Tuesday, April 30, 2013

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS DOUBLE PASS AND POSTER GIVEAWAY






On May 9, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Of course everyone is super pumped to see this blockbuster and thanks to our friends at Paramount Pictures Australia, we have 5 double in-season passes along with 5 movie posters to Star Trek Into Darkness to give away.

For your chance to go into the draw to win, simply tell us "what would you name your Federation Starship and why?"

Terms and Conditions:
All entries will go into the All Star Barrel and winners will be drawn at random.
Entries close 7pm Wednesday 8th of May and winners will be announced Thursday the 9th of May.
Passes will only be available to pick up from the store and winner must produce photo ID upon pick up.
Passes and posters MUST be picked up within a week of the draw date. Any remain passes after this date will be given away at our discretion to make sure they don't go to waste. 


Once again a huge thanks to Paramount Pictures Australia and Star Trek Into Darkness in cinemas from May 9th.
For more information head to:
http://www.paramountpicturesaustralia.com.au/
or Paramount Pictures on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/ParamountPicturesAU?ref=ts&fref=ts  

Monday, April 29, 2013

ALL STAR COMICS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ARTIST ALLEY




"We're going to need a bigger boat" a wise man once said. This was the exact thought we had the second after we opened our doors FCBD last year. The store quickly filled to capacity and it didn't let up for the rest of the day. All the while we had an amazing line up of special artistic guests towards the back on the store who might have felt a little overwhelmed when they looked up at the tide wave of people before them. The next day we knew we needed to make some changes for our following FCBD. So this is what we came up with...
Thanks to the help of Melbourne City Council and a group of the most amazingly wonderful and talented local artists our city has to offer, we give you THE ALL STAR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (ACTUAL) ARTIST ALLEY.
What we have on offer this FCBD is aside from a fantastic selection of FREE comics in store, we'll be hosting a MASSIVE local artist line up in four marquees in the Lonsdale St end of Hardware St (the laneway before the store walking up Lonsdale St towards Queen St). The plan is the same as previous years, these fantastic local artists have given up their time to draw totally FREE sketches for you. This time however we can better showcase the incredible range of talent the local Melbourne comic creating community has to offer, while providing a respite from the madness of the store. Our hope is to bring as much attention to local comic talent as possible while also expanding the festival nature of the day!
One of the marquees will house a merchandise table, housing a selection of books and prints from all the artists appearing on the day, manned by Milk Shadow Books, James Andre. 100% of sales from this tables goes straight back to the artists, so we hope that if you like the free sketch they have provided you, you'll hopefully support the artist by checking out some of their work.
The All Star Free Comic Book Day Artist Alley will start from 10am until 5pm, with 5 different slots throughout the day, with each slot running for 90 minutes to an hour.
This is our tentative timetable at this stage and there is always the chance of changes at the last minute without notice.
10am-11:30am 90 minute slot
Matthew Dunn
Andrew Isaac
Brendan Halyday
Trev Wood
Bobby N
Lindsay Walker
Darren Close
Steve Boyd

11:30-1pm 90 minute slot

Sacha Bryning
Ben Hutchings
David Blumenstein
Ive Sorocuk
Laura Renfrew
Scarlette Baccini
Tim Molloy
Frank Candiloro 
Sarah Howell
 
1pm-2:30pm 90 minute slot
Luke Andrew
Chris Mc Quinlan
Hugh Freeman
Evan Jones
Thomas Tung
Grange Wallis

2:30pm-4pm 90 minute slot

Doug Holgate
Charles Lin
Tristan Jones
Dean Rankine
Tom Taylor
Colin Wilson
Kate Moon

4pm-5pm 60 minute slot

Simon Wright
Michael Wszelaki
Jason Franks
Andrew Law
Henry Pop
Michael Bradshaw
Over 30 fantastic artists offering up their time to draw for you! Please keep in mind that when you ask for your sketch that you might need some reference for the artist to draw from, so keep those smart phones handy!
Also again in the spirit of the day if you are waiting for a sketch and a younger fan is waiting behind you for one too, it would be amazing if you can let them in front of you.
It goes without saying that this is one of the most impressive line ups of artists outside a major convention. None of this would of been possible without the time and skills of all the artists involved. We can not thank this fine folk nearly enough and we hope you enjoy the day and the art they provide for you!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Comics For Wednesday 1st May


It's the first week of May and that can only mean one thing, Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. In case you haven't been paying any attention to almost every post we've done mentioning it, here is another friendly reminder. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for updated details on what you can expect on the day. We're expecting it to be our biggest yet. But before all that noise, we've got regular old comics coming out this week that we've kindly listed below. If you would like any of them, let us know.

MARVEL
AGE OF ULTRON #7 (OF 10)
ALL NEW X-MEN #11 NOW
CAPTAIN MARVEL #12
HAWKEYE #10
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #7 NOW
IRON MAN #258.1
IRON MAN #9 NOW2
IRON MAN COMING OF MELTER #1
RED SHE-HULK #65 NOW2
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9 NOW
THANOS RISING #2 (OF 5) NOW
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #26
WINTER SOLDIER #18
X-FACTOR #255
X-MEN LEGACY #10 NOW2

DC COMICS
ACTION COMICS #20
AME COMI GIRLS #3
ANIMAL MAN #20
AQUAMAN #19
BATWING #20
DETECTIVE COMICS #20
DIAL H #12
EARTH 2 #12
GREEN ARROW #20
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #8
MAD MAGAZINE #521
MOVEMENT #1
PHANTOM STRANGER #8
STORMWATCH #20
SWAMP THING #20
WORLDS FINEST #12

VERTIGO
FAIREST #15 

BOOM
SUICIDE RISK #1

DARK HORSE
47 RONIN #4 (OF 5)
ABE SAPIEN DARK & TERRIBLE #2
MICHAEL AVON OEMINGS VICTORIES #1 (OF 5) TRANSHUMA
MISTER X EVICTION #1 (OF 3)
STAR WARS DARK TIMES FIRE CARRIER #4 

DYNAMITE
ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #13
BLACK BAT #1 
GAME OF THRONES #14 
MISS FURY #2 
THE SPIDER #11

IDW
COLONIZED #2 (OF 4)
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CUTTER #2 (OF 5)
JOE PALOOKA #6 (OF 6)
MARS ATTACKS #10
TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT HOIST #1

IMAGE
BLACKACRE #6 
EPIC KILL #10
INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #2
MICE TEMPLAR IV LEGEND #2
SNAPSHOT #4 (OF 4)
SON OF MERLIN #4
SPAWN #231
SUPER DINOSAUR #19
TEN GRAND #1 

MISC
ARCHIE #643 ARCHIE MEETS GLEE PT 3
CHARISMAGIC VOL 2 #1 (OF 6) 
DAN THE UNHARMABLE #12 
HARBINGER WARS (VU) #2 (OF 4) 
RED TEN #3 (OF 10) 
SHADOWMAN (VU) #0 

MAGAZINES
HEAVY METAL #262 NEWSSTAND ED 

TRADES
ARMY OF DARKNESS OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 
ARMY OF DARKNESS TP VOL 01 HAIL TO THE QUEEN BABY
BEDLAM TP VOL 01
CABLE AND X-FORCE TP VOL 01 WANTED NOW
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DRIZZT TP VOL 01 NEVERWINTER
FOUR HORSEMEN O/T APOCALYPSE SC VOL 02 (OF 3) 
G-MAN TP VOL 03 COMING HOME
GET JIRO TP 
GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO HC VOL 02 
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES TP
GREAT PACIFIC TP VOL 01 TRASHED 
IRON MAN WAR MACHINE TP HANDS OF MANDARIN
KICK-ASS HC VOL 01 
LONE RANGER SNAKE OF IRON TP 
MAGIC THE GATHERING TP VOL 03 PATH OF VENGEANCE
MARVELS IRON MAN 3 SLIPCASE HC ART OF MOVIE
MU AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES DIGEST TP VOL 03
PETER BAGGE OTHER STUFF TP 
PIETROLINO HC 
SHAME GN VOL 02 PURSUIT 
SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 02 BULLETPROOF 
SUPERMAN ACTION TP VOL 01 SUPERMAN MEN OF STEEL 
SUPERMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01
TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 05
TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE TP VOL 02
WORLD OF WARCRAFT DARK RIDERS HC

MERCH
MAN OF STEEL SUPERMAN 1:6 SCALE ICONIC STATUE

BACK IN STOCK
BIRDS OF PREY #19
BLACK BEETLE #3 (OF 4) NO WAY OUT
FIVE GHOSTS HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #1 (OF 5) 2ND
INVINCIBLE #102
NOVA #2 2ND PTG 
STAR WARS #3 
STAR WARS #4 
UNCANNY X-MEN #3 2ND PTG

Saturday, April 27, 2013

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at ALL STAR COMICS MELBOURNE DAY DETAILS!


So we've hyped it enough by now that most of you should be aware that it is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Saturday the 4th of May.

After last year's massive turn out, we thought it best to put a few new features in place to help make the day run as smoothly as possible. Also if you haven't been along to a FCBD celebration in the past we hope this will give you an idea of what you can expect.

OPENING HOURS:
After last year's outing, as much as the day is about kids and introducing younger readers into the world of comics, we found that the hectic nature of the day wasn't always perfectly suited to younger fans and for some was somewhat overwhelming. So to help with this we thought we'd introduce the:

FAMILY ONLY FIRST HOUR: 9AM-10AM
So the idea is families with kids under 12, will get the chance to get in early while the store is still somewhat more relaxed. Hopefully this we will make younger fans more comfortable, while parents can also grab some free books for themselves without needing to wait in line for ages. This also gives us the chance to get out from behind the counter and take a few more photos with folks if they are after them!

REGULAR TRADING HOURS: 10AM-5PM
After the Family Only First Hour, the store will be open for regular trading to the general public 10am-5pm.

At this time we will have representatives downstairs to let a limited amount of people into the store at once as a way to control the crowds so it makes for an easier browsing experience. This might create a bit more of a line outside the store but we feel that with Artists Alley outside this year and more efficient in store service of both the free comics and regular purchases, we hope you wont be waiting too long.

FREE COMIC BOOK STOCK AND STORE LAYOUT:
So again in an attempt to make the day run a little smoother we thought this year along with the all ages and mature reads table at the front of the store, we would introduce a second table positioned at the back of the store (next to the glass cabinets) that will host the KIDS ONLY SELECTION.

The idea here is again to make it as easy as possible for people that might be coming in especially with kids and are not wanting to wait around in line for too long.

The Kids Only Selection will have the following on titles on offer:


The All Star Kids Only Showbag (limit of one per family with kids under 12) which contains these 19 TITLES!
ATOMIC ROBO
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK AND THE AGENTS OF SMASH
BONGO:SIMPSONS
DC NATION SAMPLER
MOUSE GUARD/RUST
SESAME STREET/STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
SMURFS
TMNT ANIMATED
ADVENTURE TIME
BATMAN ADVENTURES
COWBOY HOLLOWS
DONALD DUCK
ERNEST AND REBECCA
FRAGGLE ROCK
MARVEL ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN/AVENGERS
NEW CRUSADERS
SNARKED
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
TRICKY TREATERS


Other Kids Picks titles available are:
CAPSTONE PRESENTS
DISNEY FAIRIES
FINDING GOSSAMYR
IT'S AN UGLY DOLL
KABOOM: ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW
PIPPI LONGSTOCKING
SCRATCH
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG/MEGAMAN
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
TOP SHELF KIDS
LITTLE MISS
MOLLY DANGER
SCARY GODMOTHER
SMURFS HALLOWEEN

Since we only have a limited number of the showbags, it will only be available to families that come in on the day with kids under 12 with a limit of one showbag per family. Both kids and adults can choose a few of titles from the second list of Kids Picks as well.


The all ages and mature table will have these titles to choose from:
2000 AD SPECIAL
ABSOLUTION
ACTION TIME BUDDIES
APHRODITE IX
ATOMIC ROBO
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK AND THE AGENTS OF SMASH
BLEEDING COOL 
BONGO SIMPSONS
BUCK ROGERS
DAMSELS
DC NATION SAMPLER
DARK HORSE: MASS EFFECT/ KILLJOYS
DARK HORSE: STAR WARS/ AVATAR
DRAGONBALL
ENDANGERED WEAPON B
FUBUR
GRIMM
HARBINGER WAR
MARVEL: INFINITY
JUDGE DREDD
KABOOM: ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW
KELLERMAN L'AMOUR
MARBLE SEASON
MOUSE GUARD/RUST
NFL RUSH ZONE
OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE
PRINCE VALIANT
RAMAYAN
CROGGAN RATED FREE
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG/MEGAMAN
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
STAN LEE CHAKRA
STEAM ENGINES OF OZ
STRANGERS
DC: SUPERMAN SPECIAL EDITION
THE RED TEN
SMURFS
THE TICK
TMNT ANIMATED
VALIANT MASTERS
WALKING DEAD
WORLD OF ARCHIE
WORLD OF ASPEN
ARCHIE LAUGH
AXE COP
BATMAN ADVENTURES
DARK AXIS #1, #2, #3, #4
EC TALES FROM THE CRYPT
FF #5
GHOSTBUSTERS
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #19
MARVEL SEASON ONE
MARVEL ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN/AVENGERS
SNARKED
SPAVEHAWK
TMNT ONGOING
ZOMBIE KID

The selection is great and the titles that don't have a link are ones we have added to the list. Stock levels permitting, we hope to give everyone at least the choice of 6 to 7 titles.

We strongly recommend that you have an idea of what titles you want to pick up on the day. Click the links, see what you like and write a list. Doing this we help cut down on your time in line and give you more time to look around the store and get a sketch from one of the artists we will be hosting on the day.

Speaking of, this year, the All Star Free Comic book day Artists Alley will for the first time be outside the store, you can find out more information on who will be with us here. The artists will be on the Lonsdale street end of Hardware Street just down from the store from 10am to 5pm. In the spirit of the day, please try and collect only one sketch per person, especially during the busy periods. If you have any questions on the day we will have a number of store representatives on Hardware Street to answer any questions you have.

Store representatives will be recognisable on the day as anyone sporting one of these lanyards and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.


Anyone wishing to enter the costume competition please seek out our in store photographer and attempt to get a photo in front of the elevator using it as a backdrop. Please find further details of the contest here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the store, please be aware that there will likely be some lining up outside at certain points of the day either while waiting to get into the store or waiting for a sketch. Please keep in mind that this is Melbourne and cover is limited so we recommend unbrellas just in case, we'll keep our fingers crossed for sunshine. If there are any customers who have special needs, please contact the store before hand and we will do our best to accommodate you as best we can.

Most important of all, HAVE AN AWESOME FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ALL STAR COSTUME CONTEST 2013


FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is just around the corner. Saturday May 4th will see us celebrate our third FCBD and along with that yet another FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ALL STAR COSTUME CONTEST!


We love that people make the effort to dress up especially for the day with such excellent costumes, so the least we can do is reward all of that hard work!


Anyone in costume can enter. All you need to do is find our in-house photographer, strike your best costumed pose and then tag yourself in your photo once we get the pictures up on our facebook page. Once you are tagged the public can vote for you along with your friends and family. The people with the five highest counts of "likes" at the end of the week after we post the photos up will be our finalists, then a panel of All Star Staff will pick the 3 best costumes!
This year we'll have a $150 All Star Gift Voucher for 1st place, $100 All Star Gift Voucher for 2nd and $50 All Star Gift Voucher for 3rd.


We look forward to seeing what you guys have planned and may the most awesome costume win!

Monday, April 22, 2013

New Comics For Wednesday 24th April


Well, the countdown is well and truly on to Free Comic Book Day with just under two weeks left till what we consider to be our biggest day of the year and let us assure you, this year will be the biggest we've ever had. Till then though there are some fun things to check out on the local scene such as The Naked Launch which will be the launch of six new comics at Red Bennies. There is also the Homecooked comics festival taking place at Northcote town hall next Sunday which you may also want to check out. Also worth checking out is this weeks comics which are below. If you'd like anything, let us know.

MARVEL
A PLUS X #7 NOW
AVENGERS #10 NOW
AVENGERS ARENA #8 NOW2
DEADPOOL #8 NOW2
DEADPOOL KILLUSTRATED #4 (OF 4)
FANTASTIC FOUR #7 NOW2
FF #6 NOW
FURY MAX #11 (MR)
GAMBIT #11
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #2 NOW
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #651 NOW2
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #13
MORBIUS LIVING VAMPIRE #4 NOW
NEW AVENGERS #5 NOW
SCARLET SPIDER #16
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #22
UNCANNY AVENGERS #7 NOW2
UNCANNY X-MEN #5 NOW
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #28
X-TERMINATION #2 (OF 2) XT
YOUNG AVENGERS #4 NOW

DC COMICS
ALL STAR WESTERN #19
ARROW #6
BATMAN INCORPORATED #10
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #19
BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #6 (OF 6) 
DEMON KNIGHTS #19
FLASH #19
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN #19
I VAMPIRE #19
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #4
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #19
KATANA #3
RED LANTERNS #19 (WRATH)
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #19
SUPERMAN #19
SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES #12
TALON #7
TEEN TITANS #19

VERTIGO
UNWRITTEN #48 

BOOM
DEATHMATCH #5 
FREELANCERS #5 
PEANUTS VOL 2 #8

DARK HORSE
AMALAS BLADE #1 (OF 4)
ANGEL & FAITH #21 
ANSWER #4 (OF 4)
BPRD VAMPIRE #2 (OF 5)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #23 
DRAGON AGE UNTIL WE SLEEP #2 (OF 3)
MASSIVE #11
MIND MGMT #10
STAR WARS LEGACY #2 PRISONER O/T FLOATING WORLD 

DYNAMITE
MASKS #6
SHADOW #12

IDW
ALAN ROBERT KILLOGY #4 (OF 4)
COLONIZED #1 (OF 4)
GI JOE #3
HIGH WAYS #4 (OF 4)
JOE HILL TERRIFYINGLY TRAGIC TREASURY ED
JUDGE DREDD YEAR ONE #2
KILL SHAKESPEARE TIDE OF BLOOD #3 (OF 5)
KISS SOLO #2 (OF 4) THE STARCHILD
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #6
MY LITTLE PONY MICRO SERIES #3 (OF 6) 
TMNT ONGOING #21 
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #16
TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #12

IMAGE
A DISTANT SOIL #39
CLONE #6
DARKNESS #112 
EAST OF WEST #2
END TIMES OF BRAM & BEN #4 (OF 4) 
FIVE WEAPONS #3 (OF 5)
JUPITERS LEGACY #1  
LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #4 (OF 6) 
LOST VEGAS #2 (OF 4)
MANHATTAN PROJECTS #11
MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS #1 
MORNING GLORIES #26 
WHISPERS #5 
WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #6 (OF 6)

MISC
BART SIMPSON COMICS #82
HELHEIM #2 
RACHEL RISING #16
ROGUES #1 
SIXTH GUN #30
SIXTH GUN SONS O/T GUN #3 (OF 5)

MAGAZINES
MARVEL PREVIEWS MAY 2013 
PREVIEWS #296 MAY 2013 

TRADES
BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS TP VOL 02
BLUE BEETLE TP VOL 02 BLUE DIAMOND (N52) 
CASTLE TP RICHARD CASTLES DEADLY STORM
COURTNEY CRUMRIN SPEC ED HC VOL 03 
CREEP HC 
DEATHMATCH TP VOL 01
DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS TP VOL 01 
DOUBLE FINE ACTION COMICS TP VOL 02 
FOUR HORSEMEN O/T APOCALYPSE SC VOL 01 (OF 3) 
GI JOE / TRANSFORMERS TP VOL 03
INVINCIBLE HC VOL 08 ULTIMATE COLLECTION
JERUSALEM STORY OF CITY GN 
KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA ARCHIVES TP VOL 04
LITTLE MAN TP
MARBLE SEASON HC 
MMW MIGHTY THOR TP VOL 04
MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 04 TRUANTS
NINGENS NIGHTMARES TP 
PEANUTBUTTER & JEREMY BEST BOOK EVER TP (O/A)
SHADOWMAN (VU) TP VOL 01 BIRTH RITES
SO LONG SILVER SCREEN HC 
SUPERMAN BEYOND MAN OF TOMORROW TP
THROUGH THE WALLS HC (MR) (C: 0-1-1)
TWELVE HC
UNCANNY AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 RED SHADOW NOW
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 06 FINAL EXECUTION BOOK 1
VADERS LITTLE PRINCESS HC 
WHO IS AC GN 
X-MEN FALL OF MUTANTS TP VOL 02
X-MEN LONGSHOT TP NEW PTG

BACK IN STOCK
BATGIRL #19
EAST OF WEST #1 2ND PTG
HAWKEYE #6 3RD PTG AJA VAR 
HAWKEYE #7 2ND PTG AJA VAR
HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW
INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS TWO GN
OUR LOVE IS REAL ONE SHOT 
STAR WARS #2 

Monday, April 15, 2013

New Comics For Wednesday 17th April


Still exhausted from Supanova so not much to say this week, if you'd like anything, let us know.

MARVEL
AGE OF ULTRON #6 (OF 10)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #61 XT
CABLE AND X-FORCE #7 NOW2
CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 NOW2
CAPTAIN MARVEL #12
DAREDEVIL #25
DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #7 (OF 8)
DARK AVENGERS #189
DISNEY GIRLS PRESENTS #13
FURY MAX #10 
IRON MAN #8 NOW2
NOVA #3 NOW2
SAVAGE WOLVERINE #4 NOW
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #8 NOW
THUNDERBOLTS #8 NOW2
ULTIMATE COMICS WOLVERINE #3 (OF 4)
VENOM #34
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27AU
WOLVERINE MAX #6 
X-FACTOR #254
X-MEN LEGACY #9 NOW2

DC COMICS
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #15
BATWOMAN #19
BIRDS OF PREY #19
CATWOMAN #19
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #19
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #19 (WRATH)
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1
JSA LIBERTY FILES THE WHISTLING SKULL #5 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #19
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICAS VIBE #3
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #19
NIGHTWING #19
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #19
SUPERGIRL #19
SWORD OF SORCERY #7
WONDER WOMAN #19

VERTIGO
FABLES #128 

BOOM
ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA & CAKE #4 (OF 6) 
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #13

DARK HORSE
BLACK BEETLE #3 (OF 4) NO WAY OUT
BPRD HELL ON EARTH #106 COLD DAY IN HELL #2 (OF 2)
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15
HOUSE OF GOLD & BONES #1 (OF 4) 
STAR WARS DARTH VADER & NINTH ASSASSIN #1 (OF 5) 

DYNAMITE
EVIL ERNIE #5
PATHFINDER #6
SHADOW YEAR ONE #2 (OF 8) 

IDW
DANGER GIRL TRINITY #1 (OF 4)
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #4 (OF 12)
DOCTOR WHO VOL 3 #8
GHOSTBUSTERS #3
JUDGE DREDD #6
MAGIC THE GATHERING PATH OF VENGEANCE #4
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #50 TREASURY ED 
TMNT VILLAIN MICROSERIES #1 KRANG 
TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #16
VITRIOL THE HUNTER #3 (OF 6)

IMAGE
CHEW #33 
CYBER FORCE #4 
DANGER CLUB #5
FIVE GHOSTS HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY #2 (OF 5)
GLORY #34
HOAX HUNTERS #9
IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #9
LIL DEPRESSED BOY #16
MARA #4 (OF 6) 
MINIATURE JESUS #1 (OF 5) 
REVIVAL #9
THIEF OF THIEVES #13 
TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (OF 4)
WITCHBLADE DAY O/T OUTLAW ONE SHOT

MISC
ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #7
ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #8
BLOODSHOT (VU) #10 HARBINGER WARS (3 OF 3) PULLBOX
BODIE TROLL #1 (OF 4)
CROSSED BADLANDS #27 
IDOLIZED #5 
JIRNI #1 (OF 5) 
LOOKOUTS RIDDLE VOL 01 #5
SIMPSONS COMICS #201
STITCHED #13 
X-O MANOWAR (VU) #12 

TRADES
AGE OF APOCALYPSE TP VOL 02 WEAPON OMEGA
ALIENS HC INHUMAN CONDITION 
ANGEL & FAITH TP VOL 03 FAMILY REUNION 
ART OF STEVE DITKO HC NEW ED
AVENGERS PREM HC VOL 01 AVENGERS WORLD
AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP X-MEN LEGACY
BART SIMPSON BIG SHOT TP
BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED TP NEW PTG
BIRDS OF PREY TP VOL 02 YOUR KISS MIGHT KILL (N52)
DARKNESS REBIRTH TP VOL 02
DIAL H TP VOL 01 INTO YOU (N52)
DRAGON AGE WORLD OF THEDAS HC VOL 01 
FOUR HORSEMEN O/T APOCALYPSE SC VOL 03 (OF 3) 
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE TP VOL 02 SECRETS  DEA
GI JOE COBRA TP OKTOBER GUARD
HACK SLASH TP VOL 12
HAPPY TP 
HARVEST HC 
HOUSE OF SECRETS OMNIBUS HC
IRON MAN 2020 TP
JOE GOLEM & DROWNING CITY ILL NOVEL SC 
LOUIS RIEL A COMIC STRIP BIOGRAPHY TP
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All Star Legends Presents: Northlanders Vol 1


With the recent release of Brian Wood's eco action drama, The Massive to trade, his Star Wars series coming along nicely and the impending hit, X-Men out later this month, we thought the time couldn't be better to showcase Wood's take on the era of Vikings with art by David Gianfelice in NORTHLANDERS.


Vikings. The word alone immediately evokes certain images to peoples minds. Helmets with horns attached to the sides, yes but also the darker images as well. It is that darker, brutal and more honest approach that Wood has taken with the subject that makes this series well worth while.
Northlanders is almost an anthology of tales, each collection of stories standing alone with a different artist each time. Rewarding enough as separate reads but amazing as a whole chronicling the journey of survival, race and religion during this darker part of history.

Northlanders: Sven The Returned is the first book in the series and Wood doesn't give you a moment before the first life is taken within panels of the first page. This might have you thinking this series is bound to only be about blood letting and swords play (which it is in some part) but it is hardly without reason or rhyme. The story of Sven reads a lot more like a pulpy crime novel at times, it just happens to be set in the era of Vikings. Returning home to reclaim his family birthright and fortune, after years of self imposed exile, Sven gets more than he bargained for and must face a time of reconnecting with the people and land he turned his back on years ago.


As always Wood is on fire here. His writing on Sven as a driven man of means, with a strong sense of entitlement is as great as any classic crime noir protagonist. Wood's greatest strength in most of his stories is the world building he does around his main cast, which along with the stressed gaunt line work of David Gianfelice will easily have you transported to 980 AD, almost feeling the harshness of the biting northern winds. Panels with nothing more than barren landscape filling them have you instantly understanding the hardships the cast face as much as the pages of characters holding the line to defend their homelands from invading parties.

Ultimately Northlanders is a great series showcasing more modern story tropes in a viking setting, while at the same time serving as an interesting lesson in the history of the time.

As always, the ALL STAR LEGEND will be available for 30 days (or until stock sells out) at the discounted price. As this will be a limited stock promotion there is strictly "no holds" on the legend.  First in, best read! No further discount applies to the book as there's a pretty good chance it will already be cheaper than the US cover price! The discount also only applies to the volume listed, not the entire series of trades.

If you have any questions, you know where to ask them. You can start to buy the Legend from this Thursday the 11th of April.

All Star Legends. The legendary titles of the highest recommendation.