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Buy These Comics! November 25, 2009

Posted on 20 November 2009 by LoryGil

Well, the holidays have finally started. Christmas music plays in all the retail stores, The Tick releases another Christmas Special comic, and Grandma is sleeping in your room while you are stuck on the couch for a week. Here are a few comics you can read while staving off boredom at Thanksgiving dinner- while Uncle Ted tells you all about the secret mission he was on during Viet Nam- in this weeks installment of Buy These Comics!

chew-6-cover_001Chew #6 (Image Comics)

Writer: John Layman, Artist: Rob Guillory

This is the second story arc for the tremendously unique and innovative comic by John Layman. “International Flavor” takes our hero across the globe to sample new and exciting foods (among other things) and assigns Agent Chu to a new partner. This comic does not slow down. Every issue is full of fun and adventure, leaving you reeling from the rollercoaster ride that Layman has just taken you on. Artist Rob Guillory matches wit with style frame-by-frame and is known to hide a nice treat in the background for your enjoyment. If you are living in a cave and have not heard of this monstrously popular comic, have no fear! The same week that Chew #6 comes out, the first five issues will be out in trade paperback. Lucky you! Hop on your rock-mobile and pedal on down to B.C. Comics. Heh. I’m funny.

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Buy These Comics! August 19, 2009

Posted on 17 August 2009 by LoryGil

wwwdccomicsBatgirl #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Bryan Q. Miller, Artists: Lee Garbett & Trevor Scott, Cover: Phil Noto

Batman’s disappearance in the R.I.P arch has affected every g-dang thing in the DC Universe. Now, we are forced to love a new Batgirl. Barbara Gordon was unbeatable. The noob that Gail Simone introduced in the Birds of Prey Series was alright, but didn’t hold a candle to the Commish’s baby girl. New Batgirl is fighting more than just crime. She is getting harassed by various cowl wearers and evil doers every time she steps out. We’ll just have to see if this lady earns respect, or if she will be tossed out like yesterday’s jam.

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Buy These Comics! Jul 15, 2009

Posted on 10 July 2009 by LoryGil

blackest-night Blackest Night #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Geoff Johns, Artists: Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert

DC is calling this the most anticipated comic of the year. I’m not sure I agree with their findings, but this comic is sure to be a universe altering hit. This is not your typical zombie attack. Yes, the dead do rise again, but it is nothing like Marvel Zombies. This title is the culmination of a hell of a lot of history in the DC Universe. The preverbal “poop” has hit the fan, and the fight to save humanity in general, and superheroes, specifically, starts here. Geoff Johns is the perfect writer for this death-heavy event since he wrote the first six issues of Green Lantern: Rebirth, and Blackest Night is an off-shoot of that. What I want to know is, in the end of all of this death and dying trip, will we ever see Bruce Wayne again? Maybe Blackest Night will finally answer some questions.

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Buy These Comics! July 8, 2009

Posted on 06 July 2009 by LoryGil

wednesday-comics Wednesday Comics #1 (DC Comics)

Writers :Various, Artists: Various

DC Comics is really pushing the envelope with reinventing the way they do comics here. First, they gave us the extremely popular, weekly comic, 52, which opened the door for a whole line of weekly titles to enjoy. Now, they are giving us Wednesday Comics, which is a brilliantly original, weekly 16-page fold-out comic with nothing but newsprint style strips of all your favorite DC characters. This is the first of its kind, and sure to be a hit with fans. However, DC is attempting to boost their popularity with noobs, and thanks to a run of Wednesday Comics in USA Today, they anticipate adding a few million to their, already gi-normous readership. Here is a great way to bring your brother’s kid into the folds of geekdom. Once he reads John Arcudi’s version of Superman, your almost cool nephew will be hooked for life. Any you will finally have someone other than cyberDan142 to talk to about the death of Batman.

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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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