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Uncovering the Best Covers, 8-11-16

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

Cosmo stalks . .  .

All-Star Batman 1 Declan Shalvey
All-Star Batman #1 by Declan Shalvey

 

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (01/06/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Dean’s Recommendations …
Archie5

Archie #5
“One of the best new series of 2015 continues. Join your Riverdale favorites as the drama continues between Archie, Betty and Veronica.”
 

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Freeze Frame 12/4/2015

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From Cyborg #5 by Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR & Andriano Lucas

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The Rough Guide To All New, All Different Marvel

Fall is upon us but while Secret Wars and it’s many tie in’s sit in delay purgatory for the time being, Marvel is once again relaunching it’s superhero line with a whole bunch of #1 issues for their comics. With that said, the publisher is moving from a different position than they were in with Marvel Now & All New Marvel Now. With the former, Marvel had a lot of young creative talent that they were able to re-position during the relaunch to give their line a fresh make over and give creators they had brought up on  their lower tier titles a higher profile like Jonathan Hickman, Jerome  Opena, Esad Ribic, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jason Aaron or Rick Remender. After Marvel Now was a success, they added several new talents into their fold by building off the success of the original relaunch, giving creators like Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, Michael Walsh, Felipe Smith or Michel Fiffe their first shot at a major comics launch with the publisher. Now, much of the talent from both those initiatives has moved on from the publisher. In their place, Marvel has new creators coming on from all sorts of different mediums in addition to some of their old standby’s like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid or Greg Land, and they are publishing a lot of comics. Probably too many. Below is a list of all the announced new series categorized into grouping of Yay, Mayhaps or Nah like we did with Secret Wars. Keep in mind that I won’t be including series that are basically the same creative talent and that Marvel will surely have more books to announce in the months ahead.

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Review of Totally Awesome Hulk #1

TotallyAwesomeHulkBy Greg Pak, Frank Cho and Sonia Oback

Greg Pak has done a large amount of work for Marvel comics, but these days his most notable writing is with his current run on Action Comics. Pak was tasked with writing a character that seems to be slowly dropping in popularity. With no help from the blockbuster movie Man of Steel, Superman was facing some dark times. Greg Pak threw himself in the middle of Action Comics and began to pick up the pieces and use this book to show the depth the Superman character can have. Although the Hulk character is quite different than Superman they share some similarities. While the Hulk is a crowd pleaser on the big screen, he suffers to sustain a solo story. He is an ensemble character which makes it hard to have a successful comic with Hulk in the title. I think the problem is that Banner doesn’t like turning into the Hulk. He tries to avoid it at all costs, but as a reader that is what we bought the book for, to see the green guy. We find ourselves rooting against the will of our main character so he can smash stuff. In Totally Awesome Hulk, Greg Pak gets a clean slate. This long time Hulk writer is no longer bound by the Bruce Banner story threads, he is now able to cut loose and do the Hulk comic he wants to write.

The Totally Awesome Hulk may be a silly title for a comic book, but it is a great fit. Super genius teenager Amadeus Cho is the new Totally Awesome Hulk. Being a teenager, Amadeus does the three things that teenage boys do: he eats, argues with his sister and flirts with girls. Pak has a fantastic way of humanizing superheroes. He finds the connections that we as readers can make to the characters and brings those front and center. Turning into the Hulk doesn’t just give Amadeus a boost in physique, it also supercharges his hormones. Pak plays up those three traits of a teenage boy to bring a very fun feel to the book. Amadeus is constantly eating and the arguments with his sister tend to reach screaming volumes. But, the best part of this book is his compulsive need to flirt with woman, no matter what age. Just imagine a teenage boy with Hulk powers. His sex drive is off the charts. No matter who the woman are, victims, allies or even enemies, Cho’s wants to flirt. Pak scripts this rise in teenage hormones so that the final panel is both an eye rolling and burst out laughing moment.

First Amadeus turns into the Hulk and saves a young woman. He is definitely more concerned with getting this girls number then making sure the monster is unconscious. This almost results in a drastic mistake, but he regroups and gets the job done. Of course he would flirt with a hot victim, who wouldn’t. Later he goes to fight alongside the Avengers where he starts to flirt with She-Hulk. It is in this scene we start to see that he just can’t help himself. With his sister constantly telling him not to flirt with She-Hulk, and Amadeus denying it saying he wouldn’t flirt with her cause, “Dude, she’s like, forty”. Finally, Lady Hellbender shows up and lays a beating on Amadeus. With a foot smashing his face into the ground he tells his sister he is fine, she questions his choice of words saying that he doesn’t look fine, to which he response “I mean she’s kinda fine, if you know what I mean.” This issue scripts a perfect progression highlighting the idea that teenage boys only think with their penis.

Totally Awesome Hulk is a fun and humorous debut for the writer and artist team. Frank Cho’s fun cartoony style fits perfectly with Pak’s enjoyable characterization. I was not planning on continuing with this story past issue #1 but now I definitely will as Totally Awesome Hulk was my favorite Marvel debut of the week.

  • Dean

Why Aren’t You Reading This? 9/4/13

Each week, the gang will share various comics we think you should pull on Wednesday.  These issues will be picked based upon just how excited we are for them to come out.  Remember, these may not be the best books to come out this week, but they are ones we cannot wait to get our hands on.  Feel free to chime in in the comment section below!

Event fatigue is for the weak…Ukerupp thinks
you should try:

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Forever Evil #1

Geoff Johns and David Finch

I know I am going to catch a bunch of flack from
some of you, but I am really
excited for this follow-up to Trinity War.  While TW
suffered from the boring chaos during the middle
chapters, it began interesting and ended with a
perfect cliff-hanger.  With all the different reveals in
the final issue (The Grid, anyone?!?), I cannot wait to
see what comes next.  Johns has me hook, line, and
stinker sinker for this series.

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