Staff Picks – What To Get This Week – August 20, 2014

 

 

 

 

Yes it is! It’s Wendesday, New Comic Day and here we are to tell you what it is you should be spending that precious little disposable income you have after bidding on Stephen Armell’s autographed Arrow scripts this week.

 

TOP OF THE STACK

The Multiversity #1 – DC Comics

Writer: Grant Morrison
Art:  Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

What DC says:

The biggest adventure in DC’s history is here! Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today’s most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse! Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU! Comprising six complete adventures – each set in a different parallel universe – plus a two-part framing story and a comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, THE MULTIVERSITY is more than just a multipart comic-book series. It’s a cosmos spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the frontline in the Battle for All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry! In issue #1, pencilled by superstar artist Ivan Reis (AQUAMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE), President Superman of Earth-23 uncovers a threat to all Reality so apocalyptic it will take a team of incredible heroes from across the Multiverse to face it – including Captain Carrot, like you’ve never seen him before! But even with a multitude of alternate worlds to choose from, where every variation is possible, can anyone hope to prevail against the onslaught of ultimate evil and undying hatred – in the unstoppable form of a one-time cosmic defender with unimaginable powers?! Join us, if you dare, for the beginning of THE MULTIVERSITY!

What we say:

Going back to the Multiverse?  Hell yes!  The return of Captain Carrot! Oh Hell Yes! 8 years in the making, from the warped and wonderful mind of Grant Morrison.  We have been waiting for this since 52 ended.  Can it live up to the expectations?  Who knows?  But you know you want to find out.

THE BEST OF THE REST

The Delinquents  #1 – Valiant Comics

Writers: James Asmus & Fred Van Lente
Art: Kano

What Valiant says:

Confrontation! Devastation! Inebriation! (And the lost secret of the hobos too!) Oh dear god no, you’d better get out of the way… because here come the Delinquents! Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force collides these ill-suited and irresponsible ‘heroes’ for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology, all hell is bound to break loose. Can two busted pairs become four of kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day, and make it back home in time for Happy Hour? Let’s hope so… ’cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don’t even want to know about the goat.)

What we say:

 Two words sum up why you have to read this comic.  ASS MAP.  That not enough for you?  Well how about two of Valiant’s greatest duos teaming up to be a fab foursome?

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual #5 – IDW

Writers: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz
Art: Kevin Eastman

What IDW says:

The Turtles are whisked away to another dimension by a stranger – Renet! Forced to fight for their survival in a tournament featuring the greatest warriors in the universe, the brothers will have to master new fighting techniques and forge new alliances. But with the deck stacked against them, their chance of survival is slim!

What we say:

 The turtles, feature length the way they ought to be.  On the comic page, drawn and written by Kevin Eastman.  If the liked the movie, check out where they came from.  If you didn’t like the movie, check out the way they are supposed to be.

 

Doctor Spektor Master of the Occult  – Dynamite Entertainment

Writer:  Mark Waid
Art: Neil Edwards

What Dynamite Comics says:

MARK WAID (Daredevil) & NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four) bring the The GOLD KEY universe closer to unlocking! Why is a Master Of The Occult forced to deal with a Robot Fighter, a Dinosaur Hunter, and a Man Of The Atom!?

What we say

Dynamite’s Gold Key line has been rocking it pretty solid, and Doctor Spektor is the hidden gem of the line.  He didn’t get the Valiant treatment in the 90’s so Waid and Edwards have had to bring the good Doctor into the 21st Century without the benefit of a built in audience.  Not only have they succeeded, they clearly have the title that will bring the line together.  Get in now before you scour eBay for the early issues.

 

Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 – Dynamite Entertainment

Writer: Tony Lee
Art: Aneke

What IDW says:

Welcome to the world of Battlestar Galactica as never seen before, as #1 NYT Bestselling Author Tony Lee gives it a Steampunk spin! After Professor Baltar’s clockwork Cylonics destroy the Colonial Empire, Arch Duke Adama learns that his son Apollo is missing! It’s up to Lady Athena to travel to the Sky Pirate world of the Rising Star and ask for help from the only hope she has – the disgraced Captain Starbuck and his humanoid / Daggit copilot Muffit…

What we say:

Forget everything you ever thought you know about Battlestar Galactica.  Tony Lee and Aneke completely re-imagine the original saga, (not the Syfy version) giving it a whole new look.  And by new, we mean old.   Tony Lee is the man behind many of the best Doctor Who comics of the last 5 years, so you know he knows a thing or two about temporal anachronism.

 

BEYOND COMICS

Graphic Novels

Doctor Who: The Cruel Sea  – Panini Books

Hardcover – $19.99

Writers: Gareth Roberts – Various
Art: Mike Collins – John Ross

What Panini says:

By popular demand! An outstanding volume of comic strips collecting the complete adventures of the ninth Doctor (played on TV by Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. Featuring five complete stories from the acclaimed writers of the Doctor Who television series Gareth Roberts and Robert Shearman, and also by Doctor Who Magazine writer Scott Gray, this volume includes a wealth of exclusive, brand-new material revealing how the strips were created, featuring contributions and commentary from the writers and artists.

What we say:

Chris Eccelston’s Ninth Doctor is sorely under represented in the comic arena. With the exception of a few special issues, IDW didn’t use his Doctor in any of their comics.  Luckily for us Panini has a 8 page feature in every issue of Doctor Who Magazine each month, and here they’ve collected his entire run, and represented in it’s complete oversized glory.  Join Nine and Rose for 5 more adventures.

Toys/Collectables

 

ReAction Firefly – Malcom Reynolds 4-Inch Action Figure

From Funko –  $10.99

What Funko says:

The captain and crew of the good ship Serenity come to life as classically styled, 3-3/4″ action figures from ReAction Retro Action Figures from Super7 and Funko! Malcolm Reynolds, Jayne Cobb, Kaylee Frye, Zoe Washburne and Hoban “Wash” Washburne each come with five points of articulation and character-appropriate accessories! Blister card packaging.

What we say:

 Firefly action figures.  TAKE MY MONEY!

 

 

 

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