By John “Back From the Dead” Kennedy
As many of you have noticed there are two comics out right now that are practically the same sort of story. J. Michael Straczynski’s The Twelve and Alex Ross’ Project Superpowers are both are stories of World War II-era crime fighters brought from the 1940’s into the modern era. They both have characters with such names as Dynamic Man or The Fighting Yank, names that represent the new frontier that superhero comics had back in the Golden age but not seem kind of ridiculous. And finally, both seem to hint at something terrible on the edge of the horizon that only these heroes can stop.
As you probably know, Von’s Comics shares space with Von’s Used Books and sometimes we get some things that I just know my fellow geeks will appreciate hearing about. This is one of those times.
We recently received a (very) large collection of used gaming books and they are priced to move. If you’re a gamer, or know a gamer, get on down here check out the new collection.
These titles and much more are available now:
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: The Complete Barbarian’s Handbook
Dungeon Crawl Classics #30: Vault of the Dragon Kings
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: Dark Sun: Monstrous Compendium Appendix II
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition: Dragon Lance: Time of the Dragon
Attention Serenity/Firefly fans! The Serenity: Inara’s Shuttle ornament is now in stock. You better be quick, though, because this piece is limited to a run of 5,000. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Includes a base for non-holiday displaying and we’re selling it at $24.99.
Also, don’t forget that the new Serenity comic series, Better Days, starts soon – March 12 to be exact. Get your preorders in now so you don’t miss out!
So if you read this week’s issue, you might agree.
Joss Whedon seems to be somewhat pointing to Riley as the masked Big Bad for the 25 issue series. The amount of evidence that points towards this seems a little heavy handed so I’m betting it’s probably a fake out but here’s the facts.
With all the (well deserved) hype and hoopla over the new Captain America and the Y the Last Man finale – not to mention new issues of both New and Mighty Avengers, Avengers Initiative, Daredevil and Action Comics – some of you might have missed a few books this week that are worthy of your attention. Here are three books that you should pick up if you already haven’t:
Project Superpowers #0 – Alex Ross and writing partner Jim Krueger’s new project is worthy of your attention if only because this issue (and it is an actual issue, not some lame preview book) is only a dollar. You get a full story and some bonus materials for less than half the cost of a regular book. The story revolves around a group of WWII era heroes, such as the Green Lama and the Fighting Yank, fighting (what else) evil in the world when one of their own causes all the heroes to disappear. The idea is similar to the recently released The Twelve from Marvel (also worth your time and money) but steeped in much more mysticism and magic.
Spider-man: With Great Power #1 – You may not care about another look into Peter Parker’s beginnings as Spider-man, because, yes, it has been done to death, but this book is worthy of your time and money if only because Tony Harris’ art is so nice to look at. Sure, I like writer David Lapham – his Stray Bullets is one of the great all-time indie comics – but it’s Harris that really shines in this book. Plus it’s got wrasslin’!
Wormwood: Calamari Rising #1 – Ben Templesmith, artist extraordinaire behind such books as Fell and 30 Days of Night, finally returns to his own horror-humor-gross out project. Meet Wormwood: a lively little worm that rides around in a corpse, patrolling the netherworld, saving the day, and crackin’ wise. It’s all good fun in this issue until some unknown force starts knocking a hole in the universe. You heard me.