New Comics Shipping Wednesday, March 28.

March 25, 2007

Action Comics #847
Batman #664
Batman: Snow TP
Berserk vol. 16 GN
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #150
Black Panther #26
Blue Beetle #13
Captain America #25 (2nd Print)
Catwoman #65
Conan & the Songs of the Dead TP
Conner Hawke: Dragon’s Blood #5
Crossing Midnight #5
Daredevil #95
Devi #9
DMZ #17
Elephantmen #8
Fables #59
Fantastic Four #544
Fathom: Kiani #1
52 #47
Firestorm #34
Futurama Comics #30
Gamekeeper #1
Gargoyles #3
Godland #17
Green Arrow: Crawling From the Wreckage TP
Green Lantern #18
Green Lantern: Rebirth TP
Grendel: Devil By The Deed HC
Half Dead TP
Hawkgirl #62
Heroes For Hire #8
Houdini: Handcuff King HC
Hunter Killer #12
JSA Classified #24
Loveless vol. 2 TP
Newtype April 2007
Ninja Scroll #7
100 Bullets #82
Pirates of Coney Island #5
PS238 #21
Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker #6
Sam Noir: Ronin Holiday #3
Scarface: Scarred For Life #4
Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation TP
Sensational Spider-man #36
Silent War #3
Snakewoman #9
Spawn #166
Star Wars: Boba Fett vol. 1 TP
Star Wars Legacy #10
Strange Girl #15
Strongarm #2
Superman: Confidential #4
Tales from the Bully Pulpit 1-shot
Transformers: Escalation 1-shot
Ultimate Fantastic Four #40
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol. 7 TP
Ultimate Spider-man #107
Ultimate Spider-man vol. 8 HC
Ultimate X-Men #80
Unique #1
Usagi Yojimbo #101
Veronica #179
Virulents #1
Walk-in #4
Wetworks #7
Witchblade #104
Witchblade Manga #2
Wolverine #52
Wonder Woman #6
Zombie TP


After the Cape #1 and others…reviews by Carroll.

March 22, 2007

As much as I love fun, heroic superhero comics that rely on tales of the fantastic to entertain, I also love a good dose of reality every once in while. I love superhero comics like Watchmen, Astro City, and more recently, The Boys, because that’s how I envision superheroes if they were to live in our world. No one in our world is perfect, so why should superheroes be? (This is why I never had a problem with Infinite Crisis - Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman acted like humans and not just gods – but that’s for another day.) So when I first read about After the Cape in Previews a couple a months ago, I decided I would check it out.

I’m glad I did.

The basic premise to After the Cape is that a superhero – Gravitron, I believe (I don’t have the book in front of me) – has seen better days. He’s an alcoholic, has a wife and kids, and money problems. He was kicked off of his superhero team and has been lying to his family ever since. To alleviate some of these problems, Gravitron decides to take some action that will provide for his family. Well, things aren’t that simple. He gets mixed up with the wrong people. Then there is the matter of his drinking problem.

So what happens to our fallen hero? Well you’ll have to read it to find out. It’s a highly entertaining read, reminding me a bit of older Brian Michael Bendis stuff, like Jinx and Goldfish, but with superheroes. Even the art is reminiscent of those books. It’s in black and white, with really dark blacks and contrasting whites. The art style adds a lot to the mood of the book.

I recommend this book for fans of noir-style tales and reality-fueled superhero comics. It was good and entertaining read. It may not be the most original tale on the racks, but if you’re in the mood for something dark and gritty, then this is the book for you.

Other comics I read this week: (ratings out of 5 stars)
52 #46 – More of Black Adam being crazy. **1/2
Justice Society of America #4 – Lots o’ fightin’. Not much lovin’. ***1/2


Public service announcement regarding Captain America #25.

March 18, 2007

We will be getting in some copies of Captain America #25 first printings this week. Because of continued high demand, we expect to sell out rather quickly. However, we are taking names on a first come, first serve basis for anyone that wants one. So, if you really, really want one, we suggest stopping in, calling, or emailing us to let us know. Be aware, though, that just because we take your name, it doesn’t guarantee you a copy. But rest assured, there is a second printing coming out, so anyone that wants to actually read it should be able to eventually get a copy.

Don’t forget about our Buffy and Frank Miller sales going on through this week! (Scroll down for details.)


New Comics Shipping Wednesday, March 21.

March 18, 2007

After the Cape #1
Amazing Spider-man #539
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #5
Aquaman #50
Archie & Friends #108
Archie Digest #233
Army @ Love #1
Batman Confidential #4
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #3
Birds of Prey #104
Brave and the Bold #2
Cable & Deadpool #38
Captain America #25 (restock)
Civil War #7 (restock)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report 1-shot
Classic Battlestar Galactica #5
Conan #38
Criminal Macabre: Two Red Eyes #4
Darkman vs. Army of Darkness #4
Deadman #8
Deadman vol. 1: Deadman Walking TP
Deathblow #4
Detective Comics #830
Dragonlance Chronicles vol. 3 #1
Empowered TP
Escape of the Living Dead Annual #1
Exiles #92
Exterminators #15
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser TP
52 #46
Flash: Fastest Man Alive TP
Flash #10
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man vol. 2 TP
Gold Digger Sourcebook #4
Ghost in the Shell 1.5 #6
Girls #23
Gold Digger #83
Gunsmith Cats Omnibus vol. 1 TP
Hellblazer #230
Hero By Night #1
Ion #12
John Romita, Jr. 30th Anniversary Special 1-shot
Justice Society of America #4
Leading Man vol. 1 TP
Magician Apprentice #6
Ms. Marvel #13
New Avengers vol. 4: Collective TP
Omega Men #6
Orson Scott Card’s Wyrms #2
Punisher Presents…Barracuda #2
Ramayan 3392 AD #7
Red Menace #5
Robin: Wanted TP
Runaways Saga 1-shot
Sadhu #6
Scooby Doo #118
Shadowpact #11
Shadowpact: The Pentacle Plot TP
Showcase Presents Hawkman vol. 1 TP
Shrugged #5
Simpsons Comics #128
Spider-man: Birth of Venom TP
Spider-man Loves Mary Jane #16
Spirit #4
Stormwatch PHD #5
Supergirl #15
Superman #660 (damage replacements)
Testament #16
Texas Chainsaw Massacre #5
TMNT Movie Prequel #1: Raphael
TMNT Movie Prequel #2: Michelangelo
30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #4
Transformers Prime Directive Movie Prequel #2
Ultimate Power #4
Walking Dead #36
Wisdom #4
Witchblade: Shades of Gray #1
Wolverine: Weapon X Premiere HC
Wonder Man #4
X-23: Target X #4
X-Factor #17
X-Men #197
X-Men: First Class #7
Y the Last Man #55


Buffy Season 8…oh it’s on!

March 16, 2007

Don’t forget, everyone’s favorite vampire slayer has hit the shelves this week with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #1. To celebrate, Von’s is holding a sale on all Buffy and related characters, as well as all Joss Whedon graphic novels and back issues!

25% off all Buffy, Angel, Spike and all other graphic novels and back issues written by Joss Whedon!!

We’ve also decided to hold over our Frank Miller sale, as well! So pick up some back issues or graphic novels by Frank Miller for 25% off!!


Reviews by John K — Civil War: The Confession and Battlestar Galactica: Zarek

March 15, 2007

No seriously, that’s the name of the comics folks. I’m John and here is yet another review where I talk about a comic which you’ve heard of and another which you probably heard of but didn’t care about. Let’s go!

Civil War: The Confession is not about the guy who shot Captain America. (Oh noez, spoilers.) It is in fact about Iron Man and Captain America themselves, both before and after the shooting. It’s a nice little comic that shows the emotion behind the leaders of Civil War. We get to see the human side of Iron Man that explains why he did what he felt he had to do during Civil War, which I believe helps vindicate the character a bit and make up for the really poor writing in Civil War which put him three steps away from eating babies.

For readers who were disappointed by Civil War Frontline #11 in how it never gave Captain America a chance to respond to that woman about how he’s out of touch, Confessions gave Cap a chance to respond with his side of the story. It was touching, and it showed how he did what he thought was right. A bonus? The story shows how there are still people who believe in Captain America.

Now for a lesser known comic. Battlestar Galactica: Zarek talks about Tom Zarek, the ex-terrorist Vice President from Battlestar Galactica. The series is set before the Cylon Holocaust, and shows how Zarek grew up on his homeworld of Sagitarron and how he became the anti-establishment leader.

The pros of this series? It’s good quality scifi and it doesn’t require prior knowledge of the series. You can literally pick it up and read it and while you might stumble at first you adjust quickly. It shows how young Zarek was ruthless to his enemies and how far he was willing to go to prove a point. There is a lot of action, gunplay, and good ol’ fashioned heroics.

The cons? Not enough exposition about Sagitarron. It also tends to force feed you politics at times. Not major flaws mind you, but they are there. It seems that the comic is non-canon with the series at least, as it features Sagitarrons embracing medicine and seems to go off track a little bit with other minor details.

I hope you enjoy. Also check out Thunderbolts. I don’t think I even need to say why.


New Comics Shipping Wednesday, March 14

March 9, 2007

Amazing Spider-Girl #6
American Elf Vol. 2 TP
Angel: Auld Lang Syne #5
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II #7
Battlestar Galactica #7
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse #1
Blade #7
BPRD: Garden of Souls #1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 8) #1
Chronicles of Wormwood #2
Civil War: The Confession
CVO: African Blood #3
Damned #5
Fables #58
52 #45
Franklin Richards: March Madness
Friday the 13th #4
Galactic Bounty Hunters #5
Gen13 #6
Ghost Rider #9 (Casualties of War)
Green Arrow #72
Green Lantern Corps #10
Grifter / Midnighter #1
Grimm Fairy Tales #13
Hack Slash vs. Chucky
Hellgate London #3
Irredeemable Ant-Man #6
JLA Classified #36
King City Vol. 1 GN
Knights of the Dinner Table #124
Lone Ranger #5
Martian Manhunter #8
Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath
Moon Knight #8 (Casualties of War)
Mystery in Space #7
New Avengers #28
New Excalibur Vol. 2 TP
New X-Men #36
Ptolus: City by the Spire #5
Punisher: War Journal #5
Read or Dream Vol. 3 TP
Robin #160
Sam Noir: Ronin Holiday #2
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason #4
Spider-Man: Reign #4
Stormwatch PHD #5
Street Fighter Vol. 3 TP
Superman #660
Superman / Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told TP
Tales of the Unexpected #6
Teen Titans #44
Thunderbolts #112
Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo – Born Better #2
Transformers: Beast Wars Manga Vol. 1 TP
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 TP
Warcraft Vol. 3 GN
What Were They Thinking: Go West Young Man one-shot
Wolverine: Origins #12
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 2 Premiere HC
Wonderland #3
Wonder Woman #5
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse #6
Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse Vol. 1 TP


Captain America #25 and others…reviews by Carroll.

March 8, 2007

So something big happened yesterday. I can’t remember exactly what…oh yeah! Our beloved Captain America was made into swiss cheese. That is to say, he died of multiple gunshots. Ouch.

Anyways, want to know what I thought about the issue? I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT! I thought it was one of the best superhero stories I’ve ever read. (And I’m not just saying that because I have a man-crush on Ed Brubaker.) It was all there. Drama, suspense, a little bit of comedy (not much, though). I genuinely felt bad for the character at the end of the story. And yeah, I know it’s a comic and that Steve Rodgers will be back on his feet eventually, but for now I’m looking forward to what Brubaker and company are going to do with Ol’ Cap.

Actually, here’s my prediction. Bucky, aka the Winter Soldier, will take up the Shield and release a new kind of American justice upon society. Working with Nick Fury (or whoever is claiming to be Fury) Bucky will stop at nothing from finding the Red Skull and killing him. And no, he’s not Ronin, ’cause Bucky’s a loner. Also, at the same time, the Punisher will become a Captain America of sorts, embodying the new kind of Americanism that we’ve all grown up with – guns, guns, and more guns. But instead of going after the Red Skull, Punisher thinks it’s Stark’s fault, thus relentlessly hounding him and his Mighty Avengers until they eventually stop him and imprison him in 42. That’s where we see the Punisher really kick in. He leads a revolt, brings down the house, and all of Stark’s fascist ideas with him. By that time, we realize that Steve Rodgers isn’t dead, but being held prisoner by BOTH Stark and Red Skull, in some sort of weird/evil team-up, and Bucky and Punisher simultaneously bust Rodgers out and all is well. Except the part where Tony becomes an alcoholic again. But he deserves it.

Ooookay. That was way to long and geeky.

Other books I read this week: (out of 5 stars)
Authority #2 – We actually get to see the Authority in this issue. And they aren’t in Kansas anymore. **1/2
Civil War: The Initiative – This book isn’t worth $5. *
Criminal #5 – Oh. My. God. Brilliant ending to this storyline. *****
Scalped #3 – This book is rolling along nicely. Good dialogue, interesting story. ***1/2
Ultimate Spider-man #106 – I haven’t been reading this book for a long while, but decided to check it out again since it had Daredevil on the cover. Not bad. ***


Get ready for 300!

March 6, 2007

Have you seen the trailers for 300? Man, that looks amazing. In fact, it looks so amazing, we’ve decided to hold a sale to celebrate the amazingness that will be the 300 movie! So, starting Wednesday, March 7…

Every Frank Miller graphic novel and comic will be on sale for 25% off!!

That’s right. Now you can get that awesome 300 hardcover, or that copy of Ronin, or the missing Sin City volume you always wanted…and for cheap!


New Comics Shipping Wednesday, March 7.

March 4, 2007

Age of Bronze #25
All-New Atom #9
Authority #2
Black Cat vol. 7 GN
Bomb Queen III #1
Boneyard #24
Borrowed Time #2
Bullet Points #5
Captain America #25
Castle Waiting II #5
Civil War: The Initiative 1-shot
Civil War Poster Book
Criminal #5
Daredevil: Frank Miller Omnibus HC
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Reborn #2
Detective Comics #829
Dork Tower: 10th Anniversary TP
Dynamo 5 #1
Essex County vol. 1: Tales From the Farm TP
Ex Machina vol. 5: Smoke Smoke TP
Exterminators vol. 2: Insurgency TP
Fall of Cthulhu #0
Fantastic Four #543
Fantastic Four: The End #6
52 #44
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man #18
Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #2
GI Joe: Dreadnoks Declassified #2
Helmet of Fate: Zauriel #1
Highlander #5
Hulk and Power Pack #1
Hunter X Hunter vol. 13 GN
Incredible Hulk #104
Iron Man: Hypervelocity #3
Jeffery Brown’s Feeble Attempts #1
Jonah Hex #17
Justice League of America #6
Lone Ranger Director’s Cut #1
Loveless #16
Manhunter #29
Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness #1
Midnighter #5
Mighty Avengers #1
Ms. Marvel vol. 2: Civil War HC
Naruto vol. 13 GN
Newuniversal #4
Nightmare on Elm Street #6
Nightwing #130
Nightwing: Brothers in Blood TP
Onslaught Reborn #3
Outsiders #46
Phonogram #5
Pirates vs. Ninjas #3
Planetary Brigade: Origins #2
Punisher #45
Red Sonja #20
Scalped #3
Secret #2
Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil #2
Sheena: Preview 1-shot
Spawn #165
Spider-man: Saga of the Sandman TP
Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk #3
Star Wars Legacy #9
Strangers in Paradise #88
Strongarm #1
Supergirl: Candor TP
Superman & Batman #32
Transformers: Prime Directive Movie Prequel #1
Ultimate Spider-man #106
Ultimate Vision #3
Uncanny X-Men #484
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #8
Welcome to Tranquility #4
Worldstorm #2
Zombies: Eclipse of the Undead #4


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