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Pick(s) of the Week: Letter 44 #1 and so many more!

letter 44 coverAt San Diego Comic-Con I picked up the early black and white limited edition copy of Charles Soule‘s new series Letter 44 from Oni Press, and it’s as amazing as it sounds.

Letter 44 is a new sci-fi series that asks ‘How would people act when faced with a true threat?’ It begins with the newly inaugurated President Blades sitting down in the Oval Office, reading the letter left to him by the outgoing president. That letter is simply addressed to ’44’.

The contents of that letter? Seven years ago NASA discovered some sort of construction project out in the asteroid belt. No one on Earth knows what it is, and the outgoing President sent astronauts up there to investigate. As the story opens, they’re about 6 months away and about 150 million miles from Earth. As the group of intrepid astronauts venture forth to greet an extraterrestrial force, we are left to wonder if they’re friend or foe?

Soule nails the first issue and is backed up with solid art by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque. This is going to be a huge comic, so do yourself a favor and get to your shop and reserve yourself a copy.

Check out below for the rest of the picks.

Top Pick: Letter 44 #1 (Oni Press) – see above.

Buzzkill #2 (Dark Horse) – I didn’t know what to expect out of the first issue, but holy crap was it good. The publisher is appropriate because this is a dark horse comic of the year.

Forever Evil: Rogue’s Rebellion #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve been digging DC’s event which really pits old vs. new villains and their version of ethics. I think we’ll see that spelled out much more in this off-shoot which features the Flash’s villains, the Rogues!

Imagine Agents #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new all-ages comic from BOOM! that looks fantastic and has a lot of buzz.

Skyward #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Speaking of all ages, this series by Action Lab has been fantastic in all of its releases so far. It’s great fantasy and features some fun characters and a nice mix of action so far. The first two issues have flown off the shelves, so… get to your shop early to grab this one.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: The Black Beetle: No Way Out Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – The art! The story! This fantastic series by Francesco Francavilla had an awesome first volume and you can grab it now all in one handy volume.

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So with new comic book days coming out yesterday, what’d folks get? Did you enjoy Superman Unchained #1? Batman #21? the new American Vampire? Find out what we think later today!

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The Salt Lake Tribune – Superman: Still flying high at 75 Expect a lot of articles like this one this year.

Yahoo – Superman’s 20 Most Un-Super MomentsSome of these are so bad.


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Comic Vine – Alpha: Big Time #5

Comic Vine – Astonishing X-Men #63

Comic Vine – Avengers Assemble #16

Comic Vine – The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4

Comic Vine – Deadpool #11

Comic Vine – Demon Knights #21

Comic Vine – Doomsday.1 #2

Comic Vine – Great Pacific #7

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #21

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #3

ICv2 – Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix Vols. 1 & 2 TP

Comic Vine – The Manhattan Projects #12

Comic Vine – Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Hordak #1

Comic Vine – Savage Wolverine #6

CBR – Savage Wolverine #6

Comic Vine – Thor: God of Thunder #9

Comic Vine – Ultimate Comics X-Men #27

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #6

Comic Vine – Venom #36

Pick of the Week: Revival #9 + 9 Other Comics

revival #9Revival is consistently one of the best comics on the market right now. While some might look at it as another “zombie series,” the comic is so much more than that. Instead, it’s more along the line of X-Files crossed with a small town police procedural series. Revival #9 out this week continues the excellent series which you should have been reading since the beginning.

  • Revival #9 – see above
  • Mara #4 – What does being a super hero have in common with being a sports star? Check out this commentary on celebrity, commercialism and sports/entertainment.
  • Daredevil #25 – Mark Waid continues to write one of the best super hero comics on the market.
  • Five Ghosts: Haunting of Fabian Gray #2 – The hot new Image series has an adventurer who can tap into the abilities of five ghosts. The first issue had me intrigued.
  • Superior Spider-Man #8 – Dan Slott has made me interested in Spider-Man, nuff said!
  • Miniature Jesus #1 – Devil on one shoulder – angel on the other. One tells you to do bad things, the other . . .  well, you get the idea. Bad news for a recovering alcoholic if the “good” one is MIA. Between a liquor-gulping demon and a mummified cat hell-bent on mucking up his fragile stability with esoteric trappings of Egyptian Gods, it’s all about to make our hero’s day hit the proverbial fan. <- Um, yeah!
  • Conan the Barbarian #15 – Brian Wood is one of the best writers out there and his Conan is just amazing.
  • Idolized #5 – A super hero comic that’s so good, I’d think it was from one of the “big two.” Do yourself a favor and check out this series you’re missing!
  • The Black Beetle #3 No Way Out – I’m a huge fan of pulp and noir and this series has nailed it so far.
  • Adventure Time #15 – A great comic for all ages captures the craziness of the television show.

Pick of the Week – Justice League of America #1

JLA_1This week sees numerous new comics and some high profile releases. The top pick, partially because I’ve already read it, is Justice League of America #1. DC Comics launches a new superhero team, one to compete with the Justice League. The first issue is all about the who and the why. Who is making up the team and what do they bring to it, warts and all. Also, why is this team forming? What’s their role in the greater DCU? The first issue knocks it out of the park, creating an entertaining read and in a way that makes me want to come back for the next issue. Something some other DC launches struggled with. I’d go so far to say that this launch was better than the Justice League’s over a year ago. The first issue lays out a lot and hints at something big to come, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

  • Justice League of America #1see above
  • Kill Shakespeare: Tide of Blood #1 – The second volume begins of this Shakespeare mash-up. Picking up after the victories of last story, how does a world build a nation, especially after what they’ve learned about their existence?
  • Nova #1 – Marvel NOW!’s latest launch is a new Nova. Should be interesting to see what’s in store.
  • The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 – The first issue was pulp perfection.
  • Revival #7 – One of Image’s best comics. The dead have risen, but not in the stereotypical zombie sort of way.


Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle #1 Gets Reprint!

Eisner Award–winning artist Francesco Francavilla’s new series at Dark Horse, The Black Beetle, is one of the most entertaining comics so far this year. After receiving unanimous praise from retailers, fans, and every media outlet under the sun, The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 has officially sold out of its first printing.

Dark Horse has announced that despite their best efforts, demand was just too high to keep stock on shelves. In order to time as closely as possible with the release of the critically acclaimed series’ second issue, Francesco Francavilla and Dark Horse Comics have put together another printing with an all-new cover!

This new series introduces the Black Beetle, a mob-busting costumed supersleuth, as he investigates a bombing that has killed off some of Colt City’s notorious criminals! Steeped in pulp noir with modern sensibility, this is one new series you need to read!

Retailers, the second printing of The Black Beetle #1 is available through Diamond now, using the following order code: DEC128352. This issue will be on sale in the direct market on March 13, 2013.

Fans, look for The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 at your local comic shop on February 20!


Black Beetle #1 – Sold Out!

The response has been unanimous! Eisner Award–winning artist Francesco Francavilla’s new series at Dark Horse is already being called one of the year’s best! Francavilla’s pulp sensation, The Black Beetle: No Way Out, has received overwhelming praise from media, retailers, and fans around the country!

Two weeks before the release of the series’ second issue, Diamond Comic Distributors has completely sold out of issue #1, and Dark Horse will be transferring stock from other channels to ensure retailers can capitalize on the series’ success!

This new series introduces the mob-busting costumed supersleuth as he investigates a bombing that has killed off some of Colt City’s notorious criminals! Steeped in pulp noir with modern sensibility, this is one new series you need to read!

Retailers, The Black Beetle #1 is available for reorder in limited quantities now.

Fans, make sure to grab your copy while you can! Look for The Black Beetle: No Way Out #2 at your local comic shop on February 20, featuring the attached new art!


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The weekend is almost here. What are folks doing over the weekend?

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Church Mag – Christian Comic Books? – Interesting. I’ve read a few “Christian” comics, but can’t say there has been any that caught my interest.


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Talking Comics – All-New X-Men #6

Talking Comics – Batman #16

Talking Comics – The Black Beetle #1

The Fandom Post – Captain Marvel Vol. #1: In Pursuit Of Flight

CBR – Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #16

The Beat – Review: Creator-Owned Heroes #8 and Black Beetle #1

Pick of the Week – The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1

Francesco Francavilla does pulp this week in Dark Horse‘s The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1. The series is a throwback in both look and feel to the original pulp comics you might find in the 30s. Instead of modernizing the character and taking a pulp character and placing them in a gritty setting, the character and world is untouched. It’s exactly what I’d expect when reading classic comics. If you’re a fan of pulp adventure, absolutely check this one out.

  • The Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 – see above
  • Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth #1 – Image has been kicking ass when it comes to new series, and this new one’s description is so over the top, I can’t do it justice. Just do yourself a favor and read it.
  • Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker – I’ve been loving IDW’s Transformers and we get a spotlight of this pivotal character.
  • Pathfinder #4 – Jim Zub might be off Birds of Prey (before it even started), but this series highlights his amazing writing ability.
  • Saga #9 – Are you reading one of the top praised comics of 2012?
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