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Comic Review: Ten Grand #1
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Ten Grand #1
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Illustrated by Ben Templesmith
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Covers by Ben Templesmith, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jae Lee, and Ryan Sook
Image Comics / Joe’s Comics
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

J. Michael Straczynski returns to Joe’s Comics “” a Top Cow imprint that Straczynski created to helm Rising Stars, which is now at Image Comics. His first new venture under the imprint with illustrations by Ben Templesmith comes in the form of Ten Grand, a thriller that integrates mystery and suspense with the celestial and supernatural. This one had me biting my already short nails.

Ten Grand #1 takes us on a journey through the eyes of Joe Fitzgerald “” a man who takes a lot of things very personally “” from our world to the otherworldly confines of a seedy city; a dark, urban area where nothing is as it seems. Having once been a top enforcer for an underground crime-lord, Joe had everything stripped away when his lover, Laura, was murdered. Now a bitter and cynical man, Joe will take any job for the right price: ten grand. Such is the case when Debbie, a streetwise gothic girl comes to Joe for help. It turns out that Debbie’s sister, Sarah, had involved herself with a religious cult called Divine Will and is now missing. Debbie reveals an image to Joe of Divine Will’s leader, James. Confusion and anger set in as it is revealed that Joe has a violent past with James. It turns out that their first encounter was what drove Joe down his current path in life. He gives Debbie her money back and agrees to take the case for free as it has now become a personal matter.

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Comic Review: Hawken: Genesis
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Hawken: Genesis
Story by Dan Jevons, Miles Williams, and Khang Le
Written by Jeremy Barlow
Illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Alex Sanchez, Kody Chamberlain, Sid Kotian, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bagus Hutomo, Michael Gaydos, Federico Dallocchio, Nathan Fox, and Christopher Moeller
Colored by Grant Goleash, Derek Dow, Eddy Swan, Chad Fidler, and Logan Faerber
Lettered by Deron Bennett
Cover by Khang Le
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: April 9, 2013
Cover Price: $19.95

Hawken: Genesis is a graphic novel based on the popular free online multi-player game, Hawken. While the game allows you to go to war, controlling a massive, robotic killing machine, Hawken: Genesis explores the origins of why you are fighting in the first place. Archaia Entertainment pulled together a solid team for this graphic novel with the story written by Jeremy Barlow and illustrations provided by a slew of fantastic artists.

“Come to Illal. Come to Paradise.”

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Comic Review: Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2
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Rocketeer Adventures, Vol. 2
Written by Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, Stan Sakai, Tom Taylor, Paul Dini, Walter Simonson, Dave Lapham, Kyle Baker, Matt Wagner, Louise Simonson, David Mandel, John Byrne

Art by Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stan Sakai, Colin Wilson, Bill Morrison, John Paul Leon, Chris Sprouse, Kyle Baker. Eric Canete, Walter Simonson, J. Bone, John Byrne
Inks by Karl Story, Bob Wiacek

Colors by Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Stewart, Serban Cristescu, Jordie Bellaire, Eric Canete, Cassandra Poulson, J. Bone

Letters by Robbie Robbins, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stan Sakai, Colin Wilson, Chris Mowry, Shawn Lee. Kyle Baker, John Workman, Neil Uyetake

Cover by Darwyn Cooke
Design by Randall Dahlk
Edited by Scott Dunbier
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 2013
Hardcover | Kindle

Somewhere, Dave Stevens is reading his copy of The Rocketeer Volume 2 and smiling, as you will be when you pick this book up. To say it brings honor and respect to the late Steven’s work would be an understatement. This is comic storytelling at its finest.

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Comic Review: Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1
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Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1
Written by Marc Gugenheim, Peter David, Stan Sakai
Art by Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stan Sakai, and Arthur Adams
Colors by Jeromy Cox, Dave Stewart, and John Raunch
Letters by Robbie Robbins, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Stan Sakai
Rocketeer Created by Dave Stevens
Design by Chris Mowry
Covers by Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stevens
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

There’s days when I love comics and then there’s days when I LOVE comics. Reading Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 made me glad that out of all the hobbies or passions in the world, that mine is comic books. From start to finish, this book is one of the highest quality works I’ve read in a long time.

There’s three stories in this issue: Marc Guggenheim, Peter David, and Stan Sakai all tell wonderfully charming stories of the late Dave Steven‘s Rocketeer. While all three are good, Stan Sakai’s is my favorite. There’s a great innocence to it and a fantastic ending that will leave you smiling. Speaking of smiling, Peter David’s story will have you grinning from ear to ear. It’s an all out parody of our hero and very entertaining from start to finish. Marc Guggenheim’s story is the first of the issue and I think it’s meant to be the “heavy” of the issue. While I liked it, I really felt that I was being covertly preached to.

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Big Apple Comic Expo 2008 Picture Report
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This past Saturday, I had the privilege of getting invited to the National, also known as the New York Big Apple Con. Held over 3 days, The National is one of the biggest comic conventions held in in New York City and one of the few that still even resembles what a comic convention use to be: a place that showcases comic books. Braving the rain and wind, I did my best impersonation of Jimmy Olsen and took some pictures of my day at the convention. I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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