Thor: God of Thunder #7 forges a mighty tale worthy of Valhalla!

Thor-7-coverThe recent issue of “Thor: God of Thunder” launches an all new story arc entitled ‘God Bomb’ and just like the previous six issues kicks all sorts of ass. Jason Aaron brings down the hammer (er pen?) as scribe, but Esad Ribic truly brings the thunder with his stark and atmospheric art.

If for some reason you have yet to pick up this stellar title, now is a perfect time to do so. “Thor: God of Thunder” by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic is one of the best of the recent ‘Marvel Now’ launch titles which include other smash hits like Uncanny Avengers, Superior Spider-man, and All-New X-Men. Just like those others it has a perfect balance of thrilling action, complex characters, and engrossing storytelling.

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Free Comic Book Day, Awesome!

Hey guys and gals, I just wanted to report in on Free Comic Book Day this year and thank you all for coming out!  We had a fantastic turn-out, based on transaction numbers and the number of free comic books we handed out, we think we had about 1000 people in the store that day.

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Justice League of America’s Vibe #1: What’s in a Name?

This review was written by John Baldwin.
John is a regular at the shop and can be found here weekly helping out with the new book put-away on Tuesday nights.

Ever hear the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.”? Well I didn’t exactly do that, but I definitely pre-judged this one solely on its title and protagonist, Vibe. You can hardly blame me though, right? One has to wonder with all of the possible pre-New 52 characters such as Stephanie Brown, Wally West or Deanna Troy who have yet to make an appearance since the relaunch why DC would choose someone as obscure as Vibe to headline a new title. Only Dan Didio can answer that question, but what I can tell you is that if you decided not to read this title based solely on its main character then you missed out.

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Green Arrow 17: Hits you in the face like a boxing-glove-arrow… in a good way!

This review was written by Erik Slader.
Erik is a regular at the shop and writes the blog Epik Fails, A Chronology of Historic Shortcomings.

Green Arrow # 17 (by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino) is everything we’ve been waiting for since DC’s re-launch with the New 52! It’s a gritty action-packed street-level crime thriller that hits you in the face with a boxing-glove-arrow… in a good way. It’s main strength is it focuses in on a down-to-Earth and relatable protagonist in Oliver Queen, which is good news for fans of the Emerald Archer, especially for those of us who’ve been subjected to the last 16 issues of the current series. However, despite some serious missteps since Green Arrow’s re-launch, it’s obvious that the new creative team really understands what works for the character, and acknowledges what wasn’t working previously.

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21 Years later Angela Moves to Marvel?!?

I am completely baffled by this news: Neil Gaiman Returns to Marvel with Angela!

In case you don’t know the history of this character: Angela is a character that was created for a series of Spawn issues that were written by guest writers. Spawn #9 was written by Neil Gaiman, and in it he created the characters Angela (who was an Angel cleverly) and Medieval Spawn.

Gaiman’s contract with McFarlane at the time required the Spawn creator to pay royalties to Gaiman any time either of his character creations were used in the series. So after quite a few issues, Angela was killed off. And the reader found out that there were other angels to taker her place.

Fast forward about 21 years and you find the wake of law suits and legal rulings that say that the other angels should all be considered “derivatives” of Angela and that McFarlane actually owes royalties to Gaiman for the rest of the heavenly host because McFarlane clearly killed Angela to get around paying for Gaiman’s creation. I want to point out here that Gaiman isn’t a greedy bastard (well at least not that I know of, and not in respect to these legal findings, because all of the back royalties that were collected through these legal proceedings have been donated to charity groups)… sorry for the history lesson.

So, now Angela comes back to life, still owned by Gaiman (presumably) but in the Marvel universe… I’m so confused…

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Superhero Beach T-Shirts are Coming!

I’ve been saying it for a while now, but now we’re going to do it.  I’ll be ordering Superhero Beach T-Shirts in the coming weeks. The design isn’t completely finalized, but I know its going to have the logo girl on the back and I’m hoping to have something on the front “pocket” portion of the shirt.

You want one, right?

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CGC Grading for Your Comics!

I have a new service available to anyone in town who wants to have their comics graded officially by CGC, the top authority in Comic Grading.  I’m sure there are questions so I’ll try to answer the most anticipated ones here.  If you have others, feel free to drop in and ask, or send me a message through the blog, email, or on Facebook.

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Amazing, Awesome and New Superhero Beach Website!

A year in review and what’s to come.

First and foremost I want to thank all of my customers and remind them that this isn’t just my store.  This is your store. I think most of you have known that since day one, and have known that I strive, every day, to do things to ensure you have the best comics and games spot at the beach. Many of the changes and events that took place last year were at your request, and many of the changes coming in 2013 were things that you asked for and I have worked to deliver.  So with that said…

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