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AvengersEarth's Mightiest HeroesMarvelReview

Or – “Back When Princess Python Was A Credible Threat… To Pastries.” There are few conditions in the English language that have more entertaining (and insulting) euphemisms than mental instability… Going ape, barmy, batty, berzerk, bonkers, certifiable, crackers, cuckoo, daft, delirious, demented, deranged, flaky, flipped out, haywire, insane, lunatic, mad, mental, moonstruck, nuts, positively fourth street, psycho, screw loose, screwball, touched, unbalanced, whacko, and let’s not forget “speed-dialling the bozophone” and “full-blown-wackaloon.” Granted, these are all very insensitive to anyone who has these sorts of imbalances, no matter how much fun they are, especially since the reality of the breakdown

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New Comic Releases

Here is the New Comic Release list for comics scheduled to be in stores February 28, 2007. There may be items on this list that are not shipped at the last minute, or new material may be added. Check with your local retailer for more details. Thanks to Collector’s Pair of Dice and Diamond Comics Distributors for assisting in the building of this list. This list was last updated February 27, 2007.

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CountdownDC

DC Comics has announced the follow up series to 52 – aptly named Countdown, will be another weekly series counting down from 51 to 0, and will serve as the backbone of the DC universe. If you have followed any of the summer events from years past (Crisis comes to mind), Countdown will serve as link to all of the other DCU titles. DC says Countdown will be a stand alone series, and I’m hoping they don’t change their mind requiring readers to buy all of the tie-in issues just to understand the overall story. Countdown will begin the week

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MarvelnextwaveReview

Or – “This Is The End, Beautiful Friend… The End.” I admit it. I initially only bought this title because of the presence of X-51, aka Mr. Machine, Sir MacHinery, Machine Man, and Aaron Stack. One of Kirby’s lesser-known creations, the big purple guy with the taillights for eyes first bowed in the 2001: A Space Odyssey series in 1978, and has never actually had a run that lasted more than 12 issues consecutively. His “Space Odyssey” run was three issues, his first book, titled Machine Man, ran 19 issues, but there was a break of almost a year between

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CMXDCMangaPress Release

CMX, the manga imprint of DC Comics, has announced plans to publish eight new titles. The titles will begin shipping in July 2007 and continue through spring 2008. The list includes Two Flowers for the Dragon, Tears of a Lamb, Venus in Love, Palette of 12 Secret Colors, King of Cards, Presents Volume 1, and Samurai Commando: Mission 1549. DC is doing the right thing by playing up manga for all it is worth. A complete description of each title after the jump.

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MarvelSneak PeekSpider-ManVenom

We’ve already seen Spider-Man blame himself for killing Mary Jane, but how will the elderly web slinger do against Venom? It’s all in this week’s sneak peek from Marvel.

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Sneak PeekThe DarknessTop CowUnusual SuspectsWitchblade

Even though it had a busy weekend at the New York Comic Con, Top Cow dropped off a couple Sneak Peeks of upcoming titles including Witchblade #104, the Unusual Suspects graphic novel, and a look at the cover for The Art of The Darkness.

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Ghost RiderMarvelMovies

For the second week in a row, Marvel’s Ghost Rider took the number one spot at the box office raking in an additional $19.7 million. This is a huge drop of 56.6% from a week ago. Back in the day a drop of more than 20% was considered a box office failure (Jurassic Park 2 anyone?). However, the marketing gurus are spinning this to say the movie is doing even better than the box office indicates. If you compare Ghost Rider’s $78.6 million (domestic) to date total, it already passed the total box office for Constantine, and some are speculating

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Astro CityKurt BusiekReviewWildstorm

Or – “The 1970’s Never Looked So Good.” The arrival of an issue of Astro City is one of those rare treats, like a Peanut Buster Parfait, or perhaps seeing your favorite movie on cable on a Saturday night when you’re up anyway, and there’s nothing else on but Skinemax.  It’s quite sad that this kind of quality requires long-term slaving by master-level comic industry craftsmen to create, making the wait between issues much longer than the norm.  Busiek and Anderson’s masterpiece is knee-deep in history, dealing with one of the darkest periods in Astro City’s past, an era of superfreaks, backstabbers,

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52DCDoctor FateRalph DibnyReview

Ralph beats the Devil The big build-up of Ralph’s journey to be reunited with his wife finally reaches its climax. And as suspected, all is not as it seems. Spoilers ahead!

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BatmanDCFan FilmJLAMoviesSupermanWarner Bros.

With all the talk of a JLA movie, many are wondering if a Batman and Superman teamup on the silver screen would really work. The answer is YES! And the man to do it is Sandy Collora. This “fan film”/demo reel piece was done by Sandy several years ago, but it still holds up today. I wish Warner had considered both of the actors in this piece for Batman Begins and Superman Returns. [youtube]SRLEAEqoKsg[/youtube]

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DCReviewSandman Mystery TheatreVertigo

Or – “Then The Door Was Opened And The Wind Appeared…” I really meant to pick up this series from issue #1, but I chose not to go in on Wednesday the week that #1 shipped. By the time I arrived for the Friday night closing shift, Mystery Theatre #1 was waaay gone, like a Ginger Baker drum solo in a dusty basement full of beatniks and hipsters. Most interestingly of all, nobody within a thirty minute radius had it either, which means that there’s a lotta love out there for Wesley Dodds. This pleases me, as kids today have

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JLAMoviesWarner Bros.

Whoa! Didn’t see this one coming. Warner Bros. has hired Kiernan and Michele Mulroney to write the script for the bigscreen team up of the Justice League of America. While I would expect the big guns to be in the movie, Warner did not disclose to Variety who would be the core team members. Please, oh please, oh please don’t do Justice League Detroit! Now that the Batman and Superman film franchises have been revived, does the studio go after Christian Bale (“Batman Begins”) and Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) to star in a Justice League pic? Studio is also trying

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Image ComicsWalking Dead

Image dropped off previews for four titles shipping next week. This week Nobel Causes, Strange Girl, and True Story, Swear to God. Plus the threat level rises in The Walking Dead #35.

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Action ComicsDCSuperman

DC Comics has announced the Richard Donner/Geoff Johns tale from Action Comics #845 will be going back to press. The second printing will have a recolored version of the original cover by Adam Kubert. Action Comics #845 2nd Printing will arrive in stores on March 14 for $2.99. via DC Comics

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Best ofwebcomic

Launched in 2002 by librarian Gene Ambaum and cartoonist Bill Barnes is gained an audience of over 35,000 readers a day and has just celebrated its fifth anniversary. “Is it a comic that only librarians can appreciate? No.” says writer Gene Ambaum. “A library is basically a store — everyone has been on one side of the counter or the other. Fortunately for us there really is such a thing as a stupid question.” “Unshelved is always a blast to make,” says artist Bill Barnes, “I get to draw Dewey saying the things everyone wishes they could say, except they’d

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