassy superheroine is sure to knock your socks off!

Check out the art below!

Color Your Own Deadpool Puts the Hue in Humor in 2016!

Deadpool is many things. Mercenary. X-Man. Soon-to-be-Uncanny Avenger (we’re not kidding). But next February, he’s breaking new ground. Taking the world by storm in a whole new way. That’s right – adult coloring books! Deadpool’s got guns, he’s got grenades, he’s got swords. But this January, he needs YOU! Because the Merc with a Mouth is the Merc Without Color – and he needs your help to fill in the lines with the Color Your Own Deadpool adult coloring book.

Called therapeutic and stress relieving by the New Yorker, Adult Coloring Books are the perfect way to unwind after a long day. And what could be more stress relieving than sitting down for a night of coloring with Deadpool? We can’t think of anything! Jam packed with 120 pages of Deadpool goodness, fans of all ages can be part of the creative process as they bring to life artwork from some of Marvel’s biggest artists! Now is your chance to color inside the lines – or not! What color will you make Deadpool? Red is so last season, after all.

So dig out those crayons, markers and colored pencils, True Believer. But don’t forget your imagination – you’re going to need it! Channel your creative energies, unwind after a hard day’s work, and spend some quality time with the Merc with a Mouth! Look for Color Your Own Deadpool on sale this January!

COLOR YOUR OWN DEADPOOL
120 Pages….$9.99
On Sale in January!

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Luke Skywalker’s Journey Continues – Your First Look at Star Wars #8!

This August, the next arc of the chart-topping hit series begins! Marvel has released a first look at Star Wars #8 – as blockbuster writer Jason Aaron is joined for the first time by new series artist Stuart Immonen! After discovering the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, more determined than ever continues his quest to learn about the history of the Jedi. A quest that will take him to the center of the galaxy – to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant! But what he and R2-D2 uncover on their journey to the massive city-planet may be more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, at the far end of the galaxy, Han Solo & Princess Leia are confronted by a most unexpected foe! Don’t miss the start of a brand-new arc as critically acclaimed artist Stuart Immonen joins the Rebellion this August!

STAR WARS #8 (MAY150780)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY (MAY150781)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAY150782)
Sketch Variant by STUART IMMONEN (MAY150783)
FOC – 07/27/15, On-Sale – 08/19/15

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