New Comic Wednesday: February 8, 2012
Adventure Time #01 cover Writer: Ryan North Artist: Shelli Paroline
February 8th, 2012
01:35 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: February 8, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week's pick is all about a shape-shifting, magical talking dog named Jake from the Land of Ooo - that's right, it's Boom! Studio's "Adventure Time #1."

"Adventure Time" is best known as an animated series shown on the Cartoon Network (which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner). It follows Jake, the above-mentioned talking dog, and his 13-year-old human friend, Finn.

It's developed a cult following of both teens and adults, with its tales of their adventures together in a strange, surreal and sometimes dark world.  The shows are often a bizarre fantasy romp through everything producer Pendleton Ward and his fellow writers and animators ever loved about dragons, wizards, vampires, minotaurs, "Dungeons and Dragons," video games, and yes, even comics. No doubt you've seen kids walking around with those yellow laplander hats - the face on those hats is Jake.

If you're part of that Jake and Finn army, you’ll love this new title from Boom Studios. But even without a compendium of knowledge about this franchise, this is an enjoyable book. FULL POST

New Comic Wednesday: February 1, 2012
"Magic; The Gathering #1" from IDW Comics is filled with revenge, backdoor deals, heists and magical melee.
February 1st, 2012
02:59 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: February 1, 2012

Make sure all your manna is tapped before attacking this week’s pick.

If you've ever walked into a comics shop, you've probably seen people playing “Magic: The Gathering” or, at the very least, seen the cards for sale.

“Magic” is one of the best-selling tabletop games of all time and the biggest name to emerge from the collectible card-game boom of the early ‘90s. This, of course, was after the big comics and card game boom of the early ‘90s.

Not a big “Magic” player myself, I reached out to my go-to guy for all things comic and gaming-shop related, Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, and asked him to let us in on the secrets of “MTG.”

"'Magic: The Gathering' has stood the test of time for three reasons," Dean said. "Deep and complex gameplay that builds from a simple thesis of 'have land/do stuff,' the shrewd marketing and official play support of [game creator] Wizards of the Coast, and the continued availability of the product not just in comic shops but major retailers like Wal-Mart or Barnes and Noble.” FULL POST

New Comic Wednesday: January 25, 2012
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1, Writer: Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko Artist: Gurihiru Cover Artist: Gurihiru
January 24th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 25, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

The recommendation this week will, with any luck, help you forget a certain big-budget live-action film that disappointed both fans of the series that inspired it and people who'd never seen the series.

I've been looking forward to the release of Dark Horse’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise Part 1” from the moment it was “advance-solicited” (a geeky comics-industry way of saying “announced”).

Our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, is excited too. And apparently we’re not alone.

Dean said he’s been “fielding questions from kids who saw ads for it online and parents who earmarked the solicitation for purchase come January.”

As to his own excitement? “My wife and I are big fans of the series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ We were this close to naming our dog after one of the characters,” he said.

Young and old, a lot of very devoted fans have been attracted to the series, which ran on Nickelodeon from 2005 until 2008. That’s evident in events ranging from the AV Club's series of in-depth dissections of the show's themes and threads, to the electricity last week when advance previews of a follow-up series, “Avatar: Legend of Korra,” were leaked. FULL POST

New Comic Wednesday: January 18, 2012
“Wonder Woman #5” was written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Tony Akins and cover by Cliff Chiang.
January 18th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 18, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

The Amazon Princess spins her golden lasso around me in DC Comics "Wonder Woman #5"!

I want so much for there to be a good "Wonder Woman" comic, but her storyline has often left me wanting. This week’s pick, DC Comics "Wonder Woman #5," by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, comes the closest so far to changing that perspective.

Talking about "Wonder Woman" with Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, led me to the question: Why is this title so hard to pull off?

Dean said, “Wonder Woman is a tough nut to crack for both writers and readers despite her iconic nature and fond memories of her title in years past. Actually, scratch that: She's difficult because of those reasons.”

Wonder Woman has become a bit of a mishmash: Anybody who truly cares about her seems to want a very specific vision of the Amazon Princess, and I've never met two people whose visions completely overlap.

“I certainly have an ideal Wonder Woman in mind, but nobody has ever quite nailed it for me,” Dean said.

Perhaps it's an obsession with fixing "Wonder Woman" - rather than writing and art teams focused on producing awesome comics - that caused her story to remain persistently unreadable. Azzarello and Chiang succeed here because they are doing something different with Wonder Woman - read: not better - and it's rare that a gamble works for this title. FULL POST

New Comic Wednesday: January 11, 2012
Two “Transformers” titles out this month take place at the same time and deal with Cybertron’s past and planning for its future.
January 11th, 2012
11:03 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 11, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

A new title hitting comics shelves this week is more than meets the eye.

IDW’s “Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #1” marks a major shift in the storied robotic franchise, starting as the Autobot-Decepticon war ends and Cybertron, the homeworld of the Transformers, is revitalized and recolonized.

Don’t worry if you’ve gotten a bit foggy on the details of all of that. The book - and a sister book, “Tranformers: Robots in Disguise,” which comes out later this month - do such a good job of giving you enough back story - and a “who’s who” of the main characters - that this is a really good jumping-in point for new readers.

Talking about this book with our friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, led to the obvious question: Who is your favorite Transformer?

“Someone's favorite Transformer says a lot about him or her,” Dean said. “Younger fans might say Optimus Prime or Bumblebee, and that's understandable. Big fans of the original 1984 TV show might say Soundwave or Megatron or Jazz, and these are all good options - especially Jazz."

While fans of the 1986 animated film might choose Grimlock or Hot Rod, Dean says his favorite is Ratchet, from the old Marvel Comics series. FULL POST

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