Kev’s Choices for the Top 5 Graphic Novels of 2013

bbBattling Boy (First Second) by Paul Pope

Remember when comics used to be fun? Paul Pope sure seems to, and he channels the same kind of energy Lee and Kirby did in the early days of Marvel with this adventure of a young boy, son of god-like beings, sent to earth to become a man and battle the monsters that have been running amok. Good fun for everyone, young and old. Available as both a hardcover and a softcover.

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Parker’s heist goes wrong and he gets trapped in an amusement park with only one way out and an army of criminals out to get him. He has two things on his side — 1) his wits and 2) the inventive art of one of the industry’s top cartoonists, Darwyn Cooke. This volume also includes “The Seventh” a short adaptation of another Parker novel that was only available previously in the Parker: Martini Edition.

fifth-beatle-bannerThe Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story (Dark Horse) by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker

It’s been over 50 years since the Beatles arrived and changed the face of pop music and rock and roll, and we are now getting some of the final stories of those early years in the form of this amazing graphic novel as well as the recent documentary Good ‘ol Freda, the recollections of the Beatles’ secretary and fan-club president Freda Kelly who worked for the band for 11 years (the Beatles were only around for 10). Central to both is the figure of Brian Epstein, the man who took the Beatles out of the Amsterdam bars and Liverpool Clubs and set them onto the path to superstardom. The graphic novel makes full use of the form’s ability to manipulate time and space to tell Epstein’s story. Pus, the artwork by Robinson and Baker is stunning. Multiple versions exist – hardcover, special edition hardcover and limited edition signed hardcover. At $20 you can’t go wrong.

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A bit of a cheat since these were comics first, but the graphic novel is an accessible way to find these stories. As with Battling Boy, these are fun and accessible comics. There are lots of extras in the hardcover collection.

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Sabertooth Swordsman (Dark Horse) by Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley

If you haven’t picked up the theme yet, it’s that comics should be fun. And this gem, which got very little fanfare is exactly that. Combining bollywood, hong kong samurai films, and avant-garde cartooning, the Sabertooth Swordsman is definitely worth checking out.

There were some others worth checking out — avewPacific_Rim_Tales_from_Year_ZeroAvengers: Endless Wartime (Marvel) by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone is a book you can give to a fan of the Avengers movie without bogging them down in Marvel continuity. Pacific Rim: Tales from the Outer Rim (Legendary/Marvel) is a standalone graphic novel that sheds some light on the years that led up to the world of the cult hit moview. Nemo: Heart of Ice (Top Shelf) by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil, part of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series – takes the daughter of Captain Nemo (last seen in LOEG: 1910) on an adventure to the Mountains of Madness.nemo

Kevin’s Choices for the Top 5 Monthly or Semi-Monthly Comic Books of 2013

SS 0392013 was an interesting year for comics. I’m not going so far as to say it was my favourite year for new comics – I think there have been better years, but it was a very good one nevertheless. Since I opened the Lounge in 2012 I have had a chance to sample many, if not most, of the titles that walk through our front door so that I’m up on the majority of the titles coming out and can properly answer any questions that our customers may have. These are the ones I enjoyed the most and highly recommend – as usual, with any list it’s subjective.

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East of West (Image) by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragonetta.

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Fatale (Image) by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.

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Hawkeye (Marvel) by Matt Fraction, David Aja and friends.

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Batman 66 (DC) by Jeff Parker, Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones and friends.
 
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Superior Spider-Man (Marvel) by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, Ryan Stegman and friends
 

From the sheer nostalgic fun of Batman ’66 (especially when illustrated by Ty Templeton and Joe Quinones) to the chance-taking Hawkeye to the high concept and often aggravating directions of the Superior Spider-Man — 2013 showed us that there is room for mainstream comics to take chances and create fun comics and not more soulless cash grabs. Marvel in particular had a good year with other titles like Brian Michael Bendis’s All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, New Avengers and the Infinity series, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s Thor God of Thunder. DC had fewer titles that I really cared for, but Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Batman and Robin, and Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Batman, Incorporated were two that were high on my must read pile when an issue came in.

Image Comics continues to generate the most interesting original content in monthly and semi-monthly comics and while East of West and Fatale are my personal choices, there are many others that could also be on this list such as Saga, Sex Criminals, Lazarus, Velvet, Walking Dead, Invincible, Revival and more.

The Top Monthly Comic of 2013 as selected by the customers of the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery (by buying and supporting it so enthusiastically):

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Saga (Image) by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

Saga outsells most mainstream comics and has become the comic you will mostly give to your non-comics reading friends to try out. Saga is also our most requested trade paperback, easily surpassing the Walking Dead and Fables.

BONUS:

After reading the list above aloud to my girlfriend Debra, I was severely chastised for not including her favourite comic of 2013, so as a bonus here’s Debra Jane Shelly’s Top Comic of 2013:

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Sex Criminals (Image) by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

“Why? Because it’s so awesome!” ~Debra

Coming Soon: THE GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Sean Ward Christmas Special – Saturday December 7th starting at 1pm

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GREAT NEWS, everyone! SEAN WARD has been working on a secret Christmas comic book and it’s finished!! He’ll have copies available at his Christmas special this Saturday at TCBLG! This is not going to be for sale on his website or anywhere else – only for VIPs and guests!! Come get yourself a copy, and get Sean to draw you some art to give someone for Christmas!!!

 

Seriously, what would someone like for Christmas more than an original piece of art? What would they appreciate more than having their likeness rendered as a Custom Cartoon Portrait™?

GIVE THE GIFT OF SEAN WARD THIS CHRISTMAS!

And what could be more fun at this special time of year than wearing your Christmas finery and enjoying a bona fide new school old timey Christmas show?

One day only – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 – come join the Christmas Happening at the Lounge!

We will have egg nog, Christmas music, candy canes, and even a special guest or two.

Original Art Services (for really impressive gift giving):
– trading cards
– greeting cards
– 8.5×11 custom sketches & portraits
– full color framed Custom Cartoon Portraits™ (limited available!)

COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES FOR SALE:
– Captain America VS Thor comic book
– Tomorrow Never Knows: A Comics History of the Psychedelic Beatles
– Art Prints
– T-Shirts

AND MUCH MORE!

Also That Joker Guy will be taking over Temple of Toys i the same space

Shrub Monkeys: Shanahanigans Vol.1 Book Launch – Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7-11

shrSHRUB MONKEYS: Shanahanigans Vol. 1 is OFFICIALLY available (for pre-order), and what better way to celebrate but a COSTUME Book Launch Party at The Comic Book Lounge in Toronto.

That’s right, it’s the night before Halloween, so why not dress up? (we will).

Join KT, Shaggy, & HES for food, drinks, prizes, AND a special EXTRA live episode of Shanahanigans Live, co-hosted by the Guys with Pencils, Adam and Andrew.

Join us, won’tchya?

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BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT EVENT

Shrub Monkeys Pre-order:
http://shanahanigans.bigcartel.com/

Comic Book Lounge:
https://comicbooklounge.com/

Guys with Pencils
http://guyswithpencils.tumblr.com/

Reminder: CYBORG 009 Art Show and Signing with Marcus To and Ian Herring TONIGHT 9/20 – 7-11pm

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Tonight at the Comic Book Lounge we will be hosting an art show and signing with MARCUS TO and IAN HERRING to celebrate the recent release of their new graphic novel CYBORG 009 from Archaia Entertainment. Beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

SYNOPSIS
Archaia Entertainment is excited to announce a partnership with Ishimori Production Inc. of Japan to produce Cyborg 009, a modern adaptation of the classic manga series created by the legendary Shotaro Ishinomori, author of other such notable works as Kamen Rider, Goranger, Kikaider and Skullman. This deluxe hardcover graphic novel will feature the classic characters and origin story from the original series re-imagined for a new worldwide audience. The new edition will be written by F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit, Immortals: Gods and Heroes) and Bradley Cramp (Gattaca and the forthcoming film Invertigo), and illustrated by artist Marcus To (Red Robin, The Huntress) and colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand).

The story follows nine normal humans kidnapped from around the world to become unwilling test subjects by The Black Ghost Organization, a secret society that provides weapons of mass destruction to the highest bidder. The nine victims are put through a series of extreme experiments that transform each one into a unique super-powered weapon. With the help of a compassionate project scientist, these living weapons rebel from their captors and set off on a mission to stop Black Ghost from plunging the world into a perpetual state of war.

Created in 1964, Cyborg 009 was Japan’s first and most-popular super-team, quickly becoming one of the most influential manga series of all time. The original manga has been published in over 250,000,000 copies of weekly comics and comic books worldwide.

A new 3D CGI animated theatrical feature film, 009 RE:CYBORG, produced by Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Kill Bill Vol.1), was released in Japan in October 2012. DeSanto is currently attached to produce a live-action feature film version of the property.

What’s up with the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery? Late July edition

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IMG_2246[1]This past Saturday we held an art show and signing with artist supreme Leonard Kirk to celebrate the release of the first issue of the Age of Ultron spin-off mini-series THE HUNGER. Poor Ultimate Rick Jones just wants to grab a bite to eat at the Burger Shack but he keeps being called away by the Ultimate Watcher and he experiences the same time shift that other major characters experienced at the end of AoU – then a tear in the universe opens and Galactus 616 crosses over and merges with Gah Lak Tus, the predatory artificial intelligence of the Ultimate universe.

IMG_2251[1]Leonard did a great job on the art and we had a great time. The artwork is on display at the Lounge this week, but will be heading off to Leonard’s art dealer next weekend. For now it is available for sale at the Lounge. He’s even got some preview pages from issue #2 up – well worth checking out! IMG_2248[1]RENOVATING AGAIN?

Yes, we’re making some more changes… well, UPGRADES, to the retail store.

Check out this cool 9 inch Creature figure - we'll have some of these in stick on July 31.
Check out this cool 9 inch Creature figure – we’ll have some of these in stick on July 31.

Over the long weekend we are installing new slatwall pieces in the front section so we can better showcase our other products — from those awesome sketchbooks, card cases and buttons that Guerilla Printing makes, to our expanding selection of t-shirts, statues, toys and other collectibles.

Godzilla 11inch figures in on July 31! MechaGodzilla is also available.
Godzilla 11inch figures in on July 31! MechaGodzilla is also available.

We’ve got lots of fun things coming in this August in advance of Fan Expo (August 22-26), like a selection of POP figures, more board games and things like that, so we want a place to properly display these cool items.

Batman Black and White by Sean "Cheeks" Galloway in store July 24th.
Batman Black and White by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway in store July 24th.

It will also allows us to better support and display the work of Artist in Residence Christopher Yao and our relationship as a friend and partner of the Sean Ward Show.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The TRUE PATRIOT ANTHOLOGY TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH is scheduled for Saturday, August 10th at the Lounge. Starting at 7pm — anthology contributors Adrian Alphona, Ramon Perez, J. Bone, J. Torres, Howard Wong, Jack Briglio and more will be at the store signing copies and we’ll be displaying original artwork and prints featuring these amazing new Canadian superheroes in the gallery!

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NEW COMICS
3 GUNS #1 (OF 6) 3.99
ABSOLUTION RUBICON #2 WRAP CVR (MR) 3.99
ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER SPECIAL 2013 #1 (NOTE PRICE) 4.99
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #3 3.99
AKANEIRO #3 (OF 3) 3.99
AMALAS BLADE #4 (OF 4) 3.5
ANGEL & FAITH #24 REBEKAH ISAACS VAR CVR 2.99
ANGEL & FAITH #24 STEVE MORRIS CVR 2.99
ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #2 4.99
ARCHIE #646 PEPOY VAR CVR 2.99
ARCHIE #646 REG CVR 2.99
BATMAN ANNUAL #2 4.99

Batman Incorporated 13
Batman Incorporated 13

BATMAN INCORPORATED #13 2.99
BATMAN INCORPORATED #13 COMBO PACK 3.99
BATMAN INCORPORATED #13 VAR ED PI
BATMAN ZERO YEAR DIRECTORS CUT #1 5.99
BEDLAM #8 (MR) 3.5
BIONIC MAN #22 3.99
BPRD VAMPIRE #5 (OF 5) 3.5
CALIGULA HEART OF ROME #6 (OF 6) WRAP CVR (MR) 3.99
CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 2.99
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #1 MASSAFERA CVR 2.99
COLLIDER #1 (MR) 2.99
DAREDEVIL #29 2.99
DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #2 4.99
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #7 (OF 12) 3.99
FEARLESS DEFENDERS #7 NOW 2.99
FF #10 NOW 2.99
FIVE GHOSTS HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #5 (OF 5) 2.99
FLASH ANNUAL #2 4.99
GI JOE #6 3.99
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #192 3.99
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 ANGELA VAR NOW PI

Guardians of the Galaxy #5
Guardians of the Galaxy #5

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 NOW 3.99
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #5 YOUNG VAR NOW 7.99
HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES #4 (OF 4) ALEXANDER CVR 3.99
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #11 NOW 3.99
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #7 3.99
IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #12 2.99
JUDGE DREDD YEAR ONE #4 3.99
KING CONAN HOUR O/T DRAGON #3 (OF 6) 3.5
LAST OF US AMERICAN DREAMS #4 (OF 4) 3.99
LENORE VOLUME II #8 3.99
LIBERATOR #2 3.5
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #31 BUSCEMA VAR CVR 3.99
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #31 REG CVR 3.99
MORNING GLORIES #29 CVR A ESQUEJO (MR) 3.5
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #9 3.99
OPTIC NERVE #13 (MR) 5.95
PLANET O/T APES SPECTACULAR ONE SHOT 4.99
RED LANTERNS #22 2.99
SEX #5 (MR) 2.99
SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #7 3.99
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 SPECIAL #2 4.99
SUPERBOY #22 2.99
SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2 4.99
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #81 (MR) 2.95
TMNT ONGOING #24 (C: 1-0-0) 3.99

Collider #1
Collider #1

TOM STRONG AND THE PLANET OF PERIL #1 (OF 6) 2.99
TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #2 (TRINITY) 2.99
UBER #4 WRAP CVR (MR) 3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #28 3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #9 NOW 3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #9 NOW 3.99
VENOM #38 2.99
WAKE #3 (OF 10) (MR) 2.99
WASTELAND #46 (MR) 3.99
WHAT IF AVX #4 (OF 4) 3.99
WOLVERINE IN FLESH #1 3.99
X-MEN #3 3.99
X-MEN LEGACY #14 NOW 2.99
YOUNGBLOOD #78 3.99
MORNING GLORIES #29 CVR B EISMA (MR) 3.5
MORNING GLORIES #29 CVR C HUANG (MR) 3.5
MORNING GLORIES #29 CVR E LEMIRE (MR) 3.5
MORNING GLORIES #29 CVR H ZARCONE (MR) 3.5

Burroughs' Tarzan Sunday Classics 1931-1933
Burroughs’ Tarzan Sunday Classics 1931-1933

NEW MAGAZINES & PULPS
DC BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA FIG COLL MAG #11 DARK KNIGHT MOVIE BAT 20
SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 74 (C: 0-1-1) 14.95
DC BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA FIG COLL MAG #4 BATMAN FOREVER MOVIE B 20

NEW BOOKS AND REORDERS
39 MINUTES HC VOL 01 (MR) 19.99
AGE OF BRONZE TP VOL 03.B BETRAYAL PT 2 (MR) 18.99
AMULET SC VOL 02 STONEKEEPERS CURSE NEW PTG (O/A) 12.99
BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS TP VOL 03 24.99
BEWARE THE CREEPER TP (MR) 14.99
BLACK BOLT SOMETHING INHUMAN THIS WAY COMES 7.99
BURROUGHS TARZAN SUNDAY COMICS 1931-1933 HC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2 125
CAPOTE IN KANSAS HC (MR) 19.99
ELEPHANTMEN HC VOL 06 EARTHLY DESIRES (MR) 34.99
GANTZ TP VOL 28 (MR) (C: 0-1-2) 13.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS TP VOL 01 RING BEARER (N52) 14.99

Invincible Vol. 18 TP
Invincible Vol. 18 TP

INVINCIBLE TP VOL 18 DEATH OF EVERYONE 16.99
MARK SCHULTZ XENOZOIC COMPLETE NEW PTG TP (C: 0-1-1) 39.95
MEOW MEOW HC (C: 0-0-1) 20.95
SHOWCASE PRESENTS DC COMICS PRESENTS TP VOL 02 19.99
SUPERMAN SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES HC 1958-1961 49.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 LET IT BLEED NOW 17.99
ALEXANDRO JODOROWSKY SCREAMING PLANET HC (MR) 24.95
CONAN HC VOL 14 THE DEATH (C: 0-1-2) 24.99
FABLES TP VOL 18 CUBS IN TOYLAND (MR) 16.99
LUCIFER TP VOL 01 (MR) 29.99
PACIFIC RIM PREM HC TALES FROM YEAR ZERO 24.99

Mark Schultz's Carbon
Mark Schultz’s Carbon

SERENITY HC VOL 01 THOSE LEFT BEHIND 2ND ED 17.99
SERENITY HC VOL 02 BETTER DAYS & OTHER STORIES (C: 0-1-2) 19.99
WE 3 DELUXE EDITION HC (MR) 24.99
KITARO GN 24.95
ART OF BROM HC (MR) (C: 0-1-1) 44.95
MARK SCHULTZ CARBON SC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-1) 24.95
WALT DISNEYS MICKEY MOUSE TALES HC (RES) (C: 1-1-0) 19.95
WORLDS OF SAM KIETH HC VOL 01 49.99

NEW TOYS AND STATUES
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS CREATURE 9-IN SCALE AF (C: 0-1-2) 29.99
GODZILLA 11-IN COLLECTIBLE FIGURE 2013 29.99

Superman The Silver Age Dailies Vol. 1 HC
Superman The Silver Age Dailies Vol. 1 HC

THE HUNGER #1 art show and signing with Leonard Kirk on 7/27/2013

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Hunger-1-Cover-e8c90On Saturday, July 27th from 7pm-11pm we will be hosting a signing and gallery show with LEONARD KIRK featuring the original artwork from THE HUNGER #1, published by Marvel Comics. Issue #1 arrives at comic shops this Wednesday, July 24th. Many of the pages will be available for purchase.

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, with art by Leonard Kirk and covers by Adi Granov, THE HUNGER picks up where AGE OF ULTRON left off, as Galactus makes his way to the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This series leads directly into Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s CATACLYSM mini-series which may or may not be the end of the Ultimate Marvel Universe.

Man of Steel, Superman Unchained and some super-recommendations!

man of steelLast week, MAN OF STEEL debuted in theatres and four members of the Lounge team saw the film: myself, Rachel, Chris and Mike. Only 1 of the 4 of us really enjoyed the movie, and I am not the one who did.

Note: Spoilers may be found in the review below so be warned if you have yet to see the film and still plan to.

Personally, I have a hard time accepting Man of Steel as a true Superman film — it’s a pretty good science fiction movie about a dying planet and how a battle between two strong individuals with differing political philosophies has carried over decades to our world. A fascist Zod working for the glory of preserving Krypton vs. Jor-El, who wants to preserve Krypton so that aspects of it will endure beyond it’s natural death. On that level the film works, but in order to get to the third act, a series of really silly coincidences lead to Jor’s son Kal activating a ship that gets the attention to the surviving Kryptonians who managed to escape the Phantom Zone years before. When Earth is threatened to surrender Kal-El, Kal takes up the fight against the surviving fascist Kryptonians and battles them for the survival of his race as well as humanity.

It just so happens that Kal-El is Superman, and Superman is a beloved character of strong ideals that has endured 75 years — but very few of those ideals are represented in Man of Steel, so we end up with a Miracleman-esque battle between super-powered aliens similar to other Miracleman inspired films of recent vintage like Chronicle and Michael Bay’s Transformers movies. Unborn Kryptonians are slaughtered by Superman without much regret, and dozens of buildings crumble and millions clearly would have died in the carnage that destroyed huge areas of downtown Metropolis and Kal-El does little to move the battle away from these heavily populated areas.

Superman’s solution to defeating Zod is right out of Moore’s Miracleman, as he feels Zod cannot be redeemed. He is “forced to eliminate” his enemy by doing the same thing to Zod that Miracleman did to young Bates — and it reinforces my opinion that this not Superman, as Superman’s strength as a character is that he always finds a way to do the right thing, Zod wants him to kill him – Superman’s strength would be to find a way not to give in to his enemy’s death wish… so in a sense, Zod wins the fight by getting the death he wanted. That’s hardly a victory for Superman.

While the previous film, Superman Returns is a failure on many levels, it still understood just exactly who Superman was and what he was capable of and it had the one thing that Man of Steel sorely lacks: HEART.

The film ends with the traditional status quo established hurriedly, albeit one change is that one character knows that Clark is also Superman, so the dynamic will be confused in the next outing. Since somehow the Planet building escaped the devastation unharmed, and no one seems particularly phased by it – it’s business as usual. Would have been nice if there had been at least a memorial service and perhaps Superman could have addressed the world to explain himself and apologize for failing so miserably to protect the people of Earth and committed to being a helping hand and protector. Instead he’s back to hiding among us.

Superman movies worth watching are:

Supeman the Motion Picture

Superman II (and/or the Donner Cut)

Superman cartoons by Max and Dave Fleisher

All-Star Superman

Superman/Brainiac

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smund_cv1_coverOn the flip side of things Scott Snyder and Jim Lee did a pretty solid job on SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1, the third monthly New 52 Superman title. With Grant Morrison’s departure, the messup with Andy Diggle and the confusion over the direction of Superman itself, it’s actually nice to see a Superman book with some cohesion. Aside from Lee’s popular visuals, the story has great character moments and insight into Superman himself. I particularly enjoyed the scene with Lex Luthor.

I won’t recommend skipping Man of Steel the movie — you have to make your own minds up — but if you want to read a solid Superman comic, Superman Unchained is worth checking out. Although there probably isn’t a need for a third Superman title, Superman Unchained quickly establishes itself as the one Superman title you should be reading.

Other Superman books worth reading:

Superman – Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore, Curt Swan and Dave Gibbons

Superman: Earth One books 1 and 2 by JMS and Shane Davis

Superman: The Man of Steel Volumes 1-7 by John Byrne, Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest by Karl Kesel and Steve Rude

Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

We’ve also got some great compilation trades on sale:

Superman vs. Brainiac

Superman vs. Lex Luthor

Superman vs. Shazam!

Superman vs. Zod

The Amazing Transformations of Jimmy Olson

Superman: 3-2-1 Action!

Constantine #1 Signing with Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes – Wed. March 20 7-9 PM

CONST_Cv1_dsOn Wednesday, March 20th, from 7-9 PM the Comic Book Lounge & Gallery is proud to welcome Canadian creators JEFF LEMIRE (Essex County Trilogy, Underwater Welder, Animal Man, Justice League Dark, Green Arrow) and RAY FAWKES (One Soul, Possessions, Justice League Dark, Batgirl) for a signing to celebrate the same day release of CONSTANTINE #1 from DC Comics.

Swing on over after work / school Wednesday night for a chance to meet and hang out with Jeff and Ray at the Lounge! We’ll save a seat for you on the couch!

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• The star of JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK is unleashed in his all-new ongoing series!

• Liar, cheater, manipulator…John Constantine is all of these, and yet he uses these skills and more to protect the world from the darkest corners of the DC Universe.

• What Constantine learns in this first issue will shake the very foundations of the New 52…and only he knows how to deal with it!

Written by:  Jeff Lemire & Ray Fawkes
Art by: Renato Guedes
Cover by: Juan Jose Ryp
Variant Cover by: Renato Guedes
Color/B&W: Color
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Mar 20 2013