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UNTIL YOUR HEART STOPS v16.7
by Brian Domingos

The Wild Worldstorm

December 13th, 2006

This fall saw the beginning of a new Wildstorm Universe. Jim Lee assembled some of the top talents of the industry to revamp the classic characters and updates them for the 21st century. Last week saw the release of the eighth book, WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY, and with that, I’m taking a closer look at these new ongoing books.

I grew up with the Wildstorm books. I was attracted to the artwork of Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Scott Clark and Brett Booth. I stayed for the characters and their densely plotted, interconnected histories. I loved books like TEAM ONE: WildC.A.T.s and TEAM SEVEN (and the subsequent sequels) – books that built upon what was already there and hinted at what was planned for the future. The result is a stable of characters and Names that still mean something today, over a decade later.

Let’s begin, shall we?


THE AUTHORTY

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Gene Ha
Colors: Art Lyons
Letters: Comicraft
Wildstorm
$2.99/Bi-monthly


To start us off, we have Grant Morrison and Gene Ha’s AUTHORITY. THE AUTHORITY, as a character set, has had high and low lows since it first debuted eight years ago. It spun out of classic Wildstorm book STORMWATCH and had Warren Ellis using the format to examine large scale superheroics. From that, we had Mark Millar twisting the same themes into their outlandish, over-the-top counterparts. Then the real world stepped in and tainted the idea of ultra-violent heroes and stifling the brand. A second series ran for fourteen issues and unfortunately Robbie Morrison was outclassed and devoured by the characters. It limped fifteen issues and died at the feet of “too much too soon” and the book looked like it was dead in the water. Ed Brubaker dusted the title off for a year long maxi-series (a change in format for the book), resolving the past years’ themes and setting up a new, less-frosty future.

And so Grant Morrison got his mitts on the characters and decided to have them change the Real World. The series follows The Authority as they travel the Bleed – the interdimensional lining of the multiverse – looking for lives to change on a smaller scale.

The first issue opens on the crumbing marriage of Ken Kincaid. Ken works secret special missions for the British government and the latest involves a terrorized Norwegian submarine in the North Atlantic. He disappears while investigating the remains through one of the Authority’s Doors. The arc, we’ve been told by Morrison, will involve The Authority in saving Ken’s failed marriage. They’re saving infinite worlds on infinite planets one life at a time. It’s, in its own way, the greatest, most epic task they’ve ever taken on.

For this first arc, TOP TEN’s Gene Ha supplies the art. The script calls for massive establishing shots commingled with tight, claustrophobic angles on densely packed pages. The result is a comic that looks and feels as if it is about to burst. The tension threatens to overwhelm the edges of the panels and boil over on the characters themselves.

At this point, there has been only one issue. The series is set for a bi-monthly schedule with the second issue being pushed an extra two issues. One would hope that they schedule will work itself out soon enough.

Overall, I enjoyed the first issue. I can see where Morrison is coming from and can respect the way he lets the scope engulf and overcome the reader.





DEATHBLOW

Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Carlos D'Anda
Colors: Carrie Strachan
Letters: Rob Leigh
Wildstorm
$2.99/Monthly


DEATHBLOW started more as a style study than a character arc. Jim Lee penciled the first two issues of the book in a Frank Miller-esque style and gave him the generic "bad man gets sick and wants to do good" plot. Tim Sale took over the art chores and stuck around until issue 12, dealing with Deathblow coming to grips with his sins and ultimately his world saving redemption. He died in the 29th issue of his series and I'm still unsure if he should have stayed dead or not.

Brian Azzarello picked up the Deathblow character for his successful crossover with Batman. Now, the series has a restart and we pick up on Michael Cray after a tormented and tortured six years and his assumed death. He's retrieved, assumedly by accident by a Special Forces team from the Middle East and by the end of the second issue he's not dealing with his reintroduction into normality all that well.

Azzarello often takes the psychological edge to examine his characters. God only knows what kind of hell he has planned for Deathblow, but I'm curious to see how it's going to play out.

Carlos D'Anda has been kicking around the industry for the last eight years or so. He did some minor fill-in work for Travis Charest on WILDCATS and did two issues of DIVINE RIGHT for Jim Lee. He recently has had a strong run on THE OUTSIDERS and helped them through their team-splitting "Insiders" arc. His work is expressive and he knows how to light a scene. He uses heavy blacks well and it's not much of a stretch for him to augment his style for DEATHBLOW. He skillfully drew various types of military tech in the first issue and perfectly captured the tone of the bizarre heart to heart in issue two.

It's a weird book, I can rightfully say that. It has the potential to go any fifteen different ways right now, and I'm willing to sit back and enjoy the ride.



GEN 13

Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Talent Caldwell (p), Matt Banning (i)
Colors: Carrie Strachan
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Wildstorm
$2.99/Monthly


Out of all of the new revamps, I was most hesitant about the new GEN 13 series. I was a fan of the original series and honestly, I lost track around issue 22 or so, when J. Scott Campbell left and was replaced by Al Rio. I thought Adam Warren did a decent job later on (with the issues I read) but it's sort of a dead concept. The very book itself never completely gelled and I really only was interested for the continuity aspects.

So Gail Simone took on the revamp and it's… it's interesting.

She starts the series with a company named Tabula Rasa and their pay-per-view web show of teenage girls being sexually assaulted to that their superpowers manifest in a gory display. At least I think that's what the point was. The scene is just graphic enough to be outside of the realm of bad taste.

The characters are introduced as loners who all live in different places but all have latent powers. They've been raised by substitute parents – actors/FBI-like agents whose jobs it is to raise these special kids to adulthood. By the end of the first issue, their 'parents' are dead been brought together at the Tabula Rasa Headquarters. Issue two has their personalities clash as some start to bond. One by one they are separated from the pack and until they team up, fight back and try to escape.

Simone's evil corporation characters have some interesting things to say about society in general, but I think that on a whole it misses the mark. The original series had a more meaningful start, and this has a set-up for the sake of a set-up feel to it.

Talent Caldwell and Matt Banning supply the artwork and I'll admit that it's a good fit. Caldwell comes from the 'Michael Turner school of art' and his '90s-esque style fits the intended tone of the book. His characters have a lot of personality which helps with Simone's animated script. There are times, though, when the storytelling suffers for the style, which is a big drawback of Caldwell's overall work.

I wouldn't go as far as to say that GEN 13 is a disaster, but it's the weakest start of them all. And from here, we can only go up.



THE MIDNIGHTER

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artists: Chris Sprouse (p), Karl Story (i)
Colors: Randy Mayor
Letters: Phil Balsman
Wildstorm
$2.99/Monthly


With MIDNIGHTER Garth Ennis has the difficult task of creating an ongoing series for THE AUTHORITY’s grim avenger without making it completely superfluous. His adventures are documented in the bi-(tri-) monthly AUTHORITY series and there’s the risk of “too much of a good thing”.

What he’s done here is make the Midnighter a passenger in his own title. After he was abducted via The Bleed while returning to the Carrier, The Midnighter is brought to a place out of time/space. He was drafted into a new mission by his new adversary, Paulus – to kill Adolf Hitler or die.

Issue two shipped last week and had Midnighter stopped mere seconds before administering the killing blow – by a group of “time cops” (my words, not Garth’s.)

The idea is a sound one and Midnighter’s time-jumping enemies are an apt foe. His personal defense systems are dismantled and he’s essentially at their whim. The precedent for this was first started by Micah Ian Wright in STORMWATCH: Team Achilles, so it’s somewhat believable. But it’s also fun. Midnighter has a razor sharp tongue and doles out the quips just as well as he does knuckle sandwiches.

Chris Sprouse and Karl Story supply their typical crisp, clean artwork. The script would have a drastically different tone if Ennis was joined by his usual cohorts like John McCrea. Instead, their firm lines and strong storytelling help bring legitimacy to the series.

I don’t see the series lasting for the long term – years and years -- but it’s fun for now. It’s a similar over-all tone to Ennis’ Marvel Knights PUNISHER. Jokey, but deadly serious.



STORMWATCH: Post Human Division

Writer: Christos N. Gage
Artist: Doug Mahnke
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Wildstorm
$2.99/Monthly


I've been dying to talk about STORMWATCH: Post Human Defense.

Jackson King, formerly Battalion and Weatherman for Stormwatch, has drafted a new team to work out of his new ground based Stormwatch units. The idea is to put a Stormwatch unit in a police precinct in major cities to deal with the threats of super villains. The first issue opens with the retelling of a battle between Stormwatch and a gang of metas that took place on the streets of New York City. Each character that he introduces had something specific to do with that occurrence and it's the spring board for the whole series.

It's the logical step in the STORMWATCH franchise. The UN connections have been severed and the funds aren't there, so they are going low tech. Gage's new characters run the super-support team gauntlet: combat & tactics, profiling, the supernatural and the technological. By the end of issue one, we've been introduced and the threat level has been set. From there, it's all golden.

Christos N. Gage, a new-comer to the industry, nailed it with an economical first issue. He introduced audience to the premise and the effortlessly mixed new characters with this classic concept.

As if that wasn't enough, Doug Mahnke (my artist of the year last year) is the perfect fit for the series. The grit and practicality of his style straddles the Real World and the fantastic. He can mix spandex-clad superhumans with an over-stressed beat cop and make it work. He had an opportunity to create a handful of new characters as well as update some classics and he made all the right choices.

He's a work-horse and a great storyteller and STORMWATCH: P.H.D. can only benefit from that fact. The second issue ships this week and it's on the top of my must read pile. It's one of my favorites of this new crop of Wildstorm books.



WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Neil Googe
Colors: Carrie Strachan
Letters: Travis Lanham
Wildstorm
$2.99/Monthly


The first issue of TRANQUILTY shipped last week, and it’s a different kind of book. It’s based upon a lost generation of heroes, whom have settled into the town of Tranquility to live out their last days.

Gail Simone is known for her comedic scripts and she’s crafted a brilliant premise for herself. These, who were once the pride of the Golden Age, now crash their jet cars and bicker about whose apple fell on whose yard. Simone is able to say “What would the Justice Society have been like if they’d aged appropriately?” She can see how time has done more damage to these titans than their archenemies ever could have. The book opens with a funny scene that showcases the threats they still live with everyday. And later on, there’s a scene where the Hero Vs. Villain battle still continues. It’s funny because it still works, and hell, it’s two old men ready to fight to the death on their front yards.

Neil Googe, most known for his fantastic work on MAJESTIC is an interesting fit for the series. I thought that his style was best suited for widescreen action/adventure, but his exaggerated style helps the humorous aspects. He has flawlessly completed the “golden age” pages in both this and WILDSTORM #1. It looks like it’s going to be a major part of the storytelling and it’s working for him.

I hope this last for a while, because it looks like a lot of fun. The characters are mostly based on the classic icons, but there are some nice new twists. The Emoticon, grandson of The Typist, is an embarrassing thug of the new generation. He talks in interweb speak “OW! ALL CAPS OW!!!” and has a visor face plate that displays his trademark digits.

It looks like a hit for Simone and Googe.



WETWORKS

Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Whilce Portacio (p), Trevor Scott (i)
Colors: Wendy Broome
Letters: Nick J. Napolitano
Wildstorm
$2.99/Monthly


With WILDCATS suffering from delays, WETWORKS was inadvertently the launch-book of the "Worldstorm" event. This is a bit ironic since the original series (the seventh of the flagship Image books) missed the initial start date by two years.

So the new series started from hit Vertigo writer Mike Carey and the affable Whilce Portacio. We're thrown into the scene of some interspecies terrorism which requires Colonel Jackson Dane, former Team 7 and leader of Wetworks, to track down Persephone, the vampire they call Red, to work for him. They're joined by AB-Death, the Dustwalker, a being that can access the world between the living and dead. (He's almost like a zombie Swamp Thing, now that I think about it.) And soon after, Rachel Rhodes, the cyborg known as Mother-One, is rebooted and returns to the team. This right here is just about all the information you get from the first two issues. The script is barebones and has nearly no background material. It's nice to not be burdened by 42 issues of continuity if you don't have to be, but at the same time an all new reader would have to swallow the whole concept whole.

The third issue had some recap material and it was the first time that Dane's symbiote (living, golden body armor he wears) is mentioned. That's stark scripting. But it’s coming together pretty well. Dane and Red are pretty straight forward characters – what you see is what you get. AB-Death is an interesting addition and I'm looking forward to the explanation of his being.

I'm hoping to see some further character development and the possibility of some former Wetworks characters appearing. When the book ended under Steven Grant a handful of characters were still around and there are plenty of concepts from the early issues that have gone untouched for a decade.

Portacio's artwork is the same as it ever was. His work is insanely inconsistent, and it's really what I like about it. He has these well put together pages and these stunning panels and then I'll look at a page or two and I won't be able to follow what's going on. Portacio is old-school Wildstorm so I'm glad he's here doing his thing.

I don't know what kind of numbers WETWORKS is getting at this point, and I have no idea if it's going to be here for the long haul. I'm hoping to get a year or two out of Carey and Portacio before the Colonel and crew pack it up for another seven or eight years.



WILDCATS

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Jim Lee (p), Scott Williams (i)
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Comicraft
Wildstorm
$2.99/Bi-monthly


Morrison takes pages from the business section of Joe Casey’s WILDCATS v3.0 and mixes it with Jim Lee and a heaping dose of brightly colored superheroes.

We start with a quick (and distorted) look at the history of the WS Universe and Grifter ends up with the other post-modern heroes – in the gutter, drunk as a skunk. Then we’re off to outer space where stripper-turned-heroine Voodoo meets with the alien supercomputer that walks like a man, Hadrian/Spartan, coaxes her to rejoin the team – but not before bedding her in a psychedelic lovefest. Next has Hadrian’s super spy Warblade check in with some bad news about the return of some badder guys and then Zealot’s long and far away on Khera fighting the Daemonite hordes. Majestic saves her – red hot death from above – finally looking the Kheran warlord part.

The point of his new WILDCATS is the play up the action, the adventure, the sex of the superhero lifestyle. He’s got arguably the best superhero artist of this general at his disposal, so he’s going all-out, balls to the wall. The closing pages of this issue alone show that. It’s over the top and excessive, but it’s fun. But that’s the point. It was exciting to see the WILDCATS that I remember looking just as good as I remember. Morrison has succeeded by taking the book that made Lee millions thirteen years ago and duplicating it in modern trappings. It’s a larger book and structurally different, but the tone and feeling are the same. I get the same good feeling of nostalgia from reading this that I do from rereading issues 5-9 of the original WILD.C.A.T.s series. It’s Jim Lee doing the work of his career with high quality paper and stunning colors.
I should mention the colorists, who I didn't mention above: Carrie Strachan (who helped The Googe shine on MAJESTIC) has picked up three of the titles and she's doing some terrific work. I saw her ultimate potential on MAJESTIC and she's meeting every mark. Wendy Broome, David Baron and Randy Mayor, WETWORKS, STORMWATCH: P.H.D. and MIDNIGHTER, respectively, are old school Wildstorm FX folks, so it's cool to see them in the mix. And of course Alex Sinclair on WILDCATS – Alex is one of the best in the business these days, so it goes without saying.

Looking over the entire haul of new Wildstorm books, I can say, as a Wildstorm fan, I'm pleased with the output. The creative teams are fantastic and I think that they are in good hands.

With that all taken care of, let's take a look at the weekly books:

Upcoming…
Books shipping Wednesday December 13th, 2006

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SEP063526 2000 AD #1514 $4.10
SEP063527 2000 AD #1515 $4.10
OCT063498 24 NIGHTFALL #2 (OF 6) $3.99

OCT060176 52 WEEK #32
DC Comics
$2.50


WEEK 31: Damnit, Ralph, now I'm dying to know who Supernova is! WEEK 32: Origin on Blue Beetle by Cully Hamner.
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SEP063667 AISHITERUZE BABY VOL 5 TP $8.99
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OCT063043 ANNE FREAKS MANGA VOL 4 TP $9.99
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SEP063661 BANANA FISH VOL 17 TP $9.99
SEP063662 BASARA VOL 21 TP $9.99
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JUN061705 BATTLE POPE #12 (MR) $3.50
SEP063669 BEAUTY POP VOL 2 TP $8.99
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SEP063645 BEYBLADE VOL 14 TP $7.99
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SEP063635 BLEACH VOL 16 TP $7.95
JUL063559 BOOTLEG #16 (A) $8.95
SEP063663 BOYS OVER FLOWERS VOL 21 TP $9.99
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OCT060187 DCU: INFINITE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
DC Comics
$4.99


I'm horribly curious about this. I think I'm sick. Or something.
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SEP063458 HERO KILLERS ONE SHOT (MR) $3.99

OCT062223 HEROES REBORN: AVENGERS TPB
Marvel Comics
$29.99


Jim Valentino, Chap Yaep and The Avengers. It doesn't get much more dull than this. Let the pain continue!
JUL060048 HOT STUFF CHARMER FIGURE $24.99
APR061819 HUNTER KILLER #10 $2.99

OCT060208 JLA: CLASSIFIED #30
DC Comics
$2.99


Part 5 of 6 or "Sacret Trust". Howard Chaykin and Killian Plunkett are doing the most entertaining JLA arc in years. This had better get a tpb.
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SEP060236 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VAR ED #4 $2.99
SEP060235 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4
DC Comics
$2.99

Four issues in and I'm getting bored, Meltzer. Last issue had some action (finally) but let's get some resolution – and less Red Tornado.SEP063665 KARE FIRST LOVE VOL 10 TP $9.99
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JUL060059 LUNCHBOX JOE LEDBETTER DRAGON TONGUE $14.99
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JUL060061 LUNCHBOX NIAGARA BABY DOLL $14.99
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OCT060220 OMAC #6 (OF 8) $2.99
OCT063922 ONE PIECE CHAPTER BOOK #1 KING OF THE PIRATES $4.99

OCT060012 OUTER ORBIT #1 (OF 4)
Dark Horse Comics
$2.99


Zach Howard and Sean Murphy rule. Go get this.
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SEP063573 PEACH GIRL SAES STORY VOL 2 GN (OF 3) (MR) $9.99
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OCT061862 THE PORTENT, VOL. 1 TPB
Image Comics
$12.99


THE PORTENT caught my eye because of Peter Bergting's artwork. I've heard that the story isn't so hot. I'm willing to take a shot.
SEP063275 PS238 #19 $2.99
OCT062212 PUNISHER MAX FROM FIRST TO LAST HC (MR) $19.99
SEP063597 RAVE MASTER VOL 22 GN (OF 32) $9.99

OCT060160 ROBIN #157
DC Comics
$2.99


ROBIN is one of the best books that DC puts out.
SEP063602 SAKURA TAISEN VOL 4 GN (OF 5) $9.99
OCT063413 SANCTUARY #2 (OF 6) (MR) $3.95

OCT060281 SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE: SLEEP OF REASON #1 (OF 5)
Vertigo/DC Comics
$2.99


I love love love SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE so I'm holding my breath that this is good. Matt Wagner and Steve Seagle did so much for the Sandman character that I would hope that anyone coming afterwards would use him with love and respect. John Ney Rieber has a lot on his shoulders here. The artwork will be stellar, though. Eric (STRANGE GIRL) Nguyen is perfect for it. More on this next issue.
SEP063574 SAVER VOL 2 GN (OF 7) $9.99

AUG061744 SEA OF RED NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA VOL 1 TP NEW PTG (MR) $8.99
AUG061745 SEA OF RED: DEADLIGHTS, VOL. 3 TPB
Image Comics
$14.99


Based on the first issue, SEA OF RED seems like nothing more than a vampire pirate comic. Now, that's pretty cool in itself, but it turns out that, after the complete first arc, SEA OF RED is much, much more than that. And then, after volume two – all bets are off. Remender and Dwyer throw a helluva curveball and we're left wondering what the hell just happened. So I'm totally ready for the third and final collection, "Deadlights." Yar…
SEP063666 SENSUAL PHRASE VOL 17 TP (MR) $9.99
SEP063595 SGT FROG VOL 12 GN (OF 12) $9.99
SEP063633 SHOJO BEAT JAN 07 VOL 3 #1 $5.99
SEP063610 SHOUT OUT LOUD VOL 3 GN (OF 5) (MR) $9.99
SEP063085 SONIC X #15 $2.25

OCT060226 THE SPIRIT #1
DC Comics
$2.99


Okay okay, so the BATMAN/SPIRIT special sucked. But it was gorgeous, right? That was all Darwyn Cooke's doing. The script that was like yanking your eyes out with pliers? That was Jeph Loeb. This will be much better.
AUG068094 STAR WARS LEGACY (NEW PTG) #1 (PP #736) $2.99
OCT063648 STNG COMICS CLASSICS VOL 2 BATTLE WITHIN TP $19.95

OCT060260 STORMWATCH PHD VAR EDITION #2 $2.99
OCT060259 STORMWATCH: P.H.D. #2
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$2.99


I am almost too excited about this. As I said above, it's one of my favorites. Chris Gage and Doug Mahnke have something good going here.
AUG061780 STRANGE GIRL #12 $2.99
SEP063622 STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS SAKURA DOGAN CVR A #4 (OF 4) $3.95
SEP063623 STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS SAKURA LEE CVR B #4 (OF 4) $3.95
SEP060209 SUPERMAN THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD VOL 2 TP $19.99
OCT062213 SUPREME POWER VOL 2 HC (MR) $29.99
JUL063548 TAIL OF THE MOON VOL 1 TP $8.99
SEP063672 TAIL OF THE MOON VOL 2 TP $8.99
OCT060230 TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #3 (OF 8) $3.99
SEP063181 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE DLX ED #41 (MR) $19.99
OCT063616 TOTALLY SPIES VOL 3 EVIL JERRY GN $7.95
OCT063439 TRAIN PLUS TRAIN VOL 1 GN $10.99
OCT063484 TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED MOVIE ADAPTATION #3 (OF 4) $3.99
SEP060251 TRIALS OF SHAZAM #4 (OF 12) $2.99
OCT062236 ULTIMATE MARVEL FLIP MAGAZINE #20 $4.99
OCT062237 ULTIMATE TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #20 $4.99
OCT062129 ULTIMATE X-MEN #77 $2.99
SEP062187 UNIVERSE X VOL 1 TP NEW PTG $29.99
SEP063565 UTOPIAS AVENGER VOL 1 GN (OF 3) $9.99
SEP063033 VAMPIRELLA 2006 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 LTD VIRGIN JUSKO CVR $19.95
SEP063034 VAMPIRELLA 2006 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL LTD VIRGIN JUSKO CVR S & N $29.95

OCT060265 WILDSTORM FINE ART SPOTLIGHT: JIM LEE
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$3.50


I couldn’t really understand what this is, so I’m curious.
JUN062760 WIZARD CON ED CGC 9.8 PACK PI
OCT062186 WOLVERINE #49 $3.99
OCT062221 WOLVERINE ORIGINS & ENDINGS TP $13.99
OCT062178 WONDER MAN #1 (OF 5) $2.99
OCT062188 X-23 TARGET X #1 (OF 6) $2.99
OCT062189 X-23 TARGET X DJURDJEVIC VAR #1 (OF 6) $2.99
OCT062190 X-FACTOR #14 $2.99
OCT062193 X-MEN PHOENIX WARSONG #4 (OF 5) $2.99
SEP063203 YAKARI AND THE GRIZZLY TP $9.99
SEP063638 YU GI OH DUELIST VOL 18 TP $7.95
SEP063639 YU YU HAKUSHO VOL 11 TP $7.95
SEP063640 ZOMBIE POWDER VOL 2 TP $7.99
Another big one. See you next week for our pre-X-mas wrap up.

 


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