This week at your comic shop- 4/27/11
Posted by dailypop on April 26, 2011
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Showcase Presents Green Lantern TPB Vol. 05
By: DENNIS O’NEIL, ELLIOT S. MAGGIN, NEAL ADAMS, DICK GIORDANO, MIKE GRELL, VINCE COLLETTA
Green Lantern’s SHOWCASE PRESENTS series continues with issues #76-100, including the famed stories that teamed Green Lantern with Green Arrow, in which the two heroes face issues of the day including women’s rights, political corruption, religious intolerance and more – all while battling evil. This volume also includes adventures from GL’s 1976 relaunch, collected here for the first time!
Doctor Who: The Mutants
Starring Jon Pertwee
Jon Pertwee’s Doctor is sent by the Time Lords to deliver a mysterious sealed container to an unknown recipient. So begins “The Mutants,” the penultimate adventure in the ninth series of Doctor Who (1972), a run that also included “The Sea Devils” and “The Day of the Daleks.” The Doctor and Jo (Katy Manning), find themselves on a space station belonging to Earth’s crumbling 30th-century empire, while below the planet Solos is on the verge of independence, a situation the corrupt Marshal (Paul Whitsun-Jones) is at pains to avert. What follows is a tale of opposing factions, assassination, genetic mutations, and running around in caves. The story concerns the aftermath of empire, a topic very relevant in the Britain of 1972, and the devastating environmental effects of industrial development (though with the ecology movement then gathering force, the following year’s “The Green Death” addressed similar topics far more effectively).
There are plenty of elements packed into “The Mutants,” yet the story feels padded and, the mutant costumes apart, is not helped by weak production values. Though far from a classic, this is still an entertaining Doctor Who adventure with Geoffrey Palmer in a small supporting role and a startling homage to the Monty Python “It’s” man. –Gary S. Dalkin
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Starring Jon Pertwee
“I have come to destroy you Doctor, once and for all!” The Earth is in terrible danger! The Master is back with an evil scheme to destroy humanity and silence the Doctor forever. His plan: To awaken the awesome power of the Nestene-a ruthlessly aggressive alien life form. Once mixed with plastic, they will form into faceless automatons, a willing army of destruction easily controlled by the evil Time Lord himself. This is the terrible threat now facing the Earth-the terror of the Autons. Aided by the Brigadier and his enthusiastic new assistant, Jo Grant, only the Doctor can combat their evil power, but first he must defeat the Master… Originally transmitted in color January 2nd-23rd 1971, this four part adventure starring Jon Pertwee was lost in its original form. Only a black and white version and an edited color American NTSC standard version remained until now when technology worthy of the Doctor himself has reconciled the two, synchronising them into one full color version.
Thor Asgards Avenger (One Shot)
By: Gus Vazquez, Tom Raney
Verily! The ideal companion for the THOR motion picture!
Begin quenching thy curiosity of all things Asgardian with this assemblage of all-new Thor-related profiles in the time-honored OHOTMU manner! Learn of foul rogues such as Malekith, Mangog and the fiery Surtur; lovely visions like Jane Foster, Kelda and Karnilla; mystical items including the Norn Stones and the Oversword; and, of course, heroes worthy of song: the new Thunderstrike, Vidar, Volstagg and an update on the noble Thor himself!
Plus: the Nine Worlds of Asgard, an Appendix of its citizenry and more! Featuring new art by Gus Vazquez! Truly, a tome worthy of the gods! Miss it not!
Shadow Double Novel Vol. 48
By: Walter Gibson, George Rozen, John A Coughlin
The Shadow’s explosive second adventure is paired with a gripping novel of international intrigue in an extra-length special commemorating the 80th anniversary of The Shadow Magazine.
The Dark Avenger assumes the identity of Lamont Cranston to investigate serial murders in The Eyes of The Shadow, the groundbreaking novel that introduced the Dark Avenger’s famous alter ego and his enigmatic agent, Burbank.
Then, can The Shadow stop The Money Master before his financial machinations destroy the global economy?
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch
Special Marvel Point One issue!
START READING with this Point One Issue! Prepare for the upcoming high-stakes Avengers event with a battle between the Avengers and the Intelligencia, the return of SWORD, and the disappearance of Spider-Woman! Bendis and modern master Bryan Hitch join forces for this very special, all-new Avengers story that is not only an explosive action-packed self-contained thriller but a prologue to an Avengers saga that will rock the entire Marvel Universe next year. Guest starring the New and Secret Avengers!
Tokidoki X Marvel Floating Heads Zip-up Hoodie
Marvel Comics’ top heroes are given a stylish makeover by Simone Legno for the tokidoki x Marvel t-shirts and hoodies!
Captain America #617
By: Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice, Marko Djurdjevic
Your monthly dose of Cap is now bigger than ever, as a new era begins! Now also starring STEVE ROGERS, SUPER-SOLDIER in a story that intertwines with, and complements, the main story, both written by Cap mastermind Ed Brubaker.
Bucky’s life takes a turn no?one ever expected, but that’s all top secret. Meanwhile, Steve Rogers faces a world without a Captain America.
X-Men vs. Avengers And Fantastic Four TPB
Two titanic tussles for the price of one! First: When Magneto’s on trial, he needs all the help he can get – and he finds it in the remnants of his former fortress, Asteroid M! The X-Men aren’t sure what his scheme is, but they’re positive they don’t want the Avengers and the Soviet Super-Soldiers to find out before they do! It’s multi-team warfare with the eyes of the world on all three!
Then: On the verge of disintegration, Kitty Pryde seems resigned to her doom – but the X-Men will do anything to save her, even bargain with a worse doom…Doctor Doom! What stunning secret prevents Mr. Fantastic and the Fantastic Four from saving the day instead? Is he terrified of failing because his greatest failure – the fateful rocket flight – might have really been his greatest success? Do the answers all come down to wunderkind Franklin Richards?
Also featuring the X-Men’s fabulous first face-offs with the Avengers and Fantastic Four in Marvel’s early era!
Punisher TPB Franken-castle
By: Rick Remender, Tony Moore
The Punisher joins the Legion of Monsters! Hundreds have tried, but only Daken, the son Wolverine, succeeds in killing Frank Castle – but even in the face of death, the Punisher won’t stay down!
With his remains stitched back together into a heap of scarred flesh and machinery, the Punisher is reborn as the terrifying monster Franken-Castle! The monsters of the Marvel universe are being hunted into extinction, and the Punisher is resurrected by Morbius the Living Vampire and his cohorts in the Legion of Monsters to be their savior.
Will Franken-Castle forsake those who saved him, or does enough humanity remain beneath the stitched-together husk of a man to join their cause and fight alongside the Legion as one of their own?
Plus: Franken-Castle seeks revenge on his killer, and he finds it in Tokyo!
This title collects
DARK REIGN: THE LIST – PUNISHER, PUNISHER #11-16, FRANKEN-CASTLE #17-21 and DARK WOLVERINE #88-89
Captain America Operation Rebirth Prem HC
By: Mark Waid, Ron Garney
The death of Captain America?! The world again believes Captain America dead, but his life is saved by one he himself thought lost forever: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter, the gallant girlfriend he saw perish in flames long before!
But his one-time true love has only rescued him on behalf of his deadliest enemy, the Red Skull, who can’t conquer the world until he and Cap stop Adolf Hitler and the Cosmic Cube from doing it first! Will working with one evil against another cost Cap his place as the U.S.A.’s premier protector? Guest-starring the Avengers and Doctor Doom!
This title collects
CAPTAIN AMERICA #444-448 & #450-454
Undying Monsters Magazine #1
ach new issue of Undying Monsters offers a trove of never-before-seen stills, as well as an in-depth review of a classic monster movie, along with a host of regular features such as ‘Brain Busters,’ ‘Digital Screams,’ ‘Ghoulish Games,’ and ‘The Horror Of It All.’
The magazine faithfully recreates the style first pioneered by the late, great Forrest J. Ackerman, and the focus will always be horror, sci-fi, and fantasy-related items released prior to the mid-1980s.
Uncanny X-Men #536
By: Matt Fraction & Kieron Gillen, Terry Dodson
‘BREAKING POINT’ Part 2 (of 4).
When the X-Men left the militaristic alien Breakworld, its political structure was reduced to ashes. It didn’t stay that way forever. Now a warship is crossing the gulf of space, with a mission that will strike the lives of star-crossed lovers Colossus and Kitty Pryde with all the force of a meteor.
Join them as they discover what the vessel them means for them, mutantkind and the rest of the Earth.
Mighty Thor #1
By: Matt Fraction, Olivier Coipel
It’s a shining, golden, new age for the Thunder God and Matt Fraction and Olivier Coipel are back to lead the charge! Thor and Sif dive deep into the heart of the fractured World Tree to reclaim an artifact from beyond time and space, an artifact that attracts the attention of the Silver Surfer.
And when a herald such as he arrives on Earth, the arrival of his master is certain to follow. Prepare for the return of the World Eater, prepare for the return of Galactus! Fans can’t miss an all new behind the scenes look at the highly anticipated major motion picture with a sneak peek at some of the art!
Thor Deluxe Hammer Prop Replica
Without Mjolnir, the Mighty Thor’s magical hammer, Thor would not be as heroic, just as you cannot complete your Mighty Thor costume without this deluxe hammer replica of Mjolnir!
Add this hammer to your costume, and summon the power of the thunder!
Mercury 9 Rocket Model Kit
Bringing together some of the most talented artists and designers in the industry, Pegasus Hobbies offers some of the coolest designs ever available in a modeling kit.
Inspired by the classic television and movie rockets of the 1960s and 1970s, the Mercury 9 Rocket is a modern take on those classic rocket designs.
The kit includes launch pad, fueling station, and command center. It comes in gray plastic and includes decals and assembly instructions.
Some assembly required.
X-Men God Loves Man Kills TPB
By: Chris Claremont, Brent Anderson
The Uncanny X-Men. Magneto, Master of Magnetism. The bitterest of enemies for years.
Now, they must join forces against a new adversary who threatens them all and the entire world besides – in the name of God. The members of the Stryker Crusade are poised to cleanse the earth, no matter how much blood stains their hands. With Professor X as their enemy and Magneto as their ally, the X-Men undergo an apocalyptic ordeal ordained by a minister gone mad!
One of Chris Claremont’s most powerful and influential stories, the partial basis for X2 is reprinted in softcover for the first time in years.
X-Men Omnibus HC Vol. 02
Marvel’s merry mutants are coming at you again with another massive Omnibus! It’s the original X-Men-Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman and Marvel Girl-in their first adventures as Professor X’s mutant teen team supreme.
Featuring page after page of X-Men milestones-from the team’s new costumes, to the death of Professor X, and the first appearances of Havok, Polaris and Sunfire, this volume chronicles a turbulent era for mutantdom. But for every problem there is a solution: Enter Roy Thomas and Neal Adams, and True Believer, you had better grab onto your hat and get ready for one of the most amazing evolutions in Marvel history!
These two titanic talents threw caution to the wind with sensational stories that brought the X-Men in sync with the thriving youth culture of the late ’60s. Adams’ lavish and dynamic visuals merged with Thomas’ challenging and contemporary stories to create a comic book series that throbbed with the pulse of the times like none other.
Featuring bonuses galore, not to mention the original letters pages, this collection is one for the ages, so reserve your copy today, True Believer!
This title collects
X-MEN #32-66, AVENGERS #66, KA-ZAR #2-3, MARVEL TALES #30 and NOT BRAND ECHH #4 & #8
Tokidoki X Marvel The Avengers Navy T-Shirt
Marvel Comics’ top heroes are given a stylish makeover by Simone Legno for the tokidoki x Marvel t-shirts and hoodies!
Punisher Face 14oz Ceramic Mug
Have a warm drink in the colder months or in the mornings to get your day started with these Big Face ceramic mugs of all your favorite Marvel heroes!
Each mug holds 14 ounces of liquid and is dishwasher safe.
Choose from Captain America, The Punisher, and Wolverine.
Star Trek TWOK Communicator
A Diamond Select Release!
The latest in the DST hit role-play replica line is here! For all of those Star Trek fans that have been waiting over 25 years to have a communicator that accurately recreates one of Kirk’s most memorable moments on film, then your moment is here! Open this up and hear ‘KHAAAAN!!!’ as many times as you like.
Featuring flashing lights and phrases from Admiral Kirk, Spock, Khan, and Uhura, as well as the authentic communicator chirp SFX. Features 3 play modes: Voice Chip Mode, Screaming Kirk Mode, and Hail/Call-Back function. Communicator chirps when Communicator is open or closed. Hail/Call-Back function has two different scenarios.
A Bowen Designs Sculpt! Half-human, half-tiger, all feral, Tigra serves as the defender of the enigmatic Cat People in the modern day! Greer Grant-Nelson, severely injured attempting to defend a scientist from H.Y.D.R.A. agents was transformed through sorcery, science, and alchemy in an attempt to save her life into a mutated feline warrior, becoming the legendary champion of the Cat People and a member of many super-teams over the decades, including the Avengers and the West Coast Avengers.
This feline femme fatale is brought to life by Mike Cusanelli in a 13″ tall statue.
Sensational She-hulk By John Byrne TPB Vol. 01
By: John Byrne
From SAVAGE to SENSATIONAL! With John Byrne at the helm, witness She-Hulk go where no super hero has gone before: right through the fourth wall! Vs. Spider-Man!
Beheaded! Against the wrath of Dr. Bong! Alongside Santa Claus! On her own Star Truck! Hosting a Golden Age guest star! Featuring the Wasp, Mr. Fantastic and Razorback!
This title collects
SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #1-8, material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #18
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #2
By: Eric Powell, Tracy Marsh, Phil Hester
The world is in panic as Godzilla reduces Tokyo to rubble. No one knows where the giant lizard has come from and even the most extreme military counter-measures prove useless. As the people of Japan struggle to survive Godzilla’s wrath, the world’s governments start thinking outside the box. Unfortunately, Godzilla may not be the only monster-sized threat the world faces…
Age Of X Universe #2 (of 2)
By: Simon Spurrier, Khoi Pham, Simone Bianchi
The Avengers have been ordered to hunt down Magneto and his army of fugitive mutants. But when the team is given a license to kill, not every member is up to the task.
Who will kill and who will be killed? You may just be surprised.
Also featuring an untold tale from the Age of X!
By: Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul
Part of DC’s Flashpoint!
The road to FLASHPOINT is paved with good intentions, but the Flash is about to learn the truth behind those good intentions – and the secret of Hot Pursuit!
Dracula Company Of Monsters #9
By: Kurt Busiek, Daryl Gregory, Scott Godlewski, Ron Salas
A new story arc begins! As Dracula and Conrad’s fight reaches a fever pitch, Evan enters into an unlikely – and dangerous – alliance with Marta and her men.
It’s vampire vs. vampire vs. vampire hunters as the ongoing horror series from the mind of Kurt Busiek continues!
Secret Avengers #12
By: Ed Brubaker, Roberto De La Torre, Mike Deodato
Steve Rogers’ old friend and fellow soldier John Steele is working with the Shadow Council against the Secret Avengers and against the world. What dark secret led to Steele’s fall from grace?
Can Steve Rogers learn the secret in time to save his friend and stop the Shadow Council? And if all else fails, can the Secret Avengers rise to the occasion and stop this covert menace?
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season One, Part Two
This second set in the Cartoon Network’s reboot of an animated Batman series continues the fun of part one in brilliant colors, dazzling if low-tech animated resolution, and dry-witted, square-jawed, super-fun superhero action. The series’ conceit is to team up the Dark Knight (not so dark in this incarnation) with another marquee crime fighter from the DC Comics stable. Aquaman, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Red Tornado, and a slew of other notable or obscure figures make guest appearances in each episode to help Batman outwit and/or out-brawn a supervillain who also may or may not be well known to Batman aficionados.
The tone is light and filled with humor and wisecracking between the rock ‘em, sock ‘em action sequences, with banter that may appeal as much to the older fanboy set as the young Saturday morning kiddie market. Each 22-or-so-minute episode (13 in all) keeps to its own character and story arc and moves briskly along with fast pacing and snappy banter.
Highlights include a team-up between Batman and Sherlock Holmes, and an encounter between Batman and Bat-Mite (voiced by Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens) that is perhaps the most bizarre adventure of the bunch. But the standout is “Mayhem of the Music Meister,” an all-musical episode with the Music Meister played by none other than Neil Patrick Harris.
Fans of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog know about Harris’s penchant for wacky side projects and his made-for-Broadway-show-tunes voice. They will particularly enjoy the thoughtful wit and playful sensibility that infuses this and most other installations of a popular Cartoon Network offering that deserves a good healthy run as a standout from most of the dreck that is 21st-century TV animation. –Ted Fry
Some diehard Batfans have been slow to warm to the animated series Batman Beyond even though it was created by the same team responsible for the excellent Batman cartoon of the early ’90s. The Dark Knight should be a brooding avenger in a noir-nightmare Gotham City, the purists argue, not some smart-aleck teen four decades in the future, with jet packs, invisibility shields, and other sci-fi gizmos loaned him by an elderly Bruce Wayne (voiced, excellently as always, by Kevin Conroy, his stony bass given a raspy hint of old age), now confined to hobbling about on a cane and monitoring his protégé’s activities from the Batcave. Between its respectful reexamination of the “tortured hero” mythos and its sleek, anime-inspired look, this feature-length movie should go a long way toward quieting their complaints.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’ve brought back the most legendary figure in the Rogues Gallery (voiced by Mark Hamill, deliciously deranged), but exactly how and why the Joker has managed to turn up 40 years after his last meeting with Batman still as youthful and diabolical as ever is explained not only logically but terrifyingly as well. The secret behind his arrival is perhaps the saddest, grimmest twist any purported “kids’ show” has dared to attempt.
(Parents may well want to preview this tape before screening it for the very young.)
Once again, Warner Brothers’ cartoon Batman has outshone all the live-action films, never allowing the thrilling action set pieces or flashes of wry humor to drown out the drama, even tragedy, of the all-too-human superheroes. –Bruce Reid
DC Comics Presents Night Force #1
By: Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan, Bob Smith, Dick Giordano
The acclaimed creative team behind Tomb of Dracula reunited in 1982 for DC’s NIGHT FORCE! Now, DC reprints issues #1-4 of this cult favorite series that taps into the lore of Dracula. The series begins as the mysterious sorcerer Baron Winter assembles a team to take on an occult evil. But can the granddaughter of Dracula’s greatest foe, a powerful parapsychologist and a timelost warrior from the court of King David tackle these threats?
Jonah Hex Tall Tales TPB
By: Justin Gray, Jummy Palmiotti, Darwyn Cooke
In this volume collecting JONAH HEX #55-60, we learn more about Hex’s savage origins and how love played a crucial part in making him the bounty hunter he became.
This title collects
JONAH HEX #55-60
Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4
By: Tony Lee, Richard Piers Rayner, Tommy Lee Edwards
‘Ripper’s Curse,’ Part 3 of 3: Mary Kelly’s dead, but was she supposed to die? In a changing future, the Doctor discovers his actions have led to a larger number of ‘canonical’ Ripper victims-and that Amy is remembered as the next to be murdered …
Can they find her before the future becomes real?
Batman Black & White Statue Joker By Lee Bermejo
From fan-favorite artist Lee Bermejo! The next Batman Black and White statue is based on Bermejo’s art from the critically acclaimed hardcover graphic novel JOKER by Brian Azzarello, with art by Lee Bermejo and Mick Gray.
This limited edition statue measures approximately 7″ high x 5.75″ wide x 5.75″ deep, is painted in monochromatic tones, features a Bat-logo-shaped base and is packaged in a black and white box.