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Boba Fett is on the Struggle Bus

The Star Wars galaxy universe is coming out with a new six-part series chronicling Boba Fett’s adventures while delivering a frozen (but alive) Han Solo to Jabba the Hut: Star Wars War of the Bounty Hunters. Poor Boba tries to make it a quick delivery, but as with everything involving Hans… it’s not so simple.

Prelude Releases in May

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha one-shot
Bounty Hunters #12
BONUS – Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha one-shot Director’s cut
Darth Vader #12
Star Wars #13
Doctor Aphra #10

Marvel gets other Star Wars series in on the Bounty Hunter action for those of us that want to really nerd out – and they’re kind enough to provide a handy-dandy checklist of all the tie-ins.

Story by Charles Soule, art by Luke Ross, covers by Steve McNiven

Contact us to add War of the Bounty Hunters to your pull today (starting with the Alpha issue!) and be sure to let us know if you’d like any of the tie-in issues for the full story.

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Hot books out this week

calvary shieldColder Toss the Bones #1 of 5: Declan has gone from a mere human to a reluctant hero — all while the subject of the horrific machinations of the monstrous creature Nimble Jack. But our hero’s trials have only begun, as Jack flits freely between Boston & a deranged & dark reality known as the Hungry World, uniting agents of madness with only one purpose: to slaughter & consume Declan! Dark Horse (W)Tobin (A/CA)Ferreyra

Empty TP vol. 1: Tanoor is a hunter struggling to feed her village in an apocalyptic world of poison & decay, but Tanoor finds hope when she discovers a stranger named Lila who has the ability to grow life from death — a power that could change the world of The Empty. Image (W/A/CA)Robinson

Calvary SHIELD 50th Anniversary 1 Shot: (Pictured) Discover the explosive secrets that are hiding in Agent May’s past! When Agent May leads a team of new recruits on a training mission, will she be able to save the day when everything goes wrong? Did someone say “cyber wolves?” Marvel (W)Houser (A)Ross & Keown

Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1: A showdown. An apocalypse. An ending. The Great Destroyer, long prophesied & foreseen, comes to Earth at last. Who will survive…& what will be left of them? New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart & blockbuster artist Kano journey to the far end of the Geomancer’s Book of Death to reveal the final, unavoidable end for two of the Valiant Universe’s most powerful foes.

Doctor Who: The 10th Doctor, Year Two #1: A fresh new start to an all-new Year Two, as the Tenth Doctor ongoing series takes to the stars! The gas giant, Earth Station Presley, is a perfect example of human colonists living in harmony with indigenous life, in this case the Shan’tee: conceptual beings perceived by humans as hauntingly beautiful music. But the Doctor & Gabby are walking straight into a war. Something has corrupted the song of the Shan’tee & now the human colonists are trapped in a fight for their lives! Titan (W)Abadzis (A)Carlini (CA)Ronald

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Hot books out this week

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JLA Gods & Monsters Wonder Woman #1:
Prequel to the DC Universe movie, Justice League: Gods & Monsters! Earth in the 1960s, where a woman-warrior from a faraway world finds herself among a group of young idealists, seeking peace & love in a time of turbulence & upheaval. But Bekka of the New Gods finds her Aquarian dream abruptly shattered when she encounters the monstrous genius of Doctor Psycho & the Shock Exchange! DC (W)DeMatteis, Timm (A)Leonardi, Green (CA)Lee

Dark Corridor #1: From the author of Clover Honey & 8 ½ Ghosts, a new seies set in the fictional coastal city of Red Circle — city totally controlled by mobsters — who, after decades of wielding power, are silently being picked off one-by-one by unidentified female assassins. Like a Goodfellas script re-imagined by Quentin Tarantino, this sprawling crime-adventure will keep you guessing & tuning in for more month after month! Image (W/A/CA)Tommaso

Red Sonja Conan #1: Red Sonja & Conan are reunited as captains of mercenary companies who team to fight the forces of an evil sorcerer. Little do they realize that a shadow of the past has returned, something of dire peril from their previous adventures together. It’s the Cimmerian & Sonja reunited for more bloody swordplay! Dynamite (W)Gischler (A)Castro (CA)Ross

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Out this week: 4/15

convergence Convergence titles out this week include Aquaman, Batman Shadow o/t Bat, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern Parallax, Justice League Intl, Suicide Squad, Superboy, Supergirl Matrix, Superman Man of Steel, all #1s. The main title Convergence #2 is also out this week — details are below, along with some other books we’re looking forward to:

Convergence #2: As Telos, the Planet Incarnate, easily defeats the survivors of Earth 2, Thomas Wayne & Dick Grayson set off to find help in the pre-Flashpoint Gotham City. The emotional implication of these worlds colliding comes crashing down when Thomas Wayne confronts this world’s Batman, as father meets son! Plus, Alan Scott’s attempts to connect with The Green yield unexpected results, setting our team on a quest to escape the planet. And the cyborgs of Futures End engage in a battle to the death against the reimagined heroes of the Just Imagine Universe, while the city of Superman Red & Blue takes on the opposing forces from Generations! DC (W)King (A)Pagulayan, Paz (CA)Reis, Prado

Archie vs. Predator #1: America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie & friends hit Costa Rica for Spring Break, where party games & beach games are soon replaced by the Most Dangerous Game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, & will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all? Dark horse (W)De Campi (A)Koslowski (CA)Ruiz

Runlovekill #1: Sought after by elements from her violent past, fugitive and assassin Rain Oshiro has just 24 hours to escape a barricaded city while trying to evade a military force determined to either capture or kill her. Image (W)Canete, Tsuei (A/CA)Canete

Ms. Marvel #14: There’s a new kid in town… and he’s cute. What are those feelings, Kamala Khan? It’s called a crush. Marvel (W)Wilson (A)Miyagawa (CA)Wyatt

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Out this week: 3/18

nw_lumberjanes #12Of course, we make a special effort to make sure female-created & -led books are in the shop year-round, not just during Women in Comics Month 🙂 Here are some that we’re looking forward to checking out this week:

Lumberjanes #12: A shop favorite, Lumberjanes is not only an all female conceived & created book, it also features a cast of adventurous, monster-fighting young women! In this month’s issue, Mal & Molly just want to get back to their friends, but things are looking more dire by the minute. It’s going to be a crazy dash through this weird mixed-up world as they try to not only find a working portal, but one that will take them back to camp! (W)Watters & Stevenson (A/CA)Nowak

Orphan Black #2: This one-of-a-kind book is based on the BBC TV show of the same name, with interior art by Szymon Kudranski & cover art by Cat Staggs. When Sarah attempted to assume the identity of a lookalike stranger, she soon uncovered an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. Sarah also learns that someone is trying to kill them all, one by one. That someone is another clone, Helena, a murderous, self-abusing fundamentalist who believes she is the “original” & all her other sisters are “abominations” to be eradicated. (W)Fawcett & Various (A)Kudranski (CA)Staggs

Ms. Marvel TP 2: Written by the very talented, genre-bending, G. Willow Wilson, & featuring a lead character full of girl power. As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, amazing new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she’s the best new super hero there is! Collecting Ms. Marvel (2014) #6-11. (W)Wilson (A)Wyatt & Alphona (CA)McKelvie

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13: With art by Megan Levens & featuring a strong female lead. Some suspiciously supernatural murders have Spike, Xander, Willow & Giles in a conundrum.They have to talk to Buffy, but there’s something about the killer they’re pretty sure she’s not going to like. (W)Gage & Brendon (A)Levens (CA)Morris

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Out this week: 3/4

Wednesday is the very best day! This week, DC’s movie variants begins with Detective Comics #40 & Green Lantern #40. We’ll also have a limited number of Star Wars #2 Sergio (Groo) Aragones variant in the shop, available for $9.99; email us to reserve your copy. Here are some other books we’re looking forward to checking out this week:

All New Hawkeye #1: With Kate Bishop, his trusted ward & protégé back at his side (not titles she would use), Team Hawkeye is thrown into an all new adventure spanning two generations of avenging archers. (W)Lemire (A/CA)Perez

Blackcross: All small towns have secrets. All small towns have ghosts. Blackcross has more secrets than most, & it is being haunted by something impossible. (W)Ellis (A)Worley

Princess Leia #1: When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire as a Rebel spy, she never betrayed her convictions, even in the face of the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. But in the aftermath, the question remains…what is a princess without a world? (W)Waid (A/CA)Dodson

Rat Queens #9: Life in Palisade is a goblet of toasty sweet mulled wine. But this issue is the skull-pounding headache the next morning when all you’re left with is the consequences. (W)Wiebe (A)Sejic (CA)Frison

Rocket Racoon #9: In the not-so-distant future, what happens when you water Groot a little too much? GROOTZILLA has arrived, & he ain’t happy! (W)Young (A)Parker (CA)Young

Saga #26: Gwendolyn’s quest takes an interesting turn. (W)Vaughan (A/CA)Staples

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Great Read for Girls: Princeless

PRINCELESS_PREVIEW_CoverThere are some really great books out right now that spotlight female lead characters, featuring girls and young woman in positions of power and strength — so very cool 🙂 There are several current popular female leads, including Marvel’s newly released Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel and the upcoming Thor. One that we’re currently loving is Princeless, by independent publisher Action Lab, which not only casts several strong ladies, but also characters of color:

Princeless features the 16-year-old Adrienne Ashe, a princess of color whose parents locked her away in a tower, where she was to await rescue by a handsome prince strong enough to slay the dragon guarding her.  Adrienne has other ideas, and instead finds a sword, escapes the tower, and befriends the dragon.  Together, the two set off to rescue her sisters who are similarly locked away, finding tons of adventure, many friends, and a few adversaries along the way.

“[T]here are no damsels in this story,” says Princeless creator Jeremy Whitley. “These girls all have (or are finding) agency.  They are all heroes and they are the ones doing the rescuing. Princeless is…unique in the fantasy and comics world [in that] Adrienne is a woman and princess of color.  Her sidekick, Bedelia, is a mixed [ethnicity] girl from two very different worlds whose overcome a lot to be where she is… [and] Raven is a character of Asian descent who fights alongside (and sometimes against) Adrienne to right a wrong and reclaim her birthright.”  Princeless is “an action comic about fully dressed (often in armor), capable, self-determining, ambitious, sword fighting, dragon riding, rule breaking girls.” In the series, you’ll find “hugging, hair cutting, fairy tale reading, and occasionally even the color pink.  But first and foremost there are these amazing things that there just aren’t nearly enough of in comics – GIRLS!”

This book is not just great for kids and young women — all readers will appreciate the humor and satire in the writing, the colorful and vibrant art, the well developed characters, and energetic story.  You can pick up issues #1-4 (#1 is only a buck!) of Princeless at the shop.  We’ll have volumes one and two of the tradepaperbacks back in stock next week; please contact us at (610) 222-9200 or if you’d like to reserve a copy.

Written by Jeremy Whitley, art by Mia Goodwin and Ted Brandt. Nominated for the 2012 Glyph Comics Awards; Story of the Year, Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Female Character and Best Cover.  Nominated at the 2012 Eisner Awards; Best Single Issue and Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12).

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Trees: Ellis & Howard

10361408_665659750181043_5319669909605630001_nWe have ONE more copy of Trees left in the shop! They flew off the shelf this week, and we can see why.

Written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Howard, the first issue tells the story of huge alien “trees” that landed on Earth 10 years ago. Unable to recognize our inhabitants as neither alive nor intelligent, the trees simply inhabit the Earth… and then do nothing. Resilient as we humans are, when we could not destroy them, we adapted, creating a new normal.  “While the background is this science-fiction concept,” Howard says, “the story itself [is] very human.”

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Book & Brew Review: She Hulk & Southern Rye IPA

This is the ninth in a new series by shop regular, Chris Haas, The Book & Brew Review.

>> Book: She Hulk #4

nw_book & brew SHEHULK2014004-DC11-5e4b2Faithful readers (or reader…), I have grown lazy. It has been quite some time since my last post. Originally, I intended to do one of these every other week but it seems I have slipped up a bit. Here’s to remedying that situation.

Kevin Wada has been supplying the covers for this new series involving the green hulking lady who happens to practice law on the side. And I truly hope it stays that way. The colors are so bright; they explode off the page, especially with using a slightly darker green as the background. The clever way he draws Matt Murdock’s shadow with the horns makes me smile.

Another aspect I enjoy is how sharp he draws the characters. Look at how everything comes to that point, whether it is her jacket or her hair. Matt Murdock’s shoulder is practically a right angle. It can come off as very cartoony but I do love this approach.

Speaking earlier of how She-Hulk is a lawyer on the side, it is quite refreshing that this comic actually focuses more attention on her legal issues rather than the usual fighting and action a superhero tends to get involved in. Kudos to Marvel for another series that is female driven and quite well written.

>> Brew: Susquehanna Brewing Company’s Southern Rye IPA

nw_book & brew aviary_13995992844881Here’s the plan. The next time I visit a beer store, if they sell custom six packs, I will try my best to find every Rye beer they have. It’s become a little obsession at the moment. Up until recently, I had not had the privilege, but now, I will do my best to make up for lost time.

It’s such a new flavor to me. I love that the rye smell is so strong. I would almost think that I had rye bread sitting in front of me, ready to consume. But alas, just beer. I’m just kidding about that “just beer” line. Blasphemy.

As an IPA, I recommend to anyone. It is not overly hoppy. There’s a tropical fruitiness that works well with the rye flavor. As I said earlier, this type of brew is a new favorite and I look forward to having it again. Honorable mention goes to Susquehanna Brewing Company, another new brewery for yours truly. I found it surprising that the beer ABV was 8.6%. Sneaky in its alcohol content, the smell and flavor are well worth the low price I paid at CJ’s Doghouse in Lansdale, PA (random plug).

Before checking out, I would also like to recommend Triumph Brewery and the rye beer they produce.  They’ve developed a much stronger flavor if you happen to be looking for that. Rye beer geeking has commenced.

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Book & Brew Review: Daredevil & Sly Fox

This is the eighth in a new series by shop regular, Chris Haas, The Book & Brew Review.

>>> Book:  Daredevil #1.5

Daredevil-1-50-Cover-bf830I am a diehard Daredevil fan. I started collecting these comics roughly around late 2009. Since then, I’ve purchased and read every issue from 1982 on, with a few issues beforehand. Sure, every series has some low points, but Daredevil proved to be an incredible exception.

We celebrate issue 1.50 of the fourth volume of Daredevil. They refer to it with the.50 because the comic celebrates 50 years of publication. And as you can see, the cover truly honors that history. So many images of Matt Murdock. So many different artists over the years. Each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the vigilante (my favorites being Alex Maleev and Frank Miller.)

I love the graffiti style artwork covering the walls of the comic. And the best part is all the names covering said walls. Nothing pays better tribute to the history of such a great character than listing the many people responsible for shaping and creating the great Man Without Fear.

Paolo Rivera should be proud of this cover. His work stands for itself. Daredevil will forever be flying through the air, ready to attack those that would threaten his city.

>>> Brew: Sly Fox’s Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout

nihilist“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
-Leo Tolstoy

Today we once again return to the wonderful world of stouts. I couldn’t pass it up as the name really jumped out at me. I’m a sucker for something catchy and this limited seasonal screamed catchy.

The 22 oz. bottle comes corked, which was a bit difficult to pop if I must be honest. I couldn’t find a definite answer, so I will say that the beer’s alcohol level is either between 9 & 10%. The brewery is a local company out of Phoenixville, PA which is known for its 113 IPA. With Nihilist, they take on a style of beer started in the 18th century as an export from England to the Russian court of Catherine II.

Overall, I wouldn’t call this the best Russian imperial stout I’ve ever had. It was decent but nothing to write home about. There was a slight chocolate flavor which is always welcome with this style of beer. The head was ridiculous. It took a bit just for the foam to finally settle. Once it did, the taste was smooth but it almost made me question whether or not I thought of it as a stout. It reminded me of a black IPA.

This may not be a rave review, but I’m always happy to try a new brew. Consider this one checked off my vast list.