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Buy These Comics! July 1, 2009

Posted on 26 June 2009 by LoryGil

chew02_cover Chew #2 (Image Comics)

Writer: John Layman, Artist: Rob Guillory

This comic is so good that I have to write about it for issue #2 even though I already wrote about it a month ago. The day Chew #1 was released I didn’t make it to the comic shop. To my chagrin, by the time I went-a-looking, it was already sold out. Luckily, my dear friend, and the owner of World’s Best Comics, had saved himself a copy. With his heart of gold, Dave handed me his only remaining copy, the one he had saved for himself. I fell “in like” with this comic immediately. It is sure to be added to my list of must-haves. Chew is a clever, light-hearted story about a detective with a strangely intriguing attribute. He is clairvoyant through things he eats. I’m sure you get the cannibalistic idea. Writer John Layman incorporates CSI style crime stories with quirky and witty dialogue of, say… Lost. The 2nd printing of the first issue is also coming out next week, so you can catch up without a problem.

Greek Street #1 (Vertigo Comics) greek-street

Writer: Peter Milligan , Artist: Davide Gianfelice, Cover: Kako

In the vein of the Leo Dicap remake of Romeo and Julliet, Greek Street is a reimagining of tales of old, set in a modern world, complete with strippers and gangs. It opens with a summary of the history of Greek Theatre and follows up with a page-by-page character list. This is not your kid-friendly comic. There is a whole lotta sex, a whole lotta violence and a whole lotta fun. Writer Peter Milligan might be best known for his painfully realistic comic, Skin, about a skinhead with a birth defect called phocomelia that was caused by a morning sickness pill (that part is real). Although based less on reality and more on screenplay, Greek Streets is right up Milligan’s dark and depressing alley. Artist Davide Gianfelice is the artist for Brian Wood’s Northlanders and his style lends itself to the gritty, violent world of Ancient Greece. If you like tragedy, dirty secrets and detective mystery, than this book will make you stab you brother and have sex with your mom. Not really. Just get it.

marvel-divas Marvel Divas #1 (Marvel Comics)

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Artist: J. Scott Campbell

Remember last week when I wrote about Gotham City Sirens being a fanboy’s dream-come-true? Well, Marvel Divas is a response to DC’s girl-party. I guess my review created a feeding frenzy of frothing female-fantasy finders. Marvel is kicking chick-chic off with a couple of b-list ladies who have a jealousy chip on their’ shoulders. Now, I know that writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wants to think he understands us. But guess what dude? Not all women hate other hot women. That is a myth, created by the ad industry to get us to buy useless crap. All stereo-typing aside, this is a super team adventure complete with epic battle scenes. I think I also mentioned that I have girl-power tattooed on my butthole and love anything that gives Mother Nature’s better half a chance in the spotlight. This comic is a bit more Sex In The City and a bit less Charlie’s Angels, but it is about women fighting crime, none the less, and therefore, one to buy.

Y The Last Man #1: Special Edition (Vertigo Comics) y-the-last-man

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Artist: Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Cover: JG Jones

The entire 60-issue run of Y the Last Man has already come and gone and, to be honest, I never picked up a single issue. Not because it looked dumb or anything. If fact, I was very interested, but by the time I found out about it, there seemed like a lot of back issues to catch up on, and I wasn’t sure I was ready for the commitment. Well boys, get out your grandma’s wedding ring, because the commitment train has just arrived. Not only can you pick up a re-issue of the elusive first comic, but you can get all 40 fun-filled pages for only a buck. Now, that is what I call a bargain. If you don’t already know the plot, it is about a plague that kills every living thing with a Y-chromosome except one man and his pet monkey. It’s highly post-apocalyptic and filled with imaginary and original adventures. For those of you who, like me, put off buying this comic, here is your chance to give it a try, see if it feels right, take it for a test drive.

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Buy These Comics. June 24, 2009

Posted on 19 June 2009 by LoryGil

This is a bare-bones review this week. Got the new iPhone. Can’t put it down. Must get apps.

cleanersThe Cleaners #4 (Dark Horse Comics)

Writers: Mark Wheaton & Joshua Hale Fialkov , Artist: Rashan Ekedal

This is a very weird and excitingly original story full of creepy serial killers and somewhat demented detectives. Showtime’s Dexter has nothing on this Hematolagnian. The Cleaners has just a hint of supernaturalism, implications of a vampire-esque baddy develop throughout the arch, while still basing itself on realistic characters and even mundane dinner conversations. Writers Mark Wheaton and Joshua Hale Fiakov are able to draw you in with incredible suspense. Artist Rashan Ekedal depicts the life of the cleaners with just the right amount of detail. Issue #4 starts a new arch for the team of special CSI agents, and I’ll have to admit that some new stuff has come to light that puts a remarkable unnerving twist on the already mind-blowingly bizarre crime caper. This comic is a mix of gritty realism and scary unrealism and it’s perfect for anyone who reads true-crime stories and liked 30 Days of night (in comic or movie form).

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Buy These Comics! June 17th, 2009

Posted on 12 June 2009 by LoryGil

 

I know some of you are saving up for the new G3s iPhone, but there are some great titles coming out next week, so makes sure you set aside some currency to Buy These Comics!

 

destroyerDestroyer #3 (Marvel Comics)

Writer: Robert Kirkman , Artist: Cory Walker

You may remember my review of Destroyer #1 a few months back. Well, I just wanted to remind you to give this baby a read. It is awesome. On the first panel of the first page of the first issue, Destroyer punches a bad guys head OFF. Tell me you’re not interested. I admit that issue two was a bit too much talky Mc Talkereson and not enough face punching off, but the character development has to make its way into the story somewhere. And there was some delightful killing taking place. Besides, Kirkman is known for giving you a rush of bloody mayhem followed by a plot-developing lull.  In issue #3, the Destroyer is being stalked by his arch nemesis and things are gonna get sloppy. This comic is a five issue mini-series, so you can buy it without having to worry about budgeting  $3.99 into your finances for the next ten years.

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Buy These Comics! June 10, 2009

Posted on 05 June 2009 by LoryGil

 

Summer is almost here and there is nothing better than sitting by a campfire, reading new comics. So, before you head to the mountains for fresh air and hallucinogens, make sure you Buy These Comics.

 

bprd B.P.R.D: War on Frogs #3 (Dark Horse Comics)

Writer: John Arcudi, Artist: Karl Moline, Cover: Mike Mignola

There are a couple of reasons why this one is on my pick this week. Fisrt of all, it highlights one of my favorite B.P.R.D. characters, Liz Sherman. Her story has been a rollercoaster of emotion. She struggles with her power and her role on the team, and it seems like someone is always trying to kidnap, curse, or kill the poor girl. She is like Hellboy’s prettier, less demon-like counterpart. In this issue, she will step it up a notch and become a leader in the war on frogs. The other thing that is pretty cool about this issue is that artist Karl Moline is taking on the task of creating images of the Mignola-esque world. Don’t get me wrong. I love Guy Davis. I think his style lends itself perfectly to the B.P.R.D., but I have loved Moline’s art ever since I read Fray and I think he portrays the heavy-hearted Liz Sherman perfectly. I’m not sure if Moline is in it for the long haul, but I DO know that Joss Whedon fans will snatch this book up quick, so make sure you get it before it sells out. 

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Buy These Comics!June 3rd, 2009

Posted on 28 May 2009 by LoryGil

 

It’s hard to believe the summer is here already. But here we are, sweltering in 95 degree heat, watching our beloved comics get all warped and faded in the back seat of our cars. Luckily, new ones come out every week. Here is a few that you should be sure to get your sweaty hands on next week.

 

batman Batman & Robin #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Grant Morrison, Artist: Frank Quitely

The brilliant writing team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely are back again, this time they are taking on the Dark Night and his acrobatic companion, Robin. Morrison and Quitely penned the Eisner-nominated, All-Star Superman and were the masterminds behind the creepy, yet beautiful We3.  Morrison tossed Batman into obscurity with Batman: R.I.P. and it is about time he helped us pick up the pieces with this all-new adventure with an all-new caped crusader in a post Bruce Wayne era of DC. This book promises to be the hype of the summer.  Let’s just hope they don’t have the same release schedule as they did with All-Star Superman. That just sucked.

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Buy These Comics (May 27, 2009)

Posted on 22 May 2009 by LoryGil

 

Now that I’ve over-powered the evil entity that calls itself “the flu”, I am back with a vengeance and a delicious selection of premier issues that you can get your grubby little hands on if you Buy These Comics!

 

aliens Aliens #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

Writer: John Arcudi, Artist: Zach Howard

Aliens has been a  comic title of Dark Horse for a long time, so, why you ask, are they putting out a new version? Thirtieth anniversary of the movie release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror film Alien, that’s why. This new incarnation of our beloved, stomach-bursting, extra-headed terrestrial nightmare is penned by the creative mind of John Arcudi, co-author of the B.P.R.D.  My good friend Matt would want me to point out that Arcudi also wrote Major Bummer, but I have not read the comic, even though the aforementioned friend loaned it to me over a year ago and he probably secretly hates my guts for not giving it back to him. Do not follow in my footsteps. First off, don’t borrow the comic. Go buy it yourself. And, B. actually read it, don’t just tell your friend you will and then shove it in a box until he decides that you can’t be trusted with other peoples comics.

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Buy These Comics! May 13, 2009

Posted on 07 May 2009 by LoryGil

 

This week is going to be a short read. I’m leaving for mom’s place for a week and have run out of writing time. Here are a few choice comics that you should buy. If you think she will enjoy them, Buy These Comics for your mom! Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Astro Boy Movie Prequel #1 (IDW Publishing) astro-boy

Writer: Scott Tipton, Artist; Diego Jourdan

That’s right all you Japan-a-fans. Astro Boy is back. Not only is he back in comic form, but he is coming to life in a computer graphic adventure due out this fall. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 60 years, or if you are only six, than you should know that Astro Boy is Japan’s first comic book character. He also laid the groundwork for anime- the “gateway drug” of comics (see: Naruto or DeathNote). Although Astro Boy was created and written by the god of manga himself, Osamu Tezuka, this series is written by white-guy Scott Tipton. I guess the movie executives thought he needed Americanizing. Don’t misunderstand me; Tipton is a perfect candidate for substitute writer for Astro Boy. The comic is fun-filled and rife with action-packed adventures. Artist Diego Jourdan must have grown up on manga comics because he hits the nail on the head here. Get caught up on the story with these movie prequels and you’ll be right on target for the main event this fall.

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Buy These Comics! (May 6, 2009)

Posted on 01 May 2009 by LoryGil

 

¡Hola! mis amigos. I hope that you’re Cinco de Mayo plans don’t thwart your comic book shopping desires.  There are some sweet picks this week. So, if you’re not hung over from all that tequila, Buy These Comics!

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Buy These Comics! (April 29, 2009)

Posted on 24 April 2009 by LoryGil

Free Comic Book Day is May 2, 2009, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy new comics this week. I know the economy is bad, but waiting for the free stuff is just rude. Plus, Free Comic Day doesn’t mean all comics are free, so you would miss out on the delectable selection I’ve picked out for you. Don’t make me go over there and pop you one. Buy these Comics!

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Buy These Comics (April 22, 2009)

Posted on 16 April 2009 by LoryGil

OK guys. April 22 is Earth Day. Make sure you ride your bike to your local comic shop and tell them “No thanks, I don’t need a bag.” Also, don’t throw your comics in the street if you don’t like them. Put them into the appropriate recycling bins. Or, send them to me to read, but only if you Buy These Comics!

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