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Releases for the week of                
Wednesday,
May 10th, 2006

MARVEL
Annihilation Super Skrull 2
Ares 4
Cable Deadpool 28
Fantastic Four First Family 3
Last Planet Standing 10
New X-Men 26
She Hulk 7
Spider-Girl 98
Thunderbolts 102
Uncanny X-men 473
X-Men Deadly Genesis 6
X-Men The 198 #5

DC
52 Week 1
Batman Secrets 3
Crisis Aftermath battle for Bludhaven 3
Crisis Aftermath battle for Bludhaven 1 (2nd Print)
Detective Comics 817 (2nd Print)
Detective Comics 818 (2nd Print)
Elfquest The Discovery 3
Firestorm the Nuclear Man 25
Green Arrow 60 (2nd Print)
Jonah Hex 7
Omac Project Infinite Crisis Special (2nd print)
Nightwing 120
Superman 652

DC/VERTIGO
American Virgin 3
Fables 49

DC/WILDSTORM
Albion 5
Captain Atom Armageddon 8
Ex Machina 20
Wildcats Nemesis 9

INDEPENDENT
Angel Spotlight Illyria
Angel Spotlight Illyria Incentive Cover A
Angel Spotlight Illyria Incentive Cover B
Cemeterians 1
Cthulhu Tales 1
Forgotten Realms Dark Elf Sojourn 2
GI Joe America’s Elite 11
GI Joe America’s Elite 11 Incentive Cover
GI Joe Sigma Six 6
Girls 13
Killer 7 #3 Cover A
Killer 7 #3 Cover B
Knights of the Dinner Table 114
Lady Death Infernal Sins
Lions Tigers & Bears vol. 2 #2
Popbot 7
PS238 #16
Shojo Beat vol. 2 #6
Spike Lost and Found
Spike Lost and Found Incentive Photo Cover
Tales of Alvin Maker Red Prophet 2
Transformers Beast Wars 4
Transformers Beast Wars 4 Incentive Cover A
Transformers Beast Wars 4 Incentive Cover B
Truth Justin & American Way 2
Vaistron 5
Warren Ellis Wolfskin 1
Will Eisner’s John Law 1
Will Eisner’s John Law 1 Incentive Cover

MANGA TRADES
Iron Wok Jan vol. 18
Ranma vol. 34
Scary Book vol. 2
True Loves vol. 1
Whats Michael vol. 11

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
Aeon Flux
Authority Magnificent Kevin
BMW Films The Hire
Crisis on Multiple Earths vol. 4
Girls vol. 2
Hawkman vol. 4 Golden Eagle
NYX vol. 1 Wannabe
Plot Protocols of the Elders of Zion SC
Samurai Heaven & Earth
Skrull Kill Krew
Superman For Tomorrow vol. 1 SC
Superman Shazam First Thunder
Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 15
Wolverine Origins & Endings HC

MAGAZINES
Alter Ego 58
Asian Cult Cinema 50
Dreamwatch USA 19
Dungeon 135
Heavy Metal July 06
Illustration 16
Mad 466
Toyfare 107
Video Watchdog 125
Wizard 2006 Mega Movie Issue

KIDS
Baby-Sitters Club vol. 1
Batman Strikes 21
Betty & Veronica Double Digest 142
Cartoon Network Action Pack 1
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four 12
Veronica 170

TOYS
Batman Die Cast Bronze Age Set 2
Justice League Alex Ross Series 3


...and now...
GRAHAMTAGONISM RETURNS
With your online hosts W. DAL BUSH (representing Naperville) and PATRICK BROWER (kickin' it Chicago Loop style).
Each week (or so) we pick a book from LAST WEEK to discuss in depth.  This way we don't spoil anything for you because you've had a week to read the book in question.

PATRICK: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to a feature that almost none of you even noticed was gone, GRAHAMTAGONISM.

W. DAL: Yes, GRAHAMTAGONISM!  But that'll all change now!  GRAHAMTAGONISM!  Better!  Longer!  More smarter!  Electronicier!  Um... Brower!

PATRICK: Bushier!

PATRICK: Today we discuss a book that everyone in the entire world liked better than I, CIVIL WAR #1.  I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it.

W. DAL: Yeah.  I'm not as down on it as you are, but I'm a little under whelmed.

PATRICK: For the scope and magnitude of what this story is supposed to be, it just doesn't have the impact it should.

PATRICK: All of the major points of drama are virtually buried, save for the last page.

W. DAL: See, I disagree on that "drama" point.  I'd say that Millar kept the book moving at a brisk clip, giving each dramatic sequence enough room to breathe, without Bendising out the scene to half the book.  This is mostly setup, so I'd forgive the issue for seeming a little hurried.  There's Civil Warring to get to, after all.

PATRICK: Before I even get into the characters acting out of character, let's discuss how much breathing room the Human Torch beating had.  If it wasn't for Previews, I wouldn't know the severity of Johnny's beating.  That is the kind of thing he shrugs off in an average issue of FF yet now he's in a coma, and worse, no one seems to care.  Oh sure it's mentioned once later in the book, but this should be a huge deal, not a glossed over anecdote.

W. DAL: Here's another way of looking at it:  how much crazy craziness must be about to go down if one issue contains the Torch beating, Stamford getting blown up (Joey Styles revenge?), The Joker killing Alex Luthor, Cap fighting SHIELD, the Watcher showing up, Mary Jane becoming the new Speedball, the death of Earth 2 Superman and more?  Okay, I think some of those may have happened in Infinite Crisis #7, and one I made up entirely, but STILL!  How packed is this thing, huh?

PATRICK: I give you that; it is packed.  The Mary Jane thing I never even saw coming and you KNOW what a huge Speedball fan I am.  I hadn't considered Joey Styles to be behind the whole thing... hhmmmm... good catch, Bush.  And yes, I loved the Cap sequence.  Because it was given room to play out and it was phat-packed with Wing Head action!  I have minor quibble with Cap's dialogue, though.  Not what he said, but how he said it, but as he's not Captain Scotland, I'll cut Millar some good ole Yankee slack.

PATRICK: I'm nothing if not forgiving.

PATRICK: Okay, I'm nothing.

W. DAL: How American of you.  God Bless our tolerance of other countries and our citizens!  You can't see it, but right now I'm waving 74 American flags, one each for the 73 times I say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, plus one for luck.

W. DAL: Jeez, without the limitations of print, we digress like crazypants!

PATRICK: You can see what I'm wearing?!?

PATRICK: Be honest... is red my color?

W. DAL: Red...like my face.  Let's change the subject back to Civil War, for the love of Cap...

W. DAL: Anyways, this ish (as the kids say) of Civil War was actually pretty good, as far as statement of intents go for Marvel mini-series lately.  I mean hell, I knew by the 10th page what this series was going to be about.  I couldn't say the same by the 3rd ISSUE of House of M.  For that matter, the destruction of Stamford on page 7 would've been the end of Bendis' first issue if he was writing this.

PATRICK: Too bad it was in every preview for this book and it felt like they screwed us out of 8 pages because we'd already seen them so damn much.

W. DAL: Yeah, but what about the 3 1/2 people (one of them is currently in a coma, so he counts for 1/2.  Take that, coma victims!) who didn't read the previews?  Don't they NEED that open?

PATRICK: What about me?  What about my needs?  What about Raven??

PATRICK: I just wish those weren't the best drawn pages of the whole book.

W. DAL: Yeah, true.  The hell happened to Steve McNiven?

PATRICK: Wish I knew man.  That said, I'm gonna try to hunt me down one of them Capction pages (that's Cap Action for you rubes).

W. DAL: I thought it was "Americtion".  That's how we said it in Florida, I guess.  IHOP/Waffle House, I suppose.  Anyway, where's the smooth McNiven art I cherished in New Avengers?  This all stilted and angular.  Not as posed as, say Greg Land, but not as dynamic and fun as someone like Olivier Coipel.  You know?

PATRICK: And why is Goliath always bending over at the waist with his @$$ in the air?  From the knees, Bill, bend FROM THE KNEES!!

PATRICK: I couldn't even tell what Wolverine was so pissed at if not for someone else saying something else about Sentinels.  I was con-fus-ed.

W. DAL: Oh, hey!  That reminds me:  Super huge kudos (with a side order of huzzahs) to Mark Millar for NOT MAKING THIS ALL ABOUT THE WOLVERINE!  After Bendis propped him up in House of M and cut Cap and Iron Man out entirely, it's so great to see a Marvel event about something other than those lousy muties.

W. DAL: Alright, any other points before we bring it on home?

PATRICK: I am truly hopeful for the remainder of this mini-series but I have no faith in the other minis and the crossovers. 

   6 Grahams.

W. DAL: Wow.  Harsh words.  Harsh, hungry words.  No, sorry, I'm just ready for lunch.  Anyways, I'm excited about this series and very much looking forward to where it goes throughout 2006.  However, I harbor no illusions that our discussion of this book will sway potential buyers one way or the other.  As Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley said, "A Civil War like this, it always sells itself."  Look it up! 

   8 Grahams.


52 WEEK ONE
One Year Previous
DC Comics

Links to previous weeks releases:
NEW 05/03/2006
NEW APRIL 06
NEW MARCH 06
NEW FEBRUARY 06
NEW JANUARY 06
NEW DECEMBER 05
NEW NOVEMBER 05


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