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Comic books and graphic novels

Tue
16
Jun

The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 17, 2015

Megaman Worlds Unite Sonic

WORLDS UNITE -  This year’s Mega Man/Sonic crossover has been odd at times, since quite a bit of the story has said you need to read “WORLDS UNITE BATTLES #1” to follow what’s going on.  Thankfully that is finally coming out this week (along with MEGA MAN #50).  I do love a lot of the twists in this story, like Mega Man and Sonic both being taken out of action real early, and the Sonic Boom reality being involved too.

Mon
15
Jun

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of June 10, 2015)

by Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Graham Scherl, and Gina Maillaro

1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #1 by Marguerite Bennett, Stephanie Hans, Kieron Hillen, Marguerite Sauvage

Sat
13
Jun

Open Mike Night - Starfire #1

STARFIRE #1

Tue
09
Jun

Front Lines - More Secret Wars (June 3, 2015)

X-Tinction Agenda #1 by Marc Guggenheim & Carmine Di Giandomenico

Tue
09
Jun

The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 10, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Comics Shipping This Week

Starfire #1 – I give DC a lot of credit for the free previews they made available on Comixology for the DCYou initiative.  There were quite a few books that I added to my pull list because of the strong previews.   Starfire was a real surprise for me.  I really enjoyed that one, and it is the book I am most excited about this week.

Mon
08
Jun

Swords of Sorrow #2 - My favorite comic crossover this summer!

Swords of Sorrow Dynamite Critical Blast

Sword of Sorrow #2

Written by: Gail Simone
Illustrated by: Sergio Davila
Cover by: Tula Lotay
Colored by: Jorge Sutil
Lettered by: Erica Schultz

Published by: Dynamite
Cover Price: $3.99

Warning! This review contains quite a few spoilers!

Mon
08
Jun

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of June 3)

By Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Grey Scherl, and Gina Maillaro


Secret Wars #3 (Of 8) by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic

Fri
05
Jun

More Marvel teasers

Yesterday, we had posted the first set of teaser images from Marvel regarding what the universe would look like after Secret Wars.  Late last night, we got another group of characters.   Looks like these characters are:

Fri
05
Jun

Open Mike Night - Archie #666

By Mike Maillaro and Mike Weaver

This week, we say a fond farewell to Archie as we look forward to next month's relaunch!


Archie #666

Thu
04
Jun

First Look at Marvel Universe After Secret Wars

From Mashable:

LOS ANGELES — Marvel Comics is planning a massive, publishing line-wide reboot this fall that will see all of its comic books revert back to No. 1s, introduce all-new superheroes and significantly alter others, including a new Spider-Man, a new Hulk and new team-ups never before imagined at the House of Ideas.

Dubbed "All-New, All-Different Marvel," the reset takes place after "Secret Wars," the ongoing summer event that will conclude an ambitious arc loosely going back to 2012 with the introduction of the highly popular "Avengers vs. X-Men" series.

"We've been planning it for years," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told Mashable. "We realized that ['Secret Wars'] would be a game-changing moment that would allow us to create a big white canvas. It’s an unprecedented chance for us to tell new stories across all titles with new No. 1s."

Wed
03
Jun

Swords of Sorrow continues with Masquerade and Kato fighting..THE BLACK BEAUTY?

Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade & Kato

Written by: G. Willow Wilson and Erica Schultz
Art by: Noah Salonga
Cover by: Billy Tan
Colored by: Dinei Ribiero
Lettered by: Erica Schultz

Published by: Dynamite
Cover Price: $3.99

Warning! This review contains quite a few spoilers!

Tue
02
Jun

The Longbox Short-List - Week of June 3, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Comics Shipping This Week

Archie #666 - I am not 100% sure, but this might be the highest numbered American comic right now. And this is the last issue to make way for the Archie relaunch by Waid/Staples. I buy Archie on and off when something interesting is going on, and I will definitely check out this last issue. I am really looking forward to the Archie Relaunch!

Mon
01
Jun

Front Lines - Secret Wars (Week of May 27)

Front Lines: By Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Grey Scherl, and Gina Maillaro

Secret Wars Journal #1

The Arrowhead by Pru Sgen and Ramon Bachs

Mon
01
Jun

Front Lines - Convergence Week 8

Front Lines: By Mike Maillaro, Mike Weaver, Grey Scherl, and Gina Maillaro

Convergence #8

Sat
30
May

A Freaky Three Way (of reviews) with Vampirella

Last week was a very good week to be a Vampirella fan. Dynamite had three books out featuring Vampi, and all three were real good!

Warning! These reviews contain quite a few spoilers!

Vampirella #12

Written by: Nancy Collins
Penciled by: Patrick Berkenketter
Cover by: Mike Meyhew
Colored by: Dievei Ribeira
Lettered by: Rob Steen

Published by: Dynamite
Cover Price: $3.99

Fri
29
May

Open Mike Night - Convergence #8

By Mike Maillaro and Mike Weaver

This week: A fond(?) farewell to Convergence.  90 reviews in 8 weeks!


Convergence #8

Tue
26
May

Front Lines - Convergence Week 7

Convergence #7 by Jeff King, Scott Lobdell, and Aaron Lopresti

 

Summary: On New-52 Earth, Telos’ world continues to push it’s way into our reality.  A being called the Great Oracle is watching and this is freaking him out.  He can usually see past, present, and future, but this is blocking his vision.  Telos’ world is causing all kinds of temporal and antimatter energy readings on New-52 Earth.  Superman orders the other heroes and villains gathered to watch this retreat.  Batman insists Superman should retreat too, but Superman goes to ask the Oracle who is going on.  He asks “how can we save everyone?”  Oracle answers, “You cannot.”

Meanwhile, on Telos’ world, heroes are fighting heroes as those loyal to Deimos fight those who refuse to serve him.  Nightwing and Telos arrive on the scene.  Deimos attacks Telos.  Heroes on both side realize that Deimos is vulnerable to Telos.

Tue
26
May

Front Lines: Secret Wars (Week of May 20, 2015)

A-Force #1 by Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson, and Jorge Molina

Tue
26
May

The Longbox Short-List - Week of May 27, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!  We're way behind this week (damn holiday weekend), so this one is going to be quick.

Comics Shipping This Week

We spend so much time talking about Secret Wars and Convergence, so I am starting off this week with the "other" summer crossovers.

Tue
26
May

Objects in the Mirror are Faster than they Appear: A Look Back at THE FLASH Season One

The Flash Grant Gustin CW Season Finale Critical Blast

It's been a week now since we bid adieu to the first season of CW's THE FLASH -- and we still can't stop talking about it! So rather than keep the discussion just around the Critical Blast virtual water cooler, we thought we should let our readers in on the conversation.

Have something to add? That's what the Disqus comments below are for. Please, throw your thoughts into the pot!

R.J. Carter: This is where it was all supposed to come together and make sense. And yet, I’m left with more questions than ever. Is Barry living in an alternate timeline ever since he stopped the tidal wave? Did he just disappear from that Central City? And if Eobard Thawne is out of the picture -- might we still see Harrison Wells in Season Two?

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