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Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 2, 2014)

Here we are again. Another week. Another new comics day. The comics are like the mail. No matter how far behind I get (and I’m at least two weeks behind reading the comics I’ve bought), they just keep coming.

Not that it’s a bad thing… Just an observation. But that’s why my list is shorter this week. I have issues… BACK ISSUES!

Quantum & Woody #9

Quantum and Woody #9. By: James Asmus, Kano, Tom Fowler. Valiant Entertainment LLC.

People keep telling me that Quantum and Woody is a great title – one I should be reading. Also, I recall this title from my days persuing the shelves of Dragon’s Lair way back in 1988.

It’s been around forever, there’s a goat on the cover, and people tell me to check it out. Why not make it a pick of the week?

(That’s a rhetorical question since I already did)

Doctor Who Magazine #471

The colors on the cover image are HORRIBLE, but whatever. It’s a magazine about Doctor Who and I need some light reading this week. Plus, I just finished watching “The Green Death” and “Blink” is an iconic episode from the new series.

Shotgun Wedding #1 (of 4)

Shotgun Wedding #1. By: William Harms, Edward Pun. Image Comics.

The first issue of a new series. That’s an appealing proposition right out of the gate. The art is marvelous, so it’s got that going for it, too. Let’s check the solicit:

Mike Stone wants nothing more than to marry the woman of his dreams. Denise is smart, sexy, teaches the second grade, and loves Mike more than anything in the world. What she doesn’t know is that Mike is one of the world’s top assassins and was once engaged to a fellow assassin named Chloe. And when Mike abandoned Chloe on their wedding day, she vowed revenge… This April, treat yourself to an issue of SHOTGUN WEDDING each Wednesday! All FOUR issues of Minotaur Press’s latest miniseries will be released in April, and the covers for all four issues connect to form one larger image. 

Sweet! A weekly? So if I like the first issue, I only have to wait week-to-week for the next installment. Count me in.

She-Hulk #3

She-Hulk #3. By: Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, Kevin Wada. Marvel Comics.

The Marvel She-Hulk series is brilliant with a capital “B”. I could not be more excited to see how Jennifer Walters continues building her legal practice whilst punching bad guys in the face. Plus, based on the last issue, I’m anticipating Hellcat being in #3.

If you’re not on board with this title, get #1 and #2 ASAP. By far, the best book being published by Marvel today. This book is so good that I guarantee I’m not only buying this, but getting the first appearances of She-Hulk and Hellcat from the back issue bins.

There’s absolutely no doubt that She-Hulk #3 is the Casual Comics Pick for the Hot Comic of the Week.

Until next time… support you local comics shop! If you’re in Omaha, be sure to stop by the relocated Dragon’s Lair – now open for business.

– CCG

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Super-early Look at the Doctor Who comic series from Titan Comics

Call me “out of the loop” on comics, but I don’t think the existence of Titan Comics has ever crossed my radar. No, really, go ahead and call me “out of the loop”, that’s what this whole blog is about – a casual comics fan’s insight into the world of comics culture.

However, Titan Comics is the company that took over the Doctor Who license from IDW. I don’t know a ton about their plans for the series, but I do know this much: Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (February 26, 2014)

This is the time of the week where I would normally be introducing my good friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games, along with their picks of the week. However, this past weekend, tragedy struck when the shop next door caught fire.

The Blondo location of Dragon’s Lair is currently closed. That store is where I cut my casual comics teeth and became a rabid comics fan. Almost any series I will rave to you about from the 80s and 90s are titles I picked up in this very location. A few titles off the top of my head I remember discovering and purchasing at the Blondo store:

  • Nightcrawler mini-series
  • Cloak and Dagger (eagerly awaited the shipment of this one each month)
  • Vision and the Scarlet Witch (2nd mini-series)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (3rd printing), and the first printing of each one after that for a while
  • The Tick
  • Miracleman
  • Scout
  • Usagi Yojimbo
  • Mage!

…and so many more. It sounds like the stock is mostly lost – CJ put it best when he said smoke and water are not comics’ friends. But, hopefully the building did not suffer debilitating damage and they can re-open in the same location. Until then, please consider visiting Lair 2 for your comic needs, at least until they get the inventory and ordering back in hand.

So, for this week, you’re stuck with me and my picks again… I’m feeling nostalgic, so I’ll start with:

Miracleman #3

Miracleman #3 by TBD, Garry Leach, Alan Davis. Marvel Comics

Either the solicitation is way out of date or Alan Moore is being prickly again, since it’s listed as TBD for the writer.

This is a great series that we all raved about while milling around the counters at Dragon’s Lair after school. Issue #3 is an important turning point in the series. If you haven’t read this series, you’ve GOT TO start picking up Marvel’s reprints.

Ghostbusters #13

Ghostbusters #13 by: Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening. IDW Publishing

Well, as long as we’re in a somber mood anyway, I’m going to honor the memory of Harold Ramis by checking in on the Ghostbusters realm this week. It’s the first part of a new story arc, apparently, so I’m going to dive in and see if IDW can rekindle any of the 80s magic that the Ghostbusters brought the first time around.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31 by: Tom Waltz, Ross Campbell, Kevin Eastman. IDW Publishing

So let’s go for the nostalgia trifecta this week and see just what the Ninja Turtles are up to:

“While strategically secluded in Northampton, the Turtles are hit by new revelations involving enemies’ shifting loyalties, miracle cures, and ghosts from the past. And in the present, grave danger is about to strike! What new Foot Clan menace is hunting the Turtles?”

Well, that actually sounds interesting. Maybe this lookback to my youth will pan out after all.

Superior Foes Spider-Man TPB Vol. 01 Getting Band Back

 

Superior Foes Spider-Man TPB Vol. 01 Getting Band Back by: Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber, Marcos Martin. Marvel Comics

Ahhh… the war cry of the Casual comics fan, “I’m waiting for the trade paperback!” And, it’s finally here.

This title didn’t hit the top five of any of the “best of 2013” lists I saw. But it hovered between seven and ten on enough lists that it piqued my interest. Not “important” enough to bore me, yet not trivial enough to be ignored, this has been a title I’ve been dying to catch up with. Here’s the solicit:

“It’s a new sleeper-hit series starring some of Spidey’s deadliest baddies! Boomerang and his fellow villains prove that with terrible powers come terrible responsibilities, and Spider-Man will soon learn that with superior villains come superior problems! Out on bail and aiming to stay out of jail, Boomerang must get his cronies on target – but does Frank Castle, the one-man army known as the Punisher, have them targeted already? The Foes have a plan and the means to pull it off, but they’re about to learn the hard way that you can’t steal the head of Silvermane without severe repercussions! Rising star Nick Spencer teams with Eisner Award-winning sensation Steve Lieber for a walk on the Spider-Verse’s evil side! Collecting SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1-6. “

Sounds like just enough quirk to make it a cracking read. Superior Foes of Spider-Man Trade Paperback is my official Casual Comic Guy Hot Pick of the Week!

As you’re having fun with this week’s title, please keep the team at Dragon’s Lair in your prayers (such as they may be). The store is staffed with good people, and Bob has done so much to make sure that comics and nerd culture are appreciated in the Midwest. If anyone deserves a break, it’s Bob and the Bob-squad at Dragon’s Lair.

Even though it’s out of my way, I’m buying all my new comics there this week. I’d love it if the rest of Omaha did the same.

“Cheers” seems like an unlikely sign-off, so for this week, it’s… Stay Frosty!

– CCG

Casual Comic Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (February 5, 2014)

Hey, there. Time once again for me to pick the top new comics of the week. It’s a brand new month, football season is over, so bring on the new comic books!

Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster #1

Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster #1 by: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart Dark Horse

I don’t know much about Lobster Johnson, but here’s what I know. I love the name “Lobster Johnson”, I love the art in this book, and because there’s a mini-series, I think it’s time I tried out this title.

I also love the solicit:

“A Manhattan sporting event goes terribly wrong as the ref is killed in front of a live audience by two crazed-and seemingly bulletproof-wrestlers. Who is behind this new reign of terror?”

I’m in!

Punisher #1

Punisher #1 By: Nathan Edmondson, Mitch Gerads Marvel Comics

Frank Castle has has his ups-and-downs. He’s been many things over the decades since he was introduced, including a weird part man, part machine Frankenstien monster.

I’m not kidding…

But, the one thing The Punisher has ALWAYS been is a hero who gets his powers from technology/weapons. Which is why issue #1 of his new series gets a spot on this week’s list.

Knights Of The Dinner Table #205

Knights of the Dinner Table By: Jolly Blackburn Kenzer and Company

As someone who has most of the issues #25-100, I’m just glad to see that this title is still around. Back in the day, it was one of the consistently funniest comics that highlighted role-playing game culture. It really captured what was special and funny about rolling dice with a regular gaming squad.

I’m going to have to peek in on the gang and see what they’ve been up to in the over 100 issues since I last tuned in.

Judge Dredd: Mega City Two #2 (of 5)

Judge Dredd: Mega City Two #2 By: Douglas Wolk, Ulises Farinas IDW Publishing

Issue one of this mini-series was both fun and funny. Mega City Two is the perfect place to drop Dredd and just watch him react to a completely different form of madness than he’s used to. I’m eager to see if Wolk and Farinas can keep up the pace established in a crackerjack first issue.

Go ahead and buy two copies – you know you want to cut out the Dredd paper doll…

Wraith Welcome To Christmasland #1 (of 5) (2nd Printing)

Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 (Second Printing) By: Joe Hill et. al. IDW Publishing

I can’t believe I missed this when it first arrived. The fact that it went to a second printing already makes me eager to check out this title.

Joe Hill is one heck of a writer, and anyone who’s read NOS4A2 will be familiar with “Christmasland”. If you’ve read it, you’ll want to snatch up this title. If you haven’t, what’s wrong with you. Put down the comics for a couple of days and pick up NOS4A2, you won’t be able to put it down. The publisher’s solicit for this comic promises you don’t need to have read NOS4A2, but you’re going to want to anyway.

The Star Wars #5

The Star Wars #5 By: Jonathan Rinzler, Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge Dark Horse

So, I’ve got friends who are comic book fans. I’ve got friends who are sci-fi fans. And I’ve got friends who are HUGE Star Wars fans. So how come I’m just finding out about this title today?

I’m going to assume you’ve never heard of this title either, because WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME?

Read the description:

Remember the scene in Star Wars where the Sith Knight traps General Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Annikin Starkiller, and the alien Han Solo-and they have to fight their way free and steal an Imperial starship? No? That’s because this is The Star Wars-based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay! Experience a Star Wars that never was!

* Official eight-issue adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay for Star Wars!

WHAT!?!

Color me intrigued. And based on the sheer novelty of this book, I’m picking The Star Wars #5 as my Casual Comic Guy Hot Pick of the Week!

Have fun digging yourselves out tomorrow, Omaha, and get down to your local comic shop for these and many more titles on New Comics Day.

Cheers!

– CCG

 

Casual Comics Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (January 22, 2014)

Flying solo again for the best comic picks of the week. What follows are the most awesome comics being released this week according to me, the Casual Comics Guy, a guy who only reads about three comics per week. But, I do read ABOUT comics a lot and I used to read comics constantly, so I’m still better informed than 85% of bloggers on the webs who are just trying to maximize traffic through cheap keyword tricks.

By the way, if anyone can teach me those tricks, let me know. I’m too busy obsessing about all the comics I don’t have time to read.

I Don’t Get It: Hardcover

“I Don’t Get It” by Shannon Wheeler. Published by BOOM Studios.

It’s not the traditional “comic book”, but it caught my eye this week. First, it caught my attention because, many times, I truly don’t get it. Then, the New Yorker angle made me laugh because I’m old enough to remember Seinfeld. Lastly, it took me a while to dig up any more information on the book, so I thought, “Hey, even I can make a difference by spotlighting this instead of a third Avenger’s title. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (January 8, 2014)

I’m flying solo on the picks this week, so bear with me – I’m winging it.

Avengers World #1

Avengers World #1; written by Jonthan Hickman

How many times will Marvel trick me with new Avengers titles that are numbered “1”? Answer… all the times. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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

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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