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Releases for the Week of                
Wednesday,
October 18th, 2006

MARVEL
Amazing Spider-Girl #1
Amazing Spider-Girl #1 Incentive Frenz Sketch Cover
Amazing Spider-Girl #1 Incentive McGuiness Cover
Anita Blake Guilty Pleasures #1
Anita Blake Guilty Pleasures #1 Incentive Cover (1 in 25)
Anita Blake Guilty Pleasures #1 Horn Incentive Cover (1 in 10)
Blade #2
Cable Deadpool #33
Civil War X-Men #4
Claws #3
Daily Bugle November
Ghost Rider #4
Hellstorm Son of Satan #1
Hellstorm Son of Satan #1 Texeria Incentive Cover
Jack Kirby’s Galactic Bounty Hunters #3
Marvel 1602 Fantastick Four #2
Ms. Marvel #8
Runaways #20
Ultimate Fantastic Four #35
Union Jack #2
Wolverine #47
X-Factor #12
X-Men First Class #2

DC
52 Week #24
Batman & the Mad Monk #3
Birds of Prey #99
Catwoman #60
Checkmate #7
Creeper #3
Flash Fastest Man Alive #5
Omega Men #1
Robin #155
Shadowpact #6

DC/VERTIGO
100 Bullets #77
Deadman #3
Exterminators #10
Hellblazer #225
Sandman #1 Special Edition
Testament #11

DC/WILDSTORM
Authority #1
Authority #1 Incentive Cover A
Authority #1 Incentive Cover B
Claw the Unconquered #5
Desolation Jones #7
Skye Runner #5
Wildcats #1
Wildcats #1 Incentive Cover A
Wildcats #1 Incentive Cover B

INDEPENDENT
Casanova #5
Conan #3
CSI Dying in the Gutters #3
Damned #1
Devil’s Panties #4
E-Man Recharged
Elephantmen #4
Elephantmen #1 (2nd Print)
GI Joe Declassified #3 Manapil Cover
GI Joe Declassified #3 Cover B
Girls #18
Gold Digger Annual 2006
Hellgate London #0
Highlander #1
Highlander #1 Harris Cover
Highlander #1 Del Otto Cover
Highlander #1 Dorman Cover
Highlander #1 Harris Incentive Sketch Cover
John Woo’s Seven Brothers #1
Last Christmas #4
Lone Ranger #2
Lone Ranger #2 Incentive Cover
Ninja High School #103
Noble Causes #24
Queen & Country #31
Ramayan 3392AD #2
Red Sonja #15 Sadowski Cover
Red Sonja #15 McNiven Cover
Red Sonja #15 Balent Cover
Red Sonja #15 Rubi Cover
Red Sonja #15 McNiven B&W Incentive Cover
Rex Mundi #2
Savage Dragon #129
Starship Troopers Dead Man’s Hand #2
Task Force One #4
Transformers Spotlight Nightbeat
Transformers Stormbringer #4
Wasteland #4
What Were They Thinking: Monster Mash Up
Wormwood Gentleman Corpse #3
Wormwood Gentleman Corpse #3 Incentive Cover
Zombies #5

MANGA TRADES
Cromartie High School vol. 8
Inu Yasha vol. 27
Ohikkoshi
Tenjho Tenge vol.10

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
Agnes Quill an Anthology of Mystery
Batman Gotham County Line
Birds of Prey Battle Within
Essential Marvel Horror
Fables 1001 Nights of Snowfall
Magnus Robot Fighter vol. 3 HC
New Teen Titans Archives vol. 3 HC
Sensational Spider-Man Feral HC
Showcase Challengers of the Unknown vol. 1
Superman Returns the Prequel
Ultimate Fantastic Four vol. 6
Zombee
Wolverine Origins vol. 1 HC

MAGAZINES
Alter Ego #62
Dreamwatch USA #24
Dreamwatch USA #25
Newtype #104
SFX #148
Smallville #17 Newsstand Cover
Smallville #17 Previews Cover
Wizard Anime Insider #38

KIDS
Archie #570
Donald Duck & Friends #345
Holiday Fun Digest #11
Krypto the Super Dog #2
Little Lulu vol. 12
Marvel Adventures Avengers #6
Marvel Adventures Avengers vol. 1 Digest
Mickey Mouse & Friends #294
Scooby Doo #113
Simpsons #123
Sonic X #13
Tales From Riverdale Digest #15

TOYS
Hellboy Comic Series 2 Figures
Marvel Legends Masterworks Series 1
Marvel Legends Young Avengers Box Set

T-SHIRTS
Dark Phoenix
Silver Surfer Shimmer


...
GRAHAMTAGONISM!!

graham-tag-o-nism / gram-TAG-uh-niz-uhm
–noun

1. an active hostility or opposition, in regards to comic book reviews, between unfriendly or conflicting employees of Graham Crackers Comics.

2. a relationship between two species of simultaneous reviews in which the individuals of each opinion adversely affect the other, as in competition.

3. a weekly on-line comic book review column by
W. DAL BUSH and PATRICK BROWER in which their opinions take precedence over yours.

  

W. DAL: Hey, did you see 30 Rock yet?

W. DAL: It was AWESOME.


PATRICK: No, I plan to watch it Saturday afterno---oh Hell...

W. DAL: It's (and I can't believe I'm actually typing this) funnier than Studio 60. Yes, really! And it's not based on the cuteness of Tina Fey or the lack-of-cuteness of Bradley Whitford! YES, REALLY!
PATRICK: Not the cuteness of Tracy Morgan? Who is she, anyway? Is she hot?

W. DAL: She is, in fact, the third kind of heat. Once you watch the first episode, you will get how funny I am for noting this and KNEEL BEFORE DAL, Son of George! How was Veronica Mars this week? Did you watch it yet?


PATRICK: No, I plan to watch it Saturday afterno---son of a @!&$#!

PATRICK: How was Casanova??

W. DAL: I haven't caught it yet. Maybe Sat-- never mind. Dang. I wanted to hear if Veronica Mars got any better, but you can't help with that either! Lame. So if you haven't been watching TV this week, what have you been doing? Reading comics? Nerd!

PATRICK: I am an Ultimate nerd, as I just read Ultimate Power #1. And contrary to popular belief (and to what I told some guy this morning before I actually read it) I liked it.

PATRICK: Don't get me wrong, I still have a bunch of things to complain about... and I will... but overall I liked it.

W. DAL: Yeah, same here. Bendis is only writing the first third of this series, which means two things: first, he's great at beginnings and lousy at wrap-ups, so this is playing to his strengths. Second, he can't pull a "New Avengers #10" and decide this his story just HAS to have another part because he couldn't write a denouement for his story in less than 40 pages. How else would he be able to have six pages of Jessica Drew and Cap staring at each other? But TOUGH, 'cause the next guy's up writing issue #4!

PATRICK: Yeah, that's probably why things happened in issue #1. Not a lot of things, nothing at all as depicted on the cover to the book, but who really pays attention to comic book covers anymore? Marvel sure doesn't so why should you??

PATRICK: Lookie, it's Spider-Man and Captain America and Iron Man and none of them are in the book. Yet. Hell, the Squadron Supreme was barely in the book, but at least the grand impetus of this team-up is still the... (wait for it)... SERPENT CROWN!

PATRICK: (singing) Mask your nothing...You're proving nothing... Mask your nothing!

W. DAL: SER-PENT CROWN! SER-PENT CROWN! SER-PENT CROWN AT LUNCH! Yay! Still, you've completely overlooked (as usual) the bestest thing in the book. It's the first appearance of Ultimate Wendell Vaughn -- Ultimate QUASAR, baby! Stock up now before the Ultimate Quasar series comes out next summer from Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch! You heard it here! Eat it, Rich Johnston!

PATRICK: Oh, I didn't overlook him, I just let you have that one. Yes, I'm that magnanimous. Yer welcome.

W. DAL: If you're through with your fancy eight-dollar words and false modesty, remind me of something: do we both not like Greg Land now? Or is it just me?

PATRICK: No, no, it's both of us. Nightwing/Birds Of Prey Greg Land is dead to us--dead to the world. Scene-capture Greg Land has taken his place and everyone else seems to prefer him. And each individual panel IS pretty to look at, just not in relation to any other panel on the same page. What happened to his storytelling? G-d help me for asking this but why couldn't Bendis lay out the pages on this book like he does for other artists?

W. DAL: Didn't he? That 2-page "Reed smashes the chair" layout could have come from Ultimate Spidey, Daredevil, DEFINITELY Alias, Powers, Jinx, etc...

PATRICK: Oh, that page messed me up because there was a preview in middle of it for a book that came out a month ago. So I didn't realize it was a double page spread until later. Why even DO centerpieces when you're gonna block them with in-house ads?

W. DAL: Yeah, but not to digress or anything, but I have a similar problem with EVERY Bendis 2-page layout. He'll lay it out like a normal 2-page, read-across-in-rows style, but the panel makeup of each row ALWAYS ends a panel at the page gap, so the first time you read it you think it's two separate pages, not one 2-page thing. BENDIS!!!

PATRICK: BUSH! So overall, it's a simple premise that starts decently enough, and has 8 more issue to totally lose my faith in.

W. DAL: Aw, grumpy much? Despite the typical comic first issue rule of "only 25% of characters on first cover may appear in first issue" (see New Avengers, Justice League, Pirates of Coney Island, and many more) I dug this book. Bendis' characterization of Reed in particular and the rest of the cast in general felt yards better than his last stint on Ultimate F.F. and Greg Land... well, what more can we say? Pretty panels that feel frozen and stilted. It's like watching one out of every 7000 frames of a movie.

W. DAL: It may LOOK good, but storytelling usually goes right out the window, you know?

PATRICK: Dal, all I know is you're sickening!! You're a horror!!! You'll die alone!!!
7 Grahams.

W. DAL: True enough, man.
  8 Grahams!

W. DAL: Now go watch some TV, all of you!

W. DAL: SER-PENT CROWN! SER-PENT CROWN! SER-PENT CROWN AT LUNCH!

 


AUTHORITY #1
Gene Ha!

DC/Wildstorm Comics

Links to previous weeks releases:
NEW 10/11/2006
NEW 10/04/2006
NEW SEPTEMBER 06
NEW AUGUST 06
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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