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MIRACLEMAN #2

THE ORIGINAL WRITER & MICK ANGLO (W)

GARRY LEACH, ALAN DAVIS, PAUL NEARY, STEVE DILLON & MICK ANGLO (A)

ISSUE #2 – COVER BY ALAN DAVIS

VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS

VARIANT COVER BY MIKE PERKINS

VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE

SKETCH VARIANT BY ALAN DAVIS

48 PGS./Parental Advisory…$4.99

• KIMOTA! With one magic word, a long-forgotten legend lives again!

• Freelance reporter Michael Moran always knew he was meant for something more -- now, a strange series of events leads him to reclaim his destiny!

• Relive the ground-breaking eighties adventures that captured lightning in a bottle -- or experience them for the first time -- in these digitally restored, fully relettered editions!

• Issue 1 includes material originally presented in WARRIOR #1 and MIRACLEMAN #1, plus the MARVELMAN PRIMER. Issue #2 includes material originally presented in WARRIOR #1-5, plus bonus material.

Somone asked on this board if Miracleman could possibly have the same impact now as it did when it first came out. And no, I can't imagine that it would, since all its coolest stuff has been cannibalized over the years to the point where the title is no longer avant-garde. But that question is apparently pretty common, as I've seen a half dozen articles on the Internet the last few weeks by fanboys coming to Miracleman's defense. That's as it should be -- maybe Miracleman won't blow people's doors off today like it did in the 1980s, but it's still a historically significant book that changed the way people looked at superheroes.

ACTION LAB

FINAL PLAGUE #4

(W) J. D. Arnold

(A/CA) Tony Guaraldi-Brown

$2.99

Monkeys on the loose in New Jersey! The hounds are released in Iowa! And in Chicago - Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh my! The final plague continues to spread. Panic has gripped the globe, and the world begins to burn.

The next issue has a zombie tiger on the cover, and this month we have a zombie lion. You know, I haven't read this book, so I may be missing the point, but aren't lions and tigers pretty lethal when they AREN'T zombies? But we don't worry about them, because our odds of meeting one -- zombie plague or not -- are pretty minuscule.

What would scare me, if animals turned zombie, are all the animals we DO meet on a daily basis that are ordinarly NOT lethal, but now would be. Dogs, cats, raccoons, squirrels ... we would literally be eaten alive. Worst of all? Zombie rats. Think about thousands of zombie rats scrambling out of the sewers with a mad urge to eat us. Now THAT'S scary.

FRACTURE ENCORE EDITION ONE-SHO

(W) Shawn Gabborin

(A/CA) Chad Cicconi

$3.99

Just in time for Fracture Volume 2, see where the story began with this encore edition of Fracture Volume 1 #1! In the metropolis of Lower Triton, the city's greatest hero, Virtue, its nastiest villain, Malice, and an everyman named Jeff have something very important in common. They're all the same guy - and none of them knows it until now!

 

ARCHIE COMICS

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #248

Script: Mike Pellowski

Art: Fernando Ruiz, Jim Amash, Bill Yoshida, and Barry Grossman

Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña

160-page, full color comic, $3.99 U.S.

Get ready for a wild ride filled with action and adventure! Journey along with Archie as he embarks on the dangerous task of… watering the plants?! Leave it to Archie to make household chores exciting! Find out if it’s a job well done in “Green Thumb Dumb,” the lead story to a hilarious double digest!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 22 TPB

Publisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS

Script & Art: Various

Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante

$7.99/$8.99CAN

5 x 7 3/8”

Trade Paperback, 112pp, Full Color

Archie's bestselling Sonic Archives graphic novel series continues! Get ready for super Sonic adventure as Sonic and his Freedom Fighter friends continue their battle in the lost city of Station Square amidst its mysterious human inhabitants! Buckle up for the dramatic conclusion to the Sonic Adventure videogame tie-in story as Super Sonic and Knuckles take on the gigantic monster Perfect Chaos in a battle that will leave you breathless! SONIC ARCHIVES VOLUME 22 collects SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #83-84 and SONIC SUPER SPECIAL #13.

DARK HORSE COMICS

CONAN AND THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE #4 (of 4)

CONAN’S LAST STAND!

Fred Van Lente (W) and Ariel Olivetti (A/Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

To rescue the captive Devi Yasmina, Conan will have to overcome the malicious magicks of the Black Seers of Yimsha. But even if he can defeat the foul sorcerers in their own mountain fortress, he must still contend with their even more formidable master!

• From the celebrated team behind Hercules and Hulk!

“Ariel Olivetti’s art is simply beautiful.”—Comic Book Resources

FURIOUS #1 (of 5)

RAGE FUELED JUSTICE!

Bryan J. L. Glass (W)

Victor Santos (A/Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Staring into a fractured mirror of her life, the world’s first superhero, Furious, seeks to atone for her past sins by doling out rage-fueled justice! But the spotlight of our celebrity-obsessed media threatens to undo her noblest efforts and expose her true identity before she can achieve redemption.

• From Bryan J. L. Glass and Victor Santos the creative team of Mice Templar!

• Furious is where celebrity, fame, and superheroes meet.

This isn't the first time the idea of superhero-as-celebrity has been explored -- Marvel's X-Statix and Image's Ultra leap to mind -- but I think the concept is more in tune with our times than the "dark avenger of the night" mystery-man image left over from the '40s, the super-cop of the '60s or even the dark anti-hero of the '80s and '90s. Which is not to say I will necessarily enjoy this -- I'm not too fond of our fame-crazed pop culture, and still can't force myself to watch reality shows.

GANTZ VOLUME 30 TP

ALIEN HELL!

Hiroya Oku (W/A)

B&W, 192 pages, $13.99

TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/16”

As masses of helpless humans are brought aboard the gigantic alien mothership, the horror on the ground below looks like a picnic compared to what the monstrous invaders have in store for their prisoners. But despite the odds, Kei Kurono has infiltrated the mothership and its alien city, and he may have only one chance to find his lost love before she suffers a bizarre fate worse than death!

Gantz has sold over fifteen million copies in Japan!

• Popular anime series and live-action feature.

Gantz is unrelenting.”—Manga HelpersNEVER ENDING #3 (of 3)

HOW DO YOU KILL AN UNKILLABLE MAN?

Adam Knave (W), D. J. Kirkbride (W), and Robert Love (A/C/Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

It’s all down to this: the driven-yet-demented hero Chuck Baxter versus mortality and his own superpowers! Can evil scientist Archibald McCrae achieve his life’s goal and kill the earth’s only unkillable man? And when Chuck’s past comes to haunt him, how will he respond? Either way, this is the end.

• The Eisner and Harvey Award–winning writers behind Amelia Cole deliver their first superhero adventure!

SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND #1 (of 6)

ZACK WHEDON WRITES THE CANONICAL FOLLOW-UP TO THE FILM!

Zack Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Karl Story (I), Laura Martin (C/Variant cover), and Dan Dos Santos (Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever. Meanwhile, everyone is asking the same question . . .

• Buffy’s Season 8 and 9 artist conquers the galaxy!

• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

“As a science fiction story, Serenity has it all.”—Broken Frontier

Where’s Serenity?

SLEDGEHAMMER 44: LIGHTNING WAR #3 (of 3)

MIKE MIGNOLA’S IRON SOLDIER TAKES ON THE NAZIS!

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Laurence Campbell (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

A battle between the Black Flame and the iron soldier known as Sledgehammer heats up as the fight over a cutting-edge American warplane explodes in the sky!

• From the pages of Hellboy!

“Mignola has hit a home run with [Sledgehammer].”—Comic Bastards

“Mignola has, seemingly without effort, created another iconic superhero.”—Geeks Unleashed

Yes, this does seem like "Iron Man in World War II" at first blush, but remember that Iron Man himself had predecessors in the '40s, like "Electro, the Marvel of the Age!" And this is by Mike Mignola, so it's bound to be a different take than straightforward superheroics. Wherever this gets collected, I'll be there to buy it.

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....This is , simply , Prince-during-the-90s level silliness , scaled down to the EXTREMELY teeny comic book world .

  Will A.M. next change his name to a made-up by him combination Druid and Celtic rune ???

  Better not give him any ideas !!!

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...What exactly is the reason for this billing Alan Moore as " The Original Writer " ?

  He wrote the stories .

  An appropriate , standard , billing seems fine to me .

(Has anybody seen the previous ~ Haven't there been ??? Or , is this the first , what's promoted here , of the Miracleman Moore-era reishes ? Do they delete the original caption box with his credit from the story ? What's the point of this , anyway , his dislike of Marvel ? I presume he does...)

All-Star Western #27 - I'm ready for Hex to go back to the past. Heck I was ready for that a couple of months ago. Although the guest stars have been fun.

Batman: The Dark Knight #27 - Disappointed this is getting cancelled. It has been a good series once Hurwitz took over.

Fables #137

Flash #27

Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 - I might pick up that I didn't order.

World's Finest Annual #1 - I didn't preoder this either, but I might pick it up anyways. I dropped the regular series a few months ago.

Bounce #9

East of West #9

Invincible #108 - I think my last issue.The series seems to have been spinning its wheels for a number of issues now.Revival #17 - Only certain people died and came back. One of the people who revived has redied as well.

Saga #18

Thief of Thieves #19 - End of Andy Diggle's arc? I hope that is a misprint as the just announced him as the regular writer 2-3 months ago.

Re: The Original Writer. Moore gave his rights, such as they were, to Neil Gaiman, so he feels he has no further connection to the material. And he doesn't want Marvel touting his name on the cover or in ads to make money off him, as he has a particular axe to grind on that score (See: Watchmen). So he requested his name not be used. I was likely Marvel that came up with "The Original Writer" to have something to put in the credits. I mention it in the Miracleman column I wrote for McClatchy, which I will contractually be able to post Thursday.

Re: Revival. I'm a little unclear on the revival business, obviously. (Possibly because they won't explain it. Grrr!) I know that revived people are very hard to re-kill, as they seem to heal up immediately from any injury. (Although how they can generate all that bone and tissue out of the air is, of course, unexplained.) But they can be killed, as witness the one who blew herself to smithereens with ... was it an exploding boiler? I've forgotten. Apparently the process has its limits. Anyway, I was just joking anyhow. I've become a little irritated at how coy this series is, refusing to answer any of the mysteries it set up with the first issue.

...Thank you . The interior credits ?

TMNT Ongoing #30.

I have to agree, I like the Karl Urban version of Dredd. I found it s LOT closer to the comic than the Stallone version, and I don't even collect the comics.

Re: Judge Dredd: I told my wife you could sum up the two Dredd movies by how the two actors spoke Dredd's trademark line, "I am the law." Stallone shouted it, and Urban whispered it. The former provoked laughter from the audience I was in, while the latter was a little unsettling.

Another major difference is that Urban never took his helmet off, which is the correct approach to Dredd. Stallone couldn't wait to get the helmet off and show his pretty mug to the camera.

My list for the week:

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind 1

Fables 137

Superior Spider-Man 26

Thor 18

Uncanny Avengers 16

and possibly

Dead Boy Detectives 2

I have often wondered how the dead boys got so dead so young.

The Dead Boys debuted in Neil Gaiman's Sandman #25. Skimming the story, I believe they were murdered by a child predator. Lucifer was giving up Hell and various characters got kicked out. Dream's sister Death would only take the newly dead, since the others had already been taken once. At the end of the story the Dead Boys wandered off to eventually become detectives.

If we ever achieve cloning technology, I have a list of people who should go first. Sure, some scientists and teachers and stuff, but mainly Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone.

That's a big 10-4.

The all-new Five Year Mission of the Enterprise continues as Captain Jane Tiberius Kirk and her crew encounter a never-before-seen enemy in deep space! Wait... Jane Kirk? What's going on?! All will be revealed in the first chapter of this new two-part story overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

I see the hot chick of the second movie is now part of the crew. Good move!

Say again? I think they have an alternate universe thing going on (a female Kirk and Spock). The blond on the cover is "Jane Tiberius Kirk", not Carol Marcus. Carol Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness was played by the delectable Alice Eve. In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Carol Marcus was played by Bibi Besch, and was the father of Kirk's (supposedly) only son. Who knows if this will be true in the new timeline.

I'm pretty sure that Medusa is supposed to be sexy, but she never was to me. Something about prehensile hair strikes me as creepy, not attractive. Plus, she's kinda bossy.

Maybe subliminally we wonder if all her hair is prehensile.

What I'll be picking up this week:

EARTH 2 ANNUAL #2
FABLES #137
FLASH #27
REVIVAL #17
SAGA #18
SAVIORS #2
SERENITY LEAVES ON THE WIND #1 (OF 6)
WORLDS FINEST ANNUAL #1

Along with another issue of Swamp Thing, as I'm just about caught up with Charles Soule's terrific run on the title.

Re Star Trek: Yes, I was thinking Alice Eve when I saw the blonde on the Star Trek cover. I'm not currently reading IDW's Trek output, so I didn't know it was an alternate-universe story. Of course, I'd probably think of Alice Eve no matter what Trek book I was looking at. It's possible I'd think of Alice Eve in the course of reading any comic book, or just reading, or just ... well, on any day ending in "Y," I guess.

Yes, that's Jet Jaguar on the cover of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8!  It blew me away when he made a cameo at the end of #7!!  I really like the series.  IDW has rights to nearly all the monsters, it seems so there's always good giant monster fights each issue.

The Shadow Year One has also been an enjoyable read.  It sets up the Shadow/Margo Lane relationship quite nicely.

In the books, The Shadow assembled his agents by saving them from death and/or a fate worse than death. Harry Vincent, for example, was about to commit suicide when The Shadow intervened, and offered him a way to make his life (and probable death) useful. I have forgotten what fate The Shadow saved Margo from, but I'm sure it was similar -- they were not equals, or partners, or romantically paired. She was an agent, like any other, but while Vincent was muscle and Shrevvy was transportation, Margo's uses were those that only a pretty woman can provide -- entry into high society, wheedling info out of smitten bad guys, providing Lamont a date so he doesn't stand out.

Is the comic similar, or does it suggest a different relationship between Shadow and Margo?

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