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Friday, October 31, 2008

Brandon says everything not marked “ELSEWORLDS” takes place in the mainstream DC Universe. I say, that unless a book or series is referenced in a character’s core book, you can disregard it as independent fiction. This debate got so heated that if it hadn’t been for Tresise and my lithium kicking in, one of us would surely be dead.

JOKER falls into this category of “does it or doesn’t it fall into the mainstream DC Universe.” The book is written by BRIAN AZZARELLO with artwork by LEE BERMEJO and it is simply a masterpiece! You can quote me on that DC marketing department (please do, that would be so awesome)!

The book is about 126 pages (I counted last night but I was sleepy) of beautiful and often disturbing images. The story is mature. It‘s dark with a hyper-reality reminiscent of ARKHAM ASYLUM. It actually seems more like a sequel to the DARK KNIGHT than something that can be tied into DETECTIVE COMICS.

The Joker, himself is a twisted, complex character. That’s not to say that he’s not pure evil. He is. It’s just that there’s something going on in his head and in this trade you can almost see what it is. Of course if you could actually understand the Joker’s motivations in their entirety, he wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. He sports the same scarred grin he wears in the movie and recently acquired in the comics. He makes creepy, inappropriate and often unfunny jokes (although sometimes they’re actually quite clever here). And he kills just about half the people he comes across.

Other well-known Gothamites make appearances in this tale as well. I won’t name them here because I’m not a ruiner. But they are all depicted as being complex and plausible characters. Even the more outrageous ones come across as being real and none of them take away from the grounded feel of the book. They engage in real life, grown up activities like flashing their tits and having sex.

There’s actually no real nudity here and only one could-be objectionable word (although I didn’t object to it). The violence takes place either off-screen or in shadow. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a PG book. The aftermath of violence is depicted often and it’s not always shown in the form of a mangled corpse. Sometimes its much more subtle and disturbing (points to the aforementioned “villain sex”).

Any UPJ psych major could dissect anyone of the characters in JOKER and get an easy “A”. I didn’t even mention the narrator, who’s interesting in his own right. But I’m guessing everyone will probably want to write about the Joker. Just remember, he’s not you’re friend. He has no friends. He’s evil and insane and he’ll kill anyone who stands close to him for too long.

We sold three of these trades on the first day they came in. One of our customers even came back the next day to tell us how much he liked it. We still have more for purchase at Bent Wookee Comix located on 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!


The store will be open after 2:30 today!


Throw on your best costume, come on down, and not only get an extra 5% off but, get your picture taken for the on-line COSTUME CONTEST!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My friends, in these uncertain times, where are we to go to for moral guidance. If you’re a Christian, Jewish or Muslim, then you turn toward your bible. But what about the rest of us who don’t have a bible or even believe in a higher power? Or what about our poor friends who worship the Devil, Khali or other evil deities? Where are they to go for help in deciding the right thing to do?
Well fear not, true…er, hehe, “not so true” believers. SHOWCASE PRESENTS has gotten around to putting out THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY in trade format. Now whenever you think of capturing a demon and making a deal with him so you can have infinite wealth and only have to give up one thing that you‘ll "never miss", you can consult this book to see what you might be risking (hint: your soul!). Break down in front of a farmhouse in the swamp and considering trading your nag of a wife for the hottie of a daughter from the creepy family who lives there but not sure what the repercussions might be? Check out volume 2!
Man, I wish I would have had this book ten years ago before I decided to sell my soul to Brandon for a pithy of comic books! Now that I have this trade, I won‘t make that mistake again!
These are the old HOUSE OF MYSTERY comics are told by CAIN. That’s right, the world’s first murderer! The stories are morality tales a la “The Twighlight Zone” but not as preachy, thanks to the monsters and gore. Morality tales teach us lessons involving karma. In short, if you’re willing to kill or do other evil things to gain wealth or power, something bad will happen to you.
Also, like “The Twilight Zone”, SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE HOUSE OF SECRETS is in black and white (both SHOWCASE and ESSENTIALS opt not to spend the extra bucks for full color comics). This is usually a turn off for me (turn-ons: shy girls, good sense of humor, real tits, ball gags) but the tight artwork and the spooky nature of the book lends itself well to black and white artwork.
CAIN is my second favorite scary story narrator. Elvira is my first, although I’ve never seen her narrate anything. These stories are gruesomely good and morbidly short. Each volume contains 17 issues, each containing about three or four stories. Plus, each volume is full of Sergio Aragones cartoons that are sure to make you smile…IN TERROR!
These trades are available for purchase or order at Bent Wookee Comix located on 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

To celebrate our favorite holiday here at Bent Wookee Comix, we'll be having a SUPER SPECIAL HALLOWEEN SALE!



20% OFF COMICS in the glass cases


AND THAT'S NOT ALL! For anyone who shows up IN A HALLOWEEN COSTUME from WEDNESDAY October 22 Through HALLOWEEN Friday October 31 will get an EXTRA 5% OFF! (Now this doesn't include just throwing on a mask or saying "this is my comic geek outfit". Show some attempt at committment here!)

We'll then take a picture and post it right here on the blog. And via on-line poll we'll vote for TOP 3 COSTUMES for FABULOUS PRIZES!




So, show some Halloween Spirit and take advantage of this sale, running WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22 THROUGH FRIDAY OCTOBER 31!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

For doing this in my spare time (which I have increasingly less of each day), I sure get bitched at a lot with regards to this blog. Your posts are too long, your posts are too vulgar, your posts reveal too much, you post too often, you don't post enough, etc. It's like I deal with Goldilocks at every possible turn.

So here I sit, trying to figure out a way to appease everyone, even though I know it is futile. We joked down the store last week that Brandon can't read my posts because he hasn't caught up to the issue I reviewed yet. And since my review style was to basically tell the reader everything that happened, what was the point in even reading the book? I thought a lot of about that and what analogy I could use to sum up how my posting style might be hurting people from buying the books I reviewed.

The analogy I came up with was that if I were a prostitute, I would be standing out on the corner completely naked and giving out free samples like the people who hand out samples of chicken in front of the Chinese joints in the food court of the mall. If I did that, why would johns pay for my services? I'm sure my pimp would be mad. And since Brandon is my pimp on this blog, I have to respect his pimp hand.

So without further adieu, here is my attempt to try and lure you, dear reader, into the back alley to sample my wares. Or to go to Bent Wookee Comix to buy this funny book:

Original Sin is a five part story that is going to run between X-Men: Legacy and Wolverine: Origins over the next couple of months. This book is the first part of the story and if I didn't already get those books, I wouldn't be seeking them out. Let's examine why.

Wolverine, who over the course of his history has befriended more people in more cities than any other human could possibly do, seeks out a monk to watch over his son Daken, who doesn't remember who he is. He then sets out on a mission to help his insane offspring. Now right off the bat, I'm not digging the story because I absolutely hate Daken. He is just another figure to muddle Wolverine's already muddy past and he serves no purpose. He's just a younger version with a really stupid haircut and bone claws that come out from different places than Wolverine's. The sooner he dies the better.

Now, to be fair, when X-23 was introduced I hated her too. To me, she was just a female version of Wolverine with only two claws in her hand and one in her foot. Her back story was contrived and kind of lame if you ask me. But after her first mini-series I liked her. She unfortunately was not written correctly during her time in Uncanny X-Men, but Chris Claremont was writing it so that should explain it. In that book she was just a feral female version of Wolverine looking to kill anything in the Savage Land. They got her back on track with her second mini-series and now I completely like the character. I just don't see that happening with Daken though.

Back to the book, Daken is visited by a woman I can only assume is Mrs. Sinister (she never calls herself that) and she is trying to recruit him to a group of mutants that have been a thorn in the side of the X-Men for years. They are trying to remind him of his violent past and hope to use him to their advantage.

Elsewhere, Wolverine has a confrontation with Cyclops and eventually finds Xavier to ask him to help his son like he helped Wolverine all those years ago. Since Charlie has memory issues, Wolverine brings him up to speed on their first meeting. The big reveal is something I was afraid they were going to do a while ago and now that fear has been realized. Needless to say, I was not happy.

Wanna know what happens? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


SUPERMAN & BATMAN VS. VAMPIRES & WEREWOLVES is the first in a 6 issue series involving…well, you probably guessed it. I think the original title was going to be SUPERMAN & BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN & NIGHTWING & PROBABLY SOME OTHER PEOPLE VS. AT LEAST 2 VAMPIRES AND PROBABLY 2 OR MORE WEREWOLVES & A MAD SCIENTIST & THE MONSTER THAT ATE GOTHAM CITY (not kidding) but they couldn’t fit it on the cover.

I liked this book a lot. It’s cool that they put out something creepy like this in time for Halloween. I’m told that the entire series will be out within the next couple of months, which is even better. The book reads like it came straight out of the ‘70s (think TOMB OF DRACULA or I, VAMPIRE). This is mostly do to the art of TOM MANDRAKE, who worked on THE QUESTION series “CRIME BIBLE: THE FIVE BOOKS OF BLOOD”. He only did the first issue of that series. I’m hoping he sticks around for all 6 issues here. His art is well suited for dark fiction.

I’m not sure if I’ve read anything by KEVIN VANHOOK, so it’s hard to say if he intentionally wrote the narration and the dialogue to reflect ‘70s horror fanfare or if this is his natural style. The narration is told in the third person and is especially heavy handed, as if someone else is telling us this story with a flashlight under his chin and really trying to be all spooky. It works very well here.

This first issue has its fair share of gore, but given MANDRAKE’s style, its nothing I wouldn’t show my seven-year-old niece. The gore isn’t there to gross us out anyway. It’s there to lend itself to the mood. Think FRIGHT NIGHT, not SEVEN. Another mood-lending device this book uses, which I particularly like, is when the panel pulls away from the central characters to focus in on bats and cockroaches and other creepy crawlies hiding nearby. There’s even one shot focusing on Batman through a spider’s web.

We have issue one down at the store now. And the rest of the series should be coming in soon. So head on down to Bent Wookie and check it out...if you dare!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


You might have missed it but Vertigo relaunched THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY a couple months ago. I didn’t. I’m a huge fan of the old DC series, so I was the first to sign up for this title. This was one of the books I actually kept a watch out for. When it finally came, I think I read it right there in the store.

Now I read the first three issues before I canceled the series. It’s not that it’s a bad title. In fact, I think a few of our customers would really get into it if they gave it a shot. I love SAM WEBER’s covers as well as LUCA ROSSI’s interior art. My problem? The format is too removed from the classic H.O.M. I love so much.

First off, CAIN, who’s lived in the house for decades, telling stories of the macabre to whoever was fortunate enough to pick up an issue only appears on the first two pages of the first issue. He finally kills ABLE and is returning home when he finds his house, the HOUSE OF MYSTERY, is gone. Then he disappears from the book. Out of sight, out of mind.

He is replaced by FIG, a plucky blonde who ends up being trapped in the house along with a colorful cast of characters. No one can leave. So they do what anyone would do, they hang out in the lounge all day drinking. No one has any money so they pay for their drinks with stories. The first story is actually kind of creepy. It’s about a girl who marries a giant fly. They have sex and the fly lays eggs inside her (so was it a girl fly?). Sometime later, maggots explode out of her back. My problem is it’s not really a story so much as a “what’s grosser than gross?” joke.

The “stories” get worse from there. Not grosser, just more boring. And, unlike the old H.O.M., they are now a minor part of the book. Most of the book is about the people hanging out at the house. Imagine if they redid THE TWILIGHT ZONE and you got to see ROD SERLING be replaced by a whimsical group of characters who just kind of hung out for about 20 minutes and then told a 5 minute anecdote.

Like I said, I see a market for this book. It reads like FABLES, so if you like that book you might want to try this. But if you’re looking for the classic HOUSE OF MYSTERY, I’d go with the DC SHOWCASE collections. We can get you both the new HOUSE OF MYSTERY and the DC SHOWCASE at BENT WOOKIEE COMIX. Just ask.

Monday, October 06, 2008

When it is time to introduce a new character to a hero's rogue gallery, what is the best route to go? Introduce an Asian female with a connection to the hero's main villain, of course!! Hence, Lady Bullseye!!!

Matt Murdock takes Dakota North to see Danny Rand, aka the Immortal Iron Fist, for a little massage action. Although Danny is quite American, he picked up the touch of the East while studying aboard (heh, get it?) and is able to start Dakota on the path to healing her injured shoulder. Watching from high above is a sexy little Asian minx with a love of tight outfits and hair pins. Who is this spandex clad kitsune and what does she want with Murdock? Cue the flashback!

The original Bullseye is shown many years ago in Tokyo wrecking havoc through a Yakuza warehouse. Off in the corner, caged up like a little Shiba Inu, young Lady Bullseye watched with glee from her prison as he laid waste to her captors. He was not there to free her of course, but she instantly became enamored with this agent of death. She made her escape and excavated the throat of one of her guards who was attempting to put her back in her cage. Apparently being locked in a small cage with a bunch of other girls will make you an extreme feminist because she vowed to never let another man touch her without permission.

Back in the present time, Murdock and Dakota continue their stroll through a park. He hears some muggers under the bridge and leaps into action. LB is laying waste to some thugs in an alley who I can only assume asked if they could touch her chibusas. She keeps one thug alive so he can tell everyone else who killed his crew. She returns to her master, Lord Hirochi, and her plan is to take out the Immortal Iron Fist and the Black Tarantula. Logan and 'the Old Man' are sighted as targets as well, but Murdock is supposed to be left alone. Matt and Dakota do a little kung fu foreplay before he plants one on her in the middle of the dojo. A little bedroom braille session later and Matt wakes up with another notch on his bedpost. Matt, still married to an institutionalized Milla, has post affair regret and it doesn't get any better when the newspaper screams the headline "Daredevil A Killer Claims Witness".

Quick Analysis: It's about time Daredevil got a new villain introduced. Bendis and Brubaker have had a lot of fun and gotten a lot of miles out of bringing back pretty much his entire rogue's gallery for people who never used to read Daredevil but now I think they have finally run out of people. I never consider Echo a villain, because she pretty much turned out to be good soon after her first appearance. With Lady Bullseye, she is pure violence through and through. Brubaker has a way of weaving a connecting back story that takes a while to develop (see his work on Captain America) so the little hints of Logan being on the list is intriguing. I hope they keep her around for a while instead of just being a cipher to get through a story arc.

As for Daredevil, is there a bigger pimp in the Marvel Universe? He lays more pipe than an Alaskan oil worker. Too bad the dude can't see because he was an incredible batting average for someone without sight. You would think a few uglies would fall in there but he keeps a pretty good hotness quotient in his conquests. Never thought I would be jealous of a blind lawyer with superhuman abilities who appears in a comic book.

The above book is available for purchase at Bent Wookee Comix located on 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!

Friday, October 03, 2008


That's right. To all those people who picked up JONAH HEX on my recommendation, you're welcome for this issue. I know it looked like the series jumped the shark with a string of bad issues (the one where the farm girls mutilated men, cutting off there arms and legs and tongues…yeah). And last issue, with the little hottie who actually slipped Hex some roofies to try and have sex with him (chicks dig scars).

ISSUE #36 "SEVEN GRAVES SIX FEET DEEP" is finally a good read. It was actually the only comic I got this week, besides BATMAN, so that worked out well. The cover is really pretty cool. It's by RAFA GARRES, who also did the inside art. It's a really slick style for this book. He's done previous issues and I really hope they bring him back. His art has kind of an EC feel to it. It's like I'm reading an old issue of WEIRD WESTERN TALES.

Anyway, GARRES also does the colors which are a muted monotone of yellow and light brown. It's my only real fault with the book as the effect would be better suited framed on a wall where you could stand back and try and pick out the details. In the comic, the wash of colors kind of slows down the eye when you're going from panel to panel. But maybe that's his way of forcing you to look at his artwork which is--like I said--really, really good.

It's hard to imagine JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI are the same people who wrote the slasher farm girl issue I mentioned above. But here they kind of make up for it. At least they got me excited to be getting this title again. It starts out with Jonah Hex, minding his own business as he rides through the woods in Tennessee in 1866. There's a LOT of narration that I admit intimidated me at first (****ing reading). But it's actually kind of interesting. It's taken from an historical article on Jonah Hex written sometime after his death in 1904. PALMIOTTI uses these historical texts a lot in this series and its a pretty cool device, especially when you see slight discrepancies pop up now and then (just like in real life historical accounts).

The story kicks off when Jonah Hex, dressed in his Confederate greys accidentally kinda lynches a black woman (Hi, I'm Jonah Hex and this is my stunt double, Dean). Okay, he doesn't actually lynch her but that's what it looks like to the group of black men who witness it. So they beat him unconscious and decide to lynch him back. They don't get to kill Jonah however (hope I didn't ruin anything there). No, he escapes and falls in with a group of ex-Confederates who mistakenly applaud him for being so brave as to continue wearing his uniform after the war. Jonah Hex's true reason's for wearing his greys are revealed and, just like every JONAH HEX comic, lots of people die.

Now, on the last page we can see the cover of the next issue and it looks like utter shite (not an American swear word so I'm hoping I don't get hit by Captain Censorship). It depicts three little hotties posing (all smiles) around Jonah, who's tied up to a chair. Maybe I just don't trust the way GRAY and PALMIOTTI write their female antagonists. You'd think the stories would be sexy but they really just suck. Also, JORDI BERNET is back doing the artwork and I'm not his biggest fan. But that's the beauty of this title. The issues are independant of each other. So, this issue can be your first and you will not be lost at all.

I HIGHLY recommend THIS issue. If you like the Punisher or Wolverine or any title where the main character kicks ass and doesn't give a **** then you'll like this book…or I'll buy you a Coke.

The above book is available for purchase at Bent Wookee Comix located on 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!