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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.

Tue
01
Nov

The Longbox Short-List - Week of November 2, 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
27
Oct

Amid Muddle of Rebirth Titles, Damian Wayne Brings Titans Together

Teen Titans 1 Rebirth

When I read the REBIRTH: TEEN TITANS issue last month, I had some recriminations about the book. Having Damian Wayne individually take down each hero -- Beast Boy, Starfire, Kid Flash and Raven -- in relatively short order, I was seeing once again the "invincible boy wonder" with sociopathy issues. How was this going to work?

Thankfully, with the proper debut of the series, TEEN TITANS #1, Benjamin Percy and Jonboy Meyers turn the whole introduction around in a way that makes perfect sense. Damian Wayne -- Robin, son of Batman -- was, in his own way, simultaneously making a point...and asking for help.

Wed
26
Oct

Open Mike Night - Spell on Wheels #1

 

Spell on Wheels #1

Written by: Kate Leth
Art by: Megan Levens
Colored by: Marissa Louise
Lettered by: Blambot’s Nate Piekos

Published by: Dark Horse
Cover Price:  $3.99

Wed
26
Oct

The Longbox Short-List - Week of October 26, 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
24
Oct

Jack Chick Leaves a Legacy of Controversy

Jack Chick October 23 2016

Confession is good for the soul, they say. It's also a religious expression. So this is a little of both.

I was raised in an Apostolic Pentecostal home. If you're unfamiliar with that, put your mental cursor on "snake handlers" and move it just a little to the left and you'll be in the vicinity. Morals were important, and that's a good thing -- but the morals (at that time in the organization's history) were often things that seemed up to the interpretation of those in charge, who knew better because they had divine connections. As such, it was an era of rock-and-roll record purging and exposure of backward masking in music. Pulpits were the fastest method of pushing pre-Internet memes such as KISS being an acronym for "Kings in Satan's Service" accompanied by tales of how the band would hold Satanic prayer rituals over each album's original pressing prior to mass production. Snopes did not exist.

Fri
21
Oct

Open Mike Night - Great Lakes Avengers (2016) #1

Great Lakes Avengers #1

Written by: Zac Gorman
Art by: Will Robson
Colored by: Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by:VC’s Joe Caramagna

Published by: Marvel
Cover Price:  $3.99

Fri
21
Oct

Open Mike Night - Jessica Jones (2016) #1

Jessica Jones #1

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Michael Gaydos
Colored by: Matt Hollingsworth
Lettered by: VC’s Cory Petit

Published by: Marvel
Cover Price:  $3.99

Thu
20
Oct

Titan Comics Releases First Look at Bold New Series: KHAAL #1

On January 11th, 2017 Titan Comics will launch KHAAL - a brand-new, violent space opera of warring clans, gladiatorial arenas and political intrigue.

The first issue of KHAAL will be made available with variant covers from the industry's top talents including; Marc Laming (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Nick Percival (Assassin's Creed), Adam Gorham (The Violent), Steve Kurth (Iron Man Legacy) and series artist Valentin Sécher.

A bold new comic series written by Stephane Louis (Husk). With art from Valentin Sécher (The Metabaron), KHAAL takes place on an ancient prison ship, floating alone in the void, left behind by a galaxy decimated by a brutal war.

Tue
18
Oct

The Longbox Short-List - Week of October 19, 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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Fri
14
Oct

First Impressions: Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game

The good people at Valiant and Catalyst were kind enough to send us a review copy of Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game. I’ve been reading Valiant almost as long as I have been reading comics; since Valiant relaunched in 2012, I have not missed a single issue.  Also, I really enjoy deck building games, including Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and Star Realms.

Over the next few weeks, I will be doing more of a formal gameplay review once I get my gaming group together and get a few plays in, but I did want to give some of my early impressions of the game.

Fri
14
Oct

New Doctor Strange Teaser Looks "Stranger" Than Before

Doctor Strange logo

(story submitted by Ronald Green)

"Stranger" is good for Marvel's upcoming movie DOCTOR STRANGE as it now banks on the comic book panels that fans have loved since the 60s.

DOCTOR STRANGE's first few teasers were a bit perplexing because the director seems to have taken his inspiration from Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION. Bending cities have so far been the theme of the previous DOCTOR STRANGE teaser clips. Now, it would seem that the creators have decided to show that the movie will be sticking to its roots; the Doctor Strange that Steve Ditko created.

Below is the latest DOCTOR STRANGE clip.

Thu
13
Oct

Open Mike Night - Shade the Changing Girl #1

While I really enjoyed Doom Patrol, Young Animal's second book just didn't win me over.  This isn't the worst comic I have ever read, but it felt very middle of the road.  In a crowded marketplace, there wasn't enough here to keep me engaged as a customer.

Thu
13
Oct

Open Mike Night - Champions (2016) #1

Champions #1

Written by: Mark Waid
Pencilled by: Humberto Ramos
Inked by: Victor Olazaba
Colored by: Edgar Delgado
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles

Published by: Marvel
Cover Price:  $4.99

 

Wed
12
Oct

Supergirl Too Gender Specific For Miley Cyrus

Supergirl v. Miley

I understand the need to be a critic. Heck, for me it’s a way of life! So if you don’t like something that I do, or you like something that I don’t, I get it. Wear what you dig, live and let live.

But when your criticism is based on something ludicrous, well, expect your criticism to be critiqued. We can do that.

Case in point: Miley Cyrus. The former Disney good girl Hannah Montana was recently interviewed by Variety, where she spoke on a bunch of things important to her, including the CW show, SUPERGIRL, for, of all things, perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Tue
11
Oct

The Longbox Short-List - Week of October 12, 2016

Reborn

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!

Comics shipping this week


Between the holiday and my birthday, I am way behind this week, so just some quick summaries…

Fri
07
Oct

Open Mike Night: Teen Titans Rebirth


Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Story and Art by: Ben Percy and Jonboy Meyers
Colored by: Jim Charalampidis
Lettered by: Corey Breen

Published by: DC
Cover Price:  $2.99

Thu
06
Oct

DC Super Hero Girls Digital Comic Now Available!

And the first chapter is FREE! Writer, Shea Fontana, is set to write the digital first comic series titled: DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High.

While the kids won't get the reference, it's sure to make their parents chuckle a bit. I think it's safe to say a certain element of the referenced movie will NOT be present in the comic.

Shea Fontana has already written DC's first original graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis, which also made the New York Times Bestseller list. The second graphic novel, sub-titled HITS AND MYTHS, will be available on November 1st of this year. A third graphic novel sub-titled WONDER WOMAN: SUMMER OLYMPUS is set to be released summer of 2017.

Here is Shea Fontana talking about the opportunity:

Wed
05
Oct

Tomasi and Gleason's 'Superman' is Fun; Build's Character

The New 52 will always hold a special place in my comic book loving heart as it offered so many new opportunities to meet classic characters for the first time. However the tone was bitter and left a lot of fans disappointed with the direction.

Now, with 'Rebirth', DC is rebuilding a universe that was fractured by a poor mishandling of the brand. And, so far, they're doing a fantastic job through storytelling and character building.

As always, the DCU begins and ends with the world's greatest superhero:

SUPERMAN

While Action Comics is the series that started the superhero craze, with the introduction of the Man of Steel back in 1938, the title that really seems to be carrying the torch this time around is SUPERMAN.

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