What’s I&N Store (7/1)

Kicked off summer vacation with a folk-rockin’ concert–Richard Thompson in NYC–and an empanada-fueled stroll into infinity along the naturban High Line.  Spent a schizophrenic Sunday in Davis Park; and for two pain-in-the-grass days, I fought the lawn–and the lawn won.  Quite a ride thus far.  Vacation really doesn’t start, however, until noon on Wednesday.

  • Neverboy #5 (Dark Horse)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 (IDW)
  • Airboy #2 (Image): I&N Demand Re: #1: James Robinson rocks as comicdom’s version of Hank Moody in a masturbatory exercise that makes Robinson required reading again!  As cocky as a book can get–though not quite as cocky as most of Danzig’s Verotik line from the mid-’90s, but plenty cocky in it’s own right, thanks to Greg Hinkle, whose pen is large and in charge!  Cover your eyes!  When Airboy finally showed up, I sighed with concern, fearful that his appearance would let the air out of the book–one that I’m super excited about.  Gosh, I hope this thing takes off…
Airboy #2

Airboy #2

  • No Mercy #4 (Image)
  • Satellite Sam #15 (Image): I&N Demand The story–Fraction’s brilliant black and Michael White-focused arc–ends here.  Big time bummer!  Each issue is an epic battle between class and crass.  Few books are as consistently great as Satellite Sam.  Sad to see it sign off–even if only for an extended hiatus.
Satellite Sam #15

Satellite Sam #15

  • We Stand On Guard #1 (Image): For thee: We Stand On Guard didn’t make the I&N Demand cut and has been trumped by The Spire for our one Just I&N designation; but, c’mon: it’s Brian K. Vaughan!  He’s fixing to make some magic north of the border!  Oh, I can hear the chatter already: It’s not as good as Saga, man; or: Man, this is so much better than Saga!  For worse or better, that’s what this book’s up against.  I’m hoping for the latter, especially since Saga‘s lost some its soul of late.
  • The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image): I&N Demand Wow.  #11 delivered one of those unforgettable Didn’t see it comin’ moments.  Similar to Satellite Sam, this is a book that kills it month after month: Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson are as in sync as creators can be, dropping perfect pop songs twenty-two pages at a time.
The Wicked + The Divine #12

The Wicked + The Divine #12

  • Zero #18 (Image): I&N Demand Our early favorite for book of the year–from an early favorite for writer of the year, Ales Kot–ends here, leaving us, appropriately, with an empty space that may never be filled.  Sure, Kot’s exploring similar themes in The Surface and Material; but this is clearly his baby–one that’s grown up way too fast.  Damn.
Zero #18

Zero #18

  • Broken World #2 (BOOM!)
  • The Bunker #12 (Oni)
  • Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #1 (Graphic India)
  • The Spire #1 (BOOM!): Just I&N The fellas behind one of our favorite books of 2013–the high-caliber Six-Gun Gorilla–are back!  Spurrier and Stokely laid down some serious–and not-so serious–layers in their meta-fiction miracle mini; I’ve been practicing my pinching skills ever since, and, boy, am I ready to do some peeling!
The Spire #1

The Spire #1

  • Über #26 (Avatar)
  • War Stories #10 (Avatar): I&N Demand What are Ennis and Aira going to do to follow up the high-risk and near-perfect “The Last German Winter”?  They’re sticking with WWII and sending a band of Irish boys–who have a lot of fight in ’em–to Germany.  It’s Guinness vs. Beck’s in a long-pour showdown that’s bound to satisfy ’til the last drop–of Nazi blood!
War Stories #10

War Stories #10

  • X-O Manowar #38 (Valiant)

Avery’s Picks of the Week

  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #11 (DC)
  • Mickey Mouse #1 (IDW): No doubt about it: Avery loves Mickey!
Mickey Mouse #1

Mickey Mouse #1

  • My Little Pony: Friends Forever #18 (IDW)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (6/24)

This is the school year that just won’t end!  The tests seem to be multiplying like rabbits–which is our fault for putting them into envelopes and for leaving them unsupervised in the safe overnight.  That’s right: we could very well be grading our collective way into summer vacation!  How dedicated are we!

OK.  Not that dedicated.

This, however, is the definition of dedication:

  • Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse)
  • Frankenstein Underground #4 (Dark Horse)
  • Suiciders #5 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Superman #41 (DC): I&N Demand Gene Luen Yang takes the reigns and offers some hope for the Superman slice of the post-Convergence DCU.  Wondering what he’ll bring to the Kryptonian born Kryptonian.  Wondering if he’ll bring the wonder back to the greatest hero of ’em all.  Morrison’s New 52 Action Comics hit some of those notes; otherwise, it’s been a rough go.  Hoping, too, that John Romita, Jr.’s re-energized after having pretty much punted his way out of his arc with Johns.
Superman #41

Superman #41

  • The Fade Out #7 (Image)
  • Invisible Republic #4 (Image): I&N Demand Truth: yes, I’ve compared IR to its contemporaries Lazarus and The Bunker; through three, however, I’m more excited about what’s going on here than I am about what’s going on in those other books.  That’s high praise considering how good Lazarus is and how good The Bunker was. The book’s flawlessly layered–reminding of the tight storytelling that initially sold me on The Bunker–and reads at a snappy pace.  I hope that holds–at least through the first arc.
Invisible Republic #4

Invisible Republic #4

  • Material #2 (Image): I&N Demand Material #1 was as Kotish as Change, Zero, and The Surface.  No surprise: Kot writes with a distinctive Kotish dialect, delivering an engagingly egotistical, pseudo-intellectual poetry slam that screams southpaw politics and daddy issues.  That’s right: as long as he’s living in his own world, Kot’s a keeper.
Material #2

Material #2

  • Rasputin #6 (Image)
  • Daredevil #16 (Marvel)
  • Where Monsters Dwell #2 (Marvel): I&N Demand The opening salvo saw Ennis playing familiar notes to perfection in a monstrously cheeky Battlefields/War Stories clone.  I generally hate dinosaurs in my comics; and it doesn’t help that I suffered through the monstrously cheesy Jurassic World the other night.  Gonna have faith in Mr. Ennis, however; I’m gonna trust that he’s got the tyrannosaurus by the tail.
Where Monsters Dwell #2

Where Monsters Dwell #2

  • Annihilator #6 (Legendary)
  • The Black Hood #5 (Archie)
  • Mayday #3 (Black Mask): I&N Demand You’ll find yourself shouting mayday at your LCS if you’re too late–yet again!–to snag a copy of Mayday.  Kleio on the cross–it’s friggin’ crazy! 
Mayday #3

Mayday #3

  • Ninjak #4 (Valiant)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (6/17)

Testing, proctoring, grading, cleaning: yup, it’s the end of the year–a very long year.  It’s been a long year of long lists of comics, too, which has made the work side of things a tad more tolerable.  Unfortunately, while I am diligently turning lots of pages, I’m not as diligently writing about them.  Hope to get that straightened out once the summer kicks in full force.  Until then…

  • Archie vs. Predator #3 (Dark Horse)
  • BPRD: Hell on Earth #132 (Dark Horse)
  • Mind MGMT #34 (Dark Horse) I&N Demand  It’s about to go down!  Man, I am equal parts excited and, not surprisingly, sad.  Why–why!–can’t all good things go on forever?
Mind MGMT #34

Mind MGMT #34

  • Alex + Ada #15 (Image) I&N Demand  Speaking of all good things: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn’s under-the-radar beautiful slice of humanity comes to an end here with #15.  I’m a bit nervous.  Sometimes flash-forward finales work–Weeds mostly worked, right?–and sometimes they don’t: Dawson’s Creek, anyone?  I don’t care if I sound like a Luna-tic: I have a feeling this one’s gonna work out perfectly.  I mean, after fourteen pretty perfect issues, is there any other way for this thing to end?
Alex + Ada #15

Alex + Ada #15

  • Lazarus #17 (Image)
  • Low #7 (Image)
  • Southern Bastards #9 (Image) I&N Demand This book’s been pretty damn boss, no?  #9 kicks off a new arc and promises more of the same terrific storytelling from Aaron and Latour.
Southern Bastards #9

Southern Bastards #9

  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #5 (Image) I&N Demand Re: #4: Oops.  So that didn’t work out the way it was planned.  Kudos, of course, to Mr. Lapham for planning it out that way.
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #5

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #5

  • Magneto #19 (Marvel)
  • Bloodshot: Reborn #3 (Valiant)
  • The Fiction #1 (BOOM!) Just I&N Curt Pires won me over with Mayday #1.  As a result, he’s an easy Must Try.  This layered trip into the realm of fiction sounds like a mash-up of Stand By Me and The Neverending Story.  Yes, please!
The Fiction #1

The Fiction #1

  • Giant Days #4 (BOOM!) I&N Demand Fun and crazy funny!  It’s true: I’m having a stressful week.  Luckily for me, BOOM!’s got the cure: Giant Days’ intoxicating twenty-two pages are my Friday happy hour on a Wednesday afternoon.
Giant Days #4

Giant Days #4

  • Oh, Killstrike #2 (BOOM!)
  • X-O Manowar #37 (Valiant)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (6/10)

Linda Loman’s line ” Life is a casting off” comes to mind with the death of another school year.  As my seniors take flight, I’ll be left in the nest–for another nineteen years of fated school years and of casting off–kids and tears.

Thank goodness I’ve got some comics to look forward to!

  • Harrow County #2 (Dark Horse)
  • Rebels #3 (Dark Horse)
  • Section 8 #1 (DC): I&N Demand Ennis and McCrea having a go Hitman-style?  Hell yes!
Section 8 #1

Section 8 #1

  • Injection #2 (Image)
  • Nameless #4 (Image)
  • Saga #29 (Image)
  • Starve #1 (Image): Just I&N This book was as inevitable, wasn’t it?  It’s Knife Fight–Ilan Hall’s televised foodie fight club–on steroids!  That’s right: it’s not your–or the Chairman’s–uncle’s Iron Chef.  “Allez [effing] cuisine,” indeed!  It’s a chef of a different mettle entirely.  It’s Brian Wood’s most massively anticipated new release, if only for the crazy recipe he’s cooked up with The Massive collaborator Danijel Zezelj.
Starve #1

Starve #1

  • Silver Surfer #12 (Marvel) I&N Demand No comic has ever had as many twists and turns as the cosmically courageous Silver Surfer #11.  Truly a perfect ride from Slott and Allred.  No reason to expect anything less here.  The cover does, in fact, look half Radd.
Silver Surfer #12

Silver Surfer #12

  • Crossed +100 #5 (Avatar)
  • Death Sentence: London #1 (Titan) I&N Demand Montynero’s my hero, dammit!  The first go-round with Death Sentence made me a fan for life!  The book had that Brit bite that’s always a bloody delight.  Can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for The Smoke.
Death Sentence: London #1

Death Sentence: London #1

  • The Disciples #1 (Black Mask) I&N Demand Black Mask is making black magic, boys and girls–and it seems that everyone’s kind of figured that out.  Their books are flying off of the shelves quickly, in many cases, leaving our man Derek without–and he goes to Midtown Comics Times Square, for goodness sake!  Better grab this one if you see it: the Black Masker himself, Steve Niles, along with Christopher Mitten, deliver what’s billed as a “ghost story in space”; so, yeah: grab one for yourself and one for a friend–you know, the one who probably won’t make it out to the shop until five o’clock.  Don’t want him to be punished for his procrastination–or for his taking care of stupid responsibilities, like finishing up his work or picking up his kids.
The Disciples #1

The Disciples #1

  • Hit: 1957 #3 (BOOM!)
  • Rachel Rising #34 (Abstract Studio)
  • We Can Never Go Home #3 (Black Mask): I&N Demand For some it’s more like We Can Never Find This Damn Book.  I understand your frustration.  OK, no I don’t.  I haven’t missed one yet.  And if you have, let me tell you: you’re really missing out if you’ve missed out.  True, true: we’re only through two, but what a two it’s been.  It’s Lucas meets Bonnie and Clyde with a side of superpowers, which makes things undeniably interesting–and which makes this book a must buy.  You should never go home from the comic shop without it.
We Can Never Go Home #3

We Can Never Go Home #3

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #31 (IDW)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #31

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #31

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

 

What’s I&N Store (6/3)

I’m super-behind in my reading, super-behind in my writing, super-behind in my grading, in my daddying and hubbying–so I guess that cinches it: I’ve finally found my superhero name:

This hero ain’t frontin’–he’s completely behind!

He’s Super Behind!

  • Neverboy #4 (Dark Horse)
  • Millennium #5 (IDW)
  • The Last Fall #4 (IDW)
  • Airboy #1 (Image): Just I&N James Robinson’s been mostly unreadable ever since we named his shimmering The Shade one of our Top Books of 2012.  Sure, this has the potential of being a masturbatory mess à la Fraction’s Sex Criminals; but I’m willing to yank it from the shelf and to save it, perhaps, for some light bathroom reading.
Airboy #1

Airboy #1

  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #6 (Image): I&N Demand I’ve been enjoying it; Derek’s been loving it–enough for Busiek’s best–yes, it’s better than the Eisner nominated Astro City–to finally crack our super-behind Top 5 Books of March.
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #6

The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #6

  • No Mercy #3 (Image): I&N Demand Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil are showing no mercy–at all–in this beautiful bus-wreck of a book–one with serious bite, that’s for sure!  Wasn’t even on my radar when #1 dropped.  Silly me.
No Mercy #3

No Mercy #3

  • The Wicked + The Divine #11 (Image): I&N Demand Don’t usually agree with the Eisner noms.  Definitely agree with this one, though: once a month, for 22 pages, Gillen and McKelvie are frickin’ gods.
The Wicked + The Divine #11

The Wicked + The Divine #11

  • Zero #17 (Image): I&N Demand Kot’s clearly putting 100% into Zero.  We’ve celebrated it as a Top Ten book the last two years–and it’s headed in the very same direction for 2015.  The last two issues have been big-time brilliant.  in them, Kot has waded into some heady territory, delivering along the way the comic book equivalent of psychedelic mushrooms.  OK, so, I’ve never taken ‘shrooms; but I’m pretty confident that burrowing into Burroughs’ brain in this vein is exactly the same experi–  What?  It’s–it’s not like that at all?  Well, even if it isn’t exactly like that, it’s got to be somewhat simil– Huh?  Not even similar?  All right.  Fine.  It’s not like taking ‘shrooms–not at all.  Still a damn fine trip.
Zero #17

Zero #17

  • Arcadia #2 (BOOM!)
  • Brides of Helheim #6 (Oni)
  • Broken World #1 (BOOM!)
  • The Bunker #11 (Oni)
  • The Sixth Gun: Valley of Death #1 (Oni)
  • War Stories #9 (Avatar): I&N Demand While Ennis’s trip to Israel tanked unexpectedly, this WWII-focused arc–with it’s spotlight shining sincerely on a group of heroic Nazis–has been filled with dread, leaving us waiting, with every page turn, for the other jackboot to drop.  Come on: who else can pull that off?
War Stories #9

War Stories #9

Avery’s Picks of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Forever #17 (IDW)
  • Feathers #6 (BOOM!): My girl loves her Feathers!
Feathers #6

Feathers #6

 

 

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (5/27)

And this post’s late, baby now, this post is late

though I really did try to write it

somethin’ inside my bag is wide

and I just can’t indite it, oh, no, no…

(My apologies to Carole King.)

  • Fight Club 2 #1 (Dark Horse): Sure, following up the punch-perfect Fight Club with a comic series sounds like a dangerous proposition; but if anyone is suited to do it, it’s Chuck.  The first rule of Fight Club 2: buy it with high–read two ways, duh– expectations.
  • Mister X: Razed #4 (Dark Horse): All of a sudden, it’s more Mister Expository, and I’m less excited.  Damn.  Talk about razed expectations!
  • PastAways #3 (Dark Horse): Can’t say I love it.  I did like #2 more than I liked #1, however.  Feels Kindt-y enough–especially the zoomy 10x-planations.
  • Sandman: Overture #5 (DC/Vertigo): Gaiman and Williams III took some serious liberties with the fermata following #4.  I bet this one’s gonna be gorgeous.  I also bet that I’m going to have to research #4 in order to get my bearings straight.  Yeah, curvy bearings kinda suck.
  • Suiciders #4 (DC/Vertigo): Hasn’t been terrible.  Bermejo’s offering enough on both ends to keep my interest.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46 (IDW): The earthquake that was #44 generated a strong aftershock with #45.  Wonder what this one’s going to register on the ol’ Richter I&N scale.
  • Invisible Republic #3 (Image) I&N Demand And to think I almost passed on #1!  Has a great feel to it–one not unlike that of Lazarus and The Bunker.
Invisible Republic #3

Invisible Republic #3

  • Material #1 (Image): I&N Demand At this point, I can’t get enough Ales Kot–as long as he’s writing his own trippy stuff, of course.  There are zero reasons not to buy this.  His is as unique a voice you’re going to find in comics today.
Material #1

Material #1

  • They’re Not Like Us #6 (Image): OK, so, we’ve finally established the book’s Voice!  #5 left us hanging off a couple of cliffs.  Good thing this series is designed to get right to it; yeah, Stephenson and friends have got us covered.  In that way, other comics are not at all like this one.
  • Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12 (Marvel): I&N Demand Kaare Andrews has done some beautiful work on this series.  As I’ve mentioned: he’s brought a Kindt-like kinetic energy to his visual narrative; it’s truly been a marvel.  Sad to see it go.
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12

  • Where Monsters Dwell #1 (Marvel): Garth Ennis and Russ Braun head back to the front–this time, however, the battlefield–er, Battleworld–is in the Marvel Universe!  It’s fight and flight–à la Night Witch; so you know I’m down!
  • The Black Hood #4 (Archie): Save for some odd transitions, The Black Hood has been pretty good.  It’s criminally dark and gritty, thanks to the career-defining work from Michael Gaydos.  Reminds me of one of my favorite books: Wolfman and Pollard’s more polished Vigilante (DC).
  • Divinity #4 (Valiant): #3 won me over.  Kindt has assumed a Valiant voice–one that befits the omnipotent being at the center of the series.
  • Mayday #2 (Black Mask): I&N Demand Mayday surprised me.  It popped more than Pop, which I didn’t care for.  It sounded not unlike Kot’s Change at times.  Folks, Black Mask is for real.
Mayday #2

Mayday #2

  • Providence #1 (Avatar): Just I&N Two words: Alan Moore.
Providence #1

Providence #1

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 (Archie Horror): I&N Demand Let me spell it out for you: witches are coming out of the woodwork.  Sabrina, however, is the best of the brew.  Roberto Aguirre Sacasa is a level above the witchy competition.  The dude is warlocked in!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

  • Surface Tension #1 (Titan): Titan has put out some decent books of late.  Figure I’ll give it a whirl, especially considering it’s a one-man show.  In fact, it’s a Gunn show!
  • Über #25 (Avatar): Gillen’s doing work over here–damn fine work.  Ain’t as flashy or as fun as The Wicked and The Divine; but what it lacks in sexiness, it makes up for with historical smarts.

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (5/20)

Relatively small week with some big books.

  • Archie Vs. Predator #2 (Dark Horse)
  • B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth #131 (Dark Horse)
  • Mind MGMT #33 (Dark Horse) I&N Demand

 

Mind MGMT #33

Mind MGMT #33

  • The Fade Out #6 (Image)
  • Satellite Sam #14 (Image) I&N Demand
Satellite Sam #14

Satellite Sam #14

  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #4 (Image) I&N Demand
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #4

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #4

  • Daredevil 15.1 (Marvel)
  • Moon Knight #18 (Marvel)
  • Uncanny X-Men #34 (Marvel)
  • Bloodshot: Reborn #2 (Valiant)
  • Cap Stone #6 (Titan)
  • Mono Vol.2 #2 (Titan) I&N Demand
Mono Vol. 2 #2

Mono Vol. 2 #2

  • Ninjak #3 (Valiant)
  • Oh, Killstrike #1 (BOOM!) Just I&N
Oh, Killstrike #1

Oh, Killstrike #1

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #30
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #30

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #30

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (5/13)

Instead of catching up, I’ve been catching the following:

  • colds (thanks to the kids, who’ve left their snot spigots open all week long)
  • hell (plenty of hell from an evil assortment of devils)
  • drifts (from the passive-aggressive posse with whom I ride)
  • eyes and z’s (for all the wrong reasons and for all the right reasons–in that order)
  • 22 (couldn’t help myself)
  • as catch can’t (’cause that’s how I roll–or don’t roll, as it were; better: that’s how I sit in one place and spit in the o of progress)

Typing of catching: I hope to catch these 22-page fireflies in my little brown bag on Wednesday:

  • Harrow County #1 (Dark Horse): Bunn’s pretty much hit (The Sixth Gun, Magneto) or miss (The Empty Man, Moon Knight, Wolf Moon, Magneto).  Hoping for a hit here.  Wondering how it’s going fit next to all of the other witch-related titles that have been summoned to the shelves of late. (Some high-profile hags hanging out with Harrow County: Rachel Rising, Wytches, and Sabrina.)  They’re popping up almost as quickly as the now ubiquitous time-traveling titles.  Right?  I mean, what’s up with that?
  • Lady Killer #5 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand The end has come far too quickly.  Has really been a great ride.  Praying that this final issue lives up to the standard that Jones and Rich have set for themselves; that it doesn’t drop off like–like a fella off the red roof of a terrifically tall structure at a World’s Fair.  (That’s right analogy lovers: I’ve got you covered.)  Anything less would be a huge blow to what has, through four issues, established itself as the front runner for the min-series of the year.

Lady Killer #5

Lady Killer #5

  • Rebels #2 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand I liked the whole April Morning vibe to the opening of #1.  Left me wondering if–though semi-certain that–Wood had Fast’s novel in mind.  No doubt about it: I’m along for the ride–even if it’s not so revolutionary.  Will it fill The Massive void?  Time will tell.
Rebels #2

Rebels #2

  • Astro City #23 (DC/Vertigo): #22 was nice.  Unfortunately, I’m getting to a point where nice just ain’t gonna cut it anymore.  I’m this close to leaving Astro City for good.
  • East of West #19 (Image): Suddenly our sci-fi spin on Revelations has become a compelling sci-fi spin–with a Wool-y twist–on The Red Balloon.  Translation: it’s apocalypsally delicious!
  • Injection #1 (Image): Just I&N One issue of Moon Knight gave me a taste for this team; the next five left me an addict fiending for more.  Clearly, this book is meant to satisfy the craving.
Injection #1

Injection #1

  • The Mantle #1 (Image): I swore off Brisson after Sheltered blew up in my face.  Yet here I am.  Typing of volcanoes: here’s The Mantle: superhero fare that’ll either be hot or not.  If it’s the latter, I’m out immediately.
  • Mythic #1 (Image): Ghostbusters meets Thomas Alsop.  For $1.99, it’s worth a shot–if only to enjoy the magic of John McCrea.
  • ODY-C #5 (Image): I’ve been enjoying it more for Fraction’s creative vision than anything else.
  • Saga #28 (Image): Tension’s building.  So far, sa-ga.
  • Magneto #18 (Marvel): Oh, yay!  It’s a Secret Wars tie-in.
  • Thor #8 (Marvel): I&N Demand To helmet with it!
Thor #8

Thor #8

  • Giant Days #3 (BOOM!): I&N Demand OK, so, as one might expect, #2 wasn’t as giant a surprise as #1.  Couldn’t have been, for obvious reasons.  Still, it lived up to suddenly inflated expectations–and did so with a ripping wit that refuses to take a panel off.  Oh, what fun!
Giant Days #3

Giant Days #3

  • Blackcross #3 (Dynamite): It’s clear that I’m super late to this grim super-powered party.  Ellis, however, has made me feel welcome.  He’s got a knack for that, no?
  • Lantern City #1 (BOOM!): I loved Jenkins’ Deathmatch–so, too, did DC (Convergence) and Marvel (Secret Wars), apparently–so I’ll try just about anything he’s got a hand in–especially when the premise sounds good, as it does here.
  • Space Riders #2 (Black Mask): A Derekommendation!  With books like We Can Never Go Home and Mayday–and now this!–seems like Black Mask is positioning itself to take over the effing industry.  We’ll follow them all the way–especially if they keep pumping out top-of-the-pile material.
  • X-O Manowar #36 (Valiant): Venditti and his charge–the indomitable Aric–just keep plugging along.

Avery’s Pick of the Week:

My Little Pony: Friendship Forever #16 (IDW): So long, fiends!  It’s always been about friends!

My Little Pony: Friends Forever

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #16

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (5/6)

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These are the books I will use to recover from the stress–and ultimate release of the same–of the week–stress months in the making–which will peak, appropriately enough, on Thank-God-It’s-Wednesday.

  • Neverboy #3 (Dark Horse)
  • No Mercy #2 (Image): I&N Demand With #1, Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil have proven there’s no such thing as “too much Magic Bus.”  What a surprise!  I’ll not be caught off guard again.
No Mercy #2

No Mercy #2

  • The Wicked & The Divine #10 (Image)
  • Zero #16 (Image): I&N Demand #15 was pretty effing brilliant.  It’s the kind of queer, out-of-nowhere story that burrows into your brain like an ill-advised bullet.  So, so good.  Oh yeah, it gave me a raging–well, it gave me a raging cover to #16.
Zero #16

Zero #16

  • Ant-Man #5 (Marvel): I&N Demand Ant-Man: it’s more than a cheap movie tie-in, that’s for sure.  It’s a book with a big funny bone and an even bigger heart.  Nick Spencer’s found the perfect outlet in a seemingly irrelevant title–one that’d be easily overlooked, if not for our magnifying its unanticipated brilliance.  Puns and self-aggrandizement completely intended.
Ant-Man #5

Ant-Man #5

  • Secret Wars #1 (Marvel)
  • Afterlife With Archie #8 (Archie Horror): I&N Demand A stunning Archievement!  It’s a book fueled by the comfy couch of nostalgia–a book that drives you to the edge of your seat by burning the cushions, the fire started by exuberantly rubbing Riverdale-related expectations together.  And zombies.
Afterlife With Archie #8

Afterlife With Archie #8

  • Arcadia #1 (BOOM!) Just I&N Sounds Matrix-y.  I’m down.
Arcadia #1

Arcadia #1

  • Dead Drop #1 (Valiant)
  • Rachel Rising #33 (Abstract Studio)
  • Über #24 (Avatar)
  • We Can Never Go Home #2 (Black Mask) I&N Demand #1 was really, really great.  I know, right?  Who knew?  That’s why we try ’em, folks.  Reminds of the solid They’re Not Like Us (Image), which is, ironically, still looking for its voice; and brings to mind the villainously heroic Dry Spell, which we just so happened to celebrate as our #3 book of 2014.  Super-high praise for an out-of-nowhere title, no?  If you missed it, don’t fret: Black Mask delivered a second printing this week.  It may be that you can never go home, but luckily you can always go to your local comic shop.  Do yourself a favor: grab that and this.  
We Can Never Go Home #2

We Can Never Go Home #2

Avery’s Picks of the Week

  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10 (DC): Of all the books I’ve bought Avery over the past couple of years, it’s the Scooby-Doo titles that reign as the most reread.  Ruh-ray!
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10

  • Feathers #5 (BOOM!)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (4/29)

Papers piling up.  Comics piling up.

These are not your grandfather’s piles.

Thank God.

  • PastAways #2 (Dark Horse)
  • Astro City #22 (DC/Vertigo)
  • The Multiversity #2 (DC): I&N Demand The Multiversity and Convergence existing in the same time, in the same space, doing pretty much the same thing–it’s no surrpise, really: yeah, this is DC’s WTF campaign rebranded and repackaged.  It’s an in-house secret war, with the money–clearly–on the upstart Convergence.  Morrison’s The Multiversity, however, reflects an immutable truth: good writing is good writing–and bad writing needs a balls-out marketing campaign.
The Multiversity #2

The Multiversity #2

  • Superman #40 (DC)
  • G.I. Joe #8 (IDW)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #45 (IDW): I&N Demand TMNT was on my chopping block last month, and then they had to go and chop…  Hey: if you read #44, you know what I’m talking about.  If you didn’t, well, then, chop, chop!  Get on that!
TMNT #45

TMNT #45

  • Alex + Ada #14 (Image)
  • They’re Not Like Us #5 (Image)
  • Daredevil #15 (Marvel)
  • Moon Knight #14 (Marvel)
  • Silver Surfer #11 (Marvel): I&N Demand Silver Surfer has been otherworldly.
Silver Surfer #11

Silver Surfer #11

  • Brides of Helheim #5 (Oni)
  • Burning Fields #4 (BOOM!)
  • Godkiller: Walk Among Us #4 (Black Mask)
  • Hit 1957 #2 (BOOM!)
  • Mayday #1 (Black Mask)
  • Quantum and Woody Must Die #4 (Valiant)
  • The Twilight Zone: Shadow & Substance #4 (Dynamite)
  • War Stories #8 (Avatar)

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #5 (IDW)
My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #5

My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #5

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning all sorts of pages,

Scott

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