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Buy These Comics! December 9, 2009

Posted on 07 December 2009 by LoryGil

Can you believe it is already the end of the year? I’m still reeling from Halloween! Well, if you are trying to come up with ideas for presents, Buy These Comics!

Day Tripper #1 (Vertigo Comics) day-tripper

Writers: Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, Artists: Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

Brazilian comic creators Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá are stepping into the scene with a brilliant indie comic that is full of poetic imagery and visual dialog. It reads not entirely unlike a novella of sorts. Moon and Bá have a writing style that can be matched to writers of a century ago. Day Tripper is about a man, wallowing in his destiny, and trying to find the meaning of it all. This book is not for the faint of heart or the fanboy who only reads cape n’ cowl comics. It is heavy laden with emotional turmoil and internal retrospect. It is breathtaking and original, but not what one would consider a lighthearted romp, but neither was The Road, but only a total suck-head would think it was boring. If you are somewhat intelligent, pick up a copy of this book. I have a feeling it is going to be a hit and you don’t want to miss out on the premier issue.

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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! November 18, 2009

Posted on 17 November 2009 by LoryGil

deadlockeDeadlocke One-Shot (Dark Horse Comics)

Writer: Arvid Nelson, Artist: Nick Stakal, Cover: Jock

Deadlocke comes from the coming-of-age teen novel, Venomous by Christopher Krovatin. It is the story of a teenager that can’t control his rage and the struggle he has with himself and those around him in an effort to overcome his violent tendencies. Now, I know how sappy that sounds, but if you think about it, that isn’t much different than the story of our good friend, Alex DeLarge, in A Clockwork Orange. Teen boy, hell-bent on causing suffering, realizes that there is more to life than just giving the old in-out to devotchkas, grows up, the end. This comic promises to be a big hit with tweens and 25-30 year old women. No wait, that’s Twilight. Writer Arvid Nelson is showing his chops by expanding into the world of adaptations, while artist Nick Stakal takes a break from creating the dark world of the Criminal Macabre to create a bit of ultra-violence for our enjoyment. See, doesn’t that sound like fun?

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Buy These Comics! November 11, 2009

Posted on 09 November 2009 by LoryGil

I’m back with a vengeance. To make up for all of that lost reading you have not been keeping up on, I’m going to have to give you a lashing. The good news is that next week promises to be a cracking good week for new comics. Here are a few that I deem worthy of my column:

wwwdccomicsBatman/Doc Savage Special #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Brian Azzarello, Artist: Phil Noto, Cover: JG Jones

I know how exciting it is too see that the writer of 100 Bullets taking the reins on Marvel’s beloved, The First Wave bull. Writer Brian Azzarello is arguably the best known writer of pulp style comics of the past decade, and his noir influence drips from the pages of the Batman/Doc Savage Special. This first issue is set in an earlier time. A time when bats were young and full of life, and not yet beaten down by loss and betrayal… see what I mean, the guy’s contagious or something. Artist Phil Noto is the perfect complement to the dusty pages of the streets of DC’s yester-years. He has this cute way of drawing batman when he’s mad that just makes you want to giggle. DC is threatening that this comic is the jumping off point for a complete re-imagining of the DCU, but don’t worry, they’ve threatened that before, about a hundred times in the past 9 months. The book is $4.99 but it comes with a cute little sketchbook section by Rags Morales, so it is sure to be a collector’s item to someone someday.

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Buy These Comics September 2, 2009

Posted on 31 August 2009 by LoryGil

chew04_coverChew #4 (Image Comics)

Writer: John Layman, Artist: Rob Guillory

For anyone living in the greater Sacramento area that was smart enough to pick up the first issue of Chew when I came out and wants to immediately make it worth a crap load more, John Layman will be signing copies of his extremely popular comic on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at World’s Best Comics in Sacramento California. This comic is going strong with no signs of slowing. The first issue is in its fourth printing, with each subsequent issue on a reprinting roll. Every once in a blue moon, a comic comes out that is sought after solely because of word-of-mouth. No hype, no flood of advertising. Just good, old-fashioned reader excitement. Chew is the book for 2009. It is original, clever and well written. Each new issue has been just as interesting as the last, with plenty of plot development to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you still haven’t ready Chew, you are missing out on a great new comic. Pick up this and the three previous issues before they stop reprinting them and you can’t find a copy anywhere.

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Buy These Comics! August 26, 2009

Posted on 21 August 2009 by LoryGil

wwwdccomics2Batman; Widening Gyre #1 (DC Comics)

Writer: Kevin Smith, Artist: Walter Flanagan & Art Thibert, Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz

Kevin Smith wrote a fairly gruesome Batman story for us last year called “Cacophony” that was pretty awesome. Smith is able to hold onto the true grit of a Dark Night title, while sprinkling a bit of potty humor in for taste. He’s back with a new story for us that he claims will actually come out on schedule (we’ll see). Widening Gyre is a typical detective tale filled with mystery, intrigue and, knowing Smith, a lot of indiscretion. Smith will be introducing a brand new hero to the DCU in this arch that will later be the start of his (or her) own comic. Big news for DC fans who are stirring for something new to chew on. Issue #1 sets the stage for what is sure to be a whirlwind of an adventure for the Caped Crusader.

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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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