Ant on Comics: New Comics PREVIEW for 1/8/14

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ant_hawkeyeHello, comic friends! I am here to discuss comics that will be released this Tuesday, January 8th, 2014.

Now, if I had the wallet of guys like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark… I would honestly buy one copy of every comic book that comes out. But, alas, I’m not a jewel thief like Catwoman and can’t phase through the floor of my local comic book store like Kitty Pryde to grab every comic book created. So instead I look through the list every week and pull the ones that interest me the most.

All book premises are in quotes and brought to you by TFAW. The rest is all me, friends! For a complete list of releases you can visit Comic List.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Afterlife With Archie #3

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“New Ongoing Series! ‘Escape from Riverdale,’ Part 3. The zombie apocalypse is in full swing and the surviving members of the gang have taken refuge in the Lodge Mansion, believing themselves safe from the infected roaming the streets of Riverdale! But there’s no stopping Archie from sneaking out, risking life and limb to find his missing parents, leaving those sequestered behind vulnerable to an enemy within! The zombie mayhem (and body-count) continues to rise in this breakout series, for Teen+ readers!”

I am really enjoying the cool series that they are doing to bring Archie into the modern world. With zombies being the height of pop culture, Archie is trying to cash in and it’s working. The art by Francesco Francavilla is a perfect fit for this comic, and I have been realizing his art is a perfect fit for every comic book. He recently did a two issue stint on Guardians of the Galaxy, and it became my favorite of that series thus far.

Detective Comics #27

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“DC Entertainment presents this mega-sized issue featuring an all-star roster of Batman creators past and present! Don’t miss a modern-day retelling of The Dark Knight’s origin by the incredible team of writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch! Plus, all-new stories by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams and more! Also in this issue, John Layman and Jason Fabok kick off the new storyline “GOTHTOPIA”! It’s a bright, shiny, happy place where dreams come true . . . as long as you don’t look at things too closely.”

Back in 1939, the character of Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27. In today’s comic book continuity, DC has rebooted their entire universe and called it The New 52. It is now time for another chance at a Detective Comics #27 and they are celebrating it in a big way. So big, that it will get me to buy it even though I don’t currently collect Batman, or even DC Comics at all, for the most part. It’s just one of those issues I want to own it to own it… and maybe it will grab me in for the start of a new story arc.

Cryptozoic Man #3 (of 4)

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“The ‘Hostiles’ have crashed the party commonly referred to as ‘life on earth’ giving humanity about, oh, sixty seconds to live. Dr. Alan Ostman discovers that after the Hostiles breech, that not only have both Heaven and Hell been deserted, but the world’s legendary cryptids which function as portals to alternate dimensions are being murdered at an alarming rate. Cryptozoic Man steps in to repel the demonic hordes, but not everything is as it seems and mankind’s fate rests on an unthinkable sacrifice.”

I was sold on this comic from the day it was announced on AMC’s Comic Book Men, Kevin Smith’s television show that takes place in his comic book store, Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, in New Jersey, based off of the hit podcast, Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave. On their podcast they offered a “booty time” deal which gave me all four issues of the comic book, signed by writer Bryan Johnson and artist Walt Flanagan, and included bonus podcasts that came with my commitment to a pre-order. Bryan Johnson’s writing is very intense, and I definitely enjoyed it a lot more the second time around as I understood it must better. Walt’s art is always a win, so it’s not a chore to go ahead and re-read. The pitch of this comic book to Dynamite Comics can be found in Season 2 of Comic Book Men, and an episode in season 3 focuses on the release of the book at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

If you like monsters… you should appreciate this comic book.

All New Marvel Now Point One #1

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“Here we go again! It’s your one-stop entry point to the world of ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! Loki embarks on a mission for Asgard! The Silver Surfer and Dawn experience the cosmic rays of Nautikos! A Kree Pursuer and her Special Forces team prepare to invade the Earth! The Black Widow goes undercover in Russia! Who is the new Ms. Marvel? And can even the Indestructible Hulk survive the aid and assistance of fellow Avengers Cannonball and Sunspot? Features completely new LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD, SILVER SURFER, BLACK WIDOW, MS MARVEL, ALL-NEW INVADERS and AVENGERS WORLD lead-in stories!”

This is the perfect way to get a little taste of new series coming from Marvel. I am most excited for Silver Surfer, Black Widow and Ms. Marvel, as I have already pre-ordered the debut of those series.

Black Widow #1

nov130587“‘The Finely Woven Thread’ You’ve seen Black Widow as an Avenger and even an Agent of Shield. But on her own time she searches for atonement for her past as a KGB assassin-in ways of which those teams just wouldn’t approve. From the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe, Nathan Edmonson (Who is Jake Ellis?) and Phil Noto (Thunderbolts, X-23) bring you a new ongoing series as gorgeous and mysterious as Nastasha Romanov herself!”

Speaking of Black Widow (from my previous pick, All New Marvel Now Point One #1), here is her debut issue! 2014 is going to show off a wave of new series starring women. Black Widow, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel. All of these series have been pre-ordered for my enjoyment. Females kick ass. Literally.

Conclusion:

My podcast, Ant On, is available on iTunes (with a link below this post), and I do several episodes focused 100% on comic book previews and reviews. It’s been awhile since I’ve done an episode on comics, but I am currently restructuring for a more entertaining way to celebrate the comic book industry.

I also do a comic book segment on my first podcast, AB Conversation, in which I will highlight just a few of the books, leaving reason to check out the Ant On Comics podcast as well for the full feature. The AB Conversation covers movies, television, comics, video games, food and the internet every Sunday morning.

I always like to support my local comic book shop. Pre-orders are key. If you purchase the monthly Previews guide located at your store, you can browse upcoming titles and set up an order and/or a pull-list with your store so they order the items that you are interested in.

There are several online sites to shop from too. Things From Another World and Midtown Comics are two that I like to frequent.

If you are into digital comics, then simply go to Comixology or the individual websites and apps for the publishers you purchase from.

Are there any titles that you are excited for that I didn’t talk about? Contact me and share your non-spoiler suggestions! If you don’t agree with what I have to say, I apologize and hope you are enjoying the comics you read, because I am definitely loving mine.

This is the Ant-Man signing off… I’ll see you between the panels!

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My podcasts on iTunes: “AB Conversation” & “Ant On

My podcast websites: http://www.abconversation.net & http://www.antonpodcast.podomatic.com

My film-making website: http://www.bartonheights.4t.com

My Twitter: @anthonylaatsch

What are you picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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