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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Angela's Pick of the Month


By Mark Crilley 

Brody hoped it was just a hallucination. But no, the teenaged ghostly girl who'd come face to face with him in the middle of a busy city street was all too real. And now she was back, telling him she needed his help in hunting down a dangerous killer, and that he must undergo training from the spirit of a centuries-old samurai to unlock his hidden supernatural powers. Thirteen-time Eisner nominee Mark Crilley joins Dark Horse to launch his most original and action-packed saga to date in Brody's Ghost, the first in a six-volume limited series.

This book grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. It's creepy, suspenseful, but most importantly really fun. Brody is a loveable loser mourning his latest breakup when he finds himself in an extraordinary situation. All of a sudden, he is talking to ghosts and preparing to willingly find a psychopath and bring him to justice. Once you read this volume, you'll be eagerly awaiting the next installments.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Picks of the Week

You're invited to a spectacular anniversary celebration as Paul Levitz unites the World's Finest with the super-team he's best known for - the Legion of Super-Heroes! Lex Luthor has finally unleashed a threat powerful enough to gain the Legion's attention in the far future, but to take Luthor down, they'll have to journey into the past and ask for help from both Batman and Superboy!
Plus, Joe Kelly and various writers and artists chronicle the history of The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight in adventures that span from yesterday into the far beyond! Adam Hughes writes and draws a tale starring Supergirl and Batgirl, J.T. Krul and Francis Manipul deliver a tale of Superboy and Red Robin seeking advice from their mentors, Ace and Krypto get leashed by Duncan Rouleau, David Finch writes and illustrates a story for the first time, and Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Billy Tucci and many more surprises help commemorate this anniversary extravaganza!

Spinning out of the pages of X-MEN #1, comes an all-new series starring the world's first mutant, NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER. When the X-Men are confronted with a deadly vampire threat, Namor takes matters into his own hands on a mission that might bring down the entire might of the vampires on their heads...and in the process, destroy Atlantis! What lurks down below the ocean where the sun can't reach? What he thought was a fable to scare the children of Atlantis comes to terrifying life in the form of a newly-discovered race of Atlantean Vampires. Namor's choice, to stand with Atlantis or the X-Men, will define a new chapter in his life...or death.

As the VILTRUMITE WAR rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the ranks of the Guardians of the Globe are suddenly depleted. The world is in danger, and the team is in search of new blood. It's the biggest recruitment drive since Omni-Man slaughtered the original members. But will the new Guardians of the Globe be ready in time to stop The Order? This series is a can't-miss action extravaganza!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Double Whammy

Lovers of adult alternative series will have two good reasons to feel a little bereaved this week- critically acclaimed titles Air and Ex Machina both released their final issues.

Released by Vertigo and capping off at 24 issues, Air is the mind-bending tale of a flight attendant named Blythe, who is sucked into a worl of mystery and intrigue when she joins the Etesian Front, a supposed anti-terror organization.  Mysterious unmapped countries, Aztec gods, and Amelia Earheart all come into play as the friendly skies get weirder and wilder.  Air counts such comics heavyweights as Neil Gaiman and Brian Azzarello among its biggest fans- see what all the fuss is about before every last issue disappears into thin... well, you know.

And concluding on the nice round number of 50 issues, Wildstorm's Ex Machina is an engaging mishmash of politics and superheroics from fan favorite Brian K. Vaughan (Runaways, Y: the Last Man).  As we follow the rise and fall of Mitchell Hundred, mayor of New York City and the world's only superhero, shifting loyalties and tricky moral quandaries arise, and it's been darkly hinted that the series won't be ending with any easy answers.  There's never been a better time to check out this Eisner-winning title !