New Comic Wednesday: January 4, 2012
January 4th, 2012
10:42 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: January 4, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

"Fatale #1" from Image Comics comes with an amazing pedigree. This is something that Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, and I can agree on.

Dean and I are both fans of supernatural horror/crime stories that follow classic film noir conventions in the vein of the television show "Supernatural" or Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files." This comic book adds to that mixture with a narrative that jumps through multiple time periods and is told from the point of view of many different characters.

But if comic book bibliographies were criminal rap sheets, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips - writers of "Fatale #1' - would be the FBI's two most wanted. FULL POST

New Comic Wednesday: December 28, 2011
December 28th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: December 28, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

During my conversation with Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, about what comic we should talk about this week, he got an almost painful look on his face. Not one to be insensitive, I asked if he was all right.

Dean smiled and said, "Yeah, there are a lot of books coming out this week that I am excited about, but for one reason or another they're hard to recommend to new readers.

"There are storylines wrapping up this week and other comics transitioning into new stories. There are even some amazing reprints coming out this week. So, I had a bit of a quandary until I remembered Tony Lee had 'Danger Academy' an OGN (original graphic novel, a usually-independent long-form comic book published straight to trade paperback) coming out this week and that's really my job done for me."

Okay, so I asked why I should get this book.

"Tony Lee has been smashing it out of the park on the monthly 'Doctor Who' title, with the recent Christmas issue with Paul Grist being particularly excellent," Dean said. (Have I mentioned I love Paul Grist?)

"His new book, out this week for $9 from Kickstart Comics, concerns a private boarding school for the offspring of Britain's greatest super-spies. There have been a spate of stories lately concerning watching the next generation of heroes learn the ropes, mostly coming from a superhero or sci-fi direction. This one is from a decidedly more 'Bourne Identity' direction and I have every faith in the book."

We both agree that Lee's style of writing is very direct about very twisted plots and logic, a tack which has served him well writing "Doctor Who." One hopes readers show up for his dabbling in the backyard of Britain's other great cultural export: no, not Shakespeare, we mean 007. Although James Bond movies could have used more people being pursued by bears.

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people, and the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on December 28, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

Keep in mind folks that because of the holidays this week some shops won't be getting your new books until Thursday the 29th so call ahead if you're not sure.

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New Comic Wednesday: December 21, 2011
December 21st, 2011
06:33 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: December 21, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s book is Marvels "Daredevil #7". This is a great book in what myself and Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, think is easily among the best new series to come out in 2011, superhero or otherwise.

Dean said he believes this is the best "Daredevil" run (sequential issues of comic books with the same writer at the helm) in the past decade.  This series started by building a challenging new context for Matt Murdock (also known as the book's titular superhero, Daredevil) and company to live in and is now carrying those contexts to their logical extremes.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis outed Daredevil's secret identity. By the end of Bendis' run with the "Daredevil" title, Murdock was in jail, which was where writer Ed Brubaker picked the book up. Brubaker's run shows Murdock losing much more than his freedom. Some bad decisions, and bad company, on Murdock's part led to his literal possession by a demon. In the wake of the havoc Murdock wreaked while possessed, writer Mark Waid ("Kingdom Come," "Superman: Birthright," "Marvel Comics' Captain America") and an A+ art team pick up the storytelling.

The introductory story of this run saw brilliant interpretations of Murdock's supersense abilities both logically and artistically, as well as Murdock's new status as a professional legal consultant. Waid has also woven major implications about the Marvel Universe and plenty of hot water for Murdock into his story line. FULL POST

New Comic Wednesday: December 14, 2011
Star Wars: Agent of the Empire #1 from Dark Hose Comics. Cover Stephane Rox, Writer John Ostrander, Penciller Stephane Roux, Inker Julien Hugonnard-Bert
December 14th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: December 14, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

As a huge Star Wars fan, I was excited when Daniel Dean, my comic guru at Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, pointed out "Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Iron Eclipse," as a book to read this week. It's a promising comic book launch from Dark Horse Comics, John Ostrander, and Stephane Roux.

"Star Wars" is both a world and a brand which manages to continually inspire and attract people despite some of the more disappointing aspects of the franchise. What's nice about "Iron Eclipse" is that it requires only a basic familiarity with "Star Wars" - you won't be out of your depth if you haven't, like me, memorized Wookieepedia. This is the first book of a five-issue miniseries, so there's the added bonus that jumping into "Iron Eclipse" is a short-term commitment for any prospective reader.

The premise of this miniseries - the Empire's own James Bond agent who crushes the Empire's enemies with the help of a fembot sidekick - is what has Dean excited about this book, since he's a big Ian Fleming fan. Roux's penciling work injects just the right amount of smarm and lots of energy into this book for a great 007 spin.

But it's really Ostrander who is the biggest draw for Dean, and it was infectious to witness his excitement about the author.

Ostrander, Dean told me, has been one of the best writers in comics for as long as most of Dean's customers have been reading comics - in some cases longer than they have been alive. In fact, neither Dean nor I have read an Ostrander-penned comic book that we didn't enjoy. He has the kind of writing pedigree that can actually pull off a mash-up of "Star Wars" and "James Bond" - he's known for writing super-capable yet morally gray government agents like in "Suicide Squad" for DC as well as creating the very successful, very popular "Star Wars Legacy" comic for Lucas and Dark Horse.

I hope that Titan has enough extra copies on Wednesday, especially since we both hope to set one aside as a stocking stuffer for Star Wars-mad friends on our holiday shopping list this year.

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people, and the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on December 14. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

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New Comic Wednesday, December 7, 2011
December 7th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week I've been piqued by a book from DC's big relaunch that has not gotten much attention so far.

(DC, like CNN, is owned by parent company Time Warner.)

"OMAC" is a new version of a classic Jack Kirby comic book with Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen at the helm. Originally, "OMAC" was an anachronism for One Man Army Corps, but now it stands for Observational Meta-human Activity Construct.  The story of how one became the other is why I'm reading this book.

Kirby's 1974 DC title "OMAC" was a short-lived title with a cult following. It was about a man named Buddy Blank who becomes a superpowered cyborg thanks to the remote control of an intelligent satellite. Kirby loved stories about technology, mythology, the nature of right, the nature of power and the supernatural as an argument for humanism. "OMAC" had all this in spades and the new series does as well. FULL POST

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