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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

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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

 

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (March 19, 2014)

Greetings, gang. It’s that day again. The best day of the week. New Comic Book Day! This week is a little light on titles, but the picks this week promise to be intriguing.

Batman 66 #9

Batman ’66 #9. By: Jeff Parker, Ruben Procopio, Michael Allred. DC Comics

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up an issue of Batman ’66. On a week that doesn’t have a ton that holds interest for a casual reader, you can always be sure that Batman ’66 is just the quick fix you need. Usually continuity-free and full of the same lovable banter you remember from the TV series, Batman ’66 is always an enjoyable read.

Judge Dredd Big Drokkin Treasury Ed

Judge Dredd Big Drokkin Treasury Ed. By: John Wagner, Mike McMahon, Cliff Robinson. IDW Publishing

It’s starting to look like throwback week here. Again, Judge Dredd is an old reliable title that always delivers the action and sci-fi goods. This smells like a collection of previously published 2000 AD material, but I could be wrong. Read the solicit and decide for yourself. (Or you could, you know, do a little more research than I did)

“An oversized array of classic Judge Dredd stories drawn by a murderer’s row of beloved 2000AD artists not yet published by IDW! ‘The Law According to Judge Dredd,’ Judge Minty, monkey business, zombies, Uncle Ump, and even Santa Claus all make an appearance in this big drokkin’ book. “

Daredevil #1

Daredevil #1. By: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee. Marvel Comics.

A new chapter starts in Matt Murdock’s life as the hero heads West. All the way West to California.

I’ve heard great things about Mark Waid’s run on the title. This looks like the perfect place for a casual fan to jump back into the adventures of ol’ hornhead.

Ms Marvel #2

Ms. Marvel #2. By: C. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Jamie McKelvie. Marvel Comics

I enjoyed the first issue of the new Ms. Marvel series, but it left me questioning whether the story can maintain momentum. It’s the moment of truth for Kamala Khan. I’ll buy this one and let you know whether the series is going to crash to Earth or soar into the clouds.

American Vampire Second Cycle #1

American Vampire Second Cycle #1. By: Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque. DC Comics

Ohmygosh. American Vampire is back. Long story, but I got hooked on this title when I attended (quite by accident) an American Vampire panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2009. I was just sitting in the room waiting for the Rifftrax panel that was due to start later that afternoon.

While cooling my heels in the room, Snyder and Albuquerque talked about the comic for an hour and it looked pretty dang cool. Later that evening, I stopped by a booth to pick up a copy and Albuquerque just happened to be there. He signed my copy of the trade hardcover and drew a sketch on the inside of the cover.

I thought to myself, “I sure hope I like this book, because otherwise I wasted a lot of his time”. Luckily, the story was terrific and the art was awesome. I’m super-excited to see what the duo has in store for the new title.

That’s why American Vampire Second Cycle #1 is my pick for the Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

Alternately…

Since there’s not a lot new out this week, keep your eyes peeled for She-Hulk #1-2, Secret Avengers #1, Deadly Class #1-2, and the Saga Trade Paperbacks. Those are just a few of the titles I’ve really enjoyed over the last few weeks.

Or, do what I’ve been doing and scour the old comics racks for copies of old titles that feature your favorite characters. Most recent addition to my library? Strange Tales (featuring Cloak and Dagger) #1-6.

Mmmmm… I love me some classic Cloak and Dagger.

Until next time – support your local comic book shops.

Cheers!

– CCG

 

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (March 12, 2014)

Hello fellow comic fans. The big news this week is the opening of general registration for San Diego Comic Con. If you’re like me (and I know I am), you’ll be online waiting for the registration to open for about four hours on the coming Saturday.

Aside from listening to the awesome live video feed from SDCC Blog for constant updates on whether or not you’ll actually be able to get tickets, you might need some comic books to keep you company. Here’s what I’ll be reading. Join me, won’t you?

Ghost #2

Ghost #2. By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela, Ryan Sook. Dark Horse

Here’s one that I’m checking out based on… well, I’m not sure exactly. I’ve been hearing a ton of good things about Kelly Sue DeConnick from all different sources. Her name has cropped up at least a dozen times over the last month, but I’ve never read any of her work. So, when I came across Ghost #2, I figured this is the title where I’ll put the rumors of her brilliance to the test.

Garth Ennis Red Team #7

Garth Ennis Red Team. By: Garth Ennis, Craig Cermak, Howard Chaykin. Dynamite Entertainment.

I’ve been having a ton of fun with Rover Red Charlie, and here’s another Garth Ennis title that I ran across. As I’ve previously documented, Ennis can go off the rails in spectacularly horrifying ways. However, there’s an adrenaline rush that comes with not knowing when the next stomach-turning moment is coming.

 

X-Files Conspiracy Crow #1

X-Files Conspiracy Crow #1. By: Denton J. Tipton, Vic Malhotra, Miran Kim. IDW Publishing

Aaaaand, regardless of what I just said about not being a fan of TV adaptations, how can you resist the premise of this book. The Lone Gunmen from the X-Files series investigating The Crow. Maybe they can track down the truth behind this supernatural force and how/why it forces teens to be so gloomy all the time.

Avengers TPB Vol. 02 Absolute Vision

This one’s just for me.

I love the Vision. Even more when he’s with the Scarlet Witch. And here’s what dirty deeds he was up to when most of the Marvel heroes were called away to the Secret War. 80s Vision = cheesy sci-fi/adventure. Irresistable (unless you already have the individual issues in a longbox somewhere). Enjoy the goodness that is…

The Vision takes command! As many of Earth’s Mightiest are whisked away to fight in the Secret Wars, the newly assertive synthezoid seizes the chair. He has changes in store when the heroes return, not least his idea for a new team of Avengers on the West Coast. But there are Dire Wraiths and demons to deal with back East, not to mention an army of Hulks and Thanos’ monstrous minions the Blood Brothers! Hercules and Black Knight return to the fold, while Starfox discovers an uncanny connection to the Eternals just in time to face the menace of Maelstrom. But as Vision’s true plan unfolds, are even two teams of Avengers enough to handle one of their own? Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #242-254 and ANNUAL #13. 

Secret Avengers #1

Secret Avengers #1. By: Ales Kot, Michael Walsh, Tradd Moore. Marvel Comics

I’ve been sucked in too many times with Avengers titles over the last year. But I’ll be first in line for Secret Avengers… just in case. So who’s in the Secret Avengers now? Looks like Fury, Hawkeye, the Black Widow, Spider Woman. Could be a cool espionage tale. Is that M.O.D.O.K. back there with Coulson? What’s that all about? Guess we’ll all find out together on New Comic Book Day.

Fantastic Four #2

Fantastic Four #2. By: James Robinson, Leonard Kirk. Marvel Comics

Fantastic Four #1 was one of the best titles I’ve read from Marvel in a loooooong time. I’m looking forward to seeing if they can keep up the energy, wonder, and awe that the first issue delivered. This is the first Fantastic Four title that reminds me of the comic I grew up with.

There’s only one thing standing in the way of the FF being my hot pick of the week, and that’s…

Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #1

I’m not a huge fan of properties moving from TV to the comics, but I’ll give Steve Austin a shot. Vandroid was a blast from the past, so I’m in the mood to see if they capture the essence of the 70s with this new comic series based off one of my favorite shows from my youth.

They’re off to a good start by putting Maskatron on the cover. Remember him?

Sounds like he’s going to be an integral part of this story. Check out the description:

For The Six Millions Dollar Man’s 40th anniversary comes the direct continuation of the classic television series with Season 6! Better. Stronger. Faster. The original Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin was a man barely alive until the OSI turned him into the world’s first Bionic Man. Now he and Oscar Goldman are the most effective team in National Security. But a rogue faction in the OSI is making a power play for that position with a new type of infiltration agent – one that is completely obedient and robotic. Can a soulless machine that wears Steve Austin’s very face make the Six Million Dollar Man obsolete? For the 1st Time EVER! Fan favorite toy-line character Maskatron makes his Six Million Dollar Man debut and becomes a part of the classic television series mythology with a violent and terrifying purpose. And as Steve’s world is threatened from within, his very actions unknowingly release an alien menace upon an unsuspecting world…

This cheese-tastic description drove The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #1 to the top of my must-buy list for the week. So, Steve Austin, Oscar Goldman, and the OSI team are the stars of the official Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

Until next time, remember to support your local comic book shop.

Cheers!

– CCG