PICKS OF THE WEEK – Oct. 28, 2020:
- BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #3: Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok have served up a confounding and concussive conclusion the biggest bat book that is years in the making. The wait has been worth it as Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood finally come face to face the clown princes of crime and take on their inner demons which only the Joker knows how to prod and push to make them teeter and fall of the edge. No punches are pulled in the fiery finale as we learn the secret behind the three Jokers, some colossal ramifications and new story threads that writers will be pulling at for years to come as the game is changed for the batman and his arch nemesis, right up until the final page. Johns really finds his element and sticks the landing with catharsis and closure for characters that have been leaping off the page for almost a century. Jason Fabok’s art is both the foundation and cherry on top of this final chapter. His pencils transcend a lot of his contemporaries and fleshes out Gotham and its grit with action, movement and emotion. This is a must buy for any fans of the Batman, the Joker, or those who want a satisfying conclusion to well told tale.
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- SEX CRIMINALS #69: Another finale for the ages with the last issue of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s masterpiece, Sex Criminals. The issue works as an epilogue to all the mischief, mayhem and general genital weirdness the series is known for. All your favorites form issues past are here and get a fantastic send off in a way only Fraction and Zdarsky know how to deliver. There’s humor and heart in this ‘adults only’ book and they really pull at your heart strings in the most human fashion as time jumps forward for John and Suze. There are a few surprises as to who ends up together but, as a whole, the series and the issue speak upon the fickle and ever-changing nature of relationships and ties this story up in a bow so beautiful and real that it makes the whole thing seem worthwhile. Maybe that’s the point. Hats off to these two creators who have poured their guts into something so strange and yet tender in opening up its readers to a vulnerability that is desperately needed to talked about. If you haven’t already, go back and buy the trades for the series if you haven’t read them yet and finish with this climax worthy of comic’s greatness.
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- TMNT: LAST RONIN #1: The eagerly awaited last chapter in the TMNT mythos is finally here and all bets are off with this oversized and unchained issue from series creators Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Tom Waltz. The issue starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up as last surviving Turtle pulls a Snake Pliskin and sneaks into a walled off New York to carry out one last mission of revenge for the demise and death of his brothers. The creators here took all the best images, sequences, and motifs from a lot of your favorite 80s action films and have made something spectacular, as the series really goes back to its roots with a grittier and bloodier take on the turtles, their world and the bleakness of what comes after the foot clan have won. The series sets up some great mysteries, callbacks, cameos and action as they really mine the depths and bonds of these brothers as the sole survivor deals with the guilt and anguish of losing those he loved so much. If you love the turtles, grew up with them or have just seen the 90s movies then give this book a chance because it makes all those sweet memories that much more meaningful when you see the darkness and despair that comes with such a heavy burden on our beloved cultural icons whose time has caught up to them.
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The P.O.W - 02/26/20 - AMETHYST #1 / GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY + EMMA FROST #1 / TMNT - JENNIKA #1
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Feb. 26, 2020
- AMETHYST #1: The Princess of Gemworld returns in this riotous reboot from writer/artist Amy Reeder. It’s her sixteenth birthday and our titular violet vindicator Amy Winston celebrates on her two home worlds. It’s a pretty normal affair for Amy and her adoptive parents on Earth; gifts, advice, and love; but when she steps through that purple portal she finds something’s rotten in the state of Gemworld. Reeder packs a lot of power and pzzazz into the book and sets our protagonist up to be a ‘get things done’ kinda gal. She doesn’t back down…ever! This is her greatest strength and tends to lead her down some messy roads. Reeder really does a great job of setting up the world, both narratively and artistically with shifts in tone from light to dark, good and evil on a dime in a world of crystal she describes as “not so clear”. You can expect big things from her in the future. If Sailor Moon meets Wonder Woman sounds like a winning combo then throw this one right on your pull.
- GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY + EMMA FROST: This issue is worth it’s price of admission for Russell Dauterman’s art alone. This book is extremely light on story; that is, Jonathan Hickman has put literally on 76 words in the entire over-sized issue. But, where there is a lack of prose, there is no lack of power of which Dauterman’s art elicits as Jean and Emma delve deep into the depths of one of their oldest and closest allies. The action moves very fast and though it may seem like it’s over too soon, it will have you rereading just to appreciate whatever magic is on the page. Master Matt Wilson makes this issue sing like an angel with his colors while Hickman and Dauterman’s story tell you everything you ever needed to know about Emma and Jean without saying a word. That is not an easy thing to do and they make it all seem like child’s play. This issue’s beauty is not undone without a major plot point that will have you itching for more when you reach the final page.
- TMNT- JENNIKA #1: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ break out star Jennika gets her own book and boy does it hit hard. Following the success of her Debut, the yellow masked Jennika gets her own series as she adjusts being to being a mutant and laments the loss of her former humanity. She makes new friends and runs into some old flames; but, the glory of this issue is Jennika exploring what she’s all about and how she can express it. Plus, there is a backup story that explores more of her past so you get a double dose of where she is coming from on all sides. Ronda Pattison’s art in the first half is like a jolt of lightning flashing and moving quick from action to action without missing a beat; and Jodi Nishijima’s art in the back up story adds a more focused, more traditional style that really helps aiding in telling that particular story. If you want to learn more about Jennika and her monumental impact for the TMNT pick up this issue immediately.
Golden Apple hosts a Kickstarter support event with Kevin Eastman, the legendary creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!!
Have you read Drawing Blood yet? If not, it is the all-new creator owned independent comic series co-created and written by Kevin Eastman and David Avallone. It is a dark-comic look inside the life of a famous cartoonist on the skids: the story behind the stories - from the co-creator of the TMNT. Volume 1 was a massive success and now they just launched a new Kickstarter campaign for fund volume 2.
Come to Golden Apple on Wednesday Evening August 28 from 5-8pm to meet the guys and help them reach their goals. All they ask is for a minimum $10 donation to cause, which will get you a digital copy of the whole book once it is completed as well as a raffle ticket and one autograph from Kevin Eastman on your personal item. (you may purchase additional signatures at the event and/or donate more $$ to the cause to butter him up)
Free autographs on Drawing Blood comics only.
Free Beer, Snacks and a Raffle (Alcohol for those 21+ with ID)
Drawing Blood volume #1 issues on sale at the event.
TMNT issue #97 also on sale the same day and available at the event with a strict 1 copy per person limit, while supplies last.
HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK: This party is to help fund the campaign! If you’ve already donated, just show the donation on your phone for entry. If not, a $10 minimum pledge gets you a digital copy of the Drawing Blood Volume 2 trade when it’s completed! Donate higher for even cooler rewards! Pledge gets you one signature from Kevin Eastman on any personal item you have: fee for additional signatures.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT Day at Golden Apple Comics was great! Tom Waltz and Ben Bates signed and sketched on the TMNT 75 Variant. We even had a surprise guest appearance by Chris Johnson who did some of the interior art on this issue! Some lucky customers got special copies signed by Kevin Eastman! Thanks to everyone who attended the event.
Even Spider-Man dressed up for the action!
We saved some of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 75 TMNT Day Variants for our online customers included a limited number of them signed and sketched by Kevin Eastman. They will come with our special TMNT Day COAs!
Issue #75 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is coming out soon, so IDW and Golden Apple have teamed up for an official TMNT DAY celebration!
- FREE PIZZA
- FREE COMIC
- ISSUE #75 RARE VARIANT COVER
- FREE AUTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES!
We are preselling a limited number of double signed TMNT Day Variants.
WHEN: Wednesday October 25th From 3-6PM
WHO: TMNT Writers Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow and Artist Ben Bates!
We will have some other variant covers including our Golden Apple Comics issue 50 cereal box variant cover by the amazing Phil Postma. There will be a TMNT giveaways, a free raffle and of course the pizza!