Mike Hawthorne will be the new artist on Deadpool, but he can't be bothered to draw an image for his own teaser!
WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/9/2013: X-Men Legacy Vol 2 #4 Regular Mike Del Mundo Cover
WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/9/2013: Earth 2 #8 by James Robinson & Yildiray Cinar
The new Writer takes over in March with a bright and optimistic Superman
Dack Fayden must flee Ravinca after stealing a powerful magical artifact. Luckily for Dack he is a Planeswalker and manages to quickly get out of there. Magical spells and artifacts, strange and new worlds, ancient mysteries and many references to the card game compose the uniqueness of this Universe. Magic The Gathering Volume 1 collects the first 4 issues of IDW's ongoing series based on the Magic the Gathering (MTG) card playing game. How is it? Before we get into what this book is all about let me tell you about my experience with Magic The Gathering. MTG is a card game created and sold by Wizards of the Coast that combines strategy, cunning and a little luck. Simply put its a great card game with awesome game mechanics. I've never been a good deckbuilder and player, but always enjoyed it very much. Nowadays I don't play the card version of MTG because its an expensive and time consuming hobby. MTG is not just a really good card game. Its also a source of magnificent illustrations and interesting lore. Since the dawn of the game that WotC made sure that MTG would be associated with great art. This is sort of a trade mark of the game. With the passing of the many (many, many, many...) core and expansion sets, a narrative has been created to expand the card game Universe. Recently IDW started a series based on this Universe. MTG Dack In this first volume we follow the adventures of Dack Fayden, a thief of magical artifacts and spells. There is a parallelism between Dack's character and a blue mage in the card game. Like most blue creatures Dack isn't a physical fighter and relies mostly on magic to get things done. He is able to conjure counter magic and illusions proficiently as well as take advantage of magical artifacts. Dack Fayden is also a Planeswalker. In the MTG universe there are several planes (parallel dimensions) and there are some persons that are born with the ability to jump between those planes. Those persons are called Planeswalkers. Dack's home village was the stage of a massacre that killed all the inhabitants. As a result Dack made it his life quest to search and kill the responsible of the massacre. This story does a decent job in getting the reader up to date with what he/she needs to know about this Universe and Dack's history and motivations. However it all feels a bit forced and happens really fast. The narrative would benefice from a slower pace and more character development. Matt Forbeck seemed more concerned in getting as many references to the card game as he could, rather than creating an interesting and compelling story for everyone to enjoy. Henchmen killing innocents Martin Coccolo's art is very good. If this was not a MTG book it would be excellent, but when compared to the usual art from the cards it doesn't quite live up to the standard. One might argue that a still image is one thing and a full book of sequential art is another completely different, but the gorgeous art is a trademark of the card game and I can't help but to feel that Coccolo's didn't quite achieve that level of greatness. But don't get me wrong, it is still very good to look at. Big bad energy vampire witch lady Verdict? To be honest, this is not the greatest comic book out there. The art, while very good, is a tiny bit bellow MTG standard. The plot is not nearly as interesting as it could be. Its not a bad book either. Its a good enough narrative with competent dialogue that will entertain you. I wish it would be better, especially in the storytelling department. With that said, if you like fantasy books, with fireball throwing wizards and energy vampires then give this one a read. Publisher: IDW Year: 2012 Pages: 104 Authors: Martin Coccolo, Matt Forbeck ISBN: 1613772289 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-magic-gathering-volume-1.html
What sacrifice must Swamp Thing make to cleanse the Earth of the Rot?
The Man of Steel vs. the worst foe the multiverse has ever seen: Superdoom, a demon Superman from an alternate universe!
It's award season for movies, and YOU can win some free stuff from Movies on Demand and The Outhouse!
Why am I the only one in the writers' room excited about this?
Rumors of a huge scandal are brewing at DC Comics, and The Outhouse is here to steal the story from Bleeding Cool!
The two characters were confirmed today.
Issue 23 of our weekly webcomic taking us through Skyrim is out today. Read it here!
Nope, it's just a weak-ass teaser promoting the second arc of the run.
The television show Big Bang Theory has introduced an absurd and sexist stereotype: girls don't like comic books.
The game will be released in fall 2013.
Both characters will be playable in the game.
For once, a wild rumor about a DC movie is true.
The Internet heartthrob will play Johnny, a gambler.
What time is it? It's time to get all gender-swapped!
Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis passes away at age 60.
JIRNI JIRNI #1 JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith - Colors Take an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest ‘10 for 10’ series debut! Discover a whole new world of adventure! Trekking through a violent and dangerous frontier of savage barbarians, devious thieves, and wild creatures, a warrior-princess named Ara searches for her mother, who was stolen away from her kingdom by a mysterious sorcerer with the help of his powerful D'jinn. What great and terrible secrets await her in the distant horizon? Prepare to experience an epic tale of fantasy and wonder without boundaries. This is Ara's quest. This is Ara's destiny. This is Ara's - JIRNI. After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime and the premiere of 2013’s newest hit series! JIRNI #1 is in stores April 17th, 2013! FC 32 pages $1.00 SHRUGGED SHRUGGED #2 Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art / Beth Sotelo - Colors The long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues! You think you’re prepared, but you’re not. You’ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you’ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you’re about to experience, but you haven’t. That’s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind! An evil unlike any other has made its way back to Perspecta and he’s going to teach everyone there the true meaning of the word fear. Meanwhile, Theo’s troubles have only just begun as his new teacher isn’t quite what he seems and the recent arrival of Lou, the pretty girl on Theo’s track team, has the What If Mafia on overdrive. How can Ange hope to keep Theo’s focus on graduating, and how is it that Dev is screwing things up worse?? Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up a copy of SHRUGGED #2 today! SHRUGGED #2 is in stores April 10th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 LOTS LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #3 David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - Colors What is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN? When 17-year-old Brayden Arashi discovered that he and his siblings were part of an ancient and powerful ninja family called the Shadow Clan, he thought his troubles were over. A mediocre student and athlete with no hobbies to speak of, he was one of those people that just never did anything particularly well. But now, finally, he felt like he was part of something special. Unfortunately for Brayden and his family, their troubles are just beginning, because the Arashi had a deadly rival-- the GHOST CLAN-- a vicious and deadly group of ninja who've been searching for the Shadow Clan for centuries...and now they've found them! Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN! LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #3 is in stores April 3rd, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 EA: IRIS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #5 David Wohl – Writer /Alex Lei– Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors The Extinction finale has arrived! In this, the final chapter of the thrilling Executive Extinction crossover, Iris seeks vengeance for her fallen comrade and forces a final showdown with the man who murdered them--the vicious and malevolent Mazutsu. But to get to him, she must cross paths with her own employer, the C.I.A., as well as her greatest nemesis, Rose, who is seeking a little revenge of her own. In the end, only one will survive, and THIS time, it's permanent! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #5 is in stores April 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 EA: ASSASSINS EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - Colors Can anyone hope to survive the final Extinction? It is life or death for Executive Assistants Lily, Ivy and Aster as they attempt to fight their way out of an ambush at the hands of the traitor within their group! Mazutsu’s army of soldiers, led by Rose, have them surrounded, stacking the odds further against their favor! The pulse-pounding crossover “Executive Extinction” reaches its bloody conclusion within the pages of Assassins, and no Executive Assistant is guaranteed to survive! EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 is in stores April 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 The Lost Spark THE LOST SPARK JT KRUL – Writer "I've lost my marbles." When fourteen year-old Angie hears these simple words uttered from her aging grandfather's lips, she has no idea that it will send her on a journey into a hidden world of magic born from childhood imagination - one that bonds each and every one of us to our own unique spark, a special talisman with wondrous powers. Like many over the years, Angie forgot about her spark, as her mind grew cluttered with the challenges of life, the stresses of school, and the tragic loss of her mother. Now, Angie will need all her strength and courage as she rediscovers this world because there is a secret danger whispering in the shadows. Her grandfather was wrong. He didn’t lose his marbles. They were stolen from him, and if Angie isn’t careful, she could be next. An adventurous tale of wonder, The Lost Spark celebrates the magic of childhood - the fantasy of imagination, the darkness of the unknown, and the beauty of friendship that knows no bounds. Prepare to enter a world both familiar and new, and one that you’ll never want to leave. THE LOST SPARK is in stores April 2013! B&W Novel 320 pages $9.99 Famthom Vol 3 HC FATHOM VOL 3: WORLDS AT WAR – EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER EDITION Michael Turner ; JT Krul – writers / Ale Garza – pencils / Sal Regla – inks / John Starr – colors Aspen is proud to offer you the exclusive Hardcover version of Michael Turner’s Fathom vol 3: Worlds at War! Containing everything that was Fathom volume 3, this beautiful 284 page Hardcover is strictly limited to only 500 total copies produced. This is an absolute must for any Aspen, Fathom, Michael Turner, or comic book fan, period. Quantities are limited and allocations may occur so act fast! The FATHOM VOL 3: WORLDS AT WAR – EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER EDITION is in stores April 2013! FC 284 pages $79.99 HC Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/solicitations-aspen-comics-april-2013.html
'Haunted: Part One' collects the last three digital chapters of the series, which features the return of Bart Allen (Impulse)
The unthinkable happens when StormWatch’s mission to capture the renegade Midnighter turns into an assassination plot!
Marvel plans to troll DC with a Wonder Woman analog in Fearless Defenders.
FIRST FRANK HELP OF 2013! IT BEST FRANK HELP OF 2013!
The vocal cast has been revealed for the animated adaptation to Geoff Johns' and Gary Franks' Action Comics Brainiac story.
Power Girl and Huntress have been searching for a connection to their world, Earth 2, for years, but now they’ve kicked a hornet’s nest of trouble and the hunters become the hunted!
Three bits of Godzilla news hits the net today. A release date, the loss of two producers, and the Walking Kaiju?!
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says: maybe.
This issue leads directly into the new epic THE HUNTED, featured in the new series THRESHOLD, also in January!