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When discussing Max Bemis, chances are that comics aren’t the first things that come to mind. Bemis first burst onto the pop-punk music scene in 2000 as the lead singer of the still active band Say Anything, and it was in his songwriting, producing endeavors that his attention primarily stayed. Recently however, his focus has shifted a bit. Starting in 2013, Bemis decided to make a go at writing and creating comic books. As eye-roll inducing as it can be when established stars try a new trade (actors or athletes putting out albums can be quite cringe-worthy), there are some things about Max that hint his foray into the comic world could leave us expecting truly great things to come. (more…)

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Image Comics has been slaying the comic game as of late. Created by seven of Marvel Comics’ best selling artists, Image has been producing comics and graphic novels since 1992, and now stands as the 3rd largest comics publisher in the United States. (Facts obtained from ImageComics.com). You’ve no doubt heard their name before, being as they produce The Walking Dead comics that the hit AMC show is based off of. I’m going to give you some lesser-known, relatively newer titles you might want to use as a starting point to dip your toe into the pool that is Image Comics (and possibly spur your next obsession). (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)

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Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Black Widow, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, Aunt May…These are only a few names of characters with which you are no doubt familiar.  They represent some of the biggest names in comic books and if you haven’t seen them on the big screen yet, you will definitely be seeing them soon.  Now, how about Ninjak? Archer & Armstrong? Bloodshot?  Toyo Harada or Peter Stanchek?  Chances are that if you aren’t a fan of comic books, you may not know any of those names but thanks to a new deal reached between Valiant Entertainment and DMG Entertainment (co-producers of Iron Man 3 and Looper) you will likely know those names very soon.  Through the new deal, some of Vailant’s best characters are about to get some major screen time. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading.  (more…)

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Over the last few months, Spider-Woman has been the center of much controversy. Comic books and feminism collided when a questionably lewd depiction of Spider-Woman’s butt cheeks were propped front and center on a variant cover of “Spider-Women # 1″. Now, we’re not dredging that story up again, but for the sake of information as it applies to today’s story, here’s the gist of it…

Spider-Women’s curiously thin spandex covered rump and suggestive body positioning was subject to much internet discord; with party lines saying it was a disgrace to women while leaving others to say “you’re making a problem where there isn’t one”. You’d think with all the heat, Marvel would have pulled the issue. They didn’t. Instead, they got cute and simply covered the dimpled derrière by placing the comic books logo affront it. Eh, cheap way of skirting the issue whilst still capitalizing on what was an obvious demand for the infamous book cover.

So, now, Marvel’s Spider-Woman comic continues to carry on. Maybe it’s related to all the recent drama, or maybe it isn’t, but Marvel Comics has revealed a new costume for Spider-Woman  (more…)

Marvel Welcomes Back Star Wars with an Uninvited Guest

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The Walt Disney Company‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 covered all levels of the Star Wars machine. Sure, it meant new movies and TV projects, but it also meant that all facets of Star Wars would be brought under the Disney umbrella, and one of those spokes is Marvel Comics. The move meant that the popular, expansive expanded universe created by Dark Horse Comics would come to an end, but it was a good piece of corporate synergy, and not only that, it would be a homecoming for the Star Wars brand, which first took comic form at Marvel in the 70s. Fans have been waiting to see what the House of Mouse and Ideas had in store, and today your imagination is somewhat teased with a press release and some art that suggests a blast from the past. (more…)

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If there’s a single common thread through all the new franchises announced for Marvel’s Phase 3, it’s that all the new characters are being culled from Marvel‘s periphery. For better or worse, Doctor Strange and Black Panther aren’t exactly A-list heroes. Even when they’ve had solo titles that won mountains of critical praise, sales-wise series for these characters have often struggled to keep their heads above water, and have usually failed. A guy like Doctor Strange usually endures as an ever-present guy on the side; a character who shows up to let all the other heroes know things are about to get serious, but rarely takes center stage himself. But apparently with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel learned that a comic book franchise doesn’t need to be a superstar in the comic book shop in order to be a promising concept for the big screen, hence films for Ant-Man, Captain Marvel and, yes, the Inhumans.

So who are the Inhumans? Out of the endless crowds of guys and gals in funny outfits, what makes them ripe for cinematic treatment? What role do they fill in the larger universe and what makes them unique? (more…)

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Scratch-N-Sniff took off back in the 1970’s and had a good run for about a decade or so. It employed microfragrance technology that coated cardboard or stickers. When you scratched a certain spot and smelled it, you tended to pick up the advertised odor. I personally haven’t seen it around lately, but DC Comics is bringing back the concept for Harley Quinn Annual #1, with different scents for four different covers. Leather, suntan lotion, pizza and a “mystery smell.” It’s being packaged as a theme too – for instance, rub the leather on her outfit and you’ll smell the leather. For legal reasons, it’s being promoted as a “Rub-N-Smell” campaign and for some reason, that mystery smell is singled out for U.S. issue only. Can you guess what this smell might be? It’s a real “Brainstorm Haze,” so to speak… (more…)