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Today I have to start this article on a somewhat depressing note (at least for me).  Today, via MTV Geek, that Justin Bieber’s comic has sold out and the graphic novel will be coming out in March.  Now, I am aware of the fact that these Fame comic books have been wildly successful and this alone might not have depressed me if I hadn’t seen the news release on CBR this morning informing me that the top-selling comic book title from November failed sell at least 100,000 copies.  Should I be happy that at least comic books are selling? Even if they are about Justin Bieber and not Batman? I just don’t know.

In happier news, CBR gave us an exclusive first interview with Robert Kirkman about his newly announced upcoming series with Jason Howard entitled, Super Dinosaur.  The first issue is due out in April 2011 in addition to an origin story on Free Comic Book day in May 2011.  Super Dinosaur will be an all-ages title that tells the story of a young boy, Derek Dynamo, and his best friend, “a genetically altered Tyrannosaurus Rex that comes from a hidden world called Inner-Earth that exists beneath our planet’s surface.”  Kirkman has given us a lot of reasons to expect great things from him, particularly since he is the man that gave us both The Walking Dead & Invincible.  I am not a dinosaur fangirl personally but I have tons of friends who are and I do think this story sounds awesome.  Additionally, as I’ve made clear in comic reviews I have written for Geeky Pleasures, I am always excited for more comics that appeal to younger children (Justin Bieber book aside).

Back to depressing news, Diamond Distributors announced today that they will be closing their Los Angeles Warehouse in March.  They are consolidating a lot of their branches into the massive Olive Branch center in Mississippi and, a tiny bit of good news, they will be taking some of the Los Angeles employees with them (and hopefully helping others move to the location in Mississippi).  It really sucks that this announcement has to come at the end of the year and our thoughts and well wishes are definitely being sent to all of the employees that will be affected by this closure/move.

Let us end this news segment on a cool/happy note! Bleeding Cool announced today that Valerie D’Orazio will be writing the MTV Geek Blog.  D’Orazio made a huge splash in the comic book back in 2006 when she published her memoir, “Goodbye to Comics,” about her experience with sexism in the DC comic book publishing world.  Unfortunately the blog post is nowhere to be found online right now (it’s possible I’m just slowly losing it but if you have a link, please share) but I did find a nice homage to D’Orazio’s post (from 2007) at Women Read Comics.  This news though makes me super excited for MTV Geek and for D’Orazio.  This might not seem like the most exciting comic book news to most but, speaking as a female comic book fanatic, I think we need more women like Valerie D’Orazio talking about their experiences with sexism in all male-dominated fields.  It is why I am so excited by the shear number of geek and nerdy girl blogs out there that embrace and celebrate female unity in nerddom/geekdom.  Women do love gaming and comics as much as men and we deserve to be treated with the same level of respect in these fields as men.  The only way to make that happen is for both women and men to acknowledge the mistakes of the past and move towards making a more unified geek world where it’s about what you love, not what gender/sex/race/whathaveyou you are.

Okay, stepping off soapbox……now

Pulls for the week:

DC/Vertigo:


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The book I am the most excited about this week is Fables #100.  Granted, yes, this series has had its fair share of ups-and-downs but, in general, I’ve really loved this world that Bill Willingham created.  It is a pricey issue ($10) but it is also 100 pages so, you know, it’s not like you don’t get your money’s worth.  Included in the book will also be a prose story written by Mark Buckingham and illustrated by Bill Willingham, a puppet theatre created by Mark Buckingham, and a Fables board game (really?).  If you’ve never had the chance to read anything in this universe, obviously I don’t recommend starting with this story as it will continue with the most recent arc.  However, let me take this chance to say that you should at least go try the first Fables graphic novel.  I was hooked from the start, what with the awesomeness that is Bigby Wolf, Snow White, Rose Red, and even the wonderfully jerk-ish Prince Charming.  A world based on fairy tales and fables might sound childish but it really is so far from a “childrens” book.

Wow. I’m super preachy today.  Moving on.  We also get Detective Comics Annual #12 this week which unites Bruce, Dick & Renee Montoya in a recruiting trip to France for Batman, Inc.  This issue is part of a two parter that will conclude in Batman Annual #28 so just something to keep in mind when you go about making your pull list for the week.  Also? Super awesome ab-licious cover for this issue.  Just sayin’ (in case you are a Batman fangirl)

Another big pull for the week is The Flash #7, another issue in the Brightest Day storyline.  Besides the fact that Geoff Johns is an awesome storyteller, I mean, how cool is this preview page: .  I’m not even a huge Flash fan, but this series of Rogue Profile issues have been interesting so far.  This one focuses on the resurrection of Captain Boomerang (yes, cheesy name but what are you going to do?).

Finally, I want to throw it out there that if you aren’t reading House of Mystery (Vertigo) yet, you should be.  I’m not caught up so I can’t speak to this week’s issue but I just started catching up via graphic novels and I love this series so far.  I am a sucker for almost any book that could be labeled a “spin-off” from The Sandman series and this series doesn’t disappoint.  Remember Cain & Abel in the Sandman books? Yea, so Cain’s house, House of Mystery, is the focus of this series and even though I haven’t seen much of these two brothers yet, I know that this new issue, House of Mystery #32, involves Abel’s house, House of Secrets.  I seriously cannot wait to catch up.

Batgirl #16
Booster Gold #39
First Wave #5 (of 6)
Justice League: Generation Lost #15
Red Robin #18
Sweet Tooth Vol. 2: In Captivity TP (MR)
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2

Marvel:

I’m super excited about New Avengers #7 if for no other reason than, you know, Brian Michael Bendis.  This issue picks up with discussion of re-building the Avengers mansion (because Marvel Universe mansions just don’t last more than a day it seems).  It’s nice to see the preview pages start off that way after the tragic ending to the last issue (with the death of Doctor Voodoo and his brother’s promise to destroy the Avengers (because, that’s how things go down in Marvel).  It sounds cheesy but Bendis is brilliant so I’m always excited when my week involves another pull written by him.

I’m also looking forward to the release of the trade paperback for Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1: God Who Fell Into Earth.  I’m still depressed that this book got canceled and I’m not particularly happy this will be released in digest form but something is better than nothing, right? Also, the TPB will include a reprint of one of Thor’s earlier stories, Journey Into Mystery #83-84.

Finally, if you have a light week and are looking for a one-shot book to check out, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest Shadowland: After the Fall (One-Shot).  The art looks awesome (as can be seen in this preview page:  and I really enjoyed this story arc.  This one-shot is meant to show the fall-out from the Shadowland storyline on the people of Hell’s Kitchen told specifically through the eyes of Ben Urich (reporter) & Alex Kurtz (detective). It would definitely help if you have read the previous series, but one-shots like these are often good places to start up a new series because it will typically give you a good idea of where it plans to go with future arcs.

Captain America: Korvac Saga #1 (of 4)
Incredible Hulks #618
Thor #618
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #7
What If? Wolverine: Father

Independent Publishers:

I will confess to that I actually had not heard of Lady Mechanika until I was going through the pulls this week on Comixology (I know, *bad comic book fan*) but as soon as I read the description for Lady Mechanika #1 I was pumped.  I’m a huge fan of Aspen comics ever since interning at Top Cow awhile ago and, therefore, knowing a lot of people who were very close to Michael Turner.  The cover art for this book alone is magnificent and the story is definitely something I could see myself getting into (if for nothing else than because I love private detective stories and stories involving the occult).  Plus… steampunk generally = win.

B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth – New World #5 (of 5) (Dark Horse)
Spike #3 (of 8) (IDW)
Spike: The Devil You Know #3 (IDW)
Twenty-Seven #1 (of 4) (Image) – It’s FINALLY coming out!
Witchblade #140 Cover A – Sejic (Top Cow)
Days Missing: Kestus #2 (of 5) (Archaia)

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