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A Gargantuan Grab-Bag of Gorgeously Graven Giants of Grace and Grandeur – all for sale on May 16th, 2012

The hits just keep on coming with this week’s selection of new books, all available on May 16th, 2012.  The women’s contingeant in the Bat-Books have their run-ins with The Parliament of Owls as Catwoman, Batwoman and the Birds of Prey are called upon to deal with the threat at hand.  AVENGERS VERSUS X-MEN gets another chapter expanding once again into individual books to capture all the action. JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 is in and Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are back on the book! The ENDS OF THE EARTH storyline begins with a vengeance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Longstanding industry magazines such as BACK ISSUE, ALTER EGO and ILLUSTRATION are all fresh with a new issue on the stands (two in the case of AE!). Ramon Perez’s work continues in JOHN CARTER: GODS OF MARS. HULK SMASH AVENGERS, THE BLACK WIDOW and FURY:MAX each have a new weekly issue.  We learn the secret history of the FANTASTIC FOUR in a “point one” issue this week, and SAGA, fast becoming everyone’s new favourite book, sets us up with a third issue.  COME AND GET ‘EM!!!!

SAGA #3 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Avery — don’t hate it ‘cuz it’s beautiful…

ADVENTURE TIME #4    $3.99

ALTER EGO #108    $8.95

ALTER EGO #109    $8.95

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ENDS OF EARTH #1    $3.99

ARE YOU MY MOTHER A COMIC DRAMA HC     $22.00

AVENGERS #26 AVX    $3.99

AVENGERS ACADEMY #30 AVX    $2.99

AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #2 (OF 3)    $2.99

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #4 (OF 12) AVX    $3.99

AVX VS #2 (OF 6)    $3.99

BACK ISSUE #56    $ 8.95

BATWOMAN #9     $2.99

BIRDS OF PREY #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)     $ 2.99

BLUE BEETLE #9    $2.99

BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #1 (OF 3)    $3.50

CAPTAIN ATOM #9    $2.99

CASPER FRIENDLY GHOST 60TH ANNIV HC    $ 9.95

CATWOMAN #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)    $2.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #4    $3.50

DANCER #1    $3.50

DAREDEVIL #13    $2.99

FANTASTIC FOUR #605.1    $2.99

FURY MAX #2 (MR)    $3.99

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #9    $2.99

HELLBLAZER #291 (MR)    $2.99

HULK SMASH AVENGERS #3 (OF 5)    $2.99

ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #37    $15.00

INCREDIBLE HULK #7.1     $2.99

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #517    $3.99

JOHN CARTER GODS OF MARS #3 (OF 5)    $2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE #9    $3.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 – no more waiting, JIM LEE IS BACK!

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #9     $2.99

MANHATTAN PROJECTS #3    $3.50

MARVEL HEROIC RPG BASIC GAME   [BACK IN STOCK! ]  $19.99

NEW MUTANTS #42 EXILED    $2.99

NIGHTWING #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)    $2.99

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS)    $2.99

SAGA #3 (MR)    $2.99

SAUCER COUNTRY #3 (MR)    $ 2.99

SECRET SERVICE #2 (OF 7) (MR)    $2.99

SHADE #8 (OF 12)    $ 2.99

SHADOW #2     $3.99

SIMPSONS COMICS #190     $2.99

STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI FORCE STORM #4     $3.50

SUPERGIRL #9     $2.99

THIEF OF THIEVES #1 3RD PTG    $2.99

THUNDERBOLTS #174    $2.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #12 AVX     $3.99

VENOM #18    $2.99

WINTER SOLDIER #5    $2.99

WONDER WOMAN #9    $2.99

X-FACTOR #236     $2.99

Classic magazine artist Coby Whitmore (seen here), paperback cover master George Ziel and modern romance specialist Elaine Duillo are all featured in ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #37 – out this week!

No BATMAN love on television, but apparently we’re getting a GREEN ARROW pilot intended for prime time…

…which is not, in and of itself, a bad thing at all. GA was always treated a something of a Batman knock-off in his earliest appearances,and was definitely treated as a surrogate Batman in his appearances on SMALLVILLE. BATMAN is as hot as ever but the WB seems to be a little shy in allowing Bruce Wayne et al to grace our presences on the home version of the wide-screen.

Coming soon? GREEN ARROW on the small screen. Hopefully with a little more reverence for the core concepts than David E. Kelley managed to muster for WONDER WOMAN.

LOUNGErs interested in following GA’s TV progress are invited to check out a site devoted to just that at http://www.greenarrowtv.com

 

 

THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE isn’t LOST in SPACE!!

In fact, you can find us there quite easily!

We like to party - party...

 

Those of you who may have missed our Grand Opening party are advised to check out InnerSPACE tonight at 6 PM or tomorrow (March 28th) at 9:30 AM to see how they cover the festivities and their interview with Mighty Mike Del Mundo. For more information check out http://www.spacecast.com/  or your local listings!

 

Our "roomies" at GUERILLA PRINTING had their cover-prop set up - a great chance to get your face on a comic!

X-O Manowar battles his way into the Lounge on May 2nd!

I make no bones about the fact that I’m a huge fan of the original X-O Manowar comic series published by Valiant Comics back in the early 1992. With creators like Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith involved in the original it was a fun book with it’s interesting concept of what would happen if you gave a barbarian warrior an advanced suit of alien armor and set him loose in corporate America post-Wall Street (a what if Conan was given the power of Iron Man scenario). While the original X-O series ended a mere four years later with issue 68 (with a great send-off by Layton and Jackson “Butch” Guice), there was a follow-up series when the Valiant line relaunched as Acclaim comics. While writer Kurt Busiek did the best with what he had to work with, the series limped along for 21 issues with a modern guy in a suit of alien armor premise.

Thankfully, when the new guys relaunching Valiant Comics for a new generation got together to figure out which character should headline their line, they specifically targetted Aric of Dacia, the original X-O Manowar as their headliner and then when about recruiting some great creative talents to put the series together.

Here’s the solicit for #1:

ImageThe all-new Valiant Universe kicks off with a landmark, oversized # 1 issue of X-O Manowar by New York Times-bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, The Homeland Directive) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan)! Born into battle, Aric of Dacia — heir to the throne of the Visigoth people — has never known peace. After a brutal encounter with a mysterious enemy known as The Vine leaves him a prisoner on an alien world, the only hope Aric has of returning to his family and saving them from slavery is to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction and become X-O Manowar!

  • Price: $3.99
  • Rating: T+
  • Pages: 40
  • On Sale: May 2, 2012

 

The first issue comes in two editions – one is the regular cover by ESAD RIBIC, and there’s the PULL BOX variant cover by CARY NORD. The thing about the PULL BOX variant is that you have to actually pre-order the book with your retailer to get a copy. We know you are going to want the Nord variant, so speak up and let us know!

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The Lounge abides…

Wasn’t it wonderful to see the sun this weekend and enjoy the warm weather? We spent a good chunk of the weekend rearranging the look of the Lounge to prepare for Friday night’s Grand Opening Party. You would hardly recognize the place!

In a bold and shocking move we now have back issue comics in stock at the Lounge. They are still being priced but we will have everything ready for the Grand Opening celebrations this coming weekend. Lots of great books from the 70s, 80s and beyond.

Finally, Our orders for May must be placed by Thursday night, so please send your lists (if you haven’t already done so) to info@comicbooklounge.com as soon as you can to make sure we place your special order items like books, t-shirts, toys, statues, etc. They are due one week earlier than usual this month. http://www.previewsworld.com/support/previews_docs/orderforms/archive/2012/MAR12_COF.txt