7/31/2009

Back to its Gigeresque roots


Ridley Scott is attached to direct an Alien prequel.

From Variety:

Twentieth Century Fox is resuscitating its "Alien" franchise. The studio has hired Jon Spaihts to write a prequel that has Ridley Scott attached to return as director.

7/27/2009

MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 27th, 2009

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store in the coming week.


BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #3
In this 3-issue miniseries, writers Geoff Johns and Peter J. Tomasi (GREEN LANTERN CORPS) reveal the secrets behind the Lanterns of BLACKEST NIGHT! Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume's bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!



A whole bunch of Dark Reign titles...

DARK REIGN GOBLIN LEGACY
Before he was the ultimate power broker in the Marvel Universe, Norman Osborn was better known as the Green Goblin - the insane arch nemesis of everyone's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Now, experience an early turning point in the ongoing war between the wall-crawler and his glider-riding rival - the unmasking of Norman Osborn from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #39-40 (1966) - like you've never seen it before, fully remastered with modern coloring. Also featuring an all-new framing sequence and a Saga-style recap of the complete history of the Green Goblin!

DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #4
From the pages of DARK AVENGERS! As Ben Urich learns the awful truth about the terrorist cell operating in New York City, Hawkeye finally confronts the mysterious antagonist who's been haunting his dreams. But is he just a figment of Bullseye's diseased imagination? And if so, where the hell did all these dead bodies come from? You want some wicked Dark Reign fun? The dastardly duo of Andy Diggle (THUNDERBOLTS) and Tom Raney (SECRET INVASION: INHUMANS) hit the mark!

DARK REIGN HOOD #3
From the pages of NEW AVENGERS and DARK REIGN: THE CABAL! An insider to the occult underworld gives The Hood the lowdown on the dread Dormammu, the power behind his power! Can Parker Robbins possibly break the hold this infamous entity has on him-and will he even want to when he sees some of the benefits of giving into it? While his inner struggle dominates his attention, a vicious foe from The Hood's past regroups for a final showdown!

DARK REIGN LETHAL LEGION #2
Put up your dukes as Wonder Man joins the fight...or is that starts one? Find out what was big enough to bring heroes and villains together, who thinks they're powerful enough to bring down Norman Osborn! The mystery unravels as the Lethal Legion gets closer to finding the traitor in their midst and it's every man for himself!

DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #2
The name's Mac Gargan, and the whole city of New York thinks I'm Spider-Man. They love me and I can do anything I like. What I like is making J. Jonah Jameson's life a living hell. Well, that... and eating people. But that seems to have ticked off some folks. Turns out even super-powered criminals have feelings, and they've all teamed up with this nutjob scientist named The Redeemer to kill me. Also, who the heck is THE HIPPO?

DARK REIGN YOUNG AVENGERS #3
Norman Osborn was sent to test the Marvel Universe, and now he's testing the Young Avengers, both wannabees and established, by sending his best and brightest against them, to show them that no good deed goes unpunished, and no bad deed unrewarded. And that dear old lady is still dead. And those tattoos indicate fascism. And the deeper the Young Avengers look into the group that would be them, the deeper that group looks back.



JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #35
The cards are stacked against the remnants of the Justice League! And those cards are the Royal Flush Gang! Can even Superman and Wonder Woman save a team whose luck has run out? Featuring the deadly return of an old foe.


JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #29
A new era begins for the Justice Society of America as writers Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Matthew Sturges (BLUE BEETLE) take over the series with new artist Jesus Merino (SUPERMAN ANNUAL) just as two new recruits make their debut with the team! Strange happenings at the JSA Mansion are weird precursors to an all-out attack on all members of the team - all but one! And what is the strange connection that new members King Chimera and All-American Kid might have with the turmoil?


ULTIMATUM #5 (OF 5)
Is this what the end of the world looks like? You better believe it!! As only Emmy & Eisner award-winning writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artist David Finch can deliver, it's an apocalyptic conclusion where every, and we mean EVERY, score is settled! The Ultimate heroes have faced their final judgment...and when the dust settles will they be found wanting? If you can handle the growing body count, stick around as ALL is answered in this explosive series finale that will shock fans for years to come!

7/26/2009

New Comics In Store 07-29-09

ARMY OF DARKNESS #23
ASPEN SPLASH 2009 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR
AVENGERS INITIATIVE #26
BARACK OBAMA #2 THE FIRST 100 DAYS
BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #7
BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #6
BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #3 (OF 3)
CHRONICLES OF WORMWOOD LB PROMO POSTER (NET)
DARK REIGN GOBLIN LEGACY DKR
DARK REIGN HAWKEYE #4 (OF 5) DKR
DARK REIGN HOOD #3 (OF 5) DKR
DARK REIGN LETHAL LEGION #2 (OF 3) DKR
DARK REIGN SINISTER SPIDER-MAN #2 (OF 4) DKR
DARK REIGN YOUNG AVENGERS #3 (OF 5) DKR
DARK TOWER THE FALL OF GILEAD #3 (OF 6)
DARK WOLVERINE #76 DKR
DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #2 (OF 3) DAX
DETECTIVE COMICS #855
ESSENTIAL PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 4
EXILES #1 WOLVERINE ART VAR
FANTASTIC FOUR #569
FATHOM #8 FRANCISCO CVR
FATHOM #8 GARZA CVR
GHOST RIDER TP LAST STAND
GOLD DIGGER TECH MANUAL #6
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #16
HACK SLASH SERIES #24 A CVR SEELEY (MR)
IGNITION CITY #4 (OF 5) (MR)
IGNITION CITY #4 (OF 5) PAINTED CVR (MR)
IGNITION CITY #4 (OF 5) WRAP CVR (MR)
INVINCIBLE #64
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #35
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #29
KID COLT #1
LAST DAYS OF ANIMAL MAN #3 (OF 6)
MADAME XANADU #13 (MR)
MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #4 (OF 4)
MOON KNIGHT #29 WOLVERINE ART VAR
MS MARVEL #42 DKR
MUPPET SHOW TREASURE OF PEG LEG WILSON #1 (OF 4) (C: 0-0-1)
NEW AVENGERS #55 DKR
NEW AVENGERS #54 2ND PTG TAN VAR (PP #875)
NORTHLANDERS TP VOL 02 THE CROSS AND THE HAMMER (MR)
OUTSIDERS #20
RAWBONE #3 (OF 4) (MR)
RUNAWAYS 3 #12
RUNAWAYS 3 #9 WOLVERINE ART LAFUENTE VAR
SECRET WARRIORS #6 DKR
SON OF HULK #13
SPAWN #194
ST TALKING COMMUNICATOR KEYCHAIN (C: 1-1-3)
STAR WARS INSIDER #111 PX ED (C: 0-1-2)
STAR WARS LEGACY #38 TATOOINE PT 2 (OF 4) (C: 1-0-0)
SUPERMAN #690
SURROGATES TP VOL 02 FLESH & BONE (C: 0-1-2)
TEEN TITANS #73
THUNDERBOLTS #134 DKR
ULTIMATUM #5 (OF 5)
ULTIMATUM #5 (OF 5) FINCH GATEFOLD VAR
ULTIMATUM SPIDER-MAN REQUIEM #2 (OF 2)
UNKNOWN SOLDIER #10 (MR)
WAR OF KINGS ASCENSION #4 (OF 4)
WEDNESDAY COMICS #4 (OF 12)
WILDCATS #13
WIZARD MAGAZINE #215 IRON MAN 2 MOVIE CVR (C: 0-1-2)
WIZARD MAGAZINE #215 MARVEL 70TH ANNIV JAM CVR (C: 0-1-2)
WOLVERINE NOIR #4 (OF 4)
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #38
WONDER WOMAN #34
X-MEN FOREVER #4
X-MEN LEGACY #223 WOLVERINE ART HOLLOWELL VAR

7/25/2009

Whiteout Movie Trailer


IGN has the new trailer for Whiteout. Based on a Greg Rucka graphic novel. The comics-to-film machine continues to churn them out.

7/24/2009

Jonah Hex Poster


Not really digging this poster. I still have high hopes for Josh Brolin as the scarred (inside and out) gunslinger. The poster almost seems like its trying to hide the fact that this is a western.
Due in theaters on June 18, 2010 and based on the graphic novel, Jonah Hex follows a disfigured bounty hunter who tracks a voodoo practitioner hell-bent on releasing an army of the undead. Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Michael Shannon star.
Okay. Maybe some zombies... I was hoping it would hew closer to the current comic series, but this could be cool.

Marvelman at Marvel


Looks like the rights to Marvelman (a.k.a Miracleman) have been secured by Marvel following a process that began back in '07. I noticed the above Quesada poster was quietly solicited recently. For more details check out the "Cup O Joe" at CBR.

Hopefully this means Alan Moore's superlative Marvel/Miracleman story will return to print.

7/23/2009

Comic-con PSPs


This is neat and all, but its a tenuous link. I don't plan on watching First Flight on a PSP, that's for sure. More comics at comic-con, please.

Google and SDCC


Google's current doodle by Jim Lee in honor of Comic-con.

7/22/2009

Mass Effect Comic


We're all big fans of the Mass Effect game here at The Launchpad. So we were really happy to see that Dark Horse is making a Mass Effect comic that will bridge the gap between the first and second game.

7/21/2009

DC Movies


Cinematical has an interesting rundown of upcoming and possible DC movies.

Including a "sequel to Constantine, a solo Green Arrow movie, the Green Arrow prison lark, Supermax, and still-alive Shazam.

Used RPGs

We just got a fresh influx of used RPGs, mainly White Wolf stuff (alot of Mage, Wraith, and some Werewolf and Vampire). A couple other little odds and ends. Check it out if you're looking for some inexpensive RPG books.

7/20/2009

MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 20th, 2009

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store in the coming week.

It's a big week...

NOTABLE RELEASES THIS WEEK (click on images for larger version)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600
The greatest Marvel super hero of all celebrates his 600th issue with the biggest all-original issue of Amazing Spider-Man EVER! This one's got it all! The return of Doctor Octopus, Daredevil, a wedding you never predicted, and the return of one of the most important people in Peter Parker's life in a giant-sized lead story by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. Doc's back in town, but it's only a prelude to darker days ahead as Spidey unknowingly prepares for a gauntlet he can't even see coming.

On top of all that, witness the return of one of Spider-man's creators, Smilin' Stan Lee (along with Masticatin' Marcos Martin) as he presents a story of unbridled passion, drama and angst as Spidey reflects over his many, many years of adventures.

But that ain't all...as the rest of the Spidey Web-Heads bring you several short features showcasing some rarely explored aspects of both Spidey and Pete's life, drawn by some of the greatest artists in comics. Plus, several other surprises and NO REPRINTS! 104 pages of goodness brought to you by some of the best creators that have ever worked on Spidey!

No renumbering necessary here. Quite a milestone.


CYBERFORCE HUNTER KILLER #1
The Hunter-Killer team's directive to hunt down and detain rogue Ultra-Sapiens brings them head to head with the Cyberforce team in a brutal showdown that leaves more than one member bleeding. But who is manipulating these two teams into conflict and to what end?

The team of writer and Hunter-Killer co-creator Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Irredeemable) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage) bring you a crossover filled with epic action, intrigue, lies, and betrayal. Featuring two connected covers by series artist Rocafort and a third variant cover by Mike Choi and Sonia Oback (Uncanny X-Men, X-Force).

DELLEC #1
His name is DELLEC, and it all starts right here!

One man amidst a blur of immorality, but his mission is clear-destroy the forces of evil wherever they may flourish, even if it means taking on the very being that created mankind itself! The action-packed first issue takes off full throttle, as DELLEC, on a quest for vengeance and redemption, jumps headfirst into the battle of a lifetime-and his chances for survival don't look good! However, DELLEC is not one to back down from a fight, even if his foe is the bloodcurdling Bludgeoner!

A completely brand new maxi-series brought to you by Aspen's own Frank Mastromauro, Vince Hernandez and Micah Gunnell, along with inker Rob Stull and colorist Matt Hollingsworth, DELLEC is unlike anything Aspen has ever done before. This inventive new title is set to raise the bar on cinematic storytelling, while keeping you on the edge of your seat every hair-raising moment.

Plus, to prove DELLEC's worth, we're introducing you to this #1 issue at our lowest price ever! So take the chance and see why DELLEC will soon be one of the most talked about new series in comics!


DETHKLOK VS. THE GOON ONE-SHOT
"In the histories of fictions there is many historious meetings . . . Frankenmasteins meets the Wolfmans . . . Scooby-Doos meets the Globetrobbers . . . and of course the Godzilla meets the little fat black kids from Diff'rent Strokes. But those are all for the douches. Now . . . we have come to make crossovers metal. Be prepareded for the most brutal meetings of alls times! Dethklok versus The Goon!"

From Eric Powell and the creators of Adult Swim's Metalocalypse: since 2006, Metalocalypse has been bringing its special brand of dark comedy to the masses through the American/Scandinavian death-metal band Dethklok. And, since 1999, The Goon has contributed the best in bucktoothed zombie brawls to the world of comics. Now, the twain shall meet . . .

Not a crossover we would have ever predicted. We hope this heralds the start of more Dethklok comics ...



INCREDIBLE HULK #600
WHO IS THE RED HULK?! THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IS GOING TO TRY AND FIND OUT! GREEN HULK! RED HULK! SPIDEY! SECRETS REVEALED!

A STORY SO BIG IT CAN BARELY BE CONTAINED IN THE INCREDIBLE 600TH ISSUE OF HULK! ALL THIS AND A STARTLING SURPRISE ENDING TO TOP ALL THE OTHER SHOCKING SURPRISES THIS HULK BOOK IS KNOWN FOR!

The chart-topping team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness bring you a 600th-issue celebration guest starring your friendly Neighborhood Web-Head as the original Incredible series returns! Plus, back-up story by Fred Van Lente featuring the Savage She-Hulk! And representing the first issue of the Loeb/Sale HULK: GRAY series,

Are we finally going to find out who the heck the Red Hulk is? We hope so...


MORE GOOD STUFF:

Too much notable stuff coming out this Wednesday...

We've got the second issues of the Aliens mini-series, Executive Assistant Iris, Gotham City Sirens, and Raymond Feist's Riftwar.

We've got both Emily The Strange and Lenore with new #1 issues.

Blackest Night continues with Tales of the Corps #2 and Green Lantern #44.

We're also looking forward to checking out Star Trek: Spock Reflections #1, a prequel to the latest and greatest Star Trek movie which will explain why Spock ended up living on Romulus.

Kick-Ass Movie

So Mark Millar has seen the Kick-Ass movie and claims it's the bee's knees. The man needs to dial down the hyperbole machine and get the next issue out the door.

For his comments click here.

New Comics In Store 07-22-09

ALIENS #2 (OF 4) (C: 0-1-2)
ALL NEW SAVAGE SHE-HULK #4 (OF 4) DKR
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #597 2ND PTG CHECHETTO VAR (PP #874)
ARCHIE #599
ASTONISHING X-MEN #30
AVENGERS INITIATIVE #18 ZOMBIE VAR SI
AVENGERS INITIATIVE #26
BLACK PANTHER 2 #6 DKR
BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #1 (OF 3)
BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #2 (OF 3)
BOYS HEROGASM #3 (OF 6) (MR)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #600 2ND PTG GUICE VAR (PP #873)
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #15
CARS ROOKIE #4 (OF 4) (C: 0-0-1)
CARTOON NETWORK BLOCK PARTY #59
CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #12
CYBERFORCE HUNTER KILLER #1 (OF 5) CHOI & OBACK CVR C
CYBERFORCE HUNTER KILLER #1 (OF 5) ROCAFORT CYBERFORCE CVR B
CYBERFORCE HUNTER KILLER #1 (OF 5) ROCAFORT HUNT KILL CVR A
DARK REIGN FANTASTIC FOUR #5 (OF 5) DKR
DARK WOLVERINE #76 DKR
DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #4 (OF 5)
DELLEC #1 BENITEZ CVR
DELLEC #1 GUNNELL CVR
DELLEC #1 TAN CVR
DETHKLOK VS THE GOON (ONE SHOT)
EMILY THE STRANGE III #1 (OF 4)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #2 BENITEZ CVR
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #2 FRANCISCO CVR
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #2 MANAPUL CVR
FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #5 (OF 5)
FREDDY JASON ASH NIGHTMARE WARRIORS #2 (OF 6) (MR)
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST TP VOL 19 (C: 1-0-0)
FUSION #3 (OF 3)
GEARS OF WAR #9 (MR)
GI JOE #7
GOLD DIGGER #109
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #2
GREEN LANTERN #44 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #16
HELLBLAZER #257 (MR)
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1 (OF 5)
INCREDIBLE HERCULES #131
INCREDIBLE HULK #600
INVINCIBLE #64
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #14 2ND PTG LARROCA VAR
JACK OF FABLES #36 (MR)
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #28
KILLAPALOOZA #3 (OF 6)
LENORE VOLUME II #1 (C: 0-1-2)
MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #53
MARVEL 1985 TP
MARVEL DIVAS FOLDED PROMO POSTER
MARVEL ZOMBIES 4 #3 (OF 4)
MS MARVEL #42 DKR
NOVA #27
OUTSIDERS #20
PATRICIA BRIGGS MERCY THOMPSON HOMECOMING #4 (OF 4)
POWER GIRL #3
PROJECT SUPERPOWERS CHAPTER TWO #1
RIFTWAR #2 (OF 5)
RUNAWAYS 3 #12
RUNAWAYS ZOMBIE VAR #28 (PP #781)
SECRET INVASION #4 MCNIVEN VAR SI
SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN TP VOL 04
SOULFIRE NEW WORLD ORDER #3 (OF 5) HERRERA CVR
SONIC UNIVERSE #6
SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 02
STAR TREK SPOCK REFLECTIONS #1
STAR WARS CLONE WARS #7 (C: 1-0-0)
SUPERGIRL #43
SUPERMAN CHRONICLES TP VOL 07
TINY TITANS #18
WARHAMMER 40K RAVENOR OMNIBUS (C: 0-1-2)
WARHAMMER GREY SEER MMPB (C: 0-1-2)
WAR OF KINGS #1 (OF 6)
WARLORD #4
WEDNESDAY COMICS #3 (OF 12)
WOLVERINE FIRST CLASS #17
WOLVERINE ORIGINS #38
WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #8 (OF 8)
WORLD WAR HULK ROMITA JR VAR #3 (OF 5)
X-FACTOR #46
X-FORCE #17
YOUNGBLOOD #9

7/17/2009

Child Labor Laws in Thailand


I don't know if you guys have seen Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong (known domestically as The Protector), or Chocolate... This is the next iteration of what is becoming something of a Thai film New Wave.

Comicon 2009 Preview Pic


From Iron Man 2...

7/16/2009

Magic 2010 in stock


We've got the new Magic The Gathering: 2010 Core Set in stock! We've got boosters, booster boxes, intro packs, and fat packs.

7/14/2009

Fallout 3's final DLC


Kotaku provides some details on the Mothership Zeta DLC for Bethesda's Fallout 3 game:

Well, not exactly the icy depths. Players find themselves trapped in an alien spaceship orbiting the Earth, and must band together with characters from the Wasteland and Earth's past in order to escape what is sure to be a vicious probing. Alien technology like the Alien Atomizer, Alien Disintegrator, and Drone Cannon make your task a little easier, while you can use the Gemini-Era Spacesuit and Samurai Armor to protect yourself from the alien hordes.

7/13/2009

MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 13th, 2009

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store in the coming week.

NOTABLE RELEASES THIS WEEK (click on images for larger version)


BLACKEST NIGHT #1
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis raise the dead in the most anticipated comics story of the year! Throughout the decades, death has plagued the DC Universe and taken the lives of heroes and villains alike. But to what end? As the War of Light rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends upon us, with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps at the center of it all.
Don't miss this 8-issue epic taking the DCU beyond the grave!

Don't forget to get your Black Lantern ring too!



CAPTAIN AMERICA #601
A special double-sized issue featuring art by the legendary Gene Colan! Bucky and Nick Fury uncover a lost tale from Cap and Bucky's days in WW2 - a tale of horror and war and brothers-in-arms.



CREEPY COMICS #1
What's black and white and clawing its way onto your reading list? It's the newly resurrected Creepy, of course! Now, don't fret, my putrid pets-these new terror tales are cut from the same cursed cloth as the outlandish originals, telling contemporary horror stories with gorgeously ghoulish art from a lineup that'll make you lose your head! Original Creepy artist Angelo Torres teams up with devilish Dan Braun on "Hell Hound Blues"; Michael Woods and artist Saskia Gutekunst serve up a dose of "Chemical 13"; Neil Kleid and Brian Churilla provide "All the Help You Need" at a weird weight-loss camp; and jaundiced Jason Shawn Alexander brings his phenomenal painting skills to Joe Harris's "The Curse"! Plus Bernie Wrightson, the return of "Loathsome Lore," and more. All this, plus one classic story from Uncle Creepy's dank dungeon, and you've got 48 freakish pages of terror to bring home to mummy!



INCOGNITO #5
Doc Lester is the mad scientist's mad scientist, and he may just be the only person who knows the truth about Zack Overkill and his twin brother...A truth that Zack will soon have to kill for, as all sides are closing in on him.


NEW MUTANTS #3
"RETURN OF LEGION" Legion is back and has never been so dangerous. Each personality in his head has its own super power and it seems like there's a new one every day. They're all jockeying for position and they all want the New Mutants dead. Dani Moonstar is at the center of all of this, but what can a depowered New Mutant do against a foe who has a million ways to kill her? Part 3 (of 4).

Mechwarrior returns...

7/11/2009

New Comics In Store 07-15-09

ACTION COMICS #879
AGENTS OF ATLAS #8
AIR #11 (MR)
ALL SELECT COMICS #1 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #599 DKR
BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #2
BATMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER HC
BETA RAY BILL GODHUNTER #2 (OF 3)
BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #90
BLACKEST NIGHT #1 PROMOTIONAL RINGS (BAG OF 50) (NET)
BLACKEST NIGHT #1 (OF 8)
BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #1 (OF 3)
BOOSTER GOLD #22
BRAVE AND THE BOLD #25
BUCK ROGERS #2
CAPTAIN AMERICA #601
CAPTAIN AMERICA #601 B&W VAR
CREEPY COMICS #1
DARK AVENGERS #7 DAX
DARK REIGN MISTER NEGATIVE #2 (OF 3) DKR
DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #1 (OF 3) DAX
DEADPOOL #12 DKR
DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #1 (OF 5) 2ND PTG BARBERI VAR (PP#873
DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #2 (OF 5) 2ND PTG BARBERI VAR (PP#873
DEADPOOL SUICIDE KINGS #3 (OF 5) 2ND PTG BARBERI VAR (PP#873
DEAN KOONTZS NEVERMORE #2 (OF 6)
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #1
ENDERS GAME PREM HC BATTLE SCHOOL
ENDERS SHADOW PREM HC BATTLE SCHOOL
ESSENTIAL MARVEL TWO IN ONE TP VOL 03
FABLES #86 (MR)
FRANKLIN RICHARDS SCHOOLS OUT
GI JOE MOVIE ADAPTATION TP
GI JOE TP VOL 01
INCOGNITO #5 (MR)
IRON MAN ARMORED ADVENTURES
JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #5 NEW PTG
JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #6 NEW PTG
JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #7 NEW PTG
JSA VS KOBRA #2 (OF 6)
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #286 (C: 0-1-2)
LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS #3 (OF 4)
MADAME XANADU TP VOL 01 DISENCHANTED (MR)
MARVEL ADVENTURES AVENGERS #38
MARVEL LEGENDS ICONS DAREDEVIL RED AF (C: 1-1-3)
MARVEL SELECT MOVIE WOLVERINE AF (C: 1-1-4)
MIGHTY AVENGERS #27
NEW MUTANTS #3
PUNISHER #7
RED ROBIN #2
SIMPSONS COMICS #156
SKRULL KILL KREW #3 (OF 5) DKR
SOULFIRE NEW WORLD ORDER #3 (OF 5) GUNNELL CVR
SOULFIRE NEW WORLD ORDER #3 (OF 5) HERRERA CVR
STAR WARS CLONE WARS #7 (C: 1-0-0)
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OLD REPUBLIC #41 DUELING AMBITIONS PT 3 (
STAR WARS KNIGHTS OLD REPUBLIC #43 REAPING PT 1 (OF 2) (C: 1
SUPER FRIENDS #17
SUPERMAN BATMAN #62
TIMESTORM 2009 2099 #3 (OF 4)
TITANS #15 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
VIGILANTE #8
WALKING DEAD #63 (MR)
WEDNESDAY COMICS #2 (OF 12)
WORLD OF WARCRAFT #21
X-FACTOR #46
YOUNG LIARS #17 (MR)

Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern

IcV2 reporting:

Ryan Reynolds has been selected for the role of Green Lantern in the Warner Bros. film, according to the Hollywood trades. He was selected after a run-off with Bradley Cooper and Jared Leto, with Justin Timberlake also involved.

Reynolds played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and is slated to reprise the role in a spin-off flick.

7/10/2009

GL Finalists?


According to Cinematical there are three actors in contention for the role of Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie.

Bradley Cooper
Ryan Reynolds

and...

Justin Timberlake.

D&D Meetup Group


Did you guys know there's a SJ County D&D Meetup group? Check it out here: http://www.meetup.com/San-Jaoquin-Dungeons-Dragons-Meet-Up/

I've joined up and will try to make it to one of their monthly meetings. It would be great to see the tabletop gamers in this area get united!

Hic Svnt Lupus

Doug ran his D&D game last night and our hearty band of adventurers set off on their quest into adulthood. After a long hike through craggy hills we discovered a pack of wolves had been stalking us for several miles. As we entered a small valley dotted with large boulders the wolves surrounded us.

Sometime later we emerged from the nearby woods, laden with bundles of wolf fur and festooned with grisly trophies. Our adventure continues. . .

7/06/2009

MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 6th, 2009

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store in the coming week.

NOTABLE RELEASES THIS WEEK (click on images for larger version)


BATMAN #688

There may be a new Batman in Gotham City, but that doesn't mean the city wants him. As Two-Face and Penguin take measures to keep the new Dark Knight at bay, one of the archvillains makes a startling discovery about the new Caped Crusader. Plus, Batman trains the new Robin, and Mark Bagley starts a 4-issue stint as guest artist!





DARK X-MEN: BEGINNINGS #1

Who are the Dark X-Men and how did they come to be? FIND OUT HERE! Each issue has 3 11-page stories, each dedicated to one of the Dark X-Men and how they came to be part of the team. This first two issues focus on Emma Frost, Mimic, Cloak & Dagger, Daken, Weapon X and Dark Beast!






GREEN LANTERN #43

The official prologue to BLACKEST NIGHT starts here as the first Black Lantern is born! Black Hand has been an enemy of Hal Jordan since Hal's early days as a Green Lantern. But even Black Hand is unaware of the true power he holds that will connect him to the Blackest Night! Discover this villain's connection to death and the Black Lantern Corps!





WEDNESDAY COMICS #1

In July, DC Comics gives a fresh twist to a grand comics tradition with WEDNESDAY COMICS, a new, weekly 12-issue series by some of the greatest names in comics today!

WEDNESDAY COMICS is unique in modern comics history: Reinventing the classic weekly newspaper comics section, it is a 16-page weekly that unfolds to a sprawling 28" x 20" tabloid-sized reading experience bursting with mind-blowing color, action and excitement, with each feature on its own 14" x 20" page.

Spearheaded by DCU Editorial Art Director Mark Chiarello, whose past editing credits include BATMAN BLACK and WHITE, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER and SOLO, each page of WEDNESDAY COMICS spotlights the continuing adventures of DC heroes, including:

  • BATMAN, WEDNESDAY COMICS' weekly cover feature, by the Eisner Award-winning 100 BULLETS team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso
  • ADAM STRANGE, by writer/artist Paul Pope (BATMAN: YEAR 100)
  • METAMORPHO, written by New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman with Art by Eisner Award-winner Michael Allred (Madman)
  • THE DEMON AND CATWOMAN, written by Walter Simonson (Thor, MANHUNTER) with Art by famed DC cover artist Brian Stelfreeze
  • DEADMAN, written by Dave Bullock and Vinton Heuck, Art by Dave Bullock
  • KAMANDI, written by Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) with Art by Ryan Sook (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL)
  • SUPERMAN, written by John Arcudi (The Mask) with Art by Lee Bermejo (JOKER)
  • WONDER WOMAN, written and illustrated by Ben Caldwell (Dare Detectives)
  • GREEN LANTERN, written by Kurt Busiek (TRINITY, ASTRO CITY) with Art by Joe QuiƱones (TEEN TITANS GO!)
  • TEEN TITANS, written by Eddie Berganza with Art by Sean Galloway
  • SUPERGIRL, written by Jimmy Palmiotti (JONAH HEX) with Art by Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL)
  • HAWKMAN, written and illustrated by Kyle Baker (PLASTIC MAN, Special Forces)
  • SGT. ROCK, written by Adam Kubert (SUPERMAN: LAST SON), ilustrated by legendary comics artist Joe Kubert
  • THE FLASH, written by Karl Kerschl (TEEN TITANS YEAR ONE, THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE) and Brenden Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl
  • METAL MEN, written by Dan DiDio with Art by Ian Churchill (SUPERGIRL)




7/04/2009

New Comics In Store 07-08-09

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #36
ANITA BLAKE LC NECROMANCER #3 (OF 5) (MR)
ARMY OF DARKNESS #22
BATMAN #688
BATMAN AND ROBIN #2
BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 2ND PTG
BOOSTER GOLD #22
CAPTAIN AMERICA #50 2ND PTG MARTIN VAR
CARTOON NETWORK ACTION PACK #39
CHUCK TP
D&D 4TH ED MONSTER MANUAL (C: 1-1-2)
DARK AVENGERS BY DEODATO POSTER DKR
DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #1 (OF 5) DEODATO VAR
DARK X-MEN BEGINNING #1 (OF 3) DAX
DARKNESS #78
DEAN KOONTZS NEVERMORE #2 (OF 6)
ELEPHANTMEN WAR TOYS YVETTE (ONE SHOT)
EUREKA SEVEN NOVEL VOL 01 BLUE MONDAY
FR EMPYREAN ODYSSEY BK 03 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN MMPB (C: 1-1-2)
FR TRANSITIONS BK 02 PIRATE KING MMPB (C: 1-1-2)
FRUITS BASKET GN VOL 23 (OF 23)
GENEXT UNITED #3 (OF 5)
GI JOE MOVIE PREQUEL TP
GI JOE ORIGINS #5
GOLD DIGGER TECH MANUAL #4
GREEN LANTERN #43 (BLACKEST NIGHT)
HOUSE OF MYSTERY #15 (MR)
HULK RED AND GREEN TP VOL 02
JUSTICE LEAGUE CRY FOR JUSTICE #1 (OF 7) CVR B
LENORE DOLL KEYCHAIN
MAN WITH NO NAME TP VOL 01 SINNERS & SAINTS (C: 0-1-2)
MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #13
MARVELS PROJECT POSTCARDS (BUNDLE OF 100) (NET)
MS MARVEL #41 DKR
NARUTO TP VOL 45 (C: 1-0-0)
NO HERO #6 (OF 7) (MR)
PATRICIA BRIGGS MERCY THOMPSON HOMECOMING #1 (OF 4)
POWER GIRL #2
PUNISHER FRANK CASTLE MAX #72 (MR)
REBELS #6
RED ROBIN #2
RIFTWAR #1 (OF 5)
ROBERT JORDANS WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #1
SCOOBY DOO #146
SECRET INVASION #4 YU VAR SI
SHONEN JUMP AUGUST 09 (C: 1-1-1)
SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATLASH TP
SKRULL KILL KREW #3 (OF 5) DKR
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #202
SOULFIRE #10 MICHAEL TURNER CVR (RES)
STAND AMERICAN NIGHTMARES #4 (OF 5)
STORMWATCH PHD #22
STRANGE ADVENTURES OF HP LOVECRAFT #3 (OF 4) (MR)
SUPERMAN BATMAN SER 7 BALANCED INNER CASE ASST
SUPERMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MAN OF TOMORROW HC
SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #5 (OF 12)
THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY #1
THOR TALES OF ASGARD BY LEE & KIRBY #3 (OF 6)
TOYFARE #145 GI JOE MOVIE TOYS CVR (C: 0-1-2)
UNCANNY X-MEN FIRST CLASS #1 (OF 8)
UNWRITTEN #3 (MR)
WAR OF KINGS WARRIORS #1 (OF 2)
WARLORD #4
WEDNESDAY COMICS #1 (OF 12)
X-MEN FOREVER #3
X-MEN LEGACY #226 DAX

7/03/2009

J.H. Willaims III on Detective Comics


A great interview over at CBR where JHW III discusses the different techniques employed to make his first issue on Detective the best looking book of the year.

New Business Card


We've got a new design on our business cards. When these run out we'll have to do a 50/50 variant on the next one. Or we could do a retro card with chromium inlays.

7/01/2009

He's an artist.


The first sentence from Todd McFarlane's introduction to his own Spawn Endgame TPB: "As I've gotten older, I've noticed that my interest in traditional, standard, superhero comics from America, have lost some of their interest for me."

The editor on this particular tome? Todd McFarlane. You can't edit yourself. It's a fact.

Kick-Ass... (sigh)


So, I was just glancing through the new Diamond Dateline and happened to notice... Kick-Ass has been pushed back once again. Kick-Ass #7 was scheduled to ship next week. Now it's ship date is 7/22/09.