Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Let’s get to it.

The ‘Week” In Zombies:

Zombies Eat Republicans. I laughed.

 

Featured zombie exterminator - the Smith & Wesson Model 500

Look familar? Check Page 14.

“The Model 500 currently holds the infamous title of “most powerful production handgun in the world”. Only the Pfeifer Zeliska .600 Nitro Express revolver exceeds it in power, and it is made only to order. The Model 500 fires the massive .500 S&W Magnum cartridge, a heavy round that can exceed $70 for a box of 20 rounds. It’s built on the X-Frame, Smith & Wesson’s largest revolver frame. It uses forward balance, rubber grips, a compensator, and the sheer weight of the handgun (enough to bludgeon your enemy to death with) to control the massive recoil that would ordinarily send the weapon flipping out of the user’s hands.”

Shooting cool guns into people’s skull-piece is one of the few reasons I’d welcome a zombie apocalypse.

The “Week” In Comics:

Since the last update the most significant comics news is definitely the Image Expo.

The gang at Comics Bulletin’s covered the fuck out of Image’s personal comic con. Here is an expansive list of the best stuff announced, and Publisher of CB, Jason Sacks, wrote a tone-perfect piece on why Image is the best company out there right now. Marvel and DC will always be king, but Image is coming on stronger than ever.

Franky, Image is still kind of an amazing story. Seven of the top creators in comic splitting off from the “establishment” and doing their own thing. They piloted through the dark era of the late 90′s and early 00′s to get to a point where some fans prefer their brand.

 

It might have slipped through the cracks a little bit: Jonathan Hickman will leave Fantastic Four/FF in Fall 2012.

Hickman has done phenomenal things with the First Family of comics. Using his brand of plot heavy, long-vision style of writing he’s injected life into a title that is notoriously known for either being very good or very bad. I linked Comic Alliance because they do some informative, in-depth annotations for most of the run. Hickman knows his Marvel lore, and it shows in every issue. Can’t deny Steve Epting, the primary artist, also makes a huge contribution with his strong pencils. It might make it’s way to Read This Comic!, but not until I catch up on the rest of his run.

 

 

Over at Bleeding Cool they’re running a new feature called Dealing Cool, which highlights different comic shops across the country. The debut interview focuses on a shop in my hometown of Pittsburgh (aptly named Pittsburgh Comics), but I’ve never been there. They cover the current market, DC kicking Marvel’s ass, and the recent indy comics surge. The gem of the whole piece is this:

 

“Any humorous observations from behind the counter from the past few weeks?

The show Comic Book Men has once again brought people in with the boxes of treasures from their attics and basement.  Lots of really bad stuff is showing up.  “Bad” in the sense of beat-up, cover-less, and frequently books from the 1990s, which people think are worth a fortune.  They really could have done us all a big favor by having someone come in with a big box of this stuff and have them explain why they aren’t worth a lot.

The only really humorous thing lately (well, not for the customer) was a guy came in telling me that he had a book that was worth $2,500.00 and asking if this is where he should pick up his money.  I was a bit confused and asked to see the book.  He went back to his car and got the issue.  It was a Marvel book from 1980 that had the big “THIS MARVEL COMIC COULD BE WORTH $2500 TO YOU!” in a two-inch strip on the cover.  The guy who sold it to him said he could redeem it at any comic store.  I sadly had to explain it to him.  I didn’t ask what he paid for it.”

The cover in question (or of the same ilk):

That scenario is one of those “forreal?” moments that leave me pondering the future state of our race. “Is this where I pick up the money?” That’s where my inner-cynic would have taken over and hurt some poor dope’s feelings.

In other local Pittsburgh news, ToonSeum, a comic and cartoon museum, suffered more than $20,000 worth of water damage from a leaking warehouse roof. Luckily they didn’t lose anything too valuable, but it’s really a shame since the museum is fairly new and still trying to gain a a solid footing. If you have means, please donate. Details can be found via the link.

 

The “Week” In Jamil:

Time to stroke that ego! Here is a bevy of shit I’ve reviewed over the last few weeks:

Army of Darkness #1 — A new ongoing series that tries to build on the mythology of Ash and his wild adventures. I gave it a paltry score, because, well, it failed in many areas. On a semi-related note: I will probably give particular focus to whatever zombie-related comics I can actually get around to reading… but I don’t consider Evil Dead/ AoD a zombie franchise. More on that later!

Star Wars: Jedi – The Dark Side — A really enjoyable limited series about the early career of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Kind of reads like a prequel to The Phantom Menace.

All-Star Western #4-6 — I fucking looooove Jonah Hex. And Westerns in general. Bringing Hex closer to the DCU with the whole 52 relaunch was risky, but it’s being handled well.

Batman Beyond Unlimited #1 — A super fun series featuring the unofficial future of the DCU. This is available online/digitally before print.  The Beyond universe is ripe with potential.

Supurbia #1 – A comic focusing on all those throwaway “spouse” characters that were so essential in the Golden and Silver ages and now are nearly forgettable. This easily could have been a pile of dung, but it’s written well and if the writer delivers on what she promised it will be one of the better limited series of the year.

Afrika – A 50-page graphic novel about a misanthropic man caught in a bad situation. The whole thing is created by Hermann, a Belgium cartoonist, and is worth a look for someone seeking a more literary piece of comics.