Monthly Archives: December 2013

Casual Comic Book Gift Giving Guide – Hot Gifts for Comic Book Fans this Christmas (Part 2)

Thanks again to the Dragon’s Lair crew for helping me compile a great list of hot holiday gifts for the comic book fan in your life. Up next is Part 2 of the gift guide – Prestige Items and Books for more Serious Collectors

These books and gifts tell your friends and loved ones just how much you love them (by the fact that you’re willing to spend a LOT of money on them). If there’s someone you like that much, and/or you’re richer than Paris Hilton, you’ve come to the right place. Read the rest of this entry

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (December 11, 2013)

Welcome to the top comic book picks for the week. As always, these picks are suggested by the knowledgeable staff over at Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games. They’ve always got great recommendations, so I’m glad to share them here:

Immortal Iron Fist Complete Collection Trade Paperback Vol. 1

“The Immortal Iron Fist” was my first introduction to Matt Fraction and Alexandre Aja, the objects of my casual crush for their work on the new “Hawkeye” series.

Plus, Iron Fist has his own Netflix TV series coming out so it’s time you caught up with the hero. It may seem a bit pricey at $39.99, but the trade paperback collects 20 issues of a tremendous run on an underrated hero. That’s less than $2 per issue.

Richard Stark’s Parker Slayground Hardcover Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Book Gift Giving Guide – Hot Gifts for Comic Book Fans this Christmas

Thanks again to CJ and Craig over at Dragon’s Lair for helping me compile a great list of hot holiday gifts for the comic book fan in your life.

I stopped up at Dragon’s Lair (156th and Q) this weekend as they were setting up their holiday display and came away with a list of cool stuff.

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If you’re looking for Christmas gifts, the guys at Dragon’s Lair are the people to ask.

Gifts for the Casual Comics Fan

I’m going to break the list into a few parts – mostly because there’s so much good stuff in comic shops these days.

Part 1 – Trade Paperbacks

Part 2 – Prestige Items and Books for more Serious Collectors

Part 3 – Odds and Ends / Stocking Stuffers Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Rewind Review: Vision and the Scarlet Witch #2

Vision and Scarlet Witch #2 – “Faith of our Fathers” delves further into the complicated back story of the Scarlet Witch and her “father” Robert Frank. Turns out he’s not really their father, but Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have been keeping that on the down low.

Four awesome things about this issue:

  1. The super couple just hangs out around the house in their full-on superhero gear. (To the delight of teenage boys because… Wanda in costume? Hubba, hubba…)
  2. They have a huge supercomputer with a teleconnection to the moon in the living room of an otherwise nondescript home in the suburbs. In fact, it’s quite near the covered porch where Jarvis is enjoying a spot of tea after the altercation in the last issue.

    No danger, just my dad at the door. Better be sure I’m wearing the full costume, though, while I talk to my brother who is ON THE MOON!

  3. Robert Frank still actually thinks he’s the father of Wanda and Pietro.  Quicksilver’s power is super speed. So was Frank’s when he was a hero in the 50s known as… wait for it… “The Whizzer”. Wanda and Pietro have never told Frank he’s not really their father. But face it, I couldn’t bear to bring heartache to an old man who still goes by “The Whizzer” either.
  4. Wanda and the Vision get around town via taxicab – even though one can fly and the other can teleport.

The issue starts out, wonderfully, in media res. The splash page shows the Vision, arm melted into a twisted slag. The guy can turn hard as a diamond or completely intangible. The sight of the Vision – in pain, arm smoldering brings immediate intensity to this issue.

Who knew this was even a thing that could happen?

Via flashback, the readers come to see just how Vision got into this mess. And, delightfully, it involves more family drama.

Robert Frank has another son, Nuklo, a 32 year-old nuclear beast with the mind of a child. Frank wants the Vision and Scarlet Witch to help him take back custody of his abandoned child from the research facility where he is being kept.

Once again, the art is wonderfully ahead of its time for a comic of this era – minimalist, yet striking use of lines and shading. And, the non-linear storytelling really works – helping parcel out more complex backstory and the emotional trauma while maintaining tension.

You all know that Vision and the Scarlet Witch have a special place in my heart. Rereading the stories convince me that the Marvel miniseries I knew and loved still hold up today.

–          CCG

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (December 4, 2013)

Back again, new comic book release schedule in hand. And without further ado, here are the Dragon’s Lair picks for the best new comics of the week for December 4.

Velvet #2

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