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Review: Knights of the 5th Dimension #1

As a fan of comics, one of my favorites growing up, was Shazam.  I loved a few more characters from the DC’s pantheon of heroes, like Batman and Green Arrow, but as a child, none felt closer to me than Shazam. Who could not identify with a normal child, with bullies poking fun at him, but the only difference is has the power to change. Shazam, was wish fulfillment at its best and was exactly what every kid only hoped they could have been.

This was even truer for children of color, as we rarely saw ourselves on television, and even less in comics, at least when I was growing up.  The closest we came, was the Wonder Twins, as they had the same complexion as me and my sister. The next best thing, was to find the altruistic values in these characters, which I did in Power Man and Sergeant Rock. That wish fulfillment is what makes the debut issue of Knights of the 5th Dimension so distinct, as we get a character who would other wise be indiscernible be so extraordinary.

In the first few pages, we meet William, a young man who is disabled, and his only escape is to through his Lockerbox. He gets transported to a world known as the 5th Dimension, palace where he is not disabled but a warrior, in fact, a knight whose sole purpose is to defend this world. Fast forward many years later, William is an old man and has chronicled his adventures in a comic book, and the Knights are needed again because their archenemy, Vanta Black is back. By book’s end, William calls his old apprentice, to take his place, and protect the 5th Dimension.

Overall, a truly psychedelic trip that pushes the boundaries of imagination and time. The story by Casey Van Heel is pure fanservice, giving fans of comic books, a story they would love. The art by Walt Flanagan is gorgeous and his rendering of ill, is oddly reminiscent of Jack Kirby’s likeness. Altogether, this is my favorite new comic book and one that I will reread several times.

Story: Casey Van Heel Art: Walt Flanagan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


Baltimore Comic Con 2013: Special Guests Join Kevin Smith Saturday!

jasbsgcm-poster--400x The Baltimore Comic Con has announced that they have expanded the Afternoon with Jay & Silent Bob events to include a new panel hosted by the one and only Jason Mewes!  The panel will feature Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson of the award winning podcast Tell ’em SteveDave! along with Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen of I Sell Comics!

This bonus panel is open to all Baltimore Comic-Con ticket holders and will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

The 90 minute panel will be followed by the screening of The Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie and live appearance by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.  With the expanded event, the start time of the film will be pushed back to begin at 3:30pm.

Tell ’em Steve-Dave! & I Sell Comics! come together for an All-Star podcast at Baltimore Comic-Con.  The Podcasts which usually take place in the world famous “Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash” comic book store will make a live appearance podcasting and taking your questions at The Baltimore Comic-Con.  The Secret Stash comic book and novelty store in Red Bank, NJ serves not only as a place for people to buy, sell, or trade cool stuff; but also to hang out and be part of a community that loves comics – and the guys who man the legendary comic book post have plenty of stories to tell.

The screening of the film, and follow-up discussion, Q&A, and podcast recording with Kavin and Jason – will start at 3:30pm (click here for more information). This is a limited-engagement event and requires additional tickets, which are still available for purchase by clicking here.

AMC’s “Comic Book Men” Invade Baltimore Comic-Con to Tape an Episode of Their Series and Launch Their Comic Book, Cryptozoic Man

Comic Book Men

AMC‘s Comic Book Men will be filming an episode for the upcoming third season of the series, which premieres Sunday, October 13 at midnight ET/PT, at the Baltimore Comic-Con, where the cast will launch their first collaborative comic book Cryptozoic Man and sign Con-exclusive copies for fans. Cast members Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Michael Zapcic, and Ming Chen will be at Booth #2414 for the filming and signing throughout the day, and the legendary Executive Producer Kevin Smith will even stop by to help celebrate the launch.

Cryptozoic Man follows Alan Ostman, a middle-aged husband/father, who sees his life quickly unravel when his daughter goes missing on a camping trip in the Pacific Northwest…Bigfoot country. After Gray aliens abduct him from a roadside bar, he learns that the fate of the world is dependent on trapping the world’s most legendary cryptids…not to mention defeating a psychopath in a pig-shaped leather bondage mask. Alan knows he has his work cut out for him.

AMC’s Comic Book Men, a half-hour unscripted series, captures the world of comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, and its fanboy staff and customers. The Secret Stash comic book and novelty store in Red Bank, New Jersey serves not only as a place for people to buy, sell, or trade cool stuff; but also to hang out and be part of a community that loves comics. “Comic Book Men” documents the daily banter of The Secret Stash and its employees and devoted customers, as well as the emotion of buying and selling collectibles and comic memorabilia. Season three will step back into the lives of these hilarious Stashers and follow them as they celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Superman, re-visit the devastation of Hurricane Sandy a year later, and even explore the festivities of the launch of their own comic book!