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Posted March 13, 2012 by Norby Ela in Columns
 
 

GEEKLY WEEKLY GUIDE (March 14, 2012)

GEEKLY WEEKLY GUIDE (March 14, 2012)

Our picks of comics (singles, TPBs, HCs OGNs, Blu-Rays & DVDs, Apparel and other comic-related merch) and what not that will be released weekly . We know that comic books and merchandise are expensive. But, we are here to guide you on what books & trade of geekery are great and worthy to buy.

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Conan the Barbarian #2

(W) Brian Wood (A) Becky Cloonan (CA) Dave Stewart, Massimo Carnevale
Death has come for Conan and his fellow sailors in the visage of the privateer Belit! Rage and desire mingle in an orgy of slaughter as the barbarian and the pirate queen glimpse each other for the first time-as opponents in a battle to the last man!
Format: COMIC
Price: $3.50

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Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #3 (of 5)

(W) Mike Mignola, John Arcudi (A) Tonci Zonjic (CA) Dave Stewart, Dave Johnson
A fiery menace is turning the city into an inferno, and only Lobster Johnson and his league of crime fighters can put an end to these paranormal horrors.
Format: LIMITED SERIES
Price: $3.50

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Batgirl #7

Written by GAIL SIMONE; Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
One dark, tragic night, The Joker shattered the life of Barbara Gordon in the landmark story BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE. In this issue, see a side of that story that has never before been told, as BATGIRL faces the demons of her past! And if that’s not enough, a deadly new gentleman killer, Grotesque, stalks the streets of Gotham City!
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

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Batman and Robin  #7

Written by PETER J. TOMASI; Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Batman finally discovers NoBody’s lair and must confront Robin and NoBody in an explosive, brutal battle that will shake them all to their very core!
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

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Batwoman #7

Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN; Art by AMY REEDER and ROB HUNTER; Cover by AMY REEDER; 1:25 B&W Variant cover by AMY REEDER
Six lives on converging courses that will change them forever…
Batwoman, in a hidden lair beneath Gotham Harbor, faces a horde of monsters inspired by urban legends led by Falchion, an evil mastermind.
Jacob Kane waits in agony for some sign of life.
Kate Kane tries to enjoy new romance as the werebeast Abbot begs for her help.
Maro, an enigmatic wizard, evokes an evil that all children fear: their own reflections in a darkened mirror.
Detective Maggie Sawyer is caught in a turf war between The Werebeast Cult and The Medusa Syndicate.
DEO Agent Cameron Chase struggles with a new operative who refuses to be controlled.
It’s all coming in “To Drown the World,” part 2.
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

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Demon Knights  #7

Written by PAUL CORNELL; Art by DIOGENES NEVES and OCLAIR ALBERT; Cover by MIKE CHOI
This is it! The walls have fallen, the battle is joined, and the only possible outcome is death…but the Demon Knights keep fighting! History has a grand destiny in store for this alliance of unlikely outcasts– should they survive this issue, that is! After all, beyond the mountains, on the road to Alba Sarum, greater evils than the Horde are lurking…
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

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Locke & Key: Clockworks #5 (of 6)

Joe Hill (w) Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)
“Clockworks,” Chapter 5: Lucas “Dodge” Caravaggio returns from the Drowning Cave, infected by a parasite of the soul; the good and loving friend has been left behind, and replaced by something free of all human feeling. Searching for a way to control him, the Keepers of the Keys make a dreadful choice… and set off a chain of events that will end in an unimaginable slaughter.
Format: LIMITED SERIES
Price: $3.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“This series is so well-made. I recommend get the other volumes” -Norby Ela

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Infinite Vacation #4 (of 5)

By: Nick Spencer, Christian Ward
A spell-binding experiment in sequential storytelling unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! As Mark tries to evade capture by the makers of The Infinite Vacation, a high-speed chase through universes ensues. Every panel is a different world, as infinity explodes on the page – trust us, you’ve never seen one like this. Don’t miss the groundbreaking issue everyone will be talking about!
Format: LIMITED SERIES
Price: $3.50

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“The art is amazing. The story is SO &*^% up.” – Norby Ela

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Invincible #91

(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Ryan Ottley, John Rauch
The new Invincible will not back down, will not give in, and he is not going to play nice. What happens when Mark Grayson isn’t happy with his replacement? All this and…What exactly happened between Robot and Monster Girl in the Flaxan Dimension?
Format: COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Wait… is this series double-shipping?” – Norby Ela

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Peter Panzerfaust #2

(W) Kurtis J. Wiebe (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
‘THE GREAT ESCAPE,’ Part Two. With Calais in the early stages of occupation, Peter and the boys discover a squad of captured British soldiers. Seeing an opportunity to get a ticket to London by saving them, they engage in a dangerous game of espionage that ends with a deadly showdown.
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $3.50

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“The first ish is doing good so far.” – Norby Ela

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Reed Gunther #9

(W) Shane Houghton (A/CA) Chris Houghton
‘FIENDS FOREVER,’ Part One. When an evil spirit is awakened inside of Sterling, Reed must face off against his best friend and become a bear-fighting cowboy!
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Funny semi-all-ages series” – Norby Ela

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Saga #1

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples
Y: THE LAST MAN writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN returns to comics with red-hot artist FIONA STAPLES for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. The adventure begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with forty-four pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!
Format: COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Do I need to explain? Three letters: BKV.” – Norby Ela

“People were wondering what BKV would be doing next after Y and Ex Machina, well, SAGA is next. And 40pgs for 2.99? it’s a deal!” – Tony Tuason

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The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #6 (of 6)

(W) Justin Jordan (A/CA) Tradd Moore
MINISERIES CONCLUSION. It ends here. Luther has lost nearly everything, but can he stop the Librarian from taking away the rest? Blood will flow, guts will fly and lives will change as the hit mini series concludes.
Format: FC, 32pg., LIMITED SERIES
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Last issue. Can’t wait for the trade.” – Norby Ela

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Thief of Thieves #2

(W) Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer (A/CA) Shawn Martinbrough
Conrad Paulson has turned his back to his life as Redmond, international master criminal, in order to regain some semblance of the life he left behind. Will it be enough to reconcile with his wife? Save his son from the life? Or will it end up getting them all killed?
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Good premise. But, I’m still fishing for this series.” – Norby Ela

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Avengers Assemble #1

Brian Michael Bendis (W) Mark Bagley (A/C) Variant Covers By Arthur Adams & Marc Silvestri Blank Variant & Retailer Variants Also Available
The Avengers vs. the new Zodiac! One of the greatest Avengers villains gets reinvented for the Modern Age! A perfect jumping-on point featuring the cast of the summer blockbuster in Marvel Universe!
Format: 32pg., COMIC
Price: $3.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“A possible title for new readers and people who wants to get more info before the release of Marvel’s The Avengers flick.” – Norby Ela

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Journey Into Mystery #635

Kieron Gillen (W) Richard Elson (A/C) Cover By Stephanie Hans
Nightmare has forged his ultimate weapon – With the help of a certain diminutive Norse God. Oops. Will Daimon Hellstrom let Loki get away with it? Fear Lords? You want Fear Lords? We’ve got seven of them! Get your Fear Lords here!
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“People should start follwing Gillen’s run. He’s doing a magnificent run with kid Loki in this series.” – Norby Ela

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Punisher #9

Greg Rucka (W) Marco Checchetto (A) Cover By Bryan Hitch
The impenetrable tank of the Hijacker lays waste to New York. Frank Castle uncovers the history of his new assistant, Henry, (an origin guaranteed to astonish). Meanwhile, someone digs up the caskets of Castle’s family (that’s got to end badly).
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“More bearded Frank Castle please.” – Norby Ela

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Scarlet Spider #3

Chris Yost (W) Ryan Stegman (A/C)
Spider-Man’s dark clone continues his quest for redemption. Kaine discovers not everyone is happy to have a hero in his new home town! Get on board with the “Hero of Houston” as Kaine makes his mark.
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Another new potentially good spin-off series coming from Marvel.” – Norby Ela

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Wolverine and the X-Men #7

Jason Aaron (W) Nick Bradshaw (A/C)
A pregnant Kitty Pryde, Broo the Broodling, and an army of BAMFS Vs. a new, Alien Foe! Beast, Iceman, & Rachel Grey shrink down inside their friend to deal with her condition! Meanwhile, Wolverine deals with a problem you never thought he’d face.
Format: 32pg., COMIC
Price: $3.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Totally funny entertaining book coming from X-Men: Schism. But, I totally miss some Chris Bacahlo art.” – Norby Ela

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Northlanders #49

Written by BRIAN WOOD; Art by DANIJEL ZEZELJ; Cover by MASSIMO CARNEVALE
“The Icelandic Trilogy,” continues with part 8 of 9, titled “Wealth.” Civil war rages and the independence of Iceland hangs in the balance. During what was called the Age of The Sturlungs, the Haukssons toil in the background, in secret, always plotting, never giving up.
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Last Brian Wood series from Vertigo.” – Norby Ela

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Saucer Country #1

Written by PAUL CORNELL; Art and cover by RYAN KELLY; 1:10 Variant cover by SEAN MURPHY
Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was “abducted by aliens.”
As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she’s dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She’s about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever.
But then…a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth– and maybe, to save the world.
Arcadia’s quest is at the heart of this new monthly series from writer Paul Cornell (DEMON KNIGHTS, ACTION COMICS, Doctor Who) and artist Ryan Kelly (NEW YORK FIVE, NORTHLANDERS). With the help of her quirky staff, Arcadia will pursue the truth of her abduction into danger, mystery and awe. SAUCER COUNTRY is a dark thriller that blends UFO lore and alien abduction with political intrigue, all set in the hauntingly beautiful Southwest.
Format: FC, 32pg., COMIC
Price: $2.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“By just lookin’ at the synopsis and the talented creative team – get a copy.” – Norby Ela

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The Unwritten #35

Written by MIKE CAREY; Art by PETER GROSS and M.K. PERKER; Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU
The epic, extra-sized finale of “Tommy Taylor and the War of Words!” The trap within the trap is finally sprung. The War of Words ends in a no-holds-barred battle between Tom Taylor and his deadliest enemy, with horrendous consequences for every living human – and for the stories on which our lives depend. Nobody is walking away from this one unscathed, and someone very close to Tommy pays the ultimate price…
Format: FC, 48pg., COMIC
Price: $4.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Beautiful cover… I promise the story and the inside art are not lemons.” – Norby Ela

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The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1

(W/A/CA) Brian Churilla
The most infamous airline hijacker of all time, D.B. Cooper remains on the FBI’s most-wanted list almost 40 years after the crime. For the first time, the secret history of the man and the hijacking will be revealed. During the height of the Cold War, a fringe group within the C.I.A. wages a crusade on the deadliest battlefield of all: the mind. Aided by powerful psychotropic compounds, Cooper assists in a campaign of psychic assassination against the Soviets. But as he mentally and physically deteriorates, the line between two worlds blurs, and he goes rogue on his governmental overlords. MATURE THEMES
Format: COMIC
Price: $3.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“The cover sold me.” – Norby Ela

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GRAPHIC NOVELS (Hardcover, Trade Paperback & Collected Editions)

Showcase Presents: Young Love Vol. 1 TP

Written by VARIOUS; Art by VARIOUS; Cover by JAY SCOTT PIKE
DC’s popular romance series is collected for the first time in this title reprinting YOUNG LOVE #39-56, featuring art by John Romita, Mike Sekowsky, Don Heck, Gene Colan, Jay Scott Pike and others.
Format: 544pg., TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $19.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Hey! Anything from John Romita (Senior) and Gene Colan would be great. Also, with all-pure action and superhero stuff for this week, we need some drama and romance.” – Norby Ela

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Game of Thrones Vol. 1 HC

(W) George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham (A/CA) Tommy Patterson
You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones to majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel, comprising of the initial six issues of the twenty-four issue graphic series-the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year. Within these pages, many of Martin’s most iconic characters gain a whole new life, springing from the page in rich color and glorious detail.
Format: HARD COVER
Price: $25.00

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“’Winter is coming.’ If you love the books and the TV series, here’s a taste of both worlds.” – Norby Ela

“Game of Thrones fans, will sure be delighted in this comic adaptation” – Tony Tuason

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Avengers: The Children’s Crusade HC

Writer: Allan Heinberg
Artist: Jim Cheung & Various
Cover Artist: Jim Cheung

Format: HARD COVER
Price: $29.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“An amazing spin-off series from the Avengers franchise.” – Norby Ela

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The Walking Dead: Cutting Room Floor HC

(W/A) Robert Kirkman (CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
For the first time ever: an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at ROBERT KIRKMAN’s original, hand-written plot lines for the early issues of the Eisner-award winning series! See what plot lines were left on the cutting room floor and get an in-depth look at how the series came together. This collection includes commentaries on KIRKMAN’s original plots with never before seen material. This is the WALKING DEAD collector’s item of the year! Collects NEVER BEFORE SEEN WALKING DEAD PLOTS!
Format: HARD COVER
Price: $19.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Yey! More Zombies!” – Norby Ela

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Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself: Fallout HC

Written by ROB RODI & KIERON GILLEN Penciled by PASQUAL FERRY, RICH ELSON & WHILCE PORTACIO Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
Everyone in Asgard remembers Loki’s previous life – but they’re all strangers to him, and fully intend to keep it that way. Desperate, Loki conjures up a mystical means of eavesdropping on their private thoughts – but what he learns doesn’t make him happy. And the lesson may cost him his life! Plus: There’s a story bartenders tell about the devil. That at closing time, he chooses a bar and walks in the door. He’ll want to talk about his day. If you listen and survive, he’ll give you a tip. The story isn’t true, but occasionally it amuses Mephisto to play along. And when he’s spent the day spying on all the gods and what exactly they’re going to do about FEAR ITSELF, you’ll want to hear what he has to say. Collecting JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #626.1 and #627-631.
Format: HARD COVER
Price: $19.99

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Northlanders Vol. 6: Thor’s Daughter TP

Written by BRIAN WOOD; Art by SIMON GANE, MATTHEW WOODSON and MARION CHURCHLAND; Cover by MASSIMO CARNEVALE
In this epic from issues #37-41, a foot soldier called Mads gives us a grunt’s-eye view of the Siege of Paris, where hundreds defended against thousands, and political maneuvering was as important as the clash of the shield wall.
Format: FC, 128pg., TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $14.99

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Archie: The Married Life Vol. 2 TP

(W) Paul Kupperberg, Michael Uslan (A) Norm Breyfogle, Joe Rubenstein (CA) Norm Breyfogle
Archie: The Married Life Volume 2 collects issues #7-12 from Life with Archie, exploring Archie Andrews’ life down two paths – if he had married girl next door Betty Cooper or wealthy socialite Veronica Lodge. Last time we said goodbye to a mentor and hello to a new mayor, but what does the future hold for the rest of Riverdale? And what’s the deal with Dilton? This 320-page full-color edition collects the most critically acclaimed storyline in Archie Comics history!
Format: 320pg., TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $19.99
YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Great entertaining modern twist with this series. Recommendable to your girl friends, girlfriends and wives.” – Norby Ela
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Sonic: Genesis HC

(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Patrick Spaz Spaziante
Part of SEGA’s heavily promoted Sonic the Hedgehog 20th-anniversary event, Sonic: Genesis is a highly collectible book with a foil-enhanced cover and features the biggest, most talked-about Sonic comic story of all time, a fresh origin story popular with regular readers and a great way to be introduced to Sonic. Sonic: Genesis features tons of brand new artwork from fan-favorite artists such as Tracy Yardley and Patrick SPAZ Spaziante, who is creating his highly-anticipated first interior Sonic story artwork in nearly ten years!
Format: 144pg., HARD COVER
Price: $24.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“The cover is a reminiscence for all prime Sega gamers.” – Norby Ela

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GEEK WALL ART

Daredevil By Rivera Poster

(W/A) TBD (CA) Jeff Rivera
FINAL ORDER CUT-OFF 2/13, ON SALE – 3/14 24 X 36
Format: POSTERS
Price: $8.99

YOU SHOULD GET THIS COZ…
“Well-deserved DD poster to put on your wall.” – Norby Ela

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BOARD GAMES (Other than D&D)

Locke & Key Card Game

Locke & Key tells the story of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, home to fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them… and a hate-filled creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all. The Locke & Key Card Game is based on the award-winning comic book series by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Players must overcome challenges and collect the mysterious keys to claim victory! For 3-6 players.
Format: MERCHANDISE
Price: $30.00


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