Covers of the Week! (1 of 4)

These are the best covers out of all comics shipped June 25.

Apple Anthology GN

by Various Straight from Korea comes a breathtaking new anthology series! From video games, to animation, to comics, Korean artists have touched all facets of modern media. APPLE lets these artists shine as their creativity flows through eye-popping artwork and wondrous original tales. Artist Hyung-Tae Kim (ROBOT, Magna Carta), is joined by dozens of Korea’s most talented creators.”

Archie Digest #245


by Pat Kennedy, George Gladir, Tim Kennedy & Various Things get ‘hairy’ for Archie and Jughead when Reggie convinces them they’ll go bald just like their fathers! Can Dilton’s hair growth formula or the Internet’s ‘cure’ help our heroes tackle their ‘mane’ concern? Then, when Archie agrees to umpire a girls’ softball game, his eye is on more than the bats and ball! Plus, other new and classic tales, puzzles, pin-ups, and games!”

The Art of Animal Character Design

David’s Doodles

by David Colman

Finally, there is an art book above the rest. There are many animal drawing books out there, but none explain how to use the knowledge obtained from study in an actual trade craft. This book explores the methods, philosophies, and secrets of a top character designer in the animation industry when dealing with creating animal characters, both professional production samples and personal work make up the content.

Batman Gotham After Midnite #2 (of 12)

by Steve Niles, Kelley Jones

The Batman has been ambushed by a gang of thugs who want only one thing: the death of the Dark Knight Detective. But there is more to this nefarious plan than it seems. For at the stroke of midnight, the mysterious monster behind this gang wants to strike fear into the hearts of all the citizens of Gotham City!

Jack Of Fables TPB Vol. 3 – The Bad Prince

By:  Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham, Tony Akins, Andrew Robinson, Andrew Pepoy, Russ Braun  

Jack’s now a wayward Fable in the heartland of America. Follow his extreme road stories as he reveals the secret of his former relationship with the illustrious Snow Queen (when he took her powers and became known as Jack Frost).

Voices for the WONDER WOMAN DVD Movie.

from Aint It Cool?

On the “Batman: Gotham Knight” DVD due in two weeks, there’s a 10-minute featurette on the upcoming animated Wonder Woman DVD movie directed by Lauren Montgomery (“Superman Doomsday”) and based on the 1987 George Perez relaunch that pitted the Amazon princess against god of war Ares.

It’s been known for a few months (but not widely publicized) who landed the roles of Diana of Themyscira and Steve Trevor, but the featurette fills us in on three more key roles:

Keri Russell: Princess Diana
Nathan Fillion: Steve Trevor
Alfred Molina: Ares
Virginia Madsen: Hippolyta
Rosario Dawson: Artemis

Fans of the old Lynda Carter show know Steve is Diana’s flyboy love interest; Hippolyta is queen of the Amazons and Diana’s mom. Artemis is the Amazon who threatens to castrate Steve if he comes “within five yards” of Diana.

The featurette also reveals that the project’s writer is Michael Jelenic, whose credits include “The Batman” and “Legion of Super Heroes” Saturday-morning TV shows.

New Comics Shipping May 29th.

Comics are a day late due to the Memorial Day holiday.  As always check with your local comic book shop for availability and price.  Prices are based on Midtown Comics.  Hellions picks are in bold.

Action Comics #865 $2.54
All Star Superman #11 $2.54
All-New Atom Vol 3 The Hunt For Ray Palmer TP $12.74
Batman #677 Incentive Tony Daniel Variant Cover (Batman R.I.P.) $21.25
Batman #677 Regular Alex Ross Cover (Batman R.I.P.) $2.54
Batman Gotham After Midnite #1 $2.54
Black Adam The Dark Age TP $15.29
Blue Beetle Vol 7 #27 $2.54
Countdown To Final Crisis Vol 1 TP $16.99
DC Universe Zero 2nd Ptg $1.00
Fables #73 $2.54
Final Crisis #1 Character Cover $3.39
Final Crisis #1 Story Cover $3.39

Green Lantern Vol 4 #31 $2.54
Heroes Vol 1 SC $16.99
Huntress Year One #2 $2.54
Jack Kirbys OMAC One Man Army Corps HC $21.24
JSA Classified #38 $2.54
Justice Vol 1 TP $12.74
Legion Of Super-Heroes Vol 5 #42 $2.54
Northlanders #6 $2.54
Number Of The Beast #4 $2.54
Secret History Of The Authority Jack Hawksmoor #3 $2.54
Shadowpact #25 $2.54
Starman Omnibus Vol 1 HC $42.49
Superman World Of Krypton TP $12.74
Supernatural Rising Son #2 $2.54
Teen Titans Go #55 $1.91
Teen Titans Vol 3 #59 $2.54

Angel Revelations #1 $3.39
Captain America Vol 5 #34 Directors Cut CGC 9.8 $62.04
Daredevil Vol 2 #107 $2.54
Essential Rampaging Hulk Vol 1 TP $14.44
Excalibur Classic Vol 5 TP $21.24
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 Incentive Inked Wraparound Variant Cover $85.00
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 Regular John Cassaday Cover $4.24
Hulk Poster Book $5.94
Hulk Vol 2 #3 2nd Ptg Ed McGuinness Variant Cover $2.54
Hulk WWH Front Line TP $14.44
Immortal Iron Fist #15 $2.54
Immortal Iron Fist Vol 2 Seven Capital Cities Of Heaven HC $21.24
King Size Hulk #1 Art Adams Top Cover (Both Covers Included) $4.24
King Size Hulk #1 Frank Cho Top Cover (Both Covers Included) $4.24
Marvel 1985 #1 Regular Jim Cheung Left Side Heroes Cover $3.39
Marvel 1985 #1 Regular Jim Cheung Right Side Villains Cover $3.39
Marvel 1985 #1 Variant Tommy Lee Edwards Cover $3.39
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #36 $2.54
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #13 $2.54
Marvel Comics Presents Vol 2 #9 $3.39
Marvel Illustrated Moby Dick #4 $2.54
Marvel Illustrated Picture Of Dorian Gray #6 $2.54
Marvel Previews #58 June 2008 $0.84
Ms Marvel Vol 2 #27 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.54
New Avengers #41 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.54
New Warriors Vol 4 #12 $2.54

Power Pack Day One #3 $2.54
She-Hulk 2 #29 $2.54
Thor Vol 3 #9 $2.54
Ultimate Spider-Man #122 $2.54
Uncanny X-Men #498 (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54
Wolverine First Class #3 $2.54
Wolverine Origins Vol 4 Our War TP $12.74
X-Force Legacy Of Vengeance One Shot $4.24
X-Force Vol 3 #4 Bloody Variant Cover $2.54
X-Force Vol 3 #4 Regular Clayton Crain Cover (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54
X-Men First Class Vol 2 #12 $2.54
X-Men Legacy #212 (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54
X-Men The Complete Onslaught Epic Vol 2 TP $25.49
Young Avengers Presents #5 $2.54

Dark Horse
Emily The Strange Vol 2 #3 Be All You Can Be $2.98
Hellboy Vol 8 Darkness Calls TP $16.96
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull #2 Drew Struzan Cover $5.09
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull #2 Hugh Fleming Cover $5.09
Savage Sword Of Conan Vol 3 TP $16.96
Speak Of The Devil #6 $2.98
Star Wars Dark Times #11 (Vector Part 5) $2.54
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic #29 $2.54
Usagi Yojimbo Vol 3 #112 $2.54

Aletheia #1 $2.98
Astounding Wolf-Man #6 $2.54
Crawl Space Vol 1 XXXombies TP $11.04
Firebreather Vol 2 #1 $2.54
Nearly Complete Essential Hembeck Archives Omnibus TP $21.24
Proof #8 $2.54
Sorrow TP $11.04
Sword #8 $2.54
True Story Swear To God Archives Vol 1 TP $16.99

IDW Publishing
Locke & Key #4 2nd Ptg $3.39

2000 AD #1585 $3.83
2000 AD #1586 $3.83
2000 AD Extreme Ed #29 $5.09
Army Of Darkness Xena Why Not #3 Fabiano Neves Cover $2.98
Army Of Darkness Xena Why Not #3 UDON Cover $2.98
Avatar The Last Airbender Sozins Comet The Last Battle GN $5.09
Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #8 Jackson Herbert Cover $2.54
Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #8 Photo Cover $2.54
Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #8 Stjepan Sejic Cover $2.54
Best Of The West #67 $5.91
Boneyard Vol 4 TP Color Edition $11.86
Caliber #2 Stanley Lau Cover $2.54
Caliber #2 Yasmine Putri Cover $2.54
Dan Dare #6 $2.54
Dark Ivory #1 Limited Signed & Numbered Edition $12.75
Darkness vs Eva #3 Brett Booth Cover $2.98
Darkness vs Eva #3 Edgar Salazar Cover $2.98
Darkness vs Eva #3 Paul Renaud Cover $2.98
Dead In Desemboque TP $13.56
Deepak Chopras Beyond #1 $2.54
Downer Vol 1 Wandering Monster TP $12.74
Drafted #7 $2.98
Dragonlance Chronicles Vol 3 #11 Cvr A Roberts $2.98
Dragonlance Chronicles Vol 3 #11 Cvr B Walpole $4.68
Fathom Vol 3 #0 Incentive Michael Turner Variant Cover $8.50
Fathom Vol 3 #0 Regular Ale Garza Cover $2.13
Furrlough #182 $3.39
Futurama Comics #37 $2.54
GI Joe Americas Elite #35 $2.98
Grimm Fairy Tales Piper #1 NDCC Exclusive Cover $12.74
Helen Killer #2 $2.54
Hercules (Radical Comics) #2 Incentive Jim Steranko Variant Cover $17.00
Hercules (Radical Comics) #2 Regular Admira Wijaya Cover $2.54
Hercules (Radical Comics) #2 Regular Greg Broadmore Cover $2.54
India Authentic #13 Lakshmi $2.54
Jenna Jamesons Shadow Hunter #3 Greg Horn Cover $2.54
Jenna Jamesons Shadow Hunter #3 Niko Henrichon Cover $2.54
Jimmy Zhingchak One Shot $5.09
Johnny Boo Vol 1 Best Little Ghost In The World HC $8.46
Judenhass GN $3.40
Night Of The Living Dead Filmbook Signed Edition $12.74
Nightmares And Fairy Tales #23 $2.98
Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 HC $24.61
Proliferating Comiculture $8.49
Rabbi Harvey Rides Again GN $14.44
Resurrection #5 $2.98
Return To Wonderland HC $21.24
Roswell Texas Vol 1 GN $11.01
Sentinels Anthology GN $12.71
Simpsons Summer Shindig #2 $4.24
Skyscrapers Of The Midwest HC $16.96
Snake Woman Vol 3 Curse Of The 68 #4 $2.54
Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46 $2.76
Twilight Crusade Templar #1 $3.39
Vampirella Quarterly #5 Spring 2008 Regular Edition Joe Jusko Cover $4.24
Vampirella Quarterly #5 Spring 2008 Regular Edition Stephen Segovia Cover $4.24
Vargav GN $5.09
Wulf & Batsy #1 $2.76
Zogonia Vol 1 Slice Of Death TP $12.74
Zombie Tales #1 Cvr A $3.39
Zombie Tales #1 Cvr B $3.39

Batman Gotham Knight trailer

Comics Review: Batman #676

This is Batman RIP issue 1.  What will happen?  Will Batman die?  Who will take his place?  So many questions that will not be answered for months, so try to enjoy the ride, its going to be a long one.

The Danse Macabre and the Black Hand are interesting enough, but damn that is one bad ass looking Joker in the book.  As scary as the Joker is when he’s crazy, a calm quiet Joker is terrifying.

Why would the Batmobile need a CD player?  Even more, why does Batman need Jezebel Jet?  I want to be surprised in these issues.  I want twists and turns that I’m not expecting.  But I’m already predicting that the end of the series will see Jezebel betray Bruce, Bruce as Batman, and the Joker in Arkham.  This is Grant Morrison, I expect better.  Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.