Saturday, August 31, 2013

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS: DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS HC


ALL STAR RECOMMENDS – Daredevil: End of Days HC

He uttered one word as he laid dying, a single clue, and irresistible bait for a search into the past for its truth. It is an obituary, yet also an eye toward the future for the legend of Matt Murdock, Daredevil.  

Equal parts recollection of the great moments in Ol’ hornhead’s history, as well as a startling primer for those looking to see what all the fuss is about, Daredevil: End of Days straddles the line between love letter to the past and bold reminder of the character’s timeless ability to attract ‘new’ acolytes.

This meld doesn’t just happen in the plot and dialogue however. The art itself is the device that transports readers through the various eras; primarily the 80’s of Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz, and the early 2000’s Alex Maleev and David Mack, both pairs supporting each other brilliantly.

In fact, each art style itself serves to pinpoint key characters and flashes into Murdock’s past but it never jars, as the grit and variation that each artist employs has become one with the character and expectations of the tone and singular habitat of hell’s kitchen. Again, this either serves as a treat for long time readers or an exciting artifact for those looking to get the best of DD in one place.


Primary credit has to go to writers Bendis and Mack however, as they have managed to create and give voice to a story that seems without creators. The pair prove to be invisible throughout, and are so attuned to the voices of Ben Urich, Elektra, Foggy, Peter Parker, Frank Castle and Matt himself that it feels like a historical excavation and recreation of pre-existing people. In his novel On Writing, author Stephen King states his belief that all stories are hidden and it is the writer’s job to merely unearth and polish them; to give new life to something long buried, and to be honest. Daredevil: End of Days feels the most true example of that idea that I’ve read recently.

With Frank Miller absent it might have seemed this was a foolish attempt to capitalize on his early (and most heralded) work on the character in some sort of nostalgic cash grab, but it both transcends and honours his work while simultaneously being a celebration of what has been done since without ego or highlight upon any individual creative voice.


A modern masterpiece, and the best incarnation of The Punisher since Mr Ennis held the pen… Even then, wow.


Verdict: ALL STAR RECOMMENDED!

Recommends written by Luke H

Monday, August 26, 2013

New Comics For Wednesday 28th


Oh man, more comics...why are you so awesome?! Week's like this are just a pleasure! Aaron wraps up his origin story of the mad Titan in THANOS RISING #5 while starting his next arc on the outstanding THOR GOD OF THUNDER #12. The first post Morrison Bat Inc issue ships with BATMAN INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1. An amazing line up of superstar artist guest in AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY #1 and fantastic new Vertigo series Collider gets re-named with FBP FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #2. Serious all age awesome with ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1. Hickman's SECRET #3 finally gets released! And trades, don't us started! DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 04, FURY MAX TP VOL 02, GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC VOL 01, TALON TP VOL 01 ,YOUNG AVENGERS TP VOL 01. Oh and early Mignola art on the most badass space critter around: ROCKET RACCOON TP TALES FROM HALF WORLD.


MARVEL 
A PLUS X #11
ASTONISHING X-MEN #66
AVENGERS ARENA #14
CAPTAIN AMERICA #10
CAPTAIN MARVEL #15 INF
DEADPOOL #15
FF #11
GAMBIT #16
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #655
NEW AVENGERS #9 INF
SCARLET SPIDER #21
SECRET AVENGERS #8
THANOS RISING #5 (OF 5) INF
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #12
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #26
UNCANNY AVENGERS #11
UNCANNY X-MEN #11
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #35
WOLVERINE MAX #10 
YOUNG AVENGERS #9 NOW

DC COMICS
ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #4
ALL STAR WESTERN #23
AQUAMAN #23
BATMAN INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1
BATMAN SUPERMAN #3
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #23
CATWOMAN #23
FLASH #23
GREEN TEAM TEEN TRILLIONAIRES #4
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US #8
JUSTICE LEAGUE #23 (TRINITY)
LARFLEEZE #3
RED LANTERNS #23
SUPERMAN #23
TALON #11
TEEN TITANS #23

VERTIGO
AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY #1 
FBP FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #2 
TOM STRONG AND THE PLANET OF PERIL #2 (OF 6)
UNWRITTEN #52 
WAKE #1 DIRECTORS CUT 

BOOM
ADVENTURE TIME #19 MAIN CVRS 
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #17
REGULAR SHOW #3 

DARK HORSE
ANGEL & FAITH #25 
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #2
ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1 (OF 3)
KING CONAN HOUR O/T DRAGON #4 (OF 6)
MASS EFFECT FOUNDATION #2
MASSIVE #15
MIND MGMT #14
STAR WARS LEGACY II #6 
STATION TO STATION ONE SHOT

DYNAMITE
DAMSELS GIANT KILLER ONE SHOT
MARK WAID GREEN HORNET #5
MISS FURY #5 
UNCANNY #3

IDW
DOCTOR WHO PRISONERS OF TIME #8 (OF 12) 
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #2
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #10
THUMBPRINT BY JOE HILL #3 (OF 3)
TMNT ONGOING #25 
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #20
TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS #4
TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #94

IMAGE
FATALE #16 
LAZARUS #3 
MIND THE GAP #13 
MORNING GLORIES #30 
SECRET #3 
SEX #6 
SKULLKICKERS #24
SUPER DINOSAUR #20
THINK TANK #9

MISC
ALL NEW FATHOM #2 (OF 8) 
ATOMIC ROBO REAL SCIENCE ADV #10
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #14 
EXTINCTION PARADE #2 
FUTURAMA COMICS #68
HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER #1
MYSTERIOUS STRANGERS #3
OCCUPY COMICS #3
OVERTAKEN #1 (OF 5) 
WESTWARD #5

MAGAZINES
HEAVY METAL #264 
MARVEL PREVIEWS SEPTEMBER 2013 EXTRAS 
PREVIEWS #300 SEPTEMBER 2013 

TRADES

ABSOLUTE SUPERMAN BATMAN HC VOL 01
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED HC VOL 02
DC SUPER PETS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA YR TP 
DEVIL IS IN DETAILS EXAMINING MATT MURDOCK & DARED
DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 04
FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 07 
FURY MAX TP VOL 02 MY WAR GONE BY 
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY PREM HC VOL 01 COSMIC AVENGERS
HELLBLAZER TP VOL 06 
HIGHER EARTH TP VOL 02
JACK KIRBYS OMAC ONE MAN ARMY CORPS TP
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN OMNIBUS TP
LEGION LOST TP VOL 2 THE CULLING (N52)
MASKS TP VOL 01 

MMW INCREDIBLE HULK TP VOL 03
PROGENY TP VOL 01
RED SONJA TP VOL 11 ECHOES OF WAR 
ROCKET RACCOON TP TALES FROM HALF WORLD
SAM KIETH SAMPLINGS & DABBLINGS SC
SANDMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 
SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 14 
SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 01 REVERIE TP NOW
SWORD OF SORCERY TP VOL 01 AMETHYST (N52)
TALON TP VOL 01 SCOURGE OF THE OWLS (N52)
VISUAL FUNK JIM MAHFOOD ART HC
X-MEN LEGACY TP VOL 02 INVASIVE EXOTICS
X-MEN MAGIK TP STORM AND ILLYANA
YOUNG AVENGERS TP VOL 01 STYLE SUBSTANCE NOW

BACK IN STOCK
HAWKEYE #11 2ND AJA PTG VAR 
KICK-ASS 3 #2 (OF 8)
SATELLITE SAM #1 2ND PTG
SHELTERED #1
SHELTERED #2
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #1 NOW
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #2 NOW
TRILLIUM #1 (OF 8) 
WALRUS GN 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

IRON MAN 3 DVD PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY!

 


Iron Man 3 is out on DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital August 28th and we have a excellent prize pack to give away along with two runners up prizes.
First prize is: a copy of Iron Man 3 on DVD, a Iron Man Hoodie, a Iron Man Cap and a set of Iron Man Headphones.
Two Runners Up prizes are: A copy of Iron Man 3 on DVD and a Iron Man Cap.
To go into the draw to win all you need to do is tell us, in the final act as a last ditch play Tony drops the phrase "Initiate the House Party Protocol." If this was the codename for your back up plan, what would you have happen?
Terms and Conditions:
All entries will go into the All Star Barrel and winners will be drawn at random.
Entries close 7pm Wednesday 28th of August and winners will be announced Thursday the 29th of August. Prizes will only be available to pick up from the store and winner must produce photo ID upon pick up. Prizes might not be available for pick up for 4 weeks after the draw. Winners will be contacted once the prizes are in store.
Again a massive thanks to Iron Man 3 out on DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital August 28th

 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, August 19, 2013

WHITE HOUSE DOWN PREVIEW PASS GIVEAWAY!


In Columbia Pictures’ White House Down, Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group.  Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Thanks to those fine folks from Sony Pictures and White House Down, in cinemas September 5th, we have 5 preview passes to a screening of White House Down on Monday 2nd September at 6.30pm at Hoyts Melbourne Central.

To go into the draw for you chance to win just tell us "who would make your ultimate action/buddy duo and why?"

SPECIAL NOTE: As this prize is for a specific time and date, please only enter if you make the screening. 

All entries will go into the All Star Barrel and winners will be drawn at random.
Entries close 6pm Monday the 26th of August and winners will be announced Tuesday the 27th of August.
Winners will need to provide their email addresses so that they can get their special bar coded entry. 


Again a massive thanks to Sony Pictures and White House Down Only at the Movies! September 5
For more information head to:
www.WhiteHouseDown.com.au
or
https://www.facebook.com/SonyPicturesAUS?ref=br_tf

© 2013 CTMG. All Rights Reserved. 

New Comics For Wednesday August 21st



 And the hits just keep on coming! Hopefully you had the chance to catch the Comic Book Heroes doco about Gestalt on ABC 1 last Tuesday at 10pm. If not it's now on IVIEW. Once you catch up there don't forget about episode 2 airing the same time this Tuesday!
As for comics, don't get me started! Marvel's Infinity rolls out its first tie in issues. Kitch hit BATMAN 66 number two is out. The brother no one ever wanted is in with 100 BULLETS BROTHER LONO #3. CHEW TP VOL 07 BAD APPLES  has been a long time coming but it's finally out! Sam Humphries Aztec time travel madness in SACRIFICE HC. And the Intergalactic Bard is back in stock with the return of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES STAR WARS HC. Anything you like the look of let us know below. :D


MARVEL
AVENGERS #18 INF
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #18 INF
CABLE AND X-FORCE #13
DAREDEVIL #30
DEXTER #2 (OF 5) 
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #12
MORBIUS LIVING VAMPIRE #8
NOVA #7
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #16
THUNDERBOLTS #14 INF
ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #29
VENOM #39
X-FACTOR #261
X-MEN #4
X-MEN LEGACY #15

DC COMICS
ANIMAL MAN #23
ARROW #10
BATMAN 66 #2
BATMAN AND NIGHTWING #23
BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #1
BATWOMAN #23
BIRDS OF PREY #23
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #23
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23 (TRINITY) 
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICAS VIBE #7
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #23
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #23
SUPERGIRL #23
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3
TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #3 (TRINITY)
WONDER WOMAN #23

VERTIGO
100 BULLETS BROTHER LONO #3 (OF 8) 
FABLES #132

BOOM
ADVENTURE TIME CANDY CAPERS #2 (OF 6) 
BRAVEST WARRIORS #11 

DARK HORSE
BLOOD BROTHERS #2 (OF 3)
BPRD HELL ON EARTH #110
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #19
CREEPY COMICS #13
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #27 
DREAM THIEF #4 (OF 5)
LOBSTER JOHNSON SCENT OF LOTUS #2
STAR WARS DARK TIMES SPARK REMAINS #2 (OF 5) 
STAR WARS DARTH VADER & NINTH ASSASSIN #5 (OF 5)
STRAIN THE FALL #2

IDW
DINOSAURS ATTACK #2 (OF 5)
JUDGE DREDD #10
KISS KIDS #1 (OF 4)
MY LITTLE PONY MICRO SERIES #7 CUTIE MARK CRUSADER
TMNT VILLAIN MICROSERIES #5 KARAI 

IMAGE
APHRODITE IX #4
BOUNCE #4 
CHIN MUSIC #2
I LOVE TROUBLE #6 
MICE TEMPLAR IV LEGEND #6 
REVIVAL #13
THIEF OF THIEVES #16 

MISC
BLOODSHOT #0 
SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #9 
SIMPSONS COMICS #205
SIXTH GUN #33
SOLID STATE TANK GIRL #3 (OF 4)
SOULFIRE VOL 4 #6 
X-O MANOWAR #16

TRADES
AVENGERS COMPLETE COLL BY GEOFF JOHNS TP VOL 02
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW WONDERLAND TP 
CAPTAIN ATOM TP VOL 02 GENESIS (N52)
CHEW TP VOL 07 BAD APPLES 
CHILDREN OF PALOMAR HC 
CURING POSTMODERN BLUES READING MORRISON & WESTON
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS TP VOL 02 VANDAL SAVAGE (N52)
DEADPOOL TP VOL 02 SOUL HUNTER NOW
DRAGON AGE HC VOL 03 UNTIL WE SLEEP
FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 02 ROAD TRIP NOW
GREEN LANTERN SECTOR 2814 TP VOL 02
IN THE DAYS OF THE MOB HC
INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02
IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 02 SECRET ORIGIN OF STARK BOO
JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES TP (S&S ED) VOL 06 
KITARO GN
NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP VOL 05
NEXUS OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 
SACRIFICE HC 
SAVAGE WOLVERINE PREM HC VOL 01 KILL ISLAND NOW
SPIDER-MAN TP DYING WISH
STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS PX SC ED 
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 02 TROUBLED MIND NOW
TMNT ARTOBIOGRAPHY HC
X-O MANOWAR TP VOL 03 PLANET DEATH

MERCH
POP TMNT RAPHAEL VINYL FIG 

BACK IN STOCK
BATMAN SUPERMAN #1
SATELLITE SAM #2 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES STAR WARS HC 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Melbourne Writers Festival COMIC PANELS AND EVENTS!

Local superstar and all round nice guy, Bruce Mutard sent us a wonderful email this morning. It contained a detailed rundown of comic panels and events being held during the current Melbourne Writers Festival from August 22nd to September 1st. We highly recommend you have a look over this line up and get yourself some tickets for a great few days out discussing comics. Massive thanks again to Bruce for all his hard work putting this post together. Now over to Bruce! 

Firstly, I am giving a talk at the RMIT Lunchbox design Talks on Wednesday the 21st at 12:30pm about my career in comics. It’s for students, but also for the public and FREE. building 514.1.001 Brunswick Campus, Dawson Street. Will probably skip over to Squishface afterwards given it’s nearby. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9smnrkhohzsx



It’s Melbourne Writers Festival time from next week and on SATURDAY the 24th, there are a bunch of comics themed events that y’all might be interested in. Okay, I’m in some of them so that makes it potentially more interesting or less, depending on you...


UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Saturday 24th August at 10:00am. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Tix here: http://tickets.mwf.com.au/session2_mwf.asp?sn=Under+Construction&s=649

My $1 question is: when will The Fight come out? Or, how’s The Fight coming along? Well, at this session I will show you what it is, where it’s at and maybe guess when it’ll come out. It’s taking a long time for a lot of reasons, but it is happening and it is going to go places you can’t imagine if you’ve read The Sacrifice. Joining me will be Sarah Howell, who is working on a book about Enid Lyons and the three men she knew who died in office: her husband, Joe Lyons; John Curtin and Harold Holt. One is an accident, two is a coincidence, but three is a conspiracy. A remarkable woman by a remarkable talent featuring in what is certainly the GN I am most eagerly anticipating. Also on stage will be Mirranda Burton, another amazing talent - witness her book Hidden - but now working on a wordless book that is made up from her exquisite hand-cut Lino prints. It’s all about the 99% perspiration folks, so bring a towel. 


DRAW, DRAW FASTER! Saturday 24th August at 4:00pm. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Tix here: http://tickets.mwf.com.au/session2_mwf.asp?sn=Draw%2C+Draw+Faster%21&s=482

Picture this (clue: imagination): two easels, blank paper and sharpies in a rack. Two blokes and two sheilas who also happen be illustrators and cartoonists are confronted with the dreaded blank page and are thereby compelled to fill it with spontaneous comic story-making on the fly, directed by the man who can make something out of nothing, sensible: Bernard Caleo. I, along with Alexis Sudgen (the delightful My Sisters Voice also being launched at Skinny Arse below), David Blumenstein and Lesley Vamos (ex Disney animator and prolific illustrator) will battle to make nothing sensible! Probably going to be pretty hilarious. If that doesn’t happen I’ll show my bum. 
 
 
 
SKINNY ARSE COMICS LAUNCH. Saturday 24th August at 5:30pm. ACMI The Cube. http://tickets.mwf.com.au/browse2_mwf.asp?k=skinny+arse&a2752=&sd=

Following the success of the Skinny Arse launch at last years festival and in the spirit of Big Arse, this year we launch four new comics onto the Melbourne literary scene and they’re all debut books too! Firstly, there is Alexis Sudgen’ delightful, wistful My Sister’s Voice,  a tale of a lighthouse keepers years long search for her sister supposedly lost at sea. Then there is Lauren Hills and Ceili Braidwood’ Good Hordekeeping which you have to imagine as good housewife’s guide to etiquette in dealing with zombies. Yes. Then there’s Caitlin Major and Matthew Hoddy’ Space Pyrates, a collection of a web comic featuring, un-muscled hipster couple who nevertheless are a very dynamic duo roaming about space; think Jack Sparrow crossed with Douglas Adams. Then there is the fascinating Neomad, a science fiction dreaming conjured up by Melbourne chap Sutu collaborating with 30 kids from the Leramudgu area of the Pilbara. Yep, they created and coloured it. It’s actually an interactive comic that first made its appearance on itunes (see: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/neomad-interactive-comic-for/id549058981?mt=8). This is probably where comics are going to go, but for old-schoolers like me, we have print too. This event is the only one that is FREE, which makes sense, for that way, you can buy the books and get them signed on the day. Please come along!

There are several other comics events that will be worth your while to attend too and since it’s all on the same day, make a day of it!
 
 

DRAW LIKE A GIRL. Saturday 24th August at 1:00pm. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Tix here: http://tickets.mwf.com.au/session2_mwf.asp?sn=Draw+Like+A+Girl&s=481

Jo Waite, Katie Parrish and Lucy Knisley gather on stage to talk about whether female comics artists see and draw the world different from blokes. I say they do and the world and the medium is all the better for it! Especially these three!



Inside X-Men. Saturday 24th August at 11:30am. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Tix here: http://tickets.mwf.com.au/session2_mwf.asp?sn=Inside+X%2DMen&s=530

Marjorie M Liu is well known to many fans of speculative fiction and also to those who read the Astonishing X-Men comic. Here the spotlight is shone on her talking to Joey Morris of Non-Canonical about what it is to work with a franchised intellectual property such as this one. Obviously being a woman in a male dominated domain will matter at some level, but hopefully we’ll get insight into the machine that is Marvel/Disney/Pixar/Lucasfilm. Will we see X-men team up with the Incredibles and Pocahontas to fight Darth Maul? And why are they always bloody fighting? Can’t they all just get along?


GETTING TO THE POINT. Saturday 24th August at 2:30pm. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Tix here: http://tickets.mwf.com.au/session2_mwf.asp?sn=Getting+to+the+Point&s=503

Cartoonists Andrew Marlton and Judy Horacek talk to Jason Chatfield make a living making fun of everything around them in black lines on paper. Nice gig, but it must be hard to get inspired to punchlines and gags every day, so in this session, apparently they’re going to tell us that being funny ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, but they’d be cracked if they were to do anything else. I understand completely, as I’m a cracker who’s also cracked, but I don’t take crack. 

Lastly, my erstwhile friend Phil Bentley will be manning the Australian comics table in the book fair in the atrium at Federation square on this day, the 24th, but also the following Saturday, the 31st August, when I will be present as well for the whole day. If there are holes in your collection, then this is the time and place to get them filled. So you need a filling from the dentist? bugger that, get your comics fill instead: cheaper and less painful. 

xo
Bruce Mutard

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

KICK ASS 2 DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY!




 Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all. 

Thanks to the awesome folks from Universal Pictures and KICK ASS 2 – in cinemas nationally August 22, we have 10 double in-season passes to Kick Ass 2 to give away.

To go into the draw to win all you need to do is tell us, "what was the last truly kick ass thing you did?"

Terms and Conditions:
All entries will go into the All Star Barrel and winners will be drawn at random.
Entries close 6pm Tuesday 20th of August and winners will be announced Wednesday the 21st. Passes will only be available to pick up from the store and winner must produce photo ID upon pick up. Passes MUST be picked up no later than a week after the draw. Any remaining passes after this date will be given away at our discretion to make sure they don't go to waste. 


Thanks again to Universal Pictures and of course KICK ASS 2, in cinemas August 22nd.
For more infomation head to: 
http://www.kickass2movie.com.au/
or
https://www.facebook.com/UniversalPicturesAU  

Sunday, August 11, 2013

New Comics For August 14th


August, the second week...you are awesome! Marvel's next event hits with INFINITY #1. SCARLET SPIDER #20 and SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #2 NOW crossing over with the SIBLING RIVALRY story. DC's next Trinity part JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 is in. More HeroBear with HEROBEAR & THE KID INHERITANCE #1. Gail Simone's sellout RED SONJA has #2 out.
EAST OF WEST and SAGA smashing it with their next issues. The next BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP only mere weeks after the last volume. And the splendor of early Mignola with the long out of print collection DR STRANGE AND DR DOOM TP TRIUMPH AND TORMENT. Life is grand. Anything here that will make your life even better, let us know. :D


MARVEL

DEADPOOL #14
FANTASTIC FOUR #11
FEARLESS DEFENDERS #8
INFINITY #1 (OF 6)
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #17
SCARLET SPIDER #20
SECRET AVENGERS #7 NOW
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #2 NOW
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #11
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #30
UNCANNY X-FORCE #10
UNCANNY X-MEN #10
WOLVERINE #8
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #34

DC COMICS
BATGIRL #23
BATMAN #23
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED #17
BATMAN LIL GOTHAM #5
CONSTANTINE #6
DEMON KNIGHTS #23
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #23
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 (TRINITY)
KATANA #7
NIGHTWING #23
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #16
SUICIDE SQUAD #23
SUPERBOY #23
THRESHOLD #8
WORLDS FINEST #15

VERTIGO
ASTRO CITY #3
DJANGO UNCHAINED #6 (OF 7) 

BOOM
DEATHMATCH #8
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #16
HEROBEAR & THE KID INHERITANCE #1 (OF 5)
SIX GUN GORILLA #3 (OF 6)
SUPURBIA ONGOING #10

DARK HORSE
BREATH OF BONES A TALE O/T GOLEM #3
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #24 
HALO INITIATION #1 (OF 3) 
RESIDENT ALIEN SUICIDE BLONDE #0
STAR WARS #8 2013 ONGOING 
TRUE LIVES O/T FABULOUS KILLJOYS #3 (OF 6)

DYNAMITE
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #3 
DAMSELS MERMAIDS #4 (OF 5)
GRIMM #4
RED SONJA #2 
SHADOW GREEN HORNET DARK NIGHTS #2 (OF 5) 

IDW
DOCTOR WHO VOL 3 #12 
HALF PAST DANGER #4 (OF 6)
MY LITTLE PONY COVER GALLERY #1
STAR TREK ONGOING #24
THUNDER AGENTS #1
X-FILES SEASON 10 #3

IMAGE
EAST OF WEST #5
GHOSTED #2
GREAT PACIFIC #9 
LOST VEGAS #4 (OF 4) 
MIND THE GAP #12 
PETER PANZERFAUST #13
SAGA #13 
SPAWN #234
WALKING DEAD #113 

MISC
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #12 
BUCK ROGERS IN 25TH CENTURY #1 (OF 4) 
CHARISMAGIC DEATH PRINCESS #3 
HARBINGER #15 
SPONGEBOB COMICS #23

TRADES
ALPHA TP BIG TIME
AMELIA COLE AND THE UNKNOWN WORLD GN
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TP SCIENCE BROS NOW
BAD BREAK HC 
BEIRUT 1990 SNAPSHOTS OF A CIVIL WAR HC 
BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 06 RETURN O/T MASTER 
DR STRANGE AND DR DOOM TP TRIUMPH AND TORMENT
ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 09
EX SANGUINE TP 
FEARLESS DEFENDERS TP VOL 01 DOOM MAIDENS NOW
FIRST X-MEN TP
FLASH HC VOL 02 ROGUES REVOLUTION (N52)
FLASH TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD (N52)
FRANK CHO WOMEN DRAWINGS & ILL TP VOL 2
GI JOE TP VOL 01 HOMEFRONT
GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU HC 
KISS SOLO TP
MARCH GN BOOK 01
MIKE NORTONS BATTLEPUG HC VOL 02 
MY LITTLE PONY DIGEST TP VOL 01
NIGHTWING OLD FRIENDS NEW ENEMIES TP
ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS TP
RIGHT STATE TP 
RUBICON HC 
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 TP VOL 02 DETECTIVE
SUPER SPY LOST DOSSIERS GN 
TRANSFORMERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION HC
TRANSFORMERS DARK PRELUDE TP
WHAT IS ABOVE HC 
WOLVERINE TP VOL 01 HUNTING SEASON NOW

MERCH
DC SUPERHERO CHESS FIG COLL MAG #40 BATMAN WHITE 
POP TMNT SHREDDER VINYL FIG 
POP TMNT SPLINTER VINYL FIG 

BACK IN STOCK
BATMAN INCORPORATED #13
COLLIDER #1 
HAWKEYE #11 2ND PTG
OPTIC NERVE #13 
RED SONJA #1 2ND PTG
TRILLIUM #1 (OF 8) 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

All Superheroes Must Die Double Pass Giveaway!


"Four costumed avengers of a now-defunct superhero team are reunited when they are stripped of their super powers by their arch-nemesis Richshaw (James Remar) whom they defeated years earlier…or so they thought! When the sinister mastermind puts the heroes through a series of brutal challenges, the former teammates must battle the clock – and each other – in a race to stop a deadly countdown that could mean total destruction.  A DIY superhero shout out and a breath of fresh air in this era of modern block busters. Writer/director and star Jason Trost (The FP)  has created a dark thriller that “doesn’t just deconstruct superhero conventions, it tears them to shreds” (Renn Brown, CHUD.com)"

Thanks to the fantastic folks from Cultastrophe and Cinema Nova, we have 5 double passes to All Superheroes Must Die screening at Cinema Nova Friday the 16th of August at 9:45. 

To go into the draw for your chance to win all you need to do is tell us "which superhero needs to die and stay dead?"

SPECIAL NOTE: As this prize is for a specific time and date, please only enter if you make the screening. 

All entries will go into the All Star Barrel and winners will be drawn at random.
Entries close 7pm Wednesday the 14th of August and winners will be announced Thursday the 15th of August.

Winners will be notified as to how to pick up their tickets.

Even if you don't win tickets head along to the screening, dress up in a superhero outfit and win door prizes!
Again thanks to Cultastrophe, Cinema Nova and of course All Superheroes Must Die, screening at the Nova, Friday the 16th of August at 9:45.
For more information head to:
http://www.cinemanova.com.au/catalogue/cultastrophe/allsuperheroesmu 
or 
https://www.facebook.com/AllSuperheroesMustDie


Friday, August 9, 2013

DC VILLAIN MONTH UPDATE!





 What is it they say about the best laid plans?

So the other day DC issued comic store retailers a press release concerning their Villain Month promotion running the whole of September. It seems the demand for the 3D covers have been overwhelming and they won't have the stock to fill the orders for these titles in full. Allocations will occur and vary from store to store.

In place of the stock DC may not be able to fill, they are now offering and filling the remaining orders with a standard cover of each title that will be $2.99 US rather than $3.99 US. These standard covers will also be considered FIRST PRINTS.

At this point we are still in the dark as to how the allocations will effect our stock levels. We hope to fill the majority of orders with the 3D covers but at this stage can not guarantee it. What we will be doing over the the next couple of days is trying our best to get in contact with anyone who has put themselves down for these titles to see how they feel about getting either the 3D, standard or if the case calls for it, a mix of both covers.


As for anyone that went for our pre-paid set deal of all 52 issues for $275, obviously we are happy to offer a total refund or a swap for a pre-paid set deal for all 52 issues with the standard covers for $200.

In the end we can only offer our humblest apologies and thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter that has been taken totally out of our control.

As more information comes to hand we'll be sure to keep you informed.

Team All Star.




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ALL STAR RECOMMENDS: TRILLIUM #1



Trillium is the new Vertigo sci-fi tale from creator extraordinaire Jeff Lemire. It finds dual protagonists from vastly polarised points in earth’s history finding common ground in a specific join connecting time with place.
 
The first issue opens well via an ominous video playback, which establishes a curious and desperate situation related to the fate of the universe! Our 3797 protagonist is Nika, a botanist in the spirit of the Avatar-esque, exploratory, non-military type. Her 1921 flipside is William Pike, a traumatised World War 1 veteran on an ill-fated expedition for riches in the jungles of South America. Both reek of desperation for different reasons, with Pike stumbling across his fate by chance, while Nika’s mission is one of greater purpose.


While the parallel stories converge geographically, Pike's 1921 explores themes of greed and hubris while the earlier 3797 portion intonates the ignorance and dire result of such human based folly. The future tale seemingly becomes an attempt to remedy past mistakes at an unexpected mid-point, which connects to the Trillium resource of the title, a flower with powerful properties and unobtanium-like value.


As sole creator, Lemire is in total control and both the visuals and the written story merge seamlessly. The future heroine’s journal logs serve to fill in the back story really well, as her search for the Trillium allows her to express her fears and concerns about an impending extinction level alien threat to mankind. The 1921 soldier’s state of mind is expressed through his past on the battlefield, with the violence and horror he witnessed haunting him in gruesome ghost-like recollections.
 
Pace wise, it takes it’s time and doesn’t resort to immediate and shocking twists or revelations, with the end seeming an inevitable beginning for the series, while also a logical end point for the issue. Both worlds and their mysterious meeting point, core characters and their motivations are all clearly established too, right before a classically balanced ellipsis sets up the second issue.
 
A great start, and more promising original sci-fi goodness from Vertigo!
 
Verdict: All Star Recommended


Luke H