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Releases for the Week of                
Wednesday,
August 23rd, 2006

MARVEL
ASTONISHING X-MEN #16
CIVIL WAR FRONT LINE #1 (2ND PRINT)
DAREDEVIL #88
ETERNALS #3
ETERNALS ROMITA JR INCENTIVE #3
EXILES #85
HEROES FOR HIRE #1
NEW AVENGERS #23
NEW AVENGERS #23 SKETCH INCENTIVE COVER
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #99
ULTIMATES ANNUAL #2
WOLVERINE #45
WOLVERINE #43 (2nd PRINT)
DARKNESS WOLVERINE
WOMEN OF MARVEL POSTER BOOK
X-FACTOR #8 (2nd PRINT)

DC
52 WEEK #16
BATMAN #656
BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #1
BIRDS OF PREY #97
BLUE BEETLE #6
FLASH THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #3
HAWKGIRL #55
JSA CLASSIFIED #16
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 COVER A
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 COVER B
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA INCENTIVE COVER #1
SUPERGIRL #9
SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #21
WARLORD #7
WONDER WOMAN #2

DC/VERTIGO
DMZ #10
JACK OF FABLES #2
SWAMP THING #29

DC/WILDSTORM
CLAW THE UNCONQUERED #3

INDEPENDENT
DARKNESS WOLVERINE
EBERRON EYE OF THE WOLF LIE COVER A
EBERRON EYE OF THE WOLF LIE COVER B
ELEPHANTMEN #2
EMO BOY #8
FEAR AGENT #7
FORGOTTEN REALMS CRYSTAL SHARD #1 COVER A
FORGOTTEN REALMS CRYSTAL SHARD #1 COVER B
GI JOE DECLASSIFIED #2 COVER A
GI JOE DECLASSIFIED #2 COVER B
LAST CHRISTMAS #3
NIGHTMARES AND FAIRY TALES #17
PAINKILLER JANE #3 COVER A
PAINKILLER JANE #3 COVER B
PAINKILLER JANE #3 COVER C
PAINKILLER JANE #3 COVER D
PAINKILLER JANE #3 COVER E
PAINKILLER JANE #3 COVER F
PORTENT #4
RED SONJA #13 COVER A
RED SONJA #13 COVER B
RED SONJA #13 COVER C
RED SONJA #13 CHO INCENTIVE COVER
RED SONJA #13 LINSNER INCENTIVE COVER
REX LIBRIS #5
SADHU #2
SHADOWHAWK ONE SHOT
SOULFRIE CHAOS REIGN #1
SPAWN #159
SUPER BAD JAMES DYNOMITE #3
SUPERMARKET #4
SUPERMARKET #4 INCENTIVE COVER
TALES OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #26
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS #6 COVER A
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS #6 COVER B
WALKING DEAD #30
UTF #1
XENA #2 COVER A
XENA #2 COVER B
XENA #2 COVER C
XENA #2 VIRGIN INCENTIVE COVER
XENA #2 NEGATIVE INCENTIVE COVER
ZOMBIES #3

MANGA TRADE
DEATH NOTE VOL 7

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT HC
ART OF JOSH HOWARD VOL 2
BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN
BONEYARD VOL 5
ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD VOL 1
FALLEN ANGEL IDW VOL 1
FANTASTIC FOUR RESSURECTION NICHOLAS SCRATCH
HELLBLAZER STATIONS OF THE CROSS
MARVEL MASTERWORKS IRON MAN VOL 3
PROMETHEA BOOK FIVE
SCANNER DARKLY
SENTRY REBORN
SPIDER-MAN KRAVENS LAST HUNT PREMIERE HC
SPIDER-MAN KRAVENS LAST HUNT VARIANT HC
STAR WARS CLONE WARS ADVENTURES VOL 6
THING IDOL OF MILLIONS

MAGAZINES
ANGEL MAGAZINE 16 NEWSSTAND COVER
ANGEL MAGAZINE 16 PREVIEWS COVER
JUXTAPOZ SEPT 2006 VOL 14 #9
DRACULINA #51
DRAGON SEPT 2006 #347
GIANT ROBOT #43
WOMEN OF MARVEL POSTER BOOK

KIDS
ARCHIE & FRIENDS #103
ARCHIE DIGEST #228
BART SIMPSON COMICS #31
CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #24
SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #9
TEEN TITANS GO VOL 5
UNCLE SCROOGE #357
WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #672

TOYS
ELSEWORLDS SERIES 2
MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 13

T-SHIRTS
JUSTICE WONDER WOMAN


...the all Y chromosome edition of...
GRAHAMTAGONISM!!

How do you know what to/not to read?  Each week, your online hosts W. DAL BUSH and PATRICK BROWER give you a stack of worthless opinions about a comic you just read.  After all, without their opinions, you'd just have to rely on your own, and no one wants that.

W. DAL: Here at Grahamtagonism, we've got a motto. A pledge of quality, if you will. It goes like this: "Do we really have to review another comic?" And after weeks of dodging and weaving, the answer this week is... yes. Yes we do. And we're going to. Not because we "have" to. But because we're too tired to think of way to weasel out of it this week. All for you, the loyal reader. YOU'RE WELCOME!

PATRICK: And we're keeping it masculine this week, reviewing a book for men, by men. A book with violence, profanity and debauchery. A book called, "The Boys."

PATRICK: I was going to skip this one entirely, focusing on this week's "Girls," instead.

PATRICK: Can't wait for the team-up!


W. DAL: Yeah, really. I never thought of doing a "Boys" versus "Girls" thing.

W. DAL: ...

W. DAL: God, I'm tired.


PATRICK: Boys rule!

W. DAL: So, continuing this idea, what is Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's "Boys" made of? Violence, humor, Simon Pegg, off-color humor, ultraviolence, superheroes, and (dear God, not a Kevin Smith reference!) "sex in an uncomfortable place". Not the back of a Volkswagen, BTW.

PATRICK: Thank Levitz for small miracles.

PATRICK: For a book built up to "Out-Preacher Preacher," they kinda, um, went blue immediately.


W. DAL: Yeah. This book'd even make Jessica Jones blush...

PATRICK: F-bombs and C-words as the very first dialogue. Wait; is it still 'dialogue' when only one person is speaking? It certainly wasn't a monologue...

PATRICK: Monosyllabic, perhaps...

W. DAL: More words, or at least syllables, would've been nice. Then maybe this first issue wouldn't have felt like half an issue, you know?

PATRICK: Yeah. I know we're still in the introduction phase, but, using the same Preacher comparison that Garth Ennis himself made, Preacher #1 was a captivating book that asked a lot of questions in a way that introduced you to what had the potential to be an eye-opening religious discussion disguised as vile entertainment. The Boys #1 makes you wonder who f**ks who and how graphically someone else will die.

W. DAL: It's never a good idea to have 60% of the characters on the cover NOT ACTUALLY APPEAR in the issue. Ennis is asking a lot from his readers. There's not a ton to hang your hat on for this issue, and if he's counting on people's fond memories of Preacher to sell this thing, well... ask Warren Ellis how well Transmetropolitan sold Mek, Reload, Tokyo Storm Warning, and on, and on.

PATRICK: Here's how I'm summing the book up. It's the Civil War storyline in a universe of heroes you don't care about and instead of registering the heroes the government puts together a task force to hunt them down. Not to train them; to kill them.

W. DAL: The thing of it is, you're half-right. It's not just the superheroes you don't care about; it's your leads as well. From the dude who wrote Preacher, Punisher, Hellblazer, I was expecting a gleefully violent, morally-compromised lead. Just not one I did not give a flying **** about. THIS is the cast from the creator of Cassidy? The writer who (for me) DEFINED the snarky anti-hero with his rendition of John Constantine? The hell happened?

PATRICK: When you immerse yourself in vanity war projects for a few years and have the MAX outlet of Punisher for every possible depraved thought you could imagine, where do you go? Deeper down the pit, I guess. Maybe the challenge would be for him to write The Boys as a general audience book? Can you imagine Editor Ben Abernathy saying, "Sorry Garth, but I think this character wouldn't get ****ed in the *** like that. Maybe have him *** in a bucket of broken glass and ***** it down her ******?"

W. DAL: Stop reading my pitches to Wildstorm! Anyway...

PATRICK: Artistically, I think Darick Robertson is in need of a Rod Ramos on this. His art is a bit sloppier than normal and the benefit of a past collaborator can only help smooth it out.

W. DAL: Eh, the art's "grittiness" feels intentional, so I'll let it slide.

PATRICK: Ryan, reading over my shoulder as I type, just said, "Woah, hating on Boys??" And it's not that I hate it. I just want more from Garth Ennis. I want to be challenged, not presented with crude attempts to shock. Shock me with a great story, not misogyny. So,

   6 Grahams.

W. DAL: So much of my "hating", as the youth say, is due to disappointment brought on by reading so many AMAZING Ennis books over the last 16 years, you know? Hell, Punisher STILL is a killer read every month. So this? This feels a little lazy, and yeah, shock for shock's sake. Bad start.

   6 Grahams.

W. DAL: Well, there you have it, people. This week's comic review. Your "pound of flesh". Now go! GO! No more funny!

W. DAL: "No more", of course, being SEVERELY subjective. FYI.

W. DAL: Aw, wait, was THAT funny? It better not be...


JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA #1
DC Comics

Links to previous weeks releases:
NEW 08/16/2006
NEW 08/09/2006
NEW 08/02/2006
NEW JULY 06
NEW JUNE 06
NEW MAY 06
NEW APRIL 06
NEW MARCH 06
NEW FEBRUARY 06
NEW JANUARY 06



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