By: JD Hardin

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Most of the time my comic book choices revolve around realistic titles from Image and other independent publishers, and a select few DC titles. The sci-fi and paranormal books are not what I would call my wheelhouse. But when a publisher sends me a book outside of my norm, I jump at the opportunity to step outside my comfort zone. I certainly don’t waste any opportunity to read a free book.

Recently Houston local publisher, Gray Bear Comics, sent me issue 1 & 2 of their flagship title, Speak No Evil. Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve received a large amount of comics from small publishers that were absolutely terrible.

At this point I can happily say that Speak No Evil is a lot of fun. There’s little doubt that the book is geared toward a more mature audience with a little strong language, and copious amounts of blood. Samir Simão‘s art is a mix of Brent Schoonover and Dan Schoening (Back to the Future [2016]) and Bob Montana (Archie Comics) sprinkled with the tone of Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets, Dark Night: A True Batman Story). At first glance, the panels seem a little unpolished, but with a good look they feature far more detail and texture than expected. The grit in every panel fits the story like a well-tailored tuxedo on a British Spy.

The writing features aspects and influences from all over. H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and even a little Mark Twain resonates through the pages of Speak No Evil. It’s more than obvious that Justin Corbett and George Tripsas have obviously submerged themselves in literature beyond comic books, setting their writing on a level well beyond that of an average graphic novel.

This is definitely a 5 out of 5 book! Click here to get your copy!!

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By: JD Hardin

451Media is back at it again with Stained #1. Written by acclaimed colorist and 2016 Harvey Award Nominee David Baron and illustrated by Yusuf Idris, Stained is a breathtaking story that offers a peek into the seedy grit of law enforcement in a world in the future. A runaway criminal underground has pushed law enforcement into fear. With the police afraid to pursue the worst criminals, cybernetically enhanced bounty hunter Emma London makes a career of doing their job for them.  But every hunter is someone else’s prey.

Image result for 451 stained #1David Baron began his comic book career at the young age of 15 by coloring covers in 1996. Since then, Baron has made quite a name in the unsung art of coloring. Over the last two decades David has certainly earned quite the resume and witnessed first hand the do’s and don’ts of comics. This storied career has certainly allowed him to generate a compelling story in Stained.

Yusuf Idris is little known outside of a few circles. Image result for 451 stained #1However, don’t base judgement on his fame. Idris’ amazing range could put him next to the likes of Isaac Goodhart (Postal) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets). His art has developed into a style that will, no doubt, become synonymous with excellence.

This is a comic so breathtaking, any synopsis would be an insult to the writer and any artist involved.

By: JD Hardin

It’s that time of year again, first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day. In case you weren’t aware, the first Saturday in EVERY May most comic book stores (check with your local retailer to see if they are participating) have FREE comic books to give away (check with participating retailers as most have a limit of 3-5 books per person).  For those in the Houston area, come hang out with us at All Star Comics & Games in Baytown, or Dimensions Comics in Seabrook!!!

Here’s what will be on the racks!!!

FCBD 2017 GOLD COMICS

FCBD 2017 BETTY & VERONICA #1FCBD 2017 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALLFCBD 2017 BOOM STUDIOS SUMMER BLASTFCBD 2017 DARK HORSE BRIGGS LAND JAMES CAMERON AVATARFCBD 2017 WONDER WOMAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION FCBD 2017 DOCTOR WHOFCBD 2017 SECRET #1FCBD 2017 I HATE IMAGE  FCBD 2017 RICK & MORTYFCBD 2017 STAR TREK TNG MIRROR BROKENFCBD 2017 VIZ LEGEND ZELDA TWILIGHT PRINCESS OCARINA TIME FCBD 2017 X-O MANOWAR SPECIAL

FCBD 2017 SILVER COMICS

FCBD 2017 2000 AD SPECIALFCBD 2017 ANIMAL JAMFCBD 2017 ATTACK ON TITANFCBD 2017 BAD MACHINERYFCBD 2017 BARBIEFCBD 2017 CHAPTERHOUSE CAPTAIN CANUCKFCBD 2017 CATALYST PRIME THE EVENTFCBD 2017 COLORFUL MONSTERSFCBD 2017 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS SUMMER OLYMPUS PREVIEW FCBD 2017 DARK HORSE ALL AGES BUFFY HIGH SCHOOL & PVZFCBD 2017 ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 FCBD 2017 MIRACULOUS ILLUS TALES LADYBUG & CAT NOIRFCBD 2017 TOKYOPOP DISNEY DESCENDANTS DCOM #1FCBD 2017 VIZ DRAGON BALL SUPER & BORUTOFCBD 2017 BOOM FRESH OFF THE BOATFCBD 2017 GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT TIME SHIFTERSFCBD 2017 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #1FCBD 2017 GUY DELISLE & FINDAKLY TRONDHEIMFCBD 2017 HILDAS BACKFCBD 2017 KEYSER SOZE THE RIFTFCBD 2017 KID SAVAGEFCBD 2017 LADY MECHANIKAFCBD 2017 MALIKA WARRIOR QUEENFCBD 2017 MONSTER HIGHFCBD 2017 RIVERDALE FCBD 2017 SPILL NIGHTFCBD 2017 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIESFCBD 2017 STEAM WARS STRIKE LEADERFCBD 2017 STREET FIGHTER V WRESTLING SPECIALFCBD 2017 TMNT PRELUDE TO DIMENSION XFCBD 2017 TEX PATAGONIAFCBD 2017 BALLAD OF FRANKLIN BONISTEELFCBD 2017 INCALFCBD 2017 LOOKING GLASS WARS CROSSFIREFCBD 2017 LOUD HOUSEFCBD 2017 THE TICKFCBD 2017 UNDERDOGFCBD 2017 FANTAGRAPHICS WORLDS GREATEST

By: JD Hardin

It’s the best week of the year to be a comic book fan. If you aren’t, now is the time to become one. This Saturday is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!!! That’s right, free comic books. Come see The Nerdery at All Star Comics and Games in Baytown, TX and Dimensions Comics in Seabrook, TX.

It’s an awesome week regardless of FCBD. Marvel is releasing an onslaught of #1’s and Secret Empire drops its #1 as well. DC’s The Button saga continues with Batman #22. 451Media’s Stained has already broken the publisher’s record for pre-orders and stock orders. Having read it, you’re not going to want to miss this amazing title.

Come see the 451Media crew at Comicpalooza NEXT WEEK!!!! (Click the link on the left hand side of the screen to get your tickets!!!)

 

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By:  JD Hardin

It’s NEW COMIC BOOK DAY!!!! There’s alot of great stuff coming out for all of you fiends out there.

All the power with none of the responsibility, Ben Reilly makes his return!!! The second issue in the DC Button series is released (Flash #21)

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

There’s a lot going on in the world right now; North Korean Tensions, Syria, NHL Playoffs, and everything else. I find my escape in comics. With genres ranging from horror and suspense to superheroes and alternate realities, there’s a title out there just for you.

Image has a series of April Fool’s variant covers that are hilarious, DC and Marvel are releasing a series of trades this week, and Eclipse comes back to put us on the edge of our seats.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for The Nerdery Pubcrawl HERE

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By: JD Hardin

BREAKING NOW! 

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Josh Brolin has reportedly signed a four picture deal to play Cable in Deadpool 2.

Is it real? Brolin most recently came to the big screen as Eddie Mannix in last year’s Hail, Caeser!  Comic book fans will know him from the multiple MCU films as the mad Titan Thanos.

The highly talked topic of “Who will play Cable?” started with the credits scene from the first Deadpool film. The tease issued by none other than Deadpool himself.

Cable, also known as Nathan Summers, is the child of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey), who was transported into the future as an infant. For years Cable popped in and out of Marvel’s main continuity and timeline. In 2004 Cable was paired with Deadpool in Cable & Deadpool. Their polar opposite personalities has made Cable a constant inside of Deadpool comics ever since. While the characters have a hilarious and sometimes violent chemistry, the two are often depicted and expected together. Such was the case with Deadpool in 2016.

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The biggest news here isn’t necessarily Cable’s casting. If Brolin does appear as Cable, he will be the first actor to appear in both the FMU and the MCU simultaneously. I know, it’s shocking. FOX’s history of being unwilling to accept any sort of agreement with Marvel Entertainment has caused quite a rift between the two companies. If Brolin signed a four picture deal, will he still be allowed to appear in the MCU?

This story will continue to draw attention as it unfolds.

KEEP TRACK WITH US AS THIS CONTINUES TO DEVELOP!!!

By: JD Hardin

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In case you’ve missed it, after a lot of fan made trailers that looked truly amazing, we finally have a REAL teaser trailer for Thor Ragnarok.

Fans have been debating for years on what plot line Ragnarok would follow. Would it be the fall of Thor Odinson, the rise and return of Odinson and the conflict with the clone known as Ragnarok, or would we see something else entirely?

It would seem that we may have a few clues on that.

Take a look……..

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By: JD Hardin

DC is at it again. On the tail of the incredible He-Man/Thundercats, and the riveting Justice League/Power Rangers, the power house drops four more crossovers; Adam Strange/Future Quest, Booster Gold/The Flintstones, Green Lantern/Space Ghost, and the Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits. Watch out for these titles, they’re going to be HOT!!! Not to mention the long awaited DKIII #8.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for The Nerdery Pubcrawl HERE

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By: JD Hardin

Yeah I know, I missed last week. Well, not to worry. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see last week’s releases.

This week we have a lot to be grateful for, it’s like Christmas. Reprints, trades and more proliferate the racks. The Beauty, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Core, and Dollface just to name a few. Not to mention the fact that Action Comics is pushing close to issue #1000. That issue will almost assuredly be one bear of a book. Well, I’ve wasted enough of your time……

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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