MONDAY TELEMETRY For August 2nd, 2010

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 this week.

CAPTAIN AMERICA'S IN A RACE ACROSS THE WORLD TO SOLVE A MYSERY FROM WORLD WAR TWO! James "Bucky" Barnes has led many lives. Once he was Captain America's partner Bucky, a proud member of the Invaders, a founder of the original Young Allies. Now he is Captain America, the Sentinel of Liberty, and when an old enemy suddenly reappears, Jim must re-open the last, unsolved case of the Young Allies -- to stop a menace that threatens the world! Roger Stern (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) travels from World War II with Nick Dragotta (X-MEN FIRST CLASS) to the modern age with Marco Santucci (SIEGE: SPIDER-MAN) to tell a time-tossed epic tale of mystery, intrigue, and high adventure!

Following the bullet-ridden finale to the best-selling video game, Kane and Lynch decide what's best for everyone concerned is that they go their separate ways. That is, until a contract is put out on their collective lives for a huge bounty - and every assassin and two-bit goon around the world is gunning for the volatile pair. Can the unrepentant traitor and medicated psychopath work together once more to save their lives and get to the bottom of this blood-drenched conspiracy?

Artist DAVID HAHN joins newcomer STEPHEN SCOTT to tell a story of doomed romance, bloodshed and the outer limits of human potential, all unfolding on the "complicated" streets of Baltimore, Maryland. The Arabber is a reformed killer bent on bringing peace to his hometown. Method is his lover and partner in crime, but she may not be long for The Arabber's crusade. The first of many genre-bending stories in the MURDERLAND universe.

You really should check out this series, if you haven't already!
The surprise hit of the year marches on! In this issue, discover the secrets of Sir Issac Newton, see how Galileo defeated Galactus long before the Fantastic Four ever did and find out why Leonardo da Vinci traveled over 400 years to do. All of this from the twisted minds of writer Jonathan Hickman (FANTASTIC FOUR) and superstar in the making Dustin Weaver (X-MEN LEGACY)!

New Comics In Store 08-04-10

The full list after the jump.


MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 26th, 2010

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 this week.

The original Captain Boomerang returns as BRIGHTEST DAY continues. Meanwhile, Barry must prove his innocence to the Renegades, cops from the 25th  century. Discover what connection they have to the Rogues and what travesties have occurred in the future.

 HOTWIRE: DEEP CUT #1 (of 3)
Detective Exorcist Alice Hotwire is back! After the events of Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, the city's only supernatural investigator is taking some much needed R&R. But when a Blue Light from her colored past appears in front of her door, it sparks a series of events that lead Hotwire and Mobey across the city attempting to stop the results of a secret government project from turning the city into another living nightmare. With backup from Coroner Love and Metro Police, can Hotwire and Mobey save the day one more time? Join groundbreaking creator/writer/illustrator Steve Pugh for a glimpse into Alice Hotwire's past and peer through a gateway into her future. 

"THE FIVE LIGHTS" After the events of SECOND COMING, the X-Men's world has changed. We can't tell you much without spoiling the crossover, but here are some words to whet your appetite: Hope, Emma, Namor, Sebastian Shaw. Classic X-Men artist Whilce Portacio is back again for this story-arc of epic proportions!

Best-selling comics writer J. Michael Straczynski (THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Thor) smashes all your expectations of Wonder Woman by lauching an all-new era for the Amazon Princess! Spinning out of the mind-bending events of WONDER WOMAN #600, Diana must face the biggest mystery of all - who destroyed Paradise Island?

New Comics In Store 07-28-10

The full list after the jump.


SDCC Walking Dead trailer

Watch this quick, could be gone any minute.

More LOEG on the horizon

I was beginning to wonder about this... From ICv2:
At the San Diego Comic-Con Top Shelf Comix revealed that the second 72-page installment of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century epic by Alan Moore (Watchmen) and Kevin O’Neill will be released in 2011.  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century Chapter 2: Paint It Black takes place in swinging London in 1969. 


Game Order Today

Game order in today -- Restocked some Munchkin stuff, some Zombies! stuff, some deck boxes, got the new MtG 9-pocket portfolios, restock on MtG Archenemy packs, restocked some Heroclix, and for D&D we got Vor Rukoth, the Demonomicon, Orcs of Stonefang Pass, and the new Tomb of Horrors super-module, also we got the Jonah Hex Battle Pack for heroclix, and the new battle packs for Halo Actionclix.

Really looking forward to this...


MONDAY TELEMETRY For July, 19th, 2010

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 this week.

ITEM! We've got the next eight weeks of Heroclix tourneys figured out, stop on by the shop for a copy of the schedule!

ITEM! Starting Thursday is the Comic-con Consolation Sale! From the 22nd to the 25th, all Trade Paperbacks are 25% off!

A mysterious new threat targets the original Batman's villains, and only Terry McGinnis - the Batman of the future - has a chance of finding and stopping him. But of a Catwoman stalks into the picture, Terry is torn between the lady she appears to be and the deadly tiger she might turn out to be! 

From the stunning sadism that brought you an entire brood of Deadpool droogs comes the chromosomal clusterhiccup that is Lady Deadpool.  Agile, armed, and a howling she-lunatic, this recluse is robbed of the only thing she adores more than binge eating: cable TV.  In an America ravaged by colossal debt and careening unemployment, the loss of the glowing idiot box is more than this girl can take.  Why won't the government do anything?  How is General America complicit?  Was the genocide of all  sitcom writers necessary?  Should Wanda  ransack the loins of a hot activist? Probably. 'Cause this Merc with a Mouth packs lipgloss. And it's sticky.

It's finally here... Six years and almost one thousand pages have all led to this epic finale! With six of Ramona's seven evil exes dispatched, it should be time for Scott Pilgrim to face Gideon Graves, the biggest and baddest of her former beaus. But didn't Ramona take off at the end of Book 5? Shouldn't that let Scott off the hook? Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn't, but one thing is for certain - all of this has been building to Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour!

The Search for Batman starts here! Vanishing Point - where time ends - is tearing itself apart, and one of the keys to keeping reality from being torn asunder is finding exactly where Bruce Wayne is in the time stream! Rip Hunter puts together a high-powered band of Time Masters to travel throughout history in search of the World's Greatest Detective, but can even the combined might and skill of Superman, Green Lantern and Booster Gold help the Time Master pinpoint where Batman went at the end of FINAL CRISIS?
DCU fans won't want to miss this 6-issue companion series to BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE!


BBC's modern take on Sherlock Holmes

Sorry about the quality, the trailers on the BBC site are region locked. Found this on shaky cam footage on youtube. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, of note for Doctor Who fans. (Mike)


A gallery of GL images

Cinematical has a gallery of images from EW.

Runways movie slated

From ICv2: 
Marvel Studios is planning to put Runaways into production as early as January of 2011.  Peter Sollett, who directed the “hipper than thou” production Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, is set to direct the film, which is based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series about a group of teens who discover that their parents are secret supervillains.


Heroclix This Sunday

We'll we resuming our Heroclix tourneys starting this Sunday. For July 18th it'll be 500 points, pre-constructed, unrestricted (in other words, Golden Age).

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be store discount coupons starting as high as 35%! We'll be working on getting some special prizes for the weeks leading up to the release of Web of Spider-Man and hopefully Wizkids will grace us with a release day tournament package. Either way, stay tuned for more details!

MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 12th, 2010

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 this week.

This should solve some of the confusion between Bruce Wayne's ambiguous "death" in RIP and his showdown with Darkseid from Final Crisis.

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel re-team to tell the exciting 2-part, untold tale of Bruce Wayne and his adventures between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS! What happened to Batman - and Dr. Hurt, for that matter - after the devastating events at the climax of R.I.P.? And what secrets within this story point toward THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE?

No doubt will contain Predators spoilers!

Set a few weeks after the climax of Robert Rodriguez's Predators film, the remaining survivors still struggle to find some existence on the alien planet where they are hunted. Hope of outlasting the alien hunters still lives; they have a plan to get away, and they just might be able to pull it off!

SWEETS #1 (OF 5)
A spree killer terrorizes New Orleans days before Hurricane Katrina   makes landfall. Detective Curt Delatte just buried his only daughter, he's in no condition to work. But when the bodies pile up, he masks  his grief and joins the hunt through the bowels of the Big Easy. It won't be long until his city, and his evidence, gets washed away.

Sounds like Interview With A Deadpool, should be great!

You may have heard there's a Deadpool movie in the works.  Anyway, Wade Wilson's heard the same thing - and he's determined to tell his own story before Hollywood screws it up. Deadpool even hires his own screenwriter, who manages to get the Merc With a Mouth to open up like never before-revealing not only his origin story, but shocking details you've never heard before. We're talking Oscar™ -worthy stuff here, people. That is, unless Hollywood manages to screw it up anyway...

New Comics In Store 07-14-10

The full list after the jump.

RIP Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar has passed away at the age of 70. From the Washington Post.


REVIEW: X-Men #1

We open with a fantastic Adi Granov cover depicting some of the key X-Men from past and present arrayed against a foreboding sky. And there are indeed storm clouds on the horizon for the X-Men. The recap in the beginning summarizes some of the recent problems to beset mutantkind and implies that things may be looking up. (Love the retro logo).

It isn't long before a beautiful summer day in San Fransisco is marred by a suicide bomber. But this is no ordinary bomb, the bomber is the bomb, a vampire who when exposed to the sun explodes in a bloody mess. This leaves numerous people including one of the X-Men's own covered in infected blood. 

This is a pretty good first issue, depicting the opening salvo in the war that will unfold under Marvel's Curse of the Mutants banner. Paco Medina's (you may remember him from early issue of the current Deadpool series) art is excellent and serves the story and the action well. Victor Gischler's script is solid but his lack of experience with these characters shows now and again with some dialogue that doesn't quite fit. The only other complaint I have about it is the lack of "catch-up" exposition that would serve to introduce a new reader to the current cast of X-Men. They could of at least used those name and summary captions that were put to such good use in the recent Avengers titles.

Overall this is a solid first issue and it looks like the Curse of the Mutants is going to be good, bloody fun.

Old Man Logan to return next year

From Bleeding Cool via Millarworld.
You know that Old Man Logan sequel I’ve had in my head since last year? The one I was swearing I was going to write? Well, I was flying home from a wee break last night and I mapped out about half of it. Very excited about it and would love to get going on it towards the end of the year.


Chris Evans on the Cap costume

From Empire:
"It’s an amazing costume. Given the fact that his costume is red, white and blue, and it’s tight, and it could be kind of flash and over the top – and given the fact that the movie takes place in the ‘40s and ‘50s – they’ve done a really good job of making it look really cool."

An older video of the giant Gundam

Short vid of the Gundam Statue in Odaiba, Tokyo. Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Gundam series, an 18m tall 1-to-1 scale.

Marvel Universe vs The Punisher

Here's some preview art and an interview with Jonathan Maberry from CBR for the upcoming Marvel Universe vs The Punisher mini-series. Issue #1 debuts on August 4th. 

Sounds like it stands at the crossroads of Old Man Logan and Marvel Zombies which sounds good to me. 


MONDAY TELEMETRY For July 5th. 2010

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 this week.

ITEM! New Comic Book Day is Thursday this week due to the holiday. It's also the X-Men Day Party! Come by and get your copy of X-Men #1 along with a free Paco Medina print. We've have some Blank Cover and Coipel cover variants on hand as well!

ITEM! If you missed Batman Beyond #1 last week, we're getting a restock this week.

ITEM! Thor Mighty Avenger #1 debuts this week and not only is it a new Marvel comic with a $2.99 cover price, but we're also offering a special deal on issue #1 and #2. It's simple, buy issue #1 and we'll give you issue #2 when it's released for FREE!

It's here finally! And it's illustrated by one of our faves -- Frazer Irving!
Thomas Wayne - a man believed murdered over 20 years ago - has returned with an incredible tale to tell, and he's claiming the entire Wayne fortune! He's slyly demanding that Bruce Wayne must return if Bruce wishes to oppose the claim! Plus, the long-awaited return of the ultimate Batman villain!

If you missed this landmark mini-series, here it is collected in an exceptional hardcover package. Also premiering this week is Blackest Night Green Lantern and Blackest Night Green Lantern Corps, both in hardcover.
As the war between the different Corps rages on, the prophecy of the Blackest Night descends in this hardcover collecting the best-selling BLACKEST NIGHT #0-8. Now, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps lead DC's champions into battle to save the universe from an army of Black Lanterns made up of the DCU's deceased heroes and villains!

Here it is, the reason Spider-Woman was canceled. Bendis and Maleev's creator-owned series that has been in the making for some time. Check it out!
THE AWARD WINNING, BEST SELLING, POWERHOUSE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND DAREDEVIL, HALO, AND THE AVENGERS UNLEASH THEIR BOLDEST PROJECT YET! SCARLET! This is the comic experience of the year! The first creator owned series by one of the most successful teams in all of modern comics. Scarlet is the story of a woman pushed to the edge by all that is wrong with the world...A woman who decides to stand up and fight back...A woman who will not back down...A woman who discovers within herself the power to start a modern American revolution!! In the vein of Alias, Powers, and Jinx, Scarlet debuts a fascinating new comics character that, with every issue, reveals new things about herself against a completely original backdrop of intrigue and drama. Get in on the ground floor of the first creator owned series by Bendis since Powers, and the first creator owned series by Maleev...ever. (and, yes, the trademark obnoxious Bendis letter column will be here too)

Steve Rogers was America's first Super-Soldier - Captain America - and he's fought for his country since World War II.  Now a face from the past reappears, a woman that cannot be alive because Steve watched her die!  Steve has fought for so long, and lost so much -- is his past coming back to haunt him now?  Or could this be the plot of an old enemy who controls nearly everything he touches, including Steve's mind? From multiple Award-Winning Captain America scribe Ed Brubaker and acclaimed artist Dale Eaglesham comes a mini-series no Cap or Avengers fan will want to miss!


He's banished, he's mad, and he wants to FIGHT. ROGER LANGRIDGE (Muppet Show, Eisner and Harvey Award nominee) and CHRIS SAMNEE (SIEGE: EMBEDDED, The Mighty) re-imagine the God of Thunder in THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER! THRILL as he battles robots the size of cities! GASP as he tames the mightiest sea creatures! SWOON as he rescues damsels from the vilest villains! It's Thor as you've NEVER seen him, hammering his way into your hands TWICE this month!

New Comics In Store 07-08-10

The full list after the jump.


Heroclix Delays

Can't say I'm surprised. There's been a slight delay to most of the recent releases. Here's the new street dates for some of the upcoming Heroclix releases:

Watchmen HeroClix Collectors Set Street Date (first on sale date)  8/25/10
Web of Spider-Man Street Date (first on sale date) 09/08/10
Fantastic Four Starter (reprint) Street Date (first on sale date) 09/08/10


Andrew Garfield will be Peter Parker

From Cinematical via Sony's Twitter feed.

The wait is over. Sony Pictures has finally announced, via its Twitter feed (@sonypictures), that American actor Andrew Garfield will take over for Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in the rebooted Spider-Man  movie due out on July 3rd 2012.