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    Valiant Comics‘ Must Read Valiant Greatest Hits Volume 1 is out now and the oversized comic is priced at $5.99 to get you into the increasingly popular Valiant Universe for the price of two regular comic books! Superheroes, space travel, top talent and an unflinching editorial eye for quality makes for a rich universe. Are you one of those fans that thinks the X-Men have too many books and The Avengers are cool on the big screen, but Avengers Mansion seems like a Spanx-filled flop house? Come on over to the Valiant side, there’s room for everyone over here and it all makes sense together!

    Let us first take a look at the offerings in Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Back in MY day, we called this a 100-Page Giant. We’ll keep it short so you can start working on your Shadowman and Ninjak cosplays by the end of the article.

    We start off with Valiant’s Iron-Prince-Out-Of-Water, X-O Manowar #5. The Visigoth from ancient Romania was taken away from the Vine aliens to toil on their farms before escaping and bonding with their most powerful weapon, the X-O Manowar armor. This issue reintroduces Ninjak, kind of like a Ninja Boba Fett. Killer issue!

    Quantum and Woody #1 deals with two knucklehead step brothers who step into their late Dad’s  science lab when, of course, a life-altering scientific accident leaves them just as annoying to each other but all the more powerful! Who’s responsible for their Dad’s murder? What’s all this about a goat? For fans of snarky humor but also butt kicking!


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    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mace Neufeld
    Screenplay by Adam Cozad, David Koepp
    Based on Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy
    Directed by Kenneth Branagh
    Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, 
    Keira Knightley, Nonso Anozie, Colm Feore, 
    Gemma Chan, David Paymer, Karen David

    Chris Pine (Star Trek’s Captain Kirk) stars as Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan alongside Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and director Kenneth Branagh in a wholly satisfying reimagining of the Jack Ryan movie universe. 

    Pine is the fourth actor to play Ryan on the big screen, following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and most recently by Ben Affleck in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears.

    Already a hero to geeks everywhere, Pine’s action-packed performance as somewhat reluctant CIA agent in Shadow Recruit begs for more movies right out of the gate. 

    Can Jack Ryan out-Bond James Bond?  Will Ryan replace Mission: Impossible’s Ethan Hunt as your must-see American action hero?   Sir Kenneth Branagh directs a post-9/11 action hero flick with an accessible storyline based on the evils of terrorism, economic fear and residual Cold War rivalries. As scary and stoic villain Viktor Cherevin, Branagh strikes fear with a stare. Costner and Knightley are of course amazing as second leads to our hero.

    The movie opens on a familiar scene; on a college campus everyone gathering around a public television set, September 11, 2001.

    Jack sees the terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and we flash forward to the fateful helicopter crash over Afghanistan that leaves him injured in 2003.

    In physical rehabilitation, Jack meets his future fiancé Dr. Cathy Muller (Knightley) and is noticed by top secret agent William Harper (Costner). Harper assigns Ryan to Wall Street on a top secret long tail mission to analyze international financial data from the inside.




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    Triple Shot Digital: 'STRANGE NATION' #1-3 plus #4 at FORCES OF GEE

    Monkeybrain is taking over this edition of Triple Shot Digital, urging you to download Strange Nation from Paul Allor (G.I. Joe, TMNT) and Juan Romera.

    This high adventure comic focuses on outsider journalist Norma Park, her old man asskicking sidekick Jesse Vernon and also stars gorillas, Sasquatch, Area 51 aliens and the most formidable opponents of all — parents disappointed in her career choice!

    Friend of the site, Paul Allor has impressed the comics community by coming strong out of the gate after graduating Andy Schmidt’s Comics Experience class and becoming a teacher over there himself. The young creator can add working on a comics script template for new writers (available for free) to his already impressive list of comics credits. 

    With Strange Nation, Paul is able to explore some big tropes and bigger twists in the realm of supernatural comics and tabloid journalism.

    Our main gal Norma is more Agent Scully than Lois Lane but complimentary comparisons to the latter have been pouring in. Strong female leads always make this reporter smile, and hey, if she punches a couple of Sasquatch in the neck while doing her job, my grin gets twice as big.

    Issues 1-3 of Strange Nation set up Norma’s world as the smart girl that is misunderstood at her daily newspaper gig but fits in well with the Weekly World News analog Strange Nation. After staking out a laboratory, posing as a janitor, Norma breaks in to find Joe, an intelligent and well spoken gorilla in a suit. She escapes after the alarm sounds, but at what cost to the imprisoned Joe?



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    DigBoston and LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for January 15, 2014


    Black Beetle is the more mysterious than the Shadow, has more gadgets than the Inspector, and his moody Colt City is plagued by murders! Check out our neo-noir hero from best-selling creator Francesco Francavilla in Vol. 2 starting issue Black Beetle: Necrologue #1. Golden Age hero Skyman gets a boost into the air from Dark Horse. Skyman #1 is written by Ultimates writer Joshua Hale Fialkov. The masterful John Byrne’s Triple Helix series comes to an end with Issue #4, further expanding the Byrne-verse of heroes that include Trio and of course Next Men! …Picks from!

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    2-BIT COMICS: Harlan Ellison’s “Phoenix Without Ashes” at 13th DIMENSION

    In this new segment — 2-Bit Comics — Clay N. Ferno digs deep into back-issue bins and discount trade shelves, refusing to pay more for great comic stories found on discount! First up, Harlan Ellison’s IDW hardcover for “Phoenix Without Ashes.”Sharing his love for great stories found in the quarter bin may prompt you to revisit these books wherever you can find them, in a yellowed longbox or on your tablet!



    The Seventies were a great time for science fiction, though the genius of Harlan Ellison’s stories were often mucked with enough to make him take his name off plenty of projects. A TV version of this graphic novel appeared on Canadian and American stations in 1973 under the new name, “The Starlost.” Audiences were told Ellison’s alter-ego Cordwainer Bird created and wrote the show.


    As a concept for sci-fi and comics, this merges the best of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Lost,” “Doctor Who” and of course a bit of “Star Trek.” All the action starts out in an Amish town, where our main man Devon is accused of being a heretic, speaking out against the Elders, who have lied to the villagers about the will of the Creator.

    Devon is driven to the edge of the mountains by an angry mob after revealing the hoax to his beloved Rachel, to whom his love is forbidden as she has been promised to a man named Garth since birth.


    The naturally curious Devon has had questions all his life about where the sky starts and ends, and why the Creator has only given his people 50 square miles of land on which to live.

    Devon discovers, by his exile, an escape, in the quite literal form of a hatch that drops him into a most unusual place — the life support system of a very large space ship en route to certain doom into the heart of a nova!




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