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Batman Beyond Unlimited #10 Review

Written by on Dec 2, 2012
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Batman Beyond Unlimited #10

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Adam Beechen/Dustin Nguyen/Derek Fridolfs/JT Krul
Pencils: Dustin Nguyen/Howard Porter/Norm Breyfogle
Inks: Derek Fridolfs/Norm Breyfogle/John Livesay
Number of Pages: 48 pgs
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The digital-first saga continues in the print debut of these Beyond adventures!

• Witness the last stand of the Justice League against Kobra in this storyline’s cataclysmic conclusion!

• Superman settles into his new civilian identity as a ghost from his past appears to torment his future!

• “10,000 Clowns” continues as Batman and his allies desperately try to stop the assault on Gotham City!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Batman Beyond Unlimited finds our heroes in free fall. Some stories are ending, some stories are in the middle and others are just beginning. This is an exciting issue because of the possibilities the series continue to propose.

In Justice League Beyond, Terry has transformed into Etrigan. He and Superman are able to take down the giant Kobra dragon while Micron is able to save Barda and Aquagirl in time before things turn bad. Unfortunately, Superman’s lifelong pal dies…. which is quite sad and sees Superman mourning his loss towards the end. Each character reunites with their loved ones after the giant story, and we also see the introduction of an old favorite and husband of Barda’s.

In Batman Beyond, things are looking less favorable for Terry and the gang. While the new Joker leader or Doug Tan, Dana’s brother, makes his way back to Gotham to make the terrorist attacks personal, Terry, Catwoman, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Vigilante are left to deal with the mess the Jokerz have made. At the same time, Bruce is still in the hospital unguarded and vulnerable. However when things do get personal, it is the old Mr. Wayne who shows he still has a little fight left in him.

Superman Beyond takes a new bold direction. Clark has decided to give up his old life to become Kal Kent, and join the Metropolis Fire Department. He sees this as the new direction of his life especially after feeling lost in this future. Now, he feels he has a role to play, and it is nice to see him feel satisfied again and like the old Superman we know and love. While he rejoices in his new life, a threat from the Trillians awaits…..

Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs provide a very satisfying ending to their first salvo of the series. They managed to do a lot in their first story, and it paid off quite well when the heroes were finally able to get the upper hand on the bad guys. What was really well done was not only the relationships of the team but also expanding upon the threat of Kobra making them much more terrifying akin to the League of Assassins in the modern DCU.

Adam Beechen continues to rank up the threat posed by the Jokerz. Not only is Doug Tan a success as the new Joker leader, he is about as menacing a villain as any Bat-villain to come before him. What Beechen has coming up will certainly leave a mark on Terry for future stories. Norm Breyfogle continues to define the book with his art. He knows how to tell a story, and not only masters each character perfectly but is also able to create new awesome characters with Beechen like the new Joker leader.

JT Krul provides a very satisfying opening to his new arc. A firefighter career makes all the sense in the world for Superman, and I look forward to seeing him put out fires both real and metaphorical. I am quite curious to see why this new race called the Trillians is watching him. Howard Porter does a great job as usual nailing the character’s look, and really does some of the best work thus far with Firefighter Superman.

As a Beyond fan, this book has never disappointed me, and always gives me pleasure reading it. The hard work of the teams shows, and continues to leave questions as to the future. This issue is definitely no different.

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Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!




#144 – Fanboy Buzz – Rate that Show!

Written by on Nov 30, 2012
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#144 - Fanboy Buzz - Rate that Show!

This show we discuss the Grant Morrison vs Alan Moore (Round Eight), Amazing Spider-Man 700 Brings 1.6 Million Dollars, How Dexter is coming back to comics and the Canadian Icon of Mr. Dressup. For his CCL Pick of the Week Steve reviews Indestructible Hulk #1 and in Issue to Issue we discuss Captain America 1, Catwoman 14 and Walking Dead #104. Finally before we take some Fanboy Feedback JS brings back Cocky Cosplay. Call us at 239-244-2899 and leave us a voicemail or tweet @fanboybuzz.com!

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Genre: Comic Book Podcast | Updates: Weekly | Duration: 73 minutes | Subscribe: RSS Feed




SHADOWMAN #2 Hits the Big Easy Hard

Written by on Nov 30, 2012
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SHADOWMAN #2 Hits the Big Easy Hard

Fanboy Buzz is proud to provide an advance preview of Shadowman #2 by rising star Justin Jordan (The Legend of Luther Strode) and comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Hulk, Captain America)! The return of Shadowman to the Valiant Universe continues on December 5th in the staggering second chapter of the new series that Fangoria calls “an eerie, demonic, face-smashing good time!”

Jack Boniface’s first night on the job may just be his last. As Shadowman, he has just inherited an untold amount of power – which would be great if he had any idea what he was doing. But he doesn’t and he’s out of time. Master Darque has dispatched the terrifying Mr. Twist to destroy Jack and the demonic creature is tearing through New Orleans in search of his prey. But if the Abettors – the mysterious organization that’s spent hundreds of years protecting the city – can reach Jack first, he just might have an outside shot at making it through the night.

Find out if the Valiant Universe’s newest midnight marauder will live to see tomorrow on December 5th, only in Shadowman #2!

SHADOWMAN #2 – ON SALE DECEMBER 5th!
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art & Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER (OCT121233)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (OCT121234)
$3.99/Rated T+/32 pgs.




Marvel NOW! – ALL-NEW X-MEN #5 First Look!

Written by on Nov 29, 2012
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Marvel NOW! – ALL-NEW X-MEN #5 First Look!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at All-New X-Men #5, continuing the critically acclaimed new series from the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Stuart Immonen! What will happen when the original five X-Men come face to face with their current counterparts?! One thing is for sure, at the end of this issue, one of the original X-Men will be forever changed!

As part of Marvel NOW!, All-New X-Men joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

Each issue of All-New X-Men includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices). Each issue of All-New X-Men features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

An all-new direction! All-new history! All-new consequences! This is All-New X-Men #5!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #5 (NOV120659) Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN FOC – 12/03/12 On-Sale – 01/02/13




RED CIRCLE COMICS ANNOUNCES NEXT STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT

Written by on Nov 29, 2012
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RED CIRCLE COMICS ANNOUNCES NEXT STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT

Legendary comic book heroes and their successors welcome new creators and a fresh approach to supply and demand.

New York, NY – Red Circle Comics, the super hero imprint of comic publisher Archie Comics, is excited to announce an innovative new direction for the digital and print release of the groundbreaking New Crusaders series. Earlier this year, New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes marked a return to super heroes for the publishing house that helped found the medium over 70 years ago. As the first story arc draws to a close on the New Crusaders App, and following the transition to print this past September, Red Circle Comics is once again moving forward in the digital comics frontier with a bold new digital distribution strategy for 2013 and beyond. Beginning in December, fans and new readers alike will have access to classic content, new adventure, and everything in between.

The innovative flagship title for Red Circle Comics, New Crusaders, began as a digital initiative that pushed the boundaries of the digital comics experience on a weekly basis. It has since become a full-fledged monthly printed comic and graphic novel due to fan demand for a print component. Once the series launches its second arc this spring, fans can enjoy day-and-date releases of the issues either in print from their local comic shop or digitally on the Red Circle App.

“Red Circle is all about creating the ultimate comic book experience,” explains Red Circle Executive Director of Editorial Paul Kaminski. “Now that the next step for the series is on the horizon, we’ve got a unique opportunity to take what we learned, listen to the fans, and build on the app for the next series.”

The New Crusaders are a new team of super heroes that continue the legacies of characters such as The Shield and The Comet, many of which date back to the origin of super hero comics themselves. This vibrant history is also on full display in a series of new stories titled “The Lost Crusade”, found in the New Crusaders App. These stories act as a tour guide to the Red Circle universe, and fills in any gaps that lead up to the events in New Crusaders. Lost Crusade stories will increase in frequency on the New Crusaders app, releasing once a month, but will also usher in a whole new slate of top creative talent. Among the key creators attached, Sergio Cariello, Howard Mackie, Scott and David Tipton will all contribute new stories and art.




HAWKEYE #6 First Look!

Written by on Nov 29, 2012
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HAWKEYE #6 First Look!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Hawkeye #6, continuing the all-new ongoing series from the creative team of writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja! Clint Barton is preparing for the Holidays! After the conclusion of The Tape, Clint is in dire need of a vacation, but will his break from action turn out as planned?

Fans and critics agree, Hawkeye is a smash hit!

“Super fun!” – Kelly Thompson, ComicBookResources.com

“This is a fantastic comic book that mixes action, mystery, and just the right amount of sheer insanity.” – Benjamin Bailey, IGN.com

“This is a series that needs to be read.” – Tony Guerrero, Comicvine.com

Looking to catch up on the critically acclaimed series? Then be sure to pick-up Hawkeye #1Third Printing Variant and Hawkeye #2 Third Printing Variant, in stores now! Also, Marvel is pleased to announce that Hawkeye #3 has sold out at Diamond and will be returning to stores with Hawkeye #3 Second Printing Variant!

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to your local comic shop and get in on the action!

HAWKEYE #6 (OCT120621) Written by MATT FRACTION Art & Cover by DAVID AJA On-Sale – 12/19/12

HAWKEYE #1 3rd PRINTING (SEP128135) Written by MATT FRACTION Art and Cover by DAVID AJA ON SALE NOW!

HAWKEYE #2 3rd PRINTING (SEP128136) Written by MATT FRACTION Art and Cover by DAVID AJA ON SALE NOW!

HAWKEYE #3 2nd PRINTING (OCT128311) Written by MATT FRACTION Art and Cover by DAVID AJA FOC – 12/10/12, On-Sale – 01/09/13




Masks #1 Review

Written by on Nov 28, 2012
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Masks #1

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Dynamite Entertainment
Publisher Website: www.dynamite.net

Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Alex Ross
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
It’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…

Reviewer’s Comments:
First of all, let’s talk about what is obviously the biggest deal about this issue: Interior artwork by Alex emmeffin Ross! This man holds the perma-number-one-spot for me in terms of realistic comic artists. I love you Mr. Ross.

Masks is a comic that follows, for my money, the ultimate team up for fans of old comics about tough guys. Guys who prefer to shoot guns and throw hands than to rely on powers handed down to them by means of this alien race, or that alien rock/jewel, or, most often, radiation.

Before we get into the story, let’s take a look at the team so far: At the start we have The Green Hornet and Kato, who seem like they’re walking the line between their classic roots and the movie from a a little while back(which I loved). son after they get a visit from the enigmatic Shadow. And then just before the story closes, the three I just named get a visit from a man who goes by the name of Spider.
That’s where the team stands by the end of issue one, but there are hints of new members joining up. One in particular who should make a lot of fans happy. I’ll give you a hint: “Z”(That’s not a two). Some of you youngens might not have too much knowledge about some of these guys, I admit to knowing a couple of names dropped because I had a grandpa who was into comics. Still, even if you haven’t read some of these guys, even all of them, the legacy of each is enough to warrant excitement in anyone who fancies themselves funny-book fans.

The story is pretty straightforward(so far). A new political branch, The Justice Party(sidebar, can you honestly say you wouldn’t vote for them? Awesome name), comes in and takes over very quickly. But, as it would turn out, the Justice party is ran by notorious baddies. Now, the men and women who are supposed to uphold the law are corrupting it while using it at a shield. The question begged is this: Where does the law end, and justice begin. Are they one in the same? Personally, I have to agree with the quote that closes the issue, and which is in the blurb so I don’t feel like I’m spoiling anything: “When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw.”

The bottom line(’cause Stonecold said so): This issue was a little slow, but it was written amazingly, is about the characters that I already mentioned, and the art was done by ALEX ROSS!! Even if the story sucked(Which it didn’t) the art alone makes it worth the read. My hopes are high for the issues to come, Masks squad!
Check out this comic pulp/noir fans. It’s a good’un.




VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT and RITTENHOUSE ARCHIVES Join Forces

Written by on Nov 28, 2012
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VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT AND RITTENHOUSE ARCHIVES JOIN FORCES Newly Re-Launched Comic Book Company Strikes Trading Card Licensing Deal

New York, NY (November 28, 2012) – Valiant Entertainment has teamed up with long-established collectibles company Rittenhouse Archives to create trading card series and collectors’ albums for the Valiant Universe, which includes beloved comic book characters X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Shadowman, Harbinger, Rai, H.A.R.D. Corps, Archer & Armstrong, Ninjak, and Armorines. The cards and albums are planned to launch in the US and Canada, at Comic Con San Diego, in 2013.

“All of us at Rittenhouse are extremely excited to add Valiant Comics to our distinguished list of evergreen properties,” said Rittenhouse President Steve Charendoff. “Valiant has rapidly returned to its rightful place among the top publishers of comics today, and, in a world that increasingly craves quality super-hero stories and characters in all forms of media, its future prospects couldn’t be brighter.”

Rittenhouse Archives, Ltd. is a leading producer of science fiction, fantasy and comic book trading cards. Rittenhouse currently produces trading cards for James Bond, Star Trek, Marvel Comics, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Spartacus, Falling Skies, Warehouse 13 and other top properties.

“We are proud to partner with Rittenhouse Archive as one of the leaders in this category,” said Valiant Entertainment CEO Jason Kothari. “The creative force applied to Valiant’s fan favorite comic books is being combined with Rittenhouse’s complementary talents to develop and implement state of the art cards and collectibles – together, we have already identified concepts not yet seen that will be truly exciting for Valiant fans and help bring in a host of new fans.”

Valiant previously released four hugely successful trading card series in the 1990’s including three with Upper Deck and one with Comic Images. The deal launches a three-year commitment between the companies.

Valiant Entertainment is one of the leading comic character-based entertainment companies in the world that owns and controls a library of 1,500 characters. Since their creation in 1989, Valiant characters have sold 80 million comic books, been the basis of a number of video game franchises and a slate of major motion pictures are in development. In 2012, Valiant relaunched print and digital comic books based on a number of its most popular properties, such as X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman. These new issues garnered rave reviews and are consistently the best-selling independent comic book titles in the industry.




VALIANT Slashes First Four TPB Collections to $9.99!

Written by on Nov 27, 2012
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VALIANT Slashes First Four TPB Collections to $9.99! Valiant is proud to announce that it is cutting the price of the upcoming trade paperback volumes collecting the four series that launched the “Summer of Valiant” – X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong – to the special introductory price of $9.99!

Due to popular demand, each of Valiant’s previously solicited trade paperback collections will be joining X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By The Sword TPB by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord – on sale December 5th – at the $9.99 price point. With one collection hitting stores each month through March, this is the perfect entry point into the new Valiant Universe, the critically acclaimed comic book relaunch of 2012!

“Valiant is dedicated to getting its titles into the hands of as many new readers as possible and a $9.99 price point is the perfect way to do that,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Our ‘Summer of Valiant’ launch generated a tremendous amount of critical acclaim, and retailer support for the first X-O Manowar trade paperback has been through the roof. If you’ve been holding out on trying a particular title or the new Valiant Universe as a whole, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what you’ve been missing. You’ll get hooked!”

Four series. Four months. Four all-new entry points into the superhero universe that has everyone talking. Featuring work from some of the industry’s leading talents, find out why Valiant has topped the charts and won over a legion of fans and critics worldwide with the X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By The Sword TPB, Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising TPB, Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB, and Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1: The Michelangelo Code TPB – on sale in finer comic shops everywhere this winter! X-O MANOWAR VOL. 1: BY THE SWORD TPB (OCT121241) Written by ROBERT VENDITTI Art by CARY NORD Cover by ESAD RIBIC $9.99/Rated T+/112 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-97964094-0-5 ON SALE DECEMBER 5th

HARBINGER VOL. 1: OMEGA RISING TPB (NOV121345) Written by JOSHUA DYSART Art by KHARI EVANS Cover by ARTURO LOZZI $9.99/Rated T+/128 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-97964095-7-5 ON SALE JANUARY 9th

BLOODSHOT VOL. 1: SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE TPB (DEC121274) Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI Art by MANUEL GARCIA & ARTURO LOZZI Cover by ARTURO LOZZI $9.99/Rated T+/112 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9796409-6-4 ON SALE FEBRUARY 6th

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 1: THE MICHELANGELO CODE TPB Written by FRED VAN LENTE Art by CLAYTON HENRY Cover by MICO SUAYAN $9.99/Rated T+/112 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9796409-8-8 ON SALE MARCH 6th Complete Preview (right click, save as)




VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEON ALLEY & VIZMANGA CYBER MONDAY PROMO

Written by on Nov 26, 2012
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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEON ALLEY & VIZMANGA CYBER MONDAY PROMO

VIZ MEDIA KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A SPECIAL NEON ALLEY & VIZ MANGA

CYBER MONDAY PROMOTION

To coincide with the start of the 2012 holiday season, VIZ Media has just announced a special Neon Alley http://neonalley.com/ Cyber Monday promotion that offers a free digital manga volume (up to $8.99 value) to any new subscriber of the recently-launched 24/7 anime channel from the company’s extensive digital library at VIZManga.com http://www.vizmanga.com/ and through the VIZ Manga App. The offer runs for a limited time starting today through Monday, December 10th, and fans can choose their free manga volume from a selection of over 600 titles, including top-selling volumes of BAKUMAN。, BLACK BIRD, HUNTER X HUNTER, NANA, ONE PIECE, VAMPIRE KNIGHT, and more!

Neon Alley is VIZ Media’s new 24-hour, subscription-based anime channel featuring the world’s best titles (dubbed in English and uncut) and presented in HD (when available) for a low monthly subscription rate of $6.99. Neon Alley is the first platform designed to be studio agnostic, offering a diverse array of titles from many leading anime producers and distributors. Neon Alley’s schedule includes a dynamic mix of action, adventure, sci-fi, supernatural, fantasy, and horror anime, including weekly exclusive episodes of BLUE EXORCIST, INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT, NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN, and TIGER & BUNNY, as well as blockbuster favorites DEATH NOTE, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, ONE PIECE, VAMPIRE KNIGHT and more.

VIZ Media’s digital manga platform allows users to access and read manga from the Apple iPad(r), iPhone(r) and iPod(r) touch, and supported Android-powered smart phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire), with VIZManga.com for desktop and laptop computers. Manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application starting from $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading manga and features a massive library of the most popular manga series in the world. The platform features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series, with over 1,000 volumes across 100 different series currently available, including blockbusters like NARUTO, BLEACH, BARRAGE and BLUE EXORCIST and the digital anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA. New series and volumes added every Tuesday and readers can explore all titles with free Chapter 1 previews of every series.

For more information about Neon Alley and to sign-up, please visit www.neonalley.com http://www.neonalley.com/ .

Download the free VIZ Manga App for Android and iOS devices at www.VIZ.com/apps.

To learn more about VIZ Manga, please visit VIZManga.com http://www.vizmanga.com/ .






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