#NCBD pickups for the week of 5-27-15

Hello fellow comic readers, this was another great week for comic books. Here is what I picked up this week from my local comic shops:

  • Edward Scissorhands #8
  • Shaft #6
  • Black Widow #18
  • Outcast #9
  • Injustice:Year Four #2
  • They’re Not Like Us #6
  • Fight Club 2 #1
  • Postal #4
  • Hawkeye #3
  • Convergence:Shazam #2
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3
  • Sons of the Devil
  • Old Man Logan #1
  • Welcome to Hoxford(TPB)

I picked up quite a bit this week, but I was able to get most of my reading done this week. I was really excited for Old Man Logan #1. I had been waiting for this title ever since I found out Andrea Sorrentino was going to be drawing this comic. He has a unique drawing style and I fell in love with it when he was drawing I, Vampire and Green Arrow.

The art in Old Man Logan is great and prime example of it is seen right away when Logan kills Gladiator by stabbing him through the chest with his claws. You can see the anger and viciousness in Logan’s face and the pain and suffering in Gladiator’s face. This was just an overall great issue and can not wait to read the rest in the series.

This week there were also some comics making their debut and some coming to an end. The ones that made their debut this week were Fight Club 2 and Son of the Devil. Both of them are good for premiere issues and can’t wait to see what else they have in store.

I am sad to see Black Widow and Shaft come to an end. Both were great series to read. Black Widow had some great artwork by Phil Noto and Shaft had a real gritty 70’s feel to it that will be missed.

Well, that’s all I have this week folks. Let me know what you’re reading. You can contact me on twitter pierre0685 or comment on here. Always nice to hear what others are reading because we all have different tastes. Until next time, happy reading and enjoy your day.

The 5 Best Comics I Read This Week

I finally got to read all the comics I bought this week.  It’s rare that I get it done before the new week starts, but since I have a better work schedule and no school until June, I’ll get a lot more reading done.  Most of the comics I read this week were pretty good, and honestly only one was a dud. I want to share the five I thought were the best and here they are:

Wytches #6
Written by: Scott Snyder
Drawn by: Jock
Colors by: Matt Hollingsworth

This was a great issue to close the first arc. Snyder and Jock continue to work great together and this issue is a great example.  The first thing a fan of Wytches will notice is the price of this issue.  It’s $3.99, but it is definitely worth it.

The cover is drawn brilliantly.  It uses dark colors very well and the screaming faces on the leaves give the cover a very grim and scary vibe. 

The interior art is great too. Jock never disappoints and the first ten pages are a testament to this.  Hollingsworth’s use of dark colors really brings Jock’s art to the forefront.

The story is very chilling and realistic.  Snyder always seems to get a facet of reality in his work, and Wytches is no different.  The choice Charlie has to make is a tough one.  The reader can see which one he makes, but the meat of the great writing is done between Charlie and Lucy. The whole issue is done splendidly, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next arc.

Wytches was the best for me this week.  Here are my other four to round out my top five:

Moon Knight #15
Written by: Cullen Bunn
Drawn by: German Peralta
Colors by: Dan Brown

This a great start to a new arc in Moon Knight. Most of the issues are stand alone and this one seemed to start out as such, but didn’t end that way. Looking forward to the next few issues of this arc.

Fade Out #6
Written by : Ed Brubaker
Drawn by: Sean Phillips

These two just keep turning out great stories.  From Incognito to Fatale.  This issue really doesn’t fizzle at any point and Phillips continues to give the book a really noir feel. Devin Faraci’s piece at the end of this issue is informative and eye opening.

Convergence: The Question #2
Written by: Greg Rucka
Drawn by: Cully Hamner

This has turned out to be one of the best tie-ins to Convergence.  This issue shows how relationships can be repaired no matter what and that no one is beyond saving.

Bloodshoot Reborn #2
Written by: Jeff Lemire
Drawn by: Mico Suayan

This issue does a great job of having Bloodshoot question his sanity and his desire to keep from becoming a killing machine again. Although he wants to avoid being a killer, he must hunt down this other Bloodshoot.  The art is great and Bloodsquirt is always a joy to read. 

#NCBD pick ups for the week of 5-20-15

Well, #NCBD was great as usual.  This is what I picked up this week:

Moon Knight #15
Bloodshoot Reborn #2
Ultimate End #1
Convergence:The Question #2
Eight#4
The Fade Out #6
Daredevil #15.1
Return of the Living Deadpool #4
Shaft #5
Spread #7
Y The Last Man Vol. 1

I am excited about this week’s pickups for a variety of reasons.  One,  Cullen Bunn has done a great job of taking over Moon Knight and it continues to be a good read.  Two, excited about all the indie titles especially Bloodshoot Reborn and The Fade Out. Finally, I have always wanted to check out Y The Last Man, and couldn’t pass it up since I only spent $5 on it.  Let me know what you guys picked up by tweeting me at pierre0685 or by leaving me a comment.  Until next week enjoy your reading and don’t be afraid to read something new. 

DC BOMBSHELLS BECOMING ONGOING COMIC TITLE

Courtesy of DC Comics

Courtesy of DC Comics

DC Bombshells have been doing great. They have their own statue line and this past year they graced the cover of DC titles as variant covers. Now, they’re getting their own comic book series. This is great news for a variety of reasons, but the main on being DC putting these heroines on the forefront of comics. DC has been getting better with diversifying their comics and this is another great example. Not only is the title staring Wonder Woman, Batwoman and Supergirl, but it is also being written by a woman,Marguerite Bennett and drawn by a woman, Marguerite Savage. DC has come along way from where they were in past and this title will continue to lead DC in the right direction.

Fans will be able to get this title digitally this coming July and it will be available in print in August. Really looking forward to this and hope many of you are. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment or tweeting me at pierre0685.

#NCBD Pick Ups for the Week of 5-13-15

Here is a list of what I picked up today for #NCBD:

  • Injection #1
  • Harrow County #1
  • Lady Killer #5wordle
  • Black Science #14
  • Chrononauts #3
  • C.O.W.L. #10
  • Southern Cross #3
  • The Walking Dead #141
  • Spider-Gewn #4
  • Secret Wars #2
  • Thor #8
  • Convergence:Nightwing and Oracle #2
  • Injustice:Year Four #1
  • Convergence:Superboy #2
  • Batman:Arkham Knight #3

This was a great week for comics like it is every Wednesday, but there are two new comics that are out this week that I have been looking forward to for a long time. Injection, is a comic that I have been waiting for since the end of the first arc on Moon Knight. The reason for my excitement is because the same creative team that made Moon Knight are together again on Injection. The creative team consist of writer Warren Ellis, artist Declan Shalvey, and colorist Jordie Bellaire. These three are amazing at what they do and I expect nothing but greatness from this book. The next book I have been looking forward to since they released a preview at C2E2 is Harrow County. This horror comic comes from Cullen Bunn. He is known for writing Deadpool and The Sixth Gun. He will also be writing Aquaman and Green Lantern when DC is done with Convergence. When I am done reading these comics, I will be sure to share my thoughts on them. I would like to hear what you’re reading this week. Either comment below or tweet me at pierre0685. Hope to hear from you and enjoy reading your new comics.

C2E2 Is the Perfect Place for Comic Book Fans

Comic books have been around since the 1930’s and are still popular today. Most people enjoyed comic books when they were young, and when they see comic books as adults it gives them a feeling of nostalgia. What if you could enjoy comics no matter what age you are? What if you could dress up as your favorite superhero or villain and not be given strange gazes? Well don’t fret or fear, you can do all that and more at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). C2E2 is a place where you can delve into the world of comics and escape the realities of everyday life. Participants can dress up like their favorite characters to honor them or to get rid of a little social anxiety.

Alexandria Hill cosplaying as Poison Ivy

Alexandria Hill cosplaying as Poison Ivy

Comic books fans come to C2E2 free to don any outfit from the characters they admire. It would not be unheard of for a person to walk into C2E2 and see a fan dressed up as Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, or any character from the world of comics. These fans aren’t spruced up in costumes from Party City or some random costume store. They create their costumes on their own and often from scratch. This form of costuming is called cosplaying. Fans put in a great deal of time and money into these outfits. They have to gather up all the materials and do the sewing and stitching themselves. These costumes allow fans to fully immerse themselves into the character.

Fans not only create these outfits for the love of the characters, but for some fans, to relieve a little social anxiety. They can walk around and see people admiring them from afar, and even wanting to take photos with them. Kelly McBride, a co­splayer, has gone to C2E2 as many different characters, but his favorite character is the Joker. “I do it to show love for the creations I love and because I have a lot of social anxiety and in costume as one of these characters it all goes away and I love the pictures and attention I get instead of fear it,” explains Kelly McBride. “It helps me overcome that fear and let loose and have a good time.” These fans get to have a weight lifted by donning the costumes of their treasured characters, and that is reason enough for them to attend C2E2.

C2E2 provides plenty of comic book stories for the comic book lover’s to escape into. Comic book fans have local comic book shops where they find inspiration, but if they can’t find that comic that helps escape the hassles of everyday life, chances are that comic will be found at C2E2. There will be a more than enough vendors for a fanatic to go searching. Both local vendors and shops from all over the country that make the trip to Chicago. A fanatic can go from vendor to vendor and table to table hunting down that perfect comic or story to help them retreat from reality for a little bit.

In comic books, it is cliché that good always triumphs over evil, but this isn’t the case in the real world. We see this often on the news and the harsh realities of everyday life. Dan Rice, a comic book fan, has been collecting comics since he was a child. “After working in law enforcement for 10 years it’s a good thing to see the good guy win,” explains Rice. “Far too often in real life that does not happen and it’s also good to see someone stand up for the little guy, again something that does not happen too often in real life.” These stories do a lot more for fans than most people realize because most presume that comics are just something kids dabble in, but this is simply not the case. Comics contain great stories and characters like any book would have. Comics also provide a visual aspect to the story, something that most books lack. Comic book creators are great storytellers and fans are very appreciative for this. Fans get a chance to show their appreciation at C2E2.

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Mike Moreci (right) and I (left) taking a picture at C2E2 in April 2015

C2E2 is a place where comic book fans can meet the creators of their favorite comics. Most fans believe a day like this would never come, but C2E2 makes it a reality. C2E2 has creators come from DC, Marvel, Image, and many other companies attend the event. Since C2E2 started in 2010, the list of creators has grown every year. The fans aren’t just rushed along to just to have the next person meet and greet the creator. They actually get to talk and interact with them. Then once they are done they can have their favorite comic signed, have the creator draw a sketch, or even take a picture with their favorite creator so they can treasure that moment for a lifetime. There’s nothing more meaningful to a fan than to actually meet the creator of a beloved comic where the reader finds a world to get lost in. Scott Snyder, the current writer of Batman comics, is very grateful for his fans. He has done so much for Batman, like creating the Court of Owls, a new arch nemesis for Batman. When he attends C2E2, he will stop to take pictures with fans and chat with them no matter what he is doing. The creators give birth to the characters that comic book fans have come to enjoy and love and fans are very thankful for this.

C2E2 is a constantly growing in Chicago gets better every year. It has spun out of the original comic book convention that started in a hotel lobby in New York in 1968 and expanded to Chicago’s McCormick Place. C2E2 has come from humble beginnings and grown into something very big, is the perfect place for a comic book fan. The event started in 2010 with only 27, 500 attending, but attendance has grown steadily since. In 2014, there were 63, 000 fans that attended the event. It is the one place where one can be become deeply involved in the passion for comics and meet like-minded individuals while doing so.

The event is held every year on the last weekend of April. It is also very affordable for attendees. A ticket cost $60 for a weekend pass, but they can also be purchased by the day. A ticket for Friday cost $30, Saturday $35 and $30 on Sunday. It is also very family friendly and tickets for children on cost $5 on Sunday. They have face painting and children will be guaranteed to run into their favorite character such as, Iron Man, Thor and even their favorite Star Wars characters. C2E2 may only come to Chicago once a year, but it is definitely worth the wait.

#NCBD pick ups for the week of 5-6-15

Here is what I picked up this week:

Batman:Earth One Vol. 2
Descender #3
All New Captain America #6
Lady Killer #4
Roche Limit:Clandestiny #1
Afterlife with Archie #8
Crossed #76
Daredevil #15
Convergence:Superman #2
Secret Wars #1

I usually have a bigger pile of comics than this, but Batman:Earth One is a trade paperback and I’m still recovering from money I spent on C2E2.  I am really looking forward to reading all of them, but Descender, Batman:Earth One,  and Afterlife with Archie are the ones I’m really excited about. After I am done reading them,  I’ll be sure to let you know what I think about them.