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Episode #123 – Pile of Shame Finale

Posted on 21 December 2011 by admin

Pile of Shame Challange

The Warriors give their last update at the end of the Pile of Shame challenge.

Books reviewed include:

G.I. Joe: Cobra #7 (IDW Publishing)
Written by Mike Costa; Art by Antonio Fuso

G.I. Joe #8 (IDW Publishing)
Written by Chuck Dixon; Art by William Rosado

Shade #2 (DC Comics)
Written by James Robinson; Art by Cully Hamner

Starman Omnibi (DC Comics)
Written by James Robinson; Art by Tony Harris and various

Superboy #3 (DC Comics)
Written by Scott Lobdell; Art by R.B. Silva & Rob Lean

Captain America and Bucky #624 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Ed Brubaker & Marc Andreyko; Art by Chris Samnee

Trivia contest: G.I. Joe Cobra Vol. 1 #1 signed by writer Mike Costa, G.I. Joe Cobra Vol. 1 #2-4, and G.I. Joe Cobra Vol. 2 #1-13.

G.I. Joe Cobra #1

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Avengers: X-Sanction #1 Review

Posted on 20 December 2011 by Josh

Avengers: X-Sanction #1

Writer: Jeph Loeb
Penciler: Ed McGuinness
Inker: Dexter Vines
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $3.99

In a few months, there will be a huge crossover between the Avengers and the X-Men. If you want to find the no-nonsense doorway into this, pick up Avengers: X-Sanction.

The book opens with the Avengers fighting the Lethal Legion after they’ve escaped the Raft, which is a super-villain prison that everyone in the Marvel Universe can break out of all of the time. While rounding up the bad guys, the Falcon ends up shot and Captain America, after handing Whirlwind his ass, goes to investigate his teammate’s disappearance.  Upon locating the Falcon, Cap winds up in a fight with Cable. After explaining some future scenario, the book ends with Cable having beaten Cap and putting a gun to him.

The biggest problem I have so far with the premise of the story is that Cable, who’s so much of a soldier and sometimes an actual thinker, cannot go to people he’s fought beside and explain why he is back from the future and what he’s seen, but instead, shoots the Falcon and hold him hostage while waiting for Captain America to show up so he can act like the bad guy. For such an interesting character, he just comes off poorly in this. I didn’t expect much from the Jeph Loeb script, because his work nowadays tends to not be very good, but I do remember a time when he wrote books that were very entertaining and well-written. It’s hard to think that this was the guy who wrote The Long Halloween and Dark Victory.

The art is the saving grace of this book. Jeph Loeb’s long-time collaborator Ed McGuinness handles the art chores on this book and with any book he does, it’s up to you to decide if his art is for you. I have always enjoyed his style and it’s a book that looks and feels like a super-hero book. His style is perfect for these types of stories. Sadly, his involvement in this story is easily my favorite thing with this.

There’s a lot going down in the X-Universe right now that’s loads better than this. If you hate the Avengers and want to see them on the losing side, then this might be the book for you. This book is just a precursor for another project that’s coming down the line and this may have lots of implications for that series. Unfortunately, this is not a book that I feel I could recommend to anyone.

-Josh

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Episode #122 – Christmas Wishlist

Posted on 14 December 2011 by admin

Fight for Comics Episode #121 - Righteous Doughnuts

The Warriors go down their list of comics they want for Christmas. Sean Leslie also gives an early Adventures of Tintin review.

Books reviewed include:
Legion of Superheroes #3
Legion Lost #3
Justice League Dark #3
Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes
Batman: Noel
Zombies Christmas Carol

Trivia contest: World War Hulk #1-5 signed by Greg Pak and Hulk of Arabia Ashcan.

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Marvel's A Christmas Carol

Marvel's A Christmas Carol

Marvel's A Christmas Carol

Marvel's A Christmas Carol

Marvel's A Christmas Carol

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Holiday Gift Guide Graphic Novels

Posted on 11 December 2011 by admin

Wednesday Warriors Holiday Gift Guide

Running out of ideas on what to ask for Christmas this holiday season? Or maybe you don’t know what to get your best friend who is a comic book enthusiast but has everything. Well the Fight for Comics Holiday Gift Guide Graphic Novels is here to help. Here is a gift guide comprised of the latest original graphic novels that have been released within the last six months. All are self contained stories come with the Wednesday Warriors highest recommendation.

 

Habibi

Habibi

Writer: Craig Thompson
Artist: Craig Thompson
Publisher: Pantheon
Price: $39.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 672

 

 

Craig Thompson’s new masterpiece is a moving tale about two orphaned refugees struggling to survive in the Middle East. This graphic novel is moving, thought provoking and every bit a worthy successor to Thompson’s Blankets, (which is also available now in an all-new hardcover edition for those that have not read that essential graphic novel yet).

 

 Rust: Visitor in the Field

Rust: Visitor in the Field

Writer: Royden Lepp
Artist: Royden Lepp
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
Price: $24.95
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192

 

 

One of the best graphic novel debuts this year from new writer/artist, Royden Lepp. Lepp delivers a thrilling story about how one farmers life is changed when a robot from a distant war crashes into his barn. Part Rocketeer and part Iron Giant, this is a book that will have readers talking about it in years to come. Jump on the bandwagon now so you can say you were there first.

 

 Infinite Kung-Fu

Infinite Kung-Fu

Writer: Kagan McLeod
Artist: Kagan McLeod
Publisher: Top Shelp Productions
Price: $24.95
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464

 

 

No other graphic novel put a bigger smile on my face this year than McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu. Get ready for flying fists and martial arts action as Lei Kung goes on a quest to fight those who have been poisoned with poison Kung Fu. Supernatural elements and zombies are also thrown into the mix to crank this book’s fun level up to eleven. And for those that have still not seen the amazing Infinite Kung Fu trailer, check it out here.

 

 Petrograd

Petrograd

Writer: Philip Gelatt
Artist: Tyler Crook
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $29.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 264

 

 

This is well-researched historical fiction about the international conspiracy behind the murder of Gregorii Rasputin. But what makes this a must read is perfectly executed Gelatt and Crook are able to recreate an amazing story that surrounds the real events. Plus it satisfies an itch in the international spy genre that no book has been able to satisfy since Queen & Country ended.

 

Batman: Noël

Batman: Noël

Writer: Lee Bermejo
Artist: Lee Bermejo
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $22.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 112

 

 

Batman finds himself being confronted by villains from the past, present, and future in this fun retooling of A Christmas Carol. Usually Marvel and DC only put out a 64 page Holiday Special that is usually only short stories. Hats off to DC for getting such a high profile like Lee Bermejo to give us a tale that I am sure will start becoming a regular must-read every holiday season, (right behind Lobo’s Paramilitary Christmas Special).

 

 Any Empire

Any Empire

Writer: Nate Powell
Artist: Nate Powell
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304

 

 

This is the follow-up graphic novel to the Eisner award winning Swallow Me Whole. This coming of age story follows three childhood friends and how violence redefines their friendship once they meet each other again as adults. Thought provoking and beautifully told, Any Empire is a tremendous achievement from Nate Powell.

 

 One Soul

One Soul

Writer: Ray Fawkes
Artist: Ray Fawkes
Publisher: Oni Press
Price: $24.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 176

 

 

Every once in a while a comic breaks new ground and pushes the envelope to really stretch and showcase just what the medium is capable of. One Sould is just such a book. Ray Fawkes writes 18 different people’s journey from birth to death all in a two page spread divided up into 18-panel grid. All of these characters never live outside their own panel and they do not even live in the same time period as the rest of the characters but readers will be moved to find out just how similar everyone’s life really is. Every bit as poetic as a Terrence Malick film, One Soul is fine art at its best.

 

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

Writer: Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
Artist: Ramón Pérez
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
Price: $29.95
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 152

 

 

An unproduced screenplay that Jim Henson never had a chance to make before he died gets adapted to comic form. It stars Mac who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions.

 

 Bad Island

Bad Island

Writer: Doug Tennapel
Artist: Doug Tennapel
Publisher: Graphix
Price: $10.99
Format: Paperback
Price: $24.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224

 

I wish every creator seemed to be having as much fun as Doug Tennapel seems to have with all his stories. The Earthworm Jim creator’s second color graphic novel from Graphix follows a family who gets shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Crazy things happen as they slowly begin to solve the mysteries or the Island. Sound familiar? The Lost comparisons seem unavoidable but where Lost left most fans confused and angry, Bad Island will have readers of all-ages satisfied and loving every minute of it.

 
 Anya’s Ghost

Anya’s Ghost

Writer: Vera Brosgol
Artist: Vera Brosgal
Publisher: First Second
Price: $15.99
Format: Paperback
Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224

 

Anya’s Ghost marks another stunning debut from an emerging writer/artist in the comic field. Vera Brosgol delivers a delightful tale about a young girl named Anya who befriends a ghost her same age after she falls down a well. Could this be her new BFF or does the ghost having something else in mind? Find out what happens in the book that Neil Gaiman has declared, “A masterpiece.”

 

 Hellboy: House of the Dead

Hellboy: House of the Dead

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Richard Corben
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $14.99
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 56

 

 

Here is something we have never had before. An all-original Hellboy graphic novel by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben. While some may balk at its 56 page count and argue it is just a two issue story put out under the guise of a graphic novel, it still doesn’t change how awesome of a story it is. We find Hellboy in a Mexican bar where he is recruited to step into the ring for a wrestling match with a Frankenstein monster. Fun from start to finish.

 

 MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus

MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus

Writer: Art Spiegelman
Artist: Art Spiegelman
Publisher: Pantheon
Price: $35.00
Format: Hardcover (plus bonus DVD-R)
Pages: 300

 

 

In MetaMouse, Art Speigelman takes a look back at his Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel, Maus. Everything is covered here, from personal and in-depth interviews to early sketches. Plus it has a DVD-R that references even more Maus material. This is the perfect chance to go back and revisit a classic. And for those that have yet to eve read Maus, it has just been released in a stunning new anniversary hardcover that matches MetaMouse in design.

- Sean Leslie

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Episode #121 – Righteous Doughnuts

Posted on 07 December 2011 by admin

Fight for Comics Episode #121 - Righteous Doughnuts

Jonas and Bryton do the show by themselves for the first time. Books are reviewed as craziness ensues.

Books reviewed include:

American Vampire #20 (Vertigo)
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Jordi Bernet

Rachel Rising #3 (Abstract Studios)
Written and drawn by Terry Moore

The Infinite Vacation #3 (Image Comics)
Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Christian Ward

Aquaman #3 (DC Comics)
Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

Mudman #1 (Image Comics)
Written and drawn by Paul Grist

Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys (IDW Publishing)
Written by Joe Hill; Art by Gabriel Rodriguez

Morning Glories #14 (Image Comics)
Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Joe Eisma

Trivia Contest: The Killer #7 Blood Ties Part One signed by Matz.

The Killer #7 Blood Toes Part One

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Batman #3

Posted on 06 December 2011 by Josh

Batman #3
Writer: Scott Snyder
Penciler: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99

One of the bigger enjoyments I have gotten out of DC’s New 52 is Batman. So far, we have a secret organization that bases itself off the owl and they are up to the dirty work of assassinating important people around Gotham City so naturally, they tried to take out Bruce Wayne. This issue follows up with Batman beating up subway thugs and diving deeper into the mystery of the Owl organization and trying to find their base of operations.

The one thing that’s driving me a bit crazy is that I’m not sure what the established continuity of Batman really is. Are we in a new universe or is this the previously established post-Crisis universe? The introduction of a secret society that has been in Gotham since the earliest days is something that if this was the old continuity, would be a tricky thing to work in. They seem like they have influenced Gotham this much and that Batman would have had a lot of run-ins with them over the years.  I guess I’m willing to look past that because it might be the fanatic in me needing all answers when truthfully it takes nothing away from the story, one way or another.  Scott Snyder writes Batman like a seasoned pro and I hope that he’s on the book for some time. It seems like all the books he is working on are good, such as American Vampire and another New 52 title, Swamp Thing. Also, this book actually takes some time to read. It’s not the kind of thing you pick up and are done within a few minutes. This book feels like things are being fleshed-out and not rushed. It makes the $2.99 you spend on it feel like it’s actually worth it.

I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Greg Capullo’s art since his days on Spawn. I think his pencils work very well in a Batman book but one problem I have with Capullo’s work is that sometimes, it’s hard to distinguish one person’s face from another’s. In this issue, Bruce Wayne and Lincoln look about the exact same in the face. But, that in itself is a small complaint. The action in the book looks great and the coloring sets the perfect mood.

There’s a lot of monthly Batman titles but this one feels like it’s ahead of the pack. Now is a great time for jumping on the title. With a solid creative team, it’s only up from here for Batman.

- Josh

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