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Quotes #NCBD 1/13/2016 (@BoomStudios)

Two new books from Boom!Studios this past Wednesday: the murderous conclusion to Rowan’s Ruin and the second issue for Snow Blind.  Both were good reads. I was sad to see Rowan’s Ruin come to an end, but Ollie Masters got my attention as he dug deeper into the WitPro mystery.

Here are the quotes:

“Why did nobody even ask about the dogs?”

Rowans Ruin #4, Boom!Studios
Written by: Mike Carey
Illustrated by: Mike Perkins
Colored by: Andy Troy
Lettered by: Jim Campbell

“All I wanted was the truth…And now that I had something that could be it–I Just wanted it to be another lie.”


Snow Blind #2, Boom!Studios
Written by: Ollie Masters
Illustrated by: Tyler Jenkins
Lettered by: Colin Bell


Quotes #NCBD 1/6/2016 (@ValiantComics)

One key title out this week as the new ‘The Kill List‘ arc begins in ‘X-O Manowar‘ #43.

Aric and Ninjak team up to assassinate Vine “Planting” Agents who conspire to destroy all humankind; but I got a funny feeling somebody is getting played …


Here are the quotes:

“If the swords make you leery, don’t fret. I’m not being paid to unsheathe them on your behalf. This time.”

X-O Manowar #43, Valiant Comics
Written by: Robert Venditti
Illustrated by: Robert Gill
Colored by: Ulises Arreola
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe


Quotes For #NCBD 12/09/2015 (@Marvel)


To quote Al Ewing, “The word of the day is ‘Cosmic‘.” I finally caught up with my Marvel stack. There are at least two weeks worth of reading in this post, so there is some overlap from last week’s releases.

The comic book world’s ex-spy Tom King dreams up a dark suburban Vision.

Daredevil is back, a little meaner, with Matt Murdoch now a grizzly battle hardened prosecutor–plus a sidekick.

The Ultimates continues their cosmic story, with the team taking on the world devourer, Galactus, with life bringing success.

Spider Gwen gets life advice from Spider Woman, and the Goblin makes a guest appearance.

Deadpool goes all detective to find the traitor who set him up.

The Guardians are at the mercy of Hala, as Spartax faces an imminent planetary death.

And the X-Men continue to regroup.

Here are the quotes:

“… I knew I never should’a left Canada.”

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Humberto Ramos

Inker: Victor Olazaba
Color Artist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Extraordinary X-Men #3, Marvel Comics

“We were told society moves forward. That progress never stops. But I look around. I see hate and fear. I see death and destruction. Where’s the progress?”

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Mark Bagley

Inker: Andrew Hennessey
Color Artist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
All New X-Men #1, Marvel Comics

“Knowhere. The edge of the universe. Located inside the decapitated head of a celestial. The rent is insane.”

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Color Artist: Richard Isanove
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Guardians of the Galaxy #3, Marvel Comics

“That’s pretty thin evidence, guys. Even though I have been known to waste some fools from time to time …”

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Mike Hawthorne

Inker: Terry Pallot
Color Artist: Guru eFX
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Deadpool #3, Marvel Comics

“What’s not right is bypassing biscuits and going right for the butter packets.”

“Believe me. There is no such thing as a normal life. Not if you’re lucky.”

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Spider Gwen #3, Marvel Comics

“Thankfully, Ms. America’s fists are very skilled in the art of diplomacy …”

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Color Artist: Dan Brown
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Ultimates #2, Marvel Comics

“So, I think about everything I have to gain, weigh it against everything I have to lose, and then I just decide. I tell myself one thing … I am not afraid.”

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ron Garney
Color Artist: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #1, Marvel Comics

“To assert as truth that which has no meaning is the core mission of humanity.”

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Vision #1, Marvel Comics

“Certainty is an illusion, Belief is a constant.”

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Vision #2, Marvel Comics

Quotes For #NCBD 12/09/2015 (@BoomStudios)

Ollie Masters’ and Tyler Jenkins’ new winter land noir crime story, Snow Blind, is finally released this week. It’s got an Alaskan teenage library breaker-enterer whose whole world is about to be turned upside down when he learns his family is in the witness protection plan. Jenkins’ cold ‘scapes are awesome … and why did they have to shoot the dog?


Here are the quotes:

“…I felt more comfortable around the pages of dead authors than I do my own parents.”

“No one knows anyone, and why would you want to. We’ve all got bad beneath it all. Why put that out in the world.”

Ollie Masters, with Art by Tyler Jenkins, Snow Blind #1, @BoomStudios


Quotes For #NCBD 12/09/2015 (@ValiantComics)

Two superb titles this week from @ValiantComics: Ninjak #10 & Unity #25.

Ninjak goes all magical in his latest mission to the Darkside with Punk Mambo. And they brought Muscle.

Unity #25 Super Sized Spectacular pokes a little Christmas fun at the Valiant Universe. Pick it up for some good laughs.

Here are the quotes:

“Bloody Hell. Magic. Why does it have to be sodding Magic.”

“The Deadside is a cosmic supernatural plane of existence. How are you getting me there?”

“You been spendin’ too much time with X-O Manowar.”

“She’s the Muscle.”

Matt Kindt, with Art by Doug Braithwaite, Niinjak #10, Valiant Comics

“…And I Damn Sure won’t let them ruin America’s Greatest Beer–[Sponsorship Opportunity]”

James Asmus, with Art by Dan Schkade, Unity #25: Super Sized Spectacular – Woody and Quantum Go Hollywood, Valiant Comics

“Are you insane. You should be testing your pharmacological profiles constantly.”

Daniel Kibblesmith, with Art by Karl Moline, Unity #25: Super Sized Spectacular – Ninjak In: Just Say Maybe!, Valiant Comics



@ValiantComics is the ‘Michael Corleone’ of the comic book publishing industry. They are the overlooked younger brother, stepping up to take over the family business, and eliminating all enemies in the process.

Only one book out this week; X-O Manowar Commander Trill #0 gives us the low down on his origin story.


As always, here is a quote:

“Put your faith in a trinket, if you must believe in something. At least that you can touch.”


Robert Venditti, with Art by Bit & Francis Portela, X-O Manowar Commander Trill No. 0, Valiant Comics.



I’ve been reading comics off and on for close to thirty-five years now; and as you get a little older, you become just a little more mean, jaded, and cynical–no matter how hard you try to keep it positive. I’d ask myself, how many times can Robin die?  How many times can the multiverse collapse on itself? And if this War is so Secret, how come I’m hearing about it twice?

Nowadays, I read many of these climactic tales with a resigned, “Ho Hum.” After all, with a little time travel pixie dust, everything will be as good as new; I’ve come to expect the same old story.

So what do those smug bastards @ValiantComics do?  They sell me a time traveling book with panache–‘Ivar, Timewalker’.  They get a great writer, like Fred Van Lente, to script the tales, supplement it with sublime art from Pere Perez, and the rest is … well … time traveling literary history.

When I first picked it up, from issue #1, I was like … oh no … here we go again on the time traveling merry go round–“Et Tu @ValiantComics,” I cried. I only picked it up because I’ve been buying all their books since the start of this recent iteration of @ValiantComics, and the #psychonerd in me directed me to buy it.

At the very first read it became apparent that this time traveling little tome was different. The story was fresh and inventive; it was a recursive dream come true.  If you missed it, run out and get the back issues or TPB. You’ll thank me later.

The other excellent Valiant title out this week is ‘X-O Manowar Exodus’. Here we see Aric broker a temporary peace between Humanity and the refugee Vine–if only he were real and could do the same for our current crisis in the Middle East–but now he must ready himself for the coming confrontation with Commander Trill.

Here are the quotes:

“Each second is its own precious jewel. To be studied and admired. Not polluted with regrets for the past or fears for the future.”

“We are all beautiful in our way. And each moment …is the same as an eternity of them.”

Fred Van Lente, with Art by Pere Perez, ‘Ivar, Timewalker’, @ValiantComics

“I prefer to handle one worst-case scenario at a time.”

Robert Venditti, with Art by Rafa Sandoval, ‘X-O Manowar Exodus’, @ValiantComics



Will someone please explain Deconnick’s and Rios’ ‘Pretty Deadly’ to me, and why I like it so much. I beg of you. The second arc commenced this week in issue # 6.

Japan’s New Gods bested the Japanese Supernatural Titans, and look to consolidate their power; but the old Gods are not ready to quit just yet. Wayward #11 is a good jumping point, as its second arc begins too.

Have Debbie and Led found a true Edenic Bushido Paradise in ‘Tokyo Ghost’ #3? Can peace be truly found in a Paradise driven by a Samurai Code?

Am I sensing a strong Eastern influence in this week’s Image Books?  How odd.

Huck, by Mark Millar, is a gentle power, whose secret is about to end.

And I read Skottie Young’s ‘I Hate Fairyland’ because it is violently funny. How am I gonna explain this one to my therapist?

Here are the quotes:

“In our quest for convenience, we’ve traded in the Earth for synthetic facsimile.”


Rick Remender, with Art by Sean Murphy, Tokyo Ghost #3, Image Comics

“Oh nonsense Butterfly. Just because you cannot see order does not mean it isn’t there.”


Kelly Sue Deconnick, with Art by Emma Rios, Pretty Deadly #6, Image Comics

“The stories of old are washed away, replaced with shallow rubbish. I’m fascinated and appalled by it.”


Jim Zub, with Art by Steven Cummings, Wayward #11, Image Comics




I picked up two @boomstudios titles this week: ‘Welcome Back’ and ‘Cognetic’.  I caught up with Welcome Back halfway through on issue #3; but I was lucky to pick up back issues #1 and #2 @midtowncomics. I was hearing a lot of buzz about ‘Welcome Back’ on the net and twitter’s comic book gossip vine, so I added it to my pull list.

Sebela’s ‘Welcome Back’ is yet another must read from@boomstudios. It’s a well written cross between Mark Millar’s ‘Wanted’ and Ronald D. Moore’s ‘Battle Star Galactica’s’ Cylon resurrection program. It’s got secret societies, assassins, and a resurrective global conspiracy spanning centuries.


Tynion “Numero Cuatro” continues his apocalyptic psychological warmongering in Cognetic. If you haven’t read ‘Memetic’, pick up the TPB. There’s a theme here–or was it a meme–and it’s all horrifically interconnected.

Here are the quotes (some catching up on ‘Welcome Back’)

“Like the scent of a lover, the singularity of their touch. We dance like old friends.”

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Like you were born too early or too late? Yeah that’s Normal.”


Christopher Sebela, with Art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Welcome Back No. 1, BOOM!STUDIOS

“I use to wonder if it really was better in the good old days, and it wasn’t. People have always been people. Now they’re just more open about it.”


Christopher Sebela, with Art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer & Claire Roe, Welcome Back No. 2, BOOM!STUDIOS

“I want to win without losing my soul. Though I’d settle for my life.”

“Lack of information. Why did we even bother to invent social networking if you’re not going to use it properly.”


Christopher Sebela, with Art by Claire Roe,Welcome Back No. 3, BOOM!STUDIOS

“This wasn’t a gift brother, we took it like the animals we are. We’re not any different, any better.”


James Tynion IV, with Art by Eryk Donovan, Cognetic No. 2, BOOM!STUDIOS



Quotes For #NCBD 10/14/15 (3/4)

Finally made it through my stack, and I am now gearing up for tomorrow …

Here are the remaining quotes for this past week:

“In the beginning there was nothing.  And then … there was Batman. And this was good.”

– Scott Snyder, Batman No. 45

“The Negative Zone. If you know anyone from here you’ve made a huge mistake somewhere.”

“How many cosmic artifacts of immeasurable cosmic import do you need to almost die from before you learn that we live in a galaxy filled with cosmic artifacts of immeasurable cosmic import.”

– Brian Michael Bendis, Guardians of the Galaxy No. 1 (2015)

“You hear nothing because you don’t know what to listen for.”

“History is measured in years, not days.”

“We are deaf from this binary din, yet we still embrace it, because the quiet shames us.”

– Jonathan Hickman, East of West No. 21

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