BOOM! Studios Comic Book Previews: Lumberjanes #5 + Steven Universe #2

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Lumberjanes #5
Writers: Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
Artist: Brooke Allen
Release Date: September 3rd

Archery is a vital skill for any Lumberjane-it teaches balance and precision, which these scouts are definitely going to need with the Bear Woman back! The Lumberjanes are on a chase through the woods and it might be time for some answers…as long as they don’t lose anyone on the way…

Steven Universe #2
Writer: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Release Date: September 3rd

Steven is in the annual Beach City Bike Race, and he and Connie are deep into training mode! But everything gets a little crazy when the Gems get involved, and Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl’s worry about Steven might do more harm than good!

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IMJ Pic of the Day

Avengers GO! by Sean Galloway and Brian Lawver

Avengers GO! by Sean Galloway and Brian Lawver

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Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

Nick Furi's Odds & Ends Banner 2013 Final

Art - LA is the place for Gallery 1988– quickly becoming known for some really fun exhibits. (They’ve had Bill Murray and Avengers-inspired shows.) Now the king of geekdom, Joss Whedon (and all his creations) will be on display in September. I would definitely check this out, but I unfortunately live 1752 miles (or 2819 km for all of you on the metric system) away… So I don’t think it’s financially, timely, or possible for me to attend. Anyone in the area better go at least once for once for me. [Nerdist]

Television - TV show Full House might be making a return to the idiot box. Honestly? I haven’t decided if I like or loathe this idea. Since I grew up watching the old show, the nostalgia makes me want to check out a revised version– especially since some of the original cast (including John Stamos) might be involved. [Variety]

Collectibles - Looks like everyone wants to cash in on Dancing Groot… And that makes a lot of sense, since the tone of the GotG scene where Baby Groot appears screams for a Funko Bobble-Head. My problem: I hate bobble-heads (I don’t know why). Plus, I know I’d have to play I Want You Back every time I made Groot dance. I like the song now, but I also know me… And I doubt I’d get through too many replays before I’d get sick of the whole idea. [Tomopop]

Groot

Expensive Comics - Apparently the much publicized CGC 9.0 Action Comics #1 ended up selling for $3.2 million on eBay. Damn! That’s a lot of Dancing Groot Bobble-Heads! [Comics Alliance]

Tabletop/PAX - I love watching live Dungeons & Dragons events from PAX. They started out as podcasts, then turned into great viewing experiences as panels (now showing on YouTube). I missed the last one from PAX East (which I will correct shortly), but there’s going to be a new adventure this weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle. If you enjoy D&D at all, trust me… You’ll love watching these too. [PAX Prime]

Awesome Art - I really enjoy fan-art mash-ups… And these pieces (all by deviant artist DrFaustusAU) are some of my favourites. They’re bright and colourful– mixing this and that. You can even see pop culture icons transformed into The Cat in the Hat. Better click the link or I’ll kick your caboose… Cause what could be better than seeing your favourite characters drawn in the style of Dr. Seuss? [Deviant Art]

Joker

Emmys - The Emmys were televised last Monday. (In case you were deep beneath the Earth spelunking in a cave, there’s a list of all the winners and losers in the link below.) I don’t get overly invested in these rather artificial affairs, but I always do have my favourites. Sherlock swept the mini-series category, which is great– if a few years too late. I think Jim Parsons is a treat too, but I absolutely adored Ricky Gervais in Derek (which, by the way, is probably one of my favourite shows in ages) and was disappointed his performance wasn’t further recognized with a statue. The only other category I was really interested in? Best Supporting Actor. I was happy to see Aaron Paul win again, but I think Peter Dinklage deserves one too. Finally, Seth Meyers was an awful host. Please, please… Just get Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host all the awards shows from now on… Okay? [Emmys]

Television - Donald Glover is finally Spider-Man! Well… The Ultimate version, at least. I would have loved it if Glover’s (joke) tweet had led to him getting cast as Spidey in the film reboot. It would’ve been a much-needed fresh take on the character– instead of rehashing the Peter Parker origin so quickly. Anyway, I already like Childish Gambino’s voice for the Miles Morales character… And that’s just from the 1-minute 19-second preview! [Superhero Hype]

Art - More Guardians of the Galaxy concept art surfaces– and this time it’s a lot better than the pieces I showed last week (and quite close to the designs used in the film). [/Film]

Collectibles - When I was a kid, I spent many, many hours playing the original StarCraft. (Seriously, I wasted a lot of my life playing that game… Even if I was pretty terrible.) So I have a natural affinity for Kerrigan (both Ghost and Zerg versions), leaving me with an odd desire to buy this Sideshow Statue. Thankfully, I still know better than to spend $380 USD on an item that isn’t a must buy. Of course, if someone were to buy it for me… Well, that would be a different story entirely. [Sideshow]

Kerrigan

Film - If this rumor is true, I guess we now know why the DC Cinematic Universe is so damn bleak. According to unconfirmed reports, Warner Bros has instituted a “No Jokes” policy for the films. This might work for the first few movies, but it can’t last forever. I just can’t see a Justice League film with Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg not bringing the tiniest bit of comic relief. Hell, even Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy had the odd one liner. [The Mary Sue]

Fan Art - These fan-made posters for Star Wars Episode VII are pretty interesting. Definitely makes me curious! [Geeks Are Sexy]

Collectibles - I keep wondering when the Funko vinyl figure boom will abruptly halt. I love a lot of their stuff, but they truly are producing insane amounts of product right now. You can buy figures for almost everything from Duck Dynasty to your favourite superheroes, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Big Lebowski and Supernatural. At some point (Think: Beanie Babies) this craze has to end… Right? To prove Funko will leave no character out, here’s a pic of their new Howard the Duck figure. Hmmm… I guess his appearance in Guardians really did spark an influx of interest. (And if I just spoiled that for you because you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet… What’s wrong with you?! Go see the movie now!) [ComicBook.com]

Howard

Television – Well, it looks like Sherlock Series 4 is going the dark and depressing route. According to series co-creator Steven Moffat, he “reduced [the] cast to tears [while] telling them the plan.” With Doctor Who (and seemingly everything else) leaning toward the grim, I’m wondering if this is something the audience really needs. One thing I do know: I love watching Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play these characters– so I’ll be watching either way. [Entertainment Weekly]

Film - Both of IMJ’s fabulous film reviewers– Danielle Young and Aimee Kuzenski– thought Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was worth the price of admission. To emphasize how style can be everything for a film like this, watch some of these dailies/b-rolls for Sin City… Where the quick action scenes and one-liners are all delivered in front of a boring green screen. Sorta blows the magic, huh? [io9]

Video - I love this fan video! It really showcases the fun, interesting stories, exciting action and superb acting found in all the Marvel Studios films. This video proves these films are more than just a studio cashing in on the comic book film craze. Simply put, these are great movies… That just happen to star superheroes.

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New Comics Shipping Wednesday 9.3.14

COMICS SHIPPING THIS WEEK NEW COLOR LOGO

DC
Action Comics Futures End #1
Aquaman Futures End #1
Batman 66 Meets Green Hornet #4
Batman Essentials Batman and Son Special Edition #1
Batman Eternal #22
Batwing Futures End #1
Detective Comics Futures End #1
Earth 2 Futures End #1
Fairest #29
Grayson Futures End #1
Green Arrow Futures End #1
Green Lantern Futures End #1
Hinterkind #11
Justice League #33
Names #1
New 52 Futures End #18
Swamp Thing Futures End #1
Trinity of Sin The Phantom Stranger Futures End #1

INDEPENDENTS
Alice Cooper #1
Angel & Faith Season 10 #6
Big Trouble in Little China #4
Black Market #1 2nd Print
Blood Queen #4
Chaos #5
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #4
Cloaks #1
Concrete Park Respect #1
Crossed Badlands #60
Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1
Dejah of Mars #4
Elephantmen #59
Ex-Con #1
Extinction Parade War #3
God Hates Astronauts #1
God is Dead #19
Gold Digger #213
Grendel Vs. The Shadow #1
Grimm Fairy Tales Masumi #2
Grimm Tales of Terror #2
Hack Slash Son of Samhain #3
In the House of the Worm #2
Indestructible #8
Jim Butcher Dresden Files War Cry #4
Knights of the Dinner Table #212
Lose #6
Lumberjanes #5
Lunita #4
Madame Frankenstein #5
Mars Attacks First Born #4
Nailbiter #5
Nightworld #2
Number One #1
Red Sonja Black Tower #1
Robocop #3
Rogue Trooper Classics #5
Sally Of The Wasteland #2
Sidekick #8
Silent Hill Downpour Anne’s Story #1
Southern Bastards #4
Squidder #3
Tech Jacket #3
Terminator Enemy of My Enemy #5
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #7
Twilight Zone #8
Uber #17
Usagi Yojimbo Senso #2
Vampirella #4
Victories #15
Woods #5

MARVEL
All-New Doop #5
All-New X-Factor #13
Avengers World #12
Black Widow #10
Captain America #24
Daredevil #6 2nd Print
Dark Tower Drawing of the Three Prisioner #1
Deadpool Vs. X-Force #4
Death of Wolverine #1
Figment #2 3rd Print
Figment #4
Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #0
Iron Fist Living Weapon #6
Legendary Star-Lord #3
Miracleman #10
Moon Knight #7
Original Sin #5.2 2nd Print
Original Sin #8
Punisher #10
Rocket Raccoon #3
She-Hulk #8
Spider-Man 2099 #3
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15
Uncanny X-Men #23
Wolverine #10 2nd Print
X-Men #19

ALL AGES
Angry Birds Comics #4
Betty & Veronica Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #240
Futurama Comics #72
Garfield #29
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #23
Scooby-Doo Team Up #6
Steven Universe #2
Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse #4

GRAPHIC NOVELS & BOOKS
A1 Presents Carpe Diem Vol 1 I Hate Mondays HC
Above The Dreamless Dead World War I In Poetry And Comics HC
Alien Legion Dead And Buried Omnibus
Alley Oop The Complete Sundays Vol 2 1936-1938 HC
Aw Yeah Comics And Action
Baby Bjornatrand
Batwoman Vol 4 This Blood Is Thick
Bo Plushy Gangsta Kingdom Of Bo
Comic Book People Photographs From The 1970s And 1980s HC
Crypt Of Horror Vol 22
Dark Tower The Gunslinger Omnibus Slipcase HC
Deadpool Minibus HC
Doctor Grordbort Presents Onslaught HC
Doctor Who The Official Quiz Book
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms Classics Omnibus Vol 2
Egos Vol 1 Quintessence
Epic Chronicles Of Hagar The Horrible Vol 6 1980-81 HC
Farlaine The Goblin Vol 1
Fear Agent Vol 6 Out Of Step (New Edition)
Finder Third World
Forever Evil HC
Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse HC
Furious Vol 1 Fallen Star
G.I. Joe Origins Omnibus Vol 2
Infinity
Jaybird HC
JLA Earth 2 (New Edition)
Judge Dredd Mega-City Two
Judge Dredd Vol 5
Kick-Ass 3 HC
Kill My Mother
LEGO Star Wars The Dark Side HC
Martian Manhunter Rings Of Saturn
Mark Texeira Tempest Sketchbook HC (Signed Edition)
Mark Texeira Tempest Sketchbook HC (Sketch Edition)
Marvel Masterworks Famous Firsts 75th Anniversary Slipcase Set
Masterful Marks Cartoonists Who Changed The World HC
Mercenary Sea Vol 1
Michael Golden Dangerous Curves HC (Signed Edition)
Michael Golden Dangerous Curves HC (Sketch Edition)
Mr. Punch 20th Anniversary Edition HC
Musashi
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Vol 5
New Dawn Star Wars HC
Noragmi Stray God Vol 1
Oz Omnibus HC
Pariah Vol 2
Phoebe And Her Unicorn
Revenge The Secret Origin Of Emily Thorne HC
Rocketeer Jet Powered Adventures
Skyward Vol 3 Battle At Three Rivers
Steve O Reno’s Fantasy Bound The Art Of Imaginative Distress
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures Vol 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original Motion Picture Special Edition HC
Toto Trouble Vol 2 A Deadly Jokester HC
Toto Trouble Vol 2 A Deadly Jokester SC
Transformers IDW Collection Phase Two Vol 1 HC
Void HC
Walking Dead Volume 10 HC
Woods Vol 1
Wrenchies
WWE Slam City Vol 1 Finished HC
Zoo Box HC

MANGA
Alice In The Country Of Clover Knight’s Knowledge Vol 2
Bleach 3-In-1 Edition Vol 9
Centaur’s Life Vol 4
Dawn Of The Arcana Vol 13
Dragon Ball 3-In-1 Edition Vol 6
Library Wars Love And War Vol 12
Kamen Vol 1
Mayo Chicki Vol 7
Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol 19
Midnight Secretary Vol 7
Naruto 3-In-1 Edition Vol 9
New Lone Wolf And Cub Vol 2
Nisekoi False Love Vol 5
One Piece Vol 72
Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol 4
Pokemon Adventures Box Set Vol 3 Ruby And Sapphire
Pokemon Adventures Vol 24
Pokemon Black And White Box Set Vol 2
Seraph Of The End Vol 2
Skip Beat Vol 33
Spice And Wolf Novel Vol 12
Time Killers
What Did You Eat Yesterday Vol 4
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s Vol 6
Zero’s Familiar Chevalier Vol 2

MAGAZINES
Comic Shop News #1420
Comics Revue Presents August 2014
G Fan #107
Heavy Metal #270
Rue Morgue Magazine #148

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IMJ Daily Links™

IMJ DAILY LINKS™ FINAL 2014 BANNER

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ now 2014’s highest grossing film

Liam Neeson willing to play Ras Al Ghul in ‘Arrow’

Syfy cancels ‘The Wil Wheaton Project’

‘The Tick’ to be revived with Patrick Warburton to star

Watch Karen Gillan shave her head for her ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ role

‘Games of Thrones’ Season 5 set photos tease a major plotline

Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ series casts Chad Murray

New ‘Batman vs. Superman’ set photos reveal plot details + easter egg

First footage from ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 2

Why Joaquin Phoenix may be reluctant to star in ‘Doctor Strange’

‘Lego Movie’ directors bring ‘Greatest American Hero’ back to TV

Amy Gumenick + Nolan Funk cast in ‘Arrow’LM ULTRA THIN BOX BREAK

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Insideman’s Pull List™

INSIDEMAN'S PULL LIST NEW8.27.14 PULL LIST BANNER Tired BannerThat’s one of the biggest gripes we’ve been hearing at Inveterate Media JunkiesFor years. Some fans have been saying it for a very long time, others are just recent converts. Lots and lots of people are simply fed up with grim ‘n gritty comic books– they’re ready for their heroes to be heroic again. And that’s great… People who spend their money on something should definitely have the right to say how they feel about said product (Yay, Internet!)… As long as, you know, their criticism or praise falls somewhere above a Sixth-Grader’s ability to critique something. (Fuck the fuck off, Internet!)

Me? I don’t give a rat’s ass whether something is lighthearted or fun or dark and serious… As long as it’s good, and the creators involved put their backs into a project to make the best comic they could make. But given that a majority of our readers seem to be yearning for some heroes– I thought I would highlight two great comic book collections I’ve recently read that don’t feature panel after panel of evisceration and degradation.

But before I start, I have a question (and a slight admonition) for all of you: If most of you truly want more fun adventure comics– then why are the comics I’m about to review not selling better? Why are these titles languishing, while the 97th Avengers or Batman title consistently tops the sales chart? You know, if you don’t buy these fun, not-so-dark comics– the publishers aren’t going to print them.

Supply and Demand… It’s the basic cog in any free market system. Remember that next time you automatically buy a copy of Avengers: Who Gives A Fuck?! #1 (with 3 variant covers)– instead of giving a deserving non-grim, non-ultra violent comic a chance.

Kings Watch GN LITESo, yeah… Jeff Parker is a big IMJ Favorite™. We really like his stuff. It’s not that he can do no wrong– it’s just that he mostly does right… And his Kings Watch (featuring the sturdy trio of Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake The Magician) is the best Dynamite “hero” comic I have ever read. I opened this trade late one night (around 3am) and didn’t put it down until I was completely finished. That’s what happens when I read something I really like– no matter how tired/stressed I may be… I read it all the way through.

It should be more than obvious by now that most graphic novels don’t capture my interest anywhere near this much. The art by Marc Laming is also exquisite– again some of the best I have ever seen from Dynamite, a company that often publishes mediocre licensed comics… Made even more mediocre by their mediocre artwork.

Next on my delight list: Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril. This trade, notably, is published by Vertigo Comics… You know, the cool imprint put out to pasture by the current Powers That Be at DC– when they decided to go “whole-hog” on their ridiculous New 52 rehash. (Why publish a grand comic like Hellblazer, when you can print a shitty Tom Strong and The Planet of Perilabomination like Constantine?) Anyway, this Tom Strong tale is written by Peter Hogan– who, if memory serves (and I’m sure someone will immediately correct me if I’m wrong), was essentially handpicked by Alan Moore to write the series when DC swallowed Jim Lee’s Wildstorm (which used to publish Moore’s “America’s Best Comics” line).

What makes this graphic novel a must buy? The way things don’t transpire in the story. I’ll give you a prime example: Tom travels to Terra Obscura (think alternate Earth), only to find the once vibrant planet ravaged by disease and in the throes of worldwide anarchy. He’s in search of a hero who may possess a strengthening potion for his daughter Tesla… And runs afoul of a biker gang– desperate for food and medicine– that attacks a supply convoy. As the violence intensifies, what does Tom Strong do? Well, if this was a “normal” 21st Century comic, the “hero” would obliterate the gang– maybe sparing one to spread the news that this type of behavior will no longer be tolerated.

But Tom doesn’t do that. Seeing both sides suffering unnecessary casualties, he throws up a white flag and negotiates with the gang leader– eventually giving them 3 truckloads of supplies to halt the hostilities. This series is FILLED with moments like this– where humans cease acting like the self-centered jerkwads so popular in comics today, instead choosing to reclaim their HUMANITY.

Now I know these are only two comic books. But amid the morass of bullshit that sees print every month, there are still great books to be found. They may require you getting off your asses to find them… But trust me, my friends– they are out there. And if you want more comics like these, at some point you have to put your money where your bitching is.

Hardcovers & Trade Paperbacks Insideman's Pull List 2014
Adventure Time Marceline And The Scream Queens Mathematical Edition HC
Age Of License
Archie Archives Vol 10 HC
Art Of Princess Mononoke HC
Avengers Undercover Vol 1 Descent
Charley’s War Omnibus Vol 1 – Bought it and I own ALL the Hardcovers!
Conan Vol 16 The Song Of Belit HC
Courtney Crumrin Special Edition Vol 6 The Final Spell HC
DC Universe vs The Masters Of The Universe
Deadpool vs Carnage
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan The Sunday Comics Vol 2 1934-1936 HC
Even More Bad Parenting Advice
Fables Vol 20 Camelot – My love for Fables is well documented…
Fantastic Four Vol 1 The Fall Of The Fantastic Four
Fuse Vol 1 The Russia Shift
Grace Randolph’s Supurbia Vol 4
Green Lantern New Guardians Vol 4 Gods And Monsters
Heart Of The Beast 20th Anniversary Signed Edition HC
Illegitimates HC
Jessica Jones The Pulse Complete Collection – Read it already
Johnny Hazard Complete Newspaper Dailies Vol 3 1947-1949 HC
Lady Rawhide Vol 1 – A Western + Fan Service?! C’mon!
Magic The Gathering Complete Collection Oversized HC
Mars Attacks Deluxe Edition HC - Recommended
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Tales Of Suspense Vol 1
Marvel Masterworks Marvel Rarities Volume 1 HC
New Warriors Vol 1 The Kids Are All Fight
Oz Dorothy And The Wizard In Oz – Own the Hardcover
Saint The Man Who Wouldn’t Die
Secret Service Kingsman HC - Mediocre at best
Sonic The Hedgehog Vol 1 Countdown To Chaos
Star Wars Legacy II Vol 3 Wanted Ania Solo
Talent Deluxe Edition – Read it as a digest. It’s “ok”.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Works Volume 3 HC
Turok Dinosaur Hunter Vol 1 Conquest
Walt Disney’s Don Rosa Library Vol 1 The Son Of The Sun HC
White Death HC – Looks interesting…
X-Force By Craig Kyle And Chris Yost The Complete Collection Vol 2
X-Force Vol 1 Dirty Tricks

MANGA INSIDEMAN'S PULL LIST BANNER 2014
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass
Attack On Titan Vol 13 - Manga Pick of the Week!
Black Butler Vol 1 (New Print)
Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol 6
BTOOOM Vol 7
Cage Of Eden Vol 15
Hatsune Miku Unofficial Hatsune Mix
High School DXD Vol 2
Maximum Ride Vol 8
No. 6 Vol 8
Sankarea Vol 8
Say I Love You Vol 3
Spice and Wolf Novel Vol 12
Sword Art Online Novel Vol 2 Aincrad
Triage X Vol 7
Wallflower Vol 33

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