Graham Crackers Comics New Release List for Feb. 1st, 2012

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    Graham Crackers Comics

    NEXT WEEKS NEW COMICS will be out WEDNESDAY Feb. 1st!

    This week for the ON-LINE special, we’re promoting the brand new HERO INITIATIVE exclusive OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE for $10 off it’s regular $35 price.  Pick one up for only $25 bucks and enjoy a sturdy John Romita exclusive cover limited to only 500 copies made for just about the price of a regular softcover Ovestreet guide!

    Besides being a handy ‘price guide’, the Overstreet yearly guide offers so much more.  How to grade comic books, tips on stroage preservation, industry collecting observation and changes through the years and more!

    Every comic is somebody’s first comic, be it good or bad, over the next couple months we’ll showcase what was each GCC staff’s first comic book ~ maybe it was your first book as well!

    Tim Kopecky – Plainfield –
    INFINITY GAUNTLET #3
    The first comic that I actually remember reading and to this day remains an all time favorite is Infinity Gauntlet #3. Being a child of the 80’s I was fascinated with space and the great beyond. Explorers, The Last Starfighter, Flight of the Navigator were on constantly replay in the VCR. Up until then I was only familiar with Earth bound heroes from the newspaper funnies and sunday morning cartoons. So seeing this cover I thought I was going to get to see them all in action. Oh how wrong I was. Upon reading the issue not only did I find who would become my favorite comic character( to this day I MUST have everything Thanos) but a whole slew of cosmic characters that would have me scouring back issues for the next 20 years. They were beings of immense power that could lay waste to any of the earth’s mightiest heroes. It was action and adventure all in one. Very Empire Strikes Back(the best of the trilogy in my opinion) and has had me saying “make mine Marvel” ever since.

    Chris Vittoe –
    Downers Grove –
    BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4
    My first single issue comic, Batman and the Outsiders #4, was
    automatically cool to me without even opening it. First it was a
    Batman book (my all time favorite character); second Green Arrow was on the cover. I had read everything the library had with Green Arrow from Smith, Winick, and O’Neil. This issue was a gateway drug to the
    rest of the DC universe. As cool as I remember the issue being, I remember little about the story itself.
    I think there was a jungle? Villains were fought. Good guys win the day, probably.

    Reviews and new releases after the jump!

    REVIEWS of RECENT BOOKS
    I, Vampire #5story by Joshua Hale Fialkov
    art by Andrea Sorrentino
    reviewed by John ‘Doc’ Schaefer

     When did Gotham City become the end all / be all of the new 52 universe? And more over, why? Not that Gotham City isn’t great, don’t get me wrong. But we all ready have at least 4 bat-titles set there. Add in Jonah Hex’s adventures in Gotham over in All Star Western and now Andrew Bennett comes to town. Why not Central City, Coast City, Happy Harbour … how about freakin’ Detroit. Now I get the tie in, Batman meets real vampire batman but that irony was funny some forty years ago when Rankin/Bass brought it up in their classic movie Mad Monster Party.

    The good news is that Andrew’s character is beginning to develop beyond his whiny AMC mini-series beginnings. But we still keep aiming for that target audience. The revelation of the vampire’s hiding spot in Gotham and the journey there is straight out of a script for Walking Dead or True Blood. The good news is that Mary is still insane and wearing skin tight body tattoos.

    $2.99 / DC Comics
    5 out of 10 Grahams

    Daredevil #8story by Mark Waid
    art by Marcos Martin
    reviewed by Pastor Sam

    “I think this is my super villain origin” – Spiderman          

    If you aren’t reading the best marvel book out there by now, you are simply settling.  Daredevil is the perfect balance of action, plot twists, and humor giving the reader far more entertainment value than many others on the shelf for a dollar less. Waid even manages to take a character that is anything but this writer’s favorite and make him enjoyable. The interplay between the titular protagonist and his webbed little buddy gives the impression that Mark has actually spent time in conference with these characters. Further he finds a way to deftly drop Black Cat right in the middle of the mix. I couldn’t be more excited about the future crossovers that are already in the works for these guys. Take a good hard look at your budget, trim the fat, and pick up Daredevil while it’s great!

    $3.99 / MARVEL Comics
    9 out of 10 Grahams

    DC Universe Presents #5story by Paul Jenkins
    art by Bernard Chang
    reviewed by John ‘Doc’ Schaefer
       
    Deadman’s storyline come to an end here as he faces off against Rama. Paul Jenkins take on the character of Boston Brand is so much better than what the poor guy has been subjected to throughout the Blackest Night/Brightest Day and his reappearance in Hawk and Dove as Dove’s beleaguered boyfriend. Boston has finally broken out of years of uncertainty and gone back to his roots. Boston has succeeded in the mission Rama set him on and now wants more but he wants new terms! The story started strong and finishes the same way. Hopefully, the next storyline starring the Challengers of the Unknown will continue in the same way.

    $2.99 / DC Comics
    8 out of 10 Grahams

    Aquaman #5story by Geoff Johns
    art by Ivan Reiss
    reviewed by John Robinson
       
     Aquaman in the desert!?
    A mystery that ties to Atlantis?
    Gorgeous artwork by Ivan Reis?!
    Move clever writting from Geoff Johns?!
    A spectacular JUMP ON BOARD HERE issue?!
    It all adds up to a book you should be reading!
    $2.99 / DC Comics
    9 out of 10 Grahams

    Catwoman #5story by Judd Winick
    art by Guillem March
    reviewed by John ‘Doc’ Schaefer
       
    Action! Action! And more Action with a capital A! Catwoman’s in over her head again so watch out! As always, Judd Winick’s story shows why he was chosen to write Catwoman’s reintroduction to the New 52 DC Universe. But the real treat here is Guillem March’s art! Oh sure, drawing hot babes in tight leather (vinyl? latex? Just what is that stuff that’s poured over her body?) is his forte but it’s the variations that are amazing here. We have young Selina under fire, we have pampered Selina spending her ill gotten gains on the full spa treatment, we have ballerina Selina showing perfect form as she plummets hundreds of feet! But best of all, we have those brief moments where Selina’s fractured psyche is reflected in her face! March’s art shows us that the eyes really are the windows to the soul! Catwoman continues to amaze and entertain. But for god sakes, read the actual words on the pages! Life is not all about the cheesecake art!

    $2.99 / DC Comics
    9 out of 10 Grahams

    Justice League #5story by Geoff Johns
    art by Jim Lee
    reviewed by John ‘Doc’ Schaefer

    I had made a conscious effort not to for an opinion of the Justice League. I have been a fan of the JLA since the beginning. Starro the Conqueror, Despero, the classic JLA/JSA team-ups, and for the ups there were downs, Justice League Detroit, Maxwell Lord-original persona, Congogorilla’s secondary mutation where he can grow to giant size. But I always stuck with it because it was the Justice League. And so I followed Earth’s Greatest Heroes into a new regeneration that everyone seemed excited about. And what I was presented with was indeed a fresh new look at DC’s flagship super group. But I can’t agree that it’s “all that and a bag of chips”.

    The good news is that Geoff Johns keeps the characters’ personalities pretty true to what they are in their own individual titles. The bad news is that Geoff Johns keeps the characters’ personalities pretty true to what they are in their own individual titles. This means that continuity is preserved and way cool upgrades (ie Aquaman being cool again) are preserved. But if Superman is kind of a anti social jerk (after decades of being the All-American boyscout) in Action or Superman, he still is. This is not Johns’s fault and he does manage to make the story work. The storytelling is good and moves at a slower place but it is appropriate in this case. The story isn’t about the action but the interaction.

    Next, Jim Lee’s art is great! Even if he has to draw all the character’s in priest collars. (Nuff said.)
    The book is a balancing act. High point: the humorous interaction between Batman, Green Lantern, and the Flash. Low point: Batman uncowls to deliver a pep talk to Green Lantern? Low point: Superman is kinda an anti-social jerk. High point: Superman takes an omega blast to the back! High point: Aquaman’s take charge attitude. Low point: Cyborg is obviously planned for bigger things in the future. Call me a purist but Cyborg will always be a Teen Titan/Titan not a member of the JLA.

    Finally, we have our villain in Darkseid?! I realize that the coming together of the heroes of the Justice League would have to be world threatening but we are talking omega level threat here! When you start out with Darkseid, where can you go from there? The Injustice Society – WHIMPS!, The Crime Syndicate- alternate dimensional losers! And to be perfectly honest with you after suffering through the whole anti-life Infinite Crisis thing, I’m a little tired of Darkseid. And I was there when he first hit the scene back in Kirby’s Fourth World.

    $3.99 / DC Comics
    7 out of 10 Grahams

    NEW RELEASES
    MARVEL
    Amazing Spider-Man #679
    Avengers Academy #25
    Avengers X-Sanction #3
    Avengers X-Sanction #3 churchill variant cover
    Avengers X-Sanction #3 yu variant cover
    Carnage USA #1 second print
    Defenders #3
    Defenders #3 adam kubert variant cover
    Fearless #8
    Hulk #48
    Punisher #8
    The Twelve #9
    Thor Deviants Saga #4
    Twelve Must Have #1
    Uncanny X-Force #21
    Uncanny X-Men #6
    Venom #13
    Venom #13 variant cover
    Venom #13 simonson sketch variant cover
    Villains for Hire #3
    Winter Soldier #1
    Winter Soldier #1 dellotto variant cover
    Winter Soldier #1 kubert variant cover
    Winter Soldier #1 sketch variant cover
    X-Club #3
    X-Factor #231
    Wolverine and X-Men #3 second print
    DC
    Action Comics #6
    Action Comics #6 variant cover
    Action Comics #6 black & white variant cover
    Animal Man #6
    Batwing #6
    Detective Comics #6
    Detective Comics #6 variant cover
    Green Arrow #6 volume 5
    Hawk and Dove #6
    Justice League International #6 volume 2
    Men Of War #6
    Omac #6
    Red Lanterns #6
    Static Shock #6 volume 3
    Stormwatch #6 volume 5
    Stormwatch #6 volume 5 variant cover
    Supernatural #5
    Swamp Thing #6 volume 4
    Swamp Thing #6 volume 4 variant cover
    DC/VERTIGO
    I, Zombie #22
    Sweet Tooth #30
    INDEPENDENT
    Alpha Girl #1
    Anne Rice Servant of the Bones #6
    Anne Rice Servant of the Bones #6 variant cover
    Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #4 cover a
    Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #4 cover b
    Boys #63
    Brimstone #7
    Charmed #18
    Crossed Psychopath #5 shark attack cover
    Crossed Psychopath #7 auxiliary edition
    Damaged #5
    Dark Horse Presents #8 donaldson cover
    Dark Horse Presents #8 fegredo cover
    Doctor Who Vol 2 #14 cover a
    Doctor Who Vol 2 #14 cover b
    Doctor Who Vol 2 #14 variant cover
    Fatale #1 second print
    Fatale #2
    Fathom vol 4 #4 cover a
    Fathom vol 4 #4 cover b
    GI Joe A Real American Hero #175 cover a
    GI Joe A Real American Hero #175 cover b
    GI Joe A Real American Hero #175 variant cover
    GI Joe vol 2 #10 cover a
    GI Joe vol 2 #10 cover b
    GI Joe vol 2 #10 variant cover
    Haunted City #2 cover a
    Hellraiser #10 cover a
    Hellraiser #10 cover b
    Hellraiser #10 variant cover
    Hellraiser Masterpieces #7
    Infestation 2 Transformers #1 cover a
    Infestation 2 Transformers #1 cover b
    Infestation 2 Transformers #1 variant cover
    Invincible #88
    Irredeemable #34 cover a
    Irredeemable #34 cover b
    Jurassic Stike Force 5 #1 cover a
    Jurassic Stike Force 5 #1 cover b
    Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3
    Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 1:10 cover
    Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 negative cover
    Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 sketch cover
    Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #3 virgin cover
    Lady Death #10 auxiliary edition
    Locke & Key Clockworks #4
    Locke & Key Clockworks #4 variant cover
    Lone Ranger #2 volume 2
    Magic the Gathering #1
    Magic the Gathering #1 1:10 cover
    Magic the Gathering #1 1:20 cover
    Penny for Your Soul False Prophet #3
    Phazer War of the Independents #1
    Reed Gunther #8
    Robert Jordans Wheel of Time Eye of the World #20
    Savage Dragon #178
    Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi #0
    Strange Talent of Luther Strode #5
    Valen Outcast #3 cover a
    Valen Outcast #3 cover b
    Valen Outcast #3 1:10 cover
    Valen Outcast #3 negative cover
    Valen Outcast #3 sketch cover
    Warlord of Mars Annual #1
    Warriors of Mars #1
    Warriors of Mars #1 negative cover
    Warriors of Mars #1 virgin cover
    Warriors of Mars #1 black & white cover
    TRADES AND HARDCOVERS
    Action Mystery Thrills Covers SC
    American Vampire Vol 3 HC
    Archie Archives HC volume 04
    Art of Carbon Grey HC
    Avengers Assemble TPB volume 02
    Avengers Hawkeye TPB
    Batman Gates Of Gotham TPB
    Captain America and Bucky Life Of Bucky Barne PREM HC
    Daredevil By Brubaker And Lark Ultimate Collection Book 1 TPB
    Essential Fantastic Four TPB volume 06 new edition
    Garth Ennis Jennifer Blood Vol 1 TPB
    GI Joe volume 02 Ongoing TPB volume 02 Cobra Civil War
    Green Arrow Salvation HC
    Incredible Hulks Fall of Hulks HC
    John Carter A Princess of Mars GN TPB
    John Carter World of Mars GN TPB
    John Romita Amazing Spider-Man Artist Edition HC
    Life & Death of Fritz the Cat HC
    Lil Depressed Boy Vol 2 TPB
    Madman 20th Anniversary Monster HC
    Rat Catcher TPB
    Red Skull Incarnate TPB
    Spider-man Anti-venom TPB
    Superman Reign Of Doomsday HC
    Vampirella TPB volume 02
    Wally Wood Strange Worlds of Science Fiction Deluxe HC
    Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Trivia Quiz Dr Who Companion TPB
    Wormwood Gentleman Corpse TPB volume 02 Hurts When Peeing
    Xombi TPB
    Young Romance Best Simon & Kirby Comics HC
    ALL AGES
    Futurama Comics #59
    Ice Age Iced In #1
    Richie Rich Gems Winter Special One Shot
    Scooby Doo Where Are You #18
    Sergio Aragones Funnies #7
    Simpsons Illustrated #1
    Sonic Super Special Magazine #2
    Sonic the Hedgehog #233
    World of Archie Double Digest #14
    MAGAZINES
    Comic Shop News
    Filmfax #129
    Heavy Metal March 2012
    Marvel Previews February 2012
    Previews #281
    TOYS
    Ame Comi White Canary PVC Figure
    Ame Comi Wonder Woman as Star Sapphire Figure
    Chuck Norris 7 inch Talking Plush
    Classic Marvel Characters #4 Daredevil
    DC Batman Wacky Wobbler
    DC Joker Wacky Wobbler
    DC Superman Wacky Wobbler
    DC Wonder Woman Wacky Wobbler
    Marvel Mystique Bishoujo Statue
    Marvel Select Colossus Action Figure
    Super Mario 5 inch assortment

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