Marvel invites you to a Super Marriage
Northstar pops the question in Astonishing X-men #50
May 23rd, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Marvel invites you to a Super Marriage

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s new comic Wednesday pick is Marvel Comics’ “Astonishing X-Men #50,”  a book that promises to generate a bit of controversy.

Spoiler alert! If you don’t want to know the “big deal” about this book, stop reading now and skip to the lower part of the post to see the list of books coming out this week.

Marvel Comics’ mutant character Northstar has not often been a headliner. If all you know about the X-Men is what you've seen in movies starring Hugh Jackman, then you likely don’t know him at all. FULL POST

'Dancer' delivers intrigue
May 16th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

'Dancer' delivers intrigue

Greetings, fellow comics readers!

This week is an excellent opportunity to show those newly interested in comic books (perhaps due to a certain $1 billion grossing movie) that comics aren't just about superheroes.

The best example of what's possible without a man in tights is this week's first issue of "Dancer," from Image Comics.

This series is not just your usual "retired assassin chased by sniper" story. In this case, the assassin's ballerina companion is a major part of the ultra-violent action in Milan, Italy.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia said this title caught his interest because it is written by Nathan Edmondson, most recently known as the writer of DC's "New 52" series, "Grifter."

“More importantly to me, and people in the store, he produced ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’" said Dean. "Really, really great stuff.” FULL POST

'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!
The Tick and Invincible team up in The Tick #100.
May 9th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

"The Tick" is a brilliant superhero parody first published by New England Comics in the 1980s, and is perhaps best known to most thanks to a well-remembered cartoon in the '90s and a short-lived live action show early last decade.

This week, this hilarious arachnid reaches a milestone with “Tick #100: The Tick meets Invincible!!” Longtime "Tick" writer Benito Cereno - who, since 2009 has been responsible for what I think are some of the best "Tick" stories thus far - teams up with Robert Kirkman's comic book hero, Invincible.

“Robert Kirkman gets a lot of love for the Walking Dead and it's all well deserved," said Daniel Dean of Titan Comic Books & Games in Smyrna, Georgia. "However, he first won my heart with 'Invincible."

Kirkman's "Invincible" embodies the surprising and simple concept of the world's greatest superhero's progeny coming into his own and quickly realizing how in over his head he really is, Dean said. "Nothing he took for granted is true and every choice is harder than he expected. Teenagers, right?” he said. FULL POST

Rejoice, Free Comic Book Day is here!
Free Comic Book Day! Like Christmas for comic book fans!
May 1st, 2012
02:58 PM ET

Rejoice, Free Comic Book Day is here!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week’s pick is not a comic, but a day, and it is one of the most wonderful days of the year for comic fans, this coming Saturday, May 5: Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day, or "FCBD" as the cool kids call it, is just what is sounds like - a day for you to go to your local comic book shop and pick up some free comics. Most of the top comic publishers create special books just for this day, usually a one-off comic book or the kickoff to a new story line or series.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, gave us a few tips for getting the most out of FCBD at a comic book store near you: FULL POST

Beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett is dead - but who killed him?
Bounty hunter Boba Fett is killed in the new Dark Horse comic “Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead" #1.
April 24th, 2012
06:05 PM ET

Beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett is dead - but who killed him?

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

The pick this week sees a Star Wars fan-favorite killed on the first page - Dark Horse Comics’ “Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1".

The rest of the book answers the question “Who would want to kill Boba Fett?” Pretty much everyone, it turns out. As the preeminent bounty hunter of the Star Wars universe, Fett's list of enemies is about as long as a Hoth winter. But there’s another mystery at the core of the book: Who would want to kill the men who killed Boba Fett?

Boba Fett first showed up as an animated short in the notorious “Star Wars Holiday Special” and quickly became a beloved character. He’s the enigmatic bounty hunter shrewd enough to outfox Han Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back,” then responsible for transporting Solo after he was frozen in carbonite.

Friend of Geek Out and all-around comic guy Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, put it best when he said his favorite comics are the ones where a character who isn’t the focus of the story still drives the story.

“Sometimes the best place to begin is with an ending,” Dean said. “Boba Fett's dead; now what?”

We got a chance to talk to Tom Taylor, who wrote the script for “Boba Fett is Dead” #1.

He’s a husband, father of two, screenwriter, playwright, creator of the all-ages graphic novel “The Deep: Here Be Dragons” and writer of the “Star Wars: Invasion” series, “Star Wars: Blood Ties”, “Star Wars Adventures” and the upcoming “Darth Maul: Death Sentence.” FULL POST

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