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Casual Comics Preview – Week of April 3, 2019

Coming up on next week’s Casual Comics Cast, we’ll be previewing a few issues that hit the shelves this week: Detective Comics #1000, The Walking Dead #190, and War of The Realms #1. Look for the podcast early next week!

In the meantime, here are a few more comics that caught my eye.

Black Hammer ’45: From the World of Black Hammer #2


Black Hammer ’45: From the World of Black Hammer #2
Dark Horse Comics
By:  Jeff LemireRay FawkesMatt KindtSharlene Kindt

“From the World of Black Hammer comes a truly gripping tale of war and intrigue!

With their orders to save a family of scientists from the clutches of the Nazi regime, the Black Hammer Squadron are on the move. As they encounter fantastical foes, the elite air-men also find themselves with the aid from a hero Black Hammer readers will find familiar!”

Black Hammer is one of the titles I recently came across on Comixology. For those of you who have a subscription to the service, but have not yet checked out Black Hammer, I highly recommend it. It’s got sci-fi, action, magic, and mystery all blended together into a pulpy froth. 

The first two books in the series – Black Hammer: Secret Origins and Black Hammer: The Event were mind-blowing, but the second volume came out in 2017, and the trade paperback of Black Hammer: Age of Doom didn’t come out until January of 2019. I’ve been wondering what’s going on in the expanded Black Hammer Universe, so I’m curious how this volume will pick up / tie into the story. 

Adventures of the Super Sons #9 (of 12)


Adventures of the Super Sons #9 (of 12)
DC Comics
By:  Peter J. TomasiScott GodlewskiDan Mora


“Takron-Galtos, the prison planet, may be behind them-but in order to beat the Gang and get home, the boys must saddle up to survive a wild wild world of the west! An unlikely guide on this lawless planet might just help Superboy and Robin survive…but what in the west world is Jonah Hex doing out here in space?! Hold on to your hats, this one’s going to be a bucking good time! “

Here’s a great case study in being a casual comics fan. I walk away from this blog for what seems like no time at all, and I come back to a world where Superboy and Robin have their own comic book? One question – why is it called “Adventures of the Super Sons“?

Is this a world where Robin is Batman’s son? Somewhere deep in my memory banks, I’m recalling a character named Damian who was Batman’s son with Talia al Ghul (I think). In this comic is Damian the new Robin? And which Superboy are we dealing with here? I guess that’s more than one question… and that’s why DC comics sometimes make my head hurt.

Cool cover, though, and glad to see Jonah Hex is still getting some run in the DC Universe. And, he’s getting off-world too. Good for you, Jonah! Bonus points for using “bucking” instead of a different word here in a solicit where sensitive readers might see it.

Immortal Hulk #16

Immortal Hulk #16
Marvel Comics
By:  Al EwingJoe BennettAlex Ross

Here’s a classic case of following my heart vs. my head for my Pick of the Week. (Spoiler alert, this is my Casual Comics Pick of the Week).

For those of you following along, I’m assuming that it’s because you’re interested in comics, but not that deep into what’s going on day-to-day or month-to-month. I’m also hoping that it’s because you’re looking for comics worth checking out. If you’re looking for one book to buy this week, The Immortal Hulk #16 is not that issue.

The Immortal Hulk is another series I got into via Comixology. The original conceit had very little appeal to me. It was pitched as a way to get the Hulk back to his “horror roots”.

Having read some of those old Hulk comics, I never thought of them as all that scary. There are certainly elements of a werewolf story early on – when Hulk’s transformations were caused by nightfall. And, later series certainly lean on the Jekyll/Hyde dynamic – a scientist whose creation overtakes his body.

The Immortal Hulk, though, really leans into some heavy ideas and digs further into the inspiration behind the creation of the character.

In Stan Lee’s book, Origins of Marvel Comics, he discussed his inspiration for the character. “We would use the concept of the Frankenstein monster, but update it. Our hero would be a scientist, transformed into a raging behemoth by a nuclear accident.”

In The Immortal Hulk, the character truly becomes a terrifying beast – compounded by the fact that he literally cannot be killed. Having read the first trade paperback, this is the Marvel series I am most eager to catch up on.

I’m such a fan of this title that I’m going to, for the first time I can recall, link to the title here. Amazon Unlimited subscribers – as well as Comixology members – should be able to read this title for free.

It’s for those reasons (and More) that The Immortal Hulk #16 is my selection for the Casual Comic Pick of the Week.

PS – I love this comic so much, that the first two people to DM me at @casualcomicsguy requesting a physical copy of the first trade paperback will get one for ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Here’s what you’ll be getting!

Hope to hear from you soon casual comics fans!

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Casual Comics Guy Hot Picks of the Week (October 22, 2014)

Still spooky time here in the Casual Comics Corner of the universe. I’m on the prowl for scary, weird, or otherwise holiday-themed books. I’m sure I won’t find anything this brilliant…

Why are his pants ripped? His calves aren’t THAT big…

Memetic #1 (of 3)

Memetic #1. Boom! Studios: October 22, 2014 Writer: James TynionIV Art: Eryk Donovan Cover: Eryk Donovan

Bingo! I love getting in on the ground floor of a limited series. No crazy continuity to try and follow. And, I should be able to read it through to the end without too much trouble. Especially since it’s coming out as three super-size (48 page) issues instead of six regular sized monthly books.

Why it’s spooky: Just read the solicit…

” Meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then spreads throughout multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host. But history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. MEMETIC shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a ‘meme’ in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything.”

 

Arkham Manor #1

Arkham Manor #1. DC Comics: October 22, 2014 Writer: Gerry Duggan Art: Shawn Crystal Cover: Shawn Crystal

What? Wayne Manor getting overrun by some of the scariest Batman villains of all time. And apparently, they’re vandalizing Bruce’s property.

Why it’s spooky: Just look at the cover. It’s got all the weirdest members of Batman’s rogues gallery. There’s Scarecrow…Mad Hatter… Guy who draws on his own face that looks like he’s just seen The Silence from Doctor Who. Actually, if The Silence are in this book, it rockets to number one on the must-read list. It’s much more likely that it’s just some other dude I don’t know because I haven”t read a Batman comic in ages.

 

Last Unicorn TPB

 

 

Last Unicorn TPB. By: Peter S. Beagle, Renae De Liz

I love this movie. I had no idea that they were releasing a trade paperback and then – like magic – I just ran across a copy of the hardback at Barnes and Noble tonight. And, if you’ve never seen it, you should definitely watch it. It used to be streaming online for free, but now I think you’re going to have to pay to stream it on Amazon.

Why it’s spooky: The Red Bull in the story still gives me nightmares.

She-Hulk #9

She-hulk #9. By: Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, Kevin Wada

She-Hulk is such a great book.  Charles Soule is knocking it out of the park. Some people aren’t a big fan of Javier Pulido’s idiosyncratic art, but I’ve always found it endearing. I’m glad that the title doesn’t have the hyper-detailed art that most Marvel titles employ. Getting something a little more abstract reminds one that you don’t need a She-Hulk you can ogle, so much as you need one with heart (and brains).

A welcome relief from the normal overly-sexualized heroine we get in the books.

And for those of you who don’t like Pulido… at least Ron Wimberly isn’t drawing the book any more.

AHHHHHHH!!!! MY EYES!!!!!

Why it’s spooky: Because even though this is probably one of the best titles Marvel is publishing right now, I just found out they’re pulling the plug after issue #12. Boooo!

 

In almost any other week, She-Hulk would easily nail down the top spot. But… guess what I just found!

Borderland’s: Fall of Fyrestone #3

Borderlands Fall Of Fyrestone #3. By: Mike Neumann, Agustin Padilla.

A Borderlands comic? I know IDW licences a bunch of properties, but this is one of the few where I think it’s a GREAT idea.

Borderlands has to be the funniest, most surreal games I’ve ever played. If Neumann can bring half the humor to this book from the game series, this will be well worth checking out.

Why it’s spooky: This issue features one of my favorite bad guys from the first Borderlands – Nine Toes. (That’s not the only appendage he’s got an odd number of)

Between the comic and the release of the new video game, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, it’s a Vault Hunter’s life for me. That’s why  Borderland’s: Fall of Fyrestone #3 is my Official Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

Until next time, support your local comic book shop.

Cheers!

CCG

 

Casual Comics Hot Comic Book Picks of the Week – October 1, 2014

October is upon us. It’s finally spooky season. Let’s tremble together as we try and figure out what comic publishers are up to this week. I’m so out of it, comics-wise, that this is going to be scary.

Sing No Evil: Graphic Novel

Sing No Evil. By: JP Ahonen, KP Alare. Abrams Comicarts.

This is listed in the promotional materials under “Horror”. The cover isn’t particularly spooky. Let’s see what the solicit says:

“Twenty-something guitarist Aksel stutters when he sings, and the latest reviews say he has the voice of a crow with throat plague. That’s not a compliment, even for the avant-garde music his band Perkeros plays. Aksel is having a hard time keeping the band together, stopping his girlfriend from kicking him out, and not getting eaten by his drummer (who happens to be a cranky brown bear). There are also the rival bands that Perkeros find themselves in battle with to save the city from supernatural forces set loose by ancient music. The key to it all could be in the music Aksel hears in his dreams – if it doesn’t drive him mad first.”

Hmmm… I might just go ahead and watch “Rock and Rule” again instead of reading this one.

Rock and Rule is awesome….

Critical Hit #1

Critical Hit #1. By: Matt Miner, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer. Black Mask Comics

This seems a bit more like a horror comic I can get on board with.

“Matt Miner rallies a brand new art team and launches Liberator fan-favorites Jeanette and Sarah in a bold new direction with their own gritty mission to stop a rogue gang of hunters – but the girls learn to their horror that these hunters have developed a new hobby: hunting people… and suddenly the rescuers become the prey.”

OK – So I don’t know who Jeanette and Sarah are, but they’re apparently on a “gritty” mission. I’ll give the comic props for having both of the female leads wearing sensible clothing while fighting evil. Don’t know why there’s a cat on the cover, but I guess I’ll find out. Hopefully I’m not too far behind on continuity, because this one sounds good.

Garfield #30

 

Garfield #30. By: Mark Evanier, Andy Hirsch. Boom! Studios.

Mark Evanier is writing Garfield now?!? This is less horror than existential dread.

Gotham Academy #1

Gotham Academy #1. By: Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl. DC Comics.

It’s been a long while (since the debut of Batman ’66, in fact) since I’ve been interested in any DC Comics offerings. This one has promise, though. I already love it – simply based on the cover. Let’s see if this one can live up to the promise:

“WELCOME TO GOTHAM ACADEMY! Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange is the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman MAPS is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

GOTHAM ACADEMY is a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City, with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham’s past…”

Seems like the folks at DC have finally realized that their actual heroes are a little tired and they’re OK putting them on the sidelines while someone tells actual stories. Good for you, DC!

Alex  + Ada #9

 

Alex + Ada #9. By: Jonathan Luna. Image Comics.

I don’t care that (because of my move to Ohio) I’ve missed issues 7 and 8. This is the best series I’ve read in a looooooong time. Seeing issue #9 just reminds me that I’ve got to get out and get 7 and 8 ASAP.

As always, when there’s an issue of Alex + Ada out, it’s obviously The Official Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

I just wish Jonathan Luna would tell me if it’s “Alex and Ada” or “Alex Plus Ada”. (I prefer the latter). Think he’ll tell me if I hit him up on Twitter? Let’s find out – shall we?

Tweet

While you’re waiting, you can watch the finale from “Rock and Rule”. Enjoy!

And, as always – support your local Comic Book Shop!

Cheers!

– CCG

PS – I’ll let you know what Mr. Luna says about the title of his book…

 

 

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 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

 

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (January 29, 2014)

Hey, now… We’re back with the hot comic picks of the week from our good friends at Dragon’s Lair Comics and Games. As always, I’ll chime in with my casual commentary, folks.

Batman And Robin Annual #2

Batman And Robin Annual #2; By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Mike McKone

The solicitation left me blinking my eyes in disbelief:

“A YEAR ONE ADVENTURE OF DICK GRAYSON AS ROBIN! Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson have shared a distinctive crimefighting role: Both have played Batman to a young Robin, so when they discover something important that Damian left behind it leads them to relive one of their first adventures in Gotham City as Batman and Robin!”

I was like, “what the what?”. After untangling the syntax, I got it. Read the rest of this entry

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (December 31, 2013)

Here we with the top comic picks for the last week of 2013. Same story as last week, folks. New comic day is Tuesday this week, not Wednesday so thank the New Year that your comics are a day early.

As always, weekly picks are provided by our friends over at Dragon’s Lair and uneducated commentary is solely mine. I’m hoping that with us traversing the year and comics being bumped up one day, there’s some time travel nonsense in these picks. Let’s unwrap them together.

Comic book top picks of the week – Week of December 31

Legenderry #1

Aaaaand right out of the gate, I know we’re in good shape. 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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