Showing posts from November, 2017

Tell DARTH what you want for Christmas

EDITOR’S NOTE: I think I’ll ask for Peace On Earth and Goodwill To All. Nobody else has been able to achieve it.  Why not Darth?
Visit Santa Vader at Captain Blue Hen Saturday, December 9 at 11 AM - 4 PM
Psyched for Star Wars: Last Jedi? Do you have the holiday spirit? Wanna ask Darth Vader to put in a good word for you with Santa? Then stop on by, make a holiday wish and get your picture with a Dark Lord of the Sith. Also collecting toys for the Nemours/A.I. DuPont Childrens Hospital
Book comes with a free stocking stuffer!

Pick up a “History of Magic” and get a Harry Potter key ring while supplies last! --------------------------- CAPTAIN BLUE HEN COMICS  280 E. Main St., Newark, De, 19711


from the official Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . .
First Look: QUANTUM AND WOODY! #2 – 2017's Must-Read New Series Continues with Slightly Less Collectible Second Issue in 2018!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #2 – the second sensational issue of the ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES by rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil)! On January 31st, the must-read superhero-action-family-drama-buddy-comedy throwdown of 2018 cries all the tears as it tells the saddest truth of all: Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team…no more!It’s the ones you love that hurt you the most…and, in the case of super-powered adoptive brothers Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – this is definitely going to leave a mark! Quantum has kept the truth about Woody’s biological father a secret, and now that Woody has found out about his brother’s betrayal…

Caffeinated HELENA CRASH Gets Collection in December

from the official IDW Publishing press release . . . . .
A New Pulse Pounding, Caffeine Fueled, Machine-Guns Blazing,
Car Crashing Adventure Comic!

San Diego, CA (November 28, 2017) – In a future where coffee is illegal, Helena is a courier, delivering black market goods to anyone who can afford her services. From the white hot creative team of Samurai Jack: Quantum JackFabian Rangel Jr (‘Namwolf) and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Mr. Higgins Comes Home with Mike Mignola) present a brand new vision of the future. 

“I love coffee. I drink a lot of coffee, and I actually can’t write without it nowadays (as bad as that sounds),” says Rangel. “It is the fuel for the storytelling fire in my brain. When I read that article about coffee becoming scarce, my imagination automatically started wondering about a new prohibition era, and how wild it would be in a sci-fi world.”

Interpreting this vibrant, futuristic world is no small feat but Johnson-Cadwell was up to the task.

“The city, the characters, ev…

Review: Neal Adams returns to DEADMAN

DEADMAN #1 of 6  (DC Comics, November 01, 2017 release date)  Written, drawn and colored by Neal Adams  Lettered by Clem Robins.  Cover by Neal Adams.        I have so much respect for Neal Adams.  He’s one of the few legends of the comics renaissance that began in the 1960’s that is still alive and active.      His work is one of the reasons that I’m still an avid fan in my sixth decade of reading and collecting comics (OMG!). When I became a teenager I decided it wasn’t cool for me to continue reading comics. I was interested in dating and didn’t think girls would approve of comics. I was wrong, but I thought differently at the time (1960’s).  It was Neal’s work in UNCANNY X-MEN and GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW in the late 1960’s that brought me back as a comics reader. I feel obligated to check out anything current with Neal Adams’ name on it.    Deadman is an infrequently used DC second-tier character with a long history.  He first appeared in DC’s STRANGE ADVENTURES (1967) created by…

Review: MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, amazing debut graphic novel

MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris. (Fantagraphics Books, 2017) Black & white illustrations, with many pages in full color or partial color.  Softcover, 8 3/4” x 11”. 386 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-60699-959-2. $39.99.     There’s at least one skeptic in every family or among a group of friends: the person who thinks graphic novels are just thick comic books, of no particular importance, and intended for children to read.  Of course they’ve never read a graphic novel, mainly because they think they have no literary merit.       I love to enlighten the skeptics, and will search my memories as well as my personal collection for graphic novels to recommend that compliment their particular interests and will hopefully change their minds.  Add to that list of important graphic novels a new title just released in 2017, and the first work from a major new talent: MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS.    This graphic novel has everything:  a compelling and charming story, plus great art that …

Review: THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #1 from Image Comics

THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #1  (Image Comics, November 01, 2017 release date)  Wes Craig, writer and artist pages 1-5.  Toby Cypress, artist pages 6-30.  Niko Guardia, colorist.  Jared K. Fletcher, letters and design.       I read about this book in one of the Image Comics monthly preview magazines and was compelled to pre-order it. What really grabbed my attention were the samples of Wes Craig’s art.      That art opens the story in Issue #1 and it’s just so rich in imagery and detail that I wish he was able to draw the entire issue.  Those five pages of almost text-free panels depicts eerie scenes of early Earthly ancestors (apes) carrying large lima-bean shaped wriggling sacks in a long trail leading to what appears to be a giant tree/hive mass with luminous eyes. Creepy, in a word. A strange bit of foreshadowing.  Don’t misunderstand. The rest of the art by Toby Cypress is engaging and very graphic in places.  It just has such a tough act to follow. Those first five pages established a…

NINJA-K: Easily the best book of the November crop

NINJA-K #1  (Valiant Entertainment, November 15 release date)  Writer: Christos Gage.  Art: Tomas Giorello.  Colors: Diego Rodriguez.  Letters: A Larger World Studios.          As the credits page proclaims, the history of British MI-6’s Ninja program is deep and wide.      The debut issue of NINJA-K begins by tracing that history starting with the first operative’s (Ninja-A) initial operation in World War I Austria in 1917. Writer Christos Gage lays out the development of the program with interesting details, bringing readers up to the present day and the activities of agent Ninja-K, Colin King (who also serves as a freelance mercenary).    Six years ago, King received the history lesson plus advice courtesy of Ninja-D, now a consultant whose glory days of the late 1950’s and 1960’s are well behind him.  Flash forward to present day and K applies D’s lessons to survive a nasty scrap and rescue a hostage.    King is enjoying his independence from MI-6 and adjusting to his new residenc…

New science fiction project seeks crowdfunding support

A New Project From the Artist of SINK...EDITOR’S NOTE:  I’ve become a fan of both artist Alex Cormack and writer John Lees, as evidenced by our support of their joint SINK project on Kickstarter. Two creators whose subject matter and themes are perhaps a little too edgy and fringe for publishers to fully endorse and take a chance on. So, they use crowdfunding (Kickstarter) to raise the funds to make their creations a reality.  ComixTribe supports them, and I think other publishers will soon follow.  If there’s one genre that seems to be less predominant in today’s crowded market - - it’s good standalone science fiction stories.  To support STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET, go to this link . . . . Let’s check in with John Lees to get more details about this . . . .Hi Sinkers! This campaign is all wrapped up, and SINK is now running wild in the direct market. But if you can't get enough of SINK artist Alex Cormack&…

QUANTUM AND WOODY get foil treatment for Issue #1

 FOIL, FOIL, FOIL – Valiant's QUANTUM AND WOODY! #1 Adds Five Sizzling New Slabs of EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL!Due to unprecedented demand in advance of the upcoming Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) date for QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1, Valiant is informing retailers that the first issue’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL shelf cover – the first in a new line of 12 covers EMBOSSED and ENHANCED with AUTHENTIC ‘90s COMICS FOIL – has preemptively sold-out at the distributor level.(But, hey, don’t worry – we have more!)
Valiant is proud to announce that it is taking unprecedented steps to avoid allocation and will fulfill all standing and future orders for QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL cover (OCT171905)through FOC with an array of alternate foils mined directly from the decade of Trapper Keepers and acid wash.Buckle up, because comic book stores participating in Valiant’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL offering for QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 will receive a mixed assortment of copies manufactured with vi…

INFINITE LOOP receives deluxe hardcover edition

from the official IDW Publishing press release . . . . . . .
Critically Acclaimed Series From Co-Creators Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet
San Diego, CA (November 22, 2017) – IDW is proud to present The Infinite Loop in a deluxe hardcover edition, arriving this April. The first series from co-creators Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet was honored by the Virginia Library Association Graphic Novel Diversity Award, who called it: “a fun melding of science fiction, romance, LGBTQ+ advocacy fiction, and civil rights history lesson.”

Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is common practice, has a job maintaining the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, a living paradox and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream and the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.

The Infinite Loop is a very special book for Pierrick and I,” said artist Elsa Charretier. “We put out hearts and souls…

New Comics Wednesday Review: JAMES BOND: SOLSTICE

JAMES BOND: SOLSTICE  (Dynamite Entertainment, November 22, 2017 release date)  Writer and Artist:  Ibrahim Moustafa.  Colors:  Jordan Boyd.  Letters: Simon Bowland     I’m a sucker for a good one-shot story that begins and ends in the same issue. It’s a great way to sample a series, and I wish comics publishers would do it more often.  So, if you’ve been curious about the JAMES BOND titles at Dynamite, here is your opportunity to check it out without making a multiple issue commitment.  Just keep in mind that this is not an ongoing monthly title at Dynamite but an assortment of mini-series (with different writers and artists) featuring British MI-6’s secret agent 007.   In spite of that, JAMES BOND: SOLSTICE is fairly indicative of how the legendary character is being handled at Dynamite: with respect for the legacy and history, and keeping the character portrayal accurate and true to form.     The story revolves around Bond’s pre-Christmas assignment, to eliminate a Russian agent wh…