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REVIEWS: On the Shelves 12/28/06

December 28th, 2006 5:47am by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 12/28/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly, semi-informed look at select comic books being released Thursday, 12/28/06 follows. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK



Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril

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REVIEW: What If? Classic Volume 1

December 22nd, 2006 6:52am by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Merry Christmas! Now, on to the review:

What If? Classic Volume 1, published by Marvel Comics, 216 pages, $24.99.

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What If? Classic Vol. 1
by Roy Thomas, Jim Shooter, Don Glut, Jim Craig, Herb Trimpe, Gil Kane, Frank Robbins, George Tuska, Rick Hoberg

When Marvel Comics launched their first What If? comics series in 1977, I was a very young fan. I remember the astonishing scene on the cover of that first issue staring me in the face; "What If Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four?" Already familiar with the first confrontation between Spidey and the F.F. from reprints of the very first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, I was ecstatic at what I was about to delve into - a retelling of a classic tale, that decides to go in a completely different direction and satisfy the questions to which many of us didn't even realize we wanted answers.

The rest, as they say, is history. History, however, has never been more fun than it is in the first volume of Marvel's What If? Classic. Within it's pages are tales that thrill the reader, tickle the imagination and show off some impressive work by creators who helped write a very important chapter in comics history. Among those notable figures of such sensational sequential savvy are Roy Thomas, Jim Shooter, Herb Trimpe, Jim Craig, Pablo Marcos, Gil Kane, Klaus Janson, Frank Robbins and George Tuska, all very talented and long-admired industry veterans.

By now, I hope you're getting the idea. This tome would be worth the price of admission if it were run-of-the-mill superhero fare. But, with concepts like a world without the classic Avengers (and the consequent birth of the Armored Avengers), a post W.W. II world WITH the Invaders, a Fantastic Four with wildly different super powers and the afore-mentioned Spider-Man/F.F. tale, this book is a must for Marvel fans, or any fans of good ol' knock-down, drag-out superhero action! Even those who aren't strict comics fans, but are familiar with Marvel's heavily optioned-out properties could find this collection entertaining.

What If? Classic is re-commended for all readers, and can be found at comics shops, some bookstores, and online comics retailers and auctions.

Review by Mark Allen

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Classic TPB Vol. 3

REVIEWS: On The Shelves 12/20/06

December 19th, 2006 1:29pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 12/20/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly, semi-informed look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 12/20/06 follows. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK



Walk In #1

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REVIEW: Manga-ka America TPB

December 19th, 2006 5:36am by ComicList Email

Cold Cut Product Spotlight -- Manga-ka America!

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Mangaka America: Manga by America's Hottest Artists
by SteelRiver Studio LLC

For the past 20 years, Japanese influence in American comic books has slowly but steadily growing -- from the early days of Robotech and Ninja High School to the present-day explosion from Tokyopop. As the manga boom sweeps the continent, a new wave of fresh young talent has emerged, leading the way in the American manga scene. This slick, full-color volume spotlights some of these artists, including Christy Lijewski, Jared Hodges, M. Alice LeGrow, Rivkah, Svetlana Chmakova, Tania del Rio and more! Interviews, artwork galleries, how-to tutorials and more -- this is a great introduction to the modern-day American manga scene.

* Manga-ka America TPB Harper Collins Design 24.95


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REVIEW: The Trouble With Girls

December 15th, 2006 6:00am by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

The Trouble With Girls is that it's too much and too little.

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The Trouble With Girls Volume 1
by Will Jacobs, Gerard Jones

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REVIEWS: On The Shelves 12/13/06

December 12th, 2006 7:49pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 12/13/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly, semi-informed look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 12/13/06 follows. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK



Star Wars: Legacy #1

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REVIEW: Baby Mouse

December 12th, 2006 6:52am by ComicList Email

Cold Cut Product Spotlight -- Baby Mouse!

Babymouse is back! Two new books by Newbery Award-winning Matthew and Jennifer Holm are available, featuring the adventure of Babymouse! Published by Random House in black, white and pink, 96 pages, recommended for young girls between the ages of 6 and 10. Note that neither of these two books were offered through Diamond.

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Babymouse: Beach Babe
by Jennifer Holm, Matt Holm

In "Beach Mouse": Grab your sunglasses! School's out and Babymouse is headed to the beach for a week of sun, sand, surfing, snorkeling, and sharks! That's right, folks . . . sharks! Looks like Babymouse's summer fun isn't shaping up quite the way she expected! Will Babymouse survive her summer vacation? Will she be the surfing star she dreams of being . . . or is she sharkbait?!

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Babymouse: Rock Star
by Jennifer Holm, Matt Holm

In "Rock Star": Move over Mozart! Babymouse has music in her soul...but sadly, not in her flute. Will Babymouse ever hit the right note? Will she be the star of the school concert, or is her musical career all washed up before it's even started?

* Baby Mouse vol 3: Beach Mouse Random House 5.95
* Baby Mouse vol 4: Rock Star Random House 5.95


Cold Cut is a wholesale distributor of small-press, independent and alternative graphic novels and comic books to comics retailers and bookstores. (We do not sell directly to comic readers). To find out more information about Cold Cut, please visit our website http://www.coldcut.com.

REVIEW: Fantastic Four Presents: Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius Super Summer Spectacular

December 8th, 2006 10:50pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Fantastic Four Presents: Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius Super Summer Spectacular, published by Marvel Publishing, Inc., 32 pages, $2.99.

Ah, to be a kid again. To be a kid with incredible gadgets from a father who happens to be a genius scientist is even better! So it goes in Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius Super Summer Spectacular from Marvel Comics.

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The Acronyms List

AR -
Ask retailer for price
BD -
Blu-ray Disc
CCG -
Collectible card game
CD -
Compact disc
DVD -
Digital versatile disc
FCBD -
Free Comic Book Day
GN -
Graphic novel
HC -
Hardcover
HD -
High definition
LCG -
Living Card Game
MMPB -
Mass market paperback
PVC -
Polyvinyl chloride
RPG -
Role playing game
SC -
Softcover
TBD -
To be determined
TCG -
Trading card game
TP -
Trade paperback
UDA -
Upper Deck Authenticated
WDCC -
Walt Disney Classics Collection
WS -
Widescreen

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