Marvel Graphic Novels Now Available on iBooks

Marvel Digital Graphic Novels Now Available on Apple’s iBookstore

Marvel announced today that more than 80 of its most popular graphic novels, featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more of the world’s most popular super heroes, are now available on the iBookstore.
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Telltale Games Offers Look At Upcoming “The Walking Dead” Game

Telltale Games and Robert Kirkman, the Eisner Award-winning creator/writer of The Walking Dead, have just unveiled the first episode of Playing Dead, a new online talk show discussing their upcoming Walking Dead game, is now available to view on the games’ official website alongside new screenshots.

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New Comic Books For 1/18/12

Buzz Worthy Books!

Avenging Spider-Man #3 (Marvel Comics)
The Wells/MAD duo’s adventure into big action shots and bigger bad guys rolls along in this issue. While the last two issues have felt brisk I am still slightly entertained by the back and forth dialog between Red Hulk (Rulk) and Spidey. This book feels like the “go big or go home” I used to read when I was only in the single didgets age-wise. Continue reading “New Comic Books For 1/18/12”

New Comic Books For 1/11/12

Are you bored by all of the GOP news? Have no fear! Tomorrow is a new comics Wednesday! The week features a lot of new beginnings as well as some endings, but all in all the week is pretty decent with a number of releases sure to keep you busy into next week.

Buzz Worthy Books!

Avengers 1959 #5 of 5 (Marvel Comics)
The forgotten tale of Nick Fury’s original Avengers team comes to a close as the team confronts ICON. I can’t tell if this is a throw-away story or if the are looking to build something off of it but either way it has been pretty decent all the way through.

Batwoman #5 (DC Comics)
Super-pale Batwoman’s sidekick just kind of gave up her identity to the fuzz in the last issue. Sure, it was on her deathbed but that can’t be good for Batman and all of his other peoples. i dont know what the big deal is. Anyone with two eyes who has ever seen Batwoman once knows that the only other paper-white redhead in Gotham HAS to be her. I really keep giving this story chances since the story is appealing and the art is fun and inventive but her color just kills it for me issue after issue.

Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive #528 (Marvel Comics)
This being the second to last issue of the series, I am kind of sad to see it going. The Black Panther is making his stand against The Kingpin with all sorts of ninjas in the way.

Brilliant #2 (Marvel Comics)
Another Bendis brain-child, this series brings forth a group of smarty pants who use science to make super powers real. It is a good read and Bagley’s art is as consistently fun as it has always been.

Carnage U.S.A. #2 of 5 (Marvel Comics)
Building off the success of the last Carnage mini-series, Marvel has really gone all out for this once prime 90’s character. Last issue he has infected an entire town as well as a few superheroes with his alien suit, now somehow Spider-Man needs to save the day. Yeah, but the art is good at least.

DC Universe Online Legends #21 (DC Comics)
For a book based on an MMO game this is a really damn good story, and is also the ONLY place where you can still see old-style DC Universe characters. The last issue left Batman about to poison all sorts of Aliens because they threaten Earth and the only person to stop him is… Batman? Time-travel!

Grifter #5 (DC Comics)
This is kind of a sleeper book but I tossed it onto this list because of the upcoming DC event featuring the mysterious Daemonites entities battling against the likes of Superman. Grifter is a good series if you are a fan of fugitive stories and with the Daemonites set to make a big splash this is a book that could help you see the origins and prepare for the story.

Incredible Hulk #4 (Marvel Comics)
If you have not been following this series then you seriously have to question your life. So the Hulk and Bruce Banner are now two individuals (again!) but this time Banner really misses Hulk so he is trying to recreate him! With a seemingly endless series of various animals that he transformed, as well as the crazy brain tumor he now has, I want to say this dude has snapped and is now a menace to the world that only the Hulk himself can beat down. Must buy of the week!

Journey Into Mystery #633 (Marvel Comics)
Starting yet another Loki centric story post-Fear Itself, Gillen seems to be making his intentions of where he is bringing both the readers and the character. I did not think I would enjoy this series as much as I do and while some parts are a bit dull it is over-all getting better as all the pieces start to come together.

New Avengers #20 (Marvel Comics)
Avengers are fighting against Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers again as the smallest major Avengers event in 2012 continues along. This issue feels like it will be more or less the same as the last one as we build closer to the finale but although this could be a filler issue clearing out the weeds, it is still important to the important events I predict fo the next issue.

Scarlet Spider #1 (Marvel Comics)
Finding himself to be a hero in a new city that might not want him, the Peter Parker clone must find his own path in this post Spider-Island landscape. I think the main appeal of this new book is the 90’s nostalgia that comes to Spider fans who hear “Scarlet Spider”. While it is Kaine and not the original ben Reilly clone under the mask I still expect big action and fun.

Star War: Knights Of The Old Republic War #1 (Dark Horse Productions)
Just because I do not have a PC does not mean that I cannot find a way to enjoy KOTOR in one form or another. Running alongside the story laid in the game, this comic is designed to be enjoyable to non-players as well as providing a little something extra to those who are looking to get more out of the game’s world and setting. The heavy gamer appeal should hopefully translate to success for Dark Horse.

Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (IDW Publishing)
Taking place millions of years in the future, this new squad of Autobots are on the search for hope somewhere in the galaxy that they can call a home after the (re)destruction of Cybertron. Having deeply enjoyed the last run of IDW’s Transformers series that cultivated in Optimus Prime’s end I can fully endorse this book as we see what a post-war and dare I say post-human universe has to share with the robots.

Wolverine #300 (Marvel Comics)
Wolverine is headed to Japan, and no, a stack of caskets does not equal a proper pod hotel. I kid! Wolverine is a good book and I am happy to see Aaron moving away from the depressing Logan and more towards the action that we got back in the Frank Miller days.

X-Men Legacy #260.1 (Marvel Comics)
A new beginning for the book’s cast as Rogue and her posse set up stakes at Wolverine’s Westchester school in their new roles as teachers. As the most underhyped X-Book, I really hope that this series can lure in more fans as we continue to see one of the only appearances that Rogue, Gambit, and Rachel Summers make out of ALL the other X-titles.

Here is a full list of this week’s new releases.

All-New Batman The Brave And The Bold #15
Animal Man #1 (Travel Foreman 4th Printing Variant Cover)
Batgirl #5
Batman And Robin #5
Batwoman #5 (J.H. Williams III Regular Cover)
Batwoman #5 (J.H. Williams III Variant Cover)
Cartoon Network Action Pack #66
DC Universe Online Legends #21
Deathstroke #5
Demon Knights #5
Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. #5
Green Lantern #5 (Doug Mahnke Regular Cover)
Green Lantern #5 (Doug Mahnke Black & White Variant Cover)
Green Lantern #5 (Mike Choi Variant Cover)
Grifter #5
Legion Lost #5
Mister Terrific #5
My Greatest Adventure #4 (of 6)
Ray #2 (of 4)
Resurrection Man #5
Shade #4 (of 12) (Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover)
Shade #4 (of 12) (Tony Harris Regular Cover)
Suicide Squad #5
Superboy #5

Northlanders #47
Scalped #55
Unwritten #33

Amazing Spider-Man #677 (Humberto Ramos Regular Cover)
Amazing Spider-Man #677 (Lee Bermejo Variant Cover)
Avengers 1959 #5 (of 5)
Battle Scars #3 (of 6)
Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive #528
Brilliant #2 (David Mack Variant Cover)
Brilliant #2 (Mark Bagley Regular Cover)
Brilliant #2 (Michael Avon Oeming Variant Cover)
Captain America #7 (Alan Davis Regular Cover)
Captain America #7 (Mike Perkins Venom Variant Cover)
Carnage U.S.A. #2 (of 5)
Daken Dark Wolverine #19
Dark Tower The Gunslinger The Way Station #2 (of 5)
Deadpool #49
Formic Wars Silent Strike #2 (of 5)
Ghost Rider Cycle Of Vengeance #1 (One Shot)
Incredible Hulk #4 (Leinil Francis Yu Regular Cover)
Incredible Hulk #4 (Mike Del Mundo Venom Variant Cover)
Journey Into Mystery #633 (Stephanie Hans Regular Cover)
Journey Into Mystery #633 (TBA Venom Variant Cover)
Magneto Not A Hero #3 (of 5)
New Avengers #20 (Mike Deodato Regular Cover)
New Avengers #20 (TBA Venom Variant Cover)
Northanger Abbey #3 (of 5)
PunisherMAX #21
Scarlet Spider #1 (Blank Variant Cover)
Scarlet Spider #1 (Mark Bagley Variant Cover)
Scarlet Spider #1 (Ryan Stegman Regular Cover)
Scarlet Spider #1 (Ryan Stegman Variant Cover)
Scarlet Spider #1 (TBA Venom Variant Cover)
Secret Avengers #21 (John Cassaday Regular Cover)
Secret Avengers #21 (Khoi Pham Venom Variant Cover)
Stand The Night Has Come #6 (of 6)
Super Heroes #22 (Marvel Adventures)
Ultimate Comics X-Men #6
Wolverine #300 (Adam Kubert Regular Cover)
Wolverine #300 (Blank Variant Cover)
Wolverine #300 (Geof Darrow Wraparound Variant Cover)
Wolverine #300 (Jim Cheung Variant Cover)
Wolverine And The X-Men #4 (Mark Brooks Venom Variant Cover)
Wolverine And The X-Men #4 (Regular Cover)
X-Factor #230 (David Yardin Regular Cover)
X-Factor #230 (Nick Bradshaw Variant Cover)
X-Men Legacy #260.1

7 Warriors #3 (of 3)
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Volume 2 TP
Operation Broken Wings 1936 #3 (of 3)
Roger Langridge’s Snarked #4

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 (Georges Jeanty Variant Cover)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 (Steve Morris Regular Cover)
Dark Matter #1 (of 4)
Kull The Cat And The Skull #4 (of 4)
Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #1 (Dave Johnson Regular Cover)
Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand #1 (Mike Mignola Variant Cover)
Occultist #3 (of 3)
Orchid #4
PC Cast’s House Of Night #3 (of 5)
Star War Knights Of The Old Republic War #1 (of 5) (Benjamin Carre Regular Cover)
Star War Knights Of The Old Republic War #1 (of 5) (Dave Wilkins Variant Cover)
Star Wars Agent Of The Empire Iron Eclipse #2 (of 5)
Strain #2 (of 12)

Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 (Dynamic Forces) (Alex Ross Exclusive Virgin Cover)
Vampirella #1 (1969 Commemorative Gold Foil Edition)
Vampirella #12 (Dynamic Forces) (Paul Renaud Virgin Exclusive Cover)
Vampirella Annual #1 (Dynamic Forces) (Lucio Parrillo Exclusive Red Cover)
Warlord Of Mars #13 (2nd Printing Variant Cover)

Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn HC
Archie Best Of Dan Decarlo Volume 3 HC
Brooklyn Dreams HC
Cobra Annual 2012 The Origin Of Cobra Commander (Cover A Menton J. Matthews III)
Cobra Annual 2012 The Origin Of Cobra Commander (Cover B Robert Atkins)
Cobra Annual 2012 The Origin Of Cobra Commander (Robert Atkins Model Sheet Turnaround Variant Cover)
Doctor Who #13 (Cover A Mark Buckingham)
Doctor Who #13 (Cover B Photo)
Doctor Who #13 (Matthew Dow Smith Variant Cover)
Dungeons And Dragons 100-Page Spectacular
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #174 (Cover A Herb Trimpe)
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #174 (Cover B S. L. Gallant)
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #174 (Larry Hama Sketch Variant Cover)
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #4 (of 4) (Menton J. Matthews III Regular Cover)
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #4 (of 4) (Nick Percival Variant Cover)
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #4 (of 4) (The Hound Prose Chapbook)
Snake Eyes #9 (Cover A Dave Wilkins)
Snake Eyes #9 (Cover B Robert Atkins)
Snake Eyes #9 (Nick Runge Variant Cover)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Alex Milne Wraparound Variant Cover)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Cover A Alex Milne)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Cover B Alex Milne)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Cover C Alex Milne)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Cover D Alex Milne)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Cover E Nick Roche)
Transformers More Than Meets Eye #1 (Josh Burcham Decepticon Sketch Variant Cover)

Activity #2
Avengelyne #6 (Cover A Rob Liefeld)
Avengelyne #6 (Cover B Owen Gieni)
Avengelyne #6 (Cover C Riley Rossmo)
Darkness #97 (Cover A Jeremy Haun)
Deadlands Black Water (One Shot) (was ‘Deadlands Hopeless Roads’)
Epoch #1 (of 5) (Paolo Pantalena SDCC 2011 Exclusive Variant Cover)
Heart #3 (of 4)
Invincible #87
Last Of The Greats #4 (Cover A Brent Peeples)
Last Of The Greats #4 (Cover B Jenny Frison)
Moriarty #8
Pigs #5
Reed Gunther #7
Severed #6 (of 7)
Spawn #215
Strange Talent Of Luther Strode #4 (of 6)
Whispers #1
Witchblade #146 (Kalman Andrasofszky SDCC 2011 Exclusive Variant Cover)

215 INK
Fall GN

Wingman GN

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Volume 1 Creation Myths HC
Spera Volume 1 HC

Archie Double Digest #225
Mega Man #9 (Patrick Spaziante Regular Cover)
Mega Man #9 (Patrick Spaziante Sketch Variant Cover)

Fantastic Life GN

Logan’s Run Aftermath #4 (resolicited)
Mis-Adventures Of Adam West #2 (of 4)
Mis-Adventures Of Adam West #3 (of 4)
Political Power #17 (Jon Stewart)
Steve Jobs Co-Founder Of Apple (One Shot)

Neil GN

Comic Shop News #1282

Frank Frazetta The Living Legend SC

SFX #217 (February 2012)

Freaky Monsters Magazine #7

Before The Incal Classic Collection HC (Deluxe Edition)

Zen Of Steve Jobs GN

Lords Of Death And Life GN

Doctor Who Magazine #442

Disney Fairies Volume 7 Tinker Bell The Perfect Fairy GN
Smurfs Volume 10 The Return Of Smurfette SC

Phazer #1 (Jim Steranko Regular Cover)
Phazer #1 (Jim Steranko Signed Incentive Cover)

Archvillain Volume 2 Mad Mask HC
Star Wars The Phantom Menace 3D Storybook SC

Amazing Agent Jennifer Volume 2 GN
Dance In The Vampire Bund Volume 11 GN

Burke And Hare GN

Brickjournal #17
Stan Lee And Jack Kirby The Wonder Years SC

Hand Of Fire The Comics Art Of Jack Kirby SC

San Diego Comic-Con Member ID Now Open!

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of pop culture fans out there anxiously awaiting the ticket releases for this July’s San Diego Comic-Con then I am glad to tell you that we are now one step closer today as the Member ID Site for regular attendees, press, professionals, volunteers, and trade professionals opens to the public. While creating an account once is good for life, creation of an ID does not guarantee you a ticket but it does allow you to get one step closer but act fast because the member ID system will CLOSE on 2/28/12.

New to 2012, all attendees are required to create a unique ID before the upcoming sale of passes, so if you do not create an account you will not be allowed to access ticket purchases. When I say all attendees, I really mean ALL attendees regardless of a mass ticket purchase. If you want to plan a family trip to Comic-Con and want to make one purchase transaction each person receiving a pass (age 13 and over) needs to have this account created first.

The reasoning behind this change is to ensure that as many people who wish to purchase passes into the event are given a fair shot. It reduces the number of passes an individual is allowed to one. For example, a certain comic creator that I know receives two passes every year; one for press and one for professional. While he does not ask for two pases or (as far as I know) abuse this by selling or giving away his second pass, in the eyes of the ticket sales he is two individuals with the same exact name who qualified for each classification. Multiply little errors like that over one thousand times and they are seeing a loss of $175,000 in potential ticket revenue since four day passes are not $175.

Another issue that the team behind the event struggle with is ticket piracy. As this event has grown in popularity over the past few years and tickets began selling out completely MONTHS ahead of the event, SDCC had begun to see over-inflated ticket sales on the secondary market. Utilizing methods such as eBay, counterfeit badges, and taking advantage of the on-site purchases for the next year’s con, these individuals have made a desperate situation out of a once easily accessible event with people panicing about not being able to get in and resorting to alternative methods as a means to get what they want.

All of that noise aside, this is now the perfect opportunity to really examine if attending this event is something that you would like to do. Sure, 90% of the hotels in the area are not available from 7/10 through 7/16 since they are reserved for the upcoming “Hotel Lotto”, but at least you should be able to find cheap-ish flights into SAN right now for about $440 Round-trip per person from JFK and $229 from LAX, and isn’t that where the real savings lie?

Should you find yourself stuck somewhere the kind folks over at Comic-Con International have produced this small “how to” tutorial.