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Thai Firefighter Dresses up as Spider-Man to Rescue Autistic Child

Now here is a news story you don’t see every day!  In order to save an austistic child, a thai firefighter dons his Spider-man costume (which he usually uses for school fire drills), and brings the kid a cup of juice.  How amazing is this?  On a slightly mawkish note, this ties in nicely to the moral of the  story in “Nemesis” which I discussed yesterday.  Does anyone remember when cartoons had the moral at the end, I distinctly remember Rocky and Bulwinkle having one, and of course GI Joe had their PSA announcement.  This story really shows what a little bit of ingenuity can do to save the day, and create a real life hero.

(queue moral-of-the-story scene)

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Comics Shipping for 3/25/09

DARK HORSE COMICS

Conan the Cimmerian #9
Indiana Jokes and Tomb of the Gods #4
Star Wars Legacy #34
Umbrella Academy Dallas #5
Usagi Yojimbo #119

DC COMICS

Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Commissioner Gorgon #1
Batman: Gotham After Midnight #11 (of 12)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #3
Cartoon Network Block Party #55
Gears of War #5
Jack of Fables #32
Justice League of America #31
Madame Xanadu #9
Oracle #1 (of 3)
Planetary #1
Resistance #4 (of 6)
Superman #686
Top 10 Special #1
Trinity #43
Unknown Soldier #6
War That Time Forgot #11 (of 12)
Wildcats #9
Wonder Woman #30

IMAGE COMICS

Amber Atoms #2
Darkness #76
Elephantmen #17
Spawn #190

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-man #589
Captain America #48
Daredevil #117
Dark Reign Elektra #1 (of 5)
Fantastic Four #565
Guardians of Galaxy #12
Immortal Iron Fist #24
Incredible Hercules #127
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #46
Mighty Avengers #23
Ms Marvel #37
New Avengers #51
Nova #23
Runaways #8
Skaar: Son of Hulk #9
Squradron Supreme #9
Thunderbolts #139
War Machine #4
War of Kings: Darkhawk #2 (of 2)
Wolverine: First Class #13
X-Infernus #4 (of 4)
X-Men: Kingbreaker #4 (of 4)
X-Men: Sword of Braddocks
X-Men: Times and Life of Lucas bishon #2 (of 3)
Young X-Men #12

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie #595
Archie: Double Digest #197
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War #3 (of 4)
Caped #1 (of 4)
Crossed #4 ( of 9)
Death Defying Devil #4
Futurama Comics #42
GI Joe Origina #2
Incredibles: Family Matters #1 (of 4)
Mupper Show #1 (OF 4)
Sonic Universe #2
Terminator Salvation – Movie Prequel #3 (of 4)
Transformers: All Hail Megatron

Marvel is having a big week, with a lot of titles comic out, and several miniseries coming to an end.  There’s also a good number of palindrome comics, the ones that I remember specifically were Superman and Fantastic Four, and upon rechecking, Archie.  Three for one week is pretty high.  This is a pretty heavy week for me, with Captain America, War Machine, Hercules (which I have to remember to add to my pull list because I love it), X-Men, Conan, Star Wars, as well as Batman.  Overstreet comic book pricing guides are also released this week in both hard and soft cover.  What comics are you going to pick up?  Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Personally I am thankful for my health, family, and safety, my thumbs, and living in a country where I can soon apply to become an American citizen.  That said, my girlfriend told me that an unspoken requirement for citizenship is to watch the Macy’s Day parade.  As such, I am doing so, I really enjoyed the Rick Roll, which if you missed is on the internet here.  To keep things on a comic level, although it is a very personal day for many people, I’ve noticed that many comic blogs are taking today as an opportunity to compare DC’s version of Rockwell’s thanksgiving to the original.

While apparently I am doing the same, I would like to add an extra, a Macy’s Parade spiderman.  Not everyone is posting short updates today.  4thletter added an unbelievably long talk into… I don’t even know what, it took me 2-4 different sittings to read the whole thing.  It went from Venom to Mace (yes, that’s right, Mace), and back to venom with some spiderman clone action.  Know what?  Read it for yourself, it’s pretty good, just long.  With that, check back later today for my top six Marvel titles of 2008 to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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My Comic Life With eBay: A Retrospective

Today’s post comes from Mike Haynes, the founder of Panels of Awesome.

Usually, I avoid collecting comics. If a comic is really good, I’ll grab a couple issues and read them but I rarely “collect” the comics. There’s really only one title that I’ve tired desperately to collect from issue 1 to the latest issue and that, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows who I am, is Amazing Spider-Man.

When I got back into comics, after avoiding them for a couple of years, I grabbed the latest issue, which was probably somewhere around #519 or 520. I read it, I liked it. I had to have more of it so I started heading to my local shop and picking up back issues. This little plan worked out nicely for a while until I started finding massive gaps in my collection that would require much more effort to fill. Enter eBay. Needless to say, the website has helped me fill in the entire run from the 1999 relaunch until now, annuals included. Where would I be without it? Probably dead or crying. Here’s a couple of the rarer issues I was able to get my hands on thanks to eBay and, obviously, the people who decided to sell the comics in the first place.

Amazing Spider-Man #39 (Volume 2):
This issue, entitled ‘Nuff Said, is a fairly interesting one for the fact that there’s not a single line of dialog in the entire book aside from a quick blurb about how the issue was actually thought up as well as the breakdown of all the pages courtesy of JMS. The story shifts through the main characters as they go about their regular days. Mary Jane wakes up, shoots some photos and goes to a movie premiere before calling it a night. When we shift to Aunt May, she’s at the local library canceling her Daily Bugle subscription, because of it’s unfair coverage of Spider-Man, and is switching to a newspaper that is much more neutral. Jump to Peter and we find that he’s, as usual, being a hero. He saves a couple people from a fire before heading home and falling asleep thinking about Mary Jane, who’s now living alone in LA. It’s surprising how an issue with absolutely no words can somehow be more interesting than many issues that are filled with them.
Price payed on eBay: $3.00 (Plus shipping)

Amazing Spider-Man #30 (Volume 2):
This issue, in addition to introducing one of the most important characters in his run, is actually the issue that kicked off J. Michael Straczynski’s run on Amazing Spider-Man. The character introduced is Ezekiel, who would prove to be a very important part of Peter’s life during the run of JMS as it related to the totemic aspect to Spider-Man’s past. Aside from showing Ezekiel for the first time, the issue is fairly simple in design. It’s mostly just a “day in the life” style story as Straczynski gets his feet wet to the world of Spider-Man and shows us how Pete’s been dealing with the numerous changes to his life recently. So, while it might not be the most action-packed issue, it’s monumental in the sense that JMS’ six year run started right here. Funny story, I went into a shop and asked the owner about buying this issue and he told me that it would run me about $50. I checked eBay and, as you can see, got it for quite a bit less.
Price payed on eBay: $4.50 (Plus shipping)

Amazing Spider-Man #36 (Volume 2)
This issue, known to many as “The Black Issue”, is the comic that was released in 2001 which explored the effects of the 9/11 attacks on the heroes of the Marvel U as well as the city of New York. It’s a very powerful issue that shows the police and firefighters doing everything that they can, with a little bit of help from the Marvel heroes, to locate survivors and save the lives of those who fell victim to the horrific attacks. The best part about this issue is that, while it’s a Spider-Man comic, there are a number of cameos from different heroes and villains in the Marvel U that really give the comic book that much more impact. More importantly, instead of showing the superheroes as the ones who are rescuing survivors and saving the day, the emphasis is put on the policemen and firefighters being the true heroes. The best example of this is the great final shot of the comic in which the superheroes are placed in the background of the panel with the police and firefighters placed in the foreground indicating just how much more important their presence was at ground zero than that of the fictional superheroes. Overall, it’s a stunning issue that is easily the jewel of my Amazing Spider-Man collection.
Price payed on eBay: $35.00 (Plus shipping)

When I was looking around for issue #36, I tried the same shop as I did for issue #30 and the owner told me that the comic would run me $150.00 and that he could put me on a layaway plan if I wanted. Needless to say, looking back on this all, eBay’s been pretty good to me. It’s hard to imagine what my comic collection (not to mention my wallet) would be without it and I know for a fact that, somewhere down the road, I’ll probably require it’s services again.

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Review: The New Avengers Annual, 2008

Lead-up to the Story

            If you have not been reading The New Avengers recently, you probably should.  I feel like I end up saying that a lot.  But the coming Scrull secret invasion story starting in April started in New Avengers.  Basically, the Scrulls are invading, not just the United States, but the whole world.  Several characters have already been revealed as scrulls, for a full listing, visit my friends over at Panels of Awesome for a full list.  Make sure to check out the Awesome Arena while you’re there!

 

Plot Synopsis

            Having just returned victorious, the New Avengers are jumped by the Hood and his new gang, who manage to break though Dr. Strange’s protection on his house.  A fight ensues, and true to his usual caliber, Brian Michael Bendis delivers an amazing fight scene, complete with witty dialogue that is true to each individual character.  I have talked about this before, in one of my Rapid Fire Review sessions.  Most writers can do one style, for example they can write Spider-man’s witty one-liners, or Luke Cage’s angry dialogue, but very few writers have the ability to make these different characters individual styles play of each other well.  Bendis really is one of the best writers that Marvel has at its disposal, and this makes New Avengers a great read.  Back to the storyline however, Dr. Strange was injured after his last confrontation with the Hood, and this time, it gets no better, Dr. Strange is shot, and must use dark and dangerous powers to finish off the intruders.  But SHIELD is watching, but in a strange, but not overly unexpected twist, Ms. Marvel lets them escape, even though it looks like her team could mutiny at any minute.  The book ends on that cliffhanger, as well as Jessica looking for sanctuary in Stark tower, with her baby, who we know is a scrull.

 

Art Critique

            Carlo Pagulayan is the penciler and Jeff Huet is the inker.  The art is busy, very busy, but not to the point that it is detracting from the story too much.  There is a lot going on in almost every panel, and it never seems to be overpowering.  To be honest though, and that’s something I strive for in these reviews, the sheer number of characters that are involved in the story is daunting; I encourage everyone that owns this comic book to open the front cover, and look at the number of characters listed there, all 36 of them.  Each fight panel has so much going on, it actually reminds me of a Where’s Waldo picture, there’s a lot going on, and you could just look for the main point of the action, but if you actually take the time to really look at what’s going on, you can see so much more.  This leads, in my opinion, to a greater appreciation of not only the art, but amount of effort and thought that the artists put into every comic. 

 

Is it Worth Buying?

            Usually for annuals, I would say no, but I highly recommend it, because annuals are usually pretty sweet.  This one however, ties in closely with the story, and looks like it will be important to fully understanding the secret invasion summer crossover.  So I would say yes it is worth buying on both accounts; important for understanding the overall Marvel storyline, and also for its own sheer enjoyment.

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Comics Shipping for 3/12/08

DARK HORSE COMICS

Abe Sapien the Drowning #2 (of 5)
BPRD #3 (of 5)
Evil Dead #3 (of 4)
Goon #22
Serenity Better Days #1 (of 3)
Star Wars: Legacy #21
Star Wars: Rebellion #12

 

 

DC COMICS

Bat Lash #4 (of 6)
Batman Confidential #14
Batman Strikes #43
Booster Gold #7
Countdown to Final Crisis #7
Countdown to Mystery #6 (of 8)
DMZ #29
GEN 13 #18
Gotham Underground #6 (of 9)
Green Arrow Black Canary #6
Green Lantern Corps #22
JLA Classified #54
Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #12
Salvation Run #5 (of 7)
Scalped #15
Simon Dark #6
Suicide Squad Raise the Flag #7 (of 8)
Superman #647
Superman Confidential #13
Tiny Titans #2
Un-Men #8
Wonder Woman #18

 

 

IMAGE COMICS

Astounding Wolf-Man #5
Cemetery Blues #2
Gutsville #3 (of 6)
Madman Atomic Comics #7
Screamland #1 (of 5)
Walking Dead #47

 

 

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spider-Girl #18
Amazing Spider-Man #553
Annihilation Conquest #5 (of 6)
Avengers Fairy Tales #1 (of 4)
Avengers: The Initiative #10
Civil War Chronicles #9
Dead of Night Featuring Man Thing #2 (of 4)
Fantastic Four #555
Iron Man, Enter the Mandarin #6 (of 6)
Last Defenders #1 (of 6)
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #9
Marvel Comics Presents #7
Mighty Avengers #10
New Exiles #3
Nova #11
Punisher #55
Thunderbolts #119
Wolverine #63
X-Factor #29

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie & Friends #117
Archie Digest #242
Badger Saves the World #3 (of 5)
Comic Book Comics #1
Doctor Who #2
Foundation #3 (of 5)
G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #33
Grima Fairy Tales #24
Locke & Key #2
Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
Ninja High School #158
Palooka Ville #19
Sonic the Hedgehog #186
Warhammer 40k: Blood and Thunder #4 (of 4)

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Comics Shipping for 1/9/07

DARK HORSE COMICS
BPRD 1946 #1
Evil Dead #1 (of 4)
Goon #20
Star Wars Legacy #1/2 one shot

DC COMICS
52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #6 (of 6)
Bat Lash #2 (of 6)
Batman Strikes #41
Cartoon Network Action Pack #21
Countdown to Final Crisis #16
Exterminator #25
Friday the 13th: Bad Land #1 (of 2)
Gen 13 #16
Green Arrow Black Canary #4
Green Lantern Corps #20
Infinity Inc #5
JLA Classified #50
Nightwing #40
Salvation Run #3 (of 7)
Scalped #13
Simon Dark #4
Suicide Squad: Raise the Flag #5 (of 8)
Spirit #12
Superman #672
Teen Titans: The Lost Annual
Un-Men #6
Wonder Girl #5 (of 6)

IMAGE
Infinite Horizon #2 (of 6)
Youngblood #1

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-man #546 – Brand New Day
Civil War Chronicles #7
Ghost Rider #19
Avengers: House of M #3 (of 5)
Hulk #1
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #7
Nova #10
Onslaught Reborn #5 (of 5)
Punisher War Journal #15
Twelve #1 (of 12)
Wolverine #61
X-Factor #27

OTHER PUBLISHERS
Archie #581
Army of Darkness from Ashes #5
Boys #14
Doctor Who Classics #2
Fall of Cthulhu #9
Foundation #1 (of 5)
Jason & the Argonauts: Kingdom of Hades #1 (of 4)
Mercenaries #2
North Wind #1 (of 4)
Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded #3
Sheena #4
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #41
Transformers: Beast Wars: The Ascending #4
Transformers: Best of UK: Dinobots #5

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