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Casual Comics Hot Comic Book Picks of the Week – September 3, 2014 AND September 10, 2014

How far behind is it possible for me to be on comic books? But, my new-found lack of time is a both good and bad for this blog.

The bad? I’m way behind on weekly picks and just updating here in general. The good? That was kind of the purpose of this blog in the first place – trying to give people a peek at the world of comics from someone who is just a “casual” fan. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say that this is the best thing that could have happened to the Casual Comics Guy. 

So, while I sit at Buffalo Wild Wings, watching the Buccaneers lose a painful football game, I’m going to look through the comics from next week and last week to tell you what I’ll be looking for if I finally manage to get to a comic shop this coming week.

Last week

I’m kind of cheating and only including last week for one thing – my retroactive OFFICIAL Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week.

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0 (of 4)

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0 (of 4)

A limited series is always just what the doctor ordered for a casual comic book fan. The fact that this one features Hawkeye (whose current book I love) and Deadpool (who is usually good for a laugh) makes this the only book from last week I’d dig through a back issue bin to find. 

One question – if this is #0 (of 4) will the last issue be #3 or #4. If the answer is that there will be five books (0, 1, 2, 3, and 4), it should be “of 5”. But then you would think they would say “of 5”, which would make you think the last issue was #5. 

They kind of painted themselves into a corner, logic-wise, with the numbering. 

I should also probably mention Original Sin #8, but I stopped caring about that title at #6. Actually, that’s not true. I stopped caring at #2, but Marvel got $16 more bucks out of me before I stopped buying with issue #6.

The last time I was this disappointed was… well about 10 minutes ago when I saw Logan Mankins hurt himself in the Bucs game. See… I CAN multi-task.

Original Sin #8. By: Jason Aaron, Mike Deodato, Julian Totino Tedesco. Marvel Comics. Sure to be terrible.

This Week

Dicks End Of Time #4

Dicks End Of Time #4. By: Garth Ennis, John McCrea. Avatar Press.

Last I checked in with Warren Ellis was Rover Red Charliewhich I really liked. I even thought he nailed the ending of that book. It might have been my favorite mini-series of the last two years. 

So, find me a comic with Ellis’ name on it and the following description, and I’ll even go out looking for the back issues:

“The Boys from Belfast continue their trip through the annals of history as they romp through time screwing up the world for just about everyone. Garth Ennis and John McCrea leave no insult unslung as they attempt to offend every comics reader one page at a time. Don’t miss this latest wallowing in the gutter with Dougie and Ivor, the Dicks.

Available with Regular, Offensive, and Classic Moment Incentive covers by McCrea”

Teen Dog #1 

Teen Dog #1. By: Jake Lawerence. BOOM Studios.

Odds of this being the worst purchase I’ll make? Extremely likely. But how can I resist this solicit: 

Teen Dog is John Hughes meets ’90s Nickelodeon cartoons, two of our absolute favorite things. It’s a totally awesome adventure that stars the canine that spun out of Jake Lawrence’s web comic Time Cowboy and kickflipped his way into our hearts.

How was your high school experience? Teen Dog is high school if it didn’t totally blow, and instead totally ruled the most. Teen angst and whimsical adventures collide in this new series reminiscent of Doug, Saved By the Bell, and Kim Possible.

Admittedly, that’s a lot of name-checking, but they’er pretty good names to check.

Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #6

Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #6. By: James Kuhoric, Juan Antonio Ramirez, Alex Ross. Dynamite Entertainment.

Wow… Good for you. You made it six issues! Looks like Jamie and Oscar are in this issue, too! Nostalgia!!

 Fantastic Four #10

Fantastic Four #10. By: James Robinson, Derliz Santacruz, Leonard Kirk. Marvel Comics.

This is another recent favorite of mine. I think the current run of FF is one of my favorite for Marvel’s first family in a looooooong time. I gotta get some of these back issues, too. I still love the red outfits. Hope the story is still good. 

 

Showcase Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew TPB

Showcase Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew TPB. By: Roy Thomas, Scott Shaw. DC Comics.

For once in the history of Casual Comics Picks DC Comics finally nails down the Official Casual Comics Hot Pick of the Week – even if they had to dig into the vaults to do it.

Captain Carrot is one of my favorite DC characters of all time. i might have some of these issues in a longbox or pile of comics somewhere, but most of my run of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew is likely to be missing.  Thank you, DC Comics, for finally compiling an old series that actually deserves to be seen again.

Filled with terrible puns, great comic action, and even more terrible puns, I can’t wait to revisit the world of Captain Carrot in Gnu York (get it..? Gnu York…) And, for a book filled with awful jokes and cartoon animal superheroes, this excerpt from the Wikipedia entry reminds my why, in general, I can’t take DC Comics:

The various members of the Zoo Crew lived on a parallel Earth that, during DC’s pre-Crisis multiverse system, was named “Earth-C.” Earth-C consisted of a world where various anthropomorphized talking animals existed; the series featured many animal-themed pun names for real-world aspects.

Did they really have to try and figure out how this figured into normal DC continuity? I mean, DC also publishes Scooby Doo, Where Are You? Did they try and squeeze that into the “multi-verse” somewhere?

OK, that’s enough bitterness. Let’s see if I can find an old page from Captain Carrot to end this post on a high note.

 

 Have a great week, all. Don’t forget to visit your local comic book shop. 

 

Cheers!

– CCG

 

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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 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

Casual Comics Review – Rover Red Charlie

A wise man once said, “Sometimes you kick. Sometimes you get kicked. Yesterday was that kind of day.

I stopped in at Legend Comics over my lunch break. Joe Patrick – one half of the Two Headed Nerd – finally caught me in the store, so my cover was blown. On the positive side, I stumbled onto Rover Red Charlie while browsing the shelves. The series is up to issue #3, but I only picked up the first two.

Rover Red Charlie #1 by Garth Ennis and Michael Dipascale Avatar Press

It’s a “high concept” book, and it’s written by Garth Ennis, which was enough to convince me to give Rover Red Charlie a try.

Ennis is not known for being a subtle. He often piles shocking material on top of offensive material in a short stack of mayhem that dares you to stop reading. Read the rest of this entry