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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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Review: Green Lantern: Rebirth

Before beginning, I would like to offer up thanks to Crackerbob, Chris, and kcgadiyar who came to my aid in my hour of need.  This was written by Geoff Johns, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, and inked by Prentis Rollins.  I picked up the Green Lantern: Rebirth trade today at the advisement of the above mentioned commenters, and I think I liked it.  I say I think because I had no idea what was going on for the first few pages…. issues… ok, I was clueless for the entire first half but I think I worked it out in the end.  There’s a guy with a ring, except there are lots of guys that could have a ring if the guy dies (there used to be lots of them), but if the guy isn’t really dead or his body might be in the sun but then again it’s in a coffin in the Justice League maybe-secret (I’m not sure but it’s pretty big so maybe not) hideout.  So if there are guys cause the first guy died but then he comes back they can still hangout with their rings…. and stuff.

In all seriousness, I liked it.  Even though I was totally clueless for the first half, it was good.  The story was good once it got rolling, Green Arrow was cool, Batman was kinda a dick.  The idea of the Green Lantern, and the Corps has always interested me, the whole space odessy thing, with all the different lanterns.  It has a Star Wars-esque sort of feel for me, and I really love Star Wars.  I think the main problem for me following the book was they they often refer to each other by their real names, which I am not familiar with yet, but also because there were multiple parallel story lines going on which were all connected, but not in the ways I understood.  Once I went back and re-read them after finishing the book, it was much more lucid.

The Art was very top notch.  Everything was so detailed and sharp.  As I read a comic I often like to stop and appreciate the work the artist has put into each panel; notice which non-dialogue characters they chose to show in the background, and from what angle they visualized the situation.  Van Sciver absolutely delivered in giving me something to look at and be entertained by.  He managed to strike that difficult to obtain balance between having a busy background that distracts from the action/plot, and having a boring background, which really makes a comic seem bland and something you just want to speed through.

I can see that Green Lantern will definately be something I will be picking up in the future.

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Ebay Week Day 1 – Finding Single Issue Bargains

Attention all! Ebay week if (finally) underway! After many false starts, including yesterday (my job started that day and I completely lost track of time), I almost failed uploading tonight as well due to the storm, but I think I have a window of time big enough to get this post up. This week should prove to be fun, I even have a guest post from Mike Haynes of Panels of Awesome, but that’s for later. So, let us begin, how many times have you missed a single issue that isn’t in your pull box, or you have a run of old comics and are missing a few issues? Well, Ebay can be a wondrous source of single issue comics, even if you are not looking for one particular comic, but you’d like to collect some back issues anyway. While the amazing deals are out there, We, as the comic book community are still feeling the effects of the comic speculation bubble, and as a result there are a lot of overpriced comics due to overspeculation, and a lot of general crap floating around. But hopefully with these few tips will help you accurately search out what you are looking for. Before I start however, I have to say that this is merely a bargain hunting strategy, and if you happen to be looking for Ultimate Spiderman #1 Variant, you’re going to have to be prepared to pay top dollar.

Speculation, What is it, and how does it affect me?

Comic prices are very interesting, as there is no simple linear rule to defining the prices (eg, older = more expensive), as the aforementioned speculation. First though, we must address the issue of, what is speculation? Speculation, put simply, and in the context we are viewing it, is the act of speculating or guessing that a particular item, in our case comic books, will one day become valuable, or that it can be resold for more later. Speculation, literally defined means trading with the purpose of making profits, and I’m sure you’ve seen this, such as when Captain America #25 was released, and it was immediately being sold, or attempted to be sold for $25 dollars on Ebay even though my local comic shop was selling them for the standard $2.99. The first printing was fairly limited however, and they probably sold. As much as this is something that does not please me, I don’t believe my hobby should really be belittled by others for profit, it is a viable trade strategy. We saw the same attempts with the Death of Superman, but DC printed an incredibly large number of those issues, and they’re now found in bargain bins pretty much everywhere. So, the most expensive comics will be the old rare ones, followed by more recent comics being sold by people trying to make a quick dollar, but if you’re searching for something a little more obscure (ie, not a hot item), from the 70-90’s, you’re sure to find a great deal.

What should you, as an honest comic collector take from all this? The short story is, if you are hoping to pick up an important issue you may have missed, Ebay is probably not the place. Heck, the internet is probably not the place you want to look. My advice would be to check out other comic book locations in your local area. Chances are one of them heard the issue was going to be big, and ordered some extras, especially if there is a comic book store located in a cit around you, such as midtown comics in NYC, or a very small comic shop, that probably doesn’t get many patrons is also a good candidate; basically anything on either extreme if your first choices aren’t working out.

Finding Single Issue Bargains

Moving on to what Ebay and the internet can do for you, instead of what it can’t. For this installment of Ebay week, I will be giving some examples and pointers of good search methods, some of which can be applied to finding just about anything on Ebay. First off, know what you are looking for, or alternatively, know that you are not looking for anything in particular, and just browsing. If you have never used Ebay before I suggest you do some browsing, and test searches before committing to anything, it can be daunting, and you want to make sure you are getting the best deals. First off, make use of the categories if you are just browsing, but if you are looking for a particular item, it would be best to not limit your categories due to poorly categorized items, a good example of this would be listing an autographed comic under collectibles, or memorabilia. Also, while browsing/searching, be sure to look to the left hand of your screen. The upper section allows you to limit your search to categories and sub-categories, such as only silver-age comics. Below that allows you to limit or expand your search to include Ebay stores as well as those who offer free shipping. Now, onto the specifics, when searching Ebay, instead of just searching “Signed Thor comic” and taking the first thing that pops up, do alternate searches using synonyms, such as autographed, graphic novel, or include the author or illustrator. Doing this requires you to make good use of the watched items feature. Just click “Watch this item,” and come back to all your favorites later. Doing this allows you to really see what the bargains are. I’ve picked up a good number of comics for exceptionally cheap, such as Journey into Mystery #123 for about $12 US, or the occasional bargain for $3-5 US like the last issue I needed my for Official Marvel Handbook series. However, don’t be afraid to be patient, if you’re in a rush you’ll make mistakes. In my hurry to collect and read all the issues of Civil War I had missed, I ended up spending way more than I had to, and then shipping on top of that! Remember to look for deals on shipping, many sellers will offer them.

Addendum: For examples of what I’m talking about, see my other blog “Life of a Welshman” for proof that great bargains DO exist out there! Today’s entry can be found here.

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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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Top 8 Most Cringeworthy Moments in Comic Book Movie History

I had a post I had planned to write up, but once again, I got side tracked, and put in awe/despair by this.  Published on Cracked.com, “America’s Only Humor and Video Site, Since 1959.”

Some of it is right on the money, such as how Batman and Robin was a godawful movie.  But I can live with that, I like batman, and I watch it as a comedy.  Some things I didn’t agree with were the ones in the beginning.  Such as the “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch” line in X-Men 3.  He shows the youtube video which this line was based off of, and frankly, as someone who found that video to be pretty funny (for the first few minutes, then it just dragged out), I thought the Juggernaut’s line in the movie was a hilarious nod to fans.  Despite that, he calls this single line the reason the third X-Men movie was terrible.  No.  Nono, I can think of loads of reasons that the movie was terrible, some nit-picky, such as spike being white, or Colossus not being American, to larger problems, some sub-par acting and the speed of Wolverine’s healing factor (which wasn’t such a big deal, until it rendered him invulnerable to Phoenix’s attempts to flay him).

Another statement that stood out in my mind was that dance scene in FF4:ROTSS, coming in at #5 on the list, the author brings up the point of “how come his suit can stretch too?”  Well, probably because he’s a freaking super genius and not only designed it that way, but he designed it that way because maybe some evil villain would attack, and he wouldn’t have time to change into his Fantastic uniform.  If I were to criticize this moment in movie history, I’d have rather brought up that Reed Richards is a socially awkward science kid, and he would have no clue how to dance at all.  I’ve seen science kids dance, I worked at science camp… it’s true.

In addition, when Superman turned back time made the list, which I guess I can understand, but really, that moment is kinda classic at this point, and given when the movie was made, it would be much easier for them to do that than whatever else modern writers/directors would come up with to get Lois out of that situation.  I think what I’m saying is that I don’t disagree with most of the list (the Juggernaut line and Superman turning back time aside) but more of how he attacked it.  By that same token, the car-explosion created skull in the Punisher movie doesn’t merit a #4 spot.  Also, there was no mention of “Spider-man and Hobgoblin team up to fight Venom and Sandman” two stupidly mismatched pairs.  I did find the reference to “Spider-man is a Jazz Loving Lesbian” because at least at that point in the list, somebody other than myself would be offended.  All in all, I found the list to by mildly entertaining, and a semi-worthwhile distraction for the last few minutes.  I would like to compliment the author however, on his thorough explanations, and that he posted all the scenes he was referencing via youtube.

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Occupying Time Off

Mike over at Panels of Awesome, which btw have recently changed sites, so update your bookmarks, posted today on what to do while you’ve got downtime, be it from work or school.  I thought it was a very interesting topic, and to occupy my downtime, I figured I’d blog about it.  I left a comment saying that I tend to read old comics, but I do other stuff too; I read other’s blogs fanatically.  I figured I’d take some time and spotlight on some great blog posts of late by other bloggers.   Rokk’s Comic Revolution writes some great reviews that I often don’t really get to appreciate during the busy times of the year.  I’ve been reading them over the last few days and as someone who puts a lot of time and thought into writing reviews, I really appreciate what he’s doing there.  On the topic of reviews, Faust’s website, entitled Faust’s Fantastically Fantasmagoric Forum, writes on a wide variety of topics, including television and movies, but he also does a weekly comic review, focusing mainly on DC stuff.  I mainly read Marvel, Dark Horse, and BOOM! Studios comics, and I’d read more DC if it were financially feasible, so I enjoy the chance to read up on what’s happening in DC.

I would be mistaken to not mention Comics Daily, written by J. Hunt, a regular commenter on this site.  He recently wrote a post about the One More Day debacle, and wrote a very well worded opinion, which which I absolutely agree.  He writes very detailed blog posts, and always seems to be able to get to the heart of the issue.  Much of the comic book community is refusing to tangent from OMD, and to link you to all of the posts that have been created about it would be an act of futility.  One that does deserve mentioning is No More Days posted over at the Fortress of Solitude.  This post tackles the argument from a slightly different, and a little more cynical perspective.

Comics don’t always have to be taken seriously, a blog entitled Comics Make No Sense takes a look at comics that well, make no sense.  Taking them out of context, or even in general, and pointing out just how ridiculous they are.  I thought the one he did about some guy with a Q on his chest (I’m told it stands for Quiet Plea for Help), who appeared in Dial H for Hero.  Some blogs have been quite silent, such as Merc With A Mouth, who’s last entry was simply a list of links, which I am quickly realizing is what this is amounting to, I will probably do more indepth writing on each one in the coming future however.  As well as For the Love of Comics, who will be thankfully returning in the new year, because his is one of the ones I read most frequently.

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