Monday, November 20, 2006

Madman Returns in April


And he's now at Image!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Current Market Value


My blog is worth $8,468.10.
How much is your blog worth?


Wow... looks like I may be worth something...

I think I'll check it again after a month and see how it's doing...

Poor Psychbloke...
He's discontinued his blog, but I checked the value for it anyway...
$22,581.60!!!

(Thanks to Roscoe for bringing this to my attention.)

...Like Unto a Thing of Iron!


Newsarama has a nice interview with IMMORTAL IRON FIST artist, David Aja. Go here to check it out. Includes colored and pre-colored images. Fantastic stuff!

They also have a preview of the first issue available here.

It's definitely on my "to buy" list!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Before I Forget...

Here's some pages from MICRONAUTS #42 featuring art by the very talented Gil Kane (as requested way back when by Doppelganger).


Retro Reviews Returning



I'm going to be continuing where I left off with the Retro Reviews. These are reviews of Marvel Comics from the '80s. Generally starting from where I first read comics on a regular basis.

Beginning with the June 1982 cover-dated comics, I take all the titles and read and review them here. The first month's batch includes all the comics printed that month. Following months will be comics that I choose to continue reading.

For those who missed the first two installments of my Retro Reviews, here are the links:
June 1982 - week 1
June 1982 - week 2

I'll be updating these with new cover scans over the next week, also.

My Picks For December

DC and Marvel have just released their solicits for comics shipping in February.

But before we get there I need to play catch-up.
So here's what currently interests me for the month of December:


THE SPIRIT #1
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art by Cooke & J. Bone
Cover by Cooke
Acclaimed writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (DC: THE NEW FRONTIER) sets his sights on Will Eisner's classic hero The Spirit in this all-new monthly series that maintains the "spirit" of Eisner's creation while bringing a new sensibility to the character. The Spirit, a.k.a. Denny Colt, joins Commissioner Dolan and his daughter Ellen in this go-for-broke, shoot-the-lights-out crime story!
When ace television reporter Ginger Coffee is abducted by a crimelord she was about to run an exposé on, The Spirit is called in to investigate. Finding her is tough enough, but getting out alive is a whole other matter!
Don't miss the first exciting issue, filled with action, adventure, humor and sexy girls!
On sale December 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Scott Dunbier


SHADOWPACT #8
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Shawn McManus
Ragman is spotlighted in this conclusion to the Shadowpact's war with the Congregation! Plus, Strega and Dr. Gotham!
On sale December 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


newuniversal #1
Written by WARREN ELLIS
Penciled by SALVADOR LARROCA
Planet Earth. Inhabited by six billion people. People leading ordinary lives, coping with everyday struggles. But on a night like any other, the Earth is rocked by the most startling celestial event ever witnessed by the human race. The White Event. And from its wake, a handful of humans emerge as something more.
Acclaimed writer Warren Ellis (NEXTWAVE) and superstar artist Salvador Larroca (X-MEN) bring you this new universe -
a universe witnessing superhuman power for the first time.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99


THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST #2
Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by DAVID AJA
What has the Rand Corporation done to awaken the wrath of Hydra? Iron Fist kicks his way toward the truth as another piece of the puzzle comes crashing into his life-a living legend long- thought dead! Don't miss the second action-packed issue of Marvel's hottest new kung fu series!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99


DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH #3 (OF 5)
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Pencils & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
As he searches every dimension of the Marvel Universe for a cure to save the life of his dying friend, Doctor Strange finally learns the shocking true identity of the shadowy villain who holds Wong's life in his hands.
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99


SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE: SLEEP OF REASON #1
Written by John Ney Rieber
Art by Eric Nguyen
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
A Vertigo classic returns - with a vengeance! The fertile mind of writer John Ney Rieber (BOOKS OF MAGIC, Captain America) and the dynamic pen of artist Eric Nguyen (Strange Girl) have created a Sandman tale that both honors the classic character and will stand as a classic in its own right.
A new age of terror demands a new Sandman to quell its nightmares. This disturbing new miniseries follows the final days of Wesley Dodds and his lifelong love Dian Belmont as they encounter a harrowing fate while traveling in Afghanistan circa 1997. Ten years later, with American troops on the ground in that country, wartime photojournalist Kieran Marshall is forced to take on the mantle of Wesley's former alter-ego, the terrifying crimefighter known as The Sandman.
A dark and relevant tale that will appeal to new readers as well as fans of the classic Vertigo series, SLEEP OF REASON questions what it means to be human when confronted with evil. Marshall is a man in search of a career-making interview with master-terrorist Masad. When he confronts Masad face-to-face, he learns to his horror that this terrorist can teach him more about himself than he ever wanted to know. Becoming the new Sandman will be the only way Kieran can save his own life - but, possibly, at the cost of his humanity.
On sale December 13 o 1 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS
Edited by Jonathan Vankin


JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Dale Eaglesham & Art Thibert
Cover by Alex Ross
Variant cover by Eaglesham
Get in on the ground floor as the world's first and greatest super-team returns to usher in the DCU's next age of heroes and villains! Writer Geoff Johns (52, Infinite Crisis), artists Dale Eaglesham (Villains United, Green Lantern) & Art Thibert (Outsiders, Superman) and cover artist Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Justice) band together for the debut of the greatest incarnation of the super-team that inspired all the others.
Determined to rebuild the Justice Society, founding members Green Lantern, Flash and Wildcat initiate an unprecedented recruitment program, tracking the bloodlines of heroes across the world and bringing in the new Starman, Damage, Liberty Belle and more!
But just as the Society welcomes the rookies into their ranks, an evil force sets out to destroy them. Meet new legacies, solve a mystery stretching into the far future, witness the return of the world's greatest hero, and watch another one fall - all in the pages of this fantastic new series!
Retailers: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. The Standard Edition cover is by Alex Ross; one copy of the Variant Edition, with a cover by Dale Eaglesham, may be ordered for every 10 copies of the Standard Edition ordered. Please see the Previews Order Form for further details.
On sale December 6 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US Edited by Stephen Wacker


HEROES FOR HIRE #5
Written by JUSTIN GRAY& JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA & TOM PALMER
Cover by WILLIAM TUCCI & MARK SPARACIO
The thrilling conclusion to the Skrull organ story line pits the Heroes for Hire against Ricadonna's cadre of villains and an army of the Corporation's android assassins. Meanwhile, the recently fired Tarantula sets out to take revenge for the murder of her father by killing Ricadonna. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Ricadonna has undergone a physical transformation from crime lord to super-powered freak show!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99



100 BULLETS #79
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
The unforgettable conclusion to the 4-part storyarc, "Punch Line." The Trust, Agent Graves and the Minutemen arrive in Mexico for a showdown that will mark the end for at least one major player. Also, the mystery behind the Atlantic City job is finally revealed. Loyal Bullets fans, this is the issue you've been waiting for!
On sale December 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS


WHITE TIGER #2 (OF 6)
Written by TAMORA PIERCE & TIMOTHY LIEBE
Penciled by PHIL BRIONES
Covers by DAVID MACK
"A HERO'S COMPULSION"
Angela del Toro, the new White Tiger, has exploded onto the superhero scene. During her costumed debut, Del Toro unleashed a wave of bone-shattering hurt. However she learned that the pain train goes both ways as she was left bleeding by Sano Orii and the new Cobra! Following the trail of a shadow syndicate known as Chaeyi, del Toro arrives at the doorstep of a nightspot known as the Genosha Club. Further complicating things are her strange relationship with the new Daredevil on the scene and visits from the webhead himself, Spider-Man. Good guys or bad guys---no one is going to stop del Toro from kicking crime in the teeth and getting answers. A new hero, new problems, and new, but deadly consequences---the grit is about to hit the fan!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99


CHECKMATE #9
Written by Greg Rucka
Art and cover by Jesus Saiz
The Black Queen deputizes the big guns in an all-out bid to keep Pawn 502's mission alive!
On sale December 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


DAREDEVIL #92
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Penciled by MICHAEL LARK
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
Matt Murdock finally comes face-to-face with the person who's been manipulating his life since he was thrown in jail, and you'll be stunned by the revelation!
Brubaker and Lark's second arc rounds the corner toward the finish line!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$2.99


SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #2
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Art and cover by Tim Sale
It's Superman vs. a volcano! While the Man of Steel fights mother nature to save villagers from fiery doom, he's missing out on a date with Lois Lane. Who will swoop in to sweep LL off her feat? Don't miss the next chapter in this story of Superman's early years from superstar talents Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale!
On sale December 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

MOON KNIGHT #8
Written by CHARLIE HUSTON
Pencils & Cover by DAVID FINCH
"MIDNIGHT SUN: PART TWO: THE DEAD DON'T STAY"
CASUALTIES OF WAR TIE-IN!
Only three months back on the job, and they're crawling out of the woodwork. The gangsters and hoods with old axes to grind -- them you expected, but not this guy: Someone who knows you, someone who wants your undivided attention and is willing to do anything to get it. And certainly not the fugitive Captain America, who shows up at your doorstep, wanting a word. Maybe he thinks he can harness all your excess energy into something useful...something that can aid him in his grudge match with Tony Stark in the CIVIL WAR tearing through the Marvel U? Maybe this war is worth winning at any cost? And you get to thinking...
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

Trade of the month:

BATMAN: YEAR ONE DELUXE TP
Written by Frank Miller
Art and cover by David Mazucchelli
A new softcover edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures eve! In addition to telling the entire dramatic story of Batman's first year fighting crime, this collection includes loads of reproductions of original pencils, script pages, promotional art, unseen Mazzucchelli Batman art and more!
Advance-solicited; on sale January 10 o 144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

New Look!

Obviously, you can tell I made some major changes to the layout here.
I even uploaded a pic to my profile page!

I also updated the DC Comics Showcase Presents Index with releases listed up to March 2007.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Shadowpact Index


DAY OF VENGEANCE #1
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
Spinning out of the events of March's DC COUNTDOWN, a reality-bending 6-issue miniseries from writer Bill Willingham (ROBIN, FABLES) and artists Justiniano & Walden Wong (THE HUMAN RACE)!
Ragman finds himself at the magical core of the DCU, where he finds himself aligned with an unlikely ally: The Enchantress! Together, they must face down a foe who has sworn to wipe out all magic�The Spectre! For a signed edition, see the Dynamic Forces section of Previews.
On sale April 20 o 1 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US Edited by Joey Cavalieri


DAY OF VENGEANCE #2
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
Spinning out of the events of March's DC COUNTDOWN, a reality-bending 6-issue miniseries from writer Bill Willingham (ROBIN, FABLES) and artists Justiniano & Walden Wong (THE HUMAN RACE)! The uneasy alliance known as the Shadowpact has formed to protect the world from another unholy partnership: the Spectre and the new Eclipso, who wage a fearsome campaign to wipe out all magic!
On sale May 18 o 2 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE #3
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
The 6-issue miniseries spinning from DC COUNTDOWN heats up as the Shadowpact - made up of Ragman, Blue Devil, The Enchantress, Nightmaster, and yes, Detective Chimp - attempt to hunt down the Spectre! But they may change their minds once they see what the Spectre does to Dr. Fate…
On sale June 15 o 3 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE #4
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
The 6-issue miniseries spinning from COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS is rocked by the awesome might of some of the DCU's most powerful beings! If the combined power of Shazam and the Shadowpact isn't enough to take down the Spectre, what will be? Does Detective Chimp have the answer?
On sale July 20 o 4 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE #5
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
The 6-issue miniseries spinning from COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS explodes as Black Alice from BIRDS OF PREY joins the fray! But is her power enough to turn the tide against the Spectre's mad quest to extinguish all magic in the DCU?
On sale August 24 o 5 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE #6
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
The 6-issue miniseries spinning from COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS reaches an unbelievable finale in a tale called "The Death of Magic!" Can the combined forces of the Shadowpact finally stop the Spectre?
On sale Sept 21 o 6 of 6 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE TP
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano, Ron Randall & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
Spinning out of the events of COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS and leading into INFINITE CRISIS, the reality-bending 6-issue miniseries from writer Bill Willingham and artists Justiano, Ron Randall, and Walden Wong is collected! In this volume featuring DAY OF VENGEANCE #1-6, ACTION COMICS #826, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #639 and SUPERMAN #216, Superman and Captain Marvel face off against the evil of Eclipso! Meanwhile, Ragman finds himself at the magical core of the DCU, where he ends up aligned with an unlikely ally: The Enchantress. Together with a ragtag team of magic-based heroes they must face down a foe who has sworn to wipe out all magic...the Spectre! Featuring nearly every magical character of the DCU, DAY OF VENGEANCE may mark the end of magic as we know it.
On sale November 2 o 224 pg, FC, $12.99 US


ROBIN #145
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel & Andy Owens
Blüdhaven is filled with metahuman villains, recently freed from their OMAC captors. Can Robin, the Veteran, and special guest stars the Shadowpact keep the city from falling into Chaos?
On sale Dec 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE: INFINITE CRISIS SPECIAL
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
The adventures of the Shadowpact continue in this 48-page Special by the DAY OF VENGEANCE creative team: writer Bill Willingham, artists Justiniano & Walden Wong and cover artist Walter Simonson! The Shadowpact returns - joined by Zatanna, Captain Marvel, the Phantom Stranger, Madame Xanadu and others - to stop the Spectre's deadly rampage!
On sale January 4 o 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US


SHADOWPACT #1
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Willingham
Writer/artist Bill Willingham (DAY OF VENGEANCE, FABLES) launches a new series featuring the mismatched magical heroes from DAY OF VENGEANCE as the ragtag band reunites to stand against another menace to our universe! Join Nightmaster, Ragman, Nightshade, Blue Devil, Enchantress and Detective Chimp as they face brand-new villains! Featuring a guest appearance by Superman!
On sale May 17 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joey Cavalieri


SHADOWPACT #2
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Willingham
The second installment of the new title written and illustrated by Bill Willingham (FABLES, DAY OF VENGEANCE)! An entire town is held hostage, and no conventional heroes can rescue them…it's up to the Shadowpact!
On sale June 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #3
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Willingham & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Willingham
The showdown between the Shadowpact and the Pentacle! This is a must-read issue for DAY OF VENGEANCE fans!
On sale July 19 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #4
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Steve Scott & Wayne Faucher
Cover by Scott
A special issue featuring guest art by Steve Scott (JLA) spotlighting a night in the life of Blue Devil! Demons have tracked Blue Devil to his hometown, and the resultant battle may leave it in shambles! It's wild action from writer Bill Willingham (FABLES)!
On sale August 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #5
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Steve Scott & Wayne Faucher
All sorts of monsters and magic-based villains pop out of the woodwork with a unanimity of purpose: to kill the Shadowpact! Nights at the Oblivion Bar will be lonely unless the team figures out what's happening and how to stop it!
On sale September 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #6
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Cory Walker
The Shadowpact confronts an arcane menace that has reduced their number - right from the start! Say goodbye to Ragman and the Enchantress - once the Wild Huntsman and his Hellhounds get through with them!
On sale October 18 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #7
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Cory Walker
Dr. Gotham has ordered the destruction of the Shadowpact! Ragman and the Enchantress have been transformed into Hellhounds…and the new supervillain team known as the Congregation could outnumber even the JLA!
On sale November 15 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


DCU INFINITE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Written by Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Bill Willingham, Joe Kelly, Kelley Puckett, Keith Champagne and Ian Boothby
Art by Joe Bennett, John Byrne, Jerry Ordway, Ale Garza, Giuseppe Camuncoli and David Lopez.
Cover by Howard Porter
Time to celebrate the holidays with the greatest heroes and rising stars of the DCU! Join Superman, Supergirl, Batwoman, Shazam, Green Lantern, Flash and Shadowpact as they spread the joy of the new season in their own special ways.
This giant sized 80-page Special features stories by Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Bill Willingham, Joe Kelly, Kelley Puckett, Keith Champagne and Ian Boothby and art by Joe Bennett, John Byrne, Jerry Ordway, Ale Garza, Giuseppe Camuncoli and David Lopez.
On sale December 6 o 80 pg, FC, $4.99 US


TEEN TITANS #42
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Peter Snejbjerg
Cover by Tony Daniel
Spotlight on Kid Devil as he finally confronts his mentor, Blue Devil!
On sale December 13 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #8
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Shawn McManus
Ragman is spotlighted in this conclusion to the Shadowpact's war with the Congregation! Plus, Strega and Dr. Gotham!
On sale December 20 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT #9
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
The Shadowpact are summoned to Budapest…where they encounter a brand new villain, as well as Etrigan the Demon! But whose side is he on?
On sale January 17 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


CHECKMATE #10
Written by Greg Rucka
Art and cover by Jesus Saiz
"Pawn 502" concludes! All spy agencies have special forces. Only Checkmate has Shadowpact - but even magic may not stop a survivor of Luthor's Everyman Project from blowing this op sky-high!
On sale January 17 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


THE HELMET OF FATE: DETECTIVE CHIMP #1
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Shawn McManus
Cover by Brian Bolland
Bill Willingham (SHADOWPACT, FABLES) joins forces with artist Shawn McManus (THE SANDMAN) and cover artist extraordinaire Brian Bolland for a tale of Detective Chimp! The World's Greatest Simian Sleuth is called in to investigate the murders of a new band of wannabe super-heroes when the Helmet of Fate enters his life!
On sale January 17 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joey Cavalieri


SHADOWPACT #10
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
Part 2 of the Demon Triptych! The Shadowpact's latest foe shows his true face, and Blue Devil is forced to realize his true fate! Nightmaster is dying and they only way to save the world is to recruit more members to their lost cause. Who will join? Find out in this issue!
On sale February 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SHADOWPACT: THE PENTACLE PLOT TP
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Willingham, Steve Scott and others
Cover by Willingham
Collecting the first five issues of the acclaimed new series from FABLES writer Bill Willingham! Join Nightmaster, Ragman, Nightshade, Blue Devil, Enchantress and Detective Chimp - the mismatched magical heroes from DC's hit DAY OF VENGEANCE- as they face brand-new villains!
On sale March 21 o 168 pg, FC, $14.99 US


SHADOWPACT #11
Written by Bill Willingham
Art and cover by Tom Derenick & Wayne Faucher
Concluding the Demon Triptych storyline! Shadowpact has a new lineup, and its first mission is to go straight to the Underworld, where Etrigan and his allies battle on its great Dark Plains!
On sale March 21 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Odds & Ends:
fabletown.com
Newsarama: BILL WILLINGHAM ON SHADOWPACT
Comic Book Resources: WILLINGHAM ON HIS “ROBIN” RUN AND BEGINNING ANEW WITH “SHADOWPACT”