New Comic Book Day Roundup: April 9, 2014

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Kick-Ass 3 #7 and from Image Comics: The Walking Dead #125. Yup, that’s all you get. Deal with it.

Marvel Comics

Kick Ass 3 #7Kick-Ass 3 #7 by Mark Millar, illustrated by John Romita, cover by John Romita
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, violence
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In this penultimate issue in the Kick-Ass series (yes, Mark Millar has confirmed this is the final arc in the tale of Kick-Ass and his sassy gal pal Hit-Girl) things are not looking good for Mindy — who is currently incarcerated — or any other masked vigilantes who are slowly being picked off by the mob, including Dave’s friend Todd who has gone mysteriously missing. Okay, maybe not so mysteriously. Making matters more complicated, Dave has given up the superhero business for now because he’s acquired himself a hot new girlfriend named Valerie and really can’t be bothered with all the masked drama which includes rescuing Mindy from prison as promised. Apparently fear of death does that to a person.

This second to last issue has everything you could want out of your superheroes: a secret underground lair complete with ridiculous vehicles, fights in the rain, crosses and double crosses, crooked cops, a villainous mob boss trying to unite all the mobs on the East Coast and of course catch phrases. “To the Hit-Cave asshole!” Mindy McCeady, you are a national treasure. I cannot wait to see how Mark Millar ends this series, and I’m assuming it’s going to be in a blaze of glory. And blood. So much blood. Now if only the final issue can get published in a more timely manner, that would make me so happy.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: April 1, 2014

Love Letters to the Dead Aba DellairaLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: An intriguing premise combined with a plot that sounds like it’s going to give you a good cry. Not to mention that title. That title.

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AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are Developing a “Preacher” Television Series!

Preacher Group Shot

Like American Gods before it, Preacher is another adaptation that had been trapped in a never-ending series of production problems stalling it from being made for the big or small screen.

Thankfully, AMC and Sony Pictures Television have announced that they will be producing a television series based on Garth Ennis’ comic book series  Preacher, which will be written and executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg!

Please be for actual real this time! Pretty pretty please!

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David Lapham’s “Stray Bullets” Finds New Home With Image Comics

Stray Bullets Uber Alles

Dear Image Comics, thank you thank you thank you so much for seeing something special in Stray Bullets and giving it a home with your company!

In fact, Image is so excited about its acquisition of the David Lapham comics that it plans to continue the series with issue #41, start a brand new story arc, release an ultimate edition collecting issues #1-#40 and will make all issues available in digital format.

Don’t mind us, we just died and went to Stray Bullets heaven.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: October 30, 2013

In this post, from Dark Horse Comics: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5, Vertigo: Sandman Overture #1, Image Comics: Saga #15 and from Marvel Comics: Deadpool Kills Deadpool #4 and Kick-Ass 3 #4. But mostly, OMG NEIL GAIMAN’S SANDMAN PREQUEL IS HERE AND EVERYTHING IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!

Dark Horse Comics

Killjoys 5The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #5 by Gerard Way, illustrated by Becky Cloonan, cover by Becky Cloonan
Genre: Fiction, androids, science fiction, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In this penultimate issue of Gerard Way’s My Chemical Romance album turned comic book sequel some questions are answered and a resolution is on the horizon but mostly we’re left wondering what the point of all this is. This issue we finally find out (through the spirit known as the Phoenix Witch no less) why the Girl is so important to the revolution and just why everyone either wants her on their side or wants her dead. Also Grant Morrison makes an appearance and is summarily punished for feeling love. Or maybe just gay love. It’s very unclear.

Way also throws some more mythology into the mix and while it’s an interesting and intriguing look at this strange post-apocalyptic world I’m also really hoping that it has something to do with the plot. This time around we learn about the android belief system which they have within a book called the Graffiti Bible. This book tells of an ancestor of theirs, a super robot called the Destroya, who escaped the power supply of Better Living Industries and who will one day return to free them from their oppressors. Destroya is also conveniently a song off the last MCR record because somehow I keep forgetting it was a super concept-y concept album.

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