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Green Lantern + DC + Fringe

This here is your classic “cross-platform promotional opportunity” and “content synergy.”

Comics Alliance reports (via DC’s The Source) that tonight’s episode of the two-part season finale of Fringe will include a Red Lantern cover among other Easter eggs.

But it’s also interesting that the upcoming Tales from the Fringe mini-series is published by Wildstorm/DC and will be in comic shops next month.

I’m just saying…

UPDATE: Here’s a link to all the covers featured on the episode.

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Random acts of retail

A few of the books I’ve picked up on a whim over the past few months. As you’ll see, I’m a sucker for the $1 first issue offers.

American Vampire (Vertigo)
The whole Steven King thing put me off so I was actually planning to avoid this one, but something I read – either a review or the editorial by series creator Scott Snyder – convinced me to try it out. Two issues in, I’m not disappointed…yet.

i zombie (Vertigo)
Mike Allred pencils. $1 first issue offer. It’s a no-brainer (no pun intended). I nearly bought the Darwyn Cooke variant cover edition for $5, it’s so gorgeous.

Irredeemable/Incorruptible (Boom!)
These guys put out one of the best Free Comic Book day offers going: issue #1 of both titles in flip book format. I’ve been meaning to check this one out for some time, and they finally gave me the perfect incentive. Super smart team at Boom!.

Shuddertown (Image)
I was looking for a book to replace Die Hard and came across this one. Two issues in and I have no idea what the hell is going on in the story. The art is pretty good, but some of the transitions between panels leaves me scratching my head.

Girls (Image)
Another $1 first issue book. I’ve heard and read many good things about this series. If I like this issue, I’ll pick up the trades.

Sparta U.S.A. (Wildstorm)
David Lapham – when the man is on, he’s on. But when he’s not, it’s like eating soggy cereal. Young Liars is one of my all-time favourite books. This series piqued my interest, but the message seems rather obvious to me so I’m hoping he has something crazy planned up his sleeve. Otherwise, it’ll be boring. It strikes me as a book intended for an American (read: U.S.) readers.

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This week’s haul

Just back from my local comic book shop. More superhero books than I normally buy for some reason:

Chew #5 – John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image): The final issue of this fun little read about an FDA agent who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats (including severed fingers and deceased pets). Doesn’t take itself seriously, which I like in a comic.

Ignition City #5 – Warren Ellis, Gianluca Pagliarnai (Avatar): About time this one comes out.  I love this series, but Avatar’s publishing schedule is giving me a headache. I guess these smaller press outfits (Boom! and IDW included) operate like the golden age of comics publishing – you get it when you get it. My series review is posted here.

Fantastic Four #572 – Jonathan Hickman, Dale Eaglesham (Marvel): The first arc by the new creative team. It’s really a Reed Richards solo story. The jury is out for me until the story is complete. I gave the Millar/Hitch a try, but abandoned that one two issues in because it wasn’t really doing much for me. I like my FF cosmic adventures and domestic strife.

Guardians of the Galaxy #19 – Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Wesley Craig (Marvel): Kang the Conqueror’s still around? I grabbed this one totally on a whim. I loved what Keith Giffen did with the team in Annihilation Conquest. There’s no Rocket Raccoon (presumable he’s dead?) but I was sold on Cosmo the dog. I’ll be curious to see if it’s still as much fun as Giffen’s run.

Die Hard Year One #2 – Howard Chaykin and Stephen Thompson (Boom! Studios): I don’t usually go for licensed books, but this one intrigued me based on the write-up on the Living Between Wednesdays blog. Definitely a slow build with the introduction of far too many characters. I’ll be interested to see how issue #2 unfolds.  But I definitely prefer Brubaker and Phillips’ Criminal for a good crime/heist story.

Astro City Special: Astra #2 – Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson (Wildstorm): The latest entry in the Astro City family. The book goes monthly starting with the next issue that comes out. I’m debating whether to keep picking this one up. It’s not at the top of my list, but it’s definitely not at the bottom (unlike the latest New Mutants series, sorry).

Madame Xanadu #16, cover

And finally Madame Xanadu #16 – Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder Hadley (Vertigo): New arc. The original creative team is back. Sexy magic – the best kind? Includes a preview of Luna Park, which look wicked.

Unfortunately, Northlanders #21 was sold out. I really enjoy Brian Wood’s DMZ, but haven’t tried this series yet. Based on some pencilled pages posted on the Vertigo blog recently, I thought I’d pick up this new arc.

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Comic blog news

Four new blogs I came across the past few days.

DC has launched an official Vertigo blog – Graphics Content –  and Wildstorm blog – The Bleed. I was especially excited about the preview pages for the conclusion to Planetary.

Also, Comic Book Resources is touting their new weekly blog by Marvel EiC Joe Quesada, Cup ‘o Joe, which I guess had been running elsewhere until now.

And finally BleedingCool.com by Rich Johnston (of Lying in the Gutters), which I added to my blogs list based on the About page description (upskirts and all) as well as the promise of a weekly Warren Ellis column.

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What I’m reading: The Winter Men

The final chapter to The Winter Men (Wildstorm Comics) came out just after Christmas. Am re-reading from issue #1 to get the full effect. Only a few years old, but so far, it still stands up. The Beat links to a few write-ups on the series.

Hoping to post a review once finished – time permitting between diaper changes 😉

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