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NEW FUNNY BOOKS ON WEDNESDAY
ACTION COMICS #993
ACTION COMICS #993 VAR ED
ADVENTURE TIME REGULAR SHOW #5 MAIN & MIX
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ALIENS DEAD ORBIT #4
ALL NEW WOLVERINE #28 BARTEL PHOENIX VAR LEG
ALL NEW WOLVERINE #28 LEG
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ARCHIE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR #1
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ASPEN UNIVERSE DECIMATION #3 CVR A RENNA
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BACK TO THE FUTURE #25 CVR B MONTELL
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #17
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #17 VAR ED
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #3 (OF 8)
BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #11 LEG
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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4 CVR C EVANS
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BUG THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6 (OF 6) 
CABLE #152 LEG
CATALYST PRIME ASTONISHER #3
CATALYST PRIME SUPERB #5
COYOTES #2
DAREDEVIL #596 LEG
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DETECTIVE COMICS #970
DETECTIVE COMICS #970 VAR ED
DIE KITTY DIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (ONE SHOT) CVR A
DIE KITTY DIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (ONE SHOT) CVR B
DOCTOR WHO ESSENTIAL GUIDE #12 TIME TRAVEL
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #519
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FALCON #3 LEG
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FLASH #36
FLASH #36 VAR ED
GALAKTIKON #3
GHOST MONEY #5
GIANTS #1
GOTHAM CITY GARAGE #5
GRASS KINGS #10 MAIN & MIX
GRAVETRANCERS #1
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34
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HALO RISE OF ATRIOX #4 (OF 5)
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JENNY FINN #2 (OF 4)
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JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #390
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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #20
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #20 VAR ED
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KILLER INSTINCT #3 CVR A CINAR
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KINGSMAN RED DIAMOND #4 (OF 6) CVR B B&W HAMNER
MAESTROS #3
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NEW SUPER MAN #18
NEW SUPER MAN #18 VAR ED
NON SPORT UPDATE VOL 28 #6 (C: 0-1-1)
PATHFINDER WORLDSCAPE KING OF GOBLINS ONE SHOT
PORT OF EARTH #2
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PUNISHER #219 GREENE PHOENIX VAR LEG
PUNISHER #219 LEG
RAGMAN #3 (OF 6)
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #17
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #17 VAR ED
RETCON #4 (OF 4)
RIVERS OF LONDON CRY FOX #2
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SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #88
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SLAM NEXT JAM #4
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SPONGEBOB COMICS #75
STAR WARS #40
STAR WARS #40 JOHNSON 40TH ANNIV VAR
SUICIDE SQUAD #31
SUICIDE SQUAD #31 VAR ED
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SUPERGIRL #16 VAR ED
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SUPERWOMAN #17 VAR ED
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TITANS #18 VAR ED
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TRUE BELIEVERS PHOENIX CLASSIC
TRUE BELIEVERS PHOENIX RETURNS
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VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER VOL 2 #5
WEAPON X #12 LEG
WEAPON X #12 LEG
WEAPON X #12 MCKONE LEGACY HEADSHOT VAR LEG
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WICKED & DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1 CVR B ANKA (ONE SHOT) (M
WILDSTORM MICHAEL CRAY #3
WILDSTORM MICHAEL CRAY #3 VAR ED
WONDER WOMAN #36
WONDER WOMAN #36 VAR ED
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YOUNGBLOOD #7 CVR A TOWE
YOUNGBLOOD #7 CVR B LIEFELD

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN CLONE CONSPIRACY TP
ANCIENT DREAMS TP VOL 01
ASTRO CITY ORDINARY HEROES HC
ATOMIC ROBO PRESENTS REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES TP VOL 02
BATMAN TP VOL 04 THE WAR OF JOKES & RIDDLES (REBIRTH)
BATMAN UNWRAPPED DEATH OF THE FAMILY HC
BIG BOOK OF BISEXUAL TRIALS AND ERRORS GN
BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE TP VOL 01
BLACK SCIENCE PREMIERE HC VOL 02 TRANSCENDENTALISM
CHAMPIONS TP VOL 02 FREELANCER LIFESTYLE
DARK AVENGERS BY BENDIS TP COMPLETE COLLECTION
DEFENDERS TP VOL 01 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
ET THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL CLASSIC ILLUS STORYBOOK HC (C: 0-1-
JSA BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 01
LADY KILLER TP VOL 02
LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 05 PIRATES GHOST
MISFIT CITY TP VOL 01
MOTOR GIRL TP VOL 02 NO MAN LEFT BEHIND
MS MARVEL TP VOL 08 MECCA
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 INTO TWILIGHT
ROCKET TP VOL 01 BLUE RIVER SCORE
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE GN
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 04 EARTHLINGS ON FIRE (REBIRTH)
THERES NOTHING THERE TP VOL 01
THOR BY JASON AARON & RUSSELL DAUTERMAN HC VOL 02
TMNT ADVENTURES ROBOTANIMALS HC
TRINITY HC VOL 02 DEAD SPACE (REBIRTH)
TRINITY TP VOL 01 BETTER TOGETHER (REBIRTH)
X-MEN PHOENIX ENDSONG TP NEW PTG

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GOTG2 EAA-049 ROCKET W/ KID GROOT PX AF  (MAR178707) (C
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GUNDAM TIEREN GROUND TYPE DOUBLE ZERO 1/100 MDL KIT  (J
MARVEL FACT FILES SPECIAL #29 PLANET HULK
MARVEL GALLERY GOTG 2 DRAX & BABY GROOT PVC FIG
MARVEL GALLERY THOR RAGNAROK HULK PVC FIG
MARVEL PREMIER COLL SPIDER-GWEN MASKED STATUE
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RICK AND MORTY POCKET TINY RICK LAPEL PIN
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BATMAN DARK KNIGHT MASTER RACE HC
BERNIE WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT ED HC CVR B
BOMBSHELLS UNITED #5
BRIGGS LAND LONE WOLVES #6 (OF 6)
DARTH VADER & SON VADERS LITTLE PRINCESS DLX BOX SET (C: 1-0
DARTH VADER AND SON HC (C: 0-1-1)
DESCENDER #26 CVR A NGUYEN
EAST OF WEST #35
GIANTKILLERS #0 CVR A SEARS
GOD COUNTRY TP
GOODNIGHT DARTH VADER HC
HELLBOY TP VOL 08 DARKNESS CALLS
I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN YR HC NEW PTG
I AM GANDHI YR HC
INJECTION TP VOL 03
IZOMBIE TP VOL 02 UVAMPIRE
IZOMBIE TP VOL 03 SIX FEET UNDER AND RISING
JOHN WICK #1 CVR A VALLETTA
JOHN WICK #1 CVR B COWAN SIENKIEWICZ
JOHN WICK #1 CVR C PHOTO
JOHN WICK #1 CVR D CASSADAY EXC SUBSCRIPTION VAR
LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 05 CLOCKWORKS
LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 06 ALPHA & OMEGA
LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT
MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE PREQUEL #1
MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE PREQUEL #1 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
NIGHT NIGHT GROOT YR PICTURE BOOK
OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING #20
PENNY DREADFUL #7 CVR A CADWELL
PRESIDENT PENCE (ONE SHOT)
RASPUTIN VOICE OF DRAGON #1 (OF 5)
RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01
RICK & MORTY TP VOL 03 
SACRED CREATURES #5 CVR A RAIMONDI
SCREAM MAGAZINE #45  (C: 0-1-1)
SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 03 HOMECOMING
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 ISNT IT BROMANTIC
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 02 SIDE PIECES
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 03 ITSY BITSY
TOPPS 2017 GARBAGE PAIL KIDS SER 2 COLL T/C BOX  (C: 1-
VADERS LITTLE PRINCESS HC (C: 0-1-1)
VALEN OUTCAST TP VOL 02
WATCHMEN TP NEW ED
WWE SURVIVORS SERIES 2017 SPECIAL #1

Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)

Comic Review: Batman/TMNT II #1

 

IMG_1036Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/IDW)

The original Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover was a massive success for DC and IDW, so it’s only natural that the two publishers would want to make a sequel. Bringing back original writer James Tynion IV and artist Freddie Williams II, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the worlds of these two mega franchises, but like the original series, it does take a little while to get the plot moving.

Taking place after the events of the original miniseries, the Ninja Turtles are hard at work dealing with the repercussions of putting Shredder in jail. After Donatello is defeated by a Foot Clan ninja, he decides that he needs a little more training to measure up to the fighting skills of his brothers. Knowing that Batman has both the intelligence and fighting skills that he requires, Donatello sets out to send the Dark Knight a message using a portal that jumps between dimensions. Unfortunately for Donnie, the message arrives when Batman and Robin and are fighting Bane, and a mishap causes Donatello to enter Gotham City, while Bane takes his place in New York.

James Tynion IV’s script spends a lot of time setting up the reasoning for this next crossover, and while it’s really good, it does take quite a while to get to the crossover. That being said, it is really interesting to see Tynion reflect on the events that happened in the first crossover and the ramifications of that conflict on both sides. Tynion’s characterization of all of the characters is in fine form, though there is more of a focus on Donatello in this issue than the other turtles.

Freddie Williams II’s art is actually even better than the previous miniseries. While his Batman still looks a little off, his designs for the Turtles, Robin, and Bane are fantastic, and he’s able to jump between the two different worlds with ease. There’s a ton of major splash pages that Williams plays with, ranging from huge action set pieces to quiet moments with the turtles in their lair. It seems to be that Williams II’s art is going to be even better here than it was the last time.

Usually sequels kinda suck, but Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is a welcome return to the original series. The fact that these two franchises are interacting with each other is still pretty weird, but this is the third time they’ve crossed paths now (the second being the animated worlds tie-in), so it’s getting more apparent that this is a crossover that makes fans happy and sells really well. You’ll probably going to want to read the first miniseries before this one, but for fans of the original crossover, there’s plenty to enjoy here.

Comic Review: Venom, Inc Alpha #1

 

Amazing Spider-Man: Venom, Inc #1 (Marvel Comics)  images

It’s been about a year since the last big Spider-Man story arc, so it’s about time for another one. Luckily though, Venom, Inc is looking to be way more interesting than Clone Conspiracy, mainly because this storyline looks to answer some of the lingering questions regarding Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, and the Venom symbiote. As the first installment of the “Venom, Inc” crossover that will bounce between Amazing Spider-Man and Venom, Venom, Inc Alpha #1 sets the stage with both Amazing writer Dan Slott and Venom writer Mike Costa, and it features art by the stellar Ryan Stegman.

Flash Thompson desperately wants the Venom symbiote back, and he’s turning to Peter Parker for help. Even though he doesn’t have any superhuman abilities anymore, Flash knows that Peter can ask his old pal Spidey to help him get it back. The two make it to Alchemax, where Eddie Brock has arrived to receive the medication that helps keep his symbiote in check. Naturally, the symbiote freaks out, causing it to try and attach to Flash and Eddie at the same time, leaving Flash as the new Anti-Venom. Oh, there’s also a new symbiote monstrosity known as Maniac is building his army.

Both Dan Slott and Mike Costa do a great job setting the stage with this storyline, and their writing abilities mesh up really well, so much so that I didn’t even notice who wrote what part. Trying to piece together the story of Flash Thompson and Eddie Brock isn’t going to be an easy one, but if anyone can make it work, it’s Slott, and Costa’s proven himself to be a rising star with the current Venom series, so this crossover is in good hands writing wise.

As good as the script for Venom, Inc is, the art is what really seals the deal here. Ryan Stegman is an artist that I’ve followed since he started at Marvel a few years ago, and he’s easily one of the top Spidey artists Marvel has. A great mix of Todd McFarlane and modern comic art, Stegman delivers some truly dynamic panels and sequences in this issue, the stand out being a jaw-dropping (and hilarious), splash page right when the symbiote is choosing between Eddie and Flash.

While comic fans may not want to shell out money for another crossover, the good news is that if you are already getting Amazing Spider-Man and Venom then you don’t need to get any other issues (aside from the Omega special finale issue). Plus, you could do worse having Slott and Costa handle this event (providing that Slott can actually stick the landing this time). As it stands right now, Venom, Inc looks to be another cool Spidey event that’s worth checking out.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag, Volume 6, Issue 48!

Waugh’s Bag

Volume 6, Issue 48!

“To Infinity War and Beyond!”

Holy crap, did you see that Infinity War trailer? 

Go ahead; I’ll wait for to see it. No, for real, take a look.

Pretty insane, right? The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to this moment for ten years, and if the reaction to the first trailer is any indication, Avengers: Infinity War is going to be a massive movie. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if it surpasses all box office records (or at least until another Star Wars movie hits). 

But what can you read ahead of the upcoming movie to get you pumped up for Thanos’ big throw down? Well my friend, allow me to help you fill in the gaps in your Infinity Stone knowledge, so you can be the envy of all your friends next May (or at least it’ll help you fill out your Christmas list this year).

 

Infinity Gauntlet

I mean really, you should start at the biggest and most well known Thanos story, The Infinity Gauntlet. Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s epic isn’t just arguably the best Marvel crossover of all time, it’s also a great introduction to the Marvel Universe. Featuring nearly every Marvel character, Infinity Gauntlet shows why Thanos is a universe-combining major threat, and while every character gets an awesome moment to shine, Captain America clearly has the most stand out moment when he steps up against the Mad Titan.

 

Thanos Rising

While not as good as other Thanos stories, Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi’s Thanos Rising will serve as a great introduction to the early years of Marvel’s most major threat. Showcasing his early years as a young alien, Aaron and Bianchi’s miniseries does a great job of showing what makes Thanos tick, and even sows the seeds for his obsession with Death as well.

 

Infinity

One of the more recent events featuring Thanos, Infinity serves as another aspect of Jonathan Hickman’s mega Marvel tenure, but it’s also pretty self contained so you don’t need to read hundreds of issues to figure out what’s going on. Detailing Thanos’ arrival on Earth as the Avengers are preparing for a war in Space, it features a ton of awesome moments with the Mad Titan, including one of the most bad ass Thor moments in Marvel comics history.

 

Thanos

The Mad Titan himself also stars in his own monthly ongoing series, and it’s just recently started up a brand new jumping on point with Thanos #13. The hit creative team from God Country, writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw, only have one issue under their belt, but it’s so good that it needs to be checked out. While it won’t give you a lot of information into the Infinity Gems, you’ll get a really intriguing and bad ass comic starring one of Marvel’s greatest villains. It’s already shaping up to be one of Marvel’s best books.

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