Martin Bright

Sherlock Holmes stories have entertained readers since Sir Author Conan Doyle’s character was introduced in 1887. The detective has solved numerous mysteries and faced some of literature’s smartest villains. The most notorious of Holmes’ nemesis has to be Professor Moriarty, the “Napoleon of Crime” as the great detective called him. The battle between these two has been used in stories and parodies by other authors for over a century. A new story from that world, Moriarty, Volume 1, The Dark Chamber from Image Comics hits shelves this week. By a self-proclaimed “lifelong Holmes fan,” Daniel Corey, the trade paperback is the stylish tale of a much older Moriarty being drawn into the hunt for a new criminal mastermind bent on causing serious mayhem in London and claiming the crown of greatest criminal mastermind that the Professor used to hold.

Moriarty Vol. 1 from Image Comics

Moriarty Vol. 1 from Image Comics

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September continued the relaunch of DC Comics’ entire universe with 13 titles last week. In week one old faces like Batman, Green Arrow, and Swamp Thing and newer faces like Static Shock and Batwing return to the inked pages to start all new. It took the better part of the week, but I was finally able to finish this week’s releases (stupid day job!). Each issue is giving readers, new and old, seeds of stories that will eventually grow, and hopefully keep fans coming back month after month (JLA #1 hit stores on 8/29). Continue reading

I walked the racks at two different stores this New Comic Wednesday and was able to find two non-DC books that piqued my interest. I also grabbed the thirteen (yes, 13!) DC Comics titles released this week and will be posting about some of them over the next week. In addition to Atomic Robo (review posted earlier today), I was excited to grab Zenescope’s new Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Library #1. Zenescope is known for their fairy tale retellings (not to mention some of the sexiest cover women in comics) and this one looks to be another fun story.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Library #1 – Zenescope – Brusha; Timpano – $2.99

If you have ever read one of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tale books, you know they have really sexy covers and stories involving fairy tales that make any comic nerds blood boil with excitement. One half of the founding team, Joe Brusha, along with Giovanni Timpano, brings The Library to life featuring heroine, Sela Mathers. Sela is a young girl whose family is one of the richest around, her mom has died and she has serious daddy issues. Dressed in a catholic school girl like uniform and her face hidden behind big nerdy glasses, Sela tries whatever she can to get her father’s attention, approval, and affection but all he wants to do is work and buy whatever he can to make his daughter happy. Sela’s little brother, Thomas, is a constant thorn in her side since her mother’s passing and he sees no problem with letting dad give him “everything money can buy. “ On an errand with their father, Sela and Thomas stop at the latest Mr. Mathers acquisition, a large library. Sela’s father sends the kids off to explore as he argues with the librarian about the vacating of the premises. The children find a room with a special book and naturally read aloud the opened text. There are suddenly flashes of light and spinning winds start coming from the books as some sort of magic takes control. Thomas is sucked into a book in the Greek Mythology section and Sela ends up pulled into a book in the Dinosaurs aisle, both screaming for help. Sela finally gets the attention from her father as he and the librarian, Ms. Sullivan, follow the screams and arrive to find the books acting crazy and the children gone.

The first thought that popped into my mind when the books started magically pulling people in was this was going to be like that old Macaulay Caulkin movie, the Pagemaster, where the kid gets sucked into the book world and has to over come classic storytelling challenges to return to his real world. My second thought was “HOLY CRAP! This is going to be like that movie, The Pagemaster, but told with Zenescope’s imagery and imagination (and a hot young woman)!” I can see Sela meeting classic storybook characters and fighting with respective villains. Zenescope has done well twisting fairy tales for years (Tales from Wonderland, Sinbad, Neverland, etc.) and should be able to have fun with readers’ favorite stories like the Wizard of Oz, the Odyssey, Robin Hood and more. This story will maintain its entertainment value as long as it does not get dragged on for too long (there are only so many times the characters could jump through different books before it gets boring). Spend the $2.99 on this one.

Check out my review for Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X here. And check back for coverage of DC Comics’ new 52 throughout the week.

Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X kicks off the 6th volume for Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’s robotic hero. The six issue story involves space, a mysterious disappearance in England, and a race against time.

Cover for Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X #1

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you are aware that DC Comics is making what they are calling “Comic Book History” by relaunching 52 of their stories. All of the favorite DC characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Mr. Terrific, and many more) are all starting over at issue #1 with new costumes, altered origins, and some new team-ups. Have you always wanted to own an Action Comics #1? Here’s your chance. Starting today with Justice League of America #1 DC is kicking off a month of number 1’s totaling 52 books in all. Fans (including yours truly) even flocked to comic shops across the country at midnight to be some of the first to pick up their copy of Flashpoint #5 (officially ending DC’s “old” stories) and Justice League of America #1. Visit the DC Comics blog for more information on the new 52.

For the sake of this “landmark” day in comics, I decided to review the 2 “big” books for this week. I will be trying to keep my weekly reviews to non-DC and independent books this next month (as well as, the rest of the year). For September I will post additional, separate reviews for various new DC titles. I kept SPOILERS out of the reviews (save for one small tidbit noted below). Continue reading

This week in comics, DC Comics is saying goodbye to an old favorite with a special story and for other publishers, the return of old characters in two new series. DC Comics released a new Superman story in the far future of Superman Beyond. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned to comic form under the IDW banner with an altered origin and all the same great action. Kevin Smith (yes, of the Silent Bob fame) kicked off a new The Bionic Man series from Dynamite.  Continue reading

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