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Hot Comics of the Week (Courtesy Dragon’s Lair): Week of June 18, 2014

The doldrums of early summer are officially setting in. It’s time to venture out to the local comic shop (virtually) to check out the new comics (virtually) and see what’s hot. Although, with the humidity kicking it up a notch, maybe we can find something cool instead.

Let’s see what CJ, Craig, and the Lair crew recommend this week.

I’ll start with what’s NOT on their list.

Original Sin #4

Original Sin #4. By: Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato, Julian Totino Tedesco. Marvel Comics

 

I’m pretty psyched about this series, but I’ve only read the first two issues. I hope that it’s not petering out. Some Marvel events sustain the momentum all the way through (Civil War) or peter out and die a slow death (World War Hulk). Here’s hoping Original Sin is in the former category.

Guaranteed that The Watcher doesn’t stay dead, but it’s been fun so far anyway.

What IS on the list?

Uncanny X-Men #22

Uncanny X-Men #22. By: Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo. Marvel Comics.

I feel like I just wrote about the Uncanny X-Men last week. Maybe I’m losing it with all these titles. Take a look and let me know, will you?

I have to say, I like Cyclops’ new mask, but I have a feeling it’s going to get old, quick. It just seems impractical. (Not like the normal ruby-quartz visor with a trigger implanted in the thumb of his glove, as I recall from the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe).

That one… right there.

 

Velvet TPB Vol. 01 Before The Living End

Velvet TPB Vol. 01 Before The Living End. By: Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting. Image Comics.

Now I know I’ve written about this one before. And, already here’s a trade paperback. Boy, time flies… Super fun art, and Ed Brubaker can usually deliver a potboiler like no one’s business. If you liked the last Captain America movie, you’re already a Brubaker fan, even if you don’t know it.

 

Winterworld #1

Winterworld #1. By: Chuck Dixon, Butch Guice. IDW Publishing.

What the heck is this? That guy looks like Kurt Russel from The Thing. I could only hope this book is that sweet. Let’s learn a little more about this one:

Winter is coming early! All new stories based on the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic! The apocalyptic international comics sensation of an Earth turned to an icy hell is back with Dixon returning to script and Butch Guice doing some of the best work of his illustrious artistic career as they take on the bleak and frozen future. Follow Scully and Wynn from their icy home of Wintersea into a killing wasteland where the coldest place is the human heart.

Well, I can’t say that I’m in favor of a bleak and frozen future. Why is it so cold? Were all the scientists really that wrong about global warming? Out of all apocalyptical futures (robotic, giant insect, volcanic, nuclear, zombie, etc…), I think “ice age” is way down on my list.

Still, if the Lair guys like it, it’s probably worth a peek.

Star Trek City on the Edge Of Forever #1 (of 5)

Star Trek City on the Edge Of Forever #1. By: Harlan Ellison, J. K. Woodward, Juan Ortiz. IDW Publishing.

Now this one, I gotta see. Like any teenage boy/nerd worth his salt, I loved Ellison’s short stories when I was “of a certain age”. That cover art, in the words of a certain Doctor is “Fantastic”! I can’t explain the nerd appeal of this book any better than the solicit:

For the first time ever, a visual presentation of the much-discussed, unrevised, unadulterated version of Harlan Ellison’s award-winning Star Trek teleplay script, ‘The City on the Edge of Forever!’ This Hugo- and Writer’s Guild of America Award-winning teleplay has been much discussed for decades but only here can you see the story as Mr. Ellison originally intended! 

C’mon, now. Mr. Ellison? Really? When did we get so formal?

That said, this book is a must have. That’s why Star Trek City on the Edge Of Forever #1 is the official Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week

Thank you again to the crew at Dragon’s Lair for all the help. You guys are the best.

Support your local comics shop, people. Cheers!

– CCG

PS – Alex + Ada #7 is also out this week. That’s the best comic out right now, but I gotta mix in some other titles, otherwise where’s the suspense in these lists?

Alex + Ada. Read it. Post-haste…

 

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (June 11, 2014)

After a bit of a hiatus, our friends at Dragon’s Lair are back and better than ever with their comic book recommendations for this week.

For those of you who don’t know, Dragon’s Lair – a staple of the Omaha comic book community – had a fire some time back. They’re moved into their new location on 90th and Blondo, which is spectacular. If you haven’t yet, you should check it out.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out the following comics, recommended by CJ and Craig:

Walking Dead #128

Walking Dead #128. By: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard. Image Comics.

Man. This book just keeps going. I’m glad to see Kirkman’s still pushing the story along, but I also haven’t read an issue in over four years. Let’s see what’s going on this month. Let’s see. The solicit says:

“After all this time, she should be more prepared. “ Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (May 21, 2014)

Ahhh… we’re finally closing in on Summer. As the temperature heats up, so do the new comic titles.

Well, not really, but it sounded good when I said it earlier. But, speaking of “heating up”, here are the Hot New Comics for the week of May 21, 2014. (Picks are possibly influenced by the delerium setting in from my recent sunburn)

Non Sport Update Vol. 25 #3

 

I have no idea what this is, but it reminds me of “Dynamite” magazine. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (May 7, 2014)

So? Hot Comic Picks for this week?

Tell you what. Between the NFL Draft, Free Comic Book Day, and trying to cram in all of the back-story on Uatu, I only got time for the “best of the best” this week.

Yeah. I watched it. So what?

And away we go…

Mentions that don’t get a full write-up:

Nailbiter #1 (Image Comics)

Satellite Sam Tijuana Bible

Cyclops #1 (Marvel Comics) – Did I mention that Scott Summers is lame? I think I did…

Powerpuff Girls #9 (IDW Publishing)

Red Sonja #9 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Gail Simone is awesome…

And now the top 3

She-Hulk #4

She Hulk #4. By: Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, Kevin Wada. Marvel Comics.

 

This is my favorite Marvel title, and my second favorite title overall (after Alex+ Ada). Is that Matt Murdock on the cover? Let’s read the solicit:

Jen’s new client Kristoff Vernard has been kidnapped by his dad, DOCTOR DOOM!

What does fellow lawyer (and recently outted Man Without Fear) MATT MURDOCK know about it?

It’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk Style, as Charles Soule (INHUMANITY) and Javier Pulido (HAWKEYE) take us to Latverian soil!”

Love it! Gotta read it!

Alex + Ada #6

Alex + Ada #6. By: Jonathan Luna. Image Comics.

No holds barred, this is the best title on shelves today. If you’re already reading it, it’s got to be the title you’re most looking forward to. The only reason it’s not the pick of the week? If you ‘re not reading it, you might as well wait for the trade paperback at this point. You’re not going to find the first five issues all single-bound.

Original Sin #1 (of 8)

Original Sin #1. By: Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato, Julian Totino Tedesco. Marvel Comics.

Marvel’s big event of the summer just arrived. Who shot the Watcher? This could be awesome. It could also be incredibly awful. Either way, for a casual comics fan, this issue has to be the Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week. It’s the one title you’ve got to at least browse in hopes that the story stays on the rails.

So, I hope you all got out to your local comic shop for Free Comic Book Day. I also hope you’ll check out these titles and more and support local stores.

Cheers!

– CCG

 

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 30, 2014)

It’s a big week this week – a special week. It’s a week so big, the title of “Hot Pick of the Week” went a little haywire.

That’s right, Saturday May 3 is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Be sure to visit your friendly local comic book shop on Saturday for all the festivities (and to grab some free books, too). I’ll have a preview of the free titles later this week, but to start your double dip of comic goodness, here are the top picks for the hot new comic books of the week.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Amazing Spider-Man #1. By: Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos. Marvel Comics.

It seems almost mandatory that Amazing Spider-Man #1 make the list this week. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 23, 2014)

Another week closer to summer. Another week closer to the NFL football draft. How to kill the time? Why with comic books, obviously! So what hot new comics should you be looking for this week? Don’t ask me, I’m just a casual comics guy.

But if you don’t read comics very often and need something to kill some time and (maybe) help you get back into comics, maybe you want to look at one of these… Because this week, in the immortal words of Devo, I’ve got something for everybody.

 

Duffman Adventures #1

Duffman Adventures #1. By: Matt Groening, Mike Rote. Bongo Comics.

To be honest, I’ve never read a Simpsons title in my life. Not even the obvious, “Radioactive Man” series. Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 16, 2014)

Hopefully, the Tax Man was kind to you this year, friends. Because it’s new comic time again, and last week was so full of goodness I don’t know how to pay for this week’s comics myself.

Let’s see how many must-have comic book titles are popping up this week.

Hulk #1

Hulk #1. By: Mark Waid, Mark Bagley, Jerome Opena. Marvel Comics.

I was literally, just today, lamenting that we haven’t seen Hulk onscreen since The Avengers and won’t see him again until Avengers 2: Age of UltronRead the rest of this entry

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 9, 2014)

Wow. What a great week for comics. If I bought all the hot picks for this week, it would take me three weeks to read them all. But, I think they’re all worth checking out (or at least skimming). Too many comics – not enough time… Straight into the previews.

I hope you saved up your nickels. folks, ’cause there’s a lot this week.

Astro City #11

Astro City #11. By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson, Alex Ross. DC Comics.

Astro City is a comic I remember fondly. Read the rest of this entry

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

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (March 26, 2014)

Ahhhh…. New Comic Book Day. Here we are again. You… me… some soft music.

You didn’t have to get all dressed up for me. Let’s dim the lights and just enjoy each other’s company for a bit.

Uber TPB #1

Uber TPB #1. By: Kieron Gillen, Canaan White. Avatar Press

I don’t know much about this particular title other than the following:

  • It sounds like a pretty cool alternate history book.
  • I really love Doctor Who and Amelia Pond was one of my favorite companions.

I can’t believe she’s writing comics now.

Here’s the solicit:

The first collection of KIERON GILLEN’s breakout hit reinvention of the alternative history genre is finally here! April 24, 1945, the world holds its breath as the war is only days away from ending. Russian troops move through Germany to the final objective… Hitler himself. As those around the mad dictator crumble, the much ridiculed threats of the ‘Wunderwafen’ finally materialize. A new weapon is delivered, one with unstoppable power – a weapon like no other and with a madman pulling the trigger. The Ubers change the direction of World War II providing a dark and uncompromising alternative history in a way that you’ve never seen. Kieron Gillen and Caanan White deliver one of the best new series of 2013 collected in a 176 page trade paperback. Uber Vol 1 collects issues #0 – 5 the startling first chapter of this new horror series that reimagines the super soldier in a stark new bloody vision.

Wait… So this isn’t Karen Gillen? Never mind… Here’s a picture of her anyway:

Geronimo!

Elfquest: The Final Quest #2

Elfquest: The Final Quest #2. By: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini. Dark Horse

Let me just say that it does my heart good to know that they’re still publishing Elfquest. Good for you Team Pini! I might have to pick up #1 and #2 and power read them this weekend.

Vandroid #2

Vandroid #2. By: Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith, Dan McDaid, Melissa Edwards. Dark Horse

Issue #1 was good, but not great. The potential was there, though, for this to be a breakout series. Let’s see what #2 has in store for us.

Vandroid ramps up in this no-holds-barred second issue! The Van Man is off the chain, but when he runs afoul of his creator’s loose ends-including his estranged wife and an old criminal acquaintance-he finds out that being human is more complicated than his programming indicated!

Imagine a newly discovered 80s movie starring Brian Bosworth, and you’re on the right track.

 

Sandman Overture #2 (of 6)

Sandman Overture #2. By: Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams. DC Comics, Vertigo

Neil Gaiman is writing new Sandman comics. Either that means something to you, or you and I need to have a serious talk. It’s been forever-and-a-day since the first issue, so I get it if you’re waiting for the trade.

Garth Ennis Red Team TPB Vol. 01 Season One

Garth Ennis Red Team TPB Vol. 01 Season One. By: Garth Ennis, Craig Cermak, Ryan Sook. Dynamite Entertainment.

So, I’m having tons of fun with Garth Ennis’ Rover Red Charlie series. His Preacher got a little wobbly after a great start, if you ask me. And, The Boys went utterly insane in a way that starts with “bat” and ends in a word I can’t say since my daughters may read this blog.

I just found out about this series when the last single issue came out. But, I’m ready to dive into this one head-first. There’s no safety net with Ennis, so readers beware.

For this week, I’m all in on Garth. That’s the kind of week I’m having. And, that’s why the trade paperback, Red Team Vol. 01, is my official Casual Comics Guy Hot Pick of the Week.

BONUS HOT PICK OF THE WEEK!

Well, hello, there… This is a first. Just as I was closing the door for the night, someone else showed up to the party. And who could it be?

Alex + Ada #5

Alex + Ada #5 By: Jonathan Luna, Sara Vaughn. Image Comics

This is by far my comic crush of the year. And look at this solict:

Ada will never be the same again. 

Swoon…

I am not joking. This title has made me fall in love with comics all over again. I would give up movies. I would give up TV…. If all comics were this good, I’d give it all back.

Alex + Ada is now officially the pick of the week for every week it comes out until further notice.

– FIN! –

– CCG