Thursday, February 28, 2008

First Reads of the Week: February 2008

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Magical Michelle's Reviews!


The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

A time-traveler, an esper, an alien…and God?! Oh My!

It started as a normal day for Kyon, a new school, a new out-look on life…..until she came, Haruhi Suzumiya.

At first glance, Haruhi is simply a very odd girl not wanting anything to do with anybody unless they are an alien, time-traveler, esper. As Kyon begins to talk to Haruhi more and more, he becomes interested in her wild ways. The only problem is Haruhi has made a new club called the “SOS Brigade”, (Spreading Excitement All over the World with the Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade), and made herself the brigade chief. Now all she needs is her cohorts….the first one to be nominated is Kyon.

After the club has run for a couple days, they only have 3 members, Haruhi, Kyon, and a bookworm called Yuki Nagato. Growing more impatient, Haruhi sets off to find more members….and she returns with shy-little Mikuru Asahina. After much to Mikuru’s dismay, and Haruhi’s groping, she joins the club.

Now that the club has picked up speed, Haruhi drags in yet another member, Itsuki Koizumi. Kyon is a little suspicious of Itsuki at first, and then realizes that Itsuki has information, in fact….Yuki and Mikuru also have information also.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is filled with laughs, plot-twists, and out of order episodes. Be prepared to become infatuated with Haruhi, fall in love with Mikuru, be confused by Yuki, and be whisked away by Itsuki.

First Reads of the Week!


DOCTOR WHO #1
The Doctor and Martha are trying to settle a bet over who made the best tasting chocolate milkshake in history... a task that takes them to Wisconsin in 1958, the Costa del Centauri IV, the ancient Aztec Empire, and finally to Korova V.3, a day-glo diner in outer space. Unfortunately things go wrong when they run into a lost member of the Sycorax, who is looking to apply some rather inventive ideas about free enterprise...


The script hits all the right buttons, and that should come as no surprise to Who fans. Writer Gary Russell is a former editor of Dr Who Magazine, and has authored several Who novels as well as a virtual library of British comics featuring the Who characters -- in addition to breaking new ground for the seminal sci-fi franchise with several series of audio dramas produced through Russell's Big Finish company. The art by newcomer Nick Roche is a little shaky, but still perfectly serviceable, making for a solid entry in the franchise. I'll definitely be back for issue #2!


PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #1
The Fighting Yank and the American Spirit travel to a remote area of Tibet in search of the Green Lama -- but when they arrive, the Yank finds his old friend from the war very changed by the many years that have passed since he last saw him. This new, strange Lama joins the Yank on his quest to recover the cursed urn that imprisons their former comrades, but they're not going to get very far if the Dyanamic Man has anything to say about it.


Alex Ross continues his re-imagining of WWII superheroes that have fallen into the public domain where his Project Superpowers #0 left off. Ross and writing partner Jim Kreuger have a terrific knack for boiling down the essence of fantastic characters and applying drastic changes that still, somehow, feel very logical... and what worked so well in DC's Kingdom Come and Marvel's Earth X is working in spades here in Project Superpowers. Can't wait to see where this story goes next!


STAR TREK ALIEN SPOTLIGHT: ROMULANS
After many long years of isolation, the Romulan Empire has finally completed its masterpiece of military engineering -- the powerful Bird of Prey starship, capable of annihilating enemies with state-of-the-art plasma weapons before channeling its power into a brand-new cloaking device and vanishing from sight. Her new captain, however, isn't as thrilled as his Praetor might wish... because he can recognize a ship designed to start a war when he sees one.


Writer/artist John Byrne (who I'm sure needs no introduction) brings us a story of the hidden events leading up to the classic Star Trek episode Balance of Terror, which first introduced audiences to the Romulans and their famous cloaking device. For all the bad press that surrounds his ongoing projects and is cosntantly being produced by his online forum, it's hard to deny that Byrne can still deliver a solid story -- especially when read against the backdrop of the other, sometimes shaky, entries in IDW's Alien Spotlight series. Good stuff!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Arriving Today @ Curious Comics

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

ACTION COMICS #862
ALL NIPPON AIRLINE PARADISE 3000 FEET GN
ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #9
ANT UNLEASHED #3 (MR)
ARMY @ LOVE #12 (MR)
AUTHORITY PRIME #5 (OF 6)
BARKS ROSA COLL TP VOL 02 DONALDS ATOM BOMB
BART SIMPSON COMICS #40
BATMAN #674
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA CYLON APOCALYPSE TP
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TP VOL 03
BIRDS OF PREY DEAD OF WINTER TP
BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1
BLOODRAYNE PRIME CUTS #1
BLUE BEETLE #24
BLUE BEETLE TP VOL 03 REACH FOR THE STARS
BODY LANGUAGE GN (MR)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #35
CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #42
CLOCKWORK GIRL #3 (OF 4)
COMICS JOURNAL #288
COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #9
CRAYON SHINCHAN VOL 01 (MR)
CRIME BIBLE THE FIVE LESSONS OF BLOOD #5 (OF 5)
CRIMINAL 2 #1 (MR)
CROSSING MIDNIGHT #16 (MR)
DAN DARE #4 (OF 7)
DAREDEVIL #105
DARK XENA TP
DEAD EYES OPEN
DEADRIDER #2 (OF 4)
DEATHBLOW #9
DOCTOR WHO #1
DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES VOL 3 #8 (OF 12)
DRAW #15
ELEPHANTMEN WAR TOYS #2 (OF 3)
ENGINEER #2 (OF 4)
FABLES #70 (MR)
FALL OF CTHULHU #10
FALLEN ANGEL IDW #24 (MR)
FEARLESS #4 (OF 4)
FRANKLIN RICHARDS TP COLLECTED CHAOS DIGEST
FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH #5 (OF 6) (MR)
GOTHIC & LOLITA BIBLE #26
GRAVEL #1 (MR)
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #22 (MR)
HELLBLAZER #241 (MR)
HELLBLAZER JOY RIDE TP (MR)
HIERONYMUS B GN
HIGHLANDER WAY O/T SWORD #3
HOBBY JAPAN FEB 2008 #50
HOUSE OF M AVENGERS #5 (OF 5)
INDIA AUTHENTIC #10
INFINITE CRISIS TP
INFINITE RYVIUS TP VOL 01 COLLECTED ED
JACK OF FABLES #20 (MR)
JLA CLASSIFIED #53
JOHN WOOS SEVEN BROTHERS TP VOL 02 (MR)
JSA CLASSIFIED #35
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #13
JUXTAPOZ VOL 15 #3 MARCH 2008
KADE SHIVAS SUN #2 (OF 4)
KERA JAN 2008
KEY TO THE KINGDOM VOL 03
KICK ASS #1 (MR)
KRASH BASTARDS GN
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #39
LIVING CORPSE #2 (MR)
MAAKIES WITH WRINKLED KNEES HC
MANY ADVENTURES OF MIRANDA MERCURY #295 (OF 300)
MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #33
MARVEL ADVENTURES IRON MAN #10
MARVEL ZOMBIES 2 #5 (OF 5)
MEGAMI JAN 2008
MEGAS #1 (OF 4) (MR)
MINIMA GN VOL 01
MISERICORDIA #2 (OF 11) (MR)
MIXTAPE HC VOL 01 JIM MAHFOOD ART
MOUSE GUARD WINTER 1152 #3 (OF 6)
NARCOPOLIS #2 (MR)
NEOZOIC #3
NEW EXILES #0
NEW WARRIORS #9
NEXUS #100
NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #157
OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 01
ONSLAUGHT REBORN HC
ORSON SCOTT CARDS WYRMS TP
PREVIEWS VOL XVIII #3
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #1 Of(6)
PS238 #29
PUNISHER MAX HC VOL 04 (MR)
RAISE THE DEAD HC
RASL #1
RED STRING TP VOL 02
REX LIBRIS #10
ROGUE ANGEL TELLER OF TALES #1
SADHU THE SILENT ONES #5 (MR)
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 02
SECRET HISTORY BOOK FIVE (MR)
SHAMAN WARRIOR TP VOL 06
SHANNA SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST TP
SHARK-MAN #2
SHE-HULK 2 #26
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN FAMILY TP VOL 02
SHOXX DEC 2007
SILENT HILL SINNERS REWARD #1
SONIC X #30
SPEED RACER HC VOL 03 SECRET ENGINE
SPEED RACER HC VOL 04 RACE AGAINST MAMMOTH CAR
SPEED RACER TP VOL 01
SPIDER-MAN WITH GREAT POWER #2 (OF 5)
STAR TREK ALIENS SPOTLIGHT ROMULANS
STAR WARS LEGACY #20
STRANDED #2
SUPERMAN HC VOL 02 CAMELOT FALLS
TALES OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #43
TEEN TITANS #56
TEEN TITANS GO #52
THOR #6
THUNDERBOLTS INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT
TRANSFORMERS DEVASTATION #6
TWELVE #1 (OF 12) 2ND PTG VAR
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #51
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #119
UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #6 (OF 8)
UNCLE SCROOGE #373
WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #688
WITCHBLADE TP VOL 02
WIZARD MAGAZINE #198
WORLD WAR HULK AFTERSMASH DAMAGE CONTROL #2 (OF 3)
WORMWOOD CALAMARI RISING #2
X-MEN FIRST CLASS VOL 2 #9
X-MEN LEGACY #208 (DWS)
X-MEN TP SUPERNOVAS
YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #2 (OF 6)
YOZAKURA QUARTET GN VOL 01
ZOMBIE SIMON GARTH #4 (OF 4) (MR)

MISC. MERCHANDISE

DEATH NOTE LIGHT CHIBI METAL KEYCHAIN
DEATH NOTE MISA CHIBI KEYCHAIN
DEATH NOTE VOL 3 DVD (MR)
DEATH NOTE VOL 3 LTD ED DVD W/ FIGURE (MR)
JLA TROPHY ROOM MULTI COLORED KRYPTONITE REPLICA
LORD OF THE RINGS MASTERPIECES II T/C
POKEMON 3-IN BASIC FIG ASST SER 5
POKEMON 3-IN BASIC FIG MULTI-PK ASST SER 5
SHAKUGAN NO SHANA SECRET VER 1/8 PVC STATUE
SIMPSONS DANCING MACHO MAN HOMER
UDA SUBCASTS GHOST RIDER 10.5 IN FIGURE
UDA SUBCASTS WOLVERINE 7 IN FIGURE
UPPER DECK 2007 08 SERIES 2 NHL T/C

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday Coffee with Man-Bat

This week, we're pleased to welcome one of Gotham City's pre-eminent biologists (and sometime mutant threat to life and limb) to the Curious Comics Blog. Dr Kirk Langstrom, it's great to have you here.

LANGSTROM: Uh, yeah, sure. Hi.

Can I offer you a cup of coffee?

LANGSTROM: No thanks. It's contra-indicated with most of my meds.

All right, we'll just jump right in then. As I recall, you were working on a serum to help improve human biology, perhaps even create a super-human... using bats, and specifically Gotham's urban hero Batman, as inspiration.


LANGSTROM: Jeez, when you put it like that, it really sounds like a set-up for disaster. At the time I was just trying to scrape by financially, limping from one research grant to another, and Batman was in the news a lot back then. It was a great name to drop when you were in a meeting trying to scare up some funding. It seemed a cinch. How was I to know it was going to blow up in my face?

Well, you did make the unusual decision to test the serum you'd developed on yourself first... even before you'd exposed any lab animals.

LANGSTROM: You know what a lab rabbit costs? I'd already blown my budget on buying all those damned bats.

Once you'd downed the serum, how long was it before you started noticing an effect?

LANGSTROM:
Almost immediately. My hearing became incredibly acute, so much so that, just with the sounds and echoes of my own footsteps to guide me, I could navigate in utter darkness without bumping into a thing. I thought I'd hit the jackpot -- I mean, a cure for even partial deafness would mean every drug company on the planet would be knocking on my door. I was preparing to go home and tell my wife Francine about my discovery when I realized my hat didn't fit on my head anymore... I rushed to a mirror and discovered that, well, my physiognomy had been altered pretty dramatically.

Can you describe the initial stages of the change?

LANGSTROM: Uh... well, I had grown claws, and giant ears, like a massive bat...

Huh. Hard to imagine sneaking all that past the wife.

LANGSTROM:
No kidding. There I was, with this hideous red-eyed, fanged, giant-eared thing staring out at me from my mirror, and all I could think of was how broke I was going to be. Broke, single and, frankly, ridiculous-looking.


The wings came later.


LANGSTROM: Unfortunately, yes. Add 'shirtless' to the list, I suppose. I'm grateful for Zoloft, is all can say.

You initially found yourself in conflict with Batman, but it wasn't all bad, was it? After you gained control of your other self, you enjoyed a brief period as a crime-fighter in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

LANGSTROM: Not exactly a career I had planned for myself, but yes. I gave it a shot.

Your wife, Francine Langstrom, also eventually became exposed to the serum.

LANGSTROM:
I had been searching for a cure ever since my first transformation, and she accidentally confused her orange juice for a beaker of the Man-bat extract while she was in my lab one day. I have to remember to label things properly, I really do. And, uh, to stop making orange-flavoured Man-Bat serum. God, I'm so depressed.


Um... right. Later came the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour and Infinite Crisis...


LANGSTROM:
Oh, man. It's so hard to keep the details of my life straight these days. One minute I have a wife and kid, the next they're both dead, then before you know it I have a wife, a son and a daughter... and I'm pretty sure the most current version is just me and Francine. But I don't know if she ever became a Man-Bat in this universe. Oh jeez, I don't know -- ask my psychiatrist, would you? Him or Dan Didio. I'm not going to be much help to you here.

You seem to be a favourite Bat-villain beyond the pages of the comics as well. You've appeared in a production by Power Records, in episodes of Batman: The Animated Series produced by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, as well as in the current cartoon series, simply called The Batman. There was even a rumour that you were slated for inclusion in the unproduced fifth installment of the Batman movie franchise as overseen by Joel Schumacher.

LANGSTROM:
Yeah... that extra stuff was kind of like getting a summer job at a carny. Helped pay for my prescriptions, anyway.


A couple of years back you were featured alongside Black Mask in a shaky mini-series by Bruce Jones, but most recently, you've appeared in the pages of Grant Morrison's monthly Batman, being blackmailed into surrendering the Man-Bat formula to Talia al Ghul for her army of ninja Man-Bats... and later, as one of the villains in Salvation Run.


LANGSTROM: Uh-huh. I can't really talk about the Salvation Run thing right now, my lawyer says we have a pretty good case for wrongful imprisonment. Maybe slander, too... we'll see. DC's going to be sorry they ever decided to rip off Planet Hulk, let me tell you.

Any hopes for the upcoming Final Crisis?

LANGSTROM: Not really. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I can get away with being a character in the background of a throwaway panel, and that everyone else leaves me alone.

Dr Langstrom, thanks for dropping by. Good luck with, um... well, everything.

LANGSTROM: Oh jeez, look at the time. Good thing you said something, it's time for my pills.


Saturday, February 23, 2008

Too Much Fun: It's Alive!

Fantasy Flight Games has cooked up an inventive solution to save its two premiere collectible card games, A Game of Thrones and Call of Cthulhu, from looming cancellation and the great discard pile in the sky. Abandoning the industry standard fixed starter deck & randomized booster pack combo, FFG has elected to rework the successful model for expansions they've developed for the hit boardgame Runebound, and put both Thrones and Cthulhu a monthly, fixed-content release schedule.

Featuring starter decks and non-randomized 40-card packs, this move promises to take the two games out of the over-crowded CCG market and into territory that previously had been the near-exclusive domain of games like Dungeoneer, Gloom and the hugely popular Munchkin and its army of expansions.
The first installment of Thrones is now available for order, and Cthulhu will follow with its first release under this newly minted Living Card Game banner later this year.

Personally, I think this is a great idea, a real step in the right direction -- I mean, there are only so many booster packs you can buy before the "lottery ticket" approach to gaming starts to lose its appeal. With any luck, this new business model will help other CCGs survive past their shelf lives... and I for one hope the rest of the CCG industry is paying close attention.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Too Much Fun: Monsterpocalypse Revealed!


After many months of mystery surrounding the details on Privateer Press' new giant monster-themed prepainted collectible miniatures game, Monsterpocalypse, we finally have our first look at the game in action! Boardgamegeek user Jay Adan managed to snap a handful of choice photos during a Monsterpocalypse demo at the recent New York Toy Fair... and, while info remains sketchy and a final release date still unscheduled, it's great to see the game shaping up as advertised. As you can see for yourselves...

Follow this link for more images... and thanks to Paul T. for the heads-up!


Thursday, February 21, 2008

First Reads of the Week!

HULK #2
Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness continue their revamp of the Hulk universe with this second installment of their opening arc. This issue finds the new Red Hulk attacking the SHIELD Helicarrier and going toe to toe with She-Hulk and Iron Man, eventually trashing the carrier before vanishing. This part of the book is fairly disappointing, with hokey dialogue and some pretty ho-hum (if very skillfully drawn) action sequences; but it's the last couple of pages that make it worthwhile, with a new twist on the secrets behind both the Red Hulk and the new Abomination. The plot thickens!

RED SONJA #30
Ron Marz and Lee Moder take over the She-Devil for a single chapter in a new story-arc picking up after the previous issue's climax of the Kulan Gath epic. Red Sonja is trapped on Charon's boat, being ferried across the River Styx to the afterlife and judgement of her actions over the course of many bloody battles... and, after a quick flashback to a disastrous temple raid in which she participated many years ago, she's beginning to think that whole judgement thing might not go so well.

This is something you don't see often in comics: the first part of an ambitious experiment in form, a six-issue arc featuring a new and different creative team on each chapter. Marz and Moder have given us a solid start, and I'm looking forward to reading what Christos Gage and Pablo Marcus can do with the next installment. This looks like a good place to jump in if you've been considering giving one of Dynamite's best sellers a test-drive.

ZORRO #1
Comic industry legend Matt Wagner helps Dynamite bring one of the most famous Old West characters out of mothballs and back into an ongoing series with this week's Zorro #1. Looking to recreate the magic that helped make their Lone Ranger such a hit, Dynamite did themselves a favour by tapping Wagner to head up this reboot; he gets the tone right on every page, giving us the first chapter in an origin story that promises to rank up there with Batman: Year One after all is said and done. Artist Francesco Francavilla seems exactly right for the material, and computer colourist Adriano Lucas manages to give the whole book a soft, almost watercolour-esque look that seems perfect for the genre. Great start -- keep it up guys!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New This Week - February 20

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND GN VOL 05
ABYSS #3 (OF 4)
ALIENS OMNIBUS TP VOL 03
ALIVE GN VOL 03 (MR)
ALL ACTION CLASSICS TOM SAWYER GN
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #551 (BND)
ANGEL AFTER THE FALL #4
ASPEN SHOWCASE GRACE #1
ATHEIST TP VOL 01
ATLANTIS RISING #4
AVENGERS CLASSIC #9
BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #13
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ORIGINS #3
BIRDS OF PREY #115
BOYS TP VOL 02 GET SOME (MR)
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #10
BUSO RENKIN TP VOL 10
CABLE DEADPOOL #50
CATWOMAN #76
CATWOMAN CATWOMANS DEAD TP
CHECKMATE #23
CLASSIC ILLUS JR #505 SLEEPING BEAUTY
CLASSIC ILLUS JR #506 THREE LITTLE PIGS
CLASSIC ILLUS JR #507 JACK & THE BEANSTALK
CLASSIC ILLUS JR #510 LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
CLASSIC TRANSFORMERS VOL 1TP
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED FRANKENSTEIN
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GULLIVERS TRAVELS
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED HC VOL 01 GREAT EXPECTATIONS
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED HUCKLEBERRY FINN
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED TALE OF TWO CITIES
CONAN #49 (MR)
COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #10
D GRAY MAN GN VOL 08
DEATH OF THE NEW GODS #6 (OF 8)
DRAFTED #5
DRAGON DRIVE TP VOL 06
ELRIC TP NOVEL VOL 01 STEALER OF SOULS
EVERLASTING LOVE GN (MR)
EX MACHINA #34 (MR)
EYESHIELD 21 TP VOL 18
FABLEWOOD GN VOL 01
FLASH #237
FLASH BLOOD WILL RUN TP NEW ED
FORGOTTEN REALMS THE LEGACY #1 (OF 3)
FUSHIGI YUGI GENBU KAIDEN TP VOL 06
GEEK MONTHLY VOL 2 #2
GEN 13 TP VOL 02 ROAD TRIP
GODCHILD TP VOL 08
GODLAND #21
GOLD DIGGER #93
GOLD DIGGER SOURCEBOOK #14
GREASE MONKEY GN
GREEN LANTERN HC VOL 01 THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR
GRENDEL BEHOLD THE DEVIL #4 (OF 8)
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #21 (MR)
GRIMM FAIRY TALES RETURN TO WONDERLAND #6 (OF 6) (MR)
GRIMM FAIRY TALES RETURN WONDERLAND FOLD CVR #6 (OF 6) (MR)
HACK SLASH SERIES #9 (MR)
HARDY BOYS GN VOL 12 DUDE RANCH O DEATH
HAWAIIAN DICK #3
HI FI COLOR FOR COMICS DIGITAL TECHNIQUES
HOSHIN ENGI TP VOL 05
HULK #2
HUNTER KILLER TP VOL 01
IMMORTAL IRON FIST ORSON RANDALL GREEN MIST DEATH
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #114
INVINCIBLE #48
IRON MAN #26
IRON MAN TP MANY ARMORS OF IRON MAN NEW PTG
JENNA JAMESONS SHADOW HUNTER #1
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #268
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #18
KAZE HIKARU GN VOL 08
KITCHEN PRINCESS GN VOL 05
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #136
KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 06
LIONS TIGERS & BEARS TP VOL 02
LOADED BIBLE 3 COMMUNION (ONE SHOT)
LOCKE & KEY #1
LONERS TP SECRET LIVES OF SUPER HEROES
LOVELESS #22 (MR)
MAD MAGAZINE #487
MADAME MIRAGE #5
MARVEL ILLUSTRATED ILIAD #3 (OF 8)
MIGHTY AVENGERS #9
MMW ANT-MAN GIANT MAN HC VOL 02
MUHYO ROJIS BUREAU SUPER INVEST TP VOL 03
ORDER #8
ORDER TP VOL 01 NEXT RIGHT THING
OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB TP VOL 10
PATH OF THE ASSASSIN VOL 9 TP (MR)
PIRATES VS NINJAS II UP THE ANTE #8 (OF 8)
PRETTY FACE TP VOL 04
PRIMORDIA #3 (OF 3) (MR)
PROGRAMME #8 (OF 12)
PVP #38
RAL OMEGA GRAD GN VOL 01
RED SONJA #30
ROBIN #171
RUNAWAYS #29
SCREAM #4 (OF 4)
SHADOWPACT #22
SHOJO BEAT MAR 08
SIMPSONS COMICS #139
SKETCH MAGAZINE #34
SPIRIT #14
STAR WARS 30TH ANNIV COLL VOL 12 HC LEGACY
STAR WARS DARK TIMES #9
SUPERMAN BATMAN #46
SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #12
TAIL OF THE MOON TP VOL 09
TERROR INC #5 (OF 5) (MR)
TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT ARCEE
TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT TP VOL 02
ULTIMATE HUMAN #2 (OF 4)
ULTIMATE X-MEN #91
ULTIMATES 3 #3 (OF 5)
UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #6 (OF 6)
VICIOUS INTENT HC
WALT DISNEY TREASURES TP VOL 02 UNCLE SCROOGE
WILDSTORM REVELATIONS #4 (OF 6)
WILLOW CREEK #0 (OF 5) (MR)
WITCHBLADE TAKERU MANGA #12 (MR)
WIZARD ANIME INSIDER #54
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #22
WONDER GIRL #6 (OF 6)
WORLD OF WARCRAFT #4
WORLD WAR HULK AFTERSMASH WARBOUND #3 (OF 5)
YAGYU NINJA SCROLLS GN VOL 02
YOUNGBLOOD #2
YU GI OH MILLENNIUM WORLD TP VOL 07
YU YU HAKUSHO TP VOL 14
ZORRO #1

MISC. MERCHANDISE


BATMAN ALL STAR POSTER
FANTASTIC FOUR BY ART ADAMS POSTER
FRAULEIN REVOLTECH #001 REI AYANAMI AF
GI JOE 25TH ANNIVERSARY AF ASST 200802
GODZILLA & FOES VELVET ART POSTER
MONTY PYTHON BLOODY RABBIT MEDIUM PLUSH
MOUNTED CTHULHU HEAD PLUSH
NIGHTWING REFLECTIONS POSTER
REVOLTECH PATLABOR HELLDIVER AF
STATIONERY SET APAK
SW BOBA FETT 3D ART POSTER
TOPPS WACKY PACKAGES FLASHBACK STICKERS T/C
TRANSFORMERS MEGATRON BUST

Monday, February 18, 2008

Magical Michelle's Reviews!


Wouldn’t you like to see the world from the back of a motorcycle…that can talk!?

Kino is a young girl who escaped death by a couple of inches at a very young age. After her parents tried to kill her because she “didn’t want to grow up”, she decided that she was going to escape the town that she lived in on the back of a motorcycle called Hermes.
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As the two travel the world together, Kino only stays in one place for 3 days before she moves on to a different town. Each town has its different problems, one town has a girl who’s dream is to fly, another town has a coliseum competition where people must fight to survive. As Kino and Hermes keep traveling, one would think that they would want to find a town to settle down at for more than three days.

Kino’s Journey is a world full of sadness, happiness, and frustration. I would recommend this for girls more then I would guys because it’s full of hidden emotions and the beauty of friendship.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (out of 5 ♥’s)

Too Much Fun: GenCon Rolls a Natural 1


In the latest in a series of worrying headlines featuring GenCon over the last week, today the organizers behind the gaming industry's most famous convention have announced that they are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move comes just a year after the euthanization of one of their feature events, GenCon SoCal, and just days after Lucasfilm filed a lawsuit against con bigwigs citing non-payment of funds raised for charity as well as withholding Lucasfilm's cut of money earned in connection with 2007's Star Wars Celebration IV.

These are alarming developments for the long-running con, especially when set against a larger backdrop of the stagnant attendance that pushed them into repackaging their European events as franchises and the axe falling on GenCon SoCal. The last thing they needed was some dodgy accounting. So what gives? Should we be cashing in those airplane tickets and canceling those hotel reservations? Probably not not just yet -- GenCon Indy is still scheduled to go ahead this summer. GenCon suits seem confident in the company's ability to get the right amount of money in the correct pockets and emerge from these financial problems in due time, despite the con's ongoing growth problems.

But with the continued multi-million dollar success of stay-at-home games like World of Warcraft and the seeming determination of pencil & paper RPG mainstay Dungeons & Dragons to follow in Blizzard's footsteps with the heavy online presence and WoW-esque look and feel of their upcoming D&D Fourth Edition... how long will it be before Wizards of the Coast decides their D&D product line has more in common with the folks at CES than with GenCon Indy? Are we just watching GenCon rearrange deck chairs here?

I wonder...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunday Coffee with the Skrulls

Hi, folks. This week we're going to try something a little different... instead of our usual focus on the career and history of one guest, today we're pleased to host a round table discussion featuring some of your favourite Skrulls. Everyone, please take a moment to introduce yourselves to the readers.

LYJA: Hello everybody. My name is Lyja, and I was briefly married to Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four in the 1980s, while he thought I was Alicia Masters. Sorry.

PAIBOK: I was once called the Power Skrull, and as such I was a co-founder of the Fearsome Foursome and a hero of legend to the Skrull Empire. I am Paibok. On a side note possibly of interest to you historians out there, I also happen to be the love of Lyja's life.

LYJA: Drop dead.

PAIBOK: No, no, dear -- that's "Drop dead, darling."

KL'RT: I am the Super Skrull. You shall all bow down before me.

PAIBOK: Oh hells. Who invited him?

WILLIE LUMPKIN: Hi kids. My name is Willie Lumpkin and I'm the Fantastic Four's postman.

PAIBOK: ... You have got to be kidding me.

LYJA: Willie's a Skrull? Are you serious?

KL'RT: Ah, Lumpkin. Good to see you again, my friend. It seems like ages since our hard-won victories were fought in the Kree Campaigns. Do you remember the moons of Jadriss? The light of a thousand Kree cities burning, illuminating the night...

WILLIE LUMPKIN: Those were the good old days, sonny. I mean, Commander.


So, uh... anyone want any coffee?


LYJA: I think I could do with an Irish, frankly.

PAIBOK: I do believe I'll join you. The rest of you can go home now.

LYJA: Get bent, loser.

KL'RT: I shall not pollute my superior Skrull physiology with your toxic human beverages.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: Two sugars, please.

Um, sure. There you go. Well -- where to start? You each have an impressive history in the Marvel Universe. Lyja, you were part of an audacious plan to infiltrate the private lives of the Skrulls' longtime enemies, the super-team known as the Fantastic Four, by using your shapeshifting abilities to impersonate Alicia Masters...

LYJA: Sorry. It was Paibok's idea.

PAIBOK: Indeed it was! You say that as if it were a bad thing, my dear.

LYJA: It was a bad thing! And get your hand off my knee, you creep.

After your true identity had been discovered by the FF, you participated in an attempt to rescue the original Alicia Masters from Skrull captivity, and were seemingly killed during the mission.

LYJA: Thanks to bright boy, here.

PAIBOK: It was an accident, for pity's sake. I can only apologize so many times!

KL'RT: You were killed for the greater glory of the Skrull Empire! What are you complaining about? Your death didn't even stick.

LYJA: Oh, put a sock in it, Kl'rt.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: I can wiggle my ears pretty good.

PAIBOK: ... What?


Um... moving on. Paibok, you joined with Devos the Devastator, Klaw and Huntara to form the
Fearsome Foursome shortly after Lyja was presumed killed, with the specific goal to exact revenge on the Fantastic Four...

PAIBOK: Indeed! It was mildly entertaining to watch the Storm boy squirm. Unfortunately, I had made a poor choice of allies, and found the Throneworld breathing down my neck over Devos. Some kind of war criminal, apparently. I mean, how was I supposed to know he was dangerous?

LYJA: He called himself the Devastator, you bonehead.

PAIBOK: I thought it was just some PR move.

KR'LT: He was a traitor and a reprobate! His very existence was an affront to her Serene Majesty, the Empress! I took great pleasure in scattering his atoms across the magnetic nets of Obolo Prime.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: I still have that postcard you sent me from Obolo.

KR'LT: Indeed? It was a shame you could not have shared in the glory of that battle, my friend. I had boiled away two oceans and broken open seven new faultlines in the planet's crust before I'd finally tired of Devos' pleas for mercy and finished him. The primitives of that world still sing songs of that wondrous combat.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: I hear they make good kabobs on Obolo.

KR'LT: The best, comrade. The very, very best.

And you, Super-Skrull, you fought against the Fantastic Four... well, an awful lot. What's it been, something like forty years?

KR'LT: That sounds approximately correct, as you inferior beings measure time.

And did you ever win a battle against them?

KR'LT: Er... define 'win'.

As in, 'not lose'.

KR'LT: Ah. That would be a no.

Uh huh. Lately I understand you've been busy out in space in the aftermath of the Annihilation Wave, waging a war against the Kree and their recent conquerers, the Phalanx.

KR'LT: Yes indeed! Many glorius battles await me, I am certain. None of which will involve the Fantastic Four, hopefully.


Good luck with that. And then there's Willie here, who, in one of the most audacious and
bold infiltration moves in Skrull history, replaced the harmless postman on the Fantastic Four's mail route some forty years back in order to spy on them from the ground.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: Well, yes, that -- as well as the fact that Mrs. Richards makes an awfully nice chocolate chip cookie. Have you tried 'em? She puts in pecans. I love pecans...

... Right. I suppose the big question here is... well, why all the animosity? We've seen countless invasion attempts stopped by the Fantastic Four, Thor, Namor, the Avengers, and God knows who else. You've kidnapped and impersonated people all over the planet for nearly half a century. As we speak, the true scope of a massive Skrull infiltration is coming to light in the pages of New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Ms Marvel and elsewhere. The Secret Invasion is coming this summer, and promises to rain on every possible superhero picnic. So I guess what I really want to know is -- what the heck did Earth ever do to the Skrulls to get you all so riled up?

PAIBOK: Ummm... yeah, sorry, no idea.

LYJA: Pass.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: Search me, pal.

KR'LT: Pfft! Terran imbecile! It is a fundamental truth of human existence that you must all come to terms with your ultimate destiny as slaves to the all-powerful Skrull Empire! Your pathetic attempts at resistance merely delay the day when you will all realize this fact and assume your correct place in the universe -- beneath our bootheels!

That's it?

KR'LT: Isn't that enough?

That's... really, really stupid.

WILLIE LUMPKIN: Well, you asked.

All right. Fair enough. Thanks for dropping by, everyone. Check out Secret Invasion, this summer's massive Marvel Comics crossover event, to find out how the Skrulls get whipped. Again.


Friday, February 15, 2008

First Reads of the Week!


INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS VOLUME 1
Here comes the first in a series of reprint volumes collecting the Dark Horse Indiana Jones stories of the 1990s. Indy is up to all his usual globe-hopping, whip-cracking, Nazi-bashing fun; and while the dialogue can be a little stitled and out of character at times (this was written in the 90s, after all), and artist Dan Barry has a bizarre tendency to draw Marcus Brody as if he had been played by Richard Nixon -- the collection's saving graces more than make up for its faults. Like the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and Tales of the Jedi books before it, the Indiana Jones Omnibus offers a ton of material unavailable for years reprinted in an affordable colour format... pay attention, Marvel and DC! Dark Horse will show you how it's done.


FANTASTIC FOUR #554
Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, the best-selling creative team behind The Ultimates, join forces once again to bring us four story arcs starring the first family of the Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four. Sue, Reed, Ben and the kids return from a time-travelling vacation gone wrong in time for Sue to make her scheduled meeting with Jennifer Walters (a.k.a. She-Hulk) and Janet Van Dyne (a.k.a. the Avenger's Wasp) regarding their plans to start a new charity group. Meanwhile, Reed's old girlfriend drops by to chat about the impending destruction of Planet Earth. Which happens to me every other week, it seems.

It's immediately obvious how much both Millar and Hitch genuinely love the FF, and that's no bad thing. If Millar can keep his wilder excesses from interfering with the consistency of the characters (a problem for him on his last project, Civil War), and if Hitch can deliver his pages on time (a problem for him for most of his career), then this promises to be a very memorable year for the Fantastic Four.


WOLVERINE # 62

Vertigo regular Jason Aaron teams up with veteran penciller Ron Garney for a four-part follow-up to the Messiah Complex X-Event crossover. Mystique is on the run from her old adversaries and sometime teammates, the X-Men; and with good reason, it seems. These days the X-folks are running a shoot-to-kill mentality that I'd previously associated with Magneto and the Brotherhood. Anyway, Wolverine is more than happy to hunt Mystique into the mountains of Afghanistan and settle old scores... but Raven knows he's coming, and prepares an appropriate welcome.

This is not Aaron's first Wolverine story, but it is easily his most assured superhero project to date; his time at Vertigo seems to have served him well. Garney is terrific as always, and even though this is only a four-issue assignment for Aaron, we can only hope that Marvel is smart enough to keep Garney around on Wolverine for the long haul.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New This Week - February 14

Happy Valentines Day!

Some items may not be available at all three stores. Ask any staff member how you can obtain any item on this list.

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

100 BULLETS #88 (MR)
30 DAYS OF NIGHT BEYOND BARROW #3
76 #2 (OF 8) (MR)
AIR GEAR GN VOL 07 (MR)
AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #17
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 (BND)
AMERICAN VIRGIN #23 (MR)
ANITA BLAKE VH HC FIRST DEATH
ANITA BLAKE VH HC FIRST DEATH DM ED
ARCHLORD GN VOL 04 (OF 4)
ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE SPECIAL #2
ATOMIC ROBO #5 (OF 6)
ATOMIK MIKE (DP) #4 (OF 4)
BASARA TP VOL 26
BAT LASH #3 (OF 6)
BATMAN STRIKES #42
BATTLE ROYALE ULTIMATE ED HC VOL 02 (OF 5) (MR)
BEOWULF COLOR TP VOL 01
BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #81
BLACK PANTHER #34
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 18 SPARROW NET (MR)
BOOSTER GOLD #0
BPRD 1946 #2 (OF 5)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (OF 5)
CHIBI VAMPIRE GN VOL 07 (OF 10) (MR)
CITY OF OTHERS TP
CIVIL WAR CHRONICLES #8
CLAMP NO KISEKI MAGAZINE COLLECTABLE VOL 10 (OF 12)
CLANDESTINE CLASSIC PREM HC
CONNOR HAWKE DRAGONS BLOOD TP
CORY DOCTOROWS FUTURISTIC TALES HERE AND NOW #5 (OF 6)
COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS #11
CROSSING MIDNIGHT TP VOL 02 A MAP OF MIDNIGHT (MR)
DARK METRO GN VOL 01 (OF 3)
DEAD OF NIGHT FEATURING MAN THING #1 (OF 4) (MR)
DMZ #28 (MR)
DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS #3
DOKKOIDA VOL 01
DOMINION CONFLICT 1 NO MORE NOISE TP (NEW PTG)
DOORS OF CHAOS GN VOL 01 (OF 3) (MR)
DOT HACK SIGN GU GN VOL 01 (OF 3)
ENCHANTER GN VOL 07 (MR)
EVIL DEAD #2 (OF 4)
EXILES TP VOL 16 STARTING OVER
FALL OF CTHULHU TP VOL 01 FUGUE
FAMILY COMPLEX GN
FANGORIA #271 MARCH 2008
FANTASTIC FOUR #554
FANTASTIC FOUR LOST ADVENTURE
FLAME OF RECCA TP VOL 26
FRIDAY THE 13TH BAD LAND #2 (OF 2) (MR)
FRUITS BASKET ULTIMATE EDITION VOL 02 (OF 4)
FURRLOUGH #179
GEN 13 #17
GHOST RIDER #20
GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE #32
GOON #21
GOTHAM UNDERGROUND #5 (OF 9)
GOTHIC AND LOLITA BIBLE VOL 01
GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #5
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21
HAYATE COMBAT BUTLER TP VOL 06
HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2008 (MR)
HELLBOY NOVEL EMERALD HELL
IN THE END GN VOL 01 (OF 3) (MR)
INDIANA JONES OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
IRON MAN ENTER MANDARIN #5 (OF 6)
IRON MAN POWER PACK #4 (OF 4)
JELLABY GN VOL 01
JLA CLASSIFIED #52
JOHN WOOS SEVEN BROTHERS SERIES 2 #5 (MR)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA HC VOL 02 LIGHTNING SAGA
KAMI KAZE GN VOL 07 (OF 7) (MR)
LOVE TRAINING GN (MR)
MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK #8
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #36
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #6
NARUTO OFFICIAL FANBOOK
NEW AVENGERS #38 (SII)
NEW EXILES #2
NEXT ISSUE PROJECT #1 (FANTASTIC COMICS #24)
NOVA ANNUAL #1
PET SHOP OF HORRORS TOKYO GN VOL 01 (MR)
PRINCE CHARMING GN VOL 02 (MR)
PUNISHER FORCE OF NATURE (MR)
PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #16
RAMAYAN 3392 AD RELOADED #4
ROSE HIP ZERO GN VOL 05 (OF 5) (MR)
SALVATION RUN #4 (OF 7)
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI KAHN GN VOL 01 (OF 9) (MR)
SHOWCASE PRESENTS ENEMY ACE TP VOL 01
SHUGO CHARA GN VOL 03
SIMON DARK #5
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #185
SPIDER MAN TP BACK IN BLACK
SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #7
SPOOKS #1
ST TNG INTELLIGENCE GATHERING #2 (OF 5)
SUB-MARINER TP REVOLUTION
SUICIDE SQUAD RAISE THE FLAG #6 (OF 8)
SUPERMAN #673
SWORD #5 (MR)
TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #27
TERMINATOR OMNIBUS VOL 01
TIME MASTERS TP
TINY TITANS #1
TOYFARE #128
TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOL 2 TP
TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS ASCENDING TP
TRANSLUCENT VOL 3 TP
TRINITY BLOOD GN VOL 05 (OF 9) (MR)
TSUBASA GN VOL 16
TWELVE KINGDOMS TP VOL 01 (OF 7) SEA OF SHADOW
ULTIMATE IRON MAN II #3 (OF 4)
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 09
UNCLE SCROOGE #372
WALKING DEAD #46 (MR)
WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #687
WARHAMMER 40K BLOOD & THUNDER #3 (OF 5)
WITCHBLADE TP VOL 01 WITCH HUNT
WOLVERINE #62 DWS
WOLVERINE ORIGINS PREM HC VOL 04 OUR WAR
WOLVERINE TP EVOLUTION
WONDER WOMAN #17
X-FACTOR #28 (DWS)
X-FORCE #1 (DWS)
X-FORCE #1 BLOODY VAR (DWS)

MISC. MERCHANDISE

30 DAYS OF NIGHT ZIPPO LIGHTER RED
ELVIS 1957 YEAR IN GOLD HEAD KNOCKER
ELVIS JAILHOUSE ROCK HEAD KNOCKER
GUNDAM 00 EXTENDED MSIA GN-002 DYNAMES AF
GUNDAM 00 EXTENDED MSIA GN-003 KYRIOS AF
HALO 3 MASTER CHIEF IN CITY AOP T/S LG
HELLBOY ANIMATED 10-IN ROTO AF
NARUTO UNCUT DVD BOX SET VOL 6
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FREDDY PEWTER KEYCHAIN
STAR WARS MIGHTY MUGGS 6 IN FIG ASST 200802
SW BASIC AF ASST 200801
SW EP 3 COMMANDER GREE SCALED REPLICA HELMET
TOKIDOKI ADIOS 5IN VINYL FIGURE
TOKIDOKI CIAO CIAO 5IN VINYL FIGURE
TOPPS 2008 MLB SERIES 1 HOBBY T/C
UPPER DECK 2008 MLB T/C

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Steve Gerber Leaves Us...

You've probably already heard that Steve Gerber, landmark writer of books like The Defenders, Man-Thing, Howard the Duck, Omega The Unknown and Hard Time, passed away February 10th after complications from a long illness. If you've read Gerber's stuff, you'll know what a loss this is for the industry; even though his more recent comic projects may not have been burning up the sales charts, he was always inventive and unique in a field that no longer seems to seek out those qualities in its creators.

I won't eat up this page with my own opinions, but instead I'll pass you on to some of the other excellent writers out there who both admired and actually knew Gerber, like --

Mark Evanier, writing on Steve Gerber's Blog...

Neil Gaiman, writing on his online journal...

Steven Grant, writing in his column at Comic Book Resources...

Gail Simone, cross-posted on Comic Book Resources...

Marv Wolfman, writing on his website...

Mark Millar, on his Millarworld forums...

... and more Mark Evanier, writing from his own website.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Magical Michelle’s Reviews!


Being in love….from galaxies away…and only when you are still so young.


After finally being accepted into the UN Space Army to fight against an alien group called the Tarisians, Mikako Nagemine must have a so-called ,“long distance relationship” with her boyfriend Nobaru. The only problem is that it’s hard to do…when you’re a million miles away from him.


The only way the couple can communicate is by their cell phones (through text messaging). As the two get farther apart though….the messages take longer to get. As Nobaru receives a text-message from Mikako after so many months….it says that “messages will now take 15 years to get to him”.


As the years continue Nobaru moves on in life, and Mikako continues to fight in space, but the two still yearn for each other with an un-dying passion….


One unfaithful day, when Mikako is attacked by a Tarisian and realizes that she will be killed, her last thoughts are how she wants to tell Nobaru how much she actually loves him. Nobaru (at the same time) realizes how much he is in love with her too.

But will Mikako survive? Will Love save the day?


I thought the movie was filled with it’s semi-happy moments, but it was mostly overtaken by depression, lost love, loneliness, and a show that will keep you watching until the credits roll. If you don’t like crying or feeling like you need a good hug, then this isn’t your movie.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (out of 5 ♥’s)


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Too Much Fun: World of Warcraft Miniatures Game


Just when you thought the field of collectible prepainted miniature games couldn't get any stranger -- what with Dreamblade and MechWarrior imlplolding and new games like HaloClix, Confrontation and Monsterpocalypse priming to fight over the spolis -- trading card giant Upper Deck announces their first foray into the genre with their multi-million dollar powerhouse of a license, World of Warcraft.

Two different Starter Kits, a Raid Set and a full line of randomized Booster Packs will offer players competitive, solo and cooperative sets of rules in what already seems to be a curious Swiss Army Knife of a product launch. Even the figures themselves attempt to fulfill more than one purpose, offering removeable bases to allow the non-gaming collector to extract any hint of potential fun from his purchase. Who knows? Perhaps you'll even be able to pick your teeth or clean your toes with them as well. Being careful to employ different minis for each job, of course.

Whether this new game will be successful within its target market (as with the World of Warcraft Boardgame from Fantasy Flight), wither on the vine (alongside White Wolf's d20-compatible line of World of Warcraft RPG books), or surge and plummet in sales depending on the strength of its MMORPG tie-in products -- if any -- together with Upper Deck's World of Warcraft Trading Card Game ... well, who can tell? Only one thing is for sure -- this will be an interesting year for fans of CMGs.

Sunday Coffee with Zatanna

Hi, folks. This week we're pleased to welcome legendary DC Universe mage Zatanna to the blog. Zatanna, thanks for taking the time to talk with us.

ZATANNA:
My pleasure.


Would you care for some coffee?


ZATANNA:
I'd prefer a little herbal tea if possible.


Hmm... I'm not sure if I have any handy...


ZATANNA:
Eeffoc emoceb aet.


...but, uh, now that I look, it seems as if I made a whole pot of herbal tea instead of coffee. How bizarre.


ZATANNA:
Funny, that.


Um, yeah. There you go.


ZATANNA:
Thanks.


Your comics career started way back in 1964, when you left your successful career as a stage magician to search for your missing father, Zatara.


ZATANNA: It was wild... my first step into a larger world, as the sage says. It was the first time I met people with spandex fetishes like Batman, Hawkman, Elongated Man... I should have just encouraged them all to get into some serious therapy, but I was young and impressionable back then.

You joined the Justice League shortly thereafter.


ZATANNA:
What a paycheck. Paid off my college loans in about two weeks on my JLA ticket. The only real downside was some small-print clause in the bylaws that made me trade in my stage outfit for that silly caped number. I guess if you're going to be in the paper with the big guys, you have to look at least vaguely non-threatening... I was told fishnets and high heels just didn't fit with the approved PR image. Go figure.



You were out on your own again a couple of times in the 1980s and 1990s; there was the Zatanna Special #1 with Gray Morrow, the Zatanna miniseries with Lee Marrs in 1993...


ZATANNA:
Ugh.
Kcab seussi raeppasid.


Uh, sorry, wait a sec... I was sure I had some of your old comics around here somewhere. Weird.


ZATANNA:
Poor boy. You seem very distracted today.


Sorry. It could be the fishnets. Ahem. Anyway, in the 1990s you enjoyed a small but memorable role in the classic Books of Magic miniseries written by Neil Gaiman, and again later on when Books became an ongoing series.

ZATANNA: Books of Magic was a lot of fun. It was wonderful to let the audience have a glimpse of the sort of life I lead when I'm not off chasing supervillains or sitting in on meetings with people in capes in high orbit. The personal side of magic is at least as wonderful as the cosmic... and besides, working with John and Tim was a real treat.

Not many women can say that about John Constantine.


ZATANNA:
He's a pussycat really.


If you say so. You had another kick at the Vertigo can in 2003, with Paul Dini in Everyday Magic...


ZATANNA:
It was originally meant to be an ongoing series with the wonderful Duncan Fegredo on art, but everything seemed to come apart at the last minute... it just wasn't in the stars, I suppose. Shame, really. The special was great, though.



You've also worked with Paul Dini on episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited.


ZATANNA:
Those were cute little side-projects. And at least Paul didn't put me back in that silly cape.


You returned to the DC Universe proper for the startling Identity Crisis miniseries by Brad Meltzer, something that represented a new direction for your comics career.


ZATANNA:
Yeah. At first, it seemed strange to have Ralph, Carter and the rest of the boy's club in their little tin space station dealing with issues I normally associate with John, Tim, Alec and the rest of the Vertigo crowd. Poor Sue... thinking about it now, I suppose it's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between what used to be Vertigo territory and what's now the modern mainstream DC brand. I mean, what's the point of maintaining the Vertigo imprint when you're telling stories like Identity Crisis in the straight-up DCU?


That's a good point. There are a lot of books in the DC publishing stable these days that wouldn't have been let out of the gate ten years ago.


ZATANNA:
Exactly. Is that a good thing? Maybe, maybe not. I'm not sure.


You've recently been appearing in Catwoman by Will Pfeiffer...


ZATANNA:
That's right. It's a high quality book, a smart continuation to what was started in Identity Crisis, with a lot of attention paid to the consequences of monkeying with people's minds. Most of the other post-IC ramifications with Batman, Ralph and the others seem to have been more or less dropped, but we've got some good mileage out of the whole thing in Selina's book.


You've popped up in Shadowpact as well, by Vertigo veteran Bill Willingham.


ZATANNA:
I keep trying to convince Bill to put me in his Fables series too, but I doubt he ever will.



You were also a part of Grant Morrison's ambitious Seven Soldiers project.


ZATANNA:
I wasn't sure what was going on most of the time, but it was a wild ride while it lasted.


Apart from John Constantine, you've also been romantically linked with Doctor Terry Thirteen...


ZATANNA:
I don't remember that at all.


Really? I could have sworn...


ZATANNA:
Ti tegrof.


Um... I, uh... Sorry, I forgot what I was talking about there.

ZATANNA: Don't worry about it. Any other questions?

Well... any predictions about the Final Crisis?


ZATANNA:
Toober?


What the... is that a renumbered Detective Comics #1? With Jason Todd as Batman? And what the heck is the Fifth World...?


ZATANNA:
Whoops. Gotta go. If Dan Didio asks, I was never here.

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