Green Arrow – The Kill Machine/Outsiders War

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The emerald archer may be a superhero of the small screen today, but Green Arrow has been kicking around on the small page since 1941, a creation of Mort Weisinger and George Papp in the pages of More Fun Comics. A rich playboy stranded on a deserted island, Oliver Queen had to find his inner hero by innovating with the most basic tools, a bow and an arrow. When he returned to civilization, he decided to use his newly found survival skills against the criminals that he found preying on the innocent.

The TV series version of the character in Arrow is a deviation from the printed superhero, but that should come as no real surprise to any comic book reader. Not only does every TV program and film take liberties with the source material, the comics have been in flux since the Crisis of 1985 which saw the collapse of several fictional realities into one. Since then, DC Editorial has kept obsessively revising their creations every few years in an attempt to reach a new audience. Each time, the origin stories of these time-honored heroes have been revised and altered to the point where any connection to the source material is marginal at best.

This brings us to the New 52 (about to get over-written shortly in favor of the DC Convergence). Returned to an earlier point in his career, Queen was still a billionaire playboy who prowled the streets in a green costume armed with high-tech weaponry and ‘trick arrows.’ But editorial struggled in finding a personality for this GA and a revolving door swung open and closed on various creative teams.

Enter Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino who brought a new mythology and style to the series (just in time to cash in on the success of the TV program). Queen Industries was attacked. Green Arrow became a fugitive from the law and a blind sage rescued him from a deadly assassin with a mission to utterly destroy Queen and Green Arrow. Thus began a ‘from the ground up’ rebuilding of GA’s crime-fighting career and a journey that would uncover a vast sprawling epic with the focus being the very island where he found himself.

Pretty nifty, right?

This series of stories (spanning issues 17-33) firmly established a gutsy, all action comic with eye-catching visuals, a strong supporting cast and interesting threats. It also fleshed out GA’s home of Seattle, rife with criminal families and blood-thirsty vigilantes as well as The clan of Outsiders who secretly vied for world domination. It got a bit too much at times as Oliver’s back story became more interesting than the hero himself, but it was fun and entertaining. It even included am archer with a sharply-coiffed goatee who was not dissimilar to the classic Green Arrow of old.

Sadly, like all things in comics, the hard work of Lemire Sorrentino in The Killing Machine/Outsiders War did not last and they moved on to other things (so did the comic). But for a while there, Green Arrow was must-read monthly book that attracted attention from new and old fans, critics and those unfamiliar with this daring archer who was all but unknown from 1941.

Highly recommended…



Collected in print:

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Justice League of America (or how to make the JLA edgy)

JLA by David Finch

JLA by David Finch

Written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch
“This is a very different kind of team book,” says Geoff Johns. “On first glance, people might think the heroes of the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA stand in the shadows of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, but Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman thrive in the shadows. They’re underdogs who have everything to prove and something to lose. They’re a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they’re as A-List as anybody — yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won’t be easy. Why they’re formed, why each member joins, what they’re after and who the society of villains is they’re trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it’s like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” (via DC Comics)

Despite outward appearances, Justice League of America has (in my opinion) been in a kind of soul searching for decades. Be it the fantastical reach of the Grant Morrison run or the bizarre comedic Giffen/DeMatteis series the comic has run the gamut in approaches and even lineup including the traditional to more unknown superheroes. The latest iteration is a reboot, (simply) Justice League from the ground up, starting with the superheroes of the DCU fighting each other and threats from beyond. Sure, it’s a much simpler and glamorous version of the comic book where almost every member of the team is a jerk, but it has been the most successful version of the book in a very long time.

So whenever a comic book is this much of a hit we get a spin off, hence: Justice League of America (yes, this is possibly the tenth spin off of Justice League, joining Justice League International, Justice League Strike Force and many more).

The Justice League of the New 52 Universe are unknown quantities who answer to no one and hold vast powers far in advance of any individual government. Steve Trevor was intended to be a liaison to the League, but that fell apart quickly when his relationship with Wonder Woman similarly dissolved. With Trevor in disgrace and the Justice League running with no one to stop them, another team is quickly assembled, answerable to US government official Amanda Waller (looking about a tenth of her regular size).

There has been a general ‘us vs. them’ theme running through a few DC monthly books including Batwoman who works for the DEO in secret. However, this is a strong response to the superhuman threat that takes into consideration not just what power players are available but also if they can be controlled. Hawkman is presented as a brilliant tactician, but a brutish thug compared to Batman. Green Lantern is on the run and therefore easily reigned in by the US. Stargirl, Vibe and Katana are all newbies with little to no knowledge of how their world functions. Catwoman has dubious morals, but also the most straight forward motivation. Martian Manhunter is a major win for Waller as he is their most powerful member and is completely avoided by the other League.

Justice-League-of-America-2-Hawkman-and-Vibe-David-Finch-Geoff-Johns-DC-Comics-Trinity-Comics-ReviewI do like the unusual team dynamic and how some characters are incredibly naive and others seasoned veterans, yet all of them are unused to working with others. It promises a lot of potential for some interesting stories and the uses the relative obscurity of many heroes to its advantage. This is a book where Hawkman and Green Arrow are the most recognizable heroes, and both are second or third tier characters, depending on your point of view.

Green Arrow is eager to prove himself as a viable hero to the league, which places him as the ideal person to infiltrate the Secret Society, a newly formed group of super villains. The series so far is spinning wheels, showing the formation of the team and unraveling the threat of the Secret Society in painfully slow steps. That’s not to say that I dislike it, it oozes in character and action, but that said… there’s not a lot happening so far.

Justice League of America started with an unusual multiple variant cover explosion spotlighting every state flag of the US and has been selling like hotcakes. The art by David Finch, most well known from Moon Knight and Batman: The Dark Knight, is a major pull for the comic as is the looming possibility of what could happen next. It’s not so much what is happening in this comic that attracts me, but what could happen next.

The relationship between Steve Trevor and Amanda Waller is on a knife edge (does this guy get along with anyone?) and Oliver Queen is the most interesting character to date as Green Arrow (it is wise for DC to ride his current popularity thanks to the WB TV series) and I am interested in seeing where that all goes. Two issues in and the team has still not faced a single threat and all of the action is in flashback.

So if you are a fan of superhero books and have a lot of patience, check this one out.

Green Arrow’s new writer, Jeff Lemire

As some of you may know, I am a fan of Green Arrow. Throughout his long career, the emerald archer has had many different identities, running the gamut from billionaire playboy (Batman knock-off) to bearded liberal and even Mayor of Star City. His popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years but with the premiere of a weekly TV series GA is a household name.

Green Arrow by George Perez

Personally, I just like the hauntingly similar approach that DC and Marvel took in placing a ‘regular guy’ among god-like beings armed with only a bow and (trick) arrow(s). The devil-may-care attitude and quick wit made Green Arrow popular in the 1970’s, but as a crotchety ‘lefty’ rather than the purple-clad ladies’ man (waiting on Hal’s comment on that one) that Hawkeye was. In the New 52-verse, DC has struggled to find a new identity for GA, with two writers taking a turn but have mainly not succeeded in grabbing readers. It looks like they have finally found a good fit in fan favorite Jeff Lemire.

Already having made his mark with Sweet Tooth, Animal Man and the criminally cancelled Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., the announcement of Lemire as new series writer should attract readers (including myself).

Drat… now I’ll have to start collecting another monthly series.

Via CBR.com

Jeff Lemire: I am a huge DC Comics’ fan and I love a lot of the characters, but Oliver Queen has never really been on my radar. I didn’t read much of his stuff in the past. For whatever reason, he never really resonated with me. When he was offered to me, I did a double take because my initial reaction was, “No interest.” But as soon as I started thinking what I could actually do with it, I became really interested.

I’ve been writing the book now since July, and I’ve really fallen in love with the character. I haven’t felt this good about a project since I started “Animal Man.” It feels very natural and the direction I have for the book has been embraced by editorial. I’m honestly really excited about it.

Oliver Queen is a different cat from the characters you usually write for DC Comics. He’s not a misfit, per se, like Buddy Baker, Frankenstein or even John Constantine.

He’s pretty grounded in a way that, like you say, is different from most of the stuff I’ve done for DC and Vertigo. I am usually working with horror or magic-based characters. But I think that was the point. I really wanted to do something different than what I’ve been doing. I really wanted to flex some different muscles. I’ve been doing books like “Animal Man” and “Sweet Tooth” and my big, fun team book with “Justice League Dark,” and I really wanted to do a book that was, for lack of a better term, a crime book. I really wanted to do a hard-hitting, thriller/action/crime book like the best Batman/Daredevil/Green Arrow books have been in the past. It was something I was interested in trying and I’m having a blast with it.

And getting Andrea Sorrentino on art was a real win for me, because I really wanted to make a really bold new take on the character, as well, give the book a really distinct look and separate it from the rest of the superhero comics that DC and Marvel are putting out. He’s certainly delivering on that.

In the announcement posted on The Source, you teased the series would feature a big, new mythology and new villains. We’ve just gone through the relaunch of the New 52 — is this another relaunch?

It really is a departure from what happened in the first 16 issues of the series. It keeps that same continuity — all those things happened and we’re not rebooting by any means, but it’s definitely a drastic change in direction and tone. Obviously, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t writing #17 as a new #1 in a lot of ways so new readers can jump on and get right into it, but at the same time, not throwing out what Ann [Nocenti] and J.T. [Krul] had done in the first 16 issues.

I really wanted to explore Oliver’s past and build this new mythology around him and his… I’m going to spoil stuff, so I better be careful. But it’s going to be a really big, sprawling mythology that reaches into the history of Seattle and the history of the Queen family. Through that, we will see a series of new and old villains — some new ones that I’m creating and some old favorites that I want to bring back. Like I did when I got “Animal Man,” I went back and read as much “Green Arrow” stuff as I could, and Mike Grell’s stuff really stood out for me — tonally and just the way he approached the character. There is definitely some stuff from the Mike Grell run that I really want to mine and some of those characters will come back.

It’s the kind of work that if things go well, I could do for a long, long run. I have pretty big plans.

Oliver Queen goes against the Royal Flush Gang in Arrow

CW’s Arrow series continues to flesh out the superheroic DC universe with the latest episode which introduces the Royal Flush Gang, a former group of Justice League of America foes.

Stephen Amell as Green Arrow


Via Spinoff

Oliver Queen will be going off-list in an upcoming episode of Arrow. The CW’s new hit series finds the Emerald Archer taking down people from his late father’s enemies list, but in an upcoming episode called “Legacies,” he’ll face off against a new threat: the Royal Flush Gang.

We’ve known for a while that Kyle Schmid and Currie Graham were set to play Ace and King, respectively. Now, thanks to The CW, we can see them in all their hockey-masked glory. That’s right, instead of being a super-powered gang of criminals, this incarnation makes their name robbing banks.

Arrow‘s playing card-themed episode “Legacies” will air Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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With the Royal Flush gang and Deathstroke adapted for the live action series, who else do you think should be introduced? Merlyn the evil archer? Clock King? The Riddler? Lady Shiva?

Green Arrow TV series picked up by CW

It’s a golden era for archers as DC Comics’ emerald bowman takes to the small screen in his own TV series on the CE. Hoping to fill the void left by Smallville, the hero made popular on that series should attract a healthy following.

Created in the 1940’s, Green Arrow was originally a playboy with a bow and arrow motif that rivaled Batman’s bat obsession. The two characters were incredibly similar in many ways leading to a few changes that gave him his own identity. The hero grew to popularity after he was re-introduced and re-invented in the pages of the Brave and the Bold. His fortune was lost, his face had gained a beard and he also obtained a string political/social view of the world that leaned decidedly to the left.

One of DC Comics’ second-tier heroes, he is a cult favorite with readers who are attracted to his devil-may-care attitude and arsenal of trick arrows. A devout left-winger with an attitude, the Green Arrow has represented ‘the man on the street’ to off-set the mythical imagery of his fellow members of the Justice League of America.

The new TV series will bring some changes to the character as well as nods to the comic book legacy such as Black Canary.

Stephen Amell as Green Arrow

Amid a flurry of pilot pickups, The CW has given a series order to “Arrow,” the hour-long drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow.

Created by “Green Lantern” screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe: co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the series centers on Oliver Queen, a wealthy young bad boy who, after spending five years shipwrecked on an island, returns to Starling City — changed from Star City — with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference. Here’s the official description:

 After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

The series stars Stephen Amell (“Hung,” “The Vampire Diaries”) as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn,Katie Cassidy (“Supernatural,” “Melrose Place’) as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey (“Dexter, “Blue Bloods”) as John Diggle, Willa Holland (“The O.C.”) as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Kings”) as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne (“The Dresden Files,” “24”) as Detective Quentin Lance.

The pilot was directed by David Nutter (“Game of Thrones,” “The Pacific”) from a teleplay by Kreisberg and Guggenheim and a story by Berlanti and Guggenheim.

Via CBR.com

So will you be watching?

Green Arrow headed for the small screen

I must have missed a memo, but it appears that CW is prepping the emerald archer for a TV series. The bow and arrow adventurer is a perfect fit for a series in my opinion, with his wild charisma, devil-may-care attitude and sharp wit.

Controversially (perhaps) the series will not be a continuation of the Smallville version of Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance but a revamp from the ground up. Titled ‘Arrow,’ the series hopes to take up the mantle left by Smallville not long ago. Word is that this has s better chance of success due to GA being a lesser known property in comparison to Wonder Woman.

Judging from the footage I have seen, the real issue with the David E. Kelley Wonder Woman’s failure had less to do with her being well known by TV viewers and more to do with it being crap.

Green Arrow by ncajayon

“Supernatural” alum Katie Cassidy has joined the rapidly expanding cast of “Arrow,” playing Dinah “Laurel” Lance in The CW pilot based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, Deadline reports.

The newly greenlit project, from “Green Lantern” screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe” co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, has already lined up Stephen Amall (“Hung”) as young Oliver Queen, David Ramsey (“Dexter”) as Oliver’s bodyguard John Diggle, and Susanna Thompson (“Once and Again”) as Oliver’s mother Moira.

Described as as “very provocative and sophisticated and edgy,” “Arrow” centers on wealthy bad boy Oliver Queen, who after spending five years shipwrecked on an island in the South China Sea, returns to Star City with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference.

Cassidy, who appeared as the manipulative demon Ruby in Season 3 of “Supernatural,” will play Laurel — the alter ego of DC’s Black Canary — a crusading legal aid attorney who shares a romantic past with Oliver. According to a leaked character breakdown, she’s waging a one-woman war against the 1 percent following the death of her younger sister aboard Oliver’s yacht.

No stranger to The CW, Cassidy also starred on the update of “Melrose Place” and had a recurring role on “Gossip Girl.” Via CBR.com

Actor Stephen Arnell has cast as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, the playboy turned crime-fighter/radical politician. The addition of Dinah Lance/Black Canary is a wise one as it will expand the appeal to viewers and fans of the comic book heroes.

The pilot was greenlit (pun there) earlier this year. If it proves to be a success, expect to see the (soon to be) Anne Nocenti penned comic book series to step in line with the televised continuity… or vice versa.

More as it comes.

This week at your comic shop – 10/5/2011

For the complete list of this week’s comics, click here.

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X-Men Schism #5 (of 5)

X-Men Schism #5 (of 5)
By: Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert
It all comes down to this! After years of fighting side-by-side the X-Men are torn irrevocably in half. On one side, X-Men team leader, Cyclops. On the other, X-Men mainstay, Wolverine. Between them lies the fate of mutantkind, and surrounding them, the foes who want to end them forever!Be there for the conclusion of the story that will set the stage for the X-Men universe for years to come, from Marvel Architect writer Jason Aaron and art legend Adam Kubert!
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Action Comics #2

Action Comics #2
Written by GRANT MORRISON Art by RAGS MORALES and RICK BRYANT
In his weakest moment, Superman is taken down – but by whom? And if the world wasn’t ready for a man with super powers, they’re utterly unprepared for the rage of a Superman cornered! The cornerstone character of the new DCU continues his debut adventure!
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Roger Langridges Snarked #1

Roger Langridges Snarked #1
(W/A) Roger Langridge FIRST ISSUE! Roger Langridge is back! The Harvey Award-winner behind The Muppet Show and Thor: The Mighty Avenger returns for an all-new, side-splitting adventure that can only be explained as… Snarked! Journey with Langridge as he pulls the carpet out from under such Lewis Carroll classics as ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’, ‘Through the Looking Glass’, and ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, creating an all-new world of humorous grandeur. Join Princess Scarlett as she and her baby brother Rusty outwit the villainous royal advisors and team up with the infamous Walrus and Carpenter to set sail in search of their father, the Red King, who has been lost at sea for six months. It’s a rip-roaring industry event you won’t want to miss, featuring must-have connecting covers by Roger Langridge and a special 1:10 Thor: The Mighty Avenger homage variant, by fan-favorite Chris Samnee!
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Avengers 1959 #1 (of 5)

Avengers 1959 #1 (of 5)
Written and Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN Cover by HOWARD CHAYKIN EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF NEW AVENGERS… It’s the tail end of the fabulous fifties. NICK FURY and his AVENGERS roar into their secret mission, hunting down NAZI SUPER VILLAINS…men and women relentlessly preparing to unleash hell on a troubled world barely holding onto peace…only to find the Avengers have what appears to be serious competition in their manhunt for these escaped ubermenschen…when their mission is suddenly compromised by interference from an unlikely source.
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Detective Comics #2

Detective Comics #2
Written by TONY S. DANIEL Art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN
Batman sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who’s visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings – while also trying to uncover Bruce’s own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks, the author of the determinedly straight-faced parody The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), returns in all seriousness to the zombie theme for his second outing, a future history in the style of Theodore Judson’s Fitzpatrick’s War. Brooks tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace. Despite its implausible premise and choppy delivery, the novel is surprisingly hard to put down. The subtle, and not so subtle, jabs at various contemporary politicians and policies are an added bonus.
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Swamp Thing #2

Swamp Thing #2
Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
Alec Holland thought he knew the history of the Swamp Thing – but he was wrong. The creature’s roots run deeper than he knows, and the Parliament of Trees intends to make him understand the responsibility he wants so desperately to avoid! With this issue, the mythology of the Swamp Thing branches out in ways you never saw coming – don’t miss it!

Swamp Thing Logo T-Shirt

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Thunderbolts #164

Thunderbolts #164
By: Jeff Parker, Kev Walker, Joe Quinones
Written by JEFF PARKER Penciled by KEV WALKER Cover by JOE QUINONES BARON ZEMO RETURNS?! In the midst of their greatest escape in history, will the return of Captain America’s best fiend push the Thunderbolts to making a Devil’s pact with a certain Red Menace? Find out, as the series’ stoic sentries Jeff Parker and Kev Walker bring you FAIL SAFE!
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Spider-island Heroes For Hire #1

Spider-island Heroes For Hire #1
By: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Kyle Hotz, David Yardin
What chance do Misty Knight’s rag-tag band of street heroes have keeping the wild hordes of infected from storming out of Manhattan…especially when the team members themselves are victims of the plague?And can the squad survive or will this crisis destroy the already fragile ‘Heroes’ concept? Considering what’s coming next month for Misty and her agents…maybe not!

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Animal Man #2

Animal Man #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE Art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
Maxine’s new abilities continue to terrify Ellen and Buddy Baker, and things take a turn for the worse as Buddy begins a startling transformation of his own that will lead him on a journey into the heart of The Red. Meanwhile, The Hunters Three arrive on Earth and set their sights on the Baker family. The Hunt is on as DC’s most surprising new series continues to take ANIMAL MAN in shocking new directions.
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The Savage Sword of Kull Volume 2 TPB

The Savage Sword of Kull Volume 2 TPB
This volume contains over forty-five action-packed stories starring the barbaric Atlantean exile, King Kull! Robert E. Howard expert and legendary scribe Roy Thomas details Kull’s mysterious early life from the time he was born to his enslavement by Lemurian pirates! This tome also includes stories from when Kull was king! The Commorians provoke all-out war with Valusia, and, since their clandestine plan of overthrowing King Kull failed in “The Shadow Kingdom,” the snake-men take a different tact by launching an all-out siege on the City of Wonders!

* This volume includes stories from The Savage Sword of Conan #128-#140, #145, #147-#152, #158, #159, #161, #165, #169, #170, #172, #177, #182, #183, #186, #190-#193, #196-#199, #202, #213, #215, #229, and #230-#233, and Conan Saga #97.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos The Hands Of Fate

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos The Hands Of Fate
If 1966’s Manos, the Hands of Fate isn’t the worst film ever made, it’s certainly one of the strangest; the Texas-lensed oddity, a vanity piece for writer-producer-director-star and fertilizer salesman Hal P. Warren, concerns a family that encounters a supernatural polygamy sect after an aimless drive through the Texas desert. An obscurity to all but the most dedicated “bad” movie fans, Manos was dragged into the spotlight by Mystery Science Theater 3000, which spawned something of a cult following. The Manos set pays tribute to both the film itself and the fourth-season MST3K episode that set off the revival with an impressive collection of extras. The episode, one of the series’ best, finds Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) and the ‘bots pushed to their limits to poke fun or even make sense of the picture (they are reduced to simply repeating the film’s title during the endless driving sequences), and even Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff) find it necessary to apologize for inflicting the film on them. Nevertheless, there are some stellar bits throughout the episode, many of which address one of the film’s most unsettling aspects, the sect’s twitchy, goatish henchman, Torgo: Joel and the ‘bots muse on whether Torgo’s weirdly oversized thighs (which, according to Manos lore, are due to his being a satyr) really make him a monster, and head writer Mike Nelson turns up in the closer as Torgo to make the world’s longest pizza delivery. The episode also features the second half of the Chevrolet training film Hired!, one of MST3K’s most well-loved shorts.

The two-disc Manos special edition includes both the original 1993 MST3K episode and the film minus the riffing, as well as a number of solid extras. Chief among these is Hotel Torgo, a terrific 2004 documentary that reveals the disastrous creation and release of Manos through an interview with a garrulous surviving cast member (Bernie Rosenbaum, one half of the “makeout couple”) and visits to the original locations. Hodgson, Beaulieu, Conniff, and Mary Jo Pehl revisit their own tribulations with Torgo in Group Therapy, an amusing interview segment that examines the show’s love-hate relationship with Manos. Both halves of Hired!, complete with riffing (though without Hired! The Musical, a hilarious song-and-dance spoof featured in MST3K’s take on Bride of the Monster), are also included, as is a new feature short, Jam Handy to the Rescue, which looks at the production company responsible for Hired! in an educational film spoof starring and written by Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra). A brief interview with Hodgson on MST3K’s long history of skewering short films and the original wraparounds from the syndicated Mystery Science Theater Hour round out this stellar, MSTie-must-have set.

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Moon Knight #6

Moon Knight #6
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Pencils & Cover by ALEX MALEEV Moon Knight gets one step closer to the kingpin of Los Angeles and uses Ultron as bait. But in doing so he may have unleashed a hell the West Coast cannot survive. Another blistering chapter from the Eisner award-winning team that brought you DAREDEVIL and HALO!
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The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel's Web

The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel’s Web
Rebooted into a fresh new film franchise (2012) directed by Marc Webb and starring up-and-comers Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and having debuted in its first ever Broadway appearance in March 2011, Spider-Man is back in the spotlight. Reaching out to millions of devoted fans, The Spider-Man Vault will afford readers a whole new look at the beloved “web-slinger”.

This vivid collection of images and ephemera focuses on a dynamic exploration of Spider-Man’s character, providing a complete biography through his development in comics, media, and culture. Further drawing readers into Spidey’s world will be approximately 20 removable features, housed in the sophisticated plastic pages specific to the “vault” format, and printed on special papers to heighten the noteworthiness of each carefully selected piece.

From the classic comics to the big screen, The Spider-Man Vault is a comprehensive collection of art and ephemera that brings Spidey’s back story out of the archive and into the arms of fans worldwide.
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DC Comics Presents Batman The Demon Laughs #1

DC Comics Presents Batman The Demon Laughs #1
Written by CHUCK DIXON o Art by JIM APARO and JOHN CEBOLLERO
In these stories from BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #142- 145, Ra’s Al Ghul teams up with the Clown Prince of Crime for the first time. Their mission: Destroy the Dark Knight and take over the world!
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Rock Iconz Beatles Yellow Sub John Lennon Statue

Rock Iconz Beatles Yellow Sub John Lennon Statue
‘Once upon a time, or maybe twice…’ KnuckleBonz is creating a series of limited edition statues in their Rock Iconz Series representing the characters from The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine.

With only 3,000 of each statue available, the figures in this series will be collectible and highly sought-after by Beatles fans the world over.

Collectors can choose from statues of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, or Ringo Starr, each in the outfits they wore in the film, or the Blue Meanie.

Each figure is hand-painted, numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Thanos Mini-bust

Thanos Mini-bust
A Bowen Designs Sculpt! One of the Marvel Universe’s deadliest villains, Thanos, the Mad God of Titan, was the self-professed lover of Death and the enemy of all that lived! This ominous villain can be yours as this 7″ tall bust, sculpted by Khurram Alavi, that brings this cosmic threat to life!
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Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss
Foss’s groundbreaking and distinctive science fiction art revolutionized paperback covers in the 1970s and 80s. Dramatically raising the bar for realism and invention, his trademark battle-weary spacecraft, dramatic alien landscapes and crumbling brutalist architecture irrevocably changed the aesthetic of science fiction art and cinema.

Featuring work for books by Isaac Asimov, E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt and Philip K. Dick, and film design for Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, this volume brings together many rare and classic images that have never been seen or reprinted before. The first comprehensive retrospective of Chris Foss’s SF career.

“Chris Foss’ name has become pre-eminent among sf artists… He is in love with the monstrous, with angular momentum, with inertia-free projectiles and irresistable objects.” — Brian Aldiss

“[Foss’] creations are real machines, not just an artist’s dreams. They combine the two elements so essential to science fiction: realism and a sense of wonder… A medieval goldsmith of future eons.” — Alejandro Jodorowsky
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Green Arrow #2

Green Arrow #2
Written by J.T. KRUL Art by DAN JURGENS and GEORGE PEREZ Cover by DAVE WILKINS
Super Hero executions will now be televised! After taking down members of a ‘celebrity’ gang – privileged, decadent teens who buy their powers and stage fights with unsuspecting victims – Green Arrow finds himself in the crosshairs of the entire team! It’s Ollie Queen vs. a dozen thrill killers while the world watches – live!
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Fantastic Four 1234 Prem HC

Fantastic Four 1234 Prem HC
By: Grant Morrison, Jae Lee & Manuel Gutierrez, Jae Lee
Written by GRANT MORRISON Penciled by JAE LEE & MANUEL GUTIERREZ Covers by JAE LEE Reed Richards. Sue Richards. Benjamin Grimm. Johnny Storm. They rocketed into outer space aboard an experimental starship, the first humans to attempt interstellar travel. But a freak encounter with cosmic radiation altered their lives forever, granting each amazing abilities! Now, Marvel’s First Family finds its members divided – their unique powers stretched to the absolute limit, their time-tested resolve pushed to the point of breaking. Each chapter of this quintessential collection focuses on one member of the cosmic quartet as the team’s greatest foes band together in an all-out assault on the FF! Plus: In Grant Morrison’s only other Marvel Knights story, superspy Nick Fury is targeted for death! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR: 1234 #1-4 and material from MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE-SHOT #2.
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Monsters in the Movies

Monsters in the Movies
As director of An American Werewolf in London and Innocent Blood, Landis is no stranger to horror films. Here, he offers a whirlwind tour of just about everything related to the genre, from the silents to today’s computer-generated imagery. Typical of DK, the book includes thousands of captioned photos featuring Landis’s commentary on the films. Chapters cover vampires, werewolves, mad scientists, zombies, giant apes, atomic mutations, space monsters, and much more. Subsections spotlight actors like Lon Chaney Jr.–this book is extremely thorough. Landis also provides brief interviews with actor Christopher Lee, directors David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and Sam Raimi, makeup master Rick Baker, and legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen, a wonderful bonus. Verdict: With tons of cool pics and beautifully reproduced film posters, Landis’s volume knocks it out of the park as a superbrowsable overview of the beasties, ghosties, and ghoulies that have terrified us on the big screen all in the name of fun. Horror fans will love it. –Library Journal, August 1, 2011
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Justice League International #2

Justice League International #2
Written by DAN JURGENS Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
The United Nations’ new international team of heroes must learn to work together – and fast – if they’re going to discover the mystery behind the giant alien Signalmen who are appearing all over the globe. Can Booster Gold lead his team to victory, or will they fall?
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Monsters From The Vault #29

Monsters From The Vault #29
Monsters from the Vault enteres its 16th year with Daniel Horne’s wonderful painting of Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula on the cover.

The issue’s main feature is a detailed examination of both versions of Dracula released by Universal in 1931 – Tod Browning’s version which featured Bela Lugosi in his first starring role, and George Melford’s Spanish-language version that was filmed at night utilizing the same sets as Browning’s version with a new cast.
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30 Days Of Night Omnibus

30 Days Of Night Omnibus
By: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
Steve Niles (w) o Ben Templesmith (a & c) The vampire tale that put horror back on the map! 30 Days of Night Omnibus collects the original trilogy of stories told about Barrow, Alaska, and its deadly visitors, written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. Includes 30 Days of Night, Dark Days and Return To Barrow.
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DC Superhero Figure Coll Mag #90 Blue Devil

DC Superhero Figure Coll Mag #90 Blue Devil
The ultimate collection for comics fans, the DC Superhero Collection Figurine Magazine brings together DC Comics’ greatest heroes and villains! Official figurines of the characters, both good and evil, are cast in lead, individually hand-painted and numbered to form an authentic collector’s edition. Each comes with a 20-page magazine providing detailed history and background on the featured characters, including exclusive images and interviews. Choose this month from Blue Devil (#90) and Brainiac 5 (#91).

DC Superhero Figure Coll Mag #91 Brainiac 5

DC Superhero Figure Coll Mag #91 Brainiac 5
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If You're Cracked You're Happy SC Vol. 01 Early Years

If You’re Cracked You’re Happy SC Vol. 01 Early Years
(W) Mark Arnold For over 40 years Cracked was the best-selling humor magazine in the world – if you don’t count MAD! A remarkable and amusing retrospective by author Mark Arnold, recounting the secret origins of the magazine, covering its history with former and future MAD and Marvel Comics contributors John Severin, Jack Davis, Don Martin, Bill Elder, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Al Jaffee, along with Cracked veterans Bill Ward, Don Orehek, and George Gladir. Crammed with creator interviews, rare photos and art and a complete checklist of every issue! A must for comics fans and purveyors of popular media!
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Omac #2

Omac #2
Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN Art
Brother Eye gives Kevin Kho the ground rules to their new ‘arrangement.’ New players are introduced to the game as Sarge Steel and Checkmate begin their hunt for the One Machine Army Corp, but O.M.A.C.’s appearance may be short-lived when he faces the incredible threat of Rocker Bonn, the Amazing Man!
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Classic Marvel Figure Coll Mag #157 Moondragon

Classic Marvel Figure Coll Mag #157 Moondragon
These fully-authorized, hand-painted lead figurines are sculpted by master craftsmen and based on original pieces of Marvel artwork. Each 3 1/2″ figurine is individually numbered, comes stamped with the Marvel official logo, and comes packaged in its own box. The accompanying 16-page magazine provides a detailed history and background on the featured character, including exclusive images and interviews. The fabulous characters featured this month are Toad (#156) and Moondragon (#157).

Classic Marvel Figure Coll Mag #156 Toad

Classic Marvel Figure Coll Mag #156 Toad
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Prince Valiant HC Vol. 04 1943-1944

Prince Valiant HC Vol. 04 1943-1944
(W/A) Hal Foster With its stunning art reproduced directly from pristine printers proofs, Fantagraphics has introduced a new generation to Hal Foster’s masterpiece, while providing long-time fans with the ultimate, definitive version of the strip. Volume 4 in this acclaimed series features the stories ‘The Long Voyage to Thule’, ‘The Seductress’, ‘The Call of the Sea’, ‘The Jealous Cripple’ and ‘The Winning of Aleta’.

This week at your comic shop – 9/7/2011

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Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
The new kingpin of L.A. has brought the fight to Moon Knight’s front door and now Marc Spector is going to return the favor.Moon Knight unleashes hell on the L.A. underworld in his race to uncover the kingpin’s secret identity!!

From the Eisner award-winning team that brought you DAREDEVIL and SCARLET.
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Astro City Life In The Big City HC New Ed

Astro City Life In The Big City HC New Ed
By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Will Blyberg, Alex Ross
The original ASTRO CITY miniseries is back in a new edition, simultaneously available in hardcover and trade paperback with new cover art by Alex Ross!

Welcome to Astro City, a shining city on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies. Each chapter in this collection is a stand-alone story highlighting different aspects or characters in the Astro City world.

The city’s leading super hero tries to be everywhere at once, and berates himself for every wasted second as he longs for just a moment of his own. A small-time hood learns a hero’s secret identity and tries to figure out how to profit from the knowledge. A beat reporter gets some advice from his editor on his first day on the job. A young woman tries to balance the demands of her family with her own hopes and desires.

Despite the fantastic settings, the characters in these slice-of-life stories feel like real people, and that gives the stories real power.

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Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1
By: Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read!

This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!
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Alter Ego #104

Alter Ego #104
Alter Ego proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Four #1-and the birth of Marvel Comics! With a new, never-before-published interview with Stan Lee and rare art and artifacts by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Roy Thomas, and others! Also: Jim Amash’s interview with 1940s Timely editor Al Sulman, FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with Marc Swayze and C.C. Beck, and Michael T. Gilbert in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt! All behind a new cover by Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott!

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Thunderbolts #163

Thunderbolts #163
By: Jeff Parker, Kev Walker, Pasqual Ferry
YOUR EYES DO NOT DECEIVE YOU!

The Thunderbolts have pulled off THE GREATEST ESCAPE IN HISTORY – and joining the powerful ex-cons are CAPTAIN AMERICA and NAMOR the SUB-MARINER!

This new era takes the kings of supercrime to a whole new level- at light speed!!

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Omac #1

Omac #1
By: Dan Didio, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish

The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!
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Doctor Who Classics TPB Vol. 07

Doctor Who Classics TPB Vol. 07
IDW’s collections of re-mastered and fully colored classic Doctor Who tales return with the Seventh Doctor!

From the far reaches of space to Victorian London, follow the seventh incarnation of the Doctor-as portrayed by Sylvester McCoy-as he faces the reptilian Ice Warriors and other fantastic threats.

This volume features the finest writers and artists Who has to offer, such as Grant Morrison, Dan Abnett, Bryan Hitch, and John Ridgway.
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Detective Comics #1

Detective Comics #1
By: Tony S. Daniel, Ryan Winn
DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.
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Punisher #3

Punisher #3
By: Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, Bryan Hitch
Award winning novelist GREG RUCKA continues his violent and visionary return to Marvel.

Even 10,000 feet above New York, no one escapes the Punisher.

As Frank trails the criminal underbelly of the city, he encounters the deadly, mob created villain: THE VULTURE for a brutal battle against death and gravity.

Meanwhile as NYPD detectives get closer to understanding Frank Castle’s new relationship, one of New York’s finest is struggling keep his own Punisher association untraceable.
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New Teen Titans Games HC

New Teen Titans Games HC
By: Marv Wolfman, George Perez, George Perez
Wraparound cover by GEORGE PÉREZ Twenty years in the making, TEEN TITANS: GAMES is a can’t-miss for fans new and old. Harking back to the era when NEW TEEN TITANS was the best-selling monthly comic series comes this lost tale from legendary creators Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and George Perez (FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS) starring their fan-favorite characters just in time for the NEW TEEN TITANS’ 30th anniversary! Set in the 1980s during the height of the New Teen Titans popularity, this stand-alone hardcover features a mysterious villain playing a deadly game with New York City as the game board-and the Teen Titans as the pieces! Like something out of a time capsule, this never-before-seen epic is the New Teen Titans story from their original creators that has never been told…until now!
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Swamp Thing #1

Swamp Thing #1
By: Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette
One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth! Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it.

A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!
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Walter Koenig Things To Come #1

Walter Koenig Things To Come #1
By: Walter Koenig, Juan Baez
Two hundred years after the apocalypse the human race, buried in the bowels of the earth, is a few tortured breaths from extinction.

It offers up one last gift to the poisoned surface and the mutant life forms that survive there; a new species.

Up until now the creatures of fiction, these new beings must determine the purpose of their being. Are they only the violent spawn of mankind’s evil doomed to a soulless eternity or the progenitors of a better more hopeful world?

Is it possible for them to tear the throats from their prey, drink the blood and still pray to god?
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Spider-island Avengers #1

Spider-island Avengers #1
By: Christopher Yost, Mike McKone, Leinil Francis Yu
SPIDER-ISLAND TIE IN!

All of Manhattan has been transformed into an island of Spider-Men… and it’s up to the Avengers to contain the chaos.

But when a spider-powered Ultimatum attacks the United Nations, the?Avengers are spread too thin… and must turn to the one man who can save them all: FROG-MAN.

No, for real.

We were just as surprised as you.

PLUS! Squirrel Girl takes on the most unlikely foe of all!
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Green Arrow #1

Green Arrow #1
By: J. T. Krul, Dan Jurgens, George Perez, Brett Booth, Rob Hunter
Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law.

Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.
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Giant Size Little Lulu Vol. 4 TPB

Giant Size Little Lulu Vol. 4 TPB
By: John Stanley, John Stanley, Irving Tripp
Named one of the top one hundred comics of all time by The Comics Journal, John Stanley’s Little Lulu is one of the most enduring gems of the Golden Age. In a testament to Stanley’s bottomless imagination, this behemoth volume sees mischievous Lulu Moppet’s world continue to expand with new situations and characters, including the first appearance of fan-favorite villain Ol’ Witch Hazel.

* Collecting three more volumes of Dark Horse’s acclaimed reprint series! Contains Marge’s Little Lulu #38-#53.

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Marvel Minimates X-Men First Class Set

Marvel Minimates X-Men First Class Set
A Diamond Select Release! Art Asylum Designs & Sculpts!

Just in time for the release of the major motion picture, X-Men: First Class, Diamond Select turns to the classic X-Men comic with this set of Professor Xavier’s original first class of mutant students!

This Specialty Market Exclusive box set features four of the first mutant heroes in their original blue and yellow outfits, including: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel, and Ice Man. Each Minimate stands 2.5″ tall with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories.
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Potters Field TPB

Potters Field TPB
By: Mark Waid, Paul Azaceta, J. G. Jones
First time in trade paperback! Outside New York City is Potter’s Field, where the unnamed dead are buried. Now, a mysterious man has taken it upon himself to name the unnamed in this cemetery!

Using a network of underground operatives who don’t know each other, he fights to save the unsaved and solve the mysteries of the unjustly slain!

Collecting the critically acclaimed three issue mini-series and the Stone Cold one-shot into one volume!
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The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir

The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir
By Michael Uslan
Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He’s a crime-fighting vigilante with a tragic past, a lawless attitude, and a seemingly endless supply of high-tech gadgetry. In this fully illustrated memoir, author Michael Uslan recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart. Uslan’s story traces his path from the wilds of New Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his work as Executive Producer on every Batman film from Tim Burton’s 1989 re-envisioning to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Through it all, he helped to create one of the most successful pop culture franchises of all time.

“Don’t miss this spellbinding tale of one man who saw what Batman was-and realized what he could become. See how Michael Uslan took a comic book hero and, through the magic of motion pictures, helped transform him into a world-wide icon!” -Stan Lee, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics and Chairman of Pow! Entertainment, co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Hulk

Michael Uslan brought comic books to academia in the 1970s with class (figuratively and literally) and he brought Batman to Hollywood a decade later with the same sort of integrity. I’ve been reading or watching his work since my youth and the intellect always shined through – now with his memoir I also see the emotional backbeat of his hero’s journey. -Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
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Men Of War #1

Men Of War #1
By: Ivan Brandon, Tom Derenick, viktor kalvachev
On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company – a team of ex-military men turned contractors.

Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, DOC SAVAGE) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

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Spider #2

Spider #2
By: Martin Powell, Hannibal King, Dan Brereton
This item is currently not available, but we will special order a copy from our supplier if you choose to backorder it from us today. Delivery will be delayed by two to four weeks while the backorder is processed and shipped from our supplier to our warehouse. Your credit card will not be charged for this item until it is ready to be shipped to you. For more information, please see our backordering help page.

The Spider faces a mastermind of monstrous power, The Thunder King who wields the tempests of the heavens like a scythe, holding New York in a reign of unrelenting terror. In the flooding avenues below, Nita Van Sloan, the Spider’s beloved, alone and against the odds, risks all to save the helpless victims of the drowning city.
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Doctor Who Dalek To Victory T-Shirt

Doctor Who Dalek To Victory T-Shirt
The Ironsides will turn the tide against the Nazi menace on this t-shirt that recreates a classic 1940s propaganda poster!
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Shadow Double Novel #52

Shadow Double Novel #52
By: Maxwell Grant/Walter Gibson, Tom Lovell, Edd Cartier
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! First, The Shadow executes a deadly chess game with The Crime Master, an underworld kingpin whose amazing superbrain rivals his own. Then, the Master of Darkness seeks to unmask The Fifth Napoleon, the master plotter who commands New York’s four most powerful crime lords. This instant collectors’ item features both classic cover paintings by George Rozen, the original interior pulp illustrations by Tom Lovell and Anthony Tollin profiles radio legend Frank Readick, the ‘Man with The Shadow’s Laugh!’

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Hulk #40

Hulk #40
By: Jeff Parker, Grabriel Hardman
THE OMEGEX SAGA CONCLUDES!

Apparently you really can’t go home again. The Red Hulk just wanted to visit his old homestead, but is now in the fight of his life against the mighty Omegex, the world destroyer!

As Red Hulk is on the ropes and it seems as though things can’t get any worse, super-villainess extraordinaire Zero/One and her henchman Black Fog arrive.

Rulk’s renowned writer Jeff Parker and all-star artist Gabriel Hardman bring a thrilling, action-packed conclusion to Red Hulk’s most dangerous dust-up yet!

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AFX Exclusive Star Wars Logo Bookends (Gold Edition) by Gentle Giant

AFX Exclusive Star Wars Logo Bookends (Gold Edition) by Gentle Giant
Limited Edition of 1000
From the moment it blasted onto the silver screen in 1977, the Star Wars logo has become an iconic fixture of science fiction and fantasy to many generations. Cast in high quality polystone and then hand painted, each bookend is numbered and comes complete with a matching limited edition certificate of authenticity. Whether they’re holding up an assortment of media or on display proudly by themselves, these collectible bookends are sure to add enjoyment to any home or office.
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The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files
From the flames of tragedy, a hero rises! In the roaring heart of the crucible, steel is made. In the raging flame of personal tragedy, men are sometimes forged into something more than human. Life was bliss for millionaire adventurer Richard Henry Benson until the fateful day crime and greed took away his wife and daughter and turned him into something more than human. Driven by loss, compelled by grief, The Avenger is a chilled impersonal force of justice, more machine than man, dedicated to the destruction of evildoers everywhere. This collection features new prose stories of The Avenger by such luminaries as Will Murray, Robin W. Bailey, Matthew Baugh, Joe Gentile, Paul Kupperberg, Howard Hopkins, Mark Ellis, Ron Fortier, and David Michelinie.

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The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010

The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010
Al Jaffee s fold-ins, on the inside back cover of virtually every issue of MAD Magazine since 1964, have become an icon of American humor. Generations have grown up with Jaffee s inspired skewerings of our foibles and cultural conundrums. Issue after issue, each Fold-in requires the reader to simply fold the page so that arrow A meets arrow B to reveal the hidden gag image, a simple idea that masks both undeniable artistic ingenuity and comic timing. In this deluxe four-volume set, each of the 410 fold-ins is reproduced at its original size, with a digital representation of the corresponding folded image on the following page (so collectors won t have to fold their book to get the jokes). Featuring insightful essays by such luminaries as Pixar s Pete Docter and humorist Jules Feiffer, The MAD Fold-In Collection is the definitive gift for the millions of fans who ve grown up with MAD for nearly 60 years.
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Animal Man #1

Animal Man #1
By: Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Dan Green, travel foreman
Buddy Baker has gone from ‘super’ man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers?

Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).
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New Avengers Annual #1

New Avengers Annual #1
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Gabriele Dell’otto
Marvel Architect Variant also available Marvel Architects Sketch Variant also available From the creative team of SECRET WAR!

Simon Williams doesn’t think the Avengers are helping the world and is willing to do whatever is needed to stop them.

Including bringing in his own NEW team…THE REVENGERS!

One of the biggest throwdowns in Avenger’s history starts HERE!
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Blue Sunshine

Blue Sunshine
Directed by Jeff Lieberman (Squirm)
At a party, someone goes insane and murders three women. Falsely accused of the brutal killings, Jerry is on the run. More bizarre killings continue with alarming frequency all over town. Trying to clear his name, Jerry discovers the shocking truth…people are losing their hair and turning into violent psychopaths and the connection may be some LSD all the murderers took a decade before. (via IMDB)

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Heroes For Hire #11

Heroes For Hire #11
By: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Kyle Hotz, Jay Anacleto
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN!

On the devastated Raft, the Purple Man unleashes Elektra as his pet killer-with only The Shroud standing in the way! Meanwhile, in the shattered streets of Manhattan, Misty Knight joins cult faves Gargoyle and Paladin to fight the macabre menace of Monster!
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Doc Savage Double Novel #50

Doc Savage Double Novel #50
By: Kenneth Robeson/Lester Dent, Paul Orban
The Pulp Era’s greatest superman journeys to the American West in classic pulp thrillers by Lester Dent. First, a bequest from a dying scientist leads Doc Savage to Death Valley in search of a long-dead pirate’s legendary treasure.

Can this amazing invention allow The Pirate’s Ghost to speak from beyond the grave? Then, the Man of Bronze goes undercover at a Wyoming dude ranch to solve the bizarre puzzle of a strange Green Eagle with lead feathers.

Plus, an intriguing article by The Shadow’s famous raconteur, Walter Gibson.
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Avengers 4pc Button Set

Avengers 4pc Button Set
The Avengers will assemble, and with Ata Boy’s Marvel Universe button sets, you can decorate your bookbag or jacket with buttons that feature artwork of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters! Each set comes with 4 buttons built around a theme – Captain America, Thor, or the Avengers as a whole. Blister card packaging.
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Godzilla Gangsters & Goliaths #4 (of 5)

Godzilla Gangsters & Goliaths #4 (of 5)
By: John Layman, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Hanley, Ponticelli
With the help of Mothra, Detective Sato thought he had the Takahashi crime syndicate on the ropes… but Takahashi isn’t going down without a fight!

Sato is once again helpless as his son is kidnapped and Mothra is no longer in his control.

Never one to give up, Sato decides to just think bigger. But what’s bigger than Mothra?

The chaos nears its conclusion!
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Young Justice- Independence Day review

There’s a new DC animated series, Young Justice.

A fusion of Justice League and Teen Titans along with several comic book stories, the series premiered on the Cartoon Network with a one hour adventure, Independence Day this past week.

The two-part premiere introduces viewers to characters that are very familiar; Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy and Aqualad – the sidekicks to Batman, the Flash, Green Arrow and Aquaman. Throughout standard sequences against ice-themed villains, the pairings of mentor and sidekick convene for a special event, the inclusion of the teenagers into the Justice League… or so the teens expected. Instead, the Justice League have arranged for access to the JLA’s services and facilities, a move that offends Speedy who storms out after ranting about how he demands to be viewed as more than a sidekick. When the JLA receive what appears to be reports of a fire at Cadmus Labs and a deep-space threat, the team decides to let the civilian fire fighters deal with Cadmus while they transport themselves to the Justice League’s satellite HQ circling the planet.

Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash are left to ruminate on Speedy’s tirade and decide to investigate Cadmus Labs, a facility that Batman remarked has caught his interest. The result is an adventure into the depths of a top secret research facility involved in several projects that could threaten the planet, overseen by a cryptic overlord called ‘The Light.’

The Teen Titans comic book series has had several iterations over the years including the manga-influenced cartoon that brought the team to a new audience. The new version is action/adventure-oriented and written to a more sophisticated audience, much like the Batman, Superman and Justice League cartoons that preceded it. The DC Animated DVD features have obviously influenced the Young Justice cartoon series, with action sequences that have been progressively more elaborate and innovative character designs.

One slight speed-bump is that this is yet another version of characters that have been seen in many versions both in comics and in animation… and this is yet another version. For instance, this is not the Robin from the Batman animated series, The Batman cartoon, Batman: Brave and the Bold or Teen Titans. It’s meant to be Dick Grayson, though he is more like the third version of Robin – Tim Drake than the first Robin.  Wally West, a character who has been Flash on the Justice League cartoon is Kid Flash in the Young Justice cartoon even though the teen speedster of the Young Justice comic book was Impulse, a teen from the future. If you think about it too much, you’ll just get dizzy, but if you accept what you are given in the Young Justice cartoon, it all works fine.

Independence Day takes nods to several sources from the Teen Titans series by Geoff Johns and Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen comics (the Guardian and Cadmus’ gene-gnomes project), making it a mixture of great ideas. Thus story has been told several times over in various ways, so it takes a lot to make viewers invested in yet another version of the Justice League and Teen Titans. This one accomplishes that task so well it makes it look easy.

Set on Earth 16, this series is another version of the DC Universe that we have seen in the comics, animated films and on TV. Set shortly after superheroes have emerged on the planet, the cast of characters is a mixture of the classic and new; Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), Speedy, Aqualad (a new character), Artemis (a mystery character) and Miss Martian. Aqualad (real name: Kaldur’ahm) is the team leader, a deviation from the norm which has traditionally favored Robin as the leader of the Teen Titans. Aqualad is also the son of longtime Aqualad supervillain Black Manta, another unusual choice that promises for some interesting plot developments.

Voice actor Bruce Greenwood (Batman: Under the Red Hood) is back as Batman as is Nolan North, an erudite voice actor from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths where he voiced both Green Lantern and Power Ring and Hulk Vs. in which he voiced Deadpool will be featured as Superman and Superboy. North isn’t the only actor pulling double duty, however. DC Animated regular Phil LaMarr (Justice League’s Green Lantern) is voicing Aquaman and Green Arrow. Celebrities Rob Lowe and Marina Sirtis will be providing voices later in the series.

Greg Weisman (SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE, DC COMICS SHOWCASE: GREEN ARROW, GARGOYLES and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and Brandon Vietti (Legion of Super Heroes, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Batman: Under the Red Hood) are the developers of this program along with Geoff Johns (Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment). Weisman and Vietti are getting to be old hands at crafting these comic book/animation projects and it shows. Not to cast the die too early, but this cartoon is easily of the same quality of the Justice League animated series. The animation is fluid (unusually so for TV), the dialog sharp and the plotting smart. Character designs by Phil Bourassa (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) are different enough to be eye-catching without being distracting.

Weisman and Vietti have apparently drafted up plots for two years’ worth of episodes, but there is no word from DC Entertainment yet as to their plans. As a follower of TV cartoons. I have seen many an excellent animated series meet an early end due to low viewing figures. Seeing as how Warner Bros. has re-evaluated their properties and formed DC Entertainment to focus on their many characters in various mediums from the big screen to video games, I had high hopes that they will see the potential in Young Justice.

If you are on the fence about this cartoon, get off it quickly. This is the most high quality animated DC Comics cartoon in a long while.

Make sure to bookmark the official website for Young Justice for updates.

DC Universe Illustrated By Neal Adams

For many children of the 1970’s, Neal Adams equals comic books. His dynamic all-action style almost immediately grabs readers by the neck, demanding attention. It was no wonder that alongside Gil ‘Sugar’ Kane, Adams’ art graced the covers of near countless comics, entrancing boys nationwide.

Occasionally, the artwork inside these covers matched the covers and lads were treated to an actual Neal Adams story! Just imagine! While some other comic artists leaned toward a more moody or character-centric approach to comic art, Adams treated every scene like a big budget action film. Along with Roy Thomas and Tom Palmer, Adams breathed new life into the ailing X-Men series with his distinctive line work that never left room for a breath between panels. Cars were never driven idly, they were careened madly across the page. Explosions were bigger than life and riddled each issue under his pen.
nealadamsdcu1 Throughout recent years DC Comics has gone to great lengths to collect Green Arrow/Green Lantern stories in addition to the legendary Batman comics. However, this week comic fans are in for something special as DC releases a special hardcover collection of rarities including OUR ARMY AT WAR #182, 183 and 186, STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #134 and 144, DETECTIVE COMICS #369, TEEN TITANS #20-22, ACTION COMICS #425, SUPERMAN #254, WEIRD WAR TALES #12 and 13 and more!

For the aging comic reader dissatisfied with modern comics this collection, entitled DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams, is something special. For the younger comic readers amongst us, this is an ideal opportunity to see what all the excitement is about and why Neal Adams remains one of the masters of the sequential art.

Recommended:
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 01
Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection – Volume 1
Batman Illustrated, Vol. 1
Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Vol. 6 (Hardcover)