Written by Daniel

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Black Science #13
The Dimensionauts take on a new mission: leave every world they visit better than when they found it. But their mettle is put to the test in a plague-ridden society that wants to burn them all at the stake. (W) Rick Remender (A) Matteo Scalera

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Nailbiter #11 
NEW STORY ARC Does the Nailbiter know why sixteen of the world’s worst serial killers all came from the same small town? Does he know the truth? Find out as the Nailbiter...confesses! (W) Joshua Williamson (A) Mike Henderson

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Avengers: Ultron Forever #1
PART 1 OF 3 - THE START OF A THREE-PART AVENGERS EVENT! 500 years into the future, Ultron has won. Humanity is all but extinct - dead or enslaved by the Ultron Singularity. Now, seven Avengers are brought through time by Doctor Doom to battle the machine god for the fate of the cosmos... or die trying! It begins here - an epic adventure spanning the past and future of the Avengers! (W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Alan Davis

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Spider Gwen #3
Police Lieutenant Frank Castle is not a man to be trifled with. His new assignment? GET SPIDER-GWEN. 'Nuff said. (W) Jason Latour (A/CA) Robbi Rodriguez

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George A. Romero's Empire of the Dead Act Three #1
IT'S ZOMBIES VS VAMPIRES-WITH DESPERATE CITIZENS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE- AS THE LEGENDARY GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES THE FINAL CHAPTER IN HIS NEW UNDEAD EPIC! Zombie Autopsy! But is Xavier dead or undead? Dr. Penny Jones may have a nasty surprise coming her way! Who is kidnapping the children of NYC, where are they taking them, and why? The future of Manhattan may rest in the answers! (W) George A. Romero (A) Andrea Mutti (CA) Francesco Mattina


HARD COVER OF THE WEEK

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Absolute Green Arrow By Kevin Smith HC
In these tales from issues #1-15, Green Arrow is back from the dead, leading the Dark Knight to investigate his mysterious return, while a silent killer targets costumed vigilantes... (W) Kevin Smith (A) Phil Hester, Ande Parks (CA) Matt Wagner

ACTION FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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Batman: The Animated Series - The Joker AF
Based on the designs from the hit shows Batman: The Animated Series and New Batman Adventures comes the next wave of your favorite characters: Robin, The Joker, Man-Bat and Poison Ivy! Each figure comes with a display base and episode specific accessories!

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

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The Imitation Game
In "The Imitation Game," Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

 
 

Written by Daniel

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The Walking Dead #139
FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. A new arc begins as our world gets even bigger. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard

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Wytches #5
In the first half of the opening arc's two-part finale, Charlie descends into the wytches' burrow itself to save his daughter from an unspeakable death. But what horrors await him deep beneath the earth? And what secrets...?
W) Scott Snyder (A) JOCK

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Guardians of the Galaxy #25
Chapter 7 of the BLACK VORTEX! Double-sized spectacular! Rocket and Magik in action! Beast defeated and broken! Gamora on the offensive! Ronan deposed! Star-Lord defiant! Nova gives chase! This issue surely has it all! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Valerio Schiti

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New Avengers #32
IN TWO MONTHS...TIME RUNS OUT! (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Mike Deodato, Carlos Pacheco (CA) Gabriele Dell'Otto

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #3
When a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? Meet Aphra-the galaxy's foremost raider of lost weaponry! Plus: could these be the deadly droids she's looking for? (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Adi Granov

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Hawkeye: Avenging Archer TP
Hawkeye, the world's greatest marksman, is reunited with his ex-wife - super-spy Mockingbird! Thought dead for years, Mockingbird is eager to punch some bad guys. But when Clint tags along on her mission, can they ignore their feelings long enough to save the day? Or will old foes Crossfire and the Phantom Rider destroy them first? Plus: When Mockingbird is targeted for death along with Hawkeye's former flame the Black Widow, Hawk and Mock must discover who's killing Marvel's super-spies - and the shock ending will leave Clint blindsided! It's high-octane action and intrigue as Hawkeye and Mockingbird take on the world's biggest threats - and each other! Collecting NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION #1-4, HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1-6, WIDOWMAKER #1-4, HAWKEYE: BLINDSPOT #1-4, HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD SKETCHBOOK, and material from DARK REIGN: NEW NATION #1 and ENTER THE HEROIC AGE #1. (W) Jim McCann, Duane Swierczynski (A) David Lopez & Various (CA) Jo Chen

ACTION FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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Doctor Who Figure Coll #39 Genesis Dalek
From Eaglemoss/Underground Toys. Celebrate 50 years of the Doctor and his greatest monsters with a unique figurine collection based on the world's longest-running sci-fi television series! The series draws from every era of the show and includes all eleven versions of the Doctor plus his greatest monsters. Cast in a specially formulated metallic resin and painted by hand, every 1/21-scale figurine in the collection is sculpted with incredible care and attention to detail. Continue your collection with Jabe from "The End of the World" (#38) and the Dalek Mk. 1 from "Genesis of the Daleks" (#39). 

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece "The Hobbit", by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.


 
 

Written by Scotty

"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, an in exchange, put on a mask."
 – Jim Morrison

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One of the things that I have come to love about some of my favorite superheroes, is how they try to stay out of the lime light when they are not rescuing people.  With some hokey secret identities, I have been forced to ask myself, is it really worth it?  I mean, come on, the villains that you are fighting know who you are and what makes you tick, why would trying to keep your powers a secret be a good idea. I get that not wanting people running up to you on the street asking for an autograph or some sort of help when you are trying to buy groceries, but would it not be a better idea to let the world know who you are and what you are capable of before something tragic happens right in front of you?  Many leaders in history have chosen to rule with an iron fist or a big stick for one reason, so you know what they can and will do if crossed. 

So, for my own entertainment purposes, I have made up a small list of some of my favorite superheroes and their identities and if they actually worked.

Iron Man – Ok, we all know that Tony Stark is Iron Man and he has made no attempt to hide it from the world.  After defeating a longtime family friend that only wanted to take his weapons company to the next level, Stark wants to make sure that it is known around the globe that he has the toys and will use them to protect the innocent.  But the main reason I have seen that Stark wants to be known for his good deeds is to feed his ego.  Not saying that this is a bad reason to not hide from the cameras, but it has made his life more difficult and if anyone is looking to attack him, they know just where to find him. 

It works for Stark as he has constructed his own challenges, but he only seems to think about himself in this aspect and never about the ones he holds nearest to his heart.

Superman – I love how a pair of glasses is able to hide the true identity of the last son of Krypton.  Working at the Daily Planet has proven to be a good career move for Clark Kent, but for some reason, he lets his secret slip.  Not only does Lois Lane find out who the most powerful man is in the city, but also Jimmy who does not know what to do with the information.  Now Superman is always looking to make sure that nobody is unjustly hurt or harmed in anyway, but it seems that his biggest foes know more about him than he knows about himself.  Even though they are not able to pinpoint who the man of steel is, they know his weaknesses and that seems to be more damaging to him than anything else.

This is kind of a tossup in my mind since Kent can never seem to keep his identity a secret when it comes to love…and removing his glasses.  And with everyone looking to bring Superman down, his foes know his weakness which is much more costly than him coming clean about who he really is.

X-Men – Now this group does not get all fancy and put on special costumes when they go out to fight the injustice in the world, but they do keep their powers hidden from everyone.  With the fear of persecution, they try not to introduce anything to the outside world that can lead to them being hunted by the authorities.  This is the same as a secret identity, since they are not willing to be themselves when walking the streets.  When people find out about what the mutants are able to do, they seem to have their mind erased, so they have no recollection as to what has just happened.  With their main foes being other mutants, this is a safe group, but when the authorities’ are able to find out what they really are, all bets are off. Staying hidden from the world seems to be the best answer for this group, although I do not like to admit it.  Without knowing who their true enemies are, it is best that they stay hidden until they are able to formulate a plan of attack.

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Batman – Oh yes, Mr. Bruce Wayne.  I have always loved watching as Bruce has tried to hide his identity for all this time.  He always wants to come clean about who and what he is, but he fears what will happen to him once it comes to light.  In several storylines, Bruce does not want to be in the middle of the spotlight for everyone to watch over, so he chooses to stay away from it, but it makes him a much bigger target for the villains that are looking for quick and easy payday.  With only a select few knowing of his nightly deeds, Bruce is careful about who he will let into his little circle of trust and even though his enemies do not know of his true identity, they can schedule a meeting with the Bat by just kicking on his signal.

This is one secret identity that I agree with.  Keeping the villains at bay by not letting them find out who the man behind the mast really is, but just letting them know he is out there.

Spiderman – I do not understand the recent outcry of hatred towards the web slinger these days.  Everyone seems to have a problem with one of the best masked characters in the business.  Peter Parker is just trying to make ends meet with a day job and wants to protect the innocent in his spare time.  But sometimes doing the right thing in his city is not the right thing at all as he finds out from the paper’s editor.  Wanting to make sure to keep his family and loved ones safe is his primary concern when the villains come knocking, but for some reason, they all seem to know exactly who he is.  Even a train full of pedestrians know exactly who the hero is, but they chose to keep their mouths shut since that is his wish.

This is a funny one to think about since Peter never seems to catch a break and it would appear to be a benefit to his livelihood to let the world know who he is.  But he does not seek fame and fortune, he just wants to do the right thing and help people.  With or without the mask, he is hunted by his foes, but being a local hero, he will have plenty of people coming to his aide if needed.

That is my list for this time, I am sure some people out there will be upset that I left your favorites off of it, but I am just going through the ones I have grown up with and learned to love over the years.  I am sure this is not the last I will have on the subject as there are so many great heroes out there that deserve their time under the little microscope and I hope to bring out some more.  Please feel free to comment and shoot me a line if I missed something about one of the above listed or someone that I should have added to list other than Spiderman since nobody seems to like the poor guy anymore.  Until next time, keep your eyes peeled to the skies, you never know who will be flying over.

 
 

Written by Daniel

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The Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #1
"MAN IN SPACE" Only when he's lost in space does the great Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, find his true calling. THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS is back with all new stories told in a brand-new format. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Pitarra The greatest FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE book in the long history of man returns in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS: THE SUN BEYOND THE STARS.

 

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Magneto #16
S.H.I.E.L.D. Briar Raleigh. Red Skull. Nazi Officer Hitzig. As Magneto forges ahead, building his new stronghold amidst the ashes of Genosha, he banishes every demon who might prevent him from completing his mission. But he may find that some demons are more persistent than others... (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) David Yardin

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Star Wars: Princess Leia #2
When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire-the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains...what is a princess without a world? Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia's quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy.

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Spread #6
Spreadworms, Sirens, Raiders, Cannibals, The Preacher. Everything collides. Almost everybody dies. The first arc ends here. (W) Justin Jordan (A) Kyle Strahm


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Outcast #7
"THE ROAD BEFORE US" In light of recent revelations, Kyle feels like he's starting to piece together the answers he's looking for. But while he feels a new sense of purpose... is Reverend Anderson's life falling apart? (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Paul Azaceta

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Deadpool's Art of War TP
Sun Tzu's Art of War has been called the definitive work on military strategy and tactics. It has influenced leaders in both warfare and business for hundreds of years. Which means it's totally in the public domain, and ripe for being ripped off by Deadpool! And what's Deadpool's plan to ensure that his version outsells the original? Make sure the world is at war when it comes out! But Deadpool soon finds it's easier starting a war than it is keeping the war under his control! Now, Loki has imprisoned 'Pool and is about to conquer Earth! Fortunately, Deadpool knows the art of war, right? (He does, that's sort of the point. He's teaching you about war in this series.) Will Deadpool's war destroy Earth - or make him a best-selling author? Collecting DEADPOOL'S ART OF WAR #1-4. (W) Peter David (A/CA) Scott Koblish


FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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Pop! Big Trouble in Little China Lo Pan Vinyl Figure
The characters of the John Carpenter/Kurt Russell cult film Big Trouble in Little China join Funko's fan-favorite POP! Vinyl Figures line! Each figure stands 3 3/4" tall and features an urban, stylized design. Choose from Jack Burton, Lo Pan, Gracie Law, Lightning, Thunder, and Rain. Collect them all! Window box packaging.

 
 

Written by Daniel

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East of West #18
"THE PATH OF THE PROPHET" The last days of the world are upon us, and one man has become the living word of the apocalypse. This is the story of Ezra Orion and his unholy resurrection.  (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

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Shutter #10
Kate Kristopher in Slumberland. (W) Joe Keatings (A) Leila Del Duca


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Spiderman 2099 #10
Miguel O'Hara has finally found his way back to 2099! But none other than the malicious Maestro has taken control of the dimension! Looks like Spidey may have to call in some Strange backup. (W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Francesco Mattina

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Thor #6
WHO IS THOR? That's the question on everyone's lips. Most especially Prince Odinson of Asgard. This issue, he starts to narrow down the list of suspects. Meanwhile, tensions continue to flare between the All-Mother and All-Father, Malekith forges his most dangerous pact yet, and Thor prepares to face her greatest challenge! (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman

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Spider Gwen #2
WHO IS THE VULTURE?! Gwen finds herself between a rock (this vulture) and a hard place (the entire NYPD)! Don't miss this second issue of the Spider-Character who set the world on fire! (W) Jason Latour (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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George Romero's Empire of the Dead TP Act Two
It's zombies vs. vampires vs. an invading Southern militia as the legendary George Romero unleashes the next chapter in his ferocious undead epic! Welcome back to a very different New York City, still standing - barely - years after a world-changing undead plague. Zombies are used for sport in the arena, and vampires rule the city! But now outside forces are knocking on Manhattan's walls, and death rains down from above! As Mayor Chandrake makes deadly power plays, are Barnum and Penny vampires? Can Dixie control the rogue militia? What is Jo and Xavier's fate? And what's worse for the city's few remaining normal residents: the roaming flesh-eaters who seem to grow smarter every day, the ruling blood-suckers struggling to stay in power or the militia bent on pillaging the city? Collecting GEORGE ROMERO'S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO #1-5. (W) George A. Romero (A) Dalibor Talajic (CA) Alexander Lozano

STATUE OF THE WEEK

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Batman 1966 Catwoman Maquette Diorama
Tweeterhead  is proud to announce the release of Catwoman, the first in a limited-edition series of classic Batman television series character maquettes. Sculpted by the batastic Trevor Grove, this stunning 1/6-scale maquette stands 11.5" in height and features a purrrrrfect likeness of Julie Newmar as everyone's favorite Feline Fatale! 

 
 

Written by Daniel

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Saga #26
Gwendolyn's quest takes an interesting turn. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Fiona Staples

 

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Black Science #12
Stranded deeper in the Onion than ever before, lost in the void, the Dimensionauts set out on a bold new course: no longer merely explorers on the frontier of forbidden science, can they become saviors of the Eververse?! Strap in for the start of the second year of BLACK SCIENCE, as RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, Captain America) and MATTEO SCALERA (DEAD BODY ROAD, Secret Avengers) take you on a sci-fi high adventure a billion dimensions deep! (W) Rick Remender (A) Matteo Scalera

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Princess Leia #1
When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, she grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire -- the destruction of the Death Star. But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains...what is a princess without a world? Writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artist Terry Dodson (Avengers & X-Men: Axis, Uncanny X-Men) bring us a story of Leia's quest to help her people and find her place in the galaxy.

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Avengers #42
IN TWO MONTHS...TIME RUNS OUT! (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Scott Kolins

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Return of the Living Deadpool #2
The world is overrun by deadly zombies and deadlier Deadpools! Did Liz really find a good Deadpool out of the chaotic hordes? If she wants to live through the night, she has to hope so! (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Nicole Virella (CA) Jay Shaw

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Nailbiter Vol #2: Bloody Hands
Army interrogator Nicholas Finch is hot on the trail of why sixteen of the world's worst serial killers are all from the same small town, but his path to answers is littered with deadly intentions. There are dark forces that don't want the secrets of Buckaroo and its murderous past to be revealed. And the Nailbiter himself has to deal with being thrown in the spotlight again! Guest-stars ultimate comic writer BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS! (W) Joshua Williamson (A) Mike Henderson

STATUE OF THE WEEK

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Joker and Harley Quinn Statue
Inspired from the iconic cover BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN #1, DC Collectibles brings your favorite deranged duo of Harley and Mr. J to life! Limited Edition of 5,200. Measures Approximately 12.5" Tall.  SCULPTED BY TIM BRUCKNER


 
 

Written by Daniel

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Spider-Gwen #1
SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES! BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series - SPIDER-GWEN! Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON'T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse! From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen's origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez! (W) Jason Latour (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez

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Batman #19
"Endgame" part 5. The Joker is back! The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime's horrifying return! Plus, in the backup story, the inmates and Mahreen finally learn the truth about The Joker! (W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A) Greg Capullo & Various (CA) Greg Capullo

 

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Darth Vader #2
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Adi Granov

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New Avengers #30
TIME RUNS OUT (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Dalibor Talajic (CA) Alan Davis

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Sinestro #10
Sinestro's siege of Warworld has gone badly, and now Mongul is more powerful than ever. The leader of the Yellow Lanterns still may have a trick or two up his sleeve, but then, so does the planetary dictator with a grudge. (W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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New Avengers: Other Worlds Trade Paperback Vol #3
The Multiverse is slowly collapsing, destroying entire dimensions, and the Illuminati must combat the ever-increasing Incursions. As they meet the Mapmakers, cartographers of the Apocalypse, they discover the Black Swan's secrets and cope with their own personal challenges. Black Bolt's kingdom remains in chaos; the release of the Terrigen Bomb has split the Inhumans and upset the natural world. Reed Richards transforms one of his greatest inventions in order to view the death of worlds, as Dr. Strange considers selling his soul. Black Panther, cast from his kingdom, seeks to end the Wakandan war with Atlantis - and avenge Namor's slaughter of his people. There's no turning back for the Illuminati. They'll pay the price for their sins. But must these new Avengers destroy a perfect world so that the Earth can live? Collecting NEW AVENGERS (2013) #13.INH and #14-17. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Simone Bianchi, Rags Morales (CA) Mike Deodato

ACTION FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Figure Set
From MEDICOM Toy. Based on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film, Medicom's Amazing Spider-Man Miracle Action Figure is the most dynamic and detailed 6" figure on the market! Available exclusively through PREVIEWS, this figure recreates Andrew Garfield in his costume from the new film, and expands on the Asia-only MAF EX release in a new deluxe set.  Accessories include a magnetized wall for Spidey to climb on, an additional "unmasked" Peter Parker head, bullhorn, manhole cover, skateboard and cell phone accessories and webbing to wrap up every member of the Sinister Six! 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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Lego Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Justice League vs. Bizarro League - Batman has just joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman's bad (but well-meaning) clone Bizarro and his creation of the Bizarro League, but an even bigger threat forces the two leagues to join forces! The film comes with a bonus LEGO minifig!

 
 

Written by Daniel

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Silk #1
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker's life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV's Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee. (W) Robbie Thompson (A) Stacey Lee (CA) Dave Johnson

 

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Magneto #15
S.H.I.E.L.D. has Magneto in its clutches. But just what ace does Magneto have up his sleeve that might allow him to turn the tables on his captors? (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) Dan Panosian

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Rocket Raccoon #8
The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest Guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS. Because it's ON. or ON-ER. THE MOST ON! Whatever, you get it. Join superstar Skottie Young and sensational artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel, Figment) in a Rocket adventure that breaks all the rules (including grammar). (W) Skottie Young (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Skottie Young

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Manifest Destiny #12
NEW STORY ARC! Venturing deeper into the heartland, the expedition discovers another arch, which can only signal new trouble, while Sacagawea experiences complications with her pregnancy…(W) Chris Dingess (A) Matthew Roberts (A) Owen Gieni

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Bitch Planet #3
“Too Big to Fail” reveals the specific events leading to zaftig Penny Rolle’s incarceration. ROBERT WILSON IV (Knuckleheads) joins KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) on art duties for this flashback issue. (W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Robert Wilson


TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Damian Son of Batman TP
Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, has adopted the cape and cowl as his own...but what horrific events set this troubled hero on the path of his dark destiny? It's a possible future that may never be in this epic written and drawn by Andy Kubert! Plus, in a tale written by Grant Morrison, Damian Wayne is the Batman of Tomorrow in a story set 15 years from now in a nightmarish future Gotham City! Collecting DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN #1-4 and BATMAN #666. (W) Andy Kubert, Grant Morrison (A/CA) Andy Kubert


STATUE OF THE WEEK

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Iron Man Artfx Statue
From Kotobukiya. A special color variant to the Avengers NOW! Iron Man ArtFX+ Statue! Marvel Comics is the next great property to get Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ statue treatment, and so of course the first series is none other than the Avengers, specifically the characters as they appear in Marvel NOW! In 2012 the comic book company relaunched several titles, shifting some characters into different books and updating some for a modern audience. More than anything, it provided a perfect jumping on point for new readers.  Now the characters are brought to life as never before based on concept artwork by superstar artist Adi Granov.  Arriving alongside the final Avenger is the first alternate version in the lineup, the Iron Man Red Color Variant! Created in 1963 by a group of comic book luminaries (including Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), Tony Stark was a rich playboy whose capture during the Cold War led him to create a technologically advanced powered armor suit bristling with weapons and science-fiction gadgets. Best known for fighting enemies such as Mandarin and Crimson Dynamo, Stark would over the years combat his own personal demons as well, making him a very nuanced, interesting and popular character the world over. While he would continue to improve and upgrade his armors, the brilliant industrialist/hero would also help found the premier Marvel superhero group the Avengers and fight with them all the way into the current Marvel NOW! Universe. With a fresh start Tony appeared there with a brand new suit of Iron Man armor featuring a sleek design, but where the standard version is bold in black and gold, this variant edition takes its color scheme from the classic armors in bright red and gold! The Iron Avenger stands at the ready, turned to his side as he raises his right hand to aim a repulsor at the enemy. Iron Man's armor is intricately detailed with layers, panels, vents, and other technological components like secondary repulsors, and the metallic paint really makes it shine. Sculpted by the same master artist who did the rest of this Avengers series, Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE), Iron Man stands just under 8-1/2" H (in the ArtFX+ 1/10th scale) on his included magnetic display base. Add Iron Man to your collection and complete the full lineup of ArtFX+ Marvel NOW Avengers!


 
 

Written by Daniel

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Thor #5
The mysterious all-new Thor has taken Midgard by storm. But if her enemies have their say, her reign as the Goddess of Thunder will be a short one. Prince Odinson is making a list and checking it twice. All-Father Odin is so desperate to see Mjolnir returned to Asgard that he will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. And the Absorbing Man and Titania are just up to their usual tricks. Namely, robbing banks and crushing anyone who dares get in their way. (W) Jason Aaron (A) Jorge Molina (CA) Russell Dauterman


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Thanos vs. Hulk #3
Annihilus gains vast new might! The Hulk rampages through the Negative Zone! And the villainous and powerful Blastaar is in hot pursuit! (W/A/CA) Jim Starlin


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Darth Vader #1
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Adi Granov

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Nightcrawler #11
The Shadow King. The Crimson Pirates. The forces of Heaven and Hell. Nightcrawler is cutting through his foes to protect those nearest and dearest to him. But in his struggles with his return from the afterlife, will Nightcrawler take his one-man-war too far? (W) Chris Claremont (A/CA) Todd Nauck
 

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Spider Woman #4
SPIDER-VERSE EPILOGUE! Jessica comes out of Spider-Verse changed, but what can she do now? Don't miss this character-defining chapter! (W) Dennis Hopeless (A/CA) Greg Land 

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Rocket Raccoon HC
Rocket Raccoon has been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a heartthrob to many intergalactic females - but his high-flying life of adventure may be a thing of the past when he's framed for murder - and the authorities aren't the only ones on his tail! (Get it?) The real killer is an imposter who seems to be one step ahead of Rocket at every turn; now, it's up to our hero and his best pal, Groot, to find the truth! With Macho Gomez and the Ex-Terminators tracking him, can Rocket make it out alive and clear his name? Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we've been waiting decades for. Because really, Rocket and Groot are the only Guardians of the Galaxy you actually care about, right? Collecting ROCKET RACCOON (2014) #1-6. (W) Skottie Young (A) Skottie Young, Filipe Andrade (CA) Skottie Young

STATUE OF THE WEEK

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DC Comics Bombshells Hawkgirl Statue
DESIGNED BY ANT LUCIA SCULPTED BY TIM MILLER Get ready to blast into space with this stunningly stylized statue of the high-flying heroine Hawkgirl based on the popular pinup style of the 1940s and 50s. Limited Edition of 5,200. Measures Approximately 10.25" Tall.

 
 

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East of West #17
"FALLOUT" In which we see how the horror of war has effected each and every nation -- and which nations will crumble and which will rise.  The Apocalypse: Year Two rumbles on in EAST OF WEST #17. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

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Star Wars #2
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES! The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues! Luke Skywalker - cornered by Darth Vader! Han, Leia, and the others - trapped! (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) John Cassaday

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Angela: Asgard's Assassin #3 
The Tenth Realm of Heaven crashes into... wait, which number is Vanaheim? Well, Vanaheim. We're going to Vanaheim for adventures, fun and bleak existential horror! Does Loki join the pursuit of Angela and her tiny, diaper-wearing charge? Well, we'd have to be really cruel to mention him here if he's not going to turn up. Loki Lies, not solicits. Solicits are always 100% honest. Plus, find out why saying "All good angels go to heaven" would get you stabbed by Angela. She's a little touchy on the topic of the afterlife. (W) Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett (A) Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans (CA) Stephanie Hans

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 
THE BLACK VORTEX STARTS HERE! The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact imbued with immeasurable power, is now in the hands of Mr. Knife! With billions of lives potentially at stake, Peter Quill, the Legendary Star-Lord, is going to have to dust off his thieving gloves. (W) Sam Humphries (A) Ed McGuinness (CA) Ed McGuinness, Justin Ponsor

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Return of the Living Deadpool #1
Last year, Cullen Bunn brought us NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL, the hit tale of the Merc with the Mouth trapped in the zombie apocalypse. In the end, our hero found a "cure" of sorts to this horrible outbreak-any zombie that ate Deadpool transformed...into another Deadpool. And they lived happily ever after? Not so fast, as Cullen Bunn returns, joined by the amazing artwork of Nicole Virella, to let us know that wandering hordes of Deadpools might just be worse than flesh-hungry walking corpses. (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Nicole Virella (CA) Jay Shaw

HARD COVER OF THE WEEK

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Superman: Earth One HC #3
Who will save Superman? He may be invulnerable - but he's also alone! In his brief career as a costumed hero, Clark Kent has run a gantlet of the world's most deadly and monstrous villains. But his most dire threat may come from two powerless humans who happen to be the two smartest people on the planet. Lex and Alexandra Luthor have been paid to find a way to cancel Superman's powers - and the man who destroyed Krypton has been welcomed by the world's governments to complete his mission - with the murder of Kal-El! Betrayed and at his most vulnerable, there's no place to hide and no one Superman can trust!
Don't miss the follow-up to the New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novels SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 and 2! (W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Ardian Syaf, Sandra Hope (CA) Ardian Syaf

FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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POP! Despicable Me 2
Funko's POP! Movies Vinyl Figures take some of the most recognized movie characters of recent memory and redesign them in an attactive urban style. Universal's Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the popular CGI animated film, is the source for more POP! vinyl figures based on the film - Fire Alarm Minion and Hula Minion - that stand 3 3/4" tall. Collect them all! 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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Dracula Untold
Almost an entire century after the world's first cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend's most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters. Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold," the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.