Monthly Archives: December 2013

Digital Comics Deal – Marvel’s Age of Ultron 75% off

Hey, there casual comics fans. Need to catch up on the Age of Ultron series before Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hits the big screen next summer? For a limited time, Marvel is selling the entire Age of Ultron miniseries for 99 cents per issue.

That’s right all 11 issues in this 10-issue miniseries (drat you, Marvel, and your accursed numbering scheme) are $3 off – a savings of $33 if you buy the whole series. But the deal ends at 11 pm Eastern on January 2. Check out the details at:

Issue “10AI” throws off the whole numbering scheme…


Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (December 31, 2013)

Here we with the top comic picks for the last week of 2013. Same story as last week, folks. New comic day is Tuesday this week, not Wednesday so thank the New Year that your comics are a day early.

As always, weekly picks are provided by our friends over at Dragon’s Lair and uneducated commentary is solely mine. I’m hoping that with us traversing the year and comics being bumped up one day, there’s some time travel nonsense in these picks. Let’s unwrap them together.

Comic book top picks of the week – Week of December 31

Legenderry #1

Aaaaand right out of the gate, I know we’re in good shape. Read the rest of this entry

Casual List-a-mania: Top 10 X-Men of all Time

I’ve been sitting on this info for a while, but back in October, Marvel released the results of their “official” list of the top 50 X-Men of all time. Their “panel of experts” made some interesting choices for the best-of list.

The list seems a bit focused on getting the superfans excited, which makes sense. I don’t know that casual comic fans can even name 25 X-Men, let alone 50. So, I’ll briefly touch on Marvel’s rankings of  41-50 before giving you my own, “Official Top-10 X-Men of All Time (for casual readers).

Marvel’s Official Top 50 X-Men (#41-50)

#50 Sabretooth – Nope. Not an X-Man. I asked Hugh Jackman.

#49 – Joseph – Did he have an amazing technicolor dreamcoat? Read the rest of this entry

Digital Comics Deal – Image Comics Half Off

Here’s a great chance to sample some new (to you) titles from Image Comics. Today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday), the entire catalog of digital comics is 50% off at the Image store, which is a pretty great comics deal.

What series should you check out? I haven’t read these yet, but they look the most promising to me:

Alex + Ada

I’m a big fan of Jonathan Luna, so this title grabbed my attention a while back. A new X5 android pops into Alex’s life unexpectedly. (I expect it’s like Kramer’s misplaced mail-order bride).

I don’t know much else, but I’ll post a review once I’ve read it. But, at half price, you may want to jump in.

East of West

This one I have read, and it’s one heck of a wild ride. Three of the Four Horsemen – you know the ones I mean – wreak havoc in an alterna-sci-fi-wild-west universe. The Fourth will stop at nothing to get his lost love back – even if he has to go through his former companions to do it. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Book Coolness: Super-Team Family “The Lost Issues”

Last night, I stumbled on the Super-Team Family blog and have been cackling madly ever since. If you get a chance, you should point your browsers to the blog and give it a look.

The author digitally combines heroes from different comic universes onto the cover of a single issue of “Super-Team Family”, a comic that never existed, but should. The covers tell the whole story in classic Marvel/DC style. I’m linking to just a few of my favorites below, but you really should check them all out. Your favorite hero is probably tucked away in there somewhere.

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Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (December 24, 2013)

Christmas, Christmas time is here… And that means new comic day is Tuesday this week, not Wednesday. Plan accordingly on your quest for the hot new comic books of the week.

As always, weekly picks are provided by our friends over at Dragon’s Lair and uneducated commentary is solely mine.

Comic book top picks of the week – Week of December 23

Fairy Quest Trade Papaerback: Volume 1 – Outlaws Read the rest of this entry

Hot Comic Book Guys?!? – I guess that’s me…

So, scanning my site stats tonight, I saw a metric ton of hits. An odd search term popped up in my results – “Hot Comic Book Guys”

My intellectual side tells me that this is because I always post “hot comic book” picks on my site. But a part of me is still flattered that searching “Hot Comic Book Guys” on google gets you to this blog (only 7 pages deep).

If any of you know how to make me Number One for “Hot Comic Book Guys” searches, your wisdom is appreciated.

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Thank you, Cleveland! Rock and Roll!


Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (December 17, 2013)

It’s that time of the week again – New Comic Day approach-eth. Here are the top, hot comic book picks for the week of December 17. As always, picks are provided by our friend’s at Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games with commentary by yours truly.

Full disclosure: I have not read these issues before posting the list. In fact, I have not read many of these titles in years. I can still have an opinion about them, though. It’s a free country (last I checked).

Picks for this week:

Uncanny Avengers #15

Holy cow, Cap looks like he’s been through the red, white, and blue wringer here. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Book Gift Giving Guide – Hot Gifts for Comic Book Fans this Christmas (Part 3)

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, with the hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” (Filling them with the best cool comic book related gifts)

Ahh… is there any holiday gift tradition more fun than the stockings? Finding stuff small (and inexpensive) enough to fill a stocking can be quite the chore. But, as someone who would rather get a half dozen small and fun gifts than a single large present, I spend a lot of time on finding the perfect stocking stuffers.

I took an afternoon and my smartphone to troll the aisles of Krypton Comics in Omaha, NE in search of great treats for all the good girls and boys on my list.

While the last two lists (Part 1 and Part 2) have been comprised of the items I found at Dragon’s Lair, the Lair really is Comics and Games, to me. Krypton Comics has a huge selection of the kinds of small (and large) toys that last minute shoppers will love when seeking to fill those stockings. Here’s the best stuff that I found: Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Review: Afterlife with Archie #1-2

“Afterlife with Archie” deals with the zombie apocalypse that falls on the small town of Riverdale. It features all of the Archie gang you know and love – which in my case was none of them.

It might sound like a novelty – two exhausted properties, zombies and Archie, flogged even further for a quick buck. Stick with me, though, because this might be the best title I’ve stumbled upon in my search for good titles for casual comic book fans. Read the rest of this entry