This Week in Comics 8/26/14

I loved baseball when I was a kid, and one of the highlights of my week was watching This Week in Baseball on Saturday mornings. Mel Allen would run down highlights of recent games and air interviews with players. This was before ESPN Sports Center, and, in fact, we didn’t have cable at my house until I left for college, so this was a great way for pre-teen and teenage me to stay plugged into what was happening in the world of Major League Baseball.

Now I care a lot more about comics than I do about baseball, so I’m introducing This Week in Comics to run down the comics that you should be looking for when you hit your local comic shop every week.

DC Comics
DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe TP: If you missed this series in single issues, and you’re a fan of Masters of the Universe, grab this trade paperback collecting the six issue miniseries as well as DC Comics Presents #47 starring Superman and He-Man.

Image Comics
Outcast #3: This new series by Robert Kirkman (the creator of The Walking Dead) is red hot, and is now being developed for TV by Cinemax. The central character is a man who has been plagued by demonic possession all of his life who is now on a quest to help others and try to prevent hell on earth. Noble intentions, indeed.

Saga #22: The best comic book being published today. If you’re not buying it, you should be.

 

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Wayward #1: A teenage girl of Irish/Asian heritage, moves to Japan to live with her mother and ends up tacking Japanese demons a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers).

Marvel Comics
Deadpool vs Carnage TP: Attention Deadpool fans – come and get it! Collects the 4 issue mini-series and Superior Carnage Annual #1.

Guardians of the Galaxy #18: An Original Sin tie-in that reveals what happened to the original Nova, Richard Ryder, and why didn’t he emerge from the Cancer Verse when Star Lord and Thanos did. This is a must-buy for Nova fans.

Other Comics Worth Checking Out
Attack on Titan Vol. 13: The latest volume in the very popular Manga series is here! Any comic book shop worth their salt will have every volume of Attack on Titan in stock, so if you’ve only seen the Anime series, you have to check out the comics.

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Bob’s Burgers #1: If you’re a fan of the animated show on FOX, check out this new comic book by the creators of the show.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Countdown to Chaos Vol. 1 TP – Sonic continues to be one of the best-selling All-Ages titles in comics. This collection spins directly out of the Sonic/Mega Man crossover and launches into brand new comic stories.

So there you have it. Something for everyone at the comic shop this week, and that’s just scratching the surface. Remember that new comic books come out every Wednesday.

See you at Alter Ego Comics.

Indy Comics Clean Up at the 2014 Eisner Awards

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The 2014 Eisner Awards (the comic book industry equivalent of The Academy Awards) were held last night at the San Diego Comic Con, and all that we can say is we told you so. Many of the winners were creators and comics that we recommend week after week because they’re awesome.  And it looks like the comics community agrees.

All of the titles below are available now at Alter Ego Comics.

  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) went to Hawkeye #11, “Pizza is My Business,” by Matt Fraction & David Aja.
  • Best Continuing Series went to Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.
  • Best Limited Series went to The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy.
  • Best New Series went to Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.
  • Best Humor Publication went to Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown.
  • Best Reality Based Work went to The Fifth Beatle by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker.
  • Best Writer went to Brian K. Vaughan for Saga.
  • Best Penciller went to Sean Murphy for The Wake.
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist went to Fiona Staples for Saga.

Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Eisner Award winners.

Five of the most influential comic book writers (And what they did for us)

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Many young comic book readers, or even those who are new to the genre, tend to gravitate to certain titles: Batman, The Avengers, Spider-Man, etc. These characters and their respective story lines tend to grab their fans and become the heart of their comic book reading dedication.

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