Archive for July, 2015

What’s Out Wednesday

Posted: July 15, 2015 in Comics, JD Hardin

By: JD Hardin

I’m going to try something a little different this week. Instead of giving you a handful of titles and issues from a few publishers, I’m going to give you all titles from a bunch of publishers. Feel free to sound off on your opinion of this new format here, or on our Twitter, our Instagram, or our Facebook.

Marvel Comics (47 issues)

All-New X-Men Vol. 7: Utopians


Ant-Man Annual #1

Ant-Man: Art of the Movie

Armor Wars #3

Armor Wars #3 (Landscape Wraparound Cover)

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1 (Irving Cover)

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #2

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #2 (Jeanty Cover)

Fantastic Four by Aguirre-Sacasa and McNiven

Guardians of Knowhere #1

Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Frisson Agents of S.H.I..E.L.D. Cover)

Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Guilloy Gwenom Cover)

Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Young Connecting Cover)

Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Young Connecting Cover)

Hail Hydra #1

Hail Hydra #1 (Doe Cover)

Hail Hydra #1 (Wyatt Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cover)

Hawkeye #22

Inhumans: Attilan Rising #3

Inhumans: Attilan Rising #3 (Maleev Landscape Cover)

Korvac Saga #2

Korvac Saga #2 (Variant Cover)

Moon Knight #17

Planet Hulk #1 (Del Mundo 2nd Printing)

Planet Hulk #3

Planet Hulk #3 (Maleev Landscape Wraparound Cover)

Princess Leia #2 (Dodson 3rd Printing)

Secret Wars: Battleworld #3

Secret Wars: Battleworld #3 (Stokoe Cover)

Siege #1

Siege #1 (Bengal Ant-Sized Cover)

Siege #1 (Budich Cover)

Siege #1 (Robinson Cover)

Silver Surfer #13

Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 2: Spider-Verse

Star Wars #4 (Cassaday 2nd Printing)

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #5

The Mighty Thor Vol. 14 (Marvel Masterworks)

The Mighty Thor Vol. 14 (Marvel Masterworks)

Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 4: The Last Days of Midgard

Ultimate End #2 (Bagley 2nd Printing)

Where Monsters Dwell #3

Wolverines Vol. 3: The Living and the Dead

X-Men Vol. 5: The Burning Earth

Years of Future Past #3

Years of Future Past #3 (Norton Cover)

DC Comics (23 issues)

Batman: Harley Quinn

Batman: Second Chances

Black Canary #2

Doomed #2

Doomed #2 (Variant Cover)

Dr. Fate #2

Dr. Fate #2 (Variant Cover)

Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6: The Reckoning

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #2

Harley Quinn #18


Harley Quinn #18 (Teen Titans Go! Cover)

Justice League #42

Justice League #42 (Teen Titans Go! Cover)

Martian Manhunter #2

New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity

Robin: Son of Batman #2

Secret Six #4

Secret Six #4

Secret Six #4 (Teen Titans Go! Cover)

Supergirl Vol. 6: The Crucible

Superman / Wonder Woman #19

Superman / Wonder Woman #19 (Teen Titans Go! Cover)

The New 52: Future’s End Vol. 2

Image Comics (20 issues)

Astronauts in Trouble #2

Drifter #6 (Klein Cover)

Drifter #6 (Risso Cover)

Elephantmen #65

Empty #5

Empty Zone #2

Invincible #121

Island #1

Mantle #3

Penny Dora and the Wishing Box Vol. 1


Postal #5 (Goodhart Cover)

Postal #5 (Sejic Cover)

Red One: Welcome to America

Revival #31

Reyn #6

Roche Limit: Clandestiny #3

Secret Identities #6

Skullkickers #33

Trees #11

Witchblade #178 (Smashcon Cover)

BOOM! Studios (18 issues)

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars #1

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars #1 (10th Anniversary Cover)

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars #1 (20 Copy Cover)

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars #1 (Subscription Cover)

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 (ECCC Cover)


Big Trouble in Little China #13

Big Trouble in Little China #13 (25 Copy Guillory Cover)

Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (ECCC Cover)

Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (Wondercon Cover)

Escape From New York #1 (ECCC Cover)

Fiction #2

Giant Days #5

Long Walk To Valhalla

Lumberjanes #16

Lumberjanes #16 (25 Copy Philbin Cover)

Oh, Killstrike #3

Sleepy Hollow: Origins #1 (Wondercon Cover)

Steven Universe Vol. 1

IDW Publishing (13 issues)

Donald Duck #3 (Subscription Cover)

Godzilla in Hell #1

Godzilla in Hell #1 (EC Subscription Cover)

Jem and The Holograms #5

Jem and The Holograms #5 (Subscription Cover)

Littlest Pet Shop: Wait a Second


My Little Pony: Adventures in Friendship Vol. 3

The Atomic Age Superman Sundays Vol. 1: 1949-1953

The Goon: Chinatown Artist’s Edition

The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1

The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1 (Subscription Cover)

Wally Wood’s Stories Artisan Edition

World War 3 Illustrated #46

Dynamite Entertainment (12 issues)

Dawn / Vampirella #4 (Rare Linsner Virgin Cover)

Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #4

Lady Rawhide / Lady Zorro #4 (10 Copy Chin B&W Cover)


Prince Valiant #3

Prince Valiant #3 (10 Copy Shalvey B&W Cover)

Prince Valiant #3 (25 Copy Laming B&W Cover)

Reanimator #4 (10 Copy Mangum B&W Cover)

Reanimator #4 (Francavilla Cover)

Red Sonja #1973

Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella & Jennifer Blood #3

The Phantom #4

The Phantom #4 (10 Copy Lau B&W Cover)

Dark Horse Comics (10 issues)

Abe Sapien Vol. 6: A Darkness So Great


B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth #133

Dark Horse Presents 2014 #12

Death Head #1

Groo: Friends and Foes #7

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully For You #2

Predator: Fire and Stone

Shaper #5

The Strain: The Night Eternal #11

Usagi Yojimbo #147

Valiant (10 issues)

Book of Death #1 (10 Copy Char Design Rivera Cover)

Book of Death #1 (20 Copy Icons Perez Cover)

Book of Death #1 (60 Copy Rivera Cover)

Book of Death #1 (Crain Cover)

Book of Death #1 (Gill Cover)

Book of Death #1 (Kevic-Djurdjevic Cover)

Book of Death #1 (Nord Cover)

Dead Drop #3 (Allen Cover)

Dead Drop #3 (Gorham Cover)

Divinity

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Deadpool Trailer

Posted: July 12, 2015 in Comics, JD Hardin, Movies

I’m just gonna leave this here.

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By: JD Hardin

It’s a great week to be a comic book reader. Vertigo, Dynamite, and Image are making their presence known. Marvel continues Secret Wars with both ongoing and new titles. DC shows us they still have some tricks up their sleeves as well.

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Vertigo FINALLY gives us Mad Max: Fury Road: Mad Max #1, the issue we’ve all been waiting on!!

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From Image this week, Big Man Plans #4 and Bloodstrike #1.

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Marvel plants it’s flag with Civil War #1, Lando #1, Max Ride: First Flight #4, Old Man Logan #3, Weirdworld #2, and Star Wars #7.

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DC kicks things up a notch with Batman #42, Batman/Superman #22, Constantine: The Hellblazer #2, Earth 2: Society #2, and the much anticipated Starfire #2.
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The BIG news this week is the Archie reboot from M&M comics. This #1 is getting a huge selection of variant covers, including the one shown above, which is done by our friends at All Star Comics. Chris Foreman did all the pencils and ink, and colors were done by Kris Asbeck. These guys have talent beyond compare, and we should see a lot more of them.

Chris Foreman does take commissions, and has an incredible portfolio. You can connect with him through his twitter, here, or his instagram here.


Monster Musume Episode One: Everyday Life With a Lamia 

Review by Chris

Quick intro: I haven’t read the manga’s yet, but going to. It starts off with the male main character Kurusu Kimihito and the beautiful Lamia Miia in bed. The alarm sounds off to wake for the day and to his surprise she is in bed with him. He gets anxious and tries to wake her only to find out she’s cold (as Lamia’s are cold blooded) and envelopes him with her 7 foot tail.

It’s a very funny start off to an anime from a successful manga. There is a good bit of fan service but nothing too graphic. All the colors and animation are presented very well. Along with the nose bleeds lol!

This is from episode one just launched today on Crunchyroll.

Presented by Sentai Filmworks. The manga’s are published by Seven Seas with 7 volumes available currently.

I immediately give my rating of 5 joysticks (5 stars). I definitely cannot wait for the next episodes and are going to purchase the books en masse immediately.

For the Episode 2 review click here

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By: Steven Saunders

Title: DC Online

Status: Released

Genre: AMMORPG

Developer: SOE

Publisher: DC

So after my first review of marvel online. I decided to review other comic Style online games out there. DC online is a wow type Ammorpg. it’s worth noting just how good a first impression DC Universe Online makes. With the help of revered comic book artist Jim Lee, Sony Online Entertainment has created the most attractive MMO on the market. Granted, it’s still a long stride behind the sort of visual fidelity found on PlayStation 3 and PC, but the combination of Lee’s art-style and the resonance of DC’s characters and locations give the game an instant appeal that can’t expressed in pixels.

The game world spans Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, and Superman, Batman, The Joker and a host of other famous characters ensure you’re never far away from a welcome nostalgia kick. Most of the shorter missions are taken directly from old DC storylines, while the over-arching plot is a new and utterly convincing addition to the canon. I’m sure most of the references sailed several feet above my head, but I noticed enough to be convinced that only the most ardent fan-boy will find any way to complain.

.DC Universe Online employs a system that has more in common with a straight-up brawler, built around pressing and holding buttons in combination with the thumb-sticks. There are special skills, of course, but the sort of attacks normally used to just wait out cool-down periods are now engaging in their own right, and much more effective as a result. Make no mistake, in terms of combat DC Universe Online outstrips virtually everything else out there.

The character creation has been criticised for lack of variety and cumbersome controls, and while I have no argument with the latter, the former seems to spring from Sony’s desire to go against the grain. At the start of the game you choose your character’s class by selecting his mentor, and define other aspects like their powers, combat style and preferred method of travelling – whether super-speed, flying or acrobatics, navigating DC Universe Online is both tactical and thoroughly enjoyable – but Sony spreads an impressive amount of costumes and accessories across the entire game as rewards. My character’s appearance was in a state of constant flux until I was bearing down on the level-cap.

There are a handful of problems, but DC Universe Online is in far better condition than I would have guessed for a game that is, in many respects, the first of its kind. Certain social aspects like voice-chat have been problematic since its launch, while a lack of explanatory material outside of the story missions might leave new MMO players out in the cold. However, these problems only seem severe in the context of the liberal amount of polish applied to other areas of the game, and for the most part DC Universe Online is commendably stable.

The main question, then, is are you willing to pay for DC Universe Online’s considerable riches? I won’t even attempt to influence. Reviews should be about quality, and DC Universe Online has that in spades.

Pros

1. Beautiful game style

2. All of your favorite dc heroes and villains

3. Nice voice overs

4. Lots of exploring

5. Travel Powers

Cons

1. Pay to win

2. Monthly subscription (needed for good stuff)

3. Limited avatar styles

4. Limited

The DCYOU First Glance

Posted: July 2, 2015 in Comics, JD Hardin

By: JD Hardin

SPOILER ALERT
The New 52 is over, and the dust has begun to settle in a post-Convergence DC universe.

Batman is dead, Superman has been reduced to his Action Comics #1 self, Hal Jordan is a criminal on the run from the Green Lantern Corps. Things have been turned upside down.

In my personal opinion, The New 52 had gotten stale. DC was more concerned about maintaining the status quo and continuity than originality and good story lines. There were a few good arcs, but far between for my own taste.

Then came Convergence. The well crafted event only lasted two months of weekly installments. Convergence featured a massive selection of supportive tie-in’s, however, they weren’t necessary to assertain the story. This is not considered “par for the course”. Generally, many tie-ins are required to get the whole picture.

The DCYOU has given new tricks to an old dog.

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Superman is back to his origins. Many fans aren’t aware that, until the mid fifties, Superman didn’t have the ability to fly, X-ray vision, heat vision, super speed, or invulnerability. He’s not too far from his start, nowadays. The new tricks boil down to his appearance. After having his secret identity outed by Lois Lane, Kal-El started sporting a buzz cut. When we caught up with him in Action Comics #42, he finds himself shirtless. Sporting jeans, boots, and a new do, he stops off at a convenience store to complete the new look with a Superman “S” t-shirt. New looks, old powers. It was, without a doubt, the most interesting Superman issue I’ve read in a few years.

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Batman and The Joker are both allegedly dead. That would be the end right? Not quite. We now have a “robo-Batman”. That’s not too crazy is it? I hope not, it only gets crazier. The new Batman works hand in hand with Gotham PD, even getting his own task force and specialized back up and tech support. Who pilots this red and blue illuminated Bat mech? Jim Gordon himself! I’m sure The Joker or Batman aren’t gone for good but as for their current whereabouts, it’s still unknown.

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The Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, is a fugitive from the Corp. Wielding the will power gauntlet, Hal is on the run for it’s theft. Grabbing a prince from prison and holding him in exchange for his own freedom isn’t the Green Lantern we all know. Hal, like Batman and Superman, is also sporting a brand new look. Long hair, no rings, and a hood are the new call signs of our favorite emerald knight.

All these reboots have some of the best writing I’ve seen from these titles in years. Don’t judge the heroes by their makeovers. I, for one, have high hopes and expectations from the DCYOU, and I can’t wait to see where they will end up.

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By: JD Hardin

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Things are a bit sleepy for DC this week Omega Men #2, Mortal Kombat X #8, and a few other stand alone titles are hitting the racks today. The DCYOU continues as well with Action Comics #42, Green Lantern #42, Green Arrow #42, and more.

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Marvel is hammering out Secret Wars #4 and a whole slew of support for the event. Outside of SW, the new Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and a few others carry the flame of non-event issues.

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From Image this week, our friend Matt Hawkins brings us a brand new title, Adr1ft #1. Jupiter’s Circle, No Mercy, Satellite Sam, and Oddly Normal also give us fresh meat today.

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