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The Week in YES - 4/28

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The Song To Listen To


"New Rush" by Gin Wigmore

The YA Book To Read


"An Ember In the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir

The Comic To Enjoy


"Supermutant Magic Academy" by Jillian Tamaki

The Movie To See


"Avengers: Age of Ultron"
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle and Cobie Smulders.

The Trailer To Watch


"The Visit"

More To Say Yes To

This publication news


Frank Miller returns for the third book in "The Dark Knight Returns" saga.

This casting news


The entire cast for "American Horror Story: Hotel" revealed, including returning favorites like Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Finn Wittrock, as well as some pleasant surprises, such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Alexander Skarsgard and Donald Sutherland.

Previews Highlights: June 2015

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I've scoured Previews Catalogue for the best of what the upcoming month has in store for comic shops.  Here's what's happening in June...

Five Hidden Gems


1. Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1 - Jeremy Bastian's fantastic fantasy is back in a new annual, and full of the mind-blowing art with intricate detail that makes this book so special.


2. Dr. Fate #1 - Anything drawn by Sonny Liew deserves notice, so this new DC series is definitely of note.


3. Blubber #1 - This one-shot from Gilbert Hernandez features six stories that are mostly wordless.


4. 8House: Arclight #1 - Brandon Graham writes this new fantasy series featuring eye-popping art from Marian Churchland.


5. 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 - How perfect is this?  Angela, created by Neil Gaiman, in a world, Marvel 1602, created by Neil Gaiman.  And the two fit together like a glove.

Four Collected Editions


1. Gunnerkrigg Court (Volume 5): Refine HC - A new volume of Thomas Siddell's excellent fantasy title arrives, featuring …

The Week in YES - 4/21

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The Song To Listen To


"Begin Again" by Purity Ring

The YA Book To Read


"The Remedy" by Suzanne Young
The third book in the "Program Series"

The Comic To Enjoy


"Uncle Scrooge #1" by Jonathan Gray, Rodolfo Cimino, Romano Scarpa and Giorgio Cavazzano

The Movie To See


"The Age of Adaline"
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger
Starring Blake Lively, Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman

The Trailer To Watch


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Teaser Trailer #2

More To Say Yes To

This announcement


"Marvel's Daredevil" is renewed for a second season for 2016 release.

This news



Adrianna Palicki (Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter) cast as leads for planned spin-off of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

This announcement


Lucas Till reprises role of Havok in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

The Week in YES - 4/14

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The Song To Listen To


"Burning Doves" by Mikky Ekko

The YA Book To Read


"Fury of the Seventh Son" by Joseph Delaney
The thirteenth, and final, book in the "Last Apprentice" series.

The Comic To Enjoy


"Gunnerkrigg Court (Volume 1): Orientation TP by Thomas Siddell
One of the best comic book fantasies - finally in paperback!

The Movie To See


"Child 44"
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman

The Trailer To Watch

"Ant-Man"

More To Say Yes To

This Blu-Ray release


"The Babadook"

This news


Marvel is developing a spin-off of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

The Week in YES - 4/7

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The Song To Listen To


"Sparks" by Hilary Duff

The YA Book To Read


"Miss Mayhem" by Rachel Hawkins
The second book in the "Rebel Belle" series.

The Comic To Enjoy


"Kaijumax #1" by Zander Cannon

The Movie To See


"Ex Machina"
Directed by Alex Garland
Starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac

The Trailer To Watch


"The Gift"

More To Say Yes To

This television series premiere


Marvel's Daredevil.  April 10th.  Netflix.

This comic event


"Convergence" begins in the DC Universe.

This casting news


Ben Hardy to play Angel in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

And this casting news


Ciara Renee to play Hawkgirl in "Arrow"/"Flash" spin-off series.

Manga Monday: JoJo

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Part One: Phantom Blood (Volume 1)
Hirohiko Araki

Bizarre is right. 

Jonathan Joestar comes from a life of privilege, and is generally loved by everyone.  That is, until his new adopted brother moves in.  Dio's father has recently died, and Jonathan's father thinks that he owes the man, and so takes Dio in as his own son.  Dio has a grudge against Jonathan and derives sadistic pleasure from torturing him in any way he can, usually by implicating Jonathan as guilty of terrible things and making him look bad in front of his father.

This book is twisted.  Everything is over-the-top, from the characters to the circumstances.  It's very fast-paced and frantically heightened, which gives it a weird vibe.  This manga is from the eighties, so it does have a retro art style, but it holds up well.  That being said, I can't quite put my finger on why this was such a wildly popular manga in its day.  It is aggressively manly and pretty violent, so ma…

In the Know: Elektra

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With Marvel's Daredevil beginning in less than a week, it's a good time to brush up on the character that most people are excited to see in Daredevil's life: his one-time lover, the assassin Elektra.


Essential Reading

Daredevil #173-182 (Frank Miller and Klaus Janson) - This includes the height of Daredevil's relationship with Elektra, as well as that famous battle between Elektra and Bullseye.  You can get this in "Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller (Volume 2)."

Elektra: Assassin (Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz) - The insanely beautiful (and just plain insane) story that sees Elektra as a force of nature, clever and invincible.  It also delves into some messed-up things from her childhood.  One of the best superhero stories period.






Recommended Reading

Elektra: Everything Old is New Again (Greg Rucka and Joe Bennett) - The best portrayal of Elektra since Frank Miller's original run on the character, this storyline sees Elektra grapple with a conflict of co…

The Week in YES - 4/1

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The Song To Listen To


"Up" by Olly Murs, featuring Demi Lovato

The YA Book To Read


"The Wicked Will Rise" by Danielle Paige
The second book in the "Dorothy Must Die" series.

The Comic To Enjoy


"Lumberjanes (Volume 1)" by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen

The Movie To See


"It Follows"
Directed by David Robert Mitchell
Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist and Olivia Luccardi

The Trailer To Watch


"Spectre"

More To Say Yes To

This casting news


Lana Condor to play Jubilee in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

This tease


Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool.

This Blu-Ray Release


"Interstellar"

And this Blu-Ray Release


"The Imitation Game"

This magazine cover


Justin Bieber on the cover of Men's Health. He was also roasted on Comedy Central.