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Comic Book Preview: 10/23/13 – Full Stars & Rabid Dogs

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Where we don’t understand, are insulted by or would rather stab our eyes with acid pops than look at these covers for various reasons.

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Other Dead #2 (of 5)

Qing Ping Mui

Dave: What a messy, repetitive cover. Nearly every dog growl is the same! It’s cluttered as hell too; why even put a title on this thing? It’s not like anything behind it matters.

Brendan: I didn’t even notice there were dogs for the first few seconds of viewing; a testament to the clutter. It also seems rather pointless to display those humans in the top third since the dogs are clearly the focus and the people are just lost behind the title.

Sex Criminals #2

Chip Zdarsky

Dave: Not really feeling this cover and its simplicity. The glasses and hair pop, but the rest is confusing and odd. What are we trying to imbue here? That his genitals are in darkness? Huh? The yellow, usually used to convey anxiety, seems to be used simply because it pops.

Brendan: I know Dave and I normally dig simple silhouette covers but this one is rather uninteresting. I enjoy the transition from white to black (I think he’s in water) but I also agree that there isn’t much of a message attached to the change. I do think the spray of chest hair is a cute touch.

Iron Man #17

Greg Land

Brendan: Sure, there isn’t anything overtly wrong with this cover but still, it’s weird right? What’s with the green splatter? What’s with Iron Mom and Iron Dad? The solicit only gives away the industry standard of “SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED” and “NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME FOR ANYONE EVER FOREVER EVER!”.

Dave: The twist is definitely that kid Iron Man broke that frame and he’s so totally grounded.

Dave’s Honorable Mentions

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #20

Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera

Dave: What a fun cover! The octo-arms are cleverly used here, as well as the puppetry theme. I also dig the scratch running down Sandman’s face. Well played, Rivera brothers.

Brendan: This is definitely a fun cover for what has normally been driven as a more serious Spider-Man series. The dragging scratch up Sandman’s face is a great touch and overall I think the cover works very well.

Brendan’s Honorable Mentions

Rocketeer Spirit Pulp Friction #2

Darwyn Cooke

Brendan: This cover just strikes me as fun. I love the campy action that’s reminiscent of a 1980s adventure movie. It’s all death-defying and exciting but it’s also fun!

Dave: I think this cover works because the lines of the sky and plane are so simple outside of the characters. The detail and ruffles in the clothes in comparison heighten how flimsy and human they are and just how dangerous this scene is.

Dave’s Cover of the Week

Pretty Deadly #1

Emma Ríos

Dave: I’ve been greatly anticipating this series, particularly because it’s an all girl team producing it, but also because I just love me some Westerns. I love how this cover sets the mood; not looking at the character head on, but through a pink reflection. It gives everything an otherworldly feel, which further enhances those creepy pink hands that are coming out of the water.

Brendan: I do enjoy the reflection motif here. I think that perhaps the water isn’t fluid enough (notice how the ripples don’t affect our girl’s reflection) but I must say it tells you a lot about the comic without giving much away.

Brendan’s Pick

Savage Wolverine #10


Brendan: There goes Jock killing it with those paints again! I adore the combination of Wolvie’s face with the vast endlessness of space. I think there is rich symbolism in that little nod. Also the unfinished dirtiness of the sides really gives off this great gritty feeling.

Dave: Ohhhh, the stars are his eyes! This cover is too cute.

♫ twinkle twinkle little Logan

♫ how I wonder what’s your slogan

♫ your face is streaked

♫ how it makes me shriek

♫ Sure it’s art

♫ but this is too a la carte.

Single Issue Comics To Be Released This Week

This is a cleaned up list via Comic availability subject to change.

Aliens Vs Parker #4 (Of 4)(Cover A Jeff Stokely), $3.99
Bravest Warriors #13 (Cover A Tyson Hesse), $3.99
Fanboys Vs Zombies #19 (Cover A Jerry Gaylord), $3.99
Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #12 (Cover A Russell Dauterman), $3.99

Conan And The People Of The Black Circle #1 (Of 4), $3.50
Dark Horse Presents #29, $7.99
Game Of Thrones Iron Throne Lunchbox, $14.99
Game Of Thrones Lunch Box, $14.99
Hellboy The Midnight Circus HC, $14.99
Kiss Me Satan #2 (Of 5), $3.99
Marvel Classic Character X-Men #1 Cyclops, $49.95
Mass Effect Foundation #4, $3.99
Massive #16, $3.50
Mind MGMT #16, $3.99
Star Wars #2 (CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $95.00
Star Wars #3 (Alex Ross Gold Signature Edition)(Dynamic Forces), $89.99
Star Wars #3 (CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $95.00
Star Wars Legacy II #8, $2.99

Adventures Of Superman #6, $3.99
All-Star Western #24, $3.99
Ame-Comi Steampunk Batgirl PVC Figure , $59.95
Aquaman #24 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Aquaman #24 (Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons Regular Cover), $2.99
Arrow #12, $3.99
Batgirl Volume 2 Knightfall Descends TP (per DC Comics), $16.99
Batgirl Volume 3 Death Of The Family HC, $24.99
Batman Arkham Asylum Bane Vs Batman Action Figure 2-Pack , $59.95
Batman The Dark Knight #24 (Alex Maleev Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Batman The Dark Knight #24 (Alex Maleev Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Vs Killer Croc Statue (2nd Edition) , $299.95
Beware The Batman #1 (Animation Art Variant Cover), AR
Beware The Batman #1 (Luciano Vecchio Regular Cover), $2.99
Catwoman #24, $2.99
DC Comics Cover Girls Batwoman Statue, $99.95
DC Comics The New 52 Pandora Action Figure, $24.95
DC Universe Vs The Masters Of The Universe #2 (Of 6), $2.99
Fables Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition HC, $39.99
Flash #24 (Francis Manapul Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Flash #24 (Francis Manapul Regular Cover), $2.99
Fraction TP (New Edition)(per DC Comics), $17.99
Green Team Teen Trillionaires #5, $2.99
Injustice Gods Among Us #10 (DC Collectibles Photo Variant Cover), AR
Injustice Gods Among Us #10 (Mico Suayan Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League #24 (Aaron Kuder Variant Cover), AR
Justice League #24 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Justice League #24 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Combo Pack Cover), $4.99
Justice League #24 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
Justice League Dark #24 (Mikel Janin Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Justice League Dark #24 (Mikel Janin Regular Cover), $3.99
Larfleeze #4, $2.99
MAD Magazine #524 (per DC Comics), $5.99
Red Lanterns #24 (Stephen Segovia Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Red Lanterns #24 (Stephen Segovia Regular Cover), $2.99
Suicide Squad Volume 3 Death Is For Suckers TP, $14.99
Superman #24 (Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Superman #24 (Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira Regular Cover) , $2.99
Talon #12, $2.99
Teen Titans #24 (Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira Regular Cover), $2.99
Teen Titans #24 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover), AR
Tom Strong And The Planet Of Peril #4 (Of 6), $2.99
Unwritten #54, $2.99
Vertigo Essentials The Sandman #1, $1.00

Army Of Darkness Reanimator (One Shot)(Randy Valiente Regular Cover), $4.99
Green Hornet Legacy #42 (Phil Hester Regular Cover), $3.99
Pathfinder #10 (Carlos Gomez Regular Cover), $3.99
Spider #15 (Colton Worley Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny #4 (Sean Phillips Regular Cover), $3.99
Vampirella #35 (Cover B Lucio Parrillo), $3.99
Vampirella Halloween Special 2013 (Joe Jusko Regular Cover), $4.99
Vampirella Southern Gothic #3 (Of 5)(Johnny Desjardins Regular Cover), $3.99

Crow Curare #3 (Of 3)(Cover A James O’Barr), $3.99
Doctor Who #14 (Cover A Mark Buckingham), $3.99
Doctor Who #14 (Cover RI Kelly Yates), AR
Doctor Who #14 (Cover SUB Photo), $3.99
Doctor Who Omnibus Volume 2 TP, $29.99
Fever Ridge A Tale Of MacArthur’s Jungle War #4 (Of 8)(Cover A Nick Runge), $3.99
Fever Ridge A Tale Of MacArthur’s Jungle War #4 (Of 8)(Cover RI Stephen Mooney), AR
G.I. JOE America’s Elite Disavowed Volume 1 TP, $24.99
Haunted Horror #7 (Cover A Lee Elias), $3.99
Judge Dredd #12 (Cover A Nelson Daniel), $3.99
Other Dead #2 (Of 5)(Cover A Qing Ping Mui), $3.99
Other Dead #2 (Of 5)(Cover RI Samwise Didier), AR
Other Dead #2 (Of 5)(Cover SUB Kevin Eastman), $3.99
Powerpuff Girls Classics Volume 1 Power Party TP , $19.99
Rocketeer The Spirit Pulp Friction #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Paul Smith), $3.99
Rocketeer The Spirit Pulp Friction #2 (Of 4)(Cover SUB Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone), $3.99
Samurai Jack #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Andy Suriano), $3.99
Samurai Jack #1 (Of 5)(Cover RI Rob Guillory), AR
Samurai Jack #1 (Of 5)(Cover SUB Genndy Tartakovsky), $3.99
Star Trek #26 (Cover A Erfan Fajar), $3.99
Star Trek #26 (Cover RI Erfan Fajar), AR
Star Trek #26 (Cover SUB Photo), $3.99
Star Trek The Next Generation Doctor Who Assimilation2 The Complete Series HC, $34.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3 (Cover A Phil Hester), $3.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3 (Cover SUB Loston Wallace), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #4 (Cover A Dario Brizuela), $3.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #4 (Cover RI Adam Archer), AR
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 6 City Fall Part 1 TP, $17.99
Transformers Last Stand Of The Wreckers HC (Red Label Edition), AR
Transformers Regeneration One #95 (Cover A Andrew Wildman), $3.99
Transformers Regeneration One #95 (Cover B Guido Guidi), $3.99
Zombie War #1 (Of 2)(Cover A Kevin Eastman & Eric Talbot), $3.99

Bounce #6, $2.99
Bushido #4 (Of 5), $2.99
Clone #11, $2.99
Cowboy Ninja Viking Deluxe Edition HC, $39.99
Dream Merchant #1 (Of 6)(Nathan Edmondson Signed Edition)(Dynamic Forces), $19.99
Great Pacific #11, $2.99
Jupiter’s Legacy #1 (CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $99.99
Pretty Deadly #1, $3.50
Rat Queens #2 (Cover A Roc Upchurch), $3.50
Satellite Sam #4, $3.50
Sex Criminals #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Sex Criminals #2, $3.50
Velvet #1, $3.50

All-New X-Men #16 (David Lopez 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Daredevil #32 (Chris Samnee Regular Cover), $2.99
Daredevil #32 (Luke Ross Thor Battle Variant Cover), AR
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1 (Of 4)(CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $99.99
FF #13, $2.99
Indestructible Hulk #14 (Mukesh Singh Regular Cover), $3.99
Infinity Heist #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Infinity The Hunt #3 (Of 4), $3.99
Iron Man #17 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Iron Man #9 (GGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $89.99
Iron Man #9 (Greg Land Signed Edition)(Dynamic Forces), $19.63
Journey Into Mystery Featuring Sif Volume 2 Seeds Of Destruction TP, $15.99
Kick-Ass 3 #1 (Of 8)(CGC Graded 9.8)(Dynamic Forces), $89.99
Marvel Masterworks Sgt. Fury Volume 1 TP, $24.99
Marvel Masterworks Sgt. Fury Volume 1 TP (Direct Market Variant Edition Volume 58), $24.99
Marvel Now What #1, $3.99
Nova #9, $3.99
Savage Wolverine #10, $3.99
Secret Avengers #10 (Nic Klein Regular Cover), $3.99
Superior Carnage #4 (Of 5), $3.99
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #5, $3.99
Thor Epic Collection War Of The Pantheons TP, $34.99
Thunderbolts #17, $2.99
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #28, $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #13, $3.99
Venom #42, $2.99
Wolverine And The X-Men #37 (Ed McGuinness Regular Cover), $3.99
X-Men #5 (Phil Noto 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Young Avengers #11 (Jamie McKelvie Regular Cover), $2.99

Harbinger #17 (Barry Kitson Regular Cover), $3.99

Grimm Fairy Tales #90 (Cover C Giuseppe Cafaro), $2.99
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #16 (Cover A Michael Dooney), $2.99

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