New Comic Releases for 11/23/2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Before we gather around the food with people I will dedicate my time to diving chin deep into the fictional world found in my books! This week is pretty diverse, with fewer than usual coming from the big two publishers and the amount of indies on the rise.

Mario’s Top Yen Picks of the Week!

10) INVINCIBLE #85 (IMAGE COMICS)
STORY BY Robert Kirkman, ART BY Cory Walker

Last issue saw Invincible make a huge decision against Cecil’s wishes. What does Mark have in mind for the future of the world? Also, Omni-Man and Kid Omni-Man are featured in this issue for the first time really since the end of the war. How will the world react to these heroes after what they went through? Also, Corey Walker is back on art for this issue!

9) INCORRUPTIBLE #24 (BOOM! STUDIOS)
STORY BY Mark Waid, ART BY Marcio Takara

Max Damage had the showdown we have been waiting for when The Plutonian returned to Earth, but after a few secret words The Plutonian left. What did Max say? Is he truly reformed of does he have some crazy card up his leave in the form of a long con? If you have slept on this series please be sure to go back and read what has come. You will not be disappointed.

8 ) CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #624 (MARVEL COMICS)
Written by ED BRUBAKER & MARC ANDREYKO, Penciled by CHRIS SAMNEE

So Bucky is alive and is back to his Winter Soldier suit? In this flashback tale taking place in the 1950’s we will learn a little more about The Winter Soldier and his budding romance with The Black Widow.

7) WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2 (MARVEL COMICS)
STORY BY Jason Aaron, ART BY Chris Bachalo

The school is under attack and it isn’t even officially open yet! I wonder if the true villain of the series are insurance agents and how they have united to have The X-Men blacklisted from receiving coverage! The last issue was a little on the light side considering Aaron was writing but it is a nice change of pace for the bearded master of dark comics.

6) KICK-ASS 2 #5 (MARVEL COMICS)
STORY BY Mark Millar, ART BY John Romita Jr.

So, last issue Red mist (I refuse to call him by his new name) and his crew committed an act of terrorism on a community, shot little kids in the face, and gang-raped a high school girl. This series isn’t as funny as it used to be but the drama just hit level ten. Also, Mark Millar should take some of these profits and hire a therapist before one gets court ordered to him.

5) BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #3 (DC COMICS)
STORY BY David Finch, ART BY David Finch, Scott Williams, Richard Friend

The White Rabbit is back with a juiced up Joker, but is she what she seems? And what’s the deal with The Joker? He must’ve really committed to The Situations workout video but got to caught up in the “Gym” that he forgot “Tan” and “Laundry” aspect of GTL. Seriously though, David Finch is bringing us a pretty good Batman tale.

4) ULTIMATE COMICS: HAWKEYE #4 (MARVEL COMICS)
STORY BY Jonathan Hickman, ART BY Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona

Hawkeye’s Asian adventure comes to an end and we have been hyped up to believe that this small four issue series holds the future for Ultimate marvel books to come. We’ll see, but at least we get to see some pretty cool usage of Jean grey and her X-Men.

3) ALL STAR WESTERN #3 (DC COMICS)
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, Art by MORITAT and JORDI BERNET

Jonah Hex vs an evil cult! That’s all I need to say. Get it!

2) FANTASTIC FOUR #600 (MARVEL COMICS)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN, Penciled by STEVE EPTING, CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO,LEINIL YU & FAREL DALRYMPLE

The big event is here! Now what is it? Marvel has been hyping this up with teases and big hints in the back issues. Annihilus is returning in a big way and this time the Annihilation Wave is starting right on Earth with the Baxter building as ground zero! And is the Human Torch really alive after all? Expect big action out of this issue and the following story parts.

1) GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #3 (DC COMICS)
STORY BY Tony Bedard, ART BY Tyler Kirkham, Harvey Tolibao, Batt

Kyle has arrived at Oa with the enemy rings in tow but the guardians see him as a threat. With no one on his side what will the ultimate ring bearer do? Kirkham is killing it on the art chores for this series and the story is not that bad to boot! You’ll do yourself a great service by getting this issue and seeing what exactly is the deal with the rainbow brigade.

 

Here is the full list of releases!

DC COMICS
All-Star Western #3 (Rafa Garres Regular Cover)
Animal Man #1 (Travel Foreman 3rd Printing Variant Cover)
Aquaman #3
Batman The Dark Knight #3
Blackhawks #3
DC Comics Presents The Life Story Of The Flash #1
Diablo #1 (of 5)
Flash #3 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover)
Flash #3 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover)
Flash #3 (Jim Lee Variant Cover)
Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #3
Green Lantern New Guardians #3
I Vampire #3
Justice League Dark #3 (Ryan Sook Regular Cover)
Savage Hawkman #3
Shade #2 (of 12) (Tony Harris Regular Cover)
Shade #2 (of 12) (Cully Hamner Variant Cover)
Superman #3
Teen Titans #3
Voodoo #3 (John Tyler Christopher Regular Cover)

Vertigo
DMZ #71
Hellblazer #285
Scalped #54
Unwritten #31.5

MARVEL COMICS
Age Of Apocalypse By Billy Tan Poster
Alpha Flight #6 (Tom Grummett Regular Cover)
Annihilators Earthfall #3 (of 4)
Astonishing X-Men #44
Avengers Origins The Scarlet Witch And Quicksilver #1 (One Shot)
Avengers Solo #2 (of 5) (John Tyler Christopher Regular Cover)
Avengers Solo #2 (of 5) (Thor Movie Variant Cover)
Captain America And Bucky #624
Daken Dark Wolverine #17
Fantastic Four #600 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Regular Cover)
Fantastic Four #600 (Arthur Adams Variant Cover)
Fantastic Four #600 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover)
Fantastic Four #600 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover)
Fantastic Four #600 (John Romita Jr. Variant Cover)
Invincible Iron Man #510 (Salvador Larroca Regular Cover)
Invincible Iron Man #510 (Mike Choi Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)
Iron Man 2.0 #10
KAPOW Guinness World Record Special #1 (One Shot)
Kick-Ass 2 #5 (John Romita Jr. Regular Cover)
Kick-Ass 2 #5 (Bryan Hitch Variant Cover)
Kick-Ass 2 #5 (Photo Variant Cover)
Mighty Thor #8
Secret Avengers #19 (John Cassaday Regular Cover)
Secret Avengers #19 (Larry Stroman Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)
Spider-Man #20 (Marvel Adventures)
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #4 (of 4)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2 (Kaare Andrews 3rd Printing Variant Cover)
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #2 (Kaare Andrews 3rd Printing Variant Cover)
Vengeance #5 (of 6)
Wolverine And The X-Men #2 (Chris Bachalo Regular Cover)
Wolverine And The X-Men #2 (Ed McGuinness Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)

AVATAR PRESS/BOUNDLESS COMICS
Caligula #5 (of 6) (Jacen Burrows Regular Cover)
Caligula #5 (of 6) (Jacen Burrows Golden Variant Cover)
Caligula #5 (of 6) (German Nobile Wraparound Cover)
Crossed Psychopath #4 (of 7) (Michael Dipascale Wizard World Chicago Cover)
Lady Death #8 (Gabriel Andrade Auxiliary Cover)
Lady Death #7 (Gabriel Guzman Wizard World Chicago Cover)
Lady Death Origins Annual #1 (Matt Martin Tease Cover)
War Goddess #2 (Clint Hilinski Auxiliary Cover)

BOOM! STUDIOS
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Masterpieces #2
Decision 2012 Ron Paul #1 (Cover A Jeffrey Spokes)
Decision 2012 Ron Paul #1 (Cover B Jeffrey Spokes Superhero Variant)
Incorruptible #24 (Cover A Garry Brown)
Incorruptible #24 (Cover B Matteo Scalera)

DARK HORSE
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Russia #3 (of 5)
Dark Horse Presents #6 (Fabio Moon Regular Cover)
Dark Horse Presents #6 (Robert Love Variant Cover)
Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #4 (of 5)
Usagi Yojimbo #142

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Last Phantom #10 (Alex Ross Regular Cover)
Last Phantom #10 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover)
Last Phantom #10 (Fabiano Neves Variant Cover)
Last Phantom #10 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover)
Red Sonja #59 (Fabiano Neves Regular Cover)
Red Sonja #59 (Walter Giovani Regular Cover)
Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time The Eye Of The World #17
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #8 (Ale Garza Regular Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #8 (Joe Jusko Regular Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #8 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #8 (Ale Garza Risque Art Variant Cover)
Warlord Of Mars Dejah Thoris #8 (Paul Renaud Martian Red Variant Cover)

IDW PUBLISHING
Doctor Who #11 (Cover A Mark Buckingham)
Doctor Who #11 (Cover B Photo)
Doctor Who #11 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover)
Dungeons And Dragons #13 (Tyler Walpole Regular Cover)
Dungeons And Dragons #13 (Steve Ellis Variant Cover)
Ghostbusters #1 (Dan Schoening 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #11 (David Messina Regular Cover)
Godzilla Kingdom Of Monsters #11 (Matt Frank Titanosaurus Variant Cover)
In The Shadow Of Sherlock Holmes SC
Jack Avarice Is The Courier #4 (of 5) (Chris Madden Regular Cover)
Jack Avarice Is The Courier #4 (of 5) (Chris Madden Sketch Variant Cover)
Locke And Key The Guide To The Known Keys (One Shot) (Gabriel Rodriguez Regular Cover)
Locke And Key The Guide To The Known Keys (One Shot) (Gabriel Rodriguez Variant Cover)

IMAGE COMICS
27 Second Set #3 (of 4)
Infinite #4
Infinite #4 (Deluxe Edition)
Invincible #85
Teen Wolf Bite Me #3 (of 3)
Vescell #4
Walking Dead Weekly #47

ABSTRACT STUDIOS
Rachel Rising #1 (Red 2nd Printing Variant Cover)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Princeless #1

AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT
Cavewoman Cover Gallery #4
Cavewoman Cover Gallery #4 (Special Edition)

APOSTLE ARTS
Billy Tucci A Child Is Born (One Shot) (Billy Tucci Regular Cover)
Billy Tucci A Child Is Born (One Shot) (Billy Tucci Variant Cover)

ARCANA STUDIOS
All Fall Down GN (resolicited)
Blade Of Kumori TP
Every Waking Moment GN (resolicited)
Rovers GN
Ultraduck GN

ARCHIE COMICS
Life With Archie #15
Sonic Universe #34
World Of Archie Double Digest #12

ARDDEN ENTERTAINMENT
Flash Gordon Invasion Of The Red Sword #6

ASPEN MLT
Executive Assistant Iris Volume 2 #5 (Cover A Eduardo Francisco)
Executive Assistant Iris Volume 2 #5 (Cover B Tony Parker)
Executive Assistant Iris Volume 2 #5 (Cover C Sketch Variant)

BONGO COMICS
Bart Simpson Comics #65

CAMPFIRE
Ravana Roar Of The Demon King GN

CARTOON BOOKS
Rasl #12

COMIC SHOP NEWS
Comic Shop News #1275
Comic Shop News Christmas 2011 Special

DRAWN AND QUARTERLY
Adventures Of Herge HC
Everything Comics From 1978-1981 HC

EVIL TWIN COMICS
Comic Book Comics #6 (of 6)

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
Estonia A Ramble Through The Periphery HC
Oil And Water HC
Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Volume 1 Through The Wild Blue Wonder HC
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Volume 1 Lost In The Andes HC

HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
Heavy Metal Volume 35 #8 (January 2012)

KICKSTART COMICS
Dead Walker GN

NBM
Salvatore Volume 2 An Eventful Crossing GN

ONI PRESS
Sixth Gun #17

SEA LION BOOKS
Richelle Mead Dark Swan Storm Born #4 (of 4) (Dave Hamann Regular Cover)
Richelle Mead Dark Swan Storm Born #4 (of 4) (Dave Hamann Variant Cover)

TITAN PUBLISHING
Tank Girl Carioca #2 (of 3)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
World War 3 Illustrated #42

TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Stan Lee Universe HC (resolicited)

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Neverland Hook #2 (Cover A Ale Garza)
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Neverland Hook #2 (Cover B Marat Mychaels)

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Experience SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY In Louisiana

SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY, the acclaimed noir-inspired comic book miniseries written and drawn by Louisiana native Kody Chamberlain, will soon be collected into a complete trade paperback through Image Comics. Chamberlain’s gritty and richly illustrated series tells the story of a down-and-out detective trying to bring a killer to justice before his city and evidence are washed away by an impending storm. SWEETS is steeped in effortless local detail, recalling readers to the sights, sounds, and flavors of New Orleans.

While Chamberlain’s fans await the release of the new trade paperback collection, his work is being presented for the first time ever in a fine arts gallery setting at The Arcadiana Center for the Arts. The gallery exhibition is now open and available for viewing until October 1st, 2011. Arcadiana Center for the Arts will also host a release party and book signing for the trade paperback comic with Chamberlain on September 10th at 6pm.
Gallery details: 
Kody Chamberlain – Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story
The Acadiana Center for the Arts – Mallia Gallery
101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
337.233.7060 (phone), 337.233.7062 (fax)
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday: 10 AM –  5 PM
Admission: Members: Free; General: $5; Students & Seniors: $3;
17 & Younger: $2; 4 & Younger: Free
SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY TP (JUN110516, ISBN: 978-1-60706-413-8), a 136-page full color crime noir comic book, will be on sale for $14.99 in stores September 9. For more information about the work of Kody Chamberlain, visit http://www.kodychamberlain.blogspot.com/.
“Kody Chamberlain’s work in this exhibit transcends the genre of comic illustration with a depth of perspective and intensity of vision that can only be described as masterful,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Executive Director, Acadiana Center for the Arts. “The chiseled technical detail of his work combines with solid psychological underpinnings to draw the viewer down the rabbit hole and lets us wander in strange and exciting landscapes.”
“This is a highly unique exhibit. I was able to install my entire miniseries, with lettering, in a gallery setting,” said Chamberlain. “The 117 pages of sequential story completely fills the space with only a half inch of wall between each page, the end result is a striking visual experience. This comic feels like it’s alive in that room.”
SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY,  was the winner of the 2011 Spinetingler Award in the category of Best Mystery/Crime Comic or Graphic Novel, and has also amassed an impressive list of positive reviews, including these:
“[Chamberlain]’s a one-man band, and the fact that this story read so well as a complete package is nothing short of amazing. …This kind of care and craftsmanship isn’t just art — it’s magic.” — David Pepose, Newsarama
“…a thrilling read that executes a stellar story with beautiful art… I have never possessed anything even closely resembling a sweet tooth, but the experience of reading this book was so palpable, I found myself wanting a good ol’ fashioned pecan praline after I was done.” — Joy Hog
“I enjoy the rare one man comic book trifecta that actually works out. 4/5 stars!” — The Daily BLAM! 
“Chamberlain is an impressive artist who captures New Orleans with such a sense of authenticity and accuracy that at any second you expect to see Ignatius Reilly pushing a hotdog cart through the French Quarter in the background of one of his panels.” — Shawn O’Rourke, Pop Matters
“…a cop drama for people who are sick of cop dramas. …SWEETS feels far more visceral and dark and somehow less like it’s mugging for the camera than the endless string of unrealistic cop-schlock shows that permeate the airwaves…” — Andy Grossberg, Tripwire Magazine
“…incredibly rendered” — Examiner.com
“A phenomenal graphic masterpiece.” — Comic Geek Speak

Image Comics Presents The “OUR MINDS ARE ON THOUGHT BUBBLE” Anthology

Image Comics Proudly Presents Thought Bubble Anthology in November

Like Image Comics, UK’s Thought Bubble festival celebrates sequential art in all its forms and genres. Now the leading creator-owned publisher is joining forces with the non-profit Thought Bubble organization to celebrate the fifth year of the festival with THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY, a collection whose proceeds will go to the charity Banardos.

THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY will feature short stories written by Andy Diggle, Stuart Gordon, and Antony Johnston, gorgeous art by Charlie Adlard, Duncan Fegredo, and D’Israeli, and a cover by Becky Cloonan, and will also include the six winners of the Northern Sequential Arts Competition.

“Thought Bubble is delighted to be working with one of our favorite publishers, Image Comics, for our first ever anthology,” said Lisa Wood, Thought Bubble Festival Director. “We are stunned at the support we have received from everyone who has contributed to the comic and hope it is the first of many more to come!”

The Thought Bubble Festival takes place across Leeds from the 14th-20th of November with a massive Comic Con held at the city’s largest convention halls on the 19th and 20th. It is now the UK’s largest festival celebrating comic art in all its wondrous forms.

THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY #1, an oversized, 24-page full color anthology comic book, will be on sale for $2.99 in stores November 9 and is available to order now in the September issue of Previews. For more information, visit www.thoughtbubblefestival.com.

 

Image Comics Previews for 8/31/11

Tomorrow is comic day and Image has given us a little something to hold us over!

(Also, click HERE for a list of all the other releases and look for my review of 8/31/11’s releases coming at the end of the week)

Savage Dragon #173
By: Erik Larsen
Price: $3.50

It’s Malcolm Dragon vs. Mr. Glum – and Angel vs. Angel as the gates to Dimension-X are thrown wide open and all hell descends on Earth!






Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker #6 (MR)
Story by: Joe Casey
Art By: Mike Huddleston
Price: $2.99

Think we’ve pushed the envelope in this series so far? Well, this issue goes all the way! Learn the hidden secret of Jihad Jones! Discover Butcher Baker’s happy place! And Arnie B. Willard is still in hot pursuit! Do you need to read this comicbook? Absolutely!






Epoch #1 (of 5) (MR)
story KEVIN McCARTHY art PAOLO PANTALENA & JORGE FARES cover PAOLO PANTALENA &
PAOLO BARBIERI
Price: $3.99

THE GREATEST TOURNAMENT THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEGINS ANEW! Top Cow Productions and Heroes and Villains Entertainment proudly present a dark and intensely kinetic tale from writer KEVIN McCARTHY (Red Sonja, The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist) and newcomer PAOLO PANTALENA (What If?: House of M, War of Kings: Darkhawk). Jonah Bishop is an NYPD detective assigned to a mysterious murder case that threatens to rip the reality he knows and plunge him into the shadow world of his heritage–the Supernatural. Jonah’s quest will drop him deep in the middle of a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.






Haunt #17
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art By: Greg Capullo
Price: $2.99

In a moment of desperation, Haunt turns to the one who told him what he was. Andressa knows much about the supernatural, she knows about the existence of Haunt and about The Apparition, but more importantly… she’s knows how to kill it.






Invincible #82
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art By: Ryan Ottley
Colored By: Fco Plasencia
Price: $2.99

Face-to-face with Universa. She came from a distant planet, wielding unimaginable power, seeking to drain our planet dry of all energy. Invincible was able to stop her. But how long can she be contained… and what can be done with her?






Vescell #1 (MR)
Story by ENRIQUE CARRION, Art & Cover JOHN UPCHURCH
Price: $2.99

The International Company known as Vescell specializes in what is commonly known as ‘Vtrans’, the transferring of a person’s mind and spirit from one body into another. Former Icarus City Detective, Mauricio ‘Moo’ Barrino is now Vescell’s best agent, handling the most high profile and dangerous cases. In the seedy world of a high end corporate espionage, where mysticism and guns clash, and money is tainted with sin, Agent Mauricio Barrino fights against the demons of fate while trying to reach the heaven of his destiny. Be prepared for the bar-raising, sci-fi noir epic that is VESCELL.






Image Comics Previews for 8/24/11

Here is a look at some of the Image titles hitting the shelves this Wednesday!

(Also, click HERE for a list of all the other releases and look for my weekly review of 8/24/11’s releases coming at the end of the week)

The Intrepids #6
story KURTIS J. WIEBE art & cover SCOTT KOWALCHUK
Price: $2.99

‘CYBORGS, BABOONS AND BEARS! OH, MY!’ The action packed finale that will have you high-fiving and fist-pumping in public places. With the true villain revealed, the Intrepids must face their darkest fears and most powerful enemy. A full-scale epic brawl for the fate of humanity. Enter the cyber-bears!






Graveyard of Empires #2
story MARK SABLE art / cover PAUL AZACETA
Price: $2.99

The new C.O. of a remote outpost in Afghanistan has his hands full. If the terror of the Taliban and the mutiny of a Marine sniper weren’t bad enough, his squad is now under attack by the undead! GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES doesn’t just show you the face of modern warfare – it rips it right off.






Chew #20 (MR)
By: John Layman, Rob Guillory
Price: $2.99

Mike Applebee has been itching to get Tony Chu booted from the FDA, and today might be his lucky day. Tony and Colby infiltrate The Church of the Immaculate Ova, a cult of egg worshipers, and things, of course, go terribly wrong. The climax of ‘FLAMBE,’ CHEW’s fourth story arc, and the end of an era for Tony Chu!




Marksmen #2 (of 6)
script DAVID BAXTER art JAVIER ARANDA, GARRY LEACH & JESSICA KHOLINNE cover TOMM COKER
Price: $2.99

In the midst of blood shed, a Trojan horse stands revealed. This betrayal may change the stakes of this violent game. Drake and the Marksmen face a desperate shootout with the Lone Star Rangers, but was the catalyst a soldier’s arrogance, or a well-played move?





Mysterious Ways #2 (of 6)
story JASON RUBIN art & cover TYLER KIRKHAM
Price: $3.99

THIS KILLER JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE. Sam is a nightmare he cannot wake up from. Pursued by the cops and Feds for a series of murders he doesn’t remember committing, Sam is in desperate need of sanctuary. Will a mad, blind priest lead him to salvation? Video game industry titan JASON RUBIN (The Iron Saint, Crash Bandicoot) teams with TYLER KIRKHAM (Green Lantern Corps) to bring a dark, action-packed supernatural thriller that will have you questioning everything you believe.






Avengelyne #2
story ROB LIEFELD & MARK POULTON art OWEN GIENI cover A ROB LIEFELD
Price: $2.99

‘DEVIL IN THE FLESH,’ Part Two In his search for a new apprentice, the Red Dragon has taken control of Avengelyne’s body forcing her essence into Heaven Starr. Meanwhile, Torment targets the New Church of the People. Plus, the return of Passover!