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Releases for the Week of                
Wednesday,
November 15th, 2006

MARVEL
Anita Blake Guilty Pleasures #2
Astonishing X-Men #18
Blade #3
Cable Deadpool #34
Civil War #5
Civil War Turner #5 Incentive Cover
Civil War #5 Turner Sketch Incentive Cover
Daredevil Father #6 (What? Is it the apocalypse already??)
Ghost Rider #5
Iron Man #13
Marvel 1602 Fantastick Four #3
Moon Knight #6
Moon Knight #6 Bloody Incentive Cover
Ms. Marvel #9
New Avengers #25
Squadron Supreme #7
Thunderbolts #108
Ultimate Fantastic Four #36
Union Jack #3
What If? Spider-Man The Other
White Tiger #1
X-Men First Class #3

DC
52 Week #28
Aquaman Sword of Atlantis #45
Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #212
Birds of Prey #100
Catwoman #61
Checkmate #8
Green Lantern Corps #6
Omac #5
Omega Men #2
Robin #156
Shadowpact #7
Supergirl #11

DC/VERTIGO
100 Bullets #78
Deadman #4
Hellblazer #226
Testament #12

DC/WILDSTORM
Astro City Dark Age Book 2 #1
Claw the Unconquered #6
Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1
Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 Incentive Cover

INDEPENDENT
Amazing Screw on Head #1 (new printing)
Battle Pope #11
Bomb Queen vol. 2 #2
Clive Barker’s Great and Secret Show #7
Deadworld #6
Death Jr. vol. 2 #2
Escapists #5
GI Joe Dreadnoks Declassified #1 4.95 ver
GI Joe Dreadnoks Declassified #1 8.95 ver
Girls #19
Hellgate London #1
Invincible #36
Jack Staff #12
Kade Sun of Perdition #1 gcc exclusive
Leading Man #4
PvP #29
Ramayan 3392AD #3
Road to Hell #3
Samurai Heaven & Earth vol. 2 #1
Shojo Beat Dec 06
Sidekick #4
Sock Monkey the Inches Incident #2
Super Bad James Dynomite #4
Transformers Spotlight Hot Rod
Transformers Spotlight Hot Rod Incentive
Tron #2

MANGA TRADES
Case Closed vol. 14
Path of the Assassin vol. 3
Ranam vol. 36

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
Absolute DC New Frontier HC
Captain America & Falcon: The Swine
Creation of Captain America HC
Creation of Iron Man HC
Family Guy Collected
Fury Peacemaker
Girls vol. 3
Green Lantern Rebirth SC
Hellblazer Empathy is the Enemy
Luba Three Daughters
Marvel Westerns HC
Outlaw Nation
Southland Tales vol. 2
Spawn Armageddon vol. 1
Squadron Supreme vol. 1 HC
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Commencement
Superman Man of Steel vol. 5
Tales from the Clerks
Tim Sale Pin Ups

MAGAZINES
Back Issue #19
Jack Kirky Collector #47
Mad #472
Mad Kids #5
Newtype October 06
Wizard Anime Insider #39

KIDS
Archie Digest #230
Avengers Power Pack Digest
Betty & Veronica #212
Donald Duck & Friends #346
Krypto the Super Dog #3
Marvel Adventures Avengers #8
Mickey Mouse & Friends #295
Nancy Drew vol. 7
Popeye vol. 1 I Yam What I Yam
Sabrina vol. 1 Magic Revisited
Scooby Doo #114
Simpsons #124
Sonic X #14

TOYS
DC Reactivated Action Figures
Women of DCU Harley Quinn Mini-Bust

T-SHIRT
Superman Symbol Ringer


 ...book books or comic books?...
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: Afternoon, Cupcake. Did you get a chance to read anything this week?

PATRICK: Yes I did, Sweet Pea, I'm almost finished with Brian Haig's "The President's Assassin." Good stuff!

PATRICK: I know, who would've thought the son of a former Secretary of State could write such gripping political thrillers?


W. DAL: Oh, a BOOK book? Lame. How's about the kind what come with pictures and lots of ads (in Marvel's case) or pictures and 3D glasses (in DC's case)?

PATRICK: Y'know, Pumpkin, with my duties here, with helping BOOM! Studios promote and market the December 13th shipping Warhammer 40,000 comic book, with helping behind-the-scenes on James VanOsdol's STUN podcast (searchable on iTunes under "JVO") and drawing every week with the Lead Poets Society here in Chicago, them there funny books take a back seat.

W. DAL: ...hmm? Oh, sorry. I heard name-dropping and I just tuned-out. What's that again?

W. DAL: Funny books?

PATRICK: But you know how much I love forcing myself to choke down some 'literary genius' in the form of comic books on a weekly basis for the sake of this thorough, in-depth and can't-live-without-my-opinions review forum.

W. DAL: Wow. I didn't know you had enough bandwidth to shove that much self-congratulation down the internet. No wonder my connection is so slow...

PATRICK: What inane drivel are you requesting I "read" this week?

W. DAL: Anyhoo, I was pleasantly surprised with this week's comics. Specifically, Bullet Points, Stormwatch and Wisdom. You get around to any of those? Or were you laid out due to the overwhelming size of your head?

PATRICK: Well, I was really excited to read Wisdom from Doctor Who Season 2 episode "Fear Her" writer Paul Cornell, and I'd say that if Nextwave and Planetary had a baby and that baby lived, that baby would be "Wisdom."

W. DAL: Wow, that's refreshingly dumb. I don't know what that means or why you said it, but it IS clear how wrong you are. First off, this book is WAY more Authority than Planetary, and it's additionally more Red than Nextwave. So, nice try, but maybe you should actually READ the books you're talking about? Or is that beneath you now?

PATRICK: I hire people to give me my opinions now. Clearly the person I got the Planetary/Nextwave line from was phoning it in. He'll be dealt with. Too bad, I really used to trust that guy's instincts. This would never happen in a Sean Drummond book.

W. DAL: Yeah, whatever. Hey speaking of things that wouldn't happen in other books... hmm. I have no way to finish that segue. Sorry. But speaking of things unfinished, It was a little surprising that, despite how remarkably self-contained the first issue of Wisdom was, there's that little dangling thread at the end that's so vague, I wish they'd left it out. 'Cause aside from that, it was an amazingly fun story that was funny without being satirical and with just enough action to get stuff done.

W. DAL: Plus, artwork from Hitchy-Poo alternate Trevor Hairsine. Fun to look at.

PATRICK: I get it exactly. Each Sean Drummond novel is a self-contained story and while he grows as a character with each story, prior knowledge of past novels is unnecessary. Brian Haig makes sure you get all the information you need as you need it. No comic book asterisks pointing to issues past!

W. DAL: Unlike Stormwatch PHD. That's Post Human Division for those of you with ADS. Acronym Deficiency Syndrome, FYI. Stormwatch blasts back on the scene in a surprisingly good new incarnation that unfortunately gets saddled with having to explain the significance of a NEW Stormwatch through the comparison to the OLD Stormwatch. Necessary, I suppose, but unfortunate.

PATRICK: Y'see, Brian Haig doesn't do that. He only explains enough about each military organization as the reader needs. Anything more and the characters themselves come off as condescending and/or incompetent.

PATRICK: In "The President’s Assassin" Sean Drummond has a new position in the CIA but still retains his Army ties to the past. Haig doesn't waste quality storytelling space with the 'how,' simply relying on the 'what.'


W. DAL: Yeah, a lot of what makes Stormwatch PHD work is HOW the story is told: a debrief of the players involved in major Stormwatch battle in New York. This allows Christos Gage to work in every character on the cover (hear that, Meltzer?), throw in a little action via flashback (hear that, Meltzer?) and still give you a feeling of who everyone is with some JUSTIFIED caption boxes (MELTZER!), all wrapped up in some tasty Doug Mahnke artwork.

PATRICK: Well, I certainly admit that you have me on every artwork comparison. Not that cover designer Shasti O'Leary Soudant isn't capable, just that a single image really can't capture the full nature of a 465-page thrill ride.

W. DAL: A very good book, but don't bother tracking down the back issues if you get curious about the previous incarnations. They mostly blow.

W. DAL: And that's the thing about long stories, like the new Bullet Points comic: It's hard to get the gist across in just one cover. So despite the confusion of the concept, I gave Bullet Points a try and really dug the expanded, What If?-style story. Hell, anything's better than this year's actual What If? books. Those just show an obvious contempt for humanity. They aren't so much comics as war crimes...

PATRICK: War crime? Wasn't that a DC crossover? Also, Sean Drummond works out of Washington DC and investigates war crimes! Bam! Full circle, baby!!

W. DAL: And speaking of Batman: Full Circle, Alan Davis had some very NO NO NO! We're done! I can't keep doing this or I'll never stop! And speaking of stop, THE END.

W. DAL: No, not the end! I'm giving Wisdom
  9 Grahams, Stormwatch
  7 Grahams and Bullet Points
  8 Grahams.

PATRICK: And I give Brian Haig’s “The President’s Assassin”
  8 Grahams.

W. DAL: Now THE END!

 


MOON KNIGHT #6

Marvel Comics

Links to previous weeks releases:
NEW 11/08/2006
NEW 11/01/2006
NEW OCTOBER 06
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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