Geek Picks for September 4th, 2019!
School has started! Football officially begins this week! And there’s another week of new comics! And yet while things look great for many, our hearts go out to those in the path of Hurricane Dorian! With that being said, some of our staff have had to go AWOL in order to avoid the coming massive storm. Here’s a look at your abbreviated Geek Picks for September 4th, 2019!
Jan: Marvel Horror Omnibus
It’s expensive but it’s also massive! Over 1300 pages of reprints chronicling the exploits of Marvel’s original horror titles. From The Golem to Brother Voodoo to Scarecrow, every adventure you ever wanted to read during Marvel’s Golden Age of Horror comics is here. My husband is already drooling over this as a holiday or birthday present!
Writer: Steve Gerber, Various
Artist: John Buscema, Various
Marvel’s creepiest characters put the “super” into supernatural in this titanic tome of terror! A veritable who’s who of horror, this volume collects the complete 1970s adventures of the Zombie, Brother Voodoo, the Living Mummy, It! the Living Colossus, the Golem, Gabriel the Devil Hunter, the Scarecrow and Modred the Mystic – including hair-raising encounters with Werewolf by Night, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the Thing, the Avengers and more! Read it if you dare! Collecting STRANGE TALES (1951) #169-174 and #176-177; SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS #5 and #7-15; ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #21-24; DEAD OF NIGHT #11; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #26; MARVEL CHILLERS #1-2; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #24; WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (1972) #39-41; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #11, #18, #33, #41 and #95; DOCTOR STRANGE (1974) #48; INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #244; FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #222-223; AVENGERS (1963) #185-187; and material from ZOMBIE (1973) #1-10; HAUNT OF HORROR (1974) #2-5; MONSTERS UNLEASHED (1973) #11; BIZARRE ADVENTURES #33; MENACE #5; MOON KNIGHT (1980) #21; TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #14 and #20; and STRANGE TALES (1951) #74 and #89.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Mature (All material originally published unrated)
Tony: Library of American Comics Essentials-Vol 13 Charlie Chan 1938 HC
I saw a lot of great stuff coming out this week. But this was the only thing that made me say ‘Ooooooh!’ Collecting the first year of the Charlie Chan comic strip, this is a must for fans of mysteries or comic strips or both as I AM! A little un-PC as the actor whom the artwork is based on, playing Chan was a white man in ‘yellow face.’ However, these sort of books are vital to show us how far we’ve come while still having a long way to go. As a history and pop culture nut, I can’t pass this up!
Writer: Alfred Andriola
Artist: Alfred Andriola
As a famed hero of the mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers, Inspector Charlie Chan reached even greater heights in a series of popular movies. As actor Sidney Toler was preparing to replace Warner Oland as the wily police detective in 1938, Alfred Andriola was tapped to create a newspaper strip version of the character. The pride of the Honolulu Police Department uses his intellect more than his fists to solve cases of international intrigue, and the syndicate’s initial promotion called Charlie Chan “a new mystery strip, totally devoid of guns and gangsters” to separate it from Dick Tracy and his many hard-boiled imitators. Featuring the first complete year of daily strips, from October 1938 to November 1939, this volume offers readers exciting adventures, snappy dialogue, and arresting art.
Publisher: IDW Publishing
William: Batman Vs. Ra’s al Ghul #1
Neal Adams doing Batman and Ra’s al Ghul! What else can I say???
Writer: Neal Adams
Artist: Neal Adams
Gotham City is under siege by terrorists, and Batman is determined to find the source. But when Boston Brand tries to intervene, he discovers an even more disturbing and deadly truth: the terrorists are led by an inhuman monster. Ra’s al Ghul has volunteered his own private security force to aid the GCPD, and now they are the only thing standing between nuclear terror and the townspeople! But al Ghul’s true goal is hidden from everyone’s eyes. He will destroy the city and kill Batman-this time for good. Watching in horror is… Bruce Wayne?
Publisher: DC Comics
Rating: Teen Plus
Tarah: Disney Pixar Toy Story Adventures Vol. 2
My pick for this week is Disney Pixar Toy Story Adventures Vol 2. Coming off a summer of Toy Story’s return to theaters this giant collection of over 200 pages filled with all your favorite Toy Story characters is a must-read this week. Not only does it feature characters from Toy Story 3 it also features new ones from Toy Story 4. These Disney comics are actually done quite well. I look forward to picking this one up! A must-have for any Disney or Toy Story fan!
Writer: Tea Orsi, Various
Artist: Luca Usai, Various
A collection of short comic stories inspired by animated films Disney/Pixar Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4! Join Woody, Buzz, and all of your Toy Story favorites in a variety of fun and exciting stories. Collecting well over 200 pages of comics, this graphic novel brings the adventure, comedy, and heart of Toy Story from the screen to your fingertips.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Thomas: Web of the Black Widow #1
Since her debut in Iron Man 2 I’ve been waiting for a live action Black Widow movie and it’s quickly approaching. Until then it’s good to see that Marvel is showing some love for the original femme fatale. Hopefully, this series will be as good as Waid and Samnee’s last series and continue to convert fans of every like. I can’t wait to check this out as it’s being billed as a Year One story. Heck, it may inspire me to pull out some old DDs and look at Natasha rendered in all her fiery glory by the legend Gene Colan!
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Stephen Mooney
BLACK WIDOW: YEAR ONE!
One of Marvel Comics’ longest-running female heroes finally gets her due! Natasha Romanoff is the deadliest spy in the Marvel Universe and the beating heart of the Avengers. But when a mysterious figure starts exploiting her past, the Widow may have to go back to Black – and off the grid. Who can she trust in this web of deceit? And more importantly – can her friends trust her? Don’t miss the spy tale of the century!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Rating: Teen Plus