…issue 3 is pretty much the greatest.
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Michael Crowe recommends Flash Gordon #3
Not since watching the original 1930’s serials with my Father when I was a child have I been so enthralled and captivated by a Flash Gordon story. It is clear that everyone working on this title cares deeply about the source material.
Jeff Parker’s writing captures the very essence of these characters while adeptly updating them for a new era. Flash Gordon is at the top of his game, showcasing what it means to be a true hero. He leaps into action at a moments notice to fight any injustice he sees, for better or for worse. Dale Arden, once a helpless, screaming, fainting damsel in distress has been re-imagined as a gutsy, street smart reporter who can more than handle herself. Dr. Hans Zarkov, rocket engineer extraordinaire, receives an added layer of alcohol fueled sassyness to compliment his notorious intellect. The art, by Evan Shaner (docshaner), is explosive while also lending tenderness and emotional depth to each character, panel after panel. Jordie Bellaire’s (jordiecolorsthings) coloring infuses the empire of Mongo and its varied planets with a richness and liveliness that complements the exotic worlds we travel to with Flash and crew.
This book is truly unrivaled, nothing else delivers pulse pounding pulp stories with such aplomb. To find out exactly how Flash, Dale and Zarkov ended up stranded on the strange worlds of Mongo check out the preceding mini-series, King’s Watch, written by Jeff Parker and illustrated by Mark Laming. Be sure to pick up Flash Gordon #3 if you’re a fan of classic heroes, sci-fi action/adventure stories, and want to know what has inspired science fiction classics for over 80 years.
Michael Crowe works on the digital assets/launch team by day and writes comics and prose by night. He’s an avid consumer of comics and all things sci-fi.
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Michael Crowe recommends Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1
Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is the latest in it’s revival of classic Gold Key heroes. The original series ran 24 issues pitting our hero against such classic horror baddies as vampires and mummies; he even found himself transformed into a werewolf for a short time. Sadly the Doctor was last seen in print in 1977. But, with some help from writer Mark Waid and artist Neil Edwards, Adam Spektor seems to have stolen a page from the book of the dead and risen; born anew for the 21st century.
In this modern incarnation Adam once again battles the forces of darkness, but no longer behind closed doors. Instead he clashes with them for the entertainment of millions. On screen, the cocky and charismatic star stuns audiences with ever more daring defeats of monsters around the world. Off screen personal demons threaten to swallow him up, if not for the vigilance of his manager Lenny and his personal assistant Abby Horne. Adam is going to need all the help he can get as new revelations tear his life apart and drag him further down the rabbit hole. Things are about to get very real for Americas favorite reality star, can he actually be the hero television has made him?
Michael Crowe works in digital assets/launch by day and writes science fiction stories/fights crime by night.
comiXology Summer Reading List Day 2: Magnus Robot Fighter #1
Hope you all enjoyed the first free comic we gave away yesterday! Today’s comic is a great one (by fredvanlente and csmithart) that’s flying a bit under the radar right now, but definitely deserves a read as it’s only 3 issues in and is already proving to be full of personality and excitement.
In the blink of an eye, young martial artist Magnus has everything taken from him…his father, his wife, his entire life. He’s suddenly thrust into a futuristic world he doesn’t understand, populated by humans and robots living together in oppression! Can Magnus fight to get his life back…and once he learns the truth about himself, will he want to?
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The best day of the week is back again! It’s #NewComicDay! Here’s some of the books we’re looking forward to reading most this week:
Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two #1 (of 5) - Dredd heads Californee way! As part of a judicial exchange program, Dredd is sent packing to Mega-City Two, a sprawling city covering 5,000 square miles of the Californian West Coast and centered in what was once known as Los Angeles, where he soon discovers that they do things differently there.
Batman (2011-) #27 - "Zero Year" reaches an all-important crossroads as Batman and Jim Gordon try to turn the lights back on in Gotham City. This issue leads directly into the final arc of Zero Year, which begins in our next issue!
The Walking Dead #120 - ALL OUT WAR continues!
All-New Invaders #1 - The KREE EMPIRE intends to conquer the universe using a weapon that will grant them an army of NORSE GODS.
Deadly Class #1 - Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.
Bad Ass #1 - If Kick-Ass and Deadpool had a baby, it would be Bad Ass! The only difference being that Dead End is a villain through and through with no intentions of serving anyone. What makes Dead End so great is his self-aware humor and biting sarcasm- the mark of a true evil genius. Hard to hate and even harder to kill, Dead End is an eloquent psychopath who fights for something better than justice: himself.
All-New X-Men #22.NOW - A jumping-on point for new readers! When alien races learn that Jean Grey, host of the destructive Phoenix Force, is back on earth, they do something about it. Now it’s up to the rest of the All-New X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy to save Jean Grey from twisted intergalactic justice!
Hactivist - Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest, white-hat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.
Kevin’s Picks of The Week (9/11/2013)
Eternal Warrior #1: Been waiting for this one for a long time. Valiant’s all-new Eternal Warrior makes his debut and it is awesome! With an origin story that spans generations, this is an adventure I am definitely looking forward to more of.
Kings Watch #1: Classic pulp characters reunited to save the world. I don’t know what it is about revamped heroes that gets me every time, but this book has it in spades!
Justice League #23.2: Lobo: The New 52’s Lobo is here at last, and under the watchful pen of Marguerite Bennett he’s taking center stage in a space-farring one-shot that is sure to thrill. A highlight from this week’s Villains Month books - do not miss it.
Indestructible Hulk #13: It’s The Hulk in Camelot, need I say more?
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