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Thu
29
Dec

Ariel Olivetti's Retro Action Art Puts FUTURE QUEST #8 into High Adventure Gear

Future Quest #8, art by Evan "Doc" Shaner

Of all the DC projects springing from the Hanna-Barbera universe, FUTURE QUEST was probably the one that excited me the most. Taking the world of Jonny Quest and finding a way to merge it with all the H-B action cartoons (and even some of the action-comedy cartoons like THE IMPOSSIBLES) seemed a daunting task, but the team somehow made it work, through the threat of a multi-dimensional planet killer called The Omnikron.

After a few issues, the series seemed to be meandering a bit, as it needed story space to bring in all these characters, including introducing the new Mightor to the universe and tying his energy club to that of Omnikron. And the artwork had become serviceable but not outstanding. In short, the series was starting to sputter toward boring.

From page one, panel one of the latest issue, that's not the case any longer.

Tue
27
Dec

The Longbox Short-List - Week of December 28, 2016

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
Dec

The Longbox Short-List - Week of December 21, 2016

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
13
Dec

DC Expands Hanna Barbera Line with New Annuals

DC made some big announcements today regarding their Hanna Barbera line.  They are doing a series of annuals, all of which will crossover with a mainstream DC character.  And as a special bonus, each annual also includes a backup feature introducing a new character to the Hanna Barbera reboot.  The main stories and the backups all have top of the line creative teams, and from the solicits, they all seem to tie in to both DC and Hanna Barnera continuity.  

All four of these look great, but I will say the one I am most looking forward to is the Flintstones/Booster Gold.  Especially since it's got a Jetsons' backup!

 


ADAM STRANGE/FUTURE QUEST ANNUAL #1

Tue
13
Dec

The Longbox Short-List - Week of December 14, 2016

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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Some really pricey books coming out this week!

Mon
12
Dec

Lots of teasers from Archie Comics (UPDATED!)

Archie Comics was pretty busy at the end of the week posting up four teasers for new books coming soon.  We don't get much information beyond creative teams and a teaser image, but Archie has been putting out a lot of cool books lately, so it's very likely I will end up buying most of these.


First up, we have the return of the Little Archies in March!  Baltazar and Franco actually have worked on Little Archies before in a crossover with Tiny Titans.  This is right in their wheel house and should be a lot of fun.!

Mon
12
Dec

Open Mike Night - Nova (2016) #1

Nova #1

Written by: Jeff Loveness & Ramon Perez
Art by: Ramon Perez
Colored by: Ian Herring
Lettered by: Comicraft’s Albert Deschesne

Published by: Marvel
Cover Price:  $3.99

Tue
06
Dec

The Longbox Short-List - Week of December 7, 2016

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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Wed
30
Nov

X-O Manowar returns in March!

Valiant send out a press release on Monday telling us "War is coming!" heralding the return of X-O MANOWAR in a new series debuting in March 2017.  They didn't tell us much else, just the very cool image above.  

Tue
29
Nov

Is Marvel Vs Capcom 4 coming?

Saw this on a few places the last two days, so felt it was worth reporting on.   

Marvel and Capcom characters will duke it out in a new crossover fighting game coming to consoles next year. Multiple sources tell Polygon that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently in development and slated for release sometime in 2017.

Although Capcom hasn’t officially announced the game, we’ve been told the company will unveil Marvel vs. Capcom 4 this week alongside Sony’s PlayStation Experience event where the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter 5 tournament will be held.

Tue
29
Nov

The Longbox Short-List - Week of November 30, 2016

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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Fifth weeks are always pretty light, and I am running real late this week, so just time for a few quick comments…

Tue
22
Nov

Username: Regenerated Returns Readers to Digital Fantasy World

Username Regenerated

Fantasy stories that find a person transported to another world have always been a staple in the industry. Whether the protagonist walks through a wardrobe or falls down a rabbit hole, falls asleep in a cave of mists (like Edgar Rice Burroughs' A PRINCESS OF MARS) or gets swallowed by a hippo at the zoo (Brandon Mull's BEYONDERS), the method is usually nothing more than a convenient story device to get Person A to Plot B for the sake of expediency so the action can begin.

Tue
22
Nov

The Longbox Short-List - Week of November 23, 2016

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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Thu
17
Nov

Open Mike Night - The Flintstones #5

The Flintstones #5

Written by: Mark Russell
Art by: Steve Pugh
Colored by: Chris Chuckry
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe

Published by: DC
Cover Price:  $3.99

Tue
15
Nov

The Longbox Short-List - Week of November 16, 2016

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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Kind of a dull week to be honest… Quite a few books that I read, but not a lot of new books or anything real exciting going on to talk about.

Tue
08
Nov

The Longbox Short-List - Week of November 9, 2016

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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Mon
07
Nov

Days Before Election, Valiant's Faith Co-Stars Candidate Hillary Clinton

Faith #5

When a person from the real world shows up in your favorite comic book reality, it used to be a pretty big deal. For the past few elections, the candidates themselves have been doing cameos here or there in superhero titles, such as when Spider-Man got the opportunity to meet Barack Obama.

This year is no exception, as Valiant Comics puts out the nick-of-time appearance of Hillary Clinton in FAITH #5. The appearance is central to the second story of the issue, "Faith in Politics," written by Louise Simonson and drawn by Pere Perez. In the story, Faith is sent by her editor (who knows her secret identity) to cover a Hillary Clinton appearance in her superhero guise. She's not keen on doing it -- covering politics for an entertainment blog -- and I can keenly sympathize with her as I write this.

Mon
07
Nov

Open Mike Night: Jughead #10

Jughead #10

Written by: Ryan North
Art by: Derek Charm
Lettered by: Jack Morelli

Published by: Archie
Cover Price:  $3.99

Mon
07
Nov

Open Mike Night - Bloodshot USA #1


Bloodshot U.S.A. #1

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Doug Braithwaite
Colored by: Brian Reber
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear

Published by: Valiant
Cover Price:  $3.99

Wed
02
Nov

DK Preps Moviegoers in Advance with Mysterious Worlds of Doctor Strange

Mysterious Worlds of Doctor Strange

Just in time for the release of Marvel's latest superhero epic, DOCTOR STRANGE, comes this DK tome dedicated to THE MYSTERIOUS WORLDS OF DOCTOR STRANGE.

As with nearly every DK book I've ever read, this collection by Billy Wrecks and Danny Graydon (with a foreword by comics writing icon, Roger Stern) succeeds in being exhaustive yet condensed, providing the reader with access to just about everything that has touched Doctor Stephen Strange's life since he became the Master of the Mystic Arts. Hardcover with gilt-edged pages (a nice touch!), this oversized book takes readers on an encyclopedic tour of Strange's origins, his allies, his associates, his enemies, and the notable turning points in his life.

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