Comics

Comic books and graphic novels

Tue
25
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 26, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Fri
21
Jul

Titan Comics' ROBOTECH #1 Wins with a Bold, New Vision

Originally scheduled for release on July 26th, it was announced at yesterday’s SDCC Robotech panel that a minor distributor delay has pushed it back to August 3rd.

Producer Carl Macek was tasked with adapting the anime for the US Market. To meet syndication​ ​requirements, Macek skillfully edited three Japanese anime series (Super Dimension​ ​Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry​ ​Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA) and created the concept of Robo-technology, to tie them together into one epic​ ​85-episode saga.

Tue
18
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 19, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Getting quite a few books this week, but most of them are long running series in the middle of arcs, so not a lot jumping out at me as “you need to talk about this book.”

Fri
14
Jul

Titan’s ROBOTECH #1 Sells Out, Goes to Second Printing!

Robotech Artgerm cover

(July 14, 2017) Titan Comics is pleased to announce that Robotech #1 Cover A by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau has sold out at distributor level and is now going to a second print. This new printing of Issue #1 features a variation on the original cover by Artgerm with Lynn Minmei winking, and hits stores on Wednesday August 23 with issue #2.

On July 26, the story continues as Titan bring Carl Macek's original vision full circle. Taking into account every iteration of the series, this new Robotech #1 casts a fresh eye over classic characters like Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Minmei, Roy Fokker, Claudia Grant, and Henry Gloval.

Titan's all-new Robotech series returns to Macross Island, where it all began! Brian Wood, Marco Turini and Marco Lesko have crafted a thrilling new tale that’s perfectly accessible to new fans, as well as providing a deeper layer of twists forold-school protoculture addicts!

Thu
13
Jul

Prepare Yourselves, Micronians! The Trailer for ROBOTECH is Here!

On July 26th, 2017 Titan Comics will release the first issue of an on-going series that will re-imagine the anime classic: ROBOTECH!

Brought to America by Carl Macek, via Harmony Gold, ROBOTECH was a story set in the future (for the 80's) that dealt with love, acceptance and the understanding of different culture's. While the series may not have aged well, the story and characters still hold a special place in many hearts.

This re-imagining of the series promises to stay true to the foundation of the original story while inserting "deep level" twists to keep older fans engaged. The trailer features interior art with heart pounding music, which played an important role in the animated series.

Thu
13
Jul

Everything you thought you knew about the DC Universe is based on a typo...

In this week's DARK DAYS: THE CASTING, the Joker lets us in on a secret in the background of the DC Universe.  We always thought that superpowered beings in the DC Universe were called metas.  Turns out that in-continuity, this was always a typo.  Turns out they are "Metal" as in they have Nth Metal going through their blood.  This is one hell of a ret-con.  Like when we found out that Weapon X actually was roman numeral ten.


Here are the panels below:

Tue
11
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 12, 2017

Wonder Woman Rebirth

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Tue
04
Jul

The Longbox Short-List - Week of July 5, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Pretty light week this week.

Tue
27
Jun

The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 28, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Tue
20
Jun

Fort Worth Walmart Shoplifter Arrested--by Batman!

Officer Batman

Crime doesn't pay in Forth Worth, Texas! That's because the city has its own Dark Knight, and his identity is no secret.

Damon Cole dresses up as Batman and other superhero characters to lift the spirits of children with cancer, and to create safety awareness. In fact, he was at a neighborhood safety event when he heard about a nearby incident at a Walmart involving the theft of some DVDs.

So he did what any superhero would do when learning of a crime in progress: He showed up.

Now before you get any bright ideas of going into the caped vigilante business, you should know something else: Damon Cole isn't just a caped hero -- he's a uniformed one.

Tue
20
Jun

Samurai Jack Returns To Comic Books

Samurai Jack Quantum Jack comic

San Diego, CA (June 20, 2017) – Jack is back! Samurai Jack, that is, and he’s making his grand return to comics, courtesy of writer Fabian Rangel Jr. (‘NAMWOLF) and artist Warwick Johnson Cadwell (TANK GIRL). Hot off the heels of the critically acclaimed HELENA CRASH, the pair are re-teaming for a bold new take on the iconic samurai.

The story, entitled “Quantum Jack,” sees Jack like we’ve never seen him before. After getting zapped by an experimental Quantum Ray, Jack is sent hurtling into one alternate reality after another, his memories erased, but his spirit intact. Can you imagine Jack as the leader of a ruthless biker gang of bounty hunters? Thanks to the warped minds of Rangel Jr. and Cadwell, you don’t have to. They’ve done it for you! And that’s just the beginning...

Tue
20
Jun

The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 21, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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  • ARCHIE #21 – I am not all that sure how I feel about OVER THE EDGE. The first issue really felt out of character for so many of the characters here. I think there is a lot of ways to tell a strong ARCHIE story with more adult themes and real consequences, but so much of the first part of this arc felt like a stretch just to get all the pieces in the right place. I will definitely wait and see.
Tue
13
Jun

The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 14, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

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Even though it’s June 2017, let’s kick off this week’s commentary by going back to two books that are coming out this week that were both originally scheduled for October 2016….

Mon
12
Jun

The Evolution of Catwoman

Catwoman Bridal Dress

Okay, we have no idea if DC Comics is going to revisit the Jim Balent Catwoman bridal motif seen here on the cover of CATWOMAN #18. I mean, sure we assume she's going agree with Batman's order to marry her (remember, he did not ask her to marry him), which means we ought to at least see something in the way of fan art for Catwoman bridal gowns (and let's see what those bridesmaid dresses will look like)!

But as we await this possible next step in Catwoman's costuming, the fine folks at halloweencostumes.com have given us a nifty infographic tracking just how many times the felonious feline has done a wardrobe change.

Mon
12
Jun

Remembering Adam West

Adam West, Batman; 1928-2017

Where do I begin?

I suppose I begin in 1972, laying on the shag carpet of my parents' living room, tuned into KDNL Channel 30, when I first saw Batman. Oh, I'd seen him in the comic books -- I'd been reading proficiently from a pre-Kindergarten age because of comics. But this was real, not a drawing (although admittedly I was initially taken in by the Dick Sprang style of artwork in the animated opening). And since this was obviously a real person in a real costume, by extension, Batman was real. That's how the mind works at 5 years old.

Thu
08
Jun

Trina Robbins, First Woman To Draw Wonder Woman, Selected For Wizard World Hall of Legends

Trina Robbins

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 8, 2017 – Trina Robbins, who famously became the first woman to draw the Wonder Woman character more than 30 years ago, and whose work in underground and mainstream comics goes back to the 1960s, was today named the second honoree in the Wizard World Hall of Legends, a new initiative to celebrate the artists, writers and insiders who have built the industry and those continue the traditions. Robbins will receive the award at a ceremony at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento on Friday, June 16 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

In 1970, Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, "It Ain't me, Babe."  In 1972 she was one of the founding mothers of "Wimmin's Comix," the longest-lasting women's anthology comic book. (1972 - 1992)

Thu
08
Jun

No, Batman Does Not Ask Catwoman to Marry Him in Batman #24

Batman Rebirth 24

You've read the news. You've seen the famous image. Heck, by now you should probably have read the issue. And like most people who have done all of that, you have walked away absolutely convinced that Batman -- Bruce Wayne, the Dark Knight of Gotham, the World's Greatest Detective -- has asked Catwoman to marry him.

If that is true, you need to read it again.

BATMAN #24, "Every Epilogue is a Prelude," is an interesting read. It's a back-and-forth timing kind of thing that makes you wonder at first when "now" is. For the majority of the issue, Tom King has us listening in on a conversation between Batman and Gotham Girl, now healed but having learned that using her powers will kill her. She's asking what she should do, whether she should continue being a hero and let her powers end her life early, or quit and go live a normal life. And she wants Batman to make that decision for her.

Wed
07
Jun

Does Batman Even Care About His Secret Identity?

Batman Wedding Ring

Today, in BATMAN #24, Batman does something he hasn't done since Earth 2. He proposes. And not just to anyone, but one of his primary rogues gallery members: Catwoman!

Sure, Catwoman isn't one of his psychotic, Arkham escapees, and yes, she's actually been a Justice League of America member, but she's still technically one of the "less than legal" characters. But then, as Batman is destined to say, "We're all criminals. We've always been criminals."

However, the question doesn't arise from Batman's choice in matrimonial partners, but in Bruce Wayne's. You see, Selina Kyle has a criminal record. She killed a lot of people, too, according to the I AM SUICIDE arc in BATMAN. Basically, she's known to be Catwoman.

Wed
07
Jun

Disney XD airing Ant-Man shorts

Disney XD put up 3 Ant-Man shorts on YouTube today.  There are apparently 6 total, and they will be airing on the network this weekend.

To be honest, I usualluy have a pretty low bar, but I thought the animation and voice work on these were a little annoying, but I do like that Scott Lang is getting more exposure.  Check them out below!
 


Science Fair

Tue
06
Jun

Major Spoilers for Batman #24

DC decided to do their best Marvel impression and gave US Today some major spoilers for tomorrow's Batman #24.


In the issue, Batman asks Catwoman to marry him!  They have been building up to this pretty much since the first issue of Catwoman in New-52.  No idea if Selina says yes, or where the story goes from there.  The Button hinted at the idea that Batman may consider hanging up the cape and cowl once and for all.  Comics love to sneak back to the status quo, but I would love to see us get a Modern Age Batman/Catwoman marriage. 
 

 

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