Posted on: May 6th, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – May 6th

Welcome to the Comic Quick Picks for May 6th, 2009!  This week we’ll take our first look at the Agent Orange storyline in Green Lantern #39 and we get to see two monsters locked in an epic battle in Solomon Grundy #2.  Colorful and creative, these issues come with my highest recommendations!

green-lantern39Green Lantern #39

DC Comics

Written by Geoff Johns, with art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion. Cover art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert, with a variant cover by Rodolfo Migliari.

“Agent Orange Part 1 and featuring an “Origins and Omens” backup tale! As the orange light of avarice erupts in violence within the Vega System, the secrets of the Guardians’ pact with the criminals of the universe that has kept the Vega System off limits is revealed. Hal Jordan comes face to face with the mysterious and immensely powerful Agent Orange in a bizarre confrontation.”

With the DC event “The Blackest Night” rapidly approaching, this Green Lantern issue is an essential read.  The Green Lantern comics have lately been dealing with a story arc being treated as a trilogy, with Green Lantern:  Rebirth and The Sinestro Corps War being the first two in the trilogy and Blackest Night being the final part.  These issues have dealt with the many colors of the universe.  I’m a pretty big fan of this story idea, and of all of the “colors of the universe” I’ve been a bigger fan of the Orange Lantern than anything else so far.  Agent Orange is wicked cool.  Far and away my favorite Lantern in terms of look and design.  Check out Green Lantern #39 to familiarize yourself with one of the coolest and definitely the most bad ass of all the many colored Lanterns.  You’ll want to know as much as you can before The Blackest Night story launches, as it will be an event that affects the entire DC universe!  Amazingly clean and equally stunning artwork make this a fine addition to any comic collection.  Pick it up at Hero Haven Comics, along with all the other released Green Lantern issues in this trilogy series, for a mere $2.69

grundy-2Solomon Grundy #2

DC Comics

Story and artwork by Scott Kolins

“Christened on a Tuesday! Writer/artist Scott Kolins (FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES REVENGE, THE FLASH) brngs you the exclusive first-ever Solomon Grundy battle with Bizarro! The two monsters smash through Gotham City in a stirring, mind-blowing death match you’ll have to see to believe! Plus: Witness more of the origin of Cyrus Gold as he begins his evil destiny by committing his first horrid murder. Will Cyrus ultimately uncover who murdered him and unravel the Solomon Grundy curse forever?”

If you love brutal beat downs and epic battles, this is your issue.  Two giant heavyweights locked in battle, and tearing up the streets of Gotham, smashing anything in their way and leaving rubble in their wake.  Solomon Grundy has always been an intriguing character to me.  Depicted differently at different times, he has been shown to be defeated by Batman while at other times he is shown to be fighting toe to toe with Superman.  I’m happy to see Grundy got it’s own series.  The character starts out of the gate with a bang, fighting a massive battle with Bizarro in only the second issue!  Comic fans have seen the Green Lantern battle Solomon Grundy quite frequently, so it’s great to see him get into a slug-fest.  Solomon Grundy #2 is very much a typical testosterone filled, “man’s man” comic, and I love that.  Find this one at Hero Haven Comics for $2.69

Multi colored Lanterns and brutal beat downs.  Who could ask for anything more?!?  Remember, if you enjoy DC comics, no matter which DC hero/villain you enjoy, you’ll need to prepare yourself for the ultimate Lantern event The Blackest Night.  No better way to do that than to check out Green Lantern #39.  If you like slug-fests, boxing matches, MMA, street fights or indoor ass kicking, you’ll really enjoy Solomon Grundy #2.  All in all, going through my collection to find some issues for this post, I probably had the most fun I’ve ever had doing this piece when I went back and re-read these two issues.  You’ll definitely enjoy!

Posted on: April 29th, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – April 28th

It’s Graphic Novel week here on the Comic Quick Picks, and boy do we have some great ones to take a look at.  We’ll pose some big time questions as we try to dive deep into the psyche of Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, and then we’ll get drunk on a visit to the Planet of Beer!  Beer and comics?  Welcome to my world!  Let’s take a closer look at our picks this week, Batman:  Going Sane and Planet of Beer

batmangoingsaneBatman:  Going Sane

DC Comics

Written by J.M. DeMatteis, Eddie Campell and Daren White.  Art by Joe Staton, Bart Sears and Steve Mitchell. Cover by Staton and Mitchell

“Discover whether The Joker would become sane if Batman disappeared in this thriller collecting Legends of the Dark Knight #65-68 and #100! After a life-and-death struggle, The Joker seemingly kills Batman. Faced with the loss of his nemesis, the insane Joker can only retreat…into sanity.”

The Joker isn’t just Batman’s arch-nemesis.  He isn’t just the “yin to Batman’s yang.”  The Joker is the greatest comic book villain ever created.  That’s right.  When the depths of Joker’s insanity are even touched upon, it becomes clear that there just aren’t many super-villains out there that come anywhere near the complexity of the Clown Prince of Crime.  But for the Joker to work, you need to have his opposite.  He just wouldn’t be any fun without Batman there to counter-balance all the insanity.  In Batman:  Going Sane you’ll get a glimpse into a world “without Batman.”  What would the Joker do without Batman?  If you’ve never trusted me on anything before, please trust me on this:  this TP is required reading for all fans of the Joker.  The story is masterfully crafted and it boasts some fine artwork.  Staton, Sears and Mitchell take the best parts of the many different “looks” of the Joker, and combine them into a classic look; not too crazy, not too goofy.  PICK THIS ONE UP!!!  You’ll love it.  Seriously.  Hero Haven Comics has it for $11.99, and I can honestly say that it’s worth every penny.

planetofbeerPlanet of Beer

Dark Horse

A “passion project” that is the sole work of Brian Sendelbach

“Dark Horse is proud to present . . . actually, make that giggling manically as we present one of the silliest-yet most subversive and darkly funny-collections of comics you’ll see this year. Planet of Beer selects the best and weirdest comic strips from the popular underground weekly comic Smell of Steve in one gloriously colored, landscape-format book. Join creator Brian Sendelbach’s all-misfit cast of underloved underwater superheroes, space-faring former U.S. presidents, soul-sucking alien DJs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and other insane characters as they work together to find the elusive and legendary Planet of Beer. Actually, that’s way more of a sensible plot than you’ll actually find in this book, but if you like your comics absurd, awesome, and maybe just a tiny bit disturbing and wrong, we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this book.”

I have never seen a more bizarre, off the wall, and original book in my life.  I loved every page!  The description above is pretty spot on; this book is full of ridiculous characters and a convoluted plot that even I had a hard time following during the first reading.  But let me give you a little piece of advice to keep in mind before you read this one.  Something I didn’t realize until about a week after picking this up.  Planet of Beer  is a whole lot more fun, and easier to understand, when you have downed a couple of brews yourself.  That’s right.  Go on a magical journey right along with all the bizarre characters in a hunt for the mythical Planet of Beer, a place that I plan on visiting as soon as space travel is a little accessible for drunks.  It all makes sense when you are a little buzzed.  Buzzed, drunk, or completely sober, this is a truly unique comic book experience.  It was pure fun.  Buyer beware, this is not for everyone.  If you can’t handle a convoluted and complex “plot” or a wide array of off-the-wall characters, you may want to steer clear.  For everyone else, including all you beer drinkers out there, you’ll want to find yourself a copy of this.  You may even want to find a sober buddy to read it to you, especially if you are like me when drunk.  Sucks having to do complicated things when you’ve been drinking… Hero Haven Comics has this one for $11.96

Let me be the first to raise my Miller High Life in cheers to all you comic fanatics!  Or a Labatt Blue for my Canadian friends?  Anyway, a toast is truly in order here.  Two classic trade paperbacks that are completely worthy of the slightly higher price tag.  What would happen to the Joker if the Batman was dead?  What would happen if an actual Planet of Beer was discovered, and more importantly, how long would it take us to figure out a way to tap this amazing resource?  Go out and pick up Batman:  Going Sane and Planet of Beer for your collection.  Just make sure you do it before you crack open your beer, okay???

Posted on: April 22nd, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – April 22nd

Welcome to the Comic Quick Picks for April 22nd, 2009!  This week I’ll introduce you to one bad-ass US Marshal circa 1860, and then we’ll jump to a major war with serious implications for Marvel’s cosmic universe!  It’s past and present this week, with good old fashioned gun slingin’ and major sci-fi savagery!  First off, we’ll meet the 13th US Marshal on a mission in “13 Chambers:  One Shot.”  Then we’ll get inter-galactic with Black Bolt and the Inhumans, and their quest to regain their “prestige” in the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, in “War of Kings #1.”  Great content for the quintessential comic collection!

13chambers_cover_a13 Chambers:  One Shot

Image Comics

Written by CHRISTOPHER ‘mink’ MORRISON, with art DENIS MEDRI and cover art by PAOLO PARENTE

“After Abraham Lincoln’s death, one of President Jackson’s first orders was to disband the 13 Marshals: a secret group of lawmen operating with complete federal authority. Set in a fantasy 1860s, 13 CHAMBERS is the story of the 13th Marshal and his Presidential mission to retrieve all 13 Territory Peace Keeper pistols and return them to Washington D.C. for retirement.All is well until he reaches a small town in four corners where an insane mining baron named YORK has killed the 12th Marshal and stolen his pistol.The 13th Marshal must get the pistol back at all costs and bring York to justice…or die trying.”

I have to admit that were it not for a close friend and fellow comic collector’s guidance, I would never have found this gem from Image Comics.  This friend also served as my inspiration for this weekly offering, as my collection wouldn’t be half as good as it is now without his help.  Anyway, those who have read my work both here on GKS and over at MovieGuys may already know that I am a big fan of the western genre, and all the cool stuff associated with it.  I’ve been diggin on some Jonah Hex lately, and I’ll watch any western/cowboy film or tv series.  13 Chambers is classic stuff.  A US Marshal on a mission!  You just know this dude is gonna be one tough hombre, and you’d be right!  I thought the story is actually one of the hidden gems in the western comic genre, and it is easily on par with the best Jonah Hex stories.  I won’t lie though.  The artwork is not stunning as has been the case in nearly all of my previous Comic Quick Picks.  Nothing to dissuade anyone from checking this out, just keep in mind that you pick up this one for the killer story.  Pick it up from Hero HavenComics for $5.39.

war-of-kingsWar of Kings #1

Marvel

Written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING , penciled by PAUL PELLETIER, and cover art by BRANDON PETERSON.  Art on Variant Cover A by LEINIL FRANCIS YU, and Variant Cover B by RON LIM

“In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Black Bolt has led the Inhumans on a shockingly savage pathto restore their strength and security. But that path has brought them into direct confrontation with the Shi’Ar Empire – and their mad ruler Vulcan! Who will get in the first strike? Who will fall on the bloody battlefield? Who will rule? The Imperial Guard, the Starjammers, the Inhuman Royal Family and more of your favorite sci-fi characters are locked on a collision course…and it all starts here!”

For the purposes of this post, I’m going to assume that everyone has read or is familiar with Marvel’s Secret Invasion event.  If not, you can see the details here.  It was a massive event, one that spanned several months and affected most of Marvel’s A and B team heroes and villains.  Definitely check it out for yourself.  Anyway, War of Kings takes place not long after the events of the Secret Invasion, and deals with the Inhumans waging a war to regain all that they had lost as a result of the invasion.  No spoilers here, but those who have read Secret Invasion know what I’m talking about.  War of Kings #1 is pure awesome-sauce.  It features all of the best that Marvel has to offer in terms of science fiction.  You’ve got the Kree, the Starjammers, the Shi’Ar Empire, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Darkhawk.  This also promises to be a big time Marvel event, running through to August, and ending with a Mighty Avengers tie-in that will introduce a mysterious character known as the Unspoken.   If all of that wasn’t enough to get you interested, or if you are still on the fence, let me just tell you how awesome the artwork is.  It’s bright andvibrant.  The story, while including the somewhat bland villain Vulcan, is a blast.  We get to see more of the Gladiator’s Royal Shi’ar Guard which some of you might remember from Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men.  It may seem like there are a lot of things going on here, with so many factions listed, but they all manage to be distinguishable and intriguing.  I’m just excited to have Black Bolt and the Inhumans get off their rears and leave the moon to kick ass again.  This is the beginning of a Marvel inter-galactic event that could be big, so take part in it now, so that you don’t have to play catchup later.  Pick it up at Hero Haven Comics for $3.59

Wow.  We covered  opposite ends of the bad-ass spectrum this week.  Tough gun-slingers and galactic war; I never thought I’d discuss the two so close together.  13 Chambers:  One Shot is great for anyone who’s ever had an interest in cowboys and/or gunslingers, and with a story that will keep you interest till the very last page, it should be a fine addition to your collection.  War of Kings #1 could end up being the start of something very big in Marvel’s galactic history; with a massive cast of all the sci-fi heroes and villains that you love, War of Kings #1 is an issue that you should be proud to own.  Head on down to your local comic shop, or link to Hero Haven, and add some new titles to your comic collection.  Happy hunting people!

Posted on: April 15th, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – April 15th

This week on the Comic Quick Picks I invite you all to join me in simultaneous joy and sorrow as we say goodbye to an award winning series, and just as we are saying goodbye we will also welcome back one of the greatest heroes ever in the DC universe.  It’s time to celebrate some major events in the world of comic books!  We will “say goodbye” to one of the greatest indie comic series’ of all time as we check out 100 Bullets #100.  To cheer everyone up we’ll finish by welcoming back the greatest man to ever take on the mantle of the Flash, Barry Allen, in Flash Rebirth #1!  Experience history in the making this week!

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100 Bullets #100

Vertigo Books

Written by Brian Azzarello, with art by Eduardo Risso, & cover art done by Dave Johnson

“This is it. Nearly a decade in the making, the Eisner Award-winning, critically acclaimed series comes to its inevitably blood-soaked end. What final fate do agent Graves and the rest of the cast face? Who will be left standing when the gun smoke clears? Find out in the epic, final issue of the series Playboy magazine called “a meditation on money, power and morality…for our money, the best current ongoing series.”

100 Bullets stands as one of the finest comic series’ done in the last 20 years.  It is critically acclaimed, having won the 2002 Harvey Awards for Best Writer, Best Artist and Best Continuing Series, and the 2003 Harvey Award for Best Artist, as well as the 2001 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story, and the 2002 and 2004 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.  The books stand out both in style and story.  Stylistically, the books draw heavy influence from films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.  They are different from what most comics look like today.  The stories are written by the uber talented Brian Azzarello, who you may remember from a previous Comic Quick Pick, Joker.  The man knows how to craft a comic book storyline better than anyone in the business.  The great thing about the 100 Bullets series’ is that they always had the eye on the big picture, even if the reader couldn’t always tell.  Issue #100 marks the end of the current series as we know it, and while we all know that endings aren’t always what they seem to be in the comic world, it is still a sad time for fans.  Yes, it will be very exciting to get answers to so many questions, so in that way fans will be excited about this.  But it is also sad to think that we may never again see 100 Bullets in it’s present glory.  Go pick this one up, and cherish this moment.  You can find it at Hero Haven Comics for $2.69!

flash-rebirth-promo-02Flash Rebirth #1

DC Comics

 Written by Geoff Johns, & art by Ethan Van Sciver

“Following the events of FINAL CRISIS, Barry has beaten death and returned to a fast-paced world that a man out of time wouldn’t recognize. Or is it a world that is only just now catching up? All the running he’s done before was just a warm up for the high-speed race that he and every other Flash must now run, because even though one speedster might have beaten death, another has just turned up dead!  This promises to be an explosive and jaw-dropping epic that will reintroduce to the modern age the hero who single-handedly birthed the Silver Age of comics! DC history will be made, and the Flash legacy will be redefined!”

First off, I just have to say that I have been anticipating this release more than any other comic in the last decade.  It’s the return of the greatest Flash ever, in my opinion.  Barry Allen was the Silver age Flash, a character who helped DC usher in the Silver Age of comics, almost single-handedly.  The death of Barry Allen during the Crisis on Infinite Earths series is now commonly known as one of the biggest events in the DCU.  While it has been implied for a while that Allen somehow survived and even that he may have returned in some form of a body, Flash Rebirth #1 is the first official appearance of Barry Allen in full Flash attire.  This series promises to be one of the most epic Flash series’ ever, and I fully expect greatness from the team of  Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.  Lantern fans will recognize the names from their work on their recent work with the Lanterns in the Green Lantern Rebirth and their work on The Sinestro Corps War, and as great as those titles were, I would hope all of you would recognize them too!  Don’t pass on an opportunity to pick up the first edition of the return of the greatest Flash ever!  Pick it up at Hero Haven Comics  for $3.59

I can’t overstate the importance of these two issues.  It may be early, but I really believe that people will be talking about these titles when they get the hardcover treatment, and for many years to come after that.  It’s the end of an era for the 100 Bullets series, and the beginning of a whole new era for the Flash!  These comics are not only essentials in ANY good comic collection, they will be essential to collectors later down the road.  Don’t you want to be the guy with the $100 comic book?  I know I do.  I have these in a special place in my collection, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them just as much as I have.  Until next time comic fans…

Posted on: April 8th, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – April 8th, 2009

Welcome to the Comic Quick Picks for April 8th, 2009!  This week I’ll feature a book full of zombies, and the forces of Heaven and Hell all in one book!  It’s time to deviate from the norm here people, and feature some popular titles in the comic world that most comic-nubes know nothing about.  Consider adding “Marvel Zombies 4 #1″ and “Spawn:  Architects of Fear” to give your up and coming collection some much needed indie flavor and essential street cred!

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Marvel Zombies 4 #1

Marvel

Written by Fred Van Lente, penciled by Kev Walker, with cover art by Greg Land and variant cover work by Arthur Suydam

“The vampire. The witch. The werewolf. The muck-monster. The devil.  They’re nobody’sidea of heroes, but they’re all that stands between our world and an unstoppable apocalypse!  They’re the new Midnight Sons, and their quest to track down the undead who escaped from A.R.M.O.R. will lead them around the globe-and right to a cruise ship overrun with undead undersea-dwelling cannibals! Can this monstrous team stop the “red tide” before it unleashes untold horror upon the mainland? Not if the Merc WithOnly a Mouth has anything to say about it! This issue unleashes the flesh-eaters for another roller coaster ride of gore, action, gore, thrills, gore and gore!”

I’ve been a fan of Marvel Zombies titles since their inception, and people who know me knew it was only a matter of time before I featured one of the books here on the quick picks.  Marvel Zombies 3 has to be some of the finest work ever done in the list of Marvel Zombie titles, and I highly recommend you head out and pick up the complete collection of them.  Marvel Zombies 4 comes to us from the same creative team that brought us the MZ3 series, and it boasts a great array of charactersand a very strong story.  MZ4 kicks off with a bang, and if you love the undead (but understandably fear them as I do) then you’ll love this series!  Start at #1, and work your way through a series featuring  Daimon Hellstrom (Son of Satan), Jack Russell (Werewolf By Night), Man-Thing, Morbius the Living Vampire and Jennifer Kale.  There is also a classic appearance by the zombie incarnation of one of my favorite characters, hinted at in the “sales pitch” listed above.  All of Marvel’s classic 70’s horror comic characters, back in the same book?  Count me in!  This is a can’t miss for any and all horror fans.  It also likely starts the relaunch of Marvel’s long forgotten horror series’.  Pick it up from our friends at Hero Haven Comics for $3.19

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Spawn:  Architects of Fear

Image Comics

Written by Arthur Claire, with artwork and cover art by Aleksi Briclot 

“An elite group of Angels, known as the Caste of Architects, needs the help of Spawn to retrieve one of their living weapons that has gone amok, the Horsaak-El. For centuries this “weapon” has been absorbing the souls of the damned to keep them from joining the armies of Hell, but now it is preying on the souls of the innocent. To ensure Spawn’s cooperation, one of the Caste have placed his brother, Marc, in the weapon’s path.”

Spawn is one of the most successful independent comic series in history, and Spawn’s solo series has already reached nearly 200 issues!  That is an insane number to conceive, as it must be hard to continually come out with fresh and interesting stories that fans will purchase.  Without sales, no comic hero is safe.  Spawn has also spawned (can’t help myself!) numerous spin-offs and cross-overs, and the character remains hugely popular in the comic community.  This title, “Spawn:  Architects of Fear”, is one of the most beautiful and well crafted tales out of all of the spin-off titles.  The book was done by the famed creative team that brought us “Spawn:  Simony”, the acclaimed Spawn title printed in France by Semic in 2003, without using the usual Image Comics co.  It remains to me one of the best looking of the Spawn titles, and that is a massive compliment as Todd McFarlane is one of the finest artists/animator/creators in the industry today, and he has produced a ton of beautiful Spawn comics.  Add in the classic “Heaven vs Hell” themes so prevalent in Spawn comics, and a dash of reluctance from the reluctant pawn in the Heaven and Hell war (Spawn), and you’ve got yourself a title that will stand out in your collection.  Pick it up from our friends at Hero Haven Comics for $5.59 

 

If you add these titles to your collection, you can boast that your collection features some of the finest comic work that “flies under the radar.”  “Marvel Zombies 4 #1″ and “Spawn:  Architects of Fear” are great titles, and I would recommend you pick them up at the nearest possible convenience.  Read them, enjoy them, add them to your rapidly growing kick-ass collection!

Posted on: April 1st, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – April 1st, 2009

This week I’d like to address a couple of issues that may not be well known, though in fairness, one of my picks has not officially gone on sale yet, but it hasn’t exactly been receiving much attention.  They may not be instant classics that would stand the test of time like “Watchmen” did, but these are fun reads, and would be great additions to any collection.  And after all, this is all about helping YOU build the ultimate collection.  Adding Unknown Soldier #6 and Deadpool: Suicide Kings #1 will give you some fun, fresh, and original issues that could surprise fans and nubes alike.

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Unknown Soldier #6

DC Comics

Written by Joshua Dysart and Illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli, with cover art from Igor Kordey

“Longing to be with his wife turns to hatred for his enemy as Moses comes down on the Lieutenant of children known as Ilakut like a hammer. And the crucible of violence that erupts burns away the old Moses forever.  It’s book that’s brutal, shocking and appalling, yet it somehow finds the time to ask some unnerving questions. It’s a visceral and cerebral at the same time. Unknown Soldier applies the basic superhero question, “can one man use violence to save the world?”  to a seriously screwed up event in human history.”

The title “Unknown Soldier” isn’t just a name for a character, it could also be considered a reflection on the comic itself; The Unknown Soldier isn’t what you would consider a traditional superhero comic book, and the mainstream success of the series has undoubtedly been affected by this.  That is a shame, because the series is one of my favorite reads in a long time.  This most recent story arc, which ends with “Unknown Soldier #6″, is a shockingly graphic and violent tale.  It doubles as a commentary on some of life’s toughest issues.  The questions posed in this book, coupled with the over the top violence, makes this a comic that the fair hearted comic fans would steer clear of.  But I beg of you to pick this one up, you most certainly won’t be disappointed.  While you won’t find this issue on a site like Amazon, you need not worry; I’ve done the work for you, and found this issue being offered for $2.69 by our friends over at Hero Haven Comics.  You could get the rest of the story arc that ends with issue #6 there as well.

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Deadpool:  Suicide Kings #1

Marvel Comics

Written by Mike Benson and Illustrated by Carlo Barbieri, with cover art by Mike McKone.

“Deadpool’s latest job has gotten him into a world of trouble. Everyone wants a piece of him — and for a crime he didn’t commit!  That’s right: Someone’s framed Deadpool, and it just might be the same guy who hired him in the first place, a guy who just might be using the mouthy merc as a wild card in a twisted wager. If Wade’s going to clear his name and serve up some revenge, he’s first got to avoid getting captured — or killed — by some of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest hitters: Daredevil, the Punisher and Spider-Man.”

One of the perks of being in/around the comic business as I have been, is that I get the occasional exclusive first look at upcoming issues.  Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly exclusive, but I get to check it out before the general public does, and I think that’s wicked cool.  Wicked cool is also exactly the way I would describe Deadpool:  Suicide Kings #1.  Now, it’s no secret that I love Deadpool, but before you just excuse my opinion as biased I ask that you take a look at the issue.  This is certainly a “classic Deadpool” story.  Fans of the merc with the mouth will find all the trademarks of the character in the first issue of this series.  This one is full of action and guest appearances by some of the coolest characters from the Marvel Universe.    You’ll also find ‘Pool’s trademark wit in fine form.  The story is superb and the artwork is clean with bold and bright colors.  This is a must have for any Deadpool fan.  Pick this one up from our new friends at Hero Haven Comics for $3.19, and while you’re at it, feel free to pre-order issue #2 in the series as well. 

Any comic book collector will tell you that a truly good collection has a wide variety of issues spanning from all publishers, featuring all characters, and telling all sorts of different stories.  Well, you can diversify your collection by adding “Unknown Soldier #6″ and “Deadpool:  Suicide Kings #1.”   Make your collection unique, make it exciting, make it epic, make it meaningful, and most importantly, make it violent.  You can do that all, just by keeping these two issues in mind during your next trip down to the comic store.  

Posted on: March 25th, 2009 Comic Quick Picks – March 25th, 2009

Welcome to the inaugural edition of a new weekly series here at Giant Killer Squid, Comic Quick Picks!  Each week, I’ll highlight two comic books and provide a brief synopsis for each issue, and why you should pick them up.  It will be, as the name of the post suggests, a quick memo for you to keep in mind next time you head down to your local comic shop.  So, without further ado, I present to you my Comic Quick Picks for March 25th, 2009.

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V for Vendetta

Vertigo comics

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd

“V for Vendetta is a  frightening and powerful story of the loss of freedom and identity in a totalitarian world,  taking place in an alternate future in which Germany wins WWII and Britain becomes a fascist state.  A vigilante named “V” stalks the streets of London trying to free England of its ideological chains.”

I’m sure most of the people who have seen V for Vendetta on the big screen had no idea that it was based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore, the same genius who delivered the pre-eminent alternate time-line future epic “The Watchmen.”  I was immensely disappointed with the movie.  As is the case with most comic adaptations, the movie failed to capture what the comic did best.  Alan Moore has a way with words; the man is a poet unlike any other I have ever encountered, and his stories always reflect that.  When you take the twisted story and couple it with artist David Lloyd’s eerie, washed-out color art, and you have a masterpiece of a comic that you will not soon forget.  Simply put, this is a must have for any true comic collector, and anyone who loves a good story.  Fortunately for you, you can pick this one up on Amazon  in paperback or hardcover, for as low as $10.64!  Don’t let the movie fool you.  This comic is everything the movie wanted to be and more.

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Joker

DC comics 

Written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo

“Joker is an eerie and twisted tale that takes place over the course of one crazy night in Gotham City.  The Joker has been mysteriously released from Arkham Asylum, and he’s none to happy about what’s happened to his Gotham City rackets while he’s been “away.” What follows is a harrowing night of revenge, murder and manic crime as only The Joker can deliver it, as he brutally takes back his stolen assets from The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face, Killer Croc and others.”

With the success of The Dark Knight at the box office last year, there were legions of young ones exposed to the madness that is the Joker.  Hopefully, it has inspired a whole new generation to get interested in comics.  And if you are looking for a good Joker story, there just is no competition; Joker is THE definitive Joker story.  Yes, it is better than the famed Alan Moore Joker tale, “The Killing Joke.”  As twisted as that was, this is way different, bringing  the Joker to a whole new level.  The depths of his insanity are explored in famed comic author Brian Azzarello’s story, and after reader Joker, you will not look at the character the same way ever again.  With elements of Ledger’s Joker combined with Moore’s Joker from “The Killing Joke” and a dash of bad humor, this is a beautifully twisted tale that is a MUST OWN for any Joker fan.  I highly recommend you buy this, and Amazon has it for as low as $10.49.  Take advantage of that amazing deal and add an instant classic to your comic collection!

There you have it comic fans!  Add these two to your collection, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends! … Or something like that…  You just can’t go wrong here.  See you again next week!  Same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel!