Thursday, July 22, 2010

Comic Order for September

This month was tough as I'm dropping all the Jeff Parker books and I've given myself ten slots to fill with only three carried over from last month. I loved ATLAS but it's being cancelled with #5 (the issue available to order this month). I've decided to just get it later in trade paperback and stick it with the others. The solicitation for the last issue is included at the bottom since I will be getting it eventually.

So I was on the look for something new. I searched the PREVIEWS and this is what I came up with:

ADVENTURE COMICS #518

Written by Paul Levitz, co-feature written Jeff Limire, art by Kevin Sharpe and Mario Alzquiza, co-feature art by Mahmud Asrar and John Dell, cover by Scott Clarke and David Beatty.

It's not easy being Superboy. He knows he's destined for greatness as Superman, but how does a teenager deal with that knowledge? Not as well as you'd think... Also: The Atom co-feature continues with Ray Palmer trying to learn who stole his shrinking technology!

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Sept. 8.

DOOM PATROL #14

Written by Keith Giffen, art by Matthew Clark and Ron Randall, cover by Clark.

The Chief has been experimenting on a captured Kryptonian in his spare time, and he just figured out the method by which Kryptonian cells process yellow sun radiation. The next step: using that method on himself!

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 8.


FANTASTIC FOUR #583

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN, penciled bySTEVE EPTING, cover by ALAN DAVIS

Now joined by artist Steve Epting, Jonathan Hickman's tenure on FANTASTIC FOUR hits critical mass with "THREE", running through FF #583-588. The War of Four Cities has begun, and when it's run its course, one member of the Fantastic Four will have breathed their last! Change is in the air as the World's Greatest Comic Magazine lives up to its motto!

While the Fantastic Four have to deal with an uprising in the Forever City of the High Evolutionary, back home in the Baxter Building Val finds her father's Bridge machine and learns the Cost of Solving Everything. It's the return of Doctor Doom and the debut of superstar artist Steve Epting in THREE, part 1: 'In Lateveria, the Flowers Bloom in Winter.

32 pages, $2.99.

INCREDIBLE HULKS: ENIGMA FORCE #1

Written by SCOTT REED, Penciled by MIGUEL MUNERA, Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

Commander Rann and his ENIGMA FORCE face their first mission as the protectors of the new MICROVERSE... but it might be over before it begins when they are forced to rely on the help of a horrifying enemy! But to stop HIRO-KALA, the sinister SON OF HULK, and the rampaging, world shattering plans he has for Jarella's World, the Force will go to any length! With old friends Marionette and Bug alongside some new faces, this Enigma is a force to be reckoned with!

32 pages, $3.99.

THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #5

Written by Paul Levitz, art and cover by Yildiray Cinar and Wayne Faucher, variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

The final fate of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad's twin children is revealed here! Tensions between the team and Earth-Man come to a boil, and an all-new Green Lantern is revealed. Will it be Earth-Man -- or someone else entirely?

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Sept. 22.


THOR #615

Written by MATT FRACTION Art & Cover by PASQUAL FERRY.

The perfect jumping-on point as THOR's all-new creative team and all-new era kick off HERE! In the wake ofÊSIEGE, Asgard must take its proper place as the Golden Realm, most glorious of the nine worlds of myth. But that means Thor's home isn't just a beacon...it's a target! And what happens to the Asgardians and the denizens of all nine worlds -- including Earth! -- when a dark, destructive force from another reality comes on the warpath?

40 pages, $3.99.

THOR: FOR ASGARD #1 & 2

Written by ROBERT RODI Pencils & Covers by SIMONE BIANCHI Beginning an epic adventure showcasing the God of Thunder as you've never seen him before!Ê The vassals of Asgard are in armed revolt...Odin is missing...Balder is dead...and the entire continent is battered by a years-long winter.Ê How can Thor put the empire back together Ð especially with his mighty hammer Mjolnir mysteriously denied him?

32 pages, $3.99.

THOR: FIRST THUNDER #1

Written by BRYAN J.L. GLASS, penciled byTAN ENG HUAT, cover by JAY ANACLETO

Revealed for a new generation: the origin -- and first year on Earth -- of the God of Thunder! Who is the enigmatic Doctor Donald Blake? What is the secret that drives him to travel the world, seeking its challenges, and how does it connect him to the banished Prince of Asgard? Why has Thor been exiled to walk amongst mankind -- and battle threats from beyond the stars? And before the entire saga is over, how will he react when confronted by the likes of Tony Stark, Reed Richards...and his devious brother Loki?

40 pages, $3.99.

VALKYRIE #1

Written by BRYAN J.L. GLASS, penciled byPHIL WINSLADE, cover by JAY ANACLETO

From the pages of SECRET AVENGERS -- the untold story of the rebirth of Valkyrie! In AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, Ragnarok claimed the lives of the Asgardians, until they were reborn along with Thor himself...but when and how did the legendary shield maiden Brunhilde return? How does a murder mystery hold all the answers? And how can Valkyrie solve the riddle of her own death? Dare a glimpse into the soul of Marvel's most misunderstood heroine, and witness her transformation from myth to Defender to Avenger!

32 pages, $3.99.

Honorable mention:

ATLAS #5

Written by JEFF PARKER, penciled by GABRIEL HARDMAN, cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN

The Agents of Atlas take the fight to the invaders in a way that will once and for all show why ATLAS is different from the average super team! Will their battle change the order of the entire universe? And another return to the Department Zero of the 1950's.

32 pages, $2.99.

It's Thor month at Marvel!
I still think that the greatest Thor story of the modern age (post-Simonson) was Thor: Disassembled. That was some amazing stuff! And unfortunately nothing since could draw me back.

I had originally started reading Thor around #50 of the last run. Around the time that Odin died and Thor became Lord of Asgard. Then I missed a few issues and then Ragnarok happened. I would have loved to see a new Thor series after that but... The destruction of Asgard, the deaths of the Asgardians... that shit was too well done. It was the closest Marvel has ever come to an epic mythological story. It was near perfect. To bring Thor back would risk lessening the effect of one of the best Thor stories ever told.

That's probably why it took so long for Marvel to bring the Thunder God back.

But here he is... getting primed up for his big-screen debut.

I've seen a few preview pics of Pasqual Ferry's Thor and I'm looking forward to it. I loved his art on ADAM STRANGE and MISTER MIRACLE for DC and it's good to see him on a regular book again.

And a fellow SEVEN SOLDIERS artist takes the reigns in THOR: FOR ASGARD: Simone Bianchi! Another fantastic artist, Bianchi did SHINING KNIGHT for DC.

I've always loved Thor best when Marvel kept him in Asgard and out of the real world. I hope we'll be seeing more of that in these series.

Well, enough about Thor... What about ENIGMA FORCE?
Who??

Marvel kept this one a secret right up to the release of the September PREVIEWS. Matter of fact, I had to scan the picture, myself, because I could NOT find one online. There is barely even a mention of this series on the web. One would wonder if it even existed if it weren't for the appearance in the PREVIEWS.

What got me interested is it's the return of the Micronauts (minus the ones that went to Image and Devil's Due Comics).

My first exposure to the Micronauts was the 1986 series, MICRONAUTS: THE NEW VOYAGES, which had some great Kelley Jones art.

It will be interesting to see these characters again and at just three issues it may be worth a nostalgia trip.

Meanwhile, the LEGION heats things up. I cannot wait to see who it is that's in that bed with Earth Man.

The new FANTASTIC FOUR story gets my attention with Steve Epting doing art and I'm picking up VALKYRIE because it's a one-shot written by the same writer of THOR: FIRST THUNDER and seems to mesh well with the Thor books.

Well... that's it for this month. Next month I'm sure I'll be conflicted as a bunch of new titles will probably be grabbing my attention and I will only have one slot open. We shall see...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Now THIS is a teaser!


LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #6

Written by Paul Levitz, art and cover by Yildiray Cinar and Wayne Faucher, variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

The first storyline ends here after issue #5's shocking last page! Legion leader Cosmic Boy makes a drastic decision, that will affect the next year's worth of Legion stories. And the quest to build up the 31st century Green Lantern Corps continues!

40 pages, $3.99, in stores on Oct. 20.

Okay... This is how a cover should be done... Not theatrical poses every issue as if it's the first issue. This cover actually sets up the story. People who are reading LEGION no doubt already have a multitude of questions and speculations about what it means.

What we DO know... Earth Man does the nasty with a fellow Legionnaire.

The gender is kept pretty vague so it could be ANYBODY except Gates, Tellus or Blok...

Current leader in the speculation department is Shadow Lass.

Regardless of who it is... it's a Legionnaire. And it quite possibly is someone not of Earth...

Another thing is there is no Green Lantern ring on the bedside. I wonder if it was left out on purpose because Earth Man no longer has it by #6 or that it would have lessened the impact of the two Legionnaire rings sitting by the bed.

My guess is that he may have bedded someone in particular to cause a split in the group.

Guess we will see in a few short months...

Plus, I'm loving Cinar's art. Top notch!

And the best thing about the solicit? "that will affect the next year's worth of Legion stories". Woohoo... Not getting cancelled anytime soon!

ATLAS Gets the Axe!


I discovered yesterday that Marvel has decided to cancel Jeff Parker's astounding ATLAS series.

I finally found a comic that got me back into buying monthly issues as they came out... and it's gone. #5 will be the last issue.

A great example of how messed up the pre-order system is. I had ordered #1 to try it out. I got it in and thought it was awesome...
But by the time I got #1 the next issue available to order was #4. So I ordered it.

And now it's being cancelled with #5 which is on this month's order list. I'm tempted to just scrap it and get the trade as I've already missed #'s 2 and 3 anyway.

It seemed so promising...

Read more at Comics Alliance.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

NBC Saturday Mornings '81-'82



I finally got the scanner installed on the netbook so I thought I'd practice on an old DC Comic from 1981.