Don't be afraid of 'Ghostbusters' No. 8
Don't be afraid of no ghost -- just check out "Ghostbusters" No. 8.
April 18th, 2012
09:15 AM ET

Don't be afraid of 'Ghostbusters' No. 8

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

There is no doubt who you’re gonna call for this week’s pick, IDW's new "Ghostbusters" comic!

I am a huge fan of the movie and the first couple seasons of the cartoon, "The Real Ghostbusters.” Until now, I never read the comics for fear of ruining my memories of the franchise.

Our brilliant Geek Out friend Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, was of the same mindset when we saw the preview for this series.

“I was super stoked when this new series was announced because I've been following penciler Dan Schoening for years online,” he said.

“Ghostbusters"  No. 8, out today, is a standalone issue, or one-shot as they call it in the comic book industry. The next issue will kick off a new four-issue story arc, so this is a perfect jumping-on point for new readers.


'Courtney Crumrin' puts adolescent spin on supernatural genre
Courtney Crumrin‘s new monthly series is a fun supernatural adolescent adventure.
April 10th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

'Courtney Crumrin' puts adolescent spin on supernatural genre

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

Fans of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” who wanted a deeper, more mature story, your cries to the comic goddess have been answered. Today sees the release of Oni Press’ “Courtney Crumrin" No. 1, the start of a monthly series. This issue is a wonderful introduction to the character and her family.

For folks who are new to the Courtney Crumrin world, there are two trade paperbacks out.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, shared his perspective: “Ted Naifeh, writer and illustrator of 'Courtney Crumrin,' was first brought to my attention when I did an interview with Jennie Breeden, Georgia-based creator behind the successful webcomic Devil's Panties. I was already reading a lot of the other things she recommended so I figured, I've got to check this guy out, right?”

“Boy, I'm glad I did. While I'm more of a ‘Polly and the Pirates,’ also by Naifeh, man myself there's absolutely a spot in my heart for Courtney Crumrin, teen witch protagonist of a self-titled series of arcane adventures that puts Sabrina to shame.” FULL POST

Really big superhero fight, Marvel-style
2012 is the year of the Avengers, Avengers vs. X-Men that is!
April 4th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Really big superhero fight, Marvel-style

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

When people look back at 2012, what will they think of? The Year of the Dragon? Election Year?

Not comic book fans.

They will remember this as the year Marvel pits the Avengers against the X-Men - "A vs X." It kicks off with this week’s pick, Marvel Comics “Avengers VS. X-Men #1.

Recent events in both books are converging, and grievances between the two teams going back decades are about to be aired in the form of a rumble that will put the Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas fight to shame.

Marvel's premier franchises are going toe-to-toe in the name of an ultimate prize: the galaxy not exploding and the rebirth of an entire race.

SPOILER ALERT: The rest of this review has spoilers. Not many, but it has some, so if you don’t want to know what happens before you read the book, stop now and skip to the end. FULL POST

'Atomic Robo' for the win
Find pulp-inspired fun in "Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #1" from Red 5 Comics.
March 27th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

'Atomic Robo' for the win

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

A butt-kicking robot ventures all over the world, fighting evil scientists, dinosaurs and other robots in this week’s pick, Red 5 Comics' “Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #1.”

This new anthology presents several smaller self-contained stories and strips about the mechanical hero Atomic Robo. It's written by Brian Clevinger and featuring art from John Broglia, Ryan Colby, Yuko Ota, Chris Houghton, Joshua Ross and Scott Wegener.

The last story in "Real Science Adventures #1" is actually part of a larger story that is also in "Atomic Robo Volume 1 #3" but has themes from most of the other Atomic Robos books, like "Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War," "Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time," and "Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science."

I first heard of the book when Evil Hat Produtions announced plans for a table top RPG based on the comic. As a fan of their Dresden Files RPG, I went looking for “Atomic Robo” comic books to see what it was all about. I fell in love!

Also a huge fan of the books, Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, said, “I am not the kind of comic fan who sits around hoping and waiting for some TV or film adaptation of their favorite books, but I would tune into an ‘Atomic Robo’ series tomorrow.”

If you’re late to the “Atomic Robo” party, you don't really have to steep yourself in that much background, which is a great aspect about the comic books and hopefully, by extension, the franchise's other platforms. FULL POST

Reality comics:  Not as bad as it sounds
With "MIGHTY 7 #1," Stan "The Man" Lee is rolling out a new kind of story that he's calling the world's first reality comic book.
March 21st, 2012
10:20 AM ET

Reality comics: Not as bad as it sounds

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

You probably know who Stan Lee is , even if you don't read comic books.

Lee is the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and the Avengers, just to name a few of the feathers in his cap.

This week’s pick is a new book, a joint venture between Archie Comics, A Squared Elxsi Entertainment and POW!Entertainment, that Lee co-created - with fellow writers Tony Blake and Paul Jackson, and art by Alex Saviuk, Bob Smith, John Workman and Tom Smith - “Stan Lee's MIGHTY 7."

The first issue, titled, "How it all Began!" is a sensational new superhero book that, as is the signature of all Archie Comics, is fun for the whole family.

The comic tells the story of what happens when a crew of alien prisoners and their jailers blast across the galaxy and their ship lands at the feet of Stan “The Man" Lee himself. And that's where the real ride starts. FULL POST

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