Monthly Archives: February 2015
This week, I decided to call in the big guns for the weekly picks. Once again, the guys at Dragon’s Lair in Omaha, NE have personally curated your selection of comics for this week.
I sent a message to CJ early in the week asking him if he could send over picks, and he graciously agreed. Then, he let me know mid-week that the comics were late arriving due to the weather, and so his picks would also be arriving later. I asked if he could just give me a list of the hot books before the shipment came in, to which he replied, “Tough to tell what’s gonna be good without actually seeing them.”
Reading the books before making the picks? I guess I learn something new every day.
So, this week, you get the insights of someone who has actually read the books being recommended here.
Last week, I talked about my plans to catch up with the Spider Verse story arc. Based on the solicit for this book, I fear I may be too far behind for it to ever make sense.
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.
This sounds more complicated than the dreaded Clone Saga, but is far more widely acclaimed. Between Silk and Spider Gwen, I guess I have some catching up to do.
Legendary Star Lord #9
I’m glad CJ read this one, because this might win the award for “Worst Comic Cover of the Month”. Let’s count down the individual elements that add up to an awful comic book cover.
Whatever that artifact is that dominates the center of the cover looks ridiculous – something like an Oscar trophy modeled after Luke Cage and Deadmaus’ love-child.
- Star-Lord’s ludicrous Firestorm hairdo.
- Cyclops is not just a boring dud, but also appears to be a dumb mouth-breather here.
- I have no idea who that space pirate behind Cyclops is. He sure seems happy, though.
- Is Kitty Pryde preparing to fight or to give Storm a scalp massage? Read this thrilling issue to find out.
- Just to the left of the space trophy… Is that Booster Gold? How did he get here?
- Jean Grey looks like she’s ready to wash that man right out of her hair…
- And, finally, the most egregious offense of this cover – The ridiculous pose in the lower right corner.
So, there you have it. Just two picks this time. And they’re delivered late, to boot. But, at least this time they were carefully curated by someone who actually read the books before I recommended them. More to come once the Midwest thaws out…
OK – So, I have to admit, I haven’t read any of the Spider-Verse titles yet. I have called my (new) local comic book shop, Laughing Ogre in Columbus, OH, and asked them to pull the series for me.
Based on the love I’m hearing for the new character, Spider-Gwen, it seems like I’m getting into the title just in the nick of time.
For the release of the first issue of her solo title, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find – a comic shop in Charlotte, NC – is having a release party that features the band “Married with Sea Monsters“. They’ll have a new 7” single with some rocking cover art. And, the single is white vinyl with a Spidey-themed label.
Anyone in North Carolina able to go snag me a copy?
More details are here.
And you can listen to the song right here:
Bring the hype… I’m extremely excited to catch up on the Spider-verse now.
Right now, Comics Alliance is running a poll on the best comic couples of all time. The Vision and Scarlet Witch – who are obviously the greatest comics couple of all time – are lagging in the voting.
As ancient wisdom informs us, haters are obviously going to hate. Thusly, the couple is way behind in the polls. Please head over and give them some love this Valentine’s day…