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    Captain America: Agent of Change  By Tim Stevens
With a shield to Sam Wilson’s back, John Walker announced his return as only U.S. Agent can. Unapologetically dirty and motivated by a deep sense of cynical patriotism, the former Captain America will continue to make his voice heard in CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #13 on September 28.

But to reduce Walker to Captain America’s angrier, more violent cousin misses so much of U.S. Agent’s history, his evolution. So we invite you to reconsider your feelings for the black garbed patriot with this walk through his career in costume.  more ...
 
 
 
 
 
    In this one-shot Rebirth issue of BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY, Batgirl has returned from her excursions overseas, and is back to solving crime in Burnside. One night, as she interrupts a group of mafia hitmen, she finds that the order for the hit came from Oracle—her past identity.

Determined to find out who this faux Oracle is—and what they are after—she recruits Black Canary to re-form the Birds of Prey! As they go on the hunt, they may find more friends—or foes—on the way. Find out more by reading BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1 from writers Julie Benson and Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe and colors by Allen Passalaqua. 
 
 
 
Sisters in Crime Fighting: Julie and Shawna Benson Guide
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
By Tim Beedle
  It’s been a while since the Birds of Prey have taken flight. The informal, usually all-female team has been a staple of the DC Universe since it was first introduced in 1996, but it hasn’t had an ongoing comic since The New 52’s take on the team ended in 2014. But now, nearly two years later, the Birds are primed to return with a new book that takes the concept back to its roots while boasting an exciting new all-female creative team.

BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY debuts next month with a “Rebirth” one-shot that restores the team’s core members of Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress, and even manages to pay homage to Barbara Gordon’s past identity, Oracle. Written by Julie Benson and Shawna Benson, a longtime writing team who have recently made their names scripting the hit sci-fi series The 100, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is a story about a crime fighting sisterhood that, fittingly, is written by two sisters. We recently spoke with both of the Bensons about what we can expect from this new Birds of Prey comic, how it fits into the quickly growing family of Bat books and how writing for comics compares to writing TV.
   
 
    A Betty & Veronica Reboot Is Coming From Archie Comics in July
There are plenty of memorable frenemy pairings in entertainment: Helena and Hermia, Vladimir and Estragon, Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen. But in the world of comics, one tense duo rises above them all: Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge.
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    A Small Sneak Peek at Astonishing Ant-Man, Guest artist Brent Schoonover gathers Scott Lang's greatest foes!
Scott Lang just wants to be a hero and a father. Too bad for him a group of villains want to take him down. They’ve even formed a club thanks to Power Broker and his HENCH app. They’ve creatively named it “The Superior Foes of Ant-Man” and will be drawn by guest artist Brent Schoonover.  They’ve creatively named it “The Superior Foes of Ant-Man” and will be drawn by guest artist Brent Schoonover. Writer Nick Spencer will send the group after the hero starting with ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8.
 
  DC Comics 101: Who are the New Gods?
The two most powerful beings in the universe clash, with the fate of all known existence in peril in the first volume of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League epic “Darkseid War,” which arrives in comic shops today. However, the title of the book doesn’t tell the whole story. While the expansive storyline does feature a shocking battle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, it’s really a look at super hero comics as modern myth, ...  Read more ...
 
  Hot Wheels Leads the Way to Civil War II
Start your engines with the all-new, first of its kind, CIVIL WAR II #1 Hot Wheels variant cover, featuring cars from the new wave of Marvel themed Hot Wheels.  Illustrated by Manuel Garcia and colored by Andres Mossa, Falcon—as Captain America’s racecar—Iron Man, Punisher, Nova, Spider-Man, and the Wasp race down the Hot Wheels’ signature orange track, as they soar into their next adventure. Garcia’s concept for the cover sought to show the cars in action, based on the original designs of the Marvel Hot Wheels, capturing the designers’ intentions for each vehicle.

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  NEW VARIANT COVERS REVEALED FOR DCE’S HANNA-BARBERA DEBUT TITLES, FUTURE QUEST AND SCOOBY APOCALYPSE
This May, DC Entertainment unveils a new take on classic Saturday Morning cartoon characters with the release of Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse, and here’s a look at some hot variant covers for these two great books!
 
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSE YOUR SIDE
The Marvel Universe is at a crossroads. A new power has emerged, one that can predict the future—for good or ill—and the heroes of the Marvel Universe are faced with a choice: Wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future as they see fit, or reject it and allow tomorrow to unfold unaltered. Protect the future. Change the future. Which side will you choose?
 
  Get Ready For The Most Epic Battle of 2016!
The Dark Knight. The Man of Steel. The two most iconic Super Heroes in the world collide in 2016’s biggest blockbuster film BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Get ready for this epic new movie with these seminal graphic novels from DC Comics featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman!

  CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSE YOUR SIDE
The Marvel Universe is at a crossroads. A new power has emerged, one that can predict the future—for good or ill—and the heroes of the Marvel Universe are faced with a choice: Wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future as they see fit, or reject it and allow tomorrow to unfold unaltered. Protect the future. Change the future. Which side will you choose?

  DC Comics 101: Robin Through the Ages
If you’re not completely new to DC Comics, you probably know that there’s been more than one Robin. You may even know all their names and what the differences are between them. But do you know their history, and how each one came to inherit the red and yellow? Faust, the stylish YouTuber of the oft-changing hairstyle and encyclopedic knowledge of all things comic books, has put together a new clip for the DC Fans YouTube channel that looks at the history of the character and breaks down the important events that led to each new Robin. If you’ve been wondering about the Boy Wonder, it’s worth a look…  

  The Avengers Assemble for Civil War II

Take an exclusive first look at David Marquez's depiction of Earth's Mightiest Heroes during the mega event!

Will the All-New, All-Different Avengers come to Iron Man's aid during Civil War II? Artist David Marquez offers the first hint in these inked pages from the first issue of the big event in June.  Learn more ...
 

  Power Man & Iron Fist: A Look Back

Not just the new creative team on POWER MAN & IRON FIST, David Walker and Sanford Greene can also claim the title of the characters’ biggest fans. Walker kindly supplied us with some insight into their favorite moments involving the Luke Cage and Danny Rand… 

Here is a list of what Sanford and I love the most about Power Man and Iron Fist.

POWER MAN & IRON FIST #1 is out this week!

What do Supergirl and Sgt. Rock have in common? The answer lies within illustrator Neal Adams’ newest DC Comics endeavor.
For our February variant cover theme, we asked influential illustrator Neal Adams to draw 27 different variant covers for us, and he happily obliged…with a twist. Each one of his February variant covers is drawn in the style of some of his famous earlier cover illustrations, replacing the original characters with some new ones Neal has never had the opportunity to draw.  A Silver Age issue of BATMAN inspired next month’s DETECTIVE COMICS #49. A classic GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW cover was switched up for the cover of GREEN ARROW #49. And ACTION COMICS #49 was inspired by… Well, you’ll see.

Ms. Marvel & The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl make Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens
ALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) names MS. MARVEL and UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL some of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2016! Not only does this make Marvel the only publisher with repeat appearances in the Top 10, but many other Marvel titles join their expanded Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, books that are intended for readers ages 12-18 that are both quality literature and appeal to teens. See what other books made the list below!

Calling all Dealers! February 27th, 2016 

Dealers or anyone who has comics, toys or collectables to sell.

We have a few tables left for our February 27th show at Hara. 8' tables for $55 the 1st and $45 for each add'l.

Don't wait too long as we usually sell out a month or so before the show. 

Ms. Marvel & The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl make Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

YALSA makes Marvel the only publisher with two books in the top 10 and many other titles make their cut for 'Great Reads'!
ALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) names MS. MARVEL and UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL some of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2016! Not only does this make Marvel the only publisher with repeat appearances in the Top 10, but many other Marvel titles join their expanded Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, books that are intended for readers ages 12-18 that are both quality literature and appeal to teens. See what other books made the list below!

What do Supergirl and Sgt. Rock have in common? The answer lies within illustrator Neal Adams’ newest DC Comics endeavor.
For our February variant cover theme, we asked influential illustrator Neal Adams to draw 27 different variant covers for us, and he happily obliged…with a twist. Each one of his February variant covers is drawn in the style of some of his famous earlier cover illustrations, replacing the original characters with some new ones Neal has never had the opportunity to draw.  A Silver Age issue of BATMAN inspired next month’s DETECTIVE COMICS #49. A classic GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW cover was switched up for the cover of GREEN ARROW #49. And ACTION COMICS #49 was inspired by… Well, you’ll see.

DC Comics Art Academy Featuring Chad Hardin & Amanda Conner
DC Comics Art Academy, a series of art tutorials recorded at Comic-Cons throughout 2015 and featuring many of the gifted and unique artists working for DC today. In today's installment, we look in on Harley Quinn co-writer and cover artist Amanda Conner and interior artist Chad Hardin, who discuss working digitally versus practically and what it's like drawing for DC Comics.

THE THUNDERBOLTS STRIKE BACK
The dark clouds gather. Lightning flashes. A loud crack shakes your chest.  Just like that, the Thunderbolts have come back, shepherded back to the forefront of the Marvel Universe by writer Jim Zub and artist Jon Malin. Moonstone, the Fixer, Atlas, and MACH-V stand together once more. But one should not confuse the familiar for the same. For one thing, the team finds itself with a mysterious added member, plus a new leader, the Winter Soldier.

 
 
 
 
 
  The Legend of Wonder Woman no. 1
DC Comics
$3.99
1st of a 9 issue limited series. Released Jan 13, 2016
Story and pencils by Renae De Liz
Inks by Ray Dillon

This mini series begins exactly where every telling of the Wonder Woman mythos needs to begin. That is with the coming of power, and gift of immortality to Queen Hippolyta. This issue starts there and continues on to show the birth of Princess Diana and the beginnings of her education as a young girl. Many times, including George Perez’ wonderful run on Wonder Woman, the mythology leaves me cold. It makes me feel like I’m working too hard to keep up. Not so with Renae De Liz’s wonderfully smooth storytelling. Her treatment of the background mythology is complete enough to tell the story well without clouding it with secondary information.

Renae De Liz does a great job as both writer and penciller in telling the story. Her layouts fit the subject well and create a silky sense of pacing moving between action and exposition. Ray Dillon does the inks and colors. His inking style is a great fit for Renae’s pencils in that it keeps the work crisp yet stylized. He adds his touch without masking hers. Ray’s color work is also very fitting for the subject matter and he takes great pains to create a palette both moody and ethereal without being muddy. I’m looking forward to seeing how these color choices evolve as the story progresses.

I’ve always believed Wonder Woman to be highly underrated and think it’s great to see her getting a bit of extra play. But then, I AM still mourning the passing of Sensation Comics, one of my favorite titles from the past couple of years. But my personal bias aside, this is a great read and would make a perfect introduction or perhaps re-introduction into the Wonder Woman legend!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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