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If you are anything like me, then you egarly wait for new issues of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Season 9 has been different. Unexpected, but not completely fulfilling- yet I still run to the store when new issues are released. 

Angel & Faith has been the better of the two titles, it has a clear focus and I feel like it is progressing towards something big. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 on the other hand, like Buffy herself, lacks a real focus. (mild spoilers) The pregnancy scare was intriguing and it was great to see Robin Wood again along with bits and pieces of his mother’s past. Yet the book took a detour that I wouldn’t describe as good and opened up a lot of plot holes which I doubt will ever get filled. And am I the only one who doesn’t enjoy Spike’s alien ship with giant bugs? I hated the giant psychic fish at IDW, but these guys (save for a few very funny one liners) are just as bad and useless.

Anyhow, previews for both title’s issue 10:

ANGEL & FAITH #10 (above left, cover by Rebekah Isaacs)
Angel and Faith are forced into battle, less by choice and more by circumstance, when two mysterious women from Giles’s past call on the unlikely duo for help. But that’s only the beginning of Angel and Faith’s troubles as the ladies settle in for the night! Series writer Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) and guest artist Chris Samnee (Thor), the creative team of Vertigo’s Area 10, reveal more about Giles’s past and further Angel’s quest in bringing the Watcher back from the dead! Samnee and Gage reunite!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #10 (above right, cover by Georges Jeanty)
While Buffy is undertaking an away mission with Spike and Andrew, the SFPD is starting to really feel the effect of the rapid zompire population growth . . . With Buffy out of town, as the only Scoobies in the vicinity, Xander and Dawn have been approached for guidance. Buffy needs to get herself back together and home to SF quick, but facing Slayer Simone and her unexpected ally is going to make it a rough job! Zompires attack the SFPD! Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

Angel & Faith hits stands on May 30th, while the new issue of Buffy comes out on June 13th.

A month from now, on June 20th, the controversial prequel Before Watchmen: Comedian #1 hits stands and the digital market.  Whether you are for or against all of the “Before Watchmen” titles, you have to admit, these are some pretty nifty covers that DC Entertainment released earlier today. The one on the left is a variant cover by Eduardo Risso, while the one of the right is by the living legend, Jim Lee. DC released a third cover over on its blog.

Official issue description: “I’m a funny guy…” Written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by J.G. Jones. Plus: Don’t miss the CRIMSON CORSAIR backup story by writer Len Wein and artist John Higgins!

Who watches reads the Watchmen?

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Trying to attract new readers via this summer’s epic crossover movie comes Marvel Comic’s Avengers Assemble #1, an all new Avengers series that focuses on the cast of the upcoming movie and eases the movie audience into the vast Marvel Universe.

The Avengers Versus The *Brand-New* Zodiac! • One Of The Greatest Avengers Villains Of All Time Gets Reinvented For The Modern Age Just In Time For The Blockbuster Movie Event Of The Summer! • A Perfect Jumping-On Point Featuring The Cast Of The Summer Blockbuster But In Marvel Universe Continuity!

The issue hits stands on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art from Mark Bagley.

While the new “season” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer started slowly, the last two issues have really sped things forward and the season’s arc is becoming more clear. We have two weeks until the newest issue (out on 3/14/12) and I really am on the edge of my seat.

Dark Horse’s official description: “Still seeking normalcy in the midst of zompire-stricken San Francisco, Buffy contemplates a life-changing decision the likes of which few Slayers have ever faced. Meanwhile Spike rushes to the aid of Detective Dowling, who’s in over his head with his recent investigation into the undead bloodsuckers plaguing the city. Buffy settles down with . . . Spike?! A cliffhanger certain to shock fans!

Last issue, it was great to see Principal Wood back in the fold and I loved the flashbacks that showcased his mother, a slayer who Spike killed (and where he got his iconic leather jacket). Will the shocking cliffhanger be another returning character?

Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with writer Brian wood and artist Becky Cloonan to bring Conan the Barbarian back to comics with an adaptation of “Queen of the Black Coast”. The recent film might not have done so hot, but I think fans of the character will (or should) give the new series a chance. I’ve been a big fan of Conan in all of its forms and I like that “Black Coast” shows a different time for the character, read the series description:

In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s fan-favorite “Queen of the Black Coast,” Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Belit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling. This is Conan as you’ve never seen him, with the combination of one of Robert E. Howard’s greatest tales and the most dynamic creative team in comics!

Check out Conan fighting the ocean on February 8th, 2012.

Posted on January 4th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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If you are as big of a Toy Story fan as I am, than you’ll be glad to hear about about an all new limited series from Disney and Marvel Comics which will bring us a new story with the characters we’ve fallen in love with over the film series.

Hitting news stands and comic stores in March, the four issue limited series will take us back in time a little bit to the end of the first movie when Andy got Buster, a lovable puppy. What followed for Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang?

The limited series is written by Tea Orsi, with art by Teresa Quezada-Geer and Antonello Dalena, and a cover by Marco Ghiglione and Silvano Scolari.

Between the Toy Story shorts in front of Cars 2 and The Muppets and now the characters returning in comic book format, it looks like we don’t have any end in sight for everyone’s favorite toys – and I couldn’t be happier. It’ll also be great to see characters that didn’t make it to Toy Story 3 again, like Bo Peep and Lenny (assuming they are in the series). With so much time between movies there really could be an endless supply of content for future Toy Story comics (and all new short films). Lets hope the series does well enough to warrant more of them!

Posted on December 18th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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I’m not sure if it is all of the resurfaced talk about a Ghostbusters 3 movie going into production or just font memories of The Real Ghostbusters (anyone know where I can watch that online?), but I have been itching for new Ghostbusters story.  Enter IDW with an all new Ghostbusters ongoing comic series! Written by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening, the series will hit stands on September 28th, 2011.

IDW’s official description:

Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream… Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocaplypse, or just a little indigestion? These questions and more are raised in the first issue of the all-new, ongoing Ghostbusters!

Posted on September 5th, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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