Monthly Archives: April 2010

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Marvel Comics
(w) Jonathan Hickman
(a) Dustin Weaver
FC 40 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher in Canada

Well that was an unexpected issue. I’ve been enjoying most of Jonathan Hickman’s comics. Secret Warriors, Fantastic Four and his creator owned Image titles have all been good. And with Hickman writing Nick Fury in Secret Warriors, I figured that this series was an extension of Secret Warriors.

I was wrong. Apparently this series is about a completely different organization called S.H.I.EL.D that has been around since the days of the Egyptian pharaoh Imhotep. In fact it was his shield that was used during a Brood invasion that the organization is named for. Apparently Leonardo Da Vinci, Issac Newton, Zhang Heng and Galileo have all been members of this secret organization and have fought such beings as Galactus, the Brood and the Celestials throughout time.

At first I thought that this was a secret history of the Marvel universe but after reading the comic, there was a couple of hints that this might be an alternate reality Earth. The fact that Stark and Richards are some sort of secret agents kinda of gave it away. The comic was an intriguing read and the art was impressive but with the title of S.H.I.E.L.D. I was expecting something else. While I’m not sure what Hickman is doing with this title, the premise seems interesting enough to keep my interest for a couple of issues. I’ll give Hickman the benefit of the doubt for now. (Shane Hnetka)

Recommended Picks for April 14, 2010

Hot Pick!
Brightest Day #0
DC Comics
(W) Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
(A) Fernando Pa Sarin
Cover by David Finch

The biggest event in comics continues as Brightest Day burns back the Blackest Night from the writing team behind Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps – Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi! And don’t miss the exciting DC Comics debut of red hot cover artist David Finch (New Avengers, Ultimatum)! The effects that the already classic Blackest Night will have on the DC Universe will be felt for years to come and this issue not only sets the stage for the new ongoing bi-weekly DC Universe book Blackest Night, but also the next exciting era of the DC Universe!

FC $3.99

Recommended Pick!
OTHER LIVES HC
Vertigo
Written by Peter Bagge
Art and cover by Peter Bagge

“I can count on one hand the number of comic artists whose work is as strong…maybe on two or three fingers.” – Robert Crumb

Meet three certified geeks: a self-loathing journalist who has a seemingly normal girlfriend, a conspiracy theorist who still lives with his mother and an unemployed gamer who lives in his car. These strangely likable misfits find that dark personal secrets can sometimes be a virtue in OTHER LIVES, a hilarious original graphic novel by award-winning creator Peter Bagge (Hate). The story also explores people’s identities, both real and created, and how the two become confused and conflated through the Internet and role-playing games.

B&W 136pg.
Hardcover $24.99 US

Comics shipping April 14, 2010

PREVIEWSworld.com New Releases

Shipping This Week: 4/14/2010

Every Monday, PREVIEWSworld.com provides a list of comics, graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise arriving this week to your local comic shop.

Please check with your retailer for availability, as not all new releases may be on sale in all areas at the same time.

DARK HORSE COMICS

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FEB100009 HELLCYON #1 (OF 4) $3.50
JUN090059 STAR WARS DARK TIMES #16 BLUE HARVEST PT 4 (OF 5) $2.99

DC COMICS

FEB100150 ACTION COMICS #888 $3.99
FEB100147 ADVENTURE COMICS #10 $3.99
FEB100136 BATGIRL #9 $2.99
FEB100134 BATMAN #698 $2.99
FEB100160 BOOSTER GOLD #31 $2.99
FEB100116 BRIGHTEST DAY #0 $3.99
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Blackest Night #8

Blackest Night #8
DC Comics
(w) Geoff Johns
(a) Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert & Joe Prado
FC 40 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher in Canada

“Live!”

I was hoping for Johns to repeat his success with the last big Green Lantern epic – The Sinestro Wars. Instead I ended up with an all right mega-crossover with a cheesy ending. It’s not the same cheesy ending that I was expecting. But it’s pretty cheesy.

“Live.”

And just like that a bunch dead characters are back. In a four page fold out none the less. The Hawks I expected. Dying and resurrecting is part of their shtick. The rest I really could care less about. In fact I have less interest in picking up the new Birds of Prey now that I know the mysterious silhouettes on the cover are the resurrected Hawk and Dove. But it is Gail Simone so I’m still willing to see where it goes.

I enjoyed Blackest Night for the most part. There was enough twists, turns and surprises to keep my interest but the cheesy ending hurts it. The dead means dead makes me laugh too. It reminds me of similar promises that the big two have made in the past. It never sticks for long. (Shane Hnetka)

Wednesday News Bites: April 7, 2010

Hello all. I hope everyone had a great long weekend. I know for a fact that Dana and Greg spent part of the weekend working on the new Downtown store. Opening day (April 28) is quickly approaching. Mark your calendar and come see us at 2125 11th Avenue on April 28.

Now let’s get to the news…

Recommended Picks for April 7, 2010

Hot Pick!
BATMAN AND ROBIN DELUXE HC VOL 01 BATMAN REBORN
DC COMICS
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Frank Quitely, Philip Tan & Jonathan Glapion
Cover by Frank Quitely

Batman and Robin hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile to face an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange and investigate the abduction of a child by the mysterious Domino Killer. But can this new Dynamic Duo find a way to work together? Find out in this new Deluxe hardcover collecting the first six issues of the hit series!
60 pg, FC, 7.0625″ x 10.875″, $24.99 US

Recommended Pick!
SHIELD #1 (MARVEL)
MARVEL COMICS
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by DUSTIN WEAVER
Cover by GERALD PAREL
Historical Variant by DUSTIN WEAVER

Leonardo Da Vinci was an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. So was Sir Isaac Newton. So were Imhotep and Zhang Heng and Galileo and many other geniuses throughout time. They were the first heroes to defeat Galactus and the Brood and turn Celestials back. They saved the world long before Captain America or Iron Man were ever born, but what does this mean to our heroes of today? What does this mean to Nick Fury? Do not miss this Marvel Comics masterpiece that fans will be talking about for decades to come. All the insanity is courtesy of JONATHAN HICKMAN (FANTASTIC FOUR, SECRET WARRIORS, Nightly News) and DUSTIN WEAVER (X-MEN).
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Comics shipping April 7, 2010

PREVIEWSworld.com New Releases

Shipping This Week: 4/7/2010

Every Monday, PREVIEWSworld.com provides a list of comics, graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise arriving this week to your local comic shop.

Please check with your retailer for availability, as not all new releases may be on sale in all areas at the same time.

PREVIEWS PUBLICATIONS

FEB101616 GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #122 PI

DARK HORSE COMICS

FEB100010 AVP THREE WORLD WAR #3 (OF 6) $3.50
FEB100043 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #34 TWILIGHT PT 3 (OF 5) JEANTY CVR $2.99
FEB100042 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #34 TWILIGHT PT 3 (OF 5) JO CHEN CV $2.99
FEB100089 JOURNAL DOMO & MR USAJI $9.99
FEB100023 MASS EFFECT REDEMPTION #4 (OF 4) $3.50
FEB100060 STAR WARS PURGE HIDDEN BLADE ONE SHOT $3.50
DEC090046 WITCHFINDER IN THE SERVICE OF ANGELS TP VOL 01 $17.99

DC COMICS

JUL090325 AME COMI BATMAN VINYL STATUE $70.00
JUL090326 AME COMI ROBIN VINYL FIGURE $60.00
DEC090262 AREA 10 HC (MR) $19.99
FEB100226 AUTHORITY #21 $2.99
FEB100202 BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 NEW PTG $1.00
FEB100130 BATMAN AND ROBIN #11 $2.99
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