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New Marvel Universe Lego Sets for 2014

Not to be outdone by DC, Marvel is also getting lots of new sets in 2014 for their Marvel Universe line of Lego sets. A photo has surfaced online from a catalog showing off the new sets.

2014 Marvel Lego SetsYou can see there’s a long list of sets that include many new figures we’ve never seen (Taskmaster and MODOK!).

Marvel is also getting a “junior” set with 10665 Spider-Man Spider-Car Pursuit which you can see below.

10665 Spider-Man Spider-Car Pursuit 1 10665 Spider-Man Spider-Car Pursuit 2

 

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Catching Up on Reviews, Part 12 — Wolverine & Family

Sorry about the delays, but I’m still trying to get caught up on reviews for the last few months…

Daken – Dark Wolverine #6 (Marvel) – This is a consistently well-made comic. Daken isn’t my favorite character, but he is always interesting and there is a lot of room for good writers to explore him. Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu tell a good tale here.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Daken – Dark Wolverine #7 (Marvel) – I’m not a big fan of Madripoor stories and have never really liked them, but if a character more fits into the setting than Daken, I’m not sure who it is.

Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5

Daken – Dark Wolverine #8 (Marvel) – For me the jury is still out on whether or not X-23 is a good character, but I definitely do not like Gambit. It makes sense to have Daken and X-23 interact, though, so this storyline isn’t without merit.

Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75

Daken – Dark Wolverine #9 (Marvel) – Not sure I’m fully on board with this Daken-X-23 crossover, but there is a lot of great art in this issue from Marco Checchetto.

Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8

Daken – Dark Wolverine #9.1 (Marvel) – There is still a lot of room to explore the relationship between Daken and Wolverine and this is a good entry into the ongoing story.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

Daken – Dark Wolverine #10 (Marvel) – The execution here isn’t perfect, but there are a lot of things to like in this issue. Rob Williams introduces Daken to a drug addiction that is brilliantly shown by artists Matteo Buffagni and Riley Rossmo. The issue also introduces a great new female character, Donna Kiel, an FBI agent on Daken’s trail. I’d like to see her used a lot more.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Daken – Dark Wolverine #11 (Marvel) – Basically following up on all the elements of the previous issue, this one executes them a bit better and adds Taskmaster, one of my favorite Marvel characters of late, to the mix. I’m a fan.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Daken – Dark Wolverine #12 (Marvel) – Buffagni and Rossmo’s art is adequate during the regular story, but stellar during the scenes where Daken is on heat. Williams story continues to get even better, with Daken setting up a complex heist plan that is very original and then has Donna Kiel figure it out.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Daken – Dark Wolverine #13 (Marvel) – Adding Moon Night and the questionable portrayal of his mental illness to the mix doesn’t really help, but it doesn’t really hurt, either.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25

Daken – Dark Wolverine #14 (Marvel) – This is a complex and entertaining story and I can’t wait until the next issue comes out so I can figure out what the hell is happening.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5

Wolverine – Deadpool: The Decoy #1 (Marvel) – I’m trying to figure out a reason this story was published and I’m drawing a blank. The main story, meant, I guess, to reinforce all the same qualities of Wolverine and Deadpool we’ve seen a million times. The back-up story with the Great Lakes Initiative is designed, I think, to make you feel less crappy about wasting money on this comic. It doesn’t work.

Story: 6 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.25

Wolverine: Debt of Death #1 (Marvel) – This isn’t a bad story, but it doesn’t really add anything new to the long tale of Wolverine and it seems overly familiar, as if we’ve read this story before. David Aja’s art is very nice, though, and it’s worth a look.

Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8

Wolverine: The Best There Is # (Marvel) – I’m not sure why they don’t just call this Wolverine MAX, since that’s what it is. Which means pointless and excessive violence, sexual references and bad jokes. Juan Jose Ryp’s art is way too busy and cartoonish for me and it seems out of sync with the story.

Story: 6 Art: 5 Overall: 5.5

Wolverine: The Best There Is #5 (Marvel) – This one is a little better than the previous Contagion chapters, but not by much.

Story: 7 Art: 5 Overall: 6

Wolverine: The Best There Is #6 (Marvel) – If this series didn’t star Wolverine, one of my all-time favorite characters, I would’ve stopped reading it long ago, since the quality is poor and the intent behind that low quality isn’t that great in the first place.

Story: 6 Art: 5 Overall: 5.5

Wolverine: The Best There Is #7 (Marvel) – This is probably Ryp’s best art in the series to date and now that the story is moving away from Contagion, it’s much better. Wolverine’s recovery from his full range of diseases is the best the series has been to date.

Story: 9 Art: 7 Overall: 8

Wolverine: The Best There Is #8 (Marvel) – Ryp’s art continues to improve and there are a lot of good panels in this comic, despite much of it still being too cluttered and busy. The story isn’t bad, but I’m not sure it’s holding my interest.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Wolverine: The Best There Is #9 (Marvel) – Whatever momentum the series had been gaining in recent issues, this is a setback for it. It looks bad and the story is dull and offensive

Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5

Wolverine #5.1 (Marvel) – Pretty creative tale here, as you have all of Wolverine’s friends getting together for a suprise birthday party that Logan, of course, can’t make it to because he’s caught up in a Wrong Turn-style story. Very entertaining tale from Jason Aaron.

Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 17

Wolverine #6 (Marvel) – The aftermath of the “Logan Goes to Hell” story is interesting, particularly with the look into Scott Summers’ brain and the heavy load he carries in terms of having to plan to take out all of the members of his race if they were to get too powerful and go down the wrong track. The “Wolverine Protocols” is an idea that is traceable back to the Dark Phoenix saga and is good writing again from Aaron.

Story: 9 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.75

Wolverine #7 (Marvel) – Daniel Acuna’s art is at its best here and Aaron continues to show he’s a name that should be quickly rising up the ranks of comic book writers. Logan’s internal battle here is as well-done as the external combat against his teammates.

Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25

Wolverine #8 (Marvel) – Another great issue, this one has some of the funniest moments in Wolverine history and it’s great to see characters like Nightcrawler and Phoenix back, even if they are only in Logan’s head. The ending is also a pretty chilling moment.

Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5

Wolverine #9 (Marvel) – Wolverine vs. Mystique seems a story we’ve seen enough times already that we don’t need to really see it again. That being said, the creative team on this comic is good enough to make any tale, even one retold this often, fresh enough.

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

Wolverine #10 (Marvel) – The art isn’t as good this time around, but this is an intriguing opening chapter to a good Wolverine story.

Story: 8.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.25

Wolverine #11 (Marvel) – Some of the characters here are not my favorites, but the story structure is good and gets you a lot of information that will pay off later.

Story: 8.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.25

Wolverine #12 (Marvel) – This series is very consistent at this point, with great writing, art that is good enough and beautiful covers by Jae Lee et al.

Story: 8.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.25

Wolverine #13 (Marvel) – This story keeps getting better and better. It’s a revenge tale aimed at Wolverine for his past sins. The mystery is that there is something bigger going on here than what we know at this point and the cliffhanger ending here leaves you very intrigued.

Story: 9.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.5

Wolverine #14 (Marvel) – If the art was a bit better here, I’d consider this a perfect comic. That being said it’s still one of the most shocking endings to a Wolverine story ever, and that’s saying a lot. No one could’ve predicted where this tale was headed.

Story: 10 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.75

Wolverine #15 (Marvel) – It’s hard to follow up a shocking story like the previous issue and not have a let down, but Aaron manages to pull it off. The art doesn’t measure up, though. Kevin Smith and John Romita Jr.’s 9/11 back-up story is amazing.

Story: 9.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.5

X-23 #6 (Marvel) – X-23, Gambit, Mr./Miss Sinister, art that is pretty good, story that isn’t groundbreaking. Meh.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

X-23 #7 (Marvel) – The art here is a bit better, even if it is too anime for my tastes. The story has Gambit and pirates, so, in other words, not much going for it.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

X-23 #8 (Marvel) – This one looks a lot better and bringing in Daken is a good idea, but it still seems like the series isn’t really exploring the character the way it should and could.

Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5

X-23 #9 (Marvel) – Marjorie Liu’s best writing in this series to date is matched up with continually improving art. Now if they’d just get rid of Gambit.

Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25

X-23 #10 (Marvel) – Back to Sana Takeda’s anime-style art and an appearance by Wolverine and vampire Jubilee make this issue passable, but not great.

Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25

X-23 #11 (Marvel) – Takeda’s art is a bit better here and the vampire-themed tale is mildly interesting.

Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75

X-23 #12 (Marvel) – This is Takeda’s best art on the series and the vampire story really kicks it up a notch here. This is the best issue of the series to date.

Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75

X-23 #13 (Marvel) – Phil Noto brings a pretty different style to the issue’s look and Liu brings in more guest stars, this time Spider-Man and the FF. I’d like to see some of these issues get rid of the crossovers and focus on developing X-23 on her own.

Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75

X-23 #14 (Marvel) – This really much more of an FF issue than an X-23 issue and taken that way, it’s not bad. The final panel is awe-inspiring. I’m still disappointed that we aren’t getting enough X-23 in her own comic.

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8

Catching Up on Reviews, Part 10 — Deadpool

Deadpool #33 (Marvel) – Without a doubt, Deadpool is the most over-exposed character in Marvel comics — maybe all comics — and it is seriously harming the quality of the work related to his name. His main series is still the best thing going with his name on it, but that isn’t saying much as most of the other related series are bad or terrible. This issue starts a story with Deadpool fighting the living moon Id while falling in love with some alien-cow thing or whatever. It’s not terrible, but it is pointless.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Deadpool #33.1 (Marvel) – Marvel seems to have decided to have Deadpool appear in a comic with everyone in their catalog, regardless of the lack of quality of those characters. This issue has him battling the Wrecker, who is one of the better characters they match him up with, but the art isn’t anything of value and the story isn’t great.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #34 (Marvel) – Back to the story of Deadpool vs. Id in space, seemingly an attempt to cash in on the “popularity” of Deadpool’s space tails in Deadpool Corps. The art isn’t terrible, but there are too many images here that should never have been drawn.

Story: 6.25 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

Deadpool #35 (Marvel) – Carlo Barberi’s art is the best part about the series at this point, but that isn’t meant to be high praise. Luckily, the Id storyline ends with this issue.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #36 (Marvel) – Taskmaster is totally wasted here and the only really good joke here is a Leeroy Jenkins reference.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #37 (Marvel) – The concept is interesting, Deadpool attempts to commit suicide by Hulk, but it isn’t well-developed and the art is subpar.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #38 (Marvel) – How many issues does it take to play out a simplistic plot? And how overwrought can the art be for a Hulk-related story? Read this issue to find out the answers to these and other questions you didn’t know needed answering.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

Deadpool #39 (Marvel) – Three issues, that’s how long you can stretch out a Hulk-related simplistic plot.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

Deadpool #40 (Marvel) – Barberi’s back to at least improve the art a bit, but the story isn’t that great and really seems to take Deadpool in an unfamiliar and unwelcome (and unfunny) direction.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool Annual # (Marvel) – I’m not a huge fan of Juan Doe’s art here, but it isn’t terrible. The story is an interesting continuation of the Spider-Man-Hulk cross-dimensional team-up, but it’s far from essential reading.

Story: 7.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 7

Deadpool & Cable #26 (Marvel) – I guess this is meant to be a tribute to the history between Deadpool and Cable in the wake of Cable’s “death.” It doesn’t work.

Story: 6 Art: 5 Overall: 5.5

Deadpool Corps #10 (Marvel) – If you thought the Deadpool-Hulk team-up was drawn out, this pointless storyline with the Deadpool Corps saving or ripping off or whatever it is they’re doing on the planet of blue Avatar people is drawn out even longer. For no reason.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool Corps #11 (Marvel) – One cool exploding villain scene and some more-than-adequate art is about all this issue has to offer.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Deadpool Corps #12 (Marvel) – I should give this one a higher grade simply because it’s the last issue of this waste of a series. But I can’t.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Deadpool Family #1 (Marvel) – If you thought that the Deadpool Corps were bad when they were together, this issue breaks them up into their own individual stories. It’s worse than it sounds. When the highlight of the issue is zombie Headpool kissing Lady Deadpool (yes, zombie self-incest) with graphic gore and lots of tongue, you know you are in lots and lots of trouble. Quite possibly the worst comic from Marvel of the year.

Story: 2 Art: 4 Overall: 3

Deadpool MAX #5 (Marvel) – To be quickly followed up with possibly the worst ongoing Marvel series of the year. I will give Kyle Baker some credit for his art, which is stylized and, at times, not unpleasant (occasionally verging on great, but not too often). I can’t, however, give any credit to David Lapham, who continually does tasteless and unfunny MAX things in these comics so he can achieve the MAX guidelines or something. It bores me at its best. This issue is about as good as it gets (which isn’t a compliment), with a tale of a female Taskmaster who apparently trained Deadpool or some such thing.

Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5

Deadpool MAX #6 (Marvel) – This one manages to repeatedly insult not only the mentally ill — in extreme and unfunny ways — but also to include some of the most racist depictions of Arabs I’ve ever seen. Shame on Marvel.

Story: 1 Art: 1 Overall: 1

Deadpool MAX #7 (Marvel) – This issue is slightly better, in that it only manages to make fun of the mentally ill and leaves out Arabs. The art is still bad and the jokes are even worse. There are no redeeming qualities to most of the issues in this series.

Story: 1 Art: 2 Overall: 1.5

Deadpool MAX #8 (Marvel) – Ah, there are the racist Arab characters we missed in issue #7!

Story: 2 Art: 1 Overall: 1.5

Deadpool MAX #9 (Marvel) – Just when you thought that Kyle Baker’s art couldn’t get any worse, he’s replaced with Shawn Crystal’s art, which is worse. This issue decides to place anti-Arab and anti-mentally ill sentiment with blatant sexism. Yeah, that’s funny.

Story: 1 Art: 1 Overall: 1

Deadpool MAX #10 (Marvel) – Baker’s back and his art is better than it has been in a while. Offensiveness is replaced in this issue by boredom.

Story: 2 Art: 4 Overall: 3

Deadpool Team-Up #885 (Marvel) – Deadpool and Hellcow. Yep. That’s one of the dumbest ideas ever. At least it’s better than MAX.

Story: 3 Art: 6 Overall: 4.5

Deadpool Team-Up #884 (Marvel) – Deadpool and the Watcher in what is supposed to be a comedic adventure. I think. That’s what I pick up from the comic art.

Story: 2 Art: 6 Overall: 4

Deadpool Team-Up #883 (Marvel) – Deadpool, Herald of Galactus. Well, it can’t be worse than the rest of these recent issues. It also can’t be much better. I really used to like Deadpool. Now I’m not so sure anymore.

Story: 4 Art: 7 Overall: 5.5

Best Comic Books of 2010

 

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It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2010.  Generally these are comic books that came out in 2010, though some are from earlier times and we got around to reading them.  Keep in mind, this is what I read.  We’ve added some new categories this year, but without further delay, here are the winners!

Best Super Hero Comic – The Invincible Iron Man

Invincible Iron Man #500.1Yes, this series won last year too, but writer Matt Fraction has kept up the excellence with an amazing plot mixing superhero heroics, politics, corporate rivalry and with the latest issue, we learn this is all the tip of the iceberg.

In single issues there’s usually some bigger worldly issue we’re presented with, great banter, often fantastic action and beautiful art.

This is a superhero comic for adults and one series I look forward to each month.

The upcoming Invincible Iron Man #500.1 is the perfect jumping on point to see what you’re missing.

Runner Ups – Secret Warriors, Uncanny X-Force

Best Non-Super Hero Comic –DMZ

DMZ 50Is there a more politically relevant comic book series out there?  Every month we’re given something to think about as we follow Matty Roth through Manhattan which is now a DMZ in the middle of the second American Civil War.

Writer Brian Wood is able to pivot and comment on what’s currently happening in politics and the world challenging our perceptions and not seem preachy at the same time.

With some single issues that stand as some of the best of the year and numerous holy shit moments, this isn’t just one of the most relevant comics out there, but some of the best political commentary of any entertainment medium.

Runner Ups – American Vampire, Chew, The Walking Dead

Best Limited Series or One Shot – Daytripper

DaytripperI’ve handed this comic off to so many people and not only sucked them into this series, but also got them to ask what else is out there?  This showed that comics aren’t about just spandex anymore.

There’s no other series out there that created such an emotional reaction each month.  I’m not embarrassed to admit there were numerous moments I broke down crying or teared up.  No other series has done that before to me.

It’s a shame it ended and hopefully we see more soon from the phenoms Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.

Runner Ups – Killer: Modus Vivendi, Taskmaster, Velocity

Best Single Issue – Unknown Soldier #21 (New Category)

This series saw it’s conclusion this year but it also brought the best issue of any comic book during it’s end run.

This issue focused on the history of one Avtomat Kalashnikova rifle as it’s passed from one owner to another.  It’s a powerful issue looking at the mass distribution of a weapon that’s been a driver and common tool in today’s conflicts .

Powerful, heart wrenching, and an amazing political and historical statement, this issue is a must read for comic book fans and non-comic book readers.

Worst Single Issue of the Year – Fantastic Four Annual #32 (New Category)

Three words as to why – Time. Travel. Abortion.

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Return of the Dapper Men

Return of the Dapper Men HCThere’s no other graphic novel that was more magical this year than Jim McCann‘s and Janet Lee‘s Return of the Dapper Men.

This is a magical world of wonder where time has stopped and adults have disappeared.  Neverland in a modern setting.

A modern classic is the only way I can describe this graphic novel that seems to evoke the best of those magical tales we read, watched and were told as kids.  This is a graphic novel parents will be sharing with their children for years to come.

Runner UpsHow to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Cuba: My Revolution, Revolver

Best Event of the Year – Artifacts

Artifacts #1 CoverThe first issue had me gasp “holy shit” out loud and the subsequent ones have just been setting up what will be a hell of a ride.

The public seems to have reacted well with issues going back for numerous printings.

All hell is about the break loose in the Top Cow universe and with Ron Marz‘s talented writing to drive it and some fantastic artists to back him up, there’s a chance this might be next year’s top event as well.

Best Genre of the Year – Zombie

The Walking Dead Zombie Teaser 2One thing makes zombies get the win here, The Walking Dead.  The comic book series continues it’s excellence and the television show had us wanting more after it’s first season’s six episode run.  There’s a reason it was one of the top rated cable series ever, it’s that damn good.  Evidence of it’s spread beyond the normal comic book reading public are the numerous people reading it on my daily commute and my non-comic book reading friends asking me about the series and comic.  I don’t see this type of legs with the big movie blockbusters.  Congrats to Robert Kirkman and AMC.

Runner Up – Noir

Best Comic Tie-In of the Year –Heroclix

Heroclix Web of Spider-manI’m a sucker for Heroclix and picked up the Blackest Night set at Gen Con this year.  I don’t play, but love looking at the detailed figures.  There’s something so much fun about it and I wish I had some local gamer friends that I can break out my figures once in a while and give me an excuse to get more.

With sets based off of Watchmen, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Jonah Hex, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the DC 75th Anniversary it’s impressive this was a game and company on the brink of collapse not too long ago.

Runner Up – Marvel Universe toys.

Best Comic Book Related Movie – Scott Pigrim vs. the World (New Category)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldIt’s been an up and down year for movies based off of comic books.  Next years crop of movies looks strong, but this year had one stand out and that was the kinetic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

This was a movie for the Nintendo generation with so much in there even our ADD generation missed some of the winks and nods littered throughout the film.

It holds up after multiple viewings and I know I left with a smile on my face.  Overall it was a year of weak competition but even in a strong year this would be a contender.

On an aside my favorite movies of 2010 were The Social Network, Black Swan, The Town and The Fighter.

Runner Up – The Losers

Best Series Finale of the Year – Ex Machina (New Category)

Ex MachinaI can’t think of a series which ended so perfectly.  To say more would give it all away, but I was beyond satisfied when I finished reading it and hoped for a second volume.

The finale of this superhero as Mayor series answered our questions, gave us some jaw dropping moments at the end and presented a Presidential ticket I might even vote for.

A lot of series left unanswered questions or gave us disappointing ones, but this one never seemed like a cop out and never treated us like children.

The ending was damn near perfect and the series one of the best of modern times.

Runner Up – Daytripper

Best Surprise of the Year – Killer: Modus Vivendi (New Category)

The Killer Modus Vivendi 006 CoverThis is a new category that I thought was appropriate to throw out there.  I look at this as comics you probably skipped in 2010, but you really should go back and check out. 

Killer: Modus Vivendi is the third volume for this character and saw him being manipulated by the CIA and Cubans in a tale about oil and spheres of influence.  Bond and Bourne, eat your heart out.

Not only do we have great action, some intense moments, but there’s also politics and a worldly view you don’t find out in too many other comics.  It’s the complete package in comics for adults.

Runner Up – Velocity, Kill Shakespeare

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Brightest Day and Heroic Age

Enter the Heroic AgeI “Entered the Heroic Age” and looked forward to tomorrow’s “Brightest Day” and can say “no thanks.”  Does no longer being dark and gritty also mean convoluted and boring?

Marvel and DC comics took a dip this year as they moved away from dark stories and attempted to hark back to the golden age of black and white heroes and villains.  We also got the return of the 90’s with the return of characters we thought and hoped were dead and stayed that way.

This all clearly isn’t lasting long as the Marvel event Fear Itself looms over 2011.  As a hole things just aren’t quite as exciting as they’ve been in years past.

Runner Up – Iron Man 2

Best Character – Killer

I’m so happy Archaia put Killer: Modus Vivendi in my hands.  With it I got one of the best politically charged noir comics on the market and a badass anti-hero in the man we only know as Killer.

He beds the hot chicks, assassinates people with a shot, causes revolutions and destabilizes regions. Bond and Bourne are wimps compared to writer Matz‘s creation.

We get to see politics and the world from outside of an “American” perspective and a cold unrepentant killer and assassin who it’s all a job to.

This was the third volume with more to come.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Publisher of the Year – Archaia

ArchaiaSo where’d this company come from?  I don’t think there was one comic I read I was disappointed in or didn’t enjoy in some way.  The hardcovers are just high quality products and stories in between the covers reflect that.  The Killer, Mouse Guard, Cyclops, Critical Millennium and so many more are series you should be reading and if you’re not then you need to check them out.

Many of these series continue into 2011 and there’s many new ones to come.  When I think Archaia, I think high quality and expect the best.  So far they haven’t let me down.

Runner Ups – Top Cow, Marvel

Random Thoughts


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*John Romita Jr. has to be my favorite current comic artist.

*Brian Michael Bendis has to be my favorite current comic writer.

*My only problem with the TV-comic book adaptation of The Walking Dead is that it’s only on one day a week. And it’s over.

*Marvel’s new “Point One” project seems like a pretty good idea to me, but it won’t affect what I’m reading.

*As a long-time Marvel reader it’s strange to me that anything associated with “Secret War…” is now related to Nick Fury and not to the Beyonder.

*What’s the deal with firing all the Walking Dead TV writers? Am I missing something? I’ve loved every episode so far and am only upset that the first season is only six episodes long.

*Good. Shadowland is finally over. Is Chaos War over yet? And is the Thanos Imperative over? More cosmic stuff, please?!?

*Can we please have a Taskmaster ongoing series? Or at least make him a regular in something like Secret Warriors, since he’s working for Nick Fury anyway.

Your First Look At Taskmaster #2!

Official Press Release

Your First Look At TASKMASTER #2!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Taskmaster #2 from the red-hot creative team of Fred Van Lente and Jefte Palo! Everyone’s favorite anti-hero continues his quest for his secret origin and this time, he’s booked a flight to Mexico! In order to find out the secrets of his past, Taskmaster must travel to the darkest corners of the war-torn country where even the bounty hunters wouldn’t dare go. But when he finally reaches his destination he’ll be met with a formidable foe, the Don Of The Dead!

Fans and critics agree – Taskmaster is a hit!

“This is the type of fun, crazy, off-the-wall escapism that I love. This is the type of inventive, action-packed, character-driven wackiness that can make the world of superheroes so captivating and thrilling.” – Richard George, IGN.com

“I’m excited for where this miniseries is going. Four out of five stars. Check it out.” – George C., MajorSpoilers.com

“…Van Lente and Palo are doing a good job giving us a rip-roaring tale of one man’s search (literally) for himself.” – Doug Zawisza, ComicBookResources.com

Can our hero make it out of Mexico alive? Find out this October as Taskmaster #2 hits comic shops everywhere!

TASKMASTER #2 (of 4) (AUG100620)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Penciled by JEFTE PALO

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 9/16/10, On Sale – 10/06/10

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Preview – Your First Look At Taskmaster #1!

Official Press Release

Your First Look At Taskmaster #1!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Taskmaster #1, from fan-favorite writer Fred Van Lente and rising star artist Jefte Paolo! Taskmaster spent years training the world’s most dangerous villains how to kill, but when a rumor hits the streets that he is working for Steve Rogers, the deadly assassin finds himself the target of a billion dollar bounty hunt! And to find out who framed him, Taskmaster will need to discover his own secret origin! Who’s the man underneath the mask? Find out in Taskmaster #1!

TASKMASTER #1 (JUL100598)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Penciled by JEFTE PAOLO

Cover by ALEX GARNER

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 8/12/10, On-Sale – 9/01/10

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