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Week of April  23rd - Volume 1 #593

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YOUR FAVORITE NEW DROID IS THE 2017 FCBD PATCH!

Very limited but easy to get at Jetpack Comics  BB8 can be yours if you purchase a Gold or Silver Early Entry Pass (See FCBD VIP PASS & EARLY ENTRY). These special & secret passes go on sale this week.  We'll have the patches until we run out of them.  Any that we have left will be available for purchase at  both Jetpack Comics FCBD locations.  You might want to download our ap as well and see if we make any special announcements about the patches.

Very limited but easy to get at Jetpack Comics

BB8 can be yours if you purchase a Gold Vip Pass( See FCBD VIP PASS & EARLY ENTRY).
These special & secret passes go on sale this week.  We'll have the patches until we run out of them.  Any that we have left will be available for purchase at  both Jetpack Comics FCBD locations.  You might want to download our app as well and see if we make any special announcements about the patches.

GET YOUR FAST PASS

 

OUR FAST PASS DEALS ARE HERE! GET IN QUICKER & GET MORE AT FCBD!

HERE'S THE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GAIN EARLY ACCESS ENTRY TO JETPACK COMICS & The Jetpack Comics Game Room Entrance (that's our special FCBD room at 35 North Main Street this year)!

Early entry passes will get you into the appropriate venue between 9 am and 9:15 am (as soon as we're ready to go) and are good for 2 people.  Venues don't open to the public until 10 am.

Be sure to check out the special FCBD Add Ons you can order when you purchase your Gold or Silver Pass.  SUPPLY IS SUPER LIMITED on these special add on goodies.

 

ALL THE FAST PASS DETAILS

THE JETPACK COMICS MEGA APP IS LIVE FOR IOS NOW!

Sorry Android.  You'll catch up soon if you're smart.

in the Apple ap store search Jetpack Comics & the Jetpack Comics Mega Ap will come up.

Go ahead - install it.

Why?  You'll get access to our limited understanding of interacting with the App world!  Very limited understanding.
You'll care because this is where you will get special news and info ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY.
Want EXTRA comics.  You need the App. Want to know what band is playing?  You want the App.  Want to know what costume Al is wearing?  You want the App.  Want to know what is on sale?  You want the app.

The Jetpack Comics Mega App.  Now in the Apple App store for free.  Yes, allow it to send you notifications.  Yes, allow it to know your location.  Yes, let it access your microphone and speaker and YES let it make you a burrito.

For the first time in our eleven years of existence we are only 5 years behind the curve!  Get on board with the Jetpack Comics Mega App.  You won't be sorry.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY NEWS IS ON THE WAY!

Saturday 6/11 from 10 am to 5 pm at the FCBD store

It's the ELEVENTH Official Free Comic Book Day for Jetpack Comics!

ALL THE DETAILS ARE ON THE MAIN FCBD PAGE

DON'T MISS THE CONNECTION AT THE FCBD AFTER PARTY.

DON'T MISS THE CONNECTION AT THE FCBD AFTER PARTY.

Who knew Rochester had such an awesome band!

Check them out online:

 

THE GEMR ACTION FIGURE PHOTO OP AT THE JETPACK COMICS GAME ROOM

Have you ever wanted an action figure of yourself?  This is the next best thing.

Have you ever wanted an action figure of yourself?  This is the next best thing.

Free Comic Book Day Official Sponsors, GEMR, will be bringing their exclusive Action Figure Photo Booth to our FCBD celebration.  Climb inside the plastic bubble and you will look like an action figure ready to hang on a peg hook.  Be sure to visit the GEMR booth to pick up a free comic and to sign up to win their Adam West / Burt Ward Batman DVD collection. 

GEMR - Official Sponsors of this years FCBD festival.

WHAT IF CHARLES XAVIER HAD BECOME THE JUGGERNAUT?

It's this years FCBD Heroclix piece and here's how you get it!


It's this years FCBD Heroclix piece and here's how you get it!

It could not be simpler.  Just let the hall monitor at Jetpack Comics main store know that you want the HeroClix promo as one of your chocies.  It's that simple.  You forego a comic book to get the HeroClix piece.  Don't sweat it Clix Nation Friends.  We've got some saved aside for you.  We only have a limited supply so they are gone when they are gone.

Magic Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier - Albuquerque 2017

 

Join us at Jetpack Comics on Saturday, April 29 for our sealed PPTQ that queues for Albuquerque.

Registration starts at 10am and deck construction begins at 11am. There will be Swiss rounds based on attendance and a Top 8 draft (as long as there are at least 9 players in the main event). Cost is $40 per player.

it will be 6 packs of Amonkhet

 

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

 

SKELTON CREW STUDIOS returns to our FCBD event!

Israel Skelton founded the Skelton Crew Studio in 2008 and it was behind IDW’s SDCC exclusive Ghost Key in 2009. Israel has been sculpting and creating for more than 30 years, ever since making Thor’s hammer out of a CedarWorks swing set mallet. (He wrapped the handle in medical tape, colored it with a brown marker and ruled the backyard.)

Since starting the studio, Israel has created merchandise for many award winning properties, including CHEW, Locke & Key, Hellboy, The Stuff of Legend, Mouse Guard, Killogy, The Squidder, Revival, Head Looper and more! He works in variety of media, including metal, wood, plush and vinyl. 

Later this year, Skelton Crew Studio will be releasing a vinyl Norgal statue from Head Lopper, and an Em Cypress mini-bust from Revival. 

Israel makes his home in rural Maine with his wife Kathryn, two sons and one loafing corgi. When he’s not sculpting, he enjoys amassing hardcover graphic novels, collecting original comic art and bare knuckle brawling.

FCBD LIVE MUSIC AT THE GARAGE ON FCBD


Lots of local talent on stage for the day!

We're proud to announce our first band of the day will be Rochester's own SUNDAY Citizen.  Don't let their youthful look fool you.  These guys are some of the states best musicians!
Legitimatley!

Taking the stage at Noon on Saturday 5/6, stop by the Garage for a beverage, some food, and some great live music!

LIKE SUNDAY CITIZEN ON FACEBOOK

Japanese Trading Card Games invade Sunday Afternoons at Jetpack Comics!

JTCG SUNDAYS!

Do you love Japanese Trading Card Games? So do we! We couldn't be more exited to bring you the latest HOT series of events at Jetpack, JTCG Sundays!

  • Sunday JTCG Events Starting 5/21!
  • Cardfight Vanguard? You know it. 12:30pm $5 entry
  • Pokemon? Well duh. 1pm $5 entry
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!? Yup. 2:30pm, $5 entry.
  • Force of Will? Absolutely. 4pm FREE
  • MORE? Much more on the way!


We aim to bring you a FULL day of your favorite games from the East, and provide a tight-knit community experience for fans of everything Anime and JTCG'S. We'll be bringing you HUGE events (like our semi-annual, 50+ player Cardfight tournament series!), tons of bonus prizes, and demo's of upcoming games from across the Pacific! Stop by and win a full days worth of prizes for every game, or pick and choose your favorites to compete in. It's up to you!


 

 

Encounter Table Publishing is coming to FCBD!

Encounter Table Publishing is a New Hampshire based company led by Robert Brookes, Alvin Dixon, Lisa Jean Long, and Jacob Thomas.

Encounter Table Publishing is a New Hampshire based company led by Robert Brookes, Alvin Dixon, Lisa Jean Long, and Jacob Thomas.

They are the publishers of the newly released Aethera Campaign Setting, a scifi-fantasy tabletop role playing game for use with the Pathfinder RPG. Encounter Table Publishing will be at Free Comic Book day, handing out free copies of their Aethera Spirits promotional comic, so get them while you can! Artists and writers looking to get in to the tabletop industry should talk with the Encounter Table Publishing folks!

Encounter Table will be located behind Jetpack on FCBD!

Jetpack's Upcoming Events




New Comics Coming out May 3rd!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW COVER PREVIEW 


WWHAT'S FREE AT THE MEGA STORE ON WEDNESDAY?
COMIC SHOP NEWS 90CT BUNDLE #1559
CABLE #1 POSTCARDS (BUNDLE OF 100)
LUKE CAGE ROCKET I AM GROOT MINI POSTER
MARVEL INSIDER GUARDIANS OF GALAXY POSTCARDS (BUNDLE OF 100)
PETER PARKER EDGE OF VENOMVERSE POSTCARDS (BUNDLE OF 100) (N
SECRET EMPIRE #1 LENTICULAR CHECKLISTS 

NEW FUNNY BOOKS ARRIVING ON WEDNESDAY
AB IRATO #1 (OF 6)
ADAM WRECK #1 (OF 3)
ADAM WRECK #1 (OF 3)
ADVENTURE TIME #64
ADVENTURE TIME #64 SUBSCRIPTION FLETCHER CVR
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #1 KUDER VAR
ALTER EGO #146 (C: 0-1-1)
AMAZING AGE #1 (OF 5)
AMAZING AGE #1 (OF 5)
AMORY WARS GOOD APOLLO #2 (OF 12)
ANGRY BIRDS COMICS GAME PLAY #3
ANGRY BIRDS COMICS GAME PLAY #3 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
AQUAMAN #22
AQUAMAN #22 VAR ED
BACK ISSUE #96 (C: 0-1-1)
BACK TO THE FUTURE BIFF TO THE FUTURE #4 (OF 6)
BACK TO THE FUTURE BIFF TO THE FUTURE #4 (OF 6) SUB VAR
BALTIMORE THE RED KINGDOM #4
BANE CONQUEST #1 (OF 12)
BANE CONQUEST #1 (OF 12) VAR ED
BATMAN #22 (THE BUTTON)
BATMAN #22 LENTICULAR VAR ED (THE BUTTON)
BATMAN #22 VAR ED (THE BUTTON)
BLACK BOLT #1
BLACK BOLT #1 JACK KIRBY 100 VAR
BLOOD BLISTER #2
BOX OFFICE POISON COLOR COMICS #5
BRUTAL NATURE CONCRETE FURY #3 (OF 5)
BRUTAL NATURE CONCRETE FURY #3 (OF 5) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
BULLSEYE #4 (OF 5)
CATALYST PRIME NOBLE #1
CATALYST PRIME NOBLE #1
CATALYST PRIME NOBLE #1 5 COPY INCV
CAVEWOMAN DESTINATION JUNGLE #1 CVR E ROOT  (A) (C: 1-0
CEREBUS IN HELL #3
CHAMPIONS #8
COSMIC SCOUNDRELS #3 (OF 5) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
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COURIER #2 (OF 5) CVR B OTERO
CROAK #1 (OF 3)
CROAK #1 (OF 3)
CYBORG #12
CYBORG #12 VAR ED
DAMNED #1
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #33
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #26
DEATHSTROKE #18
DEATHSTROKE #18 VAR ED
DOCTOR WHO GHOST STORIES #2 (OF 4) CVR A LACLAUSTRA
DOCTOR WHO GHOST STORIES #2 (OF 4) CVR B PHOTO
DOCTOR WHO GHOST STORIES #2 (OF 4) CVR C FUSO
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #511
DREGS #3
ETERNAL EMPIRE #1
EVERAFTER FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES #9
EXTREMITY #1 3RD PTG
EXTREMITY #2 2ND PTG
EXTREMITY #3
FAITH (ONGOING) #11 CVR A KANO
FAITH (ONGOING) #11 CVR B NORTON
FAITH (ONGOING) #11 CVR C CHEUNG
FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM #5 (OF 6)
FLINTSTONES #11
FLINTSTONES #11 VAR ED
GENERATION ZERO #9 CVR B PEEPLES
GFT RED AGENT HUMAN ORDER #6 CVR B RIVEIRO
GFT RED AGENT HUMAN ORDER #6 CVR C GARVEY
GHOSTBUSTERS 101 #2
GHOSTBUSTERS 101 #2 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
GI JOE (2016) #5
GREATEST ADVENTURE #1 CVR B MORALES
GREEN ARROW #22
GREEN ARROW #22 VAR ED
GREEN LANTERNS #22
GREEN LANTERNS #22 VAR ED
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MISSION BREAKOUT #1
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MISSION BREAKOUT #1 CONCEPT VAR
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MOTHER ENTROPY #1 (OF 5)
GUMBALLS #2
GUMBALLS #2 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
HARLEY QUINN #19
HARLEY QUINN #19 VAR ED
HAWKEYE #6
HELENA CRASH #3 (OF 4)
HELENA CRASH #3 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
IMAGE FIRSTS BLACK MAGICK #1
IMAGE FIRSTS FIX #1
IMAGE FIRSTS GODDAMNED #1
IMAGE FIRSTS HEAD LOPPER #1
IMAGE FIRSTS KILL OR BE KILLED #1
IMAGE FIRSTS RENATO JONES ONE PERCENT #1
IMAGE FIRSTS SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1
IMAGE FIRSTS SNOTGIRL #1
IMAGE FIRSTS THINK TANK #1
INJUSTICE 2 #1
INJUSTICE 2 #1 VAR ED
IRON FIST #3
JAMES BOND #3 CVR A REARDON
JAMES BOND #3 CVR B ZIRCHER
JEAN GREY #1
JEAN GREY #1 KIRK CORNER BOX VAR
JEAN GREY #1 WILLIAMS MILLIE PHOENIX VAR
JESSICA JONES #8
JESSICA JONES #8 CHECCHETTO VAR
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #383
JUNGLE FANTASY ANNUAL 2017
JUNGLE FANTASY ANNUAL 2017 BIKINI BABES CVR
JUNGLE FANTASY ANNUAL 2017 LUCIOUS CVR
JUNGLE FANTASY ANNUAL 2017 SULTRY CVR
JUSTICE LEAGUE #20
JUSTICE LEAGUE #20 VAR ED
LILITH DARK #1 (OF 4)
LILITH DARK #1 (OF 4)
MANIFEST DESTINY #28
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ULTRON REVOLUTION #10
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #38 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #53
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #53 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
NIGHTWING #20
NIGHTWING #20 VAR ED
NOVA #6
OLD GUARD #1 3RD PTG
OLD GUARD #2 2ND PTG
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #27
PAPER GIRLS #14
PENNY DREADFUL #2 CVR A JONES
PENNY DREADFUL #2 CVR B PHOTO
PESTILENCE #1
PESTILENCE #1 FREE 10 COPY KUDRANSKI INCV CVR
PLANETOID PRAXIS #4 (OF 6)
PLASTIC #1 (OF 5) CVR B HILLYARD
POSTAL #20
PREDATOR HUNTERS #1
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS HERO KILLERS #1 CVR A WOODS
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS HERO KILLERS #1 CVR B BROWNE
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS HERO KILLERS #1 CVR C SUDZUKA
REGGIE AND ME #5 (OF 5) CVR A REG SANDY JARRELL
REGGIE AND ME #5 (OF 5) CVR B MCMANUS
REGGIE AND ME #5 (OF 5) CVR C JIM TOWE
RIVERDALE (ONGOING) #2 CVR A  REG FRANCAVILLA
RIVERDALE (ONGOING) #2 CVR B VAR MICHAEL DOONEY
RIVERDALE (ONGOING) #2 CVR C VAR SOUTHWORTH
SAVAGE THINGS #3 (OF 8)
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (OF 9)
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (OF 9) GRANOV VAR
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (OF 9) JS CAMPBELL VAR
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (OF 9) MORA VILLAIN VAR
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (OF 9) NAUCK PARTY SKETCH VAR
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (OF 9) SORRENTINO HYDRA HEROES VAR
SHIPWRECK #4
SLAPSTICK #6
SLASHER #1
SPIDER-GWEN #19
SPIDER-GWEN #19 CRAIN RESURRXION VAR
SPIDER-MAN #16
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #23
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #17
STAINED #1 (OF 5) CVR A MORRIS
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #14
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #14 MARQUEZ STAR WARS 40TH ANNIV VAR
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #2 (OF 6)
STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS #2
SUPERMAN #22
SUPERMAN #22 VAR ED
SWORDQUEST #0 CVR A MONTES
SWORDQUEST #0 CVR B 25 COPY RUBI SNEAK PEEK INCV
SWORDQUEST #0 CVR C 50 COPY MONTES SNEAK PEEK INCV
SWORDQUEST #0 CVR D 100 COPY PEREZ ARTIST SNEAK PEEK INCV (N
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FUNKO UNIVERSE
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FUNKO UNIVERSE 25 COPY INCV (NE
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FUNKO UNIVERSE FUNKO TOY VAR
TEKKEN #1 (OF 4) CVR B TONG
TEKKEN #1 (OF 4) CVR C ANTON K
TEKKEN #1 (OF 4) CVR D VIDEOGAME VAR
TEKKEN #1 (OF 4) CVR F TONG
TMNT ONGOING #69
TMNT ONGOING #69 10 COPY INCV 
TMNT ONGOING #69 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE #9
TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE #9 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
UNCLE SCROOGE #26
UNCLE SCROOGE #26 SUBSCRIPTION VAR
UNDERDOG #1 CLASSIC HOMAGE GALVAN CVR
UNDERDOG #1 TENNESSEE TUXEDO GALLANT CVR
UNHOLY #4
UNHOLY #4 WRAP CVR
UNSTOPPABLE WASP #5
VALERIAN PROMO COMIC
VIOLENCE VALLEY ONE SHOT
WALKING DEAD #167
WAR STORIES #23
WAR STORIES #23 GOOD GIRL NOSE ART CVR
WAR STORIES #23 WRAP CVR
WILD STORM #3
WOODS #32
WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS EARP SISTERS #4 (OF 4)
WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS EARP SISTERS #4 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
X-MEN GOLD #3
X-MEN GOLD #3 CAMPBELL VAR
YOUNGBLOOD #1 CVR A TOWE
YOUNGBLOOD #1 CVR B LIEFELD
YOUNGBLOOD #1 CVR C FINCH
YOUNGBLOOD #1 CVR D DAUGHTRY

NEW TRADES / HCS / BOOKS / COLLECTIONS / ETC
ALL NEW WOLVERINE TP VOL 03 ENEMY OF STATE II
CHAMPIONS TP VOL 01 CHANGE WORLD
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED TP BUFFALO BILL
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED TP KIT CARSON
CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED TP WILD BILL HICKOK
DAREDEVIL BY BRUBAKER AND LARK OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 NEW PTG
EVERAFTER FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES TP VOL 01 PANDORA
FLINTSTONES AND JETSONS TP VOL 01
LADY MECHANIKA TP VOL 03 LOST BOYS OF WEST ABBEY
LOIS LANE TRIPLE THREAT YA HC NOVEL
NAILBITER TP VOL 06 BLOODY TRUTH
NEIL GAIMAN CINNAMON HC PICTURE BOOK
NEIL GAIMAN COLORING BOOK
REAL FRIENDS 5 COPY SGN COUNTER DISPLAY
RISE OF BLACK FLAME TP
STRAIN MISTER QUINLAN VAMPIRE HUNTER TP 
STRANGE FRUIT HC 
SUPERWOMAN TP VOL 01 WHO KILLED SUPERWOMAN (REBIRTH)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE TP VOL 01
TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS DLX ED HC
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL HC VOL 02
WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 02 YEAR ONE (REBIRTH)

NEW TOYS / TRINKETS / BAUBLES / FUN
ASH VS EVIL DEAD BLOODY ASH VS DEMON SPAWN AF 3PK (AUG168194
AVENGERS LEGENDS GEAR IRON MAN ELECTRONIC HELMET  (C: 1
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN BATARANG REPLICA (NOV169075) (C: 1-1-1)
DEADPOOL FAMILY PLAYING CARDS (OCT169127)
DESIGNER SERIES CONNER HOLIDAY HARLEY QUINN AF
DESIGNER SERIES CONNER SUPERHERO HARLEY QUINN AF
GUNDAM IBO HEKIJA 1/44 HG MODEL KIT  (NOV168024) (C: 1-
GUNDAM IBO ROUEI HG 1/144 MDL KIT 
GUNDAM TIEREN GROUND TYPE DOUBLE ZERO 1/100 MDL KIT  (C
HG ORPHANS GUNDAM 1/144 MS OPTION SET 9 MDL KIT  (C: 1-
MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOXES SECRET EMPIRE (BUNDLE OF 5)
MS PAC-MAN WARP TUNNEL ENERGY DRINK 24 CT CASE  (C: 1-1
MYSTERY MINIS RETRO GAMES SERIES 1 12PC BMB DISP (C: 1-1-1)
POP DC BOMBSHELLS KATANA VINYL FIG
POP DC BOMBSHELLS WONDER WOMAN VINYL FIG
POP DC HEROES DKR CARRIE KELLY ROBIN PX VINYL FIG
POP GODFATHER SONNY CORLEONE VINYL FIG
POP MARVEL DAREDEVIL TV ELEKTRA VINYL FIG
POP MARVEL DAREDEVIL TV PUNISHER VINYL FIG
POP MARVEL GWENPOOL VINYL FIG (DEC168102)
POP MARVEL JESSICA JONES TV JESSICA JONES VINYL FIG (C: 1-1-
POP POWERPUFF GIRLS BLOSSOM VINYL FIG (DEC168103)
POP POWERPUFF GIRLS BUTTERCUP VINYL FIG (DEC168105) (C: 1-1-
POP STRANGER THINGS DUSTIN W/ COMPASS VINYL FIG (SEP168595)
POP TEKKEN KING CLASSIC VINYL FIG
TMNT DONATELLO SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
TMNT LEONARDO SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
TMNT MICHELANGELO SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
TMNT RAPHAEL SUPER DEFORMED PLUSH
WONDER WOMAN MOVIE WONDER WOMAN ON HORSEBACK DLX STATUE
X-MEN COMICS PLAYING CARDS (OCT169129)

WHAT CAME IN LATE LAST WEEK
BERSERK TP VOL 01 BLACK SWORDSMAN
BLACK HAMMER #4
BLACK HAMMER #5 ORMSTON MAIN
BLACK HAMMER #6 ORMSTON MAIN
CALL OF DUTY ZOMBIES #2
CAPTAIN KID #3
DARK SOULS TALES OF EMBER #1 (OF 2) CVR A WORM
FLINTSTONES #9 VAR ED
I HATE FAIRYLAND #12 CVR A YOUNG
I HATE FAIRYLAND #12 F*CK (UNCENSORED) FAIRYLAND VAR
INVINCIBLE #135
JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS #6 CVR C BEN CALDWELL
KIM REAPER #1
KNIGHT GUARDIANS OF RELATIVITY #2 (OF 4)
MOTOR GIRL #5
MS MARVEL #17
PROVIDENCE #12 (OF 12)
REGGIE AND ME #4 (OF 5) CVR C ANDY PRICE
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #80
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #2
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #4
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #5
WALKING DEAD HC VOL 12
WARHAMMER 40000 REVELATIONS #1 (OF 4) CVR B WILLIAMSON

Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)

Comic Review: Batman #21

 

BM_21_flat_587e6db0d21955.76753223Batman #21 (DC Comics)

As the first installment of “The Button”, Batman #21 has a ton of hype surrounding it. Picking up the pieces from the massive reveals in DC Universe Rebirth over a year ago, “The Button” storyline finds Batman and the Flash teaming up to solve the mystery of the smiley face button that Batman discovered in his cave. As one of the first major crossover events between two titles (Flash #21 will be part two) DC has been marketing this event for months now, even going so far as to bring back their (in)famous Lenticular Covers to entice fans and collectors alike. With this amount of marketing and hype surrounding it, there’s no way the Tom King written and Jason Fabok drawn issue could possibly live up to it, right?

Think again. Even if it didn’t have the marketing push it does, Batman #21 would still be one of the best issues of the year.  I’ll keep this spoiler free, but this first issue wastes no time getting right into the mysteries of the button (which we all know the origins of), and delivers a break neck and stunning issue that will leave you begging for the next installment.  From the moment you open the issue you are hit with multiple reveals and surprises, so much so that by the time the issue is over, you’ll want to go back to take it all in.

Tom King does a fantastic job of picking up right where DC Universe Rebirth left off, so if you haven’t been following Batman’s solo book (which you really should be), there’s no worry about trying to catch up. Literally all you’ll need to read is the Rebirth special and you’ll be good to go.  King’s script is very light on dialogue in this issue, but he still gets some awesome one liners for Batman. The lack of dialogue might be a surprise for those expecting “big reveals” that DC has promised, but the brilliant pacing of the reveals in this issue will quickly make you rethink any apprehensions with this book.

As good as King’s script is it pales in comparison to the art by Jason Fabok. I know, I know, what else is there to say about this guy? Long time readers of these reviews already know how much of a fan I am of Fabok’s work, but Batman #21 serves as one of the best issues he’s ever done. He gives the book a kinetic feel that is irreplaceable. Sure, the action would probably still look good if someone else had drawn it, but Fabok gives this book a feel that is unlike any other. He’s not only the best artist in DC’s stable; he’s one of the best artists in the business period.

Batman #21 is, simply put, a must buy. If you were intrigued by the mysteries set up in Rebirth, it’s a must buy. If you’re a Batman fan, it’s a must buy. Hell, if you like comic books, it’s a must buy. While there may be a certain segment of comic book fans who will balk at what DC is suggesting with this storyline, it could have been executed a hell of a lot worse.  And besides, it’s comics, so however this whole storyline shakes out, it’ll probably be retconned away in a few years anyways. But that doesn’t mean you should deny yourself this issue. Seriously, it’s that good.

Comic Review: Redneck #1

 

Redneck #1 (Image Comics) Redneck_01-1

The best kinds of comics are the ones that sneak up on you; giving you a premise that you are sure has been done before, only to then realize that amazingly, no, no one has thought of this idea until now. Redneck is one of these comics. Focusing on a family of vampires in Texas, the Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren Image series is a thrilling jolt of creativity that is engrossing from the first page.

The Bowmans live in Sulphur Springs, Texas. In fact, they’ve lived in the area for so long, they remember before it was even a town. JV, Bartlett, and Grandpa head up the clan, and they’ve lived a pretty quiet life in the Lone Star state. They live in a simple house, drinking a special cow blood and paint thinner concoction to keep their hunger at bay, and generally stay out of the business of the townspeople. But when some of the younger vampires decide to go into town to let off some steam, it sets off a dangerous chain of events for Bartlett and his family that could have disastrous results for their small clan.

 God Country writer Donny Cates has been on a creative hot streak lately, and Redneck is no exception. Through Bartlett, Cates is able to express the world weariness of a creature that has lived for thousands of years in a new way. It could’ve been very easy for Cates to fall into the usual clichés when writing immortal beings, but amazingly he’s able to present the same ideas we’ve always heard in a new and fresh way.  His characterizations of the other members of the Bowman vampire clan is great, and does a fantastic job of giving us enough information about the Bowmans without falling into the over-exposition trap that a lot of first issues fall into.

I’ve never seen Lisandro Estherren’s art before now, but it’s a perfect fit for this type of book. A lot of the pages here remind me of Moonshine, the werewolves meets gangsters book from Image. There’s no shortage of mood and darkness in these pages, and Estherren does a great job of presenting each member of the Bowman clan with their own distinct visual look. There isn’t a single member that looks the same.

Redneck is an awesome debut issue, and looks to be the start of another great Image series. If you’re a fan of Donny Cates’ God Country, American Vampire, or wished that True Blood was more about vampires than…everything else it was about, then you should totally pick this book up. This is definitely the start of something very, very cool, and is sure to be a comic book that will be highly sought after in years to come.

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Waugh's Bag Volume 6, Issue 15!

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Volume 6, Issue 15!

“The End of the Jedi?”

 

We finally have our first look at The Last of The Jedi, otherwise known as Episode 8 of the Star Wars Saga. Like all good teasers, this one features looks at all of our new favorite characters, like Poe Dameron and BB-8 running down a hallway, Rey beginning her Jedi training, and Finn….well Finn is recovering from his injuries after fighting Kylo Ren. But the real focus of the trailer is on Luke Skywalker, whose voice we haven’t heard since Return of the Jedi back in 1983. And there’s one ominous phrase that has stuck in Star Wars’ fans minds since the trailer was released. 

“It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

Between this line and the title of the new installment, lots of folks are assuming this means that Luke Skywalker is disillusioned with the Jedi Order. After all, that wouldn’t be a stretch to believe. Obi-Wan Kenobi failed Luke in his training, and while he did become a Jedi Knight, he did so in exchange for the life of his father. Almost everything associating Luke to the Jedi Order is filled with some sort of loss, and that’s not even taking into account his failed attempt to restart the Jedi Order. But I think there’s something more symbolic in what Luke is saying here. I think what he means is that the current IDEA of the Jedi is outdated, and needs to change.

Throughout all of Star Wars lore, the Force is split into “Light” and “Dark”. Jedi and Sith. We’ve been told throughout the movies that there needs to be “balance” to the Force. For a long time fans, myself included, assumed this meant that there needed to be an equal amount of Light side users and Dark Side users (“good guys” and “bad guys” in the loosest sense of terms). Whenever things are too out of balance, bad things happen. We see this in the Original Trilogy, where Vader and Palpatine hold more power than Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, who are both in hiding. We see the reverse of this in the Prequel Trilogy, where the Jedi greatly outnumber the Sith, an act that eventually leads to the Jedi being nearly wiped out due to their arrogance and short-sightedness over the existence of their enemies. These two sides being out of balance leads to the conflicts in both sets of trilogies.

But what if the “balance” we’ve always heard of in Star Wars actually means a balance WITHIN a force user? So the true path to being balanced or “one” with the Force means that you need to accept both the light and the dark side of the Force? While it goes against the lore of Star Wars and the rules of the Jedi Order, there is precedence for Luke changing the rules within the now-defunct older Expanded Universe stories. The Jedi used to forbid feelings like fear and love, yet Luke Skywalker amends those rules when he falls in love with Mara Jade and marries her. Perhaps the folks at Lucasfilm are taking some of those ideas and reworking them for The Last Jedi.

 Re-imagining the use of The Force makes a lot of sense when you think about it, and would turn the entire Star Wars franchise completely on its head. As great as it is to put the worlds of Star Wars into “light” and “dark” terms, the real world isn’t so simple. The Star Wars Rebels cartoon has introduced a character that is studying the Force, but doesn’t believe in the ideas of “Light Side” and “Dark Side”. This ‘Grey Jedi” is a relatively new idea for the movies and TV side of the franchise, but it could be really interesting to have in these movies, if they choose to go that route. Either way, it’s fantastic to have these kinds of secrets and surprises in store for us with a new Star Wars movie.  Half the fun is just guessing what’s coming up.

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