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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Picks of the Week

The series explores the pulp-infused era of the early 1930's. Given that Timely Comics didn't debut until 1940, it's a time Marvel's books have rarely explored before. The Mystery Men are a gathering of pulp-influenced heroes. Marvel's description lists The Surgeon, The Operative, Achilles, The Revenant, and The Aviatrix as members.

The one true Dark Phoenix returns to the Marvel U with a vengeance!  As the earth is destroyed, Iron Man is swept into the time-stream where the only chance for survival is to gather the greatest heroes from across the eras and change the course of history! The Avengers, Fantastic Four, the X-Men and more will join Iron Man for this trip through all the ages of Marvel! Rising stars Rob Williams (DARK WOLVERINE) and Rebekah Issacs (MS. MARVEL) team up for the century-spanning epic that takes you through the Marvel Universe's greatest moments...and maybe to
its last

And because you asked for it, more of the world that is Flashpoint

Monday, June 6, 2011

One Man's Fight Against Destiny

Kidnapped as a child and trained by a band of magicians in an isolated stone fortress, Drazen is destined to seek out and defeat his own father, the renegade magician named Lancaster.

There are few villains in graphic novels who know how to make and execute a plan well.  When they do, it is certainly something to behold.  Not to tip their hand too much, but Lancaster is one of those villains.  If this were all Day of the Magicians had to offer, it would have been a decent read.  Fortunately for you, La Neve and Nizzoli brought a lot more to the table than just an intelligent villain.  There is a believable human quality in each of the main characters in this story. Their emotions, motivation, and reactions are honest and compelling.  Take the journey with Drazen as he approachs the most important day in his life.

Recommended for fans of Fables, Unwritten, and Magus


King, Warrior, Magician, Cursed....

Elias the Conqueror has an unquenchable appetite for power, one that will cost him everything, including his own face.  The search for his old self will bring many a parade of fantastical characters his way, both good and evil...

There are only a few things graphic novels need to earn a place on my book shelf; a solid story, dynamic characters, beatiful artwork, and well-executed scripting.  Bonus point are available for comedy, epics, martial arts or sword and sorcery. This book manages to have it all in less than 200 pages.  Do yourself a favor and flip through this book.  Everything good I could tell you about this beauty is evident regardless of which panel you turn to. 

This book is for fans of Conan, Hellboy, Northlanders, or any of their ilk


It's International Week at Laughing Ogre!

The world is shrinking, thanks to the internet.  One of the great benefits of the Information Age is access to the creative output of other countries.  For those who have not ventured outside of the US in your reading selection, Laughing Ogre has taken this week to put together a few stops on your graphic novel travel log.