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    Wednesday
    Aug122015

    Triple Shot: THE BEAUTY #1, STUMPTOWN #6 & #7 & STAR TREK/GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #2 at FORCES OF GEEK

    Today’s Triple Shot cheats the numbers a bit to include the latest two issues of Rucka’s Stumptown as the meat surrounded by Jeremy Haun’s incredible debut of The Beauty at Image and the ‘most likely to succeed’ crossover Star Trek/Green Lantern #2 putting Lantern Rings on all the right crew members.


    Be sure to treat your LCS like your favorite place to be this Wednesday, because it probably is. 

    Unless you are like me, of course, reading on my iPad behind closed doors like some malnourished shut-in.

    Some stereotypes just don’t need debunkin’.

     

     

    THE BEAUTY #1
    WRITERS: Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
    ART: Jeremy Haun

    Publication Date: August 11, 2015
    Price: $3.50
    Publisher: Image Comics
    UPC: 70985301933600111
    Buy it HERE



    Previous winner of Top Cow’s Pilot Season 2011 is Jeremy Haun’s The Beauty. My prediction is that this will end up at the top of lots of people’s stacks this week.

    The premise is simple and deadly. There is a disease, ‘The Beauty’ that makes you look amazing but has a major side effect, a chronic fever. 

    At the opening of the book, it appears that the symptoms have grown more severe and these good-lookin’ folk will start dropping like flies.

    Part X-Files, Part Chew, part The Killing, this self described sci-fi police procedural takes an alternate world view or problem (see Chew) and wraps it around gumshoe detective work and departments stepping on each other’s toes. 

    Many contagions are not obvious to the beholder, but the attractiveness of a symmetrical human form is for all to see. What makes this STD especially deadly is that people want to get it, not matter what the long term effects can be.

    Haun and Hurley are able to explore classism, narcissism and vain behavior through the lens of your buddy cop tropes and a uniquely terrifying prospect.

    Beautiful people dying next to you on the subway? What can be scarier than that? I’d rather take my chances with Rick and the rest in that zombie book.

    Cheers to Jeremy Haun (Batwoman) for making a huge leap from the drawing board to the typewriter and back to the art again. This is absolutely great storytelling on the page and from the minds of Haun and his co-writer Jason A. Hurley.

    I may grab a couple copies of this one at the store.

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    Tuesday
    Aug112015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. August 12, 2015

     

    COMICS

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.:1952 from superstar team of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Alex Maleev follows Red into his first mission with the team and his first swig of booze (allegedly). … Agent Carter played by Hayley Atwell captivated our TV this past season and also was a big hit at Boston Comic Con. Check out her comic adventures in Agent Carter: Operation S.I.N. this week for more 50s spy action stuff! … The Beauty #1 takes on social diseases and vanity all at once from Jeremy Haun (Darkness, Constantine). …Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

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    Wednesday
    Aug052015

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 TPB (review) at FORCES OF GEEK

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 TPB
    Written by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
    Art by Alex Maleev
    Colored by Dave Stewart
    Cover by Mike Mignola
    Published by Dark Horse Comics
    Cover Price: $19.99
    Diamond ID:APR150064
    ISBN: 978-1-61655-660-0
    Published: August 12, 2015

     

    Hellboy embarks on his first mission with the B.P.R.D. Team and wouldn’t you know it, there are demon monkeys, drunken priests and someone out to get the Big Red One.

    Returning to Hellboy for the first time since 2003 is frequent Bendis collaborator Alex Maleev for art duties on this Mike Mignola & John Arcudi penned tale set in 1952.

    Of course, regular Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart joins the fun on this fantastic adventure.

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 is part mystery, part adventure story and explores some growth and development to how Hellboy came up in our world.

    The 5 issue series is collected in one volume to hit shelves next week. This is a highly recommended addition to your Hellboy collection and also a great introduction this world as it focuses on a younger Hellboy and Maleev’s art fits the world of the B.P.R.D. so well.

    Hellboy fanatics have likely grabbed these issues in floppy form, or perhaps are waiting until this trade drops to line up the spines perfectly with their other Hellboy volumes. However you end up consuming this (Dark Horse is finally onComiXology, FYI), be prepared for some familiar faces as well as some creepy introductions.

    Mignola admits to being a bit of a control freak when it comes to other artists drawing his stories. What evolved from tweaking camera angles on Alex’s initial sketches eventually became Mike sending his own thumbnails to the artist. I’m sure the two got along fine, however. The pages and storytelling have the patina of classic Mignola Hellboy tales or old vampiric horror movies. You know how you feel when you read Hellboy Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction? You feel the same here.

     

     

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    Monday
    Aug032015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. Aug 5, 2015

    COMICS

    Adam.3 #1 from Scott Kollins (Larfleeze, The Flash) gives us a widescreen wild-man born into a futuristic island utopia! The Tarzan of Tomorrow! … Paul Cornell (Wolverine) drops This Damned Band #1, a Spinal Tap style comic that promises to go to 11 — the 11th level of Hell that is, when worshipping the devil becomes a none-more-black situation. … The Shadow #1 from Cullen Bunn pits The Shadow in the deadliest game against a cabal of magicians searching for the secret of The Last Illusion! Only The Shadow Knows! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

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    Monday
    Jul272015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. July 29, 2015

     

    COMICS

    A leader emerges in Invisible Republic #5. Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s off-world future tale concludes it’s first arc, in this summer’s breakout sci-fi political thriller. …Mulder investigates a missing child to honor the memory of his sister’s abduction in X-Files Annual 2015. …Last week we gave you Gods & Monsters: Batman, this week it’s JLA Gods And Monsters Superman! This Superman was raised by immigrant farmers as he rails against injustice! See you at Boston Comic Con 2015 featuring Stan Lee, natch! Excelsior! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!